Soleus Running Philippines is proud to present their newest member in the Soleus family, William Flores.
William Flores is a Peruvian International Zumba® Fitness instructor, a great performer for almost four years now, and has performed at several major dance events in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Malta, France, Italy, Ireland, Dubai, and Singapore.
He had three years as a dancer under his belt teaching and dancing ballet, modern dance, jazz, reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, folk dance, merengue, and hip hop. His love for dance and his joy creates a new world for all who come to his class. He gives 110% on every performance and he cares about his students both outside and inside the Zumba® Fitness center. His name is undoubtedly growing in the dance world.
This coming February 2017, experience Sabor Latino 100% for the very first time in Manila, Philippines!
Dogs are acquired for various reasons—as a pet and companion, for security and service, and as a member of the family. A dog is a loyal companion when showered with love, kindness, and compassion. That is why a dog is called “man’s best friend”.
However, the increasing number of incidents involving dog cruelty and abuse—from simple animal neglect to extreme cases such as illegal dog fight gambling and dog meat consumption—is one sad reality.
These incidents not only happen on the streets but also at home, and most of the victims are dogs of local and mixed breeds or what is now called as Asong Pinoy aka Aspins.
In partnership with the Philippine Animal Rescue Team (PART), Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas (SKP), a benefit run dubbed as Soleus Run for the Aspins aims to: (a) effect change in society by raising awareness on dog cruelty and abuse; (b) promote responsible pet ownership; (c) spread compassion for animals; and, (d) raise funds to help PART in sustaining a decent living condition for all Aspins under their care.
“Our race does not define us, and their breed doesn’t define them.” – Philippine Animal Rescue Team
The Soleus Run for the Aspins welcomes not only foreign-bred but also local or mixed-bred dogs, and offers distances for both solo runners and dogs with their handler (owner or trainer).
For dog lovers without a companion dog can choose either the 10-km or 15-km category for them, while the human-dog tandem participants may stroll through the route of the 2-km Dog Walker category or chaperone their cuddly companion at the 600-meter Dog Parade category.
A race village will gather sponsors to exhibit displays and samples of their merchandise for both pet owners and dogs. Also, as part of the event’s special activities, participants may opt to keep a lasting memorabilia with their dogs for a small donation that will be added to the beneficiary’s funds.
Technical shirt, race bib, finisher’s medal, event loot bag
Technical shirt, race bib, finisher’s medal, event loot bag
SPECIAL BUNDLED CATEGORIES FOR THE SAME HUMAN PARTICIPANT
10K Solo + 2K Dog Walker or 600m Dog Parade**
P 1150 (P 800 + P 350)
One technical race shirt, race bib*, 10K finisher’s medal + 2K or 600m finisher’s medal, event loot bag
15K Solo + 2K Dog Walker or 600m Dog Parade**
P 1250 (P 900 + P 350)
One technical race shirt, race bib*, 15K finisher’s medal + 2K or 600m finisher’s medal, event loot bag
*Single bib for bundled categories; additional sticker on bib for dog category **Flag-raising protocol between 5:55 AM to 6:00 AM on Sundays
ASSEMBLY TIME AND GUN START
600m Dog Parade
30 minutes before gun start at the line corral
7:15 AM (in waves)
2K Dog Race
7:00 AM (in waves)
Here’s one good news for 15K runners (male/female). You’ll get a chance to own the Soleus GPS Pulse plus HRM watch with a retail value of P 14,950 should you finish first in the race. The watch is worth training for! Register NOW!
This race hopes to embroider a deep awareness for everyone, “to become involved, responsible, and be an architect of change … one rescue at a time.”
ABOUT SOLEUS RUNNING
Soleus is made up of an experienced product team focused on creating innovative timing devices including watches, GPS, HRM and Cycling Computers. We are passionate about what we do, and are always looking for ways to contribute to the running community.
The soleus (pronounced SOH-LEE-US) is a powerful muscle in the back part of the lower leg (the calf). It runs from just below the knee to the heel, and is involved in standing, walking and running. If not for its constant pull, the body would fall forward.
At Soleus, we are first and foremost runners. We are committed to designing and developing products for people like us. We value simplicity and performance. We believe that whether you’re lacing up for your first run, or already a seasoned marathoner, your watch should enhance your experience, not make it more complicated … delivering everything you need, and nothing you don’t.
ABOUT PHILIPPINE ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM
The Philippine Animal Rescue Team (PART) is an SEC registered, non-profit and NO KILL animal rescue and rehabilitation center founded and run by a dedicated group of volunteers committed to changing the way animals are viewed and treated, not only in the Philippines, but around the world.
Our mission is to rescue abandoned, sick, injured, and unwanted animals and provide quality veterinary care, spaying and neutering, rehabilitation, and ultimately, a forever loving home where they can become part of a family.
Our vision is to effect change in society by raising awareness about animal cruelty and abuse. We believe that compassion for animals starts in the home by educating children and adults about being responsible pet owners.
ABOUT THE SAMAHANG KARTUNISTA NG PILIPINAS
The Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas (English: Philippine Cartoonists Association) or SKP is an organization of professional Editorial and Comic Strip cartoonists. As contained in its by-laws, the members came mostly from the newspaper, magazine, and comics publications. The SKP is a member of the National Press Club, and is one of the proponents of the Philippine International Cartoon, Comics and Animation Festival, an event dedicated to comic artists, animators, and game developers.
ABOUT ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is composed of the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Reserve Army, with a manpower strength of over 125,000 personnel, dedicated to serve, defend and cultivate peace and order in our country.
On a short-term basis, the AFP is committed to bring in results with its current theme of Kabayanihan at Kahandaan: Tuwid na Daan sa Kapayapaan. This is why the AFP supports advocacies, which brings a new kind of heroism, making the entire citizenry involve in what it takes to be a great nation. Then, and only then, can the AFP fulfil its long-term goal to become a “world-class armed forces” towards 2028.
“Every storm that comes, also comes to an end.” – Author Unknown
Been wanting to visit Fortune Island after seeing the beautiful pictures a friend has posted. So when the invitation came from a runner friend Reggie via a simple post online, it was perfect. I knew I had to see the place myself.
I love to travel. As what a former mentor said to me a long time ago, “travel will teach you something beyond what you have learned in class.” What better way to explore this beautiful country of ours than by taking a trip either solo or with friends. But there are times when you are traveling solo, it’s not always a breeze to strike up a conversation with a stranger.
Good thing the invite came from a runner friend of team Soleus. Since I’ve met most (if not all) Soleus team members, I can honestly say I’ve never felt so lucky to be in the best company around.
Meet up time was early to catch the early morning ferry from a resort in Nasugbu to Fortune Island. The trip was (to most of us) a bit of a last hurrah to summer.
We took the single-day trip with a boat ride of about an hour. The waves got rougher though as we near the beach landing. From afar, the Parthenon-like structure could be seen resting on top of a hill. The boat would return to pick us up around four in the afternoon.
By the time we got there, the sun shone brightly in a cloudless sky. We found a good spot to pitch the tent that Mirjam brought with her and got settled for an early lunch. Cloudless skies could mean extremely hot weather but that didn’t stop us from taking pictures of ourselves, the nice scenery, and enjoying the beach in the next three hours or so.
After almost half a day of frolicking under the sun, the weather suddenly changed–from sunny to a bit cloudy. Then it rained so heavily in the next 10 to 15 minutes that we could only hang on to each other big time! The big umbrella and the dilapidated nipa shed were our only protection from the rains and the cold swirling winds. We’ve never prayed so hard until that fateful afternoon. When the rains somehow slowed down, one by one, off we ran quickly to the nearest structure–a vacant restroom–our only refuge. Then there was a sudden change in the wind direction. What started off as heavy rains escalated into a full-blown hail storm. After a few minutes, the weather shifted again as if nothing happened.
The hail storm highlighted our first visit to the island. Second-timer Inja said, “There wouldn’t be a next time for me after this.” To most of us, we were wondering and thinking, “Did it really happen?” In the end, we were extremely grateful that neither from our group nor the visitors of the island were hurt during the storm. We survived!
“Every storm that comes, also comes to an end.” If we are to compare the hardships of life (whether big or small) to a storm, all it takes is to have faith, to be strong and courageous. Defying it is one for the books!
Thank you Reggie, Janno, Inja, Running Jack, Bilson, Flordeliza, Mirjam, and Val for having me in this trip. Till next time!
Following the success of the first two legs of Coach Roel’s birthday run dubbed as Coach Roel’s Birthday Run (2013) and Wall 2 Shotgun 10-Mile Race (2014). This year, Coach Roel brings a newer challenge called the Ultra 10-Mile Challenge having Olympic style distance events such as the 4 x 100m relay and 4 x 400m relay featuring some of the country’s celebrity athletes like Iza Calzado among others. The event will take place at the Philippine Sports Arena popularly known as Ultra.
Starting 11 March 2015, interested participants can register in any of the following registration centers:
Juego Trinoma 3/F Trinoma Mall, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City (632) 9018985
Yonex Mega Mall 3rd Level, Bldg. A SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong (632) 9147430
Li Ning Mall of Asia 2/F South Entertainment Mall, Mall of Asia A Runners Circle Manila Unit H, Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Blvd. corner Quirino Avenue, Malate, Manila (632) 5674768
These registration sites are located in major shopping malls and business districts within Metro Manila.
100 Miles Cafe in BGC Second Floor, Fort Pointe, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (632) 8086001
Philippine Sports Arena (Ultra) Track and Field Oval
Race bibs can be claimed upon registration.
CATEGORIES AND GUN START TIMES
16K – 5:30 AM | 5K – 05:45 AM | 3K – 6:00 AM | Relay – 7:00 AM
The Ultra 10-Mile Challenge: Coach Roel’s Birthday Run 3 is organized by RG Events and supported by Soleus Philippines. For updates, you may visit the event’s Facebook Page.
For inquiries, you may contact Nelbert Ducusin at mobile number 0906.480.8159 or Cristina Isanan at mobile number 0926.223.7977.
29 June 2014 — It’s about time. I normally try to avoid trail races. Being a road racer for quite a number of years now, I’m confident in my own turf. But for trail running on unknown place, I get scared somehow as trail racing is a new thing for me. I received invites for a test run or a road race in the south of Manila in the past, but I always begged off. Yet on Sunday, I finally got to run and finished a more* than 30-kilometer (km) trail race on the trails up back in Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna.
*My Garmin registered 31.46 km which is more or less almost a 2-km extra distance. Race Director Jonel Mendoza mentioned these extra kilometers hence a cutoff time of 6 hours and 30 minutes was set to all 30-Km participants.
Sometimes Things Just Fall Into Place
Do you ever have those times when things just seem to fall into place, where everything will just cooperate? It happened to me countless of times that I considered myself fortunate enough to have experienced them.
When I received an invite from HPC assistant brand manager for Adidas Body Care Mark Antonio to join a trail race for free, I immediately took a rain check. But Francis, a co-worker/fellow ultra distance runner, talked me into running my first trail race and found myself claiming our race kits at 100 Miles Café in Bonifacio Global City.
I wouldn’t have met Mark if not for Que of Takbo.ph. Que had been instrumental in getting me a free half marathon race entry to Run United 2 last June 1. And it was Jinoe who recommended the place where I could possibly stay in Nuvali. Thanks Que and Jinoe for being supportive.
I usually capped my Sunday training run by going to Legazpi Park for the Sunday market and buying my fave veggie siopao (steamed bun), Barako coffee, and suman (sweetened rice cake). It was in that place where I bumped into fellow Happy Feet Caesar, and friend/ultra distance runner Ivy aka Running Contessa. It turned out we would be in the same running event.
Hours before Race Time
The final 24 hours before the big race are always filled with nervous anticipation that I could barely slept the night before. And I was so glad that the hotel where I stayed has a lapping pool. I did try to take a nap after the swim but just couldn’t sleep because my thoughts were in the upcoming race.
Finally, the time had come for us to proceed to the event venue. From the hotel, I together with Ivy, followed two lady runners who were also on their way. Ivy and I jogged down the street leading to The Fields. We arrived at the venue with 32 minutes to spare and exchanged pleasantries with fellow old new running friends. I also dropped by at the Adidas Body Care booth and Soleus booth to just say “hello” to some people who have facilitated my entry in this race.
Couldn’t help but notice some new things though at the race venue. I saw a Start/Finish arch pretty much like when one is in a road race. Well, I got used to seeing the usual Start/Finish tarp placed on the road. Also, the number of participants had significantly increased that I hardly knew anyone anymore (except for a few friends in the crowd). They even installed a timing clock now. Truly, organizing a race like this was no easy feat considering this is not a usual road race. I even wondered how they were able to set up the hydration tent and other stuff at KM15. That was a lot of hard work on the part of the organizing team.
Taken at KM 15 (Photo Courtesy of Alex Jones)
I didn’t have any game plan for this except to try and finish it before 9AM as I found the sun too hot the previous day. I also prayed that it would not rain on race day. Thank God it didn’t. My only concern was getting lost during the race that’s why I decided to stay at the back of the pack while waiting for gun start. It was a wrong move on my part as it was hard to overtake once we were already traversing the trail. Some slow moving runners didn’t know how to give way to other runners who were faster than them. Once I saw the road ahead I tried to make up for lost time by running the first uphill. Mind you it was an extra challenge to really find the balance when running a trail road.
Those who are unfamiliar with trail running (like myself) would likely learn very quickly that one has to wear the correct shoe for the terrain since it can be difficult to navigate largely because of the unevenness of the path. Plus the fact that at times I would be ducking and dodging low branches and overgrown brushes, these definitely slowed me down. One thing I’ve learned from this race is that trail running would have more lateral movements and extra time needed to finish a good race.
I was oblivious to my surroundings, so absorbed in thought and anxious to get the race over and done with. But I did notice how beautiful the path was before KM 15. From afar, I could see runners ahead of me in a single line, some have even reached a hill, and if only l had brought with me my camera that would have been a great moment to take. When I saw a herd of cows I thought, “So this must be the “New Zealand” that they were talking about.” I saw a couple of runners took time out to take some photos with the herd. I continued to run. Up ahead were runners on their way back. I thought the turnaround point was almost there but I was wrong. Those runners approaching me were the 50-km participants. Holy smok! They were fast! It was nice to see some familiar faces, mostly batchmates in previous ultra races. I had a nice time greeting each one of them. Just like the old days. I never knew until I’ve reached KM20 that we, 30-km runners, wouldn’t be doing any loop. And I was happy with that. It became a run-walk strategy for me.
My Way to the Finish Line
On the last 7KMs, I did some speed play since there were lampposts on the side of this much developed path. Each lamppost became my target. The sun shone brightly on that day. It was no easy walking now in between overgrown grasses that at times, the clouds are a welcome respite from the relentless heat and sun. It was here that I found myself humming songs so as not to get bored.
What is the area of the last few meters before the finish line called, a waterway where one had to jump over it and avoid getting the shoes wet? I jumped over it but my right foot hit first and I supposed I landed wrong that I lost my balance, teetered and almost hit my head on the ground, but a runner behind me reacted quickly enough to catch me before I hurt myself.
However, I had a calf muscle cramp. The pain was excruciating and lasted five or so minutes that I almost fainted. I couldn’t move my leg and it went numb. The two runners assisted me and the other one even massaged my right calf. These two guys were my angels that day. Though I didn’t get their names, would be forever grateful to them for helping me that day. Thank God I finished this trail race still in one piece…
Many, Many Thanks
Ivy aka Running Contessa for being with me in this race, for all the support; assistant brand manager, Mark Leo Antonio and marketing manager, Elma Magbuhos of Adidas Body Care for sponsoring my entry to this race and for accommodating my fellow runner/colleague FR Hortelano. Thank you Jinoe and Que for all the support. Many thanks to Seda Nuvali Hotel staff Niel, Arman, and Chino for accommodating my request; Soleus brand manager Judith Staples for assisting me during the race kit claiming. You truly are a woman of action. Team Soleus is so lucky to have you. Jonel Mendoza, race director and Frontrunner magazine editor, thank you for the warm welcome; to Ana Que for the photo; Running Photographers for capturing the moment. Congratulations, too, to John Lozada, my running coach who, just like me, was a finisher in this race. Kudos to all who made this race a huge success! Until next time!