Cordillera Mountain Ultra 2017

Survived 50K of CMU 2017

Survived 50K of CMU 2017

I’ve been keeping it wild since Cordillera Conservation Trust started showcasing the beauty of the Cordillera for the past 3 years.  It’s definitely the toughest and most scenic 50 kilometer distance with a whopping 3,000 freaking meters worth of elevation from Dalupirip to the peak of Mount Ugo. 

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Cordillera Mountain Ultra

3 Years of Keeping It Wild

3 Years of Keeping It Wild

3 years ago, when the first Cordillera Mountain Marathon was being organized I got attracted with the idea of mountain runs.  In an instant, I joined the 11K distance at Mount Pulag and was able to finish it.  I heard the stories of the mountain marathoners and felt they had a really an awesome experience being able to go to several provinces before finishing back at the ranger station in Mount Pulag.  That’s my light bulb moment that I should do a mountain marathon, which then had a cut-off time of 13 hours.  The next year, it was reformatted to be a 50 kilometer ultra event from Dalupirip at Mount Ugo, with a cut off of 14 hours. If you knew me, Ultras where part of my “Never” list and the cut-off is a bit stiff compared to the marathon distance a year ago. I went on to finish the 21K distance last year. When registration opened for this year’s edition, I took a leap of fate and just signed up for the 50K distance and as things were, the cutoff was even shorter at 13 hours. Good luck to me.

Pre Race Anxiety

When you lack training, try to do the math.

When you lack training, try to do the math.

For the first time since my first marathon in 2014, I actually was scared of the race.  My training plan didn’t turn out as expected with bouts of ankle sprain, shin splints, coughs, colds, busy work schedule and lack of training mileage.  My longest distance for the past 3 months was 17 kilometers on the trails and 21 kilometers on the road. I did insert some gym time walking on inclined treadmill for hours.  You don’t have to be an expert to say that it’s not enough for a 50 kilometer race with 3,000 meters elevation gain.  When it comes to training, the longer you train, the less you suffer on race day so I started conditioning my mind to get ready to suffer.  I plotted the elevation profile and tried to plot some target times each segment.  This is my first ultra event, the goal was to finish and meeting the cut-off would just be bonus. I did hope that I did finish before it became dark.  I guess flawed as it was, that was the plan.

Race Route and Elevation Profile

Race Route and Elevation Profile

Race Route and Elevation Profile powered by Suunto Spartan Sport

The first 9 kilometers was a rolling  terrain with a mix of paved road, dirt road and river trails until the foot of the climb to Tenidi Hill.  This was followed by a 3-kilometer climb to Tenidi Hill covering about 750 meters of elevation gain.  The trail descends for the next kilometer to Oling before the climb resumes to Ugo for the next 12 kilometers with total elevation gain of 1,100 meters (including about 300 meters steep climb to the summit).  The race descents back to Tinongdan for the next 14 kilometers and goes on another rolling loop at Tinongdan for the next 5 kilometers before hitting Dalupirip for the last climb and descent to the finish line.

The Race

Carboloading with Team Smart at home.

Carboloading with Team Smart at home.

Up until the claiming of the race kit, I was still thinking if it was possible to downgrade to 21K or just totally miss the race. Yes, that’s how anxious I was before the race.  So when I got my kit for the 50K distance and had my Raceyaya timing chip attached to me, I guess this is it.  I got some inspirational words from Carlo of Smart the day before the race and Jonel and Aldean before the race.  It’s time to put my heart and determination to test.

Here we go again.

Here we go again.

The race started at 4 am sharp and it was time to just execute the game plan or how much I could during the race.  I started of with a good pace and good thing that my shin splints didn’t bother me this time. I slowed down on the single track climb to the main road on the 2nd kilometer and I was just playing the elevation by speeding up on the descent and walking the ascents on the road stretch.  Upon crossing the finish line, I started to slow down just to make sure that my heart rate would be low before I climb Tenidi Hill.

Tenidi Hill

Let's Go!

Let’s Go!

Tenidi hill was the toughest part of the course with 750 meters elevation gain in just 3 kilometers of distance.  If I get past this then the race is more manageable.  This is my 3rd time at Tenidi Hill and I could do this for 10 more times and it would never feel easy.  I took it one effort at a time disregarding the distance and just watching the elevation on my Suunto Spartan Sport. It does help mentally when you see you’re moving up the elevation even with the distance is just trickling in.  Before 3 hours in the race, I was up Tenidi Hill and it was a short descent to the town of Oling.

The Long Climb to Mount Ugo

Running around the ridges of Mount Ugo - Photo by Jefferson Chua

Running around the ridges of Mount Ugo – Photo by Jefferson Chua

The Town of Oling was a timing point and had a cutoff of 4 hours.  It’s also the last bail-out points of the race and once you continue here, you have to finish the whole loop since there are no other exit points (unless you’d like to exit at another province and end up there for days.  I thought for a second and said to myself, it was a go. This was a really long climb with the first 10 kilometers about 750 meter ascent and the next two kilometers having about 300 meters ascent.  It started with a technical climb from Oling and I was surprised that the first 2-3 kilometers, I was already able to cover about 300 meters of elevation.  That means that there would be some lower inclines above.

Resting Midway the Climb - Photo by Kat Faustino

Resting Midway the Climb – Photo by Kat Faustino

The first few kilometers of the climb were technical pine forested trails.  After the trails went higher, it shifted to long rolling run-able ridges that was just mesmerizing.  We were moving on single track ridge with some portion hot because of the time of day and some portion foggy and cold because of the altitude.  It was scenic yet it was tough. I just kept checking on the altitude and once we got up by 100 meters in altitude there was a stretch where we’d go down 50 meters.  It felt exhausting and frustrating but I realized the best way to deal with tough times is to look forward to good times.  During the toughest parts, I’d always remind myself how many kilometers it was to the summit and I need to finish the race so I can celebrate my birthday this week.

Nearing the summit.

Nearing the summit.

The last 2 kilometers to the summit was really difficult as it’s already a direct assault plus fatigue is coming into play.  I made it one push after another and things would get easy going down for the second half of the race.  I eventually reached the summit in less than 8 hours, which meant I have 5 hours to chase the cut-off for the second half of the race.  It was foggy at the top so here’s my id picture with white background at the summit.

Mount Ugo Summit

Mount Ugo Summit

The Long Descent

After I had my time recorded at the summit, I went on the descent. The first part of the descent was a bit technical so I wasn’t able to speed up yet.  I’m such a klutz when it comes to technical trails and almost slipped several times.  It wasn’t fast but it helped me recover.  There were about 2 to 3 kilometer of technical descent before it shifted to run-able descending ridges.  The problem was I felt too banged up to run. I did the next best thing, I brisked walked for the next few kilometers going to the aid station in Domolpos at kilometer 33 in 10 hours.  I have about 3 hours to cover about 15 kilometers of distance.

Descents - Photo by Harry Tanoja for Cordillera Conservation Trust

Descents – Photo by Harry Tanoja for Cordillera Conservation Trust

There was a short a ascent after kilometer 33 but since I was up against time I just maintained the same pace for both uphill and downhill with faster brisk walks.  I managed to move past the next 2 kilometers at a good pace.  The next 2 kilometers were on a bit slippery and loose sand and rock surface so I slowed down.  It’s about 10-11 kilometers before the finish line and I have 2 hours to go.  The cut-off is still within reached though the window is closing a bit.

Chasing cutoffs

Chasing cutoffs

Entering Tinongdan Town at about kilometer 39, I felt my right quad cramping so I had to rest it a bit in one of the store while I took a soft drinks break.  I could barely move my right quad without pain so I slowed down again.  I tried to cushion each of my step with the pole so there would be less impact on my quads  It felt a bit better after walking though I would take occasional rest to massage the muscle a bit. Eventually, I went back to using to poles to reduce the impact on my legs.  With my window of chasing the cut-off becoming least probable, I started aiming just to finish before dark.  I just kept moving as the trails shifted to the rolling terrain in Tinongdan to the road back to Dalupirip and eventually the finish line.

With JP and Koi at the finish line.

With JP and Koi at the finish line.

It was beyond cut-off at about 14 hours but I’m glad I did finish the race before it went dark.  When I was in doubt whether to run or downgrade before the race, I always had this in mind.  It wasn’t about the time, it was always about the experience. It was just a few less muscle pains away from meeting the stiff cut-off but I’ll take that. I didn’t give up.   I have no regrets and no more looking back that I should have done the distance. There’s so many reasons to be proud of and to celebrate.  Of course, I’ll be back next year maybe to try the Vertical Kilometer or maybe another round to enjoy the tough Mount Ugo Terrain and just keep it wild.

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Incoming: NatGeo Earth Day Run 2017

NatGeo Earth Day Run has been a fixture in the runner’s calendar for the past 8 years. The cause of saving mother Earth has always been relevant and NatGeo is now calling all Eco-warriors to run for the cause of the environment once again.  Join the 5K, 10K, 21K or go for a full marathon experience on April 23, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia.

NatGeo Run

Not everybody is meant to save the world but anybody can make it a better place.  We can make it a better place by taking care of the Environment and joining NatGeo Earth Day Run 2017 is a good step towards that direction. Eco-warriors, it’s time to assemble at the SM Mall of Asia on April 23, 2017 and run 5K, 10K, 21K or go for a full marathon.  The event encourages and welcomes all types of Eco Warriors to take part, from fun-runners of all ages to the serious marathon runners who regularly compete. Each runner and each step made would definitely boost the environment. Here’s some of the reason to join NatGeo Earth Day Run.

Advocacy to the Environment

Earth Day Run participants were able to contribute to saving the Irawaddy dolphins at the Malampaya Sound Research and Conservation Project in Palawan and the Marine Protected Area and Coral Reef in Apo Reef in Ocidental Mindoro. They also provided a sustainable solution to reduce Carbon Footprints at Monreal, Masbate as well as beefed up the reforestation efforts in Ipo, Watershed in Bulacan, which is the source of fresh water supply of Metro Manila.  Registered runners at Earth Day Run 2017 will not only experience a fun day of outdoor fitness by joining this year’s event, but will also be doing their part in contributing to National Geographic’s environmental efforts.

It’s a Regional Run and Effort

Saving the environment is a global effort and from a pure Manila run, NatGeo Run has evolved into a regional run starting last year to better spread the vision and advocacy of Earth Day Run across Asia.  The event will be held not only in Manila but simultaneously in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taichung.  April 23 would be a day to raise public consciousness about environmental issues and health and fitness for National Geographic, which celebrates its eighth straight year of holding Earth Day Run. Presented by the channel and its partners Cherifer Premium and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Day Run 2017 aims to continue the tradition of being one of the biggest running events in the country, expecting scores of running enthusiasts and Eco Warriors to register and run for the environment.

It’s now on it’s 8th year

NatGeo Earth Day Run has been promoting the advocacy and social awareness through fitness for eight years now and that calls for a celebration.  Loyal NatGeo Earth Day Runners get the VIP treatment this year with the special program features with the hashtag #8withEDR.  Participants from previous Earth Day Runs will be given priority placement in front of the starting line at the beginning of the race and can claim their loot bags and finisher shirt at a special express booth. They can also make use of a special warm-up and cool down tent before and after the race to condition themselves and recover in comfort.  For it’s 8th year, there will also be 8 Years of EDR Gallery at the race village which runners can visit on race day.  They get to relive the accomplishment over the years and get to check the progress of the environmental and social initiates of NatGeo.  Visitors to the gallery will learn how their participation at Earth Day Run has made a significant impact on certain communities in the Philippines as well as how their actions as individuals can affect the environment.

LED Shoelaces and Prices for the Eco Warriors

This year, Earth Day Run will also be sporting new features for its runners. As a special treat, all race kits will come with LED shoelaces, serving as a badge of pride and as a safety precaution for Eco Warriors running at night or before sunrise. Prizes will also be given to costumed runners who showcase their creativity by coming in their best ensemble made from recycled materials. Finally, to make each Eco Warrior’s voice heard in this run for the Earth, advocacy banners will be hanging above the finish line so that each runner can grab them as they cross to make a shout-out for the environment, keep as a souvenir, and use for all their post-run selfies to amplify the message of acting now to save the environment.

It’s among the biggest run in the Region

“Earth Day Run 2017 will be the biggest version of the race yet, with more expected participants from Manila and four other cities across Asia. We’re also excited to look back on our eight years of environmental advocacy and share and celebrate with our runners the positive change that they helped make possible through the years by joining Earth Day Run. We hope that Earth Day Run 2017 not only brings communities of running enthusiasts together for the common cause of saving the environment but also that it amplifies the important message of doing your own part today to help stop climate change and commit to sustainable solutions to save our beloved planet Earth,” said Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Content and Marketing at FOX Networks Group Philippines.

Be an Eco Warrior

Of course, NatGeo Earth Day Run would be an excellent time to spend with family and friends and people with a soft heart for Mother Earth.  We get to raise the consciousness on the environment and we get to raise funds to support the initiatives of National Geographic Channel.  Let’s make the world a better place by joining the cause of NatGeo Earthday Run. Register Now!

Interested runners of all ages can join National Geographic’s Earth Day Run 2017 by registering at natgeoearthdayrun.com and from March 1 to April 16, 2017.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: April 23, 2017
  • Venue: SM Mall of Asia

Fees and Inclusions

Singlet

Finisher Shirt

Finisher Medal

Registration

  • Online: via NatGeoRun Website
  • Onsite: Opening Soon at Earth Day Run Booth in
    • SM Aura
    • SM North Edsa
    • SM MOA

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#TaleOfTheTrail Southern Ridges (Singapore)

Southern Ridges is a cluster of parks in a 10 kilometer distance that gives high vantage point of the city and forest view along elevated planks along the course.

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Tale Of The Trail

There's a lot of places to visit in Singapore but let me take this chance to explore the Southern Ridges.

There’s a lot of places to visit in Singapore but let me take this chance to explore the Southern Ridges.

Southern Ridges is more of a city trail than the usual rough road and muddy forest trails I take. It does make up for it for the different vantage point you get to see in the area and the volume of climbing involved.  There’s the city view at Mount Faber Park then it shifts to forest views entering Henderson Waves, Forest Walk, Hort Park, Canopy Walk and eventually Kent Ridge Park.  This time I had a different tour of Singapore and it had me running from one park to another as I get to appreciate the view of Singapore from it’s Southern Ridges.

The starting point is an easy access as it falls just at Exit D of the Harbourfront MRT Station. The end point leads your to either Kent Ridge Park Station or the Pasir Panjang Station depending on which side of Kent Ridge Park you want to exit.  The reason I chose this route was because of the distance.  I needed to log in some mileage for an upcoming race yet I also need to come back early to catch my hotel check out.

Map and Elevation

Map and Elevation Profile Powered by Suunto Spartan Sports.

Map and Elevation Profile Powered by Suunto Spartan Sports.

The route starts at Harborfront MRT Exit D going to the Marang Trail.  The trail heads to McFaber Park – Telok Blangah Hill Park – Hort Park and Kent Ridge Park.

Trekking The Southern Ridges

Stairs and a lot of them

Stairs and a lot of them

It was easy finding the starting point of the Southern Ridges since it’s at Exit D of Harbourfront MRT station.  That’s the same station you take for the cable car ride to Sentosa.  You just have to look for Marang Road within the station and you’re all set.  It’s all uphill at this point with the trails shifting from uphill roads to stairs for the next kilometer.  It was a struggle at this point as the legs are still not warmed up.

Unli- Stairs

Unli- Stairs

I always have a hard time with stairs compared to uphill paths since you can take the latter with tinier and less energy consuming steps.  I needed the struggle of the climb anyway so it’s time to hustle and just climb.

Upon reaching the top of the climb at Marang Trail, I got a peek of the city.  There was the  cable cars crossing over to the other side of Sentosa.

Cable Cars

Cable Cars

The next area to visit was the Faber Point, which would be the highest peak of the trek.  It was another 500 meters of climbing though it was not as steep as the Marang Trail.  It also helped that the area is frequented by tourists.

Merlion at Faber Point.

Merlion at Faber Point.

There was a Merlion at Faber Point and also a panoramic view of the city.

Appreciating the view.

Appreciating the view.

After Haber Point, I was supposed to go to Henderson Waves.  I took the road to the left since it would be intersecting to the same road that leads to Henderson Waves.  Well, this was the longer part since if I took the road on the other side, it’s just about 300 meters away.  It was a rush running downhill even if it was the longer route.  After reaching the intersection I had to climb up again to Henderson Waves.

Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves were a series of elevated wooden path, with waves on one side and the forest view on the other side.  It was fun running this part especially with the greenery surrounding the area. There were also a lot of students enjoying this part of the trail.

Running at Henderson Waves

Running at Henderson Waves

After the Henderson Waves, I was already at the Telok Blangah Hill Park.  There were painted signs on the road and I just followed the markings heading to the forest walk. There were side attractions like Sembcorp Forest of Giants  and Alkaff Mansion.

The highlight of this stretch though was the forest walk. That’s about 1.3 kilometers of descending zigzag trails on elevated steel planks.  There were also several runners / trekkers doing this part.  I enjoyed this part because of the green backdrop.  While I was struggling a bit on the metal planks since the lugs of the shoes tend to collide with the gaps on the steel ramp, the view was a lush green forest.

Elevated Zigzag Planks.

Elevated Zigzag Planks.

Once I got the hang of moving around the steel planks, I started to speed up since I need to finish early to catch my hotel check out time.  By the end of the forest walk, I was already in front of the group.

Forest Walk

Forest Walk

There were several exit points at the forest walk but I took the one leading to Hort Park. Hort Park was another beautiful park with themed gardens and wide greenery. I even saw one group having wedding pictorials at the center of the gardens.

Hort Park

Hort Park

If you love nature, Hort Park is a good place to visit.  Before reaching the Canopy Walk, I was able to see several themed gardens one after another as they are in the way of the Canopy Walk.  The Canopy walk starts at the end of the park.

The Canopy is a zigzag uphill path heading to Kent Ridge Park.  It’s quite challenging at this park since it was a climb but since it was on zigzag paths it was not too steep.  It was also good that the area is shaded by trees, which helped reduce the heat on the warm morning.

Canopy Walk

Canopy Walk

On the higher end of the Canopy Walk, there was a road heading to Peppy’s Road and the other road leading to the Pond.  Peppy’s Road is an exit point and I ended up taking the route to Peppy’s Road.

Kent Ridge park

Since I was just at 7 kilometers in my watch, I figured that I should have taken the road to the pond.  I retraced my steps and headed to the pond. There was an overlooking view on the elevated walkway and there were a lot of refreshing areas in the park to just chill.  Once I discovered the route to the pond, I checked my map and had to options to exit. There’s an MRT at Kent Ridge Park after passing the pond or take the MRT at Pasir Panjang.  I opted for the latter since I’ve already covered my 10K for the day in a little over 2 hours of running, walking and trekking.

Got lost but found my way to the MRT.

Got lost but found my way to the MRT.

I followed Peppy’s Road, which led to Pasir Panjang and just a few hundred meters away from the MRT Station.  I love this lost in the city moments.  It was fun exploring 10K worth of city trails, which was a great workout and a tour as well.

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Incoming: SBR Tri Series 2017

Do you want to Tri? SBR Tri Series 2017 rolls out the red carpet in the world of triathlon for you. They have newbie friendly categories and also offers the full distance for the experienced ones.  Take your pick or conquer them all.  Be an Aquaman, Duaman and / or a Triman.

SBR Tri Series 2017

The road to triathlon is a really eventful journey.  You try to master 3 disciplines and make them a part of your routine.  SBR.PH gives you a road map to that journey to triathlon as the SBR.ph Tri Series is back and is bigger than ever! They are even introducing the LITE category for newbies in 2017 just to keep your feet wet before you get going in the longer tri races. Registration for the Philippines’ first and only multi sport race series dedicated to beginners and beginners at heart is now open!

The SBR.ph Tri Series is the ONLY multisport race series that is designed and organized for newbies and amateurs.  The distances can be challenging enough for experienced athletes yet remains doable for newbies. The LITE category gives you the feel of the experience yet it’s not as intimidating as the full distances and it still earns you the title of Aquaman, Duaman and / or Triman.

The SBR.ph Tri Series is open for everyone. There is NO CUT OFF TIME and literally almost all types of bikes are allowed. They will allow MTB’s, Folding Bikes, Road Bikes, and even your loved one’s hand-me-down bike, in short, you can use any bike that you have in your garage! What’s important to them is that they get you out there and start living an active lifestyle!

Even some of the finest rookie/sophomore triathletes in the country today started their triathlon careers at SBR.PH Tri-series.  So register now, take your first few steps in the world of triathlon and get ready to make it a part of your lifestyle.

Race Details

The Aquaman Aquathlon

Aquathlon has long been considered as the perfect stepping stone for triathlon. The Aquaman Aquathlon 2017 is designed for athletes who are just starting to get their multisport feet wet and are not yet comfortable with their bike handling skills. The Aquaman Aquathlon 2017 is an 800m Swim followed by a 4k Run while the LITE category is a 400m Swim and a 2k Run.

  • Date: April 23, 2017, 6 am
  • Venue: Philsports Arena (formerly Ultra)
  • Categories:
    • FULL : 800m Swim, 4k Run
    • LITE : 400m Swim – 2k Run
  • Fees: (Full / Lite)
    • Early Rate (Until March 19, 2017 only!)
      • Individual :Php 1,700
      • Relay 2-man : Php 2,700 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
    • Regular Rate (From March 20, 2017 up to April 9, 2017)
      • Individual : Php 2,000
      • Relay 2-man : Php 3,000 (For FULL Distance ONLY)

Duaman

The Duaman Duathlon is the second leg of the SBR.ph Tri Series and is perennially their biggest event. They designed both distances of the Duaman Duathlon to be short enough for the newbies and lung-busting enough for the seasoned duathlete. The Duaman Duathlon was the biggest recorded duathlon in Philippine history. Garnering over 900 participants from all walks of life and varying skill levels.

  • Date: May 28, 2017, 6 am
  • Venue: Nuvali (Official Venue Partner)
  •  Categories
    • FULL : 6k Run /20k Bike / 3k Run
    • LITE : 3k Run / 13k Bike / 3k Run
  • Fees (Full / Lite)
    •  Early Rate (Until April 2, 2017 only!)
      • Individual: P1,900
      • Relay 2-man : Php 2,900 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
      • Relay 3-man : Php 3,900 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
    • Regular Rate (From April 3, 2017 up to May 14, 2017)
      • Individual : Php 2,200
      • Relay 2-man : Php 3,200 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
      • Relay 3-man : Php 4,200 (For FULL Distance ONLY)

Triman

The Triman Triathlon is the flagship event of the SBR.ph Tri Series. The race has a distance of 900m swim, 30km bike, followed by a 5km run and LITE category which is a 600m Swim / 20k Bike / 2.5k Run. The Triman Triathlon is considered to be the de-facto training/breeding ground of all triathlon newbies and is the most newbie friendly triathlon in the country.

  • Date: June 18. 2017, 6 am
  • Venue: Fontana Hot Springs Resort Leisure Park (Official Venue Partner)
  • Categories:
    • FULL : 900m Swim / 30k Bike / 5k Run
    • LITE : 600m Swim / 20k Bike / 2.5k Run
  • Fees (Full / Lite)
    • Early Rate (Until April 16, 2017 only!)
      • Individual : Php 2,200
      • Relay 2-man: Php 3,200 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
      • Relay 3-man: Php 4,200 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
    • Regular Rate (From April 17 up to June 4, 2017)
      • Individual : Php 2,500
      • Relay 2-man: Php 3,500 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
      • Relay 3-man: Php 4,500 (For FULL Distance ONLY)

Bundle Rate

  • Tri-Pack (Aquaman, Duaman, Triman Package) / For Individual Racers Only!
    • Early Bird (Until March 20, 2017) – P 5,000
    • Regular Rate (From March 21 until April 9, 2016) – P 6,000

Registration

  • Via Bank Deposit
    • DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM (Click the link to download file)
    • Deposit payment to :
      •  Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
        • Account Name: Carlos de Guzman
        • Account Number: 3379-0967-69
      • Banco de Oro (BDO)
        • Account Name: Carlos de Guzman
        • Account Number: 132-024-11-99
    • Email the completed registration form along with the deposit slip (with your name and contact number) to events@swimbikerun.ph.
    • Make sure to fill up all the important information like SHIRT SIZE, EMAIL, and CONTACT NUMBER.
    • They cannot encode what we cannot read. So make sure to send them a CLEAR IMAGE of your registration form.
    • Please don’t forget to write YOUR COMPLETE NAME and CONTACT NUMBER in the deposit slip.
    • Deposit slips WITHOUT the complete name and contact number WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
    • Group registrations via Bank Deposits are allowed.
    • On the email, write on the subject 2017 SBR.ph Tri Series Registration – RACE NAME (race name : Aquaman / Duaman / Triman / Tripack ) to make sure its filtered properly.
    • Wait for a confirmation email. Do note that theywill have to confirm your payment manually so give them 2-3 days to reply. If you don’t get a confirmation email within a week, kindly resend your email registration or contact them via our facebook page (@SWIMBIKERUNph).
    • Keep a copy of the completed registration form and the deposit slip for safekeeping.
  • Via Registration Centers
    • THE BRICK MULTISPORT STORE, Unit 1, Woodridge Apartments, McKinley Hill, Taguig, Tel.: 02-9854890)
    • CYCLING ZONE, Shell Pacific Gas Station, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa, Tel.: 02-8096736

       

    • TREK BICYCLE STORE, 3Oth Ave., Two Parkade, Bonifacio High Street, Makati, Tel.: 02-5532445
    • THE COFFEE TRAIL CYCLERY, GF Bldg B. Solenad 3, Nuvali, Sto. Domingo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna., Tel.: 049-2580780
    • BIKERS’ CAFE, SM CITY MALL OF ASIA, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay, Tel.: 02-5560680

       

    • MAXIMUS ATHLETE’S SHOP CAFE,126 Pioneer, Sparta Complex, Mandaluyong., Tel.: +63917-8641014
    • SWIM BIKE RUN PH Headquarters, #2 Kamagong St. Violago Homes III. Visayas Avenue, Q.C. (Waze / Google Maps : SBRPH SPORTS INC.), Tel.: 02-4546735 (Office Hours Only)

Prizes/Categories:

  • Top 3 Overall Male / Female
    • Php 3,000, Php 2,000, Php 1,000 and trophies respectively
  • Full Categories
    • Male Age Categories
      • Trophies for Top 3 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-Above
    • Female Age Categories
      • Trophies for Top 3 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-Above
  • Lite Categories
    • Male Age Categories
      • Trophies for Top 3 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-Above
    • Female Age Categories
      • Trophies for Top 3 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-Above

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Century Tuna Underpants Run To Kick Off Subic IM 70.3 2017

Century Tuna Superbods gets the Ironman weekend heated with the 3rd Staging of the Underpants Run on March 11, 2017 at Subic Bay.  The event is gonna kick off the Century Tuna Subic Bay Ironman 70.3 festivities.

Underpants Run

The Tradition of the Underpants Run continues with the Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run returning to Subic Bay for a third year this March 11, 2017. The run is inspired by the tradition at Kona, which is the home of the renowned Ironman World Championship, Century Tuna.  The Underpants Run Started as a pre-race activity for the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 back in 2015. It has since made headlines as it brought some of the world’s super athletes racing alongside Superbods finalists to raise money for a cause.

Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run will happen on March 11 at 9:30AM. The race will start at Subic Bay Yacht Club and will take runners through a scenic route along the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

This year, Century Tuna invites everyone to come to Subic Bay as it opens the race to anyone who wishes to showcase their Superbod fitness.  Century Tuna will also be giving away Php 15,000 to the individual and Php 20,000 to the group with the most inspired costume. Loot bags with tons of exciting freebies together and finisher shirts are up for grabs for the first 150 finishers.

Interested to join Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run? Register for free at the Century Tuna Booth at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center on March 10 and at the Subic Bay Yacht Club on March 11.

For more details, visit www.centurypacific.com.ph or www.ironman703subicbay.com

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Incoming: Under Armour Test of Will 2017

Last Year, the Philippines made a splash in the Test of Will 2016 being among the top placers in the regional meet.  It’s time to form team Philippines once again and the local heat for this year is happening on March 25-26, 2017 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati.

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Test of Will 2017

With the fitness craze enveloping the country for several years now, Philippines has been a fitness hub with a lot of gym, cross-fit and workout alternatives.  It’s a really competitive field when it comes to the Philippines but the Test of Will 2017 winner could be… YOU since the event is open to all (21 years and above).  Under Armour , the leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, equipment, and connected fitness platforms, will hold its second installment of the Southeast Asia-wide fitness challenge dubbed “Test of Will” this summer.

Noelle and Zoe at last year's Test of Will.

Noelle and Zoe at last year’s Test of Will.

The inaugural Test of Will had a successful and promising turnout last year, with two Filipino athletes Zoe Pond-McPherson and Noelle Wenceslao emerging victorious in the exciting and heart-pumping competition.  Under Armour expects an even bigger turnout this year. Under Armour Test of Will 2017 holds its Philippine national heat at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City on the 25th and 26th of March 2017.

 

Pushing the outer limits of strength and endurance, will-driven Pinoys ( 21yrs old and above ) will have to compete in a four-minute intense course that requires them to complete 60 seconds of four exercises such as burpees, one-arm thrusters, TRX row and sandbag throw.

Top male and female will get the opportunity to represent the Philippines in the Test of Will final round, which is set to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this coming 6th of May. Aside from the Philippines, countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia will also be hosting their own qualifiers.

 

A total of 12 competitors from the six aforementioned nations will go head-to-head inside the highly-touted structure, which contains different fitness zones with calisthenic exercises.  A cash prize of $2,500 and Under Armour gears await the overall winner of the second-annual Test of Will.

Registration is Now Open

Registration for Test of Will 2017 is now open. Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter for updates as well as Facebook at www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

Watch out also for the Armour@ the Fort starting Feb 11 ,  Armour@ Greenbelt on March 4 and Armour@ Magnolia on Feb 25 for the pre-activations events we have in preparation of the said Regional challenge, Test of Will.

Do visit their brand houses and retailers below to get to appreciate Under Armour.

Brand Houses

  • Bonifacio High Street (B6 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City)
  • SM Megamall (Building A SM Mega Mall, EDSA Corner Julia Vargas  Avenue, Mandaluyong City)
  • UP Town Center (Katipunan Ave, Quezon City)
  • TriNoma (Level 3, TriNoma Mall, Quezon City)
  • Greenbelt 3 (Makati)
  • Robinsons Magnolia (Quezon City)
  • Ayala Center Cebu

 Multi Brand 

  • Runclub Bacolod
  • Select Toby’s Doors
  • Select Olympic Village Doors
  • Select Chimes Dept. Store
  • Kicks factory CDO
  • Silver Icon Zamboanga
  • Select Rustans Doors
  • One of a Kind
  • NBA Stores
  • Titan
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Powering My Workouts with Javita

I guess there’s more to Javita than just their Teas and Coffees.  I added Javita Rush and Flex into my workout and it gave me an energy boost and at the same time, it faster muscle recovery.

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Javita

While I started drinking Javita because of their coffee, I am starting to appreciate their other products as well.  When it comes to coffee, it’s just 11 calories and has 0g fats component. It can really help you on managing your weight and still get an easy to prepare gourmet coffee.  It’s easy to prepare since it dissolves easily in both hot and cold water.  It’s just the right mix to give you that jolt to wake up your system for the day.  It’s a healthier source of caffeine and can really work wonders to your system.

Javita Rush

The first quarter of the year is always a busy one for me.  For one, all the interesting races are booked at this time because of the cooler weather and it’s also my busy season at work.  It’s a revolving cycle of sleep, work, train and repeat. That takes a lot of energy and needs a lot of consistency.  Little did I know that I had an energy source with me in the Javita Rush. With a tangerine pineapple blend, it’s invigorating to the taste buds and is a good energy base.  Of course, it’s one thing to read that on the label and it’s another thing to try it out.

Morning Run

Morning Run

At first, I just wanted Javita Rush because of the taste until one morning when it was the only cold drink available in my ref.  With no other choice, I used it as my hydration for my run and I was surprised by the outcome.  I started running from our home and would just run a few kilometers to the gym where I will resume my workout.  I felt energized so instead of going a short course, I diverted my route to Rockwell, where I had a few rounds at Powerplant Mall and went all the way to J.P. Rizal and went to Salcedo Village before going back to the Gym. The house to the gym is just about a kilometer and I ended up doing 11 kilometers.

Short Run Gone Long.

Short Run Gone Long.

After hitting the gym, I ended up spending more than an hour with a mix core and cardio exercise.  I still had the energy for the rest of my day. Talk about having a RUSH.  Since that day, I started adding Javita Rush as my pre-workout drink.

Plus more than an hour in the gym.

Plus more than an hour in the gym.

Javita Flex

River Crossing at RIzal Mountain Run

River Crossing at RIzal Mountain Run – Photo by Jose Ramizarez

With the energy reserves in place, there was something I needed to add to my training and runs. It was consistency.  When it comes to consistency, you have to work hard and also recover fast.  It’s a cycle of workouts and recovery.  The faster you recover, the more consistent you get.   That’s where Javita Flex comes in.  I like the sweet and fruity – strawberry and lemonade flavor of Flex.  While Javita Rush gives you energy, Javita Flex strengthen your joints to speed up muscle recovery and improve mobility.

21K The week after

21K The week after

Coming from a long lay-off last year, my muscles were still a bit rusty and stiff.  Javita Flex has helped reduce the stiffness and helped improved my mobility.  The first week I had a grueling 15-Kilometer race that had long and endless climb.  I had a 21-Kilometer road race the next week and then followed by an 11 kilometer mountain run over the weekend.  The good part about it was I was recovering fasted than I used to.  It’s just getting started since I ‘m set to do even longer races the next month.

At the peak of Mount Susong Dalaga after 3.5 kilometers of climbing.

At the peak of Mount Susong Dalaga after 3.5 kilometers of climbing.

It really helps a lot that I added Javita Flex as my post work-out drink as I’m ready to train the next day preparing for the next race.  It was a good thing I added Javita Rush and Flex in my routine.  It helps keep me energized and mobile in pursuing the finish line of each races.

How to Order Javita

 

You can order Javita online.  I ordered mine online and after filling out the form, I had my order delivered to me after two days.  I actually took it one step further by getting the STAR Gold Pack, which also comes with a dedicated website for me.

People can order and also join Javita through my site: http://myjavita.com/franxcafe .

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Bravehearts 2017

Bravehearts is a “newbie-friendly” race… as long as you can endure the first 3.5 kilometers climb worth 400 meters of elevation.  The view does make up for the arduous task of hitting the peak of Mount Susong Dalaga as it gives you a summit view and a long ridge view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.

Bravehearts 2017

I’ve checked online on what to expect at Bravehearts and I found the tiny image at MGM Production website.  The thing is even with a newbie-friendly tag, you don’t expect an easy race that’s called “Bravehearts” and of course, MGM Production Races always have a trap in their races.  It’s a 3.5 kilometer climb to start the race with about 400 meters of elevation.  That’s the catch so be brave little one and hustle for that really long climb.  Honestly, I’m really looking forward to the climb as I am trying to increase my climbing threshold. The plan is to go steady and consistent on the climbs and then attack the descents.

Race Map and Elevation Profile

Map and Elevation Profile powered by Suunto Spartan Sports

Map and Elevation Profile powered by Suunto Spartan Sports

Race starts at Palo Alto Clubhouse and proceeds to a grueling 3.5 kilometer climb to the peak of Mount Susong Dalaga worth about 400 meters of elevation.  The route then descends for the next 1.5 kilometers and goes rolling for the next 2 kilometers.  The race shifts to a descending single track trails for the next 2 kilometers before being back to the main road heading to the finish line.

The Race

Wearing the black pussy cap.

We arrived early enough to get our kits and listen to the briefing.  It’s a whole new trail and I’m still thinking if there will be surprises in the trail aside from that really long climb.  I positioned myself at the back since I wanted to start slow and easy as the first 3.5 kilometers would be a climbfest. The plan was to maintain a consistent pace and keep moving.

Climbfest

Get Dirty - Photo by Jose Ramizares

Get Dirty – Photo by Jose Ramizares

At the start, I just kept a good brisk walking pace on the first kilometer, which were still on paved roads. While the energy level was there, I could feel that my legs were aching from the effort of the climb.  That’s one of the challenge for this trail since you’re immediately on the climb and won’t have enough time for the legs to warm up.  I braved the pain and just resumed the consistent pace.  I used my trekking pole on the climb though I’d be setting it aside on the descents.   The climbs were endless as one climb led to another.  I would checked the altitude using the Suunto Spartan Sports and would count down the remaining meters of climbing and kilometers of distance.  The second kilometer was probably the steepest stretch with about 150 meters of elevation.

One Side of the Mount Susong Dalaga Summit

One Side of the Mount Susong Dalaga Summit

I’ve hit the Aid Station at kilometer 2.5 and ate one hopia before proceeding with the climb.  From this point, it’s just about 100 meters of elevation left before hitting the summit.  I resumed my pace and just was consistent. No stopping except when I have to give way to descending runners.  At about 3 kilometers, you’d see the view of Mount Susong Daga and it was beautiful.  The next 500 meters was a short descent followed by a really steep climb, which had me on all fours just to reach the summit.

View of the mountains and the ridge from Mount Susong Dalaga.

View of the mountains and the ridge from Mount Susong Dalaga.

After crawling my way over a 200 meter steep stretch to the summit, I was amazed by the view.  The summit had the Sierra Mountain Range as part of its backdrop and you can see a lot of ridges.  It was really cold and windy in the summit so after a few snapshots, I went on with the race. Up next was running around ridges surrounding the mountain before going back to the main route.  When I hit km 4 mark, I packed my trekking poles and went on to speed up on the descent.  I reached the aid station after 1 kilometer of running and headed to the next part of the Race.

Making the most of the descents.

Making the most of the descents. – Photo from Diwata ng Bicolandia

Rolling Terrain

Met Master Del of Active Pinas who placed 3rd in the female category.

Met Master Del of Active Pinas who placed 3rd in the female category.

I didn’t stop anymore in the aid station as my Amihan vest was still loaded in hydration.  The next two kilometers were rolling terrains. There were some flat surfaces. There were some descents. There were some climbs.  I went fast on the flats and descent and brisked walk the climbs.  It felt nice to finally have gravity in my side this time.  There were also some scenic pockets on this stretch as we were going around the mountain.  There was another aid station before the long descents starts.

Renson also joined the race and he was fast. You can check the feature about him at PinoTrails.com

Descents

Met Mafie and Clang

Met Mafie and Clang

There was about 500 meters flat stretch before the the trails went downwards.  This was the time to attack the descent.  The attack was short though as it turned out the single track were congested and there was a long line of runners going at the same pace.  I joined the large group of runners all going at the same pace. The line became even longer as some runners were able to catch up with our group.  I’ll take the slower pace and try to speed up when the trails widen.  We went at this pace for the next two kilometers.

Met tone of Ayala Triads Speedster, Hanna.

Met tone of Ayala Triads Speedster, Hanna.

The trails started to widen at approaching the 10th kilometer. Everybody went to speed up on this stretch as everybody felt fresh after the congested part of the trail.  I went on to push this effort on the trails and hitting the paved grounds with 1 kilometer to go.  I always feel the drastic hardening of the surface when the trails shift to paved grounds.  So I walked it off a bit just to have my legs adjusted to the harder surface and then went on to push the pace until the finish line.  I did enjoy the challenge, the views and the fast trails. Great Job DBB and MGM Production.

Finish Line!!!

Finish Line!!!

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Incoming: Pinoyfitness SUB1 10K Challenge

Pinoy Fitness Sub1 10K Challenge is a test of speed by chasing the 1 hour clock for the 10K distance.  It’s back on March 26, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia.  Ge ready to done in 60 Minutes and take part in the challenge.   Registration is Ongoing.

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Pinoy Fitness Sub1 10K Challenge

Earn this Medal on March 26, 2017

Earn this Medal on March 26, 2017

Sub 1 for a 10K distance can really be a challenge for a normal runner like me.  Not everybody can easily beat the 60-minute clock for the 10K distance but it’s something you can prepare for.  When I started running almost 7 years ago, a sub 1 10K was my first goal. Let me say, the preparation was intense.  3 times a week run with a mix of speed sets, core and run work outs, hills and long runs on weekends.  I tried to speed up my cadence. I tried to lengthen my stride.  I strengthened my core. I built my endurance for those tick-tock moments just to beat the 1 hour clock.  I did beat the time after months of trying by a slim margin of 6 seconds. Talk about making each second count.

Get the Finisher Shirt after the Race

Pinoy Fitness Sub 1 10K Challenge started 5 years ago to immortalize that badge of being able to finish 10K in less than an hour.  It’s a do-able goal for normal runners and it’s a beat-your-PR challenge for faster and more athletic runners.  Do you have what it takes to finish 10K in 60 seconds?  Yes, you do.  Register Now and start preparing for one of the more intense moments of your running career.  All the speedsters are headed to SM Mall of Asia on March 26, 2017 to get to take the Sub1 10K Challenge.

Here’s also another round of good news as there will be an exclusive Planet Sports Inc. SALE to all participants (bib holders) on February 15 to 19! 20% OFF on New Balance, K-Swiss, Arena, Adidas, Nike and Asics products!

Race Details

 

Date and Venue:

  • Date: March 26, 2017
  • Venue: SM Mall of Asia

Fees and Inclusions:

  • Planet Sports SUB1 Wave 1 – P950
  • GNC SUB1 Wave 2 – P950
  • Walker Fun Wave – P850
    • Inclusive of Race Bib, RFID Tag, Race Shirt, Finisher Shirt, Drawstring Bag by Walker
    • Finisher Medal for Planet Sports and GNC SUB1 Wave Qualifiers

  • Optional Add-On for Online Registrants (P250)

Registration:

  • Online Registration: (Until February 28, 2017) via Goorahna
  • In-Store Registration: (February 10 to March 19)
    • Planet Sports Glorietta 3
    • Planet Sports UP Town Center
    • GNC Store – SM Mall of Asia
    • GNC Store – Trinoma Mall Level 2
    • GNC Store – SM Megamall
    • GNC Store – Alabang Town Center
    • New Balance Store in Bonifacio High Street

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Incoming: Sinai 100 Ultramarathon

Sinai 100 Ultramarathon takes you at Camp Sinai with an overlooking view of the Sierra Madre mountain range.  The 100K distance is a mix of road and trails that will showcase the Rizal Trails.  There will also be a 50K Ultra distance as well as 16K, 8K, and 1K (for kids) happening on March 18-19, 2017.

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Sinai 100 Ultramarathon

50K / 100K races has taken over the long distance races preferred by runners.  In fact, a lot has progressed to the tougher and longer races from the start of the running boom.  Sinai 100 Ultramarathon gives you a mix of road and trails, a lot of scenic views and a lot of climbs and sweet descents.  It’s also a celebration for Coach Roel’s Birthday and this is the 2017 edition of his birthday run.

Mount Sinai

Sinai is the starting point of the Soleus Cross Country Challenge and from that vantage point alone you are now treated to a view of the sea of clouds and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.  So whether you’re doing the 1K distance for kids, the 8K, 16K, 50K or the full course of 100K, you’ll be starting at a very scenic spot.  The route also covers the Casile, Parawagan, Wawa and the outer roads in the area.

New Casile Road

New Casile Road

Go the full 100K or 50K distance and challenge your endurance and climbing threshold or just enjoy the route via the shorter but equally scenic 16K, 8K and 1K distances.   The trails and the mountains are waiting for you so register now.

Race Details

Date and Time

  • Date: March 18-19, 2017
  • Venue: Camp Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal

Fees and Inclusions

  • Early Bird Rate (January 25 – February 10, 2017)
    • 100k – Php 2,000
    • 50k – Php 1,500
    • 16k- Php 650
    • 8k – Php 550
    • 1k (Kids) – Php 400
  • Regular Rate (February 11- March 10, 2017)
    • 100k – Php 2,500
    • 50k – Php 1,700
    • 16k- Php 750
    • 8k – Php 650
    • 1k (Kids) – Php 400
  • 100km and 50km registration includes Finisher’s Trophy, Medal, Bib, RFID, Event shirt and Finisher’s Shirt.
  • 16km, 8km and 1km (for kids) registration includes bib, medal and event shirt

Registration

  • Online registration via goorahna.com
  • Bank deposit:
    • Landbank of the Philippines
      • Account Name: Liziel Ano
      • Account Number: 1476 1050 36
    • BPI Family Savings Bank
      • Account Name: Roel Ano
      • Account Number: 5996 4763 77
    • Once payment has been made, email the scanned copy of your deposit slip with your name, age, contact number and shirt size to bbgrunevents@gmail.com.
  • In Store:
    • L Timestudio
      • SM Mall of Asia
      • SM Megamall
      • Market! Market!
      • SM Southmall
      • SM Marikina
      • Robinsons Place Manila
  • Race Kit Claiming
    • March 11-12, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday), from 11:00 a.m. – 08:00p.m. at Events Place, 3rd Floor, 500 Shaw Zentrum, Mandaluyong City.

Race Updates

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