The SMDC-QCIM free race packet promo is now CLOSED! Much as i want to accommodate all those who sent their answers, i could only accept the first 102 entries as i have already exceeded my limit of 75 race packets.

Those names listed in the comments below will be entitled to the free race packet. It turned out the the 42k race kits had already ran-out before noon today that we had to cancel late entries to this distance. We ask for your understanding if ever your 42k race kits have been downgraded to 21k.

  1. Sam The RunningNinja
  2. Edwin V Siojo
  3. Angustia Lintao
  4. Jay Orbeso
  5. dbron
  7. Benjamin Pacheco
  8. Rosemarie Beltran
  9. Rene P. Abacan
  10. joebert dela rosa
  11. Joshua Nieva
  12. Carlo Molod
  13. Russel T. Hernandez
  14. Arnel Distor
  15. Randy Cabañero
  16. Allen Ryan Sevilla
  17. Rikki Suarez
  18. Erwin B. Ordonez
  19. Daniel Malangis
  20. Angela Mae T. Abad
  21. Ryan S. Castro
  22. Aileen Manat
  23. Angela Mae T. Abad
  24. Odie Cacho
  25. Michelle Luciano-Nibalvos
  26. Roy Nibalvos
  27. Cris C. dela Cruz
  28. Hamza Eshmael
  29. Aldrin S. Palacio
  30. Reginald Santos
  31. Jennybave B. dela Cruz
  32. Belle Unson
  33. Dennis S. Cruz
  34. Jinky SD. Cruz
  35. Luzel Maria G. Franco
  36. Jay Samson
  37. Abelardo C. Perez
  38. Mark Anthony Tibo-oc
  39. Marielle Ringais
  40. Elsa Lagumen
  41. joemar paras
  42. Daryll Eshan Ong
  43. Arianne D. Ramos
  44. Maureen Ivy B. Cosca
  45. Rommer Ryan D. Torres
  46. Jackie Gutierrez
  47. Joseph sibal
  48. Grace Jacosalem
  49. Mykel Gunay
  50. BabyRuth Vista
  51. Roderic Ortiz
  52. Wilford Lawrence Yu
  53. Pedro t. ratilla
  54. Harold Esteban
  55. Jayson Escobar
  56. StanleyNavarro
  57. Paul John Telan
  58. Vilmar Pacana
  59. Gerda Summerian L. Cuestas
  60. Rommel Caguioa
  61. emil rebaño
  62. Maurice Rafael G. Niñofranco
  63. Mary Gold dela Cruz
  64. Benedict de Jesus
  66. Gerald A. Urbayan
  67. Jairuz Agang-ang
  68. Jonard Aries Gamboa
  69. Kristine Joy Cerame
  70. John P. Cuestas
  71. Jelieca Anne Gamboa
  72. Jay francis Estallo
  73. Takumi Reyes
  74. genisses tan
  75. Gerwin Dioneda
  76. Ruel C. Capuso
  77. Jeffrey Garcia
  78. Rudel Constantino Capuso
  79. Isabel anne villa mendoZa
  80. Marco Pelicano
  81. Kyvin Nucom
  83. Jeffrey Garcia
  84. Raymund Joren A. Abacan
  85. nandy noble
  86. Francis Velarga TheOriginalFVV
  87. Maria Verzo
  88. Marilou De Guzman
  89. Philip Martinez
  90. Miguel De Guzman
  91. Joanne Uy
  92. Marilou Fortuna-De Guzman
  93. Oliver De Guzman
  94. Kaiser Jared Dela Cruz
  95. Rhozallino Ramones
  96. Erickson Martin
  97. Nancy Martin
  98. Jayson Forfieda
  99. elmo Antonio
  100. Gerald kristopher Ebina
  101. Gregorio Ebina


All will get their QCIM3 commemorative T-shirts but sizes are limited.

Claiming will be on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the 3/F of Bahay Ng Alumni Bldg, UP Campus, Diliman, Q.C from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Thank you so much and see you on Sunday for the 3rd SMDC-QCIM!


The Jazzrunner is giving away FREE Race Packets for the 3rd SMDC-QCIM3 in the distance of your choice (5K, 10k, 21K and 42K).

To join, simply answer  following question:

“In 3 sentences or less, please tell me where your favorite running route is and why it is so.”

Readers should submit their names, address, contact no., e-mail address, distance to run and shirt size.

I will be giving away 75 race kits.

Entries should be received not later than 3:00PM, Friday, December 2, 2011.

Claiming of race packets will be on Saturday, December 3, 2011, 9am to 5pm at the 3/f, Bahay Ng Alumni Bldg, UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City.

Thank you!

Photos Of The Month: Podium Dancers

Climbing up the podium is not just about top runners claiming their prizes and getting their photo ops anymore. The BGC Run yesterday was also about having some fun, with runners joining some dance contests up stage and showing some flesh, not just their legs but their upper bods as well! Congratulations to all winners, runners and dancers!

Meet The Pacers of the SMDC-QCIM3

This year’s QCIM3 Pacers were selected from local running groups who are very active in the local running scene. The running groups represented are Frontrunner Team, Team Boring, Powerpuff Boys, Team Dilaw, adination of Runners-UP and the Rundezvous Team.

They’ll be pacing the 21k and the 42k runners who will be holding a short 2 feet handled flag which is color-coded and the finish times indicated on each banner which corresponds to their target times. 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 42k runners will be fired-off first at 4:00 am so all those running the full marathon should be at the starting line at about 3:30am to seek out their pace leaders. The 21k runners will be sent off 30 minutes later at 4:30am.

Below is the QCIM3 pacers:

42k Pacers

4:00 Hours:   Eric Socrates/ Alfred delos Reyes

4:30 Hours:   Keisha Fule/ Rain Ordonez/ Russel Pata/ Ronnel Go

4:45 Hours:   Chris Ng/ Mel Severino/Chito Carreon/Leo Hernandez/ Sylvia Hernandez

5:00 Hours:   Jonel Mendoza/ Rey Jimenez/ Cristina Cunanan/ Prince Baltazar

5:15 Hours:   Rod Apolinario/ Frederick Gabriel/ Mar Marilag/ Abet Henson/ Isko Lapira

5:30 Hours:   George Dolores/ Bookie Ocampo/ Betty Rosario

5:45 Hours:   Junar Layug/ Allen Gaspar/

21k Pacers

1:45 Hours:   Mark Maulder/ Joey Odhuno

2:00 Hours:   Jixee Lagunda/ Angelo Lagumbay

2:15 Hours:   Elaine Araneta/ Mark Terrado

2:30 Hours:   Abet Ocampo/ Alexis Estinor/ Jerome Lagumbay/ Alex Araneta

Last day of registration for the 3rd QCIM will be on December 1, 2011 at the Runnex Office 3/F, Bahay ng Alumni Bldg, U.P. Campus, Quezon City, Tel no. 435-5292.

Nathan Ridge Run: The Uphell And Downhell Of It All!

If you asked me to pick my favorite adventure race of the past 12 months, my brain would probably short circuit. The Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CIHM) is like running in an outdoor museum, the Merrel Trail Run in Timberland Heights is fun and challenging. But yesterday’s Nathan Ridge 21k Run in Tagaytay Highlands must have been the most grueling mountain run i have ever encountered.

And if you have to ask again which race has the most torturous hills on its course, that distinction should go to last Sunday’s Nathan Run, hands down! Whoever invented the terms “downhell” and “uphell” was right on the mark!

Tagaytay Highlands is an exclusive enclave of prime residential housing located within the Tagaytay mountain ranges. Some of the scenes, like the panoramic views of Taal Lake and its famous volcanoe and Mt. Makiling tell a story. You’ll see an incredible range of landscape and the setting, where you’ll feel like you’re surrounded by a ring of mountains and enveloped by the cool Baguio-like breeze is just gorgeous.

But don’t be fooled by the pristine surroundings, the breath-taking views and its runner-friendly roads. This place was an undiscovered gem for me until about a month ago when i had the chance, together with other bloggers to participate in a familiarization run sponsored by Nathan Sports. My stories (here, part-1/  ) and (here, part-2/ ). We were only able to run the first 3 kilometers and were greeted by some of the most relentless hills until we reached “The Peak”. But there was going to be more of those come race day.

At the start. 21k race started promptly at exactly 5:30am

Come race day morning, i arrived at ROX at the BHS at about 2:00am and saw Rod, who already was seated on a bench. Amanda, another blogger came later. We rode on a bus exclusively for the media and bloggers and since there were only a few of us inside the bus, other runners were allowed to ride with us. We arrived at Tagaytay Highlands at around 4:30am and since it was still early for our 5:30am start, we were allowed to rest at the sprawling Sports Center deck area. We had cool weather but no surprise here since temperature has been constantly in the high 60s around this area.

The 21k race started promptly at 5:30am and we were off. Despite the cool temperature, it warmed up real fast as the course went uphill immediately. I took off like a caged bird but as fast as we went, we were stifled by the steep and long hill upgrade so most of us went on “walk” mode. This continued until we reached “The Peak” for our first turn-around. Up there, a lady was gracious enough to rub some Bodivance oil to my calves which were prone to cramps in hilly terrains like this one.

Check out the Sponge Bob runner!

All smiles while running. They were the noisiest group i've ever encountered!:-)

From reading the elevation profile and course description of Nathan’s FB page, i thought the uphills would just be in the early part of the course and then back down in about the same way. Sheesh, i was wrong! I thought i could just run-walk the uphills and then hit my strides on the level parts and just let my legs take over the downhill part of the second half. But there was a lot more uphills on the second half than i thought!

For most of the race, i strike-up a conversation with Blas (The Titanium Runner) who i was with during the familiarization run. We immediately noticed the elevation drop from kilometers 6 to 8 which really had a tremendous downhill slope that we decided to walk rather than let gravity pull us down or face the risk of falling flat on our faces. We rued the fact that we would climb this up on our way back! Oh man! At least we would be treated to some great views of Mt. Makiling!

The 5k and 10k runners during our way down to the Midlands

Catching one's breath was the norm of this race

Another uphill at Midlands

The water aid stations were really plentiful. Speaking of the aid stations. There was no plastic cups provided. The race required runners to use their Nathan Hand-held bottles that came in free with the race kits. I didn’t use my hand-held bottle but instead used my Nathan Speed 2 Hydration belt. The stations were well stocked with cold water and limitless Gatorade and runners had to simply refill their water bottles and off they went. Surprising that there was no over-crowding at these water stations and it was nice to see that there were no litters and trash of plastic cups that we usually experience in other races. A great innovation!

I was in survival mode at the start of the inclines from Km 16 to 18. Blas had gone ahead in his patented power-walk up those mountains and i was worried that my thighs and calves won’t last the entire race. Just putting one leg in front of the other was already a struggle. Runners were passing me but i didn’t mind.

I finally reached the main road which was all downhill to the finish, or so i thought. I saw the Sports Center building which was where the finish line was but the course went away from it then looped back! Ugh! Again, even at the very end, the road went up to some steep incline and wow, that was mean! Then it gently descended to the finish line. Praise the Lord!

My time was 3:05 which is the slowest 21k time i ever had. But i’m reasonably happy with my time considering the elevation and the time spent walking. You should have seen the face of Neville Manaois, the Race Director who was wearing this wide devilish grin when i was lamenting to him those killer hills. He seemed to relish the hardship and struggle we runners had to endure to finish the race! Grrrrrr…:-)

Over-all, this was one great run, a great running experience for the runners, excellently organized and the volunteers were awesome! Kudos also goes to Ms. Mariel Flores, Nathan Performance Brand Associate, Ms. Laira Legazpi and Ian Belleza of Primer Group and Ian Lumibao of M2M Communications and their respective teams for a job well done! You guys rocked!

(Thanks to Greentenial and ARC for some of the pictures i used.)

Green views during the course of the run

That's Blas (Titanium Runner) who i was pacing with during the second half of the race

Running couple friends whom i bump into several times during the run

Taking a breather at the 14th km mark

One of the long stretches just before the killer hills

The view in front at the 17th km mark

View at the 18th km mark

Rush to the finish

A well-deserved breakfast!

Cesar Says Kick The Habit!

My friend, KB Runner should read this!:-)

Anti-smoking advocate Cesar Montano will lead the “Kick the Habit 2: “Love and Run to a Healthy Lifestyle”, a health and anti-smoking campaign thru running” on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. Assembly time is 4 a.m. while gun start is at 6 a.m. The Fun run has four distances, 1K, 3K, 5K and 10K. Already on its second year, the event last year was participated by more than 1,200 anti-smoking advocates and running enthusiasts.

Actor Cesar Montano is a leading advocate of anti-smoking. Here during the launch, he gives a short pep on its ill effects

Ronald de los Reyes one of the pioneers of the anti-smoking run heads Kick the Habit Fdtn., with Rotary Club of Paranaque President  and multiple race winner  Alvin Ng, music producer-composer  Jojo Toledo, singer-model and Century Tuna Superbods and Brain Winner Lana Roi, her mother  Rotary Club  Pasay Silangan member Virginia Fenger.

Cesar Montano apart from being the project’s endorser is also a Director of the Kick the Habit Foundation with actor and movie/ television producer, Alvin Anson.

Ronald delos Reyes, (2nd from right) Race Director showing the race singlets with their sponsors.

“We came from different backgrounds yet it’s great to have gathered together dedicated individuals in the hope of touching and reaching millions of lives through this worthwhile health and anti-smoking campaign.” de los Reyes said

Other activities the foundation has lined up are concerts, health seminars, running clinics and various events in Visayas, Mindanao and overseas.

With Century Tuna Super Bod, Marie Therese Fenger, aka Lana Roi

The November 26 Fun Run is supported by Healthway Medical, Philippine Sports Commission, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Hadji Butu Rasul Memorial Lodge and Wenceslao Trinidad Memorial Lodge of F & AM. For details of the run, please call/ text 0927.7333034 * 09228990611 * 7190184 or email

Pacers For 21K QCIM3 Still Needed

The publicity and support group of the SMDC-Quezon City International Marathon3 (QCIM) are looking for additional volunteers to pace runners for the 21k distance this coming December 4, 2011. Only 21k pacers are needed as the 42k pacer slots have all been filled up.

The pacers will lead pace groups for the following finish times of 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45 and 3:00 hours. 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 (T-shirt, race bib, timing chip, loot bags, etc.)

2. Pacers eligible for the Raffle draws (condo unit and other valuable prizes)

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

All interested parties may contact me by e-mail and submit their credentials (no. of marathons, half-marathons ran, best times, etc.) at:

Here is the full mechanics:


Mechanics and information for pacers:


· 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 and 21k many times before, and must have a wealth of running experience to lead and pace a group effectively. Running a marathon or half-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 42 and 21k distance. .
    • The Pace Groups are: 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45 and 3:00 .
  • 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 before the actual race 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 (2:30 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 before the race start.
  • 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.
  • 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.

RU3: The Last Of A Series

Greetings to my 4 blog readers…

in Singapore! I have two ardent Singaporean readers who follow this blog without fail and the other two, my daughter and niece who i hope still find my stories a source for their amusement to alleviate their home-sickness! And for today’s amusement, i would like to make a quick summary of my 32k Run United 3 Race last Sunday!

It’s been quite a build-up of my mileage starting with the KOTR 16k race, followed by the Chevy-New Balance’s 25k race, interspersed with some few 21k runs and culminating with last Sunday’s 32k Afroman’s Race, as they called this event in reference to organizer Rio dela Cruz afro-styled hairdo. I went into this run filled with doubts, wondering if i could muster enough strength to finish in one piece but turns out that i was still kicking it at the end, exhausted and all and those walking breaks were a big help.

Buendia Avenue Trail

I’m still trying to figure out how we managed to side-step all the vehicles that were just an arms-length away from us entering Buendia Avenue from Roxas Boulevard. Given the narrow path that runners were given to run, the “trail”, as i’d like to term it was good enough for 2 runners running side by side as you’re forced to step on the gas not wanting to derail the other runners following suit at your back. The road was still pitch dark and suffuse with fumes coming out from vehicles’ exhaust but we managed to get the road back near Bautista Street. That was one surreal experience!

Yes, We have No Bananas… Anymore

Sure, there were some offers of bananas near the Pasong Tamo-Buendia area and i’m still blaming myself for not getting a piece on my way to the turn-around because on the way back when i decided to get one, not a piece was left. The supply seem limited, unlike during the Chevy-New Balance Race where bananas were overflowing. Seems strange too that supply of Powerade was made available only at the first 15 kms of the route and past that, it was all water serve up to the finish.

Great Route, Hot Weather

Amidst the traffic and chaos along Buendia Avenue, the route was still perfect in terms of covering the distance of 32 kms. The choice of running Buendia during the early stage was a calculated one, avoiding an even bigger anarchy had the road been ran on the latter stage of the race. The heat however, was unrelenting as i doused water over my head several times along Roxas Boulevard. This was expected though as running near this part of the sea wall is so humid that you feel your arms and neck burn from the sun.

Great Run and Nice Finish

Going back past CCP with four kms left was such a relief. I was now playing mental games and egging myself to continuously run and maybe finish in under 4 hours. Those last 4 kms were probably the longest 4k i’ve ever run. They ran out of water at the second to the last station but thankfully, they had the last station, 500 meters from the finish still loaded with water and i had 2 full cups before running to the finish. I had the clock on sight and it read 3:58 when i crossed the finish line!

This is a great culmination for the Run United series in Metro Manila. I’ll be looking forward when RU stages their first full marathon in October next year!

Camp Run-2: The Camp Aguinaldo Run

No, this is not a boot camp where obstacle races are a norm. The Camp Run series at Camp Aguinaldo is a straight running event composed of  5k and 10k distances with a military booth camp theme. This race is organized by X-tribe and is the second of a series of runs for the benefit of enhancing the education of children in the Philippines.

Their next race is on November 27, 2011 and here are the details of the race:

JOIN THE 2nd CAMP RUN train/race/serve on November 27, 2011


If you find yourself wanting to experience how it is in boot camp, then eXtribe’s Camp Run Series 2011 is for you. The series’ second installation will be held this November 27, 2011 at the Parade Grounds of Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The November 27 Camp Run will still feature a military or boot camp theme, and will maintain the format and route it started with. This is in accordance with eXtribe’s objective to encourage continuous participation rather than competitiveness. The organizers hope the Camp Run Series will ultimately be developed to become a nationwide program or template.

The November 27 run will have both 5 kilometers and 10 kilometers distances and will start at 7:00 in the morning. Participants may expect the same secure and pollution-free race grounds inside Camp Aguinaldo, which has less traffic movement than the regular thoroughfares of usual running routes. Aside from needed facilities such as ample water stations and accurate kilometer and directional markings, runners will also receive a race packet containing the event shirt, race bib, a timing chip (for those doing the 10km distance), route map, and a copy of the mechanics and rules and regulations when they register for the run. A military dog tag will be waiting for finishers at the end of the race.

Camp Run 2011 is one of the programs under eXtribe’s campaign “Race2Raise,” an initiative to foster community involvement and sustainable support for the company’s partner foundations. The beneficiaries that will benefit from the series are the DepEd Adopt a School Program, ABSCBN’s E-media Project, H.E.R.O. Foundation Inc., and the 57-75 Movement: Reverse the Education Crisis. Every participant who registers at Camp Run helps contribute to the donation that will be given to the partner beneficiaries.

Interested parties may go to New Balance Glorietta, New Balance Shangri-La and New Balance Trinoma starting November 7-24, 2011. The 5km distance costs Php400.00, while the fee for the 10km is Php600.00. One hundred pesos (Php100) of the fees will be given to the Race2Raise beneficiaries.

It’s time to TRAIN, RACE and SERVE! Let’s help Race2Raise program by joining Camp Run this November 27. Race for yourself while you raise for the quality of life of others! For more information, visit

Startig area of the Camp Run at Camp Aguinaldo

The corrals in front of the Grandstand

When It Rains, It Pours!

Today was all about racing in the rain.

I woke up at 2:30am to a cold, incessant rainy morning and had some deep thoughts of just curling up over a double-folded Ilocos blanket in a friend’s townhouse and catch some more Zzzzzz after a late night out with friends. It was raining since last night and the Chevy-New Balance Power Run was just about 2 hours away and the thought of going through all the pre-race rituals is sometimes a drag, but then you move and shake off the drowsiness and i manage to get over the initial lethargy.

I ate one of the leftover Papa John pizza we had last night, one of the rare times i get to stuff a pre-race meal if you call one that. It was going to be a long race, a 25k that’s sure going to deplete our reserves whatever fats and carbo we’d stuff a few days earlier. I’ve been observing the drizzle outside, not so huge but enough to get you all soaked up if you stay out unprotected.

I arrived at BHS with Zarina and Carlo, two of our runners from the Heartbreakers group in UP and while still raining, we sprinted to the starting area to catch up the tail end of our 25k race which had already began. I was pacing with Za for the first time and went out for an even 7:30 pace. About 2 kms into the run and we were all soaked up, the rain unrelenting, the wind cold but most seem to enjoy the sprinkling of water into our bodies.

Before we knew it, we hit into this inundated street past the British School and a gridlock suddenly converged with runners undecided whether to surge along the more than ankle deep water or thread by the side road which was drier. Since my position was nearer the sidewalk, i followed that route and that was one bad decision. As the other runners were sprinting head-on at the flooded street, we on the side were hardly moving as we were in a line formation, waiting for the runner in front of us to negotiate the 1 foot wide embankment, parts of it flooded as well. Oh dang! That was about 3 minutes lost so it was time to compensate.

Zarina of the UP Heartbreakers

Za had gone ahead making the wise move so i had to play catch up. Saw her at the 6 km mark as she waited for me and saw Betty and Leo who also waited so after we were all together, we all went for it. We must have left Za near the downhill of Kalayaan bridge and Leo forged ahead so it was just me and Betty taking turns in pacing each other for the whole stretch of Buendia.

I was a bit surprised about the turn-around point which was supposed to be at The Columns, corner Buendia and Ayala Avenue but it took us the whole of Buendia even crossing Osmena Highway before we turned around at Bautista Street. I felt good all the way, stopping only when we had to drink at the water stations. Lots of bananas were made available and this really helped in sustaining our run. The rains had stopped before we turned around except for intermittent drizzles that continued up to the 20th km.

Betty, clutching her wet bib no.

The last 5 kilometers were also a breeze although i felt some chafing near my groin that felt uncomfortable at times. Other than that, the run still went smoothly. To compensate for the extended route along Buendia, we were directed to Old Lawton Road going towards the American Cemetery oval instead of going straight to Bayani Road which was originally in the race route. So that explains the extended kms along Buendia.

I felt some sharp pain in my heel during the last km which prevented me from shifting to a higher gear as Betty was egging me to do so, but couldn’t muster enough energy so i just maintained my pace up to the finish. We finished in 3:11 and achieved our goal in finishing below 3:15. Average pace was a constant 7:30/km. Needless to say, this is another masterful race organized by Runrio!

Next race will be the Run United3 32k Run and we’re gearing up for this Sunday’s run and hoping to do well, rain or no rain.

See you all! (Photos courtesy of Team USB, Chevy-Phils)

Riovana: The SOUL of Running

I was suppose to blog the upcoming Run BGC 2011 for November 27 but thought about writing something on Coach Rio’s newest venture first, his new running store cum cafe cum shower room, cum everything else, the RIOVANA. There will be a soft opening this afternoon, the affair will be low-key and will showcase many running products not readily available at other running stores.

The first of many shops Coach Rio plans to open is located along 28th Street, corner 9th (near Honda) at BGC, site where many races start their runs and based on the interiors which was being hastily spruced up last night, it looks spacious and swanky that will surely attract runners when it comes to life.

Riovana will surely be the next gathering of runners. Consider that every Thursday evening at 6:00pm anywhere from 50 to 60 runners gather at A Running Circle (ARC) along Roxas Blvd. and not just to buy shoes and gear. ARC is the starting point for a weekly 5 to 15k runs so think about the BHS running crowd with the hundreds of runners training around the BGC at any given day (or night). It will be the ideal meet-up of running groups, an information or registration center for races and when buying your shoes, you get the knowledge of experts who’ll give advice to your every need as a runner.

I heard that they’ll provide locker rooms and shower facilities for runners who want to freshen-up after a run, for a fee, of course. It will also be a venue for running clinics and race launches and those who want to take a quick bite, they’ll serve some coffee, drinks and other delectable snacks.

With Jaimie Liu and Cooach Rio

The store’s tagline reads, “The Sole of Running”. But there’s more than putting pun out of a tagline. Coach Rio has been serving the needs of runners through the mostly excellent races he organizes, to running clinics that he conducts and to the products that he endorses which says a lot about his credibility and the trust people put into him. A top flight runner himself, he’s always in the offensive line of running success and serves in just about any imaginable capacity to keep the local running community going strong.

The guy with the afro hair is the core of the present running community. He is the SOUL of running. Peace, brother!

It's raining at Riovana!