ValuCare 2012 Run: June 16, 2012

When running host Boy Ramos emcees a running event, you can be sure that it is a running event worth joining in. Boy adds prestige to every running event he hosts, like the mega races of Runrio, particularly the Run United Series, the Quezon City International Marathon, Nike Run Manila, Runew and many more.

He has this cool irrepressible energy and presence on stage.  As a runner himself, he understands the crowd and knows how to make them react so when the boom in his voice is transported to the runners on the starting line, rest assure that all have been pumped up and ready to rumble on the roads!

Running host, Boy Ramos introduces the race proponents of the Valu Care Run

On June 16, 2012, Boy will again be hosting another anticipated run, the Valu Care Run 2012, a 3k, 5k and 10k run at the Bonifacio Global City under the sponsorship of the Value Care Health Care System. Greet Boy if you see him after the race and he’ll be more than glad to take his picture with you!

And before i forget, proceeds of this event will go to Bantay Bata 163 and Plastic Ni Juan Project.

Registration fees are reasonable and a lot of goodies await the runners so register now. Registration is at Chris Sports Shops. Below are the details of the race:

Race Director Jinoe Gavan presents the race routes at the BGC

Bloggers and media friends of the Value Care Run

Review: Nature’s Trail Discovery Run

Coming into the race yesterday, i was doubtful if i would be able to run the 21k Tanay Discovery Trail Run. My left knee was giving me some problems right after my T2N Ultra race the week before and i was still under medication to ease the dull pain and was reduced to a few long walks before yesterday’s race.

I had almost considered the advise of some well-meaning friends just to  forego the race, take another week’s rest to avoid aggravating the pain into a full-blown, long term injury. But this trail run was too good to miss-out so i promised just to do this one race and assured them that i’ll downgrade to just running the 10k.

Part of the Tanay Discovery Trail route

I arrived at the race site in San Andres, Tanay with running buddies June and Darryl in a convoy with Vener and Pedz (Running Atom) who were just right behind. I then requested the race organizers for a downgrade of my 21k race category into the shorter 10k and luckily, they acceded my request. As part of the Norphl Team, the main trail shoe sponsors of the event, i donned the Team singlet and was wearing the Viking Anaconda Trail shoe provided by Norphl.

There is really no simple way to describe the Tanay Nature’s Trail Discovery Run. It is just something you have to experience for yourself:

For me it was:

  • An out-of-town trail run that is very accessible to Metro Manila runners
  • Complete change of scenery with rustic views, cool breeze, laid-down feeling and the breath-taking vistas along the route
  • One of the most engaging trail courses i’ve ever done and the climb to its highest mountain peak (1,960 feet) was heart pounding that you have to stop several times to catch your breath
  • The view of the runners on top, lined-up to summit was awesome!
  • Reaching the top of the mountain rewards you with stunning views of clouds and fogs, mountain fauna, broad valleys and the final section offers sweeping views of the Sierra Madre mountains
  • Water and eat-all-you-can bananas were provided at the mountain top
  • Bits and whole pieces of some shoes’ outsoles, midsoles were scattered along the trails
  • The rivers and streams were crystal clear, refreshing and shallow enough to run over it
  • Running on rocky dirt roads is never too easy
  • The descent down the mountain was made into a playground. Runners sat down and slided on the slippery and muddy trails, crawled with their hands touching the ground for support or made monkey bars out of tree branches to avoid falls
  • Witnessed a lot of runners slid down uncontrollably, slipped down and fell, bumped into each other because of the gridlock. All movements were in “slow-motion”
  • Newly cut grasses along the path were not removed which caused you to slip.  Ropes should have been provided to provide a safety harness on the steepest downhills. Safety here was compromised. If one careless runner decided to run through the muds and fell, he would have put the other runners at risk and the scene would be something like falling dominoes.
  • Runners were shouting, screaming and cursing during this down-ward episode. Some were laughing at the slip-ups!
  • Race marshals that gave you the WRONG directions! Some 10k runners were led to the 21k route!
  • Runners greeting other runners “good morning” along the route
  • Picture-taking galore along the rivers
  • A swaying wooden bridge which felt like an intensity 8 earthquake when 2 or more runners cross it together
  • Hearing Jared announce my name when i was about to cross the finish line in his supladong twang-twang Irish accent. Thanks, bro!
  • Your white shirt turned into golden brown and runners’ shorts and tights bear mud markings on the rear
  • Waiting endlessly for June to arrive at the finish who arrived after 4:30+ to finish the 21k. Whew! Almost sent an ambulance to search you, buddy!
  • Freebies on paper bags
  • Photo-op with the town mayor at the finish line
  • Raffle prizes for 3 Viking trail shoes (worth about P8k each) and no surprise for one winner Pedz, the Running Atom who almost always win in raffle draws!
  • Lots of eats at the Team Norphl table
As i had hoped, i had finished the race comfortably without any hint of pain in my knee. This is indeed one of the best experiences in my running life.
Here are some of the pictures i took during the run. Hope you enjoy them.
I’ll be at the Merrell Trail Run next week! See you there!

The 21k start

Start of the mountain climb

Just above the clouds, Nette is ready to summit

Newly trimmed trail

The part of the trail where you have to sit and “slide” to go downwards

Capt. Arlene Trillanes (in blue) and her sister, Carol who i ran with during the sliding episodes of the trail.

We were on tiptoe mode during this trail. One false move on this muddy parts and off you slip on all fours!

The rough road going to the rivers

Running along these streams was a pleasure

The trail leading to a hanging bridge

You would never know what lies ahead as you get lost running in these routes

And here are the scenes that will take your breath away…

The Sierra Madre mountains at the background

Crystal clear water

My favorite scene when i was in the middle of this shallow river, water gushing inside my shoes

One of the many teams that i belong to. Norphy is the sole distributor of the Viking trail shoe in the country

The hanging bridge. It sways vigoruously when 2 or more people try to cross it together

One of the lowland scenery in the area

The trail near the finish

With Team Norphyl

Vener, June and Darryl

Alaska Iron Kids 2012: Aquathlon, Triathlon All Set

The recent Alaska Iron Kids Run Race which was held last April 29, 2012 at the Mall of Asia had around 200 participants of between 6 to 14 years old. The Iron Kids’ next event is the Aquathlon and is scheduled next May 27. Check out the new schedules below to give your kids adequate time to train.

This is the revised Alaska Iron Kids Race Schedule

PRESS RELEASE:

Videogame characters may get their speed, strength and agility from power ups but in real life, children develop these qualities through a combination of nutritious diet, active lifestyle and healthy competition.

Open to children 6 to 14 years old, Alaska IronKids Philippines is the local junior version of the international triathlon series, Ironman. Triathlon is a race that features three sporting events: running, swimming and biking.The competition is open to kids who are new to the sport and those who have already joined other triathlon events.

Alaska Ironkids aims to promote a well-balanced lifestyle for kids of today, who are used to staying indoors with TV, videogame console and the Internet as companions. Ironkids is also the perfect venue for families to bond and for parents to demonstrate in “real-time” that being HEALTHY can also be fun.

For more info you can check out their webpage:

http://www.ironkidsphil.com/

My T2N 50K Ultra Marathon Finish

It’s been two days since i ran my first 50k ultra-marathon but i’m still savoring the ride after such a wonderful experience! Although i’ve been feeling pretty sore specially my calf muscles and left heel, i can’t help but smile and shake my head in disbelief every time i think about all that i went through last Sunday.

At the finish line

So now, i’m sitting here icing the sore legs, trying not to over-fantasize last Sunday’s events in my head but it’s hard not to do so. The T2N (Tagaytay To Nasugbu) 50k was a great humbling, learning experience. I had trained with my very supportive group, Team 90% and went through with all the hard work like doing 35k+ Sunday runs, hill training, mountain trekking, the works…so i thought i was well trained for handling the distance. Apparently not so.

I was fighting off cramps on my left calf muscles and hamstrings from kilometer 25 and had to stop several times just to stretch and have it massaged. The heat was almost killing, specially during the last 10k. I had to forgo taking in some food (except for bit-sized bites) and had to pay for it at the latter stages. My whole legs went dead specially in the last 3 kms and if not for the prodding of my aNR co-Team Leader, KB Runner and my support team (HBK-UP) i would have walked out those last 3 long kilometers. My foregoing of food eventually got to me and what missing-out on foods didn’t do, the heat sure did!

I even kept cursing on that Jolibee Arc sign which was the marker indicating that i was nearing the finish because the more i ran nearer to it, the farther it seemed to be as if someone has been pulling it away from me!  Talking about being delirious!:-)

That said, the experience was all worthwhile. I had the best support group in the world, the UP Heartbreakers Team and our own Team 90% Support group.

In summary, i finished in a modest time of 7:18:42 coming in at 182 out of 275 finishers. Even though running T2N was a struggle, i’m very glad and satisfied that i ran it. The route was refreshingly scenic, the race wasn’t the least bit crowded, it had a great friendly vibe to it, was very well organized and the party atmosphere at the finish line was awesome.

I’m looking forward to running more ultras in the future!

Here are some photos before, during and after the event:

A pit stop somewhere in Laguna on our way to Tagaytay

The view from our hotel room

Last carbo-loading dinner with Team 90%

The morning of the race at the hotel lobby

Foggy start at People’s Park, Tagaytay

With Race Director Gen. BR (r), Ninang Tonet and Tita Betty

With the Maybankers, Darryl, Alexis, Chips

Somewhere near Alfonso, Cavite

Near Taal Vista Lodge

Pacing with Leo and Chito (photo by Running Atom)

One of my two support teams. Simply the best! L-R: KB, Ai, Glo and May (Photo by Running Atom)

The typical Race Director BR’s handshake at the finish!

Happy! (Photo by Yet Severino)

Team 90%. Eight for eight finish! L-R: Betty, Leo, Mel, Chito, Sylvia , Tonet and Jazzrunner. (Elaine not in photo as she had to leave early)

Other Photo Credits: J. Avellanosa Photography

The OROFOLS Run: June 10, 2012

Don’t let the title of the run intrigue you! This is actually the One Run, One Family, One La Salle Run, the 3rd edition of the De La Salle Alumni Association’s (DLSAA) advocacy run to benefit the Green For Life, an environmental foundation and for poor but deserving scholars of the DLSAA.

Green for Life: One Million Trees and Beyond is a project for the environment driven by the Lasallian Family through the Lasallian Institute for the Environment (LIFE). The project aims to plant and nurture one million trees by the year 2011 and beyond as a response to the environmental challenges that the country faces today.

Funds  generated from the run will support the cost of seedlings, site preparation, handling, transportation, and other logistics. Planting sites are located in Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao in uplands, urban areas, riversides and mangroves.

Let’s help them plant more trees and help these poor scholars by joining this race. Venue will be at the Mall of Asia on June 10, 2012. The run is open to all thus everyone is invited to join this event!

REGISTRATION CENTERS

ONSITE REGISTRATION CENTERS:

P100.00 discount will be given to DLSAA Lifetime and AQB Members, La Salle Admins, La Salle Faculty, La Salle Employees and La Salle Students.

  • De La Salle University – DLSAA Office
  • De La Salle Lipa (Lipa City, Batangas)
  • De La Salle University-Dasmariñas (Dasmariñas City, Cavite)
  • De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (Dasmariñas City, Cavite)
  • De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School (Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila)
  • De La Salle Canlubang (Biñan City, Laguna)
  • La Salle College Antipolo (Antipolo City, Rizal)
  • La Salle Green Hills (Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila)
  • De La Salle Araneta University (Malabon City, Metro Manila)

OFFSITE REGISTRATION CENTERS:

P100.00 discount will be given to DLSAA Lifetime and AQB Members, La Salle Admins, La Salle Faculty, La Salle Employees and La Salle Students.

  • R.O.X. – Taguig – Bonifacio High Street, B1 ROX Bldg. Taguig
  • A RUNNER’S CIRCLE – Unit H, Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Blvd.
  • OLYMPIC WORLD – Alabang – G/F Alabang Town Center
  • OLYMPIC WORLD – 4/F Trinoma Q.C. (Timezone)
  • Laguna Area: 171 Bel Air Drive, Laguna Bel Air 1, Sta Rosa Laguna (Look for Pablo Cay)

ONLINE REGISTRATION:

Discount not applicable on Online Registration

Download Registration Form (PDF) or fill up the form below.

Run Category

3k (Php400.00)
5k (Php500.00)
10k (Php600.00)
16k (Php700.00)

With the race proponents of De La Salle Alumni Association

Group picture with the bloggers and Race Director (Gay Madella, seated left)

See you on June 10!

16k Route

10k Route

My Trail Run Pic at ‘Run The Edge’

“Be present in your runs. Let your mind wander, but appreciate each stride as a gift. It is the culmination of every stride that came before it, and a promise of every stride yet to come.“–Run The Edge

Last night when i returned home from our usual Tuesday Adidas Adination of Runners session at U.P., i was pleasantly surprised to see that my trail run picture at Daraitan in Tanay was picked to grace the Facebook page of “Run The Edge”, an inspirational and  motivational site that caters to runners, how they could apply running’s philosophies into their actual lives and enhance their quality of living.

Its mission is to have fun, to build a healthy and positive community of runners while tapping into lessons learned from running and apply them directly to our other life stories to find greater success.

Run The Edge was created by Tim Catalano, a well-known American Coach and top runner in his heydays and Adam Goucher, also a top runner and now better known as husband to US Olympian and marathoner, Kara Goucher.

The two have collaborated on a book called “Running The Edge: Discovering The Secrets to Better Running and A Better Life“, a motivational book that inspires runners to achieve excellence not only through running but through the other aspects of our lives which we sometimes take for granted.

I have always loved their motivational quotes written on run posters  (like mine above) and have always shared them on my Facebook page for their wit, inspiration and sometimes, humor. You can find their FB page here—>https://www.facebook.com/RunTheEdge.

Like the page if you’re into running. Their inspirational quotes are something to ponder on your long runs! And oh, you can visit their their website at http://www.runtheedge.com/.

Greenfield City Clean Air Run 2012: May 27, 2012

At The Pramana Homes with Greenfield test runners

Don’t miss the much awaited and the MOST EXCITING HALF MARATHON in the booming Greenfield City, Sta. Rosa Laguna – The GREENFIELD CITY CLEAN AIR RUN!

“Greenfield City Clean Air Run 2012” will happen on May 27, 2012 at Greenfield City, Paseo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  Organized by the most creative and dynamic race organizer in the country today, The Greentennial Run, this event features four (4) race categories: 5km, 10km, and 21km & 500m run (for children 5 to 12 years old).

GREENFIELD CITY CLEAN AIR RUN is the ONLY RUNNING EVENT in the Philippines with 3 Distinct and Exciting MEDAL designs in The Half Marathon Category — 21K Barefoot Runner’s Medal, MY 1st 21K Medal and the Veteran Half Marathoner Medal. Three 21K Medals Designs in one category! EXCLUSIVE! EXCITING! EXPLOSIVE!

REGISTRATION VENUES

FRESH 300 slots of 21K will be available starting Wednesday, May 16, 2012!

Early registration period starts April 8 at the following venues:

  • THE SPORTS OUTLET (beside Levi’s & Pancake House) – Paseo de Sta. Rosa (Tel # 049-541-1099)
  • A Runner’s Circle – Aloha Hotel, Unit H, 2150 Roxas Boulevard Cor. Quirino Ave., Malate, Manila (Tel # (632) 567-4786)
  • Secondwind Running Stores
    • Teacher’s Village, QC branch – (Tel # (632) 238-4005)
    • Ortigas Home Depot branch – (Tel # (632) 914-0283)
    • Greenhills branch (G-Strip across KFC & Mister Donut)

Free shuttle for the first 250 early registrants.

At the Greenfield Race Route

Greenfield Development Corporation

Regular registration will start on April 20 at the following venues:

  • THE SPORTS OUTLET (beside Levi’s & Pancake House) – Paseo de Sta. Rosa (Tel # 049-541-1099)
  • G Force Paseo 4 (Near Mizuno)
  • Mizuno Paseo – 09158770347
  • Mizuno MOA
  • Mizuno Shangri-La – 5848656
  • Mizuno Bonifacio High Street – 8561432
  • Mizuno Festival Mall- 8503959
  • Mizuno ATC – 8466872
  • Mizuno Eastwood – 4704549
  • Mizuno Trinoma – 9166495
  • Toby’s Park Square – 8938237
  • Toby’s Southmall – 8069248
  • Toby’s SM Sta. Rosa – (49)5344325
  • Toby’s SM Lipa – (43)9812366
  • Toby’s SM Calamba – (49)3060367
  • Toby’s SM Molino – (46)4897449
  • Toby’s SM Bacoor – (46)4171271
  • Toby’s SM Dasmarinas – (46)4817460
  • A Runner’s Circle – Aloha Hotel, Unit H, 2150 Roxas Boulevard Cor. Quirino Ave., Malate, Manila (Tel # (632) 567-4786)
  • Secondwind Running Stores
    • Teacher’s Village, QC branch – (Tel # (632) 238-4005)
    • Ortigas Home Depot branch – (Tel # (632) 914-0283)
    • Greenhills branch (G-Strip across KFC & Mister Donut) – 09239121385

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