2008 Book of Lists

This is just a sample of the extensive events in 2008.

I registered for 22 races. Missed three and finished all 19 races “injury free” and with “no walking.”

MY NOTABLE FIRSTS…

15k Run
VSO Kabahagi Ako Fundraising Run

21k Run
Adidas King of the Road

25k Run, longest distance I’ve ran
New Balance Power Race

Winter Practice Run
Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Podium Finish Organized by Well-Known Running Club
8th place, Women Division, Runnex Executive Classic @ 25

Appearance in a National Paper
Marathon and Wacky Races by Tanya Lara of Philippine Star

WORTHY OF NOTICE…

Fastest Posting of Race Results by an Organizer
Nothing beats Runrio

Most Innovative Idea
Photovendo, the brainchild
of Ben Chan a.k.a. Photographer on the Run

Thirst No More
Bottled water in every water station during the Condura Race for Tubbataha 2008

Unprecedented Achievements of Happy Feeters

Increase in the number of members, from eight or so (2007)to more than 200 (2008)

Total number of impromptu_runners e-group messages, from 6,936 (2007) to 13,056 (2008)

Newly baptized bloggers joined blogosphere
Vballrunner
Kinderdorf leben
Kulit on the run

Photo op with other running bloggers like Running Shield, Nora the Golden Girl, Bro J, Foreignrunner, Passion Runner, the Fit Mommy, and Zimm among others.

Lonerunner, most entertaining and hilarious running blogger, outed himself!

SFrunner visited the Philippines to run VSO Kabahagi Ako Fundraising Run and New Balance Power Race. He finally met his fellow Happy Feet runners.

Thebullrunner won the Best Sports and Best Single Post Blog Award

Running Shield’s logo got a nice facelift

Photovendo and
Takbo.ph got launched!

Podium Finishers
Foreignrunner, Totoy Santos, Joms, Chia Patacsil, Mark and Tiffin, and my list goes on…

Mikey, Marga, and Abby finished an ultramarathon!

AMAZING FEATS ACROSS THE GLOBE

8.8.08
Beijing Olympics open spectacular ceremony

100-Meter Race
Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter, set a world breaking speed of 9.69 seconds

Long Distance Track and Road Running
Haile Gebrselassie (haylē gebre silassē), Ethiopian athlete, broke his own world record with a time of 2:03:59. The first man to run under two hours.

Dream Match
Pacman, Filipino Boxer, won the fight, technical knock out, vs. Oscar “Golden Boy” de la Hoya after round 8.

I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO …

Richard “Toto” Manginsay, a former classmate and batchmate who became a renowed Character Layout Artist of great animated films like Dead Space: Downfall (2008), The Simpsons Movie (2007), Titan A.E. (2000), and Anastasia (1997). Our batch had a blast celebrating this achievement during our batch reunion and alumni homecoming.


Robert Delgado, composer, arranger, musical director, soloist, resident arranger of the Philippine Madrigal Singers (1983-1992), and as Jury, World Choir Games 2008, Graz, Austria and GPIB Choral Competition 2008 (Jakarta, Indonesia).

Darling “Kating” Vera Maria Vicente, my niece, who did a front act on APO Hiking Society’s Concert dubbed as Sa Iligan nAPOd Sila and during MYMP’s live in concert in Iligan City. Kating has performed in various events and joined several singing competitions like Iligan Star and Pinoy Idol.

Rommel Bundalian, another classmate and batchmate, who established his company on virtual reality photography. Click here to see 360º Unlimited.

TransChorale, for winning 1st place in a Christmas Choral Competition.