Tragedy at Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon

Here’s bad news that came from a Malaysian blogger on a tragic incident that happened at yesterday’s SC Kuala Lumpur International Marathon. Wow, i hope this doesn’t happen in any of our local marathons here:

>>I first got the news from a friend right after my run yesterday followed by the link that was shared by Paul Lee, another fellow runner.  Please read the following description of what happened yesterday at SCKLM and forward/share/spread it among your friends especially those who are into running, veteran or new. Condolence for Lim’s family and friends from myself + the rest of the Malaysian tri-community. MISSJEWELZ.wordpress will resume blogging and report of SCKLM tomorrow as a sign of respect for the runner who passed away yesterday during the run  :-(<<


” I would like to share a tragic incident that happened at Standard Chartered KL Marathon today…
When i was running my final 2 km on the 10km… as i was running along the road in front of Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, i saw a guy was sitting on the road side then soon enough he collapsed…

This incident attracted my attention as a guy(a training doctor, named Irkhan) that was trying to help him was shouting for i was a trained EFR, i ran over to see what is happening.. (it was around 1 hour into the race for 10km runners)

I got to know that the guy (named Lim) has collapsed and was having seizure.. we tried to place him in recovery position… he was breathing very heavily and shortly and he was also biting his teeth very very hard… i was afraid that he will hurt himself (with either biting his own tongue or he closed up his airway).. so i tried to open up his jaw and tried to communicate wif him to have him relax and breath easily.. he then slowed down his breathing and taking deeper breath…

Another lady (Pei Kheng) came to help and constantly monitor on his pulse… and Dr. Visva (was another participant in the run) came over to help…

Then suddenly, his pulse was gone… then we lied him flat and started on CPR procedures… we constantly check on his pulse to check whether his pulse has come back.. we did chest compression and also mouth-to-mouth breathing to Lim…as we were doing the CPR procedures, we did not sight medic anywhere.. and we tried to shout as loud as possible for medic…

After awhile into the CPR procedures, “lady A” said that she could feel his pulse but was very weak.. then we stopped the CPR procedures to see whether he regain consciousness or not…After i stopped the chest compression on Lim, i started shouting for medic services again with the hope that a medic services is nearby and heard us.. but unfortunately not… we only sighted 3 DBKL Officers(with big motorcycles) just stood by the road side and just stare… the did not come over to help or to check out what happened… (it was around 10 minutes that Lim collapse and had seizure)…

After a moment, Lim loose his pulse again.. we started CPR procedures again.. we still did not sight an ambulance or any EMS(Emergency Medical Services) around… after approximately 30 compression, Lim regained his pulse but was very very weak.. and yet.. there was still no ambulance or EMS sighted… and DBKL officers still stood there and did not came over to help… so I informed a passer by to run to the officers to tell them to call for an EMS soonest possible…

After we performed CPR procedures on Lim for the the third time, finally a St. John (sorry for the mistake, the latest info i got.. the ambulance was NOT from St. John) ambulance came after around 15 – 20 minutes after Lim collapsed…

We let the EMS officers to take over the CPR and First Aid… Dr. Visva asked whether do they have the AED(Automated External Defibrillator)… one of the person from the EMS said that they do not have it.. then I asked whether do they have a face mask with pump.. they also did not have it there… THEY PRACTICALLY HAVE NOTHING IN THE AMBULANCE!!!!!!!! -.-”

EMS took him and speed their way to HKL…

We were later informed that the Response time for EMS is 3 minutes but it took them almost 20 minutes to arrive… and later.. as I was reading through the Runners Guide that was provided in our running kit…
There is a statement (at page 15) that states that “Medical Assistance – Medical Aid is available every 4km and at the Finish Area. Due to runner’s physical condition, Medical Officials are authorized to stop runners and remove their timing chip”

Every 4KM MY ROYAL ASS.. I did not see any first aider, ambulance or any sort of medical officials along my 10km route… and if 4km was true.. it definitely will not take them SO LONG to arrive…


I got a call from Dr. Visva a moment ago.. he went to HKL to check out the condition of Lim and he informed me that Lim have passed away on his arrival to the hospital… T__T

Lim is only into his 20′s and was running the 10KM distance…

P/s: please share this note to as many people as possible.. we will hope to create awareness on the inefficiency of EMS, DBKL officers and organiser of standard chartered KL Marathon 2010…

we also want to create an awareness that this kind of inefficiency have caused a life of a young man…
we will hope that the marathon organisers will take responsibility and make EMS a top priority in their planning.


“Hi Guys,

Regarding the runner that passed away and details regarding the wake.

The wake is at Malacca:

Shop No. 13, Lorong Bukit Cina

Same row as Capitol Satay Celup

It will leave for the Melaka Memorial Park at 11am tomorrow, Tuesday 29th June 2010.

Location for cremation:
Lot 6759, Jalan Sungar Putat,
Batu Berendam,
75370 Melaka.

You can contact Raymond: 012 3732968 “


The Graduates: First Half of 2010

Last Saturday, the Executive Runners Club of the Philippines (RUNNEX) held a general membership meeting and among its agenda were the induction of its newest members and a special recognition to members who finished a marathon in the first half of 2010. Also on hand to grace the occasion were Dr. Aparicio “Perry” Mequi, long-time mentor and adviser of Runnex and Dr. Vicente Valdepenas Jr., economist and member of the monetary board of the Central Bank. 

The occasion was held at the Max Restaurant at the Quezon Memorial Circle and since the venue is within QMC’s running grounds, i decided to run there from my house and did a couple more rounds before attending the meeting at 7:00am. 

I congratulate all the new members who were inducted and hoping that you enjoy the camaraderie, fun and social responsibilities of being a Runnex member.  Back in the 80’s, a pre-requisite to being a member is that one should have finished at least one marathon before the membership committee can accept them. Now, the norm seems to be, “be a member now, and run the damn marathon later…the sooner, the better!”

For the first half of 2010, the following members have finished a marathon/ultramarathon:

1. Susan Lee –        Condura her first marathon finish

2. Rene Villarta  –  Condura marathon.

3. Lito Duran     –   Condura

4. Pio Sugay        – Condura

5. Mel Severino-   Cebu Marathon, Condura, BDM 102km Ultramarathon, PAU 50k Ultra Run

6. Obet  Alano   –  Condura

7. Jay Sabido  – Condura and Dream Marathon

8. Norio Tanaka – Boston marathon 2010

9. Benny Jabanez – Dream Marathon

10. Reylynn Dela Paz – Dream Marathon

11. Dante Briones – Hong Kong Marathon

12. Dee Allas – Singapore Sundowm Marathon

Special mention goes to Benny Jabanez and Rylynne Dela Paz for topping both male and female categories of the TBR Dream Marathon (

Marathon graduates: First half of 2010: L-R, Reylynn dela Paz (TBR Dream), Dee Allas (Sundown Singapore), Obett Alano (Condura), Jay Sabido (TBR Dream and Condura), Jazzrunner (Condura), Norio Tanaka (Boston Marathon), Mel Severino (Cebu Marathon, BDM 102 Ultrarun, Condura, Pau 50k Ultramarathon), Dante Briones (Hong Kong Marathon). Not in photo, Susan Dee (Condura), Doc Lito Duran (Condura), Pio Sugay (Condura) and Benny Jabanez (TBR Dream)

Benny Javanes, tops the TBR Dream Marathon

Reylynne, tops the womens category of the TBR Dream Marathon

L-R: Dee, me, Reylynn, Ebong, Mel, Rose and Baby

The new Runnex members

A combination of the young and the old

 Best of luck too to those scheduled to run a marathon during the 2nd half of 2010!

The Race of the Groin vs. the Armpits!

It was only a matter of time!

Hold your breath now, but after Lactacyd (a product line for feminine wash) launched its Women Team Run Relay and All Women 5k Open which caused an uproar amongst our male macho runners because it was an exclusive race for, you guessed it, women, Rexona-Men Deodorant (Unilever) has now launched its own Rexona Run which will be held on August 01, 2010 at the Mall Of Asia grounds. Thing is, the Rexona Run has the marketing savvy to open the race for both sexes!

So, is this going to be a war of the loins versus the armpits?

The Lactacyd Team Women Relay details of which i had blogged recently (lactacyd) will be held this Sunday, June 27, 2010. It’s an all-woman team relay for females ages 18 to 45 and venue will be  at the Venice Pizza Mall, McKinley Hill. Each team will run a combined distance of 21K. The first runner will run a distance of 10K, the second runner will run 5K, the third runner will run 3K, and the fourth (or first) runner will run another 3K. There will also be a 5K individual run category. 

Not to be outdone, Coach Rio, organizer of the Rexona Run will introduce “firsts” on this race i call “Rionovations”: 


1.  The use of an I-PAD for Registration: Once you register in their authorized registration centers, you will now enter all your details in an i-pad, instead of writing it in a registration form. All paper-less, it’s now just typing your name, address, age, singlet size and other info into the i-pad with registration personnel assisting you if you happen not to be computer savvy. All details will be stored in a data-base so once you enter another Runrio race, there’s no need to re-register again. 

The new paperless registration system using an I-Pad

  2.  Times will be recorded in a D-Tag (not championchips anymore) another RFID timing system which is not incorporated into a race bib but is attached to your shoe. It’s the latest of timing devices used in several major marathons in the United States and elsewhere.

The new D-Tag timing device and how it should be folded

 3.  Soft plastic water bottle. Shaped like a grenade, you can just punch a hole on top of the lid and drink from it.  After taking a few sips, you can use it again by hurling it like a grenade if someone cuts you off at the water station!:-)

Water grenades! (Pics from blog of the running fat boy--thanks)

 4.  Runrio Fans Club cum Membership Card: Just Rio’s way of thanking the runners for their support of his races. The card in return can be used for discounts from a few selected establishments and earn points for every Runrio race you join.

Rio's fans: Que, Vener and Jet

By the way, the Lactacyd and the Rexona Runs are both organized by Coach Rio. Well, depending on whose bushy hair you’re inclined to support, both runs are expected to be well-organized. Since i can’t join the Lactacyd Womens Run and can’t apply Lactacyd in my armpits either (the lotion would have made a fine lather), i’ll be at the Rexona Run doing the half-marathon. Male runners, you can all breathe now!

See you all!

New Balance Trail Adventure Race

As i write this piece, many good things have already been written and said about last Sunday’s New Balance Trail Adventure race and i echo most of the positive sentiments. To those who had their first trail run, i’m sure running it was a gruelling one but no less satisfying as it brought many to a new level of personal challenge. I had wanted to run the longer 15k distance but as i was still tending a sore plantar faciitis, i opted to join the 10k race instead. 

Nothing compares to running on virgin trails complete with deep wood, open sceneries on single track paths and the sparkling Nuvali river enclave. Sunday’s route was entirely different from the “dry-run” we had three weeks ago, hosted by the race sponsors themselves as we didn’t get to the knee-deep parts of the river and didn’t even see the cascading waterfalls. 

Nevertheless, the solitude, stunning sceneries and tough going as you made your way through the edges all made up for it. Reaching the river, what follows is a slow trek on either the rocks or the river itself that separates the cautious from the bold-headed! I was in the cautious group. 

The lush fauna carpeting the mountain river made it difficult to concentrate on speed when all you want to do is stop and take a picture of the beautiful surroundings. Running buddy, June Santiago did exactly that, took his time to take photo shots of the scenery as he did with us runners while we were in motion, as you would see in the pictures below. 

The last kilometer brought us back to the paved roads of Abrio as we passed the Lakeside Evozone where we crossed a wooden bridge for a strong kick to the finish at Solenad. 

Overall, the race was well-organized, the route exciting and scenic and the feminine wash (again) at the finish was aplenty. However, they should have added another water station at the race course to benefit those who did not bring hydration fluids with them as the two water stations made available were far in between.

Here are some of the photos taken by June Santiago:

with BR, Ka Totoy and Luis

A kilometer after the start

Still going strong

Reaching the river

We were all walking at this time

The walkways were very slippery

One single file on the tracks

There were some slip ups on the wet trail so we had to move very slowly

Some of the views along the river

Some runners did the right thing, charging right through the river

Nearing the river's end

The vertical climb, holding on to tree trunks, roots, branches and the ground itself

Stopping to chat with a runner

At the 8th km mark

The finish at 1:20:24

June and Rio

Running: Dekada ’80


There’s a short thread discussion about running during the 80’s at the website and this brings back a lot of memories when the running boom here in the country was still in its infancy. A lot of running clubs were active back then although races were sporadic wherein one or two races were held once a month. The Filipinas Third World Marathon, the Milo Marathon and the Philippine Airlines International Marathon were the races to join when you wanted to finish the full marathon.  

I also remember joining smaller races and among the known ones were the Saucony 10k Run, Magnolia 20k Race, Yakult 10 miler and the Brooks 10k Classic. Well,  today’s running resurgence has grown by bounds as all weekends are now full of races in every distance conceivable.    

But what was running in the 80s look like back then? When i came back to running early in 2008 and started joining races, i noticed one particular aspect that runners of now abhor while it was perfectly acceptable back then. During the 80s, the use of large plastic drums and water ladles (tabo) were the norm to hydrate the runners. The water was always ice-cold because they drop huge chunks of ice in the drums of water and use the ladles to pour water in plastic cups. When i read and heard complaints about their use being unhygienic, i couldn’t help but laugh about the notion. When i asked one Doctor friend who has been a runner since those days and still active now, all he could say was, “ganyan talaga mga runners ngayon, maaarte!” (Runners these days are finicky).  

Well, i didn’t get sick while this was being practiced before. At a recent race, i saw in one water station marshalls pouring water in cups but instead of the water ladles being used, they used a water pitcher! 🙂 Here are some highlights which i contributed at the thread of what running in the 80’s was like:  

— There were no sports drinks (gatorade) back then. We survived the full marathon just on water alone. Lipovitan was the energy drink of choice.

— Registration fees for 10ks/5ks started at P50.00. When some races charged P80.00, runners complained.  

— Finisher’s T-shirts were preffered than singlets during those times. The shirts were only given after you have finished the run.  

— The smell of “omega pain killer”, “efficascent”, “tiger balm” and other liniment oils were evident at the starting area before the race.  

— Women runners were scarce and few during the 80s. They were often gaunt, skinny, dark and haggard looking.  

— Elite runners during that time were Jun Tabunda, Jimmy dela Torre, Edgardo Pedregoza, Leonardo Illut, Renato Unzo, the Carmelo brothers of Baguio City and the girl wonder, Joan Laput.  

— The race distance of 20k was very common during the 80s. The course was usually from the Quezon Memorial Circle towards Fairview and back.  

— The first Pinoy running magazine was not TBR mag nor the Front Runner. There was one, (Philippine Running Globe, if i remember it right) was published by Mr. Elpidio Doroteo during the 80s which came out with about 6 monthly issues only. Its format and size was similar to that of Runner’s World and Front Runner magazine.  

— Botak was the first locally manufactured running shoe. It had the “kidlat” emblem and cost about P400.00 per pair.  

— Cesar Guarin, owner of Botak was already doing ultra-runs, from Mindanao up to Appari.  

— Some singlets were designed like fishnets and almost all singlets and shorts were purchased from the Botak store in Kamuning.  

— The famous race organizers were Elpidio Dorotheo, Jose “Jun” Castro, Red Dumuk and Rudy Biscocho.  

— Old Runner’s World and Running Times issues were available at Rizal Avenue at P20.00 per.  

— Saucony and Brooks running shoes were readily available at SM stores.  

— Nike, Asics (Tiger) and New Balance were available as imports at the Greenhills Shopping Center or at the Cartimar Market.   

During one of the Avon Races way back in 1983. Guess who that skinny runner on the right is? The pouch belt is a given.

  — Most importantly, all runners that i know of during those times were running not to set or break Personal Records on their 5/10/20k races but to be able to run and finish a marathon!

Camsur Marathon 2010 Launched


It’s one of the biggest press launches i have ever attended on a running event and the lead organizer, led by Governor LRay Villafuerte of Camarines Sur pulled out all the stops for the staging of another international event, the Camsur International Marathon on September 26, 2010. 

The press launch was a big event in itself, where luminaries in the field of sports, politics and entertainment graced the occasion at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati yesterday afternoon. 

Big in its ambition to stage another international event after the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3, World Wakeboard Championships, Asian Wakeboard Championships and the International Dragon Boat Festival, the Camsur Marathon has been envisioned to be one of the biggest marathons in Southeast Asia, according to Gov. Villafuerte. 

With a total cash purse of about US$50,000.00, and the full back-up of the local government of Camarines Sur, Smart Telecommunications, Summit Water and other big sponsors, their efforts would seem to pull through given the success of their previous events.

Here are some highlights of yesterday’s press conference:

The crowd at the Cam Sur Marathon Presscon

With Emcees Marc Nelson, Tricia Chiongbian and Dawn Zulueta

Sen. Pia Cayetano giving her welcome remarks

Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga, the marathon's beneficiary

Tessa Prieto-Valdez lightens up the occasion

Actress Iza Calzado, who'll run the 10k

TV Host Dianne Castillejo

From left, Coach Rio, Cynthia Carreon, Gov. Lray Villafuerte, Sen. Cayetano, Tony Meloto

Our press table

Bloggers at the presscon

From their Press Release:


With the much sought after CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) and its world-class wakeboarding facilities as its centerpiece, it’s not at all surprising why the province of Camarines Sur or simply CamSur was voted as the number one tourist destination in the country in 2009.

Venue for some of the most prestigious international competitions such as the Ironman 70.3, World Wakeboard Championships, Asian Wakeboard Championships, and the International Dragon Boat Festival, CamSur’s equally famous Caramoan Islands have also become home to several franchises (France, Bulgaria, Serbia, Israel, Turkey and Sweden) of the long-running show, Survivor.

This September, CamSur is once again the site of another world-class sporting event – the first-ever CamSur Marathon 2010 “Race to Rebuild the Nation”. “As part of our continued efforts to pursue nation-building, the CamSur Marathon 2010 aims to be the premiere running event in the country to gather over 20,000 parti cipants,” declares Camsur Governor Lray Villafuerte. “The Camsur Marathon will feature elite runners from all over the world amidst the setting of mountains and greeneries.” Designed to be included among the ranks of the New York, Vienna and Boston marathons, the local government of Governor Lray Villafuerte is vying for the international accreditation of CamSur Marathon 2010.

Race Director Coach Rio dela Cruz shares, “After close to a year of preparation, our dream of organizing a bona- fide international marathon here in the Philippines has finally materialized. This historic running event aims to attract local and foreign athletic delegates, running celebrities, and runners of all fitness levels. The Camsur Marathon is sure to be race worthy and of international stature.”

With 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K runs, the magnificent scenery in Camsur will surely entertain the participants while they toil away under the sun. Utilizing the same electronic timing device used in the New York City Marathon called the D-Tag, this race event is a cut above the rest, with standards comparable to those of prestigious international marathons. Race Director Rio dela Cruz shares, “Participants can expect a fast and flat course, an equally fast release of race results courtesy of Chronotrack Timing Systems, adequate hydration in water stations located every kilometer, and accurately placed kilometer markers to help runners pace themselves.”

“Aside from the many physiological benefits we get from sweating it out on the road or on the treadmill, running is easy on the budget – all you really need is a good pair of running shoes and a comfortable running outfit and off you go!  Plus, anyone can run since it’s an innate human ability. More and more people, especially in our generation, are realizing the value of regular exercise and see running as a means to achieve a work-life balance,” explains Race Director Rio dela Cruz.

With its handle, “Race to Rebuild the Nation,” the Camsur Marathon is intended to mainly benefit Gawad Kalinga, a nation-building organization founded by Tony Meloto that builds houses for poor communities and aims to empower poverty-stricken Filipinos through dignity restoration and values transformation. This marathon is also for the benefit of the Organ Donor Card awareness drive. Headed by Director Enrique Ona of the National Kidney Transplant Institution (NKTI), the Organ Donor Card has amassed numerous supporters including Aga and Charlene Muhlach, Dawn Zulueta, Mikee Conjuangco, Martin Nievera, Derek Ramsey, Angelica Panganiban, Karylle, Iza Calzado, Carla Abellana, Gerald Anderson and many more. Another

beneficiary is the K.I.D.S Foundation as supported by Diether Ocampo which aims to uplift the standards of living of the youth. Villafuerte says, “The vision of these organizations serve as inspiration for the Camsur Marathon.”

One of the highlights of the CamSur Marathon 2010 is the Gawad Kalinga “Bayanihan Run” category. Here, participating groups will race as a team of 15 and commit to pledge to raise funds to build GK communities for the poorest of the poor, with at least a minimum of one house to building an entire Legacy Village for a period of three months from June 24 to September 24.

The CamSur Marathon 2010 is also presented by the Department of Tourism with Summit Water and Smart Communications as major sponsors. Other sponsors are Timex, 100 Plus, Nature Valley and the Philippine Star. 

The dynamic young governor promises a wonderful time at CamSur for all local and international participants of the CamSur Marathon 2010. “Our world-class sports amenities and accommodations will entice you to stay a little longer,” Governor Villafuerte confidently assures. “Our secret hideaways await your discovery and we are certain that you will want to explore the nooks and crannies of fascinating Camsur.”

Join and express your desire to rebuild the nation with Camsur. Visit for more details.  

Photo Of The Week: Roadside Memorial

It’s a roadside memorial for the University of Wyoming’s cross country running team, who were killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver in 2001. It’s a picture made by Gregor_y from his flickr account with a caption on the picture as follows:

” I pass this grim memorial everyday. Eight members of the U-Wyo cross country running team were killed here in a head-on collision with a drunk driver, another UW student.”

Thanks to Julius Cervantes 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 and leave a comment with the details.)


Believe It Or Not

The other night in our back yard, i was piling up old carton boxes containing discarded garments, old books, documents and other papers to protect them from the rains that is now a nightly occurence here in Manila. While sifting through the contents of one box which was already wet at the bottom, i found a very old clipping of an article on running which i had inadvertently forgotten about.

The 1994 article, written by runner-author J. Henderson dealt with the many facets of the sport–the truisms of running that we live and breathe within our world of running.

Here are some facts and truths that reveal themselves to anyone who has run long enough. I’ve adjusted some of the ideas to conform to our local setting:

—  The hardest step of any run is the first one out the door.

...grrrr, can we run now?

—  You may already know how a run will go during the first few steps of your run.

—  The real running begins after a half-hour warmup, and the run starts to seem like a second job after an hour.

—  Runners round off times down and round distances up.

—  If you aren’t scared before a race, you should worry that you aren’t ready.

"Who says i'm scared?"

—  You never make up running downhill what you lose going uphill; same with tailwinds and headwinds.

—  Even if you believe in Gallowalking (walking breaks) you’re embarrassed to be seen taking them.

Makapal 'tong mga to!

—  You can’t run past a store window without sneaking a peek at yourself.

—  A “jogger” is someone who runs slower than you do.

I'm not a jogger, noh!

—  Fitness is a stage you pass through on the way to becoming a “real runner,” who no longer settles for merely staying fit.

—  Drivers don’t see runners smile because we’re too busy concentrating on not getting run over.

Hahaha, you just ran over my foot, hahaha!

—  Your “perfect shoe” will go off the market before you can buy another of the same pair.

—  Sports drinks and energy gels taste good only when you need them most.

—  Most running injuries aren’t accidental, but self-inflicted.

—  Most injuries will respond to the treatment you least want to use: time off from running.

—  Racing a distance longer than the marathon on a hard surface at a fast pace is an unnatural act, but that never stopped anyone from doing it.

100 Mile Ultra. Let's do it!

—  Time doesn’t pass at a constant rate; the harder the run, the longer a minute lasts.

—  In mega races, you’ll never find a portalet without a line in front of it; in small races, you’ll never find any line because there are no portalets.


—  No matter how fast you run your race, someone somewhere will always be faster.

—  No matter how slow you go in this race, someone will almost always be slower; it’s nearly impossible to finish last no matter how hard you try.

—  “Official” times are rarely accurate, which is why you start your own watch when you cross the starting line.

—  Racers don’t feel worst at the end, but during 2/3 of the race, when start and finish both seem so far away.

Are we there yet?

—  Late in the race, it’s more fun to pass than to be passed–another reason to start slowly.

—  Your fastest races feel the easiest, because you trained for and paced them best.

—  Most award ceremonies last longer than the race they’re celebrating.

—  You aren’t ready to run another race until you forget how bad the last one felt.

—  If your mother says you look great, it means you’re overweight.


—  The older you get, the farther you once ran and the faster you once were.

—  If you’d known when you were younger what you know now, you would have made different mistakes.

—  The quality of local races remains the same; the only change it has made is increase its entry fees.

Believe It Or Not!

Gallowalking The Trails With Team Boring

Well, i suppose you could call this run a “fun run” or a “trail fun run” that had us laughing for most of the 15k route. It was planned to be a send-off run for our dear Julie (hotlegsrunner) who is migrating to the land of milk and honey in a few days time. It was also to be her first trail run and we were celebrating this occasion.

Doc T, Rod (rod-runner), Jet (jetpaiso) , Mar (forefoot) and Vic who call themselves “Team Boring” (they all got bored during their trip to Bataan to run the BDM Ultra 102k, thus the monicker) were also on hand, as well as Tere (elcapitana) and Aaron of  Last Saturday, we made the short drive from Jolibee Philcoa to the Green Hills Estate and from there walked and jogged towards the trail’s entrance which was 2 kilometers from the outpost.

The estate, once sequestered by the former Marcos regime and now back with the Araneta’s was an undiscovered gem until me and running friend, June Santiago decided to explore the trails a year ago. I had to recommend this trail to Julie and the group because of its proximity to Metro Manila and it’s an easy-moderate trail. I made sure that the group would enjoy the route at a leisurely pace so they could take in its beauty without much huffing and puffing associated with a trail race. So all of us “Gallowalked” (run and walk) the trails.

We ran the route passing several rows of Ipil-Ipil and Mango trees and the aromatic Cadena De Amor plant. The trail also boasts a large naturally occurring strand of wild orchids and other exotic plants. Other than the fauna, we also encountered the usual grazing cows that seemed to like the presence of Julie who was feeding them with grass.

It was a perfect time to run on these trails–just before the onset of La Nina. Although it rained slightly the night before, the trails were in perfect shape except for a couple of short muddy stretches.

It was an enjoyable adventure, Gallowalking and all, capped off with a sumptuous lunch of grilled chicken and roasted pork spare ribs at Kenny Rogers.

Bon Voyage, Julie!:-)

Breakfast at Jolibee, Philcoa before our run

At the entrance gate of the trail while waiting for the others

L-R, Doc T, Mar, me, Aaron, Vic

With the whole group: Mar, Jet, Vic, Me, Rod, Tere, Aaron, Julie, Doc T

Mar gearing up as he leads the start of the trail run

Julie, taking her first running steps on a trail

No swerving, please:-)

Bored of running!

Taking it easy

Ultra T!

Julie completing her first 2k! 13k to go, Jules!

How could he extend his arms so straight?

Vic in one of his sexy post!

Showering him with love!

Stretching on one another!

Taking aim of the uphill ahead

Almost there, Julie!

Julie feeding her pets!

One of my favorite pics

One more obstacle lie ahead

El Capitana pushing the pace

Journey to the meadows

Nice place to take it easy

Rod on a hunt for pests and snakes?

Mar and Aaron atop the boulders

Another river crossing

Tere enjoying the scenery

Nice pose, Hotlegs Runner!

We'll try to run the trail at the right side which we haven't done yet and see where it'll take us.

Post run brunch at Kenny Rogers

Running The Trails Of Nuvali

The notion of trails conjures up jaunts in old-growth, secluded forests that goes through wild sceneries of rolling terrain alongside gently flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls. Except…i was running right smack on the waters of a flowing river, this time! 

Last Sunday, having been invited by Ann Tajonera, Assistant Brand Manager of New Balance, Planet Sports, Inc., i had the pleasure of joining 22 other trail runners try-out a 15km trail in the Nuvali Headlands in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, parts of which will be used during the New Balance- Trail Adventure Run this coming June 20th. It was also an opportunity to practice in its truest form the art of Chi Running (CR) and no less than certified instructor Lit Onrubia was on hand to lead the charges, giving tips during the run and between rest breaks. 

This particular trail was mapped-out by Neville Manaois of Second Wind. The first half of the route featured mostly single track paths and weaves through rolling, open view sceneries. The trails offer excellent footing, a pleasant scenery although it could be hot in the open except that we had perfect weather during the early morning run. 

The second-half of the trail was more scenic, running through light forest, wider tracks but not too technical. However, all that changed when we were led into a deep, sharp descent towards a ridge and a river channel of lush wilderness. The river run was going to be the highlight of this trail. We were only able to run some shallow stretches of water as we were reduced to threading the waters which at some sections were knee deep high. It was slippery on the rocks and one false move, we were down on our knees on the water! For starters, these were some of the pictures taken:

Lit Onrubia giving instructions before the run

Neville Manaois giving a short briefing of the trail

Start of the run at about 5:00am

On one of the course's uphills

Sprinting runners behind me

Lit giving instructions on how to attack the downhills...

...and the uphills

More tips on running form

Our first water break after 3 kms

Off we go again

Running on a single track

Time out for a picture!

The wide, open plains of Nuvali

Past grazing cows on the left

One more briefing before we head for the river

At the 10k mark

Another hole to get through

Ann's all too excited to reach the river

Final assault of the river

Finally reaching the river's embankment

Lit giving tips on river running

Getting our feet wet!

Threading on the slippery rocks. Neville (in red) doing a balancing act

Deep inside the levee. I'm way back still taking shots

A stop at a cascading waterfalls

We were all wet at this point

We all sank ankle high, sometimes knee deep

Poor trail shoe!

A deep ravine on the right side

The group on our way back to Manila

I was just content in threading the river trail very slowly as i ran/walked most of the route shooting away pictures. Runners were passing me but i didn’t mind. I was able to reach a female runner ahead of me and we decided to run the last kilometer together. 

Finally, we saw the finish area as we gently jogged the end of our run. Hallelujah! I learned a tremendous deal on this particular trail run and i thank Lit for the invaluable tips. Foremost among the various techniques Lit imparted are: 

—  Be loose on the “downhills.” Posture your body on a sitting-like position and focus on a faster cadence, keeping your feet soft, light and nimble while keeping shoulders relaxed. Drive down hard if you want. 

—  Focus on maintaining “effort” level and not pace. 

—  Take it easy on single tracks, but go fast on wider lanes. 

—  Let your arms do the work on uphills and lift-up your head. 

—  When running through rivers, attack the shallow parts without minding if your shoes get wet. If tiny stones and sand get the insides of your shoe, don’t hesitate to stop and remove them to avoid blisters. 

—  If racing on trails, shoot corners/bends. It means sprint past the corners when runners behind you can’t see you and you should be able to increase the distance between you and the runners following you. 

Over-all, it was another fun trail run that should be experienced by all trail enthusiasts!