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Century Tuna Stages Inaugural Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Event

Half-Ironman event in Subic Bay adds excitement to PH as international triathlon destination.

MANILA, Philippines (February 2015) — After three years of supporting the 5150 Triathlon, Century Tuna advances further to stage for the first time the Ironman 70.3 triathlon event in Subic Bay this March 8, 2015. The Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 is the latest addition to the growing number of races in the thriving triathlon scene in the Philippines.

(L-R) Domingo Enerio III, COO, Tourism Promotions Board; Wilfred Uytengsu, President & CEO, Alaska Milk Corporation; Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food, Inc; & Renato Ticzon, VP - Marketing, Manila North Tollways
The half-Ironman distance triathlon, also known as the Ironman 70.3, is among the world's most exciting races, attracting hundreds of thousands of athletes and supporters year-round. It has been staged a number of times in the country, bringing in professional triathletes from all over the world and slowly building a reputation as a hot triathlon destination in Asia.

“Century Tuna has supported the triathlon and fitness community in the Philippines for years now as a way of remaining committed to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for Filipinos,” said Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food Inc. “We felt it was time to offer Filipinos a bigger challenge that keeps pace with the expectations of the community. The interest so far, which includes that coming from the international triathlete circles, tells us that the inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon event is met with high anticipation and excitement, and will soon be part of the triathlete's calendar."

In next month’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay, over 20 professionals of various nationalities are expected to arrive including three-time Ironman World Champion and two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion Craig Alexander as well as superstars such as Luke Mackenzie and Caroline Steffen. This makes the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay the most competed triathlon race in the country by virtue of the number of professionals at gun start.

The international field of professionals and even age groupers serves as a perfect backdrop for the Century Tuna brand as it expands its presence in the world market. Century Tuna is now exported to 48 countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy and most countries in the Middle East.

Subic Bay has been chosen as the perfect destination for the event due to its accessibility but more importantly because it offers the ideal terrain with its calm waters and well-maintained bike and run routes.

The course includes a 1.9 kilometer swim, which will start and end at Sands of Triboa via the Subic Bay Airport to Transition 1. The 90-kilometer bike ride will commence on the runway heading to Argonaut Highway, Rizal Highway, Subic-Tipo Expressway all the way to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). Participants will then make a U-turn upon reaching Florida Blanca Interchange, and head back to Transition 2 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC). From the SBECC, participants will take on a 21-kilometer run to the finish line.

On top of the prestige of finishing the Ironman 70.3 race, the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay, Philippines will also serve as a qualifying race for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. Thirty age-group qualifying slots are at stake, along with a $15,000 prize purse for the event.

Century Tuna Superbods finalists gave the audience more ideas on what can be worn for triathlon events through a fashion show

The event is slated to span over four days from March 5 to 8, 2015 at Subic Bay, Philippines. The Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 is produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. and made possible through the support of a number of sponsors and partners including: Vita Coco, Gatorade, 2Go Express, Saucony, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Manila North Tollways Corporation, North Luzon Expressway, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, The Philippines Star, Endurance Magazine, Century Bangus, Sante Barley, Prudential Guarantee, Department of Tourism, Tourism and Promotions Board of the Philippines, Timex, David's Salon, Smart Communications, PLDT Subictel, Intercare, FinisherPix, Shotz, Devant and Belo Skin Care.

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PhilHealth Nationwide Run 2015

PhilHealth Run Ready TSekaP... Go! The 2015 Nationwide Simultaneous Run
15 February 2015
CSR Beneficiaries of PhilHealth Nationwide

Race Details (NCR):

Race Venue: Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road, Quezon City

80% of the profit will directly proceed for the benefit of Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and other Special cases (GRACES) - a residential care facility that provides care to male and female senior citizens 60 years old and above which is being managed by the DSWD-NCR. The services of the facility include:
Social Services:
• Provision of comprehensive and integrated delivery of rehabilitation services using inter-disciplinary approach
• Preparation for the re- integration of the older person to his/ her family or relatives or alternative caring institution/family
• Coordination with LGUs, GOs and NGOs for resources and services needed

Residential Care Services:
• Provision of comfortable living quarters, adequate food, clothing, and beddings to approximate family life

Occupational Therapy Services:
• Provision of varied occupational and recreational activities that aims to enhance the resident’s vocational skills and capacity to earn.
• Health and Medical Services:
• Provision of consultation, treatment and referral for physical and psychiatric examination to promote physical, psychological and mental well- being of the residents.

Dietary Services:
• Provision of appropriate meals to meet the needs of the residents.
• Socio- Recreational Services:
• Provision of activities and opportunities for social interaction, relaxation and fun among residents
• Spiritual Service:
• Provision of varied spiritual activities aimed at strengthening the resident’s faith and relationship with GOD
Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 20K - 4:00 AM / 4:30 AM
  • 10K - 4:45 AM / 5:00 AM
  • 5K - 5:15 AM / 5:30 AM
  • 3K - 5:45 AM / 6:00 AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 3K - Php 400.00
  • 5K - Php 600.00
  • 10K - Php 750.00
  • 20K - Php 900.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:

Route Map and Race Info

Event Jersey/Singlet Design

Race Venue Parking Area
Race Rules and Regulations

1. All participants must wear their assigned race bib pinned on the front of their singlet/shirt at all times from the time that they enter the runners’ corral until the time they reach the finish line.

2. The race will employ the highest form of sportsmanship and fairplay. Any form of disrespect (cuss words or abusive language, deliberate spitting towards anybody, profane gestures, or the like) and/or acts of violence – as reported by a race judge, race marshal, or an organizing team member – against fellow race participants and to any member of the organizing committee shall be penalized with automatic disqualification.

3. Except on the immediate island of the road included on the race route, race participants caught deviating from the race route/taking short cuts/exchanging their race bibs with another runner will automatically be disqualified from the race.

4. Race participants in all race categories must be wearing the specifically assigned colored string/s, to be handed at designated spot along the course, upon crossing the finish line. Runners crossing the Finish Line without the accurate/complete colored string/s will be considered as DNF (did not finish).

5. Any means or attempt to gain an unfair advantage such as elbowing, pushing, or deliberate tripping a fellow race participant is another ground for disqualification.

6. Should a runner make a protest, s/he must put it in writing & submit the written protest to the Race Organizer within thirty (30) minutes of the announcement of the official race winners. A protester is also required to pay a P500 protest fee for every written protest submitted.

7. All participants must reach the Finish Line by 8:30am in order to have their respective times included in the race results.

8. The decision of the Race Organizer is final.

9. Official time of all finishers will be published (on-line) a week after the race.

You may visit the PhilHealth Run's website for more details and further race updates.
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ITracc-Maxxed Sierra 51050 Race Mechanics, Rules and Regulations

This is the race mechanics, race rules, race regulations for the iMSierra51050 on March 1, 2015 at Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal. Visit this link for the race details.

A. How to Run the Sierra 51050 Relay

1. The Sierra 51050 Relay category is a team race, consisting of five (5) members who will run 10 kilometers each (cumulative of 50 kilometers).

2. Only Runner-A will take-off from the Starting line upon gun-start. Runner-A will be wearing an event-specific transition baller-band that will serve as the relay “baton”. A lighting device (headlamp, flashlight, and/or reflective vest) is also required for the runner’s own safety as the route will still be dark at 5:00 AM.

3. The four other team runners (Runners B to E) must be stationed by the support vehicle at their transition tents/stations (located every 10-km along the route, marked with a World Balance streamer) prior to gun-start or before the arrival of the preceding runner.

4. Upon gun-start, Runner-A will run the first 10-km of the route. Upon reaching the 10K transition area, the baller-band must be passed on to the next runner (Runner-B). At this point, the time will be jotted-down by a Race Marshal and must be signed by the runner or Team Leader.

5. As soon as the transition baller-band is received, Runner-B may then proceed to run the next 10-km of the route from km. 10 to km. 20, where the next transition area is. Upon arrival, the baller-band must be passed again to the next runner (Runner-C), time is noted and signed.

6. This process will continue until the last transition area is reached where the last runner (Runner-E) will complete the remaining distance from km. 40 to km. 49.8.

7. At every transition station, the support vehicle must pick-up their team runners who are already done with their relay legs, and drop them off at the RENDEZVOUS STATION located at km. 49.8, or 200-meters before the finish line.

8. Upon the arrival of Runner-E at the RENDEZVOUS STATION, all the team’s runners (Runners A to E) should run together towards the finish line.

B. 50K Team Relay Race Mechanics

1. Each team is recommended to bring a support vehicle that will hold the team members, their support crew, and driver. There is no limit for the support of the team (support crew is optional).

2. Support vehicles must be “registered” by attaching a small tarpaulin of the race logo with a sign “RACE ON-GOING” on the vehicle during the entire race.

3. The team must provide their first runner (Runner A) with any lighting device such as headlamp, flashlight, or reflective vests. The Relay team must also be self-sufficient and provide aid to their members. Thus, each team must ensure that there is enough hydration, food, and other necessities for themselves.

4. Support vehicles are also prohibited to shadow or dog-tail their runners (following a runner behind) at any point of the route, traverse the race course unnecessarily, travel at a dangerous speed, direction, or dangerous manner ("beast modes" will be sanctioned accordingly).

5. Support vehicle must wait at a safe distance at a defined interval of at least 1-km (leap frogging), safely parked on the road-side or shoulder of the road without blocking the incoming traffic, and at least 100-meters away from hydration/transition stations to avoid congestion of both cars and the participants.

6. The organizer will not provide transport to any team who do not have the means to situate their runners at designated markers (transition areas).

7. Relay teams’ support vehicle are responsible in dropping-off the members of their team at the transition stations, situated every 10th kilometer along the route. The relay members must also be picked-up by the support vehicle only at the transition station after each completion of their relay leg.

8. The race aims to cater to all runners. We recommend that international runner(s) be part of a local contingent (e.g., 2 at most).

9. In case a team member gets injured during the race, the team’s runner on the next checkpoint must cover the remaining distance of the injured runner, and also run his/her assigned distance as well (i.e., Runner 1 gets injured at Km 8, Runner 2 completes the remaining 2kms. and thus will cover a total of 12 kilometers). The checkpoint marshal will take note of this substitution and the Team’s leader must sign on the provided Substitution log.

10. In the extreme scenarios mentioned above, the team is obliged to report and get a sign-off from the RDV Secretariat, a contact number of which will be given before the race.

C. General Race Mechanics, Rules, and Regulations

1. The IMSierra51050 is a challenging road race with hill repeats, uphill and downhill slopes. Participants of the race should be comfortable in running 10-21 kilometers on hills. On top of this, we are expecting COLD CLIMATE up until 8AM, so this might have to be factored in the race and be prepared with the appropriate gear (wind breaker, sweat shirt, or jacket).

2. The race will start and end at Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp. The Grand Triangle Pavilion (inside the Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp) will be the official assembly and program venue.

3. Limited parking inside the Camp will be augmented by roadside (highway) parking as arranged for with Camp security. Participants with own vehicle must come early to secure the parking inside the Camp, else, no cars will be permitted to enter when the gun-start begins until all the participants have left the starting line.

4. There will be cut-off times to be implemented for the safety of the runners and integrity of the race:
  • Relay 51050 – 12:00 PM (7 hours from gun-start of 5:00 AM)
  • 21k Solo – 9:30 AM (4 hours from gun-start of 5:30 AM)
  • 10k Solo – 9:00 AM (3 hours from gun-start of 6:00 AM)
5. In any event that a runner/participant would want to abort his race, for any reason, he/she may call the attention of any event staff or marshal --- to be brought back to the venue --- disqualifying him/her from completing the race (DNF).

6. The sizes of the singlet and finisher’s shirt will be considered the SAME. The registered size shall be considered as final and shall be distributed as is.

7. The IMSierra51050 organizers have planned for a safe and secure event. As a contingency, there will be an ambulance roving around the 50-km route and will be on-standby for emergencies.

8. ALL participants in ALL categories are requested to take the left lane facing the traffic, preferably on a SINGLE FILE, so as to avoid any untoward incident. Regardless of the presence of the LGU traffic enforcers, the organizers strongly encourage the participants to follow this rule.

9. Every runner contributes Php 20.00 to Tanay’s Tree-planting Advocacy upon registration. To fulfill the advocacy even further, runners and their families and friends are encouraged to use non-plastic materials during the race, as well as help in the clean-up by observing proper waste disposal.

10. There will be no paper or plastic cups to be provided at the hydration stations and at the assembly area. It is thus advised that all runners bring or provide their own hydration system to be refilled at the hydration stations.

11. Lightwater hydration refilling stations will be stationed at non-specific, safe intervals for the 10K and 21K Runners. While the relay runners will also be provided with SunCoast (Lightwater/Vitwater) hydration at the transition tents/stations.

12. Sportshouse directional signs will also be along the route to guide the runners.

13. Bringing of food INSIDE the venue premises is NOT allowed and will be subject to a CORKAGE FEE. In consideration, we have arranged for TenCents to sell staple runners meals (e.g. arroz caldo, dinuguan and puto, coffee, etc.) at reasonable prices inside the assembly hall (Pavilion). You may also avail of the Camp’s sumptuous breakfast offerings at the Camp Café.

14. Result of the race is considered final and valid. A protest will be accepted within one (1) hour after the organizers have called the results as closed. There is a protest fee of Php 500.00 should there be an appeal in any race category.

15. The organizers have the right to consider any appeal or protest as valid. The organizers also have the right to accept or refuse any appeal that may be proven as without bearing.

16. Awarding of winners and raffle prizes will be done at an anticipated time, when at least 20% of the participants have already finished. Possible winners will be notified immediately for verification. All winners MUST be present to claim their award; this includes raffle prize winners who will have to flash their bibs to stake a claim.

17. There will be a final race briefing for all categories before assembly time. This ensures all runners are aware of all the rules, the routes and elevation, and stay within safe limits of the race area.

18. All runners may avail of the exclusive 10% discount on room rates at Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp, but we advise early bookings c/o Melody Francisco (0917 501 1977). All billeted guests will be entitled to free use of the swimming pool. However, ALL participants will get a free pass to use the camp’s hanging bridge on March 1, 2015 only.

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Prolonged Sitting Associated with Colon Polyps and Cancer

by: Dr. Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Image from Murrasaca
Researchers followed more than 1,700 men and women who had had one or more colorectal polyps removed and found that men who sit down (watching television, using a computer, writing or reading) for 11 or more hours a day are 45 percent more likely to develop recurrent polyps in their colons than those who spend fewer than seven hours a day sitting (Annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Oxon Hill, MD. October 28, 2013).

This means that more than 170,000 cases of colon cancer may be caused by sitting each year. The average American sits for 15.5 hours each day.

Even people who exercise regularly may not be protected from the effects of sitting too long. Men who spent a lot of time sitting and also very little time exercising had a 41 percent greater risk for polyps than men who sat long hours but also exercised.

Polyps are benign tumors in your colon that can become malignant. Having just one polyp increases risk for colon cancer so much that people who have had polyps need to be checked every few years throughout their lives. Not having any polyps on a colonoscopy markedly reduces your chances for developing colon cancer. Benign polyps can be removed easily at the time of a colonoscopy.
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