14
Apr
09

When Registration is No Longer a Habit

Greenfield was one of the races I didn’t expect to join primarily because of its distance from home, but because of the free shuttle service I no longer have any excuse why I’d miss this race, and I don’t want to.  Running in an area I haven’t been is pretty exciting and the shuttle ride to Greenfield is a new experience for me.

To avail of the free shuttle service you have to surrender your race packet (except your singlet) to Nike Bonifacio High Street where they’d give you a shuttle pass that doubles as your claim stub.  Since I’d be availing of this service I decided to register personally on this store instead of doing it online via www.finishline.ph.

Greenfield Shuttle Pass

Greenfield Shuttle Pass: this became of my race packet. At least I won’t forget it on race day.

It had been a long time since I last registered for a race (remember my Condura Race story?), in fact the last race I personally registered for was with The Happy Run way back January.  Back then I’m used to registering early, usually within the first two weeks of the start of registration, so now after quite some time the process is no longer a habit for me, thus the start of my Greenfield registration story.

Last night there I was going to BHS to register myself for the race.  I kept reminding myself that I should go to Nike and not the usual R.O.X., my feet were unconsciously programmed to go there for registration.  So there I was inside Nike store, asked the friendly staff for a registration form, filled it up, and when I asked how much the tab is, “P700.”  Whaaaat? Of course I got used to registering for “short” races that normally falls between P250-P350 that I forgot 21K races are more expensive than shorter ones!  My last 21K race was “sponsored” so it didn’t really register on my mind how much it cost.  (Isn’t it weird that the longer you run the higher the fee is?  Are races metered like taxis?)

Since in my mind I’d only shell out less than P500 I didn’t bring along much cash.  I was a bit shy to tell the staff that I’ll be right back to go fetch some cash (thankfully an ATM was located nearby) since it’s the only mode of payment (I asked anyway if a debit card is accepted just in case).  So I had to run all the way to the ATM and back to the store to pay for the “damages.”  Dyahe talaga!

In the end it was actually only P600 for the registration, more expensive than the “early birds” since it’s the last week prior to the race (the staff looked at the fee on race day, an honest mistake).  It was a bit “shocking” for my budget that day but a runner does have his bills to pay.  This was one of those rare moments that I register late so I had to pay extra for it, but then again an extra fee for an extra service (free shuttle) and the promise of a good race from Runrio on a new location—it was well worth it.  I can’t wait to see Greenfields!


3 Responses to “When Registration is No Longer a Habit”


  1. 1 itsmysocalledlife
    2009-04-14 at 4:08 PM

    hmmm… haven’t thought about that idea of running longer means higher race fee. 🙂

    I’m a bit sad for I’m already registered running another 10K in the Greenfield but as of now I don’t think I’ll be able to (I’m still crossing my fingers and praying that I’ll be able to) see you this Sunday. God bless.

    > Hi Let! I hope you’d be able to run this Sunday, we still have a few days so there’s still time to recuperate. Hope to see you this Sunday and God bless to you too. 🙂

  2. 2009-04-15 at 10:18 AM

    Inggit ako. I want to run the 21k sana sa Greenfield, but when I tried to register online, closed na pala. There’s no way I can go to Nike-BHS because of my busy schedule. (I don’t even know how to go there alone!) Hehe. I live far away in Quezon City.

    Anyway, good luck, and happy running!

    🙂

    > Thanks MJ! For your reference you can get a jeepney in Guadalupe or bus in EDSA-Ayala to get to Market! Market! walk towards Serendra and BHS is just across the road, or you can take a cab hehe. Nike is right in the middle of BHS. Maybe you can ask some fellow runners to do the registration for you! 🙂

  3. 2009-04-16 at 10:21 AM

    sayang naleyt ka registration. medyo nagmamahal na nga ang magparegister ng runs ngaun. minsan nagtatatanong ako sa sarili ko, is this for a cause or for their cause na lang? definitely its a cost for us. hayy… anyway we can always be bandits and have group runs with fellow runners.

    > Hey Sean! Yes you can always run as a bandit but if you think that the race organizers are doing a good job in providing a high-caliber race we should also let them earn (or if it’s for charity raise funds). Having to pay extra for late-registration encourages people to sign up early so I don’t see any ill intentions on that (but I do admit that I wanted to do some butt-kicks when I realized that extra P100 I have to shell out). We can always do LSDs elsewhere which are free of charge. 😀


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