Filipino runners get ready for New York marathon

Posted at 07/23/13 10:13 AM

FLUSHING, New York - It was a perfect day for a 10-kilometer run, after the heat wave that brought desert-like temperatures in New York finally broke over the weekend.

About 6,610 runners, including Filipinos joined the third race in the 2013 New York Road Runner 5-Borough Series at the Corona Park in Flushing Meadows, New York.

For many Filipino runners here, including Paul Casino, this series kicks off their training for the ING New York City Marathon in November.

Casino, a 9-time ING race qualifier, said this year's New York Marathon is expected to be the biggest. Nearly 100,000 runners have applied for spots after last year's race was canceled due to the Boston Marathon bombing.

About 48,000 are expected to qualify and run the streets of NYC in November.

“It shows that, we want to continue doing what we love to do despite everything that people are doing to stop it, I mean of course, yung nangyari sa Boston dalawang tao lang ang nag-isip nun di naman isang grupo,” Casino said.

“This is also an act of defiance for us runners. We want to tell the terrorists that you cannot scare us,” said Rolan Ocampo, who crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon minutes before a bomb exploded.

A big public gathering can be a security nightmare but runners here say they feel safe thanks to the NYPD.

“I've done the New York City Road Runner since 2003, 10 years, they run a good race, absolutely, totally, completely safe, there's no doubt about it,” said Casino.

Runners who qualified in last year's canceled marathon have 3 options – a refund, a guaranteed entry to the ING New York City Marathon for the next 3 years or guaranteed entry to the 2013 NYC Half Marathon.