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Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018

Posted by on 24. April 2018

Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 has gathered thousands of runners once again in celebration of Earth Day.  More than the run, it was the reminder to care for mother Earth that took center stage at this event.  It was a feel-good run with a good cause.

Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018

Running on road especially on a big event hasn’t been a common playground for me lately.  I’ve been used to the scenic trails and the intimate runs that Nat Geo Earth Day run felt like a totally different experience.  I also came from a trail recon the day before so there’s a little bit of fatigue coming in but that’s just me.  I make the most of the weekends as I’ve been too occupied with the gazillion things I do on weekdays.  So, I really don’t mind doing back to backs.

Saturday on the trails and Sunday on the road

I’ve been supporting Nat Geo Run for years now because of the cause.  It’s not your usual PR course with the volume of runners but I don’t mind the traffic and the slower finisher times since it just mean, a lot of people are also supporting the cause.

With Active Pinas and Jerine of Brooks/Gu

The most exciting part of the race for me was practically making the race.  With 10,000 plus runners, it’s either you go early or you end up missing up on the parking slots.  With a gun start at 5 am, I woke up at 4 am.  I ended up taking a grab ride past 4:30 and missing the gun start a few minutes.  I rushed my way from the Grab Car to the starting line. I joined the second wave of 10K runners, which is about 5-10 minutes from the first gun start.

With Aliya Parcs and Rochelle Romero – Photo Lestsky Les

There were no disposable cups for the whole race, which is good move by the race organizers.  I was planning to just go-lite with just a water bottle but since I was running late, I opted to stuff all my things in my Amihan Hauler and just bring it along the race.  Amihan Hauler had less drag so I didn’t mind the additional weight.  There were about 5,000 runners in the 10K category so the race route was packed.

The Race

Photo by Reggie Cruz

While it was a packed race, there was still a lot of leg room for a good run.  Since I was about 10 minutes late, I tried to start faster than normal to try to catch up with the runners.  Starting fast without warm up equals shin splints for me. After a kilometer of running, I shifted to a run-walk sets.  I would go for a minute or two of  running and walk for 30 seconds.  I didn’t want to spoil myself with too much walking.  I also didn’t need to stop at the water station since I had a water bottle in my Amihan Hauler.

There were endless runners on the route so I just went on with my pace and try to run in the edges where there were fewer runners.  The route took us to Seaside Drive Diokno Boulevard, Macapagal Boulevard, CCP and Roxas Boulevard.  As we were heading to Roxas, most of the 21K runners were heading back.  I tried to come up with a run-walk routine by feel.  I would run when I felt fresh, walk to recover and run again.  The Roxas part was a bit crowded as we made our way to the u-turn at 6 kilometers into the race.

Photo by Reggie Cruz

On the way back, there were still a lot of runners heading to the u-turn slot.  I felt fatigue on the second part of the race but still made effort with some runs.  It was good that I was slowly on my way back.  With several effort, I was back at Seaside Boulevard for the last kilometer so I made a fun run walk sets heading to a crowded finish line.

The finish line was crowded as the runners had to queue for their medals.  I didn’t queue since I’m on the to-follow list on the medals.  No issues with me.  While I get that the organizer wanted to give the runners the medal at the finish line, the queue was not a good sight.  It might have been better to have the medals at the loot bag area because of the volume.  Another area for improvement would have been to do away with those banners at the finish line. They just ended up scattered everywhere though after doing another round at the event area after breakfast, it was all clean. Hindsight is 20/20 so this are more areas of improvement than criticisms.

The no cups at the hydration station was a really big step for road races.  Overall, it was a great experience at Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 and I hope the large turn out also lead to the resurgence of running especially to the new set of runners at the event.

18 Responses to Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018

  1. robin rue

    WOW, there were over ten thousand runners in this race? That’s HUGE. Glad you got up early and made it to the race.

  2. Amber

    This race is for a great cause! I would probably do this one. I think it’s best to have no cups as well. People can bring their own and maybe just have fill up stations. It’s crazy that over 10,000 people were there!

  3. irishred13

    Congrats on getting through the race! 10K runners sounds crazy!!

  4. jmanandmillerbug

    That is a huge race! What a wonderful race for you guys! I cannot believe there were that many people there. It would almost feel claustrophobic to me.

  5. peter

    holy cow, i can walk the ten k no problem. Running it is the issue. This guy isn’t wired that way! congrats on the race, that’s a big feat.

  6. Valerie Gray (@valmg)

    That is incredible that there were over ten thousand people participating in one event. I can’t imagine what that must feel like, to run amongst that many people.

  7. Sarah Bailey

    What an amazing race, over 10,000 runners that is crazy! I love that it was done on Earth Day!

  8. Tomi C

    Congratulations on finishing this 10K! Love that they kept with the Earth Day theme and didn’t have disposable cups along the way. Oftentimes, there’s so much trash and debris after races

  9. Tasheena Nicole Johnson

    Such a wonderful cause. Love the video clip! What a wonderful way to spend Earth Day.

  10. beachylady2017

    I love Nat Geo Earth day, and I Love to run!! Glad to see so many people running for such a great cause. Good read!

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