Kinderdorf Leben

A Runner’s Life

The Masters’ Touch

Last Sunday, a project of Jovie Narcise aka Baldrunner came to fruition – the 1st Masters’ Run.  It was a unique running event where only male runners above 40 yrs old and female runners above 35 yrs old can participate.  The race course had a distance of 15kms, which covered the perimeter of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

As announced the race had no frills or corporate sponsors.  It was simply an honest to goodness run where the old fogies simply compete among themselves.  While the spirit of competition was present, the atmosphere was more of a community event where everyone was there to have a good time.

I arrived at the race site at around 4:45 am just to make sure that I will be able to pay and get my race bib from the registration table.  As I arrived at the race site good ol’ Jovie was there supervising the minute details of the run and making sure that everything will be fine.  Then at 5:15 am the participants started to swell.  All were in high spirits and ready to go.  Not even the rains could dampen the participants who were in for a rain drenched race.

A brief opening ceremonies ushered the participants to the starting line.  The starting gun was fired right after the last minute instructions from Baldrunner.

Everyone had a grand time running to say the least.  The route was a combination of flat terrain and reasonable uphills.  Above all we were treated to the beautiful greens of Camp Aguinaldo.

The distance was exactly as announced – 15.06 kms.  A rarity in the Philippine running circuit.

Overall the race was well-organized and managed.  There were enough marshals who were assisted by the Military Police, adequate water stations, enough finish line chutes.  Above all, there were enough freebies for everyone at the finish line.  More importantly, the organizer Baldrunner was there at the finish line to greet all finishers for a job well done.  Only in the Masters Event!

Each participant can have water, Gatorade, ice drops, buko salad, bananas and of course, ice cold San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen, San Mig Light, Red Horse and rum-cola.

For me the race proved that we can have a great race with a minimal fee of P100.00 and without corporate sponsors.  All that is needed is help from well-meaning friends.  Above all it proved that the Masters (aka Oldies, mga gurang or amoy lupa) still has what it needs to finish a race.  It was simply The Masters’ Touch”.

The Masters Run was a fitting way to get back to road races and blogging after a month’s hiatus.

Here are some pictures that I grabbed from Jerry Karundeng (High Altitude), Bro J and Jonel (Bugobugo85)

Masters 3

Masters Run 2

Masters Run 1Masters 5

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Running | 5 Comments