Monday, September 30, 2013

Avon Do Something Beautiful against Breast Cancer Promo

Promo for the Run

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placers:
• Cash prizes
• A pink Sony Cyber-Shot Camera (DSC-S5000)
• A pair of Sony In-Ear Headphones (MDREX510SLBQE)
• An Avon Giftbag worth P5,000

Giveaway for all Runners:
• An Avon Giftbag with items worth P5,000

Get a chance to win a Sony 32” LED BRAVIA TV!

1. Register your bib number at the #DoSomethingBeautiful:
starting October 1.
2. On October 28, we will draw 1 lucky runner to win a

Promo for the Walk

Win 10 Sony 4GB Video MP3/MP4 WALKMAN via the
Avon Philippines’ Facebook Page

1. Upload your photos taken during the October 13
Avon #DoSomethingBeautiful Walk & Run event at the
#DoSomethingBeautiful: Join the Walk app at starting October 13.
2. On October 28, the 10 best photos will get 1 of the 10 Sony

Win a Sony Xperia M smart phone via @AvonPH &
@IgersManila on Instagram!

1. Upload your photos taken during the October 13 Avon
#DoSomethingBeautiful Walk & Run on Instagram, use the
hashtag #DoSomethingBeautiful and tag @AvonPH &
@IgersManila starting October 13 at 9PM.
2. On October 15, the 3 best photos will get a Sony Xperia M
smart phone.
3. Exclusive to followers of @AvonPH & @IgersManila on Instagram.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

What to expect for the Run United Philippine Marathon?

Running a marathon is not an easy thing to achieve. You have to prepare yourself months and months before the event to accomplish the goal of finishing 42kms in a running event. All the while running farther that 99% of the world's population dare to run.

The Run United Philippine Marathon promises to make the training leading up to your first or nth marathon finish worth the effort. With great things in store for all the participants on October 6, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia.

Expect this:

1. A signature Runrio race with improving race routes, secure baggage deposits, cool hydration stations, bananas in the right stops and other race elements that motivates Filipinos keep joining their races.

2. The last piece to the Medal Puzzle

3. A finisher's shirt for 10k and 21k runners

4. A souvenir slipper for RUPM marathon finishers. (Bilisan naten para size na masusuot yung makuha!)

5. The launch of the newest Active Health product. The Active Health Sports Gel. Discounts will be given on the event area.
6. A memorable finish line experience (for marathon finishers only). Prepare for a great surprise.

For more details, check the Runrio website and the ULAH website.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Run United Philippine Marathon Seals 2013 Running Streak of ULAH and RunRio

Press Release
Red Carpet Finish for All Marathon Participants

             Run United Philippine Marathon (RUPM), the third and last leg of the RunRio Trilogy, is even more in demand than its inaugural run last year. Only slots for Ceelin 500m dash are available, the rest are full.
             “Demand for this race is really high. The half and full marathon slots (21km and 42km) got full five and three weeks, respectively, before race date (Oct. 6). Most of our participants belong to the "progressive set" - runners who have been continuously challenging themselves with longer distances or better PR,” said Alex Panlilio, Head of Unilab Active Health (ULAH).

             RUPM, which is on its second year, will feature four race categories namely: Ceelin 500m, Hydrite 10km, Alaxan FR 21km and Enervon Activ 42km.
             “RUPM is also much-awaited as it wraps up our run races for the year. The runners are also excited to finally complete their United medal for Run United 1, 2 and RUPM,” added Panlilio.
42-year-old Ly Nary of Phnom Penh, Cambodia is among those who is hoping to finish strong at RUPM. “I hope to finish among the top three females in the 42km foreign category with a target of 3hours and 30 minutes.”
Nary was a finisher of Paris Marathon. Her participation at RUPM is supported by the United Pharma company in Phnom Penh. “I am excited to see the Filipino running community and to explore the Philippines after the race. I really look forward to this great experience with the United Filipinos!”
20th time Ironman finisher Dan Brown has also followed a regimen in preparation for RUPM. Brown, who is also one of the Unilab Active Health ambassadors, considers physical and mental preparation as key to achieving an excellent race.
“I am preparing by doing a short period of specific run overload. I have been increasing my weekly run distance by around 30% over the past month or so. I have been adding in some longer intervals at or just below goal race pace to simulate what my body will need to do at 3AM on October 6,” says Brown.

“I also start to prepare my mind to suffer a little towards the end. I know things will get tough as the body breaks down so I have to be aware and ready mentally for that,” he adds.
             The completed UNITED medal from the 2013 Run United Trilogy series (21-21-21, 21-32-21, 21-32-42) fits together with the RUPM finisher’s medal. According to Unilab Active Health, securing all these medals is a testament of the runners’ commitment to continuously exceed themselves in the field of running.
             The 3,000 Enervon Activ 42km runners and finishers will get a VIP treatment—before, during and after the race. First off, they will be among the first to try and taste Active Health's latest offering in its Sports Nutrition Line - the Active Health Sports Gel, which will be launched at Run United Philippine Marathon. On top of Gatorade, ION Energy Drink, water, sponges and bananas will be given out at certain points of the routes.
             This year, the red-carpet finish for the 42km finishers will be right inside the Active Health Village, through a short tunnel carved underneath the main stage. The runners’ companions can cheer at the cordoned-off spectators’ waiting area, and at the main stage audience area. All 42km finishers will be given an ice cold glass of Enervon HP Recovery Drink, a grooming station complete with staff will be on standby to make sure that they will look their best in the photo-ops at the finish line.
           After all the picture-taking and finish-line moments, runners can start their rest and recovery routines by attending a post-race talk and stretching at the Enervon Activ Marathoners’ Lounge where they will get limited edition RUPM commemorative slippers. The University of Santo Tomas College of Rehabilitation Sciences will provide physical therapy and stretching services inside the Active Health Village. 
           All categories except for 42km will have start and finish line at the SM Mall of Asia; the 42km category will start at Bonifacio Global City and finish at SM Mall of Asia. Gun starts are as follows: 500m dash at 7:00AM; 10K at 5:30AM; 21K at 4:00AM; and 42K at 3:00AM
          According to RunRio’s Rio Dela Cruz, “We have been offering the 42K category for only two years and we are happy that we have established a good reputation. RUPM has its own following now. It has become the last big run race for most runners for the year. We are looking forward to celebrating yet another successful running year with our loyal participants.”
            RunRio will hold a special awards’ night for participants who registered and finished the 21km category in Run United 1, 32km category in Run United 2 as well as the 42km category in RUPM. Awards will be given to the top three overall winners (women and men) in all distance categories.
             Besides gifts and certificates from Unilab and other sponsors, the top three male and female RUPM winners will also receive cash prizes: for 10km winners, (P4,000/P5,000/P6,000) and for 21km winners (P6,500/P7,500/8,500). There will be two categories for the 42km categories, Filipinos and Non-Filipinos. The top three winners in each category will get P25,000/P18,000/P12,000 respectively.

             RUPM participants and their companions can avail of activities, games, free product samples in various sponsors’ booths at the Unilab Active Health Village. Alaxan FR PBA Legends will also be around for photo-ops. Entertainment will be provided by True Faith and Evedancel of Sugarfree.
             Two more events are up ahead in ULAH’s active calendar—Tri United 3 and the Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon. Registration for both is still ongoing.
             Tri United 3 Elite and Age Group Championship in Subic will feature standard distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) for elite and age-groupers triathletes. It will also accommodate teen triathletes with age categories 15-16 and 17-19 years old.
             Enervon Activ 226 Bohol Triathlon, sponsored by Enervon Activ, organized by Bikeking, is slated for December 7, 2013. The 3.8km Swim - 180km Bike - 42km Run triathlon will be held in Anda, Bohol. 

            For more race information and results, interested parties may visit ULAH’s official website at as well as it Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

World Balance Shoe Promo

World Balance is a popular brand for active lifestyle and sporting apparel and footwear collection for men, women and kids. It has established a reputation among its consumers for its good quality, stylish designs, and affordability.

Yesterday, I got my new pair of Advantage MS. Its a sports shoe designed for running and cross-training. I will be reviewing the pair later when I get to try it out.

Now, World Balance and I are giving you (my reader friends) an opportunity to get a free pair of World Balance shoes. That would be an Endure MS (Men's) or a Miler (Ladies') running/cross-training shoe.

 Endure MS for Men

Miler for Women

Here are the mechanics of the promo:

1) Follow or Like World Balance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

2) FB post/Tweet/Instagram post your answer to this question:

"Why do you want to own a World Balance running shoe?”
It’s as simple as that. The most creative entry will win either an Endure MS (Men’s) or Miler (Ladies) shoe from World Balance!  

*Don’t forget to use the hashtag #IwantWorldBalance and mention @worldbalanceph when you fb post/tweet/instagram post and set that post to Public so we can track your entries down :)

3.) Post the following information in the comments section of this blog post:
Post Link:

Sample Entry:
Thirdy Lopez

4.) You may post as many entries as you want. Only valid entries will be judged.

5.) Promo will run from Sept. 20 to November 4. Winner will be announced after November 5.

For more details on World Balance, check out the following sites:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

IT'S OFFICIAL! I'm running Run United Philippine Marathon on October 6.


I'm on the list...

I'm running my second marathon at the Run United Philippine Marathon on October 6.

See if you're in the list too...

Safeguard 5150 (Race Details)

Event Name: SAFEGUARD 5150
Race Day: October 6, 2013
Race Venues: Kamana Sanctuary
Expo Venue: Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center
Distance:        1.5K Swim, 40K Bike and 10K Run

Website and


The Swim 

The 1.5 kilometer swim course will begin and end in Kamana Resort. The swim will be a two loop course following a triangular design. Each of the side of triangle will be 250 meters for a total of 750 meter per loop. The two loop design will excite veteran and beginner triathletes a like, since it will have a short beach run before completing the second loop. A beach entry and exit format will also be followed, adding to the variety in the swim course. The clockwise swim course will help participants navigate better in the calm waters of Kamana. Upon completing the two loops participants will head to the transition area to begin the bike leg of the event.

The Bike 

From the Kamana Resort, athletes will head up to the narrow roads of IDESS, the smooth paved roads is lined up with various vegetation with tall trees providing coverage. Exiting IDESS, participants will head down to one of the fastest portions of the race course, the Corregidor highway, which will test the bike handling skills of all athletes alike. A right turn in Zambales Highway takes the participants to the start of the loop portion of the bike course. Participants must complete two loops before heading back to the transition.

Bike Profile

From Zambales Highway participants will race along smooth asphalt road, as they head to a short climb to Crown Peak, Cubi Point. They now head to Aparri road passing the Jest Camp which serves as landmark. This leads them to downhill road which will exit at the bottom of Aparri and make a left in Argonaut highway.

Participants will then head to NCT Road “New Container Terminal”, this coastal road will be enjoyed by athletes with its smooth and flat roads which they can pedal hard and increase their speed. At San Bernandino road, participants will pass through all hands beach and Dungaree beach. After the fast flat roads, participants will start their second loop. After completing the two loops, participants will head back to transition area in Kamana Resort via the long punishing climbs in Corregidor and entering the narrow roads of IDESS.

The Run 

After negotiating the varying bike course terrain, athletes will now head to the run course. From Kamana Resort participants will head towards Illanin road (rainforest road) heading to Morong gate. This will be a long climb gradual climb all the way to the 5 kilometer mark and turn around point in Morong gate. From here, it will be a fast downhill run all the way to Kamana Resort up to the finish line.

Run Profile

Hydration and Transition 

The Safeguard 5150 will follow the familiar single transition area, located in Kamana Resort. The transition area will house all of the bikes and run gear of the participants, and were all of the action will take place. Spectators won’t have to move from different venues and will just have to wait for the athletes, to complete their transition and crossing the finish line. Hydration stations are strategically spread out in the race course, making sure all of the participants are well hydrated. From the swim exit up to the transition water and sports drinks will be available to everyone. In the bike course, hydrations stations will approximately be located in kilometer 11.70km, 22.70km and 31.40km. For the run course, hydration stations spaced apart around 1.5km to 2km. More than enough to cover all the hydration needs of the participants.

Schedule of Activities

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

(Schedule Update) Mizuno Run Academy: Introduction to Trail Running

Due to conflicts with the scheduled running events, Mizuno had decided to update the schedule for the Mizuno Run Academy.

For more details, check out this blog post.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Saucony launches Groundbreaking Geometry of Strong shoe series at the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Cebu

Press Release

Saucony, the multi-awarded running shoe brand worn by today’s elite runners, recently hit the Visayan shores with the introduction of its Geometry of Strong technology, a groundbreaking advancement for runners everywhere, at the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Cebu. The triathlon race is one of the biggest in Asia participated by thousands of triathletes from around the globe.

Saucony’s Geometry of Srong series was showcased in the triathlon exhibit at the Shangri-La Mactan’s Marquee Hall. The series, along with Saucony’s range of running shoes for serious athletes and running enthusiasts, were well-received by thousands of triathletes and guests who flocked the booth during the 4-day exhibit.

Saucony sponsors one of the country's top triathlon teams, Team Herbalife.

The event also saw the introduction of Saucony’s sponsored triathlon team, Team Herbalife – one of the top triathlon teams in the country. The group was formed in the mid-2000s by 2 top triathletes. Today, Team Herbalife has top age groupers and up & coming triathletes among its ranks. Several members of the team recently posted podium finishes in major races like the Subic International Triathlon (SUBIT), Unilab Active Health’s Tri United Series and the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines including top finishes in the team competition.

Geometry of Strong

Looking into every detail to help runners run more efficiently, Saucony launched the Geometry of Strong series, a completely redesigned heel-to-toe offset of 8mm - 33% lower than the average running shoe of 12mm – on three of the brand's best-selling award winning models: the Guide, Hurricane and Triumph. This change in geometry allows runners to adjust their stride and land on their midfoot offering greater control, alignment and suspension, allowing for a more powerful stride. This change also allows the shoe to be even more lightweight without comprising cushioning and stability. 

Saucony showcases its multi-awarded running shoes worn by today's 
elite runners at Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

Guide 6 – Stability in Every Move

The Guide is Saucony’s flagship shoe and winner of Runner's World International's coveted Best Shoe of the Year award.  The Guide 6 features a fit and ride designed to meet the needs of runners seeking stability in an everyday training shoe.   It has a midfoot saddle that promotes a snug and secure fit while the Comfort Lite sockliner embedded in the shoe supports the arch and lessens forefoot pressure for a more comfortable run. Moreover, the triangular lug outsole design and added flex groove increase forefoot flexibility for a smoother ride.

Hurricane 15 – Great Fit and Feel
Awarded Best Update by Runner’s World, the Hurricane is Saucony's full featured premium guidance shoe. The Hurricane 15 blends the features of a traditional stability shoe with the feel of a flexible, lightweight trainer the Hurricane is known for. The upper is upgraded with Support Frame, a heel locking technology that provides a secure, stable fit. On the other hand, the PowerGrid™ midsole technology offers superior cushioning and the 8mm offset encourages a lower-impact ride.

Triumph 10 – Form and Function
The Triumph 10 is highly recommended for runners who are looking for a shoe that strikes the perfect balance in both form and function. This shoe features deeper flex groove in the forefoot for added flexibility, while its breathable open mesh and a supportive upper provide comfort in every stride. It also has the PowerGrid™ midsole technology for a plush ride for the runner seeking a cushioned feel.  Another plus for the Triumph 10 is its redesigned decoupled heel crash pad that gives way for smoother landing and more efficient transition.

Saucony Participates in Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines
Saucony launched its Geometry of Strong series by showcasing its products in an exhibit at the Shangri-la Mactan’s Marquee Hall.  Thousands of triathletes and guests flocked the booth to check out Saucony’s range of running shoes for serious athletes and running enthusiasts.

The event also saw the introduction of Saucony’s sponsored triathlon team, Team Herbalife - one of the top triathlon teams in the country.  The group was formed in the mid-2000s by 2 top triathletes.  Today, Team Herbalife has top age groupers and up & coming triathletes among its ranks.  Several members of the team recently posted podium finishes in major races like the Subic International Triathlon (SUBIT), Unilab Active Health’s Tri United Series and the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines including top finishes in the team competition.

The Saucony booth at Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines 
exhibit at Shangri-la Mactan's Marquee Hall.

Distribution outlets
Saucony’s Geometry of Strong series is available in specialty run retailers and major department stores nationwide.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Athletes on Their Mark for the Safeguard Active 5i50 Triathlon

Press Release

MANILA, Philippines – Athletes know the importance of maintaining a proper regimen to enhance performance. They rely on state-of-the-art gear that delivers speed, proper nutrition that guarantees endurance, and a training program that increases their strength. But when it comes to hygiene, one important aspect is often overlooked: the skin, which is actually our first line of defense when it comes to germs.

There’s no body part quite as tortured as the human skin. Every day, it has to endure all the visible and microscopic dirt and grime from all the different elements around us. But it’s the triathletes who put their skins through the most abuse: as they splash, pedal, and stride, they expose their skins to a harsh mix of sun, chlorine or salt water, and dirt. These, along with excessive sweat and friction from gear, can take its toll on the skin – and it can lead to skin diseases and illness.

This October 6, Safeguard will gather local and international pros as well as age-groupers for the first ever Safeguard Active 5i50 Triathlon – a world-class and intimate race that will surely put those skins to the test. The course takes place in Subic, which promises a challenging yet controlled environment for both experts and beginners. The event will be composed of a 1.5KM swim at Kamana Resort [Swim Venue], a 40KM bike course along the rolling hills of Subic [Bike Venue], and will culminate with a 10KM run at a new route along the shady forest [Run Venue]. The entire course is set against the backdrop of Subic Bay’s breathtaking scenery, which promises a unique race for participants and an exclusive enjoyable experience for their families who will come to support.

In partnership with Sunrise Events, Inc., the agency behind the highly successful Ironman 70.3 and Iron Kids, this leg is part of the 5150 triathlon series, the world’s largest international Olympic race series in the world. It is also the first non-drafting international race series of its kind, offering a competitive platform for professional and age group athletes.

Safeguard keeps up with those who love the game by leveling up to their demands. The brand has been keeping family skin healthy for more than 75 years, using a mix of unbeatable germ protection and fresh, cleansing elements to care for Filipino skin. It has been every household’s partner for preventing disease and pursuing an active, worry-free life. For the 5150 race, Safeguard aims to showcase its new line Safeguard Active, a product specifically targeted for athletes’ extreme needs.

Safeguard Active boasts of a higher level of anti-bacterial ingredient, which inhibits the growth and re-growth of odor-causing germs for hours. It comes in both soap and body wash form, and its fresh scent can last all day and withstand both sweat and water. It’s the perfect protection booster for the body’s first line of defense.

For battle-tested athletes who aim to beat their personal records, the Safeguard Active 5150 Triathlon is a perfect chance to bring the 2013 race season to an iconic finish. Meanwhile, neophyte racers will be thrilled to participate in their first Olympic-level distance triathlon event.

It’s a day that promises exhilarating challenges for the adrenaline-hungry, coupled with unbeatable Safeguard protection to ensure a fresh, unhampered finish. No matter what kind of athlete you are, it’s time to get your skin in the game. 

Friday, September 06, 2013

Global Mala Project 2013

Global Mala is a collected efforts of several studios and freelance teachers that come together to spread the practice of yoga while raising fund for charitable organizations. Please visit their Facebook fan page (search: Global Mala Project Manila)

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Chakra Workshop

Roland will be leading a Chakra Exploration Workshop on September 29, 2013, from 11:30am - 2:30pm in our Makati Studio.  Please email for further details and booking.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Mizuno Run Academy: Introduction to Trail Running

Coach Patrick Joson specializes in the biomechanics of movements. He is a certified ITU Level 2 coach and Pose Method instructor, the first in the Philippines. The module is a combination of lectures and practical applications that will equip you with a scientific and holistic approach to running and athletics on the trail.
Join the Mizuno Run Academy and interact with like-minded individuals who are determined to go beyond expectations and continue challenging themselves. Never Settle!

Session 1: The Pose Method by Dr. Nicholas Romanov
Technique simplification, elimination of injuries and full utilization of your physiological potential

Session 2: The Maffetone None-Method by Dr. Phil Maffetone
A style that will teach you how to take charge of your health and fitness—and succeed at it

Session 3: Introduction to Trail Running
In a nutshell, everything you need to know about trail running, from methodology to safety measures and proper gear

Session 4: 10K Graduation Trail Run
Come in full running attire.

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