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Startup running site from Cebu begins nationwide expansion

The people behind Race.PH together with online media reporters.
By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG--In these days, it is uncommon that you can find a startup in which its roots can be traced from Cebu, let alone a sports startup.

Enter Race.PH, a registration site where you can register and even pay for a certain race online--without the sometimes irritating queue.

"[Race.PH] was created in 2014 in Cebu initially for running events. Now, we modified the codes to accommodate other races,"said Paul Ouano, one of the co-founders of the startup, which has since accommodating cycling and triathlon events as well even as it began to undergo a nationwide expansion, starting with the running-crazy Mega Manila area.

Ouano and fellow website owner Aaron Yap met a group of online media reporters in a pocket press conference at Slice Restaurant within the Bonifacio High Street area to discuss what it is all about.

"The Philippines is maturing on online payments, and with Race.PH, we educate people that it's the most convenient way," said Yap on why they put up the site.

Ouano then continued, "We've hosted about 100 events, and most of our early clients come back to hold their annual race."

Aside from being an online race registration and payment portal, Race.PH also features a automatically updated database where the organizers and even the participants can see who are joining.

"We added the feature so that it's easier to identify winners," said Yap.

Also included in the website is a register-now-pay-later option where runners, cyclists, and triathletes can register for a certain race and just pay the fees on race day itself.

"Some want to register online and pay at the registration booth on the day of the race itself," Ouano reasoned, considering the financial needs of the racers.

Race.PH's expansion to the outskirts of Cebu is a fulfillment of Ouano and Yap's vision for the website.

"That's our target: to cater to even the small races," Ouano shared.

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