Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Unilab Run United 3 Featuring the Afroman Distance on September 16, 2012

The most anticipated leg to the Run United Runrio Trilogy - Run United 3 featuring the Afroman 32k race distance category, is coming our way on September 16! Mark your calendars, everyone! This is gonna be big!

WHAT: Unilab Run United 3 2012
WHEN: September 16, 2012 (Sunday)
WHERE: Bonifacio Global City to Mall of Asia (21k and 32k), Mall of Asia (other distances)
RACE CATEGORIES: 500m dash for kids, 3k, 5k, 10k, 21k, 32k (Afroman distance)

REGISTRATION PERIOD: August 6 to September 2 (Online) / August 13 to September 8 (In-store)


- Riovana BGC Branch
- Riovana Katipunan Branch
- Toby's SM Mall of Asia Branch
- Toby's Trinoma Branch

Registration Fees and Race Inclusions (Pre and Post-race)
Assembly and Gun Start Times
Run United 3 Singlet
Run United 3 Active Health Sun Visor
Wrist Tags for Parents and Runner Kids (for 500m Dash only)
Flyer for more information on the race
32k Finisher Shirt
32k Finisher Medal
21k Finisher Shirt
21k Finisher Medal
Duffel Bag for all race finishers

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: or

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Men's Health Urbanathlon & Festival on October 14, 2012

My 100th blog post!

Men's Health Philippines brings you the toughest (yet fun) race once again - Urbanathlon & Festival 2012.  This is now on its 6th edition, with a new 21k category and more obstacles to go with it.

WHAT: Men's Health Philippines Urbanathlon & Festival 2012
WHEN: October 14, 2012 (Sunday) 5am - 10am
WHERE: SM Mall of Asia Grounds
RACE CATEGORIES: 5k, 10k and 21k

REGISTRATION PERIOD: August 22 to October 8, 2012
- 360 Fitness Club Makati
- 360 Fitness Club Ortigas
- Gold's Gym Alabang
- Gold's Gym Katipunan
- R.O.X. Bonifacio Global City

- P750 for 5k
- P750 for 10k
- P850 for 21k

Singlet Design

Men's Health Lanyard and Medal
Finisher Shirt
Drawstring Bag

5k map
10k map
21k map

There are 7 obstacles along the race route.  For every obstacle you refuse to go through, you will incur a 10-minute penalty.
1. Wall Climb: 2-3 walls of varying heights
2. Monkey + Parallel Bars: New twist on parallel bars!
3: Steeple Chase + Modified Tires
4. Container Van: A climb on this 20-ft structure
5. Vertical Climb: Run up and down the stairs of the South Parking of SM Mall of Asia
6. Scaffolding Maze: Dodge, Duck, Slide, Crawl, Climb and Maneuver your way out of the metal bars
7. Quantum Leap: Hoist yourself over 5 sets of 3.5-ft horizontal beams

The Toughest Men’s Health Urbanathlon yet happens in October

The Philippine edition of Men’s Health, the largest men’s lifestyle magazine, will hold its annual Men’s Health Urbanathlon & Festival event on Sunday, October 14 at SM Mall of Asia from 5:00am – 10:00am. Celebrity host, Rovilson Fernandez, will be at the helm of the event.

On its 6th staging, the country’s original obstacle laden race is expected to be significantly tougher, bigger and more intense this time around. Designed to test the urbanathlete’s fitness level, the event now has a 21km distance aside from the usual 5km and 10km categories.

The city-based, multi-disciplinary race requires more than just perfect running form as this also tests the racer’s endurance to withstand a mix of 7 uniquely engineered obstacles that all increases in difficulty in each race categories. Such obstacles involve Monkey & Parallel bars, Steeple chase & modified tires, Container vans, Wall climb, Vertical climb, Scaffolding maze and Military hurdles. 

Registration for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon begins on August 22 and ends October 8, 2012. The registration fee for the race is P750.00 for the 5km and 10km distances and P850.00 for the 21km distance. Registration centers are located at 360° Fitness Club Makati & Ortigas, Gold’s Gym Alabang & Katipunan and at ROX, BGC. At the event, each participant will be given a complete racing kit including their urbanathlon singlet, race bib, drink stub from Gatorade, food stub from Century Tuna. Race finishers will get Finishers medal with Men’s Health lanyard, Finishers certificate, Urbanathlete shirt and Urbanathlon drawstring bag.

This year’s Men’s Health Urbanathlon & Festival 2012 is made possible by Century Tuna and Gatorade. Special thanks to major sponsors, Bo’ athletics; Cataflam; Emperador Light; Havaianas; Suunto; Minor sponsors, Banana Boat and Schick and media partners, 99.5 RT and Magic 89.9.

For more information about the upcoming Men’s Health Urbanathlon & Festival 2012, grab a copy of the July issue of Men’s Health with actor Gerald Anderson on the cover. Men’s Health is available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.  For more of Men’s Health online become a fan on Facebook via and follow them on Twitter via

Are you up to the challenge?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Milo Marathon: My Fourth 42.195k Run

Full Marathon #1: Singapore, Singapore
Full Marathon #2: Hongkong, China
Full Marathon #3: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I haven't experienced running a full marathon in my own country so it's just fitting that I chose Milo Marathon as my first 42.195k run in home turf. I keep reading statements like "you are not a true runner if you haven't run a Milo Marathon" or "Milo Marathon is the creme de la creme of marathon events". Curiosity got the best of me. I registered even before running in KL. I was targeting for a new PR in this event, probably a 4:30-4:45 finish. But luck was not with me again, as I just repeated my abysmal performance in KL, finishing in 5:26. It was within the cut-off time of 6 hours - yes I got my hands on that enormous finisher medal, but I was not contented with my finish time.

Thanks Photovendo for this great capture!
I walled again at KM27. I was closely monitoring my pace - and I was consistently performing at a 6:30 min/km pace, at least until KM26. And then my performance just went downhill. It was the first time I experienced a bad case of cramps. My left calf was so contracted I was forced to walk. I remember a runner in KM28 who approached me as he saw me walking in pain. He offered to let me use his Salonpas liniment which gave me temporary relief. I wasn't able to get his bib number but I'm just grateful there are runners like him who'd stop and help.

The rest of the race was blah. Walk. Attempt to run a few meters. Cramps attack. Walk. Even until the home stretch, I was just walking. Such a disappointment, but I'm still thankful for an injury-free race.

Performance fail!
Next year, I'd be more prepared.

Side-note: Congratulations to my Team Alpha1 teammate and running buddy Daves for finishing strong at 3:51! His new PR! He might not have qualified but that's such a feat! How I wish I could do a sub-4 someday!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Adidas King of the Road 2012 on September 30

Sports brand Adidas is inviting everyone to King of the Road, with this year's theme "colors".

WHAT: Adidas King of the Road 2012
WHEN: September 30, 2012 (Sunday)
WHERE: Bonifacio Global City
RACE CATEGORIES: 5km, 10km, 16.8km

ONLINE (July 25 to September 15) -
IN-STORE (July 25 to September 23, 12nn - 8pm)
- Adidas Megamall Branch
- Adidas Rockwell Branch
- Adidas SM Mall of Asia Branch
- Adidas Trinoma Branch
- Adidas Greenbelt Branch

Race Categories
Registration Fees
Singlet Design
Singlet Sizing Chart

Last July 25, I had the privilege to attend the KOTR 2012 launch at Aracama, BGC. The event was well-attended by media, brand endorsers and fellow bloggers.

Colorful singlets! Hope I could get the green one!
With Tessa Prieto-Valdes
See you guys on September 30!