Unity run to fill cities’ streets

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


THE “Kahit Isang Araw Lang” Unity run hopes to attract 300,000 runners in seven key cities in the country as it launches simultaneous runs on Jan. 22 at 4 a.m. with the Cebu Leg starting at the Cebu Business Park.

The other cities include Metro Manila, Tacloban City, Bacolod City, Butuan City, Puerto Princesa City and Davao City, which has already confirmed 30,000 runners.

This was disclosed yesterday by the Avant Garde Creative Inc. COO Ryan Ramos along with race director Joel Baring and Department of Education Region 7 representative Victor Yntig during a press conference at the Cityscape Hotel.

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“The Unity run is another groundbreaking project conceptualized by Kuya Daniel Razon, with the advocacy ‘Kahit Isang Araw Lang,’ which invokes awareness on doing good with every opportune moment, and intends to urge everyone to take action and make a difference, one day at a time,” Ramos said.

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The run will feature men and women’s 3K, 5K and 10K divisions.

With the recent success of the 2012 Cebu City Marathon, which attracted around 7,000 runners, the program hopes to attract thousands.

The proceeds will benefit the Department of Education’s adopt-a-school program by giving computer facilities to public schools all over the Philippines.

“We will be supporting this laudable program. We will be sending representatives to join this advocacy run, which not only aims to promote health and wellness as well as DepEd’s program to make education available to everyone, especially now when we are in the era of information technology,” Yntig said.

Ramos said they will be giving special rates for workers under DepEd, including teachers and students.

Ramos said the program started in 2010, attracting more than 50,000 runners.

“That ambition became a reality as the La Verdad Christian School, the free college in Caloocan City, when it was officially inaugurated and opened to 200 scholars, with free tuition, books, uniforms, and even meals,” Ramos said.

He said the advocacy extended its support to the education sector with its two buses with state-of-the-art learning facilities. It is a mobile classroom called “Dulong Gulong.”

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According to Ramos they will be working on bringing one of the buses here in Cebu during the big race to showcase it to the people.

“The two buses are now being used in Cagayan de Oro City, which was affected by Sendong, but we will try to make arrangements if we can bring it here in Cebu during the race,” Ramos said.

Registration fee is pegged at P200 for 3K runners, P250 for 5K runners and P300 for 10K runners, with registration site at Chris Sports, Reebok, Res Toe Run, Columbia, R.O.X., Run Club Store and Active Zone.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 11, 2012.

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