Behind every action is a motive that propels a behavior to a certain direction. What is your motive for running?
Various reasons are held by many of us who are always eager to participate in running events. Social networking or finding new friends is prevalent for some. Others are training themselves to become focused and goal-oriented, which are then positively transferred into their work or everyday life. A number of runners simply wanted to live a healthy lifestyle and manage the stress associated with work. To those who have made running an integral part of their regimen, budgeting a sum for registration fees for their races has become a practice; thus, making them financially responsible.
On the other hand, if your intention is to help, running is also a good avenue to become socially responsible in your own personal ways. Certain running events have their own advocacies for education, environmental protection, humanitarian relief, poverty alleviation, and your participation upholds their noble causes.
I have listed some of these races below that I think are worthy of advocacy. They are in no particular order.
1. World Vision Run
This year’s run was dubbed “Run for Children.” The race is spearheaded by World Vision Philippines, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to helping poor children and their families and communities. Its purpose is to raise further funds for the benefit of sponsored and waiting-to-be-sponsored children of World Vision communities in the Philippines. It is held every year in June and is organized by RunRio, Inc.
2. Condura Skyway Marathon
This is one of the most prestigious sports events in the country. As we in the running community are all aware of, the 2014 edition of this race that was supposed to be held on February 2, 2014 has been called off. The decision was made by the organizers in light of the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name “Haiyan”) in November 2013. The organizers and sponsors agreed to use their race budget for the relief efforts that will benefit the typhoon survivors. The next marathon will dominate the skyway on February 1, 2015, so save the date!
One of the event’s missions is to help preserve our marine ecosystems. The “Run for the Mangroves 2013” that was joined by about 14,000 runners has supported the mangrove reforestation in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.
3. Manila Bay Clean Up Run
Now on its fourth year, this event is organized by the Manila Broadcasting Company, a radio and television station that airs the oldest AM station in the country, the DZRH. The race, which features 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K categories, is part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility and commitment to help clean up our very own Manila Bay. It is held in July annually at the CCP Complex, Pasay City.
4. Run for the Pasig River
This is an annual advocacy run organized by ABS-CBN Foundation’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP). Every October, individuals from different walks of life are united to support a common objective – to raise funds for the rehabilitation of Pasig River and waterways in Metro Manila.
5. NatGeo Earth Day Run
In its 5th year, the race introduced its first ever 42K category. A total of 12,000 runners helped in raising funds for NatGeo’s major partner-organization, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, which is the world’s largest independent conservation organization.
Bancas for the Philippines, a crowd funding project of WWF Philippines, would receive donations from the race. The project aims to assist the locals in Northern Palawan and Eastern Visayas communities, who were affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. The project will also introduce a fiberglass boat-making technology to help fishermen build boats more efficiently to sustain their livelihood.
6. Sante’ Barley Domination Run
Sante’ Barley, a provider of premiere wellness products made from New Zealand, staged its first Sante’ Barley Domination Run in November last year, with 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K distances. Proceeds from the race has benefited the Philippine Eagle Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the endangered Philippine Eagle and its rainforest habitat.
Please visit your favorite running sites for an updated schedule of these races.