AROUND 15,000 running buddies are expected to take part in one of the most anticipated races of the year, the 2013 Nike We Run Manila 10K.
Nike country marketing manager Courtney Cole-Faso said they adopted a single Buddy Race Category for the December 1 run to be held in Marikina City to “incorporate the personality of the people of the Philippines to motivate and inspire them to lead a more active lifestyle.”
For the third edition of the Nike event, no solo registration is allowed and runners are required to sign up and run as a pair.
“Filipinos are kindred spirits, who without hesitation, unite for a good cause and help each other. Taking this, we hope that every Filipino runner can inspire and motivate one another and run the race together”, Cole-Faso explained.
The assembly area for the 4 p.m. race will be at the Marikina Sports Center although details regarding the start/ finish lines and the race route have yet to be announced. Past venues of the event are the Mall of Asia and Bonifacio Global City.
The Manila event is part of the global “Nike We Run” series for this year that have been held in 26 other cities including Moscow, Athens, Johannesburg and Prague where 350,000 runners are expected to take part.
As part of the preparations, Nike has organized training sessions at the Ayala Triangle in Makati City on November 5 (for female runners) and the SM Mall of Asia on November 13 as well as various Nike Training Clubs.
At stake for podium winners in the Male/ Male Buddy, Female/ Female Buddy and Male/ Female Buddy are P360,000 worth of Nike Vouchers. All finishers will also receive an exclusive finishers’ t-shirt.
The P1,700 registration fee includes a slot in the 'Nike We Run Manila 10K race' for two people and a Race Entitlement Pack (exclusive 'Nike We Run Manila 10K' t-shirt, a D-Tag timing chip, a Nike Sports water bottle and a Nike tote bag).
The race packs can be redeemed at Bonifacio High Street at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City from November 21-24.
The registration period is from October 25 to November 17 and can be made online www.werunmnl10k.com or at various Nike Park, Nike Stadium and Nike Forum stores around the metropolis.