Greenfield Sunset Run, 21K, April 24
It was my first time to set foot at Greenfield Subdivision and noticed that race course was mostly flat, with a portion of asphalt, and the rest of the road was cement concrete pavement.
Reaching the activity area, I saw a good number of runners already. While waiting for the race to start, the emcee announced that gun start for each category was adjusted which, to me was more than OK. It was no easy race, especially, with the hot weather we had last Saturday.
There was a traffic control problem on our way back to the finish line. I was already running where the orange markers were. Also, one or two water stations ran out of cups that I had to drink water from the big bottle.
All 21K finishers got a finisher’s medal. Also, freebies, courtesy of Unilab and Greenfield, were given to all runners. Overall, it was still a good race.
I arrived late at my place. Didn’t have enough sleep for next day’s 10K race. Many thanks to Carina a.k.a. Flying Boar of Takbo.ph for the ride.
VSO-PNA Kabahagi Fun Run, 10K, April 25
I ran in this event to show my support to VSO and PNA fund raising activity. There were not too many runners though (estimate of 500). I’ve learned that there were other races held all at the same time last Sunday.
The fun run turned out well with a good number of delegates from Philippine Nursing Association (PNA), lively emcee, short and meaningful messages from VSO and PNA officers, good number of marshals, Pocari drinks at every water station, route was a hilly start-McKinley, British Embassy, part of Lawton, Bayani until Heritage Park and back. The activity area was at Piazza Venice. Some elite runners were there. The fun run was conducted well.
Maraming salamat sa mga nakibahagi! Many thanks to Marvin a.k.a. Nuttybunny of Takbo.ph for this photo.
Register now and be a Kabahagi!
Two years ago, runners tasted how it was to run inside Heritage Park for the very first time. This year, VSO Bahaginan, in its efforts to raise funds for its programs in the areas of disability work, secure livelihoods, peace building, youth volunteering and community exchange, and in partnership with the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), will be holding the VSO-PNA Kabahagi Run 2010 at McKinley Hill on April 25, Sunday. It will have 3K, 5K, and 10K distances. This is the second time that VSO is conducting a fun run as part of its fundraising activities.
Around 3,000 runners comprised of various sports and running enthusiasts from amateur to seasoned levels and representing diverse sectors (NGO workers, nurses, company CEOs, managers, professionals, students, development workers, embassy peple, etc.) are expected to join the event.
This running event is being conducted to celebrate the volunteerism spirit of the Filipino as manifested in the volunteers that VSO sends to international placements in developing and underdeveloped countries who have given their lives and shared their skills in the service of others. It also pays tribute to the Filipino nurses here and abroad who keep Filipinos and other nationalities healthy and safe. For PNA, the run’s main event partner, the activity serves as PNA’s opening salvo as it celebrates the International Day of Nurses on May 12, 2010.
It is anticipated that this run will raise the profile VSO to encourage and provide Filipino professionals with an avenue to volunteer here and abroad as well as support the advocacies of the PNA. Partners of this run are Pocari Sweat as the main beverage partner, Men’s Health, CHEERS Foundation, Lake Island Resort, IP Ventures, First Metro Travel Inc., ROX, Chris Sports, and many more.
Register at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Global City, Chris Sports branches at Glorietta, Mall of Asia, Mega Mall, Festival Mall, SM Annex or VSO Bahaginan 305 Pacific Corporate Center, West Avenue, Quezon City, PNA Office. For inquiries, please call 3746450-52 local 14 or 0917.807.8455 or 0920.733.7930.
VSO Bahaginan is a development organisation committed to fighting global poverty and disadvantage through a wide range of volunteering development programmes, including international and national volunteering. Visit www.vsobahaginan.org.ph for more information on our programmes and how you can support the work of volunteers.
If you want to learn more about VSO, you may also scroll down this blog and at the bottom page you’ll see links to articles about volunteers and volunteering.
This is it! The most awaited first 15k run. I made sure that I sleep early but maybe due to excitement, I didn’t sleep well… again! This has been a problem ever since.
Though the race started late but the weather cooperated. To top it off, running inside a cemetery is a different experience. The killer hills of McKinley challenged one’s stamina and endurance. At this point, I could still remember Sensei John saying, “Just let your feet roll and push yourself.” It helped.
This was one of the most organized races I’ve ever been.
Congratulations to all who participated in this run!
Meeting Bro J, Wayne, and Happy Feet
Almost there … finish line
Meeting Ms. Nora, the Golden Girl
With Cecil and Mark Dasco
Malou Pantua-Juanito, VSO Bahaginan Director and Kinderdorf Leben, two great leaders
Post race breakfast at Chowking