Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Iba’t Ibang Hinahabol, Iisang Takbuhan

MILO inspires all runners to once again lace up their running shoes for the country’s biggest footrace, the 36th National MILO Marathon. On July 1, the country’s most prestigious nationwide running event will kick-off in Baguio. A total of 200,000 runners are expected to pound their feet on the pavement in 18 races across 17 cities in the country

This year, the theme of the MILO Marathon is “Iba’t ibang hinahabol, iisang takbuhan”, in celebration of the various aspirations of runners who participate in the race. Some run for prize and honor, while others run for fun and fitness, but whatever the reason for running, the 36th National MILO Marathon runners will also be running for a good cause

“Through the MILO Marathon, we are able to provide shoes to underprivileged children to help them become champions in sports and in life,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive. “The noblest motivation for running the MILO Marathon will be to continue the work of providing running shoes to public schoolchildren. Now on its 3rd year, the MILO ‘Help give shoes’ advocacy encourages runners of all ages to register in the 36th National MILO Marathon and make the pledge to give shoes to deserving kids nationwide.”

To date, MILO has given shoes to 14,200 children all over the Philippines through the advocacy. This year, another 10,000 children will be given a pair of running shoes in the hopes of helping them reach for their dreams. For every runner that joins, ten pesos from the registration fee will go to the advocacy. MILO then matches the proceeds, and in cooperation with the Department of Education, selects 100 students that show promise in academics and sports in 100 public schools all over the country as beneficiaries

Continuing its legacy as the pioneering annual marathon in the country, the current certification as a member of the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) further elevated the world-class standards of the MILO Marathon. The 36th National MILO Marathon uses global standard of measurement for all its race categories and is now recognized in the world map of marathon destinations, attracting runners from all over the world

To support homegrown talent, while also giving a venue for foreign runners to compete, the 36th National MILO Marathon will now have Open and Local categories for the 42.195-K and 21-K races in the Manila Eliminations and National Finals. Both foreign and local participants can compete and win in the Open category. However, in case a local participant finishes in the top 3 of the Open category, the runner waives the right to win the prize in the Local category. Foreigners are eligible to win only in the Manila races. To qualify for the National Finals, foreign runners must provide proof of finish in any AIMS accredited races dating back at least one (1) year before race day or they may qualify in the 42.195-K Manila elimination race. They must have a finish time within the specified age-bracket and time identified for 21-K and 42.195-K races

The National MILO Marathon continues to give away the biggest cash prize for marathon winners with over 8 million in prizes and 300,000 peso grand prize for the MILO Marathon King and Queen. Last year’s 42K marathon champions, Mary Grace delos Santos and James Tallam, will be defending their titles and aiming to break their best time of 2:53:07 for the female division and 2:28:02 for the males

Registration is also made more accessible through the National MILO Marathon website which enables runners to process their registration form and payment online and avail of direct-to-home delivery of race kits. This year, registration fees for 5K and 3K race categories has been set at P50 for students, making it more affordable to young student runners. Register and pay through

About the National MILO Marathon
The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the country. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Vibram SeeYa LS

This is the thinnest and lightest (4.8 oz) barefoot shoe, besides MOC, that Vibram has to offer. Will it see the light of day in this part of the neck of the woods? Vibram Philippines have no immediate plans of bringing it here. They believe its too good for us to have. If I have it my way, bring truckloads and let the consumers decide

For now let us drool on the laced version of SeeYa. Yup folks! The rest of the world is already enjoying Vibram's latest offering. While us, on the other hand, couldn't even get a pair of the original variant. So I'd say let's all storm BarefootWear Inc's office like a madman and give them a piece of our mind. Well that's a little extreme but you get the drift

I am keeping my hopes up that Carlos Abad (President) and Cherry Ermita (Marketing Head) may have a change of heart and finally bring us SeeYa

(image: Footwear Insight)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012

Team Alpha1 (Romp, Deemen, and BFD) will run along with thousands of runners tomorrow.  To the rest of the running community who will participate as well - good luck and see you all on the road!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Regent Fun Run 2012

“More Filipinos are now into having an active lifestyle and maintaining an even healthier habit, and we believe that celebrating Regent Foods’ 24th anniversary with an air of running camaraderie is one of the best ways to support this cause,” said Mr. Ricky See, President and CEO

Calling all health buffs, athletes, families, and running enthusiasts—it’s the running season once more! Regent Foods Corporation is inviting everyone, from kids to adults, to join its 24th anniversary run on August 12 at the Fort Global City, Taguig

What: Regent Foods’ 24th Anniversary Run
When: August 12 2012
Where: Bonifacio Global City
Beneficiary: Philippine Red Cross

Registration Period: June 22 2012 - August 05 2012

Registration Fee
PHP450 - 100m (for toddlers and kids until 12 years old)
PHP450 - 3km
PHP550 - 5km (finishers medal)
PHP550 - 10km (finishers medal)
PHP700 - 16km (finishers medal & finishers shirt)
Note: Inclusive of special edition Fun Run Saver’s treat canister with 13 Regent products, to be given upon registration

Registration Site
Robinson’s Supermarket Robinsons Galleria
Robinson’s Supermarket Pioneer
Robinson’s Supermarket Ermita
Robinson’s Supermarket Timog
Robinson’s Supermarket BF Homes
RUNNR Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Singlet Design

Race Route / Race Map

Finishers Shirt

Finishers Medal

Finisher's Entitlement
Regent Foods Gift packs up for grabs at the end of the run

Special Prize
Participants also get the chance to win raffle prizes including a roundtrip ticket to Thailand via Thai Airways, overnight accommodation at the Dusit Thani Hotel and many more

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Eight Reasons Why Join AFP Fun Run

Still thinking which race to join this weekend? Here are 8 reasons why you should sign up for the AFP Fun Run

1 Beneficiary. The proceeds of the event will go to the scholarship program intended for the dependents of PAF Personnel who were either Killed-in-Action or totally incapacitated while in line of duty
2 Eduardo Buenavista. "Vertek" is a long-distance runner and 2-time Olympian. His best marathon time is 2 hours 18 minutes 44 seconds. Get the chance to see him as he participates the 10km category
3 Azkals. The national football team of the Philippines and they represent the country in international football. See you football idols as they participate in the fun run as well
4 Registration Fee. This event boasts of having a very affordable registration fee compared to other race events. For only PHP500 you get to sign up for a 10km category (others is pegged at PHP750)
5 Band. The organizers promises to offer a unique experience by providing bands at major turnarounds in order to give the participants music and encouragement
6 Pacers. There will be designated personnel that will serve as pacers. This is a nice touch as it will help those who are aiming to set a new personal best/record
7 Recovery. Still "high" on Run United? This is your avenue for a nice recovery workout. Since the route offers varying inclines, it will also help trigger other muscle group
8 Surprise! The organizers mentioned a big bang at the event area/finish line. We begged for the details. We persuaded really hard. They kept mum about it. Mouths tight shut. They wanted it kept under wraps. If I am to guess, it might be similar to how Top Gear celebrated Jaguar's 50th birthday (skip video to 6:00)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

#BeatCoachRio by Safeguard Active

The challenge: Outrun Coach Rio in a 20-meter dash
Rio's Time: 2.3 seconds.
Find out who made the cut with Safeguard Active last June 5, 2012!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Skechers GOrun, along with ultramarathoner and running expert MICHELLE ESTUAR, bring you another round of FREE running clinics to help you run safer and more efficiently! From June-August 2012, this series of running clinics will equip you with just what you need for your next run!

Running Essentials - TriNoma
Date: June 23, 2012 (Sat)
Time: 4:00-7:00PM
Venue: 4th Level, Cinema Lobby TriNoma

Brought to you by: Vitamilk Philippines, 100 Plus, TAKBO.PH, Juice.Ph, ZALORA Philippines. :)

Simply confirm with your FULL NAME at 0905-3905883, and we'll see you there! Tag along 5 running buddies to maximize the clinic! ;)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Get Fit Run 2012

HyperSports Philippines, Inc., the newest sports event organizing, training and management group presents its first big event of the year, the Get Fit Run 2012 with a theme Get Fit Now, Get Into Sports on July 8, 2012 at the Quirino Grandstand. HyperSports aims to promote and encourage everyone to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle thru fitness and sports

What: Get Fit Run 2012
When: July 8 2012
Where: Quirino Grandstand

Registration Fee
PHP500 - 3km
PHP600 - 5km
PHP700 - 10km
PHP800 - 21km (finishers medal)

- Includes a reusable IPICO Timing Chip which will be given to participants
- This timing chip can be used for other races organized by HyperSports and upon presenting will be eligible for a Php80 discount
- Participants may have the option to refund the Timing Chip for Php50

Registration Site
ROX Bonifacio Global City
Royal Sporting House Glorietta
Royal Sporting House Trinoma

Race Kit Redemption
June 27 - July 4 2012

Race Bib

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
21km - 4:15AM - 4:45AM
10km - 5:00AM - 5:30AM
5km - 5:15AM - 5:45AM
3km - 5:30AM - 6:00AM

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

Finishers Medal

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Race Review: OROFOLS Run 2012

Here comes another race review - One Run One Family One La Salle Run 2012

Good Points
- Registration Fee (price point is very competitive to other events)
- Registration (they have 5 strategically placed registration sites)
- Singlet (the material and design used was fairly nice)
- Race Packet (made available and ready for pick up upon registration)
- Program Host (did a good job keeping the participants engaged)
- Distance (it was over 16kms)
- Hydration (water was very cold)
- Trash Bins (there were bins placed at every water stations)
- Route (they threw in some mix that made it different)
- Kilometer markers (there were distance markers every kilometer)
- Directional Sign (every corner/intersection has one)
- Safety Cones (they were deployed along EDSA)
- Marshals (very helpful and knowledgeable on the race route)
- Loop cords (we received plastic cords at major turnaround points)
- Time (start/finish line arc had huge clock timers per category)
- Prize (huge cash prizes were given to the top 3 finishers)
- Timing (electronic chip was used)
- Finishers Shirt (didn't like the cotton patch nonetheless it was nice)
- Finishers Medal (was elated to see a medal in the loot bag)
- Race Results (official race results were available within 24 hours)

Areas For Improvement
- Starting Arc (since its shared you can't be late for your gun time)
- Portalet (did not see any along the race route)
- Gun Start (would have been nice if it was 10 or 20 minutes earlier)
- Hydration (placement between stations was beyond 2km)
- Hydration (no sports drink was provided along the 16k route)
- Route (genuinely expressed my concern with regards to the loops)
- Loop cords (we did not get any at Coral Way and Magdalena Jalandoni)
- Safety Cones (critical areas were not considered - V.Sotto, Atang Dela Rama, Coral Way, Seashell Ln, Marina Way, Pacific Dr)
- Road Closure (this was an issue as I found myself running along with vehicles)
- Loot (no water nor a sports drink was included)
- Photo (no photographer along the route)

Other Comments
- Medical Aid (i failed to notice if there was any along the race route)
- Baggage Counter (wasn't able to utilize this facility)

My Thoughts
Overall a very nice and simple fun run with a few kinks here and there. I believe that the race organizer (Runners Link) being runners themselves will be able to make their next event a lot better

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Iberet Active MultiSport101 Camp

Wondering what it's like to be part of Iberet Active MultiSport101 Camp? Join Leg 3 (Running) with Coach Jojo Macalintal to find out! This event will happen on June 16, 2012 at the Bonifacio High Street Activity Center.

The event is FREE to MultiSport Philippines subscribers.

MultiSport Philippines subscribers may register by:
1. Sending us an e-mail with your name, address, contact details, preferred schedule (5:30AM-8:30AM or 4:00PM-7:00PM), and singlet size to (free singlet to the first 100 registrants)
Jose Silva
9 Bocobo St., Greenville Village, Makati City

2. Wait for the confirmation e-mail of your registration within 24 hours

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RU2 2012 Race Kit Redemption Guide

Claim your 2012 Run United 2 race kits at the 1st ever Run United Race Expo

Where: Block 51, 9th Ave cor 26th St Bonifacio Global City

June 12 (2PM-8PM) - 21k category (priority)
June 13 (2PM-8PM) - 21k category (priority)
June 14 (11AM-8PM) - 10k category (priority)
June 15 (11AM-8PM) - 5k category (priority)
June 16 (11AM-8PM) - 500m, 3k, 5k, 10k category (priority)

1 What if I lost my POS receipt or confirmation email?
You may tell us our unique runner's ID (indicated in the receipt or confirmation email) or proceed directly to the customer service desk
2 Who are allowed inside the expo?
You may bring family and friends with you.  The expo is open to everyone on all days
3 I can only attend on a particular day.  What if my chosen distance is not the priority for the day?
You will still be accomodated but will have to line up at the regular lane with all other race categories
4 I am claiming multiple race kits.  Do I line up in the priority or regular lane?
Those who are claiming multiple race kits must line up in the regular lane

Happy Independence Day!

The Philippine Declaration of independence occurred on June 12, 1898 in Cavite II el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite, Philippines. The declaration, however, was recognized by neither the United States nor Spain. The Spanish government later ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War. The United States finally recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946 in the Treaty of Manila

July 4 was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until August 4, 1964 when, upon the advice of historians and the urging of nationalists, President Diosdado Macapagal signed into law Republic Act No. 4166 designating June 12 as the country's Independence Day. June 12 had previously been observed as Flag Day and many government buildings are urged to display the Philippine Flag in their offices


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Race Review: Brooks Run Happy 2012

Here comes another race review - Brooks Run Happy 2012

Good Points
- Registration Site (they had several registration centers that covers people from the north and south)
- Registration Fee (price point is quite competitive compared to other race events)
- Site (dedicated site was available for relevant information)
- Singlet (supposedly an original merchandise of brooks)
- Singlet (they have a design separate for male and female runners)
- Distance (was accurate according to a garmin user)
- Energy Gel (they gave each runner prior the run)
- Portalet (there were several portalets in the event area)
- Portalet (there were 4 portalets along the route)
- Hydration (several stations served cold water)
- Hydration (stations was strategically placed along the route)
- Hydration (they offered sports drink)
- Banana (bananas were made available along the route)
- Safety Cones (they've placed several safety pylons)
- Ambulance (i saw at least 4 ambulances along Gil Puyat Avenue)
- Kilometer markers (appreciated the distance markers)
- Directional signage (it was plenty along the road)
- Photo (Team USB covered the said event)
- Race Result (came out early)
- Finisher's Medal (a lot better compared to last year)

Areas for Improvement
- Gun Start (changed the gun start from 430AM to 500AM and gave a lame excuse)
- Timing (would have been nice if it was electronic)
- Hydration (there were at least 2 consecutive stations that didn't have sports drink)
- Loop Cords (none was given along 10th ave and 8th ave which makes cheating easy)
- Hydration (some stations only served lukewarm water)
- Trash bins (several water stations did not have trash bins)
- Safety (enforcers failed to stop a dangerously fast vehicle crossed Makati Ave)
- Route (a nice attempt to include 24th and 25th street but the road is not barefoot runner-friendly)
- Route (11th Ave/Meritt Rd should be avoided especially on rainy days)
- Finishers Shirt (initial PR says a finishers shirt was entitled to 21km runners)
- Finishers Medal (initial PR says a finishers medal will be given to top 300 of 6km and 12km runners)
- Sports Drink (they ran out when I crossed the finish line)

Couldn't Comment/Other Observations
- Route (same old BGC route)
- Baggage Counter (failed to notice if there was a long queue)
- Beneficiary (couldn't identify who was the beneficiary)
- Sponge (didn't notice if there was any)
- Post-Event (was too tired to notice the festivities but there was a lot of booths in the event area)

My Thoughts
I was really expecting for a very early gun start as initially announced. So having a pre-run was already out of the equation and was aiming for a post-run instead. But the organizers burst my bubble. They abruptly changed it and moved 30 minutes later. Only to receive a lame excuse. They had so much time to assess the risk of having an earlier gun start but announced the changes just days prior the event. I am speculating that they might be other reasons for doing so

Arrived at the venue a couple of minutes before the delayed gun start. Met up with Billy, Martin, Nicky, and Jesy in the assembly area. We chatted the time away as we await for our designated gun time. We noticed some of the participants holding an energy gel and it coincided with the hosts talking about it. One of the sponsors decided to give away some samplers for the half-marathon runners. Nice move!

Then we were off. I was running along with Jesy during the first 300 meters. I guess my pace was too slow for him and he immediately joined Noel and Joric as soon as two showed up. I just shrugged it off. Cant blame him as I am still on my mileage buildup phase. I can't run faster as that will ruin my progress. Soon I met up with CJ. He kept me company for the rest of the race. Thanks Ceej!

First turnaround did not have any loop cord and so is the second one. What's going on? I guess I can cheat my way here and beat the Kenyans. But my evil scheme ended when Noel told me they were giving loop cords at the Gil Puyat turnaround. Boo! Weather was still cloudy. It was one of those rare moments that I get to enjoy running along Kalayaan flyover. Still can't get thru with the idea of running 2 kilometers with no water station, under the punishing heat of the sun with no shade in sight, and not to mention the cruelty of the crooked asphalt that brings upon my tired feet

After crossing the finish line, I decided to run some more. Good thing my heart and the weather continued to cooperate. Was pretty happy with the time I've spent on the road. Needed to do more of that. The event was fairly organized with a few kinks here and there. But what made this event a "happy" one was the participants and the volunteers. Will I run this again next year? I they can keep the registration fee at bay then count me in. Jennifer Mercado or no Jennifer Mercado

Friday, June 8, 2012

Manila Bay Cleanup Run 2012

This is the second year for the Manila Bay Cleanup Run. There will be four (4) events/distances for this year's edition - 3k, 5k, 10k and 15k events. Part of the proceeds from your registrations fees are donated to the drive to clean-up the bay

Mission is to raise funds for the drive to cleanup the Manila Bay of trash and pollutants. To raise awareness among Filipinos to take care of our environrent and preserve our city's natural beauty, starting with the picturesque ecology of the Manila Bay

Official Race Result
3km result
5km result
10km result
15km result

What: Manila Bay Cleanup Run 2012
When: July 15 2012
Where: CCP Complex

Registration Fee
PHP400 - 3km
PHP500 - 5km
PHP650 - 10km
PHP750 - 15km

Registration Site
Chris Sports SM North EDSA
Chris Sports SM Manila
Chris Sports SM Megamall
Chris Sports Glorietta 3
Chris Sports SM Bicutan
Chris Sports Festival Mall
Fitness & Athletics Bonifacio Global City

Singlet Design

Race Map / Race Route

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Philippine Air Force Anniversary Run 2012

The Philippine Air Force Officers Ladies’ Club (PAFOLC) will hold a fund raising run dubbed as “Takbo sa Karunungan, Kinabukasan ng Kabataan” on 24 June 2012 at the Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City. The activity includes a 3km, 5km and 10km fun run which is open to all ages

The proceeds of the event will go to the scholarship program intended for the dependents of PAF Personnel who were either Killed-in-Action or totally incapacitated while in line of duty. Our soldiers, civilian employees, military dependents and civilians, both young and old will join the said activity

What:  Philippine Air Force Anniversary Run 2012
When: June 24 2012
Where: Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City

Registration Fee
PHP350 - 3km
PHP400 - 5km
PHP500 - 10km

Registration Site
ROX Bonifacio High Street
Riovana Bonifacio High Street
Riovana Katipunan
Venice Piazza McKinley Hill

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
10km - 5:00AM - 5:30AM
5km - 5:00AM - 5:50AM
3km - 5:00AM - 6:00AM

Race Route / Race Map

10km - 1st place PHP4,500 - 2nd place PHP3,500 - 3rd place PHP2,500
5km - 1st place PHP3,500 - 2nd place PHP2,500 - 3rd place PHP1,500
3km - 1st place PHP3,000 - 2nd place PHP2,000 - 3rd place PHP1,000

Contact A1C JOAR CALVADORES at (02)853-5128

Monday, June 4, 2012


World Vision Run 2012

"Towards Fullness of Life" is the theme for World Vision's very first Fun Run to be held at the Bonifacio Global City on June 24. The organization hopes to partner with new groups to help more children and sustain communities to reach their full potential by addressing the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is a Christian development, relief and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide. Celebrating its 55th Anniversary this year, World Vision stands by its year long theme "Sharing the Joy of Hope"

What: World Vision Fun Run 2012
When: June 24 2012
Where: Bonifacio Global City

Registration Fee
PHP300 - 500m
PHP550 - 3km
PHP650 - 5km
PHP750 - 10km
PHP850 - 21km (finishers medal)

Registration Site
ROX Bonifacio High Street
Reebok Trinoma
Reebok Festival Mall
Reebok Eastwood Mall
Reebok Megamall
Unisilver Time Festival Mall
Unisilver Time SM North
Unisilver Time Robinson's Place
Chris Sports Mall of Asia
Royal Sporting House Glorietta
World Vision Office - 389 Quezon Avenue cor. West 6th St. West Triangle, QC
Pep Squad Office - Unit 304 Cityland III, 105 VA Rufino St. Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
21km - 5:00AM - 5:30AM
10km - 5:00AM - 5:35AM
5km - 5:00AM - 5:40AM
3km - 5:00AM - 5:50AM
500m - 5:00AM - 6:00AM

Race Route / Race Map

Finishers Medal
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