Tuesday, June 30, 2015

39th MILO Marathon Dagupan

The first race of the 39th National MILO Marathon set the stage for the season as over 11,000 runners excitedly raced to the finish line in Dagupan, Pangasinan. Leading the pack were former MILO Marathon queen Christabel Martes, and first-time 21K winner Cesar Castañeto.

Martes and Castañeto each took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both had also booked their slots to the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where they will meet the nation’s elite runners in a heated grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. To provide another level of prestige to the competition and incentive for the runners, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

26-year-old Castañeto clocked in at 01:13:11, besting hundreds of runners in the men’s 21K division. In the distaff side, 35-year-old Martes ruled with a time of 01:26:46. Javier Robeno (01:18:13) and Reynaldo Pascua (01:18:26) completed the top 3 male 21K finishers, while in the female 21K division, Lany Cardona (01:30:14) and Roselle Duldulao (01:59:25) finished second and third place, respectively.

Other notable winners are the Philippine Military Academy Running Team, who won the Fastest Delegation award, and the Umingan National High School, who won the Fastest School competition in Dagupan for the ninth consecutive time, showing that champions keep running in the National MILO Marathon.

Virginio Padilla, trainer of Umingan National High School’s student athletes, shares that his students first joined the National MILO Marathon in 2008. Even if their school does not have a track oval, Padilla encourages his students and coaches them after classes, on the public roads. Padilla also trains his students for the MILO Little Olympics. “I am truly proud of my students who have come a long way. Before, we had to find old running shoes for them so they can run and play sports. MILO was able to give them new running shoes, which have inspired them to continue their training and pursue their dreams,” says Padilla. “Sports have improved my students’ character and self-belief, as well as their outlook in life and academics. I always remind them that although their sports have given a lot to them, such as scholarships and other great opportunities, they must always value and prioritize their academic life.”

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.

The race will resume in Baguio (July 5) before heading to Tarlac (July 12), Balanga (July 19), Manila (July 26), Calapan (August 2), Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

National Milo Marathon 2015

The MILO® Marathon is the longest-running and most-attended marathon in the Philippines. Since its inception in 1974, more and more people have joined, making it MILO®'s biggest and grandest sports event. Every year, more and more participants run different distances, supporting MILO®'s mission to build a nation of champions!

"Help Give Shoes" was launched in 2010. For every runner of the hundreds of thousands who signed up, a portion of the registration fee went to providing shoes for underprivileged children. MILO® matched the amount collected and as a result, 4,200 children received new pairs of shoes. Every year since then, the number of race participants and the corresponding number of shoes given out have increased, with 34,200 total pairs of shoes given out as of 2013.

Registration Fee
PHP80 - 3km (kiddie run)
PHP80 - 5km (students)
PHP110 - 5km (adults)
PHP530 - 10km
PHP630 - 21km
PHP730 - 42.195km
Note: Plus (1) MILO 300g empty pack with an accomplished and signed official registration form

Registration Sites
ASICS (Bonifacio High Street, Fairview, Trinoma, Greenbelt)
Watch Republic SHOP Level 2 Main Mall SM Mall of Asia

Qualifying time for the National Finals
18-34 - 3 hours 55 minutes (men) - 4 hours 30 minutes (women)
35-39 - 4 hours 00 minutes (men) - 4 hours 35 minutes (women)
40-44 - 4 hours 05 minutes (men) - 4 hours 40 minutes (women)
45-49 - 4 hours 10 minutes (men) - 4 hours 45 minutes (women)
50-54 - 4 hours 15 minutes (men) - 4 hours 50 minutes (women)
55-59 - 4 hours 20 minutes (men) - 4 hours 55 minutes (women)
60-64 - 4 hours 25 minutes (men) - 5 hours 00 minutes (women)

Gun Start
3:00 AM - 42km
4:30 AM - 21km
5:00 AM - 10km
5:30 AM - 3km
5:35 AM - 5km

Official Cut-off Time
3km - 1 hour after official start of the race
5km - 1 hour after official start of the race
10km - 1 ½ hours after official start of the race
21km - 2 ½ hours after official start of the race
42.195km - 6 hours after official start of the race

Friday, June 19, 2015

Run United Philippine Marathon 2015

What: Run United Philippine Marathon 2015
When: October 4 2015
Where: One Esplanade

Registration Schedule
June 12 - September 18

Registration Fee
PHP750 - 5km
PHP850 - 10km
PHP950 - 21km
PHP1350 - 42km

Registration Site
RUNNR Bonifacio High Street
Toby's Robinsons Galleria
RUNNR Trinoma
Toby's Mall of Asia
Toby's Glorietta 2
Toby's Robinsons Metro East

Race Kit Claiming Expo
October 1-3 2015
One Esplanade, Mall of Asia

Monday, June 15, 2015

Enervon Activ We Got Your Bike Promo

  1. Buy 10 pieces of Enervon Activ on a single receipt from any participating stores: Mercury Drug, Watsons, South Star Drug, Rose Pharmacy, St Joseph Drugstore, HB1, Metro Gaisano, Puregold, Robinsons Supermarket, Rustan’s, SaveMore, Shopwise, SM, 7Eleven, FamilyMart and all participating supermarkets and drugstores
  2. Take a clear photo or scanned copy of the Official Receipt (OR)
  3. Email the photo or scanned copy of the OR together with your Complete Name, Address, Contact Number, Birthdate, Gender, and Civil Status to enervonactiv@activehealth.com.ph
  4. Wait for the email confirmation of receipt of entry within 48 hours. This will serve as your proof of raffle entry.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

RUPM 2015: Rousing the ferocity of the progressive athletes

As the year crosses its halfway mark, Unilab Active Health (ULAH) is blazing the trail anew towards empowering progressive athletes to exceed their limits and perform better as preparations for the Run United Philippine Marathon (RUPM)—the third leg of this year’s Run United Series—get underway.

Aiming to bring the pursuit sports excellence of every progressive Filipino runner to the next level, ULAH has developed a holistic, system integrated approach to help the progressive athletes go beyond their limits, taking inspiration from four (4) key pillars: events, training, nutrition, and gear.

For RUPM 2015, ULAH will be hosting a three-day race kit claiming expo at One Esplanade in Mall of Asia from October 1 to 3, three days before the actual race day. During the event, RUPM racers will enjoy a host of exclusive perks, freebies, and discounts from participating exhibitors, as well as racing tips and advices from coaches and sports science experts.

It has been a known practice for ULAH to enhance the runners’ race experience in every Run United series since dominating the running scene four years ago. From having an exclusive lane in 2012, a tunnel finish in 2013, and a red carpet finish last year, this year’s RUPM leg will feature a start and finish area at One Esplanade, where finishers of the 42-kilometer category can savor their victory by concluding their race on a red carpet lane.

Adding to the excitement for the upcoming test of skill and endurance will be the RUPM Mentorship Kit, a level up of what ULAH gave RU2 participants. This specialized training kit will include a customized Exceed Yourself Training Plan, a comprehensive training plan created by Coach Ani de Leon-Brown—the fastest Filipina Ironman, and member and coach of Team Unilab Active Health—now integrated with a nutrition that’s designed to help runners achieve target finish more efficiently.

“This guide is a step-by-step, day-to-day progressive activity plan that will guarantee the progressive athletes a stronger finish time, provided that they religiously follow every aspect of the entire module,” says Alex Panlilio, ULAH Head and Operating Vice President. “Using the concepts from this training plan, you’ll know when to push harder, take a long run, work on cross-training, or load on a power run, as well as understand the significance of relaxation and proper recovery techniques.”

Aside from this, RUPM participants will also have the chance to don their own personalized race bib during the race, a treat that serves as a runner’s swag during the race and a valuable badge of honor post-race. Also included together with the bib in the RUPM mentorship kit meant to be taken daily: a pack of three capsules of Enervon Activ to help build stamina and keep them training and performing at an optimal level, a pack of the new Active Health Carbgel for energy that lasts during workout, and an individual sachet of Enervon HP Recovery Drink for use after a training session for faster recovery, helping athletes bounce back before laspag attacks. This is ULAH’s complete sports nutrition system that can help the progressive athlete achieve his personal best.

“At the end of the day, our goal is to help our participants become a better version of themselves, all while having fun. This personalized badge will be something to remind them of their feat of exceeding their limits and breaking boundaries,” notes Panlilio.

An evolution of mentoring
Another prominent innovation to the upcoming RUPM will be the addition of pacers during the race day to ensure that every progressive athlete’s quest to exceed their limits will be challenging yet enjoyable.

The ULAH website (www.unilabactivehealth.com) has also transformed from being an events-based information platform to becoming a tool that progressive athletes can use to become better, more competitive athletes. “We are dedicated to understanding the needs of the progressive athlete and together, we strive to act as mentors in helping them become better versions of themselves,” Panlilio explains.

“We are very excited to be a part of Run United Philippine Marathon says Jan Catherine Sy, Director of Business Development for One Esplanade. With new innovations, this year is sure to bring out the best in the athletes, inspiring each to reach their goal.”

Online registration for RUPM 2015, slated on October 4, 2015, will be opening at a much earlier date to ensure that participants get their preferred singlet and finisher’s shirt sizes (register before August 15, 2015 to get a guaranteed singlet and finishers’ shirt size). Priority online registration will start by June 12 for registered 21km finishers from both RU1 and RU2 and will then be open to the public, both online and in-store (selected Toby’s and Runnr outlets), beginning June 19.

New Active Health apparel collection will also be available during the three-day race expo, happening from October 1-3 also at One Esplanade.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Families pedal at Alaska Cycle Asia Philippines

Another iteration of Alaska Cycle Philippines was set to gather families and friends for an even bigger and more fun cycling challenge last May 15 to 17 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

From children as young as two years old to parents and grandparents, Alaska Cycle Philippines openened its doors once more to cyclists of all ages and abilities in its quest to promote proper nutrition and a healthy, active lifestyle. Whether you own a bike or not, you can participate in this year’s challenge and enjoy pedaling on a closed road manned by race marshals and protected by safety barriers.

This year’s race was divided into even greater categories: A 100m/500m Tricycle Ride for young children ages 2 to 5, the 5.5-km Kids Ride open to children ages 6 to 10, and the 30-minute Junior Challenge for ages 10 to 12.

There was also a 20-km Community Ride for people age 10 and above, a 20-km Foldies Community Ride catering to a growing community of folding bike cyclists, and the 40-km Challenge for individuals and teams aged 14 and above.

Unique in this year’s race was the 20-km Individual Community Ride with Bike, wherein, even though you don’t have a bicycle, you can still join the race by registering and paying a fee of 6,000 pesos. Participants in this category will get a bike which they were able to bring home after the race!

Challenge competitors and cyclists joining just for the fun of it will got some awesome freebies in their ride pack: an Alaska race jersey, Alaska waterproof pouch, an Alaska bag, and special pair of cool Rudy Project sunglasses for Kiddie Riders only. Finishers also get a beautifully crafted medal from Alaska.

Alaska Cycle Philippines is an annual cycling event organized by Cycle Asia, in partnership with Alaska and Sunrise Events. The event is part of Cycle Asia’s network of premier cycling events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe, closed public roads in major Asian cities. Different iterations of the race have been held in Singapore and Malaysia, with plans for similar events in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In the Philippines, this event is part of Alaska’s “Nutrition. Action. Champion.” program of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle through sports participation and milk consumption. Through events like Cycle Philippines, Alaska hopes to reverse the effects of obesity and malnutrition in the country.

According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s (FNRI) 7th National Nutrition Survey in 2008, about 2 out of 10 Filipino children, and at least 16 million Filipinos, are overweight. With low levels of physical activity, being overweight can lead to serious heart problems and diabetes at a young age, leading to serious health, financial, and social implications in adulthood.

With Alaska Cycle Philippines, Filipinos can be part of a community activity that would help them become physically fit and healthy, enabling them to become champions in life.
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