I am naturally a skeptic. If someone makes a hyped-up claim, accompanied by much hoopla, my tendency is to research such a claim to see if it is worth all the fanfare.
And I was curious about the claim that the Milo Marathon was AIMS and IAAF certified:
For the first time in more than three decades, the 35th National MILO Marathon this year will be certified by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).”This will bring a new dimension in the country’s biggest and longest-running footrace,” said Rio dela Cruz, whose RunRio company will be managing all the 17 elimination races and the national finals set on December 11
This news item was reported by many news agencies. So why is this such a big thing?
Whenever I register online, my biggest worry is whether or not I have ACTUALLY registered. Yes I get email confirmation but nothing beats having the race kit in hand!
So now I can breathe a sigh of relief as my Milo Marathon race kit has arrived.
Interested in joining the Milo Marathon? Sign up here.
Milo Marathon racing bib
Milo Marathon singlet (front)
Milo Marathon singlet (back)
Booklets included in the Milo Marathon race kit
A few months back, I wrote about Run United 1 and commented that Runrio was getting sloppy. I have to say that Rio de la Cruz and his Runrio team have made efforts to improve on the experience with Run United 2.
Based on my Garmin watch, I finished the Run United 2 with a time of around 2:06. That’s a new 21K personal record for me. I beat my previous record by 8 minutes.
Here are a couple of photos that I had taken at the Merrell Adventure Run, held at Timberland Heights, San Mateo. The heavy rains turned the trails into slippery muck. Runners sloshed and tumbled through kilometers and kilometers of mud and mire. Caked in swamp-red sludge, my shoes were unrecognizable after the run.
Eventking was the organizer of the Natgeo Earth Day Run, a run severely criticized by many, including myself. Natgeo Earth Day run was also the run that was featured in many news articles and social media sites for its disregard of the environment. I have several posts about the Natgeo incident in case you want to read more about it.
So naturally many runners are warning those who had joined Eventking’s latest run—the Merrell Adventure Run (MAR). In Pinoyfitness, for example, one commenter wrote:
Goodluck sa mga nagregister. Event King did a really bad job on the NatGeo run.
Ok, maybe they did a really lousy job with Natgeo, but I understand that they also organized the most excellent Condura Skyway Marathon. Too bad Eventking botched Natgeo—I was ready to believe that they could give Runrio a run for its money!
But should runners really be worried that Eventking is handling MAR?
In my opinion, runners have nothing to worry about provided they adequately prepare for the event. Aside from the PR disaster involving the cup-littering incident, the one major flaw of Natgeo was the shortage of hydration stations. This was a situation that did not happen in Condura so there must have been a disconnect between Fox International Channels, Natgeo, and Eventking. Nonetheless, even if Eventking screws up again with the hydration station, forewarned is forearmed—ALL RUNNERS SHOULD BRING ADEQUATE HYDRATION!
This is my first trail run and it is better to be prepared. My hydration belt only carries one flask so I should purchase a new hydration belt that contains three flasks. My experience with mountain bike trails is that it tends to get humid, and it’s best I shouldn’t totally rely on hydration stations. I will fill these flasks with water spiked with Oral Rehydration Salts—I find Gatorade too sweet for my taste. I should also arm myself with a basic first aid kit—like a few Band-Aids and an anti-bacterial cream.
They say “once bitten, twice shy.” But the fact that Eventking was involved in a poorly-organized run should not stop me from experiencing a unique trail run!
If you did, then you better check and you may have to register AGAIN .
Runrio posted the list of runners who had registered for Run United 2. I checked the list and, as I suspected, my name wasn’t there. So I travelled to Toby’s at SM Mall of Asia, showed them the card evidencing my pre-registration and payment, and proceeded to -re-enter my info. It’s irritating to say the least—not irritating to approach Claudine level—but irritating still. I asked the folks manning the Runrio station what had happened and they mentioned that the system got corrupted so customers have to re-input the information.
They were diligent to remind me to visit the Runrio expo on June 13, which is the exclusive date for the 21K runners, to get my race kit. I asked what happens if I couldn’t make it. They said that the expo runs from June 13 to 15 so I can drop by on any of those dates. I still feel it’s hard-selling and manipulative, like we are rodents being led by the Pied Piper. I wondered how the runners from outside Metro Manila feel, having the travel to fetch their race kit instead of it being delivered to their doorstep like before.
I really want to support Runrio. I really do. Amongst all the run organizers, Rio de la Cruz has the grandest vision—to put the Philippines in the list of renowned international running locales, in par probably with Boston, NY, London, Tokyo, and the like. An ambitious and noble endeavour indeed, and my hat’s off to him.
But it’s getting harder and harder to like what he does. There’s too much focus on celebrities, too much focus on his other business ventures, too much focus on himself. It is coming out that these Runrio-organized events are just a means to draw runners into his ventures.
And again my patience is being tested. Now, for me to fetch my Run United 2 race kit, I have to go to a @$%&@! run expo. And I have to go on June 13, a Wednesday, a work day, which means I have to travel all the way to Bonifacio Global City! And for what? To subject myself to the the sponsors’s barrage of sales promos, pamphlets, adverts.
This is supposed to be a runner’s event, not an event where runners are forcibly herded into an environment where companies can ply their wares. I feel I am being manipulated here. I paid for the kit. Why can’t I claim my kit on the day of my choosing? In the past, I had the option of having the run kit mailed to my home address. I felt that the additional mailing fee was worth it as I would avoid the cost and effort to fetch the race kit.
Update: From Runrio’s FB page: Hello everyone. There is no final advise yet on how kits can be claimed if you were unable to make it to the EXPO. But surely, RunRio will be providing an option for this to ensure everyone who registered to participate in this race can claim their kits and be there on race day.
“If the word quit is part of your vocabulary, then the word finish is likely not.” – B.G. Jett
“If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just to finish the race – it’s up to you.” – Dave Scott
Then, of course, there is the story of the the greatest last place finish ever. Lori Mitchell of author of SPEED Manifesting, wrote:
“It was almost 7pm in Mexico City, 1968. One hour earlier the winners of the 26 mile Olympic marathon had crossed the finish line. It had been a grueling hot day as the high altitude affected all the athletes. The sky was beginning to darken and most of the stadium was empty. As the last few spectators were preparing to leave, police sirens and flashing lights caught their attention. A lone runner, wearing the colours of Tanzania had just emerged through the stadium gate. Limping, with his leg bandaged he found the last of his endurance to step up his pace and finish the race. His name was John Stephen Akhwari.”
When he was interviewed after the race and asked why he continued running, Akhwari answered: “My country did not send me 10,000 miles just to start the race; they sent me to finish the race.”
When I saw this post from takbo.ph, my hopes are high that the Milo Marathon will follow the schedule as I had seen over at kulitrunner. Since there was still no official word from Milo, I was worried that all these posts about the Milo Marathon schedule were just rumors!
National Milo Marathon Dagupan 2012
July 8, 2012
Dagupan City, Pangasinan
3k Kiddie Run, 5k Fun Run, 10k and 21k
3k = P50.00 With Race Bib And Milo Singlet
5k = P100.00 For Adult/P50.00 For Students With Race Bib And Singlet
10k= P500.00 With Race Bib And Singlet
21k= P500.00 With Race Bib And Singlet
All With Corresponding Prizes
WHERE TO REGISTER
World Adventure Tours And Travel @ Csi Mall Small Atrium, Lucao District Dagupan City & Robinsons Place Pangasinan, Calasiao, Pangasinan
Contact Persons: Tes Bernardino – Contact Number 0920-557-9488;0922-879-8343; 0917-565-5214;075-523-4165