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Pocari, Sweat, Go!

Hydrating from your own sweat, and I love it! - That was my initial reaction when I first tried a cold Pocari sweat during the PIDHM 2010 where Pocari was the sponsor hydration station at the finish line.

On July 17, this drink will let us runners sweat even more with their Ready Get Sweat Go run which will be held at a seldomly-raced route -- Tiendesitas in Ortigas. Read on below for more details.

What: Ready Get Sweat Go 2011
When: July 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM
Where: Frontera Verde, Tiendesitas, Ortigas Center
Registration Date: 24 June to 16 July 2011

Registration Fees:
3K / 5K - Php 400.00
10K - Php 500.00

Registration Sites: Open every Wednesdays to Sundays only at the following venues:
  • ROX at Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig
  • Royal Sporting House, Robinson's Place Ermita
  • Reebok (Glorietta, Festival Mall, Megamall, Trinoma)
Singlet Design:

Route Maps (click to download larger image size):

3K Route
5K Route
10K Route
For more inquiries, please call (02) 519-7010 or email
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Adidas KOTR 2011 FAQs

Here's some FAQs for the much-anticipated Adidas King of the Road 2011 which will be held on the 23rd of October at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. This race will be organized by RunRio.

When and where will the 2011 adidas King of the Road Philippines be held?
The adidas King of the Road Philippines will be held on 23 October 2011 (Sunday) at the Bonifacio Global City.

How do I register?
Registration can be done online on The registration will close on 31 August 2011 or upon reaching maximum number of slots. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.

When is the starting and closing date for the regular registration?
Regular registration starts June 21 and will close on August 31, or while race slots last. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.

What is the age limit for KOTR 2011 participants?
The minimum age to participate in this event will be 12 years old and the maximum age is 65 years old. 12-17 year-old participants need a parent’s or guardian’s consent to participate.

How do I register if I’m under the age of 18?
Participants below the age of 18 are required to seek parental/guardian consent as deemed necessary by the organizer upon online registration. Failing which, the organizer reserves the right to refuse entry to any participant.

Can I register offline / manually and pay cash?
For regular registration, all registrations are made online and payments are charged via credit card at Only payment via Credit Card is accepted. We do not accept Cash, Check, Debit Card, and Online Transfer via Internet Banking.

How much is the Race Entry Fee?
The entry fees are as follows:
5km – 1,050PHP
16.8km– 1,300PHP
21k– 1,050PHP

How will I know if my entry has been accepted?
Registrants will receive a confirmation email upon successful registration. The system will automatically allocate a unique Registration Number as shown in their confirmation email. Please note that Hivelocity Pte Ltd’ will be listed in your credit card bank statement for this transaction. It is necessary to bring a copy of the confirmation e-mail from the organizer and a valid ID upon collecting the Race Kit.

What are the possible reasons I did not receive my Race Confirmation details after registration and Payment?
It could be due to any of the following reasons:
The transaction did not go through.
The e-mail address provided is invalid.
The e-mail server blocked the email.

What should I do if I do not receive my race confirmation slip after registration and

Please contact us immediately at

Do I get a refund if I choose not to participate after registration?
Registration fee is strictly non-refundable.

Can I make changes to my personal particulars after registration?
Yes. Registrants can make changes to their personal particulars by sending an email to However changes to race category, date of birth, NRIC, gender and event running vest sizes are NOT considered as changes of personal particulars.

Can I change my race category after I have registered?
No. Race categories are non-transferable.

Why am I unable to select a given size of the running singlet?
The size that you have selected is out of stock. Please select your next preferred size.

Can I choose the color of my running singlet? Can I change the color of my running singlet?
No, issuance of running singlet is on a first-come-first-served basis. When a particular color is unavailable the next available color will be issued. No requests for exchange of running vests will be entertained.

When and where can I collect my Race Kit?
Registered participants are invited to gather at the KOTR 2011 Kick-Off Assembly from Oct 10-12 at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, where race kits containing singlet, timing device, and other race paraphernalia will be distributed and a variety of activities await everyone. Those who have availed of the Free Run Promo get their race kits shipped to their mailing address for free.

Do I get a medal upon finishing the race?
ALL participants who complete the run will be awarded a Finisher Medal at the finishing line. Medals will not be given to non-participants nor non-finishers of the race. A non-participant is a person who did not take part in the race on the date of the event and a non-finisher is a participant who retires from the race before finishing it.

Are rollerbladers and cyclists allowed on the race route?
No. For the safety of the runners, any person rollerblading or cycling on the race route will be requested to exit the course immediately by the marshals.

Can I bring along my pets?
Pets are strictly not allowed on the race route.

Singlet Sizing:

Singlet Design:
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The New RunRio Timing Card

For those who are into running and are wondering what's the new buzz about the RunRio Timing Card, check out the following AVP about this latest in technology and innovation of RunRio Inc.

Click the following image below to get a bigger copy.
How to use and the timing card's Terms and Conditions:
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Merrell Adventure Run 2011

On this race, I had my revenge... I reclaimed the victory, and it was indeed a great, real trail-running experience!

Comparing to last year's Merrell Adventure Run at Wawa, Montalban where I almost dreaded the race (read the story here) and disliked the organizer (sorry Sir Thumbie), this time, the Merrell Adventure Run 2011 held at the Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal, exceeded my expectations and I could say, even the expectations of the more than 1,500 runners who participated in the said event.

With only less than an hour of sleep, I arrived at the venue around 4AM together with some Employees/Runners of Agatep (thanks to you as always). It was still early and I have much time to roam around. The temperature was so cool, and the rain shower would come and go every once in a while that kept the ground and the trail course of Timberland wet.

I went to the starting line just to get a glimpse of what lays ahead for the runners, and what first struck my eyes were - mud and muddy-waters! And a few meters ahead of the starting line, all I could see is darkness with some leaves and grass on the sideways. I shivered with excitement coupled with the cool breeze of air. Still having plenty of time, I went to the booth of Alaska which was the first booth that was able to set-up that early, already serving pan-de-sal breakfast and Alaska Milk and Choco for the early-bird runners.

The blue sky promises a great day ahead
Just as the day breaks, more runners filled up the area, a lot of ladies I could say for such a challenging run ahead. Whether they know what a trail run is or not, I'm sure they're all up for the adventure. Some elite runners also flocked in, as well as this "rat runner" (Rey Lumauag) who were there to take the challenge despite being not in good condition as he's suffering from dry cough.

At the starting line after the 21k gun-start fired, the 10k runners were gathered. There I met some aNR-UP Heartbreakers and other co-runners from the Six:30 running group.

As we started traversing the trails, the adventure and challenge almost never stopped. Just the moment you stepped out from the starting line, it was already a challenge how to get past from all other runners as you can't help but to slowdown else suffer an early fall on the slippery rocks and muds. I brought a digicam with me to take shots of the sceneries as I get past to it, with the runners crossing the rivers, trekking the hills, dancing on the mud, jumping on the terrains, falling down and all.

I fell down twice on the entire course, once on my right butt on a muddy downhill going to the river, and the second one was on my left butt on another muddy slope. Slipped a few times, got almost overthrown as I sped down losing control of my strides. Thankfully there were small trees and branches that I was able to grab, while overturning my body to the opposite direction as I hold on. Single track of trails from moderately-easy to traverse to the most challenging one that it almost looks like a "kumonoy" were also unavoidable.

The entire course gave me new knowledge in running the trails, muddy trails specifically. I learned that the techniques in road running (proper form, proper stride) will not always be applicable. Somehow, I was only able to maintain a proper breathing most of the time.

To get past on the muddy trails, you will need not just your forefoot nor your midfoot, but you will need all the parts of your feet even your knees and legs on the ground. Your toes will also play a vital role to help you grip, and you may even crawl if you must. Leg, core, and over-all body strength are also essential to keep you running and protected from injuries. Also most of the time, the sidetracks of the trails have more grip so it'll be a better choice to run on it rather than on the middle-track where all you could see are skid marks or buried shoes. Sometimes, you don't have to run the trails also, side-to-side skipping and leaping will let you easily pass through a flat but muddy trail. And when you fall down, your body's agility and the strength of your hands, arms and shoulder will be your saving partner to help you easily get up if you don't want somebody to notice your butt-hampering moment.

The starting line was creepier in the dark
Some photos of the trail
Seems like it will lead to nowhere

Killer HELL
There's a flat, relaxing course after all
I call this the snake's trail
Breath-taking views of the cloud

Even dogs enjoy the trails
Go barefoot, or go sole-less
Runners refreshing on the shower
Wounds like this gives you a happy mark
The people from Euro RSG Agatep PR
with Ms. Katrina Ong, her Father and brother
More photos can be found on my FB Albums.

What else can I say, but to give everyone a pat on the shoulder. The race was superb, hydrations (from LightWater - really light indeed) are more than enough, plenty of friendly and helpful Marshalls throughout the entire course, and a very good choice of date and venue.

All hail to Merrell Team for such a great adventure;

Two thumb's up to Sir Thumbie Remigio (Adrenaline MultiSports Group) for a successfully organized and well-deserved race;

High-five to Sir Jeff for the given opportunity to be part of this year's adventure run;

Kisses to the "angels" (Nicole, Glaiza, Ei, etc.) of Euro RSCG Agatep PR who let me hitch on their ride for the past two years of Merrell's Adventure Run;

A muddy-hug also to all my co-runners who braved the adventure;

To Ms. Katrina Ong (Zoo York Marketing), nice meeting you again and your family, and congratulations to you also.

Media Special Award: 2nd Place, got consumable goodies from
sponsors and a Spyder Fringe shades
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Let RR Run Your Errands

Need somebody to run your errands? Book your next run, and let Runner'sRunner (RR) do it for you!

Runner'sRunner has already been around the running scene in the Metro for more than a year now since it's conceptualization on February 2010 (read the story of RR's origin). And their presence for just a short while have already made the registration scene seamless for many of the runners who availed of their service.

I first met "Ka Edong" - the great man and brain behind RR - at the PIDHM 2010 race. He was just a simple photographer that time where I thought he was also some kind of weird stalker trying to get a precious photo of me (lol, just kidding Sir Edwin).

Me and Shai, photo taken by Sir Edwin (Runner'sRunner)
Last 17th of June 2011, RR invited their partners, friends, and bloggers for the launching of their one-stop-shop for online race registration services. If you haven't read their origin just mentioned above, Runner'sRunner was conceptualized to run the errands the runners' registration process, registration fee payments, and race kit delivery. But not only that as Runner'sRunner has also become an online reference about the past and upcoming race events in the different parts of the Philippines.

So if you're looking for a next race to join but you're busy to register on-site, or find it hard to gather registration forms for your team member's registration, you want it to be hassle-free and worry-free, why not turn your head and fingers at Runner'

Runner'sRunner Race Registration Options:
  1. Online via Runner'sRunner Run Catalog
  2. Walk-in Registration at R.O.X, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
Runner'sRunner Payment Facilities:
  1. Paypal
  2. Bank Deposit (BDO)
  3. Smart Money
  4. G-Cash
  5. Credit Card or BancNet
Race Kit Distribution Options:
  • Delivery by Runner'sRunner (the best)
  • Pick-up via RR at R.O.X, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
  • Pick-up at the Race Organizer's Outlet
Runner'sRunner Touchpoint:

Hotline: (02) 507-8348 available daily from 4pm to 9pm except Mondays
SMS: RUNNERSRUNNER <space> <MESSAGE> then send to (+63) 917-535-2128
Online Support:

Now you want to try this hassle-free registration? Why not try it out first-hand by registering for their partner's upcoming race events:
  1. Parañaque Run (July 9, 2011)
  2. Stallion Run (July 10, 2011)
  3. Project Baguio (July 16, 2011)
  4. Race It Up (July 30, 2011)
  5. Ateneo Diamond Blue Race (August 28, 2011)

Attendees won some raffle prizes courtesy of Runner'sRunner partners
Signature Runner'sRunner Pose
Runner's Runner would like to thank the following sponsors:
  • R.O.X.
  • Mogu Mogu
  • EatPrayRun
  • Oktane-E
  • The Bull Runner
  • MultiSport Magazine
Partner Races:
  • Ateneo Diamond Blue Race (w/ sponsor: Nivea)
  • Stallion Run
  • Project Baguio
  • Paranaque Run
  • Race it Up
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Dell Intel Notebook

Last June 13, 2011, Dell unveiled their latest of the line - Intel notebook products that has great performance, great features, ultra-powerful, eye-catching lids, and their thinnest notebook.

Dell Latitude E-Series

The entire Latitude E-Family has been refreshed with the Latitude E5420, E5520, E6520 E6420, E6320, E6220 and E6420 ATG laptops. New additions to the Dell Latitude family support a range of usage needs:

The Latitude E5420 and E5520 laptops are ideal for professionals looking for a budget-conscientious blend of mobility and at-your-desk computing.

The Latitude E6220, E6320, E6420, E6520 and E6420 ATG business-rugged laptops are designed for the most demanding conditions, with hard-wearing MIL-STD tested Tri-Metal™ casing and highly durable displays.

The new Latitude laptops offer the following:
  • Completely new design from the ground up;
  • Enhanced security– Dell Data Protection, Remote Data Delete and Free Fall Sensor to protect against drops;
  • Planned support for pre-integrated Citrix and VMware remote desktop clients;
  • Latitude commonality across 26 models – 1 dock, battery, keyboard footprint – making the management of systems much easier;
  • Still the only enterprise platform with backlit keyboard options for productivity anywhere; and,
  • Intel® 2nd generation Core™ processors and new graphics and memory.
The Dell Difference - Inspiron R

The perfect combination of brains and beauty - the latest addition to the Inspiron family also introduces an innovative new design twist: new SWITCH by Design Studio interchangeable lids that switch the look of Inspiron R laptops with just a pop and a click . The SWITCH by Design Studio collection includes 25 new eye-popping lids sporting vibrant colors and unique designs. Start the day with a Peacock Blue lid, and switch it out for a design-inspired look at night.

But the Inspiron R shouldn’t be judged by its cover(s) alone. Packing the latest 2nd generation Intel Core technology, the Inspiron R laptops benefit from sleek form factors, up to 13 hours of battery life on the Inspiron 15R with the optional 9-cell battery and incorporate the latest USB 3.0 technology to make transferring photos, videos, music and other graphics-rich files faster than ever.

With a range of entertainment, storage, productivity and show-stopping design options available on the Inspiron R, Dell makes it easy for people to go online and choose the perfect Inspiron R laptop with confidence, knowing it will be a smart investment that will deliver the ideal technology-by-design for them.

Small Business Collaborate in Style - Vostro 3000 Series

Available in 13-, 14-, 15- and 17-inch forms and styled with image-conscious entrepreneurs and mobile professionals in mind, the Dell Vostro 3000 Series packs the latest Intel® 2nd generation Core™ I Series processors into a sleek design without compromising battery life. For those that demand the ultimate in collaboration, the Vostro 3000 is the first small-business laptop to feature voice enhancing technology SRS Premium Voice Pro software. A full HD webcam offered with the 14-, 15- and 17-inch laptops enables lifelike interactions with coworkers and customers, while a digital array mic helps reduce ambient noise, giving small businesses a superb virtual collaboration solution that’s fast and clear.

The new Vostro 3000 laptops offer the following:
  • Stylish and durable: A chiclet keyboard, durable aluminum finish and choice of three premium colors – Aberdeen Silver, Lucerne Red and Brisbane Bronze
  • Enhanced collaboration: Pre-installed Skype and the ability to launch any VoIP or video conferencing application via one customizable dashboard button
  • Top-notch security options: Back up your business data 10 times faster with super speed USB 3.0, standard built-in finger-print reader and Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security
  • Increased productivity: Intel® 2nd generation Core™ I Series processors, switchable graphics, DDR3, USB 3.0, BT 3.0
  • ProSupport to Simplify IT: Businesses can choose their own level of 24x7 IT support with optional Dell ProSupport services
Less Mass, More Appeal - XPS 15z

A technology package perfect for pumping out spectacular, media-rich office presentations or watching the latest award-winning movies, the XPS 15z includes 2nd generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, a brilliant 15.6-inch WLED display with a Full HD option that has almost two times the HD resolution of standard HD displays, NVIDIA graphics with 3DTV play capabilities , built-in WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 and a backlit keyboard.

Despite its incredibly slim exterior, the XPS 15z delivers uncompromising performance, including NVIDIA discrete graphics with Optimus technology that automatically switches to power-saving integrated graphics under reduced workloads, helping the battery last longer on coast-to-coast flights and for movie marathons. In addition, it offers ample hard drive storage and a slot-loading DVD +/- RW drive for watching the latest movies or burning music to a disc. And the optional Full HD (1080p) display brings HDTV-type quality to the laptop screen.

Advanced wireless features make XPS 15z your go-to device from the road or the living room. Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity ensure it’s fast and easy to connect with e-mail, websites, Skype and Facebook from almost anywhere . For at-home entertainment, the optional Intel Wireless Display feature enables videos and photos to be streamed wirelessly from your XPS 15z to an HDMI-equipped TV. And with the exclusive Dell Stage user interface, it’s easy to access personal content such as music, photos and videos.

At first glance, the XPS 15z design, with its clean aluminum design, appears like it floats above the surface, and the polished, brushed finishes with sophisticated accents add to a luxurious appearance.

Now available in the Philippines, the XPZ 15z is priced from Php 71,500.00 and like all XPS computers, it is designed and built from the ground up to provide a premium computing experience with the best materials, technology, performance and reliability Dell offers.

Interchangeable lids for the Dell Inspiron R series of notebook
The Bloggers at the Robot Restaurant and Lounge, Makati
Models showcasing the different Dell series of Notebooks

The one that I love... err like!

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Independence Day Run

More than a year ago (ooppss sorry, I have another super late post), I joined the Philippine Independence Day Half Marathon 2010. Organized by the Center for International Education (CIE) Global Colleges Manila, it was a race with high ambition to boast of having been held right during the celebration of the Country's 112th Independence Day.

It made many of the Patriotic runners give their best and expect a good turnaround of the event. Unfortunately, those expectations died a noble memory for most of the participants. Mine as well. But what failed me was not just how the race turned out, but mostly on how I performed for this run. I failed myself, I failed my own personal expectation!

What happened? During this race, it was when my plantar fascia started bothering me. And how it began was purely my fault also. Barely three weeks before this race, I just had my very first full Marathon (May 22), where I used a shoe not intended for a road race, much more for such long distance. Then just a week and a few days after this full (May 30), I was foolish enough to run a 21k distance race-pace as a very late "recovery" run, where I also achieved my first 21k PR (personal record). Then two weeks after (Jun 12), came this event - another 21k race for me less than a month after my full marathon.

So what's wrong with a full Marathon and a continued series of Pikermi in less than a month? Well this is just my personal experience but for me, my own fitness level during that time is still not ready for such kind of stress. During the May 30 21k race that I did, I was already feeling some unknown pains on my right foot. Then after the Independence Day Half Marathon (Jun 12), I realized that I am already suffering from a right foot injury - the Plantar Fasciitis.

What also attributed to this injury was not just the continued stress that I had with those races, but I think, it was also for the wrong type of apparel, (specifically the shoe in this case) that I used during the Marathon (May 22). The shoe was designed for trail running, not for road, and not for a Marathon distance. It was a Reebok Trail Crossback, size US 7.5. Just from the name itself, you'll know it's not meant for a road race, but foolish me! On my succeeding races (the two series of 21k), the shoe was right for my foot type as it was referenced from my Gait Analysis. But I remember when I bought my Adizero Boston (size US 7.5 also), the sales man advised me that the shoe was not designed for races longer than 10k. But heck, I thought I am just a light-weighted runner so racing the shoe up to 21k distance won't matter at all. Yes indeed it won't, but not if you're already suffering from an injury.

On running, the skill, fitness, and training does matter so much! But in the end, the kind of running shoes that we wear also matters a lot as we can't give our full effort/potential during a race if we're already suffering from an apparel-caused injury.

Speaking of running shoes, I just learned that there will be a new running shoe arriving soon in the Country (Philippines). I have checked their website and it's kind of promising given the fact that the shoe absorbs both the vertical and horizontal impact that our foot gets as it lands. I like the color combination of their black/lime CloudSurfer model, but it seems that the CloudRunner will be more functional for me for my near-future plans of running an Ultra-race. Yeah it's ON!

So how did my race turned-out? I finished the entire course at 1 hour, 47 minutes and 1 second, ranking 167th out of the 619 category Finishers. Fast you say? Well, the other thing that saddened me was that after I got my Finisher's medal, it turned out that the course was short of 3 kilometer distance as measured by my co-runners through their GPS-enabled watch.

The Reebok Trail Crossback, it performs well on trails, but not on road.
ON CloudRunner, does it really perform well? Let me try... ;)
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Great Wall of China, Rexona Adventure Run, and Reusable Timing Card

Just last March during one of the PressCons of one of the running events, Dennis (RunningFatboy) and I were talking about The Great Wall of China Marathon. I was so amazed with Dennis' story and accounts of other runners they came across to during their race at the Great Wall. I also became so excited to experience running at this great man-made wonder that right after that night, I made it one of the target list for my out-of-country run (the other one is at Marathon/Athens, Greece, dreaming is free ;þ ).

Then come Blogger's Night for the Rexona Adventure Run 2011, I was surprised to know that by joining this race and/or the Rexona Adventure Hub, we'll get a chance to win one out of three all-expense paid trip to the Great Wall of China. How's that huh? But there's more, not only the Great Wall of China is at stake, as other travel adventures are also off for raffle at the Adventure Hub from July 23 to 24. These includes:
  • Northern Adventure (Sagada, Banaue)
  • Cagayan De Oro Adventure
  • Bohol Adventure
The Rexona Adventure Run's Adventure Prizes
Now before you sweat too much for these great and exciting adventure prizes, why not grab this chance and register already for the head-start of your adventure at the 4th RunRio Series Manila's Rexona Adventure Run 2011. Race details are as follows:

When: July 24, 2011.
Where: SM Mall of Asia
Categories: 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K
Registration Fee: Php 500.00 (3K) / Php 600.00 (5K and 10K) / Php 750.00 (21K)

Online registration period is from June 8, 2011 to July 3, 2011 only. Delivery of race kits will start on June 17, 2011.

Regular In-store registration period is from June 4, to July 3, 2011 only at the following venues:
  • RUNNR – G/F Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn – 8pm,Tel # 4031787)
  • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Mall, Roxas Blvd., Manila(12nn–8pm, Tel # 556-0445)
  • Planet Sports Glorietta – 2F Glorietta 3, Makati City (12nn – 8pm, Tel # 8177896)
  • The Athletes Foot - Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City and 3F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Pasig City(12nn – 8pm, Tel# 6363162)
  • Planet Sports Trinoma – 2nd level, Trinoma cor. North EDSA, Quezon City(12nn – 8pm, Tel# 9167451)
  • STOKED - Gateway, Greenhills, and Rockwell
Late registration period is from July 4, to July 10, 2011 at the following venues:
  • RUNNR, Bonifacio Global City
  • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia
  • The Athletes Foot, Robinsons Galleria
Rexona Adventure Run 2011 Race Singlet
Route Maps (click the image to download larger size):

Assembly Times and Gun-start:

Race CategoryAssembly TimeGun Start

RunRio Reusable Timing Card:

Registrants of the Rexona Run will also get, as part of the race kit, a reusable timing card - another innovation from RunRio - for FREE! Holders of the timing card will also be given priority registration for all other upcoming races of RunRio.

To know more about this newest innovation, you may attend the Runrio Timing Card Public Launch which will be held on Saturday (June 18, 2011) at the Activity area (infront of RUNNR), Bonifacio High Street, BGC from 6:00AM to 8:30AM. Everyone is invited as Coach Rio himself will be there to discuss and give us knowledge about the timing card.

Visit RunRio page for more information and important race reminders.
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