Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CSM 2013: All Revved-Up for Race Day

It is all systems go for the premier marathon event in the country, the Condura Skyway Marathon, Run for the Mangroves 2013. The starting line in Filinvest City Alabang heats up with 14,000 runners on Sunday,  February 3, 2013.

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 the 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.

The 2013 installment of this prestigious run records the biggest growth of 42k and 21k runners compared to the previous years.  Both the number of full and half marathoners increased by almost 50%!  “We are very pleased with this growth. And what motivates us more is the trust of many who will do their inaugural full or half mary with us.  That is why the team has been working tirelessly planning, reviewing and arguing to make sure that they are safe and well taken care of,”  mused Ton Concepcion.

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. With 14,000 participants this year,  this translates to another 42,000 trees that will make a huge difference in the livelihood of more communities in Zamboanga.

Condura Skyway Marathon is truly a run with a big heart! Runners will now have the opportunity to raise pledges for the charities it is supporting. For 2013, the premier running event is proud to support Bikes for Philippines, Hero Foundation, I Can Serve and Liter of Light. Runners can raise pledges of P50 pesos per kilometer and a time bonus of P500 pesos if they hit their time goal. “Our aim is to encourage runners to embrace more causes to better the lives of those in need.  This is our own little way of helping these foundations raise funds so they can continue on with their respective programs and activities. We want to help in making the country a better place – one step at a time,”  says Ton Concepcion.

Registration is ongoing at the Olympic Village, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City.  Hurry – few race kits are left!

For more information on the race and its advocacy visit the official website or the official Facebook page

The Condura Skyway Marathon, Run for the Mangroves 2013 is Co-Title Sponsored by Skyway and presented by sports apparel and shoe sponsor Asics, hydration sponsor 100 Plus and venue sponsor Filinvest City.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Skyathon Boracay Beach Run on April 13, 2013

I'm so excited for the 4th edition of Skyathon Boracay Beach Run! I've already booked my flight to Boracay so I'll definitely see you there! Beach run and a free party - what more can you ask for?

WHAT: Skyathon Boracay Beach Run 2013
WHEN: April 13, 2013 (Saturday, 5am assembly time)
WHERE: Epic Beachfront, Station 2, Boracay
RACE CATEGORIES: 5KM / 10KM / Couple's 10KM Relay

Manila – January 26 to March 10
Boracay – January 26 to April 12

ONLINE REGISTRATION is available via the following websites:

- GOLD'S GYM Glorietta
- CHRIS SPORTS Glorietta 3 / Mall of Asia / Market! Market! / SM Megamall / SM City North Annex / Boracay
- FITNESS AND ATHLETICS Bonifacio Global City

5k - 500 pesos
10k - 600 pesos
Couple's 10k Relay (each member will run 5k at a time) - 1000 pesos

Skyathon 2013 Singlet Design
April 12, 2013 (Friday) 2pm-6pm at Epic, Station 2, Boracay

90's Flavor: The Skyathon Victory Party
April 13, 2013 (Saturday) 9pm onwards at Epic, Station 2, Boracay


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Unilab Run United Leg 1 on March 17, 2013

The biggest and most anticipated race trilogy kicks off with its first leg on March! Runrio and Unilab Active Health are partnering up once again to bring us Run United 2013!

WHAT: Run United Leg 1 (RU1)
WHEN: March 17, 2013 (Sunday)
WHERE: SM Mall of Asia
RACE CATEGORIES: 500m dash for kids / 5km / 10km / 21km

Online Registration (January 21 to February 24):
In-Store Registration (February 4 to March 3):
- Riovana BGC Branch
- Riovana Katipunan Branch
- Toby's Mall of Asia Branch
- Toby's SM North Branch

RU1 2013 Registration Fees and Inclusions
RU1 2013 Singlet Design
RU1 2013 21k Finisher Medal
RU1 2013 21k Finisher Shirt 


Run United Rallies Filipinos to “Exceed Yourself” in 2013
Longer distances and focused approaches mark this year’s run races

Mark your calendar runners, the 2013 Run United series is set to bring in more excitement and a lot of surprises to this year’s running calendar. Unilab Active Health (ULAH) and RunRio Inc. promise longer distances that are big on fun and prizes, starting off with 2013 Run United 1on March 17 at the Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Ever responsive to the runners’ feedback, Unilab Active Health and RunRio are now focusing on longer distances to be in step with the requirements of progressive runners who want to better their personal records and outdo themselves in every race.

“We noticed a trend during the previous years’ races that the slots for longer distances get filled up faster. There were instances when we had to open up more slots. So, by focusing on longer distances, we will be able to accommodate more runners,” said Alex Panlilio, Head of Unilab Active Health.

Coach Rio dela Cruz added: “This is in line with our plan to be part of the growth and journey of Filipino runners. It just goes to prove that the local running community is more mature, that is why we also launched the Run United Philippine Marathon (RUPM) last year. Filipino runners have leveled up.”

Thus, there will be no more 3km category in Run United, but it will retain the 500-meter dash for kids to make them start having an active lifestyle early on. The race categories for 2013 Run United 1 include 5km, 10km and 21km; for Run United 2 (10km, 21km, and 32km); and for Run United Philippine Marathon (10km, 21km and 42km).

If runners loved the singlets of previous Run United races, they would definitely rave about the improved singlets this year, which are made of new fabric designed to help improve the performance and comfort of the runners. 

Better and useful items will still be part of the finishers’ token. And the unique united medal will still be given away to encourage participants to complete the series. Of course, the Unilab Active Health villages will still be jampacked with activities and freebies for the participants and their families.

The complete Run United 2013 race schedules are as follows: Run United 1 on March 17, Run United 2 on June 2 and Run United Philippine Marathon on October 6. Prior to these, The Bull Runner Dream Marathon will kick off on February 24.

For triathletes, Tri United 1 2013 on March 10, 2013 and Tri United 2 2013 on July 7, 2013 both will be held in Playa Laiya, Batangas. Tri United 3 2013 on October 26-27, 2013 in Subic and the fourth and final leg of Tri United will be fired off in Ayala, Alabang on November 24, 2013. Moreover, Unilab Active Health Duathlon will be on September 8 at SCTEX, Clark, Pampanga.

For more details please visit