Two Saturdays ago I found myself down south in the Republic of Alabang attending the grand opening of the RUNNR store in Alabang Town Center. I remember when the first RUNNR store opened in Bonifacio High Street right on the cusp of the Philippines’ current running boom. Toby Claudio, its founder and president, was visionary back then in his approach, and now RUNNR has branches in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao!
The highlight of the ATC store launch was the running clinic by Jinoe Gavan of TAKBO.ph (“Getting Started Into Running”) followed by U.S.-certified coach Jay Valencia of Newton Running (“Natural Running Technique”). For a Saturday usually meant for family outings, the clinic attracted a lot of runners based down south — nice to meet some of my readers there!
The RUNNR store in ATC is located on the second level of the new Garden Wing. From the mall atrium, take the escalator on the other side from Rustan’s and take the right corridor. RUNNR will be on your left.
The store itself is cozy but still roomy; you can browse shoes and apparel, check out some running and triathlon books, or snatch up some energy gels without feeling hurried or hassled.
While there I found out about RUNNR’s Donate-a-Singlet Promo for the summer. Here are the mechanics:
Bring in your old running singlet (sleeveless or shirt-type race apparel) to RUNNR stores in Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu and RUNNR corners in Toby’s Arena stores in Shangri-la Plaza, SM Mall of Asia, and Abreeza Davao, and exchange it to get P1,000 OFF upon purchase of regular-priced shoes worth Php 4,995 and up.
One (1) old running singlet is equivalent to one (1) discount transaction. Each discount value is applicable for only one item purchased. Bring in as many old running singlets to get discounts on as many new shoes. We only accept athletic running singlet of any brand, fun run or races, in adult male or female size. Kid’s size shall not be accepted. Donated old running singlet should be in decent condition and is still wearable.
All collected running singlets will be donated to the communities of Gawad Kalinga’s Paradise Heights Smokey Mountain.
This promo is not valid in conjunction with any other promos. Promo runs from March 2 to April 1, 2012. Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 1425 Series of 2012.