Rico Blanco, Moonstar88 To Perform Live At Run United-2

Are you a fan of Moonstar88 band or maybe pop icon Rico Blanco? Well, they’ll be performing to you live during the awarding ceremonies for this Sunday’s Unilab Run United 2 at the Mall of Asia grounds.

I don’t really follow much on these cool guys but i know most of you will bob their heads when their hits will blast on stage! How ’bout some jazz music next time, Unilab? (asa pa!)

See you there!

Moonstar 88

OPM icon and singer-songwriter Rico Blanco will rock the stage this Sunday, June 2, with pop band Moonstar88 at Unilab Active Health’s “Run United 2013”, which will be held at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Blanco is known as a pop icon in the local entertainment scene and has been, for years, considered as the face of the popular 90s band “Rivermaya.” Moonstar88, on the other hand, immortalized the OPM hits “Torete” and “Sulat.”

Rico Blanco

More than 12,000 have signed up for the second leg of this year’s Run United event.  The run features 500m, 10k, 21k and 32k routes which starts and ends on Seaside Boulevard near Block 16 of the mall’s expansive parking lot.  The 10k loop trails the Diosdado Macapagal Avenue on to Roxas Boulevard and back, while the 21k loop reaches as far as the Luneta Park (also on Roxas Boulevard) and Uniwide Theater/Movie Hall on Diosdado Macapagal Avenue.

The 32k route will take the same path as the 21k’s except that it will also reach the opposite end of Roxas Boulevard where it meets the Manila-Cavite Expressway and the NAIA Road.

Although registration for the race is already closed, non-runners are still welcome to participate in exciting and fun-filled health events at the Unilab Active Health Village Areas, which will be situated a few meters from the finish line. The Health Village is divided into five zones namely the Ceelin Playground (for kids); Health, Sports and Leisure zone; UST Physical Therapy zone; Active Health zone and Sports Nutrition zone.

The Ceelin Playground zone includes a giant inflatable playground, a kiddie salon, and henna tattoo, face painting and photo booths.  The other zones offer health lectures, running tips, physical exercises, and an ice pool, among others.

Additionally, three conveniently located areas are designated for the Active Health Apparel shop, Food Pavilion and iConnect booth, which is a social media photo booth where pictures of participants are uploaded in real-time to Unilab Active Health’s Facebook fan page.

Run United is an annual running event sponsored by the pharmaceutical giant United Laboratories (Unilab) through Active Health, its advocacy for the Filipino’s health and wellness, in partnership with RunRio, Inc., a race organization company founded by running coach Rio Dela Cruz.

More than 10,000 runners participated in the first leg of the 2013 Run United, which was held on March 17 also at the SM Mall of Asia.  The final leg of this year’s Run United trilogy will be held on October 6.  For more information, check out Unilab Active Health’s website at http://www.unilabactivehealth.com.

Apart from Run United, Unilab Active Health also sponsors the annual Tri United (a triathlon event) which is organized by Bikeking### (Press Release)

100 Miles Cafe: The Blessing!

Except for its small signage, you need to look closely to find it. Tucked in the second floor of a new building (Fort Pointe Bldg) near the sweaty Fitness First Gym and above the aromatic Figaro Coffee Shop, its obscure, unassuming frontage is easy to miss. But 100 Miles Cafe/restaurant at the Bonifacio Global City is well worth finding.

The first thing that strikes you when you walk into the restaurant owned by ultra runner Jael Wenceslao and his family is that it does not feel like a restaurant at all. Rather, it is more like entering a vast bedroom of a hardcore  ultra-runner (presumably Jael’s), complete with running paraphernalia, i.e. local ultra-running race tarpaulins, race posters, books on running, finishers’ medals, framed finishers’ shirts, trophies, race bibs and many more running accouterments.

The only pieces missing here is probably Jael’s battered trail running shoes and muddied socks! But that would probably not be apt to display into this fine eatery except if he decides to display it inside an enclosed glass case which is just fine with me. Hahah..

To celebrate its opening a few weeks ago, the Wenceslaos invited some guests from the media and business community for the blessing and soft opening of this restaurant. I was honored to be invited and got to sample once again the great food being offered here.

This is the kind of place where runners and other athletes meet and so far, some large group events have taken place here, where the ambiance is relaxed and the mood is upbeat.

Here are some pictures taken during its inauguration and blessing:

The main sponsors cutting the ribbon with Jael Wenceslao in long sleeve shirt, Nylah Bautista (white dress) of Ayala Land, Jael’s aunt (left) and Maj General Jovie “Baldrunner” Narcise (Ret) doing the honors.

Jael’s father in striped shirt

The ribbon-cutting ceremony

The blessing. Servers were wearing race bibs and Skechers running shoes!

The staff were ready in their places

Priest pouring holy water inside the kitchen while guests were watching a glimpse of Dean Karnazes’ movie “Ultramarathon Man”.

Ultra Marathon Man

With running friends (L-R) Vanessa Ordinario, Alfred Delos Reyes, Tin Ferrera and yours truly

Shown here:  (L-R) Keshia Fule, Nylah Bautista, Chito Carreon and Rowena Teruel

Inside the extension hall with the group

Jael Wenceslao, welcomes the guests

Sir Jovie

Jael’s dad

Jae’ls aunt, the lucky charm of the Wenceslao business

Triathlete Nylah Bautista of Ayala Land

With Jael’s running mementos

A timer is even displayed on its walls

And the main stars of the restaurant:

100 Miles Salad

Mediterranean Salad

Clam Chowder

Aglio Olio Pasta

100 Miles Pizza

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Pistachio Sansrival

Wishing the 100 Miles Cafe Team every success with their new restaurant!

Explorac Trail Run By AyalaLand

I was fortunate enough to be invited by the good folks of ROX Philippines for Ayala Land’s Explorac 11k and 22k Invitational Trail Run to be held at Porac, Pampanga on June 8, 2013. This trail run is presented by Ayala Land which is about to develop a 1,000-hectare residential area complete with recreational facilities, leisure park as well as schools, industries and golf courses within Porac.

I was told by a friend that the trail run would pass parts of the Clark-Miyamit 50-Mile and 60K Ultramarathon which i had the chance to visit and run with friends last November. The route includes rough roads, trails, mountain passes and undulating hills!

The Porac trails

The Ayala Land development will be in Barangay Hacienda Dolores and will start in the third quarter of 2013. The project is perched on hilly portion of the SCTEx and is about 25 minutes from the Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) and 10 minutes from the Clark Freeport via the SCTEx.

Explorac Route

Explorac Trail Run offers 11k and 22k rough terrain.  Trail run will start at  Ayala’s Visitor Center and will end at the Ayala Nature Park.  The  course has a flat to hilly terrain and majority of it is hard surface.

The trail features wet/dry river bed, it not all, are heavily silted by mudflow due to Mt. Pinatubo eruption way back 1991 and succeeding lahar flows.  In some areas, moderate steep climb will be experienced along the rough terrain portion and huge lahar track will potentially challenge your trail running skills.

Opportunity like running under the SCTEX bridge and passing through beside waterfalls are a few of the scenery that the trail offers.

In conjunction with the trail run, a Trail Running 101 will be held on June 4, Tuesday, 7:00PM at the ROX Store at Bonifacio High Street. The lecture will cover the do’s and don’ts of trail running and tips on how to run trails the proper way.

Speakers will be ultra-trail running blazer Jon Lacanlale and ultra runner Pen Nepomuceno.

How to get to the Explorac Trail Run start

For more information, please visit their events page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/338897039569060/?ref=22

PTAAKBUHAN Trail Run in Nuvali: June 16, 2013

Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna has one of the finest trail routes located outside Metro Manila and it has been a favorite venue for trail runs and races. What i like about the venue is that its trails inside are moderately challenging, not too technical although it can get too hot during the summer months.

Its rolling loop takes in woodlands, wide open green hills and the rural serenity of a grassland, a New Zealand-like scenery.

Nuvali once again hosts another trail run on June 16, 2013 with a 3km/5km/10km race and a 1km run with your pet which promises runners new to Nuvali another great experience of running one of the best trail routes south of Manila.

Here are the details:

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Nuvali, Maynilad and Contiki presents…. PTAAkbuhan …More Fun in the Philippines! A Fun Trail Run with a 3km, 5km, 10km and an exciting 1km run with you pet is in store for you this coming June 16, 2013 (Sunday) at the Nuvali, City of Santa Rosa.

Win fabulous and exciting prizes like free hotel accommodations in Metro Manila, Palawan, Davao, Cebu and Bohol and Free Air tickets to wonderful destinations. Enjoy the clean healthy crisp air while you run with your family and friends at the City of Santa Rosa. (Press Release)

PTAAKBUHAN More Fun In The Philippines Fun Trail Run 2013

June 16, 2013 @ 5:30 AM
Nuvali, City of Santa Rosa Laguna
3K/5K/10K and 1K with pet
Organizer: Pep Squad Events & Marketing Services Inc.

Registration Fees:
All Categories – Php 600

Beneficiaries: Hero Foundation/ I Love Sta. Rosa Foundation

Registration Venues:
PTAA Secretariat Office:
12-1G EGI-Rufino Plaza, Taft cor. Sen Gil Puyat Avenue. Pasay City

Pep Squad Office:
2F Raha Sulayman Building Benavidez St. Legaspi Village, Makati City

Hemispheres Travel Corporation:
G/F Unit 11 Paseo 3, Paseo de Santarosa, City
of Santa Rosa, Laguna


Shuttle service pick-up points for PTAAkbuhan:

a. Manila – Harison Plaza Century Park parking lot Babes Carzano – 09228878136-
b. Makati – MRT Magallanes Station JR TAN – 09228878135
c. QC – Araneta Center Paulo Abelardo – 09228878137

*Departure time is 4:00 am (June 16).
With minimum 2-way rate charge.

Online Registration: http://www.ptaakbuhan.runningmate.ph/

Event Singlet

Here’s a look at the trails of Nuvali:

Test Run: Nature’s Trail Discovery Daraitan Trail Route

The Daraitan trail route is refreshing! And that’s not just a comment on its cool and sparkling river (above). The Tinipak rocks mushrooming on both sides of  the northern side of Daraitan river looks something like large chunks of ice falling down from the sky. Only, it didn’t melt away but gave the river an animating and intoxicating feel, ala scotch-on-the-rocks!

To describe yesterday’s test route run would be quite a task, but Pimco’s forthcoming Nature’s Trail Discovery Run-Daraitan Ultramarathon route this coming June 9 would be another jewel to their crown of showcase trails worth raving about. Pimco’s past trail races like the  Daranak Falls Trail, the Calinawan Cave pass, the Maysawa trails, the Sta. Inez Peak were all worth  every trail runners’ money and time and the Daraitan trail will be no less different.


I had no clue where the exact location of the test run would start so i texted Manny Santos, big boss of Pimco Sports for directions to the venue. Running buddy Jun and I were set to go and we were taking with us Iris Cortulas who wanted to tag along and try out the route. We bonded together and set off to Masinag where we were meeting other runners so we could do a convoy and leave in tandem for the venue.

Reaching Masinag at 4:15am, we were able to touch base with Ultra runners JJ Layug, Mar Marilag, Bong Alindada together with Milo Fitness Coach Jackie Gutierrez so they followed us in their car with ours, leading. Our destination: The Ynarez Gym at the corner of Sampaloc Road and Marcos Highway in Sampaloc Tanay.

This is also going to be the starting line of the June 9 race.

At the Ynares Sports Gym, Sampaloc Road, Tanay–the venue of the Daraitan Ultramarathon with Pimco boss Manny Santos (in pink shirt) and Race Director, Alvin Valderama, 3rd from left.


We arrived at the venue at about 5:45am and were met by Manny and Alvin of Pimco Sports. We couldn’t start as yet as we were waiting for other runners to arrive as some had lost their way and had over-shot the venue. But since it was getting late, our group decided to go ahead and all the others who arrived late will just have to follow so a guide of Pimco was left to wait for them.

The run started at about 6:20am as we were led at the other side of Sampaloc Road, crossing the street. The first kilometer was on a concrete road that took us inside a residential area that led to the start of the trails. The trails measured a distance of about 3-4kms.

This is one of the nicest sections of the route, all trails of mostly single track and offers excellent footing, uphills and downhills, a pleasant scenery including the vast Sierra Madre Mountains, old-growth forests, a river lagoon, farm animals and a variety of trees.

As always, i struggled over those uphill climbs and slippery river crossings but got over those as time went by. Here are some pictures of the trails with short descriptions as we went along:

The trails were mostly single track inside small villages

Uphills will be a continuous fare for this run

There will be wide open spaces but the views are exhillarating

Passing by an old shack

Running along the ridges with nice views of the Sierra Madres

Taking a short break, 2.5kms after our start

Mostly single tracks dominate the trails

Another small shack in the middle of nowhere

Approaching a small river crossing

Runners have to be careful here. These rocks are slippery!

A river lagoon

It’s one crossing runners will pass through

Figuring out how to cross that river and jump over to the other side 🙂

Getting help from Jackie and JJ. 🙂

A smile from everybody. Photo by Jackie

Jackie in her ceremonial dance. Liveliness!


Once we were out of the trails, we all found ourselves back on the main highway and it was a short jaunt to the road leading to Daraitan and to the Tinipak Rocks. We couldn’t help but stop on some areas to marvel on some views which you can never find in the city. To hell with smoke and smog, we were now breathing fresh air and savoring the soft breeze coming out of the mountain range.

A quick look on the way to Daraitan:

Coming out of the trails and running the stretch of this highway on our way to Daraitan

Iris leads the way.

Stopping over a bridge over-looking a valley (L-R Me, Mar, Jackie, Bong and JJ)

The road to Daraitan. It’s another 7 kms of rough roads and some concrete portions before we reach the place (I wonder why those bananas were hanging on the signage?)

A pause before we venture the ascents and descents to Daraitan

Start of rough roads going to Daraitan

The Macaira Garden Resort serves as the turn-around point for the 10k runners. However, runners of all distances will pass inside the resort.


Look what we found here! En-route to Daraitan, Alvin led us into an obscure resort called the Macaira Garden Resort which would serve as the turn-around point for the 10k runners. Veering inside astounded us all.

Here is what we saw:

A “blue” pool and an unusual rock formation greets visitors to the resort.

More rocks and a wooded area at the back

The limestones were here for ages

Iris and Jackie atop the rocks

A cluster of limestone rocks and Jackie as its guest model

Owner says there is a cave beyond those trees which we weren’t able to see due to lack of time

A small rest house at the base of the rocks

It was one of the most fascinating views i have ever seen! I cannot even describe to you succinctly how this rock formation came about as even the photos above don’t seem to do it justice. I could here some oohs and ahhs from the group as i could only mutter, wtf!

On to Daraitan!

More of the rough roads going to Daraitan

Emerging from a mountain trail

This is Iris’ turf. The mountain trails

More of the trails. We would reach that mountain farthest on the background later (Thanks for the pic, Jackie)

Endless picture taking

A backdrop of the road ahead. Iris giving the thumbs up

Two “punks” at a convenience store. They listen to Deicide and Slayer Bands

Finally, arriving at Daraitan

Almost dry river bed during this dry month

Trails along the river. It can’t get rockier than this!

The sandy trail leading to the Tinipak Stone river

The group in a hurry

The trails leading to Tinipak

Rocky trail ahead

Nearing the base of the Tinipak stones

Macadam trails

The 21k+ and 50k runners will pass these trails leading to Tinipak


After about 15 kms, we finally reached our destination! Daraitan with the Tinipak rocks looming everywhere like guards protecting their kingdom. I’ve been to this place once before about 3 years ago and it still was mesmerizing seeing it today like it was the first time i saw it.

The clear river was oozing with its rushing waves, the tall white rocks that everybody wanted to scale as soon as they saw it and the chorus of “WOWs” that emanated from everybody. The sight was absolutely stunning seeing so much of nature even just for a few minutes.

We lost no time in getting ourselves cool and intoxicated with the scene:

Finally here at the start of the Tinipak stones

Eye-catching view of the Tinipak Stones and river

Large rock formation

Jackie, Iris and Alvin

Bong Alindada, below

June Santiago relaxing with the cool waters

Nice views all around us

Climbing atop the rocks. Don’t do this on race day!

“Mt. Tinipak”

“Nagpapa lamig din paminsan, pag may time”

Great way to cool off

Caption this…

A look beyond Tinipak rocks

Group pic

Daraitan’s Ferrari tricycle (take a look at Iris’ expression). Wagas!

With Jackie

Capping our run, lunch of Bulalo, BBQ Chicken, vegetables…burp!

And before i forget, expect the 21k route to have some bonus kilometers added (the orginal 21k route did not include the Tinipak Rock section) and PIMCO has now decided to include this section so my estimate would be a total distance of 25 to 27 kms!

Registration for this June 9 race is still open. You can check out my previous post here: https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/natures-trail-discovery-run-daraitan-trail-run-june-9-2013/ or visit PIMCO’s webpage at: http://www.pimcosportsevents.com/

Natures Trail Discovery Run: Daraitan Trail Run, June 9, 2013

Registrations for the Nature’s Trail Discovery Run II (Leg 1), PIMCO Sports’ Championship Trilogy series is now open and will showcase another marvel of a trail route, the DARAITAN Trails, which features the Tinipak River with its white rock formations plus the majestic Sierra Madre mountains in Tanay, Rizal.

The race features a 50k Ultramarathon, a 21k, 10k and 5k with routes ranging from single track trails, mountain passes, river crossings and dirt roads. There will only be limited slots for the race and registration can be done via on-line at Pimco’s website, http://www.pimcosportsevents.com/ or at their registration center at ROX, Bonifacio High Street (3:00pm to 8:00pm).

Here are the details:

Nature’s Trail Discovery Run II
1st Leg, Trilogy Championship  

Date: June 9, 2013 (Sunday)

Venue: Sampaloc-Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal


Advanced (10k) : Entry Fee is P750.00 inclusive of race kit, finishers shirt, and medal. Open to all Nationals, Male and Female

Seasoned (21k): Entry Fee is P950 inclusive of race kit, finishers shirt, and medals. Open to all nationalities, Male and Female

Masters (50k): Entry Fee is P1,750 inclusive of race kit, finishers shirt, and medals. Open to all nationalities, Male and Female (One category only).

Beginners Trail Fun Run (5k) : Entry Fee is P550.00 inclusive of race kit, provisions, giveaways, finishers medals. Open to all nationalities, male and female

Limited Slots:

Advance (10k) Category 200 slots only
Seasoned (21k) Category 200 slots only
Masters (50k) Ultraman Category 100 slots only

Newbies (5k) Fun Category open no limit

Registration Venue:

–*ROX:  Bonifacio Global City (3pm to 8pm)

—  Online registration at www.pimcosportsevents.com

*(Suggest you register physically at ROX)

Finishers Shirt for the10k / 21k / 50k

Public Transport:

To get to Tanay using public transportation, you can ride jeep at Star Mall in Mandaluyong City to Tanay market. From there you can get tricycles that can bring you directly to the venue.

Runners and their families and friends who would like the outdoors may get accommodation near the venue. This is highly recommended as there are amenities that you can try your hands for very affordable rates.

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: June 9, 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 Masinag, Marikina

The Bus will pass-by and will not be standing by so 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 on June 2 not later than 2:00 pm

Hydration Stations – No cups will be made available! Bring your own hydration bottles/ hydration belts/ hydration back packs for re-fill. There will be hydration stations every 5 kilometer distance for free you can use for refill of your hydration bottle.

Banana Stations – There will be banana stations for each of the race category the Aid Stations and at the finish line for free.

Finishers Kit – All finishers will receive their kits that include the medal, finishers shirt, and loot bag at the Finishers Booth for the 10k, 21k, and 50k only.

5k has no Finishers Shirt but will have finishers Medal.

Awards & Prizes for Male and Female Division (Except for the 50k Division which will only have the over-all first 3 placers):

Winners on each of the Preliminary Legs are given Winners Gift Packages (Non-Cash)

Awards and Prizes for all Categories Advanced (10k), Seasoned (21k), and Masters (50k) Ultramen:

1st – Gift Package + 1st Medal + Winners Shirt
2nd – Gift Package + 2nd Medal + Winners Shirt
3rd – Gift Package + 3rd Medal + Winners Shirt

Finishers – Finishers Medal & Shirt + Loot Bags

Awards and Prizes for Newbies (5km):

1st – Gift Package + 1st Medal
2nd – Gift Package + 2nd Medal
3rd – Gift Package + 3rd Medal

Finishers – Finishers Medal + Loot Bags

For more details, check out Pimco Sports website at: http://www.pimcosportsevents.com/ or their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PimcoSportsEvents?fref=ts

Here are some pictures of the Daraitan trails:

Skechers Launches The Go Run 2

Buoyed by the success of its Go Run minimalist shoe, Skechers has recently launched the Go Run2. The Go Run 2 has been freshly improved, the upper has a more breathable and secure stretch mess and most important update is reducing the curve or the “bump” at the midsole that irritated many runners who wore the previous version of the shoe.

Skechers Go Run 2 (photo by pifflesinc2)


I was able to attend the launching of this shoe last week and i must say that i was mostly impressed by its new features, the much improved upper mesh and the different color combination that came with it. The features were explained by Ms. Kaye Ko, Products Consultant for Skechers and Skechers Running Ambassador/Triathlete Martin Lorenzo.

I wish i could test run this updated shoe and observe for myself how this stacks-up with the original Go Run which i fondly called the “Keflezighi Go Run” and was able to review previously, here.

Here are the salient features of the shoe and the Press Release that goes with it:

Go Run 2–Men’s model (Red-Lime)

Men’s (Blue-Yellow)

Women’s Go Run 2– (Pink-Lime)

Women’s (Coral)

Skechers Launches Skechers GOrun2

Run Faster with a Mid-Foot Strike


Do you want to run faster, stronger, longer? If you’re a runner looking for ways to enhance your efficiency, speed and overall performance, try looking into your running technique and re-think your shoe choice.

Global footwear leader Skechers launched GOrun2, the sequel of the successful GOrun performance shoe. This updated shoe helps runners run faster with a mid-foot strike, allowing them to achieve their personal best time.

Different color combinations are available

Skechers GOrun2:  Designed for Speed

Skechers has gone the extra mile by helping runners transition to more efficient mid-foot strike running rather than heel striking through its GOrun series. Skechers GOrun running shoes features the M-Strike Technology. Inspired by barefoot running, the principles of minimalism encourages runners to run more naturally by positioning the body for an efficient mid-foot strike in order to run faster, stronger, and longer.

More color combinations

Deemed to be the next generation of serious minimal running shoes, GOrun2 boasts of its GOimpulse sensors which are found underneath the soles. These make the wearer more responsive in running in any surface type. The shoe is made of breathable four-way stretch mesh toe panels and custom fit insole for comfort. The added Resalyte midsole absorbs the impact to prevent injuries.

Skechers GOrun2 features a minimal heel lift at 4mm to keep the foot in a nearly neutral position. The best part is its weight. GOrun2 is as lightweight as can be, allowing the wearer to run faster and more efficiently. Moreover, it comes in striking color combinations.

Accolades from the Elites

Skechers GOrun ambassador, Olympian marathoner and America’s fastest marathon runner Meb Keflezighi attributes his success to his trusty performance shoes of choice.

“Skechers’ new performance shoes change the way I run for the better,” said the number one marathon runner in the United States. “I’ve been a heel runner my entire life, but I am now wearing Skechers to maximize the efficiency of my foot strike. My shoes are my most essential piece of equipment and right now, Skechers has the footwear I need to succeed,” added Keflezighi.

Skechers Ambassador/Triathlete, Martin Lorenzo

Ms. Kaye Ko (L) and Ms. Niza Forschler, Skechers PR Manager

Filipino top age grouper tri-athlete Martin Lorenzo believes that it is crucial to look for the right lightweight shoe that promotes a mid-foot strike to avoid or lessen injuries and improve on speed and efficiency. He recounted his search for the perfect pair of running shoes to accompany him in his races. The tedious task ended when he found Skechers GOrun 2.

“I bought myself different pairs of shoes and tested each one. What came on top is the Skechers GOrun 2. It is well-designed, lightweight, very comfortable, and well-ventilated for our tropical climate. It exceeded my expectations on every count,” shared Lorenzo, a consistent podium finisher in his age category and a passionate athlete who races in local and international triathlons and marathons.

Lorenzo added that “Skechers GOrun2 makes a great transitional shoe for runners who are still heel striking.  Adopting the mid-foot strike is important for runners who want to improve on their running technique and speed.   With Skechers GOrun2, no matter how you force yourself to run heel strike, it forces you to land mid-foot for easier transition.”

Bloggers during the launch

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Available in the following Skechers’ stores: Glorietta 2, TriNoma, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Galleria, SM North Edsa-The Annex, Robinsons Place Manila, Lucky Chinatown, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, SM Fairview, SM Dasmarinas, Marquee Mall, SM Pampanga, Ayala Center Cebu – Active Zone, Abreeza Mall Davao, Gaisano Mall of Davao, SM City Davao, and Centrio Mall Cagayan de Oro.

For more information, log onto www.skechers.com.ph, visit Facebook page SkechersPhilippines or follow SkechersPH on Twitter.

Skechers GOrun 2 is designed to help you run faster with a mid-foot strike.

Booster-C: My Present Energy Drink

I’ve been testing this product lately, tried this in different races and i think i’ve found the right energy booster with my sports drinks to fuel me on my long runs, trail runs and road races. It’s called the Booster-C Energy Shot.

I had been a regular user of  gels and that of the GNC 12-hour Energy Shots and it does help me get that energy boost specially in times when my energy begins to sap during the last half of a race.

I regularly take a gel or two in races of at least 21k (the GU Strawberry-Banana flavor is a favorite) although i find some of the other brand names too tame, not providing enough “kick” that i usually find when i take the GNC Energy Shots. On the move refueling doesn’t get more convenient if you take this with you during races except when bananas are made available along hydration stations which for me is a better alternative for refueling in distances of 21k or more.

The GNC 12-hour Booster shot (P99.00) vs. the Booster-C Shot (P18.00)

However, taking gels can put a strain to your pocket as these costs around P75-P120.00 per pop while the GNC Shot costs P99.00 per vial. Unless you have relatives residing abroad who can supply you with boxes of gels, buying them here really slices part of your budget which may be used to save and buy other essential needs like socks or tops.

Now, here comes the Booster-C Energy Shot. I was very suspicious about this product at first when i saw this being sold at a 7-Eleven Store near home. While the GNC 12-hour Energy was being sold for P99.00, the Booster-C had a price tag of only P18.00 per piece so one would think that this would be as good as taking flavored water. Ugh!

I am in no way affiliated with this product, but found this drink as effective as the GNC Booster Shot and Gels that i had mentioned. At half-way of a 25k run and during half-marathons, i consume just half of the contents and in just a few minutes, feel a fast-acting hit of energy. After a few more kilometers, i consume the other half which can sustain me up to the finish.

I felt no side-effects, no highs, no palpitations, no sudden energy crash that a cup of brewed coffee can give you after taking it before a race.

It’s also available at Mercury Drugstores. Bought a box.

The Booster C is a functional energy beverage with a unique blend of vitamins and potent energy-boosters that is packed in a convenient 60ml energy shot with virtually low sugar, low calorie and zero bloat in the tummy.

The liquid has a refreshing taste that is easy to swallow and designed for easy digestion during long runs and races. It only has 21 calories and packs with an energy blend that gives a long-lasting, crash-free energy felt in minutes.

Per the product’s website, this product is relatively safe, FDA-certified and classified as food. It can, in fact, be taken everyday. All the active ingredients of Booster C comes from components already naturally found in the body and in the foods we eat everyday (B Vitamins, Taurine, Inositol, Caffeine), and natural health foods used by people for generations (Ginseng, Royal Jelly).

And, since Booster C has only 3 grams of sugar per shot versus other energy drinks, taking it regularly is guilt-free.

Of course, you’ll have to try this first on practice runs if this works for you. Some brand gels may cause some gastrointestinal distress and taking this energy shot might cause the same. So far, i have not felt any discomfort taking these, whatsoever.

RUNNR To Hold Weekly Group Runs

RUNNR Store is launching weekly group runs for beginners and advance runners called the RUNNR Club.

Slots are running out fast so do check their website at www.runnr.com.ph or call 403-1787. Registration Center for UP Diliman participants will be at RUNNR Store-Trinoma. Their UP Diliman sessions starts tomorrow, May 12, 2013  so check it out!


Group runs will start in starting running in these locations on:

  • Bonifacio High Street – 7pm Wednesdays (May 8 – June 26)
  • UP Diliman – 7am Sundays (May 12 – June 30)

To join:

  • Each venue is limited to 50 runners only to be divided into 2 groups: Basic group and Advanced group
  • The 2 groups will vary in pacing and rest intervals
  • Participant’s Commitment Fee: P300

Registered participants will get the following:

  • Free running singlet
  • Free Hydration
  • Free running program for 8 weeks
  • One-time special discount 20% on any RUNNR branded items***
  • One-time special discount 15% on regular-priced Newton running shoes***

**By presenting event receipt

This event is presented by RUNNR and in cooperation with Bonifacio Global City, Gatorade and Newton Running. The RUNNR Club is powered by Toby’s Sports, Fuelbelt, Moving Comfort, Polar, Gu and CW-X.

For inquiries, contact RUNNR at 403-1787 or email them at help@runnr.com.ph

To catch the latest updates from RUNNR, add RUNNR on Facebook and Twitter thru http://www.facebook/RUNNRphils and twitter.com/RUNNRstore or log on to www.runnr.com.ph


Race Report: Pimco Run2Run Adventure Trail Run

I’m doing more trail races this year than i did the last and i noticed that trail runs are getting more difficult and challenging on courses with steep elevations and sudden descents, near endless climbs, various river crossings and even obstacles that gets you to crawl on like rice paddies!

After the highs of the Merrell Trail Run last week at San Mateo, Rizal, the Salomon X-Trail Run at Hamilo Coast a few weeks before and several practice runs on various other trails near Manila, i was back in Tanay last Sunday to run the Pimco Run2Run Adventure Trail Run.

Runners starting to trickle in at the starting line

The settings were just perfect: The Ten Cents To Heaven Resort is an oasis of calm in the midst of the Sierra Madre mountains with no more than 250 trail runners savoring the cold breeze that is ostensibly absent from Manila. This trail race was a buddy run and i was suppose to run and finish together with my perennial trail partner June Santiago. We didn’t finish together (finished just 5 mins ahead) but we did pace together for most part of the race.

The starting time was supposed to be at 5:00am but since most of the runners didn’t or forgot to bring their headlamps (guilty!), the organizers decided to move the time for about 30 mins more for the runners safety which was okay with me!

The route was a mix of some trails that were used in previous PIMCO trail races and some new ones which were added for variety. From the Ten Cents Resort start, the trails descended for about 1.5 kms then just as soon as we were at rock bottom, we started to crawl up again past pineapple fields and mangroves that i had to stop a few times to catch my breath. This stretch ended up at a Zip-line station where we exited into a concrete road all the way to a local village.

Aerial view of runners rushing downhill during the first kilometer (Photo from Pimco)

The route was familiar to some of us who had done a test run on the first few kilometers of this course a few weeks back. It’s not an easy course by all means because right after passing the trails of Sitio Caumbay, the 21k runners proceeded to one of Pimco’s “showcase” trails, the Maysawa trails.

The Maysawa trails are beautiful but jagged, rocky on some parts, wooded on the inner portions  following shallow and almost dry rivers plus a couple of different ridges through the woods. It throws in a couple of relentless uphills and descents and the terrain on the end part, before reaching Brgy Laiban is a mix of woodlands, creeks, open space and the occasional cultivated field.

Below the valleys of the Sierras

Our late start, although a welcome move for all of us who didn’t bring our headlamps was going to be our bane on the latter stages of the race as the uphills of Laiban together with the scorching heat was too much to bear. I, together with the rest of the runners around were walking like zombies, with only intermittent shades providing short pit stops for us to rest.

The last 3 kms was proving to be another Camp Sinai finish, a reference to the Merrell Adventure Trail race the week before when you had to battle heat, uphills and the sagging energy where the goal was just “to finish”. Another 150 meter uphill on the entrance to the resort, the “Staiway to Heaven” left me with some last kick to spare before heading on to the finish line in 5:02 for the 22.8km distance! A personal worst! Hahah..!

As i said earlier, June came in just a few minutes after me an although we really reeled from that torturous heat, it was one hell of a ride, another exciting journey to the world of trail running!

A big shout-out to Pimco for another great trail adventure and to RD Alvin Balderama for giving us another challenging trail route. We will be back on June 9 for this year’s 1st leg of the Nature’s Trail Discovery Trail Run at Daraitan in Tanay! See you there!

Here are some pictures of the race. Enjoy!

Waiting for the race to start

At Baranggay Cuyambay


Emerging from the forest trails during the early part of the race (Photo credit to Adsventure Trese)

Along one shaded part of the trails

Little house on the prairie

A small elementary school

One long rocky uphill climb

On the downhill part of Sitio May Sawa

A pause with Jackie and Terri

Beyond this trail are some gorgeous views of the Sierras

A farmer’s simple abode

A closer look

Taking a rest

Approaching some views of the Sierra Madre mountains

One of the best views of the valleys below

This is why i love trail running so much!

At one of the mountain crest

Approaching a river bed in Brgy. Laiban

Just behind buddy run-mate June

Another river crossing

Even with the dry season, water continues to flow on rivers

Hot and humid

A break during the uphill climb with June

The shades offered some comfort while walking on these dusty roads

Great company (L-R) Christian, Jackie and Terri

With friends Maribel, Jun and his brother