Rock and Run was the coolest running event I joined! Literally and figuratively. I was with my brother Boks and my colleague at work, Lui during that time and we all joined the 5 km category. Rock and Run was organized by JCI Manila for the benefit of Republikha--an NGO dedicated to producing educational children's music. This should have been the first Run and Rock concert-for-a-cause if not for the heavy downpour that started right before the start of the race. Rock bands were to perform before the start of the race and 3 concert stages were set up strategically along the race course but have been canceled due to the issue of safety. But amidst the heavy rain, most of the runners were still waiting enthusiastically for the gun start and upon seeing it, we eventually followed suit. We were all chanting “RUN! RUN! RUN!” in the rain as we waited for the gun start. Some were dancing and some were still in their rock costume (there was a special prize for the best rock costume!). I remember this one runner beside me in a KISS costume complete with a replica of KISS’ guitar told me that he was relieved he used water-proof makeup because if he didn’t, his makeup would have been washed up by the rain by then. I wonder if he took home the price though…=)
I finished the race at 29 minutes and 53 sec. 131st among 804 5K runners. To view the race result click here:
Running in the rain was surely a one of a kind experience I will never forget. Some didn't like it. Others liked it but didn't like the effect after (some got the flu that is. boohoo!). Personally, I had so much fun. It was one hell of an adventurous run. I don't need to be dreading the run while looking forward to a water station to hydrate myself. I just looked up to the heavens; open my mouth wide and tada!--free hydration! For me, I ROCKED running in the rain!
|This is our warm up. haha! just kidding.|
|starting to look gloomy...|
|Brigada's Rain song =D|
|Runners never quit!|