Trilogy Completed (But Not Without Some Challenges on Its Third Leg)

Last Sunday’s race, Run United 2, sponsored by United Laboratories, Inc. (Unilab), culminated the RUNRIO Trilogy. When this race was initially announced during a bloggers meet, I knew then that I wanted to finish the trilogy.

I was one of those who signed up for the 32K category on its first day of registration at ROX. I was glad to have tried the automated registration where after it was done, I received a RUNRIO membership card. I got my race packet sans the singlet. However, I was told by the one who processed my registration that I’ll be informed via SMS or text message of details as to when to claim the singlet.

Two or three days after, I dropped by at ROX to register two more friends and check for some updates. While waiting for the registration to finish, I was given a Unilab pack containing assorted company giveaways.

Weeks have passed, and still I didn’t receive any message. Anyhow, when I got the chance to visit ROX, I found out, to my dismay, that indeed singlets were already available. Don’t get me wrong. I was not really after of the singlet but of their word that early registrants will be informed. What happened along the way, why I didn’t receive any message, I didn’t have any idea. In other words, registration and claiming of race kits were not that smooth sailing. It was confusing.

When the results came out, I couldn’t find my name, but my finish time was there. All I could do was stare at the blank space beside the ranking and bib number. Sigh. I was wondering again that in spite of the tools and other form of technologies, mistakes over name entries were still unavoidable. After emailing IT/data director, I got a response that it will be revised soon. I just hope that organizers of races should be more vigilant about sanitizing results, after all as a runner who officially registered and finished the race; he/she deserved to find his/her name in the list.




A souvenir photo by Photovendo taken during the RunRio Trilogy Leg1



Just like in the previous races he conducted, I never doubted a single moment that Coach Rio could deliver it. Race started on time. Water and energy drinks were aplenty. To top it off, there were bananas as well as energy gels. Distance markers were available. Race distance for the 32K was accurate. Finisher’s medal looked nice. Very organized freebie tents. Hassle free baggage area. Marshals did their best; even the ones assigned along Buendia Avenue were pretty vigilant. Both traffic enforcers and the marshals handled the traffic flow and impatient motorists well.

I have witnessed (from his first race, the UP Great Run in 2007, up to now) how far Coach Rio had gone to raising the bar in the area of race organizing, quite a feat for him and his team to have handled a two-day event this time with more race categories ranging from 500m dash to 32K.



Overall, RUNRIO Trilogy was still a huge and resounding success.