It is sad that the impression of people regarding Pasig River is that it’s heavily polluted (dirty).
The Ilog Pasig (as we call it here in the Philippines) was once a beautiful river. It connects Laguna de Bay (Laguna Lake) to Manila Bay. It basically divides Metro Manila into 2 (North and South).
Due to continuous development of industrial surroundings and negligence of the people, the 25 kilometer river became very polluted. It is even considered dead (the river can not sustain life) according to experts 🙁
The government and environmentalists have been establishing programs, initiatives, activities to slowly revive the river and bring it back to its old glory. I definitely support those kinds of activities and really hope we succeed in our cause.
One of those activities is the Run for the Pasig River, which will be held on November 8. This is an activity organized by Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP). The route will cross 13 bridges of the waterway and will allow runners to get close to the river, as portions of the race will be run alongside the river itself.
One thing that I found unique about this race is that you can run a full 42 km marathon by being part of a relay team composed of either 20 or 40 people.
There are also short distance categories of 3k, 5k and 10k runs. Age limit for those races is 6 years and above. The run will be supervised by race director Rudy Biscocho and his team.
Water stations will be situated every 2km from starting line to finish line.
To participate, you just need to pay Php250. Free running clinics will be available for 1st-time runners. Registration forms are available online for marathon & relay or register at the ff. outlets:
- KBPIP office at 3/F ELJ Building, Mother Ignacia QC
- ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. Head office
- IZOD boutiques
- Vanheusen Boutiques
- Gold’s Gym
- ROX Running Store
- Second Wind, Race Inc.
Let’s join the cause to save the Pasig River & run!
Here’s the plug: