The Vermosa Green Run at Imus, Cavite, Philippines, witnessed a remarkable gathering of 2,500 enthusiastic runners and 256 furry companions who came together to promote fitness, fun, and environmental consciousness.
As runners recycled plastic bottles on-site, they rekindled their love for the environment. This second edition of the Green Run featured various distance categories, including 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K, with a delightful addition of a 1K Dog Run that attracted numerous dog owners seeking a bonding experience with their pets amidst an adventurous atmosphere.
A Rejuvenated Tradition
The decision to revive the Green Run stemmed from the overwhelming response to the inaugural event. Observing people’s eagerness to embrace an active lifestyle and resume their normal lives in 2022, the organizers received countless requests for another edition this year. To cater to the growing interest in pet-friendly activities, a Dog Run was introduced, acknowledging the increasing number of individuals and families who spent their leisure time with their beloved pets at the venue. The positive and enthusiastic reception to the inclusion of fur babies ensured that the Green Run became an annual tradition set in a vast, pollution-free space.
Championing Health and Wellness
Renowned entertainment celebrity, Valeen Montenegro of GMA, not only participated in both Green Runs but also fervently supported the event. For Valeen, the journey of running has been a transformative experience, reaping physical and mental benefits. The cardiovascular workout aids in burning calories, strengthens bones and muscles, and enhances stamina while inducing a “runner’s high.” Beyond the physical aspects, running has played a significant role in stress management, improved sleep, and boosted energy levels throughout the day. Valeen expressed her fondness for the Green Run’s safe and supportive environment, contributing to her exceptional performance.
The Scenic Playground: Vermosa Estate
The sprawling 740-hectare Vermosa Estate, one of Ayala Land’s largest developments, served as the picturesque backdrop for the Green Run. Known as the newest growth center in the south, the Vermosa Estate embraces a complete mixed-use development approach, complemented by state-of-the-art sports facilities and recreational spaces. Envisioned to be a comprehensive package of residences, malls, offices, educational institutions, places of worship, entertainment venues, sports-lifestyle facilities, government centers, and BPOs, Vermosa advocates an active and healthy lifestyle for its residents and visitors alike.
Green Initiatives: Sustaining Life on Earth
Committed to environmental stewardship, the Green Run donated a portion of its proceeds to the Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-a-Seedling Program. By doing so, the event aimed to raise awareness about the critical need to sustain life on our planet while fostering stronger, fitter, and happier individuals. Participants in the Green Run were not only engaged in personal fitness goals but also contributed to a broader cause, becoming agents of change for the environment.
Partners in Success
The success of the Green Run 2023 would not have been possible without the support of various sponsors and partners who shared the vision for a healthier, greener future. FPG Insurance, MILO Philippines, SunLife, JGO Mart, Doggo Flask, Alaxan, Seda Hotel Nuvali, Merrell, Fitbar, Runnr, Toby’s, Pocari Sweat, Oishi, Equal Sugar, Healtway Qualimed Hospital, and Immuntab Multivitamins all played instrumental roles in making the event a resounding success.
The VGreen Run demonstrated that running is not merely a physical activity but a transformative journey that unites individuals in their pursuit of fitness, fun, and environmental responsibility. Embracing a pet-friendly approach, the event fosters connections with our four-legged companions while cherishing the beauty of nature. With each stride taken at Vermosa, runners and their canine companions contribute to a healthier planet and a brighter future, making the Green Run a celebration of life in its purest form. As this annual tradition continues to flourish, it inspires countless others to join the movement towards a more sustainable and fulfilling existence.