A total of 1,800 runners signed up for the Vermosa Green Run at Imus, Cavite, Philippines on July 3, 2022, according to Vermosa project development manager Moses “MJ” Aragones. Heeding the call to rediscover the outdoors and support a cause, elite runners, athletes in training and running enthusiasts laced up and welcomed the opportunity to restart their passion in the 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K distance categories.
“We hosted the first Green Run here in Vermosa because Vermosa is all about sports and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle,” Aragones said. “We encourage people to go out and indulge in physical activity for their physical and mental health. We also support our national athletes by letting them train here. We plan to bring The Green Run to our other estates in the future.”
The run was staged within Ayala Land’s fourth largest estate Vermosa. A highly-connected development, Vermosa is designed to have a complete mixed-use development similar to other Ayala Land estates in other parts of the Philippines like Makati, Nuvali, Cebu Business Park, and Bonifacio Global City.
“We were overwhelmed with the response of the running community,” Vermosa marketing manager Rina Reganit said. “We only expected a thousand and we went over our expectations. We’re glad that the community is gradually opening up to events like this in the new normal.”
Reganit added that Vermosa has also committed to the environment by giving part of the Green Run proceeds to Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-a-Seedling Program. She said, “We want to build a greener tomorrow.”
The Green Run venue features a state-of-the-art professionally–managed sports facility for professional and amateur athletes called the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub. It has a Fédération internationale de natation (FINA)-standard Olympic-size swimming pool, a warm up pool, an International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) standard 400m track oval, a football field with natural tiff grass, an events place that can accommodate 100 pax called the Athletes Lounge and a gym operated by Santé Fitness Lab. The Sports Hub served as the operations center for the Green Run.
Pinoy Fitness president Jeff Lo said the large turnout showed that the fitness community is eager to resume physical activity, enter competitions and enjoy a change of scenery. He explained, “Being active is a great way to relieve stress and boost energy levels.”
“This run gave elite and casual athletes a venue to resume training and indulge their passion for running and fitness,” Lo continued. “People are really excited to be back at gatherings and races like this.”