Just one day before going back to work in Boracay I was able to be a part of history by participating in the Cebu City leg of the Unity Run: Kahit Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day) fun run. The fun run was organized by the Daniel “Mr. Public Service” Razon, the Department of Education and UNTV to raise funds to send thousands of Filipino students to college. The event is a simultaneous race in seven key cities: the biggest was in Manila at SM Mall of Asia, Cebu City, Puerto Princessa in Palawan, Davao City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City and in Butuan City.
I immediately signed up for the event right after touching in Cebu City for my quasi-vacation trip. I don’t know why I was so certain to join the race because I was not even sure if I’ll be in Cebu during the race day. I simply love the idea of one man and his ambitions to help in a greater way. Having an advocacy for Free Education with the entire DepEd (Department of Education) in full force, I said to myself “Hey that sounds fantastic, sali ako jan!” By the way my parents are both public school teachers under DepEd, plus I got my basic education both elementary and highschool in public schools so joining that race was the least I could to send others to college.
Now let’s talk about the run. It was a Fun-tastic one!
I was in the 5k category, I think it was the biggest draw. The other categories were the 3k and 10k. I did not really train at all for the race, the whole week prior to the race I just ate, watched TV series and played video games, with a little dose of short light runs in the afternoons. I went into the race with one thing in mind – just to finish it and enjoy the course. My time was around 31 minutes and 30+ seconds (just a minute slower than my other official and first 5k run set last February 2011).
I don’t know if that’s a fast time, but I’m happy I managed to run in good condition, in a constant pace I’m comfortable with, and was spared of serious pains and 12 year-olds overtaking me. It was good run indeed running with so many people and even foreigners who share the passion for running. I love the feeling of being at peace out there sweating my ass off, being able forget all the problems and bad things, and the feeling of altruism that somehow I was helping other. Just like what Daniel Razon loves to say “Ang paggawa ng mabuti, ay hindi kailanman magbubunga ng masama (doing good things will not bring bad things).”
Perhaps the biggest surprise of being able to participate in the event was to learn later that it now holds the World Record for most participants in a fun run with a whooping 209,000 runners. The former record holder was the Piso Para sa Pasig Fun Run in October 2010. That was a historical event indeed, it would have been really nice if I won in the raffles afterwards. Hahaha.
Kahit isan araw lang (even for just a day) Filipinos made history.