Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dinaganay sa Malaybalay

I can think of a lot of good reasons why I will run in Malaybalay again.  The Dinaganay sa Malaybalay last June 24 was really memorable for me and here are a few things that I can share about the event (ahem...pasensya na... good or bad talaga ito)....


  • The registration fee was hundreds of pesos a lot cheaper than those races organized in Manila.  For Php 340 - you can barely run 3K in Manila...but in Malaybalay - it was for a 21K race. cool.  I am not particularly sure how much the Full Marathon costs...but at that rate, it could be waaaaay below a thousand.... 
  • hindi nagkamali ang city government ng Malaybalay sa pagpili ng Malaybalay Runners na magorganize ng event dahil nakakaintindi ang mga runners sa mga pangangailangan ng mga kapwa runners... kaya as a result...
    • the route was uber challenging.  Yep... maddeceive ka sa una na puro patag lang ang tatakbuhan o me konting downhill....syempre unang sabak mo pa lang... feeling mo ang bilis mo kasi parang downhill eh. When you make a U-turn in the 21K marker... that is when reality strikes you... paakyat na siya.  I am not complaining... I am just simply stating a fact that the route was really challenging.... WOW!!!
      • DOWNSIDE:  we were all instructed to stay in the left side of the highway. Yung papuntang U-turn OK pa eh kasi kasalubong mo ang mga sasakyan. Kinda safe...pero nung pabalik na..magugulat ka na lang sa mga humaharurot na bus or truck. nakakatakot at unsafe. E lahat pa naman ng hydration nasa iisang side lang... so wa ka choice talaga.  In any case, di naman din madalas ang pagdaan ng mga sasakyan kahit na nakatalikod ka sa mga paparating na vehicles kasi maaga pa naman.... pero still unsafe...
    • hydration stations were strategically located.  Yung mga tipong, andun sila pag kelangan mo na uminom ng tubig. that was pretty impressive... kasi sa ibang runs..either malayo ang unang station tapos yung susunod ay mejo magkakadikit... dito...hindi nga sya evenly spaced but they were located at very strategic points... WOW!!!
      • DOWNSIDE:  hindi nga lang malamig ang tubig, buo naman ang tiwala ko na mga mineral water yun, pero sana man lang malamig.
    • madaming saging. kung tama lang ang napansin ko.. sa unang hydration may nakita akong saging. pwede na ata kumuha...pero that goes to show na prepared talaga sila... at hindi naubusan hanggang sa mag U turn na sa 21K marker... may saging pa rin!!! sponsor ba nila ang DOLE? may napansin kasi akong mga DOLE runners eh,
    • may mga naka motor or naka pick up truck na nakasunod sa iyo at certain points - either to offer wet sponges, take your picture, or just there to check out on you.  I so appreciated this coz somehow it made me feel safe, welcomed and taken cared of.
  • maganda naman ang media exposure at promotion ng takbo. I was able to see (pero Im not sure sino)  the organizer promote the said event on a local morning show (na mapapanood lang perhaps sa region 10 at pumalit sa Umagang Kay Ganda .... at hate na hate ko ang local program na yun dahil ang cocorny ng mga host lalo na yung naka cowboy hat).  Buti nga me ganun at napanood ko kung hindi ko napanood... naku... malamang di ako nakatakbo dito.
      • DOWNSIDE:  kung mas maaga lang sana nabuo ang event, mas malawak pa sana ang nasakop na media para sa pagpromote ng event... kagaya ng pag-tap sa mga running teams outside Malaybalay, sa mga online bloggers lalo na sa Manila.  Marami marahil ang maeenganyo na sumali dito.
  • Entertainment before and after the race was sooooo cool.  I liked the fire dancers and their choice of music.  I will always remember Malaybalay whenever I hear that JLo song...hehehehe.... The live band at the finishline was just refreshing especially that they were playing upbeat music.
  • The people.  Mga volunteers manning the hydratiopn stations, those in the trucks and motorcycles, the fellow runners, the children. They are all friendly and makes the experience memorable.  I was pleasantly surprised kasi andami mga bata na sumali sa run.  The future running superstars ng province and who knows... ng Pilipinas.  Ngayon lang ako nakakita ng ganun karaming mga bata na sumali sa run.... at nag bibilis pa!!!!  Buhay na buhay ang running sa province!!!!!

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  2. Wow! Thanks for this! I am a member of the Malaybalay Runners and was one of the photographers during the said event. I'm glad you enjoyed your run in my hometown. Rest assured that your suggestions would be taken up by the group and it would greatly help us in improving our future runs. Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks sir Earl. It was a pleasure running in Malaybalay and I will definitely run again....

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