Tri United 3: Post Event Results

It was a win-win triathlon for the organizers Bike King and Unilab Active Health (ULAH) as well as many of the participating triathletes at the just concluded Tri United 3 Elite-Age Group Championship at Dungaree Beach of Subic Freeport recently. A number of participants leveled up and posted new personal records, which they attribute to the event being well-organized, from the safe and challenging routes to the pre- and post-race support.

The weather was near perfect when the gun rang off for the 470 participants at the starting line.    The participants are generally in good spirits before, during and after the race. They particularly liked the nice personal touches such as the customized name plate and transition mat provided for them. And some more extras such as the cymbals that they crash to make noise about exceeding themselves and champagne to cap off a great race.

“All the elements, from the weather to the road conditions, played out nicely for all the participants. Our very own triathlon team came out strong and pulled off a clean sweep— a first for our team,” said Alex Panlilio, Head of Unilab Active Health, who improved his own personal record at TU3.

Team Unilab Active Health’s triumvirate of Benjamin Rana, Jr. Mark Anthony Husana and Philip Atento dominated the 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike and 10 km elite race. Rana placed first as he clocked in two hours, five minutes and 37 seconds. Followed by Husana (2:11:00) and Atento (2:13:58) for second and third, respectively. Their teammate and coach, Ani de Leon-Brown, champed it out at the women’s Elite race with a time of 2:33:05. Brown was followed by Kristina Beckendorf who clocked in 2:34:33.

The other members of Team Unilab Active Health also had podium finishes in their respective age groups. These include Drew Arellano and Ramon Rodriguez who placed first and second respectively in the male 30-34 age group, Javy Olives who placed third in 35-39 age group, and teen Samuel Ranque who placed third in the 15-16 age group.

The shorter race course of 750m swim-20K bike-5K run for the teen participants was dominated by La Union lad Juan Carlos Abad who clocked in 1:10:40 to place first in the 15-16 age group and Joshua Ranque (1:15:28) in the 17-19 age group. Christianne de Vera who clocked in 1:37:13 to lead the teen girls’ 17-19 age group, while Sophia Ysabelle Jamila was the sole winner in the 15-16 age group with a time of 1:40:28

The other Elite Age Group winners were Mervin Rencel De Los Santos Santiago and Kriska Rose Marzan Sto. Domingo (20-24), Don Berba Velasco and Angelica Pascual Limjoco (25-29), Andrew Estrella Arellano and Nathalia Marie Tan Benipayo (30-34), Edison Salawad Morales(35-39), Rayzon Galdonez and  Roque Endaya (40-44), Joevic Gallo Pajarillo and Mariela Janet Martinez Powell (45-49), Jaime Corea  Lopez (male 50-54) and Josef Gueta (male 55-above).

Team Sante Barley bested four other tri teams (Endure Multisport, PLDT-Bike King, Smart Triathlon Team, TriMac and Unilab Active Health) and bagged the team championship with an accumulated time of 27 hours and 15 minutes.

Organized by Bike King, the event was supported by Unilab Active Health, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department, Enervon Active, Enervon HP, I-ON Energy Drink, Hydrite, AboitizPower, Pocari Sweat, Timex, Crystal Clear Purified Water, Corima and Orbea.

Tri United 3 champion teams from left to right: PLDT-BikeKing (second place), Sante Barley (first place), Trimac (third place). With them are Coach Raul Cuevas of BikeKing (leftmost, 2nd row), Lester Castillo, Sports and PR Executive of Unilab Active Health (leftmost, 1st row) and Alex Panlilio, Head of ULAH (rightmost, 1st row).

As this develops, Tri United 4 in Clark is scheduled on November 24 with a friendly distance of 900m swim, 30km bike, and 5km run. For results and more details about Tri United and other races, please visit www.unilabactivehealth.com  or its social media pages. ### (PRESS RELEASE)

Official Race Results of 2013 TriUnited 3 Elite-Age Group Championship in Subic. Congratulations to all the finishers!

http://unilabactivehealth.com/triunited/results.html

Rico Blanco, Moonstar88 To Perform Live At Run United-2

Are you a fan of Moonstar88 band or maybe pop icon Rico Blanco? Well, they’ll be performing to you live during the awarding ceremonies for this Sunday’s Unilab Run United 2 at the Mall of Asia grounds.

I don’t really follow much on these cool guys but i know most of you will bob their heads when their hits will blast on stage! How ’bout some jazz music next time, Unilab? (asa pa!)

See you there!

Moonstar 88

OPM icon and singer-songwriter Rico Blanco will rock the stage this Sunday, June 2, with pop band Moonstar88 at Unilab Active Health’s “Run United 2013”, which will be held at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Blanco is known as a pop icon in the local entertainment scene and has been, for years, considered as the face of the popular 90s band “Rivermaya.” Moonstar88, on the other hand, immortalized the OPM hits “Torete” and “Sulat.”

Rico Blanco

More than 12,000 have signed up for the second leg of this year’s Run United event.  The run features 500m, 10k, 21k and 32k routes which starts and ends on Seaside Boulevard near Block 16 of the mall’s expansive parking lot.  The 10k loop trails the Diosdado Macapagal Avenue on to Roxas Boulevard and back, while the 21k loop reaches as far as the Luneta Park (also on Roxas Boulevard) and Uniwide Theater/Movie Hall on Diosdado Macapagal Avenue.

The 32k route will take the same path as the 21k’s except that it will also reach the opposite end of Roxas Boulevard where it meets the Manila-Cavite Expressway and the NAIA Road.

Although registration for the race is already closed, non-runners are still welcome to participate in exciting and fun-filled health events at the Unilab Active Health Village Areas, which will be situated a few meters from the finish line. The Health Village is divided into five zones namely the Ceelin Playground (for kids); Health, Sports and Leisure zone; UST Physical Therapy zone; Active Health zone and Sports Nutrition zone.

The Ceelin Playground zone includes a giant inflatable playground, a kiddie salon, and henna tattoo, face painting and photo booths.  The other zones offer health lectures, running tips, physical exercises, and an ice pool, among others.

Additionally, three conveniently located areas are designated for the Active Health Apparel shop, Food Pavilion and iConnect booth, which is a social media photo booth where pictures of participants are uploaded in real-time to Unilab Active Health’s Facebook fan page.

Run United is an annual running event sponsored by the pharmaceutical giant United Laboratories (Unilab) through Active Health, its advocacy for the Filipino’s health and wellness, in partnership with RunRio, Inc., a race organization company founded by running coach Rio Dela Cruz.

More than 10,000 runners participated in the first leg of the 2013 Run United, which was held on March 17 also at the SM Mall of Asia.  The final leg of this year’s Run United trilogy will be held on October 6.  For more information, check out Unilab Active Health’s website at http://www.unilabactivehealth.com.

Apart from Run United, Unilab Active Health also sponsors the annual Tri United (a triathlon event) which is organized by Bikeking### (Press Release)

Runrio Awards Night 2013

Finally, after two years of observing (with envy) runners getting up the stage to receive their awards for completing the Run United Trilogy Running series, it was finally my turn to summit the 5-foot high stage and received the coveted medal of honor, uhh… it’s actually a dog-chain medallion!

But no matter, it was one worth the recognition of having finished not only the trilogy, but a fourth culminating race, the full marathon!

The awards night has been staged for the past three years and for this particular awarding ceremony held at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall Of Asia in Pasay City last Saturday, April 6, yours truly and about 600 others were recognized for completing the Run United Trilogy series, the 21k-21k-32k and the final Run United Philippine Marathon (42k) all held last year.

This year’s awarding ceremony was surprisingly low-key with a Mardi Gras celebration as theme. Held in one big corner of Annex-1, the event was held simultaneously with other sports exhibitors in a Sports and Wellness festival. Gone is the grandiose banquet, elaborate stage, top band performers and my favorite beauty queen celebrities!

It may have been low in frills this year but that didn’t take away the meaning, prestige and honor it bestowed to us runners, an award not lost to those who painstakingly completed all four events to be given this accolade!

Thanks to Coach Rio Dela Cruz, Unilab Active Health and to Ms. Vimz Mendoza of Runrio Events who by the way, snagged the Best Blogger of the year award, a well-deserved recognition for her non-stop dissemination of all Runrio and other running events to the local running community!

I’ll leave you all with some pictures of the event. Cheers!

And finally, up on the stage with Coach Rio

The Mardi Gras Dance Group

Stage was simple but no less exciting!

With probably the most photograph celebrity runner at the awards, the charming ‘Lucky’ Jackie Gutierrez, a co-awardee. (Photo by J. Ramizares)

With top running photographer and friend, Jose Ramizares, also an awardee

With the running bloggers

With blogger friends (Thanks to Bee Yen for the photo)

With Coach Rio. Appear! (Photo by KB)

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

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.

Runners Race To Action: Donations For Habagat Victims Needed

Not a fun run this time but Unilab Active Health is rallying the running community to help the Habagat flood victims to donate ANY of your old singlet, finisher’s, event shirt at their Headquarters at the Bonifacio High Street, (fronting Krispy Kreme/ Nike Store) today and tomorrow, Aug.11-12.

Old and new clothes will also be accepted! Unilab will donate corresponding vitamins for every single/shirt that we donate. If you have unused singlets or finisher’s shirts just sitting on your drawers, this is the time to give them to our less fortunate brethren who have lost their clothes and other personal belongings to this recent disaster.

Here are the details below:

More details on their FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/UnilabActiveHealth

2012 Run United 2 and Race Expo To Open in June!

Coach Rio announcing the opening of registration for the Run United 2 Race and the Run United Race Expo

Registration for the second leg of the Run United Trilogy Races or the Run United-2 is now ongoing! To add to the excitement of this race, there will be a Run United Race Expo happening prior to the race on June 13-16, 2012 at the BGC Grounds near Mercato.

All types of running gears will be sold in this expo and the claiming of race packets will also be held here. Hope to see you all there soon!

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2012 Run United 2 and Race Expo Slated in June

In Unilab ActiveHealth’s continuing efforts to promote an active and healthy lifestyle among families, 2012 Run United will have its second leg on June 17, 2012 at SM Mall of Asia.

Kids from age 5 to 12 years old can join the Ceelin 500-meter dash to jumpstart their journey to fitness. Moms, dads and older siblings can choose from the different race categories like 3km, 5km, 10km, and 21km.

Registered participants of 500-meter dash, 3km, 5km, and 10km will receive their singlet upon registration. The ActiveHealth race belt bag, bib with timing chip, and Riovana 10% discount stub can be claimed during the 1st ever Run United race expo scheduled on June 13-16, 2012 at BGC Grounds Riovana from 2pm to 8pm on June 13 and 10am to 8pm on June 14-16.

The participants of the 21k category will have a different singlet color design which makes the runners extra special, aside from the freebies that they will get during the race expo in BGC and the 2nd piece of the collectible medal and finisher shirt. A personalized RunRio Timing Card will be exclusively given to them they just need to present their old IPICO timing chip during the registration to get the replacement.

21km runners will also get to enjoy running the Bonifacio Global City to Mall of Asia race route, giving them a chance to improve their PR for Run United 1. Shuttle service will be provided from MOA as pick-up point for 21km runners.

“ActiveHealth delivers Unilab’s vision of providing active health solutions for Filipino families,” UnilabActiveHealth Head Alex Panlilio said. “We encourage families to start or continue leading active lives through our events like Run United.

ActiveHealth Sport Events Executive Lester Castillo said, “As we have always done in the past, we continuously improve Run United series to give runners a better experience and encourage them to keep running. Through our partnership with Coach Rio dela Cruz, Run United has become one, if not the best, running event in the country.”

As a testament to the level of commitment that ActiveHealth brings to the runners, it has brought in the Team Bike Boutique, the official merchandise partner of Ironman races worldwide, to organize the Run United Race Expo happening on June 13-16, 2012 at the BGC Grounds near Mercato.

The race expo completes the active health experience by gathering runners, sports enthusiasts and their families in this four-day event. Runners can hang out with their friends while checking out the coolest and latest sports apparel. Fitness and athletic brands also present their latest products and services, including gadgets, running gear, among others.

Coach Rio dela Cruz said the race expo brings Run United to a whole new level. “Major international marathons like the ING New York Marathon and Chicago Marathon hold their own expos days before the event. Together with UNILAB Active Health, we look at some of the best practices from international races, and apply them to the Run United Series to further enhance the race experience of the Filipino running community.”

Registration for 2012 Run United 2 is ongoing at the following stores

  • Riovana at Bonifacio Global City and Katipunan, Quezon City
  • Toby’s at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City and SM North The Block, Quezon City

For online registration, check details at www.unilabactivehealth.com or www.runrio.com. Registration is until June 3, 2012 on a first come first serve basis.

Bloggers and media at the race launching

2012 Run United 2 is for the benefit of GawadKalinga and Children’s Hour. For more inquiries, check out www.unilabactivehealth.com and www.facebook.com/unilabactivehealth.

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