Friday, September 28, 2012

The First Barefoot Open

Registration is on-site at Php 300.00 and comes with a cool shirt (100% cotton and the print is rubberized) There will be a short clinic before the run. Distances are 3k (for beginners) and 5k. There are no race bibs, no timing chips. You will be judged according to your running form

What: BRP's 1st Barefoot Open
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Where: Philippine Army Parade Ground, Fort Andres Bonifacio Taguig City
How To Get There: click here

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Biomechanical Effects of Barefoot Running

Hope you enjoy watching this video clip - Prof Joe Hamill (University of Massachusetts), along with Dr George Murley and Daniel Bonanno (La Trobe University) discuss the biomechanical effects of barefoot running for the ABC TV science series Catalyst.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Adobo Run After Dark 2012

Gear up in your neons and reflectors as adobo Magazine, the country's premier advertising and brand communications publication presents its third edition of adobo Run After Dark, the magazine's trademark Halloween-themed night run and flagship event of the year

This year’s incarnation sets the stage for an estimated 5,000 runners on October 20, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia complex with assembly time scheduled after sundown. Runners are encouraged to add to the spectacle by donning their creepiest and craziest Halloween costumes, with cash prizes at stake for best in costume, aside from the top runners of the 5K, 10K and 15K race categories

Run, party and light up a home as part of the proceeds from registrations will benefit the My Shelter Foundation, headed by social entrepreneur Illac Diaz. Their pet project, ‘Isang Litrong Liwanag’ was also launched at last year’s adobo Run After Dark and has since gained worldwide recognition and support from the United Nations for the grassroots lighting program. Visit for more information

What: Adobo Run After Dark 2012
When: October 20 2012
Where: SM Mall of Asia
Beneficiary: My Shelter Foundation

Registration Fee
PHP780 - 5km
PHP880 - 10km
PHP980 - 15km
Note: Delivery Fee within Manila is PHP125 and PHP180 outside Metro Manila

Registration Site
R.O.X. Bonifacion High St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
RUNNR Bonifacion High St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Second Wind 45 Malingap St., Teachers Village,Q.C.
Adobo Magazine Office Unit 203 Bldg. 1, OPVI Center Chino Roces Ext., Makati

Online Registration -
Note: Delivery of race kits starts on Sept. 15, 2012

Singlet Design
Will be posted as soon as it becomes available

Assembly Time and Gun Start
15km - 6:00PM - 6:30PM
10km - 6:20PM - 7:00PM
5km - 6:50PM - 7:30PM

Race Map / Race Route
10km (2 loops); 15km (3 loops)

15km - PHP5000 - PHP3500 - PHP2500
10km - PHP4000 - PHP3000 - PHP2000
5km - PHP2500 - PHP1500 - PHP1000

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Run United Philippine Marathon 2012

Ready for the biggest medal ever? A medal so big that it will put Condura's (4-inch) medal to shame. And to be honest about it, I hope they would make it even bigger next year. Even bigger than Texas Marathon's finishers medal which is 8 inches tall and 8 inches wide

Run United Philippine Marathon 2012 will be held on October 28, 2012 with Ceelin 500m, Hydrite 3k, Dolfenal 5k, Enervon HP Recovery 10k, Alaxan FR 21k and Enervon Activ 42k race categories. All categories except for 42k and 21k will have start and finishline at the SM Mall of Asia while 42k and 21k will start at Bonifacio Global City and finish at SM Mall of Asia

What: Run United Philippine Marathon 2012
When: October 28 2012
Where: SM Mall of Asia

Registration Fee
• PHP350 - 500m
• PHP600 - 3km
• PHP700 - 5km
• PHP800 - 10km
• PHP900 - 21km (finishers medal and finishers shirt)
• PHP1300 - 42km (finishers medal and finishers shirt)

Registration Site
• Riovana BGC – Monday to Sunday from 12nn to 9pm
• Riovana KATIPUNAN – Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM to 8PM
• Tobys Mall of Asia – Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM
• Tobys Trinoma – Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM

Singlet / Race Tee

Race Result
• Will be available within three (3) days after the race at the following websites: and

Assembly Time and Gun Start
• 42km - 2:30AM - 3:00AM
• 21km - 3:30AM - 4:00AM
• 10km - 4:30AM - 5:30AM
• 5km - 4:30AM - 5:45AM
• 3km - 4:30AM - 6:00AM
• 500m - 6:00AM - 7:00AM

Finishers Medal

Finishers Shirt

3km - PHP3500 - PHP2500 - PHP1500
5km - PHP5000 - PHP4000 - PHP3000
10km - PHP6000 - PHP5000 - PHP4000
21km - PHP8500 - PHP7500 - PHP6500
42km - PHP25000 - PHP18000 - PHP12000
Note: for the 42k category, top 3 winners will be awarded in the Filipino and Non-Filipino categories

Monday, September 17, 2012

Unilab Active Health 2013 Calendar

Check out Unilab's lineup of events for next year. What can we expect?

- TBR Dream Marathon 2013 got bumped a little earlier
- RUPM becomes a staple event. Another full marathon event to watch out for
- Progressive Run United series (21k-32k-42k) Yay!
- Schedule of Afroman (32km) race (before Milo Manila Elims) couldn't be better
- Multisport enthusiasts will still have a fab time with the Tri United series

Better pencil these schedules in your race calendar and hope to see everyone :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Run United 3 2012 FAQ

Race Result

Where can I leave my belongings?
Baggage deposit facilities (right across ECOM Building) will be made available for you. We recommend that you arrive earlier than the gun time to deposit your bags to avoid delays. You must deposit your baggage/s at designated baggage deposit tents for your particular distance

We strongly advise that you do not to leave any valuables in your bags. The race organizer and any of its sponsors will not be held liable for any loss or damage to your personal items

If I leave my baggage in BGC, will my baggage be transferred to MOA also?
32K and 21K runners must leave their bags at any of the 3 designated Baggage Buses parked along 28th Avenue in front of Riovana in BGC from 1:30am until 5:00am only. These baggages will be transferred to E-Com Building in MOA. After the race, you may claim your items at the baggage area for 32k and 21k Baggage Area (labeled as BGC 32k and 21k Baggage Claim Area) right across ECOM Building at Mall of Asia

Where should I line up for the start of the race?
32k and 21k participants’ starting line is at the 9th corner 28thStreet (near Riovana BGC), Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Shuttle buses from SM Mall of Asia to Bonifacio Global City will be available from 1:30am to 3:30am

The 5k and 10k participants’ starting line is along Seaside Blvd. (near IMAX) in Mall of Asia

The 500m dash and 3K participants’ starting line is along Palm Coast Ave. (near E-Com Bldg.) The 500m dash participants’ wrist tags are provided upon registration. The parent and child participant must put on their corresponding wrist tags complete with contact details on race day. NO tag, NO race

Shuttle services for 21K and 32K participants
o MOA to BGC**: 1:30AM to 3:30AM
o MOA to BGC**: 6:00AM to 9:30AM
**in 15 minute intervals

Assembly and Gun Time
32km - 2:30AM - 3:00AM
21km - 3:30AM - 4:00AM
10km - 4:30AM - 5:30AM
5km - 4:30AM - 5:45AM
3km - 4:30AM - 6:00AM
500m - 6:00AM - 7:00AM
Note: 32k and 21K category start time cut-off is 15 minutes after gun start

Is it necessary to wear the B-tag timing chip/personalized Runrio timing card?
Yes, as your race will be timed by ChronoTrack. The personalized Runrio timing card is reusable. You should keep it for future Runrio races

Will there be a cut-off time for the start of the race?
In order to ensure timely re-opening of roads to normal traffic and help ensure your safety, the race organizer will deploy a vehicle to pickup all remaining runners on the race route starting at 8:30am. By this time, all participants are encouraged to stop running and board the official vehicle. They are automatically disqualified and will be taken directly to the finish venue

Road Map


Who can I contact for more information?
For inquiries, you may call us through any of the following contact numbers from Monday to Friday (10:00am – 6:00pm)
Landline 887-6194
Globe 0927-347-7700
Smart 0929-717-8164

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Balance Power Run 2012

What: New Balance Power Run 2012
When: November 11, 2012
Where: Bonifacio Global City

Registration Fee
PHP650 - 5km
PHP750 - 10km
PHP900 - 25km (finishers medal)
Note: Singlet, Bib, PHP1000 Footwear Cash Voucher, PHP250 Apparel and Accessories Cash Voucher

Online Registration -
Registration Period: October 1 - October 21, 2012
Note: Race kit will be delivered by Air21 two (2) weeks before the event

Registration Site
Riovana BGC (Monday-Sunday, 12NN-9PM)
Riovana Katipunan (Tuesday-Sunday, 10AM-8PM)
New Balance Trinoma (Monday-Sunday, 12NN-9PM)
New Balance Ermita (Monday-Sunday, 12NN-9PM)
The Athlete’s Foot Galleria (Monday-Sunday, 12NN-9PM)
Registration Period: October 01 - November 04, 2012
Note: East West Bank credit card holders get 10% off

Race Kit Inclusion

Race Result
Will be available within three (3) days after the race

Assembly Time and Gun Start
25km - 4:00AM - 4:50AM
10km - 4:00AM - 5:20AM
5km - 4:00AM - 5:50AM

Race Map / Race Route
5km race route
10km race route
25km race route

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Adipure 360. Born For The Gym

A few months after becoming official partners with Gold’s Gym, one of the top fitness centers worldwide, premier sports brand Adidas has recently rolled out its campaign for Adipure 360 in selected Gold’s Gym branches around the metro

Adipure 360, the latest breakthrough shoes for training from Adidas is designed to give each and every user that much needed versatility and comfort during training

Its various features command presence on the gym floor: flex grooves for maximum flexibility, an Ortholite sockliner with microbial protection, an outsole material that provides a lightweight cushioning, and a full bootie construction for anatomical comfort

Getting the most out of a day’s workout from Gold’s Gym has never been so efficient and convenient with the Adipure 360

To check out the latest about this tie-up, you may visit Adidas’ Facebook Fan Page: Adidas Philippines or Gold’s Gym’s Facebook Fan Page: Gold’s Gym Philippines

About adiPure 360
adidas have launched the new adiPure 360 training shoe: a multi-directional and multi-purpose training shoe. With both a men’s version, and a model especially for women, the adiPure 360 is designed to let your feet move as nature intended and help you get the most out of your workout by helping to help build natural strength, agility and balance, - and designed to make muscles work harder during exercise

Cecon Advance MultiSport 101 Running Clinic

Unleash the top-rank runner in you. MultiSport 101 Camp is on its 6th and final leg of the year. Join the Cecon Advance MultiSport 101 camp Running Clinic with Coach Jojo Macalintal on Sept 15, 2012 at Bonifacio High Street Activity center. Learn tips and essential drills on running

Are you fast enough? Demonstrate your speed in registering. The first 100 registrants get their singlet for free. Registration is free for MultiSport Philippines subscribers.

To register:
1. Send an e-mail with your name, address, contact details, preferred schedule (5:30am-8:30am or 4:00pm-7:00pm), and singlet size to

Jose Silva
9 Bocobo St., Greenville Village, Makati City

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

Not a subscriber yet? Get your one-year subscription now and have the opportunity to participate in this exclusive event. Call 403-88-25 loc. 221 for subscription details and loc. 215 for registration inquiries

See you there!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ensure To Endure II

What: Ensure To Endure 2
When: October 21 2012
Where: Bonifacio Global City

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

Registration Period: Sep 07 - Oct 19

Registration Fee
3km - PHP500 worth of Ensure products (single or accumulated receipts)
5km - PHP600 worth of Ensure products (single or accumulated receipts)
10km - PHP700 worth of Ensure products (single or accumulated receipts)
15km - PHP800 worth of Ensure products (single or accumulated receipts)
Note: Buy ENSURE products from September 1 to October 19, 2012

Where To Buy?
SM Supermarket (Mall of Asia)
Watsons (Mall of Asia)
Landmark Supermarket (Trinoma)
Mercury Drug (Trinoma)
Mercury Drug (Katipunan)
Rustans/Shopwise (Katipunan)
Shoppersville Supermarket (Katipunan)
Gaisano Supermarket (Bonifacio Global City)
Mercury Drug (Bonifacio Global City)
Market Market (Bonifacio Global City)

Registration Site
Riovana BGC (Monday to Sunday, 12NN to 9PM)
Riovana Katipunan (Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM to 8PM)
Tobys Mall of Asia (Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM)
Tobys Trinoma (Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM)

Singlet Design

Assembly Time and Gun Start
15km - 4:30AM - 5:15AM
10km - 5:00AM - 5:30AM
5km - 5:00AM - 5:40AM
3km - 5:15AM - 5:50AM

Race Map / Race Route

3km - PHP5000 - PHP3000 - PHP2000
5km - PHP5000 - PHP3000 - PHP2000
10km - PHP5000 - PHP3000 - PHP2000
15km - PHP5000 - PHP3000 - PHP2000
Top finisher (aged 50 and above) - PHP3000

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Corregidor International Half-Marathon 2012

The stage is set for the mounting of the 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon on December 1. With this year’s edition billed as “Showdown on the Rock”, intense competition is expected to heighten as top runners in the running community gear up to outrun each other

One of the distinctive features of the race is that it is a very tough foot race in terms of the course and technical rules. There will be a qualifying time (Men – 3h30m; Women – 3h45m) for this year’s edition of the CIHM

There will be no finish time cut-off for the race. However all runners who have successfully managed to finish the entire 21km distance will be awarded with the Corregidor International Half-Marathon Medallion and Finisher’s Certificate upon crossing the finish line

What: Corregidor International Half-Marathon 2012
When: December 01 2012
Where: Corregidor Island

Registration Fee
PHP2,700 - 21km
Note: First 500 registrants will be exempted from the race qualifying time – 3h30m (male) and 3h45m (female)

Race Inclusion
- Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor Island
- Full lunch buffet on race day
- Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
- CIHM 2012 Dri-fit Race Shirt
- CIHM 2012 Race Sling bag
- CIHM 2012 Finisher’s Medal
- CIHM 2012 Victory Rave Party (Dec 01, Saturday Night)
- CIHM 2012 Finisher’s Certificate
- PHP1000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher
- Runners’ Briefing (Nov 24 and 25)

Registration Procedure
1 Purchase the CIHM 2012 registration ticket from SM Tickets
2 Log-on to to register for the race
Note: You will be asked of the SM Ticket ID Number to validate your transaction. It is indicated on the ticket preceded with a “#” sign
3 Contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511, 0917-5459917, 0917-7948271, 0922-8475418 to book for ferry trip schedules

From Manila to Corregidor
Overnight – departure on Nov 30 @ 11:30AM
Day trip – departure on Dec 01 @ 5:00AM
Return from Corregidor to Manila
Departure on Dec 01 @ 2:30PM
Departure on Dec 02 @ 2:30PM

Event Schedule
- 8:00AM Half-Marathon Gunstart
- 8:15AM 10K Challenge Gunstart
- 11:30AM Award Ceremony
- 12:00NN Lunch Buffet
- 12:30PM Class PhotoOp
- 7:30PM Victory Party

Race Tee

Finishers Medal

Limited Edition Windbreaker (PHP900)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

RunRio, Unilab Active Health, and BFD

Monday morning. The sky was clear. Birds singing. Squirrels playing. I was at the compound of Unilab for a short meeting. Called out by Coach Rio dela Cruz and Alex Panlilio (Head of Unilab Active Health). The agenda? Discuss other areas that will make the Run United series engaging and fun. Not that its not. We were to pitch in additional ideas on how to make Unilab's signature race help keep the enthusiasm of the running community high

As soon as I entered the building, I was led to a room where Coach Rio of RunRio, Alex of ULAH, and the rest of their team was confined. Took the first vacant seat that I saw. Coffee was offered. I politely declined. Opted for a glass of water instead. Since we don't want to waste any precious time, the meeting immediately kicked off. Ground rules was cited in order to make the brainstorming more efficient and productive. No ideas will be challenged. Only to be prioritized according to cost and its impact to the running community

Here were some of the things (in no particular order) --
1 Finisher's Towel. I saw this being given away during Ironman Kona. Somehow it does make some sense. After bringing it home you will still be able to use it and it will serve a nice memento for accomplishing a feat. I suggested a regular-sized towel for the highest distance available (32k in RU3 and 42k in RUPM) then throw in a smaller version to those who completes the half-marathon category. Runners can immediately wipe their sweat while they wait their turn in the baggage counter or while loiter around in the ULAH village
photo grabbed from

2 Baggage counter. We all hate long queues. I personally witnessed people lining up for at least an hour on an international event. Its best to have multiple baggage counters per category and having at least 20 chutes to serve the runners. Runners will also appreciate it if their belongings will be placed inside a bag that will protect it from the elements and stored on a multi-level rack, if possible. This will help the personnel to locate the runner's baggage a lot faster
photo grabbed from davesensei

3 Barefoot-friendly race route. Always hate to see Macapagal and Kalayaan/Buendia flyover. My feet hurts like hell. It is always a sight to see whenever Roxas Blvd is part of the race map. This can be a bit of a challenge to RunRio's team. But I believe in Coach Rio's group in their creative process and coming up with a new one

4 Pacers. Sub2(hours) on a half-marathon? Sub4(hours) on a full marathon? Unilab can open up a registration system that will allow volunteers to serve as pacers. In order to qualify, s/he must be at least 20~30 minutes faster than the time s/he is applying for. We are not even talking about PR/PB. Such times should be consistent or has been done with at least 5 races. In addition, the pacers will have a separate running clinic to make sure that they are in tip-top shape come race day
photo grabbed from nike

5 Assembly Pen. If assigning pacers is not feasible, it is best if Unilab and RunRio will educate the runners with regards to proper placement in the assembly area. We can place big markers that will indicate the expected finish time or pace (minutes per kilometer). Believe me when I say that most elite/competitive runners doesn't like it when slower runners are in front
photo grabbed from jasoninhollywood

6 Guaranteed singlet and shirt sizes. We can open the registration at least 3 months prior the event. Then allowing the runners to indicate their preferred singlet and finishers shirt size. This can create a win-win situation where the runners get what they want and at the same time minimize the cost of the organizer in singlet and shirt production. In addition, this will also facilitate in personalizing our race bibs. Yey!

7 10-Miler. Keep having 3 Unilab events in a year but having each leg with a different (longer) distance. RU1 keeping the half-marathon but also introducing a 10-miler category. The introduction of a 16km will serve as a springboard to those who are still afraid to make the jump from 10km to 21km. Then RU2 will no longer cater a 10-miler category but will sport a 21km and the Afroman distance (32km). RU3 can now be re-branded as RUPM since it will now have a full marathon category

8 Readily available finish/gun time. We all know that it would usually take 24-72 hours before the official race result comes out. However it would be great if there would be such a facility that will allow the participants to view their (unofficial) time. The portal will have direct access to the raw data. This is similar to what the Standard Chartered Marathon series does

9 Reflectorized wrist band and singlet. Let's make it safer for runners. Most of us burn the calories away either in the morning (read: very early) or at night. By making our singlets stitched with reflectorized strips will make it easier for motorists to spot us miles away. Giving them no reason sideswiping us. Not that they have a reason for doing so

10 Finish Line Arc. I remembered my 5km run back in 2010. It was with RunRio. That event made an impression because of its "hi-tech" finish arc. The said arc displayed your name and time. I'd really appreciate if we can have it back. This gives the runners to immediately feedback regarding their finish time. I'm not sure why it was removed from the succeeding races. I am assuming that it was a bit expensive

11 Photo booth. Lots of 'em. If we are talking about 14,000+ runners per event then we would need a lot of photo booths. This means a lot to us runners since we want a memento of accomplishing a feat that we are proud of. The longest distance runners would usually bring home a finishers shirt and a medal. At least the rest of us will have our pictures taken with the best smile we can don. Don't forget the high-speed photo printers so we can minimize the long queue

12 Medical Assistance. I find this essential because you can expect when to see the first-aid group along the route which is every 3 kms. Yep, every 3 kilometers. It gives us runners some level of assurance. No need for anyone to look for a marshal along the route if you are feeling unwell. Simply go back to the last station or keep on walking and get on to the next. We all know the importance of response time in case of an emergency and proximity is key

13 Medal around my neck. Not on my hands. This may sound childish/petty at first but would you rather have your finishers medal handed over to you? This is very simple and quick to implement with no cost involved (maybe a little if it will require additional manpower) It gives all finishers a sense of accomplishment. Nuff said
photo grabbed from pancakesandpostcards

14 Photovendo. How I missed them so much. It allowed us to simply search for our pictures by typing in our bib numbers. It was that simple. I mean who would want to swim through tons of pictures and after 3 hours you still can't find yours. Besides having a photobooth, you still want to have a "running" photo that you can post on your facebook wall. Or wait for your friends to tag you. If you got any, that is

15 Wifi. Free of course! Most runners bring their wifi-enabled devices. So as soon as you cross the finish line you can connect to your facebook, twitter, linkedin, myspace, google+, and other social networking account that you may have and brag about it. Maybe not brag but making your 10,000 friends/subscribers know that you've completed your first 3km fun run
photo grabbed from

16 E-certificate. Lets save Mother Earth. Lets minimize the use of paper. The online certificates can be made available after the official race results has been released. At least you can print your own finishers certificate with your name and finish/gu time on it. Then the rest of us can simply upload it on our virtual walls

17 Doughnuts! A tasty treat that awaits all finishers. All 200-calories of it

Discussion was getting heavy so I requested for a short break. It was granted. My phone rang. It was Meowth. I excused myself. "Good Morning!", she said. I opened my eyes. I was now staring at my ceiling. I realized that I was still on my bed. Glanced at my watch and it said 652AM. It was all a dream
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