The men and women behind Front Runner Magazine are hardcore runners and race organizers themselves. The races Sir Jonel Mendoza, the editor-in-chief, organizes are no “fun” runs. They are either ultra-marathons and/or those held in not so “ordinary” routes – high up in the mountains or along the most difficult of terrains and conditions. Therefore, it is no surprise that it features Race Reports on these and the experiences of runners who were brave enough to run them as well. If you are an aspiring ultra-marathoner, you will have insights into the throve of road and trail races to your liking held locally and overseas before even registering in one. Also highlighted are the registrants and finishers of the said races. Here you will get to know the “crazy” runners who have the guts and the steel resolve to subject them into such torture. These “mamaws” are indeed worth emulating and idolizing if only for the degree of pain they can physically and mentally take.
On the more scientific side of things, the Sports Clinic features doctors taking on health and fitness problems of runners from a medical standpoint. The Fitness Corner features various cross training exercises not only for hardcore runners but also for newbies to help them as they increase their mileage. The Aid Station covers diverse nutritional facts and information that will properly supplement an intense activity like running.
The best articles, if you ask me, are those personal accounts on different things running. I always love reading them. Some I can relate to while others I can learn from. They contain gems of information not readily available in the internet as most of them came from personal experience. Ika nga me puso. The Running Routes section likewise is a great source of information on new and interesting routes around the country where adventurous runners can go to and experience for themselves. The magazine gives ample attention to some popular personalities who happen to land in the cover, including a good number of pages, in the Cover Story. If you are an avid supporter or a fan, then this is your section. For me, it depends on who is featured (deadmatic lang ang beauty ko pag di bet, hehe).
Last but definitely not the least, is the Running Groups section, my favorite! And why so? Because we were featured in this month’s edition! Haha… Not to forget our equally fabulous sisters, Pam, Cecil, Roselle, and Lorna, otherwise known as the Soleus Gandang Mamaws, whom the magazine prominently showcased as well. Personal interest aside, it is truly great of this magazine to put the spotlight on the very core of the local running community. This gives us the needed boost to strive to make it more cohesive and dynamic. When I was just starting on the lifestyle changing habit of mine, I look with envy at those who gather after every race to celebrate its accomplishment. I simply go home, take a bath, then eat, and sleep. So who would be encouraged to participate in races with that ending? But with my group, the possibilities of an exciting activity and adventure together like lsds or simply bonding together are endless. For our group, The Fabulous Running Divas, to be featured in this magazine is divine! Parang artista lang, di ba? ‼