NBA + Fit = Spoelstra

I almost didn’t want to get up Sunday morning. I had set my cell phone alarm at 3:00am so I could get a head start and prepare myself to be at The Fort before 5:00am’s NBA Fit 10k Run. But before I could get up, I heard the slight drizzle outside and that made me stymied a bit and briefly considered skipping the morning race. Rains can do cast a sleepy spell on me.

I didn’t want to open my thoughts on making excuses in missing a scheduled race so I forced myself up. Did all my morning rituals, packed my things and met Pi-ya, who was already waiting for me at the 7-11 convenience store to give me a ride.

When I arrived at The Fort just before 5:00am, the 21k runners had just taken off and I just had a few minutes to claim my race packet from the registration area and do some warm-up jog. Surprisingly, a lot of runners had turned-up, ignoring the light rain that had made parts of the activity area soaked in rain and mud. And oh, I’m not forgetting that famed Miami Coach Fil-Am Erik Spoelstra was also running the 10k event. 🙂

With Les and Mich at the start

At the start line, I saw Les and Mich from aNR-UP and Gail, a long time runner friend from who was running again after a long lay-off. At the start, Gail and I took off at about 6:30/km pace and for someone who had had a long lay-off, she sure was in tip-top shape as she was just a step behind me up to the 4th km mark when she had to slow down a bit.

I too, had to slow down particularly when approaching water stations and walked through them which as an afterthought, bogged down my finish time considerably.

Just past the 5th kilometer mark, I saw a tall figure flanked by two shorter runners all walking and talking animatedly, taking their easy time. From behind, I could definitely recognize Rio dela Cruz with his thin frame and fuzzy hair. Just as I thought, beside him was the man himself, Coach Erik Spoelstra who looked exactly like the guy on TV commandeering the Miami Heat basketball team during the NBA finals.

As I took a picture of them, Rio was kind enough to introduce me to Coach Eric as the “Jazzrunner” blogger and that I had been attending his races regularly. The guy’s cool and he wished me luck as I continued my run.

Two Coaches: Coach Rio and Coach Erik Spoelstra

The Coach being mobbed at the finish

Again, I finished in over an hour but this race was a one great fun run. As with a Runrio event, I marveled at the extraordinary features of this race, the ever courteous marshals, the really long water stations and the festive atmosphere during the awards ceremonies. The organizers made everything happen so smoothly for the 6,000 runners, the usual de rigueur, a true mark of a successful event.

Here are some more pics from my Fujifilm cam:

Wet Sunday: The crowd at the finish

With "The Journeying James"

Les and Dyep!


Rio’s Gala Awards Night

The set stage was like a podium for the “stars”, taken straight from the annual American academy awards with all the trimmings of glitter and flashing lights with two giant replicas of an Oscar trophy ready to be awarded to the winning male and female actors.

Except that these actors are actually runners who were going to be given recognition for participating in all RunRio Trilogy races while completing the 21km/21km/32/km in legs 1, 2 and 3 of last year’s Trilogy runs, respectively.

The Decagon at Silver City in Frontera Verde, Pasig was transformed like a Hollywood Kodak Theater and like most RunRio events, everything was amazingly set-up; the red-carpet entrance, a photo-wall where verybody lined-up to pose and have their pictures taken before entering the hall. Attention to detail was obviously done and showed an impressive set, the result of meticulous arrangement and design.

Inside were two large screens to show the highlights of last year’s races and no less than than the band, 6 Cycle Mind rendered the Run Rio Theme song and the world famous Philippine All-Stars dance group mezmerized the audience with their svelty moves.

To get the event stirring, Coach Rio dela Cruz, organizer of the RunRio Trilogy invited Ms. Venus Raj and graced the occassion in a smashing mini-dress outfit as some of the guys jumped from their tables to take their pictures with her (me included). She is first cousin to Coach Rio. During the show, the guests were treated to a sumptuous buffett dinner by Paul Calvins and a variety of wines, vodkas and other spirits were overflowing at the bar.

Awards were given and major sponsors like Unilab, BGC, 100 plus, Nature Valley, Century Tuna, Globe, Summit Media, etc were on hand to award the plaques and medals. After the show, Coach Rio’s staff was given a rousing, well-deserved standing ovation for the success of the event and for the great races they organized.

This first ever awards night was definitely an awesome affair, the very first in the sports of running in the country and it would set the pace for more well-organized runs and expect more of this in the coming years ahead.

Here are some pictures:

The stage setting

At the other end

With Vima, Art and Amado
Part of the crowd
With Venus
With the man of the hour, Coach Rio
With the show’s emcees

The awarding ceremonies

With the bloggers
With Doc marvs and emcee, Tricia Chiongbian
With the gang

With some of the dancers

That's Zzzz...

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