More than 8,000 women participated in the first ever Nike Women’s 10k Manila, a record for the most runners in an all-women runner event in the Philippines. Held at Filinvest city in Alabang, women from all-around the country stormed the streets for Nike’s “Better for it” challenge that aims to push women to become better versions of themselves.
“The vision that we had for “We Run Manila” is to make it an all-women run where you have to register as a buddy. What makes this event unique is that there is a buddy system which stems from Filipinas accomplishing more with a buddy to help push them,” said Patrick Reyes, county marketing manager of Nike Philippines.
Professional triathlon Monica Torres was among the runners to carry the flag for the Women’s 10k, also touted as #WeRunMNL. Unsuprisingly, Torres was one of the top finishers in the event.
“This is the first time I’ve ran an all-women’s event, and it’s just the most beautiful race I’ve ever done. There’s a different energy having all women involved from the start, and it’s so exciting and so much fun,” said Torres.
“It’s great that they have events specifically for women now because it’s been my experience that a lot of beginner athletes are very intimidated to join any sort of competition, but with this type of event it’s very welcoming, very friendly. It’s a very comfortable environment for women to join,” she encouraged.