After the success of the 2011 and 2012 editions, where The PowerPuff Boys took first place and almost 8 of the first 10 places in the prestigious half marathon category, the expectations where higher. There would be more teams and running clubs joining this year’s edition. There would be better trained and faster runners entering this event. The running blogs were abuzz with the excitment of the first official race for 2013. To defend the title, there was no way but to up our ante.
With the indefatigable Sir Mon, Bea and other team mates, we managed to assembly a half marathon team to defend our title and two buddy teams consisting of an all male and all female for the 10K event. By 5:00am the half marathon race started. There were bigger teams represented by several sets of teams making the competition more challenging. The route had a flyover to test ones uphill skills twice. After the 2km mark and coming back after the 8th km. There was also a long stretch of climb after the 11th km and a short one at the 15th km. There was also the small matter where another event was sharing parts of the route with ours, so a slow pace means having to wind your way through a sea of not only your category, but the 10km runners and the runners from the other event.
By the 8km mark, it was till hard to predict which way the race would go. The route would start claiming its victims after this distance. The climb over the fly over and the immediate long climb to the 13km sucked enough juice from runners that by the time we were in the 15th km, our team members had overtaken most of the competition and we could smell victory within our reach. The 10km was no different. We could see our buddy team mates in the 10K category doing well maintaining either the first or second positions to the finish line.
It was going to be a repeat of 2011 and 2012 and a message to the running community that the team to beat will be The PowerPuff Boys. True to my observation, our first 10 all came in under 1:40 for the Half marathon securing us the top spot. In the 10km buddy category, we also swept the two top spots for best male and best female runners. Sweet sweet I should add. As we rest and savour the victory, I will leave you with the below caption of some of our runners in a collage form. A truly memorable experience and a proud time for Team PowerPuff Boys.
Though the race was well organized with hydration and aid stations aplenty, there was one casuality, and I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Team PowerPuff Boys to wish the family of Sir Romel Defeo, Team Sigue Correr Runners and all those close to him strength as we share their grief and may his soul rest in eternal peace.