Friday, June 29, 2012

Dinaganay Sa Malaybalay 2012: Bukidnon's First Marathon was a Success!

Dinaganay sa Malaybalay 2012, the first ever full marathon in Bukidnon, was successfully held last Sunday, June 24, in Malaybalay City. The run was sponsored by the City Government of Malaybalay as part of the Araw ng Malaybalay Celebration and was jointly organized by the Office of the City Sports Coordinator and the Malaybalay Runners club.

Much as I wanted to, I volunteered not to run in my home province’s historic first marathon, so I could be of more help to the organizers. I was part of the documentation team and took up the task of taking photos in Barangay Managok which is part of the 42K route. As I motored my way to the area, I already met some of the lead runners in Aglayan and Linabo yet I failed to take decent shots since it was still dark and they ran really fast! It was the middle to rear pack runners whom I caught up with, just in time as the daybreak gave me sufficient light to take my shots.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

LKK Freedom Run 2012: Missed Target=New Shoes

Ouch! For the second straight run, I failed to hit my target time! After not being able to finish a sub-one hour 10K in last month's Cosin Summer Run, my attempt to improve my half-marathon time in last Sunday's (June 17) Lim Ket Kai Freedom Run 2012 was another big letdown.

My goal was to improve my previous best of 2:13:30, recorded in last year's Run United Regional Series Cagayan de Oro Leg. However, it was another epic fail as I finished the Freedom Run almost 3 minutes slower at 2:16:22. Aarrggh!!! 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Lim Ket Kai Freedom Run: My First 21K for 2012

After more than 5 months into 2012, I am finally back to joining a half-marathon (21K) race. I've recently signed up for this Sunday's Lim Ket Kai Freedom Run 2012 in Cagayan de Oro City. Hard to believe but this will only be my sixth official race this year. Unlike last last year, there have been fewer races in Malaybalay and Cagayan de Oro this 2012 and some of them I missed due to conflicts with my other schedules (such as work, travel, etc.).