NIKE We Run Manila: Pre-Race Release and Event Reminders

Here’s some last minute pre-race reminders for those joining Sunday’s NIKE We Run Manila, 2012!

December 2, 2012 (Sun)
4:00 am Assembly
5:30 am Gun Start
Starting point: Seaside Boulevard cor. Bayshore Ave, Mall of Asia activity area (see map below)

*Late comers who arrive at the starting line after 5:45 am will not be allowed to race.

4:00 am             Baggage Depository Opens
4:30 am             Race Village Opens/Start Pen Opens
5:00 am             Runners Warm-up and Stand-by
5:30 am             Gunstart
6:30 am             Race Village Elements Open (Concessionaires, Massage, Photo   Booths)
8:00 am             Runners have to finish by this time to qualify for the Finisher’s Entitlement
8:15 am             Program Begins
– Host Opening Spiels
– Never The Strangers Set
– Sponge Cola Set
9:15 am             Prize Presentation for Individual Categories
9:45 am             Prize Presentation for School Category
10:00 am           Chicosci Set
10:30 am           Host Closing Spiels
11:15 am           Closing

13,000 Runners to Own Manila in the Nike We Run MNL 10K

Race kit collection from November 27 to 30, from 10 am until 10 pm at Bonifacio High Street

PHILIPPINES, 26 November 2012 –(Press Release)

On Sunday, 2 December, close to 13,000 runners will be up bright and early to take part in the Nike We Run MNL 10K race. It will flag off at the SM Mall of Asia activity area, at the corner of Seaside Boulevard and Bayshore Avenue. The runners will be part of Nike’s global We Run race movement which will see a total of 395,000 runners from 32 cities participating, forging a new global community of runners through Nike’s most connected race series yet with innovative Nike+ technology.

Nike’s We Run MNL 10K race will bring the streets of Pasay City to life with 13,000 high energy runners expected to make tracks all over the SM Mall of Asia’s grounds. Set against the remarkable view of Manila Bay, the race will see runners pass through the commercialized area of the Mall of Asia with the SMX Convention Center and the latest icon of the area, the eye-shaped SM Bay City Arena. Runners are set to leave the urban commercial scenery and head towards the fields along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, before taking a turn on Pacific Avenue to race back to the finish line.

At the finish line, runners can look forward to completing their Nike experience at the race village located at Seaside Boulevard, connecting with fellow running enthusiasts and athletes to celebrate their running achievements. Runners can also recharge and relax at the massage booth, as well as enjoy the refreshments from the juice bar.  There will be a concert, hosted by Nike influencers Drew Arellano and Mia Bayuga, featuring bands such as Chicosci, Never The Strangers and Spongecola to keep the adrenaline pumping after the run.

All finishers will receive a Finisher’s T-Shirt to commemorate the event and their running experience. Adapting the global We Run design, and customized for the Philippines, runners are identified globally with the black Nike Dri-Fit race tee featuring a distinct volt green collar piping and a striking graphic in volt green. Runners who complete the run will also receive a finisher’s tee to proudly wear their achievement.

In line with this, the race kit collection will be on November 27 to 30 from 10 am until 10 pm at the Bonifacio High Street activity grounds in front of Nike Park Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Runners are reminded to bring their IDs and a printed copy of their confirmation slip to collect their race packs.

The Nike We Run race series is Nike’s most connected race series yet with innovative Nike+ technology. The race series kicked off on September 1 in Prague Czech Republic, and will conclude on December 15 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

For more information, visit: or follow us on twitter via @NikePH.

NIKE We Run Manila 2012: The Finisher’s Shirts

Here’s a glimpse of the Finisher’s Shirt for the Nike We Run 2012, Manila series on December 2, 2012. And with 2 Nike shirts to get, this is definitely a big bang for the buck!

Nike We Run Manila 10K 2012
December 2, 2012
SM Mall of Asia

Registration Fees:
Php: 800 – UNDER 25 Y.O. (24 years old and below as of race day)
Php: 1,200 – 25 Y.O. & ABOVE (25 years old and above as of race day)
Php: 1,400 – BUDDY 1+1 UNDER 25 (24 years old and below as of race day)

Finishers will receive a finisher’s shirt, above.

Race Categories:

Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
Men’s Under 25 – For men aged 24 years and below on the race day
Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages

Registration Venues: (Starts on October 8, 2012)
– Nike Park Fort
– Nike Park Trinoma
– Nike Park MOA
– Nike Stadium ATC
– Nike Park Ermita
– Nike Park Galleria
– Nike Forum Robinsons Magnolia
– Nike Park Glorietta 4
– Nike Stadium Rockwell
– Riovana Katipunan



We Run MNL 10K inspires and connects runners globally with Nike+

PHILIPPINES, OCTOBER 2012 – Nike’s We Run race returns to Manila for a second year, to inspire, motivate and connect runners around the world. On December 2, 2012, Filipino runners will be part of the global We Run race movement, which will see a total of 395,500 runners from 34 cities participating—establishing a new global community of runners through Nike’s most connected race series using the innovative Nike+ technology. The We Run race series kicked off on September 1 in Prague, Czech Republic, and will conclude on December 15 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Nike’s We Run Manila 10K race will energize the streets of Pasay City with the 13,000 high-octane runners expected to make tracks all over the SM Mall of Asia’s grounds. Set against the remarkable view of Manila Bay, the initial stretch of the race will let runners pass through the commercialized area of the Mall of Asia with the SMX Convention Center and the latest icon of the area, the eye-shaped SM Bay City Arena.

Runners are set to leave urban commercial scenery and head towards the fields along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. Closing in on the halfway point of the race, runners will then pass the upcoming Belle Casino, a gold complex glistening in the morning sun. As they take a turn on Pacific Avenue and race past the same landmarks, runners will come upon the iconic ferris-wheel along Seaside Boulevard that marks the final kilometer to the finish line. The panoramic run would not be complete without an engaging en route entertainment featuring some of Manila’s top musical acts.

Meeting the runners at the finish line is the Race Village that will offer an array of services. Runners can expect to be pampered with massage booths and get recharged at any of the refreshment stalls while being entertained by the energetic musical line-up.

“Nike’s We Run race is the celebration of running across the world, the culmination of every runner’s dedication and commitment to train harder, defy expectations and push their bodies’ limits. Nike aims to revolutionize the running experience, by allowing runners to inspire, motivate and connect with other runners globally through the Nike+ Technology”, shared Sanjay Gangopadhyay, Marketing Director of Nike South East Asia.

“With the second edition of the We Run race in Manila, Nike envisions Filipinos, the youth in particular, to further move the local running scene forward by leading the active lifestyle movement.”

This year, Nike is taking inspiration to a new level as runners will be able to follow two of Philippines most popular lifestyle bloggers, Robbie Becroft of and Lissa Kahayon of who will be embarking on their first We Run race. Follow their We Run journey as they take on the challenge of preparing for Nike’s We Run MNL 10K race, blogging at each step of the journey, and witness how Nike elevates their everyday running experience with the various product offerings including the Nike+ ecosystem.

To get race-ready, Nike will organize four training sessions focusing on proper running techniques and tips. Runners will also be able to test out the Nike+ Running app (available on iOS and Android), and try out the season’s latest running products. These clinics will be led by podiatrists and Nike Training Club instructors to further educate individuals on how they can reach their potential as runners.

The registration for Nike’s We Run race will commence on Monday, October 8 2012 online through and also on-ground at selected retail stores. Registration details are as follows:

CATEGORY / PRICE Philippines
UNDER 25 Y.O. (24 years old and below as of race day) Php 800
25 Y.O. & ABOVE (25 years old and above as of race day) Php 1,200
BUDDY 1+1 UNDER 25 (24 years old and below as of race day) Php 1,400


  1. Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
  2. Men’s Under 25 – For men aged 24 years and below on the race day
  3. Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
  4. Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages

On-ground registrations will also be held at the following Nike stores:

  • Swoosh Park Fort
  • Swoosh Park Trinoma
  • Swoosh Park MOA
  • Swoosh Stadium ATC
  • Swoosh Park Ermita
  • Swoosh Park Galleria
  • Swoosh Forum Robinsons Magnolia
  • Swoosh Park Glorietta 4
  • Riovana Katipunan
  • Swoosh Stadium Rockwell

For more information, visit or follow us on twitter via @NikePH.

Nike We Run MANILA 10K: The Red Sea

Whether you like crowds that squeeze you like a pack of sardines while standing elbow to elbow at the starting line, or running in the dark unawares of the large cords or potholes below your feet, the NIKE Run Manila 10k last Saturday should let you experience how to survive a race of this magnitude with obstacles that could make or break your run… Nike’s version of the Urbanathlon!

I like big crowds and the fun that goes with it. So, arriving an hour and a half early, Mark, Abet and myself settled into the shaded tents in front of the stage and immediately went into banter with friends, taking pictures to post at FB and showing off those shiny, red-orange Nike shirts we had on. I was stiff as a statue as we were just standing in one place, never giving our legs a change to move or stretch about except for the last minutes before the start when we huddled our way to the porta johns.

25 minutes to gun-time as runners begin to swell at the starting line

There are a lot of ways to describe the Nike We Run Manila 10k and you just have to be there to experience it yourself:

  • Crowded start where hands and elbows collide waiting for the gun start. There was actually no room for the elbows to swing during the warm-up demo so all we did was to just bounce up and down because the only space left was above our heads! Didn’t matter though when you had your friends jumping beside you.
  • 99.9% of the runners were wearing the prescribed red Dri-fit shirt (the .10% were obviously bandit friends) so it was a sea of the red runners lining on a stretch that probably measured up to 300 meters.
  • Running in slow-motion during the first kilometer where you either maneuver to overtake or just wait for the ones in front to settle into their regular running pace.
  • Counting the runners who you bumped and those who bumped you so it was just give-and-take, see?
  • Hardly any vacant space as runners occupied every square meter of the road which stretched as far as the eye could see.
  • Long water stations conveniently located adjacent to each other. Saw some runners pouring Powerade sports drinks into their heads thinking they were water. There should be different cups for each.
  • Snake-like route that criss-crossed back and forth like an endless water stream of runners. I waved my hi’s and hello’s to the same runners several times.
  • Running in mostly dry, humid weather. I’m not used to running in the afternoons so i had wished it had rained a little. Poured cups of water in the head several times, instead.
  • Running in the dark for the last 2 kms but i’m used to this and other runners should likewise get used to it. Some training entails running from 12 midnight on-wards so there are parts of streets where it is unlit. Slow down and use use energizer lights when needed.
  • Being served food at the VIP lounge but couldn’t get it past your throat because you’re still panting. Gulped several cups of iced-tea instead.
  • An after-party rock concert that had many runners bobbing their heads. A while ago, it was the feet moving, now it’s the nobs!
  • Leaving the race vicinity immediately to attend to other business matters together with the partners at the Texas Grill at BHS.
  • Ready to hit the sack after dinner and a couple of beers.
Over-all, a enjoyable race and looking forward to the 2012 edition! Here are some of our pictures:

Picture break before the run (L-R) Jeff, Mish, Mark, Abet, me, KB

Arriving together at the venue with Abet and Mark

A fun moment a few seconds before the start

With the gang

With running bloggers Eman, Roselle, Gail, Bobby and Banjo

At the Nike-Media tent

After dinner at BHS

Claiming My Nike Race Packet At BHS

Early this afternoon, i was able to claim my Nike We Run Manila race packet along Boni High Street, just in front of the Nike store. It wasn’t exactly a breeze lining up, then waiting for your turn to enter the claiming area although i must say that the system was orderly and the marshals did a good job in avoiding overcrowding as the area slowly thickened with participants.

I arrived at about 3:15pm and immediately saw the crowd of approximately a hundred, lining up at the numbered booths and also outside of the claiming area. At least, there was no snaking line to frown upon though i bet that they would have to put more crowd control later in the evening when people come out of their offices or schools and that’s going to be one headache out there! Here’s a picture of the crowd upon reaching the area:

The crowd lining up on different booths

I completed the whole process in about 18 minutes, not really bad considering that others had 3 or more packets to claim (for friends) and it took them a while to have theirs completed. I would have loved to check out the shirt displays, chit-chat with the other runners but i still had somewhere else to be and so i left, pronto.

They gave a large, over-sized bag which contained the Nike shirt (love the shirt!) The size is similar to that of their 2009 Dri-fit shirt so it’s about 1 size bigger than the ordinary Asian sizes. There’s also a Nike water container, a race map and your D-tag..

Looking forward to this race come Saturday! See you all!

Lines were formed and you had to wait before you can get inside

Booths were assigned to you to avoid over-crowding

Contents of my race bag

Nike We Run Manila 10K: Updates

The Nike shirts are here and they’ll be available for pick-up starting Tuesday!

I kinda like the design.  I’m sure the fabric quality will be the same as that of the iconic 2009 Nike shirts that came out that year and 2 years after, i’m still using it on my runs. Please note that the numbers emblazoned just below the Run Manila shirt will serve as the bib no. of the participants.

The Race map/route pasted below will serve as the final route. It starts and ends at 34th Street in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Nike Men's Race Tee

Nike Women's Race Tee

Nike We Run Manila 10k Race Map

Details of Nike WE RUN MANILA 10K Race Pack Collection

Date: October 11-13, 2011, Tuesday – Thursday

Time: 12pm to 9pm

Venue: Bonifacio High Street (in front of Nike Park), Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Important: Please bring your ID and confirmation slip to collect your race pack.

Don’t forget to being your Confirmation Slip.

Bands playing: Sustaining the runners’ high after the 10k run is a live concert to be led by popular Pinoy bands:




Pat Metheny*

*Ha! Just wishful thinking that we had famous Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny jamming with the groups above (hmmm..that would be a disaster!) But Mr. Metheny jazzin’ up the whole place would be a riot!:-)

NIKE We Run Manila 10K

Mizuno, Brooks, Reebok, Adidas, New Balance, Merrell, to name some of the more popular running shoes, have all successfully staged their own races here in the country and have been a regular fixture in the local race calendar which runners highly anticipate joining in.

Nike, which has been mostly silent on the racing scene for the past two years, is now coming up with a race of its own dubbed the NIKE-We Run Manila 10k, one of a series of 10k runs conducted in 15 major cities around the world which will be conducted until the end of this year.

This is going to be a night run, to start at about 6:30pm on October 15, 2011 and will be held on a revised route at the Fort Bonifacio Global City. This race is going to be directed by Coach Rio dela Cruz himself, one of the country’s Nike ambassadors. Right after the race, there will be a party of sorts with booze and live bands entertaining the runners.

I was able to attend Nike’s launching of this race at the Fully Booked Store at Bonifacio High Street and we were briefed by no less than Nike’s Country Manager, Ms. Mae Dichupa as she discussed the concept and details of the Nike We Run Manila 10k.

Ms. Mae Dichupa of Nike

Here’s a tip. If you are to register for this race, register for two as you get a big discount if you register in twos as detailed in the following press release below:

Running bloggers

Manila, September 2011 – Witness the fusion of running, music and Manila’s night urbanscape come to life as Nike Philippines launches We Run Manila 10K. We Run Manila 10k pays homage to runners and aims to connect Manila’s running community even further by celebrating the concept of We Run – where runners connect, motivate and inspire each other. Furthermore, We Run Manila 10K takes pride by being the first-of-its-kind run that invites Filipino runners to gather and celebrate their love for the sport, music and the country.

“If you have a body, you are an athlete,” Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, defining how he viewed the endless possibilities for human potential. In the same tone, we pay tribute to our runners who routinely push themselves and motivate others to achieve that extra step, pace or mile and ultimately be the best runner they can be.

The race is part of the Nike We Run City 10k races happening in multiple cities such as Seoul (South Korea), Monterrey (Mexico) and Santiago (Chile) that promises a unique run experience combining running and music. The 8,000 runners from Manila will be part of the 150,000 runners from cities across continents to run in this year’s Nike We Run City 10k runs. Manila is the 3rd city in Southeast Asia and one of the 15 cities around the world participating in the Nike City 10k races from now until the end of the year.

This night run will happen on October 15 and will take the runners traversing the heart of the city’s rising business and lifestyle district – Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. At the end of the race the runners will be treated with performances by Chicosci, Parokya ni Edgar.

“With Nike’s very first 10k run in Manila, we want to harness the energy of runners and celebrate their individual and cumulative achievements and motivations as we usher in a new season of running,” shared Nike Philippines Marketing Manager Mae Dichupa. “We all have experienced coming to that point in our run when that extra step or mile is a little harder but we feel that adrenaline kick in when we visually register another runner keep pace or pass us on our running route and once conquered, we feel better motivated and more in tuned with ourselves and other runners. We Run Manila 10k is all about just that – it’s the best avenue for runners to relinquish their love for the sport and place it a notch higher by appreciating it against the vibrant culture of urban Manila.”

The registration for Nike We Run Manila 10k race will commence on September 5 (Monday) at Nike Park Fort, RunnR Bonifacio High Street and Shangri-la Plaza, online through and in select universities. Registration fees and categories as follows:

Age Entry for 1 person Entry for 2 people
Under 25 yrs old PhP 750.00 PhP 1,300.00
25 yrs old & above PhP 1,000.00 PhP 1,300.00

A special discount for registered runners will also be available at select Nike stores.



  1. Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
  2. Men’s Under 25 – For men age 24 years and below on the race day
  3. Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
  4. Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages

School Challenge – School Team Category – Colleges and Universities

In the spirit of WE RUN, Nike will launch the Run Buddy Run Nike+ Challenge to celebrate the motivational aspect of running with a buddy! Running has long been referred to as a personal endeavour, but despite the individual nature of the sport, running is an intensely communal pursuit too. The Run Buddy Run Nike+ Challenge takes on the idea of run clubs, training groups and community to broaden the appeal of physical running into the virtual world. Driven through Nike Running Philippines Facebook page and the Nike+ platform, the challenge will see pairs of run buddies race it out to win a VIP Race Day Experience at the We Run Manila 10K, and other Nike prizes.

Challenge mechanics below:

  1. Visit Nike Running Philippines Facebook page at and check out the WE RUN MANILA 10K tab.
  2. Click on RUN BUDDY RUN and sign up with your run buddy.
  3. Once you’ve joined the challenge with your run buddy, lace up your running shoes and hit the road!
  4. Sync your KMs to Nike+ and follow the daily leader board updates on the Nike Running Philippines Facebook page.

Join us at the Nike We Run Manila 10K race to run for yourselves, for buddies, for fitness and for fun and when it’s all done, join us at the Race Village for a host of music and entertainment to celebrate being a runner.

Here’s the latest registration site update (as of September 08, 2011)


For more information, visit or follow us on twitter via @NikePH.