Sunday, August 31, 2008

Nike Human Race Philippines - August 31, 2008


Get ready for the biggest race in the world. Get ready for the Nike+ Human Race. 25 Cities in the World will have this race for one day only. They will compete against each other for the fastest city time (taken as average finish time of the runners of each city). Unfortunately, Philippines wasn't part of the 25 Cities. How can we compete as our neighboring country Singapore already had 12,000 registered runners for this race?! Still, by the power of the local running blogs here, Coach Rio and Nike Philippines were able to organize a 10k run to be held in McKinley Hills, Taguig City.

There were a total of 300 runners for this event, all having their own Nike+ Ipod and Nike+ Sportsband attached to their arms. Per and I got there a few minutes early and were able to do a few warm up exercises before the race started promptly at 6:00AM. The route was uphill from the start up to the first 2KM, leading out of McKinley Hill and a straight path towards Heritage Park for another 2.5KM course around the area. After which, it will head back to McKinley Hill for the finish line. There was a water station situated every 2KM distance and they even offered bananas inside the Heritage Park.

The weather was quite hot this morning and we all had a hard time completing this run. I ended up taking two cups of water at every water stop as got easily dehydrated by the heat. My legs were sore from the start and felt really heavy moving around so had a hard time completing this event. But complete it I did with the goal of being in the top 241 people to get the Nike Finisher Band. My final time is at 1 hour 5 minutes, much slower than my usual time of 58 minutes to 1 hour but still good enough to get said bracelet. My Nike+ Sportsband show a distance of 10.33KM.
Note: Results of race can be seen at www.runrio.com


Aside from the highly coveted bracelet, there were a lot of free stuffs handed out at the Finish line. Among them were an old issue of Men's Health Philippines magazine (but not that old as was still released in 2008), a pair of Nike socks, a finisher photo, Rush water and chips. Considering there wasn't even an entrance fee here, I was surprised by the things we got and quite happy by all of them.


There were also a lot of raffle prizes given out ranging from cruises around the Philippines and gift certificates from Nike Philippines. Here in photo is Rio at the awarding stage.

The Human Race 8.31.08. JUST DID IT !



All happy at finishing the race and getting the nice stuffs.

Ladies at the finish line in their Christmas colored shirts




After the race, we headed immediately to Serendra to claim our bracelets at the Nike Store and have breakfast at Pancake House.


All full and all happy for this very successful event! Looking forward to the next Nike+ Human Race.


P.S. We were able to get some Human Race shirts before this event was announced so ended up having two bibs for this event: No 21 for Philippines edition and No. 207,246 (out of 1,000,000 runners) for the Global edition. Really liked the shirt as Nike Sphere quality and at back of it has the 25 City names. This can still be ordered at the Nike website.

16 comments:

sfrunner said...

Dennis, congratulations on the run despite the conditions. Great seeing that my running blogging friends and Happy Feet participated.

You guys did quite well with the best entry fee in the world - free!

Take care and have a good week!

manokan said...

Galing. Ang saya nyo. Kahit wala ako dun I can say that it was a well executed event.

Running Fatboy said...

hi sfrunner, thanks! Yes quite a lot of Happy Feet runners that day and a lot of local bloggers were seen as well.

hi Manokan, too bad you weren't able to join it. You are right: It is a very well organized event. No complaints whatsoever.

Bong said...

yey! i really enjoyed it! it was well planned! to my 2nd, 3rd, and more 10km runs! :)) congrats to you!

Running Fatboy said...

hi bong, congrats to your first 10km! hope to see you in other runs :)

Spikeithard said...

Congrats! Was there too and it was my first ever 10K race. It was a great event. Well prepared, lots of free stuff and raffles, etc. Thanks to the organizers!

Was lucky enough to get a Nike bracelet too... but what I really wanted was the orange Human Race shirt!! Ang cool eh! So you said it can be bought at the Nike store? How much?

runmd said...

Nice meeeting you Dennis. Cool shirt!

Running Fatboy said...

hi Runmd, it was nice meeting you and your girlfriend as well. Man, you're fast! Hope to reach your speed level in the future. I just need to burn more..umm fats.

hi Spikeithard, congrats on your first 10k and on getting the bracelet. I actually ordered my shirt via the Nike.com website and had my sister bring it home from her vacation in the States. A very long procedure to get said shirt but love it!

A BIG BIG THANKS TO FELLOW BLOGGER AND FRIEND JANINE+ FOR CUSTOM FITTING MY SHIRT TO BE MORE TO MY SIZE. I BOUGHT IT AS XXL SO SHE HAD IT TRIMMED DOWN TO XL! MY FAT HANDS APPLAUD YOU! :)

Runningshield said...

congratulation.great run. will see you in the other races to come.Oh by the way when is the movie Fatboy running going to be shown in the philippines been waiting for it ? thank you - Patrick concepcion / runningshield

Running Fatboy said...

hi Patrick, Do you mean "Run Fatboy Run"? I don't think they would show the movie here as been out last year already. I just saw it through DVD of my friend. I hope you find a copy as very entertaining!

janine+ said...

Hey, Running Fatboy, you're more than welcome. An erratum on your part though. It wasn't trimmed down to XL, it was XS (You sexy beast, you!) hahaha.

Juan said...

Hi,

do you know if for 2009 (October 2009) there will be a similar race?

thanks,

Juan

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