Condura Skyway Marathon 2015: Feb. 1, 2015

I did the half in 2013 and i have to say that it was one of the best 21k ever for me that year! Long, straight challenging route, very good organization, plenty of aid stations, no traffic intersections and the lack of scenery did not hurt my impression of the event either.

When the organizers canceled the Condura Skyway Marathon (CSM) early this year for reasons that remain unclear, many runners including myself were a bit disheartened when we have looked forward in running this race again last February. No doubt, it was one of the most anticipated races in our calendars and one that would enable you to run on the Skyway, so seeing this canceled because of alleged reasons beyond their control, despite the favorable reviews given to it had cast some doubt if the race was sustainable for the organizers.

But fret not! Next February 1, 2015, CSM will have about 15,000 runners trooping back the starting line at Filinvest City in Alabang signaling a new beginning for the country’s only Skyway marathon.

They have returned

From the CSM 2013 Race

Condura Skyway Marathon Run for a Hero 2015 all set for February 1, 2015!

(Press Release)

The wait is over for the Premier Marathon event in the country, Condura Skyway Marathon, one of the biggest and most anticipated marathon events of the Philippines goes back to the starting line for its seventh edition, on Sunday, 1 February 2015 in Filinvest City, Alabang.

Expecting a huge field of about 15,000 runners from all over the Philippines and other parts of the world, this premier racing event will again be the perfect opener to a season of active and healthy lifestyle.

RACE DETAILS

Condura Skyway Marathon: Run For A Hero 2015

When:   February 1, 2015 (Sunday)
Where:   Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Race categories:   42k / 21k/ 10k/ 6k
Race owner:   Condura Skyway Marathon
Beneficiary:  HERO Foundation
Target registration:   Limited to 15,000 runners only

Race Fees and Inclusions:

  • 42K   –  P 2,000.00
  • 21K   –  P 1,700.00
  • 10K   –  P 1,000.00
  •    6k   –  P     900.00

Inclusive of : Technical Race Shirt, D-Tag Timing, Donations, Finisher’s Medal.

21k and 42k Finishers will get an extra Finisher’s Shirt

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CSM2015-Technical Shirt

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CSM2015-Finishers’ Medals

BENEFICIARY

Organized by Condura Skyway Marathon’s Founder and Chief Organizing Officer, Ton Concepcion, and its running ambassador, Patrick Concepcion.
This year’s race is dubbed – RUN FOR A HERO

This year’s beneficiary will be Hero foundation – we will send kids to school.
Find out more about the Hero Foundation at www.herofoundation.com.ph
“We can be heroes for a day” – Ton Concepcion

REGISTRATION:

For Credit Card Payments:

1. Register online at http://www.conduramarathon.com
2. Pay via the PayPal gateway using your credit card. A PhP200 processing fee will be charged for all credit card registrants. A confirmation email will be sent out as proof of successful registration.

3. For local runners, your race kit will be delivered to your registered delivery address from 03 November 2014 to 30 November 2014. Ensure your availability to receive your race kit.

For international runners, race kit redemption will be from 28 January 2015 to 31 January 2015. Details to be announced.

Prepaid Card:

1. Buy your CSM 2015 Prepaid Card at the nearest participating Asics Shop. Prepaid cards will be sold only on cash-basis.
2. Register online at http://www.conduramarathon.com. Enter the unique code found at the back of your prepaid card when prompted. A confirmation email will be sent out as proof of successful registration.
3. Claim your race kit from the Asics shop where you bought your prepaid card starting 15 January to 25 January 2015. When claiming, present a print-out of the confirmation email. Strictly no print-out, no race kit.

Participating Asics Shops:
Asics Greenbelt 3 G/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Asics Two Parkade Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City
Asics Trinoma Level 2, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
Asics Fairview, 2nd Level, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Quezon
City
Asics Ayala Cebu Level 2, Ayala Center, Cebu City
Asics Centrio, Level 1, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro
Asics Solenad Solenad 2, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Sponsors:

The Condura Skyway Marathon: Run for a Hero 2015 is presented by co-title sponsors Condura and Skyway, presenting sponsor Asics, official venue sponsor Filinvest City.

Visit the official website www.conduramarathon.com and like us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/conduramarathon for more details.

Official Hashtag: #ConduraSkywayMarathon

My Condura Skyway 2013 Experience

I have been posting on other topics this week, mostly on upcoming races (and there’s a lot of them in the following weeks) but I didn’t want you to think that I had given up writing about my experience in last Sunday’s Condura Skyway Marathon (CSM).

In fact, i had just up-loaded some pics of mine taken during the race which surprisingly were just a few when i remember hollering every time i came upon photographer-friends who were snapping shots relentlessly. 🙂

Last Sunday’s run was only my third up there in the Skyway, having ran the inaugural half-marathon during its first edition and doing the full the following year, 2010.

Having registered for the full marathon last Sunday, i didn’t really have any serious training the weeks prior to it, not even running more than 10k on occasions that i had time to run so a week prior to Sunday’s event, i swapped race packets with team-mate Leo and downgraded myself to running the half instead.

There are a lot of ways to describe the Condura Skyway Marathon and you just have to be there to experience it yourself:

LIKES:

  • Logistically, the race was flawless and i think the race organizers did an incredible job in planning and preparing for security and the well-being of all runners atop the Skyway.
  • Adequate parking spaces near the start. Arriving at the venue at 2:45 am with my team-mate Betty, we were able to get a parking space inside the Festival mall although had we driven nearer the starting area, there were still parking spaces on many vacant lots.
  • Well organized race-start. Corrals were adequately marked as we found our way to Wave A. However, wave A was further cut into half even though it wasn’t too crowded so we found ourselves in A2 and had to wait for another 5 minutes before our turn to start.

At the start. We were on Wave A-2. Wave A-1 (below underpass) just started their race.

  • Adequate hydration stations were present, manned by uniformed marshals that offered an abundance of cold water.
  • Individual medics were stationed in strategic points all through out the course to give first-aid to those who need it.
  • Presence of portalets after every water station which were heaven-sent to those runners who used it.
  • Bananas were offered during the last part of the race which was just fine.
  • Ambulances were at key areas to ensure immediate medical attention was provided when needed.

21k Wave A-1 started at exactly 3:30. Our wave would start at 3:35

Wave A-2 starts

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT:

  • While CSM was high in organization, the route was low in scenery be it dark or daybreak.  Although no fault of the organizers here, i wish that the Skyway route be spruced up with more entertainment as it got to the point of being monotonous, specially for those running the half and full marathons.
  • Those marching bands and percussion ensembles that were playing near the finish line should have been sent up there and provide some color and excitement at the tedious route. Also, the pom-pom girls cheering 150 meters away before the finish line should be a boost if they were stationed just before going down the skyway.
  • The 100 Plus carbonated drinks should be a welcome treat for runners *after* finishing the race and not while racing. Again and again, i’ve heard runners complaining about doing unscheduled pit stops at the portalets because of these drinks. For me, i know what it does so i just limit myself to a sip or two near the end of a race to avoid making a no.2 or 3.

Photo credit to ARC (Thanks!)

  • Activity area was overcrowded after the race so they should have spread out the booths farther away from each other.

If you are after setting a PR, no route can top this course because you can be assured that you can run uninterrupted, no street intersections to deal with. Even with those slight long and tricky uphills, you can adjust your pace without losing much ground and attack those downhills easily.

I was able to manage the boredom that was setting in by “zoning-out” during the run, pretending that the lamp posts on the middle and both sides of the Skyway were pine-trees or any tall tree giving light from the darkness. Also, i would sometimes peak over the railings and look down, pretending that i was seeing ravines and rivers below, imagining that i was on a mountain trail. 🙂

Heading towards the finish (Credits to Soleus)

Was able to manage a 2:36 for the half, satisfied enough even with the lack of training!

Over-all, i say this race is one of the most satisfying running event to join every year, specially those who have not ran the Skyway yet.  The race organization was spotless and well supported and as drab as the course might be, once you conquer it, you’ll be patting at each other’s back forever.

Thank you Condura Skyway Marathon!

Check-out race results here: www.conduraskywaymarathon.com

With Betty

With teamate Alex too

Team 90% with Cong. Leo (left)

Drinking time after the race

Pulutan to go with the drinks!

It’s Another Trip To The Skyway!

Lured by the prospect of running the whole gamut of the SLEX Skyway from Alabang and back, more than 13,000 runners took to this highway last February to raise money for the planting of 39,000 mangroves in Zamboanga de Sibugay.

This marathon will be back on February 3, 2013 and will offer the same traffic-free, well-organized race,  and has an atmosphere that’s always extremely friendly and welcoming. There will be perks if you join this marathon so hurry up and register as slots will be expected to fill-up soon!

With the ageless, Pat Concepcion, Condura’s Marathon Ambassador

Mr. Ton Concepcion, brains behind the Condura Marathon

Here are the details of the race:

5 NEW REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD RUN THE CONDURA SKYWAY MARATHON

  1. RUN FOR FREE.   Buy a pair of Asics running shoes and register in any race distance for FREE!  (Terms & Conditions apply.  Participating Asics outlets :  Greenbelt 3,  Solenad Nuvali and Zalora.com)
  2. RUN FOR THE MANGROVES. Plant 3 trees under your name and help build a mangroves forest in Zamboanga de Sibugay. A total of 39,000 seedlings have already been planted in Kabasalan Town in 2012 through runners donation.
  3. RUN NEW DISTANCES.  Introducing the 6k and 3.8k race distances for the adventurous fun runners!
  4. GET A QUICK DRY SHIRT DESIGNED BY TEAM MANILA.

All registered runners get a cool “I RAN FOR THE MANGROVES” top; while 42k runners get an exclusive “I CONQUERED THE SKYWAY” finishers shirt.

5.  RUN AND GET A COOL MEDAL.  Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned runner, completing your chosen distance makes you an absolute winner in our book.  You deserve a medal whichever distance you finish!

CONDURA SKYWAY MARATHON KICKS OFF 2013 WITH MORE REASONS TO RUN (Press Release)

The premier marathon event in the country, the Condura Skyway Marathon, Run for the Mangroves 2013 goes to the starting line on February 3, 2013 in Filinvest City,  Alabang. It will be the curtain-raiser for the new running year of 2013 – perfect timing for those who are serious in getting back to form after the long series of holidays and merry-making and for those who finally would like to get off that couch and find the fun and fulfilment in running.

Organized by Condura Skyway Marathon’s Founder and Chief Organizing Officer, Ton Concepcion and its running ambassador Patrick Concepcion,  the sixth edition of this much-anticipated yearly race event by runners for runners once again is out to prove that it is worthy of its bid to be the premier running event in Asia Pacific.

This year, the race will have the usual 10k, 21k and full 42k marathon categories plus the new 3.8k, 6k which are especially meant for the fun and adventurous runners who are not yet ready to take on the mid to long distance-races.

By the first hour of February 3, 2013, the Condura Skyway Marathon will again make the Skyway as the runners’ playground.  Originating from the Filinvest City in Alabang, runners of all distances will be taken to the Skyway as a major part of their race route – a major attraction that promises runners of an exclusive, traffic-free, clean and well-lit race environment.

Apart from the challenge and fun that this race has in-store for runners, participating in this race will also mean taking part in the Condura Skyway Marathon advocacy of helping with the reforestation of the Mangroves in Zamboanga de Sibugay in partnership with Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF) . Each runner through their registration, will get to donate three mangrove seedlings which will be planted in his/her name. In 2012, the first year that Condura Skyway Marathon adopted the mangroves reforestation project to its cause, a total of 39,000 seedlings have already been planted in Kabasalan Town through runners’ donation.

A very special treat also awaits interested Condura Skyway Marathon 2013 participants!  Get a chance to register for FREE to any race category upon buying a pair of an ASICS running shoes.

Registration to the race is from November 15 to December 23, 2012 at the Asics Registration Center in Greenbelt 3 Ayala Mall in Makati City. Each participant will receive, as part of the registration, an “I RAN FOR THE MANGROVES” quick-dry shirt designed for the event by Team Manila.

Whether a participant is a newbie or a seasoned runner, completing their chosen distance makes them an absolute winner  since each runner will receive a cool Finisher’s Medal whichever distance they have completed! For full marathon finishers, an “I CONQUERED THE SKYWAY” finisher’s shirt exclusively designed by Team Manila will also be given to them.

The Condura Skyway Marathon, Run for the Mangroves 2013 is Co-Title Sponsored by Skyway and presented by sports apparel and shoe sponsor Asics, hydration sponsor 100 Plus and venue sponsor Filinvest City. For more information on the race and its advocacy visit the official website www.conduraskywaymarathon.com or the official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/conduraskywaymarathon

About the Condura Skyway Marathon

The Condura Skyway Marathon is an annual running event open to amateur and professional runners. From its simple beginnings in 2007 as a short-distance Condura Run race event in Metro Manila, the Condura Skyway Marathon has grown to be one of the biggest, premier running event in the country attracting more than ten thousand runners across the country who are interested to have a Skyway running experience.

Going Bananas: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Tessa Banana?

I would not have missed this race for anything. In the past two editions of The Condura Skyway Run, i ran both races, the 21k and 42k last year and i cherished the experience of running atop the skyway…cheering on each other, looking after your pace while struggling to get the remaining miles over with.

However, i had to miss last Sunday’s edition as i was still recovering from the recurring plantar fascitiis which is healing slowly and to risk running more would just aggravate the long, slow, healing process.

Handing out bananas to runners at an aid station isn’t exactly a fun, ideal alternative pursuit to running or cross-training (unless you eat the bananas yourself) but you sure appreciate being in the middle of the action and all this hoopla of assisting and cheering runners takes on another level.

So the first time i volunteered for takbo.ph’s Aid Station along Buendia Avenue at last Sunday’s Condura Skyway Marathon, it was everything i didn’t possibly expect. Plenty of good company with the old guards of takbo.ph, handing out bananas, cheering, taking their photos, clapping or shouting encouragements (“Go, teh, you can do it”, “Malapit na, teh”) and the young female runners goes giggling and found it a bit amusing after seeing a middle-aged guy addressing them as Teh (Ate or sister)! Lol!

Eat all you can!

It puts a little perspective to my own participation in running and i realize that this is the world i am part of and i am used to being cheered and encouraged at and not the other way around. You also get to notice, and not too often, that while the leading elite runners run a lot faster, we ordinary runners struggle just as mightily and hurt just as much as this Big Guns in our pursuit of a PR.

Nice to know that people thank you in return and some had recognized me as they ask why i am not running this race. “No training” is just what i reply. As i see the last of the runners pass by our station and headed for the finish line, i end my volunteerism as i wanted to catch up with my running friends who were now waiting for me at the finish line. I take a cab with Abby, my co-Team Leader at the aNR-UP who was also going to meet BFF Luis at the finish.

Running friends: L-R, Tonet, Aileen, Alex, Sylvia, Cecil, Betty and Dante

After the race

I meet my group after the race and all were satisfied with their time and the conduct of the race. All were unanimous in the excellent race organization… perfect race, delicious bananas!

For me, giving back to this sport is what it’s all about!

The takbo.ph volunteers

Thanks to Jinoe for the pictures!

Rizal Day 32k Run: A Nice Year-Ender

Last Monday’s 32k Rizal Day run will probably be my last long run for the year, barring Mel’s persistence that we do one more LSD on the 31st. Not this week, Mel! I’m just thinking about having easy runs from now on and slowly resume training on the first week of January for the Condura Skyway Marathon   on February 6. The Skyway Marathon is creeping up on me like a house on fire. It comes barely 2 months after my QCIM marathon last December 5 and the gruelling 21k Corregidor International Half-Marathon last week. With just 5 weeks to go before Condura, i’m cramming again like i’ve been under-training, instead of just doing maintainance runs which many have suggested.

And Monday’s 32k run at Camp Aguinaldo just came at the right time. A near bare-to-the bones race, no frills, but a race with just the right attitude that a lot of runners would appreciate–it felt exhillarating to run a again on a course so quiet, unruffled, where runners could just bond and talk, meditate or push as much as they want without the pressure and stress of other mega races.

Having run this course at last year’s edition, the organizers had the right distance this time, a full four and 3/4 loop at 32k, plus a few hundred meters change that had many of us laughing when the lead runners lapped us again with barely 4 loops completed. Unlike last year when i had to make a pit stop at a “For Officers’ Use Only” bathroom inside the camp’s fire department, it was a long, continuous run this time, only making stops when reaching the water stations.

It was great to see running friends and those who greeted me everytime i passed or was passed by runners. It seems that most runners knew everyone else, a close kinship where the truest and most dedicated ones have congregated and it was no surprise that the BDM veterans and would be ultrarunners were present.

I just ran a moderate pace, even when going the downhill parts and just enjoyed the cool breeze, my concentration just centered on finishing the distance strong. But it wasn’t to be until the 29k mark, going into the last 3/4 loop when i had to walk-run most of the time as the heat started to swell and my calf muscles started to lock. I must say that some of the hydration tables were under-equipped when the table marshalls were using small plastic bags instead of cups and the lack of water on some of the tables. Good thing i had my hydration belt with me and it sustained me well all throughout the race.

The affable Manong Jovie (baldrunner), race organizer was on hand at the finish line to welcome all finishers and i was handed a nice coffee mug which had a number “123” on it. It meant that i finished 123rd from the 200 runners who finished the race!:-) My finish time was 4:07, not being able to make the sub four hour that i was hoping for. I was satisfied with my time though, knowing that i didn’t push real hard and was just aiming to finish strong.

Over-all, the race was fine and i’m looking forward to joining its 3rd edition next year. Here are some pictures of the event. Thanks to my FB friends for some of the pics posted.

With Tin Ferrera (2nd place, female) and Ebong Bautista

With FB friends

Wearing our nice Finishers' Shirt

Running at the west side portion of the route

Ebong & Mel (r)

Presenting: The Condura Skyway Marathon 2011

Ton Concepcion, President/CEO of Condura Durables, marathoner and main race organizer of the Condura Skyway Marathon will have his hands full when he stages the next big marathon in the country, The Condura Skyway Marathon on February 6, 2011. 

Re-branding it from its former name “Condura Run” to Skyway Marathon”, Ton hopes to position this marathon as one of the largest in Asia by 2012 and hopes to attact about 12,000 runners to this year’s race.

With the help of his events team at Condura, Princess Galura of Event King, Rio dela Cruz of Runrio and the people behind Ironman, Philippines,  his meticulous planning skills and determination will again be at the forefront, this being his 4th staging of this race.

Being a marathoner himself, he’s in the position to know what’s best for runners, taking into consideration their safety, concerns and over-all satisfaction that would benefit both runners and his advocacies.

I was able to attend the Blogger’s launching of this event last Wednesday and below is Mr. Concepcion’s presentation of the 2011 Skyway Marathon:  

For registration, please go to the Express lane of Condura Skyway Marathon Registration Center in Greenbelt 3 (fronting Asics store). Pay the registration fee and claim the race packet and dri-fit technical shirt.

We wish Ton Concepcion, his brother Pat and the rest of his team a successful staging of next February 6’s race!