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From a Sea of Reds to an Ocean of Black and Lime Green: the 2012 Nike We Run Manila

2 December – I was out of the house early in the morning may be too excited to get to race site for the annual Nike 10K run.  I really thought I couldn’t make it this year, but many thanks to Nike and to the We Run Manila Team for the invitation and for making it possible for me. 
Running Bloggers from L-R: Singing Dad on the Run, Running Pinoy, Banana Running, Running Diva, Run Unlimited, Forefoot Runner, and Jet Paiso (Photo courtesy of Bards B. aka Banana Running)
It took me sometime to reach the race venue since I had to take an alternative route once I saw the traffic along a major thoroughfare. The good thing about it, though a bit stressful, the taxi driver was really helpful and very cooperative the whole time we traveled.   In fact, he was worried if I would arrive late.  Thankfully, I got there with ample time to supposedly do some warm up exercises but decided to skip it since there were already a lot of runners milling about.  After thanking the driver for his efforts, I jogged towards the starting line and stopped when I saw runners lined up at the entrance of the start line corral.  Walking faster this time, I headed straight to the VIP lounge at the Race Village to claim a special wrist tag.

Sunday turned out to be a great day with more than 13,000 runners who battled the race field in Pasay City.  From a sea of reds to an ocean of black and lime green!  The number of runners has showed a significant increase in participation from 8,000 in 2011. 

[Related: Nike We Run Manila: the Reds]
While it was difficult waiting in the corral to start, (What Wave was I? I had no idea.) I’m glad I found a good spot.  As soon as I crossed the finish line, I went straight for that limited edition finisher’s tee which is strictly for runners who have completed the race within 2.5 hours.  That’s a lot of time for a 10K!  I’m happy with my performance and improved finish time (a PR by seven minutes) despite the low-intensity training compared to what I did these past seven years.    
Claiming the finisher’s tee, water, banana, and energy drink was no problem.  In fact, the new system was a huge improvement and perhaps another Runrio innovation.   Though the race start was slightly delayed by a few minutes, after the countdown it started out on such a high note.  

I take my hats off to  the Runrio Team for a job well done!  Thank you to Nike We Run Manila Team for the complimentary ticket to this race and VIP seating for breakfast, special mention to Trina Villanueva who facilitated everything. Congratulations to all the participants, winners, and finishers of the 2012 Nike We Run MNL 10K race!  

Updates About the Nike We Run Manila 10K!

We are just a week away from Nike We Run Manila 10K Race!  I’m pretty sure you are already quite excited about this run happening on October 15.  Here are some updates about the race: each tee will bear the bib number of the participant. 
Men’s tee

Women’s tee

The race map/route: start and end points at 34th Street in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Parokya ni Edgar, Chicosci and Sandwich bands will keep the runner’s high through their live performances.




Parokya Ni Edgar


Nike We Run 10K Set in October

RUNNING DIVA at the Nike We Run Manila 10K Media Launch 

Run Offers Runners the Platform to Connect, Inspire, Share and Motivate Others to Own the Sport of Running

Witness the fusion of running, music and Manila‘s night urbanscape come to life as Nike Philippines launches We Run Manila 10K. We Run Manila 10k pays homage to runners and aims to connect Manila’s running community even further by celebrating the concept of We Run – where runners connect, motivate and inspire each other. Furthermore, We Run Manila 10K takes pride by being the first-of-its-kind run that invites Filipino runners to gather and celebrate their love for the sport, music and the country.
If you have a body, you are an athlete,” Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, defining how he viewed the endless possibilities for human potential. In the same tone, we pay tribute to our runners who routinely push themselves and motivate others to achieve that extra step, pace or mile and ultimately be the best runner they can be.
The race is part of the Nike We Run City 10k races happening in multiple cities such as Seoul (South Korea), Monterrey (Mexico) and Santiago (Chile) that promises a unique run experience combining running and music. The 8,000 runners from Manila will be part of the 150,000 runners from cities across continents to run in this year’s Nike We Run City 10k runs. Manila is the 3rd city in Southeast Asia and one of the 15 cities around the world participating in the Nike City 10k races from now until the end of the year.
This night run will happen on October 15 and will take the runners traversing the heart of the city’s rising business and lifestyle district – Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. At the end of the race the runners will be treated with performances by Chicosci, Parokya ni Edgar.
With Nike’s very first 10k run in Manila, we want to harness the energy of runners and celebrate their individual and cumulative achievements and motivations as we usher in a new season of running,” shared Nike Philippines Marketing Manager Mae Dichupa. “We all have experienced coming to that point in our run when that extra step or mile is a little harder but we feel that adrenaline kick in when we visually register another runner keep pace or pass us on our running route and once conquered, we feel better motivated and more in tuned with ourselves and other runners. We Run Manila 10k is all about just that – it’s the best avenue for runners to relinquish their love for the sport and place it a notch higher by appreciating it against the vibrant culture of urban Manila.

The registration for Nike We Run Manila 10k race will commence on September 5, Monday at Nike Park Fort, RunnR Bonifacio High Street and Shangri-la Plaza, online through and in select universities. Registration fees and categories as

Entry for 1 person
Entry for 2 people
Under 25 yrs old
PhP 750.00
PhP 1,300.00
25 yrs old & above
PhP 1,000.00
PhP 1,300.00

A special discount for registered runners will also be available at select Nike stores.



  1. Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
  2. Men’s Under 25 – For men age 24 years and below on the race day
  3. Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
  4. Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages
School Challenge – School Team Category – Colleges and Universities 
In the spirit of WE RUN, Nike will launch the Run Buddy Run Nike+ Challenge to celebrate the motivational aspect of running with a buddy! Running has long been referred to as a personal endeavour, but despite the individual nature of the sport, running is an intensely communal pursuit too. The Run Buddy Run Nike+ Challenge takes on the idea of run clubs, training groups and community to broaden the appeal of physical running into the virtual world. Driven through Nike Running Philippines Facebook page and the Nike+ platform, the challenge will see pairs of run buddies race it out to win a VIP Race Day Experience at the We Run Manila 10K, and other Nike prizes.
Challenge mechanics below:

  1. Visit Nike Running Philippines Facebook page at and check out the WE RUN MANILA 10K tab.
  2. Click on RUN BUDDY RUN and sign up with your run buddy.
  3. Once you’ve joined the challenge with your run buddy, lace up your running shoes and hit the road!
  4. Sync your KMs to Nike+ and follow the daily leader board updates on the Nike Running Philippines Facebook page. 
Join the Nike We Run Manila 10K race to run for yourselves, for buddies, for fitness and for fun and when it’s all done, join us at the Race Village for a host of music and entertainment to celebrate being a runner.
For more information, visit or follow on twitter via @NikePH.