Under Armour Goes Girl Power with Women of Will Campaign

Under Armour Power in Pink joins the fight against breast cancer with their Women of Will Campaign.  Girl Power is at its peak this November with Under Armour partnering with different fitness hubs to promote a fitter lifestyle as well as promote more awareness on breast cancer. 

Women of Will

Under Armour Power in Pink celebrates those who use sports, fitness and an active lifestyle in the fight against breast cancer. Under Armour will donate a minimum of $500,000 to various breast cancer centers and charities through our Power in Pink program. This year, Under Armour launched the campaign “Women of Will”, which will engage women of different shapes, ages and background to immerse themselves more into active lifestyle & fitness. Under Armour has designed whole month-long fitness activities. Initially Under Armour engaged Girls Run for breakfast group headed by Tessa Prieto and Under Armour athlete Doray Elis last October 28, as they get to try Under Armour sports bra in their fitness yoga and run. These activations shall be regularly conducted weekly together with partner gyms and women groups. November has been filled with fitness and women empowerment as the Women of Will campaign rallies to fight against breast cancer. Women GET ARMOURED through the following sessions!

  • Women of Will Wednesdays at Urban Ashram. All Wednesdays of November!
  • Total Wellness and Fitness Saturdays at Edsa Shangri-La Health Club. All Saturdays of November!
  • Exclusive Tea Fitness Party at Raffles Hotel. November 10, 2015 at 1:30pm.
  • Women’s Basketball Treat – PBA Basketball 3 on 3. November 28, 2015.
  • Fitness Day with Belle de Jour at the SM MOA Arena Music Hall. November 29, 2015.

They are armoured! Many women have attended Under Armour’s Women of Will circuit training and yoga classes last November 7, at the Edsa Shangri- La Hotel and November 8 at the Ayala Triangle. These ladies braved their way to be part of the Women of Will campaign for their stand on fitness and strength, which also serves as a support for women in battling breast cancer.

It’s a thrilling sight that a lot of women participated the event and showed their support for the campaign. Under Armour’s ambassador Emmanuelle Adda, a French-Filipina performing artist and fitness enthusiast stated “If it doesn’t involve you stepping outside, touching other people, it is pointless.” Participants spent the night practicing circuit training and yoga with Ms. Adda, as she also shared a few tips on how to step out of your comfort zone and be a Woman of Will. “Push yourself, know yourself, routine is your enemy and set a higher mark to grow. Do not compare yourself to a magazine, be true to what you are!” says Emmanuelle Adda in an interview.

Under Armour made partnerships with strategic gyms and health clubs for the month-long celebration. Being Under Armour’s health club partner, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel made the event even more relaxing through their crew’s assistance and service to the yogis. “It aligns very much to how we position the Club for our female members and guests. Our goal is to actively promote a lifestyle that is anchored on fitness and wellness. It’s all about celebrating a woman’s strength and watching each of them reach and even surpass their own potential – and this is exactly what Women of Will is all about.” A statement from Edsa Shangri-La’s Health Club Manager, Renessa Santos regarding their partnership with Under Armour.

Neither heat nor sunlight was able to stop yogis from participating the Sunday yoga class at the Ayala Triangle, a benefit event of Urban Ashram Yoga. As the class progressed, more people came to register and the event ended with 200 attendees. Under Armour collectibles were given away, with a raffle draw from sponsors care of Urban Ashram.  A group activity was also held, where the attendees were able to interact with other yogis, to share the goodness of being fit while having fun. The yogis all rushed to have their photos taken at the photo booth, and have their yoga poses shared on Facebook and Instagram, which made the event truly worth remembering.

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Incoming: Bike It Up Challenge

It’s always a fun time outdoors at Clark. They have wide roads for biking, running or walking with an abundant supply of Nature Reserve.  It just gets even better as Clark is being developed to be a Green City that will develop interlocking communities that has fitness friendly roads and rich forest trails. Take a peek of the future Clark Green City in a Bike It Up Challenge that will offer both 20K for Amateurs and 40K for Professionals on December 12, 2015. Be the first to experience their trails.

Bike It Up

Be the first to experience the trails as the Bike It Up Challenge will be the first sporting event to be held at Clark Green City, the newest development project of Bases Conversion and Development Authority happening on December 12, 2015 at the Clark Freeport Zone. Bike It Up Challenge will bring bikers to different terrains within Clark Freeport in Angeles to the mountainous trails of Clark Green City, Tarlac. Bikers will experience over 40 kilometer on and off road trails in this challenging sporting event.

There will be a professional and an amateur trail to choose from. For those who want to take a fast paced on and off road with numerous curves may join the amateur division – over 20 kilometer trail with about 90% fast paced on road track and 10% off road trail.  Adventure and thrill seeking bikers may chose to join the professional route – over 40 kilometer on and off road trail with steep climbs and rough terrain combined with high speed on road track. If you want to challenge yourself and put yourself to the limit, then this is the perfect choice for you! The Bike It Up Challenge is for Mountain bikes (XC, ALL MOUNTAIN, ENDURO, DIRT JUMP, FREERIDE) only.

More than the adventure, the Bike It Up Challenge would give you the feel of the Clark Green City. The Clark Green City is a 9,450 hectare master planned economic zone designed to be the Philippines’ largest and first smart, green, disaster resilient city. It is envisioned to sustain momentum in economic growth.  The city would be developed and nurtured as a fitness hub with its abundant nature reserve and bike and walking friendly roads.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • December 12, 2015, Clark Special Economic Zone

Fees and Distance

  • 40K – P1200 – (Inclusive of Race Shirt, Race Bib, Food Stub, Sponsors’ Loot Bag, Certificate of Completion and Medal)
  • 20K – P 900 (Inclusive of Race Shirt, Race Bib, Food Stub, Sponsors’ Loot Bag, Certificate of Completion and Medal)


  • In Store:
    • Chris Sports
      • SM Rosales
      • SM Baguio
      • SM Tarlac
      • SM Marilao
      • SM Clark
      • SM Pampanga
      • SM Annex
      • SM North Edsa
      • Fishermall
      • SM Megamall
      • Glorietta
      • SM BF
    • R. O. X. Recreational Outdoor Exchange
      • Marquee Mall
      • BGC
  • Download Registration forms here: Bike It Up

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Mens Health Urbanathlon #MHPhUrb

Done with my first Urbanathlon

Trail and Obstacle Races are already redundant since a trail is an obstacle on its own with its uneven surfaces and and varying terrain.  Men’s Health Urbanathlon gives you a long stretch of paved roads for the need for speed, a rolling trail area to challenge your legs and tough obstacles to live by its theme, Survival of the Fittest.  The harder they are, the more fun they are as it made earning the coveted finisher medal and survivor shirt a lot more satisfying.  #MHPHURB

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Men’s Heath Urbanathlon

All Set for Men’s Health Urbanathlon

Men’s Health Urbanathlon is the signature event of Men’s Health Worldwide and had been among the most awaited races during the past few years.  It’s just a unique race. You have 10 kilometers worth of urban and trail assault course in Nuvali, Sta Rosa, Laguna. You have obstacles that test your skills, endurance and your overall fitness.  Teamwork also came into play as there were also Buddy and Team Categories aside from the usual Solo Category.

How many urbanathlons have I done prior to this one?  Err… Zero.  I’ve been invited for the last three urbanathlons and something always came in the way. So I made it a point not to miss this year’s staging.   I’ve been to obstacle trail races before but urbanathlon is the premier obstacle race, which is a really competitive and  adrenaline-filled running event that challenged participants to run, crawl, and leap through different obstacles all the way to the finish.  In other words, it’s a complete race with you legs doing the pounding on the paved road stretches, your balance getting you past the uneven trails and your upper body strength powering you past the obstacles.

“For 10 years, Men’s Health Urbanathlon in the Philippines has evolved and became increasingly challenging for comebackers and first timers. We bring in new elements every year to make sure that each Urbanathlon is bigger than ever. That’s why for our 10th year, we called it Survival of the Fittest, says Allan Madrilejos, Men’s Health Team Editor.


With the 10th year of Men’s Health, the distance was locked at 10 kilometers but what they lack in distance, they made it up with obstacles.  Despite the tough race, there were still about 1800 brave participants who went through brand new obstacles like hurdles, traffic jam, mini obstacle course, and arm bars, and upgraded one like the network with a mud pit, hillside with ice bath, tire field plus a net crawl, and the classic modified wall that also had a stuntman jump that goes with the 10K road and trail adventure.  They also had a water shower before crossing the finish line on their way to being not only urbanathletes but also survivors.

Men’s Health Urbanathlon is co presented by Gatorade and Avida with Major Sponsors, Chris Sports and Asics with TAG Heuer as the official timekeepers.  Get to know more about the race too at menshealth.ph or follow their facebook account https://www.facebook.com/menshealthphilippines, Twitter and Instagram @MensHealthPH You can also catch them on your favorite News stand, bookstores, convenience store and supermakets nationwide or get their digital edition via Apple Newstand, Buqo and Zinio.

Race Route

Race Route powered by Suunto Ambit 3 Sports and Movescount

Race starts at the fields in Nuvali. The race immediately heads out to Nuvali Boulevard going to the Rotonda and the Nuvali Main Road up to Kilometer 4 for the u-turn slot.  The race heads back to the Rotonda and descends to Nuvali Boulevard before heading to the trails in Abrio at kilometer 6.5, which is about 2.5 kilometers.  The last 1 kilometer is the road section from Abrio Trails to the road section heading to the fields after going through a series of obstacles.

The Race

Model Jinri Park also did the Urbanathlon.

I usually do a lot of preps before a race like going over the course, elevation and obstacles.  I didn’t do much for this one as I have been out of the country for most part of the week of the race.  I opted to use my adidas Ultra Boost, which is not a trail shoes since I noticed that the course has a higher stretch of paved roads. That will keep me fast on the road stretches and would suffice in Nuvali Trails since the trails are not too technical.  All the obstacles would just be a surprise for me on race day.  I had an early drive to Nuvali from Makati on race day and I had enough time to warm up and chat a little with the Men’s Health Team.

I didn’t set much expectations for this since I missed a significant portion of my training.  The plan was to go fast on the road until I can and relax on the trails. It was a fast start especially with the paved roads matched with significant stretches of descent at the first two kilometers.  Going into the third kilometer, it was the short but steep climb to the Rotonda and the descent going to Nuvali Main Road.  I walked half the climb and made up for it on the descent on the other side.

After descending to the Nuvali Main Road, there were several hurdles, which I took slowly but surely.  The race started to go on an long climb up until the u-turn slot at the 4th kilometer.  I had to make do with a run walk on this stretch to inch myself through the long climbs.  The pace of the group was a bit fast so I was half-hoping that the race enter the trails so it can slow down a bit but since the trails were still on the way back, I just had to keep in pace.  After the u-turn, I took advantage of the descent to speed up once again on the other side of Nuvali Main Road.  I ran most of this stretch, had a recovery walk on the climb to the Rotonda and resumed running after the climb. It’s always a challenge to balance effort in Nuvali as the terrain is rolling with long stretches of climbs and descents.

I was back again at Nuvali Boulevard but this time instead of taking the road stretch, we had to enter the trails in Abrio at around kilometer 6.5.  We had to pass another obstacle, wherein we had to squeeze ourselves in a series of tapes / cords on the way to the trails.  It was time to slow down a bit since the uneven surfaces and the rolling terrain can be a challenge.  It’s always nice to slow down in the trails to appreciate the views and surroundings.  I went on to run the flats and descents and recovered on the climbs.  It was not as fast as it was on the road but I was maintaining a decent pace.  The trails were challenging on its own because of the varying surface and the climbs including the steep one after the creek.

After 2.5 kilometers of trails, It was time to do most of the obstacles.  There was an obstacle course wherein we had to do high knees on the ladder and skip alternately on the cones.  There was the monkey bars that required all our our upper body strength to overcome.  The hardest would have to be the modified network, wherein we had to climb on a net reaching the top of the truck which had a mud pit inside.  The climb was a bit high and became even more challenging as the net was shaking from other participants climbing the net too.  After the mudpit, I descended on the other side of the truck where I missed a step but luckily I was able to hold on to the rope to prevent me from falling.

After the network, we had to climb a short hill and then slide to the other end followed by an Ice bath.  Some participants opted to remove their shoes before dipping in the pool but I just went in the ice pool with my shoes since it’s approaching the end of the race plus the shoes had vents anyway, so I don’t have to worry about water staying inside the shoes.  After the ice bath, it was a short run going to the fields area, where we had to go through a tire field, a net crawl and the dreaded wall.  One thing I’ve learned in doing obstacle races, once you’re in the obstacle, you’ll eventually find a way to overcome them and I did find a way. I did the stuntman jump after the climb and went on to the shower area and sprinted to the finish line.

And that’s how I survived my first Men’s Health Urbanathon. 

With Grace of Men’s Health after the race. She was kind enough to personally deliver my race kit.

I had to run, crawl, climb and leap for this medal and I loved every minute of it.  I also finish with a decent time.  Great job Men’s Health and Leadpack!!!  I stayed after the race for the post race activities where I was with the Men’s Health team and I met Jinri Park too.  Let’s do this again… Next Year.

Outfit Of The Race

I’m a Survivor!!!

  • Top: adidas Climachill with #TaleOfTheTrail Design by Breakout Design
  • Compression Shorts, Calf Sleeves, Trucker Cap: Under Armour
  • Shoes: Adidas Ultra Boost
  • GPS Watch: Suunto Ambit 3 Sports
  • Socks: Features
  • Arms Sleeves: Men’s Health

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All Set for BGC Cycle Philippines

It’s more fun to bike in the Philippines and they get to enjoy the streets car-free at BGC Cycle Philippines on November 21-22, 2015.  BGC Cycle Philippines is back on its third year and it gives bikers of all ages to promote the cycling lifestyle in the country.

BGC Cycle Philippines

About 2,000 Filipino cyclists will gear up once again for two days of thrilling action as Sunrise Events, Inc.  in partnership with Cycle Asia and Bonifacio Global City begins the third edition of BGC Cycle Philippines.  BGC Cycle Asia Philippines is happening on November 20-22, 2015 at Bonifacio Global City, is part of Cycle Asia, a network of premier cycling events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian Cities.

All Set for BGC Cycle Philippines.

“We at Sunrise Events, Inc. are very proud to be staging the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines for the third time this year.  It’s another one of the world-class sports event that we have in  our yearly calendar and I am as usual glad to welcome back Spectrum Worldwide and BGC as our major partners for this event.  Cycling as a sport and fitness activity has been growing tremendously in the country and we at Sunrise Events look forward to bringing a fun and awesome safe ride along the roads of Metro Manila to the cyclists, young and old alike,” said Mr. Fred Uytengsu, CEO of organizer Sunrise Events.

I am delighted to be back in Manila for the third Edition of BGC Cycle Asia Philippines and excited to see the ongoing success of the fantastic event which would not be possible without the tremendous support of BGC and Sunrise Events. We are delighted to have two Ctcle Asia events in Manila and I always love the opportunity to participate with confidence that all the operational and safety aspects have been well taken care off, said Chris Robb, Spectrum Worldwide CEO.

BGC Cycle Philippines Merchandise are also available at the Expo.

The event will cater to cyclists of all ages and abilities with the Tricycle Ride, The Kids Ride, The Community Ride (20Km), The Challenge Ride (40Km) and the much awaited ride with Robbie (40km) categories.  The ride with Robbie category will allow Filipino riders the chance to ride with the former yellow jersey wearer and three-time Tour de France Green Jersey Sprinters’ Classification winner, Australian Robbie McEwen, who will be here to join the event for the third straight time.

“I’m both proud and excited to take part in the 2015 BGC CycleAsia Philippines. It’s my 3rd visit to the Philippines for the event and I’m looking forward to riding with everyone again on closed roads around BGC & Manila. Most of all, I’m looking forward to the excitement of the kid’s rides.  It’s always a highlight to see the kids excited & happy faces as they enjoy riding while being cheered on by their  families.  It’s going to be a fantastic weekend not to be missed, said Rob McEwen, Official Cycle Asia Ambassador.

Prior to the ride events, the entire family will also be kept entertained with a wide range of fun activities in the cycling and Lifestyle Expo at Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, the official residence of BGC Cycle Philippines in 2015.  The fun cycling actions will start in the morning of Saturday, November 21, 2015 via the kiddie ride categories starting with the 30 minutes Junior Challenge ride and followed by the Kid’s Ride and Tricycle Ride categories. This day would be a truly fun bonding experience for the kids and their families. On Sunday, November 22, will be the Adult Ride categories.  The event will kick off with the Ride with Robbie with former Australian former PRO cyclist Robbie McEwen and to be followed by the 40km Challenge  Ride and the 20km Community and Foldies Community Ride.

“The participation in Cycle Philippines through the years have shown us that cycling is here to stay and that it is going beyond being a hobby and a sport where people are more and more using it as aan alternative modes of transportation to get around the metro.  This insight pushed us to implement more bike racks around the city. Furthermore, it also inspired us to experiment with a bike sharing program which will be launched in the future, said Mr. Manuel Blas II,  Head of Commercial Operations for Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation.

Aside from the cycling action in BGC CycleAsia Philippines , Bonifacio Global City will offer a wide range of activities for tourists to take advantage of during their stay. The district is well known for its open-air lifestyle retail and dining concept and public art program, as well as a world class science museum and parks.  With Bonifacio Global City as Title Sponsor and the valuable support of Taguig City, BGC Cycle Philippines has attracted a number of additional sponsors: Gatorade (Hydration Partner). 2Go Express (Official Courier and Logistic Partner), Ascott Bonifacio Global City(Official Residence) and others  including Subaru, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes, Rocktape,  Regent, Garmin, Pioneer Insurance, Herbalife, Storybook.PH, Skippy’s Bar and Grill and Purefoods Sexy Chix.  Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports ” Action are the event’s media partner with Goya and Cethaphil as marketing partner.

For more information, check out the BGC Cycle Philippines Official Website at www.cyclephilippines.com.ph.

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Brooks PureGrit 4, Ghost 8, and Glycerin 13 to Hit Shelves in December

Brooks always have the runner’s DNA in mind whenever they launch a shoes.   You’ll get a quality fit, a better feel of the road and a pleasant ride when you run.  Brooks PureGrit 4, Ghost 8, and Glycerin 13 hits the shelves this December and it’s designed even better to give you the look, the feel and the experience that will make you Run Happy. It’s gonna be available at all RUNNR outlets, selected Toby’s Sports stores, and Select The SM Store by December 2015.


Looking for your first serious training shoe? A capable trail runner? Or yet another addition to your athletic quiver? The new line of Brooks running shoes will surely be a hit among fitness enthusiasts who love the quality fit, feel, and ride of the brand.  Brooks can really give you the proper fit for more stability in your foot strikes.  It gives you a better feel of the road for a faster and more efficient running cadence.  It also arms you with the proper amount of cushioning embedded on their lightweight designs to give you a better and smoother ride ahead.  The Brooks Glycerin 13, Ghost 8, and PureGrit 4 will be available at all RUNNR outlets, selected Toby’s Sports stores, and Select The SM Store by December 2015.

Glycerin 13 (SRP P6,995)

As the number suggests, the Glycerin 13 is the latest evolution of one of Brooks’ most popular models. Voted as the “Best Update” in Runner’s World1 September 2015, it is designed to provide the ultimate in super-soft cushioning, and comes equipped with everything you could ever want to glide through your run in supreme comfort. They’ve pushed the limits of our 3D Fit Print technology to create a newly enhanced, seamless upper for streamlined support. The dynamic saddle wraps the foot in secure comfort while the wraparound collar adds the finishing touch for ideal fit and plush comfort.

Underfoot, the Super DNA midsole provides 25% more cushion than our regular DNA for the ultimate in soft rides. Ideal Pressure Zones in the outsole optimize disperse impact away from the body and the rounded heel helps keep your body in its Ideal alignment.The Brooks Glycerin 13 is ideal for medium to high-arched runners looking for a shoe with ample cushioning and support.

Key Features:

  • Super DNA midsole provides the ultimate adaptive cushioning
  • Rounded heel offers better alignment, minimizing stress on joints
  • Ideal Pressure Zones disperse impact for an effortless ride
  • Conformable saddle construction gives your foot a snug fit
  • 3-D Fit Print overlays on the upper add flexibility and structure

Ghost 8 (SRP P5,495)


Voted “Editor’s Choice” in Runner’s World September 2015, the Ghost 8 neutral running shoe provides just the right amount of soft cushioning for super-smooth runs. Improvements to the upper and midsole have made the Ghost 8 feel even more ethereal to the discerning runner. The engineered mesh upper offers improved fit and function, giving you structure where you need it and breathability where you want it.

The Ghost 8 upper is now virtually seamless, giving you an even more comfortable, sock-like fit. It’s been updated with a new full-length Segmented Crash Pad for ultra-smooth heel-to-toe transitions while it still boasts Omega Flex Grooves for optimized flexibility. The BioMoGo DNA in the midsole offers adaptive cushioning and responsiveness. It all comes together to make the Ghost 8 a scary good ride.The Ghost 8 is recommended for medium to high arched runners looking to run on the road or track.

Key Features:

  • BioMoGo DNA Midsole provides adaptive cushioning
  • Full-Length Segmented Crash Pad allows smooth transitions
  • Omega Flex Grooves provide flexibility while maintaining cushioning
  • New engineered mesh upper helps feet stay cooler and dryer

PureGrit 4 (SRP P5,695)

Hit the trail with the Brooks PureGrit 4, a lightweight and flexible trail shoe that gives you exceptional feel for the terrain while protecting your feet.  Brooks PureGrit 4 is designed for excellent traction as you navigate different trail surfaces.  It’s gonna give you a more stable landing and with a nav-band wrap, it will keep your feet from excessive movements while you go through uneven surfaces.

Aggressive hex lugs on the outsole provide maximum grip while the ballistic rock shield protects your foot from trail hazards. A toe guard provides protection and added traction when the trail gets steep. The midsole uses BioMoGo DNA midsole to provide Brooks’ famed ride quality even when the terrain gets gnarly. The innovative Nav-band wraps around your foot for enhanced fit.

Key Features:

  • BioMoGo DNA midsole provides adaptive cushioning
  • Rounded heel offers better alignment minimizing stress on joints
  • Omega Flex Grooves optimize flexibility
  • Ballistic Rock Shield protects your foot from trail hazards
  • Nav-band wraps your foot for comfortable security

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#AeroisEverything With Specialized

“5 Minutes” Product Collage

Cycling whether part of a multisport activity or on its own can really bring out the competitive juices in you.  There is always a need for speed and a need to be faster. You work your way to be better and when you’re at your best, you still get better by having the right gear.  Specialized gives you an aerodynamic edge as they bring the state-of-the-art aerodynamics to the forefront with the Venge ViAS aero road bike and its aero ecosystem.  Specialized can save you a lot of those precious seconds with their #aeroiseverything products.

Specialized Venge ViAS aero road bike

Pro triathlete and Specialized PH ambassador Monica Torres

When you say a bike “looks fast”, do you base it on how light it weighs or how aerodynamically it is designed? With Specialized, #aeroiseverything brings state-of-the-art aerodynamics to the forefront with the Venge ViAS aero road bike and its aero ecosystem. Specialized recently concluded their premier #aeroiseverything event which celebrated the advances in aerodynamic research that culminated in the Venge ViAS, which stands for “Venge Integrated Aero System”. Innovation has always been a founding principle of Specialized. In 1989, Mike Sinyard unveiled the Tri-Spoke wheel, a revolutionary design that set Time Triathletes and triathletes ablaze on the race course.

Dan’s PH Marketing Manager Zell dela Cruz and Specialized Global Road Brand Manager Mark Cote

In the 2012 Ironman World Championships, Craig Alexander rode the all-new Shiv and lopped a whopping 13 minutes off his best bike leg to set a course record at Kona. In 2013, Specialized unveiled the WIN Tunnel at its headquarters in Morgan Hill, ushering in a new era of R&D in the cycling industry. These milestones represent significant shifts in thinking that shook the whole industry.

A mockup of the Specialized WIN Tunnel, the only one of its kind yet in the cycling industry

To pay tribute to aerodynamics, Specialized built a special exhibit at One Raffles Place in the middle of Singapore’s Central Business District and invited enthusiasts from around the region to attend a very exclusive launch event.  The #aeroiseverything exhibit introduced the concept of aerodynamics to the mainstream public, while educating experienced athletes that achieving maximum aerodynamics is not through one single piece of equipment but rather through a specifically designed eco-system of complementary gear.  Specialized is the only bike company in the world that owns a wind tunnel (the “WIN Tunnel”) and thus has the ability to test product more than any other bike manufacturer out there. This commitment to aerodynamics comes not just in the facilities, but also in the depth of talent at the company.

The #aeroiseverything exhibit

Heading up the Win Tunnel program are the greatest minds in the industry: “Dr. Speed” Chris Yu, who has a PhD in Aerodynamics from Stanford University; and Mark Cote, formerly from MIT Engineering and has ten years of experience working in wind tunnels all over the world. Mark is also the Global Road Brand Manager for Specialized, and he personally explained the key advances in the #aeroiseverything platform.

Specialized Global Road Brand Manager and “Aero Pharaoh” Mark Cote

Furthermore, Specialized also has a partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies, which is responsible for most of the innovation in the McLaren Formula 1 team. This combination led to the development of the best-in-class product line Specialized has today.

S-WORKS VENGE ViAS: 120 Seconds Saved Over 40 Kilometers

The Venge ViAS aero road bike


Born in the Win Tunnel, every tube shape, trailing edge, and design cue of the S-Works Venge ViAS was made for speed. It faced intense scrutiny during its development, leading to it being 120 seconds faster than a Tarmac SL4 over 40 kilometers. To achieve this, Specialized had to develop special headset bearings and spacers in order to internally house all cable routing and brake lines, which resulted in the elimination of anything being left exposed.

The Venge ViAS “Zero Drag” front brake caliper

Proprietary integrated brakes create the perfect blend of aerodynamics and power. There’s zero additional drag and best-in-class stopping power and modulation, with the front caliper completing the fork’s trailing edge, and the rear brake drafting off of the seat tube and bottles where wheel deflection is at its lowest.

. The Venge ViAS “Zero Drag” rear brake caliper

Aerodynamic performance doesn’t come at the expense of fit, however. The Aerofly ViAS cockpit features a negative 17-degree stem in order to provide the optimal aerodynamic profile. To balance out the aggressive position, the Aerofly handlebars feature a positive 25mm rise. The fork’s lateral rigidity has also been increased by 30% for sharper, more precise handling, while the frame and fork are both Rider-First Engineered™ to ensure consistent performance, regardless of frame size.

. The Venge ViAS built bike comes equipped with a power meter

S-WORKS EVADE HELMET: 46 Seconds Saved Over 40 Kilometers

S-Works Evade

The S-Works Evade helmet mimics the profile shape of Specialized’s S-Works McLaren TT helmet, drastically reducing aerodynamic drag. In fact, compared to an S-Works Prevail, the Evade saves 46 seconds over 40 kilometers. And to blend performance with comfort, the helmet features strategically positioned air vents that draw in air around the head, channeling it out at the rear exhaust ports in order to create a cool microenvironment. Specialized also included its Trifix web splitter fit system, which is combined with height adjustment and an ultra-light Mindset micro-dial. Finding the perfect fit is intuitive, easily obtainable, and completely foolproof.

S-WORKS 6 SHOES: 35 Seconds Saved Over 40 Kilometers

Specialized S-Works Sub 6 road shoe

The S-Works 6 shoes were scientifically tested by the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine to improve acceleration to peak power over its predecessor. It features a Powerline carbon outsole that’s asymmetrically optimized. With a Stiffness Index rating of 13.0, it is Specialized’s most rigid shoe offering.

Complimenting this is an all-new PadLock™ heel that combines a drastically tapered, engineered heel cup with molded pads that lock the foot into place. Further promoting energy transfer to the pedals, portions of the upper are constructed from a non-stretch, aerospace-grade material, Dyneema® Cubic Tech™, that’s so lightweight and powerful that it’s literally used in parachutes to slow down spacecraft.

At the upper, Specialized utilized a one-piece Stroble construction method that eliminates the variables that contribute to fit abnormalities. There’s also a perforated synthetic microfiber that’s lightweight, durable, and highly breathable, plus a dual proprietary BOA® S2-Snap closure system for precise, secure closure.

S-WORKS EVADE GC SKINSUIT: 96 Seconds Saved Over 40 Kilometers

Specialized GC skinsuit

An imprecise fit results in fabric bunching, and this contributes to lost seconds. To remedy this, the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit comes in eleven sizes in order to provide a next-to-custom level of fit. There are also cuff-less welded sleeve openings to further enhance aerodynamics, while Dimplex fabric at the shoulders features a dimpled texture, like that found on a golf ball, to significantly reduce pressure drag.

Specialized also developed a patent-pending shoulder construction that eliminates the need for seams, greatly enhancing the suit’s aerodynamic profile, comfort, and overall fit. Engineered woven fabric is also used selectively on the leg and back panels in order to decrease weight, while simultaneously increasing fatigue-reducing compression.

To further ensure the optimal blend of comfort and performance, the suit includes a full-length front zipper and Cold Fabric technology that reflects heat rays typically absorbed by dark colors in order to reduce surface temperatures.

CLX 64 WHEELS & S-WORKS TURBO TIRE: 44 Seconds Saved Over 40 Kilometers

CLX 64 Wheels & S Works Turbo Tire

 The Roval CLX 64 wheelset and S-Works Turbo tire were jointly engineered in Specialized’s Win Tunnel, resulting in the fastest balance of aerodynamics and low rolling resistance ever created. In comparing rolling resistance alone, the S-Works Turbo tire has been proven to save 35 seconds over 40 kilometers versus its closest competitors, while compared to a standard aluminum wheelset, the CLX 64s are 44 seconds faster over 40 kilometers. And in a crosswind, they’re 104 seconds faster.

In terms of stability and traction, the 21mm tubeless-ready internal rim width further increases tire volume, in turn creating a larger contact patch. The wheels also utilize butted and bladed spokes, and Specialized also created its own proprietary hub shapes in order to achieve the best possible aerodynamic performance.

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CDO Run for Odyssey

Back in the Half Marathon Distance

  • Date: November 8, 2015
  • Distance: 21K
  • Venue: Bonifacio Global City

CDO Run for Odyssey came in with a great cause of feeding hungry mouths for the Odyssey Foundation.  It also came with a throwback course we enjoyed in the past as we navigated the BGC, Makati and Bayani Road loop. It was a great day for a run and it was great to contribute to a good cause in the process. #CDORunForOdyssey2015

CDO Run For Odyssey

Post Race with these the Running Diva, One Reyna and the Adobo King. – Photo by RJ Knight Runnner of Running Photographers

I have been absent from the half marathon distance for the past 3 to 4 months.  I opted to pull back and trained for the shorter distance for the past few months. My last 21K was a struggle after my busy schedule finally caught up with me.  Incidentally, CDO Run for Odyssey had the same course of my last 21K so I guess it’s payback time for me.  It was time to return to the 21K distance once again. I actually prefer the BGC loop since it gives you a balance of climbs and flats to challenge your legs.  CDO would also be a nice feel-good run as the proceeds would go to the Odyssey Foundation, which have a feeding program for those in need.  It feels odd to be racing in the 21K again but I always find a way to finish my races.

Race Route

Race Route Powered by Suunto Ambit 3 Sports and Movescount

Race starts at 9th Avenue and 34th Streets and heads to Buendia Avenue via Kalayaan Flyover until Osmena Boulevard for the first 6 kilometers of the race.  The race then heads back to BGC reaching Rizal Drive around the 11th Kilometer Mark.  The race then climbs up from Rizal Drive and 5th Avenue and heads over to a rolling terrain in Lawton and Bayani Road until the Kilometer 16.  From the tip of Bayani Road, the race heads back to BGC for the finish.

The Race

Calm before the race – Photo by RJ Knight Runnner of Running Photographers

It really felt odd being back in the half marathon distance once again. You can run more aggressively on shorter distances but when it comes to half marathon, you should pace yourself well. That’s the challenge for this one as I felt like a newbie once again.  I would definitely like a better time than my last time at this course though but I’ll play it by feel.  After all the warm up and pre race activity, the race was on.

Rung Franckee Run – Photo by Mark Jayson Antonio of Running Photographers

I started with a sub 6 minutes per kilometer pace on the first kilometer just to get the feel if I could do a fast one.  First kilometer was ok but I had to slow down as we hit the climbs at Kalayaan Flyover at the second kilometer.  I did make the most of the climb and tried to run a portion of it just for the training effect of the climb.  By the third kilometer, I noticed that my leg cadence is not as fast as my previous runs as I was feeling some tightness and also minor pains in the shins.  I had to adjust to a run walk set with a 20 seconds walking break everytime I cross a street (e.g. Paseo De Roxas, Makati Ave, N. Garcia, etc.) until I reached Osmena Boulevard at around Kilometer 6.  I wasn’t fast but I was consistent so I was able to keep my pace between 7-7:30 minutes per kilometer pace.

If I can’t be fast, I’ll try to be consistent. – Photo by Mark Jayson Antonio of Running Photographers.

Every time, I would rest, I’d limit it for just 20-30 seconds walk as anything longer than that will keep me more enticed with walking than running.  On the way back, it felt faster as I was able to breeze some kilometers and maintained the same pace in the next 3 kilometers. The 10th kilometer wass my slowest kilometer as this included the long climb in Kalayaan Flyover. At first I ran about half of the climb then shifted to a 30 seconds run / 30 seconds walk set until I reached the top of the climb.  I went back to my regular pace for the rest of the stretch of Kalayaan Flyover until the 11K mark at the foot of Rizal Drive.

Just Keep on Running – Photo by Richele Ann Te of Running Photographers.

The stretch from Rizal Drive until the end of 5th Avenue was a long uphill climb.  I ran most of the stretch of Rizal Drive since it is relatively flatter compared to the 5th Avenue stretch.  The steep part was the 5th Avenue so I went on a 1 minute run 30 seconds walk sequence.  It did make the climb more tolerable.  The Lawton part was mostly rolling so I was running most part of this stretch.  I did some terrain management at Bayani Road with more efforts on the descents and took time to recover on the inclines until the u-turn portion at Bayani Road.

Getting my early dose of Vitamin E. – Photo by Mark Murillo

The last 5K was from Bayani Road to Lawton before heading back to BGC.  The road back had some climbs and I was starting to feel exhausted with some pains on my back. In other words, I was lacking some core strength to keep up the right running posture.  I shifted to a modified run walk set which had me running until I can, walking for 20 seconds and running again.  I was slowly inching my way out of the hilly part which was until the 19th and a half kilometer.  The rest was a descent at 5th Avenue and flatter areas in 32nd Street and 9th Ave for the finish.  Since gravity was on my side this time, I cruised on the descent on a way to a strong finish. I’m glad to be back at the half marathon distance. Great job Leadpack and CDO for a well organized race.

And let’s call it a race – Photo by Mark Murillo

Outfit of The Race

Back in 21K

  • Top: Berghaus with #TaleOfTheTrail Design by Breakout Design
  • Bottom, Calf Sleeves and Visor: Under Armour
  • Shoes: Newton Distance IV
  • Eyewear: Oakley
  • GPS Watch: Suunto Ambit 3 Sports
  • Socks: Features

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Ayala Triangle Gardens Festival of Lights Ushers in the Christmas Season

Let the Christmas Season Begin!

For the last 5 years, the Light show at Ayala Triangle Garden has been a fixture of the Christmas Season in Makati.  It really sets the mood for warmth, merriment and festivities as we get to hear popular songs and jingles while getting mesmerized by the light display at the Triangle.  It gets even better this year as the Ayala Triangle Festival of Lights brings you 3 different medleys, beats and visual lighting effects from November 9, 2015 – January 4, 2016 from 6pm to 10pm.  #ATGFestivalOfLights2015 #MakeItMakati

Festival of Lights

I still remember vividly the first time, I caught the very first light show 5 years ago.  With the Ayala Triangle Gardens being just a stone throw away from the office, I would usually spend my short runs there.  One night while I was doing my routine, I had to stop as I started hearing jolly hymns of Christmas, which led me to the center of the Ayala Triangle Garden and there it was the first ever, Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.  I was impressed by the visual display and how long was the light show.  It really warms the heart during the Christmas Season.  That is the start of me following each Festival of Light at Ayala Triangle and I haven’t missed one ever since.

This year’s Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens premiered on November 9, is both dazzling and upbeat with three shows to get everyone into the Christmas vibe. Ayala Land, together with its co-presenter HSBC and partner Coca-Cola, presents the Festival of Lights every 30 minutes nightly, from 6pm to 10pm, until January 4, 2016. There will also be Thanksgiving Masses at the Ayala Triangle Gardens Fountain Area every 6PM from December 15-23. The Makati Inter High School Christmas Caroling Competition will be on December 17 also at the Ayala Triangle.

“For five consecutive years, we have been giving world-class entertainment at Ayala Triangle Gardens that people have come to love and anticipate. Now an annual tradition, the Lights and Sound show will continue to brighten the Christmas celebrations of Filipinos this year. More than the spectacle of lights, we have created a signature Makati attraction with the Ayala Triangle Gardens Lights and Sounds show that brings families, friends, and the whole community together, giving the perfect setting for holiday bonding and shared memorable experiences,” said Manny Blas II, Ayala Land Vice President and Project Development Head for Makati.

This Festival of Lights finds itself in distinguished company with the likes of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, the holiday lights display at the legendary Champs-Elysees in Paris and Japan’s Kobe Luminarie—that made the Conde Nast Traveller’s Seven Most Spectacular Lights in the World.  That’s world class quality in the center of Makati.  The spectacle is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit as music fills the air and dancing lights transform the place into a Christmas wonderland. Ushering the magic of Christmas and filling spectators with child-like wonder and awe, visitors can immerse themselves in this fairyland that combines futuristic lights with beloved Christmas medleys that are refreshingly rendered in different genres. The theme of this year’s show series is Beats and Hues.

With other Running Bloggers who also came to appreciate the Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights features favorite Christmas songs in three themes – taking the old classics and presenting these through new arrangements and musical ideas that generates a harmonious mix of diverse sound and music making the festival of lights a refreshing experience.

  • The first show takes us to the streets of New Orleans, fusing big band music with jazz tones into a festive Christmas medley.
  • The second showcases the rhythms of Africa, inspired by drum beats and musical instruments indigenous to the land, fusing modern and traditional African music.
  • The third, a mix of techno and electronic dance music, takes a modern feel and vibe to favorite Christmas carols.

All around, the landscape is covered in a blaze of lights, with four full-color laser lights, and full-color LED string lights wrapped around the trees. The Gardens are wrapped in pixel lights and decked with pixel spheres and meteor lights, covering the grounds in a canopy of colors that glisten as colored laser lights and sparkling flash pods create an almost ethereal effect.

The Festival of Lights is expertly directed by award-winning Voltaire de Jesus and Luther Gumia. Musical score is by musically acclaimed musicians and composers Jazz Nicholas and Mikey Amistoso of Watusi Manila. Take selfies in especially designated spots that would allow you to capture the magical background into your timeline. Upload your photos on Instagram accounts using the hashtag #ATGFestivalofLights2015 and #MakeItHappenMakeItMakati to let everyone know.

There’s More from Makati

From the gardens, one can admire the beautiful light installations replicating ten of the oldest and most historic Philippine Churches across the country. Each one is bedecked in parols and thousands of lights that capture the magnificence of a traditional Christmas in the Philippines. The street lights design is developed by the Makati Team together with designer Zenas Pineda.

“As the country’s premier city for business, lifestyle and entertainment, Makati prides itself in being the city where it all happens. It is our intent to liven up and truly celebrate the Christmas season with the denizens of Makati by providing them with a traditional and inspiring Christmas experience,” said Mr. Blas.

For more holiday activities, head over to Circuit Makati, the newest and most dynamic entertainment enclave, where you will find the tallest Christmas Tree in Metro Manila. With the spirit of gift-giving inspiring everyone, check out the biggest outdoor Christmas Bazaar, showcasing hundreds of merchants and amazing finds from November 27 to 29.

Christmas is indeed the season that never fails to delight even the busiest of people, who all anticipate and delight in Makati’s yearly holiday tradition. Once again, Makati promises a memorable and delightful holiday festivities. If you want to get into the holiday vibe, drop by the Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Grounds and visit Makati’s other attractions for a spectacular way to celebrate the Christmas season.

For more information about the city that makes it happen, visit www.makeitmakati.com or like and follow MakeItMakati on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Incoming: Gatorade Run 2015

You’ve been energized by their drink, now it’s time to conquer their run. Gatorade Run Manila is set to debut in November 22, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia with a very unique 11K and 22K distance.  Get a quality race experience from the world’s number one sports drink. Gear up and register now!

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Gatorade Run Manila

The world’s number one sports drink is finally making its debut in the country’s fast growing running circuit with the launch of the first ever Gatorade Run.

The run will happen on November 22 at the Seaside Boulevard at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. There will be two distances—11 and 22 kilometers gun-starting at 5:00 and 4:00 AM respectively. Race fee is P1,100 for 11K participants and P1,500 for their 22K counterparts. The pre-race kit will include an Adidas race tee, a race bib and a timing chip. Another Adidas shirt, this time a finishers tee, will also await all finishers.

“The Gatorade Run will cap off what has been a historic year for us. We just celebrated our 50th birthday; we recently beefed up our line-up with a new variant called White Lightning and welcomed a powerhouse cast of ambassadors; and now, we’re launching the first ever run powered by Gatorade. As a global leader in sports performance, runners can expect that Gatorade will bring its sports science expertise to the fore. More than just a run, this milestone event is a platform for us to reinforce our message of proper hydration, Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde said.

The Gatorade Run will feature a hydration station where participants can get pre-race hydration drinks, a post-run hydration test area where they can instantly learn about their hydration status, and a warm-up area where free sessions will be available for those who want a full-on warm up activity before the run.

Online registration is until November 13. Runners can also troop to Adidas outlets at Trinoma, Bonifacio Global City, Greenbelt 3, SM MOA and SM Megamall to register until November 8. Registered participants can start claiming their kits on November 16 until November 19 from 12:00 NN to 8:00 PM at their chosen store and schedule upon registration.

Log on to runrio.com/gatorade-run-1122 for more information or to register.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • November 22, 2015, SM Mall of Asia

Fees and Inclusions:

  • 11K, P1,100
  • 22K, P1,500
    • Pre-race kit will include an Adidas race tee, a race bib and a timing chip.
    • Adidas finishers tee for all finishers.



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Incoming: The Beautiful Horizon Trail Run Traverse

You get two scenic mountains in one as the The Beautiful Horizon Trail Run gives you both the view of the Silyang Bato in Mount Marami and the Monolith in Pico De Loro.  That’s 35 kilometers worth of visual enticement as you get some mud tracks, forest trails, river crossings and the view of the mountain ranges happening on December 20, 2015 at Maragondon, Cavite. Register early as the race is limited to 300 slots only.

The Beautiful Horizon

Silyang Bato

I had two epic climbs at Mt. Marami. The first was the recon which gave us a much clearer view of Mt. Marami Silyang Bato and the second one was the actual race where we had to deal with a lot tougher trail conditions because of the rain.  Both climbs were just Epic as the views made up for the struggle. Life is like climbing a mountain, it’s the struggle that gives you a better appreciation of the view.  You get humbled physically by the challenge and you get humbled by nature’s beauty at its raw form as you get to see the views from the route and the peak.  The Mt. Marami Experience does not stop there as this December 20, 2015, the journey continues with the Beautiful Horizon Trail Run Traverse.

Sit like a king on the Runner’s Throne (Silyang Bato)

It’s gonna give you two Iconic mountains and a whole mountain range in a single run in 35 kilometers worth of distance and about 850m worth of Elevation Gains/Losses.  It will be the first trail run traverse edition that will happen on the mountain range of Maragondon, Cavite. Mt Marami, Mt Mataas na Gulod, Dos Picos, Mt Palay-Palay and Pico De Loro are on the Route Menu.  Just imagine going through different mud surfaces, the rich forest views, the countless river crossings and the unending assaults.  The countless assaults will make you believe in forever as they never seem to end but effort is always rewarded by the views of the trail.

The views would amaze you despite the struggles.

If you’ve been to Mt. Marami that’s just half of the challenge and the excitement.  You’ll also get to see the famed monolith of Mt. Pico De Loro.  Bring in the whole gang for an adventure filled weekend. Join the Beautiful Horizon Trail Run Traverse.  It’s gonna take your breath away in more ways than one.  Register Now as the slots are limited to 300 participants.

The Monolith of Mt. Pico De Loro

Race Details

Let’s Run!

Date and Venue:

  • Date: December 20, 2015 – Sunday
  • Assembly Area: Barangay Talipusngo (Barangay Hall), Maragondon, Cavite
  • Finish Line: Maragondon Cavite Town Plaza (Covered Court)
  • Gun Start: 5:00 AM
  • Race Cutoff: 10 hours
  • Hydration Stations are available for the first 15KMs-3Aid Stations ( no available hydration station on the traverse part of the route with 7KM distance). Hydration Station will be available again at KM 24 onward.
  • Race Kit Claiming: Starts at 12:01AM (December 20-Race Day)

Fee and Inclusions

  • 35K (Inclusive of Event Shirt, Finisher’s Trail Trucker Cap, Medal and Post Race Meal)
    • Early Bird (November 2 to 13) – P1,500 (300 pesos OFF for Solo or Group Registration)
    • Regular (November 16-30) – P1,800
    • Group (5pax and get 10%OFF  from November 16 to 30 Rate)


  • Bank Deposit:
    • Current Account Name: New Era Race Event Management Inc.
    • Current Account Number: 1591-0077-73
      • BPI Mobile APP Transfer is also possible for paying your Reg Fee. Just screen capture the transaction confirmation.
      • Send the E-Copy of your deposit slip with your Name / Cell Number /Shirt Size to neweraraceeventmanagement@gmail.com to confirm registration.
  • In Store Registration: To Follow

Race Updates:

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