Alaska Powered Jr NBA and Jr WNBA Reaches out to More Schools and Communities

In photo: A Jr. NBA camper gets help from Jr. NBA Coach Eric during the open clinic at the GSIS Hills, Caloocan last February 15, 2015. Photos by Jamil Buergo

Nothing Excites the Filipino Communities like a game of basketball.  Alaska powered Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is reaching out to more schools and more communities to teach the basic basketball skills and know-how with their pool of Coaches headed by Camp Director Jeffrey Cariaso.  This is to further boost the grassroot development of the most popular sport in the country.

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CampersLearning Basic Basketball Skills

Now on its 8th year,, Alaska and Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA have teamed up for the grassroots training and development of basketball in the country.  Aside from teaching basketball, the partnership have given talented and deserving players a chance to play and have an NBA experience.  They wanted to expand the program to a wider reach and scope in the different regions.   In line with its thrust this year to make it fresh by bringing the program to more schools and communities nationwide, Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska conducted a series of free open clinics last weekend in different parts of Metro Manila.  Two sessions of clinics were conducted in all venues — one at 9-11 a.m. and another from 1-4 p.m.

Campers learning their defensive stance.

Jeffrey Cariaso, the basketball Director for the Alaska Power Camp and Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA coaches led in helping the next generation of young and aspiring basketball players realize their dreams. Other coaches who conducted the learning sessions include PBA Legends Rodney Santos, Eric de la Cuesta and Topex Robinson, and Perlas Pilipinas national players Melissa Jacob, Ish Tiu, MJ Galicia and Justine Formata.

Alaska continues their partnership with Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA this year to nurture young boys and girls become better individuals and encourage them to embrace a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle through sports.

A Camper Drinks Alaska in between basketball drills

Become an inspiring athlete too and join Alaska’s sports programs now! NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines, please visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines; Alaska Milk Corporation visit www.alaskamilk.com; Alaska Basketball Power Camp visit www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub #JrNBAPH #JrWNBAPH

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Incoming: Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2015 #NatGeoRun2015

NatGeo Earth Day Run is one of the biggest and most anticipated run in the country.  Last year, they added the full marathon distance and this year they would be adding a new location as #NatGeoRun2015 is happening in two locations.  The Manila Leg would be on April 26, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds with 20,000 expected runners doing 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon categories. On May 24, 2015, #NatGeoRun2015 is going to Baguio City with 5,000 expected participants joining this leg.  The proceeds of the race would help minority communities in Mindoro and advocating the preservation of our tamaraws.  Online Registration has started via http://runrio.com and Onsite Registration would start on March 16, 2015 at the Lower Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier BGC.

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#NatGeoRun2015 would help in the tamaraw preservation

One of the races I look forward every year is Nat Geo Earth Day Run because it always brings in the cause of the environment and is one of the most attended runs.  Last year, NatGeo Earth Day Run introduced the full marathon distance in their categories.  #NatGeoRun2015 gets even bigger with targeted 20,000 runners to participate on April 26, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Grounds distributed in 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon Distances.  It is also expanding outside Metro Manila as there will be a Baguio leg happening on May 24, 2015 with 5,000 expected runners joining this leg.  I always admire the cause of NatGeo and this year, the event will help raise funds for the portable solar powered lighting kits that will be sent to communities in Mindoro, a project of National Geographic Channel’s environmental partner, World Wildlife Fund for Nature.  The lighting kits eliminate the use of use of highly flammable kerosene to light up the homes of Tawbuid Mangyan Tribesfolks and Forest Ranger Camps  and gives them access to a safe, stable and sustainable energy source that gives more opportunities for community development and advancement.  This would help in sustainable development of Tawbuid Mangyan tribesfolks and support the Mindoro Forest Rangers advocating the preservation of the tamaraws.

21K at #NatGeoRun2014 (Left) and 10K at #NatGeoRun2011 (Right)

I’ve joined the previous editions of Nat Geo Earth Day Run and I always had a great time because of the significant number of participants, the cause of the environment and the festivities for the celebration of Earth Day.  I’m even more excited with  this year’s edition, with Runrio being the main organizers for this year run.  If you’ve joined a Runrio event, you’ll know that you are well taken cared of in terms of a safe and friendly race route, sufficient hydration, quality singlets, finisher shirts and medals and their seamless execution on race day.  Next is that they are having another run in the City of Pines, Baguio City on May 24, 2015 and for those who know me, that’s my home town.  That’s the same quality run at a much cooler climate and at a more challenging elevation.  (Baguio Leg Race Details to Follow).  It’s gonna give experienced runners the perfect condition to chase their personal records and it’s also going to be a fun event for newbies with ample race support.  So this one is let’s all join hands and support mother earth. Register Now!

Race Details

Date and Venue

  • April 26, 2015, SM Mall of Asia Grounds
  • May 24, 2015, Baguio City (Details to follow)

Distances and Inclusions

  • 5Km – P 650
  • 10Km – P750
  • Half Marathon – P950
  • Full Marathon – P1,500
    • Singlet, Race Bib with B-tag and Raffle Stub
    • Post Race: Loot bags with sponsors freebies and drinks
    • Finishers’ Medal and Finishers’ Shirt for all Half Marathon and Full Marathon Finishers Finishers

Registration

  • Online: Runrio.com (February 23 to April 12, 2015)
    • Plus P150 delivery & processing & P50 web admin fee
    • Race kits will be delivered
  • In Store: (March 16 – April 19, 2015)
    • SM Aura  Premier, BGC
    • Toby’s SM North
    • Toby’s Shangrla
    • Toby’s MOA
      • Race kits will be received upon registration
  • Prepaid Card Registration (March 16 – April 12, 2015)
    • SM Aura  Premier, BGC
    • Toby’s SM North
    • Toby’s Shangrla
    • Toby’s MOA
      • Runners will receive their singlet at the store. Race bib and timing chip will be delivered to the runner.
      • Plus PhP150 delivery and processing & PhP50 web admin fee
      • Prepaid cards will only be sold to actual participants/runners. Race Categories and singlet/finishers shirt sizes is subject to availability.

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Incoming: Mount Sembrano Mountain Run

The Mountains have two ways of humbling you. First, it challenges you physically as you make your assault to the summit.  Next, it gives you an appreciation of the nature and the wonder of its creation.  Mount Sembrano Mountain Run gives a refreshing view of the mountains and at the same time challenges you on uphill adventure that’s meant to make you stronger and a view that’s gonna be a visual delight.  Grab your trail running gear and let’s #LiveForAdventure and appreciate the magnificent scenery of Mount Sembrano on April 18, 2015 with 15 km and 30 km Mountain Run Categories. #BerghausPH

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Off Mountain Tops and Berghaus.

The first time I trekked a mountain, I was powered by Berghaus shoes and apparel climbing Mount Batulao and that was the time I felt humbled by the climbs and the marvelous views of the mountain.  It helped that Berghaus Cuerra Cuesta Multi-Activity Shoe had excellent traction with the different surfaces you get to encounter climbing plus it had sufficient cushioning on the descents.  After then, I always took the opportunity to go on treks and trails whenever I could especially during summer.   Here’s one trail adventure you’d love to this summer.

MGM Productions brings you its 4th serving of the DBB Uphill Challenge with a 15KM and a 30KM mountain run at the beautiful Mount Sembrano in the province of Rizal. This 4th installment allows you to reach a mountain summit that gives you a view of the Laguna Lake as well as Talim Island and the historic towns of Rizal and Laguna.  Mt. Sembrano Mountain Marathon is both a challenge and a chance to be mesmerized by the views of the trails and the mountain.   The adventure is happening on April 18, 2015 that starts at Brgy. Hall of Malaya, Pililla, Rizal at 6 am.

You also get to traverse rough road which leads to rocky path; numerous mango trees; grassy summit which is fully exposed to the sun with the great view of Laguna Lake.  You also get to see forest paths, streams of water and splendid peeks of raw nature.  While this is a race, newbie runners or recreational trekkers are very much welcome with a very generous cutoff for the race which is6hrs  for the 15km distance / 10hrs for the 30km distance.  This is one great summer adventure for you, your family and barkadas.  There will be Top finishers for each category, male, female and even the third gender.  You can check out more about Mt. Sembrano from JazzRunner’s blog: A Closer Look At the Trails of Mt. Sembrano.

 

Immersed yourself further by staying longer in the area as runners are welcome to camp on the grounds Friday evening.  Camping is available at an assigned area on the covered court with facilities nearby.  Showers are also available in the camping grounds.  As a respect to Mother Earth, please take out what you bring in.   Don’t forget to bring in that free spirit in you to enjoy the wonderful views of the trek and the company of fellow runners.  Register Now!!!

Elevation Recap

Race Details

  • Date and Venue

    • Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 6:00 a.m., Brgy. Hall of Malaya, Pililla, Rizal
  • Race Categories

    • 15 kilometers Mountain Run – P1,000
    • 30 Kilometers Mountain Run – P1,200
      • Inclusive of Finisher Medal, Shirt and Post Race Meal
  • Registration

    • Make your deposits to:
      • Account Name: Rayman D. delos Angeles
      • BPI Savings Acct Num: 3199-1456-56
    • Send a scanned copy of the deposit slip to mgm_dbbmtsembrano@yahoo.com.ph with your Name, Gender and Size of finisher shirt. Subject: MGM MT. SEMBRANO REGISTRATION. Please keep and present the deposit slip when claiming the race kit.
  • Race Kit Claiming

    • Saturday April 18, 2015, 3:00 a.m.
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Under Armour to have a Limited Release of 100 pairs of Curry One in the Philippines

The Golden State Warriors seats on top of the NBA standings right now.  Their Maim Man Stephen Curry is the torch bearer of Under Armour when it comes to Basketball Shoes starting with the Under Armour Curry One which was launched worldwide last February 15, 2015.  The Curry One is set to land on Philippine shores on February 28, 2015 with a limited 100 pairs to be distributed at Titan Stores and the NBA Flagship Stores at Glorietta.  The Curry One is powered by Under Armour’s charged cushioning and the body mapped support of the AnaFoam. 

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The much awaited signature shoes of NBA Superstar Stephen Curry made by Under Armour is finally making its way to Philippine shores with a limited release of  100 pairs in the market on February 28, 2015.   The Curry One was launched worldwide on February 15, 2015 at UA.com and selected global retailers.  The Curry One shall only have 100 limited pairs coming this end of February so those who don’t want to miss this big surprise may visit selected Titan stores and NBA flagship store at Glorietta, which will retail for Php 7995.
The first 18 owners of the Curry One will also get an exclusive offer in the soon to open Under Armour Brand House at UP Town Center.   Something exciting also awaits fans of Stephen Curry as Under Armour will also launch a collection of apparel and accessories this year.  This is a great treat for all the Stephen Curry’s fans out there, as well as NBA and basketball-lovers so don’t miss this big chance. But more than that, there’s a lot more reason why you shouldn’t miss this limited offer.

Unveiling the Curry One Innovation

The shoe was inspired by Stephen’s humble beginnings to being one of the undisputed NBA superstar players of his generation and one of the toughest player to guard with his array of offensive moves.   The shoe’s innovative features reflect Stephen’s style of play as well as his drive to be the best.  Curry One highlights its precise and sharp design lines, showcasing the advancement it has gone through that will benefit every performance.

With this big surprise, Curry One’s technology has been engineered with the best features that will surely be one of the reasons to be excited about. It has two new innovations which is Charged Cushioning and Anafoam. This provide the most “unguardable” player with responsiveness and cushioning that his game demands.  The shoes is designed to complement Stephen’s skill sets letting him be an even better basketball player on court.  Fans would have a better feel of the game and also a more comfortable cushioning experience from the high impact moves in the basketball court.

For ultimate advancement in energy, the shoe’s Charged Cushioning provides system absorption impact and converts it into a responsive burst to give your first step and change of direction unmatched explosiveness.   This would help you perform those heartbeat-stopping and electrifying ankle breakers on the way to the hoop.   Another innovatiove feature of Curry One is its Anafoam,  which is a combination of EVA foam and mesh to anatomically fit essential pressure points to support the foot during a game. The Anafoam definitely helps absorb the impact of the numerous strides and landings during the game and helps prevent injuries.
Additional performance benefits of this feature includes:
  • An external heel counter that eliminates sliding and keeps your foot locked in place.
  • A midfoot TPU shank underfoot for maximum stability.
  • A multi-directional herringbone outsole delivering superior traction and control.
  • A padded mesh tongue with synthetic suede offering protection and increased breathability.
Since Curry One was inspired by Stephen’s journey on and off the court, each of its colorway tells their own story about him.  The Curry One “Home” features a Royal upper with Taxi and White accents, while Curry One “Away” has a black upper with Taxi accents and a Camo print. The “Home” and “Away” colorways represent his love for the Bay area, his team and their fans.
Addition to the colorways collection are “The Underdog”, “Candy Reign”, and “Father to Son”, which tell their own unique stories that define Stephen as a husband, father, son, brother and on-court game-changer.

For more details about the Curry One, visit underarmour.com.ph or follow @UABasketball, @underarmourph & @underarmourSEA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  You can also visit UA.com/CurryOne for more information.

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Century Tuna Brings Ironman 70.3 to Subic

Triathlon has grown significantly over the last few years with continued demand for races and more people getting into multisports.  With the growth of the sport comes a new Half-Ironman destination in Subic Bay.  Century Tuna brings Ironman 70.3 distance to Subic Bay and that’s even closer for multisport athletes in Luzon.  Get ready to Swim 1.9 kilomters, Bike 90 kilometers and Run 21 kilometers at Subic Bay and SCTEX as the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 is happening on March 8, 2015.

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Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay

Mr Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III of Tourism Promotions Board, Wilfred Steven Uytengsu of Sunrise Events, Greg Banzon of Century Tuna and Renato Ticzon of Manila North Tollways

Century Tuna being an advocate of a healthy body and a healthy lifestyle has always been active in the triathlon scene and they also have one of the toughest triathlon teams in Century Tri-Hard.  Century Tune has also been supporting the Ironman 5150 Triathlon for the past 3 years.  They are taking it into the next level as they are bringing the Ironman 70.3 triathlon event to Subic Bay for the first time on March 8, 2015.  Subic Bay would be an ideal course for triathletes with its scenic views and it’s logistically easier for most triathlete in Luzon area.  Traithlon has been on an upswing with triathlon events happening once or twice a month.  The Philippines is starting to be a hub for triathlon events with the half-ironman distance triathlon, also known as the Ironman 70.3 attracting thousands of participants annually, including delegates from other countries.  Subic Bay would be a perfect destination due to its accessibility and ideal terrain, calm waters and well maintained bike and run routes.  The race would also showcase the beauty of Subic Bay as a tourism hub and also let the triathletes navigate the SCTEX in the bike route.

A fashion show was another highlight of the presscon.

There will be over 20 professionals of various nationalities attending Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay including Ironman World Champion and two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion Craig Alexander as well as superstars such as Luke Mackenzie and Caroline Steffen.  This would make the event the most competed triathlon race in the country by virtue of the number of professionals at gun start.  The international field of professionals and age groupers serves as a perfect backdrop for the Century Tuna brand as it expands its presence in the world market. Century Tuna is now exported to 48 countries including USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy and most countries in the Middle East.

Century Pacific Food Inc’s Greg Banzon talks about the upcoming Century Tuna ironman 70.3

Century Tuna has supported the triathlon and fitness community in the Philippines for years now as a way of remaining committed to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for Filipinos.  We felt it was time to offer Filipinos a bigger challenge that keeps pace with the expectations of the community.  The interest so far, which includes that coming from the international triathletes circles, tells us that the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon event is met with high anticipation and excitement, and will soon be part of the triathlete’s calendar, said Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food Inc.

 

Aside from the satisfaction and prestige of finishing the Ironman 70.3 distance and the visual delights of the Subic Scenery, the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay will also serve as qualifying race for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprum, Austria.  Thirty age-group qualifying slots are at stake, along with $15,000 prize purse for the event.  The event is slated to span over four days from March 5 to 8 at Subic Bay, Philippines.  The Century Ironman 70.3 is produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and made possible through the support of a number of sponsors and partners including Vita Coco, Gatorade, 2Go Express, Saucony, SBMA, MNTC, NLEX, BCDA, The Philippine Star, Endurance Magazine, Century Bangus, Sante Barley, Prudential Guarantee, Department of Tourism, Tourism and Promotions Board of the Philippines, Timex, David’s Salon, Smart Communications, PLDT Subictel, Intercare, FinisherPix, Shotz, Devant and Belo Skincare.  For more details you can visit. http://www.centurypacific.com.ph or http://www.ironman703subicbay.com.

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Taking it to the Next Level with Suunto Ambit 3 Peak

Suunto Ambit 3 Peak gives you instant connectivity and results with its Bluetooth Connection

I’ve been using the Suunto Ambit 3 Peak for the past 3 months and it took the Suunto Ambit experience to the next level.  It gives you instant results with bluetooth connectivity with your mobile device.  It’s not only a GPS enabled sports watch, it’s also an activity tracker that gives you real time feedback on calories burned, activity and even current elevation.  It also improves on all the different features of the Ambit with a 3D Suunto movie log of your moves. It has a faster and more accurate GPS and heart rate detection. #IAmSuunto

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Suunto Ambit 3 Peak Helped me in my journey to my second marathon.

Two and a half years ago, I’ve made the switch to Suunto Ambit 2S and since then it’s my go to running, multisport as well as day to day watch with its casual look and improved GPS functionality  I’ve been using the Suunto Ambit 2S both for running and cycling.   I’ve also went on to try the Suunto Ambit 2, which is perfect for road, trails and mountaineering with its advance altitude features.  I’ve also had the chance to use the Suunto Ambit 2R, which is more run centric among the Ambits.  A few months ago, I was able to use the Suunto Ambit 3 Peak, which is the latest Ambit in town.  The Suunto Ambit 3 Peak uses a bluetooth technology compared to the Ant+ used in previous Ambits.

TBR Dream Marathon using Suunto Ambit 2S (Left), Salomon XTrail using Suunto Ambit 2 (Second to the Left), Alaska World Milk Run using Suunto Ambit 2R (Third to Left) and Condura Skyway Marathon using Suunto Ambit 3 Peak (Right)

 Bluetooth Connectivity

You can Instantly Sync your Moves on the Moveslink App on your phone.

One of the biggest changes in the Suunto Ambit 3 is that it uses bluetooth for connectivity.  Bluetooth is more compatible with more mobile phones and can immediately sync your workouts to the movelinks app on your phone.  Of course, if you use Ant+ on your previous devices then you would also need to upgrade.  Fortunately for me, I only need a heart rate monitor, which comes with the Suunto Ambit 3 Peak.   Bluetooth has better connectivity than Ant+ and with its mobile synchronization, you can receive message alerts from your phone directly to your watch.  The part that I love most about the connectivity is that I can immediately access my workouts after a run on my phone.  You can also customize the apps on your watch directly from your phone.

Activity Monitor

It’s also an Activity Monitor.

I’ve always been high on activity monitors since they let you keep track of the calories you burn based on your movements.  The Suunto Ambit 3 also has activity monitor features and summarizes the calories you’ve burned based on your movements.  It tells you whether you are inactive, low, moderate, intense or vigorous in your activities or it can give you the calorie equivalent based on your movements.  It also comes up with a weekly summary for you to monitor your activities.  I was hooked on this feature of the watch as it forced me to move around when I am inactive or have low physical activities.  It also shows your recovery time between workouts.  It does keep track of all your moves whether your working out or doing your regular day to day routine.

Altitude Tracker

It gives you a real time altitude tracker even when you are not on workout mode.

Among the Suunto Ambit 3 Peak’s feature is having the advanced altimeter and elevation tracking.  It shows your real time elevation and the terrain you’ve passed by.  You can actually see the jump from a lower terrain to a higher one or you can even see it jump when you shift to a higher floor on your building.  The altitude tracker works even when you are not in exercise mode so even if you are just walking a flight of stairs, you’ll notice the climb or descent in the elevation.  It also summarize the elevation gains and losses when you use it on exercise mode.  The elevation profile above was my climb at Mt. Cabuayo, which shows that I climbed 525 meters of elevation and had only 20 meters of descent on the way to the summit.  The picture on the lower right shows the elevation of the climb until the summit.

Movie Summary

With the launch of Suunto Ambit 3, the mobile version of the Movescount app was upgraded to include the 3D Suunto Movie recap of your workout.  This feature is also available in Suunto Ambit 2, 2R and 2S.  This really works well for me as I love documenting my races through my blogs.  I get an immediate movie of the route I did and the other race metrics.  The above video is the Suunto Movie Recap of the Condura Skyway Marathon.

 Compact Heart Rate

Suunto Ambit 3 has a compact and more comfortable bluetooth compatible heart rate.

While I have no issues with the Ant+ heart rate of the Ambit 2 series, I like how comfortable it feels to use a compact heart rate with an even softer strap.  With a better connectivity from the bluetooth technology, expect an even more accurate heart rate reading.  The good part is that the heart rate monitor is also compatible with other bluetooth devices.  I really monitor my heart rate during races as its a way to determine when I can still push or slow down in a race enabling me to go longer.

Enhanced Functionality

Suunto Ambit 3 Comes with Enhanced Functionality

Suunto Ambit 3 has enhanced all the functionality of the Ambit.

  • GPS detection:  In terms of GPS detection, Suunto Ambit family is the fastest compared to the other sports watch I’ve tried.  It takes just a few seconds to detect the GPS signal in the area.
  • Battery Life: It has a 16 hours battery life with the best GPS Accuracy setting and could last 50 hours with minimal GPS setting.  I’ve used this one for a full marathon which I finished in less than 6 hours and the battery was still more than 60% and I even had the night mode on for the whole duration.
  • All the metrics you need:  It has everything you need to measure from speed, pace, distance, cadence, altitude, temperature, compass and a lot more.
  • Navigation:  You can track back your route using automatically generated waypoints in the route.  I’ve used this a lot especially on trail and it always help me find my way back when I got lost.
  • Movescount apps: Aside from the regular features, you can discover more functionality by adding apps which you can add via mobile or movescount.  I use the night mode app which sets the light on from 6 pm to 6 am.  I also use run walk app too and there are a goldmine of different apps you can apply to the watch.
  • Customize your views.  You can have several views using the middle button at the side of the watch.  You can set different screen displays for your workout depending on which metrics you need.  You can  You can customize your views directly from your mobile Movescount application.
  • Movescount Application.  Your workout can now be viewed both using the web and mobile version of Movescount.  You can check how your pace went along during the run or how you managed your heart rate and cadence along the distance and a lot more.
  • Cadence monitoring via arm sways.  Using a fusedpeed technology, cadence is determined based on the arm sways.  The arm sways also helps estimate distance when GPS signal is low.
  • After three months, there’s still a lot to unlock when it comes to the Suunto Ambit 3 Peak as it’s loaded with features but it really helped me a lot prepare for my marathon.

Suunto Ambit 3 Peak can really give you an edge.

Suunto Ambit 3 Peak can really take you into the next level.  With a better connectivity and advanced features, it can really help you perform a lot better in your races. In three months using Suunto Ambit 3 Peak, I’ve broken my personal record for a full marathon by more than 20 minutes and I’m back to my regular fast pace in the shorter distances.

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Remember the 44: A Solidarity Ride and Run

#RememberThe44 was a solidarity run and ride for the fallen 44 soldiers in the Mamasapano Clash.  It was not only a ride and a run, it was a fund raising event that raised more than P100K for the PNP SAF Tagaligtas Foundation to benefit the families of the 44 Heroes. Hundreds of Athletes / Troops went on to ride 44 kilometers (Some went on with 144 kilometers) or run 4.4 kilometers at Nuvali for the benefit and in honor of the Gallant 44 soldiers and their families.  This just proves, hardcore people have soft hearts.

Remember the 44

The Brave 44 SAF Personnel will always be remembered for their heroism

The nation’s headlines has been filled by the tragic death of the 44 SAF soldiers during the Mamasapano Clash in Maguindanao.  They were tasked to arrest an international terrorist and ended up being caught in a gunfire with Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.  The event led to a public outrage which was made even murkier by people with vested interest.   The issue has been divisive yet one thing remains there are heroes that needs to be honored and that there are grieving families that need help.  Remember the 44 is a fund raising run and ride event to honor the new heroes and raise some funds for the PNP SAF Tagaligtas Foundation to benefit the families of the 44 Heroes.  Out of his own personal effort, Coach Andy Leuterio organized this event to help raise funds for this cause.  It was a simple event, you run or you ride and you help the cause in the process.  Every little support could mean a lot and with that, more than P100K was raised for the PNP SAF Tagaligtas Foundation.  It had a mix of runners, cyclists, duathletes, triathletes and troops riding and running their way for this cause.

I supported the cause for the 44 Gallant PNP-SAF Personnel

Weeks ago, I did my full marathon (42K) and added another symbolic 2 kilometers for the 44 brave soldier.  For this event, I was toying on whether I would do the 44 kilometers bike or just do the 4.4 kilometers run.  I eventually went on with the run since I haven’t really had much saddle time in the last few months.   My heart bleeds for the 44 brave soldier and though it’s part of the hazards of their job, you just can’t stop going over the situation again and again to see how to prevent the tragic event.    I hope that once the smoke clears that the death of the 44 brave men would not be for naught with justice and peace prevailing in the end.  It’s one thing to criticize but it’s also another thing to throw in your financial and physical support to their cause and that is what we did collectively.

Former Teammates Moby and James also supported the event

The event started in Seafood Island at Solenad, Nuvali with a short program that included the donation drop off, opening remarks, national anthem, a tribute roll call for the SAF 44 and finally the ride and the run.  There were three non-competitive categories with the 4.4 kilometers run, 44 kilometers Road Bike Ride and the 44 kilometers mountain bike ride. The Cyclist made their way to Nuvali Boulevard to do their loops while the runners started to do a short but meaningful run led by Coach Andy Leuterio.  The event was well supported by about hundreds of athletes from different teams in the running and triathlon community and hundreds of troops from the PNP-SAF.  The troops of the PNP-SAF joined us in the run and even led the pace and the chants.  The run had a really big turnout and you can see it with the video from Gryf Olfindo below.

Since I was in my running off season after the marathon, I expected only a slow paced run. I guess with uniform cadence and lively military chants, you get to run a little bit faster.  We took the inner roads at Evozone Street since the cyclists were at Nuvali Main Road.  It was really a lively run with the PNP-SAF leading the chants and Coach Andy leading the pace.  We were running between 6:30 to 7 minute per kilometers pace at the start of the run.  It was both a challenge to keep up with the pace but since we were running in a  platoon, you get the added push.  We took our water break halfway into the run.

Check out their SAF 44 Haircut

After the break, the pace even got faster with the Commando Group overtaking the original pace group and setting an even faster pace of below 6 minute pace.  I went with the original pace group at the middle of the platoon and then went on to speed up too until the finish at Solenad.  It was really exhilarating running at this pace again as I don’t even run at this pace during actual runs as I usually go for slower and more consistent pace.  It really helped that the troops were great motivators and it helped that it was for a cause.  I was lucky that despite the down time in my training, I didn’t felt rusty nor struggled with the faster pace. We finished around 30 minutes.

Running in Nuvali

There was some post race stretching exercise, food and drinks.  I stayed around a bit to watch the cyclist do their loops and it turned out that they even did more than the required 44 kilometers loop and some even did up to 144 kilometers loop.  I left around 9:30 am since I had to catch an appointment early in the afternoon.  Congratulations Coach Andy for a successful event!!!

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Incoming: Ateneo Run For Your Life 2

Let’s save the world one scholar at a time!  Ateneo Run For Your Life 2 helps raise funds for deserving medical students for them to graduate, contribute to the country’s public health system and eventually give back to future scholars.  #AteneoRFYL2 would also be featuring a really unique race course covering both Ateneo De Manila Univesity Campus and the UP Academic Oval.  The Race is happening on March 1 with 500 meters, 3 kilometers, 5 kilometers. 10 kilometers and 16 kilometers distances.  There will also be a health fair on the same day for family and friends.  Register Now and ensure that deserving students make their way in the medical field.

Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health

Scholars of Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health promoting the run.

I took my graduate school studies at Ateneo Graduate School of Business so I really support advocacy of Ateneo De Manila Univesity.  Upon hearing the cause direct from Christopher Peabody, Advancement Officer for Financial Head for Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH), I even wanted to support the cause even more and I hope you will too.  The ASMPH runs a financial assistance program for medical students based on their financial needs.   ASMPH gives a chance for the deserving students to make it in the medical field.  That doesn’t end there as graduates of the program has to contribute to the public health system of the country in the next 5 years and eventually, be able to send the support back to a future scholar within 20 years.  The support we give now not only gets a student past med school, it also helps the overall public health system of the country and the helps future scholars of the program.  That’s how to save the public health system one scholar at a time.

How can we help them?  Let’s help them by doing the thing we love and being healthy, running.   Your registration fees goes directly to the scholarship fund and by our collective helps, we can keep scholars in school.  This run is not just to support this cause, it treats runners to a very unique course which covers Ateneo De Manila Campus and UP Diliman Academic Oval. That’s like visiting two of our top Universities in a Single Run.  They’ll have categories that covers all type of runners from the short and fun distance in the 500 meters, 3 kilometers and 5 Kilometers to a scenic long distance run in the 10 kilometers and 16 kilometers categories that goes through both UP and Ateneo.  It also does not stop on the run, there will also be a health fair even for non-runners at Ateneo De Manila University.

We’re all out supporting this run!!!

The race is happening on March 1, 2015 at the Ateneo De Manila University in Katipunan.  In terms of timing, this would be a perfect build up for the upcoming Run United 1 the following week with a lot of hilly area in both Ateneo and the road approaching UP Diliman.  Another big plus for this event is that Runrio would be organizing the event to support this noble cause.  Let this be our contribution in not only keeping scholars in school but also uplifting the Public Health System of our Country

 

Race Details

Singlet Design

  • Date and Venue

    • March 1, 2015, Ateneo De Manila University
  • Race Categories

    • 500 Meters – P 100 ( Race Bib only)
    • 3 Kilometers – P500 (Singlet, Race Bib)
    • 5 Kilometers – P650 (Singlet, Race Bib)
    • 10 Kilometers – P750 (Singlet, Race Bib, Post Race: Finisher Shirt)
    • 16 Kilometers – P850 (Singlet, Race Bib, Post Race: Finisher Shirt and Medal)
      • Loot bags and freebies from sponsors for all categories.

 

  • Registration

    • Online: Runrio
    • In Store: (Until February 23, 2015)
      • Runnr BGC
      • Toby’s SM North Edsa
      • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia
      • Ateneo De Manila University Chemistry Department
      • Ateneo Medical School in Ortigas (Next to The Medical City)
    • On Site: (March 1, 2015 – 1-3 AM)
      • Ateneo De Manila University
  • Assembly/Gun Start

  • Winners and Prizes

    • 3 Km (1st: P1,000, 2nd: P1,500, P3rd: 2,000)
    • 5 Km (1st: P1,000, 2nd: P1,500, P3rd: 2,000)
    • 10 Km (1st: P1,500, 2nd: P2,000, P3rd: 4,000)
    • 16 Km (1st: P2,000, 2nd: P4,000, P3rd: 6,000)

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The Newton Experiment

Salomon City Trail – 12K (Top Left), Run United Philippine Marathon – 21K (Top Middle), Pinoy Fitness 21K Challenge – 21K (Top Right), Egg Power Run 21K (Bottom Left), Takbo.PH 20 Miler – 32K (Bottom Middle) and Condura Skyway Marathon -42K (Bottom Right)

The journey towards my second marathon also had me searching for the shoes that would fit me perfectly.  It doesn’t stop there as I had to build in the mileage and bond with my shoes until it felt like a part of me.  I ended up trying up #Newton Distance III and I found out that the forefoot lugs gave me back my speed and the #5Lugs Technology helped add stability in my foot strikes.  I started harnessing the technology in the smaller distances until I gained the comfort level in trying it out in half marathons, 32 kilometers and eventually my full marathon.   My Newton Experiment worked and helped me break my previous personal record for a full marathon by more than 20 minutes.

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Newton Running

I’ve always been a fan of the Newton technology because of its efficiency.  The forefoot lugs really helps you develop a natural midfoot landing and at the same time, the lugs gives you an added push of the toe like a lever giving you stronger and more powerful strides.  It’s known as a speed shoes with its lightweight built, efficient lugs and added point of power.  The 5 lugs also cushions your 5 metatarsal bones which make each foot strike feel more natural and contributes to faster cadence.  It’s also worn by elite runners and podium finishers.  That’s the part which intimidated me since I haven’t been a fast runner for the past 2 years.  I did reach my peak a few years ago but after that it was a slow road to recovering my speed for me.  The next query was will the lightweight built be enough cushioning for me for the whole forty freaking two kilometers in a marathon.

I got my Newton Distance III (Road) and Newton Boco AT (trail) mid part of 2014

Short distance and up to a half marathon, I am very much comfortable with the Newton Technology but I really wanted to know if it would be the perfect shoes for me for a full marathon.  My approach was to use two shoes, Newtton and a heavier shoes for the long run.   I did my weekday runs which ranges from 6K – 10K with the Newton Distance III and I used a heavier and more cushioned shoes on my long runs ranging from 15K to 21K.  It was also a great way to develop my leg strength with the heavier shoes adding more power to legs.  When it came to race day, which is usually 21K, I’d shift back to the Newton Distance III.  Slowly but surely, I started to be more comfortable with the Newton Distance III and decided that I can work with these until I reach my marathon.  I run 12 kilometers in the walled city of Intramuros that had a mix of roads, cobblestone paths and a few trails.  Using Newton, I did half marathon at Run United Philippine Marathon and attempted to do a 2:30 half marathon at Pinoyfitness 21K Challenge, which I didn’t beat.  I still wasn’t running fast but I’m getting more comfortable with the Newton Distance III.  My foot strikes felt more natural and I’m slowly building up my speed with the added push off the toe coming from the forefoot lugs.

Mt. Talamitam Climb (Top Left), Camp John Hay (Top Middle and Top Right), Filinvest Endurance Weekend (Bottom Left) and Urban Trail Run (Bottom Right)

I also used Newton BOCO AT on trails just to get more familiar with the Newton Technology.  The traction of the Newton BOCO AT was amazing.  I felt like the forefoot lugs is anchoring my steps even on the toughest climb at Mt. Talamitam.  The traction was perfect even when I did Camp John Hay’s Yellow Trails on a rainy day and on different surfaces.  I had my fastest time on trails at the Urban Trail Run and the Filinvest Endurance Weekend at the Filinvest trails because of the lightweight feel of the shoes.  It’s water resistant but it also had vents to push the water off my shoes after I had it soaked on a stream of water at Mt. Talamitam.   The forefoot lugs function both as a step ladder on the inclines and a cushion on the descents.  Of course, I love that it looks so flashy on trails.

I got my second pair of Newton Distance for Christmas

One of the things I learned early in my running career was when you find the perfect shoes, get an extra pair.  Sometimes model changes and it would take some time getting used to it again.  Also, since I was piling in the mileage I wanted to split the mileage into two shoes.  I got my second Newton Distance III shoes for Christmas.  I was able to alternate shoes now and lengthen the life of both shoes.  At this time, I was doing about 40-50 kilometers per week.  Long distance started to feeling like routine and the 10K distance felt normal on weekdays.  I also have some down time during Christmas because of the festivities.   I was able to do some runs in my hometown Baguio City both on road and trails with the Newton Distance III and Newton BOCO AT.  I capped my 2014 by going solo in climbing about 500-600 meters of elevation in 8 kilometers going to Mt. Cabuyao.  This really helped strengthen me mentally.

Training, Training and more Training.

Entering 2015, I knew, things would be tough since my full marathon was just 4 weeks away.  1st week of January, I raced for 10K and it was nothing exceptional.  I started to feel that I’m speeding up a bit on my weekday runs.  By the second week, I did what I haven’t done in about two years which which was to finish a half marathon in less than 2:30.  I never really though I’d get back to this level but with hard work and the added push from my shoes, I was starting to reach my peak again.  The following week, I did 32K and I tried to finish the distance in less than 4 hours and I did it with minutes to spare.  I also realized another way Newton technology helps.  When your legs are tired and weary, it’s the added push of the toe that reminds you to keep going forward.  Then it was time for my marathon, I now knew that Newton can be the shoes to take me to the finish line with strong finishes in both half marathon and the 32 kilometers run.  Even with it’s lightweight feature, having developed a natural midfoot landing all the past few months with the shoes gave me more comfort and the natural stride that reduces wear and tear in the long distance run.  5 hours and 42 minutes after, I was at the finish line for my second marathon beating my previous time of 6 hours and 4 minutes.

That’s how Newton Distance III powered my second marathon

The Newton Experiment was a success!  Newton technology is a shoes that require hardwork.  The harder you work, the faster you get.  The more mileage you put into it, the more you develop the proper running form.  The more powerful your stride is, the bigger push of the toe you’ll get.  Now, I can say with proper preparation, Newton Technology can help you ace your marathon.  And since Newton Distance III fits me perfectly, I just can’t wait for their new colorways come to Runnr store this March so I can have my next pair.

Newton Lover’s Month Promo

 

Buy a Newton Energy or an MV3 at Tobys.com and get one free for your love one.

You’ve just read my Newton Story, It’s time to create your own story.  Newton comes with a really special promo this Love Month.  This is perfect for those searching for a gift for that special someone or a friend.  Maybe that perfect gift is a Newton Running Experience.  Buy the Newton Energy to power up your longer runs or Newton MV3 for those who wants to run in the fast lane and you can get one free.  That’s an instant gift for that special person in your heart plus you get to tag that person along when you run and enjoy the Newton edge.  

The promo is open until end of February and it doesn’t stop there as shipping is free when you order at Tobys.com.  This is definitely a value for money investment.

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World Tennis Champ Andy Murray Joins Under Armour

Under Armour is a performance brand and a performance athlete like Andy Murray is a perfect addition to the Under Armour Family with several prestigious tennis championship under his belt.  Currently Number 6 in the world, Andy Murray has been a dominant figure in tennis winning the US Opein in 2012, Wimbledon in 2013 and is a Gold Medalist in the 2012 Summer Games.  Under Armour line of performance shoes and apparel will help drive Andy Murray to more world championship in tennis.

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Under Armour

Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and accessories, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. Under Armour’s wholly owned subsidiary, MapMyFitness, powers one of the world’s largest Connected Fitness communities. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland.  Recently, Under Armour has started its global expansion and has already several stores in the Philippines located at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City; Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City; and the soon to open branch in UP Town Center, Quezon City.  In line with this growth, Under Armour has also expanded its rosters of world class athletes which includes, Lindsey Vonn, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Stephen Curry, Jordan Spieth, Sloane Stephens and now Andy Murray.

Under Armour announced the addition of professional tennis player Andy Murray to its roster of world championship athletes. As part of the 4-year partnership, Murray will wear Under Armour® apparel, footwear, and accessories and will be featured in marketing campaigns, will participate in global training and tennis activations, and will make appearances for the brand.

Currently ranked number six in the world, Murray is a dominant figure and is one of the most accomplished names in the sport. In July 2013, he became the first British male in 77 years to win the coveted Wimbledon Championships in London. Murray is the 2012 US Open Champion and won a gold medal in the 2012 Summer Games.  Murray broke into the Top 100 in 2005 and won his first career title in 2006.  Now with 31 career titles, he is commonly considered a top contender in Grand Slam tournaments.

“I am very honored and excited to be joining Team Under Armour and to help them tell their story globally, They are committed to providing innovative apparel, accessories, and footwear, with an unmatched focus on training and performance,” said Murray.

 “Signing Andy is really a special moment for the brand, as we continue to elevate and diversify our athlete roster and expand our international presence,  Andy’s remarkable character, competitive spirit and unmatched ability make him the perfect fit for our family,” said Ryan Kuehl, Under Armour’s Senior Category Director, Global Golf and Tennis.

Murray’s manager, Matt Gentry, added, “Andy is very committed and focused when it comes to training and preparation, so the new partnership with Under Armour is an exciting and ideal match.  Athlete performance and product innovation are the brand’s core pillars, which will have strong benefits for Andy and the team in 2015 and beyond.”

Follow Andy @andy_murray on Twitter and Under Armour @UnderArmour on Twitter and Instagram.

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