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CamSur Marathon Press Conference

I attended the recently held CamSur Marathon press con but didn’t get to stay long.

A video presentation was shown highlighting CamSur‘s achievements as a province over the years. CamSur Governor LRay Villafuerte gave the opening remarks.

It was well attended not only by celebrities, athletes, media people, guests but also bloggers as well. Emcees of the said event were Marc Nelson and Tricia Chiongbian.

With the much sought after CamSur Watersports Complex and its world-class wakeboarding facilities as its centerpiece, it’s not at all surprising why the province of Camarines Sur or simply CamSur was voted as the number one tourist destination in the country in 2009.

Venue for some of the most prestigious international competitions such as the Ironman 70.3, World Wakeboard Championships, Asian Wakeboard Championships, and the International Dragon Boat Festival, CamSur’s equally famous Caramoan Islands have also become home to several franchises (France, Bulgaria, Serbia, Israel, Turkey and Sweden) of the long-running show, Survivor.

This September, CamSur is once again the site of another world-class sporting event, the first-ever CamSur Marathon 2010 dubbed as a Race to Rebuild the Nation.

As part of our continued efforts to pursue nation-building, the CamSur Marathon 2010 aims to be the premiere running event in the country to gather 20,000 participants,” declares Governor Villafuerte.

The Camsur Marathon will feature elite runners from all over the world amidst the setting of mountains and greeneries.

Designed to be included among the ranks of the New York, Vienna and Boston marathons, the local government is vying for the international accreditation of CamSur Marathon 2010.

With 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K [categories], the marathon is intended to mainly benefit Gawad Kalinga (GK), a nation-building organization that aims to empower poverty-stricken Filipinos through dignity restoration and values transformation.

One of the highlights of the CamSur Marathon 2010 is the Gawad Kalinga Bayanihan Run category. Here, participating groups will race as a team of 15 and commit to pledge to raise funds to build GK communities for the poorest of the poor, with at least minimum of one house to building an entire Legacy Village for a period of three months from June 24 to September 24.

Celebrities Join the CamSur Marathon

CamSur Marathon, the biggest marathon in Southeast Asia, will be attended by some of the biggest and brightest stars in the country today.

Race Director Coach Rio dela Cruz shares, “After close to a year of preparation, our dream of organizing a bona fide international marathon here in the Philippines has finally materialized. This historic running event aims to attract local and foreign athletic delegates, running celebrities, and runners of all fitness levels. The Camsur Marathon is sure to be race worthy and of international stature.”

Absolute hunk and health buff actor Derek Ramsey, host Drew Arellano, couples like Troy Montero and Aubrey Miles, actress Iza Calzado, and more stars will be racing to the finish line.

Some of the World’s Best Runners are Joining

John Mutai
10,000 Meters
2007 28:12.5 Nairobi
Half Marathon
2009 1:02.55 Altötting, Germany
2010 2:11.23 Tiberias
2009 2:15.07 Mumbai
2008 2:14.18 Poznań, Poland

Dado Firehiwot
Half Marathon
2010 1:12.10 Roma
2009 1:09.26 Boulogne
25 Kilometers
2010 1:23.46 Grand Rapids
30 Kilometers
2010 1:42.51 Roma
2010 2:25.28 Roma
2009 2:27.08 Roma
2008 2:37.34 Košice

Simson Limareng
3,000 Meters
2005 7:55.31 Hermosillo
Half Marathon
2003 1:03.30 Monterey
2010 2:14.24 Mumbai
2008 2:16.24 Zhengzhou

Asnake Fekadu
25 Kilometers
2008 1:5.13 Hamburg
2009 2:13.40 Tokyo
2008 2:12.39 Hamburg
2006 2:15.13 Tempe, Arizona
2005 2:17.38 Nashville, Tennessee

Joyce Kandie
Lahore 2007 winner, Loch Ness, and Delhi marathons. Also won twice in Belfast. Half marathon best is 1:11 winning Bath Half Marathon in UK 2009.

This marathon is also for the benefit of the Organ Donor Card awareness drive. Headed by Director Enrique Ona of the National Kidney Transplant Institution, the Organ Donor Card has amassed numerous supporters including Aga and Charlene Muhlach, Dawn Zulueta, Mikee Conjuangco, Martin Nievera, Derek Ramsey, Angelica Panganiban, Karylle, Iza Calzado, Carla Abellana, Gerald Anderson and many more.

Another beneficiary is the K.I.D.S Foundation as supported by Diether Ocampo which aims to uplift the standards of living of the youth.

Villafuerte says, “The vision of these organizations serve as inspiration for the Camsur Marathon.”

The dynamic young governor promises a wonderful time at CamSur for all local and international participants of the CamSur Marathon 2010.

Our world-class sports amenities and accommodations will entice you to stay a little longer,” Governor Villafuerte confidently assures.

Our secret hideaways await your discovery and we are certain that you will want to explore the nooks and crannies of fascinating Camsur.”

The CamSur Marathon 2010 is also presented by the Department of Tourism with Summit Water and Smart Communications as major sponsors. Other sponsors are Timex, 100 Plus, Nature Valley, and the Philippine Star.

Visit CamSur Marathon for more details.

Perfect Pacing and Marathon Angst

Leading the pack of half-marathon runners? This is the same question I’ve been asking myself countless of times ever since I accepted the challenge to be one of the official pacers for the 1st Quezon City International Marathon. Not an easy feat considering that it will be my first time to be a pacer in a race.

But there is no turning back now as it is a privilege and an honor to bring you fellow runners to the finish line, of course; with the help of Gab as co-leader.

I did my first half-marathon last year during the Adidas King of the Road race with Wilbert at my side while running along with Bobby and Sensei John T. It was a no-fuss-run, meaning, to just finish the whole stretch of the half-marathon. It was just us. No pacer.

Pacers lead runners across the finish line, target the overall group goal and not the personal goal, and look out for the welfare of all. A pacer is a leader, coach, cheerleader, psychiatrist, etc. To be a pace-group leader in the upcoming QCIM half-marathon next weekend is quite a big responsibility. My only concern though is how can I be an effective cheerleader of the group when I, myself, is not a talker while running? How glad I was to read some articles about perfect pacing experience. I got these DOs and DON’Ts guide from Runner’s World magazine.

Nice Pacing: How to Behave (And Not) in a Group
Having the perfect pacing experience depends on who’s leading the way, of course; but you also bear some responsibility to yourself, to the leader, and to the rest of your group.

Do make sure you’re in the right place.
It means you know your time goal. If it’s too fast for you then opt for the slower one.

Don’t run ahead.
Let’s accept it. There are just some runners who want to show to the world how fit they are by running ahead.

Bad move. If you want to lead the pack, then leave the pack.

Do take your cues from runners
This one I like. This defends my case.

Some groups are quiet, others chatty. Same goes for the leader-some will offer encouragement, others focus quietly. Nothing wrong with the friendly “how you feeling?”-but don’t become a Blowhard Bob.

Don’t expect the pack to cater to your needs; but if you have to stop, don’t panic.

Take care of your business, then take your time catching up to your group.

Do give the leader space.
No need for me to explain it, right?

Running an even pace is the way to go. But with more practice, one can learn to run the second half of the races faster than the first. This is what they call “negative splits.”

Why is an even or negative-split pace works better? Firstly, it gives our body time for a good warm up by preparing the muscles for the activity. Just like how you start your car efficiently. Once your muscles are ready, you can maintain the same pace or increase it with not much effort. It’s also important to avoid being pulled by fast runners that you become one of them at the start. Remember, a fast start means a significant decrease of performance as you go back.

To some running a certain distance may come as a piece of cake but that is totally different to most who are either running a half or full marathon for the first time.

Over lunch today a friend of mine, an experienced runner, even said, “two more weeks and it’s full marathon for me!” and it was followed by a long sigh. See? Even an experienced runner do feel anxious. Just like you and me. Why is this so? May be because we are not so sure of the outcome. Okay so you’ve been training hard. Sometimes struggling. At other times succeeding but the whole time it’s in your head. “Am I really ready for it?” “What am I getting myself into?” “I didn’t have much time for training.” Do you think I can do it?” May be these are some of the questions playing in your mind. It’s all there in your head. But mind you even experienced runners are probably thinking the same way many times over especially that race day is fast coming.

What I am trying to say here is that we all have goals. Mine right now is to lead runners across the finish line and at the same time achieving their target time goal of 2:30 (in hours). How about you?

Marathon is competitive that’s why it’s called a race. So you want to race, eh? If you think you are then my next question would be, “Are you ready or still feeling a bit nervous?” They say if you are feeling this pre-race anxiety, it only means one thing. You are just mentally and physically preparing yourself for the race. The ultimate test is race day itself.

Ey, no worries, OK? You’ve been training hard for this. Why worry? To conquer fear is to embrace itself. Go back to your goal and focus. Be realistic with your goal. Focus is the main ingredient towards a successful marathon. Just like any event there are just things that are beyond our control. If things don’t happen the way you want it to be, don’t be disappointed. Instead prepare yourself for it. Don’t forget to relax and have some fun while running. Being too serious ruins the experience. Remember you’re already a winner by signing up for a race.

See you at the starting line!

QCIM Registration Extended, No Penalty

All runners who were victims of the recent typhoon Ondoy should be given consideration for this tragedy.

This was reiterated by Art Disini, Runnex Chair, during the organization meeting held yesterday, Oct. 4.

Runners from affected areas by Tropical Storm “Ondoy” the previous weekend can still register until Oct. 13 with no registration penalty!

So starting today, Oct. 5, all runners who will register for each race category will only pay the regular registration fee.


Race Regular Reg
5k, 300.00
10k, 300.00
21k, 500.00
42k, 650.00

TIMEX stores which were previously part of the registration centers for the race will no longer accept registrations. However, the following registration centers will still be accepting registrants:

Bonifacio High Street, Taguig

SECONDWIND Running Store
88 Maginhawa Street,
Teachers Village, Quezon City

Ground Floor,
Elliptical Road, Quezon City

Room 403, Agoncillo Street,
U.P. Diliman Campus, Quezon City
Tel No. 920-4206

Also, the organizer is presently arranging additional NIKE STORE outlets at the SM Mall of Asia, Megamall, Southmall and Glorietta 3 as registration centers. This outlets will accept registrations starting on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Subic International Marathon Launched

Just a year ago, I had the chance to visit Subic with fellow Happy Feet runners. Two of them, Masters Totoy and Doc Oknoy, ran the full marathon which started at midnight. Please see also the Happy Feet photo on the side bar and previous blog entry, September 2008.

It was an awesome experience for me to see and traverse, for the first time, the newly completed highway going to Subic which made the trip shorter than expected. Almost everyone in the car couldn’t stop admiring the view, especially, the almost endless road which was a sight to behold. We arrived at past 12 noon and after leaving our stuff at Subic Homes apartment (courtesy of Aljo), we looked for a good place to eat and headed back to the apartment to rest.

It was how I described Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) in my previous blog entry. That race dubbed as Subic Legacy Run was forever etched in my mind and could still clearly remember seeing a Kenyan runner who whizzed past me while I was on my way to the finish line. Here I was struggling to finish my 10k run and a Kenyan who came out as last year’s champion in the full marathon event. Amazing!

Photos from top to bottom: Smart SIM organizers and partners; With fellow bloggers Rico a.k.a. Sheerwill and Mar a.k.a. Forefoot Runner; With fellow Happy Feet–Sir Jovie (a.k.a. Baldrunner) and Tanya Lara (Writer, Philippine Star)

Yesterday, August 19, I attended the launching of the 2nd Smart International Marathon at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City. Thanks to Ellen of for the invite. It was attended by media partners, Smart executives, Gen. S. Tucay, PNP officers, runners, bloggers, and invited guests.

The first Subic International Marathon was held inside the vast eco reserved of the former American Airbase with more than 7,000 runners from both local and foreign bodies. Nelson Kirwa Rotich of Kenya came out as the champion with Eduardo ‘Vertek’ Buenavista of the Philippines as the second fastest full marathon runner of that event.

This year, the marathon venue will be the newly-built SCTEX starting at Florida Blanca, Pampanga and snaking through the Remy Field in Subic Bay, Olongapo. Competitions in 21k, 10k, 5k, 3k humanitarian and fun runs will be held simultaneously on the second day of this event.

Registration fees for early birds covering the periods Aug. 19-31, 2009 for non-Smart registrants: Php 350 (42k), Php 300 (21k), Php 250 (10k, 5k, 3k)

Registration fees considered as regular fees covering the periods Sept. 1 – Oct. 11, 2009 for non-Smart registrants: Php 450 (42k), Php 400 (21k), Php 350 (10k, 5k, 3k)

Registration fees considered as late registration covering the periods Oct. 12-21, 2009 for non-Smart registrants: Php 600 (42k), Php 550 (21k), Php 500 (10k, 5k, 3k).

You may visit these sites for your registration:

Eventologists Co.
Japa Building, 2256 Chino Roces Avenue,
Makati City
Tel. No. (02) 583.9893
MP: 0928.600.9930 / 0928. 760.2834

Chris Sports, Festival Mall
Muntinlupa, Alabang

Chris Sports, SM Marikina

Second Wind, Quezon City

Bonifacio High Street, The Fort,
Taguig City

Hurry! Register now. Don’t wait for the last minute to avoid any inconvenience. This race aims to outnumber and outperform all marathons in the country with a targeted number of 10,000 runners who will vie for over Php 1.6M in prizes.

It is presented by Smart and co-presented by SCTEX, PNP, MNTC, Maynilad, Toby’s, Burlington BioFresh, Sports Armour, Christ sports, Tsoko Nut Batirol, Timex, Pocari Sweat, Lighthouse Marina, Isuzu, Second Wind, Dusit Thani Hotel and TRX. Media partners for this event are ABS-CBN, Business Mirro, Manila Bulletin, UNTV, Action and Fitness Mag, Wave 89.1, Jam 88.3, Rt 99.5 and K-lite 10.35.

(Photos Courtesy of John Tronco)