When Ces Orena Drilon of ABS-CBN was interviewing senatorial hopeful, Brig. General Danny Lim inside his barracks at Camp Crame a few Sundays ago, i noticed that the General was wearing a white finishers race shirt and i wondered if he ever was a runner. Last week, Runnex Prexy Rudy Fernandez handed me an old clipping of the Philippine Military Academy’s weekly sports newsletter, “The PMA Sportsman” and i was greatly surprised that Gen. Lim was indeed a runner, and a fast one at that!
I am quoting here excerpts from the newsletter dated October 1985:
“Captain Danilo “Samboy” Lim (he must be the running version of the Skywalker) of the Blue Team, two consecutive years’ 5k marathon (sic) champion in the officers intercolor, topped the first of three series of 5Ks held last September 19, 1985. The 30 year old runner who consistently led throughout the race reached the finish line in 19 mins and 38 secs breaking his best record of 20 mins and 51 secs set a year ago.
A born runner, Lim has participated in several marathon events both local and international. In international competitions, he was a two time member of the Philippine Corporate Cup Team, composed of the best runners in the country which participated in the U.S. Corporate Cup Championship Finals held in Palo Alto, California in 1983 and 1984 and a finisher in the Filipinas Third World 42K marathon in Manila.
He garnered top honors in several local runs which include, The Saucony Elimination Series, Champion (Executive Division); Baguio 10K Run-Sponsored by Pugad Lawin, Champion (Executive Division), Baguio 20k Penitential Run-Sponsored by Baguio Road Runners Club, Champion (Open Division) and the Fil-Am Friendship Games 10K run series where he was a consistent top finisher.
He bagged several medals for his performance in various editions of the North Star 10K runs. Here in PMA, he was a consistent top bracket placer in PMAAA competitions, The First Class/Officers Marathon and in the previous PMA Officers intercolors 5k run.”
It is also worthy to mention that in some old newspaper clippings handed over by Rudy, General Lim also ran with and against another equally famous General by the name of Jovenal Narcise who is none other than the Baldrunner.
General Lim is presently detained (among several other military officers) at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame for involvement in failed attempts to topple the present administration. Although disallowed to campaign outside of his barracks, his wife, a vast horde of supporters and organized groups are taking charge of his campaign trail in the hope of bringing change and continuing his fight against corruption with his advocacies, reforms and good governance.
Hopefully, someday, we might see him again running in the streets of Metro Manila and elsewhere!