The Weekend Where Everyone Is Out Running

…in Metro Manila, at least. =P

This coming weekend will be loaded with runs across the metro. By far, this is the “busiest” weekend in terms of running schedule. Check out the listing of events below (sourced from takbo.ph):


Whether you’ll be going up north or headed down south, and whatever distance you’re joining, remember to:
– get proper rest;
– attain necessary hydration;
– say a short prayer (it really helps); and
– simply put, HAVE FUN. Enjoy the experience. =)

I’ll be part of the VSO Kabahagi Run this coming Sunday. How about you, what race will you be joining? Or will you do a separate run of your own? Share your thoughts.

Thanks to Doc Marvs for coming up with the title for this post. =)

Run Against the Elements on 24 January 2010

Sourced from Ally Lim, Project Head, Run Against the Elements:

Ateneo’s Collegiate Society of Advertising (COSA) will be having its first-ever Fun Run on January 24, 2010 (Sunday) at the Ateneo campus grounds called, “RUN AGAINST THE ELEMENTS: Ateneo COSA Fun Run 2010″ (3/5/10K) with our slogan: Stand Up to Climate Change. We have partnered with social entrepreneur, Illac Diaz, who started “Design Against the Elements.” This is an international design competition that responds to the call for social and climate adaptation by building sustainable homes. This was launched to international architects last June 16, 2009 at the Institute of International Education (IIE) at the United Nations Plaza in New York with the support of the IIE, the Philippine Consulate, Gov. Lray Villafuerte, Gawad Kalinga, United Architects of the Philippines and My Shelter Foundation.

Feet on Fire: Race Against Cancer

Posting this after receiving a personal invite. =)

Nov. 8, 2009, 5AM, McKinley Hill, Taguig
3k, 5k, 10k, 15k, and 6k relay

Registration period: October 16 to November 8

Registration areas:
-McKinley Hill showroom in Fort Bonifacio
-McKinley Information Center in McKinley Hill
-UPCE tambayan at Rm.407-B College of Business Administration, UP Diliman (Tuesday-Friday)
-booths during other running events

Contact details:
cell: 0917-9318533
e-mail: feetonfire09@yahoo.com
website: entrepreneurscircle.multiply.com

Ondoy Afterthoughts + A Run for Ondoy Victims


This is undeniably the right word to describe the tragedy that occurred over most of Luzon last weekend, 26-27 September. Almost every single province belonging to it fell victim to the massive, unforgiving floods brought about by tropical storm Ondoy (international codename Ketsana). The event was so irrevocably immense to the point that 25 provinces were declared in a state of calamity all in one day. This storm will forever be marked in the hearts and memories of many Filipinos as lives were lost, memorabilia swept away, and personal property severely – or even permanently – damaged, lessening the possibility of recovery by those who own it. The floods brought about by the storm picked no one – whether rich or poor, almost everyone was included in its warpath.

Almost every section of the metropolis was submerged in floodwater, while bringing along mud. Even the road that was once thought as flood-proof gave in to the fury of the flood. Vehicles were being carried away while others were completely swallowed as the flood raged. People were scrambling to higher ground and to safety, while trying to salvage whatever they can. People even braved and risked their lives moving through the floodwater to rescue others. Vehicular traffic on major thoroughfares stopped to let the flood cool itself down, but to no avail, leaving motorists and commuters stranded, with no choice but to go through water-ridden roads and find their way home on foot. Streets, roads, avenues, and practically every single portion of asphalt and concrete had flood reaching to as high as the neck. The scenes got worse and worse as the rain progressed. Municipalities were render non-passable to all forms of vehicles. Power was gradually being cut down, same with phone lines. What’s worse, villages sank.

As the storm moved out of the country, one cannot help but look at the aftermath. Many people died, while many remain missing. The number of families that were displaced would have probably reached an all-time high. Several parts of Metro Manila remain deep in floodwater. Majority of the roads are still covered in mud. Individuals are scrambling to get relief goods. People are now moving back to their residences, hoping to save at least even a small portion of their property that was consumed by the worst flooding in the history of Luzon. It has been so bad that almost everyone in my circle of close relations was affected one way or another, whether it be my relatives, my office colleagues, my former bandmates, and even the running community – and to the one reading this post, I’m sure pretty much the same happened to you.

It’s pleasing to know that even private groups and international superstars are pitching in to do their share to help those who had befallen to Ondoy. As of this writing, relief goods are continuously coming in from schools, universities, and even private organizations. Kind-hearted volunteers have been busy working around the clock, along with the military and the police, to help alleviate the situation as much as they can. Even those who get off from work early contribute as much as they can to help their fellowmen rise once again from the depth.

Though the situation may be heartbreaking, we Filipinos are known to be resilient. Things may look bleak as of the moment, but as time passes, we will stand up from the damage once again. We will rebuild everything piece by piece with patience, perseverance, and help from God. We can look at it another way – the country has been torn, ravaged, and disjoined by several external factors. Now our government is calling (or should that be has been previously calling) for unity so that the country may reach its full potential and glory once again. Instead of praying for unity to happen, maybe this is the chance and once-in-a-lifetime to prove that we can stand united.

We can only hope that everyone who has been directly affected by Ondoy will be kept safe from further harm, and will stabilize in the coming days.

In light of this tragedy, a road race has been initiated here in Cebu as a fundraiser for the victims of Ondoy. Here are the details:

Event: Run for Ondoy Victims
Date: 18 October 2009, 6AM
Location: P. Larrazabal Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City, Cebu
Reg Fee: Php300 (or more from your heart)

I’m very sure that more charity events like these will be organized in the future, especially by the running community, to help those who are in need of aid and assistance. It is indeed a cause worth supporting. If I only had the time, logistics, and capacity, I myself would also want to organize a fundraiser in the form of a road race. This idea could definitely be used by the running community – indeed, through our legs we can contribute to betterment. Not only do we have helping hands, but helping legs, for that matter. =)

New Balance Power Race POSTPONED!


Due to severe weather conditions in Manila as of this writing, the race organizers, race directors, and race sponsors have officially announced that the New Balance Power Race will be postponed to a later date to protect the safety of the running community.

The new schedule for the said run will now be on November 29, 2009.

All those reading this post now, please spread the word!

(Credits go to Ellen aka kelcy33 of takbo.ph for the info.)

Races You DON’T Want To Miss: The Quezon City International Marathon & The Cebu City Marathon

The Quezon City International Marathon
18 October 2009
Categories: 5K / 10K / 21K / 42K


Good news to Cebu-based runners (whether permanent or otherwise) – you can register for this event in Cebu itself! =D Registration sites are the following:

All TIMEX Watches Branches Nationwide – Cebu, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, SM North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, Greenbelt 3

Nike Park – Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

Secondwind Running Store – Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City

Other registration venues will be announced soon. For those who will be registering late due to uncontrollable circumstances, you will have to go to the Quezon City Hall for it.

Medals will be given away to 21K and 42K finishers. =D

Registration fees as follows:
Regular Rates (11 September – 4 October)
5K – Php300
10K – Php300
21K – Php500
42K – Php650

Late Registration (5 October – 11 October)
5K – Php450
10K – Php450
21K – Php650
42K – Php800

International participants have a registration fee of $40.

Assembly time and gun time listed below:
5K – 5:30AM, 6:00AM
10K – 5:15AM, 5:45AM
21K – 4:30AM, 5:00AM
42K – 4:00AM, 4:30AM

Click here for more information.

The Cebu City Marathon
10 January 2010
Categories: 5K / 21K / 42K


You might be surprised why there is no 10K event for this race. The logic? They’re urging runners who have gotten used to running 10K to move up to the next level, so to speak. As such, they want veteran runners to test their skills and bravura by signing up for the 21K route. The 5K event is retained for those who want to try out running. And for the first time, the queen city of the south will have its very first 42K route, which will pass by the IT Park, the SRP, a portion of the Cebu Business Park, and Banilad. This is a good route indeed – it covers east to west and back.

In addition, this activity will be part of the Sinulog festivities next year. This race should be grand in itself. =)

Registration will start sometime in September. Watch out for it.

Click here for more information.

For those who deign on joining these races, train well, hydrate frequently, keep your spirits at par, and the best of luck! See you on the road! =)

My September 2009 Races

As one of my running buddies would say, “hindi ako nagpapaghuli sa takbo“. =P It’s true most of the time, if you ask me.

Which is why as early as this month, I have already signed up for 2 major races for September, both of them falling under the half-marathon category. Once again, it’s back-to-back efforts for me!


September 20 – ROTARun 2009 @ McKinley Hill
Sponsored by the Rotary Club, Php 200 will get you in this event, regardless of whatever distance you’re running (3K/5K/10K/21K). Race pack includes your race number, race route, freebies at the end of the race, and a good-looking singlet. The main beneficiary, according to Doc Pinky, are Philippine General Hospital cancer patients. Click here for further details.


September 27 – New Balance Power Race @ The Fort
There are also different race categories here (3K/5K/10K/21K), with varying entry fees per category, ranging from Php 250 to Php 500. The race pack also includes your race number, race route, a 15% discount coupon at New Balance stores, and a sleek-fitting singlet. This race is also for the benefit of different cancer foundations. Click here for further details.

My training for these races starts this Monday, August 24, with the following regimen:


I’ll be going for a new 21K personal record on the Power Race, for the reason that the ROTARun tackles the McKinley Hill paths twice – yes, you read it right, TWICE. Hence, I will treat this as a simple long run with an easy running pace. The 21K Power Race route will only ply the said path once, so there’s more chances for me to beat my time here.

Time to get serious once again. This should be exciting.

Wish me luck. =)