May 25, 1983. This is the date that the Executive Runners Club Phil., Inc. was registered as a corporate entity with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It was the result of the meeting of the minds of a group of young business people who had just finished their first-ever marathon.
No doubt the endorphins have something to do with their optimistic and creative state of mind. Popularly known as Runnex, this running club has grown to be a significant force in the running scene in Quezon City. A force for good as it fund-raising efforts have been benefited the community, particularly the physical well-being of the Quezon Memorial Circle and financial support for the UP College of Human Kinetics Athletics.
|Start of Anniversary Run|
Runnex’s biggest sporting undertaking has been its organizing of the Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) but on an annual basis it holds its Anniversary Run. It was the 30th edition last August 11 that my fellow First Balfour runners and I got to join. These company running buddies include:
Albert Ignacio and wife - 5 kms
Dolly Pasia - 10 kms
Iya Pe - 10 kms
Rose Dalawampu - 15 kms
Migo Flores - 15 kms
Delsie Giray - 15 kms
Romy Sison - 15 kms
As can be seen from the pictures below, we sure had a blast at the Runnex 30th Anniversary Run, romancing the asphalt roads of UP – Diliman.
|Dolly’s first 10 kms?|
|Iya knows only 1 speed ...|
|Rose and Delsie|
|Migo Bib # 371|
|BP at the finish|
|Group picture of FB runners|
The anniversary run was part of my strategy to complete back-to-back long runs of at least 21 kms for each of the run. Last August 9, I joined fellow 83nean runners do a 28-km long slow run inside Camp Aguinaldo. And on that Sunday morning of August 11, I did 21 kms, 15 kms from the Runnex run and 6 kms from an earlier 3 laps around the 2.2-km loop in UP Diliman. Both Ernie and Mau Gines aka Wandering Jouster joined me in this modified 21 kms. All three of us are training for the upcoming Tagaytay to Kawit (T2K) 50-km ultra.
|Ernie and Mau|
|Ernie with fellow BPI runners|
|Jazzrunner flanked by 2 blogger fans|
Congratulations to Runnex. Good job to Jazzrunner, his fellow Runnex members, Mitch Policarpio and the secretariat on the anniversary run. May you continue to persevere and prosper. May your example serve to inspire other running clubs to be active forces of good in the community.
Photos courtesy of Ernie Badong and Running Photographers. (https://www.facebook.com/runningphotographers)