Incoming: Maxicare Run 2017

Maxicare has been saving lives for the past three decades with their HMO Benefits offered to their members.  Maxicare celebrates 30 years of delivering the finest healthcare services via Maxicare Run 2017 at Bonifacio Global City with 200 meters, 3K, 5K, 10K and 16K categories.

Maxicare Run 2017

Maxicare Launch

Maxicare Launch

Maxicare Healthcare Corporation is celebrating their 30th Anniversary via a fun run event to be held at Bonifacio Global City on July 9, 2017.  The past three (3) decades have been truly eventful for Maxicare and all of its Members, Employees, Partners and Providers. Delivery of the finest healthcare services have been made possible thru and for these stakeholders.  Maxicare has been a brainchild of a group of premier doctors and esteemed businessmen with the aim to provide quality health care to the Filipinos, Maxicare Healthcare Corporation has become the consistent leading Health Maintenance Organization (based on Business World’s Top 1000 Corporations) in the country in its 30 years of providing healthcare at its finest. They are the trendsetter and trailblazer in the HMO industry with innovations to meet the needs of their over 1.1 million customers.  It has made waves in fully digital and IT services especially with their TeleConsult and TeleMedicine projects which allows members 24/7 access to healthcare services.   Maxicare has been the leader with the lives it has touched handling over 4 million availment per year.

Christian Argos, President and CEO of Maxicare Healthcare Corporation

Christian Argos, President and CEO of Maxicare Healthcare Corporation

“I am proud of our past, of our history, of our accomplishments and, most definitely, I have confidence in what the future will unfold and that Maxicare Healthcare Corporation will remain the Number One HMO in the Philippines. ”  –Christian Argos, President and CEO of Maxicare Healthcare Corporation

The 30th Anniversary of Maxicare will be celebrated in a race via Maxicare Run 2017 on July 9, 2017 at the Bonifacio Global City.  This is another chance for Maxicare to touch life and promote overall health and wellness.  It features 5 categories : a 200m dash for 4-8 year old kids, the easy 3k, the amicable distance of 5k and the competitive 10k & 16k.  It’s expected to be race friendly to newbie participants and challenging enough for more experienced participants.  There will also be an extensive “Wellness Village” where the runners and their families and friends can dine, relax and enjoy activities that Maxicare’s partner brands have prepared.  This activity is in partnership with one of the most recognized run organizers in the country, LeadPack, and is for the benefit of Bahay Aruga, a free halfway house for Pediatric Cancer Patients.

Race Details

Medals for all finishers

Medals for all finishers

Date and Venue:

  • Date: July 9, 2017
  • Venue: Bonifacio Global City
  • Gunstart
    • 16K – 4:30 AM
    • 10K – 5:00 AM
    • 5K –  5:05 AM
    • 3K – 5:10 AM
    • 200 Meter Dash – 6:30 AM

Fees and Inclusion

  • 200 Meter Dash (4-8 years old) – P350
    • Inclusive of RACE BIB, TIMING CHIP, MEDAL, LOOT BAG
  • 3K -P550
    • Inclusive of RACE BIB, SINGLET, TIMING CHIP, MEDAL, LOOT BAG
  • 5K – P650
    • Inclusive of RACE BIB, SINGLET, TIMING CHIP, MEDAL, LOOT BAG
  • 10K – P750
    • Inclusive of RACE BIB, SINGLET, TIMING CHIP, MEDAL, LOOT BAG
  • 16K – P850
    • Inclusive of RACE BIB, SINGLET, TIMING CHIP, MEDAL, FINISHER SHIRT, LOOT BAG

Registration

  • Online via Takbo.ph
  • On Site:
    • Chris Sports Branches
      • Glorietta
      • SM North EDSA
      • SM Megamall
      • SM Mall of Asia
      • SM City BF
      • Market Market
    • Maxicare Office

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Toby’s Sports Takes Customer Relationship and 24/7 Online Shopping to the Next Level

We Got This!  That’s how Toby’s Sports have been for the past few decades with their All-In-One Sports Hub Business Concept.  Their “We Got This” Campaign brings Toby’s even closer to the consumer market, which also comes alongside a 24/7 e-commerce site to be more accessible to the consumer.

Toby’s Sports

With its new “We Got This” campaign, Toby’s Sports enjoins everyone to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle whatever sports you are into.

With its new “We Got This” campaign, Toby’s Sports enjoins everyone to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle whatever sports you are into.

Toby’s Sports has been in the business for nearly 40 years already. It has evolved to be more than just a store and has been continuously building itself as an ally in fitness and sports for its millions of customers.  Toby’s Sports prides itself in having the widest selection of products in the industry, carrying a well-curated line-up of the latest footwear, apparel and equipment from the world’s best brands, plus a wide portfolio of its own in-house brands that combine performance with value.

Rest if you must but never quit—this is one of the core messages of Toby’s Sports new “We Got This” campaign.

Rest if you must but never quit—this is one of the core messages of Toby’s Sports new “We Got This” campaign.

This is complemented by a team of sports enthusiasts and specialists that are more than willing to share their expertise to anyone who walks inside any of its stores. Toby’s Sports also plans to actively provide its customers with opportunities where they can achieve their sports and fitness aspirations by partnering with other organizations, coaches and trainers that are dedicated to improving people’s lives through fitness.

There is no such thing as a great roadblock if one’s mind is set in swimming one’s way to greatness and fitness—this is one of the core messages of Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign.

There is no such thing as a great roadblock if one’s mind is set in swimming one’s way to greatness and fitness—this is one of the core messages of Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign.

We Got This

It takes a great deal of work in achieving that perfect body and active lifestyle, but Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign wants every individual to know that rest, focus, and dedication are just as important.

It takes a great deal of work in achieving that perfect body and active lifestyle, but Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign wants every individual to know that rest, focus, and dedication are just as important.

Toby’s Sports, the largest multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines unveils its national campaign that underlines its aggressive pursuit to promote sports and an active lifestyle. The retail chain also officially launched its e-commerce site, a testament to its commitment to providing the best shopping experience to its customers, further solidifying its place as the sports retailer of choice for Filipinos.

With its new “We Got This” campaign, Toby’s Sports encourages everyone to hold on to that rope a little tighter and not give up on their goals of achieving an active and healthy lifestyle.

With its new “We Got This” campaign, Toby’s Sports encourages everyone to hold on to that rope a little tighter and not give up on their goals of achieving an active and healthy lifestyle.

The new campaign, titled “We Got This,” highlights an individual’s journey to achieve success in whatever sport or fitness activity he takes on. This journey is made visual in the campaign’s centerpiece, a video that examines the mental and physical hardships—from an aching, calloused body to a state of frustration and self-doubt—upon which every success story is written. The compelling video, which has already broken through digital channels and can be viewed above provides inspiration to anyone who is planning to take on a similar journey.

Whether into basketball or not, Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign will make one realize that there is no excuse not to get physically fit and healthy.

Whether into basketball or not, Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign will make one realize that there is no excuse not to get physically fit and healthy.

When you take on a new challenge or set a new goal for yourself in the realm of sports and fitness, you undergo several hurdles that make you want to give up. #WeGotThis is our rally cry to keep them going; to let them know that as the leader in the sports industry, Toby’s Sports is not just here to provide them with the right gear, but to also give them the support they need to succeed. Simply put, we have their backs every step of the way,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc., the parent company of Toby’s Sports.

Boxing is one of the most tedious sports, but Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign encourages boxers, athletes, and every individual out there to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle no matter how exhausting it can be.

Boxing is one of the most tedious sports, but Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign encourages boxers, athletes, and every individual out there to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle no matter how exhausting it can be.

New E-Commerce Site

Complementing its new “We Got This” campaign, Toby’s Sports also launched its e-commerce site in support of every individual, athlete or not, in their goal to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Complementing its new “We Got This” campaign, Toby’s Sports also launched its e-commerce site in support of every individual, athlete or not, in their goal to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

True to its commitment to strengthening the relationship with its customers, Toby’s Sports is extending the shopping experience well beyond mall hours with www.tobys.com – the retail chain’s e-commerce store. The new online store adds dimension to Toby’s Sports’ retail presence and distribution strategy in the country, serving as an online storefront for its ever-expanding range of products and brands, offering deals that may not be available in the physical stores. Customers can browse through product information and photos, and shop unique sizes without having to go from store to store. Customers can also enjoy the convenience of dropping off return packages via the nearest Toby’s Sports store or LBC branch.

Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign tells that it takes a great deal of focus, willingness, and persistence to achieve that coveted fitness and healthy lifestyle.

Toby’s Sports “We Got This” campaign tells that it takes a great deal of focus, willingness, and persistence to achieve that coveted fitness and healthy lifestyle.

 “Our e-commerce platform was completely revamped in October 2016, and we have since added multiple services to allow for a more convenient shopping experience. Officially introducing the site at the same time as the new campaign really brings the message home for us—that our dedication to our customers is unparalleled,” Claudio quipped. “With this new online store, we can now cater to their sports and fitness needs 24/7, and expand our reach to consumers located in areas in the Philippines that currently have no access to a Toby’s Sports physical store,” he concluded.

Toby’s Sports new “We Got This” video campaign highlight not only one’s physical hardships but also examines one’s mental journey to a hard-earned fitness.

In line with the new campaign, Toby’s Sports’ online store will be giving away limited edition #WeGotThis statement shirts to its first 100 customers today. The new campaign will be rolled out in phases with several planned activations throughout the year, with the #WeGotThis storytelling continuing at brand events, retail touch points, and various digital channels.

 

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Incoming: Siargao International Marathon 2017

I had the chance to run in a half marathon in Siargao a few years ago and it was among the most refreshing route I’ve tried.  I got fresher air and a lush green countryside route that kept me visually enticed while on the run.  Siargao International Marathon is happening in July 23, 2017 at Del Carmen, Siargao with the Half and Full Marathon Distance to choose from.

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Siargao International Marathon 2017

When it comes to race-cation destination, Siargao is on top of the list.  It’s a popular hub for surfers and attracted droves of tourist with their world-renowned surf breaks, beautiful beaches, clear waters, scenic views and natural wonders.  The municipality of Del Carmen also has a tourist hotspot in the Sugba Lagoon, which passes through the Del Carmen Mangroves.  This is the second largest mangrove forest in the country and is a home to 27 out of 70 mangrove species in the world.

A vast track of mangroves have been illegally cut to make charcoal.  Siargao International Marathon supports the cause of Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo Matugas Coro’s mangrove rehabilitation program, which started in 2010.  Run 21K or 42K for the mangroves.  The event aims to promote the island of Siargao as a sports and eco tourism hub.

Running in Siargao in 2013

Running in Siargao in 2013

Del Carmen is an excellent place to run with a lush green country side view while Gen Luna is the place to go for water sports like surfing.  So run, tour and enjoy one of the most beautiful islands in the country.  Register now and get ready to make each stride count for the environment while you get to appreciate the sights and attractions of Siargao . Each race kit comes with a pledge of one seedling to be planted in the mangrove forest on July 25, 2017 during a planting activity that would include a talk by Dr. Jurgenne Primavera, Chief Mangrove Scientific Adviser.

Participants can now register via www.runrio.com, which has an option to book their direct flights from Manila to Siargao via Skyjet Airlines.  The Siargao International Marathon is in collaboration with the Municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao and the Department of Tourism and is presented by Skyjet.  This is also supported by H&M Sport, Pascual Greek Yogurt, The Live Fit Lab and Tetrapak.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: July 23, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Venue: Del Carmen
  • Time: 5:00AM – 11:30AM
  • Gun Start
    • 42K,  5:00 AM
    • 21K, 5:30 AM

Fees and Inclusions

Registration

  • Online via Runrio.com (May 15 to July 17, 2017)
    • Online credit card transaction: additional P50

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Incoming: Isla ng Catanduanes Ultramarathon 2017

Catanduanes is among the most beautiful island in the country.  It’s rich in natural resources like scenic ridges, falls, beaches and a lot more.  Get a chance to race in the island once again as Isla Catanduanes Ultramarathon is back with 65K and 110K foot race as you race your way to the wonderful sights of Catanduanes on October 20-21, 2017.

Isla Catanduanes Ultramarathon

You’ll be amazed by the beauty of Catanduanes.  It gives you the warmth and freshening provincial feel and it keeps your eyes and mind occupied with the numerous sites and attractions that the island has to offer.  Come October 20-21, 2017, it’s gonna be a venue of passionate ultramarathoners wishing to add another feather to their cap.  Either way, it’s a scenic journey that will challenge your legs with the distance, your lungs with the elevation and your hear with the overall challenge.

Register, Train well and go on an epic ICUM adventure this October.  It’s a race-cation weekend that’s gonna be epic and fulfilling as put a check mark on one of the bucket worthy locations while finishing an ultramarathon race too.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: October 20-21, 2017
  • Venue: Virac, Catanduanes
  • Gun Start Time:
    • 110km – 10:00PM, October 20, 2016
    • 65km – 04:00A.M., October 21, 2016
  • Cut-off times
    • 110km – 24 hours
    • 65km – 14 hours

Fees and Inclusions

  • Early Bird Registration (until June 30, 2017)
    • 110k – Php 2000
    • 65k – Php 1500
  • Regular Registration fee (until September 30, 2017)
    • 110k – Php 2500
    • 65k – Php 2000
  • Inclusions:
    • 110km – Bib, Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Trophy, Finisher’s Shirt, Certificate and Post Meal
    • 65k – Bib, Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Trophy, Finisher’s Shirt, Certificate and Post Meal
  • Note: Top 3 Male and Female of 110km and 65km will receive podium trophies and free slots for 2018 edition.

Registration

  • Payment thru Bank Deposit
    • Bank Name: Banco De Oro
    • Account Number: 002120110502
    • Account Name: John Henri A. Mariano
  • Send your deposit slip via email to jhamnich@gmail.com together with your name, contact number and shirt size.

Rules and Regulations:

  1. All participants must be at the starting area 2 hours before the gun start.
  2. Mandatory Gears:
    110km Runners
    –  reflectorized vest
    – hydration bag
    – headlamp or flashlight
    – aid kit
    – snacks
    65km Runners
    –  reflectorized vest
    – hydration bag
    – headlamp or flashlight
    – aid kit
    – snacks
  3. Participants should be 18 years old and up.
  4. Race Bib must be visible at all times.
  5. Motorcycle and Bicycle are strictly prohibited. Support is optional. Just in case you have your support vehicle, it must be registered to the race organizer. Failure to do so will result to disqualification.
  6. Support Vehicle must be always at the right side of the runners.
  7. Runners and support crew are not allowed to litter; anyone caught for this will lead to disqualification. Let us all help preserve the island.
  8. Support Vehicle and crew will not follow the runner at all times ( shadowing)
  9. 110km and 65km participants will run in an open traffic.
  10. Runners are required to run at the left side of the road for safety reason.
  11. Runners who want to leave the race or want to discontinue the race he/she must notify the race officials.
  12. Runners are not allowed to enter to his support vehicle.
  13. Runners are allowed to sleep only outside the support vehicle.
  14. All Runners must follow the correct route.
  15. Runners must run in single file.
  16. Pacers are not allowed.
  17. Registration fee is non-Refundable and non-Transferrable.
  18. The organizer will provide aid stations along the route. (The distance of each station to be announced.)
  19. Every participant MUST finish his leg within the cut-off time if he fails he/she can still continue to run.
  20. To those who finished the race within the cut-off time 65k and 110k participants will receive Finisher Shirts, Finisher Trophies, Medals and post- race meals.
  21. Organizers have the right to remove any participants from the race either because of cheating, not following rules or due to medical emergencies.
  22. Top Finisher for 110K and 65K both Male and Female (Champion, Ist and 2nd Runner-up) will receive A Podium Trophy and entitled to a free slot next year’s edition of ICUM 65k|110k (2018).
  23. Claiming of race kits and race briefing date, place and time to be announced.
  24. Rain or shine the event will takes place.
  25. The 110k distance is open to all who finished several ultra – marathon distances.
    Note: The organizer may require you to submit copies of finisher and medical certificates when necessary. Medical certificates are required to submit for safety purposes.
  26. The 65k distance is open to all who finished at least one (1) marathon or  ultra-marathon. First timers are welcome to participate but will undergo with the assessment.
    Note: The organizer may require you to submit copies of finisher certificates if there’s any. Medical certificates are required to submit for safety purposes.
  27. All the participants MUST sign the WAIVER before the race.
  28. Race kit claiming date and venue to be announced very soon.
  29. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE DISTANCE.
  30. Be prepared and don’t think it would be an easy feat, but it will be a fun and outstanding adventure.
  31. There will be no cash prizes to be given to the top finishers.
  32. ICU Organizer, at any time, may make changes on the course and race details or rules for the benefit of all runners.
  33. Any runner caught cheating or violating the race rules will be subject to outright disqualification. The Race Organizer’s decision is final.
  34. Enjoy the race. Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just don’t QUIT!
  35. Register now, limited slots only for the 110KM and 65KM.
  36. Good luck and hope to see you!

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University of Cebu Tops Under Armour 3×3 Philippines Tournament

From right Emmanuelle Bautista, Coach Joever Samonte, Virlou Orquez, Tin Majadillas, Alen Peligrino and John Bryl Cuyos.

From right Emmanuelle Bautista, Coach Joever Samonte, Virlou Orquez, Tin Majadillas, Alen Peligrino and John Bryl Cuyos.

Under Armour gave the young ballers a chance to shine in the first ever UA 3×3 Under 18 Basketball Tournament.  University of Cebu held its ground to top the Philippine finals held last April 28-29, 2017.

Under Armour 3 x 3 Southeast Asia

UNIVERSITY of Cebu (UC) showed skills and determination in beating Bounty A, 21-20, in the championship game of the Under Armour Under-18 3×3 Southeast Asia Philippines finals at the Titan Love Court, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City over the weekend.  UC’s Jone Bryl Cuyos, Allen Pelegrino, John Bautista, and Virlou Orquez overcame the Bounty A team of Rhayyan Amsali, Harvey Pagsanjan, Winderlich Coyoca, and Russel Bagauisan in the final to gain a chance at securing a slot in the Philippine team for the FIBA Asia U18 3×3 Championship in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

The second runner-up honors went to Bounty B, a team composed of Ernest John Felicida, Michael Malonzo, Andrew Velasco, and Alex Visser, while the third runner-up went to Escuela de Sophia of Neil Joshua Moralejo, Earl Zymon Yu, Adrian James de Jesus, and Marvin Reforsado.

 

During the same weekend, Under Armour also held the Manila leg of the 3×3 event in which Bounty B team of Felicida, Malonzo, Velasco, and Visser winning the title over Bounty A of Amsali, Pagsanjan, Coyoca, and Bagauisan.  The Bounty B is composed of players from National University and Ateneo de Cebu as they took home the Manila leg of the competition.  The Manila leg second runner-up honors went to Escuela de Sophia where the team of Moralejo, Yu, De Jesus, and Reforsado also putting on a respectable showing.  The tournament was a success and stay tuned as Under Armour roll out more events in the future.

Full Results

U18 3×3 SEA Ph Finals 2017 Pocket Tournament (Score 21-20)

  • Champion: University of Cebu (Webmasters)
    • Jone Bryl Cuyos
    • Allen Peligrino
    • John Bautista
    • Virlou Orquez
    • ( Coach Jover Samonte and Atty Estenso)
  • 1st Runner up: Bounty A
    • Rhyann Amsali
    • Harvey Pagsanjan
    • Winderlich Coyoca
    • Russel Bagauisan
  • 2nd Runner up: Bounty B
    • Ernest John Felicida
    • Michael Malonzo
    • Andrew Velasco
    • Alex Visser
  • 3rd runner up: Escuela de Sophia
    • Neil Joshua Moralejo
    • Earl Zymon Yu
    • Adrian James de Jesus
    • Marvin Reforsado

U18 3×3 Manila Leg:

  • Champion: Bounty B ( Naitional University and Ateneo)
    • Ernest John Felicida
    • Michael Malonzo
    • Andrew Velasco
    • Alex Visser
  • First Runner-up: Bounty A
    • Rhyann Amsali
    • Harvey Pagsanjan
    • Winderlich Coyoca
    • Russel Bagauisan
  • 2nd Runner Up: Escuela de Sophi
    • Neil Joshua Moralejo
    • Earl Zymon Yu
    • Adrian James de Jesus
    • Marvin Reforsado
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Incoming: Run for the Mountains

McKinley West has transformed into a really nice running playground especially with its rolling terrain.  Come May 21, 2017, you get to run here for the cause of the Smokey Mountain Community Field of Dreams and the Indegenous People.  Join Run for the Mountains which has 3 categories, 3K, 5K and 10K. #RunWithAPurpose #RunForTheMountains #JCIManila #IAmJCIManila #AimHigher2017

Run for the Mountains

Run for the Mountains will allow you to enjoy the rolling terrain and clean surroundings of McKinley West as you navigate your way on either the 3K, 5K and 10K distance.   On May 21, run with your family and chill on a barbeque cookout setting with inflatable parks. See the Mangyans, Igorots and Aetas athletes strut their skills in a ninja warrior type of atmosphere. Run with Smokey Mountain football players-scholars. Every step you take supports their community towards a better future. Proceeds will go to the improvement of the Smokey Mountain Community Field of Dreams and the Indegenous People.  Last year, JCI Manila’s beneficiary for their charity run event was the L.I.F.E. Foundation to pay for the treatment of children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

The event is organized by a non-profit organization, JCI Manila, the Run for the Mountains will feature 3K, 5K, and 10K distances, the kiddie entertainment area, and another area to interact with the Indigenous People. Something for every member of the family. Register now and get the light feel of being able to contribute to a cause and enjoying it in the process.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: May 21, 2017
  • Venue: McKinley West, Bonifacio Global City

Fees and Inclusions

  • P3K – P500
  • 5K – P600
  • 10K – P750

    • inclusive of singlet, race bib, loot bag, and entry to post-race raffle.
    • Each loot bag will contain a Mega Fiber cookie bar, Jamba Juice free upsize voucher, Gu gels, and Pringles.

Registration

  • Online via Goorahna
    • You may pay through BDO, BPI, Security Bank, MetroBank, DragonPay, or credit card (via Paypal).
    • Race kits will be shipped to your listed address.

Race Updates

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Incoming: Color Manila Blacklight Run 2017

Color Manila Blacklight Run brings the regular dose of Color Manila fun into the night.  Run, play with the color and enjoy an after-run party.  The Manila leg is happening on May 27, 2017 at Filinvest City, Alabang.

Color Manila Blacklight Run

When it comes to bringing the fun concepts in a run, Color Manila has been the go-to brand for both non-runners and runners who just want to have a good time.  I’ve been part of the first Color Manila Run years ago and I continue to support the event. Why?  It’s the event that encourages even non-runners to try out the running lifestyle.  It’s a newbie friendly run that will make you fall in love with running.  The Blacklight Run brings in the color manila fun into the night with a neon colors that glows in the night with the blacklight headlamp.

The CM Blacklight Run in Manila, which will be held in Filinvest City, Alabang, on May 27, 2017, is targeting 12,000 runners.  This was also the total number of runners they had during their earlier event this year, which celebrated COLOR MANILA’S fifth year – called CMR5. Participants for this run may choose between four (4) race categories, 3K, 5K, 10K and the 6K Challenger category.

They also have the option of choosing between 3 types of kits:

  • The Deluxe kit, priced at Php950, includes a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet and finisher’s medal.
  • The Rockstar kit, priced at Php1,500, includes a drifit shirt, race bib, headlamp, drawstring bag, foldable water bottle, face paint tube, color packet and finisher’s medal.
  • The 6K Blacklight Challenger kit, priced at Php2,000, includes two (2) drifit shirts, race bib, headlamp, drawstring bag, foldable water bottle, face paint tube, color packet and the finisher’s medal.

Race kit claiming will be from May 23 – 27, 2017 at 2nd Level, Node Expansion, Festival Mall, Alabang, from 10am-7pm.


Aside from the Manila Leg, Color Manila would be a 3-City Tour 3-city tour with Bacolod (June 3) and Davao City (August 12) following the Manila Leg.  The CM Blacklight Bacolod leg on the other hand, is set to take place on June 3, 2017, at The District North Point, Bacolod City.  While the CM Blacklight Davao leg, is scheduled to take place on August 12, 2017, at SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.

Participants for both CM Blacklight Bacolod and Davao can choose between three race finishes – the 3K, 5K and 10K categories and with the following kits available:

  • The Deluxe kit is priced at Php750, with the kit containing singlet,  prop, race bib, drawstring bag, finisher’s medal and color packet.
  • The Rockstar kit, priced at Php1,050, comes with drifit shirt, race bib, headlamp, drawstring bag, color packet and finisher’s medal.
  • The Superstar kit, priced at Php1,500, comes with drifit shirt, race bib, headlamp, 3 drawstring bags, headwear, CM sticker, color packet and finisher’s medal.

Registration is ongoing at www.colormanila.com and SM Tickets counters.  For Manila leg, registration may also be done via  Runnr (Trinoma, ATC, BHS), Second Wind and Toby’s (Glorietta, SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall branches).  For CM Blacklight Bacolod leg, registration is already ongoing at Planet Sports at Robinson’s Place Bacolod.  And for CM Blacklight Davao leg, registration via Chris Sports SM Lanang Premier Mall and Toby’s Abreeza Mall Davao would start June 1, 2017.

Sponsors for the CM Blacklight Run Tour include F1 Hotel, Filinvest City, Festival Mall, Tiga South Ka Ba?, Skechers, Starbucks, Manilascope, Business Mirror and Philippine Graphic.

CM Blacklight Run will also be back in Cebu and Clark this year, more details will be announced soon.

For more information about the CM Blacklight Run Tour, please visit www.colormanilarun.com or https://www.facebook.com/ColorManilaRun.

Race Details – Manila Leg

  • Date: May 27, 2017
  • Venue: Filinvest City, Alabang

Fees and Inclusion

  • The Deluxe kit, priced at Php950, includes a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet and finisher’s medal.
  • The Rockstar kit, priced at Php1,500, includes a drifit shirt, race bib, headlamp, drawstring bag, foldable water bottle, face paint tube, color packet and finisher’s medal.
  • The 6K Blacklight Challenger kit, priced at Php2,000, includes two (2) drifit shirts, race bib, headlamp, drawstring bag, foldable water bottle, face paint tube, color packet and the finisher’s medal.

Registration

  • Online: via Color Manila
  • Prepaid Card and Tickets available at
    • Runnr (Trinoma, ATC, BHS)
    • Second Wind
    • Toby’s (Glorietta, SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall branches).
  • Race kit claiming will be from May 23 – 27, 2017 at 2nd Level, Node Expansion, Festival Mall, Alabang, from 10am-7pm.

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On Running Brings Versatility Into Their Shoes

It’s been more than a quarter now after shifting back to ON Running Shoes for my road runs.  They have more variety and versatility now that gives you the feel of running on clouds in their shoes.  #OnRunning #PHGameOn

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On Running Shoes

Cloud Flash Launch

Cloudflash Launch

Each shoe brand has its own technology.  In terms of function they can be similar but each one comes with a different approach.  On Running Shoes uses a CloudTec® technology which uses cloud pods to cushion each foot strike and propels you off the next stride.   That added cushion can reduce impact on your knees and feet, which when accumulated can mean a lot of wear and tear.    That’s the key technology that powers On Running Shoes.  They recently launched their fastest shoes on the line, which is the Cloudflash.  It’s their own version of the racing flat, which is aimed to gain as much speed on the road and on the track.

It’s built to make the most of each second on the run.  Flashy can be one word to describe the Cloudflash. White is the new flashy and it will definitely make you stand out on the race course with its white and neon color way.  To save weight, they took out the midsole and replaced it with a more efficient speed board. The speed board is made from Pebax, which is designed to return energy from the landing to the take off.  It’s also designed of lightweight nano-mesh material, which does not absorb water, keeping it light even as you sweat.   Weighing at just 6.2 ounces, it’s a shoe designed for the personal-record chasing athlete.

On Running Brings in the Versatility Into Their Shoes

So far, I’ve tried 3 types of On Running Shoes now. The Cloud, which I got last January. The Cloud Surfer, which I got to try out during the launch and the Cloud Flow, which I got last March.

Cloud

The Cloud

The Cloud

The Cloud is your everyday running and lifestyle shoes.  It’s a minimalist shoes with a maximal cushioning care of the CloudTec® pods.  I’ve had the Cloud since January and was able to run with it up until a half marathon.  It’s more of an active lifestyle shoes, which you can use day to day but serviceable to get on you on the short runs.  I like that the lacing system can be converted to a slip on shoes.  I enjoyed that it has a lightweight feel at 7 oz, which can help you breeze the shorter run.  If you can harness it for the long-runs, then it’s good to go. If you tend to heel-strike like I do, go for the more cushioned On models like the Cloud Flow or the Cloud Surfer.  What I’ve been loving about the cloud is it’s casual look.  It actually looks like a topsider and is really comfortable as a day to day shoes.

Cloud Surfer

Cloud Surfer

Cloud Surfer

When it comes to cushioning, Cloud Surfer is probably the most cushioned among the On Running line.  Of course, with more cushioning comes a little more weight. The Cloud Surfer weighs in at 9.7 oz.  Despite having a maximalist feel, the Cloud surfer is remains reactive on the road.  I was able to try this out on a speed session at ultra. The end result was zero pain on the legs and knee. It felt like floating with that cushy CloudTec® feel.  You’ll barely feel the weight as the cloud pods gives you a lift on the take off.   You can also go with the Cloud Surfer for training runs to add power to the legs while training with a heavier shoes and race with a lighter On model.  Cloud surfer can be a perfect go to shoes if you prefer some added protection and cushioning.

Cloud Flow

Cloud Flow

Cloud Flow

The Cloud Flow is my favorite in the current line of On Running Shoes.  It’s 7.8 oz, which is mid-range between  the Cloud and the Cloud Surfer.  It has a more cushioning and gives you a better and more responsive feel of the road.  I’ve been doing my training runs with the Cloud Flow and it really brings back the fun into running.  I was surprised to be able to run at a faster pace the first time I used it and barely noticed that I already did more than 10 kilometers with less wear and tear on the road. Each run felt light and efficient with the CloudTec®.  It’s the perfect balance of lightweight feel and cushioning.  It’s a great race shoes that is efficient and can really reduce wear and tear with a running on clouds feel.

Running on Clouds

Picking a shoes is not a walk in a park.  If you find a shoe that works for you, invest on the shoe, harness it and just run.  I’m glad to be running on clouds again.   The soft cushy feel of each step with On is just what I needed to pile in more road mileages on training and on the races. See you on the road.

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Incoming Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2

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Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2 gives you the fun and the adventure exploring the Pintong Bukawe – Casile Trails.  Both trails are run-able and will give you a really long and sweet descent at the first part and a long climb on the way back whether you’re doing the 12K or the 21K.  Save the date, July 9, 2017, as all the dirt roads lead to Mount Sinai in Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal.

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Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2

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I’ve been to Mount Sinai for the nth time and I love how it immediately gives you a scenic vantage point overlooking the mountains and the sea of clouds.  That’s were all the fun begins again for Soleus Cross Country Challenge, which is now on its second year.  Come July 9, 2017, it’s time to hit the dirt roads of Casile once again with 12K and 21K distances to choose from.  The part that keeps me excited is the long sweet descent to the river, which would be exploring new territories in this year’s staging. Tough as it is, I also look forward to the 3-4 kilometer climb on the way back.  It’s just a mental challenge I’d love to endure over and over again.

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Elevation wise, it’s gonna challenge your climbing skills as you’ll have to endure a lot of elevation gain.  Yes, it’s really a challenge but you’ll love this one as you’ll be preoccupied by the numerous scenic sites in San Mateo rizal.  Register now and get ready to conquer the Soleus Cross Country Challenge.

Race Details

Soleus Medals

Date and Venue:

  • Date: July 9, 2017
  • Venue: Mount Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal
  • Gun Start:
    • 21K – 6 AM
    • 12K – 6:20 AM

Fees and Inclusions

  • 12K (Early Bird: P900 – April 27 – May 31, 2017) / (Regular: P1,100 June 1 to 30 2017)
  • 21K (Early Bird: P1,100 – April 27 – May 31, 2017) / (Regular: P1,250 June 1 to 30 2017)
    • Inclusive of Event Shirt, Race Bib, RFID Tag, Finisher Medal, Snacks

Registration

  • Bank Deposit
    • Bank: Banco De Oro
    • Account Name: Mirjam Ann G. Del Rosario
    • Account Number 0039-8019-6644
      • Once payment has been made: please fill up the downloadable registration form, write the name and the distance on the deposit slip then email scanned copies to sccchallenge20117@gmail.com
      • An email confirmation will be sent once received and validated.
  • On-Site: L Time Studio
    • SM Mall of Asia – Ground Floor-In Front of IMAX
    • SM Megamall – 3rd Floor, Mega A
    • Market Market – 2nd Floor
    • Trinoma – 2nd Floor- Near Food Court
  • Kit Claiming:
    • Date: July 1-2, 2017 (Sat-Sun, 10 am to 6 pm)
    • Venue: TBA

Race Update

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Time to Fly with Hoka One One

Blazing the trail with Hoka One One – Photo by Eric Tipon for Active Pinas

Hoka One One has brought in the added support for the long run yet retains the lightweight feel on the shoes.  I’ve been using Speed Instinct and Speed Goat on the trails and I’m enjoying the added comfort, support yet still retain the lightweight feel with Hoka One One.

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Hoka One One Speed Instinct

I’ve joined the Hoka One One craze a month before it landed in Manila.  I was able to get Speed Instinct at a discount in Singapore.  Toe area is a bit shallow so I got a half size bigger than my usual shoe size and it was now a perfect fit.  I immediately noticed the cushioned feel of Speed Instinct and surprisingly, it;s lightweight at 8.40 oz.  That’s almost an equivalent of a lightweight road shoes.  The lugs are not too aggressive and it almost feels like a road shoes.  In fact the first time I used the Speed Instinct was on the road.

8K on the Road

8K+ on the Road

I almost forgot that it was a trail shoes as I was posting road pace covering more than 8 kilometers in an hour.  It’s responsive on the road, which makes it an excellent weapon for road to trail races.

I got to test out the Speed Instinct on several trail races.  First taste of the trail was a 16 Kilometer race at Mount Sinai in Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo Rizal.  The trails along Mount Sinai were mostly muddy dirt roads and the traction was good.  Despite not being too aggressive on the lugs, the shoe had multi-directional lugs to keep you firmly planted on the trail. It also felt so fun blitzing the downhill trails of Casile with a mix or dirt roads and stone paths.  The cushion reduced the impact of the stride giving me more courage and less stress on the descent.  I barely noticed the technical part heading to the river since I felt that the traction was fine.  We ended up on the road and it’s the Speed Instinct’s time to fly.

Up next was a 10K rolling trails at North Luzon Renewables in Ilocos where we were invited to test out their route.  In terms of trails it was a mix of rough roads and it wasn’t technical at all.  The unique part of the course aside from the wonderful windmills surrounding you, was that it had long stretches of climbs and descents.  One thing I noticed on climbs is that you tend to have more time on ground as you slow down with gravity.  That’s were a comfortable shoes like Speed Instinct comes into play.  Despite walking or slowing down some stretches, it still soft on the bottom of the foot.  I did have fun bombing the descents as I felt that it had enough support to protect my knees as I took advantage of gravity.

I was also able to use it for my race in Mount Batolusong.  It was a slow trail for me as half the race was spent on the uphill and on technical trails heading to Mount Batolusong.  The traction was ok but it’s not much of an advantage on the slippery part.  I can do well with the Speed Instinct but when I got to the more technical part, I had to slow down a bit because it has less aggressive lugs.  The steep descent, which was wet at that time, felt like a chore but as I went to more solid ground, it felt like time to fly again.

Mount Batolusong - Photo by Nik Jamisola

Mount Batolusong – Photo by Nik Jamisola

In a nutshell, I’d go with the Speed Instinct on road to trail runs and it’s a big advantage.  For mountain runs with extremely technical trails, I’d go with a shoe with more aggressive lugs for stronger traction.  Trail Running is like a game of strategies, you have to familiarize yourself with the terrain and surfaces and pick the one the would give you the best advantage.

Hoka One One Speed Goat

Hoka One One Speed Goat

Hoka One One Speed Goat

I got the Hoka One One Speed Goat from Runer and what can I say, it has big lugs.  It has more stability and balanced cushioning.  It’s also heavier at 9.7 ounces though it’s still feels light on the feet.  Let’s just say, it’s the bigger brother of Speed Instinct.  When the trails get tough, the Speed Goat may be one for you.  There are really some trade off, you get more weight, you get more cushioning and support.  It’s just a matter of choosing, which shoes would be perfect for which trail.  Definitely, the Speed Instinct is the faster shoes but when the going gets tough, you’ll love to hang on to the added cushion support and traction of the Speed Goat.

Speed Goat at Yellow Trails

Speed Goat at Yellow Trails

I got to try the Speed Goat at Camp John Hay Yellow Trails.  The Yellow Trail are mainly dirt tracks but the inclines can be a challenge.  It really feels soft on the feet whether you are walking or running in the trail.  Even when you’re standing on slanted trails it feels that you are firmly planted because of the aggressive lugs and traction.  I got to feel that traction and support even on slippery roads.  When the trails go down, you can go fearless because of the sufficient support and the traction.

Mount Yangbew

Mount Yangbew

I also did a run at Mount Yangbew and that’s where I noticed the superior traction of the Speed Goat.  The climb was short but it was on more technical mountain trails.  It felt at ease moving around the mountain with the Speed Goat.  I even climb one of the small rock formation for a photo-op and the shoe traction really helped.  On the descent, it was excellent in blitzing the trail as you just worry about your run and not slipping on the technical trails.

The biggest test for my Speed Goat was our 15 Kilometer recon at Tanay. While most of the trails were single track dirt roads which was easy to navigate, we had a stretch of 4 kilometers worth of river trek, crossings and even some bouldering.  The drains of the Speed Goat is quite efficient and I barely noticed the inflow and outflow of water over numerous river crossing.  Passing over some boulders and rock formation was a challenge as you had to be creative on your steps but the superior traction of the Speed Goat helped a lot on this stretch.  The difficult part felt endless but I felt secure with my shoes.  I even had to do the 4 kilometer ascent on muddy trails made slippery by the rain and slipping was the least of my worry.

I felt secure with the cushion, support and the aggressive lugs of the Speed Goat on technical surfaces.  For faster trails, I’d go with the Speed Instinct but for longer mountain trails, I’d go for the Speed Goat.  Either shoes would be excellent on the trails but each would have its advantages and disadvantages.  It really helps to understand the course. Hoka One One provides enough cushion, support and lightweight feel to make trail run a lot more fun.

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