Friday, May 25, 2012

Race Review: Ensure To Endure Run 2012

Here comes another race review - Ensure To Endure Run 2012

Good Points
- Registration Fee (its free!* nuff said)
- Registration (was seamless and registration sites were accessible)
- Singlet (several sizes were available from small to large)
- Race Kit (made available and ready for pick up upon registration)
- FB Page (dedicated portal which contained information about the event)
- Portalet (there were 10 portable toilets in the event area)
- Gun Start (gun start was on-time and early)
- Program Host (did a good job keeping the participants engaged)
- Distance (wouldn't expect anything less from RunRio's sister company)
- Hydration (water was aplenty and very cold)
- Hydration (powerade ion was available as well)
- Hydration (stations was strategically placed along the route)
- Trash Bins (there were 3 bins placed at every water stations)
- Route (kalayaan flyover was included in the 15km category)
- Route (all too familiar and difficult to get lost)
- Kilometer markers (there were distance markers every kilometer)
- Directional Sign (every corner/intersection has one)
- Safety Cones (clearly safety was a priority)
- Road Closure (private and public vehicles weren't a problem)
- Marshals (very helpful and knowledgeable on the race route)
- Loop cords (we received plastic cords at each major turnaround points)
- Time (start/finish line arc had huge clock timers per category)
- Prize (cash prizes were given to the top 3 finishers)
- Prize (special prize was given to the top runner whose age was 50+)
- Loot (a bottle of water, a bottle of powerade, and a box of Ensure)
- Race Results (official race results were available after 48 hours)

Other Comments
- *Product procurement (Ensure products were made available in Riovana)
- Medical Aid (i failed to notice if there was any along the race route)
- Timing (no electronic chip as to defer cost)
- Trash Bins (preferred them placed a bit farther from the water stations)
- Photo (didn't notice photographers along the route)
- Loot bag (would've been nice if there was a bag that came along with the loot)
- Baggage Counter (wasn't able to utilize this facility)

My Thoughts
Deemen and I needed some roadwork. Badly! KL Marathon is coming up and Deemen intends to set a new marathon PR. On the other hand, Milo Manila Elims is just weeks away. Longest category was 15km. We needed twice as much. Idea was to do some pre- and post-run last Sunday

I arrived at the event area 15 minutes before 5AM. We barely had 30 minutes prior our gun start. Went running around BGC and was able to cover nearly 6 kilometers. By the time we are back in the event area, we already missed our designated gun start and it was a few seconds left before the 10km runners were fired off

Since mileage was important, we leisurely run along the route and not minding the time but keeping tabs with my target heart zone. One of the first thing that I noticed was the huge safety cones placed on the road. It was color BLUE! A nice differentiator from a RunRio-organized race. Safety cones are always a good sign

There were at least 2 or 3 marshals on critical areas along the road. Energetically guiding the participants on where to go. Then there's the hydration station. Plenty of cups filled with cold water and Powerade. On top of that there's 3 trash bins allocated for runners to throw their plastic cups

Deemen's weather forecast was spot on. Last Sunday's morning was cloudy. No scorching sun in sight. It was a joy running (and walking) atop Kalayaan flyover and not having to bear the summer heat. A drizzle was welcome but it was already too much to ask

When we were now back in 5th ave, I knew I was already spent. I could no longer hit my target heart rate. Just a few strides I was already hitting 90% and easing up a bit causes my heart to drastically drop 60%. There's not much that I can do but to ditch our post-run. Even if we could still push for more kilometers it would only mean one thing - overtraining. I couldn't afford that

Upon crossing the finish line we just grabbed the goodies and lingered for a few minutes before having our breakfast. I hope to see another edition of Ensure To Endure next year. Keeping my fingers crossed that we see more of this kind of races where simply purchasing their flagship products allows you to register for a fun run

Thursday, May 24, 2012

ValuCare Fun Run 2012

ValuCare Run 2012 (We VALUE Health, We CARE for Life) which is slated on June 16, 2012 at Bonifacio Global City, started registration last April 20, 2012 until June 10, 2012. The ValuCare Run 2012 will support ABS-CBN Bantay Bata 163 and Plastic Ni Juan Project

This event is presented to you by Value Care Health Systems, Inc in partnership with Veritas 846 Radyo Totoo, Chris Sports, Pocari Sweat, TravelTime Travel and Tours, and Crossover FM 105.1 Manila.

Registration Fee
PHP500 - 3km
PHP500 - 5km
PHP650 - 10km
Inclusion: singlet, race bib, d-tag, bag tag (for baggage counters), and shoe bag (on race day)
Note: 10+1 Promo! 10 entries in 1 transaction entitles you/your team to 1 FREE ENTRY!

Registration Site
Chris Sports SM Annex North EDSA
Chris Sports SM Mega Mall
Chris Sports Glorietta
Chris Sports SM Mall of Asia
Chris Sports Festival Mall

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
10km - 4:30AM - 5:45AM
5km - 4:30AM - 5:50AM
3km - 4:30AM - 5:55AM

Race Map / Race Route

All registered participants we get a chance to win a Three Days/Two Nights Trip for 2 to Boracay (with free airfare and accommodation)

We will award prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placers (first 3 male and first 3 female finishers) of each category

ValuCare Run 2012 TVC

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lace Up For Anika Fun Run 2012

A 'unity run' organized by Team Breathe Hope along with Breathe Hope Runners to help save a toddler's heart and give her a brighter life. Anika, now 5 years old, is a baby girl who has a single ventricle loosely translates to having a HALF HEART

A fee of PHP200 will bring BIG changes in her life. Lending a hand couldn't be this fulfilling! If you want to help her live a better life, come & run for her!

What: Lace Up For Anika - Run for a Hearty Cause
When: May 26 2012 June 12 2012
Where: Mall of Asia

On-site registration starts at 4am and gun start is at 5am. Wear white or red shirt. A registration fee of PHP200 will benefit Anika's precious heart

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run 2012

Robinsons invites everyone to join the Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run on July 1 at the Bonifacio Global City. Team up with a buddy, and complete the race together. The first placer for the 5k run wins a trip for two to Plantation Bay in Cebu, and the first placer for the 10k run wins a trip for two to Hanoi, Vietnam

Race Result
10K Unofficial Results
5K Unofficial Results

What: Robinsons Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run
When: July 1 2012
Where: Bonifacio Global City

Registration Fee
PHP1000 - 5k buddy run (pair)
PHP1200 - 10k buddy run (pair)

Registration Site
Robinsons Supermarket Galleria
Robinsons Supermarket Pioneer
Robinsons Supermarket Ermita
Robinsons Supermarket BF Paranaque
Robinsons Supermarket Victoria Tower Timog
Robinsons Supermarket California Garden Mandaluyong

Assembly Time and Gun Start
10km - 5:00AM - 5:30AM
5km - 5:00AM - 5:45AM

Race Map / Race Route
Will be posted as soon as it becomes available

Race Mechanics
1 This is a buddy run. Two (2) people must run and finish together. No age or gender category required to become partners
2 Runners must wear their race shirts when running otherwise they will not be eligible for awards
3 No individual runner will be timed at the finish line

5k Buddy Run
1st Place - Trip for 2 to Plantation Bay Resort and Spa Cebu (via Cebu Pacific) with 3 days and 2 nights hotel accommodation
2nd-5th Place - PHP4000 worth of Robinsons gift certificates (per pair)

10k Buddy Run
1st Place - Trip for 2 to Hanoi Vietnam (via Cebu Pacific) with 3 days and 2 nights hotel accommodation
2nd-5th Place - PHP8000 worth of Robinsons gift certificates (per pair)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Adidas Warehouse Sale Up To 50% Off

Up to 50% OFF on all items (Performance, Casual and Adidas Originals footwear plus Apparel). Stocks will continuously be added throughout the sale period of May 15 - June 16, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kaya Mo Ba Si Coach Rio?

Have you seen Coach Rio's latest stint? Below is a youtube video where Coach Rio ran against a Cessna 4-seater aircraft. At the end of the clip, there's an invitation (or a challenge) to the running community

Ensure To Endure Fun Run 2012

Good news! Riovana BGC and Katipunan are now carrying ENSURE products. You can now purchase them directly from Riovana so that registration is more convenient. So register now! :)

Check out the event details here. See you there!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Riovana Now Carries Ultraspire

Aspire for the latest in running hydration accessories from one of the best brands in the market: ULTRASPIRE. Developed by Elite Creators, a leading manufacturer of quality lifestyle products, Ultraspire aims to give runners a heightened experience as they go beyond their limits, reach their maximum potential and be the best that they can be.

What sets Ultraspire products from the rest in the market is the science behind it. The unique shape of the products allow them to fit comfortably in one's hands while the angles help smooth support fluid delivery. Its polarity makes the products more light-weight and is proven healthier to the human body

Lastly, the Crystalline, a thin layer of glass inside the bottle made of silicon crystals makes the bottle cleaner and the liquid tastier and fresher.

Check out these elite hydration products inspired by the Ultra Athlete, which can help runners and enthusiasts alike reach their own nirvana. Ultraspire products are exclusively distributed by Riovana

Visit Riovana at the Ground Floor of Active Fun Building 9th avenue corner 28th street at the Bonifacio Global City, near Honda BGC and at the 3rd Floor of Regis Center Building, Loyola Heights, Quezon City in front of Ateneo De Manila University

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Balega Socks Now Available in Riovana

One of the premiere socks brand from South Africa has recently landed in the stores of Riovana: Balega. Taking its name from a Zulu word which means "to move with speed", Balega socks are popular among runners and enthusiasts alike who want nothing short of the best when it comes to running socks

Technically superior and designed for high performance, Balega socks draw its inspiration from the rich culture of South Africa. Balega's soft thread performance socks offer runners that most comfortable experience by reducing the impact while increasing the cushioning effect at the same time

With dynamic air conditioning fabric system that offers low moisture absorbency and excellent fabric resistance that allows the socks to maintain its peak performance through the years make Balega socks a must-have for any runner or enthusiast alike who wants to grow in harmony with the sport.

Get that heightened running experience with the right pair of socks that offers speed, stability and utmost comfort. Only from Balega.

Visit Riovana at the Ground Floor of Active Fun Building 9th avenue corner 28th street at the Bonifacio Global City, near Honda BGC and at the 3rd Floor of Regis Center Building, Loyola Heights, Quezon City in front of Ateneo De Manila University

Monday, May 14, 2012

Brooks Fun Run 2012

When: June 3 2012
Where: Bonifacio Global City

Registration Fee
PHP500 - 6km
PHP650 - 12km
PHP750 - 21km

Registration Site
RUNNR Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City
RUNNR 2F Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
RUNNR 2F New Wing, Alabang Town Center
Toby’s Sports GF Shangri-La Plaza
Toby’s Sports GF SM Mall of Asia
Toby’s Sports 3F SM North The Block
Toby’s Sports 3F Glorietta 4


Assembly Time & Gun Start
21km - 4:00AM - 4:30AM - 5:00AM
12km - 4:45AM - 5:30AM
6km - 4:45AM - 5:40AM

Race Route / Road Map

Finishers Medal

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Merrell Adventure Run 2012

On its third year, the Merrell Adventure Run again leads you through dirt roads, flowing streams, river crossing, rock scrambling, and uphill & downhill trails in a new but equally challenging & breathtaking race course at Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal. Brave up to this outdoor challenge and run on the rugged side this June 02, 2012

When: June 2, 2012 (Saturday)
Where: Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal

Registration Fee
• PHP500 - 5km
• PHP650 - 10km
• PHP800 - 21km

Registration Site
Merrell Concept Store Market Market
• Merrell Concept Store Trinoma (as of 5.16.2012)
Merrell Concept Store Festival Mall
Merrell Concept Store Marquee Mall
Note: Last 40 slots remaining

Race Kit Inclusions
• Timing Chip, Race Bib No., Singlet, safety pins
• Rules and regulations
• Directions to venue
• Shuttle option (optional for participants, with extra charge)

Race kits distribution schedule
May 17 - 31 at the Concept Shops where you registered
A text notification message will be sent to runners prior to their pick-up for actual schedule

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
21km - 5:45AM - 6:00AM
10km - 5:45AM - 6:10AM
5km - 5:45AM - 6:20AM

Race Route / Road Map

Race Course Sneak Peek

Finishers Shirt

Finishers Medal
Will be given after the race to the Top 50 finishers of 5km & Top 50 finishers of 10km who finish the course before the cut-off time. All runners of 21km will receive a medal upon finishing the race.

Will be sent through email within two weeks after the race date to those who finish the course in their specific categories

Timberland Heights (How to get there)
From Quezon Memorial Circle, go northeast via Commonwealth Avenue, past Ever Commonwealth Center. Turn right before Sandigan Bayan to Batasan Road, then turn right again to Batasan - San Mateo Road. Cross the bridge over Marikina River, then turn left to Gen Luna Avenue. After passing Tropical Hut and Mercury Drug, turn right to De Los Santos Street. When the road begins to slope, turn left to the highway going to Timberland Heights

Shuttle service
Pick up at BGC 4:15AM, PHP300 round trip, first come-first served basis (payment to be settled only at Merrell Concept Shops)

Thursday, May 10, 2012



Official Race Result (3km, 5km, 10km, 16km)
What: One Run. One Family. One La Salle
When: June 10 2012
Where: Mall of Asia
Beneficiary: One Million Trees & Beyond

Registration Fee
Note: PHP100 discount will be given to DLSAA Lifetime and AQB Members, La Salle Admins, La Salle Faculty, La Salle Employees, La Salle Students, and Senior Citizens

Registration Site
• R.O.X. - Taguig - Bonifacio High Street, B1 ROX Bldg. Taguig
• A RUNNER’S CIRCLE - Unit H, Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Blvd.
• OLYMPIC WORLD - Alabang - G/F Alabang Town Center
• OLYMPIC WORLD - 4/F Trinoma Q.C. (Timezone)
• Laguna Area: 171 Bel Air Drive, Laguna Bel Air 1, Sta Rosa Laguna (Look for Pablo Cay)

Singlet Design

Singlet Sizing
XS (16"x24")
S (17"x25")
M (18"x26")
L (19"x27")
XL (20"x28")
2XL (21"x28.5")

Race Bib
Note: Your race bib has your respective map at the back

Assembly Time and Gun Start
16km - 4:30AM - 5:30AM
10km - 4:30AM - 5:40AM
5km - 4:30AM - 5:50AM
3km - 4:30AM - 6:20AM

Race Route / Race Map


Rules and Regulations
• Have your race number marked and recorded by an official checker at the START/FINISH arc. This will be proof that you started at the designated starting point
• Once your race number is marked, please DO NOT LEAVE the cordoned area
• Baggage area is available near the START/FINISH arc
• A security ribbon will be given to every runner at designated areas. WITHOUT THIS, A RUNNER WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AS HAVING FINISHED THE RACE
• Checkpoints along the route and at turning points will be set up to ensure that every runner travels the correct distance. OFFICIALS WILL RECORD YOUR RACE NUMBER AT THESE POINTS
• Runners should cross the finish line and make sure that you have to cross the mat
• Giveaways will be given to finishers. Claim it together with the finisher’s certificate from the processing officials by showing your race number with the finishing mark
•  Protests and complaints with regard to any aspect of the race involving officials and/or runners will be accepted only in written form, accompanied by evidence and filed in writing within thirty (30) minutes after the race, to be submitted at the Technical Area

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ansons Fun Run 2012

What: Ansons "Fun In The Sun" Run 2012
Where: Venice Plaza, Mckinley Hill
When: May 27, 2012
Organizer: Run4Change / Eric Pasion

Registration Fee
PHP500 - 3km (first 50 finishers will receive a medal)
PHP500 - 5km (first 50 finishers will receive a medal)
PHP600 - 10km (first 300 finishers will receive a medal)
PHP700 - 16km (all 16K finishers will receive a medal)

Registration Promo (5+1 and 25pax)

Registration Site
Anson's Pasong Tamo
Anson's The Link Makati
Anson's Cash 'N Carry
Anson's The Landmark Trinoma
Anson's Alabang Town Center
R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street
A Runner's Circle Quirino Ave
Note: Registration hotlines - 0917.533.3742 or 0999.999.3742

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
16km - 5:00AM - 5:45AM
10km - 5:00AM - 5:50AM
5km - 5:00AM - 5:55AM
3km - 5:00AM - 6:00AM

Race Route / Race Map

Finishers Medal

Prizes / Raffle
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