UP aNR: Heartbreakers!

We’re still in a frenzy after sweeping 1st place in all events at yesterday’s Adidas Adination of Runners (aNR) 2nd 5th Sunday Run at Eastwood City. And the whole aNR Heartbreakers Team are still basking on the dramatic race finish wherein our last male relay runner, Blackjack boldly nipped the lead runner a few meters from the finish for a grand slam win!

The Team Relay is probably the most exciting and competitive event and after winning first place finishes in the male and female individual 5k race and bagging 1st in the Women’s relay a few minutes after, we were now set to win the last event, the Male 5k relay.

It wasn’t easy at the outset when Anthony, our first runner came only in 3rd or about 15 seconds behind the leading runner from the  BHS group. The same order of runners followed with our 2nd, 3rd and 4th runners now tailing the BHS group by about 30 seconds.

However, Team Heartbreakers was not to be denied as anchor leg Blackjack staged a courageous sprint surging past the BHS runner at the finish winning by a mere second or two.

This is our second over-all championship after winning all categories in last January’s inaugural aNR 5th Sunday run at Resorts World. It was a great day with another set of trophies (and cash) for our team.

1. Gerald de Asis — 1st Place
2. Rey Santos — 4th Place
3. Noel Castillo
4. Romy Doctolero
5. Edwin Reyes
*Reserve: Louie Lopez, Hendy Cheung

1. Janette Lumidao — 1st Place
2. Jomarie Allyson — 3rd Place

1. Anthony Aserdano
2. Charles Reyes
3. Louie Mar Estrella
4. Ronnie Valentin
5. Greg Ebina
*Reserve: Carlo Molod

1. Grace Parcon
2. Jappy Villasanta
3. Marydel Parcon
4. Pinky Roque
5. Mariflor Embuscado

Team Heartbreakers

Posing near the Adidas store

Celebrating our victory!

Our Team Leaders KB, Glo, Nick and myself would like to thank Team Heartbreakers for their full support, unity and for making our group one happy family.

We also congratulate the other aNR groups of BHS, Ortigas, Tiendesitas, Ayala Tri, MOA and Alabang for their camaraderie, friendship and sportsmanship and giving their best for this event.

Till next August in Alabang!

Re-Grouping For The 2nd aNR 5th Sunday Run

We are now just 3 weeks away from the 2nd Adidas 5th Sunday Run on May 29 at Eastwood City. Our Adidas Adination of Runners (aNR) group in U.P. is presently gearing up for this race and we’re all in high spirits. The group is in the midst of their speed session phase and in about a week from now, we’re be having our final line-up of runners for the 5k male and female relay and individual events.

Ronald Salgado (2nd from left) of UP, aNR getiing ready for the relay start during the 1st 5th Sunday Run

During the 1st 5th Sunday Run last January 30, 2011 at the Resorts World in Pasay, our group emerged as Champions in the both men and women relay teams, aside from bagging 1st and 2nd for the individual male 5k run while snatching 1st and 3rd place for the women 5k individual race.

For the May 29 event, there will be some slight changes on our line-up but we still expect it to be a “lean and mean” team that can still give the other aNR groups a run for their money.

The UP aNR group

Also, the UP aNR group will be sporting their new get-up which i hope will be ready before race day. It looks something like this:


We’ll be there in full force cheering and giving encouragement for our team.

Go, heartbreakers!:-)

Co-Team Leader KB Runner recieving his Adidas supply

See you May 29

Runners in Quezon City can still join the UP group by attending its Tuesday sessions, 6:30pm in front of Bahay ng Alumni Building, UP campus.

Photo Of The Week: The aNR U.P. Lady Runners Plus 1

So, there were guys from the aNR, Ortigas/Tiendesitas group who purportedly wanted to join the aNR/UP running sessions last night but in reality wanted to see our single ladies in the flesh. Unfortunately, the one they were really looking for left hurriedly early last night.

Guess who, from the ladies above got their attraction the most?


Photo by Atty. Rain Ordonez [KB Runner]

Runners Flock to Adidas U.P. Adination Opening

The opening crowd

Long awaited and anticipated, the Adidas Adination of Runners (aNR) running group/community has finally made its debut at the UP Campus grounds last Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

The running group threw open its doors to about 124 runners for the first time in Quezon City and it takes aim to provide regular runners of the UP Diliman Campus and its environs a piece of the great action that is taking place in their other four regular venues, the Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Triangle Makati, Ortigas and Ayala Alabang.

Beyond just providing a venue for runners to run around the UP campus in groups, aNR-UP will will spearhead the participants to various running sessions which will include proper running technique to develop their skills, stamina, proper running form and motivation to sustain all runners into this healthy running lifestyle. And last Tuesday’s opening session just gave a glimpse of what runners would expect in the coming Tuesday evening sessions to come.

I have been tasked to head this group at UP being a regular here with the Runnex group that also hold its own running clinic every Sunday. My only concern was how much we could draw runners to come and have them attend the weekly sessions regularly. I’ve had regular discussions with the Team Leaders of the other groups and specially from Jinoe Gavan of takbo.ph who is the overseer of aNR and gave some valuable feedbacks on what to expect, the procedures, hassles and the benefits runners has to gain in joining aNR.

Elite Triathlete Monica Torres and Coach Jojo Macalintal as guest instructors

We were fortunate enough to have as guest lecturers Coach Jojo Macalintal and multi-awarded triathlete Monica Torres who both gave valuable tips in form, techniques, stretching exercises and the value of proper nutrition.

In terms of anticipation and initial runner reception for the rain soaked and dark venue fronting the Abelardo Hall which we had to vacate to transfer in the more well-lighted front portion of the UP Theater, around 50 runners were assembled ahead of the 6:30pm start which swelled to around 120 participants when the sessions began. Co-TL Abby Jocson, designated Assistant TL Cecille Lavarez and myself breathed a sigh of relief when the rain stopped, in time for the running drills.

And it’s worth noting that Adidas had added a little incentive for the newly registered aNR runners in offering loot bags of Adidas products. Thanks to Jinoe and Que Gavan of http://takbo.ph, Sidney, JM, Jillian of Adidas and Mike and co. of BrandAction.

To the unregistered members who attended last Tuesday’s opening and those who plan to join for the first time, please register now for Adination membership at the following Adidas stores:

adidas TRINOMA , adidas GREENBELT, adidas ROCKWELL , adidas GATEWAY, adidas GLORIETTA , adidas SHANGRILA, adidas EASTWOOD, adidas ATC , adidas Newport City, SM MOA . Registration is FREE!

The aNR-UP will be held every Tuesday evening, starting at 6:30pm in front of UP Theater. See you there!

We are also on facebook.

Giving praises to aNR UP! Hallelujah!

Coach Jojo talks on running

Loot Bags from Adidas

Updates: Adination at U.P. (November 9, 2010)


I received an e-mail from Jinoe Gavan of Takbo.ph about a training program that was devised by a Singaporean Coach/Runner for  Phase 2 on all six (6) Adidas Adination groups here in Manila. It includes a schedule that is geared for runners who want to finish a 5k, 10k and a 21k. We will show you this during our opening on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 6:30PM in front of Abelardo Hall.

Also, registration for new members for the UP Adination are now being accepted at Trinoma. Kindly visit their store and fill up their registration forms so that you may be given a “Passport” that would entitle you to lots of Adidas discounts on races, gears and freebies. However, the forms are still on limited basis and is on a first-come-first-served basis.

In a meeting with the Adidas officers in charge of the Adination groups, Jinoe disclosed of various set-ups that will hopefully be implemented during the start of Phase 2 (November 9 for UP). Here are some of the updates agreed upon:

  • The Adination Team Leaders are allocated Passports on a limited basis to be distributed to runners who have pre-registered. However, registrations will still be done at the Adidas stores.
  • The aNR limited edition singlets will still be made available for sale. However, this might exclusively be distributed at Runnr Store. Start of sale will be announced shortly.
  • Hopefully, we shall receive the Passports of those who registered at the recent KOTR on Monday (if they were not given theirs yet) and if available by then, we shall give them on opening night.
  • We will have coaches and guest resource speakers for all aNR groups.
  • We will track attendance by putting the control numbers of the aNR members. The new passport has control numbers. It will only be your respective Control Numbers that will be logged in the attendance sheet and at the end of the week, we submit it to Adidas’ marketing arm, Brand Action for data keeping and analysis.

See you on Tuesday, November 9, 6:30pm!