A few weeks back, my running buddy Jonas Nacario posted something on my facebook timeline. It brought a sweet smile to my face. The object of joy was an invite to join the Solidarity Run scheduled for September 6 in our beloved home city of Iriga.
This had me curious and had me communicating with Jonas. Requested for the race route for the 16-km run and he promptly sent me a copy. I am happy to note that the route will pass thru Masoli Road . I am familiar with this route as I had the chance to run here on my training runs in the past on the way to the neighboring towns of Bato and Nabua. The Masoli Road has less vehicular traffic than the National Road. Less polluted air, not like the one in the urban areas. In the early morning hours, there are certain parts of the Masoli Road which are fog-laden. The route offers a vista of rural greenery.
It lead me also to inquiring with Marc Temeña, the Chapter President of the Philippine Nurses Association Iriga Rinconada Chapter. This association is the main organizer of the said Sept 6 fun run.
|Less vehicular traffic along Masoli Road|
|Fog in the morning hours|
My first question was - Why the name "Solidarity"?
Marc puts it this way - "For the unity of Rinconada Nurses. Matagal na pong may PNA pero it seems di ito feel ng ating mga nurses dito sa Rinconada (the 5th congressional district of Camarines Sur is commonly referred to as Rinconada). So we are sending them a message na hey we have PNA for you and we will work for your welfare. We just need to be solid and united."
My second question was - The fun run is a fund raising for what?
Marc responded - "Proceeds will be for our home healthcare project in which nurses will have the capacity to go to our patient and PNA will be the referring agency if Rinconada people needs our service."
The answers of Marc seem to point to a genuine orientation for service. And true enough, Marc does have a streak of public service in him as he is in fact an elected barangay councilor of San Francisco, one of the poblacion barangays of Iriga.
No doubt this passion for service to others is also shared by Marc's fellow members of the Solidarity Run organizing committee like Chairperson Myonee Mendez-Masi, Vice Chairman Jonas Nacario, and Al Illanza and the Joggernaut team. Likewise with Marc's fellow officers at the PNA Iriga Rinconada Chapter.
|Solidarity Run Organizing Committee meeting.|
So things seem to be looking up for the Solidarity Run: a meaningful name; a worthwhile cause; and a hard working group of people behind it. Needless to say, the Solidarity Run is special to me as it would be held in our own home city. If I can join ultra marathons in far away places like Davao and Negros, then there shouldn't be a lot of reasons for me not to join a fun run in a place I call home.
Already, I am glad to know that several of my running buddies based in Naga City have already expressed their interest to participate in the Sept 6 fun run. Pretty soon, my running friends based in Manila and Rinconada will be letting their interest felt too.
Solidarity is in the air. Solidarity, that feeling of unity, is indeed among us. Come in the early morning of Sept 6, solidarity will be on display on the road.