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Heroes for Children Run, 4 Sep. 2016

UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis invites runners to join the second year of the Heroes for Children Run on  September 4, Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Heroes Run
(L-R) UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis, UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander and Coach Rio dela Cruz invite the public to join the Heroes for Children Run on September 4, 2016, Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Proceeds from the run will go to UNICEF’s First 1,000 Days campaign for children’s health and nutrition.

“I was deeply inspired by the support we received during last year’s run. From children with disabilities to serious runners, the public came together for a great cause. This year, I’m inviting everyone once again to be a hero for children. All proceeds will benefit UNICEF’s First 1,000 Days campaign for children’s health and nutrition needs,” says Curtis.

“For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable, and excluded children around the world. Despite the many gains, the lives and futures of millions of children are still in jeopardy. In the Philippines, one out of three children under the age of five suffers from chronic malnutrition—the effects of which can be permanent, irreversible and even fatal after two years of age. UNICEF believes every child should have a fair chance at life,” UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says.

The First 1,000 Days programme focuses on prenatal and early childhood interventions to prevent undernutrition including quality care for mothers, proper nutrition and complementary feeding, and life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition. The effect of good health and nutrition lasts well into adulthood and is key ingredient in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Last year’s run saw more than 3,200 runners raise P 3M for the benefit of the First 1,000 Days programme. This year, the event aims to attract more runners to raise funds for the campaign.

“We are grateful for Anne’s dedication and significant contributions in raising awareness and funds for children in need. Anne’s power lies in her sincerity and genuine passion in everything she does. Through her support, we will continue to make a huge difference for children in need,” Sylwander adds.

Fans who want to support Anne but cannot physically run or be present on race day may donate on her personal SimplyGiving Fundraising Page.  Ms. Curtis was appointed as UNICEF Celebrity Advocate in November 2014.

Heroes PosterIn-store registration is ongoing until August 28 only at the following Chris Sports outlets: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, SM City BF Homes, Glorietta, Market! Market!, Robinsons Place Manila, and from August 15 to 28 at UP TownCenter.  The benefit run is one of the many activities slated as UNICEF celebrates its 70th anniversary helping to build a better world for every child.

The Heroes for Children Run 2016 is organized by Anne Curtis and co-presented by RunRio through the support of SM Mall of Asia, Cherry Mobile, Gatorade, Viva Artists Agency Incorporated, Toy Kingdom, Swatch, Eureka Home Appliances, Maynilad, Philippine Star, Good Housekeeping, Female Network, SM Cinemas, Nyxsys Philippines, Chris Sports, F1 Hotel & Resorts, Transprint Corporation, Microtel by Wyndham, Hisense/Devant, and Pacific Cross Insurance.

To know more about the run and UNICEF’s programs, visit www.unicef.ph or call 758.1000, Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children to the benefit of all children everywhere.

Visit UNICEF Philippines website, Facebook page and Twitter.

Podium Finish : Splash ‘n Dash Aquathlon 2014 (Leg 2)

It has been five years since my last aquathlon.  My first attempt was in an open sea competition in Corregidor.  It was not really to test how fast l was in swimming,  but it was to get over my fear of swimming in an open sea water.  I learned to swim late (in my early 20s) because of fear of drowning in deep water.  In fact, as my graduation rite back then, my swimming instructor made me jump in the deepest part of the pool, around 11 feet deep.  

By the way, the deepest pool we have in my home city is 13 feet deep, good enough for diving lessons since it is equipped with a springboard.  After l successfully swam towards the shallow end of the pool, l realized that the actual depth of the water makes no difference.  If l didn’t overcome my fear of drowning, l could have said “sayonara” to sport competition such as an aquathlon.  

I may have stopped joining aquathlon competitions, but swimming has been part of my workouts.  Running is best for cardio.  Swimming is best for the muscle. I do both. Yes, when legs are sore and aching from pounding the roads, swimming is my therapy.  Thus, finding myself in another aquathlon competition after five years is in itself exciting.

As competition neared, l got sick.  It was may be caused by stress at work.  l suffered a mild cough and a runny nose, common cold symptoms.  Did try natural remedies by getting a good night’s rest, drinking lots of liquids, and eating congee with herbs. Thanks to the advice of a friend. Prescription was also considered. Of course, l didn’t forget the power of prayer.  So when l woke up early Sunday, though still feeling a bit wobbly, l noticed that my cough has stopped somehow.

I arrived at the venue with enough time to claim my race kit, and for the arm and leg number markings.  l just stayed at the audience area to prepare my stuff while waiting for my Wave to be announced.  At the same time looking forward to the arrival of my choirmates, a first time for them to see me compete. 

l had the feeling of déja vu when our Wave was finally called.  There was supposed to be 13 of us in our wave, but two or three didn’t make it. A quick race briefing followed. Then the dreaded countdown.   I had a good head start when almost halfway in the lane l suddenly stopped. I thought l heard someone calling me to stop and go back. As l was about to turn around that was when l saw my fellow competitors coming towards me. 

Since not feeling well, l had to take a quick rest in each lane before proceeding.   Honestly, that wasn’t a good performance.  I knew l was slower.  And breathing (because of my cough) was kind much of an effort.  It was not for the win, but to just finish.  Besides, l didn’t want to disappoint my friends who came all the way to Marikina just to watch me (and take note … on a Sunday morning). Adult aquathletes were expected to complete the 600-meter distance by swimming the eight lanes thrice. 

Transition time happened quickly.  Running a 5-kilometer distance came next.  Again, just like in the swim leg, l was slower.  I just maintained a comfortable pace since my thighs were still sore from the speed workouts with my running coach two nights before the race. In the run leg, where each loop measures 2.5 kilometers, all of us had to complete the loop twice.  With just a few meters to go … at the last road bend/corner, a runner whizzed past me. I thought, “Oh well.”  “Why do l have to be sick on race day?” “… Of all days!” Then FINISH LINE. 

Since l didn’t plan to stay longer,  l looked for Bave to thank and bid her goodbye.  To my surprise she asked me not to go yet.  She quickly checked the time record in the computer and came back smiling. It turned out, l won third place in my Wave. “Wow!” Didn’t expect it. A second podium in aquathlon.  “Really?” What a comeback. Couldn’t be more happier! 

Thank you F.O.M. choirmates, RJ, April, and Doinks for the support and cheers; Ivy M. aka Running Contessa for facilitating access to the swimming pool for my swim training; to my other friends who wished me well, thank you; and, Bave for patiently answering my queries. Congratulations to all participants and finishers of the 2nd Leg of the Splash ‘n Dash Aquathlon 2014!  Kudos to the organizers, volunteers,  marshals, aid station personnel, and sponsors for a job well done! 

Until next time!



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38th National MILO Marathon 2014 Factsheet

                        


Registration Details

Interested participants are required to pay a non-refundable entry fee plus one (1) MILO® 300g empty pack alongside the accomplished and signed official registration form. 
Registration may be accomplished online or by downloading the registration form for submission to the area race organizer.

Entry fees for Provincial Races
Entry fees for Metro Manila Races
21K Half Marathon Elimination Race
P 630
42.195K Elimination Race
P 730
10K Run
P 530
21K Half Marathon Race
P 630
5K Fun Run (Adults)
P 110
10K Run
P 530
3K Kiddie Run & 5K Fun Run (Students)
P 80
5K Fun Run (Adults)
P 110
3K Kiddie Run & 5K Fun Run (Students)
P 80
         


P10 from the registration fee will be donated to the HELP GIVE SHOES advocacy.

NOTE: Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  Participants should wear their MILO® Marathon singlets and race numbers during the race or they will not be allowed to run.
Participants must be 18 years and above on the race day to participate in the Full Marathon (42.195K) and Half Marathon (21K). Each will have to secure an official ‘Fit-To-Run’ medical certificate signed by a licensed physician within 2 months before race day.

Participants must be 16 years and above on the race day to participate in the 10K race.

Participants must be 7 years and above on the race day to participate in the 5K Fun Run.

Participants must be 7 to 12 years old on race day to participate in the 3K Kiddie Run. They are required to have their entry forms signed by a parent/guardian and must submit a photocopy of their NSO birth certificate or current school ID.

Participants below the age of 18 must seek their parental/guardian consent and fill up the entry form where the parent/guardian is required to sign.
Schedule of races is as follows:
Race
City
Date
1
Baguio
Jun 29
2
Dagupan
Jul 6
3
Tarlac
Jul 13
4
Angeles
Jul 20
5
Manila Eliminations
Jul 27
6
Naga
Aug 24
7
Lucena
Aug 31
8
Puerto Princesa
Sep 7
9
Lipa
Sep 14
10
Iloilo
Sep 21
11
Bacolod
Sep 28
12
Tagbilaran
Oct 5
13
Cebu
Oct 12
14
Butuan
Oct 19
15
Cagayan De Oro
Nov 9
16
Gen. Santos
Nov 16
17
Davao
Nov 23
18
Manila Finals
Dec 7
Only local participants (Filipinos and foreigners with working visa) can join and win in the 42.195K and 21K elimination races. Overseas participants may join and compete in the 42.195K and 21K National Finals for as long as they fulfill the requirements (To qualify, overseas runners must provide proof of finish in any AIMS/IAAF accredited races dating back at least one (1) year before race day or they mayqualify in the Manila elimination race. They must have a finish time within the specified age-bracket and time identified in items 18 (for 21K) & 19 (for 42.195K).

Start time per category is as follows:
42K (Manila only) 3:00 AM
21K 4:30 AM
10K 5:00 AM
3K 5:30 AM
5K 5:35 AM

Participants may claim their official race packets (containing the race number with timing chip attached, safety pins, and route map) upon complete registration. Race numbers are non-transferable.


About MILO
The MILO brand is the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water. MILOalso promotes participation in sports through its Summer Sports Clinics, MILO-B.E.S.T. Center Training Program, MILO Marathon, and MILO Little Olympics. The leading beverage brand believes that these contribute to the holistic development of Filipino champions in sports and in life. 2014 marks MILO’s 50th year in the country.
About the National MILO Marathon
The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the country. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.
3K Kiddie Run
Boy’s and Girl’s Divisions:
Champion: P1,500 + Trophy
Runner-up: P1,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P500 + Trophy
4th Place: P250+Medal
5th–10th Place: P150+Medal
5K Fun Run
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P2,500 + Trophy
Runner-up: P1,500 + Trophy
3rd Place: P1,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P500+Medal
5th–10th Place: P250+Medal
10K Run
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P5,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P3,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P2,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P1,000+Medal
5th–10th Place: P500+Medal
21K Run (Eliminations)
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P10,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P6,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P4,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P2,000 + Medal
5th-10th Place: P1,000 + Medal
21K Run (National Finals)
Open Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P15,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P12,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P10,000 + Trophy
Local Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P8,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P6,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P4,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P2,000+ Medal
5th–10th Place: P1,000+ Medal
Note: All 21K finishers within the cutoff time will receive a medal and loot bag.
42.195K Metro Manila Elimination Race
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P50,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P30,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P20,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P10,000+ Medal
5th–10th Place: P5,000+Medal
42.195K National Finals
Open Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P300,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P250,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P200,000 + Trophy
Local Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P150,000 + Trophy 4th Place: P30,000+Medal
Runner-up: P100,000 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P10,000+Medal
3rd Place: P75,000 + Trophy
Additional Notes: Fastest Filipino 42.195K winners (male & female) will be dubbed as the 2014 MILO® Marathon King and Queen respectively and will be given the opportunity to compete in an international race outside the country. All expenses will be shouldered by MILO.
About Help Give Shoes Advocacy
The National MILO® Marathon is the biggest running event in the country, with an immense popularity that has attracted runners from all age groups to participate, including children.  However, a lot of driven young runners don’t have shoes.  Imagine seeing a little boy run kilometer after kilometer of rough cement barefooted.  This moving scene inspired MILO® to make this year’s run more meaningful, by giving out running shoes to deserving public school children. 

The root of this advocacy lies in MILO®’s belief that they are not just providing children with running shoes, but are giving them something that they can wear to school, for sports and other activities.  It’s definitely a step to help them reach their true potential and be the best that they can be. In 2010, the National MILO® Marathonprovided 4,200 running shoes to public school children nationwide with the “Help Give Shoes” advocacy. Since its conception, MILOhas donated a total of 34,200 pairs of shoes across the country.

The running event continues the advocacy with an aim to donate 160 pairs of running shoes to 100 students in 100 schools in select Typhoon Yolanda-hit cities —amounting to 16,000 more pairs of shoes and dreams fulfilled. In the same way that Nestle has been a part of Filipinos lives throughout generations, the National MILO Marathon invites Filipinos to be part of the cause to help make the shoe-less child today a champion tomorrow.

Php 10 from every registration fee will be allotted to the advocacy. MILO will then match the proceeds and work with the Department of Education to select 16,000 public school student beneficiaries in Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar cities. MILO aims to reach its 50,000 advocacy mark by the end of the 38th marathon season.

For more information on the National MILO® Marathonbeneficiaries and to get an up-to-date count of shoes donated, log on to www.milo.com.ph.

About the 38th National MILO Marathon Side Events

Biggest Company Delegation Competition
To join, companies must submit their entry forms at the same time. Employees must indicate the name of their company on the entry form and submit a photocopy of their company ID (front and back). To qualify, a minimum of 10 employees must finish the race. Top three companies in each area with the most number of employees finishing the 5K and 10K Run will win the awards. In case of a tie, the winning company will be determined according to the best time recorded.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Inter-Company Running Competition
To join, company teams must have at least 10 employees competing in the 10K Fun Run. They must submit their entry forms at the same time. Winners will be determined through the average/aggregate time of the team’s first 10 finishers.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Biggest Club Delegation Competition
To join, running clubs must submit their entry forms at the same time. Club members must indicate the name of their club on the entry form and submit a photocopy of their company ID (front and back). To qualify, a minimum of 10 members must finish the race. Top three running clubs in each area with the most number of members finishing the 5K and 10K Run will win the awards. In case of a tie, the winning running club will be determined according to the best time recorded.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Inter-Club Running Competition
To join, running clubs must have at least 10 members competing in the 10K Fun Run. They must submit their entry forms at the same time. Winners will be determined through the average/aggregate time of the team’s first 10 finishers.

First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Biggest School Delegation Competition
To join, schools must submit their entry forms at the same time. Students must indicate the name of their school on the entry form and submit a photocopy of their school ID for the current school year (front and back). To qualify, a minimum of 50 students must finish the race. Top three schools in each area with the most number of students finishing the 5-K Fun Run and the 3-K Kiddie Run will win the awards. In case of a tie, the winning school will be determined according to the best time recorded.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Inter-school Running Competition
To join, school teams must have at least 25 student runners competing in the 5K-Fun Run. They must submit their entry forms at the same time. The team may be composed of grade school, high school, and college runners. Winners will be determined through the average/aggregate time of the team’s first 25 finishers.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Cheer Leading Competition
There are three divisions: Grade School, High School, and College. Each division will have a separate set of winners who will receive cash prizes and plaques as follows:
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Consolation: P 3,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque

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About MILO R2
MILO R2 is a blend of PROTOMALT and cocoa formulated for active adults. PROTOMALT is a special malt extract made from malted barley grains found only in a MILO drink, which naturally provides energy. Its power-boosting content and nutrients brings a rich chocolate flavor that helps sustain body activity for a well-balanced lifestyle.
About the MILO-APEX Running Academy
With the aim of leading Filipinos to a healthier lifestyle, MILOhas partnered with one of the country’s top athletic training programs, the APEX Running Clinic. Headed by locally renowned fitness coach Jim Saret, the MILO-APEX Running Academybrings elite training workouts and sports medicine based running principles for beginners, amateurs, and professional marathoners. Currently on its 8th season, the program offers various assessment sessions to guide runners into the world of athletics based on their physical condition and skill level. 

Punta Fuego Turtle Run (2nd : 2013 Mar. 30 : Peninsula de Punta Fuego, Nasugbu, Batangas)

As the country celebrates Holy Week or Semana Santa this week, and if you happen to be in the area, here’s one good race to join for the family, the 2nd Turtle Run happening on Saturday, March 30 in Nasugbu, Batangas.  It’s a challenging five-kilometer run with the spectacular view and for a good cause too!  Click here for inquiries and registration or  call (632) 751.4027.

1K@Amway Fun Run, 12 January 2013

Amway, one of the world’s direct selling businesses founded in 1959, will usher 2013 with a series of foot races dubbed as 1K@Amway that will not only encourage Filipinos to engage in business opportunities but also help make a difference to children’s causes worldwide. 
At Amway, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is embedded into all its initiatives, core business strategy, and operations.   As part of its CSR, Amway has partnered with the Department of Education to make education more accessible to the children through its One by One program.
The first leg of the 1K@Amway fun run will kick off on January 12 at the CCP Complex and details about the event can be found at Amway.  Registration is now open.  For on-line registration, please click here.  Manila participants can still register until 11 January 2013.
 
I’ll be running its 1K race category.   See you at the starting line!
One-Kilometer Race Route Map

Five-kilometer Race Route Map

Run United 3: Runrio Trilogy Leg 3, September 16

27 August 2012 — With less than three weeks to go, the countdown has begun to one of the most anticipated races, Run United 3, the third leg 32K of the Runrio Trilogy hailed as the Afroman Distance, is happening on September 16.  This will be my second attempt to finish the trilogy after completing the first one in 2010.  

Just two months ago, I had a marvelous time running Run United 2 half marathon.  Super duper thanks to Runrio for the complimentary race kit and Allen aka Ambo for pacing with me all throughout the race.  
What to Look Forward to in this Year’s Run United 3
The 32K category can be a good introductory race if you are going to run your first full marathon this year.  
The first ever Run United Philippine Marathon is scheduled on October 28 with the customary shorter distances or race categories—from 500m dash to 3k, 5k, 10k, and 21k.
New routes, different start and finish lines, and earlier gun starts for 32K (3 AM) and 21K (4 AM) runners. Run United 3 runners will experience running across three cities, Taguig, Makati, and Pasay.
32K runners will take the first ten kilometers in University Parkwayarea, then move up to Kalayaan flyover, go all the way to Buendia, take left at Roxas Boulevard, then turnaround taking the roads of Vicente Sotto, Diosdado Macapagal, and EDSA and turn left at Seaside Boulevardfor the finish at the Mall of Asia (MOA).  
Meanwhile, the 21k will have the same route as the 32k runners.  However, instead of heading to EDSA, they will turn right at Macapagal Avenue, then turn right again at Seaside Boulevard, and then all the way to the finish line in MOA.

Registration Details
           
Online registration for Run United 3 started last August 6 and will end on September 2 while in-store registration started last August 13 and will end on September 9. Registration centers include RiovanaBonifacio GlobalCity and Katipunan, Quezon City branches; and Toby’s SM MOA and Trinoma branches.

With only 8,000 runners when it was launched in March 2010, the number has  kept increasing steadily in the succeeding events. Run United 1 on March 4 kicked off this year’s RunRio Trilogy, which was followed later by Run United 2 on June 17. Runners who completed all the longest distances (21K-21K-32K) in all of the three Run United races will be recognized at the RunRio Trilogy Awards Night. 

Beneficiaries of Run United 3 will include Gawad Kalusugan and Children’s Hour.

For further information or inquiries, please visit Unilab Active Health  and Runrio websites.

Garfield Runner’s Cup, 12 Nov. 2011

Garfield is one of my favorite comic characters.  Sometime in 1994, I did a painting of Garfield using latex paint as a medium and it was included in an art exhibition during the fiesta celebration in my hometown. Yes, I used to paint still life and cartoon characters as my sujects.  I was trying to hone back then the visual artist in me.  But it was just a short-lived hobby.  Most of those paintings are tucked away to where I don’t even know where. 
And here’s another adventure with Garfield.  This time not through painting but through a fun run dubbed Garfield Runner’s Cup 2011. It introduces an exciting adventure not only for children but also for families as well, promoting the importance of healthy lifestyle, fitness, and family bonding.  The Garfield’s Runner’s Cup is happening on 12 Nov. 12 at Manila Ocean Park.

“We wanted to create a new dimension, and transform the usual fun run event. Expect a different kind of run. Expect a journey of fun-filled memories and experience catered for the whole family,” says Garfield Apparel Marketing Manager Kyle Ong.

Garfield and other cartoons are joining the race.  Louise Abuel, who plays as the kid brother of Sophia in 100 Days to Heaven, a prime-time children’s television series, will also grace the event.  It will be a fun-filled day for everyone!  Proceeds of the fun run would go to a children charity organization.

Registration has started last September 20 and still ongoing.  You may go to any Chris Sports branches at SM North EDSA The Annex, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, and Festival Mall; and on October 10 onwards at ROX Bonifacio High Street. Registration period is until November 10.
Garfield Runner’s Cup would accept limited runners for the safety of the participants. For more information, please visit garfieldapparel.com or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/GarfieldRunnersCup.

For inquiries, please do not hesitate to email garfieldapparel@yahoo.com or call 09175746323 or 09239347332.

500 Smile Run, 6 & 27 Nov. 2011

Operation Smile (OS) Philippines will celebrate their 30th anniversary on November 2012 with the theme Journey Home.

How It Started

OS was founded by Dr. William P. Magee Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen S. Magee, a nurse and clinical social worker, in 1982 after a medical mission in Naga City, Philippines. Of the 300 families who arrived hoping to get reconstructive surgery for their children’s cleft lips and palates, only 40 children were treated and the others were turned down due to time constraints. The couple promised to return to treat more children. Back home, the couple did solicitations, raised funds, and gathered volunteers for another medical mission to the Philippines. The first mission was the inspiration to what is now known as the global organization Operation Smile.

Quick Facts

In the Philippines, it is estimated that one in every five hundred babies is born every year with a cleft lip, a cleft palate or both. It translates roughly to 4,004 Filipinos out of 2.064 million born every year having this deformity.
Since 1982 OS conducted 230 missions in 68 cities and municipalities, and treated 24,000 patients.  Cleft lip and palate deformities are among the top 12 birth defects in the country. (Source: Philippine Birth Defect Registry, a joint project of the Department of Health and the US National Institute of Health Institute of Human Genetics)

How Does OS Work?

OS conducts medical missions in its partner countries, provides FREE reconstructive surgery, and builds awareness on its programs.

Which Countries Run OS missions?

OS conducts surgical missions in over 60 countries and currently has presence in 76 countries including the Philippines, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Thailand, Venezuela, and Vietnam among others.
OS also has worldwide offices in Hong Kong, London, Dublin, Brisbane, Rome, Los Angeles, and New York City that raise funds and awareness to support international programs. It has also created a global medical institution comprised of a worldwide network of teaching hospitals and university partners to help train health care professionals. 


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The 500 Smile Run project is created to generate funds for OS’s 30th anniversary mission and provide FREE life changing reconstructive surgery to at least 1,500 Filipino children and young adults in ten days through simultaneous surgical missions in various parts of the country, namely, Bacolod, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, South Cotabato, Makati, Naga, and Pampanga. 

RACE DETAILS

6 Nov. 2011
Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila

Race Categories and Fees
500m for children | P 300
3K | P 500
5K | P 500
10K | P 650
16K | P 800

27 Nov. 2011
Rizal Park, Davao City
Race Categories and Fees
3K, 5K, 10K | P 350
16K | P 650

Assembly and Gun Start
16K | 5:00 AM | 5:30 AM
10K | 5:00 AM | 5:40 AM
5K  | 5:00 AM  | 5:50 AM
3K  | 5:00 AM  | 5:55 AM
500m | 5:00 AM | 6:00 AM 

Chris Sports (Registration Period: September 23 – 3 Nov. 2011)


SM Fairview
SM Manila
Robinsons Place Ermita

Puma Stores (Registration Period: October 7 – 3 Nov. 2011)
Bonifacio High Street
Trinoma
Greenbelt 5
Cash N’ Carry (Buendia)

Smart Business Centers (Registration Period: October 7 – 3 Nov. 2011)
Ayala Avenue Head Office
Megamall

The 500 Smile Run is Organized by

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Runrio Trilogy Leg 3 : Run United 3, 13 Nov. 2011

So many good races to look forward to next month. 
One of these is the Runrio Trilogy Leg 3 dubbed as Run United 3 brought to you by Unilab and organized by Runrio. 
Included in this event are categories 500m for children, the usual fun distances of 3K, 5K, 10K, 15K, 21K, and the very much awaited Afroman distance 32K.   Well, don’t wait for last minute to register.  Runners keen on running the Afroman and those vying to complete the Trilogy are encouraged to register early.   Runners joining the 21K and the 32K categories will get finisher’s shirt and medal.

 

RUN United 3 Singlet Design

RACE DETAILS

Registration Fees and Inclusions

500m for children | P 250
Unilab active health kit, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons

3K | P 500
Unilab active health kit, race, analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons

5K & 10K | P 600
Unilab active health kit, race analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons

15K | P 700
Unilab active health kit, race analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons

21K | P 750
Unilab active health kit, race analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons, 21K finisher’s shirt and medal

32K | P 900
Unilab active health kit, race analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons, 21K finisher’s shirt and medal

Registration Sites

ONLINE: 3-30 Oct. 2011 http://www.runrio.com

IN-STORE: October 3 to November 6, 2011
Using the first automated registration in the country.

RUNNR – Bonifacio Global City
RUNNR – Shangrila
Planet Sports – Glorietta
Planet Sports – Alabang Town Center
The Athletes Foot – Galleria
Planet Sports – Trinoma
Unilab Head Office (to accommodate Unilab employees)


For route and gun start information, please visit Runrio website. 

Alaska Family Fun Run, May 7

Firstly, many thanks to my friend and fellow blogger, Vimz a.k.a. Kulit Runner for the info.  Secondly, this was supposed to be posted a week ago but for some reason I wasn’t able to.  Anyhow, we have Alaska to thank for giving away free race kits.  Yes, it’s FREE!  Yup, they decided to give out free registration and waive proof of purchase. Available kits are for any of the two race categories:

3km – Adult + Child 4 to 10 years old (500 race kits)
5km – Adult + Child 11 to 14 years old (500 race kits)

Please note [however] that the Alaska Family Run is a fun run meant for an adult and child tandem. There is no solo category. And the adult and child tandem doesn’t have to be Parent & Child [as long as it’s a pair of] adult and child. This is really supposed to be a family bonding moment. The event will take place on May 7, Saturday, at the SM Mall of Asia [grounds]. For details, see poster below:
The [only] option on how you can claim the FREE race kits to the Alaska Family Fun Run is to go personally to RUNNR at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City or L TimeStudio in Greenbelt 1, inform the registration staff that you are availing of the FREE registration and do manual registration there, and get your kits right away.
The first 1000 finishers get to receive [this] cool Finisher’s shirt