Finally back to blogging! I've been so busy lately due to HP Run 2013 organizing duties (expect a blog on this soon!) that I failed to blog about recent running-related activities. Of course I always find time to catch up, and my attendance at the first ever Runner's Summit is something I wouldn't miss writing about.
I've been one of the lucky bloggers invited on the media launch of one of this year's most unique offering to seasoned runners (and budding runners alike) - the Unilab Active Health Runner's Summit. It was exciting to be part of something new and promising - meeting with fellow running enthusiasts on a venue wherein we could all learn together and revisit the core basics of our favorite sport.
The event happened last August 17, a Saturday, at the Bayanihan Center at Mandaluyong City. Working on mid-shift, I ensured I adjusted my work hours a bit so that I could get ample rest and wake up early Saturday morning. I met up with fellow blogger friends CJ (Run Adobo King) and Thirdy at Glorietta, Makati (where I parked my car) and rode a cab together to the venue.
I've never been to Bayanihan Center before but upon getting there, I was awed at the grand set-up of the event. This was a sure precursor of things to come, and I'm sure we're all in for a treat!
|Quick and hassle-free registration. They even had rebates for those who purchased Enervon Activ!
|Sponsor booths (with some even having fun activities and generous freebies)
|The official Active Health Runner's Summit shirt available for purchase
|Active Health Runner's Summit shirt - I was hoping it came in black too.
|With fellow bloggers, CJ, Rolly, Thirdy, Ibet and Mommy Vimz
|The large screen and stage
|A view from the back as participants start to settle in
|Unlimited Carbtrim for everyone! Woah!
|Buffet table - breakfast, lunch and merienda were served!
|What a hearty breakfast! (photo courtesy of Art Mendoza)
|Active Health Runner's Summit schedule of activities
Sir Boy Ramos was as usual his best running host self - inserting humor to keep everyone's energy going. He introduced the first one on stage to give runners a view of what's in store for the whole day - ULAH's very own Lester Castillo.
|Sir Lester Castillo welcoming everyone to the first ever Runner's Summit
|UST College of Rehabilitation Sciences for Runner's Fuel
Coach Reil was up first, and he didn't waste time just keeping everyone sitting down on their respective tables. He called for a few volunteers to demonstrate in front of everyone what proper stretching and warm-up activities are, which for me is one of the highlights of the event. Blogger friends Allan (Running Free Manila) and Rikki (Cheapanggang Diva) were of course as ready to show everyone how it's done.
|Lunges! Purple RFM and Orange CD! Look at their form!
|A number of participants taking a video of the demonstration which would really come in handy on race day!
|Everyone was asked to stand up and do a little warm-up ourselves!
|Rolly, Rikki and I doing the moves! Haha!
|We wouldn't let the day pass without having our photo taken with Coach Reil. Great session, coach!
|The PBA Legends - Patrimonio, Paras and Magsanoc
|I thought I'm already tall! Looking like a hobbit beside The Two Towers. Haha!
|Group shot with the bloggers (photo courtesy of ULAH FB page)
|The last photo I had with Jaymie was way back 2010 at the Neutrogena Run! Is she even aging? Haha!
|Love being a blogger!
|Jeaneth Aro of Nutifit Philippines for The Runner's Fuel
|Ma'am Jeaneth can I ask for a diet program? Haha!
|Coach Rio on Beyond Running - spoken with true heart and passion
|Kuya Kim Atienza on "Beyond Running" - his inspirational story wrapped-up the day's sessions
|Kuya Kim, I'm now a fan!
|Coach Ani De Leon-Brown gracing the event with her presence - she's so approachable and so humble!
All participants were then given generous loot from Unilab post-event.
|Sports Nutrition Pack for all participants!
|Class picture (photo courtesy of ULAH FB page)
|Bloggers with the ULAH team (photo courtesy of ULAH FB page)
|Active Health Runner's Summit - Sports Nutrition Pack and other loot - I love ENERVON HP!