This should be one of the biggest, if not the pinaka biggest finishers medal runners of the 21k and 42k distances would received when they cross the finish line of the Run United Philippine Marathon this coming Sunday, October 28, 2012!
The medal is humongous, like a large saucer where a cup of rice, your favorite chicken-pork adobo and a dessert can easily fit in! The medal was shown to us earlier this evening during the RUPM Bloggers Conference held at Annabel’s Restaurant along Tomas Morato in Quezon City.
The bloggers meet was organized by Run United themselves in order for them to share the highlights and the unique features of this Sunday’s event and to hear questions and suggestions on how to better improve on the race.
Among the highlights:
- 42k runners will be given the red carpet treatment, which means that they will be walking on a long, red carpet once they enter the starting chute and another upon crossing the finish line.
- about 200 meters before the finish, they will be handed out miniature Philippine flags to wave and foster a sense of nationalism in this Filipino- themed race
- tents will be set-up at the finish line area for the families of the 42k runners so they could cheer them up while nearing the finish line
- a plethora of cowbells will be ringing to signify the crossing of a 42k runner at the finish line (ala PAU-Bald Runner Ultra race finish)
- the medal saucer will be awarded to both the half and full-marathon finishers, as mentioned
- a Finisher’s shirt plus another “Loyalty” shirt for those who have completed Legs 1-3 plus the RUPM (hope i got this right).
Also, there will be an awarding ceremony for those who have finished the 21k-21k-32k-42k Run United Series of races which will be announced on a later date.
Here’s a quick preview supplied to us by Run United for the October 28 event:
Run United Goes the 42Km Distance
There are marathons, then there’s the Run United Philippine Marathon (RUPM). Everyone is excited to participate in newest addition to the country’s running calendar that will go on a debut run on October 28.
Finally, one of the most-popular running series, Run United is going for a full marathon, as it added 42km to its race categories. And the running community is giving the new ‘mary’ in town its full support.
Unilab Active Health (ULAH) and partner race organizer, Runrio, are certainly pulling out all stops to make the first ever RUPM running success.
“The runners clamored for a marathon from us and we also believe that Run United enthusiasts are up to the challenge of finishing a marathon already, so it’s all systems go for Run United Philippine Marathon,” said Alex Panlilio, head of ULAH.
RUPM, besides being the first marathon jointly organized by ULAH & RunRio, is set to create milestones for participants.
Runners will surely get a memorable start and finish at Run United Philippine Marathon–complete with red carpet, marching bands, exclusive finish arc, colorful balloons, video/photo shots, and the other surprises.
“We want to make sure that participants will not only remember how well organized our events are, we want their participation in our events memorable too by providing them the best race experience possible,” said Panlilio
According to Panlilio, “We cater to all types of runners, including progressive and elite runners. RUPM is our way of helping them level up to more challenging distances.”
RUPM will also be high on nationalistic touches to celebrate Filipino sportsmanship. Philippine miniature flags will be given to all participants crossing the finish line. The design of the limited edition race singlet also depicts Filipino pride.
There will be separate categories for Filipino and foreign winners, to give credit or recognition to more runners.
The Unilab Active Health Village will also be part of the Run United Philippine Marathon experience. It will be classified in four categories: Active Kids Zone, Health, Sports, & Leisure, Runners’ Lounge and iConnect.
RUPM will also feature short and medium distance categories— the Ceelin 500m dash, Hydrite 3k, Dolfenal 5k, Enervon HP Recovery 10k, Alaxan FR 21k with the highlight, Enervon Activ 42k.
All categories except for 42k and 21k will have start and finishline at the SM Mall of Asia while 42k and 21k will start at Bonifacio Global City and finish at SM Mall of Asia.
42K runners will get to run in three cities: Taguig, Makati and Pasay
Online registration is already closed.
In-store registration is until October 26, 2012 at the following outlets:
– RIOVANA BGC – 28th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
– RIOVANA Katipunan – 3rd floor Regis Bldg. Katipunan, Quezon City.
– TOBY’S SM Mall of Asia – Ground Floor Entertainment Hall
– TOBY’S Trinoma
Registration fees are as follows:
500m – P350
3K – P600
5K – P700
10K – P800
21K – P900
42K – P1,300
The race kit will contain the following: limited edition RUPM singlet, bib number, and wrist tags for 500m dash participants and will be available upon registration.
RUPM is part of the ULAH running series. Run United started with only 6,000 runners when it was launched in March 2010 and the numbers have steadily grown in succeeding events. An estimated 12,000 runners participated during its previous race—at Run United 3.
Run United 1 on March 4 started off this year’s RunRio Trilogy, followed by Run United 2 on June 17. Besides the run races, Unilab Active Health also has a triathlon series, the third leg, Tri United 3, will be held on November 11 at Ayala, Alabang.