Run Happy-A A +A
By Mimi Olarga
Saturday, September 28, 2013
YES, we can make the slow and the deliberate or the fast and the competitive run and still paint a smile on our faces. Feeling happy while running? Yes, we can run happily.
Let’s face it, running does not only become one of the latest crazes nowadays; it has turned into a lifestyle. Early morning or late afternoon, we could see joggers, runners, and other sporty buffs in all their get-ups prancing the oval of a subdivision, or the rectangle of the lagoon or the straight line of the main thoroughfares. With the seeming lightness of the runner’s body and his buoyant spirit, we see these running enthusiasts exude the positive, vibrant attitude while making their moves. All these in for the development and maintenance of personal health.
So if one wakes up early in the morning, dons on his running gear, pays a registration fee, and runs not only for himself but for the sake of others, will he be happy still?
Yes, very, very happy were the 1,200 registered runners who joined this year’s Lingkod ER Vital Run 3 held last September 15 at Ayala Northpoint, Talisay City. Why? Because these wonderful people made their short and long dashes all for the cause of being able to share something for the Emergency Room needs of the indigent patients in Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Hospital. Stories of good, happy Samaritan runners would overflow this page, but that’s just half of this feature brim. The major highlights of the half-marathon and the costume run happy made this year’s event different. But of course, the usual one-kilometer (1K), 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K run were still there.
Sprightly “Hataw” dance steps led by Ching Studio dancers warmed up the runners. Two hundred thirty runners is a record-high mark for the half-marathon runners. Zian Villaceran is one gentle differently–abled folk who graciously and patiently did his 1-kilometer run happy. And good heavens, he made it to the finished line! What a guy! Heptagenarian Romeo Reyes also received a prize for being the oldest runner who joined the half marathon category. The smiling Reyes is still very alert and swift at 73.
Warm welcome, and medals awaited the following for having made it: for the 21K run Romulo Balinas, Dale Salido, and Bong Zaragosa for the men division while Gella Mayang, Rachell Catalan, and Tricia Rodriguez, for the women group came in first, second, and third, respectively. Joel Alcorin, Bugrong Surfino, Rowygin Adraneda, for the men’s cluster, and Stephanie Chang, Karen Campomanes, and Cathy Perez for the women’s troupe made it to the top three of the 10K category. For the 5K, Danny Hilado, SR Rivera and Felix Trespicio for the men’s group, while Stephanie Cadusale, Kimberly Darag, and Diana Laput, for the women’s troop, clocked in first, second, and third, respectively.
But do you know that “The Incredibles”, “An Indian Girl” “Tekken”, also joined the 3K run? In costume-form, of course. Ayeng Justine Ko, Mykelle Pajo and Cony Ruiz donned themselves in those aforementioned outfit and came in first, second, and third, in that order. “Captain America” Eusha Pahilanga, “Indiana Jones” Sid Iledan, and “Dinosaur” Helen Ison finished first, second, and third, respectively in the 1K costume fun run.
But I believe all those who joined the run are already winners in their own rights. Because no matter what distance they’ve covered made, or how much time it took them to reach the finish line, they have opted for the better prize -- to make their run to save other people’s lives.
Lingkod ER Negros Occidental Foundation is really grateful to all the kindred people and groups who made the 3rd Vital Run possible: Ayala land Corporation, City of Talisay, Brooks and SRI products, PCSO, different run clubs, the photographers, food companies, and other entities who wholeheartedly shared their time, effort and resources. Truly, with good intentions, the 3rd Vital Run was a RUN HAPPY event. Moreover, the Lingkod E. R. slogan “use your life to save other lives” is the reverberating call heard by all those who joined the run. Running? RUN HAPPY.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 28, 2013.