I know I’ve had my reservations about expensive races, but I do recognize there is a niche for them. If you’re a diehard Adidas fan and want to participate in a running championship held across Southeast Asia, you’ll be happy to know the Adidas King of the Road is back once again.
KOTR is held in 5 countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Each country is a qualifying leg for the finals. The first leg was held in Thailand last July 29, but September kicks the championships into high gear with Malaysia (September 9) and Indonesia (September 16). The Philippine leg on September 30 is the last one before the championship leg held in Singapore on October 28.
This year, the race categories are 5K, 10K, and 16.8K. The 16.8K is a signature distance for KOTR introduced last year and represents a portion of a total distance of 84 kilometers (equivalent to 2 marathon distances) if you run in all the KOTR legs.
The 5K and 10K are considered Open categories, meaning a participant of any nationality can win. For the 16.8K, there are Open and Closed (Filipino only) categories. The male and female winners of the 16.8K Closed category will be the Philippines’ “King and Queen” of the Road and are qualified for an all-expense paid trip to compete in the championship leg in Singapore.
Registration fee is P1,050 for 5K/10K, and P1,300 for 16.8K. But if you’re planning to buy at least P6,000 worth of Adidas Running apparel and footwear, try to do it in a single purchase to get a free KOTR race kit. Promo is valid until August 31. Check out the promo details on the KOTR website.
I’ve been given a complimentary race kit so I’ve decided to try the 16.8K category. Check back here after the race for my thoughts and observations, since this year’s race is by Proactive.
Race: Adidas King of the Road (Philippine leg)
Date: September 30, 2012
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Reg Fee: P1050 (5K/10K); P1300 (16.8K)
Reg Until: September 15 (in-store) / September 23 (online)
Registration Sites: Adidas (SM Megamall, SM MOA, Powerplant Mall Rockwell, Trinoma, Greenbelt 3), online registration
More Information: Adidas KOTR Philippines