World Vision Virtual Run For Children 2020


Due to covid-19 pandemic, a lot of races have been cancelled. But it doesn’t mean that as runners, we should stop training. It also doesn’t mean that we should stop racing. Thanks to various organisers who came up with the idea of virtual races.

World Vision Run was one of those races that’s closest to my heart. Not only that it is platform for runners to put their trainings to test but also the race’s proceeds help send children to school.

Haven’t you tried joining a virtual race? Here’s your chance to do so! I am inviting you to join the World Vision Virtual Run for Children 2020, which starts on June 15 until July 31, 2020. Check out the race details below.

World Vision Virtual Run for Children 2020
June 15 – July 31, 2020
Race Distances: 21K, 50K, 100K, 200K (Accumulated Distance)


Race PackageRegistration FeeInclusions
I RUN FOR EDUCATION (STANDARD)Php 1,050Microfiber Polyester (Drifit) Fabric and Finisher’s Medal, e-Certificate, inclusive of delivery within the Philippines
I RUN FOR HEALTH & NUTRITION (PREMIUM)Php 1,350Closed Mesh Full-Sublimation Shirt with Fine Details and Stitch, Finisher’s Medal, e-Certificate, inclusive of delivery within the Philippines
BUNDLE PACKPhp 1,650I Run for Education Shirt + I Run for Health & Nutrition Shirt, Finisher’s Medal, e-Certificate, inclusive of delivery within the Philippines

Sign up for the World Vision Run for Children 2020, and complete your desired distance. You can choose from the standard 21K (half marathon), or ultra race distances – 50K, 100K and 200K. Don’t worry, you don’t have to complete the distance in just one go. The distances are cumulative. You have about six (6) weeks to complete your goal. Whilst there won’t be marshals at the finish line to hand over your medal, give yourself a pat on the back after completing your race distance. Your medal, finisher’s shirt and e – Certificate will be mailed to you.

World Vision Virtual Run for Children 2020
Standard Package
World Vision Virtual Run for Children 2020
Premium Package
World Vision Virtual Run for Children 2020
Bundle Package

World Vision is dedicated to help Filipino children lead better lives and become responsible citizens with education, health and nutrition through various programs.

Sign up here and join the FUN with World Vision Virtual Run for Children.

If you have further enquiries about virtual runs, please visit virtual run FAQs.

Run safe everyone!

Cardimax – Clark Ultramarathon 2016


Runners are always looking for something that could excite them, something that can give them a runner’s high. Some runners resort to faster pace whilst some runners go for longer distance races. More often than not, most runners prefer the latter. Evidently, a lot of runners are enjoying ultramarathons.

And to experience a different kind of runner’s high, register for the upcoming Cardimax – Clark Ultramarathon. Individual, Team and Relay categories For race information, check the details below.

Cardimax – Clark Ultramarathon
3-4 September 2016, 6pm
Clark Freeport Zone

Registration Details: How to Register:

Go to www.raceyaya.com , create an account and follow the registration procedures in the website. For those who are unable to register online, another person can register in your behalf.

Note: This account is perpetual, you can use it for future registration in other races with ease.

*Please ensure that you have read the (a) Race Details: Description, Qualifications, Restrictions and (b) Race Rules and Regulations.

Runners have the option to pay online, via bank deposit or at the Second Wind Running Store. Runners who have paid online will automatically get their slots reserved. Non-online payment should be made ideally within 48 hours from registration, otherwise, slots will be re-opened to other runners. Registration will only be confirmed after payment.

Any runner found to be in violation of the race restrictions, qualifications and requirements after registration and/or payment will result to disqualification, race exclusion and forfeiture of their registration fee.

Registered participants are eligible to join the 18-week training program. These activities are spearheaded by the organising team, volunteer running teams , seasoned ultramarathoners, partners and sponsors.

Schedule:
Runners’ Bootcamp – Saturday, May 14 at the Conrad’s Cafe
  • Cardimax-Clark Ultramarathon Introduction: Jon Lacanlale, Race Director
  • Recovery 101: Francis Diano, PT, MCMT, Pace Prehab & Recovery
  • Endurance Nutrition: Cardimax Philippines Representative
  • Training and Running Emergencies: Doc Cecille Mendoza, Team Rescue 8
  • Ask the Experts: Q&A with top and veteran ultramarathoners
  • Free Yoga Session: Led By JC Ty, Urban Ashram
Group Long Run Schedule:
  • May 14 – Team Matindi, Greenhills Area (Rye Daza and Jerome Bautista, Lead)
  • May 28 – Ayala Triads, Makati Area (Gia Estrella, Lead)
  • June 12 – Team Powepuff Boys, BGC Area (Alfred delos Reyes, Lead)
  • June 18 – Pinoy Aspiring Runners, Ortigas Area (Silamie Apolistar, Lead)
  • July 12 – Monumentum Milers, (Daphne Codilla, Lead)
  • July 24 – Team Soleus, McKinley Area (Coach Roel Ano, Lead)
  • August 7 – Team Clark and Tukod, Clark Freeport Zone (Doodsie Mallari, Lead)
  • August 28 – Team Pukers, Filinvest Area (Wilnar Iglesia, Lead)
Race Briefing and Racing Tips 101

Saturday, August 27 (More details to be announced)
September 3 at 10am, Clark Freeport Zone

Route Preview:

The route shall take the runners to the wide highway towards the main gate, along the tree-lined Airforce City which displays WW2 fighter jets and planes, and will further take them towards SCTEX and back to Sacobia River on their 25th kilometer.  Halfway, the terrain shall present some steep climbs and downhills until the turn around point back to Sacobia Bridge. The last kilometers will be along Balagtas Avenue, aptly called “The Wall”. The route is a mix of open and tree-lined roads. It is expected to be chilly at night and scorching hot during day time. A scenic view of the mountain ranges of Miyamit and Mount Arayat shall be a treat to the runners.

For more race details, please log on to www.clarkultramathon.com.

Register now and get on with your training!

Sierra to Ultra – 50K Ultramarathon


Runners are the kind of individuals who always crave for something new to challenge themselves. Like Caoch Roel Ano, he’s always looking for ways to give runners the best experience when they join a race. And from the usual Manila to somewhere out of town, there’s something this time. Say, what about from Sierra Madre in Tanay to Ultra (PhilSports Complex) in Pasig? It’s a 50k ultramarathon that will let you experience running on a less travelled road from Tanay down to the metro. Well, it won’t hurt to condition your mind that it could be a little more than 50 kilometres.

Sierra Madre to Ultra 50k Ultramarathon is happening on March 19-20, 2016. Do you have the guts to take on the challenge? Register now!

Race Details:Sierra to Ultra Race Rules

Finisher’s Shirt:Sierra to Ultra Shirt

You still have at least four weeks to work on your mileage. See you on race day!

2013 TNF 100: The Sweet Finish!


Lesson 4. Stay with the Pack

It was getting dark and the route was going uphill. The cold air was adrift, refreshing, could even bring some chills down to your spine despite the rising body temperature. I caught up with at least ten runners and joined them through the trek. It was night time and staying with the pack was not only strategic, but it was also fun. We were a multinational group composed of runners South Korean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Irish (yes, that’s me) and Filipinos. 

From the time we left AS6, the route was practically a long stretch of uphill roads and trails. The light emanating from our headlamps guided us through the deserted roads and seemingly endless trails, lined up with trees and tall grasses on each side. Nocturnal birds and insects inhabiting the place have awaken, providing some background noise as we got farther into the forest. We had to look for TNF markers to stay on track. We can’t afford to lose some time here because we need to be at AS8 by 1am, and there’s roughly 20 kilometres of road and trails to grind. Looking up ahead, we could only see a silhouette of the peak of Mt. Sto. Tomas at 2,203 MASL. The night sky was clear of clouds. Far ahead, you can only see nothing but darkness. Having been in on the race for at least 18 hours, with sore muscles, limited food intake and the dropping temperature, each step towards the Peak was becoming a challenge. One of us took the liberty of leading the group while one stayed at the back so that no one got left behind, changing positions at some point. Every ten minutes or so, we halted for a three – minute rest to recharge or to squeeze in a power nap. Out team leader was very strict with time. The moment five minutes is over, it’s over. Everyone should get up and start moving in a single file making careful steps through the maze of trees, shrubs, boulders and everything in the forest. At almost midnight, a group of race marshals acknowledged our presence by making short bursts of light. When we reached AS7, we had our longest five minute break in three hours! 

We made it through the killer peak, all in one pack enjoying the precious three minute rests. AS8 is about three clicks away.
 

Lesson 5. Expect the Unexpected

I felt so much relief when we reached AS8. The marshals helped us with our food – soup, hard boiled eggs, a rice meal and hot drinks. We were an hour ahead of the 1am cut – off time. I couldn’t help but doze off whilst eating. The chilling midnight air was seeping through the jacket I was wearing sending my whole body to shiver. I was so sleepy that I found it quite difficult to resist curling up in an empty seat. When I learned that most of my companions have left, I asked for a cup of soup and hastened to catch up. 

I thought the soup wasn’t so hot. But I realised it was scalding hot when I took a sip from the cup.  One thing I like about trail running is that there’s a lot of adventures and twists as you go along. Passing through the chicken wired gate, the cemented pavement ended up in a rocky downslope. 

While going up the peak was a big challenge, going downhill was a bigger challenge. The downhill course was very tricky. One misstep and you’ll end up rolling down the protruding sharp – edged rocks. 

We passed through a village, disturbing the stillness of the night. I could hear a soft music, though the tune was so unfamiliar to me, I knew that it was a song from the heart. Not so far away, a man was playing an accordion, his silhouette created by a light coming from the living room, his music soothing to the tired soul of the runners. It was like a welcome music to me, the sound fading as we got farther.
 

Lesson 6. Remember, it’s all in the Mind.

Hours passed. And in a couple of hours, we’ll see the first light of day. The dawn was breaking. The most treacherous part of the route was over. The trails led to the main road, where the marshals took our bib numbers for recording. 

The route included an alley in a residential compound, where domesticated dogs barked at the intruding strangers. The alley pointed to a dead end, and the only way to get going is to take hills. And I knew right there that it’s going to be another set of uphells. I was never wrong about it. Approximately, there’s still 15 kilometres to cover and I had about three hours until cut off. 

The morning temperature had again started creeping up. Thanks to the trees that shielded us from the burning rays of the sun. It helped delay muscle soreness. I had to do a lot of catching up, running whenever I had the chance, especially on downhills. I was starting to feel the exhaustion building up in me. I could feel some relief when I learned I was ten kilometres away from the finish line. I was hungry. My food and energy gels were all gone. I could only rely to my hydration pack. From trail to road, and now back to trail. And yes, it was another uphill route. And I was just hoping that it was the last stretch. I was just so grateful that the route marshals had some apples and salt in their station. I took a half of the apple to sustain the tiniest bit of energy that I had left. I wanted to just stop and sit down and be done with the race without crossing the finish line. My tired legs and sore muscles can only bear just a little more. But I had to remain focused. I slowed when necessary, and go back to running as soon as I recovered.
 

Lesson 7. Always Say ‘Thank You”.

More runners have taken the trails now, running towards my direction. I was on the verge of breaking down. Seeing my friends, receiving well wishes and congratulatory remarks, and a hug from a runner who do not even knew me was like getting a shot of adrenaline. I can see in their eyes and the expressions on their face how well they admired my courage to take on the 100k challenge. Thanks to the countless friends and strangers who selflessly pushed me to keep on. 

It was almost half past 8 in the morning. The last group of marshals stationed along the trails informed me that I was 200 metres from the finish line. I flushed my face with water to feel and look refreshed (I don’t want to cross the finish line looking groggy and wasted!).
 

Lesson 8. Smile.

The sound coming from the audio system was getting louder with each step I took. More and more people were lined up along the side of the chute to the finish line arc. There were congratulations, woohoos, good jobs, and thundering claps as I dash towards the finish line. 

I made it. 

It was a sweet finish. 

I knew right there and then that the biggest smile was just painted all over my face. 

 

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

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