Wazzup with Hector Yuzon these days? I see the guy a lot of times during races. He hollers my name every time he’s on his way back while i’m still struggling to reach the turn around bend. In the Urbanite Run, i shout “Hec!” when i passed him while he was running slowly with a female runner, not even turning his head back to acknowledge. Wazzup, Hec? i would later read in blogs that during the run, he was in the motions of proposing to this female runner…Hmm, kaya pala.I seldom see him now every time i pass-by Second Wind along Maginhawa Street until yesterday when i went over to register for the Corregidor Run. Seems that Hec has been quite busy, focusing his time end efforts on a new baby. So, he’s now telling me. He, Neville and other partners are opening a second branch of the SECOND WIND RUNNING STORE, at the Ortigas Home Depot, near corner of Dona Juliana Vargas and Meralco Avenues, Pasig City.
The grand opening was held this morning, November 14. “We were overwhelmed with the support of the running community–never did we expect and we’re now blessed with another opportunity to serve them once again,” says Hec who is the store’s President. “We also never expected that our small little project would eventually grow.”
To kick off the opening, i was invited to join a group run in celebration of the opening which started at their first store in Maginhawa Street and run up to their new branch in Pasig. We started at about 6:37am and passed through C.P. Garcia-Kalayaan Road then turned right to Katipunan Avenue and ran up the Katipunan Fly over all the way to White Plains, Ortigas Avenue, Lanuza then to Juliana Vargas Ave. until we reached the Ortigas Home Depot.
There was an advance group waiting for us when we arrived at the venue. Some mouth-watering food were prepared just at the front of the store. After a prayer and short speeches were made by Hector and his group, the steel doors of the store were finally raised up, signifying that it was now open for business. Well, our mouths were raised up too, ready to gobble-up the food!
A small contingent from a promotions and television crew led by Webb Delos Reyes of Visions in Actions were on hand to record the proceedings. They were conducting interviews as this event was going to be shown on Q-TV’s “RunnerSpeak” which will be aired tomorrow (Sunday) from 2:45 to 3:15pm. Hey, the Jazzrunner gave a short interview too! Too bad that the airing will coincide with the delayed telecast of the Pacquiao-Cotto boxing match.
Second Wind prides itself as the Philippines’ first running specialty store for runners and owned by real runners. It caters to all runners of all ages, sizes, physical condition, from the elite to the newbie. The store provides running shoes and apparel, energy gels and is also a major registration area for most running events. They have very supportive and knowledgeable staff who employ their expertise on gait analysis in order to recommend which shoe best fit them.
Second Wind’s second location is seen to cater runners from Pasig, Mandaluyong, Makati, San Juan and those living in the south of the metropolis. All the best to you Hec, Neville and to the rest of your group!