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THE City of Manila has been added to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series calendar with an inaugural event set for June 19.

Manila becomes the first city in Southeast Asia to host the world’s largest running series with sports shoe and apparel maker ASICS as the title sponsor.

The ASICS Rock ‘n’ Roll Series Manila will stage marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K events on the birthday of national hero Jose Rizal. The events will also kick off the celebration of the city’s 450th foundation day on June 24.

“This new event will feature the historic city and music, making the City of Manila the perfect venue for the newest Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series event. We look forward to the race creating a participant experience focused on running, music and community,” said Jeff Edwards, Managing Director for Asia at The IRONMAN Group.

“We are very happy and excited to host the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series in the streets of Manila. We are proud to be the first City in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia to stage the event,” added Manila Mayor Francisco Moreno Domagoso.

The ASICS Rock ‘n’ Roll Series Manila route will take participants past Rizal Park, the National Museum, Manila City Hall and the Walled City of Intramuros.

Bands and DJs will be positioned along the route and the finish line to facilitate post-event celebrations. — John Bryan Ulanday