For the first time in 13 years, the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) launched a 25-kilometer race division at its annual fun run, tagged as the longest run ever for a corporate event. Other running categories were 21K, 10K, and 5K.
As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the PSE, the 2018 PSE Bull Run was held last January 14 in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
The event marked the 25th year of unification of the Manila Stock Market and the Makati Stock Market.
Participants assembled as early as 3AM for the race reminders and announcements. The race officially kicked off at 4AM.
The event aimed to raise awareness about the importance of physical wellness through running and the relevance of financial health through investing in the stock market.
PSE President and Chief-Executive-Officer Ramon S. Monzon said that physical health and financial fitness are equally important, “So we’d like to, I guess, propagate the idea that physical health could also equal financial health.”
A PSE booth was stationed in the area where participants could sign up for a free Stock Market 101 seminar.
A total of almost 3,800 runners participated in this year’s fun run including several notable personalities like Dingdong Dantes, Kim Atienza, professional runner Rio de la Cruz, and celebrity mom Patricia Javier with her kids.
All finishers of each race division received a finisher shirt and a certificate. Finisher medals were given exclusively to 21K and 25K finishers. The raffle and awarding ceremony were held shortly after runners returned to the activity area.
39-year-old Eduardo Buenavista was declared the overall champion of the 25-kilometer race division with a winning record of 1 hour, 30 minutes, and 08 seconds.
In relation to the event’s purpose of raising awareness about financial fitness, PSE bannered the slogan “Fit to Invest.”
“We hope we can keep up the momentum. The country’s economic fundamentals are very good, and we hope this upward direction of the market will be maintained throughout the year. We’d like everybody to be fit to invest,” Monzon concluded.