ActiveHealth (AH) introduces NEW Run United Exceed (RUE) race brand, an exclusive twenty one-kilometer race co-presented by TAG Heuer, which will be held at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig on Sunday, 2 Apr. 2017.
The concept is to shatter ones perception of time—to go against your greatest enemy, YOURSELF. It will give birth to the next generation of high performing 21K runners that have the relentless drive and determination to exceed the time they have set for themselves through proper training and sports nutrition. “We have been doing the progressive races for the past six years. For 2017, we believe that it is time to take it to the next level. We want to build a new generation of athletes whose objective is not to just to finish but also exceed,” says AH brand manager Lester Castillo.
Some of the innovations to help breed next level 21K finishers include exclusive medal for sub-2.5 hour finishers, FREE Under Armour shoes for top 15 negative split finishers, cheer stations in key locations to help boost runners’ morale, moving cut-off banner making sure runners make it in time, discount privileges from partner merchants, and a RUE Kit inclusive of race shirt, event shirt and other items.
AH is set to also revolutionize the running landscape by introducing world marathon major inspired innovations that will push runners to exceed themselves. Guaranteed slots to Angkor Wat International Full Marathon or Angkor Wat International Half Marathon await two lucky finishers. Like in any other world marathon major, TAG Heuer is the official timekeeper of RUE.
AH has been in the forefront in providing an incomparable race experience. It is the only race in the country that offers an integrated holistic solution for progressive athletes grounded by its four pillars: training, nutrition, gear, and events. RUE participants are guaranteed that they are well taken care of in all areas from training, nutrition, and gear to recovery. Connectivity to sports experts, running community, and performance tracker are just but some of the other special privileges provided to participants through the AH Community App.
Nothing could make me happier than seeing the happy faces of some runners who paced with us all the way to the finish line during the Run United 1 (RU1) 10k event. They exceeded themselves by finishing 70 minutes pace time (7 min/km) earlier than expected. Their finish time could be considered as their personal best (PB). That was the job of a pacer—to bring runners achieved their finish time goal of 1:10 (in hours). The task can be daunting but hearing participants saying “thank you” or having a photo op with you or simply giving you a high five after finishing, in itself, the best compliment they could give to Pacers.
The opportunity to be a pacer was my way of giving back to runners and l thank Unilab Active Health for the chance. Like them, I was once a newbie, too. I learned from advanced and experienced runners as they, too, gave me tips when was starting to embrace running. I applied those tips in my daily runs, long runs, and races and found them helpful. Tips gathered, coupled with learning the craft of running and writing those experiences, made me what I am now as a runner. Sufficed it to say that running (sometimes) wasn’t about winning.
Running helped me find my best self or worst self. When I was out there running, it gave me a different feeling of euphoria and perspective. Running, to me, was not just about you or me, but of something bigger than ourselves.
It was not a first time for me to be a pacer. I had my baptism of fire in 2009 during the first Quezon City International Marathon. I was the lead pacer for the 2:30 pace time for 21k. We finished three minutes earlier than expected. That was a PB for the runners who paced in our group. The second stint happened during the 2014 HP Recovery Run (I still have yet to write about it, by the way).
Those who ran with us last Sunday, finished four minutes earlier than target time of 1:10 (in hours). Not bad at all! We maintained an even pace all throughout the race. Based on my Garmin watch, our group ran an average pace of 6:30 min/km. I was running silently behind the lead pacers—an experienced triathlete and the other runner who recently finished a marathon in Tokyo, Japan. Then the other pacer encouraged me to run with the other lead pacer. The triathlete pacer became the cheerer of the group. She was so good that her cheers encouraged participants to stay in the pack.
There was no time wasted. It was a quick stop in every water station after taking a sip or two and off we go running again. From time to time the cheerer in the group announced, “Water station is way up ahead”“Drink up!” “Is everyone OK?” “70 minutes regroup!” And this continued up to the finish line. When we saw the kilometer marker with 4k more to go, I knew it would be a personal record (PR) or a PB for the participants. We slowed down our pace at the last two kilometers. Around this time, we maintained an average pace of 6:40 min/km. As we were on our way to the finish line, the last 200 or 100 meters or so, our group’s cheerer/pacer shouted, “70 minutes runners sprint now!” Heard fast footsteps behind me. FINISH! Mission accomplished! We gathered again after crossing the finish line for a quick picture taking. And, guess who took our photo? It was no other than the son of a former Philippine President. WOW!
Finishing together made me remember a line from the Born to Run book, and I quote, “The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other but to be with each other.” How awesome is that?
This wouldn’t be possible if not for the opportunity and trust of Unilab Active Health (ULAH) bestowed upon us, running bloggers. Thank you so much to fellow blogger Bards aka Banana Running who took care of us in behalf of Vimz aka Kulit Runner. That said, thank you, too, ULAH for making my alter ego RUNNING DIVA a part of your Run United 2015 Exceed Yourself campaign.
Hey, fellow runners! Want to complete the Trilogy this year?Have you registered yet for the 2015 Run United 1? Registration is now open. Make sure you book before March 1.
The 2015 Run United 1 will be held on 8 March 2015 with 5k, 10k, and 21k race categories. All categories will have a start and finish at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Here’s a gentle reminder on payment schemes:
For online (credit card) registrants: complete race kit will be delivered. Singlet/Finishers’ shirt sizes will be available online on a first come, first served basis. Delivery of race kit will be on or before 1 March 2015.
For in-store registrants: complete race kit will be given upon registration for actual runners. Singlet sizes will be on a first come, first served basis. Please refer to 2015 RU1 Registration Details and 2015 RU BUNDLE PROMO for more information. Below are the designs of the finisher’s medal and shirt.