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August 26, 2008

On the 31st of August…..Just Do It

Filed under: Races,Ramblings,Running — levyang @ 4:22 am

Ok, this will be my last post on the Nike Human Race.  I’d like to share with you an email/comment that was posted by The Bullrunner on the reasons behind the staging of the Human Race in Manila:

Hey levy, I think this is what Nike was afraid of in organizing a local race. They didn’t want the Pinoys to feel that they were locking out all those who didn’t have Nike+ kits. That’s why Coach Rio kept reiterating the fact that this Nike physical race in Manila was not an official race but more of a gathering for all the Pinoys who signed up for the virtual worldwide run. Since all these Pinoy virtual runners would be running their own 10km anyway, they thought of just gathering them together in one place.

I’m not a Nike endorser. And I do agree running should be open to everyone. I do know Nike didn’t want all the others to feel left out too that’s why they gave those discount coupons and free sportsbands. That’s also why I thought it was a good idea to allow people to win the kits and give them a chance to join. It’s more of a service to the readers.

Don’t you think it’s about time I make my peace with Nike?  In light of the Bullrunner’s explanation, I wish to extend my apologies to all those who may have been offended/slighted with my “The Outsider and Nike” post earlier.  But I hope you do understand where I was coming from.  In any case, I think Coach Rio should be commended for organizing a race to bring together all the Nike users even though Manila wasn’t selected an official city.  I mean can you name me another non-official city where they’re gonna organize something that Coach Rio is doing?…..  That’s what I thought.  Bottom line, I think what unites us all is our common love and passion for running and I think that should transcend anything and everything.  I mean, iilan lang tayo sa running community mag-aaway away pa tayo?   In the movie “Field of Dreams”, a line there goes “if you build it, they will come…”  Well, guys and gals, Coach Rio has built it.  So, on the 31st of August, go out and JUST DO IT!!!




  1. Nike sports kit user or not it will be nice to get together on Sunday! See you there and good luck!

    Comment by prometheuscometh — August 26, 2008 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

  2. hi levy,

    Nice explanation, just wished that since this is not an official race, maybe, they could have invited/encouraged other nike users/runners (even those w/o nike+kit/sportsband) to join the run so that they won’t feel left out. As you have said, konti na nga lang tayo sa running community eh magkakawatak-watak pa ba naman tayo. Then what they could do is after the run, introduce their product to the other runners and explain to them the benefits of having one. Who knows, baka marami pang bumili on the spot.

    Nice blog.


    Comment by bobby — August 27, 2008 @ 1:55 am | Reply

  3. Levy, you’re my friend and I still agree with you regarding allowing everyone to run. I’m elated that Rio, Ben and all the staff are supporting the cause. It’s good for running! Yes, JUST DO IT! Take care.

    Comment by sfrunner — August 27, 2008 @ 2:37 am | Reply

  4. I guess Nike’s concerns were valid. We are all human and some people will feel left out.

    I still feel left out but I will be there with the wife who has a sports band. I will be running decked with Nike gear but no sportsband.

    See you at the starting line or I might just cheer.

    Comment by m8parco — August 27, 2008 @ 3:22 am | Reply

  5. Hey levy, I do hope you can still make it. with or without the sportsband! 🙂

    Comment by thebullrunner — August 28, 2008 @ 2:26 am | Reply

  6. PC,
    Yup, it’ll be an honor to run with my fellow bloggers 🙂

    Thanks for the visit 🙂 Maybe it’s not too late for Nike to follow your suggestion.

    Running needs all the support from the community, so yeah, will definitely do it this sunday 🙂

    Thank you for the visit 🙂 Hope to see you there…..running 🙂

    You know what, in solidarity with those without Nike+ stuff, I do plan to be there and run without my sportsband 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement.

    Comment by levyang — August 28, 2008 @ 10:54 am | Reply

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