Swim for a Cause: Ultra Swim 2

“Swimming alone is not an easy feat but for someone to swim 25 kilometers is already an extraordinary feat.  Former La Salle Tanker and Triathlete Hanna Sanchez will swim that distance in hopes to raise P100,000 for the benefit of the needy animals at CARA Welfare Philippines.  Let’s support this cause through pledges.”

Let’s Support Hanna

Former La Salle Tanker and triathlete Hanna Sanchez, a long-time CARA Welfare Philipines supporter will swim a staggering distance of 25km to raise P100,000 through pledges (monetary and in-kind) for the sake of needy animals.  The distance itself is no easy feat but since this is for a cause each stroke would result to a better welfare for the animals.

 

CARA is a currently growing animal welfare organization who promotes and educates people over responsible pet ownership and kapon (spay/neuter) and rescues/rehabilitates animals in need on a case-to-case basis. (Read more: http://caraphil.org)  The organization has also been taking care of the rescued pit bulls from one of the biggest dogfighting bust in the Philippines since 2012. (Read more:  http://helpsavethepitbulls.com/)   CARA has been in the forefront of protecting these animals.

This is the second installment of the swimathon. The first one was held last June 15, 2013. It was able to gather P80,000 pledges. They were donated to various CARA animal welfare programs:

  • Medical/Rescue (50%) – P40, 285.00
  • Charity Kapon (25%)- P20, 142.50
  • CARA Pitbulls Rehabilitation (25%) – P20, 142.50

Due to the recent landfall of the Super Typhoon Glenda that destroyed CARA’s pit bull center, Hanna has decided that 50% of this year’s monetary proceeds will go to its restoration. The rest will be distributed to CARA’s various animal welfare programs.

The event will be held on De La Salle University, Enrique Razon Sports Complex, on August 16, 2014, from 6 AM to 9 PM.

Event Mechanics: 

 
  1. Enter your pledges through this form: http://tinyurl.com/nf4vlb9
  2. On August 16, 2014, Hanna will swim for 14 hours straight, 6 AM-8 PM to complete the 25 kilometers; 500 laps on a 50m pool. At the end of the event, CARA will inform the donors and sponsors the lap count through email.
  3. You can donate the pledges through bank deposit, paypal, or drop-off in-kind donations at designated drop-off points
For Ultra Swim updates, follow us at facebook! http://facebook.com/caraphil
If you wish to donate now, you can send in donations through:

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CARA WELFARE PHILIPPINES
BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
PESO Account #: 3191-0467-05
USD Account #: 3124-0417-66 Swift#bopiphmm

PAYPAL

You can send in your donations to secretary@caraphil.org or click here: http://www.caraphil.org/mainsite/get-involved/donate/
Please specify “Ultra Swim 2″

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Run Longer and Safer with Zensah Compression Gear

“I’ve been using compression wear for several years now as it reduces muscle fatigue and speeds up recovery and keeps me focused on the run.  Cascos Inc. brings in a seamles compression gear  in Zensah that carries the technology that made it the among the world’s leading compression brands.  With Zensah, you can be fast and flashy in your runs with their lightweight material and 30+ different colorways. #ZensahPH” 

Compression Works

I’ve first learned the benefit of compression when I started to build up for my first half marathon way back in 2011.  You really have to invest time in building about 40-50 kilometers of mileage per week on a consistent basis.  While you build up the mileage, you also start building muscle fatigue and this is how I found compression wear effective.  On runs, it improve blood circulation and keeps muscle relaxed.  It allows you to focus on running and not on muscle pains.  It also adds support to the muscle and key joints to prevent injuries.  More importantly, since it lessens muscle fatigue, I get to recover faster for the next run.  Training is a cycle so it’s important to recover fast for the succeeding cycle.  Fast forward to today. I’ve finished a marathon and numerous half marathons and I’ve always had calf sleeves or compression tights supporting my legs throughout those races.

Compression wear keeps the muscle warm, thus preventing strain and muscle fatigue.  This really helps as you run longer as Zensah calf sleeves adds support to the Calf, Shin and even the bottom of the knee.  It adds comfort as you go on running harder and longer when you know the injury prone areas are protected.  With a seamless finish, Zensah also prevents chafing, rashes and blisters that can slow you down.   I’ve had my fair share of running injuries from plantar fasciitis, heel tendonitis, shin splits, runners knee and cramps over the years and I’ve managed to continue with a lifestyle of running because of compression wear.

Benefits of Zensah Compression Wear

  • Improves blood circulation – For more than half a century now, compression garments have been used in treating illnesses like diabetes, edema (swelling of the ankles, feet, and legs), and deep vein thrombosis by improving blood circulation, bringing valuable oxygen to those hard-working muscles and increasing blood flow.
  • Reduces recovery time – By improving blood flow, compression gear speeds up the removal of metabolic waste, thus reducing the presence of lactic acid in the body. If you’ve ever experienced pain and cramping the day after a particularly grueling workout, lactic acid is the culprit. It’s a by-product produced during exercise or any kind of strenuous activity that contributes to muscle soreness and fatigue. Zensah compression leg sleeves effectively decrease the dreaded delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS, so you can hit the pavement when you want to, without having to wait for muscle fatigue to wear off.
  • Prevents injury – Compression leg sleeves support the calf in a way that regular socks don’t; through graduated compression, the muscles in the calf and shin are compressed, reducing the damage caused by continuous movement and impact from long-distance running. Shin splints are a common injury for many runners. With Zensah leg sleeves, you’ll be able to get instant relief from a debilitating, and inconvenient, injury.
  • Provides the perfect ergonomic fit – Zensah leg sleeves are engineered with chevron and micro ribbing which provides support for the calf muscle and minimizes fatigue, while Zensah Tech+ compression socks employ ultra-zone ribbing that improve ankle and arch stability ensuring a better, more comfortable run.

Zensah compression leg sleeves and Tech+ compression socks are the ultimate in athletic apparel, and are guaranteed to keep you comfortable and injury-free throughout every run.  It’s 30+ different colorways gives you all the alternatives to look flashy on race day and match it with your outfit of the race.

Zensah compression-wear is now available in the following outlets: Runnr, Planet Sports, R.O.X., Arena.

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#TaleOfTheTrail Dragons Back (Hong Kong)

The most breathtaking sites comes from the things that keep you breathless.

“You find the most breathtaking sites on the activities that make you breathless.  That’s what I found out trekking the Dragon’s Back of Hong Kong as it gave me a panoramic view of the mountains, the islands, the forest and the high-rise buildings in Hong Kong.  The #TaleOfTheTrail gives you a perspective of the outdoors and the appreciation of nature in its raw beauty.”

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The Map of the Trail from Enjoy Hiking App.

Sometimes, you don’t realize how busy your life is until the time you finally rest up.  I felt burned out from all aspects so I decided to spend some time in Hong Kong for a short 5 day breather.  I’ve been looking for an activity that won’t require much financial resources yet would be something I’d enjoy.  Then I started to google trails in Hong Kong and found Hong Kong’s Dragon Back, which was rated best hiking route in Asia by international magazines.  Then I found the Enjoy Hiking app in apple that basically gives you a step by step guide in finding the starting point up to the full map of the trail.  The thing about trails is that is that you can actually get lost in them and this being on a foreign land make it even a lot more scarier.  The Enjoy Hiking app had my confidence up high that I won’t get lost in this trails plus I had my Suunto Ambit 2S that has its trackback features.  Download Enjoy Hiking App which is available for itunes and Android.  I hope we can also develop something similar for the Philippine trails.

Enjoy Hiking: Everything You Need to Know about Hong Kong Trails at the palm of your hands.

Getting There

The instruction of getting there was simple which starts from taking the MTR to Shau Kei Wan and take exit A3 where the buses are located.  I’m coming from Tung Chung and for those who are new in the area can also download Hong Kong MTR Mobile where you can just input your trips and then it’ll give you the lines you should take.  I’m coming from Tung Chung so here’s mine.

This trip takes about 57 minutes based on the MTR Mobile App

From Shau Kei Wan, exit A3, you’ll see the bus terminal station. Look for Bus 9.  Bus 9 was towards the far end of the station and just so I won’t be surprised, I took at the photo of the various stops to my starting point, which is To Tei Wan in Shek O Road.  The road was going uphill from this region, which gives you an idea that you are really going to a high vantage point.  After ticking one stop after another, I finally reached To Tei Wan and I’m Read to Go!!!

The Route of Bus 9

The Map and the Elevation

Map and Elevation powered by Suunto Movescount

The area starts at To Tei Wan and gives you about 150 meters worth of climbing in the first 2 kilometers going to Shek O Peak.  The trail then descents sharply about 80 meters on the next 500 meters going to the Tai Long Wan trail.  The trail moves on to a flatter terrain on the next 3 kilometers worth of Forest Trails.  The surface shift to concrete over the next kilometer and another forest trail on the last kilometer while the route descends sharply 200 meters going to Big Wave Bay.

Trekking the Dragon’s Back

The Trail Starts at To Tei Wan in Shek O Road

The Hong Kong Trail covers 50 kilometers worth of distance starting from Victoria Peak and ending at the Big Wave Bay in Tai Long Wan.  It’s divided into 8 different segments.  With last one being called the Dragon’s Back, which is about 7.5 kilometers from To Tei Wan in Shek O Road to Big Wave Bay in Tai Long Wan. I started my climb at the heat of noon, which is not the best of time to climb the area but I did load up on Gatorade and a few breads for this trail.

And let’s begin with stairs.

The trail starts immediately with a climb.  It follows dirt paths and stairs and rocky climbs welcomes you to the trail. Midway into the first kilometer of the trail you already get to take a peak of the view which was the forested islands with the high rise establishment in the area.

Despite being urbanized, Hong Kong maintains a large percentage of their area still forested.

I really like how you can see the largely green landscape even with the numerous highrise buildings surrounding Hong Kong.  This view was just a few minutes from the start of the trail.

Distance markers at every 500 meters of the trail

I started before 85 and I have to reach 100 for the end of the trail.  At first, I didn’t get how the distance were apart until I noticed through my Suunto Ambit 2S that it was 500 meters apart.

Weapon of Choice: Berghaus

There was a storm the day before I trekked the Dragon’s Back so it was really slippery at some point. I’m glad that I was using my Berghaus which has excellent traction on any surface.

There are signs to guide you on the trail.

There are not much crossroads in  the trails but in the few cross roads, there are directional signs to guide you.

Sitting on the Dragon’s Back

About a kilometer worth of climbing and you get this view at Sheck O Peak. It does look like a tail of a dragon.  This does goes on a ridgetop path from Sheck O Peak and Wan Cham Shan that look like the Dragon’s back. This leads to a really scenic lookout point.  The top part of the trek was hot and had minimal shades which meant it was really hot up there but at the same time, it gave an open view of the scenic backdrop.  I had to take lots of sip from my Gatorade from time to time to keep hydrated.

Shek O Peat at 284 meters

The lookout gives you an almost 360 degrees Panoramic View from east to west taking in Shek O, Shek O Peak, Tai Tam Harbour. Stanley, Redhill, Peninsula, Mount Parker, Wan Cham Shan and Mount Conllison.

Panoramic View of the Dragon’s Back

The heat of the sun plus going on a climb can make you breathless but at this vantage point, it’s also breathtaking!!!

Nearing the summit and the view is just magnificent.

At this point, I met an elderly couple trekking the trail and they were kind enough to tell me the story of the trail from the super exclusive golf course in the area to the house of the richest persons in Hong Kong and to the spectacular beach called Big Wave Bay.  This is also were I rested up while chatting with the couple and some other trekkers who joined the group for the chat.

What goes up must go down.

After 2 kilometers of trekking, it was time to go for a sharp drop in the next 500 meters.  The road down ward had slippery dirt trails and a portion with uneven stair and stony tracks.   After the descent, you get an option of proceeding to Shek O Road where you can take the bus back or go on the Tai Long Wan part of the trail.  I went with the Tai Long Wan part as my goal is to get to see the Big Wave Bay.

What followed was 3 kilometers worth of Forest Trail

While it was hot and open at the top.  It was cool and shaded at the bottom of the trail as this part of the trail had dirt tracks surrounded by trees that gave you a feel of the rain forest.  This is a 3 kilometer stretch of flats terrains that also had huge rocks and flowing streams along the stretch.

The flowing streams from the top of the mountain had clear waters.

There were several streams of water along the course and it was really clear and should be good for drinking.  I used this part to freshen up by splashing water on my head.  The streams also added a variety in the long forest stretch which also came with a challenging rocky surface and uneven terrain.

After the long stretch of forest trails comes about a kilometer of concrete.

The Mount Collinson area of the trail was the start of the descent and had a concrete surface.  Since this is a road and it goes on downwards, you can run this stretch with ease or you can still go on with a leisurely walk as you still get a view of the bottom of the forest trails and the streams.

The view from Mt. Collinson stretch.

While you get to appreciate the panoramic view from the top, you get to appreciate the mountain-view from this stretch.  This is also the part that I started to eat my bread and reloaded again with Gatorade.  I did have a problem when the concrete road ended since there were several dogs in the way in the short road heading back to the trails and they were really watching me so I thought that I would just go back the trail and exit at Shek O Road  after 3 kilometers.  Fortunately, a local came and went on to shoo away the dogs and I was back on the trail.

I was back on the trail and ready to wrap things up.

This was more than a kilometer stretch worth of forest trail and was similar to the previous forest trail with dirt tracks, rocky surfaces, streams and trees.  The difference was that this was a steep descent and since it was wet from the rain the day before, there were some slippery stretches here.  I passed marker 98 and 99, which means I’m nearing the end of the trail which would have the 100 marker.

And here’s the end of the trail.

The 100 marker meant the end of the trail and if you started from the first segment of the Hong Kong Trail that’s kilometer 50 but since I started at marker 85, this was my 7.5 kilometer mark.  The end led to a stretch of houses, restaurants and lodging for the Big Wave Bay.

This was my finish line – Bog Wave Bay

A few more walk, you’ll be headed into the beach front of Big Wave Bay, which is a haven for surfers.  The Beach had fine white sands that’s perfect for those who love to enjoy the Beach.  There were rock formations at the side of the beach, which was an added attraction to the beach.

It took me 2:30 minutes to navigate the trail at an easy pace

I ate the remaining bread I had and the second bottle of Gatorade to wrap up the trail.  I then went to the bus stop at the top of Big Way Beach and instead of going to Shek O Road to take the bus.  I took the Bus 9 that passed by Big Wave Bay, which had me ending up in the terminal station of Shek O Road.  I mentioned to the driver that I was headed to the MTR and he said that I could just take the same bus and with that I can say I survived this one without getting lost.  A proud moment for me.

And here’s another look of Dragon’s Back

I hope you enjoyed the #TaleOfTheTrail and I hope that this would be a common fixture in my blog especially as I drill down too in the various trails in the Philippines.   I also highly recommend Jazz Runner Rene Villarta’s Site as he has chronicled some of the Philippine’s finest trails. I really like to promote how trails can be for anybody and they could give them a better appreciation and awareness of nature and its beauty.

See you all on the trails.

More photos here: Dragon’s Back Hong Kong

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Takbo.PH Runfest 2014

Hot and Hilly Takbo.PH 21K For Breakfast

Distance: 21.4K
Location: Bonifacio Global City
Date: June 13, 2014

“Takbo.PH Runfest is not just your average run, it’s also a celebration of running.   The 2014 edition gave us challenging climbs across two flyovers and several ascending roads in Bonifacio Global City Area.  The main dish for this celebration is an eat-all-the-hills-you-can for breakfast. #TakboPH #Runfest

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Running Never Ends – Photo by Sheryll Quimosing for Photo-ops

Running Never Ends…  You can’t help feel nostalgic on your journey as a runner. That journey had me struggling and building my confidence from the start and eventually conquering new milestones and personal records.  That journey also had me suffering several injuries and overcoming them.  Sometimes, I race to chase personal record but most of the time, it’s to get my regular dose of adrenalin rush and endorphins.  It’s not a sport for me – It’s a LIFESTYLE.  This is the reason why Takbo.PH is always on my racing calendar because it reminds me on the wonders that running has given me.  It shows me a community of people who dare to brave the early morning drowsiness, the inclines, the distance and the hot Philippine sunshine.   Takbo.PH is one of the pillars of the running community and the runfest unites people who share in their passion.  Another year, Another Runfest, Another Celebration.

Race Route

Race Route Powerd by Suunto Movescount

Race begins in 34th Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and goes to the Triangle Drive via 11th Avenue.  The Race than goes on a climb to 10th and 8th Avenue before looping on 32nd Street going to the climb at Kalayaan Flyover at around the 4th kilometer.  The race then descends to Buendia where you pass Paseo De Roxas, Makati Avenue, Ayala Avenue, Pasong Tamo and finally the u-turn slot before Osmena Boulevard for the first 8 kilometers of the race.  The race returns to BGC via Buendia and Kalayaan Flyover at around Kilometer 13.  The Race then goes uphill via Rizal drive which goes to 5th Avenue all the way to Lawton for the u-turn slot 15 kilometers into the race.  The race then goes back to 5th avenue with a loop in McKinley Parkway to the 26th Street before returning to 5th Avenue again.  The race then shifts to 32nd Avenue for the final 2 kilometers, which includes another climb in the flyover in C5 before heading back on the way to the finish line.

The Race

3rd Time Running Takbo.PH

Strategy: Run – Fest

Race assembly is at 3am while the gun start is 4 am.  I was in the venue around 3:20 am and was there for the pre race activities like opening remarks, prayers and warm up.  4 am has been a regular gunstart time already to allow roads to open earlier and also for the sun to be more manageable at the finish line.  I had a good warm up for this one and I was comfortable with my muscles as I had it taped the day before when I attended the Ironman expo in Rockwell.  The strategy was Run – Fest meaning run the first half of the race and enjoy the second half.  And BANG!!! Gunstart!!!

Hey There!!! – Photo by Jose Ramirez for Running Photographers

There were about 2,000 runners in the 21K distance and after the gunstart it was just crazy.  People were starting so fast and so did I, at least for the first few kilometers.  With thousands of runners running along side, you kind of get into their rhythm and run faster.  It was also nice that there were no stiffness early in the race which had been a regular part of my routine.  Before approaching the climb in Kalayaan Flyover, I slowed down a bit realizing that this is a long one and I’ve barely reached the 4th kilometer.  Since the Kalayaan flyover was mostly a rolling terrain, I still had to push myself on the climbs and cruised on the descents.  The Kalayaan Flyover was still dark but we could probably run this stretch even with our eyes clothes because of the number of runs that we’ve joined in this part.

Flats

Can you find the hidden Franckie? – Photo by Gasma Xfinity Runners

Buendia was about a 5 kilometer stretch of flats so I added some effort here since the course is mostly flat.  This is a straight stretch passing through Pasong Tamo, Makati Avenue, Ayala Avenue, Pasong Tamo before the 8 kilometer u-turn in Osmena Boulevard.  The effort was consistent though I’m using a more aerobic cadence.  I took my energy gel before the 8th kilometer for added energy.   I was moving fast here though my heart rate was already high but decided to continue with the efforts and just have a few walks to allow the heart rate to stabilize.

The Climb Before the Storm

Running has been a lifestyle. – Photo by EMSoquena

By the the 11th kilometer, it was nearing the time to hit the climbs again and in my race strategy, this was the time I loosen up a bit and enjoy the run.  There was about 500 meters before the climb in Kalayaan flyover so I run that part to the mid of the hilly part and then proceeded to walk half the climb.  I took this opportunity to lower my heart rate.  When I hit the top I then went on to run again then shifted to run walk intervals before cruising on the descent in the Kalayaan Flyover.  The next part was a climb again starting at Rizal Drive. Before the 13th kilometer, I had my energy gel, which was one of the craziest flavor, salted caramel.

Don’t Try Something New on Race Day

A-Ok – Not Really. – Photo by KB Runner for Photo-ops,

The energy gel usually kicks in around 15 minutes after taking it and what was expected to be an energy boost ended up as a bad tummy.  My body reacted differently to the flavor and by the 14th kilometer, I was having a really bad tummy.  I’ve walked most of this part and just added a few efforts since I felt uncomfortable.  This was also the time that the sun gave us a warm good morning greeting  I was struggling on this part but I figured having a minute of run and a minute of walk would be better than just walking the remaining part of the race. 7 kilometers to go and that included the road from Lawton to the loop in McKinley Parkway and then finally 5th Avenue.

Sometimes, you struggle but you just have to keep moving – Photo by TaRunah

With 3 kilometers to go and the race heading downhill at 5th Avenue, I decided to run most part of that stretch as my last push.  The last 3 kilometers still had one overpass to climb and that was the one heading to C5 from 32nd Avenue.  I slowed down on the climb and then cruised on the descent until the u-turn at c5 where it says, 1 kilometer to go.  I walked on the last climb before running the descent again and then gave it all I got for the finish.  That felt like my a really long last 7 kilometer stretch for me but the important thing is finishing and since running never stops.

Since running never stops, that’s me after I got my finisher shirt and medal. – Photo by KB Runner for Photo-ops

This was a tough one and that’s not only because of the tummy trouble.  If this was a buffet, this was eat-all-the-hills-you can for breakfast.  It’s always a great experience having your body challenged and at the same time finding a way to surpass it.  Happy Annivarsary Takbo.PH and thanks for giving us hills unlimited and a great reunion race. See you next year.

Outfit of the Race

This is my outfit for the race. – Photo by We Run for Good Health
Top: Oakley Singlet (Designed by Breakout Design)
Bottom: UnderArmour Shorts
Shoes: K-Swiss Kwicky Blade Light Stand Up to Cancer
Watch: Suunto Ambit 2S
Shades: Oakley Tour De France RadarLock
Accessories:
Visor: Under Armour
Calf Sleeves – 2xU
Socks: Nike
Tape: Rock Tape
Shoe Insole: Spenco

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yurbuds Goes Wireless

” I’ve been a yurbuds user for more than two years and it has accompanied me for several hundreds of kilometers of running and several hours as a regular ear phoneyurbuds is just the best sports earphone with the never-fall-of-your-ear experience and also having the sound technology that allows ambient sound to come in ensuring that you are fully aware of your surroundings keeping you safe even when you are zoning out on a run.  The best even got better as yurbuds goes wireless.  Imagine all the comfort yurbuds without the dangling wire that can impede your movement. ” #NeverStop

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Music or No Music?  That always goes to mind whenever I run.  There are times I just go without music but most of the  time, I go with a good beat to power my run.  The reason being is that run or most sports are rhythmic activities and the more you are in rhythm, the better you perform.  The fast beats can guide your stride and the music keeps you entertained allowing you to #NeverStop and stay focused.  yurbuds has revolutionized the listening experience as the never-fall-of-your-ears experience keeps your momentum in place. The lightweight feel keeps the run comfortable.  The durability of yurbuds makes it a perfect partner for your adventures.  The recognition of the ambient sound keeps you safe.  Now, it gets even better as you don’t have to worry about the cords with a wireless yurbuds now out in the market.

Whenever I run, I just use an ipod shuffle and clip it somewhere near my ear to reduce drag and hanging wires.  With a wireless approach, I don’t have to worry about wires and could connect it directly from my phone that’s conveniently located either in my hydration belt or back pocket. The wireless yurbuds also gives you the capability to accept calls while on the run.  That’s really convenient, right?

With the yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition Wireless sport earphones, you’ll never have your earphone cords getting in the way of your workout again. Inspire Limited Edition Wireless are the first-ever stereo Bluetooth® wireless earphones guaranteed never hurt and never fall out, enabling you to workout snag- and pain-free every time.

Prepare to be aurally impressed with these ‘buds – equipped with 15mm drivers, yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition Wireless earphones more than double the driver size of many other stereo wireless earphones, providing bigger and better sound. Great news for those who love to get their heart pumping with thumping beats! They also allow for ambient sound, permitting you to remain aware of your surroundings on your walk or run.

Inspire Limited Edition Wireless lock perfectly into place and are comfortable for hours, thanks to yurbuds’ ergonomic TwistLock™ Technology and FlexSoft™ Comfort Fit. Inspire Limited Edition Wireless are also sweat and water resistant and the two buds are connected by a durable Kevlar cord, which can be worn either under the chin or behind the head.

Seamlessly integrating volume and full track and call control, the noise cancelling dual-microphone system lets you easily answer phone calls while you’re on the go. If you’ve ever tried to have a phone conversation in a windy space you’ll love the functionality of the wind-blocking microphone on these yurbuds!

The Inspire Limited Edition Wireless’ battery powers an impressive week’s worth of workouts and provides visual and audible indicators when running low. A micro USB charging port makes recharging the earbuds simple.

The yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition Wireless come with a lifetime warranty and retails for P7500. It will soon be available in the following stores:  Power Mac Center, Runnr, Planet Sports, and R.O.X.

This is serious sound with no strings attached – go ahead and break free!

About yurbuds

yurbuds was founded in 2008 by Seth Burgett, President and CEO, an active triathlete and Richard Daniels, COO, a 24-time marathoner. Burgett and Daniels left their corporate roles and joined forces to improve personal performance. They have been joined by Craig Ceranna, CFO and Managing Director, to realize the company’s mission: transform the athlete’s experience through personalized service and exceptional audio products that integrate ergonomics and emotive design.

Cascos Inc. distributes yurbuds in the Philippines.

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Twitter / Instagram: yurbudsph and share your workouts with the hashtag #neverstop

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Incoming: Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half Marathon 2015

“If you’ve joined the annual Corregidor International Half Marathon or the Corregidor Marathon, you’ll know how epic the experience is but if you haven’t, it’s an experience like no other.  You get to try different surfaces to run on from cemented roads, trails, stony beach, grassy airfields and even stairs.  You get challenged by the terrain and the elevation while getting mesmerized by the scenic natural and historical attraction along the island of Corregidor.”

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The Rock

3 years of Rocking the Rock!!!

I’ll never get tired of the Rock and it’s been three runs on the island and each run tells a unique story on its own.  It was a valiant stand on my first as I battled 3 cramps to finish the race.  The second one felt like racing against the ghost of the last run in the island.  Then the third felt like a race-cation as it was the first time that I really stopped to take photos and appreciate the island better.  It’s a race that you’d want to tell your grand kids when you’re seated on a rocking chair on a rainy afternoon.  The experience is really like no other.  It can challenge an experienced athlete in surpassing the tough elevation.  It can also be a venue for a recreational runner to just go and enjoy the view. It’s one of your running bucket list you’d love to do over and over again.

Race Route and Elevation Profile of Last Year’s CIHM

Among the things that makes a run in Corregidor legendary is it’s terrain.  Just imagine navigating about 200 meters worth of steep incline during the race. There’s nature with the view of the beach, the forest and the ocean.  Then there’s history in the Malinta Tunnel, Ruins of the Mile Long Barracks and Hospital, the Lighthouse and a lot of batteries and old structures.  Then there’s that eerie feel of an island known for valiance and bravery of the soldiers especially when you get to enter the Malinta Tunnel and the Mile Long Barracks. Then there’s you well taken cared of by Team Corregidor with proper hydration and race goodies along the course.  It’s not the easiest of races but it sure is one of the most satisfying ones once you get to cross the finish line.  Take the best way to be in touch with Philippine History, join the Corregidor International Marathon and the Corregidor Marathon.

2nd CORREGIDOR MARATHON Day 1, January 17, 2015

42K Full Marathon

Gun Start: 6:00am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Finisher’s Medallion (0.5kg, 5-in diameter)
  • CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CM Post-Race Party
  • CM Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan. 16, 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.

5K Blitz

Gun Start: 8:00am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • 5K Blitz Finisher’s Medal
  • CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CM Post-Race Party
  • 5K Blitz Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan. 16, 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.

5th CORREGIDOR International Half-MARATHON Day 2, Jan 18, 2015

21K Half-Marathon

Gun Start: 8:00am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Finisher’s Medallion (3-in diameter)
  • CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CIHM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
  • CIHM Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan. 17, 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.

 10K Challenge

Gun Start: 8:15am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • 10K Challenger Finisher’s Medal
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • CIHM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
  • 10K Challenge Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan 17, 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 during the Runners’ Briefing.

Race Registration

Beginning this coming 2015, race participants to both Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon will only be paying for the race itself.

Team Run Corregidor is giving back to race participants the option to choose their mode of transportation to the island.

The race registration fees will have four schedules:

Advance Registration Procedures:

1) Pay the corresponding ADVANCE RACE REGISTRATION fee by way of a bank deposit at any BDO branch using the following details:

BDO Checking Account
Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.
Account Number: 000410417114

*For international participants, as follows are the details when depositing corresponding race registration fee through bank transfer:

BDO (Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.)
Branch details: 041 Bel-Air
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Acct details: Checking Account
Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.
Account Number: 000410417114 

2) Send the photo-captured copy of the deposit slip as a direct message/private message to the applicable FB fan page (“Corregidor Marathon” or “Corregidor International Half-Marathon“) indicating your full name and chosen distance category.

3) In 24 hours, an alpha-numeric code reply to your message will be sent to you by the page moderator. This code CAN NOT be shared with another person. This code is needed for the filling up and validation of your on-line registration form.

4) Once you have received your alpha-numeric code, on the applicable FB page, complete your registration for the race by clicking the on-line registration form link.

5) Once race registration is validated, you will receive in 48 hours your race inclusion confirmation via email. On the confirmation email, you will be notified when you may claim your race registration kit. It will coincide with the Runners’ Briefing. The venue will be announced via personal email and blog posts at a later date.

SPECIAL BONUS for CM & CIHM Advance Registrants:

Running the full and half-marathon distances in Corregidor is no easy feat. Serious preparations must be undertaken.

To all advance registrants, Team Run Corregidor is providing a free monthly training on the actual race course, beginning August 13. For more information, visit the FB fan pages of Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon.

 IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Sun Cruises as our event partner is generously giving special rates for race participants of both the 2nd Corregidor Marathon and 5th Corregidor International Half-Marathon:

P1300/person EXCLUSIVE to race participants ONLY (inclusive of round-trip ferry, lunch buffet, and entrance fee to the island).

Room accommodations are limited. In consideration of this, Sun Cruises will be offering Camping Tents for rent (P500 flat rate).

Sun Cruises will start accepting ferry and accommodations booking for CM & CIHM participants beginning August 21, 2014.

For booking concerns, please contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511 and 4512, 0917-5459917, 0917-8084641, 0922-8475418.

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Get Ready to Explore with the Cordilleras Great Traverse #CGT2015

The Cordillera Great Traverse (CGT) 2015 is an expedition which aims to establish the longest and the most scenic hiking/trekking destination in the Philippines by connecting the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Philippines. #CGT2015

Cordillera Great Traverse

The Cordillera Great Traverse gives you about 400 kilometers of mountain passes, forests, rivers, waterfalls, rice terraces, villages and ancient trails with several thousands of meters worth of elevation gains and losses.  That’s seeing nature at its raw beauty. It gets even better as it aims to connect six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region through interlocking trails that can rival the best trekking destinations in the world like the Appalachian Trail (3,500km, USA), the Great North Walk (250km, Australia), Drakensberg (220km, South Africa) and GR20 (180km Europe).

Think about all the possibilities that can go for both trail runners/ trekkers and mountain climbers.  This would be a really epic and this would be the Philippines longest expedition. Imagine seeing the rice terraces in Sagada then going over several mountain ranges in Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Ifugao and Benguet with various natural wonders along the way and then finishing up in the City of Pines.   This would have your visual senses delighted and your overall being refreshed.

The expedition would not only give you a better appreciation of the natural surroundings but also the rich heritage and culture of the Cordilleras.  The Expedition starts on April 2015 and for now the Planning begins in July 2014.

Timeline

The Cordillera Great Traverse follows the following Timeline:

  • JOURNEY :    (July- October 2014) –  plotting, research, coordination  
  • EXPEDITION:  ( November 2014-March 2015) -    mapping. route recon, immersion
  • TRAVERSE:  (April 2015) – expedition proper

CONNECT THE TRAILS – The traverse shall allow the team to establish the longest and most scenic trekking/hiking trail destination in the Philippines. This shall be done through research, mapping, immersion with the locals, and actual reconciliation of the trails of each province.

EXPLORE – The traverse shall allow the team to learn the culture of each of the ethnic groups who’ve held the mountains as their home for centuries. The locals shall act as our guide to establish the trails and lead us to discover more about the region.

PROTECT – The traverse shall be our means to mutually exchange knowledge with the locals on how to protect the mountains. As we map the trails during the traverse, we shall aim to be the advocates of protection of the Cordillera Mountains and its beauty.

How It Started?

The idea started with one Facebook post inquiring whether there were connecting trails or natural pathways for the 6 provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region as the ultimate venue for the longest trail expedition in the Philippines.  This would showcase the diverse natural beauty, cultural heritage and cool climate of the region.

The idea, both being novel and challenging, stoked the interest of almost everyone especially those who are nature lovers and have solid athletic background.

After several exchanges online, the CGT 2015 Team was formed and the first team meeting was held on June 7, 2014.

Team CGT!!!

The CGT 2015 Team consists of National Geographic explorers, adventurers, nature lovers, ultrarunners, environmentalists, mountaineers, and fitness enthusiasts.

As of today, we are a strong team of 43 members.  The CGT Team is currently on its planning stage spearheaded by its team members, contributing not just their solid athletic background but also their talent and skills as professionals in order to move the expedition forward.  (Please refer to the attached individual profile of CGT 2015 team.)

The CGT 2015 is in the process of securing appropriate registration with the government agencies and regulatory board.  We shall partner with NGOs, environmentalists, government agencies, the local communities and volunteers to achieve our goals.

THE CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION (CAR)

The Beauty of the Rice Terraces

The Gran Cordillera is the highest and largest mountain range in the Philippines. It is known as the cool highlands of the Philippines, an escape in the North from the sunny weather that covers most of the islands of the Philippines.

But more than that, it has much more to offer.

The region is a home of a varied set of cultures from Benguet’s Kankanaey, the Ifugao and Kalinga and  the Isneg in Apayao.  The ethnic groups are distinct having kept the mountains their home for centuries. Each of the seven major ethno-linguistic groups has its own family of languages and cultures.

Cordillerans view land as the source of life, an integral part of their cultural identity that traces its origins from the land.

In terms of natural resources, it is the richest region in the Philippines. 11% of the total area is agricultural rice fields, orchards, pig farms and pasture lands. 60% of the country’s temperate vegetables are produced in the area. It is the country’s premier mining district. CAR provides ecosystem services to a large portion of Northern Luzon.  It supplies most of Northern Luzon’s irrigation needs.  The headwaters of many of Luzon’s major river systems originates in these mountains and serves as irrigation for the plains that surround the Cordillera Mountain range; Chico River, Agno River, Abra River, Siffu River, Amburayan-Naguilian-Aringgay River System, Ahin River, Abulog-Apayao River system.

The region is a home to the Banaue rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the famous hanging coffin and limestone caves of Sagada. Kalinga is known for the Chico River, the longest river that spans 174 kilometers.  The mountain trails runs through farm fields, rolling hills, picturesque vegetable and fruit farms, gorgeous greenery and aquatic medley of streams and rivers.

 

FOLLOW GREAT CORDILLERA TRAVERSE

For those interested to be part of the recon/expedition, kindly contact Tin Ferrera at  marketing@cordilleragreattraverse.com

For inquiries, you may send them to info@cordilleragreattraverse.com

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Soleus Valley Trail Challenge

32K of heat, dirt and exhaustion but it’s was well worth it!!!

Date: June 29, 2014
Distance: 32K
Location: Nuvali, Sta Rosa Laguna
 

Soleus Valley Trail Challenge gave us a full tour of Nuvali’s premises from a slow ascent to the peak of Nuvali to the lush green stretch that rivals the beauty of New Zealand to endless forested area and dirt track surrounded with wild grass.  The sun’s scorching heat made the race even more challenging and crossing the finish line a lot more fulfilling.”

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Soleus Valley Trail Challenge

This is gonna be a long 30+2K Trail Run – Photo by RJ Knight Runner for Running Photographers

During the launch, I initially selected 15K distance though immediately changed it to 30K distance after Inja told me that the 15K won’t get me a peek at the famed New Zealand area in Nuvali.  A few days before the race it was suggested just to make it a loop course instead of an out-and-back course so the 30K runners would get to see the whole race course. The consequence was an additional 2 kilometers in the race. 32 kilometers, so be it.   That’s what trails are made for, to give you a better view of the place.

I love the trails since it’s done at a more relaxed paced on the road and the views are much better.  I’m never a fast runner on trails as I spend so much time appreciating the views and also I am more cautious because of the uneven terrain.  This is gonna be a long journey but it’s where you develop strength of character and perseverance.  Ready or not here I come!!!

Race Course and Elevation Profile

Race Maps and Elevation Profile is Powered by Suunto Movescount

The race starts at the club house and proceeds to the trails for 6 kilometers of pure trails with rolling terrain before proceeding to the Rotonda and back to Nuvali Main Road heading to the next stretch of the trail.  The next set of trails is a slow ascent covering an elevation of more than 100 meters until the 16th kilometer of the race at the back of Venare area in Nuvali, The race descends 90 meters going to Diversity Ave at kilometer 20.  The race goes on rolling terrain from Diversity Avenue to Nuvali Main Avenue before entering the trails again on the Canlubang side of Nuval until Kilometr 25.  The race shift back to Nuvali main for about 2 kilometer stretch going to the Rotonda and back to the first set of trails enroute to the finish line.

The Race

With Team Soleus before the start of the Race – Photo by Running Jack Morales from Running Photographers

The gun start for the 30+2K was at 4 am so I was in the venue before 3 am which just meant a lot of time to catch up with some people and just chill before the race.  It was a more relaxed setting compared to the usual wait for the gunstart on road races.  We had our race briefing 15 minutes before the race and at 4 am, it was time to GO!!!

What Could Go Wrong 5K?

It’s time to GO!!! – Photo by JB Alcanites for Running Photographers

Having a good start to a race can really help boost my confidence going into the race.  Well, I didn’t have that as I broke the strap of my hydration bag 3 minutes before the start of the race and felt the drag without the firmness of the bag when I started.  It also mixed up the wires of my ipod so I decided to do away with the music, placed the ipod on my bag and went on.  My legs also felt stiff because of the uneven terrain and slippery surface.  What to do?  Well, it happens so I just went on with the run allowing my legs to slowly warm up.  The first three kilometers was a climb so had to go slower than usual until my legs warmed up.  The next two was downhill and it was slippery but it’s a good thing that everybody was warning each other on slippery areas or if there were big holes to avoid.  At the 5 kilometer mark, there was a logjam as there was a steep part going down the bridge and crossing over to the other side.

Everybody was looking out for each other on the trail. BTW, funny how my tan lines is so prominent here. – Photo by Merl Magtangob

 

It’s time to catch up!!!

It’s time to catch up!!! – Photo by Edmund Cura

After 1 hour, I was only able to cover a little over 5 kilometers, which is still ok but might be too close to the cutoff time considering you’ll have to settle for a slower pace on the later kilometers.  I had to catch up so it was another half kilometer out of the trail and then the climb to the Rotonda and descent again to Nuvali Main Road before entering the trails once again halfway into kilometer 7.  The good part was that the morning has come and we don’t have to grope in the dark any longer.   The next few kilometers would also be a climb but the good thing about Nuvali trails is it’s not that steep as the ascent is distributed over the next 8-9 kilometers.  So the strategy was two do a lot more effort in this part.  I added a few minutes of run with the walk intervals.  This part had tall wild grass in the dirt track and also had a forested area that was really scenic.  The kilometers started to pile up and before you know it you could already see the roads in Miriam College area in the tall wild grass surrounding the trails.  By kilometer 15, we were in the water station and given the spacing between the water stations, I spend time eating watermelons, drinking and splashing water over my head as it’s already scorching hot at that time.  One more kilometer and we were at the peak of Nuvali and the view was just amazing.

Welcome to New Zealand

Kilometer 16-18 felt like New Zealand with the lush green grass and cows in the area.

I was able to cover around 17K by the 3 hour mark and at the peak of Nuvali was such a splendid view.  It was known as New Zealand because of the lush green grassy look of the area.  I just had to stop to take my photo taken here.  On hindsight, I should have taken more photos here as the area was really breathtaking as you could see several kilometers of green surfaces and it was just a visual treat being on this part of the trail.  This was until around kilometer 18 before it switches to the area where there are large construction work.  With the matching heat of the sun at this time of the day, it felt like a dessert for the next two kilometers and it was a struggle because of the heat of the sun.  I was pacing with Inja at this time already.

Kilometer 20 and beyond

20 Kilometers and still going – Photo by Gasma Xfinity Runners

Going into kilometer 20 and Diversity Avenue, we felt really thirsty and we were lucky enough to see some Good Samaritans in the form of Team Sikad, who was there for their bike training.  An ice cold Coca Cola and Gatorade really helped us go on for the next kilometers.  The water stations was about a kilometer away so we took our time there hydrating and getting some ice to cool down our system from the scorching sun.  Up next, was another 4 kilometers of trails in the Canlubang side of Nuvali.  We saw our Good Samaritans again at the around 23K and they gave us another bottle of Gatorade before heading for the final two kilometers of this stretch of trail.  The trails at this part felt recurring as it was a nearby subdivision and the trails just went straight.

Running with the Goats! – Photo by Inja Fajatin

Francky, we have a problem

Paced with my Hardcore Ultramarathoner Friend, Inja – Photo by FRS of Running Photographers

We were back on the road again at kilometer 25. I noticed something odd as my hands were swelling and really bloated.  This was my first time to have swelling hands so I was thinking it had to be some imbalance in the system.  (Post race: It turns out that the swelling of the hands while running means that there is too much salt in my system which can be remedied by peeing).  I applied some ice on my hand as we hit the next water stations at that time.  There was a one kilometer stretch of road to the next water station and from there I ate banana, apple, watermelon and others just hoping that one of those items would balance things out.  We proceeded to the Rotonda and proceeded to the last set of trails.

5 Kilometer to Go!!!

Last few steps before the finish but that’s after what felt like the longest 5K of the race. – Photo by Phillipbf Photography

The last 5K of the race was also the first 5K of the race.  While the first 5K went like a breeze, the last 5K felt like my watch being so conservative with the mileage slowly just trickling in.  It was a brisk walk that felt endless with the heat of the sun at its strongest. The area was surrounded by tall grasses and  you can definitely feel the rays of the sun slowing hitting raw flesh to slow you down.  It’s all a matter of heart and perseverance at this point.  The key is just going on and never stopping before the finish line.  After what seems like an eternity and probably me wishing a hundred times for the rain to fall, we finally hit the finish line.  The weariness of the legs, the sun burnt body, the exhaustion after 32 kilometers was replaced by the satisfaction of finishing once I crossed the finish line and yes with a lot of time to spare before the cutoff. That was a great race by Soleus!!!

Finish lines are always fun!!! – Photo by Phillipbf photography

Outfit of the Race

This is my outfit for the race.
Top: Adidas Singlet (Designed by Breakout Design)
Bottom: UnderArmour Compression Shorts
Shoes: Brooks Pure Grit
Watch: Suunto Ambit 2S
Shades: Oakley Racing Jacket
Accessories:
Visor: UnderArmour
Calf Sleeves – 2xU
Socks: UnderArmour
Tape: Rock Tape
Hydration Bag: Suunto / Salomon

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#Contiki Gives the Storytellers a Unique Costa Rica Experience

Travel gives us stories to tell, coming from a better appreciation and understanding of a local based on our experience.  #Contiki gave 12 Storytellers including Mikael Daez, a better appreciation of the biodiversity in Costa Rica as well a heart warming encounter with the Sea Turtles as part of the Contiki Cares Initiative.

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Contiki Storytellers

Last April, Contiki, the world leader in youth travel experience, took 12 Storytellers and major influencers from around the world to a VIP conservation trip based on Contiki’s Costa Rica Unplugged itinerary with Contiki’s sustainability partner Céline Cousteau – a documentary filmmaker, environmental activist and granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau. Among the storytellers were Mikael Daez, who came with his brother and videographer Nicky Daez.

Following the nesting process of Leatherback Turtles

Under the newest Contiki Cares partnership with The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC), the Storytellers took to Torteuguero Beach for two nights to track leatherback turtles, protect their nests from poachers in the area and were lucky enough to witness the incredible nesting process of two leather back turtles.  The highlight of this one-of-a-kind experience was watching a turtle lay its eggs in the middle of the night. Mikael says this was his most memorable experience of the trip, if only for its surreal beauty. He even shared how they all had to watch quietly from behind the turtle as to not alert the animal of their presence.

Mikael Daez Ziplining through the rainforest.

They also experienced all that bio diverse Costa Rica has to offer in true Contiki fashion – zip lining through the rainforest, rafting through the rapids, taking a dip in the hot springs and touring the canals in hopes of spotting some of the beautiful wildlife native to the area.

Seeing Nature at its finest.

With the belief that storytelling has the powerful ability to inspire change, Contiki Holidays has released an inspiring short film of the Contiki Storytellers experience (www.contiki.com/storytellers).

To encourage viewers to share the video below with their peers and raise awareness of the human dangers currently faced by sea turtles, Contiki Holidays has also pledged to sponsor a turtle as each 250,000 view benchmark is reached.  Let’s not only share the adventure but we should also share the awareness on conservation we can see from the video.

Mikael Daez is more than just an actor or a host. He holds a business degree at Ateneo de Manila and serves as one of the country’s peace ambassadors.  More importantly, he has the passion for adventure.  He is a traveler with an epic tale to tell.  His thirst for travel and adventure have expanded his perspective and he is passionate in sharing his experience.  This are the traits that make him one of Contiki’s storyteller and one of the 12 chosen for this campaign.

The storytellers in the middle of the adventure.

More than an adventure and the appreciation of Costa Rica’s natural beauty was the clear-cut message of the importance of conservation.  Mikael was inspired by the Costa Rican’s great passion for caring for their environment, with everyone making an effort to preserve their natural wonders.  He adds this trip was, without a doubt, the best adventure he has ever had. He says the best thing about it was that he was able to travel with a group of people who have the same passion for travel and adventure as him.  Mikael says this is what he likes most about Contiki, it’s great ability to allow the youth to interact. He adds that what’s important in every travel is not the place, but the people you meet throughout the journey – a job that Contiki does best.

Contiki is a worldwide leader in tours for travelers who are 18 to 35 years old, something of an issue for some professionals who choose to put career over exploring the world. To these people, Mikael says that traveling actually makes a person feel fresh. It might require people to spend money, but one thing’s for sure, they will always come back with more – more experience, more knowledge, and more strength to face the world.  Along with 11 other inspiring storytellers, Mikael Daez traveled halfway across the globe. To the shores of Costa Rica. With absolutely #noregrets. And made it count.

Contiki is represented in Philippines by Rajah Travel Corporation as the General Sales Agent. To find out more about Rajah Travel Corporation, visit www.rajahtravel.com.

About Contiki

 

Contiki is the world leader in youth travel experiences for 18-35 year olds, a brand that is all about discovery, epic moments and making every second count. Our journeys unlock the local way of life in each and every destination we visit, and we see every day as the start of a new adventure.

Contiki has also inspired students and young professionals between 18 – 35 year olds to travel to the world’s most fantastic destinations for 52 years since 1962. The trips are hassle-free and gathering like-minded travellers with the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time. Choose from over 300 trips throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Canada & the USA.

You only have one life, one shot. So make it count. #NOREGRETS – This is their mantra.

For more information, visit www.contiki.com.

“With each travel, we become better as each trip has its lessons to learn and a story to tell.  Don’t live life dreaming about it, Live it!!! Live Life with #NOREGRETS “

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Incoming: Sofitel Manila Half Marathon

#SofitelManila brought you two editions of the Battle of the Sexes last year and was able to contribute to Virlanie Foundation from the proceeds of the Run.  This year Sofitel Manila is back with the same cause and a bigger event in the #SofitelManilaHalfMarathon offering 21Km, 10Km and 5Km distance at the SM Mall of Asia on August 17, 2014.”

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Sofitel- Runrio

From the proceeds of Sofitel-Runrio Battle of the Sexes, They were now able to buy a van for the use of Virlanie Foundation.

Sofitel has always made initiatives to raise funds to help the less fortunate through the years.  Through the two Sofitel-Runrio Battle of the Sexes in 2013, they were able to raise about P1.5 million. Part of that was used to purchase a van for the Virlanie Foundation.  Virlanie Foundation is a foundation that cares for children in need of special protection; those who are abandoned, abused, exploited, neglected, orphaned, poor.  The funds raised for them can allow Virlanie to help more kids – take them away from the discomfort of the streets and help them establish a better life.  That’s what each stride can do by joining Sofitel Manila Half Marathon.

Aside from being for a cause, The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is an appreciation of Manila’s heritage as you get to appreciate the panoramic view of Manila Bay and all the scenic structures along Roxas Boulevard.  The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon aims to be at par with other international marathons such as the Boston Marathon or Singapore Marathon.   There will be 21 kilometer race for those who likes to go the distance and 10K and 5K distances for those who wants to go for a shorter run and newbies.  Runrio creates a perfect environment for a great run and with a target of 6,000 runners. There will be a lot of leg room to go for your Personal Records and at the same time enjoy the race.  The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon shall be a green race.  Runners are highly encouraged to bring their own water bottles for refilling at hydration stations, instead of using paper and plastic cups.

This event is co-presented by Gatorade and sponsored by the following: Gold’s Gym, DOCOMO, StarXpo, DOLE, Delsan Office Systems,Canon Fashion Tailoring,10 Inch Lights and sounds, Dowi Hosiery, Delizio Fine Foods, Diversey, MJ Global, M Plus, Timex, Premier water and Nizoral. Media partners include ANC, Business World, Fox International Channels, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Radio High.

Register now and have a feel good run for a really good cause!

 

Special Room Rate for Registered Runners:

Sofitel Philippine Plaza is happy to announce that they are giving  all our runners at the Manila Half Marathon 2014 on August 17, 2004 a chance to avail a  special room rate package for those who will be checking in on August 16, 2014 (Saturday).

Superior Rooms

Room only                                                                          : PHP 5,500 Net
Room with breakfast for two at Spiral                     : PHP 6,500 Net

Terms and Conditions

1.       Advance booking coursed through Sofitel Room Reservation (551 55 55) is required. No walk-in reservation is allowed.
2.       Reservation must be guaranteed through credit card or cash deposit.
3.       Upon check-in, registration receipt must be presented at the Front Desk.
4.       Twenty four cancellation policy will apply prior to date of check-in.
5.       Breakfast is from 630am until 1030am only.

Race Details

  • Date and Venue: August 17, 2014, SM Mall of Asia
  • Distance: 21K, 10K, 5K
  • Fees:  (inclusive of race bib, singlet, and finishers lootbag and drinks )
    • 5K – P750
    • 10K – P850
    • 21K – P950
      • 21K Finisher will receive a finishers medal and finishers shirt

Finisher Shirt for 21Km Finishers

Finisher Medals for all 21 Km Finishers

  • Registration Timetable:
    • Online registration: June 27 to August 1, 2014 via Runrio
    • In-store registration: July 14 to August 4, 2014
      • Toby’s MOA
      • Toby’s SM North The Block
      • Move, 30th Street BGC
  • Gun Start:
    • 21K: 4:30 am
    • 10K: 5:00 am
    • 5K: 5:10 am
  • Race Maps

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