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.
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.