Rio’s Gala Awards Night

The set stage was like a podium for the “stars”, taken straight from the annual American academy awards with all the trimmings of glitter and flashing lights with two giant replicas of an Oscar trophy ready to be awarded to the winning male and female actors.

Except that these actors are actually runners who were going to be given recognition for participating in all RunRio Trilogy races while completing the 21km/21km/32/km in legs 1, 2 and 3 of last year’s Trilogy runs, respectively.

The Decagon at Silver City in Frontera Verde, Pasig was transformed like a Hollywood Kodak Theater and like most RunRio events, everything was amazingly set-up; the red-carpet entrance, a photo-wall where verybody lined-up to pose and have their pictures taken before entering the hall. Attention to detail was obviously done and showed an impressive set, the result of meticulous arrangement and design.

Inside were two large screens to show the highlights of last year’s races and no less than than the band, 6 Cycle Mind rendered the Run Rio Theme song and the world famous Philippine All-Stars dance group mezmerized the audience with their svelty moves.

To get the event stirring, Coach Rio dela Cruz, organizer of the RunRio Trilogy invited Ms. Venus Raj and graced the occassion in a smashing mini-dress outfit as some of the guys jumped from their tables to take their pictures with her (me included). She is first cousin to Coach Rio. During the show, the guests were treated to a sumptuous buffett dinner by Paul Calvins and a variety of wines, vodkas and other spirits were overflowing at the bar.

Awards were given and major sponsors like Unilab, BGC, 100 plus, Nature Valley, Century Tuna, Globe, Summit Media, etc were on hand to award the plaques and medals. After the show, Coach Rio’s staff was given a rousing, well-deserved standing ovation for the success of the event and for the great races they organized.

This first ever awards night was definitely an awesome affair, the very first in the sports of running in the country and it would set the pace for more well-organized runs and expect more of this in the coming years ahead.

Here are some pictures:

The stage setting

At the other end

With Vima, Art and Amado
Part of the crowd
With Venus
With the man of the hour, Coach Rio
With the show’s emcees

The awarding ceremonies

With the bloggers
With Doc marvs and emcee, Tricia Chiongbian
With the gang

With some of the dancers

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