Being my first run after so many years -- I did the Avon Fun Run for Women ( my first fun run as a teenager) decades ago --- this was a historic milestone , well, at least for me.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) received the 2013 Employer of the Year and Disabled-Friendly Establishment of the Year Gold Award at the 27th Awarding Ceremonies of the Apolinario Mabini Awards at the Heroes Hall, Malacanan Palace, last Aug. 28, 2013. JPMC Philippine GSC CEO Nihar Nidhi receives the award from Philipine President Benigno Aquino III
Photo Credit: www.PhilStar.com
Photo credit: JPMorgan Chase website
What made the event more memorable were a trio of Filipino parathletes (persons with disability who engage in athletic sporting events) who are actually members of the Philippine Team of parathletes. Oscar Pistorius would have been embarrassed and humbled by these young men: one was running along with one leg and a crutch, the other one was running with only one arm, while the third one, who was on a wheelchair, also beamed smilingly at the sidelines , watching his fellow parathletes.
I could have snapped more than a hundred photos to chronicle this "momentous sporting event" (well, my first!), only if my digital camera did not go bonkers and did not act up on race day.
Well, back to my story: let's just call this parathlete with one leg as Johnny Bravo. Oh sure, he ran with much aplomb and bravura and bravado -- definitely all the superlatives ! -- running even much faster than me, and speeding away and letting me eat dust (so to speak) as he used his crutch and one leg to zoom away to finish his 10K run quickly, just like as simple as eating a candy bar.
While I was sweating and huffing and puffing in between runs, walking from time to time to catch my breath at the tracks, and definitely getting the free water drinks at the water station strategically positioned for the runners to either drink or pour on their heads and sweaty faces, our parathlete hero Johnny Bravo made it a simple run just like shooting the breeze. I was humbled by these admirable heroes. Before they even started their run, and being introduced to the audience before the race, I joined the crowd giving them their well-deserved applause. Bravo !!!
Well, to say that this race was a great experience for me would be an understatement. I'm glad that I went through the race and did it as I should: amidst all my personal hassles and obstacles that I was going through that season, I was just smiling through it all. Needless to say, I am looking forward to more races: whether they be Wacky Races, Amazing Races , or even Racing Hell :) What a pleasure to have this experience. More races to come?? Sure. See you at the next races.
As the saying goes: "Be there or be square!" <3