Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Project Back To School Baguio Fun Run 2011

What: Project: Back to School Baguio Fun Run
When: July 16, 2011
Where: Camp John Hay

Registration Fee
PHP500 - 3km
PHP600 - 5km
PHP700 - 15km
Note: 20% discount for students, senior citizens, and children below 8 yrs old just present a valid ID

Registration Sites
- SM Toby’s Baguio
- ROX at Bonifacio Global City
- RUNR at Bonifacio Global City
- Royal Sports House at Festival Mall, Muntinlupa
Registration Promo : Until July 10, 2011 6+1 FREE same race category

Online Registration
Want a hassle free registration? Click here

Race Kit contains
- Singlet
- D-TAG / Bar code
Giveaway from the sponsors
- Gardenia
- Nature Valley Granola Bar
- Fit N Rite
- 10% discount at Toby's SM Baguio on regular items on apparel & shoes
Note: Release of race kits starts on June 30, 2011

Singlet Design

Race Map / Race Route

Monday, June 27, 2011

Pocari Sweat Fun Run 2011

What: Pocari Sweat Run 2011
When: July 17,2011
Where: Frontera Verde, Tiendesitas, Ortigas Center

Race Photos
Run Philippines (album1, album2, album3, album4, album5, album6, album7, album8, album9, album10, album11)
Greentennial Photos (album1, album2, album3, album4, album5, album6, album7, album8)
Pocari Sweat Philippines (album1)
iRest Massage Chair (album1, album2, album3)

Race Results
Partial and unofficial (3km)
Partial and unofficial (5km)
Partial and unofficial (10km)

Registration Fee
PHP400 - 3km
PHP400 - 5km
PHP500 - 10km

Registration Site
Otsuka Office (3/f Kings Court II Building Chino Roces, Makati City.)
Note: Monday to Friday 8:00-5:00pm

R.O.X, Fort Bonifacio
Royal Sporting House (Robinson Place Ermita)
Reebok (Festival Mall, Trinoma, SM Megamall, Glorietta)
Note: Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 8:00 pm

Singlet Design

Race Map / Race Route

Got Inquiries?
You may call at 844-9266 loc 146 for more details

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Run For HERO Foundation

We all run for a reason

Sometimes its the singlet

Sometimes its the finisher's shirt

Sometimes its the finisher's medal

Or the chance to win a Yamaha Mio Fino

But on July 3, I hope that you run for HERO Foundation and help raise P1M
You can still register for the Yamaha Fun Run until July 1

Would you like to help HERO kids?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Manila International Marathon 2011 - Postponed!

Are you as FAAS as a PUMA

I was at the public launch of RunRio's Timing Card last Saturday when I saw a banner at the display window of PUMA store. Learned that Puma has a new line of running shoes dubbed as FAAS. Further googling led me to more information and here's what I found out
Faas running shoes are fast as fast can be, lightweight and come with everything you need for running, and nothing more. It’s our approach to natural running: Whether training or racing, Faas lets you find your natural rhythm so you can find that natural runner’s high
The first thing that immediately came to my mind is Nike Free. Is Puma now seriously looking at the barefoot/minimalist shoe market?  Technically Puma has been providing us good racing flats for some time already specifically track spikes.  But when one speaks about the brand, it is almost always that the H-Street is uttered especially by Chi and Pose running practitioners
What isn't there to love? Just look at it. Breathable and lightweight upper mesh, wide toe box, generous toe box height, thin sole, and minimal toe-heel difference.  All of the elements of a barefoot/minimal shoes are there

Before I go astray, here's more information about Puma Faas --

PUMA used a ‘less is more’ approach by removing the bells, whistles, and traditional running shoe reinforcements and replacing them with a new lightweight system called BioRide. This technology has 3 integrated parts – Rocker, Flex, and Groove – that work together to create a more natural running rhythm

ROCKER.  Rocker refers to the outsole shape of the Faas shoes. Because of its rocker shape, the center of gravity is focused more towards the center of the shoe rather than the heel. This subtle design update allows runners to land in a more neutral foot position, rather than being pulled into a heel strike like most traditional running shoes

FLEX.  To encourage the feel of a natural ride, flex grooves have been added throughout the midsole. In the forefoot area, where more flexibility is needed to make toeing-off easier, additional flex grooves have been added. In the mid-foot and heel area, where the shoe needs to be stabilized to minimize unnecessary movement and produce the most efficient gait, fewer grooves exist

GROOVE.  On the lateral side of the midsole, there is a groove that runs along the side of the shoe. This is the Groove and has been carved into the midsole to allow it to compress in an accordion like way

Still confused what BioRide is? Here's a short clip

Now, why did I say it is similar to Nike Free? FAAS has a cushioning scale from 100 to 1000. Like Nike, the lower the number the thinner the sole (least cushion) is
You are probably nodding your heads right now in agreement.  Currently there are 3 models that are available: Faas 250, Faas 300, and Faas 500.  We are expecting that there will be 3 more that will soon follow: Faas 200, Faas 400, and Faas 800

I am crossing my fingers that the additional three models will come out this year as well.  I guess it will all depend on how the market will respond with its first 3 offering.  To be honest, I'd rather have Faas 100 hitting the stores soon.  I wanna see how minimal that would be and wishing that it'll adopt a zero-drop sole (heel and toe difference)

Enough of the wishful thinking, check out the shoes below

FAAS 250 Mens - 6.7 oz, heel (18mm), forefoot (10mm)

FAAS 250 Womens (6.7 oz)
also available in "dark shadow-fluo yellow-gray violet-neon"

FAAS 300 Mens - 7.2 oz, heel (18mm), forefoot (10mm)

FAAS 300 Womens (6.9 oz)

FAAS 500 Mens - 9.7 oz, heel (26mm), forefoot (16mm)

FAAS 500 Womens (8.9 oz)

Puma Faas 250 and 300 retails at $85 while Faas 500 asks for $100. As for me, I want a pair of these -

"running is nothing more than a desire to be faster and to enjoy the freedom of finding one’s natural rhythm" -Puma

(image courtesy of,

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2011 - Register Now!

The registration for Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2012 opens tomorrow!

You may check your race result here
I have been eagerly waiting for the registration of the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2011 to start.  And after two long months scraping the interweb for information and checking the official site day and night, the good news has finally arrived ...

Registration starts tomorrow - June 23 2011 at 11AM (GMT +8)

The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2011 is one of the highlights of the local sports calendar for 2011 and the marquee running event in Singapore that aims to be Asia'a pinnacle race.

The event will feature three different start points and routes for the Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km, providing scenic views of Singapore’s iconic landmarks.

The Kids Dash also offers aspiring little runners the chance to experience the Marathon, while the Ekiden promises to foster both teamwork and strategic planning among a team of six runners completing the Full Marathon in a relay format.

A new non-competitive race category, the 5km Fun Run, will be making its debut at Singapore's marquee running event to further cater to runners of all ages and levels. This category also presents a great opportunity for family members and friends to bond through a recreational run.

The race is dedicated to help the less fortunate by raising funds for selected beneficiaries through the "Run For Good" charity programme

The Event Launch will be held on Thursday, 23 June 2011 at Raffles Place Park (7 Raffles Place, Singapore 048625), which is in front of Chevron House, from 11:00 am to 04:00 pm.  There will be on-site registration for the SCMS 2011 at the Event Launch, from 11:00 am to 04:00 pm on 23 June 2011

The first 100 participants who register at the Event Launch will be entitled to a premium goodie bag worth approximately S$800, which includes premiums and vouchers from the Organiser and sponsors

In addition, the next 900 participants who register at the Event Launch will receive an exclusive goodie bag worth approximately S$400.

Race Categories
Individual Categories
Full Marathon – 42.195km
Half Marathon – 21.1km
10km – Men
10km – Women
10km – Wheelchair
5km Fun Run*
Kids Dash – 750m*
- Between 10 – 12 Years Old
- Between 7 – 9 Years Old
- Between 4 – 6 Years Old**
- 3 Years Old and Below**
*The 5km Fun Run and Kids Dash are non-competitive races, hence participants of these race categories will not be issued with timing chips
**It is compulsory for a parent/guardian to accompany any child 6 years and below during the Kids Dash for safety purposes, failing which, the Organiser reserves the right to refuse entry to the participant
**Only one parent/guardian issued with an identification tag will be allowed to accompany any child 6 years & below

Team Category
Ekiden – 42.195km*
(Each team must consist of 6 participants)
*The first participant of the team will begin the relay at the same start point and time as the Full Marathon participants

Registration Fee

Registration Period
Online and walk-in registration for the SCMS 2011 starts on 23 June 2011, 11:00 am (GMT +8) and ends on 30 September 2011

Registration Site
Participants can register online at the Official Website or sign up in-person at the following Singapore Sports Council (SSC) Sports & Recreation Centres (SRC):

How will I know if my registration has been successful?
Participants will receive a race confirmation slip via email upon successful registration. The system will automatically allocate a unique Race ID to each participant as shown in their race confirmation slip.

What are the sizes for the Running Singlet?

Race Map / Race Route

Prize Money
Full Marathon Open Category

Full Marathon Singaporeans and Veterans Category

Half Marathon Open Category

10km Open and Wheelchair Category

Ekiden Open Category

Race FAQ
When will the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2011 be held?
The SCMS 2011 will be held on Sunday, 4 December 2011

Where are the start and finish points?
The start points for the various race categories are as follows:
    Full Marathon/Ekiden: Orchard Road
    Half Marathon: Sentosa
    10km (Men/Women/Wheelchair), 5km Fun Run & Kids Dash: Esplanade Drive
The finish point for all categories will be at St. Andrew's Road, the Padang.

What is the maximum capacity for each race category?
The maximum capacity for each race category are as follows:
    Full Marathon (42.195km): 24,400 participants
    Ekiden (42.195km): 600 participants (100 teams of six participants)
    Half Marathon (21.1km): 20,000 participants
    10km (Men/Women/Wheelchair): 16,000 participants
    5km Fun Run: 5,000 participants
    Kids Dash (750m): 4,000 participants

What are the refreshments that will be provided for the runners?
Isotonic drinks, water and bananas will be provided for the participants at various stations throughout their race routes

Where are the drinks and fruit stations?
Drinks stations serving Ice Mountain drinking water is available at:
    The start and finish points for all three routes
    Every 3km mark after the first 3km for the Full Marathon and 10km Run
    Every 4km mark after the first 3km for the Half Marathon
Bananas are available at approximately the 13.8km mark for the Full Marathon.

Flag Off Time

Cut-off Time
For Participants who are unlikely to finish the race within eight hours, race officials will divert the aforesaid Participants, at designated diversion points along the race route, to a shorter race route towards the finish gantry. For their own safety and to avoid being caught in between live traffic, Participants must obey as instructed, or else they will be pulled off the race course immediately

Finisher’s T-shirts (only applicable for the Full Marathon and Ekiden categories), medals and official race timings will still be issued to the aforesaid Participants. However they will NOT be issued their e-Certificate of Participation as they will be deemed disqualified.

Race Entry Pack Collection
All Participants must collect their Race Entry Pack which includes the Race Bib, timing device, Event T-shirt, Event Handbook and other novelties at the Race Entry Pack Collection (“REPC”) during the collection period (“Collection Period”), of which details will be stated on the Official Website. If Participants are unable to collect their Race Entry Pack in person, they may empower a duly authorised representative in accordance with the procedure detailed on the Official Website.

Late collection will not be entertained and the Organisers shall not be liable for any other loss or inconvenience caused, due to Participants’ inability to collect their Race Entry Pack. For avoidance of doubt, the Organisers are not obliged to extend the collection period or to ensure that the Participants receive their Race Entry Pack. At all times, it is the responsibility of the Participants to collect their Race Entry Pack during the Collection Period. Race Entry Packs not collected during the Collection Period will be deemed as unwanted, and the Organisers shall be at liberty to dispose or re-distribute them accordingly

Runner's Entitlement
All Participants who successfully complete the race in their chosen race category will be awarded a Finisher’s Medal upon the presentation of their Race Bib to the respective officials.

Full Marathon / Ekiden participants will only be able to choose their Finisher’s T-shirt size during registration and will be given their chosen size upon successful completion of the run. The Finisher’s T-shirt sizes are subject to availability and Finisher’s T-shirts in the next best size will be issued to Full Marathon / Ekiden Participants in the event that the previously chosen size is no longer available.

All Finisher’s Medals & T-shirts are to be collected on the race day. No requests thereafter will be entertained.

All Participants who successfully complete the race in their chosen race category will be awarded an e-Certificate of Participation. The e-Certificate of Participation will be made available on the official website by 1 March 2012. This entitlement will not apply to Participants who are unable to complete the race within the eight (8) hour cut-off mark, are disqualified or do not complete the race.

General Rules and Regulations
1 Participants will be start from different Start Pens based on their estimated time of completion. Participants are to assemble in their respective Start Pens which is reflected on their Bib.
2 The race route will be closed to traffic for the duration of the race up to eight hours, from the first flag off at 5am onwards. After which, beyond the eight-hour cut off mark, the roads will be re-opened to live traffic. More details will be available on the Official Website, E-newsletters and Event Handbook.
3 A Participant must retire from the race immediately if required to do so by any member of the official medical staff, Race Director, Referee and/or Security Officer.
4 Pets, bicycles, in-line skates, prams, push carts, shoes with built-in or attached rollers and any other wheel-run objects are not allowed on the race route for all categories. This is with the exception of both the Kids Dash and the 10km Wheelchair categories where prams and wheelchairs are allowed respectively. Only official race and medical vehicles are allowed on the race route.
5 The wearing of race helmet is compulsory for all Participants taking part in the 10km Wheelchair category.
6 Other than sports wheelchairs, no other types of wheelchairs are allowed on the race route.
7 After registration, there will be no fee refund for Participants who do not eventually take part in the SCMS 2011, for any reasons whatsoever.
8 Participants are strictly not allowed to transfer their race entries to another party or change race categories after their registrations are confirmed.
9 Participants, who commence before the actual start time of the race category for which they registered for, will be disqualified
10 Participants who do not start within 30 minutes from their respective flag off point (Full Marathon, Ekiden, Half Marathon, 10km Men/Women/Wheelchair, 5km Fun Run & Kids Dash) will be disqualified and for safety reasons, may not be allowed to start.
11 Participants must be 18 years and above on the race day to participate in the Full Marathon & Ekiden - 42.195km.
12 Participants must be 17 years and above on the race day to participate in the Half Marathon - 21.1km.
13 Participants must be 14 years and above on the race day to participate in the 10km race.
14 Participants must be 13 years and above on the race day to participate in the 5km Fun Run.
15 Participants below the age of 18 are required to seek parental/guardian consent and fill up the relevant indemnity and declaration forms when registering online or in-person, failing which, the Organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to that Participant.
16 Participants for both Male Veterans (Marathon) and Female Veterans (Marathon) must be 40 years and above as of 4 December 2011.  
17 The Organisers will not be responsible for any loss and/or damage, personal or otherwise, to the belongings and items deposited at the event baggage storage facility. The Organisers also reserve the right to check any item or baggage deposited.

The rules for the Ekiden - 42.195km category:
I. Assemble
All 6 Participants for each Ekiden team must assemble at the designated pick up locations at the stipulated time. The 1st Participant of each team will report at the Full Marathon start pen, while the remaining 2nd-6th Participants of each team will be shuttled to their respective changeover points. Please take note that any team with latecomers will be disqualified on the spot.
II. Race
The 1st Participant of the team will start at the same time as the Participants for the Full Marathon. At the 1st changeover point, the 2nd Participant of the same team will receive a sash from the 1st Participant; this relay will continue until the last (6th) Participant of the team finishes the race. Each of these 6 stages of the relay will not be of equal distances but will total 42.195km. 
III. Welfare / Pickup
Participants of each team who have completed their respective stage will be able to rest at the refreshment tents located at the changeover points. Shuttle buses will be made available to transport Ekiden Participants back to the Finish Point.
IV. Winner
The first team whose 6th Participant crosses the finish line with the relay sash, will be declared the winner, unless technical disputes arise.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

adidas KOTR 2011 Philippines Opens Online Registration


Race Photos
TAKBO.PH (album1, album2)
Team USB/LA Tomas (album1, album2, album3, album4, album5, album6, album7, album8, album9, album10, album11, album12, album13, album14, album15, album16)
Team USB/Timo Taburico (album1, album2, album3, album4, album5, album6, album7, album8)
Team USB/Ryan Moral (album1, album2)

adidas King of the Road (KOTR) Philippines happening October 23 at the Bonifacio Global City officially opens online registration today

Event categories and race fees are 5km for Php1,050.00, 16.8km for Php1,300.00, and 21km for Php1,050. Open categories are for all nationalities while closed categories are for Filipinos only. Men and women alike, 12 to 65 years old, are encouraged to join. Registered participants gather at the KOTR 2011 Kick-Off Assembly from Oct 10-12 (11AM-11PM) at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, where race kits containing singlet, timing device, and other race paraphernalia will be distributed and a variety of activities await everyone.

adidas King of the Road (KOTR) 2011 is a running championship held across Southeast Asia.  Held in five (5) countries across the region, the adidas KOTR will culminate in an ultimate championship race in its first ever host country, the Philippines, on October 23, at the Bonifacio Global City.

All participants who finish get a finisher’s medal—yes, even 5km finishers!

Frequently Asked Questions
When and where will the 2011 adidas King of the Road Philippines be held?
The adidas King of the Road Philippines will be held on 23 October 2011 (Sunday) at the Bonifacio Global City

How do I register?
Registration can be done online and in-store.  The registration will close on 31 August 30 September 2011 or upon reaching maximum number of slots. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis

How will I know if my entry has been accepted?
Registrants will receive a confirmation email upon successful registration. The system will automatically allocate a unique Registration Number as shown in their confirmation email. Please note that Hivelocity Pte Ltd’ will be listed in your credit card bank statement for this transaction. It is necessary to bring a copy of the confirmation e-mail from the organiser and a valid ID upon collecting the Race Kit

What are the possible reasons I did not receive my Race Confirmation details after registration and Payment?
It could be due to any of the following reasons:
The transaction did not go through
The email address provided is invalid
Email server blocked the email

What should I do if I do not receive my race confirmation slip after registration and payment?
Please contact us immediately at

Do I get a refund if I choose not to participate after registration?
Registration fee is strictly non refundable

Can I make changes to my personal particulars after registration?
Yes. Registrants can make changes to their personal particulars by sending an email to However changes to Race Category, Date of Birth, NRIC, Gender and Event running vest sizes are NOT considered as changes of personal particulars

Why am I unable to select a given size of the running singlet?
The size that you have selected is out of stock. Please select your next preferred size

Can I choose the color of my running singlet? Can I change the color of my running singlet?
No, issuance of running singlet is on a first-come-first-served basis. When a particular color is unavailable the next available color will be issued. No requests for exchange of running vests will be entertained

When and where can I collect my Race Kit?
Registered participants are invited to gather at the KOTR 2011 Kick-Off Assembly from Oct 10-12 at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, where race kits containing singlet, timing device, and other race paraphernalia will be distributed and a variety of activities await everyone. Those who have availed of the Free Run Promo get their race kits shipped to their mailing address for free

Do I get a medal upon finishing the race?
ALL participants who complete the run will be awarded a Finisher Medal at the finishing line. Medals will not be given to non-participants nor non-finishers of the race. A non-participant is a person who did not take part in the race on the date of the event and a non-finisher is a participant who retires from the race before finishing it

Are rollerbladers and cyclists allowed on the race route?
No. For the safety of the runners, any person rollerblading or cycling on the race route will be requested to exit the course immediately by the marshals.

Can I bring along my pets?
Pets are strictly not allowed on the race route

For inquiries, please email

Monday, June 20, 2011

Run For Literacy 2011

Last Saturday, during Mizuno Infinity Run, I saw a tarp along Bayani Road.  It turned out to be a fun run which aims to raise funds for the scholars of Millicent Foundation, Inc.  The event also aims to raise textbooks to be donated to day care centers in Manila which is why participants are requested to donate used and new textbooks

I will be honest, looking at the race details, it may discourage you from participating.  Why is that?  First is the registration venue.  There is only 1 site and I do not even know where it is.  Next is the registration fee.  The 10k fee is not exactly competitive compared to those provided by mainstream organizers.  Then there's the prizes. I know a handful of runners who joins fun run either as a form of living or as an extra source of income.  With that, this race will be giving non-cash as its prize for the top finishers

However, if you want a no-frills fun run and at the same time help send kids to school then this one is for you!

Race Results can be seen here

Event: Run For Literacy
When: June 25, 2011
Where: Roxas Blvd

Registration Fee
PHP300 - 3km
PHP500 - 5km
PHP700 - 10km
Note: registration comes with singlet and racing bib

Registration Site
3rd Floor Anna Building, Bayani Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

Registration Form
Download your copy here

Race Map / Race Route
Route: Start at Rajah Sulayman run towards CCP Complex then U-Turn at Vito Cruz and go towards Pedro Gil. U-Turn at Pedro Gil and go to finish line at Rajah Solayman

Route: Start at Rajah Sulayman go towards CCP Complex then U-Turn at Vito Cruz and go towards T.M Kalaw then U-Turn at Museo Pambata heading back towards Rajah Solayman for the finish line

Route: 2 loops of the 5km route

Singlet Design

- First two finishers for each event will be given scholarship prizes
- Fucoidan gift certificates will be given to runners-up (3rd, 4th and 5th placers for each event)

Event Information
- Run for Literacy will push thru on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at exactly 5:30am rain or shine
- Participants must be at the venue 30 minutes before the start of the run. They will be asked to convene at the starting line for last minute instructions and warm up exercises
- Paramedics will be on stand by on the route
- Water stations will be strategically located on the route

Got Inquiries?
Contact Tel: 986-9220
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