9 August 2018
Last August 5,2018 global athletic footwear and lifestyle brand Skechers held its inaugural Skechers Performance Run at SM by the BAY, Mall of Asia Complex. Headlined by its ambassador, celebrity athlete Gerald Anderson, the first in the country event highlighted thebrand’s slogan to “Go Like Never Before” and its mission to make a fit and active lifestyle more accessible and enjoyable for more people.
The event was presented by Takbo.ph and Leadpack. Together with Gerald, others who participated in the run were Skechers ambassador and triathlete Faith Garcia, actors Rodjun Cruz and Marco Alcaraz, Vin Abrenica, Sophie Albert, Star Magic Basketball Team Blue members Jose Sarasola, Gerald Acao, Joe Vargas, Lou Abad, and Kyle Velino, reality teen stars Yong Muhajil and Tin Hammond.
Athletes and fitness enthusiasts such as models Sam Ajdani, George Irineu, and Julia Azevedos, volleyball player Rex Intal as well as the Gerald͛s teammates from Marikina Shoe Masters MBPL team also came and had fun at the inaugural run. The Skechers Performance Run’s 5k, 10k, and 21k run distances attracted both beginners and seasoned runners where all categories and 3000+ racekits were sold out weeks ahead of the event. Excitement was palpable during run day where as early as 2am, some runners were already warming up at the race grounds. At the end of the event, 3 champions emerged with impressive times; Joseph Mururi bested the 21k category with a chip time of 01:15:13, Edward Macalalad lead the 10k category in 37mins and 9 seconds, while Joseph Odhuno finished first in the 5k category with 19 mins and 19 seconds.
After completing the race, participants enjoyed a cool down session, several interactive booths and installations, exciting activities, and fabulous prizes from Skechers and its partners. The competitive and curious ones went for the Skechers Performance Treadmill Challenge where they ran their farthest distance in 30 seconds wearing the brands new Flight Gen running collection. A special treat was given to all Skechers wearers at the event where they got a pick a premium prize ranging from Skechers Performance headbands, cooling towels, sunglasses, and more. The raffle items kept everyone excited until the very end with items like Skechers shoes, Atmosfit watches, Anytime Fitness one-year memberships, up for grabs!
The photo opportunities were seemingly endless as runners took turns taking snap at the finisher podium area, and the giant 3D Skechers Performance logo.
The Sunday morning of the Skechers Performance Run 2018 was a fun-filled one for all the runners who not only got some exercise in, but also came together as a community, inspiring each other to be fit and to GO LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
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