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Pasig River run goes to Quezon City

Posted at 07/17/2012 6:22 PM
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez (center) with race directors and sponsors of this year's Pasig River run. Photo: Handout

MANILA, Philippines – For the first time, the Quezon Memorial Circle will serve as the start and finish line of the Pasig River Run.

Organized by ABS-CBN Foundation, the event aims to raise awareness and funds for the rehabilitation not only of the Pasig River, but all the waterways connected to it.

There are four of them in Quezon City, said Mayor Herbert Bautista. These are Tullahan River, Marikina River, Meycauayan River and San Juan River.

Bautista thanked ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez for choosing Quezon City as the venue of this year’s race, saying that they have been working on relocating families living near these rivers.

”Some 26,000 to 30,000 families live along these rivers,” he said in a press conference for the fourth Pasig River run on Tuesday. ”We don’t want them there because it’s not safe. Around 15,000 have been relocated to Rizal.”

For her part, Lopez said: ”This year, Quezon City will run for the Pasig River. We are setting the template for other cities.”

”Next year, we can do it in San Juan or Mandaluyong,” she added.

This year’s Pasig River run will feature not only a foot race, but also biking and skateboarding events. All these will be held starting at 4 a.m. on September 30.

For more information about the race routes, click here

More than 86,000 participants joined the Pasig River run last November 20, while the October 2010 race broke a Guinness World Record with 116,087 runners.

Proceeds from the two events were used to rehabilitate Estero de Paco and Estero de San Miguel, respectively.

Estero de Paco before (left) and after its rehabilitation. Photo from www.runforthepasigriver.com

”There’s no way we can clean the Pasig River unless we all work together,” Lopez said.

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