You have a choice this summer: you can stay at home and melt, or you can use that time productively. (Either way, you’re sweating. A lot.) While walking or running around in this heat seems like a bad idea, the break presents a good opportunity to get you started on the road to fitness.
With the theme “One Run, One Heartbeat,” the 2018 Heart Run wants to educate Filipinos about the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular diseases. Held annually by the Philippine Heart Association, the event is expecting thousands of runners at SM by the Bay on May 13. The run will have 5k, 10k, and 21k legs in the race. There will also be a 1-kilometer “Walk for the Heart” to be led by people who triumphed over cardiovascular disease.
A lot of footwork
The local eliminations for the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitation (ANFYI) kicked off on April 27 and will run through May 13. The locations covered include Iloilo, Dipolog, Baguio, Metro Manbila, Naga, Bacolod, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro. A group of the best young futbolista will be sent to the Allianz (PNB Life Insurance) Junior Football Camp, realizing their dream top train with Bundesliga champ Bayern Munich. There is more good news this year: girls will finally be allowed to participate, and will occupy three slots out of eight in the lineup. The winning teams will advance to the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao regionals, which will be from May 19 to 27. Whoever survives that will fight it out in the national finals on June 2 to 3 in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
Pass the baton
The Philippines is joining the second year of ASICS Relay, an international race that also includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. The local leg is the first night relay race in the country, which will be held on May 26 at SM by the Bay. The full course is 42-kilometers, but participants can choose to join the half marathon. Expected to feature 750 teams, the event encourages teamwork more than individual ability.
Up, up and away
Here’s something different: how about a run where you not only move forward, but also upward? The 2018 Vertical World Circuit is a nine-race circuit global event that has counterparts in Seoul, Paris, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka, Hongkong, and London. The Philippine edition—Kerry Sports Manila Vertical Run—will be on July 8 at the 250-meter high Shangri-La at the Fort in BGC. Runners will have to finish a short run from the second floor lobby to the staircase. The end points vary according to category, with the Penthouse as the highest finish line.