The Great UP Run Kickstarts The 2019 UAAP Season


UP Diliman Academic Oval is a home to many runners. It was the rendezvous and the training ground for newbies, the not so newbies and the elites. Running clinics are held here and so were some running events. And it’s where I ran my first 15km race.

As University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season is just around the corner, NoWhereToGoButUP Foundation is inviting all runners and running enthusiasts to its inaugural racing event The Great UP Run, which will be held on August 11, 2019, at UP Diliman campus.

Race Details:

Category Registration Fees Assembly Time Gun Start Time Cut Off Time
21k Php1,100.00 3:30pm 4:30pm 4hrs
(8:30pm)
10k Php800.00 3:45pm 4:45pm 2hrs
(6:45pm)
5k Php700.00 4:00pm 5:00pm 1hr
(6:00pm)
3k Php600.00 4:00pm 5:05pm 1hr
(6:05pm)

The Great UP Run Singlet

Online Registration will be available until July 29, 2019. Log on to The Great UP Run.

In-Store Registration will start on July 23 to August 10, and on Race day. Head over to any of the registration sites:

OLYMPIC VILLAGE
Trinoma
Fairview
Terraces
Market
Market
Alabang Town Center

UP DILIMAN
College of Human Kinetics

As this is a sundown race, all participants are encouraged to adhere to the scheduled Assembly and Gun Start times, as mandatory cut – off times will be observed. Roads that form part of the race route will be partially closed during the duration of the race and will be re-opened after the set cut – off time for each category.

The Great UP Run Finisher’s Shirt and Medal

The Great UP Run Draw String Bag

A concert featuring homegrown UP artists awaits everyone, so don’t go home just yet after the race. Enjoy the UP ambiance with your friends and family, and running mates, and jam the night away.

Top winners for each category will also receive awards from the organisers and its sponsors.

The Great UP Run is part of NoWhereToGoButUP’s thrust of supporting the varsity teams of the University of the Philippines. Proceeds from the race fees will go to the UP Athletes through the NoWhereToGoButUP Foundation.

For more race details, visit https://www.runrio.com/race/the-great-up-run or RUNRIO Facebook page.

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Team 7-Eleven Philippines Rocked The Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019


Team 7-Eleven Philippines with 7-Eleven Philippines executives.

Once again, Filipinos elite runners made great waves in the recently concluded Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019 in Phuket, Thailand. Team 7-Eleven Philippines, the country’s contingent, despite the tough weather conditions, made strong finishes in their respective races. Coming from various parts of the Philippines, the 15-strong team of elite runners joined thousands of other runners in Phuket as part of the of their prize for landing in the podium of the 42km, 32km and 21km race categories of the 7-Eleven Run Series held simultaneously in Manila, Cebu and Davao
last February.

Philippine Army’s Richard Salaño, who took time off his preparations for the upcoming SEA Games, emerged as the 21km race’s Male Division Champion, clocking in at 1:13:25. Cebu’s Prince Joey Lee came in second with a finish time of 1:14:00.6, while Davao’s Joerge Andrade finished at 1:18:29.5 to land at the fourth spot, behind Daisuke Yamauchi of Japan who claimed third place.

Female Top winners in 21km -Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019

Male Top winners in 21k – Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019

At the half-marathon Women’s Division, Bukidnon’s Christine Hallasgo bagged first place in what is to be her first-ever international race outing.

“I am thankful to the Lord because He gave me the strength despite the unfavorable weather condition during the race. I am also thankful to 7-Eleven because I was given the chance to participate in an international race. It was my first time and I was not expecting to win. It has been my dream to be able to wave the Philippine flag and I can’t describe the feeling now that I am one of the Pinays who was able to wave our Philippine flag at the finish line and be able to bring home the win,” said Hallasgo, who covered the race in 1:25:28.6.

Completing the team’s conquest in the half-marathon women’s division is track and field legend, Christabel Martes who clocked in at 1:29:51.4 to finish in third place, Manila’s Luisa Raterta (1:34:53.6 ) and Jocelyn Elijeran (1:36:55), finished fourth and seventh, respectively. The Phuket race was also Raterta’s and Elijeran’s first international race experience.

The team also claimed victories in the full marathon race. Bryan Quiamco from Davao finished with top two honors in the Men’s Division with a time of 2:40:15.1. Cebu’s Azlan Pagay snatched the third place spot from Japanese Hiroki Nakajima (2:41:20.2) with a come-from-behind sprint finish of 2:41:20. Richeel Languido, also from Bukidnon, settled for the fifth spot with a time of 2:50:22.2.

Filipino Female 42k Winners in Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019

Filipino Male 42k Winners in Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019

On the distaff side, April Rose Diaz from Manila, finished the 42km race in 3:24:57.6 which was good for the third spot in the podium. Caviteña Maricar Camacho finished at seventh with a time of 3:39:47.1.

The Laguna Phuket Marathon is Phuket, Thailand’s largest mass participation sports event. This year, the race’s 14th edition, it welcomed a record of over 12,000 runners from 73 countries.

“We are very satisfied with Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ performance here at the Laguna Phuket Marathon. Considering the weather is not so cooperative, the team was able to deliver as expected and as they promised. 7-Eleven Philippines will continue with its program to nurture and support our Filipino runners who aspire to get the chance to represent the country in an international race,” shared 7-Eleven General Merchandise Division Head Mr. Jose C. Ang Jr.

Ever since 2013, 7-Eleven Philippines have given a set of Filipino elite runners a chance to compete in the international stage by bringing them to a foreign running race, all expenses paid for plus pocket money and all needs taken cared of. Apart from this, runners who successfully finish on any of the top three overall spots in their respective category will not only get to bring home the race prizes but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.

42km Men’s:
2nd – Bryan Quiamco 02:40:15.1
3rd – Azlan Pagay 02:41:20
5th – Richeel F. Languido 02:50:22.2

42km Women’s:
3rd – April Rose Diaz 03:24:57.6
7th – Maricar Camacho 03:39:47.1

21km Men’s:
1st – Richard Salaño  01:13:25
2nd – Prince Joey Lee 01:14:00.6
4th – Joerge Andrade 01:18:29.5

21km Women’s:
1st – Christine Hallasgo 01:25:28.6
3rd – Christabel Martes  01:29:51.4
4th – Luisa Raterta 01:34:42.9
7th – Jocelyn Elijeran 01:36:55.0

CONGRATULATIONS!

Backbeat GO 2: Your Cordless Music Buddy


Backbeat GO 2.jpg

Many people, myself included, can’t do away with their headsets for a number of hours daily, specially when commuting in a jam-packed PUV to be entertained and kill the boredom. Music gets us pumped up when working out, doing run trainings and during races. You can simply relax whilst listening to your favourite tracks, audio books or podcast. With our busy lives, we opt for convenience given the chance. And when it comes to headsets, we prefer the one that’s convenient to use – the cordless piece.

When I finally got my hands on the Plantronics Backbeat GO 2, my first impression was that it’s a piece that offers more than its size. It’s lightweight and easily fits in your pocket. It comes along with three earbuds sizes that you can choose from for a snug fit comfortable all-day wearing. No more worries about tangled cords, especially when running or working out. Backbeat GO 2 offers an excellent sound – especially the bass quality. And with its noise-cancelling feature, you get the most out of your music.

Backbeat GO 2 Cordless.jpg

Backbeat GO 2 easily pairs with your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player that has a Bluetooth connectivity. Once fully charged, you get to listen to your favourite tracks or watch your favourite movies. And even take calls. Inline controls make it easy to navigate through your playlist such as skipping tracks or replaying a previous track, and adjusting the volume to protect your ears. The battery is good for approximately five hours. And it only takes two and a half hours to recharge it.

Simply pair off your Backbeat GO 2 with your gadget and you’re good to go.

Time To Gear Up For 7-Eleven Run 2019


It’s been a couple of years since my last race before I temporarily went on hiatus (which I think most of you are aware of, and even helped in various ways. So, thank you!). Coincidentally, that last race was the 7-Eleven Run 2017. And now, I’m blogging about this upcoming race.

The race is happening simultaneously on February 3, 2018, in three venues. In Luzon, the race will be held at the Filinvest City, Alabang. The Visayas leg will see runners gather at Cebu Business Park. Runners from the southern part of the country will converge at SM City Davao.

This year’s race challenges runners with the new race category – the 32k category. I so missed running this distance in sub-3. A 500m distance will cater to our kiddie participants. There’s also a 10k Buddy Run, and for those who trained for longer distances, there’s a marathon category for you. My last race was also 42k. Anyway, whichever distance you have registered in to participate, this year’s event promises a bigger, better and more exciting race for all.

“The 7-Eleven Run Series is one of the most anticipated marathons in our country today,” said Jose Victor Paterno, President and CEO of Philippine Seven Corporation. “We listened to our runners and added new distances like the 32K which will serve as an entry point or trial run for 42K.”

7-Eleven, in it’s continuing support to Filipino athletes will award the overall top 18 Filipino winners in 21K, 32K, and 42K categories with cash prizes and medals, plus a chance to join an international marathon in Asia, all expenses paid. Just so you know, last year’s winners of the 21K and 42K races from 7-Eleven Run Series 2018 were sent to Jeju, South Korea to compete at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival where they dominated the top spots in their respective race categories.

To further encourage the spirit of competition, 7-Eleven will be giving away a bonus cash prize to the top Filipino runner who can beat the Philippine record for the 42K category. The record setter will get to take home P500,000 in cash.

The race categories are as follows:
● 500M kids
● 3K
● 5K
● 5K Buddy
● 10K & 10K Buddy
● 16K
● 21K
● 32K (new race category)
● 42K

The race in Davao will only have 9 categories (all except 500M).

Registration is now open until January 15, 2019.

Be sure to visit the official website at https://run711.com/ and follow its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/run711 for more information about the race.

Sharing with you my story about the 7-Eleven Run 2017.

Gear up and rock the road!

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