May 15, 2016
If I had to describe the past two weekends, the only word I have in mind would be “run-tastic.” 2 weekends ago, I was the unofficial photographer for the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon. Read on for the gritty details.
I’ve already been a run photographer with Run United 1 and I really enjoyed the experience. I guess it’s my favorite way of giving back to the running community. So when I found out that a lot of my friends were joining Nike’s All-women run, I immediately saved the date!
What a wonderful Sunday morning it would be, taking pictures of all the beautiful women giving an effort to beat their PRs or simply running a distance they’ve never run before. I’m all for women empowerment as long as I get to be the audience. ;)
Plus I have never seen a run happen on Cavitex before, and the finish line was also different from the starting line, so the race gave me lots of new experiences as well.
So there, a couple of friends and I arrived at the Mall of Asia grounds only to find out that the starting line was actually at Blue Bay Walk, a few kilometers away. So we hailed a cab and arrived in time to see all the runners fussing about. We rendezvoused with our other friends and I readied the photography gear I’ll be using. Thanks to Rosalie for letting me borrow her camera.
It was amazing seeing so many women runners in one place. Since it was a buddy run, I know that a percentage of them would be first timers, being coerced by their running friends to run in exchange for an experience of a lifetime. Those who would never even think of running 21 kilometers will be doing it in just a few moments.
After the usual introduction of the pacers and other warm-ups, the run was a few seconds away from starting. I positioned myself a distance away from the starting line and waited for the runners.
Finally, the race started and I shot at the runners as they breezed through. After two waves, all the runners had passed through except for a few latecomers. My friend, Jao, and I boarded the shuttle to the finish line which was at the other end of Cavitex, Island Cove resort.
This was where I got pissed. There was so much traffic going into Cavitex that we arrived at Island Cove way too late to capture the first runners. We arrived 2 and a half hours later and so, I was only able to take pictures of the runners who ran after that point. Great logistical planning, Nike.
So, a bit miffed, I still did what I came to do and took pictures of all the amazing ladies making their way to the finish.
After the race I hung around and met with my friends and acquaintances. They shared with me their feedback about the race and, well, it was a mixed review:
(+) Positive reactions
- There was great support and training (if one could travel to BGC easily)
- The pacers were gwapo and encouraging (the photographer was gwapo as well, lol)
- There was sufficient hydration and medical assistance
- There were lots of post-race activities
(-) Negative reactions
- No finisher shirt (even I was disappointed for my friends)
- No post-race loot (just water and gatorade)
- The finisher pendant faded quickly (from gold to brown)
- Route logistics were difficult
You can check out my friends’ review here and here.
But still, I enjoyed the event and that’s a success in my book. Congratulations to all the finishers, from first-time runners to those who broke their PRs, you are all great! Hurray to women empowerment.
The rest of the photos can be seen here:
Never stop running!
5 thoughts on “Pitik: Nike Women’s Half Marathon”
Kami lang ata yung Captain at Buddy na magkahiwalay? Hahah! Sadnu!
Hahaha andaming magkahiwalay! Actually mga 3 lang na pairs nakita ko sabay as in nag holding hands pa.
hahah! How sweet of them.. Meron pa nga naka tali e!!
Hahaha nakatali!? Para wala talagang kawala? Clingy hahaha
Yeah! Kinda! Nakita ko sila papunta palang ng Cavitex. hahah! Para dragging daw!