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RUN United Leg 3: Running the Afroman Distance the Second Time Around



Courtesy of JpegMendoza
and Deemenrunner
The Afroman distance was one of the races I looked forward to running this year. Completing the trilogy was no longer my goal since I already did that in 2010.

And as race date got nearer, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Well, it has been months since my BDM 102 experience, and I haven’t got the time to run longer distances other than the recently held 21K races during the Run United Leg 2 and the Adidas KOTR. Kind of missed ultra distance running events lately.

Too much excitement can be a little nerve-wracking also. PatCon, also known as Running Shield in the blogosphere, said in his recent blog posts that he couldn’t help being nervous every time he’s racing. My sentiments exactly! Yes, I still get those butterflies in the stomach as well as not being able to sleep well the night before the race.

After depositing my stuff at the baggage area, it was great to finally see familiar faces—fellow bloggers, friends from Takbo.ph group, the “masters”, Happy Feeters, multisport enthusiasts, fellow ultramarathon friends among others—at the starting line. The 32K gun start was at 4:30AM. With the large number of 32Kers, it may be likened to the number of participants in a full marathon event.

I failed to achieve my goal in Sunday’s race even if it was a fairly good finish for me. I failed because aside from starting way too fast during the initial stage of the race, I also gained a little weight. It means I must control, tweak my pacing, and not be lazy in doing the core exercises next time.

Mall of Asia area was my training ground prior to BDM 102. In fact, the RU3 Starting Line was the exact spot where I usually begin my training workouts. I haven’t been back until recently and was surprised to note some changes in the area. Buildings kept mushrooming, traffic lights have been added, and the vehicles, well, just too many of them especially at night. The somewhat U-shape route was my favorite but when I came back for my training runs, I could no longer do it with the many parked vehicles and the ongoing building constructions in the place.

When in a Runrio race, expect a well organized running event. The baggage area is easy to find, lots of water, efficient marshals and traffic aides, race starts on time, KM markers in place along the route, a challenging route, availability of first aid personnel, efficient way of giving freebies and loot bags, medals given to finishers at the finish line, energetic emcees, provision of portable toilets in strategic areas, and many more.

Some said they didn’t like the route because there were areas which are smelly and polluted. I also agree to a certain degree but guys we couldn’t blame the race organizer for this. We have ourselves to blame for polluting our environment in the first place. In fact, we contributed every time we throw and leave those empty cups, gel packets, and bottles on the road. There were those who were nice enough to put their cups in the receptacles provided though. The organizer was not lacking in providing containers for the cups as well as collecting these after the race. We should laud them for these initiatives instead of complaining about it. Those garbage collectors who were there ready to gather the plastic cups should be lauded also.

I’m recommending a little improvement in the area of providing enough energy drinks for runners (if possible only) next time.
Overall, it was a great race! Congratulations to all finishers, those who completed the trilogy, and kudos to Runrio Team and Unilab for bringing a series of pretty good running events this year!

Runrio Trilogy Leg 3 : Run United 3, 13 Nov. 2011

So many good races to look forward to next month. 
One of these is the Runrio Trilogy Leg 3 dubbed as Run United 3 brought to you by Unilab and organized by Runrio. 
Included in this event are categories 500m for children, the usual fun distances of 3K, 5K, 10K, 15K, 21K, and the very much awaited Afroman distance 32K.   Well, don’t wait for last minute to register.  Runners keen on running the Afroman and those vying to complete the Trilogy are encouraged to register early.   Runners joining the 21K and the 32K categories will get finisher’s shirt and medal.

 

RUN United 3 Singlet Design

RACE DETAILS

Registration Fees and Inclusions

500m for children | P 250
Unilab active health kit, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons

3K | P 500
Unilab active health kit, race, analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons

5K & 10K | P 600
Unilab active health kit, race analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons

15K | P 700
Unilab active health kit, race analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons

21K | P 750
Unilab active health kit, race analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons, 21K finisher’s shirt and medal

32K | P 900
Unilab active health kit, race analysis, race kit, finisher’s kit, discount coupons, 21K finisher’s shirt and medal

Registration Sites

ONLINE: 3-30 Oct. 2011 http://www.runrio.com

IN-STORE: October 3 to November 6, 2011
Using the first automated registration in the country.

RUNNR – Bonifacio Global City
RUNNR – Shangrila
Planet Sports – Glorietta
Planet Sports – Alabang Town Center
The Athletes Foot – Galleria
Planet Sports – Trinoma
Unilab Head Office (to accommodate Unilab employees)


For route and gun start information, please visit Runrio website. 

The Runrio Trilogy Awards Night, March 1

From its inception, I knew then that I wanted to complete the trilogy. And so I did.


The Runrio Awards Night was Coach Rio’s way of giving back to runners who have conquered the three main events dubbed as 21K-21K-32K.  It was a night fit for stars.   From the red carpet, photo wall, to stage props, it looked like the Academy Awards.  

I attended this event not only as a blogger but also as an awardee for completing the Century Tuna Superbods Run (21K), Nature Valley Run (21K), and Run United 2 (32K) dubbed as The Runrio Trilogy

Never a dull moment especially with the powerful performances of the Philippine All-Stars, a hip-hop dance group that won the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in 2006 and 2008.  That was really a great bonus for me. Yeah, I’m a fan of this group!

With Philippine All-Stars
Receiving the award
Another plus that night was the presence of the Filipina beauty queen, Venus Raj, who was crowned Miss Philippines-Universe last year and represented the country in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, and placed fourth runner-up. 

With Miss Philippines-Universe, Venus Raj

Some runners also garnered special awards.  Runrio’s theme song, Run for Love, and Runrio races for 2011 were also launched that night. Overall, it was a successful event. Kudos to Coach Rio and his Runrio Team for a job well done!  Many, many thanks to Doc Marvs for the photos.