More competitive Gatorade Run expected

By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG--Gatorade Run participants this year could be in for a challenge as RunRio head Rio Dela Cruz, one of the chief organizers of the said event, opened up to the media at the possibility of putting up a cutoff time for the 22K run.

"We can provide a three-hour cutoff time. As much as possible [by that time] wala nang runner sa Buendia (Gil Puyat Ave.) kasi heavy traffic," Coach Rio said during the press conference for the second edition of the Gatorade Run at the F1 Hotel on Thursday night.

The said option came at the heels of announcing a different route for the 22K run and even the 11K run, eliminating Roxas Blvd, which according to last year's runners is overused and somewhat tough because of having to go up and down its two flyovers, and having the participants run on flatland with Gil Puyat Ave. and the CCP Complex as the key areas.

"We heard some runners during last year saying that most of the races went through Roxas Blvd., and we want to be able to provide something unique and more efficient," said Tony Atayde, Gatorade's marketing manager.

Dela Cruz added, "We would to provide our runners [a chance] to beat their time compared to last year. We are expecting faster time for all the runners who joined last year."

He later clarified, "If wala pa masyadong traffic, we can extend the cutoff time, but if it's too traffic na, we may [implement the three-hour cutoff]."

As a way of further pushing the runners to their A-game, both Dela Cruz and Atayde also revealed that the 22K finishers will receive a medal each alongside the finisher shirts.

They are expecting at least eight thousand runners for the Nov. 27 event, which will start and end at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds.

Online registration is now underway at, while offline registration begins next week at selected Adidas stores.

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