Our Run 4 Ur Life 5k fun run was scheduled on May 27th, a day after ASICS Relay. Well, actually just a few hours after ASICS Relay because we finished that race before 12 mn and we took some time to rest and got caught in traffic (really bad traffic, like there’s a major vehicular accident that caused it). My plan to get at least an hour of sleep didn’t happen because we arrived in Alabang around 2 am and we are suppose to leave at 3 am. After parting ways with Juanepri, Nelson, and Marlon, I got to the office before 2:30 am. Some of my office mates are still sleeping and only saw Gab in the pantry. I rest for a few minutes and ate at a 7-Eleven store nearby. Everyone was up and ready when I got back to the office to prepare myself. We boarded the van at 3 am and everything seemed smooth sailing except for the fact that Ruby and Mich have not arrived yet. After contacting them, an agreement was made to wait for Ruby at the Caltex gas station near the 2md entrance to Northgate Cyberzone. Mich was still in South Station, but we had to leave without her since it’s already passed 3:30 am and gun start is at 4:45 am. The driver knows his way around and we arrived in CCP Complex at 4:20. We quickly made our way to the activity area and still made it for the warm-up exercise.
The race started at 4:30 am, 15 minutes earlier than advertised. Since most of my office mates are first time joiners in the running scene, I took the position of sweeper and will be pacing with whoever is at the tail end. All of us got separated early since the others wanted to run their own pace and I only saw Roxie and Marifel as the last runners in the group, so I paced with them. Sometimes, they catch up with Mark and Jek, and I switch to trail them. But, they don’t want to be the last runners of the group and they sped up and I’m left with Roxie and Marifel again.
The 3k and 5k fun run are advertised as obstacles runs with wind, fire, and water-themed obstacles. I got curious about it and I thought there will be fire jumps like the ones in Guerilla Race series but what I saw was underwhelming. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the supposedly first obstacle so I’ll just describe it. After the first kilometer, there is an area with colored powder scattered on the ground and fire extinguishers on the sidewalk with some marshals standing beside them. It’s obvious that this is the wind or air obstacle and even my tired brain calculated that the extinguishers will be used to generate air and scatter the colored powder. But, we passed by this section without anything happening. Maybe it was for later because it was still dark and I’m not sure fire extinguishers are the ideal way to spread the colored powder. I don’t have a PhD for Fire Extinguisher Science, but from what I’ve seen they discharge cold air and with thick fog-like effect (or maybe it depends on the type of extinguisher). Anyways, moving on. Marifel and Roxie are doing just fine. My advice to them is to just take it easy, no need to run, jogging will do and enjoy. Then we approached the 2nd obstacle, fire.
The Fire Performers don’t get in your way or attempt to block you like in a game of patintero. They’re not really obstacles, more like eye candy that lit up the dark road of Diokno Boulevard (the one along GSIS). Their performance is mesmerizing though. I’m like a moth attracted to the flames. There’s also a gay guy who lit his face with a mobile phone screen (or was it a flashlight) and screams to scare the crap out of the runners. Again, not an obstacle, but it’s funny.
A few hundred meters after the fire spectacle is supposedly the water or tsunami obstacle and here it is…
It can be considered as an obstacle if you don’t want to get wet. And no need to worry, the pressure is set to safe levels and won’t knock down the runners. A U-turn follows after the water obstacle and I think we are already halfway through. At some point along the route, Roxie spotted Mich (she made it, late start though). Then we pass by the color powder and fire extinguisher area and nothing happened. I guess they skipped the air obstacle then. Marifel and Roxie are moving just fine and will make it to the one hour cutoff time. Sometimes Marifel will lead that charge and Roxie is compelled to follow.
Last few hundred meters and everyone in our group seemed to have crossed the finish line. Marifel dashed first and then Roxie and finally me. I didn’t time this run with my Nike Run Club app because I’m on sweeper duty, but I check the time on my watch and it’s 45 minutes. Marifel and Roxie finished the run in 45 minutes. Not bad for newbies. We meet up with the others in the activity area.
So, about the event, it would’ve been fine without the so-called obstacles because the way they advertised it is misleading. They should’ve just called it surprises or elemental effects. Aside from the air-themed effect that didn’t happen (I didn’t see the other finishers covered with colored powder), what happened to the colored powder that should’ve been included in the race kit? I thought there will be a segment where everyone parties or dances with the colored powder thrown into the the air like Color Manila’s Color Festival. And what’s up with the earlier than advertised gun start? our run was suppose to start at 4:45 am, but it started early at 4:30 am. It’s better early than late, but what about those who were expecting it to start on time and decided to go to the event a bit later. Those are just my minor gripes about this running event, but all in all, it’s still a good fun run. My office mates loved the running and dancing, I had a relaxing run, and the organizer is very generous when it comes to the raffle. There are so many raffle prizes (like consumable products, Skechers shoes, myphone mobiles phones, and Sharp electric fans) and winners (including one of our own who won sports drinks gift bags). And it’s a run for a cause, for the benefit of Dialysis PH Support Group Inc. so you run and feel good for helping people. I recommended this running event because it is suited for first timers and I’m so glad that my office mates enjoyed their first running event together. I hope that the next Run 4 Ur Life is just as fun or even better.
EPILOGUE: I was waiting for my running pal, Odip to finish his 21k run at the event. Too bad we had to leave early and I never got the chance to see him. I went home with 26 hours of no sleep, but I still function well. I estimate that I still have 35% of energy left in me because I don’t feel sleepy. Two friends advised me to never do it again. Good advice.
This is part 2 of my 3-part Memorial Day Weekend activities. The last activity is the Mount Makiling day hike and the story will be published some time next week.