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Hubby and I were in front of Dr. Jose Rizal's Monument along Roxas Blvd at around 4 in the morning. The starting point was teeming with civil servants all excited to hear the sound of the starting pistol for the 10k, 5k and 3k.
I join races just for the heck of it. It's nice to see all those faces from different walks of life running for a cause: be it for fitness, charity, environment protection, for the free singlet and other freebies or just like me, for the heck of it. But this was the worst race I've ever joined! To think the office paid P350 for those who ran the 3k race, and more, for the 5k and 10k.
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Second: The maps that they gave out did not identify where the water stations would be, except at line 0 (assembly point).
Third: Well, they didn't identify the water stations because there really were only TWO water stations for the entire race! One at line 0 and one at the finish line.
|That's the water station at line 0.|
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Fifth: What's worse than worst? At the end of the race, there was a big queue of runners begging for water at the water station in the Quirino Grandstand. Imagine, the water was no even ready - cups filled on the table so that runners could just pick them up and go. It was a nightmare! Runners had to fill their own cups, scrounge for empty cups, because the people manning the water station were just looking at the runners. I forgot the name of the sponsor for the water. And their water is not even delish!!!!
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Seventh: Before the start of the race, it was being announced that bags may be left at the bag station. The bag station, it turned out, was an L-300 van. Hubby and I were one of the early birds, so our bags were placed near the back of the driver's seat. After the race, I tried to claim my bag and I was told that only the bags on the top of the van are available. They put the bags under a cordoned tent for easy pick-up. The rest, or the earlier "worms'" bags were still inside the van. According to the people manning the baggage station, they didn't anticipate that the runners would finish early so they did not take them out yet. Geeez, I had to wait 30 minutes for my bag to be taken out of the van. Imagine, I was dehydrated, tired and squished by all those people claiming for their bags!
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Ninth: I had an officemate who did not run, but was able to get a certificate for completing the 10k! Beat that! A friend from another agency told me that the race ushers were giving out certificates by the bulk - like 1-inch thick certificates. If it's any consolation, those people didn't sweat and I felt healthier that morning -the healthiest I have felt in months!
|Hubby's race bib. I threw away mine out of extreme "asar."|
There should have been warm-up exercises before the start of the race instead of the useless info being announced from time to time.
The run was announced months before the race. Why couldn't they have organized it properly! It was a Race to Thirst, not a Race to Serve. I don't think I would still join the race next year.
|The tired, thirsty pissed off, but stil happy runners!|
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