Upon reading the Bald Runner's blog, I pondered on some questions posted on his May 18 entry. Specifically about the most important factor/s we consider in joining races since there are a lot of running events going on this month. And yes, I do agree with the Bald Runner when he suggested that May be the Month of Running. Why not?!
Now, going back to the factors to consider in joining race events. I could only vouch for me and Din since the question we always ask is "if and is the race for a cause (for the environment, for the sick and needy, housing projects, etc)?"
If yes, then we would be sure to join the event and help in anyway we can. We close our eyes to registration fees, the route (no matter how difficult they may be, this is what happened to me when we joined Takbo para sa PGH- I had no practice for the event and just ran my heart out all along thinking that for every step I make I could be helping a sick child), to race organizers, the singlet (we can run using our own shirts anyway) and most especially to the loot bags. No amount of loot can surmount the joy and happiness we feel when we know we can help in our own little way.
I also cannot deny that when we first joined running events we were sucked up by the event's publicity and hype, celebrity endorser and sponsors but in the end we realized and felt that it was quite fulfilling to be part of something grand like helping others.
With this, I hope there will be more running events geared to helping others, to alleviate pain and suffering and more to education. To the Bald Runner, thank you Sir for posting those questions. I think every runner should think twice before joining events especially those super hyped up events. Well, to each his own, no matter our choice is I just hope its for a good cause.