Amway Nutrilite Health Run held on October 15, 2017 at SM MOA was the kick off the series of Nutrilite Health Runs. The next ones up are in Davao and Cagayan de Oro. Currently on their 5th year, a 21k distance was added to the existing 1km, 5km and 10km categories.
This was also their first time in partnership with RUNRIO Events, Inc. A free running clinic 9 weeks (every Mondays and Wednesdays) prior to raceday at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City was conducted to prepare the runners for the race.
For their low registration fees, I wanted to register on the week of the race. When the online registration for the 21k was sold out and the only option was to travel to the nearest onsite reg venue, I decided to let it pass. 🙄
That was until one of my close ultra running friends Laics, offered me this on the eve of the run. 😳
Like, how could I say no? 😋
The 3 of us (Laics, Jhay-R— who got the other kit and I) were all “newbies” again. 😝 Laico was a 21k distance newbie for all the races that he had been running lately didn’t fall under 100km. 😳 Jhay-R was road newbie for he had been running more on trails.
As for myself, with the longest distance being just 11km since my 50k ultra 2 months ago I definitely was the legit 21k newbie amongst us three. 😫 Winner! 😝
It’s at moments like these that I couldn’t be more thankful for the 4 hour cut-off for the 21k. 😅
At the starting line, we were told that there were 12,000 runners expected to run. It didn’t seem that many for the 21km category though. 👀
* 1,017 21k runners to be exact and a total of only 6,697 for all categories (based on results).
What race plan? 😂
After having chit chatted with fellow runner Da who shared how a common friend of ours (Rain) was able to achieve a 4:11 time in the recent Chicago Marathon, I was inspired to run at a relaxed pace all the way as well. *inggiterang frog* 🐸 🤣
Well, at least I tried for like, um… 5kms. 😝 After that, it was the start of my 4:1 intervals and when I told Laics to just go ahead.
It was a GU-less run for me. I ate half a snickers bar every 5km for the 1st two 5kms and ate banana halves for the other 5 kms. I took in sips of water at almost all hydration points. That was enough to keep me going.
I decided to run as much as I could for the last 5kms and lessen the walking as there was no sign of bonking.
There was just the lack of speed. 😔
It’s gone. 😭😭😭
Around 2kms before the finish line, the marshals handed out yellow cords at a u-turn and counted out loud as they handed it to the female runners that passed them by.
“28… 29… 30! Wala na!”
I got the 30th cord! Yey! I made it to Top 30 females! 🙄 Well, it wasn’t really a guarantee as after that point, there were some females without cords who managed to go ahead and others with cords who slowed down.
Then before I knew it, there was the finish line. 😬😬😬
I must admit that it took quite some effort to finish the distance, but I was one happy finisher. Even if I didn’t finish fast, I finished strong. 😬
After the finish line, we were told to return to the media booth where we were given food to replenish ourselves and where we were treated r-e-a-l-l-y well. The perks! Sarap pala maging media. 😜
It was great seeing running friends mostly from the ultra community. I think what makes the ultramarathon community different is with the longer time spent on the road together because of the longer distances, the bond ends up stronger. ❤️
My Take on the Nutrilite Health Run
The route was fine except for some poorly lit streets along the route. A friend of mine unfortunately became a victim of a dark street where he tripped and landed on all fours. There was no overcrowding of runners as the roads were wide enough to be shared with other distances in some parts of the route.
Hydration Stations ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The hydration for the 21k route was more than enough which served cold water and gatorade. If I’m not mistaken, they were spaced 1.5-2kms apart. There were bananas at two stations and one that had sponges.
They were okay. Some kept reminding the runners where to throw their used cups to lessen the post clean up. Only a few were energetic enough to cheer on the runners or greet them as they just sat or stood on the roads as the runners passed by.
Medical Assistance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ambulances were on stand by.
Water Shower ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Though the weather didn’t quite require it (as it drizzled most of the time), there was a fire truck with a water shower for the 21k runners.
Sufficient. They even provided rolls of tissue paper inside it before the race started.
Post Race Freebies ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
In a sling bag (not the ecobag material that tends to deteriorate after awhile) was a bottle of Fit and Right, a bottle of mineral water, a membership form to Amway and a pen to fill it up with. For the 21k finishers, a medal and a finisher duplicate running shirt with the “21k Finisher” printed on the back is given in addition.
The proceeds of the run goes to the Amway One By One Campaign for Children, a program initiated by the company in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd). This program is in line with the government agency’s “Adopt-A-School Program” (ASP), which seeks to promote literacy through storytelling.
For a registration fee of P250-850 (cheaper by P100 than last years for the 10km, 5km and 1km distances), I’d highly recommend it from those who are just starting out with running (runners from the young to the old) up to those who want to run just for the mileage, are seeking to break their PRs or aiming for a podium.
Oh, did I mention there was a cash prize of P10,000 for the 1st runner to finish the 10k and P20,000 for the 21k? 🏃♀️ 🏃
Post run offered Zumba, a concert featuring Sponge Cola, raffles and other exciting booths with various activities.
With the rise of the prices of registration fees, this one is a steal. The dri-fit running shirt (not a singlet) alone with the reflectorized strip was already worth it .
Next time, when you’re on a tight budget and want to run at an event, do consider signing up for this one. You’re not only running for yourself, but actually helping others, too! 👍
Photo Credits: Runrio • Bicolano Runner • Zumbobby Ruba
Overall Ranking: 316/1,017
Expenses: None (Thank you Laics! 🤗)