Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thirty Eight Thousand Pounded The Streets Of Manila

Two-time champion and MILO Marathon national record holder Jho-An Banayag ruled the 42-k women’s division, as Jason Agravante dominated the men's division, Sunday in the record-breaking Metro Manila Leg of the 36th National MILO Marathon at the Mall of Asia (MOA) grounds in Pasay City. Nestle Philippines officials expressed elation over the heavy 38,429 runners who participated in the prestigious event, which shattered last year's 35,000 turnout

Thirty year-old Banayag showed no sign of weakness and maintained her swift pace from the early stages of the track to the finish line, clocking in at 3:02:20. A far second behind Banayag was Jennelyn Nobleza of Silay City at 3:17:44, followed by veteran Luisa Raterta who clocked in at 3:23:55

After six years of participation, the 23-year-old Agravante of Silay City finally secured his first major title, topping the men’s category in 2:39:57. He relegated brothers Elmer and Gerald Sabal to second and third place with 2:45:16 and 2:46:10, respectively

Meanwhile, in the men’s 21-k race, Rafael Poliquit Jr. finished first in 1:14:35, while Nhea Ann Barcena topped the women’s category in 1:33:38. Also among today’s participants is Aklanon Mark Joseph “Aga” Casidsid, who successfully completed the 42-k track despite the challenges of being visually impaired. Of the 38,429 runners who competed in the MILO Marathon Metro Manila eliminations, over 2,000 runners registered for the 42-k race

To further MILO’s vision to inspire and equip underprivileged school children to excel in sports and in life, MILO’s “Help Give Shoes” advocacy program, which is now on its third year of staging, will provide 10,000 pairs of shoes to children nationwide. In Metro Manila alone, students from ten schools benefited from the program, namely San Rafael National High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, Tibangan Elementary School, Gen. M. Hizon Elementary School, Pasay Science High School, Tatalon Elementary School, Carlos Albert High School, and Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School

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

Friday, July 27, 2012

Adidas King Of The Road 2012

adidas King of the Road (KOTR) is a running championship held across Southeast Asia. Held in five countries across the region, and organised in city areas, the adidas KOTR race will culminate in an ultimate championship race that will be held in a different host country each year

This year’s race will have three categories – 5K, 10K and 16.8K. For the 16.8K distance, there are two sub categories – the ‘Closed’ category for Filipino nationals and the ‘Open’ category for all nationalities. The top male and female winners from the 16.8km Closed category will be hailed as the Philippines’ ‘King and Queen’ of the Road and will qualify for an all-expense paid trip to Singapore on October 28 to compete in the adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship

What: Adidas King Of The Road 2012
When: September 30 2012
Where: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Registration Fee
PHP1050 - 5km
PHP1050 - 10km
PHP1300 - 16.8km

Online Registration
Visit race.proactive.ph/register/adidas-kotr-2012
* FREE DELIVERY of your Race Packets for those who register from July 25 to September 7

Registration Site
adidas Megamall
adidas Rockwell
adidas Mall of Asia
adidas Trinoma
adidas Greenbelt 3

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
16km - 4:00AM - 4:45AM
10km - 4:30AM - 5:15AM
5km - 5:00AM - 5:45AM

Race Route / Road Map

Cash Prize
5km - PHP10000 (1st) - PHP7500 (2nd) - PHP5000 (3rd)
10km - PHP15000 (1st) - PHP10000 (2nd) - PHP7500 (3rd)
16.8km - PHP35000 (1st) - PHP15000 (2nd) - PHP10000 (3rd) - PHP5000 (4th/5th) - PMX 680 (6th-10th) - MX 680 (11th-20th) - MX 365 (21st-30th)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Press Release: Sermona Defies Bad Weather

ANGELES CITY, July 22, 2012: Not even the bad weather could stop former MILO Marathon King Julius Sermona and Merdeliza Dizu from topping the fourth leg of the 36th National MILO Marathon held Sunday. Over 6,150 registered runners participated in the race leg, as Angeles City hosted the MILO Marathon elims for the first time. Sermona, a former member of the Philippine National Team, defied the heavy downpour and crafted a time of 1:13:02

Sermona claims that training for the qualifying race is his foundation for the finals. “I focused on endurance training, road running, a once-a-week work out, and hard training,” he said. “For the finals, I plan to increase the volume and intensity of my routine. I plan to run a few short-distance divisional races and add about 5 to 10-k to my training as well”

Not to be outdone, Merdeliza Dizu stamped class when she outraced fellow veteran Geralden Sealza in the final 200 meters to top the women’s division. Sealza settled for second place with a clocking of 1:37:21, followed by Marychiel Minas-Morales with a time of 1:42:04

“Since school started this June, I have been training everyday for an hour. I focus on endurance since I’m used to being a mid-distance runner,” said Dizu. “This is actually the first time I ran the 21-k track. I’m very happy to win”

To further MILO’s vision to inspire and equip underprivileged school children to excel in sports and in life, MILO’s “Help Give Shoes” advocacy program, which is now on its third year of staging, will provide 10,000 pairs of shoes to children nationwide. In Angeles City, five schools received shoes through the advocacy program, including Angeles Elementary School, Cutud Elementary School, Teodoro P. Tinio Elementary School, Belen Homesite Elementary School and Abelardo Tinio Elementary School

View the Official 21km Race Result here

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

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Race Review: Springboard Run 2012

Here comes another race review - Springboard Run 2012

Good Points
- Registration Fee (price point is quite competitive, P600 for a 10-miler)
- Registration Site (they had 8 sites)
- Beneficiary (the event is for the benefit of Springboard Foundation)
- Race Packet (made available and ready for pick up upon registration)
- Portalet (saw several in the event area)
- Program Host (Bearwin did a good job keeping the participants entertained)
- Hydration (water was very cold ... at the start)
- Route (pretty straightforward)
- Photo (Sigue COrrer covered the event)
- Finishers Medal (given to the 10-miler finishers)
- Finishers Shirt (given to the 10-miler finishers)
- Timing (electronic chip was used)
- Photobooth (i saw one in the event area)

Areas For Improvement
- Registration (took an hour before they figured out the registration process for the team category)
- Singlet (ive seen better and i find the arm holes a bit small)
- Bib (unlike the regular ones i've seen and there were no holes for the safety pins)
- Distance (it was only 14.2kms)
- Portalet (did not see any along the race route)
- Gun Start (late by at least 20 minutes)
- Hydration (placement of water stations was not strategically scattered along the route)
- Hydration (they ran out of cups)
- Hydration (they ran out of water on our 2nd loop)
- Hydration (water was being poured on the cups using a dipper)
- Hydration (we were forced to drink on the container lids)
- Hydration (no sports drink was provided along the 16k route)
- Kilometer markers (nonexistent)
- Trash Bins (nonexistent)
- Loop cords (nonexistent)
- Route (original route wasn't followed)
- Route (it wans't explained that we had to do two loops)
- Marshals (none to guide the runners, it was easy for anyone to cheat)
- Road Closure (roads was opened up to vehicles 90 minutes after gun start)
- Finishers Shirt (they ran out of medium-sized shirts)
- Medical Aid (none was found along the race route)
- Race Results (no official race results til now)

Other Comments
- Baggage Counter (wasn't able to check this facility)
- Banana (would've been nice if they had a banana station)
- Safety Cones (wasn't needed since the road was dedicated to the participants)

My Thoughts
When I learned that there was a team category for the 16km distance, I forced 9 other teammates into signing-up. I thought that it would be nice if there were at least 10 of us in a race. A rare sight. Race day came. Was in the parking lot and had 5 minutes to spare. I was already hungry. The small bowl of oatmeal I had that morning wasn't enough to fill mah tummy. Jesy and Romp arrived at the venue the same time as well. We all walked towards the starting arc. The rest of the guys were already there. Then the first surprise came in. Gun start will be delayed. Boo! I checked a food stall. They were only serving sandwiches. I figured it would be too heavy. On top of that I didn't have any money with me. Sigh. I just walked away

The sun was up already. The 10-milers were now in front of the starting line. Bearwin was then asking the organizers if we are now allowed to run. He asked 'em at least five times. I gave an evil smirk. What kind of organizer who doesn't coordinate with their host/emcee? Deemen had his expectations low. Really low. I should've done the same. My mistake

First water station came in a little bit early. It was weird. Perhaps it was designed that way to cater for the lower distances. And oh, water was being poured to the cups using a dipper. Incredible! Then we saw the next water station. The distance between 'em was too short. My opinion? They should've separated it at least a mile. We were now on our first U-turn. Deemen mentioned that we will be running along Sucat Rd. This is the most interesting part of the race since we will be running along with both private and public vehicles. I was keen on how the organizers would handle it. Then we saw the other runners going up the flyover and not exiting Sucat Rd. Perhaps we needed to cover a few more kilometers before we are led into the treacherous part of the route

After scaling the flyover, we saw a U-turn marker for 16km but saw the rest still pounding the road onwards. No marshals spotted. Right there and then we deduced that it is going to be a loop. Then it started. Water cups went missing. Water were still available. Drinking on the container lids was the only option. The road ended. It was our 2nd turnaround. Again, no loop cords was given. So I can cheat? Not that I was thinking of doing it. But how about those aiming for a podium finish?

Things just got even worst on our second loop. Our teammates were already complaining. No water. Deemen held his bottled water ever so tightly. We filled it up on the next water station. I pity those who were drinking straight from the dipper. Cant bear the scene. Better hydrate than lose consciousness because of thirst. The organizers should've acted swiftly on this matter. Its just sad that they didn't do anything about it.

I know this is the first time that PURE CONCEPT staged a race. But they should've have covered the basics. The organizers placed their participants at risk. Shame on PURE CONCEPT. I hope that they would review their mistakes and make sure they won't commit the same

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Press Release: Buenavista Dominates Tarlac MILO Race

Former three-time National MILO Marathon King and current event record holder Eduardo Buenavista struck anew and easily regained the 3rd Leg of the 36th MILO Marathon held today in Tarlac City

The 34-year-old Buenavista of Sto. Nino, South Cotabato dominated the men’s 21-k category with plenty of time to spare and pocketed the P10,000 elimination leg top purse. The two-time Olympian was about six hundred meters ahead over second pursuer Nelson Rombosa who clocked in at 1:24:58, followed by Gavino Lopez at 1:26:46

Veteran Miscelle Gilbuena led the distaff side with a time of 1:37:29, followed by Berna Pulmano with 1:39:49 and Fredalyn Ramos with 1:57:58

Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive, said that some 10,000 children nationwide from selected schools will benefit from MILO’s “Help Give Shoes” advocacy program, which is now on its third year of staging. MILO gave a total of 500 pairs of shoes to five schools in Tarlac, including Alvindia – Aguso Elementary School, Sto. Cristo Elementary School, Teodoro P. Tinio Elementary School, Belen Homesite Elementary School and Abelardo Tinio Elementary School

After the Tarlac Leg, the qualifying race will shift to Angeles City on July 22, Metro Manila on July 29, Naga on Aug. 19, San Pablo, Laguna on Sept. 2, Lipa, Batangas on Sept. 16, Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Sept. 23, Tagbilaran on Sept. 30, Cebu on Oct. 7, Bacolod on Oct. 14, Iloilo on Oct. 28, Gen. Santos on Nov. 4, Davao on Nov. 11, Butuan on Nov. 18 and Cagayan de Oro City on No. 25. The 36th Milo Marathon National Finals is slated on December 9 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasig City

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, July 16, 2012

Alaska IronKids Triathlon 2012

This August, all eyes will be on Cebu Province as it hosts this year’s much-anticipated sporting event for kids — Alaska IronKids Triathlon

More than a hundred triathletes, 6 to 14 years old, are expected to show up at the starting lines at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort on August 5, hopefully surpassing the record number of 95 participants set last year at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Pili, Camarines Sur. With their parents and family in tow to cheer for them, the event promises to be a family affair to remember.

Expected to defend their titles are frontrunners and early race favorites Tara Borlain and Eric Almendral, last year’s winners in the 6-8 y/o cataegory; Sophia Marie Vizcarra and Lance Vincent Plaza, winners of the 11-12 y/o category; and Magali Echauz and Justine Kyle Mapalo, winners of the 13-14 y/o category. Those interested can still join. Just log on to www.ironkidsphil.com. Registration is ongoing.

Alaska IronKids is the junior counterpart of the world-renowned triathlon event IronMan where kids 6 to 14 years old race through three sporting events: Swimming, Biking and Running. The race is divided into four age categories: 6-8 years old, 9-10 y/o, 11-12 y/o and 13-14 y/o. It is open to kids who are new to the sport as well as those who have already competed in other triathlon events.

A year-long sporting event, Alaska IronKids has so far completed three legs this year— two marathons, held at University of Makati and Mall of Asia and an aquathlon, held at the Palms Country Club. Another triathlon is scheduled on October 23 at Pico de Loro, Batangas).

Since its inception in 2010, Alaska IronKids has become a symbol for active and healthy lifestyle among kids. Its successful races have encouraged kids to take care of their bodies through exercise and proper nutrition and have instilled in them commitment and discipline, all of which are advocacies of the Alaska Milk Corporation. In addition, Alaska IronKids has also become a venue where families can bond and support each other.

Among the sponsors of Alaska IronKids Triathlon are Alaska Milk Corporation as the title sponsor, Mc Donalds, Time Studio, Powerade, Prudential Guarantee, Private Iris, and Viva Mineral Water as the other sponsors

Friday, July 13, 2012

7-11 Fun Run 2013

7-Eleven celebrates the opening of its 800th store with Run 800 on August 26, 2012 along the CAVITEX (Coastal Road), with assembly at the Aseana City in ParaƱaque. Aiming to draw in nearly 50,000 runners with a new and scenic race course along the coastal road, 7-Eleven also gives back to the communities it serves with its advocacy "Takbo para sa Kalusugan" wherein cities within Luzon (where 7-Eleven stores are located) have a chance of receiving support for its feeding programs and medical missions

What: Run 800 / 7-11 Fun Run 2012
When: Aug 26 2012 October 14 2012 January 20 2013
Where: Aseana City Paranaque

Official race result can be found HERE

Registration Period: July 6 - August 9

Registration Fee
PHP350 - 3km
PHP450 - 5km
PHP550 - 10km
PHP650 - 16km
PHP750 - 21km

Registration Details
- Register Online (www.run711.com/registration/start)
- Please take note of the 7-CONNECT reference number
- Pay at a 7-11 near you (within 24 hours)
- Pick up race packet on a specified redemption date (same store)
Note: Kindly be reminded that there will be NO ON-SITE registration

Singlet Design

Singlet Sizing
Extra Small (XS) - Chest Size: 18 inches
Small (S) - Chest Size: 19 inches
Medium (M) - Chest Size: 20 inches
Large (L) - Chest Size: 21 inches
Extra Large (XL) - Chest Size: 22 inches
Double Extra Large (XXL) - Chest Size: 23 inches

Assembly Time & Gun Start
21km - 4:00AM - 4:30AM
16km - 4:30AM - 5:00AM
10km - 5:00AM - 5:30AM (competitive)
10km - 5:10AM - 5:40AM (intermediate)
5km - 5:30AM - 6:00AM (competitive)
5km - 5:40AM - 6:10AM (intermediate)
5km - 5:50AM - 6:20AM (beginner)
3km - 6:30AM - 7:00AM (competitive)
3km - 6:40AM - 7:10AM (intermediate)
3km - 6:50AM - 7:20AM (beginner)

Race Map / Race Route

Finishers Shirt

Cash Prize
21k - PHP20,000 - PHP15,000 - PHP10,000
16k - PHP15,000 - PHP10,000 - PHP7,000
10k - PHP10,000 - PHP7,000 - PHP5,000
5k - PHP7,000 - PHP5,000 - PHP3,000
3k - PHP5,000 - PHP3,000 - PHP2,000

Top 3 of each category will receive cash prizes (top 3 males and top 3 females)
Top 3 of all age groups across all categories will be awarded a medal. Age categories will be announced after registration period
Top 3 Filipino males and females of the 21k half marathon will also win a slot in the Macau International Marathon in December 2012, which includes airfare and accommodations

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines 2012

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines takes to the sea in Cebu as the province hosts its fourth staging as well as the Alaska Milk Ironkids Triathlon on August 4 – 5, 2012.

After racing in a man-made lake the past three years participants will swim in open water as the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines holds the 1.2-mile swim part in the sea starting at the beach of the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Mactan Island.

The province of Cebu will literally host the event with the 56-mile bike ride traversing four municipalities ( LapuLapu, Mandaue, Cebu City and Talisay). The culminating 13.1-mile run will be at Punta Engano, LapuLapu City.

Race organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. promises to top the wildly successful races of the past three years assuring that that this year’s race will be its biggest, most exciting edition yet.

A huge field of 1,319 individuals and 115 relay teams from 31 countries, with 350 on the wait list, will test their strength and endurance once again as Ironman 70.3 Philippines provides another once-in-a-lifetime triathlon experience.

Alaska Milk Ironkids Triathlon on the other hand is for the youngsters. It is the local junior version of the international triathlon series, Ironman. It is open to kids age 6 to 14 years old and aims to promote an active lifestyle for kids to promote their health.

Leading the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines are the professional triathletes including back-to-back champion Pete Jacobs of Australia. Jacobs, who has become a regular fixture of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines, will gun for an unprecedented third consecutive victory after winning the past two editions in 2010 and 2011.

He will have his hands full against Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines inaugural champion Terenzo Bozzone from New Zealand who won the 2009 race. Other male professionals include Fredrik Croneborg from Sweden, Justin Granger from Australia, Mathieu O’Halloran of Alaska TeamTBB Philippines who now lives in the Philippines and Jesse Thomas from the United States.

Defending champion Belinda Granger, also from Australia who is fresh from her triumph at the Century Tuna 5i50 Triathlon in Subic, aims for back-to-back titles against familiar face Bree Wee from the United States who was in third place last year. Ali Fitch of Alaska TeamTBB Philippines from Australia will also be in the mix.

Addendum: World Class Filipino Designer Kenneth Cobonpue designs the Cobra Ironman 70.3 2012 Medals.  No details was shared during the press conference on what it will look like but he says that it is going to be the prettiest Ironman medal we've even seen.  Can't wait to see how it will like look
The presenting sponsor of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines is Globe Telecom. The official carrier is the Philippine Airlines. Media partners are MultiSport magazine, the Philippine Star and Studio 23.

The event is also sponsored by Alaska Milk Corporation, Century Tuna, David’s Salon, Intercare, K-Swiss, Oakley and Powerade. Official photographer is Finisher Pix while the host venue is Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa.

Official hotel partners are BE Resorts, Crimson Resort & Spa, Movenpick Resort & Spa, Radisson Blu. The Ironman 70.3 Philippines has become one of the most-awaited sporting events in the country attracting thousands of participants since its inception in 2009.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

BFD and Deemen Gets Close To Petronas

As promised, here's the 2nd part of Team Alpha's Malaysian invasion.  Since it has started with a photoblog it is only fitting that we shall continue with another one.  The 1st part in case you missed it
What's cool about this place is that they have Subway, 7-11, and a stall ready-to-eat meals.  Since I'm not a fan of Subway (Deemen is), I grabbed a microwaveable for my breakfast.  Unfortunately it wasn't able to appease the appetite of the hungry dragon inside my tummy.  It was still growling even after the last spoonful
Agenda for the day was to hit Genting Highlands.  We took the monorail in Medan Tuanku station and headed towards KL Sentral.  We arrived there around 9AM and the next available bus for us was 1130AM.  Since we had plenty of time we figured that we can squeeze a quick visit to Petronas Towers
I'd have to say that their train system is just awesome.  It allows anyone to go anywhere with ease.  KLCC station was only several stops away from KL Sentral.  Petronas, here we come!
As soon as we climbed out the train station, this was the view that welcomed us.  "Whoah!", I uttered.  Petronas Tower in its grandeur.  You have to walk towards the right in order to see both towers
When I saw the skybridge, I remembered the movie Entrapment (by Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones)
Here's another shot of the majestic structure
Want to visit the skybridge?  You need to break the piggy bank.  Ticket price is RM80 and service charge costs RM50.  So a trip to the bridge brings us to a whooping RM130.  We just looked the other way
Since we still got time on our hands, Deemen and I decided to check out Suria KLCC.  Turns out that Suria is one of Malaysia's premier shopping center.  We didn't had the chance to check out the entire multi-level mall
This was the reason.  It sent chills down my spine.  We spent the next 35 minutes rummaging the clothes inside.  It was close to 1040AM when we decided to go back to KL Sentral
I saw a KRR on our way to KLCC earlier and dreamt on having some ribs.  I failed to realize that the KRR restaurants here only serve chicken meat.  I settled with a yummy Oriental Chicken which came with 3 side dishes (garlic parsley potato, fresh fruit salad, and rice) and a chocolate muffin.  Yum!

More of day2 (Genting Highlands) on my next blog post

Monday, July 9, 2012

Nike Sale Up To 70% Off

NIKE is having another SALE! Mark your calendars for NIKE SALE (up to 70% off on shoes, apparels & accesories) on July 9 - August 15, 2012 from 9AM to 6PM at Dominion Bldg., Arnaiz Ave (formerly Pasay Road) Makati City. Dominion Bldg is beside 711 and behind Greenbelt2

(source: Manila Shopper)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Rexona Run 2012

Your much-awaited REXONA RUN 2012, scheduled on August 12, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia, challenges you to OUTRUN, DEFY and SURPASS yourself via its 5km, 21KM Relay (Team of 2) and 21KM Individual race categories. Each participant in the 21KM Relay will each run a distance of 10.5KM

What: Rexona Run 2012
When: August 12 2012 September 23 2012
Where: Mall of Asia
Beneficiary: JCI Manila - GK Field of Dreams
Organizer: RunRio Inc

Online Registration (with delivery): July 2 – 22, 2012
• https://register.bazumedia.com/reg/form?eventID=1522

In-Store Registration: July 2 – 29, 2012 (will be extended)
• Riovana Store BGC (Mon-Sun : 12NN to 9PM)
28th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
• Riovana Store Katipunan (Tues-Sun : 10AM to 8PM)
3rd floor Regis Bldg. Katipunan, Quezon City. Across Ateneo and Beside KFC
• Tobys SM Mall of Asia (Mon-Sun: 12NN to 8PM)
• Tobys Trinoma (Mon-Sun: 12NN to 8PM)

Registration Fee
PHP700 - 5km
PHP900 - 21km SOLO (finishers medal and finishers shirt)
PHP1600 *PHP800 per member* - 21km RELAY (finishers medal and race belt)

Singlet Design

Finishers Medal

Finishers Shirt

Assembly Time and Gun Start
• 21km SOLO - 4:00AM - 4:40AM
• 21km RELAY - 4:00AM - 5:00AM
• 5km SOLO - 5:00AM - 5:50AM

Race Route / Road Map

Prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
5km - PHP4000 - PHP3000 - PHP2000
21km SOLO - PHP4000 - PHP3000 - PHP2000
21km RELAY - PHP4000 - PHP3000 - PHP2000 (all male, all female, mixed gender)
• Prize indicated for 21km RELAY is per team member (i.e: Each team member will receive the same amount)

Top 3 Medal

Commemorative Key Chain
• Given to 5K runners who will cross the finish line 30 minutes after gun start at 6:20am
• And all 21K participants who will finish within 2 hours at 7:00am)

Friday, July 6, 2012

SCMS 2012 - Register Today!

Singapore’s marquee running event, the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2012 returns for another year with registration officially starts today (6 July 2012) at Raffles Place Park at 11am

Acting Minister for Community Development Youth and Sports, Mr Chan Chun Sing, will grace the event as the guest-of-honour. He will be joined by Mr Richard Seow, Chairman, Singapore Sports Council (SSC); Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, SSC and Mr Ray Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore, Standard Chartered Bank

The first 1,000 SCMS 2012 registrants at the Raffles Green will receive a limited edition goodie bag as well as special race privileges. They will be entitled to priority sign ups and a 50% discount for running clinics, free transportation from designated pick up points across Singapore on race day, and there will also be a dedicated counter for them at the Race Entry Pack Collection (REPC)

Furthermore, registrants from the queue at Raffles Place Park will also stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as SEIKO Men’s watches worth SGD$645 each, and Pure Fitness memberships (worth S$1,600 for six months and S$2,500 for 12 months), courtesy of the event’s sponsors

Runners will also be able to register for their running slots online via the official website (www.marathonsingapore.com) from 11am, as well as at Toa Payoh Sports & Recreation Centre (SRC) from 11am, 7 July 2012 onwards


Name: Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2012 – Registration launch
Date: 6 July 2012, Friday
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: Raffles Place Park, above Raffles Place MRT Station

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

BFD and Deemen Invades Malaysia

Since I am too lazy to write our adventures (and misadventures) in Kuala Lumpur, here's another photoblog.  Please forgive the images as I was using a camera phone.  No race report/review here.

Initial plan was to take the uber fast KLIAExpress (RM35) in KLIA.  But decided not to and took the Aerobus (nonstop) instead going to KL Sentral.  This is a very cost-effective (RM8) way of going to/from LCCT
KL Sentral.  My initial impression?  I'd have to say the place is quite nice.  I've realized that KL Sentral is somewhat similar to New York's Grand Central where one can get to anywhere from a single place
It was already 7PM and we still had at least an hour left before the race packet collection center closes.  The next logical step was to get on a cab and head towards Merdeka Square
The cab driver wasn't sure where to drop us off.  Good thing there was a small signage.  We just took some pictures in the area and spent the next 10-15 minutes (it was a breeze!) claiming our race packets
Personalized bib.  Size of finishers shirt already indicated.  Singlet was rather big.  Towel for full marathoners only.  Some stuff from the event's sponsors.  Runner's guide filled with advertisement
Mah first meal in KL.  Burger king's double fish and chips.  Yup!  I traveled 1,529 miles just to eat at a fast food chain.  Had no choice.  I was already starving.  T'was the first one we saw while walking towards our hotel. 
Our hotel.  Got Subway in the ground floor.  Near a monorail.  Two shopping malls within the vicinity.  Several fast food chains and a Starbucks.  Thanks SpringtingSwine for the recommendation!
We just placed our bags and went out again.  Plan was to walk our way towards Petronas Twin Towers.  After some hundred meters we learned that we are still 2 kms away.  We walked towards KL Tower instead
Petronas Towers.  Taken this picture to where I've taken the picture above (KL Tower).  You'd immediately get the idea how 'far' we were.  That ends our day 1 in Malaysia.  Day 2 will be posted soon
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