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National Geographic Earth Day Run 2017

On 23 Apr. 2017 marks another milestone for National Geographic (NG), which celebrates eight years of holding Earth Day Run (EDR), raising consciousness on environmental issues and health including social awareness through fitness with special program features using the hash tag #8withEDR.

The event encourages and welcomes all types of Eco Warriors to take part—from fun runners of all ages to serious recreational athletes who regularly compete. The event will be held not only in Manila but also in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taichung, an initiative that was adopted last year to effectively spread the vision and advocacy of EDR across Asia.  EDR in Manila will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds where participants can choose a 5K, 10K, 21K, or 42K distance category.

“Earth Day Run 2017 will be the biggest version of the race yet, with more expected participants from Manila and four other cities across Asia. We’re also excited to look back on our eight years of environmental advocacy and share and celebrate with our runners the positive change that they helped make possible through the years by joining Earth Day Run. We hope that Earth Day Run 2017 not only brings communities of running enthusiasts together for the common cause of saving the environment but also that it amplifies the important message of doing your own part today to help stop climate change and commit to sustainable solutions to save our beloved planet Earth,” said FOX Networks Group Philippines director and head of content and marketing Charo Espedido.

Last year, EDR participants ran to support causes such as saving the Irawaddy dolphins at the Malampaya Sound Research and Conservation Project in Palawan; giving the Earth Hour or Gift of Life Village in Monreal, Masbate sustainable solutions to reduce carbon footprint; conservation of the marine protected area and coral reef in Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and, beefing up reforestation efforts at the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, which is one of Metro Manila’s sources of water supply.

Presented by the channel and its partners Cherifer Premium and World Wildlife Fund for Nature, EDR aims to continue the tradition of being one of the biggest running events in the country, expecting scores of running enthusiasts with the hopes of mobilizing all Eco Warriors of previous EDRs to register and run for the environment.

This year’s event welcomes all previously registered participants with VIP treatment and special loyalty perks to be enjoyed on the day of the run. They will be given priority placement in front of the starting line at the beginning of the race and can claim their loot bag and finisher shirt at a special express booth. They can also make use of a special warm-up and cool down tent before and after the race to condition them and recover in comfort.


To top it off, EDR will also be sporting new features for its runners. As a special treat, all race kits will come with LED shoelaces, serving as a badge of pride and as a safety precaution for Eco Warriors running at night or before sunrise. Prizes will also be given to costumed runners who showcase their creativity by coming in their best ensemble made from recycled materials.

Finisher’ medal and shirt

To make each Eco Warrior’s voice heard in this run for the Earth, advocacy banners will be hanging above the finish line so that each runner can grab them as they cross to make a shout-out for the environment, keep as a souvenir, and use for all their post-run selfies to amplify the message of acting now to save the environment.

New participants can also join the celebrations by visiting the EDR Gallery at the Race Village to learn what the event has accomplished over the years including its environmental and social initiatives, and how their participation will make a significant impact on certain communities in the Philippines and how their actions as individuals will affect the environment.

Runners at EDR will not only experience a fun day of outdoor fitness, but also be doing their part in contributing to NG’s environmental efforts.

Registration will start on March 1 and end on April 16.  For more information and other details on how to register, please visit National Geographic Earth Day Run website.

Run for Children with Special Needs : Be their Hero, 11 Dec. 2016

The benefit run dubbed as HOPE Run for Children with Special Needs is happening on Sunday, December 11 at 4 AM at 34th Street, corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.


HOPE Run is organized to create and raise awareness for Children with Special Needs.  According to  HOPE Run organizer during its launch on November 19, the response was overwhelming as many groups including runners  came forward to support the upcoming event.   For details and updates, please visit Hope Run web site.   Run for children with special needs!  Be their HERO!

6 Reasons To Join Color Manila’s Blacklight Run

You see the same sights, follow a steady pace, and apart from the music blaring in your earphones, you don’t really get a lot of variety—so what’s fun about a run? How about joining Color Manila’s Blacklight Run to see for yourself?

Color Manila is encouraging everyone to sign up for a one of a kind running experience—one that combines fitness with new and exciting sights, opportunities to bond with family and friends, while still getting all the benefits of exercise. Here are some of the reasons why you should seriously consider lacing up those running shoes—


Running can be boring—and once in a while, it helps to add a bit of variety into the mix. For Color Manila, as the name implies, it’s all about the hues. Whether you opt for the 10K, 5K or 3K, you can be sure to enjoy a unique running event amid filled with neon colors.

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It’s At Night

Not a morning person? No problem. Since the Blacklight Run is happening at night, you don’t need to worry about waking up early or running under the heat of the sun. Color Manila makes this night run even more spectacular through the colors they’d be using – the colors would glow in the dark, thanks to the blacklight that would illuminate the entire race route.

Go At Your Own Pace

The focus here is fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re a running pro who can easily complete 10K in a blink, or a newbie just dipping your toe in the world of running, it’s the perfect event to get started. Piece of advice – just enjoy the race route.

Get Social

For those who are always on the look out for something new and exciting things to do in the city, the Blacklight Run creates a perfect venue to get into shape, bond with family and friends, and of course, meet new people.

For Fitness

While undeniably fun, you’re still bound to reap the benefits of exercise. Challenge yourself and see if you can beat your time and distance, or choose to take in the colorful sights at a pace you’re comfortable with—either way, you’ll feel better about having joined and finished it.

It’s For A Cause

More than organizing the coolest fun runs in the country, Color Manila sees to it to give back to the community through the Color Manila Foundation (CMF). Inspired by the hues of the rainbow, CMF commits to support the following causes: Medical Missions, Arts and Creativity, Health and Fitness, Mother Nature, Education, Innovation, and Disaster Response. Clearly, Color Manila is an organization with a huge heart. Amped up for the race yet? Be sure to visit Color Manila Run to sign up and get your race kits before 28 May 2016.

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Color Manila VP Justine Cordero (L) and Color Manila President Jay Em share Color Manila’s success story
Color Manila Fact Sheet  

What is Color Manila?

· Established in 2012, Color Manila is a race and events organizer that target both running enthusiasts/athletes and non-runners, and let them experience the real fun in a fun run through color festival.

· Color Manila removes the competition aspect of the race and encourages the participants to just run at their own pace, creating an exciting atmosphere among the participants.

· Since 2013, Color Manila has been hosting the biggest color fun run in the country.

· Color Manila, in partnership with Brother International, was one of the finalists of Best Sports Marketing Campaign 2015, the first Sports Industry Awards in South East Asia.

· Color Manila has been chosen by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to organize and host the opening event of Visit Philippines 2015 and Visit Philippines Again 2016, DOT’s hero campaigns.

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What are Color Manila’s concept events?

· Color Manila has launched three concept events so far: Color Manila Run, Color Manila Challenge, and the Color Manila Blacklight Run. They are also launching a new concept run this year–the Color Manila Costume Run, which has never been done before in the country.

Color Manila Run

· A color powder race with several color stations along the race route.  Unlimited fun and happiness await the participants as an after party always follows the Color Manila festival where everyone throws powder into the air while dancing it out to our DJ’s beats.

Color Manila Challenge

· This is a race route like no other. Participants have to go through obstacles, color stations, and mazes before they can cross the finish line. This route will make the participants crawl, run, skip, and roll–the fun way, of course.

Blacklight Run

· A one-of-a-kind night run, Color Manila Blacklight Run is filled with neon colors that illuminate in blacklight. A race and a party rolled into one, this is definitely one run you don’t want to miss.

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Have the time of your life and party at the same time while enjoying the sight of neon colors glowing in the dark.

What else? Is there more to Color Manila races other than the colors and cool concepts?

· Of course there’s more. Aside from promoting both fitness and fun at the same time, Color Manila aims to make a difference in other people’s lives through the Color Manila Foundation (CMF). Inspired by the hope and light-hearted feeling invoked by the rainbow, it is CMF’s vision to be regarded as the rainbow bridge of hope for people and our planet, creating life-changing relationships in both the local and international community by bringing color the people’s lives.

Color Manila in Numbers

· Four key races (Color Manila Run, Color Manila Challenge, Color Manila Blacklight Run, and the upcoming Color Manila Costume Run)

· Eight races have been held in Manila, Isabela, Dagupan, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga, and La Union

· 110,000 runners and counting nationwide (and upcoming runners globally) in almost four years

· 500 kids and counting who were put to smile by the Color Manila Foundation in less three months since its launch. A thousand more to come by the end of this year.

Join the awesome people who have already registered.  Log on at colormanilarun.com and get ready to have the perfect night out.

‘Heroes for Children Run’ Launched

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) along with its partners recently launched the 1,000 Days campaign with health and nutrition as its central focus.

There are at least 3.4 million Filipino children who suffer from malnutrition, and undernutrition accounts for over half of the 95 daily under-five child deaths according to UNICEF country representative Lotta Sylwander.

In support of the campaign, UNICEF celebrity advocate for children Anne Curtis organized the Heroes for Children Run, a fundraising initiative for the benefit of children’s most in need especially in their first 1,000 days of life.

At the contract signing and launch of the #HeroesforChildrenRun, a benefit run for UNICEF Philippines mounted by celebrity advocate Anne Curtis; with UNICEF Philippines representative Lotta Sylwander
At the contract signing and launch of the #HeroesforChildrenRun, a benefit run for UNICEF Philippines mounted by celebrity advocate Anne Curtis; with UNICEF Philippines representative Lotta Sylwander.

“UNICEF greatly appreciates Anne’s initiative to raise funds to support the critical needs of young children’s health and well-being. She is personally leading this event and has mobilised her own networks and resources to make it happen,” said Sylwander. The benefit run is happening on October 25 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds with 500-meter dash for children age 12 and under, 5K, 10K, and 21K race categories.


This will be Anne Curtis’ first attempt to run a half marathon and she’s looking forward to it. “I am very much invested in health and fitness. I thought a benefit run that demonstrates health and wellness is a great way to raise resources to support children to have the best start in life.  Proceeds from the run will help fund UNICEF’s 1,000 Days campaign,” said Curtis.

Heroes for Children Run online registration is now open until 11 Oct. 2015.  In-store registration will start on 23 Sep. and end on 21 Oct. 2015 at the following Chris Sports branches: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, SM City BF Paranaque, Glorietta, and Market! Market!

For more details of the run, please see FAQ – Heroes for Children Runor visit Takbo.ph website.

Organized by running partners Leadpack and Takbo.ph, the Heroes for Children Run is presented through the support of SM Mall of Asia, PSBank, Double Dragon Properties Corporation, Enervon, SM Accessories, Belo Essentials, Cherry Mobile, Jack ‘n Jill, Toy Kingdom, SM Cares, Philippine Star, Nyxsys Philippines Inc., Chris Sports, and Discovery Suites.


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.

To know more about the run and UNICEF’s programs,  please visit UNICEF Philippines, Facebook page and Twitter or call 758.1000 (Mondays to Fridays, 9 AM to 6 PM).