The Evolving RunRio Trilogy in 2018

I was among the fortunate ones to have been around the first RUNRIO Trilogy in 2010. Races like these were not to be missed because 1) they form part of your tune-up races for marathons 2) they give you great competition from the best runners in the land and 3) they epitomized what a big race is yet give you personalized treatment. Of course a bonus treat was always, always getting a chance to see Coach Rio dela Cruz. Not only did he create RUNRIO Trilogy, he was the guy who started the Afroman-distance of 32K, hence became his monicker, the Afroman.

The spike in public interest for races resulted in more events, some less focussed on the athletics side and more bent on luring participants for the recreational side which is not at all too bad, except that someone had to keep the competition alive. Thus we ran witness to the evolution of the RUNRIO Trilogy — from the actual race routes, the size, design and quality of race uniforms and even content in lootbags and winner prizes. I think RUNRIO also pioneered in the so-called “united” or puzzle medals (3 medals that, when collected, will form one bigger medallion) and also tried to experiment on a super-sized “platito” medal in 2012-2014, when 42K marathon distance was already included in the loop.

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the 2012 platito medal but you actually needed 4 races to complete the united set
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2017 trilogy medals each looked good as stand-alone…but together, they volted i like magic!

 

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trying on the 2018 RunRio Trilogy medals, may renaissance effect talaga!

Personally, I felt that last year was a renaissance of the athletic side of RUNRIO, that image and reputation of being premier in:

  • delivery of world-class routes and race execution
  • social responsibility by partnering with great advocacies
  • providing highest quality of running gears and medals
  • showing appreciation to customers and patrons with post-race awarding

And so, the question that begged to be asked: What’s in store for RUNRIO Trilogy in 2018? With a twinkle in the eye as if taunting, RUNRIO President and CEO Coach Rio quipped, ““This year promises to be exciting for us and for all those who want to join our runs…Running enthusiasts can look forward to the 2018 RUNRIO Trilogy not only as an avenue to push their limits but also to spend quality time with friends and family.”

Participants can also look forward to more exciting running activities in store for everyone. First is the 5k Family Run. For this race, teams must consist of two adults and two kids. Each kid must be 15 years or below to qualify. The 5k Barkada Run, on the other hand, is open to four adults each of whom must be 16 years of age or older. There is also the 10k Buddy Run which, is also for participants 16 years old and above.

As an added incentive for runners, participants who register in groups are entitled to a substantial discount on the registration fees.

But at the heart of RUNRIO TRILOGY will always be the pay-forward, post-race, culminating activities where super-achievers are honored and the fulfillment of raising funds are highlighted upstage.

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Manila, Philippines – February 7, 2018 – RUNRIO Events, Inc., the country’s premier organizer of running events, recently held the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards at the Grand Ballroom of the Okada Manila in Pasay City.

The main highlight of the event is the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards. This is intended to recognize the last year’s runners who completed the 2017 RUNRIO Trilogy Series where they completed the three-leg race series namely, 21k, 32k, and 42k that happened last June 25August 31 and October 1, respectively. The awards will not only recognize the participants but will also honor the fastest and the oldest finishers. All awardees will receive a limited edition medal hanger.

“The RUNRIO Trilogy Awards is our way of showing our appreciation to all those who participated and gave everything they’ve got fueled by their #HeartToFinish strong,” said Andrew Neri, RUNRIO Events, Inc. Managing Partner.

Moreover, the evening will also be an opportunity for RUNRIO to present YesPinoy Foundation with a PhP500,000.00 donation. Founded in 2009, the foundation in partnership with Taclob, produces emergency bags made by survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. The aim is to provide hooded cloak backpacks with emergency kits and learner’s materials to young people in vulnerable public schools particularly those in areas affected by Typhoons.

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The Trio at the Prescon: YesPinoy – Coach Rio – RunRio Andrew Neri welcoming media to 2018 RunRio Trilogy

Aside from the Trilogy Awards, RUNRIO also announced the scheduled of races for 2018 as the RUNRIO Trilogy Race Series expands its presence in Cebu. This year, the first leg of the race series will be held on March 4 in Cebu and on March 18 in Manila. The second leg will be in Cebu this time on May 6 and again in Manila on June 3. The last leg will be on August 19 and again on September 23 in Cebu and Manila, respectively.

The RUNRIO Trilogy was made possible by its other partners, namely, Gatorade, Maynilad, Garmin, SM Mall of Asia, Nyxsys, Inside Manila, Fitbar, KitKat, Efes, Nizoral, Salonpas, and Milcu Deodorant Powder.

For more information on the registration fees and the online registration schedule, visit www.runrio.com.

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Thus will kick-off another exciting RUNRIO TRILOGY this year and the continuance of its commitment to give runners the #HeartToFinish.

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