Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) Philippines to host GFNY Asian Championship

The second edition of GFNY Philippines is set to be a contested race among Asia’s elite and international riders to see who will be crowned GFNY Asia Champion

The world’s largest Cycling Marathon Brand GFNY features a total of 18 GFNY World races in the 2019-2020 calendar seasons. They include the GFNY World Championship in NYC and five regional championships in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and the Middle East – Africa. 

GFNY World 2019/20 calendar

August 4 GFNY Brasil

September 8 GFNY Europe Championship Portugal

September 22 GFNY Philippines

October 12 GFNY Ecuador

October 20 GFNY Panama

November 3 GFNY Argentina

November 10 GFNY Cozumel-Mexico 

November 24 GFNY Chile 

23 Feb. 2020 GFNY Bali

8 Mar. 2020 GFNY Monterrey

15 Mar. 2020 GFNY South American Championship Uruguay

22 Mar. 2020 GFNY Colombia

29 Mar. 2020 GFNY Italia

29 Mar. 2020 GFNY Republica Dominicana

24 Apr. 2020 GFNY Middle East–Africa Championship Jerusalem

17 May 2020 GFNY World Championship NYC

7 June 2020 GFNY Santa Fe

Opus Land Cyclists 📷 by Patrick Joson

This is the first time GFNY Philippines to host the Asian Championship happening in Iloilo on September 22. With the support of Megaworld, Opus Land, LA Course Velo, Trygon among others, the event is set to offer a world-class experience to nearly 1000 cyclists from across the Philippines and 15 nations. The competitive long-distance course covers 133 KM and 650 m climbing. The non-competitive middle-distance course covers 64 KM with 220 m climbing. Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo and the Richmonde Hotel Iloilo are the official host hotels. The prerace expo and registration will be held in the atrium of the Festive Walk Mall.

REGISTER NOW at GFNYph before the price increase on August 15!

At GFNY Philippines, riders can expect: 

  • closed roads or police moderated traffic with right of way at all intersections 
  • the chance to do their best on a challenging course without having to worry about anything, but riding 
  • chip timing, results, and rankings based on the full start-to-finish course 
  • the chance to start in the Qualifier Corral at all GFNY World races
  • competition prizes across all age groups for podium winners 
  • uniform set of rules 
  • great cycling experience 
  • an event organized by fellow cyclists who love bikes and GFNY 

The overall male and female winners in the competitive long distance will be awarded flight, hotel, and entry to the GFNY NYC World Championship next 17 May 2020.

20% of finishers in each age group in the long route will be earning a coveted start seeding in the GFNY Qualifier Corral for 380 days, including at the 2020 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 17.

📷 by Patrick Joson

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, República Dominicana, Santa Fe-USA and Uruguay.

Riders get to Be a Pro for Day ® by competing against others, themselves, and the clock in a personal endurance challenge.

At all GFNY events, riders have the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY World Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.

Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC

The 10th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 17, 2020. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 90 countries. Athletes take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain to Fort Lee to compete against each other, the clock, and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.

The official GFNY website is: www.gfny.com.

Another adidas Boost Innovation for Urban Runners: the Pulseboost HD


adidas Pulseboost HD
  • Pulseboost HD delivers more stability
  • Pulseboost HD offers the first iconic midsole technology called Boost HD
  • adidas collaborates with urban runners from New York, Paris, and Berlin to opensource the creation of Pulseboost HD

Introducing the Boost HD, a new innovation in boost technology. adidas engineers Boost HD with the same unrivaled energy return and comfort. It’s a new expression of the best.

Sitting lower to the ground, Pulseboost HD is ready for the unexpected. A sudden stop, juke, or quick change in direction on a busy city street is not a problem with a completely new package of performance benefits for runners.

–   Boost HD is engineered for more stability with the same best-in-class comfort and energy return—a new expression of the best.

–   Continental Adaptive Traxion is a new Continental™ Rubber outsole developed by artificial intelligence, giving maximum grip to quickly change direction on any surface, dry or wet.

–   Adapt Knit is a new flexible upper that stretches where you need it.

To highlight the design and collaboration story, the shoe features the GPS coordinates for New York, Paris, and Berlin where runners from each city helped develop Pulseboost HD.

Women’s Pulseboost HD
Men’s Pulseboost HD

In partnership with Spotify, adidas put a QR code on the tongue that links directly to a custom playlist based on where you are in the world, ensuring every runner is ready to move. Scan the code with a mobile device to launch Spotify and unlock an exclusive playlist.

The limited-edition monochrome colorway is now available in stores and at adidas.com.ph.

Sign up for more information at adidas.com.ph/feeltheboost. Follow the conversation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #Boost and @adidasrunning.

Inaugural Great UP Run to Kickstart the 2019 UAAP Season

As part of NoWhereToGoButUP Foundation’s thrust to support the Varsity Teams of the University of the Philippines and in partnership with RUNRIO Events, the Foundation presents the inaugural The Great UP Run to be held on August 11 at University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Quezon City. Designed to be an annual event, the race is set to start the upcoming season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines or UAAP.

The event is targeting 3,000 runners participating in any of the 3 KM (P 600), 5 KM (P 700), 10 KM (P 800)or 21 KM (P 1,100) categories. Also expected to take part are UP varsity athletes, UP students and faculty from all campuses, UP Alumni, family, friends, and supporters of the UP community.

Registered runners will receive, as part of their race kit, a singlet, a race bib, timing chip and a loot bag. Apart from these entitlements, 21 KM runners, who will successfully finish the race, will receive a finisher’s shirt and a finisher’s medal.

Online registration has already started. Interested participants can visit the The Great UP Run Page on the RUNRIO Events website to register. Online registration is available until July 29. Target in-store registration schedule is from July 23 to August 10, and on race day. Registration venues include Olympic Village branches: Trinoma, Fairview Terraces, Market! Market! and Alabang Town Center; and, at UP Diliman-College of Human Kinetics. Proceeds of the fees will go to the UP athletes through the NoWhereToGoButUP Foundation.

Liability Waiver & Race Agreement

The Great UP Run is a sundown race with gun start scheduled at 4:30 PM for the 21 KM category,  4:45 PM for the 10 KM category, 5:00 PM for the 5 KM category, and 5:05 PM for the 3 KM.

During the conduct of the race, all roads that form part of the race route will be partially closed and will be reopened after the set cutoff for each race category, or four hours after the official race start for the 21 KM, 2 hours for the 10 KM, and 1 hour for the 5 KM and 3 KM respectively.

Category winners will receive awards from the organizers and its sponsors. Immediately after the awards ceremony, a concert will follow featuring homegrown UP artists. Other details about this race can be accessed from either the Runrio Facebook Page or from its website.

Tri-Factor Duathlon Championship is Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Qualifier

With its mission to have a vibrant and stronger Philippines, Tri-Factor Duathlon Championship is SEA Games duathlon qualifier for this year’s Philippine hosting. 

The run-bike-run competition offers an opportunity for regional players of the country and SEA triathlon federations including athletes from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Macau to compete to do better, to be better, and be the best. 

Event sponsors include Clark Freeport, Clark Special Economic Zone, Oakley, United Laboratories, PSI, Trek, On, Milo, Nestle, Active Health, Balesin, Chic N’ Honey, Light Water, Toby’s, and Fontana Hotel.  Triathlon Association of the Philippines or TRAP is the technical partner organizer of this duathlon event. 

The team with most number of delegates will win P 100,000 worth of sports and fitness equipment alongside with elite, standard, and age group winners who will take home amazing prizes from partners and sponsors.

TRI-Factor Run-Bike-Run 2019

International athletes from Asia and around the nation will converge to test their mettle at Clark, Pampanga as the inaugural Tri-Factor Asian Series run-bike-run event will launch on March 31.

Co-presented by Clark Development Corporation [and] Bases Conversion and Development Authority, this qualifying race for the 2019 SEA Games will bring participants through any courses of their choice such as the Standard Distance (10 KM run–40 KM bike–5 KM run), Sprint Distance (5 KM run–20 KM bike–2.5 KM run), and Super Sprint Distance (2.5 KM run– 10 KM bike–2.5 KM run). The run segment will take place at the Clark Parade Grounds while the cycling part will be along Clark Speedway.

Effective March 8 to March 15, the fees will be US$ 76 / P 3,995 Elite and Standard, $ 72 / P 3,795 Junior Elite, $ 66 / P 3,495 Sprint, and $ 54 / P 2,795 Super Sprint. It entitles participants to exclusive event T-shirts and a race kit.

The NEW Freshmen/ Fresh-Athletes category was launched on March 12 with only 200 slots and the first 100 registrants to get an exclusive Tri-Factor Care Kit. Registration fee is $ 50. Hurry! REGISTER NOW!

For more information, subscribe to Tri-Factor Philippines Facebook, or call Ms. Belle at (63) 905.3162.845, or visit the Tri-Factor duathlon event website.

Things Learned From Not Finishing Ironman Gurye

Gurye is a picturesque farming town in the province of Jeollanam-do in South Korea. Last year, I was there for the first time to support a teammate who did (and finished) his first full Ironman.

The IRONMAN Triathlon (tri) race is a 3.8 KM swim, a 180 KM bike ride, and a 42 KM run with only 17 hours to complete all three legs of the race.

What I remembered most of the event was the swim leg.  While watching the athletes lining up and seeding themselves for their predicted swim time, it was in that moment I knew I would be ready to do my first full distance (226 KMS) with more or less a year of preparation.

And so I signed up for 2018 IRONMAN Gurye. My goal was to make it at the finish line, except I didn’t.

Preparation

As part of my tri training and in order to build endurance, I registered for Cebu Marathon, Tigasin Triathlon in Pangasinan (standard distance), and two stand-alone cycling events of Tour de Bintan in Indonesia: the 17 KM Individual Time Trial and Classic 144 KM races (this will be another blog story soon).

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Gran Fondo World Series is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. Tour de Bintan is one of them.

To top it off, it was indeed helpful to have a tri coach for my Gurye race. The online tri training via Training Peaks app was offered pro bono by tri coach and cycling aficionado Coach Andy.  Training sessions commenced in October 2017.

Sometime in May 2018, I crashed while out training in Teresa, Rizal.  Thankfully, there were no major injuries, except bruises and scrapes, and painful skin abrasions at the time of the accident.  With the upcoming race, I tried to continue doing the SBR training as normal despite nagging pain in the left shoulder and left outer thigh.

Race Day

SWIM

I wore a tri kit under my wetsuit for the swim. The beauty of wearing a tri-specific race suit is that you can wear it throughout the entire event. Most tri kits are designed to be worn during the swim, bike, and run. Well, ideally. It’s a whole other story in cold weather.

On race morning, race officials and volunteers directed all participants to self-seed based on their projected swim time. The weather that day affected water temperature and a blanket of fog covered the lake.  While waiting for the gun start, we danced to these perfect upbeat tempos to warm up.

Not being used to cold water swimming (even after having the test swim the day before), I struggled to find my breath within moments of entering the lake and stopped swimming for a minute or two to blow bubbles. The water was way too cold even with a wetsuit.  Endured intermittent painful calf cramps on the course. I tried to relax my cramped leg and kept moving forward.  As I was on my way back after a U-turn point, a fellow participant accidentally hit the side of my head, just above my ear with his hand as I was rolling my head to breathe. I tried not to feel panicky while trying to reach for the lane rope to pull myself together.  After swimming the last 500 meters using only my arms because both of my legs cramped already, what a relief it was to be out of the water, finally! I was thrilled to bits hearing my name announced by the host while on my way to T1 or the swim-to-bike transition area.

BIKE

Transitioning from cold water to cycling was a huge challenge.  The air was chilly while moving out from T1.  Not having fully recovered from the swim, yet there I was faced with significant climbs in the next kilometers. Quads cramped.  First time it happened.  Then I saw a lady participant who got off her bike and walked the hill.  Me! No way!

Was in luck to build up some speed on the way down and saved some energy by maintaining a good tempo while coasting some of the kilometers leading to the main Y-shaped bike course.

The three-lap Y-shaped bike course took participants to a scenic route passing through rice fields, rivers, waterways, hills, tree-lined streets, and mountain ranges.

On the course, aid stations provided muscle cramp relief spray and sunscreen.  They were also well stocked with a variety of snacks, bananas, energy gels, and half-full bottles filled either with cold water or energy drink prepared by awesome volunteers.  Toilet stop is not a problem since it is equipped with tissue and water.  What more could I ask for?

I was almost done with my second lap, on a path under a shady canopy of trees, when I saw this lady rider ahead of me wobbled, fell off her bike on the right side of the road, and accidentally slammed her head on the highway guardrail.  Her feet were still attached to the pedals when I stopped to check if she had injuries.  I was figuring out a way to break the language barrier and continued to speak proper English telling her not to move.  She may have simply not caught everything I said while waiting for her teammate to make a turn on the road and park his bike so he can assist her before I continued to roll on.

Done with two laps and was about to do my third when I noticed volunteers have left the road intersection, with the U-turn signage for third lap gone and replaced with a straight-on directional sign.  With his right arm waving in the air, one race official shouted inaudible words to all bikers and pointed his other arm to the road straight ahead.  I followed, and then hesitated. Realized I’m not finished yet.  One more loop.  But, it was in this leg where my race that day ended.  I had to talk to a race official and surrendered my timing chip because I really didn’t think I was going to make the race cutoff.  It was so close.  Difficult as it was, but I made the decision.

The last stretch of the course leading up to T2 is a 20-kilometer highway with a low-gradient climb as a ruler’s edge. With no shade and as straight as it was, it was the last mental test in the bike course.  Heavy-hearted, there I was pedaling slowly back to transition, reliving the moment, and thinking of what had just happened.   This: A DNF (did not finish) at my first full IRONMAN race.  I was devastated.

LESSONS 

Choose to be positive and have a grateful attitude. 

The support I got from friends, family, siblings, and relatives was overwhelming.

My nephew who’s based in Hawaii messaged me, “It’s OK Auntie there are still many races.”  Or, my niece’s message, “Proud niece here!”  Or, to my coach who said, “You did better than many other people out there.  Just showing up and doing what you could despite all the challenges was brave and already an achievement.  Congratulations nonetheless and keep your chin up.  You’ll get there one day.”    Or, my sister who sent me extra money for whatever stuff I needed to buy.  Or, my supervisor who wished me well and asked me to come back in one piece after the race.  Or, friends and teammates who gave their time to send me (and another teammate) off at the airport and supported this endeavor in whatever they could.   

Sometimes you win.  Sometimes you make it.  Sometimes you LEARN. 

Every athlete, no matter how ready or well trained, will one day have a race that is disappointing, or not perfect.  I may have missed hearing these words “You are an Ironman!” or receiving the finisher’s medal, but again, it is only a race.  There are still plenty of races out there, but there’s only one life.   

Sportsmanship goes beyond the game.  Accept the outcome of the game. 

I have swum (3.8KMS) and biked (over 100KMS) the race by its rules.   “Finished or not finished, pass your papers!” That’s part of sportsmanship.  Sportsmanship or  the golden rule in sports and competition means handling both victory and defeat graciously and taking it all in stride by following the rules of the game, respecting the officials, and treating fellow participants with respect.   Win or lose (or not being able to finish), it is all part of sportsmanship. 

Let it go. Then, move on. 

Dreaming big, or shooting for the star.  Setting goals and trying to achieve them the best way possible.

Rising to challenges and managing personal and work-related stressors.  Spending a huge chunk of time (aside from having to work eight hours a day) training at night and on weekends—rain or shine—with dedication for that goal.  Believing in “me” and having that can-do attitude.

Showing up on race day at the starting line ready to battle what’s ahead (in spite of dealing with ongoing pain).

Well, these things I considered as huge accomplishments already. 

It’s OK to be sad for a while.  But don’t beat yourself up.  The most important part is to figure out what’s needed to be done.  In time, pick up your plan where you left off and come back strong.  Stronger and better than ever before.

New Specialized Concept Store Opening Launch Day, Wednesday, 17 Oct. 2018

Bicycle brand Specialized gears up for its store’s grand opening on October 17 at the SM by the Bay Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Considered a bike-friendly area especially in the morning, SM by the Bay is one perfect location for the first of three new Specialized concept stores, with Pasig and Maginhawa Street in Quezon City completing the stores to open this year.

The bike shop is set to offer a comprehensive selection of mountain, trail, and road bikes. The 2019 Shiv disc bike is set to take center stage during opening day. The all-new triathlon specific bike promises an unprecedented aero design, a storage for fuel and hydration to last the whole race, and the most flexible fit. It is the most complete triathlon bike ever made.

Riders can expect a complete Specialized experience through the store’s full scope of services including easy and worry-free purchases.  Fabulous prizes will be raffled off while Specialized will offer a launch discount of 10% on all items.

Gruppo Innovare Corporation is the authorized and appointed distributor of Specialized Bicycle Components in the Philippines.

For further information about Specialized in the Philippines, visit  or like and follow Specialized Philippines on Facebook .

Nick Baldwin and Liz Blatchford Emerged as Top Finishers of the Century Tuna Ironman Philippines

Subic Bay (3 June 2018) — Seychelles’ Nick Baldwin and Australia’s Liz Blatchford finished the race as champions of the Century Tuna Ironman Philippines, the inaugural full distance triathlon race in the country.

Baldwin successfully swam, biked, and ran the Subic Bay race course  finishing at 08:50:30 past New Zealand’s Cameron Brown (08:56:49) and Simon Cochrane (08:58:58), who placed second and third respectively to win the Men’s Pro Division.

Blatchford meanwhile, topped the Women’s Pro Division at 09:22:22 with fellow Aussie Dimity-Lee Duke (09:40:45) coming in second followed by New Zealand’s Simone Maier (09:47:39).

Filipino August Benedicto ruled the Asian Elite Division clocking in at 09:48:46. Pinoys Benjamin Rana (10:13:01) and John Philip Duenas (10:27:34) who came in second and third respectively share Benedicto’s pride of being top Ironmen in their own country.

Baldwin and Blatchford got their share of the US$ 25,000 total purse prize for winning their respective divisions.  Also, the race served as a qualifier for the 2018 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, USA with 30 slots up for grabs.

The country’s first full distance Ironman saw close to 1,300 participants from 50 countries including the Philippines. A total of 805 Pinoys were among the pack, a strong indication of triathlon’s increasing popularity and the Philippines becoming a premier race destination.

“Filipinos earning an Ironman badge on home soil is making history. We hope the triumph of our Ironmen and Ironwomen today inspires our countrymen to embrace fitness and live healthier lifestyles—our goal as an organization from the very start,” said Greg Banzon, EVP and COO of Century Pacific Food.

The Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines 2018 is produced and organized by Sunrise Events and made possible through the support of a number of sponsors and partners including Alaska, the Department of Tourism, the Tourism Promotions Board, AAI, SBMA, Acea Subic Bay, NLEX and SCTEX, HOKA One One, Gatorade, Aquafina, TYR, Stork, David’s Salon, GU, Intercare, Prudential Guarantee; media partners The Philippine Star, Hyper HD on Cignal, AsiaTRI.com and Finisher Pix; marketing partners AlcoPlus, Cetaphil, Devant, Fern-C, Ford, PLDT SMART Communications, Regent Foods, Sanicare, and Timex.  For more details, visit Century Pacific or Ironman Philippines.

Run Beyond Boundaries: Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas

Five decades since its inception, Salomon continues to elevate outdoor experiences as the world’s leading trail running brand. Beyond its steadfast dedication to superior product innovation, Salomon embraces its role as pillar of outdoor athleticism. In its bid to push the boundaries of trail running, Salomon announces the return of Salomon X-Trail Run on 22 July 2018 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Conceived in 2008 as an annual event throughout Southeast Asia, the Salomon X-Trail Run is held in countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Though held in venues known for its grueling, exceptional, and technical trail routes yet participated still by most runners, fitness junkies, and outdoor adventurers.

Beyond Boundaries

Following last year’s widely successful turnout of close to 1,200 participants, this year’s race seeks to attract 1,500 participants from all over the country as it unveils another adrenaline-pumping trail running event across the lush and vigorous forest trails of the Subic Freeport Zone consists of two categories—the Trail Run for beginners with 6K and 12K distances and the more technical Mountain Run designed for experienced runners with its 24K and 32K distances.

Positioned as a challenging category, the Mountain Run features a heady combination of terrains—from asphalt to rocky trails to rivers to sandy tracks, and steep technical ascents—all of which are designed to test the stamina of the most tenacious runner. Also, specific areas and control points within the course are identified to ensure participants finish the race within the official time alongside motivational posters to encourage them.

Given the demanding nature of these distances, 24K and 32K participants are requested to submit a medical certificate before registration and bring with them on race day the mandatory gear, eg headlamp, whistle, and hydration pack or belt with at least 500 ml of water. As pioneer advocate of a Green Race since its first series in 2010, Salomon will not permit the use of disposables during the event hence participants are advised to bring their own water bottles.

Reminder: Those found with incomplete gear will not be allowed to participate in the race. 

The Mountain Run participants will receive a race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon microfiber towel, post-race meal, raffle coupon, and products from sponsors. For this category, only those who finish within the cut-off time will receive a finisher’s medal.

Path to Progress

An advocate of inclusivity, Salomon X-Trail Run also opens its doors to avid runners with basic to no trail running experience with its 6K and 12K Trail Run category. Though slightly less demanding, the Trail Run category aims to inspire runners to test the limits of their ability by coming up with a technical terrain that will surely prove challenging for its participants. Trail Run participants will receive a race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, post-race meal, raffle coupon and products from sponsors.

Interested participants can register either via online registration or in-store registration at any Salomon store branches SM Aura, SM Megamall, Glorietta 3, and SM North EDSA Annex until 8 July 2018. Claiming of race kits will be onsite. Alternatively, online registrants can opt for their race kits be delivered via courier for an additional fee.

For inquiries about the event, email SalomonXtrail2018@extribeinc.com. Follow Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas on their Facebook Page @salomonphilippines and @SalomonPH on Instagram.

Gear Up and Conquer your Limits with Salomon

Ideal for competitive trail runners, Salomon’s high performance collections include the S/LAB SENSE 6 and S/LAB SENSE 6 SG, which boast Endofit and ContaGrip technologies for maximum traction over any terrain. The S/LAB SENSE 6 is made with a hard ground outsole while S/LAB SENSE 6 SG features an aggressive outsole and a soft mesh upper to keep out debris.

Proving to be a brand built by athletes for athletes, the S/LAB SENSE ULTRA 2 was developed with French elite athlete Francois D’haene. The result was a remarkable running shoe that embodied D’haene’s stamina, precision, and agility. Its key features include the Energysave foam insert for cushioning and protection from the coarsest terrain, Energycell+ foam for a smooth consistent ride, and Sensefit construction for added confidence when traversing downhill.

Even the most experienced runners cannot escape the perils of bad weather. The S/LAB SPEED 2 is designed to hold out against muddy, wet, and slippery trails with its narrow fit for precision and agility even in the worst conditions, ContaGrip sole to ensure traction and resist clogging, and a protective mudguard positioned around the foot area.

Derived directly from the S/LAB group, the SENSE collection offers trail running shoes that are formidable and durable. It includes the SENSE RIDE with its generous cushioning, which enables one to push the mileage for extended time in comfort, SENSE PRO 2 for a lightweight feel without sacrificing comfort, SENSE ESCAPE, which offers incredible protection and grip on and off the road, and SENSE PRO MAX, which boasts an anti-vibration technology for less shock and more fun. The SENSE models are available for both men and women.

Salomon’s latest collection also engages runners with its selection of superior running vests. Lightweight and constructed for precision, the all-new AGILE 2 SET is a power mesh-equipped running vest that serves the perfect function of carrying one’s essentials without compromising air-flow, comfort, and motion. Under the S/LAB collection is the S/LAB SENSE ULTRA 5 SET, an ultimate gear made with anti-odor stretchy mesh fabric and Sensifit construction that promises to wrap around the body without hindrance and as lightweight as it can be at 100 g.

The Salomon Brand

Founded in 1947 in Annecy France, Salomon began as a mountain sports brand driven by passion for outdoor pursuits.  It has emerged as a global leader in trail running footwear and accessories. As Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas returns, runners can expect another outdoor experience bearing a brand built on athletic excellence. Salomon is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by the Primer Group of Companies.

Team 7-Eleven Philippines Dominates Jeju International Tourism Marathon

Jeju Island, South Korea – “Race safe, enjoy and make 7-Eleven and the Philippines proud,” said 7-Eleven Run series project head Michelle Saludes to  Filipino runners on race day morning at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival held at Gujwa Life Sports Park in South Korea’s Jeju Island.

Eleven Filipino runners of Team 7-Eleven Philippines competed in the recently held 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Eleven Filipino runners made it to the race courtesy of 7-Eleven Philippines as part of their prize for landing within the top three spots of this year’s 7-Eleven Run Series held in February. The runners lived up to expectations and grabbed top spots in the 21-kilometer and 42-kilometer categories.

The Team 7-Eleven Philippines delegation to Jeju Island, South Korea was composed of 11 Filipino elite runners and executives of the Philippine Seven Corporation.

Fresh from her training camp in Italy, Olympic medalist and marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal showed her winning form to dominate in the 21K race clocking at 1:18:44 besting Japanese and Korean elite runners who placed second and third respectively.  “I wasn’t able to break my personal record, but I am satisfied and happy with my overall performance. This race serves as an evaluation of my training and a good warm-up for me for the Asian Games next month,” said Tabal who left for Italy next day to continue with her training.

From left to right: Richard Salaño (2nd male), Ruffa Sorongon (4th female), Mary Joy Tabal (1st female), Christabel Martes (5th female), Prince Joey Lee (5th male), and Jerald Zabala (6th male) run the 21K race at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival.

Ruffa Sorongon and Christabel Martes, who directly came from their successful 10K race in last week’s Philippine National Games, took the fourth and fifth podium spots of the 21K category to complete the Female Top 5.

From left to right: Richeel Languido (3rd male), Maricar Camacho (2nd female), Judelyn Miranda (1st female), Bryan Quiamco (2nd male) and Rafael Pestos (4th male). All made it to the podium of the 42K race of the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival.

Richard Salaño, Bulacan’s “Kenyan Slayer” settled for a number two finish in the 21K male category, clocking at 1:11:19.  Cebu’s Prince Joey Lee and Cagayan de Oro’s Jerald Zabala settled for the fifth and sixth place respectively.  It was Lee’s and Zabala’s first race outside the Phiippines.

Meanwhile, Filipino runners also reigned in the 42K category . Bryan Quiamco, who earned his slot by winning the third spot of the 42K race of the 7-Eleven Race Series in February, took runner-up honors by finishing at 2:37:03.  Richeel Languido grabbed third place while Rafael Pescos placed fourth.

On the distaff side, the Filipinas ruled as veteran Davaoeña runner Judelyn Miranda covered the challenging course in 3:16:03 to bag the crown and beat teammate Maricar Camacho who finished at 3:26:55 to settle for second place.

“Para sa akin amazing ang laro na ito kasi kapos ako sa ensayo pero naglakas-loob akong lumaban sa laro na ito dahil dala ko ang bandera ng ating bansa. Salamat sa 7-Eleven Philippines na nagsuporta sa aming lahat na makapunta kami sa South Korea,” said Judelyn Miranda when asked about her win. “For me, this race is amazing because even if I lacked training, I bravely went on to race because I am carrying our flag. Thank you to 7-Eleven Philippines who supported all of us in going to South Korea.”

“We are very satisfied with Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ performance here at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival. 7-Eleven Philippines will continue with its program to nurture and support our Filipino runners who aspire to get the chance to represent the country in an international race. With that, we encourage them to prepare well and we’ll see them on February 3, 2019 for the 2019 7-Eleven Run Series,” shared 7-Eleven general merchandise division head Jose C. Ang, Jr. when asked about the team’s performance.

Team 7-Eleven Philippines posed for a victory photo together with 7-Eleven Philippines’ marketing director Jackie Lay (standing), general merchandise division head Jose C. Ang, Jr. (seated), and 7-Eleven Run Series project head Michelle Saludes (seated).

Since 2013, 7-Eleven Philippines have given Filipino elite runners a chance to compete in the international arena by bringing them to a foreign running race, all expenses paid  and needs taken cared of plus pocket money.  Runners who successfully finish in any of the top three overall spots in their respective category will not only get to bring home the race prizes, but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.

The participation of Filipino runners at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival was made possible through the efforts of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the valuable support of Asics as exclusive sportswear partner, Smart and ESPN as media partners, and sponsors Selecta Ice Cream, Nature Spring Water, Gatorade, Summit water, Del Monte, Fit and Right, Active, Blue Flavored water, San Miguel beer, Le Minerale, SIP water, Sosro fruit tea, Safeguard, Kopiko 78, Aquafina, Cheetos, Pocari Sweat, and Evian.