The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMAAAI) on Friday announced that it will hold its fourth Heroes Run this coming Nov. 29. Around 5,000 runners nationwide are expected to attend in this event. This year’s Heroes Run is the biggest get-together for military men and women as well as the general running public on their quest to aid the fallen and injured soldiers’ dependents.
This year, the event will have three simultaneous gun starts: Manila (Luzon), Ilo-Ilo (Visayas) and the recently added, Davao (Mindanao). The nationwide run will have four categories: 3K for Php 500; 5K for Php 700; 10K for Php 800; and 21K for Php 900.
The aim of the run is to unite Filipino runners, whether professional or amateur to take part in this nationalistic effort.
Col. Leo Guinid, PMAAAI athletic representative, “Heroes Run has been one of the most successful events in the country in terms of uniting the public and the military. It breaks down boundaries and shows the good nature of each side. It adds inspiration to the soldiers while it makes the public appreciate more the sacrifices our soldiers make for the sake of the country’s peace and order.”
Conceptualization of the Heroes Run started when PMAAAI saw the opportunity to unite the public and the military. For years, military men and women had marathons of their own. This sparked the idea to hold a run initiated by the military and open it to the public.
So far, Heroes Run gathered more and more runners in the past. Just last year, it had two gun starts; one in Manila and the other in Ilo-Ilo. It became very successful that PMAAAI decided to take it to the next level this year: to allow the whole nation join from Luzon to Mindanao.
And just like every Heroes Run, the fund-raising event’s top mission is to help the families left behind by fallen soldiers or even the injured ones. The chosen organization for 2015 is the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO).
“Our AFPEBSO has been consistent in managing the educational scholarship programs for the dependent of our hero soldiers. However, they need all the support we can give to ensure sustainability of these programs. Through this endeavor, we have the best chance to give back to our soldiers by participating in this event and by sponsoring,” PMAAAI president Col. John Jurado said.