It was already the 2nd staging of this event, and to some, if not most of the runners in this Cool City have been watching out for, to be their year-end race also. On regular days, this same route has already become a favorite training ground of some grass-root runners and those aiming to better themselves. As for me, the route was no longer that much unknown as I have already hiked it thrice when most of the road was still rocky trail, and also had my share of training here once in preparation for my first Ultra-Marathon (T2N 2011).
I’m talking about the 2nd Mile-Hi Radar Run – a short 8-km distanced elevation run yet challenging enough to give the participants an overhaul of their lungs with high-altitude and fresh air, organized by Mr. Jonel Mendoza of the FrontRunner magazine.
|The two radars shot from Mt. Sto. Tomas|
Next morning, realizing that I haven’t done a good hills training yet nor any kind of training for the past weeks, I decided to jog down and start my freezing blood going to the Hotel where Ate Glo and Allan are staying, that was a good 2.5-km run which was still not enough to drip out my sweat yet good enough to activate my quads and lungs. While waiting for them, I saw Marcelo Bautista (the Baguio runner who’s been topping the Country’s recent Ultramarathons) on his running short-shorts pacing himself southwards, going to the race venue.
|Some familiar faces|
Then the gun-start was fired!
|I swear, the radar was just there!|
|Some runners taking a breather at the highest peak.|
To the right is the road going to the radar
|Allan and Ate Glo a few meters away from the Finish line|
|Sir Jonel announcing the winners|
|with Jun Rodillas|
|At the Finish line with Allan, Ate Glo, Juvy, Juvy's friend, and Koi Grey|
|On my Diadora Axeler and Dri-fit shirt with |
|Going down only took me half of the time going up|
(photo shot by Franc)
|That's the two radar shot the next morning from the house|