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September 23, 2008

PMI Recap (Through the eyes of an official timer)

Filed under: Races,Running — levyang @ 2:30 am

In a previous post, I wrote that I was looking forward to the PMI run as it will be my first time to run at UP. Well, my first race at UP will have to wait since I was assigned to be an official timer for the PMI Run that was held last Sunday 🙂 

I was already at UP around 4am.  Saw Thumbie and his group setting up the starting line  near the belltower.  A lot of runners were expected that day, mostly PMI students, so instead of racing, members of Team PMI were called upon to act as race marshalls.  Mike and I were assigned to be the official timers of the 3K run.  Knowing how some runners can become so anal about their times, it didn’t take too long for me to realize the seriousness of the task at hand.  Popo instructed me on what buttons to press on the timer, while Mike agreed to take on the task of listing the race numbers as the runners come across the finish line.  It may appear simple on the outside, but I was really worried about possible controversies that may arise should we foul up on our jobs.  Of course, it didn’t help that being assigned to the 3K run means having the most runners on our watch.  

The race started promptly at 6am.  10k runners were sent out first, followed by the 5k runners and 3k runners at 5 minute intervals.  After about 11 minutes, I could already see the first 3k runner coming towards the finish line.  Wow, that’s a less than 4min/km pace!!! For the 3K run, awards will be given to the top 5 male and female finishers.  So, Mike and I just had to make sure those top 5 winners are in order. The first 5 finishers were male and it was a good thing there were no ‘photo finishes’ nor were there runners bunched up in groups as they crossed the finish line.  The top 5 female finishers soon followed and the pressure on us timers pretty much tapered off after that 🙂 Whew…. It was a blast seeing the elite runners come across the finish line.  For instance, Buenavista did a 30min something pace for his 10k run!!! The skies were overcast and it was the perfect weather for setting personal bests 🙂  I’m sure a lot of runners were able to establish personal records during the run.  Big Cheers to all of you 🙂

Now, just a few not-so-good observations through the eyes of a race official, naks:  

  •  After the run, there were some controversies surrounding the age-group winners of our more “senior” runners.  Apparently, some runners lied about their age.  Some were even overheard to have suggested to just divide the prize amongst themselves.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  I was told this always happens in almost all of the races around the Metro 😦  
  • Some runners also had the gall to steal boxes of Powerade drinks after the race 😦 

At any rate, I think it was good race all around 🙂  No frills, free siopao 🙂  Was able to talk a bit with Coach Rio who was all excited about the plans/races he has in store for all of us till the end of the year and early next year.  I’m particularly excited about the UNICEF run he mentioned, but I’d rather Coach Rio be the one to tell you the details in his blog 🙂  I’m just glad there’s someone like him doing all he can to make running accessible and fun for all 🙂  Till the next race then….whether as a participant or a marshall.  




  1. I am so happy 🙂 for you 🙂 I am glad 🙂 that you had a good 🙂 race as an 🙂 official:) I especially like 🙂 all the :)…. Biro lang. Hey Levy, do you think I can go through as a 60+ year old in one of the races seeing that I am a foreigner and some dont know what we look like when we get old??? Maybe if I keep the beard? Anyway so now you are an oficial hey?!? At least you had some training in keeping time so you wont have any excuses come the tri next month ha ha ha ha

    Comment by Philip — September 23, 2008 @ 3:00 am | Reply

  2. Hi Levy. I’m disappointed to hear about the situation regarding the senior runners. I’ll be certain to bring my birth certificate at the two races while in the Philippines. And people stealing boxes of Powerade drinks? I’ve seen that type of thing happen at some big time races here in the States.

    It’s good that you saw this. I got involved with some volunteering a few years ago when I saw some of the same things that you saw at PMI. Good that you had a chance to talk with Coach Rio. I’ve been a big supporter of his races since I’ve started blogging here. He’s been appreciative of this. I’m excited that my first race in Phils is one of his races (November 9) and I won’t let him down.

    Anyway, please take care and I’ll see you soon. The DBacks are creeping closer…..

    Comment by sfrunner — September 23, 2008 @ 4:23 am | Reply

  3. Good job timing the racers! It sounds more glamourous than giving away socks ha ha! But it looks like you did not have much of a break. See you at the next race then (or on Thursday’s game)!

    Comment by prometheuscometh — September 23, 2008 @ 5:47 am | Reply

  4. bakit andaming smileys ni philip? hahaha

    Comment by marga — September 23, 2008 @ 6:46 am | Reply

  5. Philip,
    Virgie doesn’t make excuses 🙂 You better take your TI lessons seriously, or else….

    Can never go wrong with the Rio races. Yup, November couldn’t come soon enough. Them Dbacks are giving me sleepless nights.

    Just tried to follow your lead my friend. You know, being a man for others. 🙂

    Don’t know with him. Gaya-gaya, walang originality 🙂

    Comment by levyang — September 23, 2008 @ 10:30 am | Reply

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