Marathon dreams come true
Words by Jaymie Pizarro, The Bull Runner
I started running in 2006 and within the next few months I knew I was hooked. By the time I could run 10km, my attention turned towards a seemingly impossible goal: to run 42km.
In 2009, by a twist of events during a planned training run for the Quezon City International Marathon, I found myself covering the full 42km distance. The moment I crossed the finish line, I was changed. Suddenly, I was the most powerful woman in the world—well, at least my world. If I was strong enough to quell my fears and endure the pain of a marathon, then I felt like I could do anything in my life.
I lay in bed that night feeling like I had a mission to accomplish. In my mind, it was clear that I wanted everyone to experience running a marathon just as I had. How? I had no clue.
A dream is born
In less than a month, a series of serendipitous events occurred that made it clear that this dream project of mine was meant to turn into reality.
I met Jim Lafferty, a retired General Manager of P&G, who trained his employees for the Milo Marathon every year. We talked about our love for running and the mutual desire to encourage people to run more. One morning, while chatting in his living room, Jim blurted out: “Let’s stage a beginners marathon.” With that single line, The Bull Runner Dream Marathon was born.