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Color Manila Nite Run on August 30

I’ve always supported Color Manila events because they capture people who wouldn’t normally find themselves on the starting line of a run. As the runners I know have matured into hardcore marathoners, ultrarunners, and triathletes, it’s important to remember the simple magic of running when we were newbies: arriving with friends, snapping photos while running at the so-called “picture pace”, with nobody constantly asking how fast you went or if you won, just that you were out there doing something healthy for yourself for a change.

Color Manila Nite Run

With the success of Color Manila Run and Color Manila Nite Run in Manila and provincial legs, of course the organizers Proactive wanted to take it up a notch. The Color Manila Nite Run on August 30 at Filinvest City, Alabang will feature glow paint and black light on the course, which will add a new dimension to the experience.

Check out some video from the first Color Manila Nite Run last year:

Even during the first Color Manila Nite Run, people were already looking for glow paint, but the organizers were hesitant due to safety concerns. Would it be OK to put on skin or splashed into people’s eyes or mouths? Proactive has partnered with Raveolution, which imports the glow paint from the UK and has already used the product in a major dance party with much success. Raveolution will also provide the post-race music and entertainment, so it’s going to be a night to remember and enjoy with your friends.

Registration is ongoing at For a flate rate of P850, run 3K, 5K, or 10K and receive a Color Manila Nite Run Glow Paint Edition singlet, glow sticks and glow glasses, race bib, and guaranteed finisher’s medal. (This is a non-timed event, so take your time on the course and really party!) Race kit claiming and expo is on August 28, 29, and 30 at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang.

Who wants to win entry to Color Manila Nite Run Glow Paint Edition? I have one prepaid card you can use to pay for your race entry. How do you get it? Here are the mechanics:

Color Manila Nite Run Glow Paint Edition Contest Mechanics

  1. Comment below to answer the question: What is the most fun experience you’ve had with your friends?
  2. One entry per person.
  3. The most entertaining entry wins the prepaid card!
  4. Contest starts today, August 20, until August 24. The winner will be announced over Facebook, Twitter, and notified through email.

Color Manila Nite Run glow sticks

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Challenge Philippines Launches Challenge Camsur

The week after I got back from Challenge Roth, I received an invitation to a press launch for Challenge Philippines. It confirmed what I had been told in Roth (but couldn’t announce) — that a new Challenge race would be held in Camsur on June 14, 2015.

This expands Challenge Family’s footprint in the country after its initial foray with Challenge Philippines on February 22 this year. That race saw over 729 athletes toe the start line, including two princes of Bahrain (their positive experience birthed Challenge Bahrain, BTW) and 25 professional triathletes including world champions and Olympians.

Challenge Philippines medals (credit: Nicky Loh/Getty Images)
Challenge Philippines medals (credit: Nicky Loh/Getty Images)

Many Filipino triathletes still remember Camsur as the first Read more »

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Seen & Noticed: Deuter, Myra VitaGlow, Vitress

Seen and Noticed is a monthly wrap-up of events and products around the metro.

Deuter Grand Opening

Outdoor equipment manufacturer and innovator Deuter has opened its flagship store in Metro Manila at the 2nd level Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia. The Deuter store offers a wide range of packs for all sorts of activities: from carrying children’s books and necessities for school all the way up to several days’ worth of equipment for camping and trekking. It also offers accessories for all types of outdoor adventure: hiking, biking, trekking, mountain climbing, even skiing.

What impressed me was the backpack strap and AirComfort system, which redistributes the weight of a backpack from the shoulders down to the hips (which are more stable and can bear more weight) and reduces sweating by up to 25% because it keeps the pack off the contours of your back and allows air to circulate.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Myra VitaGlow BB Cream

As someone who is outdoors a lot I rely on proper skincare to minimize sun damage and to keep my skin tone even. (I am Kikay Runner, after all.) Thanks to Myra for the sample so I could try out their new VitaGlow BB Cream.

Myra VitaGlow BB Cream
testing, testing, one two three

Myra VitaGlow BB cream (“BB” stands for “Blemish Balm”) moisturizes and nourishes skin, conceals and encourages healing of blemishes, and doubles as makeup and sunscreen. I first tried this out before the Century Tuna 5150 presscon and I felt more polished and presentable than if I’d shown up with a bare face. I also have very sensitive skin, so because VitaGlow BB didn’t cause me to break out (it’s hypoallergenic) it gets a thumbs-up from me.

Check out this step-by-step guide by beauty blogger Ana Victorino to applying Myra VitaGlow BB Cream:

Myra VitaGlow BB Cream is available at leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Vitress Endorser Launch

My hair has been showing all the signs of stress from being out under the sun and in chlorinated pool water. Just when I’d resigned myself to having “beach hair” or “bed head” forever, Vitress launched its new Solenn Cuticle Coat alongside its new endorsers actress and model Solenn Heussaff, TV host and cover girl Kim Jones, and pro volleyball player Gretchen Ho.

Vitress is the country’s leading hair cuticle coat and hair polish (it’s what my hairdresser uses to pat down the stray baby hairs after styling and blowdrying my hair). A bunch of beauty, fashion, and sports bloggers including yours truly attended the launch and brought home samples of the entire Vitress line in a pretty makeup clutch designed by Solenn, as well as Hairagami hair styling clips and aids.

So far I’ve used the sun protect polish and the repair cuticle coat, and my hair has been feeling softer lately. Maybe these tresses can be tamed after all.

Created with flickr slideshow.

For more hair tips and exclusive updates, follow Vitress on social media: Twitter (@OfficialVitress), Instagram (@OfficialVitress), and Facebook (

Blog Podcast

Podcast Episode 1: 70.3 PH, Roth, Budget Half-Ironman

Welcome to Kikay Runner on the Go, my monthly podcast rounding up the latest posts on my blog: race reports, product reviews, how-to’s, and the state of affairs for running and triathlon in the Philippines. If you’re too lazy to read and don’t mind listening to my voice, this is for you!

Kikay Runner on the Go: Podcast


Show notes:
Ironman 70.3 Philippines – With my heavy legs from having done Challenge Roth two weeks prior, could I still have a satisfying race?

Challenge Roth — I had many ups and downs at my maiden ironman. What drove me on to finish?

Ask Kikay Runner — How to do a Half-ironman on a Budget. What are the things you need to consider and plan for?

Gear Review — How using Zensah compression wear helped me get through my back-to-back races.

Cordillera Great Traverse – an expedition aiming to establish the longest and the most scenic hiking/trekking destination in the Philippines by connecting the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Check it out at

Opening and closing music by

Let me know what you think about the podcast in the comments section! This will be up on iTunes soon.


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Ask Kikay Runner: Half-Ironman on a Budget

This is a section on my blog where I answer questions people ask me. If you have any questions for future Ask Kikay Runner entries, email me, tweet me, or leave me a message on the Kikay Runner Facebook page.

Ian Jimenez Miciano asks: how can an average Joe with an average day job and competent fitness level but no teammates, no sponsors, and not enough money to burn (yes, I’m referring to myself) train for and finish even just a half Ironman without blowing his savings and/or losing his job? I’m asking because (maybe I’m just not looking hard enough but) most of the triathletes I know are one or more of the following: pros (like you) who belong to fitness-related lines of work, rich people and/or those who have passive income (despite working abroad, I still consider myself to be of the middle class), people who belong to teams, and celebrities.

Gibran John S. Henson asks: How much does it cost to join a race (Ironman)?

#ChallengeRothTeamPHI 2014

Thanks for the questions! People from many walks of life can complete a half-ironman on a budget. All it takes is Read more »

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