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”

Run for the Mountains on May 21

Run for the Mountains

In Bonifacio Global City, the area of McKinley Hill and McKinley West is one of the more secluded yet challenging places to run, thanks to its rolling terrain. On May 21, 2017, McKinley West will be the site for Run for the Mountains, a benefit run for our indigenous peoples and the children of Smokey Mountain.

Organized by JCI Manila, the Run for the Mountains will feature 3K, 5K, and 10K distances as well as a barbecue cookout with inflatable parks. There’s something for every member of the family.

During the race you’ll be running with Smokey Mountain football player scholars. Post-race, Mangyan, Igorot, and Aeta athletes will showcase their skills in a “Ninja Warrior” type atmosphere.

Proceeds from the race will go to the improvement of the Smokey Mountain Community Field of Dreams. JCI Manila will also be building water pipes for the IP groups.

(Last year, JCI Manila’s beneficiary for their charity run event was the L.I.F.E. Foundation to pay for the treatment of children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.)

10K is priced at P750, 5K at P600, and 3K at P500 inclusive of singlet, race bib, loot bag, and entry to post-race raffle. Each loot bag will contain a Mega Fiber cookie bar, Pocari sports drink, Jamba Juice free upsize voucher, Gu gels, and Pringles. Because most proceeds will be donated, medals will only be awarded to the Top 3 finishers. Raffle prizes include Curves 1-day pass, Brooks shoes, and many more.

Register online through this link: Run for the Mountains online registration. You may pay through BDO, BPI, Security Bank, MetroBank, DragonPay, or credit card (via Paypal). Race kits will be shipped to your listed address.

This is a pretty great cause to run for.

Race: Run for the Mountains
Date: May 21, 2017
Venue: McKinley West, McKinley Hill, BGC
Reg Fees: P500 (3K) / P600 (5K) / P750 (10K)
Official Website: Run for the Mountains Facebook page
Online Registration: click here

SKYathon 2017 Boracay Beach Run on April 22

If you still haven’t planned your summer beach outing, or if you plan to be in Boracay between April 19 to 23, you should definitely put the SKYathon 2017 Boracay Beach Run on your schedule. Happening on April 22, 2017 starting from the Station 2 beachfront, this is a fun run with a noble cause.

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Skyathon 2017 Boracay Beach Run on April 22

While earlier editions of the annual Boracay Beach Run focused on beachfront cleanup, since last year SKYathon has focused its efforts on helping restore the famous island’s coral reefs by raising funds to purchase reef nurseries in partnership with Boracay Foundation’s Coral REEFurbishment project. This is part of SKY Cable’s corporate social responsibility program. Continue reading “SKYathon 2017 Boracay Beach Run on April 22”