My third run in three consecutive Sundays. It was A light and easy morning run in the previous Battle of Sexes 2 which was held last September 01, 2013. Relatively long but I can still recall the event. The concept of the event is not the usual run wherein all the participants of every category have the same gun start, in Battle of Sexes Male and Female of both categories was separated in two gun starts, which comes first to be unleashed is the female runners with a head start of 10 minutes followed by male chasers.
The venue was at SM Mall of Asia, upon arrival I went straight to the starting line to do some quick warm ups, meet some of my running friends and witness the release of the female runners. If I still remember I was there also at the same venue two weeks ago when I attended the International Marathon with the same organizer, Run Rio.
Battle of the Sexes is quite pressure especially for the elite participants and while staying in the finish line waiting for our signal it was the first time to see co-male runners cheered for the elite runners in our category when they saw the female kenyan followed by Filipina Elite Runners on the other side of the road across the starting line, pretty far from us. Most of us can’t wait for 10 minutes, everyone wants to run and chase the leading female runner. ( For 5k, if I’m not mistaken 3 minutes head starts was given to female runners.)
Here’s the route for 10k which I joined.
Starting line was located near Palm Coast avenue, assembly area as well. From starting line proceed straight to the first turning point posted in Diosdado Macapagal corner Sunrise Blvd. At that point will get back in the stretch terrain of Seaside Blvd to reach the other side of SM Mall of Asia grounds which is the Coral Way avenue a connected route to D. Macapagal all the way to the second turning point located near coastal mall. Turn left in EDSA corner D. Macapagal and do a second left turn in PEA Road 1 which about 1.5km far from the starting line, went back to Coral Way until we reached the final right turn toward the finish line along Seaside Blvd.
Aside from helping the less fortunate children of Manila thru Virlanie Foundation in partnership with Sofitel Run Rio, I was able also to come up into a little improvement because I able to break my personal record in the 10k, from 1:07 up to 1: 01, quite long but proudly satisfied. During the race one problem I encountered when I faded between 4 to 5 kilometers, gasping and felt thirsty, good thing is I was landed in the second hydration so I recovered immediately. Back in the track, well I went back again into an unideal texture of the road , Diosdado Macapagal, I don’t think if I’monly the one feel this, like thorns striking into your shoes. One of the best signature in every race of Run Rio team which I think everyone will agree on this, the hydration not just merely hydration but it’s a long overflowing hydration allotted for all the registered participants.Plus, well-equipped, friendly marshalls and staffs. Going back into my race, overall it was a good run and this time male lost the battle, female reigns in this leg which resulted in a score of 1 – 1, so will see you all In the third leg and we’ll see who’s going to take the crown and win the battle.
Congratulations to all the winners and finishers!
Congrats to RunRio Team for a well-organized event, Philippine Sofitel Manila for pioneering in giving hope to the children of Virlanie Foundation.
For the female, you have the right to scream! We’ll see you in the final! 😀
Photo Courtesy: Aquiz Photography and Running Photographers