7-Eleven Philippines Dominate Jeju International Tourism Marathon

Team 7-Eleven Philippines pose for a victory photo together with 7-Eleven Philippines’ Marketing Director Mr. Jackie Lay (standing), General Merchandise Division Head Mr. Jose C. Ang Jr. (sitting) and 7-Eleven Run Series Project Head Ms. Michelle Saludes (sitting)

7-Eleven powered Team Philippines brought Pinoy Pride once again at 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon as they were part of the top placers of the race.

23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon

The Team 7-Eleven Philippines delegation to Jeju Island, South Korea was composed of 11 Filipino elite runners and executives of Philippine Seven Corporation (7-Eleven Philippines)

The winners of the 7-Eleven Run Series got their chance to shine on the international stage as they were sent to to join the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival held at Gujwa Life Sports Park in South Korea’s Jeju Island.  Eleven Filipino runners made it to the race courtesy of 7-Eleven Philippines, as part of their prize for landing within the top three spots of this year’s 7-Eleven Run Series held last February.

“Race safe, enjoy and make 7-Eleven and the Philippines proud.”, was 7-Eleven Run Series Project Head Michelle Saludes’ message to the runners.  The runners, who carried the banner of Team 7-Eleven Philippines, lived up to expectations and grabbed podium finishes in the 21km and 42km categories.

Eleven Filipino runners made up the Team 7-Eleven Philippines who went to compete in the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival in South Korea.

Fresh from her training camp in Italy, Olympic medalist and marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal showed her winning form and finished the 21km race in 1:18:44 to come up on top, besting the Japanese and Korean elite runners who placed second and third, respectively.  “I wasn’t able to break my personal record but I am satisfied and happy with my overall performance. This race serves as an evaluation of my training and a good warm-up for me for the Asian Games next month.”, said Tabal who flew back to Italy the day after the race to continue with her training which is due to finish by August.

Ruffa Sorongon and Christabel Martes, who directly came from their successful 10km race in last week’s Philippine National Games, took the fourth and fifth podium spots of the 21km category to complete the Female top five.

((from left to right) Richard Salaño (2nd male),  Ruffa Sorongon (4th female), Mary Joy Tabal (1st female), Christabel Martes (5th female), Prince Joey Lee  (5th male) and Jerald Zabala (6th male) run the 21km race at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival and finished in top spots.

Richard Salaño, Bulacan’s “Kenyan Slayer” settled for a top two finish in the 21km male category, clocking the race at 1:11:19.80. Cebu’s Prince Joey Lee and Cagayan de Oro’s Jerald Zabala settled for the fifth and sixth place, respectively. It was Lee’s and Zabala’s first race outside the Phiippines.

Meanwhile, the Filipino runners also reigned in the 42km category of the race. Bryan Quiamco, who earned his slot by winning the third spot of the 42km race of the 7-Eleven Race Series last February, took runner-up honors as he finished with a time of 2:37:03.70. Richeel Languido grabbed third while Rafael Pescos placed fourth.

On the distaff side, the Filipinas ruled as veteran Davaoeña runner Judelyn Miranda covered the challenging course in 3:16:03.91 to bag the crown and beat team mate Maricar Camacho who finished at 3:26:55.02 and settled for second place.

“Para sa akin amazing ang laro na ito kasi kapos ako sa ensayo pero naglakas-loob akong lumaban sa laro na ito dahil dala ko ang bandera ng ating bansa. Salamat sa 7-Eleven Philippines na nagsuporta sa aming lahat na makapunta kami sa South Korea.”, said Judelyn Miranda when asked about her win.

(from left to right) Richeel Languido (3rd male), Maricar Camacho (2nd female), Judelyn Miranda (1st female), Bryan Quiamco (2nd male) and Rafael Pestos (4th male) all made it to the podium of the 42km race of the 23rd Jeju International Tourism

“For me this race Is amazing because even if I lacked training, I bravely went on to race because I am carrying our country’s flag. Thank you to 7-Eleven Philippines who supported all of us in going to South Korea.”

“We are very satisfied with Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ performance here at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival. 7-Eleven Philippines will continue with its program to nurture and support our Filipino runners who aspire to get the chance to represent the country in an international race. With that we encourage them to prepare well and we’ll see them on February 3, 2019 for the 2019 7-Eleven Run Series.”, shared 7-Eleven General Merchandise Division Head Mr. Jose C. Ang Jr., when asked about the team’s performance.

Ever since 2013, 7-Eleven Philippines have given a set of Filipino elite runners a chance to compete in the international stage by bringing them to a foreign running race, all expenses paid for plus pocket money and all needs taken cared of. Apart from this, runners who successfully finish on any of the top three overall spots in their respective category will not only get to bring home the race prizes but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.

The participation of Filipino runners at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the valuable support of Asics as exclusive sportswear partner, Smart and ESPN as media partners and sponsors Selecta Ice Cream, Nature Spring Water, Gatorade, Summit water, Del Monte, Fit and Right, Active, Blue Flavored water, San Miguel beer, Le Minerale, SIP water, Sosro fruit tea, Safeguard, Kopiko 78, Aquafina, Cheetos, Pocari Sweat, and Evian.

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Nick Baldwin and Liz Blatchford Top Century Tuna Ironman Philippines

Nick Baldwin’s Date with History

It was a historic day for the Philippines as it hosted its very first full distance Ironman event with Century Tuna as title sponsor last June 3, 2018.  Nick Baldwin became not only the Philippines first full Ironman Champion but also his home country, Seychelles first ever Ironman Champion.  Australia’s Liz Blatchford topped the Women’s category.

Century Tuna Ironman Philippines

The first ever Century Tuna Ironman Philippines was a historic day last June 3, 2018 and it culminated the long hard training road for all participants earning the Ironman title for the first time on Philippine soil.  With a 3.8 kilometer swim at ACEA, Subic, a 180 kilometer bike leg in the rain and in the heat and a hot and humid 42 kilometer run leg, it was a tough course for the triathletes.

The country’s inaugural full distance Ironman saw close to 1,300 participants with 50 countries, including the Philippines, represented. A total of 805 Pinoys were among the pack, a strong indication of triathlon’s increasing popularity and the country becoming a premier race destination.

“Filipinos earning an Ironman badge on home soil is making history. We hope the triumph of our Ironmen and Ironwomen today inspires our countrymen to embrace fitness and live healthier lifestyles—our goal as an organization from the very start,” said Greg Banzon, EVP and COO of Century Pacific Food, Inc.


Historic Day for Philippines and Seychelles

After all the swim, bike and run action Nick Baldwin of Seychelles made several tick marks in history.  After being challenged in the run leg by favorite and legendary Cameron Brown from New Zealand, he pulled away in the run leg to emerged as the first-ever Philippines Full Ironman distance Champion with a time of 08:50:30.  He also becomes the first ever Seychelles triathlete to win an Ironman event, which is also now his first major win.

New Zealand’s Cameron Brown (08:56:49) and Simon Cochrane (08:58:58), placed second and third respectively, in the men’s Pro division.

Australia’s Liz Blatchford returned  to the Ironman event after giving birth to her daughter last year, to win the Women’s Pro with a time of 09:22:22.  Fellow Aussie Dimity Lee Duke (09:40:45) came in second, followed by New Zealand’s Simone Maier (09:47:39).

Liz Blatchford is an Ironman and an Ironmommy

Filipino August Benedicto ruled the Asian Elite Division clocking in at 09:48:46.  Pinoys Benjamin Rana (10:13:01) and John Philip Duenas (10:27:34) who came in second and third respectively share Benedicto’s pride of being top Ironmen in their own country.

Baldwin and Blatchford got their share of the USD 25,000 total purse prize for winning their respective categories. Also for the first time, the race served as a qualifier for the 2018 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, USA with 30 slots up for grabs. The following have earned the 30 slots for Kona.

The Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines 2018 is produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and made possible through the support of a number of sponsors and partners including: Alaska, the Department of Tourism, the Tourism Promotions Board, AAI, SBMA, Acea Subic Bay, NLEX and SCTEX, HOKA One One, Gatorade, Aquafina, TYR, Stork, David’s Salon, GU, Intercare, Prudential Guarantee, Media partners: The Philippine Star Hyper HD on Cignal, AsiaTRI.com and FinisherFix, Marketing partners: AlcoPlus, Cetaphil, Devant, Fern-C, Ford, PLDT SMART Communications, Regent Foods, Sanicare, and Timex.

For more details, visit www.centurypacific.com.ph or www.ironmanphilippines.com

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Underpants Run Heat Things Up for Century Tuna Ironman Weekend

The Century Tuna Ironman Weekend just got hotter with The Underpants Run held at June 2, 2018 along the roads of Subic.

Underpants Run

Photo from Century Tuna Ironman Page

The Underpants Run was inspired by the tradition at Kona, home of the Ironman World Championship, which was adopted by Century Tuna on the eve of the first ever Full Distance Ironman happening on June 3, 2018. It gathered world-class athletes, Superbods finalists, and individuals of all shapes and sizes, all united to raise money for a cause. The Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run took center stage continuing what has become a pre-race ritual during previous Ironman 70.3 events at Subic Bay.

This year’s edition was highlighted by the participation of recent Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018 grand winners, Maureen Montagne, Jules Aquino, Angel Jones and Johan Ludovica, along with other finalists. Running with them are triathletes and running enthusiasts. This year’s 3KM course took participants in and around the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center while wearing their colorful under garments.

Team Japan

China’s Aqua Triathlon club was the first group to finish taking home the P20,000 prize while Frank Hoban took top the top spot for the individual category to along with P15,000 pot. Team Japan was judged as the group with the most inspired costume while Larry Ronquillo, who dressed up in Filipino tribal wear, took home the best individual costume award. Loot bags with exciting freebies and finisher shirts were given to all finishers.

Larry Ronquillo

Aside from being one of the side events prior to the Century Tuna Ironman Philippines 2018, The Underpants Run aims to show people the lighter side of living a healthy.

“The Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run showcases just how fun a fitter lifestyle can be. We want to inspire people to start moving and feel the benefits of living healthier,” says Greg Banzon, EVP and COO of Century Pacific Food,Inc.

For more details, visit www.centurypacific.com.ph or www.ironmanphilippines.com

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Incoming: Salomon XTrail Pilipinas 2018

You’ll never how strong you are until you’ve gone through the path of most resistance. That’s what Salomon XTrail Pilipinas is all about. It’s back for another round of challenging slopes and surfaces in the 6Km, 12 Km, 24 Km and 32Km distances they are offering on July 22, 2018 at Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Salomon XTrail Pilipinas

Salomon X Trail 2017

Salomon XTrail has been among the more challenging races I’ve been to. I’ve got my baptism of steep climbs, technical surfaces, bouldering at Pico De Loro and Anvaya Cove in the previous editions. I also got climbs unlimited at their Subic Route that came in sizzling hot and extra muddy edition. It’s always a totally different adventure that will give you satisfying (not easy) memories.

Salomon XTrail Pilipinas is a race you’ll love to hate but you’ll still be doing it anyway. The Path of most resistance, whether it be muddy trails, unlimited ascent, boulders of rocks, soft beach sands and a lot of different surfaces, will give you a better appreciation of the trails. It’s a school of trail running with a much friendlier intro to trail running with a road to trail distance of 6 Km and 12 Km. The 24 Km and 32 Km is for those earning an advance experience in trail running.


The Path of Most Resistance

Five decades since its inception, Salomon continues to elevate outdoor experiences as the world’s leading trail running brand. But beyond its steadfast dedication to superior product innovation, Salomon has likewise come to embrace its role as a pillar of outdoor athleticism. In its bid to push the boundaries of trail running, Salomon is more than thrilled to announce the return of the highly-anticipated Salomon X-Trail Run this July 22, 2018 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Conceived in 2008 as an annual event organized by Salomon throughout Southeast Asia, the Salomon X-Trail Run is held in countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Highly regarded by the trail running community for its exceptional and technical trail routes, Salomon X-Trail Run continues to attract an increasing number of participants among runners, fitness junkies, and outdoor enthusiasts.

In the past, Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas has been held in various premiere venues throughout the country and has since gained notoriety for consistently mounting the most challenging yet most-attended trail running events in local trail running history. Now on its 7th year, the Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas is back to challenge hardcore trail runners and outdoor adventurers with another grueling and unforgettable trail running experience.

Beyond boundaries

Following last year’s widely successful turnout of close to 1,200 participants, this year’s event seeks to attract 1,500 racers from all over the country as it unveils another adrenaline-pumping race across the lush and vigorous forest trails of the Subic Freeport Zone. Similar to past Salomon X-Trail races, this year’s trail running competition will consist of two race categories – the Trail Run category for beginners with 6km and 12km distances and the more technical Mountain Run designed for experienced runners with its 24km and 32km distances.

Transcending the boundaries of human capability is a philosophy which ultimately drives the core of Salomon. As such, participants of this year’s Salomon X-Trail Run can expect no less from the trail running authority as it once again simulates the challenging ascents of Skyrunning races.

Particularly, the Mountain Run which is positioned as the most challenging category of the race will feature a heady combination of terrains such as asphalt and rocky trails to rivers, sandy tracks, and steep technical ascents – all of which are designed to test the stamina of the most tenacious runner.

The Mountain Run participants will receive a race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon Microfiber towel, post-race meal, raffle coupon & products from sponsors. Only those who finish within the cut-off time will receive a Finisher’s medal for this category.

Path to progress

An advocate of inclusivity, Salomon X-Trail Run also opens its doors to avid runners with basic to no trail running experience with its 6km and 12km Trail Run category. Though slightly less demanding, the Trail Run category equally aims to inspire runners to test the limits of their ability by coming up with a technical terrain that will surely prove taxing for its participants. Trail Run participants will receive a race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, post-race meal, raffle coupon & products from sponsors.

Given the demanding nature of these distances, participants of the 32km and 24KM Mountain Run must adhere to the prescribed medical certificate before registration and mandatory gear before the race which includes, a headlamp, a whistle, a hydration pack/belt with at least 500mL of water. Those with incomplete mandatory gear will not be allowed to participate in the race.

Throughout the event, there will be specific areas and control points located in varying locations within the course to ensure that the participants finish the race within the official time alongside motivational posters and signages to encourage racers. Moreover, the Salomon X-Trail Run will be a Green Race. A pioneer advocacy championed by the Salomon X-Trail Run since its first series back in 2010, Salomon’s Green Race Movement will not permit the use of disposables during the event. Participants are then required to bring their own water bottles.

Interested participants are invited to register until July 8, 2018 at Salomon Stores: SM Aura, SM Megamall, Glorietta 3, SM North Edsa Annex or online at www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com.ph. The claiming of the Race Kits will be on-site. Alternatively, for online registrants can opt to have the Race Kits delivered via courier for an additional fee.

For inquiries about the event, e-mail SalomonXtrail2018@extribeinc.com. Also follow us on our facebook page: @salomonphilippines and @SalomonPH on Instagram.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: July 22, 2018
  • Venue: Subic Bay Freeport Zone
  • Race Start
    • 32Km – 7 am
    • 24Km – 9 am
    • 12Km – 11 am
    • 6Km – 11 am
  • Cut off
    • 32Km – 7.5 hours
    • 24Km – 5.5 hours
    • 12Km – 3 hours
    • 6Km – 1.5 hours

Fees and Inclusions

  • 6Km – P1,200 – Inclusive of Race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Post-race meal
  • 12km – P1,500 – Inclusive of Race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Post-race meal
  • 24Km – P2,000 – Inclusive of Race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon Microfiber Towel, Post-race meal. Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time (5hours)
  • 32Km – P2,300 – Inclusive of Race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon Microfiber Towel, Post-race meal. Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time (7hours).


  • Online : via http://salomonxtrailpilipinas.com.ph
  • In Store:
    • Salomon Store SM Aura, 4th floor, SM Aura Mall, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
    • Salomon Store SM Megamall, 3rd floor, Bldg D, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong
    • Salomon Glorietta 3 Store, 2/f Glorietta 3, Ayala Center Makati City
    • Salomon Store SM Annex North Edsa, 2/f, SM North Edsa Annex Building, Edsa, Quezon City

Race Updates

Gear Up and Conquer your limits with Salomon

With the Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas 2018 in tow, Salomon introduces its latest iterations for its core trail running range – the SLAB and SENSE collections. Made to enhance and live up to the harshest trail running conditions, participants of the upcoming race are sure to perform at their finest by gearing up in Salomon’s latest trail running innovations.

Ideal for competitive trail runners who are out to test their limits in the Mountain Run categories, Salomon unveils this season’s upgraded SLAB collection with four stand-out footwear that are meant to live up to the fiercest trails.

Headlining Salomon’s high-performance trail running range are the S/LAB SENSE 6 and the S/LAB SENSE 6 SG. Both footwear boasts of Salomon’s Endofit technology for a superior fit and breathability and a ContaGrip with Premium Wet Traction rubber to ensure maximum traction over any terrain. What sets these two models apart is that the S/LAB SENSE 6 is made with a hard ground outsole while the S/LAB SENSE 6 SG features an aggressive outsole to get a grip of the soft ground and a soft mesh upper to keep out debris.

Proving to be a brand that’s built with athletes for athletes, the S/LAB SENSE ULTRA 2 was developed with French elite athlete Francois D’haene. The result is a remarkable running shoe that embodies the D’haene’s long-distance stamina, precision, and agility. Its key features include the Energysave foam insert that adds long-lasting cushioning and protection from the coarsest terrain; Energycell+ foam to ensure a smooth consistent ride; SENSIFIT construction with a durable protective Skin Guard lining; and a Contagrip outsole and reverse lugs on the heal area for added confidence when traversing downhill.

Even the most cunning runners cannot escape the perils of bad weather. The next best thing is to sport a pair of footwear that’s especially designed to hold out against muddy, wet, and slippery trails. Take a shot with the S/LAB SPEED 2 with its narrow fit for precision and agility even in the worst conditions; ContaGrip sole to ensure traction and resist clogging; and lastly, a protective mudguard positioned around the foot area along with a cushioned midsole to let you pile on the miles against harder surfaces.

Derived directly from the S/LAB Collection, the SENSE Collection offers a wide range of trail running shoes that are equally formidable and durable. This line includes the SENSE RIDE with its generous cushioning which enables one to push the mileage for extended periods of time in comfort; the SENSE PRO 2 for those who opt

for a lightweight feel without sacrificing comfort; the SENSE ESCAPE which offers incredible protection and grip on and off the road; the SENSE PRO MAX which boasts of an anti-vibration technology for less shock and more fun. The models in the SENSE Collection are available for both men and women.

Salomon’s latest collection also engages runners with its selection of superior running vests. Lightweight and constructed for precision, the all-new AGILE 2 SET is a power mesh-equipped running vest that serves the perfect function of carrying one’s essentials without compromising air-flow, comfort, and motion. Meanwhile, under the S/LAB collection is the S/LAB SENSE ULTRA 5 SET, an ultimate gear stowing solution made with anti-odor stretchy mesh fabric and a Sensifit construction that promises to wrap around the body without hindrance. Plus, the vest is as lightweight as can be at a mere 100g.

Founded in 1947 in Annecy France, Salomon began as a mountain sports brand driven by the sheer passion for exhilarating outdoor pursuits. Since then, the brand has emerged as a global leader in trail running footwear and accessories that help athletes go beyond the limits of their capabilities. As Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas returns for its 7thinstallment, runners across the country can expect another challenging outdoor experience that bears the inspiring legacy of a brand built upon athletic excellence.

Salomon is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by the Primer Group of Companies.

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The Different Stories of Tri Factor Ph

Participants pose event hosts and organisers before the start of the inaugural TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series in CamSur.

Each race is a different story and TRI-Factor also had its share of different stories. From the chase of the podium to the feel good story of newly minted triathletes, TRI-Factor has been true to its purpose of providing a venue for new and progressive athletes get into the Swim, Bike and Run lifestyle.

The Stories of TRI-Factor PH

Participants plunge into the Lago del Rey at the start of the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series in CamSur.

TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series at the Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur last May 26 and 27, 2018 had gave memorable experience and moments for the participating triathletes. With an environment that was friendly to newbie triathletes as well as the challenge and the nostalgia of the Camsur course, which was among the first triathlon courses, for experienced triathletes. TRI-Factor Ph also shared some triathlon insights to the audience from Elvin Ting, co-founder of Tri-factor and manager director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd. The finish line also gave the winning moment for all the participants in the race.

The Camsur hosted TRI-Factor PH was the third leg of this year’s Asian Series. The event and the athletes provided school supplies and slippers to over 200 indigent kids under the Race to Give program of Sanctband of One of A Kind Marketing, the marketing arm of Tri-factor in the Philippines.

The top winners gained berths in the TRI-Factor Series in Thailand plus overnight stay in Caramoan islands. TRI-Factor Asian Championship series celebrates their 10th year doing four-leg mass participating series in a number of countries across Asia such as Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Thailand. The next TRI-Factor series will be in Thailand on June 17, 2018.


The Winners

The Freshmen Category on the Swim Leg

Long Distance

Billy Biag flashed superb form and dominated the long distance triathlon with a time of 3:19:04.4 to rule the grueling 1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run event, beating Renel Brecenio (3:27:05.9) by almost eight minutes while Anthony Llaguno III timed 3:50:30 to place third overall in the long distance triathlon.

Standard Distance

Mark Malolot ruled the Standard Distance of 1.5km swim-40km bike-10km run in 2:27:31, foiling Jade Albar, who clocked 2:31:09 while Ryan Laurino placed third overall in 2:38:43 followed by Edgar Cabalero (2:46:37) and Ricky Busran (2:51:59) in the event.


The top finishers in relay in the Open division of the long distance triathlon was led by Bolima Madler, Platilla Margarito and Lagyap Marino, who timed 3:02:32.7. Hezron Vasquez, Gil Peña Jr. and Dave de Vera placed second in 3:18:47.6 while the troika of Ruben Mariano, Inocencio Parza and Dennis Suz clocked 3:27:36.8 for third.

Sprint Distance

In the sprint distance (740m swim-20km bike-5km run), John Caleb Barlin took the overall crown with a 1:08.29 clocking, beating Louie Ibo and Roman Bonagua, who timed 1:12.52 and 1:14.46, respectively. Actor Gerald Anderson won in the 25-29 age-group (1:16:15) sprint division with Team Da Rosa.

The Dreamers

Miss Earth Air 2016 finished the Freshmen Distance of TRI-Factor.

TRI-Factor was also a feel-good stories for freshly minted triathletes. The event had a Freshman Distance of 200 meters Swim, 10 Km Bike and 2 Kilometer run and it also had a kid-friendly distance of 100 meters Swim, 5 km Bike and 1 Km Ride. This provided an opportunity for a lot of people outside the triathlon community looking inside to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

One story worth noting was that of Miss Earth Air 2016 Michelle Gomez who had a 45 day journey from zero to hero. She had minimal athletic background but with the help of her Coach Angelo Lozada and support from Chapter 2 bike, Michelle was able to have a good finish on her first triathlon race. Michelle is even raring to do more.

This is what TRI-Factor is all about being a venue for newbies to enter the field.

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Incoming: Marvel Run Ph

It’s time to save the world on July 7, 2018 at the Marvel Run Ph happening at SM Mall of Asia.  Be Mighty like Thor, be Strong like Captain America, Be Incredible like Hulk and be a hero while enjoy the fun of running.

Marvel Run Ph

The Marvel Heroes is coming to Philippine shores in a run everybody can enjoy with 3K, 5K and 10K distance to choose from. Happening at the SM Mall of Asia on July 7, 2018, here’s you’re chance to feel like one of your favorite superhero.

Go Deluxe at P1,200 which includes a Marvel Shirt or Go Premium or VIP where you can choose between Thor, Hulk or Captain America Shirt.  It also comes with the fun and feel-good vibe and the usual colorful concept from the creators of Color Manila.

Register Now and Go Save the World one stride at a time.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: July 7, 2018
  • Venue: SM MOA Event Grounds
  • Assembly:
    • 10K – 4:30AM
    • 5K – 5:00AM
    • 3K – 5:30AM
  • Gun Start:
    • 10K – 5:45AM
    • 5K – 6:00AM
    • 3K – 6:25AM

Kits and Inclusions

  • Deluxe – P1,200


  • Premium – P1,750


VIP – 2,750



Race Updates

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Celebrities joins TRI-Factor

Tri-Factor has been designed for a Race for ALL. It also had a list of noted personalities and celebrities who joined the race.


TRI-Factor has created a friendly atmosphere for the participants to have a feel-good foray in triathlon. Multi-sport newbies, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes have joined the new challenge as they showcase their skills in swimming, biking and running in the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series from May 26-27,2018 at the Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

A big number of athletes, including a slew of rising and top triathletes in the region have joined the four-leg mass participation series composed of individual swim, bike and run events and a finale triathlon and staged to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth.

The TRI-Factor has grown from organizing multi-sport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region with CamSur hosting the third leg of the Asian Series and it comes at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch events held regularly across the country the last few years.

For details, visit www.trifactorph.com.

Celebrities join TRI-Factor

Miss Earth Air 2016 finishes the Freshmen Distance

Spicing up this weekend’s event is the participation of a number of celebrities, including noted triathlon campaigners Gerald Anderson and Ms Earth-Air 2016 Michelle Gomez. Anderson raced the sprint and fellow Team De Rossa mainstays. Gomez completed her first ever triathlon completing the Freshmen Distance of 200 meters Swim, 10K Bike at 2 kilometer run after having her 45 day from zero to hero training routine.

Gerald Anderson finishes the sprint distance.

The event, held in conjunction with the Kaogma Festival celebrations, also features a “Race to Give” project where TRI-Factor racers will get to award school supply kits to every indigenous child right after they finish the race as part of TRI-Factor’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

Meanwhile, the host province, led by Gov. Migs Villafuerte welcomed all the local and foreign participants today with the race kit collection set from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday). Other activities on tap in the first day are the Community Aqua Fun Event from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the TRI-Factor Freshmen distance triathlon from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the TRI-Factor kids distance triathlon from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The awards ceremony was held at 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Action heated up on Sunday with the TRI-Factor long and standard distance triathlon slated from 6:30 a.m. to 12 noon and the TRI-Factor sprint distance triathlon set from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The awards rites will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to be followed by the Let’s Party@Kaogma Festival bash.

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CamSur ready for TRI-Factor Asian series

All roads leads to CamSur as new and experience triathletes take part in the third leg of TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series stages its third leg at the CamSur Watersports Complex on May 26-27.


A merry mix of triathletes, wannabes and weekend runners gear up for a fun but competitive race when the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series stages its third leg at the CamSur Watersports Complex on May 26-27.

From Singapore to China, the circuit resumes in the Philippines with Camarines Sur, which has successfully hosted a number of triathlon and multi-sport events the last few years, putting up a course at par with international standards while guaranteeing a race to remember for the big international cast.

Local and international triathletes will be welcomed by the scenic view of CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC). Image by CWC, Chris Hopf.


“I’m sure Tri-Factor in CamSur will not just be a competitive race but also a fun and exciting triathlon race,” said CamSur Gov. Migs Villafuerte. “Our province has been home to many triathlon and other sports events but the Tri-Factor Phl race is something that should not be missed since it will be one of the highlights of our Kaogma Grand Festival.”

The TRI-Factor is a four-leg mass participation series composed of individual swim, bike and run events and a finale triathlon in a number of countries throughout Asia. It is held to provide kids, multi-sport beginners, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes a venue to polish their skills in swimming, biking and running.

For details, visit​ ​www.trifactor.ph​.

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.

“This race series is designed for all capabilities and ages, starting from the kids triathlon all the way up to the long distance triathlon,” said TRI-Factor founder and managing director of the organizing Orange Room Pte. Ltd Elvin Ting.

The host and organizers are preparing a grand welcome for local and international participants with the race kit collection set on May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The race kit includes event tee, swim cap, timing chip, race bib, drawstring bag and finisher medal.

Event Tee



Also on tap in the day are the community aqua fun event from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the TRI-Factor Freshmen Distance Triathlon from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., a 200m swim-10km bike-2km run event with age classifications of 13-15, 16-29, and 30-and-above. The TRI-Factor Kids Distance Triathlon from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., a 100m swim-5km bike-1km run race with awards rites set from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Action heats up on May 27 with the TRI-Factor Long, an individual and team relay – 1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run) in various age classes, and Standard Distance Triathlon, an individual and team relay event – 1.5km swim-40km bike-10km run, firing off at 6:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The TRI-Factor Sprint Distance, a 740m swim-20km bike-5km run event featuring age-group classes of 16-29, 30-44, and 45-and-above, will start at 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the awards ceremony set from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. to be followed by the grand party @Kaogma Festival.

Meanwhile, the race cut-off times are 45 minutes (Kids), 1 hour-30 mins (Freshmen), 2 hours, 30 mins (Sprint), four hours and 15 mins (Standard) and five hours for the Long distance.

Roads will be re-opened by 10 a.m. on May 27 while those still on route will be directed back to the main event site to finish their run leg.

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A Decade’s Journey to The Country’s Full-Distance Ironman

The Journey towards the first ever full-distance Ironman is on its final leg. 10 Years of Ironman 70.3 in the Philippines leads to the Century Tuna Ironman at Subic Bay on June 3, 2018. It’s also a culmination of the journey of triathletes aiming to be an Ironman in their own country.

Century Tuna Ironman

After a decade of Ironman 70.3 Ironman races in the country, June 3rd marks a first for the Philippine triathlon community as the sports toughest race distance will finally happen in Subic Bay.

The Century Tuna Ironman Philippines 2018 is all set to challenge local and international athletes—all of whom will race for the right to call themselves Iron men and women! To get there, they will have to swim in open water for 3.8 km, bike for 180 km and then run 42 km before crossing the finish line.

Ahead of the event, Century Tuna released an inspiring video to rally participants and to pique the interest of sports fans to watch and be part of this historic event.

“Staging the country’s inaugural full-distance triathlon race is a challenge we gladly accepted. We truly wanted to give serious Pinoy and international triathletes the opportunity to achieve their personal fitness goals and do a full Ironman on Philippine soil,” shares Greg Banzon, EVP and COO of Century Pacific Food Inc.

You may view the video here: https://bit.ly/2LoWA6R

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#TaleOfTheTrail Mount Alapaap (San Andres, Tanay, Rizal)

In awe of the Sea of Clouds

Mount Alapaap is a short 5 kilometer circuit but it does give you several climbs, steep drops and a really awesome view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. #TaleOfTheTrail


Funny how I’ve been keeping this streak of being on the trails on weekend.  Suddenly, there’s nothing scheduled for the weekend.  While I’m good to go for just an ordinary weekend at the city, I got an invite from Inja since Wanderbee Travel and Tours had a scheduled trip to Mount Alapaap.  Oh wait, Mount Alapaap also happens to be one of the race where I completely struggled on the climbs and that suicidal descent.  You can read more about it here:

That was one painful race but since I wanted my weekend dose of dirt, I’m good to go.  At the last minute, I joined Inja’s group with a meetup at 3 am in Quezon Ave and a hike that starts before 5 am. It also meant that I had to do the climb with barely any decent sleep.  The start area is in San Andres, Tanay, Rizal, which is several kilometers near the highway.

Trekking Mount Alapaap

The race here was just last February so the route, elevation is still fresh.  It starts with 1 km climb followed by a really steep rappel descent, another long climb to the second peak before heading down wards to complete the loop.   We started at 4:45 am so we had to use our headlamps because it was still dark.  It started with climbs unlimited, which is not my favorite way to start a hike.  My legs usually struggle on the climbs when it doesn’t feel warmed up yet.  I was in the middle part and a few meters away from the fast hikers.  I really wanted to take it easy since it’s a climb and I have high regards for the route based on the previous time I was here.

Halfway into the climb, I tried to hike faster and was able to catch the first group of Van, Bon and Limwell.  Going up, there was some areas overlooking the mountains with sea of clouds.  After several pit stops, we reached the first summit where we waited for the rest of the group.

I knew the next part was a long descent over a deep ravine in between the first and second summit.  How I wish they just made a zipline or hanging bridge across the two summits.  The descent was a really steep one and we had to use ropes to keep our balance.  We had a short break before heading down.

It was a long way down with ropes to help us over the steepness.  I’m glad that I had good traction in my shoes though there was a part where I slipped because of the loose soil.  It was a technical drop, which required more caution and courage.  It also felt endless as one steep descent led to another until we finally reached the lowest part, which is a bamboo infested forest.

The bamboo infested forest was another set of climbs leading to the next summit.  It was shorter than the previous climb but it was a lot steeper.  There were also railings on some parts, which can aid you on the climb.  We took the climb on several efforts plus the view was awesome for some photo-ops.  The good part about this stretch was that it was covered.

The climbs led us to the open trails where you can already see the summit.  We took a break at the store and had fresh buko.  This was also a nice vantage points for some photos with the views of the Sierra Madre Mountain range prominent already.

From the store, it was just about 200 to 300 meters of pure climbs heading to the area near Mag-Asawang Bato.  It was a short but tiring climb because of the elevation.  The area led to two rocky boulders, which was also a great spot for appreciating the mountains.

We took our turns taking photos over this large rock structure with the overlooking view of the mountains.  We had to wait for our turn going to the highest peak, which is Mag-Asawang Bato because the first group was still there.

After gazillion years of waiting, we finally had a chance to go to the highest point.  It was a short technical climb, where you have to hang on the boulders of rocks to go up.  Mag-asawang bato had the best view because of its altitude.

We took our turns at the top of the the rock, enjoying the splendid view.  You really just get awed whenever you see nature at this vantage point.  No wonder the previous group took forever leaving this spot. Ok, I’m being sarcastic there.

We went in batches at the top though went down too so others can have their chance.  The lower part of the rock was also a nice scenery.

We then made our way back to the rest of the circuit, which had a lot of scenic ridges as we descended down the trail.  It was getting hot already so we tried to speed up heading back to the bottom of the mountain.

Bathing in a Kawa

After the climb, we were able to bath in a Kawa at the nearby Mysawa area.  I was scared at first but after seeing the rest, I braved the experience.  It felt really good with the warm waters.  The winds made me want to stay in the Kawa longer as you’ll feel the contrast between the hot  water and the cool winds.  That was such a short and sweet adventure.  That’s all folks.

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