The Evolving RunRio Trilogy in 2018

I was among the fortunate ones to have been around the first RUNRIO Trilogy in 2010. Races like these were not to be missed because 1) they form part of your tune-up races for marathons 2) they give you great competition from the best runners in the land and 3) they epitomized what a big race is yet give you personalized treatment. Of course a bonus treat was always, always getting a chance to see Coach Rio dela Cruz. Not only did he create RUNRIO Trilogy, he was the guy who started the Afroman-distance of 32K, hence became his monicker, the Afroman.

The spike in public interest for races resulted in more events, some less focussed on the athletics side and more bent on luring participants for the recreational side which is not at all too bad, except that someone had to keep the competition alive. Thus we ran witness to the evolution of the RUNRIO Trilogy — from the actual race routes, the size, design and quality of race uniforms and even content in lootbags and winner prizes. I think RUNRIO also pioneered in the so-called “united” or puzzle medals (3 medals that, when collected, will form one bigger medallion) and also tried to experiment on a super-sized “platito” medal in 2012-2014, when 42K marathon distance was already included in the loop.

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Personally, I felt that last year was a renaissance of the athletic side of RUNRIO, that image and reputation of being premier in:

  • delivery of world-class routes and race execution
  • social responsibility by partnering with great advocacies
  • providing highest quality of running gears and medals
  • showing appreciation to customers and patrons with post-race awarding

And so, the question that begged to be asked: What’s in store for RUNRIO Trilogy in 2018? With a twinkle in the eye as if taunting, RUNRIO President and CEO Coach Rio quipped, ““This year promises to be exciting for us and for all those who want to join our runs…Running enthusiasts can look forward to the 2018 RUNRIO Trilogy not only as an avenue to push their limits but also to spend quality time with friends and family.”

Participants can also look forward to more exciting running activities in store for everyone. First is the 5k Family Run. For this race, teams must consist of two adults and two kids. Each kid must be 15 years or below to qualify. The 5k Barkada Run, on the other hand, is open to four adults each of whom must be 16 years of age or older. There is also the 10k Buddy Run which, is also for participants 16 years old and above.

As an added incentive for runners, participants who register in groups are entitled to a substantial discount on the registration fees.

But at the heart of RUNRIO TRILOGY will always be the pay-forward, post-race, culminating activities where super-achievers are honored and the fulfillment of raising funds are highlighted upstage.

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Manila, Philippines – February 7, 2018 – RUNRIO Events, Inc., the country’s premier organizer of running events, recently held the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards at the Grand Ballroom of the Okada Manila in Pasay City.

The main highlight of the event is the RUNRIO Trilogy Awards. This is intended to recognize the last year’s runners who completed the 2017 RUNRIO Trilogy Series where they completed the three-leg race series namely, 21k, 32k, and 42k that happened last June 25August 31 and October 1, respectively. The awards will not only recognize the participants but will also honor the fastest and the oldest finishers. All awardees will receive a limited edition medal hanger.

“The RUNRIO Trilogy Awards is our way of showing our appreciation to all those who participated and gave everything they’ve got fueled by their #HeartToFinish strong,” said Andrew Neri, RUNRIO Events, Inc. Managing Partner.

Moreover, the evening will also be an opportunity for RUNRIO to present YesPinoy Foundation with a PhP500,000.00 donation. Founded in 2009, the foundation in partnership with Taclob, produces emergency bags made by survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. The aim is to provide hooded cloak backpacks with emergency kits and learner’s materials to young people in vulnerable public schools particularly those in areas affected by Typhoons.

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The Trio at the Prescon: YesPinoy – Coach Rio – RunRio Andrew Neri welcoming media to 2018 RunRio Trilogy

Aside from the Trilogy Awards, RUNRIO also announced the scheduled of races for 2018 as the RUNRIO Trilogy Race Series expands its presence in Cebu. This year, the first leg of the race series will be held on March 4 in Cebu and on March 18 in Manila. The second leg will be in Cebu this time on May 6 and again in Manila on June 3. The last leg will be on August 19 and again on September 23 in Cebu and Manila, respectively.

The RUNRIO Trilogy was made possible by its other partners, namely, Gatorade, Maynilad, Garmin, SM Mall of Asia, Nyxsys, Inside Manila, Fitbar, KitKat, Efes, Nizoral, Salonpas, and Milcu Deodorant Powder.

For more information on the registration fees and the online registration schedule, visit www.runrio.com.

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Thus will kick-off another exciting RUNRIO TRILOGY this year and the continuance of its commitment to give runners the #HeartToFinish.

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Sports and Fitness in the Camp: A Guide for Running in Camp Aguinaldo

I am compelled to write about Camp Aguinaldo again, to try to override what I wrote about a temporary ban on running at about this time last year. As one does not easily give up on something you love (and by golly, I love the camp!), running and related sports are back to normal…in fact, some roads have been opened to the general vehicular public as access roads to EDSA, Katipunan and Marikina, subject to the conditions on securing a car pass into the camp. This greater access makes it possible for more people to get back into the fitness and training modes, and yet I have this nagging feeling that a lot others have not yet experienced this running haven situated North of Manila.

Claiming no expertise in this except the the right of passage of years running, holding races and getting to understand and memorize every nook and cranny of this place fondly called “agi” (short for Aguinaldo) is where my passion for life thrives. If you are ever curious what attracts people like me and those who dare step on the sacred grounds where dignitaries have held inaugurals and ceremonies, get intimate with the camp in this 101.

The essentials:

Camp (General Emilio) Aguinaldo is a highly-secured installation being the military headquarters (GHQ or general headquarters for those in the know) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Entry into the camp, even on a personal basis, is a privilege and not a basic right as you would experience playing in the grounds of Rizal Park (Luneta). As a key government facility, the hassle of work and business dominates weekdays more than your need for a running haven – but “agi” (I don’t really know whoever started calling the camp this way) is also home to officers, soldiers and their familis who are “domicile-camped” to ensure the nation’s security day in and out.

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Hence the first thing you bring into the camp is called COURTESY. If you are coming in as a pedestrian (and this includes you and your bike!), your valid ID is the first sign that you respect the camp. If you are entering by car, DIM your lights if needed and ROLL down the driver window enough for the guards to see your head and face. Do this automatically so it becomes more a habit than compliance. I drive up the camp at least once a day and I have a way of unnerving the guards to give me back a smile as I greet them good morning/afternoon. I think the gatekeepers respect you back by sometimes managing a snappy salute.

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Courtesy is also what you need in cruising along the roads inside the camp; it’s a behavior that permeates in a military environment particularly where soldiers interface with civilians. Signages also say them all – “Slow Down for Bikers and Joggers” or “Speed Limit 30kph” (for vehicles). Military Police (MP) uses radar speed guns and can apprehend and/or fine camp violators,including illegal parkers.

Since sports and recreation are your official business at entering the camp, park only at the following designated parking areas:

  1. Parade Grounds/ Grandstand area – This is nearest from Gate 1 and very secure. There are times, though, that the PG gates will be closed to the general public, to give way to special AFP events.
  2. AFP COC (Commissioned Officers Club) – The clubhouse parking practically as near to Gate 1 as the Parade Grounds, but slots are limited and may also be off-limits at times due to military or private functions .
  3. St Ignatius Chapel – This is my favorite parking hangout because I like starting my workout with a short prayer of thanksgiving. In addition, the restrooms are decently clean (don’t look for immaculately spotless) and unless there is Simbang Gabi (series of early morning Catholic masses during Christmas season) it’s not hard to compete on parking slots with church-goers.
  4. LogCom (Logistics Command) (Golf) Driving Range – Most bikers frequent the ample parking space here, as it is nearest to the infamous rolling Daza hills. This is also less than 500m away from Gate 6.
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The Parade Grounds (image courtesy of spacebattles.com)
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The Grandstand (image courtesy whitewashed.com)

Based on current experience, there are 3 gates to enter the camp, if you are on foot or have no carpass (valid YELLOW sticker):

Gate 1 (along Boni Serrano, fronting 15th Avenue, Murphy QC) – This gate is open 24hours but gate guardians become logically more inquisitive if you are coming in for a workout after 7PM and before 5AM. The main roads have been more lit lately thus encouraging early morning or night race simulation.

Gate 3 (along EDSA, proximal to the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club/CAGC) – This gate is open only for stickered vehicles, only up to 9PM daily.

Gate 6 (along Boni Serrano, before 20th Avenue from Katipunan Avenue) – This gate takes in outsiders but of late, there have been days when gate has not been opened at all. Another current limitation is that this gate goes on a RIGHT TURN towards Katipunan and White Plains only.

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A usual “route” of 7KM can give you an athlete’s high because of a variety of terrains on almost 100% more-forgiving asphalted roads. Daza road alone can offer you long and winding or short and steep hills, depending on what on the workout-menu for the day.

The entire camp is a plush greenery of big pollutant-absorbing mango and santol trees that certainly complement the combed greens of the in-house golf course. It also helps that there are less vehicles plying these routes, hence one can practicing good breathing technique while doing workouts.

Seldom do visitors like us stay long enough to seek for concessionaires, but if you are not in a mad-rush, there are places worth breaking the routine for:

Soldiers Mall – The row of carinderias serve typical “silog”-varieties but only in these eateries does one experience trying kambing (goat-dishes) even for breakfast.

Hole No 14 Canteen, entrance near AFPSLAI/Gate 2 – Only this canteen seem accessible to public, compared to the others which are attached to the different holes of the golf course. Cheap, staple runners foods like saging saba and hard-boiled eggs have been perennially at P10. but you might also catch chicken arroz caldo or dinuguan-puto for P30 per serving. And yes, you can buy some bottled water or energy drinks, if the food was just a furlough to a long workout or session.

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CAGC (image from golfguidephils.com)

The CAGC Clubhouse restaurant (Gate 3) opens for breakfast but you can also treat the entire team with garlic chicken and pancit canton. Now that’s refueling in style!

Some runners and bikers also end the workout with silog breakfast or sisig-beer combo, at the logcom driving range canteen.

 

Sharing the road for safety

Bikers go with the vehicular traffic flow and this is enforced by the Military Police who also prioritize runners and bikers crossing intersections and the like. Runners, however, are not mandated to use any direction. By force of habit, I always run against the flow as this helps me anticipate road conflicts. Some, including the different military groups running almost daily in the camp, usually run WITH the flow of traffic and will tend to occupy the entire lane. If you like the smell of sweat, the sound of feet-pounding on the pavement and military cadence, you may want to join these groups…just make sure you can keep up with the pace set by the cadence master.

daza1Even if the entire camp is runner-and biker friendly, keep to the gutter-side of the roads, especially along the narrow Daza roads. While motorists are patient on slow runners who may have the tendency to hug the middle of the road, bikers in groups practicing sprint will skim you off the road if needed.

Flag-raising and flag ceremony. On dry weather, from Tuesdays to Sundays, a bugler calls the attention of everyone (runner, biker, pedestrian, motorist) in the vicinity of the Parade Grounds to halt and pay respect to the flag-raising in a 30-second bugle. Mondays are reserved for the full ceremony at 7:30AM, hence it would be prudent to exit the camp earlier or risk the inconvenience of not being able to get out when the long ceremonies commence. In the past, I used the Monday flag ceremony period (which is a good 15-20 minutes) to do hills-work along Daza which is much too to get affected by the flag-raising activities.

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Segundo Avenue near the Parade Grounds

Don’t leave special water bottles and personal stuff on top of your car, while on the run or ride. While the camp has a good reputation against bukas-kotse, I have lost a bottle or two, presumably, to strangers who may think it didn’t matter (you can take the bottle, but not the cold water in it, please!)

 

What the future holds for Camp “Agui”

I must admit that I went ballistic once, when running and biking was banned inside the camp. It is but stark reality that the use of the camp as our playground and recreation is always subject to its primary purpose of being a military facility. That is why I savor each time I am given the privilege to use these grounds and treat everyone crossing my path with dignity and cheerfulness. Over the years, I have gained neighbors and confidants in both civilian and uniformed men and this gives me an assurance that I can still count more years of my life running in this special place, running with my heart!

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Finding My Way Back to Garmin: The Forerunner 220

At the cusp of the running mania circa 2009, back when Garmin GPS watches were not yet sufficiently locally distributed, I admit to having used the back-route (personal sellers) in getting for myself the latest model. With much pride, I stomped about wearing the Forerunner 610 with its amazing touch features almost on a daily basis, gobbled up every stat in Garmin Connect and self-coached myself to many exhilarating marathons for years…until I started experimenting with other brands.

Sometimes you have to experience difficulties and inconveniences, before you learn the TRUTH. Same is true with your choice of GPS running watches. While your choice must define your needs, it won’t hurt to eliminate guesswork by putting your faith and confidence on a training buddy that truly understands why you run.

Clear watch display. There is no excuse or substitute for good resolution when you are on the run and monitoring your progress. Some have BIG numbers or colored text or changing backgrounds — all trying to skirt around the issue of readability which simply boils down to resolution and sufficient internal lighting. The Forerunner 220 made me remember how I used to struggle with the other brands, especially during critical races. fr220br_product_03

Simple functional operability. I will admit that here’s a point I had a cheat. I was one of the first migrants to Garmin and have used at least 4 previous Garmin models. This experience made maneuvering around Forerunner 220 almost second-nature as soon as I strapped it on. And even if all the important statistics were already available in the watch, I was not able to resist logging onto my old Garmin Connect account, just to be able to download the workouts and get more detailed. I think this is why Garmin claims that having a Forerunner 220 is like having a personal coach,  making all the analytics lead to better training days.

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Lightweight and snug wristband. I used to joke a lot about wearing the old Garmin models that look and felt like a computer in my wrist! But Garmin’s timely evolution to hinged wristbands has made girl-runners like me debunk the myth about Garmin being biased to male runners. The snug feel in small wrists (again, like mine) is nicely complemented by a silky-smooth-soft band. The choice of using silicone minimizes allergic response to those sensitive to rubber, plastic or even velcro straps.

 

Fast GPS lock-in. This is where one appreciates the Forerunner 220, as high-sensitivity GPS locks in superiorly faster than its more affordable, entry-to-training level competitors. As long as an initial fix-time has already been established, Forerunner 220 defies atmospheric and man-made interferences by staying true to its quick lock in time. Having tested this baby on 3 different locations for the past 3 weeks, I got a lock-in time of 5 seconds, on the average! It certainly would, however, be an exciting experiment to compare GPS alone versus GPS+GLONASS, a feature that is making waves in more recent Garmin GPS models, filling the gaps for not just fast lock-ins, but also fast fix-ins — anytime, anywhere.

GLONASS or “Global Navigation Satellite System”, is a Russian technology designed to further improve the accuracy of GPS.

Fast-forward to NOW, across thousands of kilometers over many races and having tried quite a number of commercially-available GPS watches, it is only fitting that I reunite with Garmin, whose expertise in  the game has evolved with the times.

This baby Forerunner 220 has not only proven to be a training buddy and an objective coach. On the run, I look forward to MILESTONE MOTIVATORS that make each workout so personal, simply because there’s a Garmin on my wrist.

Forerunner 220 – Product Features & Specifications 

Physical & Performance

Unit dimensions, WxHxD 1.8″ x 1.8″ x 0.5″ (4.5 x 4.5 x 1.2 cm)
Display size, WxH 1.0″ (2.54 cm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH 180 x 180 pixels
Touchscreen
Weight 1.4 oz (40.7 g)
Battery rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life up to 6 weeks in watch mode; up to 10 hours in training mode
Water resistant (50m)
GPS-enabled
High-sensitivity receiver

For more information:

Please visit the Ph website : http://ph.garmin.com/

Or visit the Garmin Stores:

Garmin SM Megamall, 2nd Floor Atrium, Mandaluyong City (in front of La Lola)

Garmin Glorietta, 3rd Floor Glorietta 5, Makati City

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Now, if you’re ready to take it to the NEXT level, watch this in awe!

Soleus Philippines Sabor Latino 100%: A Dancing Kind of Runners High

I have the impression that most, if not all, runners like or have an inclination towards dancing. It is, after all, the same kind of happy hormones, the same increase in heart rate as you move from simple to more complicated and intense steps, the same blood rushing to the cheeks and same clean sweat glistening out of pores all over one’s body – as one experiences in running.

An important parallel fact is that both running and dancing can be done solo or in groups. But why go solo, when you can enjoy great company in a…dancefest!

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SOLEUS PHILIPPINES GOES SABOR LATINO 100%!

Who can better be at the forefront of dancing and running in a singlet event than Soleus?

Soleus Running Philippines proudly welcomes new addition to the Soleus Family, William Flores, international fitness extraordinaire – to bring that unmistakably Latin flavor to the Soleus Running Dancefest on Feb 4, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia.

Run 5k, 10k or 21k but don’t stop there. Dancing, gyrating, pumping up the adrenaline begins at 6:30AM when the fun will double up.

Make sure you bring those running feet to its “dancingest” best yet.

William_Flores_image01.jpgWilliam Flores is world-renowned for his credentials as an  experienced dancer of ballet, modern dance, jazz, reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, folk dance, merengue and hip hop. This has led to his being an International Zumba® Fitness instructor and a great performer for almost 4 years now.

Bringing Sabor Latino 100% (ciento por ciento) into Philippine soil translates to an energy level in dancing and zumba unprecedented even among zumba events.

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Let running and 100% latino-inspired dancing be your passion for a day that you can’t miss!

For more info and details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/soleus.ph

The Soleus Signature Series: Inspiring and Motivating Runners

kara book.jpgBack in 2009 when I started this journey called running, Olympian and elite marathoner Kara Goucher inspired me most, to get more serious and competitive without getting lost in the things normal women love – family, home, friends, me-time and love-time (not necessarily in that order). I spent hours reading running books and my personal favorite was Kara’s Running for Women : From First Steps to Marathon, ed 2011, simply because I honestly felt she was talking about me and my desire to become a somebody by finishing my first marathon in 2010.

Of course running is not all about idolizing and reading books because it came to pass that I will eventually search for tools that will help me achieve more competitive goals. It’s such a pity that back in those days when GPS watches were unheard of, even the most sophisticated running watch used just internal speedometer to give you a semblance of pace – but everything was priced way about the pay-brackets of newbie runners.

Lucky the runners of this generation that they can have both Soleus Elite Kara and a run-specific GPS watch, at pocket-friendly prices that will surely support theory-to-practice PR goals. Look at how this sleek GPS ONE snugly fits in my wrist and ready to run with me!

 

The recently-launched Soleus Signature Series profiles different levels of the runners in training, who may be on their way to longer distances and faster speeds! ♥

 

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KARA GOUCHER

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Level up your game with this special edition GPS One, designed in collaboration with Soleus Elite, Kara Goucher. This Goucher designed GPS One boasts of  star designed mask and a signature backing.

Get one more kilometer in, set one more PR, take one more run with GPS ONE. One button push gets you started on your run. 8 Hours of GPS battery life and a low profile case design for comfort keep you focused on getting you the Kilometers. Track your distance, pace, speed, and recharge for your next run or marathon. SRP at Php 4950. slide5

NICK SYMMONDS

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Chase your speed demons on the roads and track. This special edition Contender was designed in collaboration with Soleus Elite, Nick Symmonds. The custom watch back features Symmond’s signature and, like it’s namesake, will have you breaking records in no time.

At Soleus, we know your training doesn’t end when you cross the finish line. There’s always another race to win, PR to set, or moment to make. That’s why we created the Contender – For those of us who are always in training. SRP Php 3450.slide11

 ALYSIA MONTANO

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Time-based interval training is a basic training method and this special edition Chicked, designed in collaboration with Soleus Elite, Alysia Montaño, can be your training partner. Channel your inner Flying Flower with the custom watch back featuring Alysia’s signature and silhouette.  SRP Php 2950. slide8

SOLEUS ensures we stay inspired and motivated in training and racing with these signature watch series, available at L Timestudio boutiques, SM, Robinson’s and Landmark Department Stores.

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SOLEUS = INSPIRATION to MOTIVATION = PROGRESS = SUCCESS.

Can you RUN the FUTURE?#Run4UrFuture – Manila Leg 082816

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Ahhh, to be young and free of responsibility, with no cares in the world – unfortunately, as life really unfolds, the phase of careless abandon and risky lifestyle is short. This only means that seriously taking charge of your finances early in life has become as important as enjoying youth and the trappings that go with singlehood.

According to the PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority), approximately 70% of our OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) belong to workers not more than 40 years of age; in fact the number of young adult workers have grown over the past decade as more opportunities for employment open up even for new graduates or those merely savvy on technical courses. (click here for the PSA data on OFWs by Age Group, 2015). While cash remittances have been instrumental in getting children to college or building a dream house, only 40% of OFWs have committed to saving for the future (PSA data on OFWs savings on remittances, 2015).  Hence we hear stories of ex-OFWs who have grave financial capabilities despite long years of service-contracts, even leading to an unhappy future for both the ex-worker and the family.

Seafarers are fortunate that the ISP (Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines)  is steeped in advocating saving for the future with awareness campaigns. These upcoming events promise to be fun and inclusive of both seafarers and the running community. After all, all of us can benefit a lot from saving for a brighter and more secure future.

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Run 4 ÜR Future (Live.Save.Give) is a race-series which will take place nationwide on July 17 (Davao People’s Park), July 31 (Cebu Business Park), August 28 (Manila SM By The Bay). The race features the following distances: 16K, 10K, 5K, and 3K categories, expected to attract an estimate of 1,000 – 3,000 participants from Maritime Schools, Training Centers, land- based and sea-based Manning Companies of OFWs and running enthusiasts.

Proceeds of this event will go to various foundations. For Davao leg, the beneficiary will be Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children’s Home Inc. For Cebu leg, it will be the World Vision Learning Kit, and for Manila, the Jesus Christ Cares for Cancer. Each foundation has in its primary goal  to support education and health of poorest of the poor.

Integrated Seafarers and Media Vessel invite you to participate in this worthwhile campaign. Early and online registration for the Manila leg starts on July 15, 2016 until August 1, 2016 and in-store regular registration from August 5, 2016 to August 22, 2916 of at the ISP office, and selected Chris Sports outlets in Metro Manila.

 

Early Registration fees for the available categories are PHP 750 for 16K, PHP 650 for the 10K, PHP 550 for the 5K, and PHP 450 for the 3K. While, regular registration fees are PHP 850 for 16K, PHP 750 for 10K, PHP 650 for 5K, and PHP 550 for 3K. All participants shall receive race bibs with timing, singlet, and freebies. Additionally, 16K and 10K runners will get a finisher’s medal and shirt. Cash and gift check prizes are in store for top male and female contenders of the race categories.

The Run 4 UR Future is made possible by the following sponsors: Alphera Marine Services Inc. Sealand Skills, Generika, Medpadala, Fern-C, MX3, Snowtime, Media Partners Trilife Magazine, DZIQ 990 am band Gabay ng Pamilyang Marino.

For more info and group registrations, please see their FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1800843176804173/

Media Vessel TV and Event Productions is a new and independent media productions company that has partnered with the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines in various TV and event projects since 2014. Embedded with the same corporate values and principles in empowering the Filipinos, Run 4 ÜR Future came to life this year.

With this event, the ISP advocates unity and brotherhood via programs that support seafarers’ reintegration and explore maritme business and  employment with financial literacy support thru ISP-Multi Purpose Cooperatives.  This is role-modelling to the general public that regular personal savings is a smart-money way towards a more stable future and an early reintegration to have quality time with their families upon retirement from active employment.

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Press Launch, 071416 at Racks El Pueblo Ortigas, Pasig

POWERMAN DUATHLON World Series 2016: Raise Your Level of Competition

There comes a time in a runner’s life that you have to LEVEL UP, or go bust. And I want to bet that if you’ve sat on the saddle for years, you’re just as curious of what it could be like to raise your competition by a notch, by doing more than just biking.

First, a crash-course on what duathlons really are.

Duathlon presents itelf as a more accessible sport (as compared to aquathlons and triathlons, in my opinion) but should not be regarded as any less compared to other multisports.  Some feel that there is a natural progression from running to biking and vice-versa. No wonder, runners and bikers have become better athletes, by becoming duathletes.

All the best and quality duathlon EVENTS globally are gathered under the brand POWERMAN, hence duathlon = powerman = duathlon.

Duathlon is a chosen lifestyle in much the same way that we choose fitness over being sedentary. Completing a duathlon takes training and dedication and always looking forward to the next competition to perform at one’s best.

The Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas ,the Philippine affiliate of the International Powerman Association (IPA), started bringing in world-class duathlons last year. The Philippine counterparts want to encourage more people of all ages, from all walks of life, to live a healthier, more active lifestyle, and perhaps consider taking on the challenge of becoming a Powerman.

Encouraged by a successful and well-participated first in Balanga, Bataan last year, the 2016 Powerman series will consist of:

 

 

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Asian Invitational (November 20, 2016 at the SM MOA by the Bay) consisting of a Powerman Short (5km run-30 km -5km run) Powerman  Duathlon Pilipinas World Series (December 3-4, 2016 at the Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga) Aside from featuring a Powerman Short, events will also include the Powerman Classic (10 km run-60 km bike-10 km run), Powerkids (for kids ages 6-16) and Powerteens leg.

nomannopwerThis year’s #NoManNoPower theme for the Poweman Duathlon Series is expected to attract around 3000 participants, mostly newbies lining up for the shorter distances or the seasoned powerman extending his influence by bringing in family and friends to compete in the other categories.

 

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During the media launch held in April 2016, it was revealed that fitness partner, Anytime Fitness, has devised a Power Training program that will help boost stamina and improve athletic ability at the races.

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LongTable for Organizing Team at the Media Launch, ClawDaddys BGC 042816
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Long Table of Media Partners

 

Apart from the requisite physical training, the program will include Power Camps and Power Clinics. These are venues where guest coaches and other mentors will share their expertise to help participants improve  techniques, or overcome other physical and mental barriers that may impede optimum performance.

Gael Le Bellec, Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Ambassador and Powerman World Champion for 2014 &2015 will be one of the guest coaches.

Powerman Gives Bikes to the Batang Tri Grassroots Program

Part of the proceeds of Powerman will go towards buying bicycles and other gear for the Batang Tri Grassroots program. This is a program that supports young individuals who do not have the financial means to enter the world of multi-sports. Starting out as an initiative of CEO and president of F&F International Events Group, Inc. and restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo, Batang Tri is currently headed by Coach Jojo Macalintal, Coach Ivan Leopando and Coach Melvin Fausto, and is supported by Seafood Island.

Visit www.powerman.ph to register. Or check out  Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas on Facebook for  more information and updates.

For FAQs, please visit: http://www.powerman.ph/?page_id=202.

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Raise your Level of Competition: Become Powerman!RBR shirt