Color Manila Run on January 6

Let’s start the New Year with an explosion… of colored powder!

On January 6, 2013 at Bonifacio Global City, the Color Manila Run will be the first race of the year, and the first race of its kind here in the Philippines.

In the three distances offered — 1.5K, 3K, and 5K — expect five different color stations where you’ll get showered with different colors of powder. At the Magic Yellow station await an army of cheerleaders; a drum line pounds beats at the Ocean Blue area; you can rock out at the Funky Pink mosh pit; groove with fertility dancers at the Evo-Green spot; and sizzle with poi dancers at the Fiery Purple stop over. Inspired by the Color Run series of races in the US, the goal is to have fun and get as much color on yourself (and others!) before you cross the finish line.

Color Manila Run is for the benefit of Republikha, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower the next generation through music & education, and Hop-E, a foundation moving towards eradicating poverty thru the four elements: Education, Empowerment, Employment, & Events.

All distances are priced at P750. The Color Manila reg kit includes: bib, shirt, Color Manila sunglasses, and color packet. Finishers will each receive a finisher’s shirt and medal, too.

You can register online soon at For now, registration is happening in-store at Urban Athletics (Greenbelt 3), Toby’s (MOA, Megamall) & RUNNR (BHS, ATC, Trinoma). Registration is from October 26 to December 15. Kit claiming will occur at BGC in the second week of December.

There’s an Indian festival, Holi, that uses colored powders just like this. In case you’re wondering, the powder is flour mixed with water and food coloring, so it’s safe for kids and adults.

Color Manila Run
Color Manila Run on January 6

Race: Color Manila Run
Date: January 6, 2013
Venue: Bonifacio Global City (near Turf BGC)
Reg Fee: P750 (1.5K/3K/5K)
Registration Period: October 26 to December 15
Registration Sites: Urban Athletics (Greenbelt 3); Toby’s (Mall of Asia, Megamall); RUNNR (Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma)

Midnight Run 2012 on October 31

Wanna know what my next race is? It’s going to be Midnight Run on October 31!

I was supposed to register for this race last week, but didn’t. Good thing too, because Mizuno got me a kit and swung 4 more kits for me to give away!

Wag masyadong excited. Info about the race muna.

Midnight Run by Greentennial Run

The Midnight Run will take place on October 31 at 11:59pm (which means most of the running will be done early morning on November 1). Race starts at the People Power Monument on EDSA corner White Plains Avenue. There are two race distances: 5K and 10K, both priced at P600.

Check this out: it’s a costume run! Aside from your regular podium winners, there are also costume contest winners. The categories include: Most Frightening, Most Extravagant, Most Unique, Most Resourceful, Most Colorful, Cutest, Parent-Child Tandem/Family Costume, Run Team/Club Costume, Filipiniana, Super Hero, Retro, Iconic, Zombie/White Lady/Vampire/Werewolf, and Fabulous Diva.

Finishers get a finisher’s jacket, which is something new for races. I’m actually intrigued by the idea of running on EDSA, which I’ve never done.

Registration is at A Runner’s Circle (Aloha Hotel along Roxas Boulevard), Second Wind Running Store (Teacher’s Village, Ortigas Home Depot, and G-Strip), and Mizuno (Trinoma, Eastwood, Shangri-La, Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center). See you at the race!

Oh, wait! Yes, I did say I have 4 race kits to give away.

Midnight Run Race Kit Contest Mechanics

  1. Contest period is from October 22 to 24.
  2. Follow @kikayrunner on Twitter.
  3. Tweet me what costume you think I will wear at the Midnight Run.
  4. The first 4 followers with the best costume ideas (the ones I’m likely to use) will win a race kit each!
  5. I will DM you for details on how you can pick up your free race kit.

Race: Midnight Run
Date: October 31, 2012
Venue: People Power Monument, EDSA cor. White Plains Avenue
Reg Fee: P600 (5K/10K)
Registration Sites: A Runner’s Circle (Aloha Hotel along Roxas Boulevard); Second Wind Running Store (Teacher’s Village, Ortigas Home Depot, G-Strip); Mizuno (Trinoma, Eastwood, Shangri-La, Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sorry this is such a late post because October is already winding down. But it’s never too late to talk about breast cancer awareness, as I found out from attending TenkieBox‘s launch of OtterBox’s partnership with local breast cancer foundation iCanServe.

Some Philippine breast cancer facts I learned at the launch:

The Philippines is also 9th in the world in breast cancer incidence. My mother has yearly mammograms as part of her executive check-ups and has had two fibroid benign lumps removed (not cancerous, thank God!). Women from the ages of 20 onwards should perform monthly breast self-examinations and report suspicious lumps to their doctors. Early detection is crucial to surviving breast cancer: survival rates are 99% of women in Stage 0, and around 85% of women with Stage 1 cancer.

iCanServe’s Ating Dibdibin program “aims to save lives by teaching early breast cancer detection techniques through free forums and screening sessions conducted by a medical team and cancer survivors.” During these screenings, those diagnosed with a suspicious lump will be given access to financial help for diagnostics and treatment.

TenkieBox is the official local agent for OtterBox, which already works with Avon raising funds for breast cancer programs. In fact, my sister and I own special-edition pink OtterBox Commuter cases — 10% of their purchase price went toward supporting the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

Pink is for Strength

TenkieBox will be working with iCanServe to raise breast cancer awareness and funds and resources for indigent breast cancer patients. Starting this month until the end of the year, you can drop off bras (used or unused) at any TenkieBox outlet and certain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf branches. These bras will be converted into mastectomy bras for resource-challenged women.

Bra Snap for Breast Cancer Awareness

Also, keep an eye out for bras with special tags hanging in public places. If you find one, take a photo of it and share it on Facebook or Twitter to get a discount on your next OtterBox product. Also, part of the purchase price will be donated for iCanServe’s Ating Dibdibin program.

Tenkiebox x iCanServe

While there I spoke with the iCanServe people and was reminded that fellow blogger and triathlete TJ Isla is also raising funds for iCanServe by competing in two long-distance events: Baldrunner’s WC 200, a 3-day 200-kilometer ultramarathon from Subic to Pangasinan, and the Timex 226 Triathlon in Bohol. You can find out more about how to support his fund-raising efforts through his blog entry “iRun&Tri for Breast Cancer“.

Livestrong Day 2012 on October 21

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now. Lance Armstrong stepped down from being the chairman of the Livestrong Foundation after a report released by the US Anti-Doping Agency alleged he was involved in organized doping during the years he won his seven Tour de France titles. He who founded Livestrong to raise funds to help people beat cancer after he survived his own vicious bout with it — he’s officially out. And he’s also lost his other sponsors.

So what now? What does this mean for the Livestrong Foundation, now that it has lost its most visible spokesperson? If you scour the news articles, you’ll realize that though the companies such as Nike and beermaker Anheuser-Busch have decided to end their deals with Lance, they will still continue to support the Livestrong Foundation, which to date has raised more than $470 million to provide funds for 550 organizations that conduct cancer research or offer services to people affected by cancer. (In fact, it was Nike that came up with the Livestrong yellow jerseys and wristbands sold to raise funds.)

I think that’s what’s important: there are people whose survival depends on the funds raised by efforts like Livestrong, and we shouldn’t forget them.

Livestrong Day 2012

Livestrong Day Philippines 2012 will be held on October 21 at Circulo Verde, Quezon City. It’s a bike and run event held to raise funds to benefit local cancer foundations. It also aims to unite, inspire, and empower people affected by cancer as well as raise awareness for and promote healthy lifestyles.

5:30 AM – Run Assembly
5:45 AM – Zumba warm up by Gold’s Gym
6:00 AM – Start of 5k and 16k Fun Run event
7:30 AM – Zumba cool down and Zumba routine by Gold’s Gym
8:00 AM – Start of 21k Challenge Ride
9:30 AM – Zumba warm up by Gold’s Gym
10:00 AM – Start of 16k Fun Ride

You can participate in any (or ALL?) of these activities for P900, which also nets you a Livestrong Day jersey. For more details, please check out Livestrong Day’s website.

Race: Livestrong Day 2012
Date: October 21, 2012
Venue: Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Quezon City
Reg Fee: P900
Registration Site: online registration
More Information:

Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2012

After a year’s absence, I once again popped up at the Men’s Health Urbanathlon to mix up my running experience. When the Summit Media people had asked me about a month ago if I were interested in joining this year’s edition of this first-of-its-kind race, I had just injured my ankle and didn’t know if I would be in tiptop shape for a long race plus obstacles. So, despite Urbanathlon 2012 holding a 21K with obstacles, I stuck to the shortest: 5K with obstacles.

I got to the Mall of Asia grounds with two-and-a-half hours until my 6am gunstart, which was plenty of time to start getting antsy about the seven obstacles.

Men's Health Urbanathlon 2012: Wall Climb
Help! (photo by LestSky)

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Running Man: The Party Run on November 17

Running Man: The Party Run on November 17

With the maturing of the running community here in the Philippines, I’ve seen a rise in the number of novelty runs where it isn’t just about the running anymore. We’ve seen night runs, costume runs, zombie runs, costumed night runs, trail runs, obstacle runs, trail obstacle runs, vertical runs… and the list goes on. With all this variety, runners are spoilt for choice, and to snag their attention (and registration) you’ve got to give them more to excite them.

The Running Man: The Party Run happening on November 17, 2012 wants to be that kind of run. It starts at 4pm on a Saturday, has a hardcore hilly route in McKinley Hill and a military bootcamp-style obstacle course. As day turns into night, The Running Man also promises a dance party all night long courtesy of DJ Funk Avy and DJ duo Deuce Manila.

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This race is produced by Futuretainment, Inc., the events and multi-media company behind the concerts of Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Black Eyed Peas and Miley Cyrus in Manila. This is their first venture into sports events and it seems they have a different approach to races. Continue reading “Running Man: The Party Run on November 17”

Eight Great Post-Race Stretches

Congratulations on running the race of your life last weekend! I’m pretty sure you pushed really hard (but just within your limits) and it feels really good.

You know what else would feel good? How about a nice stretch after the race? Most runners do the pre-race rituals quite faithfully: nutrition, hydration, a proper warm-up. Yet we don’t take the same care after the race. Instead we immediately fall in line for our loot bags and skip the opportunity to cool down properly.

After a workout, your heart rate is still elevated and there’s more blood circulating in your arms and legs. A cool down with some stretches allows your heart rate to slow down gradually and gets your blood circulating freely through your body again. Stretches also help release tension from your muscles.

Try these eight stretches out the next time you finish a race. Consider it a celebration of all the hard work you’ve done.

(Hold each stretch for 20 seconds, or longer if it feels good.)

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