Of Running, Timing Chips and Facebook

Globe Run For Home 2010 Race Packet

Various local press releases describe running as the ‘new badminton’, which might seem a rather empty accolade, given that our endurance sport had seen its first heydays during the early 80s, long before the popularity of badminton. On balance, it’s fair comment.

At present, the current trend of running is at its peak. With two to three scheduled races on a given Sunday, i’m stumped on which race to join. On selecting my races, it still all boils down to who the race organizers/directors are, if the registration fees are reasonable (very rare these days), or if my running group is going to join the race. Often times, i’m swayed by joining if my group of friends are also joining–all for the camaraderie and support.

One race that stood out for me last year was the Globe Run For Home 2009, where i ran the 21k in 2:25. It was one of the most organized races, water and sports drinks were plentiful, portalets were laid out on parts of the route and my entry fee was practically free as the corresponding amount was converted into a text load on my Globe pre-paid account.

If my memory serves me right, it was also the first time that the “championchips” timing chips were introduced to track your moves and performance in different areas of the course and mainly to give an accurate finish time. Using these data, a performance analysis was also made available, giving a detailed assessment of each runner’s performance, his/her ranking vs. the total field of runners, your average speed during the race and split times at a particular point in the course.

This year’s edition of the race is going to be more visible in this hi-tech world. To make the results more timely, the timing chips that tracks your position along the course is now tied-up to your Facebook account and your finish time will automatically be posted in your FB account once you cross the finish line. Moreover, if your family and friends can’t be at the race venue to watch you live, they can watch a live streaming feed of the finish line by logging on to http://www.globe.com.ph/run. Pretty cool, huh?

If you have a Facebook account, just go to Globe’s Facebook account (Globe Ayala Land Run For Home) and click on “Go To Application” and install the Run For Home application on to your Facebook account. On race day, the timing chips will send newsfeed updates and race results to your profile.

It was a blast hearing all these innovations during their Blogger’s Night at the Shanghai Bistro at the Paseo Center in Makati last Tuesday. No less than 15 running bloggers were present to witness the presentation and it was great fun we had that night!

Run Bloggers Run

The crow at the Shanghai Bistro

Vince Mendoza of Finishline explaining the mechanics of the race

Coy Caballes, Social Media Manager of Globe Telecom

Bloggers Vener, Rod and Nora listen intently

Rico (Sheerwill) and Noelle (Kikayrunner)

Vener (Run Unlimited) and Roselle (The Running Diva)

With Nora (Life Begins At 50) who i'm meeting for the first time

L-R, Mariel (Solemates), Bards (Banana Running), Nora (Life Begins At 50), Vener (Run Unlimited), Jazzrunner, Noelle (Kikay Runner), Roselle (Running Diva), Que (Takbo.ph)

With the other bloggers

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Globe Run For Home 2010 In Pictures

Last night during the Bloggers Lauching of the Globe-Ayala Land Run For Home 2010, we were given the heads-up on the race event, from the mechanics of the registration, objectives, race routes, timing chips and the chance to update your friends live once you cross that finish line… via Facebook!

Here’s a summary of the event, pictures included:

Globe-Ayala Land Run For Home 2010:

Run for Home is a sporting event led by Globe and Ayala Land, to be held on March 21 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in the Makati Central Business District.
This is a run for the human race:  To provide affordable and decent housing for Filipinos in need, through Globe’s longtime ally, Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
It is a run for people of all ages and experience levels, with courses ranging from 3km to a half-marathon distance of 21km.

Organizer: Finish Line

Globe is giving away P170,000 worth of cash prizes.  Race winners can get cash prizes of up to P 15,000 and gift certificates worth P5,000 from New Balance.
But the true winner is the families who will benefit from Run for Home, through Habitat for Humanity.

Run for Home is different from other running events, for these reasons:

The first-ever race route through the Makati Central Business District
We wanted to give the runners a unique experience by letting them pass through an area that is usually busy and congested, but which on race day will be reserved just for them.
This will be the first ever running event to be held at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in the middle of the Makati Central Business District.

The use of an environmentally-friendly singlet
The Run for Home 2010 singlet is part of your race kit.
It is made from 100% recycled PET bottles and is being used for the first time ever in a Philippine running event.

There are 5 courses:
3 km:  Estimated to take 15 minutes to complete
5 km:  Estimated to take 30 minutes to complete
10 km : Estimated to take 1 hour and 10 minutes to complete
15 km:  Estimated to take 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete
21 km:   Estimated to take 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete

Globe is donating a portion of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity Philippines, with the common goal of building communities through volunteerism.
The donation will be handed over to Habitat for Humanity on race day, March 21, at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City.

Habitat for Humanity is a global organization dedicated to uplifting people’s lives by providing them affordable and durable housing. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Globe will support the construction of new housing units to address the need for resettlement of the informal settlers from the Pasig riverbanks, a project initiated by Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBIP).  Run for Home 2010 will help fund the construction of houses in Bayanijuan sa Calauan, a 100-hectare resettlement community in Barangay Dayap, Calauan, Laguna. This initiative is part of the Ayala Group of Companies’ commitment to build communities for those in need.

The course has been checked for safety. It will feature water stations, paramedic teams and portable toilets along the way.
There will also be a baggage deposit area at the race venue, and designated parking areas for participants and spectators.

–Participating runners each get an electronic timing chip that will track your moves and performance, auto-feed status updates to your Facebook account as you pass the finish line and allow you to get race pictures and analysis of your performance during the run.

–Within the same week as Run for Home 2010, you can download your race photos for free at http://www.globe.com.ph/run.Just type in your race number and you can find all photos with yourself in it.

–Competitive runners can also check their individual race results after the event, and get a detailed assessment of your running performance, e.g., your ranking vs. the total field of runners, your average speed during the race, your split times (time per lap/kilometer).

–And on race day, if your family and friends can’t be there to watch you live, they can watch a live streaming feed of the finish line by visiting http://www.globe.com.ph/run.

How to join the run:

You can register online at the Globe website http://www.globe.com.ph/run .
Or visit participating Globe stores:

o27    Trinoma Mall
o28    Greenhills Hub
o29    Glorietta 3
o30    SM Megamall Cyberzone      o31    Alabang Town Center
o32    SM Mall of Asia
o33    Market! Market!

After March 5,  registration will only be available at these Globe stores:
o    Trinoma Mall
o    Glorietta 3

You can also join by doing any of these things from February 14 to March 5:

o    Buy a new Globe Tattoo Broadband stick for just P 895 at a Globe store. Once you’ve got the stick, visit a participating Globe store and present your Official Receipt; you’ll get your race kit for free!
o    Register to Globe Duo for one month: It’s just P 399 if you’re a postpaid Globe user, and only P 450 if you’re on prepaid or Globe Tattoo. Once you’ve registered, just present the text message you received from Globe Duo, confirming you’re all signed up. You’ll get 50% off your race kit!
o    Just pay P 550 to join the 3k and 5k,  or P 700 for the 10k, 15k and 21k.
o    Bring your friends and run as a group!

§    If you all want to run in the 3k or 5k:
For a group of 5, it’s just P 2,200; you get 5 race kits.
For a group of 7, it’s just P 2,750; you get 7 race kits.
For a group of 10, it’s just P 3,850; you get 10 race kits

§    If you all want to run in the 10k, 15k or 21k:
For a group of 5, it’s just P 2,800; you get r race kits.
For a group of 7, it’s just P 3,500; you get 7 race kits.
For a group of 10, it’s just P 4,900; you get 10 race kits.

Let’s support their cause and hope to see you all in this race!