“Run at the speed of run.”
This has been their tagline, and they are indeed true their word. Days after I found out about the said event, I’ve already made up my mind to join the said fun run. But to my surprise, I also found out that I won arace kit from their Facebook page
. Yes I’m that lucky! ^_^ (thank you Amazing pinoy!)
A standout from other running events
I’ve so many reasons why I wanna join the Amazing Pinoy Run
– the hot guys from the Philippine Rugby and Football team (namely the Azkals and the Volcanoes), the challenging obstacles and the charity foundation. The first two reasons has made me actually convinced to participate, but the fact the part of the proceeds will be given to the Needy Children’s fund and the Clark Foundation is a good thing. It’s like hitting two birds in one stone – making yourself healthy and fit while helping others in the process. J
So what happened before, during and after the race?
I had my 10k race kit to be picked up by my friend who happens to be one of the event volunteers on the said event. After I got it from kuya Anthony Servinio (Gela handed my race kit to him) minutes before the start of the race I went around to look around at the festival area. It was quite small compared to the festival areas from the Run United and other Runrio races that I previously joined, and every stall is filled with food freebies, giveaways and services that I think it’s worth giving a try. I like the food and shakes being served from 100 Miles Cafe, cutesy stickers from PETA (I managed to get lots of stickers for my officemates teehee!) some giveaways from Schick, The Medical City and Banana Boat. After that I went to the starting area and wait for the gun start.
I know that I’ve been trained enough for the 10-kilometer race, for I just started running at the Ayala triangle 2 months before the race. My fellow runners are fast enough and I think I need to train harder. I’ve been keeping a run-jog phase and rest for a while before doing the challenging obstacles, which is proven to be challenging-but-fun for me and for some (for I know someone who also won a race kit yet that person think the race is just so-so). Water stations and medical stations are available in every kilometre as well, and I think it’s nice not to get their runners hydrated and to attend on their services if ever there’s an injured runner on the road. I went to the finish line and found out that I run for 1:18 minutes, a major improvement from my first two 10k races that I joined! Yay! ^_^
With my medal!
The festival after the race is a mix of festive and chaotic, but let me tell you the things that I enjoyed after I’m finished with the race. We (Me, Nikki and Gelay) went to the free massage and all of us were given a back and foot massage, and we felt relieved. Our aching muscles diminished and we felt more alive than ever. We managed to get another batch of freebies from Berocca and Greenwich while we have our eyes set on the Philippine Azkals and Volcanoes’ exhibition game! It was a sight to see them head to head with each other; it was jaw dropping for they were equally hot and macho hahaha!
I heart you Chris Everingham!
And yes I get a chance to have a photo-op with them, so happy! 😀
Fellow hot Volcanoes
The not-so amazing
Of course no race is perfect. I’ve been in the number of fun runs and I saw some bad things and situations so far in some of the race events that I joined (the worst so far is from my second race that I joined, circa 2010) and the Amazing Pinoy Run is no exception.
Here’s the list of some of the un-amazing about the fun run: L
- The race started out late – the 10k race was supposed to be started at around 5am but we waited for 30 minutes before the gun start.
- Lack of race markers and distance markers – it is important to have the race and road markers to be placed strategically so that runners will not be lost in the said event, and to see where they are going to. To run at the 10-kilometer race is no joke and I was almost lost in the race. I’m not even familiar in the entire BGC area but thankfully, I memorized the race route itself. The road signs (and the manong pulis) are very helpful in pointing us in the right road. There are no distance markers too, and we don’t even have the slightest idea on the distance that we are running. I just hope that they can improve on this one on their next set of events.
- Lack of race marshals – Some of them are cheering to the runners and helping them on the obstacles in the middle of the road, but sadly I saw some of them texting, chatting on the phone, hiding in the trees to prevent the scorching heat and worse, sleeping. Seriously, how can they just do that? It’s really disappointing.
- Rude volunteers in the loot bag section – As I said earlier, I’m having mixed feelings after the race, and the volunteer’s behaviour are the culprit. They ran out of loot bags and they gave unequal amounts of freebies to the runners by hand. The section itself is a mess and if only they make an initiative to make a line for the runners so that they could have the freebies then it’ll be ok. What makes it worse is that the volunteers on the loot bag section are getting their own share of freebies while they are handling the freebies to the runners, isn’t that unfair? L
- I ran out of their finisher’s shirt – the medals and finisher’s shirts are available for the 10k runners, and even though I got another running medal, I ran out of the shirt, so boohoo for me! T_T
But despite everything, I’m one happy runner!
Photobomb after I arrived at the office 😛
The errors and the mistakes can be served as a lesson so that they can improve for their upcoming races. It was a uniquely designed event, and for sure everyone who get a chance to be in the Amazing Pinoy Run enjoyed it as well.
Hats off to the Events Logic team to the well-organized race, and to other runners who joined and had fun at the event. I am now looking forward to their second leg!
*Many thanks to Jef Manalo for the pics! 😀