GRiT All-Women Trail Run on August 13

*Last 26 slots for 6K and 30 slots for 15K!

Want to try trail running, or want to challenge your trail running skills? Get down and dirty with the girls of GRiT (Girls Running in Trails) at their first event: an All-Women Trail Run happening on August 13 at Basekamp, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal. Participants will be running in the rough, rugged, and scenic trails of Rizal while enjoying the camaraderie of
fellow women runners.

The event aims to raise funds for GRiT ambassador, Sandi Menchi Abahan in her quest to represent the Philippines in one of the toughest ultramarathon mountain races in Europe, the TDS. Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie or TDS is a 119-kilometer ultra mountain race in France with about 7,200 metres height gain.

Sandi is the undisputed leading Filipina elite trail runner. Baguio-born, she has been a runner since high school and consistently bags awards in both road and trail races and duathlons and triathlons. She has won the International Skyathlon event and other big name international races. Sandi is the first Filipina who stands to grab a top spot at the TDS.

Do your part in supporting Sandi by either racing the Sweet 6K (priced at P600) which will take runners through the manicured bike trails of Basekamp, or the Fierce 15K (priced at P800) which will head into the untamed trails of Pintong Bukawe.

While this is an all-women run, there is actually a men’s event: the Sub-Sandi Challenge (priced at P600). Beat Sandi in a 6K race and win special tokens. Whether your goal is to beat Sandi, run beside her, or just be able to support her by joining the run, this race is for you to support GRiT.

There is also a Kiddie Uphill Miler (priced at P250) open to kids ages two to 13 years old, with age-appropriate distances from 1/4 mile to 2 miles.

Register at raceyaya.com. Slots are limited! For updates, follow the RaceYaya Facebook Page.

Powerman Philippines Asian Championships on October 8

Duathlon continues to grow in the Philippines, with Powerman Philippines in its third year announcing that they are the Asian Championships. The 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championships presented by Summit Drinking Water will host a minimum of 800 local and foreign participants from all around the world on October 8 at Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. Continue reading “Powerman Philippines Asian Championships on October 8”

Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas on July 23

Last month I ran into a group exercise instructor colleague of mine. We’ve both resigned from the gym chain we used to work at, but she’s gone on to pursue Pilates as a career — and trail ultramarathons as a hobby. (She’s a special kind of nut and I love her for it.) I think she’d be first to pounce on registering for the Salomon X-Trail Run happening on July 23, 2017 in Subic Bay. Continue reading “Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas on July 23”

Siargao International Marathon on July 23

With the rainy season here, surfing season is over and most of my friends who are into surfing have come home to roost. But this season brings welcome respite from tropical heat and humidity, which is why this is time of year organizers start scheduling marathons.

Siargao International Marathon on July 23, 2017
Siargao International Marathon on July 23, 2017

If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box running experience away from the madding crowd of Manila, the inaugural edition of the Siargao International Marathon on July 23, 2017 might be what you’re looking for. With half-marathon and marathon distances, this will be perfect for setting a new personal record or just taking in the sights with a picture-pace easy run. Siargao is known as the surfing capital of the Philippines with world-reknowned Cloud 9 just one of many surfing spots in the area, but aside from that it also has the tourist-favorite Sugba Lagoon, Silop Cave, the Mapawa tunnels, the Santa Monica Falls, and numerous snorkeling, scuba diving, and island-hopping opportunities.

The race takes place in the municipality of Del Carmen, whose coastal mangrove forest is the second largest in the country and home to 27 out of 70 mangrove species in the world. Vast tracts of these mangroves have been cut illegally to make charcoal, leading Del Carmen’s mayor Alfredo Matugas Coro to spearhead a mangrove rehabilitation program. The Siargao International Marathon will benefit this program: each race kit comes with a pledge of one seedling to be planted in the mangrove forest.

Registration is priced at P1,400 for the 21K and P1,800 for the 42K; race kit includes bib, official race singlet, and D-tag with shirts and medals awarded to those who finish. Siargao locals can also join a 5K race at P650.

Register online. Race kits can be claimed on July 21 and 22 at the arrival area of Del Carmen Airport, Siargao.

Direct flights from Manila to Del Carmen are available daily on Skyjet Airlines, a presenter of the Siargao International Marathon. You can also take connecting flights via Cebu.

For more information, follow the Runrio Facebook Page.

Maxicare Run on July 9

I really like when major companies promote a health advocacy by conducting a fun run. It expands our selection of races as well as benefits those who need help. (And it’s also pretty good marketing mileage for the companies.)

Coinciding with their 30th anniversary celebration, Maxicare is hostingΒ the Maxicare Run on July 9, 2017 at Bonifacio Global City. A long-time sponsor at races, this premier healthcare provider in the Philippines hasΒ taken the next step in their healthcare advocacy.

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The Maxicare Run will benefit Bahay Aruga, a halfway house for pediatric cancer patients undergoing outpatient treatment at the Philippine General Hospital. Continue reading “Maxicare Run on July 9”