We made our way to the Bayanihan Center and saw hundreds of runners picking up race kits, eating, buying souvenir shirts, and taking pictures in their shirts and race bibs. Everyone was excited. As for me, reality has set in and I was a nervous wreck.
Anyway, before the program started, we headed to the Gatorade booth and they asked each of us to give them a sample of our urine. It was to determine if we were properly hydrating ourselves for D-Day. My result was good. I was properly hydrated. 🙂
When the program started, they gave us some last minute reminders about TBRDM and race director Neville Manaois explained the race route. I did my longest run in Nuvali last February 2 and I know the hills and the very hard concrete roads make it a very difficult course.
|Nuvali race course map|
Anyway, the program was quite entertaining with hosts Tessa and Boy.
There were games and raffle prizes from the sponsors. And guess what? Rex won a spibelt. Woohoo! I also won a spibelt. And it’s pink! It was my first time to ever win in a raffle. 🙂
After the send-off party, Rex gave me my pasalubong: dried mangoes, mango-tamarind candies, and Zubuchon, the famous lechon from Cebu.