Run for the eyes

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Thursday, April 24, 2014


THE Central Visayas Society of Ophthalmology (CVSO) and the Run for Sight Foundation are collaborating to hold the Eye Run on June 8 at the Cebu Doctors University Hospital on Osmeña Boulevard.

Although a first for CVSO, Run for Sight Foundation’s Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III has been organizing runs in Cebu for the last 10 years.

Larrazabal said the proceeds of the run will help people with eye problems, most especially the blind.

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“We are helping the blind. Mostly we have cataract patients and we are doing our best to help them,” Larrazabal said.

The fun run will have an Open division for the 3K, 8K and 16K distances. The 8K and 16K welcomes running enthusiasts and serious runners.

The top three finishers will get cash prizes, while the top 10 finishers will also receive gift packs and finishers’ medals. All 16K finishers will get a limited eye medal—the first eye medal given in running history of Cebu. While the 3K category stays as a pure fun run that will invite newbies and fun runners.

Gunstart for the 16K will be at 5 a.m., the 8K will be at 5:30 a.m. and the 3K will be at 5:45 a.m.

The run will start at CDUH Osmeña Boulevard, Salinas Drive, Banawa, Gorordo and Escario covered routes. Run technicalities will be handled by Coco running and veteran race director Joel Juarez. “A typical event of Run for Sight Foundation, everything will be smooth from the giving of singlets to awarding ceremony,” said Larrazabal.

CVSO has been doing medical eye missions in Visayas areas like Bohol, Dumaguete City and the northern and southern part of Cebu—Carmen, Dalaguete and in Borbon on May 4.

The CVSO officials hope to expand its medical mission to other provincial areas that needs help in eye care.

The registration fee is pegged at P300, P350 and P600 for the 3K, 8K and 16K, respectively.

It includes a singlet with a smiling eye that symbolizes 'happiness' of being able to help people with eye problem.

Registration will start on May 2 at the Run for Sight Headquarters at CDUH, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City, and online at runforsight.net. On-site registration will also be accommodated if the 1000 expected maximum runners are yet to be filled.

Meanwhile, Run of Sight Foundation will hold the longest and biggest running event in Cebu: the ninth edition of University Run on August 4. It will have the usual 25K, 6K and 3K category in a same routes but with an earlier gun start. (RSC)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 25, 2014.

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