Tuesday, September 18, 2012

POGS Run 2012: Takbo Para Sa Ligtas Na Pag-bubuntis

On its third year, the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, POGS will commence its yearly traditional fun run that will be held inside Camp Aguinaldo on October 21, 2012. Dubbed as Takbo Para Sa Ligtas Na Pag-bubuntis” , this fun run will benefit a training program for community health workers in remote localities or areas which have no access to hospitals. This aims to educate and train local health workers the proper procedure of managing women in labor and delivering babies, in order to decrease the mortality rate of women dying from pregnancy and child birth.

In the previous years, the fun run was mostly participated by medical practitioners. This year POGS will open it to the general running community that has been phenomenally growing and maturing through the years, in order to generate more funds for its advocacy. 

Last September 14, 2012, members of the running community headed by Mr. Blas Ople Tiangco, also known as the Titanium Runner, hosted the a bloggers event which was attended by several runner/bloggers in an intimate dinner with POGS sport committee. Mr. Eric Passion of Run For Change is the commissioned race organizer for the said fun run went through the details of the race, and even presented the sample race singlet which looks impressive. The venue was held at Chef’s Quarter, the home of the best ribs and steaks at the 3rd level of SM Mega Mall.

As for me, it will be my first time to join a fun run inside the Camp, and I’m really excited to run in places which are very new to me. I’m also anxious to know if the road inside the Camp is also good to run barefoot. According to Blas, Camp Aguinaldo is slightly elevated and the whole course is covered with trees and vegetation so the temperature is a little bit cooler compared to other popular race circuits that has all these sky scrapers around. 

The race categories for the POGS Run 2012 are 3k, 5k, 10k, and 16k distances. I signed up immediately for 16k because I want to accumulate long runs in October to prepare me for the Run United Philippine Marathon where I plan to run again my next 42k barefoot. 

POGS Run 2012 is now open for registration at R.O.X. Bonifaicio High Streets, BGC and at POGS National Head Quarters, at Malakas Street, Diliman Quezon City. 

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