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3rd Trek The TEC Vertical Run

Join and take the Challenge of the real vertical run in the Philippines!

What: 3rd Trek the T.E.C.

When: 24 June 2012 8:00 AM

Where: The Enterprise Center Bldg.

Distance and Registration Fees:

    Individual - Php 595.00

    4-member Team Relay (Challengers) - Php 2,000.00

*Click the following image below to download registration form:

Registration Centers:

L3, Lobby of The Enterprise Center, Ayala Ave. cor. Paseo De Roxas, Makati City

Royal Sporting House Stores - Glorietta, Ali Mall, Festival Mall, Robinson's Ermita, Recto.

Route Map:

Route Details:

Tower 1 - 39 floors

Tower 2 - 29 floors

Runners will start at the ground floor, central lobby entering the stairway of Tower 1. After reaching the 39th floor, run down to level 3 and enter through the link going to Tower 2 and run the stairway to finish at the rooftop of Tower 2.

For the Relay:

Runner1 - run up to the 20th floor of Tower 1

Runner2 - run up from 20th to 39th floor of Tower 1

Runner3 - run down to level 3 lobby link

Runner4 - run from level 3 lobby link up to the finish at the rooftop of Tower 2.

RunningAtom at the Finish line of 2nd Trek the T.E.C.

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For more information, text or call: 0917-481-5172 / 0916-242-8785 / 0928-390-0039 / 0946-665-5431 or visit Trek The TEC's Facebook fanpage.
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School Run For School Rooms

Be part of the ATHLETES IN ACTION (AIA) SCHOOL RUN FOR SCHOOL ROOMS on July 7, 2012, 5:00 AM at the Fort. Chris Tiu and other renowned sportsmen will lead the run.


When: 07 July 2012 (Saturday), 5:00 AM

Where: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Beneficiaries: Department of Education, GMA Kapuso Foundation, and iCare for the rebuilding of classrooms for calamity stricken areas hit by typhoons Pedring, Quiel, and Sendong.

Distance and Registration Fees: (15 May 2012 - 30 June 2012)

    3K - Php 350.00

    5K - Php 450.00

    10K - Php 550.00

Registration Centers:

GWorld Event Specialists - 2/F G-Square Arcade, Barangka Drive, Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong City

SM Tickets - (02) 470-2222

Fila Stores - SM Mall of Asia; SM Megamall; Trinoma; Festival Mall; Glorietta; Robinson's Galleria; Robinson's Ermita; Market! Market!

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Singlet Design:

Route Map:

For more information, you may visit their Facebook event page or send a message to: GWorld Events at (02) 719-0184 / Huper Int'l at (02) 661-6489

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Ensure To Endure 2012 Race Results

Hey Runner, congratulations for making it up strong to the recently held Ensure to Endure run. Surely you've added more active days by freeing a stride at the BGC route.

Now here are the awaited race result per distance category, you may download each race result from the links below or by clicking the poster image above. Tell me how you did, were you satisfied?

5K Overall race result
10K Overall race result
15K Overall race result
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ValueCare Run 2012

What: ValueCare Run 2012

When: 16 June 2012 Saturday, 5:00AM

Where: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig


  1. Bantay Bata 163

  2. Plastic ni Juan Project

Distance and Registration Fees: (April 16 - June 10, 2012)

    10K - Php 650.00

    5K - Php 500.00

    3K - Php 500.00

Registration Centers:

  • Chris' Sports Outlets - SM City North EDSA Annex; SM Mega Mall; SM MOA; Glorietta 3 Makati; Festival Mall Alabang


*The bag tag will be used for your baggage deposit.

Route Map:

For more information, visit: ValueCare Run's website or like them on Facebook.
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Anson's Fun In The Sun

What: Anson's Fun In The Sun Run 2012

When: 27 May 2012 Sunday, 5:00AM

Where: Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill

Distance and Registration Fees:

   16K (extreme*) - Php 700.00

   10K (extreme*)- Php 600.00

   5K - Php 500.00

   3K - Php 500.00

*EXTREME RUN - is an incorporated 3.84KM run inside the McKinley Hill parking building.

Registration Promo:

   5 + 1 Free

   25++ Group registration (same category) - logo printed on singlet

Registration Centers:

  • Anson's Outlets - Pasong Tamo, The Link Makati, Landmark Trinoma, Cash n' Carry

  • R.0.X

  • A Runner's Circle

Theme Contest Mechanics:

  1. To be eligible for the contest, individuals must be registered to join the Anson's Fun in the Sun Run 2012 for 3K, 5K, 10K or 16K races.

  2. They should have already claimed their official race number from any of the registration outlets.

  3. They should "LIKE" the "Anson's Fun in the Sun Run" Facebook page.

  4. Individuals should take their most creative shot embodying the theme, "FUN IN THE SUN" while wearing their registered Race Number

  5. Individuals should post their photos on the Anson's Fun in the Sun Run FB page.

  6. There will be 3 WINNERS for the theme contest and shall be considered the Top 3 People‘s Choice Awardees

  7. To win in the People's Choice Category, individuals with the most number of "LIKES" by 11:59 PM, Saturday, May 26 will be the chosen as the People's Choice Awardees.

  8. They should be wearing their theme costume on the event day to be able to claim their prize. 

  9. Individuals must be present to claim the prize.

  10. All photos submitted shall be the exclusive property of Anson's Emporium and its race organizer. Individuals agree to its posting online, in print or other media for purposes of marketing, promotions and other related events

  11. Top 3 Winners will receive a PHILIPS GO GEAR SA3RGA04KS (4GB).

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Route Map:

Post-Race Raffle Prizes:

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AmCham Run For A Scholar

What: The American Chamber Foundation Philippines Inc., and Chevron Philippines' Run For A Scholar

When: 27 May 2012 Sunday, 5:00AM

Where: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Beneficiaries: American Chamber Foundation Philippines' Scholarship Program

Distance and Registration Fees:

    10K - Php 600.00

    5K - Php 550.00

    3K - Php 500.00

With Special Participation of:

  • Hon. Ronnie Rickets

  • ABS-CBN Star Magic Artists:

    • Diether Ocampo

    • Maricar Reyes

    • Enchong Dee

    • Bettina Carlos

    • Megan Young

    • Erin Ocampo

    • Thou Reyes

    • Annika Gonzalez

    • Eda Nolan

    • Shey Bustamante

    • Ivan Dorschner

    • Arron Villaflor

    • and many more...

Registration Centers:

  • Chris Sports Branches - Festival Mall Alabang; Glorietta 3 Makati; Market!Market! Taguig; SM Megamall; SM MOA; SM City North EDSA Annex; Fitness & Athletics Co. BGC

  • American Chamber Foundation - 4554 Casino St. cor. Olivarez St., Brgy. Palanan, Makati City Tel#: 834-0184 / 551-8060

For more information, visit: or send your e-mail to:
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Do You Need Protein During Endurance Exercise?

by Dr. Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

A study from California State University, Fullerton shows that taking protein during exercise does not help you race faster (Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research/National Strength & Conditioning Association, May 2012; 26(5):1361-5).

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A study from Denmark shows that taking protein during endurance exercise does not increase muscle growth (Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, September 2011; 43(9):1635-42). On the other hand, taking protein after you finish exercising helps you recover faster so you can exercise again sooner.

MUSCLE TIREDNESS AND FATIGUE: Muscle tiredness and weakness during and after prolonged exercise are caused by lack of water, sugar, salt and calories. Your body stores very little sugar and an almost infinite amount of fat and protein. These studies confirm many other studies which show that you don't need to take protein during exercise to improve performance or to hasten recovery. You will recover faster by taking sugar and protein within an hour after finishing your exhausting exercise.

Here's the recommended formula for taking food and drink during exercise:
  • LASTING LESS THAN AN HOUR - fit athletes do not need to take any food or drink, except they may need water on the hottest days.
  • LASTING MORE THAN AN HOUR AND A HALF - Take sugared drinks frequently.
  • LASTING MORE THAN THREE HOURS - Take sugared drinks frequently, and eat the food of your choice (fruit or sugar-added foods such as whole grain bars, etc.), plus a source of salt. We use potato chips or peanuts. You cannot get enough salt in a drink because it would taste awful.

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Thorlos Socks and Foot Blisters

84N - maximum protection
The things that we wear affects our performance directly or indirectly, specially those that touches and are most close to our skin. Remember the 2004 Pacquiao-Marquez fight? Manny Pacquiao during that fight sustained foot blisters early in the round due to the cheap socks that he used. Although Pacquiao made it until the 12th round, he said he couldn't properly move around because the blisters really hurt. But I didn't really believed at first that his blisters were due to the socks that he wore.

When I came back active to running in 2008, I always experience getting blistered. Those foot blisters though do not hurt and are not attained in a single day as the skin only gets peeled-off little-by-little, accumulated day-by-day as I run and train. But I did not attributed those blisters (that became callus) from the socks that I used. I am one of those who don't 100% believe that the clothes/apparels that we use affects our performance and just thought that the blisters, chaffing, and the stinky smell are all just part of being active and always sweating out.

Little did I know that these troubles of chaffing, blisters, and etc. can also be prevented by: 1) proper break-in; and 2) wearing the appropriate apparel.

Last December 2011, I received the Thorlos Running socks that I ordered from Sir Kalvin Sangalang. I was excited but also skeptical if it will really do any difference for me and my feet. I was surprised when I get a hold of the 84N Runner socks. It was thick but as light as any other socks that I have.

As of posting, I have already quiet abused my usage of the 84N Thorlos socks at the following road and trail races:
  1. Run United Regional Series Cebu 2011 (road)
  2. 1st Mt. Ugo Phil. Int'l SkyRace 2012 (high-altitude trail)
  3. Salomon XTrail Test Run and Actual Race (road-to-trail)
  4. Run and Raise Scholars (road)
  5. Nature's Trail Discovery Test Run (trail)
  6. SlimmeRun 2012 (road)
The 84N Runner was not made as a trail running socks, and with the number of trail races I ran, the socks became quiet over-used literally, but not really literally. Ugh, confusing?

From Mt. Ugo (that peak on the left) to Manila (the flats)
From the very first moment that I trodded it at Mt. Ugo (I just didn't have a photo what the socks looked like after that event), it seems that it gathered all the Mt. Ugo soil dusts which sticked hard on the fabric due to the combined sweat and mildew of the trails of Mt. Ugo. Cleaning it after the race wasn't easy as I have to soak it more than thrice for two days. Not only that as soaking wasn't enough to remove those sticky dirts and muds, scrubbing the fabric hard with my hands on every side have to really do the job after days of re-soaking it.

That routine of washing the socks was my ritual after every trail races that I used it, both from the trail muds in Tagaytay Highlands and the combined trail and river muds of Tanay. But after all these "hardships" that the 84N have undergone, though it was no longer as beautiful as a brand new pair, it is still usable, the fabric is still intact, and in fact, it didn't even de-form, and the snug-fit on the arc was still the same. Amazing right?

Lycra® fiber in arch and instep for a no slip fit.
I remember back in 2010 when I bought a pair of five-toed running-specific socks (the expensive one) for my CIHM race. It was a good sock and it did good during the CIHM although I suffered swollen toes, which I attributed with the shoe that I used during the race. A month after, I used the same pair of socks and shoe, and this time, it got muddy as it rained hard at Nuvali (Sta. Rosa, Laguna). After soaking the socks for a day and scrubbing it, oh the toes lengthened! It got deformed to the point that I can no longer use it unless my feet and my toes gain longer size.

The 84N Thorlos socks is absolutely tough than other general sports and running-specific sock brands. I wonder now how tough is the trail-running specific Thorlos socks would be?!

As for the blisters, I never experienced the accumulating blisters-to-callus anymore. The last time I got blistered from the run was during the Mt. Ugo Skyrun, left foot, and that was because of the wrong taping that I did. After re-adjusting the tape, the blistering stopped and did no longer aggravated. Wanna look at my feet? =D

This was only a minimal dirt that it got after a wet trail run in Tanay
On road races, Diadora Samurai 3 and Thorlos
(it was also paired during the Salomon Trail Run)
(More about the technical specs of 84N Runner Thorlos socks from this link)

My remaining wish for Thorlos is that hopefully someday, they could also come up with a five-toes design socks so I could use it with my VFF. Another thing that I want to see on Thorlos socks is a side-indicator because I am particular with wearing the same side of sock to the same side of my foot (left-side pair for the left-foot, right-side pair for the right foot) which is not possible for socks that do not have this kind of indicator.

I was used to wearing general sports socks which I also use as my office socks but now, I have already segregated my office socks against running-specific socks - that includes two of my Thorlos'.
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The Philippine National Games Triathlon

The PNG Triathlon 2012 will serve as the National Triathlon Championships. It is open to all triathletes who meet the age requirements. A waiver will be signed by the participants attesting to their fitness for the event.

The event is organized by the Philippine Sports Commission, the City of Sipalay, and TRAP. Sipalay volunteers and TRAP will officiate this race.

What: The Philippine National Games Triathlon

When: May 27, 2012

Where: Sipalay, Negros Occidental


  • Standard Distance - Male & Female, 18 YO & above - Top 3 Swim (1.5k, 2 loops) – Bike (40k, 4 loops) – Run (10k, 4 loops)

  • Sprint Distance - Male & Female, 16-19 YO - Top 3 Swim (750m, 1 loop) – Bike (20k, 2 loops) – Run (5k, 2 loops)

  • Standard Distance Relay (2 or 3 pax, any gender) - Swim-Bike-Run Format - Top 3


1) By e-mail, send your Name, Date of birth, Gender, Race Category


Fabie David:; or

Francis Campos:; or

Melcris Palmes:

2) Manila residents can register at the TRAP Office at Tel #: 710-8259/399-6598.

3) Negros and Panay island residents can contact Francis Campos at Mobile #: +639-917-300-1131/+63920-905-1811.

Sipalay and nearby residents may see Ms. Melcris Palmes at the Sipalay City Hall.


The nearest hotel to the race site is Sipalay Suites. For inquiries/reservations contact: Denise or Kim at Mobile #: +63922-870-7885; e-mail: or

For other concerns, contact Rick Reyes at the TRAP Office;

Mobile #: +63916-504-6513;

or e-mail:
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PATAFA Philippine Road Racing Grand Prix

Philippine Amateur Track and Field association (PATAFA) in partnership with the City of Manila and MASCO, invites you to the inaugural Philippine Road Racing Grand Prix this May 20, July 1 and Sept 30 in Raja Sulayman Park, Manila.

Race for the benefit of the national long distance running program in celebration of IAAF 100 years of athletics excellence.


1Mile, 3K, 5K, 10K

Organizer: Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA)

Registration Fees:

  • 1Mile -Php 300.00

  • 3k- Php 400.00

  • 5k- Php 500.00

  • 10k- Php 600.00

  • 21k- Php 800.00

  • 42k – Php 1000.00

Registration includes - Singlet, bib, timing chip, finisher certificate.

All runners who have finished their registered events in all 3 legs will receive a special Grand Prix shirt and a medal.

Registration Venues:

  1. PATAFA Office – Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Adriatico St., Malate, Manila (02) 526-7092 Look for Joey Santos

  2. Get Fit Sessions In ULTRA!

Registration Period for 1st leg: April 23 – May 18

For advance registration for all 3 legs, deadline for this promo is on May 18:

  • 3k – Php 800.00

  • 5k – Php 1,000.00

  • 10k – Php 1,200.00

Race Kit Pick-up Date: May 16-18, 2012 – PATAFA Office

For anymore inquiries, you may send in your e-mail to Hypersports Philippines Inc.
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A Partial Discovery of Tanay Trails

Now these trails in San Andres, isn't just another common, flat trail tracks. With lots of vegetation (hectares of it actually and even owned by these young, athletic, nature lover, and future leaders of Tanay), fresh mountain-water freely flowing through the rivers, clouds and fogs overlaying the mountain tops, Tanay trails are really one great adventure awaiting to be discovered. It is more of a mid-ranged mountain trail run that have almost reached the minimum peak to be qualified as a SkyRun as Mt. Bangkaan towers to more or less 1,950 MASL (meters above sea level), just about 50 MASL shy from a SkyRun's required elevation.

Last May 6 (Sunday), I, together with some runners from the Metro-South, were privileged to try first-foot the trails that will meet the brave challengers as well as the new crossovers of road-to-trail runners for the upcoming Nature's Trail Discovery Run set to surprise and delight us on the 27th of May 2012.

Our test run covered just 8km of the 21km distance category, which traversed the mountains of Mt. Bangkaan and the "smaller lump" of nature-rich resources after crossing a river that is Mt. Anito (no, not the Inn, it's the Mountain). Mount Bangkaan was the real challenge for us, with an endless upHELL which spans only less than 1.8km that took us a lot of time and oxygen "refills". During our ascent, I remember the day when I was dreadfully and almost cryingly climbing the peak of Mt. Ugo during my Skyrun debut last February 18. The ascent towards the peak though was, again, PRICELESS as we saw how beautiful nature really is most specially when viewed from atop the mountain. After a good rest and feel of the fresh air and some photo-ops with other test-runners and bloggers, our descent came by for just only like a snap of a finger.

bamboo bridge
Reaching the village where we started off, we refilled our hydration and our belly with some amount of food before taking off towards Mt. Anito (now you know it's not the Inn) which surprised us with yet another nature's offering -- an underground cave (Sangab cave). Unfortunately, we weren't able to take a dip as the water was still muddy from the past rain or water fall from up the mountain.

On to the next route, a much pleasant nature's surprise met us with clean flowing small waterfalls. Ed (Escueta) found the path leading to it and off the two of us immediately went in and lead the pack to give our body a taste of water falling down to our body. The water was so cool, refreshing us from the heat and tiring climb that we did back at Mt. Bangkaan. We were all like kids playing around the pool of fresh mountain water and I was even shouting for joy as it was my first time to bathe on a waterfall.

A priceless 1st-time at the waterfalls
After the waterfall adventure, we proceeded to complete our 8km journey where we've trodden on both wild and domestic vegetations. There were still other surprises on the remaining 13k distance but, it has to remain as surprise until race day.

After taking our breakfast courtesy of the Organizer's (Alvin Balderama) loving Kin, we were brought to Tanay Adventure Camp for a peak and another dip at its Olympic-sized pool. There we had our lunch, a chit-chat where we got to know more about each other and know more about Coach Mherl Lumagbas' funny way of anecdoting her athletic pursuits and experiences. It was also a short sneak-peak of the venue and what fun-challenges will be offerred for the 2nd leg of this event.

Yup, this is just the 1st leg of the three (3) legs of Nature's Trail Discovery run, and each leg will have different routes and venues within Tanay, Rizal.

So, am I going to see you on the 1st leg on May 27? Say yes if you want to discover the trails of Tanay with me or just keep yourself envied with some of our photos below.

Start and Finish area
Early morning mist
and fogs
View from the top of Mt. Bangkaan
Runners crossing the river towards Mt. Anito
The first of two waterfalls at Mt. Anito
A parcel of barren land caused by Kaingin system (not forest fire)
"We will meet him again on the race" - Ed
Them, preventing forest fire...
More photos can be viewed from my Facebook album.
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Hit The Trail at The 3rd Merrell Adventure Run

Are you tired of doing fun runs on paved metro highways? Then get ready to take on a more challenging trail packed with dirt roads, flowing streams, river crossings, rock scrambling, and uphill and downhill paths as the 3rd Merrell Adventure Run happens on June 2, 2012 at Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal.

As the pioneer in adventure trail running, the Merrell Adventure Run boasts of stretches of level and inclined pathways, breathtaking views and man-made obstacles. Runners will also get their feet wet in rushing river crossings and climbing rocky lanes.

With more challenges to face, runners should be equipped with the right gear for this demanding race. This is where trail running shoes like the Merrell True Trail True Glove, Waterpro Maipo, Gauley, Ottawa, Manistee, Surge and Trek for men and Merrell Pace, Pure Glove, Waterpro Maipo, Manistee, Crystal and Sable for women are a must.

Other gear like a hydration pack or water bottle belt, cap, gloves, running gaiters, and energy bars or gels are also highly recommended, especially for 21K runners.

Despite the rough terrain and farther distances, participants can remain focused on their performance and form since race marshals and roving medical personnel will be on foot and on motorcycles to assist participants and ensure their safety.

Medical stations will be set up at the start and finish lines while numerous hydration stations will be installed throughout the course.

Run on the rugged side at the Merrell Adventure Run 2012. Register now at Merrell Concept Shops in Trinoma; Market! Market!; Festival Mall, Alabang; and Marquee Mall, Pampanga. Registration fees are P500 for 5K, P650 for 10K, and P800 for 21K. Race kits include a timing chip, singlet, and bib number and finisher shirts. Medals for the top 50 finishers of 5k and 10k categories while all 21k category finishers automatically get a medal.

Registration is extended until May 25, 2012.

More about the race details can be seen from this link and you may also read about last year's Merrell Adventure Run race preview from RunningAtom.
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Cortal SQR Run and Fly Away From Pain

Cortal SQR, the pain reliever from Pharma-Rex Inc. that gives the safest and quickest relief from body pain through its advanced formulation of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol, invites everyone to join the “Cortal SQR Run and Fly Away from Pain” running event.

For the benefit of the academic scholars of the AMY Foundation, the fun run will be held on May 27, 2012 along Roxas Boulevard, stretching from the cities of Manila to Pasay City.

Participants will not just get the opportunity to be part of a fun physical workout and help send scholars to school, but they will also get the chance to win round trip tickets from ZestAir! Two round trip ZestAir tickets to prime domestic destinations will be raffled off among the participants of each of the categories. Prizes are two round trip ZestAir tickets to Cebu for the 5K participants, two round trip ZestAir tickets to Puerto Princesa, Palawan for 10K runners, and two round trip ZestAir tickets to Boracay for those who registered in the 15K run. Tickets are transferable and redeemable within a prescribed travel period but are non-convertible to cash.

Registration fee is PhP 500 for 5K, PhP 600 for 10K and PhP700 for 15K. The registration fee is inclusive of a Race Pack and a Singlet & Finisher's Kit. Interested parties may register from April 15 to May 24 at Toby’s Sports Trinoma, Toby’s Sports Megamall, Runner Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s Sports Parksquare and Toby’s Sports Mall of Asia. But if participants register from April 15 to 30 with a receipt of 30 pieces of Cortal SQR purchased from any drugstore within the same month, they can get a discount of PhP 200 from the entrance fee.

For more information and online registration, please visit and like or contact PEP Squad Events and Marketing Services Inc. at 519-7010 and 519-8980 or

Registration Form:

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