Rain United-3: A Race Recap

It’s been almost a week since this race last Sunday (too busy and constant traveling-around-couple-of-days) and i didn’t want you to think that i forgot all my experiences running in this superb 32k race.

With this final leg of  the Run United event, the race was awesome, soaking wet, rainy, well organized and as with most Runrio organized race, an all-around winner! Kudos to Runrio, you did it again! I was pleased over-all to have completed the TRilogy and connected all the 3 medals that came with finishing the 21k-21k-32k races. Finally, a looming march up the stage of the Runrio Awarding nights and get a recognition…hopefully, there will be an awarding nights this year!

The medal triad

Another good turn-out of about 6,000 plus 21k and 32 runners and it’s quite a good feeling knowing where you are on the pack, me…always in the middle, great seeing those faster runners in front of me, cheering them on but knowing you’re still in front of many other runners.

Some quick impressions:

  • Raining all through-out the 32k run, clothes all soaked-out, shoes came wet and floppy inside
  • Nice course, completing the first 10k inside BGC so that you won’t cover too much ground along Roxas Blvd which can be boring.
  • Paced with training partner Tita Betty from start up to the 27th km. Waited for her take a pee near Mercato which took some minutes off our time. Couldn’t keep up with her after the 27th km as she ran her own fast pace.
  • Undisciplined runners who threw their cups and banana peels on the road despite long trash chutes located near the water stations.
  • Suggest that large signs be placed ON TOP of these water chutes facing the runners (not just along the front and sides of the steel railings) where the runners can see them more.
  • Substantial hydration stations, plenty of water… plus rain-soaked POWERADE which gave it a diluted taste. Bananas galore!  Love these long races that offer bananas!
  • Great effort by organizers to light up Kalayaan bridge, the darkest part of many a races. They already did this during leg 2 and hope they continuously sustain this for the welfare of the runners.
  • Race distance seems to be longer than 32k. Some runners had 33k registered on their Garmin GPS while my Soleus’ reading stood at 32.76kms.
  • Very nice finishers shirt although this final edition T-s seems to be coarser than those of the first 2 legs. Never had a problem claiming my shirt which came with the right size although i heard of complaints from other runners not getting the size they were supposed to receive.
  • Great Pinoy bands (Imago, Sandwich) for the after-race programs!
  • Sumptuous breakfast at the Run United tent as guests of the RU Communications Team! Thanks, Run United!

So you may be wondering if i’m going to run the RUN United Philippine Marathon in 5 weeks time? Well, if my training turns out to still be consistent during the next few weeks and get another 32k long run sandwiched-in, i’ll be there at the starting line!

I’m sure this marathon event (October 28) will really give you something to rave about!

You can check the race results here:

http://www.unilabactivehealth.com/rununited/results.html

Here are some of my RU3 pics. See you soon!

Pacing with Betty up to the 27th km.

A kilometer to go

Home at last!

We were guests of Raymund Santiago from Unilab’s Corporate Communication and husband to Tonette (left) at the Unilab tent after the run.

At the awarding ceremonies

Runners enjoying the activities

RU3: A Quest For The Last Piece

On September 16, over 4,500 runners will congregate at the starting line at 28th Street and strut their wares up on still dark roads towards the finish line at Mall of Asia. I’ll be one of them, together with the 32k runners and followed shortly by the 21k’ers.

I’ll be running side by side with my buddies, hopefully in sync with them in less than 4 hours (fingers crossed) and get that last piece of the medal puzzle of the Run United Trilogy.

My RU3 32k bib, singlet and visor

Thanks to Alfred, the Running Atom for getting me registered during the last hours when the 32k slots were down to its last dozen. So now, i’m in the final stretch of this Afroman distance (32k) training and will be doing my final long run tomorrow, with Team 90% at UP.

After tomorrow’s run, we’ll be heading to Tonet’s home where she’ll prepare a simple breakfast of eggs, pande-manila bread and brewed coffee.

All i want is the last piece!

Here’s hoping that all of you too are gearing towards a good run tomorrow and the rest of the week. Let’s all taper well to make sure the legs are well rested and rarin’ to go come RU3 race day!

Cheers!

Run United 3 Now Set: September 16, 2012

Oh my, it’s just about 3 weeks away from my first 32k race of the year, the Run United Afroman 32k.  I’m sort of worried i won’t be sufficiently prepared, having missed many runs because of those monsoon rains that happened this past few weeks.  I’m trying to cram-in a few runs these past days and weather permit, i’ll be doing some more long slow distances and hope to accomplish a 25-30k run before race day.

I know I’ll make it through, although i don’t think i can duplicate the sub-4 hour time i did during last year’s RU3 in the same distance. And i think this year will be more of a struggle for me, if at all.

For those of you not yet registered for this race, they’ll still be having the 3k, 5k, 10k, 21k and the aforementioned 32k race. Oh, and there’s a Kid’s 500 meter race, as well. Here are the details:

PRESS RELEASE:

Another Running Spree at Run United 3

All set for the third leg of the Runrio Trilogy 2012 on September 16

Run United is back, after a nearly three-month break. And as the cliché goes, ‘the third time is a charm’. Last year, in fact, a record number of runners estimated at over 14,000 participated in Run United 3.

Run United 3, the third leg of the Run Rio Trilogy, has always been much anticipated because it offers what is dubbed as the ‘Afroman distance’ or 32k category—not usually included in other run races. Of course, on top of the other race categories: the Ceelin 500m dash, 3k, 5k, 10k, and 21k.

“The 32k Afroman Distance in RU3 can be a preparatory race for the full 42.195km category in the upcoming 1st ever Run United Philippine Marathon slated on October 28. RUPM will still have the shorter categories: 500m dash, 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K.” said Alex Panlilio, Head of Unilab Active Health (ULAH).

Meanwhile, according to premiere race organizer Coach Rio dela Cruz, the runners’ anticipation over Run United 3 will be all worth it as new features and surprises await them on September 16. For one, there will be new routes as well as different starting and finish lines again for Run United 3 in the 21K and 32K categories, like in the previous two races for 21K.

The 32K runners will have a gun start at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) starting at 3am, an hour ahead of the 21k runners. They will be led from BGC to take their first 10k in University Parkway area, then move up to Kalayaan Flyover. Then, they will go all the way down to Buendia, take left at Roxas Boulevard, turnaround taking the roads of Vicente Sotto, Diosdado Macapagal and on to EDSA before finally turning left at Seaside Boulevard for the finish at the Mall of Asia (MOA).

The 21k will have an earlier gun start at 4am compared to Run United 2’s 430am. They will have the same route as the 32k runners, but instead of going to EDSA they will turn right after Macapagal Avenue, turning right at Seaside Boulevard and then all the way to the finish line in MOA.

“Run United 3 runners will get to run across three cities— Taguig, Makati and Pasay. Based from the feedback we got from them, they really enjoyed the experience and the new routes. The earlier gun start of both race categories will give runners a safer route as well,” said Dela Cruz of RunRio Inc., the race organizer.

Online registration for Run United 3 started on August 6 and will continue until September 2, 2012. In-store registration will start on August 13 and will be up to September 9, 2012. Registration venues include Riovana in BGC and Katipunan, Quezon City; and Toby’s at SM Mall of Asia and Trinoma.

The runners will receive their complete race kits upon registration (Active Health Sun Visor, Singlet, Bib with B-Tag and wrist tag for 500m dash runners). The wrist tag for 500m dash kid’s runner which is usually given on race day will now be included in their race kits upon registration.

Run United 3, which is for the benefit of Gawad Kalusugan and Children’s Hour, is part of the ULAH running series. Run United started with only 8,000 runners when it was launched in March 2010 and the numbers have steadily grown in succeeding events. An estimated 14,000 runners participated during its last offering— at 2012 Run United 2.

Run United 1 on March 4 started off this year’s RunRio Trilogy, followed by Run United 2 last June 17. Runners who completed all the longest distances (21k-21k-32k) in all of the three Run United races will be recognized at the RunRio Trilogy Awards Night.

Fun and exciting activities await runners and their family at the Active Health Village, new and bigger Active Kids Zone, Runners’ Lounge, I-Connect Zone, The Food Pavilion and Health, Sports, & Leisure Zones.

For further information or inquiries on race details, results, photos and discussions, please visit the following websites:  www.unilabactivehealth.com or www.runrio.com.

With Coach Rio, Unilab boss Lester Castillo and bloggers.

With bloggers and media at launching of RU3.