Preview: Philippine Marine Corps Marathon On November 15, 2015

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in the United States, first staged nearly four decades ago is currently the 3rd biggest marathon in the U.S., with about 35,000+ runners joining last year (2014) and is the 9th largest in the world. The MCM has spread it wings to other American bases in Europe and the Middle East with military facilities organizing their own races in honor of their marines.

And now, our own Philippine Marine Corps will be launching its first Philippine Marine Corps Marathon (PMCM) with the theme “KATUNGKULAN: Takbo Para sa mga Kawal”. The 42.2 km race, which will have side events in the 5km, 10km, and the special 25km “Kaybiang Challenge”, is scheduled for Sunday, 15 November 2015 at the Marine Barracks, Gregorio Lim, Ternate, Cavite.

But while the mission of the MCM is  to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill and showcase the organizational skills of the United States Marine Corps, the Phil. Marine Corps Marathon is for the benefit of troops deployed in the disputed Kalayaan Islands and for the Marines’ Wounded Warriors Program.

Not known to many, the Marines have been deployed in harsh and problematic areas, including the coral triangle, not only to neutralize threats that can destabilize the country but also to protect the area where the best maritime environments of the world thrive. The Marine Corps has gone beyond its traditional mission and has dedicated part of its service to the preservation of a sustainable ecosystem. Senior Marine Corps generations claim that the once abundant aquatic resources between these islands are sadly and slowly dwindling.

Let us now dedicate this run to our unsung heroes and invite other runners to this first-time event which is earmarked for projects and programs that will raise morale of troops in the Kalayaan Island Groups who continue to answer the call of duty. It is in this spirit that we invite all to get involved and do their part!


5k: Php 650 – Gun Start: 6:00 A.M. (Inclusive of Race bib, Singlet, Finisher’s Certificate)
10k: Php 850 – Gun Start 5:30 A.M. (Inclusive of race bib, Singlet, Finisher’s Certificate)
25k Kaybiang Tunnel Challenge: Php 1,100 – Gun Start: 4:30 A.M.
(Inclusive of Race Bib, Singlet, Finisher’s Dog Tag, Finisher’s Shirt)
42k: Php 1,300 – Gun Start: 4:00 A.M. Cutoff: 4 hours @ 21k / 8 hours @ Finish Line
(Inclusive of Race Bib, Singlet, Finisher’s Dog Tag, Finisher’s Shirt)

Registration venues:
Registration period: September 15 to October 30​, 2015
BHS, Taguig CityRUNNR
TRINOMA, Quezon CityTOBY’s Store and RUNNR
SM Mall of Asia100 MILES CAFE
2F Fort Pointe Bldg., BGC, TaguigCamp Aguinaldo Badminton Court
Quezon CityMCSSO in front of JURADO HALL,
Bonifacio Naval Station, Taguig City

Kaybiang Tunnel

For registration thru bank deposit:
1. Pay race fees on/before October 30, 2015 via China Bank Savings Account
Name: Philippine Marine Corps Spouses Association, Inc.
Account No.: CA #3510-0119-13

2. Write your name, distance category and contact number on deposit slip.

3. Email a copy of your deposit slip together with filled up and signed registration
form to (with the Subject: PMC Marathon) before the registration deadline.

4. Wait for confirmation that your email was received.


R​ace Kit Claiming Period:
November 9 to 12, 2015 at registration venues.Facebook event page:

All registrants are entitled to the following:

*Post-race boodle fight at 12:00 Noon
*Free entry to Boracay de Cavite Beach Resort
*Goodies from event sponsors
*Free shuttle from Philippine Marines Headquarters to the venue and back.
*For those coming from the south, pick up point will be at Ternate Municipal Hall.

Route profile:
Elevation Profile

Total Ascent: 1730 m
Uphill: 18.18 km (42.8%)
Downhill: 17.82 km (42.0%)
Flat: 6.45 km (15.2%)

Steepest Uphill: +53.3% (at 30.84 km)
Longest Uphill: 0.99 km (at 30.00 km)

Steepest Downhill: -53.3% (at 11.55 km)
Longest Downhill: 1.26 km (at 18.72 km)


Marine Base Gregorio Lim, Ternate, Cavite



Marine Base Gregorio Lim, Ternate, Cavite

November 15, 2015

The first Philippine Marine Corps Marathon (PMCM) was officially announced this afternoon at the Marine Headquarters in Taguig. Since news first spread on social media earlier this month, the upcoming race has sparked the interest and excitement of the public.

Registration has been robust for the inaugural race. And expectations are high that the PMCM will rival if not surpass its American race counterpart in scope in the future.

“We are encouraged by the support and solidarity,” said Col. Temoteo Ferdinand Blasco, assistant chief of staff for civil military operations as he addressed the Marines, runners and the media during the press conference. “Hirap ang mga kawal sa Kalayaan Islands at ito ay para sa kanila. Ang pondo mula sa marathon ay makakatulong sa mga tropa doon.

(“Life is hard for our soldiers in the Kalayaan Group of Islands and the funds that we raise from the marathon will certainly help them.”)

The race is for the benefit of troops deployed in the disputed Kalayaan Islands and for the Marines’ Wounded Warriors Program. Cavite was the unanimous choice for the race venue. As the “Historical Capital of the Philippines”, the cradle of the Philippine Revolution and the site of the signing of the Philippine Declaration of Independence Cavite would inspire and rally support for the marines protecting and fighting for Philippine sovereignty.

The PMCM is a pioneering partnership between the Philippine Marine Corps and frontRUNNER, a leader and prominent race organizer behind the formidable but internationally-acclaimed King of the Mountain (KOTM) race series and successful Valley Trail Challenge.

“Just like the Marines, frontRUNNER is hardcore. And since the Marines are always first to fight, why not partner with thefrontRUNNERs?” Col. Blasco said.

“All these years, our vision has always been to honor the Filipino runner by organizing world-class race events. It is our privilege to honor the Filipino soldier by setting up the first-ever Philippine Marine Corps Marathon,” Race Director and frontRUNNER magazine Editor-in-Chief Jonel Mendoza said. “Isa itong pagpugay at pagsuporta sa ating mga tropa na sinisiguro na pagbangon natin sa umaga ay Pilipinas pa rin ang ating Bayang kagigisnan.

The race is open to all runner types who can choose from the 5km, 10km, 25km and 42.2km events. According to PMCM organizers you can expect a unique race experience whether you are a novice or a seasoned runner. “The marine base is normally closed to the public but on this rare occasion you will be able to see how our marines live and train,” Mendoza added.

Runners will be transported from the marine headquarters in Taguig to the Start Line on M35 military trucks; a shot from a 105 Howitzer will signal the start of the race; during the race, sweepers will ensure that everyone will finish and when they reach the End each one will receive a finisher’s dog tag and a free pass to the “boodle fight” – Philippine Military Academy slang for “eating combat” or “attack the food” that’s usually laid out on banana leaves or newspapers- on the beach of Boracay de Cavite located inside the Gregorio Lim Marine Barracks.

The special 25km “Kaybiang Challenge” in particular will take runners through the Kaybiang Tunnel, the country’s longest underground highway tunnel, where they will emerge to a breathtaking view of the blue beaches of Nasugbu with Corregidor and Carballo Islands on the horizon.

Gasgas na ang MOA, Buendia, Roxas Blvd., etc. From a course director’s standpoint, Cavite is an ideal venue for a road race,” RD Mendoza said. “The course spans both the hilly and coastal areas of Cavite which are scenic, sparsely populated and unpolluted. There is a fair amount of ascents/descents which are offset by the cool sea breeze. It will be rigorous yet rewarding.”

For race details please visit:

Subic International Marathon: November 21-22, 2015

The Organizers of the Subic International Marathon (SIM) officially announces the schedule of this popular running event, now on its 10th edition. Being one of the longest running full marathon (42.195km) race in the country, SIM will celebrate its 10th edition by holding its premium full marathon and half-marathon categories (42.195km and 21km, respectively) in the early evening of November 21, 2015, Saturday at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.

Subic International Marathon (Legacy Edition Run)
November 21-22, 2015
Remy Field, Subic Bay Freeport, Zambales

Registration Fees:
42K – P1,250.00
21K – P900.00
10K – P400.00
7K –    P300.00
5K –    P200.00
3K –    P150.00

Gun Start:
November 21, 2015 (Saturday)
42KM – 5PM
21KM – 6PM

November 22, 2015 (Sunday)
10KM, 7KM, 5KM, 3KM – 6AM

The night run will give the unique feel and experience to the runners who will race the scenic and challenging course of SBMA. Those who previously ran this marathon truly enjoyed this course as it gives you a real taste of the different areas of Subic Bay Freeport Zone – ocean fronts, city centre and parks.

The course is a combination of flat stretches with  portions of slight to moderately long uphills. With X-Tribe as race organizers, expect the organization to be very good! The Olympic style start and finish will still be at the Remy Field. Lots of refreshments afterwards including a nice medal and race singlet.

For those looking for a shorter and more relaxed run, the event also offers a 10km, 7km, 5km and 3km no-frills fun run on Sunday morning, November 22.

With the expected 5,000 runners, SIM organizers, with the support of SBMA expects a festive and fun event by incorporating an outdoor concert and food fair at Remy Field on Saturday night (November 21).

Registration for the event will open in August. Details on how to register will be announced in their soon to be created official Facebook page at

With the SIM race proponents


Subic International Marathon Celebrates in 2015, A Legacy Edition

The Subic International Marathon (SIM) will be celebrating its 10th year “running” with the SIM Legacy Edition on November 21-22, 2015. The two-day event, happening inside the scenic Subic Bay Freeport Zone will showcase a night race (42k and 21k distances) on Saturday, November 21 and an early morning fun run (10k, 7k, 5k and 3k distances) the following day, Sunday.

This event will serve as a grand kick-off activity to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s Anniversary celebration on November. The SIM Legacy Run, organized by PNP General Samson Tucay (Ret.) last 2008 was then a night marathon event for an intimate number of participants. It was a symbolic nod to continue and uphold the advocacy of running as a tool to transform lives.

At the launching of the Subic International Marathon 2015 at Max Restaurant

PNP General Samson Tucay (with mic), founder of the SIM Legacy Run addressing the media/press, bloggers

This year, on its 10th anniversary, SIM organizers decided to bring back the Legacy Edition and give tribute to a decade of running for fun and transformation.

Capping this SIM Legacy Edition in November 2015, will be a festive celebration at the Remy Field Oval, the start and finish venue of the race event. Live bands and banchetto-styled booths await the general public and the heroic finishers of the 21k and 42k races, spilling well into the morning for the attendees of the fun runs.

Runners participating in this Legacy Edition will cement themselves too as part of SIM’s Legacy– a commitment to make a difference to the life of others through running. Portion of Registration fees goes directly to SIM’s beneficiaries: (1) Dilaab Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization working on reintegrating lost, abandoned an unloved street children to becoming positive citizens of society, (2) Bless Our Cops Foundation, a foundation creating a program that reignites the passion, discipline and God-fearing productivity of our Policemen, and (3) Bukas Loob Sa Diyos Covenant Community, a Subic-based group that holds constant seminars and activities that create meaningful impact to the lives of the community.

RUPM Trilogy: Done!

Before the start with Team 90%

I was looking forward to getting this done, the last of Run United’s trilogy race. This marathon got me thinking whether i would be able to finish it without the internal discomforts that bothered me during training, knowing the ordeal i went through after failing to finish the Milo Marathon a few months ago. Back then, i had suffered from diarrhea and a bad case of acid reflux.

My goal was just to redeem myself, finish the race before the prescribed cut-off time and put all those bad experiences behind me.

WARM UP: Fifteen minutes before the start, we had the usual cursory warm-up exercises but what made this warm-up special was that this was lead by no less than our team mate Gemma, a Doctor by profession who also dabbles as a physical fitness instructor at Gold’s Gym!  She had the crowd of about 3,000 runners moving on their feet, dancing on some Zumba beat with our movements suppressed, given the limited space runners had to stretch and swing their legs on!

Me, along Seaside Blvd. (Photo by Running Photographers)

START: The 3:00am start was right on the dot… 3:00am! We were positioned at the middle, right side and since there were only about 3,000 runners for the 42k, no wave corrals were necessary. The gun goes off  and i’m seeing many in blue and white all around me. Always funny to see male runners dashing into the first available walled fence to relieve those over-loaded bladders while getting heckled from the other runners. I even so a female runner pulling down her shorts oblivious of the other male runners around her! Wtf!

I was still worried about my acid reflux and could feel some discomfort while pacing with Betty and Carol so after about 3 kms, i decided to just slow down and keep my pace a little tolerable.

WATER STATIONS: They were pretty abundant and every aspect of it was very satisfactory. Lots of cold water, plenty of extra ice where volunteers would even pour some into your water bottles, abundant sponges which i didn’t feel any need to use since i could pour cups of cold water into my head unlimitedly. Gatorade drinks were also limitless but the taste would vary from station to station as some were blandly mixed while others had the taste just right.

PORTALETS: I saw some that were strategically scattered along the route but there were lines that you have to queue into and that would take precious time. I had already felt some ramblings and queasiness in my tummy and wanted to relieve myself but seeing the long queue prompted me to delay the visit. However, the chance came when i reached the Petron station at the corner of Buendia and Makati Avenues so decided to sprint up the second floor and make a #2. Oh la la!

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: I think the marshals, Police and traffic aides did a great job in controlling the intersections although there were points that we really had to be stopped to give way to the motorists for a few seconds and that was fine with me. Bottlenecks were at the Buendia-Dian junction, corner of Roxas Blvd and Buendia, junction of Buendia and Macapagal Highway and the bus crossroad near the coastal highway along Macapagal Avenue.

Along Roxas Blvd.

MEDICAL SUPPORT: They were all over the place! One thing i like about them is their medics carry with them liniment oil which they readily sprayed to whoever needs it. One tip to keep cramps at bay is to have your calves and thighs sprayed with this oil even if you do not feel any cramps coming as yet. I had my legs sprayed twice and for someone who cramps during the end part of the race, i didn’t feel any tightness for the whole duration of the race.

FINISH LINE: Nice touch at this year’s finish when after crossing the finish line, the marathoners are led to a chute that passes beneath the stage as we exit to a supposedly throng of crowds waiting in the open area while they’re watching on the going-ons up stage. Except that there were few people out in the open field (most were under the shade of tents watching from afar).

I think the intended purpose of getting people to cheer you when you come out of this chute was lost as people watching the awarding ceremonies and the pop bands that were playing at the stage didn’t mind who finished the marathon or what. It became a perfect photo-ops session instead, 42k finishers proudly displaying their medals and Philippine flags while photographers from the fantastic Photo-Ops Photographers Team were clicking their cameras non-stop.

OVERALL: A great experience and every aspect of this race was so well organized. Water stations, medics, all-you-can-eat bananas, great race photographers and fantastic runners whom you bump and chat into, sharing thoughts, commiserating each other’s pain, breathing together step by step until the end.

The small Philippine flag given you 400 meters before the finish line is a great booster, at a time when you just want to throw in the towel or just jog to the finish. There was a runner who i assume is from Singapore asking the marshal if he had any Singapore flag to carry instead of the RP flag. Told there was none, she just graciously accepted the Philippine flag and wave it over her shoulders with a broad smile on her face.

(Picture by Photo-ops)

Runrio and Run United put together a great event and i’ll look forward in running it again next year! A special mention of thanks to my photographer friends along the route, my team mates at Team 90%, Mommy Vimz Mendoza, Claire Papa, Janice Miguel, Dada Teves, Runrio, Run United, Judith Staples, my product sponsors and my 2 inspirations, Chica and Marlies! 🙂

Results of last Sunday’s race here:

With Soleus big boss Judith Staples