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National Geographic Earth Day Run 2015

This year’s Earth Day Run (EDR) is expected to draw 20,000 runners to fill in slots for 5K, 10K, 21K, and 42K (Manila Leg). Powered by National Geographic Channel (NGC),  EDR has helped in promoting  sustainable living and environmental advocacy using its annual running event as platform to significantly contribute to various environmental causes.

Your support will help raise funds for (1) portable solar powered lighting kits to the Tawbuid Mangyan tribesfolk in Mindoro and forest rangers’ camps which are not connected to power grids, a project of NGC’s environmental partner World Wildlife Fund for Nature and (2) the preservation of our Tamaraws. The kits will eliminate the use of highly flammable kerosene to light up their homes and give them access to a safe energy source that will open opportunities to community development and advancement.

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NGC, together with its partners, aims to raise awareness on the benefits of sustainable energy while ensuring that the events at EDR 2015 will involve fun celebrations and shows of skills.

See you at the starting line!

MILO Advisory for the 38th Milo Marathon

MILO POSTPONES MARATHON FINALS

In view of the imminent arrival of Typhoon Ruby and to ensure the safety and welfare of all concerned, it has been decided that the National Finals of the 38th Milo Marathon will be postponed.

Originally scheduled for tomorrow Sunday, December 7, 2014 a new date will be announced within the next few days.

We apologize for this disappointment and ask everyone be sure to take care during these coming difficult days.

We would like to assure all officially registered runners that their registration will be honored in the new race schedule.

For questions and concerns, please contact the RunRio hotlines as follows:

(632) 703-1736

(02) 463-4814

(0977) 137-6345

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!

Corregidor Half and Full Marathon 2013 Rescheduled to 11-12 January 2014

Received an email from Team Corregidor Race Director about the rescheduling of the Corregidor running event. Below, please find the full text of the organizer’s email.

The entire Filipino nation is grieving.  In light of our country’s current state of calamity and our of respect to all our suffering compatriots and to make way for the relief efforts of individuals and organized groups for all those affected by this calamity, Corregidor Marathon and the 4th Corregidor International Half Marathon is rescheduled to 11-12 January 2014 respectively.   

Further convincing us of the decision to reschedule the events is the forecast of the local weather agency that there are 3 to 4 more typhoons expected to hit the country before the year ends. It is more prudent to decide as early as now than deciding on it a few days leading to event day when all preparations have been set. 

The Runner’s Briefing on November 30 and December 1 will push through at 100 Miles Café in Fort Strip, however.  All race participants’ bookings with Sun Cruises will automatically be transferred to the corresponding new dates.   Likewise,  race registration will continue up to 3 January 2014.

We are encouraging everyone to help in any way they can during this difficult time. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

Sincerely, 

Edward Kho

Race Director

Team Corregidor-4th CIHM

Related link: Corregidor Half and Marathon Organizer’s Official Statement 

Cavinti Adventure Trail Marathon, 30 Nov. 2013

The town of Cavinti, Laguna is hosting for the [very] first time a trail run marathon on November 30 with runners completing a scenic loop deep within forest trails and rough roads, woodlands, rivers, falls, and a lake.
CAVINTI Roadand Trail Adventure Marathon
30 Nov. 2013 – 4:30 AM

Cavinti Town Plaza, Cavinti, Laguna

Organizer: Cavinti Sports and Tourism Council

42K – P 1,200 / 21K –  P 800  / 12K – P 500  / 6K – P 300 
(Inclusive of singlet, finisher’s shirt/medal [for] 42k and 21k categories, race bibs, packed lunch, and [race] guidelines)

Cutoff Times

42KM

10 hours

21KM

5 hours

13KM

3 hours

6KM

1.5 hours
Singlet
Finisher’s shirt

 

The 42-km route will have mild to cool temperature, moderate to steep rolling hills, several river crossings one of which will lead to the Cavinti Underground River, moderate elevation gains, and scenic views of surrounding mountains, wildflower meadows and lake.

The [race] will start at CavintiTown Plazafronting the historic Our Lady Parish Church and end at the Bumbungan Eco Park Fallswhere runners will be treated with a sumptuous lunch after they cross the finish line.

Conveniently placed refilling stations will be provided in different points of the route. To ensure an environmentally friendly race, runners are encouraged to bring their own hydration bottles, hydration backpacks, hydration belts or any hydration gear as no cups will be provided.

There will be a 10 + 1 promo for every group of 10 runners who will register together. One (1) race packet will be given for FREE for a distance not exceeding the longest distance a member has registered in (e.g., if a group registers for 5x12k and 5x21k, 1 free race kit for 12k or 21k shall be given). 

[This] promo is up to 16 Nov. 2013 ONLY! Register now!

Corregidor International Half Marathon and Corregidor Marathon 2013

The running community will once again converge in Corregidor Island to participate in two events: the 1st Corregidor Marathon (CM) on the December 7 and the 4th Corregidor International Half Marathon (CIHM) on December 8 respectively.
The 1st CM will usher in a new level of challenge in the running scene. With a total distance of 42.195km, the event is designed to be the common ground of marathoners, ultrarunners, and triathletes.

Participation in the 1st CM will be reserved for 88 seasoned marathoners only, with a set qualifying time. Because the half-marathon course of Corregidor could be viewed from the top as forming an “8”-shaped loop, runners must race through the course twice to complete the race, hence a “double 8.”
The race is an open competition. All participants upon crossing the finish line will receive a Finisher’s Medallion and a rank-indicated Finisher’s Trophy. There will be one male and one female overall winner whose title will be Corregidor Marathon Man and Woman, respectively. Each winner will receive a P 30,000 cash prize and a champion’s trophy. Age bracket top finishers will also be declared and will be awarded with a certificate of achievement.
In addition to the full marathon distance, CM will have shorter distance categories: the 5K Blitz and the 3K Thrill. Each of these distances shall have 150 slots. These shorter distances will cater to those who are just getting started with the sport of running and who would like to experience running in the island. There will be no qualifying times required for the participants of these sub-categories nor will there be a sweep time or cut-off time.

Meanwhile, close to 1,000 participants and visitors are expected to turn up for the 4th installment of CIHM. Runners from different backgrounds–from intermediate recreational to hardcore runners, will take a shot at dethroning the reigning King and Queen of the Rock. The 4th CIHM is designed to thrill, surprise and challenge runners, from different parts of the country and from around the world, by testing their mettle on all types of running terrain.
The race route, covering a total of 21.0975km, will encompass a combination of paved uphills and down slopes and intermittent segments of dirt trails. But what would differentiate CIHM from the usual running experience of avid runners is that it will take the race participants to key historical hotspots on the remarkable isle. Right at the start of the race, the runners will experience an adrenaline rush as they race past the full length of the Malinta Tunnel. The exhilaration will continue to unfold as the runners exit the tunnel’s east access en route to the interior of the atoll. The thrilling highlight of the race surges as the runners negotiate the tricky span of a thickly foliaged trail draped in rays of sunlight, culminating in a run along the rocky cliff of the island with a breathtaking view of Manila Bay, to dramatically finish at the south dock breakwater facing the vast West Philippine Sea.
The 4th CIHM will be an extraordinary opportunity for passionate runners to set a new norm for personal achievement as finishing the race will be akin to recapitulating a fortress that is home to the resilient and valiant. There are 300 slots to be opened for the 21K distance. A qualifying time of 2h30min for male runners, and 3h00min for female participants will be adopted for this category. First time 21K runners must have run a 10K race within 1h15m (male) or 1h30min (female). However, for CIHM alumni 100 slots will be allotted as wildcard entries waiving the qualifying time requirement.
Aside from centerpiece 21km event, there will be a 10k Challenge for running aficionados who are yet to be familiar with the challenging terrain of Corregidor but yearn to discover and experience its distinctive scenic course. There will be no qualifying time to join this race category. Likewise, no sweep time will be observed. The top male and female runners in this event will be awarded with a certificate of achievement and winner’s plaque. All finishers in this race category will be awarded with a 10km Achiever Medal. Only 200 slots will be opened for this side event.
Registration for the 1st CM is ongoing and, for the 4th CIHM, registration has started last 1 October 2013. 

For Corregidor Marathon (and sub-events) registration details, click here.

For Corregidor Half Marathon (and sub-events) registration details, click here.

For FAQs, click here.
21K Finisher’s Medal

10K Finisher’s Medal

21K Dri-fit Race Shirt

21K Sling Bag
3K, 5K, 42K Finisher’s Medal

42K Trophy

42K Race Shirt

42K Backpack
For inquiries and updates on the two races, interested runners can like the separate Facebook fan pages or send an email to corregidormarathon@bigbigbig.com.ph or corregidor21@bigbigbig.com.ph. Runners can also contact (02) 403-0246.

The 1st Corregidor Marathon and the 4th Corregidor International Half Marathon are managed by Big, Big, Big, Inc. and presented by Smart Communications, Sun Cruises, Soleus together with event partners Corregidor Foundation, Galileia Events Place, 100 Miles Café, L Time Studio, Runningmate, One Sceniques, Active Link, Toby’s, Runnr alongside with media partners Philippine Star, Pinoy Fitness, Mellow 94.7 FM, Takbo.ph, Inquirer Libre, Solar News and medical aid partner UERM Medical Center.

Subic International Marathon, 26-27 January 2013

Five years ago, on September 2007, I ran in the first Subic International Marathon (SIM).  Being a newbie in the sport of running, I only did the 10K race category.   That was fun since I ran with fellow runners from the impromptu running group known also  as Happy Feet.
extribe, Inc., organizer of the race,  will stage the annual competition dubbed as a Run for Fun & Transformation.  

SIM has been actively involved in community development work in partnership with the Christian Officers Reform the Police Service (CORPS) Movement Foundation, a faith-based group which is deeply involved in creating God-centered, service-oriented and family-based communities. By tapping its legion of volunteers, the Foundation has offered different programs on anti-drugs campaign, values formation, health and wellness advocacy, strengthening family relationship among others to various communities in Metro Manila and regions in the country since 1992.  These programs have significantly contributed to the inculcation of values and virtues among children and youth thus transforming many lives and building safer communities. 


Your generosity will deeply benefit the advocacies attached to the CORPS Movement Foundation, Dilaab Movement Foundation, and Bukas Loob sa DIYOS Covenant Community of Subic Bay Freeport Zone, the beneficiaries of this yearly event.  Foremost in these advocacies is the care and formation of abandoned, underprivileged and extremely poor children. 

Seven Reasons Why You Should Join this Race

1.  Internationally endorsed race course
2.  A safe and clean 42-kilometer race course amid lush green scenery
3.  Rest facilities on every turnaround point for all race categories
4.  Use of RFID timing system
5.  Water station in every 1.5 Km
6.  Involvement and support of the communities around the race course
7.  Full medical support for emergency cases

Race Details
Venue: Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Start and Finish: Remy Field

Race Category and Gun Start Schedule

26 January 2013, Saturday
Afternoon fun run

5Km — 4:30 PM
3Km — 4:30 PM

27 January 2013, Sunday
Early morning competitive run

42Km — 4:30 AM
21Km — 5:15 AM
10Km — 6:00 AM

Official Registration Centers

~ New Balance Stores—Trinoma, EDSA Shangri-la, Glorietta, Marquee Mall
~ The Outlet Square at Subic Bay Freeport Zone near the Meatplus Café

There will be a special extended registration period for 3Km and 5Km on January 26, Saturday, from 9AM to 4PM. Pick up of race packet for participants who registered online is also scheduled on the same date from 1PM to 5 PM. On-line registration has started last December 5. You may also visit Subic Marathon for further details. Registration is until January 15.

2012 Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon = 2012 澳門銀河娛樂國際馬拉松” 報名通知, December 2

28 August 2012 — I received an e-mail from the organizer that registration for the Macau Marathon is now officially open and the event will take place on December 2.  Intended to participate in this year’s edition but I have to forego the plan for lack of training. 
For those of you who want to test your marathon training, speed, level of competitiveness, and if cold weather is not much of a trouble, I believe Macau Marathon race is for you.   Tip: Do include hill training in your marathon program.  For complete details about the race, please click here.

Macau Marathon: An Unfinished Business

Fast Forward … KM 35

I knew I didn’t have much time after glancing at my Garmin FR 305. So when the Chinese speaking race official raised both his hands signaling me to stop, I was not surprised at all. There was no way I could beat the cut off time even if I attempted to sprint the remaining seven kilometers.  Continuing the run would be futile.  In my mind I silently said, “Oh my this is my first time not to finish a race.” Had I continued to run, at the rate I was going, I would have finished it in approximately 5:10 hours or 5:12 hours.  But still a way, way past the cut off time.

Minutes have gone by before I saw runners approaching to where I was stopped.   Just like me they were also asked to stop.   I only had a few minutes for some pleasantries with these two runners, one an American and the other one a Chinese lady, just before our ride arrived.  Inside the van are race marshals as well as participants who dropped from the race. Glancing around, I noticed that we are one international community in the van.  The marshals then gave each runner a bottle of water, a banana, and a bar of chocolate.

As our ride traversed the bridge, I could see some runners trudging their way, still a few kilometers, to the finish line.  Our van even stopped to let two tired runners to hop in but these runners refused the ride and stubbornly continued to run.   Farther down the bridge, I could still see some of the remaining fast runners who, to my estimate, have greater chances of finishing within the cut off time.  

I arrived at the stadium looking for my bag that I deposited earlier.   It took some time before I get to see my Takbo.ph friends.  Thanks to Ellen aka Kelcy, a half marathon finisher, who was outside the stadium looking for me.   True to her word, she did come back to supposedly meet me along the route and planned to pace with me up to the finish line had I made it within the cut off time.  Too bad we didn’t get to meet as agreed.  That was really nice of Ellen.   

What Happened Before Signing Up for this Race?

To run a marathon at the end of the year was never part of my plan.  I just wanted to really rest from racing after finishing the Bataan Death March 102KM Ultramarathon.  Ellen who asked me to join them in this trip sometime in February was really convincing that I should run Macau International Marathon.  It was difficult at first to decide what distance I should participate. But the idea of seeing Macau on foot while running was kind of tempting.  I saw the marathon as my R & R, a relaxation, and racing was only secondary.  When the online registration opened in September, I registered for the full marathon.  

I was half-hearted about the whole thing.   I was preoccupied with things including the death anniversary of my mother.  Yes, it has been only a year since my mother passed away.  The month of December reminds me of our loss as well as not being able to do my half marathon pacer duty last year at the 2nd Quezon City International Marathon. 

With the inclement weather during the last quarter of the year, it also impeded my training days.  I didn’t get to train as hard as before.  I was a slacker.  I only did serious training runs two months before this race.   

I also didn’t get enough sleep or couldn’t get a good night sleep, especially, prior to the race.  Exhausted yet couldn’t sleep.

Race Day

Group Photo of Runners Before the Race at the Hotel Lobby 

Reality hit me right smack on my face when I saw the kind of runners they had at the starting line.  I never was nervous like this than in the previous big races I participated in.  Watching the participants doing their warm up exercises, to me, these are not just regular runners.  These are runners who are really ready to RACE.  

The minimum weather temperature dropped by 1 degree Celsius making it as low as 13 degrees Celsius as we were doing our warmup exercises at the stadium.  And it gradually improved to temperature that I’m comfortable with at between 17-18 degrees Celsius later that day. 

KM 28-29

The Sai Van Bridge (Portuguese: Ponte de Sai Van) is a cable-stayed bridge which features a double-deck design and measures 2.2 kilometers.  Since the marathon takes on two loops, it means one has to cross the sloping bridge four times.  During the second loop and on my second ascent to the bridge, I felt heaviness in my legs.  As I reached the lower part of the second slope (1440m high) of the bridge, I could no longer move my legs.  I had a major spasm in my quadriceps muscle.  The fist-like muscle on both my thighs hindered any movement and it was painful.  I also noticed stiffness in my arms and shoulders because of the cold weather.  Since there was no one to help me, I stopped and massage it myself.  I only started to run again during the descent maintaining a slower pace.    Eventually went back to my race pace up to KM 35.  

Picturesque Sai Van Bridge at Night


KM 1-10 

I attempted a kidney break but I didn’t get to do it.  There was a long line when I reached one of the portable toilets along the route.  I had no recourse but to run so as not to waste time.  It was an uncomfortable run for me the whole time.   It was only during the second loop that I was able to do my kidney break.  What a relief!  

More portalets be added along the route is highly recommended. 

Of Sportsmanship, Friendship, and Lessons Learned

There you go.  You’ve read my noble excuses explaining why I didn’t get to finish.  

I have run the race by its rules.  That’s part of sportsmanship.  Win or lose (or not being able to finish), it is all part of sportsmanship.  Sportsmanship or  the “golden rule” in sports and competition means handling both victory and defeat graciously and taking it all in stride by playing fair, following the rules of the game, respecting the officials, and treating fellow participants with respect.  Although it’s great to be a winner, to me, it’s better to have enjoyed the process of trying to reach the goal while having fun.

I was happy with my first marathon outside the country and quite satisfied with my performance.  I congratulated myself for reaching up to KM 35 with no injury other than the cramps that happened during the initial stage of the race.  It’s not easy to admit I lose this time, but in competition or race—as in life—one may not always win (or get to the finish line) but one can learn something from losing, too. 

This is just a race.  This is just a game.  There are still so many marathon races out there.  In fact, I’m looking forward to running the Macau International Marathon next year, God willing, as I still have an unfinished business with that Sai Van Bridge.  

I will work hard again to bring my groove back in running so that I could finish this marathon next time.  


I congratulate my companions and fellow runners for finishing their half marathon (2:30) and full marathon (5:00) races within the prescribed time. 
If you really want to have a PR or a good competition for your full marathon, I recommend you to try running Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon instead.   

Was the trip worth it?  

Of course! I couldn’t ask for more.  I had a great time touring Macau.  So many things to explore, so little time.

Ruins of St. Paul’s, a World Heritage Site

At the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre

One of the Streets at the Senado Square, a World Heritage Site

Was it expensive?  

Very reasonable expenses as long as you travel within your budget.  Airfare is more expensive if I travel to my home city than to travel outside the country.  

Travel tips: Be on the lookout for seat sale and promos.  Register early to avail of the early bird registration fees.  Book your accommodations at a reputable backpacker’s hotel. Prepare your own itinerary.  Do your own readings about Macau’s history and research must see places in Macau to make your stay worthwhile.  

From the Bottom of My Heart

Many thanks to Charina Puno, Deputy Marketing Manager, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO)-Philippines for inviting us at the Finisher’s Party hosted by MGTO-Japan, MGTO-Taiwan, and MGTO-Philippines held at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre.

As Guests of MGTO-Philippines at the Finisher’s Party


A Group Photo with MGTO-Japan During the Finisher’s Party 
Thanks also to Run Rio, Inc. in partnership with MGTO-Philippines for inviting me during the Bloggers Night held last October 20 in Makati City.  The brochures, maps, and guidebook the MGTO Team Philippines gave us were of great help during our visit in Macau.  

A big thank you to Carlo S. aka Drum and Run, Carina aka Flying Boar, and Dhenz aka Running Pinoy for the photos and great shots.  I say the same to my companions—Tere aka El Capitana, Rico aka By Sheer Will, Carina, Marga aka Margalicious, Raff, Ellen, Tracy aka Digital Dash, Carlo, and Dhenz —for having me in this trip.  

I thank Coach John Lozada for providing me training assignments and for supporting me all the time—win or lose.


Until next time!