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iTracc-Maxxed Sierra 51050 Race Details and Route Map

This is the second year of the Sierra 51050 Team Relay with We Run as One as its catch-phrase or motto, partnering with Sportshouse's iTracc and Maxxed brand of shoes and apparel. The event will also feature 10K and 21K categories for individual participants, with the starting and finish line at the grounds of Ten Cents to Heaven in Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal.

Registration's race kit comes with a race bib (5 race bibs for Team Relay) and singlet while the finisher’s shirt, sponsor lootbag, and Relay and 21K finisher's medal will be given after crossing the finish line.

iTracc-Maxxed Sierra 51050 Team Relay and Half-Marathon
01 March 2015 Sunday, 4:30 AM (Assembly Time)
Ten Cents to Heaven, Mayagay II, Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 50K Team Relay - 4:30 AM / 5:00 AM
  • 21K - 5:00 AM / 5:30 AM
  • 10K - 5:00 AM / 6:00 AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 10K - Php 850.00
  • 21K - Php 950.00
  • 50K Team Relay - Php 4,000.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • 2In-Store Registration:
    1. SecondWind Running Stores - Malingap; Ortigas; and Greenhills
    2. Sportshouse Stores - SM Bicutan; SM City Fairview; SM City Novaliches; SM Marikina; SM Mall of Asia; SM Megamall; SM North Edsa; Robinson’s Galleria; and Trinoma
2 Race-kit claiming will be announced two weeks before race day at Sportshouse store where you registered.

Event Jersey/Singlet Design
10K Singlet Design
21K Singlet Design
50K Team Relay Singlet Design
Finisher's Memorabilia/Token
Finisher's Shirt Design

Route Map
The route runs along Sitio Mayagay, Barangay Sampaloc, and Barangay Cuyambay where runners will get a glimpse of the magnificent views of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Tanay.

Start/Finish area and 50K Relay Rendezvous Station

Team Relay participants MUST HAVE their own SUPPORT VEHICLE that will also be used to drop and pick-up their team members from their specific transition assignments.

For 21K and 10K participants, the shuttle service may be arranged with SHUTTLES BEST exclusive of the registration fee, for only Php 280.00.

There will be 4 pick-up/drop off points:
  1. Mini-Stop across SM North Annex (2:00-2:15AM)
  2. SeaOil P.Tuazon (2:25-2:40AM)
  3. McDonald’s Edsa Central/Greenfield District (Teleperformance) (2:50-3:05AM)
  4. Mercury Drug Masinag (Marcos Hi-Way cor. Sumulong Highway) (3:30-3:40AM)
To avail of the shuttle service, visit the Facebook page of Shuttles Best and coordinate with them directly, deposit your shuttle payment via BPI Savings Account #: 1949 12249 9 under Shiella Anne Velasco starting January 16-February 18 only. For quicker response, you may also contact her via 0908-214-9029.

Sportshouse Registration Promo:

Visit any Sportshouse stores in the Metro and avail of their on-going iTracc-Maxxed Sierra51050 registration promos.

Also read the full Race mechanics, rules and regulations, or visit Sierra 51050 and Rundezvous, Inc. Facebook pages.

Special thanks also to our fellow Runner-Bloggers:
Barefoot Daves
Cheapanggang Diva
Franc Ramon
Jazz Runner
Jham Jham
Kamote Runner
Kulit Runner
Manila Fitness
Running Pinoy
Running Shield
The Bull Runner
Urban Tribe
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Registration for Run United 2015 Opens

Almost everybody is waiting for the Run United 2015 Trilogy series, and good news is, the online registration has already opened, visit before slots run out.

Run United 1 will be on March 8, 2015 and will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds with 5K, 10K, and 21K categories.

Meanwhile, here's this year's Run United singlet and Finisher's shirt collection that features attractive color combinations and seamless design. The image doesn't give it justice but based from what was revealed a bit to us last year during the Blogger's appreciation night, this year's collection is again... better than ever!

For the medal collectors (meaning those who truly trained for and finished the race), here's what you will get. The 21K finishers from Legs 1 to 3 will have the same medal colors.

While those who continuously progress and exceed their distance, here's the connective trilogy medal that will testify of your ability to be better than yourself in each leg.

To assure your race slot for the three (3) 2015 legs, RunRio is also introducing the bundle registration package where you may choose to secure any of the following race package:
  1. Exceed Half Marathon (5K / 10K / 21K)
  2. 10K Perfectionist (10K / 10K / 10K)
  3. Half-Marathon Perfectionist (21K / 21K / 21K)
  4. Exceed Full Marathon (21K / 32K / 42K)
Your bundle registration also comes with the following perks:
  • Secured slot and one time registration
  • One time web admin fee
  • Customized race bib with runner’s name
  • Dedicated village lounge for the finishers kit claiming
  • Special assembly area at the starting line
  • Acknowledgment during the satellite stage program
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A 21K PR, "Free" Hotel Accommodation, and an Egg

Just when I thought that I could no longer break my personal bests, here comes an unexpected 21K PR-breaking at the previously held Egg Power Run in Bonifacio Global City last January 11.

Egg Power Run is first of its kind and a unique concept organized by LeadPack, partnering with Philippine Egg Board Association to promote the goodness of eggs and its nutritional value. Before the race started, the runners were briefed and given an introduction about some history of the Philippine egg economy, its health benefits, some trivia and also a live weather forecast from Kuya Kim Atienza, who was also present and did a really fast yet relaxed 21K run.

Kuya Kim weather forecasting before the gun-start
Prior to the gun-start, all runners were given one egg for you to bring along as you run. A few did not welcome the idea of clutching an egg but most of the participants welcomed the challenge with their own tricks and techniques to secure the egg. Ms. Abet (whom I ride with to and from the venue) put hers on a small zip-lock and onto her windbreaker's pocket. The challenge for this race is to cross the finish line with unbroken egg. Although this rule was changed to give everyone a chance to bring home a basket of egg -- so whether you broke your egg or not, as long as there's still a shell left from your egg, that's okay.

As for me, I had the egg in my left hand at the start of the race, and my hydration bottle on the other hand, inter-changing each for a few times in between the route. While running, two silly questions kept crossing my mind (while trying to chase Louie, Hendy, and Kuya Kim's group): 1) after the whole stretch of 21K, will the egg become so beat-up that it will become a "scram-boiled" egg after boiling? 2) will my 2-hour sweat cause the egg to become salty? Well none of it happened as the swinging of my hands are not enough to jostle the albumen and yolk, and a 2-hour sweat will not even penetrate the eggs' shell. Anyway, I crossed the finish line with still intact egg but with a cracked shell when I almost squeezed it while trying to put on the second loop band. Luckily, the egg still has its shell membranes unbroken that protected it from leaking.

I finished the race with a new 21K PR, although it was not so fast like our really performing runners but it was still a surprise to me because for the past year, I haven't been running much and as a matter of fact, my 2014 mileage is only 321-km for the whole year... that includes my non-contiguous training mileage as well. I don't attribute this to physical capacity, genetics, or anything physical-giftedness because I don't have those but I think, it was because of the cool weather during race day and the early gun-start that helped me shove 12-seconds off from my previous 21K record.

The winning stub
To top it off, four days after the event, an unknown number called to ask how did my Sunday's race went and told me that they are one of the event's sponsors and they have been calling me at 8:30 AM that day because I won a 3-days/2-nights "free" accommodation at Club Ultima/Crown Regency Hotel. Well was I really lucky? Because I know raffle prizes like these are automatically forfeited once you're no longer around during the time of raffling (this has reminded me of my Club Astoria experience which I have also "won" from watching the Pacquiao-Margarito fight). Anyway, we've agreed to an appointment for me to claim the Gift Certificate.

A day after, I went to their office at West Ave., Quezon City, attended a supposed-to-be 1.5-hours video clip about their Hotels but which became a 3-hour Club membership briefing. Before the midnight hits and failing to convince me with the membership, they still gave me the Vacation Certificate but contrary to what they told me of "free accommodation", there's a Php 3,000.00 non-refundable booking fee that I have to pay before I could use the certificate.

Not bashing them though, the lifetime membership package that they showed me is a good offer, actually way better than Club Astoria. That is if you would always choose to stay at a posh/5-star accommodation like the Crown Regency line of Hotels and Suites on your vacations in Makati, Cebu, Boracay, and Davao. The membership is transferable, re-saleable, and can also be willed to your succeeding generations for a minimal transfer fee, but considering my budget priorities, I consider it still a bit pricey. Well why don't you just sponsor my out-of-town run accommodations? :p

Photo courtesy of Jham Mariano
To conclude, the event was a great run to start my year. It was actually my first race for 2015 and it offered a unique way to practice your running form. It didn't gave me a hard time holding and keeping the egg safe and made me realize that I might be able to hatch a good chick (outside from the nest) while running. There were more than ample hydration stations, great Marshals from community, and the route was challenging enough with a mix of flats, ascents, and descents.

Special thanks to the Organizers and Ms. Donna Fuentes for this opportunity, as well as to Luigi Munsayac and Ms. Arleen Lindo of Chris Sports.

Crossing the finish line still a bit dark
Race Profile:
Distance: 21 km.
Official Time: 1:54:32
Official Ranking: 27th out of 320 21K Finishers

Race Info:
When: Jan. 11, 2015.
Where: Bonifacio Global City
Event: Egg Power Run Half Marathon

Photo and collage from Hendy Cheung together with Ms. Abet and Louie
The route as plotted from the MovesCount iPhone App (promise, I wasn't drunk)
ItemHound's MyRunTime Race Analysis
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