Manila, Philippines (01/31/2010) – Some 39,000 marathoners in New York as recorded in Marathon Guide on 2006 may be endangered to move to second place in global rank as a Philippines event just had its 50,500 participants during the January 31, 2010 marathon.
Isang Araw Lang: Takbo para sa Libreng Kolehiyo, a project of the UNTV executive and host Daniel Razon, aims to raise funds to support the free college program that Razon himself had started almost a year ago in La Verdad Christian College.
The marathon was attended by random class of participants of which reports said that only some 50,500 were registered to run and those who were not able to participate were not yet counted in. The number is attributed to many believing in the goal of the project and the advocate behind it.
Some of the attendees were athletes from Kenya, students of Philippine National Police Academy, Marikina Runners Club and other professional marathoners. UNTV personalities were able to join the event as well.
The free college program that Razon and the Kamanggagawa Foundation have been upholding consists of a scholarship package for the beneficiaries. Aside from full-time scholarship, the program includes free uniform, free books, and free meal. This free college program is available to those who can pass the exam yet cannot afford the financial demands of other colleges.
The marathon took place in the loop grounds of SM Mall of Asia, varying from 21km half-marathon run for the athletics, 10km for a challenge run, 5km for a discovery run, 3km for fun run, and 1km family run to 3meters for the kiddie run.
The winner of 21-km half-marathon is a Kenya National Willy Tanui with P30, 000 cash prize and this had been his 2nd title in competing in the country. His topped as well the Cebu City marathon last January 10 this year. Second place winner is another Kenyan, Kiberess Kember with P20, 000. Coming third is Miscelle Gilbuena with P10, 000, becoming the lead female runner of the event.
A tie-winner in 10km run were Alquin Bolivar and Nhea Ann Barcena with P20, 000 each. The 5km and 3km resulted in only one winner being declared and it was Justin Tabunda with total of P17,000 cash price.
Adjennie Delos Santos won the 10km women’s race with P10, 000 cash prize. Finally, the 3km race winner is Luisa Yambao with P7,000 to bring home.
The event is a potential material for Guinness Book of World Records entry for having such a large number of participants. Some quarters believe that the Takbo para sa Libreng Kolehiyo (Run for Free College) marathon can beat world records if and only organizers will submit this to the Guinness World Records committee.
However, to achieve the record breaking status in Guinness is the least in the priority of the man behind the successful fund-raising event. The only intention of Kuya Daniel Razon of UNTV was to gather funds for the benefit of financially poor college students.
Razon believes that quality education should be given to anyone who is worthy.
Takbo para sa Libreng Kolehiyo project was under the advocacy of Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day) that Razon himself had initiated for his charitable projects.
Isang Araw Lang advocacy is turning a year this 2010. It encourages people to serve the community even for just a day. (Robert Clarita)