Introducing Team Powerpuff Boys!
Powerpuff Boys. Smirk. What kind of fruity name is that? Sounds like a local counterpart to the Chippendales. Or a new incarnation of the Masculados. But don’t be misled by the name though. From the ashes of controversy, the so-called “Pink Army” has arrived, and there’s certainly nothing dainty about them.
Pardon the hyperbole, I’m really just amped. After months and months of incessant planning and lineup changes, TPB has finally come to fruition. Featuring 10 runners all hailing from different cities ( fun fact, it may win you a t-shirt one day), the final roster for our Chris Sports Epic Relay 250 team is finally complete.
To the uninitiated, the Chris Sports Epic Relay 250 is based off the hugely popular Ragnar Relay Series in the United States. Your team is divided into two vans for an overnight relay race that traverses picturesque terrain spanning Subic, Bataan and Zambales, with the 10 team members running three legs of anywhere from 5-12 kms each.
Now, we never realized how hard it was to snag 10 dudes paying P1,200 each for less than a combined 30 kilometers. There was a time that the only definitive members on our lineup were team captain Bryan Rivera, myself, and highly respected veteran Graciano “Ka Totoy” Santos. Thankfully, everything just fell into place at the right time, and we are happy to put together a team that does justice to pink. Okay fine, its fuschia.
Here’s the current lineup as well as some snippets about the members :
Graciano “Ka Totoy” Santos
He’s like our Obi-Wan-Kinobi. The grizzled master never hesitates to give valuable training advice to us noobs. Ka Totoy also abhors any form of alcohol to keep in shape all year round, and his eyebrows could give Isko Moreno’s a run for their money.
Bryan “Runner-S” Rivera
Our undisputed team captain. One of the most improved runners over the past year, he has shown incredible tenacity both on and off the road. His organizational and leadership skills are unparalleled as well, and when the time comes that I’m a millionaire already, he’ll be the first one I’ll call to run my businesses. Throws a mean frisbee too. Is way sexier than Right Said Fred, putting the “S” in “Runner-S”.
Mark “Beep Beep” Rodica
The former volleyball star-turned-trackster has a penchant for short shorts, snappy one-liners and even snappier 10k times. Judging by his picture, you could see that he’s a very serious guy.
Mark” Indorock” Mulder
This Holland native has been a ball of positive energy for the team. A relatively late addition, this cool, methodical dude now sports a new Glee-inspired do’. The brains behind Manila Road Runners, he is a master at deciphering Tagalog words through context clues and sign language. Shame on his inconsiderate teammates. Er, oops.
Ronnel “Kampuger” Go
Although most people will probably never know what a “Kampuger” is in their lifetime ( I don’t know what it is either, and I don’t wanna know), this amiable, wise-cracking fella can hang with the best of them. As you can see by his photo, he also has a bit of a Rudolf Nureyev in him.
Roy “Kuya” Rivera
Ultra-fit Roy is Bryan’s older brother, although at first we thought that it was the other way around. This laid-back, music loving, ultra-fit vegan doesn’t concern himself with km splits and pace, he prefers to be lost in the moment and stays away from the extra pressure. He is the founder of the “SBMA Traffic Enforcer” fanpage on Facebook.
Mark “MarkHernz” Hernandez
This model-turned- resilient-ultramarathoner is an all-around athlete who seems to excel at whatever sport he tries his hand on. Totally dedicated hubby (sorry gals) who once ran a 3:30 split for a 10k…. during the first 200 meters. He got very tired soon thereafter. Suffice to say, he never did that again.
Jairuz “Jai-Ho” Agang-ang
A man of few words, he lets his running do the talking. We somehow cajoled him into putting “Jai-Ho” on his uniform. (LSS mode) His unassuming manner belies his competitive nature on the road. He is very inspired right now, nuff said.
Brando “Ace” Losaria
This wisecracking ball of perpetual energy often has the team in stitches, and “Photobrando” takes somes of the most beautiful race shots I have seen. This hard-training raceday habitue has also been touted as a cuter, “funner” version of a certain former Streetboy. His long term goal is to run a 2:30/km pace someday.
And that’s the team folks! Oh grr, do I really have to add myself?
I like taking long walks on the beach, Mcdo Fried and Nuggets, I have two dogs named Strowganoff and Piolow, and the grade of my contact lenses is -350. Oh, and I have a girlfriend who can run 102 kilometers faster than me. Sob.
On the eve of our impending battle, I conclude this article amidst a cacophony of sighs and snores from our snug Subic hotel, hopeful and excited about the events that are about to unfold in the next couple of hours. Thanks for all the support and well-wishes that you have given us, we truly appreciate it.
Now let the dance begin…..