The Tetra Pack RFR Run: Race Recap

I was still being annoyed by the slight pain that i felt on my right foot, a day before i was to run the Tetra Pack 21k yesterday. Although fully swollen the Sunday before after i had sprained it during the Rock and Road Trail marathon, the swelling subsided and the healing came very quickly after a series of hot and cold compress with massages thrown in for good measure.

I was able to run Thursday and Friday, though gingerly at first and seemed that the treatment responded well. The slight pain came early Saturday afternoon when i did some toe raises to strengthen the foot further. Sheesh..the things i do unnecessarily at times. Felt some slight twinges till evening so i had it iced again, pop an Ibuprofen (Alaxan FR) hoping it will be gone the next day for the race.

That morning, i managed to get up early, did the usual morning rituals and was about to put on my Brooks Trance when i suddenly became aware that the pain on the foot was gone, felt no discomfort whatsoever, nada! Very promising day and i hoped it would carry on like this in the actual race.

I arrived at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) at about 4am with still 30 minutes before gun time and noticed a large crowd who were also running the 21k race. It was a little past 4:30 when the gun sounded off and we were in for a roller-coaster ride around BGC.

I like the way they utilized roads that were seldom used around High Street and the course snaked through it before we were led to Kalayaan flyover leading to Buendia Avenue which was another smart move. The earlier we were sent to Buendia Ave., the less congestion and gridlocks for motorists, the better it was also for runners to avoid the heat.

I had no real plan for this race because i promised myself to treat this as an LSD run and was still wary that the foot wasn’t going to hold well enough. Miraculously, it did and i had an easy time running towards Kalayaan Flyover until we reached the turn-around point near Osmena Highway at the 8th km mark. Water station was well supplied and they even had coconut juice which i didn’t care to touch as it might just react with the Gatorade that i took along.

There were enough marshals on the course and even saw friends who volunteered at the water stations and gave encouragements while we sped along. The last 4 kilometers saw us run on the northern east-side of BGC where the foreign schools were located then down to 8th Avenue at the entrance near Lexus Motors before going back to the finish.

At the last 4km stretch

I saw all of the running photographers huddled at the last 300 meters before the finish and runners trying to make a go for it were trying to look their best (me included) while others completely stopped and posed! I nearly hit one runner when she suddenly applied the brakes in front of me to pose, slightly bumping her with my shoulder. She hardly moved when i bumped and i thought she was made of steel!

A few hundred meters before the finish line

I finished the race in 2:31:02 and was greeted by friends who finished the race earlier.

I have only good things to say about this race as it was well-organized by Hyper Sports, everybody was friendly at the booths were i got a finishers shirt and the fun part was the awarding ceremonies where Running host, Boy Ramos exchange goofy commentaries with actor-comedian Bearwin Meily to the amusement of their foreigner sponsor. Nice one guys!

At the awarding ceremonies

I hope Tetra Pack sponsors another run next year and this race is surely one that shouldn’t be missed!

With Noy and Dianne after the race

With the omnipresent Ms. Mars of PF

Thanks Running Fotogs for the pics!

Tetra Pak: Recycle, Feed, Run 2012

This event, the Tetra Pak Recycle, Feed, Run reminds me of another running event two years ago called The Bottle School Run wherein runners were asked to bring two (2) empty 1.5 or 2 liter PET soda bottles to avail of  low registration fees while the plastic bottles are to be recycled to build a school using these recycled plastic materials.

A similar advocacy is aimed for the Tetra Pak RFR running event on November 18, 2012 wherein to register, runners are required to bring  at least  2 (two) pieces of empty and clean Tetra Pak cartons at the registration centers which will be eventually recycled.

For every Tetra Pak carton received during the registration, one (1) piece of milk in Tetra Pak carton (200ml or 250ml package size) will be donated to a chosen children’s foundation under the Tetra Pak Feed-a-Child Program.

Here are the details of the race:

Event Details:

Tetra Pak RFR 2012

November 18, 2012:  Bonifacio Global City (venue:  Block 32 parking lot area (in front of the Honda cars showroom – between 28th Street Corner 9th Avenue)

3K/5K/10K/21K
Organizer: HyperSports

Registration Fees:

21K      – Php 800
10K      – Php 700
5K        – Php 600
3K        – Php 500

– To register, bring  at least  2 (two) pieces of empty and clean Tetra Pak cartons for recycling, fill out the registration form and pay the registration fee.

–  Bring five (5) pieces of empty and  clean Tetra Pak cartons for recycling to get a Php50 discount on the registration fee.

– IpicoSports time chip holders will get another Php80 discount when you register at ROX.

– Wear your Pinoy Fitness Shirt when you register at ROX-BGC and get additional P50.00 off your registration Fee.

Registration Venues:

– Toby’s Robinsons Ermita
– Toby’s Glorietta
– Toby’s Trinoma
– RUNNR Alabang
– R.O.X. BGC
– A Runner’s Circle Roxas Blvd., Manila

– SecondWind Ortigas
– Ayojak.com.ph – Online

Join the Tetra Pak RFR (Recycle. Feed. Run) event!

Registration Mechanics:

* To register, bring  at least  2 (two) pieces of empty and clean Tetra Pak cartons for recycling, fill out the registration form and pay the registration fee.

* Bring five (5) pieces of empty and  clean Tetra Pak cartons for recycling to get a Php50 discount on the registration fee.

Registration period is from October 1 to November 16, 2012.

PRESS RELEASE:

Tetra Pak Launches Recycle, Feed, Run Event

In cooperation with HyperSports Philippines, Inc., Tetra Pak Philippines will host its first ever road racing entitled Tetra Pak RFR – Recycle. Feed. Run event at Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City on November 18, 2012.

The event encourages fitness and running enthusiasts to join as the race features four categories: 3Km, 5Km, 10Km and the highlight of the event, the half marathon, 21Km. In line with theme of Recycle. Feed. Run, participants will get to do their share in caring for the environment and helping underprivileged children too.

Participants will be encouraged to join the activity by bringing at least 2(two) empty and clean Tetra Pak cartons for recycling when they register and for every Tetra Pak carton received for recycling during the registration, 1(one) ready-to-drink milk in Tetra Pak carton(in 200 ml or 250ml package size) will be donated to a chosen children’s foundation under the Tetra Pak Feed-a-Child program.

In keeping the participants properly hydrated all throughout the event, Tetra Pak and Hypersports are also partnering with Tropicana Coco Quench, which shall be available for all the runners at the hydration stations during the event.

ABOUT TETRA PAK

Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world.

With almost 22,000 employees based in over 85 countries, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business.  Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™,” reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere.

I was able to attend the Tetra Pak RFR launching a few days ago which is organized by HyperSports Philippines, a group of young, dynamic professionals and athletes who have promised to give a great show for Tetra Pac’s inaugural race.

Here are some pictures from the event:

The organizers (seated) with host, Berwin Meily

With the bloggers

On extreme left is Ms. Sheena Atilano, Philippine women’s record holder in the 100 meter hurdles

With Ms.  Shiella Sorrel, Communications and Environment Coordinator of Tetra Pak, Philippines

More information about Tetra Pak is available at www.tetrapak.com