As early as seeing their UNICEF 2km kits, my kids have excitedly looked forward to joining this event. So on the night prior to the this, my kids were obedient children who helped in preparing the things we needed to bring, the clothes they will be wearing and have slept early to be able to wake up very early the next day.
We arrived at the event area a few minutes before 6am, enough time to make some small talk with my running friends and classmates Wilbert – who we bumped into doing his warm-up run and Aljo, Mayen, Bobby, Joy and Carmen who were on their way to the 10k check-in. Before I did check-in for my own 5k run, I sent them off to one of the available tents and saw to it that they will be well-settled.
The 2km walk was just a simple playtime which was full of a lot of photo-ops, even one with the “Star Wars” costumed “walkers”. Simple as it is, the organizers did not disappoint because markers were also present to guide the people. We met JunC along the way who nicely took photos of us, Miguel and Jaymie Pizarro with their kids also doing the 2km walk, Jay who is doing his recovery run after doing his 10K and Dindo (DATC) who was not able to run his 10k but still went and took photos of the event. We aso met couple Mark and Tiffin on our way to the finish. Thanks Tiffin, JunC and Dindo for taking photos of me and my family.
After the walk, all were treated with lots of freebies – Rush Fitness Water, Hidden Spring Mineral Water, Starbucks Cofee. Finisher’s shirts were also given to 2km registrants. Photovendo on the other hand has a photo booth for everybody to have their post-race photos taken. If you were lucky to have a hold of a Photovendo stub, your photo will be printed on the spot and given to you for free. Boy, was there a very long line of people in this booth.
We stayed in the area long enough for my two daughters to be able to have their picture taken all the while being able to chat with friend Mikey whose family was there to participate too.
The whole UNICEF event was one great experience for the family. What makes it an even greater experience is that we were able to help UNICEF raise funds for their objective in the process. Congratulations to UNICEF and to organizer Coach Rio for a well-thought-off event.
After the event, Art, me and the kids walked to McDonald’s McKinley for breakfast. We met the Happy Feet folks there who have just finished and was having a post-breakfast chikahan. We also learned that it was Mon’s bday and he was really nice to have insisted in treating the whole family for breakfast. Thank you Mon and Happy Birthday.
More pictures can be found here.