One of the runners of Team Bald Runner brought this situation to my attention.
Maricel Maquilan, the winner in the Women’s Overall Category in last Friday’s “1st Shake, Rattle & Run” (Halloween 5K Race) was awarded Gift Certificates worth P2,000 from a foot sandal company called “RIDER”. The gift certificates were given to her during the awarding ceremony at 9:00 PM of 31 October 2008, the day of the event.
On the following day, she went to “The Athlete’s Foot” Store at Robinson’s Galleria to redeem her awarded gift certificates. She was surprised that the gift certificates were not valid anymore. Why? The Gift Certificates were only valid up to October 31, 2008 as marked in the said gift certificates. WTF??? Are these race sponsors kidding? I think the sponsor would like the winner of the race to run all the way from BHS to their outlet stores to beat their closing times after the awarding ceremony. The race was held at 7:00 PM of October 31 which happens to be the deadline date of the gift certificates! Ang lupit naman, Kuya Eddie!
As I don’t know the people behind “RIDER”, I am calling the attention of the Race Organizer to do something about this situation. Guys, these prizes or certificates mean a lot to the runners and they really value whatever things they received from their performance and effort. So, let us help our runners and give them the due respect that they deserve.