Incoming: Ribbons of Love – Cancer Run

Ribbons of Love

The “RIBBONS OF LOVE: Cancer Run” is envisioned to be attended by cancer survivors, their family and friends, healthcare providers, cancer advocates, industry partners and supporters, health enthusiasts and those who just want to have a good time with family and friends. Included in the event are a cancer screening examination for 100 participants for breast, thyroid, cervical and prostate cancer and distribution of educational materials for the screening, diagnosis and management of the different types of cancers. 

Cancer is a personal battle. but it takes a village to have enough love and support to contribute financially and emotionally towards each battle. Ribbons of Love: Cancer Run is your chance to join the cause as this is a run envisioned for cancer patients to appreciate the gift of life, awareness for cancer and raise funds for cancer research, cancer patient needs and the national cancer summit. The run is spearheaded by Philippine College of Surgeons Cancer Commission (PCS CanCom), whose in the forefront of cancer research and welfare.

There will be 5 categories: 200M (up to 10 years old), 3KM, 5KM, 10KM and 16KM fun run categories. Pets can accompany the runners for an additional cos

Race Details

  • Date: February 11, 2024
  • Venue: Liwasang Ulalim, CCP Complex. Pasay City
  • Distances: 200m, 3k, 5K, 10K, 16K
  • Event Duration: 4:00-9:00 am
  • Registration: My Run Time
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Incoming: Sundown Rundown

Rundown Sundown

Read about: 10 Tips for a Safer Night Run

Running at night is more of my comfort zone as I’m not really an early bird. It still gives you the endorphin high but at a much later time. Sundown Rundown just brings that healthy type of fun with a night run on January 27, 2024 at Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub. Get the newbie-friendly 5K and 10K distance to jumpstart your year in running or take the long-hard 21K and 32K routes made especially for endurance athletes and just perfect for those who are in their last leg in preparation for their full marathon some time in the first quarter.

It’s an inaugural race so expect more Sundown Rundown to come. First things first, though there are still a few slots remaining or you can have yourself waitlisted at some distances by emailing superseriesph@gmail.com or follow Sundown Rundown for update at https://www.facebook.com/sundownrundown.

Gunstart is as follows while cutoff is at 10 pm

  • 32K – 4 pm
  • 21K – 5 pm
  • 10K – 5:30 pm
  • 5K – 6:00 pm

Kit claiming schedule will be announced soon and inclusions are as follows:

  • Race Bib with RFID, collectible medal, event shirt*, trophy for overall distance category winners (male and female) and exclusive discounts and freebies from brand partners.
  • We have two event shirt designs, Sundown Orange for 5km and 10km, and Dapit Hapon for 21km and 32km.

Race Maps

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Incoming: KCC GenSan Marathon 2024

KCC Gen San Marathon

Joining a run and traveling is among the best way to warm the heart and enrich the soul. What if you can do both? KCC Gensan Marathon is a race-cation event for you to enjoy the beauty of the Tuna Capital of the Philippines and pack those mileage in for a healthier new year.

RSRJ Events Management is inviting all runners, health and wellness enthusiasts to join the KCC GenSan Marathon 2024 on February 18, 2024. The event is a perfect venue to keep on training to achieve your goals, promote and maintain your physical and mental well – being.

The KCC GenSan Marathon 2024 will also showcase the strength and stamina of the elite runners coming from all over the country to compete in the 42K, 21K, 10K and 5K race categories. While recreational runners and health and wellness enthusiasts can test their endurance and prove their training is all worth it as they race from the start line through the finish line in their chosen race distance.

Experience the fun and the thrill of running in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines at the KCC GenSan Marathon at Veranza Mall Alfresco, General Santos City. Proceeds of this event will benefit the KCC Foundation, Inc., which provides scholarship grants to deserving and high potential students from the marginalized sector to provide them with the opportunity for better education so that they can excel in their chosen fields and become exemplary members and leaders of our society.

Register online at https://kccgensanmarathon2024.myruntime.com/register.

You may also register at KCC Mall of Gensan and KCC Mall of Marbel Payment Centers. 

Podium Prizes:

All finishers will receive a specially designed finisher medal. Finishers in the 42K, 21K and 10K race categories will also receive a fully sublimated finisher shirt. Plus, exciting freebies from our sponsors!

Register now, and be part of the community that helps communities.

Race Details

  • Fees and Inclusions:
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Year of The Franc Dise Otso

Outside of my Comfort Zone

Growth was the prevailing theme of 2023 from being nominated Controller of the Year to CFO Summits and eventually being a speaker in such events. Speaking is not new to me but to speak to over hundreds of CFOs and Head of Finance is another thing. It was only when I realized that when it comes to Finance and Accounting, that we are all telling the same story but at different levels of experience and industry perspective. 24 years in the business and I’ve been through so much in this field already to have a good narrative of the story.

Travel Unlimited

I was sort of stuck on revenge travel mode as I ended up with so many trips this year, twice in Cambodia, twice in Hong Kong, twice in Singapore, once in Taiwan, once in Davao, once in Pagadian and several land trips around Luzon. Some were work, some were for fun and some were to tick off some milestones.

Asian Trilogy Complete

Having completed the first two legs in 2015 (Kinabalu) and 2016 (Fuji), it took me until 2023 to finish the third leg (Jade Mountain). Jade was the elusive one missing the lottery in 2017 and 2019 and the pandemic denying my 2020 slot. I did do Snow Mountain in 2019, which I considered my somewhat Asian Trilogy because of how difficult Jade Mountain slots are. But I did it this year and what made it special was the struggle of building my way up again after sickly phase of the year.

Sickly 2023

I couldn’t really gather enough momentum in my training towards the second quarter of the year as every time, I get some head way, I get sick or injured. Blame it on a busy schedule or old age. Anyway, I was able to be a lot healthier in the last quarter to gain enough build for the Jade Mountain climb and be healthy for the year end.

Still On A Trail Mission

When it comes to events, one day I’m retired and one day I miss mounting them and start a new one. On A Trail Mission 3 Timberland was planned February, finalized in April and mounted in May with 200+ participants. OATM4 was planned in June but had a long time for the permits and mounted in September with over 200 plants and we were also able to plant 200 trees at Camp John Hay.

Bye 2023, Let’s Go 2024

2023 was an eventful year, though on a social scale, I was less visible. I am more calculated on how I spend my time and energy. I am more at peace on my one and in what I do that I don’t need to be on top of the world all the time. I may be scaling down my activities even more in 2024 but expect me to be more focus on my goals and passions. Silent steps towards bigger goals.

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Incoming: All Women’s Run Asia

Women Power

21K Medal

Celebrate Woman’s Month this March 2024 with a run designed exclusively for Women on March 3, 2024 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex. Women Power takes the extra distance with a run event for women of all ages and fitness level with a beginner-friendly short distance road runs of 3K, 5K and 10K and a half marathon event for those who prefer to go for the longer distance. All Women’s Run more than just a race, it’s a celebration of empowerment, strength and unity. This unique gathering is crafted to create a community where women from all walks of life come together to celebrate their achievements, embrace their individuality, and uplift one another.

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Women’s Fitness Asia will be hosting a series of running IN events exclusively for women of all ages and fitness levels. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a beginner looking to take your first steps, this is your opportunity to participate in a supportive and inclusive community that celebrates the accomplishments and resilience of women. Mark your calendars, spread the word, and join us in this extraordinary celebration of women’s empowerment through running. Together, we will cross the finish line and inspire each other to reach new heights!

The run is also here to celebrate our Supermoms as they have a special category where they can run for FREE.

More details here: All Women’s Run

Registration Details

  • Date: May 3, 2024
  • Venue: SM Mall of Asia Grounds
  • Distances: 500m, 3K, 5K and 10K and 21K
  • Registration: Hyvesports
  • Race Updates: Women’s Fitness Asia
  • Registration Rates
  • Inclusions:
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Incoming: JCI Manila Colorfest Electric Night Run For Hope

Electric Run Goes to Alabang

After a memorable and fun-filled inaugural Colorfest Electric Night Run at Bridgetowne, Pasig comes another run that’s gonna thrill and electrify the runners with visual display of neon lights in the black of the night. The next Colorfest Electric Night Run is happening in Filinvest, Alabang on May 18, 2024 and is organized and powered by JCI Manila. The run aims to raise funds for the improvement and expansion of the Night Shelter of Hospicio De San Jose. This shelter serves as an overnight refuge for homeless individuals and families.

 JCI ColorFest Electric Run for Hope is not just a run; it’s a vibrant celebration of unity and goodwill. This incredible event, brought to you by the passionate members of Junior Chamber International (JCI), is more than just a journey of footsteps—it’s a journey of hope! The run takes to the streets of Filinvest, Alabang and be thrilled with another electrifying evening of lights, colors, and hope at the JCI ColorFest Electric Run for Hope!

Registration Details

  • Date: May 18, 2024
  • Venue: Filinvest, Alabang
  • Distances: 1K, 3K, 5K and 10K
  • Registration:
    • Premium Race Kit
    • Special Early Bird (November 16-December 15, 2024) – P 1,500
    • Early Bird (December 16-February 29, 2024) – P1,700
    • Regular Rate (March 1-April 30, 2024) – P2,000
    • Last Chance (May 1-17, 2024) – P2,200
  • Inclusion:
    • Race shirt 
    • Night Light Glasses 
    • Race bib 
    • Finisher Medal 
    • Drawstring Bag 
    • Hydration 
    • Color Packet 
  • Registration: Hyvesports
  • Race Updated: Colorfest Facebook Page
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#TaleofTheTrail Jade Mountain (Yushan National Park, Taiwan)

Jade Mountan
Jade Mountain Main Peak 3,952 MASL

Asian Trilogy

I started this trilogy as a completely different person as I still couldn’t figure out how I climbed the peak of Mount Kinabalu at 4,095 MASL in shorts and just a Jansport Bag. Mount Kinabalu summit felt like an out-of-this-world experience with the summit being a huge granite structure. I was a bit more prepared with Mount Fuji in terms of gear and the switch back trails felt friendlier ascending to 3,776 MASL. Mount Fuji had the best sunrise view and it will make you realize why it’s called the land of the rising sun. Jade Mountain had as taking on a more challenging trail condition with the rain, the cold and the bouldering trail to the summit at 3,952 MASL.

Relive the experience:

Jade Mountain

Jittery that’s how I felt before the hike. I was like a grade schooler feeling scared on his final exam. It’s my first major hike after the pandemic and Jade Mountain was really elusive, missing the lottery twice and another cancelled hike at the start of the pandemic. It’s a different type of preparation for this one is I had to cram to be fit enough for the hike with runs / hike in Tanay, Baguio, Manila and Hong Kong.

First 2 days was spent in Taipei before heading to our homestay before the hike on Day 3 and 4. It was raining already at the start of the hike at Tataka Trail Head. We were 10 in the Group led by Guido Sarreal of Trail Adventures and our 2 local guides. It’s gonna be a challenging trail ahead. Day 1 was 8.5K assault with almost 900 meters elevation gain to Paiyun Lodge.

Tataka Trail Head to Paiyun Lodge

While the descent is spread over 8.5 kilometer. I consider this part the hardest as we were carrying our hiking bag and mine is over 10 kilos and it was raining all throughout the traverse. Our group went at a fast and steady first at the 1.5 kilometers of steep switch back rocky technical trails which was a challenge because of the rain. The ascent becomes moderate with several descents and a lot of stairs and wooden and steel inclines until kilometer 5 where we had our lunch. I paced with Melba as we were about the same pace.

The rain made our clothes and gear heavier and with a foggy and windy backdrop, it felt extra cold.

After lunch was the last 3.5 kilometers to Paiyun lodge, the next kilometer was the most challenging part – technical rocky surface and steeper climbs before it smooths out a bit after a kilometer. We were a bit slower at this time especially since we were already above 3,000 MASL. At kilometer 7, I can already feel pain in my quads and knees so I had to manage my pace and rest stops. The final 100 meters to Paiyun Lodge was another challenge with a steep final assault to the lodge. Jelly legs and cramping but made it to the tough part.

Upon reaching Paiyun Lodge and when I had to change to drier base layers, I cramped down to my toes so this had me thinking if I would still have legs fit enough for the summit assault. i tried resting my legs and it would be a judgement call based on how I feel when I wake up before the summit assault.

Paiyun Lodge to Jade Main Summit

Up next was a 2.4 kilometer climb to Jade Main Summit with 560 meters elevation gain. We switched to our day pack so it was lighter to hike. When I woke up there was still pain on both side of my thigh and my right knees. Anyway, I decided to go and just be careful with my steps so I don’t injure myself. It was all climbing at this point and I just made sure I was seeing the elevation and the elevation gain on my watch as i would want to count down the climb to the summit.

We went at a steady pace over rocky surfaces that was pure ascent. It was a good easy pace for us. It was a straight climb but we just went consistent with a few rest stops. It was also really cold especially approaching the higher part of the trail. There was a part that we got to appreciate the moon and stars and thought that we would be having some clearing. The trail became tougher as we got higher. It was much colder but we were steady on the climb holding on to chains to pull us through the climb. The last 400 meters was us bouldering and scrambling over huge rocks on our was to the summit and there it was Jade Mountain Summit. Unfortunately, there was no clearing.

That was the moment, Asian Trilogy Complete!!! This was a tough one but felt really good to complete the Asian Trilogy. I would have hope that there was a clearing so we can at least appreciate the view but the feeling of accomplishment was there and it felt that I was indeed ready for anything. I paced with Ting on the descent and took our time as there was a bit of clearing and we were already able to see the mountain range.

Paiyun to Tataka Trailhead

The last part was the easy one as it was pure descent save for a few climbs. There was already clear skies at this part. I paced with Jiggy and took so many photos on the descent because we had no view yesterday. It was really nice to see the ridges and mountain range and a friendlier dry trail. We were down in less than four hours to conclude the Jade Mountain Adventure.

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Incoming: Colorfest Electric Night Run

Colorfest gets electrified with a night run edition happening on December 2, 2023 at Bridgetowne, Pasig. Colorfest Electric Night Run comes in fun and friendly 1K, 2K and 5K distances as you enjoy the vibrant colors of the night and the party atmosphere of the event.

The Run Gets Electric

The Colorfest Electric Night Run is set to take place on December 2, 2023, in Bridgetowne, Pasig. This night edition of the popular Colorfest Run offers friendly distances of 1K, 2K, and 5K runs, making it accessible to a wide range of participants. With a focus on creating a party atmosphere and an adrenaline-pumping adventure, the event promises an unforgettable experience under the night sky.

Participants can expect a unique nighttime adventure filled with electric lights, vibrant colors, and a feel-good vibe. The event brings the running community to a thrilling and enjoyable running experience, making it a must-attend event for those seeking both fun and fitness on the night of December 2nd in Bridgetowne, Pasig.

Event Details

  • Date: December 2, 2023
  • Venue: Bridgetowne, Pasig
  • Distances: 1K, 2K, 5K
  • Registration:
    • Special Early Bird (August 25 – September 15, 2023) – P 1,500
    • Early Bird (September 16-October 31, 2023) – P1,700
    • Regular Rate (November 1-25, 2023) – P2,000
  • Inclusion:
    • Race shirt
    • Night Light Glasses
    • Race bib
    • Finisher Medal
    • Drawstring Bag
    • Hydration
    • Color Packet
  • Registration: Hyvesports
  • Race Updated: Colorfest Facebook Page
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Incoming: 31st Yakult 10 Miler

Yakult has been a fixture when it comes to fitness and nutrition in the Philippines with their good priobiotics taking care of our tummy for Decades. Yakult 10-Miler has also been a pioneer in the running scene with it’s 31st edition happening in October 15, 2023 at the CCP Complex.

31st Yakult 10 Miler

From Yakult Youtube Page

Running is back on its boom stage and among the event that stayed true to its commitment in fitness and in health was Yakult Philippines. In more than 3 decades, Yakult has been hosting the Yakult 10 Miler and its 31st edition is happening on October 15, 2023 at CCP Complex. The run is open for runners of all ages with newbie friendly 3-Kilometers, 5-Kilometers, 10 Kilometers and of course their 10-miler (16-kilometer) distances. You can register via Hyvesports Portal.

By taking part in the Yakult Run, individuals not only engage in physical activity but also join a community that celebrates resilience, community spirit, and personal achievements. So, lace up your shoes, push your limits, and be part of this remarkable journey towards a healthier and more fulfilling life. Register now and embrace the Yakult Run challenge!

Race Details

  • Date: October 15, 2023
  • Venue: CCP Complex
  • Gunstart
    • 10 Miler – 4:30 am
    • 10 – Kilometer – 4:45 am
    • 5 – Kilometer – 5:15 am
    • 3 – Kilometer – 5:30 am
  • Fees and Inclusion
    • 10 Miler – P1,250 (Inclusions Singlet, Race Bib with timing chip, Finisher Medal, Hydration, Yakult, 16K Finisher’s Shirt)*
    • 10 – Kilometer – P950 (Inclusions Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Hydration, Yakult)*
    • 5 – Kilometer – P650 (Inclusions Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Hydration, Yakult)**
    • 3 – Kilometer – P650 (Inclusions Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Hydration, Yakult)**
      • * Early Bird discount P200 until July 15, 2023 only
      • ** Early Bird discount P100 until July 15, 2023 only
  • Registration: Hyvesports
  • Website: Yakult Philippines
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Itogonia Wild Country Trail Run 2023

Itogonia 8K felt like a struggle to me. I’m no longer used to the frenetic pace of a race or a climb. I’m more or less down to being a recreational trail runner. My legs and lungs would disagree but I did have a good time revisiting my home trail.

Itogonia

When Don started Itogonia 5 years ago, I had the chance to have a first look at the course with and 8K Camp John Hay to Poblacion in Itogon run. Then there was another time from Poblacion to Kotkot Saddle and also another variation of the course from John Hay to Gumatdang. So there’s such a legacy already with the Itogonia race. Somehow, it was always a wet day at the trail. 2023 had a scare before the race as there was a typhoon before the race, which resulted to having the plan B route (Camp John Hay trails).

Camp John Hay

Camp John Hay is home trails for me and I’ve probably gone through all the variations of the course since it’s always part of my routine when I go home in Baguio City. If I wanted an easy day at the trail, I’ll take the upper part and head to the lower part and if I want more challenge I would usually start from the lower part take the steep climb to VOA Embassy and enjoy the upper part.

Fun Before The Race

Basketball with the Race Director

Day before the race was kit claiming and race briefing. On the lag times, I had a chance to play basketball with the Race Director Don. I also welcomed our guest Ms Aura International 2021 Faith Garcia and team who had a chance to stay at Casa Cielo at Pinewood Ridge.

Medtecs also supplied their ultra light facemasks, which is perfect for running especially that Baguio has the regulation of mandatory wearing of masks indoors.

With Team Aura led by Ms Aura International 2021 Faith Garcia

It was also great to meet running friends and meet new ones as well.

Ms Aura Faith, Mr International Papi Otep and Trevor from Malaysia.

The Race

With Faith

8K had an adjusted gun start of 8 am. Since this is Baguio and the Camp John Hay trails were mostly shaded, It was really nothing to worry about. I usually run on the trails at 10 am or noon so it would be a bit warmer. I’m a bit rusty on the run since I haven’t been running lately due to workload so this was a brisk walk pace kind of run.

Photo by Naethan Modales

First kilometer of the route was from CAP John Hay to the riding circle, which was mostly paved roads. I was just walking at this point allowing faster runners to go first. The plan was go conservative until the steep climb at kilometer 3. After the riding circle, it was a steep descent to the lower part of the trail. I always enjoy the views from this part with a rich Pine Forest Trails, which also transform to a moderately ascending trail heading to Kadaklan before it descends again for the lowest part of the trail.

Huffing and Puffing after the climb – Photo by the one and only Papi Otep

Whenever I race I always identify the challenging part and this was it. From kilometer 3, it was around a 600-700 meter ascent with about 30%+ gradient. From a constant walk pace, I shifted to a run and rest pace. I tried to do 50 steps and take a few seconds to catch my breath before making the next effort. Since we are using the trail part of the climb, it was more challenging than the road ascent adjacent to this because of the switchback climbs. It was a struggle but I know it’s only a short stretch. The climb led to the road stretch and then one final climb. Up there was the aid station with a lot of familiar faces led by Papi Otep. Upon reaching the Voice of America Aid station. It was also my mind saying the race is good as accomplished as I am done with the hard part.

HI Faith

Whenever I do this trail, I like the stretch from the upper part up to the red fire hydrant as it gives you a peek of Itogon mountain range on several part of the trails. I met Faith at this stretch on her second loop for her 16 Kilometers distance. This stretch is mostly flat with a short climb in the middle and a short descent heading to the red fire hydrant. It felt like routine at this point but it still felt tiring especially with no training.

Photo by Miles of Active Pinas

On the way back, I met Naethan who’s also a marshal of the course. We were at talking pace discussing about the trails. Most of the time when I’m on the trails, I bump into Naethan doing his regular plogging and clean up of the trails. He also supports our trail academy advocacy. We separated at the VOA Embassy Gate and it’s less than 3 kilometers for me back to the finish line. This part of the trail was mostly single track but mostly flat with a few ascents and descents until the riding circle. I exited the trail on the horse back riding area and then it was the road part back to the finish line.

I enjoyed feeling the race environment again though I’m still convincing my legs and lungs to do more race like this. Congrats Itogonia Team on a well organized race.

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