First of all, let me congratulate all the finishers of the recently concluded Unilab Run United 2, last Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, especially the conquerors of the 32K – Afroman distance. Kayo na! I’m sure you are all excited for the Run United Philippine Marathon on October. I truly hope I will have enough courage & training to become part of that event. Haha. As for the 21K finishers like me, congratulations pa din satin! Finishing a half marathon safe, strong & without injuries, is still something we can be proud of. 🙂
Quick review for RU2:
- Hydration was perfect. No shortage from start to finish.
- Finisher’s medal & shirt looked better than the first leg.
- New route: no flyovers for 21k, good for me.
- Medics were all over the place.
- No clamor on finisher items distribution.
Aside from the tremendous heat during that morning, there was really nothing I can complain about. It was simple and a very organized race, a trademark for Unilab & Runrio.
Here’s the official Press Release:
Run United 2 2013: High on Fun, Big on Safety
The race was high on safety and support to runners
With summer nearly over and schools opening soon, runners with their families and friends grabbed the opportunity to make another fun run under the sun at Run United 2 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.
“It is always good to see friends and families having great fun in our run races. Moreover, it is fulfilling to know that the runners are outperforming themselves and each other in our runs. Run United has really become a healthy mix of serious running with a lot of fun thrown in, and it’s a good thing for us and for our loyal participants,” said Alex Panlilio, Business Head of Unilab Active Health.
The very good turnout is expected since a full two weeks before the race, all the slots for the 10km, 21km and 32km race categories were already filled up. The 500m Ceelin dash category for runners five to 12 years old was also on target in terms of number of participants.
“We are happy that the running community heeded our advice to register early. The early close of registration gave us ample time to really focus on the race preparations. It is also good to have an exact number of participants, way ahead of the race date, so there will be adequate provisions and logistics,” said Panlilio.
And prepare they did! Sponsored by Unilab Active Health and organized by Run Rio Inc. left no stones unturned, so to speak, in terms of ensuring that the safety, convenience, comfort and fun of Run United participants are very well taken care of.
About a month before Run United 2, the organizers hosted an event dubbed as ‘Mornings with ULAH’ where experts provided tips and pointers on training nutrition and supplements as well as running workouts with Coach Rio himself. Race marshalls, staff and volunteers also took part in a comprehensive first-aid and safety training.
“From the very start, during the first Run United in 2010, we have made a commitment to organize a high quality running event with emphasis on safety. We are also very supportive of the growth of running in the country, so we provide all the support we can give runners—from Unilab’s products as well as activities appropriate for them,“ said Coach Rio dela Cruz of Run Rio Inc.
Run United 2 also managed to be environment-friendly with the introduction of reusable hydration bottles, made available at a very affordable price to registered participants with Enervon Activ’s support. This promo aims to reduce the use of plastic or paper cups for hydration during races. There was a marked decrease in litter or waste during the race.
The next Run United event, Run United 3, will be on October 6. Race categories include 10km, 21km and 42km distance categories. Watch out for other upcoming ULAH activities: Tri United 2 2013 on July 7, 2013 and Tri United 3 2013 on October 27, 2013 in Laiya, Batangas. Schedules of ULAH events may still change, so please visit the following websites: http://www.unilabactivehealth.com or http://www.runrio.com for updates.