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Run for a Cause this August!

by on Aug 1st, 2010

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There are several fun runs to look forward to this month of August! As for me, I try to make it a habit of joining at least 2 fun runs every month! I would join more but I don’t have enough money to spend too much! I’ll try to upload a list of races per month as soon as I can, for the meantime however, you can also try checking out

This August, I decided to join 2 fun runs. One of which I’ve already mentioned in the past. This would be the Miles for Smiles fun run happening this coming August 22. Registration is still open so if you’re interested, you should definitely join!

“This event is presented by Noordhoof Craniofacial Foundation (NCF) and Taipei Economic Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) and Smile Train to raise publice awareness that bingot or cleft and other craniofacial conditions are treatable and that free comprehensive care is available.”

Besides being able to keep a fit and healthy body, you’d also be giving a child his beautiful smile back. Is that too much to ask? C’mon people! You can’t put a price on a child’s smile.

So anyways, if you’re interested, registration is open until August 10.  There’s a 400 meter dash for 10 year old children and below, 3km, 5km, 10km and 16km. There is also a group category running at 10km or 16km. I decided to make a group and we’d all run the 10km race. I’ve never tried running that far… but… it’s for a good cause! I’ll try my best to finish it! To fellow runners out there… any tips that’ll help keep me going and not faint in the middle of the run? I seriously need them!

See my cute singlet? :) I wanted to take a pic of my whole team’s singlets but it meant I’d have to open their packets

(They might not want that). sooo… just mine for the meantime.

.Another run I’m joining this month is Run to Read Fun Run which is taking place on August 15, 2010. I actually decided to join this race not only because of it’s good cause but also because I wanted to run and prepare before my 10km run on the 22nd!

But anyway, the Run To Read Fun Run was designed to raise funds in order to build and restore libraries for the less fortunate communities here in the Philippines. You see, there are only a few public libraries here… from what I read, there’s less than a thousand. When in fact, given our population and number of communities, there should be at least 2000 libraries to cater our people’s needs. To some, libraries may not be as important. Some might even think we don’t really need it. But for children… this is a big and very important part of their growth. They can learn so much more from opening a book than watching the television. They can invest much more from studying what they read rather than begging on the streets. So if you want to be part of this change, what are you waiting for? Register now and join us! Categories are 3km, 5km, 10km and 15km. There will also be a 500m dash for kids and parents.


Unfortunately, the singlets are not yet available. So no pic of that yet.. just my race number.

FYI: They’re out of slots for 5km runs… so I had no choice but to register for 10km. haha SURPRISE SURPRISE!! Wish me luck! Tips people! I desperately need tips to keep me alive! haha This will be my first 10km run!


For those interested to join RUN TO READ, you may register at:

  • All Terra Cyclery: Club 650 Libis, Quezon City
  • BrandWorX, Inc: Penthouse, Eurovilla 2 Bldg., V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
  • Reebok: Festival Supermall,  SM Megamall, Trinoma
  • Royal Sporting House: Glorietta 4, Ali Mall,  Robinson’s Place Ermita
  • Runnr Store: Bldg. Br Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Second Wind Running Store: Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village QC,  Ortigas Home Depot


.Oh, and to get you motivated…. Run to Read gives you the option to CHOOSE the singlet color you want!!! Isn’t that cool? I’m really excited for the race! I’m sure it’ll be so colorful at the Fort! :)


It always feels good to help others in any way possible. However, I know a lot of us have a busy schedule and may be unable to dedicate enough time to help them. So why not just run? You might not be able to join volunteer activities from across the country, but surely, running a few kilometers will not eat up too much of your time. You could finish it in less than 2hours. And in that short time, you have already helped create a lifetime change for someone.


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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