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Sunday, February 27, 2011

PHL Azkals join Sunday's EDSA Fun Run

MANILA, Philippines (PNA) – The popular Philippine Azkals spiced up the country’s weeklong commemoration of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution as they joined the Fun Run for a cause on Sunday morning.

The Azkals were among the estimated yellow-clad 2,000 runners who took part in the 10-kilometer fun run entitled “The EDSA Run: A People-Powered Run to Build Classrooms.

The fun run started at the People Power Monument at 5:30 a.m., passing through the White Plains Avenue, EDSA, Ortigas Avenue, Greenmeadows Avenue, E. Rodriguez Avenue (C5) and Temple Drive in Quezon City.

Phil Younghusband, one of the most popular members of the Philippine Azkals, said the fun run was part of their preparations against the Mongolian football team in their second match on March 15 in Mongolia.

If they win anew, the Azkals will advance into the Challenge Cup group stage as they defeated the Mongolia Blue Wolves, 2-0, last February 11 at the Panaad Football Stadium in Bacolod City.

Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro also participated in the fun run, organized by different groups, including “I Am Ninoy I Am Cory runners” group and iamninoy-iamcory Runners.

The activity was part of the many events that highlighted the 25th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power that ended the 20-year dictatorship of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos.

The EDSA run was only part of the nine other similar events held across the country, including one in Legazpi City which reportedly drew more than 10,000 runners.

Other participating provinces and cities include: Vigan in Ilocos Sur, Clark in Pampanga, Angeles City and San Fernando in Pampanga, Cebu City, Davao City, Dipolog City, Sultan Kudarat, Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Runners of the 5-kilometer run paid P400 while the 10k participants paid P55 registration fees while Smart Communications, PLDT, Meralco and Metro Pacific, major sponsors of The EDSA Run, jumpstarted the fund-raising effort to boost public school classroom construction.


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