With Boracay’s power to attract tourists and an undersea ecosystem as delicate as any, the island needs “heroes” that can share in sustaining its environmental health.
Shore cleanups initiated by the island’s various “stakeholders” happen seasonally, but its underwater life is of equal importance. This is where SKYathon, the annual beach run by leading cable and broadband provider, SKY Cable, finds a place for the ‘
“heroes” of the environment to offer their help.
“As the reefs continue to need care and upkeep, we are heeding Filipinos, particularly our beach runners, to join our cause to help save the island through SKYathon 2017, thus our battle cry, be a hero for Boracay,” Delbert Santos, SKY marketing services manager said.
Because of the debilitating condition of Boracay’s coral reefs, SKYathon will once again allocate a portion of the registration fees to support Boracay Foundation’s Coral REEFurbishment Program to help save the island’s coral reefs from dying.
In fact, SKY is dedicated in supporting the advocacy on a long-term basis.
“Boracay has given so much to Filipinos and it is only fitting that we return the favor by helping the country’s world-class island remain beautiful. SKY is committed to uphold this advocacy through SKYathon,” Jaynalen Redondo, SKY Cable’s airtime sales marketing head said.
According to a DENR assessment conducted in September 2015, coral bleaching, unregulated diving, and the spread of crown-of-thorns starfish have caused damage on Boracay’s coral reefs.
The rehabilitation project can help coral reefs to recover for Boracay to maintain a healthy coastal marine ecosystem.
Together with coach Rio dela Cruz’s RunRio as race partner, SKYathon will once again gather tourists, runners, and sports enthusiasts for a day of running in the name of saving the island’s coral reefs from dying.
The highly anticipated destination run will happen on April 22, 6 a.m., at the Epic Beach Front (station 2). Aspiring SKYathon runners can choose from a 3K (P500), 5K (P600), and 10K (P800) beach run. A race kit includes a singlet, timing chip, loot bag, and a finisher’s medal.
Be a hero for Boracay this summer by joining the SKYathon beach run. For more information on registration, interested individuals can visit www.skyathon.com and www.runrio.com/skyathon-2017.
Updates are regularly provided in its official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SKYathon. The online registration is open until April 10.
Other registration venues include the Boracay Foundation Inc. office located on the 2nd floor of AKY Gasoline Station, Main Road, Manocmanoc, Boracay Island, Chris Sports branches in SM Megamall, SM North Edsa (Main), SM MOA, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Ermita, and D’Mall Boracay; as well as Rudy Project Branches in Alabang Town Center, The Podium Trinoma, SM MOA, SM Cebu, Robinsons Cebu, and D’Mall Boracay.