Clark Animo Marathon on March 12

If you’re now looking of a unique race to join in the next few months, take a look at the Clark Animo Marathon set for March 12, 2017. With distances from 2.5K to 42K, there’s something for every fitness level.

Clark Animo Marathon

Organized by the De La Salle Alumni Association – Pampanga Chapter, this is the 7th edition of the race, previously named the Clark Animo Run. It’s the third year featuring a marathon distance. This will also be the second year to feature a route passing through the Clark International Airport grounds. (With more flights departing from and arriving into Clark in the coming years, this is going to become a more rare occurrence. Run here while you can ;D)

The gunstarts are quite early, so I recommend taking your family or friends to Clark for the weekend, arriving the day before. Pampanga and especially Clark has some really great restaurants for food-trippers. Kids will have a ball at the Fontana waterpark (even if the casinos are temporarily closed; sorry, grownups!). Nayong Pilipino is also in the area, as are a few other Clark tourist attractions.

The race is expected to host at least 4,000 running enthusiasts, making it one of the biggest running events in Pampanga. Registration ends on February 1, 2017. Marathon and half-marathon participants will receive finisher medals, while marathon participants will also get a finisher shirt.

The Clark Animo Marathon has always supported charitable causes. Its theme this year is “A Green Run for a Green Cause”, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Angeles City Watershed.

For more information, log onto their Facebook Page – Clark Animo Marathon.

Race: Clark Animo Marathon
Date: March 12, 2017
Venue: Clark Freeport Zone, Clark, Pampanga
Reg Fees: P400 (2.5K) / P550 (5K) / P700 (10K) / P900 (21K) / P1600 (42K)
Online Registration:
In-Store Registration: New Balance (Marquee Mall and Trinoma);Β Nepo Mall Angeles; Northern Brew Coffee Shop, Angeles;Β  Francis D’s All In Burgers, San Fernando, Pampanga; Cycles & Brew by Hubble, Clark.

Road to Vietnam, Week #11: Everything I Missed

In the scramble of my trips to and from Cebu and then to and from Germany, I missed mentioning a few significant events that happened for the Philippine sports community.

As a side note, I couldn’t watch the men’s triathlon on Thursday night because I was up in the air on the final leg of my flight back to Manila. It was streamed live on one of TV5’s nine Youtube streams. So, I thought that they would do the same for the women’s triathlon. Boy, was I wrong! I had to scramble to find an online stream and only managed to watch from the final lap of the bike leg. TV5 meanwhile on the other eight streams was showing taekwondo (on two streams!), indoor diving, some canned Olympic show, javelin, and other things I had no interest in. Nine streams, and no triathlon — the sport where we got two gold medals at the most recent SEA Games. How could they think we had no interest in triathlon even if we didn’t have any medal contenders in it?!

Anyway, Hidilyn Diaz won our country’s only medal this year, a silver in weightlifting. This makes her the first Filipino to medal since 1996, the first Filipina to earn an Olympic medal, the first to earn it in weightlifting, the first non-boxer to medal for the country since 1936, and the first to come from Mindanao.

Also of note is our very own marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, who qualified on her own initiative with the backing of her sponsors and finally received PATAFA’s blessing in the last few months leading into Rio. She didn’t have a stellar race, but she fought to finish.

I think my favorite bit of news, and the one closest to home, is Omar Paredes’s finish at the Norseman Triathlon. Continue reading “Road to Vietnam, Week #11: Everything I Missed”

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!

Road to Vietnam, Week #2: Not All There

So first, the good news: my passport issues have been solved. But I’ve learned a big lesson, and that is Renew your passport a year in advance! At the very least you’ll save yourself a headache by always having a useable passport (one that has more than six months’ validity when you want to travel).

Road to Vietnam, Week 2
at least the bike Aki doesn’t need a passport or a visa to travel!

Now the bad news. After every big race I experience a huge dip in motivation, as well as a period of lethargy. I may be able to stay on the peak of fitness and race hard for a few weeks, but then my body crashes and burns and I’m taken out for weeks by illness. (This is what happened to me post-Challenge Philippines 2014.) Continue reading “Road to Vietnam, Week #2: Not All There”

Laguna Phuket International Marathon

For my first destination marathon, the Laguna Phuket International Marathon was supposed to be a cushy experience. Having been to Phuket and the Laguna area at least three times a year for the last three years, I had a very good idea what to expect and could prepare well for it. It would be like racing at a home away from home.

Laguna Phuket Marathon

But as I’ve learned from every marathon I’ve done, nothing is certain until the last kilometer is run. I guess that’s what makes for good stories, right?
Continue reading “Laguna Phuket International Marathon”