“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” -John Bingham, “Tools and Rules,” Runner’s World
Here are some of my observations in last Sunday’s 42k event:
1. Although there were so many Finisher’s Certificates, it was not properly given to all deserving runners. A limping runner, tired and lapsed, was even forced to go to the Technical Committee to get his Certificate because there was no staff to give that right there at the finish line. I saw one runner got more than 10 pieces, for a reason I don’t know. He did it because the staff in charge was not even looking. Not Mr. B’s trademark of handling a race.
2. Musicians abound everywhere as well as ‘well wishers’ too. However, you can’t see them where it mattered most- in the finish line. Those first timers were stunned and even veteran Marathoners for as they reached the finish line, there was a deep silence. If not for the presence of Takbo.ph group and team Hardcore, that place can be mistakenly perceived as not a race venue but an abandoned area. The sound system was no longer playing even if there was still plenty of time to spare for the cut-off period.
3. Once again, those 42k runners were not entitled for some novelty items. One of my friends, Allan, who joined the 10k event was given a loot black bag, many deodorants, and galore of refreshments. I only got a 250 ml. mineral water, not even enough to quench my thirst. Organizer must prioritize those runners who joined the 42k, in terms of novelties and other benefits. While we are not running for that (novelties, giveaways etc), it is a wonderful feeling to receive those, as complimentary for a difficult and very hard task. While some of those fast marathoners did receive something, those slower ones were neglected even though they still beat the cut-off period.
4. My singlet although large in size, is small in reality. Just a wrong tag? Well…
5. There was no water station in the first 2 kms of the race.
6. At the last water station, those marshals gave their spare to bystanders and onlookers, leaving us runners empty handed.
7. No more traffic enforcers in the last 8 kms of the race specially in the intersection area. Runners just ran by themselves, with perils and dangers in front of them.
8. I’m expecting a ‘fire truck’ to shower us ranging from km 30 onwards, but there was none. Whew! That blazing heat almost knocked me down. Also, there’s no sponge or foam- an essential tool in every marathons.
I’m glad to survive another horrifying ordeal. It taught me again many lessons.
Once again, congratulations to all who joined and finished this race. And even for those who did not finish, I also salute you all.
May I acknowledge the following people…
This was the actual time when I reached the finish line…
Romy Irevera. He got his race bib number from a runner who DNF at the last 7 kms of this race.
Emyl at the sideline. He came all the way from Pasig to watch me. Thank you bro.
Dennis, Ferdie Valdez with a time of 4.17, Romy and Jack Marcos 4.58
lester and kim of team HC
Baldrunner who was injured at Km 19, was still able to finish this race ‘brisk walking’ just like what happened to me in SIM, a mark of a true warrior. With that, Sir finally, I beat you. hehehe
BR with some of the members of team HC.
See you in Timex 21k this Sunday. Go Team HARDCORE…Run for HIS glory!
God be Praised!
Did you know…
… that today, besides being Veteran’s Day in the US, is also
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Day? In 1921, President Warren
Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington
National Cemetery. Trivia buffs: The Guard takes 21 steps
during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns; it alludes to
the 21-gun salute, which is the highest honor given any
military or foreign dignitary. There has been a Sentinel on
duty in front of the Tomb every minute of every day since 1937.