Animo La Salle! This was the main chorus that echoed several times during the pre and post-race activities at last Sunday’s One Run. One Family. One La Salle Run (Orofols) at the Mall of Asia grounds. My daughter would have smirked at the constant harping of the emcees who kept gloating about a basketball game the night before wherein La Salle beat my daughter’s beloved Ateneo team.
But the run last Sunday was not entirely a La-Sallian affair although based on the number of students who ran the shorter races, i would think that majority of them were from this school but then, one wouldn’t know as the greater part were all wearing the Orofols singlet.
I didn’t expect this to be a well-attended race but when i arrived at the venue in MOA, a sea of runners in green and white jerseys were already scattered at the starting grounds and it was announced that a total of 8,000 runners had registered for this event.
There was no way i was going to run my 16k event here with all seriousness as my last run (or more of a walk) was the 10k Tanay Discovery Trail Run last May 27 which i did as a recovery run to that previous week’s T2N 50k Ultra marathon. So that’s 2 weeks of almost no running.
I was with Anna Bautista (The Meekrunner) at the starting line who was also coming off from a vacation abroad and was running this race as unprepared as i was and she was also doing the 16k! Good luck to us, i thought. We ran together for the first 4k talking about some juicy issues about ultra runs where she intends to do one in the near future. She had to slow down after the 4k mark so it was all myself pacing slowly in an all familiar route that i have run many times.
The race itself was basically orderly, there were enough marshals to guide you along the route which was mostly inside the MOA grounds. From there, it routed to Macapagal Avenue that leads to the old Film Center and Sofitel-Philippine Plaza and exits at the side of the CCP Theater for Roxas Blvd then to Buendia and back to MOA.
What’s nice about this run was the abundance of water stations which they had every 1.2kms and even if the heat was really swelling specially during the latter part of the race, you won’t worry getting dehydrated knowing there will be enough water at the next water stop. This was a well-planned, well-organized race!
I finished the run in a little more than 2 hrs, my slowest 16k so far (what should i expect with practically no runs prior to this) but i was satisfied logging the distance on a fairly easy effort.
The 16k finishers’ shirt is of generous quality. I can’t get to fix my usb right now so i can’t post a picture of the shirt but it’s one the 16k runners will sure like.
The Race Results can be found here: http://strider.ph/
Congrats to the OROFOLS organizing team!