ORGANIZERS expect at least 1,500 runners to join the 2nd Rotary Run on Feb. 21 that will kick off the annual celebration of the Rotary Week. The run will feature 3-kilometer, 7K and 15K races.

The race will start and end at the old V-hire terminal near the Northwing of SM City Cebu.

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“On top of promoting Rotary and a healthy lifestyle, joining the race is an opportunity to contribute to the End Polio Now, a program of the Rotary Foundation aimed to eradicate polio worldwide,” said race co-organizer Kenneth Casquejo.

“Running is a very cheap way to be healthy,” said Casquejo.

Co-organizer Jet Neric also said that apart from promoting a healthy lifestyle, running also encourages family bonding. He said organizers hope Rotarians “will develop a running lifestyle.”

Casquejo said the first placer in the men’s and women’s categories of the 15K race will get P8,000 each. Second placers will get P5,000 each, while third placers will get

P3,000 each. The registration fee for the race is P150, which is inclusive of a race singlet, race bib and Jollibee snacks.

The registration center is at the Philippine Sports Commission office in the Cebu City Sports Center. Casquejo said registration will no longer be allowed on race day.

The top-seeds for the run are Mary Grace delos Santos, the top female runner in Cebu, and Kenyan Simon Losiaboi.

Race director Raffy Uytiepo said that although some runners have complained against Losiaboi, the “presence of top runners also make you fast.”

“If you want to win or to beat me, just train hard,” Losiaboi said yesterday.

Asia Brewery Inc., one of the sponsors of the race, pledged ample water supply and said 100 Plus isotonic sports drink will be distributed in the finish line.

Casquejo said they have coordinated with the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management to make the race route secure.