A different kind of race

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


OVER a hundred runners of the Ciudades Tierra Series were afforded a different kind of running experience.

Different it was because they were not running on flat plains nor on concrete roads.

If running on concrete ground is difficult, what more on a rutted and muddy trails? It was no less than a challenging race, especially not for the newbie runners who almost wobbled their way through different plains and obstacles, from anarchy wall, to race wall, to the mud pit.

These obstacles tested not only the stamina but also one's resolve to make it until the finish line.

But the truest challenge of the race was to keep the focus until reaching the finish line, which was at times very hard to maintain.

Also, runners of the first-ever Tierra Series hit the trail with a peace of mind, with the relaxing scenic view of the unspoilt greeneries at the 200-hectare masterplanned township development of the Lapanday Properties Philippines Inc.

Had it not because of the competitive athletes, it was more like a leisure running for most of us, immersing ourselves in nature while doing our usual morning exercise. Just like an ordinary morning, less the obstacles and the pressure in keeping pace with other runners.

Even if the obstacles that were placed in some strategic spots had slowed us down, all had still managed to wade through each nonetheless.

Some ran in groups and pairs while others alone. Those running alone sure had a better time in putting themselves together as the place boasted of a postcard pretty scenery, a perfect time for reflection, most especially the time spent running by the riverbank.

There were 3K, 6K, and 12K. Serious runners went on 12K while those who just wanted to experience this different kind of race opted for a shorter 6K and 3K distances.

Hydration stations were also placed in not a few places should runners want to refuel themselves plus there were marshals to guide them which way to go.

Ciudades, a mixed-use township project along Tigatto Road, Buhangin, is poised as the city's next thriving community that will cater to Davao's expansion needs.

In 10 years' time, more communities will locate in Ciudades to form another one big community, living up to its "city within the city" concept.

There, the First-Mindanao Business and Industrial Park (FMBIP) will soon rise, which is positioned as the town's premiere businesses and industrial hub.

Within this 20-hectare park will be areas intended for the Business-Industrial-Residential-Estate (Bire) that will put semblance to commercial, production, manufacturing, office, residential, and warehousing.

El Centro, where the Ciudades Tierra Series was held, will cater to the future residents' needs of healthy living, dining destinations, local tourism, and balanced environment.

Organizing fun runs in this 200-hectare township was indeed a prelude of the promising community that will be taking place soon.

All the participants can view the race results at http://myrunti.me/#/race/CiudadesTierraSeries.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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