Run with Doctors, May 1

On May 1, 2011, some doctors from all over the country who will be in Manila for the annual convention of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) will lead the Run with Doctors as a fundraising activity.  

There will be 3K (P500), 5K (600), and 10K (600) categories.  Registration period is ongoing until April 25, 2011.  You may also register online at or in any of the following registration centers: 

RUNNR, Bonifacion High Street
R.O.X., Bonifacio High Street
Toby’s Mall of Asia
Planet’s Sports Glorietta
Planet’s Sports Trinoma
The Athlete’s Foot Robinson’s Galleria
The Athelete’s Foot Alabang Town Center
PCP Office, Unit 2201-2203, 22/F, One San Miguel Avenue Building, San Miguel Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Proceeds of the fun run will be used to support the Philippine College of Physicians Foundation’s various advocacies on public health such as the Health Education Reform Order (HERO), pharmacovigilance, and tobacco control. 
Taking action to control risk factors can help prevent or delay health risks caused by unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, and smoking. One of the primary goals of PCP is to improve the healthcare and education system of the Filipino people through its HERO project in partnership with educators, government, legislators, physicians, the business sector and nongovernmental organizations. 
Pharmacovigilance is an advocacy on patient and medicine safety.  It is particularly concerned with adverse drug reactions; hazards associated with medicines and prevent harm to patients. 
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of death and diseases in the Philippines.   The number of Filipino children and adults getting addicted to nicotine and with the increasing frequency of smoking-caused diseases inflicting a number of Filipinos are quite alarming.  To help address this concern, PCP created the Tobacco Control Advocacy Committee whose task is to empower patients, decrease mortality and morbidity in the country, and ensure effective public health literacy.  

Being with the doctors outside the clinic and the hospital where they are just like everyone else is an occasion for fellowship and glee. Health assumes an equitable face: health as actually practiced in contrast to health as advised. The doctors may use the chance to compare with each other their levels of fitness; the public may want to see how they fare versus their doctors, or simply spend the time with them on a Sunday morning. 

The number of doctors who have taken up running not only as a form of exercise but as a lifestyle has increased tremendously over the last several months. They have joined a bandwagon of Filipinos who now apply science in the activity. 
 Run with Doctors launching.  In photo are runner bloggers, together with Dr. Dante Morales, the Philippine College of Physicians Foundation, and Runrio Team.
(Photo courtesy of Rene a.k.a. Jazzrunner)
The health benefits of running come with the right pair of shoes, the fit of the clothes, the proper way for the feet to hit the ground, the appropriate pacing, and the adequacy of hydration. When doctors learn the science, expect them to do it quickly and with confidence. Running gives a high that is good and healthy for both the doctors and their patients.

Register now and get a chance to Run with Doctors