Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Alaska IronKids Triathlon Caps Off Its Race Series For 2013

*** Press Release ***
Alaska IronKids Triathlon Caps Off Its Race Series For 2013  

Close to 200 kids from ages 6 to 14 participated at the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon last October 20, 2013 at the Palms Country Club, Filinvest Alabang. Alaska Ironkids aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for kids today. The Alaska Ironkids is a series of races involving triathlon, aquathlon and running, which aim to promote a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle for children ages 6-14. For more information, log on to or at and follow us on twitter @AlaskaSportsHub

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing: Completing the Trilogy

Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing goodies! Love them all! Thanks to Coach Rio, Ally, Dada and Mommy Vimz!
The long weekend went by so fast, I still want more time to rest. Coming from a Friday mid-shift work, I had to wake up very early Saturday (with only a couple of hours of shut eye) to meet the 7:30am call-time of an outreach activity (related to HP Run 2013 which I will blog separately). After hours of hard labor, I had to rush back to Glorietta, Makati to meet fellow blogger friends Rolly (Speedy Titan), CJ (Run Adobo King) and Thirdy. From there, it's going to be long ride to Nuvali, venue for the third and final leg of Safeguard and 2XU's Sole Racing. We opted for an overnight stay to get rid of the stress of travelling very early on race day. Besides, we only planned for a low-budget accommodation, and it's in Sogo Sta. Rosa! Haha!

After driving for 2 hours (long part of which we endured after exiting at Sta. Rosa SLEX exit), we went straight to Nuvali for dinner. We celebrated Rolly's birthday at Uncle Cheffy's, with pork ribs & rice, a pan of pizza, and a sampler of desserts! What a carboload party!

Happy birthday, Rolly!
We checked-in at the hotel around 8:30pm, freshened up, and readied our race gear for the next day's race.

Group shot at our room
I set my alarm for 12:00mn, as gun start is 4:00am and I normally eat my light breakfast 4 hours before any race. Problem is, I was tossing and turning, unable to get any decent sleep. Time was ticking. When the alarm sounded, I reset it to alarm 12:30am, still hoping I'd be able to take a nap but to no avail. Defeated, I just got up, had my breakfast and then showered, all while my companions were sound asleep.

At 2:45am, everyone was all set, so we were off.

Ready (but sleepy)
After a few minutes ride, we parked near the race venue. It was time for some warm-up and I was wishing this time that my Soleus GPS watch would lock a signal, but it still failed. So again, I will not have any chance of tracking my per-kilometer performance. Sigh.

Calf compressions FAIL! Hahaha!
There was no need to rush to the assembly area because as always, this race is as intimate as it could get. Runners who joined are the more "seasoned" ones.

By the way, days before the event, there was an announcement of the "Fastest Five Challenge", a winner-take-all competition. The grand prize? An all-expense paid trip to Cebu with accommodations and a free pass to the Cebu Marathon 2014! Rolly wanted to join so we formed a group of five bloggers. It wouldn't hurt to try anyway. And so TEAM BLOGGERS was formed, with the following members:

Rolly - Speedy Titan
Vener - Run Unlimited

The 21k Race Route
I was not expecting the race route to be that tough! Hats off to TBRDM participants doing this 21k route in two loops! It was crazy uphills and downhills which seemed to never end! Not to mention the dizzying final kilometers which twisted and turned and were just mentally draining. But don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the route, what with the favorable weather and ice-cold hydration all throughout.

I did sub-2 finishes during leg 1 and leg 2, so I was expecting one on the final leg as well. However, I failed to meet this target, perhaps due to the lack of sleep, perhaps due to the killer uphells which definitely slowed me down, perhaps due to an all-cement course. The list goes on and on; I will never run out of excuses. Hahaha! Yet 2:04 is still a decent time. I'd take it.

That tired face. (Photo courtesy of Running Photographers)
Captured finish line moment (photo courtesy of Mang Ernie's Photography)
Of course, after the race it was time again for lots of photos with running friends.

With Rolly, Allan and Hendy
Group shot courtesy of Wesley Oraña - Team Titans, Team Alpha1, Six:30, TPPB, Team Ponkan represent!
With the bloggers at the Safeguard Photo Wall
Team Bloggers!
We stayed at the event activity area to watch the awarding of winners and the raffle. Team Cebu Runners bagged the Fastest Five win with an average time of 1:41. Boy, they were fast! Congratulations to them!

The Activity Area
Bonding with the fellow bloggers continued until breakfast.

At Conti's Nuvali
Sending off Ibet - he is joining the ING NYM! I'm green with envy! Good luck, Ibet!
After a tiring run, we were back at the hotel and I was able to get a decent 2-hour, uninterrupted sleep, ready to drive again back to Manila.

A quick break at KFC SLEX
Hope Safeguard and 2XU stage another trilogy race next year!

CAVINTI Adventure Marathon on November 30, 2013

WHAT: CAVINTI Road and Trail Adventure Marathon
WHEN: November 30, 2013 (Saturday), 4:30AM
WHERE: Cavinti Town Plaza, Cavinti, Laguna
RACE ORGANIZER: Cavinti Sports and Tourism Council 

The first ever Cavinti Adventure Trail Marathon will be held on November 30, 2013 in the beautiful, centuries-old town of Cavinti, Laguna Province and starts at the Town Plaza, fronting the historic Our Lord Parish Church.

The town is hosting for the first time a trail run marathon with runners completing a scenic loop deep within forest trails and rough roads, woodlands, rivers, falls and a lake that will surely mesmerize runners completing their respective distances.

The course for the 42k runners will have moderate to steep rolling hills, several river crossings, one of which will lead to the Cavinti underground river. Mild to cool temperatures, expansive views of surrounding mountains, rolling hills, moderate elevation gains, a beautiful lake and wildflower meadows will be some of the highlights of this race.

The start will be at the Cavinti Town Plaza where the town mayor and the townsfolk of Cavinti will be on hand to send-off the runners in their adventure run while the finish will end at the Bumbungan Eco Park Falls where runners will be treated with a sumptuous lunch after they cross the finish line.

The organizers will just be setting up conveniently placed refilling stations in different points of the route. No cups will be provided to ensure an environmentally friendly race.

Runners are encouraged to bring their own hydration bottles, hydration back-packs, hydration belts or any hydration gear.

Cut Off Times will be:
- 42km: 10 hours
- 21Km: 5 hours
- 12km: 3 hours
- 6km: 1.5 hours

Registration Fee:
- 6k: P300.00
- 12k: P 500.00
- 21k: P 800.00
- 42k: P 1,200.00

Inclusive of Singlet, Finishers Shirt/Medals (42k and 21k), race bibs, packed lunch and guidelines.

CAVINTI Adventure Trail Marathon 2013 Singlet Design
CAVINTI Adventure Trail Marathon 2013 Race Bibs
CAVINTI Adventure Trail Marathon 2013 21k Finisher Shirt Design
CAVINTI Adventure Trail Marathon 2013 42k Finisher Shirt Design
There will be a 10+1 PROMO for groups of ten (10) Runners who will register together. For every group of 10 runners, One (1) Race packet will be given for FREE for a distance not exceeding the longest distance a member has registered in. Ex. If a group registers for 5x12k and 5x21k, 1 Free race kit for 12k or 21k shall be given.

Promo will last up to November 16,2013/Saturday only! So register now!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Run BGC 2013: TAKBONIFACIO on November 30

*** Press Release ***
RUN BGC 2013: 

To commemorate the life of one of the country’s most passionate heroes Andres Bonifacio, the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is holding an interesting and unique run entitled Run BGC 2013: TAKBONIFACIO slated on Bonifacio Day, November 30, 2013.

An afternoon of fun run with exciting obstacles await friends and families alike on this 5-kilometer adventure around the historic landmarks of Metro Manila like SanJuan, Pinaglabanan, Rizal, Marikina, and Balintawak. Participants are encouraged to wear the best Katipunero or traditional Filipiniana attire while going through the unique run. To complete the 19th century setting, Gwardiya Sibil will be scattered around the obstacle course to provide the almost true-to-life challenges to the Katipunero participants.

Participants will be wearing a belt with life flags.  Guwardiya Sibil will pose as threats when they attempt to get these life flags.  Fun obstacles wait for the participants at the following places: San Juan (Guwardiya Sibil will be armed with water soakers to attack the participants); Pinaglabanan (An army of Guwardiya Sibil will be running after life flags instead of just standing around); Rizal (Participants should be on the lookout for Andres Bonifacio, who will be giving away free life flags); Marikina (Participants will climb up the giant inflatable slide and enjoy the way down! Or crawl inside the tunnels while Guwardiya Sibil awaits them on the other side); and Balintawak (Participants will express themselves and write why they are proud to be a Filipino).

Registration for the event opens on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at any of the following establishments: Toby’s Sports in Shangri-La Mall, Mall of Asia & Glorietta; Runnr in Ayala Alabang Town Center & Bonifacio High Street; and Brooks in SM North EDSA.

Registration Fee for participants is P500.  Special rates apply to residents and workers of BGC at P350, Groups that form a battalion of at least 50 persons only have to pay P150 per head (registration and payment must be submitted at the same time), Kids who are 5 to 12 years old only have to pay P150.

Upon registration, participants get a red neckerchief and race bib.  Participants will get a TAKBONIFACIO Souvenir shirt in their loot bag filled with goodies from event sponsors.

Top TAKBONIFACIO Finishers will be given cash prizes as follows: P 7,000 in cash each for the First Male and Female participants, P 5,000 in cash each for the Second Male and Female participants, and P 2,000 in cash each for the Third Male and Female participants. In the Kid Category, cash prizes are as follows: P 1,500 in cash each for the First Male and Female kid participants, P 1,000 in cash each for the Second Male and Female kid participants, and P 500 in cash each for the Third Male and Female kid participants.

Special Prizes will be given away including Best Costume to be determined by originality, inventiveness, intricacy & color, and fun.  Best in Costume winners get cash prizes as follows: P 5,000 for the Batallion winner, P 3,000 each for Male and Female winner, and      P 1,000 for the Kid winner.  The Biggest Battalion will awarded a trophy.

Prizes to be raffled off are as follows: 1 Grand Prize worth P 50,000, and 5 Minor Prizes worth P 20,000.

BGC Run 2013: TAKBONIFACIO is open to anyone who wants to run for fun!  Interested parties between the ages of 5 to 12 must have parental consent upon registration.  Those with serious medical conditions must present a medical clearance to compete in the event.

For more details on costume requirements and registration by groups may log on to

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pretty Strong: Merrell for Women

*** Press Release ***
Merrell unveils Pretty Strong campaign, 
launches new collection for women

Today, more than ever, many women lead active lives. They are driven, passionate, goal-oriented, and influencers in their own right. They are versatile and have mastered the art of multi-tasking. They also excel in their chosen career paths and still find quality time for themselves.  They can do anything if they put their minds and hearts to it.  Simply put – women are pretty strong.

Borne out of the belief that women are naturally born with an innate strength, leading outdoor athletic footwear brand Merrell reaches out to these women through its Pretty Strong campaign.

Alongside the launch is the introduction of a performance shoe line specially-designed for women. Merrell’s women’s collection aims to keep pace with these active strong women with a line that complements their diverse lifestyles by providing tailor-made features, as well as durability and quality that they well deserve.

Merrell’s women’s collection aims to keep pace with these active strong women with a line that complements their diverse lifestyles.
Merrell’s women’s new performance collection feature narrower and slimmer profiles. These shoes are made of durable, comfortable materials, and come in different color combinations. The collection is also versatile – great for everyday use, working out in the gym, and hitting the challenging outdoors training, running, and trekking.

For women who are into serious running, Pace Glove 2 is highly recommended with its excellent ground traction and secure fit. For those who are into running and training, Bare Access Arc 2 is ideal with its M-Bound cushioning that assures comfort in every movement.

Merrell’s women’s new performance collection feature narrower and slimmer profiles.
On the other hand, Mix Master Move Glide is a flexible shoe built for multi-activity use. It is light enough to be worn during road and track runs. Meanwhile, for women who are looking for stable shoes opt for Road Glove Dash 2. It gives you the stability you need without the added weight and bulk.

Merrell’s Pretty Strong campaign reaffirms the brand’s commitment of continually inspiring people – especially pretty strong women – to get outside and see the outdoors in a new light.

Merrell's shoes are made of durable, comfortable materials, and come in different color combinations.
Merrell is available at Merrell stores in Trinoma, SM North Edsa Annex, Market! Market! , Festival Mall Alabang, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Harbor Point Subic, SM City Dasmariñas, Ayala Center Cebu, Gaisano Mall Davao, Abreeza Mall Davao, SM Lanang Premier and SM Ecoland Davao. Merrell is also available in leading department stores and sports specialty stores nationwide.

The collection is also versatile – great for everyday use, working out in the gym, and hitting the challenging outdoors training, running, and trekking
For more information, visit Merrell’s Facebook page at or follow them on Twitter: @MerrellPH.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mary Grace Delos Santos Defends adidas "King of the Road" Title

*** Press Release ***
Filipina defends her title in the adidas King of the Road Finals
Grand finale of the adidas King of the Road 2013 held in Malaysia last October 20, 2013

Petaling Jaya, 20th October 2013 – Filipina runner Mary Grace Delos Santos was recently crowned Queen of the Road in the final leg of the adidas King of the Road (KOTR) South East Asia, clocking in 1 hour and 3 minutes for the 16.8km distance.

Passion and determination filled the air when 11,000 runners came together in Malaysia to participate in the last leg of this year’s adidas King of the Road. Held along the New Pantai Expressway Highway, the run marks the 15th edition which was officially flagged off by Y. Bhg. Dato' Mohd Shafiq B. Abdullah of the Ministry of Works.

The run, which has a unique elevated route across three key districts - Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, also played host as the final leg of the prestigious running event.

The top two reigning champions from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia came together to compete for this year’s Regional adidas KOTR run, with the crown going to Sgt Boonthung Srisung of Thailand who completed the 16.8K SEA men’s category run in 52 minutes and 35 seconds and Delos Santos of the Philippines for the women’s category.

Delos Santos earned her ticket to the finals by being the defending champion of last year’s adidas KOTR Southeast Asia in Singapore. Fellow Filipinos Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Joy Tabal also joined her in the 16.8K run by being the first place finishers in their respective categories in the Philippine leg of the KOTR this year. Tabal finished strong, only a minute behind Delos Santos.

The theme for this year’s race is ‘Boost your run’, inspired by the latest adidas BOOST™ foam innovation which has revolutionized the running world with its debut in the market earlier this year. The new adidas BOOST™ range features groundbreaking cushioning technology, which provides the highest energy return in the running industry.

adidas has a long standing history in running and athletics dating back to 1928 when its founder, Adi Dassler, supplied Una Radke with a handmade pair of spikes to wear during the Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Many more heroes of athletics have followed including Jesse Owens, Emil Ziltopek, Al Oerter, Bob Beamon, Daley Thompson, Grete Waitz, Heike Henkel and Haile Gebrselassie.

adidas CRAZYCOOL in Crazy Cool Colors!

*** Press Release ***
adidas introduces the new CRAZYCOOL line of shoes featuring climacool® technology

Manila, October 21, 2013 – adidas is excited to introduce the new CRAZYCOOL to the next generation of runners who value maximum flexibility, breathability and comfort. Featuring climacool® technology, the new CRAZYCOOL spots an improved flexible design and construction, an all-around 360-degree ventilation, as well as a high flex midsole to create a dynamic look and fit.

The superior functionality and performance of the CRAZYCOOL line can be attributed to its unique blend of quality material and exquisite design. Constructed to create the ultimate freedom for the movement of your feet, the shoe features anatomical flex grooves, which facilitate smooth transition while running.

The unique upper construction of the CRAZYCOOL with the adidas CoolFrame® material ensures lightweight upper support and increased upper breathability while air channels in the sole allow airflow throughout. An enhanced offer from its predecessor climacool® range, the new and improved CRAZYCOOL boasts a thin micro suede tongue that makes the shoes even lighter. An in-built ADIWEAR™ outsole also boosts durability in high wear areas.

Since its introduction in 2011, the adidas climacool® has remained one of adidas’ best-selling product concepts worldwide. This revolutionary technology was later incorporated into multiple adidas running footwear lines such as the CC Revolution, the CC Ride and the CC Chill. Climacool® material was developed by adidas to reduce in-shoe moisture by 20 per cent and foot temperature by 12 per cent, thereby improving runners’ comfort level and performance as high humidity and temperature in shoes is one of the main causes of discomfort.

The adidas CRAZYCOOL is available in a wide range of colorways and retails for Php5495 in adidas Sports Performance and retail stores.

For more information, please visit

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rexona Run 2013: We Ran to the Beat!

Neon Tunnel.
Non-stop music.

Rexona Run's 2013 outing is probably one of the year's best 21k race events I've joined in, up there on my top three. Logistically difficult to stage but they delivered it amid some minor flaws which you could just easily ignore after experiencing the race.

October 17 to 19: Race Kit Claiming
SM Mall of Asia's Music Hall again became the venue of the race kit claiming. There was a bit of miscommunication on the claiming dates, with October 16 initially announced and stamped on registration forms but was moved a day later. Good thing I was checking Rexona's official FB page regularly so I was updated. Picked up my kit as well as my other blogger friends' - CJ Run Adobo King, Thirdy Lopez, Rolly Speedy Titan, Allan Running Free Manila and Jet Paiso.

Race Kit Claiming at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall 
Bloggers' kits on hand! I'm runner 0183.
October 20 - Race Day
This is probably the earliest gun start for a 21k race - 3AM! An early morning race with a night concert feel. I was at the venue 1:30am, paranoid of losing a parking slot, as I am anticipating a sold-out event means only one thing - lots of people! I had spare time then to go around and take photos of the event set-up. The lights and sounds really build up the excitement!

Party feel everywhere
Got back to my car as fellow bloggers will get their kits from me. We took a quick snap then headed out to the assembly area.

From L-R: Allan, CJ, Rolly, Jet and me
Rolly and I plan to be on race mode so we squeezed our way in front of the pack, as we bumped into JP and Jaycee during race briefing. The usual video of the race route was shown, and then the 10-second countdown to gun start. Then a series of events came to unfold - the emcees shouting the band Sandwich performing "Sugod" and with the first steps of the 21k runners, a fireworks display accompanied the adrenaline rush-filled music. You could definitely feel the excitement of everyone. What a way to start the race!

The biggest surprise for me is the neon tunnel - this was something everyone was raving about after the race. I wish there was more (though I knew that setup was way too expensive). The lights and the music inside were insane! You would forget for a moment that you are in a race. Definitely a race innovation worth commending!

The most talked-about neon tunnel!
And now to my race notes:
- Abundant ice-cold hydration and Gatorade
- Surprised there were no bananas along the 21k route, which everyone is used to on a Runrio race
- Speakers (or DJ stations) were well-placed and well-distanced from each other but my only complaint is that the songs being played were the same! With a plethora of running music choices, it was a bit disappointing why they had a limited playlist.
- Gun start of 10k was 3:30am and the 5k runners at 3:45am. Merging of all distance categories was a bit of a disaster for me, as I was targeting to finish a sub-2. It was soooo difficult to overtake a lot of walkers along the route. Some even stopping abruptly, taking photos with friends along the road, and walkers lining up making it difficult to find space to pass through.
- Great design for the finisher medal and the finisher shirt for 21k runners. Love the loot as well.

I still managed to do a decent 2:02 finish and just shrugged off my disappointment of not meeting my target. The race was all about fun anyway and did I have fun!

Post-race is again time to meet and catch-up with runner friends and just hang-out. We stayed at the race village until sunrise.

With JP, Rolly, Cholo, Becky Runner and Patrick "Runningshield"
With Rolly, CJ, Rhon and Hazielle
Post-race breakfast at Chowking
If you missed the fun, the below video SDE would pump you up and make you wish you were there! Kudos to Rexona and Runrio for upping the ante of a "fun run". We're all looking forward to what Rexona Run 2014 is going to offer next.

Update: Race Results

Not bad, eh?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Marathon #8: RUPM 2013

Surreal that I just finished my 8th marathon at the Run United Philippine Marathon last October 6. Eight 42k runs in a span of three years is quite a feat!

Just a bit of humor - I found this funny (yet very true) video on the web - The 8 Stages of Marathon Running - to celebrate the 8 crazy marathons I finished:

The 3am gun start of the race only means one thing: adjusting my body clock to sleep very early both Friday and Saturday. I need to be up 11pm Saturday to have my "breakfast" (ooh boy what a weird time to have breakfast) and start my preparations. I need to leave the house 1am, which would mean me arriving at the Mall of Asia about 1:30am, park my car there, then ride the shuttle bus to the starting line at BGC.

I arrived as planned but what I didn't anticipate is the number of runners on queue at the shuttle boarding area and guess what? No shuttle buses! The queue kept getting longer and longer. I was hearing one of the marshals saying there was a shortage of buses and we were just waiting for the initial set of buses that left to go back and pick-up the runners on queue. I think it was about 2:15am when the buses arrived. Whew, what a buzzer beater. 

Long queue at the shuttle bus boarding area
Arrived at BGC around 2:35am, I had a few minutes to do my pre-race rituals - take my Roctane, do a few warm-up exercises and take a pee break. Met with the usual suspects - Ryan, Rom, Marte and Joshua. I turned on my Soleus GPS watch and got nervous as it took a long time before getting any signal.

Warm-up area at the BGC parking lot with Ryan, Rom and Marte
We were located far back at the 42k assembly area. I'm on pacer mode again with three of my companions being first-time marathon participants - Rom, Marte and Joshua. Strategy was to take it slow, probably a 7 to 8 minute per kilometer pace only.

Group selfie just before the race started. Haha!
And then we were off! I pressed the start button of my GPS watch and it went on INDOOR mode! That sucks! My watch failed me. But I could no longer do anything at that point so I just shrugged it off. I'm not on race mode anyway.

The initial part of the race was quite crowded, as we went around the streets of BGC. The runners began spreading out when we reached the Kalayaan flyover all the way to Roxas Boulevard.

RUPM 2013 42k race route
I don't remember the point when we lost Joshua but it was somewhere along Roxas Boulevard already. As for Marte, he had to go to a urinal break so only two were left with me - Ryan and Rom. We did ok until KM25. After this we were already having frequent walk breaks and we took our time on hydration stations as the sun was up early and the heat was becoming brutal.

Still running strong
I assume this was between KM28 and KM29
At KM29, we had our traditional "taho" break. Haha! We were probably getting a lot of glances from fellow 42k runners who were overtaking us as we were devouring our taho. Just the right kick from sugar needed at that time.

Passing by Mall of Asia and seeing the finish line but still doing the final 10 kilometers was really a killer. We already saw the fast marathoners approaching the finish line (4-hour finish time), but we still have a long way to go.

Walk, walk, walk - the story of the last 10 kilometers of this race. Haha! The sweltering heat was not helping at all. The Macapagal Avenue road, dilapidated and runner-unfriendly, was torture.

The good thing is this is a Runrio race - hydration's always a savior. Ice-cold water was abundant in all hydration stations amidst the heat. One can literally take an ice-cold bath.

As we approached the final U-turn at Sentosia and headed back to Mall of Asia, it was a bit of a relief that we are now on the final stretch. The intervals between the kilometer markers seemed to go longer and longer on the final 5 kilometers.

When tired, take a photo. Haha!
Arriving at Seaside Boulevard, we were still walking, reserving energy for the last hundred meters.

Walkers caught on cam!
Ruuuuuunnnnnnnnnn! Last few hundred meters!
As usual, all the pain went away temporarily as we crossed the finish line. 5 hours and 41 minutes, one of my slowest marathons, but it was a fun experience nonetheless.

Happy finishers!
One of the innovations Unilab Active Health thought of, which made the finish of marathoners sweeter, is passing under the elevated race village stage and being greeted by spectators and band performers on stage. But due to the grueling heat, we had to pass by the area quickly, claim our loot, and go directly to the post-run recovery area.

Finish Line moment captured by Photo-Ops!
The trilogy is now complete. Thank you Unilab, Unilab Active Health and Runrio for staging another year of great races.

At the 42k Photo Wall
Congratulations to my running buddies Ryan, Rom, Marte and Joshua! Let's do this again next year!

*** Photos courtesy of Ryan Santos, Running Photographers, We Run for Good Health, Tsinelas Runner and Photo-Ops. Official race photos can be downloaded at