TALAKAG - the etymology of which came from the Bisayan dialect LAKAG meaning "to go after” or
“follow in pursuit” and the prefix TA denoting “fondness in doing such”.
In other words, Talakag means “fondness in giving pursuit”.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Fun Run in Talakag

It has been very quiet around Talakag since my last post in June and nothing much to write about really. However, today is different. There’s been a lot of activity around the town since the crack of dawn. Well, nothing beats writing a perfect comeback post that hits the ground (literally) running! I’m referring to the “Saint Joseph High School: First Fun Run”. See details below.
This event was organised by the SJHS Senior students. According to their President, Edsel R. Yasol, the proceeds will go towards the buying new instruments for the SJHS Band. Being an SJHS alumni, I was very keen to support this project. Since this was my very first Fun Run (or walk), I opted for the 3K category to Landing instead of the 5K to San Isidro. I also managed to convince my husband Jim, even my dog Maya, my brother Leo, my nephew Spharkie, my niece Van-van and my cousin/fellow alumni Portia to join in – the more, the merrier!

The Starting Line was from the SJHS Quadrangle and there must have been around 300 students and 200 alumni and visitors, mostly first-timers, who registered for the Fun Run. We got lucky with the Sunday weather as it was dry but still cool at 5:00 in the morning. While the Fun Run started half an hour later than scheduled, all went well. There were several water and banana stations along the way. The PNP were around for security/crowd control and the Ambulance on standby for first aid or any emergency.

Overall, the atmosphere was very lively. It was nice to see the students with their families and some old faces too which made it a kind of mini SJHS reunion! It was good to get together and catch up with breathless but still cheerful friends and fellow alumni at the Finish Line. Prizes for the fastest students comprised of assorted school supplies, while the fastest alumni and visitors got grocery hampers.

What an enjoyable experience! Everyone seemed to be looking forward to the next Fun Run. 5K, bring it on :-)

See photos below.
Serious runners for the 5K
Jim on his way back to the Finish Line
More runners
Runners from the Yellow Team
Here comes the sun

Mt Kitanglad on the Horizon
Me and Portia smiling our way to the Finsh Line
Water and Bananas available at the Finish Line
Jim at the Finish Line
Me at the Finish Line
Leo at the Finish Line
Jim, Maya and the Doc next door
Leo and the two Allans
My dog Maya