September 30, 2012
Bonifacio Global City
It was a little bit too early for me, I almost arrived late and went to the back of the starting line as it was already packed with runners. Luckily I spotted a couple who were going to the front slicing the crowd with reckless abandon, I just tailed them like a car tailing an ambulance and ended near the front. After a pre race warm up led by coach Ani De Leon a countdown to gunstart followed then we're off to the first corner.
I joined this race as scheduled in my White Rock Triathlon plan (October 27, 2012). To tell you the truth this was my first long run. As I don't do long runs during workouts my previous longest run was a 60 minute 12K. My target time was 1:20 but luckily I finished with a time of 1 hour and 17 minutes - 1:17:09 to be exact. Yehey! With still 1 month before my jogging anniversary I felt very satisfied with my time.
Hydration Stations: Unlike multisports races, fun runs have fewer hydration stations and this one was no exception but it was relatively okay and there were bananas on some stations.
Route: Starting near the front the route was not crowded. The different distances merged only near the finish line. Kalayaan flyover was a welcome challenge.
Cheering: There were cheerers on some parts of the route, even Jollibee mascot went to cheer.
Celebrity: Not sure but here goes.. Karylle, Erwan and Solen Heusaf, Spongecola band member, Michelle Madrigal.
Traffic Management: From my point of view it was okay.
Kilometer Markers: There were markers almost at every kilometer but some were distinctly way off the mark. Time gaps were placed at kilometer 5 and 10.
Marshals: There were enough at every key areas.
Singlet: Excellent: adidas brand
Freebies: Vitamins, medicines, canned tuna, deodorant, multisport source book. Photobooth picture.
Injuries: A nasty blister on my left foot, and my right calf hurts so much. These injuries proved costly to my triathlon training as I have races on October 7 and October 27. I'll be racing Rudy Project Triathlon without practice as I have to rest and hope that my foot and calf will be ready for a short tri.
The Bad: In the results page they didn't list my name correctly and my age was wrong - Peterson sounds too far from Neil don't ya think?
Waiting for gunstart
5k runners waiting for their turn
First Aid Station
At the finish line
The 'Itchy Worms' performing for the crowd