Like most seasoned runners, I usually prefer joining half-marathons, marathons, and already planning to join ultramarathons. But, I still join fun runs for the sake of just going for a laid back run and having fun. When the Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run was announced, 2 things got me interested. First, is the easter egg hunting theme and second, it is organized by Guerilla Race Inc, an organizer best known for obstacle runs. I kept track of the event until the full details was announced. An offer to spread the event’s advocacy through social media for a free race kit and an invitation to attend the media and blogger’s day made its way to my inbox, and I decided to go and see what this event has to offer. You can read more about that and lots of egg facts in my previous blog here: The Eggciting Fun Run Media and Bloggers Day
So, let’s move to the event. The run was originally scheduled on 16th October, but a typhoon hit Manila and it was rescheduled to 6th November. To be honest, I wasn’t feeling good at the time, lacking sleep and on the verge of developing cough and possibly tonsillitis, I was even a bit slow getting off the bed to prepare myself and leave the house. In short, I’m not really that “egg”cited, but I still push through because I have a feeling that the “egg”citement will come at the event.
I arrived at SM Mall of Asia a few minutes before 5 am because the 5k gun start was suppose to be at 5:15 am (and the 10k at 5 am). To my surprise, the 10k runners are not even on the starting line yet and I knew that Filipino time was observed. To kill time, I just wander around the activity area and relax a bit.
After some warm-up activities, the 10k race started at 5:50 am. It’s very likely that most of the “mamaw” runners are at the New Balance Power Run event at Bonifacio Global City, so it’s the near-mamaw level runners’ time to shine.
Our gunstart was at 6am. I plan to just run my usual pace of 5:30 – 6 minutes per kilometer. But, for some reason I ran a bit faster than my usual even with my tongue and throat feeling dry during the first kilometer. Maybe, because I was speeding up for the first water station because my mouth feels very dry, not thirsty, just feeling dry.
When I finally reached the first water station, I slowed down, grabbed a cup, and rinse my mouth. Sped up again and at the 3rd U-turn in the 3rd kilometer, I found the easter eggs. They’re on the side of the road, very visible, just look for dried up grass that looks like a nest. I passed by the nest, I think 5-6 meters away, but reacting quickly, I turned around and grabbed one. Another nest is just a few hundred meters away and I got another egg. The easter egg hunt objective is to find 3 eggs for the 10k, 2 eggs for 5k, 1 egg for 3k and take it to the finish line without breaking them. If you do that, you win a prize. Mission accomplished for me, I just have to take it to the finish line.
I crossed the finish line at 00:24:49 (chip time is 00:24:41) without breaking the eggs and even made rank number 10 out of 242 runners (because most of the mamaw runners were running in BGC at the time). Amazingly, I don’t feel as bad as before the race started, I actually felt great. I think I finally felt the “egg”citement when I was running and making sure I finish without breaking the eggs.
Went back to the activity area and this is where the event truly an “eggs”travaganza. There are a lot of sponsor freebies and the easter egg area is pure fun for the kids.
I had a fun and relaxing time at The Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run. It’s really nice to run and just have a good time, not worrying about the effort, distance, speed, just move your legs and enjoy. Guerilla Race Inc. did an “egg”cellent job in creating a fun and family-oriented event. Everyone had a fun time and I hope to see more of this kind of events especially in the south area like Filinvest City, Greenfield City, and Nuvali, so I can bring the whole family too.
EPILOGUE: My cough did develop the next day. I had sore throat and mild head aches. Decided to take a sick leave to rest and recover.