The BGC Passion Fest And The Sole Racing Swags

It was quite a busy day for me at the Bonifacio Global City from early morning till mid-afternoon today. Had to meet our foreign principal at the F1 Hotel the whole morning and the talks ranged from the serious to the mundane and utterly ridiculous that i had to excuse myself just before they had their lunch break.

I had to make an excuse as i was rushing to the BGC Passionfest Launch at the nearby Lorenzo’s Way Restaurant at High Street. Got to dine many times at this nice resto and as always, you won’t miss the great food they serve there, specially the crispy tilapia, garlic chicken, pandan rice, vegetable rolls and their delicious and tender beef calderetta! Ohh yum!

Crispy fried tilapia, the Lorenzo’s Way

One of their specialties, Beef calderetta

The BGC Passionfest is a three-day event celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of one of the country’s national heroes, Andres Bonifacio. It bills as a modern fiesta filled with music, arts, food, culture and dance to be held from November 29 and 30 till December 1, 2013 at the Bonifacio High Street.

Co-inciding this event is the Takbonifacio 5k Run at BGC to be held on the afternoon of November 30 (same date with the Cavinti Trail marathon). More of the Passionfest in my next blog.

Capping my day at the BGC was an unscheduled stop at Riovana where me and my fellow bloggers were able to claim our Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing Kit and the freebies that came with it. Here’s what came with my race packet:

Sole racing swags

The 2XU Calf Compression i got came in color blue, the same color pictured of the 2XU visor. Nice!

  • Race Bib with IPICO timing card
  • Sole Running Leg 3 slippers : black
  • Water bottle: black
  • Black microfiber towel
  • 2XU calf guard – light blue (other colors: black, white and red)
  • 2XU visor – light blue (other colors: red, white)
  • 2XU cap – white (other colors: blue, red and white)
  • Safeguard lootbag

All runners who claimed their race packets this afternoon were able to get all of the items above and choose the colors for some.

If you’re registered for this run on Sunday, you better come early tomorrow at Riovana to claim your race packets  so as to be able to choose the colors you want on some of the items.

To those expecting of receiving a running shoe as part of the goodies promised by Runrio for those who registered for this leg, here is the explanation given by Coach Rio himself regarding the matter:

Dear Runners,

We are as excited as you are for this Sunday’s third and final leg of the Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing International Half Marathon series! We want to give you the best race experience possible and are working hard to do so.

We acknowledge our intention to provide Runrio running shoes at the end of this leg. To our disappointment and frustration, we experienced a problem with our Runrio running shoe supplier. Despite exhausting all means possible to resolve the problem, we are unable to launch the first-ever Runrio running shoes this year.

In exchange, Runrio will include the following additional items in your race kit :
-Runrio leg 3 slippers
-Runrio leg 3 water bottle
-Runrio black microfiber towel
-2XU calf guard (color of your choice*)
-2XU visor (color of your choice*)
-2XU cap (color of your choice*)
-Safeguard lootbag

*stocks per color are limited, so the earlier you claim your race kit, the more chances you have of getting your preferred color

We will also give a 40% refund from the registration fee you paid. Scheme is as follows:

Early registrants (Feb 4-17) – P1,000 refund
Regular registrants (Feb 18-Aug 3) – P1,400 refund
Late registrants (Aug 3 onwards) – P1,800 refund


Our race kit collection schedule at RIOVANA BGC at 9th cor 28th, Active Fun Building, Bonifacio Global City is as follows:

October 24 (12nn-8pm) – for early registrants only (Feb 4-17)
October 25 (12nn-8pm)
October 26 (10am-6pm)

We ask for your understanding with the difficult situation we faced. Rest assured that we exhausted all means to try to get the running shoes produced and delivered, to no avail.Nonetheless, we are excited to see you on Sunday, and we promise to deliver a quality race as always.

Coach Rio De La Cruz

Good luck to all running at this Sunday’s Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing at Nuvali!

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