Miles for Smiles: The 500-Smile Run on Nov. 6

How often do you smile in a day? How about during a race? We never count because we take our smiles for granted, but in the Philippines 1 in 500 babies are born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. Many of them are born in faraway places where they may never receive any kind of treatment.

That’s where Operation Smile comes in. This charitable volunteer organization provides free reconstructive surgery and related health care for underprivileged children and young adults. One way Operation Smile is raising funds for their medical missions for at least 1,500 patients is through the 500-Smile Run races in Manila and Davao.

The Manila leg will be held on November 6 at Quirino Grandstand, Manila and is targeting a minimum of 6,000 runners. The race categories and fees are:

  • 500-meter dash (kids): P300
  • 3K: P500
  • 5K: P500
  • 10K: P650
  • 16K: P800

The Davao leg will be on November 27 at Rizal Park, Davao City, targeting 2,000 runners. The race categories and fees are:

  • 3K/5K/10K: P350
  • 16K: P650

I’m joining the Manila leg, knowing that the kilometers I run will help change children’s lives one smile at a time. See you there!

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