Celebrating the World Milk Day with Alaska


Despite the impending rain the night before, a good number of registered runners participated in the Alaska Family Run held at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, on June 9, 2013. This event culminates the global celebration of the World Milk Day in the country. 

Arriving at the venue as early as 4 in the morning, runners were already getting ready to pound the streets of BGC, considering that the gun start for the first wave of runners is at 5am. The venue was just starting to get busy – the pumped up audio system perked up the whole place; runners were doing their warm up and stretching routines. At the activity center, the booths were all ready to welcome the guests. There was a game station for an interactive video game, a photo booth where runners and non – runners can have their photo taken with a milk moustache on, there’s the Alaska Milk Station that served really cold, refreshing and nutritious milk and choco milk. While other runners were all prepped up, there were more runners coming in. A queue was building up at the baggage counters. An onsite registration was opened for those who weren’t able to pre – register. Chiqui Reyes, the event host, welcomed the participants and ushered them to gather up at the start line. 

Alaska Team TBB: Matt O'Halloran, Dhill Anderson Lee, Marc Altura and Banjo Nore

Alaska Team TBB: Matt O’Halloran, Dhill Anderson Lee, Marc Altura and Banjo Nore

Alaska Team TBB’s Matt O’Halloran, Dhill Anderson Lee, Marc Altura and Banjo Norte joined the event. Also spotted in the venue was the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñalosa, Alaska Aces’ Coach Jojo Lastimosa and Coach Luigi Trillo and their families also joined the family run. Alaska Milk Corp. VP for Marketing Ms. Blen Fernando joined the group of 3k runners. 

Fresh from winning the top spot in the Alaska Ironkids Run race a couple of weeks back, Ironkids Sam and Tara Borlain and Everly Macalalad competed in the 3k kiddie run category. 

I was registered to run in the 10k category. It was my fourth official race to date. While racing, I had to make some stops to take photos of. Soon, I made my first U – turn at Makati Ave. It was a pretty smooth run, I would say. Along Lawton Ave., I came across one of my team mates whom I’m coaching, and I had to remind him of the ‘proper arm swing’. Later at the venue, one of them confessed that it’s good I didn’t see them while racing, as they don’t want to get an added pressure for being reminded about the proper running form! Ahahah! 

The 'Usual Suspects'

The ‘Usual Suspects’

My target was a Sub50 – finish. I crossed the finish line at 52 minute mark. But I had a good run. As usual, the streets became the rendezvous with my runner friends. At the activity center, while waiting for some friends, I was offered a 3k race bib. At the gun start, I jumped over the railing and set off for the 3k run. This time, I finished in 13 minutes. Just about right! 

The fun run feature individual categories – 10k, 5k, and 3k; and a 3k Family run. The beneficiary of the race’s proceeds was the Children’s Hour. Cash prizes and medals were awarded to acknowledge the top finishers in Individual and Family Run categories. There were exciting prizes that were raffled off to lucky registered runners courtesy of the race’s sponsors. 

The 10k + 3k runners with Coach Bob.

The 10k + 3k runners with Coach Bob.

The Alaska Family Run was a perfect weekend event for family bonding, and for friends who want to catch up with among themselves. It was a great vehicle to spread awareness that nutrition and sports play an important role in the development of the young generation. 

Check out the Milk Moustache Gallery at www.facebook.com/worldmilkdayph.

Please click HERE for the race results.  

For more event updates, please visit www.alaskamilk.com.ph. Also, follow us at @AlaskaSportshub.

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