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)

2013 Run United 2 Now Set!


All those aiming to run the seldom held 32k distance, now is your chance to conquer this event at the leg 2 of the Run United 2013 which is going to be held at the Mall of Asia on June 2, 2013.

More than 4,000 are expected to run in this distance alone and if your training has gone well after running the Half last month at Run United-1, expect this to be another feather to your cap and aim for the RU Philippine Marathon (42k) this October.

I was able to attend the launching of this race yesterday at the Chocolate Kiss Cafe inside the UP Campus and here in brief are the details of the race:

Presenter – Unilab Active Health

Organizer – RunRio Inc.

Beneficiaries – Gawad Kalinga and Children’s Hour

2013 Run United 2 will be held on June 2, 2013 with Ceelin 500m dash, 10k, 21k and 32k race categories. All categories will start and finish at the SM Mall of Asia.


Online Registration: April 1 to May 12, 2013

In-Store Registration: April 15 to May 19, 2013

Priority Registration for Run United 1 21k Runners: April 10 – 14, 2013 (only at Riovana BGC)


  • BGC –28th Street corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City –Monday to Sunday from 12nn to 8pm
  • KATIPUNAN – 3rd Floor Regis Center, Katipunan, QC (infront of ADMU) – Monday to Sunday from 12nn to 8pm


  • SM Mall of Asia – Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM
  • SM North – The Block – Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM





Singlet Design

21k Finishers Shirt Design

32k Finishers Shirt Design

Coach Rio discussing the event at yesterday’s launch


  • Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race kits may run out before May 19, 2013.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first come first serve basis.
  • Singlet and finishers shirt samples will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
  • A timing device (d-tag) will be used by all participants during the race.
  • D-tag will be presented when claiming the finishers’ kits – no d-tag, no kit.

Here’s a promo offered by Riovana Store. If you buy specific products from their BCG or Katipunan branches worth P5,500.00, you get a free registration entry for this race at whatever distance you choose. Check out the poster for details.

Run For Free Promo



For In-Store Registration Inquiries:

  • Globe – 0927 347 7700
  • Smart – 0929 7178164
  • Landline – (632) 887 6194

Race Review: Run United2 (One More Slice To Have)

Photo: RU2 21k done! I just need the last piece of cake!:-) #rununited2

One missing slice to fit in

If anyone wanted to have an idea how big 5,000 runners racing the Run United2 21k category alone was going to look like (out of the 14,000 total runners), the assembly at the starting line yesterday would have been your first indication. It was about 3:55am when we arrived at the Bonifacio Global City by bus provided by the organizers after June and i parked his vehicle at the Mall of Asia grounds. And what did we expect to see?

A humongous crowd of runners occupying every shaded part of buildings available around the starting area! It was still drizzling a bit when we were called for the first wave of runners to enter the starting line. Because of the slight rain, some runners were hesitant to be on the first wave in the hope that the rain would subside by the time they join the 2nd or 3rd waves. However we wanted to get this over with, rain or no rain because if this continues during the race itself, we’ll all get wet just the same.

Bus service from MOA to BGC

I had taped my right ankle heavily as it was in pain 3 days prior to the race. I could not flex it side wards as i would really feel a sharp throbbing pain although i would not feel it if i step flat on my heel. Why do these things happen before an important race? I knew i could not give my 100 per cent so the run strategy was just to take it a kilometer at a time and see how it feels. I already told June that i was to abandon the race if the pain acts up during the run.

The customary warm-ups led by the 360 fitness instructors took place but we had no space to move and even jumping up and down was a bit of a stretch. After some low-key remarks from Alex Panlilio, one of Unilab’s big boss, the race commenced. June and i were pacing each other during the first part but it was Jet Paiso, a friend from Team Boring who took over June’s place at the start of the 3rd km and we shared pacing chores for the most part of the race.

As mother luck would  have it, it didn’t rain at all during the run, except for needle-like drops of water for few intermittent seconds. The sky was cloudy-gray indicating that we won’t have the sun that baked us during the first Run United race the last time.

One thing very distinct that i noticed during the run along Kalayaan bridge was that this stretch has now been lit with lamps installed on electric posts. I was sure glad that Coach Rio did something to alleviate the darkness that marked this stretch. Headlamps weren’t needed this time . Well, i didn’t bring one anyway. I was feeling good at this point, no pain on the ankle so far.

One of the water stations along Buendia Avenue Ext.

The pass through Buendia Avenue extension came without a hitch as this was one of the choke points during RU1 when runners had to run side by side with vehicles which were just inches beside you. This time, there were cones lined-up away from where the runners were and traffic moved like precision. I would say that the marshals did a splendid job in controlling traffic as there were considerably less honking and shouting from irate drivers.

Jet and i entered Roxas Boulevard and when we made the first U-turn, it was only then that we realized the long line of runners trailing behind us and when we were atop Buendia Bridge, we could still see the vast sea of runners down, approaching Roxas Blvd and there were still thousands of them. At this point, some of the fast runners from the 3rd wave have started to overtake us but we were still coasting along just fine.

The hydration stations were abundant, lots of ice-cold water, Powerade and eat-all-you-can bananas which really helped sustain and complement the high-energy sports beans that i was popping up. I walked through the stations, bidding my time until i feel giving it a go again.

At around the 14 km mark, Jet decided to slow down and do his Galloway thing so i was left on my own. Incredible how i saw Coach Rio all-over the route, running along side us, monitoring the proceedings with just an APV phone on hand. He was moving plastic drums, picking up scattered cups, banana peelings, sponges and other litter sprawled on the race course. Amazing for a race organizer to do what he did!

At the 20th kilometer, i saw Dyep and Jixee suddenly pacing beside me (they were from the 3rd wave) giving some encouragement as i was nearing exhaustion although the pain that i was expecting from my right ankle never appeared. That last 200 meter stretch on Ocean Drive is like heaven. Every time i see that finish, i try to make a good last drive at it with all my remaining energy which i did again until i reach the orange line! 21k done!

The timer above the finish line posted a 2:21:50 finish and i was at first very surprised and pleased at the same time. However, relying on my Soleus GPS which i had set from the start (and always been accurate, for the record), it read 2:31:50 for the distance 21.11k. It could be that the timer on the finish line was intended for the 3rd wave as there was a 5 minute interval for each wave at the the starting line. We’ll see the official results soon.

Claiming of our finishers kit was a breeze! It was very orderly and you automatically go to the tent where your shirt size is indicated. Just took me less than a minute to get mine.

The big guys got their finishers’ shirts here, including myself

Talking to other runners about the race, all had positive views about the over-all conduct, that it was a great improvement from the previous one (Run United1) specially the distribution of race freebies after the finish. The generous hydration, bananas, great marshals, traffic plus good weather all contributed to the success of the race.

One minor suggestion to the organizers is to place the exhibitors booth in a more visible area of the Health expo as they were mostly located at the back side of the stage. Many runners were not aware that there were booths with products on display because they were not seen easily.

I am thankful for having ran this race injury free. I’ll be pinning for the third and last race of the trilogy series, the 32k race on September 16 and hopefully complete the medal puzzle above.

Race results will soon be posted in the following links:


Here are some more pictures of the race event:

After i crossed the finish line

Entrance to the Active Health Expo

At the wellness tent where PTs gave runners free massage

Actors Zoren and Carmina with their kids. All of them ran the shorter race.

There’s even a Wi-fi hub here courtesy of Globe Comm.

With the officers of Unilab, Coach Rio and representative of The Children’s Hour, a race beneficiary

Little ROX booth with Mariel Flores of Primer Group

With bloggers at the media tent

After finishing Run United’s 2nd 21k run yesterday, i’ll be pinning for the third and last race of the trilogy series, the 32k race on September 16 and hopefully complete the medal puzzle above.

RU2: As Far As The Eyes Can See

Yesterday morning, I was one of the runners who invaded the streets of Fort Bonifacio in Taguig and if running in the middle pack with 16,000 other runners either in front or behind you doesn’t carry you like a rushing wave of flood waters in a swelling river, then you might have just been a stunned spectator, amazed at the sheer volume of runners passing by you, non-stop.

The Unilab Run-United 2 race was indeed crowded but it moved along just fine. No jostling but it was sure noisy like one big party! It was one long, continuous line that probably stretched as far back as 3 kms, if you include the 2nd wave of 10k and the whole 5k runners which were running the same route during the first few kms (i’m just guessing here as I couldn’t see any diminishing tail-end).

Runner Invasion: Both lanes crowded somewhere here at the 5th km

Today’s experience was mixed. I went out with the first wave of 10k runners feeling great at 6:30 pace till about kilometer 7 when I took my first walk break and at about the U-turn on 5th Ave, I was feeling the signs of soreness in my heels and had to slow down a bit. I remember bringing some sports jelly beans stashed in my waist pack, took some with the Powerade at the last hydration station and it was an even cruise till the finish.

I’m sort of getting my groove back, maintaining a 7:00 min average pace even overtaking some struggling runners during the last kilometer. I wish the finish line area could be cleared of runners as crowds gathered just a few meters after the finish that makes it difficult to weave outside of the area.

Over-all, it was a great race and well organized although runners would surely welcome a different route next time as Runrio races have been using the same routes on their past races.

After the finish: Runners finding their way through the claim booth area

A tinge of green in a sea of blue

With the new father: Mark had to rush home after the race and bring his wife to the hospital for the scheduled delivery of their first baby. 24 hrs later, Mark is the the proud father of twins! Way to go, Mark!

Next Sunday, I’ll be running my first half-marathon distance for this year, the 2nd Avenue Earth Run. Yes, you read it right, my first for this year! Last year (2010) was a busy year for me, having finished 4 full marathons and about a dozen half-mary’s before Plantaar Fasciitis reigned in during the first half of this year.

I’m sort of edgy just thinking about it although I know I’ll be able to tackle the distance but still hoping that I don’t struggle too much and the pain on my heels doesn’t get ugly at the end. Betty, one of my running buddies will be pacing with me. She’s fast and furious so i hope she can control herself and doesn’t get away too far!

See you Sunday!

Unilab Run United 2: August 21, 2011

I was planning to be done with my chores for the night when i suddenly remembered about an August 21 date, well, aside from Ninoy Aquino’s death anniversary, a race i had previously registered already and forgot about amidst all the weekend schedule of fun runs and races.

The Unilab Run United 2, Runrio Leg 2 Series is slated to be one of the biggest race for the 3rd quarter of this year and i anticipate a mammoth crowd of runners at the starting line come race day at The Fort.

This race will be using the RE-USABLE Timing Chip that tracks your moves and performance, auto-feed status updated to your Facebook account as you pass the finish line and allow you to get race pictures and analysis of your performance during the run.

This timing chip can be re-used for the Unilab Run United 3 Race and for future Runrio events.

I’m so looking forward to running this race and here’s hoping the skies will open up with some light sunshine. Rains not allowed here this time!

Check out the poster above that contains all the info for this month’s premier race.