Thousands join MMDA-Sesame Street fun run

Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2019 10:33 AM | Updated as of Aug 18 2019 08:56 PM

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MANILA - About 2,000 runners registered for the first Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)-Sesame Street fun run held in Pasay City, Saturday.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim led the run, which includes obstacles packed with information on public safety, road safety, and waste management. Lim said they want to inculcate the importance of these three concerns to children and adults.

He said those behind popular children's educational television show Sesame Street reached out to them to promote road safety training among Filipino children.

Lim said through a 3-year memorandum of agreement with Sesame Street, the MMDA will hold activities in different localities around the metro.

"Parang basketball court na may mga obstacle din (It's like a basketball court with obstacles). Example, Stage 1, traffic violations, Stage 2 traffic management,” said Lim.

The event featured popular Sesame Street characters including Bert, Ernie, Elmo and Cookie Monster.

Runners gamely posed with the mascots and enjoyed the obstacles such as what to do during an earthquake and proper trash segregation.

Gellina Maala brought her daughter Noelle to see Elmo and Cookie Monster.

“Favorite talaga niya, sa birthday niya her theme is Sesame Street (They're her favorites, on her birthday the theme is Sesame Street),” she said.

But more importantly, she thinks the activities are a good chance to bond with family.

Sheryll Cordova and her little Nayeli want to have fun. “Organized and systematic. First thing talaga (The first thing really) is awareness of the kids on road safety.”