7 Reasons Why I Love Nathan Ridge Run
After more than a month of hiatus into running and racing, I finally had the time to join an organized race- this time in Tagaytay Highlands. The Nathan Ridge Run is a race too good to be refused. I’m soooo glad I was able to join and so far I would say that this is the best ever race that I joined this 2011.
Let me tell you the reasons why:
New and exciting route. I really love to run on new places; that’s why I’m called journeyingjames. It’s because I like to journey even to far away places just to run. So when I learned that this run is happening in Tagaytay, I said yes. Not only that, you can’t just run inside Tagaytay Highlands if you are not a member. So, this race is a unique experience. I’m glad I’m part of the almost 1,200 runners that morning of November 20. Spell exciting- U.P.H.E.L.L.I.S.H. Maybe 99% of runners are walking the steep hills. Quads are still painful today. Need I say more?
Astonishing scenery. Fog- check! Mountains- check! Trees- check! Lake-check! This is a nice treat for city runners, a nice way to break the monotony of Bonifacio High Street, Mall of Asia andRoxas Blvdroutes. Plus, there is no pollution.
Care for the Environment. First time I ran where I’m the one in-charge of getting sports drink or water. I really like companies/businesses that take care of the environment so this idea is excellent- not to use plastic cups as this are thrown anyway. Thank you Nathan (and runners too) for having your share of preserving the environment.
Nathan water bottle. I lost my water bottle in Negros a month ago that is why I’m very very happy when I got my new Nathan water bottle. Not only I can use it for long runs, I can use it while traveling too.
Very organized race. As I told you on the opening, this is so far the best organized race this 2011. I’m not saying this because I was given a complimentary race kit (for bloggers); I’m saying this because up to the very details of the run, all are ironed out. I was discussing with some of my friends and they agree with me too. Way to go Nathan Team, especially to your Race Organizer Neville M and your brand manager Mariel. Ending this with a short story: Two of friends from Laguna are registered to this run, they arrived in Tagaytay a day before and they tried to run towards Tagaytay Higjland and they were not allowed to enter the gate so they were asking me what to do on race day. I plan to ask the bus tp just fetch them at the gate but then around 4:45am my friend texted me said that there is a shuttle that fetch the runners.
Meeting friends- both old and new. It’s like a reunion for me to see long-time running friends as well as meet new friends, people whom I only new on Facebook. The running scene is kinda small so like everyone knows each other if not by name, by face (or favorite race category). So I say “hi, nice to meet you again” to all my running friends.
Media/bloggers support. Well, this is only applicable to bloggers- thank you for your assistance and concern to us. Providing us transportation, complimentary race kits, nice good food and everything. Way to go guys!
Bonus. Without proper training and a month without any run except for the 6K I did while in Dumaguete City a week before the race, I rank 18 at the 10K category with a time of 1:02:21. Quite fast for a route that is full of HILLS.
I want it to be 10, but I can’t think of another 3 reasons. Maybe I forget something, you may want to add. Please do use the comment section. Thanks!