“Everything we do is for the future, for our children, for the environment. So, what’s not to like about it,” says Rovilson Fernandez, encouraging everyone to participate in the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines' projects.

Photo: Monching Jaramillo

Hundreds of runners and earth lovers gamely participated in the unique Reverse Run, held by the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines on September 9, at the McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

It was a one-of-a-kind race that symbolized the non-profit group's commitment to "reverse the bad" in our environment.

Participants of the 3K, 6K, and 12K categories were asked to jog a few meters in reverse before finally running forward in the race that started just before the break of dawn.

Prior to the race proper, a short cardio warm up was provided by event sponsor Skechers, and a few greetings from WWF ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez were said.

According the Rovilson, who joined the 12K category, the Reverse Run is just one of the WWF's many projects that has to do with preserving the environment.

He stated, “You don’t even have to join WWF [to participate].

"As long as they have the same ideals like us, just awareness regarding climate change, basically saving energy, which in the long run saves money.

“Everything we do is for the future, for our children, for the environment. So, what’s not to like about it.

“But if you wanna help out more in a more detailed project, please join WWF.”

Proceeds of the Reverse Run will go to the “Reverse the Bad Student Program” of WWF-Philipppines, which aims to engage the youth in the organization’s conservation efforts.

The program shall include areas for dialogue, information drives, and environment-themed contests.