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Manila’s rich heritage gets share of spotlight in ASICS RnR run series

MANILA, Philippines -- The ASICS Rock "n" Roll Running Series on November 26 is set to showcase Manila’s iconic landmarks, including the Walled City of Intramuros and the National Museum, marking the second time that the capital city’s cultural and historical treasures will take center stage in not just a local spectacle but a globally recognized platform for running enthusiasts.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural RnR race in Southeast Asia and first in Asia in post-pandemic, the organizing IRONMAN Group/Sunrise Events Inc. and the host city, headed by Mayor Honey Lacuna, are gearing up for an even grander and more explosive edition of the four-category event distinguishing itself from traditional marathon races.

With all 9,400 slots sold out weeks in advance, participants can anticipate a unique experience that combines running, endureance and entertainment. The event will feature music throughout the route, enhanced by themed water stations, culminating in a musical celebration at the finish line.

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“We’re thrilled to have all of you back. We’re excited to present a fantastic and classic racecourse that promises to make your run truly unforgettable. The course will not only take participants through the heart of Philippine capital but also showcase breathtaking historic sites,” said Charlie Dungo, head of Department of Tourism Culture and Arts of Manila (DTCAM).

The world’s largest running series, backed by ASICS as title sponsor and aligned with the Department of Tourism’s “Love the Philippines” campaign, kicks off at the stroke of midnight on November 26 at the Quirino Grandstand for the 42k marathon run. The route will traverse key landmarks as Rizal Park, the National Museum complex, Intramuros, the Manila Cathedral, Manila City Hall, the Kartilya ng Katipunan, the Jones Bridge and Chinatown in Binondo.

The blue-ribbon event, coinciding with the host city’s 451st founding anniversary with AIA Vitality as presenting sponsor and supported by event partners Lungsod ng Maynila, DTCAM, Love the Philippines, National Parks Development Committee, Rizal Park, Intramuros Administration, MMDA, Lightwater,