Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis

For all that’s been said about Anne Curtis as a multimedia celebrity (she acts, she dances, she sings a little), she is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met and is in earnest about everything she sets her hands to. Her latest project as a UNICEF celebrity advocate for children is a fundraising run for the benefit of UNICEF Philippines.

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis
Anne Curtis for Heroes for Children Run

The Heroes for Children Run will be held on October 25, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Featuring 5K, 10K, and 21K categories as well as a 500-meter children’s category, this fun run aims to raise funds for UNICEF’s 1000 Days of Life campaign.

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life from conception to their second birthday are important in their development. UNICEF calls it a “window of opportunity”, and providing adequate nutrition, vitamins and minerals can prevent irreversible physical and cognitive developmental damage.

Stunted growth is associated with reduced school attendance and poor academic performance and stunted children are more vulnerable to infectious disease having an increased risk of dying from pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria.

Stunted children become adults who are more overweight and suffer from chronic disease including diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease and often have lower incomes. Women affected by stunting deliver babies who are likely to be afflicted by this preventable condition, perpetuating the cycle of malnutrition and poverty.

UNICEF country representative Lotta Sylwander said, “I accompanied Anne on her first field visit with us. She is committed not only to learn, but also to contribute in changing the lives of the Filipino children for the better. Her popularity and large fan base is an asset in drawing due attention to the needs of Filipino children.”

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis
Anne Curtis and UNICEF country representative Lotta Sylwander

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis
Anne addresses the media

Worldwide, running has had a charity component; I’ve personally gotten beyond the point where I run just for personal benefit. When you run for a purpose or an advocacy it makes every step more meaningful — Anne Curtis has signed up to do her first 21K at this race. While she is training for the distance, she knows what will drive her onward. “I think my passion for the children will help me finish my first half-marathon,” Anne said during the press conference.

Do your part by signing up for Heroes for Children Run! We running bloggers will be there.

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis

Race: Heroes for Children Run
Date: October 25, 2015
Venue: SM Mall of Asia
Reg Fee: P650 (5K); P750 (10K); P950 (21K); P100 (500-meter dash for children 12 years old and below)
Registration Sites: Chris Sports (SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM BF Homes, Glorietta, Market! Market!)
Online Registration: takbo.ph/heroesforchildren (additional fees will apply)

10 Reasons You Need to Run NOW

For self-confessed run addicts like myself, running is like a food that nourishes our bodies and souls. It is something we can’t live without. But if you’re just starting out, the thought of slogging through miles on the road, rail, or treadmill may not be too appetizing.

To whet your appetite for running, here are 10 reasons you need to run, NOW.

Lacing Up for a Run

Continue reading “10 Reasons You Need to Run NOW”

Mirinda Carfrae to race Bataan International Triathlon!

I am currently in triathlon offseason.

…I mean, I was in offseason — until I heard Mirinda Carfrae is coming to town this November 28-29 to join the Bataan International Triathlon!


Mirinda Carfrae is a three-time Ironman World Champion and is simply one of the best runners over the Ironman distance ever! At last year’s Ironman World Championship she overcame a 14-minute deficit off the bike to end up finishing in first place two minutes ahead of Daniela Ryf.

Mirinda Carfrae 2013 Kona champion

I raced Challenge Roth in 2014 when she won it, but I never caught sight of her the whole day. The only time I saw her was the day after, during the awards lunch and the volunteer dinner and after-party.

Rinny and me at Challenge Roth

At the Bataan International Triathlon, Rinny will line up alongside everyone else because there’s no pro category, only a small prize purse for anyone who places in the top five. This will be an awesome opportunity to see how a champion races up close, outside the trappings of the major races. (And maybe, if I train hard and am very, very lucky, I’ll get to stand on a podium with her. A BIG maybe.)

Here is Rinny’s message to everyone, inviting you to join her at the race!

IT’S TRUE! MIRINDA “Rinny” CARFRAE, the 3-time Ironman World Champion is coming to the Philippines on November 28, 2015 to join the Bataan International Triathlon and help promote the Batang Tri Grassroots Program! It’s your chance to race with the Champ! Register now and be part of an Eco-Heritage Triathlon with a Cause. www.bataaninternationaltriathlon.com #seeyouatBi3Rinny #Bi3LevelUp #langoypadyaktakbo #bi3

Posted by Bataan International Triathlon on Sunday, 6 September 2015

We all know Rinny as a great triathlete. What most people don’t know is that she champions social causes and charities such as World Bicycle Relief, which aims to provide bicycles to residents of rural Africa to help connect them with education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

When Rinny comes to the Philippines, she won’t just be racing; she will help launch the Batang Tri Grassroots Program that aims to fight poverty in the Philippines and Asia through multisport.

The Batang Tri program for young athletes is two-pronged: an elite program headed by Coach Melvin Fausto of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines will identify young talent that can be trained and nurtured to represent the country as elites in ITU and eventually Olympic events. The age-group program headed by Coach Jojo Macalintal will take under its wing young age-group triathletes to grow their love for multisport. SWIMBIKERUN.ph’s Carlos De Guzman will be the Batang Tri program head administrator.

The Batang Tri Program will be funded by the proceeds of the Bataan International Triathlon, and then by a multisport team whose monthly membership will go to sustaining the program. Members (who may also be members of other local tri teams) will get race and bike kits, access to training programs, and access to monthly training clinics by resident and guest coaches.

Mirinda Carfrae for World Bicycle Relief

There are two categories at the Bataan International Triathlon: LARGO (1.5km Swim, 55km Bike, 11km Run) and RAPIDO ((750m Swim, 30km Bike, 5.5km Run) to be held on November 29. You can race these as an Individual, as part of a Relay team, or as an Amigo team where you and a partner must start and finish together.

A junior aquathlon will also be held on November 28. Individual and Parent-Child teams may join this race.

Come join Rinny and me on the starting line at Bataan International Triathlon. Register now!

For more information, please visit Bataan International Triathlon’s official website.

Bataan International Triathlon

Kikay Reviews: Tannus Solid Tires

Over my four years riding a bike competitively, I’ve learned how to change flat tires. That doesn’t mean I don’t still find it a nuisance. When the distributor of Tannus solid tires offered to let me try his product out, of course I said yes!

Tannus Solid Tires
Tannus solid tires available in various colors

In the early days of cycling, riders used iron bands on wooden wheels on “velocipedes” — the first bicycles. Solid rubber tires were then used on “penny-farthings”. The pneumatic, or air-filled, tire came into vogue as a means to soften the harsh rides. These kinds of tires were much lighter and could allow cyclists to go much faster, which is why they’re now nearly ubiquitous on all racing bikes. (Geek out further on bicycle tire history with this Wikipedia entry.)

The main disadvantage of pneumatic tires is their tendency for punctures, and the need to fill them with air before use. Several tire companies have tried to engineer solid tires that were light enough for racing but hardy enough to withstand conditions that would puncture regular tires. Tannus, a Korean company, manufactures its tires with a polymer resin they call “Aither”. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Tannus Solid Tires”

Five Steps to Your First Triathlon

People get into triathlon for many different reasons such as health, curiosity, and/or novelty. The common question is, “How do I prepare for my first triathlon?”

Triathlon Rookie
preparing for my first sprint triathlon in 2011

Instead of training for one discipline like swimming, cycling, or running, you now have to think about how you can fit all three into your available time. How, and how much you train changes with how long your goal triathlon race is. You may also have questions about equipment… For a newbie to triathlon the thought of all this can be quite overwhelming!

Here are five easy steps you can take to get ready for your first triathlon. Continue reading “Five Steps to Your First Triathlon”

OFWorld Features Kikay Runner!

With over 2.3 million Filipinos working overseas, it seems like anywhere I go in the world there’s a Filipino community. I’m honored to have been featured in OFWorld, a magazine for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) circulated in Europe and the Middle East! I mentioned this before during my birthday post in July, but now OFWorld is available online.

OFWorld July 2015 - Noelle De Guzman
OFWorld July 2015 issue

The July issue was their “Happiness Issue” with articles that aimed to lighten the load for every OFW. Their editorial note says: “We hope that every hard-working Filipino in all parts of the world is having fun! Yung ‘fun’ na hindi waldas-pera o kebs-ko-sa-mundo kind of enjoyment. But the kind of fun that makes you happy and healthy!… Whether you are in Italy, Manila, New York, London, or somewhere else, we hope you have found your happiness. If not, we hope this issue can provide you a guiding light as you look for that crucial thing or moment that will make you truly happy.”

Read OFWorld’s feature on the Kikay Runner:

It has always been my goal to encourage as many people as possible to take an interest in their own health and fitness. Thank you OFWorld for taking my message and passion to the OFW’s in Europe and the Middle East!