2014 Filinvest Endurance 12 Hour Trail Run/MTB Week-end

If there was a true “City Trail” in urban Metro Manila in the strictest sense of the word, this should be it! The hard-packed, single, double track trails of the “Filinvest City Complex” located in Alabang, Muntinlupa City is a mountain bike haven now used as a regular trail running destination of trail enthusiasts. Filinvest City’s lush greenery and full grown trees provide plenty of shade and scenic views for those using their soft trails, from grass covered surfaces, hills and mud tracks, if wet! (See trail pictures below).

And same with last year, this will be the venue of a 12-hour, 6-hour, 3-hour Endurance Trail Run and a 12-hour and 6-hour Mountain Bike race!

This year’s Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014 will be held on November 8 (for the MTB race) and the following day, November 9 for the Trail Run with both races having the regular 12 hour races plus additional categories of a 6-hour and 3-hour trail run and another 6-hour category for the MTB ride.

An endurance trail race for both beginners and veterans alike, this is about completing the whole time allocated whether it be the 12 hours, 6 hours or 3 hours you chose to compete in, rather than any specific distance for both the trail run and the mountain bike competition.

More of the details here:

 

 TRAIL RUN DETAILS (12 Hr/ 6 Hr/ 3 Hr):

 

Race route for both MTB and Trail Run

Here are parts of the race route:

Registration Fees for both MTB and Trail Runs

Registration Centers for both MTB and Trail Runs

Registration Centers for both MTB and Trail Runs

MTB DETAILS:

 

FILINVEST CITY ENDURANCE WEEKEND 2014: A RACE TO REDEFINE LIMITS

When weekend bikers turn into competitive cyclists, and casual joggers evolve into avid runners, they want to keep the momentum alive by constantly going for races that will push them to the next level. Whether elite, intermediate or relative beginner, a new twist or challenge in a race gives additional motivation and excitement for every biker or runner.

This is exactly what Filinvest City offers as it hosts the second Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014: Ride, Rock and Run, a race that will test their limits—whether they’re hard-core cyclists and runners, or just racing enthusiasts who want to see how far they can go.

Based on the overwhelming positive response from the first Endurance Weekend held in 2013, Filinvest City has redesigned this year’s event, opening it up to more participants. Aside from the 12-hour races originally offered last year for both mountain bike and trail runs, there will be additional categories for 2014: the 6-hour MTB race on the first day and 6 and 3-hour Trail Runs on the second day, open to both male and female competitors.

The races are set to take place on November 8 and 9, 2014 at the picturesque nature trails within this garden city. Lined with stately palms, shady trees and filled with beautiful landscapes and lush greenery, these popular trails make it that much more enjoyable for competitors to race and attempt to beat their Personal Records.

“While there will be prizes and medals for all the winners in the different categories, “ says Filinvest City Project Head, Don-Don Mari Ubaldo, “for most of the participants, it is reward enough to know that they can take on a race this tough and come out of it a better cyclist or runner”.

Adding to the festive atmosphere of the entire weekend are the rockin’ side activities that will provide entertainment for the spectators and give that much-needed energy boosts for the racers.

“This Endurance Weekend captures the vibrant spirit and the sense of community in Filinvest City,” says Ubaldo. “It opens doors for more people to experience the fun outdoors and the active adventures they could have in a true garden city.” (Press Release)

Trail Chronicles #20 : A Dozen River Crossings

This trail route is probably the most river crossings we had, no less than a dozen of them, one of which we had to maneuver right smack in the middle of deep waters, crawling horizontally, clinging to rocks in order to reach the other side. Against strong currents and slippery boulders, our trail running shoes were no match for it.

The trails going to Puray Falls (Rodriguez, Rizal) are mostly technical, many with rocky terrain and to compound things, some of the rocks covered under the rivers are mossy making them quite slippery. Been to this place on previous occasions although temperatures were swelling at this time post the rainy onslaught the previous days.

Puray and its trails commands the attention of serious trail runners wanting a challenging route and it won’t be complete unless you reach its main attraction, Puray Falls and climbing up further to its crest to see the magnificence of the various lagoons of streaming waters.

Yesterday morning, Jun and i together with old running friends Darryl, Jeyson, Werner and Chips, all established trail/ultra trail runners arrived at our starting destination, the Avilon Zoo in Baranggay San Isidro, Montalban, Rizal and from there started our run towards Mascap and up to Puray.

From Mascap, we took the high side route which involves a lot of climbs through concrete roads and up to the dirt/service roads with majestic views of the Sierra Madre mountains. The trails of course is what we came here for and the best part is to be able to reach the rocky end of Puray Falls which entails some more climbing at the edge of a mountain.

Sharing with all of you the pictures i took and the trail adventure we had yesterday. Enjoy the tour!

L-R: Darryl, Chips, Werner, me, Jeyson

We started in San Isidro, Montalban going to Mascap

Stopping at a junction with nice trails beyond that

At a dam in San Isidro

Start of the many river crossings

Sightings of rare bird species

Our stop over at Mascap

An apt description of Jun 🙂

One of our cheerers along the route

A quick stop over

Without any railings, it was one balancing act to cross this wooden bridge

This trail spells like c-a-u-t-i-o-n

Going towards Puray Falls

Puray Falls

View on top of the falls

Chips rests atop a boulder

From the top of the falls

Views beyond the falls

Darryl and June talking with a local (upper left).

One should navigate these rocks and strong currents to be able to cross to the other side

On the way back

Trails on the way back

Stretching the back muscles. Sign of old age?

MILO Apex Season 9: Starts September 8/9, 2014

 

The Season 9 edition of the MILO Running clinic is going to start very soon and runners of all persuasion are invited to join! The MILO APEX Running School is for anyone planning to participate in future races, from the 5k to the marathon (42k) distance. It accepts all levels of runners — and especially welcomes first time marathoners. At its core activities are 3x a week clinics that starts on September 8 to November 9, 2014.

The MILO Apex programs are very well organized and executed and are so much fun. The routes, distances, hills, core training and coaching are perfectly integrated to allow the runner the opportunity to complete any distance they wish to cover to truly enjoy the experience.

The training programs cater to all levels and provides a clear picture of what your running will look like week after week.  The coaching staff are very attentive to all runners and frequently check on their progress, physically and sometimes on a personal level.

Runners, specially the beginners will feel at home with the hands-on activities that is driving but friendly. The program’s aim is to not only achieve their goals but become more educated with the sport and most importantly prevent injuries whenever possible.

There are 500+ participants that join in all three venues and the group experience is truly amazing. Under their coaches’ guidance, you’ll be able to train injury free and all coaches, trainors and a great group of pacer friends are always there to keep you moving, even when you’re having a bad day. A plus to joining this clinic is gaining dozens of great new friends and social contacts.

For a minimum fee of P2,400.00, you get a whooping 36 sessions of different levels of training and is staffed strictly by Sports science trainers, running coaches and physical therapists.

 

Press Release:

On its 5th year, we are bringing you MILO R2 – APEX Running School: SEASON 9 – RUN, RE-FUEL, RECOVER!

The Country’s BIGGEST and FULL PROGRAM Scientific Running Camp covering injury prevention, strength and conditioning workouts, running drills, and now recovery and injury rehabilitation training needs of runners.

Re-Fueled and Re-Energized by MILO R2!

MILO R2 – APEX has produced more than 1000 runners in 4 years. 99% of MILO R2 – APEX runners have beaten their personal record while running less mileage.

Our team is composed of sports science trainers, running coaches, and physical therapist offering full support to your training needs. 

This will happen simultaneously at Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City,Bonifacio Global City, SM Mall of Asia By the Bay where enrolled participants can attend in any of the said locations.

For those who would like to join the ongoing running clinic beginning September 8 to November 29, 2014 and attend in any of the above locations, the fee is two thousand four hundred pesos (P2,400.00).

WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT 200 PARTICIPANTS PER LOCATION. SECURE YOUR SLOT EARLY BY RESERVING AND DEPOSITING THE FEE.

Venue/Program/Schedule:

1.  Quezon City Memorial Circle (September 8 to November 29, 2014)

Monday and Wednesday (6:30-8:30pm)
Saturday (5:30am-7:30am, Meet-up area at Abelardo Hall, UP Diliman )

2.  SM Mall of Asia, By the Bay (September 8 to November 29, 2014)

Monday and Wednesday (7:00-9:00pm)
Saturday (5:30am-7:30am)

3.  Bonifacio High Street near 7th Avenue (September 9 to November 29, 2014)

Tuesday and Thursday (6:30-8:30pm)
Saturday (5:30am-7:30am)

The Running Clinic has 4 Categories that will fit your running level:

MILO R2 – APEX Running School offers:
1.  Injury prevention. This includes Postural and Physical assessment Functional movement screening, Bio-mechanical Running Video Assessment, Pre-hab exercises, Recovery, and Sports physical therapy.
2.  Comprehensive 3-months strength and conditioning workouts using a wide-variety of equipments such as medicine ball, kettlebell, foam rollers, battle ropes, suspension training, and more to be added.
3.  Sports medicine and sports science lectures.
4.  Running science
5.  Supervision by top running coaches.
6.  MILO R2 – APEX has produced more than 1000 runners in 4 years. 99% of MILO R2 – APEX runners have beaten their personal record while running less mileage.
7. Training singlets.
8Water / hydration booth.
9. Certificate for the graduates.
10. Elite Milo-APEX Training Program by US Trained Athletic Performance
       Enhancement Specialist and Philippine Olympic Committee / RP
       National Teams Sports Training Consultant Coach Jim Saret.
11. Other Activities: Aqua Training, Trekking, Trail Running

TO REGISTER:

Please check out Coach Jim Saret’s website http://www.coachjimsaret.ph/and their Facebook page at : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Milo-APEX-Running-School/157455904270705

2nd Corregidor Marathon 2015

Question: Is there any place in Southeast Asia where, during a single 21km run, you see tranvias, disappearing canons, a war memorial, a museum of World War II regalia and memorabilia, the ruins of a cinema, a Spanish light house, ruins of barracks and an army hospital, the Pier Dock where a famous general uttered his famous message “I Shall Return”, a 835 feet in length , 24 feet wide and 18 feet tall tunnel where ghosts seems to roam around during the night, a concentration camp and beautiful forest trails—all located in one tiny island?

Answer: No–unless you’re in the Philippines in a small island called Corregidor (The Rock).

The Rock is everything you’ve ever heard and more–a small tadpole-shaped island that has been the site of the fiercest battles of World War 2 between the Allied forces (Filipinos, Americans) and the Japanese Imperial Army.

So, imagine running through a spectacular outdoor World War 2 museum where remnants of artillery and war buildings still stand mightily proud of its past, battered but not out! Check out the great names: Topside, Battery Way, Battery Crockett, Mile-Long Barracks, Malinta Tunnel, Lorcha Dock and more. You’ll find them all in the Rock!

Be prepared to be enthralled when you run the 2nd Corregidor International Marathon this coming January 17, 2015!

Race Registration Procedures

Beginning this coming 2015, race participants to both Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon will only be paying for the race itself.

Team Run Corregidor is giving back to race participants the option to choose their mode of transportation to the island.

The race registration fees will have the following schedules:

2nd CORREGIDOR MARATHON

Regular (Aug 21 – Oct 31)

42K Full Marathon = P2500 (USD 55)

5K Blitz = P1000 (USD 22)

Late (Nov 1 – Dec 31)

42K Full Marathon = P3000 (USD 65)

5K Blitz = P1250 (USD 28)

Last-Minute (Jan 1-11, 2015)

42K Full Marathon = P3500 (USD 75)

5K Blitz = P1500 (USD 33)

 

42K Full Marathon:

17 January 2015

Gun Start: 6:00am

NO qualifying time; NO race finishcut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Finisher’s Medallion (0.5kg, 5-in diameter)
  • CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CM Post-Race Party
  • CM Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan. 16,2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.

42k Medal

42k Dri fit shirt

Middleside Barracks

 

5K Blitz:

17 January 2015

Gun Start: 8:00am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time 

Race Registration inclusions:

  • 5K Blitz Finisher’s Medal
  • CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CM Post-Race Party
  • 5K Blitz Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan. 16,2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.

5k Blitz Finisher’s Medal

5k Blitzer Dri Fit Shirt

Mile Long Barracks

 5TH CORREGIDOR INTERNATIONAL HALF-MARATHON

Regular (Aug 21 – Oct 31)

21K Half-Marathon = P1500 (USD 33)

10K Challenge = P1250 (USD 28)

Late (Nov 1 – Dec 31)

21K Half-Marathon = P1750 (USD 39)

10K Challenge = P1500 (USD 33)

Last-Minute (Jan 1-11, 2015)

21K Half-Marathon = P2000 (USD 45)

10K Challenge = P1750 (USD 39)

 

21K Half-Marathon:

18 January 2015

Gun Start: 8:00am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Finisher’s Medallion (3-in diameter)
  • CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CIHM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
  • CIHM Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan. 17,2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.

21k and 10k Medals

21k Dri Fit Shirt

Battery Grubbs

 10K Challenge:

18 January 2015 

Gun Start: 8:15am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

 Race Registration inclusions:

  • 10K Challenger Finisher’s Medal
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • CIHM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
  • 10K Challenge Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan 17,2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 on Jan 10 & 11 during the Runners’ Briefing.

Registration Procedures:

1) Pay the corresponding ADVANCE RACE REGISTRATION fee by way of a bank deposit at any BDO branch using the following details:

BDO Checking Account

Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.

Account Number: 000410417114

*For international participants, as follows are the details when depositing corresponding race registration fee through bank transfer:

BDO (Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.)

Branch details: 041 Bel-Air

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Acct details: Checking Account

Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.

Account Number: 000410417114

2) Send the photo-captured copy of the deposit slip as a direct message/private message to the Corregidor Marathon FB fan page indicating your full name and chosen distance category. 

3) In 24 hours, an alpha-numeric code reply to your message will be sent to you by the page moderator. This code CAN NOT be shared with another person. This code is needed for the filling up and validation of your on-line registration form.

4) Once you have received your alpha-numeric code, on the applicable FB page, complete your registration for the race by clicking the on-line registration form link.

5) Once race registration is validated, you will receive in 48 hours your race inclusion confirmation via email. On the confirmation email, you will be notified when you may claim your race registration kit. It will coincide with the Runners’ Briefing. The venue will be announced via personal email and blog posts at a later date.

*CREDIT CARD payment facility is being finalized. Announcement of its availability will be announced in the coming weeks.

BONUS for CM & CIHM Race Registrants:

Running the full and half-marathon distances in Corregidor is no easy feat. Serious preparations must be undertaken.

To all race registrants, Team Run Corregidor is providing a free monthly training (training session is free but Sun Cruises will charge a fee of P1000 for the ferry transfers and island entrance) on the actual race course, on the following dates: Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 23, and Dec 28. For more information, visit the FB fan pages of Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon.

RUN CORREGIDOR P.R.o.m.o (Personal Record obliteration motivational offer)

All race registrants for the for the CM 42K and CIHM 21K will be given a 50% REBATE of their paid registration fee if they get to break their personal record in the same distance they have registered to.

  • 42K and 21K race registrants fill out the on-line race nomination form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TxIssSLmk86EA8FnPSrsA4CjH7mQGe5pYaiIS050Jug/viewform?usp=send_form
  • On the form, along with other details, indicate the race distance, name and date of race to be nominated, and official race finish time.
  • The race to be nominated must have been run during the period of January 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 only.
  • Any form of MISREPRESENTATION will automatically disqualify the race participant from the promo.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Sun Cruises as our event partner is generously giving special rates for race participants of both the 2nd Corregidor Marathon and 5th Corregidor International Half-Marathon:

P1300/person EXCLUSIVE to race participants ONLY (inclusive of round-trip ferry, lunch buffet, and entrance fee to the island).

Room accommodations are limited. In consideration of this, Sun Cruises will be offering Camping Tents for rent (P500 flat rate).

Sun Cruises will start accepting ferry and accommodations booking for CM & CIHM participants beginning August 21, 2014.

For booking concerns, please contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511 and4512, 0917-5459917, 0917-8084641, 0922-8475418.

Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon: December 6, 2014

Bike King, the organizers of the Tri United Triathlon series will be staging once again this year’s Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon on December 6, 2014 at the world class Bellevue Bohol Resort in Panglao, Bohol. The Bohol 226 has been running for a while now making it one of the most anticipated triathlon event in the country at present.

This is definitely the one to do if you want to venture further and experience racing the full distance with an organization that is very well experienced, fully supported by able volunteers and one of the best in terms of delivery and preparedness.

Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon
December 6, 2014
Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
3.8Km Swim / 180Km Bike / 42Km Run

Registration Fee:

  • Aug 1 to 31 – P12,000.00
  • Sept 1 to Sept 30 – P15,000.00
  • Oct 1 to Oct 15, 2014 – P18,000.00

Race Start: 7:00AM.
Swim cut off: 2:20 hours
Bike cut off: 10:30 hours
Run cut off: 17 hours

REGISTRATION REMINDERS

  • Registration and payment may only be done online.  Log on to http://bikekingphilippines.com/ to register and to pay via PayPal/Credit Card. Payments will not be accepted at any payment center.
  • Deadline for registration is October 15, 2014 or until slots last
  • Registration deadline is subject to change depending on slot availability
  • Registration fees are non-transferable
  • Refund Policy:
    • Athletes confirmed in the race who wish to withdraw, must do so in writing by emailing the race office.  Email: registration@bikekingphilippines.com.
    • It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure the race office has received any communication. Upon confirmation of this request, athletes are eligible for a partial refund as follows:
      • Any requests received on or before August 31, 2014 will be eligible for a 50% refund.
      • Any requests received after August 31, 2014 will not be eligible for a refund unless there is a wait list and the cancelled slot can be passed on to a wait listed participant.
    • If you do not receive a response from the race office within 5 calendar days from request, it should be assumed that it has not been received and you should contact us again by sending another email to registration@bikekingphilippines.com.

Online registration link: www.bikekingphilippines.com

Aerial view of the swim leg

RACE CATEGORIES

  • Male Age Group (18-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50 and above). This may change based on actual registration. If less than 10 participants in an age group, that AG may be combined with another AG at the sole discretion of the Race Director.
  • Female Age Group (Top 3 female)
Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon
Press Release

Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon rolls out in Panglao, Bohol on December 6. Limited slots available for the country’s longest triathlon; Registration is now open! As early as now, triathletes are already ticking off the first weekend of the last month of the year for the much-awaited Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon.

Dubbed as the country’s longest triathlon, the 226 race will cover 3.8km swim-180km bike-42km run along scenic routes in Panglao, Bohol on December 6. Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon is being put together by premier multisport events’ organizer Bike King. Slots for the first-of-its-kind race will be limited, thus interested participants are encouraged to register early.

Bellevue Bohol Resort, site of the Enervon Active 226 Triathlon

Online registration has started and will last until October 15, 2014 or until slots last. “We are expecting around 120 participants, mostly top long-distance elite and age-group triathletes. It will be a small and intimate kind of race compared to the other triathlon races that we organize like the Tri United series,” said Raul Cuevas of Bike King.

The race will be held at the world-class Bellevue Bohol Resort. Bike King is the also the organizer of the Tri United Series, the second leg of which (Tri United 2) was held early this month on July 6 and was participated by a record 750 triathletes. Next up, before the Bohol race, is the Active Health Duathlon in Porac, Pampanga—SCTex. According to Cuevas, it has been quite a while since local triathletes competed in a full triathlon distance race.

The first Iron-Distance race in the Philippines was held in Matabungkay, Batangas in 2002, also organized by Bike King. “There is really a clamor for this because it is every triathlete’s dream to someday finish an Iron-Distance triathlon. We want to give the Filipino triathlete the opportunity to realize that dream at Enervon Activ 226. It takes commitment, dedication and mental toughness to finish this kind of race,” added Cuevas.

Race proper for Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon will be on December 6 at 7am. Race kit pickup and briefing as well as bike check-in will be held the day before, on December 5. Cut off times will be observed during the race, it will be as follows: 2:20 hours for the swim; 5:30pm for the bike; and 17 hours to finish the race.

A race expo will be held simultaneous where products of sponsors will be showcased and sold. For race registration and details, please visit unilabactivehealth.com or www.bikekingphilippines.com/enervonactiv226.

Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon Recap

Last Sunday morning, teammate Chito and i drove to the Mall of Asia to run the Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon. Turns out to be a large size half-marathon race as we were able to managed to be near the middle of the 200 meter long line of runners!

It’s Coach Rio’s familiar, easy course that started along Seaside Blvd., proceeding to Macapagal Ave. that took us along Roxas Blvd for the most part of the route before ending back at Seaside Blvd. I couldn’t run my normal pace as my acid reflux issues are still bugging me but was able to treat this as an LSD run together with husband and wife team, both Doctor-runners, Doc Elvis and Doc Evelyn.

I’ve been running exclusively in trail races lately, but any road race organized by Coach Rio guarantees a great race event and i didn’t want to pass this up so it’s back to lacing my road shoe and it was good to be back on concrete. There were kilometers markers along the way, tons of water, Gatorade in quantity and big, ripe bananas towards the last few kilometers of the run.

Tech shirt and medal

Runners couldn’t have asked for better weather as the weather gods might have been looking down upon Roxas Blvd (overcast, moderate, with nary a drizzle). Had the race taken place the day before or after with the heat of the sun or heavy downpours, it would’ve made for one miserable day.

I bumped into Docs Elvis and Evelyn after the 1st turn-around point at Roxas Blvd and  the good doctors were employing the Galloway method where we did 3 to 4 minutes of running followed by 1 minute of walking then repeat. I felt less fatigued and allowed me just to concentrate and enjoy the revelry of greeting running friends along the course.

With Doc Elvis and Doc Evelyn at the 20th km mark

It’s hard enough not to enjoy running along this route with thousands of other half-marathon runners and it’s one of the best road race i’ve had in a while. There were some swags given from tents you line up to and get this nice dri-fit shirt which was cool to change into after running 21 kilometers!

Looking forward to running this event again next year! Thanks to Doc Elvis and Doc Evelyn for the wonderful company!

No hurry! 200 meters before the finish line

Doc Evelyn and Elvis Ponce

Dash to the finish

Condura Skyway Marathon 2015: Feb. 1, 2015

I did the half in 2013 and i have to say that it was one of the best 21k ever for me that year! Long, straight challenging route, very good organization, plenty of aid stations, no traffic intersections and the lack of scenery did not hurt my impression of the event either.

When the organizers canceled the Condura Skyway Marathon (CSM) early this year for reasons that remain unclear, many runners including myself were a bit disheartened when we have looked forward in running this race again last February. No doubt, it was one of the most anticipated races in our calendars and one that would enable you to run on the Skyway, so seeing this canceled because of alleged reasons beyond their control, despite the favorable reviews given to it had cast some doubt if the race was sustainable for the organizers.

But fret not! Next February 1, 2015, CSM will have about 15,000 runners trooping back the starting line at Filinvest City in Alabang signaling a new beginning for the country’s only Skyway marathon.

They have returned

From the CSM 2013 Race

Condura Skyway Marathon Run for a Hero 2015 all set for February 1, 2015!

(Press Release)

The wait is over for the Premier Marathon event in the country, Condura Skyway Marathon, one of the biggest and most anticipated marathon events of the Philippines goes back to the starting line for its seventh edition, on Sunday, 1 February 2015 in Filinvest City, Alabang.

Expecting a huge field of about 15,000 runners from all over the Philippines and other parts of the world, this premier racing event will again be the perfect opener to a season of active and healthy lifestyle.

RACE DETAILS

Condura Skyway Marathon: Run For A Hero 2015

When:   February 1, 2015 (Sunday)
Where:   Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Race categories:   42k / 21k/ 10k/ 6k
Race owner:   Condura Skyway Marathon
Beneficiary:  HERO Foundation
Target registration:   Limited to 15,000 runners only

Race Fees and Inclusions:

  • 42K   –  P 2,000.00
  • 21K   –  P 1,700.00
  • 10K   –  P 1,000.00
  •    6k   –  P     900.00

Inclusive of : Technical Race Shirt, D-Tag Timing, Donations, Finisher’s Medal.

21k and 42k Finishers will get an extra Finisher’s Shirt

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CSM2015-Technical Shirt

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CSM2015-Finishers’ Medals

BENEFICIARY

Organized by Condura Skyway Marathon’s Founder and Chief Organizing Officer, Ton Concepcion, and its running ambassador, Patrick Concepcion.
This year’s race is dubbed – RUN FOR A HERO

This year’s beneficiary will be Hero foundation – we will send kids to school.
Find out more about the Hero Foundation at www.herofoundation.com.ph
“We can be heroes for a day” – Ton Concepcion

REGISTRATION:

For Credit Card Payments:

1. Register online at http://www.conduramarathon.com
2. Pay via the PayPal gateway using your credit card. A PhP200 processing fee will be charged for all credit card registrants. A confirmation email will be sent out as proof of successful registration.

3. For local runners, your race kit will be delivered to your registered delivery address from 03 November 2014 to 30 November 2014. Ensure your availability to receive your race kit.

For international runners, race kit redemption will be from 28 January 2015 to 31 January 2015. Details to be announced.

Prepaid Card:

1. Buy your CSM 2015 Prepaid Card at the nearest participating Asics Shop. Prepaid cards will be sold only on cash-basis.
2. Register online at http://www.conduramarathon.com. Enter the unique code found at the back of your prepaid card when prompted. A confirmation email will be sent out as proof of successful registration.
3. Claim your race kit from the Asics shop where you bought your prepaid card starting 15 January to 25 January 2015. When claiming, present a print-out of the confirmation email. Strictly no print-out, no race kit.

Participating Asics Shops:
Asics Greenbelt 3 G/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Asics Two Parkade Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City
Asics Trinoma Level 2, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
Asics Fairview, 2nd Level, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Quezon
City
Asics Ayala Cebu Level 2, Ayala Center, Cebu City
Asics Centrio, Level 1, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro
Asics Solenad Solenad 2, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Sponsors:

The Condura Skyway Marathon: Run for a Hero 2015 is presented by co-title sponsors Condura and Skyway, presenting sponsor Asics, official venue sponsor Filinvest City.

Visit the official website www.conduramarathon.com and like us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/conduramarathon for more details.

Official Hashtag: #ConduraSkywayMarathon

Salomon City Trail Manila 2014

The historic walled city of Intramuros has lately become the venue of choice for various road races which is good news to runners wanting a fresh change of scenery. A fun run, the Color Blast Run will be held here on September 21 but before that would be the highly anticipated SALOMON City Trail run on September 7, 2014.

The Salomon City Trail Run, which has its roots and maiden runs in various cities in Europe now comes to Manila and what better venue to hold its inaugural run than in Manila’s oldest district, the “Walled City”, famous for its nearly 6-kilometer circuit of massive stone walls and fortifications that almost completely surrounds the entire district.

Salomon’s City Trail brings the trail running spirit to people who dream of running in the mountains, but live in the city. It involves running in different surfaces within the city like pathways, roads, sidewalks, alleyways, bridges, stairs, tunnels, etc. Intramuros perfectly exemplifies this venue as a gate to various walls, gardens and other fortifications.

SALOMON CITY TRAIL: INTRAMUROS

When:   September 7, 2014 (Sunday)
Where:   Intramuros, Manila
Race categories:   6k / 12k
Race owner:   Salomon Philippines/Primer Group of Companies
Target registration:   500 to 1,000 runners only

REGISTRATION FEES:

6K —  P900.00

12k — P1,200.00

GUN START:  4:00PM

Inclusive of : Dri-Fit Salomon City Trail Race Singlet, Race Bib, Timing Chip, City Trail Cap, Entrance Fees to Fort Santiago and Puerta De Isabelle II, Post Race Meal pack. 12k Finishers will get a Finishers’ Medal.

*Top three male and female winners per distance will be awarded with R.O.X. gift certificates, Salomon products, and other freebies. Salomon items and products from sponsors will also be given away to lucky participants on the day of the event.

Registration Venues:

Claiming of race Kits:

ROX – 3rd Floor, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City ( August 30 – September 5, 2014)

The Salomon City Trail in Intramuros will bring runners to main landmarks like Fort Santiago, Palacio Del Governador, Baluarte De San Diego, Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, Puerta De Isabel II, Baluarte De Dilao, Revellin De Recolletos, the Balluartillo De San Jose and San Agustin Church, among many others.

Ayuntamiento

Baluarte De San Diego

Fort Santiago

Plaza San Luis Complex

Manila Cathedral

One of the entrances

Palacio Del Gobernador

SALOMON CITYTRAIL MANILA 2014

Whether you run for the thrill of it, to stay fit of healthy, or both, get ready for a more enjoyable running routine as Salomon promotes Citytrail running, inspired from its mountain trail running heritage. Alongside the launch of Salomon’s Citytrail products, the brand is happily prepping to host the first-ever event in the Philippines following its success in different countries including the U.S., and select countries in Europe and Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

After much deliberation, the Salomon Citytrail Manila is set to launch on September 7, 2014 at Intramuros, Manila.

The oldest city in the Philippines, The Walled City was deemed perfect for an adventure run that will not only be challenging and exciting with its dynamic urban landscape, but rich with culture and heritage as well. Even more enticing is the fact that the race starts at 4PM, which means the runners will experience all these amid the Manila sunset –the best time to explore and absorb the old fortress.

The sunset run is set to target at least 500 participants made up of adventure seekers, road runners, weekend warriors, fitness buffs, and trail running enthusiasts. Divided into two categories of 12km and 6km, the course will not be a conventional road run and will include challenges such as climbing stairs, crossing bridges, and clambering ramps around the Walled City.

Foot strikes on different surfaces, ascends on bridges and stairs will stimulate trail running skills while rediscovering Philippine heritage and culture. Salomon brand ambassadors, Philippine Sky Runners & Suunto Athletes will be the assigned to selected areas to marshal and guide the participants in the running tour. The cutoff time for the whole race is two hours.

The registration will be open from August 1 to August 29 at the Salomon stores and August 30 to September 5 at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street. Participants may also register online ( http://www.runnersrunner.com/2014sctp/).

The fee is P900 and P1,200 respectively for the 6km and 12km categories. All registrants will get a race bib, timing chip, Salomon Citytrail singlet, Citytrail cap, post race meal and a historical running tour of Intramuros City. 12km finishers will get a Citytrail Finisher’s medal.

Top three male and female winners per distance will be awarded with R.O.X. gift certificates, Salomon products, and other freebies. Salomon items and products from sponsors will also be given away to lucky participants on the day of the event.

Fortunately, participants need not to worry because substantial parking spaces will be made available within the venue. Plus, a baggage counter will be situated within the Start/Finish area in Fort Santiago where race participants may leave their belongings.

Salomon Citytrail Manila is a green run as it promotes sustainability and environmental preservation. No disposables will be given throughout the race course. Gatorade dispensers and water jugs will be stationed around the road areas of Intramuros City.

In line with Salomon’s campaign to “Elevate Your Run”, it is through the Citytrail event and its latest Citytrail footwear that Salomon aspires to introduce Citytrail running as an urban alternative to trail running.

A global event meant to entice everyone to “Elevate Your Run”, Citytrail running is all about being creative and imaginative when it comes to making your own trails in the city. It involves making use of the different surfaces within the city like pathways, roads, sidewalks, alleyways, bridges, stairs, et cetera to keep the experience exciting and more challenging.

(Press Release)

Color Blast Run Goes To Intramuros: Reset To October 19, 2014

NEWS UPDATE: Color Blast Run 2014 has been re-set to October 19, 2014, Sunday!

For further queries regarding the rescheduling of the event, you may contact the promoter of this event at 09279942372.

FUN RUNNERS! This is a must do event for you!

The COLOR BLAST Run Philippines which previously held its series in Lucena and Tayabas in Quezon province, is now bringing this wholesome family fun run event in the historic walled enclave of Intramuros, Manila on October 19 2014!

If you haven’t been on one of the similar Color Runs previously held elsewhere, you’ll be on for a treat as the incremental powder blasts at various stages along the route is amazingly super fun and feels like a gigantic powdery rainbow party!

This event though promises to be more energetic and colorful, and the happy vibe lingering in Intramuros would come alive as the volunteers would not only spray powder but cheer for you as well.

A street in Intramuros

COLOR BLAST RUN INTRAMUROS

When:   September 21, 2014 (Sunday)
Where:   Intramuros, Manila
Race categories:   3k / 6k
Race owner:   Global Excellence and Events Promotion
Beneficiary:  Project PEARLS*
Target registration:   Limited to 2,000 runners only

*Project Pearls is an outreach Feeding Program, Scholarship Program and quarterly Medical Mission in Ulingan, Tondo, Manila.

REGISTRATION FEES:

3K or 6KP — P650.00 only

Inclusive of : Dri-Fit Race Shirt, Race Bib, Powder Packs, Finisher’s Medal and Finisher’s Certificate

Dri-Fit Race Shirt

Registration Venues:

  • A Runners Circle (ARC) Running Shop: Unit H, Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Boulevard, cor. Quirino Avenue, Manila
  • Olympic Village – Robinsons Malate, Manila
    Olympic Village – Megamall
  • Affini Tea : College of St. Benilde and Centro Escolar University
  • Magnifi Shake – Infront of Perpetual Help College, near UST Dapitan
  • Lyceum of the Philippines, Central Student Government Office (LYCESGO)

Another view of the street

The Manila Cathedral, one of the most famous landmarks in Intramuros

This is one great concept of fun runs and get splashed on by color at different sections of the route.  The color they throw on you is edible and safe, just a little powdery. Organizers will make sure to make it the most exciting color fun run ever which will keep you up your toes until the finish.

They might even give you a packet of color to save at the end for the grand finale to throw up in the air, which is awesome!

Save up for this date and see you on September 21!

With representative of Project Pearls, the race’s beneficiary

Pimco 2X Trail Run: A Short Race Recap

“Go fast enough to get there but slow enough to see”.

Borrowing this quote from Ashley’s FB timeline, this may well be the gist of our 24k trail run yesterday in Sampaloc, Tanay where we savored the views along the route but mindful still of finishing fast and strong.

The trails over the 2X Trail run offered a surprising level of challenge, and while there’s nothing too extreme (crossing the rivers went smooth), there’s not too many trail runners who can make it through the whole route without clipping out.  I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath while walking on those steep hills and nearly stumbling a few times while maneuvering around rocks embedded under the river.

The scenery changes every few minutes. Waterfalls, mountain views, rivers, hills galore, beasts of burden, open fields, single track trails, mountain ridges and a thousand different types of tress – this trail route has it all! This is about as good as it gets for trail running and this race in particular where we really had so much fun; challenging course, just enough water to fill-up the gaps in our water bottles, a coconut juice station and amazing views!

Now to the race itself..

The starting line was low-key, no race arch nor big banners, just two twin posts and a white floor marker in between that showed where the start was and it was just at the doorstep of the Sampaloc Inn Hotel, a major sponsor of the run. Some runners said it was warm but i didn’t feel that way at all.

Gun went off at exactly 5:00 am for the mass start of both the 24k and 12k runners which i would estimate to be a hundred people or less. Although it was still dark, we had cool air, overcast skies with very forgiving temperatures pretty much the whole way through and even the sunlight towards late morning was bearable.

I started out slowly with running buddy Jun, Ashley Dimanlig, a strong trail runner, trail habitue James Yap Lim and later, Ricky Francisco. This was the group i would be running with from start to end.

With Ashley and Jun before the start of the race

Ashley ascending at the top of a hill before day break

We started along the right lane of the main highway, turned right into a residential area after about 400 meters then passed through market stalls, another residential street before descending into a wooden bridge on the way to the trails.

After this wooden bridge, it was trails galore

The trails could have been marked a little better. My group over-shot a mark when the leading runners were coming back from a downhill portion, apparently lost too, just 1.5 kms after the start. We back-tracked a bit and found our way back through a poorly marked uphill climb and we were all now following the leading runners. There were a few inclines at the early stages that were a bit more difficult than expected (a precursor of more difficult climbs to come) but it was all worth it!

“Always rely on the markers because the person in front of you may not know where they are going”.

Not when the markers are pointing in the wrong direction!

A funny thing happened when we were about 4kms into the trails.  We reached a “Y” junction that was manned by two young gay marshals, their lips glowing with bright red lipsticks, heavy make-up and all, who were emphatically telling us to turn left, as it was the correct route. It seemed that earlier, they had inadvertently turned the arrow marker (located beside them) to point to the right side road which the leading runners followed as they thought was the right route!

The blunder was only discovered when other marshals, who were stationed a kilometer away after the junction, were worried why no runners had emerged towards them when the first batch should have passed through their station half an hour earlier.  At this point, more than half of the 12 and 24k runners have already entered the wrong way! Imagine our laughter when these two poor kids told us their blooper and the predicament they were in! Hahah…

Since the route is a loop, all the runners who followed the wrong way took it to themselves to continue the run, to run in reverse of the course since they were way too far to turn back (more laughter)!

When we reached the next water station after the junction, our amazement were further heightened when Ricky Francisco, a 12k runner who was ahead of us by a minute was told by people manning the station that we were the first 24k runners who have reached their post! Funny as it seem, with our “run the flats-walk the hills-sprint the downhills” scheme, the five of us were now technically leading the race! LOL!

“On the trails, any which way you go is always the right way”!

Like the rest of the group, i was walking most of the uphills which were more pronounced during the last stages of the run. And there were a few instances that when Ashley stopped in front of me,  my legs stopped moving too for a moment before having to spur myself onwards when she began to start again. Usually, these were on uphills that we were summitting non-stop but we would compensate by attacking all downhills.

Our group finished the race a few minutes of each other with Ashley and myself crossing the finish line together. My thighs were painfully bruised and throbbing from the relentless uphills but still, it was a great trail run and no matter which direction you run, clock-wise or otherwise, it isn’t where you came from, it’s the journey that counts!

Here’s the rest of the story, in pictures..

The group was “hysterical” upon learning that we were the front runners!

With Ashley

The first ones to partake the fresh coconut juice!

Towards the next mountain peak

Ashley and Ricky

Jun crosses the river and going over to the other peak

Despite sore ankles, Ashley seems to attack the hills

This is where we were told to turn-around at the second mountain. Many of the 24k runners failed to reach this place

Runners we met up doing the reverse route. Despite the confusion, they were all smiles and content

This is James Lim crossing one of the many rivers

By far the most difficult river crossing because of its swift current and depth

In front of a rock formation

Walking the uphills

Running the straights. Inside the Macaira trails

Some trails were perpendicular to a river

Nice trails inside Macaira