This concept or project of donating my old running but still reliable running shoes and encouraging others runners to donate their old shoes was born out from my observations of seeing young and senior runners participating in weekend road races, most especially in the 2008 Pasig River International Marathon last February 2008, who were seen with tattered and worn-out running shoes, walking and limping on the side of the road. So, I decided to post the pictures of my old running shoes to let the other runners know if they are in need of my old shoes or share the information to other runners and maybe, ultimately, make my offer reach to the needy ones. The comments of The Bull Runner, Banana Running, Quick Silver Runner, Mark, Cecil/Miraclecello, Benov, Datc, and others from that post inspired me to push through with this project through the help of my Officers & Staff of the DND-AFP Gintong Pangarap Running Club, Inc. And I am glad that this project was later endorsed by these bloggers in their respective posts.
As promised in my succeeding post (Collection Point), my staff was able to set-up a “Collection/Distribution” Booth for this project at the Mizuno Infinity Run. Initially, I donated four running shoes and the following “good-hearted runners” shared their old shoes, too:
1) Don Fernando Zobel—He removed his running shoes, ASICS GT-2110, and donated them to the project
2) Bards Bathan aka Banana Running—Gave her Mizuno Wave Inspire 3.0
3) Mesh Villanueva—Gave an Adidas Adizero
4) Duane Santos and Eric Pasion–NIKE Max-Air
5) Jenny and Ninoy Leyran—Two (2) New Balance Shoes: NB 614 & Abzorb 900
6) Mark Bata—Three pairs of running shoes: Nike Air; Adidas Torsion; and Adidas CC Cushion
In total, my staff was able to collect thirteen (13) pairs of running shoes! Six (6) of these were given to the following recipients:
1) John Cervantes
2) Nonito Ubay
3) Genevieve De La Pena
4) Claudio Enero Jr.
5) Eduardo Medina
6) Vicente Polinan
Three (3) of my old shoes were taken by three among the recipients. The remaining shoes (7 shoes) will be brought to the next road race next weekend for display/distribution to qualified recipients.
Genevieve De La Pena got my Nike Air Max.
This is how a “tattered and worn-out” running shoes looks like which the owner exchanged with a better one after using it in the Mizuno 10K Run.
This might be the lightest and most ventilated running shoe in the world whose owner does not even know the importance of support, stability, torsion control, and comfort that the latest running shoes provide to the legs and body.
These are some of the donated shoes. The ASICS GT-2110 at the right was the running shoes of Don Fernando Zobel.
One of the recipients of the donated running shoes trying his size with his “new” running shoes.
This project will continue as long as there are road races and we will make that our “Collection/Distribution” Booth will be a permanent fixture in all of the future road races in Metro Manila.
To all the donors and “future” donors to this project, thank you very much! We wish you more blessings and successes in your life!