Robert Cheruiyot Wins Boston (2010) in 2:05:52!

April 19, 2010, 1:18PM

BOSTON– Kenya’s Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot won the 114th Boston Marathon on Monday, breaking the course record with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 52 seconds. Ethiopia’s Teyba Erkesso took the women’s title, sprinting to the tape to win by three seconds in the third-closest women’s finish in event history.Cheruiyot was 82 seconds faster than the course record set in 2006 by four-time winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who’s not related. The 2010 champions each earned $150,000 and a golden olive wreath from the city of Marathon, Greece; Cheruiyot gets an extra $25,000 for the course record.

Cheruiyot finished 91 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Tekeste Kebede, with defending champion Deriba Merga in third and Americans Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi rounding out the top five. It’s the first time two Americans have finished in the top five since ’06; no American has won the men’s race since Greg Meyer in 1983.

Hall, who finished third last year, fell out of the top 15 near the halfway point but sprinted through the final mile to challenge Merga for a spot on the podium. He missed by 2 seconds, but his time of 2:08:41 was the fastest for an American in Boston, six seconds faster than Bob Kempainen in 1994.

More than 26,000 runners left Hopkinton Monday morning with temperatures in the high 40s and a headwind of 13 mph. The air warmed slightly during the day — good running weather.

“I tried to show my talent,” said Cheruiyot, who gave Kenya its 18th men’s victory in 20 years.

This year, the men’s race was decided in the Newton Hills.

Merga surged ahead at the firehouse that marks the start of Heartbreak Hill, drawing Cheruiyot along with him while the rest of a lead pack of about a dozen fell behind. Among them was Abderrahim Gourmi, who had the fastest personal best in the field, and Keflezighi, the reigning New York City Marathon champion.

The two leaders ran the mile that includes Heartbreak Hill in a split of 4:37.

Merga and Cheruiyot ran shoulder-to-shoulder through parts of Newton and into Brookline. The Kenyan inched ahead at Coolidge Corner with about 2.5 miles left and pulled away.

Erkesso opened a lead of more than 90 seconds and held on, grabbing her side at one point as she slowed. Russia’s Tatyana Pushkareva smiled and waved at the TV cameras as she closed the gap, but she could not quite catch Erkesso on Boylston Street.

Erkesso won in 2:26:11. Defending champion Salina Kosgei was third, and Paige Higgins of Arizona was the top American woman in 13th.


Mizuno Infinity Run ’10 Launched

Registrations for the Mizuno 10 & 15k “Beat Your Own Time” Infinity Run Challenge is almost full, according to race organizer Rudy Biscocho in last night’s press launching of the April 11 race. If you’ve run the Mizuno race last year, you certainly would want a return visit and beat the time you set out at the 2009 run. While no one asked what prize the runner would get if he or she beats his/her time, i’m sure there would be lots of nice Mizuno stuff to be given to every runner who does.

Last night’s press launching was attended mostly by bloggers and it was a blast that the sponsors would give away pairs of Wave Creation 11 Mizuno shoes, Suunto watches, dri-fit shirts and caps through raffles! Congrats to Sam (The Running Ninja) and Zinnia for winning the Suunto watches! I wasn’t lucky enough to win the major stuff but i got a nice Mizuno cap and a gift pack of Energy bars, thanks to Jai Cortes of Mizuno.

Registration will be open up to next week at all Mizuno store outlets. Here are some pictures from last night’s press launching:

Mizuno race organizers including Jai Cortes and Rudy Biscocho


Mizuno beauties manning the reception area

At our table, from left, Bloggers Jet, Rod, Mar and Dhentz

Wuth Race Director, Rudy Biscocho

With Mizuno's Jai Cortes

With Jaymie, The Bullrunner


Of Running, Timing Chips and Facebook

Globe Run For Home 2010 Race Packet

Various local press releases describe running as the ‘new badminton’, which might seem a rather empty accolade, given that our endurance sport had seen its first heydays during the early 80s, long before the popularity of badminton. On balance, it’s fair comment.

At present, the current trend of running is at its peak. With two to three scheduled races on a given Sunday, i’m stumped on which race to join. On selecting my races, it still all boils down to who the race organizers/directors are, if the registration fees are reasonable (very rare these days), or if my running group is going to join the race. Often times, i’m swayed by joining if my group of friends are also joining–all for the camaraderie and support.

One race that stood out for me last year was the Globe Run For Home 2009, where i ran the 21k in 2:25. It was one of the most organized races, water and sports drinks were plentiful, portalets were laid out on parts of the route and my entry fee was practically free as the corresponding amount was converted into a text load on my Globe pre-paid account.

If my memory serves me right, it was also the first time that the “championchips” timing chips were introduced to track your moves and performance in different areas of the course and mainly to give an accurate finish time. Using these data, a performance analysis was also made available, giving a detailed assessment of each runner’s performance, his/her ranking vs. the total field of runners, your average speed during the race and split times at a particular point in the course.

This year’s edition of the race is going to be more visible in this hi-tech world. To make the results more timely, the timing chips that tracks your position along the course is now tied-up to your Facebook account and your finish time will automatically be posted in your FB account once you cross the finish line. Moreover, if your family and friends can’t be at the race venue to watch you live, they can watch a live streaming feed of the finish line by logging on to Pretty cool, huh?

If you have a Facebook account, just go to Globe’s Facebook account (Globe Ayala Land Run For Home) and click on “Go To Application” and install the Run For Home application on to your Facebook account. On race day, the timing chips will send newsfeed updates and race results to your profile.

It was a blast hearing all these innovations during their Blogger’s Night at the Shanghai Bistro at the Paseo Center in Makati last Tuesday. No less than 15 running bloggers were present to witness the presentation and it was great fun we had that night!

Run Bloggers Run

The crow at the Shanghai Bistro

Vince Mendoza of Finishline explaining the mechanics of the race

Coy Caballes, Social Media Manager of Globe Telecom

Bloggers Vener, Rod and Nora listen intently

Rico (Sheerwill) and Noelle (Kikayrunner)

Vener (Run Unlimited) and Roselle (The Running Diva)

With Nora (Life Begins At 50) who i'm meeting for the first time

L-R, Mariel (Solemates), Bards (Banana Running), Nora (Life Begins At 50), Vener (Run Unlimited), Jazzrunner, Noelle (Kikay Runner), Roselle (Running Diva), Que (

With the other bloggers

Marikina Riverbank Trails: Revisited

I’ve always been attracted to the Marikina Riverbanks Park. It holds a special place in my world of running as it has been a venue of countless runs in the past. What makes this place special is its very scenic route, a beautiful landscape that’s set along the banks of the Marikina River. Once a neglected stretch of swamp, the riverbanks has been revived to life, a peaceful oasis of lush green vegetable gardens, small mini parks and rows of eateries.

The 11k loop trail is a paradise for runners but you have to share it with a sprinkling of road bikers and the usual throng of people just strolling around to enjoy the view. Weekends are vibrant and teeming with activities where local farmers hawk their freshly harvested petchay, lettuce and tomatoes; people picnic at tables overlooking the river and just while away at its banks admiring the sculptures of real life size animals like carabaos, giraffes, elephants, monkeys and horses.

While the scene along the riverbanks seem to be throbbing, the park and the whole city of Marikina still struggles to rehabilitate itself from the massive scale of devastation wrought recently by typhoon Ondoy and the scars that it left behind are still evident.

Last Saturday, my regular LSD partners Betty and Tonette got together again and decided to venture out for a run at the riverbanks. For the two ladies, it would be their first time to run on these trails and for me, it was a chance to witness the changes in this park after typhoon Ondoy.

We started the run at about 5:30am. Tonette in white, Betty in blue.

Before the river's magnificence

With Tonette

We started our run at about 5:30am towards the northbound trails as it was still dark although most of the trails were fully illuminated by lampposts. On our 3rd kilometer, the sun has started to set-in and we could now see some of the effects that typhoon Ondoy had caused.

Low tide because of the drought

Something got the attention of the two

It was an aviary atop the walls of a house

Some portions of the banks of the river were eroded and some parts of the paved trails were now covered with sand. Some trees were uprooted and those that were standing were strewn with plastics and other trash. Parts of some trails that collapsed were now being repaired and you have to walk those portions as large rocks were still on top of these trails.

Grim reminder left by Typhoon Ondoy. Garbage waste left hanging on trees which were 30 feet above the riverbanks

Bamboo trees uprooted

Even the trail was not spared by the typhoon

The statue on left was used to anchor the boat which nearly capsized at the river

Back in each others arms:-)

Nice sand!

The crowd now gathering at the wide spaces

In front of a small dome

Noticeable is the low level of water because of El Nino

A Christmas tree at the middle of the river to give cheers

At the side of SM Marikina, near Marcos highway

Sandy road on the way back to the riverbanks

Nearing the steel dome

My favorite pic of the two

1.5k before the end of our run

Taking a break

Except for these remaining damages, the place has certainly regained its luster. Damaged plots have been replanted with crops and vegetables, the landscaping had been given a worked-over while eateries are again flourishing. With continuous rehabilitation still underway, this will be a soothing place to visit and run, once again!

Completing our 11k run

Derek and the Superbods Run 2010

Although Derek Ramsay might not draw as much following as those of Piolo Pascual or Dindong Dantes, his athleticism still stands out unmatched than the latter two. Derek was a former rugby player and at present is a top notch Frisbee player. Now, he is entering the world of running.

How he turns out as a runner remains to be seen however, as knee problems has bogged him down for several years now. He has stopped playing rugby because of this disability although the non-contact sport of frisbee has been his present passion to maintain his physical fitness.

I was able to attend the press launch of the Century Canned Tuna Superbods Run 2010 which was attended by principal endorser Derek and two Century Superbods 2009 winners Van Victor Leano and Theresa Fenger. The run, which they claim will be one of the biggest and most star-studded celebration of health and fitness will be held on February 21, 2010 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

Derek declared that he will be running the 5k category of the event.

From their press release, the details of the run are as follows:

The Superbods Run will feature four race events: 3km, 5km, 10km, and 21km. Male and female top finishers of each category will go home with big cash prizes plus special prizes from sponsors.

For the 21km race, the 1st place winner receives P42,000; 2nd placer gets P21,000; and 3rd placer gets P10,500. For the 10km race, first, second and third prize winners will win P20,000, P10,000 and P5,000 respectively. Winners in the 5km race will bag P10,000, P5,000; and P3,000. Lastly, 3km winners get P6,000, P3,000; and P1,500.

On top of the big cash prizes, all top finishers will receive special prizes from Century Tuna, Nike, Timex, and Nature Valley, plus RunRio Finisher’s shirts and medals.

A highlight of the Run is the Superbods Go-See, where race finishers 18 years old and above with fit and healthy bodies can get a chance to become Century Tuna’s next image models. Two males and two females will be picked as the new Century Superbods and win P100,000 each.

The Superbods Run, organized in collaboration with the country’s top running coach Rio de la Cruz of RunRio, promises to be a most exciting way to get fit and healthy! Participants will get to run with the country’s hottest celebrities, win great prizes, raffle treats, freebies and a lot of other surprises!

The Century Tuna Superbods Run 2010 is also a fundraising activity for the benefit of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment.

Registration is until February 8, 2010 at the following venues: Timex Shops at SM Southmall, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Megamall; Nike Park at Bonifacio High Street; and Second Wing Running Store at 88 Maginhawa St., Teachers’ Village, Quezon City. Special registration is also held every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nike Running Clinic at Ultra. Late registrants are welcome from February 9 to 15, 2010 only at Nike Park Bonifacio High Street and Second Wing Running Store. You may also register online at or until February 7, 2010 only. For questions, call the Century Tuna Superbods Run Secretariat at (02) 703-1736.

Here are some pictures taken at the Press/Bloggers Launch:

The press launch was hosted by Reema Chanco

The Superbode himself

My kind of superbod

Superbods bloggers, Let and Divine

He'll run the 5k

With the super female bloggers

Century Superbods 2009 winner, Theresa Marie Fenger

Our lunch. A plateful of carbs!

Will be on hand to greet the (male) finishers

With the Running Diva

Calibre 45 LSD Group: Bang! Bang!

There were two groups doing LSD (Long Slow Distance) runs  last Sunday and i wanted to join one of them. The first group was “Team Galloway”, initiated by Carina of who would be doing a 37km LSD run based on the Jeff Galloway training method. I witnessed Carina and her team do the Galloway run successfully during the 32k Rizal Day Run last December 29 and all did a sub-four hour run. This time, they would be attempting 37K with this program:

PROGRAM: 5:1 (5 mins run at 6:30 pace, 1 min walk) for 30km
4:1 (4 mins run at 6:00 pace, kung keri =), 1 min walk) for the remaining kms.
Note: Others may set their sustainable pace

Without batting an eyelash, i immediately signed up. I needed the mileage in preparation for the upcoming Condura Marathon. No sooner after i signified my intention to join, another invitation appeared (at the website)  from a second group led by Jet Paiso who will be doing another Galloway LSD with a longer distance of 45kms. They aptly called their group, “Calibre 45”. The calibre group were mostly runners training for the BDM 102 ultra run this coming March.

Now, i thought that this second group would be perfect for me because firstly, i would be running the full distance of the marathon and stretching the distance even further and secondly, their pace would be from 7:30 to 8:00 for the 5:1 ratio, a more comfortable pace for me than that of Carina’s Team Galloway group. It was in the morning of the run that i decided to join the Calibre group.

I tagged Betty and Tonette along with me, two of my regular running partners from our Runnex group who are still undecided to run Condura. The three of us met the rest of the group at McDonald’s, U.N. Avenue in Ermita at 3:00am.

Here are the highlights of the run:

—  Our Route: Start at KM O (Rizal Park) to Roxas Blvd then left to Buendia Ave up to Kalayaan Bridge going to The Fort (Taguig). From The Fort to C-5 Road northbound on the way to Libis going to Marikina and back.

—  Run started at 3:30am. Total Runners: 17

Tonette posing at KM 0

A short prayer before our LSD

Doc T, Mar and Emil

—  While the faster runners did their own fast pace, the slower ones ran the Galloway program

—  The distance from KM O to BHS at The Fort totaled 11kms. We had one stop over for some photo ops at the Petron Station, corner Buendia and Makati Ave. It was still pitch dark.

Our first stop, Petron Station, Buendia corner Makati Ave.

First Stop, Petron Buendia

—  We met some more runners at BHS who were either running the Bull Run 10k Race or with the Team Galloway LSD group

Our 2nd stop, Bonifacio High Street where we met another group of LSD'ers

No Bullrun for us this time

—  Did two stop-overs along C-5 Road on our way to Marikina, one at the Caltex Pasig footbridge and the other was the Shell station at the corner of Julia Vargas Street where we partook siopao, instant noodles, chocolates and whatever was available.

—  Sun was up when we were past Tiendesitas

Taking a pose at Libis, near Eastwood City

Entering Marikina City

Betty and Tonette, the two thorns among the roses near Ortigas Ave. Extension

—  Reach Marikina City near the front of SM Marikina which was 23 kms. Made our U-turn for the start of the final half.

At our turn-around bend just before reaching SM Marikina

—  Tonette left the group at KM25 (Blue Ridge) as she continued her run towards Katipunan Ave. to her home in Diliman. She must have completed 29kms.

—  Betty left the group at Julia Vargas (KM28) and continued her run home to Valle Verde. She did 29kms too.

—  Rest of the group rested at Shell-Pasig and re-stocked our hydration flasks. Mar sustained a minor injury and wisely discontinued his run.

On one of the gas stations at C5 on our way back

At the bridge overlooking the Pasig River

Arrived back at The Fort, just after the Bull Run race was finished. Claimed our medals from BR (Bald Runner) for finishing his December 30 Rizal Day 32K race. Long chit-chat with the runners who were still at The Fort.

A quick pose but long chit-chat at the Fort on our way back

—  Continued our run from The Fort to Kalayaan Bridge towards Buendia. Made another stop near the Pacific Star Building for some rounds of Taho.

Back at Buendia with replenishment of taho courtesy of Rodel

—  Long stretch of walking along Buendia Ave. The 5:1 ratio (5 minutes run: 1 minute walk) became reversed, 5 minutes walk: 1 minute run.

Doc T (right) having a good time

The "galloway" plan in the reverse. It's now more walking than running

Nearing Osmena Highway

—  Reach the 40th KM mark at the corner of Buendia and Roxas Blvd.

—  Ran the last 5 kms back to KM O.

— Completed a total distance of 44.8kms – 45kms depending on whose Garmin you’re looking at

At the finish (KM 0). Total distance: 44.8 kms

It was a good run over-all with just minor aches associated after an LSD. I did a 5k recovery run the following day and also did 30 minutes of Tae-bo aerobics at a class in QMC.

Congrats to all who joined the run: Rodel, Chris, Wilnar, Gab, Junar, Betty, Tonette, Gian, Emil, Cyrus, Jonathan, Angel, Jet (for initiating this LSD), Doc T, Mar and Joen.

See you all at Condura!

DingDong Dantes And His Book Run

Piolo Pascual, Derek Ramsay and now Dingdong Dantes. Dingdong seems to be the latest showbiz celebrity putting his face in the sport of running, riding the crest of its popularity that matches his own status in show business.

For all his eminence as a showbiz heart-throb, Dingdong does not have the air of aloofness of a superstar. Like Piolo, he is friendly, humble, quite articulate and speaking his mind about issues that interest him, specially his various advocacies.

His latest advocacy he has put a lot of effort into lately is his YesPinoy Foundation, established last year to rebuild thousands of schools and help replace the millions of books lost by flood waters as an aftermath of the recent typhoons that devastated the country.

Last Monday, i was invited by Jinoe Gavan ( to attend the press launching of Dingdong’s “Book Run”, a 3k, 5k and 10k race on January 31, 2009  held at Center Stage, Tomas Morato in Quezon City. It aims to drum up public support from about 2,000 runners for its charity drive to solicit books for students and schools destroyed by the last string of typhoons.

The press con was preceded by a hearty lunch, followed by a short talk with Dingdong explaining his foundation’s latest project. He stressed that the YesPinoy and The National Bookstore, his main advocacy partner are hoping that their book drive will help augment the current overwhelming need to replace the destroyed books, hoping further that the generosity and concern of other Filipinos will be drawn in.

An open question and answer followed and what transpired in this encounter was a bit disappointing. Except for a few scripted questions asked by one of the press con organizers about what the run was about and give it a semblance that this was an advocacy run, she gave way to the press who asked private tidbits about his showbiz life instead. I was the only one present who was connected to the sport of running and because he was facing an all-entertainment press, he was asked about his forth coming trip abroad, his actress-girlfriend Marian Rivera and purported marriage proposals to-be. No one asked about running.

This was in complete contrast to Piolo’s press con yesterday which was an open forum about the run, his advocacies and his training. Now, if race organizers are going to drum up support and get runners to take part in a race, they should have invited the sports press/writers, the running bloggers and talk about the incoming race or running in particular.

Anyways, in fairness to the events organizers, Tia and Marj,  they had apprised me beforehand about the race and its mechanics…

The Real Deal!

He was asked a myriad of questions, none about running.

Explaining why she wont marry Marian yet

Was asked if he plans to meet his future father-in-law in Spain

Book Run Singlets

Events Organizers, Marj and Tia

With the sole running paparazzi!

Here are the race mechanics:

January 31, 2010
5:00am – 5:30am    Redemption of Race Kits (online registrants)
5:45am        10k Gun Start
5:55am        5k Gun Start
6:00am        3k Gun Start
8:00am        est. Awarding

The Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (beside NBC Tent)

Men’s Division: 3k, 5k & 10k
Ladies’ Division: 3k, 5k & 10k

Php450.00/ pax
Php400.00/ pax with donations of books for Grade School and High School level readers

Includes: Race Bib, RFID Tag, Route Map & Singlet

3rd Level, ROX, Bonifacio High Street
12nn – 8pmDaily
14 – 29 January 2010

Register online through
Deposit payment
Acct. Name    : Pep Squad Events & Mktg. Services Co.
Bank/ Branch    : Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) / Paco
CA Acct. No    : 4971-0018-66
Write your name on the Deposit Slip and fax to 439-3256.
Present your valid ID at the Registration Booth between 5am – 5:30am on the day of the event to claim your Race Kit.
For inquiries call 383-0068 or 996-3156.

Drinks will be provided at the finish line and at strategic areas in the race course.
Roving and standby medical aid and ambulance services will be available throughout the event.

Winners will receive Trophies and Special Prizes
All 10k finishers will receive Medals

The Book Run 2010 will use the Runningmate Timing System (RFID).

Pre-Noche Buena Run (Dec. 24)

I love group runs! I like the experience of a morning of unbridled camaraderie doing what everybody loves to do–running! More so, it’s about meeting old friends and new and getting enough inspiration, making us all aware that we runners need each other, to motivate and inspire each one. And it’s about creating memories to last a long, long while.

We all would like to find time and schedule a run with our group. I always like the idea of an LSD run and it’s mostly for the purpose of training for the marathon or half-marathon in the weeks ahead. When no races are scheduled (a rarity nowadays), we do informal runs and attach an event to it, like say in honor of a specific person, day or event (e.g. Run for Cory HERE, whale sharks, etc). There are many group runs with themes that i have joined in the past like a despedida run for a friend who immigrated abroad, a valentines run, and a halloween run, among others.

So how about a run on December 24 to celebrate Christmas? It was going to be a night of eating, drinking and partying anyway so a run that morning would soften the guilt. Abby, a forumer had hatched the idea and many in the group embraced the thought so, the “Pre-Noche Buena Run” came to fruition! The run was held at the U.P. grounds and runners donned either green or red running gear to signify the Christmas colors.

Christmas will always be a perfect occasion to run so, Merry Christmas and a grand Noche Buena for the coming New Year’s eve to all! (Thanks to Bryan and Pio for some of the photos)

Posing before the run

It was mostly a red, green Christmas running affair

During one of the rest breaks

With BLC winner Bryan, sitting

With Doc Eire, Lauren and Jet

The early birds group

With Marga-licious

With Jet