2016 Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon

What does it take to make a difference in the lives of the children? Government and private organisations have put up institutions that support and provide health care, education, livelihood and other basic necessities for countless underprivileged individuals and families in various locations in the country.

One of these notable organisations is the Virlanie Foundation. Founded by French social worker Dominique Lemay, the Virlanie Foundation houses street children and impoverished families in the metro. Through the foundation, these children were given proper care and are able to go to school. Some of them have already finished a college degree and are giving back to the community by supporting the foundation. There are livelihood programs that Virlanie provide to the families who are under its care.

Such selflessness by Mr. Lemay has gone a long way, and even radiates to each one of us. It is in this aspect that Sofitel Philippine Plaza partnered with top running organiser Runrio, Inc. to stage a yearly Sofitel Manila Half-marathon, which is is now on its third year. What’s in it for us? And as runners, we can do our share by registering for the event. The proceeds of the race will benefit the children and their families under the Virlanie Foundation.

2016 Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon
21 August 2016, 3am
CCP Open Field, Pasay City

Registration Details:

Race Category Registration Fee Gun Start Inclusions
21k Php950.00 4:00am Bib, timing tag, singlet, finisher’s shirt and medal,
and loot bag
10k Php850.00 4:40am Bib, timing tag, singlet and loot bag
5k Php750.00 5:00am


How to Register:
Online: On going until August 7
Log on to www.sofitelmanilahalfmarathon.com

In-Store: July 13 to August 14

  • Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, 9am to 5pm
  • Runner, 12nn – 8pm
  • Timex Megamall, 12nn – 8pm
  • Toby’s SM MOA, 12nn – 8pm


2016 Sofitel Manila Half-marathon actual singlet.

2016 Sofitel Manila Half-marathon actual singlet.

Finisher Shirt:

Medal: 21k Route:

10k Route:
5k Route:

For this race, Runrio introduces pacers for the following 21k target finish times:

1:50 2:10 2:30
2:00 2:20

So, if you’re looking at making a new PR, join the Sofitel Manila Half-marathon, and make a difference in the lives of the street children that they may become better individuals for the good of their community.

Coming from Coach Rio dela Cruz, “We hope to continue engaging runners to join events like the Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon that not only is a hub for both amateur and professional runners but also serves a noble purpose – to make a difference in the lives of the children of Manila through the Virlanie Foundation.”

I am inviting everyone to once again join me in this worthy cause and let’s all do our share in helping others just don’t sleep on their dreams but making their dreams a reality.


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