MORE than 6,000 participants in the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon will be running for ‘the poorest of the poor’ when it fires off on August 16.
During the media launch held on Tuesday evening at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, organizers said a portion of the registration fee of the annual race will benefit 200 abandoned children under the care of the Virlanie Foundation.
First held in 2014, the event will feature three categories at 5km, 10km and 21km to be held at the Mall of Asia grounds. The half marathon takes runners through a panoramic view of Manila Bay and also promotes a ‘green’ lifestyle as it encourages runners to bring reusable bottles for refilling in designated hydration stations.
“Over 4,500 joined us last year. The event aims to bring us at level with similar international runs such as the Singapore Marathon. More importantly, the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is an event with heart as the collaboration with RunRio and our featured partners are to support and uplift the lives of the street children,” said General Manager Adam Laker.
Popular running coach Rio de la Cruz briefed media members on the race route and details on how to join the event.
“We hope to create a bigger platform and be among the world’s most popular running events attracting both amateur and professional runners. This marathon is dedicated to the children of Virlanie Foundation as we strive to make a difference in the lives of the children of Manila,” de la Cruz said.
Nadi Chua of Virlanie said the RunRio founder even donated a Mitsubishi L300 van to the foundation last year.
The Virlanie Children's choir also serenaded the media members who were on-hand during the launch.
Registration fees are P750 for 5K, P850 for 10K and P950 for the 21K. All participants shall receive event race bibs, a singlet and a finisher’s loot bag. Runners in the 21K will also get a finisher’s shirt and a medal. Cash and lifestyle prizes are also in store for podium finishers.
Online registration is now open and in-store registration starts on July 20 at Toby’s branches in Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Galleria, Trinoma and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel.