News from Sunstar:
AFTER breaking the Guinness World Record for the most number of participants in a racing event last October 10, ABS-CBN Foundation’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig hopes to tap more runners in this year’s Run for the Pasig River.
In a press conference Friday afternoon, ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Gina Lopez thanked all those who participated in the race for a cleaner environment.
With the overwhelming response for the people, she said they are inspired to set another record this year.
To recall, the footrace dubbed as “10.10.10 Run for Pasig River” made it to the Guinness World Record as 116,086 runners finished the entire leg of the race.
The event consisted of three races, namely: 3 km, 5 km and 10 km runs all occurring simultaneously on different routes through the city.
Representatives from schools, companies, armed services, government agencies and communities supported the cause for a healthier environment.
According to Lopez, the proceeds for 10.10.10 Run for the Pasig River will be used in rehabilitating Estero de San Miguel, one of the five tributaries that flow into the Pasig River.
“For a country that has been colonized for 400 years, to do this run in magnificence and peace is a great achievement. If we are to do the run again and again, this will be a major force in making the river clean,” she added.
The Philippines snatched the world record, which was previously held by the 1988 “Bay to Breakers” run in San Francisco, USA.
For this year, Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig and ABS-CBN Foundation gear up again for the biggest eco-footrace this November 20, 2011 or “Run for the Pasig River 11.20.11”.
“We are looking for more participants this year and to duplicate the 150,000 people who race during the 10.10.10. We’ll make this one more fun.”
“Last year we raised a lot of money and this year, we want to show it to the people. Every year na tatakbo ang tao, ipapakita din natin sa kanila kung ano na yung nangyari with Pasig River,” Lopez noted.
The event will still be held at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Last year’s race organizers, namely, Eric Imperio, Darryl de Leon, Rio dela Cruz and Thumbie Remigio will still join the run this November