It wasn’t a perfect event alright, what with the initial issues on registration and then on loot bags come race day. But for a maiden race with a lot of friendly celebrities in attendance, you could at the end smile and say it was still worth it. For one, the race proper was almost perfect given that technically, it was a “Runrio race”. The non-technical aspect though could have some improvements but for a race which offered runners a post-race massage for free, Figaro coffee, Easy Phamax Wheatgrass and Bibingcrepe samplings plus a slew of other freebies that can be claimed from the various sponsor booths, who’s complaining? And mind you, I will also say that for an organizer to address the runners and explain about the loot bags boo-boo post-race is a welcome fact. They could have erred, but they just didn’t silently let it pass right?
So well, going back to the race, I went to the Mall of Asia undecided if I will be running the 3k I registered in or to just enjoy the event as an expectator. You see folks, I caught the flu virus on Friday and was really feeling lethargic from then on. But seeing the 10k runners giddy on the starting line, I thought that I am crazy to just let it all pass and watch from the sidelines.
Hoping that the 3k run and the sweating will make me feel better, I proceeded to the starting chute right after the 5k runners were sent off. The route was the same as that of the Rexona and NBA Fit races so I was able to psyche myself when to take it slow and increase my speed in a bit. I was all-throughout on the lookout for any not-so-good signs that my body might be sending out as a message for me to stop. But luckily, apart from the heavy breathing (which I pinpoint to be due to diminished endurance), there was no discomfort or feeling os unease. I finished my uneventful 3k with a better time eversince I got back to running. Still not the best 3k time one runner might wish to have but still a PR for me and with a Flu at that!
I enjoyed the post-race activities not by participating in any of it but from just watching – the massage area, photo booth and the booths with free product samplings were a hit. At the main event area, at the stage, there were parlor games (I thought that the Sam Milby look-alike contest was a riot, funny really!), Pinoy Laugher Yoga (which is somehing new to me) and the much awaited presentation and awarding of the Jazz-up your singlets winners.
On the sidelines, runners were having a great time posing with accomodating celebrities Karylle, Mikaela Lagdameo, Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide (whho speaks very funny Filipino) and the seemingly shy but super handsome Sam Milby. Oh, yep and not to frget our very own rockstar, coach Rio dela Cruz.
Overall, boo-boos or not, I am sure everyone had their own share of nice stories to tell about this event. I am looking forward to participating in another Blue Water Day Spa Fun Run in a the future, albeit an improved version but another fun, fun edition still.
Congratulations to all the Winners and to all those who participated in this first ever Blue Water Day Spa race. For those of you who were not there, below are the pictures. Enjoy!
View more pictures HERE.
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