Filipino running community is very much alive. As what Takbo.ph owner said, “unlike other sports, running creates community and it will stay longer and stronger.” Building a stronger community depends on each one of us. If we really try to see beyond the negative things, we see a much improved and innovative race organizing.
Run for Home, a charity run sponsored by Globe and Ayala Land, attracted more than 6,000 runners who helped raise funds to support resettlement project for Habitat for Humanity and Kapitbisig Para sa Ilog Pasig. The Bayan Ni Juan in Calauan is now under construction, and will be the new home of Ilog Pasig settlers. Located in Brgy. Dayap Calauan, Laguna, this new home is a huge 100-hectare land which will accommodate 800 homes. It introduced a new race route inside Makati Central Business District. A real treat for runners like me and you. Then there was this disposable timing chip which gives detailed race results. From their web site, one can just easily download photos by Photovendo.
Running can be addicting. An endless discussion of personal best, what training to undergo, what hills to conquer, etc. To some it’s about what race to join next. Others feel this “runner’s high” for their much improved time. Some talk about pain or muscle cramps when they are about to reach the finish line. Some are not satisfied with their time. We hear about complaints, dissastisfaction, or, ways to improve a race the next time.
As for me, what’s important is asking the question, “what lessons have we learned each time we finish a race?”
In our e-group one runner said that his time didn’t improve much. A fellow runner answered and the response was pretty nicely said.
“Only one person crosses the finish line first. But in reality everyone who crosses the starting line to start the race is a winner. Just joining makes us a winner.” – Mark’s VO2
Left on my own now to finish the remaining distance towards the finish line
Jubilant for finishing the race. Beat my Milo Marathon time and my fastest so far for 21k event. Thank you so much Sir Roger for pacing with me.
A photo opp with takbo.ph group after the race
(Photos Courtesy of Mark’s V02, Argonautquest, Run Unlimited, Ms. Nora, and Photovendo)