|Over 13,000 runners at this year's We Run Manila 10K race. Photo: Handout
MANILA, Philippines – More than 13,000 runners hit the streets of Pasay City earlier today for “We Run Manila” 10K race of sportwear brand Nike.
The runners left the Mall of Asia Grounds activity area at 5:30 a.m. to cross the finish line at Seaside Boulevard.
“We are thrilled to bring the Nike We Run race back to the Philippines, and were overwhelmed with the tremendous support shown by its local running community. Witnessing a wave of more than 13,000 runners stretched across Seaside Boulevard is remarkable knowing that Filipinos, especially the youth, are committed to an active lifestyle,” Sanjay Gangopadhyay, marketing director of Nike Southeast Asia, said in a statement.
Mia Constantino finished first in the Under-24 Female category, clocking in at 52 minutes and 29 seconds. She placed second in the 2011 edition of the We Run Manila event.
“I have finally gotten over the hump!” Constantino said.
Clarisse Francesca Yeung was a close second with a time of 55 minutes. “I feel so proud to be part of this race which places Philippines on the map of this global running movement,” she said.
Meanwhile, Immanuel Camino led the Under-24 Male category with 33 minutes and 30 seconds.
“It is a great opportunity to be part of this race that gathers the Filipino youth. It feels so great to be part of this movement,” said Camino, who shared that he underwent speed and long run trainings twice a day in preparation for the race.
Aside from getting a “finisher’s tee,” participants of this year’s We Run Manila race were treated to performances from local music acts Never The Strangers, Chicosci and Sponge Cola.
Nike Philippines also donated to the Apl.de.Ap Foundation in partnership with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation for their We Can Be Anything education advocacy campaign for the Filipino youth, the company said in a statement.
We Run Manila is part of Nike’s “We Run” race, which kicked off last September in Prague, Czech Republic. The race was held in Malaysia and Singapore before Manila, and is set to make its next stop in Guadalajara in Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Nike’s We Run, which is expected to attract 395,000 runners from 32 cities around the world, will conclude on December 15 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.