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X-Trail Run Pilipinas, 23 July 2017

Committed to push the boundaries of outdoor experience, the world’s leading trail running brand Salomon gears up for the return of the highly anticipated Salomon X-Trail Run dubbed Run the Path of Most Resistance on 23 July 2017 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.  An annual event organized throughout Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines), the Salomon X-Trail Run instantly gained traction for its exceptional and technical trail routes that never cease to offer runners an unforgettable and fulfilling trail experience.

Locally, the Salomon X-Trail Run has been held in various premier venues throughout the Philippines quickly gaining a reputation for being the most-attended trail running event in local running history as it managed to gather over 1,000 participants.

On its 6th year, the Salomon X-Trail Run endeavors to deliver another exceptional trail running race that will empower its participants to push the boundaries of their capabilities.

Aiming to resonate with the brand’s core purpose of inspiring people to play and progress in their chosen outdoor pursuits, this year’s Salomon X-Trail Run is sure to pack a lot of enjoyable yet exhilarating obstacles ahead. Salomon X-Trail Run will consist of two race categories, namely: Fun Trail category with  6Km and 12K distances and the Mountain Run with 24K and 32K distances. Resisting limits serving as the ultimate test for the most dedicated trail runners, the Mountain Run will once again simulate the challenging ascents of skyrunning races, an arena dominated by Salomon.

The race will start at 8 AM and 8:30 AM for 32K and the 24K categories respectively. The Mountain Run will witness the country’s top trail runners go head to head in this iconic race.  Positioned as challenging categories of the race and created especially for trail runners who want to take their skills to the next level, the 24K and 32K Mountain Run distances will feature technical ascents and varying terrain–from asphalt, sand, and rocks to river crossing and steep technical ascents. The route is expected to yield an adrenaline-filled adventure for the racers.

The Mountain Run participants will receive a Race Kit containing a race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon race cap, and post-race meal, and products from sponsors.

Those who finish within the cut off time (five hours for the 24K and seven hours for the 32K) will receive a finisher’s medal.

Given the demanding nature 32K and 24K distances, participants are required to bring the mandatory gear with them such as as whistle, hydration pack or belt with at least 500 ml of water.  Those with incomplete gear will not be allowed to participate in the race. For more information and updates, please visit Salomon’s Facebook Page.

Philippines to Host First Full IRONMAN in 2018

Social media sites were abuzz yesterday with the announcement of a full Ironman distance happening in the second quarter of next year! Such an exciting news for most Pinoy triathletes who dream of finishing one!

In celebration of Sunrise Event’s 10th year anniversary and ten years of staging the IRONMAN 70.3 in the country, the Philippines will finally host its first full IRONMAN on 3 June 2018. Coming in as the proud title sponsor is Century Tuna which has been a title sponsor of the IRONMAN 70.3 since 2015. With the full IRONMAN, Century Tuna continues its mission to inspire more Filipinos to pursue their own health and wellness journey.

Pinoy triathletes can now proudly experience becoming certified IRONMAN finishers in their own country as they triumph in the most grueling endurance sport in the world. Our best triathletes will have to conquer distances of 3.8-km swim, 180-km bike, and a 42-km run as they rule their minds and bodies to become the first full IRONMAN finishers in the Philippines.

In line with the announcement above, please see below Century Pacific Food’s vice president and general manager Greg H. Banzon’s message to all:

“A full Ironman triathlon is regarded as the most physically demanding single-day sport in the world. Competing in one requires a high level of commitment from the athlete to train long, hard hours for at least five months. And the strength and toughness of mind, body, and spirit to endure the 3.8-km swim, 180-km bike, and full marathon run on race day.

Yet, despite the fearsome image and overwhelming physical demands of this ultimate endurance sport, demand for the race has been growing dramatically worldwide. In the Philippines, most triathlon races are usually sold out despite the rapid increase in the number of half Ironman and standard distance triathlon races and all other race distances in between.

Filipinos are increasingly among the largest contingents in the Ironman races abroad because the full distance is not held in the country. The clamor to hold a full distance IRONMAN has been growing more intense as early as a two or three years after the first IM70.3 was held in the country nine years ago.

As a brand at the forefront of promoting health and fitness, Century Tuna is very proud to be the lead sponsor in finally staging a full distance IRONMAN in the Philippines in 2018. The expected scale and scope of attention the event will generate in the country and the global triathlon community gives us a very big stage to shout out our message of living a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise.

We are also pleased that the event will give Filipinos a chance to witness the drama and glory of athletes completing the grueling challenge of a full Ironman up close and hopefully inspire the entire nation as they pursue their own fitness journey. Congratulations to Sunrise Events for bringing IRONMAN to the Philippines.”

First Time to Tri and Won

I raced this event as my first triathlon (tri) back in June 2016; and by complete surprise, landed third place in age group! The inaugural Sunrise Sprint or S2 was a 750m open water swim + 20km bike + 5-km run, a side event of Regent 5150 Triathlon sponsored by Regent Foods Corporation and was hosted in Subic Bay, Zambales.

I had been eyeing the Cobra 70.3 IRONMAN in Cebu 2016 so this sprint tri was never part of my preparation and repertoire prior to the big day in August.  But two of my Endure teammates, Raffy and Clark, including Jerome, a Tri Taft member and good friend, encouraged me to register for a sprint tri so I could experience triathlon firsthand and familiarize myself, especially, at transition points considered crucial links in the outcome of a tri race.  Their efforts were not put in vain.

With fellow participants Tri Taft Jerome and Endure teammate Clark
So happy to experience this … seeing those nice bikes! Proud of my bike Luke!

Made a few new friends as well and saw old ones during race kit claiming. After I checked in my equipment and had myself body numbered, I walked around at the expo and immersed myself in the excitement and nerves before race day. Later in the afternoon, it was a total cool experience seeing a sea of nice bikes during the mandatory check-in at the transition area.  The group decided to forgo attending race briefing and opted to go back to the hotel and get an early night instead in preparation for next day’s event.

Before the race started, as I was heading towards the beach area, I chanced to walk and chat with professional IRONMAN triathlete Dimity Lee-Duke of Australia who raced the standard distance.  I asked her if she ever get nervous before every race.  She was kind enough to answer the question by sharing her own experience as a beginner triathlete, and gave me these encouraging words, “Give your best.  Fear is natural but you have to conquer it.  Just have fun!”

Bikes! More bikes!
Almost reaching transition 2

While waiting for our wave start (all women), I’ve never been more nervous in my life than seeing the 750-meter rectangular course. The sprint swim course started at the ACEA beach following a counter clockwise flow.   It was far too nerve-wracking for someone who transitioned from training in a pool to racing in open water after such long years and swim in a “washing machine” or in a pack of a more experienced triathletes.  Well, the distance looked longer than in the pool and the buoys were too far! I had no choice but to meet the challenge head on.  The countdown began with ten seconds to go and then we were off.  Trust your training was my last thought before plunging into the water.

Swimming in a pack can get a little rough when you could be hit by swinging arms and kicking feet or climbed over by faster swimmers, which made it difficult to race at your best sometimes. At the start of the swim, it was like we were one large school of fish trapped in fishing net, swimming about, seemingly trying to escape.  By the time I reached the first buoy, that moment felt like I had been overtaken by everyone and so I felt the need to strategize. I stopped for a few seconds to tread water and sight.   I even managed to shout jokingly, “Ang lapad-lapad ng dagat nagsisikipan tayo!” Of course, no one was paying attention to what I said because most were swimming frantically in an endeavor to reach the shoreline and finish ahead of the cut-off time.  Towards the end of the lap, I had settled into a rhythm and swimming like it was one typical Sunday morning.  I tried as much to slash seconds off my race time by doing a quick change gear at transition 1.

My love … “running” … woohoo!

The bike course was relatively flat with slight ups and downs but no major climbs to worry about.  A major section of the race took place at the airport runway. It was a bit too windy that day. Bike leg ended in Remy Field where transition 2 was located.  All I could recall during the bike leg was I was trying to move at a speedy and steady pace, pedaling to catch up  and overtake other cyclists to compensate for time consumed during the swim. Just wanted cycling done and over with so I could finally do the run.  It was a glorious day for a triathlon with the sun shining bright.  A number of standard and sprint distance participants were already running by the time I reached transition 2.  Running off the bike can be uncomfortable.  It was for me, initially.  My legs so heavy and I felt a little discomfort.  It took ten to fifteen minutes before things started to feel right.  The sides of the street were lined with spectators who cheered and shouted to say the names of their friends or family.  I only made a quick stop at the aid station near the turnaround point and kept going for the last few kilometers to the finish.  A foreigner guy was clapping his hands and cheering for me as I neared the finish line.  Saw the finish line arch, crossed it, and then it was over. I completed my first tri!

Post-race Activities

We stayed a few hours to wait for the others to join us, went for food, claimed our bikes and walked back to our hotel to pack and rest. I was taking a shower when Endure teammates Clark and Raffy excitedly shouted from outside that I won.  Inside the bathroom, I was wondering how they could know about it so quickly.  They even knocked on the door asking me to finish real fast and go back to the venue ASAP. Another teammate Dido also won in his age group.  Fellow blogger Vimz aka Kulit Runner of Sunrise Events also sent me a message that I won. By the time we reached the venue, my name was already called and I was not able to go up on the podium to accept my award.  Never really expected that I would win (finishing 3rd in age group) that day!

Smiling ear to ear after receiving my award
Proudly wearing our finisher’s shirts
Race Results

Race results showed I was second-to-last to exit the water or 9th out of 10 competitors in my age group.  I finished the 20-km bike in a little over an hour (1:06:47) and finished my run in 33:10 minutes.  I placed 29th out of 69 female participants and 137th overall out 236 sprint participants. For a first-time “triathlete” … not bad at all! I owed this win to my Endure teammates and “Team Ninja” for their support and encouragement. Most importantly, to Him who made this possible.  This race will be forever etched in my memories as one of my best tri races!  Congratulations to all finishers and winners of this race.  Kudos to the organizers, volunteers, and community for such a top notch race! Till next time!

Related article: From sprint tri to Ironman 70.3 finish

Maxicare Run, 9 July 2017

A celebration of fitness for 30 strong years in the Healthcare Industry

This year marks a milestone for the entire Maxicare Healthcare Corporation (Maxicare) family as it is celebrating its 30th anniversary! What started out as a brainchild of a group of premier doctors and esteemed businessmen with the aim to provide quality health care to the Filipinos, Maxicare has become the consistent leading Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in the country in its 30 years of providing healthcare at its finest.

Sustaining trust, ensuring reliability, providing convenience, and unceasing innovation are the main thrusts Maxicare upholds in its conquest to deliver its commitment to its members.  “I am proud of our past, of our history, of our accomplishments, and most definitely, I have confidence in what the future will unfold and that Maxicare Healthcare Corporation will remain the Number One HMO in the Philippines,” said Maxicare president and CEO Christian Argos.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Maxicare has lined up activities which will culminate with a fun run, the Maxicare Run 2017 in July featuring a five-category running event: 200-meter dash for four to eight-year old children (P350), easy 3K (P550), amicable 5K (P650), and competitive 10K (P750) and 16K (P850) at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig (9th Street corner 34th Avenue).

Registration Centers

Online: Takbo.ph

On Site: Chris Sports Branches (Glorietta, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM City BF, Market!Market!

Maxicare Office

Registration Period

22 May 2017 to 2 July 2017

Race Kit Inclusions

200m dash – race bib, timing chip, medal, loot bag

3K to 10K – race bib, timing chip, medal, loot bag, singlet

16K – race bib, timing chip, medal, loot bag, singlet, finisher’s shirt

The running event is in partnership with race organizer LeadPack and Bahay Aruga as its beneficiary. Bahay Aruga is a free halfway house for pediatric cancer patients.

Race Route Maps

The run is expected to engage both newbie and seasoned runners.  Race route is attainable enough even for those who have no experience in running, and still challenging enough for the experienced ones.  All finishers will receive a finisher’s medal.  Maxicare will also provide a Wellness Village where participants and their friends and family can dine, relax, and enjoy activities that Maxicare’s partner brands have prepared.  With this benefit run, Maxicare wants to offer the complete experience of advocacy, athleticism, and celebration.

Finisher’s Medal

Singlet and Singlet Size Chart

About Maxicare

Maxicare Healthcare Corporation is one among the pioneers in the HMO industry. Established in 1987 by an esteemed group of doctors and businessmen with the vision to deliver a better healthcare system, Maxicare has progressed into becoming the No. 1 HMO (Source: Business World’s Top 1000 Corporations) in the country after 30 years of continuously providing comprehensive healthcare programs via its wide network of medical providers and strengthened customer support.

Maxicare continuously exerts effort to offer superior services and products tailored to the individual member’s needs.  Moreover, Maxicare has been an innovation trailblazer ably meeting the evolving needs of over 1.1M customers. It has transformed the business to a fully digital and IT-enabled enterprise.  The introduction of the 24/7 services TeleConsult and TeleMedicine and faster ways to secure a Letter of Authorization to avail of needed medical assistance via its web based Member Gateway portal, member account company site, self–service kiosks placed in some major hospital facilities, and mobile App DocHUGO has allowed members to access healthcare services anytime, anywhere.

Maxicare is truly a leader not just because of sheer number but because of the lives it has touched. In 2016, Maxicare handled 4M availments, 150,000 pediatric cases, 47,000 dengue cases, 133,000 inpatient confinements, 341 angioplasties and related procedures, and has helped augment lives via 147 organ transplants.

Having close to 1.2M members, more than 56,000 affiliated doctors, more than 1,000 affiliated hospitals and clinics, 3,800 dental providers, eight primary care centers and 13 helpdesks, nine satellite offices, two exclusive wings, one Maxicare Tower, this is Maxicare; going 30 and beyond.

Like maxicarehealthcarecorp on Facebook, follow @maxicarehealthcare on Instagram and @MaxicareHMO on Twitter, and  subscribe at Maxicare Healthcare Corporation.

Milestone Pod Tracker Launched

Introducing the affordable waterproof foot pod, your little running buddy that records your performance data because HOW you run matters.

Milestone Sports Philippines recently launched the newest running arsenal in the market called the Milestone Pod or Pod.  While it may seem small, the Pod tracker gives the data you want to know or need about your run.  In short, it summarizes all the data for you. To top it off, it’s for everyone—whether you’re a walker or a runner. Plus, the device can be worn by clipping it on your preferred shoe.

Hitz Dulay of Milestone Sports Philippines discussing the Pod’s features at the “Pod Powered” launching event held at Maximus Athlete’s Shop Café
How does the Pod work?

First, the Pod does not need a Global Positioning System (GPS) signal, which makes it possible to collect data even when in dense trees, or when running in downtown areas where tall buildings block view of the sky.  So if you have existing GPS watch or GPS App, you will get additional metrics on foot strike, rate of impact, ground contact, stride length, leg swing, and shoe life (functions like an odometer).

This is how you see it from Milestone Pod App (sample only)

Second, the Pod is simple and a stand-alone tracker.  It’s not intimidating especially for beginner runners and walkers.  It’s low cost (selling at P1695 only), always on, and a ready device.  As a Pod user, you can get tips, personalized offers, and rewards from your retailer as well.

At a quick glance (sample only)

Third, it’s waterproof and weighing 13g with battery.  The Pod allows the user (through the App) to view data on cadence, pace, steps, calories, time, distance including performance over a period of time and trends and run history. It is also compatible with select Polar, Suunto, and Garmin units and usable through popular and interactive running Apps like Zwift and Strava.

Sample summary of your running history (sample only)

Lastly, even the data-driven athletes like to hit it out on the road without much running   accessories.  The Pod is a good alternative.

If you’re into details (sample only)

Interested and willing to give it a try? You can buy the Pod from any of the following shops: Maximus Athlete’s Shop Café, Flying Don V. Coaching, Multisport Hub, and SwimBikeRun.PH.  For additional information about the Pod, you may also want to visit Milestone Sports Philippines’ Facebook Page. With the #MilestonePod it can #MakeAnyShoeSmart.  Less is indeed more!

Go beyond pace.  Be one of the growing numbers of Pod Heads around the world!

Performance Running Gear On Launched

The running brand powered by Swiss technology has launched its own running gear for effortless running

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Six years after starting up, one million people worldwide are running in On shoes. As an addition to its running shoe range, the Swiss sports company has launched its own performance running gear for men and women. “A lot of runners kept asking us, ‘When can I get On apparel to go with my On shoes?’ explains On co-founder David Allemann. “Yet it took us three years to figure out how we wanted to develop apparel differently. We decided not to do another running collection that keeps changing every season. Instead, we created the absolute essentials. Our favorite running jacket. Our favorite running shorts and tights. And our favorite T-shirt.”

But how does a running jacket become your favorite one? That’s what the founders of On kept asking themselves. So they thought about their shoes and how runners kept saying that they love their Ons because they are effortless.  It takes a lot of effort to make something look effortless became their guiding thought. They started to design running gear that has to outperform while looking relaxed.

The On Essentials feature very light and stretchable fabrics to let your body move freely. They offer protection where and when you need it. Not too much, not too little. Intelligent details beyond gimmicks make a difference. And the design of the On Essentials can move between different worlds. In the end, your favorite piece is something you don’t even notice anymore, until it is gone. There are six On Essentials for men and eight for women: a jacket, two shirts, a long sleeve shirt, a short, a running pant, a tight and a tank top. Available as of August 2016 at selected retailers worldwide.  Here’s a list of On Retailers in the Philippines (as of March 17) including On Price List.

 Who is On?

On Story tells the humble beginnings of the sports company based in Zurich, Portland (Oregon) and Yokohama (Japan). It has one simple mission: make running fun.  A team of sports scientists, world-class athletes and designers spearheads this notion.  On running shoes are winning design and technology On Technology distinctions all over the world – most recently the ISPO Awards – Triple Win for On for the Best Performance Shoe 2015/16.  World Champions and elite athletes win medals in On.

On’s ingenious CloudTec sole is patented worldwide. Six years after market launch, On is available from more than 2,200 specialist running stores in 50 countries in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia-Pacific.

About the Distributor

Dan’s is the distribution leader for top action sports brands in the Philippines, which includes Specialized, GoPro, FOX Racing Shox, Bell Powersports, On , and more. With two generations of professional sportsmen deeply immersed in lifestyle-changing sports on its helm, Dan’s understands the market’s intricate needs. Dan’s combines its rich experience and the expertise of its highly trained and technically well-versed staff to provide the best customer support for the brands that it carries. Owning an umbrella of businesses—from multimedia production house to concept stores and service centers—Dan’s is more than capable of launching a brand in the market, developing its equity, and ensuring its availability in places where it matters.

Soleus Expanded its Fitness Channels

Soleus has expanded to launch into cycling and fitness channels.  At the same time, the brand added new products to its GPS and core running lines.

Soleus, the brand that brought “everything you need and nothing you don’t” to running watches, now brings you everything you need for your gym fitness exercise as well.

Soleus recently partnered with world renowned Zumba fitness presenter William Flores to kickoff  the first phase of its fitness program in Manila through a series of dance events and classes in cooperation with L Timestudio and Marriott Hotel Manila led by William himself and some of the members of the Team Soleus Running Group.

Dance Soleus brand ambassador William Flores

The brand will be launching a series of fitness device that will not only count steps and lifts but also monitor heart rate to allow optimum  use of overall training.   This will be launched over the course of 2017.

About Soleus

We don’t just make watches or timing devices. We don’t just track time for athletes. And we don’t just make colorful, affordable running watches. We also don’t change who we are as a brand from season to season. So who are we? What do we stand for?

At Soleus, a world is created where people activate passion and build community in their lives through their sport by making stylish,
easy-to-use timing and fitness devices so people can be more joyful in the moment while they while they work out.

About William Flores

William Flores is an international Zumba fitness presenter and a great performer for almost four years.  His name is growing and is popularly known in the dance world as an experienced dancer teaching modern dance, jazz, cumbia, salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, folk dance, meringue, and hip hop.  With a three-year ballet experience under his belt,  William has performed at several international dance events in key cities all over the world including Manila, Philippines for the very first time.

Under Armour Circuit Challenge “Test of Will” Leg 2 Held at Greenbelt

The Under Armour (UA) Circuit Challenge held on March 6 at Greenbelt 3 served as a preliminary event to help prepare participants of the regional fitness challenge UA Test of Will.

UA Elle Adda, a French-Filipino triathlete, fitness expert, model, and an international performing artist, along with Bellator fighter AJ Matthews and celebrity trainer Mama Kat hosted the event.

Fighter AJ Matthews and UA Elle Ada gamely hosted the fitness challenge event (photo by UA)

The on-the-spot challenge that the crowd requested between fighter Matthews and Ada highlighted the Test of Will event. Both competed over a round of ball slams, squats, ball rock and roll-ups, push-ups, and burpees. Matthews won with only a one-second margin over Ada. Also, fighter Matthews demonstrated to the delight of the audience some self-defense techniques for protection in the case of a physical attack.

The winners of the UA Circuit Challenge Greenbelt 3 leg were Edwin Lobelia (1:47 min), Ted Waikin (1:56 min), Jayson Ang (1:57 min), Jona Constantino (1:53 min), Marianne Roulade (1:54 min) and Ericka Mesia (2:00 min).

Edwin Lobelia (Men’s Division) won the Test of Will Challenge with an impressive time of 1:47 min (photo by UA)

The upcoming UA Circuit Challenge scheduled on March 25 and 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City will set the stage for the much awaited UA Test of Will.

On its second year, the UA Circuit Challenge will be held in six countries, namely: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines.

Participants of the Test of Will will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows, and Sandbag Throw. Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring competitor (men’s and women’s division) of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017. This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize or around P 88,000.  Kindly visit www.testofwill.com for more details on how to register for Test of Will.

 About Under Armour, Inc

Under Armour (NYSE: UA), th originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The UA Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal. The UA global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.uabiz.com.

 About Triple Pte Ltd

Established in 2013, Triple Pte Ltd is a sports and lifestyle retailer which holds the exclusive distribution rights for the UA brand across Southeast Asia. Triple launched the UA operations in Singapore and Philippines on May 2014. It has to date expanded the UA distribution network to cover seven Southeast Asian markets through a combination of 25 brand houses as well as shop in shop and multibrand wholesale executions.

About Test of Will

Started in 2016, the Test of Will is an annual Southeast Asia-wide fitness challenge in celebration of human performance, functional fitness, and the training lifestyle. The modern and uniquely urban fitness challenge is accessible to everyone with the will to train and a drive for competition.

 

National Geographic Earth Day Run 2017

On 23 Apr. 2017 marks another milestone for National Geographic (NG), which celebrates eight years of holding Earth Day Run (EDR), raising consciousness on environmental issues and health including social awareness through fitness with special program features using the hash tag #8withEDR.

The event encourages and welcomes all types of Eco Warriors to take part—from fun runners of all ages to serious recreational athletes who regularly compete. The event will be held not only in Manila but also in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taichung, an initiative that was adopted last year to effectively spread the vision and advocacy of EDR across Asia.  EDR in Manila will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds where participants can choose a 5K, 10K, 21K, or 42K distance category.

“Earth Day Run 2017 will be the biggest version of the race yet, with more expected participants from Manila and four other cities across Asia. We’re also excited to look back on our eight years of environmental advocacy and share and celebrate with our runners the positive change that they helped make possible through the years by joining Earth Day Run. We hope that Earth Day Run 2017 not only brings communities of running enthusiasts together for the common cause of saving the environment but also that it amplifies the important message of doing your own part today to help stop climate change and commit to sustainable solutions to save our beloved planet Earth,” said FOX Networks Group Philippines director and head of content and marketing Charo Espedido.

Last year, EDR participants ran to support causes such as saving the Irawaddy dolphins at the Malampaya Sound Research and Conservation Project in Palawan; giving the Earth Hour or Gift of Life Village in Monreal, Masbate sustainable solutions to reduce carbon footprint; conservation of the marine protected area and coral reef in Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and, beefing up reforestation efforts at the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, which is one of Metro Manila’s sources of water supply.

Presented by the channel and its partners Cherifer Premium and World Wildlife Fund for Nature, EDR aims to continue the tradition of being one of the biggest running events in the country, expecting scores of running enthusiasts with the hopes of mobilizing all Eco Warriors of previous EDRs to register and run for the environment.

This year’s event welcomes all previously registered participants with VIP treatment and special loyalty perks to be enjoyed on the day of the run. They will be given priority placement in front of the starting line at the beginning of the race and can claim their loot bag and finisher shirt at a special express booth. They can also make use of a special warm-up and cool down tent before and after the race to condition them and recover in comfort.

Singlets

To top it off, EDR will also be sporting new features for its runners. As a special treat, all race kits will come with LED shoelaces, serving as a badge of pride and as a safety precaution for Eco Warriors running at night or before sunrise. Prizes will also be given to costumed runners who showcase their creativity by coming in their best ensemble made from recycled materials.

Finisher’ medal and shirt

To make each Eco Warrior’s voice heard in this run for the Earth, advocacy banners will be hanging above the finish line so that each runner can grab them as they cross to make a shout-out for the environment, keep as a souvenir, and use for all their post-run selfies to amplify the message of acting now to save the environment.

New participants can also join the celebrations by visiting the EDR Gallery at the Race Village to learn what the event has accomplished over the years including its environmental and social initiatives, and how their participation will make a significant impact on certain communities in the Philippines and how their actions as individuals will affect the environment.

Runners at EDR will not only experience a fun day of outdoor fitness, but also be doing their part in contributing to NG’s environmental efforts.

Registration will start on March 1 and end on April 16.  For more information and other details on how to register, please visit National Geographic Earth Day Run website.

Century Tuna Superbods: the Underpants Run 3/e, 11 Mar. 2017

Century Tuna’s Superbods: The Underpants Run returns for the third time!  Happening on March 11 at 9:30 AM, the fun run kicks off at Subic Bay Yacht Club to take runners through a scenic route along the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Inspired by the tradition at Kona, home of the renowned Ironman World Championship, Century Tuna continues its own local fun tradition with the Superbods Underpants Run. Started as a pre-race activity for the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 back in 2015, it has since then made headlines when it brought some of the world’s super athletes racing alongside superbods finalists and raised funds for a cause.

This year, Century Tuna invites everyone to come to Subic Bay as it opens the race to anyone who wishes to showcase their superbod fitness. Individual runners get a chance to win P 15,000 while groups of four can vie for the P 20,000 prize. Century Tuna will also be giving away P 15,000 to the individual and P 20,000 to the group with the most inspired costume.  Loot bags with tons of exciting freebies, and finisher shirts are up for grabs for the first 150 finishers.

Interested to join Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run? Register for free at the Century Tuna Booth at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center on March 10 and at the Subic Bay Yacht Club on March 11.

For more details, visit Century Pacific or www.ironman703subicbay.com.