Safeguard-2XU: The Last Leg at Nuvali

That last 4km detour of connect-the-dots-like route before the finish line sure made my head spin, like a pin-ball that kept bouncing back and forth. I felt i was entering into a maze, trying to keep my wits and wondering when i could finally see the exit and the final straight to the finish. Even though i knew it was just a matter of time, i felt i was moving in perpetual motion towards a mirage in the vision of a finish line arc. And it finally came!

Still, Runrio’s last leg of the Safeguard-2XU Sole running was every bit a success, taking me for the first time to an all-road route at Nuvali, ditching the trails which i was accustomed to running during past races here. The route was pristine, mostly cemented while navigating the rolling terrain of long uphills and downhills with lights emanating from large floodlights that the organizers had set-up at dimly-lit roads.

Nuvali seems to be a perfect race venue to stage races except that it’s quite inaccessible specially to those who live in the metro. Nevertheless, i was one of those who truly enjoyed the ambiance and the cool weather–yes, it was cold and in Nuvali at that, was great for racing!

The mood was upbeat, hydration stations were abundant with Gatorade and ice-cold water given on every stations, saw some portalets along the course and a shout out from Coach Rio who despite looking drawn and haggard was able to acknowledge me and other runners at a dead-end corner.  The distance was on the mark too (21.1k per my Suunto Gambit2).

A hundred meters away from the finish line (Photo by Jazz Run)

Everyone left with a wide smile on their faces and i’m sure many runners will come back for these series of races if they stage it again next year!

A big thumbs-up to Runrio and staff!

Check here for the Race Results: http://runrio.com/2013/10/sole-racing-2013-leg-3-results/

A hearty breakfast with friends after the race! (Photo by Noel C.)

At the ponds in Nuvali

Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing: Claiming of Packets

After having breakfast of Sausage-Egg McMuffin, hashbrown and large fries with Pimco’s Manny Santos and runner friend Iris Torculas at a McDonald branch in Boni Avenue this morning, i proceeded immediately to Bonifacio High Street to claim my race packet for this Sunday’s  Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing Half-Marathon.

Didn’t want to go with the droves that would arrive in the evening after work, so i found myself  arriving at the venue with less than a dozen people at 11am. The booth bearing the first letter of my surname was empty so i was all alone with the receptionist checking all swags in my goodie bag and was through in about 90 seconds! That was a breeze!

Claim booths

All the great swags that came with the registration for this First leg half-marathon were all there except for the slippers which they promised to deliver to our homes as soon as they arrive this week. Bars of safeguard soap and a bottle of body wash also came with the loot bag which was more than they had promised!

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For those who haven’t claimed their race packets yet, here are the details of how you can claim them:

RACE KIT CLAIMING DETAILS:Runners must claim their race kits and Safeguard lootbag (the lootbag for this race is given before the race, instead of after) at the RACE KIT CLAIMING event.  No race kits shall be delivered to runners nor claimed on race day.
Dates:
April 19, Friday (10am-10pm) and April 20, Saturday (10am-6pm)
Venue:
Bonifacio High Street (by Krispy Kreme), Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
What to bring:
A print-out of your confirmation letter, valid ID’s, and an authorization letter (if claiming for someone else)
What you will get:
1.  Race bib – personalized race bib for those who registered before April 5
2.  2XU-RUNRIO compression calf guard
3.  RUNRIO water bottle – runners must use this or ANY OTHER hydration container on race day otherwise you will be disqualified from starting.  The bottles shall be refilled at the hydration stations along the route.  The organizers shall not use paper/plastic cups for this race.
4.  RUNRIO slippers
5.  IPICO timing card – runners MUST RETURN this after the race, otherwise a penalty of PHP 500 shall be charged to the runner. This promotes zero waste as we can re-use these timing cards for future races.
6.  SAFEGUARD lootbag
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Venue for claiming of packets
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This will be the first of a 3-leg Safeguard-2XU Half-Marathon racing series and i’ll be toeing the line without any expectation on my part, making this a “chill-chill” race (a term i learned from Carol, a newbie but fast running friend) which means an easy-go-lucky run, just to beat the 3-hour cut-off time.
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The Jazzrunner blog thanks Coach Rio for the complementary race kit!
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See you on Sunday!