Just One Day Marathon for Free College Education –
It is the first time in my entire life to wake up at 2:55 am on a Sunday. Usually it is the day of the week I get up from bed late. But January 31, 2010 marked another milestone in my life. This day is no ordinary! I’ve witnessed the force of goodwill occupying the grounds of SM Mall of Asia.
As early as 1 am, while I am still asleep, I have been receiving text messages from friends who were in the venue waiting excitedly for the event to commence. Around 3 am, a friend called me saying that the check-in booths started to operate. Mom grabbed the keys at 4 am and her passengers, us, parted ways to register to our corresponding run category.
My younger sister and brother have ourselves registered by 5:02 am. And tell you, the crowd gets thicker every minute. Eavesdrop made me amused when somebody said that an unofficial winner has been said to finish his 21K course in an hour or so. Whatttt??? I wonder if it was like a jaguar-chase-me experience! (Or maybe a professional runner) Cool!
We did some stretching (by imitating pros adjacent to us). While waiting for the “green” category’s official start, I and my siblings decided to roam around. We saw UNTV37 team on stage entertaining runners that are waiting for their turn. They had some games and total fun interacting with their audience.
We crossed the Sea Side Blvd/ esplanade area and decided to sit there. The bright full moon is really beautiful. It’s reflection to the bay looks like a satin fabric of my sister’s silver gray satin dress. We took some rest and went back to the marathon area around 6:30 am.
The time has come for the three musketeers. We went to the sea side corner marked as STARTING LINE. Clock struck at 7 am. My brother shouted, “This is it! Call me when you feel something.” My sister and I both laughed and said, “You might call us instead!” He said that in every 500 metres there is drinking stations and computing it. We thought we need to surpass six water stations. Some parts of our course became walkathon due to many 3K runners trying to occupy the race area.
I should say, I’ve enjoyed being with them. It was definitely a bonding for us. They were dying busy on school. While my work seems to love me that much that it eats up most of my time a day – this Isang Araw Lang event somehow gave us a chance to enjoy the fun together.
Five minutes before eight o’ clock we reached the “Finish Line”. Hooray! Sweaty morning made us realize that this has to happen again. Fun! Fun! Fun! 😀
Past nine, we assembled ourselves for the “Isang Araw Lang’s Ceremonial Run”. But then again it became a walkathon due to the crowd. I exchanged smiles with strangers and hellos to friends. Weeh! 🙂
Oops… I almost forgot before I say goodnight, I’ll share –
I tried to interview some guests and participants (like us) here’s what they said about the Just One day Marathon for Free College event :
Sana marami pang ganitong project si Kuya Daniel. Buong pamilya maghihirap at magpapawis pero masaya at may mabuting dahilan kung bakit magkakasama. (I hope that Kuya Daniel will spearhead more projects like this. My whole family’s running and perspiring but we are all happy because we all know the great reason behind our being here today.) – Phil, 45
Bonding, bonding talaga. Pati hindi magkakakilala nagngingitian. (Everybody’s bonding. Even strangers couldn’t help but smile at each other.) – Imee, 23
Sa dami ng tao naging walkathon na tuloy. (With the volume of people, this marathon became a walkathon!) – John, 19
Pang bata, pang matanda, babae, lalake, bading, tomboy, lahat pwede ang saya! Masaya na, makakatulong pa! (It’s really a fun charitable activity for all sexes!) – Manong, 52
Hindi kasi normal magassemble ng ganung karaming tao kakaiba ang mga energy at kita mo mga ngiti nila. (It’s very hard to assemble such a great number of people. Their energy is amazing – it shows in their smiles.) – Pam, 30
See, I am not the only person who’s happy that day. Kuya Daniel Razon’s project has marked something different to the history – fun for a noble cause. Thank you Lord for making this day great more than I thought it would be!
I’ll share some pictures tomorrow. Cable to transfer where are you? Haha.
Friends, I am waiting for some post event news, the number, how many participated, hey, can somebody tell me? Please tell me.
Have a good week ahead,