Pinoy Triathletes Off To Ironman Langkawi

We all have dreams and for every Filipino triathlete’s aspiration, the ultimate dream would be perhaps to qualify and join the most prestigious triathlon competition of them all, the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii every October.

The chance to qualify first would be on September 27, 2014 when about 119 Filipinos are set to participate at the Langkawi Ironman in Malaysia. However, our athletes will have their hands full when only forty athletes from all over the world who qualify for this September event will be part of an epic and memorable competition the following month at the Kona Championships.

Langkawi, Malaysia

The Filipino athletes will tackle what is considered one of the world’s hardest one-day endurance events: a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride through hilly terrain and 26.2-mile road marathon.

In the field of competitors from more than 50 countries, the Philippine delegation have bonded together to form what is now the largest and second Philippine contingent ever to race in a full-Ironman distance outside the country, the first one being the 90-member team which competed at the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in Melbourne, Australia last March.

Retzel Orquiza (L) and Coach Vince Garcia

To earn a coveted spot at the world championships, the majority of athletes qualify for entry by placing high in their age group divisions at one of 35 international Ironman qualifying races. Some athletes also win spots in the race through the Ironman lottery.

At the Langkawi Presscon, L-R: Ivan Fojas, Carlos De Guzman, Julian Valencia and Coach Norman Pascual

The Philippine team to Langkawi, organized by Triathlete and RP Paratriathlon Team Coach Vince Garcia is composed of veteran triathletes and new aspiring ones as well. Last Thursday, the core group of this contingent held a Press Conference at the Skippy’s Bar and Grill (Bonifacio Global City) to drum up their forthcoming Langkawi sojourn for this still growing sport.

With the bloggers and press media at the event

At the Press Conference, the local triathletes present were Coach Norman Pascual, Julian Valencia, Carlos De Guzman, Retzel Orquiza, Ivan Fojas and Coach Vince Garcia himself. Each of these athletes spoke about the road to Langkawi and their present training, nutrition and other experiences as triathletes.

It seems in the world of triathlon, being able to compete in an Ironman means everything. The enormous popularity of the Ironman Triathlon with its mushrooming events has now ballooned to 35 global races and has sparked a widespread interest in those three disciplines with runners, swimmers, gym enthusiasts and bikers now wanting to dip their feet into the sport.

With Blogger and future Ironman triathlete, Franc Ramon

More than the name itself, triathletes seems to be still interested in the quality of the races they join, the spectacle-like atmosphere that these 35 global Ironman competitions provide them. The fact that many of these athletes are competing to qualify for the World Championships in Kona and being able to call themselves an Ironman plays a big role in joining these races!

(Photo credits to Art and Vimz Mendoza)

Philippine Team To The 18TH Asia Masters Athletics 2014 Japan

Last Tuesday, i had the privilege in seeing the masters themselves, our Team Philippines to the 18TH ASIA MASTERS ATHLETICS 2014 for Kitakami City, Iwate Perfecture, Japan which begins today.

As a runner myself who belongs to this “oldies” age group category, i see their youthful enthusiasm in re-gaining the glory they had achieved during their earlier productive years and i can assure you that these athletes are still raring to give it their best shots to represent our country and make us proud.

It was a treat seeing for myself the heroes of yesteryears like Javelin Queen Erlinda Lavandia who in her 60s is still an athlete to reckon with in her age group and the great Reynato Unso who is still the current 400m hurdles record holder and who graced the sports pages of major newspapers back in the 80s.

Special shout-outs too to my friends Edward Kho, Lorna Vejano and Philippine track legend Elma Muros-Posadas who unfortunately couldn’t make it to the affair.

The Asia Masters Athletics Championships is a biennial athletics championships in Asia participated in by athletes over the age of 35. It is the Asian version of the World Masters (formerly Veterans) Athletic Championships inaugurated in 1975 held every two odd-numbered years.

Because all these athletes will be needing some sort of financial and material support, the team has gained some back-up from L-Time Studio and SOMA Sports watches who have taken care of their running gears and sports watches.

Let’s all join together in sending our best wishes and positive energy our athlete’s way as they compete on the world’s Masters stage in Japan. Go Team Philippines!

Erlinda Lavandia, Asia’s Javelin Queen

Our Team Members are:

1. BANIQUED, MARGARITO:  former RP Team national athlete

2. BAYABAN, JULIO:  former RP Team national athlete
3. BAYABAN, SALVE:  Bronze Medal – 4x100m: 17th AMAC
4. CALMA, VICTORINA:  2 Silver Medals – 800m, 1500m; 1 Bronze Medal – 4x100m: 17th AMAC

5. CHEE, ANTONIO JR.:   Silver Medal – Pole Vault: 17th AMAC
6. DE SANTOS, MARIO:   2-time AMAC RP Team member
7. EALDAMA, SUSAN JANETTE:   PhD candidate UP; former collegiate varsity athlete UP 1991-94

8. FRESNIDO, DANILO:  Javelin Throw current Philippine record holder
9. KHO, EDWARD = founder Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon; 1996 UAAP Bronze Medal 4x400m

10. LAVANDIA, ERLINDA:  Asia’s Javelin Queen; 3 Gold Medals – Javelin, Shot Put, Discus Throw: 17th AMAC

11. LOZADA, JOHN:  SEA Games record holder 800m; 2 Silver Medals – 800m, 1500m: 17th AMAC
12. OBIENA, EDWARD:  Silver Medal – Pole Vault: 17th AMAC

13. OBIENA, EMERSON:  Pole Vault national coach; Gold Medal – Pole Vault: 17th AMAC

14. OBIENA, MA. JEANETTE:  Pole Vault national coach
15. MUROS-POSADAS, ELMA:  Asia’s Long Jump Queen; Heptathlon Philippine record holder; Gold Medal – 100m: 17th AMAC

16. PUNELAS, ELENITA:  High Jump Philippine record holder; Bronze Medal – 4x100m: 17th AMAC

17. SCOTT, DENNIS:  veteran Long Distance runner
18. UNSO, REYNATO:  400m Hurdles current Philippine record holder

19. VEJANO, LORNA:  Bronze Medal – 4x100m: 17th AMAC

20. YCASAS, PAUL:  Team Manager (Philippine Sports Commission)

21. PAREDES, ARIEL:  Chef de Mission (Philippine Sports Commission)

Asia Masters Athletics Championships:Path of Athletic Immortality

The exploits of well-celebrated sports icons usually leave a lasting memory to a lot of people, mostly sports fans. But when these sports heroes go into retirement, most of the time nothing is heard of them after. Often, the assumption is, after relinquishing their god-like sporting prowess they become inactive normal individuals, succumbing to the ravages of sedentary lifestyle. They become mere mortals, so to speak.

On September 19, this belief will be dispelled as the 19-strong Philippine team composed of mainly former national athletes will battle it out with the rest of Asia in the 18th Asia Masters Athletics Championships in Kitakami City, Japan.

The Asia Masters Athletics Championships is a biennial athletics championships in Asia participated in by athletes over the age of 35. It is the Asian version of the World Masters (formerly Veterans) Athletic Championships inaugurated in 1975 held every two odd-numbered years. The 1st World Masters/Veterans Athletic Championships were held in Toronto, Canada in 1975.

The Philippine participation in AMAC could be traced back to as early as 1996. That was for the 9th AMAC held in October in Seoul, South Korea. Last year’s Philippine campaign spearhead by athletics legends Elma Muros-Posadas and Linda Lavandia was a bumper crop.

A total of 8 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals were bagged by the unrelenting and gutsy Pinoy tracksters. For this year’s edition of the AMAC, Team Philippines, supported by L TIMESTUDIO and SOMA sports watch, is eyeing to match or even surpass this achievement.

So, as to the question what happens to great sports heroes when they step out of the limelight, there could be only one answer. They don’t retire. They become immortals. (PRESS RELEASE)

EGG Power Half-Marathon Run: January 11, 2015

They will be lined-up in their thousands at the finish line in Bonifacio Global City waiting for the runners cross the line, hoping that their kind are still fresh and intact and that they will be brought home and served as fried, sunny side up, omelette or boiled…

…EGGS!

Unlike anywhere else in the racing community, EGGS will be the main dish of the EGG Power Run Half-Marathon to be held on January 11, 2015 at the Bonifacio Global City. They are being promoted by the Philippine Egg Board Association as a source of high nutrients like protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals! And who would have thought of that?

The race challenge goes that every runner will be given a raw egg at the starting line and must secure the egg from breaking while running their distances. Upon reaching the Finish Line, all runners with whole egg intact will get more eggs to take home.

Runners who are sleek enough to keep their eggs intact will be blessed with good fortune. An additional 3 eggs will be awarded for 3km finishers, 6 eggs for 5km, 9 eggs for 10km, and a dozen eggs for the half marathon finishers will be given.  Runners who opt not to bring their eggs to the Finish Line may leave the eggs at the nearest water stations. No whole egg at the finish line, no additional eggs will be given.

On the other hand, if you accidentally crushed the egg while running along the route, (1) you must replace the egg by buying one at the counters and this will be added to the prize. And if you drop and break it while crossing the finish line, (2) you will be reprimanded and ordered to separate the yolks of ten fresh eggs from their whites!

Just kidding, i just made up the (1) and (2) parts!

The fact is— finishers medals will be given to 10km and 21km Finishers, while finisher shirts will be given to all 21km finishers.

Here are the details of the race. Hope you like your eggs sunny-side up!

EVENT:                 EGG POWER RUN HALF MARATHON

CATEGORIES:  3K / 5K / 10K  / 21K

VENUE:                  Bonifacio Global City

REGISTRATION DETAILS

CATEGORY REG. FEE INCLUSIONS ASSEMBLY TIME GUNSTART TIME
21KM P950 Singlet, timing chip, Finisher’s Medal, Finisher Shirt 3:00AM 4:00AM
10KM P650 Singlet, timing chip, Finisher’s Medal 5:00AM 5:30AM
5KM P500 Singlet, timing chip 5:00AM 5:40AM
3KM P400 Singlet, timing chip 5:00AM 5:45AM

REGISTRATION CENTERS 

REGISTRATION CENTERS CONTACT DETAILS START & END OF REGISTRATION
Online Registration at www.takbo.ph/eggpowerrun * Delivery fee of P200 and website fee will be shouldered by registrant October 1 – November 30, 2014 Delivery: November – December
Chris Sports SM North Main Building Ground Floor, SM City North EDSA North Avenue, Quezon CityTel. No. (02) 928-1487 / (02) 927-6734 November 3, 2014 – January 6, 2015or until supplies lasts Mon – Sun Mall Hours
Chris Sports Glorietta 3 2/F Glorietta 3, East Drive Ayala Center, Makati CityTel. Nos.: (02) 927-6734(02) 928-1487 November 3, 2014 – January 6, 2015 or until supplies lasts Mon – Sun Mall Hours
Chris Sports SM Mall of Asia 2/F SM Mall of Asia, Sunset Ave., Pasay CityTel. Nos.: (02) 556-0261(02) 556-0260 November 3, 2014 – January 6, 2015 or until supplies lasts Mon – Sun Mall Hours
Chris Sports Festival Mall 3/F Festival Mall, Corporate Ave., Muntinlupa CityTel. Nos.: (02) 771-0504(02) 771-0420 November 3, 2014 – January 6, 2015 or until supplies lasts Mon – Sun Mall Hours
100 Miles Cafe 2/F Fort Pointe II28th St. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig CityTel. No.: 869-8927 November 3, 2014 – January 6, 2015 or until supplies lasts Mon – Sat 11am – 9pmSun – closed

For more details, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EggPowerRun

FOR SPONSORSHIP INQUIRIES:

The Philippine Egg Board Association at (02) 922-9622 / 654-5523  / 654-5609, look for Mr. Joseph Penueco

ORGANIZER

Leadpack

 

The Pink Run: October 5, 2014

Wearing a pink shirt, logo or ribbon has become akin to expressing awareness and raising funds for breast cancer treatment. The cause itself is so undeniably great that thousands  of groups all around the world are spreading awareness of this silent enemy that has plague women for years.

Breast cancer claims hundreds of lives every year. It knows no demographics and can afflict your wife, daughter, mom, sister or friend. What’s alarming are not just the statistics of people afflicted with the disease but on the number of people whose lives could have been saved if only early, self detection was observed. Early detection remains the best weapon against the disease.

On October 5, 2014 the Venice Piazza along McKinley Hill in Taguig will be the venue of the PINK RUN 2014. With Under Armour Sports Apparel as main sponsor, this will be a 3k, 5k, 10k and 16k Run with proceeds to be used for subsidizing awareness research activities and treatments for indigent sufferers of breast cancer. This run is spearheaded by the Philippine Society of General Surgeons (PSGS).

Here are the details:

THE PINK RUN : D-Feeting Breast Cancer

When:   October 5, 2014 (Sunday)
Where:   Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Race categories:   3k, 5k, 10k and 16k
Race owner:   Philippine Society of General Surgeons (PSGS)
Beneficiary:   Hospitals with breast cancer patients
Target registration:   3,000 runners

Race Director:  Jonel Mendoza (FrontRunner Magazine)

REGISTRATION FEES:

3k and 5k — P 600.00

10k and 16k — P 700.00

Inclusions: Race Kit which includes a singlet, race number and giveaways.

REGISTRATION CENTERS:

  • UNDER ARMOUR Store:  Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig
  • 100 Miles Cafe:  2/F Fort Pointe, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (near Fitness First
  • A Runners Circle (ARC) Store:  Roxas Blvd. cor. Quirino Avenue, Malate, Manila
  • PSGS Secretariat:  2/F PCS Bldg., 992 EDSA, Quezon City (9268432/ 09189081795)

With Front Runner Magazine’s Rey Abenojar (middle) and Pink Run Race Director Jonel Mendoza (R)

Race Singlet

During the launching of the PINK Run last September 15, 2014

With the Under Armour-Pink Run Ambassadors Natasha Alquiros (PH Malditas) and Mia Cabalfin (Gameday Weekend)

With the Doctors of the Philippine Society of General Surgeons (PSGS) and Under Armour Executives Ms. Christine Majadillas (with coat) and Jeremy Callegher (in UA Tee)

 

 

QCIM Half-Marathon Night Run: November 29, 2014

The First Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) was held in December 2009 born out of a running club’s dream (RUNNEX) of  creating an international running event in Quezon City.

This year though, instead of a full marathon, a Half-Marathon will be in the offing on November 29, 2014 and will be held at night. They decided not to pursue a full marathon this year “because we want to encourage people to experience the event, have fun and celebrate the 75th anniversary of Quezon City”, race officials said during the launching of this race yesterday at Annabel’s in Quezon City.

This run shall cover 3 other categories, the 3k, 5k and 10k with cash prizes totalling about P372,000.00 for the top 3 finishers in each category. There will be two award divisions, one exclusively for Quezon City residents and those residing outside of the city. Start and finish will be at the Quezon Memorial Circle with Pro Active Events as the race organizers. This race is open to all local and foreign entries.

Here are the details:

QCIM Night Run 2014

RACE INFORMATION

Basic Information

Date: November 29, 2014 (Saturday)
Venue: Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC)

Race Categories, Fees & Gun Start

Race Category Registration Fee Gun Start
21K P950 8:30PM
10K P850 9:00PM
5K P750 9:10PM
3K P650 9:20PM

Assembly Time 7:30PM

Race Kit Inclusion:

  • QCIM 2014 Singlet
  • Race Bib
  • Finisher shirt (For 21K finishers only)
  • Medal (For ALL categories)
  • Ecobag *For Finishers Kit

Registration

How to Register:

  • Credit Card (Starting Sept. 16, Tuesday)
    • Visit the Official QCIM website: www.qcimrun.com
    • Click on REGISTER
    • Fill up the online registration form
    • Fill up your credit card details
    • Wait for your confirmation email
  • Prepaid Card (Starting Sept 25, Thursday)
    • Purchase Prepaid cards at the selected stores:
      • Runnr Bonifacio High Street
      • Runnr Trinoma
      • Runnr Alabang Town Center
      • Toby’s Mall of Asia
      • Toby’s SM North EDSA
      • Toby’s Megamall
      • Toby’s Glorietta
    • Visit the Official QCIM website: www.qcimrun.com
    • Click on REGISTER
    • Choose Prepaid card as payment option and enter the code found on your prepaid card.
    • Fill up the online registration form
    • Wait for your confirmation email
  • SM Tickets
    • Purchase SM Tickets at any SM Cinema NATIONWIDE.
    • Visit the Official QCIM website: www.qcimrun.com
    • Click on REGISTER
    • Choose SM Tickets as payment option and enter the code.
    • Fill up the online registration form
    • Wait for your confirmation email

Race Kit Claiming

Date: Tentative – November 20, 21, 22, 23 (Thursday – Sunday)
Venue: TBA
Schedule: TBA

How to claim your kit:

  • Bring your confirmation email (print out) and one (1) valid ID.
  • If you are claiming for someone else, bring their confirmation email, one (1) valid ID of registrant and authorization letter (found on website).

 

 

 

 

At the race launching yesterday at Annabels Restaurant, Timog Avenue, Quezon City

Cash Prize

*FOR QC RESIDENTS ONLY

Race Category Top 3 Finisher Cash Prize
21K 1st (male & female)
2nd (male & female)
3rd (male & female)
22,000 Php
15,000 Php
8,000 Php
10K 1st (male & female)
2nd (male & female)
3rd (male & female)
15,000 Php
10,000 Php
5,000 Php
5K 1st (male & female)
2nd (male & female)
3rd (male & female)
10,000 Php
5,000 Php
3,000 Php

*FOR OTHER CITY RESIDENTS

Race Category Top 3 Finisher Cash Prize
21K 1st (male & female)
2nd (male & female)
3rd (male & female)
22,000 Php
15,000 Php
8,000 Php
10K 1st (male & female)
2nd (male & female)
3rd (male & female)
15,000 Php
10,000 Php
5,000 Php
5K 1st (male & female)
2nd (male & female)
3rd (male & female)
10,000 Php
5,000 Php
3,000 Php

Bryce Thatcher: A Big Leap For Hydration Vests

If one were to ask what the greatest innovations are after the ubiquitous but well-loved slice bread, for me they would be the TV remote control, the Personal Computer (PC), our smart phones and the Hydration Backpack vests!

Okay, the last one would be a stretch since many would not even know what a hydration backpack vest is and how it looks like. But not so with the avid trail runner or those who run ultra races on trails and mountains where many carry one on their backs for stashing essentials in the most easeful way to survive ultra marathons or training runs that would last for several hours to days on end.

UltrAspire Surge Hydration Vest

As we continuously struggle to run and climb those treacherous mountain passes in scorching weather or heavy rains for endless hours hungry and thirsty, just keep in mind that we got a lot to be thankful for. Because this little innovation called the “hydration race vest”, that can carry stacks of energy food, water, medicines, headlights, cellphones, light jackets, etc. without hindering our runs is a life-saver, easy on the body and very mobile.

That’s right, thanks to Bryce Thatcher, considered as the Father of the modern hydration back packs and vests, founder of the Ultimate Direction Outdoor Gears and presently the head of his new and famous company, UltrAspire Hydration Products, ultra trail running has been more pleasant and easier on our bodies.

Last week Thatcher found time to lecture on his various hydration systems, his experiences as an elite mountain/trail runner and his very valuable insights on nutrition, hydration and training at the 100 Miles Cafe, in front of a sizable crowd of local trail and ultra runners.

Bryce Thatcher

As the man who also designed the latest hydration vests of the more famous Nathan Hydration Sports, Thatcher has  set many speed or Fastest Known Time (FKT) records, most famous is the Grand Teton ascent-descent mountain climb which stood for 29 years. He is also an accomplished mountain biker.

He talked about the physical aspects of racing and training but it was the mental conditioning that implanted to us a better appreciation of what running and racing is all about.

In competition, he imparted to us to expect the unexpected, how to turn-around setbacks into positive energies in order to overcome these stumbling blocks. Among his tips have gave to this scenario are:

  • Focus on all things positive
  • Create alternative plans as necessary
  • Refocus on what is positive and working
  • Remain flexible and responsive to conditions
  • Maintain your focus.
  • Maintain and rely on preparation that is working

Bryce with the Jazzrunner

His hydration system innovations, the hit and miss experiments that got him started, his designs to almost all the top sports hydration gears in the market, made me thought of having a career in designing running gears rather than my present work as a manpower agent.

Thatcher is a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that runners can truly appreciate and despite all what he has accomplished so far, it feels that he is just getting started!

Hoping there’s a Part 2 of these lectures and share to us more his knowledge and experiences as a trail runner and gets to raffle off MORE of his UltrAspire products to us! :)

Kudos to Entrepreneur, ultra runner and writer Bobby Go for bringing Bryce Thatcher to us Pinoy trail runners!

At the lectures with Mirjam, Tin and Jaya

 

Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014: November 16, 2014

This is Men’s Health Magazines’ 9th staging of the MH Urbanathlon (would you believe)? I didn’t know that this race has been at it this long had it not been announced to us during the launching of its 2014 staging the other night. And this time, they’re going to be held on a bigger, wider venue at Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on November 16, 2014.

Like its past stagings, the Urbanathlon will be challenging–but fun! The mood here is more relaxed, like few would take this race seriously as they would a competitive half-marathon because many people are running this race simply to face-off the obstacles and have “fun!”

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon is a great race that breaks up your straight running nicely with various obstacles that would be sprinkled towards the last kilometers of the 21k and 10k runs. For the half-marathon runners, a single obstacle comes first somewhere at the 9th km mark, then a barrage would come next at about the 15th km mark on-wards where most of the obstacles are found.

The 2014 Finishers’ Medal

You’ll certainly need to have trained to some degree for this run as you’ll be hurdling the majority of the obstacles when your body is already tired from all the running earlier. But I think you’ll find the obstacles more of a nice respite than laborious and this is where the fun begins.

The venue in Nuvali itself is great to stage an obstacle run where the area is wide, open and has been the venue of road and trail races numerous times before. Though it may not be easily accessible, there would be no problems getting there as buses might be provided for those who will be travelling without their private vehicles.

If you want to spice up your run a bit and enjoy a little challenge, then this race is for you.

Here are the details:

 Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014 Promises a New Test of Tough!

The country’s first obstacle-laden race is back to challenge runners at a new venue this November!

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon is happening on November 16 at the Nuvali grounds in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The signature event of Men’s Health worldwide is a unique race that combines an endurance run with strategically placed obstacles against an urban backdrop.

Mr. Arlo Vicencio of Summit Media (Men’s Health) during the launching of the race last September 11, 2014 at 100 Miles Cafe, BGC.

Over 3,000 participants are expected to join either of the three race categories—the 5, 10, and 21 kilometer distances. Along the way, they need to climb, and crawl through nine different obstacles. This year’s barriers include a tire field, the scaffold maze, a container van, the low crawl, monkey bars, the military up and under, the network, rope shimmey, and the 8-foot wall.

Registration period is from September 12 to November 9, 2014 at Planet Sports BGC, Planet Sports Trinoma, Gold’s Gym Galleria, Gold’s Gym Glorietta 3 and Gold’s Gym Katipunan. Online registration is now open until October 31, 2014 via http://www.takbo.ph/urbanathlon/. Race fees are follows: P850 for 5K, P900 for 10K, and P950 for the 21K. Those who will join the 21 K will also get a labeled race shirt and a special prize for their category.

For a more specific training plan, grab a copy of the September 2014 issue of Men’s Health where 60-day routine that will help you get race ready is outlined. For further updates about the event, log on to Facebook.com/menshealthphilippines.

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014 is co-presented by Gatorade and Avida with major sponsors Asics, Bridgestone, Gold’s Gym, Shick, Emperador light and minor sponsor, Planet Sports. Nuvali is the official venue while Takbo.ph is the event’s media partner. (Press Release)