Monday, February 28, 2011

Runrio Trilogy 2010 Awards Night

Runrio, Inc., in its desire to give honor to all runners who have successfully participated in and completed the longest distances in all three legs of the Runrio Trilogy 2010 is holding a prestigous event, its first ever Runrio Trilogy 2010 Awards Night

Lights, Camera, Run! – The Runrio Trilogy 2010 Awards Night will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at six o’clock in the evening (6:00pm) with Decagon Silver City (corner Frontera Drive and Julia Vargas Ave.,Frontera Verde, Pasig City) as the venue

Who Are Invited To Attend?
All runners who have successfully completed the Runrio Trilogy 2010 by running the following categories are automatically invited to attend this prestigous gathering:

21km at the Runrio Trilogy 2010 Leg 1 : The Century Superbods Run
21km at the Runrio Trilogy 2010 Leg 2: The Nature Valley Run
32km (Afroman Distance) at the Runrio Trilogy 2010 Leg 3: The Unilab Run United 2

Check the official list here. If you don't see your name, kindly email for your records to be verified and the list updated

They, together with Runrio’s valued friends, will have a fun night of get-together with chit-chat, food and drinks to share, plus of course, the Awards to be given to all Runrio Trilogy 2010 “longest distance finishers”.

Are you going?  See you there!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wishing Everyone Good Luck!

Rules and Regulations
Get it here

Race Results
Congrats to Wilnar for bagging the 1st place!
See the overall results here

(image grabbed from Team Kamote Runners)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

FREE IronMan Philippines 2011 Race Kit

Do you have what it takes to finish strong in Ironman 2011?  Gatorade is looking to fuel one athlete for Cobra Ironman 70.3 2011 in Camarines Sur this August

Only ONE (1) lucky winner will receive an Ironman 70.3 Philippines race kit

Read the full mechanics below to find out how you can win
1) The promo is open to both men and women; contestants with or without a triathlon background are welcome to join
2) All those interested must have a past work (preferably a blog) to be eligible to win.  It will definitely help if your work focuses on edurance sports or any other sport
3) Be sure to update your profile by visiting the Gatorade Philippines fan page and clicking Heroes Wanted. Go to My Page, edit your profile and input your email address
4) E-mail your entry to and await Gatorade's confirmation
5) The best piece chosen by our panel of judges will be declared the winner.  Winner will be contacted via the e-mail address used in joining the promo
6) The promo winner will be tasked to submit 2 blog entries covering the following:
     - 1 entry that features his/her training for Ironman, and
     - 1 entry on their Ironman race experience
7) All submitted articles, photos and other multimedia content will be property of Gatorade
Promo runs from January 17 to May 17, 2011

(source:, gatorade philippines)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Globe Run For Home 2011

Globe Telecom announced that it has partnered with Eventking Corporation, the event organizer of some of the country’s biggest running and triathlon events, to conduct one of the country’s biggest and most-awaited marathons, the Globe Run for Home 2011

When: March 27, 2011
Where: Bonifacio Global City

Registration Fees:
P650 - 3km
P750 - 5km
P850 - 10km
P950 - 15km
P1050 - 21km

Singlet Delivery:
P125 - Metro Manila
P185 - Rizal, Malabon, Outside Metro Manila

Race Kit
- Singlet (sizes will be subject to availability)
- D-tag
- Race Bib Number
- Runpix analysis
- Downloadable Photos
- Finishers medal for 21km

Singlet Design

Group Registration (Group of Five):
Buy 4 and get the 5th race kit for FREE
Should run in the SAME CATEGORY

Registration is from February 28 to March 24 at Greenbelt 3, Cinema Lobby and Globe Store, G/F Trinoma Mall
You may register online here (February 21 to March 20)

On-Ground Registration
- Participant/s should go to 4F Greenbelt 3 Cinema Lobby or G/F Globe Store Trinoma Mall, Quezon City from February 28 to March 24, 2011 from 12nn to 8pm and fill up the registration form and pay in cash for individual or group.
- Participant/s fills up registration form & liability waiver and race agreement.
- Race Kit can be claimed upon registration on February 28 to March 24, 2011 from 12nn to 8pm at the 4F Greenbelt 3 Cinema Lobby
- Race Kit will be given once the participant has completed the registration process
Online Registration
- Participant/s may register online via and pay via credit card from February 21 to March 15, 2011. May be done for individual or group entries.
- If they don’t have a credit card, they may fill out the registration form, save and print, go to Greenbelt 3 registration center to pay and claim for the Race Kit. Good for individual and group registration.
- Race Kit will be delivered to the specified address of online registrants in 8 working days upon payment. Online registration is recommended for participants who are based outside Manila. Delivery fee will be charged on top of the registration fee. Delivery fee for Manila is P125 and for provincial it's P185.
- Participant fills up registration form & liability waiver and race agreement.

Race Map / Route
21k map
15k map
10k map
5k map
3k map
Note: Updated race maps can be found here

Assembly Time and Gun Start


Beneficiaries: Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga, Haribon Foundation, Virlanie Foundation

21 kilometer (male and female)
1st: P 15,000.00
2nd: P 10,000.00
3rd: P 7,000.00

15 kilometer (male and female)
1st: P 10,000.00
2nd: P 7,000.00
3rd: P 5,000.00

10 kilometer (male and female)
1st: P 7,000.00
2nd: P 5,000.00
3rd: P 3,000.00

5 kilometer (male and female)
1st: P 5,000.00
2nd: P 3,000.00
3rd: P 2,000.00

3 kilometer (male and female)
1st: P 3,000.00
2nd: P 2,000.00
3rd: P 1,000.00

Important Reminders
- Online payment always includes courier delivery charges so runners will not be able to pick up their race kits from the Greenbelt booth. If they want to pick up the race kit at the Greenbelt booth, they should pay at the Greenbelt booth. Credit card payment request cannot be cancelled. No return no exchange
- Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Only straight payments are accepted
- Customers are required to sign a waiver form in person, but we will accept registration done in your behalf if you submit an authorization letter. Some people send their maids, drivers or messengers to do the registration for them
- There are only 9,000 slots available: 1,000 for 3k, 2,700 for 5k, 2,300 for 10k, 1,100 for 15k, and 1,900 for 21k. There is no guarantee that we can accommodate runner if the slots per distance category have already been filled.
- Race Kit can be claimed upon registration on February 28 to March 20, 2011 from 12nn to 8pm at the Greenbelt 3 Cinema Lobby.  Race Kit will be given once the participant has completed the registration process.
- Participants with incomplete registration &/or unsigned liability waiver will not be given the Race Kit

Got Questions?
You may e-mail the secretariat via
The secretariat has a 24-hour turnaround time to answer all emails
All questions and concerns are being handled by Eventking, the race organizer

Friday, February 18, 2011

143 Go! Run the Miles. Share the Love

Beneficiary: Philippine Heart Center - OPD Pediatric Charity Patients

The primary goal of UP Organization of Business Economics Majors’ fun run entitled: “1,4,3, GO!”, is  to help raise funds for the establishment of a recreational area for the OPD (Out-Patient Division) Pediatric Charity Patients of Philippine Heart Center. The recreational area will serve as playroom and study area for the kids who visit the hospital for check-ups, and will be maintained by the Social Services Division of Philippine Heart Center. This project aims to help children recover from their illnesses by putting smiles on their faces and bringing happiness in their hearts

When: February 27, 2011
Where: SM Mall of Asia

Registration Fees
P450 - 3k/5k/10k
P800 - 3k couple's run
Note: show a valid school ID and proof of enrollment for this semester/school year and pay only P400

Registration Venues
Chris Sports (mall hours only)
-SM Mall of Asia
-SM Megamall
-SM North EDSA
-Robinson's Ermita
-Market! Market!

UP Organization of Business Economics Majors Tambayan
- Rm 122 School of Economics, UP Diliman (8AM-5PM Monday to Saturday; 6-11AM Sundays)
Philippine Heart Center
- Office of the Social Services Division (9AM-5PM)

First 500 registrants will receive FREE bandanas from Adidas Personal Care
- first 50 registrants per Chris Sports branch
- first 50 registrants at the Philippine Heart Center Social Service division
- first 200 registrants at UP Diliman School of Economics, Room 122
Just present the coupon in our Adidas booth on February 27 to claim
First 600 registrants at UP Diliman OBEM tambayan Rm. 122 will receive free Adidas Roll Ons

Registration Form
Download form here

Online Registration
You can sign up here and pay thru BDO or PayPal

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
10k - 5AM - 5:30AM
  5k - 5AM - 5:40AM
  3k - 5AM - 5:45AM

Race Route Map

- Medals for Top 10 runners for each category (Men per 3k/5k/10k, Women per 3k/5k/10k, Couples)
- P1,500 each for the 1st prize (Men and Women for 3K), P1,300 each for the 2nd prize (Men and Women 3K), P1000 each for the 3rd prize (Men and Women 3K)
- P2000 each for the 1st prize (Men and Women for 5K), P1,750 each for the 2nd prize (Men and Women for 5K), P1500 each for the 3rd prize (Men and Women for 5K)
-P2,500 each for the 1st prize (Men and Women for 10K), P2000 each for the 2nd prize (Men and Women for 10K), P1,750 each for the 3rd prize (Men and Women for 10K)
- P2000 for the 1st prize (Couple), P1750 for the 2nd prize (Couple), P1500 for the 3rd prize (Couple)
- Gift packs from Converse and Hawk Bags will also be received by the winners for each running distance and category
- Mary Kay perfumes (for Male and Female) worth almost P2,000 each will be given to the Top 3 Couples

Race Results
The race results will be released (3) days after the race
3k couples official results
3k official results
5k official results
10k official results

Photo Gallery
Event photo will be available at and

Important Reminders
1 Participants may run, walk, or rest upon their discretion, provided that they do not leave the route of the race nor ride in vehicles. Any runner who takes a short cut or rides a vehicle will automatically be disqualified from the competition
2 All participants will be allotted 3 1/2 hours maximum to finish the whole race. Participants exceeding this allotted time shall not be included in the recorded time results
3  The Race Bib must be worn at all times during the race. At the end of the track, the barcode sticker on the bib will be peeled off by the race organizers to identify individual times
4 Lost race bibs and other important paraphernalia will not be the organizer’s liability once these have been given to the participants. However, they may still request to purchase a new set of the damaged/lost paraphernalia (eg. Singlet, race bib)
5 The race organizers reserve the right to disqualify or refuse registration of runners and teams whom they deem are not in accordance with Race’s Rules and Regulations
6 Protests will only be accepted before the awarding. Once the prizes are awarded, participants may no longer contest the ranking of participants

Run The Miles.  Share The Love.
It is important to keep in mind that “giving” is one form of love. It provides a feeling that is similar to the romantic one. In giving we experience imparting a little part of ourselves to contribute to the growth of someone or something else. Cliché as it may sound, in giving, we get more than what we let go

You still have a week to sign-up.  Go out and hit the registration center nearest you


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Saucony Hattori: Protection Without Correction

It is expected to come out on May 1

This year is going to be an excited one for barefoot and minimalist runners.  Shoe giants like New Balance and Merrell will be brining out new products this year.  Saucony will also support the minimalist movement by offering a zero-drop, 10mm midsole height, 4.4 oz shoe by May.  However, New Balance Minimus will be coming out 2 months earlier so it might hurt sales for Saucony.  Hattori is expected to be retailed at $80. 
The upper feels light, flexible and comfortable.  The same goes for its sole.  However, I wish they'd made it thinner.  Say 2mm at least.  For me, 10mm is still thick and takes away any ground feel.  On the other hand, its good to know that there's no height difference between toe and heel height.  The only thing I am worried about the shoe is its toe box.  Feels narrow in my opinion.  And you know how important it is to allow toe splay
Hattori has 2 velcro straps, one across the midfoot and across the heal.  And, get this, it comes in 10 different colors - 5 for men and 5 for women
Saucony Hattori video courtesy of


Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Philippine Daily Inquirer 25th Anniversary Run

Founded in 1985, the Philippine Daily Inquirer celebrated its silver anniversary last December.  With that, Inquirer will be hosting a fun run dubbed as 25 for 25.  What's unique with this event is that it will have a 25 kilometers, 5-man team, relay run.  Interesting?  Check out on how you can register

Beneficiary: Inquirer Newsboy Foundation, Children of the Victims of the Maguindanao Massacre, Gifts & Graces Foundation

Race Results
Get it here

Photo Gallery
Courtesy of ActiveMoments

In-store Registration
Philippine Daily Inquirer Satellite Branch – Atrium Bldg. Makati, T.M. Kalaw, SM Cubao
Made 4 U – Megamall, Glorietta, Trinoma
Yoga+ – 11F, The Fort Legend Tower, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
360 Fitness Club – Strata 100, Ortigas Center
Mizuno – Trinoma, Megamall, Mall of Asia, Eastwood Mall, Bonifacio High Street

Online Registration
Category: 3k/5k/10k
Category: 25k relay (5-man)
Note: 25km relay is only open to 100 teams

Registration Fees
P400 - 3km
P500 - 5km
P600 - 10km
P2,500 - 25km relay

Race Kit: Singlet, Race Bib, Race Route Map, Timing Tag and instructions, P500 discount coupon from Mizuno

Singlet Design

Timing Device

Color-coded Race Bib (per category)

Race Map
5k/25k relay

Assembly Time and Gun Start
25km relay - 5:30 am
10km - 6:00 am
5km - 6:30 am
3km - 7:00 am

Pre-Run Stretches will be conducted by YOGA+

Prizes (top 3 finishers)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Race Review: Condura Skyway Marathon 2011

Parking Strategy. Runners for the 10k, 16k, and 21k categories all has to start at the Ayala triangle and finish at Bonifacio High Street. I didn't liked the idea of getting a shuttle or a cab going back to Ayala so I decided to park my car in BGC and take a quick ride to Ayala before my gun start.  Woke up at 2AM to start my pre-race rituals.  I arrived at Market Market parking lot around 3:40AM then I immediately ran towards the taxi bay.  Good thing there was still a handful of cabs in queue.  "Lucky!", I said

Assembly Area.  I asked the cab driver to pull over at the corner of Ayala and Makati Avenue.  First thing I saw was a long queue of runners lining up to deposit their belongings at the baggage area.  There I was thinking that the line might even go longer especially with 1,700+ runners who signed up for the half-marathon race.  No idea how long the line got especially with the fact that I only saw 3 to 4 personnel manning the baggage area.  After that I proceeded to where the portalets were located.  I should say it was aplenty.  I saw a total of 20 portable toilets, 10 of which were assigned for the boys and the other 20 for the girls
Condura Skyway Marathon implemented a system called clustered gun starts, the organizers will be releasing 500 runners every 2 minutes.  This is to minimize possible clogging of runners especially on roads that are quite narrow.  I think this was a wise decision made

Since I still had time in my hands, I decided to go for a quick warm up.  I went in front of the starting arch and jog for a few rounds.  With 15 minutes to spare, I decided to go inside the corral where the other participants were and wait for my gun start.  Weaved my way up to the front, together with the rest of the Wave A runners

Race Pace.  My plan was to set a new PB (personal best) for the 21km distance by crossing the finish line in under 1 hour and 50 minutes. So the idea was to run every kilometer in 5 minutes and 12 seconds or less (8:23/mi).  That meant shaving off at least 10 seconds every kilometer from my current PB (1 hr 53 mins)
Time has finally come and the first wave was released from the starting line.  I was thinking of aiming for a negative split but once I've hit the timing mat my original plan was thrown out of the window and ran with gusto.  Though I still consciously held myself from running too hard early on.  I just want to experience and have fun running through Skyway as much as possible.  I'd really hate it if I would conk out halfway through

Kilometer Markers.  The first few kilometers went by without seeing any distance marker. Was thinking if I should use the water stations to record my split times.  Then on the 4th kilometer, I saw a distance marker.

I was trying to keep my distance with the other faster runners as small as I possibly could.  But even before I reached our designated turn around, the lead pack kicked it in high gear and found myself following their trail of dust. I was now running back to Buendia seeing only 3-4 runners in front of me.  I'd have to say that it got lonely.

Overall, the first 14 kilometers was a breeze as I was able to hit my intended pace.  I attribute this accomplishment to my fellow runners/friends from TAKBO.PH who was cheering/motivating me all the way
E is for Empty.  My performance started to dwindle when I was about to exit the Skyway and hit Buendia.  And it wasn't the banana that kept my spirit up but the tremendous love from the guys and gals at the TAKBO.PH aid station.  For the next 3 kilometers I managed to hit an average of 5:20/km (8:35/mi)

Bright Lights.  The succeeding 3 kilometers (km17 to km20) included the Kalayaan flyover.  Besides the ascent that one has to overcome, you should also be able to run with your eyes closed.  I really appreciate the effort done by the organizers by illuminating the flyover.  However the lights were pointed towards the runners.  Talk about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Or should I say, tons of light that it made my eyes hurt

I checked my watch at the 20th kilometer to see how I did.  Realized that my kilometer splits was already 28 seconds slower (5:40/km) versus my target pace.  That meant that I only had 5 minutes and 45 seconds left to cover 1,097.5 meters.  If you do the math, it will take me at least 6 minutes and 13 seconds to run the remaining distance.  Unfortunately I could not summon any strength in me to ran faster
Pain is Temporary Quitting is Forever.  Finish line was now in sight.  I can now see the elapsed time at the arch - 1 hour 49 minutes and 43 seconds.  With a few seconds left and a couple of meters to conquer, I knew I wouldn't make it.  I already accepted the fact that I won't be able to achieve my target time

Then out of nowhere, when least expected, someone shouted "PUSH!"  The next thing I knew, I was already sprinting towards the finish line.  It was the divine intervention that I badly needed

I did it! To the unknown soul, whether the motivation was for me or for another runner, I wanna say THANK YOU!  The timing couldn't be better
Lesson Learned. Don`t give up till it`s over (lyrics can be googl'd)

(images courtesy of conduraskywaymarathon, runnersrunner, marathon-photos)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Unilab Run United 1 2011: Win A Free Race Kit

Here's your chance to WIN a complimentary registration (any category) to Unilab's Run United 1 2011. The winner will be announced on February 14, 2011 (That's right!  On Valentine's Day)

How To Join?
1 Go to Unilab Active Health Facebook page and click the "Like" button
2 Upload your best “Active Health” photo in the wall of Unilab ActiveHealth FB page
( and explain why this is your best “active health” moment
Note: Share with Unilab ActiveHealth your best “active health” photo. This can be your best moment during a sports event, bonding time with your family/friends, etc

3 Add in the comment area of your photo from which blog ( did you see this contest
4 Then tag 5 friends who you think need to jumpstart their journey to active health
5 Invite your friends to "Like" your entry

Photos will be judged based on the following criteria:
* Adherence to the theme of “Active Health:” 50%
* Fan favorite: 30%
* Unilab ActiveHealth Team favorite: 20%

Important Reminders
* Submission of photo entries will be from February 3 to 10 only
* Only one entry per person
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