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Globe Run4Home redefines activism

Cebuano triathlete champion Noy Jopson endorses Globe  annual charity run

A big name in the athletic scene, Cebuano Noy Jopson Is most known for grabbing the first Cobra Ironman title, which he skillfully set at 4:21.27. This coming March 25, 2012 in Cebu City, he will be joining the upcoming Globe Run4Home and has openly expressed his endorsement for the values that the event espouses.


“I’m really excited! Globe Run4Home is dedicated to not just 1 but 4 organizations that are at the forefront of their advocacies.  It’s not often that you get to combine what you love with giving back,” shares Noy when asked about his sentiments regarding the event.


A lover of the outdoors and sports, Noy has successfully kept himself busy and immersed in the world of fitness. His fire for running started at the early age of 9. Even during his younger years, his titles number to many and include prestigious awards. Among those that he championed are Asian Cup Junior in 1995 and the Philippine Enduraman Champion. He is also a 3-time National Champ and a record holder for Olympic Distance.


His decision to be an athlete is a deliberate one. Noy closely grew up with civic awareness and responsibility, as his father is the well-known political activist Edgar Jopson. The late Jopson was a key mover during the period of civil unrest or the First Quarter Storm in the 1970s. He was the president of National Union Students of the Philippines and also bears the recognition Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines.


“Throughout my life, it was my intention and decision to shy away from activism. I used to believe that it was not worth the separation or the loss of a loved one. Now, I realize that it’s not wrong to push for what my parents fought and died for: social justice and human rights,” declares the triathlete.


Noy recounts his younger days when he was hounded left and right with opportunities to stand up for various causes. He instead kept himself busy with training to excuse him from said activities.


“If there’s a chance to keep running, join triathlons, promote fitness, and celebrate health while helping our country, why not?,” Noy happily concludes.


The funds raised from this year’s Globe Run4Home will be funneled to support the projects of Gawad Kalinga and Habitat for Humanity Philippines with a particular focus on addressing the needs of Filipinos victimized by Typhoon Sendong. As the environment is as well a home, Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation and Philippine Tarsier Foundation also join this year’s roster of beneficiaries.


Those who cannot participate in the run but wanted to donate to their chosen beneficiary can do so via Globe GCASH.  All they have to do is text the following:  For Philippine Tarsier Foundation –   DONATE <space> AMOUNT <space> MPIN <space> <TARSIER> and send to 2882;  Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation –  DONATE <space> AMOUNT <space> MPIN <space> <CEBUBIO> and send to 2882; Habitat for Humanity –  DONATE <space> AMOUNT <space> MPIN <space> <HABITAT> and send to 2882; Gawad Kalinga –  DONATE <space> AMOUNT <space> MPIN <space> <GK> and send to 2882.

Registration rates for Globe Run4Home are at its most affordable this year.

Registration fees per category are P300 for 3K, P400 for 5k, P500 for 10K, P600 for 15K, and P700 for 21K. The registration fee of the 21k category includes race shirts in various sizes, race bib number, timing chip, and finisher’s medal.


Registration is until March 22, 2012 at Paseo de Ciudad, 1st level, Ayala Center, Cebu City and via www.globe.com.ph/run. Globe Run4Home 2012 is supported by Alaska, Cebuana Lhuilier Insurance Solutions, Fox, Gatorade, StarWorld, and Summit Natural Drinking Water as major sponsors.  Minor sponsors include Active Zone-Ayala Center Cebu, Airphil Express, Cenovis, Century Tuna, Department of Tourism, Dole, Marriot Hotel Cebu, McDonald’s, Rexona,
Skechers, The Body Shop, Timex, Trends & Technologies, and Woman by Lactacyd.

Media partners are Cebu Daily News, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Freeman, The Philippine Star, Radio GMA, SkyCable Cebu, Word Broadcasting Corporation, Infochat, and Newsbytes.

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