Here is the updated info regarding THE RESCUE RUN, an organized race for Ondoy victims. This was the brainchild of a triathlete friend, Raoul Floresca, and only recently, Eric Pasion of Run4Change and myself are helping him organize it.
We hope that you can join the race without focusing on your time nor winning a prize, but with the sole intention of gathering with others in the community to signify your intention to help. As Raoul so eloquently put it: “I expect a lot of “personal bests” to be established or surpassed in this effort. Those who’ve expressed their intent to join or volunteer are putting their best foot forward and that, for me, is a personal best.”
WHAT IS THE RESCUE RUN?
TRR is an organized run where, in lieu of registration fees, donations will be collected for the distance you will run. This is not a race so there will be no souvenir t-shirts, no swag bags, no finishers medals, and no prize money.
There will be no water stations since we believe that water must be given to those who need it most: victims of Ondoy. Needless to say, it will be KKB (kanya kanyang bote or kanya kanyang belt)
A registered participant will receive a RESCUE RUNNERS race bib, which the runner can wear during the race and in sustaining events currently being planned for the entire month of October to raise funds for rehabilitation. (Info will be posted on this blog)
October 10, 2009, Saturday
Assembly: 5:30 a.m.
Race start: 6:30 a.m.
DISTANCES: 3km, 5km, 10k
Individual: P200 for any distance
Corporate: P5,000 for 20 runners
VENUE: SM Mall of Asia
WHO CAN JOIN:
– open to all athletes, their families and friends
– anyone who is willing to help while getting a few minutes of exercise
– participants are encouraged to collect pledges from their family or friends who cannot make it to the event
All proceeds will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross for the Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) victims. Our goal is to help provide a continuous supply of food and water to the stricken areas.
We are in need of volunteers for road marshals and secretariat. If you are interested, pls. contact: RESCUE RUNNERS | 0917 -8374204 | 02-2168521 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Starts October 5, 2009 at the following venues:
– The SecondWind Running Store (Maginhawa St., UP Village)
– Recreational Outdoor eXchange (ROX, Bonifacio High Street)
– All Terra Bike Shop (Club 650, Libis)
* There will be on site registration starting 5:30 a.m.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? WHY NOT VOLUNTEER AT RELIEF CENTERS OR DONATE MONEY?
Effort comes in many forms. Not everyone has access to go to a relief or evacuation center to help out. While everyone wants to help or pitch in, their jobs, families and other factors make it difficult for them to do so. We are organizing the run as a means to help. It’s purely voluntary.
Meager resources are poured into the effort. This run is a no-frills run. The only add-ons such as the tents, p.a. system and race bibs are contributions from volunteers that will help in organizing the run, nothing more.
Help isn’t a one-time, big-time effort. Undoubtedly, help is needed immediately. But with the extent of devastation that the floods have caused, the need for aid could be overwhelming. Instant relief won’t give people their homes back. The victims still need the means to rehabilitate damaged property and rebuild their homes. That takes time and a steady stream of resources. The Rescue Run is a means to help in that regard. We hope to be able to provide aid in other ways down the line–be it through food, rehabilitation or construction material.
Click here to visit THE RESCUE RUNNERS website.