NatGeo Run 2016 to Happen Simultaneously in Five Cities Across Asia!



Now on its seventh year, National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) Earth Day Run goes international as it happens simultaneously, for the first time, in five cities across Asia on April 17, 2016! 

be part of history! join this year's NatGeo Run!
Considered one of the biggest and fastest-growing running events in the Philippines, NatGeo Run will continue to promote fitness and caring for the environment in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tai Chung, and Manila. Registration fees of all participants will help support and raise money for World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature and its projects. 

With 20,000 runners expected to participate in the Manila leg, the race course spans Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and McKinley West. NatGeo Run once again partners with Cherifer Premium to help make this year’s race the biggest Earth Day Run thus far. Combining thousands of runners from all over Asia makes Earth Day Run 2016 the largest group of running Eco Warriors in its history.

Gregg Yan of WWF describing how NatGeo runners get to help the environment
NatGeo Run has consistently helped promote sustainable living and supporting environmental advocacy in the past years. As a result, the number of participants also continued to increase every year, allowing NGC to significantly contribute to various environmental causes.

In fact, 36,000 fruit-bearing trees have already been planted in the Abuan watershed in Isabela located in the Sierra Madres region. Not only was the area partially reforested, local farmers were also allowed to care for and harvest these trees for themselves.

Jinoe Gavan of takbo.ph showing a map of the 5k race route
In 2014, Earth Day Run’s proceeds went to training fishermen affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) on how to make and use fiberglass boats. These new sea crafts can better withstand the harsh weather common in the Philippines and allow their owners to sustain their livelihood.

Last year’s run, which I am happy to report I joined (read my race review, here), was able to provide portable solar-powered lighting kits to the Tawbuid Mangyan tribesfolk in Mindoro. The kits gave them and Forest Rangers’ camps safe and sustainable light sources off the grid.

with Fox International Channel's Jude Turcuato
and PR friends Tricia Pablo and Nixon Sy
Be one of the expected 20,000 runners to register this year and help save our planet in your own small way! You can sign up for 5k, 10k, 21k, and 42k via online registration through the regional site http://natgeoearthdayrun.com, which leads to the race’s site for each country. On-site registration for the Manila leg is open until March 31 at the Ground Floor of SM Aura Premier in BGC.

* photos borrowed with permission from Trails Unlimited


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