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!

Tracking Run Trainings Using Apps Without Mobile Data


Apps you can use in lieu of a GPS-enabled running watch.

Technology is evolving in a pace fast enough that a few people can keep up with, some can barely catch up, while others are not so lucky to simply get even with it. From home appliances, sports and personal gadgets to software and mobile applications. Name it! There’s a myriad of electronic gadgets that you would want to get your hands on. But frankly, as it is the reality, not everyone is privileged and has the luxury to indulge in keeping up with these new innovations. Well, except for those who chose not to.

In the world of running, a sport that many individuals love regardless of their social and economic status, technology has definitely found its way. And if you have been into this sport for quite sometime, you must be well aware by now of what’s in and what’s hot within the community and among the runners. And that includes running shoes, clothes, running watches with GPS and heart-rate monitor, eyewear, and the list goes on. And from a list of running gears, GPS-enabled watches are a top pick. Mainly because they help you keep track of your training mileage, pace, etc.

Have you always worried about not being able to track your runs only because you didn’t have a GPS watch? For most runners, keeping a record of their mileage helps them to ensure that they train within their fitness level, gradually increase their goals and get better in their race performance. One way to track your trainings and your race mileage is by using a GPS-enabled running watch, that is capable of measuring the distance, pace, total time, split times and other data.

You’re a newcomer in the sport so you don’t want to spend much on the gadget yet. Or maybe it’s not a top priority at the moment. You now ask how you can keep a record of your trainings to figure out if you’re actually making some progress. That said, all you need is a smart phone and a running app such as Strava, Runkeeper or Map My Run (there may still be other apps). Simply turn on your mobile internet to get a GPS signal. And you’re good to go.

What if you’re using a prepaid line and has run out of prepaid credit? No worries. This shouldn’t be a problem at all because the app will still function, as it should, without a glitch as long as you have a good GPS signal. Only you won’t be able to upload your data to the app’s server. The point is, you are able to track the distance you’ve run, your pace and your run time.

Run data collected on Strava and Soleus 1.0 GPS watch.

As to which running app does better? That’s really your personal preference now. Currently, I’m using Strava or Runkeeper simultaneously with my Soleus GPS 1.0 alternating with the Asics GPS watch. So far, these two apps measure the distance and pace pretty much accurately with my GPS-enabled running watch. You can enable the voice function of the app to provide you with your current status such as distance and average pace. Though this can interrupt the music being played. Please note, however, that location and limited cellular network coverage may affect the accuracy of the data. Also, turning on your mobile internet can drain the juice out of your phone quite faster. A completely charged mobile phone can last you up to a marathon finish. So that shouldn’t be much of a worry.

But at anytime in the future, should you feel like ticking off that GPS-enabled watch from your list, head on to a sports or running specialty shops like Runnr or watch specialty shops like L-Time Studio.

Stay fit and have a healthy new year!

Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge Year 5


Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge Race shirt, finisher shirt and medal.

Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge Race shirt, finisher shirt and medal.

On its fifth year, Pinoyfitness puts up one more a challenge for the runners to take – the Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge. As the name implies, the race is all-exclusive to 10k race distance only. To cater to different fitness levels of the runners, there are three waves that they choose to join in – “Planet Sports Wave”, “GNC Wave”, and “Walker Wave”, released separately.

Whilst online registration is still ongoing, runners can head on to on-ground registration sites.

Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge
26 March 2017
SM MOA by the Bay
Gun start (TBA)

Online Registration: ongoing until 28 February
Visit www.pinoyfitness.com

On-ground Registration: ongoing until 19 March
Visit the following stores:

1. Planet Sports

  • Glorietta
  • UP Town Center

*Enjoy the exclusive 20% discount on New Balance, K-Swiss, Arena, Adidas, Nike and Asics)

2. GNC Stores

  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Trinoma
  • SM Megamall
  • Alabang Town Center

*Get a Gold Card and avail of the 20% discount on all products valid within the year.

3. New Balance BHS

Prizes:

To reward the runners for their hardwork, Top 3 Male and Female in each wave will win exciting surprises from the race organiser and sponsors.

More exclusive surprises await the dominating Top 3 Male and Female of the race,

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