DZMM 5K Color Fun Run

The running community will once again unite, through the efforts of radio DZMM and run a 5k event to raise money for the education of indigent children who were victims of typhoon Yolanda. The 5k race dubbed as the DZMM, Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na, Takbo Na will be held on May 4, 2014 (Sunday) at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.

Here’s hoping the running community would continue to come together to support these less fortunate children so they could continue their pursuit of a decent education.

Here are the details of the race:

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Race Singlet

Race Route

The race will be organized by Coach Rio Dela Cruz (RUNRIO)

EDUKASYON PARA SA PAGBANGON

Mas pinalakas pa ng DZMM ang adhikain nitong makapaghatid ng serbisyo-publiko.

Sa loob ng 3-taon, 75 bata mula sa Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga at Cagayan de Oro City ang patuloy na pinag-aaral ng nangungunang AM Radio Station sa pamamagitan ng pagtakbo para sa karunungan.

Ngayong 2014, mga piling batang nabiktima ng super typhoon Yolanda ang tutulungan ng DZMM.

Makiisa sa pagtulong na maibangon ang buhay ng mga batang nabiktima ng bagyo.

Suportahan ang kanilang edukasyon.

Tumakbo at makisaya para sa kinabukasan ng mga batang Pinoy.

TULONG NA, TABANG NA, TAYO NA, TAKBO NA

Ang 5-kilometer color fun run ng DZMM

May 4, 2014 – Sunday
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Assembly time: 4AM

Sa bawat hakbang, sa bawat takbo, hatid ay edukasyon sa mga batang sinalanta ng bagyo.

Registration Fee: P630 (20% discount for senior citizens)

* special rate for early registrants – P550
(from March 17 – April 4 only)
* additional web admin and delivery fee for online registrants

Inclusion : Race Kit (Singlet, Timing Chip, Bib Number) upon registration

Finishers will receive bull cap, towel and drinks

* Magkakamit ng gold, silver at bronze medal ang top finishers (3 lalaki, 3 babae)

Para sa on-site registration, maaaring magtungo sa:

1) ABS-CBN Tulong Center, Lopez Drive, Quezon City
2) Toby’s SM North EDSA The Block
3) Toby’s SM Mall of Asia
4) R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street

Maaari ring i-download ang form dito:

PAALALA: Asahang mababasa at makukulayan sa DZMM color fun run. Ipinapayo ring magsuot ng shades o anumang proteksyon sa mata.

Para sa iba pang katanungan, tumawag sa DZMM sa tel. nos. (02)4152272 local 5674/5621/5603 o sa Run Rio (02)8876194 (Press Release)

 

DZMM Station Manager Marah Capuyan discussing the details of the race. Coach Rio is listening at the foreground.

Coach Rio with the DZMM Team

With the running bloggers

Group pic

Reebok Fithub Makati

Reebok and fitness have been synonymous for quite sometime now and lately, the two have merged and you can taste that experience in Reebok’s first ever fitness concept store, the Reebok FITHUB! The FITHUB shop is located at the 2/F of Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati.

The store is geared to those who are passionate about health and fitness and their staff have a strong fitness background enabling them to work with customers to help them select the best products for their workouts as well as provide training tips and general health and lifestyle advice.

I, together with the sports media and running bloggers were witness to the store’s launching last March 13 and were treated with Reebok’s latest products in running shoes and apparel and their plans of having in-store events and activities related to fitness.

The Reebok Fithub (with its new Delta symbol) at the Royal Sporting House, 2nd Level, Glorietta 4, Makati

Miguel Dy Buncio (L) of Crossfit Manila partners with Reebok and shows the latest moves of exercises for the guests

Guests at the launching included Crossfit Manila founder Miguel Buncio who will work to create strong partnerships between Reebok FitHub, its customers and the local fitness community. Also present is fitness celebrity trainer and host, Jim Saret. FitHub is a crossfit-oriented store but still maintains their loyal followers of running, dance and other related sports activities.

Find out more and visit the FitHub at Glorietta 4 and check-out the latest Reebok apparel and running shoes.

(Many thanks to Ms. Villy Bay, Reebok’s Marketing Head for having us at the launch).

 

With Jonel Mendoza, one of the country’s foremost ultra running race directors

With running celebrity, Jaymie Pizarro, the Bullrunner

With the Pinoy Biggest Loser Host and fitness guru, Jim Saret (standing, 2nd from right) and the running bloggers

REEBOK OPENS FIRST FITHUB SHOP IN SHOP – DESIGNED TO INSPIRE A FITNESS GENERATION

March 13, Makati City: Today, Reebok continues its mission to empower people to be fit for life with the launch of Philippines’ first ever Reebok FitHub Shop-in-Shop at the Royal SportingHouse Store, 2nd Level Glorietta 4 Ayala Center Makati. Designed to inspire people to move, to train, to get fit and have fun doing it, the Reebok FitHub offers a new way of thinking about fitness and is THE destination for those dedicated to living a fit lifestyle.

The retail store is inspired by elements found in fitness studios and CrossFit boxes around the country.  Like a gym, the environment is raw, creative and innovative with customers being immersed in fitness as soon as they enter the store.

A Zumba demo inside Fithub

The store will carry pinnacle product from Reebok’s latest collections specifically made for fitness and exclusive to the FitHub. This premium footwear and apparel collection features Reebok’s top-of-the-line technology and materials, allowing for optimal performance and comfort.

Yoya Maglaya, Reebok Phlippines’ Sales and Marketing Manager, commented; “We’re extremely excited to have opened the first Reebok FitHub Shop-in-Shop.  The FitHub is great statement to prove Reebok’s commitment to getting people active. It will give consumers a full fitness experience like no other, inspire people to get moving and become a desirable destination for the fitness community.”

The Philippines’ first Reebok FitHub is part of an ever-expanding global network of concept stores, which includes the USA, Korea, Russia and Dubai. The growth in number of FitHubs is more than just an expanding number of stores; it represents Reebok as a brand, aiming to empower people to get fit for life and to give them the tools they need to do this. Whether it is Running, Dance, CrossFit or Yoga, Reebok aims to bring people together to experience fitness in a way that is different, challenging and rewarding.

For more information on the Reebok FitHub please visit: www.Reebok.com

(PRESS RELEASE)

Guerilla Warrior Race

This obstacle race is by no means a walk in the park! Or neither should you scoff at this 5k and 10k obstacle race as it is no fun run. It will be torture at most and will get you thinking why you’ve put yourself into this suffer-fest! You’ll run into big walls, monkey bars, barbwire crawls, carrying loads of heavy weights and you’r just warming up! Then crawl and wade through chest deep of mud for additional fun and you’re not even half-way through these obstacles!

The Guerilla Race motto,  “Finish the race…or die trying” speaks well of the fighting spirit the organizers want all participants to embrace. The ultimate glory is at the finish line!

Simply put, Guerilla Race will be the Philippines’ leading obstacle race series. It’s an event of pure primitive madness that you’ll never forget!

Here are the details:

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Guerilla Race® Category:
Guerilla Warrior Race® – 10 kms. plus 18 obstacles
Guerilla Sprint Race® – 5 kms. plus 12 obstacles
Guerilla Race for Kids® – 1.5 kms plus 9 obstacles
Venue Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal
Date: June 29, 2014
Racer Profile:
  • Kids ages 6-12 years old (participating on the Guerilla Race for Kids)
  • Adults ages 16 and above; fit and fabulous men and women; a good mix of avid runners, extreme sports enthusiasts, duathlon and triathlon athletes, endurance and thrill seekers, hardcore racers, celebrities, media groups and teams comprised of family and friends.

Launch of THE GUERILLA SERIES® 2014.

The first and only obstacle racing series within Philippine territories, Guerilla Race Inc. is proud to announce the success of its launch of the GUERILLA RACE SERIES with its entry level challenge, the GUERILLA SPRINT® last February 23, 2014 at Nuvali Estates, Santa Rosa, Laguna which was attended by almost a thousand runners and nearly 500 expectators who went to witness the said event. Because of this success, we are determined to bring you more exciting races as we continue our series with the next race – THE GUERILLA WARRIOR RACE on June 29, 2014.

The Guerilla Warrior® 2014 marks the second leg of the Guerilla Race Series® which is held annually, with 4 major races per year, in different regions of exciting landscapes and race topography within the Philippines. Finishers will be rewarded with the Heroes’ Welcome – the Finishers’ Party offering a catered meal, a beer bash and live bands to reward their brawn and bravery. The top 3 males and top 3 females of the Guerilla Warrior Race ® qualify for a free entry into the next tier.

-The Guerilla Warrior Race, covers a distance of 10 kms. with 18 obstacles to test our avid racers. As we have promised, this race will be tougher, crazier, but more exciting and we will bring whole lot more fun during race day. But there is more, because for the next race, we will still have the Sprint version for the first time-racers and the debut of our exhilarating Kids Edition of our very own Guerilla Race. The Guerilla Kids Race will be participated by kids ages 6-12 years old in our effort to make our race a whole family affair. So let your kids join the fun for this next race!

-THE GUERILLA SERIES® is also a benefit race. With our guerilla mission to embark on corporate social responsibility, Guerilla Race Inc. supports the HERO Foundation as our permanent partner for the races. So, if you are a like-minded organization, we invite you to be a valuable partner. Most certainly, your sponsorship will help fund worthwhile Guerilla Race Inc. scholarship programs for the children of our brave heroes who have left their families and lost their lives in service.

Guerilla Race® Category Guerilla Warrior Race® – 10 kms. plus 18 obstacles
Guerilla Sprint Race® – 5 kms. plus 12 obstacles
Guerilla Race for Kids® – 1.5 kms plus 9 obstacles

Venue:  Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal
Date:  June 29, 2014
Estimated No. of Participants:  About 3,500 Racers
Racer Profile:  Kids ages 6-12 years old (participating on the Guerilla Race for Kids) Adults ages 16 and above; fit and fabulous men and women; a good mix of avid runners, extreme sports enthusiasts, duathlon and triathlon athletes, endurance and thrill seekers, hardcore racers, celebrities, media groups and teams comprised of family and friends.


WHAT IS THE GUERILLA RACE®SERIES?

The First in the Philippines
The Guerilla Race®Series is the first obstacle-driven race series of its kind in the Philippines. Skillfully developed by a Philippine Army Scout Ranger, the Guerilla Race® Series is meant to test the Guerilla Racers’® limits in terms of endurance of body, presence of mind and resilience of spirit.

The Blaze is in the Race
Water, fire, mud, spider nets, barbed wires, high walls, tunnels and other bizarre challenges are leagues beyond the usual fun run trails. The Guerilla Race®Series is all about the very obstacles that emphasize exciting landscapes and various race topographies in different regions of the Philippines.

“Finish the race…or keep on trying”
The Guerilla Race® Series is designed to unleash uncharted territories of one’s physical strength and mental stamina with the battery of obstacles. There is no map to be consulted nor is there any schedule of challenges to be followed. The only known constant lies in the mantra to “Finish the race…or keep on trying.”

Categories in the Guerilla Race® Series

The Guerilla Race®Series offers a progressive race course, with four venues of varying distances and difficulty levels. Each leg of the series is devised with terrain-inspired or venue specific obstacles, all guaranteed to surprise the participants and to ignite their sense for strategy.

The Guerilla Sprint®
This obstacle sprint sets the Guerilla Racer® toward the start of his journey,
covering a 5-kilometer distance. Beginner racers, fun run fanatics, duathlon
and triathlon athletes, adventurers, thrill seekers and marathon mavens
alike will find themselves in a grueling but fun-filled endeavor involving at
least 12 obstacles.

The Guerilla Warrior®
The next obstacle race features a 10-kilometer trail and mud race of 18 or
more obstacles. The top 3 male and top 3 female participants at the Guerilla
Warrior® will qualify for free entry into the succeeding round.

The Guerilla Panther Challenge®
The third tier in the series, the Guerilla Panther Challenge®boasts of a
gruelling 21-kilometer trail with 25 or more obstacles, outclassing any other
trail run, fun run, Olympic run, bike race, or marathon. The top 3 male and top 3 female participants at the Guerilla Panther Challenge® must then brace themselves for the ultimate challenge in the series.

The Ultimate Guerilla Race®
This highest tier of the series, the Ultimate Guerilla Race® is a 24-hour
endurance event with no real known distance or specific challenge count.
The trail covers an undisclosed mix of obstacles, physical challenges, and
mental exercise. Finishers of this final leg of the series will comprise the
elite circle of Guerilla Racers®, ready to take on the next battery of
obstacles on the race course, or even outside and beyond it. The Ultimate
Guerilla Race male and female winner will be sent to compete outside the
country, all expense-paid.

The Guerilla Racer®
The Guerilla Racer®is one of sound mind and body, and an iron will to match. He/she is ready to face any challenge, and to even rise above it. The Guerilla Racer® knows how to have fun, even in the face of a difficult ordeal. The Guerilla Racer®is a leader, an explorer and an achiever of new horizons, yet, a firm believer in ideals such as camaraderie and cooperation. A true team player, The Guerilla Racer®ensures that no one is left behind, not even race rivals or competitors.

The Guerilla Team Challenge®
The Guerilla Race® Series welcomes group entries for each tier, as a unique team-building alternative to a picnic or a walk in the park. The race course is envisioned to be the most adventurous method for any group to develop team dynamics and cooperation, esprit-de-corps, and a collective sense of pride with each and every accomplishment or challenge completed.

Race Category Date of Event
Guerilla Panther Race September 7,2014
Ultimate Guerilla Race December 7, 2014

The top 3 males, females and teams for each leg of the race will receive cash prices and will qualify for a free entry into the next tier. Participants who will finish the race will also receive finisher medals, and finisher t-shirts. And to our loyal race fanatics, we will be giving a special medal, the Guerilla Race Trifecta Medal, which will be awarded to the racers who can finish the three leg of the race (Sprint, Warrior, and Panther races).

Nurture Run: A Breastfeeding Awareness Run

NOTE: This race has now been moved to May 18, 2014 as per their advisory, as follows:

A lot of runners have expressed their concerns regarding the run’s proximity to the Lenten season and Holy Week, proving it difficult to train and prepare for the race while actively taking part in traditional Lenten practices of fasting and abstinence.

In response, we have set the event the weekend after Mother’s Day, May 18.

“We find that hosting an event intended to empower women and mothers would be best held on a month that commemorates the women in our lives. Hope that we see you on May 18 and help us make this initiative meaningful.” explains Iza Abeja, BBB’s Executive Director.

The venue will be announced as soon as we finalize the details. For questions and inquiries, please contact (02)585-9410 or (02)904-6902.

 

If you live in Quezon City or particularly near the sprawling Quezon Memorial Circle, here’s a 3k and 5k Fun Run called the Nurture Run for you to join on May 18, 2014, 5:30am.

Proceeds of the Nurture Run will go to mobilizing skilled counselors, sustaining mommy groups and organizing breastfeeding awareness activities as well as supporting Milk Banks through Milk Letting Days.

Here are the details:

Nurture Run 2014 :

What:        Nurture Run
When:       May 18, 2014 (Sunday)
Where:      Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City
Race Categories:     3k and 5k
Assembly Time:       5:30am
Registration Fees:  P450.00
 
Registration Sites at selected Chris Sports outlets and at http://www.nurturerun.com
 

LetsBeReal, Filipina Mothers

(Press Release)

We’ve all been told that breastfeeding’s best for babies; but why are less than half of Filipina mothers opting for exclusive breastfeeding?

Reality bites, and in fact, recent figures released by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI-DOST) say that breastfeeding rates are at 47 percent and more alarmingly, there are actually areas in the country that have breastfeeding rates of only 27 percent. That’s 7 out of 10 mothers who opt for infant formulas and other artificial milk substitutes.

Beauty, Brains and Breastfeeding together with UNICEF are looking to shift this mindset. “Filipina mothers aren’t keeping it real and we want to help change that,” says Iza Abeja, Executive Director of Beauty, Brains & Breastfeeding (BBB).

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Ms. Iza Abeja, founder of  Beauty, Brains and Breastfeeding (Foundation).

Nurture Run

In keeping with the thrust to promote, support and protect the rights of the breastfeeding mother and child, BBB is organizing the Nurture Run, one of the biggest breastfeeding awareness initiatives in the country to date. More than 10,000 runners and breastfeeding advocates are expected to join Nurture Run.

Iza also shares that proceeds of the Nurture Run will go to mobilizing skilled counselors, sustaining mommy groups and organizing breastfeeding awareness activities as well as supporting Milk Banks through Milk Letting Days.

“All these initiatives will be carried out in strategic areas in the country specifically in disaster prone provinces,” notes Iza. “As the recent disasters in Tacloban, Bohol and Zamboanga have taught us, breastmilk can save lives.”

The Nurture Run is set on May 18, 2014 Sunday from 5:30 am to 10:00 am at the Quezon Memorial Circle.  It covers 3km and 5km options with race kits costing PHP 450.00 inclusive of the race bib and Nurture Run shirt. The event is co-presented by UNICEF, International Labour Organization (ILO), National Nutrition Cluster group for Haiyan/Yolanda and Department of Health (DOH) in coordination with venue-host the Quezon City Government.

“Our children deserve the most genuine form of care and nutrition they can get. Support breastfeeding and help us spread the word by joining the ‘Nurture Run.’”

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Ms. Abeja with the bloggers

About Beauty, Brains and Breastfeeding

Beauty, Brains & Breastfeeding was established and registered at SEC in 2006. It aims to bring back the breastfeeding culture in the country and elevate the stature of breastfeeding and eradicate the misconception that breastfeeding is only for those who can’t afford formula milk.

In recent years, BBB has not only participated in the promotion of breastfeeding. We have also taken part giving support to mothers. Providing free breastfeeding counseling at evacuation areas and informal settlers vulnerable of displacements in times of calamities BBB is also an active lobbyist when it comes to the protection and implementation of legislations promoting breastfeeding.

Wall To Shotgun 10 Mile Challenge: Race Recap

If there was one truly hilly race in the metro that would bust your lungs and may want you to rush for the nearest exit, then last Sunday’s Wall To Shotgun 10 Mile Challenge Race would be it! It’s probably the last resort a Race Director would have– a super hilly venue to hold a race given the usual, often-used routes many runners now shy away from.

Coach Roel Ano’s Wall To Shotgun 16.8k is a very challenging race through and through. It’s a tough course but if you have run other road and trail courses, it won’t be anything you can’t handle (Salomon Trail Run, Nathan Ridge Run, PIMCO-Tanay Trail races, cover the same tough hills). The only thing that hindered this race was the presence of cyclists, with dozens of mountain bikers and hikers sharing the roads with you.

A portent of things to come

The uphills going to Timberland which to many is called “The Wall” (where the start and finish line are located) and Shotgun Road are really home to cyclists trying their mettle in uphill biking so the course began to really get crowded during the latter part of the race. Regardless, the event was very well organized with marshals manning the course and sufficient hydration stations positioned in strategic areas.

Coming back from Shotgun Road

Fortunately, the temperatures were mild Sunday morning with overcast clouds trying to shade us for most part of the run. I could probably count the number of kilometers that i actually did “run” and maybe half of the 16 km distance i did by walking the uphills! Walking up the “Wall” part TWICE was a seemingly endless ordeal. It lasted about 2.8 kms of continuous uphills but seemed like forever!

At the turn-around point of the WALL

However, once you finish the second turn-around point up that newly opened subdivision with a nice view of the city, you are basically home free. Two kilometers to go of downhill running and when you think you’re just a few steps left before the finish, you are directed to a backdoor alley down to various steps leading to the backyard of the Divine Mercy Shrine.

As i was running all alone, it felt eerie at that place that i had to rush out of that area as fast as i could, which was probably my fastest part of the run before exiting to the main road and on to the finish.

Sharing the road with cyclists

I finished the race distance (16.4 on my Soleus Fit) in an excruciating 2:30:07, almost the same time i did at the RU1 21k the week before! Hahah..!

This was one of the most challenging 10-miler i’ve done. I hope Coach Roel can rectify the course a little bit next time by foregoing the second loop towards the Wall and instead extend the distance in other areas like the Shotgun Road area or perhaps extend the course up to the Timberland Sports Club and beyond if permits are not a problem.

My Soleus family

We didn’t get to join the Boodle Fight after the run as we knew it would be crowded so me and running buddy Rhett just rushed out to get our fill at Vivian’s Tapsilogan in Marikina.

This is an epic race from Coach Roel, organized as his birthday run and it sure did fulfill a tough but satisfying event! Saludos, Coach Roel!

Basta Bisaya, Gahi!

(Check out for the race results here:  http://www.results.runningmate.ph/index.php/event/result/152)

Outbreak Mission Run: Join and Check How To Survive!

Stemmed from the 5km Zombie Infested Course of Outbreak Manila, comes an adrenaline fuelled zombie adventure where your survival is dependent on the choices and sacrifices you make.

Survival Missions is not merely a run, it’s an adventure.

With nine other survivors, you will live out one of two survival scenarios that you’ve chosen. Starting from one of the few remaining human outposts, you will be tasked to explore several areas with each location leading towards the overall objective. Look for other survivors, uncover clues, and collect scattered supplies–all while maneuvering your way through lurking flesh eating zombies.

Outbreak Missions is a physically-demanding, role-playing adventure.

Outbreak Missions: Intramuros – The Walled City
April 5, 2014
Intramuros

Distance: From 4k to as much as 8k depending how fast you can accomplish your mission!

Registration Fee:
P1,000

INCLUSIVES
– FREE Oubtreak Missions Souvenir Shirt
– FREE Stainless Outbreak Missions Authorization Card
– FREE “Life Representing” Flag Belt
– FREE Lootbag with goodies from sponsors

PRIZES
– Collectible Dog tags for “alive finishers”
– Best in costume awards

MECHANICS:

      SURVIVAL IS DEPENDENT ON THE CHOICES YOU MAKE.
      THE MISSIONS

    • Each mission will have more than 1 ending

NON-PLAYING CHARACTERS (NPCS)

    • You will be encountering different characters along the way
    • They will be there to give you coordinates to help you progress to the next point

SIDE MISSIONS

    • Choose wisely! Some characters will ask you to divert from the mission to help them with a personal interest
    • Help them and get the chance to get rewarded. But be careful, some might be taking advantage of your “kindness.”

CLUES

    • Pay attention to your surroundings! There will be clues in certain areas that can give you coordinates to the next area or help you uncover special items

SPECIAL ITEMS

  • Special items have different benefits:
    – Some can act as a camouflage for a period of time
    – Some give you extra lives
    – While others actually attract zombies to you!

HOW IT WORKS!

    • This is no longer merely a run. You will be asked to complete several tasks by looking for survivors, performing challenges and uncovering clues around the course.
    • Each task completed immerses you deeper in the post zombie apocalypse world of Outbreak and lets you come closer to the overall mission of Survival
    • Large groups of people have the tendency to attract zombies. For your safety, participants will be grouped by batches of 10
    • Don’t have friends for the apocalypse? You’ll surely meet some along the way. There’s strength in number but we won’t stop you from being a lone wolf and taking on the zombie horde by yourself.
  • Before starting your mission, you will be given the following:
    – A life-representing flag belt
    – A map with coordinates
  • At the start of the game, your belt will have 3 flags – these represent your health
  • During the mission, zombies will be scattered across the course to eat your brains… err get those flags. One zombie can only get one flag from you.
  • Any direct physical contact (punching, kicking, scratching, tackling, spitting, hadukens, flash kicks, etc ) between zombies and runners will strictly not be permitted.
  • Violators of these rules will be escorted out of the premises with no refunds
    STAY ALIVE. AH AH AH AH, STAYING ALIVE, STAYING ALIVE

  • Direct and intentional physical contact with any runner or zombie is strictly prohibited. Any form of punching, kicking, scratching, tackling, spitting, hadukens, flash kicks, etc . between zombies and runners will strictly not be permitted.
  • No hiding or tucking away of flags. Flags are to be visible to course officials and zombies (not covered by long clothing) and to be worn on the sides of the body.
  • Weapons of any kind will not be permitted. (Knives, Shotguns, Pistols, Nerf Guns, BB Guns, Plastic Swords, Pipe Bombs, Molotovs, Shurikens, Light Sabers, etc.) We know zombies are terrifying, but let’s just outsmart them and try to get out alive in one piece.
  • Upon crossing the finish line, you need at least one health flag intact in order to be eligible for prizes.
  • If you find yourself out of health flags, you are not considered a zombie and are not allowed to start pulling at other runner’s flags.
  • Intoxicated guests will not be allowed to participate in the race. Please arrive to your wave time SOBER.
  • No drugs, outside alcohol, or outside food/beverages are permitted on the property. Should these items be found among your belongings they will be immediately confiscated. Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside the event.
  • Violators of these rules will be escorted out of the premises with no refunds
  • Stay hydrated! There will be areas where we will be providing you water. But it will be best if you come prepared and bring a supply of your own.
  • Costumes are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. But make sure you can still run in them.
  • Be there early. We will feed our zombies at the start but they might grow hungry as the night progresses
  • We recommend you arrive at least 1 hour before wave schedule to allow time for parking and registration
  • Check the weather before the event to make sure you are prepared (i.e. umbrellas, warm gear, cold gear, wet gear, etc)

Outbreak Missions Takes On The Walled City

Manila, March 19, 2014— This April 2014 marks the second anniversary of the hit zombie run Outbreak Manila. And this time, the organizers of the Philippine’s longest-running zombie event promise to take excitement to a whole new level with a live-action, survival experience called Outbreak Missions.

Outbreak Missions had its first debut last October 18 and 19, followed by an encore on November 16, 2013. Participants called it the best Outbreak Manila yet, with over twelve thousand people completing a course of challenges, special characters, and clues—all while being chased by a horde of undead.

And now—thrill finds a new date and venue at the biggest Outbreak Missions yet! This April 5, 2014, the adrenaline-fuelled zombie adventure takes you to the Historic Walled City of Intramuros. What can you expect? Surprising twists, thrilling turns, and flag-hungry zombies. The event promises to be the most-exciting Outbreak Missions yet.

See if you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse. Registration is ongoing at select Toby’s, RUNNER, and BROOKS outlets.

Outbreak Missions is brought to us by Intramuros Administration, Department of Tourism, Heritage Conservation Society, Runtertainment, Summit Natural Drinking Water, Smart, 99.5 PLAY FM, Mogu Mogu, Booster C, Greenwich, Nestea, Impact High Performance Whey Protein, Makeup Design Academy, pelicola.tv, Toby’s Sports, Cello’s Doughnuts, Gerry’s Grill, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Lactacyd White Intimate, BROOKS, RUNNR, Symbol Sciences, Burnwater ArtxDesign, The Aristocrat, WhenInManila.com, Pinoyfitness.com, Hero, Inquirer.net, MYX, Chalk Magazine, Philstar.com, Mellow 94.7, ClickTheCity, and Speed Magazine.

For more information, visit outbreakmanila.com/missions or find Outbreak Manila on Facebook.

With the beauties…

Trail Chronicles #9: Pintong Bukawe

We first discovered these wooded trails way back in 2009 when me and running buddy June Santiago were first enthused into trail running. Tucked behind the sprawling Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal, it stretches far north-west to Wawa in Rodriguez and Calawis in Antipolo on the east side.

Last week-end, June and i re-visited the place as we retraced the route of last year’s Merrell Trail run, only– we did the reverse of the route and ran other outlying trails that were not used in the original course. The endless kilometers of trails and rough roads leads you with a beautiful stretch of untouched surroundings and will find you gasping from an overdose of the place’s delightful scenery.

The richly forested trail has an elevation gain of about 446 meters. We started off near Camp Sinai and worked our way to a gentle descent down the main river. It’s a moderate trail, not too hilly at most and crosses the river several times.

These are not well-trodden trails but any beginner in trail running should enjoy some of the most beautiful and untouched landscape San Mateo has to offer. Regular trail runners are constant visitors to this place and it’s easy to do a regular 10k up to 50k if you’re among enthusiasts of ultra trail running.

I’m leaving you with our pictures from this trail run adventure. Enjoy!

At the entrance trail to Mt. Sinai

One of the few eateries at Mt. Sinai

A cow blocks our path

This is what we call the albino tree trail

Overlooking the Sierra Madre mountain range

Finally, a glimpse of the river

Cassava plants adorn this river

These 4 year old kids just cross the river instinctively, no hesitations, balancing acts–done in a few seconds! Took us a minute to figure out where to make those steps! 🙂

The kids were now way ahead of us

These delicious-looking grape fruits were all over the place

Selfie and sun block galore!

Running in Pintong Bukawe would not be complete w/o eating at “Giant”. But the “paluto” here has now become over-priced! 😦

Nat Geo Run 2014

Now you see them, now you don’t!

This has been the status for getting slots to this year’s annual Nat Geo Run 2014 which sold out way too fast even before its formal launching last Monday. There were some additional entries made available for the 21k and the 42k distance categories and all were swooped dry just hours after it was announced.

Photo

Last night, i heard that organizers have added another 30 slots for both categories and if these slots were not pounced clean as of announcement, i’m sure runners waiting for SM Aura at BGC to open at 10am this morning will be rushing down the registration tables to jostle for an entry!

And by the way, if you’re running the 42k event, the race starts at 12:00 midnight, April 27 and the field has been limited to about 500 42k runners only!

Good luck, hope you snatched an entry!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL RUNS STRONG WITH EARTH DAY RUN YEAR 5!

(Press Release)

On April 27, 2014, National Geographic Channel (NGC) renews its commitment to the environment by celebrating this year’s Earth Day (which falls on April 22 globally) with another round of its wildly successful Earth Day Run. Now on its fifth year, Earth Day Run is expected to attract 12,000 running enthusiasts of all ages and fitness levels to participate for the good of the environment.

Earth Day Run has consistently been besting its record for number of participants, with last year’s expected number of 10,000 runners demolished by an actual registered 12,000 participants.

NGC hopes to replicate that success for Earth Day Run 2014 by registering 12,000 runners in the 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K categories, including a new fifth category of 42K designed to draw the most physically fit and expert runners in the country. The event itself is considered one of the biggest runs in the Philippines.

Nat Geo Run Race Director Neville Manaois explaining the details of the 42k distance run

This year, NGC is working once again with its environmental partner, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), to make a solid difference in the Philippines’ environmental footprint and give sustainable livelihood opportunities for local communities.

Last year, the two organizations used proceeds of the Earth Day Run to plant P1 million worth of fruit-bearing trees in the Abuan watershed in Isabela, in the Sierra Madre region. Besides partial reforestation of this important resource, local farmers were given the privilege to own and care for the trees as well as harvest their fruits for their income.

Bloggers during the launch

In 2014, NGC promises to raise money  for WWF’s Bancas For The Philippines project, which aims to train fishermen affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) last November 2013 in the making and use of fiberglass boats for artisanal fishing. These boats are designed to withstand the onslaught of typhoons to ensure that the fishermen can continue with their livelihood in any event.

WWF’s experts will train fishermen on site and help them build the fiberglass boats while reducing the use of sawn timber and plywood, in the hopes that the communities can produce one boat per day. Many fishermen were left with no sources of income when their boats were destroyed by Haiyan, and so this project is a significant step toward the rehabilitation of communities in Palawan, which was ravaged by the typhoon last November but slow to receive relief due to the sheer number of islands in central Philippines that needed to recover from the devastation.

A complimentary entry for the Jazzrunner. Thanks to the Nat Geo Run organizers!

Earth Day Run 2014 aims to help these fishermen directly with the sharing of climate-smart technology that will help them recover their livelihood, as well as decrease the fishing pressure on our seas that have been heavily exploited by commercial fishing by promoting artisanal fishing for small-scale fishermen.

Earth Day Run uses recyclable materials for its race bibs and a “Zero Paper” registration process in the form of a Centralized Registration System, which National Geographic pioneered in the country. Participants can support the Haiyan rehabilitation efforts of NGC and WWF by signing up on www.natgeorun.com or visiting the sign-up booth at the Lower Ground floor of SM Aura from March 1 to April 20.

Finishers of the longer races of 21K and 42K can not only take pride in their physical victory and willingness to help Haiyan survivors and the environment, but they will also each be getting a medal and finisher’s shirt to commemorate their triumph.

Nearly four months after Typhoon Haiyan, those affected by it still need so much help, and it has become important to sustain the public’s interest in their rehabilitation. Earth Day Run 2014 invites all runners to register and do their part while enjoying the health benefits of good exercise and unity in supporting the survivors of one of the most devastating natural disasters in the country’s history.

(Thanks to Justin and Noel for some of the pics!)

Soleus GO Activity Tracker Launched

David Arnold, Founder and CEO of Soleus Watches launches the Soleus GO Activity Tracker last week at the 100 Miles Cafe at BGC

Everything about this activity tracker screams “hi-tech,” from sleep pattern tracking, to calories burned, to an incoming call/text alert via Bluetooth and set goals not only for sleep but also steps, exercise, calories burned and distance all at the touch of a button!

The Soleus GO Activity Tracker

I recently got hold for testing the Soleus GO Activity Tracker with its excellent and wide ranging ability to track your everyday activity in real time. It records daily activity and sleep efficiency, comes with a supremely well-designed mobile app for your smart phone, feels comfortable around the wrist, includes a vibrating silent alarm, and updates you while you are asleep!

The clincher to the Soleus GO Activity Tracker is that it syncs with your Android or iPhone with an excellent mobile application that is easy to read and understand. The app shows your sleep patterns through the visual graphics including total hours slept, sleep quality and the percentage of goal reached.

It has a dedicated exercise mode that counts every step you do and will measure the duration, distance and pace of your workout on a daily, weekly or monthly basis so that you can reach your goals and stay on track with your fitness regimen. All that and more…

TECH SPECS:

  • Screen:  1″ low power OLED display
  • Materials:  Silicone, Nylon, Stainless Steel
  • Strap Choices:  Black, Pink, White
  • Size: Comfortably fits 145 mm – 190 mm wrists
  • Sensors:  3D Motion Accelerometer
  • Connectivity:  Blue Tooth 4.0 LE
  • Data Capacity:  10 Exercise/ 10 Sleep Files
  • Battery Life:  1 week per charge (avg)
  • Battery Capacity:  90mAh
  • Charger:  USB Power adapter
  • Dimensions:  73.5mm x 16.6mm x 8.5mm
  • Weight:  1 oz (26g)

March 11, 2014 – Manila – SOLEUS, the premiere sports watch and GPS Company in the performance and fitness markets, is thrilled to announce the debut of the Soleus GO! the most comprehensive fitness tracker currently on the market.

The Soleus GO! tracks more than just your everyday activities with a real time crisp, organic OLED display. It is with you all the time to motivate, keep you on track and inform you of all activities, even during sleep. Included with the Soleus GO! Platform is a robust mobile app that allows you to sync all of your activities directly to your IOS supported device.

The Soleus Go has the following features:

  • – Time/ Date Organic LED (OLED) Display
  • – 3D Accelerometer
  • – Distance Travelled (Miles/KMs)
  • – Average Pace/Speed
  • – Step Counter
  • – Calories Burned
  • – Sleep Pattern Tracking
  • – Fitness Goal Tracking
  • – Vibration Alerts
  • – Wake up Alerts
  • – Incoming call/ text alerts
  • – Move Time
  • – Weather/ Temperature
  • – Silicone Band
  • – Popper Plate Closure
  • – Rechargeable Battery

This feature will allow you to log your daily activity so all of your data is easily accessible. The wireless sync will also help you to never miss a text message or phone call with automatic caller ID and text messaging notification via Bluetooth connectivity directly to your Soleus GO! Band.

The Soleus GO! measures, tracks and informs you on the most important aspects of your daily life with immediate, clear precision. The Daily Activity Tracking allows you to set a goal and track your progress by measuring steps taken and calories burned. It also allows you to set a move time notification with a vibration alert if you want to incorporate activity after a certain amount of time.

Inspired from Soleus’s leadership position in the performance and fitness markets, a feature unique to Soleus is a built-in Exercise Mode to track your speed, distance and pace separate from the Daily Activity Tracking. The Real Time Smart Wearable Technology feature keeps you informed of the temperature and weather alerts along with incoming calls and text messages.

Even as you sleep, Soleus GO! is tracking your sleep pattern including how many times you were awake and recording both your REM and light sleep. This feedback is invaluable to understanding how much REM sleep you need to feel well throughout the day and for exercise recovery. The auto and manual sleep timer will also awake you through a vibration alert if you set the silent wake-up alarm.

The Soleus GO! Application is customizable and saves your user data: gender, age, height and weight and constantly synced through your Bluetooth device. All of your customized goals will be recorded, stored and displayed for you at real time. The summary of these details can be viewed daily, weekly or monthly through bar graphs that display your recorded activity.

“At Soleus, we started the company around meeting the needs of the athlete with quality performance and style at an affordable cost, said David Arnold, Founder and CEO of Soleus. Our core values are attributed to supplying athletes the most advanced tools they need to achieve their goals.

At the same time, we want to help people everywhere enhance their life with activity. We spent a lot of time and research to develop the most comprehensive activity tracker that monitors and records the most important aspects of daily life while incorporating the wearable technology features for everyone on the ‘go’.”

The Soleus Go! will be available for selling at L TIMESTUDIO and TIMEGEAR boutiques by March 15, 2014. SRP is P7,450.00 and includes the Soleus GO! BandUSB Charging Cable, and Dedicated Mobile App

To learn more about Soleus, and their full range of products, please visitsoleusrunning.com, friend them on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/soleus.running or follow them on Twitter @soleusrunning (PRESS RELEASE)

Run United 1: Claiming of Race Packets at MOA

The long lines were a little bit daunting as i arrived at the Mall of Asia Activity Center at about half past noon yesterday to claim my RU1 Race Packet. The single line which snaked through more than half of the open area was about 150 meters long and at that moment, i was having second thoughts if i would still line-up and be among the crowd who would tough it out for the long wait!

Just as when i arrived…

One line and slowly moving

I saw co-bloggers of mine who i was with a few hours ago while attending Reebok’s new shoe line at the Glorietta in Makati huddled together as they were just waiting for a friend who was already lined up to get their packets for them. I asked other runners on how long they had been in line and said that they had been there for more than an hour already as the line was really moving at a snail’s pace.

The crowd gets bigger by the minute

The crowd by the time i left

Fortunately, i saw a good friend who was part of the organizing committee busy retrieving an entire running team’s individual packets and so i approached and asked him if he could just include my name on the team’s list. With a smirk on my friend’s face, he hesitantly agreed and in a few minutes, voila…my race envelope and a loot bag was already in my hands! Thanks buddy! You saved me an hour or two!

Race bib, visor, singlet and some small goodies

Had i thought of just returning today (Friday) or Saturday morning to retrieve the race packet, i know the more crowded it could get because of the week-end when many runners will be free from work or school!

So, two days to go and those running for this Sunday’s Run United 1 better get moving fast and claim their packets soon! The earlier, the better!

Here’s the details on how to claim your race envelopes:

Dear 2014 Run United 1 participants,

Please don’t forget to CLAIM YOUR RACE KITS for Run United 1. Strictly no claiming of race kits on race day, March 16.

Here are the details on how to claim your race kit:

Date/Time/Venue:
• March 13-14 (Thursday-Friday) at the Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia from 10am-10pm
• March 15 (Saturday) at the Active Health Village (Block 16 Parking Lot), SM Mall of Asia grounds from 10am – 6pm only

What to bring:
• Print out of your confirmation email
• Valid IDs
• Signed waiver by the runner

If claiming someone else will claim for you, please make sure your representative has the following:
• Print out of confirmation email of the runner
• Signed waiver by the runner
• Letter of authorization
• Photocopy of the runners ID
• Photocopy of representative’s ID