The “Catch Me If You Can” Runrio Race (Battle of the Sexes)

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ATTENTION: THIS RACE HAS BEEN MOVED TO MARCH 3, 2013 at 5:30 IN THE MORNING! Plus, a 5k Category has been added. Read on:
Message from the organizers (RUNRIO) on the postponement:
Dear Runners,
Iit is with deep regret that we have to announce that the Battle of the Sexes race event which was originally scheduled to happen on Saturday, January 26, 2013 as a night-time race, is postponed.
Despite being able to acquire approval/permits from the SM Mall of Asia and Pasay City authorities, we will be unable to organize a night-time scheduled race because we were not granted approval by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) who has jurisdiction on vital portions of the Battle of the Sexes race route.
Citing safety and security concerns, the PRA have declined to provide approval on the use of the road under their authority/jurisdiction on a Saturday night race.With this being the case, RunRio in partnership with Hotel Sofitel will need to reschedule and redesign the said race as a Sunday-morning event, thus the need for postponement.The new schedule of the Battle of the Sexes race will be on Sunday, March 3 at 5:30AM.In line with the postponement, registration period will be extended until February 17 for Online Registration and until February 24 for In-Store Registration.

Runners who have already registered for this event need not worry since their registration will still be valid for use on the same event. For further concerns, you may send us an email via with the subject “Battle of the Sexes” or call us in any of the following RunRio hotlines:

Globe – 0927 347 7700
Smart – 0929 717 8164
Landline – (632) 703-1736

Our apologies for this inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled Battle of the Sexes event!

Sincerely yours,

The RunRio Team

January 19, 2013
They call it the Battle of the Sexes but i would like to call it “Catch Me If You Can” to give it a naughtier and more taunting challenge. This race, to be held at the Mall of Asia grounds on March 3, 2013 will fit male versus female runners in a head-to-head battle with the females being given a seven to ten minute head start and the men trying to chase them down over the 10k route.
Fair enough as i may say. The head start time (7-10 mins) will be finally decided as soon as the race organizers, Runrio determines the best times of the local elite women runners over 10k against those of the elite men so it can be adjusted accordingly.
The rules are pretty clear here: Each gender will have their own separate lanes to run. At the start of the race, no male and female should be running together; no male and female holding hands while running; females can hold hands together while men can also do so if they want to (hmm..!), no male and female pacing each other. Thus, ladies will play catch me if you can while the guys will try to salvage their pride by trying not to be the last runner to cross the finish line!
Here are the details:
Sofitel-Runrio Battle of the Sexes, will be held on March 3, 2013, 5:30am at the SM Mall of Asia with 10k and 5k race categories. Male and Female participants will compete with each other in one finish line, one venue, one distance. Female runners will run first then after 7 to 10 minutes, male runners will start the race.
Online Registration: December 21, 2012 – January 13, 2013
In-Store Registration: December 21 – until slots last


10k  — P 800.00 — Bib with Timing Tag and Singlet

5k    —  P 500.00 — Bib with Timing Tag and Singlet

BGC – 28th Street corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City; Monday to Sunday from 12:00nn to 9:00pm
Katipunan – 3rd Floor Regis Center, Katipunan, Quezon City (infront of ADMU); Monday to Sunday from 12:00nn to 8:00pm

SM Mall of Asia; Monday to Sunday from 12:00pm to 8:pm
SM The Block; Monday to Sunday from 12:00nn to 8:pm

To Register On-Line, Click Here ->

AGE GROUP SUB-CATEGORIES: 16 and below, 17-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60 yrs old and above

WINNERS: Total of 21 Winners
1 Male and 1 Female TOP Winners for each Age Group


2-Person stay at a Sofitel Suite with breakfast


1  Overnight stay in a superior room for 2 with breakfast

RAFFLE PRIZE: 1 winner  of

  • 3 Nights Stay at the Imperial suite with 1 Breakfast GC for 4
  • 10 SPIRAL GCs for Lunch or Dinner (good for 2 persons per GC)
  • 5 LE SPA GCs (1hr massage)

To qualify for the raffle, interested participant should:

  • Bring a VALID PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION during registration. VALID ID can be any of the following:
    • Government-issued ID
    • Passport
    • NSO-issued Birth Certificate
  • Participants will be categorized as Male or Female based on the gender indicated on their Valid ID
  • Participant’s age group will be determined based on the age/birth date indicated on their Valid ID


  • Registration may end earlier than announced deadline.
  • A Valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID must be presented by the representative.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.

The route, 10k

Race singlet


Race results will be available after two (2) days at

Globe – 0927 347 7700
Smart – 0929 717 8164
Landline – (632) 703-1736

For concerns and feedback email:

Over one million in luxury prizes from Sofitel to be won at RunRio – Battle of the Sexes!

Manila, December 20, 2012 – Sofitel Philippine Plaza announces the launch of RunRio – Battle of the Sexes, a 10k and 5k morning Fun Run to be held on the 3rd of March 2013 at the SM MOA Grounds, SM Mall of Asia.  Over one million in luxury prizes from Sofitel is at stake during the fun run including a three night stay at the exclusive Imperial Residence, dining at Spiral, beauty treatments from Le Spa and Vietura, the new Aesthetic Lifestyle Institute.

A 3-night stay at the Imperial Suite awaits the raffle winner of this race

Sofitel Philippines’ The Spiral Restaurant

Sofitel Philippines’ Le Spa

This is a series of 10k and 5k fun run by the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and organized together with RunRio Inc., headed by the foremost running coach in the country, Coach Rio de la Cruz. The race will have a unique Battle of the Sexes concept- Male vs Female where females get a 10 minute lead.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza general manager, Goran Aleks says, “We have partnered with track and field coach, Rio de la Cruz who is an icon of the youth for espousing fitness in order to promote the importance of health and fitness to the Filipinos.  In addition, all the proceeds of the RunRio will go to Virlanie Foundation to help alleviate the plight of the street children in Manila.”

At the lauching of the race at Sofitel with Coach Rio, Goran Aleks, Sofitel General Manager and Yasmine Hidalgo, Sofitel PR Director

Battle of the Sexes is presented to you by Chevrolet Philippines in cooperation with Century Pacific, Canon Fashion Tailoring, Gatorade and Timex.

Registration commences at 1pm at Sofitel’s Harbour Garden Tent, where runners may claim their singlet and race number. The run officially starts at 6pm at the Mall of Asia grounds. Gun start at 9:00pm. The top three winners of each category wins watches from Soleus, special treats from Sofitel Philippine Plaza and many more gifts and surprises.

Sofitel’s Harbour Garden Tent

Tickets are on sale at Php 800 each for 10k and Php 500.00 for the 5k, inclusive of the run registration and running kit. Other registration sites are at Riovana BGC and Katipunan and Toby’s Mall of Asia.

For more information on the Run Rio Fun Run, please contact or email at 0929 7178164 and

Suchero: Life Is Sweeter

After a long, hard run, nothing soothes me more than a hot cup of brewed coffee taken with brown sugar and my favorite sugar substitutes.

Move over, Slenda and Equal! Though these 2 brands (which i use) are the most common sugar alternatives you’ll encounter in coffee shops, restaurants and even at homes, there’s a healthier sugar sweetener made from the sap of coconut trees and it has been recently launched here in the country called SUCHERO.

SUCHERO is an ideal sweetener substitute for the preparation of low GI diets and can be safely used by diabetic patients or patients with high sugar level. When incorporated in low GI diets, SUCHERO can help in the proper management of diabetes, weight control, prevention of heart disease and obesity.

A couple of days ago at the Red Crab Restaurant at Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, BGC, i was fortunate enough to attend a soft launching of the SUCHERO, getting some insights of the product from no less than Mr. Joey Villa, president of the Philippine-based Churner Group which produces Suchero.

He explained that the product is made from the sap of coconut trees, it has a rich caramel flavor and no after taste. It is also rich in amino acids and vitamins as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and manganese.

Mr. Joey Villa (wearing brown shirt) President of Churner Group which produces Suchero with the evening’s emcee, Blas Tiangco (left).

To prove his point, the great chefs at Red Crab prepared for us, the press and bloggers, a sampling of different cuisines using Suchero as an ingredient. It was a feast of the eyes as well as of the taste buds, yummy and delectable.

Here is the menu:

Duo of wrapped Parma Ham and caramelized Melon

Prawn Galantina over bed of tomato paste Pasta

Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad drizzled with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Maple glazed Spare Ribs with Cheddar whipped Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables

Barako Cheese Cake (yummy!)

Assorted Brownies with pecan nuts

With the media and bloggers during the launch

Where’s my Reebok shoe, B?

While all selections were really delicious, their Barako Cheese Cake was really to die for, made from Batangas barako coffee, soft cheese and the Suchero sweetener. Not too sweet but just right for the taste buds.

Thanks to the staff of Suchero for the samplings we brought home, to Blas Tiangco for organizing and inviting us to this event, to Mr. Joey Villa for his warm presence and introduction of the product to us and to Red Crab Restaurant for the delightful meal!


Current trends of choosing a healthier lifestyle and quality diet is on the rise as our lives today are filled with products leaning on the “instant”, “sweetened” and “artificial.” So it is refreshing to find a sweetener that is all natural (no aspartame and no sucralose) and fits the requirement for a healthy and nutritious diet.

SUCHERO is a nutrient-rich, low-glycemic crystalline sweetener that looks, tastes, dissolves and melts almost exactly like sugar, but it is completely natural and unrefined. SUCHERO has no additives, no preservatives, no chemicals, and it is unbleached and unfiltered.

The best sugar alternative fit for the whole family must not only be healthy and all-natural, it must also be certified organic, according to Joey Villa, president of the Philippine-based Churner Group which produces Suchero.

This alternative sweetener has an organic certification from the US Department of Agriculture – National Organic Program and a Certificate of Conformity from EU (European Union) Organic Products. Both certifications ensure that no synthetic inputs or chemical fertilizers and other harmful ingredients were used to produce Suchero.

The best proof of Suchero’s effectiveness and safety as a sweetener is in the tasting. Made from the sap of coconut trees, it has a rich caramel flavor and no after taste. It is also rich in amino acids and vitamins as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and manganese.

Explains Villa: “The human body does not produce minerals and these must be provided from food sources. Vitamins have little function without minerals. Minerals enable the vitamins to effectively accomplish its purposes.”

According to Villa, health buffs especially those who join marathons take Suchero straight from the packet to replace their energy after strenuous activity. “Suchero provides them the extra energy they need but does not
dramatically raise their glycemic index the way real sugar does.”

After a GI spike, the body ironically feels lethargic and weak. Better yet, Suchero behaves like sugar. “Thus, when a recipe calls for one cup of sugar, one may use one cup of Suchero without worrying about any deviations on taste. Preparing and cooking food is thus easy and hassle-free,” according to Villa.

In the Philippines, Suchero is available nationwide in leading supermarkets, health food stores, organic stores, and drug stores. Prominent restaurants using SUCHERO are Chateau 1771, Sentro, Sugar Leaf, Via Mare, Sophia’s Mediterranean, Mona Lisa Ristorante and Bistro Filipino.

For more information and recipes, please visit our website

To The Rescue Run!

When Greentennial Run organizes a race, you’re going to be assured of  one thing…F-U-N! It’s their main ingredient, why its races are very successful, generally well-organized but its the fun aspect that distinguishes it from the rest.

Race organizer Rovic Canono has this positive vibe that spills out to the rest of his crew of mostly volunteers and it shows from its pre-race programs up to when runners start to go home with smiles on their faces!

Yesterday’s Rescue Run was no exception and this made my day. The route going down and up the ramp twice from Market market to C5 was awesome and the Santa Claus costume that some runners wore during the run had many wear ear-to-ear grins, including myself.

But what made the Rescue Run a true highlight of all fun runs was the thousands of pesos it raised for the victims of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao. For Greentennial to organize this race in just 12 days is a miracle indeed and everyone had a positive attitude and giving spirit that will surely help ease the pain for lost lives and homes.

Thanks to the efforts of Greentennial for this Charity Run and is a great way to end the year for helping others in a FUN way!

At the start of the Rescue Run

Co-host Mitch Estuar

Going down the ramp (Photo by Wheng Ison)

With the Cheryl, Little Running Teacher

Co-host Mish Maravilla giving the thumbs-up

Runner with a mini-Santa dress (Photo by ACS)

She is one fast Santa

1K@Amway Fun Run: A 5k and 1k Run at CCP

Children takes center stage for this benefit run with registration fees to be used to support the Department of Education’s Adopt-a-School Program, through Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children.

Don’t be mislead by Amway’s 1K title of its fun run. The 1k only signifies the amount (P1,000.00) needed to start-up an Amway dealership (which comes free when you finishe their 5k race) but the run itself will have 2 categories, a 5Km and a 1Km run. Registration fees is pegged at P595.00 for both 1k and 5k runs. Race will be on JANUARY 12, 2013.

Here are the details of the run:

January 12, 2013
Vicente Sotto, CCP Complex

Registration Fees:

5km and 1km  —   P595.00


– 5km Finishers (Non-IBO) get to sign-up as an AMWAY Distributor for FREE
– 5km Finishers (IBO) gets a a Product Coupon Discount

Registration Venues:

1. AMWAY Head Office
108 Ground Floor Feliza Bldg.
V.A. Rufino cor. Dela Rosa
Sts. Legaspi Village Makati City

2.  AMWAY Distribution Center Shaw Boulevard
Ground Floor Sun Plaza Bldg. Shaw
Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

Race directors are the newly organized race events group, Cosmic Gate Innovations Co. which are composed of people from Runrio and Withoutlimits Events.

Amway Race Kit


Media Launch Pics:

With Ms.  Dulce Ricafort, Marketing Manager and Ms. Leni Olmedo, Country Manager of Amway Philippines

Ms. Ricafort welcomes the guests at the launch


Amway Philippines Bares Plans for 2013, Announces its 1K@Amway Fun Run

Encourages Filipinos to engage in more business opportunities,

continues to enrich children’s Lives

Makati City – Amway will kick-off 2013 with its 1K@Amway Fun Run, a series of foot races geared towards highlighting how convenient and easy it is for people to start and run their own Amway businesses with just PhP 1,000.00. 1K@Amway also empowers more children to have a brighter future as portions of the proceeds or registration fees will be used to support the Department of Education’s Adopt-a-School Program, through Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children.

The first 1K@Amway will happen on January 12, 2013 at the CCP Complex and more details on the run can be found at Registration is now open, and more people are given the opportunity to start their own Amway businesses and at the same time, help a child read his way to a brighter future.

“We have always believed in the capabilities and potential of Filipinos in creating better lives for themselves and their families through the available business opportunities presented to them. We at Amway understand the value of more inclusive growth through entrepreneurship where Filipinos are given their own tools of productivity to generate wealth.

We are very optimistic about 2013 as we continue to offer more opportunities for Filipinos with the introduction of our 1K@Amway Fun Run 2013 that will be held in Pasay City,” said Leni Olmedo, Country Manager, Amway Philippines.

According to Olmedo, business opportunities like these can contribute to a greater impact in the economy and a steady growth of revenue for the business industry in the country. “The Philippines is enjoying a strong and vibrant economic growth and we are making sure that there is a level playing field for everybody by doing direct selling the right way with Amway.

Providing more means for the people to earn money and create better lives for themselves will help strengthen the economy and industry in the Philippines,” she said.

Helping Filipinos through the Amway business

Meanwhile, Dulce Ricafort, Marketing Manager of Amway Philippines, also shared how Amway’s products like Nutrilite and Artistry have tremendously created means for Filipinos and Amway’s Independent Business Owners (IBOs) to engage in doing direct selling the right way with the company.

“Two of our leading and strongest brands in the Philippines are Nutrilite and Artistry. Nutrilite is the only global vitamin and mineral brand to grow, harvest and process plants on their own certified organic farms.* This means that Nutrilite uses only the most painstaking sustainable organic principles on farming, and takes total control every step of the way by relying on Good Manufacturing Processes to deliver quality, safety and efficacy from seed to serving.

Here in the country, Nutrilite’s goal of promoting optimal health is embodied by its brand ambassador – multi-awarded actor, sought-after model and champion swimmer, Enchong Dee,” Ricafort said.

Artistry, on the other hand, is our facial skin care and color cosmetics brand that is among the world’s top five, largest-selling, prestige brands of facial skincare and colour cosmetics.** All our products are safe for the environment,” she added.

“We also focus on emerging segments in the market right now and we have recently introduced our Achievers Premium Cocoa Mix by Figaro, as well as Carnival, Amway’s own line of perfume.

We will have the booths and stations of our Amway brands in the 1K@Amway Fun Run to raise more awareness on the business opportunities Amway has to offer,” she mentioned.

Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children

Aside from the business opportunities being made available by Amway, Olmedo also clarified that the company is not just about doing business. It makes sure that corporate social responsibility is embedded into all its initiatives, core business strategy, and operations.

Highlighting Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children, Olmedo says that “We have many plans to further expand our program as well as support DepEd in its aim to further strengthen education and make it more accessible to the children.

We are very happy to have partnered with DepEd to reach more children and provide them a chance to learn more through our One by One program. We will continue to reinforce our commitment,” Olmedo shared.

Also present during the event was Merlie Asprer, Operations Manager, Adopt-a-School Program, DepEd who shared her insights on DepEd’s partnership with Amway to help promote accessible quality education.

Tanay Love A Tree 50k Ultra Marathon Now Set

This is it! The Tanay trails is gearing up to stage its first Ultra-marathon, a 50k run in one of the most beautiful trail settings in the country, venturing through mountain passes, river crossings, challenging trails, majestic water falls and many more, all in the beautiful Sierra Madre mountains of Tanay, Rizal.

Aside from the 50k Ultra run, other categories include a 24k, 12k and a 6k trail race. Experience the excitement of what the Tanay Trails has to offer. Enjoy the great views, while testing your stamina and fortitude. Mark your calendars for February 10, 2013!

Here are the deatils:


Date: February 10, 2013
Venue San Andres, Tanay, Rizal

Registration : On-line (


Feb 09, 2013:  1st Day Tree Planting, Camping, Mountaineering & Trail Running Clinic. Program starts at 4 pm

Feb 10, 2013:  2nd Day Race Day
Assembly starts at 4 am

Race Events:

Open To Filipinos Only (Foreign runners allowed as Guest Runners)

Distance—Entry Fee —Gun Start —Cut-Off Time

6k ——-P 650.00—– 5:30m —-10:30 am

12k ——-P 950.00 —–5:15am —11:00 am

International Open Event to Foreigners

24k ——–P1,250.00 —5:00 am —11:00 am

50k ——–P2,250.00 —4:30 am —–2:30 pm

Prizes & Awards:

Champion —–2nd Place ——3rd Place

6k                     P1,750.00           P1,250.00           P 750.00
………………..Medal                     Medal                     Medal

12k                   P3,500.00           P2,500.00          P1,500.00
………………..Medal                     Medal                      Medal

24k                  P5,000.00           P3,000.00          P2,000.00
……………….Trophy                   Medal                     Medal

50k                  P7,000.00          P5,000.00          P3,000.00
………………..Trophy                  Medal                     Medal

Rule on Awarding:

For the Major Prize and Award, Male and Female winners will get the same prize whatever is the nationality.
Overall Top Three (3) Filipino Runners

Top 1                  Top 2               Top3

24k            P3,500.00    P2,500.00     P1,500.00
……………Medal              Medal               Medal

50k            P3,500.00    P2,500.00    P1,500.00
……………Medal               Medal             Medal

50k Runners are subject to qualification requirements according to the rules.

Rule on Prizes & Award:

Top 3 Filipino Runners overall will be picked from the Filipino runners no division classification of Top 3 which can be a combination (example male, female, male as the Top 3). This is because at long distance, both Filipino male and female runners are no longer relying on speed but on stamina and endurance thus both are equally capable and female runner can beat male runner and vice versa.

The Filipino Championship winners landing in any position whether Champion, 2nd Place, or 3rd placer are already counted in the Overall Top 3 Filipino runners too. Filipino runners are assured of winning and podium finish even if foreign runners win.

Other Prizes:       Singlet, Finishers Medals, and Loot Bags


Camping Love A Tree Village I :   P50 per head Donation to Barangay
Those without tent may bring sleeping bags.
Fee for camping goes to the Barangay as donation.


Water Stations There will be water stations for refilling only. Since this is a mountain trail race and we are not allowed to serve plastic cups by law runners are advised to fully gear up with hydration using back pack or belt with hydration bottle.

Runners Gears 50k and 24k runners are advised to also use headlamps in the early morning stage of the race. Back pack, hydration belt and bottles, or handheld are important to keep you hydrated.

Banana Station Banana Station will be available to all categories at the 5th kilometer of the race, at 12th kilometer, at the 25th and at the Finish Line.

Breakfast pack Breakfast pack will be served in the early morning to 12k, 24k, and 50k runners only. 6k runners may buy at the Love A Tree Village.

Shuttle Services for Metro-Manila Runners:

Additional fee of P300.00 per runner will be charged for the shuttle bus to the race venue and going back to the same pick up points as follows:

Pick up Details:
Date: February 10, 2013

Pick up points:
Shell Station, Makati Edsa
Mandaluyong, City Hall Circle
Quezon City Circle
Masinag, Marikina in front of Mercury Drug

Time of Pick Up:
2:00 am Shell Station Makati Edsa
2:15 am Mandaluyong City Hall Circle
2:40 am Quezon City Circle
3:10 am (Subject to change)

The Bus will passed-by and will not be standing by please be at the pick-up point at the time to avoid inconvenience and present your Service Stub. The Time of Pick-up are estimated arrivals at the pick up locations given.

If you miss one pick up place, you can still catch up by proceeding immediately at any of the pick up points ahead. The Shuttle Bus will not wait.

Time of Return Trip: All Runners must be at the shuttle bus for the return trip to Metro-Manila from the race venue after the race event not later than 3:00 pm(?).

For more info, please visit their website at:

A Quick View: The Tanay Love A Tree 24K/50K Ultra Trail Route (Part 1)

There’s a new kid on the ultra running block and after several successful trail runs in their sanctuary in Tanay, Rizal, Pimco Sports will now be staging its 1st 50K Love A Tree Trail Ultra-Marathon this coming February 10, 2013. Also, included in their Feb. 10 race is a 24k, 12k and a 6k run.

Like their previous trail runs consisting of the Love A Tree Half-Marathon and the three legs of the Natures Trail Discovery Run, the routes for their Feb. 10 race will take runners to some very scenic but familiar routes of the Discovery Run series and new, uncharted trails the 24k and the 50k ultra runners will surely enjoy.

Yesterday, i was one of the privileged runners who took part in the familiarization run for the Feb. 10 route of the 24k and 50k distances. It was unusually cold and chilly when running buddy June and i arrived at Barangay San Andres at about 5:40am. Within an hour or so, a total of 12 runners were now ready to start the run after we were given a short briefing by Mr. Manny Santos of Pimco Sports and Race Director Alvin Balderama.

Some of the routes were familiar ones, having run them myself during past Pimco trail races but what caught my attention this time was the number of  rivers we had to cross and the variety of terrain we had to  endure like rough roads, dirt trails, muddy trails, rocky paths and soft ground.

We only covered a total of 15 kms. which did not include the forested trails and mountain passes which i believe will be done during the second familiarization run on January 6, 2013.

Only registrants in the Love A Tree 24k/50 Ultra Run can participate in the January 6 Familiarization Run so register now. (Early Birds is available for Online Registration only at

Here are some of the pictures of the route i took yesterday. Enjoy!

Meet-up was at the corner of Marcos Highway and Sta. Inez Road, the entrance going to Sitio Batangas, San Andres, Tanay

Started going to San Andres proper at about 6:40am with nice, cool weather

First river view which has been part of the trail of the 1st Love a Tree Trail race

One of the many rough roads runners will pass going to Barangay Sto. Nino.

A perpetual view of the Sierra Madre mountains that backdrops most of the route

At a junction where runners waited for the others enroute to the rivers

Testing the Camelbak Rogue hydration backpack. Excellent ride!

Trail leading to the river bridge

This trail should be familiar now to those who ran the Discover Tanay Leg-1 Trail Run. This leads to the bridge.

The wooden bridge that connects 2 baranggays

The view from the middle of the bridge

Local residents were very friendly and greeted us wherever we went

One slight rocky uphill part

A view of the river and the mountain ranges

Surprised to see this muddy stretch where our shoes got soaked in mud debris

Walking on this uphill part

This was at about 7:30am when the air was still cool. Lots of fresh air!

On our way down with a peek of the river below

The rivers of Tanay are generally clear and you can see the rocks below it

The water was nice, cool and calm. No “buwis buhay” here!

Giving the thumbs up is Alvin Balderama, Race Director of all Tanay Trail races. He charts all trail paths here and plots all difficult routes imaginable. He shows us the easy routes  of the race but keeps the hardest ones a secret until he unleashes it on race day! I sometimes refer to him as the “Butcher” of Tanay! Hahah…:)

The river circles around several small mountains and you have to cross the river many times over.

From here, it’s all small rocks all the way!

More river crossings…

Terrain ranges from sandy, rocky, river and more rocks!

Nice feeling of wading through the river surrounded by mountains

There must be billions of rocks here, many of the garden variety. 🙂

The lone plant in the middle of the river

Reminds me of the river trails near Mt. Pinatubo, only here the water is so clear!

Balance is of utmost importance here as rocks tend to roll under

Yes, this is part of the 24k and 50k route

It’s so difficult to run on this terrain

This part was on our 2nd hour of run-walking

Back to the trail, at last!

A run to the finish

It was all uphill to base camp

Don’t forget to register now and be a part of the 2nd familiarization run on January 6, 2013. See you there!

Waldorf Trail Run At Timberland Heights: 01-26-13

Manila Waldorf Trail Run

If you want to experience the joys of trail running, here’s an upcoming trail run geared for newbies in trail running and regular trail runners who have not experienced running the beautiful trails of Timberland Heights!

The Waldorf School Trail Run will be held on January 26, 2013 (Saturday) and will feature distances of  3k, 5k and 10kms with registration fees as follows:

Distances: 3k/5k/10k

Regular registration: 8 December 2012 to 18 January 2013
3k – P400
5k – P500
10k – P600
*Go to Runners Runner at R.O.X. to register

Assembly Time: 5:00am
Race Start:
10k – 6:00am
5k – 6:15 am
3k – 6:30 am

I have ran the Timberland Trails many times in the past and based on the trail route map below, here are some of the trail routes that runners are going to pass:

The route Map:

The Timberland Heights trails is rarely congested with other runners but expect some sprinkling of mountain bikers who frequent the place. When coupled with the stunning trees and other green foliage that decorate the trail, this route can easily make you forget that you’re just a few minutes outside of Metro Manila.

Waldorf Trail Run - Waldorf School

Driving directions to Manila Waldorf School/Timberland Heights:

From Quezon Memorial Circle, go northeast via Commonwealth Avenue, past Ever Commonwealth Center. Turn right before Sandiganbayan to Batasan Road, and then turn right again to Batasan-San Mateo Road. Cross the bridge over Marikina River, then turn left to Gen. Luna Avenue. After passing Tropical Hut and Mercury Drug, turn right to De Los Santos Street. When the road begins to slope, turn left to the highway going to Timberland Heights.
Complimentary Race Bus:

We shall provide 2 buses that can bring runners to Timberland Heights on a first come/first serve basis.

Shuttle transport will be provided from:

1. Centris Mall, Edsa corner Quezon Avenue – meeting place: parking area in front of Shakey’s – Departure time: 4:15 am. Max no. of passengers = 10 pax per van. Total of 20.

2. PureGold, San Mateo – Departure time: 4:30am. Max no. of passengers = 20 pax per bus. Total of 50.

*A nominal fee of P50 will be collected. Runners must present their race bibs to the shuttle driver to be allowed on board.

To get a slot, kindly email your name to and

Please be on time. Shuttles will not wait for latecomers, even if seats have been reserved.

Press Release:

The event is envisioned to be a nature-themed mountainside run, open to novice and hardcore runners. We have designed a trail route that will showcase the surrounding environment of the school campus in Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal.

The fun trail route will bring runners through our school grounds and around the various nature trails of the property – amid rolling hills, forested valleys, terraced farms and unpolluted fresh air.

After a great race, participants can enjoy the post-race ambiance, a food fair, awards, raffles and refreshments. The trail run is open to all runners at least 18 years old, with distances of 3km, 5km and 10km.All proceeds of the event will be used to support the school’s ongoing improvement of sports facilities and the teachers’ fund.
This event is organized by The Manila Waldorf School, co-presented by Timberland Heights.
Registration partners are Runners Runner and R.O.X.
Media Partner: The Philippine Star

Ten Moves’ Run For 10: Jan. 13, 2013 at Ayala Triangle

Here’s a run that’s going to rock the Makati Business District! The Ten Moves, Run For 10 is an advocacy run to engage all runners and the public as well to raise funds for the building of 10,000 classrooms in Public Schools all over the country.

This 10k, 5k and 2.5k runs will start and end at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, right in the heart of Makati City while the route will venture in and around the concrete jungle of the Makati Business District itself.

The goal of Ten Moves, an advocacy group which means “The Entire Nation Moves!” is to get 2 million people to donate P10 per day for 10 months. That will be P300 per month or P3,000 for the entire 10 months which will help a lot in building the target 10,000 classrooms in two years.

Here are the details of the run:

Run For 10
January 13, 2013
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City

Race Director: X-Tribe

Registration Fee:
10K – PHP 500
5K – PHP 400
2.5K – PHP 200

Gun Time:
10K – 5:30am
5K – 5:45am
2.5K – 6:00am

Registration Venues: (Starts on December 20, 2012)

The T-SHIRT PROJECT Stores in Glorietta, Trinoma, and Market! Market!

Proponents of the Run For Ten explaining their advocacy

Press Release:

Run for 10 set on January 13, thousands of Filipino schoolchildren expected to benefit from proceeds

A nationwide run will be mounted on January 13, 2013 for the benefit of thousands of Filipino schoolchildren nationwide, who have yet to have classrooms where they could effectively listen to their teachers and learn lessons.

“Run for 10” will be staged for the benefit of TEN Moves!, the social mobilization campaign of Bayanihang Pampaaralan that seeks to raise funds for the construction of 10,000 classrooms nationwide by encouraging individuals to donate Php10 everyday for 10 months or a lump sum of Php3,000.

In Metro Manila, Run for 10 will start off at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City, with 2.5 km, 5 km, and 10 km race distances. Simultaneous runs will also be held in at least 10 other key areas nationwide: Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zamboanga, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

“Run for 10 is a way for us to significantly ramp up support and donations for TEN Moves!,” explains Rapa Lopa, Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress and one of the primary movers of TEN Moves! and the 57-75 Education Reform Movement. “Through this event, we hope to attract more and more Filipinos, especially the younger ones, to be part of our advocacy of helping build classrooms and a brighter future for schoolchildren.”

The Bloggers and media during the Run For 10 Launch

“Since we launched in October 2011, TEN Moves! and its mother campaign, Bayanihang Pampaaralan, have raised funding for nearly 3,000 classrooms,” explains Mario Deriquito, Senior Director of Ayala Foundation and another primary mover of TEN Moves!. “While our collective efforts to date have been commendable, we still have a long way to go in reaching our goal of 10,000 classrooms, and we are finding ways to reach our goal within two years since launching. Through Run for 10, we hope to be able to create more awareness and generate more anticipation for this cause.”

Run for 10 expects to gather 2,500 Filipinos in Metro Manila alone who will lace up their running shoes and make their move for education. The Department of Education, a key partner in the TEN Moves! advocacy, welcomes the initiative.

“TEN Moves! has shown to us just what the Filipino youth can do,” says Br. Armin Luistro FSC, Secretary of the Department of Education. “Run for 10 further harnesses their energy and desire to make the Philippines a better place to live and learn. With everyone’s participation, we are confident that we can finally resolve the classroom backlog by 2013, and provide adequate facilities for students everywhere.”

All registration fees for Run for 10 will go to TEN Moves!. The registration fees are as follows: Php200 for 2.5 km, Php400 for 5 km, and Php500 for 10 km. To register, interested individuals may visit The T-Shirt Project branches located at Glorietta, Trinoma, and Market! Market!. Registration starts on December 20, 2012. For more information, please email or visit

“The more you run, the more classrooms you build”


What is Run for 10?

Run for 10 is a fun run organized by and for the benefit of The Entire Nation (TEN) Moves!, a social mobilization campaign of Bayanihang Pampaaralan which aims to raise enough resources to help build 10,000 classrooms in public schools all over the Philippines.

It will be held on January 13, 2013, at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City, and will be organized simultaneously in 10 other provinces in the Philippines, namely Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zamboanga, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

What event distances can we take part in at Run for 10?

Participants can choose to join in the 2.5k, 5k, and 10k events.

Where can we register for the run?

Interested participants can register at the T-Shirt Project branches located atGlorietta, Trinoma, and Market! Market!. Registration starts on December 20, 2012. The registration fee is P200 for 2.5k, P400 for 5k, and P500 for 10k.

How can organizations and corporations take part in Run for 10?

For organizations and corporations, you can choose to form a team for Run for 10, sponsor a group of runners, and/or sponsor the event itself. For more information, you can contact us at (632) 752-1061 or email

What is TEN Moves?

The Entire Nation Moves! (TEN Moves!) is a campaign to raise resources to help build 10,000 classrooms in public schools all over the Philippines. It is part of a bigger private sector-led campaign called Bayanihang Pampaaralan or ‘BP’, which was organized in response to the Department of Education’s call for support.

Its main strategy is to get 2 million people to donate P10 per day for 10 months. That will be P300 per month or P3,000 for the entire 10 months. Filipinos based overseas are also encouraged to donate US$10 per month, or $100 for the entire 10 months.

Why 10,000 classrooms?

According to the Department of Education, the total shortage is 66,800 classrooms. The department’s budget and the budget from local government units can cover about 56,000. DepEd has asked the private sector and ordinary citizens to help in building the remaining 10,000 classrooms.

How much does it cost to build a classroom?

Based on DepEd’s standard design and cost estimates, the construction of a quality classroom with floor area of 7 x 9 meters will cost an average of P600,000. The design and the cost have been reviewed by a team of private engineers and architects and both have been found to be reasonable. The cost may vary depending on the school’s geographic location, environmental conditions, and other considerations.  TEN Moves’ fundraising target is based on this amount. However, the groups behind this campaign continue to look for other ways to build classrooms for lesser cost without sacrificing quality.

Will there be enough teachers and desks and other furniture for the new classrooms?

The Department of Education has provision for the needed desks and furniture. DepEd will provide for part of the needed teacher items. The rest will be handled by the local governments through the Special Education Fund.

Aside from joining Run for 10, how can people help TEN Moves?

a) By making a donation – P10 per day for 10 months will be P300 a month or P3,000 for the entire ten months. Donations of more than P3,000 will be encouraged but donations of smaller amounts will also be accepted. Overseas donors may donate an average of $10 per month or $100 for the entire 10 months.

b) By helping solicit donations from friends, relatives, and other contacts – This campaign needs the participation of everyone. So aside from donating, you can also help by spreading the word around and by convincing people within your circles of influence to also donate and help solicit among their contacts. People may also help spread the word by using their social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

c) By encouraging your organization or company to adopt TEN Moves!– If you are a company official or even just an ordinary employee, you can help by convincing your employer to participate in TEN Moves! by making a corporate donation or asking employees to give through salary deduction, or both. If you belong to an organization, you can convince your officers and fellow members to also support the campaign.

How can I make a donation?

You have several options for sending your donation, whether one-time or monthly:

For Philippine-based donors:

1. Bank Deposit (please proceed to any BPI, BDO or UnionBank branch)

a.      BPI: Ayala Foundation, Inc. / 0011-1335-41 / Ref No. D101010 + (donor’s name)

b.      BDO: Ayala Foundation, Inc. / 3600-1774-21

  1. UnionBank: Ayala Foundation, Inc. / 0021-0101-3065

* Please make check payable to:

BPI: TEN Moves

BDO / UnionBank: Bayanihang Pampaaralan / Ayala Foundation, Inc.

2. Wire Transfer (kindly include the SWIFT code with the corresponding bank details listed above)

a.      BPI SWIFT code: BOPIPHMM

b.      BDO SWIFT code: BNORPHMM

c.      UnionBank SWIFT code: UBPHPHMM

3. Credit Card –  Donate online through

4. Donate via Globe GCASH

Type DONATE <space> Amount <space> MPIN <space> TEN </space> and send to 2882

For donors outside the Philippines:

1. Wire / Telegraphic Transfer

BPI: Ayala Foundation, Inc. / 0014-0463-48 / BOPIPHMM

Address: 6768 BPI Bldg., Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

2. Donate online through

How can a company or organization contribute to the TEN Moves! campaign?

A company can either make a corporate donation and/or engage its employees to donate via salary deduction. A “how to” kit will be made available to companies or organizations that want to adopt TEN Moves! as a campaign among their employees. Interested groups can send an e-mail to

How can we confirm that TEN Moves! has received our donation/s?

Once the Ayala Foundation has received your donation, you will receive a confirmation email or text message. For BDO and UnionBank deposits, however, please fax us at (632) 813-4488 or email a scanned copy of your deposit slip, with your name and contact details, to

If you have not received any acknowledgment after two weeks, please do not hesitate to contact us at (632) 752-1061 or email

Where will I find updates about the fundraising campaign and the construction of the classrooms?

Donors will be constantly updated about the amount of funds raised and the status of the classroom construction, through Facebook, Twitter, and the TEN Moves! website.

What is the current status of the TEN Moves! campaign?

To date, TEN Moves has raised over Php38 million, contributing to the donations and pledges received by its mother campaign, Bayanihang Pampaaralan, of nearly 3,000 classrooms. Of these, at least 1,126 classrooms have already been built, including a two-storey, four-classroom building in Indahag National High School in Cagayan de Oro City.

How do I contact TEN Moves! for additional questions?

For further inquiries, please contact the TEN Moves Secretariat at (632) 752-1061 or email  You can also add us on Facebook at

For more information, please contact:

Marco Sindiong/Mika Palileo

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Manila

Tel: (632) 238 7000 loc. 7042 or 7052

Email: or Launches the “BE” Shoes

After running a hard, long race particularly a marathon, it’s always nice to wear your flip flops which gives your aching feet a nice soothing feeling, providing your feet a breather after they have been battered from the long run.

There’s another mode of getting your feet relaxed, and not only does it provide comfort and relief but also strengthens and activates your foot muscles while not running. It’s called the “BE” recovery shoes from Mizuno. Inspired by the Japanese Waraji sandals with the toes protruding over the front edge, this shoe allows the toes to move naturally up and down, to curl and grip, which activates the muscles of the foot.

I was fortunate enough to be invited at the launching of this shoe last Thursday at the Mizuno Head Office in Paseo Magallanes. It certainly has the looks of a minimalist shoe, weighs just 7 ounce and has about a heel to toe drop of 6mm.


  • Activation Sockliner – Dips the toes to activate your muscles.
  • Dynamic function heel counter – cups your heel to improve is cushioning function.
  • AP+ midsole- Offering cushioning and comfort at footplant.
  • Be footprint outsole – Lightweight and durable.

Mizuno BE

With the women’s colors on left and right models

No, that is not Sheryl’s pet squirrel but the Waraji sandals from which the Mizuno BE was based

Various running personalities graced the BE’s launching led by Mizuno’s charming Brand Manager, Jai Cortes, friend Noelle (The Kikay Runner) and other Mizuno endorsers like Patrick Joson, Anton Del Rosario, Ige Lopez, The Running Wild Team and Mizuno representatives to the Osaka Marathon, among others.

Mizuno’s Jai Cortes

Philippine Azkhal’s Anton Del Rosario and The Kikay Runner

Mizuno BE Shoe is available in three unique colours, (Silver/Anthracite/Chinese Red) (Strong Blue/Silver/Ember) for Mens & (Silver/White/Electric) for Women. The minimalistic construction of the shoe weighs at 7 oz (200g) and is now available at Mizuno outlets.

Retail selling price at P3,995.00

Thank you to Mizuno Philippines for our sample pairs!

With Reebok Brand Ambassador Blas Tiangco who seems to be in love with the Mizunos!

Nice color schemes. More colors to come

Noe available at all Mizuno stores

The footprint outsole which is lightweight and durable

4th Quezon City International Marathon: Race Recap

Done, finished, complete! The wee hours outside near home felt perfectly fine, people were up and about as if you were just strolling within your neighborhood.

Our neighborhood, the Quezon Memorial Circle

Da hu? What is this neighborly thing i’m talking about? The Quezon City International Marathon!

It’s the marathon that when you step back along Commonwealth Avenue on your way back to the finish, you see gigantic traffic at a standstill, hot-headed cursing drivers and heat that’s guaranteed to melt you away.

Well, not this time, at least not as bad as it was the previous years’ editions. Traffic was more manageable, there were less of those irate drivers, water was *still* available during the last stretches but the weather didn’t change–it was warm and humid. QCIM-4, the race i didn’t almost want to run.

Yes, i didn’t feel like running this one as many things transpired days leading up to it. The torturous Tanay 21-k trail run the Sunday before really left me all-beaten up with muscle soreness that lasted for several days. Ice and Ibuprofen were my solace during those dreadful days. The feeling carried on until the Fundracing Run last Friday where i was supposed to do the 16k distance.

Still, besides being late, i was in no mood nor vigor to do the distance so i down-graded to just running the 8k that morning. The result was rather pitiful. I couldn’t run continuously and had to stop and walk most of the time. It was a botched attempt of psyching myself  to be ready 2 days before the marathon and felt completely at a stand-still.

The day before the marathon, i was just dilly dallying whether to just do a long run of about 30-32k along the route, drop out somewhere if things won’t turn-out to be good. Even shared this feeling on FB where some good meaning friends offered encouragements.

Atty. Jon Lacanlale, an esteemed ultra-runner seemed to sum up what everybody was saying, “Just toe the line and don’t make any plan. Let your body dictate the pace and all.” I took that in mind…seriously!

Race Day:

Met up with running buddy June Santiago and arrived at the Quezon City Hall at about 2:25am, still early for the 3:00am start. Saw Teammates Betty and Tonette who i was supposed to pace with for that long slow attempt of  getting the run done and if all thing got well, even finishing the marathon, all 42kms of it.

But almost as soon as we were headed to Quezon Avenue at the 2 km mark, i felt raring to go and shifted my thoughts of entirely finishing the race. My apologies to Betty and Tonette, specially to Tonette whom i promised to run with throughout the route, but the urge to run my pace at a more tolerable (upbeat) pace was calling and dictating at that time. Had i succumb to her pace, i knew i would not be able to finish the race. Sorry na. Hope you ladies know me well to understand.

With Betty and Tonette

The run inside the University of the Philippines was slow and dark with marshals straining their flashlights on humps and potholes for runners to see. Exiting back to Commonwealth Avenue towards Fairview, the lead 21k runners were fast catching up on us. The wide Commonwealth Avenue was a familiar sight and by all accounts, i was able to glide on satisfactorily until our entrance to La Mesa Dam.

Had a great time inside the reservoir; trees, shades, the views were appealing, hydration was constantly present but i have to say that doubts were still lingering if i could make it out of the reservoir and onwards to the last 8 kms strongly for the finish. Coming out of La Mesa Dam, the traffic was there as expected but had to concentrate on moving on myself while the traffic enforcers try to sort out everything else.

By the time we were approaching the long uphill stretch to Litex, mother mercy seem to have abandoned us temporarily and here, i had to struggle and walk, walk with many others who had probably thought of conserving some energy. For me, my batteries were already draining out. The legs and heart were still fine but for some reason i was gasping for air, trying to find that second wind.

The last 6k was in a word, agonizing. Whatever strength there was left, i tried to put it all into my head overcoming the layer of pain that had engulfed the rest of my body. A few more kilometers and i would see the Iglesia Ni Cristo Tower and that would be the Nirvana i was looking for because that signaled the last 2.5k. But at this point, nothing of the INC tower yet.

Adjusting my cap which had ice cubes in it during the last 2.5 kms

The aim was now to run-walk from one water station to the next. Although i had my own hydration bottle, i would seek some ice cubes in every station and put some inside my cap and it helped cool me down during the last stretches. Finally, the sight of the INC Tower excited me and i knew it was only a matter of 2 kms plus before i could get a glimpse of the finish.

I was running with this guy from the Fairview Running Club and we paced each other and overtook some runners still as a result.

And all of a sudden…this sight! Oh, the most beautiful sight of all!

Home and home sweet home it was! Made it through everything. Was ecstatic upon stepping on the finish mat but was so exhausted that i nearly dropped to my knees and couldn’t hold myself up. I poured all the water that was left in my bottle over my head to the amusement of passers-by who clapped and cheered on.

Just a few more meters before the finish line

My time was nothing to cheer about at 5:47, a far cry from my time last year on this same event but better than my Run United Phil Marathon time a month ago. All things considered, i’m just so happy to finish this one without any injury, praise God!

With friends who also finished the marathon

I empathize with all other runners who came later because i heard that some of them who finished past 6:30 hours (including Tonette and Betty) where already at the mercy of water station personnel who had begun to pack-up, dismantle their tables and left those 6-hour plus runners to mend for themselves at the last 5 kms. I had hoped that this problem would be addressed in this year’s edition as this has also occurred during the previous stagings of the race.

The organization is far from perfect but is a big improvement from any of the previous QCIM stagings. With a little more preparation and communications with those manning the water stations, this marathon could still be vastly improved. I’m aware that the organizers were only given the go signal to prepare everything 3 weeks prior to the race and this should have affected their over-all readiness.

I would like to thank all the PACERS for both the 21k and the 42k for doing a job well done! Thanks guys!

Here is the unofficial results of the race:

Till next year!

(Thanks to Tsinelas Runner, Photojojo, QCIM, Running Castles and others for the pictures)