Botak 100: From an “Active Spectator’s” Perspective (Part 2)

After a few kilometers within UP Diliman Campus we exited on Katipunan Ave. and found ourselves running inside a very nice subdivision.  From that point everything for me was unchartered territory—I’m glad that I have my GF405 with me to keep track on where we’re going.  Eventually we arrived at Tumana Bridge that links Quezon…

Botak 100: From an “Active Spectator’s” Perspective (Part 1)

Botak 100 was the first road ultramarathon set entirely in Metro Manila with routes spanning the cities of Marikina and Quezon City and being an “active spectator” I got to see this race from a different angle this time around. I called myself an “active spectator” during this race because unlike a normal spectator that…

5th of July, 2009: The Road to the Marathon is Set

The fifth of July, 2009 at the Manila eliminations race of the 33rd Milo Marathon, the road to the marathon is set, and I’ll be having my debut. Yes, you read it right—after almost 11 months since my first race ever and 7 months since my first Milo Marathon experience, I’m taking the big leap…

Men’s Health All Terrain: Back on Trails

The All Terrain Race can be described as salvation for Men’s Health—the race was n a different caliber that everyone seemed to forget the past mishaps of races by Men’s Health.  This was of course made possible by the race’s new organizer finishline.ph and with that, blazing fast race results. The Trails It’s either I’ve…

Freedom Climb Chronicles (Part 2: Day One, Assault to Base Camp)

9:30AM at the jump off point of Pico de Loro: the group was complete and set for the climb.  A steep incline immediately greets us and although not that difficult it was a nice welcome. The trails of Pico de Loro were very nice.  Despite being a very popular trekking destination it was so nice…

Freedom Climb Chronicles (Part 1: The Birth of the RunHikers)

It was another one of those long weekends in the country with this year’s Philippine Independence Day, June 12, falling exactly on a Friday.  For the first time Filipino mountaineers stand united to create the first Freedom Climb—a flag-raising ceremony to be held atop 40 summits nationwide to commemorate the occasion. 6AM Baclaran, Parañaque City:…

Product Review: Sandugo Tootega

One of the newest products from Sandugo, a local company known for its sandals, is the Tootega—a footwear somewhere in between sandals and shoes.  It offers the lightness of sandals and the protection offered by shoes. First Glance The Tootega comes is available in three colors: black, brown, and blue.  While it isn’t really as…

Mizuno Infinity Run (With A Surprise!)

Last weekend’s Mizuno Infinity Run was a monopoly in terms of races as it was the lone one for the day in the Metro. With a relatively higher registration fee than the usual (P300 without any race singlet) it was almost like paying for the brand, not the race. The race started early for the…

Botak Paa-tibayan 100K Route

Crazy for an ultramarathon?  Botak Paa-Tibayan Takbo 100K to be held on June 28, 2009 would be one of the first road ultramarathon race in the country.  The ultra race would have a 100K solo, 100K relay (2x 50K), and a 50K solo category.  Here’s the route for the 100K: There are also sub-marathon distances…

Self-Reward for Finishing TNF100: My New Gear

One of the best things about finishing a grueling race was having a reason to treat yourself and getting away with a little splurging.  Since I’m in the market for a new pair of solemates and I can get away with going a little overboard I finally decided to give in and get myself a…