Adidas KOTR (Philippines) 2013 Now Set: July 7, 2013

EVENT: adidas King of the Road 2013 (Philippines)

Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

July 7, 2013 (Sunday)

I’ve been joining this race for the past several years and adidas’ KOTR is one of the most anticipated, very well-attended where we get to see international runners from all over ASIA and parts of the world participate in this truly unique event.

adidas King of the Road (KOTR) is a running championship held across Southeast Asia. Held in five countries across the region, ( Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia and organised in city areas, the adidas KOTR race will culminate in an ultimate championship race that will be held in a different host country each year.

This year’s Asian KOTR will commence in the Philippines on July 7, 2013.

Race Categories and Registration Fees:

10K Relay for Students
Male Students run first 5K, Female Students run second 5K
(All Nationalities, Students only) Php 800

10K Regular
Men’s Regular (All Nationalities)
Women’s Regular (All Nationalities) Php 1,100

16.8K
Men’s  (Filipino Only)
Women’s  (Filipino Only)
Men’s Open (International)
Women’s Open (International) Php 1,300

Relays:

10k Relay For Students (All Nationalities) — Php 800.00

  • Each Relay Pair must be made up of one male and one female runner.
  • Runners may be from different schools.
  • Registration can only be done in the offline registration booths. (NOTE: Online registration is not available for the 10K Relay for Students. Students will have to bring a valid student’s ID to offline registration sites to sign up.)
  • Runners must each bring valid school IDs to the registration booths as proof.
  • Runners must be 25 years old or below to sign up in this category.

Registration:

Online Registration here. Open from May 2-June 23, 2013.

On-Site Registration. Open from May 2-June 30, 2013

Registration inside the stores open Mondays-Sundays; 12nn-8pm

  • adidas Trinoma
  • adidas Megamall
  • adidas Powerplant
  • adidas Greenbelt 3
  • adidas Two Parkade/BGC
  • Runnr Bonifacio High Street
  • adidas Mall of Asia

Group Registration:

Runners who register as groups at the same time & location get the following discounts on the KOTR registration fees:

  • Group of 10 runners = Php100 off each
  • Group of 15 runners = Php150 off each
  • Group of 20 runners = Php 200 off each

NOTE: This discount is only available in offline registration sites.

SINGLET DESIGN:

Cash Prize for 16.8km Male & Female

Position Open Category (Filipino Only) Closed Category (All Nationalities)
1st 25,000 Php 35,000 Php
2nd 12,500 Php 15,000 Php
3rd 8,000 Php 10,000 Php

Cash Prize for 10km Male & Female

Position Open Category (All Nationalities)
1st 15,000 Php
2nd 10,000 Php
3rd 7,500 Php

Cash Prize for 10km Relay for Students 
(Runner #1 Male & Runner #2 Female)

Position Student Relay (All Nationalities, Students only)
1st 10,000 Php
2nd 7,500 Php
3rd 5,000 Php

Overall School Champion for Runner #1 Male and Runner #2 Female win 25,000 Php each for the schools they represent.

Last Year’s KOTR

(Press Release)

All In for the Biggest Race Across Southeast Asia

adidas Philippines Opens Registration for the Annual adidas King of the Road 2013

Runners, it’s time for you to gear up because adidas is now opening the registration for this year’s adidas King of the Road (KOTR), happening this July 7 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The 2013 edition of the adidas KOTR will allow runners to choose between the 16.8K and 10k race categories. The 16.8K-distance will have two sub-categories—Closed, which will be exclusive for Filipinos, and Open category for all nationalities. Male and female runners who will top the race from the Closed category will be crowned as the Philippines’ King and Queen of the Road and will represent the country in the adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship in Malaysia later this year.

On the other hand, the 10K-distance will have an added feature this year, the Student’s Relay category. The Students’ Relay category, created to encourage the youth to lead a healthy lifestyle, will be open exclusively to college and university students 25 years old and below. One male and one female student need to partner up and form a relay team, with each running a 5km leg. The winning pair will win cash prizes individually as well as for their respective schools.

The regular 10K race will still be held, which is open to all runners interested to join this distance. Prizes also await runners who will top the said categories.

“The brand’s battle cry is All In, as adidas continues to support and encourage people to be the best they can be in whatever interests they have —be it sports, fashion, or music ” says Jason Gervasio, adidas Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager. “In the case of KOTR, adidas is showcasing its commitment to sports by bringing together and empowering runners from all over the Philippines and Southeast Asia, giving them a chance to engage in their passion for running.”

Southeast Asia Roads Lead to Malaysia

adidas is not only encouraging runners to compete within their countries. As part of its drive to provide the best experiences for its consumers, KOTR will once again be held in different legs across the SEA countries.

To date, the first adidas KOTR SEA Regional Championship held in October 2011 culminated in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, involving participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. The success of this multi-country race inspired the brand to make the event a regional annual tradition. Hence, the KOTR SEA Championship Year 2 was organized and held at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore in 2012.

This year, participants of the KOTR SEA Championship will get a chance to run through the streets of Malaysia. The final race will be held in October, where winners from Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will be joined by the KOTR SEA Championship Closed Category participants from the host country itself. Only one winner each from the Male and Female divisions will be crowned as the adidas Southeast Asia King and Queen of the Road.

How to Join KOTR 2013

There are two ways to sign up for this year’s adidas King of the Road Philippines:

  1. Visit http://adidaskingoftheroad.com/ph and register online by filling up all the required fields (not available for 10KM Relay for Students). Online registration is open from May 2 to June 23, 2013.
  1. Visit any of the seven (7) adidas KOTR 2013 registration sites in the following stores —adidas Greenbelt 3, adidas SM Mall of Asia, adidas SM Megamall, adidas Powerplant, adidas Trinoma, adidas Two Parkade (Bonifacio Global City), or Runnr at Bonifacio High Street. Onsite registration is open from May 2 to June 30, 2013.

Race fees are as follows: P1,300 for the 16.8K race; P1,100 for for the 10K regular race; and P800 for for the 10K students’ race. Runners signing up for the 10K students’ race will have to present vaild student IDs (must be valid until July 7, 2013) at the registration sites.

There is also a discount for runners that sign up in large groups. Participants who register with their friends and family at the same time at the registration site get the following discounts:

  • Group of 10-14 = Php100 off each
  • Group of 15-19 = Php150 off each
  • Group of 20+ = Php200 off each

Supporting this year’s race are the sponsors Summit Water and 100 Plus

For more news, updates, and promos on adidas KOTR 2013, visit www.facebook.com/adidas or follow the conversation with #kotrph2013.

My KOTR Blues

If you think you can get away with late night drinking sprees with colleagues, staying up until the wee hours of the morning watching videos, not running a step for 7 straight days then expecting at least to run a decent 16.8k race knowing that your 21k race the Sunday before can carry you over this race… man, you got it all screwed up!

This is what i experienced yesterday during the Adidas King of the Road (KOTR) 16.8 race at BGC and the feeling was like someone had just hammered the barrel of a baseball bat with one swift swing into my head! Hahah…I had a head-ache and my plantar was throbbing in pain for most part of the run.

When the gun start was fired, i tried to keep up with team-mate Betty who has been a pace-mate for many past races and told her to keep it easy as i hadn’t had any training for the last 7 days. She flew past anyway so i just had to hang on and i knew that i was not up to speed as i was already huffing and puffing for the first 3 kms which was unusual  for many of my past races.

Approaching the 4th km., i knew i couldn’t keep up with the pace which was not exactly a fast one, but i told her to go ahead so i could run a slower pace. She wouldn’t leave me and instead, tried still to encourage me to go on with her. Never thought that a week of sinful pleasures would make its toll and after a few more hundred meters, i insisted that she would have to go on without me so sensing that i was really struggling, she relented and took off  in a wink, like a thief in the night!

I heave a sigh of relief, ably just hanging on to a slow 7:30/km pace and for once, i was able to smile and acknowledge the other runners who were waiving from the other side. The pain on my heel had subsided a little bit while maintaining this pace.

Those runners who i was beating in past races were now slowly over-taking me but that was to be expected. The 100Plus energy drinks weren’t much help but the ample supply of bananas at the hydration stations were a boon to my sagging energy and kept me through the run. Nice to see cheering groups  stationed along the route and the presence of some fastfood mascots high-fiving runners provided some extra entertainment.

Photo by Mit Mercurio

Even Blas (the Titanium Runner) who could very well pass as a human mascot (because of his boundless energy) was cheering us runners!:-) Meanwhile, while i was limping back to the finish line, i saw Sylvia, another team-mate of mine doing her cool-down run along 5th Street, the 16.8 race barely a warm-up for her usual longer and fast training runs . I crossed the finished line in 2:02 and i wanted to drop dead at that very moment as it was one of the worst finish i’ve ever had.

Well those are lessons learned. I’ve learned that if i ever feel even slightly under-trained, my body is telling me that you’ll suffer the consequences of being idle (and a bum) and those long nights surely had an effect on my muscles. Another important lesson is not to rely on your past performances as gauge to what you assume you can do as this can change abruptly once you do something drastic with your lifestyle. Consistency is the name of the game here.  Your body does not always adopt well to what it is not trained to do.

After the race, i got to hang-out with some of the regulars in my group, saw Jeff Paulino of L-Time Studio; Judith Staples of Soleus; Blas, the Titanium Runner, who brought some  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and with the company of my Adidas Adination of Runners, UP Heartbreakers Team.

To sum it up…great organized race, bad performance! Hope to make it up at next year’s edition!

RACE RESULTS are now out! Check it here: http://race.proactive.ph/adidas-kotr-2012/

Here are some pictures of the race:

Derek, Mar and June

With Nic2 and Aileen

With the aNR Heartbreakers Team

Team Heartbreakers

Post-KOTR breakfast

KOTR 2012: September 30 at BGC

At every Adidas King Of The Road race, you can count on two things: One, a great quality KOTR singlet; and, two, the race will be stuffed with local elites trying to vie for a slot to compete in an international race.

As KOTR Philippines enters its 14th year, there are again a number of changes made to try and improve the event for 2012. For this year, there will be no 21k distance anymore and instead will just retain the 16.8k as its longest distance with two categories, the “Closed” (Filipino only) and “Open” (all nationalities).

Winner of the “Closed” category will represent the country in the 2nd KOTR Southeast Asian Championship in Singapore on October 28.

Last week, i was fortunate enough to be invited in the launching of this race at the Aracama, The Fort. Highlights of the event were the introduction of the new race organizers for KOTR, Without Limits, headed by Jay Em.

So whether you are looking for a great race at the end of September; an event to start off your racing schedule; or your final training preparation for several marathons, long trail races or ultra marathons – the KOTR 2012 is the event for you.

For more details, here is the Press Release of the race plus some pictures taken during the launch:

ADIDAS OPENS REGISTRATION FOR THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS RUNNING EVENT OF THE YEAR – THE ADIDAS KING OF THE ROAD

Crowned King and Queen of KOTR to represent the Philippines in the KOTR Southeast Asia Championship in Singapore

Manila, Philippines – Now on its 14th year, adidas invites runners from all over to join this year’s adidas ‘King of the Road’ (KOTR) on September 30 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

This year’s race will have three categories – 5K, 10K and 16.8K.

For the 16.8K distance, there are two sub categories – the ‘Closed’ category for Filipino nationals and the ‘Open’ category for all nationalities. The top male and female winners from the 16.8km Closed category will be hailed as the Philippines’ ‘King and Queen’ of the Road and will qualify for an all-expense paid trip to Singapore on October 28 to compete in the adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship.

“The adidas King of the Road is a platform that allows runners to achieve their personal best. As a global leader, adidas continuously provides top of the line products, technology, and events that support runners to be the best they can be,” says Jason Gervasio, adidas Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager.

Demonstrating the brand’s exceptional commitment to the sport, the first adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship, held last year, unified runners from all around the region. The event had participants from the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia all competing in a bid to be crowned as the adidas SEA ‘King of the Road’.

The Philippines was chosen as the first country to host the culminating activity of the Southeast Asian championship race in October 2011. Similar to last year’s KOTR, multi-color adidas singlets will display the vibrancy of running as a sport across the region.

Continuing the tradition of pushing people to achieve their personal breakthroughs, the global brand brings the KOTR SEA Championship Year 2 to Singapore.  The race will begin and end in the lion city’s newest iconic landmark – the Gardens by the Bay. Around 12,000 runners are expected to participate as adidas aims to gather the best of the best from five countries to run by Singapore’s newest 100-hectare park.

To join the race:

  • Register online for the adidas King of the Road 2012 from July 25 to September 15 (http://adidaskingoftheroad.com/ph) or
  • Visit any of the 5 KOTR registration sites from July 25 to September 23: adidas Megamall, adidas Rockwell, adidas SM Mall of Asia, adidas Trinoma, and adidas Greenbelt. Registration sites are open 7 days a week from 12NN to 8PM.

Race fees are as follows: Php 1,050.00 for 5km and 10km; Php 1,300.00 for 16.8km.
For news and updates on KOTR, visit the adidas Philippines Facebook fanpage (facebook.com/adidasphilippines).

The bubbly Ms. Tessa Valdes (in her “Adidas” outfit) titillates the crowd with her wit and humor.

Yours truly on the big screen

L-R: Jay (KOTR Race Director), Iman, Justine and Pedz (the Running Atom)

The 2012 KOTR singlet designs

With Ms. Tessa Valdes herself

KOTR 2011 : SEA Championship, October 23, 2011

The launching of the Adidas King Of The Road (KOTR) race last March 3, 2011 at the posh “The Establishment”, Bonifacio Global City was a very engaging activity that assembled Adidas’ athletes, coaches, celebrity endorsers, talents and officials all in one place to witness the unveiling of the Philippines’ version of the KOTR race.

The countdown has now began as the Philippines will host the KOTR Southeast Asia Championship wherein winners of four other KOTR races in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia will converge in Manila and vie for the championship at the KOTR Manila race on October 23, 2011.

With Coach Rio at the launching

Although the staging of  last year’s race had mixed reactions about the over-all organization, this year, a total make-over will be made with no less than Coach Rio dela Cruz organizing and overseeing the event. Aside from the 5k and 21k categories, the race will have a new category, the 16.8km distance which will be the official distance of the championship race.

The organizers are targeting no less than 20,000 runners for this event.

Here below is the official Press Release with pictures of the launching. Hope you enjoy them.

ADIDAS LAUNCHES SOUTHEAST ASIA RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP

THE ADIDAS KING OF THE ROAD

03 March 2011, The Fort, Taguig City, Philippines – adidas, a global leader in running, launched today its very own Running Championship across Southeast Asia for 2011 titled the adidas ‘King of the Road’ (KOTR). Held in five countries across the region, the adidas KOTR will culminate in an ultimate championship race in its first ever host country, the Philippines, on October 23, at the Bonifacio Global City, The Fort.

The race will make its regional debut in Thailand (May 15), Singapore (August 28), Indonesia (September 25), Malaysia (October 2), and the Philippines (October 23). It is aimed at bringing runners together from across the region as part of adidas’ commitment to the sport.

The event is open to participants across two categories –the ‘Closed’ category (Men /Women) is for local participants and the ‘Open’ category (Men/Women) is for international participants. The winner of each of the other four countries’ Closed categories (Men / Women) will qualify for an all-expense paid trip to compete in the adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship in host country Philippines on October 23, with the race commencing from popular running hub Bonifacio Global City, The Fort, in a bid to be crowned the adidas Southeast Asia ‘King of the Road 2011.’

adidas KOTR, a race that has been held for over 10 years now, sports a new logo this year. KOTR will also feature a different theme each year, beginning with this year’s theme titled ‘Colours’. This is represented through the variety of different coloured adidas singlets participants will don, yet another first for KOTR this year. The multi-colour showcase is meant to demonstrate the vibrancy of the sports scene across Southeast Asia.

With a unique 16.8km route offered this year, the city race is targeted at everyone who likes to run –from the social runner, to the serious athlete.

“As a global leader in running, adidas is geared towards helping runners all over the world perform better with the introduction of products, technology, and platforms designed purely with a runner’s needs in mind. The organisation of running events such as the adidas King of the Road Championship is meant for runners to challenge themselves and achieve personal breakthroughs,” said Marcus Chew, adidas Senior Manager, Brand Communications and Sports Marketing, Area Southeast Asia.

“This event comes at a time when running is becoming increasingly popular among Filipinos and across Southeast Asia. Keeping up with this fitness trend, we hope to contribute to the vibrant sports scene in the Philippines and the region by cultivating sporting habits and an active lifestyle. In addition, we hope that the adidas KOTR will offer runners the opportunity to run different routes across the region that will ultimately enhance their running experience”.

With the availability of premium running products and training platforms, adidas provides runners with the tools needed for a better run—whether it’s finishing the first marathon or breaking a personal best. From the adiNation of Runners, a running community formed to help motivate and train running enthusiasts to train together on a weekly basis; to the launch of the adidas miCoach virtual training system, nothing else gets a runner more prepared for a race than adidas.

Registration is online across all countries at the soon to be launched KOTR website. In the Philippines, interested participants may register online from JUNE 1 to AUGUST 31 at adidas stores located in:

  • Alabang Town Center,
  • Eastwood City,
  • Gateway Mall,
  • Glorietta 3,
  • Greenbelt 3,
  • Powerplant Mall,
  • RunnR, The Fort,
  • Shangri-La Plaza Mall,
  • SM Mall of Asia,
  • SM Megamall,
  • SM City North Annex, and
  • SM City Trinoma

Event categories and race fees are:

  • 5km for Php1,050.00,
  • 16.8km for Php1,300.00, and
  • 21km for Php1,050.

Registered participants gather at the KOTR 2011 Kick-Off Assembly from Oct 10-12 at the NBC Tent, Global City, The Fort, where race kits containing singlet, timing device, and other race paraphernalia will be distributed and a variety of activities await everyone.

For news and updates on KOTR, visit the adidas Philippines facebook fanpage. You may also visit http://www.adidasrunning.com for more information on adidas Running.

Tessa Prieto-Valdez leads the hosting chores

KOTR celebrity guests (l-r) Kelly Misa, Amanda Griffin and Christine Jacob

KOTR's new Race Director, Rio dela Cruz with Tessa

With aNR leads, Carinz, Zinnia and Doc Marvs

With the other leads among them, Rodel and Nao

Celebrity couple, Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan and their son

 

With Carina, Nao & Team Pangilinan

With Kelly. Just gorgeous! She was in the Greenwich Pizza "Lasag-na" and the Ponds commercial where she spoke Spanish to the Spanish-speaking mother of her supposed boyfriend.

Tessa doing the rounds. Vince Hizon in foreground

With Maricel Laxa

Rodel (r) and Mar showing off his BDM medal.

 

More of Kelly

DJ Sam YG (L) now and co-hosts

(Thanks to Doc Marvs for the Multiply photos)

Photo Of The Week: SEXY?

Oblivious of the race that he was running in, the ever-facetious “LEYa”  stops, poses and flaunts his voluptuous thighs for others to lust at and gets the taunts and whistles of runners before him! The wig is by Revlon, shoes by New Balance and sunglasses by Mickey Mouse!

 

–Photo taken at the 2010 Adidas KOTR last October 24 with Ley Gripal’s permission to post.

(If you have other interesting/unusual running photos you would like featured, you can e-mail them to the jazzrunner at runnerjazz@yahoo.com and leave a comment with the details.)

Thanks!

My KOTR 2010 Experience

Yesterday’s KOTR 10k race was probably the biggest aggregation of 10k runners i have ever joined in and hearing the announcer’s tally of 4,600 10k runners registered for the start, i was a bit overwhelmed by the staggering number.

When the sirens sounded for the 10k start, it took me about a minute and a half before i could cross the starting line. And the scene was overwhelming. At about the 1 km mark along 34th Street, runners in front of me stretched up to 400 meters jam-packed like sardines and glancing at my back, an even longer stretch, as far as the eye could see was an even greater multitude of bobbing bodies occupying the whole street!

I was just one of those in the clusters who were now gaining some rhythm going at 6:30/km pace when before turning left to the British School, we encountered pot holes and small pools of stagnant water that had many of us slowing down to a walk, skip and hop to avoid stepping on them.

Worst, the 21k runners were now on their way back and were forcibly relegated to the sideways of the narrow road avoiding the rushing 10k runners who were running face to face againts them. This was a terrible choke-point and some bumping ensued, so both sides had to slow down again and give way to each other…a drawback to whoever was aiming for a PR.

I wish the race organizers should have diverted the route. From the start at 7th Street, runners should have turned right to 32nd Street, then make that left turn to 38th towards the International School. That would have avoided the head-on traffic experienced at 34th Street.

Felt great running over Kalayaan Flyover towards Buendia and making the U-turn at Paseo de Roxas i sort of picked-up the pace a bit. However, the climb back Kalayaan flyover had me really gasping for breath when i reached the top. I slowed down to a jog, found my bearing again after a few meters and resumed my pace going to Rizal Drive up to the finish.

I found the water stations adequate, as with many runners who ran the 10k but heard complaints from those who ran the 21k distance, particularly from running buddies Betty, Tonette and Mel who were aghast by the empty water station tables from the 16th kilometers up to the finish.  Good thing they had some small water left in their hydration belts.

My only beef about the race was how the RFID recorded the finish times. I pressed the START dial of my watch when the horns sounded for the 10k start but didn’t cross the starting line until about 90 seconds have passed. But when i crossed the finish, the official time results recorded the time i crossed the finish line, the same time i had with my watch. The 90 second lag time was not deducted from my official time! Seems that this particular RFID only records the time you crossed the finish and not starting from the time you crossed the starting line! Knowing that this was the case, i should have positioned myself near the front, not that it mattered for me but it would have save a minute or two on your over-all finish time.

I was a bit surprised by the sheer volume of registrants at the Adination table booths. When I proceeded at the UP-MOA booth, runners were already crowding the tables to register and get their Passport-for-freebies card. Good sign for the UP-Adination group which will tentatively start on November 9, 2010.

View the race results here: http://results.racetectiming.com/

Here are some pictures of yesterday’s pre and post race activities:

 

With the takbo.ph group

 

Most of those in yellow are Team Leaders of the Adination running community

 

Funnyman Prince hugging the limelight (again):-)

 

With co-runners at UP, Christy and Jun2

Betty, Pio(lo) and Mel before their 21k start

 

The Ekiden Boys

 

Adination-BHS Teal Leaders, Cindy and Carina

 

First time i get to talk with the affable Pat Concepcion (http://runningshield.blogspot.com/). Great guy! He talked about the upcoming Condura Marathon but wouldn't confirm if the SKYWAY would still be part of the race venue.:-) On my left is Roselle and Mar

QCIM2 Booth

Registration at the Adination-U.P. and Moa booths

Takbo.ph + Adination group

Wackiest group around

Another successful get-together

Breakfast at McDo after the run. Clockwise: Tonette, Mel, Yett, Me, Betty and Dante