Fun runs are becoming increasingly popular all over the world, especially as a means to raise funds for various charities or to gain awareness for various causes. In the Philippines, particularly Metro Manila, fun runs abound all year long, thanks to the country’s tropical climate. The usual locations for such fun runs are Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Makati, the MOA grounds/area in Pasay City, Antipolo, Pasig (C-5, Tiendesitas, etc.), Marikina, and even Quirino Grandstand and CCP in Manila.
Aside from the obvious physical benefits, there are many advantages to joining fun runs. Here’s a quick rundown of reasons to take part in these friendly races.
- It’s not about the finish line. Fun runs are not about the competition, but are about bringing a sense of community and camaraderie to its participants. It’s not only a great way to bond with your family, but you can also meet and bond with new people, too. Fun runs are awesome events to connect with other people who care about the same cause as you do.
- Since there’s no REAL competition, you get to enjoy the physical aspect of marathons minus the pressure. Fun runs will have varying distances — from 500 meters to the really tough 10K (or 10 kilometers). People who are gearing up for the real thing join fun runs as part of their training — to get in shape, to test their limits, and to find out how they can improve their time and performance come the actual race. One might even say that fun runs are sort of like trial or practice runs to help one prep for the real thing.
- Because fun runs aren’t focused on winning, you get to enjoy the actual activity — running. And since exercise helps one sleep better, not to mention is good for one’s emotional, psychological, and mental health (think endorphins), fun runs are great for people who are often stressed out or are dealing with depression. Feeling the wind graze your face, knowing that you’re running for an advocacy or cause, and focusing on your body’s movements can definitely help you de-stress and make you realize that there’s more to life than work and other factors that are stressing you out. In short, running gives you the clarity and space to view things from another angle, another perspective. Fun runs, sans the competition, enables you to think out of the box and come up with solutions.
- Fun runs give you a glimpse of running as a sport and as a form of exercise, and can even clue you in on the proper warm-up and cooldown exercises. So who knows, by joining fun runs, you might be motivated to get into running or jogging as your exercise of choice — and hence, get started on the road to fitness! You’ll not only be engaging your body in physical activity, but you might also be inspired to drop bad, unhealthy habits and take baby steps toward a healthier lifestyle — diet and all!