I haven’t had the energy to write about running the past few days after seeing the devastating effects of the evil Ondoy. While I continue to run, talking about running shoes or gear when others have lost everything, or thinking about hydration when others have none to eat or drink isn’t just insensitive, it’s wrong. And so I write today to tell you how YOU and I as runners can help the victims of Ondoy through running:
1. THE RESCUE RUN
A triathlete friend, Raoul Floresca, is currently planning THE RESCUE RUN…
WHAT: 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 race bibs, no souvenir t-shirts, no swag bags, no finishers medals, no prize money.
WHEN: October 4, 2009 (Sunday) at 7 a.m.
DISTANCES: 3km, 5km, 10k
DONATIONS: 3km: P300, 5km: P400, 10km: P500
CORPORATE SPONSORS: P5,000 for 20 runners
VENUE: SM Mall of Asia (to be confirmed. Pls. visit this blog for final venue)
WHO CAN JOIN: open to all athletes, their families and friends. Anyone who is willing to help while getting a few minutes of exercise. Not just the tri community but everyone who’s willing to help.
BENEFICIARY: All proceeds will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross for the Typhoon Ketsana victims
VOLUNTEERS: Logistics for the race will be purely voluntary. Post a comment here if you would like to volunteer.
Note from organizer: There are other races that could be scheduled for that weekend but we’re hoping that athletes are willing to forego them in order to help those who’ve lost homes, valuable possessions and loved ones.
2. TKO250: Takbo Kontra Ondoy
TKO250 is a fund raising event led by Team Hardcore…
WHAT: a fund raising run where anyone can pledge P1.00 for every kilometer run by Team Hardcore. Team Hardcore will cover a total of 250 km for a series of races. P1.00 x 250km = P250 pledge from each individual.
WHEN: Team Hardcore will run a total of 250km in the following races:
- October 11: Milo 42k
- October 18: QCIM 42k
- October 24: Subic Intl Marathon 42k
- October 25: Adidas 21k
- November 8: Phil Intl Marathon 42k
- November 15: Timex 21k
- November 28-29: Laguna Lake 200 (each runner of the 5-man team will do 40k
DONATIONS: P250. You can donate more if you wish. List of donations will be published later.
HOW TO DONATE: There will be a collection station at the parking lot behind ROX during the Octoberun on October 4 at the Fort. Look for the Team Hardcore tarpaulin for easy location.
WHO CAN JOIN: Anyone can pledge. Runners interested in running segments or run the entire 250k are welcome to join.
BENEFICIARY: Tentatively Marikina given the number of victims in that area. Plans to purchase medicines (at cost from the Generics Pharmacy) and/or mineral water to be delivered early as Monday, October 6.
CONTACT: Jonel Mendoza here
3. RUN FOR ONDOY VICTIMS (CEBU) – UPDATED 9/30
WHAT: “Run for Sight Foundation in cooperation with LARRAZABAL EYE will sponsor a charity run “Run for Ondoy Victims”
WHEN: October 18, 2009, 6am
WHERE: Cebu – along the traffic free course around Cebu Doctors’ University (P.Larrazabal Ave, Mandaue North Reclamation)
FEE: Registration is pegged at P300.00 or more from your heart
BENEFICIARY: all proceeds of this charity event will be given to the flood victims of Typhoon Ondoy
PRIZES: Top 10 male and female 10k runners will be awarded with prizes and medals
REGISTRATION: Registration will begin October 5 2009 at Centre for Sight , Cebu Doctors University Hospital
CONTACT: Call Lalyn at 256 2020 or 2555555 loc 356