Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Battle of the Sexes on March 3, 2013

Coach Rio has been talking about this idea of his --- a race which would feature a sort of battle between male and female runners, for quite some time now. Finally, this unique concept would be brought into fruition this coming new year. Runrio is now partnering with Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to bring us Battle of the Sexes: Defend Your Gender!

WHAT: Battle of the Sexes
WHEN: January 26, 2013 (Saturday, Night Race - Gunstart at 9PM) NEW DATE: March 3, 2013 (Sunday, Gunstart at 5:30AM)
WHERE: SM Mall of Asia
AGE GROUP SUB-CATEGORIES: 24 & below / 25-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70 & above
RACE BENEFICIARY: Virlanie Foundation (

RACE MECHANICS: Male and female will compete with each other in one finish line, one venue, one distance. Female runners will run first, then after 7-10 minutes male runners will start the race.

ONLINE: (December 21, 2012 - February 17, 2013)
IN-STORE: December 21, 2012 - February 24, 2013
- Riovana BGC Branch
- Riovana Katipunan Branch
- Toby's SM Mall of Asia Branch
- Toby's SM The Block Branch

Registration Fee and Race Kit inclusions
Battle of the Sexes Singlet design
Race Bib

- Generous Sofitel will be raffling off a 3-night stay in the Imperial Residence including spa treatments, your personal butler, dining at Spiral buffet, well you get the picture. It's everyone's dream luxury accommodation worth over a million pesos! Hope I'd be the lucky winner! Haha!


Over one million in luxury prizes from Sofitel to be won at RunRio – Battle of the Sexes!

Manila, December 20, 2012 - Sofitel Philippine Plaza announces the launch of RunRio – Battle of the Sexes, a 10k evening Fun Run to be held on the 26th of January 2013 at the SM MOA Grounds, SM Mall of Asia.  Over one million in luxury prizes from Sofitel is at stake during the fun run including a three night stay at the exclusive Imperial Residence, dining at Spiral, beauty treatments from Le Spa and Vietura, the new Aesthetic Lifestyle Institute.

RunRio is a series of 10k fun run is by the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and organized together with RunRio Inc., headed by the foremost running coach in the country, Coach Rio de la Cruz. The race will be on the 26th of January and it will have a unique Battle of the Sexes concept- Male vs Female where females get a 10 minute lead.  

Sofitel Philippine Plaza general manager, Goran Aleks says, “We have partnered with track and field coach, Rio de la Cruz who is an icon of the youth for espousing fitness in order to promote the importance of health and fitness to the Filipinos.  In addition, all the proceeds of the RunRio will go to Virlanie Foundation to help alleviate the plight of the street children in Manila.” 

Battle of the Sexes is presented to you by Chevrolet Philippines in cooperation with Century Pacific, Canon Fashion Tailoring, Gatorade and Timex. 

Registration commences at 1pm at Sofitel’s Harbour Garden Tent, where runners may claim their singlet and race number. The run officially starts at 6pm at the Mall of Asia grounds. Gun start at 9:00pm. The top three winners of each category wins watches from Soleus, special treats from Sofitel Philippine Plaza and many more gifts and surprises. 

Tickets are on sale at Php 800 each, inclusive of the run registration and running kit. Other registration sites are at Riovana BGC and Katipunan and Toby’s Mall of Asia. 

For more information on the Run Rio Fun Run, please contact or email at 0929 7178164 and

Released: January 19, 2013
Dear Runners,

It is with deep regret that we have to announce that the Battle of the Sexes race event which was originally scheduled to happen on Saturday, January 26, 2013 as a night-time race, is postponed. 

Despite being able to acquire approval/permits from the SM Mall of Asia and Pasay City authorities, we will be unable to organize a night-time scheduled race because we were not granted approval by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) who has jurisdiction on vital portions of the Battle of the Sexes race route.

Citing safety and security concerns, the PRA have declined to provide approval on the use of the road under their authority/jurisdiction on a Saturday night race.

With this being the case, RunRio in partnership with Hotel Sofitel will need to reschedule and redesign the said race as a Sunday-morning event, thus the need for postponement.

The new schedule of the Battle of the Sexes race will be on Sunday, March 3 at 5:30AM.

In line with the postponement, registration period will be extended until February 17 for Online Registration and until February 24 for In-Store Registration.

Runners who have already registered for this event need not worry since their registration will still be valid for use on the same event. For further concerns, you may send us an email via with the subject “Battle of the Sexes” or call us in any of the following RunRio hotlines:

Globe – 0927 347 7700
Smart - 0929 717 8164
Landline - (632) 703-1736

Our apologies for this inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled Battle of the Sexes event!

Sincerely yours,
The RunRio Team

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Subic International Marathon on January 26 & 27, 2013

WHAT: Subic International Marathon 2013
WHEN: January 26 and 27, 2013 (Saturday and Sunday)
WHERE: Remy Field, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
RACE CATEGORIES: 3km / 5km / 10km / 21km / 42.195km

- CORPS (Christian Officers Reform the Police Service) Movement Foundation, Inc.
- Dilaab Movement Foundation, Inc.
- Bukas Loob sa DIYOS Covenant Community of SBFZ


- Regular: December 5, 2012 to January 15, 2013
- Special Extended Registration for 3 KM and 5 KM: January 26 (Saturday): 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Note: Race Packet claiming for all online registrants will be on January 26, 2013 between 1PM to 5PM. Claiming area will be around the Remy Field area, most probably at the covered SBMA Gym

1. Manila
New Balance – Glorietta
New Balance – Trinoma
New Balance – Shangri-la Mall
2. Angeles City, Pampanga
New Balance – Marquee Mall
3. Subic Bay
The Outlet Square (Bldg. 156 Quezon St corner Bonifacio St, Subic Bay Freeport)





Subic International Marathon exists to advocate and initiate holistic development in the Filipino Society, cultivating a culture of physical health, productivity and patriotism, and bringing this model to the global community as its contribution to a peaceful environment for the youth of tomorrow.

It is Subic International Marathon's vision to be the world class Philippine marathon that will gather all full marathoners from all over the world much like the New York marathon.

The Subic International Marathon (SIM) is now working in partnership with the CORPS Movement Foundation. SIM and CORPS Movement Foundation have been providing community development programs in various places in Metro Manila and in different regions in the Philippines since 1992.

Transforming communities and societies require social contexts. Hundreds of volunteers from the faith-based group of the CORPS Movement Foundation are deeply involved in creating God-centred, service-oriented, and family-based communities. The CORPS Movement Foundation offers different programs such as: Anti-Drug Campaigns, Values Enhancement Program, Health and Wellness Advocacies, Workshops on Strengthening Family Relationships, among others. These programs have dramatically impacted and significantly contributed to the inculcation of values and virtues amongst children and youth, and to building safer schools, barangays, and communities.

Runner count in previous events
2005 - First ever marathon in Subic, with 5,000 runners
2006 - National event (Subic National Marathon)
2007 - First international event (Subic International Marathon)
2009 - Second international event with close to 10,000 runners
2011 – Third international event with 4,500 runners

Highlights of the event:
Internationally endorsed race course
Most gorgeous 42 race course (greens, lush)
Safe, clean, and a lot of fresh air
Rest facilities in the race course on every turn-around point for the 5, 10, 21 and 42k race
RFID Accurate Timing System
Hydrating stations are committed: every 1.5 km
Full support from the communities around the race course
Full medical support in cases of emergency


1k@Amway on January 12, 2013

WHAT: 1k@Amway
WHEN: January 12, 2013 (Saturday)
WHERE: CCP Complex
RACE BENEFICIARY: Amway One by One Campaign for Children

REGISTRATION PERIOD: December 17, 2012 to January 5, 2013

AMWAY Head Office
108 Ground Floor Feliza Bldg.
V.A. Rufino cor. Dela Rosa
Sts. Legaspi Village Makati City
Tel No. (02) 8148181
Fax No. (02) 8124184
AMWAY Distribution Center Shaw Boulevard
Ground Floor Sun Plaza Bldg.
Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Tel No. (02) 571-7161 to 62
Fax No. (02) 571-7533

For Existing Distributors (IBO): Buy 1 NUTRILITE Daily Foil Pack, get 1 1k@Amway Race Kit for FREE
For Non-Distributors (Non-IBO): Php 595 (5km or 1km)

- Singlet
- Race bib
- Nutrilite Daily Foil Pack
Singlet, Race bib and Nutrilite Daily Foil Pack
- 5km Finishers (Non-IBO) get to Sign-up as an AMWAY Distributor for FREE
- 5km Finishers (IBO) geta a Product Coupon Discount

1k Race Route
5k Race Route 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Condura Skyway Marathon Registration As Easy As 1-2-3

Last November 16, I hurried to the CSM2013 registration center in Greenbelt 3. There were quite a number of early bird registrants. I finally decided to register for the 21k category (after contemplating if I'd do 21k or 42k). The registration process was fast, and the attendants were friendly and accommodating. (Race details are on this link.)

Greenbelt 3 Registration Center (in front of Asics store)
CSM2013 Race Voucher
- Select if you're going to use a voucher or if you're going to pay in cash
- Input your registration details
- Print your registration form

Step 1: Registration Counter
Registration Form Print-out

- Hand your registration form to the attendant
- Sign the waiver form
- Pay the registration fee or give the race voucher to the attendant
- Receive the shirt claim stub from the attendant 

Step 2: Cashier

- Hand the shirt claim stub to the attendant
- Choose your shirt size
- Receive your race kit
Step 3: Shirt Claim
It's as easy as 1-2-3! I finished the registration process in less than 10 minutes!

Race Kit Contents - I love the D-Tag!
21k Wave A Runner with Bib# 40111 will see you on February 3, 2013! :-)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Runrio's Sin Tax Run on December 16, 2012

Race kits for this race are selling like hotcakes! Runrio is giving back to the running community by organizing an event with the most affordable registration fee - 16 pesos only!

WHAT: Sin Tax Run
WHEN: December 16, 2012 (Sunday) 5:45am Gunstart
WHERE: Mall of Asia

REGISTRATION PERIOD: November 19 to December 14 (but could end earlier if slots run out)
- Riovana BGC
- Riovana Katipunan
- Toby's SM Mall of Asia
- Toby's SM North (The Block)

Race Inclusions
Race Bib
Finisher Item: Race Visor
Big cash prizes await the race winners! What more can you ask for in a 16-peso race event?
Winner Prizes
- 16 years that the current system has been in place
- 16 years of the tobacco industry underpaying excise taxes
- 16 years of too low cigarette prices leading the children and the poor easy entry into cigarette smoking

I might volunteer as a race marshal on this event so see you there!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Condura Skyway Marathon on February 3, 2013

You only get to run in the Skyway once a year, so don't miss this opportunity! I ran my first half marathon in Condura Skyway Marathon 2010, and it's still one of my most memorable running events.

WHAT: Condura Skyway Marathon 2013
WHEN: February 3, 2013 (Sunday)
WHERE: Filinvest, Alabang / Skyway
RACE CATEGORIES: 3.8k / 6k / 10k / 21k / 42.195k
- Kabasalan, Zamboanga de Sibugay Planting Site
- Hero Foundation
- Bikes for the Philippines
- icanserve Foundation Inc
- Liter of Light

REGISTRATION PERIOD: November 15 to December 23, 2012
ONSITE REGISTRATION SITE: Asics Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati

Race Registration Fees and Race Inclusions
Other Race Freebies
Assembly and Gun Times
Race Shirt for all categories (design by Team Manila)
Finisher Medals
ASICS Promo:
Buy a pair of Asics running shoes (worth 5500php) and register in any race distance for FREE! (Terms & Conditions apply. Participating Asics outlets: Greenbelt 3, Solenad Nuvali and

ASICS Run for Free Promo
Winner Prizes:



3.8k / 6k / 10k Race Route
21k Race Route
42.195k Race Route

The premier marathon event in the country, the Condura Skyway Marathon, Run for the Mangroves 2013 goes to the starting line on February 3, 2013 in Filinvest City,  Alabang. It will be the curtain-raiser for the new running year of 2013 - perfect timing for those who are serious in getting back to form after the long series of holidays and merry-making and for those who finally would like to get off that couch and find the fun and fulfilment in running.

Organized by Condura Skyway Marathon’s Founder and Chief Organizing Officer, Ton Concepcion and its running ambassador Patrick Concepcion,  the sixth edition of this much-anticipated yearly race event by runners for runners once again is out to prove that it is worthy of its bid to be the premier running event in Asia Pacific. 

This year, the race will have the usual 10k, 21k and full 42k marathon categories plus the new 3.8k, 6k which are especially meant for the fun and adventurous runners who are not yet ready to take on the mid to long distance-races. 

By the first hour of February 3, 2013, the Condura Skyway Marathon will again make the Skyway as the runners’ playground.  Originating from the Filinvest City in Alabang, runners of all distances will be taken to the Skyway as a major part of their race route – a major attraction that promises runners of an exclusive, traffic-free, clean and well-lit race environment. 

Apart from the challenge and fun that this race has in-store for runners, participating in this race will also mean taking part in the Condura Skyway Marathon advocacy of helping with the reforestation of the Mangroves in Zamboanga de Sibugay in partnership with Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF) . Each runner through their registration, will get to donate three mangrove seedlings which will be planted in his/her name. In 2012, the first year that Condura Skyway Marathon adopted the mangroves reforestation project to its cause, a total of 39,000 seedlings have already been planted in Kabasalan Town through runners’ donation.

A very special treat also awaits interested Condura Skyway Marathon 2013 participants!  Get a chance to register for FREE to any race category upon buying a pair of an ASICS running shoes. 

Registration to the race is from November 15 to December 23, 2012 at the Asics Registration Center in Greenbelt 3 Ayala Mall in Makati City. Each participant will receive, as part of the registration, an “I RAN FOR THE MANGROVES” quick-dry shirt designed for the event by Team Manila.

Whether a participant is a newbie or a seasoned runner, completing their chosen distance makes them an absolute winner  since each runner will receive a cool Finisher’s Medal whichever distance they have completed! For full marathon finishers, an “I CONQUERED THE SKYWAY” finisher’s shirt exclusively designed by Team Manila will also be given to them.

The Condura Skyway Marathon, Run for the Mangroves 2013 is presented by co-title sponsor Skyway, sports apparel and shoe sponsor Asics, hydration sponsor 100 Plus and venue sponsor Filinvest City. It is backed by Zalora. For more information on the race and its advocacy visit the official website or the official Facebook page

About the Condura Skyway Marathon
The Condura Skyway Marathon is an annual running event open to amateur and professional runners. From its simple beginnings in 2007 as a short-distance Condura Run race event in Metro Manila, the Condura Skyway Marathon has grown to be one of the biggest, premier running event in the country attracting more than ten thousand runners across the country who are interested to have a Skyway running experience.