Runners who want to protect the environment will compete in the National Geographic Channel’s 2016 Earth Day Run (EDR) slated on April 17 at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City.
The EDR will be happening simultaneously for the first time in five Asian locations namely Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tai Chung, and Manila.
According to the organizers, the Manila edition of the race is expecting 20,000 runners, which is expected to be bigger than its Asian counterparts.
The marathon aims to raise money for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and its projects.
“We wanted an event that would last for a long time. Through the years, it has certainly been very fruitful making the run exactly what it is, which is helping the Mother Earth,” said Jude Turcuato, Senior Vice President and General Manager-Philippines of Fox International Channels during a press conference at Resorts World Manila on Thursday.
NGC’s Earth Day Run has consistently helped in promoting sustainable living and supporting environmental advocacy utilizing the popular platform of running in its seven years of operation.
As a result, participation in Earth Day Run in the Philippines has increased year on year, allowing NGC to contribute significantly to various environmental causes.
Massive participation in Earth Day Run throughout the years has made it possible for NGC to plant 36,000 fruit-bearing trees in a watershed in the Abuan watershed in Isabela, Sierra Madre region, train fishermen affected by Typhoon Haiyan on how to make fiberglass boats and has provided portable solar-powered lighting kits to the Tawbuid Mangyan tribes folk in Mindoro, among others.
“This year, we’ll be helping out tribes in Mindoro who are trying to preserve the Tamaraw so they can continue to take care those endangered species,” said Turcuato.
The racecourse spans along BGC and McKinley West. It will have four categories such as 5 kilometers, 10K, 21K and 42K.
On-site registration for the Manila leg will be open until March 31 at the Ground Floor of SM Aura Premier in BGC.
For details visit www.natgeoearthdayrun.com.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID