Friday, April 15, 2011

Over 10,000 runners join 2nd NatGeo Earth Day Run

Over 10,000 runners join 2nd NatGeo Earth Day Run

More than 10,000 professional and recreational runners took part in the second NatGeo Earth Day Run at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. The annual race for the environment featured 3K, 5K, and 10K categories and a new and more competitive 21K chase.

“I thank our runners for supporting NatGeo Earth Day Run and National Geographic Channel’s advocacy to create awareness on caring for our planet. This shows how far they are willing to go to help save the environment,” said Jude Turcuato, Fox International Channels territory director.

“We are pleased with this year’s field which has more than doubled to 10,335 from last year’s 5,000 runners,” said Turcuato, who credits the huge turnout of participants to the growing popularity of running as a sport.

This year’s NatGeo Earth Day Run attracted students, professionals, athletes, health buffs, weekend runners, mid- and long-distance runners, and celebrities, including celebrities Kim Atienza, Venus Raj, Sponge Cola’s Yael Yuzon, and last year’s women’s 3K champion Karylle Tatlonghari.

One of the most popular runs in the country today, NatGeo Earth Day Run is sponsored by PLDT My DSL, in cooperation with Petron Turbo Diesel and Canon, in partnership with Bonifacio Global City and Greenbelt, and with the special participation of Cushe and official insurance provider Prudential Guarantee.

NatGeo Earth Day Run is also sponsored in part by Tapa King, Del Monte, First Endurance, Magnolia Lite, Anchor Shape-up, Intel, San Mig Coffee, Ayala Multisport, and Merrell.

Overall, there were 24 winners in the men’s and women’s divisions in four categories. Each received a cash prize, trophy, and certificate from National Geographic Channel while all 21K runners who crossed the finish line received finisher’s medals.

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