Runner’s Guide in Manila for Beginners

Starting your morning right with a simple stretching and running will certainly help you focus on your work throughout the day. Making running a routine even though you are busy in Manila is absolutely possible with this runner’s guide.

Running becomes a hobby for most of the people in Manila, however, there are some who are still adjusting their body to the new routine. As we understand the 8 best tips for runners in Manila, it is also important to know the safest and engaging places to run anytime that’s best fit for most of the runner’s schedule. Manila is a busy place, and so are the people who earn a living, but it shouldn’t be a hindrance to jog regularly and to stay healthy. With that, here are some of the top runners-friendly places that’ll surely keep you motivated in staying fit and healthy.

  1. Mall of Asia in Pasay City
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(Image source: JRNUNEZ)

Mall of Asia is known as one of the spacious malls in the Philippines, most especially near the bay area and even on the wide paved roads surrounding the mall. Not just that, but because it is practically near condominiums, hotels, and even workplaces, which made MOA a candidate for a runner-friendly area. With these, there are various people who go for a run at MOA every morning before they go to work.

  1. Bonifacio Global City or BGC Taguig
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(Photo credit: @ninzbonita)

People who are actually living in Taguig will know BGC as a prominent place due to its highly urbanized area. Various buildings and workplaces are constructed here. Even the pavements are perfectly constructed in well-lit roads. Apart from these, BGC has a variety of mini parks where runners can jog and exercise while avoiding the buzz of the busy area.

  1. UP Diliman
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(Image source: Outside Slacker)

If you opt to have a run at a refreshing area in Manila, then UP Diliman’s Academic Ovals is a perfect choice. Far among the busy and cluttered places, the Academic Oval of UP Diliman is a regular jogging area for students and adults as well, most especially on weekends as it is a smoke-free and car-free area. At UP, you’ll get to inhale fresh air as trees are abundantly growing along the wide pavements.

  1. Filinvest City in Muntinlupa City
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Another great running and sports area along the South is at Filinvest City. Filinvest city is like the BGC in South, however, fewer buildings and cars. Due to the fact that it is near the residential area and workplace, it is a hobby by many to have a walk or jog alongside the road during mornings and afternoons. Some would even have their bike as they go along popular biking and running trails at Filinvest.

  1. Cultural Center of the Philippines or CCP Manila
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As one of the recommendable running places, runners usually do a direct route from CPP going to Roxas Boulevard, then to Luneta for their regular jog. Of course, you’ll also get to feel the refreshing sea breeze and a perfect sunrise view every morning.

Running may be hard at first, especially if you are not that used to it. But as you do it on a regular basis, soon enough, you’ll reap all its benefits. To keep you motivated, how about inviting a running buddy and go to these runner-friendly places that are practically near condos and workplaces for easy access.



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