it was my first time to volunteer at the botak 100K aid station set up by takbo.ph & sponsored by sir amado's company (reinier pacific international shipping, inc). to be more honest, it wasn't really in my plans to join and be part of the support group there. it just so happened that certain events led to things that led me to being part of the crew.
we've had meetings about these, ung sa support mismo, daming nagpunta etc, pero when the actual thing was getting nearer, parang nagtaka ako why it seemed like, those people i was expecting to be there were "not there". nung una kasi ang dating for me is pwede shang gawing mala-outing kasi puro tropa ung kasama sa aid station eh, so its gonna be fun din diba ;) sa start, it was ganon. ang thought ko was, its gonna be fun! :) another mala-outing, pero may kasamang work, pero bottomline eh, fun sha :)
so there everything was "going according to plan" until nung saturday morning when i was gathering up the peeps for the grocery. medyo nagkagulu-gulo ung sked so the peeps who were initially going to be with me when we do the grocery were either, not going, or going to be late, or worse, not going to be there AT all. in the midst of all these hullabaloo. naiinis ako shempre kasi ung mga iniexpect kong andun wala eh so i texted a friend and told her na un nga, nafrufrustrate lang ako with what's happening, na parang, oh bakit wala sila,etc. after the usual "ranting session" ko with her via text (kasi alam ko busy din naman sha) i just continued with what has to be done (kahit na sa loob ko eh medyo bad trip na ako nun). pero keri lang. kailangan eh. at this point nawala ung thought na VOLUNTEER ako, na kahit anong mangyari eh dapat nandoon ako kahit wala sila.
eventually naman naayos na rin ung mga gamit para volunteers and sa runners (please see pictures here)
in the midst of all these whirlwind of events,napagkasya ko ang 3 happening in one day, grocery, ung despedida ni lauren, at ung actual manning ng booth. ang hirap mag organize ng tao, plus ako kasi ung tipong gusto ko things would go according to plan, pero at one point eh, narealize ko na, hassle naman if i let this rule my life diba, ung tipong i have to learn to adapt. (alam ko naman eh, ayaw ko lang hahaha).
in the midst of the pagod and all, parang at the start ako eh sige gawa lang kasi nag volunteer ka eh so gawin mo yan. kahit na at times parang ung iba eh kiber lang sa mga dapat gawin, work lang ng work. bahala na si batman if ma recognize ka man o hindi, basta deep inside eh, alam mong ginawa mo ung pinangako mong gagawin AND ung hindi ka mag rereklamo about what you are doing despite of all the hardships and hassleness you might encounter during.
the aid station gig showed me a different side of races which i usually don't think of or appreciate even. its harder pala to wait for the runners as compared to be the ones running na rin. hirap sha kasi, hindi mo alam at what point and time sila darating, lalo na for this type of race na 100K. shempre you have to able to provide additional energy man lang sa mga runners who pass by, and tipong hindi ka mag rereklamo with what you do as a volunteer, moreso when the runners are there.
humbling experience din sha kasi to provide whatever need the runners and their personal support crew would need, parang its time to give back na diba :) ang saya rin ng feeling when the runners express their gratitude with the support they get from us. not necessarily from those we know, but most specially dun sa mga hindi mo kilala na naka appreciate sa ginagawa mo.
sa mga pinagsilbihan ko kanina sa botak, salamat sa opportunity to be of service :)
sa mga kasama kong nag serve kanina, salamat sa company and pleasure to be of service to the runners
sa mga susunod, tandaan na to give and not to count the cost. pag may magpasalamat, ngiti. pag wala, ngiti sabay tanong ano pang pwede ibigay :)
may sense pa ba? hehehe :) basta thanks :)
hanggang sa susunod na karera.