Two road races are again set for next Sunday, September 27, one up north and another down south.
At the Fort Bonifacio Global City, New Balance, which is no doubt one of the major forces behind the continued popularity of running in the country today, will be holding the New Balance Power Run ... Raising HOPE.
Raising HOPE, for beneficiaries of cancer awareness projects of Carewell (Cancer Resource and Wellness Community), Philippine Cancer Society, ICanServe Foundation and Natasha Goulbourn Foundation. A 3K run/walk for cancer is part of the event, together with the regular 5K, 10K and 21K. Cancer survivors with their supporters will also be among the over 6,000 runners who will cross the finish line at the Power Run , said Planet Sports, Inc. President Anton Gonzalez.
In Davao City, the Gaisano Mall parking lot will again be awash with runners of all gender, ages, sizes, and abilities who will join the Auto Review Run for Road Safety and Courtesy. The event presented by GoodYear features competitive 10-km and 5-km distances. Knowing Davao City and race organizer Kenneth Sai's knack for gathering a good crowd, I imagine another big number of students and young professionals running in this event.
This is the first time that the advocacy run will be held outside Metro Manila after three successful stagings in Manila and Taguig City since 2004. Hopefully, it will start a steady stream of races moving from Manila to the country's southern islands.
I wonder if we can look forward to a New Balance Power Run in Davao City next year.