Chummy Bloggers Christmas Party 2011

From this…

to this…

This sums up of what transpired at the bloggers Christmas party held last December 29, 2011 at Gail and Noy Consolacion’s residence in Mandaluyong City. It was a whirlwind series of no less than 20 race launchings that saw us together supporting and publicizing the various races of Run Rio and other race organizers for the year 2011.

Headed by the group’s de-facto leader, the sweet, funny and sometimes outrageous Mommy Vimz Mendoza (kulitrunner), the “Chummy” blogs (as they call themselves) are some of the most followed by running enthusiasts when it comes to schedules of race events and actual race results and they share the same passion of writing about their experiences in races, good or bad and is a wealth of information for both budding and experienced runners.

The group will be looking forward to this new year and hope to bring more information on upcoming Philippine races. Here’s a toast to every body, my co-bloggers and followers of the jazzrunner blog.

Happy New Year to all!

Carbo-loading

Banjo (Ulikblogger) right, dishing out a song with gusto. Gail, our host is at left.

L-R: Gail, Rod, Marge and Carina

With Dennis (running pinoy) and Jinoe of takbo.ph

With Bobby (standing), Vimz, Wilbert and Gigi

With Mommy Vimz, handing me my Skechers give away! Thanks!

Ehem..this is supposed to be a party and not to update your FB status..

One group pic

Some photos courtesy of Dennis Ravanzo. Thanks Dennis!

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Hoy, It’s My First Year of Blogging!

Before i make another move or another step to run, i am reminded that today marks the first year of my running blog, The Jazzrunner.

It was on January 13, 2009 when i wrote my first article and it was through the encouragement of my running buddy, June Santiago that i should document my return to running which started the year before (April, 2008) and write about our out-of-town running trips and trail runs. Since then, it has been a whirlwind of races and adventure running. Thank you, pre!

It was great discovering new places, specially trails that i wouldn’t imagined existed. The highs of running through dirt paths, mountain terrains, wildlife, fauna and all else that nature presented was the ultimate in my running experience and a great visual stimulant, to boot!

It’s been such an amazing year of blogging and i got to know so many great people with the same passion for running. And the runners that come and greet you, many of whom are total strangers is one of the highlights of being a blogger, being appreciated for sharing my running adventures that they too would want to experience someday.

To all who have visited my blog, read, made comments whether nice or nasty, my heartfelt thanks! I’m not sure what the figure means (64,697 visitors as of today) but whether the number of visitors are minuscule or not, i still feel gratified that it has inspired a number of people to run and join their very first races. The e-mails expressing their appreciation are touching and greatly cherished.

I’m not to forget my co-BLOGGERS for their support and encouragement. Ditto with my club mates at RUNNEX and Takbo.ph for the running activities we all covered together–it was great running with you.

Through pictures, here are some of the highlights that capped my first year on the blog. See you all again for the next year coming!

Tanay, Rizal

Angat Dam

Parawagan, Montalban

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife

Marikina Riverbanks

Angono, Rizal

Backwoods of Angono

Binangonan, Rizal

Angono Petroglyphs in Binangonan, Rizal

Batangas City

First Takbo.ph LSD, March 2009

Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard

First Condura, at the Skyway

With the Bullrunner (Jaymie) and Runnex Chair, Art

At the 1st BDM 102 as a pacer

At The La Mesa Ecopark

Montalban mountain trail run with takbo.ph runners, April 2009

Ciudad Real, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

All Terra race, Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal

Trails of Aquarry, Bulacan

Christmas Trees of Pintong Bocaue, San Mateo, Rizal

Run For Home, July '09

Kenny Rogers Video Shoot, August '09

Urbanite Run!

Pamulaklakin trail, Subic Bay Freeport

June with Aeta children

At the race For Life with Rica and Donita

Press launching QCIM

LSD Run at C5!

Timberland Trails revisited

LSD - Commonwealth, September 09

QCIM - October 18, 09

Carbo Loading at Joey Pepperonni

Weigh-in BLC

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Corregidor Run, December 09

With BR at the Rizal day Run

Sta Rosa, Laguna trails