When I won my first free race, I was beyond excited. Unfortunately, I failed to show up on race day due to a busted ankle. As for all the other races, I had to pay a fee but I chose those with acceptable rates. I have a ceiling or limit on my budget. Anything above 500PHP I consider highway robbery. I made this pact with my wallet that if a run is not for a good cause and it exceeds my limit, Id rather not join. My priority is to ensure that I have enough funds to live off and that my pets needs arent compromised.
I think my friends are aware of my sentiment because I was told by at least 5 people about an upcoming race that is FREE! When I heard about it, I immediately checked the websiteand registered. I also sent an sms to my other friends to let them know about this event. I can tell that there are indeed a lot of running afficionados in this country because a few days after I registered, the website of Hyundai said it has reached its limit. Not just that, later on when they did reopen their registration, they moved the venue to Quirino Grandstand (originally it was Global City) because of a whooping rumored 30k participants!
Since the event was free, I had minimum expectations with regards to the quality of the singlet, if there will be any rfid race tags provided and if the actual race will even have marshalls or water stations. I was just happy that it was free and Im going to officially be part of it because I have received the email confirmation of my registration.
Sample of the registration form:
|the distribution site is indicated at the bottom of the form|
The Hyundai Website was updated daily with regards to any announcement on collection of race kits including the operating hours of the distribution site. They also emphasized the important documents to bring when collecting the race packs. Ive read several complaints from some runners and vented my own but realized later I had to retract what Ive said and also defend the organizers because they have actually indicated the requirements on their announcement.
|very clear instructions|
The collection of the race kits was scheduled on March 29 -31. They implemented a strict collect-only-at- the venue-you-have indicated- on-your-registration- form policy. It did make sense because when I did show up at the race kit booth they had a list of those who have registered for the event with matching registration numbers. The collection process was fast and efficient.
I collected my kit at around 12pm at Second wind Home Depot at Ortigas last March 30th. I was able to get my kit without any hassle and in just a few minutes. There were a few hiccups though like confusion on printing the old registration form and attaching it to the new waiver form, but it was a good thing that there was an internet cafe nearby. I gave my feedback and the staff were very pleasant and apologetic about it. Other than that, everything else went smoothly.
It was a very hot afternoon but the staff manning the booth were exceptionally cheerful and courteous. Take note that their booth was set up in front of Second wind Runers store and they had no AC. They only had a tent to protect themselves from the scorching heat of the sun. Hats off to these guys for keeping their cool!Too bad I had no camera with me that day.
As another bonus to runners, Hyundai even extended their claim periods and made sure to let us know via their website and also personally through email!
|singlet and bib (sorry i wasnt able to take a photo of my own singlet)|
|my new running buddy|
I was a little upset to find out that they have changed the race venue to Quirino Grandstand. I havent been there for ages. Its near the Luneta Park where me and my family used to go when I was a kid.
|me and my family @ Luneta Park circa 1980s,.nostalgia mode|
The change of race venue was a good idea I realized after the race.