FORMER President Estrada leads the stars and celebrities taking part in the Stags Run 3 dubbed `Takbo Para Sa Bokasyon’ slated on January 13 at the ASEANA City near the Maill of Asia and Macapagal Boulevard.
The former Chief Executive will be joined by his staff in the annual run that has continuously drawn interest despite limiting its participants to San Sebastian College-Recoletos students, employees, officials, and alumni.
“Former President Estrada has confirmed his participation in our race,” said San Sebastian president Fr. Christopher Maspara, OAR. “It's a big boost to our event and in our hope of generating funds to help our apostolate missions here and abroad.”
Maspara is referring to the school's vigorous efforts to fund its apostolates from as far as Sierra Leone in West Africa to as near as one of the remote barangays of Palawan.
“We're expecting a bigger, more exciting race this year,” said Maspara, who has been at the helm of the race not just for charitable purposes but also to encourage students, employees, and alumni to run for good health.
“We're not just funding our apostolates here and abroad, but we're also promoting a healthy lifestyle to students, officials, and even alumni,” he added.
Registration, which is pegged at P500 each inclusive of bib number and singlet, starts next week and ends on January 8 and will only be open to all San Sebastian students, staffs, alumni, and their relatives.
Aside from President Estrada, former students and Stags expected to support the event and participate are JC Tiuseco, Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang, and Rommel Adducul among others, who will be at the race that fires off at 4 a.m.
The first two years the race generated funds for the OAR mission in Sierra Leone in West Africa as well as the Casian Island in Palawan, where the Mendiola-based school has zeroed in on its education apostolates.
Competitions will be divided into three categories, namely 3k, 5k, and 10k, starting at 6 a.m.
Staged at the Mall of Asia grounds, the first edition of the meet was won by Justin Tabunda in the men's side and Mercedita Manipol-Fetalvero in the women's side of the 5k division, while Mervin Guarte and Jho-Anne Banayag topped the 10k race, respectively.
Guarte, now a Southeast Asian Games medalist and San Sebastian's star runner, returned the following year to dominate the event.