MANILA, Philippines - Over 80,000 runners participated in the Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig's (KBPIP) 11.20.11 Run for the Pasig River on Sunday, making it the largest racing event in the country this year.
ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI) chief strategic officer Monchet Olives said a total of 86,547 runners participated in the event.
Students from over 90 schools, the Philippine National Police (PNP), and Kapamilya stars such as "Kuya Kim" Atienza, Karylle and Piolo Pascual were among those who took part in the 11.20.11 run.
AFI managing director Gina Lopez said the large turnout showed that the Filipinos want a cleaner Pasig River for future generations.
"It shows who we are as a people. The numbers don't matter, there's no doubt about it. Students came here. The army and the police were here. The private sector was here in full force," Lopez said.
The runners participated in the 3-kilometer, 5K and 10K races. There was also a ceremonial 21K run led by Lopez and PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome.
"While we maintain our health, nakakatulong pa kami sa isang napakagandang adhikain," Bartolome said of the Pasig River run.
The race started at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday and ended at around 8 a.m.
Olives disclosed that they are already planning to take on the historic EDSA in the 2012 edition of the run for Pasig River.
Last year's "10.10.10 Run for the Pasig River" set a Guinness world record for the most number of participants in a racing event, with over 116,000 runners. -- With a report from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News