Friday, March 18, 2011

Rogate Run 2011: Celebrating the cause of children and education

If you don't believe running is on a roll in Davao City, consider this.

Probably less than 6 hours after the last runner in the Dark Knight Run on March 19 crosses the finish line at Roxas Avenue on what could very well be already March 20, another run kicks off at the Carmelite Monastery grounds in Bajada.

Rogate Run 2011 is the first-ever fun run organized by Rogationist Academy, a school run by the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus (RCJ), a Catholic religious congregation for men founded by Saint Hannibal Mary di Francia.

The event which features 3k, 5k and 10k distances will benefit the children of Saint Anthony’s Boys Village, an orphanage in Baracatan, Toril. Recipients of the proceeds will be the orphans themselves who will be present during the race.

Top three finishers in each of the race distances will receive cash prizes.

The event will kick off with simple rites at 5 a.m. at the Carmelite Monastery grounds and end with a celebration of the Holy Mass. I would say that's a first, at least for me, having heard about a running event ending with a mass only now.

Registration fee is P250 which covers race singlet, race bib, certificate and snacks.

Being a charity run, people who find children's charities close to their hearts are encouraged to register just the same even if they cannot run. They will still receive their race kits which they can keep as souvenirs. Topping that is the heart-warming feeling one gets knowing that he or she has helped make a young orphan smile.

Will anybody doing the Dark Knight Run the night before also do the Rogate Run 2011 the morning after? Not a crazy far-fetched idea for some runners. Running can be addictive, and that runner's high has a way of keeping you going like the Energizer bunny.

Visit the Rogate Run 2011 event page on Facebook.

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