AS EVIDENCE of its ever-growing stature, this year’s seventh staging of the National Geographic Earth Day Run will definitely be one for the books as the running event will be staged simultaneously on April 17, 2016 in five Asian cities – Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taichung, Singapore and Manila (Taguig City). This goes to show that the race’s advocacy of promoting environmental awareness is not limited to a certain area but should be promoted globally.
This year’s race will focus on the subject of climate change, a big item in the news due to the recent Manila visit of climate change advocate and former United States Vice President Al Gore. In the past, proceeds from the registration fees have gone to planting over 36,000 fruit trees in the mountains of Isabela, donating fibreglass boats to fisherfolk victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Eastern Visayas and providing solar-powered lighting for Mangyan communities on Mindoro Island.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is again this year’s beneficiary. Cherifer Premium vitamins will continue to be the event’s major sponsor.
Those who wish to participate in the Manila Leg can now proceed to SM Aura Premiere in Taguig City for onsite registration. Deadline for all entries will be on March 31 or until supplies last.
Participants may choose between the 42, 21, 10 and five-kilometer distance categories. The Philippines will be the only country to host a full and half-marathon while the other countries will have fun runs ranging from 10 to three kilometers.
All race kits will include an exclusive event singlet and race bib. Shirts and medals will be awarded to all 42 and 21-kilometer runners upon crossing the finish line at the spanking new McKinley West.
Registration fees are PHP 1,700.00 for the marathon, PHP 1,300.00 for 21 kilometers, PHP 850.00 for 10 kilometers and PHP 750.00 for five kilometers. Online registration for the Manila leg as well as registration details for the four overseas legs is available at www.natgeoearthdayrun.com.
While all categories will have their start at the Bonifacio Global City, runners need not worry as vehicles will be provided in order for them to get back and retrieve their belongings if needed. The route will take participants around BGC, the stretch of Gil Puyat Avenue up to the PNR tracks and back to a roundtrip around Bayani Road with the 42-kilometer runners doing two 21-kilometer laps similar to the first NatGeo marathon in 2014.
This early, organizers are hoping to surpass the 20,000-runner mark. The improving annual attendance is a sign that the Filipino running community has embraced the annual NatGeo Earth Day Run and its advocacies as one event truly worth supporting.
We have been one of those who have supported the NatGeo Earth Day Run without fail since the second edition in 2011. We have seen the race transform from a simple fun run to one of the must-join events of the running calendar.
Registration is about to end so better lace those shoes and rush to sign up now!