by Kristel Satumbaga | Rafael Bandayrel
Around 750 teams are expected to participate in the first Asics Relay Philippines slated on May 26 at the SM By The Bay in Pasay City.
The race offers a different experience as it will be held at night.
Distances on tap are the 21K half marathon and 42K full marathon, with participants can join in the male, female and mixed events.
Succeeding from last year’s version, the ASICS Relay 2018 will feature the additional of Philippines in its five countries relay series, among participating countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.
Each team member is required to complete two legs of 5.25 kilometers for the full marathon and one leg of 5.25km for half marathon to meet the total distance.
The preceding member of the team will need to hand the relay token to the next runner within the designated transition zone to delineate the changeover of runners.
Winners in both the full and half marathon categories will be rewarded with a finisher’s medal, as well as cash and product prizes.
“Our goal is to expand this concept in key cities, and [Manila] is one of those key cities,” said Asics Asia Sports Marketing Manager Andy Neo.
“We know that the Philippines is a country [where] everybody loves sports,” he added.
The champion team of the Full Marathon race categories will also be walking away with team slots to any one of the ASICS Relay race held in another country, inclusive of flight tickets and accommodation.
Olympian and SEA Games gold medal runner Mary Joy Tabal believes the “unique” race will be beneficial for the nation’s running scene.
“This will encourage a lot of runners to improve teamwork,” said Tabal. “Running is an individual sport, so it is unique. It [would] be my first time to be running with a team.”