Chasing dreams in one Milo race-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
THEY run in such a way to get the prize - better health, long-sought victory or a dream fulfilled. They do not race like someone running aimlessly or beating the air.
Some 4,000 beginners and regulars alike chased their respective dreams and fulfilled them in just one venue - the 37th National Milo Marathon Davao City elimination race.
For Emalyn Taypin, so tiny for her 11-year-old frame, ran the Milo race "para manalo." She didn't mind riding a bus five hours from Valencia, Bukidnon to Davao City with her coach Dennis Canja and eight other teammates. She shrugged off the mosquitoes and slept through Saturday night on a cold cemented bench at Freedom Park at Roxas Avenue where the Davao leg was to be held Sunday morning.
But Emalyn, born to father Emmanuel, a baker, and mother Jocelyn, a household help, admitted she could barely sleep. She was anxious and excited to join the Milo run for the very first time.
"Naglisod ko ug tulog. Daghan kaayo ug lamok. Gitugnaw sad ko kay bugnaw akong gihigdaan. Saba pa gyud ang sounds sa park. Naghuna-huna pud ko sa akong pagdagan sa Milo (I had difficulty sleeping what with the mosquitoes, cold bench and loud music at the park. I also thought of my Milo run)," Emalyn smiled to this writer in an interview shortly after checking in at 10 minutes and 47 seconds to capture the girls 3K champion's trophy.
She babbled through her refreshing cold Milo drink, narrating how she raced past her rivals and kept them at bay midway to the finish line.
Emalyn, joy etched in her eyes, said: "Dako kaayo akong kalipay. Ang ako lang gusto ko mudaug, midaug gyud ko. Salamat sa Ginoo (I'm overjoyed. I just wanted to win and I did, thank God!)."
She is saving her prize money for her class projects at Valencia City Central Elementary School and vowed to defend her title next year.
Daisy Jane Canencia, a 17-year-old Criminology sophomore at the University of Mindanao (UM), ran to help other students like her.
"Pangarap ko lang tumakbo sa Milo. Gusto ko lang tumakbo at makatulong sa mga bata na magkaroon ng bagong sapatos," Daisy, who crowned herself women's 10K champion, said.
Daisy, who wanted to contribute to Milo's Help Give Shoes campaign by registering in the Davao edition of the annual footrace, is herself in need of a brand new running shoes as what she's been using was already worn out.
The future policewoman, a native of Hagonoy, Davao del Sur, said she can still make do with the old pair of shoes veteran runner Stella Mamac Diaz gave her.
"I have shoes issued by the university but I'm using for school. I won't buy a new shoes from my P5,000 cash prize though. I'll save it for my allowance instead," said the eldest child of farmer Rodrigo and housewife Angelita in the vernacular.
Daisy was last year's women's 5K champion and levelled it up by topping the 10K this year.
Back-to-back 21K men's champion Anthony Nerza of Brokenshire College, meanwhile, was more than satisfied of his accomplishment. He did not only qualify for the 42K grand finals but also registered a new best time in 21K. He smashed his 1:12:34 record last year with a 1:11:08.
He ran this year's race "para makapasok sa 42K finals". He also wanted to defend his crown, to improve his performance and to eye a slot to the Paris Marathon via the Manila nationals.
The men's 10K titlist Sonny Wagdos, for his part, raced for the trophy.
"Gusto ko lang makakuha ng trophy kahit wala nang cash prize. Mas gusto ko kasi ng souvenir sa mga tinatakbuhan ko. Nagbibigay din sa akin ng inspirasyon na magpatuloy lang sa pagtakbo sa tuwing nananalo ako ng trophy," Sonny said.
Emalyn, Daisy, Anthony and Sonny all chased their dreams in one Milo race. They may have faced some odds along the way but there's no regret. They all went home fulfilled, and happy.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 20, 2013.