Long awaited and anticipated, the Adidas Adination of Runners (aNR) running group/community has finally made its debut at the UP Campus grounds last Tuesday, November 9, 2010.
The running group threw open its doors to about 124 runners for the first time in Quezon City and it takes aim to provide regular runners of the UP Diliman Campus and its environs a piece of the great action that is taking place in their other four regular venues, the Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Triangle Makati, Ortigas and Ayala Alabang.
Beyond just providing a venue for runners to run around the UP campus in groups, aNR-UP will will spearhead the participants to various running sessions which will include proper running technique to develop their skills, stamina, proper running form and motivation to sustain all runners into this healthy running lifestyle. And last Tuesday’s opening session just gave a glimpse of what runners would expect in the coming Tuesday evening sessions to come.
I have been tasked to head this group at UP being a regular here with the Runnex group that also hold its own running clinic every Sunday. My only concern was how much we could draw runners to come and have them attend the weekly sessions regularly. I’ve had regular discussions with the Team Leaders of the other groups and specially from Jinoe Gavan of takbo.ph who is the overseer of aNR and gave some valuable feedbacks on what to expect, the procedures, hassles and the benefits runners has to gain in joining aNR.
We were fortunate enough to have as guest lecturers Coach Jojo Macalintal and multi-awarded triathlete Monica Torres who both gave valuable tips in form, techniques, stretching exercises and the value of proper nutrition.
In terms of anticipation and initial runner reception for the rain soaked and dark venue fronting the Abelardo Hall which we had to vacate to transfer in the more well-lighted front portion of the UP Theater, around 50 runners were assembled ahead of the 6:30pm start which swelled to around 120 participants when the sessions began. Co-TL Abby Jocson, designated Assistant TL Cecille Lavarez and myself breathed a sigh of relief when the rain stopped, in time for the running drills.
And it’s worth noting that Adidas had added a little incentive for the newly registered aNR runners in offering loot bags of Adidas products. Thanks to Jinoe and Que Gavan of http://takbo.ph, Sidney, JM, Jillian of Adidas and Mike and co. of BrandAction.
To the unregistered members who attended last Tuesday’s opening and those who plan to join for the first time, please register now for Adination membership at the following Adidas stores:
adidas TRINOMA , adidas GREENBELT, adidas ROCKWELL , adidas GATEWAY, adidas GLORIETTA , adidas SHANGRILA, adidas EASTWOOD, adidas ATC , adidas Newport City, SM MOA . Registration is FREE!
The aNR-UP will be held every Tuesday evening, starting at 6:30pm in front of UP Theater. See you there!
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