900 runners enjoyed a green workout
at the RUNFEST – FOX TRAIL Half Marathon
More than 1,200 people, competitors and supporters, made the most of the last summer Sunday by taking part in the Bucharest FOX TRAIL Half Marathon, a RUNFEST competition, sponsored by official partner Barilla and presented by Persil, organized in Băneasa forest. The passion for open-air/green exercising was certainly well proven on the 28th of August, as we were glad to see hundreds of wide smiles both at the race start and after the finish line.
Nearly 900 racers were ready to start the RUNFEST – Bucharest FOX TRAIL Half Marathon, and the day was full of energy, sport, as well as surprises and a great deal of fun. Kids, teens and adults ran on race courses that were customized for their respective level on the cool paths of Băneasa forest, the running competition summing up a total of 32 races on distances ranging between 2.5 and 21 kilometres.
MPG, the RUNFEST coordinator, aims to encourage exercising early in life and to raise the awareness of as many people as possible as to the benefits of running amidst nature, therefore kids aged 6 to 11 had the opportunity to participate in the competition free of charge. Competitors present at the event included members of several sports clubs in the country, who train for national and international competitions, but also people with a passion for running who came from England, Serbia, Italy and Belgium.
The fastest racers were rewarded with generous prizes, a total of 96 competitors walking up the podiums of the RUNFEST – Bucharest FOX TRAIL Half Marathon, sponsored by Barilla (official partner) and presented by Persil. Race results are available online on the event webpage of www.runfest.ro or directly by clicking here. Prizes were awarded thanks to the following sponsors: World Class, Nomasvello, Running Warehouse Europe, Herbalife, GoldNutrition, Ice Power and Isostar. In addition, competitors received champagne bottles (adults only), award medals and diplomas.
The 4th edition of the competition in Băneasa was also attended by RUNFEST ambassadors and we thank them for their participation and for supporting the concept of green exercising and healthy life style: Gabriela Szabo, multiple Olympic and world champion, coach emeritus Zsolt Gyongyossy, Călin Novăcescu, fitness coach and martial arts instructor, and Sorin Chineaţă, a young engineer, blogger and sports fan.
The participants’ joy was captured in thousands of photos that will be posted on the RUNFEST Facebook page.
The competition was an opportunity for RUNFEST – www.runfest.ro – to announce its support for the ”Donate a chance at life!” campaign, organised by the National Registry of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Voluntary Donors (NRHSCVD) together with MPG. The campaign focuses on raising awareness about the importance of staying healthy and enjoying an active life style, and aims to inform and raise awareness among healthy people aged 18 to 45 with regard to hematopoietic stem cell donation.
The races for kids that were organized in the RUNFEST – Bucharest FOX TRAIL Half Marathon were dedicated to promoting the World Marrow Donor Day (September 17th). At the start line, parents or relatives were given the opportunity to join the kids and run behind them on the dedicated course, as a way of showing support for the “Donate a chance at life!” campaign. Olympic and world champion Gabriela Szabo also supports the campaign efforts, acting as ambassador and sending a message to all amateur athletes about the importance of helping those with life-threatening health problems and becoming hematopoietic stem cell donors.
Barilla was the official partner of RUNFEST – Bucharest FOX TRAIL Half Marathon and the event was presented by Persil. Official sponsors included Isostar, Herbalife, World Class, Wim Bosman, event sponsors were Carrefour, iNES Group, Ciuc Natur Radler, GoldNutrition, Health Advisors, Nomasvello, Ice Power, Gustare Nevinovată and Toortitzi. Event partners: Bucharest Directorate for Youth and Sports (Ministry of Youth and Sports), Urban, ProENERG, Asociația Salvatorilor Voluntari pentru Situații de Urgență (Rescue Volunteers in Emergency Situations Association), Brigada de Voluntari (Volunteer Brigade), „ZSOLT GYONGYOSSY, education through sport” Sports Club Association and Romsilva.
We communicate and inform you with the constant help of Kiss FM, number 1 radio station in Romania and RUNFEST official media partner, together with eJobs, recruitment partner and national online recruitment champion, jointly with Inga Media and Libertatea, main media partners, as well as the following media partners: Comunicatedepresa.ro, Asociația Ro Club Maraton, Biciclistul, Alerg.ro magazine, Orasulm.eu, Running Mag, IReporter, 4RUN, Edu-news, România Pozitivă, Sportlocal.ro, Sportpici, Insport, SportsPlanner, blogs 188bmp.com, Chineata.ro, Carmenalbisteanu.ro, 6pack.ro, 36fit.com, BikeFm.ro, and Kooperativa 2.0 bloggers’ agency.
MPG implements the sports projects initiated by PROAM Events Foundation, promoting recreational sport activities as a great way of spending spare time and maintaining health. MPG is market leader for sport events addressed to amateur athletes, counting 19 years of experience in the field. The agency coordinates around 750 sport events in 70 cities all throughout the year. Under the umbrella of Sportainment, MPG implements 4 national sport systems that form communities of more than 80,000 amateur athletes: tennis – www.tenispartener.ro, www.tenis10.ro, cycling – www.ridersclub.ro, running – www.runfest.ro and a competition system for 10 sports, in Bucharest, used by more than 200 companies – Romanian Corporate Sports – www.corporatesports.ro. Their project for kids called Tenis10 – www.tenis10.ro – was nominated as finalist in the European CSR Awards 2013. MPG also created and developed a special format project, the URBATLON obstacle race which, starting this year, was integrated in the www.runfest.ro platform. Over the last 9 years, MPG implemented more than 4,000 sport events and launched communication campaigns together with specialized media. For more on MPG, please visit www.mpg.com.ro.
The National Registry of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Voluntary Donors (NRHSCVD) is a public institution under the Ministry of Health whose mission, undertaken at international standards, is to identify and ensure that compatible unrelated donors of hematopoietic stem cells are available for all patients in Romania who need a transplant and lack a compatible related donor. An NRHSCVD core activity is the creation and maintenance of a comprehensive data base of hematopoietic stem cell voluntary donors, as well as of the patients in need of a transplant. The donation of hematopoietic stem cells is voluntary, anonymous and unpaid. By donating hematopoietic stem cells, you can save someone’s life! For more about the campaign and how you can become a stem cell donor, please visit our website www.registru-celule-stem.ro. If you are interested in becoming a donor, call 0800 88 STEM (7836), a free of charge telephone number available in the Romtelecom network, access www.registru-celule-stem.ro or contact one of our 21 stem cell donor centres.