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The Cost and the Cause

03 Dec Activities | Comments
The Cost and the Cause
 

I am no runner.

I am not sport-minded.

But hey! I supported a cause that made me run, anyway.

Athletes in Action (AIA), in partnership with several organizations – including iCare Compassion Ministries – held an event entitled Schools Run for School Rooms last July 7. Months before the fun run, I had been seeing this poster:

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Honestly, I did not have the sudden urge to join the run. I’d rather engage in mind- or skill-enhancing events than physically-challenging ones. But I eventually signed up upon learning the cause behind the run.

What did signing up mean? Signing up meant supporting the cause: Building school rooms for Typhoon Sendong victims in Iligan City. The event’s poster brought me back to the moment when Coach Potit de Vera of AIA told me in a previous interview that there would be a run for the victims of a typhoon in the future. And then I thought, here it goes.

I have never been to a place severely devastated by a typhoon. I know how it looks though as I’ve them seen in the news. Thinking about the situation of the victims, my heart breaks when they are interviewed for the loss of their properties and, worse, lives of their loved ones.

The cost of the run meant some pesos which, if I did not use for the registration fee, could be used to purchase my ever-loved chocolates or maybe to secure movie tickets. Well, I chose to sacrifice. I chose to support the cause.

The cost goes beyond some bills from my wallet. I had to prepare for the run as well. I may choose to register but not run. However, I thought that it would be a bad idea. Running on the day itself would make the beneficiaries see how much support they had, I thought.

Anyway, let’s bring the focus on my preparation for the event. Since the mornings before the actual run were drizzly, I just had one day to practice and stretch my muscles. All in all, it helped for a first time fun runner like me.

The day of the run itself: Around 30 minutes before the start of the run, I was already pumped up and excited: shoes laced, singlet on, race bib pinned. Let’s get running, I thought.

But before I got my running shoes rubbing against the streets of Bonifacio Global City, I had a great sight of people like me gathered in one place: supporters of the cause, payers of the cost. They came from a great variety of groups. I saw athletes, soldiers, families, barkadas, school groups, even high-profile personalities such as models, artists and government officials.

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Drizzles greeted everyone. But it did not stop anybody. As people gathered for a muscle stretch, the rain shower finally died down. Thank God! With that, everybody set out to run.

I signed up for a 5K run. Without any camera on my shoulder or a media ID on my neck, I focused on running and finishing my 5K. While running, I was astonished to see vast number of runners that morning – just a display of how these people loved helping their countrymen.

My phone-captured photo during my actual run

My phone-captured photo during my actual run

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Upon finishing my run (which was actually a jog-walk), I was just happy. I was happy to support the cause and pay the cost, thinking about how far my help will build not just the classrooms in Iligan but also the future of the children in that place. As I said in my journal, this definitely will not be my last run!

With my running buddy, RG (Special thanks to ate Genette)

With my running buddy, RG (Special thanks to ate Genette)

 

And to prove that it’s not my final run, I jogged around our neighborhood just this morning. And I think I’m going to do that regularly until (hopefully) the next fun run.

How about you? Did you join the AIA fun run? How was your experience? Was it fun?

My last creative shot. The cause and the cost’s memorabilia.

My last creative shot. The cause and the cost’s memorabilia.

 

 

By Mielyne B. Rayos

Photos by Athletes in Action

 

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