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Fitness and charity merge in fun run

July 17, 2019

On its 10th year as the country’s first integrated resort. Resorts World Manila (RWM) is staging “Run With Me X” with Coach Rio dela Cruz, Meg Imperial, Rovilson Fernandez leading the fourth edition of the annual celebrity charity run on August 25 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

Running enthusiasts with charitable hearts can now register online and join this momentous endeavor aimed to raise funds for beneficiaries that inlcude HERO Foundation, YesPinoy Foundation, ERDA Tech Foundation, Right Start Community Development, Inc., Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines, EPCALM Adult Leukemia Foundation of the Philippines and Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation.

Imperial first joined Run With Me in 2017 as a celebrity team leader, where she and her team emerged as the champions.

Actress Meg Imperial and TV host-model Rovilson Fernandez join Coach Rio dela Cruz as they lead thousands of runners in a race for charity in Resorts World Manila’s annual fun run. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“I was happy and proud to win Run With Me 2017, of course,” the television and movie personality said, who again joins the fun run as a celebrity team leader.

“But beyond the physical achievement, the experience was made more meaningful knowing we helped people in need by doing something we loved. It was also a lot of fun to run alongside my friends from the showbiz industry and of course, the fans,” she added.

Fernandez, who has joined Run With Me every year as a team leader since it was opened up to the public in 2017, is as excited as Imperial.

“I’m an active guy, and getting me to sign up to endorse an activity that encourages people to get fit would have been easy enough,” the TV host-model said.

“The fact that we raise millions for charity makes it a no-brainer. Run With Me is the sort of event that deserves people’s time and energy, because just by signing up, you’re already a winner because it means you’ve already helped someone.”

Dela Cruz, who is best known for helping popularize the sport of running in the Philippines, has also been working with RWM from the very first Run With Me when it was just an RWM employee-exclusive event in 2016.

His running organization RUNRIO has been RWM’s event partner for Run With Me, helping the company with race logistics and even providing expert advice to race participants with the Run With Me Run Clinics in the months leading up to the race.

“I’ve always advocated running as a sport and hobby, and I’m happy that so many Filipinos are now into running,” Coach Rio said. “We’ve helped organize hundreds of races over the years, but Run With Me holds a special place in my heart because it lets us give back to the community through the millions we raise for charity.”

RWM, through Run With Me and two smaller employee charity runs in 2014 and 2015, has raised nearly P10 million pesos for charity, with nearly 10,000 total runners.

Online registration for this day of camaraderie and charity is through www.runwithme.ph.

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