Race Report: New Balance Power Run
with New Balance ambassador Kuya Kim Atienza at the finish line of the race
A total of 5,300 runners showed up at Bonifacio Global City yesterday for the annual New Balance Power Run. Clad in their bright red race shirts, runners ran 5k, 16k, or the unique 25k offered by this race. Organized by Runrio, a light drizzle kept the runners cool throughout the run and even allowed competitive athletes to achieve their personal best due to excellent race conditions.
Celebrity runners, Bianca King, Anne Curtis, Rhian Ramos, Yael Yuzon, Gwen Zamora, and Xander Angeles were spotted at the event. Of course, Kuya Kim Atienza, Erwan Heussaff, and the rest of Team Gotta, ambassadors of the race, joined the run too.
I showed up at the race start eager to run. It was to be my longest run since finishing Chicago Marathon almost a month ago. I had only been running twice a week since I do believe in following a recovery program to allow myself to rest mentally and physically. This race marked the end of my recovery period!
The race was well organized, as expected from Runrio. The first few kilometres of twisting and turning through the narrow streets of Bonifacio Global City made me feel a bit claustrophobic, but it was all in good fun. As soon as we headed out for Buendia Flyover, it was even more enjoyable.
I took the race easy enjoying it as training run without pressure. It was just nice to run again without checking my pace on the watch and feeling the light drizzle on my skin!
Thanks to Jeff Lo of PinoyFitness.com for the photo!
I ended the race happy to hit 16k again. I saw so many friends at the finish line that it wasn’t a question of who joined the race, but who didn’t?!
I said this in the past and I’ll say it again. New Balance Power Run is a must run race. It offers the unique 25k distance, it is always well-organized, and almost everyone comes out to participate. It’s one of those races that challenge you during the run, but also reminds you exactly why you do it over and over again.
Congratulations to New Balance and Runrio!