Friday, March 30, 2012

NatGeo Earth Day Run 2012 Race Kits Up for Grabs

Join National Geographic Channel's advocacy and participate in the NatGeo Earth Day Run, happening on April 22, 2012, FOR FREE! Courtesy of National Geographic Philippines, I'm giving away 1 race kit for each race category - 3k, 5k, 10k and 21k.

See the details of the race event on this post:

LinkPromo Mechanics

1. Simply like National Geographic Channel Philippines Facebook page (
2. Place your comment indicating the race category of your choice and your email address. (Your comments will not be displayed so your email addresses remain confidential)

You have until April 4, 2012 (Wednesday), 5pm to join in this promo. One comment only per participant please. Winners will be drawn afterwards via RANDOMIZER.ORG and will be announced on the same day. Winners will be emailed with details on how to claim their race kits.

Thank you from our generous friends from National Geographic Channel Philippines!

UPDATE: April 4, 2012 5pm - Contest is officially CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who joined! :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

National Geographic Earth Day Run 2012

National Geographic Channel invites everyone to join Earth Day Run 2012, now on its 3rd year.

WHAT: Earth Day Run 2012
WHEN: April 22, 2012 (Sunday)
WHERE: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 12, 2012 to April 15, 2012
ONSITE REGISTRATION: Greenbelt 3, Ground Floor, Left Wing
Onsite registration booth at Greenbelt 3

Race Categories, Registration Fees, Shirt Colors, Assembly and Gun Times
Race Shirt
All participants will receive a limited edition NatGeo EDR Technical Shirt (color depending on race category).

Race Maps

Saturday, March 10, 2012

BDM 102: A Support's Perspective

Three weeks have passed as I write this blog post, but the excitement and the adrenaline rush of the BDM102 event still lingers on. A running teammate and a good friend had the guts to participate in one of the toughest ultra-marathon races in the country, and I have been one of the lucky few who was able to witness his BDM102 journey from his humble beginnings to his elated race finish.

Eugene, with his running monicker "Eugenator", is Team Alpha1's fastest, yet humblest of the bunch. I remember his sworn statement never to run longer than a full marathon, but look at where he is now - a certified ultra-marathoner, and a 2nd runner-up overall finish to top it off - 102 freaking kilometers!

This is a recollection of the events that transpired on the 3rd and 4th of March - in a support's perspective.

THE SUPPORT TEAMThe Team Alpha1 Support Crew - Jesy, Daves, Rolly, Marvin, Noel, Bry

Meet the Team Alpha1 support team - all first-timers on doing ultra-marathon support.
Jesy - car provider, the driver, post-race host
Daves - back-up driver, race planner, the "motivator"
Marvin - the team nurse
Rolly - the navigator, overall race prep guy, peacemaker (lol!)
Noel - photographer, link to the outside world (through Facebook page updates)
Bry - nutrition and hydration provider/runner


We had an early meet-up time, 8:00am at Rolly's residence at QC. I drove to Manila 7am to pick-up Marvin and Bry, and then another stop to pick-up Daves. Then we're off to QC. Rolly welcomed us with a hearty breakfast of suman and kapeng barako, which was so strong I swear it could keep me awake for the next 24 hours. An hour later, Eugene arrived.

My car was jam-packed! All the support stuff were in the trunk, and I had 5 passengers with me. We traveled North via the NLEX, with our next stopover at Sta. Rita exit. This is where our vehicle exchange would happen, Jesy meeting us on his Ford Expedition and his driver bringing my car to his Bulacan residence.

And so the Alphamobile was born! Our excitement went higher when we saw the team logo on the vehicle's hood and doors. After loading all the race paraphernalia in the Alphamobile, along with a few camera snaps, we were again off to a long ride.

Team Alpha1 and the Alphamobile

Everyone's up and high as we sped along SCTEX, talking about what's to happen on the race that night. And as we had our first glimpse at the BDM kilometer markers, we were even more stoked as we are now getting a preview of the actual race route. At around noon, we arrived at Bay Spring Resort (located near the BDM km 19 marker), where we'll be staying to relax and to do some more race preparations.

shot of the Alphamobile upon arrival at Bay Spring Resort

shot just before entering the villa gate

Our villa room was spacious! There were two beds on the first floor and 5 beds on the 2nd. Too bad we we'll only spend a few hours here, as the race starts 10pm that night. Marvin and Rolly had a swim in the resort pool, while others spent their time to snooze a bit.

Room #1

The long travel left us all famished, and it took a while for us to spot a good place to have our late lunch. After driving a few kilometers from our hotel, we found Romalaine, a restaurant serving Filipino cuisine. We ate there like we're all doing an ultra. I have to mention they got the best sisig (according to Marvin - a 10/10 rating).

pigging-out in Romalaine

Upon twilight, we started preparing. Marvin, Rolly and I got busy putting in the BDM102 "Race in Progress" tarp in the Alphamobile, while the others were putting on rock tape on Eug's shoulders. When we got inside the room, Bry was already putting Phiten Titanium disc stickers on Eug's back and legs.

Rock Tape and Phiten Titanium Disc stickers applied

It was then time to say goodbye to Bay Spring Resort.

group shot before leaving

We decided to have dinner again at Romalaine, instead of trying somewhere else new. It was yummier the second time around. We were still on track to meet our 9pm target arrival time at the KM0 race start area. Before leaving Romalaine, Eug and I said a little prayer with the team. In a couple of hours, Eug will embark on the longest run of his life, and it was just apt to ask His blessing of strength and endurance, and for keeping the support crew safe as well.

Arriving at KM0, everyone can't just help but smile at the sight of the numerous support cars and crew. It was electrifying! Jesy was so inspired at that moment he already stated his interest of joining next year's BDM!

Team shot at the BDM KM0 marker

shot with the man who started the ultramarathon craze - Sir Jovie Narcise aka "Bald Runner"

The race briefing then commenced, with all the BDM102 warriors assembled at KM0. Sir BR had a few words to say to everyone, and there were three national anthems sang - Star Spangled Banner of the USA, Kimigayo of Japan, and Lupang Hinirang of the Philippines.

Sir BR during the race briefing

Before the rush of other support crew starts, we already went ahead to the first pit-stop at the BDM KM06 marker. The path leading here is a dark, zigzagging hard incline. Runners have been warned to take it easy on this part.

And so we wait.

As the first runner passed - a British guy, the crowd cheered. 6 more runners arrived and then we saw Eug with a couple of runners running alongside him. He's strong at 8th place! Bry was waiting for him at the other side of the road and gave him his hydration. Everything happened so fast, and then we had to go and leapfrog to the next pit stop location.

KM06 highlights

Of course, supporting wouldn't be half as fun if we didn't have some booboos along the way:
- HYDRATION WITH NO HYDRATION. We handed out a water bottle to Eug without water in it. Anyone who might have witnessed how we reacted after this incident would laugh. Everyone's kind of on a blaming game. Voices are raised yet some are still cool and trying to pacify the situation. I guess things like these are really bound to happen. It's just a matter of how we handle it.
- POCOBRA. Pocari with a touch of Cobra drink. There's this one pitstop wherein Eug complained about the weird taste of his Pocari drink. Pocari in a Cobra bottle. Go figure.
- 7 KILOMETERS PIT STOP. Initial parts of the race, our agreement is to meet Eugene every 5 kilometers. There's this one stop that we made after just 3 kilometers and when we met Eug, he told us he's still ok so he ran ahead. We should have met Eug after two kilometers but due to parking constraints (the road was so narrow) we continued driving for another couple of kilometers until a safer stop. A pissed-off Eug met with us, and we all felt guilty when we found out another support team provided his hydration earlier, Eug already feeling dehydrated in his false anticipation of meeting us after 5 kilometers.
- WRONG TURNS. There were a couple of road forks wherein we had to turn right, but we turned left so we had to make a U-turn. Funny thing about this is we kept reminding Eug beforehand of these right turns but we were the ones who made the erroneous turn.

We only got better with each mistake - everything is a learning experience for all of us.


BDM KM19 marker, we were back at Bay Spring Resort. By this time, Eugene is already in 5th place. I updated the Team Alpha1 Facebook page.

Bay Spring Resort again

BDM km 33 marker with Rolly and Daves

The race is pretty much the same throughout the route. Seeing Team USB support - they overtaking our support car and then us overtaking them (a lot of waves and cheers were made between us and Doc Minnie along the way). The top 3 runners basically maintaining their lead, with the top 2 and top 3 runner even running close to each other on most parts. Eugene was in 4th place and 5 to 10 minutes away from the top 3 but still doing great and running strong. The support team is running their own competition by playing Temple Run while killing time.

We then arrived the km50 mandatory pit stop. Here, Eug had to check-in and his bib number noted by the race marshals. This was also the time he changed his shirt and have some chit-chat with the team. We're now at halfway point and it was time for another FB update.

mandatory KM50 pit stop. notice someone taking a video of Eug and the support crew.

And the race continues...

By the second half, tiredness and lack of sleep are now coming to bite us back. Our energy levels are going down. Jesy has to have a replacement driver so that he could have some shut-eye - good thing Daves stepped-up since I was hesitant driving his Ford. Bry, by this time, is down and asleep. Marvin replaces Bry on his duties.

BDM KM61 highlight - Daves falling asleep on a marker. Haha!

BDM KM65 - 2 man down! Bry and Jesy sound asleep

Around km 70, we had our first glimpse of dawn. Eugene is still at an approximate 5 minutes away from the 3rd place runner. 1st place was way too far and we hadn't even have an encounter with his support team. British Patrick Kennedy is at 2nd place and now running ahead of Team USB's 3rd placer. By this time, we were beginning to accept the fact that the standings will remain, as the top 3 have not yet shown signs of slowing down, and even enjoying the benefits of second wind. Regardless, Eug has given it his best and 4th place is still something to be proud of. Marvin and I are now resting inside the support vehicle. I even managed to steal a quick power nap.

At km82, another mandatory pit stop, Eug had to change his socks (and because he can no longer bend to reach his feet, Rolly had to change them for him). Eug was already feeling beat-up and tired and he kept on mentioning how strong the top 3 runners were, that whatever effort and push as he tries to catch-up doesn't work. We just had to give him positive words to continue on. He is now requesting to see us every 3 kilometers.

Daves was now taking over and brought out his famous "latigo" to keep Eug pushing.

km82 pit stop and post km82 shots

16 kilometers to the finish line, a miracle happened.

We overtook the 3rd placer's support vehicle and parked about a kilometer farther to wait for Eug. Upon Eug's arrival, he told us that it seems like he is now ahead and now in 3rd place! Whatever tiredness and sleepiness left my body at that moment. We were ecstatic! I ran to the nearest race marshal, looked at his notes, and confirmed 3rd place for Eugene! I delivered the good news to our HP officemates who were now on their way to the finish line area.

Now the question on everyone's mind is that can Eug overtake Patrick for 2nd place? We kept catching up with Patrick whenever we leapfrog. Patrick kept on glancing back and upon seeing our support vehicle, he speeds up. His pace is still strong and he's not showing any signs of slowing down. This time, we were meeting up with Eug every 1 kilometer just to give him the moral support he needed.

Salute to 2nd placer Patrick Kennedy!

last pit stop and meet-up with Eug


We waved and told Eug we'll meet him at the finish line with 2.5 kilometers to go. While on the way to the city capitol, we were discussing last minute needs of Eug upon crossing the finish - hydration, chair, spare top and of course the team tarp. We parked in front of the city capitol, grabbed what we should bring, and walked proudly to the finish line area.

The sight of Eug sprinting, crossing the finish line as the 2nd runner up and receiving the congratulatory hug from sir Jovie just made us all proud. 10 hours, 50 minutes and 9 seconds of pure hard work came to fruition as Eug wore that medal and received his finisher's trophy. Officemates from HP were there to celebrate the end of his successful BDM102 journey.

Congratulations Eugene! Well-deserved 3rd place finish!

Team Alpha1 with Sir Jovie

more post-race shots - find the guy who's scared of the sun

As a celebration, Eugene treated everyone to a hearty lunch at Meat Plus Cafe Subic. Yes, we traveled all the way from Pampanga to Subic just to have lunch.

thanks Eug for treat!

It was an experience of a lifetime, supporting a teammate on achieving one of his running goals. I'd say 99.9% of the effort came from Eug and 0.1% from us, his support team. Congratulations Eugene! You know how proud we are of you.

Next year, we already have Team Alpha1 members showing intent to join BDM 2013. I'll definitely support whoever's running.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Running Team's Anniversary Run at RUNew 2012

PDI 5-man 25k relay event at BGC - a new running team emerged; Team Alpha1 donning their red tops made their first road appearance. (I'm not yet an active member this time as I was on business trip and just joined the team on running events beginning July 2011.)

PDI 5-man relay TA1 team (from L-R): Rocknrolly, Sprintingswine, FFS, Eugenator, Bandit

FEBRUARY 26, 2012
A year later, the team has grown to 17 members. What I like most about being part of TA1 is the "barkada" feel of the group. We just don't see each other on races. We normally hang-out - dinner-outs, coffee treats, movie-watching and our favorite, partying! We've even leveled-up with a couple of out-of-town trips and an out-of-the-country trip.

Team Alpha1: Achilles, Rocknrolly, Pandesal Runner, FFS, Rocky, Coyote, Martian, Barefootdaves, Armbanded, Eugenator, Deemen, Speedygiant, Sprintingswine, Belgian Banana, Bandit, Chad, Wallen

As a celebration of our first year, we joined RUNew - A Runrio event held at Alabang. Too bad only a few members joined this time (most probably the race is down south), but it was a great get-together nonetheless. It's just a funny coincidence that there are also 5 team members racing on our anniversary run - Me, Bry, Jesy, Martin and Marvin. Bit disappointed that Bry and Jesy were not wearing their TA1 tops. Hehe!

We joined different categories - Jesy, Martin and I were doing 21k, Bry is doing 10k and Marvin doing a 5k. I chose 21k since it's a new race route for me, having to run inside Ayala Alabang Village. This is a rare opportunity.

My thoughts on the race:
  • The route was so challenging with the rolling hills. I never knew running in AAV will be this hard, but with zero mileage for 2 weeks, I got surprised I didn't walk the entire race. The scenery inside AAV probably helped a lot here - I enjoyed appreciating the architecture of those BIG houses. Lots of trees inside the village also helped protect us runners from the early heat of the sun.
  • There were parts of the route during the start of the race that we're so dark. There were generator-powered lighting but they were placed in such a way that it blinded the runners instead of helping them see the path.
  • More than ample hydration (water and Powerade) was provided as expected from a Runrio-organized race.
  • Kilometer markers are placed accurately on designated points - every kilometer I check on my GPS watch matched well with the markers.
  • I didn't like the finisher medal design, which could probably be an improvement area on the next RUNew.
  • Parking is free on the race venue! Yay!
  • Overall, it was an intimate, high-quality running event. I'll definitely join RUNew 2013!
Now on to the pictures:

New PR for Bry (10k at 46 minutes using VFF!) and Marvin (5k at 19 minutes). Idols!

Marvin eying Martin's chips LOL!

Group Shot. Weird shadows from the trees. Hehe!

Post-race meal at the original Conti's at BF Paranaque. Spot Edward Cullen.

The race results were posted 2 days later. I clocked in at 2:03:26. I was aiming for sub-2 but what the heck, I deserve this for the 2-week zero mileage. Placing 73 out of 443 21k finishers ain't bad. And as Bry FFS put it, I did not do a pussy pace. Haha!

Long downhill at KM12. Go figure.

Happy Anniversary Team Alpha1! More years of running!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Rogin-E's LAST MAN RUNNING: Can You Go Another Round?

Last year, a very unique race was introduced by Rogin-E - Last Man Running - a true test of strength and endurance as participants run 7 hours straight, with the runner registering the longest distance as the declared winner. This 2012, the sequel's tagline is aptly coined: "Can you go another round?"

2011's Last Woman Running Olive Dimaano (63.5km in 7 hours) and Last Man Running Alquin Bolivar (83km in 7 hours)

WHAT: Last Man Running
WHEN: March 24, 2012 (Saturday)
WHEN: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
5 + 2k - 600 pesos - 6:00am
10 + 4k - 800 pesos - 5:30am
Last Man Running (7 hour run) - 1200 pesos - 2am

Online registration can be done at their official site -

Olympic Village Trinoma
Olympic Village ATC
Olympic Village Robinsons Pioneer
Olympic Village Robinsons Ermita
R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street


5+ 2k and 10 + 4k Races
1. These categories will have separate race courses, several convergent points with LMR, particularly near the finishing stretch. Furthermore, these two races will end at the finish arch.
2. Runners can stop at the 5k/10k mark, but they can also take on the challenge of a further 2k or 4k.
3. The top male and female finishers per race will receive cash prizes as follows:
5+2k Race- P5,000.00 each
10+4K Race – P10,000 each

1. Rogin- E’s Last Man Running will be capped at about 7 hours. One lap is approximately 10km.
2. Those who wish to register for LMR must submit (in addition to the other requirements) proof of participation in a full marathon (42.195km or longer) within 6 months prior to LMR, OR a medical certificate from a physician indicating participant’s fitness to participate in such a competition.
3. Participants must check in 30 minutes before gun start. Those who fail to check in will be disqualified.
4. All LMR participants will be given two race bibs with identical numbers. These must be pinned at the front and back of the runner’s singlet.
5. The male and female runners who sustain the nominated pace throughout the marathon and run the furthest distance will be declared as the Last Man and Woman Running.
6. In case there are no more runners during the 7th hour, the male and female runners who stopped running last will be declared as the LMR and LWR. Runners should sustain the nominated pace throughout the race to be qualified.
7. There will be markers every 100m along the perimeter of the route to help runners determine the distance they’ve ran.
8. All LMR participants will be handed colored strings for every hour they successfully complete.
9. ALL LMR participants must maintain the nominated pace:
10. LMR runners must maintain the nominated pace per hour, as guided by the Rogin-E pacers. Runners who fail to maintain the minimum pace will be swept off the course by roving or stationed race marshals.
11. At no time during the run are LMR runners allowed to stop, except for the following cases: lavatory break, to hydrate at hydration stations, to eat at carboloading stations, sponge bath, or to fix running gear. They MUST rejoin the RUNNING GROUP and maintain the current nominated pace. Any other reason for stopping will subject the LMR contender to disqualification.
12. LMR Runners may withdraw from the race at any time during the 7-hour period. Upon withdrawal, all colored strings given during his/her participation in the run will be collected by the nearest race marshal. Likewise, all runners who were swept off by race marshals must surrender their strings.
13. The organizers of LMR and its appointed race officials reserve the right to declare any LMR contender unfit to continue with the run upon recommendation of the race medical team.
14. There will be water aid stations every 2kms. along the race route.
Sports drink (if any) will be made available to runners every 5kms. along the race route.
Carboloading stations, located 5kms. apart will open after the third hour of the race.
Cold sponge stations will be available after the fifth hour.
Portalets will be stationed along the race course.
15. At exactly 7 hours after gun start, all race marshals will simultaneously blow their whistles to signal the end of the endurance race. All participants of LMR who are still in competition will be assisted right away by the most proximate race marshal. His/her race bib number and exact location (from the nearest distance marker) will then be recorded and subsequently submitted to the chief race judge to determine LMR and LWR winners.
16. The Last Man Running will be awarded a trip to Beijing, China and entry to the Great Wall Marathon worth P150,000. The Last Woman Running will receive a cash award of P20,000.
Do you have what it takes to be the LAST MAN RUNNING?