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08
Feb
10

Condura Run 2010 Review

This year’s Condura Run went full throttle by finally having a full marathon route, a first in its short history and as with last year the Skyway route was its signature.  This event was handled by Race Director Rudy Biscocho of RACE.  Here are my afterthoughts of the overall race experience:

Pre-Race

Condura Run had the most efficient race packet collection I’ve ever experienced in the country, fast and easy, although its perfect score for efficiency was tarnished by a minor flaw—they forgot to put barcodes in some of the race kits (including mine).  Their personnel at the claiming area were friendly and knowledgeable so they were a real help.

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The Marathon

The route was excellent highlighted by the Skyway giving runners an interesting and picturesque route, not to mention a very challenging one.  The lowlights was having no lights!  The race started promptly at 4AM and although it was an ideal time to start, some of the roads that the marathon took were unlit so it was like SIM all over again.

Hydration-wise I doubt that the promised 2.5K distance between water stations were strictly met, but each station had sufficient water for everyone.  The sponsored sports drink was nice although many still don’t prefer carbonated ones, plus its supply en route was limited to only a few stations that weren’t evenly spaced.  Bananas, boiled eggs, energy gels, or the like would’ve been highly appreciated, but it’s not promised so it can’t be demanded.

Distance markers were sadly inadequate.  Without any measuring device you won’t be able to tell your pace as distance markers appear sporadically.  There were also some route markers that should’ve been placed in some locations, but in fairness the route isn’t that complicated that would make it critical.

GPS-wise my GF405 registered a distance of 42.19K but other GPS devices registered more, and most likely it is more because of the terrain.  In terms of difficulty this was definitely not a walk in the park but the date and start time of the race made it a bit easier in terms of the weather.

The Marathon Route

Post-Race

Every finisher is a winner—that’s what Condura Run emphasizes but unfortunately not all were given their well-deserved finisher’s medal.  Some who stayed longer in the activity area eventually got theirs, but if you’re one of those not-so-lucky ones, e-mail the organizers at secretariat@condura.com on details on how to get your medal.  (Read this announcement from Condura Run 2010 website)

The Finisher’s Medal

The activity area was excellent with free product samples from sponsors and food vendors were also conveniently placed in the area.  As for the Asics Expo, their shoe lineup was excellent!  Unlike most discount expos the shoes they offer are current and not outmoded and discounts vary depending on the model.  I didn’t even know that there’s already a Kayano 16, and it’s on sale!  If I was in the market for new shoes I may have gotten a pair or two (my Kayano 13 refuses to retire as my trainers).

To marathon runners, did you know that there were goodie bags?  I didn’t know either until some of my friends who ran half marathon informed me.  It appears that distribution was an issue so by the time the majority of marathon runners arrived, no goodie bags were left!

On the race results side, Condura Run could be proud that despite the absence of timing chips they were able to release an accurate set of race results within hours after the race.   Excellent!

Conclusion

Hands down, Condura Run 2010 was one of the most organized races in recent history, although there were still some kinks that crawled its way.  The flaws were quite minor as compared to the overall experience that the race delivered.  It’s also the earliest marathon in the country by starting at 4AM, and I think that it’s better than the typical 4:30AM start.  Hopefully this race would serve as an example to future marathons in the country.  My verdict: Very Good! (My highest rating of a local race thus far)

Photo from Condura Run 2010 on February 8, 2010 edition of The Philippine Star

Congratulations to the brothers Ton and Pat Concepcion for a very successful event, and thank you for exerting effort in delivering a quality race for runners by runners!  Your dream of having your own marathon race in the country has come true, and you shared it with us with flying colors!

05
Feb
10

Pre-Con (Pre-Condura Run 2010)

Yesterday was the first day of race packet claiming for the forthcoming Condura Run 2010, Run for the Dolphins, and I couldn’t think of any way it could be better.  I arrived pretty late in Condura Village (across ROX, Bonifacio High Street) at around 8:30PM and I feared that claiming is already closed for the day since on the claim receipt it states that claiming is only until 8PM that day (11AM – 10PM on Friday, February 5 and 11AM – 6PM on Saturday, February 6), but to my surprise there were people still manning the area.  You can’t miss it because the booths are plenty, reminiscent of SCSM, and was very, very organized, clustered by distance and sorted by last name.  There’s even a dedicated area for international runners.  Going back, I went to the 42K area and looked for letter “R” (my last name) and asked if it was still okay to claim my packet.  Without any hesitation I got a “Sige Sir” (surely, Sir) response and I presented my claim receipt.  Their method was as efficient as it can be and in just a while I had my race packet—very easy!  They even offered me this Sunday’s copy of Condura Run 2010 Special section of The Philippine Star dated February 07, 2010 (now that’s what I call an “early edition”).  Make sure to get one because it contains the detailed route of all events plus more information about the race.

As for the race packet, it comes in a big brown envelope containing another smaller envelope with two race bibs (one containing your number and another blank one for some messages) with eight safety pins; a section of March 29, 2009 edition of The Philippine Star containing last year’s race results, flyers and product samplers from sponsors, a reflector, and a very nice finisher’s shirt (which I really love!).

Condura Run 2010 finisher’s shirt (courtesy http://www.condurarun.com)

One thing I noticed though was that the lower left section of your race bib where a barcode containing your number should appear doesn’t have any markings!   Make sure to write your race number there using a waterproof-permanent marker just to be safe on the results aspect.  While you’re at it fill up the information at the back of the race bib.  You’ll never know if it may come in handy!

“Look Ma, no barcodes!” I highly suggest that you write your bib number here

Carbo-Loading Party

Last night also saw one of the biggest takbo.ph gatherings as we met up for the Condura Run Carbo-Loading Party (CLP).  This race would be one of the most attended race of takbo.ph members with over 50 running the full marathon (many of which attempting their first) and much more doing the side events.  It was a great time to meet new faces and be reunited with familiar ones.  It was a blissful dinner with pastas being served everywhere and the night was even made more memorable by free photos and prints courtesy of Bong Yu’s phötöböngböng during its run-through.  Good luck BY on your new venture!  Expect to see more pictures from this new photo service soon.  (If you happen to pass by phötöböngböng inform them that runningpinoy referred you :))

Powerpuff Boys?!

I really enjoyed the night and to the new faces I met it was a pleasure to meet you all.  To those who had asked to be paced or asked for my target time I’m sorry if I wasn’t able to give my commitment promise or gave a definite answer as I really just intend to enjoy this race—no pressure, no expectations, just fun!  Just give this race for me to savor and next time I promise to be of service to fellow runners.  This would be my comeback race after two months of hibernation so I hope you all understand.  Good luck to all Condura runners!  Run safe!

29
Mar
09

Have You Read The News?

As promised by Condura, the results of the Condura Run 2009 were published in today’s circulation of The Philippine Star, Sunday Lifestyle section, K-1.  Note that this list includes all finishers in 21K, 10K, 5K, and 3K.

Cover story of the Sunday Lifestyle section (K-1)

The list took 3-full pages

Congratulations to all finishers!  Be proud of being on this list!

24
Mar
09

Condura Run 2009 Race Results

The Condura Race 2009 results are out! Click on a category you want to view:

These are overall results for the 5K, 10K, and 21K so it’s not grouped by gender, only sorted by time, courtesy of www.condurarun.com.  It’s a good chance to see how you fared overall.

For 21K (Men) the winners were:

Place # Name Time Pace
1 1 Eduardo Buenavista 1:10:19 3:21
2 4 Alley Quisay 1:10:52 3:23
3 2 Cresenciano Sabal 1:10:57 3:23
The winners of Condura Run 21K 2009 (Male)

The winners of Condura Run 21K 2009 (Male): Cresenciano Sabal (3rd place, Orange shirt), Eduardo Buenavista (winner, Red shirt), and Alley Quisay (runner-up, White shirt)

As a running bandit I don’t have my real name on the results, but I’m in there with an official time of 2:07:52, 492nd out of 1,317 runners for 21K.  Expect these results to be published on The Philippine Star on Sunday, March 29, 2009.  Congratulations to all the finishers!

20
Mar
09

Run 21K, Be On the News

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Newspaper that is.  As Condura Run’s 21K SkyWay feat wasn’t great enough, now you get to brag about being part of this historic run.  I got news from takbo.ph that the race result will be published on The Philippine Star courtesy of Vitwater.  This also adds pressure, I mean, motivation, to have “decent” finish times so you won’t be at the bottom of the list, but nonetheless even if you were at the bottom of the list it still has bragging rights attached to it for conquering a half-marathon.  Great boost for running, the sponsor, and the newspaper.  Like many others I’m also wondering if they’d publish your age as well. 🙂




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