Saturday, October 27, 2012

Run BGC 2012: Ready, Set, Explore!

“Ready. Set. Explore!” means runners will get to explore some of BGC’s top attractions, like interactive parks, playground, and science museum — in one exciting run. Run BGC 2012 is part of BGC’s PassionFest celebration happening from November 23 to 25.

WHAT: Run BGC 2012
WHEN: November 25, 2012 (Sunday)
WHERE: Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig
RACE CATEGORIES: 500m (5-8 years old) / 500m (9-12 years old) / 5km Special Route with Fun Tasks / 10km / 15km

Run BGC 2012 Assembly Time and Gun Start
Online Registration Period: October 14 to November 11, 2012
- Link:
- Race kits will be delivered to your preferred address
In-Store Registration Period: October 14 to November 18, 2012
- Riovana BGC
- Riovana Katipunan
- Toby's SM Mall of Asia
- Toby's Trinoma
Registration Notes:
- Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race kits may run out before November 18, 2012.
- A valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID and picture must be presented by the representative.
- Singlet size availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
- A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.

Registration Fees
Registration Discounts (for IN-STORE REGISTRANTS ONLY):
1. Individual Registrants
Residents, employees, or students in Bonifacio Global City are entitled to a Php100 discount. Bring a proof of billing or company/school ID when registering to avail of the discount.
2. Group Registrants
Free additional race kits for those who will register in groups at required number of runners. Free race kits may be of shorter distance or the same as those registered. Runners who will use the free race kits must be pre-determined and be registered together with the paying runners.

Group Registrants Promo
Run BGC 2012 Singlet Design
Prizes for Top Finishers:
Cash prize for top finishers
Special Prizes for Top Finishers
- Trophies
- Ayala Malls gift certificates (worth Php500 for 500m and 5km; Php1,500 for 10km; Php2,000 for 15km) sponsored by Avida Land
- Soleus Wrist Watches
- Skechers Shoes (1st placer) and gift packs (2nd and 3rd placers) for 5km, 10km and 15km
- Beyond Yoga gift certificates
- Premium product packs from Milo and Revicon I-ON

Grand Raffle Prize:
Asian cruise for two persons: Tour starts in Singapore going to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It then heads to Phuket, Thailand then back to Singapore. Convertible to P150,000.00 cash but non-transferable. This cruise is sponsored by High Street South. (Qualified to join the raffle draw are officially registered runners for Run BGC and race finishers in any distance category. Visit or see flyers for complete mechanics.)


Race and explore in Run BGC 2012

Run BGC, Bonifacio Global City’s (BGC) annual running event, is all set to make footrace buffs challenge themselves anew in a race to cross BGC’s epic finish line.

This year’s Run BGC has four categories, offered with male and female classifications: 500m Kiddie Race, 5K Special Route with Fun Tasks, 10K, and 15K. The race for children is sub-divided into 5-8 years old and 9-12 years old categories.

In a race dubbed, “Ready, Set, Explore!”, runners will enjoy a route that will take them to explore some of BGC’s top attractions – like the interactive parks, playfield, and The Mind Museum. Making it more memorable are the fun challenges along the way. The 5K category has this “explore” route with pit stops that require runners to complete various tasks required to finish the race.

Cash prizes, trophies, exciting premium product packs, and gift certificates await the top three placers of each category. All race finishers will receive a loaded finisher’s kit and the competition’s biggest contingent will get a special award.

But more than that, all finishers, in all distance categories, will qualify to join a raffle draw with a grand prize of Asian cruise for 2 persons courtesy of High Street South. The cruise will take the lucky BGC runner to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via Singapore before heading to Phuket, Thailand, then back to Singapore. Prize is convertible to P150, 000.00 cash but non-transferable.

Run BGC Ready, Set, Explore! is on November 25, Sunday at 4am. All categories start at 34th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (near Mercato Centrale).

For online registration, visit Interested parties may also register in Riovana (Bonifacio Global City and Katipunan) or in Toby’s Sports (SM Mall of Asia and Trinoma). Last day of online registration is November 11, while in-store registration ends on November 18.

Visit or see flyers for more details.

Run BGC Ready, Set, Explore! is part of the weekend long celebration of BGC’s PassionFest happening from November 23 to 25.

Run BGC 2012 is made possible by major sponsors High Street South and Avida Land; and supported by Beyond Yoga, Milo, Nizoral, Sketchers, Soleus, Pinoy Fitness,, The Bull Runner, Riovana, Toby’s Sports, Run Rio, Inc., Black Beauty, Del Monte Fit ‘n Right, and Unilab Revicon I-ON.


Friday, October 26, 2012

RUPM: A Red Carpet Finish

Registration to the Run United Philippine Marathon (RUPM) is now officially closed! I wasn't able to attend the media and bloggers' briefing event last October 23, but while the event was ongoing, I was reading tweets and posts from my blogger friends - they were all excited on what's in store especially for the full marathon finishers. Since I'm running 42k, I can't help but feel the same. Below images are previews of Unilab and Runrio's grand plan for RUPM:


See you on October 28! Can't wait to cross that finish line and be given that royal treatment full marathon runners have been dreaming of.

Certified Urbanathlete!

With two weeks to go before my next full marathon at RUPM, I did something crazy - I joined the half-marathon category of the Men's Health Urbanathlon, risking potential injury as this is no ordinary road race. The race organizers promised more challenging obstacles along the route this year and woah, they did deliver! I'm a proud survivor (yes, I'm wearing my Survivor buff) and now a certified urbanathlete!

Some race observations:
- Race started on time and there were just enough runners per category (which is a good thing since the organizers had to control the number of participants or there'd be disaster queues on obstacles)
- Hydration was ok. I like certain hydration stations wherein marshals were arranging used cups in piles. Runners passing by were then just putting their used cups on top of these piles - a simple idea which triggered a bit of discipline on runners.
- Early in the race, there was one hydration station which had no water to offer already. Later in the race, I passed by a hydration station where runners had to drink on the container lids since they ran out of cups.
- There were directional signs but no kilometer markers (I don't remember seeing one).
- There were lots of turns and u-turns along the route, but hey I'm not complaining! This is MHU!
- Tires obstacle was initially planned but never materialized on the actual race. I was looking forward to that; it seems fun!
- 21k route seems short by 200 to 300 meters.
- Distribution of finishers' items was organized.
- Medals were the same for all categories. I would have preferred the distance inked or engraved on the finisher medals. Surviving 21k with obstacles is no joke. But there were dog tags exclusively for 21k finishers so I'm happy!
- The best part: photographers everywhere! Thanks to the Running Photographers group!

And with that, I can now share my MHU experience through these photos:

1. STAIRS - after a kilometer warm-up run, our quads were given the stairs treatment.
2. 12-FT CONTAINER VAN - I had some bruises on my knees climbing this part.
3. PARALLEL BARS + MODIFIED MONKEY BARS - It's the test to carry your own body weight. 
4. STEEPLE CHASE - Midway through the race, it's time to jump on a number of bars. Took it easy here as forced impact might injure me.
5. MILITARY HURDLES - This was located 2 kilometers away from the finish line. Quite a long queue. I witnessed a number of runners cheating on this part, passing below the hurdles. Oh well.
6. SCAFFOLDING MAZE - Up and under, up and under, on these metal bars.
7. Lastly, the dreaded WALL CLIMB - Loooooong queue here!  I waited for about 20 minutes before my turn. And then it was a few meters of running to the finish!
Almost at the finish - with the MOA Eye in the background
Urbanathlete approaching the finish line!
Me and Arvin - I paced him in the first half of the race
Me and Team Alpha1 teammates Bryan and Romp
MHU Performance - Finished in 2:29! Negative split! Long queue at wall climb affected KM21 time.
The Men's Health Urbanathlon dog tag
Looking forward to next year's MHU!

CIHM 2012: Showdown on the Rock

I have been dreaming of joining this race since its debut last 2010 but for some reason, it has been one elusive race event. This has been getting some rave reviews, associating this as one of the toughest half-marathons in the country. Corregidor International Half Marathon, or CIHM, is now on its 3rd year with the theme "Showdown on the Rock".

WHAT: Corregidor International Half Marathon 2012
WHEN: December 1, 2012 (Saturday)
WHERE: Corregidor Island

Race Registration Fee: P2,700.00 (plus 4% service charge)

The 3rd CIHM Race Registration Tickets can be availed at SM Ticket outlets at all SM Cinemas nationwide. For non-competing companions of race participants, they may avail of the regular Sun Cruises tour package also at SM Tickets.

Race Registration inclusions:
- Round-trip ferry to and from Corregidor
- Full lunch buffet on race day
- Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
- 3rd CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
- 3rd CIHM Race sling bag
- 3rd CIHM Finisher's Medallion (or a 10k Achiever Medal)
- Runners' Briefing (Nov 24 and 25)
- 3rd CIHM Victory Rave Party (Dec 1, Saturday night)
- 3rd CIHM Finisher's Certificate
- P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

For race participants wishing to attend the Carbo-loading Dinner (Nov 30), they may avail of the Carbo Dinner ticket at P250.00 on Nov 24 & 25 during the Runners’ Briefing.

CIHM Race Shirt
Shirt Size Chart
OPTIONAL ITEM: Limited edition windbreaker (priced at P900). Only 50 pcs per size (XS - XXL) will be produced. Only registered race participants may avail of it (one per participant). It will be available for sale during the Runners' Briefing on Nov 24 and 25 at R.O.X. Jacket size chart below.

CIHM Limited Edition Windbreaker
Jacket Size Chart
Registration, Ferry and Room Reservations Procedures:
1) 24 hours after purchasing the 3rd CIHM registration ticket from SM Tickets, log on to to complete registration for the race.

2) Immediately after making the online registration, contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511, 0917-5459917, 0917-7948271, 0922-8475418 to book for ferry trip schedules.

Indicate the desired trip schedule:
From Manila to Corregidor
a) Overnight – departure on Nov 30 @ 11:30am
b) Day trip – departure on Dec 01 @ 5:00am
Return from Corregidor to Manila
a) departure on Dec 01 @ 2:30pm
b) departure on Dec 02 @ 2:30pm

For steps 1 and 2, remember to keep the 3rd CIHM race ticket on hand. You will be asked of the SM Ticket ID Number to validate your transaction. It is indicated on the ticket preceded with a “#” sign.

3) If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises (only registered participants will be given reservations; 1 room per participant only). Pay the appropriate accommodations booking amount through the payment mode advised by Sun Cruises.

4) On Nov 24 & 25 (as advised through email and text by the organizers) at R.O.X., attend the Runners’ Briefing, pick-up the race pack, and claim the Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises.

Ensure to bring the 3rd CIHM SM Tickets. Anyone may pick up your kit at R.O.X. during the R.O.X Runners’ Briefing from 3pm to 8pm. They may be asked for identification and your signed authorization note. 

Events Schedule:
- 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Carbo-loading Dinner & Bonfire Night

- 8:00 AM Half-Marathon Gunstart
- 8:15 AM 10K Challenge Gunstart
- 11:30 AM Award Ceremony
- 12:00 NN Lunch Buffet
- 12:30 PM Class PhotoOp
- 7:30 PM Victory Party

The Glass Medal for 21k Warriors! I want one!
3rd Corregidor Half-Marathon fires off on Dec. 1

The stage is set for the mounting of the 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon on December 1. With this year’s edition billed as “Showdown on the Rock”, intense competition is expected to heighten as top runners in the running community gear up to outrun each other. 

Close to 1,000 runners are expected to make their marks on the historical island as each participant aims to earn the Corregidor conqueror title. Like last year’s edition, the 3rd CIHM will feature the centerpiece Half-Marathon and the 10K run. There will be no sweep time for the participants of both race categories. The first 500 registrants will be exempted from the race qualifying time – 3h30m (male) and 3h45m (female) for the 21K, and 1h30m (male) and 1h45m (female) for the 10K category. The 21K finishers will get the CIHM Medallion and 10K runners will receive the 10K Achiever Medal upon crossing the finish line.

Registration opens on October 15 to run until November 23. To register, participants may avail their race tickets at SM Tickets outlets at all SM Cinemas nationwide. For more information and to complete race registration, log on to

The 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon is organized and managed by Big, Big, Big, Inc. and presented by Sun Cruises and Soleus in cooperation with Corregidor Foundation, One Sceniques, and Runnigmate with the support of Activelink, ROX, and L Time Studio. Media partners are the Philippine Star, Mellow 94.7, Kulitrunner, Total Fitness Magazine, Pinoy Fitness, Multisport Magazine, and Business Mirror.

Q: Is the Php2700 (regular rate too expensive for a race in the Philippines?
A: Not so. Relative to the ever increasing registration fees of races in Metro Manila, the participation fee in CIHM is actually very reasonable, and almost a steal. Sun Cruise’s regular rate per person for a daytrip to Corregidor that includes round-trip ferry, a group-guided tour of the island, and a lunch buffet is Php2,200.00. The CIHM package, excluding the guided tour, offers all participants round-trip ferry, a full lunch buffet on race day, a genuine dry-fit race shirt, race sling bag, race bib equipped with an RFID timing chip, a classic Finishers’ Medallion, and a ticket to a mercury-rising after-race bash that is the CIHM Victory RaveParty, and a P1000.00 SOLEUS Gift Voucher.

Q: Is the registration fee refundable or transferable? 
A: The registration fee is non-refundable. It is also non-transferable.

Q: Is change of race category possible?
A: Yes. Race participants who want to change their initially registered race category to a different category should contact the organizers not later than November 23 for assistance. Beyond this date, request for such will not be accommodated.

Q: Does the registration fee cover accommodations in the island?
A: No. Accommodations, however, range only from P2000 (twin sharing, P750 for add’l person) to P3500 (Resort cabana w/ aircon) per night per room. A standard room could accommodate three persons comfortably. It may be arranged through Sun Cruises at these numbers: 5275555 loc 4511, 0917-5459917, 0917-7948271, 0922-8475418 (Mon to Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-12nn).

Q: Is there any other option for accommodation if I were to go overnight?
A: Yes. CIHM participants may opt to camp out with their own tent. They only have to make a one-time payment of Php250 per tent to Sun Cruises. The camp site is at the parade grounds adjacent to the South Dock and facing the beach. Those who will camp out need not worry about their lavatory needs. Though spartan in nature, there are more than ample clean washroom and restroom cubicles that are very proximate to the tent grounds.  

Q: Still concerning those going overnight, where could they avail of their meals?
A: Sun Cruises operates Corregidor Inn where CIHM participants may dine out in a welcoming restaurant. Alternatively, there are several kiosks in the island such as that in McCarthur’s Inn where participants may check out other meal options.

Q: Will CIHM participants camping out be allowed to bring camping stoves?
A: Mini camping stove or similar devices that will produce a relatively minimal combustion may be allowed to be brought in by participants who will camp out.

Q: Are bikes allowed to be brought along?
A: Owing to space limitations in and weight restrictions of the ferries, CIHM participants are disallowed to bring along their bicycles.

Q: Will Corregidor be open to regular tourists on the day of the race?
A: No. The island will be exclusive to CIHM participants on Dec 1. This means that CIHM racers could totally enjoy a traffic-less and urban-nuisance-free race amidst a dramatic backdrop, and that is only in Corregidor.

Q: Where can foreign nationals, residing outside the Philippines, intending to join CIHM get information on Philippine visa requirements?
A: They may check out the tab “Philippine Visa Information for Foreign Participants” in the CIHM website or other veritable websites on the net.

Q: Can registered participants have their own pacers?
A: Yes but only if the pacer is also a registered CIHM participant. The race will strictly adhere to the “No Bib, No Race” policy. 

Q: Will there be a sweep time for CIHM participants?
A: None. CIHM participants need not worry about being swept off the race course after a particular time. All participants who will successfully finish the 21k and 10k distances, respectively, will be awarded with the CIHM Finishers’ Medallion and 10K Achiever Medal, correspondingly.

Q: How many hydration stations will there be on the race course?
A: There will be 8 hydration stations, including one at the finish area, at 2km interval from each other.

Q: Will there be first aid stations along the race course?
A: Yes. First aid, actually, will be integrated with the hydration stations. Aside from this, a mobile paramedic team will also be in place.

Q: What is the unique selling point of Corregidor International Half-Marathon?
A: It is the idea that all CIHM participants will have the rare opportunity to run on sacred grounds and all their determined efforts will be cheered on by the glorious memory of heroism of our noble predecessors. Then there’s the bonus of an after-race Victory Rave Party where participants could revel to celebrate their achievement.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nike We Run Manila 2012 on December 2

Should have promoted this earlier (sigh!). I love Nike! And with my recent purchase of the Nike Flyknit Racer, I'm more hyped up for this upcoming event!

WHAT: Nike We Run Manila 2012
WHEN: December 2, 2012 (Sunday)
WHERE: SM Mall of Asia
RACE CATEGORY: 10k (sub-categories below)
- Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
- Men’s Under 25 – For men aged 24 years and below on the race day
- Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
- Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages
- School Challenge Category (Universities)
RACE CUT-OFF TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes from GUNSTART

REGISTRATION PERIOD: until October 31, 2012 extended until November 25, 2012
- Nike Stadium
     Alabang Town Center
- Nike Park
     Bonifacio Global City
     Glorietta 4
     Mall of Asia
- Nike Forum Robinsons Magnolia
- Riovana Katipunan

Registration Fee
- Nike We Run Manila 10K Tee (see size chart below)
- Nike Sports Bottle
- Nike We Run Manila 10k Race Pack (We Run Manila 10k 2012 booklet, race bib and D-Tag)
- Nike Finisher’s Tee wrist tag

Nike Race Tee for His and Hers - photo courtesy of
Nike Race Tee Size Chart
All race participants must collect their race pack during the Nike We Run Manila 10K Race Pack Collection.

Date:  November 19-22, Monday to Thursday - November 27-30, Tuesday to Friday
Time: 10am to 10pm, November 19-22
Venue: Nike Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Important: Please bring your ID and confirmation slip to collect your race pack.

For those who are unable to personally collect their Race Entry Pack, please download and fill in the letter of authorization (from Your representative must show this form along with a copy of your Confirmation Slip and a copy of your valid ID. 



All finishers will receive an exclusive finishers’ entitlement upon completion of the race.

Runners will be given a Nike Finisher’s wrist tag which they will need to present to claim their Nike We Run Manila FINISHER’S TEE.

Nike We Run Manila Finisher Shirt (photo courtesy of Coach Rio)
We Run MNL 10K inspires and connects runners globally with Nike+

PHILIPPINES, OCTOBER 2012 – Nike’s We Run race returns to Manila for a second year, to inspire, motivate and connect runners around the world. On December 2, 2012, Filipino runners will be part of the global We Run race movement, which will see a total of 395,500 runners from 34 cities participating—establishing a new global community of runners through Nike’s most connected race series using the innovative Nike+ technology. The We Run race series kicked off on September 1 in Prague, Czech Republic, and will conclude on December 15 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Nike’s We Run Manila 10K race will energize the streets of Pasay City with the 13,000 high-octane runners expected to make tracks all over the SM Mall of Asia’s grounds. Set against the remarkable view of Manila Bay, the initial stretch of the race will let runners pass through the commercialized area of the Mall of Asia with the SMX Convention Center and the latest icon of the area, the eye-shaped SM Bay City Arena. Runners are set to leave urban commercial scenery and head towards the fields along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. Closing in on the halfway point of the race, runners will then pass the upcoming Belle Casino, a gold complex glistening in the morning sun. As they take a turn on Pacific Avenue and race past the same landmarks, runners will come upon the iconic ferris-wheel along Seaside Boulevard that marks the final kilometer to the finish line. The panoramic run would not be complete without an engaging en route entertainment featuring some of Manila’s top musical acts.

Meeting the runners at the finish line is the Race Village that will offer an array of services. Runners can expect to be pampered with massage booths and get recharged at any of the refreshment stalls while being entertained by the energetic musical line-up.

“Nike’s We Run race is the celebration of running across the world, the culmination of every runner’s dedication and commitment to train harder, defy expectations and push their bodies’ limits. Nike aims to revolutionize the running experience, by allowing runners to inspire, motivate and connect with other runners globally through the Nike+ Technology”, shared Sanjay Gangopadhyay, Marketing Director of Nike South East Asia. “With the second edition of the We Run race in Manila, Nike envisions Filipinos, the youth in particular, to further move the local running scene forward by leading the active lifestyle movement.”

This year, Nike is taking inspiration to a new level as runners will be able to follow two of Philippines most popular lifestyle bloggers, Robbie Becroft of and Lissa Kahayon of who will be embarking on their first We Run race. Follow their We Run journey as they take on the challenge of preparing for Nike’s We Run MNL 10K race, blogging at each step of the journey, and witness how Nike elevates their everyday running experience with the various product offerings including the Nike+ ecosystem.

To get race-ready, Nike will organize four training sessions focusing on proper running techniques and tips. Runners will also be able to test out the Nike+ Running app (available on iOS and Android), and try out the season’s latest running products. These clinics will be led by podiatrists and Nike Training Club instructors to further educate individuals on how they can reach their potential as runners.

The registration for Nike’s We Run race will commence on Monday, October 8 2012 online through and also on-ground at selected retail stores.


Kings of the Road (For a Day)

Whew! 3 weeks, no blog posts! Schedule's been crazy these past few weeks. But since I don't want to miss blogging actual race experiences, it's better late than never.

Last September 30, it was KOTR time again (my 2nd time to run this event). I was hoping for a 21k distance same as last year's but I settled for the longest distance they offered this time - 16.8k. Nursing a bad case of colds for the past few days, I knew I had to take it easy during the run. I had my office mate Rom as my running buddy this time. Plan is a 6 minute per kilometer pace to get a decent finish (That's roughly an hour and forty minutes finish time).

Camera-ready! Rom breaking-in his new NB Minimus.
At the Buendia flyover, we caught up Titan Ryan. And then there were three.

Within the final 5 kilometers, Rom was already doing run-walk intervals. We would lose him for some time, and then he's back again beside us running (which I think eventually burnt him out). The final kilometer, Rom asked us to go ahead. And so three became two. Haha!

Me and Ryan before the final turn to the finish line
We finished 1:45:07; Rom arrived at the finish line a few minutes later. Rom had to cool down a bit in the medical tent as he was on overheat.

Kings of the Road! Happy finishers!
Some race observations:
- Event stage setup was grand! I also like how they setup the race village in the parking lot. (However, it was more difficult to find parking space as they took up the space of runners' usual parking).
- 16.8k gun start was late by 10 minutes.
- Scary incident at KM7 - we witnessed a number of runners assisting a fellow runner who was unconscious and had hit his head (I'm scared of blood so I only took a quick glance). Runners passing by were shouting for medical assistance. I don't know if there were any official statements released from the race organizer regarding the condition of this runner. Hopefully he is ok.
- Hydration was ok, but I remember during the event launch it was announced that Powerade is the official hydration partner. No Powerade during the actual run.
- Queue at the finisher's area was a disaster. It was sooooo long, I actually saw some foreigners looking at the queue in disbelief and just leaving without claiming their loot bag.
- Medal design is very similar to last year.
- Race results were released fast! The day after the event, official results were available for download.

The mandatory post-race breakfast pic - at Conti's Serendra
Hope Adidas changes the theme next year, and offers something new to the runners.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Teaser: Corregidor International Half Marathon 2012

Pegged as one of the toughest race in the country, Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CIHM) will be back on December 1, 2012! More details soon!

Keep posted on race updates at