Dear Family and Friends,
I hope this letter finds you well.
I will run my first full marathon on June 26, 2011 at the Manila International Marathon. A full marathon covers a standard distance of 42.195KM. I have spent 16 weeks training for it, in the company of my fellow SM Runners. I did my first half marathon, uphill runs, and trail runs with them; driving up to Baguio and Tagaytay. My pacers – those who will run alongside with me in the marathon: Ed Escalante, Jigger Meneses, and Jayson Tan. I must say that I owe them a lot for I would not have reached week 16 if it wasn’t for their support.
Why I want to run my first full marathon this year?
1. Crossing the finish line is a huge gesture of thanksgiving and triumph for living through 33 years of a blessed life – something I owe my Creator and the people who touched my life.
2. I have truly embraced my passions – one of which is RUNNING.
3. Unite family and friends for a cause – this marathon is not about me stretching expectations of myself, but I want to do something good which is beyond me.
You can help me make this event more special. It’s not everyday I’m being given an opportunity to unite family and friends for a social cause – and I guess, this is one of the best times to do just that. I want to make my full marathon an instrument to help people – to reach out to the community. I have chosen a charity program called HAPAG-ASA – an integrated feeding program managed by The Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation. Enclosed in this letter is a rationale of the said program.
Now, here’s the deal. I will openly accept any amount you can whole-heartedly pledge for every kilometer that I can cover during the marathon. Example: P2.00 for every kilometer. If I finish the full 42KM, then your donation to HAPAG-ASA is, P84.00. =)
Donations will be collected on week of June 27, or you may send me an email or text message so that I can give you my current account number. All donations will be turned over to HAPAG-ASA under the name – SM RUNNERS AND FRIENDS. I will be providing a report thereafter.
Thank you so much for always sending me thoughts of strength through prayers.