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Subaru Marathon



Event Name    :    SUBARU Marathon

Event Date  :   September 13, 2015

Venue  :  SM MOA

Time    :   2am to 9am

Race Owner    :   RUNRIO Inc.

Race Organizer     :  RUNRIO Inc.

Title Sponsor    :  SUBARU

Race Categories  :  5km/10km/21km/42km

Start & End Point  :   Seaside Blvd.



Registration Fees & Inclusions


Registration Process


In-store at the following stores is from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting August 10 until September 7, 2015 ONLY.


  • B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City

Toby’s Galleria

  • 3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Toby’s SM North EDSA The Block

  • 3F SM North EDSA, The Block, North Ave., Quezon City

Toby’s MOA

  • SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila

Additional Registration Venues

In-store registration at the following SUBARU SHOWROOMS is from 10:00AM to 5:00PM Monday to Sunday starting August 10 until September 7, 2015 ONLY.


  • 187 EDSA Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila


  • 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


  • Lot 39, Block 2, Bradco Ave., Aseana City, Paranaque, Metro Manila


  • Tierra Nueva, Alabang Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City













Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon

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August 17, 2014
SM Mall of Asia


TITLE SPONSOR: Sofitel Philippine Plaza

BENEFICIARY: Children of Virlanie Foundation

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: 6,000 RUNNERS (3,500 slots for 21km)

Online – June 27 to August 1, 2014
In-Store – July 14 to August 10, 2014

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








CHOSEN BY DARWIN Sofitel Run Medal_1




Registration may end earlier than announced deadline. Kindly check online at http://www.runrio.com

A Valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID must be presented by the representative.

Singlet size availability will be on a first come first served basis.

A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.

Race results will be available after two (2) days in the following websites. (www.runrio.com)

Globe – 0916 5811153
Smart – 0929 717 8164
Landline – (632) 703-1736
Other concerns and Feedback:

Who is Rio de la Cruz? The Man behind the Afro
Those who have had the pleasure of knowing Coach Rio De La Cruz personally, or have heard even just bits and pieces of his rags-to-riches life story, will agree that the high-speed roadrunner, running coach extraordinaire, and running events maestro has come a very long way – literally and figuratively. From his humble beginnings as a native of Bato, Camarines Sur, he is the youngest of 14 children – 7 of which are his full-blooded siblings while the rest are half-siblings. At nine-months old, his biological mother left them and it was his biological father who raised their whole brood while they lived with his grandfather in Bicol. Innocence is bliss and despite the hardships that surrounded him and his family, he still found joy in childhood games where he had his first encounter with the sport that has made a great impact in his life: running.

What is Sofitel Manila Half Marathon
The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon aims to be at par with other international marathons such as the Boston Marathon or Singapore Marathon. 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 2013, Sofitel Philippine Plaza has raised over Php 1. 5 million through the two runs organized, Sofitel Battle of the Sexes Leg 1 and 2 – a part of the proceeds had been used to purchase a van that was handed over to the foundation for their activities. This year, the target is to attract over 6,000 runners and better success in terms of fund raising. Since 2007, the hotel has launched several projects to help raise funds to support the foundation’s benevolent activities in order to reach out to the children and families living in the poorest areas of Metro Manila.

Press Conference Photos:

Press Release:

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 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.  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 www.runrio.com

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 feedback@runrio.com

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Sofitel, World Class Hotels & French Elegance

Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30,000 rooms). Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York, Shanghai or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, French Polynesia or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre”.

Sofitel Legend and & Sofitel So are two labels that come to enrich Sofitel Luxury hotels.

Sofitel Legend hotels are iconic and mythical; they are often centuries-old listed heritage buildings: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam and Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan.

Sofitel So hotels are new « boutique hotels » characterized by a stylish focus on contemporary design by famous architects and/or embellished by international celebrities from the world of fashion, design or art: Sofitel So Mauritius Bel Ombre, Sofitel So Bangkok and Sofitel So Singapore (2013).

R3Run for Sustainability

Very affordable registration fee at 250 pesos, flat rate, for any race categories and unique race distances? What more can you ask for?

Quanta Paper Corporation, campaigning for green environment will hold a fun run, the R3Run (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle Run) for Sustainability to inspire environmental action among Filipino consumers and raise awareness on climate change. Knowledge is one the keys we need to help us cope with climate change.

Being aware of what’s happening to our environment will make us wiser in buying and using things that may have negative impact to the climate. Collective action is needed to succeed in this advocacy so why not join this kind of fun run activity as well as those of government and NGO-initiated programs and help nature recover even a bit from damage caused by irresponsible consumers and manufacturers. Let’s run for this! IMG_4618 Running Shirt Design: IMG_4602Race Bib: IMG_4608Race Maps: IMG_4610






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Press Release: Eco-friendly tissue paper manufacturer organizes Run for Sustainability

When business is linked to social conscience, seldom consumers appreciate the connections. But there is one eco-friendly tissue paper manufacturer in the Philippines that for a decade now endures to balance these two opposing principles. “We endure to strike a balance between profit and social conscience,” says Quanta Paper Corporation president & general manager Steven Leung.

Founded on business principle of sustainable practices, Quanta Paper manufactures hygienic tissue products using used office paper as raw materials instead of virgin fibers. This thrust is geared towards preservation of world’s rainforest where deforestation remains a traditional practice in the paper making industry to extract virgin fibers.

This August 10, 2014, the Company will launch its most aggressive green campaign in a form of a fun run activity. The Run for Sustainability, or dubbed as R3RUN (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle Run) is designed to inspire environmental action among Filipino consumers and raise awareness on climate change. It also aims to educate consumers on the importance of green labelled products and how patronizing them could help in a way to protect our planet.

Integrated through a healthy and fun lifestyle activity, the R3RUN serves both a strategic marketing and social responsibility tools of the Company. “We would like to be more loudly in telling our story of sustainable practices and at the same time capitalize in building our brand equity,” says Quanta Paper corporate strategist and Race Committee head Neil Erich Galicia. The Company finds that most Filipinos do not have enough knowledge on climate change and the threat that it poses to the country and to the world. “The Run is a step forward to begin a bold and concrete action. In this way we could start a wave that could reach through every corner of our archipelago.” He explained.

To be held at the BlueBay Walk, Edsa-Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City, the Run will be participated in by around 10,000 runners. The activity and program venue will be inspired by an EcoVillage theme. It will showcase some of the best environmental photo exhibits and social efforts both by the Company and by its invited partners. The Company will also have a photo exhibit on how hygienic tissue is produced from waste paper to its finished product. There will be games and other interactive activities within the EcoVillage, all focused on environmental stewardship. The Company will also build a Green Warrior Memorial in the EcoVillage to honor and remember those forest and sea rangers who gave their lives fighting to protect and preserve the Philippines’ natural resources.

Participants will range from students, government officials and employees, artists and TV personalities, corporate partners and green advocates. Part of the participants is Jasmine Curtis-Smith, the Company’s brand endorser for its new sanitary napkin product.

There will be four race categories, namely 1km and 4km (carrying the Company’s sanitary napkin brand, Perfect), and 8km (carrying the Company’s institutional brand, Eco-Hygiene), and 12km (carrying the Company’s flagship brand, Fresh).

The registration period will start on June 5 and end on July 22, 2014, opens every Thursday thru Sunday. Registration venues will be at Runnr Bonifacio High Street, Runnr Trinoma, Toby’s Shangri-La, Toby’s Mall of Asia, and Toby’s Robinson Manila. Registration fee is at Php 250 inclusive of Running Shirt, Race Bib, Route Map and product samples of the Company. First 2,500 students who register can avail a Php 150 discounted rate The appointed race organizer by the Company is Cosmic Gate Innovations Co.

Proceeds of this event will support the Company’s continued social responsibility efforts.

World Vision Run 2014


June 22, 2014, 3:00AM to 9:30AM
34th St., Bonifacio Global City

Online: April 28 to June 8, 2014
In-Store: May 15 to June 15, 2014


Race Kits may run out before last day of registration, therefore registration may end earlier than announced deadline.
Singlet size availability will be on a first come first serve basis.
A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.

Plus Prizes from the following Sponsors:
Tupperware Brands
Happee Toothpaste
Kyani Sunrise Food Supplement
Toby’s Sports and many more








DELRUN 3: Takbo Para sa Marikina Watershed


Event Name:   Del Run 3
Event Date:   Sunday, 13 April 2014
Time:   4pm
Race Organizer:   RunRio Inc.
Entry Fee:   PhP 600.00
Start & End Point:   Marikina Sports Center
Distance:   5km / 10km
Gun Start:   4:15pm / 4pm
Beneficiary:   Marikina Watershed Green Foundation


Online registration period is from February 17, 2014 to March 30, 2014.

Regular In-store registration period is from February 24, 2014 to April 6, 2014 only at the following venues:

7th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Mon-Sun: 12nn to 8pm

Tobys SM Mall of Asia
G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd., Manila
Mon-Sun, 12nn to 8pm

Tobys SM North, The Block
Mon-Sun, 12nn to 8pm

Marikina City Hall – City Hall Quadrangle
Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm

Marikina Sports Center
Mon-Sun, 1pm to 9pm









*Only Filipinos are entitled to win in the 5k and 10k; only Filipinos are entitled to win the cash prize.

Special Awards will given to the following (Open to Foreign and Filipinos):
-Oldest finisher (5k and 10k)
-Youngest finisher (5k and 10k)


Marikina City Hall
Gatorade: Hydration Partner
Timex: Official Timer


(Photo credits: Justin Josef Gomez Photography)

Race and Explore in Run BGC 2012

Date:   25 November 2012, Sunday, 5:15AM
Where:   34th Ave., Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig (near Mercato Centrale)
(Finish Line: 7th Ave., BGC)
Theme: “Ready. Set. Explore!” means runners will get to explore some of BGC’s top attractions, like interactive parks, playground, and science museum—in one exciting run. Run BGC 2012 is part of BGC’s PassionFest celebration happening from November 23 to 25.


Male and Female Classification for Categories —
A. 500m Kiddie Race –
Sub-Categories: 5-8 years old and 9-12 years old
B. 5km Special Route with Fun Tasks
5K includes pit stops that require runners to complete various tasks.
C. 10km
D. 15km

Assembly and Gun Start Times:

 Race Category Assembly Time Gun Start
500m Kiddie Race 6:00am 6:45am
5K 5:00am 5:30am
10K 5:00am 5:25am
15K 4:30am 5:15am

How to Register:

1. Online

  • Online Registration Period: October 14, 2012 – November 11, 2012
  • Visit http://www.runrio.com
  • Fill out registration form and pay registration fee using credit card
  • Race kits will be delivered to the registrant’s address

2. In-store

  • In-store Registration Period: October 14, 2012 – November 18, 2012
  • Locations:

a. BGC – 28th St. corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City
Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 9pm
b. Katipunan – 3rd Floor Regis Center, Katipunan, QC
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm

Toby’s Sports
a. SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd., Manila
Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 8pm
b. Trinoma – G/F North Avenue, EDSA
Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 8pm

Registration Fees:

Race Categories Registration Fee
500m Kiddie Race Php350
5K Php600
10K Php700
15K Php800


  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race kits may run out before November 18, 2012.
  • A valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID and picture must be presented by the representative.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.

Registration Discounts (for in-store registrants only):

1. Individual Registrants
Residents, employees, or students in Bonifacio Global City are entitled to a Php100 discount. Bring a proof of billing or company/school ID when registering to avail of the discount.

2. Group Registrants
Free additional race kits for those who will register in groups at required number of runners. Free race kits may be of shorter distance or the same as those registered. Runners who will use the free race kits must be pre-determined and be registered together with the paying runners.

No. of Participants Free Additional Race Kits
10 2 Race Kits
20 4 Race Kits
50 10 Race Kits
100 20 Race Kits


  • Cash Prize:
(Male & Female Divisions) 500m (5-8y/o) 500m (9-12y/o) 5km 10km 15km
1st Php1,500 Php1,500 Php5,000 Php8,000 Php12,000
2nd Php1,000 Php1,000 Php3,000 Php6,000 Php8,000
3rd Php500 Php500 Php2,000 Php4,000 Php5,000
  • Special Prizes for Top Finishers

– Trophies
– Ayala Malls gift certificates (worth Php500 for 500m and 5km; Php1,500 for 10km; Php2,000 for 15km) sponsored by Avida Land
– Soleus Wrist Watches
– Skechers Shoes (1st placer) and gift packs (2nd and 3rd placers) for 5km, 10km and 15km
– Beyond Yoga gift certificates
– Premium product packs from Milo and Revicon I-ON

  • Grand Raffle Prize:

Asian cruise for two persons: Tour starts in Singapore going to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It then heads to Phuket, Thailand then back to Singapore. Convertible to P150,000.00 cash but non-transferable. This cruise is sponsored by High Street South. (Qualified to join the raffle draw are officially registered runners
for Run BGC and race finishers in any distance category. Visit http://www.bgc.com.ph or
see flyers for complete mechanics.)

  • A special prize for the competition’s biggest contingent.
  • A finisher’s kit for all race finishers
  • Other freebies from Milo, Del Monte Fit ‘n Right, and Unilab Revicon I-ON

Press release:

Race and explore in Run BGC 2012

Run BGC, Bonifacio Global City’s (BGC) annual running event, is all set to make footrace buffs challenge themselves anew in a race to cross BGC’s epic finish line.

This year’s Run BGC has four categories, offered with male and female classifications: 500m Kiddie Race, 5K Special Route with Fun Tasks, 10K, and 15K. The race for children is sub-divided into 5-8 years old and 9-12 years old categories.

In a race dubbed, “Ready, Set, Explore!”, runners will enjoy a route that will take them to explore some of BGC’s top attractions – like the interactive parks, playfield, and The Mind Museum. Making it more memorable are the fun challenges along the way. The 5K category has this “explore” route with pit stops that require runners to complete various tasks required to finish the race.

Cash prizes, trophies, exciting premium product packs, and gift certificates await the top three placers of each category. All race finishers will receive a loaded finisher’s kit and the competition’s biggest contingent will get a special award.

But more than that, all finishers, in all distance categories, will qualify to join a raffle draw with a grand prize of Asian cruise for 2 persons courtesy of High Street South. The cruise will take the lucky BGC runner to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via Singapore before heading to Phuket, Thailand, then back to Singapore. Prize is convertible to P150, 000.00 cash but non-transferable.

Run BGC Ready, Set, Explore! is on November 25, Sunday at 4am. All categories start at 34th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (near Mercato Centrale).

For online registration, visit http://www.runrio.com. Interested parties may also register in Riovana (Bonifacio Global City and Katipunan) or in Toby’s Sports (SM Mall of Asia and Trinoma). Last day of online registration is November 11, while in-store registration ends on November 18.

Visit http://www.bgc.com.ph or see flyers for more details.

Run BGC 2012 is made possible by major sponsors High Street South and Avida Land; and supported by Beyond Yoga, Milo, Nizoral, Sketchers, Soleus, Pinoy Fitness, Takbo.ph, The Bull Runner, Riovana, Toby’s Sports, Run Rio, Inc., Black Beauty, Del Monte Fit ‘n Right, and Unilab Revicon I-ON.

Bonifacio Global City, the best-favored metro venue for running, is expected to get flocked by 5,000 runners who will take up the challenges, fun and prizes of this year’s Run BGC races.