As part of NoWhereToGoButUP Foundation’s thrust to support the Varsity Teams of the University of the Philippines and in partnership with RUNRIO Events, the Foundation presents the inaugural The Great UP Run to be held on August 11 at University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Quezon City. Designed to be an annual event, the race is set to start the upcoming season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines or UAAP.
The event is targeting 3,000 runners participating in any of the 3 KM (P 600), 5 KM (P 700), 10 KM (P 800)or 21 KM (P 1,100) categories. Also expected to take part are UP varsity athletes, UP students and faculty from all campuses, UP Alumni, family, friends, and supporters of the UP community.
Registered runners will receive, as part of their race kit, a singlet, a race bib, timing chip and a loot bag. Apart from these entitlements, 21 KM runners, who will successfully finish the race, will receive a finisher’s shirt and a finisher’s medal.
Online registration has already started. Interested participants can visit the The Great UP Run Page on the RUNRIO Events website to register. Online registration is available until July 29. Target in-store registration schedule is from July 23 to August 10, and on race day. Registration venues include Olympic Village branches: Trinoma, Fairview Terraces, Market! Market! and Alabang Town Center; and, at UP Diliman-College of Human Kinetics. Proceeds of the fees will go to the UP athletes through the NoWhereToGoButUP Foundation.
Liability Waiver & Race Agreement
The Great UP Run is a sundown race with gun start scheduled at 4:30 PM for the 21 KM category, 4:45 PM for the 10 KM category, 5:00 PM for the 5 KM category, and 5:05 PM for the 3 KM.
During the conduct of the race, all roads that form part of the race route will be partially closed and will be reopened after the set cutoff for each race category, or four hours after the official race start for the 21 KM, 2 hours for the 10 KM, and 1 hour for the 5 KM and 3 KM respectively.
Category winners will receive awards from the organizers and its sponsors. Immediately after the awards ceremony, a concert will follow featuring homegrown UP artists. Other details about this race can be accessed from either the Runrio Facebook Page or from its website.
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.
The benefit run dubbed as HOPE Run for Children with Special Needs is happening on Sunday, December 11 at 4 AM at 34th Street, corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
HOPE Run is organized to create and raise awareness for Children with Special Needs. According to HOPE Run organizer during its launch on November 19, the response was overwhelming as many groups including runners came forward to support the upcoming event. For details and updates, please visit Hope Run web site. Run for children with special needs! Be their HERO!
Yatai International Corporation, maker of OMNI electrical and lighting products, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a fun run dubbed as OMNI Light of Change Run on September 18 at Liwasang Ullalim of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay City with 3K (P550), 5K (P650), 10K (P750) and 21K (P900) as race distance categories.
OMNI Light of Change Run aims to start change by adopting an active lifestyle and create a positive change by developing quality, energy-efficient, and environment-friendly products. University of the Philippines’ Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute is the beneficiary of the said running event.
For race details, you may visit Affinitea or call telephone number 567.0000 local 6106 or message OMNI on Facebook.
About OMNI Electrical and Lighting
Founded in 1996, OMNI is a proud Filipino brand that has built its business by providing affordable and quality electrical and lighting solutions. The company’s focus on research and development enables it to manufacture globally competitive products at locally competitive prices.
For 20 years, OMNI product lines fulfill the safety and performance requirements of the Philippine National Standards and conform to standards set by International Electro-technical Commission. The products have not only passed the mandatory testing of the Bureau of Products Standards for PS and OCC Quality Mark Certification but also bear the stamp of approval, ie, CE, CS, TUV of other countries.
UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis invites runners to join the second year of the Heroes for Children Run on September 4, Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.
“I was deeply inspired by the support we received during last year’s run. From children with disabilities to serious runners, the public came together for a great cause. This year, I’m inviting everyone once again to be a hero for children. All proceeds will benefit UNICEF’s First 1,000 Days campaign for children’s health and nutrition needs,” says Curtis.
“For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable, and excluded children around the world. Despite the many gains, the lives and futures of millions of children are still in jeopardy. In the Philippines, one out of three children under the age of five suffers from chronic malnutrition—the effects of which can be permanent, irreversible and even fatal after two years of age. UNICEF believes every child should have a fair chance at life,” UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says.
The First 1,000 Days programme focuses on prenatal and early childhood interventions to prevent undernutrition including quality care for mothers, proper nutrition and complementary feeding, and life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition. The effect of good health and nutrition lasts well into adulthood and is key ingredient in breaking the cycle of poverty.
Last year’s run saw more than 3,200 runners raise P 3M for the benefit of the First 1,000 Days programme. This year, the event aims to attract more runners to raise funds for the campaign.
“We are grateful for Anne’s dedication and significant contributions in raising awareness and funds for children in need. Anne’s power lies in her sincerity and genuine passion in everything she does. Through her support, we will continue to make a huge difference for children in need,” Sylwander adds.
Fans who want to support Anne but cannot physically run or be present on race day may donate on her personal SimplyGiving Fundraising Page. Ms. Curtis was appointed as UNICEF Celebrity Advocate in November 2014.
In-store registration is ongoing until August 28 only at the following Chris Sports outlets: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, SM City BF Homes, Glorietta, Market! Market!, Robinsons Place Manila, and from August 15 to 28 at UP TownCenter. The benefit run is one of the many activities slated as UNICEF celebrates its 70th anniversary helping to build a better world for every child.
The Heroes for Children Run 2016 is organized by Anne Curtis and co-presented by RunRio through the support of SM Mall of Asia, Cherry Mobile, Gatorade, Viva Artists Agency Incorporated, Toy Kingdom, Swatch, Eureka Home Appliances, Maynilad, Philippine Star, Good Housekeeping, Female Network, SM Cinemas, Nyxsys Philippines, Chris Sports, F1 Hotel & Resorts, Transprint Corporation, Microtel by Wyndham, Hisense/Devant, and Pacific Cross Insurance.
To know more about the run and UNICEF’s programs, visit www.unicef.ph or call 758.1000, Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children to the benefit of all children everywhere.
Visit UNICEF Philippines website, Facebook page and Twitter.
Malnutrition is still one of the leading health problems in the Philippines. Two out of 10 children under five are malnourished and ten million children die before their fifth birthday every year due to preventable diseases according to a National Nutrition Survey.
In their almost 60 years presence in the country, World Vision (WV) has taken great strides to ensure children enjoy the fullness of life they deserve. Hence charity event World Vision Run (WVR) is back for the fifth time not only to promote healthy lifestyle but also raise funds to help thousands of malnourished children.
The running event dubbed as Run for Health & Nutrition with an expected 7,000 participants is happening on June 26 at Blue BayWalk in Pasay City. It is co-presented by Runrio. Distance categories include 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and a 500-meter dash for children. When you register for WV, you’re not only running for your own health but also for children.
For more info about WVR and registration details, visit World Vision or call 374.8413 and look for Nina or Michelle.
The Doggie Run is an annual fun run for canines and their owners and friends organized by Pet Express. Join this one-of-a-kind fun run and meet new four-legged running buddies, win pawsome prizes, and run for a good cause! A portion of the proceeds will go to the animal shelter, Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Human Race Kit (P 400) – Race bib, event running shirt, insurance coverage, donation to PAWS
Registration is ongoing in all branches of Pet Express. Greenhills (02) 705.1176, SM City Dasmariñas (046) 416.2979, SM City Fairview (02) 372.3523, SM City Masinag (02) 477.8659, SM City North Edsa (02) 921.9442, SM Cubao (02) 912.5924, SM Hypermarket Makati (02) 843.7174, SM Mall of Asia (02) 836.8955, SM Megamall (020) 650.4693
Race Route Map
The Doggie Run 2016 is supported by Pedigree, Science Diet, Beef Meal, Holistic Recipe, and Smartheart, Alpo, Wahl, Sergeant’s, Saint Roche, Ezydog, Frontline, Heartgard, Hartz, Four Paws, Loyal Paws, Good Boy, Kong, Renuzit, Royal Canin, Dr. Vet’s Wonder Soap, Canidae, Bayopet, Advocate, Odra Pooch Couture, Cosi Pet Milk, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Pawsh Couture, Eukanuba, Hush Puppies, Metromart.com, My RunTime, Aquabest, and Toy Kingdom.
The second edition of the Superbods: the Underpants Run kicks off Century Tuna’s Ironman 70.3 next weekend in one of the region’s desired triathlon destinations, Subic Bay. Running among the world’s top athletes will be the country’s superbods finalists–all for a cause.
Inspired by the tradition at Kona, home of the Ironman World Championship, Century Tuna is continuing the Superbods Underpants Run which started last year to cultivate a fun local tradition that also gives back to the community.
This pre-race activity, which made last year’s headlines, is open to all participants of this year’s Ironman 70.3. The fun run will raise over US$ 2,000 to support the National Greening Program of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Ecology Center. Two pairs of winners (foreign and local) are selected to bring home the coveted prizes: Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Superbods Award and US$ 500 each.
The Underpants Run will start at 9:30 AM from Subic Bay Yacht Club and will take participants through a scenic route along the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. “We are all excited about the return of this year’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon as it further strengthens our vision to help Filipinos live healthy. We also hope to cement new traditions like the Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run that people will anticipate for years to come,” said Greg Banzon, Century Canning Corp. general manager.
Sunpiology #Kickdiabetesrun 2015 is happening on November 28, 2015, Saturday at McKinley West, Fort Bonifacio, 4 PM to 9 PM with RunRio as race organizer.
Race owner Sunlife Financial, in partnership with International Studies for Diabetes Foundation Inc. (ISDFI), Hebreo Foundation and Lingkod Kapamilya, targets around 3,000+ participants. Entry fees are the following: 500m dash for kids-PhP350, 1km (Golden K–50yo+)-PhP400, 3km-PhP700, 5km-PhP 800 and 10km-PhP900.
October 19, 2015 (Start) – November 22, 2015 (End)
• Kit Distribution : Runners will receive their race kit at the store/venue
Visit www.sunpiology.com to register online. Registration starts October 12, 2015 and ends on November 15, 2015 (11:59pm). Every runner is qualified to win either in the PICK-A-PRIZE area or in the Major Raffle Draws during the AFTER-RUN show.
Race Singlet and Meda
The Sunpiology Kick Diabetes Run aims to create a unique obstacle run with emphasis on the FUN that would highlight the theme “Kick Diabetes” and gather families, friends, groups in one event for a cause and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
First came the invite from Queenie of Takbo.ph requesting me to sing the national anthem, but for some reason I begged off. I didn’t feel great or feeling I was all out of my element. Thanks, Queenie for the vote of confidence, I appreciate it.
Then next came another invite from my friend Marga, who works for UNICEF, asking if I were willing to pace celebrity Anne Curtis alongside with other pacers. The marching orders—to pace Anne on a very discreet manner and run just behind her like plainclothes security personnel. Anne doesn’t like to have any guards and wants to run just like anyone else. My answer was a noncommittal, “I’ll try.” Marga was persistent (in a nice way) in her request that I laughingly told her, “Those two, Anne and Noelle, are fast!” Finally, I did answer, “Yeah, I think I can.” Silently I said to myself, “If within the 2:30 finish time.” Crossing my fingers.
We had about 15 minutes before gun start. Anne, I observed, was all smiles, excited and at the same perhaps a little nervous. Understandable. It was her first half marathon after all. Having a huge number of followers in her Twitter account, I couldn’t help but feel proud of her since she’s using her influence for a great cause. Unknown to many, Anne organized this fun run and mobilized her network of friends and sponsors in cooperation with UNICEF. She should get some credit for trying to make a difference in the lives of young children. By the way, it was a sold out running event.
With five more minutes left before gun start, Anne, accompanied by her boyfriend Erwan, posed for the cameras at the starting line. Her back was to us; we (fellow pacers Noelle aka Kikay Runner and Gio) were standing directly across from the flashbulbs and fans at the back slowly lined up, inching one by one at the frontline, hoping to get a photo op with the TV superstar.
At first I wondered, but soon discovered that “guarding” Anne is not as easy a job as I might have thought considering the number of people who recognized her. But she was so nice, very friendly with them and generous to her fans especially when they asked for a photo with her.
I asked Noelle if there was any game plan and the reply was to just follow Anne’s lead. The countdown officially began and off we went. We started off at a (very) fast pace and I was able to run in the pack only until Macapagal Boulevard. I had no recourse but to pull back and stop to catch my breath. I could feel my heart was pounding louder than all the feet pounding the pavement. I was about to puke, but thank God, it didn’t happen. Quickly, I shouted to Noelle to go ahead without me and try to catch up. Knowing Noelle’s capability as an athlete, I knew Anne was in good company.
Rested for a few minutes and was back running again towards CCP grounds, overtaking a good number of runners until I reached Roxas Boulevard area. It was at Roxas Boulevard where I saw coach Rio dela Cruz running head to head with Kenyan Chirchir. Coach Rio won second place. I believe he was able to redeem himself in this event after his-not-so-good performance (his own assessment) from his last half marathon race due to cramps. Running the 21K was his tune-up race prior to running the New York Marathon next month.
A few meters from the first turnaround point at KM00 (Luneta Park), I realized I wasn’t too far from the pack when I saw them on their way back. I was happy about it. Noelle did her job and the other pacer pretty well. I saw the pack again after the second turnaround point near a mall in Baclaran. Again, I was glad to know that I was not too far from them considering I had to stop along the way to tie my shoes a couple of times and greet friends who were too happy either as marshals or racers.
I’m a moderate-pace runner. Meaning, I run slowly until I could establish my own pace and settle with it. I never was a positive split racer. A positive split is when you run the second half of your race slower than the first half.
For most of my races, I tend to even or negative split. This is the reason why my pace and Anne’s were not in sync. And the wisest thing to do is to pull back. There’s nothing wrong with it. Based from experience, it’s better to know when to start the final kick (last two or three kilometers) and reach the finish line with “dignity” intact.
Though I wasn’t in the pack, but I was there from start to finish, just a few meters away from them just tailing behind. To have finished in 2:35.31 (in hours, unofficial) was a bonus in itself given that I made some stops along the way. My best 21K time was only 2:10 (2009). This is my 37th half marathon and my seventh this year (if I remember right).
Was I disappointed as a pacer? No, I wasn’t. For a good number of reasons. First, I never doubted Anne’s capability to finish the race. She prepared and trained for it. Second, whether Noelle and I were there or not as pacers, Anne actually didn’t need us. She’s surrounded with supportive friends and family who are also into sports. Third, she’s a disciplined running enthusiast, very clear with her goal and focused. Did you know that she sometimes trains incognito around Ayala Triangle? If she was able to organize this running event, I didn’t see any reason why she couldn’t achieve her goals.
That said, congratulations Anne Curtis on your strong finish! More finisher’s medals to follow and more distances to conquer!
Super duper thanks to Queenie for facilitating my race kit, race director Doc Lyndon of Leadpack for the cheers along the route and at the finish line, Ivan Patrick of FRD for your enthusiasm to help as volunteer marshal, Team Boring’s Rod, Vic and Jet for the cheers, and Marga and Noelle for the support. It was good to see running friends: Coco aka Unyo, Val “the troll”, Jef, Maya, Jay among others. Congratulations to UNICEF, Takbo.ph, volunteers, the Organizing Team, finishers and winners including the “heroes” of this running event.