Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2: July 9, 2017

With the spiraling cost of race entry fees these days, one has to literally shop around for cheap races with main considerations being… value for money, right scheduling and a well organized race. But for me, other important aspects of a must-have in races are the scenery and camaraderie, all of which are present in trail running races.

Me and a lot of others have found to like the smaller, intimate races more and you pay a lot less in registration fees that you would in running those mega races in the metro. I like the laid back thing and that for me is definitely more fun!

One trail race this coming July 9, 2017 is the 2nd SOLEUS Cross Country Challenge which will have 21k and 12k distances at very reasonable fees. I was able to run the inaugural race last year and based on my experience, i can thoroughly recommend this great trail run. Starting from the Mt. Sinai Ten Commandments wall in Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal, the hilly route travels virtually along mountain passes, river crossings, small villages, pristine greenery— usually bathed in glorious sunshine!

If you’re up for spectacular scenery and varied terrain, then this trail race will not disappoint! The race’s impressive start and finish on top of a mountain over-looking the vast Sierras will definitely add to the wow factor!

Here are the details of the race:

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SOLEUS CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE 2

July 9, 2017

Mt. Sinai, Pintong Bukawi, San Mateo, Rizal

Categories and Fees:
12K Early Bird P900.00 – April 27 – May 31, 2017 | Regular P1,100.00 (June 1 to 30 2017)
21K Early Bird P1,100.00 – April 27 – May 31, 2017 | Regular P1,250.00 (June 1 to 30 2017)
* Inclusive of Event Shirt, RFID Tag, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Snacks

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Registration Venues:
On-Site: L Time Studio Branches at:
SM Mall of Asia – Ground Floor-In Front of IMAX
Trinoma – 2nd Floor- Near Food Court
Market Market – 2nd Floor
SM Megamall – 3rd Floor, Mega A

Via Bank Deposit:

Bank: Banco De Oro*
Account Name: Mirjam Ann G. Del Rosario
Account Number 0039-8019-6644

*Kindly fill up downloaded registration form, write the name and distance on the deposit slip then email scanned copies to sccchallenge2017@gmail.com. An email confirmation will be sent once validated and received.

Assembly Time:   5:00am

Gun Start Time:  21k  —  6:00am  /  12k  —  6:20am

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SCENES from the inaugural race last year:

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Start and finish

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DBB Rockstar*

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One of the highlights of the run

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With trail running friends

Holy Week Trail Running @ the City of Pines

It can’t be all a visit to Mines View Park, a stroll along Session Road, shopping at the public market, a banca ride at the Burnham Lake, nor church visitations that you do when visiting the City of Pines during Lenten week… and though I witnessed all these activities when I visited Baguio City last weekend with my running team, it was a whole new chapter when you’re with like-minded runners.

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Burnham Lake

Often flooded with tourists during Holy Week, what I did was to initiate a trail run along the pristine trails inside Camp John Hay, a favorite running haven for those in the know where you can enjoy peace and solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, for a change.

My team, not used to a lot of trail running, were also looking forward to a break from their road run trainings back home, and this was a great opportunity to show them what the trails in this mountain city had to offer. This was their first time to explore the area and what a fabulous way for them to experience running the Blue and Yellow trails inside CJH.

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At the start of the Blue Trail

The Yellow and Blue Trails provides an oasis for runners, and hikers. Good thing that majority of this trail is now off limits to horse-back riding as they have been confined only up to the trail-head.

Betty and I readied our cameras to catch snaps of our run-hike and just put our minds to auto-pilot and let the undulating trails take us through hard-packed single track trails, groves of pine trees, glimpses of mountain tops, pine top needles, ravines and flowering ridges. Despite a sprinkling of occasional hikers, it was amazing how serene these trails could feel.

It’s one of the most beautiful places to run in Baguio City and a great destination for trail runners who would like to explore a short but exhilarating run inside Camp John Hay.

Leaving you with some pictures we took along the route. Happy trail running!

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With Tita Betty

 

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With trail running champ, James Telias

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Burnham Park

 

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Strawberry Taho

Philippine Red Cross Million Volunteer Run 3K / 5K: May 13, 2017

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Make a difference in the lives of those in our community who are of the greatest need — Run the Million Volunteer Run of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) 3K and 5K at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park on May 13, 2017.

Now on its 4th year, this event, through its volunteers nationwide will help the Philippine Red Cross on its various services like disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, social assistance, as well as protection for poor and marginalized communities. The PNRC is also tasked to promoting good health, provide sufficient clean water and sanitation, blood donor recruitment, food and nutrition.

Join now and get involved!

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Php 500.00 Registration Fee will include a PRC Bronze Membership Card, Singlet, Race Bib and Runner’s Card.

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Php 350.00 Registration Fee will include a Singlet, Race Bib and Runner’s Card.

 

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FLANAX and Regine Tolentino’s Dance Fitness Concert

Pulsating is the word! Regine Tolentino is one of the most versatile and creative fitness instructor in the local scene for the past 15 years. The actress, dancer and licensed Zumba instructor grew up in the States and is known as an energetic and passionate individual who was a High School Cheerleader and attended dance classes. The moment she went back to the country, she set up her own dance studio and throughout the past years, Regine has loved and enjoyed every moment of teaching classes, hosting ZIN sessions, sharing choreography, and supporting the ever-growing Zumba family of high-profile co-celebrities like Julia Montes, Bea Aonzo, Gerald Anderson, JC De Vera, among others plus students, instructors and enthusiasts around the country.

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Regine Tolentino (C) with bloggers

She is a professional thespian and her rigorous dance workouts are fun and entertaining.  It is obvious from the minute she starts her dance routines, she gets you pumped-up and her dynamic and magnetic personality is simply contagious.  She’s one great coach mixed with wonderful energy and a really fun sense of humor. Her passion, love for dance and people shines through wherever she goes!

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Next week, you’ll be able to see her and dance with her live to celebrate Flanax’s(R) 35th year in the market, as the company is initiating a huge dancefitness-concert “Subok Ko Na Yan” to be attended by over 1500 participants on April 08, 2017 at the PICC Forum 2 and 3 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. This event is to be led by 2 of the famous personalities in the entertainment industry namely Richard Yap the Chinito hearthrob and Regine, of course!

“Subok Ko na Yan” is a 2-hour high-energy dance fitness party. Regine Tolentino will kick-start the program along with Madelle Paltu-ob, a world-class performer and Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) plus dozens of instructors from all over the country. There will be special performances of Richard Yap, UPeepz, the winners and finalist of Bilbiling Mandaluyong. Not to mention, the highlight of the event is the launching of Regine Tolentino’s dance fitness album with instructional easy to follow video produced by Flanax.

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To get access to the event, buy a Flanax 9+1 promo pack worth Php100 at all leading drugstores near you. (Mercury Drug, Watsons, South Star Drug and Rose Pharmacy).

What’s included: Event T-shirt, Regine Tolentino Dance Video CD, plus gift pack from participating brands.

A jam-pack PICC forum 2 and 3 is expected, members of the men in uniform are supporting namely the BFP, MMDA, PNP, NCRPO with the NCRPO Fitness team. Some attendees are flying all the way from Visayas and Mindanao to witness and to be a part of this. This is to promote and prove that dance-fitness is for everybody! Regardless of your age, gender and size.

Event management is powered by 4.0 Events Management + RT Studios, a powerhouse production and event management companies known for organizing health and fitness activities.

Let’s make this event trend, please use the official hashtags #subokkonayan #winagainstpain #flanax in all your posts and future posts related to this event.

The NLR Windfarm Trail Run in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

I love the sights, sounds and aura of the Ilocos region. It’s where my parents are from and get the highs every time i get the chance to visit the place. Ilocos Norte in particular, is a popular destination that has a lot of historical, cultural and lately, eco-tourism allure, thanks to its old churches, ancestral houses, beaches and now an expansive system of clean energy projects like those massive windmills located in Pagudpud, Bangui and Burgos towns…and this is new and exciting for me.

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One of many windmills located at the NLR Windmill farm in Pagudpud

One such impressive project i saw last weekend was that of the North Luzon Renewables, (NLR) a renewable energy company which operates 27 Siemen Wind Turbine generators and they are huge! Located in Brgy. Caparispisan, in the beach town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, it has a total rated generation capacity of 81 MW. With a total land area of 625 hectares, NLR through its vibrant reforestation program is fully committed towards forest protection, green local enterprises and sustainable development.

Pagudpud, and its famous Saud beach fits many people’s definition of a beach paradise; long stretches of white sand, warm blue waters, kite surfing and homey resorts characterize this most popular part of Ilocos Norte so most tourists here indulge in the beach scene. However, the NLR Windfarm is seeing beyond these commercial ventures by providing jobs to the locals, especially those living around the site of the windmills who are now able to earn a living and support their families without moving out of their town to find work in bigger cities.

Lately, NLR is embarking in promoting sports eco-tourism within the NLR Windfarm premises which could host trail running, mountain biking and triathlon, among others. Last March 24-26, I and a host of other sports enthusiasts were invited to test run the route of a proposed 10k race inside the NLR compound.

I was fortunate enough to be invited by runner/triathlete Menchi Dizon, runner-blogger Franc Ramon and Lai Tuba-Principe, Stakeholder Relations & CSR Manager of NLR ENERGY CORP. I was with about 11 other runners together with some officers of NLR and members of the BFP Pagudpud. We were led into the compound’s hilly mountain terrain, wide and maintained gravel roads shadowed by the gigantic turbine-powered windmills whizzing around our heads! The views around were simply amazing, seeing glimpses of the long stretch of Saud beach down Pagudpud and parts of the Cordillera mountains.

The magnet of this route to runners should be overwhelming as this presents a uniquely different feel of what running under the haze of spinning propellers around you is all about! Here’s some more sneak peek of the route.

Hope to be back to run and explore more of this paradise soon!

 

 

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Mountain runner cum Yoga master Honeybee Carmona

 

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Boston qualifier, Mench Dizon is running the Boston Marathon in a few weeks after qualifying at last year’s Tokyo Marathon. She’ll be one of a few to complete the 6 World Marathon Majors and earn the 6-Star Finishers Medal

 

 

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A scene along the route of the Windmill farm

 

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View at the top of a hill

 

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Stretching exercises led by Honeybee before the test run

 

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The joy of Yanna Lopez, our youngest test runner. Her happiness says it all!

 

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One of the many uphills of the route

 

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Yannah toughing it out on the uphill

 

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Franc Ramon on the downhill

 

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Moi getting a feel of the gravel-laden road

 

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Ige Lopez enjoying the run

 

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The group after arriving at the Laoag International airport

Hoka One One Launched in the Philippines

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The Hoka One One Line-up

To those not yet in the know, you might be surprised at what you’ll see at the RUNNR Store at BGC and its many branches. A few days ago, the one brand you were probably asking (specially if you’re a trail runner) is when this would be released locally, has been finally launched and the HOKA One One joins the many other running shoe brands that have been staple to both road and trail runners alike for many years already.

With about seven (7) of their newest models being introduced, there’s no way we could recommend which shoe would be best for you, but for the trail running buffs like me, their best sellers are included in the selection, the Speedgoat-2 and the Challenger ATR 2.

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Unveiling of the Hoka shoes led by Mr. Toby Claudio

The HOKAs have been a mainstay globally for the past 7 years. During those times, the brand developed a small but devoted following of trail runners (and later road runners), who liked the shoes’ over-sized wide body design, superb midsole cushioning, bounce and its light weight, going into the direction of being “maximalist”, as opposed to the uber- minimalist trend being introduced during Hoka’s infancy.

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Hoka Speedgoat

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Speedgoat’s Outsole

Among those models that were initially introduced were the Clifton, the Bondi, Mafate and Huaka, among a slew of others. Still, they evolved and are introducing new ones in the market.

If you’re one of those loyalists who liked the bouncy, maximalist feel of these old models, the newer ones won’t disappoint. These are pricey shoes but they work for the vast majority. Available at RUNNR Stores.

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First 3 customers!

MANILA, Philippines – March 16, 2017 – RUNNR, the Philippines’ leading running specialty store, today announced the arrival of HOKA ONE ONE®, the award-winning French running shoe brand that is making significant global strides with its maximalist sole design.

HOKA ONE ONE started in 2009 when Ultra Marathon champion Nico Mermoud realized he needed shoes to help him run downhill faster while reducing the shock that took a toll on his legs. Mermoud then partnered with fellow athlete Jean-Luc Diard in engineering a shoe that had double the shock absorbing material than traditional running shoes and uniquely carved geometry that encouraged an efficient foot strike – thus the revolutionary lightweight running shoe brand was born.

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Over the years, HOKA ONE ONE has become one of the most acclaimed running shoe brands in the world, winning multiple accolades from Competitor Magazine, Triathlete and Runners’ World. The continuous growth of HOKA ONE ONE can be attributed to runners of all types embracing the brand’s promise of delivering lightweight, well-cushioned shoes with an exceptional ride.

Recognizing the demand of the growing Philippine running community for quality and high-performing products, RUNNR, a member of the Quorum Group of Companies, will exclusively carry the HOKA ONE ONE shoe line in the Philippines, adding yet another premium item in its already impressive mix of running products.

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“We are excited to be the official distributor of HOKA ONE ONE in the Philippines. The arrival of this amazing shoe brand in the country has long been anticipated by our local roster of triathletes, ultradistance runners and marathoners,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc. and Founder of RUNNR. “As the leader in the local sports retail industry, we continue to support the growing Filipino running community by bringing in the best global brands.”

Philippines, it’s about time we experience HOKA ONE ONE. Why run when you can fly? Visit RUNNR at Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center and Cebu and grab a pair now!

ma Tibay Miles: A Benefit Run on April 9, 2017 at Guagua, Pampanga

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Once again in unity we are called upon to help save a baby’s life name Stevie Arghie M. Garcia or popularly known as “Baby Tibay”, who was diagnosed by a rare and fatal disease called “Biliary Atresia”. A condition that only a “Liver Transplant Operation” can cure, which costs 4.5 million Php.
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Baby Tibay’s Parents are just simple ordinary people who make enough just to raise a family and raising this kind of amount is a great burden for them. But, as any loving Parent would do, they will not give up and will fight and find ways to raise this kind of amount in order for their child to go on living and grow up to see the beauty what our God has given to us in this world.

So, on April 9, 2017, tell your family members, friends and neighbors to merge on this one meaningful event to help save a life of an angel called “Baby Tibay”. Let us all exploit this rare opportunity that was given to us to give life to a child.
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Thank you and here are the details below:
WHAT: maTibay Miles (A benefit run to save Baby Tibay from Biliary Atresia)
WHEN: April 9, 2017
WHERE: Plaza Burgos Guagua, Pampanga
DISTANCE and FEES:
10 Miles –  P750.00 (Event Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast)
6 Miles –  P650.00 (Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast)
3 Miles –  P550.00 (Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast)
2 Miles –  P400 (Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Donation to the Beneficiary, Freebies from the Sponsors, Free Breakfast)
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REGISTRATION SITES:
SPORTSHOUSE
– SM North Edsa
– SM Pampanga
– SM Clark
NEW BALANCE
– Marquee Mall Angeles, Pampanga
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ASSEMBLY TIME: 4:00 am
GUNTIME will be as followed:
10 Miles 5:00 am
6 Miles   5:30 am
3 Miles   5:45 am
2 Miles   6:00 am
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Race Medal

ONLINE REGISTRATION:
– Go to raceyaya.com
– Click Sign in Google/Facebopok
– Click on the event “maTibay Miles”
How to pay through online registration:
– Go to “My Races” located on the upper most left part of the screen
– Then click “Pay Now” and follow the instructions
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Sample Race Bib