IF YOU are up for some running action, then keep an eye on these three marathon events slated on the month of love.

About 12,000 runners are expected to take part in a fun run dubbed “Run for Your Heart” organized by the Philippine Sports Commission on February 14 starting and ending at the Quirino Grandstand.

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The run, which is part of the activities lined up in celebration of the PSC’s 20th anniversary, has drawn entries from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, PSC, Ateneo Law School, Greenhills Running Club, Pinoy Ultra Runners, Philippine Skyrunners Association and national athletes.

“This fun run is not only promoting wellness and a healthy lifestyle but also camaraderie and sportsmanship among participants,” said PSC chair Harry Angping.

The PSC chief said everyone is welcome to join the event sponsored by XTEP Corp. (China), Pepsi-Gatorade Corp. in cooperation with the Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation.

Races on tap are in the 3k, 5k, and 10k categories.

The run will pass through Roxas Boulevard and will end at designated areas near the Quirino Grandstand.

Adding fanfare to the run, which coincides with the first day of the “Year of the Tiger,” are fireworks display, bands, and dragon dances.

The top three in the 10k will receive P10,000, P5,000, and P3,000, respectively, while the first to third placers in the 5k will get P5,000, P3,000, and P2,000.

Century Tuna Superbods

Popular canned good Century Tuna will hold the Century Tuna Superbods Run 2010 on February 21 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City hoping to attract not just running enthusiasts but top celebrities as well.

“Century Tuna has become synonymous not only to quality and taste, but also to health and wellness. It has become part of our commitment to inspire and encourage people to achieve a healthy lifestyle,” said Gold Tantoco, general manager of Century Canning Corporation.

No less than celebrity endorser Derek Ramsay and Superbods 2009 winners Victor Leano and Theresa Fenger as well as Reem Chanco, who all graced the event launch, will run in some events - 3km, 5km, 10km, and 21km.

A cool cash pot worth P42,000 awaits the 21km winner with the second and third placers pocketing P21,000 and P10,500, respectively.

Proceeds of the event will go to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), an international body devoted to helping abused and needy children around the world, and the World Wide Fund for Nature, a group working on issues for the conservation, preservation, research, and restoration of the environment.

Takbo para sa Kalikasan

Love for the endangered Pasig River topbills the cause of ABS-CBN's “Takbo para sa Kalikasan Year 11” on February 28 (Sunday).

The fun run to be held also at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila will start at 5 a.m.

Race categories include 3K, 5K, and 10K aside from special categories like Biggest Kapamilya Contingent (ABS-CBN department, subsidiary, group or company), Youngest and Oldest Runner, and Biggest Government, Non-government organization (NGO) and Student contingent.

Aside from the prizes going to the top three winners for each category run, organizers will also hand out special prizes.

Proceeds from this year's “Takbo para sa Kalikasan” will be donated to the Pasig River rehabilitation project through Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) of the ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI).

Registration has begun at the DZMM Public Service Office (inside the PDA Concert Hall), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City.

Registration Fee is P250 while students have a discounted rate of P200. Singlets will be given upon registration. Participants are reminded that 3K runners should be aged 6 to 12 while 5K and 10K runners must be at least 13 years old. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)