Coach Roel Birthday Run Year 5

Coach Roel Birthday Run is now on its 5th Year. This year had a 50K and 100K as the main event and 16K, 8K and 1K as side events. I joined the 16K distance and I really enjoyed the views and also the experience.

Read About:

Coach Roel Birthday Run

Team Running Bloggers joining the 4 x 100 relay 2 years ago at Coach Roel's Birthday Run.

Team Running Bloggers joining the 4 x 100 relay 2 years ago at Coach Roel’s Birthday Run.

Coach Roel’s Birthday Run has been an annual tradition. It stands out in my memories as just for the fun of it, we joined the 4 x 100 relay with several running blogger friends and ended up third (out of 3 participants =>).  As people progressed over the years, so did the race distance.  This year, it was Sinai 100, which featured a 100K and 50K category.  I joined the 16K distance. This is my first race and first workout after my first 50 kilometers Cordillera Mountain Ultra a few weeks ago.  I’m just here to have fun. I even tinkered on the idea of downgrading to 8K distance but upon seeing so many elite athletes in the 8K distance, I think I’d be much safer in the 16K distance.  The venue was Camp Sinai, which had a really nice view of the mountain range and the early morning sea of clouds.

Camp Sinai

Camp Sinai

Race Map and Elevation

Map powered by Strave

Map powered by Strava

The race starts at Camp Sinai and proceeds to the Sinai trails for the next 2.5 kilometers. The race shifts to the roads before it descends to the river next 4.5 kilometers.  After a short River Stretch, the race goes up on the next 3 kilometers to reach the roads of Timberland where you ascend for the next 6 kilometers all the way to Camp Sinai.

The Race

Team Pinoy Trails and Team Active Pinas

Team Pinoy Trails and Team Active Pinas – Photo by Active Pinas

We arrived at the race venue at around 5 am to claim are kits.  It was nice to catch up with trail running friends at the start of the race. I was extra sleepy at the start of the race so I was quite excited for the run proper to finally start to let the adrenaline-rush awaken my senses.  The run for the 16K started at 6:40 am and with that I was expecting a really hot race.

Met Fellow SGVian Cheng before the race.

Met Fellow SGVian Cheng before the race.

After 2 weeks away from running, I just wanted to run and see if my legs could take the beating.  I haven’t really started fast because I’ve been dealing with shin splints issues the past few months but surprisingly after my first 50K, the leg felt stronger. I went to start fast since I’d also want to jump start my system from it’s sleepy state.  There were series of descents and then we missed our turn.  We saw some runners going back from the river but since I did the Soleus Cross Country Challenge, I was thinking we’d be using the same loop so I said to some runners that there’s away out of the trail. As we got even deeper into the trail, there were runners again who were coming back.  I just said let’s just find a way back into the trail and once we hit Pintong Bukawe, we’d find our way back.  Only me, Levi and his friend went on. (Yeah, leadpack!!!) though eventually some followed us on the route and we did find our way out. Come to think of it, I did see a sign on probably the 3rd or 4th descent to turn right instead of going down.  Most of us probably got the hang of the sweet descent, which resulted to a different route.

Back on Track

Back on Track! – Photo by Papa Photography

There was a steep road heading to the main road.  Took it easy at this point to recover on the climb part of the previous stretch before heading to the short Casile stretch. Funny, how the other runners were now asking me for direction after finding the way out of the previous trail route.  Well, that was the last familiar stretch for me in the race.  We then headed to a short descent to Casile but instead of going down we had to hit a rolling terrain towards the left at around 4 kilometers and it was back to descent.  We were starting to speed up when a runner told us not to run as there was a slippery stretch. It turned out one runner already had a bad fall at that part.

Mara was such a trooper. After falling hard with all the bruises, she went back into the trail and went on to finish the race.

Mara was such a trooper. After falling hard with all the bruises, she went back into the trail and went on to finish the race.

Upon checking, it was Mara of Team Soleus. She passed me several hundred meters ago. She’s got bruises on the leg and arms and also had numbness in her shoulder.  We all had to stop to make sure she is ok.  Levi lent his arms sleeves to protect the wounds in the arms and also went on to tie some cloth to protect her knee.  We saw a motorcycle on the way and asked him, if she could take Mara back to Camp Sinai.  Once she was ok, we then proceeded with the race and since it was descents, we were all going at a fast pace.  I missed running fast on the descents.

Blitzing the descents - Photo by Paps Photography.

Blitzing the descents – Photo by Paps Photography.

The run-able descent lasted for about 2.5 kilometers before shifting to a more technical trail on the 7th kilometer.  We went on at a consistent pace but were also cautious on the slippery part.  The river part was a bit confusing so I went with the pace of the group just to be sure if I ever get lost, I would be with a pack.  Eventually a local guided us to the route and once we saw the ribbons, we knew we were on the right track. I already felt a bit exhausted already at this point.  I remember that the plan was go easy on the race so I didn’t even have energy gels with me. Oops, I’ve been going faster than planned. When the climb started, I struggled on the climb.  It was an odd situation for me as I’ve been focusing on my climbs lately but I must have overexerted on the descents and ended up tired on the climb.  I had a few breathing breaks on the steep parts of the climb before being back to a consistent pact on the 9th and 10th kilometer of the race.

It was a beautiful route.

It was a beautiful route.

I exited the trails at the 10th kilometer at Timberland and I was happy to see some stores. I immediately bought Mountain Dew for the sugar rush and replenish my energy reserves.  It was a long stretch of climbs but it was on the road and we also had a rich view of Pine Trees along the road with several bikes sharing the route with us.  At around kilometer 11, I heard Mara’s voice and she told me that she decided to go down the motorcycle and resumed the race.  Hats off to her really.  I was also starting to run again since I wanted to catch Levi’s group.  I caught up with their Group at around kilometer 12 and went at their pace for the Timberland stretch.  We went at an easy pace just enjoying the route.  It was a moderate climb for most part but we just went on at a brisk walking pace.

The Finish!

The Finish!

There was a steep climb heading to Camp Sinai and once I’m done with the climb, I started sprinting to the finish for a strong finish.  I did enjoy the race and I’m glad to finish strong for this one as I’ve always been racing conservatively lately.  Trail running is always an adventure. Sometimes, you get lost or get hurt but it always let’s you appreciate the beauty of nature. Happy Birthday Coach Roel!

Chillin' Like A Villain after the race.

Chillin’ Like A Villain after the race.

Categories: My Runs | Tags: , , , , | 12 Comments

Welcome Back On Running Shoes

On Running Shoes gives you that soft cushy feel when you run with their Cloudtec Technology.  Running on clouds is now back in the Philippines and it’s available at Secondwind, Planet Sports, Dan’s, Total Sports in Bacolod, Podium Multisports in Davao, Sprint Multisport Shop in Cagayan De Oro.

Read About:

On Running Shoes

On Running Shoes was our official shoes of Team Total Fitness in 2011

On Running Shoes was our official shoes of Team Total Fitness in 2011

The return of On Running Shoes brought in some nostalgia as it’s been our official shoes when I was still a part of Team Total Fitness in 2011.  I got my first On Running Shoes in Singapore and as soon as I tried it on the treadmill, I got attracted to the soft cushy feel when I run.  In fact, I was wearing On Running Shoes when I set my 21K personal best.  At the time of hard soles and stiff shoes, On Running shoes was a breathe of fresh air.  On Running Shoes feels like running on clouds and it also has wide toe area to keep you comfortable even on the latter part of the long run.  It gives you a good bounce to push you on your next stride and it absorbs impact to reduce the wear and tear in your knees.  Unfortunately, the brand didn’t stay so long in the country though I was still on the lookout and saw a lot of improvement in the brand.  This time, they have more options for different needs of the runner.

On Running Shoes is Back!!!

On Running Shoes is officially back with the launch at Secondwind in Ayala Malls The 30th at Meralco Avenue in Ortigas last March 17, 2017.  It was a fun launch as we got to try the On Running Shoes.  I got to try the Cloud Surfer, which has the flashy color of neon yellow on the test run.  We had 3 loops at the Ultra Oval to Warm up, followed by 4 loops Speed Sets with Core Workouts in between.  If you’d been following me, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with shin splints for months now. During the test run, I didn’t feel that familiar sting as I started to run, which just says so much with the superior cushioning of On Running Shoes.

With Christina of ON Sales Team in Switzerland, ON Brand Manager Nica and Dan's President Joey Ramirez

With Christina of ON Sales Team in Switzerland, ON Brand Manager Nica and Dan’s President Joey Ramirez

After the workout, we returned to Secondwind for the formal launch.  It was nice to hear the views from Dan’s and ON Team.  We also had a chance to win some stuff on some games.  I did win an On shirt.  They also do have really impressive apparel line.  I’m really excited that On Running Shoes is back.  I love the color scheme.  I love the different shoe type.

Running On Clouds

Cloud

Cloud

When the first few stock of On Running Shoes came to town earlier this year, I got myself On Cloud.  It’s the lightest in their line at just 7 oz.  It’s an excellent race shoes that gives you a lightweight feel and at the same time ample cushioning.  I’ve been running on cloud since January and tried it up until a 21 kilometer run.  So far so good but the thing I love about the shoe is the look.  If you check closely, it deviates from the usual sporty shoe look but goes on a more casual look.  It’s a running shoes that look like a topsider.

When your race shoes and casual shoes become one.

When your race shoes and casual shoes become one.

Of course, not everybody can go with a racing flat like Cloud, On also has different model with different level of cushioning and support depending on your need.

  • If you run fast on flats, there’s the cloud. It’s priced at P6,650.
  • If you go for lightweight and a more responsive shoes, there’s the Cloud Flow. It’s priced at P7,650.
  • If you want to have a more cushioned yet responsive shoes, there’s the Cloud Surfer.  It’s priced at P7,650.
  • If you want a light stability shoes for the long runs, there’s the Cloud Flyer. It’s Priced at P8,650.

The best way to check which shoe fits you best is to try it out.  On Running Shoes is now available at the following:

  • Secondwind, Ayala The 30th, Pasig
  • Planet Sports, Glorietta, Makati
  • Athleema (Dan’s), Makati and Bacolod
  • Total Sports, Bacolod
  • Podium Multisports in Davao
  • Sprint Multisport Shop in Cagayan De Oro

Check out On Running Shoes and get the soft cushy feel that cushions each foot stride and adds power on your next one.  So, let’s Get it ON!!!

 

Categories: My Thoughts | Tags: , , | 27 Comments

Hoka One One is Now in Town

I’ve always been hearing about how Hoka One One is such a go-to brand when it comes to running shoes.  I got a taste of the effectiveness of the shoes when I finally got a Hoka Speed Instinct in Singapore 3 weeks ago.  It’s really soft on the feet, smooth on the ground and despite its bulky look, it’s just 8.4 oz.  Well, now we don’t have to buy our Hokas in other countries now as Runnr has brought in the brand last March 16, 2017 with a Launch at Runnr Bonifacio Global City.

Hoka One One

Toby Claudio of Quorum Group Talks About Hoka One One

Toby Claudio of Quorum Group Talks About Hoka One One

“We are excited to be the official distributor of HOKA ONE ONE in the Philippines. The arrival of this amazing shoe brand in the country has long been anticipated by our local roster of triathletes, ultra- distance runners and marathoners,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc. and Founder of RUNNR. “As the leader in the local sports retail industry, we continue to support the growing Filipino running community by bringing in the best global brands.”

I almost missed out on the launch but decided last minute to join the launch since I believe in the prospect of this brand and I’ve always been supporting the brands under the Quorum Group and SRI.  I’ve been to numerous launches of Quorum Group and I always look forward when Toby Claudio speaks about the brand, whether it’s a running shoes, a socks, an accessory or even just an insole.  Toby knows his product and you don’t even need a press kit to write about the product.  Hoka One One is an amazing shoes that makes a maximalist shoes feel like a speed shoes.

Friends!

Friends!

He also mentioned that he met the Hoka owners 5 years ago and the brand could have come in earlier.  That got me thinking, What if Hoka One One came 5 years ago?  At that time, running was at a boom and the long distance runs / triathlons were just starting to peak.  I think it would still be a great brand at that time but I think the impact is much felt now with trails and ultras being more prominent in the running scene.  The Hoka launch also came with a touch of nostalgia as I got to see a lot of running friends I haven’t seen in a while.  Incidentally, these were friends I’ve grown into the community over the last 5 years too.  Really a lot of long time no sees here and there and I’m glad to see them again.  I guess that’s how excited the running community is with the Hoka Brand.  There’s been an even long queue for those who bought their shoes at the launch.

Welcome Hoka One One

Welcome Hoka!

Welcome Hoka!

RUNNR has been the Philippines’ leading running specialty store and they are the perfect partner to bring in the HOKA ONE ONE®, the award-winning running shoe brand that is making significant global strides with its maximalist sole design in the country.  Last March 16, 2016, It was finally time to fly Manila for the world renowned brand.

HOKA ONE ONE started in 2009 when Ultra Marathon champion Nico Mermoud realized he needed shoes to help him run downhill fast while reducing the shock that took a toll on his legs. Mermoud then partnered with fellow athlete Jean-Luc Diard in engineering a shoe that had more cushion than traditional running shoes and a uniquely carved geometry that encouraged an efficient foot strike – thus the revolutionary, lightweight running shoe brand was born.

Over the years, HOKA has become one of the most acclaimed running shoe brands in the world, winning accolades from Competitor Magazine, Triathlete and Runners’ World. The continuous growth of HOKA can be attributed to runners of all types embracing the brand’s goal of delivering lightweight, well- cushioned shoes with an exceptional ride.

Recognizing the demand of the growing Philippine running community for quality and high-performing products, RUNNR, a member of the Quorum Group of Companies, will exclusively carry the HOKA shoe line in the Philippines, adding yet another premium item in its already impressive mix of running products.

Philippines, it’s about time we experience HOKA ONE ONE. Why run when you can fly? Visit RUNNR at Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center and Cebu and grab a pair now!

My Hoka One One Experience

I’ve known that HOKA is coming to town since last year. I was too excited that when there was a sale in Singapore I got myself one and not being able to wait 3 weeks later.  I got a Hoka One One Speed Instinct, which is a trail shoes. When I wore it the first time, it was love at first stride.  It was really soft and comfortable for the feet.  Over the years, I’ve always been wearing minimalist shoes because maximalist shoes always meant that the shoe would be heavy.  The Hoka One One looks bulky right? Well, surprise surprise, it’s just 8.40 oz.  That’s the same weight as a minimalist shoes.  I’m sold immediately with getting both cushioned support and lightweight feel, which I probably need more now as my legs has also gone through years of wear and tear from running.

It’s one thing for a shoe to be comfortable but it’s another thing to be effective.  I took the shoe out on a run on the road. Surprisingly again, it felt smooth on the road.  It’s really rare for trail shoes to be smooth on the road. For trail shoes, you’ll need more traction and grip, which can slow you down on the road.  I was posting regular road pace with the speed instinct.  I’ll test it out more on the trail on do a more comprehensive review.  Based on the size of the lugs, it’s not an aggressive trail shoes but I guess this is good to go on regular trail conditions.  If you’re looking for a more aggressive shoes on technical trail, the Speed Goat and Challenge ATR is also now available.

Grab Your Hoka One One now

It’s time for you to experience Hoka One One and it’s time to fly Manila.  HOKA ONE ONE® shoes are available in Men’s and Women’s sizes (selected models) ranging from P6,295 to P7,295 at the following retail outlets:

  • RUNNR TRINOMA, LEVEL 2, SM TRINOMA EDSA cor. North Ave. Quezon City, 1105
  • RUNNR CEBU, LEVEL 2, SM CEBU Cebu Business Park Cebu City, 6000
  • RUNNR BHS, LEVEL 1, B3 Bonifacio High Street Fort Bonifacio,Taguig City, 1634
  • RUNNR ATC, LEVEL 2, Alabang Town Center The Garden, Muntinlupa City, 1799
Categories: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , | 31 Comments

Vitalis Weekend Escapade

Vitalis Villas

Vitalis Villas

Weekend travel getaway that doesn’t involve trails or mountains has been as rare as it gets for me.  Since I just finished 50K worth of Cordillera trails, I guess I earned this one.  Vitalis Villas boast of Santorini like architecture and makes it really worth your time and money’s worth.

Read About:

Vitalis Villas

Vitalis White Sands

Vitalis White Sands

Last month, our cousin started organizing the tour to Vitalis. We got a two bedroom room and another one bedroom room to accommodate the 10 of us.  We stayed in the one bedroom room and the rate is surprisingly affordable, which is Php 11,450, which includes the room complete with kitchen, masters bedroom, enormous living room area and a porch overlooking the sea.  That’s also inclusive of 3 buffet meals for the whole stay.    The two bedroom unit (Php 19,000) is perched on a hill and has two floors with one room on each floor.   The cost of the accommodation is between Php 3,000-P3,500 per person inclusive of all buffet meals, rooms and the services.  You can have a golf cart bring you to your room to the other facilities. It includes use of facilities in Vitalis Villas and Vitalis White Sands though water sports facilities is priced separately.

My sister and I came from Manila while the rest of the family came from our hometown in Baguio.  We had the longer travel time but we arrived earlier in Vitalis Villas in time for the buffet lunch.  The buffet meal was overwhelming as you get to have a lot of choices plus Petra sits atop of the property so you have spots overlooking the sea and the whole property.

Touchdown Vitalis

Touchdown Vitalis

Check in time is between 2-3 pm so we had a few hours at Petra for lunch. The rest of the family came at around 1 pm.  We had our one bedroom Villa at around 2 pm while the 2 bedroom Villa was available at 3 pm.  We were surprised at how enormous the room was. There was 2 king size bed, several sofas, kitchen, comfort rooms and bath rooms and our villa was on the lower part and nearby the lower pool and the view of the Ocean. You can easily fit 10 people comfortably in the room though the room is only for four people.

Vitalis

Vitalis

The room felt really comfortable so the first order of business was to catch some sleep. We woke up between 4-5 pm and then we checked on the rest who also fell in love with their beds at first sight.  It was then that we regrouped so we can try the water sports at the nearby Vitalis White Sands.

The View from Our Room

The View from Our Room

There are shuttle services from Vitalis Villas to Vitalis White Sands, which is on the lower end of the resort.  There are several pools in Vitalis Villas but the beach and water sports is located at Vitalis White Sands.  We arrived past 5 pm and we discovered that the water sports area is until 5 pm only.  They have kayaks, pedal boats, jet ski and an area for inflatables.  Since the water sports is not available we just took our time to swim in the beach.

Vitalis White Sands

Vitalis White Sands

It felt good to swim.  After swimming, we went back to Vitalis Villas at around 7 pm for dinner.  One of the pool area is just beside Petra, the dining area. Instead of going to dinner immediately, we took another dip in the pool before dinner.  This was followed by another buffet feast for dinner.  We’d regroup later into the night to take a deep on the lower pool in our room and had drinks at the mini bar after.

The Chapel

The Chapel

It was really nice to bond with my cousins once again, which is something we haven’t done in a while with shifting priorities and a lot of events happening the past few years.  After that it was time to rest for the next day.

Day 2

Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday

I woke up just in time to catch the sun rise view above at around 6:30 am and had breakfast at 7 am.  Of all the buffet meals, I have to say, breakfast was my favorites with longanisa, dried fish, pancakes, palitaw and a whole lot more.  We’d love to reload on this meal too as the next one is in Vigan already after we check out. Vitalis is located in Santiago, Ilocos Sur, which is around 45 minutes before Vigan. Up next was going back to Vitalis White Sand to try the water sports.  My niece tried out the zipline too.

Chillin' like a Villain!

Chillin’ like a Villain!

There was the early morning sea breeze to make it really relaxing to chill for the beach.  I could do this for hours but we also did try the pedal boat and the kayak.  It was fun to add some activity to this relaxing weekend. I must have gain x number of pounds just on the buffet dinners.

Vitalis White Sand is the perfect place to see the Santorini like infrastructure of Vitalis.  Just an interesting piece of trivia, Vitalis White Sand has been there for decades though it gained prominence when Vitalis Villas was completed last December 2016.

View from Vitalis White Sands

View from Vitalis White Sands

So we spent the rest of the morning at the beach.  I did drop by the hilltop adventure area where there was a mini zoo and a zipline area before going back to check out.

Vigan

Lunch at Uno Grille in Vigan

We then spent the next 45 minutes heading to Vigan to have lunch and a stroll along Calle Crisologo.  I haven’t been to Vigan for almost 2 decades so its nice to be back to appreciate the heritage city of Vigan.

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

We left Vigan at around 4-5 pm and that was our long trip back to Manila. On hindsight, we should have done a a minimum of 2 days and 3 nights type of vacation since it’s a bit tiring to spend one day on the resort and one day on the road.  I guess that now proves my point that I recover faster from races than family vacations. Looking forward to the next one.

Vigan!

Vigan!

Categories: My Travels | Tags: , , , , , | 29 Comments

Under Armour Test of Will Returns on March 25-26, 2017

Fitness enthusiasts gear up as Under Armour Test of Will Returns on March 25-26, 2017 for the Philippine Leg at the Glorietta Activity Center. 

Test of Will 2017

If you can spare 4 minutes of your time, why not try out the Test of Will?  It’s a combination of 4 functional training exercise for 1 minute each exercise.  Test of Will has been an annual fitness challenge brought to you by the leading high performance apparel provider, Under Armour. Participants will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw. Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds.

With the addition of Indonesia and Brunei this year, the regional fitness competition that also takes place in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines is expected to be more intense than the year before.  The highest scoring man and woman of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals, happening in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017.

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00.

The Test of will Winner Could Be You

The Test of Will is for everyone and anyone with the determination and discipline to train and compete. Last year, we witnessed champions crowned from the most unexpected individuals. The event epitomizes the might of the determined and the spirit of the underdogs, something which Under Armour stands for,” said Mr. Michael Binger, CEO of Triple Pte Ltd, exclusive distributor of Under Armour in Southeast Asia.

Wearing the threadbone top while running.

Wearing the threadborne top while running.

Under Armour has also recently launched its latest apparel and footwear collections engineered with the Threadborne™ technology leading up to the national heats; to equip participants with the gear to train and compete at the highest level. The Threadborne™ Siro and Seamless collections are made from fabric that is light, breathable, anti-cling, quick-drying and provides a high-level of stretch and recovery.

“Under Armour took the ultra-durable yarns within paracords, and rebuilt them into apparel material that can withstand the rigors of intensive use. The result is a next generation fabric that gives athletes an edge to perform better through enhanced comfort and durability,” said Binger

Our delegates last year in Singapore also made waves and placing high in the podium.   Here’s some tips from the overall male and female winners of the Test of Will 2016, Jet Ng and Zoe Pond-McPherson.

“When you feel good, you will perform better. So, train hard, eat well, get enough rest, and make sure you feel as comfortable as you can be on that day.” said Ng.

“You will be pitted against many other athletes who have trained hard for their goals. Your ability to focus on that day will be as important as your fitness level.” said Pond-McPherson.

Register now!

The Test of Will 2017 Philippines National Heats is now open for registration. Simply log on to testfofwill.com to indicate your preferred date and time, no registration fee is required. Participants must be 21 years old and above, and must be a Philippine Citizen or Permanent Resident to qualify for the regional finals.

Participants are encouraged to study the training guide for specific movement standards and tips to maximise their performance. They can also sign up for Armour@TheFort, a series of free training events organized by Under Armour to prepare for the challenges ahead. For more information and details on the Armour@TheFort series, visit www.tripleready.com/events.

Categories: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments

Cordillera Mountain Ultra 2017

Survived 50K of CMU 2017

Survived 50K of CMU 2017

I’ve been keeping it wild since Cordillera Conservation Trust started showcasing the beauty of the Cordillera for the past 3 years.  It’s definitely the toughest and most scenic 50 kilometer distance with a whopping 3,000 freaking meters worth of elevation from Dalupirip to the peak of Mount Ugo. 

Read About:

Cordillera Mountain Ultra

3 Years of Keeping It Wild

3 Years of Keeping It Wild

3 years ago, when the first Cordillera Mountain Marathon was being organized I got attracted with the idea of mountain runs.  In an instant, I joined the 11K distance at Mount Pulag and was able to finish it.  I heard the stories of the mountain marathoners and felt they had a really an awesome experience being able to go to several provinces before finishing back at the ranger station in Mount Pulag.  That’s my light bulb moment that I should do a mountain marathon, which then had a cut-off time of 13 hours.  The next year, it was reformatted to be a 50 kilometer ultra event from Dalupirip at Mount Ugo, with a cut off of 14 hours. If you knew me, Ultras where part of my “Never” list and the cut-off is a bit stiff compared to the marathon distance a year ago. I went on to finish the 21K distance last year. When registration opened for this year’s edition, I took a leap of fate and just signed up for the 50K distance and as things were, the cutoff was even shorter at 13 hours. Good luck to me.

Pre Race Anxiety

When you lack training, try to do the math.

When you lack training, try to do the math.

For the first time since my first marathon in 2014, I actually was scared of the race.  My training plan didn’t turn out as expected with bouts of ankle sprain, shin splints, coughs, colds, busy work schedule and lack of training mileage.  My longest distance for the past 3 months was 17 kilometers on the trails and 21 kilometers on the road. I did insert some gym time walking on inclined treadmill for hours.  You don’t have to be an expert to say that it’s not enough for a 50 kilometer race with 3,000 meters elevation gain.  When it comes to training, the longer you train, the less you suffer on race day so I started conditioning my mind to get ready to suffer.  I plotted the elevation profile and tried to plot some target times each segment.  This is my first ultra event, the goal was to finish and meeting the cut-off would just be bonus. I did hope that I did finish before it became dark.  I guess flawed as it was, that was the plan.

Race Route and Elevation Profile

Race Route and Elevation Profile

Race Route and Elevation Profile powered by Suunto Spartan Sport

The first 9 kilometers was a rolling  terrain with a mix of paved road, dirt road and river trails until the foot of the climb to Tenidi Hill.  This was followed by a 3-kilometer climb to Tenidi Hill covering about 750 meters of elevation gain.  The trail descends for the next kilometer to Oling before the climb resumes to Ugo for the next 12 kilometers with total elevation gain of 1,100 meters (including about 300 meters steep climb to the summit).  The race descents back to Tinongdan for the next 14 kilometers and goes on another rolling loop at Tinongdan for the next 5 kilometers before hitting Dalupirip for the last climb and descent to the finish line.

The Race

Carboloading with Team Smart at home.

Carboloading with Team Smart at home.

Up until the claiming of the race kit, I was still thinking if it was possible to downgrade to 21K or just totally miss the race. Yes, that’s how anxious I was before the race.  So when I got my kit for the 50K distance and had my Raceyaya timing chip attached to me, I guess this is it.  I got some inspirational words from Carlo of Smart the day before the race and Jonel and Aldean before the race.  It’s time to put my heart and determination to test.

Here we go again.

Here we go again.

The race started at 4 am sharp and it was time to just execute the game plan or how much I could during the race.  I started of with a good pace and good thing that my shin splints didn’t bother me this time. I slowed down on the single track climb to the main road on the 2nd kilometer and I was just playing the elevation by speeding up on the descent and walking the ascents on the road stretch.  Upon crossing the finish line, I started to slow down just to make sure that my heart rate would be low before I climb Tenidi Hill.

Tenidi Hill

Let's Go!

Let’s Go!

Tenidi hill was the toughest part of the course with 750 meters elevation gain in just 3 kilometers of distance.  If I get past this then the race is more manageable.  This is my 3rd time at Tenidi Hill and I could do this for 10 more times and it would never feel easy.  I took it one effort at a time disregarding the distance and just watching the elevation on my Suunto Spartan Sport. It does help mentally when you see you’re moving up the elevation even with the distance is just trickling in.  Before 3 hours in the race, I was up Tenidi Hill and it was a short descent to the town of Oling.

The Long Climb to Mount Ugo

Running around the ridges of Mount Ugo - Photo by Jefferson Chua

Running around the ridges of Mount Ugo – Photo by Jefferson Chua

The Town of Oling was a timing point and had a cutoff of 4 hours.  It’s also the last bail-out points of the race and once you continue here, you have to finish the whole loop since there are no other exit points (unless you’d like to exit at another province and end up there for days.  I thought for a second and said to myself, it was a go. This was a really long climb with the first 10 kilometers about 750 meter ascent and the next two kilometers having about 300 meters ascent.  It started with a technical climb from Oling and I was surprised that the first 2-3 kilometers, I was already able to cover about 300 meters of elevation.  That means that there would be some lower inclines above.

Resting Midway the Climb - Photo by Kat Faustino

Resting Midway the Climb – Photo by Kat Faustino

The first few kilometers of the climb were technical pine forested trails.  After the trails went higher, it shifted to long rolling run-able ridges that was just mesmerizing.  We were moving on single track ridge with some portion hot because of the time of day and some portion foggy and cold because of the altitude.  It was scenic yet it was tough. I just kept checking on the altitude and once we got up by 100 meters in altitude there was a stretch where we’d go down 50 meters.  It felt exhausting and frustrating but I realized the best way to deal with tough times is to look forward to good times.  During the toughest parts, I’d always remind myself how many kilometers it was to the summit and I need to finish the race so I can celebrate my birthday this week.

Nearing the summit.

Nearing the summit.

The last 2 kilometers to the summit was really difficult as it’s already a direct assault plus fatigue is coming into play.  I made it one push after another and things would get easy going down for the second half of the race.  I eventually reached the summit in less than 8 hours, which meant I have 5 hours to chase the cut-off for the second half of the race.  It was foggy at the top so here’s my id picture with white background at the summit.

Mount Ugo Summit

Mount Ugo Summit

The Long Descent

After I had my time recorded at the summit, I went on the descent. The first part of the descent was a bit technical so I wasn’t able to speed up yet.  I’m such a klutz when it comes to technical trails and almost slipped several times.  It wasn’t fast but it helped me recover.  There were about 2 to 3 kilometer of technical descent before it shifted to run-able descending ridges.  The problem was I felt too banged up to run. I did the next best thing, I brisked walked for the next few kilometers going to the aid station in Domolpos at kilometer 33 in 10 hours.  I have about 3 hours to cover about 15 kilometers of distance.

Descents - Photo by Harry Tanoja for Cordillera Conservation Trust

Descents – Photo by Harry Tanoja for Cordillera Conservation Trust

There was a short a ascent after kilometer 33 but since I was up against time I just maintained the same pace for both uphill and downhill with faster brisk walks.  I managed to move past the next 2 kilometers at a good pace.  The next 2 kilometers were on a bit slippery and loose sand and rock surface so I slowed down.  It’s about 10-11 kilometers before the finish line and I have 2 hours to go.  The cut-off is still within reached though the window is closing a bit.

Chasing cutoffs

Chasing cutoffs

Entering Tinongdan Town at about kilometer 39, I felt my right quad cramping so I had to rest it a bit in one of the store while I took a soft drinks break.  I could barely move my right quad without pain so I slowed down again.  I tried to cushion each of my step with the pole so there would be less impact on my quads  It felt a bit better after walking though I would take occasional rest to massage the muscle a bit. Eventually, I went back to using to poles to reduce the impact on my legs.  With my window of chasing the cut-off becoming least probable, I started aiming just to finish before dark.  I just kept moving as the trails shifted to the rolling terrain in Tinongdan to the road back to Dalupirip and eventually the finish line.

With JP and Koi at the finish line.

With JP and Koi at the finish line.

It was beyond cut-off at about 14 hours but I’m glad I did finish the race before it went dark.  When I was in doubt whether to run or downgrade before the race, I always had this in mind.  It wasn’t about the time, it was always about the experience. It was just a few less muscle pains away from meeting the stiff cut-off but I’ll take that. I didn’t give up.   I have no regrets and no more looking back that I should have done the distance. There’s so many reasons to be proud of and to celebrate.  Of course, I’ll be back next year maybe to try the Vertical Kilometer or maybe another round to enjoy the tough Mount Ugo Terrain and just keep it wild.

Categories: My Runs | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Incoming: NatGeo Earth Day Run 2017

NatGeo Earth Day Run has been a fixture in the runner’s calendar for the past 8 years. The cause of saving mother Earth has always been relevant and NatGeo is now calling all Eco-warriors to run for the cause of the environment once again.  Join the 5K, 10K, 21K or go for a full marathon experience on April 23, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia.

NatGeo Run

Not everybody is meant to save the world but anybody can make it a better place.  We can make it a better place by taking care of the Environment and joining NatGeo Earth Day Run 2017 is a good step towards that direction. Eco-warriors, it’s time to assemble at the SM Mall of Asia on April 23, 2017 and run 5K, 10K, 21K or go for a full marathon.  The event encourages and welcomes all types of Eco Warriors to take part, from fun-runners of all ages to the serious marathon runners who regularly compete. Each runner and each step made would definitely boost the environment. Here’s some of the reason to join NatGeo Earth Day Run.

Advocacy to the Environment

Earth Day Run participants were able to contribute to saving the Irawaddy dolphins at the Malampaya Sound Research and Conservation Project in Palawan and the Marine Protected Area and Coral Reef in Apo Reef in Ocidental Mindoro. They also provided a sustainable solution to reduce Carbon Footprints at Monreal, Masbate as well as beefed up the reforestation efforts in Ipo, Watershed in Bulacan, which is the source of fresh water supply of Metro Manila.  Registered runners at Earth Day Run 2017 will not only experience a fun day of outdoor fitness by joining this year’s event, but will also be doing their part in contributing to National Geographic’s environmental efforts.

It’s a Regional Run and Effort

Saving the environment is a global effort and from a pure Manila run, NatGeo Run has evolved into a regional run starting last year to better spread the vision and advocacy of Earth Day Run across Asia.  The event will be held not only in Manila but simultaneously in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taichung.  April 23 would be a day to raise public consciousness about environmental issues and health and fitness for National Geographic, which celebrates its eighth straight year of holding Earth Day Run. Presented by the channel and its partners Cherifer Premium and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Day Run 2017 aims to continue the tradition of being one of the biggest running events in the country, expecting scores of running enthusiasts and Eco Warriors to register and run for the environment.

It’s now on it’s 8th year

NatGeo Earth Day Run has been promoting the advocacy and social awareness through fitness for eight years now and that calls for a celebration.  Loyal NatGeo Earth Day Runners get the VIP treatment this year with the special program features with the hashtag #8withEDR.  Participants from previous Earth Day Runs will be given priority placement in front of the starting line at the beginning of the race and can claim their loot bags and finisher shirt at a special express booth. They can also make use of a special warm-up and cool down tent before and after the race to condition themselves and recover in comfort.  For it’s 8th year, there will also be 8 Years of EDR Gallery at the race village which runners can visit on race day.  They get to relive the accomplishment over the years and get to check the progress of the environmental and social initiates of NatGeo.  Visitors to the gallery will learn how their participation at Earth Day Run has made a significant impact on certain communities in the Philippines as well as how their actions as individuals can affect the environment.

LED Shoelaces and Prices for the Eco Warriors

This year, Earth Day Run will also be sporting new features for its runners. As a special treat, all race kits will come with LED shoelaces, serving as a badge of pride and as a safety precaution for Eco Warriors running at night or before sunrise. Prizes will also be given to costumed runners who showcase their creativity by coming in their best ensemble made from recycled materials. Finally, to make each Eco Warrior’s voice heard in this run for the Earth, advocacy banners will be hanging above the finish line so that each runner can grab them as they cross to make a shout-out for the environment, keep as a souvenir, and use for all their post-run selfies to amplify the message of acting now to save the environment.

It’s among the biggest run in the Region

“Earth Day Run 2017 will be the biggest version of the race yet, with more expected participants from Manila and four other cities across Asia. We’re also excited to look back on our eight years of environmental advocacy and share and celebrate with our runners the positive change that they helped make possible through the years by joining Earth Day Run. We hope that Earth Day Run 2017 not only brings communities of running enthusiasts together for the common cause of saving the environment but also that it amplifies the important message of doing your own part today to help stop climate change and commit to sustainable solutions to save our beloved planet Earth,” said Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Content and Marketing at FOX Networks Group Philippines.

Be an Eco Warrior

Of course, NatGeo Earth Day Run would be an excellent time to spend with family and friends and people with a soft heart for Mother Earth.  We get to raise the consciousness on the environment and we get to raise funds to support the initiatives of National Geographic Channel.  Let’s make the world a better place by joining the cause of NatGeo Earthday Run. Register Now!

Interested runners of all ages can join National Geographic’s Earth Day Run 2017 by registering at natgeoearthdayrun.com and from March 1 to April 16, 2017.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: April 23, 2017
  • Venue: SM Mall of Asia

Fees and Inclusions

Singlet

Finisher Shirt

Finisher Medal

Registration

  • Online: via NatGeoRun Website
  • Onsite: Opening Soon at Earth Day Run Booth in
    • SM Aura
    • SM North Edsa
    • SM MOA

Race Updates

Race Maps

Categories: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

#TaleOfTheTrail Southern Ridges (Singapore)

Southern Ridges is a cluster of parks in a 10 kilometer distance that gives high vantage point of the city and forest view along elevated planks along the course.

Read About:

Tale Of The Trail

There's a lot of places to visit in Singapore but let me take this chance to explore the Southern Ridges.

There’s a lot of places to visit in Singapore but let me take this chance to explore the Southern Ridges.

Southern Ridges is more of a city trail than the usual rough road and muddy forest trails I take. It does make up for it for the different vantage point you get to see in the area and the volume of climbing involved.  There’s the city view at Mount Faber Park then it shifts to forest views entering Henderson Waves, Forest Walk, Hort Park, Canopy Walk and eventually Kent Ridge Park.  This time I had a different tour of Singapore and it had me running from one park to another as I get to appreciate the view of Singapore from it’s Southern Ridges.

The starting point is an easy access as it falls just at Exit D of the Harbourfront MRT Station. The end point leads your to either Kent Ridge Park Station or the Pasir Panjang Station depending on which side of Kent Ridge Park you want to exit.  The reason I chose this route was because of the distance.  I needed to log in some mileage for an upcoming race yet I also need to come back early to catch my hotel check out.

Map and Elevation

Map and Elevation Profile Powered by Suunto Spartan Sports.

Map and Elevation Profile Powered by Suunto Spartan Sports.

The route starts at Harborfront MRT Exit D going to the Marang Trail.  The trail heads to McFaber Park – Telok Blangah Hill Park – Hort Park and Kent Ridge Park.

Trekking The Southern Ridges

Stairs and a lot of them

Stairs and a lot of them

It was easy finding the starting point of the Southern Ridges since it’s at Exit D of Harbourfront MRT station.  That’s the same station you take for the cable car ride to Sentosa.  You just have to look for Marang Road within the station and you’re all set.  It’s all uphill at this point with the trails shifting from uphill roads to stairs for the next kilometer.  It was a struggle at this point as the legs are still not warmed up.

Unli- Stairs

Unli- Stairs

I always have a hard time with stairs compared to uphill paths since you can take the latter with tinier and less energy consuming steps.  I needed the struggle of the climb anyway so it’s time to hustle and just climb.

Upon reaching the top of the climb at Marang Trail, I got a peek of the city.  There was the  cable cars crossing over to the other side of Sentosa.

Cable Cars

Cable Cars

The next area to visit was the Faber Point, which would be the highest peak of the trek.  It was another 500 meters of climbing though it was not as steep as the Marang Trail.  It also helped that the area is frequented by tourists.

Merlion at Faber Point.

Merlion at Faber Point.

There was a Merlion at Faber Point and also a panoramic view of the city.

Appreciating the view.

Appreciating the view.

After Haber Point, I was supposed to go to Henderson Waves.  I took the road to the left since it would be intersecting to the same road that leads to Henderson Waves.  Well, this was the longer part since if I took the road on the other side, it’s just about 300 meters away.  It was a rush running downhill even if it was the longer route.  After reaching the intersection I had to climb up again to Henderson Waves.

Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves were a series of elevated wooden path, with waves on one side and the forest view on the other side.  It was fun running this part especially with the greenery surrounding the area. There were also a lot of students enjoying this part of the trail.

Running at Henderson Waves

Running at Henderson Waves

After the Henderson Waves, I was already at the Telok Blangah Hill Park.  There were painted signs on the road and I just followed the markings heading to the forest walk. There were side attractions like Sembcorp Forest of Giants  and Alkaff Mansion.

The highlight of this stretch though was the forest walk. That’s about 1.3 kilometers of descending zigzag trails on elevated steel planks.  There were also several runners / trekkers doing this part.  I enjoyed this part because of the green backdrop.  While I was struggling a bit on the metal planks since the lugs of the shoes tend to collide with the gaps on the steel ramp, the view was a lush green forest.

Elevated Zigzag Planks.

Elevated Zigzag Planks.

Once I got the hang of moving around the steel planks, I started to speed up since I need to finish early to catch my hotel check out time.  By the end of the forest walk, I was already in front of the group.

Forest Walk

Forest Walk

There were several exit points at the forest walk but I took the one leading to Hort Park. Hort Park was another beautiful park with themed gardens and wide greenery. I even saw one group having wedding pictorials at the center of the gardens.

Hort Park

Hort Park

If you love nature, Hort Park is a good place to visit.  Before reaching the Canopy Walk, I was able to see several themed gardens one after another as they are in the way of the Canopy Walk.  The Canopy walk starts at the end of the park.

The Canopy is a zigzag uphill path heading to Kent Ridge Park.  It’s quite challenging at this park since it was a climb but since it was on zigzag paths it was not too steep.  It was also good that the area is shaded by trees, which helped reduce the heat on the warm morning.

Canopy Walk

Canopy Walk

On the higher end of the Canopy Walk, there was a road heading to Peppy’s Road and the other road leading to the Pond.  Peppy’s Road is an exit point and I ended up taking the route to Peppy’s Road.

Kent Ridge park

Since I was just at 7 kilometers in my watch, I figured that I should have taken the road to the pond.  I retraced my steps and headed to the pond. There was an overlooking view on the elevated walkway and there were a lot of refreshing areas in the park to just chill.  Once I discovered the route to the pond, I checked my map and had to options to exit. There’s an MRT at Kent Ridge Park after passing the pond or take the MRT at Pasir Panjang.  I opted for the latter since I’ve already covered my 10K for the day in a little over 2 hours of running, walking and trekking.

Got lost but found my way to the MRT.

Got lost but found my way to the MRT.

I followed Peppy’s Road, which led to Pasir Panjang and just a few hundred meters away from the MRT Station.  I love this lost in the city moments.  It was fun exploring 10K worth of city trails, which was a great workout and a tour as well.

Categories: My Travels | Tags: , , , , | 29 Comments

Incoming: SBR Tri Series 2017

Do you want to Tri? SBR Tri Series 2017 rolls out the red carpet in the world of triathlon for you. They have newbie friendly categories and also offers the full distance for the experienced ones.  Take your pick or conquer them all.  Be an Aquaman, Duaman and / or a Triman.

SBR Tri Series 2017

The road to triathlon is a really eventful journey.  You try to master 3 disciplines and make them a part of your routine.  SBR.PH gives you a road map to that journey to triathlon as the SBR.ph Tri Series is back and is bigger than ever! They are even introducing the LITE category for newbies in 2017 just to keep your feet wet before you get going in the longer tri races. Registration for the Philippines’ first and only multi sport race series dedicated to beginners and beginners at heart is now open!

The SBR.ph Tri Series is the ONLY multisport race series that is designed and organized for newbies and amateurs.  The distances can be challenging enough for experienced athletes yet remains doable for newbies. The LITE category gives you the feel of the experience yet it’s not as intimidating as the full distances and it still earns you the title of Aquaman, Duaman and / or Triman.

The SBR.ph Tri Series is open for everyone. There is NO CUT OFF TIME and literally almost all types of bikes are allowed. They will allow MTB’s, Folding Bikes, Road Bikes, and even your loved one’s hand-me-down bike, in short, you can use any bike that you have in your garage! What’s important to them is that they get you out there and start living an active lifestyle!

Even some of the finest rookie/sophomore triathletes in the country today started their triathlon careers at SBR.PH Tri-series.  So register now, take your first few steps in the world of triathlon and get ready to make it a part of your lifestyle.

Race Details

The Aquaman Aquathlon

Aquathlon has long been considered as the perfect stepping stone for triathlon. The Aquaman Aquathlon 2017 is designed for athletes who are just starting to get their multisport feet wet and are not yet comfortable with their bike handling skills. The Aquaman Aquathlon 2017 is an 800m Swim followed by a 4k Run while the LITE category is a 400m Swim and a 2k Run.

  • Date: April 23, 2017, 6 am
  • Venue: Philsports Arena (formerly Ultra)
  • Categories:
    • FULL : 800m Swim, 4k Run
    • LITE : 400m Swim – 2k Run
  • Fees: (Full / Lite)
    • Early Rate (Until March 19, 2017 only!)
      • Individual :Php 1,700
      • Relay 2-man : Php 2,700 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
    • Regular Rate (From March 20, 2017 up to April 9, 2017)
      • Individual : Php 2,000
      • Relay 2-man : Php 3,000 (For FULL Distance ONLY)

Duaman

The Duaman Duathlon is the second leg of the SBR.ph Tri Series and is perennially their biggest event. They designed both distances of the Duaman Duathlon to be short enough for the newbies and lung-busting enough for the seasoned duathlete. The Duaman Duathlon was the biggest recorded duathlon in Philippine history. Garnering over 900 participants from all walks of life and varying skill levels.

  • Date: May 28, 2017, 6 am
  • Venue: Nuvali (Official Venue Partner)
  •  Categories
    • FULL : 6k Run /20k Bike / 3k Run
    • LITE : 3k Run / 13k Bike / 3k Run
  • Fees (Full / Lite)
    •  Early Rate (Until April 2, 2017 only!)
      • Individual: P1,900
      • Relay 2-man : Php 2,900 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
      • Relay 3-man : Php 3,900 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
    • Regular Rate (From April 3, 2017 up to May 14, 2017)
      • Individual : Php 2,200
      • Relay 2-man : Php 3,200 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
      • Relay 3-man : Php 4,200 (For FULL Distance ONLY)

Triman

The Triman Triathlon is the flagship event of the SBR.ph Tri Series. The race has a distance of 900m swim, 30km bike, followed by a 5km run and LITE category which is a 600m Swim / 20k Bike / 2.5k Run. The Triman Triathlon is considered to be the de-facto training/breeding ground of all triathlon newbies and is the most newbie friendly triathlon in the country.

  • Date: June 18. 2017, 6 am
  • Venue: Fontana Hot Springs Resort Leisure Park (Official Venue Partner)
  • Categories:
    • FULL : 900m Swim / 30k Bike / 5k Run
    • LITE : 600m Swim / 20k Bike / 2.5k Run
  • Fees (Full / Lite)
    • Early Rate (Until April 16, 2017 only!)
      • Individual : Php 2,200
      • Relay 2-man: Php 3,200 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
      • Relay 3-man: Php 4,200 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
    • Regular Rate (From April 17 up to June 4, 2017)
      • Individual : Php 2,500
      • Relay 2-man: Php 3,500 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
      • Relay 3-man: Php 4,500 (For FULL Distance ONLY)

Bundle Rate

  • Tri-Pack (Aquaman, Duaman, Triman Package) / For Individual Racers Only!
    • Early Bird (Until March 20, 2017) – P 5,000
    • Regular Rate (From March 21 until April 9, 2016) – P 6,000

Registration

  • Via Bank Deposit
    • DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM (Click the link to download file)
    • Deposit payment to :
      •  Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
        • Account Name: Carlos de Guzman
        • Account Number: 3379-0967-69
      • Banco de Oro (BDO)
        • Account Name: Carlos de Guzman
        • Account Number: 132-024-11-99
    • Email the completed registration form along with the deposit slip (with your name and contact number) to events@swimbikerun.ph.
    • Make sure to fill up all the important information like SHIRT SIZE, EMAIL, and CONTACT NUMBER.
    • They cannot encode what we cannot read. So make sure to send them a CLEAR IMAGE of your registration form.
    • Please don’t forget to write YOUR COMPLETE NAME and CONTACT NUMBER in the deposit slip.
    • Deposit slips WITHOUT the complete name and contact number WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
    • Group registrations via Bank Deposits are allowed.
    • On the email, write on the subject 2017 SBR.ph Tri Series Registration – RACE NAME (race name : Aquaman / Duaman / Triman / Tripack ) to make sure its filtered properly.
    • Wait for a confirmation email. Do note that theywill have to confirm your payment manually so give them 2-3 days to reply. If you don’t get a confirmation email within a week, kindly resend your email registration or contact them via our facebook page (@SWIMBIKERUNph).
    • Keep a copy of the completed registration form and the deposit slip for safekeeping.
  • Via Registration Centers
    • THE BRICK MULTISPORT STORE, Unit 1, Woodridge Apartments, McKinley Hill, Taguig, Tel.: 02-9854890)
    • CYCLING ZONE, Shell Pacific Gas Station, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa, Tel.: 02-8096736

       

    • TREK BICYCLE STORE, 3Oth Ave., Two Parkade, Bonifacio High Street, Makati, Tel.: 02-5532445
    • THE COFFEE TRAIL CYCLERY, GF Bldg B. Solenad 3, Nuvali, Sto. Domingo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna., Tel.: 049-2580780
    • BIKERS’ CAFE, SM CITY MALL OF ASIA, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay, Tel.: 02-5560680

       

    • MAXIMUS ATHLETE’S SHOP CAFE,126 Pioneer, Sparta Complex, Mandaluyong., Tel.: +63917-8641014
    • SWIM BIKE RUN PH Headquarters, #2 Kamagong St. Violago Homes III. Visayas Avenue, Q.C. (Waze / Google Maps : SBRPH SPORTS INC.), Tel.: 02-4546735 (Office Hours Only)

Prizes/Categories:

  • Top 3 Overall Male / Female
    • Php 3,000, Php 2,000, Php 1,000 and trophies respectively
  • Full Categories
    • Male Age Categories
      • Trophies for Top 3 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-Above
    • Female Age Categories
      • Trophies for Top 3 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-Above
  • Lite Categories
    • Male Age Categories
      • Trophies for Top 3 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-Above
    • Female Age Categories
      • Trophies for Top 3 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-Above

Race Updates:

Categories: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , | 6 Comments

Century Tuna Underpants Run To Kick Off Subic IM 70.3 2017

Century Tuna Superbods gets the Ironman weekend heated with the 3rd Staging of the Underpants Run on March 11, 2017 at Subic Bay.  The event is gonna kick off the Century Tuna Subic Bay Ironman 70.3 festivities.

Underpants Run

The Tradition of the Underpants Run continues with the Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run returning to Subic Bay for a third year this March 11, 2017. The run is inspired by the tradition at Kona, which is the home of the renowned Ironman World Championship, Century Tuna.  The Underpants Run Started as a pre-race activity for the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 back in 2015. It has since made headlines as it brought some of the world’s super athletes racing alongside Superbods finalists to raise money for a cause.

Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run will happen on March 11 at 9:30AM. The race will start at Subic Bay Yacht Club and will take runners through a scenic route along the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

This year, Century Tuna invites everyone to come to Subic Bay as it opens the race to anyone who wishes to showcase their Superbod fitness.  Century Tuna will also be giving away Php 15,000 to the individual and Php 20,000 to the group with the most inspired costume. Loot bags with tons of exciting freebies together and finisher shirts are up for grabs for the first 150 finishers.

Interested to join Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run? Register for free at the Century Tuna Booth at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center on March 10 and at the Subic Bay Yacht Club on March 11.

For more details, visit www.centurypacific.com.ph or www.ironman703subicbay.com

Categories: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , | 11 Comments