Sali Ako Fun Run: Help Preserve Boracay

Boracay is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Philippines and is one of the best beaches in the world, but sometimes tourism does have it pitfalls and sometimes nature takes the toll.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do something about it, through running?

Boracay, 1986

Currently, there are many challenges that face Boracay.  Some of these are natural like sea level rise, beach erosion, etc. but a lot of it are man-made:

Quarrying of sands for construction

...or for small souvenir items


Structures close to the beach interferes with the natural sand movement which may cause loss of the beach

Removal of vegetation from dunes resulting in increased sand particles being washed offshore

Diniwid, 2007 (top) and 2009 (bottom)

At this rate we may not recognize Boracay a few years from now.  So what can we do to help?  If you’re spending your Holy Week in the island, why not add an advocacy run to your itinerary?

Sali Ako Fun Run: Help Preserve Boracay Beach aims to create awareness and start an advocacy in keeping our environment clean.  It also aims to raise funds for the activities of Boracay projects for its efforts particularly for ordinance number 2001-141 “An ordinance banning the extractions and collection of white sand and pebbles in the beaches of Boracay Island.”  Without Boracay’s sands, it won’t be Boracay as we know it.

Boracay is still my favorite beach to run onto (courtesy Patrick Oliveros)

This project is in partnership and supported by NGO in Boracay such as Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Municipality of Malay, Aklan.  This event is being organized by Unlimited Events Inc. with Coach Joar Calvadores as its Race Director.  Here are the event particulars:

Sali Ako Fun Run: Help Preserve Boracay Beach

When: April 23, 2011
Where: Station 3, Boracay Island
Distances: 21K, 10K, 5K, 2.5K
Registration: online via; ₱350 for 2.5K, ₱600 for 5K, ₱700 for 10K, and ₱750 for 21K, inclusive of a race bib and singlet

This would be the first time a 21K race will be staged in Boracay and the route is promised to be interesting.  And after the race during the day the organizers will be holding a FREE after party and awarding ceremony celebration at night at Summer Place beach front with an international DJ to entertain the guests.

You may also visit if you still don’t have airline or booking reservations, and you get 20% off on hotel packages if you register on or before March 25, 2011.  For more information you may also email

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nina says:

    Isn’t this a bit ironic… run for Boracay, but tons of people will head there for the run, consuming plane fuel, using up the island’s resources and leaving pollutants at the same time.


    1. dhenztm says:

      The race targets those who are already planning their stay there, and I doubt that anyone would go there just to run because of the peak season rates.


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