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Adidas King of the Road 2011 Has Come to a Colorful Close

The Adidas King of the Road (KOTR) came to a colorful close unifying runners from all around Asia-with participants from Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia.  It culminated in the Philippines being the first host country.  Indeed, Philippines has made a mark as a race destination.

The multicolored Adidas singlets demonstrated that the running sport across Southeast Asia is truly alive.  With three categories varying from 5K, 16.8K, and 21K, the routes make for an enjoyable and pleasant race day.  The event was well attended not only by runners but also celebrities like Robi Domingo, Rich Hardin, Karylle, Iza Calzado, Will DeVaughn, Kim Atienza, and Rovilson Fernandez who embraced the sport and even made personal records.

The 16.8K category is the most distinctive signature distance this year as winners from the previous legs in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia were flown in to represent their countries. 

Taking home the King of the Road 2011 crowns are I Gusti Gede Karang Asem with a running time of 57:58 and Mary Joy Tabal with a runnning time of 1:04:44 for our 16.8K Southeast Asian  winners, David Mutai with a running time of 54:41 and Esthar Karimi with a running time of 1:02:07 for the 16.8K Open Category; John Philip Duenas with a running time of 54:41 for the 16.8K Closed Category; Kimbert Sarmiento  with a running time of 15:59 for the 5K Category; and Frederick Mwingirwa Mathiu with a running time of 1:10:12 for the 21K Category. 

For more information and updates, participants are encouraged to continuously check the KOTR web site or visit Adidas facebook.

Adidas King of the Road 2011 FAQs

Everything you need to know about the Adidas King of the Road 2011
What is the Adidas King of the Road (KOTR)?
KOTR Medal

Adidas King of the Road 2011 is a running championship held across five (5) countries—Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines.

Each country is a qualifying leg towards the finals, which is held in the Philippines on 23 Oct. 2011. The winner and runner-up of each country’s 16.8km category win an all-expenses paid trip to the Philippines to compete with the best of the best in Southeast Asia.

When and where will the 2011 Adidas King of the Road Philippines be held?

The Adidas King of the Road Philippines will be held on 23 Oct. 2011, Sunday, at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

What are the race categories available and how much is the race entry fee?

The race is divided into the following categories:

• 5km Men’s Open – 1,050
• 5km Women’s Open – 1,050
• 16.8km Men’s Open/Closed – 1,300
• 16.8km Women’s Open/Closed – 1,300
• 21km Men’s Open
• 21km Women’s Open

Why is the international championship race distance at 16.8km?

With the championship race distance at 16.8km, you’ll be able to complete 2 marathons (84km) over five (5) countries with KOTR 2011.

What’s the theme for this year’s KOTR?

KOTR features a different theme each year, and this year’s theme is entitled ‘Colors’. This is represented through the variety of different colored Adidas singlets participants will don. The multi-color showcase is meant to demonstrate the vibrancy of the sports scene across Southeast Asia.

Just how big is the KOTR race?

An estimated total of 40,000 runners are expected to pound the pavement across Southeast Asia.

How do I register?

You may register in three different ways.

Regular registration

Register online at at your convenience

Only Visa and Mastercard credit card/debit cards are accepted

Receive an email confirmation once registration has been processed

Free Run promo

Be one of the first 100 participants per store to register and get a guaranteed slot (and guaranteed singlet size in the color of your choice) in KOTR 2011
Get 50% off your registration fee when you purchase Php5,000 worth of Adidas running products or register absolutely free when you purchase Adidas running products worth Php7,000

Those who avail of this promo will be getting their race kits sent to their preferred address via carrier

Promo period is from June 29-Aug. 31, 2011

Prepaid Registration

Beginning August 22, you may avail of the KOTR Prepaid Reservation Form giving you the chance to pre-register for the KOTR 2011.

The KOTR Prepaid Reservation Forms gives you the chance to reserve a slot by paying in cash at selected KOTR doors.

As you receive your KOTR Prepaid Reservation Form, you will receive your very own Reservation Code. The Reservation Code is a unique code that corresponds to a race slot. Only cash payments are accepted.

The purchase alone does not register you for KOTR 2011. You still have to log on to the website and register as soon as possible as the purchase of the Prepaid Reservation Form guarantees only that your race slot is reserved, not your singlet size.

The purchase of the KOTR Prepaid Reservation Form is on a first-come, first-served basis.

KOTR Prepaid Reservation Forms are available from August 22 to August 31, or while forms last. Registration ends Aug. 31, 2011.

Avail of the Free Run Promo and the Prepaid Registration at the ff participating stores namely: Adidas in 1) Alabang Town Center 2) Gateway Mall 3) Glorietta 3 4) Greenbelt 3 5) Greenhills 6) Newport Mall 7) Powerplant Mall 8) Robinsons Place Ermita 9) SM MOA 10) SM North Edsa 11) Shangri-La 12) TriNoma, and 13) RUNNR BGC and 14) RUNNR TriNoma.

When and where can I collect my Race Kit?

Registered participants are invited to gather at the KOTR 2011 Kick-Off Assembly from October 10-12, 11AM-11PM at the NBC Tent, BGC, where race kits containing singlet, timing device, and other race paraphernalia will be distributed and a variety of activities awaits everyone. It is necessary to bring a copy of the confirmation e-mail from the organizer and a valid ID upon collecting the race kit.

Last-minute race kit collection may be done on race day, October 23 at the event grounds from 3AM-4AM only. To claim race kit, please present confirmation email and a valid government-issued ID. Those who have availed of the Free Run Promo get their race kits shipped to their mailing address for free. 

What is the time of the gun start?

*Assembly Time: 3:30am – all runners 7th Street (START Arch)

5:00 AM 21K

5: 30 AM 16.8K WAVE 1

5: 35 AM 16.8K WAVE 2

5: 50 AM 5K WAVE 1

5: 55 AM 5K WAVE 2

6:00 AM 5K WAVE 3 

What is the KOTR Ipico Card?
IPICO’s dual-frequency, shoe-mounted RFID tags are easy to use, quick to collect and Adidas’ top choice for the KOTR 2011.

The Ipico system works using a shoe-mounted plastic tag that is approximately half the size and similar thickness to a credit card. The tag is tied into the shoelaces and each time it passes over one of the blue Ipico timing mats, the tag ID and exact time of passing are recorded in the Ipico elite reader box and transferred to KOTR’s timing software for processing.

It is important that the tag is flat and tied to the shoelaces correctly throughout the event.

This custom made KOTR Ipico Card is yours to keep and can be used for the following KOTR races for 2-3 more years. Leave the finish line area and keep this KOTR Ipico Card as your KOTR souvenir, a great piece of memorabilia to display along with your finishers medallion.

How about hydration and safety?

The KOTR will have water stations installed every 1.5km along the race path, ensuring every runner to hydrate as necessary. In total, there are 14 water stations, 14 Powerade stations, and strategically located at the 21K race route are 2 sponge stations, and 1 banana station.

On first aid, the KOTR is fully equipped with first aid teams to attend to runners needing assistance. There are a total of 15 ambulances, 15 medic stations, and 11 medics roving on bicycles. There will also be marshals–police men, traffic aids, and radio communicators manning various points at the race path.
For news and updates on KOTR, visit and the Adidas Philippines facebook fanpage.

Adidas Free Run Headstarts King of the Road ’11

25 May 2011, Manila – The much-anticipated adidas King of the Road (KOTR) happening on October 23 at the Bonifacio Global City launches an early-bird registration promo entitled Free Run from June 1-14. Regular registration follows from June 15 to August 31. 

From June 1-14 (while race slots last), the Free Run promo opens to a lucky limited number of participants who will receive a guaranteed race entry. Registration is free for every purchase of P7000 worth of adidas running products while registration is at 50% off for every purchase of P5000 worth of adidas running products. The Free Run promo participants will also enjoy the convenience of having their singlets and race kits couriered to their doorstep at no extra charge. 
There will be a limited number of 100 slots per outlet. Registration is done manually in the following Adidas outlets: 

1) Alabang Town Center 
2) Gateway Mall 
3) Glorietta 3 
4) Greenbelt 3 
5) Greenhills 
6) Newport Mall 
7) Powerplant Mall 
8) Robinsons Place Ermita 
9) SM Mall of Asia 
10) SM North Edsa 
11) Shangri-La 
12) TriNoma 
13) RUNNR Bonifacio Global City 
14) RUNNR TriNoma. Provincial doors include …
15) Adidas Ayala Center Cebu 
16) RUNNR Ayala Center Cebu 
17) Adidas Robinsons Place Bacolod 
18) Adidas Robinsons Place Iloilo

From June 15-August 31 (while race slots last), regular registration follows, which is done online via the official KOTR website:, participants registered online will receive their singlets and race kits at the KOTR 2011 Kick-off Assembly on October 10-12 at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City.
Held in five countries across the region, the adidas KOTR will culminate in an ultimate championship race in its first ever host country, the Philippines, on October 23, at the Bonifacio Global City. Event categories and race fees are Php1, 050.00 for 5km, Php1,300.00 for 16.8km, and Php1,050 for 21k.
For news and updates on KOTR, visit the adidas Philippines facebook fanpage. You may also visit launching soon.

A Swarm of Yellow Runners

I experienced running my first half-marathon during the Adidas KOTR last year. This year, I signed up for another 21k KOTR race with the objective of beating my previous PR and treating it as a long run (adding 5k before the race and another 5k after).
With fellow KOTR finishers from and Happy Feet running groups.

The plan didn’t happen the way I wanted it to be when I saw Master Mon at the starting line. In the past, I tried to pace with Mon but I just couldn’t sustain Mon’s speed. He was way too fast for me. I was so surprised with myself when I said to him that I would finish this race running with him—a test to my running prowess.

As we were running the ever-familiar Kalayaan EDSA flyover going to Buendia, I noticed not many familiar faces as most of my running friends were in Subic then for their first 10k, half-marathon, and full marathon. The flyover became a sea of yellow runners in the early morning. Seeing one familiar face that of Jimmy from Happy Feet Lost Command group along Buendia came as another surprise. Jimmy is a fast runner. I ended up with two veteran and fast runners. The two guys treated me so well. Mon didn’t leave me. Jimmy ran ahead every time we were almost near a water station to get us cups of water. That was so nice of Jimmy. It was indeed a good run for the three of us. I knew it was too slow for the both of them but they ran with me just the same. On the last few meters towards the finish line, Jimmy went ahead to meet a friend. Then Master Mon gave way to let me in the chute first. I beat my previous KOTR time. A million thanks to Mon and Jimmy.

(Photo Courtesy of Efren Antiporda)

Adidas King of the Road, 11 October , 2008

Impossible is Nothing …

I Run for Fun …

Run for Your Heart …

These are just but some of the runners’ personal battle cries I’ve seen on runners’ race bibs…

Three years have passed since the first time I ran the Adidas King of the Road race. This time it will be for the half marathon event. Probably accidental. Perhaps a mistake. Or destiny. I only intended to run the 10k event, however, singlets as well as race bibs ran out and the only events available are 5k and 21k. Betcha by golly wow!! I registered for 21k. Bahala na…

Weeks before the event, I couldn’t sleep. Asking myself many times over and over whether I did the right thing or am I ready to run that distance. No answer. Bahala na…

Three days before the race, I experienced hyper acidity. A condition in the stomach which I usually experience when I am worried. Almost backed out from this race.

The day before the race received a sad news back home. An aunt, my mother’s elder sister, died. I debated whether to run or not to run. I finally decided that I am going to run, finish the race and dedicate it to my Aunt.

Race day…

Arrived at the Fort right on time. Did some stretching exercises with the help of Coach John. Thanks to him for telling me, “just treat the run as one of your practice runs and enjoy it.” No pressure. Just enjoy it! After he said it, I felt fine.

Wilbert, a fellow Happy Feet and a choirmate, arrived later. Just in the nick of time to do some stretching exercises before the race. Just like me it will be his first half marathon. At the starting line, saw some familiar faces… Rivka, John Ting, Bobby, and two runners whom I’ve met during the Run for Hope at Rockwell. I also had the chance of meeting the “farmer” (I forgot his name!) winner of the North Face 100k Trail Run this year.

Map of the 21k Route

It was me, Wilbert, John Ting and Bobby who were pacing from start up to the first turn around point near Buendia railway South Expressway. Nearing Makati Avenue, John Ting started a running game where one takes turn to run ahead of the other runner. Bobby gamely refused to join. Then Sensei John Ting and Bobby decided to breakaway. Wilbert followed after the Buendia flyover. That left me on my own now.

Running towards Heritage Park, I just psyched myself that it is only a practice run. Saw some runners coming out from that route and I thought it’s pretty near. I huge mistake. It was a bit far from Lawton. And there was no more water available at the corner of Lawton. What left were blocks of ice. Desperately, done with the second turn around point, upon reaching the waterless station, one of the runners threw a big block of the ice on the sidewalk so that some of us can get a piece to cool ourselves. The sun was really burning hot! Then off I go, wiping my face with the ice I was holding while running. Then I saw one of the coaches, Ruel, who gave me some water. He urged me to run faster. Slave driver! (I thought with a smile…)

What kept me going until finish line is due to the support of our coaches Rio (power gel), Jo-ar (Gatorade), Ruel (water, Gatorade, bike), Jessie (presence), John (stretching exercises), Sard and Jessie (their presence)and that nagging thought that this run is for my Aunt and family back home. With the remaining strength in me, I sprinted the last few meters towards the finish line.

I made it!

I did my first half marathon King of the Road race with no walking and no injury!

Our Coach Rio

Happy Feet Finishers

With the Winners, HF Ka Totoy and Coach Jessie

Oops! One more pose…

Photo ops with Happy Feeters and coaches followed and we celebrated the feat with buffet breakfast at Paul Calvin’s Deli.

As an afterthought, I hail those who have made it in this run particularly the Happy Feet fellas.

Visit runningDATcom for race results (5k, 10k, 21k) and cool stats interpretation!