Thursday, February 4, 2010
Condura Run 2010 - Race Packet Distribution - IT CAN BE DONE IT HAS BEEN DONE
Today is the first day of the three days allocated by Condura for distribution of race packets for all runners in the different categories. Condura Run 2010 being one of the premier road races in the Philippines is expected to have a total of about 8500 participants. A sizeable number of participants by local standards in road race events. In the year that just past, majority of big events have failed in this aspect of a race event.
It was only during the Cebu City Marathon 01-10-10 that I have witnessed personally a successful and orderly distribution of race packets, however, the said event handled only a third of the Condura ran participants which in a way is a different ball game.
I have registered myself for 21k run, however, in view of the Takbo.ph and Reinier Pacific Aid Station that needs to be attended to during the race event, I have instead made prior arrangement with the organizers to transfer my registration and bib assignment to Ms. Melinda Delos Reyes a protégé runner of Coach Salazar. I did also have to collect the race packet for my daughter-in-law Pam who is to run her first 21k and her pacer Cris Dalida.
I arrived at the “Condura Village” at about 4:30pm and was delighted to see a long row of tents numbering at least 20. Each individual tent has a designated series of alphabet assigned to correspond to the surname of the runner and the race category they are entered into. There is even a designated tent for those who have lost their claim stub receipts and posted detailed procedure to accomplish/show on what to do on such case, a tent for foreign registrants, and other logistical needs and requirements. Overall, each tent is manned by one person with a number of staff roving about to collect and address problems between tents. It was a joy to watch an orderly movement of people.
We have arrived! We have done it! What has been a problem in the past is now a thing of the past. With foresight, dedication and will, long queues during this stage of a race event is now at par on how they do it abroad. Certainly, it is not cheap to accomplish such a task with logistical needs and manpower requirement. However, CONDURA made sure they handled this matter correctly.
I hope runners will experience these developments on their own for the next two remaining distribution days. If the first day will be replicated in the next two days, then I am sure that all will have a unanimous approval for the race packet distribution. Such an accomplishment is already a barometer that the race event itself will be a success.
CONGRATULATIONS to the organizers of CONDURA RUN 2010.
It can be done, it has been done!