I’m sure by now, you’ve heard about the Nike Human Race that is going to be held simultaneously in 25 cities around the world on 31 August 2008. While Manila was not selected as an official city, there are plans to organize a run here so that runners in this part of the world can also join and be part of the Human Race. However, in Bullrunner’s blog, I was disappointed to read Coach Rio’s post that only those with Nike Ipod and/or Sportsband can join the run 😦 Hmmmm, is it just me but suddenly, I felt like I was back in grade school where there’s this bunch of kids who had this new toy/shirt and all of them were playing/wearing it and I was left out. Remember the book “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton? I felt like I was part of the group called the “Greasers” who didn’t belong 😦 I don’t know…maybe because all this time I thought running was supposed to be about bringing people together who share a common passion. That anyone can run even sans the latest gear or what have you. In fact, you don’t even need running shoes as evidenced by those children racing barefoot in some of the races. It’s just sad because when I first heard about the Human Race, I thought it was such a terrific concept. But this “you can’t join if you don’t have Nike Ipod/Sportband” thing only unmasks this run as nothing more than a marketing ploy for us to buy more Nike gears/stuff. Sorry, but I don’t buy that and I won’t buy Nike. This “greaser” will much rather run Mizuno 1 (without water) and Mizuno 2 (without finishing times) any day over Nike and its so-called Human Race.