RUNRIO Trilogy at Okada, Manila: Leg 1, June 25, 2017

Now, it’s back! Runrio Events, Inc., headed by Coach Rio Dela Cruz together with Andrew Neri and Dingdong Dantes is re-introducing the original Runrio Trilogy and other exciting running events for 2017 which will provide all runners, veterans and newbies alike, with the opportunity to take on their next running challenge.

The Trilogy series which will be held at Okada Manila, (near Aseana) Paranaque City, aims to inspire anyone to reach their own personal goal and is focused on supporting participants on every step of this Trilogy race journey. And like its previous iterations, runners who complete the highest distance of all 3 races will be honored at the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards Night to be held at Okada Manila.

Aside from Coach Rio’s Trilogy, other races are lined-up for this year, including the nationwide Milo elimination races, New Balance and Amway. As we all know by now, Coach Rio’s races personifies what makes his races stand out… great over-all organization, sufficient hydration, exclusive lanes for runners, adequate bananas for those running the longer distances and a promise for more medical personnel scattered all around the race course as its utmost aim is to ensure the safety of all runners!

Registration Fees:

Leg 1 (Half Marathon)
Registration Period: April 28 to June 11, 2017
5k – Php 1,100 |  Race bib, B-tag, Race shirt & lootbag
10k – Php 1,400 | Race bib, B-tag, Race shirt, Finisher’s medal & lootbag
21k – Php 1,800 | Race bib, D-tag, Race shirt, Finisher’s shirt, Finisher’s Medal & lootbag


Registration Sites:

Online registration HERE

In-store Registration and Prepaid cards available on May 6, 2017 at the following stores.

Adidas Stores
– Greenbelt 3
– Trinoma
– Solenad 3

Toby’s Sports
– SM Mall of Asia




RUNRIO Trilogy Series 2017 promises to be the most exciting ever!

Manila, Philippines – April 28, 2017 – Running coach Rio dela Cruz of RUNRIO Events, Inc. announces the start of its running series in the country – the RUNRIO Trilogy 2017 at the Okada Manila in Paranaque City.

The series is expected to attract an average of 12,000 running enthusiasts per leg from all over the country.   The first of the three legs is set for June 25 and features a half-marathon run including 10Km and 5Km race. This will be followed by the second leg on August 13, where it will showcase Rio’s very own Afroman distance which is a 32Km run, with shorter distances – 21Km, 10Km and 5Km. The 32Km is considered by runners as the ideal race for first-timers who aim to finish their very first full marathon.

The third and final leg will cap the series on October 1 with a full marathon of 42Km that also includes 21Km, 10Km, and 5Km race distances. Runners who complete the highest distance of all 3 races will be honored at the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards Night.

The very first RUNRIO Trilogy was held in 2010 with the primary purpose of providing a progressive running program for those who want to finish a full marathon.  This year’s RUNRIO Trilogy, will also feature popular actor and running enthusiast, Dingdong Dantes as the event ambassador.

“We are excited to launch the RUNRIO Trilogy race series because there are many running enthusiasts out there who are looking forward to this event. This year marks the 7th year of RUNRIO Trilogy, whose main objective is to educate runners to train and race progressively,” said award-winning actor Dantes. “Aside from this, part of the proceeds of this year’s race series will go to YesPinoy Foundation to support the organization’s philanthropic works” added Dantes.

Dantes is the founding chairman of YesPinoy Foundation.

The announcement of the RUNRIO Trilogy series is part of RUNRIO Events, Inc.’s expansion program that will bring more running activities to the public in the coming months.

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Runners can also expect bigger and more exciting races from the country’s premiere running events company as it looks to add more races in its portfolio such as trail running, obstacle runs, just to name a few.

RUNRIO will also be launching its new campaign “Heart to Finish”, which is expected to become the participants’ mantra for all RUNRIO races.

“We at RUNRIO understand that people join races not just to run. It’s more because of their desire and passion to be able to finish their 21k, 32k or 42k races with different motivations. We believe that if you run with your heart, anything is possible” said Coach Rio dela Cruz, President of RUNRIO Events, Inc.

One of the highlights of the media launch was the opening of the online registration while onsite registrations will be open starting May 6, 2017, at Adidas Greenbelt 3, Adidas Trinoma, Adidas Solenad 3, Adidas BGC and Toby’s SM MOA.

“I would like to invite all those who like running to join the RUNRIO Trilogy 2017. This unique running series will definitely provide runners a chance to train and prepare properly and a chance to show how far they can go when they run with their heart,” said Coach Rio dela Cruz, RUNRIO Events, Inc. President.

RUNRIO Trilogy is made possible by Adidas, Gatorade & Okada Manila. Adidas is the official RUNRIO Trilogy apparel. The most awaited race series of the year is also supported by Active Health, Summit Water and Garmin Philippines.

For more information, visit or like the official Facebook page,





Run For The (Smokey) Mountains 10k / 5k / 3k: May 21, 2017 at McKinley Hill, BGC

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The Run For The Smokey Mountains is to raise funds and instill community awareness for the kids of the Smokey Mountain Community in Tondo, Manila. Organized by a non-profit organization, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila, the Run for the Mountains will feature 3K, 5K, and 10K distances, the kiddie entertainment area, and another area to interact with the Indigenous People. Something for every member of the family.
This run will start and finish at McKinley West, McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig on May 21, 2017.
Race: Run for the Mountains
Date: May 21, 2017
Venue: McKinley West, McKinley Hill, BGC
Reg Fees: P500 (3K) / P600 (5K) / P750 (10K)
Assembly Time is at 5:00am

To register please click link: or you can visit our on-site store partners:

Toby’s Mall of Asia
Toby’s Megamall
Toby’s Glorietta
Toby’s Trinoma
Runnr BGC

Registration Fees are inclusive of singlet, race bib, loot bag, and entry to post-race raffle. Each loot bag will contain a Mega Fiber cookie bar, Jamba Juice free upsize voucher, Gu gels, and Pringles.
Because most proceeds will be donated, medals will only be awarded to the Top 3 finishers. Raffle prizes include Curves 1-day pass, Brooks shoes, and many more.
Post-race, Mangyan, Igorot, and Aeta athletes will showcase their skills in a “Ninja Warrior” type atmosphere which include archery, javelin throwing, blow pipes, storytelling, and native song and dances. Other proceeds from the race will go to the improvement of the Smokey Mountain Community Field of Dreams. JCI Manila will also be building water pipes for the IP groups.

(Last year, JCI Manila’s beneficiary for their charity run event was the L.I.F.E. Foundation to pay for the treatment of children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.)
Register online through this link: Run for the Mountains online registration. You may pay through BDO, BPI, Security Bank, MetroBank, DragonPay, or credit card (via Paypal). Race kits will be shipped to your listed address.
This is a great cause to run for.
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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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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 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