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Eco-warriors across the country are set to run at the Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 and unite for one meaningful environmental cause: #NotPlastic.

The well-attended running event – which will happen on April 22 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds – is reinforcing its commitment to preserving the planet. National Geographic is partnering with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines for the sixth consecutive time to campaign for plastic waste awareness and action. The country’s issue with single-use plastics dumped in oceans and threaten marine biodiversity has made us the third highest plastic polluter in the world.

“In response to this pressing problem, the two organizations aim to increase awareness on plastic waste and push programs that focus on plastic waste management by utilizing the proceeds of the highly-anticipated annual run for the environment,” WWF President & CEO Jose Angelito Palma said.

At least 15,000 runners are expected to participate across the 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K racing categories.

Apart from a singlet, race bib, timing chip, and towel, registered runners will also receive a water bottle that they could fill with refreshments at the hydrating stations. No plastic (or even paper) cups will be provided at the race, so everyone is encouraged to bring their own bottles. #NotPlastic, remember?

Proceeds of and public hype from the race will help WWF and the community of Donsol, Sorsogon, particularly in building pocket parks and other infrastructure projects to aid tourism in the area.

Interested participants can log on to the Nat Geo Earth Day Run website. Offline registration is also available starting March 17 at authorized booths located at SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, and SM The Block. Registration fee for the 3K category is at P750, 5K category at P850,  10K category at P950, and 21K at P1,400. The gun start for participants of the 21K run is at 3:30 AM, 10K is at 4:00 AM, 5K is at 5:30 AM, and 3K is at 6:00 AM.

For more details and updates, visit Nat Geo Earth Day Run’s website and official Facebook page.

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