So last Sunday, I joined this year’s Pinoy Fitness Sub-2 21K Challenge. This is my first time to join this running event and despite the fact that I failed to reached the finish line in under 2 hours last year, I tried to achieve it again this year. Unfortunately I failed again. I reached the finish line last Sunday with an official chip time of 2:14 minutes. Last year, my chip time was 2:00:46. Yes, I run faster last year than this year. Or maybe not. The route this year in the SM MOA area is probably longer than last year in BGC. Still, I enjoyed the race and I will definitely try to beat it next year.
For me, the PF 21K Challenge is the best among the many half-marathon events held the whole year round. It’s the most competitive and most demanding of all the half-marathons that I’ve joined so far. This even makes me run faster and tries harder to finish in under two hours. My failure to achieve this feat last Sunday only means that I need to train more, to train harder.
Organization-wise, this year’s PF 21K Challenge is as good as last year. The route was purely flat which is perfect for establishing new personal best. This year, according to Jeff Lo, there were around 700 runners who took the sub-2 challenge. Overall, there were more than 2500 runners who joined the event.
Ample hydration stations, overflowing with steady supply of water were evenly distributed along the race routes. The timing of the release of each categories during the event were good enough, ensuring that there were no crowding in the turn-around point.
What I failed to notice though last Sunday was the absence of medics along the route. There were only few marshalls and traffic enforcers controlling vehicles at some critical intersections along the route. Or maybe I was just running to hard that’s why I didn’t notice them.
Overall, I would have to commend Pinoy Fitness for staging another successful 21K Challenge. Hopefully, there will be more surprises and new things to be included next year.
See you next year fellow, sub-2 21K runners!
For photos, check out the Running Photographers FB page and PF FB page.
For race results, checkout http://myrunti.me. (2072)