Help Others Help Themselves

L-R: Rene a.k.a. Jazzrunner, yours truly, Glenn a.k.a. Sean Williams, and Master Mon (Photo Courtesy of Rene)

Charity runs are always close to my heart. After all, it was also during a charity run where my love for running started five years ago.

Let It Shine Foundation sent me an invite for a bloggers meeting last month. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend it due to a previous commitment. Four races were scheduled last weekend but I opted to join Race & Shine fun run. I signed up for the 15km category. Thanks to the Let It Shine Foundation and Rhea Primavera, Treasurer of the Foundation, for the follow up as well as for giving me complimentary race kit. My goal for that day was to beat my Urbanite Run personal record.


L-R: Mon, Sam a.k.a. Running Ninja, Takie, yours truly, and an elite lady runner (Photo Courtesy of Rene)

I was silently praying that the organizer would start the race soon as the sun was slowly rising, and for 15k runners, it would be another run under scorching heat of the sun. The race started at 6AM instead of the original schedule of 5:45AM. It was nice to see Takie as one of the pacers (6m/km).

For the first 2km, I tried to keep up with him but after I stopped at the first water station, I found myself could no longer speed up to pace with him. Almost at the 4km mark, I tried to pace with Master Mon but he was too fast for me so I had to slow down a bit. Mon ran ahead.

I was so thirsty when I reached the next water station near Essensa. Good thing they gave us a bottle of Vitwater, so I took one with me. It was along Bayani Road, when I was feeling so tired of running. Then suddenly Glenn a.k.a. Sean Williams appeared and made a sudden turn around to keep up with me. Glenn paced with me all the way to the finish line. Wow! I had an instant pacer. Thank you so much Glenn for being there.

The race, though there were not many runners, was successful. It was well-attended not only by celebrities (Dyan Castillejo, Pacman’s double, “Manny Paksiw”, Tweety De Leon, et al.) but also by runners, bloggers, friends, and supporters of the foundation.

Best Features of the Race

With free breakfast and overflowing coffee
New race route
Nice singlet
Uniformed Marshals

A little improvement should be done though on starting the race on time. But all in all, it was a pretty good race. I did OK with my goal by beating my previous 15k PR.

Let It Shine Foundation helps create opportunities for adults with autism by joining its RACE & SHINE charity run event on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Fort Bonifacio.

Money that will be raised from this event will fund research for a specific purpose: that of providing vocational training and other work opportunities for adults with autism, such as supporting the creation of programs for small and medium sized companies to employ individuals with autism.

Most meaningful provisions for individuals with autism end upon leaving school, but the Let It Shine Foundation hopes to change this by developing vocational programs that give individuals with autism equal opportunities to work. Support will go both ways – not only will there be skills therapy programs for the adult with autism, training and assistance can also be given to business owners who want to determine how they can create these work opportunities.

Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.

~ Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, January 2004
US actress & television talk show host (1954 – )