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!!!