Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon: Run for the Benefit of the Virlanie Foundation

When In Manila, you probably have a friend or two who loves running. Heck, you might be part of a running group yourself. Whether you admit it or not, running has grown to be one of the favorite past times and sporting activities of Filipinos. Why wouldn’t it be? Not only is it affordable, but it allows you to travel to places and appreciate the view while losing weight. Right?

I’ve personally joined hundreds of runs since I started my healthy lifestyle, and one of those I often look forward to are those held by Sofitel Manila. Sofitel Manila has had a total of 4 runs since 2008, 2 of which took place last year dubbed Battle of the Sexes were organized for the benefit of the Virlanie Foundation. This year, they’ve decided to hold one big run with distances of 5k, 10k and 21k in hopes of being able to continuously support the said foundation.

“The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon aims to be at par with other international marathons such as the Boston Marathon or Singapore Marathon.  Aside from this, the greater aim of the event is to contribute to the upliftment of the lives of the street children of Manila through Virlanie Foundation, the beneficiary of the marathon.  In the last year, we have raised over Php 1. 5 million through the two runs we have organized – a part of the proceeds had been used to purchase a van that was handed over to the foundation for their activities. This year we are targeting to have over 6,000 runners and for better success in terms of fund raising. ” says Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager Adam Laker.

Sofitel Manila Half Marathon poster

The  Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is taking place this August 17, 2014. The race starts and finishes at the SM Mall of Asia with race categories of 5k, 10k and 21k. The organizers are hoping to target 6000 runners for the benefit of the street children of the Virlanie Foundation.

“dahil sa Virlanie, nakaligtas ako sa masamang nakaraan at natuto akong mangarap” – Mark Anthony, a product of the Virlanie Foundation. In last year’s run, Sofitel Manila and RunRio Inc. was able to donate a total of 1.5million pesos. This year, they hope to be to donate even more with your help.

How To Register:

  • Online Registration from June 27 to August 1, 2014 at
  • In-Store Registratio from July 14, 201 to August 4, 2014 at Move (30th Street, BGC), Toby’s (SM Mall of Asia) and Toby’s (The Block)

Registration Fees and Inclusions:

  • 5k – P750
  • 10k – P850
  • 21k – P950

*inclusive of singlet, race bib for all categories. 21k runners get a finisher’s shirt and finisher’s medal

Gun Start Times:

  • 5k – 5:00am
  • 10k – 4:50am
  • 21k – 4:00am

Race Results:

Race results will be available after two (2) days at

Sofitel Manila Half Marathon Singlet Design:

Sofitel Manila Half Marathon singlet design

Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 21k Finisher Shirt and Medal:

Sofitel Manila Half Marathon finisher shirt Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 21k medalSofitel Manila Half Marathon Race Routes:

Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 5k routeSofitel Manila Half Marathon 10k route Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 21k route



  • Registration may end earlier than announced deadline. Kindly check online at
  • A Valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID must be presented by the representative.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first come first serve basis.


*Winners will be announced through this article on Aug. 6. So please remember to check back to see if you’ve won to avoid forfeiture of slots.

*Winners should be able to claim their race kit at Sofitel Manila

Congratulations to Jake Geronimo and Johnrich Yang! Please email me at cheryl@ littlerunningteacher. com for details on claiming race kits not later than 12 midnight tomorrow to avoid forfeiture of slots.

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