QCIM To Donate P.5M To Ondoy Victims

A P500,000 portion of the sponsorships generated  for the holding of the first Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) is being re-channeled to help the victims of typhoon Ondoy, the Quezon City government and Runnex officials announced last Tuesday. The initial QCIM donation will be drawn from the product contribution of San Miguel Corporation, sponsor to the running event.

Also, Runnex Chair Art Disini has committed to donate part of the registration fees for the marathon to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy in Quezon City. In this way, all runners to the QCIM are contributing even in a small way to help those affected in rebuilding their lives and continuing to pursue their dreams for themselves and their families.

I do not wish to drum up more support for this marathon than what it has already gained as a major event to look forward to but organizations and local governments tasked to build up their respective communities should lead the way in providing victims food, water and other necessities.

Ondoy disaster

By providing the little that we could give to help these victims, running would have a more meaningful essence knowing that a substantial part of the proceeds and registration fees of this race are going to a very good cause.

See you at Sunday’s LSD run!

LSD Run: For QCIM and SIM Runners

Practice Run: QCIM Route

Practice Run: QCIM Route

 For all those who will be running the Subic International Marathon (SIM) and the Quezon City International Marathon, we are organizing a Long Slow Distance (LSD) run this coming Sunday, October 4, 2009. This LSD run will cover a distance of 25 to 35 kilometers passing along the route of the QCIM.

Assembly area will be at the UP Oblation. Here are the details:

4:00 – 4:20am : Meet up infront of the UP Oblation. Runners can park their vehicles in front of Abelardo hall or Plaridell hall which is just 100 meters away from the Oblation.

4:30 : We simulate the start time of the QCIM so if possible, we start our run on time.

We start from the Oblation on our way out to University Ave. then turn right to Commonwealth Avenue. From Commonwealth, we turn right to Batasan Road and make a u-turn when we reach the back of Batasan Pambansa on the way back to Commonwealth. From Commonwealth, we turn right on the road that leads to The La Mesa Eco Park. We’ll check if we’ll be permitted to access the route inside the Park otherwise, we shall have to run the peripheral roads outside of the exact route. We exit again at Commonwealth and turn right to Regalado Avenue on the way to SM Fairview then turn right to Quirino Highway and make a u-turn after 2 kms on the way back.

Runners who only wish to run the 21k route can do so by going back to Commonwealth Avenue after the turn-around at the back of Batasang Pampansa and towards North Avenue. For those who will not be able to run the whole 25-35 km stretch, there are always public jeepneys that will take you back to Philcoa and UP.

Runners should bring their own fuel/hydration belts/ belt bag-pouch/ hand held water bottle/ camel backpack, bars/gels. Grocery and other convinience stores are available along the route.

All runners are invited whether they are running the SIM, QCIM, Milo or any other long distance races.

They can list up at the takbo.ph website, in this link: http://takbo.ph/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=26&func=view&id=27704&catid=30

So far, the list of runners joining are as follows:

01. Rene
02. Mar
03. Erick
04. DocT
05. McCoy
06. Decipher
07. Betty
08. Mel
09. Tonette
10. TIMMY
11. James (runma777)
12. rltanmd
13. Marvin Rae
14. Pat…
15. Art
16. Joen
17. Jassel aka Russel (QCIM 5:30 Pacer Group)
18. Prince
19. Bon
20. Bong
21. David
22. Earl – 22km
23. Vicky Ras
24. Edu
25. lauren
26. julie
27. nao
28. Carly
29. Ziggy (will try to join. adjust ko pa kasi sked ko)
30. charles…
We’ll see you all there this Sunday!

The Kenyan Assault of QCIM

QCIM_poster copyI’ve been pestering Webb Delos Reyes, wife of Ron who is the Marketing and Communications Director of the QCIM to give us an update of the Kenyan runners who are running this October’s QCIM. Webb e-mailed us yesterday and gave an update of those invited to participate in the marathon. She stressed however that negotiations with these runners are still being finalized and if their travel plans would be confirmed, she’ll let us all know.

The list includes veteran campaigners of the Southeast Asian Road Racing Circuit. These touring distance runners include:

MALE:

Daniel Kipkemei Koringo : Champion of the Malakoff 26-K run in Penang, Malaysia, last June 2009, with a time of 1:25:53. He likewise placed fifth in the 2007 Penang Bridge Marathon in Malaysia, posting a time of 2:30:45.

William Songkok: a 25-year-old who has a 2:17:52 best time in the 42-K, and a top 10 finish in the Kuala Lumpur half-marathon last June with a time of 1:12:48.35.

Gilbert Kipkemoi:  Bagged the 22-K Shah Alam-Adidas King of the Road in Malaysia this August with a time of 1:09.  The 27-year old Kipkemoi is said to be capable of a 2:15 in the full 42-K marathon.

Samuel Terus Too:  Copped the 2006 Kuala Lumpur International Marathon in 2:21:01.

Terus (A860) with other Kenyan runners

Terus (A860) with other Kenyan runners

FEMALE:

Lydia Jerotich Rutto: Crowned first runner-up in the Army Half Marathon in Singapore just this August with a time of 1:22:04, and second-runner up in the recent Songhla Marathon in Thailand with a 2:45 record.

Lydia Rutto (1287)

Lydia Rutto (1287)

The Kenyans in Kuala Lumpur

The Kenyans in Kuala Lumpur

A total of 14 Kenyan runners were invited who are mostly based in Malaysia. Also slated to participate are some of the top runners of the South East Asian Region who are going to run either the 21k and 42k as tune up for the forthcoming South East Asian Games in Laos this December.

At present, the Filipino male record holder for the full marathon is Eduardo Buenavista with a 2:18:53 which he set during the 2007 Metro Manila Milo Marathon eliminations.  The female record holder is Jho-an Banayag, who posted a 2:48:06 in the 2006 National Milo Marathon Finals.  The fastest marathon run in a Philippine competition stands at 2:14:27 which was set by two-time Olympic champion Waldemar Cierspinski of Germany during the first Manila International Marathon in 1982. With a quality field shaping up in the first QCIM, chances are good that some local marathon records could be eclipsed this October.

(Pics and info from Ron Delos Reyes. Thanks Ron!)

The Rotarun, The Whys And Hows

“Hi Rene. We were not allowed to execute

our route inside Heritage. There was a sudden

change of route inside. Instead of going past

the bridge, we were forced to make a left turn

before the turn-around. Bawal na daw dun

because of the squatters. Because of that, route

was shorter by 3k. It was our first time to set up.

Numerous meetings and planning we can manage

but setting up the route on the night of the race

requires a lot of energy and patience and to see it

all change at the last minute, it was very, very

disappointing. Grabe hirap, Rene. From putting

up the directional signs, setting up water stations,

orientation of 150 marshals to their deployment

and many more you need to personally do it.

Marshals did not arrive on time pa. Had to do

traffic myself at Upper McKinley. It was one hell

of an experience. I apologize to all runners who

joined. Thanks for your support and hope you

enjoyed your run, nonetheless.

Thanks, Rene.”

–Doc Lyndon

rotarunThis was the long text answer sent to me by Doc Lyndon that afternoon when i asked about the controversy surrounding the short race route for the 21k distance we ran earlier. The good doctor, who together with Jinoe of Takbo.ph took the cudgels from the former organizers of yesterday’s Rotarun in carrying on its shoulders the responsibility of directing the race itself. Expectedly, all odds were stacked up against them. Not even the expertise of the over-all race director, Ian Alacar (Botak Paatibayan) could salvage the breakdown that was to affect the Heritage route as these circumstances were beyond their control.

As many were surprised to check on their finishing times, i myself could not believe it when my watch clocked at 2:03 when i had a previous best of 2:21 and was just running cautiously all throughout (as preparation for my October marathon). Actually, it was when we entered back to McKinley Hills for the last 400 meter stretch that runners who already finished the race shouted that the course was short by about 3 kms and we could sprint to the finish if we wanted to already.

While others were surprised and muttering, “what?”, “huh?’, “really?”, “are you sure?” about the long discrepancy of the distance, i was skeptical that it was 3k, maybe a little short, but not 3k. When i glanced at my watch, time showed 2 hours only and counting! At that point, with 400 meters to go, i had mixed emotions (pardon the showbiz lingo) as i was a little disappointed and at the same time glad that it would be over soon as it was scorchingly hot already. Indeed, the Garmins validated my skepticism, it was short by 3k and would have wished i ran the full distance and fought the heat instead.

Setting aside this fiasco, i think the conduct of the race was more than satisfactory as water stations were adequate and marshals manning the checkpoints were present. Some minor drawbacks was when we were running alongside vehicles at Lawton Avenue (the fumes were terrible at times) and didn’t get any free drinks at the end of the finish line or was there any provided?

Still, our hats off to you Doc Lyndon for calling out this event and putting up a good race. We’ll see more of you and Jinoe as more races will be lined up for you in the future, i’m sure!

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Group Pics (from Pio's lense)


Run With Fafa Rio

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Move over, Fafa Piolo! Fafa Rio, the new heartthrob of running is ready to steal the hearts of colegialas, matronas and those in between from the hottest hunk icon, Piolo Pascual. No, Rio and Piolo are not doing any movie together but are collaborating in a run to raise funds for a school in Masbate.

The 2009 Timex Run is a 3k, 5k, 10k and 21k race which will start and end at the Bonifacio High Street, Taguig on November 15, 2009. Regular Registration will start on Ocober 4 and end on November 9, 2009.

Registration Centers: TIMEX Shops at SM: North, MOA, Megamall, Edsa North, Southmall and at the Glorietta 3.

According to Rio, only 3,000 registrants will be accepted so with Fafa Piolo running this event, i’m sure slots will be filled up in two to three weeks time so i suggest you register early!

Timing chips will be used in all categories and finishers medals will be given to all 21k finishers.

Hope to see you there!

LSD – Taming The Killer Highway!

I always look forward in doing Long Slow Distance (LSD) runs every weekend. It develops in me a psychological ability to run the time it would take me to finish a marathon (i’m hoping for 5 hours or less, if i’m lucky).

Having completed several marathons in the past, long runs are most useful during the progressive buildup leading to a marathon. More useful is probably getting the chance to run part of the marathon course itself and I think its a good idea to do a trial run, survey the course and get familiar with it.  Three of my running buddies and i did just that…to run the whole stretch of COMMONWEALTH Avenue. Betty, Tonette, Mel and myself are contemplating in running the 42k QCIM and this will be Betty and Tonette’s first full mary.

We first had our apprehension in running the route as it was continuously raining the night before while some parts of the roads might have been inundated already. Besides, it was still pitch dark as vehicles would not be able to see us clearly. But being the hard-core runners that we are, we decided to pursue the run and we started at around 4:45am as the rained weakened into a drizzle as patches of wet asphalt were under our feet.

Commonwealth Avenue is notoriously famous as a “killer highway” because of the number of vehicular accidents occurring almost daily. However, these accidents happen as a result of irresponsible drivers who over speed, despite the 60kph imposed speed limit and disobedient pedestrians who continue to cross no jaywalking zones instead of using the footbridges strategically placed along busy areas of the avenue.

The avenue is 12.4kms kilometers long and is considered as the country’s widest street so far. So we all agreed to use all available pedestrian side-walks (which are wide and far from speeding motorists) and to run against traffic.

Posing before the run in front of Plaridel Hall, U.P., 4:30am

Mel, Betty & Tonette posing before the run in front of Plaridel Hall, U.P., 4:30am

On top of the first overpass before the Iglesia Ni Kristo Main Church

On top of the first overpass before the Iglesia Ni Kristo Main Church

Just past the INC Church

Just past the INC Church. Slight drizzle during the first stages

Past Tandang Sora Street and above the flyover construction

Past Tandang Sora Street and above the flyover construction

Nearing the St. Peter Church

Nearing the St. Peter Church. The left white shadow must be the spirit of one lost soul who wanted to run with us 🙂

Atop the sandigan bayan flyover on our way to Batasan Road

Atop the Sandiganbayan flyover on our way to Batasan Road

The Sandiganbayan

The Sandiganbayan

Towards the end of the footbridge then towards Batasang Pambansa

Towards the end of the footbridge then towards Batasang Pambansa

Start to Batasan Road

Start to Batasan Road

A light moment and a pause to breathe

A light moment and a pause to breathe

Mel, Betty and the Jazzrunner

Mel, Betty and the Jazzrunner

Posing at the entrance of Batasang Pambansa

Posing at the entrance of Batasang Pambansa

Betty, trying to mimic the thrill(?) of crossing the finishline in her upcoming 42k race

Betty, trying to mimic the thrill(?) of crossing the finishline in her upcoming 42k race

On our way to North Fairview

On our way to North Fairview

Regular sight of goat meat being sold near Litex going to Fairview

Goat Station! Regular sight of goat meat being sold near Litex going to Fairview

Just ask Mang Caldo the best cuts for caldereta, kilawin, pinapaitan or kapokan!

Just ask Mang Caldo the best cuts for caldereta, kilawin, pinapaitan or kapokan!

Its not goat meat they're buying but bananas--P10.00 isang tumpok of over-ripe bananas

Its not goat meat they're buying but bananas--P10.00 isang tumpok of over-ripe bananas

Inseparable duo

Inseparable duo

At this juncture, we decided to make a side trip inside the LaMesa Dam Eco-Park

At this juncture, we decided to make a side trip inside the LaMesa Dam Eco-Park

So we enter the Eco Park

So we enter the Eco Park

Inside the parking area of EP

Inside the parking area of EP

JR and Mel

JR and Mel

Running inside the nature reserve

Running inside the nature reserve

Racing up to get a good view of the Dam

Racing up to get a good view of the Dam

I will be posting more pictures once i get them cropped. In the meantime, let me say that this route, particularly Commonwealth Ave., will be closed to traffic during marathon day on October 18. Both lanes from the Quezon Memorial Circle up to Tandang Sora Ave. will be closed while the south-bound lane from Tandang Sora Ave. to Fairview will also be closed to motorists.

Keep on logging those miles and see you soon!

The QCIM Race Pacers

I got this updated Pacers List from Dave De Leon, who is the over-all coordinator of the Pacer Group for QCIM. As of yesterday, a total of 24 Pacers are slated to pace (either as lead or sweeper) the different time groups for the 21k and 42k distances.

Dave De Leon (r) with Bart Yasso, Runners World Magazine Chief Running Officer and inventor of the Yasso 800s at the SF International Marathon Exposition last July 2009

Dave De Leon (r) with Bart Yasso, Runners World Magazine Chief Running Officer and inventor of the Yasso 800s at the SF International Marathon Exposition last July 2009

The list is not final yet as participation, particularly from Team BaldRunner has yet to confirm. There are still 8 to 10 slots to be filled up and those who wish to join can e-mail me or Dave. Details on this link: https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/pacers-needed-for-qcim/

I’m going to bring the complimentary race packets for the Pacers this coming Sunday at the RotaRun Race and to those i have already advised, i’ll see you there after the run.

Cheers!

Pace Leader/Team Assignments
as of Sep 13, 2009
42K
Time Goal Pace(mins/km) Team Pace Leader Co-leader Other members
3:45 5.36 Runners Link Jun Corral still available
Fairview Running Club Rogie Ascano still available
3:50 5.48 Bald Runner Elite tba tba
4:00 5.71 Bald Runner Elite tba tba Joms Paras
4:15 6.07 BRHardcore Mari Javier Jerry Karundeng
4:30 6.43 BRHardcore Jonel Mendoza Lester Chuayap Michelle Estuar
4:45 6.79 Alaska Runner Raffy Castaneda Chub de Leon
5:00 7.14 still available still available still available
5:15 7.50 still available still available still available
5:30 7.86 BRHardcore Enrico Tocol Vincent Ocampo Jamir Samson
Takbo.ph Erick Alabastro still available Rusel Pata
5:45 8.21 Tri-Polar Team Bobby Go still available
6:00 8.57 Takbo.ph Dennis Ravanzo Mar Marilag Chris Ng
> 6 > 8:60 still available still available
21K
2:15 6.43
2:30 7.14 Takbo.ph Running Diva F. Gabriel Ebong Bautista
2:45 7.86 Takbo.ph Neil Barrios Carina Manansala

Photo Of The Week : Beer Station

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If we had a beer station like this in one of our local races, would you drink from it? Absolutely! Taken from a European marathon race last March.

Thanks to Carla for sending this photo.

(If you have other interesting/unusual running photos you would like featured, you can e-mail them to the jazzrunner at runnerjazz@yahoo.com and leave a comment with the details.)

Thanks!

Pamulaklakin Trail, Subic Bay Freeport

If you’re in the Subic Bay Freeport area, it’s hard not to take notice of the Pamulaklakin Forest Trail entrance and harder still not to put on your running gear and give the trails a runabout, if you’re a runner.

Located along a road which leads to the Binictican Heights, this trail is famous for its guided jungle tours with durations as short as a 30 minute trek to an overnight tour which includes a lot of trekking and camping overnight in the jungle forest.

The guardians of this forest are the local Aetas, an ethnic group who have lived, toiled and continued to thrive in this area for hundred of years now. This is a protected area where generations of their tribe have continued to flourish despite the meager help they get from the government.

Our run on the trails was short, sort of just taking a peek into the vastness of this wilderness but we hope to be back soon to explore more of what is has to offer.

Binictican Heights, Subic Freeport

Binictican Heights, Subic Freeport

Smooth Roads inside Subic

Smooth Roads inside Subic

We didn't see any of them at that time

Didn't see any of them at that time

A Korean Church?

A Korean Church?

Brent International School, Subic

Brent International School, Subic

Inside golf course

Inside golf course

Entrance to Pamulaklakin Trail

Entrance to Pamulaklakin Trail

Inside Pamulaklakin

Inside Pamulaklakin

Start of Trail

Start of Trail

More of these inside

More of these inside

Inside the Rainforest, similar to the Aquarry but longer and much cleaner

Inside the Rainforest, similar to the Aquarry but longer and much cleaner

Another view

Another view

June taking a pee(k)

June taking a pee(k)

With Aeta children

With Aeta children

Clinging to their long lost father?

Clinging to their long lost father?

Crystal clear

Crystal clear

Refreshing sights

Refreshing sight

Taking in the view

Taking in the view

Taken at the north side

Taken at the north side

Superview

Superview

Superman!

Superman?

Back to the trail

Back to the trail

Vines clinging up the tree

Vines clinging up the trees

Aeta children's father, going to reclaim them from June

Aeta children's father, going to reclaim them from June

From June's lense. What was he thinking?

From June's lense. What was he thinking?

Moss-coverted stone

Moss-covered stone

Crystal dews!

Crystal dews!

Back to the golf course

Back to the golf course

Pacers Needed For QCIM

The publicity and support group of the 1st Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) are looking for additional volunteers to pace runners for the 42k marathon this coming October 18.

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The pacers will lead pace groups for the following marathon time: 3:50, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 hour finish. Each time slot will have 2 or more pacers allocated. The “LEAD” pacer/s at the front of the pack and the “SWEEPER” pacer/s at the rear. The Lead Pacers will be setting the pace and the Sweeper Pacer will be on hand to offer support and encouragement to any runner who may be dropping off the pace.

The objective here is to be able to comfortably run the pace you have volunteered for and to be prepared to offer encouragement and motivate runners in your pack. Pacers shall be equipped with clearly identifiable time markers in a flag or baloon.

In exchange, all pacers will be entitled to the following:

1. A complimentary race packet will all race freebies included (singlet, racing  chips, loot bags, etc.)

2. Complimentary pass to the QCIM Carbo Loading Party, enjoy free food and drinks and hob knob with co-runners, take pictures with well known personalities in sports and entertainment

3. Special mention of his/her running club

4. Names of pacers and their time goal groups will be posted at the QCIM website

5. Acknowledge them before the race starts

Pacers

All interested parties may contact QCIM Volunteer and Support Head Mr. Dave De Leon through his e-mail at: davedeleon@gmail.com or my e-mail at: runnerjazz@yahoo.com

Here is the full mechanics:

THE 1ST QUEZON CITY INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

Mechanics and information for pacers:

Objectives:

· Lead runners across the finish line, at the same time achieving their target time goals;

· Lead the group. Pay attention to the overall group goal, not personal/individual goals;

· Look out for the welfare of all;

· Have FUN leading them across the finish line so they remember the QCIM as one great experience.

Important points for the Pacers:

  • Pacing duty is a big responsibility. So pacers must be fit and strong to run and pace a group, should have ran the 42K many times before, and must have a wealth of running experience to lead and pace a group effectively. Running a marathon is hard enough as it is; to run it at a different pace is even harder. And the challenge of pacing is to maintain consistency.
  • A pacer is a leader, coach, cheerleader, psychiatrist, etc. A good sense of humor will greatly help.
  • Ideal set up: pacer and a back up pacer in the same group.

Each time slot should have at least two (2) pacers allocated. The “Lead” pacer/s at the front of the pack and the “Sweeper” pacer/s at the rear. The Lead Pacer will be setting the pace and the Sweeper Pacer will be on hand to offer encouragement to any runners who may be dropping off the pace.

  • Participation in a pace group is free to all participants who will run the full 42k distance. .
    • The Pace Groups are: 3:50, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00.
    • No half marathon pace groups this inaugural year.
    • Pacers should maintain an “even split,” which means that every kilometer will be run at approximately the same pace. A pace guide shall be provided to all pacers, and even the runners. Pacers must maintain their designated pace.
    • Pacers should meet with their group during the carbo party so that an assessment of the group’s individual and collective capabilities and personalities can be done as soon as possible. That way the race day strategy can be drawn up. Pacers are encouraged to communicate their strategy as soon as possible and as clearly as possible.
    • Hydration and water station strategy must also be drawn up. Walking breaks can be encouraged right after the water stops especially for the slower groups (4:30 and up). However the runners must be told that after a walking break, the pace will have to pick up a bit in order to compensate for the walk and so that the time goal can be met. Also pacers should communicate regrouping instructions.
    • The names of the pacers and their time goal groups shall be posted in the QCIM website after confirmation with the pacers.
    • Other/additional/final instructions shall be issued during the carbo loading party.
    • Pacers shall be equipped with clearly identifiable time markers in a flag or balloons.
    • Pacers shall take up corral starting positions arranged with the faster groups in front in front with the slower groups taking up the rear positions. Final instructions will be issued during the carbo loading party.
    • About ten minutes before the start of the race final instructions shall be issued. This will include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions. This shall also include back up and contingency measures. This is another great opportunity for the pacers to encourage questions from the runners they shall be leading.
    • Try to spot as early as possible those who have a difficult time keeping pace. Encourage them to fall back to the next group if they can’t really keep pace, or walk. Please do not risk the safety, health, or condition of the runner.