“Tell the truth, and run.” -Yugoslav Proverb
I have two major concerns for today’s race, the Rotarun event.
First, the distance for the 21k was not accurate, for it’s only about 17.5 to 18k. Although the announcement was made after the race when maybe, some runners reported it (including myself), it cannot alter the fact that this race robbed us some 3 kilometers and it cannot therefore be called a 21k race. This was my first time to experience a big discrepancy in terms of distance. My training, preparation and expected result were not met, therefore, a big disappointment for whomsoever was responsible for the 21k distance. If detected earlier, the missing 3k should be compulsary added on some part of the route. I heard they encountered some problems but I think they too must find a way to prevent such kind of a mishap, but please, don’t give us ‘a longer or a shorter distance’ of upto 3 kms. That was too much or too short and it can defeat the ultimate purpose of running a 21k. A real runner knows how to respect a distance.
My time was 1.49.58, am satisfied, but not happy for I knew it was not a 21k.
Second, for my group. I’m really concerned for what had happened to them. I have 4 companions for this race..Henry, Allan, Elvis and Jun. I reserved for them and they paid this morning before the race. However, Jun knew he was included in the top 10 for the 10k category because the runner behind him was at the 9th place in the awarding ceremony, but his name was not called. Reason? When they paid the registration fee of P200, the staff doesn’t give them registration forms, so they’re not included in the official’s list of runners. Also, it’s expected that none of my friend’s name will appear in the Official result due to that big error. It was Allan who jokingly said while we were at the bus going home, “We were all ‘cholorum’ for this race, except Ronnie.”
To my running buddies, I apologized. I was at Mcdo to get my race packet. I thought Allan knew what to do when I introduced him to the Organizer. Do not worry, let’s charge it to experience.
God be Praised!