On December 2, 2018, my daughter and I woke up at 4:00 am to get ready for the Stripes Run. It was our first time to join a run sponsored by McDonald’s and it was mainly because its intended beneficiaries were public schools in need of books. A run for literacy sounded right up my alley.
One of the things I liked about this run was that the kits could be purchased in-store. So, unlike the other runs I’ve attended where I’d have to wait on bated breath for my kits to arrive, I could easily drop by any McDonald’s store and walk out of it with my registration and the kit. In my kit, I received a striped shirt (no surprise there), striped socks (for redundancy) and my race bib all for a shockingly low price of Php 499!
Of all the runs I’ve attended so far, I think that this was the most organized one. They started on time; they had checkers to see if the correct runners were in their proper places; they had a good and solid warm up before the run (none of those cutesy Zumba dance moves, but squats, stretches and jumping jacks); and most importantly, everyone was reminded NOT to take selfies while running. This made the run way safer than any of the other fun runs I’ve attended where people would literally stop in the middle of the road to take selfies with their friends/family members (read my Color Run review for context).
This was also the first run I had attended that had a 10k route. So while it was in the SM MOA grounds, a place that has been a venue for two of the runs I’ve joined, they had additional turns to it, which made the route a little bit different than the usual.
Another plus (at least for those who like longgadesal) is that it was the only run I’ve attended that included breakfast. They gave away a loot bag and there were a lot of sponsors that you could line up for (My personal favorite? The Salonpas booth of course! Gawd I’m old =))
So far, as you can tell, there were a lot of positive things about the run. Two things though that I’d like to comment on. First, this was the only run I’ve joined that actually served soda (as in Coke and coke products) in their water stations! While it’s obvious that Coke was a sponsor, I mean, isn’t that contrary to the healthy living vibe of a fun run? Buuuut…as I would also say, it is in my control to choose not to take those kinds of beverages. Second peeve, they actually restricted kids to join the 5k run. Only those 16 and above could participate. What’s up with that? We were forced to get a 3k bib because of that rule. The only other thing is that you don’t get a finisher’s medal, but hey, if you only paid Php 499, I really can’t complain. Plus, after a couple of runs, a finisher’s medal feels a little bit wasteful.
Overall, a very successful event and one that I see attending again…maybe next time for a 10K? =)