If you still haven’t planned your summer beach outing, or if you plan to be in Boracay between April 19 to 23, you should definitely put the SKYathon 2017 Boracay Beach Run on your schedule. Happening on April 22, 2017 starting from the Station 2 beachfront, this is a fun run with a noble cause.
While earlier editions of the annual Boracay Beach Run focused on beachfront cleanup, since last year SKYathon has focused its efforts on helping restore the famous island’s coral reefs by raising funds to purchase reef nurseries in partnership with Boracay Foundation’s Coral REEFurbishment project. This is part of SKY Cable’s corporate social responsibility program.
Since tourism on Boracay island began in 1958, 70% of its surrounding coral reef has undergone degradation thanks to unregulated diving, coral bleaching, and the spread of the crown-of-thorns starfish, which spells disaster for the coastal marine ecosystem.
The coral nurseries purchased using funds raised by SKYathon will be planted on April 20, 6:30am from Station 1 fronting the former Guilly’s, and all fun run participants and tourists already on the island are invited to be there.
With SKYathon always scheduled the weekend before Labor Day weekend, many people have already booked their holiday to coincide — but you can still join in the fun. Registration is still open until April 10 online.
In-store registration is available at the following venues:
Boracay Foundation, Inc. – 2nd Floor AKY Gasoline STation, Main Road, Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island
Chris Sports – SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Ermita, D’Mall Boracay
Rudy Project – Alabang Town Center, The Podium Trinoma, SM Mall of Asia, SM Cebu, Robinsons Cebu, D’Mall Boracay
Runners can choose from three distances: 3K (P500), 5K (P600), and 10K (P800). The race kit includes a singlet, timing chip, and loot bag, which you can pick up on April 21 in front of Epic Boracay. Medals will be awarded at the finish line.
(If you’re a resident of Aklan, you can take advantage of their 4+1 promo: register four people and the fifth person gets a free kit. Registration is also at 50% off. Avail this rate at the Boracay Foundation office.)
The race will start in front of Epic on the Station 2 beachfront and will loop towards Friday’s. The 10K course will also loop toward Congas Bar on Station 3. With Runrio once again managing the race organization you can be sure runners will be well taken care of.
So consider this your friendly reminder that you’ve only got 10 days left to register. Go for it!
Race: SKYathon Boracay Beach Run
Date: April 22, 2017
Venue: Boracay White Beach (fronting Epic)
Reg Fees: P500 (3K) / P600 (5K) / P800 (10K)
Official Website: Skyathon.com
Online Registration: click here
In-Store Registration: Boracay Foundation, Inc. (2nd Floor AKY Gasoline STation, Main Road, Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island); Chris Sports (SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Ermita, D’Mall Boracay);
Rudy Project (Alabang Town Center, The Podium Trinoma, SM Mall of Asia, SM Cebu, Robinsons Cebu, D’Mall Boracay)