Marines mark anniversary with obstacle run
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Marines will celebrate its 63rd anniversary with the Cobra “Karera Lakas Pilipinas” Commandant’s Cup, a highly challenging obstacle run which will also be open to civilians on November 10 at the Gregorio Lim Marine Barracks grounds in Ternate, Cavite.
“We are opening the ‘Karera Lakas Pilipinas’ to civilian runners and to the public so they can get a glimpse into the tough and grueling life of the Philippine Marines,” Marissa Monsanto Falvo of Lakas Pilipinas Inc. said during Tuesday’s PSA forum at Shakey’s Malate.
“This event is open to civilian participants who want to experience a slice of Marine life,” added Lt. Col. Stephen Cabanlet of the Marine Corps Special Service Command. “By joining us in this event, we hope that Filipinos will appreciate the effort in making the Marines an integral and effective part of the armed forces.”
The Marine Corps was formed on November 7, 1950 under the late President Elpidio Quirino with then Defense Secretary Ramon Magsaysay playing a key role in organizing the efficient and well-disciplined armed unit.
Aside from battling insurgents and terrorists, the Marines also spearhead humanitarian and relief efforts during times of typhoons, floods and earthquakes. The United Nations have also tapped them as peacekeepers in global conflicts.
Those who would like to join this one-of-a-kind race can register at R.O.X and online at www.lakaspilipinas.com. Registration deadline is on November 7.
Named after one of the early Philippine Marine commandants, the Gregorio Lim Marine Barracks grounds is the site of the obstacle course where Corps recruits undergo intensive physical training and conditioning to whip them into top fighting shape.
Falvo said part of the proceeds of the Cobra “Karera Lakas Pilipinas” 5 and 10-kilometer obstacle runs will go to the repair of the Warrior’s Grill Obstacle Course and the Corps’ recovery and reintegration program for Marines injured while performing their military duties.
“By holding this event, we would like to recognize the heroic and gallant efforts of the Philippine Marines in times of war and peace,” said assistant brand manager Karlene Sebastian in the event also supported by R.O.X., RUNNR, Toby’s, Residencia Boracay, Rudy Project, Fenix Corp, Absolute Fitness, Olive Juice Concepts, PaymentPassage, Goofy Foot Media and SJF.
“On behalf of Philippine Marine Commandant Maj. Gen. Romeo Tanalgo, we would like to thank Cobra and our other supporters in celebrating the 63rd anniversary of the Corps,” said Cabanlet.