With the running boom nowadays, its very difficult to be part of a race where you wouldn't push, shove and squeeze your way through a sheer number of runners. Runrio's Sole Racing last April 21 is one of the few intimate races every runner dreams of.
April 19 - Race Kit Claiming
The 3-day race kit claiming event happened at 9th avenue, Bonifacio Global City. The claiming was quick and well-organized; took me not more than 5 minutes to get my hands on the tote bag containing my race bib, hydration bottle, 2XU calf compressions and some goodies from Safeguard.
|Race kit claiming tent at 9th avenue|
|Well-organized booths and friendly staff|
|The race kit contents|
With an early 4am gun start, I was at the venue before 3am to get a good parking slot. I had time to warm-up and meet with fellow bloggers and runner friends. Noticed a lot of security and bouncers at the assembly area. With the recent Boston Marathon bombing, I expected security measures will be increased. There were even a number of security personnel with accompanying bomb-sniffing dogs! Marshals were strictly checking runners' race bibs and if they're carrying a hydration bottle with them.
As expected, a lot of photographers were walking around and documenting the event through their cameras. We were camera-ready, of course.
|Photo courtesy of Phillip BF: Run Adobo King, Thirdy Lopez, Deemen Runner, Speedy Titan|
|The 21k race route|
|Photo taken by Phillip BF while we were all running: Sweaty me!|
I kept a constant pace and my strategy was I would not look at my GPS watch and just surprise myself at KM20.
|At the Buendia flyover. On my way back.|
Upon seeing the KM20 marker, I looked at my watch and it registered 1:53. I can do a sub-2! Yay! I took it easy since I knew whatever happens, I can bag that sub-2.
|Almost at the finish line!|
Another great thing about this race is how intimate it was. With only a thousand runners in attendance and only one race category of 21km, it was easy to bump into a familiar face every once in a while. And I only have the photos below as proof of how many friends I met during that day.
|With Vener Roldan and Sir Patrick Concepcion|
|With Zoot Runner of the Day JP and Rolly|
|With Loyce and Thirdy|
|With my running idol Patrick "Runningshield" Concepcion|
|With the man who conceptualized this race - Coach Rio!|
|With Sir Rene "Jazz Runner" and Bee "Kamote Runner"|
|With Barefoot Daves|
|Doing the superposition with running couple Tey and Earl|
|With beauty queen Miriam Quiambao|
|The Quartet is complete again!|
|With Mommy Vimz "Kulitrunner" and Allan "Running Free Manila"|