Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014: November 16, 2014

This is Men’s Health Magazines’ 9th staging of the MH Urbanathlon (would you believe)? I didn’t know that this race has been at it this long had it not been announced to us during the launching of its 2014 staging the other night. And this time, they’re going to be held on a bigger, wider venue at Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on November 16, 2014.

Like its past stagings, the Urbanathlon will be challenging–but fun! The mood here is more relaxed, like few would take this race seriously as they would a competitive half-marathon because many people are running this race simply to face-off the obstacles and have “fun!”

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon is a great race that breaks up your straight running nicely with various obstacles that would be sprinkled towards the last kilometers of the 21k and 10k runs. For the half-marathon runners, a single obstacle comes first somewhere at the 9th km mark, then a barrage would come next at about the 15th km mark on-wards where most of the obstacles are found.

The 2014 Finishers’ Medal

You’ll certainly need to have trained to some degree for this run as you’ll be hurdling the majority of the obstacles when your body is already tired from all the running earlier. But I think you’ll find the obstacles more of a nice respite than laborious and this is where the fun begins.

The venue in Nuvali itself is great to stage an obstacle run where the area is wide, open and has been the venue of road and trail races numerous times before. Though it may not be easily accessible, there would be no problems getting there as buses might be provided for those who will be travelling without their private vehicles.

If you want to spice up your run a bit and enjoy a little challenge, then this race is for you.

Here are the details:

 Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014 Promises a New Test of Tough!

The country’s first obstacle-laden race is back to challenge runners at a new venue this November!

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon is happening on November 16 at the Nuvali grounds in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The signature event of Men’s Health worldwide is a unique race that combines an endurance run with strategically placed obstacles against an urban backdrop.

Mr. Arlo Vicencio of Summit Media (Men’s Health) during the launching of the race last September 11, 2014 at 100 Miles Cafe, BGC.

Over 3,000 participants are expected to join either of the three race categories—the 5, 10, and 21 kilometer distances. Along the way, they need to climb, and crawl through nine different obstacles. This year’s barriers include a tire field, the scaffold maze, a container van, the low crawl, monkey bars, the military up and under, the network, rope shimmey, and the 8-foot wall.

Registration period is from September 12 to November 9, 2014 at Planet Sports BGC, Planet Sports Trinoma, Gold’s Gym Galleria, Gold’s Gym Glorietta 3 and Gold’s Gym Katipunan. Online registration is now open until October 31, 2014 via http://www.takbo.ph/urbanathlon/. Race fees are follows: P850 for 5K, P900 for 10K, and P950 for the 21K. Those who will join the 21 K will also get a labeled race shirt and a special prize for their category.

For a more specific training plan, grab a copy of the September 2014 issue of Men’s Health where 60-day routine that will help you get race ready is outlined. For further updates about the event, log on to Facebook.com/menshealthphilippines.

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014 is co-presented by Gatorade and Avida with major sponsors Asics, Bridgestone, Gold’s Gym, Shick, Emperador light and minor sponsor, Planet Sports. Nuvali is the official venue while Takbo.ph is the event’s media partner. (Press Release)

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