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Urban Guerilla Race, 12 April 2015

TN-Guerilla Race, Inc. is proud to announce the resumption of the Guerilla Race Series (GRS) with its entry level challenge, the Urban Guerilla Race® happening on 12 April 2015 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City.

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The GRS is held annually having three major races per year. Previous races were Guerilla Sprint at Nuvali Estates, Sta. Rosa Laguna, Guerilla Warrior in San Mateo Rizal, Guerilla Panther Challenge and Guerilla Kids Race at Filinvest City, Alabang. The Kids edition, participated by children ages 6 to 12, was introduced in October 2014.  Since the GRS is patterned according to actual military training, participants will also experience what soldiers go through while on training.



Participants can expect obstacles like Javelin Throw, Sandbag Carry, Log Balance, Barbed Wire Crawl, Fire Jump, Cargo Nets and Vertical Rope Climb, but with a whole other set of obstacles. Maps WILL NOT be provided hence racers can rely on their determination and courage to finish the race.



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You may register via the GUERILLA RACE® web site

In-store Registration: Merrell branches at SM North EDSA Annex, Trinoma, Festival Mall, and HIT Arena (BF Paranaque), and Market! Market!

Participants can choose from any of the following:



Guerilla Warrior 10K

18 obstacles

             P 1,150
Guerilla Sprint 5K

12 obstacles

              P    950
Guerilla Kids 1K

6 obstacles

              P    750


URBAN GUERILLA RACE® is presented by TN-Guerilla Race, Inc. in cooperation with Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife, Manila Metropolitan District Authority, and the Local Government of Quezon City.

It is supported by Merrell (URBAN GUERILLA RACE®  Official Footwear), HIT Arena, Geneva Belts, Ximex Delivery Express (XDE), Coca-Cola-FEMSA, Anytime Fitness, +Certified Positive Planner, Music Hall and Write On Track Enterprises with official media partners Business Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), The Philippine Star, 97.9 Home Radio, DWIZ, Voice of the Youth Radio, Men’s Health, Reach Magazine, Travelplus, Pinoy Fitness, Save 22, Amazing Planet Channel and ATC @ IBC (Television at its best). 

For more information, please visit and Like their Facebook Page at

Urbanathlete Diva 3/e

MH URB 2014, Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna 

Yours truly has been an urbanathlete since. I started out with a 10K distance sometime in 2010.  [Related: Urbanathlete Diva 2010, please click here]  Well, I did miss joining this race for two years in a row as I was into ultra distance then and had a hiatus from racing.  In 2013, instead of signing up for the 21K race, I opted to do a 5K only courtesy of Men’s Health Philippines, and skipped the following obstacles: climbing a net over a bus, climbing a rope, monkey bars, and the dreaded eight-foot wall. [Related: Urbanathlete Diva, second edition or 2/e, please click here]

Urbanathlete Vicente Blue about to tackle the monkey bars. (Photo by Leadpack)

I wasn’t able to attend the Men’s Health Urbanathlon (MH URB) media event two months ago being out of town at the time of its launch yet so lucky still to have been invited to be part of the MH URB race this year in Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna.  Many thanks to fellow bloggers, Queenie of and Jinoe of for the complimentary kit that they gave not only to me but also to a fellow ultramarathon runner, Norvs.

I think I’ve messed up in the last few weeks before the big race that it became a race week summed up as a stressful stretch days. I had to strike a balance between work life and social life. A bit sleep-deprived getting into the groove of consistent nighttime workouts (running and swimming), weekend racing, attending media events, and updating this blog. Not that I’m complaining on all of these.  In those moments where I am so challenged by these activities, I am thankful for the love,  opportunity, and support of my family and friends.  

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Yours truly, Jinoe of, and Norvs of Team Soleus at the activity area. Vibrant shirt colors make us look  so Christmassy. (Photo by Leadpack)

I found the route a new experience for a 21k for MH URB being used to running this event on the roads of Metro Manila. The first 15 kilometers included gradual uphills and the latter part, which to my surprise, included a route of two or three kilometers of the trail reminiscent of the last few kilometers of the Soleus Valley 30-kilometer Trail Challenge in June this year.  There was one obstacle to tackle before the turnaround point at approximately KM10 or 11.  Water and energy drink stations were set up in just the right areas  to keep us hydrated, and with very friendly and courteous staff.  Both the road and trail route marshals cheered on urbanathletes as they passed them on their way to the next obstacle challenge, and they are just as courteous as the water station staff.  Medic Rescue is on standby the day of the race.

With Yael Yuzon, vocalist and guitarist of the band Sponge Cola, also a MH URB finisher. (Photo by Running Photographers for Leadpack)

It was also nice to see long-time friends Michelle and Craig Logan, and had the chance to pace with them albeit a short one before they ran past me.  Good to also see familiar faces among the gathering crowd at the finishline. Thank you Bave DC and fab Vicente Blue for the cheer as l crossed the finish line. Pretty much appreciated. Thanks also to Norvs for the support.  A shout-out to Running Photographers, especially,  to Reggie Cruz and  RJ Knight Runner for the nice photos.

Urbanathlete Michelle Logan looking so fit and about to try the monkey bars. (Photo by Leadpack)

To sum it up, yeah, I enjoyed the MH URB so much! Out of nine obstacles, I only skipped the monkey bars. That I had to climb over the van with the net twice and the dreaded eight-foot wall, I successfully redeemed myself.   Super thanks to the attending marshals including Coach Joar who assisted me to complete the obstacle challenge.  

Congratulations to Men’s Health Philippines,  Doc Lyndon of Leadpack Race Organizer, their media partners, sponsors, and to all finishers and winners for a job well done.  By far the best Urbanathlon race l have had experienced! Looking forward to the next one!

Men’s Health (MH) Urbanathlon, 16 Nov. 2014

Over 3,000  participants are expected to join this year’s MH Urbanathlon in any of the three race categories: 5K (P850), 10K (P900), and 21K (P950), which will be happening on November 16 in Santa Rosa, Nuvali, Laguna.  This event is a signature event of MH worldwide which combines endurance run, and strategically placed obstacles along the way. Participants have to run, climb, crawl, and jump through the barriers.   These barriers includes a tire field, the scaffold maze, a container van, the low crawl, monkey bars, the military up and under, the network, rope, and the 8-foot wall.

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Registration is ongoing until  November 9 at Planet Sports Bonifacio Global City, Planet Sports Trinoma, Gold’s Gym Galleria, Gold’s Gym Glorietta 3, and Gold’s Gym Katipunan. Online registration is ongoing until October 31 via Urbanathlon. Participants of the 21K will get a labeled race shirt and a special prize.

Grab a copy of of the September 2014 issue of MH magazine where a 60-day training plan is outlined to help you race ready. For updates, log on to

The MH Urbanathlon is co-presented by Gatorade and Avida with major sponsors Asics, Bridgestone, Gold’s Gym, Emperador Light and minor sponsor Planet Sports.  Nuvali is the official venue while is the event’s media partner.

SunPiology: An Adventure-filled Run with the Stars, 15 Nov. 2014

This annual charity run–inspired by the elements of nature: earth, wind, water, and fire–is not just a dash to the finish line. The event is a partnership between Sun Life Philippines and Star Magic with Hebreo Foundation as the beneficiary. It is organized by RunRio. Expect a fun filled run with mazes and crawls, and get the chance to run with Piolo Pascual and his co-Star Magic artists!

It will be held on November 15, Saturday at 3PM at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) with 500-meter dash (P350), 3K (P700), 5K (P800), and 10K (P900) race categories.  Registration will run until November 12 at SunPiology or via the official registration partners RUNNR at BGC and at TOBY’s Mall of Asia, Robinsons Galleria, and North EDSA The Block branches.  Registrants will receive a Sun Life bottle together with the race kits.


Official media partners: 9TV, ANC, Business Mirror, Star Studio, The Philippine Star, Cinema One, Jeepney TV, Mellow 94.7, OutComm, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and YES Magazine.

Official hotel partner is F1 Hotel Manila, official medical partner is St. Luke’s Medical Center.   Event partners include 360° Fitness Club, Gardenia, Jamba Juice, Krispy Kreme, Max’s, Purefoods Sexy Chix, San Mig Coffee, Nizoral, and Sun Grepa Financial.  Venue partner is Bonifacio Global City. Gatorade is the official hydration partner and Timex as the official timer.

Urbanathlete Diva 2/e

Run, walk, climb, crawl, jump, slide—you’d experience it all  at the Men’s Health Urbanathlon obstacle race held last September 29. 

In 2010, I signed up for a 10K race (courtesy of Men’s Health).  Before reaching the finish line, runners had to climb up, slide and jump over an eight-foot wall, which was the last obstacle to tackle.   For someone (like me) who had not experienced such obstacle before, the wall was more than a challenge as it would require a considerable upper body strength, a good grip of the rope and a good balance as well.  It was my first obstacle race and I had a great time and enjoyed myself.  

This year, instead of doing the 21K race,  I decided to run the 5K distance only (courtesy of Men’s Health).  No pressure.  No worries about what time to finish.  Just wanted to have fun.  That’s all.  

Running the tires obstacle course (Photo courtesy of Que)
I missed to start with our wave as I was late.  But nothing to worry about since I wore a timing chip. Anyhow, what happened next was .. run … then crawl a net over a bus … too afraid … opted to skip … run … climb and jump over a two-level container van (with the help of the marshals) … run … do the tire obstacle… run … climb a rope? … no, no, opted to skip … run .. crawl through a maze (this is easy!) … run again … do the monkey bars? (oh, no) … can’t reach its height … opted to skip… run … run … run … then there’s the (dreaded) wall … opted to skip… finish. 

My finisher’s shirt should have the RUN, CRAWL, JUMP, [SKIP], PENALTY, CLIMB, [SKIP], PENALTY, SLIDE, FINISH written on it. Ha! Ha! Ha!  Overall, it was a great 5K run! I enjoyed it a lot!

Happy to see fellow runner bloggers Kamote Runner, Running Free Manila, Wilbert, yours truly, 
Que of and Run Unlimited (Photo courtesy of B and Que)

As an instant sales person helping Que (right) sell shirts
and singlets at the Media tent with Summit Media ladies 

Related links: 

Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013 Press Release
Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2012 Press Release

Men’s Health Urbanathlon, 29 September 2013

Are you ready to be an Urbanathlete?  

This year, Men’s Health Urbanathlon adds extra oomph promising an even tougher course.  Aside from the  eight-foot wall, scaffolding bars, you’ll have to go over an eight-foot container van, climb a twelve-foot high rope and conquer a fifty-foot net stretched over a bus just before reaching the finish line. 

Registration will start on August 1 and end on September 25.  Register at any of the following registration centers: 360 Fitness Club Ortigas, Makati, and Quezon City, ROX at Bonifacio High Street, and Gold’s Gym in Alabang. 

To help you prepare for this event, Men’s Health will conduct an Urbanathlon Boot Camp on August 7 and 14 at the Mercato Centrale, Bonifacio Global City. Here you get to try the obstacles as well as get tips and sample workouts. Please note that only a LIMITED number of attendees can be accommodated per session.

For more information and updates, like Men’s Health Philippines on Facebook via or follow on twitter @menshealthph. To subscribe, you may also visit

Karera Lakas Pilipinas Update

The Philippine Marine Corps, together with the Lakas Pilipinas Team, is organizing an event dubbed as Karera Lakas Pilipinas with the theme Tibay ng Marino, Lakas ng Pilipino happening on August 25 this year.  Karera Lakas Pilipinas coincides with National Heroes Day.  It will be held at the Philippine Marine Corps Camp Gen. Gregorio Lim Marine Base in Ternate, Cavite, and a first time for the Philippine Marine Corps to open their training grounds to the public. Fitness is a great equalizer—both military and civilian need to be fit to have a balanced and productive life.  This is what the race is all about.
Race Categories
Astig – 5km run + 20 obstacle courses
Bangis – 200m open water swim + 10km bike + 5km run + obstacle course
Bayani – Special category for uniformed personnel (Coast Guard, PNP, BJMP, Cadets of PMA, MAAP, PNPA, among others
Registration Details
Early bird registration was extended until 31 July 2013. For big groups, “Register 10, Get 1 Free” was offered by the organizer
For online registration, please visit Lakas Pilipinas site
R.O.X. (3rd Floor)
Residencia Boracay-Quezon City Office
Room 303, UP Bahay ng Alumni
Magsaysay Stree, University of the Philippines Campus
Diliman, Quezon City
For inquiries and other details, you may contact
Xhi Tabalan
Race Director
MP 0918.935.7370
MP 0917.701.0722
Stephen Cabanlet Lt Col PN (M)
Marine Corps Special Service Officer
Proceeds from this event will go to the Strength and Conditioning (also called MARFIT) and the Wounded Warrior’s Recovery and Reintegration Programs of the Marine Corps.  The Marines have been the subtle pillars of the country since time immemorial.  They silently perform task without reservation and regard of their own lives.  A serendipitous and unsung hero of our country is hoping for your support. 

Karera Lakas Pilipinas, 25 Aug. 2013

Here’s another adventure race that offers a unique experience for both endurance and multisport athletes.  If you are one of those looking for the NEXT LEVEL kind of a race, then Karera Lakas Pilipinas (KLP) is for you.   KLP is an avenue where one can experience various challenges along the race route and get to enjoy the value of fitness at the same time.

Registration and Race Details
Registration has started last June 15.  Early bird is until 25 July 2013.

Astig, a 5-km run with 20 obstacle courses.  Can be solo 5-km runner and is open to both male/female participants.  There’s also a team category called KAPATIRAN under this level.

Bangis, a 15.2km (200-m open water swim, 10-km bike, 5-km run with obstacle course).  Solo male/female.  The Bayanihan Bangis for team category.

Bayani, for uniformed personnel with two categories: BA – Bayani for Astig and BB – Bayani for Bangis 

Top 8 Reasons to be A Lakas Karerista

1.  Prior to race day, you can prepare for it by having your training at the Philippine Marine Corps’ fitness park at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.  

2.  You can try riding the marines transportation called M35.

3.  A visit to Cavite de Boracay in Ternate, Cavite where the event will be held.

4.  You’ll get a finisher’s shirt.

5.  And a loot bag, too.

6.  Plus, a dog tag! 

7.  Join the after-race “beach” party.

8.  Be part of this epic race.

The Obstacle Courses

1.  The Tunnel –  runners must climb up and down to get inside the tunnel.  Course refusal penalty: NONE

2.  300-m Boulder Maze – runners must walk the natural rock formation course with caution.  Penalty: NONE

3.  Low Crawl – runners move forward under the wire on their bellies to the end of the obstacle.  To reduce the tendency to push the crawling surface, it is filled with sand or sawdust to the far end of the obstacle.

4.  Maze – this is a maze of posts set in the ground with irregular and narrow spaces.  Participants must pick their way carefully through and around them. Lanes are provided to guide the racers in dodging and changing direction. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

5.  Tunnels – these are concrete culverts constructed as part of the obstacle course (900mm in diameter and 10m in length).  Four tunnels are provided to accommodate the number of participants.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

6.  Wall –  participants need to jump and pull themselves up and over the wall.  The wall is 1.2m x 2.4m.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

7.  Balancing Logs – participants step on a log and either walk or run it while keeping their balance.  Penalty: Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

8.  Tough Nut – participants would negotiate the course by stepping over each X log in the lane.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

9.  Belly Buster – participants vault, jump or climb over the log.  The logs are not stationary.  They should avoid not rolling or rocking the log while others are negotiating it.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

10.  Pendulum Tires – participants will pass through a maze of tires suspended from a structure.  Car and truck tires are used alternately.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

11.  Weaver – participants have to weave through one bar and over the next.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

12.  Reverse Climb – participants have to climb the reverse incline and go down the other side to the ground.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

13.  Baby Crawl – participants have to balance themselves on a double rope by pulling themseles vertically using their arms to progress through the course.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

14.  Commando Crawl – this time, participants have to balance themselves on a single rope pulling themselves using their arms to progress through the course.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

15.  Rope Bridge – participants have to balance themselves in an upright position using the two ropes as a bridge and walking the course as they reach the end part.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

16.  Cargo Net – participants climb the net until they reach the very top of the obstacle then go down the other side to the ground.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

17.  Gorilla Bars – participants grasp two rungs of te ladder and swing themselves in the air.  They need to negotiate the length of the ladder by releasing one hand at a time and swinging forward until they reach the end of the obstacle’s length.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

18.  Inclining Wall – participants need to jump and grasp the top of the wal and pull themselves over it.  They can either slide or jump down the incline to the ground.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

19.  Mud Pit – participants will pass through a mud pit and swim their way out.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

20.  River Traverse – participants move forward under a low rail on their bellies to continue on with a run to the coast of the Force Recon Cove and climb a steep uphill towards the road.  Penalty: 5 mins. time delay

Safety is of utmost importance! An emergency response team will be on standby.  Training for this event is compulsory.  All participants must obey traffic rules as there are courses which may pass through the main roads.  Participants are enjoined to adhere to the rules and regulations of the challenges to ensure safety.

Funds raised in this event will be used for the Philippine Marines Corps’ various projects such as MARFIT or the Strength and Conditioning Program and for its Wounded Warrior’s Recovery and Reintegration Program.

Press Release: Men’s Health Urbanathlon & Festival, October 14

The toughest Men’s Health Urbanathlon yet happens in October

The Philippine edition of Men’s Health, the largest men’s lifestyle magazine, will hold its annual Men’s Health Urbanathlon & Festival event on Sunday, October 14 at SM Mall of Asia from 5 AM–10 AM. Celebrity host, Rovilson Fernandez, will be at the helm of the event.
On its sixth staging, the country’s original obstacle laden race is expected to be significantly tougher, bigger and more intense this time around. Designed to test the urbanathlete’s fitness level, the event now has a 21-kilometer distance aside from the usual 5K and 10K categories.
21K, 10K, and 5K Race Routes

The city-based, multi-disciplinary race requires more than just perfect running form as this also tests the racer’s endurance to withstand a mix of seven uniquely engineered obstacles that all increases in difficulty in each race categories. Such obstacles involve monkey and parallel bars, steeple chase and modified tires, container vans, wall climb, vertical climb, quantum leap, scaffolding maze and military hurdles.
Steeple chase combined it with modified tires.
Penalty: 10 minutes if you refuse to go thru this obstacle
Get up and over the container van with the help of platform in front of your ascent and another for your descent.  Penalty: 10 minutes if you refuse to go thru this obstacle

Around 2-3 walls to climb with different heights to further push everyone to the limit.  Penalty: 10 minutes if you refuse to go thru this obstacle

Run up and down the stairs of the South Parking of SM Mall of Asia.
Penalty: 10 minutes if you refuse to go thru this obstacle
Dodge, duck, slide, crawl, climb, and maneuver your way out of the metal bars or scaffolding mazePenalty: 10 minutes if you refuse to go thru this obstacle
Introducing this year, a new obstacle called the quantum leap, where you need to hoist yourself over 5 sets of horizontal beams that are 3.5ft high.  Penalty: 10 minutes if you refuse to go thru this obstacle

Monkey bars with an added twist by packaging it with parallel bars after.

Penalty: 10 minutes if you refuse to go thru this obstacle.

Registration for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon begins on August 22 and ends October 8. The registration fee for the race is P 750.00 for the 5K and 10K distances and P 850.00 for the 21K distance.
Registration centers are located at 360° Fitness Club Makati & Ortigas, Gold’s Gym Alabang and Katipunan and at ROX, Bonifacio Global City. At the event, each participant will be given a complete racing kit including their urbanathlon singlet, race bib, drink stub from Gatorade, food stub from Century Tuna. Race finishers will get finisher’s medal with Men’s Health lanyard, finisher’s certificate, urbanathlete shirt, and urbanathlon drawstring bag.

Finisher’s bag, shirt, lanyard, and medal

This year’s Men’s Health Urbanathlon & Festival is made possible by Century Tuna and Gatorade. Major sponsors: Bo’ athletics Cataflam, Emperador Light, Havaianas, and Suunto; Minor sponsors: Banana Boat and Schick; and Media partners: 99.5 RT and Magic 89.9.
For more information about the upcoming Men’s Health Urbanathlon &; Festival, grab a copy of the July issue of Men’s Health with actor Gerald Anderson on the cover. Men’s Health is available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.
For more of Men’s Health online, become a fan on Facebook and follow them on Twitter . 

Men’s Health Urbanathlon Strikes Again!

Last year, a friend of mine, a fellow blogger and a race organizer, invited me to join this race but I begged off. This year, well, I think I have to try this one. Not so sure what will happen, or, whether I can finish this, but let’s see. After all, we’ll never know until we try, right?

So, if you are a runner who’s willing to do something different, or, is tired of running the usual races, then, try urbanathlon with its tough and intense obstacles. This year’s race is expected to be the most demanding urbanathlon to date.

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon is a city-based, multi-disciplinary race that integrates various urban structures as part of the course and will be held on Nov. 7, 2010, Sunday, 5AM at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Note: Only 10K participants will get a finisher’s medal.


100 Route marshals to direct participants
30 Water Station Marshals
15 Lap Marker Marshals
4 Obstacle Control marshals on every obstacle, 2 Cue marshals and 2 penalty recorders
Lead Escorts and Traffic Police


Tire Dump
Balance Beam
Scaffolding Maze
Low Crawl

The tire dump is an enclosure with 200 tires differently stacked to one another. All participants must pass the tire dump.

There will be four balance beams which participants can use. Participants who didn’t want to go through the obstacle will be penalized [for] 5 minutes.

Participants would have to go inside it which has its inside heavily tied-up with garters to prevent participants to easily pass through. Length: 6 feet width x 18 feet length. Penalty: 10 minutes.

All participants will have to go on all fours to pass through the low crawl. The trick here is to use the flat of your inner thigh and the flat of your arms to crawl with ease. The length of the obstacle is about 10 meters with a height of 3 feet.
Penalty: 10 minutes.

Participants are not allowed to stand and run at the top of the hurdles. There will be a 30-second penalty for participants who will not climb up the obstacle. Penalty: 5 minutes.

The famous 8 foot wall which all participants must scale using a rope to go up and go down on the other side. Participants can help one another by carrying the other by going up and scaling down. Height: 20 feet x 8 feet. Note: Penalty of 15 minutes.

Artwork by Ian Alacar

Registration for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon begins Sept. 28 and ends Oct. 26, 2010. The registration fee for the race is P500.00 and includes a race shirt, drink stubs from Gatorade, food stubs courtesy of Century Tuna and an issue of Men’s Health magazine.

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2010 requires more than just perfect running form and endurance so make sure you are properly trained and fit for the event. 360° Fitness Club, the official gym partner of the Men’s Health Urbanathlon, offers race registrants a discounted membership training program designed by 360° Fitness Program Director Chappy Callanta. Visit the 360° Fitness Club at Strata 100 bldg., Ortigas Ave., Pasig City to experience the 360° workout and get race-ready in no time!

For more information about the race, visit or add [it] on Facebook,

[It] is brought to you by official sports drink Gatorade, official food sponsor Century Tuna, major sponsors V+ Jeans, MSense, Sun Cellular, minor sponsor Lipout, official heart rate monitor Suunto, official gym partner 360° Fitness Club and registration partner R.O.X. Special thanks to radio partners Magic 89.9, Jam 88.3 and RX93.1.