Racing Shoes: How Often Do You Wear Them?

I’ve often been asked by newbie runners whether they should wear racing shoes every time they join races. No doubt, runners by all means want to improve their times and wearing these racing shoes can make an appreciable difference in their finish times when they compete.

Saucony Hattori (available April 2011)

Racing shoes are relatively light compared to your ordinary training shoes and because they weigh less, they tend to allow you to run faster. But what if an overweight male runner who stands 5’5 tall, weighs 200 lbs and over-pronates asks for your suggestion on what racing shoe to buy that would compensate his heavy weight?

Should you really recommend a racing shoe for him just so he could slice off a few seconds off his PR or run faster?

Here are some guidelines to help you decide:

  • Racing shoes for the efficient runner. If you have a biomechanically efficient stride, don’t have any current injuries and want light shoes to wear on races, then go for the racing shoe. Research show that if you train on a 12 oz. trainer to an 8 oz. racer, you can chop-off 15 seconds in a 5k or as much as 2 minutes in a marathon. Not much in my opinion but for some elite runners, every second count.
  • Racing shoes makes you feel faster and psyches you up for faster-paced racing. A race day is different from your ordinary training days as you come prepared for the rigors of the race and revs you up to do your best and probably achieve the PR that you have always been pinning for.
  • BIG, heavy runners should avoid it. That should be the advise given for that 200 lb-overweight runner as he would need a lot of cushioning and stability that racing shoes don’t have. Better to play it safe and stick to his training shoe.
  • Racing shoes don’t offer enough cushioning. If you need a lot of cushioning, it’s better to stick with your trainers as racing shoes offer 20% less cushioning than your ordinary trainer.

Somnio Nada

  • Avoid racing shoes if you need extra support and stability. Racing shoes are light because they offer less stability, support and motion control features. If you over-pronate, the more you should avoid them.
  • Racing shoes are ideal for 5k and 10k races, the theory being the less you race in them, the better to avoid the risk of injury. They are ideal for middle distances but leave them home when you run races from the half-marathon distance and more.
  • Don’t wear your racers if you’re slightly injured or just recovering from an injury. I know of many runners who have taken a long lay-off to heal their injuries only to aggravate them when they come back and race, and in racing shoes at that! We sure can’t prevent anybody from racing soon after an injury but it will help, if you run on your regular trainers to minimize muscle tear.
  • AN ALTERNATIVE: Consider wearing performance or lightweight trainers instead of racing flats! These shoes are designed for fast-paced racing and training and for long-distance racing, as well. Most weigh about 10 oz which is midway between a training shoe and a racing flat but offers better protection than the typical racing flat.
  • If you’re still undecided what to race on race day, your training shoe will suffice! Nuff said…

Shoe Review: Somnio Pacemaker 2.0

Pacemaker 2.0


  • This is a neutral shoe for fast-paced running or for racing
  • With a slightly curved last, an excellent shoe for runners with medium to high arches and low to moderate pronation
  • The shoe comes with interchangeable plantar footbeds, cushioning inserts and varus wedges which allow the runner to customize the shoe to their own spececific biomechanical needs.
  • Weight: 10.5 oz

Innovation reigns supreme in running shoes, specially if it can address the biomechanical needs of a runner in terms of his foot alignment, arch, and cushioning needs and make specific adjustments to get the best shoe fit.

When K-Swiss came out with its “Run One” convertible running shoe that came with 2 insole options, the stable (extra support) insole for long runs and the cushioned insole for recovery days, many thought that this was going to be the next norm of running shoes until the SOMNIO line of shoes came out which was more specific in matching the runner’s biomechanics.


The fitting process comes in 5  steps and is conducted by a trained SOMNIO expert. In my case, my shoe fitting was supervised by no less than Mr. Danny Orr, SOMNIO’s Marketing and Biomechanics Consultant who saw to it that the shoes customization would match my running characteristics.

To summarize, the 5 steps entailed:

  1. Placing the foot on a Laser Alignment device to measure length, arch height, pronation tilt and analyze running patterns
  2. Adjustment of the varus to optimize the alignment of the laser tracking on the patella
  3. Determination of arch height using the Archometer in the alignment device
  4. Selection of the correct inserts using the Durometer gauge, depending on your general weight and varus setting
  5. Running trial is made after all the components (FEAT system) are inserted in the shoe. I was made to run on a threadmill.

I have neutral feet and on the heavy-set side. I informed Danny of my Plantar Fasciitis problem and he adjusted the inserts, accordingly, The customization of my Pacemekaer 2.0 read as follows:

Left Shoe:

  • Orange varus wedge which is the mid-type
  • Blue plantar arch insert to address my recurring Plantar fasciitis
  • Green IndX inserts for more cushioning

Right Shoe:

  • Blue varus wedge
  • Blue Plantaar arch insert
  • Green IndX inserts


The foot beds, varus wedges and the inserts

Plantar arch bed placed inside

SOMNIO shoe experts tweaking my shoe


I use a size 10 shoe and usually wear thick socks and i slipped into the Pacemaker easily. It felt light, which i find similar to the lightness of the Adidas Boston Ekiden (here) and the Adidas F5o Runner (here) .

The heel is snug, no slip ups, the mid-foot are close fitting while the forefoot is wide enough for me even if the shoe didn’t come in a 2E width which i usually prefer. Also, the shoe was flexible enough even with all the insers and arch beds inside.


The outsole


Now, this is where the shoe get its high marks and the evidence is in running outdoors. On first try on an easy 5km jaunt, the transition was responsive enough and the ride was smooth–no questions of why, could’ve, should’ve done this or done just performed remarkably well!

The comfort was evident although i would have preferred more cushioning in the forefoot as i felt the ground when i pushed-off on my toes. The shoe breathe well and there were no issues of over-heating inside even when the sun was way up that late morning.

Did a combination of tempo and interval runs the following day and The Pacemaker was more responsive on those burst of speed and the lightness would be ideal to race on them for 5k up to the half-marathon. There is no compromise on stability as the arch bed and the wedges seem to do its job well.


Mr. Danny Orr, Somnio Biomechanics Consultant

Ready to go!


The idea of “tweaking” a running shoe through the use of inserts is not a new one, but the concept as introduced by SOMNIO has been about the right customization to adapt to each runners’ bio-mechanical needs. And that says a lot!

The comfort and flexibility you feel running in these shoes are instant and given the right tweaking of the shoe, there’s no need to break them in, as i initially thought. However i would suggest to take it out on a few more runs to observe and determine if the cushioning, stability and over-all fit is what you actually want then adjust it yourself accordingly or bring it back to the SOMNIO expert for further tweaking.

The Pacemaker 2.0 and other SOMNIO running shoes doesn’t come cheap. It costs about the same as a NEWTON running shoe, even more. So at about P7,000.00 per pair, the questions are: Does it work, and do the various wedges and inserts do its job to fit the shoe as intended? Yes, it works but i haven’t wear-tested it enough on long runs to determine its long-lasting receptiveness.

SOMNIO maintains that it will continue to upgrade their line of shoes and i look forward to log many more miles in this shoe.

SOMNIO Running Shoes: Philippine Launch

128Dream Fountain Corporation took its road show to Manila Tuesday where they unveiled to the local running community the different models of the SOMNIO running shoes.

When Dynes Dignadice, Marketing Manager (Asia-Pacific) for Cole Haan and GBX Shoes e-mailed me last month that they were going to unveil their line of bio-mechanical customized running shoes in the country, i was thrilled that they were finally going to introduce these shoes here and wage their battle with the other high-end running shoes’ biggest players.

Some on the Somnio running shoe models on display

Founded in the principle that running shoes should adapt to the runner and not the other way around, SOMNIO has built on a platform of an adjustable component system that incorporates the correct plantar foot-beds, Ind-x inserts and the F.E.A.T. system (Functionally Engineered Adaptable Tricomponent which are either firm, medium to soft cushions and can be fine- tuned to suit the runner’s bio-mechanics.

During the launch held at Katzer’s restaurant in Ortigas Center, no less than Mr. Danny Orr, over-all Marketing Manager for SOMNIO-Europe was flown in to discuss the shoes’ infinite possibilities of customization and even conducted the SOMNIO FIT PROCESS on me when he customed-fitted SOMNIO’s “Pace-maker 2.0” model on my feet.

That’s Danny Orr of SOMNIO discussing the shoes’ mechanics. Jinoe Gavan of in foreground
Danny discussing the FEAT system

The SOMNIO Fit Process uses their exclusive Laser Alignment System, a measuring device that works in 5 steps. I’m going to explain this in detail in a later topic.

The Laser Alignment System
The Plantar footbeds, inserts and the other FEAT system
Determining a foot’s arch cushioning on the Alignment System

L-R: Dynes Dignadice, Ceasar and Danny

My shoe being customed fitted

L-R: Jinoe, Danny Orr, Ceasar, me

The shoes will be made available at all GBX Shoe stores in SM Fairview, SM Manila, Robinson’s Place, Manila; Robinson’s Galleria and at the G3 stores in SM Megamall and the Block.

I will be reviewing the SOMNIO Pacemaker 2.0 model, one of their top of the line neutral shoe in the coming days.

Shoe Review: Sketchers Resistance Runner (SRR)


  • Originated from their walking and cross-training shoes which falls under their “Shape-Ups” technology.
  • The SRR is now their running/jogging shoe which was introduced recently.
  • Uses Kinetic Wedge technology
  • Weight: About 14-15 oz.

A running shoe? Seriously!

So, what’s a shoe brand known for leisure-walking doing on these pages? Frankly at first, i wasn’t sure what to make of this shoe except that it’s price, at P6,295.00 (US$143.00) a pair really took me by surprise. It’s Sketcher’s version of a running shoe, the Resistance Runner. I was fortunate enough to be given one from Sketchers Philippines and i took it from their store in Market! Market!, Taguig. The shoe came in a large box with a monitor-like illustration of its features, an extra shoestring and a pamphlet.

Having ran on them a number of times, mostly on leisurely runs, i might say that i have a good grasp of what this shoe can do and what it isn’t. So, this is going to be a short review.

The shoe has a rocker bottom, a wedge that’s similar to a rocking chair and putting them on first then standing still, you feel the sway once you move your body and tilts your feet in different directions which kids would surely enjoy doing.

But all this rocking and swaying dissipates as soon as you start running. The wedge on the heel part is so curved that you’d think that it was overly cut-off. Immediately, i notice that i was landing on my mid foot and the spring back up when you push from your forefoot is very evident, propelling the body into the next stride easily. You get accustomed to the feel and find yourself landing naturally on your arch or mid-foot.

When your mid-foot lands on the ground, you feel the springy soft midsole kick-back which they call the “kinetic spring system.”


  • Ultra-light injection molded kinetic footbed
  • Kinetic Return System
  • Resamax Kinetic Wedge technology
  • High-Abrasion, ultra-light rubber outsole


The SRR offers a nice fit, a bit roomy inside and as mentioned earlier, the rocker-feel comes into play which keeps your legs in constant motion even when standing still.

The forward motion is excellent as you feel going into stride smoothly with some forward bounce. Likewise, the midsole is very cushiony and the spring-like effect is palpable, specially on easy runs.


While the ride is smooth and cushiony, one of the main drawback of this shoe is its heavy weight, which feels that you’re dragging combat boots while on fast-paced running. Because of the weight, i felt my feet and my legs fatigued in less than 30 minutes of running.

Moreover, there is not much ventilation inside the shoe as i felt the heat accumulating even if i was wearing light socks.


While there are good things going on for this shoe like its wedge technology and kinetic spring system, the SRR is definitely NOT for fast-paced running nor is it for long distance runs. The shoes are far too heavy and heat accumulates easily inside for lack of ventilation. This is not an ideal shoe for the serious runner.

However, the SRR is a good alternative shoe for leisurely jogs of less than 5 kms and perfect as a walking-shoe. It’s also an excellent wear for recovering after a marathon or an ultra-marathon.



No Traffic At The Rat Race

It was another Sunday at the races and a short 5k race , at that. The Run Against Trafficking (RAT) had a homey feel to it, like one close-knit family gathered together one Sunday morning for a cause.

In the mood for a shorter race this time, i opted to run the 5k, not to get a new PR but  to simply finish it quickly and easily. But in all honesty, i would have preferred to run the longer distance if not for Mr. Fasciitis, who have been a constant nuisance to my running.

The left heel was wicked sore the past 2 days prior to Sunday’s run but after taping it with KT Tape (courtesy of Betty) it worked out some of the kinks. The start was conservative and it was basically the same route as that of the Last Man Running race three weeks ago except that the 5k runners, after turning-around at Lawton had to turn back to McKinley Hills instead of going straight to Bayani Road.

This time, the hills worked to my disadvantage as i had to hike the last incline up towards Lawton Avenue which says a lot about my lack of fitness and training entering this race. I finished the race in a lackluster 31:30 but it was a conscientious effort on my part not to push it knowing that i might rouse the Fasciitis man from his slumber.

Still, i was glad to have run this race and more pleased that i have joined a thousand other runners in calling for greater protection of children and young people from sex trafficking from our country’s leaders and the global community. Kudos to the Race Directors and sponsors for a very-well organized run!

The warm-up led by DWSD Sec Dinky Soliman

The running nuns

Team Logan: Michelle, Justin and Craig


On our way out to Lawton Avenue (thanks to Rain for the photo)


500 meters to the finish (Photo by Rain O.)

After the race with Bb. Pilipinas International 2008, Trish Fernandez


L-R: Alfred, me, Trish, Ian (race Director) and Dhentz

Take 2


With actress/model/VJ Kat Alano

Photo Of The Week: The Running Sisters


For a few moments, i was staring at the footwear of these Nuns not too sure of what to make out of the different styles and brands. I guess one was wearing a nursing shoe, another was on trainers and the lady on the right seem to be a fan of the Mexican Huaraches sandals, close to barefoot running. But they all sure finished their 1.5K run… sandals, sneakers and race packets in tow!

Photo taken at the Race Against Human Trafficking last Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the McKinley Hills, BGC, Taguig.

Roam At The Nightfest Run

From the organizers of the highly successful Runfest last July, the Grand Fiesta Run at Newport City and the San Mig Run among many others, LEADPACK is again spearheading another race dubbed as the Nightfest Run, co -sponsored by, Sketchers Running Shoes and magnolia Pure Water on April 09, 2011.

LEADPACK is composed of Ian Alacar, Jinoe Gavan, Doc Lyndon Cosico, Ben Alacar and a hosts of others.

The race will be held at the Filinvest in Alabang, Muntinlupa City and will feature a 5k and 10k race starting at 6:00PM. Part of the proceeds will go to the Runners On A Mission (ROAM), a foundation to support disabled children or those with special needs.

The registration is limited to 2,000 participants only. I was able to attend their press launching last Monday and was pleased to know that the beneficiaries, ROAM is headed by Missionaries and runners Craig and Michelle Logan who are regulars in the running scene with their disabled child, Justin in tow on a stroller.

Here are the details of the race. Hope to see you there.


Race organizer, Jinoe Gavan of and Leadpack explaining the mechanics

With Craig and Michelle Logan of Runners On A Mission Foundation (beneficiaries of the run), Carina and Gail

With officials of Sketchers Philippines

The Story Of Runners On A Mission (ROAM)

Craig and Michelle Logan have been serving with Arise and Shine Philippines for over 22 years.  In 2001 they adopted Justin, who has special needs.  Justin had bacterial meningitis when they got him as a baby.  The couple spent many months in the hospital that first year fighting to save Justin’s life.

Through it all, Craig and Michelle’s prayer was that Justin’s life would make a difference and fulfill the purpose that God intended for him.  After his recovery, the couple started Justin in physical and occupational therapy at home, and thus was the start of Justin’s long road to recovery.


Team Logan (Pic from Craig's FB)

It was while talking with the therapists during the many hours of Justin’s therapy that Craig and Michelle realized there were so many other children out there that did not have access to therapy.  There are so many needs that a special child has and this can be overwhelming for parents who may not even have enough for basic needs.

Craig and Michelle  had a desire to help other families and children with special needs but did not know how they could help since Justin’s own needs were quite overwhelming.  Over the years, Justin has been blessed by others donating standing frames, wheel chairs, braces and many other items to help with his therapy needs.

All the therapy has definitely paid off for Justin.  He may not be able to walk or talk but he has come a long way.  He loves to smile and to hug and kiss anyone who comes near.  So the question became…How can the Logan family share all the blessings they have received with others?  That’s how the idea for “Runners On A Mission” was born.

Team Logan first came on the scene in 2006.  At first the “team” consisted of Craig and Justin until Michelle was inspired to join the team and make it a family affair.  Team Logan started out just joining a few of the bigger races, not knowing of any others.  In 2008, they joined and found that they could run in more races than their feet could take them!

Running had become a popular sport in the Philippines.  Team Logan’s desire has always been to inspire other families with special needs children to realize their child’s full potential.  They have met others along the way that have that same desire.  Some have even brought their children out to join races.

Along the way, Team Logan realized that it’s through their running that they can help meet the needs of other special needs children in the Philippines.  That is where “Runners On A Mission” comes in.

Team Logan/Runners On A Mission have teamed up with Dr. Francis Xavier Dimalanta, a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician here in the Philippines.  He is the President of Cerebral Palsy Philippines Inc. and started his own therapy center in 2003 called “A Child’s D.R.E.A.M. Foundation” in his hometown of Baguio City.

Dr. Dimalanta’s desire to help children is deep as he has spent years of his life sharing with and encouraging parents and children who are in desperate need of his help.

Unilab Run United 1 and Some Reflections

Firstly, I congratulate those who ran the Unilab Run United last Sunday and maybe set out some PRs for themselves. I was able to talk to Coach Rio last night and he sends all of you his thanks more making the event a success. I was able to run the 10k race myself and witness the mammoth crowd that lined up the starting line and experience the high-tech screens that Rio put up at the start. Way to go, Rio!

High-Tech start

With just my second race for this year, i’m feeling circumspect to reflect upon what these two races has taught me so far while still recovering from a sore plantar fascia:

  1. You can’t run or race at the speed that you would like to run (that is, faster) knowing that you’ll feel discomfort at the latter stages of the race.
  2. You always set a limit to your speed and are consciously aware of your pacing. For these races, it’s just a constant 7:00/km pace and it did show with the finish times i got at the Last Man Running Run and last Sunday’s Unilab Run United. You always remind yourself to take it easy.
  3. You never stop training (even if it’s only a few kilometers a day) thinking that you’ll lose your fitness if you take a few days off to rest your injury.
  4. Running for more than 10 kms at a time is never going to be a pleasant experience for now. Because the discomfort returns immediately after you finish your run.
  5. Being injured and not being able to run regularly does not provide an excuse to drink regularly and have night-outs with your friends. Nor is it an excuse to eat anything and everything you want!
  6. You don’t want to cross-train even when the opportunity presents itself and equipments are readily available because you feel that it’s not the same as running. Somewhat ironic because i cross-trained a lot when i was not injured!
  7. Right now, i would have to be content in running 10k races or less and i envy those running the half-marathons, marathons and the ultra-marathon runs!
  8. Lastly, you must never lose hope and continue to persevere so run, eat, drink and be merry!:-)

Fire-off for the 21k runners at last Sunday's Unilab Run

A minute before the 10k start

At the freebies booth

A quick breakfast with Betty and Tonet

With Sylvia, Don Leo and Tonet

KOTR 2011 : SEA Championship, October 23, 2011

The launching of the Adidas King Of The Road (KOTR) race last March 3, 2011 at the posh “The Establishment”, Bonifacio Global City was a very engaging activity that assembled Adidas’ athletes, coaches, celebrity endorsers, talents and officials all in one place to witness the unveiling of the Philippines’ version of the KOTR race.

The countdown has now began as the Philippines will host the KOTR Southeast Asia Championship wherein winners of four other KOTR races in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia will converge in Manila and vie for the championship at the KOTR Manila race on October 23, 2011.

With Coach Rio at the launching

Although the staging of  last year’s race had mixed reactions about the over-all organization, this year, a total make-over will be made with no less than Coach Rio dela Cruz organizing and overseeing the event. Aside from the 5k and 21k categories, the race will have a new category, the 16.8km distance which will be the official distance of the championship race.

The organizers are targeting no less than 20,000 runners for this event.

Here below is the official Press Release with pictures of the launching. Hope you enjoy them.



03 March 2011, The Fort, Taguig City, Philippines – adidas, a global leader in running, launched today its very own Running Championship across Southeast Asia for 2011 titled the adidas ‘King of the Road’ (KOTR). Held in five countries across the region, the adidas KOTR will culminate in an ultimate championship race in its first ever host country, the Philippines, on October 23, at the Bonifacio Global City, The Fort.

The race will make its regional debut in Thailand (May 15), Singapore (August 28), Indonesia (September 25), Malaysia (October 2), and the Philippines (October 23). It is aimed at bringing runners together from across the region as part of adidas’ commitment to the sport.

The event is open to participants across two categories –the ‘Closed’ category (Men /Women) is for local participants and the ‘Open’ category (Men/Women) is for international participants. The winner of each of the other four countries’ Closed categories (Men / Women) will qualify for an all-expense paid trip to compete in the adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship in host country Philippines on October 23, with the race commencing from popular running hub Bonifacio Global City, The Fort, in a bid to be crowned the adidas Southeast Asia ‘King of the Road 2011.’

adidas KOTR, a race that has been held for over 10 years now, sports a new logo this year. KOTR will also feature a different theme each year, beginning with this year’s theme titled ‘Colours’. This is represented through the variety of different coloured adidas singlets participants will don, yet another first for KOTR this year. The multi-colour showcase is meant to demonstrate the vibrancy of the sports scene across Southeast Asia.

With a unique 16.8km route offered this year, the city race is targeted at everyone who likes to run –from the social runner, to the serious athlete.

“As a global leader in running, adidas is geared towards helping runners all over the world perform better with the introduction of products, technology, and platforms designed purely with a runner’s needs in mind. The organisation of running events such as the adidas King of the Road Championship is meant for runners to challenge themselves and achieve personal breakthroughs,” said Marcus Chew, adidas Senior Manager, Brand Communications and Sports Marketing, Area Southeast Asia.

“This event comes at a time when running is becoming increasingly popular among Filipinos and across Southeast Asia. Keeping up with this fitness trend, we hope to contribute to the vibrant sports scene in the Philippines and the region by cultivating sporting habits and an active lifestyle. In addition, we hope that the adidas KOTR will offer runners the opportunity to run different routes across the region that will ultimately enhance their running experience”.

With the availability of premium running products and training platforms, adidas provides runners with the tools needed for a better run—whether it’s finishing the first marathon or breaking a personal best. From the adiNation of Runners, a running community formed to help motivate and train running enthusiasts to train together on a weekly basis; to the launch of the adidas miCoach virtual training system, nothing else gets a runner more prepared for a race than adidas.

Registration is online across all countries at the soon to be launched KOTR website. In the Philippines, interested participants may register online from JUNE 1 to AUGUST 31 at adidas stores located in:

  • Alabang Town Center,
  • Eastwood City,
  • Gateway Mall,
  • Glorietta 3,
  • Greenbelt 3,
  • Powerplant Mall,
  • RunnR, The Fort,
  • Shangri-La Plaza Mall,
  • SM Mall of Asia,
  • SM Megamall,
  • SM City North Annex, and
  • SM City Trinoma

Event categories and race fees are:

  • 5km for Php1,050.00,
  • 16.8km for Php1,300.00, and
  • 21km for Php1,050.

Registered participants gather at the KOTR 2011 Kick-Off Assembly from Oct 10-12 at the NBC Tent, Global City, The Fort, where race kits containing singlet, timing device, and other race paraphernalia will be distributed and a variety of activities await everyone.

For news and updates on KOTR, visit the adidas Philippines facebook fanpage. You may also visit for more information on adidas Running.

Tessa Prieto-Valdez leads the hosting chores

KOTR celebrity guests (l-r) Kelly Misa, Amanda Griffin and Christine Jacob

KOTR's new Race Director, Rio dela Cruz with Tessa

With aNR leads, Carinz, Zinnia and Doc Marvs

With the other leads among them, Rodel and Nao

Celebrity couple, Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan and their son


With Carina, Nao & Team Pangilinan

With Kelly. Just gorgeous! She was in the Greenwich Pizza "Lasag-na" and the Ponds commercial where she spoke Spanish to the Spanish-speaking mother of her supposed boyfriend.

Tessa doing the rounds. Vince Hizon in foreground

With Maricel Laxa

Rodel (r) and Mar showing off his BDM medal.


More of Kelly

DJ Sam YG (L) now and co-hosts

(Thanks to Doc Marvs for the Multiply photos)

Globe Run For Home: March 27, 2011

This is going to be another blockbuster run in the offing and the Globe Run For Home 2011 will mark Globe’s third year in staging this race. Last year’s edition, held at the Makati Central Business District breached the 8,000 runners-mark and this year, it aims to surpass 10,000 participants.

It was one of the best races i participated in last year and i would expect the same, well-organized race for this year with no less than Rio dela Cruz organizing the event. This year’s race will be held on March 27, 2011 at the Bonifacio Global City.

At the Press/Bloggers launching of the race held last Tuesday at the Filipinas Heritage Library along Makati Avenue, a summary was presented to us by the race organizers, sponsors as well as representatives of the four beneficiaries of this year’s race namely, Gawad Kalinga, Habitat For Humanity, Haribon Foundation and Virlanie Foundation where proceeds will go and help build housing projects, shelter for girls/teenagers with special needs and conservation of our eco-system.

Registration can be made on-line at and at the physical registration booth, 4th floor, Cinema Lobby of Greenbelt 3 in Makati City.

Here’s the organizer’s press release:

Globe to hold biggest charity fun run of the year

THE biggest race to be staged in the first quarter of the year—the Globe Run for Home 2011—hits the road at the crack of dawn on March 27, 2011 with a sea of humanity expected to fill the Bonifacio Global City, each eager not only to breast the tape but to take part in an endeavor that will benefit the less fortunate.

With the registry books already filling up after the online registration via  which started in February 21, 2011, the Globe Run for Home 2011 is once again starting to fulfill its promise that racing in a fun-filled environment could be transformed into a more fulfilling event – both in body and heart.

Each participant pays a registration fee with a modest amount going to the various partner-institutions for the race. Compared to the previous two races, Globe Run For Home 2011 will now have 4 beneficiaries. They are Gawad Kalinga, Habitat for Humanity, Haribon Foundation and Virlanie Foundation. Registration fees are pegged at P650 for 3K, P750 for 5K, P850 for 10K, P950 for 15K and P1,050 for 21K.

The registration fee entitles runners to their race singlets available in various sizes, D-tag race chip, race bib number, runpix analysis, downloadable photos and finisher’s medal (21K category). And just like in its past two stagings, the Globe Run for Home 2011 will again use singlets made of 100 percent recycled PET plastic bottles. No other running event in the country has done that, thus adding the environment as fifth beneficiary.

Apart from sharing a portion of the race proceeds to 4 beneficiaries, this year’s Run for Home is also putting up a platform close to its heart in order to generate more donations for its partner-organizations. Through Globe GCASH, runners participating to this year’s Run for Home can encourage their respective circle of friends, families and loved ones to support their run by donating to their beneficiary of choice. To know more about GCASH and to register for an account, Globe and TM subscribers may simply call 2882 free from their mobile phones or log on to

To donate, text DONATE <space> AMOUNT <space> MPIN <space> INSTITUTION CODE and send to 2882. Institution codes are GK for Gawad Kalinga, HABITAT for Habitat for Humanity, HARIBON for Haribon Foundation and VIRLANIE for Virlanie Foundation.  Donors have to make sure that they have enough GCASH credits in their account to be able to push through with the donation.

Since running has become a bonding activity among officemates, friends, and barkadas, group runners are also encouraged to join—with a special treat. For groups of four running in the same category, they will be allowed to bring in a fifth member for free.

Apart from the online registration at, participants could also register and pay through cash at the Run for Home 2011 physical registration booth at the 4th Floor Cinema Lobby of Greenbelt 3 in Makati City that opened from February 28 to March 20, 2011. Race kits of runners paying in credit card will be delivered to their respective addresses while those paying in cash may claim their race kits at the on-site registration booth from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

Gun start for the race categories are as follows: 5:00 a.m. for the 21K, 5:15 a.m. for the 15K, 5:30 a.m. for the 10K, 5:45 a.m. for the 5K and 6 a.m. for the 3K. Participants who will miss the start will forfeit their chance of winning but could still run in the race.

Cash prizes will be given to top finishers. For 3k, 1st place gets P3,000, 2nd place gets P2,000 and 3rd place gets P1,000. For 5k, top finishers get P5,000, P3,000 and P2,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. For 10k, top placers get P7,000, P5,000 and P3,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placers respectively. For 15k, 1st place gets P10,000, 2nd place gets P7,000 while 3rd place gets P5,000. For 21k, top place gets P15,000, 2nd place gets P10,000 and 3rd place gets P7,000.

For inquiries about Globe Run For Home 2011, e-mail


Yoly Crisanto

Head, Corporate Communications

Globe Telecom

Tel. No. 730-2627

Fax no. 739-3075


Here are pictures from the Press launch last Tuesday:

The race organizers and beneficiaries of Run for Home


Race organizer, Coach Rio discussing the mechanics


The bloggers with Coach Rio


Registering at Greenbelt 3


The registration Center at Greenbelt