Wednesday, April 13, 2011

GMA All Star Kapuso Fun Run - Celebrity Watch

April 10th was another weekend race in Manila. There were two scheduled race event for the day, the NatGeo Run at the BGC and the other one is the GMA All Star Kapuso Fun Run at the MOA.

Having joined the NatGeo Run last 2010, I opted to pass on the same this year to be able to experience another type of event run. I had myself registered for the 10k event of the GMA All Star Kapuso Fun Run.  I have no high expectation of the event but was only hoping to have an enjoyable weekend race to avoid the monotony of solitary run.

The GMA All Star Kapuso Fun Run was hosted by Richard Gutierrez with Izza Calzado. As what was expected a great majority of the participants that attended were more on the celebrity watch rather than on the run event. There were more than a handful of celebrity names that were mentioned present during the event but being of the old school the names mentioned during the lengthy pre-race program did not ring a bell on my memory.

The event was suppose to start at 6am but with so much scripted talks being done on stage the sun was already shining when the starting gun for the 10k event was sounded at around 6:20am. It was a 20 minutes delay which could have been easily avoided should the organizer/”stars” been on their toes when it comes to timing. The route was nothing special at it started along the Sunset Boulevard of MOA and all the way to PICC and back tracking to MOA going through the artery of roads within MOA before ending again at Sunset Boulevard.

The handling of traffic by the marshals was acceptable except within the area of PICC. At the said junction the traffic could not be controlled as there were so many cars dropping guests who were to attend a graduation ceremony. At PICC you need to literally fight for the road. I find this a struggle and a downer. On the hydration aspect of the race there were about three (3) stations for the 10k route spaced every 3 kilometers which was acceptable, however, there was no water provided after crossing the finish line.

While I was not really impressed on the run event in itself I would not fault it that much as the event was a “fun run” and more like a “celebrity watch” for TV stars of GMA channel 7.

As ever it was still a good Sunday run that could not be denied.

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