NIKE We Run Manila 2012: The Finisher’s Shirts

Here’s a glimpse of the Finisher’s Shirt for the Nike We Run 2012, Manila series on December 2, 2012. And with 2 Nike shirts to get, this is definitely a big bang for the buck!

Nike We Run Manila 10K 2012
December 2, 2012
SM Mall of Asia
10K

Registration Fees:
Php: 800 – UNDER 25 Y.O. (24 years old and below as of race day)
Php: 1,200 – 25 Y.O. & ABOVE (25 years old and above as of race day)
Php: 1,400 – BUDDY 1+1 UNDER 25 (24 years old and below as of race day)

Finishers will receive a finisher’s shirt, above.

Race Categories:

Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
Men’s Under 25 – For men aged 24 years and below on the race day
Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages

Registration Venues: (Starts on October 8, 2012)
– Nike Park Fort
– Nike Park Trinoma
– Nike Park MOA
– Nike Stadium ATC
– Nike Park Ermita
– Nike Park Galleria
– Nike Forum Robinsons Magnolia
– Nike Park Glorietta 4
– Nike Stadium Rockwell
– Riovana Katipunan

PRESS RELEASE:

NIKE’S WE RUN RACE SERIES RETURNS TO MANILA

We Run MNL 10K inspires and connects runners globally with Nike+

PHILIPPINES, OCTOBER 2012 – Nike’s We Run race returns to Manila for a second year, to inspire, motivate and connect runners around the world. On December 2, 2012, Filipino runners will be part of the global We Run race movement, which will see a total of 395,500 runners from 34 cities participating—establishing a new global community of runners through Nike’s most connected race series using the innovative Nike+ technology. The We Run race series kicked off on September 1 in Prague, Czech Republic, and will conclude on December 15 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Nike’s We Run Manila 10K race will energize the streets of Pasay City with the 13,000 high-octane runners expected to make tracks all over the SM Mall of Asia’s grounds. Set against the remarkable view of Manila Bay, the initial stretch of the race will let runners pass through the commercialized area of the Mall of Asia with the SMX Convention Center and the latest icon of the area, the eye-shaped SM Bay City Arena.

Runners are set to leave urban commercial scenery and head towards the fields along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. Closing in on the halfway point of the race, runners will then pass the upcoming Belle Casino, a gold complex glistening in the morning sun. As they take a turn on Pacific Avenue and race past the same landmarks, runners will come upon the iconic ferris-wheel along Seaside Boulevard that marks the final kilometer to the finish line. The panoramic run would not be complete without an engaging en route entertainment featuring some of Manila’s top musical acts.

Meeting the runners at the finish line is the Race Village that will offer an array of services. Runners can expect to be pampered with massage booths and get recharged at any of the refreshment stalls while being entertained by the energetic musical line-up.

“Nike’s We Run race is the celebration of running across the world, the culmination of every runner’s dedication and commitment to train harder, defy expectations and push their bodies’ limits. Nike aims to revolutionize the running experience, by allowing runners to inspire, motivate and connect with other runners globally through the Nike+ Technology”, shared Sanjay Gangopadhyay, Marketing Director of Nike South East Asia.

“With the second edition of the We Run race in Manila, Nike envisions Filipinos, the youth in particular, to further move the local running scene forward by leading the active lifestyle movement.”

This year, Nike is taking inspiration to a new level as runners will be able to follow two of Philippines most popular lifestyle bloggers, Robbie Becroft of robbieoffduty.com and Lissa Kahayon of lissakahayon.com who will be embarking on their first We Run race. Follow their We Run journey as they take on the challenge of preparing for Nike’s We Run MNL 10K race, blogging at each step of the journey, and witness how Nike elevates their everyday running experience with the various product offerings including the Nike+ ecosystem.

To get race-ready, Nike will organize four training sessions focusing on proper running techniques and tips. Runners will also be able to test out the Nike+ Running app (available on iOS and Android), and try out the season’s latest running products. These clinics will be led by podiatrists and Nike Training Club instructors to further educate individuals on how they can reach their potential as runners.

The registration for Nike’s We Run race will commence on Monday, October 8 2012 online through www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH and also on-ground at selected retail stores. Registration details are as follows:

CATEGORY / PRICE Philippines
UNDER 25 Y.O. (24 years old and below as of race day) Php 800
25 Y.O. & ABOVE (25 years old and above as of race day) Php 1,200
BUDDY 1+1 UNDER 25 (24 years old and below as of race day) Php 1,400

Categories:

  1. Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
  2. Men’s Under 25 – For men aged 24 years and below on the race day
  3. Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
  4. Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages

On-ground registrations will also be held at the following Nike stores:

  • Swoosh Park Fort
  • Swoosh Park Trinoma
  • Swoosh Park MOA
  • Swoosh Stadium ATC
  • Swoosh Park Ermita
  • Swoosh Park Galleria
  • Swoosh Forum Robinsons Magnolia
  • Swoosh Park Glorietta 4
  • Riovana Katipunan
  • Swoosh Stadium Rockwell

For more information, visit

www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH

http://nikeinc.com/nike-running/news/nikes-we-run-race-series-connect-runners-around-the-world-through-nike or follow us on twitter via @NikePH.

The Color Manila Run: Soon!

Color Manila Run 2013 Logo

If there is a running event that truly defines a “FUN RUN”, then this should be it! This 1.5k, 3k and 5k event is a run where you are doused with powdered color dust made with flour and other food coloring ingredients along the route that transforms you into a running art piece! Runners will get their white shirts  showered with rainbow colors (like an Indonesian batik shirt) on different parts of the race route down to the finish line.

The Color Manila Run is going to be held at the Bonifacio Global City on January 6, 2013. It is the first race so far in the local calendar of running events for 2013.

It’s a truly unique run, something you can do with the whole family and i would say that this is the “play” part of running. I was fortunate enough to attend the launching of the Color Manila Run a few days ago at the F1 Hotel at BGC and we were given the heads up on what this color run was all about.

OMAHA!!! #thecolorrun

From The OMAHA Color Run

After the run, it will be ill-advised for you to  search for the Color Manila Race Results at Pinoy Fitness or other running websites because this run is not about setting any personal records or achieving a fast time but is more for having great fun, party run!

For more details of the run, see the article below with some pictures from the launch and other color run races in the U.S.:

colorrun1 Blurb runs The Color Run

From the Blurberati blog

Color Manila Run
January 6, 2013
Bonifacio Global City
1.5K/3K/5K
Organizer: Proactive

Registration Fees:
PHP 750

– Inclusive of BIB, Shirt, Color Manila Sunglasses, Color Packet, Medal

Registration Venues: (Oct 24 – Dec 24, 2012 from 1PM to 8PM daily)

– RUNNR Trinoma
– RUNNR Bonifacio Global City
– RUNNR Rockwell
– Toby’s SM Mall of Asia
– Toby’s SM Mega Mall
– Toby’s Greenbelt 3

DASH IN TECHNICOLOR THIS 2013 WITH COLOR MANILA RUN

Manila goes color crazy as Proactive Sports invites you to the happiest run to hit the Metro, Color Manila Run 2013! Get ready to race through clouds and crowds of Yellow, Blue, Pink, Green and Purple and dash to the finish line, powdered splattered in rainbow colors.

The Color Manila Run 2013 is the first of its kind running event in the country where runners are showered with colored powder in different stations, eventually producing throngs of happy human canvas at the finish line. Be cheered by an army of cheerleaders in Magic Yellow station, enjoy the beats with the drum line at the Ocean Blue area, party like a rock star at the Funky Pit mosh pit, move and groove with fertility dancers at the Evo-Green spot and get hot with poi dancers at the Fiery Purple stop over.

Composed of 1.5k, 3k, 5k divisions, the first run of the year aims to bring about unique experience of running, infused with a color extravaganza to help encourage a new generation of runners to experience the fun and fulfilling sport. The Color Manila Run will also put together the country’s hottest music artists, providing the rhythm and beats during the event.

Not just for fun, this exciting run is also for the benefit of Republikha, a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to empower the next generation through music and education, and Hop-E, a foundation moving towards helping eradicate poverty through the four elements, Education, Empowerment, Employment and Events.

Be the best hue and join the most colorful running event in the city. Register now at the following registration sites: Runnr branches at Bonifacio Global City, Rockwell and Trinoma, and Toby’s branches at Mall of Asia, Megamall and Greenbelt 3 from October 24 to December 24, 2012 from 1PM to 8PM, daily. A registration fee of P750 will be required to participants of 3k and 5k divisions.

Enjoy the start of the year with rocking music, awesome crowd and fit body. Get your friends and family stretched out and ready for this amazing colour blast to kick off a new habit for the New Year. Be part of the Color Manila Run 2013! (Press Release)

Race Director Jay Em explaining the details of the run. Looking on are emcees, the Running Host, Boy Ramos and Angelia Ong

With Justine and Binibining Pilipinas  People’s Choice 2011 Angelia Ong

Bunch of terrible guys!

The colored ingredients are actually flour and other food colorings which were mixed, baked then grinded into powder (see middle jar) and is edible that it can be made into powdered cookies (more like hardened pulvuron). It’s safe and easy on the eyes.

More pictures at the launch:

With some of the Color Manila Run staff

With the bloggers

With the Race organizers

RUPM: A Look At The Medal and Finisher’s Shirt

This should be one of the biggest, if not the pinaka biggest finishers medal runners of the 21k and 42k distances would received when they cross the finish line of the Run United Philippine Marathon this coming Sunday, October 28, 2012!

The medal is humongous, like a large saucer where a cup of rice, your favorite chicken-pork adobo and a dessert can easily fit in! The medal was shown to us earlier this evening during the RUPM Bloggers Conference held at Annabel’s Restaurant along Tomas Morato in Quezon City.

The bloggers meet was organized by Run United themselves in order for them to share the highlights and the unique features of this Sunday’s event and to hear questions and suggestions on how to better improve on the race.

Among the highlights:

  • 42k runners will be given the red carpet treatment, which means that they will be walking on a long, red carpet once they enter the starting chute and another upon crossing the finish line.
  • about 200 meters before the finish, they will be handed out miniature Philippine flags to wave and foster a sense of nationalism in this Filipino- themed race
  • tents will be set-up at the finish line area for the families of the 42k runners so they could cheer them up while nearing the finish line
  • a plethora of cowbells will be ringing to signify the crossing of a 42k runner at the finish line (ala PAU-Bald Runner Ultra race finish)
  • the medal saucer will be awarded to both the half and full-marathon finishers, as mentioned
  • a Finisher’s shirt plus another “Loyalty” shirt for those who have completed Legs 1-3 plus the RUPM (hope i got this right).

The RUPM finisher’s shirt

Another look at the medal

Also, there will be an awarding ceremony for those who have finished the 21k-21k-32k-42k Run United Series of races which will be announced on a later date.

Here’s a quick preview supplied to us by Run United for the October 28 event:

Run United Goes the 42Km Distance

There are marathons, then there’s the Run United Philippine Marathon (RUPM). Everyone is excited to participate in newest addition to the country’s running calendar that will go on a debut run on October 28.

Finally, one of the most-popular running series, Run United is going for a full marathon, as it added 42km to its race categories. And the running community is giving the new ‘mary’ in town its full support.

Unilab Active Health (ULAH) and partner race organizer, Runrio, are certainly pulling out all stops to make the first ever RUPM running success.

“The runners clamored for a marathon from us and we also believe that Run United enthusiasts are up to the challenge of finishing a marathon already, so it’s all systems go for Run United Philippine Marathon,” said Alex Panlilio, head of ULAH.

RUPM, besides being the first marathon jointly organized by ULAH & RunRio, is set to create milestones for participants.

Runners will surely get a memorable start and finish at Run United Philippine Marathon–complete with red carpet, marching bands, exclusive finish arc, colorful balloons, video/photo shots, and the other surprises.

“We want to make sure that participants will not only remember how well organized our events are, we want their participation in our events memorable too by providing them the best race experience possible,” said Panlilio

According to Panlilio, “We cater to all types of runners, including progressive and elite runners. RUPM is our way of helping them level up to more challenging distances.”

RUPM will also be high on nationalistic touches to celebrate Filipino sportsmanship. Philippine miniature flags will be given to all participants crossing the finish line. The design of the limited edition race singlet also depicts Filipino pride.

There will be separate categories for Filipino and foreign winners, to give credit or recognition to more runners.

The Unilab Active Health Village will also be part of the Run United Philippine Marathon experience. It will be classified in four categories: Active Kids Zone, Health, Sports, & Leisure, Runners’ Lounge and iConnect.

RUPM will also feature short and medium distance categories— the Ceelin 500m dash, Hydrite 3k, Dolfenal 5k, Enervon HP Recovery 10k, Alaxan FR 21k with the highlight, Enervon Activ 42k.

All categories except for 42k and 21k will have start and finishline at the SM Mall of Asia while 42k and 21k will start at Bonifacio Global City and finish at SM Mall of Asia.

42K runners will get to run in three cities: Taguig, Makati and Pasay

Online registration is already closed.

In-store registration is until October 26, 2012 at the following outlets:

– RIOVANA BGC – 28th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

– RIOVANA Katipunan – 3rd floor Regis Bldg. Katipunan, Quezon City.

– TOBY’S SM Mall of Asia – Ground Floor Entertainment Hall

– TOBY’S Trinoma

Registration fees are as follows:

500m – P350

3K – P600

5K – P700

10K – P800

21K – P900

42K – P1,300

The race kit will contain the following: limited edition RUPM singlet, bib number, and wrist tags for 500m dash participants and will be available upon registration.

RUPM is part of the ULAH running series. Run United started with only 6,000 runners when it was launched in March 2010 and the numbers have steadily grown in succeeding events. An estimated 12,000 runners participated during its previous race—at Run United 3.

Run United 1 on March 4 started off this year’s RunRio Trilogy, followed by Run United 2 on June 17. Besides the run races, Unilab Active Health also has a triathlon series, the third leg, Tri United 3, will be held on November 11 at Ayala, Alabang.

The mechanics as discussed by Unilab’s Mr. Lester Castillo

Race organizer Coach Rio answers some of the media’s questions

For further information or inquiries on race details, results, photos and discussions, please visit the following websites: www.unilabactivehealth.com or www.runrio.com. ### (Press Release)

POGS Run: A Race Recap

I finally ran a road race yesterday after several week-end races on trails. Not that i miss running on roads which i do most weekdays anyway, but for the chance to give my trail shoes some respite after being battered, its outsole partly sliced-off from the midsole.

I took the shoe to my suking shoe repairman a few days ago and he said it would only need a strong adhesive to connect the outsole to the base of the shoe and it would be as good as new. He explained that if the midsole was the part that was detached from the upper, then no amount of strong adhesive would sustain it as long as it would endure the same battering on the trails and rivers.

Makes sense as i’ve had some shoes that got detached again and again after the midsoles have been glued to death!

Anyways, back to my road race this morning. I was able to join the Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecological Society (POGS) 16k run. Put together by the team behind the Run Doctor Run 10k and the Run For Hope (that’s Eric Pasion and his Run For Change team), the race at the tree-lined Camp Aguinaldo grounds was well-attended, enthusiastically supported by people of the medical profession, had more than enough hydration stations and an atmosphere even pregnant women would be relaxed to watch!

I arrived at Camp Aguinaldo early just in time to catch up with Blas (Titanium Runner) who was getting my race packet from the race officials for me. The weather was just right, cloudy skies and not too hot, just perfect for an easy, relaxed pace. This was a small race, one of many bigger races being held simultaneously in Metro Manila. I got in with the other 16k runners, less than a hundred in total and was running in pace with Blas and Doc Topher who was running his first race after several months of hiatus.

At the starting line, just before gun start

Camp Aguinaldo is mostly flat, except for the slightly rolling hills at the rear of the camp which by no means affected our pace. There were nice hydration booths set-up by medical groups, some even wearing Hawaiian Hula skirts with the Gangnam Style music blaring from their mini radio. Water and even bananas were adequately provided.

I was running in tandem with Blas for most of the way, at times stopping at water stations and walking a full minute before resuming to run. While Doc Topher had to slow down a bit, Blas and I caught up with Au Cruz who was doing the Galloway running method so the three of us were weaving in and out, sometimes ahead and behind each other.

The Titanium Runner

It was two loops for the 16k and although there wasn’t any kilometer marker on site, it was easy to determine what km you were in, forgoing that i had my Soleus GPS watch with me. The only hitch that this race had was the absence of marshals at the last 300 meters when runners didn’t know which road to turn on the way to the grandstand finish line. Some went straight but when i saw a glimpse of Blas turning left to the field, i just followed suit.

Taking time-out with Au Cruz who i ran along with for most part of the race

Finished the 16k race relaxed in 1:46 which would probably be my last long run before this Sunday’s Run United Philippine Marathon. Got a loot bag which contained probably six month’s supply of shampoo.

Congratulations to all who finished the race, the sponsors and organizers for a job well done. Hope to run this race again next year!

Sultry host, Giselle Sanchez who “stole” the emceeing chores

Having some espresso with Dave and B

With Dave, Beep and B

The Saucony Kinvara-3 Comes To Manila

Within only the first 3 years since its introduction, the Saucony KINVARA series has been an overwhelming success in the world of minimalist running shoes winning various industry awards for their innovations, new technologies and favorite sports shoes in the running world.

Similar to the popularity of Saucony’s once revered old model, the JAZZ, the KINVARA has been well received, not only from the minimalist shoe enthusiasts but also to the majority of runners seeking a well-balanced, all-purpose running shoe. The Kinvara and the Kinvara-2 have accumulated a long list of following and it has maintained its fine performance and dependability.

Now comes its 3rd iteration, the KINVARA-3 which is now made available in the Philippines.

I was able to attend this shoes’ launching a few days ago and from the looks and feel of it, having tested it for a few strides at the Riovana Store, i think many are going to love its fit, looks and responsiveness.

I’m really tempted to get a pair but while still contemplating to do so, here’s a short write-up of the shoe taken during its launching:

The Saucony Kinvara-3

Saucony launches the award winning KINVARA – 3

Industry’s Most Highly Anticipated Shoe of the Season is now in the Philippines

Today, Saucony unveils the all-new Kinvara 3, the industry’s most highly anticipated shoe of the season and the third update to the brand’s award-winning natural motion running shoe.  Saucony continues to inspire runners to find their personal “strong” through running with the much-anticipated arrival of Kinvara 3.  The all-new Kinvara 3 is the third edition of the iconic Kinvara, a minimalist shoe that is renowned for being lightweight and highly responsive.

Of all the shoes released by Saucony, runners and retailers are especially excited by the new Kinvara 3,” said Chris Lindner, chief marketing officer for Saucony. “The Kinvara was among the first natural motion running shoes available in the marketplace and positioned Saucony as an industry leader in the category. The Kinvara 3, an even better technical running shoe than its predecessors, delivers more than a great shoe: It inspires an incredible running experience. People just can’t wait to get it on and go.”

Saucony is a top name in running, an authentic performance footwear brand.  Throughout the years, Saucony has become legendary with its trailblazing innovations and cutting-edge technological expertise, including pioneering the minimalist shoe category – the buzz in the running community today.

Kinvara 3: So Much Technology, So Little Shoe

The next-generation Kinvara, weighing only 7.7 ounces (based on a men’s size 9), is a performance training shoe with a 4mm heel-to-toe offset that positions the runner’s foot during impact in a way that creates a greater range of motion than traditional running shoes (with a 12mm heel-to-toe offset) for the Gastrocnemius-Soleus-Achilles tendon system, allowing for a more powerful running stride.

Taken during the launching

Saucony has taken the Kinvara 3 to a whole new level with a precision engineered upper that is lighter and more flexible thanks to FlexFilm™ technology, a lightweight, highly dynamic flexible film affixed onto the breathable mesh upper that secures and stabilizes the foot throughout the gait cycle. Memory Foam heel pods in the collar ensure an ultra-secure ride.

Saucony’s high abrasion EVA exposed foam midsole allows for lightweight protection underfoot, while maximizing rebound and flexibility. After studying wear patterns on thousands of test shoes, Saucony adjusted the outsole design on the new Kinvara 3 to increase durability and promote an even smoother transition.

XT-900 carbon rubber pods were strategically placed on parts of the Kinvara 3’s outsole for enhanced durability without adding weight. The reengineered outsole includes a beveled heel to better facilitate a natural rolling movement from heel to toe.

About the Award-Winning Kinvara

The Saucony Kinvara, launched in early 2010, has been recognized with numerous industry awards including: 

“Best Debut” (Runner’s World magazine, Summer 2010);

“Gear of the Year” (Outside magazine, Fall/Winter 2010);

“Best Shoe in the Performance Category” (The Running Network, Fall 2010);

 “Best Debut” (Endurance Sports Media Group, Fall 2010);

“Best Buy”- Kinvara 2 (Runner’s World Awards 2011);

“Best Update”- Kinvara 3 (Runner’s World UK 2012), among others.

Available now at RIOVANA BHS and Katipunan Ave. Stores

Distribution outlets

The Kinvara 3 is available in specialty run retailers and major department stores nationwide. It retails at about P4, 590.00.

With Jojo P and Pedz (photo by Jojo Pauly)

For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/SauconyPhilippines or follow SauconyPH on Twitter.

–Press Release–

A Teaser: The 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon

corregidor-half-marathon-2012-poster

This race destination is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular and best-preserved historical monument of World War II and it is easy to be transported back in time as you follow the heroic battle of the Filipino and American forces against the Japanese Imperial Army in one of the most heroic battles in the history of war.

There’s a good reason why more than a thousand runners travel to take part in this yearly out-of-town half-marathon: the SCENERY! The views enjoyed during this 21 kilometer race is up there with the best, following a spectacular run through WWII ruins, tunnels, killer hills and you would want to reward yourself after tackling that lung-busting last kilometer uphill that the organizers had set-up!

Fortunately, the ocean views along the edges of mountains and the scenery surrounding the vast monuments are as breathtaking as the hills itself! 

Don’t miss this chance! Here are some pictures of my past CIHM experiences:

To register for this year’s edition, check details below:

3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon 2012
December 1, 2012
Corregidor Island

Registration Fee:

  • Php 2,700.00 (plus 4% service charge)

Registration Venue:

The 3rd CIHM Race Registration Tickets can be availed at SM Tickets outlets at all SM Cinemas nationwide. For non-competing companions of race participants, they may avail of the regular Sun Cruises tour package also at SM Tickets.

Inclusions:
– Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
– Full lunch buffet on race day
– Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
– 3rd CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
– 3rd CIHM Race sling bag
– 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Medallion (or a 10k Achiever Medal)
– Runners’ Briefing (Nov 24 and 25)
– 3rd CIHM Victory Rave Party (Dec 01, Saturday night)
– 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Certificate
– P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

* For race participants wishing to attend the Carbo-loading Dinner (Nov 30), they may avail of the Carbo Dinner ticket at P250.00 on Nov 24 & 25 during the Runners’ Briefing.

Registration, Ferry and Room Reservations Procedures:

1) 24 hours after purchasing the 3rd CIHM registration ticket from SMTickets, log on to www.corregidor21.runningmate.ph to complete registration for the race.

2) Immediately after making the online registration, contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511, 0917-5459917, 0917-7948271, 0922-8475418 to book for ferry trip schedules.

Indicate the desired trip schedule:

From Manila to Corregidor
– Overnight – departure on Nov 30 @ 11:30am
– Day trip – departure on Dec 01 @ 5:00am

Return from Corregidor to Manila
– Departure on Dec 01 @ 2:30pm
– Departure on Dec 02 @ 2:30pm

* For steps 1 and 2, remember to keep the 3rd CIHM race ticket on hand. You will be asked of the SM Ticket ID Number to validate your transaction. It is indicated on the ticket preceded with a “#” sign.

3) If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises (only registered participants will be given reservations; 1 room per participant only). Pay the appropriate accommodations booking amount through the payment mode advised by Sun Cruises.

4) On Nov 24 & 25 (as advised through email and text by the organizers) at R.O.X., attend the Runners’ Briefing, pick-up the race pack, and claim the Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises. Ensure to bring the 3rd CIHM SM Tickets. Anyone may pick up your kit at R.O.X. during the R.O.X Runners’ Briefing from 3PM to 8PM. They may be asked for identification and your signed authorization note.

The Mt. Pinatubo Eco-Trail Run: Weirdest Place I’ve Ever Ran!

We got lost going to the Nayong Filipino grounds at Clark, Pampanga, site of the start of the Columbia Mt. Pinatubo Eco-Trail Run last Saturday. The driver of our media bus got lost as we were already heading straight to Capas, Tarlac instead of Pampanga so imagine our dismay when the driver realized his mistake after several frantic calls with other bus drivers who were also bringing other runners to the site! so we turned back and when we arrived at Clark, we were still groping our way inside the former airbase.

By the time we finally arrived at Nayong Pilipino, the 25k runners, the distance i was to run had already been fired-off, a good 15 minutes ahead and now the 10k runners were about to be sent off! Wow, this is the second time i had been late at the start, the Rexona Run a few weeks ago being the first one but that was just about 5 minutes late! The runners in my group were still struggling to get their bibs and gears ready and as we proceeded to the starting line, the 10k runners were now sent running. Oh such pressure!

As we struggled at the tail-end of the 10k runners, i realized that i had forgotten to put water in my water flask and if this wasn’t still enough, i felt some growling noise in my stomach, not a good sign for somebody who was going to do a 25k run! The first 2.5kms was running like hell, a lot of things going into my mind as i knew i was far behind from the original 25k group and had nobody to run with the rest of the way.

Finally the first water station appeared, the growling in the tummy had gone away by then and i was finally able to take a few sips and fill up my water bottle. So now, it was time just to enjoy and concentrate on the race.

This race is dubbed the Eco-Trail Run but if you look at the course itself, it sure looks far-fetched from the ordinary forest trails we’re used to running. If this is a trail, then this should be the widest and biggest trail in the world! It’s like running in a wild-valley, almost similar to trekking in a moon-like surface with vast ash fields and rushing river streams.

I made a photo-blog of this run for you to see the place. Enjoy!

Less than a kilometer from the start, we turned right into a short trail leading us under a bridge to start our journey to the Pinatubo river bed

An ash trail of about a km long leading to the open river

The first water station, right before the main route. Drinking water, at last!

The main route now visible and ready to be conquered

This is it! A vast field of sand, streams and the mountains of Pinatubo

The runners kept on the left side which was drier and the route seem endless

Pockets of streams were ever-present during the earlier part of the route. The rivers would be flowing on the latter part

The “widest” trail in the world!

River streams begin to emerge after the 6 km mark

No matter which part you went, the sea of streaming water seem endless. Safest part was on the left side going towards the crater

Approaching a crease, one of several near the 9 km mark

Here, the streams seem to be the trail itself!

Approaching runners on their way back

Now more of a river trail, you can’t stop on your tracks because once you do, the sand below you would sink to about the height of your shoe so you have to keep moving

The waters here are about 3 to 5 inches deep. No dry part on sight

The feeling of running through the water is indescribable! You just have to push and wade along

Getting through between these mountains was a relief after seeing an open space view

He took my picture as i took his. Way to go, bro.

From Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Lady offered me an energy drink! Thanks, mam!

Ultrarunner Jhunbie Serna emerges with his wife tagging along

Time out to remove sand off the shoe

My own time-out

Thumbs up for a nice run, so far

Marie Joyce Negapatan

Gey Enriquez and her friend, Neil

A few meters from the turn-around point (12.5kms)

At the home stretch

Finished the 25k. No, that was not my time

My Fila Everest Volcro Trail shoe, part of the outsole detached from the midsole after it had endured so much water and rocks during the run.

Oh and also, if you ran this race and want to know your time results, check it out here   http://strider.ph/