Sunday, October 10, 2010

10.10.10 A Run for Pasig River


If you think the way I do, then you couldn’t miss today’s date. Today 10.10.10 is a perfect TEN! Because of its digits and occurrence, October 10, 2010 is a rare day and that makes today special. In astronomy today is predicted to be a lucky day. While most people across the globe are celebrating today’s date making random things, I celebrated mine at MOA joining the 10.10.10 Run for Pasig River.

What is 10.10.10 Run for Pasig River?

This is a special run organized by ABS-CBN Foundation’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig that aims to gather 120,000 runners and raise awareness and funds for Pasig River rehabilitation efforts.  

The event has three different starting points for three different categories (Php250.00 registration): 3K started at Diokno corner Bayshore Boulevard at the SM Mall of Asia, 5K in Vicente Sotto corner Magdalena Jalandoni in CCP Complex, and 10K runners started at Ayala corner Makati Avenue. All participants converged in one finish line at SM Mall of Asia.
With around 140,000 race kit reportedly distributed for the fun run, will the 10.10.10 Run for Pasig River set a new Guinness world record for the largest number of participants in foot race? I hope this event’s aspiration to beat the “Bay Breakers Race” (San Francisco, California 1998; 110,000 runners) will be realized today. 





My two-cent worth of Thoughts
This was my first fun run experience. I visualized that race will commence in a gunshot then thousands of people will simultaneously jog up to the finish line. I reached the venue 20 minutes past 530AM which is the start of the activity. Maybe that was the reason for the absence of gunshot. When I arrived at the venue people are everywhere! The scene appears to be more of an alay-lakad than fun ‘run’. With the crowd of thousand runners, there was such a little space if any to where someone can run. And the only sign visible to find the start and the finish line are the runners bib. Good thing they were color coded. Blue for 3k, green for 5K and red for 10k.
I did not find the run fun at all because the crowd was overwhelming and the atmosphere was sultry. Mobile network signal also fluctuated. But I am willing to do it again because I can see that the efforts to rehabilitate Pasig River are bearing fruits. From the unpleasant picture I saw when I was in grade school wherein Pasig River appears to be a river of garbage and debris with black obnoxious water; I can see the changes now. Banks are better and there are lesser settlers.
I’m proud to be part of cleaning out one of the Philippines historical site – Ilog Pasig. I’m proud to be an example of a global change! 

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