Coach Rio dela Cruz of Runrio manning the START line just before the gun start of the the 25K runners. He was on a bike riding back and forth, radioing his people if the running route is clear and if everything is ok. He was also personally calling the runners and hurrying them to be at the assembly line. What more motivation could you ask for?
The event has three distance categories which are 5K, 10K and 25K. I’ve running buddies running for each categories as well as celebrities who seriously joined the run.
Among the 25K runners is my hubby and gracing the START line is TV personality Kim Atienza.
Among the 10K runners is my running buddy Dada and gracing the START line is beauty queen Miriam Quiambao and her friends.
Among the 5K runners are my running buddies Mac and Jen and gracing the START line are celebrities Anne Curtis, Karylle and Bianca King.
There were other more celebrities who joined but I’m not too familiar with them. I did not join the race along with my buddies because I’m not yet gaining back my normal pace. I’m still trying to run as much as I can in spite of my tough schedule. But I’m not ready to join race again just yet.
Gun is fired according to schedule and of course there’s proper warm-up before each gun start. The running route is so secured that you can’t see spectators roaming around the runners track. Even the runners themselves can not cross/jump the security fence. The marshals were very much at their guards and maintained the ordinance of the event from start to finish in spite of the presence of celebrities.
Most runners who joined the 25K category are familiar faces from the 21K race tracks. An excellently designed medal is awarded to the 25K finishers. As expected with RunRio events, hydration is ample. Runners also appreciated the Dole brand bananas.
Post race program is provided including some raffles. The loot bag contents are not much – 2 pcs of Bath Soap and a 2g tube of an antifungal cream (don’t ask me what’s with the combination – I have no idea! lol). As for the race kit, it comes with a great looking running shirt and a PhP1,000 + PhP250.00 vouchers from the main sponsor New Balance.
my running buddies
But who cares about the race kit and loot bags if you enjoyed your run right? Kudos RunRio and to all the people behind this event. Till next run!
Some photos during the event here.
Race results here.