The ‘real’ runners turn up for this Cebu run

True-blue enthusiasts and high-profile competitors crowd the 21K category in Globe’s race for four worthy causes


11:05 pm | Monday, April 2nd, 2012

GLOBE senior advisor for Consumer Business Peter Bithos, front, running his first 5K race

Thousands trooped to the Cebu International Convention Center to race and show support for the fourth Globe Run For Home (R4H).

The first Globe R4H outside Metro Manila, the Cebu turnout exceeded expectations as core runners from the city and beyond signed up and raced to the finish line.

More than 5,000 runners might seem like a low number compared to Manila’s huge turnouts that go up to five digits, but when Cebu said core runners, they really mean the people who live and breathe for running.

“These are real runners. No one is running here na hatak lang; no one is running here at gunpoint. More than 1,000 runners will race for the 21K category. That is big. Even for a city like Manila, race events hardly get a thousand runners for the 21K category,” said Neville Manaois, race director of Eventking Corp., event organizer for this year’s Globe R4H.

Leading the pack of Cebuano running luminaries were Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III and his wife Donna, elite triathlete couple Noy and Amale Jopson, ABS-CBN news anchor and champion ultra-runner Haydee Acuna, “Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition” second-placer Alan Choachuy, breast cancer survivors headed by Mary Anne Solomon, and about 150 runners from the financial institution JP Morgan.

The route took them from the CICC to Cebu South Coastal Road toward the Cebu City-Talisay City boundary, to Plaza Independencia, Sergio Osmeña Boulevard and Ouano Avenue.

“The run was very good, with great weather. Route was very safe and flat. Although we competed a week earlier for another half-marathon in Cebu, Donna still managed a Philippine PR of 1:55 and placed 10th in the overall female. I had a modest time of 1:45 and placed 22nd overall male category,” said Larrazabal. This is their first Globe R4H race.

CELEBRITY couple Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III and wife Donna

Amale Jopson finished sixth in the 10k overall female, while husband Noy finished 8th overall male category. Both finished at the same time (47:39).

YOUNGEST Globe R4H runner, 4-year-old Raphael Andrew Siase, center, with the Best Costume awardees Maria Charmel Lustero in Hawaiian costume, left, and Cheska Marie Basilisco, right, in the traditional Korean hanbok costume. The three completed the 3K run.

Amale said it is “a privilege to live in Cebu,” turning down several chances to move to Manila. A lover of the great outdoors, she said she and her husband run in the trails of Cebu where the air is cleaner and fresher.

“Sport is a good platform to support many causes,” Noy said. For Globe R4H, he and his wife, by simply joining, supported four beneficiaries: Habitat for Humanity Phils., Gawad Kalinga, Cebu Biodiversity Foundation (CBF) and the Philippine Tarsier Foundation (PTF).

Habit for Humanity Phils. and Gawad Kalinga are raising funds for their housing developments for Typhoon “Sendong” victims in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro City. PTF  is spearheading a massive campaign to save the Philippine tarsier and its natural habitat; CBF is transforming communities in key biodiversity areas into effective stewards of the environment.

‘Biggest Loser’ placer

Dropping from 309 lbs to 184, “Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition” second-placer Choachuy finished the 21K in 2:41, several minutes over his PR of 2:23. The 41-year-old architect, a self-confessed former stress eater, now exercises to beat stress. He is currently organizing a fitness camp this summer with coach Jim Saret in Cebu, and training for his first Ironman 70.3 next year.

“BIGGEST Loser Pinoy Edition” finalist Alan Choachuy, left, with Cebuano elite triathlon couple Amale and Noy Jopson

The youngest runner, 4-year-old Raphael Andrew Siase, joined the 3K race, finishing in 43:06. Not the best time for this young boy, who once finished fourth in the same category, because he ended up chatting with a friend he bumped into along the way.

GLOBE Corporate Communications division head Yoly Crisanto and son Ramon, who joined the 3K run

“This run is for our subscribers. Eighty percent of the people who join every Globe R4H are our subscribers; 20 percent are their families,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Corporate Communications division head. Her son, Ramon, raced in the 3K category.

For next year’s Globe R4H, Crisanto said they are considering organizing the race in Subic.

Globe R4H boasts of pioneering running innovations in the country. Crisanto said it is the first race to introduce and use the running chip, the first to hit the trails and the first to incorporate the Facebook component that automatically updates a runner’s status in real time after crossing the finish line.

PETER Bithos with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama

“Now that was fun,” said Globe senior advisor for Consumer Business Peter Bithos, who joined the 5K leg. Bithos, who swims three times a week to stay fit, ran his first 5K race: “The vibe and the atmosphere were energizing.”

You can still donate to your favorite charity via Globe. For Philippine Tarsier Foundation, text DONATE <space> AMOUNT <space> MPIN <space> <TARSIER>;  Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, text  DONATE <space> AMOUNT <space> MPIN <space> <CEBUBIO>; Habitat for Humanity, text DONATE <space> AMOUNT <space> MPIN <space> <HABITAT>; Gawad Kalinga, text DONATE <space> AMOUNT <space> MPIN <space> <GK>. Send all texts to 2882.

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