National Geographic Earth Day Run 2017

On 23 Apr. 2017 marks another milestone for National Geographic (NG), which celebrates eight years of holding Earth Day Run (EDR), raising consciousness on environmental issues and health including social awareness through fitness with special program features using the hash tag #8withEDR.

The event encourages and welcomes all types of Eco Warriors to take part—from fun runners of all ages to serious recreational athletes who regularly compete. The event will be held not only in Manila but also in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taichung, an initiative that was adopted last year to effectively spread the vision and advocacy of EDR across Asia.  EDR in Manila will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds where participants can choose a 5K, 10K, 21K, or 42K distance category.

“Earth Day Run 2017 will be the biggest version of the race yet, with more expected participants from Manila and four other cities across Asia. We’re also excited to look back on our eight years of environmental advocacy and share and celebrate with our runners the positive change that they helped make possible through the years by joining Earth Day Run. We hope that Earth Day Run 2017 not only brings communities of running enthusiasts together for the common cause of saving the environment but also that it amplifies the important message of doing your own part today to help stop climate change and commit to sustainable solutions to save our beloved planet Earth,” said FOX Networks Group Philippines director and head of content and marketing Charo Espedido.

Last year, EDR participants ran to support causes such as saving the Irawaddy dolphins at the Malampaya Sound Research and Conservation Project in Palawan; giving the Earth Hour or Gift of Life Village in Monreal, Masbate sustainable solutions to reduce carbon footprint; conservation of the marine protected area and coral reef in Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and, beefing up reforestation efforts at the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, which is one of Metro Manila’s sources of water supply.

Presented by the channel and its partners Cherifer Premium and World Wildlife Fund for Nature, EDR aims to continue the tradition of being one of the biggest running events in the country, expecting scores of running enthusiasts with the hopes of mobilizing all Eco Warriors of previous EDRs to register and run for the environment.

This year’s event welcomes all previously registered participants with VIP treatment and special loyalty perks to be enjoyed on the day of the run. They will be given priority placement in front of the starting line at the beginning of the race and can claim their loot bag and finisher shirt at a special express booth. They can also make use of a special warm-up and cool down tent before and after the race to condition them and recover in comfort.

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To top it off, EDR will also be sporting new features for its runners. As a special treat, all race kits will come with LED shoelaces, serving as a badge of pride and as a safety precaution for Eco Warriors running at night or before sunrise. Prizes will also be given to costumed runners who showcase their creativity by coming in their best ensemble made from recycled materials.

Finisher’ medal and shirt

To make each Eco Warrior’s voice heard in this run for the Earth, advocacy banners will be hanging above the finish line so that each runner can grab them as they cross to make a shout-out for the environment, keep as a souvenir, and use for all their post-run selfies to amplify the message of acting now to save the environment.

New participants can also join the celebrations by visiting the EDR Gallery at the Race Village to learn what the event has accomplished over the years including its environmental and social initiatives, and how their participation will make a significant impact on certain communities in the Philippines and how their actions as individuals will affect the environment.

Runners at EDR will not only experience a fun day of outdoor fitness, but also be doing their part in contributing to NG’s environmental efforts.

Registration will start on March 1 and end on April 16.  For more information and other details on how to register, please visit National Geographic Earth Day Run website.

Century Tuna Superbods: the Underpants Run 3/e, 11 Mar. 2017

Century Tuna’s Superbods: The Underpants Run returns for the third time!  Happening on March 11 at 9:30 AM, the fun run kicks off at Subic Bay Yacht Club to take runners through a scenic route along the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Inspired by the tradition at Kona, home of the renowned Ironman World Championship, Century Tuna continues its own local fun tradition with the Superbods Underpants Run. Started as a pre-race activity for the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 back in 2015, it has since then made headlines when it brought some of the world’s super athletes racing alongside superbods finalists and raised funds for a cause.

This year, Century Tuna invites everyone to come to Subic Bay as it opens the race to anyone who wishes to showcase their superbod fitness. Individual runners get a chance to win P 15,000 while groups of four can vie for the P 20,000 prize. Century Tuna will also be giving away P 15,000 to the individual and P 20,000 to the group with the most inspired costume.  Loot bags with tons of exciting freebies, and finisher shirts are up for grabs for the first 150 finishers.

Interested to join Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run? Register for free at the Century Tuna Booth at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center on March 10 and at the Subic Bay Yacht Club on March 11.

For more details, visit Century Pacific or www.ironman703subicbay.com.

Inquirer.net and Philippine Bowling Federation Launched philbowling.inquirer.net

Inquirer.net launched their newest channel philbowling.inquirer.net in partnership with the Philippine Bowling Federation (PBF) on February 17, Friday.

Representatives from both INQUIRER.net and PBF gathered together to celebrate this newfound partnership. The event participants included both INQUIRER.net’s president Paolo Prieto  and chief operating officer Gary Libby.  PBF officers were also in attendance particularly, PBF president and former FIQ world president Steve Hontiveros, and PBF secretary-general and Asian Bowling executive board member Alexander Lim. Even famed Bowling champions and medalists Olivia Bong Coo, Biboy Rivera, Rene Reyes, Gina Avecilla and Casiano King attended the event in support of this project.

This partnership aims to support PBF’s goal of promoting the appeal of tenpin bowling as a sport excellence and sport for all.

Indeed a day to remember for both organizations as select members of the media and invited guests were not only able to discuss this newly created venture but also watch the awesome vocal performances of the Ryan Cayabyab singers.

Even famed Bowling champions and medalists Olivia Bong Coo, Biboy Rivera, Rene Reyes, Gina Avecilla, and Casiano King attended the event to support this latest project.

Don’t miss out on the latest happenings in the world of bowling by visiting Philippine Bowling  or PBF Facebook.

More information at inquirer.net or facebook.com/inquirer.net.

Love Locks Fair

RUN.  Eat.  LOVE.  Party!

Love Locks Fair is an annual event envisioned to promote love and togetherness in the family and community while providing a fun and safe atmosphere to enjoy the changing colors of life. Love Locks Fair is co-presented by SM by the Bay and will happen on 12 Feb. 2017.

Activities included on Race Day

Love Locks by the Bay
3K Obstacle Run
Outdoor Bridal Fair
Dinner Date for Couples
Music Fest/Valentines Party

Active Health Launches Run United Exceed

ActiveHealth (AH) introduces NEW Run United Exceed (RUE) race brand, an exclusive twenty one-kilometer race co-presented by TAG Heuer, which will be held at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig on Sunday, 2 Apr. 2017.

Exclusive performance based 21-km race inspired by world marathon majors.

The concept is to shatter ones perception of time—to go against your greatest enemy, YOURSELF. It will give birth to the next generation of high performing 21K runners that have the relentless drive and determination to exceed the time they have set for themselves through proper training and sports nutrition. “We have been doing the progressive races for the past six years. For 2017, we believe that it is time to take it to the next level. We want to build a new generation of athletes whose objective is not to just to finish but also exceed,” says AH brand manager Lester Castillo.

The finisher’s medal design symbolizes an athlete’s journey in exceeding himself.

Some of the innovations to help breed next level 21K finishers include exclusive medal for sub-2.5 hour finishers, FREE Under Armour shoes for top 15 negative split finishers, cheer stations in key locations to help boost runners’ morale, moving cut-off banner making sure runners make it in time, discount privileges from partner merchants, and a RUE Kit inclusive of race shirt, event shirt and other items.

Breathable and quick dry performance shirt to help runners perform better.

AH is set to also revolutionize the running landscape by introducing world marathon major inspired innovations that will push runners to exceed themselves. Guaranteed slots to Angkor Wat International Full Marathon or Angkor Wat International Half Marathon await two lucky finishers. Like in any other world marathon major, TAG Heuer is the official timekeeper of RUE.

Registration opens on 30 Jan. 2017.

AH has been in the forefront in providing an incomparable race experience. It is the only race in the country that offers an integrated holistic solution for progressive athletes grounded by its four pillars: training, nutrition, gear, and events.  RUE participants are guaranteed that they are well taken care of in all areas from training, nutrition, and gear to recovery.  Connectivity to sports experts, running community, and performance tracker are just but some of the other special privileges provided to participants through the AH Community App.

Complete sports nutrition for optimum performance. Race and training packs are readily available upon registration and exclusive deals are offered.

For more information about Run United Exceed, ActiveHealth and ActiveHealth Community App, please visit ActiveHealth and stay connected through Unilab ActiveHealth Facebook and Unilab ActiveHealth Twitter.

Sciatica is a Pain in the Butt but Thanks to ART

I have been complaining about the pain in my butt six months ago. It was the pain I experienced in the middle of the buttock and it gave me trouble when I run,  but became more pronounced every time I do stretching exercises or when I bend forward with legs straight. The pain persisted despite having a regular massage or doing stretching exercises.

Then a fellow blogger Bob aka Cruise Control recommended to try Active Release Techniques (ART) by coach PJ Rivera.  Bob shared how his eighty-plus-year old Mom benefitted from the therapy session of coach PJ. There’s no harm in trying.

I, together with fellow running blogger Jared aka Supladong Irish Runner, decided to try ART last month. I thought it was my hamstrings that was causing the pain the whole time! Well, my sciatic nerve was the main culprit. Sciatica is a leg pain, which might feel like a bad leg cramp or a shooting pain that makes stretching impossible for the affected leg.  I think, in my case, what caused it was prolonged sitting in the office.  My bad. So glad I have my Fitbit tracker now to remind me to move.

Will not go to specifics on how my sciatica was treated,  but I did cry a bit (no tears, of course). So what is ART? It is a method to treat problems that involve muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves so one can perform better. Really thankful to Bob for suggesting it. The results are remarkable. I can bend and reach my toes now, my running stride is back, and I look forward to my upcoming ART session again. Introducing me to ART couldn’t be better! Super thanks coach PJ!

For more information and other details about ART, you may visit Active Release Techniques Philippines Facebook page.

About coach PJ Rivera and ART

First, he’s an International Triathlon Union (ITU) Level 2 Coach.  He is a certified provider of ART in the country for about two years now. He’s into sports at a very young age (since six). Chess and Yaw Yan martial arts are his first two sports. He has done running, powerlifting, dragon boat, triathlon, mixed martial arts or MMA,  and more martial arts. He has been part of the track teams of Lourdes School of Mandaluyong in high school and University of the Philippines Diliman.

Second, he has won multiple medals in track in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Because of his active lifestyle, he suffered injuries left and right—pulled his hamstrings ten times and hurt his elbow, knees, shoulder, and ankles. He also broke his back in an accident. With so many injuries, he was also getting a lot of rehab. Though he was getting fixed, the fixed area felt weak. Because of this,  he told himself, “there must be a better way to treat [my] injuries.

In his pursuit of a better treatment, he bumped into ART.   Actually the person who treated coach PJ told him about ART.  Next thing he did was flying to the States to study ART.  The rest is history.

SMDC Run, 26 Feb. 2017

SM Development Corporation (SMDC) will hold the third SMDC Run on February 26 at the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.  This is in line with its CSR vision to build happy, healthy and thriving communities.

Participants can run for 5K, 10K and 21K, making the event perfect for first-time and seasoned runners alike.  The race will start and end at the Mall of Asia Complex open grounds.

Registration fees are P600 for the 5K, P700 for the 10K and P950 for the 21K.  Fees include singlet, race bib, timing chip, raffle entry, loot bag and finisher’s medal for 5K, 10K, and 21K runners.

Registration is available at Chris Sports in SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM BF Homes, Glorietta and Market! Market! from 20 Jan. 2017 to 19 Feb. 2017.

This year’s SMDC Run is organized by LeadPack, in partnership with Chris Sports, Ultimate Direction, and Takbo.ph.

For more information about the SMDC Run, please visit www.takbo.ph/smdcrun.

Soleus Running Dance Fest, 4 Feb. 2017

RACE DETAILS

Soleus Running Dance Fest, 4 Feb. 2017, Saturday
SM by the Bay, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Assembly Time: 3:00 AM
Dance Time: 6:30 AM
 Category/Fee/Gun Start/Race Kit Inclusion

5K – P 600 (5:30 AM) – Race bib, event singlet, finisher’s medal

10K  – P 750 (5 AM) – Race bib, event singlet, finisher’s medal

21K – P 950 (4 AM) – Race bib, event singlet, RFID, finisher’s medal, and finisher’s shirt

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Event shirt
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Finisher’s shirt
Race Kit Claiming Date, Time, and Venue

27-29 Jan. 2017, Friday-Sunday, from 10 AM to 8 PM at Shaw 500 Building, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City (beside S&R)

(Important: Please bring your original copy of Deposit Slip, Bank Transfer Slip, Claim Voucher issued during the on-site registration, and printed copy of the online registration confirmation)

Prizes

Top 3  Finishers (men’s and women’s  per distance category) will receive Soleus watches and other sponsors’ products, and a Meet  and Greet session with Peruvian International Fitness Presenter, William Flores.

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Peruvian International Fitness Presenter William Flores

REGISTRATION:

Online registration will start on 13 Dec. 2016.  Kindly log on at www.goorahna.com or deposit payment via bank deposit at Banco de Oro account name: Mirjam Ann G. Del Rosario using Account Number 0039 8019 6644.  Once payment has been made, please email the scanned copy of the deposit slip with your name, contact number, and shirt size to soleus.dancefest2017@gmail.com.

Onsite registration will start on 3 Jan. 2017 at the following selected L Timestudio branches:

L Timestudio , GF (in front of  IMAX), SM Mall of Asia
L Timestudio, 3F Buidling  A,  SM Megamall
L Timestudio, 2F Market! Market!
L Timestudio, GF (near SM Department Store entrance), SM Southmall
L Timestudio, Ground Floor. SM Marikina
L Timestudio, 2F Robinsons Place Ermita

You may opt to download soleus-running-dance-festival-2017_registrationformwaiver. See poster below for details.

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Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Sabor Latino 100% in February 2017.  See you at the starting line!

Grooving and Running on a Saturday Afternoon

This is a guest post by Ruth Honculada-Georget, a former technical cooperation coordination officer with the International Labor Organization and a stay-at-home mom to her little angel daughter.

For someone who struggles to run but loves to dance, the Music Run 2016 was like a dream come true!

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At the starting line

I have been an on-off runner for the last ten years struggling to put into reality that cliché called work-life balance. To add, the last few years have also made it more difficult to run with a three-year old to keep me occupied.

One thing is for sure though dancing was an easy squeeze in my active daily life! I have never lost my love for music especially, dance music.  So when my good friend Running Diva invited me to the Music Run, my gut told me that this was it! The best way to get back to running and to survive five kilometers was to get into the grooving at the same time.

The excitement was contagious from the moment we stepped into the West McKinley grounds with the DJ mixing the latest dance tracks. This was definitely PARTY TIME! I truly enjoyed the wide variety of music genres that were blasting every stride of the run. The best part was wearing the most comfortable exercise clothes, runner shoes, and partying with hundreds of equally enthusiastic runner-cum-party goers!

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Happy Ruth

It was truly a gorgeous afternoon with lots of greenery along the course and all I could think of was THIS IS AMAZING! I could sing at the top of my lungs, wave my hands in the air, and wiggle the old jiggle like nobody cared. The adrenaline rush had kicked in and I managed to run 5K with lots of extra energy to party some more. As night came, the DJ mixed wonderful variety of music and dance performances brought the house down. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there was a fireworks display that totally caught us by surprise! WOW!

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Marga of UNICEF, Ruth, Running Diva

What a great event! Thanks to Philam Vitality, Alcatel, Takbo.ph and the rest of the sponsors and organizers for The Music Run Manila for bringing the healthy happy lifestyle closer to many Filipinos! I am certainly looking forward to next year’s run … or should I say parteeeeh!

Why I Like 2016 Gatorade Run 11•22 (And You Should, Too!)

Gatorade Run debuted in 2015 to cap off a historic year of the brand. The event was a huge success that as a 22K finisher (2015), I couldn’t help but look forward to next edition.  You may want to read fellow blogger Macky’s aka Bicolano Penguin’s Gatorade Run 2015 blog post about his running experience in 2015.

Clark Castro on his way to the finish line (Photo by Run S.A)
Clark Castro on his way to the finish line (Photo by Run S.A.)

Fast forward, I found myself at the launch of the second edition of the Gatorade Run held three months ago.  However, after knowing that race date fell on the same day as my tri race in November 2016, I knew then that I needed someone to represent RunningDiva.ph (RD). Was I so glad that Endure Multisport teammate Clark Castro (CC) said “yes” to the invitation! To share his running experience, here’s a recap of the interview:

RD: What made you decide to run 2016 Gatorade Run 11•22 even after having finished racing a 5150 triathlon?

CC: It was part of my maintenance workout specific to running. It also served as my year-ender event. Fortunately, I’ve got a free kit from teammate and friend RD.

RD: Having run countless half marathons, what made Gatorade Run different?

CCLiterally, its additional 1-km distance makes it different and special 😀.  That really tested my capacity as a 21-km runner since I’m used to running 21km.  It’s a factor I considered on my pace. Having limited mileage for a long run and knowing my limits when going beyond 21km, I decided to take it slow and targeted a safe finish time.

RD: How was your experience during the race?

CC:  It was a blast! 😀 As expected, I got cramps due to lack of training but still enjoyed and had fun during the race. I didn’t expect it to be that cool and fulfilling race. The huge number of runners, celebrities, cheer leaders/band, that “I finished…” sash, and cheerful marshals added colors to it.

RD: What advice can you give to aspiring runners who might be interested in finishing a distance beyond a half marathon race?

CC: Training! And It must be a consistent and well-managed training. This means, having a good workout (speed, endurance, strength as well as proper running form) and mileage depending on their target finish time. And of course, they have to enjoy every moment of their journey to the finish line.

A proud 22K finisher
A proud 22K finisher!

There you go! Clark’s straightforward and no nonsense response to questions summarized why I like (look forward to) running 2016 Gatorade Run 11•22.  Too bad I missed joining it this year.

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A reunion with his “ovalista” friends at the finish line

More than just your usual run, the extra one kilometer in each distance category–11K and 22K–was a platform for Gatorade to reinforce the importance of proper hydration.

Thank you Gatorade Philippines for having RunningDiva.ph in your event.  Super thanks to Sabrina Capuz and Millet Liberato-Simeon of DDB Group Philippines for ensuring a great experience for Clark as media representative. Congratulations to all finishers and winners of said race, and kudos to Runrio for a job well done! And, you’re welcome, Clark! 😀