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Marathon Running with a Vengeance: Condura Skyway Marathon 2010

This is it! There’s no turning back now. I need to finish this race or else all the hard work and training will just go down the drain. Days before Condura, some of my friends have asked me whether I have a target time or am I aiming for a PR (Personal Record). But I kept mum about the whole thing.

At the back of my mind, I’ll try to improve my time. I’m not competing with anyone I know. My only opponent is myself. My goals in this marathon are to at least improve my running with no cramps and finish with a decent time. My training program will be put to the test.

I arrived at the venue with only twenty something minutes to spare to deposit stuff at the baggage area and for warm up exercises. Sigh. It took me sometime to get out of the taxi, as I couldn’t find my sunglasses. And, I was running out of time!

The mood was festive. Saw the Asics exhibits. To my left, I saw two familiar faces, that of Vener a.k.a. Run Unlimited, and his wife Cristy. They were busy fixing their race bibs so I joined the two of them. Not far ahead, we could hear the emcee calling all 42k runners for check-in. As I was about to lock my bib belt, the lock got destroyed and I had to find a way to quickly fix it. Good thing, a guy appeared behind me, in his hands are plastic straw strings. Talking about good timing, eh? I asked for one to tie my belt.

With 15 minutes to spare for warm-up and stretching, I took advantage of it. Saw some of the elite runners doing the same thing while camera TV men focusing their lenses to people around them. It was at this time when I saw PatCon a.k.a. Running Shield, one of the pillars behind Condura, sitting on the sidewalk while waiting for the gun start.

As I looked around, I saw more familiar faces, mostly friends from Takbo.ph. I was at the back of the pack. Fireworks display kicked off the start of the 42-kilometer race.

Running along Bayani Road was not easy. Part of it has no lights. But still you had no choice but to run in pitch dark. I started slower than my race pace and started to pick up the speed only after nearing Buendia-Kalayaan flyover. It was here that I finally maintained the pace, stopping only at water stations to hydrate since I didn’t bring with me any hydration belt. Seeing the Skyway ramp, I couldn’t help but feel awe at the feeling of running the Skyway once again, this time, until Bicutan. It was so nice to run it gazing at the scenery—the breaking of dawn—passing by. And while running, I kept on praying, “no cramps for me please, Lord.”


At past 4AM running along Buendia Avenue; Reflector is shining bright! (Photo Courtesy of Carmen C. and Pepsi)

Condura marathon was my second marathon and my first race this year. As I was on my way back, I saw some runners stretching on the side of the Skyway due to cramps. As for me, still a long way before I could get off the Skyway ramp leading to Buendia Avenue. And when I finally saw the signage, “400 meters,” I felt relief. It only means one thing, 10km more to go! As I was running along Buendia, I felt the festive mood at the aid station where Sir Amado a.k.a. Reinier6666 of Reinier Pacific was busy clicking his camera every time a runner passed by. The aid station was put up in cooperation with Takbo.ph to help both half and full marathon runners. Surely, one could see volunteers having a good time handing out bananas, water, and applying liniments to runners.

I conquered Condura Skyway Hill, a very steep hill, indeed! Super duper thanks to Pat Concepcion a.k.a. Running Shield for sending this photo.

Dog-tired but I conquered the Skyway! I looked so awful! hahaha!
(Photo Courtesy of Carmen C. and Pepsi)

Coming down from Buendia-Kalayaan flyover, with five more kilometers and 47 minutes to go (as per Garmin), I resigned to the idea that I’ve reached my goals for the day. Suddenly, I felt so tired. I walked. Ran again. It was a walk-run-strategy until I reached 32nd Street. My eyes lit up when I saw Takbo.ph peeps cheering, “go, go, five more kilometers, go, go!” Oh my, one of them, was Gail, my savior, during the crucial moment of my first marathon last year.

I walked once again at University Parkway but when I saw Gab, he kept on cheering, “two kilometers more to go!” and he signaled at me to hurry up and I had to force myself to run. So I did, even if my legs were too heavy already. Whew!

This is usually the most critical part of the marathon; the last two-kilometer stretch seemed to be the longest distance a marathoner could run. Thankfully, I saw Coach Salazar and Sir Leo Valdez running behind me and they urged me to go with them. So, I did!

On the last 500 meters towards the finish line, Coach John and Gab paced me. I reached the finish line with a time of 4:58.01. My Garmin registered a finishing time of 4:51.19 and a distance of 42.40km. No matter what, I was very glad with what I did on that day. Why? I was able to run within the targeted race pace up to Km32, after passing Km34, and up to Km37, I didn’t have any cramps (and this is what I was praying the whole time while running the Skyway). To top it off, I finished it at least sub 5, chipping off 23 minutes from my previous marathon time if based on the official results. However, if I based it on my Garmin, I improved by 30 minutes. I felt I did my mission with nothing as profound as a feeling of pride.

Relieved upon seeing the aid station. Almost there! Woohoo!
(Photo Courtesy of Jinoe G. of Takbo.ph)

I couldn’t have done it, of course, without the help of those who supported and encouraged me.

First and foremost, to God, who continually blessed us with good health to finish each race.

To Coach John Lozada, for the training program you personally made for me. Though it was difficult and even if I had to spend Christmas holidays running and doing it, the results showed what training can do coupled with sacrifice and hard work. Ey, congratulations, too, for finishing 12th 21k overall!

To Coach Allan Ballester, for your personal stories as a runner and invaluable tips you shared, maraming salamat. Congrats for finishing 5th 21k overall!

To Coach Mark Peralta, for your patience, moral support, and for pacing with me during my two long lonely runs.

To my Mall of Asia (MOA) running mates, Gab (Dirty Sanchez), Rod (RodRunner), Jet (JetPaiso), Cindy (Drunken “Master” Lily), Vic (Hagibis), Tin, Ziggy, Morgan, Aleth (Sexyladeh), and AnPaul (Solidsnake), thank you for your patience, your time during late dinner, ensuring I get a taxi after each workout, and for trading stories as well while running.

To Takbo.ph first time marathoners, half-marathoners who were in deep training, thank you also for your shout of encouragement while I was running the Skyway. It should have been me who should be shouting at you guys but you respected my silence. My silence didn’t mean I didn’t cheer. I did! Seeing each one of you reaching the finish line, made me so happy. Now you’re already a bonafide marathoner. Again, it’s not the PR time that counts but the courage to start and reach the end of each race no matter what happens.

To Brando (a.k.a. Ace Balasador), Jinoe (Takbo.ph/Manokan Runner), PatCon, Carmen, Pepsi, and Sir Amado for the photos.

To Coach John and Gab, for waiting and coming back for me to pace me during the last 500 meters. It’s not the distance, but the support coming from friends. Thank you so much!

To Pacific Reinier and Takbo.ph volunteers, thank you so much! You guys rock! Mac (aka Japorms), the efficascent helps! 😉

To PatCon and Ton, for providing a race where runners can run the Skyway. More power to you and your Team!

To the cheerers, Zinnia “Z”, Que (ChicksniManok), Ellen1, Ellen2, Master Eo, Neil (Crashburn), Joyce, Gail, Pepsi (goodness, I forgot to thank you for the Gatorade you gave me), Tracy (Digital Dash), Carina (Flying Boar), Sam (Running Ninja), Jet, DocT, Ian (Onemelc), Erick Guieb, Isko, PatCon, Tere (El Capitana), and Mark B. (Markathon), and (oh, my) to the many runners whose faces seemed to be familiar and who said “hi”, “hello”, “go, go!”, “ang lakas mo!” as they were running the Skyway and whose faces I couldn’t remember. Thank you so much!

To my fellow runners, regardless of distance or category, congratulations!

The pairs of shoes that brought us to the finish line! Roll and glide.
(Photo Courtesy of Brando a.k.a. Ace Balasador)

Condura Race Bibs with No Barcodes

I got my race packet on its first day of release and found out that the shirt size included in the packet wasn’t the size I specifically indicated in my registration form. Thankfully, it was immediately replaced by Condura Help Desk staff.

Early this morning, I got a text message from a fellow runner asking about the missing barcode which is supposedly attached to a race bib. I opened my race packet again and … yikes! We are in the same boat fellow runners. My bib doesn’t have any barcode, too. Things like this happen, anyway.

In as much as the organizer wants to make every thing smooth and sailing, glitches in a plan arise so let’s be cool about this. Don’t let this glitch crush your hope for a good race on Sunday, especially, if it’s your first time to run in any of the categories. “Less expectations, maximum tolerance,” is my mantra when things happen when you least expect them to. Here is an important notice from the Condura Run Organizing Committee for the half and full marathon runners.

Dear Condura 21km and 42km runners,

Greetings. Unfortunately, there was an error committed in printing out the race bibs. Some race bibs have a bar code and some do not have one. Do not worry as you will still be able to run your event and you will still be timed accurately. We have corrected this situation already with race bibs that have not yet been issued out.

For the race bib that have been issued out such as yours, may we kindly request you to do the following:

1. Write down your bib number on the perforated stub located at the lower left side portion of your bib. The portion that says: “Give to finish official at the end of the race”. “Do not pin spindle hole”. For example. If your bib number is 123, please write the number 123 on the perforated stub.


2. Please write clearly, legibly and accurately.

3. Please use a PERMANENT MARKER. Color BLACK. Be sure that it does not smear when wet as this will be exposed to water and sweat.

Do not use a pencil, ball pen, or white board marker. Only use a BLACK PERMANENT marker. (water proof if possible)

We are very sorry for this basic error. We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you. We are hoping for your kind understanding.

Upon making the necessary changes kindly email us at secretariat@condura.com or text us at (0908) 880-8354.

Condura Race Kit Redemption Update

To: All Condura Run Registered Runners

Please be informed that Race Kit redemption has been transferred to a new venue at the parking lot along 7th Avenue in front of ROX Bonifacio High Street. Over 20 tents will be set-up for your convenience.

Race Kit redemption schedule is as follows:

Thursday, February 4
3PM to 8PM

Friday, February 5
11AM to 10PM

Saturday, February 6
11AM to 6PM

There will be NO RACE KIT REDEMPTION after 6PM of Saturday and during the race day.

Condura Run Secretariat

Condura Skyway Marathon Final Route

Here’s the latest update, the final route of the 42km Condura Skyway Marathon from PatCon a.k.a. Running Shield.

Start 28th Street
Right at 11th Avenue

Right at 26th Street

Left at 5th Avenue
Go straight to Lawton Drive
Left at Libingan Road
Turnaround at (Black Gate) Philippine Army Officers Ladies’ School
Right at Lawton Drive all the way to 5th Avenue
Left at 32nd Street all the way to Kalayaan
Down Buendia
Left at Estacion Street (before railroad tracks)
Right at Dela Rosa Street
Up Buendia Skyway off ramp
Straight to Bicutan
Turn around
Exit at NAIA3 Interchange
Turn around 50 meters off toll booth
Back to Skyway Northbound
Exit Buendia off ramp
Right at Dela Rosa Street
Left at Estacion
Right at Buendia
Up Kalayaan flyover
Down 32nd Street
Left University Parkway
Right at Triangle Drive
Left at 10th Avenue
Left at University Parkway
Right at 32nd Street
Left at 5th Avenue
Left at 29th Street
FINISH LINE

Condura Skyway 42km Detailed Route

Last January 17, before the start of the PSE Bullrun, and while I was doing my warm up exercises prior to doing my usual Sunday LSD, Pat (Running Shield) saw me and we had a short chit chat about the Condura marathon route. Finally, I received an updated and detailed route of the 42km or Condura Marathon Skyway via text message last January 22. Thanks Running Shield for the heads up!

Assembly: 3:30 AM
Gun start: 4:00 AM

Part 1 Fort Bonifacio Area

Up 28th Street – Left towards 11th Avenue – Right 32nd Street – Left into University Parkway, where [Manila] International School is – Right Triangle Drive and turn around back to University Parkway – Right 32nd Street – Left 5th Avenue – All the way to Lawton Avenue – Left Bayani Road towards Libingan ng Mga Bayani – Left towards Heritage but only up to Philippine Army Officers Ladies Foundation School. Important reminder: You won’t go down that steep incline. Instead, turn back to Bayani Road – Right Lawton – Into 5th Avenue – Left 26th Street – Right Rizal Drive – Into 32nd Street – Left into Kalayaan-Buendia flyover

Part 2 Buendia Avenue Area

Buendia Avenue – Up to but before rail road tracks, turn left Estacion Street – Right Dela Rosa – Up the Buendia off ramp northbound

Part 3 Skyway Area

Skyway all the way to Bicutan – U-turn at Bicutan and head back northbound up the NAIA 3 off ramp dubbed as the Condura Skyway Heartbreak Hill, a 200-meter climb – Into NAIA 3 toll booth – After 15 meters, turn around into NAIA 3 on ramp into northbound – Back to Skyway northbound – Off ramp into Buendia – Into Buendia-Kalayaan flyover – Right 5th Avenue – Left into 29th Street – FINISH LINE

There are 15 physical water stations that runners will have to pass twice. It means there will be 30 water stations which are not more than 2km apart. On average, 1.4km apart. Ambulance is provided at the Fort and Skyway. There will be a Takbo.ph Aid Station located at off ramp of Buendia. Portalets are also available at the Fort, Buendia, and Skyway. 100 Plus and Summit are the hydration sponsors.

Condura Run Is On!: Why You Should Join

The Condura Run, on its third year and considered a premier running event in the Philippines, will again take center stage on February 7, 2010 with the full and half marathon participants running the Skyway once more.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Join

(Info taken from Condura Run web site)

1. The 1st Condura Skyway Marathon
The Condura Run has gone further in the past three years from 10km, to 21km and now 42km! Come February 2010, witness the launching of the first full marathon dubbed as Condura Skyway Marathon and be one of its runners.
2. Run on the Skyway. New 3km and 5km Route
Condura is the first and the only run that goes through the Skyway for the half and full marathon. No traffic, no pollution, excellent roads; truly a runners’ wish come true. We also created a signature Condura race route for the 3km with kids and families safety in mind. No running through any major thoroughfares. No crossing major intersections. It will be a runner and spectator friendly course. After all, a big part of what makes a run special is the route.
3. 1 start and 2 finish lines. Exclusive route for 3km/5km and 10km, 21km and 42km
5km runners have their own exclusive running route and finish line. And the 10km, 21km, and 42km also have their own exclusive running route and finish line.

4. Do It Yourself (DIY) Race Bib
Your race kit comes with 2 race bibs. The first bib contains your race number and is needed for you to run and the second is a blank race bib with a cool Dolphin design where you can your name so that spectators can cheer you on as you run. Note: Late registrants will NOT receive a DYI race bib
5. Finisher’s Medal for All Race Categories
Finishers of all race categories will receive finisher’s medal. Yes it’s true. Note: Late registrants will NOT receive a medal

6. Dolphin Souvenir Shirts.
All regular registrants will get a cool collectible Dolphin souvenir shirt.
Note: Late registrants will NOT receive a souvenir shirt
7. Marching Bands and Cheering Zones
There’ll be at least 5 bands along the race route and several cheering zones to give runners the adrenaline boost to achieve a personal best and the energy to sprint to the finish line.
8. Runners Support
• Elite check-in for fast runners
• Pace runners for full marathon runners
• At least 15 Summit mineral water and 100 Plus hydration stations
• Inspirational signs, distance and directional signs from INSPIRE Inc.
• Ambulance from Lifeline Arrows
• At least 30 portalets along the course and race route
• Php 100,000 runners insurance coverage from Pioneer Insurance
• Over 500 volunteers supporting the runners
• Runners photos and videos
• Split timing for full marathon runners
• Free Selecta ice cream after the race to reward yourself
9. Asics Expo at the Condura Village
Asics, as one of the presenting sponsors for 2010, will showcase its latest running shoes and sports apparel while enjoying special discounts only available to Condura runners.
10. Run for the Dolphins
Run not only for a healthier lifestyle in 2010 but also run to make a difference! Php 50 from the race fee shall go to help save the Dolphins of Bohol.

More details at Condura Run web site.

It’s On with Condura Run 2010!

The Condura brothers, Patrick & Ton Concepcion, and the OM Skyway Group represented by Ramoncito Borromeo and Ed Nepomuceno, officially signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the Condura Run on February 7, 2010.

There will be 3k, 5k, 10k, 21k and 42k categories. It will only be the half and full marathon runners that will pass the Skyway.

For more details, please check the Condura Run website.

Condura 2010: Quick Update

We are pleased to announce that the Condura Run 2010 will be on Feb. 7. It will feature a full 42km marathon.

The route is being finalized but will go from the Fort up Kalayaan Buendia up the Skyway all the way to the end of Bicutan and you turn back to the Fort. The route shall also take marathoners to the on and off ramps of NAIA 3.

A four-man [full] marathon relay is also being planned so that 10k runners can have the opportunity to run up the Skyway. Condura is making the announcement this early so that runners can begin training as the event is 5 months away. – Patrick & Ton Concepcion

As previously posted …

This is to formally announce that the CONDURA RUN 2010 will be on Feb. 7, 2010. We will be having a 21k, 10k, 5k and 3k event … And surprise MAYBE a 42k marathon. Details to follow also on the Race Organizer. The start /finish of race and the route of the race but again it will pass the Skyway.