UNIVERSITY of the Philippines varsity teams got a big boost June 18 from a new fund-raising event called The Great UP Run spearheaded by RUNRIO, Inc. and nowheretogobutUP Foundation, Inc. (NTGBUP).
Organizers of the event together with UP officials and representatives from the Quezon City Athletic Association (QCAA) launched the event via a press conference held at Quezon Hall to kick-start preparations for Season 82 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
The Great UP Run, which aims to attract 3000 runners in 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K categories, will begin at sundown on August 11 at UP Diliman and cover the outer roads of the UP campus. Expected to participate are all UP varsity athletes, UP students and faculty from different campuses, and UP alumni.
The event will end with a concert featuring homegrown UP artists and is the first of many yearly events meant to sustain all UP varsity teams. Beneficiaries of the fund-raising are UP varsity teams in Badminton, Baseball, Softball, Chess, Fencing, Football, Judo, Poomsae, Swimming, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Men’s Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Women’s Basketball.
UP Diliman alumnus Coach Rio de la Cruz, President and Founder of RUNRIO Inc. NTGBUP Chairman, Atty. Agaton Uvero, NTGBUP VP for Ways and Means Cocoy Mercado, UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Francis Diaz and QCAA officials led the proceedings at the media launch.