Next Race: Ho Chi Minh City Run on 15 January 2017

Coming home from Challenge Vietnam, I found myself wishing I could have seen more of Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City, as it’s officially known these days.

Well, in January I’ll get my wish: I’m heading back for the Ho Chi Minh City Run on January 15, 2017. With 5K, 10K, 21K, and 42K distances as well as a kids dash, there’s something for everybody.

HCMC Run: The City Marathon
the Kids Dash

I’m aiming for the half-marathon as it puts something on the table for me to train for without overtaxing my body. A half-marathon is also a great way to see the highlights of a city without completely killing the legs for more sightseeing in the afternoon. Lastly, it burns enough calories so I can indulge in pho bo, banh mi, and my favorite ca phe sua da (Vietnamese coffee). Continue reading “Next Race: Ho Chi Minh City Run on 15 January 2017”

Heroes for Children Run 2016 – Registration Extended

Last year I ran the Heroes for Children Run alongside UNICEF celebrity advocate Anne Curtis, who did her first 21K at the event. This year I won’t be on course, but you can still join her!

Registration for the 21K has been extended until September 1 — that’s tomorrow, folks. Register now at Chris Sports SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM BF Homes, Glorietta, Market! Market!, Robinsons Place Manila and UP Town Center!

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Heroes for Children Run 21K registration extended

Anne is in training for the New York City Marathon and, knowing her, she will be putting her best foot forward on Sunday. Just like last year, the Heroes for Children Run will benefit UNICEF’s First 1000 Days programme that aims to provide prenatal and early childhood interventions to prevent undernutrition, including quality care for mothers, proper nutrition and complementary feeding, and life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition. The effect of good health and nutrition lasts well into adulthood and is a key ingredient in breaking the cycle of poverty.

The Heroes for Children Run is one of many activities slated in 2016 as UNICEF commemorates its 70th year helping to build a better world for every child.

If like me you can’t run on Sunday, you can still support the cause by donating on Anne’s personal SimplyGiving fundraising page at simplygiving.com/event/HeroesforChildrenRun2016.

UNICEF Heroes for Children Run 2016
Anne with UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander and Coach Rio dela Cruz

The 40th National Milo Marathon

Can you imagine, it’s the 40th year of the National Milo Marathon already! Milo has been part of the national running psyche for so long, and I still count qualifying for the finals during its 34th edition one of my best sporting achievements.

Milo Marathon

This year, Milo has chosen to focus on key races around the country to find the top runners to compete at the finals set for Iloilo City on December 4.

40th National Milo Marathon race schedule:
July 17 – Dagupan
July 24 – Tarlac
July 31 – Metro Manila (this weekend!)
August 7 – Batangas
August 14 – Lucena
August 28 – Naga
September 18 – Tagbilaran
September 25- Cebu
October 2 – Dumaguete
October 9 – Davao
October 16 – General Santos
October 23 – Cagayan de Oro
October 30 – Butuan

Now working in conjunction with PATAFA, the Philippine Olympic Committee, and the Philippine Sports Commission, the Milo Marathon offers automatic qualification for the finals to national athletes, ensuring they do not over-race themselves en route to Iloilo.

Milo Marathon has established a legacy of excellence and grassroots development unmatched as yet by any other race in the country. The Milo Marathon has been the proving ground for many of the country’s top runners: defending queen Mary Joy Tabal is set to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio after a hard-fought qualifying campaign supported by Milo. This is also the 7th straight year the Milo Marathon will benefit the Help Give Shoes advocacy that donates shoes to underprivileged school children through the Department of Education.

This weekend promises to be another wet one in the usual Milo Marathon Manila tradition, with a tropical depression on its way. See you on the road!

Two Races for Powerman Duathlon Philippines

This week I head off to the Bintan Triathlon with Raymund Magdaluyo, one of the guys responsible for bringing Powerman Duathlon to the Philippines. I’m in full support of developing multisport in all its facets in the Philippines, and duathlon is definitely one of the more accessible multisport options out there. (It’s easier to learn to ride a bike than to swim, haha!)

Based on last year’s successful first event, this year there are two races in the series — and there’s plenty of time to get ready because they’re happening in November and December in more accessible venues.

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas

The Anytime Fitness Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas Asian Invitational will be held on November 20 at the SM Mall of Asia. This will consist of the Powerman Short distance of 5km run-30km bike-5km run. Anytime Fitness is also running a Power Training program to help people prepare for the races with Power Camps and Power Clinics featuring guest coaches and mentors.

Then the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas World Series will be held on December 3 and 4 at the Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. This will feature a Powerman Short, the Powerman Classic distance (10km run-60km bike-10km run), Powerkids for ages 6-16, and Powerteens. Clark Freeport is the ideal venue to host the target 3,000 participants and their families.

(Please note: all Powerman events are non-drafting!)

Just like the Bataan International Triathlon, part of the proceeds from Powerman will go toward buying bicycles and other gear for the Batang Tri grassroots program that supports young individuals without the financial means to enter the world of multisport. Batang Tri is also supported by Blackbeard’s Seafood Island and is currently headed by Coach Jojo Macalintal, Coach Ivan Leopando, and Coach Melvin Fausto.

Register now at Powerman.ph for early bird rates, or check out Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas on Facebook and @powermanph on Instagram for information and updates.

Color Manila Blacklight Run on May 28

It’s time to put some fun back into your run! A few weeks ago I had a little foretaste of what awaits runners at the Color Manila Blacklight Run on May 28 at Filinvest City, Alabang.

Color Manila Blacklight Run launch
Color Manila Blacklight Run on May 28 at Filinvest Alabang

The Color Manila Run series is wildly popular especially for those looking for a different, pressure-free experience in fun runs, and the Blacklight Run continues to push the envelope in fun run events. It’s too bad I’ll be out of the country then, but here are some reasons why you should sign up for the Color Manila Blacklight Run.Β  Continue reading “Color Manila Blacklight Run on May 28”

Reasons to Join Challenge Vietnam

After sub-par performances in half-ironman triathlons for the past two years, I decided to go back to when I was most successful in training and peaking for that kind of event: when I only had one major race, in the second half of the year so I could build up properly for it. Challenge Vietnam on September 11 is perfectly scheduled, but it wasn’t just the timing that was right.

Let me tell you my personal reasons to join Challenge Vietnam.

Nha Trang

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Nike Run Club: Long Run + Gear Up Sessions

There are now only eight weeks left until the Nike Run Club Women’s Half Marathon happening on May 15, and if you’ve already signed up with your best girl friend you should be receiving the weekly training program. Last week was all about building endurance, and on Saturday afternoon the Nike Run Club held a group long run in Bonifacio Global City exclusively for the NRC Women’s Half Marathon participants, complete with coaches, pacers, and hydration and nutrition support.

Nike Run Club 16K
The 6:xx pace group!

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