SOME 2,635 “dengue busters” answered the starting gun in the 2012 Run Against Dengue along Roxas Blvd. in Manila on Sunday and joined in the fight against the deadly disease.
Taisho Pharmaceuticals Phils. president Toru Tatezono and Invida-Tempra sales and marketing manager Eric Pablo Ma. Lejano fired the starting gun in the premier 10k race, before Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim sent off 5k and 3k runners of this advocacy run presented by Tempra and organized by Subterranean Ideas, in cooperation with the Manila Sports Council.
Basketball icon Samboy Lim, Pinoy Big Brother housemate Luz McClinton and Petron players Paolo Hubalde and Axel Doruelo handed out the medals and cash prizes to the winners and the awards to the biggest delegation for schools (Philippine School of Business Administration) and for corporate groups (ShipServ).
Topping the 5k run were Christopher Olpoc (1st, 12:15:01), Reggie Rumawak (2nd, 12:25:16) and Esmiraldo Ondoy (13:08:10) in the male division; and Mary Ann dela Cruz (1st, 15:01:25), Michelle De Vera (15:12:15) and Jocelyn Dulay (16:01:02) in the female division, while ruling the 3k side were Jayson Arena (7:41:28), Michael Lim (7:57:01), Renan Lumawag (8:15:17), Rey delos Reyes (8:26:38) and Troy Sison (8:34:03).
Part of the net proceeds will be use to purchase various anti-dengue modalities, including long-lasting insecticidal nets recommended by the World Health Organization in fighting vector-borne diseases like dengue.