Incoming: Valley Trail Challenge

Nuvali has one of the friendliest trails that’s perfect for beginners and also for experienced runners trying to set a personal best.  It has fields, forest views and a wide track of greens that looks as fresh as New Zealand at the far end of the route.  It has a 15K Route that’s gonna be great for beginners, a 30K Route for distance runners and a 50K Route for Ultra Marathoners.  Register Now and Let’s Conquer the Trails on June 28, 2015.

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Valley Trail Challenge

My Running Mates at Nuvali

I love doing trail runs because it has a more manageable pace and more refreshing views.  It also challenges you in terms of the different surfaces, elevations and terrains. Nuvali trails is a fresh one that has dirt tracks, forest trails, muddy roads and some challenging inclines and descent.  Trail Valley Challenge has been providing a great trail experience to runners for the past 5 years.  It allows you to enjoy the trails in its raw form as well as developing navigational skills by using route markers. It’s an excellent training ground for trail newbies as they progress to tougher trails and mountain treks and races.  It’s also a great character building race when you go for the longer distances as you get to learn to whine less and run more.

Last Year’s Map and Elevation Profile for the 30K + 2K

So whether you go for a 15K, 30K or even the ultra distance of 50K, you’re bound to have a great time at the trails. You’ll get to experience the wonderful views within the trail, the peace and serenity while in the trail and the challenge of going through the distance with the different elements like heat and even the rain coming into play.  It’s gonna be a great run so join in the 5th Edition of the Valley Trail Challenge and finish a stronger person and a satisfied one.  You also get to help the hero foundation by joining this one.

Race Details:

Let’s do this!!!

  • Date and Venue:
    • June 28, 2015, Fields Clubhouse, Nuvali
  • Distance and Fees

    • 15K  – P900
    • 30K – P1,200
    • 50K – P1,500
      • Includes Event shirt and Finisher’s Medal, Post-race meal and drinks

  • Registration

    • Registration starts on March 16. Limited slots only and registration period may end once all slots are filled up. This means there will be NO onsite registration/extension.
    • Registration procedure
      • Bank Deposit: HARDCORE PUBLISHING HOUSE, INC. BPI 2371 0034 71
      • Print your name, shirt size and distance on the deposit slip together with your signed and duly-accomplished registration form and waiver DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM: REGISTRATION VTC5
      • Scan or Camera-capture and email to 2015valleytc@gmail.com. You will receive an acknowledgement thereafter. Please do NOT post on facebook.
      • Incomplete details on deposit slip will not be honored.
      • For inquiries; frontrunnermag@gmail.com
    • Registration payment via bank deposit / transfer will be accepted from March 16 – June 16, 2015. Registration at 100 Miles Café begins on May 1, 2015.
    • Race kit claiming period will be on June 19 and 20, 2015 at 100 Miles Café/Galileia Events Place.
  • Race Start and Cutoff

    • 15k Start: 5:00 AM, Cutoff time THREE hours, 3:00:00
    • 30k Start: 3:00 AM, Cutoff time SIX hours, 6:00:00
    • 50k Start: 2:00 AM, Cutoff time TEN hours, 10:00:00 (25-Kilometer Cutoff, 5:00:00 Hours.
    • Runners not able to meet this deadline will be declared as DNF and be brought back to the finish line.)
  • Reminders

    • ALL RUNNERS ARE REQUIRED BRING THEIR OWN HYDRATION BOTTLES/PACKS. YOU ARE FREE TO REFILL IN ALL STATIONS. THERE WILL BE NO CUPS AVAILABLE IN ALL AID STATIONS IN KEEPING WITH THE “LEAVE NO TRACE” theme.
    • There will be aid stations located at Km 6(Gate 3-15, 30, 50K), Km 15(Mirriam-30, 50K), Km 20(Gate 5-50k) and Km 25(Nuvali Boulevard corner East Conservation Road-50k) where all runners are free to refill and eat. Take note that since this an out and back course, you will be passing these aid stations twice, except for the Km 25 station.
    • Please note that in keeping with the true tradition of trail running, environmental protection and preservation, runners are strongly advised to be self- sufficient. Despite the presence of aid stations along the route, runners must carry their own headlamps/flashlights, hydration kits, first-aid and nutrition supplies. Littering will be strictly prohibited.
  • Race Maps

This is an out and back course with the start and finish lines situated in the vicinity of The Fields Clubhouse.

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Do Not Be Afraid of The Dark With Fitletic Headlamps

One of the Newest Products of #Fitletic is their headlamps and I was lucky enough to try The Fitletic Vivid Runners Headlamps.  It’s quite a journey with this headlamp as I was able to use it to run Mt. Pulag at the Cordillera Mountain Run while trying to catch the Sun to Rise.  I was able to complete the Energizer Night Trail in Singapore and I was able to surpass the night and early morning portion of the trek going to and from Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia.  I’m no longer afraid of the dark as Fitletic can really light up your way even on the darker parts of the road or trails.

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Fitletic Headlamp

When you say running trails that means going through uneven terrain and different type of surfaces.  That slows you down a bit as you get to focus on your balance and adopting to the different trail surfaces as you go along.  Then add darkness to the equation, it becomes an even tougher course to conquer.  That’s one of the reason why I was never comfortable running at trails in the dark.  I usually slow down, watch my steps and await the sun to come.  When I was able to get Fitletic, it gave me more confidence in navigating the trail as it has 3 different light modes depending on which one you would be comfortable with and one emergency blinker mode.  It lightens up your path with a maximum power of 120 lumens and can go with a 4 meter to a 115 meter coverage.  It is also adjustable so you can adjust the focus depending on your need.  Another advantage is that you can easily tuck it in your race belt once the it starts to brighten up since it’s compatible to the strap of the Fitletic Race Belt.  It’s been quite a journey with this one as I was able to trek the highest mountain in Luzon in Mount Pulag, one of the highest mountains in Asia in Mount Kinabalu and finish my first international night trail run in Singapore.

Fitletic Helped Me Chase Sunrise at Mt. Pulag

The first time I was able to use my Fitletic Headlamp was at Cordillera Mountain Run last March.  Our homestay and the dining area were two kilometers apart so it really helps to have a reliable headlamp to navigate to and from one location at night.  The real test was the actual run as we had a 5:00 am gunstart, which would be in time to catch sunrise at the Summit of Mount Pulag.  There are three light modes and one blinking emergency mode. The first one was a distributed light with a wider range while the next two were more brighter and focused lights. I usually use the 2nd and 3rd mode.  Since it’s adjustable, I use it slightly tilted so it can light my next few steps while navigating the trail.  The trail had a mix or dirt tracks and large rocks, which makes it a lot more difficult to navigate so I make sure I light up the next few steps so I won’t trip on the varying surface and terrain.  Since this is a mountain, it’s real dark without natural light.  I started to be more comfortable in the dark and was able to make my way to the summit before Sunrise.

Fitletic lighted my way to the dark trails of Singapore

Since I was in Singapore for work late April, I decided to extend a few days to be able to join the Energizer Night Trail in Singapore.  We were given Energizer headlamps as par of the kit but since I was comparing the range and the brightness of the two devices, I went on to use the Fitletic Headlamp instead since it will give me more options on the light modes.  Energizer Night Trail was a much different experience to the night runs here as you get less light on trails.  Trail conditions were much more tolerable in Singapore compared to more technical trails here.  Most of the trails were unpaved and uneven roads with no drastic change in surface except for a slippery hill midway into the race.  Since the race started at 8 pm,  the trail was dark one with only the headlamps guiding us. It was good that I had a really powerful headlamp so I was able to make my way to the trail with ease and without worry of the tripping or missing a step.  I was able to survive the hilly and dark trails en route to a strong finish in the race.

Fitletic was also my go-to Headlamp for Trekking Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is 4,095.2 Meters Above Sea Level (MASL) and one of the tallest peaks in Asia.  Traversing it is a real challenge as you have to go through more than 2,200 meters worth of elevation in a span of two days in order to reach the summit.  The first day had as trekking the Mesilau Trail starting at 9 PM.  The Mesilau Trail is about 8.5 kilometers to Laban Rata.  It was a tough one as you have to go through dirt tracks, wooden planks, rocky and stoney paths, granite structures, a mossy forest and not to mention that each step would be giant ones.  You’ll also be awed by the views from waterfalls, the forest and the view of the mountain from the traverse and we were also able to catch a glimpse of the rainbow.  It was about 6 pm and we were just about 6.5 kilometers into the course and that meant we had to endure the remaining 2 kilometers in the dark of the night.  It was then time to switch on my fitletic headlamp and even if each step was a challenge, it was nice that we had the lamp to guide our steps.  It was really pitch black in the middle of the mountain and our only light were from our headlamps.  We were able to endure the dark powered by Fitletic and that’s just the first half of the trail.  The next day, we had to start at around 3 am from Laban Rata going into the Lows Peak which is 4,095.2 MASL.  As usual, we had to really on the headlamp to navigate the course that included some part where we had to rappel on the granite structure of Mt. Kinabalu.  By now, we’ve now developed more ease being guided by the headlamp.  In no time, the sun was starting to rise and we were already in the summit enjoying the out-of-this-world view of Mt. Kinabalu.  We had one last round of dark trails as we made our way back to Timpohan Gate in the afternoon until about 8 to 9 pm and by now, we were no longer afraid of the dark trails as our route were properly lighted with our headlamps.

It’s one thing being comfortable in the trails but it’s another thing going through a trail at night or early morning.  It’s common being on the trails at the dark as not all trails are day trails so it’s really good to have the proper hand lamp and I’m glad I found my go-to headlamp with Fitletic. Fitletic Headlamps is available at Runnr Stores.

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Incoming: 2015 The North Face 100

The North Face 100 has been a test of endurance and strength for Endurance Athletes with 100 kilometers, 50 kilometers and 22 kilometers categories.  The past 3 years was all about elevation gains with the mountain terrains of Baguio City testing the mettle of the participants. 2015 shifts to a faster but equally challenging Nuvali, Tagaytay, Batangas Course.  Get Ready to feel the Thrill of the Trail as #TNF100PH2015 is happening on June 12 and 13, 2015 with a starting line at Nuvali.

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The North Face 100

Right: 2014 TNF 22K and Left 2013: TNF 22K

I’ve joined the past 2 editions of TNF 100 in Baguio City with the 22K distance.  It was a totally different experience for each race.  The 2013 edition had a lot of stretches of roads while the 2014 edition was mostly trails.  Both were really challenging when it comes to elevation gain with Baguio’s mountain terrain.  It’s the first ultra marathon trail series and it’s been a staple for endurance athletes because of the challenge.  This year, comes a faster but equally challenging Nuvali – Tagaytay – Batangas course with a different look and different sets of challenges for endurance athletes.  It’s time to experience the thrill of the trail and here’s some of the reason why you should join TNF 100.

 

TNF is Asia’s first trail running series. It would be a challenge to participants.  It’s not an easy one but with pain comes the pride of joining and finishing an event.  On its 7th year, The North Face 100, Asia’s 1st Trail Running Ultra Marathon Series and the Philippines’ mother of all trail runs continue to break boundaries and challenge everyone to Never Stop Exploring.

There are scenic views and surprises along the route.  It’s a new scenery for participants as after 3 years of high altitude running and massive elevation gains, 215 ushers in a “fast course” where speed and multi –terrain adaptability play much bigger roles. This provides a welcome opportunity for ultra road runners to try and experience the trails in a more accessible, controlled yet still challenging environment.

It’s all about experiencing, surviving and getting to tell people about your awesome experience and accomplishment.  The greatest stories ever told are not those devoid of hardships and challenges.  It’s how you surpass them and how it defines you as a person that makes it exciting.  The outdoor pioneers have shown that with fundamental skills, proper training, and reliable equipment extreme trails can be conquered, now we challenge the greater majority to level up their game, be counted among the ranks of trail runners and be one of The North Face in Breaking All Boundaries.

It’s a character-defining run.  So whether you are an aspiring trail running beginner or a seasoned racer looking for new challenges, unparalleled experience is offered in each competition of this season’s largest trail running series.  You’ll be up against a field of local and international participants so just imagine the prestige and honor of being part of your country’s pool of athletes.

It’s among the prestigious trail running events so there’ll be real time tracking with your mobile phone. Since this would be a new location, be part of the pioneers who would be conquering this tough terrain and Break All Boundaries, and Never Stop Exploring!

The North Face 100 was made possible in partnership with NUVALI, SEDA Hotel Nuvali, AXN, Gatorade & Summit as it’s official hydration sponsors, the Primer Group of Companies, R.O.X., Department of Tourism, LGUs of Laguna, Cavite and Batangas, Tagaytay Highlands, Municipalities of Canlubang, Tagaytay and Talisay. Thanks also to our media partners Business Mirror, Business World, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, MB Sports Digest, Speed Magazine, and Men’s Health.

The North Face is exclusively distributed in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia by the Primer Group of Companies.

Race Details

Date and Venue

  • June 12 – 13, 2015, Nuvali, Laguna

Distances and Inclusions

  • 100K and 50K Ultra Trail Run – P4,000 or $100
    • Authentic, limited edition TNF100 2015 Race Jersey
    • Race Bib
    • Finisher’s Medal
    • Discount voucher on TNF products
    • Supplemental nutrition at select aid stations
    • Cash and product prizes plus trophy for winners
    • Raffle entry
  • 22K Trail Run – P2,500 w/ Jersey or P1,800 w/o Jersey
    • Authentic limited edition TNF100 2015 race jersey
    • Race Bib
    • Finisher’s Medal
    • Discount voucher on TNF products
    • Cash and product prizes for winners
    • Raffle entry
  • Note: Guaranteed for first 400 registrants/finishers only.
  • Special rates:
    1. Free registration upon booking of accommodation with event partners: Seda Hotel and Tagaytay Highlands.
    2. 50% discounts on registration fees upon purchase of TNF Footwear: Ultra Trail 2 and Ultra Cardiac models.

Registration

  • Online: TNF Website
  • Onsite:
    • The North Face – SM City North EDSA Annex • SM Megamall • Shangri-La Plaza • Glorietta 4 • SM Mall of Asia • Alabang Town Center • SM Cebu • SM City Davao Annex • SM City Cagayan de Oro • SM City Iloilo • SM City Clark Pampanga • Harbor Point Mall Subic • SM Aura Premier
    • R.O.X. – Bonifacio High Street • Camp John Hay, Baguio

Gun Start and Cut-off

  • 100K – June 12, 2015 Start at 4:00 AM, Cutoff June 13, 2015 10:00 AM
  • 50K – June 12, 2015 Start at 5:00 AM, Cutoff June 12, 2015 10:00 PM
  • 22K – June 13, 2015 Start at 5:00 AM, Cutoff at June 13, 2015 10:00 AM

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Nat Geo Earth Day Run – Baguio #NatGeoRun2015

21K on Uphells Central!!!

Date: May 25, 2015

Distance: 21 Kilometers

Venue: Burnham Park, Baguio City

The memorable races for me are not my Personal Best races but it’s those where I struggle and find a way to finish the race.  #NatGeoRun2015 Baguio Leg was a real challenge with Baguio’s natural mountain terrain and high altitude.  It was a crawlfest as we’ve made our way to the steep ascent from the bottom of South Drive to the peak of Mines View and it was a mental challenge going back on a long ascending stretch of Loakan Road.  It was great to be one among thousands of runners appreciating the climate, getting awed by the view, surpassing the challenge and contributing to the cause of the environment.

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Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2015

Nat Geo Earth Day Run is among my regular races yearly.

Nat Geo Earth Day Run is among the regular causes I love supporting having done it for years now.  This year, Nat Geo not only came up with its biggest edition in Manila last month but also came up with a Baguio Leg. The original plan was to do both races though I eventually gave a way my free kit in the Manila and registered for the Baguio Leg due to conflict in schedule.  Baguio is an easy sell for me since it’s my hometown and even if I struggle on a hilly terrain, I still would love the experience of being at home and enjoying my passion for running.  I went to Baguio last Friday to enjoy a short breather since it’s been a busy schedule all summer so might as well enjoy the old town feel of Baguio City.  I was also able to sneak in a trail run too at John Hay even on the usual rainy afternoon in Baguio.  I guess that’s my final tune up before the half marathon.

Nothing like the cold rain to bring the fresh scent of pine in the CIty.

Race Route and Elevation

Race Route Powered by Suunto Ambit 2S and Movescount

Elevation Profile is Powered by Suunto Ambit 2S and Movescount

The race starts at Lake Drive in Burnham Park and it goes to the South Drive Area via Governors Pack and Upper Session Road for the first two kilometers of the race covering total ascent of 50 meters.  The South Drive stretch is about 2 kilometers with a net descent before the climb resumes at Outlook Drive.  Outlook Drive is another 2 kilometers worth of climbs of another 60 meters.  After Outlook Drive, the route shifts to Baguio Tuding Road for about 1 kilometer of descent with about 50 meters of elevation passing through the Mansion and Wright Park.  The race goes on a steep climb of about 2 kilometers with an elevation of 100 meters at Gibraltar heading to Good Shepherd and Mines View.  The next 2 kilometers is a descent back to South Drive via Outlook Drive with and elevation drop of 100 meters.  South Drive is another 2 kilometers of moderate ascent before heading to the long stretch in Loakan.  Loakan is another 3 kilometer descent with a 120 meter drop with a u-turn at the 16 kilometer mark.  From the u-turn slot, you then climb Loakan again for the next 3 kilometers worth 120 meters of elevation.  The remaining distance of the race is a drop of about 50 meters covering military cutoff and Kisad Road all the way to the finish line.

The Race

Jittery at the start

I was jittery at the start of the race since it’s my first time to be in a road race again since March.  I’ve been practically on trail or in the mountains the whole summer.  The last time, I was in a half marathon in Baguio’s mountain terrain, I had a  bad case of shin splint and there’s just something about the terrain and the ascent that triggers it.  Well, I’ll just adjust my strategy as the race goes along.  Anyway, I just needed to be back on the road to build up for the next races.  I was early on the race as I had to warm up.  It was nice to see a big race in Baguio though I do enjoy the community feel of most intimate races here.

Let’s find a way to finish this one. – Photo by Mherlz Lumagbas.

At gunstart, I tried to move at the middle of the pack as I didn’t want to start fast.  The thing about starting fast is that you don’t give your muscles enough time to warm up and end up paying for it for the whole race.  It was an immediate ascent going to Harrison Road so I just kept my pace at a moderate though I can already feel the familiar pain in the shin I usually encounter at the start. It was shin splints all over again.  I just went along with a climb after climb from Governor Pack to UP to Baguio Convention Center and then Upper Session Road.  It was taking me longer to recover from the shin splint since the terrain had me exerting more effort.

I saw Glads and Mark of Team Ponkan in the Race

Just 1.5 kilometers in the race, I was already limping with pain in my left shin. I saw Glads who asked if I was ok and I said, I’m having shin splints but I’ll be ok.  I tried shifting my weight to the other side and after a while it was on both legs.  I still tried to run and tried ignoring the pain just to allow the muscle to warm up. Even with the pain, I was making some distance.  I wasn’t able to take advantage much of the descent at South Drive since I had to stop every now and then to stretch.  I was just trying to cover some distance even at a slower pace until the muscle pain is more tolerable.

A lot of Manila based runners also joined in the fun and the cause.

That’s 4 kilometers into the race and the next part was a climb.  When the race shifted to a climbfest at outlook drive, I took the chance to insert some effort in between by adding a few 30 seconds to a minute run on the climb before a recovery walk.  The slower pace gave me time for my muscle to recover at this stretch. 6 kilometers into the race,  I felt better and it’s either I got used to the pain or my shin has warmed up.  After two long kilometers climbing, it was finally a descent and this time, I was able to take advantage of the descent this time since I was able to run this stretch passing by the Mansion House and Wright Park along the way.  I sure wish there was a photographer assigned at the mansion as it would really be a nice running shot.

Also saw Coach Mherlz (Left) in the race among the faster runners in the race.

It was now time to catch up or so I thought as after we made our turn to Gibraltar, it was a steep 2 kilometers climb to Mines View. If you’ve pass this road, you’d realize that even vehicles struggle in climbing this stretch.  Since I lost so many time at the first 5-6 kilometers of the race, I tried to insert some runs along the climb. This ended up to be my slowest two kilometers of the race as the climbs were long and steep.  It’s a test of patience but one effort led to another until I finally reached the Mines View area.  It was time to speed up a bit as it was a descent.  It was a long 2 kilometers descending stretch back to Outlook Drive so made the most out of this with only water stops in between.  After the descent comes another 2 kilometers of moderate ascent at South Drive.  I just went on with a run walk scheme to get pass this stretch.

Loakan was a 6 kilometer out and back loop with long ascents and descents. – Photo by Run Cab

13 kilometers into the race and the race heads to Loakan Road.  This was about 3 kilometers straight descent with about 600 meters of rough roads and an equivalent ascent on the way back.  This was my favorite part as you would see practically everybody on this stretch with the faster runners finishing this loop and the other runners as you approach the u-turn.  I took advantage of the descent and went on a straight run except for water breaks.  I was more relaxed at this point since this was a lot tolerable than the Mines View loop.  The rough road part was tough since there were holes on the road and you had to watch your step plus there were also vehicles in the road so you also have to be vigilant as well.  The scene with runners all over Loakan Road was such a nice view with runners sharing the road and enjoying the run.  The road back was a mental challenge as that’s a 3 kilometers climb with about 120 meters of elevation.  This time, I was mentally stronger so I just went on with a run walk sequence and I was able to slowly crawl myself out of this stretch.

The last two kilometers was downhill with the stretch at Military Cutoff and Kisad Road. After all the climbs, that was great news. I just let gravity do its work here and cruised on the last kilometers before heading to the finish line.  It was a struggle for the whole race but the thing I learned all these years running is that even if you struggle, you still end up a better runner after.  This is why I enjoy finishing a race as a story unfolds with every step.  There’s a struggle and there’s that spirit in you that dig deeps to get past the difficulties.  It was a well organized run as always by Runrio. There should really be more big name runs in the City as even with the mountain terrain and the shut up legs moment, Baguio is such a great place to run.  It was also great to contribute to the cause of the environment.

Outfit of the Race

Simply Orange

  • Top: Berghaus #TaleOfTheTrail Design by Breakout Design
  • Bottoms: Under Armour Compression Tights
  • Shoes: Newton Distance 3
  • GPS Watch: Suunto Ambit 2S
  • Socks and Visor: Under Armour
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The Inaugural Regent 5150 is Happening on June 7, 2015

Regent Foods brings in a lot of fun memories with their leading snacks across the years.  They carry that established brand into the triathlon scene with the inaugural Regent 5150 Triathlon on June 7, 2015. All roads leads to Subic Bay as both local and international triathletes vies for the top honors navigating the 1.5 kilometers swim,  40 kilometers bike and  10 kilometers run in Subic Bay.  

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Regent 5150 Triathlon

Sunrise Events Wilfred Uytengsu discusses what in store at Regent 5150 Triathlon

5150 is a triathlon distance that includes 1.5 kilometers swim, 40 kilometers Bike and 10 kilometers run.  It’s a key race for people who prefer short distance triathlons and a tune up race for those preparing for the Ironman 70.3 in Cebu.  It provides a real challenge and with Sunrise Events at the helm, expect a world-class production setup.  Regent Foods, which is the leading snack manufacturing company in the Philippines would be hosting the 5150 Triathlon to be held in Subic on June 7.  The event would be showcasing top international athletes with Top Aussie Pros Casey Munro, Justin Granger, Clayton Fettel, Belinda Granger and Dimity Lee-Duke and Thai Carole Funcs.  Local Challengers would also be in full force with elite triathletes Banjo Norte, Jenny Rose Guerrero, LC Langit.  Celebrity triathletes Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidecelli, Victor Basa and Onemig Bondoc have also signed to spice up the event.

Sunrise, Regent and Subic Teams up for the Regent 5150 Triathlon

“In our aim to support Filipino’s changing lifestyle and needs, Regent Foods started to focus in promoting a balanced routine through our participation in fun run events.  Over the past years, we have seen triathlon evolve as a fast-growing sport. We are truly proud to be part in supporting the triathlon community with the Regent 5150 event,” said Ricky See, President and CEO of Regent Foods.

The event would be featuring a challenging 1.5 kilometer one-loop, rectangular, clockwise swim at the waters of the Subic Bay Boardwalk, a 40 kilometers point-to-point bike ride to Subic International Airport, heading to IDESS up to Tarlac Road and head back to Transition 2 in Remy Field. The 10 kilometers run will start from Transition 2 in Remy Field and then head to the first turn around Dewey Ave and head back to Remy Field and then go to Rizal Highway entering Argonaut Highway for the second turn around and then back to Remy Fields.

“We commend Regent Foods for joining the ever growing list of backers of this popular three-sport athletic competition.  With the talent-laden international field, we expect world class competition since the event also serves as a fitting tune-up for those competing in the Ironman,” said Wilfred Uytengsu, president of the organizing Sunrise Events Inc, which also handles the Ironmand and the Ironkids and the Safeguard 5150 triathlon.

Meanwhile, the athlete registration, race pack claiming and race vriefing activities will be held on June 5-6 for the two-day event backed by 2Go Express, official courier and logistics partners, Sante Barley, Newton Running, PLDT Subictel, TYR, Coca Cola Femsa, Garmin, David’s Salon, Shotz, Smart, Pioneer Insurance, The PhilippineStar, Multisport Magazine, Intercare, Department of Tourism Promotions Board and venue host Subic Bay.

For more details, visit http://regent.5150philippines.com

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Incoming: Just for Run Join the Fun

Health Matters TV is a block-timer lifestyle and health show in ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel), aired on Saturdays at 8 PM hosted by Paolo Abrera with a replay on Sundays at 11 AM. They’ve partnered with B99 Event Management in organizing JUST FOR RUN, JOIN THE FUN. This fun run aims to promote healthier lifestyle and to encourage everyone to experience a fun-filled run happening on June 7, 2015 at Filinvest City with 3K, 5K and 10K Categories.  The run would be for the benefit of Pedro E. Diaz High School and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa.

Just For Run, Join The Fun

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Health Matters and in line with this advocacy comes a run for fun and a run for a cause on June 7, 2015 at Filinvest City, Alabang.  This would be a way to promote a healthy lifestyle though a fun run event that comes in 3K, 5K and 10K distance that’s also gonna come with a relaxed and a family friendly environment.  The fun does not stop there as you’ll also get to experience the warmth you get in helping people out as the run would be for the benefit of Pedro E. Diaz High School and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa.

The advocacy on healthy does not stop there as there will also be a Natural and Organic Products Expo on June 5-7, 2015 happening at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang.  The expo’s objective is to promote natural, sustainable and healthy lifestyles, natural and organic products. It will encompass four main focuses including, the Natural Food, Natural Beauty & Spa, Natural Living and Health & Nutrition. The expo also provides an opportunity for supplying and sourcing natural and organic products.  We would like you to take the chance to showcase your products and make the most of the market potential of this area thus; we are inviting you to be part of this momentous expo as one of our valued exhibitor.  The event highlights Filinvest City being a fitness hub, which also stages some of the big runs and fitness events.   B99 in partnership with “Health Matters”, a lifestyle health show which airs every Saturdays at 8pm with replays every Sundays at 11am on ANC hosted by Mr. Paolo Abrera, is coming up with the first Natural and Organic Products Expo entitled DON’T PANIC, ITS ORGANIC! at the Filinvest Tent on June 5 to 7, 2015. This will be shown on ANC on June 22 and 23, 2015 with simulcast airing around the world via TFC. Special thanks to our media partners, WhenInManila.com and HealthJunkie.ph.

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Join the run and receive loot bags from our sponsors on June 7. Approach our sponsors’ tents; join the special games they prepared and win gift certificates and other prizes. This event would not be possible with the help of our generous sponsors. Special thanks to (Major sponsors) Hotel Sogo, Belleieshua Collagen Peptide, Toby’s, Runnr, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, (Minor sponsors) Uratex, Hawk Backpacks, Nyogi, Ok Quench, Aquabest, Walter Bread, Blackview, and Bioessence. We’d like to acknowledge our Media Partners, Health Matters TV, WhenInManila.com, and HealthJunkie.ph, and our official photographers, Running Photographers.

Race Details

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Date and Venue

  • June 7, 2015, Filinvest City, Alabang

Distances and Inclusions

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Registration

  • Online: http://www.b99events.com/index.php/register
  • In Store:
    • Toby’s Alabang Festival Mall (April 1 – May 27)
    • Toby’s Arena Glorietta (April 1 – May 27)
    • Runnr Alabang Town Center (April 1 – May 27)
    • Just for Run Booth 2nd Floor, Alabang Festival Mall (May 1 – 27)
    • Bioessence Skin Care Clinics (April 1 – May 27)
      • Greenhills
      • BF Homes Paranaque
      • SM Southmall
      • Molino
      • Rosa
      • Calamba
      • Lipa
      • San Pablo
      • West Ave
      • Lucia East Grandmall
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Brothers Color Manila Blacklight Run

6K Brothers Color Manila Blacklight Run done.

Distance: 6K

Date: May 16, 2015

Venue: Filinvest City, Alabang

I am a big fan of the Color Manila day run because being splashed with color powders is so fun.  They took that concept to the night and it was equally fun as they took glow in the dark powders that’s visible with black light.  Thousands also came to the party atmosphere at Filinvest and enjoyed the run, the luminous powders and the music. 

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Color Manila Blacklight Run

That’s me during the launch. – Photo by Enrico Caramay

It was probably the best weekend to be in Filinvest City as both Color Manila Run and Slidefest would be in the area.  Since, it was a busy weekend, I decided to just check in Azumi Boutique Hotel to save on travel time.  I’ve been excited with the Brothers Color Manila Blacklight Run since it was launched as you can see, the powders glow in the dark and glows even better with blacklight.  Color Manila Run is always a big hit with about 7,000 participants this time around for 10K, 6K and 3K categories.  I decided to go with the 6 kilometers distance since it comes with a free Brothers Ink Pillow for finishers.  Just in case you are curious why the 6K categories has more perks, that’s because it represent the 6,000 pages print output of the latest Brothers printer.  I came early for the event since I claimed some kits in behalf of some friends and in between the claiming of the kits and the run, I was able to meet friends in Festival Mall and also had a good dinner.  This would be another colorful fun once again.

Race Route

Race Route Powered by Suunto Ambit 2S and Suunto Movescount

The race starts at the back of Crimson Hotel and proceeds to Civic Drive and goes to the full length of Filinvest Avenue midway to the race.  After the u-turn you head back to the other end of Filinvest Ave where go to another quarter of the loop before heading back to Civic Drive and eventually to the finish line.  I like that the route were mostly the outer loops which didn’t disrupt major roads at Filinvest.

The Race

Before the Race

While I was early at the area, I was only able to go to the start area at around 8:30 pm, which was about 30 minutes before gun start. I took time playing with my inaanak Coltin while I was at the Festival Mall area and also waiting for Jham since he would be leaving his bag in my car.  I was that relaxed for this one and I didn’t even use my heart rate monitor since I would just be running or walking this one at a very chill pace or so I thought.  Jham reminded me that if I finish earlier, I don’t have to queue for a long time at the ink pillow claiming. That makes sense so I’ll be adding more effort to this one and will make this run worth my while.  There were about 7,000 participants for this one and it felt a bit chaotic at some points.  Even if there was only one entry point to the starting line. Some people were going over the railings just to enter the start area.  This is a fun race and not even a timed one so why are people rushing to the starting line?  Anyway, that’s their prerogative.

We’ve finally made our way into the starting arch in time for the 6K gunstart.  After gunstart, I started fast since it was crowded. This would allow me more room to move as I run.  We made past the first two color stations going into the first kilometers and I slowed down at each color powder station to grab some colors though I would eventually sweat them out of my system during the run.  It was humid so you can actually feel the heat even if it was already night time.  There were several more color powder station as we made our way to Filinvest Road 1.5 kilometers into the race.

Color My World!

The full length of Filiinvest was a little over a kilometer and this is also where the 10K runners and 6K runners parted ways.  6K runners went straight head while 10K runners would turn right midway into Filinvest Avenue.  There were no color powder stations at this part so the focus was just to cover as much distance here. I made a u-turn and headed back to the other end of Filinvest Avenue.  At the corner we had to make a quarter loop at the other side of the road which was a bit of challenge since some stretches where hilly.

The outfit gets better with the blacklight powders.

After this stretch it was about a kilometer to go before the finished so went on to the same route and making sure I hydrate since it was a humid night and I was sweating a lot.  I had to pass by each color stations once again and I made a stop a few hundred meters to the finish line to have my photo since I saw KB from Photo-Ops.  Funny, how he took several photos because he saw I’m a bit red on the pictures.  As he looked outside the camera, he realized that I was really red from all the efforts plus the pink powder added to that effect.

That was one fast ride to the finish.

I then made my way to the finish line and got my ink pillow, medal and hydration with my green shoes now looking like a hot pink shoes.  Thanks Proactive and Color Manila for really looking for more ways to give us a lot more colorful fun.  Of course, the run is just part of the event as its the color powder ceremony and the after party that’s the highlight of the event.  ‘Til the next colorful adventure from Color Manila!!!

Outfit Of The Race

Gang Green!!!

  • Top: Oakley with MyRuns design by Breakout Design
  • Shorts and Shoes: Under Armour PH
  • GPS Watch: Suunto Ambit 2S
  • Eyewear: Rudy Project
  • Socks: Nike

 

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#SlidefestPH has Landed in Alabang

#1000FtOfPureHappiness

#SlidefestPH just got even better with #SlidefestAlabang.  The country’s biggest slip and slide event also came with two foam sliders to complement their regular sliders to give participants more chances to have the slide of their life.  The adrenalin rush you feel as you descend on the country’s largest slip and slide is just pure bliss and happiness.  #FilinvestCitySummerFun

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Slidefest Alabang

The run before the slide

To say my weekend was hectic was an understatement.  Over the weekend, I had a fight form workout, an investment conference, a color run a regular morning run, met my inaanak and an under armour event but I wouldn’t dare miss Slidefest Alabang even on a tight schedule.  I decided to just book myself a room at Azumi Botique Hotel, which is just a few kilometers from the event.  Azumi was the same hotel I used during Condura Skyway Marathon and in terms of value for money, I highly recommend the place.  So the drill was do fight form workout in Metrowalk on Friday evening. Saturday had me attending Investment Conference in SM Aura in Taguig in the morning before heading over to Azumi to check in at noon, drop by Slidefest Alabang, meet friends in Festival Mall and do 6K Color Manila Run.  I decided to just go for the 10 am-12 noon wave so that frees up a portion of my morning for about 10 kilometers more of running and allows me a few more hours before attending the Under Armour event in BGC.

A foam of snow along the slides

I dropped by 3 pm on Saturday to get my media pass just to go around and observe the place.  The venue was the slope near Palms Country Club along Laguna Heights Drive.  The biggest change was there were 2 foam sliders, which was shorter but equally fun since it gives you a different experience of sliding through a foam filled slide and the regular 2 1000 ft slide.  The queue time was short even for wave sliders because there were more slides.  This was such a big improvement from Slidefest Subic.  The place also had the same party atmosphere and a lot of food, music and entertainment.  There were also snow foam in the area at random times.  I did enjoy taking my slidefie with my GoPro.  I guess slidefie is the next selfie as most people sliding were documenting their slides with a GoPro or video cameras.

I reserved my slide time for the next day and decided to just go with the 10 am to 12 noon wave instead of the 7-9 am family wave.  In place I sneaked in a run around Alabang and in the vicinity of the slidefest area.  After my run, I made my way back to the slidefest area to finally get my slide pass.   I queued along with the wave sliders and the turnover of people was fast.  I then went on to start my slide and started with the right foam slider.  The right slider had the thickest foam and it was really fun to go through all the foam. Even if this was shorter than the regular slider, you really feel the slope and the rush that comes with the swift descent as you crash your way to the bottom of the slide.

Up next, I went to the left long slider, this was much longer than the foam slider. I was alternating long slider with the foam slider so I would get more slides.  The queue time was really fast and I was on my second slide with just around 20 minutes into the time.  The longer slide is always a thrill to be in as slippery slide propels your downwards swiftly.  I tried controlling my direction but I always ended up turning around and twisting as I went my way to the slide.  It was flat towards the end of the slide so that gives you a chance to slow down before you hit the bottom part of the slide. There were also shower areas near the slide so you can cool down with a cold shower on a hot day.

I then went back to the left foam slider and this was an even quicker queue time since most people are queuing on the right foam slider.  I enjoyed the shorter sliders because you get to feel the slope since it’s shorter and you get the scare of crashing towards the end of the slide since you still maintain your momentum at the end of the slide.  There are marshals to stop your momentum with a cushion of floaters.  I am also learning how to naturally slow down already on the sliders.

Filinvest City Summer Fun

I’m done 3 out of 4 slides and on my fourth slide, I was surprised that the right lane in the longer slide was open so that just means, I would be able to complete all four slides in less than an hour.  It’s another exhilarating ride of pure bliss and happiness.  Each twist and turns and the fast paced ride along the giant slippery slide is just capital FUN.  I’m really enjoying this adventure.

Excitement as it happens.

After 4 sets with one each per slide, I think I’m good to go even if I still have more than an hour to go.  I heard some were able to do up to 10-12 for the 2 hours wave slide time.

With Meia and Tracey

After my last slide, I met Meia and Tracey doing their rounds.  I went on to join Tracey do her rounds at the sponsors booth.  The slide was one thing and the sponsors booth was another as each sponsor booth had different gimmicks and games and not to mention a wide array of food choices.  There were also several contest, prizes and giveaways. My favorite was the one havaianas had where they would be giving away flip floats to those randomly spotted people wearing the havaianas.

WIth Tracey at Havaianas Flip Floats Area.

And I was lucky enough to bring my very own flip floats and I can’t wait to use it at the beach or in a pool. I’m such a big fan of havaianas because of their comfort and design.  It was a funny thing though how I’d slow down every time I passed their booth. I was spotted at the slide area.  I spent my remaining time hanging around the slide area and watching the snow form display.  This is just a summer of happiness and slidefest is a large part of it.  I’m super excited for the next location of slidefest.  ‘Til the next Slidefest PH.  Where’d you want to see the country’s largest slip and slide event to happen next?

It’s a scorching hot summer, remember to keep hydrated with a cold and healthy dose of Vitamin Boost.

What’s Next for SlidefestPH?

7,000 people joined Slidefest Philippines in their Alabang Leg.

Slidefest Philippines is the first family-friendly, adrenalin-pumping, GIANT slip and slide event in the country. Its first installment was in Subic last April 18, attended by three thousand five hundred people. Last May 16 and 17, a massive slip and slide invaded the streets of Filinvest City, Alabang with more than seven thousand people zooming through the giant slide, complemented by a festive atmosphere of music, refreshments, and activity booths.

Where’s the next Slidefest?

“This event is one thousand feet of pure happiness! And what’s better than one day of slipping and sliding? Two days of Slidefest! We really wanted more people to experience this one-of-a-kind slide. And we hope to bring the concept to more places around the country soon!  What’s next for Slidefest? The group aims to take over the streets of different cities over the next few months. So who knows, you could wake up one morning with a giant slide just a few blocks away! Those who missed Slidefest have a lot to look forward to. We’re not sure when or where yet, but we guarantee that it’s going to be a lot of fun!,” says Angelo Cruz of Slidefest Philippines.

Where do you think would the next Slidefest be?

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Incoming: Go Girl! Expo #GoGirlExpo

Girl Power Goes to the Rockwell Tent on May 30 and 31, 2015 as there will be an expo designed to inspire ladies to go for an active and fit lifestyle.  Go Girl! Expo would also be introducing empowered women of all ages as their ambassadors.  Being fit can be for anyone and that includes even the busy and workaholic moms.  Find out more on the healthy and fit side of life at the Go Girl Expo.

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Different Background – Same Kind of Awesomeness

Ladies, here’s some bad news and good news for you. Let’s start with the bad news.  In a study conducted by the World Health Organization, more women in the Philippines are considered inactive whether in occupational, non-occupational, or leisure-related activities (WHO 2010). The same study also reveals that women are more active in domestic activities than men more than ever. Furthermore, physical inactivity may contribute to coronary diseases, diabetes, and obesity.

If you belong to that demography though, here’s some good news for you.  Jump Start, Fondo Manila and Yabang Pinoy are working together to bring the very first GO GIRL! EXPO- Empowering Healthy and Active Filipinas. It is by promoting a holistic well-being among women— healthy and active Filipinas— that we can achieve a healthy and active Philippines. We further define a “GO GIRL!” as a well rounded Filipina who balances life, work , play, adventure, sports and more importantly – knows how to have fun.

Are you a Go Girl???

Are you a Go Girl?  If it’s a yes then well and good.  If it’s a no, I can say that it’s never to late to adopt a healthy and fit lifestyle.  Fitness comes in all ages, background and sizes. The GO GIRL! EXPO would be your best chance to see the fitter side of life whether you are living an inactive lifestyle or you’ve started to be more conscious with your health and fitness. The Go Girl! Expo will be held on May 30-31, 2015 at Rockwell Tent, Makati City. This event will be a celebration of every Filipina’s pursuit and women’s success and empowerment in different fields. The expo will feature faces of healthy and active Filipinas from different walks of life- from the working Filipina to moms, from outgoing women to social women. Furthermore, the expo will be a collection of products and services from different companies and industries who cater to the needs of a healthy and active Filipina.

Sandwiched by Go Girls!

The expo will also be an avenue for women’s inspiration—tapping Filipinas who are considered “Go Girl!”. These women will share their impassioned stories of both success and struggle, how they got to where they are now, and what keeps them active despite the daily routine this age has to offer. Their stories will be shared via different platforms at the event.  After hearing their stories, it would also be time to start your own story as a Go Girl!

GO GIRL! EXPO is co-presented by GET GO- The Lifestyle Rewards Program of Cebu Pacific. This event is sponsored by Ever Bilena, OLX.ph, Bo’s Coffee, Zalvaje Eyegear, Sappe Beauti Drink, EasyShop.ph, Belle De Jour Power Planner, Dan’s, Lifthard Philippines, Fitness Gourmet, Fitness First, O2 Space Solutions and FiliSUP. Special thanks to our media partners: ANC (The ABS-CBN News Channel), WhenInManila.com, Juice.ph, ClickTheCity.com, www.loQal.ph, FemaleNetwork.com, PinoyFitness.com, Circuit Magazine, Health Junkie, YES!, Clavel, Aktivshow.com, Events.ph, Breakfast Magazine and Grid Magazine.

 Come and be part of this milestone that will encourage Filipinas to shift from being ordinary women to being a GO GIRL!.

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  • Facebook: Go Girl Expo
  • Instagram: GoGirlPH
  • Hashtag: #GoGirlExpo
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Incoming: Alaska World Milk Day Family Run #AlaskaWorldMilkDay

Milk is one of the more important nutrient source in the world and also a common drink that can be enjoyed by the family of all ages.  World Milk Day is celebrated to increase awareness on the health benefits of milk. As part of the festivities Alaska will hold a World Milk Day Family Run on May 31, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia with 100m & 1KM for kids, 3KM, 3KM Family, 5KM and 10KM categories.  There will also be a Milk Hour celebration (6 am) in four different locations; Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao. The cause does not stop there as the Children’s Hour will be the beneficiary of this year’s race.  Bring in the whole family and let’s all have a great family time at Alaska World Milk Day Family Run. #AlaskaWorldMilkDay

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World Milk Day Run

At Last Year’s World Milk Day Run

When it comes to advocacy to sports, Alaska has all bases covered with grassroots programs on sports like basketball, volleyball, football, running and even triathlons.  They also make sure that they give the participants a great experience at all of their events.  At Alaska World Milk Day Family Run the focus would be for families and friends to have a relaxed and fun environment while running.  It’s among the newbie friendly races with short distances that would be perfect for the whole family.  It also gives a competitive environment for experienced runners when it comes to the longer distances.  You can run different distances or run as a group as they also have a 3 km family category.

There would also be a Milk Hour Celebration at 6 am, which would be happening simultaneously in Baguio, Cebu and Davao.  It’s going to be a really big and fun celebration. It’s also a great way to let the kids spend more time outdoors in a family-friendly activity.  It’s not just a celebration as it Children’s Hour would be the beneficiary of the race.  Bring along the whole gang and let’s all celebrate World Milk Day at the SM Mall of Asia on March 31, 2015.

Race Details

The White Shirt is for the World Milk Day Family Run while the Red Shirt is for the Zumba Session on the Regionals (300 pcs per province only)

Date and Venue

  • May 31, 2015,
    • World Milk Day Run (SM Mall of Asia)
    • Alaska Milk Hour (Baguio/ Cebu/ Davao) – Fun Run / Walk / Zumba

Distances and Inclusions

  • Registration is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non – downgrade/upgrade.
  • Registrants will be receiving a race packet with a SINGLET and BIB NUMBER upon registration.

  • Provincial Leg – P300

Registration

  • Online:  Alaska World Milk Day Site
  • On Site
    • Manila: SM Megamall, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City
    • Baguio: SM City Baguio, Luneta Hill Upper Session Road Baguio City
    • Cebu: SM Cebu City, North Reclamation Area,Cebu City 6000,Metro Cebu
    • Davao: SM City Davao

Gun Start

  • 100 meter: 6:40 am
  • 1K: 6:30 am
  • 3K Individual: 5:30 am
  • 3K Family: 5:30 am
  • 5K: 5:00 am
  • 10K: 4:30 am
  • Provincial Leg (Baguio / Cebu / Davao) 5:00 am

Race Updates

Race Maps

Baguio Leg

Cebu Leg

Davao Leg

 

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