The 8th Robinsons' Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run: Successfully Promoting Good Health



I always like encouraging friends and relatives to embark on a wellness journey, if they haven't started yet. We are not getting any younger and having a sedentary lifestyle is really bad for our health. So, given any chance to influence people to do physical activities like running, I'd do it.

with my running buddy, Lou
Even before the 8th Robinsons Supermarket Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run was announced, I was already bugging several friends months ago to start running, too. But, this time, I really needed a buddy to run with because hubby and our son would be running together in the 10k category. So I asked my friend and fellow blogger Lou to be my partner. Thankfully, despite her lack of practice, she agreed.

me and my boys
We joined around 4,500 runners very early this past Sunday morning at the Bonifacio Global City and ran/walked 5k together. Although I wasn't able to run at my regular speed, I readily accompanied my running buddy and adjusted to her pacing while we merrily chatted about a lot of stuff along the way. We finished 5k and crossed the finish line after about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Not bad because the brisk walking still had us sweating like crazy. 

before gun start
photo credit: James Orlanda of Speed Magazine
What made this particular run really fun was seeing many friends from the blogging and media industry joining, too. Some of them said they found it hard to finish 5k but taking those steps is already a good start. I hope though that they would continue to run in the coming days.

my barefoot runners
photo credit: Rickpets Lens
Among the thousands of runners were CEOs and celebrities, including triathlete Nikko Huelgas, who recently bagged a gold medal at the 28th SEA Games. Present too were Philippine Volcanoes captain Jake Letts, and Century Tuna endorsers James Reid and Jessy Mendiola.

5k finishers
Jody Gadia, Robinsons Supermarket General Manager, encouraged, "While eating healthy is at the core of a healthy life, we cannot discount the immutable contribution of exercise. And running is always better when done with a partner hence, the Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run." I totally agree! Besides, running doesn't require you to pay gym membership fees. You just have to buy a good pair of running shoes, comfortable running outfits, and find a nice running route to practice in regularly.

three pairs of running buddies
photo credit: Peter Sumile of Commuter Express
The run ended with prizes being given away to the top finishers. Winners in the 5k category were awarded a trip for 2 to Coron, Palawan while the 10k winners bagged a trip for 2 to Yangon, Myanmar. All finishers in 2nd to 5th places received Robinsons Gift Certificates as consolation prizes. Special awards were also given away by Close-up, Rexona, Breeze, Nestle, Milo, and Johnson & Johnson

runners from the blogging community
photo credit: Peter Sumile
It's good to see Robinsons Supermarket being committed to helping more Filipinos make healthier choices by being a convenient avenue for health and wellness needs. If you missed the fun run, make sure to still join the #ILoveWellness campaign so you can keep updated on more promos and exciting activities. Like Robinsons Supermarket's Facebook page and visit www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph.

* If you ran in this race and want to find your photos, check out the Running Photographers page on Facebook. They have lots of albums from the run!


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