CEBU CITY, Philippines – Fans of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant will hold a commemorative run dubbed “Run for Kobe” on February 1, 2020 at the Cebu City Sports Center.

The run is a tribute of Cebuano basketball fans to honor and thank the Black Mamba who died in a helicopter crash on January 27, 2020 (PH time) in Calabasas country in California.

The run a divided into two categories – the 8K and 24K.

“Of course we all know No.8 and No.24 are Kobe’s jersey numbers when he was still playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. This run is absolutely free. No entry fee and no hidden charges. Just our way to honor and pay our respect to Kobe Bryant,” University of San Carlos athletics coach Arvin Loberanis told iNews.Ph.

According to Loberanis if the participant wanted to join the 8K race, all he/she has to do is to show up at the 4 AM gun start at the CCSC and wear a Kobe Bryant jersey with no.8. The same will do for those who wanted to run the 24K.

“I just saw this on my Facebook wall of Isaac Miko S. Masiglat and asked permission if I can share this also. The plan at first was to jog around the city but since, the interest snowballed that is why right now we asked for permits from City Traffic Office, the Cebu City Sports Commission and the Cebu City Sports Center so that we can stage this. Again, this run is absolutely FREE. No registration fee required. Participants need to provide for their own.  Runners meanwhile have volunteered to act as marshalls,” Loberanis added.

Masiglat who is a certified sports performance coach, strength and conditioning mentor at Epic Performance and Fitness and coach at the Cebu Obstacle Course Camp.

“Inviting anyone who wishes to join our tribute for the late Kobe Bryant and to his daughter Gigi and send prayers through running. This is an unofficial and free event, please don’t expect much. Your presence alone is very much appreciated. Thank You,” Masiglat, who is also a First Responder at the American Heart Association – CPR & First Aid.

The turning point for the 8K run is at the JY Square while the 24K will be at the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu campus via Talamba route.

Died along with the basketball superstar was his 13-year old daughter Gianna, Orange County baseball coach John Altobelli his daughter Alyssa and wife Keri. RCM


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