|People from Unilab, Blogger-Runners and Media off to Cebu|
We arrived at Mactan International Airport past 11AM of December 17, and quickly we were gathered for check-in at the only 5-star hotel in Cebu - The Marco Polo Plaza (formerly Cebu Plaza Hotel). The hotel is nestled atop a hill near the Veteran's Drive, imposing its presence vibrantly with its elegance and modern facilities. Due to its modernness, our group (CJ, Jinoe, Bee Yen) got caught up at the elevators when the 10th floor button-control wouldn't respond. Quickly, we transferred to another elevator but the same thing happened. I thought 10th floor may not be accessible at the moment. Lately did we realized that our key card should be first inserted at the control panel before pressing the floor number. Ignorant as we are! =)
Cebu has not changed much since I first trodded into their shores more than half a decade ago, including the hospitality, friendliness (which we Filipinos are known of but only few remained so), kindness, and cheerful attitude of the Cebuanos. Moreso, business and community developments are still looming around, with Cebu IT Park as their central business hub much like Ayala-BGC combined. The place is also perfect not just for relaxing, shopping, strolling, but with running as well, as its flat pavements will definitely welcome your calves. Though I'm pretty sure that most of the Cebuano runners loves most of the uphill routes which is aplenty in Cebu.
|Manila-Participants at the Run United Cebu (photo by Estan Cabigas)|
The route was much challenging enough compared to the usual BGC route in Taguig. Add to it the friendly people along the neighborhood cheering the runners, eagerly giving their smiles to almost everyone, and the children who tags along with you could really make a hard race easy enough. That makes the whole 21k route a homey place to run except that most of the route was not closed to traffic. Understandably, just like in my hometown Baguio, most of the races held there don't have a full nor half-road closure due to the unavailability of alternative traffic routing. That case aside, the runners were still all safe from accidents as there are plenty of Marshals along the way.
|(Photo by Estan Cabigas)|
|Our podium shot taken by Coach Rio himself|
Official Time: 2:12:39
Official Ranking: 275th of 1,289 finishers
When: December 18, 2011.
Where: IT Park, Cebu
Event: RunRio Run United Cebu - Regional Series
You may check and download the official race results from: Runrio.com
Cheering Competition showcasing their high-throws
Lots of thanks and my heartfelt gratitude to the following who made this race possible for me:
Sir Edwin of Runner's Runner
Ms. Janice Miguel, Ms.Claire Papa, and Ms. Dulce Morales - all from Unilab External Affairs
RunRio and Coach Rio dela Cruz
To all the Runner-bloggers and Media People who were with us during the event
and to all the participants of Run United Cebu - cheers to everyone!
|Long-lost Prince - now homestaying at Cebu|
|Beep-beep cheering the runners|
|Asian Secrets - Lovely Cebuanas|
|with Mr. Alex Panlilio (Unilab ActiveHealth)|
and Mr. Lester Castillo (Unilab Run United)
|(Photo by Maui Montejo)|
More read from Business Mirror (December 30, 2011 issue).