Brooks Happy Run Recap

It’s tough to be at the receiving end of criticisms and complaints specially if you’re the Race Director of a major race that didn’t live up to expectations, even if it wasn’t the RD’s fault at all. At last Sunday’s Brooks Happy Run, the 15k runners who were already lined-up at the start were told there would be a slight delay before they would be fired-off. Five minutes had passed, then 10 and the runners became restless. Doc Marvs and i were standing just outside the starting line waiting for these runners to start so we could also prepare and line up for our 10k and 5k races which were to follow.

Fifteen minutes had passed and the runners were beginning to get incensed. I was looking at the 2 DJs nervously as they were continuously harping on other things to entertain them which only further agitated the runners. They should have just given an explanation why the delay was taking so long.

Little did we know that the cause of delay was happening a few kilometers from the starting area. It seems that the group which was contracted to deliver the water and set-up the water stations arrived late and had to scramble to get these ready before the runners arrived. This was relayed to us by one of the Brooks organizers, Julius who had just arrived from the area and hurry back to the starting line.

Race Director Thumbie Remigio had to make that crucial decision of delaying the start as he didn’t want the first wave of runners to reach Buendia Avenue without the water stations set-up first. So there. Definitely no fault of Thumbie’s but the delay have a trickle-down effect and it showed during the race. I was told that the water stations at the 15k route were set-up at irregular intervals, some of them had even run dry and marshals were not in their proper places.

Good thing for us 5k runners, there was nary a hitch on our run and except for the late start, we had adequate supply of water, markers were present and the marshals were at crucial positions of the route. I’m sure Thumbie will be able to improve from here as he has delivered well-received races in the past. Here are some pictures of the race:

Calm before the storm

The 15k runners were waiting patiently for the gun start

Crowd of runners have now swelled up to the tail end where the 10k runners already positioned themselves

Not even the banters of DJ Chloe helped in pacifying the runners as Doc Marvs, Jay Em and myself waited for our event to start

Some friends from the race, not one but three!

Brooks Run Happy Race All Set

During the early 80s when i was just starting to join the first running boom, i wore the Brooks “Vantage” which was one of my first running shoes. Back then, it was available at most SM Department stores and retailed at around P600-700 a pair. I liked the feel of it and along with the Saucony running shoes which was also available during those times, it proved to be a very good alternative to the Adidas and Nike brands which were the top picks of those times.

Since being re-introduced two years ago, Brooks has garnered a lot of accolades and has elevated the brand as a top choice among discerning runners of all abilities. An industry leader, Brooks is responsible for unveiling many breakthrough footwear technologies. In 1975, Brooks pioneered the use of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate™ midsoles (EVA) which is now an industry standard. Brooks’ patented cushioning technology HydroFlow®—which functions like a hydraulic shock absorber upon impact—debuted in 1989, and Brooks introduced PDRB® in 2002 to control excessive pronation. In 2006, Brooks tackled midsole innovation once again with the debut of MoGo, a midsole compound delivering increased cushioning, more energy return, and less fatigue—without sacrificing stability. The latest entrant to the midsole lineup, BioMoGo launches in July 2008 as the first-ever biodegradable running shoe midsole.

The new Brooks Collection

This coming May 22, 2011, Sports Resources, Inc under the stewardship of Mr. Rodolfo Claudio, will launch the Brooks Run Happy Race, a 3k, 5k, 1ok and 15k run to be directed by no less than Thumbie Remigio, to be held at the Bonifacio Global City. Registration Centers will be at most Toby’s Sports Stores, Runnr Store at BHS, A Runners Circle Store and Olympic World.

Although registrations for the race are now going, its launching was held last night with no less that Mr. Rodolfo Claudio himself gracing the occasion and the Adrenaline Multi-sport Group of Race Director Thumbie Remigio giving the race’s details.

Brooks Run Happy
May 22, 2011 @ 5 am
Bonifacio Global City
Organizer: Adrenaline Multisport Group (Thumbie Remigio)

Registration Fee:
Php 500.00 for 3K and 5K
Php 600.00 for 10K and 15K
With original Brooks singlet and finishers medal. Registration Starts on April 19, 2011

Assembly and Gun-Start:
4:00 am – 5:20 am: Assembly
5:30 am: 15K Gun Start
5:40 am: 10K Gun Start
5:50 am: 5K Gun Start
6:00 am: 3K Gun Start

Here are some pictures of last night’s events:

Mr. Rodolfo Claudio, patriarch of the Toby's and Runnr Stores

The crowd at last night's Brooks Happy Run launching

The race organizers together with Tumbie Remigio, Race Director (in red)

The Chummy group. Praying, eating or laughing?

Bloggers at my table, (l-r) Dhentz, Bards, Z and Jinoe

With the pretty Emcee from SRI

With Liza, Brand Manager of SRI

The "minimalist" Brooks collection


15k Race Route

10k Route

5k Route