Bonifacio Global City (BGC), also known as The Fort or Fort Bonifacio, used to be a military land and part of the Philippine Army Camp in Taguig City. Since its conversion into an urbanized residential and commercial district in 2003, the area has become a strategic rendezvous of passionate runners, walkers, joggers, and other fitness enthusiasts, making it one of the most favorite hot spots to keep fit and stay in great physical shape.
Several fun runs are held at BGC every year. To view the schedule of races this year, please visit the website of Pinoy Fitness.
I run in BGC on Sunday afternoons, usually from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The environment is clean, orderly, and the routes are generally safe. I see and encounter many runners here and their presence increases my motivation to go the distances. However, if you do not want to be bothered by moving vehicles and traffic lights, there are open parks that can offer great surroundings for recreational running.
Situated at the corner of 30th Street and 9th Avenue, Track 30th gives a feel of nature in the city of lofty corporate, commercial, and residential buildings. The park is very relaxing with its green grasses and shrubs, colorful ornamental plants, and trees that sway in the rhythm of fresh air.
The track surface inside the park is covered with asphalt, which reduces friction on strikes and provides cushioning. There are also lights all around the paths so illumination will not be a problem for night runners.
The terrains on each side of the park are brown with dried grasses on summer and evergreen on rainy season. I often see a group of players enjoying frisbee or training for football and students rehearsing for a dance or cheering presentations in these areas.
At the western side of the park, there is a small grassy area that is partially enclosed by bamboo shrubs. There are large rocks in it that you can use for meditation, breathing exercises, and other sedentary activities. This is the most quiet corner of the park, mainly because of its seclusion, and it is very relaxing to rest here after a strenuous work out.
On the opposite far end, inclined logs are installed. They serve as facilities for pull ups, push ups, sit ups, and stretching. One complete revolution inside the park measures approximately 0.28 kms., while the outer perimeter is 0.49 kms. (Measurements were recorded using Sports Tracker application for Blackberry 10.)
Here are some rules to observe while in the park.
- The park is open daily from 6:00AM to 10:00PM.
- Children must be accompanied and supervised by their parents/guardians.
- Avoid loud noise and music.
- Liquor, gambling, and firearms are prohibited in the park.
- Dispose trash properly.
- Pets must be properly leashed at all times and handlers must clean up after them.
- Skateboards, bicycles, and motorized vehicles (except motorized wheelchairs) are not allowed in the park.
- Telephone Poles art installation may be used as parking for bicycles. Kindly use your personal lock.
- Management reserves the right to deny the continued stay of those who engage in disruptive or inappropriate behavior.
- Management shall not be responsible for any losses, accidents, or injuries sustained arising from the use of the park and all its amenities.
- All organized events, parties, and commercial activities require prior permission from Bonifacio Estate Services Corporation. Please call 816-2372.