'Run for Pasig' certified world's largest race


Posted at Dec 26 2010 02:13 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2010 04:46 AM

Run for Pasig River finishers near the Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Photo by Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – It's certified. 

The prestigious Guinness World Records has officially declared the "10.10.10 A Run for the Pasig River" as the largest footrace event in the world.

The race, held last October 10, saw 116, 086 runners crossing the finish line with the aim of helping clean up the polluted Pasig River.

It has now overtaken the record by San Francisco’s "Bay to Breakers" race in 1988.

It also broke the official Philippine record of most number of runners in a foot race.

The race, which was organized by the ABS-CBN Foundation, had 3 race divisions - the 3k, 5k and 10k.

Local celebrities and national figures, including ABS-CBN honcho Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, ABS-CBN Foundation head Gina Lopez, Manny Pacquiao, and Piolo Pascual had joined the event.

Days before the race, Gina Lopez said she was confident the said run will break records.

She said participation in the race "will send the message that Filipinos care, and that united we can make a difference, and united, we can break world records. We all care about cleaning the river, so everybody should make things happen because this is the pulse of the nation.” – With reports from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News