Start the year right right by joining one of the races slated to happen in January. If you’re from Cavite area, join the family run dubbed as “The Family That Runs Together Stays Forever!” It has 1k, 3k, 5k, 10k and 16k distance categories. This fun run is Rotary Metro Silang Chapter’s fundraising activity for their child and education advocacy projects. Please see poster for more details.
12 January 2013 — On my way out, a light rain began to fall and the sky was overcast. Crazy it may seem, but I was heading to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex at about 5:15 AM to join a one-kilometer run. Yes, you’ve read it right. One kilometer, not my usual race, uh, but “why this?” Suffice it to say I wanted to accomplish something pretty special whether running a marathon or joining a run for a cause. Anyway, by the time the taxi came to a halt near the World Trade Center or around the corner of Macapagal Boulevard, the race route was already closed to traffic.
|1K@Amway Fun Run in Pictures
After paying the taxi driver, I slowly jog down M. Jalandoni Street a bit to warm up. Upon reaching the corner of P. Ocampo Street, I saw the lead pack of the five-kilometer participants. Judging from the noise, energy and cheers, the early rain may have clouded the skies Saturday morning but it did nothing to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm for the said event.
What better way to start another year in running than by a podium finish for the one-kilometer category. Landing in second spot among the top three finishers was indeed a great surprise. I’m happy to be surprised! Congratulations, too, to fellow blogger Dave a.k.a. Barefoot Daves for placing first in the men’s 1-Km category.
| Amway Philippines Country Manager Leni Olmedo and Brand Ambassador Enchong Dee awarded the prizes to the top three women’s 1-Km finishers
The presence of some of my ultramarathon Team Boring friends Doc Topher and Vic whom I haven’t seen in a while, and Jet, of course, spiced up and made the post-race gathering more fun with their boring antics and jokes.
|Before & After Spoof: Ganito sila noon (see cover photo) … huwag tularan!
(Caption courtesy of Jet and Vic; Holding the magazine courtesy of Doc T)
Super thanks to Amway Marketing Manager Dulce Ricafort for having me in this event, most of all to Amway Philippines Country Manager Leni Olmedo for the warm welcome. Overall, the first 1Km@Amway leg was a huge success. A simple yet well organized race. Congratulations to all finishers! Your support in the Amway One by One Campaign will surely help improve the lives of children worldwide.
All over the country, children walk to school, braving unpaved roads, cliffs, and strong currents, and sitting in cramped classrooms. Some of these children study in makeshift classrooms as their schools struggle to recover from devastating typhoons. Others have only education as their defense against poverty and human trafficking. Since its launch to the public last October 2011, TEN Moves has helped address these challenges, as the campaign seeks to build 10,000 classrooms nationwide.
Come 2013, TEN Moves will start the year with a big event, as [it] pushes towards the final 10 months of fundraising efforts. Run for 10 is scheduled on 13 January 2013 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City and proceeds of this run will all go to TEN Moves. Run for 10 will also have simultaneous runs in key cities and provinces throughout the Philippines. With your help, a ten-peso coin and a pair of running shoes can help make a difference in the lives of thousands of Filipino schoolchildren. Please visit Ten Moves for details.
Race for a Brighter Future
The American Chamber (AmCham) Foundation Philippines, in partnership with Chevron Philippines, will be racing through a charity run dubbed as Run for a Scholar at the 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) to give underprivileged children a better future. AmCham targets to support 100 scholars to school.
The charity run is open to running enthusiasts and newbie runners. It has three race categories: 3K (P500), 5K (P500), and 10K (P600). Assembly time is around 5AM at the BGC. The registration fee is inclusive of a race kit, singlet, a finisher’s loot bag, and a chance to win prizes including Suunto watches, five-start hotel accommodation, a round trip economy class ticket to Hawaii courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines, and many more. Only the top 100 finishers in each category will receive finisher’s medals. Number 1 spot from all three categories will receive a pair of running shoes from Somnio.
Registration has started last April 16 at Chris Sports branches at Festival Mall-Alabang, Glorietta 3, Market!Market!, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, and SM North-The Annex. You can also register at Fitness and Athletics Co.
Actor and current Optical Media Board Chairperson Ronnie Ricketts will lead the run together with ABS-CBN Star Magic artists.
You may also visit the American Chamber Foundation office, 4554 Casino Street corner Olivarez Street, Barangay Palanan, Makati City.
For more information, call 834-0184 and 551-8060 look for Candy Angeles-Gabriel or log on to AmCham.
AmCham serves as the socio-civic arm of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines member companies. Your donation and participation in this fun run will support AmCham’s programs:
ACFPI Scholarship which supports the education of the poor but deserving elementary, high school, college, and vocational students in Metro Manila. AmCham has assisted more than 1,600 Filipino youth for the past 25 years.
Leonard Benjamin Program for Street Children which provides opportunity for street children to go to school, develop themselves, and live life with dignity and worth. Basic services such as educational assistance, computer literacy training, medical, dental, and reproductive health are extended to these children.
Disaster Response Program which assists communities affected by natural disasters by mobilizing resources from AmCham member companies. It also conducts disaster preparedness and mitigation seminars for AmCham members.
Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) launches KaRUNungan 2010, which aims to help generate awareness and support for the continued resource and learning gaps in the Philippine education system. The funds it will raise through this campaign will be used to produce instructional shows in English, Science and Math, using “virtual” teachers on air. KCFI wishes to help the majority of elementary and high school students, who are still unable to attain adequate mastery of their lessons.
Through KaRUNungan 2010 and various running events, KCFI enjoins the growing Filipino community of runners to champion the cause of Philippine education, and give Filipino students their second wind that will help them reach the finish line. As KaRUNungan 2010’s theme says, “Every Learner, A Finisher.”
KaRUNungan 2010 Manila will be held on November 28 at the Meralco Compound in Ortigas. A total of 5,000 runners are expected to join the event.
For more info[rmation], visit Knowledge Channel or contact Nicole Garingan at (632) 910-2131.
Sidebar on N[ew] Y[ork] Marathon 2010:
Runners taking part in the ING New York City Marathon 2010 can go the extra mile by dedicating their run to helping marginalized public school students. They can do this by asking friends and supporters to donate $1 for every kilometer they reach on November 7.