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.
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
Riovana Bonifacio Global City 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.