Thursday, June 14, 2012

All Fun at Run United 2

I never thought that running will be this popular to many people, perhaps that's because they have made running more fun, especially in the Philippines. When I was still a bachelor, running has been one of my favorite activity. It makes me more energize and always on the go. Since I work inside the Clark Special Economic Zone there's nothing else to do but run. I do my run in the morning and in the afternoon. It was great gaining more grounds every time I run. It's like completing a level in a video game.

After marriage, my run has been reduced due to some activities that needs attention but I still make sure to have time to run or a brisk walk to keep me active. It was further reduced when my favorite running shoes were already worn out. It was its time to rest.

I know companies that are organizing fun runs but never knew that more and more will initiate this activity. Some do fun runs in their communities and others in known places. Last year it was my first time to join and experience fun run. It was an out of town run which I came unprepared but thankfully it went out well. Then the rest of the story is history. I'm running again!

Unilab Active Health and RunRio Inc. organized the Run United 2 this coming June 17 and is off to break the half-marathon category record set during Run United 1 earlier inI March. As registration closed over the weekend for the 21K category, the 5,000 mark has already been breached. It was expected to have over 14,000 registrants in all categories for the much-awaited run race.

According to Alex Panlilio, Head of Unilab Active Health “This shows the matuirty of Filipino runners, there are still many running enthusiasts who run with friends and families for fun. But long-distnace runners are keeping pace in terms of the turnout at Run United races.

RunRio President, Rio dela Cruz disclosed that “Run United 2 is slated to be the biggest 21km race in the Philippines. At Run United 1 earlier this, there were 4,000 21K runners. We are just getting bigger every year.” Also it was said that their target is 5,000 slots for the half-marathon or 21k category but they will accommodate some more runners if necessary.

The Run United 2 categories, namely the 500m dash for kids, 3k, 5k, and 10k will start and finish at the SM Mall of Asia except for the 21k which will start at BGC and will finish at SM Mall of Asia.

In-store registrants of Run United 2 will instantly received their singlets. The race kits will be claimed at the first ever Run United Expo which is a new enhancement to the Run United experience, patterned after well known international races. The expo will let runners experience the latest trends in the running industry and they can also avail of huge discounts from the exhibitors. A special line of Run United memorabilia apparel will also be available for Run United enthusiasts.  The Run United 2 Race Expo will be held from June 12 to June 16 at Block 51, 9th Ave. Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Claimants should bring their registration receipt or confirmation email when claiming their race kits. The specific schedule of race kit distribution at the race expo are as follows: June 12 to 13/2-8PM/Priority Lane: 21K/Regular lane: all other categories; June 14 /11-8pm/Priority 10K; June 15/11-8pm/Priority 5K; and June 16/11-8pm/Priority: 500m dash, 3K & 5K.

There will be some new concepts and services that will be introduce for the participants and their families at Run United 2 including the improved Active Health Expo with more areas to explore and services to avail. Regular activities such as photo booth, awards program, and cheer-dance competition will still be there.  The Active Health Expo will feature the following areas:

  • Active Kids Zone: a daycare center where activities such as puppet shows, art classes, among others await the runners’ children.
  • Runners’ Lounge Zone: after the race, runners can reward themselves here where they can try the ice cooling stations, free stretching services of physical therapists, among others for faster recovery.
  • i-Connect Zone: where runners can share the Run United experience in social networking sites with free wi-fi connection in digital stations.
  • Health, Sports and Leisure Zone: where runners can participate in activities and challenges that promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Participants also get a chance to win prizes.
  • Food Zone: Food treats galore where runners can load up on protein, carbo and health drinks to recover fast and stay healthy.
All of the Run United 2 finishers for the categories 500m, 3K, 5K and 10K categories will receive an Active Health sling bag, drinks, and race analysis. 21K runners will receive a finisher’s medal, finisher’s shirt, Active Health sling bag, drinks, and race analysis.

For more inquiries on Run United and Active Health, check out these websites: and as well as their respective fan pages on Facebook and Twitter to check more schedules with Run United. Race results will be available within three days after the race.

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