Takbo.ph Runfest: From Roots To Routes

Many runners have their own favorite races. Some of them may be the big established races or megaraces such as Condura, Adidas King of the Road, QCIM, Globe Run or the Milo Marathon. With their sheer size, grand organization, opulent logistics and high energy, these races are eagerly anticipated by everyone because they generate so much excitement.

If only time and finances allow, i would love to run all these races.

But there’s another kind of favorite race–smaller in scope but no less special that captures the spirit of a particular community. These races are the heart and soul of Metro Manila’s road running scene. Without them, our sport wouldn’t have the foundation and breadth that it has now.

You probably have your own favorite small race. Mine would be the Takbo.ph Runfest!

Now on its third anniversary, the Runfest has become the focal point of Forumers of the Takbo.ph website and serves as a reunion run of sorts for old original members. It’s the brainchild of Takbo.ph owner Jinoe Gavan who later joined forces with Ian Alacar, Doc Lyndon and others which has now become known as Leadpack, Inc.

These individuals have contributed in shaping Takbo.ph Runfest into the tight community that it is today. The Runfest is a fun run for runners by runners and has molded into one big family that has maintained its friendship through the years.

Last year’s Runfest was one of the best organized races to be held at the BGC. It was a new route that took us to the vicinity of the British School for the first time with abundant water and sports drinks situated at every 1.2km intervals.

From last year's race

Most importantly, i knew why i was running this race. It was for the inspiration, camaraderie and the renewal of acquaintances that only a community run like the Takbo.ph Runfest can generate.

The original takbo.ph group

This years Runfest will be held on July 24.  You can check out details here ( here ).  See you there!