Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ONE FOR TREES – Thunderbird Resorts’ Run for a Cause
At the crack of dawn last November 26, hundreds of running enthusiasts gathered at Thunderbird Resorts - Rizal to join the ONE FOR TREES: Thunderbird Resorts’ Run for a Cause. The run was the culminating activity of the second anniversary of the company’s corporate social responsibility program called TREES, or Thunderbird Resorts Efforts on Environment Sustainability.
The primary beneficiary of the ONE FOR TREES Run is the Serany Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that aims to uplift the plight of the impoverished residents of Binangonan, Rizal. Prior to the run, a series of community-related initiatives were conducted in the neighboring areas of Thunderbird Resorts in Rizal and La Union such as adopt-a-school and feeding programs, tree-planting activities, and medical missions.
Participants of ONE FOR TREES ran along the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range. While the uphill and downhill roads proved to be more difficult than most city races, the runners gladly welcomed the challenge and completed the 5K, 10K and 21K distances. Binangonan Mayor Cecilio “Boyet” Ynares, together with municipal office employees, gamely joined the 5k category. Employee volunteers from Thunderbird Resorts acted as marshals and cheered the racers along the way.
Richard Salano and Janette Lumidao were the first to cross the finish line among the 5k racers. In the 10k race, the gold medals went to Gerald Sabal and Cindy Lorenzo. First placers of the 21k category were Elmer Sabal and Luisa Raterta.
ONE FOR TREES was made possible with the help of sponsors such as Business Mirror, Philips, Nova Cereal Bars, Solara baked multi-grain sticks, Salonpas, NY Theraspine Clinic, 24K Xacto Graphics, Dependable Printing, Spyder, Eastridge and Zest Air; its official hydration partners, Pocari Sweat and Manila Water; and registration partners Chris Sports, R.O.X., www.runnersrunner.com, and A Runner’s Circle.