New Facility Brings OCR Training Closer To The South


Santé Fitness Lab, a premier one-stop fitness center that offers holistic training programs, as well as innovative recovery and sports rehabilitation, is set to open facilities dedicated for the training needs of Obstacle Course Race (OCR) athletes in Vermosa in Imus, Cavite this year.

Aiming to put a spotlight on the kick-ass world of OCR, a sport in which a competitor, traveling on foot, overcomes various physical challenges in the form of obstacles, the facility will include strength and conditioning, as well as skill and technique development programs to prepare participants to conquer basic obstacle courses.

“OCR entails a lot of hanging, running, and lifting. It might seem intimidating at first but, with the right training programs, coupled with a winning mindset, I am confident that anyone can finish any obstacle course,” said Clarize Lucindo, Santé Fitness Lab General Manager.

As part of the Santé Fitness Lab, the up and coming OCR facility will rise south of Manila to allow sports and fitness enthusiasts to enjoy and experience the thrill of this emerging worldwide sport.

This initiative is also in line with Santé Fitness Lab’s effort to encourage Filipinos to embrace a healthy and fit lifestyle by engaging in sports while experiencing how it is to train like professional athletes.

Santé Chief Executive Officer Joey Marcelo could not agree more. He said that “the purpose of organizing the obstacle course race is so that we can invite people, regardless of their fitness level and sports background, to enjoy going into sports, as well as live a healthy and active lifestyle.”

“Since Santé is all about promoting health and wellness, we want everyone to be fit so that they can have the energy, stamina, and discipline to continue improving their lives and the lives of their loved ones,” Marcelo added.

To date, Santé Fitness Lab serves as a premier fitness hub, located at the heart of Vermosa in Imus Cavite that offers sports development programs, such as swimming, triathlon, and mixed martial arts (MMA) classes.

The hub also features a Recovery and Sports Rehab center that caters to sports injuries; and Performance Testing services, which are geared toward measuring and analyzing specific performance factors to accurately determine the right training programs for the individual.

Santé Fitness Lab stays true to its tagline, “New Home of Champions” as it has served as the Official Recovery Services Provider for the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP)

To know more about Santé Fitness Lab, its training programs and facilities, and other upcoming events, visit its official FB Page at https://www.facebook.com/santefitnesslab/ or its website at https://santefitnesslab.com/.

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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.

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.

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