TBR RACE REVIEW: PINAY IN ACTION 2009
Overall Rating (10 highest): 6
– Unique idea: an All Women’s Run…how great is that?!
– Race for kids: 1.6 km team run
– Abundant supply of free food, sports drinks, and mineral water
– Inspirational “women power” signs along the route
– raises awareness for women’s issue (breast cancer, cervical cancer, violence vs. women, etc)
– Directional signs were aplenty
– Race marshals were everywhere
BETTER JOB NEXT TIME
– Heavy traffic upon entrance into SM parking lot
– Drinks were distributed right smack in the middle of the route while the 5k/ 10k were still running thus causing traffic
– Late start
– Long queues at the rest rooms
Congratulations to Pinay In Action for a fun race! Until the next year!
I left my racing hat at home and donned my running mommy cap for the Pinay In Action race yesterday morning. The hubby registered for the 10k, while I signed up for 1.6km with Little Miss Bull Runner. The night before (as I had expected), Bull Runner Jr. decided to come along. Yahoo, it was another family running affair for us.
We arrived at SM Mall of Asia to find the 10k/5k runners behind the starting line awaiting the gun start. Hubby fled to the assembly while the kiddos and I went on a wild search for a clean, queueless bathroom, which we pleasantly found at Bona’s Coffee away from the long lines at the race area. Our yaya came along to assist—not with the kids—but with the distribution of TBR Magazines and display of the banner (talk about yaya-of-all-trades).
- a sea of pink runners -
- Sen. Pia Cayetano, practices what she preaches about being a Pinay in Action -
Before we knew it, we were waiting for our 1.6km kiddie race to start along with a small group of parents and their children. I was well-prepared for this run; I carried a camera in one hand with a bag around my shoulder to carry everything else a running mommy must have: mineral water, Sports Beans, towels, and of course, band aid! When I looked around, good friends JunC was with his three daughters, while MarkP was with his little runner too. My son was hyper and excited, but Little Miss Bull Runner who had been the brains of this race from the start was in a foul mood. I repeatedly reminded her that this was her choice and that there was to be absolutely no carrying throughout the race. She answered with a sleepy nod. Then, the race began.
- One of the rare times I’m willing to stop during a race just for a photo op -
We ran intervals during the race—run, walk, run, walk, run, walk. My son was being his usual self, teasing the little one by running ahead of her every so often. My daughter, who is really a mini bull runner, would instantly speed up once she saw Kuya getting ahead. But, after a few meters, it was obvious she was getting tired. She even had a 2-minute crying session when I let go of her hand to take her photo (I wasn’t informed that she wanted us to hold hands throughout the run!) Midway through the run, she slowed down to a walk and whispered to me “My tummy is getting ouchy. I need to eat.” So, we relaxed and chatted while my son gobbled up some Sports Beans. When we neared the finish, I told them, “like all runners, we should finish strong by running towards the finish line.” We held hands, stopped and counted “3…2…1…Go!” and off we went to run the last few meters.
- Big and small bull runners running -
- We did it! -
Both of my kids ended the race with their faces beaming with pride. After a few high fives and hugs, we waited patiently for their Papa to finish his 10k. My son was tasked to distribute TBR Magazines along with yaya, while Little Miss Bull Runner started whining and complaining about how long this was all taking (I guess the hubby must break 45 minutes to please the kids!) Pretty soon, we headed off to McDonald’s with the Cruz family where the kids got their much awaited reward: Happy Meals with Monster vs. Aliens toys.
- Canine runner in pink too -
- Wandersoles + Happy Feet = Happy Soles or Wanderfeet? -
- with the Parco Family and Loony Runner -
- with the Cruz family -
Photos courtesy of Jun Cruz. Thanks Jun!