Bad news to all those running the Milo Marathon tomorrow December 7 – IT’S POSTPONED!
In a statement released earlier today, the National Finals of the 38th MILO Marathon will be postponed “in view of the imminent arrival of Typhoon Ruby and to ensure the safety and welfare of all concerned.”
Typhoon Ruby (international code name: Hagupit) is the strongest storm to hit the Philippines since Yolanda last year.
I feel for the runners. I am not running any Milo Marathon event but I can imagine the frustration of the runners who had trained hard to get to tomorrow’s run. Of course safety should take precedence over beating a personal record.
Now that I have paid JPY 12,800 (roughly PHP 5500 or USD 115), I got this email message:
Thank you for your registration in Tokyo Marathon 2015.
We have received your payment.
With this, your place in Tokyo Marathon 2015 has been secured.
Tokyo Marathon 2015 Pre-race Registration will be held from February 19 to February 21, 2015. For participants, important documents about this will be mailed in late January. Please check the documents for more detail.
So now it’s official. I have an official secured slot in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon!
Flight tickets already booked as well. The ticket cost is USD 530 round-trip from Manila to Haneda airport. Haneda is my preferred airport because it is a much closer to Tokyo than Narita. A bus ride from Narita to Tokyo can take about 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on traffic. A bus ride from Haneda to Tokyo is less than 45 mins.
And yes I already have a visa to Japan. I was granted a 3-year multiple-entry visa to Japan this year.
“Congratulations! You have been selected to run Tokyo Marathon 2015” was the first sentence I saw.
Well it's pretty obvious that I'm in, otherwise what's the point of this blog?
I have in my lifetime ran a total of 4 marathons. My record is 5:25:15, which I set last year. I have always wanted to experience an international marathon, where crowds would be lined up cheering from the starting line to the finish line. Philippine marathons could be lonely – there are only crowds in the starting line and the finish line – and there are empty stretches of pavement where all you have is your own thoughts to keep you distracted from the long road ahead. I submitted my name for the New York marathon but was unable to make the cut. When the 2015 Tokyo Marathon opened for application on August 1, I immediately submitted my name and eagerly awaited for September 25 to arrive. And I had told myself that I would start a blog journaling this endeavour from start to finish if I were selected.
And my heart leapt when I received the email saying that I was accepted. Over 300,00 people applied – 304,825, to be exact – vying for just 35,500 slots. I am ecstatic that I would be one of the 35,500 runners that would ply the route from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku through Imperial Palace, Hibiya, Shinagawa, Ginza, Nihonbashi, leading to the finish line at Tokyo Big Sight. I am excited to run through the familiar streets of Tokyo, the streets where I used to walk going to work, where I had gone shopping, where I had wobbled after downing several liters of beer.
So now that I'm in, what now? Well, for one, time to get off my lazy ass and start running!