Something came a-rockin’ last weekend as the ASICS Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series took place in Manila on November 26!
The run was set against a backdrop that consisted of the capital’s best landmarks, such as Roxas Boulevard and the National Museum, which all led up to the finish line at Quirino Grandstand. Not only that, bands such as Gracenote, Mojofly, and spin masters like DJ David Ardiente and DJ Shai provided adrenaline-pumping songs all morning long, giving participants the ultimate runners’ playlist!
What is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series?
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series has been a mainstay for marathoners for the past 25 years. With its tagline, “Bringing Fun to the Run,” each event has provided both exciting scenery and tunes that have kept runners’ hearts pumping! Furthermore, it boasts a community of over 2.5 million runners across the world, including various cities in the United States, from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C.
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The run consists of four general classifications: the full marathon at 42 km, the half marathon at 21 km, a 10 km run, and a 5 km leg. These events can change per host city, such as including a KiDS ROCK leg for little runners or a Doggie Dash for pets!
Rocking ‘n’ Rolling in Manila
The Manila run was the first Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series event in Southeast Asia in 2022. Athletic shoe company ASICS has been its primary sponsor since then.
This year, the run consisted of the four general classifications mentioned above: 42 km, 21 km, 10 km, and 5 km. In line with the bayanihan spirit, the 10 km leg was sponsored by AIA Vitality, the wellness program created by the insurance company AIA Philippines.
Notable finishers included Welfred Esporma, who first crossed the finish line at the 42 km marathon. Then there’s Richard Salaño, who crossed the 21 km half marathon line first for the second time, since he was also the first finisher of the 21 km half marathon last year!
Here’s to all winners and participants – we hope to see you again next year!