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Why I Like 2016 Gatorade Run 11•22 (And You Should, Too!)

Gatorade Run debuted in 2015 to cap off a historic year of the brand. The event was a huge success that as a 22K finisher (2015), I couldn’t help but look forward to next edition.  You may want to read fellow blogger Macky’s aka Bicolano Penguin’s Gatorade Run 2015 blog post about his running experience in 2015.

Clark Castro on his way to the finish line (Photo by Run S.A)
Clark Castro on his way to the finish line (Photo by Run S.A.)

Fast forward, I found myself at the launch of the second edition of the Gatorade Run held three months ago.  However, after knowing that race date fell on the same day as my tri race in November 2016, I knew then that I needed someone to represent RunningDiva.ph (RD). Was I so glad that Endure Multisport teammate Clark Castro (CC) said “yes” to the invitation! To share his running experience, here’s a recap of the interview:

RD: What made you decide to run 2016 Gatorade Run 11•22 even after having finished racing a 5150 triathlon?

CC: It was part of my maintenance workout specific to running. It also served as my year-ender event. Fortunately, I’ve got a free kit from teammate and friend RD.

RD: Having run countless half marathons, what made Gatorade Run different?

CCLiterally, its additional 1-km distance makes it different and special 😀.  That really tested my capacity as a 21-km runner since I’m used to running 21km.  It’s a factor I considered on my pace. Having limited mileage for a long run and knowing my limits when going beyond 21km, I decided to take it slow and targeted a safe finish time.

RD: How was your experience during the race?

CC:  It was a blast! 😀 As expected, I got cramps due to lack of training but still enjoyed and had fun during the race. I didn’t expect it to be that cool and fulfilling race. The huge number of runners, celebrities, cheer leaders/band, that “I finished…” sash, and cheerful marshals added colors to it.

RD: What advice can you give to aspiring runners who might be interested in finishing a distance beyond a half marathon race?

CC: Training! And It must be a consistent and well-managed training. This means, having a good workout (speed, endurance, strength as well as proper running form) and mileage depending on their target finish time. And of course, they have to enjoy every moment of their journey to the finish line.

A proud 22K finisher
A proud 22K finisher!

There you go! Clark’s straightforward and no nonsense response to questions summarized why I like (look forward to) running 2016 Gatorade Run 11•22.  Too bad I missed joining it this year.

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A reunion with his “ovalista” friends at the finish line

More than just your usual run, the extra one kilometer in each distance category–11K and 22K–was a platform for Gatorade to reinforce the importance of proper hydration.

Thank you Gatorade Philippines for having RunningDiva.ph in your event.  Super thanks to Sabrina Capuz and Millet Liberato-Simeon of DDB Group Philippines for ensuring a great experience for Clark as media representative. Congratulations to all finishers and winners of said race, and kudos to Runrio for a job well done! And, you’re welcome, Clark! 😀