Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chevrolet – New Balance Power Run 2011

On November 6, 2011, Chevrolet shall sport its newest collaboration with Global athletic leader, New Balance in an event that is expected to usher in 10,000 people to gear up their running shoes and push their limits by participating on the Chevrolet – New Balance Power Run 2011 at Bonifacio Global City

The event aims to showcase Chevrolet and New Balance’s leadership and heritage in their respective fields and demonstrate each brand’s product superiority and innovation while it challenges consumers to achieve new levels of performance

Registration Period
Register in-store through the outlet listed below from September 1 – October 16, 2011 (12:00 nn – 8:00 pm)

Registration Venue
New Balance (5/F Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Ortigas Center)
Planet Sports
- 2/F Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City.
- 2/F Trinoma Mall, North Ave., cor. Pagasa, Quezon City.
The Athlete’s Foot
- 3/F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Quezon City.
- 2/F Robinson’s Place Manila, Ermita Manila.
- 2/F Twin Cinema Arcade, Alabang Town Center, Alabang.

ROX (B1 R.O.X. Bldg Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City)

Registration Fee
5KM – Php 850 (New Balance Shirt, Bag, Race Bib with Timing Chip, P1000 New Balance Cash Voucher and Runner’s Guide)
10KM – Php 950 (New Balance Shirt, Bag, Race Bib with Timing Chip, P1000 New Balance Cash Voucher and Runner’s Guide)
25KM – Php 1,150 (New Balance Shirt, Bag, Race Bib with Timing Chip, P1000 New Balance Cash Voucher Runner’s Guide and Souvenir Medallion)

Online Registration
Got no time?  Register at
- Online Registration is available from August 24, 2011 until October 16, 2011
- Race kits delivery will start on September 10, 2011

Assembly Time and Gun Start and Cutoff Time
25k - 4:00AM - 4:50AM (3 hours and 45 minutes)
10k - 4:00AM - 5:20AM (2 hours)
5k - 4:00AM - 5:50AM (1 hour)
Runners who fail to complete their respective distances within the specific cut-off time must stop running and board the official pick-up vehicle. These runners will automatically be disqualified and wll be taken directly to the finish venue

Race Map / Race Route

Finisher's Medal

5KM Male & Female First Place Php 15,000 worth of Cash and GC plus medal and a 19” Devant LED TV.
5KM Male & Female Second Place Php 10,000 worth of Cash and GC plus medal.
5KM Male & Female Third Place Php 7,000 worth of Cash and GC plus medal.
10KM Male & Female First Place Php 22,000 worth of Cash and GC plus medal 24” Devant LED TV.
10KM Male & Female Second Place Php 15,000 worth of Cash and GC plus medal.
10KM Male & Female Third Place Php 10,000 worth of Cash and GC plus medal.
25KM Male & Female First Place Php 30,000 worth of Cash and GC plus medal 32” Devant LED TV.
25KM Male & Female Second Place Php 22,000 worth of Cash and GC plus medal.
25KM Male & Female Third Place Php 15,000 worth of Cash and GC plus medal.

Other Prizes
5KM – Chevrolet Centennial Swatch watch for the 100th Finisher
10KM – Chevrolet Centennial Swatch watch for the 100th Finisher
25KM – Chevrolet Centennial Swatch watch for the 100th Finisher
- Medals, Cash and New Balance Gift Certificates will be given to the top 3 Male & Female finishers for the three race categories.
- Winners must be physically present to receive their awards during the award ceremony

Win A Chevrolet Cruze

Monday, August 29, 2011

Race Review: Earth Run 2011

Here's my experience - Earth Run 2011

Good Points
- Registration (there were 4 onsite registration centers and an online facility was made available)
- Registration fee (the 21k fee was pegged at PHP650)
- Beneficiary (proceeds of this race goes to Greenpeace)
- Singlet (not a singlet but a nice shirt that came with the race kit)
- Timing (used Itemhound for recording of race result better than barcode)
- Assembly Area (there was an easy-access point to the coral near the starting arc)
- Distance (the half marathon category was fairly accurate; it was roughly 21.15kms)
- Hydration (ice-cold Pocari Sweat was served)
- Cups (they used paper cups; +1 for being environment friendly)
- Route (it was nice that the 10k runners also utilized Buendia flyover)
- Ambulance (there were at least 1 ambulance roving along the route)
- Finisher's Medal (simple and nice)
- Finisher's Distribution (tents were separated by distances)
- Banana (was provided at the finish line)
- Race results (partial and unofficial race result is now available)

Areas for Improvement
- Baggage Counter (there was a long queue)
- Portalet (there were 10 portable toilets but not-so near the assembly area) 
- Gun Start (515am gun start for the 21km runners was not implemented)
- Race Route (the half marathon route was changed without prior notice)
- Hydration (water was not cold; good thing the weather was nice)
- Hydration (inconsistent distances between water stations)
- Hydration (no personnel assigned in the 8th Ave/Mercato; it was more like a self-service)
- Hydration (no paper cups in Chino Roces St/Buendia; we were drinking water on the gallon lid)
- Kilometer markers (none was to be found along the route)
- Directional sign (ample signs was available but not sufficient; 21k lead pack got lost)
- Marshal (the one stationed in 32nd St was not knowledgeable about the race route)
- Loop cord (no cords were given at Triangle Dr and 8th Ave; easy to cheat for any runner)
- Safety Cones (there was none and if there was any, too few to notice)
- Gun Start (the host said "Ready!" then immediately after the gun was fired; catching everyone off guard)
- Finisher's Medal (was not distributed at the finish line area)
- Pocari (a distribution table was at the far end of 28th St which wasn't noticeable)

Couldn't Comment/Other Observations
- Sponge (no sponge station along the race route)
- Banana (no banana station along the race route)
- Timing mat (something that can be considered by Itemhound)
- Route (somewhat all to familiar especially when we've hit 38th St)
- Fire Trucks (none was seen on this one though I personally don't like a shower or get my shoes drenched)
- Activity Area (did not roamed around to check what's going on)
- Race Photo (several albums was made available by a volunteer photographer)
- Photo Booth/Wall (didn't notice if there was a photo booth in the activity area)

My Thoughts
Crazy Weather.Two days before the race, public storm signals remain hoisted over several areas in north Luzon as typhoon “Mina” continues to intensify as told by weather bureau PAGASA.  This prompted a handful of participants to run about and inquire if the event will push through or not.  Good thing, the weather somewhat eased up a few hours before the race though short bursts of rain showers was being experienced every now and then

Big Day. After 18 long days of self-imposed rest, I will be able to run again.  I've (KT) taped my knee for support and to limit unnecessary movement of my kneecap.  I was both excited and nervous.  Nervous with the fact that I didn't had any training at all and here I was going to cover 21 kilometers.  I was even entertaining the thought of downgrading my distance to 10 kilometers.  But then again, I wouldn't know if my right knee has fully healed or not.  I was just going to take it easy and will immediately stop if the pain appears and become unbearable

Bull Runner.  Jaymie caught up with a lot of runners including me.  I was able to tag along for a kilometer or two.  But her pace was too fast for my knees to handle.  Also, her water breaks are quite short and doesn't suit my racing strategy.  Finally gave up with the thought of running alongside with her and just went back with my usual pace.  It would've been nice running with the Bull Runner.  Running fast wasn't part of my agenda.  Crossing the finish line is

Happy Faces.  Since I was out for awhile, It was a nice sight to see friends and familiar faces along the route. Even with the threat of Storm "Mina" looming over Metro Manila, the spirits of the runners did not wane a bit and one can definitely feel the festive mood.  All the smiles and boost of moral was the one that kept me going throughout the race especially when I got bored running the whole stretch of Buendia.  As it really felt very long at that time

ATC Love.   There was a bunch a guys that I believe the participants want to say thanks to.  They initially stationed themselves at 3rd Ave, where we were about to hit the long flyover.  And they stayed in the same area (Rizal Dr) and continued on cheering everyone and even giving a nice cool spray of water on our faces.  I thought they were part of AdEvents crew but later found out that they were ATC runners.  Thanks for providing the much needed support!

Summary.  It was only such a letdown that AdEvents (race organizer) made some amateurish mistakes which essentially the runners wasn't happy about.  Given with the fact that they've been organizing fun runs for some time and it is their 2nd year as well in handling the organization of Earth Run.  It might've been forgivable but with runner's expectations getting really high, one cannot simply afford such petty shortcomings

Overall, it was a no-frills event with a few kinks here and there. The important thing is that no one got hurt (safety is important!) during the race and a good amount goes to Greenpeace.  I look forward to next year's Earth Run.  If time (and money) permits, Cebu and Davao legs can be considered as well.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Why CAMSUR is the best tourist destination in the Philippines

1 Caramoan Islands
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2 CWC / CamSur Watersports Complex
image courtesy of
3 Bicol Express
image courtesy of
4 And, last but certainly not the least: CamSur Marathon 2011

So, be part of the Summit Camsur Marathon 2011, the only marathon in the Philippines certified by IAAF and AIMS. 

1. Manila registration (ROX and RUNNR Stores in BHS) – extended until September 18, 2011
2. CamSur registration – extended until September 22, 2011
3. Online registration – will be re-opened and extended until September 18, 2011

Those who will register via the Manila registration sites: ROX and RUNNR and via ONLINE from September 12 to 18, race kits will have to be claimed at CWC, CamSur. Organizers will setup a race kit claiming area from September 22 to 24 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Adidas KOTR 2011 ... Here I Come


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)

To be honest, I almost missed the chance to sign up for this race. Thinking since the event itself is scheduled in October that I had plenty of time, I wasn't fully aware that the registration period was expiring soon. Good thing I got reminded when adidas Philippines made the announcement that they will start to accept cash payments starting this week. Good news to those who doesn't own a credit or debit card

With RunRio leading the race organization, I will be expecting a totally different experience compared to last year especially with 14 water stations and 14 Powerade stations along the 21k route. I guess no more picking up of half-empty sports drink bottle in the curb. In addition, I can't wait to get my hands on that pretty finishers medal (definitely light-years away compared to the 'grade school'-inspired medal distributed last year)

Another unique feature of this race is that it will personalize our race bibs. Now that answers the question why we cannot get our race kit immediately. It is just a shame that the maximum characters is only limited to nine (9), at least in the registration process. Funny thing is that if you don't put any, adidas will use your full name instead. If that's the case then there shouldn't be any limitation at all

To seal the deal, adidas will be giving away a reusable and Eco-friendly tote bag. We will be receiving our KOTR 2011 singlet, race bib, timing device, and maps in this nifty little bag.  "So?", you may ask. It may not be a big deal but putting Mother Earth in mind is always a good thing. I hope that this transcends well to fellow runners when they dispose their water cups. 

See you all on October 23!

Friday, August 26, 2011

You've Just Crossed Over Into ...

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas; you've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone — Rod Serling

The past two weeks it felt very weird.  Totally incomprehensible.  There was a feeling of emptiness.  Mind boggling.  It was like I woke up on an alternate universe.  A dimension that is totally surreal

It has been more than a year that I've created a habit of running three times a week.  Speed runs every Tuesdays, tempo on Thursdays, and a long run (or a race) on a weekend.  Running out on the road and burn excess calories.  I've been missing the necessary mileage for more than two weeks already

I am currently on a self-imposed rest.  No running, even for a mile.  All because of a bum knee.  This weekend, I'll be returning to the sport I love.  No PR for me.  I'd settle with crossing the finish line injury-free.  Crossing my fingers that I won't need to see a sports doctor next week

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Adidas Barefoot Shoes - adipure Trainer

Several weeks ago, I saw a couple of snaps (by Doc Marvs) of the upcoming 2012 line from adidas and among them is a shoe with 5 individual toe pockets.  Toe pockets?!? A lawsuit underway?  Putting that aside, adidas has finally jumped in the barefoot/minimalist craze. I hope that their entry ain't late to the party
The world's second-largest athletic company unveiled its first "barefoot" training shoe Tuesday, which is designed to mimic the experience of exercising barefoot while providing the protection, traction and durability of a shoe. The Adipure Trainer, which is a cross between a glove for the feet and a traditional shoe, hits U.S. stores in November priced at $90.  You may read the rest of the article here
If you are wondering how much it will retail locally, simply squint really hard on one of the pictures below you'll see that a pair will be sold at PHP5,295.  How I wish they can keep the price at bay and make it competitive, price-wise, against Vibram FiveFingers

I am keeping my fingers crossed that a shoe will weigh less than 4oz and will sport a very thin sole for better ground feel.  Then I might not have any difficulty separating with my hard-earned cash.  If adidas could send a pair my way, it would be most appreciated

Based from, we expect to see 3 more colorways

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Nike Air Rift. The Real Barefoot Shoes

This morning, Morpheus gave me the choice - to remain in my everyday life or to learn what the Matrix is?  I took the "red pill".  Woke up disoriented and alarmed to find myself weak, hairless (cant imagine), naked in a pod full of red liquid, and connected to many wires.  Not only I learned what the Matrix is, I discovered that Nike Free isn't the shoes made for barefoot runners but its the Nike Air Rift
Dug this up from Eastbay --
One of the earliest running shoes designed for the barefoot runner, the Nike Air Rift was originally released in 1995. Nike designed the Air Rift for the Kenya national running team who ran barefoot. Named after the Great Rift Valley that Kenyan runners would run barefoot through, the Air Rift was designed to emulate the natural movement of the foot, while providing just enough cushioning with the ergonomic sole. The laceless neoprene upper is sock-like in nature and helps make the Nike Air Rift feel like its just a part of your foot.

Last year, Nike released original colors of the Air Rift, including the Kenyan inspired colorway of black with green and red accents. For the summer, they’ve brought a couple of new colorways for the dedicated fan base of this unique sneaker design. A black and Tour Yellow combination is available now, while the Varsity Royal colorway will be available soon.

The split-toe design is the same approach used by Zem Gear for better proprioception.  But other than that it is a totally different animal.  We can easily see how flexible these shoes are because of the soft upper and the strategically placed grooves on its soles which promotes a more natural running gait

But I think the sole is too thick.  It feels clunky.  If you are a barefoot runner, you don't need cushioning.  You only need to protect your sole from the harsh elements on the road.  I guess this is where Nike failed to understand what barefoot running is all about

In my opinion, this is a lot better even compared to Nike 3.0 and Run+ 2 discounting its aesthetic side.  How I wish the design department assigned to Nike Free was tapped when Nike Air Rift was being conceptualized

Monday, August 22, 2011

adidas King of th Road KOTR 2011 Philippines Race Map


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)

We are now 2 months away from race day. Hope you are still on track with your respective training programs. Here's the race map for the adidas King of th Road 2011 Philippines

And if you haven't registered yet, adidas stores today will start to accept cash payments

Friday, August 19, 2011

Anson's Mardi Gras Run 2011

Anson's Mardi Gras Run is a unique concept run that aims to promote family, fun and healthy living. Runners are encouraged to come and run in their best costumes for a chance to win exciting prizes. Lots of fun-filled festivities and activities also await at the finish line

When: October 16 2011
Where: Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hills
Beneficiary: Cancer & Hematology Center of the Philippine Children's Medical Center

Registration Fee
PHP500 - 3km
PHP500 - 5km
PHP600 - 10km
PHP700 - 15km

Registration Site
Chris Sports Outlet
- Megamall
- GLorietta
- Market Market
- Festival Mall
ROX, Bonifacio High Street
Secondwind Store, Julie Vargas
Anson's Branches
- Makati Ave. cor North Drive Ayala Center
- 3rd floor, The Landmark Department Store
- 2304 Don Chino Roces Ave
- 1st level Trinoma, Quezon City
- 2nd level Trinoma, Quezon City
- 3rd Floor,Landmark Department Store Trinoma
- 2nd Floor Cash & Carry Mall Filmore St.
- 23 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
- 2nd Level Alabang Town Center Madrigal Avenue

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
15k - 4:30AM - 5:00AM
10k - 5:00AM - 5:30AM
5k - 5:30AM - 5:45AM
3k - 5:45AM - 6:00AM

Race Map / Race Route


Raffle Prizes
1x iPad 2
3x MacBooks
3x iPods (1 shuffle, 1 nano, 1 touch)

Best Costumes
Best Male - LG 32" LCD
Best Female - LG 32" LCD
Best Couple - Samsung Refrigerator 10 cu.ft. each
Best Kid - LG 22" LCD
Best Family - Electrolux washer dryer

Rules and Regulations
1 While every reasonable precaution will be taken by the race organizers to ensure the Participants' safety, it is understood that Participants run at their own risk and the Organizers shall not be responsible or held liable for any injury, disability or death arising from training or occurring during participation in the race.
2 MINOR Participant Waiver/Release must be signed by a parent.
3 Race number must be worn at all times.
4 There will be no entry free refund for Participants who for whatever reason do not take part on the event day.
5 There will be no entry fee refund if the event is cancelled on account of force majeure or for causes beyond the reasonable control of the Organizers.
6 The Organizers will not entertain nor be in any way responsible for any disputes arising from incomplete or wrong entry details.
7 Race category and race entry are strictly non-transferable.
8 The Organizers' decision is final.
9 For prizes or possible prize winners, disputes and appeals must be made on-the-spot within thirty (30) minutes of the published results on the results notice board on-site or immediately after the prize presentation, whichever comes first.
10 All protest related to the race must be made in writing and submitted to the race organizer within thirty (30) minutes after the official announcement of winners. A non-refundable protest fee of Php 500.00 will be collected upon submission of every written protest.
11 The Organizers reserves the right to require the Participant to present official documents necessary to support the disputes or appeals made

Thursday, August 18, 2011

FS Run 2011

Want to go beyond 10k but still can't handle a half-marathon? Fort Striders Fun Run is one of those few races that offers the distance that you are looking for.

When: September 11, 2011
Where: Bonifacio Global City
Beneficiary: Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children's Home Inc

Registration Fee
PHP400 - 5km
PHP400 - 10km
PHP500 - 16km

Registration Form
Download your copy here

Registration Venue
MLB Building
1134 Metropolitan Avenue, Brgy Lapaz, Makati
Tel# 896-1954, 890-2365, 890-2372, 896-1929
Cel# 0949-9157004

ROX (Recreational Outdoor Xchange)
Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Nelson Auto Repair Center
24 Sta Rita Village, Sucat Paranaque
(beside Shell station, opposite Max Restaurant)
Tel# 829-7811, 400-1969

Sullano Dental Laboratory
3 Pasig Blvd, Bagong Ilog Pasig
Tel# 5140178
Canas Refrigeration & Aircondition

3025-A B Aldana St Martinville Subd Pulang Lupa Las Pinas
Tel# 467-7102 474-5605
Cel# 0918-3012553

Singlet Design

Race Map / Race Route

Rules and Regulations
1 All fess are non-refundable
2 Singlet will be given upon payment and submission of each accomplished and signed registraiion form
3 The race number is non-transferrable and must be securely pinned in front of the shirt at all times
4 Color coded loop cord must be taken at the turn around point and must be presented at the finish line
5 All winners must be physically present to receive the award
6 Verbal protests will not be entertained. All protests must be submitted in writing within 30 minutes after the end of the race
7 The event curfew hours is 3 hours after the start of the race. Sweep vehicle will pick up runners along the route. Participants who wish not to be picked up must run/walk on the foot path at their own risk
8 All finishers will receive a certificate of participation
9 The organizers reserve the right to refuse or disqualify any of the above-said rules and regulations they may deem necessary to ensure the success of the event
10 The organizer's decision is final

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

adidas King of the Road 2011 To Accept Cash Payment


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)

Beginning August 22, you may avail of the KOTR Prepaid Reservation Forms for the much anticipated run of the year – the adidas King of the Road (KOTR) slated on October 23 at the Bonifacio Global City

Visit registration booths in participating adidas stores namely
Alabang Town Center
Gateway Mall
Glorietta 3
Greenbelt 3
Newport Mall
Powerplant Mall
Robinsons Place Ermita
SM North Edsa
RUNNR Bonifacio Global City

Choose the category you want to join in, ranging from 5k, 16.8k, and 21k. Pay the race fee in cash-P1,050 for both 5k and 21k, and P1,300 for 16.8k, then receive your KOTR Prepaid Reservation Form, which indicates your Reservation Code. Only cash payments are accepted.

The Reservation Code is a unique code that corresponds to a race slot. Immediately log on to to register.  Read and accept the Terms and Conditions. Then click NEXT

Click VIP/Prepaid Registration. Key in your Reservation Code found on your KOTR Prepaid Reservation Form and follow registration steps as instructed. Receive your confirmation email after a successful registration.

The purchase of the KOTR Prepaid Reservation Form is on a first-come, first-served basis. The purchase alone does not register you for KOTR 2011. You still have to log on to the website and register as soon as possible as the purchase of the Prepaid Reservation Form guarantees only that your race slot is reserved, not your singlet size.

The Prepaid Reservation Forms are limited per store. If a certain category has run out in one store, try visiting other adidas stores. Please note that no computer stations are set up in the stores. Log on to the website to register from any computer with Internet connection.

KOTR Prepaid Reservation Forms are available from August 22 to August 31, 2011, or while forms last. Registration ends August 31 September 30, 2011.
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