Incoming: Outrun Your Dreams Trail Run

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc or (UTMB®) is the ultimate runner’s dream. Two of our runner friends (Noy and Felmer) will be joining the world’s most prestigious trail event in Chamonix, France this year.  Outrun Your Dreams Trail Run is a benefit run for Noy and Felmer to make the country proud in the biggest trail stage this year.  The run will be on May 27, 2018 with a 2K (Kids), 6K, 10K and 21k distances exploring the trails of Mount Ayaas and Mount Parawagan.

Outrun Your Dreams Trail Run

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc or (UTMB®) in Chamonix (France) is the most prestigious trail running race happening on August where runners will run 172km of trails covering the 3 countries, France, Italy and Switzerland. UTMB® is tagged as Olympics of trail running where trail runners from around the world gathered to compete and take on the challenging course in the alps. This is the ultimate dream race for trail runners like Noy and Felmer and this year, they have a chance to Outrun their Dreams.


It’s been a long journey as both athletes have been seasoned through years in the local trail running scene.  They both have impressive achievements and they are ripe for the big one. Well, you can be part of the journey too as they’ll be having a benefit run aptly titled, “Outrun Your Dreams”, coming on May 27, 2018 starting at Wawa Covered Court, San Mateo, Rizal and takes you the trails of Mount Ayaas and Mount Parawagan.

There will be different categories that’s would be both newbie friendly and challenging for the runners.  It’s gonna be open for runners of all ages and categories.  There will be a 2 kilometer run for kids.  Newbie runners can opt for the 6K or 10K or even dare to try the 21K categories.  Experienced runners can challenge themselves on a strong finish in the lower categories or go long with the 21K categories.

Wawa has a lot of trail eco-system that links the local trails to the mountains.  The 21K runners get to experience both Mount Ayaas and Mount Parawagan while the lower distance will traverse along the trails of Mount Parawagan.  Mount Ayaas is among the highest peak in the Rodriguez, Rizal and gives you a better appreciation of the area.  Mount Parawagan is a newbie friendly route that gives you vantage points of both the city and the mountains.

Register now and be a part of Noy and Felmer’s journey.

Race Details

Date, Time and Venue

  • Date: May 27, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Time: 2:30 am to 11 am
  • Venue: Wawa Covered Court, Sitio Wawa, San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal
  • Cut-off times / Qualifications
    • 22km – 7 hours / Med Cert & completed (at least) 21km Road/Trail run
    • 10km – 4 hours and 30 mins.
    • 6km – 2 hours and 30 mins.
    • 2km kids – 1 hour and 30 mins.

Distance and Fees

  • Distance
    • 2k kids – P300 (Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
    • 6k – P700 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
    • 10k – P800 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
    • 22k – P1000 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Post Race Meal, Raffle stub, Sponsors Item)
  • Kit Claiming
    • May 27, 2018 at the start area starting 2 am

Route Description

  • 22K: This race will cover wawa, Karugo Falls, Mount Ayaas, VK route, Mount Parawagan. This features assault mountain, cross rivers, muddy trails (in some part) rocky area and nice descent from parawagan.
  • 10K: This race will cover the traditional VK route to Mount Parawagan. Wawa – VK route – Mount Parawagan Peak – Acacia – Bordado (turn) and back to Wawa.
  • 6K: This race will cover the traditional route to Mount Parawagan. Wawa – Acacia Tree – Balon and back
  • 2K kiddie Race: This fun race is design for kids to start & enjoy their outdoor journey as well. Open for children ages from 5 years old to 12 years old. 


  • Online
    • Bank Deposit:
      • BPI Account #: 2569-17-8935
      • Account Name: Maria Vicenta Gado
    • Email the deposit slip to with below details.
      • Subject Title: “Outrun Trail Run Registration”
        • Name of Runner:
        • Team:
        • Gender:
        • Birth date:
        • Distance Category:
        • Shirt Size: (See Shirt Size chart above)
      • You will be receiving an email confirming your registration within 3 business days.
  • Onsite
    • UPNR Training – Every Tuesday and Thursday 7pm to 9pm at UP Science Complex
    • (Note: Send SMS first to Ms. Avhic Gado at 09368073951 before going to UP Diliman)

Race Updates


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DBB Moutain Rockstar 2018

I’m a Rockstar!

Mount Batolusong would always be a challenge but with it comes the overwhelming view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.  DBB Mountain Rockstar is not an easy feat but as in life, the good stuff come with great effort.

DBB Mountain Rockstar

After the long and arduous climb of about 5 kilometers, we finally see an arch at the summit. There’s a burst of energy that finally the climb is over and looking forward to the downhill part of the race. BUT… It’s a TRAP. Upon reaching the arch, it turns out that it’s the u-turn slot for the 21K runners and10K runners like me still had to go to about half a kilometer and a steep climb to the Rangyas Peak. It’s not a DBB race if there were no surprises like this. It’s never easy but since we’re earning the Mountain Rockstar title then it’s a GO!

Mount Batolusong

I’ve done 11K Bravehearts, 15K Mount Sembrano and instead of going for a Grand Slam of 21K/50K, I opted to go short and fast 10K. It’s my second year doing DBB Mountain Rockstar and I opted for the shorter 10K since it’s been really hot lately. I also wanted to see if I can beat my time last year at 3 hours. It’s about the same loop so it would be a nice test.

The first kilometer was moderate from the start area but I opted to take it slow. I wanted to be fresh when the climbs starts mid way the second kilometer. This was the easy part and the next was pure ascents. Short run and brisk walks but I kept in mind that I had to conserve energy for the climb.

The Climbs

The climbs starts about 1.5 kilometers into the race and coming from last year’s experience, this won’t be easy. I kept the walking pace with a few breathing stops on the way to the steep ascent. There were 21K runners also descending the course so there were stretches were you had to let them pass first on the single tracks. The goal was to be consistent and try to work from there. I kept resting stops to a few seconds and would time it on the flatter portions of the race. Resting on inclines can still be taxing on the legs so I always make it a point to rest on flatter grounds.

The ascents were endless but it helps that I had been able to cover a lot of altitude lately including last Month’s Mount Sembrano. I would take a short breather before each assault and tried to divide the climb by segments. I’ve reached the aid station around the 3rd kilometer and then the climb continues again. I’ve met Jun Santiago mid way to the ascent and paced with him until the summit. Approaching the 5th kilometer, we saw the arch and was really happy to know that the climb would be over.

It’s a TRAP

Upon reaching the arch, we then saw that it was the u-turn for the 21K runners. The marshal then pointed a higher mountain, which is Ranyas Peak, for us to climb. There’s always a trap but I’m glad somehow believing that the arch was the end of the climb had me pushing harder than I used to. It was still another 600-700 meters of ascending trails. We went forward to the climb taking a few stretches at a time. Surprisingly, we just had a few rest stops until the summit. It was also getting hot so it makes it a lot harder to stop. We had to rappel over a rock to reach the summit.

It was beautiful

It was beautiful. I missed this view last year since it was foggy last year. We had a wilder trail last year but it was extremely hot this year so it was a totally different experience. We then headed to the descent and I’ve really been waiting for this part of the race.

It’s Time To Fly

It’s time to fly

I’ve been waiting for the part all race long. I’m even dressed for the part as I was using my Hoka One One Evo Jawz with its shark-teeth like lugs that gives a solid traction on the descents. I started the downhill stretch at a brisk walk pace and ended up running a few stretches. It was time to fly and I enjoyed running over the ridges. The sun was getting excruciatingly hot so might as well speed up.

Technical Descents

Yes, I’m a Rockstar. I might as well play that part on the drops. The run-able descents lasted until the aid station, which shifted to technical descents. I went back to a brisk walk pace with a few runs on smoother parts of the trails. It was a more than a kilometer of technical trails but being comfortable with the traction of my shoes, I managed to speed up a bit until I reached the bottom of the trail and the final 1.5 kilometer of the race. I went on with a few run-walk sets heading to the finish line at around 2:50, which was about 10 minutes faster than last year’s race.

I’m a Rockstar

While it’s not my first time to complete all the grand slam races of DBB. It was my first time to complete it within the same year though I won’t be able to claim being a Grand Slammer since the distance was not incremental. I’m just glad to complete all three races with an improving performance per leg. None of the races were easy this year but would be glad to do it all over again next year. Great job Be Trail Ready!

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Trail 2 Cave 2018

20K Complete

20K Complete

Trail 2 Cave 2018 was a feel-good trail with a little dose of elevation and a rolling terrain.  It was a fast 20K yet I enjoyed every minute of it as my eyes feasted on the rich green Laguna scenery.

Trail 2 Cave

I’m easy to please when it comes to trails. Just give me some dirt and a scenic natural back drop for me to run.  Trail 2 Cave was a feel good trail with smooth rolling terrain that rewards you with a refreshing scenery.  It also came with the perfect rainy and windy weather.  Well, it’s not the usual trails I’ve join lately since all of those were steep and technical ones.  Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect with the trails of Cavinti and really didn’t have a game plan in mind.

I came in early since I came with a group from Bulacan heading to Laguna.  It was raining non-stop before the start of the race.  Luckily, I was able to grab my Berghaus jacket as the last item before I left the house.  The 32 kilometer runners were sent out at 4 am while we had a 5 am gun start.  It was an intimate race, which made me realize that I can’t laze around on this one or else I’ll end up as a sweeper.

Lost and Lonely

As we started the race, I took advantage of the short downhill stretch to go with the lead pack before settling for a more relaxed pace after a kilometer.  I got separated with the pack entering the short trail section going to the second kilometer and I felt lost and lonely.  I was worried that I could have missed a turn or entered the wrong side of a fork, that’s why I can’t see a single runner.  There was a dog barking in front of me. I had to stop and tried to go back to wait for runners.  After a few minutes, nobody came so I just braved walking past that section.  I few hundred meters, I saw some marshals.  Thank God, I’m on the right direction.

Back on Track

I’m now around km 2.5 and its pure road from here to kilometer 6.  While the surface is concrete, the view was rich with large track of fields, plantation and some peeks of mountain ranges.  I started to feel warm with my jacket but funny that every time I took my jacket off, it would be so windy or it would rain.  It was a net uphill climb, I tried to run as much as I can at this stretch speeding up on the descents and brisk walking the shorter climbs.  The last kilometer before the aid station was pure climb so I just walked my way to kilometer 6 until the aid station

Cavinti Trails

After the aid station, we were now at the Cavinti Trails.  The trails were run-able but it was continuous climb with a few descents.  I tried to feel my way into the next 2 kilometers since I am conserving my energy for the second half of the race, which would be mostly descents.  From kilometer 8, I started speeding up and started seeing runners coming back from the u-turn.  It started to rain once again.  I’ve reached the u-turn slot where I had a few drinks, one banana and one espasol.

Speeding Up

I switched to a faster pace on the way back and started overtaking some runners.  I think I was able to pass about 5-6 runners in Cavinti Trails at this stretch.  I would run on the descent and brisk walk on the short climbs.  It was crazy as my pace was even faster on the trails than on the road.  By the way, Brooks Caldera was so effective keeping me feel secure even while speeding up on the muddy trails.  After a series of runs, I headed to the road section for the final 6 kilometers of the race.  I took my Gu Gel at the aid station and went off.

Last 6 kilometers

The next kilometer was pure downhill so it was crazy fast on the descent.  On the rolling part of the road, I played elevation management with a mix of runs and walks.  I did enjoy the adrenaline rush of the run and the green views that really felt like a welcome change from the usual city-scapes.  I then headed back to the trail and while it was dark and scary early in the dark, it was beautiful at this time of the morning.  There were large lush-green fields and a lot of trees that were really scenic.  I then hit the road for the last kilometer of the race.  It was a short rolling segment to the finish line and I started to run again.

The Finish

I went on to finish the race strong at a surprisingly good time.  I’m not really that time conscious but it’s nice to feel good about your time once in a while.  This was a 20K run that didn’t feel like it since it’s fast pace and you get too occupied with the views.  Now, to start planning for their leg 2 on July 8.

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TRI-Factor Asian Series List up Ongoing

TRI-Factor Asian Championship Philippine Leg heats up with a boot camp on April 11, 14 and 15 to help prepare the participants for the upcoming race in CamSur on May 26-27, 2018.  Registration is ongoing at .


TRI-Factor Asian Championship

The TRI-Factor Series – Asian Championship is a four-leg mass participation series made up of the individual swim, bike and run events and a finale triathlon in a number of countries throughout Asia.   Singapore will host the kickoff leg of the Asian Championship 2018 series on April 22 with China staging the next stop on May 13. The Philippines host the third leg at CamSur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur on May 26-27, 2018.

Organizers of top Asian multisport brand TRI-Factor Asian Championship expect the slots in next month’s third leg of the short-course series to be filled up just as swiftly with limited berths allotted for the sprint and freshmen triathlon categories. Registration is ongoing. For details, visit

It is staged to provide kids, multi-sport beginners, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes avenue to enhance their skills in swimming, biking and running.

Participants can actually take part in one or more events, giving them the opportunity to swim, bike or run or do all three to complete a triathlon.

 “TRI-Factor is about building the eco-system of the sport of triathlon. It is about the inclusive and progressive nature of how we designed the race and about the people taking their first step into doing a triathlon,” said Elvin Ting, founder of TRI-Factor and managing director of the organizing Orange Room Pte. Ltd. “These race series have categories for all capabilities and ages, starting from the kid’s triathlon all the way up to the long distance triathlon.”

A Distance for Everyone


The sprint event will accommodate 300 slots while only 200 spots have been reserved in the freshmen category of the blue-ribbon.  The sprint distance triathlon is a 740m swim-20km bike-5km run event featuring age-group classes of 16-29, 30-44, and 45-and-above while the freshmen distance triathlon is a 200m swim-10km bike-2km run with age classifications of 13-15, 16-29, and 30-and-above.

Also on tap are the kids triathlon (100m swim-5km bike-1km run), also on May 26, the standard distance triathlon (individual and team relay – 1.5km swim-40km bike-10km run) and the long distance triathlon (individual and team relay – 1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run) in various age classes on May 27.

No less than former Sen. and now Taguig Rep. and triathlete Pia Cayetano has lauded the Phl hosting of the TRI-Factor series, saying it’s a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format.

“I’m looking forward to be in both the Philippines and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon,” said Cayetano.

TRI-Factor Bootcamp


Watch out for the Tri-factor Bootcamp on the following dates; April 11 – Tri-factor Swim Bootcamp at Shangri-la Edsa, Swim Bootcamp for your first Triathlon with Coach Anthony and Coach Angelo Lozada Owners of Bert Lozada Swim School, April 14 & 15 – Tri-factor Cycling Bootcamp Cycling /Running Bootcamp with Coach Andy Lleuterio.

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Coach Roel Birthday Run 2018

5K at 35 minutes

5K at 35 minutes

Coach Roel’s Birthday Run is another intimate run I’ve been doing yearly.  I love that its more of a celebration than a competition.  It makes you feel the warmth of the running community celebrating in a more festive mood.  Happy Birthday Coach Roel!

Coach Roel Birthday Run

It’s always a fun mood at Coach Roel’s Birthday Run. A few years ago, I joined the 5K distance and also the mixed relay. We ended up 3rd in the relay.  Last year, we had a scenic yet challenging trail route from Mount Sinai to Timberland and back.  This year, the race returns to ultra with the main category being the 41K from Antipolo to Ultra. That’s 1 kilometer for each year of Coach Roel’s age.  There were also fun categories in the 5K, 10K and the relay categories.  I joined the 5K distance just for fun.

Nice seeing you Nicole.

Nice seeing you Nicole.

The 5K was a simple 12 loops around the oval with one loop being 400 meters. What I like about running in the oval is that it divides the run into shorter sets.  I didn’t need to think about running 5K, I just needed to run 400 meters again and again.  I haven’t really run on long stretches lately with trail runs and races being more at hiking pace.  The softer surface of the oval reduces the strain in running.  I came just a few minutes to spare before gun start.

Photo by Active Pinas

Photo by Active Pinas

After a short zumba warm up, the race started with the inner lanes for the 5K runners and the outer loops for the 10K runners.  I started too fast pace for my own good because I easily get swayed by the pace of the leading runners.  The first loop was the fastest until I started having shin splints in the first few loops.  It’s usually common for me to have shin splints whenever I start too fast.  I had to walk a few stretches into the third loop and then re-strategize with run-walk sets for the latter loops.  I kept the walking sets short though so I won’t get lazy on the run.

Photo by Active Pinas

Photo by Active Pinas

I endured the pain of the shin splints int the 6 loops until my legs finally felt warm enough for a good run.  I started doing longer sets of run and the just took a few seconds of waking breaks in the second half of the race.  My pace was steadier on the second half of the race. I was counting down the loop until I’ve reached the 12th loop and earned my medal at 35 minutes.  It felt ‘bitin’ as I just got warmed up in the second half of the race but it’s a good work out for me.

With Loyce Nunez - Photo by Active Pinas

With Loyce Nunez – Photo by Active Pinas

The next part was the “kwentuhan sessions” with fellow runners who either did the 41K, the short runs or those who was just there to support the cause.  That’s what you get with intimate runs, you spend more time post race than the race itself. We also had to watch the really competitive relay events.

With Mamaw Lilibeth Flores. Photo by Jeff Santiago

With Mamaw Lilibeth Flores. Photo by Jeff Santiago

There were a lot of categories for the relay events, which makes you a better appreciation of the track sports.  The relays went by at such a fast and competitive pace that we were left in awe by the speed of the participants.  Then there was the awarding of the different winners.

Boodle Fight.

Boodle Fight.

Among the highlights of the event was the boodle fight for all.  I just had a few bites but it was really fun seeing a community eating together as one.   It was a short run with a longer time with the community.

Happy Birthday Coach Roel!

Happy Birthday Coach Roel!

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TRI-Factor is Now in the Philippines

Triathlon is booming in the Philippines and the local triathlon scene has a new race to conquer.  TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series is now in the Philippines with a distances for all ages and level of experience.  The race is on May 25-27, 2018 at the Camsur Watersports Complex.


It's a GO for TRI-Factor Philippines

It’s a GO for TRI-Factor Philippines

Top Asian multisport brand TRI-Factor enters the local triathlon scene with the third leg of its Asian Championship Series happening in Camarines Sur on May 26-27, 2018.  The race is expected to attract a slew of rising and leading triathletes as well as newbies and even kids. TRI-Factor creates an environment that’s both friendly for kids and beginners and at the same time will be keep the experienced ones challenged.

TRI-Factor has been a venue for multi-sport beginners, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes and even kids to hone their talent and skills in swimming, biking and running.  It has also grown from a multi-sport event organizer in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region.

Elvin Ting and

Orange Room Managing Director Elvin Ting and Camsur Governor Migs Villafuerte

“We’re pleased to announce the TRI-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, managing director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd.

Distances includes:

  • Kids triathlon (100, swim-5km bike-1km run)
  • Freshmen triathlon (200m swim-10km bike-2km run)
  • Sprint triathlon (750m swim-20km bike-5km run)
  • Standard triathlon (1.5km-40km bike-10km run)
  • Long triathlon (1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run).

The Asian Championship 2018 series will kick off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before action shifts to the Phl on May 25-27 at Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

Ms Earth Air Michelle Gommez is joining her first tri event.

Ms Earth Air Michelle Gommez is joining her first tri event.

The TRI-Factor is also staged to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth, and its Asian Championship leg will be held here for two years – 2018 and 2019, where hosting of more events including new race formats like CYCLE-RUN-CYCLE are being looked into. Its staging in the country comes at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch events held regularly across the country the last few years.

“Tri-Factor’s coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format. I’m looking forward to be in both the Philippine and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon,” shared Taguig Congresswoman and triathlete Pia Cayetano, upon learning about Tri-Factor’s arrival in the Philippines.

Founded in 2009, TRI-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing with the region with its short distances and secured courses allowing beginners to master swimming, cycling and running and prepare them for the regular triathlon events.

Each TRI-Factor race finish gives athletes points counting toward a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a Race Course index depending on the degree of difficulty where points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.

Titles to be dispute are the Series Asian, Best Country Athlete of the Year, Best Country Junior Athlete of the Year, Best Veteran Country Athlete of the Year, Top First-Timer Athlete and Top First-Timer Junior Athlete.

Also on tap are the Club Challenge and Corporate Challenge for companies and triathlon clubs. For details, visit

Local Registration Details:

Website: TriFactor.PH

Registration Link: via TriFactor.PH

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Different Faces of an Ironman

It’s gonna be a historic day come June 3, 2018 with the Philippines hosting its first ever full IRONMAN event.  Triathletes of all walks in life gets to earn an IRONMAN milestone on home soil.

Century Tuna Ironman

The Philippines finally hosts its first full IRONMAN. A title sponsor for previous Ironman 70.3 events since 2015, Century Tuna is excited to play a huge part in the inaugural full-distance triathlon race in the country happening on June 3, 2018 in Subic Bay.

Filipino triathletes now have the opportunity to join on home soil. With only over 300 Pinoy triathletes completing a full IRONMAN, it’s a testament to just how tough the swim (3.86 km), bike (180.25 km), and run (42.2 km) event is.

But here’s the encouraging part, IRONMAN finishers come from all walks of life. What does it take to be an IRONMAN? Here are stories of five people who’ve put in the work and finished a full-distance triathlon

Robert Jonah Rivera, 52, Manager


The dream of becoming an IRONMAN seemed impossible for Robert Jonah Rivera. He once weighed 220 lbs and was unable to run three kilometers continuously.  But three years after getting fitter and getting into triathlon, Rivera wanted to test his limits.

“I was training every day for six months. It’s hard yet you feel a good sense of satisfaction whenever you’re done for the day. It drives you to improve,” Rivera shares.

He is also a testament to getting by with the help of friends—something that happened during his IRONMAN race.  “I saw my buddy Joey Marcelo at T2 and we ran together. We pushed each other, crossing the finish line after 13 hours and 31 minutes.”

His advice to aspiring Ironmen is to be prepared. “You need to be whole heartedly committed to training and finishing the race. Join as many races as you can leading up to your first IRONMAN. It builds your confidence.”

Jay Jacinto, 40, Priest

A priest from Naga City, Jay Jacinto earned his IRONMAN badge in 2014 in Melbourne, Australia at the age of 37. He saw it as part of fulfilling his religious vocation.

“By finishing the IRONMAN, I wanted to help people understand what it’s like to be a priest. I wanted to show that priests can also have fun and live an active and healthy lifestyle,” shares Jacinto.

Regular training and following a meal plan was tough with Jacinto’s unpredictable schedule as a priest. But thanks to encouragement from his peers, he pushed on.

Jacinto recounts nearly quitting a day before the race. “While celebrating Holy Mass a day before the race, I prayed to God for courage, and during the Holy Communion the choir sung one of my favorite songs ‘Be Not Afraid’, giving me the response I was asking for.” Now, he’s not only a priest, he is also a certified IRONMAN.

Vanj Endaya, 45, Executive


Vanj Endaya first earned her IRONMAN badge in Langkawi, Malaysia in 2014. Her second successful attempt was last September in Barcelona, Spain.

“Just the thought of crossing the line after so many hours, with the emcee stating ‘you are an IRONMAN!’ gave me immense satisfaction,” she shares.  

Her game plan: maintain a steady and sustainable pace throughout the entire race, and avoid the desire to push ahead. “The feeling is indescribable. It was a combination of euphoria, exhaustion, relief, and I think a little sadness that it was over.”

After crossing the finish line, the knowledge that her body was capable of much more shifted her attitude towards facing daily challenges—from “I can’t” to “I will.”

Gianluca Guidicelli, 56, Businessman


The father of actor Matteo is proof that age is just a number. Guidicelli was 52-years old when he completed his first IRONMAN in 2014.

“Since I started in 2010, I knew I’ve always wanted to do an IRONMAN. I wanted to be ready and it took me four years.”

His three children Paolo, Giorgia, and Matteo are all into the sport and are actively competing as part of Team Ford Forza.

“We are very much into living an active lifestyle. We train every day and share the joy of it with our family and teammates,” he says.

His advice to new triathletes? “Take your time in preparing for an IRONMAN, the right time will come if you’re ready for it.”

Ani De Leon-Brown, 43, Philippine National Triathlon Coach


A pioneer and fixture in the local triathlons, Ani De Leon-Brown, has completed 12 IRONMAN races. She made headlines recently for finishing the holy grail of IRONMAN races—the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii last year.

Aside from her duties as National Triathlon Coach, De Leon-Brown is also a mom. True to the definition of an IRONWOMAN, she was able to complete an Ironman 70.3 in Singapore and IRONMAN Australia just months after giving birth.

While she doubted herself, she carried on with training. She had no illusions of being competitive but merely wanted to achieve her goal.

When asked if it gets any easier as she notched more races, De Leon-Brown says “ it definitely doesn’t get easier. But you learn more each time.“

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Hoka One One is the Official Shoe for Ironman Philippines

Sunrise Events Founder Fred Uytengsu and Quorum International President Toby Claudio presents the 2018 Hoka Collection

Sunrise Events Founder Fred Uytengsu and Quorum International President Toby Claudio presents the 2018 Hoka Collection

It’s Time to Fly for Triathletes in 2018 as not only get to race in the country’s first ever full IRONMAN distance, they also get a whole range of Hoka One One shoes for athletes who would love to fly on the run leg en route to a strong finish.

Hoka One One


While HOKA One One has been known for their maximalist shoe design, it also is starting to gain traction in the triathlon market, both locally and internationally.  This is among the reason why Hoka remains an award winning shoe brand when it comes to the runners globally. Last year, HOKA was the number one shoe brand worn at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, which was participated by 2,455 of the best triathletes from around the world.

Quorum International Inc., the parent company of leading sports retailers RUNNR and Toby’s Sports, and the official distributor of HOKA ONE ONE in the country announced that it has partnered with Sunrise Events Inc., the organizer of IRONMAN Philippines, to make HOKA the official shoe of the first full-distance IRONMAN in the country. The race, which will be held in Subic Bay on June 3, 2018, will be a special edition for one year only, marking the 10th anniversary of Sunrise Events.

Sunrise Events Founder Fred Uytengsu discusses the first ever Full Ironman event in the Philippines.

Sunrise Events Founder Fred Uytengsu discusses the first ever Full Ironman event in the Philippines.

“IRONMAN has met such incredible fanfare in the Philippines, and the same can be said about HOKA ONE ONE, which was the fastest growing running shoe brand in the country in 2017, making this partnership a big deal in the running and triathlon community,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc. and Founder of RUNNR. “As the leading sports organization in the country, we continue to partner with companies that best represent our advocacy of promoting sports and fitness to Filipinos nationwide. Sunrise Events, a premier organizer of world-class sporting events in the Philippines, definitely fits the bill.”

“We are very happy to partner with Quorum International and HOKA for our first and only full-distance race this year in celebration of our 10th year Anniversary.  Quorum and Sunrise have been long-time partners and will continue to be.  Together we will promote a healthy lifestyle and grow the multisport community,” said Wilfred Uytengsu, Founder of Sunrise Events.

The first full-distance IRONMAN Philippines sold out its first 1,000 slots within 24 hours.

Introducing the 2018 “FLY” Collection


The Mach is among the latest models introduced to the Hoka line.

The Mach is among the latest models introduced to the Hoka line.

RUNNR has also unveiled HOKA’s new “FLY” collection, three new performance running models that offer versatility and a pleasing aesthetic alongside their utility as serious running footwear.  They are introducing the 2018 colorways for their usual models, recovery slides and slippers, and they are adding their FLY collection,  which is a perfect shoes for the faster pace of a triathlon race.

HOKA’s FLY collection premieres sleek, lightweight, performance footwear aimed at a growing group of fitness-minded runners who take their workouts seriously, but simultaneously care how their shoes look and feel as well as how they perform at a variety of tasks in and out of the gym. The FLY collection introduces three new shoes (Mach, Cavu and Elevon) to HOKA’s line designed to empower fitness runners who will enjoy HOKA’s ride characteristics along with a cleaner, simpler visual.

All three FLY models offer protection as well as propulsion with HOKA ProFLY technology in their midsoles. They feature a softer heel for a more forgiving landing – characteristic of high-cushioned HOKA models – as well as a firmer, more responsive forefoot for more propulsion and quicker turnover.

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Vermosa Sports Hub is the New Haven for Athletes

Gutz Gutierrez, Rico Manuel, Vice Mayor Ony Catimbuhan, Bobby Dy (President and CEO of Ayala (and), Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi, Meean Dy (SVP & Head of SCMG ALI), Jay Teodoro (Estate Head, Vermoso ALI), Joey Marcelo (President Sante Barley), Aris Cajucom, Joy Caniza – ALI EXECUTIVES

Gutz Gutierrez, Rico Manuel, Vice Mayor Ony Catimbuhan, Bobby Dy (President and CEO of Ayala (and), Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi, Meean Dy (SVP & Head of SCMG ALI), Jay Teodoro (Estate Head, Vermoso ALI), Joey Marcelo (President Sante Barley), Aris Cajucom, Joy Caniza – ALI EXECUTIVES

With a growing populace of fitness enthusiasts comes a haven for Athletes to harness their skills.  Ayala Land has recently opened the country’s first premier and professionally managed sports facility in Vermosa Sports Hub to the Public.

Vermosa Sports Hub

The fitness trend has continued to blossom in the country from runs, swim, cycling, multisports to athletic events being held frequently.  With more people pursuing the active lifestyle comes a fitness hub that’s gonna take them to new heights.   The Philippine sports scene climbs a notch higher as Ayala Land Inc.’s Vermosa Sports Hub, the country’s first premier and professionally managed sports facility, opens its doors to the public.  Creating the ideal environment for athletes, sports buffs, and fitness junkies who aim to reach the top of their game, Vermosa Sports Hub is equipped with training facilities designed for international sports competitions.

Vermosa Sports Hub is home to groundbreaking features that include an Olympic-size swimming pool equipped with the latest timing system by Omega and the Anti Wave Starting Blocks; and the Philippines’ first 9-lane track oval built in accordance with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards.  For football and field sports enthusiasts, there’s also a standard sized football field with natural grass and a sand sub-base, which makes it an ideal playing surface that is able to divot, or give way, under foot traction. For a sport that involves sliding tackles, this is a prime feature that minimizes the risk of injuries caused by having the player’s get caught by strong traction. The Vermosa Sports Hub will also soon unveil bike lanes, jogging paths, and other outdoor sports facilities.

To complete the development is a training and fitness club equipped with a sports science laboratory especially suited for athletes who want to take the next step to reach peak performance. To be managed and operated by Sante Health & Fitness, Inc., known as one of the fastest growing global providers of organic health and wellness products and services, the Sante Fitness Lab is a one-stop shop that will include a strength and conditioning fitness facility, sports rehab areas, a dance studio, a spinning class area, bike shop and services, a nutrition and fitness café, VO2 max/lactate testing by using a machine that can test an individuals level of oxygen while training , plus conference and lecture rooms.

Aside from the sports facilities, other components are also designed to promote healthy and active living. Retail outlets will soon open, and these will include health and sports merchants, providing users of the sports hub easy access to the equipment, accessories, and other sports and fitness essentials they need.


To ensure that Vermosa Sports Hub is accessible to the growing market of sports enthusiasts, competitive rate packages and period-based membership passes are being offered by the company. For those who avail their passes until April 2018, they can enjoy a 20% discount.

  • Facilities
    • Track Oval – P90 for 6 hours
    • 50m Lap Pool – P220 for 4 hours
  • Special Passes
    • Annual VIP – P5,600
    • 1 Month Unlimited Pool Pass – P2,250
    • 3 Months Unlimited Pool Pass – P5,600
  • Passes purchased until April 2018 will have a 20% discount.
  • All rates are inclusive of 12% VAT.
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Located at Daang Hari Road

Vermosa Sports Hub is located at Vermosa, Daang Hari Road cor. Vermosa Blvd., Imus, 4103 Cavite. It is situated within the 700 hectares of space in Vermosa, a masterplanned mixed-use estate of Ayala Land Inc., the Vermosa Sports Hub is envisioned to be a complete destination designed specifically to provide an effective and complete training experience for the athletic lifestyle, offering a seamless integration of facilities and sports-related elements,

Vermosa is currently the fourth largest mixed-use estate of Ayala Land Inc. It will be home to 6,000 households that highlight the diverse living options with the presence of four of ALI’s residential brands – Ayala Land Premier, Alveo, Avida and Amaia.

More About Vermosa

 Vermosa was coined from two Latin words, Verde and Mossa. “Verde”, meaning green, references the lush environment within the healthy, sustainable, and suburban living concept of the estate. “Mossa,” meaning movement, represents the active elements of the project.  Combined, Vermosa represents a modern suburban community that promotes healthy and active living that stays true to its name.

It’s time to experience world-class sports facilities and amenities. Check out the Vermosa Sports Hub and discover a place where athletes can truly grow. Learn more about it at this LINK.

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Mount Sembrano Mountain Run 2018

15K Done

15K Done

Overheard: “Ang hirap pala nito, kaya pala yung deadline ng registration ng DBB Mountain Rockstar kahapon para wala ng atrasan.” 

Mount Sembrano is definitely a trap with a really painful technical climb but if you put that aside, you get to play around the scenic ridges of Mount Sembrano for most of the run.

Mount Sembrano

In terms of difficulty, I have high regards for Mount Sembrano.  In fact, I spent much of the past few weeks trying to find an excuse to chicken out of the race.  The adventurous side of me prevailed and from then on, I was conditioning myself for the long, arduous and painful climb towards Mount Sembrano.  I was on this slopes two years ago and the 4 kilometer climb to peak 1 is among the toughest I’ve done.  It’s practically a vertical kilometer with a technical twist.  It’s not a TRAP for me since I know how tough this race is gonna get but at the same time, I was excited to enjoy running around the scenic of ridges of Mount Sembrano, which is rich in mountain and Laguna de Bay.

I was able to join Ayala Triads in their shuttle since my regular trail mates were not available for the run.  The plan was to take the first 4K easy and just be consistent.  After that, the tough part would be over and It’s time to enjoy the race.  I also want to take the chance of testing my Hoka One One Evo Jawz in technical trail conditions.  As the race started, I went with the pack to run the short paved segment before the climbs.  The first part of the climb was partly paved so I was able to sustain a good hiking pace for this stretch.  I had shin splints on both legs, which took a lot longer to recover from because of the continuous strain on the legs of the climb.

Finally got the It's a TRAP cap.

Finally got the It’s a TRAP cap.

The second kilometer had us going through a rougher trail stretch, which was still tolerable.  I still went at a consistent hiking pace but would take a few seconds to catch my breath after 100 or 200 steps.  After the second kilometer, IT’S A TRAP.  The trails shifted to steep single track technical trails. The race practically slowed down as there were queues on some areas because it required to hang on some branches or get over a huge rock just to get to the next part.  Shoe traction came to play and the Evo Jawz didn’t disappoint me.  It was a struggle though keeping up my endurance lacking and my legs being stiff from the effort.  I just had to bear the pain and keep moving on.  It was a mentally challenging stretch as after the third kilometer was another kilometer worth of technical trails and the steep climb to peak 1.

Selfie before Peak 1

Selfie before Peak 1

While Peak 1 was already visible, getting there was a different story.  After being exhausted on the technical trails, the steep climb felt like forever.  I took it a few steps with short rest stop in between and a selfie before finally reaching Peak 1.  The view just gets better at this point.  At peak one, you can see Mount Sembrano, Laguna de Bay along with long ridges of mountain trails.

Peak 1

Peak 1

The first four kilometers was both physically and mentally exhausting.  My legs was stiff and still painful from enduring the shin splints for that long.   There’s a rolling trails along the ridges heading to the Aid Station between the 6th and 7th kilometers.   I took the first few meters to try to loosen up the leg before switching to faster brisk walks and a few runs.  I wanted to keep an even pace from here on.  It was nice seeing familiar faces as you meet runners heading back from the aid station.  After the long climb of the first four kilometers, the short climbs at the ridges felt like routine.  I then headed to the aid station at a consistent pace since it’s a net descent.

Heading back to Peak 1

Heading back to Peak 1

The way back to Peak 1 was a lot tougher since it’s a net climb for the next two kilometers.  I maintained a steady pace.  I speed up on flats and descent then I try to remain consistent on the climbs.  It was cool on the first part of the ridges with the strong winds keeping it cool.  I’ve finally reached Peak 1 and the next part would be a 1 kilometer descent and climb to Mount Sembrano. The first few hundred meters was easy because it was a descent but the next was another tough and endless stretch.  It’s a steep and long climb to Mount Sembrano with about 150 meters of elevation in just 500 meters of distance.  I would take a few steps, rest, drink or have candy.  With the heat now becoming a factor, I alternated taking sips of Nuun and having candy since after the climbs there would still be 5 kilometers more of trails and I didn’t want to run out of hydration.

Mount Sembrano

Mount Sembrano

One effort after another and I finally hit Mount Sembrano.  I just had a few photos and left to continue the race.  Mount Sembrano is such a scenic peak with the mountain and sea backdrop.  It was a different route this time around since 2 years ago, it was a 5 kilometer straight to Mount Sembrano and this year, the Peak 1 and summit climb came in different parts of the race.

Mount Sembrano

Mount Sembrano

The next 5 kilometers were mostly downhills.  I was surprised how steep the drops are and I see people hanging through shrubs just to stop their momentum.  This was the part that I was glad I had the Evo Jawz.  With its shark teeth like lugs, I felt secure on the steep drops.  It’s not as cushioned as other Hoka One One trail shoes but it’s now my go to shoes for technical trails.  The long descent felt dragging so I was really pleased after entering the ridge part of the descent.  We were walking on long scenic ridges where you got to see Laguna de Bay in a mountain meets the sea backdrop.

Photo by Wild Spaces

Photo by Wild Spaces

I would have wanted to enjoy the scenic view with a few photos but it was a really hot morning already.  I just kept on moving since taking rest stops on the open ridges would be too hot.  I just enjoyed the view and managed my hydration to counter the hot weather.  It was about 4 kilometers of ridges and a lot of descents.

Photo by Wild Spaces

Photo by Wild Spaces

At the end of the ridges, I reached the first store and inquired if they were selling soft drinks.  They didn’t but they offered water instead, which I gladly took.  I was able to grab a soda a few meters after before going on to finish the race.  Between my two races here, this was a tougher but more scenic one.



It was an exhausting and punishing race.  I have to work on my endurance and mental toughness by I’m glad to finish this one and get me ready for the next cluster of races.  The almost 10 kilometers at the ridges of Mount Sembrano made all those climb worth it.  Great job Be Trail Ready Team.

Thanks to Tin Salazar for lending me her headlamp.

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