Smoggy run (General Comments)|
A Runner from Taguig, Philippines (9/3/02)
I ran the 2002 version of this race. First off, let me say that at a cost of 150 peso ($3 U.S.) it is a very well organized race. There was plenty of water available throughout the course, although there was no gatorade or similar products. There are no finishers medals but there is a finisher Tshirt and certificate.
The course passes most of the major sites in Manila, (including the U.S. embassy). The first few miles, the race runs (literally) in the middle lanes of an 8 lane highway, and traffic is all around you. Air quality is very poor in Manila. The roads in Manila are primarily concrete, so it can get tough on your legs.
The course closes promptly in 6 hours, so slower runners shouldn't try this course, as the roads open back up to normal traffic.
I know this sounds like a negative view, but it was a fairly nice race. The filipino people are very friendly, and there was plenty of support (ambulance, traffic control, etc.) along the route. A couple of the local running clubs had people on bicycles handing out fruit and candy to restock glycogen supplies.
If you can handle the smog, then this is a bargain at 3 bucks.