For the 5th straight year, I’m starting the year the colorful way. It’s just mesmerizing to watch the colorful display at the color powder ceremony. It’s just pure fun being splattered with color powders along the different color powder station each having a unique theme. Happy Colorful New Year to One and All!
- Color Manila Run 2013
- Color Manila Run 2014
- Color Manila Run 2015
- Color Manila Run 2016
- Color Manila Nite Run 2014
- Brothers Color Manila Blacklight Run 2015
- Incoming: Color Manila Run 2017
Color Manila Run 2017
Honestly, I woke up late for the run because my body clock is still on off season. It was a good thing that I set my alarm an hour earlier, which made it possible to still meet the 6 am gun start. It’s always like that on my first race of the year but knowing that its a no-pressure, all-fun run makes Color Manila Run my first race of the year. In fact, it’s been that way for the last 5 years. I haven’t missed the event since it started and would probably be present in the next stagings too. This would surely be fun!!!
The race starts at Seaside Boulevard and heads to the right side of Diokno Boulevard and Sunrise Drive for an out and back before heading to Macapagal Boulevard at the 3 kilometer mark. The race then goes to Macapagal Boulevard and V. Sotto for the u-turn at kilometer 5. The race heads back to Seaside drive for the next 2 kilometers before going to the left side of Diokno Boulevard for an out and back and the finish at Seaside Drive.
After arriving 30 minutes before gun start, I went around the village to check on some running friends. I first saw Merl (Spongebob runner) and his son so I went with them before the opening ceremonies. After the opening prayer, national anthem and warm up, it was gun start. I was planning to start slow as I’m no longer built for road races having been on off season and spending most of the time on the trails.
At gunstart, I started fast for the first 500 meters just to have more running space given that there are thousands of runners in the 10K distance. After that it was all easy pace for me. I really felt rusty for this one and even early in the race, I had shin splints so I went on a shorter run- walk pace just to ensure I would still be pacing at a consistent pace. That’s one of the good things I like about Color Manila Run. It’s a no-pressure race and most of the participants are there just to have fun.
After the out and back at Diokno Boulevard, the Purple Station was located at Sunrise Drive. Each color station had a different theme, which made each visit at the color station a unique experience. We got splattered by purple powders and we’d be keeping that color for quite some time as the next color station would be at the second half of the race.
I started to get more comfortable running again when I reached Macapagal Boulevard. I also saw the early finishers in the 21 kilometer category by the other side of the road. I went on a longer run interval in Macapagal and V. Sotto heading to the u-turn slot and just like that the race is halfway through. I went on a consistent effort on the way back to Seaside Drive promising myself to just enjoy the color station at the last 3 kilometers of the race.
The first was the Orange station and it had a sporty theme with several minor obstacle. I said hi to Coach Mherlz, who was part of the Orange station. It was party atmosphere at Diokno Boulevard starting with the Blue Station with a really upbeat drums being played throughout the event. The next was the green station, which was my favorite station. They had a really upbeat music and the volunteers were really gamely dancing with the participants.
The other side of Diokno Boulevard had the yellow station which was another lively themed station. The last station was the pink station, which was also fully entertaining and fun. It was then time to head to the finish line with the last 500 meters of the race. That was really fun and except for the rustiness, it didn’t feel like a 10 kilometer run because I was having so much fun in the race.
I then spent the rest of the time meeting running friends and of course, watching the much awaited Color Powder Ceremony. Justine of Color Manila made the last two minutes before the festival a lot more meaningful by reminding us that 2017 is a new year, a new start and a time for change. Powders up and it was another glorious color display that has continued to visually amaze my for the past 5 years. Great job Color Manila!