Sunday, June 28, 2009
Takbo.Ph - Service With A Heart
One of the most dynamic group that I have encountered in the local running community is ”TAKBO.PH” so much so that when “BOTAK Paa-tibayan takbo 100k” announced their offer for an AID station to be hosted by a running groups or organization, it was an opportunity for my organization REINIER PACIFIC to partner with Takbo.ph to give service to the sport we all adhere and love so much.
From a simple idea which I and Jinoe Gavan have agreed upon, the group collectively poured in their different ideas as to WHO, WHEN and HOW such an Aid Station will be manned and operated during the Botak 100K run. One aspect that has touched my heart in how a simple blog item and later on carried forward at the group’s “forum section” has logged 62 replies and 1152 views. The spirit and heart of volunteerism of the group is but outstanding. Allow me to provide to you here a link on the forum on how things started, how interesting and lively the replies were coming in and eventually how the concept was decided to became a reality;
The AID station for Reinier Pacific / Takbo.ph was designated at the approximately the 80th km area of the route which is located at Marikina River Banks. The 1st batch (Tim and Doc Eric and company)were already at the area even before 5:45am making sure that all logistical requirements have been set up prior to the arrival of the first runner. By 6:45 the tent provided by Botak has been installed and more and more Takbo.ph volunteers have arrived and ready to serve the participants.
In was only on or about 8:00am that the very first runner JESSE ANOP (who eventually won the race) passed by the tent and the group was so eager to give encouragement and logistical help. It was not after a lengthy period of time that the next runner passed by and was followed by another trickle of runners. We all looked with envy and respect to each participants that passed by for by this time they have already covered almost two (2) marathon distance in one running more than any of us can say for ourselves. These guys are of different “breed”.
One thing we all have learned during the process that actual running was much easier that being on a service team for the worst thing you have to deal with is WAITING. However, as the very essence and meaning of the word SERVICE, giving back something to the sport you love is a very gratifying feeling. It is so easy to critique after a race how the handling of the booths and/or water stations was not proper or so on and so forth, but, being on the other side of the fence makes you understand the importance of even how small and unremarkable a task may be.
It was also only today that I saw how beautiful it was to do you running at the Marikina Riverbanks. It has a clean and inviting scene free from any traffic which according to the locals you can easily log a 10k run. I promised myself to try the route one of these days. Check it out for yourself.
At 11:30am with still plenty of time before the last runner was to pass by the Reinier Pacific / Takbo.ph AID Station, I have to beg-off with the group that I have to leave for I have other commitments to fulfil for the day. At 4:45pm I got a text message from Jinoe that the last runner has passed the AID station and that Takbo.ph is signing-off for the day. What can I say, that is efficiency, commitment, love and dedication of the group.
I wish to thank Jinoe Gavan and the whole service team of Takbo.ph who have in their own way been part of this collaboration before, during and after the event. It was a great pleasure on my part to be part this endeavour which is our own simple way of giving back something to the sport of running.
Takbo.ph = Service with a Heart!