Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tabal breaks PH marathon record

PASAY City, Philippines (December 8, 2013) – Records were shattered Sunday at the 37th MILO Marathon National Finals, as elite runner Mary Joy Tabal claimed her first MILO Marathon national crown and broke the current women’s event record for 42K set by Jho-An Banayag by 16 seconds.

The MILO Marathon also posted its highest season headcount to date at more than 220,000 runners, after registering 26,681 runners at Sunday’s championship race alone.

Not to be outdone, reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista bagged a back-to-back win, his fifth title in the prestigious footrace. Buenavista also holds the current men’s event record for 42K in the national marathon.

Friday, December 6, 2013

adidas introduces miCoach Smart Run


Philippines (29 November 2013) – adidas introduces the miCoach SMART RUN, the most advanced and intuitive wrist based running device on the market. For the first time, runners will be able to track their runs using GPS mapping, monitor their heart rate off their wrist, listen to their favorite music and get real-time coaching in a single, simple, color touch screen running watch.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

2014 FIFA World Cup match ball

I am runner and a football fan.

And to update other runners who are also looking forward to the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, I am sharing this press release about the official match ball which will be utilized during the much-awaited sports event. You can read the press release below.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All-star 37th MILO marathon national finals

Manila, Philippines (3 December 2013 )– Final preparations are underway for the 37th MILO Marathon National Finals on December 8 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City.

With more than 35,000 runners expected to join the country’s premier footrace this Sunday, organizers are upbeat on surpassing the 230,000 target headcount set at the start of the season.

To culminate the 17-race event, some of the nation’s finest athletes will settle the score at the 42K finish line in a final bid for the coveted MILO Marathon crown, the P300,000 top purse, and the chance to represent the country at the 2014 Paris Marathon.

Given the higher stakes, MILO hopes to inspire and motivate more local athletes – both elite and aspiring runners – to push their limits and embody the resilience, strength, and excellence Filipinos are known for.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

14k runners participated in the Nike We Run Manila

Philippines, December 1, 2013 – Nike enabled 14,000. Filipino runners today in the third edition of the Nike We Run Manila held at Marikina City. Bringing to life the Filipino spirit of unity, runners signed up in pairs to run 10km and stood in solidarity at the finish as a mark of respect to the recent events in Visayas region of Philippines.

Friday, November 29, 2013

I Run for the HeArt

The Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex Employees Organization (CCPCEO), with the support of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will hold a major fund-raising event on January 12, 2014 for the benefit of the CCPCEO cultural workers and members.

Entitled "I Run for the HeART", the fun run will start and end  at the CCP grounds in Pasay City.

The event is initiated by the CCPCEO Board of Directors 2013-2014 to enable the said organization to continue its mission to provide programs for health, education, medical and emergency needs of its members.

This project also aims to promote work-life balance and encourage a healthy lifestyle among the participants.
Registration fees for the various categories are: P400 for  3K, P500 for 5K, P600 for 10K and P700 for 16K. Winners of the races will also receive cash prizes.

Registration  is ongoing. The first 500 registrants will get free concert tickets to the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s Fukumura, Wang & Saint-Saens concert on December 13, 2013.

Lots of fun and freebies and a start of a healthy lifestyle await everyone.

For more information, please call the CCPCEO Secretariat at 832-1125 local 1115 and 1405.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tabac, Miranda top Siargao Mangrove Marathon

Seasoned runners Elias Tabac of Bayugan City and Judelyn Miranda of Davao City topped the first Siargao Mangrove Marathon held recently in Del Carmen town in Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte.

Tabac and Miranda, Both frequent qualifiers to the Milo Marathon and other national running events, clocked one hour, 23 minutes and 24 seconds and 1:41.20, respectively, to rule the men and women’s divisions in the 21-km run.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gilbuena, Poliquit win in Tarlac MILO race

More than 12,000 runners particiapted in Tarlac.
TARLAC City, Philippines (November 17, 2013) – Last year’s winner, Miscelle Gilbuena made good use of her familiarity with the route to earn herself a back-to-back victory at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Tarlac City. 

Veteran runner Rafael Poliquit also showed perseverance under pressure and outlasted his closest pursuer, former MILO Marathon King Julius Sermona, in the men’s division. Like many of this season’s marathon champions, both Gilbuena and Poliquit serve the country as members of the Philippine Air Force.
Of the 12,089 students and running enthusiasts who joined the race, 55 runners successfully beat the clock and booked a ticket to the finale in December. They and are set to compete with 500 other elite runners from across the country for the national title and for an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO. 

As a testament to the increasing number of skilled athletes in provincial areas, the Tarlac race has tied Manila for the most number of qualifiers in a single regional leg this season. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Press Release: Rescue Run III

THE FILIPINO running community will again join forces to hold “Rescue Run III”, a fun run to raise funds for the victims of the recent earthquake and typhoon that hit the Visayas.  The noble event is set for November 16, 2013 (Saturday) starting at 5:00 AM at the corner of 9th and 34th Streets in the Bonifacio Global City.

For a minimum donation of PHP 150.00, one will receive a race bib to join either the 10 or five-kilometer category.  Donations of PHP 500.00 or more will qualify the donor to join the special raffle.

Registration opens on November 13 (Wednesday) at A Runner’s Circle at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Avenue and Second Wind Branches located in Teachers Village, Ortigas Home Depot and Greenhills Shopping Complex.  On-site registration will also be available on race day.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bolivar, Abad win MILO's Dagupan race

DAGUPAN City, Philippines (November 10, 2013) – Alquin Bolivar and Mirasol Abad, both members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), combated strong winds and the slippery terrain to win the 21K division of the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Dagupan City.

Both runners are set to lead 26 other qualifiers to the finale in December, where they will compete with the country’s best runners for the championship title and for a trip to the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO.

A total of 8,043 runners joined the day’s race.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Press Release: Veterans Buenavista, Martes top MILO's Baguio City race

About 5,210 athletes, students and running
 enthusiasts joined the prestigious race
Sunday in the City of Pines.
Baguio City, Philippines (November 3, 2013)
 –  Challenged neither by the course nor the competition, reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista treated spectators to a thrilling comeback Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Baguio City.

Not to be outdone, a be-medalled Cristabel Martes also proved her mettle in the 21K track and earned herself a back-to-back win in the local race.

Both Buenavista and Martes have four National MILO Marathon titles under their belt and are considered to be two of the best runners in the country.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Press Release: Delos Santos repeats as Southeast Asia's Queen of the Road

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 event was officially flagged off by Y. Bhg. Dato' Mohd Shafiq B. Abdullah of the Ministry of Works.

Press Release: adidas releases Crazycool line

Manila, Philippines (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.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Donos, Unabia grab MILO marathon national finals spots

GENERAL SANTOS City, Philippines (October 20, 2013) – Former MILO Marathon Queen Flordeliza Donos reestablished her dominance over the 21K tracks Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon.

Not to be outdone, veteran runner Arnold Unabia managed to post a 1-second difference against closest rival Gilbert Maluyo to win the men’s division race.

About 7,060 students, athletes and running enthusiasts joined the country’s most prestigious foot race at the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Press Release: Jaro sisters, Nerza win Davao MILO qualifying races

Cynthia (left) and Anthony show their
trophies after winning the Davao
qualifying race.
Davao City, Philippines (October 13, 2013) – Sisters Cynthia and Criselyn Jaro proved that speed runs in their blood when they posted a spectacular one-two finish at the 21K women’s division run Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Davao City.

Last year’s champion Anthony Nerza also proved his mettle during the race and successfully defended his crown to clinch a repeat victory.

Nerza and the Jaro sisters earned themselves an all-expenses paid trip to the finale in December, where 500 of the country’s best runners will compete for up to Php 300,000 in cash and for a chance to run the 2014 Paris Marathon courtesy of MILO.

A total of 13,412 runners joined the twelfth qualifying leg of the prestigious nationwide race, with 29 other runners booking a slot in the finals.

Press release: adidas launches adiZero Primeknit 2.0

Manila (October 15th, 2013) - The new adiZero Primeknit 2.0, the first one-piece upper Performance running shoe, is being rolled out in new exciting colours this Fall/Winter season for both men and women.

Using the latest design tools with a new seamless engineering technology, adidas has created a first-of-its-kind running shoe. While traditional sports shoes are constructed from several different pieces, this breakthrough method digitally knits the entire upper in just one piece.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Press Release: Miranda wins fifth MILO qualifying title

BUTUAN, Philippines (October 6, 2013) – Elite runner Judelyn Miranda reasserted her claim over the 21-K tracks Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Butuan City.

This was Miranda’s fifth consecutive win in the regional leg, after placing fourth in last year’s National Finals local category race.

Jobert Carolino also shifted into full gear and dominated his closest pursuers in the men’s division run. Both Miranda and Carolino earned themselves a coveted spot in the finale and the Php 10,000.00 top purse.

Of the 10,060 runners who joined today’s race, 13 other qualifiers will join Miranda, Carolino and earlier qualifiers in December, where they will compete for the title of MILO Marathon King and Queen and for a trip to the Paris Marathon in 2014 courtesy of MILO.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Rexona Run 2013

From the gun start to the finish line, this year's Rexona Run promises to push running enthusiasts, professional runners and recreational runners to DO:MORE.

Mar Corazo, Rexona Brand Manager says, "We are always finding ways to make the Rexona Run more exciting than the last. This year, we wanted the Rexona Run to appeal to more people and inspire them to Do:More."

As one of the most sought after races in the Philippines, runners look forward to the Rexona Run every year for its exciting twists, prizes and categories.

On October 20, 2013 at the Mall of Asia Grounds, be prepared for a different kind of race-the Rexona Run To Your Beat, the Philippines' first ever multi-sensorial after-midnight run where live music pushes people to run further and culminates in a party at the finish line.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Press Release: Languido, Cadion top CDO MILO marathon qualifiers

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines (September 29, 2013) - Despite heavy downpour mid-race, veteran runner Juneil Languido persevered and dethroned last yearâ's local 21K top placer Jeffrey Sotto Sunday at the 37th National MILO Marathon Cagayan de Oro qualifying race.

Local bet Cresabel Cadion, who placed first in 2011, also forged a victory against her closest pursuers and managed to take back the CDO crown that was once hers in a race participated by 11,785 runners,

Languido and Cadion each received the P10,000 top purse for their respective victories, and are set to lead 34 other 21K qualifiers to the finale in December.

This is Languido's fourth trip to the MILO Marathon National Finals, following a seventh place finish in the finale last year.  As an added incentive to this year'€™s national final winners, MILO will be sending the MILO Marathon King and Queen to the 2014 Paris Marathon to compete with the world's finest athletes.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Press Release: Comendador, Calabroso win Tagbilaran qualifying race

Manila, Philippines, 15 September 2013 - Students Emmanuel Comendador and Teodelyn Calabroso overpowered their 21-K division rivals in the 37th National MILO Marathon last Sunday in Tagbilaran City.

Comendador and Calabroso took home the P10,000.00 top purse and trophy even as they lead other qualifiers to the finale in December.

The Tagbilaran race was participated by over 6,153 athletes, students, and running enthusiasts. MILO announced that it is sending this season's MILO Marathon King and Queen to the Paris Marathon next year.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Press Release: Quilab, Ramirez rule Dumaguete race

 Manila, Philippines  – Rodil Quilab and Mereeis Ramirez swept the 21-K division top honors at the 37th National MILO Marathon in Dumaguete last Sunday. Both runners received a cash prize of P10,000.00 and a trophy while clinching an all-expense trip to the National Finals set in December at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Of 3,496 runners who competed in the race, 12 other marathoners had qualified to National Finals to join victors Quilab and Ramirez. This season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen will get the chance to compete with the world’s finest athletes at the esteemed Paris Marathon in 2014.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Single Track Trail Run launched

Mae Sanchez explains the details about
the Single Track Trail Run set on August 25.
(Photo by Boy Lim)
DAVAO CITY (Aug. 6) PNA – The Single Track Trail Run is set on August 25 in Matina Pangi in celebration of this year’s Kadayawan Festival here.

“This is a 10-kilometer trail running competition to be held inside a farm that is a private property,” said Mae Sanchez, marketing and promotions coordinator of the organizing Prime Group of Companies at the SCOOP of The Royal Mandaya Hotel last Tuesday.

At least 200 runners are expected to join with the top three male and female runners to receive special awards, medals, certificates and medals from the sponsoring The North Face.

Registration fee is P600 inclusive of a race jersey, race bib, breakfast meal and raffle. Registration is on-going now at The North Face Shop in SM City Davao.

All registered runners may avail of the 15% TNF product discount for a minimum purchase of P4,500 and up. Finisher’s medal will also be given away aside from the fabulous raffle items.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Press Release: Sadia, Delos Santos lead Iloilo qualifiers

Manila, Philippines (August 4, 2013) - Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of the 15,192 athletes, students and running enthusiasts who competed in the sixth qualifying race of the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Iloilo City.

Athletes Maclin Sadia and Adjennie Delos Santos dominated the 21K division run and each received a cash prize of P10,000.00 and a trophy.

Both runners are set to lead 34 other qualifiers to the National Finals in December, but only Sadia earned himself an all-expenses paid trip.

As an added incentive to the prestige of winning the country's premier footrace, MILO will be sending this season's MILO Marathon King and Queen to compete with the world's finest athletes at the Paris Marathon in 2014.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Press Release: Panique, Raterta top MILO's Manila qualifying race

Eric Panigue edges Irineo Raquin for the
Manila qualifying title on Sundayin
Pasay City. (photo by Jonel Mendoza)

Manila, Philippines (July 28, 2013) - Elite runners Eric Panique and Luisa Raterta blew the competition away at the 42K division race of the 37th National MILO Marathon Manila qualifying leg Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City.

A record-shattering 42,214 runners joined the country's premier footrace, marking the largest number of participants in a single race in the history of the MILO Marathon.

Along with other 42K qualifiers, Panique and Raterta each took home a cash prize of Php 50,000, a trophy and a coveted spot at the National Finals in December for their respective victories. To increase the level of competition this year, MILO will sponsor this season's MILO Marathon King and Queen to the 2014 Paris Marathon next April.

28-year old Panique settled the score towards the finish line and clocked in at a swift 2:30:20.51, beating Condura Skyway Marathon 2013 Filipino champion Irineo Raquin (2:30:20.73) with just 22 milliseconds to spare. Last year's MILO Marathon Manila Eliminations champion Jeson Agravante placed a distant third with a time of 2:41:55.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Press Release: Sabal, Tawagin rule San Pablo leg

Manila, Philippines, July 21, 2013 – Three-time MILO Marathon King Cresenciano Sabal and Janice Tawagin set the pace for the 21K division run of the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in San Pablo, Laguna.

Both runners received cash prizes of P10,000.00, tropies,  and a coveted spot in the National Finals for their respective victories.

A total of 7,778 runners competed in the race.

As an added incentive to the prestige of winning the country’s premier footrace, MILO will be sending this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to compete with the world’s finest athletes at the Paris Marathon in 2014.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Press Release: Buenavista defends KOTR title

Manila, July 7 – adidas King of the Road 2013 proved to be one of the biggest and most anticipated races in the Philippines. Over 7,000 runners gathered at Bonifacio Global City to strive for the title of King and Queen of the Road.

adidas, an advocate of the running sport all over the world, continued its commitment by providing an opportunity for runners to engage in their passion. King of the Road does not only promote a healthy lifestyle, but camaraderie through healthy competition.

This year’s race garnered more than 8,000 registered runners spread over three categories, 16.8k, 10k, and a new category, the 10k School Championship relay, which allows pairs to run 5k each. Race routes were marked with specific race distances and volunteer cheerleaders to encourage runners to cross the finish line. Celebrities like Sam YG, Karylle, Ramon Bautista, Isabelle Daza, Erwan Heusssaff and Rovilson Fernandez also supported the race.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Press Release: Postrada, Payong top MILO Marathon's Naga qualifying

More than 6,000 runners participated in the Naga qualifying
event of the 37th MILO Marathon.
Manila, Philippines, July 14, 2013 – Eugene Postrado and Gemma Payong ruled the 21-K division run of the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Naga City. Both runners received a cash prize of P10,000.00 and a trophy for their respective victories, but only Postrado earned himself a coveted spot in the National Finals on December 8.

Of the 6,601 runners who competed in the race, 19 other male runners also qualified for the National Finals. The stakes are higher for this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen, as they will be competing alongside elite runners from across the world at the esteemed Paris Marathon in 2014.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Press Release: Sabal, Agura lead qualifiers in Lipa City

Sabal (left)  and Agura raise their
trophies after winning the 21k
elimination race in Lipa City.
(MILO photo)
Manila, Philippines, July 7, 2013 – Elite runners Gerald Sabal and Janette Agura set a swift pace for the 21-K division run at the 37th National MILO Marathon Sunday in Lipa City. Sabal and Agura each received a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted spot in the National Finals on December 8 for their respective victories. 

Of the 5,973 runners who competed in the race, 24 other runners had also qualified for the National Finals. The stakes have been raised for this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen, as they will be competing alongside elite runners from across the world at the esteemed Paris Marathon in 2014.

27-year old Sabal, who placed sixth in the 36th MILO Marathon National Finals, once again proved he is a force in the sport when he crossed the finish line at 1:21:06, outpacing counterparts Nelson Eligiran (1:21:11) and Ronilo Moreno (1:26:04). The Philippine Army runner was also part of the team that won the 2nd International Boulder Face Challenge, a 24-hour endurance race to the peak of Mt. Apo, early last year.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Press Release: Warizal, Mag-aso win MILO Marathon's kick-off leg

Manila, Philippines – Norlan Warizal and Bernardita Mag-Aso ruled the centerpiece 21-K events in dominant fashion on Sunday as the Puerto Princesa leg officially kicked off the 37th National MILO Marathon in Palawan. A total of 6,846 runners joined the event.

Under an overcast sky, 28-year old Warizal, who also topped last year’s Puerto Princesa leg, sustained his mastery over category rivals and submitted a time of 1:17:55 that proved enough to hold off counterparts Orly Maestro (1:21:56) and Mark Julius Mendoza (1:22:01).

In the distaff side, 26-year old Mag-Aso proved she’s a cut above the rest by clocking in at 1:21:56, way ahead of rivals Rowena Quipquip (1:53:32) and Joanna Flores (2:00:38) who came in at second and third, respectively.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Press Release: MILO Marathon kicks off 37th edition

ALL TOGETEHR NOW.  MILO has teamed anew with Rio Dela Cruz ( third from left)
in organizing this year's edition of the MILO Marathon. The 37th edition of the
MILO marathon was launched recently at the  Bayview Park Hotel Manila. 

Manila, Philippines, 20 June 2013 - The National MILO Marathon kicks off another exciting marathon season with the first of 18 leg races set in Puerto Princesa on June 30. 

To provide an opportunity for Filipino runners to compete in international races, MILO will be sponsoring the winners to the 2014 Paris Marathon next April. 

“This year, we have the honor and privilege of sending our very own elite runners to an esteemed international race event. Through this effort, we hope to inspire more Filipino athletes to push their limits and to embody the resilience, strength and athletic excellence our countrymen are known for,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Executive, Nestle Philippines.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Which adidas singlet to wear for the 2013 KOTR?

So far I already have two King of the Road singlets from my 2011 and 2012 runs.

For the 2013 edition,  I have yet to decide what to pick to pick from fabulous designs as shown above.

According to adidas, the King of the Road 2013 comes in three colors per gender.

For men, it comes in bluebeauty/electricity, electricity/black, and infrared/black in sizes XS to XL. For women, the colors are bluebeauty/electricity, blastemerald/silver, and raypink/night.met, and comes in sizes XS to L.

Press release: 3,300 runners join Energen Family Run

Ready, set, go! Almost 3,300 runners joined the first ever Energen Family Run last May 26 at Bonifacio Global City. Taguig. The fun run aims to promote healthy lifestyle and family bonding through running.

It is organized by Inbisco Philippines, Inc. in partnership with LeadPack and . Proceeds will benefit the Bantay Bata 163. The new Go Fruit Flavors of Energen, which is solely distributed in the Philippines by TriDharma Marketing Corporation, was also launched during the event.  

Monday, May 27, 2013

Press Release: Something for everyone in Run United 2

Run United 2 will treat all runners, friends and family members to an exciting Sunday morning not only with an excellent running experience but also with fun activities and entertainment.

Rocking the stage with their all-time favorite hits are Rico Blanco and Moonstar88 during the awarding ceremonies.

Unilab Active Health Village will also offer Revicon Ion cross-fit challenge, Hydrite Chi Running Recovery Talk with Coach Ani Brown and Lit Onrubia and free sports and nutrition consultations.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Press Release: Vaseline Men XTERRA Mud Run 2013

Athletes and adventure seekers are once again set to get down and dirty for Vaseline Men XTERRA Mud Run, the second leg of the 2013 Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series.

 Set to happen on May 26, 2013 at Filinvest City in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Vaseline Men XTERRA Mud Run is an extraordinarily challenging trail run event that will surely make participants sweaty, muddy, and dirty.

Get ready for the muddiest run this year! Vaseline Men XTERRA Mud Run will feature a 5 and 10-kilometer course which includes obstacles that participants must negotiate before crossing the finish line.

Press Release: adidas launches student category in 2013 KOTR

Last February, adidas launched Energy Boost, a groundbreaking innovation in running footwear technology featuring superior cushioning that allows runners to store and unleash energy more efficiently with every stride.

To continue their efforts for all things running, adidas is back with its annual King of The Road (KOTR), one of the most anticipated races across Southeast Asia. This year, adidas is pushing the limits for KOTR to be even bigger than before as it opens a new category exclusively for students 25 years old and under.

The 10K Relay for Students is set specifically to encourage the youth to get into a healthy, active lifestyle and to give them a chance to represent their alma mater. Students need to team up in pairs – one male and one female – with each running 5K to complete the total 10K distance. Winners don’t just get individual cash prizes; they will also win prizes for their schools.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Press Release: All in for adidas King of the Road 2013

 Runners, it’s time for you to gear up because adidas is now opening the registration for this year’s adidas King of the Road (KOTR), happening this July 7 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The 2013 edition of the adidas KOTR will allow runners to choose between the 16.8K and 10k race categories. The 16.8K-distance will have two sub-categories—Closed, which will be exclusive for Filipinos, and Open category for all nationalities. Male and female runners who will top the race from the Closed category will be crowned as the Philippines’ King and Queen of the Road and will represent the country in the adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship in Malaysia later this year.

Friday, May 3, 2013

adidas King of the Road 2013

adidas recently announced in its website that the Philippine edition of the 2013 King of the Road will be held on July 7 at Bonifacio Global City. Just like last year, it will be followed by races in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Singapore event is set on Sept. 11 followed by Thailand (Sept. 8), Indonesia (Sept. 29) and Malaysia (Oct. 20).

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Press Release: Energizer Night Race Manila 2013 spice up local runnning scene

Variety is the spice of life, and the same is true for runners, who also like to mix things up in regard to their routine and their training. This need for variation extends all the way to the events and competitions in which runners participate.

To satisfy different quirks and fancies, event organizers have explored a multitude of ways to keep the running community on their toes. This includes running competitions with added obstacles, on off-road tracks and, most recently, holding races at night.

Competitive racing in the dead of night certainly adds a different dimension to the running experience. Being enveloped by darkness requires runners to be more sensitive to the slightest conditions on the road, demanding complete focus and undivided attention. Preparations in the run-up to competition also vary. Training regimen, as well as prep time, tend to differ, too, which only adds to the challenge.

Local runners have already had the pleasure of trying out night races through different competitions already hosted here in the Philippines. This night race craze, however, started in 2011 with one event, the Energizer Night Race.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Panique, Delos Santos top 2nd Del Run

Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman raises the
hands of Eric Panique (left) and Mary Grace
Delos Santos (right) for topping the 21K race
of the 2nd Del Run (Save The Marikina
Watershed) held last Sunday in Marikina City.

National runner Eric Panique of Himamaylan City and two-time Milo Marathon queen Mary Grace delos Santos of Zamboanga Sibugay emerged victorious in the 2nd Del Run (Save The Marikina Watershed) held last Sunday in an out-and-back course at the Marikina Sports Park, organizers said in a press statement released  recently.

Panique, who is hoping to represent the country in the marathon event of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, finished the 21-kilometer race last Sunday in one hour, 13 minutes and one second  to rule the male category of the annual advocacy race that helps rehabilitate the Marikina Watershed.

Panique was followed by Ireneo Raquin (1:13:06) and Rene Desuyo (1:21:33).

Delos Santos, who is also a member of the national training pool, topped the distaff side with a clocking of 1:29:34, beating  Janice Tawagen (1:35:27)  and Cinderella Lorenzo (1:42:00).

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Marikina's 2nd Del Run slated on April 28

Marikina takes it fight against flooding, literally, one step at a time with the  upcoming Del Run (Save the Marikina Watershed) on April 28, 5:00 a.m., at the Marikina Sports Park.  

Del Run is a fun run open to all with categories 5K, 10K and 21K, organizers said in a press release distributed to media outfits.

Marikina Mayor Del R. De Guzman said the project, which is on its second year, aims to raise funds to restore the 27,000-hectare Marikina Watershed. At its current state, there are not enough trees to prevent soil erosion which caused the Marikina River to become shallow and cause flooding in the city.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Organizers beef up Earth Day Run security against marathon bombing copycats

Organizers of the much-anticipated Earth Day Run 2013 announced a week prior to the event set on April 28, 2013 at the Bonifacio Globacl City that it is beefing up the security in light of the Boston Marathon bombing.

"In order to assure participants a safe and pleasurable running experience, National Geographic Channel is taking the necessary steps to address safety concerns and secure the race route. Hundreds of members of the police force and K9 units will be deployed at the venue, and National Geographic Channel is employing dozens of additional race marshalls along with increasing its medical staff and ambulances on call. They are also putting up more barricades and more water stations to protect the runners and help them stay in top condition during the course of the race," said the National Geographic Channel in a press statement released to the media.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Energizer Night Race Manila 2013

I greatly enjoyed my first Energizer night race in 2011 held inside the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

It was a night to remember, although it was not my first night race.

The memories are still vivid. How can one forget the runners rushing out of the starting line with their lighted head gears?

At that instance, I remember my childhood when fireflies still roam the night and provide glittering almost hypnotic lights.

And on May 4, 2013, on the same venue, I will be reminiscing my childhood with fellow runners rushing out of the starting line like fireflies, providing the glittering light of the 5th Energizer Night Race Manila 2013.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

5 Peaks in 1 Summer Climb Festival 2013

Runners who are looking for extra challenging events this summer can opt to participate in the Five Peaks in One Summer Climb Festival, a month-long climbfest in Albay province in the Bicol region organized as part of the summer-time Daragang  Magayon Festival.

Organizers said the sporting event offers climbs to Mayon Volcano, Albay’s main tourist icon, as well as Mounts Malinao, Masaraga, Manaet, and Manito.

Although the Mt. Manaet climb set last March 27-28 is finished and the Mt. Malinao event will be held almost a day after this posting on April 1-3, runners can still opt to particiapte in the Mt. Masaraga  on April 5-6; and Mt. Manito, April 12-14.

Adventure concludes on April 19-21 with the ascent to the legendary 2,463-meter Mayon Volcano, one of the most challenging climbs in the Philippines.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NGC to host 4th Earth Day Run

On its fourth consecutive year, the annual Earth Day Run hosted by National Geographic Channel will turn hordes of running enthusiasts into instant earth savers on April 28, 2013 at Bonifacio Global City. The event will be held in celebration of Earth Day, April 22, a day when the entire global community commemorates and takes practical measures to champion the cause of saving the environment.

The NatGeo Run is consistently one of the biggest running events in the Philippines, beginning in 2010 with 6,000 runners and gaining the participation of 10,000 runners in each of the last two years. This year, 10,000 more runners, young and old, are expected to participate in the Earth Day Run to show their support for the rehabilitation of the environment and a greener future.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

28th Araw ng Kagitingan Ultra-Marathon

The 28th staging of the oldest and longest-running relay ultra-marathon which pay tribute to World War II Veterans, will retrace anew the  infamous 1942 Death March  Trail on April 8 and 9, 2013.

This year's  Araw ng Kagitingan Ultra-Marathon, a non-competitive 114-kilometer relay-run, will  start at the  event’s  Kilometer Post 0 Marker in Mariveles, Bataan.

A simple program with Mayor Jesse Concepcion and the living War Heroes, headed by Post Commander Peregrino Divinagracia, will be held before the start of the two day run.

Before sending the runners out to the two-day run, the traditional "Walk with the Heroes" will be held with Divinagracia transferring the symbolic torch to San Fernando Runners Unlimited, Inc. (SAFER RUN) president Eduardo Paez,  the event founding organizer.

Buenavista defends DZMM Takbo Para sa Karunungan title

Defending champions for the 21km men’s and 10km foreign categories ruled this year’s “3rd Takbo para sa Karunungan,” organized by ABS-CBN’s AM station DZMM, reclaiming their titles Saturday  (Mar 23) at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, organizers said in a press release.

Two-time Olympian and now two-time “DZMM Takbo Para sa Karungungan” champion Eduardo Buenavista reached the finish line in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 21 seconds (01:13:21) to rule the 21K men's event.

Kenyan Willy Rotich, who topped the 5km race way back in 2011, once again clinched the top spot in the 10km foreign male category with the time of 32 minutes and 57 seconds.

Luisa Raterta, meanwhile, annexed the 21km female category crown, finishing with a clocking of 1:33:09. Raterta won third last year in the 10km women’s race category.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Dagaan, Villaflor win TDR 80K ultramarathon

From L to R: Guada Gamboa(Resort Manager, Eden Nature Park); Grant Gutierrez(Race director, TDR); Champion: Ronald Dagaan (8:30:32); 1st Runner-up: Jonathan Pido (9:07:11); 2nd Runner-up: Bruce Ranola (9:23:09); Champion: Katie Villaflor (13:09:38); 1st Runner-up: Jenny Seville Alag (13:25:38); 2nd Runner-up: Janice Sarmiento (13:43:54); Maria Estrella Sanchez (Mar. Comm. Officer, Primer Group, exclusive distributor of TNF)  (photo from Davao SCOOP Facebook page)

Lung-busters Ronald Dagaan and Katie Villaflor crowned themselves the King and Queen of the first TDR 80-kilometer Ultramarathon held recently in Davao, according to a Davao SCOOP story penned by its president president Lito Delos Reyes.

Accroding to Delos Reyes, Dagaan clocked 8 hours, 30 minutes and 32 seconds to win the men’s open category. He was followed by Jonathan Pido (9:07:11) and Bruce Ranola (9:23:09) as second and third, respectively.

Villaflor ruled the distaff side at 13:09:38 followed by Jenny Seville Alag (13:25:38) and Janice Sarmiento (13:43:54) in that order.

The challenging foot-race, organized by Team Davao Runners (TDR) and supported by The North Face, started at Roxas Avenue last March 16 at 10 p.m. and ended up at Eden Nature Park the following day.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kenyans dominate 24th Yakult 10 Miler

Willy Rotich found little challenge from local foes as he and two other Kenyans once again came up with a 1-2-3 finish in the 24th Yakult 10-Miler (16-kilometer) at the Cultural Center Complex in Pasay City, organizers said.

With last year’s winner Benjamin Kipkazi not around to chase him, Rotich reached the Star City finish line along Vicente Sotto Ave. in 51 minutes and 30 seconds.

Rotich, who is still sore from a trailing running competition he joined with Kipkazi last Friday, was one minute and 14 seconds ahead of Eliud Kering, who was the only one chasing him halfway into the race.

Another Kenyan, Elijah Kipruto, took third coming in with a clocking of 54:20. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sotto, Avengozado top Araw ng Dabaw Phoenix marathon

DAVAO CITY – Jeffrey Sotto of Iligan City and Emily Avergonzado of Davao beat the early top-favorites to rule the 42-kilometer footrace in this year’s Araw ng Dabaw Phoenix Marathon held recently in an out and back course in SM Lanang Premier, SCOOP president Lito Delos Reyes reported in the group's Facebook page.

Sotto took an early lead from local bet Anthony Nerza and protected it all the way despite a late rally in the final three kilometers by Davao’s no. 1 runner to finish the race in two hours, 37 minutes and 48 seconds.

Havoc zombie run in Davao

DAVAO CITY – According to Lito delos Reyes, the head of Davao SCOOP, the Havoc Zombie Run is set on April 7 at the Abreeza Mall featuring the “zombies” of the city.

“This is not your ordinary fun run since there will be zombies who will try to steal or get your three flags from the track area,” said organizer Kelvin John Du of the organizing Dare Davao at the SCOOP of the Royal Mandaya Hotel recently.