1K@Amway Fun Run 2014

January 26, 2014 (Sunday)

Registration Fees: P200.00 only!

Children takes center stage for this benefit run with registration fees to be used to support the Department of Education’s Adopt-a-School Program, through Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children.

Don’t be mislead by Amway’s 1K title of its fun run. The 1k only signifies the amount (P1,000.00) needed to start-up an Amway dealership (which comes free when you finish any of their race categories) but the run itself will have 3 categories, a 1k, 5Km and an 8Km run. Registration fees is pegged at only P200.00 for each of the categories. First race in Manila will be on JANUARY 26, 2014 at the Mall of Asia.

Here are the details of the run:

At the 1k@Amway Fun Run 2014 Launch

1K@Amway Fun Run: A 5k and 1k Run at CCP

Children takes center stage for this benefit run with registration fees to be used to support the Department of Education’s Adopt-a-School Program, through Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children.

Don’t be mislead by Amway’s 1K title of its fun run. The 1k only signifies the amount (P1,000.00) needed to start-up an Amway dealership (which comes free when you finishe their 5k race) but the run itself will have 2 categories, a 5Km and a 1Km run. Registration fees is pegged at P595.00 for both 1k and 5k runs. Race will be on JANUARY 12, 2013.

Here are the details of the run:

January 12, 2013
Vicente Sotto, CCP Complex

Registration Fees:

5km and 1km  —   P595.00


– 5km Finishers (Non-IBO) get to sign-up as an AMWAY Distributor for FREE
– 5km Finishers (IBO) gets a a Product Coupon Discount

Registration Venues:

1. AMWAY Head Office
108 Ground Floor Feliza Bldg.
V.A. Rufino cor. Dela Rosa
Sts. Legaspi Village Makati City

2.  AMWAY Distribution Center Shaw Boulevard
Ground Floor Sun Plaza Bldg. Shaw
Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

Race directors are the newly organized race events group, Cosmic Gate Innovations Co. which are composed of people from Runrio and Withoutlimits Events.

Amway Race Kit


Media Launch Pics:

With Ms.  Dulce Ricafort, Marketing Manager and Ms. Leni Olmedo, Country Manager of Amway Philippines

Ms. Ricafort welcomes the guests at the launch


Amway Philippines Bares Plans for 2013, Announces its 1K@Amway Fun Run

Encourages Filipinos to engage in more business opportunities,

continues to enrich children’s Lives

Makati City – Amway will kick-off 2013 with its 1K@Amway Fun Run, a series of foot races geared towards highlighting how convenient and easy it is for people to start and run their own Amway businesses with just PhP 1,000.00. 1K@Amway also empowers more children to have a brighter future as portions of the proceeds or registration fees will be used to support the Department of Education’s Adopt-a-School Program, through Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children.

The first 1K@Amway will happen on January 12, 2013 at the CCP Complex and more details on the run can be found at http://www.amway.com.ph. Registration is now open, and more people are given the opportunity to start their own Amway businesses and at the same time, help a child read his way to a brighter future.

“We have always believed in the capabilities and potential of Filipinos in creating better lives for themselves and their families through the available business opportunities presented to them. We at Amway understand the value of more inclusive growth through entrepreneurship where Filipinos are given their own tools of productivity to generate wealth.

We are very optimistic about 2013 as we continue to offer more opportunities for Filipinos with the introduction of our 1K@Amway Fun Run 2013 that will be held in Pasay City,” said Leni Olmedo, Country Manager, Amway Philippines.

According to Olmedo, business opportunities like these can contribute to a greater impact in the economy and a steady growth of revenue for the business industry in the country. “The Philippines is enjoying a strong and vibrant economic growth and we are making sure that there is a level playing field for everybody by doing direct selling the right way with Amway.

Providing more means for the people to earn money and create better lives for themselves will help strengthen the economy and industry in the Philippines,” she said.

Helping Filipinos through the Amway business

Meanwhile, Dulce Ricafort, Marketing Manager of Amway Philippines, also shared how Amway’s products like Nutrilite and Artistry have tremendously created means for Filipinos and Amway’s Independent Business Owners (IBOs) to engage in doing direct selling the right way with the company.

“Two of our leading and strongest brands in the Philippines are Nutrilite and Artistry. Nutrilite is the only global vitamin and mineral brand to grow, harvest and process plants on their own certified organic farms.* This means that Nutrilite uses only the most painstaking sustainable organic principles on farming, and takes total control every step of the way by relying on Good Manufacturing Processes to deliver quality, safety and efficacy from seed to serving.

Here in the country, Nutrilite’s goal of promoting optimal health is embodied by its brand ambassador – multi-awarded actor, sought-after model and champion swimmer, Enchong Dee,” Ricafort said.

Artistry, on the other hand, is our facial skin care and color cosmetics brand that is among the world’s top five, largest-selling, prestige brands of facial skincare and colour cosmetics.** All our products are safe for the environment,” she added.

“We also focus on emerging segments in the market right now and we have recently introduced our Achievers Premium Cocoa Mix by Figaro, as well as Carnival, Amway’s own line of perfume.

We will have the booths and stations of our Amway brands in the 1K@Amway Fun Run to raise more awareness on the business opportunities Amway has to offer,” she mentioned.

Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children

Aside from the business opportunities being made available by Amway, Olmedo also clarified that the company is not just about doing business. It makes sure that corporate social responsibility is embedded into all its initiatives, core business strategy, and operations.

Highlighting Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children, Olmedo says that “We have many plans to further expand our program as well as support DepEd in its aim to further strengthen education and make it more accessible to the children.

We are very happy to have partnered with DepEd to reach more children and provide them a chance to learn more through our One by One program. We will continue to reinforce our commitment,” Olmedo shared.

Also present during the event was Merlie Asprer, Operations Manager, Adopt-a-School Program, DepEd who shared her insights on DepEd’s partnership with Amway to help promote accessible quality education.

“Walang Plastikan!”: Run Against Plastics

We all witnessed the devastation brought on by the monsoon rain “Habagat”, the massive floods it has caused, houses that were wrecked and the hundreds that were rescued from rooftops of their homes  and brought people to over-crowded schools and evacuation centers to camp-out for several days.

Part of the cause of these flooding are the relentless disposal of garbage in our rivers, creeks and lakes and with plastics being used to put in the wastes, these inevitably clog our drainage and water systems as seen by the tons of plastics and garbage that were washed away on shores from Manila Bay.

It has become obvious that the indiscriminate use of plastics is one major cause of flooding. Major steps are now being implemented to avoid the use of plastics. Local governments, cities and municipalities are now adopting ordinances to control the use of plastic and other non-biodegradable materials as a sustainable solution to garbage and flooding woes.

Pasay City one of the cities hardest hit by flooding has created a city ordinance (4647) for the non-usage of plastics. With this advocacy, they now are spreading awareness in staging a Fun Run dubbed “Run Against Plastics (Walang Plastikan) to be held on September 9, 2012 at the Mall of Asia grounds.

Details of the run are as follows:

RUN Against Plastics (Walang Plastikan)
Date: September 9, 2012
Time: 5am
Venue: Mall of Asia, Pasay City
3K, 5K, and 10k
3K – Php 400
5K – Php 500
10k- Php 600

— Second Wind Running Stores:

  • Malingap Street, Quezon City
  • Home Depot, Ortigas
  • Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan

–  A Runner’s Circle (ARC), Quirino Avenue corner Roxas Blvd.

–  Pasay City Hall, Ground Level c/o Office of the Vice Mayor

Tin-tin Guarin – 09173834322/ 09328864665
Race Organizers:
Rundezvouz, Inc

Race Review: The OROFOLS Run 2012

Animo La Salle! This was the main chorus that echoed several times during the pre and post-race activities at last Sunday’s One Run. One Family. One La Salle Run (Orofols) at the Mall of Asia grounds. My daughter would have smirked at the constant harping of the emcees who kept gloating about a basketball game the night before wherein La Salle beat my daughter’s beloved Ateneo team.

But the run last Sunday was not entirely a La-Sallian affair although based on the number of students who ran the shorter races, i would think that majority of them were from this school but then, one wouldn’t know as the greater part were all wearing the Orofols singlet.

I didn’t expect this to be a well-attended race but when i arrived at the venue in MOA, a sea of runners in green and white jerseys were already scattered at the starting grounds and it was announced that a total of 8,000 runners had registered for this event.

There was no way i was going to run my 16k event here with all seriousness as my last run (or more of a walk) was the 10k Tanay Discovery Trail Run last May 27 which i did as a recovery run to that previous week’s T2N 50k Ultra marathon. So that’s 2 weeks of almost no running.

I was with Anna Bautista (The Meekrunner) at the starting line who was also coming off from a vacation abroad and was running this race as unprepared as i was and she was also doing the 16k! Good luck to us, i thought. We ran together for the first 4k talking about some juicy issues about ultra runs where she intends to do one in the near future. She had to slow down after the 4k mark so it was all myself pacing slowly in an all familiar route that i have run many times.

The race itself was basically orderly, there were enough marshals to guide you along the route which was mostly inside the MOA grounds. From there, it routed to Macapagal Avenue that leads to the old Film Center and Sofitel-Philippine Plaza and exits at the side of the CCP Theater for Roxas Blvd then to Buendia and back to MOA.

What’s nice about this run was the abundance of water stations which they had every 1.2kms and even if the heat was really swelling specially during the latter part of the race, you won’t worry getting dehydrated knowing there will be enough water at the next water stop. This was a well-planned, well-organized race!

I finished the run in a little more than 2 hrs, my slowest 16k so far (what should i expect with practically no runs prior to this) but i was satisfied logging the distance on a fairly easy effort.

Runners watching the awarding ceremonies

The 16k finishers’ shirt is of generous quality. I can’t get to fix my usb right now so i can’t post a picture of the shirt but it’s one the 16k runners will sure like.

The Race Results can be found here: http://strider.ph/

Congrats to the OROFOLS organizing team!

See you at the Run United 2 Race next Sunday

1st World Vision Run

Yesterday, i attended the 55th Anniversary Celebration and the launching of the 1st World Vision Fun Run and witnessed how the lives of out-of-school children and school drop-outs have been transformed by being able to graduate from school and live comfortable lives through World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Program.

In this 1st World Vision Run, to be held on June 24, 2012 at the Bonifacio Global City, World Vision invites runners to share the same kind of love that can change lives—lives of children in need. With a very small act of kindness these children will be able to look ahead to better lives with better opportunities, all because you willingly opened your heart and share love!

This Run  is a way for you to make a real and lasting difference for ONE precious boy or girl in need. Proceeds from registration fees shall be pooled together with other World Vision resources so children, families and communities may be provided with the following:

  • Education
  • Skills training
  • Improved Nutrition
  • Livelihood assistance
  • Health care
  • Safe water
  • Values formation
Let’s support this run and help children build a better future for themselves. Here are the details of the race:

“Towards Fullness of Life” is the theme for World Visions very first Fun Run to be held at the Bonifacio Global City on June 24, 2012. The organization hopes to partner with new groups to help more children and sustain communities to reach their full potential by addressing the causes of poverty and injustice.

World Vision is a Christian development, relief and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities worlwide. Celebrating its 55th Anniversary this year, World Vision stands by its year-long theme “Sharing the Joy of Hope”.

Event DateJune 24, 2012 Sunday
Event VenueBGC – Bonifacio Global City
Assembly5 AM
Race Types:  Inclusion  Entry Fee
500m R Kit, Singlet, Giveaway  P 300.00
3K Same  P 550.00
5K Same  P 650.00
10K Same  P 750.00
21K Same + Finishers Medal  P 850.00

Registration venues are as follows:

World Vision Office, West Ave. Quezon City
Reebok Eastwood, Quezon City
Unisilver, SM North, Quezon City
Reebok Trinoma Mal, Quezon City
Reebok Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Unisilver Time, Robinson’s Place, Manila
Royal Sporting House, Glorietta
ROX, Bonifacio High Street, Taguic City
Reebok, Festival Supermall, Muntinlupa City
Unisilver Time, Festival Supermall, Muntinlupa City Chris Sports, Mall of Asia

For inquiries call our event secretariat throguh (632)5197010.
For the race routes and other details, please log-on to: http://www.pepsquadevents.com/worldvisionrun.html
World Vision Run
Here are some pictures of the launch:
Karen Davila, who sits on the Board of World Vision Philippines giving a short talk during the launch
With Marj of Pep Squad Events (c) and Ms. Mars of Pinoy Fitness
With the beauteous Nikki Gil gracing the event
With the beauteous Nikki Gil gracing the event
With supporters, sponsors and volunteers of  World Vision
With CNN Hero, Efren Penaflorida

Ensure To Endure Run 2012: May 20, 2012

Abbott Philippines, distributors of  a wide array of health care products, most of which have already become household names in the country like “Gain” and “Gain Plus”, “Grow”, “Cecon”, “Ensure”, “Klaricid OD”, “Erythrocin”, “Iberet”, “Pedialyte”, “Pediasure”, and “Isomil” is staging its first race in the country through its Ensure Nutrition milk.

Here are the details:

Ensure to Endure Run 2012

Ensure your strength and run for free* in the upcoming Ensure to Endure run happening on May 20, 2012 at the Bonifacio Global City.

15k Route

10k Route

5k Route

Run United 1: A Great Opening Salvo!

I’m not one who wears his finishers’ shirt immediately after a race as i usually save the shirt to wear on a week-end visit to the movies or go out with friends on out-of-town trips. However, after last Sunday’s Run United-1 21k race, the spanking white and blue color combination shirt was so enticing that i immediately put it on after replacing my singlet and freshening-up. Seems i wasn’t alone who wore his prized shirt! Many others, specially the newbie runners were proudly wearing theirs and it showed in their faces, the thrill of finishing their first half-mary!

This probably would sum-up how worth it was running Run United’s first leg!

So here i am, 4 days late for this review and removed from all the excitement that was, i can now sit back and give my thoughts. This is the first Runrio Events trilogy and i have to give Rio and his staff 4.5 stars out of 5 on their level of organization.

I love that the start time was moved back to 4:30am, a little sacrifice for waking up early but a great way to avoid the heat of the sun now that summer has emerged. Me and my group of Betty, Tonet, Leo, Sylvia and Chito arrived at  about 4:00am so there was enough time for us to attend to last minute details, warm-up and have our laces tied-up with these small reflectorized tags which hardly made an effect in running the dark stretch of Kalayaan flyover and beyond.

The idea of a point to point course seems to be overdue and i was glad that they decided to trek-out a route that would finish 21k away from where you started. So BHS to MOA was a nice start…and finish! The route is one i have ran many times in the past although the still dark streets was a little bit restraining as runners were careful not to bump or step on anything that might cause them to trip. Buendia Extension was a bit chaotic as both runners and vehicles ran side by side with each other. I had to run outside the cones designated for runners as there was an ambulance blocking our path and hindered our paces.

The water tables were evenly spaced and all supplied ice cold water and Powerade sports drinks. The Takbo.ph group supplied the first salvo of large bananas at Buendia Ext. just before Taft Avenue and even went as far as providing “taho” for whoever cared to get one. One drawback to these hydration stations in Buendia was that it lacked manpower as runners were made to wait for a few seconds to have their cups filled. A lady manning the station admitted that they were understaffed.

At the last 2 kms, i could already feel the heat setting in and boy was i glad that we started as early as we did or we would have been baked had this race started at 5am. At the finish, i got my medal and had no problem getting my swag of sports drinks and Finisher’s T-shirt although i would find out later that the shirts  have run-out specially for those who finished the race in 3 hours or more.

Over-all, RU1 was well-planned out, well worth the run and the hype that went to it. I’m all geared up to finish the trilogy and the marathon this October! See you at Run United-2!

Wearing our finishers shirt with pride as if we were wearing one for the first time.

The world of running is like one spinning wheel. We experience our high ones and dread being at the low end. But we were all feeling "high" after this race!

Celebration after the race! No pulling back this time!

Taken at Leo and Sylvia's condo near MOA

I Ran For Brewed Coffee

This was a race i discovered way back 2009, the Amadeo Coffee Run, a small, laid-back race located in Amadeo, Cavite just 8 km east of Tagaytay City but with the same cool weather permeating its environs. If you wanted hot, piping brewed coffee just before the race, this was the place to be as we found out on our first outing that year (read it here). Little did we know that Amadeo is dubbed as the coffee capital of the Philippines.

The Coffee Run had its re-incarnation this year and the Takbo Para Sa Kapihan (Race To Save Coffee Trees) was held last Saturday, February 18, in conjunction with their Pahimis Festival, a gesture of thanksgiving to God practiced by the local townsfolk more than a century ago which showcases the town’s coffee industry.

When Ana Bautista (themeekrunner), a native of Amadeo tagged me in my FB account a week before to join this race, i was eager to go and even invited my Meralco running group to join .


The night before, i had attended the grand launching of Coach Rio’s Riovana Store at High Street, The Fort but left early at 10pm to attend another party nearby. Party we did.. drinks, sing-along and stuff until i realized that it was almost 1:30am already! I had to meet up with Tonet who was going to fetch me at home at around 2:30am so i had to rush home, pronto! Arrived home at 2:00am, just enough time to change, freshen up and put on my running gear. There was no time to doze-off even for a few minutes as Tonet arrived at exactly 2:30 am. Ugh! This means i was going to run the 21k with no sleep at all!

We proceeded directly to Betty’s place in Pasig where  we would meet the rest of our group and proceed in one van to Amadeo.  I planned to take a nap during the 1 hour trip to Amadeo but the buzzing of chit-chats and laughter from around me was ringing my ears so the planned nap went pfffftt!

We arrived at Amadeo at around 4:30am, proceeded to the registration tables and registered. The P350.00 reg was reasonable enough for the 21k race. No brewing of coffee yet this time as the sponsors were still setting up their tents and tables. We were immediately hauled into a covered court area where a welcoming speech was made by an organizer and the national anthem was played.

My group: Leo, Betty, Tonette, Sylvia, me and Chito

Pre-race photo op with our hosts, Anna (middle) and hubby, Jun (extreme right)

At the start


We still had cool breeze when we started at about 5:30. There were only about 50-60 of us doing the 21k  and as we only intended to treat did as a long training run, the others just took off and disappeared from our sight in less than a minute.  The first few minutes of the route was still dark although we had the headlights of an ambulance providing us the lights as we were at the tail-end of the runners.

The terrain was mostly flat during the first few kilometers although there were a few short sections that went uphill, specially along residential areas when people were curiously watching us but when you greeted them the usual ‘good mornings’, their curious looks magically transformed into warm smiles as they greeted back.

Taken at around the 5km mark

I manage to keep up pace during this early part of the run until we reached the national highway when i began to struggle during that long stretch of slight uphills.  Sluggish may be an understatement as my legs were practically dead that i had to drag my feet at certain portions when it didn’t feel like going up the long inclines.  I really felt the effects of not having any sleep at all!

To make matters worse, i was wondering why the organizers  had to set up the water stations at the right side of the road when the rules set by them  specifically stated that we were suppose to run on the left side facing traffic. So we had that added burden of crossing the highway to get to the water stations. Big risk, considering the those big trucks and other vehicles were going at full speed and didn’t even bother to slow down as they reeled past us!

Off the highway, we turned left and ran to some scenic plains and coffee farms and the sights were marvelous. People weren’t really mindful but some would ask how many kms we were running. The soft, cool wind was blowing into our heads and this really helped me gain a second wind.

The last 4 kilometers was a slight downhill back on the highway and i felt very pleased with my pace which i picked-up a bit. I picked-off some runners as i sped along the highway towards the fork. At the 20km mark, i sped up significantly and launched into a wild drive at maybe a 5:00 minute pace. Upon approaching the fork road, i glanced into my watch, the distance  was already 21kms and suddenly realized that there was still a good 700 meters on the final stretch so i kind of regretted having to change to a faster gear early. But pride wouldn’t let me slow down so i had to maintain pace and hold it until i reached the finish line.

Based on my Soleus GPS 1.0, the distance covered was 21.72kms although at first glance, i though it to be at 21.27kms. Eyes must have been fuzzy. My time was 2:40 and i though it a decent enough time inspite of the numerous walking breaks i took. At the finish, the smell of brewed coffee was percolating inside the tent so i helped myself with a cup-full instead of the usual water!

Over-all, the race was superbly organized–the water stations were adequate with overflowing Sports drinks on the side, marshals were in their positions and directional signs were all over the place ensuring that no runners would get lost. An ambulance was always present along the course and paramedics always raising a thumbs up indicating if we were ok so we could thumbs-up him back. However, they could look back at that oversight of having the last water stations on the wrong side of the road.

With Anna, our host treating us to a hearty breakfast. Thanks, Anna!

After the race, we rushed to the home of Anna’s aunt, a few hundred meters away from the finish where we partook breakfast of Chicken Arrozcaldo, Puto, Hot Pandesal, boiled eggs, a local sugary flat bread and some more of those hot, freshly brewed coffee! What a treat!

In summary, we all had a great time and it’s nice running an out-of-town-race once in a while to experience some fresh air, cool temperature, the town folks and heaps of freshly brewed Amadeo coffee!

NOTE: Watch out for the Amadeo-Tagaytay Infinity 42k Marathon coming soon! This is going to be a “cool” marathon!

Race Results: Race For The Orphans

Rundezvous Events, Inc, organizers of the Race For The Orphans would like to thank and congratulate all runners who joined this morning’s  run at Camp Aguinaldo! We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and wished you achieved a Personal Best despite our shortcomings and simple staging of this race.

Some found the course a little bit challenging so we know how hard it must have been for runners, specially those running the route for the first time in tackling those gentle rolling hills.

We were blessed with a very cooperative weather this morning so we hope nobody got dehydrated and gave everybody a chance to savor the scenery. We really are so grateful to all our sponsors who have made this race possible, to the various running clubs who either ran the race or supported it by being volunteers… our heartfelt thanks!

The UNOFFICIAL race results are now available at www.runningmate.ph

All race time inquiries should be addressed to racetime@runningmate.ph so they can take up your concerns immediately.

We hope to see you again in Rundezvous Events’ future race, coming soon!

Race For The Orphans: Update

The registration for the Race For The Orphans at our designated Registration Centers  will end on Saturday, February 12, 2012. However, those who wish to register on-site (Camp Aguinaldo Grandstand) before the race itself can do so from 4:30am and closes at 5:20am before the race gunstart at 5:45am so be there early.

Registration centers open till Saturday will still be at ROX at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig; Secondwind Running Stores at Malingap, Quezon City and Ortigas Home Depot branches and at the A Runners Circle (ARC), Roxas Blvd., corner Quirino Avenue, Manila.

Paid registrants are entitled to raffle draws of DIADORA Running Shoes and a free trip for two to BORACAY.

Registration Fees will be at P600.00 for the 10k and P400.00 for 5k. Proceeds will go to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Educational Benefit System (AFPEBS) to benefit the scholarship of orphans of soldiers who were killed in action in Mindanao.

There will be Raffle of Diadora Shoes and Free trip for two to Boracay