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1st Empire Angkor Marathon 2014 Race Report

TEMPLE RUN
17 August 2014
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Photo 1:  About 150 meters before finish during the 1st Empire Angkor Marathon 2014 between 8:43 AM and 10:53 AM
Photo 2:  Jinoe (Takbo.ph blog owner), Janine, and yours truly
Photo 3:  With Jinoe at the finish line
Photo 4:  April and Joven at the finish line

(Photos courtesy of Marathon Photos and fellow runner Janine Ngo)
Dreams Do Come True
I have wanted to go to Cambodia from the time when I saw the movies Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones were filmed there.  Well, I do appreciate history and reading books will take you to endless places in the world.  And Cambodia is one of those places. 

 

Race Registration and Hotel Booking
A window of opportunity finally came early this year.   When I found out that a full marathon will be staged (aside from its annual half marathon event) where start/finish arch would be at the famous Angkor Wat Temple, I found myself registering for the marathon.  What a beautiful way to see the place than by running.

Just like in my previous trips, I waited for any discount or seat sale early this year.  Though the race event organizers partnered with the hotels in Cambodia, I found them somewhat beyond my budget.  Then I remembered the brochure that was given to me by one of the speakers at a seminar I attended in October 2013.  I visited the web site of that guest house and found the room rates quite reasonable.  Airfare.  Check.  Race registration fee.  Check.  Accommodation.  Check.  All set except one—I couldn’t find anyone else to come with me on such short notice.  Ellen aka Kelcy and Jinoe, Takbo.ph blog owner, came into my mind.  You see, the three of us have run the Borneo International Marathon in 2012.  But Ellen was busy lately.  I tried contacting Jinoe.  Surprisingly, when I told him about it, he got interested that he booked his own flight, arranged for his accommodation, and registered for the marathon instantly. 

 

The next concern was who would claim our race kits considering our flight would leave the night before the race and claiming of race kits would start three days before race day?  I tried to seek assistance from the hotel staff.   Though they are willing to assist us, I was much keener if someone we knew would claim it for us.  Thanks to Jinoe’s assistance on this.  Just two weeks before the race, Jinoe informed me that a fellow runner would claim the race kits for us as she would be in Siem Reap days earlier.  Much thanks to Janine for claiming the race kits, leaving these at the front desk, and ensuring we had a ride via tuk-tuk* from the guest house to the event venue.  She also gave each one of us a Philippine flag pin.  Jinoe, on the other hand, gave us a free T-shirt printed with RUN.PH on the front to be worn after the race.  Thank you for the shirt, Jinoe.  

 

 *Also known as auto rickshaw, a common public transportation in Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

On Marathon Training
Each race is different, so it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting into.  Before my previous well-prepared marathons, I ran respectable times (Condura Skyway in 2009 was my best marathon time so far).   Not really fast, but at least within the goal I set for myself.  In a desperate effort to get race-fit, I tried to do long slow distances on Sundays, do a-once-a-week training session with my running coach, running three times on weekdays after work, and did extra pool laps into my twice-a-week swimming routine.  However, training was disrupted with complimentary races along the way.  I treated each race as part of the preparation.  The trail running in Nuvali two months ago helped a lot.  That was my longest run prior to another marathon, the Milo Marathon.  As previously mentioned in my blog post, the Milo Marathon was not really included in the list of races that I would do this year, but since the brand is celebrating another milestone, I so wanted to be one of the runners in this race.  Two running coaches have suggested to me to take it easy on the race and to focus more on the Empire Angkor Marathon, which was the proper way of doing things anyway.  The game plan was to just run Milo Marathon up to 30KM or something then to DNF (did not finish), or to finish it and walk the last 10 kilometers.  If I get fast in this, performance wise, marathon finish time in Cambodia might turn out not so good.  In marathon running, it takes two to three weeks for the body to recover from running a marathon, hence, running two marathons in a year is ideal.  Milo Marathon was scheduled on July 27 while Empire Angkor Wat on August 17.  That’s roughly three weeks before race day for Empire Angkor Marathon.  I didn’t want to DNF Milo.  When I had the GO signal from my running coach, I was vent on finishing these races within the cut-off time of six hours.  Also, these events are both IAAF and AIMS certified races.  And I know how strict IAAF and AIMS in implementing the deadline.  

 

The week before Empire Angkor Wat, I had to race in an aquathlon (a two-stage race involving swimming and running).  Though I felt happy to have won third place, but deep inside I was apprehensive how I would fare the next weekend.  “Stick to the game plan.” That was my mantra.  Based on my readings, the route is mostly flat so I thought I might be able to do the projected time goal. 

 

Departure and Arrival
We were supposed to leave at 7:45 PM, but flight got delayed.  By the way, there is a one-hour time difference between Cambodiaand the Philippines (Philippines is ahead by 1 hour).  We arrived at Siem Reap Airport minutes past 11:00 PM (Philippine time).   Race would be at 4:30AM (Cambodia time), that means we only had more or less three hours of sleep.  Dead tired, I was able to sleep right away.  A light rap on my door woke me up.  I thought it was just my imagination.  So I closed my eyes again.  Then another soft knocks followed.  Got up to check what it was.  It was Jinoe all geared, and ready for the race.  Janine, too!  Yikes!  It was the fastest shower and change of clothes I had done!  Sad though that I wasn’t able to eat or drink something hot before the race.  Our tuk-tuk driver was ready and waiting for us as early as 2AM.  The drive from the guest house to the event venue took five or seven minutes on a route with a line of trees running along each side. 

 

Race Venue, Gun Start, and Race Route
We all left our stuff with our able and supportive tuk-tuk driver, Cheang.  As we walked towards the Start arch, we heard the host announcing all the countries participating in the said race.  I couldn’t be more proud in that moment when we saw our flag being displayed alongside the other countries, and heard “Philippines!” announced by the emcee. We were making history here!  Three of us.  But wait, there were two more runners from our country.  That would be five of us doing the full marathon! Great!  (Read: In Photos: the 1st Empire Angkor Marathon 2014)

 

I could feel the excitement of the crowd.  Roaming my eyes, I couldn’t believe what I just witnessed.  Welcome messages from the Guest of Honor and VIPs followed by the lighting of the torch.  I couldn’t see the entrance of the Angkor Wat Temple as it was too dark.  Then the countdown began.  I switched on my Garmin watch when they fired the start gun.  The course is relatively flat with gradual ascent and ancient trees along the route.  Runners could take photos during the race as there are ancient temples along the course.  Portion of the race passed through the city then back to the world heritage area. Runners would run asphalt roads (at times riddled with cracks) and in other areas some concrete roads.  I started to feel fatigue so early at KM22. On my way back, after the turnaround point at KM25, there were school children along the way excitedly doing high fives with the runners.  Their smiling faces and cheers made the run much more enjoyable.  
 
While running, my watch did not match the official kilometer markers.  I knew I only had almost four kilometers to go, but the distance markers were telling me a different distance.  It was at this time that Jinoe was able to catch up with me.  Knowing he’s a race organizer himself, I checked if in his watch it was more or less the same as the distance markers.  True enough, his watch measured extra kilometers.  Reality is we need to beat the deadline.  I knew I was already done with my marathon at a certain point.   But at the time the only choice was to keep running at a pace just enough to beat cut-off time.  The sun was burning hot and I could feel the sun burning on my skin.  I could no longer appreciate the ruins as I passed by.  I think I actually sprinted the last KM to the finish line.  Two lady foreigners were cheering on me and giving me the thumbs up sign.  I shouted at them, “Did I make it?”  Smiling back at me, both nodded their heads.   “I did it!  Thank you, Lord.”  I remember after crossing the finish line, I was a bit emotional that I almost cried.  Whew! That was close! I received my finisher’s medal and got some drinks.  I was at the stretching area with some runners … thinking of what had just happened.  I asked them how long the distance was.  They said in their watch, it measured 46 kilometers.  “Whoa!” I thought, “Four more kilometers to go and it’s already an ultramarathon.”  My watch registered a distance of 44.37 kilometers.  Overall, it was still a great run.  I enjoyed myself although I did not do as well as I hoped.  (Read: Race Results)  Based on the results, there were other participants from the Philippines. 

Approximately five kilometers from the Finish Line. Jinoe, who was running also at the other side of the road called my name when this photo was taken.  The background is called the Terrace of the Leper King just north of the Terrace of the Elephants Angkor Thom, built at end of 12th century by king Jayavarman VII.
 
Remaining Days

The day after the race, we spent the day visiting the Angkor Archaeological Park considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. The next day, our last day in Siem Reap, we explored the area on a road bicycling and visiting Angkor National Museum, a perfect way to end my first visit in Cambodia.

 
Thank You
Would just like to thank Queenie for the support and cheers even if she was not able to come with us.  Thank you also to Janine for claiming the race kits, the photos taken after the race, for touring us on our first day in Siem Reap, and for ensuring we get a good tuk-tuk driver. I enjoyed much your (and your sister’s) company while celebrating our victory over lunch on Sunday.  Thank you also to the guest house owners.  You guys made our stay worth while (will blog about this, too, some other time). To God be the glory!

38th National MILO® Marathon Finisher

27 July 2014 — Joining the MILO® marathon this year was not part of my game plan.  But I guess fate intervened when I suddenly found myself invited during the event launch and signed up for the full distance. Later that day, I got to thinking how I would tackle the full distance within the six-hour cut-off timeframe considering there wasn’t enough time to train (and I mean to REALLY train) for it.  Running a full distance (even for experienced runners like me) may seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel your preparation wasn’t enough.
Double time training since race is fast approaching so I had been running more even on days when it rains.  When race weekend came, I made sure I get a good sleep Friday night for I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep the night before the race.  Then early Saturday morning, I went out for an easy 1.5K swim.  When night came, I found myself just tossing and turning on my bed waiting for the alarm clock to go off at 2 AM.  
I arrived at the race venue with enough time to check-in my stuff at the baggage deposit area then proceeded right away to the starting line.  Walking steadily not too far from the starting line, I bumped into two ultra running friends, Chito and Mel.  I couldn’t help but notice there was quite a good number of marathon runners.  
I ran with Mel and Chito during the initial stage of the race and eventually had to slow down upon reaching Roxas Boulevard at the corner of Buendia Street, the way to the last turnaround point, and then a final stretch to the finish line.  On my way back, I bumped into another ultra runner friend, Chips, and some running coaches.  Thrice I had leg cramps, but glad it just went away.  Finally, I finished my 8th marathon after a two-year hiatus!  I think I did pretty well.  Shaved a lot of time off from my last full marathon.  Still have yet to beat my best marathon time though.  Let’s see…
Two thumbs up to the race organizers (Runrio, MILO® Team, AIMS, IAAF, volunteers, staff, and sponsors), on this one! 

Congratulations  MILO® on your 50th year anniversary and for the successful staging of the marathon!  Good to be part of your history!

Congratulations to all finishers and winners of the 38th National MILO® Marathon!  
Thank you MILO® PR Team for the support and for having me in this event.  
Super duper thanks to my running coach, Coach John Lozada for your patience to train me.  
Many thanks to Fabulous Running Divas Rikki S. aka Cheapanggang Diva for the cheer at the finish line and to Blue Z. for your cheer during the race.  
Thank you also to Pepsi (Girley) and her BPI Runners Club Teammates, Lochie, Paulo, Benjamin, Jim, Ramon, and Filson for having me during their post race breakfast.  
Many thanks, too, to all photographers/photography groups — Tara Trip Tayo, AV Photography-AAquino, Running Photographers, Photo-Ops, Aquizzed Snaps Photography, Reggie C., Philipbf Photos, and KB Runner.
For those who I failed to mention here, thanks for all your support.
Until next time! 

MILO® Celebrates 50 Years as a Brand and the 38th National Marathon

MILO Celebrates 50 Years as a Brand and the 38th National Marathon …

      To Build a Nation of Champions, 
              One Child, One Sport at a Time.

In 1974, the brand’s first ever sports event-the MILO® Marathon was launched.  With only 747 runners from a single race, it’s now a year-round, nationwide, multi-race event with over 200, 000 participants.  

On July 27, Sunday, the MILO® brand will celebrate the 38th National Marathon.  It has grown into a globally renowned running event having certified by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and hosts foreign marathoners from Kenya, Ethiopia, and other countries across the globe.  The race is organized by Runrio, lnc.

From a Greek Character

The name MILO® was coined after the Greek character Milo who was known for his extraordinary strength.  Inspired by its namesake, the brand MILO® uses its energy to strengthen Filipinos through sports (1964).

1980s witnessed the rise of the MILO® Sports Clinics which propelled many sports development programs including its life-long commitment on Building Champions.

A ‘MILO® a Day’ and ‘Growing Up with MILO® ‘ jingles became household hits in the 1990s. It was also at this time that the B-vitamins was launched.

In 2004 (40 years), the highlight of the celebration was the campaign that featured sports legends led by Lydia De Vega passing on the torch to upcoming champions.

Be part of its history!  See you at the starting line!

Takbo.ph Runfest 2014 Race Report

(Photo courtesy of I Love To Do This)
13 July 2014 — When I looked at my mobile phone clock it said it was 3:24 AM and I have a race at 4 AM. Failed to set the alarm.  Yikes!  Luckily, I had everything readied the night before.  That was the quickest dress changing ever done by me! Whew!
I arrived at the race venue with just 10 minutes to spare. From afar I could see the start arch where frontrunners have congregated.  I was finding people I knew who were running but couldn’t see any familiar faces except the ones on stage.  A lady marshal approached and instructed me to have my bib checked.  When all of a sudden, I heard my name being called.  It was Jez D., my choirmate.  Beside her is another familiar face, that of Ferdie from the earlier batch of Takbo.ph runners whom I’ve met years before.  Didn’t even know they knew each other.  What a surprise!
My goal for this race is “to run by feel” since I intentionally didn’t wear my Garmin watch. Then the countdown begins… 
I have run this race route quite a number of times already.  More or less, it was familiar.  A much preferred route actually.  After the first turnaround point along Buendia near the South Superhighway, a runner said to me, “I think I know you.”  It was Patrick Concepcion aka Running  Shield or PatCon to us, Happy Feet.   We’ve known each other from the forum site called Impromptu Runners way back in 2007. Suddenly, I found myself running with PatCon.  Unbelievable! Running Shield is a fast runner.  No way could I run with him. Yet here I am, running with him.  And we conversed.  Epic!  Thank you Running Shield for the opportunity.  Eventually, I had to slow down a bit and let him go ahead.  We saw each other again along Lawton Avenuenear McKinley Road, did a high five and cheered. Him done with the second turnaround point. And me, still on my way there.  

Impromptu pacing with Tagumpay Bros/Triabetics Reggie S.
(Photo courtesy of Flat Ironman)
With a few remaining kilometers, approximately 7 KMs to go…it was here that I chance upon again with another founding Takbo.ph forum members and now an accomplished sports person himself, Reggie or Rej to his teammates. It was just a spur-of-the-moment decision to run/pace together.  Rej is an ultra distance runner. He finished the Bataan Death March 160 (BDM) ultramarathon recently and is also into multisport events. I had the chance to run with him in past races and LSDs (long slow distance) especially during training runs prior to my Bataan Death March 102 ultramarathon race in 2011.  
We attacked the remaining kilometers by combining power walk and running, and targeted each hydration station as a good break or rest.  The last kilometer where the new overpass to C5 northbound from Bonifacio Global City, we tackled it by walking the uphill, stopping at the last water station, and running all the way to the finish line. Just a few meters ahead, we bumped into another Team Boring ultra runner, Doc Topher on his bike, who exchanged jokes with us and was kind enough to hand us a bottle of energy drink which we gently declined.  The finish line is not too far, anyway. Then there it was, the Finish Line right before our eyes.  Done!  What a great half-marathon running! 

A personal congratulations to Jinoe and Queenie Gavan of Takbo.ph, and the rest of the crew of the Leadpack Team for organizing such a good race yesterday.  It was my first time to run the new overpass to C5 and to me, a best feature of the race. Two thumbs up! There was no problem with hydration, bananas are a plenty, energetic cheerers and volunteer marshals.  I had a blast!  One of my favorite organized races I have done so far.  

Until next time!

38th National MILO Marathon 2014 Factsheet

                        


Registration Details

Interested participants are required to pay a non-refundable entry fee plus one (1) MILO® 300g empty pack alongside the accomplished and signed official registration form. 
Registration may be accomplished online or by downloading the registration form for submission to the area race organizer.

Entry fees for Provincial Races
Entry fees for Metro Manila Races
21K Half Marathon Elimination Race
P 630
42.195K Elimination Race
P 730
10K Run
P 530
21K Half Marathon Race
P 630
5K Fun Run (Adults)
P 110
10K Run
P 530
3K Kiddie Run & 5K Fun Run (Students)
P 80
5K Fun Run (Adults)
P 110
3K Kiddie Run & 5K Fun Run (Students)
P 80
         


P10 from the registration fee will be donated to the HELP GIVE SHOES advocacy.

NOTE: Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  Participants should wear their MILO® Marathon singlets and race numbers during the race or they will not be allowed to run.
Participants must be 18 years and above on the race day to participate in the Full Marathon (42.195K) and Half Marathon (21K). Each will have to secure an official ‘Fit-To-Run’ medical certificate signed by a licensed physician within 2 months before race day.

Participants must be 16 years and above on the race day to participate in the 10K race.

Participants must be 7 years and above on the race day to participate in the 5K Fun Run.

Participants must be 7 to 12 years old on race day to participate in the 3K Kiddie Run. They are required to have their entry forms signed by a parent/guardian and must submit a photocopy of their NSO birth certificate or current school ID.

Participants below the age of 18 must seek their parental/guardian consent and fill up the entry form where the parent/guardian is required to sign.
Schedule of races is as follows:
Race
City
Date
1
Baguio
Jun 29
2
Dagupan
Jul 6
3
Tarlac
Jul 13
4
Angeles
Jul 20
5
Manila Eliminations
Jul 27
6
Naga
Aug 24
7
Lucena
Aug 31
8
Puerto Princesa
Sep 7
9
Lipa
Sep 14
10
Iloilo
Sep 21
11
Bacolod
Sep 28
12
Tagbilaran
Oct 5
13
Cebu
Oct 12
14
Butuan
Oct 19
15
Cagayan De Oro
Nov 9
16
Gen. Santos
Nov 16
17
Davao
Nov 23
18
Manila Finals
Dec 7
Only local participants (Filipinos and foreigners with working visa) can join and win in the 42.195K and 21K elimination races. Overseas participants may join and compete in the 42.195K and 21K National Finals for as long as they fulfill the requirements (To qualify, overseas runners must provide proof of finish in any AIMS/IAAF accredited races dating back at least one (1) year before race day or they mayqualify in the Manila elimination race. They must have a finish time within the specified age-bracket and time identified in items 18 (for 21K) & 19 (for 42.195K).

Start time per category is as follows:
42K (Manila only) 3:00 AM
21K 4:30 AM
10K 5:00 AM
3K 5:30 AM
5K 5:35 AM

Participants may claim their official race packets (containing the race number with timing chip attached, safety pins, and route map) upon complete registration. Race numbers are non-transferable.


About MILO
The MILO brand is the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water. MILOalso promotes participation in sports through its Summer Sports Clinics, MILO-B.E.S.T. Center Training Program, MILO Marathon, and MILO Little Olympics. The leading beverage brand believes that these contribute to the holistic development of Filipino champions in sports and in life. 2014 marks MILO’s 50th year in the country.
About the National MILO Marathon
The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the country. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.
3K Kiddie Run
Boy’s and Girl’s Divisions:
Champion: P1,500 + Trophy
Runner-up: P1,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P500 + Trophy
4th Place: P250+Medal
5th–10th Place: P150+Medal
5K Fun Run
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P2,500 + Trophy
Runner-up: P1,500 + Trophy
3rd Place: P1,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P500+Medal
5th–10th Place: P250+Medal
10K Run
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P5,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P3,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P2,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P1,000+Medal
5th–10th Place: P500+Medal
21K Run (Eliminations)
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P10,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P6,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P4,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P2,000 + Medal
5th-10th Place: P1,000 + Medal
21K Run (National Finals)
Open Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P15,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P12,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P10,000 + Trophy
Local Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P8,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P6,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P4,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P2,000+ Medal
5th–10th Place: P1,000+ Medal
Note: All 21K finishers within the cutoff time will receive a medal and loot bag.
42.195K Metro Manila Elimination Race
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P50,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P30,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P20,000 + Trophy
4th Place: P10,000+ Medal
5th–10th Place: P5,000+Medal
42.195K National Finals
Open Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P300,000 + Trophy
Runner-up: P250,000 + Trophy
3rd Place: P200,000 + Trophy
Local Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
Champion: P150,000 + Trophy 4th Place: P30,000+Medal
Runner-up: P100,000 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P10,000+Medal
3rd Place: P75,000 + Trophy
Additional Notes: Fastest Filipino 42.195K winners (male & female) will be dubbed as the 2014 MILO® Marathon King and Queen respectively and will be given the opportunity to compete in an international race outside the country. All expenses will be shouldered by MILO.
About Help Give Shoes Advocacy
The National MILO® Marathon is the biggest running event in the country, with an immense popularity that has attracted runners from all age groups to participate, including children.  However, a lot of driven young runners don’t have shoes.  Imagine seeing a little boy run kilometer after kilometer of rough cement barefooted.  This moving scene inspired MILO® to make this year’s run more meaningful, by giving out running shoes to deserving public school children. 

The root of this advocacy lies in MILO®’s belief that they are not just providing children with running shoes, but are giving them something that they can wear to school, for sports and other activities.  It’s definitely a step to help them reach their true potential and be the best that they can be. In 2010, the National MILO® Marathonprovided 4,200 running shoes to public school children nationwide with the “Help Give Shoes” advocacy. Since its conception, MILOhas donated a total of 34,200 pairs of shoes across the country.

The running event continues the advocacy with an aim to donate 160 pairs of running shoes to 100 students in 100 schools in select Typhoon Yolanda-hit cities —amounting to 16,000 more pairs of shoes and dreams fulfilled. In the same way that Nestle has been a part of Filipinos lives throughout generations, the National MILO Marathon invites Filipinos to be part of the cause to help make the shoe-less child today a champion tomorrow.

Php 10 from every registration fee will be allotted to the advocacy. MILO will then match the proceeds and work with the Department of Education to select 16,000 public school student beneficiaries in Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar cities. MILO aims to reach its 50,000 advocacy mark by the end of the 38th marathon season.

For more information on the National MILO® Marathonbeneficiaries and to get an up-to-date count of shoes donated, log on to www.milo.com.ph.

About the 38th National MILO Marathon Side Events

Biggest Company Delegation Competition
To join, companies must submit their entry forms at the same time. Employees must indicate the name of their company on the entry form and submit a photocopy of their company ID (front and back). To qualify, a minimum of 10 employees must finish the race. Top three companies in each area with the most number of employees finishing the 5K and 10K Run will win the awards. In case of a tie, the winning company will be determined according to the best time recorded.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Inter-Company Running Competition
To join, company teams must have at least 10 employees competing in the 10K Fun Run. They must submit their entry forms at the same time. Winners will be determined through the average/aggregate time of the team’s first 10 finishers.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Biggest Club Delegation Competition
To join, running clubs must submit their entry forms at the same time. Club members must indicate the name of their club on the entry form and submit a photocopy of their company ID (front and back). To qualify, a minimum of 10 members must finish the race. Top three running clubs in each area with the most number of members finishing the 5K and 10K Run will win the awards. In case of a tie, the winning running club will be determined according to the best time recorded.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Inter-Club Running Competition
To join, running clubs must have at least 10 members competing in the 10K Fun Run. They must submit their entry forms at the same time. Winners will be determined through the average/aggregate time of the team’s first 10 finishers.

First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Biggest School Delegation Competition
To join, schools must submit their entry forms at the same time. Students must indicate the name of their school on the entry form and submit a photocopy of their school ID for the current school year (front and back). To qualify, a minimum of 50 students must finish the race. Top three schools in each area with the most number of students finishing the 5-K Fun Run and the 3-K Kiddie Run will win the awards. In case of a tie, the winning school will be determined according to the best time recorded.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Inter-school Running Competition
To join, school teams must have at least 25 student runners competing in the 5K-Fun Run. They must submit their entry forms at the same time. The team may be composed of grade school, high school, and college runners. Winners will be determined through the average/aggregate time of the team’s first 25 finishers.
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Cheer Leading Competition
There are three divisions: Grade School, High School, and College. Each division will have a separate set of winners who will receive cash prizes and plaques as follows:
First Prize: P 10,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Second Prize: P 7,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Third Prize: P 5,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque
Consolation: P 3,000 worth of sports equipment + plaque

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About MILO R2
MILO R2 is a blend of PROTOMALT and cocoa formulated for active adults. PROTOMALT is a special malt extract made from malted barley grains found only in a MILO drink, which naturally provides energy. Its power-boosting content and nutrients brings a rich chocolate flavor that helps sustain body activity for a well-balanced lifestyle.
About the MILO-APEX Running Academy
With the aim of leading Filipinos to a healthier lifestyle, MILOhas partnered with one of the country’s top athletic training programs, the APEX Running Clinic. Headed by locally renowned fitness coach Jim Saret, the MILO-APEX Running Academybrings elite training workouts and sports medicine based running principles for beginners, amateurs, and professional marathoners. Currently on its 8th season, the program offers various assessment sessions to guide runners into the world of athletics based on their physical condition and skill level. 

Run Corregidor 2015: Registrants’ Bulletin

Beginning this coming 2015, race participants to both Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon will only be paying for the race itself. Team Run Corregidor is giving back to race participants the option to choose their mode of transportation to the island.



Distance
Advance Registration 
(Jul 7 – Aug 20)
Regular
(Aug 21 – Oct 31)
Late
(Nov 1 – Dec 31)
Last-Minute 
(Jan 1-11, 2015)
42K
P2000 (USD 45)
P2500 (USD 55)
P3000 (USD 65)
P3500 (USD 75)
5K
P900 (USD 20)
P1000 (USD 22)
P1250 (USD 28)
P1500 (USD 33)
21K
P1250 (USD 28)
P1500 (USD 33)
P1750 (USD 39)
P2000 (USD 45)
10K
P1000 (USD 22)
P1250 (USD 28)
P1500 (USD 33)
P1750 (USD 39)


2nd CORREGIDOR MARATHON (Day 1), 17 Jan 2015
42K Full Marathon
Gun Start: 6:00am
NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time
Race Registration inclusions:
Finisher’s Medallion (0.5kg, 5-in diameter)
CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
CM Race sling bag
Runners’ Briefing (10 & 11 Jan 2015)
CM Post-Race Party
CM Digital Finisher’s Certificate
P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher
*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (16 Jan 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.
  
5K Blitz
Gun Start: 8:00am
NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time
  
Race Registration inclusions:
5K Blitz Finisher’s Medal
CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
CM Race sling bag
Runners’ Briefing (10 & 11 Jan 2015)
CM Post-Race Party
5K Blitz Digital Finisher’s Certificate
P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher
*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (16 Jan 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.
5th CORREGIDORINTERNATIONAL Half-MARATHON (Day 2), 18 Jan 2015
21K Half-Marathon
Gun Start: 8:00am
NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time
Race Registration inclusions:
Finisher’s Medallion (3-in diameter)
CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
CIHM Race sling bag
Runners’ Briefing (10 & 11 Jan 2015)
CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
CIHM Digital Finisher’s Certificate
P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher
*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (17 Jan 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.
10K Challenge
Gun Start: 8:15am
NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time
Race Registration inclusions:
10K Challenger Finisher’s Medal
Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
CIHM Race sling bag
Runners’ Briefing (10 & 11 Jan 2015)
CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
10K Challenge Digital Finisher’s Certificate
P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher
*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (17 Jan 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 on Nov 30 & Dec 1 during the Runners’ Briefing.
Advance Registration Procedures:
1) Pay the corresponding ADVANCE RACE REGISTRATION fee by way of a bank deposit at any BDO branch using the following details:
BDO Checking Account
Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.
Account Number: 000410417114

*For international participants, as follows are the details when depositing corresponding race registration fee through bank transfer:
BDO (Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.)
Branch details: 041 Bel-Air
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Acct details: Checking Account
Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.
Account Number: 000410417114 
2) Send the photo-captured copy of the deposit slip as a direct message/private message to the applicable FB fan page (“Corregidor Marathon” or “Corregidor International Half-Marathon”) indicating your full name and chosen distance category. 
3) In 24 hours, an alpha-numeric code reply to your message will be sent to you by the page moderator. This code CAN NOT be shared with another person. This code is needed for the filling up and validation of your on-line registration form.
4) Once you have received your alpha-numeric code, on the applicable FB page, complete your registration for the race by clicking the on-line registration form link.
5) Once race registration is validated, you will receive in 48 hours your race inclusion confirmation via email. On the confirmation email, you will be notified when you may claim your race registration kit. It will coincide with the Runners’ Briefing. The venue will be announced via personal email and blog posts at a later date.
SPECIAL BONUS for CM & CIHM Advance Registrants:
Running the full and half-marathon distances in Corregidor is no easy feat. Serious preparations must be undertaken. To all advance registrants, Team Run Corregidor is providing a free monthly training on the actual race course, beginning August 13. For more information, visit the FB fan pages of Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon.
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Event partner Sun Cruises is generously giving special rates for race participants of both the 2nd Corregidor Marathon and 5th Corregidor International Half-Marathon: P1300/person EXCLUSIVE to race participants ONLY (inclusive of round-trip ferry, lunch buffet, and entrance fee to the island).
Room accommodations are limited. In consideration of this, Sun Cruises will be offering Camping Tents for rent (P500 flat rate).
Sun Cruises will start accepting ferry and accommodations booking for CM & CIHM participants beginning 21 Aug 2014.  For booking concerns, please contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 527.5555 loc 4511 and 4512, 0917.545.9917, 0917.808.4641, 0922.847.5418. 

“Trail Running nOOb in Nuvali” – GUEST POST BY FR HORTELANO

Note: This post has been edited.  

It has been over a week since the Soleus Valley Trail Challenge race in Laguna.  And here I am still grappling with my post-race story.  Anyhow, allow me instead to share with you once more a trail running experience of a good friend/colleague of mine who was instrumental why I opted to try the trail running challenge.  I asked him if he wanted to share his story with you here so here it is. Francis or FR to his close friends has been in hiatus from racing and the trail race last weekend was to some extent his comeback in the world of long distance running.  He has scaled great mountains here and abroad including Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, and I had the chance to race/run with him in major long distance PAU races before.  

Read on friends/dear readers …

Trail Running nOOb[1]in Nuvali
3 AM to 11 AM, Sunday, 29 June 2014

By FR Hortelano

A heavy downpour gets off the ground as the bus rolled on for Manila. The heavens pause its tears for a while. But upon arrival at home, Manila’s dusty streets were swept by the rains. Such was a respite from the boiling temperature I experienced for three long hours earlier.

It may have been grueling hot, but I still would have preferred it than cruising through sticky, muddy and slippery trails in a span of 8 hours. An Aquarian does not fear the water-bearer, but not after years of hiatus in any sports and outdoor activities.

Photo courtesy of Running Photographers

Once again, the newbie feeling resurrected, i.e., butterflies in the stomach, excited yet nervous.  Even doubtful.  Shall I ever cross the finish line? And if ever, will it be on cut-off time?

As I dropped my loot bag and race gears, the 50-KM Nuvali trail event slowly sank in.

For the first time, I received a loot bag after an ultra-race.

For the first time, I ran/trudged Nuvali’s scenic trails.

For the first time, I ran for free through the kindness of Adidas Body Care c/o the RUNNING DIVA (http://jambalayamuzika.blogspot.com).

For the first time, I was shuffling a hydration bottle on my left and right hands.

 For the first time, I ran at the mercy of a piteous mileage. 5 KM was my last fun run a year ago.

For the first time, I reached the starting line just before the race organizer started the countdown (“10, 9, 8….1. Goodluck Runners!”).

For the first time, I hitched a ride to the starting line (God, where did these angels come from?)

For the first time, I wore old, derelict shoes that just got sewn and glued.

Yep!  The list could go on and on.  Lest I forget…

For the first time, my mind was LSSed[2]  on Elton John’s Skyline Pigeon.

“Turn me loose… let me fly to distant lands, over green fields, trees and mountains, flowers and forest fountains…”

I started humming the lyrics on the break of dawn (past 4 am) as the majestic horizon revealed its secret grandeur.

            “Let me wake up in the morning.  To the smell of new mown hay …”

The scent, the sight, the milky white brush like foxtails (buntot pusa) strewn over the hills is a visual treat. The tamed cows and bulls even shared their morning grins.

            “Fly away… towards the dreams you’ve left so very far behind …”

Then approached the newly bulldozed areas. Everything became dry and brown. It was difficult to run. But yet, this path had to be faced head on. Slowly, I hurdled the 25-KM mark (3 hours or so? within cut-off time of 5 hours). I could breath. At least, I met my goal. I could call it a day.

       “To laugh and cry, to live and die, in the brightness of my day …”

Then the blazing sun illumined all nooks and crannies of the trail. I struggled the uphills and downhills from the 30th to 45th KM.  At times with a group and at times, in my lonesome.  The cows faded. The leveled grounds turned dusty. Every race of the sun started biting inch-by-inch my exposed skin and garments. Yet still, I needed to keep on moving. As a recreational runner, I just wanted to enjoy the run.

            “Towards the dreams you’ve left so very, so very far behind!”

Running a road or a trail race is no different from life itself.

It takes sheer persistence to reach the finish line; 

Train. Train. Train. Enduring trainings to build on required mileage/strength;

Be inspired but never bank on previous achievements.  Muscle memory can only bring you so far.

Honor your pace. Enjoy those moments when pacing with a group, even on lonesome times.

Express genuine gratitude to all (runners, marshals, organizers, sponsors). The blessings come back a hundred fold.

Dedicate your run. Thank you Mama for showing us how to courageously face life. Your body may have gone back to earth but your enduring spirit and resilience shall forever inspire our lives.

My sincerest thanks to Running Diva for making me sign-up on the last registration date; Ivy Macainan for making me remember Mama on the eve of the race; Mark Leo Antonio and Elma Magbuhos of Adidas Body Care for the race kit.  Apologies for failing to personally express this at the finish line; Sir Jonel Mendoza, race director and editor of Frontrunner magazine, for organizing this meaningful event; and, to all the runners who run with me along the dark and bright corners of the trails!

Thank God for making it all possible.   



[1] Newbie
[2] Last Song Syndrome

Press Release: MILO, DepEd Partnership to Lead the One Child, One Sport Campaign and the 38th National MILO Marathon Press Conference, 19 June 2014

MILO and DepEd Partnership to Lead the One Child, One Sport Campaign

Leading beverage brand MILO today announced its partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the One Child, One Sport campaign. One Child, One Sport will enable closer collaboration between MILO and DepEd as it consolidates their new and existing sports programs under one umbrella campaign. Anchored on the thrust to build a nation of champions, the program seeks to empower, mobilize, and inspire both the youth and their educators through sports and proper nutrition.

According to the 2011 Updating of Nutritional Status of Filipino Children conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), with the rise of interactive technology, children are becoming less engaged in physical activities that enable them to lead a well-rounded lifestyle. Concurrently, households have less time to prepare healthy meals that support overall wellness due to work and other factors.

“We are working closely with DepEd to raise awareness about the value of physical education and sports in bringing a wealth of physical and mental benefits and teaching life values that prepare schoolchildren for a successful adulthood,” says Nestle Philippines Beverages Business Executive Manager Sherilla Bayona. “One Child, One Sport is a program that encourages children to get into an active and healthy lifestyle and eventually lead them to sports.”

Bayona adds that providing access to physical education and various sports disciplines will not only shape the country’s budding athletes, but will also address the right of every Filipino child to learning opportunities for a better future. MILO and DepEd seek to engage 15 million schoolchildren aged 7 and above to become active and healthy champions by 2017.

MILO and DepEd will implement One Child, One Sport across ongoing and new sports programs in public schools in the country. One example of how OCOS will leverage existing MILO sports programs is the National MILO Marathon, which will continue to engage DepEd through its short distance race categories and the Help Give Shoes Advocacy.

Photo 1: Coach Rio dela Cruz addresses queries about the safety measures of the National MILO Marathon ; Photo 2: Ms. Sherilla Bayona explains the concept of One Child, One Sport campaign ; Photo 3:  Mr. Robbie de Vera responds a question about the R2 Running Clinics operating around Metro Manila ; Photo 4: Atty. Tonisito Umali discusses the importance of the After School Sports Program ; Photo 5 (L-R):  Coach Rio dela Cruz, National MILO Marathon race organizer; Ms. Sherilla Bayona, Nestle Philippines Beverages Unit, Business Executive Manager; Mr. Robbie de Vera, MILO Sports Marketing Executive; Atty. Tonisito Umali, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education for Legal and Legislative Affairs; Mr. Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager ; Photo 6: Mr. Andrew Neri reveals new and exciting things happening in the 38th National MILO Marathon.
NATIONAL MILO MARATHON Marks its 38th Season this Year

Throughout the years, the National MILO Marathon has not only catered to professional athletes but also welcomed aspiring runners in the 3-K and 5-K distances where young sprinters have emerged as division winners.

The National MILO Marathon’s legacy lives on as it ushers the 18-leg event with the opening race in Baguio on June 29. The winners of this season’s National Finals will be given a chance to compete in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. Last year’s victors Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Joy Tabal, will go head to head with the nation’s best to bag the top purse and claim the coveted spots in the esteemed international race event. Part of their prize for winning the 37th NMM in 2013, Buenavista and Tabal recently competed in the Paris Marathon in April 2014. The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace expects 230,000 runners to participate this year.

The brand will also further the support for young Filipino talents by providing 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year to reach the 50,000 mark through the Help Give Shoes advocacy. Help Give Shoes aims make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar

As local running community continues to grow in number, MILO is steadfast in encouraging Filipinos to run not only for victory and the thrilling experience but also to join its noble cause. Interested participants may process their registration, payment, and direct-to-home delivery of race kits online through the official MILO website.

Following the pilot race in Baguio (June 29), the elimination legs will resume in Dagupan (July 6), Tarlac (July 13), Angeles (July 20), Manila (July 27), Naga (August 24), Lucena (August 31), Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

For more information on MILO Philippineslog on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).
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About MILO
The MILO brand is the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water. Given its popularity it is a “must have” product for food service operators particularly in Asia, Africa and Oceania.
MILO also promotes participation in sports through its Summer Sports Clinics, MILO-B.E.S.T. Center Training Program, MILO Marathon, and MILO Little Olympics. The leading beverage brand believes that these contribute to the holistic development of Filipino champions in sports and in life. 2014 marks MILO’s 50th year in the country.
About the National MILO Marathon
The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the country.
The National MILO Marathon has grown into a globally renowned running event having been certified by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and hosts foreign marathoners from KenyaEthiopia, and other countries across the world. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.
About Nestle Philippines
Over a hundred years after it first started operations in the country, Nestle Philippines, Inc. (NPI) today is a robust and stable organization, proud of its role in bringing the best food and beverage throughout the stages of the Filipino consumers’ lives. The Company employs more than 3,200 men and women nationwide, and is now among the country’s Top 10 Corporations.
Driven by its mission to nurture generations of Filipino families, Nestle today produces and markets products under some of the country’s well known brands such as NESCAFE, NIDO, MILO, NESTEA, MAGGI, BEAR BRAND, NESTLE and PURINA, among others. Its product range has expanded to include coffee, milk, beverages, non-dairy creamer, food, infant nutrition, ice cream and chilled dairy, breakfast cereals, confectionery and pet care. 

Borneo International Marathon 2014 Official Results

It has been two years since I had the chance to join the full marathon women’s veteran category of the Borneo International Marathon (BIM).  It’s one race abroad that I would always remember.  Had a great time running in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.  



The zeal and dedication of the Organizers have not waned.  Year after year, even if faced with challenges, they were determined to bring only the best road race in the area.  That said, congratulations to all who are behind the recently held BIM 2014.  You deserve a pat on the back for a job well done!

For those who have run the race last weekend, the wait is over.  Official race results of the BIM 2014 can be found here.  

Finally, mark your calendar and save the date to be part of the BIM 2015 road racing event on May 3!

Skechers GORun Wins 2014 Boston Marathon*

With the support of the Skechers Performance Division by my side every step of the way, I have won for the city of Boston, and for the entire U.S.,” said Meb Keflezighi (“Keff-Lez-Gee”) at his Boston Marathon presser.


Skechers GORun ambassador and America’s #1 marathoner Meb led the pack of elite runners to the finish line in the 2014 Boston Marathon in his high-performance Skechers GORun shoes.
Meb’s victory became a feel-good story in the running community, following the devastating bombing incident in last year’s Boston Marathon as he is the first American to win in the prestigious Boston Marathon after three decades with a new personal-best time record of 2:08:37.
Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing for Skechers Performance Division Rick Higgins said, “We are so proud of Meb and his monumental accomplishment on what was clearly a very emotional day…if [he] can do it in Skechers shoes, so can you.”
The Skechers Performance Division first signed Meb in 2011 to represent the Skechers Performance Division as it launched its new footwear line. The Skechers GORun is designed for speed with its innovative M-Strike Technology to promote a mid-foot strike (two-point step: mid-toe), allowing more fluid and powerful strides than a heel strike (three-point step: heel-mid-toe).
Meb transitioned from a heel strike to a mid-foot strike runner with Skechers GORun, giving him an effortless and faster take off. Since that time, Skechers M-Strike Technology’s influence on the improvement of Meb’s PR (personal record) has been evident.
At 36, he ran in the NYC Marathon in Skechers GORun back in 2011 and posted a personal-best time in finishing sixth in New York that day, and then lowered it again in winning the U.S. Olympic trials just two months later. Meb also won more than five key races, including the U.S. Half Marathon Championship in Houstonin January 2014, and the U.S. Olympic Trials in Houston in 2012.
While his winning the 2014 Boston Marathon might have come as a surprise to many given his age during the race was just two weeks before Meb turns 39, he attained greater achievements and established his personal best time record, running like a blur ever since he shifted to Mid-foot Strike Technology with Skechers GORun.
“It’s a pretty massive deal for a non-traditional running shoe company,” said Eric Smallwood, senior vice president of Front Row, a Philadelphia marketing and analytics company focused on sports. “If you’re a runner and you get a PR (personal record) in a new pair of shoes, you’re sticking with those.”
Are Skechers Performance shoes any good? Smallwood’s say: “They win marathons don’t they?”

*Press Release