Runners tread Tacloban

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


SEVERAL Cebuanos will be taking part in the Tindog Tacloban: A Unity Run for Hope 2 set this Sunday in Tacloban City.

The run, which aims to empower and unite the region’s runners after the tragedy brought by super typhoon Yolanda last Nov. 8, expects more than a hundred participants, who will be led by Noy and Amale Jopson. The organizers will be expecting the participation of runners from Leyte and Samar.

This is the second time that the Tenderfoot Organization of Enthusiastic Striders (TOES) running club has organized a fund-raising activity for the heavily-devastated regions.

The first run happened last December. It was a fund-raising effort to generate construction materials for the victims and as well as a way for the out-of-town runners to see first-hand the situation of the city, which needs all the help to recover.

School materials

TOES member Lester Glenn Tabada said the second run will gather school materials for the children of Tacloban.

“This event is absolutely free for all runners, cyclists, fitness buffs. We only encourage runners to bring school supplies for our two adopted schools here in Tacloban,” said Tabada.

Tabada said the route will start at the Leyte Provincial Capitol. Assembly will be at 4:30 a.m. for the registration and signing of the “Hope Bibs.”

Route

The gun goes off at 5 a.m. The route will take the runners to the severely affected Anibong district, then to the Maharlika Highway and to the San Juanico Bridge, which ends the first half of the run.

“Runners are requested to participate in a photoshoot at the bridge as a show of Hope for all the world to see. Unity Run 2 is hosted by the Toes group of Tacloban. As their advocacy to help their fellow Taclobanons, they are encouraging everyone to bring school supplies for the pupils who were affected by the typhoon,” said Tabada.

The race features a 12K run (one way) and 24K (full course) run.

Tabada said this run is TOES’s way of giving back to the community. They are dedicating it to those who gave the help they received during their darkest days, especially when they were given a chance to fulfill their dreams of doing a Cebu City Marathon last January.

“We will make it as a solemn and sincere tribute run for our home island,”said Tabada.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 19, 2014.

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