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November 23, 2008

UNICEF – Walking By The Storm Troopers’ Side

Filed under: Races — levyang @ 7:36 am

The triathlon at Anvaya Cove took a backseat this morning as the family went to the UNICEF Run at McKinley Hills.  Although it’s been a month since Halloween, we wore our costumes for the 2K Walk – We’re going to be Superheroes!! 🙂 Matthew was Superman, David was Green Lantern, Josh was Flash, Gracie was supposed to be Wonder Woman but became Spider Tot at the last minute 🙂 while Mommy was Batgirl.  As for me, I’ll always be Spiderman 🙂  I’ve been wearing the same costume for the past 3-4 years every Halloween,  so the UNICEF Run wasn’t going to be any different.

Got to the site around 6:30am.  Spotted my good friend Philip with his family in costumes as well 🙂  Little Philip was Superman while Anj was a cute little fairy 🙂  Also saw Dindo (DATC) and Doray (Doralicious) who took our pictures 🙂  When we arrived, the 5K runners were already sprinting towards the finish at a sub-20 min pace, while the leaders for the 10K were finishing at 34-35 minutes.  Awesome 🙂  

While waiting for the 2K Walk to start, the children played at the inflatables.  I thought it was great that for this race – Kids Rule 🙂  When the 2K Walk was about to start, the day’s highlight came in the form of Jedis and Storm Troopers from the Star Wars saga 🙂  Too bad, being the techno ignoramus that I am, I don’t know how to put photos in blogs but I’m sure you’ll see the pictures in the other blogs.  Their costumes were real authentic complete with light sabers and the Storm Trooper’s actual voice as you hear it in the movies.  Galing talaga  🙂  As you might have guessed, they were a hit with the crowd as they gamely posed for numerous photo-ops.  My children were no exception as their eyes were glued to their heroes from outer space 🙂  As the walk started, my children marched in tandem with the Storm Troopers.  Hence, the title of this post 🙂  

I was glad also that for a change, I was able to keep pace with Mr. Philip for a good while during the race 🙂 I guess my training is doing wonders 🙂  But being the competitive animal that he is, his family soon left the Angs in the dust 🙂  Saw Jay and Doc Joe doing their training runs as we made our way to the turnaround.  Photo-ops here and photo-ops there and then soon, we’re at the finish line.  Finally, for the last race of the year, I finally did a sub-50 with lots of minutes to spare 🙂  

It soon began to drizzle a bit and I felt bad because I promised the kids earlier that they can resume playing at the inflatables.  Oh well, I guess it turned out to be a blessing because upon Coach Rio’s prompting, Gracie and I went to the stage and won Best in Costume as Father and Daughter Spiderman 🙂   

I thought Coach Rio did a great job inserting a 2K Walk at the end of the 5K/10K races.  It provided a chance for the family to bond at the races 🙂  Competitive parents can outdo each other in the 5 or 10K then afterwards, the family can have a leisurely walk and exchange pleasantries with other running families 🙂  So, congratulations Coach Rio for this novel idea and I sure hope it won’t be the last.  Congratulations to all the winners as well.  Yup, it was fun-filled morning at the UNICEF Race – Walking by the Storm Troopers’ side.  




  1. I knew we would outsprint you as your family is to large for us brother, I think it is due to my new age group talaga. You guys stole the moment and attention with your cute outfits. Give your kids a hug from us.

    Comment by Philip — November 23, 2008 @ 8:42 am | Reply

  2. I knew your family would win the best in costume award!!! Too bad I already left before they gave your award,I wasn’t able to take your picture tuloy! But at least I got a pretty pre-race family picture! :O)

    Congratulations again! Your kids are so cute! :O)

    Comment by doralicious — November 23, 2008 @ 10:31 am | Reply

  3. Yep! It was a truly fun filled family day with something for everyone! Great seeing you and yoru family at UNICEF and congratulations on the costume award!

    Comment by prometheuscometh — November 23, 2008 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

  4. congrats on your PR and for winning the best in costume award!

    Comment by ibetlacbay — November 23, 2008 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  5. congrats for winning the best costume award!

    Comment by runmd — November 23, 2008 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

  6. Hey Levy, a 10K PR and you and Gracie winning the best costume award….definitely a great day. Congratulations again!

    Comment by sfrunner — November 23, 2008 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  7. nice costumes bro… congrats!

    Comment by loonyrunner — November 23, 2008 @ 11:53 pm | Reply

  8. Aaaawww I wish I witnessed this!

    Comment by marga — November 24, 2008 @ 12:39 am | Reply

  9. Guys and Gals,
    First of all, I’m sorry for the apparent confusion. The sub-50 was for the 2K walk, not the 10K 🙂 In fact, it was a sub-45, hehehe.

    You really are fast….even while walking 🙂

    Thank you for the pictures 🙂 Hindi ka pala tumakbo sa 10K. Addict ka na nga talaga 🙂

    Yup, twas a great day for all running families 🙂 Thanks for the greetings but I really think the Star Wars gang should have won it.

    Salamat a, PR sa 2K ha, please see above 🙂

    Doc Dingdong,
    Salamat pero di ba dapat nagtataper ka na for Singapore Marathon? That sub-50 is pretty elusive huh, pero kakayanin natin yan balang araw 🙂

    Please see above, thanks for the greetings 🙂

    Doc Joe,
    Im thinking of racing in that Spiderman outfit one of these days 🙂 Salamat.

    Congrats sa 44K mo ha!!! Galeng talaga, nakapag ultra na before an actual marathon 🙂

    Comment by levyang — November 24, 2008 @ 2:12 am | Reply

  10. Yup. PR sa 2K! 🙂 congrats. galing talaga ng costume niyo. nag-cheer kami. hehehe.

    Comment by ibetlacbay — November 24, 2008 @ 4:17 am | Reply

  11. Levy, still a great day nevertheless! Take care.

    Comment by sfrunner — November 24, 2008 @ 4:56 am | Reply

  12. hi sir levy! dianne here of junior inquirer. is it alright if i interview you and your kids today about the unicef walkathon last sunday? i left my email address. i would appreciate it very much if i can contact you thru phone. thank you. 🙂

    Comment by dianne — November 26, 2008 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  13. spot sa Jr. Inquirer???… naks! cooool!
    matutuwa & mai-inspire mga kids mo nyan 🙂

    Comment by butch — November 27, 2008 @ 2:00 am | Reply

  14. aba, magiging celebrity ka na nyan! hehehe 😀

    Comment by loonyrunner — November 27, 2008 @ 2:18 am | Reply

  15. Aba, aba, ang bagong celebrity… si ATE VIRGIE!

    Comment by marga — November 27, 2008 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

  16. butchikik, joe and marga,
    It was my eldest son, Matthew, who got interviewed. Don’t know if they’ll publish it cause he got shy talking to dianne 🙂 They should have interviewed the storm troopers.

    Comment by levyang — November 28, 2008 @ 3:47 am | Reply

  17. Congrats Ate Spidey and little Spidergirl! I hope they have this again next year. Sana bago na costume ni Ate Virgie by then 🙂

    Comment by thebullrunner — November 28, 2008 @ 5:24 am | Reply

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