The Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon: August 17, 2014


This Half-Marathon race at the SM Mall of Asia is going to be Sofitel’s first ever to be staged in this distance, a prelude to a bigger event next year where they plan to organize the Sofitel Manila International Marathon 2015! What a great way to kick off one new international marathon!

After their enormously successful Runrio Battle of the Sexes Leg 1 and 2, Sofitel is back by popular demand to give runners a longer race this time, that would challenge them in running longer distances from the half up to a marathon. Runrio has prepared a meticulously planned course to utilize wider lanes along Roxas Boulevard with lots of amenities based on Sofitel’s past races.

The half marathon will have an excellent team of volunteers and support staff along this course with a very nice finishers’ shirt for the half marathon runners! Gun start will be at 4:30am. On-line registration will start on June 27 while In store registration will be on July 14 at different venues.

Here are the details of the race:

SOFITEL Manila Half-Marathon

When:   August 17, 2014 (Sunday)
Where:   SM Mall of Asia
Race categories:   5km, 10km and 21km
Race owner:   Runrio Inc.
Title sponsor:   Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Target registration:   6,000 runners



Online Registration

Start of registration: June 27, 2014

End of registration: August 1, 2014

In-Store Registration

Start of registration: July 14, 2014

End of registration: August 4, 2014

Registration sites:

  • Move, 30th Street, BGC
  • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia
  • Toby’s The Block


Race Category Registration Fee Pre-Race Inclusion
5K Php750 Bib with Timing tag and Singlet
10K Php850 Bib with Timing tag and Singlet
21K Php950 Bib with Timing tag, Singlet and Finisher shirts with medal

21k Medal Design


Half-marathon finishers shirt


5K – 3 winners for male and female (Cash Prize)

10K – 3 winners for male and female (Cash Prize)

21K – 3 winners for male and female (Cash Prize)

At the Press Launch of the Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon last night at Hotel Sofitel


Sofitel Philippine Plaza is happy to announce that they are giving  all our runners at the Manila Half Marathon 2014 on August 17, 2004 a chance to avail a  special room rate package for those who will be checking in on August 16, 2014 (Saturday).


Room only                                                                          : PHP 5,500 Net

Room with breakfast for two at Spiral                     : PHP 6,500 Net


1.       Advance booking coursed through Sofitel Room Reservation (551 55 55) is required. No walk-in reservation is allowed.

2.       Reservation must be guaranteed through credit card or cash deposit.

3.       Upon check-in, registration receipt must be presented at the Front Desk.

4.       Twenty four cancellation policy will apply prior to date of check-in.

5.       Breakfast is from 6:30am until 10:30am only.


Sofitel Philippine Plaza to revive the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon

Manila, June 3, 2014 – Sofitel Philippine Plaza announces the revival of the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon, last staged in 2008. The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 2014 will feature 5k, 10k and 21k categories, and will be held at the Mall of Asia grounds.  Cash prizes and luxury prizes from Sofitel are at stake for the top three male and female winners of category.

“The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon aims to be at par with other international marathons such as the Boston Marathon or Singapore Marathon.  Aside from this, the greater aim of the event is to contribute to the upliftment of the lives of the street children of Manila through Virlanie Foundation, the beneficiary of the marathon.

In the last year, we have raised over Php 1. 5 million through the two runs we have organized – a part of the proceeds had been used to purchase a van that was handed over to the foundation for their activities. This year we are targeting to have over 6,000 runners and for better success in terms of fund raising. ” says Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager Adam Laker.

The race proponents of the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon

The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is a collaboration between the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and the premier running event organizer in the country, Runrio, led by Coach Rio de la Cruz.  “By organizing the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon, we hope to one day become one of the world’s most popular running event attracting both amateur and professional runners from all over the world to compete in Manila.

This marathon is dedicated to the children of Virlanie Foundation with the objective of contributing to a better future for the children of Manila.” saysCoach Rio de la Cruz.

The marathon takes the runners through a panoramic view of the Manila Bay while running with the cool breeze of the bay.  Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 2014 follows the two highly successful running events brought about by the Sofitel-Runrio partnership in 2013: The Sofitel Runrio Battle of the Sexes Leg 1 and 2.

Photo ops with the media and bloggers

Just like the two Battle of the Sexes events, the Manila Half Marathon shall be a green race.  Runners are highly encouraged to bring their own water bottles for refilling at hydration stations, instead of using paper and plastic cups.

Online registration, selling of prepaid cards, and instore registration shall start this June 27 at Toby’s MOA, Toby’s SM North The Block and Move, 30th Street BGC. Complete race information can be found on

Registration fees are as follows: P750 for the 5k, P850 for the 10k, and P950 for the 21k.  All runners shall receive a race bib, singlet, and finishers lootbag and drinks.  The 21km category shall also receive a finishers medal and finishers shirt.

This event is co-presented by Gatorade and sponsored by the following: Gold’s Gym, DOCOMO, StarXpo, DOLE, Delsan Office Systems,Canon Fashion Tailoring,10 Inch Lights and sounds, Dowi Hosiery, Delizio Fine Foods, Diversey, MJ Global, M Plus, Timex, Premier water and Nizoral. Media partners include ANC, Business World, Fox International Channels, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Radio High.

For more information, please call 02-703-1736 or 02-463-4814 or email