When I got a Facebook invite to join the bloggers’ meet for Joy Rojas, I had to research a little bit about the lady as I haven’t heard her name before. I learned a new word during that research time I spent to get to know a little bit about the lady behind the dream. Joy Rojas is an ultra runner.
I’ve never ran before and I know for myself that I will not be a runner – not in this lifetime anyway. I’ve always been clumsy – I trip and I don’t have any sense of balance. Even as a child, I was never the athletic type. I admire people who are athletic because my body wasn’t made to dabble in athletics and sports.
ULTRARUNNER/ULTRA MARATHON – these were some new stuff I learned today. Ms. Rojas has previously ran from Davao City to Pagudpud. That’s roughly about 2000 kilometers. I was like, “What the hell was she thinking to run that kind of distance?”
She used to join competitions but decided later on to run on her own with her trainer/friends even after she had her bout with tuberculosis. Just like each one of us, she has dreams and aspirations and for her, running is her way of making her dreams a reality. She was always focused and determined to reach her goals. While she was talking to us, I really couldn’t help but wonder if I can have even just about 10% of the determination and focus that she has so that I can eventually do the things I really want to do in my life.
So her dream this time is to go to New York just by running. This is her own way of showing that nothing can stop her from achieving her goals and dreams. She will be running 5000 kilometers for 100 days from California to New York in May. That will cover around 12-13 states all over the US. When she finishes the run, she will be the 1st Southeast Asian woman to have completed a Trans-USA run.
Takbong Pangarap has a website that will properly and formally chronicle the run through micro blogging (Twitter, Facebook and Plurk) and a blog where we can read about what’s happening. They are in the works of trying to hook up to a GPS navigator so that probably, a live video stream of the run and other updates can be shared to everyone. The team will also be meeting up with the various Filipino-American communities in the states that will be covered by her run. She will joined by Mat Macabe who will serve as her pacer and navigator during the entire run.
This is a big project and is something that we should all be proud of and the entourage cannot do it alone. In our own little way, we can help spread the good news by blogging about this or making a donation to the cause.
When I finally had the chance to shake her hand, I was starstruck and I couldn’t help but express to her my excitement and support. I may not be able to donate but I’m supporting her endeavor all the way to the finish line.
This is not just Joy’s run, this is our run. This will make us proud of our Filipino heritage once more. Let’s support Takbong Pangarap. Support the our Filipino women.