Sweating it out for Mother Earth! Anderson Group BPO, Inc. was glad to be a part of the NatGeo Earth Day Run, recently held last April 17, at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Running along with 15,000 other racers from the BGC grounds to West McKinley, it was a fun and competitive environment for all.
“The best part of the event was developing camaraderie with my colleagues, meeting new friends, and seeing strangers encourage strangers,” says General Operations Manager, Ryan Dela Cruz.
For Operations Manager John Autencio, joining the event as a first time endurance runner was a different experience. “Since it was my first time to run 21K, they were very generous with the cheers and support. I have asked them not to pressure me to run alongside with them, because I know I won’t be able to do so.”
According to John, the best part of running with friends and colleagues is “knowing that at the finish line they will be there waiting for you and cheering you on. It was precious, next to getting the 21K finisher medal.”
“It builds camaraderie and bond. Comparable to the work life that there would be struggles and obstacles, sometimes you will get tired, but the important thing is not to give up, because you know you have your friends and colleagues to help you on in achieving your goal,” John adds.
On the other hand, I.T. Junior Lead Administrator, Argel Mabulay, talks about maintaining a healthy lifestyle through the run. “It felt good finishing my first 10k run with NATGeo PH. I guess it’s because of the outcome of my training before this event, though I realized that I should go for 21k run next time.”
“I am really happy seeing other runners happy about their achievements on this event. Right now, I am looking forward to the next run event. I want to encourage more people to join. Because it is not only run-for-a-cause, but also for you to come up with a healthy lifestyle activity.”
The NatGeo Earth Day Run was a simultaneous event held in five different cities worldwide—Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taichung. For Manila, race distance categories are 5KM, 10KM, 21KM, and 42KM.
Beneficiaries of the event include the Irrawaddy Dolphin Research and Conservation in Malampaya Sound, Palawan; climate change solutions in the form of portable solar lamps for the “Gift of Life” village residents in Monreal, Masbate; the reforestation efforts for the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, and the rehabilitation and conservation of the corals at the Apo Reef and Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Occidental Mindoro.