Sante Barley Domination 21k Run: Race Review

It was nice running this half-marathon after my last race, the Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing 21k held last month. The Sante Barley Domination course at the Cavitex seems to have been chosen not only for its fast terrain but also for the stunning coastal views that we rarely see while running in the metro!

Cavitex (pic from filipinobroker blog)

With about 6,000 runners joining this inaugural race of which half of them ran the 21k race, it was definitely crowded and slow moving at the start for those running the half-marathon but that was okay as it served as a warm-up of sorts, not rushing the pace to reserve it at the latter stages.

I’m still reeling on my acid-reflux issues and was worried that it again might affect my running. Good thing i took a tablet to control it before the run and was working wonders for both my breathing and tummy!

It was an overwhelming feeling  to run early in the morning with a group of runners who feed off  each other’s energy to push harder. Except for a few inclines and declines on flyovers that connect Metro Manila and Cavite, the course was consistently flat for the most part and great care was exercised by the race organizers by placing cones on the outside lane exclusively for runners to separate them from the rushing vehicles occupying the inner lanes.

Thanks to KB Runner for the pic

I don’t usually rate how races were conducted but here below are just some of my observations:


  • Beautiful and fast course
  • Designated service lanes for runners along the busy Coastal Road
  • South-bound lane of the Cavitex Expressway closed for runners to use
  • Nice sampling of Sante Barley products inside loot bag
  • Nice Finishers Shirt
  • Gracious marshals greeting the runners
  • Accurate distance (21.2kms) on my Suunto Ambit2
  • Presence of the Photo-Ops Team and other private photographers
  • Great hosting chores by the Running Host (Boy Ramos)
  • Lots of newbie runners leveling up to the half-marathon for the first time


  • Some water stations ran out of water cups
  • Some stations ran out of water (at the 2nd half)
  • Mid-pack to tail-end runners didn’t get any of those bananas, as promised
  • Race start delayed by 30 mins as logistics were still being put to place

Note to runners:  Always bring a hydration belt, hand held water bottle or any container you can bring along the run specially for races longer than 10k as you can’t be too sure if water would be adequate in a race!

Approaching the finish line

The Sante Barley Run has great potential to be one of the premier runs in the country if they could just address the above shortcomings next time. One thing going for it is the very nice route and it’s secure enough even if it’s staged in one busy expressway. Since this is only their inaugural run, it has attracted hordes of runners who seem to be inclined in doing the half-marathon which is the race’s best seller, according to the organizers.

For me, i enjoyed this race immensely, it was a nice experience as i was able to achieve my target time of doing  somewhere 2:30 (did it in 2:28:20). I’ll be looking forward to next year’s race!

The green street to the finish!

With co-blogger Bee Yen Soberano after our run

(Thanks to Noel Camarillo, KB, Justin Joseph, the Photo-Ops Team and Without Limits Events for the nice pics!)


Sante Barley Domination Run 2013

One of the country’s top health and wellness company, SANTE International, distributors of their famous Barley products is staging its first 3k, 5k, 10k and 21k race, the 1st Sante Barley Domination Run to be staged at the Aseana City, near MOA on November 24, 2013.

The Sante Barley Domination Run aims to introduce organic barley from certified farms in New Zealand and pure barley based products that are packed with organic quality barley leaves and formulated to give wellness for people with active lifestyles and for their general well-being.

The company also promotes sports by sponsoring a Triathlon team, a running clinic at the University of the Philippines campus and a soon to open sports fitness center to cater to athletes and physical fitness buffs.

Proceeds of this Run will benefit the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

Here are some more details:

Sante DomiNation Run 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Aseana City near SM Mall of Asia

Race Categories:
21k – P700
10k – P600
5k – P500
3k – P300

Gun start:

  • 3k – 5:20am
  • 5k – 5:15am
  • 10k – 5am
  • 21k – 4am

Race Kit includes: Color-coded Race Singlet per category, Race bib & Timing chip, Race Info sheet, Route Map

Finisher’s Loot bag (per Race Category): 21k-10k-5k Medal, 21k Finisher’s shirt, Sante IMPACT System gym voucher, sponsors products

Registration Centers:
For online registration, a delivery will be charged and shipment of race kits will start on September 15, 2013.

In-Store Registration(September 15 onwards)

IMPORTANT: Please note of the revised list of Sante DomiNation Registration partners. In-Store registration starts on September 15 in the following sites:Sante Branches(Mon-Sat) – Eton Cyberpod & 9F Galleria Corporate Center (Ortigas); Zapote (Las Piñas – 0939.7857776) and Alabang (Muntinlupa – 0908.4292031)
Chris Sports – SM North Annex (QC), SM Fairview, Market Market (Taguig)
Fitness & Athletics – BGC (Taguig)
A Runner’s Circle – Malate (Manila)

For store registration inquiries, please call 3837658 (Marjan) from 9AM to 5PM (Monday to Friday only). Supplies are at a first-come, first-served basis and only until supplies last.

Press Release:

What is DomiNation?

DomiNation’s inception is a product of Sante’ Barley’s advocacy to provide a holistic approach to premiere wellness through proper nutrition & supplementation, work-life balance, physical and mental activity. With the changing times, the computer era and a fast-paced lifestyle, our priorities seem to be other aspects in our life that we least look after which is our own health. This is why we, at Sante Barley, would want to help individuals go beyond and conquer your limits.

Not only is Sante Barley a provider of wellness products made from New Zealand, our company is also very much visible in multi-sports events like run, bike, swim, triathlon, etc. We not only conduct trainings and clinics for the public but our very own group, Team Sante Barley, has achieved numerous championships in various sports events. Our venture into the sports industry came as no surprise as a number of atheletes reported increase energy and better recovery in their work-outs after taking barley.

What is the Sante Barley Domination Run?

The Sante Barley Domination Run is a fun run with 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K distances, to be held at Aseana City on November 24, 2013. How it is different will be a surprise, thus the “Anything Goes at the Green Zone” teaser. All you need to know is that participants will surely enjoy these designated “Green Zone”.

Who is the Sante Barley Domination Run supporting?

One of Sante’s most famous users to date is Kuya Kim Atienza, who is most popularly known as a news anchor, triathlete and animal-activist. This run is jointly supported by Sante and Kuya Kim for the benefit of the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

How many will join?

We are targeting 5,000-6,000 runners from all over the country. We expect them to be a good mix of sports enthusiasts and new fun runners.

L-R Sante Barley CEO Joey Marcelo and his son, Kuya Kim Atienza, Coach Jojo Macalintal and Race Director Ian Alacar

Sante Barley Singlet Design

21k Finishers Shirt

5k/ 10k/ 21k Finishers Medal

The Sante Barley Team

Miss Kittkat Cruz, Sante International’s Head of Marketing

Ian Alacar of Without Limits Group, Race Director

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