More than 1,000 to run together in Run for Hope

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

A RUNNING event where all runners will run and finish at the same time. This will be the scenario when the Tindog Tacloban: A Unity Run for Hope hits the Tacloban City roads this Sunday.

More than 1,000 runners are expected to join and the aim, according to organizer Jake Beramida of Tenderfoot Organization of Enthusiastic Striders (Toes), is for the runners to start and finish together.

Beramida said their purpose is to showcase the devastation of Yolanda to the runners.

He added that they were able to secure permits from the local government unit that will allow them to use a race route around the badly-damaged areas of the city.

Lester Glenn Tabada, also a member of Toes reiterated that the event is not a race but a fun run, where everyone will be running side by side at a uniform pace.

“We wanted to make sure the runners will be able to witness the devastation Yolanda brought to the city and see how the people of Tacloban rise up once again. And to make the people around Tacloban feel that we are here to support and give them Hope,” said Tabada.

Most of the runners joining come from all over the Visayas.

“We are very grateful with the warm response from the running communities in the country especially from the Visayas region for supporting our run for hope,” said Beramida.

“The people from Tacloban have been waiting for an event to show to the people what is the day to day situation here,” said Beramida.

Beramida said they have already reserved a biletting place for the runners from Cebu.

Tabada added that there will be no official singlets, no medals, no cut-off time, and no water stations.

“We have to stick together the whole course. We request participants to bring their own hydration and money if one needs to ride a jeepney to our starting line. However, we will brief the runners coming in this Saturday,” said Tabada.

The runners will be housed at the Leyte Normal University Campus.

“It's now a clean and secure place to stay. However, we request runners to bring their own sleeping materials and food. They can also bring tents if they have one.

Also, we request them to bring flashlights and extra batteries for their devices since until now the power in Tacloban has not been restored yet,” said Tabada.

The running event waived its registration fee however encourage all participants to bring in donation for the victims of the super typhoon Yolanda.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 19, 2013.


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