Timex Run, the most expensive sub-marathon road race in the Philippines thus far not only set the race registration fee higher, but also introduced a lot of new PRs.
PR = Piolo + Rio
One of the possible reasons that the race became a huge success despite the steep price was due to the celebrity factor—Piolo Pascual. He is undoubtedly one of the most popular television and movie actor in the country and apparently tapping on his huge fan base was a great idea. Of course we can’t say that the Rio dela Cruz factor didn’t have an added effect on the race’s success, I mean who can’t resist the charm of an afro? Who knows better how to organize a running event but a runner himself? (Peace Coach Rio! I really admire your hair).
PR = Posh Race
Timex Run is definitely at a different caliber as it’s one of the few races in the Philippines that utilize timing chips. It also has one of the better race singlets with Timex Ironman mark at the back which I really love. Celebrities also dot the course of various events making this a very star-studded race.
PR = Pretty Route
Timex Run’s main event, 21K, went to places no other races went before, literally, making this a discovery race for many who haven’t been to the unpopular running areas of Bonifacio Global City. Even familiar routes were given an interesting twist keeping the event fresh to seasoned BGC runners. But more than a pretty route, the distance was almost GPS-exact 21K so taking into consideration the topography of the route it’s more than valid for those distance-conscious runners. Even the distance markers were freakishly accurate by Garmin standards for most of the time.
PR = Pace Required
For the nth time I was again a pacer, an optional one. It was a pretty loose pace—just aiming to finish in a decent time so it was for the most part an easy duty. Because of the relaxed attitude I was able to take some pictures in-race making this also a “picture race.”
PR = Postmortem Report
Timex Run was easily one of the best races for 2009, period. Despite the higher registration fee the cost was pretty much worth it because of a very good quality event, a lot of giveaways, excellent activity area, a finisher’s shirt and medal, all while still able to generate funds for charity. Indeed Timex had proven that with the right pizzazz cost may not be a barrier to having a well attended event. It was also another proof that celebrities really make good endorsers, especially here in the Philippines. I just hope this isn’t the start of more expensive races, but instead the start of quality races. Congratulations Runrio for consistently delivering excellent and successful events!
PR = (Personal Record)
I’ve seen a lot of PRs with this race and as for my Personal Record (PR) I also set a new one, a negative one as I set the longest 21K race so far surpassing the two hour 20 minute mark, but it was worth it as I bore witness to another 21K dream turn into reality. Congratulations Carol!
PR = Pros + Rejects
- Good quality race singlet
- Timing chips
- Punctual start
- Excellent route
- The longest water station yet seen in local races (that never ran out of water and even supplied 100 Plus)
- Practical placement of timing chip sensors
- Excellent finisher’s shirt
- Huge and heavy (although generic) finisher’s medal
- Finisher’s certificate
- Free breakfast
- Excellent goodie bag with products from sponsors
- Lots of portable toilets for everyone
- Lively activity area
- Same day accurate race result (unseen for quite a while) with fancy presentation
- Race photos courtesy of PhotoVendo
- Part of the proceeds went to charity
- Very Good race (4/5)
- High registration fee
- Lack of cones at some areas
- Lack of marshals after 8:30AM (three hours and 15 minutes 21K gun start)
- Medals could’ve been more customized to reflect which event it was given
PR = Pacquiao Reloaded
As a bonus perk to everyone Timex was kind enough to provide everyone free viewing of Manny Pacquiao’s match versus Miguel Cotto live via satellite from Las Vegas, USA. We were so lucky to have witnessed history being made by now seven-time world champion, Manny Pacquiao. Thank you Timex and congratulations Manny! He’s definitely the best boxer our generation has ever seen.
I would like to thank Doc Art who made it possible for me to join this race. Thank you very much Doc and congratulations!