I joined this event without much expectation about the race from the pre-race program and post-event activities. I just hoped that the race would turn-out well, break a PR, and possibly grab a place (hoping for 3rd) since there were not much elite runners that were present on the event.
|It's a Race to Save Mother Earth, no timing needed!|
The race did turned out well, except for the following:
- The Marshal on the motorcycle who was leading the lead runners for 5k lead them to a wrong turn-around point, making the Kenyan runner gain a lot of lead distance from his Filipino competitor runner.
- Markers are very few (well, no need to expound).
- The Marshals deployed on the road crossings doesn't know the route.
- An instance was I've asked around three Marshals what road should I turn to and nobody answered, instead, they just shrugged-off their shoulders. Since there were no other runners ahead of me, I just guessed the possible road that may lead to the finish line. Luckily, I guessed correctly or else, I might have lead the other runners on my back to the wrong route.
- There were no time-keepers on the finish line.
- Curious how did they record our time, I asked one of the race officials about the finish times. After a while, an announcement was made (in Tagalog): "There will be no race times to be recorded since this is not a race, this is just an event for the awareness about our Mother Earth and the trees." Upon hearing this, I looked on my bib, and wondered why was there a barcode? And why should be there a winner's awarding if this is not a race?
- The distance was short of 800m (approx.) according to some hear-says after the event.
- Judging from my finish time, I average 25 to 30 minutes in 5k races. And since I just came from a full Marathon a month ago, and two Pikermi distances a week after, there could only be a very small chance that I could cut out more than 4 minutes off my 5k average finish time.
|Lesser people, lesser competition, more chances of winning|
Was it me, was it the race, or the Kenyan, or the Marshals? Anyway, what I learned here is, whenever you thought that you're losing, you're not, until the race is over!