Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City-Philippines
poster of the event
A few months ago, the organizers posted an online invitation. The fun run which had 5 different stages with different music and a whole lot of stuffs .
I quickly took the opportunity in signing-up to cover the actual event as a social media writer and a part -time contributor in a local community paper.
According to their publicity material, the event is supporting the Quezon City museum, QC Protection Center for Women, Children and LGBT, Alay Kay Inay Ng Lungsod Quezon Foundation Inc. and Cottolenggo Filipino.
It sounds amazing to know that they are supporting a lot of community projects and NGO groups!!!!!
some of the participants waiting at the Quezon Memorial Circle fountain area
We arrived at around past 6:00pm . As part of a bloggers’ group who helped in and sign-up to cover the event. We were expected to” walk” , I mean run, for FREE , since we help in the promotion of the running event . But race event proper came , there is still NO SINGLET and there was No Media Kit prepared for our group ! We were just left to roam around and i tried to get some personal interviews from some participants who were quite disappointed even before the event started. The security seems lapse and there were long lines of people at the registration area .
I have covered several running and marathon events before , It seemed that the volunteers or staffs were not prepared. Participants who pre-registered before the actual event must have their race kits prepared in a pack with all the necessary materials Name tags , Running gears , Loot bag etc… Some even complained of waiting for more than 1 hour just to get their SINGLET ! Walk -ins must have their separate registration. Another participant also complain of not getting proper shirt size and color that she wanted ( she signed -up for medium size but she got small , Another participant got pink instead of yellow .) What is not funny , is that some pre-registered participants never got their racing kits at all….
Some 4,000 participants ( police estimate) took part in the Neon Invasion within Quezon Memorial Circle landmark. Curiously, based on what happened last night, the big running population turned out to be something the organizers did not expect.
The event started even much LATER , We expect that there would be a racing line but its seem like there was just a BIG Concert with people in running attire. Ambulant vendors selling glow sticks , flashlights and battery operated toys inside the cordoned area which is intended for the participants of the event.
The PR person seems clueless if we came there as Runners, Winners of their PROMO contest , BLOGGERS or even City hall officials . The marathon route was shorter than what was posted at their websites . Talk about shorthand and not properly coordinating with the Quezon City government .
We had to LEAVE the place at around 8:00PM . We do not want to be branded as GATE Crasher , MIRON , ETC….. Our attire is SMART Casual which is definitely inappropriate or too drab for a neon running event. When some of us left the place ( bloggers) , The marathon had not yet started. This was more than 1- hour delayed from what the organizers had announced !!!!!!
Facebook event page ( screen caption ) – NEON Invasion Run participant Ms. Abby Enriquez posted some of the 18 problems she experienced
In a Facebook event page , Almost all of the participants felt that they were robbed of their money and time.
NEON FUN RUN Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/neoninvasion
racing t-shirt with sponsors, media partners and donors collateral
Hope that this will be a lesson to the organizers . With all the fun runs, evening runs, neon runs, marathons , obstacle runs, zombie runs etc… happening all over the country and using legitimate NGO groups as beneficiaries of their event. Milking money and sponsorship from corporations , individual persons , government makes them no different with Pyramiding Schemes and FAKE NGO groups.
According to one of the organizers of the event, Their suppliers have some problems with the deliveries and LATE registrants . They must anticipated this scenario weeks or even months ahead. It is their FIRST time to organize a fun run or a running event. Some sponsors are telling otherwise.
On the other hand , The organizers were able to gather at least 4,000 to 5,000 plus people at the Quezon Memorial Circle- and to the advantage of some sectors like the ongoing weekend flea market nearby, ambulant vendors , restaurants and parking spaces within the Circle. – All of which have reported increase sales and immediate profit.
But what happened to the NGO groups which were supposed to be the beneficiaries of the neon event? ONLY the organizers are bound to tell the stories.