Sunday, July 26, 2009
Run with ME - Team Bald Runner
When Ateneo Management Engineering (ME) Alumni announced sometime in June that they shall be hosting a running event in celebration of the 40th year of ME and for the benefit of ME scholarship Fund, it opened a door of opportunity for me to ask Gen. Jovinal Narcise (Ret) to field two Team Bald Runners for the 5k Team Category and one single entry for both the individual 10K for male and female.
Team Bald Runner (A)
Jose Marie Javier
Reynaldo De Los Reyes
Team Bald Runner (B)
10 K Individual Event
Men – Alquin Bolivar
Female – Marecil Maquilan
On race day, it was great to see different teams from running clubs, communities and most specially varsity teams from UAAP entered and competing on the team events. The Far Eastern University Varsity Team who was champions from the last UAAP season was very prominent and intimidating in their warm-up.
Unlike the usual race events that you join on weekends, the Run for ME was a school organized event. You find yourself amidst blue blooded creatures of Ateneo. Mind you, all logistical arrangements were done by student/faculty/volunteers that you need to understand and provide leeway in holding such an event. For non professionals, I think they did general well. The route in itself is unique as it is confined only within the Ateneo ground. The only other university that I could think of that could be possible does just an event will be at the University of the Philippines, which is very obvious because of its vast university property.
Team Bald Runner performance resulted as follows;
1. 2nd Place Team Event – Team Bald Runner A (winner was FEU)
2. 4th Place Team Event – Team Bald Runner B (3rd was Marikina)
3. 2nd Place 10K Female Individual Event – Marecil Maquilan
4. 4th Place 10K Men Individual Event – Alquin Bolivar
To Jovie Narcise and Team Bald Runners, thank you for giving me the opportunity to run with you.