FWD Life Insurance Corp. will sponsor ten runners from six countries across Asia to the FWD North Pole Marathon 2018 scheduled on April 9. The North Pole Marathon is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the “Northernmost Marathon on Earth”. Participants are expected to traverse the 42-kilometer path with an average temperature of -30 degrees centigrade.
” We in FWD saw the North Pole Marathon as a unique platform to empower people to overcome extreme challenges, to pursue their aspirations without worries, and to ignite their passion for life-enriching experiences,” said FWD Life Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Grimes.
Team Philippines will be represented by Louie Sangalang, a multi-sport athlete who engages in mixed-martial arts, boxing, and triathlons. Louie was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix when he was 21 and has been in remission since 2000.
“I want to inspire my fellow Filipinos with my story. This is why I’m running. I want them to feel empowered, that despite the many challenges that life throws, you can come back better and stronger with the right attitude,” said Sangalang, who will be joining other runners from all over the world, including representatives from other countries where FWD operates: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan.
Shown in photo are Sangalang flanked by FWD Life Philippines acting Chief Commercial Officer Rien Hermans (in gray), FWD Phils. President and CEO Peter Grimes (in blue) Head of Marketing Roche Vandenberghe and celebrity host Sam YG.
FWD Philippines also formed a North Pole Marathon squad who will support Sangalang’s mental, physical, and emotional preparations. Included in the squad are triathlon icon Ani De Leon- Brown, who will collaborate with his personal trainer and coach Ige Lopez for Louie’s physical preparedness; mountain climber Romi Garduce, who will share his insights on surviving extreme weather conditions; Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and son Benjamin, who will provide emotional support and motivation; and sports enthusiast and funny man Sam YG, who will help keep the rigorous— sometimes stressful—training, lighthearted and fun.
Marathon and campaign updates will regularly be made available via the official website: npmarathon.fwd.com.ph