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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! 😀

Gatorade Run 11•22, 27 Nov. 2016

More than 6,000 runners registered in last year’s inaugural Gatorade Run, which featured aid stations with pre-race hydration drinks, post-run hydration test area, and a warm-up area. Gatorade brand ambassadors Jeron Teng, Jaja Santiago, Chris Banchero, Jett Manuel, and Ara Galang were among those who showed up to support the runners.

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Pepsico marketing manager for hydration Tony Atayde

On its second year, Gatorade Run will again hit the road promising more exciting pre-run and post-run hydrations. “Gatorade is a global leader in sports performance and we’ll definitely bring that expertise to the run. Learning the benefits of proper hydration is crucial for runners and we look forward to reinforcing that message through the Gatorade Run. We’re excited to show runners how whether in sports hydration or a unique consumer experience, NOTHING BEATS GATORADE,” says Pepsico marketing manager for hydration Tony Atayde.  Gatorade sports drink fuels runners especially during the one-kilometer of extra running to let them finish strong.

Runrio owner and race organizer coach Rio dela Cruz
Runrio owner and race organizer coach Rio dela Cruz

In partnership with Runrio, Gatorade Run 2016 will be held on 27 Nov. 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City with two race distances: 11K and 22K.  Log on to Runrio to register and for updates.