MANILA -- Kids with cleft lip and cleft palate will benefit from the first MNL Runway Run at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 2 slated on Sunday, July 8.
The proceeds from the 5k untimed fun run will go to the Philippine General Hospital's Cleft Lip Palate Foundation.
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Friday, MIAA Media Affairs Division head Jess Martinez explained that the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) wants to celebrate NAIA's removal from the list of the world's worst airports, and its inclusion on the list of the world's most improved airport.
"We want it (celebration) with a good cause. That was why the MIAA decided to have those with cleft lip and cleft palate as beneficiaries of the fun run," he noted.
Martinez added that having the fun run in July also coincides with MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal's second year in the office. Thus, another reason to celebrate.
Previously, MIAA had organized a fun run outside the airport to celebrate the agency's anniversary. MIAA employees joined the said fun run. The 5k run this Sunday is the first time that will be held on the runway, and also the first time that there will be beneficiaries.
"Everyone was invited. There were more than 2,000 who have registered," Martinez said.
Milky Evangelista of MIAA's Public Relations Department was among those in charge of planning the MNL Runway Run.
"We started planning this last February. We had to ensure 101-percent security of the airport and the runners. That was (GM) Monreal's instruction," Evangelista told the PNA. "We had full coordination with the Aiport Police Department, the CAB (Civil Aeronautics Board), CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and all those concerned to ensure safety and so that no flights will be hindered during the run."
Evangelista said the fun run promises to be a yet unmatched experience for those joining.
"This is a chance for them to walk in the runway. Because, as you know, no one is allowed to walk there. They will also see aircraft as they arrive or depart, since flights won't be affected during the run," he added.
He said the registration fee was PHP750 plus a delivery fee for the race kit, totaling PHP900.
"The race kit includes a special shirt with reflectors because it's a requirement to wear something reflectorized at the runway," he shared, adding the MIAA had also prepared a mini-concert or an after-party for the participants. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency