The day before the marathon, we met up with other Pinoy runners who were signed up for Berlin Marathon.
We had our carbo-loading lunch followed by, umm, a sugar-overloading dessert feast with wonderful couple, Chicho and Riza Mantaring. Riza is the President and CEO of Sun Life who we featured in TBR Magazine – Jan/Feb 2012 issue. She was deep into training for Berlin when a freak accident (during Ironman 70.3 Cebu, she came only as spectator for her son but got sideswiped by a jeepney during her long run) left her injured, but she still came to support Chicho.
We were also joined by world marathon travelers and Cebu-based owners of the popular Leona’s bakeshop, siblings JaneJane, Nica, and Drew Ong. The Ong siblings are the best travel and marathon companions. Super fun and, yes, super fast. We ran California International Marathon together last year.
We walked from the restaurant to the Brandenburg Gate, the marathon’s start and finish area. We covered the last few kilometers of the actual race course.
The Brandenburg Gate was a sight to behold. I couldn’t believe we’d be running the last few meters of the marathon towards it!
We entered the race area to find a festive atmosphere the day before the race! There were food stalls and benches for people to eat and drink beer.
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Thanks to Unilab Active Health for my great Berlin Marathon adventure!