American track and field Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix visits Manila to encourage Filipinos to pursue their dreams and push their limits. As part of Nike’s global We Run series, Felix tours three Southeast Asian cities, Manila included.
Before the big event, Felix first attended a press conference on November 5 at the W Center in Bonifacio Global City. There, the 28-year-old world champion promoted the We Run MNL (Manila) marathon happening on December 1 at the Marikina Sports Complex in Marikina City.
With the theme “You Move, I Move,” the marathon signifies Filipino unity as it requires participants to run with a friend. Running buddies will support and motivate each other to finish the 10-kilometer course and reach the finish line. Over 15,000 “running buddies” from all over the National Capital Region are expected to join.
Like Felix, most athletes and health buffs feel motivation when working out with a buddy. According to the track and field star, she trains with her friend, Joanna Hayes, who won the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Felix won her Olympic gold medal in 2012 in the 200-meter race. She also holds two Olympic silver medals and three world champion golds.
She also co-designed a special workout with the American Council on Exercise that includes routines used by professional track and field athletes. As part of her rigorous training and competitive atmosphere, she uses the people around her to motivate and inspire to push her limits herself.
“I always think about my goals. I think about my competitors and how work hard and prepare for the race. This motivates me. I love to challenge myself and I love working hard,” the track star said.
“My parents are my inspiration. I’m just a big family person.”
Although fame and fortune came with success in her career, Felix remains casual and down-to-earth. “I’m just a laid back person. I like to read, ride a bike and just hang out with friends,” Felix shared.
But to young aspiring athletes like 10-year-old Tamara Chua, Felix remains an inspiring figure that she is hoping to become one day. Chua is one of the 200 women who joined the Nike Training Run with Felix held on November 5 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati.
A grade school pupil studying at the Immaculate Heart Academy, Chua added, “I was excited to meet a running icon and will always cherish this day when I get to train with an Olympian. She is such an inspiration to me because of how she worked and persevered to reach her dreams” said Chua,
Visit their website,www.nike.com/events/register/werunmanilafor registration details.