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runningpinoy’s 2009 Second Half Report

Before we look back at the year in its entirety let us first review the Philippine running scene for the last six months.  This period saw highs and lows as far as races were concerned.  Races reached all-time high in terms of participants while inversely its quality fell to all-time lows (since August 2008 when I started joining races).  We’ve also seen race fees skyrocket to outrageous levels but there were still great races from good organizers that gave free races.


July marked my marathon debut on one of the best organized race of the year with the 33rd Milo Marathon Manila Eliminations. It was at a caliber unseen before locally and although it fell a little short it served as an epitome on how races should be organized.  Globe’s Run for Home was also a milestone as it introduced disposable timing chips while being virtually a free race when prepaid loads served as registration fees.

Personal achievement: First marathon and half-marathon PR

Disposable timing chip used in Run for Home


Kenny’s Open Urbanite Run introduced the first organized night race in the Metro with disposable timing chips to boot.  It could also be credited with starting the steep rise of race fees that would ensue throughout the year.

Personal achievement: 10-mile PR

Scene from KOUR


Mommy Milkshake was one of the most organized fun run of the year and the only one to be really free!  It puts in question organizers’ “reasons” for putting up expensive registration fees with races.  It was also during this month when race distance accuracy became a serious issue when RotaRun’s 21K was 3K short.

Personal achievement: First provincial Milo race

Pink Power at Mommy Milkshake Fun Run!


International Marathon (IM) season has begun with Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) followed the following weekend with Subic International Marathon (SIM).  The use of the words “international” and “prestigious” became in question when races that used these didn’t live up to their promises. This month also started the “Kenyan invasion.”

Personal achievement: First marathon pacer duty; first back-to-back marathon (second and third)

World-class competition at the QCIM


The Philippine International Marathon (PIM) ended the “IM” season and was also highly criticized for not rewarding marathon finishers with a medal (the only one to do so thus far). It was a month plagued with poorly organized races!  The month seemed to turn for the better when Timex Run came but was derailed when Fit ‘n Right Fun Run didn’t turn out to be fit or fun for many disappointed runners.  Fortunately Run Ahead in Laoag, Ilocos Norte reminded everyone of how races should be with a well-organized, fun, generous, and charitable race making Metro Manila-based organizers look very greedy.

Personal achievement: Fourth marathon; 5K PR

Team Logan during PIM


Corregidor was a breather for many local runners and although it wasn’t trouble-free it was definitely unique.  There were still plenty of races for the month but personally I’ve had my dose of preposterous registration fees with mediocre races so I decided to be in abstentia for the month.

Personal achievement: Fifth marathon and new PR (via Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon) in Singapore!

Lessons and Tips

There were a lot of lessons both runners and organizers can learn with these period.  As long as these points were taken we have no reason not to improve next year.  Personally here are some tips I can give to fellow runners especially those that are just beginning to join races here in the Philippines:

  • Time yourself. Not all races we join are “reliable” and if you intend to monitor your progress get a watch.  You don’t even need one with a stopwatch, you just you’re your common sense.  Buy an über cheap children’s digital watch for P20 (from sidewalk vendors; no reason not to have a budget), remember your time when you start and look at it when you cross the finish.  You should get a rough approximate of your time which not accurate but it’s much better than nothing (what do you expect for P20?). You may validate it later when the race results come out.  If you have some dough buy a stopwatch, but if you have some serious dough get a GPS watch!
  • Bring your own water/sports drink. You need not buy a hydration belt; just bring a small flask or bottle of water or your preferred sports drink in case the organizer didn’t fulfill his obligation.  Consider investing in one though but ask around fellow runners first before purchasing.
  • Don’t be a distance freak! A few meters off the mentioned distance doesn’t mean you’ve been ripped off by the organizers.  Here’s my point: try to make an accurate 1K route using any GPS device.  Run that same route at least twice and see if you can get an accurate 1K every single time.  If you do try to make routes in 5K, 10K, 21K, and 42K and do the same.   If you still have an accurate distance every time you can make yourself a race route director.

I hope that newbies don’t get intimidated by bad experiences from previous races and continue joining reputable races, especially those with a “real” cause.  Before signing up for a race, don’t just join because everyone else does—ask fellow runners about the reputation of the organizers or the conduct of its past races.  Even the “pros” have “bad days” while on the other hand everyone deserves a second chance.  Best of all follow your heart—regardless of what everyone says it’s up to you to decide where you’re investing your hard earned cash.  Remember that we are not only paying for our right to join their race, we are also paying for the experience.


It was a “one step forward, two steps back” half for the year.  Disposable timing chips definitely placed Philippine races forward at par with races abroad but the proliferation of unbelievably disorganized races with outlandish registration fees were really traumatizing especially to newcomers to the sport.  Even race results became optional as we saw some races with no official race results, and those that do have inaccurate, very much delayed, or alphabetically-sorted race results!  Common sense wasn’t very commonly applied as far as this half was concerned!


Dare to be Fit ‘N Right Fun Run Race Results Redux

For the second time, the results for the Dare to be Fit ‘N Right Fun Run has been published at

Guess what, it’s sorted alphabetically by last name!  Sigh.  (I’m sorry, I’m just dumbfounded by this)

If you have any concerns please do contact the organizers via  Is this official?  Ask them as well.


Dare to be Fit ‘N Right Fun Run: Weighing In

After several consecutive races, I can finally have a race I can call my own—no more running others’ pace, no more target time—freedom to run as desired, and Fit ‘N Right was the right venue for me.  It was a particularly interesting event especially that this was my first race at the SM Mall of Asia compounds. Here’s my rundown of things as it happened.


A lot of runners were concerned when race packets weren’t outright distributed with registration because recent similar events went unwell, and despite the organizers’ best efforts what many runners feared happened again—delayed race packets distribution.

I registered a few days before the regular registration cut-off date.  Registration went smoothly and the people manning their booths were very friendly and accommodating.  As one of the endorsers of the event I knew how race packet claiming should have been, but when the claiming date came I’ve heard of problems.  I decided to claim my kit Thursday before the race and to my surprise my kit still wasn’t there!  I didn’t bother showing my disappointment with the people in their booth as I clearly know it’s not their fault and they were already being battered by anguish from angry runners.  They were very apologetic and informed me that they’d contact me if my kit was available, but until Saturday, hours before the race, I received no such message.  I was prepared for the worse—running without a race number.


A few minutes before 5:30AM I was on queue to claim my race kit.  I was surprised at how many runners were actually there!  This was in no means your small time event; it was even comparable to events by Runrio!  After being in line for some time I was able to get my race packet containing a singlet, course map, and a race number with RFID—say what, RFID?!

The seemingly regular race bib

Yes, the biggest surprise for this race was the use of RFID, a first in local races.  We were introduced this year with disposable timing chips, and now FNR “silently” introduced RFIDs which I prefer over the former because you don’t have to lace anything to your shoe—it’s just there with your race bib!  Registration cost for this race was one of the cheapest for the year so it was pleasantly unexpected.  Things suddenly turned up for this race.

The RFID atop the race bib

Early on we had a hint that there may be a mass-start but thankfully somebody must’ve advised the organizers to start by category, making for a better start.  It was already past 6AM but the pre-race program was still being staged, and with much pressure from the 10K runners the race started 6:23AM, five minutes later followed by the 5K which was my event.

A Cautious Race

It had been a very long time since my last 5K run and I have to admit that I really missed it.  After doing an International Marathon sweep you may be wondering why I went back to 5K.  The reason was simple—I’m on my taper period for the forthcoming Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.  Of course being free of any pacer duty I can run freely—the temptation of “touching” my almost year-old 5K PR was too much to pass over.  With the flat and Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA)-certified course it was a perfect venue for a race, and a PR.  Unfortunately I had pains on my right side so I decided to take it easy—going as fast as comfortably possible without risking aggravating the injury.

I thought I had started relatively near the front row but I had a hard time navigating through the crowd.  Since I wasn’t able to warm up properly I just took that opportunity to do just that, and to my surprise the pain that was bugging me wasn’t there!  A few minutes later I spotted Natz (i2runner) and thought he’d be a good pacer so I ran behind him.

Since I’m in a “cautious mode” I decided to “ignore” other runners, including Natz whom I know was just around.  This was my race so I decided to race with myself and nobody else.  Before I knew it I was heading back to the Finish line.  That’s the beauty of a 5K—you won’t get bored.

Final kilometer, 18 minutes, a possible new PR looms.  500 meters later, I can see the Finish line.  It was one of the longest 500 meters of my life as I attempt to shave a few seconds off my 5K PR and upon reaching the Finish, 22:25 says my GF405 (gun time), a new PR!  I didn’t really expect to trim my 5K PR by 46 seconds especially that I wasn’t gunning for it!  A nice race it was.

The 5K Perspective

The Dare to be Fit ‘N Right Fun Run was a surprisingly well handled event, and in fact if it weren’t for the really notorious lowlights it would’ve been a very good race.  Here are my observations based on my 5K perspective:


  • Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA)-certified race courses
  • Excellent venue for setting new personal records
  • Use of RFID
  • Route markers (with color coding)
  • Relatively cheap registration fee
  • A lot of giveaways and raffle prizes

The lively stage


  • Race packet distribution
  • Late start
  • Insufficient water at cramped water stations
  • Insufficient portable toilets with the number of participants
  • A lot of runners weren’t given the post-race freebies
  • Cramped baggage counter
  • Late and inaccurate race results

Relief goods?

It was another event with very good highlights and nasty lowlights but overall the race was Good (3/5).  I noticed that most of their problems stemmed from distribution (race packets, giveaways, baggage counters) and some from lack of experience (lack of water, lack of signs at the finish line, lack of portalets) but seeing how well the race was managed I can only assume that the organizers got the lessons that they needed. For the awareness of the organizers, here are some of the issues that are for improvement:

Late Start
Running takes time and for the sake of runners’ skins we try to avoid running with the sun high up in the sky by starting early.  If a program was to be held pre-race start it early so as not to delay gun start.

Water supply should at least be sufficient for all runners, and the station should have long tables to avoid crowding.  Cups should at least be the number of times each runner would pass that station.  How much water is needed could easily be computed based on the number of cups.

Some marshals are noticeably inexperienced.  You shouldn’t abruptly stop runners upon crossing the Finish line as it may cause them injuries. Get runners’ times with being obstructive.

Crowd Control
Crowds weren’t managed well at the Finish area leading to a very crowded area for late finishers.

If signs were placed atop the Finish gate there wouldn’t have been much of a need for Mr. Rey Langit to repeat himself over and over to guide runners.

Not all received their giveaways.  When I arrived (about 27 minutes into the event) there was already a long queue at the booth because the people manning the station stalled.  The situation turned worse as more runners arrived and until it was like a “relief goods distribution” center did I saw some movement.  Unfortunately they also didn’t pack enough for all the runners so many went home empty handed (including myself).

Baggage Counter
With more than 4,000 runners the baggage counter was ridiculously small and was seriously understaffed.

Fit ‘N Right 5K Route (10K is two laps of this course)

Hopefully the succeeding races pickup from the good points of this race and learned from its shortcomings.  To the more than 4,000 runners that Dared to be Fit ‘n Right, especially to those who have bettered themselves, Congratulations!

UPDATE: My time based on the original race results was actually 22:22 finishing 20th overall out of 1,181 5K runners!  One of the best finishes for me and it’s from a PATAFA-certified route!  Nice!  🙂


Fit ‘n Right Fun Run Updates

The Fit ‘n Right Fun Run would be held at the SM Mall of Asia on November 22, 2009 with 3K, 5K, and 10K events for the benefit of typhoon victims through the SM Foundation.  This race is being organized by CEMG, an events and promotions agency that handles events and activities for brand-building and corporate wellness.  The Race Director is CEMG President and Event Director, Mr. Ed Dames.


For a registration fee of P300 (until November 16, 2009 only, P400 from November 17-19, 2009), runners can get their race packet with the Dare to be Fit ‘n Right Fun Run singlet, race bib, Fit ‘n Right products, etc.  Interested participants can register at the following areas:

  • Bonifacio High Street
    Del Monte Office, B-3, between Crumpler and Nokia.
  • SM Hypermarket
    Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA
  • SM Mall of Asia (beside Toby’s)
  • Fitness First (November 16, 2009 only)
  • CEMG
    3A Vernida I Bldg., 120 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

You may also register online via

Race Routes

Here are high-resolution maps of the 3K, 5K, and 10K events.

Race Packet Distribution

You can get your race packet at the same location you registered with if you register on or before November 16, 2009.  For those who registered online you can claim it at CEMG Office (address above).  Here are the schedules of packet distribution:

Registered before November, 16, 2009: Claim at registration site (CEMG for online registrants) on November 16-21, 2009.

Registered on November 16, 2009: Claim at registration site (CEMG for online and Fitness First registrants) on November 20-21, 2009.

Registered on November 17-19, 2009: Claim at CEMG on November 20-21, 2009.


Dare to be Fit ‘n Right: The Truth about Marathons

Being a blogger does have its benefits and one of it is being invited to product launches.  Last Friday night at Taste Asia in SM Mall of Asia bloggers of all sorts were gathered to the launch of Del Monte’s Fit ‘n Right, the juice drink with L-Carnitine, and also the fun run.

Bloggers were treated to sumptuous but calorie-filled food…

…no worries I’m a runner remember?

As runners we have an upper hand when it comes to burning calories because running, particularly long distance ones, burn a lot of calories as compared with other sports—it is cheaper and easier too!  Of course this doesn’t come as easy as it sounds as you have to do it regularly and the results aren’t instant.  Not many of us though are able to run for prolonged periods of time (or are too lazy to do it).  How much calories does running burn?

The Marathon

I recently completed first back-to-back marathon: QCIM and SIM, my second and third marathon, respectively, and based on my Garmin Forerunner 405’s data, I burned 2,146 calories during QCIM for a six-hour run and 2,512 during SIM for about four and a half-hour run.  That’s about 558 calories per hour and less than 10 calories per minute (based on the latter).  And depending upon the intensity it can burn as little as 40 calories per kilometer run (note: running is NOT brisk walking).  Of course these figures are based on my biometrics and would vary between individuals based on age, gender, weight, etc.  If you don’t believe me here are my per kilometer splits for QCIM and SIM (the last entry on the lists would of course be less than one kilometer thus the little calorie burned).  Isn’t it amazing how efficient our bodies are? At that rate, could you imagine how long you need to run to burn that 143kcal can of soda?

How to get FIT

Coach Jim Saret, MSAT, PES, SAQ, CAPT, Fitness Consultant of the Philippine Olympic Committee and RP Smart Gilas among others, presented to bloggers a brief sample of the Fast Intense Training (FIT) workout which is characterized by fast bursts of intensive exercise that enables one to burn at least 400 calories in a span of only four minutes, and continues to do so even after the workout.  What’s interesting about this workout was that it doesn’t require much space and equipment, oftentimes using only your body weight, and you don’t even have to do it in a gym!

Coach Jim Saret introducing FIT workout

Coach Saret demonstrates some of the routines of the FIT workout

Coach Saret also gave very useful FIT workout for us runners.  Volunteering for this demo was Rodel “The Argonaut.”

As you can see in the video the workout was intense but fast!  In fact the entire workout only lasted 90 seconds to complete!  Now there’s no excuse that you don’t have time or can’t run long.  And you don’t even have to go to the gym.

But Wait!  There’s More!

The FIT workout demonstrates that it is possible to burn calories in a short amount of time with seemingly less effort, but for those who would like to maximize their calorie-burning potential science may have the answer.  It is popularly known these days as L-Carnitine, but what is it?

According to Del Monte, L-Carnitine is a natural substance that is occurring in the body but can be supplemented for optimal health.   It transports the fatty acids into the mitochondria, the “cell’s powerhouse” where they are burned into energy needed for a healthy heart, important body functions and physical activities.  Supplementary L-Carnitine contributes to optimal fat oxidation, and along with a proper diet and regular exercise, promotes healthy body weight.  Together with B Vitamins 1, 6, and 12, it can optimize metabolization of carbohydrates, protein, and fat into energy.  Simply put it allows your workout to burn more calories than the usual.  Could you imagine combining it with running? If you can, Del Monte provides you a venue for just that.

The Fun Run

Del Monte Fit ‘n Right continues its commitment in promoting a healthy lifestyle with the Dare to be Fit ‘n Right culmination fun run on November 22, 2009 in SM Mall of Asia.  The 3K/5K/10K Men and Women Open will benefit the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng, among others, through the SM Foundation.  Here are some race updates.

For a registration fee of P300, runners can get their race packet with the Dare to Fit ‘n Right Fun Run singlet, race bib, Fit ‘n Right products, etc.  Interested participants can register at the following areas:

  • Dare to be Fit ‘n Right booths in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
  • CEMG Office – 3A Vernida I Bldg., 120 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
  • Selected SM Hypermarkets: Mall of Asia, Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA

You may also register online via

Registration will be from October 21 to November 16, 2009.  After successful registration, tear off and keep the RUNNER’S COPY of the form.  You will find your Runner’s Copy with two (2) stubs: RAFFLE TICKET and Race Packet CLAIM STUB.  Race packets can be claimed from November 16-20, 2009 at Bonifacio High Street or at CEMG.  Those who registered after November 16, 2009 can claim their race packets on November 20, 2009 only at CEMG.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners from each division will win P10,000, P5,000 and P3,000, respectively.  All registered runners will also automatically qualify for the raffle, where they can win a Lenovo laptop.

With all these advancements with science it’s much easier to be fit and Del Monte is pointing those who need it to the right direction.  Now the question is, would you take the challenge and Dare to be Fit ‘n Right?

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