“The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” –Lily Tomlin (American Actress and Comedian. Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2003.born1939)
Although a little bit too late, let me give some nuggets of truth in the 21k race held in the ‘summer capital’ of our country, Baguio City held last Aug. 9, 2009.
1. Arrive in the baggage area at least 45 minutes before the race starts, if you don’t have a back-up vehicle. In my case, I came-in only 30 minutes before and there’s some mismanagement in the baggage area department. Even Mr. Rudy B., the Race Organizer doesn’t know where was the baggage area, and I have to roam around some 200 meters searching for it, wasting quality time. At last, I was able to find it at 5:28am, just in time for me to check-in but the race started at 5:30am. So toxic!
It’s one of the few blunders of Milo in that City, and hoping they will not commit the same deviation in the future.
2. In a cold climate like that, it’s important to wear gloves and if it’s raining, a light raincoat will be of big help.
3. My buddy’s time, Jun was 1.55 but his name does not appear in the website of Milo’s Official Result. As I investigated it, his ‘bar tag’ was lost along the route, and when he reached the finish line, marshal has no bar tag to detach from his race bib, that resulted from his disqualification for this race. Always, check your race bib and bar tag if it’s still intact, even armbands. It’s the only proof that you’re a legitimate participant.
4. Respect the distance and the route. Some were not able to make it in the cut-off time of 2.30 just because they miscalculated the elevation and the climate.
5. Don’t bring camera with you while you run. Photo-ops can be done during your recon session, but in a race, doing so will decrease your momentum and increase your time. I made that mistake. But if you’re not after any PR or just use running as recreation, it’s a good habit. At least, documenting it with pictures.
Some souvenirs c/o Jonel aka Bugobugo85.wordpress.com
From left…me, Jonel and the rest of HARDCORE RUNNERS!
God be Praised!
LORD…THANK YOU BECAUSE I’M STILL ALIVE TODAY. USE ME FOR YOUR GLORY. AMEN.