Sunday, August 18, 2013

Kadayawan 5K Run

Danielle and I joined a few others and ran a 5K early this morning! It is the first race I've ever run in. How great to have it be in the Philippines! This run was part of the Kadayawan Festival which is a local celebration and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and all good things in Davao City. They especially celebrate some of the things Davao is known for - Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the country; Durian, the king of fruits; and Waling-waling, the queen of orchids.

I got a good look at Mt. Apo last week while we were staying on an island across from Davao, and it looks massive, towering above everything! I hear we can climb it as an overnight trip, if we hire a professional guide.....just have to convince some others how fun that would be :)

Anyway, over the last few days I've gotten a better feel for the city and how to get places, and this run helped me even more. And who doesn't love a good Filipino warm-up dance at 5 in the morning! And people sneakily taking tons of pictures of us :)

That would be Davao City for DC, not District of Columbia :)

We are Awesome!

Our runner's kit given to us at the end included bags of soy sauce & vinegar, powdered milk drink for preschoolers, pork lunchmeat in a can, noodles, and Mangosteen tea! Mmm...tasty :) 

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