True enough, Entraineur's Ensure to Endure Run is like any Runrio-organized race event - high quality. The only difference is it's a smaller and a more intimate event, which I really enjoyed.
Last May 20, me and Barefootdaves agreed to extend our 15k race by doing a pre-race run (and a post-race depending on our after-race mood :p), and targeted to run a total of 25k to 30k. We met around 4:30am and started running around BGC and McKinley. The 15k gunstart is at 5:15am but since we're on LSD mode (or kwentuhan mode), we knew we will not make it back on the starting line on time. We were not on race mode anyway so it's ok. After 40 minutes of pre-race run, we approached the starting line arc. We heard the hosts doing a countdown for the 10k race participants so we just joined them as they were sent off. It was easy to squeeze our way in the crowd since it was not too big of an event.
|Me and Barefootdaves at the Buendia flyover (photo c/o Spongebob Runner)|
Here are some observations on the event:
- Hydration is overflowing - both water and Powerade. Hydration station locations are also well-placed. There are more stations on areas where 5k, 10k and 15k participants merge.
- There were a lot of race marshals manning turning points and U-turn spots.
- Less crowd, more road space for running, more fun!
- Mom's happy with the Ensure product giveaway for the race finishers.
Great event from Entraineur! Everyone's happy! Looking forward to more events like this.
|Me, Speedy and Barefootdaves (photo courtesy of Rolly Pangilinan)|
|Pre-run and race stats (c/o my Soleus GPS watch)|