Run for Sight organizes virtual run to raise funds for typhoon victims

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Published on November 29, 2020

To help in the recovery efforts of families devastated by recent typhoons, the Run for Sight Foundation has launched the race for a cause iRun for Luzon in partnership with the CebuDoc Group.

All proceeds of the virtual running event, which will feature the 3-kilometer, 5K, 10K, 21K, and 42K categories, will go to typhoon victims in Luzon, according to CebuDoc Group President and Run For Sight Chairman Dr. Potenciano “Yong” S.D. Larrazabal, III.

Participants can opt to run their chosen category at one time or through distance increments within the race period from December 5-19, 2020. There is a uniform fee of P999 for all categories, and registration will start on November 30 and end on December 18, 2020.

VIRTUAL RUN. CebuDoc Group President and Run For Sight Chairman Dr. Potenciano "Yong" S.D. Larrazabal, III talks about iRun for Luzon, a virtual run they are organizing to raise funds to help families in Luzon devastated by recent typhoons. With him is Nagemine Mier Villegas, CebuDoc Group marketing head.
VIRTUAL RUN. CebuDoc Group President and Run For Sight Chairman Dr. Potenciano “Yong” S.D. Larrazabal, III talks about iRun for Luzon, a virtual run they are organizing to raise funds to help families in Luzon devastated by recent typhoons. With him is Nagemine Mier Villegas, CebuDoc Group marketing head.

Run for a cause

Larrazabal added that the yearly University Run by the CebuDoc Group was cancelled this year because of the pandemic but virtual marathons, where participants run on their own and submit their GPS records as entries, have become popular and he even joined one recently. He added that since the foundation has been hosting running causes for years, they thought of organizing one where the proceeds will go “to our brothers and sisters in Luzon who have been badly hit by the recent typhoons.”

Runners in iRun for Luzon can run anywhere and any date and time throughout the race period. With participants being given the chance to complete the race at their own pace, they can use the event to be physically active while observing health protocols and help out other people at the same time.

Since the run times are very generous, even non-runners can join by simply walking the distance of their chosen category.

Virtual race guidelines

Participants, however, must track their runs by using any tracking app of their choice. Larrazabal recommends the Garmin, Strava, and Runkeeper. It should display the actual date of the run, rendered time, and distance. Once they’ve completed their race, they must submit proof of their results in order to receive their finisher’s items, which include a singlet, eCertificate, and medal. Since the iRun for Luzon is open to runners anywhere, Larazzabal said finisher’s items can be shipped to participants outside of Cebu but within the country for P150. Those in Cebu can pick these up at the Run for Sight office at the Cebu Doctors University Hospital in Cebu City.

Below is a step-by-step guide to registering and completing the virtual race:

Step 1: Register for the run via www.runforsight.net.
Step 2: Run anytime from December 5-19, 2020.
Step 3: Track and record your race using a GPS tracking app.
Step 4: Send proof of completion to www.runforsight.net.
Step 5: Receive your finisher’s items.

Check out www.runforsight.net for the online registration or the official Facebook page of CebuDoc Group for updates.

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