3000 Run by the Lake
06 September 2012
3000 runners are expected to join the 2012 Freedom Run By The Lake with the
theme i am free from corruption, on 21 October 2012 in Taytay, Rizal. This follows
on the success of the country's first Freedom Run last year.
Aside from showing support for anti-corruption initiatives, this year’s
Freedom Run also touches on the issue of the environment. A portion of each
participant's registration fee will go to the continuing relief efforts to communities
still submerged in flood waters since the strong monsoon rains in August. The
venue is Club Manila East Compound in the municipality of Taytay near Metro
Manila, covering the route with a view of the east side of Laguna Lake.
“We are celebrating our freedom to run in a clean environment. At the
same time, we want to give a reminder that we have a responsibility to future
generations that they may still enjoy the balance of nature,” said Secretary
Neric Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection and Laguna
Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager. “We are a water
people but ironically, when we have too little of it we waste and disperse,
and when we have too much of it, we submerge. We have a role to keep a balanced
order of things,” described Acosta. LLDA celebrates its 43rd anniversary
3k and 10k categories are available for a registration fee of P350 and P450
respectively, P50 of which will go to the continuing relief efforts to communities
still submerged in flood waters since the strong monsoon rains in August. In
addition, participants will get “I am free from corruption” shirts
and finishers will receive medals and FREEbies at the end of the race. Runners
can sign up online at www.freedomrun.ph
or at Runnr stores and UP-NCPAG.
The event is once again spearheaded by the Philippine office of the Friedrich
Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), a German political foundation, in partnership
with LLDA, the Municipality of Taytay, Rizal and the Alliance of Liberals and
Democrats for Europe (ALDE-CALD), with San Miguel Corporation as major sponsor.
The run is also supported by the University of the Philippines National College
of Public Administration and Governance, Liberal Party and the Kaya Natin Movement.
FNF country director Jules Maaten: "Last year we had twice as many participants
as expected, showing the resolve of the Philippine people to work against corruption.
The Run is part of our ongoing campaign "It's All About Freedom",
and we are delighted that so many people, institutions and organisations are
joining us in this advocacy, especially now that the fight against corruption
and for good governance is beginning to bear fruit."
In 2011 the Freedom Run took place at UP Diliman.
More information: Pauline Sanchez, 09209158428/8196086, firstname.lastname@example.org