Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2010 on November 7

    

There are so many races to choose from in this last quarter of the year. After having had a full slate of races in the last few months, most of them happening at Bonifacio Global City, I feel a hankering for a different race experience. The Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2010 on November 7 might just be the ticket to break up the monotony.

Men's Health Urbanathlon 2010
Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2010

Urbanathlon is a signature event of Men’s Health all over the world. It’s not your regular race; aside from the usual roads, the route winds through various urban obstacles. It’s a test not just of leg strength, but of core and upper-body strength, agility, and presence of mind as well. The major obstacles planned by race organizers Ian Alacar and Jinoe Gavan are: tire dump (a section of road filled with scattered tires); 8-foot wall climb; balance beam; scaffolding maze; 3-foot hurdles; and belly crawl.

I received a 10K race kit at last night’s media launch, but began to question whether I really wanted to go through with the distance after hearing about all the obstacles. I could choose not to go through the obstacles, but will be penalized by having 5 to 10 minutes added to my finish time. Since I missed last year’s edition of this race, I decided to push through with the 10K, but I’ll estimate a finish time of 1 hour 15 minutes.

Registration has been ongoing since September 28 at R.O.X. in Bonifacio High Street and 360 Fitness in Strata 100, Ortigas Avenue. Slots for 10K (w/ obstacles) ran out quite quickly, especially since 10K finishers will be awarded medals. I believe there are less than 400 slots left, so snatch up a race kit ASAP for P500, which includes a race shirt, Gatorade drink stubs, Century Tuna food stubs, and an issue of Men’s Health magazine.

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