The funniest race I’ve ever attended! I can’t imagine! Thanks to my SLR for ending up 8th to the last!
Saturday night and I’m still in the office, still busy at work. 10PM and I’m out from work. I decided to stay because Bongz arrange a van for all us that will leave at 3:30AM from Jupiter Ave in Makati. I slept at 11PM in a not-so-comfortable-position for I just slept in my desk (Imagine my running addiction now.).
Woke up at 2AM and fixed myself and left from the office at 2:45AM and arrive at the rendezvouz at 3AM. Met Vicky and Doct T, Then one by one came until all of us were present. In the van were Bongz, RJ, Chelly, Ellen, Raff, Rochelle, Julie, Dennis Carina and Me. Some of had a li’l breakfast and decided to leave afterwards.
In the venue, we met again our takbo.ph friends. Had our second addiction which is picture-taking and decided to go the the starting position. Rochelle uttered that she will be bringing her SLR camera while Edu said he won’t. I was hesistant at first of bringing my SLR because I know that it would be one hell of a race If I did but I decided to bring it in the end for due to envy on Rochelle’s camera.
Gunshot! 15K runners started.Bongz, Ellen, Raff and Me were at the same pace until i started clicking my camera. Bongz said that will gallop away while Ellen and Raff did not leave me behind. The three of us were all in the same pace. We will be aiming for PR… Picture-Race as what Carina has mentioned.
Due to our unreasonable pace, we started meeting 10K runner of takbo.ph. Met Wilnar first in an intersection of 1.5K and 3.5K (We are the one at the 1.5K mark of course.) Then we met Vicky, Monk, RunnerMhel, Carly, Vic, Jinoe and Quennie. I was able to take a couple of picture of them before they gave us some dust to eat.
Pepsi met us on the road Carina(Flyingboar), Neil(Crashnburn), Rachel(eichbar) Topher(DocTapiok) followed, The latter four decided to stick with us and had indeed what we call picture-taking pace. Had a shot in the golf cab, and in a couple of landmarks. The organizers can’t help it but to give us a hell of laughter.
It was really wacky for we really no longer think of distance anymore. The four cheered on us because it seems that Ellen, Raff and I were already being left behind.
I decided to leave my camera on the 10K mark so as not to give myself a burden anymore. The last 5K was inevitable. I started to feel a blister in my right foot. I told Ellen and Raff to go on but mentioned that we will all finish this together. 11K, 12K, Oops, we passed that guy over there! 13K, 14K 15K. Were done! That’s what I thought! I thought that the 15Km mark will be the finish mark but I was wrong. There was an extra 400m that almost took my breath away. Ouch! Anyway, we still managed to finish at 2:20.
After finishing, our takbo.ph friends were already capturing the moment. Hooooooooooooy! Don’t leave us behind! We’re still here!
It was indeed a remarkable experience for me and four our friends. TNF100 was still the best race for me but this one; its the funniest and the most memorable!
enjoy the pictures for the mean time at; http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonautmenshealthtrailrun/