I wasn’t supposed to run/race this event. As I have just raced a week before (Pogs Run). However, one day before the race, I was advised that I won the Huawei Watch GT 2 that StartingLinePh facilitated. StartingLinePh advised us that they will be at the Bayani Run to take pictures and they can give the watch to me if I am there. Due to my parents excitement, I was convinced to race if there is on-site registration. It works since I was going to train that morning anyway. As soon as we arrived, we looked for the officials tent and tried to see if I can still register. Fortunately registration is still open and I was able to register at the 3Km category.
As we were scanning around the race venue, we saw runners who looked really fast. Little that we know that some of them are members of the Philippine Triathlon Team and OCR (Obstacle Course) Team that will compete in the 2019 South East Asian Games (SEA Games) which will happen in a few weeks. Well, we all know what happened after that; they won their Sea Games Event/s and brought home medals for our country. Congratulations to them!
At the starting line, I noticed that there are around 4 or more runners wearing the same OCR Team Uniform. That made me a little bit nervous as they have a little bit of an advantage. They can pace, help and encourage each other. When the gun start sounded and the initial sprinting and jockeying for position was done, I found my self with the lead pack surrounded by mostly Team OCR. As the race progressed, leads were changing constantly as we were pushing each other to our limits. Around the last 300 meters, I tried to pick it up and see if somebody will respond. Fortunately, no one did. I’m very proud that I finished the race garnering 1st Place. Congratulations to all who participated!
Now back to why I was here in the first place. I won the Huawei Watch GT 2!!! After the race, we started to look for the great people of StartingLinePh. Who are Tito Rodney, Tito Bunny and Tita Annie. Once we saw them, they gave me my prize right away. We took pictures, talked and took some more pictures.
These are the reasons why I love running–meeting new friends, sharing stories and of course winning.
Thanks again to Huawei and especially to StartingLinePh Community.