It was quite a hectic week for my
brother Ton, myself and the rest of the Condura Skyway Marathon Team (CSM) as
we worked long hours to set up the website and get it ready by - hook or by
crook - for on-line Registration by August 15, 2014. By 5:00pm the site
went active and in spite of a few bugs and a little fine tuning here and there,
the CSM Website is running quite smoothly.
After all that frenzy, what better
way to "calm the soul" or just relax after a stressful week than by
joining a RACE - The Sofitel 21 –km Race.
love running in any kinda weather and the Sofitel Race had a little of
everything - rain, cloud, sun and humidity. About 6,000 runners
participated in the 3 category event (5km / 10 km / 21 km) organized by Run
Rio. It was a good race as expected and I had a good run. Just what I needed to
get the blood flowing and relieve some stress.
After running several races in MOA and
the BHS area, I am considering exploring other race venues for a change.
Nothing definite yet but have a few options in mind. I also wish to do a Marathon before year
end I am hoping and praying that I can fully recover from my injury by then. Although most of my time and
effort will be concentrated on the prep and planning of the CSM 2015, I
am confident I can still manage to participate in a few races here and there. I
am happy with the feedback we have been getting thus far and would like to
thank everyone again for their support.
After our absence in 2014, we are happy to
announce that WE ARE BACK ! The CSM Team is in an all time high taking
great measures to insure that we give you the best race for the year 2015.
I am glad that you have chosen to join us for this
upcoming event which will take place on Sunday, 1 FEBRUARY 2015. Since it's
inception in 2008, the stature of the marathon has continued to grow
tremendously with 2000 participants on its first year to 13000 participants in
2013. This achievement would not have been possible without your unwavering
support. Your contribution to the success of this event is immeasurable. Your
time and money to help us support our Charity Partners, not forgetting the
courage and energy that you expend tackling the tough marathon course, is
For next year, our main beneficiary is the HERO
FOUNDATION. We entreat all to join us in this noble cause and 'run for a
hero'. As we prepare to welcome an estimated 15,000 enthusiastic
participants for 2015, we look forward to seeing you all at the start line and
wish you a great and enjoyable race.
Once again, thank you for making the Condura Skyway Marathon one of the most
successful and highly anticipated running events here in the Philippines.
We wish you all the best of luck.
So much to be tried
And when you share it
You get a special feeling inside "
If you where born in the mid-seventies you would have probably heard this very
famous jingle which was used for a McDonalds commercial. Fortunately, I was
able to hear it once again while watching a tv series called the "Crazy
Ones" ironically starring no other than ROBIN WILLIAMS. Its no
secret that Robin Williams is one of my favorite Actor/Comedians. I loved
him in the movie "Awakenings" (1990) and "Dead Poets
Society" (1989) where you can catch that famous spiel -"But if you
listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean
in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize
the day boys, make your lives extraordinary." What I like most about
Mr. Williams is his quick wit and wacky ways. He had a kind of humor that was
out of this world delivered with so much heart and enthusiasm. His humor
did not need the use of the " F " or " S " words to
be hilarious. While most know him for his comedic work and movies, Robin
Williams was also a former cross country runner where in he was once quoted as
saying"I love running cross country....On a track, I feel like a
I see a little bit of myself in Mr. Williams which is probably the reason why I
can relate to him in some level. He was able to find the humor in anything and
everything and still make people laugh despite dealing with his own personal
turmoil. He was one who truly embodied what it meant to "cease the
day" (carpe diem) ; charging forward with a passion that is all his own. I
am sad that he is no longer with us but I know his legacy shall live on and
hopefully, keep us forever smiling.
"It's a full time thing
The kind of life that you lead
A little break from it all
Is the break that you need.
You deserve a break today.
So get up and get away."
RIP Mr. Robin Williams. You are truly one of a kind.