“Fitness is like a blade of a knife; you want to sharpen it without ruining the blade.” -Sally Jenkins, The Washington Post
As another Kenyan ruled the Timex half-marathon yesterday, my running friends asked me if they (Kenyans) will stay here in our country for good just to join and win all the races. I told them I don’t know but there’s nothing wrong about it. It’s a Democratic country and they can compete in as many races as they want.
However, one of my running buddies told me that during Philippine International Marathon last November 8, 2009, special treatment was once again being given to our Kenyan counterparts. As he waited for me in Buendia Water Station exactly at Km 34, and while those Kenyans were fast approaching on their site, some marshals ran towards those Kenyans with a bottled water on their hands. There’s nothing wrong about it for they were the frontliners of this 42k race, but to his amazement, when our very own Cris Sabal and another Filipino elite runner came very near to that Water Station, there’s no more assistance such like that. In fact, according to my friend, those marshals hid those bottled water in a box underneath their table, just waited for our hapless runners to come and gave them ‘cup with water’ instead. That act can really help those Kenyans improved their time.
Many runners came to that Aid Station after that, including me but no bottled water was given to us by those marshals, and I can’t recall a moment where there was a bottled water being offered in the entire race. That bottled water is very important particularly in a race like that where the sun was so unforgiving. You can use it to sprinkle on your head along the route preventing heat stroke and dehydration.
That friend of mine reiterated that his observation was true and he’s willing to prove it.
What do you think???
See you in NB 21k next next Sunday.
God be Praised!