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    Legion Run to bring unique, non-competitive obstacle race experience to Philippines next year

    Nov 11, 2016
    Ignite Philippines' Marge Patena and Legion Run founder Tom Lahav during the media launch. Rhoel V Fernandez

    THE Legion Run is set to bring a new kind of fun yet challenging experience to runners when the one-of-a-kind obstacle race debuts at the Greenfield City in Laguna on March 4, 2017.     

    The five-kilometer outdoor course will feature more than 20 obstacles that would include elements of mud, fire and ice. Participants are expected to run, climb and crawl trenches, tunnels, 20-feet high walls, net climbs, barb wire and other surprises.

    But the key element of the race is its non-competitive nature, as the run aims to foster team spirit and is open to people of all levels of physical fitness and ability.

    “We wanted to bring an obstacle course that will be open to everybody. Not just for those in CrossFit, fitness buffs or competitive people- we wanted the old guys, the fit and the unfit to compete together against themselves,” said Legion Run founder Tom Lahav to during the media launch last Thursday at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City.

    Lahav said the tough race was inspired by his background as a former soldier three years ago. From his days in the military, he found the value of cooperation and teamwork in leaving nobody behind and finishing every challenge as a group.

    “My partner and I came got ideas from our training in the army, improved it and did it for everybody,” said Lahav.

    “It’s not the usual run we stage. We’re bringing something for runners to try something different. This is something new for the Philippines,” added race organizer Marge Patena of Ignite Philippines who expects around 5,000 participants.   

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    ‘Legion Run’ was named after the famous French Foreign Legion, a unit of the French Army composed of recruits from all around Europe and other parts of the world.

    “They are all together. It didn’t matter what color or culture. They all worked together. The idea is to come not just as one team but to help everyone who needs help. This is the Legion,” Lahav said.       

    Ever since the first Legion Run in Cyprus, it has since become an international event where successful runs were held for the past years in France, Italy, Poland, Greece, Israel and Bulgaria. The first event in Asia would be held this January in Malaysia.

    For safety concerns, Lahav assured that they test the whole course at least 16 times before opening it to the public.  

    After finishing the challenge, ‘legionnaires’ can then celebrate their success with food, drinks and various post-event attractions that can be found in the Legion Run Festival Area.

    Dubbed as more than just a run or an event, organizers describe it as ‘the experience of a lifetime’ that can instill pride and bring unique thrills after a worthy achievement.

    To learn more about the Legion Run, follow their social media accounts in Facebook: or and Instagram, email at 

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    Ignite Philippines' Marge Patena and Legion Run founder Tom Lahav during the media launch. Rhoel V Fernandez
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