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What Marathon Dreams May Come (TBR Dream Marathon 2017)

When I join marathons, there are thousands of participants, and it’s the usual do your best for a PR, cross the finish line, and you’re done. A marathon is not a fun run, it’s painful, exhausting, and will test your mental and physical limits. It’s all about finishing strong. Or is it? maybe I just forgot that a marathon isn’t always about running fast or being competitive, it can also be a relaxing, laid back run just to have fun. That is exactly what I realized as a spectator at this year’s TBR Sunlife Dream Marathon.

Unlike other marathon events, TBR Dream Marathon focuses on the development of runners who want to run a marathon for the first time. It’s about helping people achieve their dreams of running a marathon in ways that don’t involve the torture of excessive and unguided training. Running 42 kilometers is an intimidating thought, but the TBR program seemed to be effective in encouraging and motivating the runners that finishing a marathon is achievable with little or nothing to worry about.

The event is only limited to 800 participants. The reason for this is to make it easier to prepare the runners and focus on their progress. And because the event does not have a large volume of marathoners, every one can have their near-the-finish-line moments like running with family, friends, pets, and finally, their own finish line victory pose. Runners like me, those who join competitive marathons with thousands of participants are usually deprived of moments like that. We can’t have our loved ones waiting for us near the finish line to run with us to glory because of restrictions and there’s just too many runners around you. And it’s very rare that we get excellent race photos because there’s a big chance that the photographers will miss you (it’s hard to shoot when there’s thousands of people running and approaching even if you have a fast camera). And this is why TBR Dream Marathon is a special event, it gives the runners the moment and fun. Most of the runners who run towards then finish line with their kids, loved ones, friends, or even pets have bigger smiles and off-the-roof runner’s high than most of us who just made a new PR. There’s just too much good vibes, feel good and happy moments in the event, that I enjoyed taking photos and witnessing the joy of these new marathoners. Congratulations to the marathon graduates of TBR Batch 2017.

Here are some heart-warming photos I took at the event. (Apologies for the quality of the photos. They’re taken with my camera phone and cropped because I couldn’t get near enough to take better up-close photos.)

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So nice of you to ‘Grace’ us with your presence.
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Happy Mommy of Three.
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Photographer, check. Cheer Leader/Motivator, check. Sweeper, check.
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Now that’s just cheating… nah, just the photographer
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Finish line is so close, he can almost taste it.
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It rained during the event, but the big smiles made it go away.
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The dedicated video/camera man
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Marathon Graduation Day!
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Running with your daughter to the finish line is more fun than a walk to the aisle.
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More fun than running alone.
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My favorite photo from the event. So much smiles, too much happiness.
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Waiting for mommy.
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Blazing, Blitzing Blue team.
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Smooth (camera) Operator…. Smooooooth (camera) Operator…
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Will she make it to a Sub-6 finish?….
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… She didn’t. But, it doesn’t matter because she finished her first marathon and 6 hours isn’t so bad.
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This kid is a hero, a Runner’s Hero! =)
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I’m happy because you’re happy =)
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My money’s on the dog.
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Mexi-CAN finish a marathon.
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The Runner Family. There’s Daddy Runner, Kid Runner, and Mommy Runner.
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Tee off!
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Yellow vs Blue.
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Supporting Tito… Sportito!
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Race signs to boost motivation. “Run Like You Stole Something” very good motivation, indeed.
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Three-way!
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Drag Me To …
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Leeeeeeerrrrooooooooy…. Jenkins!
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High Five for a boost in Runner’s High.
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Man’s best pacer.
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Runner’s Hero finally spotted mom and he’s finally unleashed
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And off he goes to run the day!
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Smile a little… then smile big at the finish line.
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It made me smile to see a runner’s entourage trying to catch up with their runner.
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The guy on the left’s sign reads iRUN because #YuanIsLove.
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BlazBlues
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Let’s dash to the finish line. But first, let me take a #selfie.
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When you’re so happy that you don’t care about PR anymore.
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Most of the runner dads here have a daughter or two.
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Run With Me is sweeter than those trending “Follow Me” instagram photos.
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A pacer and spectators encouraging an exhausted and injured runner towards the finish line (just a few meters away).
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Ignore the pain and keep going. Smiling Guy’s got your back.
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Wave and say hello to WINNER.
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Like a dog parade in a running event.
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Baby girl is experiencing her first run without actually touching the ground and running.
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Fight the pain or walk with loved ones, just keep going.
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Let’s try to beat Dad.
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Grandma is one of the most cheerful spectator. She cheers for everyone especially when she found their runner. A few seconds off your PR is worth it for a photo with a wonderful person and loved one.
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PR doesn’t always matter. You all did it. That’s all that matters.
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Mom’s best escorts.
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Jesse Quick! A marathoner in the making right there.
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When the gang’s got your back.
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Running for Mr. RUNiverse 2017!
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You don’t have to finish strong, just finish happy. And when you’re happy and smiling, even the spectators are happy and smiling. It’s infectious.
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Game face still on. Go Jen!
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It rained several times that day, but it didn’t stop the runners from making their marathon dreams a reality.
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GoPRO Hero got nothing on GoPAPA Hero.
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As a 3-time marathoner, I will never have the chance to join TBR Dream Marathon. But, I will always be happy to watch it every year to feel the good vibes and see the joy of the new marathoners.
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