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Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2015 Preview

For the past few years, Salomon has been on the love-and-hate-and-love relationship with the Participants of its xTrail races as it has proved to be a formidable and tough trail and mountain racing event in the Country, specially its 24K and 32K distance categories.

Anvaya Cove
This years xTrail edition will be staged at a new venue and premier development of Ayala Land -- The Anvaya Cove Resort in Morong, Bataan where the "mountains meet the sea". The race course will have a more forgiving route this time as compared to last year as assured by Salomon Philippines Brand Manager - Janice Tañada. But of course, the technicality which Salomon xTrail Run is known for will still be there, so there will still be ropes for the mountain climbs, loose gravels and sand on the beach side, probably dusts or muds on the trail portions, and crossings on bridge and rivers.

In contrast from these, the route will still bring you to a splendid panoramas of the topography of abundant forests and stunning seascapes to the inviting Asian Tropical design of the neighborhood houses and elegant fairways of the golf course.

The race will start and end on a paved-road with a separate road access from the gate. From here the route will lead to the new trails being developed exclusively for this event. The trail network will feature the rugged and sophisticated course inside Anvaya Cove, the impressive cliffs and views atop the indigenous Kanawan Aeta community, the stunning long-stretch of Pawikan-conserved beach, a peak at adjacent areas of Mt. Natib and the surroundings of the Vietnamese Refugee Camp.

As Salomon race is always a green event, there will be no paper or plastic cups at the hydration refilling stations so it is best to have a hydration vest or bottle that will carry an ample load of your hydration for about 3 to 4 kilometers apart.

Enjoy some of the photos I took during our brief recon at a short portion of the route from the finish line to the beach club.

Bloggers (L-R): Me, FrancRamon, JazzRunner, RunnerIshi, RunAdoboKing, RunningDiva

That's Sir Rene briefing us about the Vietnam War history
More photos may be found at my Facebook Album.

Salomon x-Trail Pilipinas 2015
25 April 2015 Saturday, 4:00 AM
Anvaya Cove, Morong, Bataan

Gun-Time and Cut-off:
  • 32K - 5:00 AM / 7-hours
  • 24K - 5:30 AM / 5-hours
  • 12K - 7:00 AM / 2.5-hours
  • 6K - 7:30 AM / 1.5-hours
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 32K Mountain Run
    - Php 1,600.00
    - Targeted for advanced trail runners who look for more adrenaline-filled adventures. This route involves a mixture of different terrains from asphalt, to sand, to rocks, to river crossing & technical ascents. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races – the arena wherein Salomon dominates.
    - Mandatory gear for this category: Headlamp, whistle, Hydration Pack/belt. This will be checked prior to race start. No Mandatory gear, No race.
    - Registration Inclusion: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, Post-race meal. Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time (7hours).

  • 24K Mountain Run
    - Php 1,400.00
    - Targeted to trail runners who want to take their race to the next level, with technical ascents and varying terrain. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races – the arena wherein Salomon dominates.
    - Mandatory gear for this category: Headlamp, whistle, Hydration Pack/belt. This will be checked prior to race start. No Mandatory gear, No race.
    - Registration Inclusion: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, Post-race meal. Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time.

  • 12K Road-to-Trail
    - Php 1,100.00
    - The 12 km “Road-to-trail” nature targets runners with basic trail running experience who wants to level up and experience technical terrain.
    - Registration Inclusion: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. Post race meal will also be served.

  • 6K Road-to-Trail
    - Php 850.00
    - Targets beginners who want to explore the world of trail running. Road runners are very welcome, to experience a different adrenaline rush.
    - Registration Inclusion: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. Post race meal will also be served.

Registration Sites and Schedule (until 20 April 2014):
  • *Online Registration via Salomon x-Trail Pilipinas website.
  • *In-Store Registration:
    1. Salomon SM Aura
    2. Salomon SM Megamall
    3. Salomon Glorietta 3
    4. Salomon SM North EDSA Annex
    5. R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street
*Distribution of Racekits are at ROX BHS, starting April 10 to 23 (c/o Runners'Runner Booth); Valid ID must be presented upon registration and claiming of race kit;

Shuttle Bus
Add Php 600.00 for back and fort Shuttle bus from R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street to Anvaya Cove - only first 300 participants. To avail, please click on the tickbox in the registration form & include payment with the race registration fee. Each registrant may avail of ONLY 1 additional seat in the bus (maximum of 2 seats per race participant). Please save the Bus Stub in your registration form/waiver. This will be surrendered upon boarding the bus on race day.

Special Rates of Partner Hotels of Anvaya, will be available at the website (to be announced). For accommodations inquiries & reservations, please email Leave your contact number and We will call you the soonest.

Event Jersey/Singlet Design

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token

Route Map and Elevation Profile

You may visit Salomon xTrail Pilipinas or their Facebook Page for more details and further race updates. You may also send an e-mail to for your other concerns and/or inquiries.

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Run With The First-Ever Nike Women's 10K Manila

Nike Women's 10K Manila
09 May 2015 Saturday, 9:00 PM
Filinvest City, Alabang

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 10K - AM / AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • Women's 10K Buddy Run - Php 1,800.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • 1,2Online Registration via
  • 1,3Prepaid Card Purchase:
    1. Nike Park BGC
    2. Nike Women's Trinoma
    3. Nike Park BGC
    4. Nike Park Mall of Asia
    5. Nike Stadium Shangri-La
    6. Nike Forum Greenhills
    7. Nike Stadium Glorietta 2
    8. Nike Stadium Alabang Town Center
1All race participants must collect their race pack during the Nike Women’s 10K Run Race Entitlement Pack collection from April 20, 2015 to May 3, 2015, 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM. Please bring your ID and confirmation slip to collect your race pack.
2Claim race pack at the Nike store chosen during registration.
3Claim race pack at the store where you bought the prepaid card.

Event Jersey/Singlet Design

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token

Route Map

For questions, kindly visit or download the Frequently Asked Questions.

Press Release:
MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 16 March 2015 — Filipinas now have the opportunity to be part of a global community of sport that motivates, inspires, and connects athletes around the world with the inaugural Nike Women’s 10k Manila (#WeRunMNL) on 9 May 2015. Coming from the insight that Pinays love to run and train with a partner, the Nike Women’s 10k Manila takes on a unique twist by requiring participants to register with their best female buddy and enjoy the experience with the rest of the growing community of strong, beautiful women who are motivated to achieve their personal running goals. Set to take place in Fillinvest, Alabang, there are 10,000 slots available.

The Nike Women’s 10k Manila is part of the global Nike Women’s Event Series, which includes the Nike Women’s Race Series and N+TC Tour. The global event series will see more than 200,000 women around the world celebrate and experience the power of sport through a series of one-of-a-kind, high-energy training events.

To help prepare women achieve their personal bests, participants can get access to elite Nike Run Club training sessions in the weeks leading up to the Nike Women’s 10k Manila. Race registrants also get free access to a variety of fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, barre, HIIT and an exclusive NTC Live (Nike Training Club Live) event on 25 April 2015 at Valkyrie, Manila’s largest nightclub. Participants can also train and prepare for the race through the Nike+ Running and Nike+ Training Club Apps, available for free on iPhone and Android. These best-in-class apps combine the power of Nike’s 65-million-women strong social community with the expertise of Nike’s top trainers.

“Women in the Philippines today, and all over the world, are increasingly engaged in fitness and sports and we are excited to launch the inaugural Nike Women’s 10k Manila. From the time they register with their best friend, they will be inspiring each other and the community around them – whether it is through training, or race day”, says Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager of Nike Philippines.

Online registration for the Nike Women’s 10k Manila is now available. Participants can pay online via credit card or via prepaid cards available at select Nike stores to complete their online registration. Registration fee is PHP 1,800 per pair.

For more information, visit

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Borlain Sisters Rule Alaska IronKids Triathlon in Subic

Tara and Samantha Borlain again finished one-two in the same category (Girls 11-12) during the 2015 Alaska IronKids Triathlon held in Subic over two weeks ago (March 8, 2015). Open to children 6 to 14 years old, Alaska IronKids is the local junior version of the international triathlon series, Ironman.

Tara trailed Sister Samantha in the swim and bike part of the race but relied on her strong finishing run to prevail. Other 1st place winners in the girl category are Nicole Danielle Eijansantos (13-14), Alison Ann Noble (9-10) and Justicia Mariearl Tan (6-8).

Brent Valelo also relied on a strong run to rule the Boy 13-14. Other 1st place winners in the boy category are Juan Francisco Baniqued (11-12), Mark Grist (9-10) and Dayshaun Karl Ramos (6-8).

Christine Levi Gaspar and Una Janus Sibayan placed second and third in the Girls 13-14. Everly Janarie Macalalad finished third in the Girls 11-12. Patricia Tolentino and Ana Maria Mempin placed second and third in the Girls 9-10. Franchezka Borlain, youngest of the Borlain sisters, and Caitlin Gaw finished second and third in the Girls 6-8.

Sabino Czar Manglicmot IV and John Caleb Barlin placed second and third in the Boys 13-14. Jose Manuel Arao and Karl Rafael Pamakid placed second and third in the Boys 11-12. Matthew Thomas Alumbres and Juan Miguel Tayag placed second and third in the Boys 9-10. Jabrielle Marcos Delizo and Reggeal Victoria placed second and third in the Boys 6-8.

Four races are lined up for 2015 — two aquathlons and two triathlons. The next races will be the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon Apr. 19 at The Village Sports Club; the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon in Subic Bay; and the Alaska IronKids Triathlon Aug. 1 in Cebu.

The races will have three categories: Race Category (with Podium Medals) with four age groups; Play Category (with finisher’s medal but no age categories) with short and long distances to promote outdoor play and increase participation for non-competitive participants; and the Relay Category (with Podium Medals) with two mixed age groups.

Alaska Milk Corporation President/CEO Wilfred Steven Uytengsu said he is ecstatic with the huge turnout.

“It’s really nice to see the parents supporting their kids promoting a healthy lifestyle, a lot of kids today spend a lot of time on their iPads or playstations. It’s important to develop your technical skills but you also have to be physically fit,” said Uytengsu.

Alaska IronKids Philippines is an annual sporting event that aims to promote the healthy and active lifestyle among children through the winning combination of proper nutrition and physical activity. The Alaska IronKids Race Series is just one of many sports development programs that Alaska conducts yearly to engage children to come out and play.

Pioneering athletic programs like the Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon has managed to take children away from their video game consoles, cellphones and cable TV remotes and out into the sun to swim, bike and run in triathlon races. Alaska’s sports programs hope to encourage children to get into organized sports while learning positive values like hard work, discipline, determination and teamwork. The program for 2015 will continue to bring excitement as it helps future athletes realize their dreams.

Become an inspiring athlete too and join Alaska’s sports programs now! NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION.

For general information about the Alaska IronKids please visit; Alaska Milk Corporation visit; and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub and #AlaskaIronkids.

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Brooks Features Ben Alves: "Why Do I Run?"

Why do you run? Most of your friends might have asked you this already. Our answer varies because we all have different reasons from health, meet great people, gain more friends, gain fitness, or even just for fun.

Now let Brooks Running Philippines celebrity Athlete Benjamin Alves tells you about how running fuels him through the day. Watch this short video below, be inspired and run happy!

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Watsons Color Manila Challenge

Live. Love. Run. Challenge yourself!

Jump on rainbow tires, crawl on coloured sand, get a burst of colour on your favourite station, roll as long as you want and so much more! Color Manila, together with Watsons, bring you the most colourful fun run in the metro with a twist - the Watsons Color Manila Challenge will be colouring the streets of SM Mall of Asia with fun obstacles for all ages!

Watsons Color Manila Challenge 2015
19 April 2015 Sunday, 4:30 AM
SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 10K - 4:30 AM / 5:30 AM
  • 5K - 5:00 AM / 5:50 AM
  • 3K - 5:00 AM / 6:10 AM

Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 3K - Php 850.00
  • 5K - Php 850.00
  • 10K - Php 850.00

Registration Sites and Schedule:
  1. *Online Registration via
  2. *SM Tickets Nationwide
  3. *Prepaid Cardss
    • Toby's Sports - Glorietta
    • Runnr - Bonifacio High Street; Trinoma; Alabang Town Center

1Race kit claiming schedule will be from April 9 to 11, 2015 (Friday to Sunday), 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM at SM Mall of Asia.

Runner's Memorabilia/Token

Route Map

You may visit the Color Manila Run for more details and further race updates.

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GO GIRL! EXPO: A Pursuit For a Healthy and Active Filipino Women

In a study conducted by World Health Organization, more women in the Philippines are considered inactive whether it is occupational, non-occupational, or leisure-related activities (WHO 2010). The same study also reveals that women are more active in domestic activities than men more than ever. Furthermore, physical inactivity may contribute to coronary diseases, diabetes, and obesity.

This is the reason why Jump Start, Fondo Manila and Yabang Pinoy are working together to bring the very first GO GIRL! EXPO - Empowering Healthy and Active Filipinas. It is by promoting a holistic well-being among women -- a healthy and active Filipinas -- can we achieve a healthy and active Philippines. We further define a “GO GIRL!” as a well rounded Filipina that balances life, work, play, adventure, sports and more importantly – knows how to have fun.

GO GIRL EXPO will be held on May 30-31, 2015 at Rockwell Tent, Makati City. This event will be a celebration of every Filipina’s pursuits and women’s success and empowerment in different fields. The expo will feature faces of healthy and active Filipinas from different walks of life- from the working Filipina to moms, from outgoing women to social women. Furthermore, the expo will be a collection of products and services from different companies and industries that will cater to the needs of a healthy and active Filipina.

The expo will also be an avenue for women’s inspiration—tapping Filipinas who are considered “Go Girl!”. These women will share their impassioned stories of both success and struggle, how they achieve where they are now, and what keeps them active despite the daily routine this age has offered to them. Their stories will be installed in a gallery wall together with the commitment board that will gather responses from women of different size and age.

Come and be part of this milestone that will encourage Filipinas to shift from ordinary women to GO GIRL!.

For more information and other inquiries:

GO GIRL! EXPO Secretariat


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What's New at the 2nd Leg of Run United 2015?

The new ULAH logo
I know most of you, specially the excited and active ones have already registered for the Run United 2 happening on June 7, 2015. But for those who are still clueless about this big racing tandem event, head on now to or Unilab Active Health website to know about the race details and start your registration.

For everyone else who are not yet sure of joining or just plain curious about what this 2nd leg has to offer, then continue reading below to know what RunRio and ULAH has been working on tirelessly.

  1. Registration Prepaid card - Admit it or not, prepaid cards has offered convenience and time-saving way in the registration and encoding process. But many buyers of the Registration prepaid has found a way to abuse and make a business out of it. So starting for this leg, prepaid cards will only be sold on a per person basis to actual runners only. No more buying in bulk to prevent its retailing on a cost much more than what is posted.

  2. New Registration Sites - The running community has continued to boom since 2008, and many participants came from the Countrysides of the Metro. So in partnership of Toby's Sports, the Toby's Arena at Glorietta 2 in Ayala and Toby's Robinson's Metro East at Robinson's Place Metro East Cainta/Pasig has also opened their door as new registration sites from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday.

  3. Longer Race kit Claiming Period - In-store prepaid card buyers will now be able to claim their race kit within 11-days period (no longer squeezed for 3-days) which will be from May 21 to May 31, 2015 at the store where the prepaid card was bought. For online registrants, race kit will be delivered starting on/before May 20, 2015.

  4. Guaranteed Finisher's Shirt Size - For the 21K and 32K runners, just make sure to register before April 16, 2015 and you will be guaranteed of availability of your Finisher's shirt size. For those who will not be able to make it on said date, your finisher's shirt size will be on a first-come first-served basis.

  5. Upsize Your Registration - Drinks and Fries are not the only thing that can be upsized now, but as well as the registration pack, how cool is that? For just an additional Php 60.00, you'll get the following: i) Personalized race bib; ii) Free Sports Nutrition Solution (3-caps Enervon Active and 40-gm. Enervon HP); and iii) Customized Exceed Yourself Training Plan from Coach Ani de Leon-Brown.

  6. United Hexagonal Medal - This new interlocking medal design will be your wall pride when you complete the three (3) legs of the Run United 2015. Future Run United medals can also be merged into these to create an even larger medal collections. The medal's lace are now also removable so that you can freely re-attach and interlock any of those medals with each other.

  7. New ActiveHealth Singlet Technology - For many of the runners, the Active Health singlet which comes with the race kit has already done a good job in wicking our sweat and keeping us dry. Yet, Unilab Active Health has come up with another feature -- the Chaf-Reduc Technology that will reduce or prevent the chafing in the underarms that is usually caused by the stitches of the usual jerseys.

  8. From Progressive to Exceeding Athletes - Have you noticed that the 5K distance category is still on the 2nd leg? It is because that RunRio and Unilab Active Health wants to encourage every runner, may you be a short-distance or long-distance runner to actively and continuously train and become a better version of yourself. Runners may still level up not just by carelessly hopping to longer distance but also in making yourself faster and stronger.

  9. More Pacers - They started from last year's Enervon HP Recovery run, and they are still here to stay to guide, be your companion, to motivate, and to help you push and reach your target. Look for them, pace and race with the Pacers, stay with them from the start to the finish line and gain more running buddies who have the same goals as you.
If you thought that Unilab Active Health and Runrio has already gave their best from their previous races, I advise you to don't settle down yet because the Race owners and Organizing team are always brainstorming to improve what seems to us as already a perfect race in many angles.

Godspeed everyone and see you at the starting line!

Visit for more details and further race updates.

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21K Pacer Duty at the 6th Run United Leg 1

Crossing the finish line always gives everyone a different high, most specially if you have conquered what seems to you an impossible feat. But being a pacer has a different fulfillment on its own, although you are self-bound to the runner beside you, it is a duty that doesn't feel like a duty at all!

Owing to the success of the Run United HP Recovery Run last year, the previous Run United's race last Sunday, March 8, 2015 gave us select bloggers and runners another chance to become a Pacer once again to its Leg 1 Participants. Unlike the Recovery Run, the choices of target finish time and pace for this event are much more competitive. Thinking back about my previous personal bests and previous distance that I raced, I opted to sign-up as 21K Pacer at 2:06 target finish time or 6-mins per kilometer target pace. I was not able to foresee if I would still be able to fit in some trainings despite the busy timing preparing for the then upcoming Sierra 51050.

Less than two (2) weeks before the race, I was feeling pressured that I wanted to change to a lower distance or lower target finish time already. Nevertheless, 3-days before the race I was able to have a solo training of three (3) simulation pace trainings ranging from 10K to 15K distance, one (1) short speed workout, and one (1) conditioning run (all in no particular order). Finally, two (2) nights before the race, I went to visit our neighborhood Spa to treat myself with a painful full-body deep tissue massage (I've been needing this for the past 3-months already). I've also traded some Social network and Blogging time for a good rest and sleep, and remembered also to take my Multivitamins for the whole week prior to race day.

Our Lead Pacer

Race day came and I was still a bit nervous knowing that my co-Pacers are also fast runners -- Rolly and Noel Camarillo. Not personally knowing how strong and who our Lead Pacer will be also added to the pressure that I was feeling. When I heard that Noel will no longer arrive due to medical reasons, I got more pressured due to the fact that there will only be three (3) of us who have to lead the pace for the runners -- more reason not to bonk nor slowdown in any part of the race.

Before gun-time, all the Pacer groups were introduced by Sir Boy (RunningHost) in-front of the crowd at the starting line, complete with flashing of high-res photo and an introductory description of each Pacers. Every group consists of a Lead Pacer (mostly a member of the ULAH Team) and two or more other Pacers. Following the introduction, each pacer assembled ahead from the starting line, our group where situated at exactly 200-meters away. While waiting for the gun-start, our Lead Pacer Sir Ed Francisco (who just recently came from an out-of-Country Marathon) lead the brainstorming on how are we going to strategize at the ascents and descents on the two flyovers along the route, how are we going to execute our pace, and as well the slowing down on hydration stations.

When the race started, we've waited for some runners to catch up on our location then slowly built-up our target pace. In less than 1-km, we are already racing and pacing with a few runners on our back. I have noticed that some runners also used our group to gauge if they can sustain or surrender from our pace as I've seen some going ahead after a few kilometers while others just lagged behind (and probably joined the other Pacer groups).

The runners who stayed on our pack got more than the target finish time as Sir Ed, who is really a strong runner, was still able to share his knowledge and tips about running while maintaining an average pace of 5:30-min/km. to 5:40-min/km. Me and Rolly can't help but to be amazed with his speed, strength, and endurance in one. From proper drafting, breathing, running form, nutrition, recovery, and training -- all of these you will learn while a fast pace.

It was a competitive pace that we have accumulated a reserve time of 3-minutes on the first 7-kilometer, 5-minutes as we reached the 15th-kilometer, when we got back to Seaside Blvd. about more than 1-km. from the finish line, we just slowed-down to 6:30-min/km. pace and let the runners in our group go ahead. Some of them went ahead while one particular runner (forgot his name) also deliberately slowed-down to wait for her Girlfriend's arrival at the finish line (who was supposed to take his photo upon crossing). About 200-meters away, we were cheering every runner who is about to cross the finish line, shouting encouragement to give their last push.

2:06 Pacers crossing the finish line - Me, Sir Ed, and Rolly

As we cross the finish line, though most of the runners from our group has already crossed ahead, we were surprised that they went back to thank us with their own stories to tell -- how such finish time was previously unbelievable for them, how it felt running with a group or with a pacer, and how greatly it felt for them crossing the finish line with a new PR. You can truly see in their face and eyes the happiness that they have! It was a mark of new achievement for these runners, a priceless achievement for each of them.

While resting and gathering our own stories at the Pacer's lounge, some runners still kept popping at our tent looking for their own pacers to thank each of them. In our group, there was this "Allan" who told us that his last 21K PR was 2:20 and he never thought that he would be able to sustain a consistent pace and finish at 2:08 for this race - Run United 1. After a few more minutes, my previous co-officemate (Danz Gonzales) who also joined the 21K category (he paced with 2:26 group) happily shared that he finished his 21K at 2:26 and has achieved a new PR.

with Danz Gonzales
2:06 Group

The Run United 1 2015 has created a new milestone for many runners, if not all. It was also a priceless moment for us Pacers who were able to witness the joys of the runners as they achieved this new milestone for them. It was a realizing moment that a lot of runners are still aiming to get a new PR each time, and that pacing them was a great way to help them achieve it, if not in training.

Each race and each challenge that we have surmounted has its own level of "runner's high", and being a Pacer has a different high on its own. Once you've become one, then you will know that running is not a solitary sport at all!

Route Map and Pace as captured from Suunto Ambit 2S
The Pacers of each group and category (phot by ULAH)

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Urban Guerilla Race 2015

After successfully staging the Guerilla Race in San Mateo, Rizal last year, True North is once again calling the Urban warriors to conquer another feat of Military-inspired obstacle racing in the Country. This time, the venue will be just a stone's throw away within the Metro, but with still the same challenge as before.

Read about the details below.

Urban Guerilla Race 2015 - Conquer the City
12 April 2015 Sunday
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, Quezon City
Benefit Race for H.E.R.O. Foundation

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • Guerilla Warrior - TBA / TBA
  • Guerilla Sprint - TBA / 5:30 AM
  • Guerilla Kids - TBA / TBA
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • Guerilla Kids: 1K + 6 Obstacles - Php 750.00
  • Guerilla Sprint®: 5K + 12 Obstacles - Php 950.00
  • Guerilla Warrior®: 10K + 18 Obstacles - Php 1,150.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • 1Online Registration via Guerilla Race website
  • 2In-Store Registration:
    1. Merrell SM North EDSA Annex
    2. Merrell Trinoma
    3. Merrell Market! Market!
    4. Merrell Festival Mall, Alabang
1Payment Options: Paypal, Fund Transfer/Bank Deposit, G-Cash.
1Valid ID must be presented upon registration.

Event Jersey/Singlet Design

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token

Route Map

Things to do before Participating at the Event:
  1. Be sure to carefully read, understand, and follow the instructions of the Guerilla Race Rulebook.
  2. Be physically and mentally prepared by training. True North Fitness bootcamp offers Military-inspired whole-body workouts designed to increase your speed, stamina, strength, and agility.
Also visit the following links for more details and further race updates.

Finish the race... or die trying!
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2015 Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships

After a five-year absence, the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) is coming back with the staging of its centerpiece sporting event this year, to be hosted by the Laguna Provincial Government at the San Luis Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

The Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships (PNOIAC) is an annual track and field competition which will be held in four (4) consecutive days from March 19 to 22, 2015. Following the international competition standards, about 1,500 local track and field athletes will be pitted against the best of the best across the archipelago, and as well as against the invited 150 international Class A athletes from twelve (12) neighboring Asian Countries.

There will be 32 track and field events where participants will show their athletic prowess on a winner-takes-all system (meaning there will be no distinction between local and international athletes). The invited Southeast Asian countries will provide tough opposition coming from China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Hongkong, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Peninsular and Sabah teams from Malaysia. The Philippines meanwhile will be composed of contingents averaging from 19 to 24 years of age on a 70:30 male/female ratio from the National team, National training pool, and Collegiate leagues like the UAAP, NCAA, and SCUAA.

This event will be used as one of the tryouts for the coveted slots of the Philippine team for the upcoming 28th South East Asian Games (SEAG) in Singapore on June 5 to 16, 2015.

L-R: Philippine National team representatives Patrick Unso (110-m hurdle), Dr. Philip Ella Juico (PATAFA President), EJ Obiena (Pole Vault), and Edward Kho (Event Manager) during the Media launch of the Philippine National Open
The Passing of Baton of Leadership in PATAFA

2015 is a new dawn for the new leadership of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association. The baton of leadership has been passed.

Track and Field has produced a lot of sports heroes in the likes of Lydia De Vega, Elma Muros-Posadas, Isidro del Prado, Marestella Torres and so many others. In 2002 Mr. Go Teng Kok formed his GTK Army that reaped honors from international competitions and won the most number of gold medals in the 2003 Vietnam SEA Games and proclaimed as the “Winningest Sports Association”. This was again duplicated in 2009 when PATAFA was bestowed the honor as the “National Sports Association of the Year” by the Philippine Sportswriters Association. Indeed, the feat of GTK Army is worth emulating and this is a big challenge for the years to come.

The baton has been passed. It is now in the hands of Dr. Philip Ella Juico. Dr. Juico is no pushover in sports. He was the chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission from 1995 up to 1998. He served also as the chairman of Super Liga from 2013 to 2014. He is the Executive Vice President for the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (ICFP) from 1991 up to the present. At present, he is the Director National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) since 2012. He has a weekly sports column for the Philippine Star since 2000. He also writes occasionally for the Business World (View from Taft) and the Business Mirror (Mirror Image). He has a weekly radio program (Sports, Balita at Kalusugan) over the AM station of El Shaddai, DWXI..

Dr. Philip Ella Juico has accumulated decades of experience at the most senior levels in government, business/industry organizations, in the academe, and in several NGOs. His strengths are in visioning and strategy formulation, starting up new business organizations, recruiting and developing managerial talent, setting up performance standards and measurement, and negotiations related to joint ventures and other forms of partnerships and marketing/public relations. These strengths were developed during a career that has spanned more than 40 years and several business cycles.

With Dr. Juico at the helm of PATAFA, his initial program is to bring back the Philippine National Open-Invitational Athletics Championships at its lofty place as the prime project of PATAFA. With the province of Laguna under Governor Ramil L. Hernandez as the co-host, this annual event will be held at San Luis Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on March 19-22, 2015.

To invigorate the association, Dr. Juico is inviting several stakeholders in Athletics such as the UAAP, NCAA and the SCUAA and active Athletics Club like TMS Ship and the National Masters and Seniors Athletics Association of the Philippines (NMSAAP) to increase the numbers of Board Members thus having a wider membership and broader minds to work on the plans and programs of PATAFA.

Several ideas are still in the offing. Expect a more vibrant and dynamic PATAFA.
Supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Sponsored by various Companies and Media partners.
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National Geographic Channel Earth Day Run 2015

Earth Day Run 2015, powered by National Geographic Channel (NGC), will be introducing new and exciting changes to mark its sixth year as one of the biggest running events in the Philippines. With RunRio at the helm, Earth Day Run 2015 is expecting 20,000 runners to participate with the addition of 5,000 runners for its Baguio leg. Support from the registration of all participants will help raise money for portable solar powered lighting kits that will be sent to communities in Mindoro, a project of NGC’s environmental partner, World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

These portable solar powered lighting kits will provide light and electricity to the Tawbuid Mangyan tribes folk and Forest Rangers’ (who are advocating the preservation of our Tamaraws) camps that are not directly connected to power grids. The lighting kits eliminate the use of highly-flammable kerosene to light up their homes and gives them access to a safe, stable and sustainable energy source that gives more opportunities for community development and advancement.

NGC’s Earth Day Run has consistently helped in promoting sustainable living and supporting environmental advocacy utilizing the popular platform of running in its six years of operation. As a result, participation in Earth Day Run has increased year on year, allowing NGC to contribute significantly to various environmental causes.

NGC, together with its partners, aims to raise awareness on the benefits of sustainable energy while ensuring that the events at Earth Day Run 2015 will involve fun celebrations that include races, awards and shows of skill.

Earth Day Run 2015 expects to register 20,000 runners this year, and slots for 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K (Manila leg only) will be open beginning February 23,2015, via online registration at On-site registration starts March 16 to April 19 at the Lower Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier BGC.

National Geographic Channel Earth Day Run 2015
26 April 2015 Sunday, 1:00 AM (assembly)
Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Solar-power lighting kits for Tawbuid Mangyan tribes and Forest Rangers of Mindoro (through WWF for Nature)

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 42K - 1:00 AM / 2:00 AM
  • 21K - 2:00 AM / 3:00 AM
  • 10K - 4:30 AM / 5:00 AM
  • 5K - 5:00 AM / 5:30 AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 5K - Php 650.00
  • 10K - Php 750.00
  • 21K - Php 950.00
  • 42K - Php 1,500.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • 1Online Registration via April 12, 2015)
  • 2In-Store Registration (until April 19, 2015):
    1. SM Aura
    2. Toby's Sports Stores - SM Mall of Asia; SM North EDSA; Shangri-La
1Additional Php 200.00 for delivery and online processing fee.
1Valid ID must be presented upon registration.

Event Jersey/Singlet Design
5K and 10K Singlet
21K and 42K Singlet
21K Finisher's Shirt
42K Finisher's Shirt

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token

Route Map

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