Tag Archives: Marathon

Team 7-Eleven Philippines Dominates Jeju International Tourism Marathon

Jeju Island, South Korea – “Race safe, enjoy and make 7-Eleven and the Philippines proud,” said 7-Eleven Run series project head Michelle Saludes to  Filipino runners on race day morning at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival held at Gujwa Life Sports Park in South Korea’s Jeju Island.

Eleven Filipino runners of Team 7-Eleven Philippines competed in the recently held 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Eleven Filipino runners made it to the race courtesy of 7-Eleven Philippines as part of their prize for landing within the top three spots of this year’s 7-Eleven Run Series held in February. The runners lived up to expectations and grabbed top spots in the 21-kilometer and 42-kilometer categories.

The Team 7-Eleven Philippines delegation to Jeju Island, South Korea was composed of 11 Filipino elite runners and executives of the Philippine Seven Corporation.

Fresh from her training camp in Italy, Olympic medalist and marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal showed her winning form to dominate in the 21K race clocking at 1:18:44 besting Japanese and Korean elite runners who placed second and third respectively.  “I wasn’t able to break my personal record, but I am satisfied and happy with my overall performance. This race serves as an evaluation of my training and a good warm-up for me for the Asian Games next month,” said Tabal who left for Italy next day to continue with her training.

From left to right: Richard Salaño (2nd male), Ruffa Sorongon (4th female), Mary Joy Tabal (1st female), Christabel Martes (5th female), Prince Joey Lee (5th male), and Jerald Zabala (6th male) run the 21K race at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival.

Ruffa Sorongon and Christabel Martes, who directly came from their successful 10K race in last week’s Philippine National Games, took the fourth and fifth podium spots of the 21K category to complete the Female Top 5.

From left to right: Richeel Languido (3rd male), Maricar Camacho (2nd female), Judelyn Miranda (1st female), Bryan Quiamco (2nd male) and Rafael Pestos (4th male). All made it to the podium of the 42K race of the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival.

Richard Salaño, Bulacan’s “Kenyan Slayer” settled for a number two finish in the 21K male category, clocking at 1:11:19.  Cebu’s Prince Joey Lee and Cagayan de Oro’s Jerald Zabala settled for the fifth and sixth place respectively.  It was Lee’s and Zabala’s first race outside the Phiippines.

Meanwhile, Filipino runners also reigned in the 42K category . Bryan Quiamco, who earned his slot by winning the third spot of the 42K race of the 7-Eleven Race Series in February, took runner-up honors by finishing at 2:37:03.  Richeel Languido grabbed third place while Rafael Pescos placed fourth.

On the distaff side, the Filipinas ruled as veteran Davaoeña runner Judelyn Miranda covered the challenging course in 3:16:03 to bag the crown and beat teammate Maricar Camacho who finished at 3:26:55 to settle for second place.

“Para sa akin amazing ang laro na ito kasi kapos ako sa ensayo pero naglakas-loob akong lumaban sa laro na ito dahil dala ko ang bandera ng ating bansa. Salamat sa 7-Eleven Philippines na nagsuporta sa aming lahat na makapunta kami sa South Korea,” said Judelyn Miranda when asked about her win. “For me, this race is amazing because even if I lacked training, I bravely went on to race because I am carrying our flag. Thank you to 7-Eleven Philippines who supported all of us in going to South Korea.”

“We are very satisfied with Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ performance here at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival. 7-Eleven Philippines will continue with its program to nurture and support our Filipino runners who aspire to get the chance to represent the country in an international race. With that, we encourage them to prepare well and we’ll see them on February 3, 2019 for the 2019 7-Eleven Run Series,” shared 7-Eleven general merchandise division head Jose C. Ang, Jr. when asked about the team’s performance.

Team 7-Eleven Philippines posed for a victory photo together with 7-Eleven Philippines’ marketing director Jackie Lay (standing), general merchandise division head Jose C. Ang, Jr. (seated), and 7-Eleven Run Series project head Michelle Saludes (seated).

Since 2013, 7-Eleven Philippines have given Filipino elite runners a chance to compete in the international arena by bringing them to a foreign running race, all expenses paid  and needs taken cared of plus pocket money.  Runners who successfully finish in any of the top three overall spots in their respective category will not only get to bring home the race prizes, but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.

The participation of Filipino runners at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival was made possible through the efforts of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the valuable support of Asics as exclusive sportswear partner, Smart and ESPN as media partners, and sponsors Selecta Ice Cream, Nature Spring Water, Gatorade, Summit water, Del Monte, Fit and Right, Active, Blue Flavored water, San Miguel beer, Le Minerale, SIP water, Sosro fruit tea, Safeguard, Kopiko 78, Aquafina, Cheetos, Pocari Sweat, and Evian.

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.


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.

7-Eleven Run 2017

After the success of the 7-Eleven Run Series Run 800 (2013), Run 1000  (2014,) Run 1500 (2015), and Run 2016, once again 7-Eleven will bring next year the BIGGEST and MOST EXCITING of the Series the 7-Eleven Run to take over Skyway and Filinvest City on Sunday for a day of fitness, family, freebies, and all-out fun!



Venue: Skyway and Filinvest City
Date: 5 February 2017
Categories: 500-meter run for children, 3K, 5K, 10K, 10-kilometer buddy run, 16K, 21K, and 42K 

7-Eleven Philippines’ hugely popular Run Series is an inclusive event for both serious runners and recreational walkers and joggers that has been gaining momentum since it started three years ago.

Cash Prize Chart

Three winners  in each category will be announced on Race Day and will receive cash prizes and medals.  To top it off, Top 3 Filipino (men’s and women’s division)  in both 42K and 21K categories will be sponsored by 7-Eleven Philippines to compete in an international marathon in Asia with all travel expenses paid. Top 3 organizations with the highest number of registrants will also receive a special trophy.   All finishers will receive finisher’s a medal, a finisher’s shirt, and some goodies.

Finisher's Medal
Finisher’s Medal
Finisher’s Shirt
Event Singlet
Event Singlet

42K, 21K, 16K, 10K, and 10K Buddy Run categories will see participants sweeping through Filinvest City and the Skyway while the 5K, 3K and 500-meter Kids Run will be held along Filinvest City.

Registration is NOW open! Visit www.run711.com for more information and other details such as registration fees or FAQs. Registration is until 18 January 2017. For updates, please follow 7-Eleven Run Series Facebook Page.  Participants can also join in the conversation by using the official hashtag, #711Run2017.

Promo Mechanics

Runners can also get a chance to earn free race kits through 7-Eleven’s CliQQ loyalty program. CliQQ app users and Every Day! Rewards cardholders can redeem a free race kit by earning Run e-Stamps.

Run e-Stamps are earned with every P100 purchase of any participating item from the major sponsors. Every purchase of a booster product also earns one additional e-Stamp.

To redeem a free race kit to any race category, customers must earn 50 e-Stamps (except for 10K Buddy Run where customers must earn 100 e-Stamps).


Race Kits can be claimed on the date indicated on the receipt from the same store where payment has been made. Aside from the exciting freebies that customers can look forward to on race day, all registrants of Run 2017 will also receive an Asics 20% discount voucher.

7-Eleven Run 2017 is held in partnership with Skyway and Filinvest City as well as event partners 7-Connect, Mogu Mogu, Crimson Hotel, and exclusive sportswear partner Asics.

The event is also brought to you by Safeguard, Selecta, Pocari Sweat, Del Monte, Nature’s Spring, Dole, Powerade and Summit Water, and media partners Solar Sports, ETC, CNN Philippines, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Summit Media, Hinge Inquirer Publishing, and ABS-CBN Publishing.

Part of the proceeds will go to Every Day! Play.


Guest Post: The Curious Case of Mary Joy Tabal : What it truly means for her to represent the Philippines in the Rio Olympics

Disclaimer: The views and issues expressed in this article are of the author of the guest post and NOT necessarily the views of RUNNING DIVA.

The curious case of Mary Joy Tabal:  what it truly means for her to represent the Philippines in the Rio Olympics / [by] Edward Kho

The running community recently celebrated the success of Mary Joy Tabal hitting the Olympic standard for marathon. Joy ran a 2:43:30-hour marathon time at the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, beating the 2:45-hour standard for her to join the Olympics. While the running community celebrates, there are mixed feelings inside the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA).

PATAFA is the national governing body for athletics sports such as track and field, road running, cross country running, and race walking in the Philippines. It provides guidance and support to select athletes to perform their best and represent the country.  PATAFA has a rich history of coaching, even enroling the help of athletes like the legendary Dick Beardsley to help with training its athletes. PATAFA is responsible for selecting the official track and field delegation of the Philippines to the Olympics. But it has a sad history with Mary Joy Tabal.

In October 2014, Mary Joy Tabal, along with other standout athletes, was recommended by the coaching staff to be included in the national team. Four months later in February 2015, PATAFA communicated Tabal’s official inclusion to national team. This means that she is now part of the privileged few who would receive coaching so that she can represent the country in milestone events like the SEA Games and the Olympics.

Part of PATAFA’s responsibilities would be to keep national athletes at their best.  It means helping them make choices on training, including the races to run. This is very important for long distance events like the marathon. In elite athletics, marathoners should not take part in more than two marathon races within a span of 12 months. Based on scientific studies, participation in a marathon taxes the body tremendously down to the cellular level.

From a layman’s standpoint, Elites may just appear as running effortlessly at a constant pace for 42KM. But inside the body of the elite marathoner running an average pace of 3:45min/KM is a totally different story. Running a marathon at this pace imposes a huge demand on the different physiological systems of the body.  It strains the bones and joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, to the extent that challenges the maximal limit of the athlete’s body.

PATAFA takes care of its long distance athletes that is why these physiological facts are explained to the athletes in detail. It is also why PATAFA requires agreement to rules and regulations that come with being part of the National team. This includes consistently informing PATAFA of athletic activities that may potentially hinder performance in offical events where the country is represented.

Joy Tabal was a special case. Because of her talent, she was granted certain exceptions. For example, while other athletes were required to relocate to the Philsports training camp and be supervised by duly designated national coaches, Joy was allowed to be based in Cebu. She received special treatment upon her request.  It was an assumption that her personal coach would be able to provide guidance, but with inputs from PATAFA.   Slowly, these exceptions, became a source of alarm to PATAFA.

Tabal began racing without discretion; meaning, she runs and wins events but with a long term negative impact on her legs. Prior to her inclusion into the national team, Tabal won the December 2014 Milo Marathon Finals. Apart from the cash prize she, she and the male marathon champion Rafael Poliquit were awarded an all expense paid entry to the 2015 Los Angeles (LA) Marathon. They were, of course, advised by the PATAFA leadership to forego the LA Marathon trip as it would impact their training for the forthcoming 2015 SEA Games.

Participating too soon in a race would also adversely affect their long term athletic performance. Aside from this, PATAFA had already developed a two-year program for both of them to reach their optimum potential as marathoners with the 2016 Olympics as the ultimate goal. This meant being selective with their races, to give the Philippines the best opportunity during the Olympic games. Unfortunately, both advice and explanation went unheeded.

Both Tabal and Poliquit raced the LA Marathon without sanction from PATAFA. Upon their return from the US, they were asked to submit a letter of explanation why they have disregarded the express advise of PATAFA.

Immediately, Poliquit drew up a letter of apology, citing error in judgment for his non-compliance and promised to abide with the NSA directives and regulations from then on. Poliquit’s case was then resolved and closed. Tabal’s case had a different twist.   Instead of writing a letter of apology, or explanation at the very least, Tabal wrote a lengthy letter of justification for her decision. She cited that Milo pressured her to join the LA Marathon as part of her “contractual” obligation in winning the Milo Marathon.

PATAFA sought the side of Milo; the latter denied that it ever pressured Tabal to run the LA Marathon. They maintained that the LA Marathon participation was actually a privilege for the Milo Marathon winners, and not an obligation. In short, it was up to the winners to take that privilege. They were disappointed that Tabal lied.   But the racing continued.  Even after the LA Marathon, Tabal went on joining local races, with 21K as minimum distances. She continued to disregard her obligation as a National Team member, disheartening teammates who abided by the PATAFA guidelines, and lowered her chances of peak performance at the 2015 SEA Games where she was to represent the country.  While disappointed, PATAFA retained their belief in Tabal.

Some officers saw Tabal’s potential and the missed opportunity if she won’t be able to compete in the SEA Games. With insistent prodding, Tabal submitted an apology message so that she can compete. Instead of writing a formal apology letter, she sent a short casual text message to PATAFA President Philip Juico.   Juico, in his genuineness, never took slight and believed in Tabal’s apology over SMS. He took it as an indication of Tabal’s sincerity. Tabal then competed in the SEA Games and as predicted, ran very poorly with a time of 3:15 hours. Her time was estimated to be at least 20 minutes better had she listened to the PATAFA and kept her commitment as a National Team athlete.   Right after the SEA Games, PATAFA learned that Tabal was again joining a string of local long distance races. This included a triathlon event that would severely impact the long term plans for the Olympics.

PATAFA leadership was very unhappy with Tabal’s decisions, and what they discovered to be her unmanageable and prideful attitude. They directed her to submit a letter of explanation for the unsanctioned activities and for continuing to disregard her responsibilities as a National Athlete.   Tabal responded on August 13, 2015: a 3-page, impeccably written, legalese sounding resignation letter. Saddened by the loss of potential, PATAFA President Philip Juico accepted her resignation.

All the while, as she continued winning races, Tabal remains a hero.  She is fast and strong, and there was never a mention of how she conducts herself outside of the races. She is portrayed as a hero. In fact, a Cinderella who trains on her own and blossoms into a winner in all the events she joins. This is the reason why PATAFA is having such a conflicted time with Joy’s qualification to the Olympic Standard.  Achieving the standard is an eligibility to be included in the competition; it is not an outright prerogative.

In order to join the Olympics, Tabal first needed to make herself be part of the national team and commit herself to the team and to the body that governs the team.  But she was unwilling to make that commitment and in fact, voluntarily resigned from the National Team in 2015. Everyone immediately presumes Tabal’s inclusion into the Philippine Olympic team. But that presumption is tantamount to penalizing all national team members who have toiled under the challenging conditions of being a national athlete and remained faithful to the sport and the association.

After all of what Tabal has demonstrated to PATAFA, it is now a difficult decision to endorse her as a representative of the Philippines, selected to mirror the ideals and attitudes of the country. This decision matters because Tabal will never win the Olympics.

Her participation is a matter of pride for the Philippines, and supposedly a personal honor for her.   Tabal’s qualifying time is 2:43 hours. She is far from the Women’s leading time of 2:19 hours, while the top 23rd women marathoner clocked in at 2:27 hours. “Team B” qualifiers for the US Team is 2:45 hours. By extrapolation, Tabal’s time will put her outside the top 100. If ever she makes it in the Olympics, right before she steps into the starting line, she’s already guaranteed to land on the tail end of the race. Also, by refusing to listen to PATAFA guidance, Tabal is sure to have destroyed her legs for the Olympics.  She has run two hard marathons in the span of one month in order to qualify. In all practical consideration, her participation will not even be felt by her competitors.

Tabal’s participation in the Olympics was never about her winning it. She was to be groomed as the representation of the Filipino athlete. Talented, driven, and passionate about the sport. PATAFA knows that she will never win, but does she truly deserve to represent the sport? The cost of her participation will be shouldered by taxpayers, and it is PATAFA’s choice to send her or not.  Sadly, it now seems like asking Filipinos to chip in to fund a millennial who wants to prove an egotistical point.  That an athlete can be undisciplined and disrespectful, so long as a qualifying time is met. People are celebrating, but what are they truly celebrating? It is PATAFA’s opinion that perhaps, with more maturity and humility, Mary Joy Tabal can represent the country for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Philippine Marine Corps Marathon (1st : 15 Nov. 2015 : Ternate, Cavite)

The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), as the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ premier force in readiness and the nation’s force of choice, has been keeping the southern part of the archipelago in equilibrium for years.

Unknown to many, the marines have been deployed in harsh and problematic regions including the coral triangle not only to neutralize threats that can destabilize the country but also to protect the area where one of the best maritime environments of the world thrive.

The PMC has gone beyond its traditional mission and dedicated part of its service to the preservation of a sustainable ecosystem. Senior Marine Corps generations claim that the once abundant aquatic resources between these islands are sadly and slowly dwindling.

Recognizing the bid to conserve the country’s natural maritime resources, the PMC launches the first Philippine Marine Corps Marathon (PMCM) with the theme, “Katungkulan: Takbo Para sa mga Kawal” happening on November 15, Sunday at the Marine Base Gregorio Lim in  Ternate, Cavite.


The PMC hopes to attract runners to this annual event, which is earmarked for projects and programs that will raise the morale of troops who heed  the call for duty at the Kalayaan Group of Islands.


Registration Fee
Gun Start



P 650


Race bib, Singlet, Finisher’s Certificate


6:00 AM




P 850


Race bib, Singlet, Finisher’s Certificate


5:30 AM


25K Kaybiang Tunnel Challenge



P 1,100


Race Bib, Singlet, Finisher’s Dog Tag, Finisher’s Shirt

4:30 AM




P 1,300


Race Bib, Singlet, Finisher’s Dog Tag, Finisher’s Shirt


4:00 AM

Cut-off 4 hours at 21K and 8 hours at the Finish Line

Registration Venues:

RUNNR branches:  Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City; Trinoma, Quezon City; and, SM Mall of Asia

TOBY’s Store, SM Mall of Asia

100 Miles Cafe, 2F Fort Pointe Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Camp Aguinaldo Badminton Court,  Quezon City

MCSSO in front of Jurado Hall, Bonifacio Naval Station, Taguig City

Registration Period:

September 15 to October 30​

Registration Payment Via Bank Deposit:
  • Pay race fee on or before 30 Oct. 2015 via China Bank Savings Account

Name: Philippine Marine Corps Spouses Association, Inc.
Account No.: CA No. 3510-0119-13

  • Write complete name, preferred distance category, and contact number on the deposit slip.
  • Email a copy of the deposit slip, together with completed and signed registration form, which you can download from www.frontrunnermagph.com, to pmcosai@gmail.com with Subject: PMC Marathon before the registration deadline.
  • Wait for confirmation.

R​ace kit claiming period will be from 9 to 12 of November 2015 at the registration venues.  All registrants are entitled to the following:

  • Post-race boodle fight at 12:00 noon
  • FREE entry to Boracay de Cavite Beach Resort
  • Goodies from event sponsors
  • FREE shuttle service from Philippine Marines Headquarters to the venue and back. (Note: For those coming from the south, pick-up point will be at Ternate Municipal Hall)
Route Profile:

Elevation Profile


Total Ascent: 1730 m
Uphill: 18.18 km (42.8%)
Downhill: 17.82 km (42%)
Flat: 6.45 km (15.2%)

Steepest Uphill: +53.3% (at 30.84 km)
Longest Uphill: 0.99 km (at 30 km)

Steepest Downhill: -53.3% (at 11.55 km)
Longest Downhill: 1.26 km (at 18.72 km)

Race route:

Race Route_PMCM

 It is in this spirit that everyone is invited to get involved and do their part:

Humans are not separate from the rest of nature, we are part of it by God’s design, we humans rely for our existence on the balance of nature, which includes the interaction and interdependence of all life forms and natural elements of the earth’s all-encompassing ecosphere. Our own actions must be part of that balance. In fact, by God’s design, we humans are to participate in this community of life forms as its caretakers and preservers.” 

                                                     (Source: Interfaith Power and Light)

14 important Run United Philippine Marathon race info and instructions

These are important things you need to do and know to be ready for the 2015 Run United Philippine Marathon (RUPM).

  1. The RUPM Expo will take place at One Esplanade, Mall of Asia on October 1-3 and pick up of race kit materials is scheduled on October 1 and 2 from 10 AM to 8PM, and from 10 AM  up to 5 PM on October 3.
Race Expo venue
Race Expo venue

2.   Race day is happening on October 4 at One Esplanade, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia where start and finish lines will be.

2015-08-23 23.54.57

3.  There are four categories: 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K.  Registration for the full marathon is already closed.  Registration for 5K, 10K, and 21K is ongoing, and there are only 400 slots available for the 21K category (as of August 23).   Don’t wait for last minute decision. Go and register!

4.  Registration deadline to get the guaranteed singlet for 21K and 42K finisher’s size ended last August 16.

5.  Online registration has commenced last June 19 and will end on September 13.

6.  In-store prepaid selling for actual runners is scheduled from 12 noon up to 8 PM, Monday to Sunday.  Cards are available at selected Toby’s (Robinsons Galleria, Mall of Asia, Arena Glorietta and Robinsons Metro East) RUNNR (Bonifacio Global City and Trinoma) stores and selling will end on September 18.

7.  Prepaid card selling in selected stores is on a “per person” basis.

8.  Online registration using either a credit card or PayPal account will end on September 3.

9.  Register your prepaid cards on or before September 18.

10.  Online registration and prepaid card selling are on a first come, first served  basis.

11.  Log on to www.unilabactivehealth.com for online registration.

12.  An additional processing fee of Php 150 will be charged   for delivery of race kits.

13.  Unilab Active Health and Runrio are the race owners of RUPM.

14.  The event’s organizer is Runrio.

For more details, check out Unilab Active Health web site.

World Masters Athletics Championships (21st : 2015 : Lyon, France)

The National Masters and Seniors Athletics Association of the Philippines (NMSAAP), recognized by both World and Asia Masters Athletics (WMA and AMA), is the local governing body of masters athletics in the country. Its first president, the late Manny Ibay, an avid long distance runner himself, led a team of directors comprising of veteran track and field athletes to oversee administrative and technical functions of the association.

The NMSAAP is also recognized by the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sportswriters Association. It is duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Since 1996, NMSAAP has been instrumental in putting together a competitive delegation participating in both WMA and AMA events. The succeeding table chronicles Team Philippines Masters’ performance record in the World Masters Athletics Championships (WMAC).

Edition Host/Country Date/Year Medals No. of Athletes
20th Porto Alegre, Brazil 16-27 October 2013 1 Gold 2
19th Sacramento, California, USA 6-17 July 2011 1 Gold, 1 Bronze 2
18th Lahti, Finland 28 Jul – 8 Aug 2009 2 Golds, 1 Silver 3
17th Riccione, Italy 20 Aug – 15 Sep 2007 0
16th San Sebastian, Spain 22 Aug – 3 Sep 2005 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 3
15th Carolina, Puerto Rico 2-13 July 2003 1 Gold 2

Athlete’s Profile

For the upcoming 21st WMAC in Lyon, France, the Philippines will be represented by four outstanding masters athletes. Each of them has a compelling story on how they have started and manage to stay competitive in the sport of athletics throughout the years. The common thread in their stories is passion and resilience.


Erlinda Lavandia

At 64, Lavandia is the eldest athlete in the national masters roster.  She is a product of Project Gintong Alay during the 80’s and has lorded javelin throw in the Philippines up until her retirement.  Lavandia has been with the sport since 1972.  She is still regarded as Asia’s Javelin Queen.

After her stint as a national athletics athlete, she joined the police force.  After her service in the Philippine National Police, she was tapped by the PSC to be the monitoring officer for athletes in its Baguio training camp. Even after leaving the mainstream international athletics competition, Lavandia never gave up javelin throwing. Despite limited resources and facilities, she continued her training and sharing her gift to young aspirants.

In 2013, Lavandia captured the gold medal in the javelin throw at the World Masters Athletics Championships held in Brazil. This year, amidst a field of top athletes, she hopes to match that feat.

Emerson Obiena

Obiena took over the post vacated by the late NMSAAP founding president, Manuel Ibay. Aside from his duties as president of the association, Obiena never takes time out to his prolific devotion to popularizing and advancing pole vault in the Philippines. From being a national team member, he was appointed as national coach for pole vault.

Pole vault is definitely Obiena’s passion. A big portion of his personal funds from his own business is allocated in assisting other upstart pole vaulters to reach greater heights and training of his son EJ Obiena, who is now the country’s top polevaulter.

Aside from coaching his son and other wards, Obiena continues to train being  an adamant believer in consistent and correct training, a necessary element to achieve athletics excellence. At the 18th Asia Masters Athletics Championships held in Japan, Obiena bagged the gold medal.  In the upcoming WMAC, he is unofficially in the top 3 of the world ranking.

Lorna Vejano

Lorna Vejano, at 54, may not be the typical regular individual who maintains a daily routine. She took up running relatively recently, but to date has racked up over a hundred long distance races, which include marathons and ultra marathons. To sustain her dedication with running, she allocates a substantial portion of her income from her family business. Vejano, who hails from Laguna, has been very active in participating in international masters athletics competitions. For the past two editions of the WMAC she took part in the women’s marathon.

This year’s championships, she will see action again in her favorite event, marathon. Despite the challenges of meeting family responsibilities, economics, and strong competition in her event, she is optimistic she will finish strong and represent well the country.

Danilo Fresnido

The 21st WMAC will be Fresnido’s first world championships to ever join as an athlete. Fresh from his retirement as a national athlete, he even took further his passion for javelin throw. To date, he holds the Philippine record in the men’s javelin throw.  During the 18th AMAC in Kitakami City, Japan, he bagged the gold in the same event and set a new Asian Masters record.

Fresnido’s dedication to athletics can be seen in his exceptional ability in balancing his time–as a family man, an army officer, and a masters athlete.  For him, rigorous discipline and focus are the key elements to be among the world’s best.

Fresnido, at the moment, rounds up unofficially in the Top 3 of the men’s javelin throw in the upcoming WMAC in Lyon, France.

21st World Masters Athletics Championships – Lyon, France, 4-16 August 2015

Date | Name | Event | Category | Age | Competitors

7 Aug | Erlinda Lavandia | Javelin Throw | Women | 60-64 | 15

7 Aug  | Emerson Obiena | Pole Vault | Men | 50-54 | 32

9 (prelims); 10 (Finals) Aug | Danilo Fresnido | Javelin Throw | Men | 40-44 | 31

16 Aug | Lorna Vejano | Marathon  | Women | 55-59 | 15