Last Saturday, was my first fun run! I joined the Hello Kitty Run Manila which was held at SM By the Bay, SM MOA Complex. It was a "so-so" event. Though it was nice to see a sea of Pink people at the Starting line I find the event disorganized. Maybe I have expected too much!
When I first heard about the fun run I was so excited and googled previous Hello Kitty run held in other Asian countries. The run is a bit pricey at P1,350.00 (Early bird) , P1,500.00 (Regular rate) and P1,800.00 (Late registration), but I was really determined to go. Come July, I registered and opted for delivery instead of pick up (to avoid the hassle of going to MOA since I live quite far from the place). According to the HK run manila website that they will start shipping the race kits starting September 15. On October 2, I received an email informing me about the delay in the shipping and the drawstring bag will be given out on the day of the run with lots of surprises and freebies inside, which made me more excited.
October 3 & 5 : I received 2 separate emails for those who opted for race kit pick up, changes in schedule and etc. It's a good thing I chose my race kit to be delivered.
October 6th, the happy mail came - Hello Kitty singlet and bib... ♥
October 20 : I received Event handbook thru email. So ready to run!
October 21st : The Big HELLO KITTY Day!♥
Left home 3:30am because I am in Wave 1 and the gun start is at 5:15am, we arrived 4:15am at MOA. We (I took my nephew with me) proceeded at the starting point right away and since there is no line yet on the registration booth where the drawstring bags are being released, we're able to get ours. To my dismay (though I really don't want to ruin my day) when I looked at what's inside it's only a yogurt, 2 pieces of Hello Kitty sanitary pads and a gift certificate from Hello Kitty Cafe for 1 free latte. That's it?!
There was a short program before the gun start: 3 mins Zumba to stretch our muscles and Hello Kitty appeared to greet the Wave 1 runners!
At gun start : there was a confetti shower that marked the start of the run... here we go!
When we got our finisher medals we went back inside the event's place, there's a Hello Kitty food truck...
We didn't have a chance to try the food because the line is too long. As well as the lines on the other booths. My nephew was already tired, hungry and it rained so we decided to go home. So I wasn't able to buy any souvenir merchandise.
It was a great experience for both of us (we finished the 5K run)... but I am quite disappointed with the freebies. I hope the organizers do better next time. It was really way below our expectation.
We just rewarded ourselves with a hefty breakfast at Italiannis at BCG!♥