Running for Change

 May 1, 2011

Some 350 runners from Negros and Panay competed in Saturday's 'I Run For Change' fun run featuring distances of three, five and 10km plus a special one kilometer event for children.

Start of the 10k run

The run, to raise funds for two key environmental groups in Negros, was the climax to a month of activities in support of Earth Month.

Getting ready for the start of the 3K run

Organizer Kaila Ledesma said she was delighted with the turn-out for the event.

"We had expected 300 runners so 350 was great. Everyone had a terrific time and much-needed funds were raised for the Philippine Reef & Rainforest Conservation Foundation and Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation" she said.

"The run was also designed to create wider awareness of the urgent need to protect and conserve our fragile environment," she added.

At 73, the oldest competitor was Dr. Gil 'Baby Doc' Octaviano. The youngest was two and a half year-old Robert Harland Jr,

Youngest and oldest competitors. Two and a half year-old Robert Harland Jr, with his mom Stessie and 73 year-old Dr. Gil 'Baby Doc' Octaviano

Robert Harland Jr., youngest competitor at two and a half years

Winner of the women's 10km run was Stephanie Cadosale with a time of 42:38 minutes. Second was Jennylyn Nobleza and third Ailyn Grace Salas

Winner of the men's 10km run was Eric Paneque with a winning time of 33:37 minutes. Second was Joel Alcorin and in third place Rogelio Zaragoza.

ABS-CBN's Jay Jaladoni, Edmund Villavienvcio, Philippine Reef & Rainforest Conservation Foundation president Gerry Ledesma (l-r)

Major sponsors of the event were Coca-Cola, Melba's Farms, United Molasses, First Farmers Holdings, Cool Runnings, Run Club, Zagu, Powerade and Frunk Training Systems, Energy Development Corporation and Havaianas.