World Vision Run 2015: Running with purpose

This year’s turnout for the World Vision Run proved to be the biggest in its four-year history since it started in 2012. More than 6,000 joined the awareness and fundraising event held at the Mall of Asia grounds on June 21 with one goal in mind – to make a difference with love.

Indeed, supporters and partners of World Vision successfully finished their chosen categories motivated by this year’s theme, “The difference is love.” Race categories included 3k, 5k, 10k, 21k, and a 500-meter dash for children up to 12 years old. 

 

 

Proceeds of this event goes to World Vision’s child sponsorship program which is now reaching out to about 100,000 Filipino children, giving them access to education, health care, protection, and other community development initiatives; thereby making a difference in these children’s lives.

 

Proving to be a family-centered event, parents took the chance to make it a family bonding experience. They cheered wildly as their children participated in the 500-meter dash, while adult runners from all categories received their very own finishers’ shirts. For the 10k and 21k finishers, specially-crafted medals were given to acknowledge their efforts. 

 

 

 

 

The crowd also gathered for the fun-filled “Zumbathon,” a marathon of Zumba exercises, and the awarding ceremony for the winners of each race category after the run.

 

 

 

World Vision celebrity ambassadors Miriam Quimbao, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos, as well as celebrity advocates Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidicelli, Aljur Abrenica, Lyn Ching-Pascual with family, and Chris Ervingham were also present to lead the race and advocate for the international humanitarian organization. 

 

 

 

 

Ready for the Big One?

 

Also one of the highlights of the event is the launching of World Vision’s advocacy campaign to prepare for the Big One – a possible magnitude 7.2 earthquake predicted to hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

 

 

To emphasize safety preparedness, questionnaires were given to the participants before being asked to locate their homes on a map where the active West Valley Fault is visible. Materials supported by PHILVOLCS on preparedness and house safety were also distributed in the Advocacy Booth. 

 

 

 

 

Date with Dad

 

Inspired by the theme, families also seized the opportunity to express their love and commitment to their dads because the run coincided with their celebration of Father’s Day.

 

 

 

One of the participants, a forty-eight year old runner, shared his enthusiasm for finishing the race with his sixty-eight year old father. He said it’s the happiest run he did because he got to share the victory with his dad.

 

The father and son tandem who finished the 21K together in celebration  of Father’s Day. In photo: Joel (son) and Florencio (father) Blasurca.

 

World Vision Run 2015 would like to thank its race organizer RunRio, Inc. and its major sponsor ANVO CSR for making this year’s event possible.

World Vision would also like to thank all its event sponsors: SM Mall of Asia, Toby’s Sports, Runnr, Pocari Sweat, Maynilad, Timex, Robinson’s Supermarket, Hi Precision Diagnostics, Tupperware Brands, Appebon Kid, Belo Sun Expert, Bioessence, Gardenia, J.CO Donuts, Res Toe Run, Nizoral Cream, Saucony, Toy Kingdom, Melissa and Doug, Crayola, Lancaser Hotel, Unisilver Time, Ysa Botanica, Nice Day Coffee andGlutamax

 

Official media partners are GMA News, CNN Philippines, Manila Bulletin, Business World, Nyxsys, Globaltronics, CBN Asia, Myx, Men’s Health, DZAS, DZUP, Pinoyfitness.com, Takbo.ph, Multisport and We Ran for Good Health.

 

Look back to the highlights of the run:

 

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