22 February 2012

Running the U.P. ROTC Centennial Run

UP ROTC Centennial Run was held at U.P. Diliman DMST grounds last February 19, 2012. It was for the benefit of the UP Vanguard Inc. Scholarship Program. Assembly time was at 5:00 a.m. Gun start at 6:00 a.m.  I got a discount for the registration thanks to my running mate Bong who was an ROTC officer back then.

It's just a small race, but very well organized. About a thousand runners for the 3 events (3k, 5k, and 10k) showed up for the race. Everyone seemed to know each other. Probably most runners were related to the UP Vanguard Fraternity or to the ROTC officers in some way.

I was scared at first because the DMST grounds were surrounded by military with loaded ArmaLites and other weapons. But I realized that I had no reason to be scared, pala. I guess the event was a just a venue for the soldiers to show their "stuff." I think when you're soldier (the unwritten rule is) you always have show your "stuff," because long guns are supposed to be the extension of your dick force. I haven't seen a race with so much security in place. This race was really secured. I can tell that with a straight face :|  hehe.

Because the venue of the race was in UPD, the race course was familiar to me. At gun start, everyone was running like they have just escaped a firing squad.

I love starting lines because I can almost absorb the positive vibes of other runners around me :)

There were so many freebies!
*Finisher shirt for the first 100 hundred runners
*Unilab gym bag
*Unilab products and medicines about 7 of them
*1 de lata tuna meat loaf
*1 Vanguard/ROTC centennial shirt

The event also featured exhibits from the Philippine Air Force, Army, and Navy.
This race got me reminiscing about my ROTC days in UP long time ago. ROTC officers back then were very strict. They taught us the soldier's ways. They were tough on us, but they were good people. They sure straightened us up. It wasn't always training that we did, there were a lot of fun times, too. We learned rappelling, marksmanship, first aid, jungle survival, self defense. I got to fire an M16 rifle and other guns for the first time in my life, too. We were like band of brothers and sisters. (Our batch was the last batch of compulsory ROTC service.)

The run was fun, but more than that, it brought back a lot of memories of our good old ROTC days.


Superjaid said...

di ako nakaranas ng CAT or ROTC kaya wala akong kaalam alam sa mga military thing. but based on your post mukhang masaya siya =D

Rah said...

Mahirap superjaid, if I had a choice dati, siguro nag cwts nalang ako. Pero looking back, nakita ko din ang purpose niya in a way siguro.

Makati Condo Rental said...

Ako rin wala ko experience sa CAT ..hehehe