I began racing at a time when P500 was considered expensive for a 10K, but those who started before me can remember when P250 was already considered high-end with giveaway finisher shirts. Races priced like that are hard to come by these days, which is what makes the Nutrilite Health Run stand out.
With race dates in Manila (October 15 at SM Mall of Asia) and Davao (October 29 at SM Ecoland Davao), the Nutrilite Health Run is on its fifth year of providing a venue of runners for all abilities to celebrate fitness and physical achievement without breaking the bank. Distances 1K, 5K, and 10K are priced at P250 while the 21K is priced at P850.
For many aspiring triathletes, aquathlons are a first step into the realm of multisport. For experienced triathletes, aquathlons are a great way to get the multisport fix and race close to home (because there’s no bike leg to close roads for, haha).
The Sun Life Aquathlon on September 17, 2017 to be held at the Makati Aquatic Sports Arena and the University of Makati track oval features an “Aqua Lite” category for newbies consisting of a 200-meter swim and 3-kilometer run, and the “Aqua Full” category for more experienced athletes with its 400-meter swim and 5-kilometer run.
For athletes who prefer to race in a tag team, a relay category is available so you can either do the swim or the run.
Bike King Philippines has a long and accomplished resume of races conducted, so you can rest assured that all you’ll need to do on the day is show up with your things, be able to swim and run your respective distances, and follow the arrows and directions.
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.
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”→
It’s that time of year again! The 41st National Milo Marathon kicked off with its first race in Urdaneta last July 16 as the first of 16 races all around the Philippines, culminating in the Milo Marathon finals to be held for the first time in Cebu City on December 3. Continue reading “National Milo Marathon Marks Its 41st Edition”→
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”→
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
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.