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RnR series unveils Manila’s rich heritage

The ASICS Rock “n” Roll Running Series on 26 November 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, endurance and entertainment.

The event will feature music throughout the route, enhanced by themed water stations, culminating in a musical celebration at the finish line.

“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,” Charlie Dungo, head of Department of Tourism Culture and Arts of Manila, said.

The world’s largest running series kicks off at the stroke of midnight on 26 November 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.

Not only does the event boast of live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, it also holds international prestige with official certification and measurement from the World Athletics and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.

This recognition ensures that the four courses (5K, 10K, 21K and 42K) adhere to well-organized, safe and accurate standards, allowing participants to use their finishing times for potential qualification in major marathons worldwide, including Tokyo, Berlin, London, New York, Boston and Chicago.

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