The Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 (CSM 2015) was successfully held last Sunday, Feb 1, 2015. More than 15,000 Pinoy runners congregated at the Skyway tunnel in the Filinvest area in Alabang not only to conquer the Skyway but more meaningfully to commemorate the fallen SAF soldiers. Yes, what could have been a running event for soldiers became more meaningful because the organizers dedicated the event to the 44 fallen SAF soldiers. In fact, there were 44 enlisted soldiers who lined up a few meters after the starting line carrying pictures of the SAF soldiers. It became an emotional event at the starting line as runners saluted the soldiers as they passed them by. After which, the next struggle begin. Staying strong and conquering the varied terrain of the the race route-the Skyway, from Alabang all the way north in Makati, and then going back again, passing by the NAIA exit before going back to Makati and back all the way to Alabang.
The 42K category started at midnight of Saturday. 42k runners were released in waves depending on the expected finish time as declared by the runners themselves. The weather that night was so cold courtesy of the strong winds. For those who are not used to joining a race that starts at midnight, it was a difficult race. You have to alter your body clock and keep your body awake and strong. You have to battle the cold weather and most importantly you have to battle fatigue and exhaustion. It was my first time to do a full marathon in this kind of setting. And it hit me. It hit me so hard that my body, feet and legs gave up at the 25KM mark. What could have been a strong finish become a disastrous, painful struggle to reach the finish line in one piece. I could barely run after the 30km mark. I kept asking myself why am I subjecting my body to such pain and suffering where I could have stayed in bed and enjoyed the room in Bellevue Hotel where my family stayed up for the night.
But then, the runner in me prevailed. I joined the running event because I am a runner. I told myself that it was not my first full marathon and that I can do this. Painfully, I ran, stopped, walked and then ran again. At the last 5KM, the throng of 21K and 10K runners came in and started passing me by. I didn’t mind the rush. All I can think of that time was to make it to the finish line. And so after 6 hours and 20 minutes, I saw the finish line. People were cheering me up and shouting, “konti na lang kuya!” And true enough, few more steps and I crossed the finish line. Thank you to all the medics who did not only apply liniment on my swollen legs but also gave words of encouragement. I did it. I conquered the Skyway and I ran for a hero at the same time!
Congratulations to the Concepcion brothers Ton and The Running Shiled, for a well organized and very well attended running event. Of course, the event wouldn’t have been as organized if not for coach Rio. You did it again coach! Congratulations to all the runners who joined the Condura Skyway Marathon. Let us all rest well, recover fast and run again!
Update: The Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 Race results are out! Check them out below:
- 42K Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 race results
- 21K Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 race results
- 10K Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 race results
- 6K Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 race results
Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 Photos