Friday, March 25, 2016

National Geographic Channel: Earth Day Run 2016 Takes Environmental Race to Five Countries!


The month of April is just around the corner and that is where summer really starts. As many people are packing for the next summer get-a-away, the running community is preparing for one of the most epic Marathons that will happen this April. What am I talking about? Of course the Nat Geo Run 2016! Happening on April 17, 2016 at the BGC, Taguig City.

For the first time, NatGeo will happen in five cities across the region...
  Of course, this event is in celebration of the National Geographic Channel advocacy on fitness and caring for the environment. Dubbed as Earth Day Run 2016, this running event will be unique among previous NatGeo Runs because for the first time, it will happen simultaneously in five cities across the region namely, Singapore, Hong kong, Shanghai, Tai Chung and Manila. 

On line registration is from March 1-31, 2016...
 The run is for the benefit of World Wild Fund (WWF) in protecting our planet Earth and the environment. Through the support of the registration, runners will get to choose to support one out of four environmental programs which are Climate change solution, Endangered species protection, Watershed Management and Food security for World Wild Fund for Nature. These programs are the main thrust of the organization and in the event, it will allow runners to be involved in any one of the programs. 


Mr. Gregg Yan, Executive Director of WWF...
 This year, Nat Geo and WWF are expecting more than 20,000 runners in the Philippines alone. Since it will coincide with other cities in Asia, this event will hope to gain hundred thousands more in supporting their cause. For the Philippines leg, the course will be held at the Bonifacio Global City and Mckinley West. For the first time, the organizers of the run will make the starting line at BGC and will finish at Mckinley West


Mr. Jude Torquato, CEO of NGC and FOX Int'l Philippines...
This course design is quite unique from the previous Nat Geo Runs because the capacity of BGC is only limited to 10,000 to 12,000 runners. More than that, it will create major traffic flow problems of runners. However, the Starting /Finish line in two locations may solve the traffic flow problem. Another issue that may rise up is the course of the 42k which is the same loop as the 21k’s, but will run it twice. For many seasoned marathoners, doing two loops of the same course is not too exciting. 

The Nat Geo Run 2016 Team is all set in protecting the environment...
Nonetheless, my wife, my son and I are all gearing up to this event and we are very excited to run in our third NatGeo.
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