Biodiversity Run 2010: Runner turned Photographer
I am already registered to run the 10K but when I learned that there’s a lot to be done in e preparations, I volunteered myself to help the organizers and take some photos for the event (was a bit sad because battery ran out at the middle of the race). Well, we are co-organizer of this race spearheaded by Asean Centre for Biodiversity.
Just last night, we did some stuffs and final preparations for the biggest running event (most attended) so far in the history of Los Banos, Laguna. More than 700 runners joined this maiden edition (does this mean there’s a Biodiversity Run 2011?).
Anyway, I’m sure everyone doesn’t want to read a long blog post and just see the photos and results. Sorry, its not yet available. Please visit back.
Biodiversity Run 2010 PHOTOS are now available (look for and tag yourself at Facebook, 3 albums in the FB Page). RESULTS are now available too. Sorry for the not-so-good photos, I’m not a pro. Special thanks to Alex for lendin me hi DSLR. Congrats again for the podium finish bro!
Some quick notes:
- Allan Ballester got the 1st place; Coach Rio dela Cruz came in 2nd and Darry Bado took the 3rd position in the 21K Men’s Category.
- Chang “Mamita” Hitalia (ANR Alabang/Takbo.ph member) finished 3rd for the Half-Marathon distance (2:14:30), women’s category. I had the opportunity to escort her while on bike.
- Karylle Tatlonghari joined the 5K category. Fans and runners enjoyed her presence too! She led the athlete’s oath of sportsmanship. Trivia: She has a mag cover as Maria Makiling (see below), the same mountain she ran today.
- Yael Yuzon, lead vocalist of Sponge Cola, also joined the 5K run, he is fast too!
- ANR Alabang/Takbo.ph member’s were in the top 10 in their respective categories: Alexis (8th on the 21K male); Chit (8th on the 10K male); and Lens (8th on the 10K female). 888 pala kayo!
- My friend, Alvin “MA” Mendoza finished 7th. I’m so happy because this is his first official 10K race. (Congrats bro, buti nagkita tayo kagabi, nabigyan kita ng race packet)
- Was happy to see fellow takbo.ph forumers Cybermumu, Madz (http://myunrevealedthoughts.blogspot.com/) and Pedz (http://runningatom.blogspot.com/). I also saw a runner wearing six:30, I forgot to approach him.
- I learned a lot on race organizing through the leadership of Coach Nick; Sunday and Toki Lawas (MACRunners Sports Inc.). Hats off to you guys! Glad to be a MACRunner too!
- 21K route is technical, tough and tiring! TTT Yet satisfying when you crossed the finish line.
- Sir Toel, a 21K finisher, just texted me saying, “thank you sir and congrats! what a nice race. we had fun. wishing a happy weekend. gud pm.” Text messages like that put smile on the faces of tired organizers. Thanks also for the participation Sir Toel.
- Some more comments on the turn out of the race: “ok lang for the late gun start. mag-reklamo ba ako ako eh nag podium nga ako. hehehe. yung coaching mo sa start. habang umaakyat ako ng Makiling paputang agila base lagi ko yung iniisip. ‘conserve energy, slow down a little’.” -Alex, 8th placer 21K; “James thanks so much for all the support you’ve given us. Didn’t expect na may medal for the top 10 kaya nung sinabi mo na meron sobrang natuwa nmn ako,it’s my 2nd Trail Run & my first to have a medal … UPHELL nmn! akala ko may pagka-Nuvali ang Trail..mountain trail run pala talaga..dead na ung isa kong nails ” -Lens, 8th placer 10K; “di ko inaasahan na ganun yung ruta. nagtaka nga ko sinabihan mo ko ‘save energy!’ buti nakinig ako. salamat!” -Chit, 8th placer, 10K
PHOTOS CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE (Album 1) & HERE (2) and HERE (3).
As part of the organizing Team (MACRunners Sports Inc.), I would like to thank God for a good weather and everyone’s safety; the sponsors; marshals; police dept; UPLB College of Foresty; staff of Asean Centre for Biodiversity and most especially all those who participated in this event. Your participation would help the ASEAN Biodiversity Fund. Apologies for the late gun start and other hitches along the way. Hope you don’t kill us. Again, thanks for joining the Biodiversity Run 2010.