I hope you all had fun at last Saturday’s Color Manila Nite Run. I wasn’t able to race the 5K category anymore after I led the 10K warm-up with my co-instructors from 360 Fitness — there were so many people queued up to start, and I still needed to change into my running gear… I decided to join the afterparty only, since this race was just a big excuse for BGC to throw a street festival during their Passion Fest.
(Just a side note: BGC will probably never allow another night run due to the growing residential and commercial activity in the area. So, this was the last one!)
Unlike the Color Manila Run where the main draw was the colored powder thrown on participants during and after the race, the Color Manila Nite Run was a festival of light: glow bracelets (which I received as part of my race kit), shirts w/ glow-in-the-dark print, black lights, and fireworks!
If I recall correctly, Proactive did try to formulate colored water that would glow in black light, but this wasn’t used during the race. Now, safety concerns from organizer and venue provider can change whatever it is that’s been planned, even on race day itself (this applies to all races) — routes, placement of water stations, activity area setup, etc. I’m guessing the amount of liquid that would be used would have made the roads too slick and slippery to be run, and that’s why they nixed it.
Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed the music and atmosphere of the post-race party. DJs Mark Nicosia and Mia Ayesa spun some pop house, to which the youthful crowd jumped and danced. Several times the hosts threw out shirts and other giveaways to the crowd in front of the stage. They also held Harlem Shake and Gangnam Style dance-offs, which although cheesy were great fun (Harlem Shake was my idea, by the way.)
There were so many first-time runners at this race. Here’s to more races for you guys. Keep running!