Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Battle of the Sexes on March 3, 2013

Coach Rio has been talking about this idea of his --- a race which would feature a sort of battle between male and female runners, for quite some time now. Finally, this unique concept would be brought into fruition this coming new year. Runrio is now partnering with Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to bring us Battle of the Sexes: Defend Your Gender!

WHAT: Battle of the Sexes
WHEN: January 26, 2013 (Saturday, Night Race - Gunstart at 9PM) NEW DATE: March 3, 2013 (Sunday, Gunstart at 5:30AM)
WHERE: SM Mall of Asia
AGE GROUP SUB-CATEGORIES: 24 & below / 25-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70 & above
RACE BENEFICIARY: Virlanie Foundation (

RACE MECHANICS: Male and female will compete with each other in one finish line, one venue, one distance. Female runners will run first, then after 7-10 minutes male runners will start the race.

ONLINE: (December 21, 2012 - February 17, 2013)
IN-STORE: December 21, 2012 - February 24, 2013
- Riovana BGC Branch
- Riovana Katipunan Branch
- Toby's SM Mall of Asia Branch
- Toby's SM The Block Branch

Registration Fee and Race Kit inclusions
Battle of the Sexes Singlet design
Race Bib

- Generous Sofitel will be raffling off a 3-night stay in the Imperial Residence including spa treatments, your personal butler, dining at Spiral buffet, well you get the picture. It's everyone's dream luxury accommodation worth over a million pesos! Hope I'd be the lucky winner! Haha!


Over one million in luxury prizes from Sofitel to be won at RunRio – Battle of the Sexes!

Manila, December 20, 2012 - Sofitel Philippine Plaza announces the launch of RunRio – Battle of the Sexes, a 10k evening Fun Run to be held on the 26th of January 2013 at the SM MOA Grounds, SM Mall of Asia.  Over one million in luxury prizes from Sofitel is at stake during the fun run including a three night stay at the exclusive Imperial Residence, dining at Spiral, beauty treatments from Le Spa and Vietura, the new Aesthetic Lifestyle Institute.

RunRio is a series of 10k fun run is by the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and organized together with RunRio Inc., headed by the foremost running coach in the country, Coach Rio de la Cruz. The race will be on the 26th of January and it will have a unique Battle of the Sexes concept- Male vs Female where females get a 10 minute lead.  

Sofitel Philippine Plaza general manager, Goran Aleks says, “We have partnered with track and field coach, Rio de la Cruz who is an icon of the youth for espousing fitness in order to promote the importance of health and fitness to the Filipinos.  In addition, all the proceeds of the RunRio will go to Virlanie Foundation to help alleviate the plight of the street children in Manila.” 

Battle of the Sexes is presented to you by Chevrolet Philippines in cooperation with Century Pacific, Canon Fashion Tailoring, Gatorade and Timex. 

Registration commences at 1pm at Sofitel’s Harbour Garden Tent, where runners may claim their singlet and race number. The run officially starts at 6pm at the Mall of Asia grounds. Gun start at 9:00pm. The top three winners of each category wins watches from Soleus, special treats from Sofitel Philippine Plaza and many more gifts and surprises. 

Tickets are on sale at Php 800 each, inclusive of the run registration and running kit. Other registration sites are at Riovana BGC and Katipunan and Toby’s Mall of Asia. 

For more information on the Run Rio Fun Run, please contact or email at 0929 7178164 and

Released: January 19, 2013
Dear Runners,

It is with deep regret that we have to announce that the Battle of the Sexes race event which was originally scheduled to happen on Saturday, January 26, 2013 as a night-time race, is postponed. 

Despite being able to acquire approval/permits from the SM Mall of Asia and Pasay City authorities, we will be unable to organize a night-time scheduled race because we were not granted approval by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) who has jurisdiction on vital portions of the Battle of the Sexes race route.

Citing safety and security concerns, the PRA have declined to provide approval on the use of the road under their authority/jurisdiction on a Saturday night race.

With this being the case, RunRio in partnership with Hotel Sofitel will need to reschedule and redesign the said race as a Sunday-morning event, thus the need for postponement.

The new schedule of the Battle of the Sexes race will be on Sunday, March 3 at 5:30AM.

In line with the postponement, registration period will be extended until February 17 for Online Registration and until February 24 for In-Store Registration.

Runners who have already registered for this event need not worry since their registration will still be valid for use on the same event. For further concerns, you may send us an email via with the subject “Battle of the Sexes” or call us in any of the following RunRio hotlines:

Globe – 0927 347 7700
Smart - 0929 717 8164
Landline - (632) 703-1736

Our apologies for this inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled Battle of the Sexes event!

Sincerely yours,
The RunRio Team

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