San Juan summer fun kicks off with fun run

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Mar 24 (PIA) — Organizers of Summer Break, an annual tourism event, will kick off this year’s campaign with a fun run on March 28 for the benefit of the Philippine National Red Cross.

Event organizer San Juan Beach Resorts Association was inspired by the success of the Million Volunteer Run that the PNRC led recently that it planned to open the week-long event with a fun run.

Lawyer Rodolfo Yabes, association president, said the event was made worthwhile by involving humanitarian causes through the PNRC.

“Big events such as these usually commence with a fun run. We hope to generate funds for the Red Cross benefit while promoting health and wellness,” Yabes said.

Now on its third year, Summer Break is the association’s tourism pitch for San Juan as the surfing capital in Northern Philippines and bring in more tourists during the Lenten break.

Organizers said San Juan offers a refuge for tourists coming from nearby Manila who want to pause from the daily pressures of urban work by spending time to reflect and bond with their families during the Lenten season.

The event offers sports activities, pageant, surfing lessons and night parties.

The PNRC, using funds that will be raised from the fun run, will organize a lifeguarding course for the members of La Union Surf Club to enhance their rescue and lifesaving skills.

The course offered to locals will also minimize drowning incidents which are prevalent during summer where most people take to the beach.

The fun run offers a five-kilometer run which will start at the city plaza and end at Sebay Surf Resort. The three-kilometer run will start at San Juan plaza and end at the same resort.

With a minimal registration fee of P250 and P300 for the 3K and 5K categories, respectively, runners will be able to obtain their singlet, race bib and finisher’s certificate.

Prizes will be given to top three runners from each category. Runners may contact PRC La Union – San Fernando City Chapter through Tel.Nos. (072) 700-5161 or (072) 607-3143. (MCA/MBR-PIA 1 La Union with reports from PRC/ Hedrich Calderon)

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