After devoting four posts for this race, I’m glad that this will be my last. Let me give those positives, those negatives and my suggestions if ever there will be another QCIM next year. Although I’m an ‘Official Pacer’, it is my duty to report any observations that can be beneficial for the runners and Organizer as well. I maybe a friend of Organizer’s staff but I must give constructive criticisms if necessary so that in the future, those lapses can be minimized if not totally eradicated;
1. Route- when I ran in Botak 100k solo last June 28, 2009, the Commonwealth Road was closed but a portion only. Here, it was totally closed, giving runners more space and less danger from any vehicular accident.
2. Marshalls- with uniform, cordial and adequate.
3. Musicians- nice to hear them along the way.
4. Well wishers- they boost your morale.
5. Side Dish-those P&G girls offering liniment and massage in the last 3 kms of the race upto the finish line, they’re added attraction.
6. Great Prizes- perhaps the most generous Marathon so far in terms of winnings.
7. freebies-with the addition of Nike tshirt.
1. WATER DROUGHT- approximately 13 kms of no water! Those with vehicular back-up will not be affected by this, but majority have none. Before the race, advertisement said that there will be water station in every 2.5 kms if I’m not mistaken, how come this was not followed? If not for a cloudy day, I think many will DNF. Water drought in every race is a major sin and I hate to say that the QCIM failed in this area. Remove everything except water and a race can be considered a success! That is why Rudy Biscocho is the most sought after Organizer in the land today, and perhaps the most popular among runners, for he will not fail you in terms of water supply. I’m hoping that the next QCIM if there will be again, will not miss the mark in this area.
-With a hefty budget and a not so cheap Registration Fee, this race must serve ‘ some foods’ in those water stations particularly from km 25 onward. A banana or sweet potato can be of big help for runners.
-Do not include Eco Park anymore if water will not be allowed inside.
-To avoid traffic jams, this race can start as early as 2am, so average runners can finish it at 7am, not paralyzing the whole QC from traffic until 12 noon that Sunday.
-A survey form must be given to all 42k runners at the end of the race, brief and concise, to assess this race.
I’m so grateful to be included in the QCIM as ‘Official Pacer’ although in the official result, there’s no such tag opposite my name, but nonetheless, it’s an honor to be a part of this worthy cause.
See you in Subic this Saturday and let’s pray that super typhoon Ramil will not spoil that race.
God be Praised!