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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.

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 (1st : 2015 : Pasay City)

The world’s number one sports drink is making its debut in the country’s running circuit with the launch of the first Gatorade Run on 22 Nov. 2015 at the Seaside Boulevard at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

There are two distance categories—11 and 22 kilometers with gun start times at 5:00 and 4:00 AM respectively. Race fee is P1,100 for 11K participants and P1,500 for their 22K counterparts. The pre-race kit includes an Adidas race tee, a race bib and a timing chip.


Another Adidas shirt, this time a finisher’s tee, awaits all finishers.   “The Gatorade Run will cap off what has been a historic year for us,” Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde said. “We just celebrated our 50th birthday; we recently beefed up our line-up with a new variant called White Lightning and welcomed a powerhouse cast of ambassadors; and now, we’re launching the first ever run powered by Gatorade.”   Atayde added, “As a global leader in sports performance, runners can expect that Gatorade will bring its sports science expertise to the fore. More than just a run, this milestone event is a platform for us to reinforce our message of proper hydration.”

The Gatorade Run features a hydration station where participants can get pre-race hydration drinks, a post-run hydration test area where they can instantly learn about their hydration status, and a warm-up area where free sessions will be available for those who want to warmup before the run.

Online registration is until 13 Nov. 2015, Friday.

Participants can start claiming their kits on November 16 until November 19 from 12:00 NN to 8:00 PM at their chosen store and schedule upon registration.   Log on to runrio.com/gatorade-run-1122 for more updates.

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)