Posts Tagged ‘IAAF

09
Sep
13

Top Five Most Recommended Races in the Philippines

The Philippines, particularly Metro Manila, is just a haven for races as there’s always at least one practically every weekend.  But amongst all of these races, there are some that stood out, and here are five that I highly recommend.

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04
Sep
13

Top Five Dream Destination Races

I consider myself a “recreational runner” in the sense that I incorporate running into my lifestyle because aside from its health benefits, it’s fun!  I don’t do it as a profession, for prestige or bragging rights, or anything remotely in that direction.  As such, I do have a very long list of dream destination races around the world I would like to join in.  But if I have to trim my list to five items, here are the ones that would come on top of my mind as of the moment (in no particular order).

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30
May
12

Marathons: More Fun in the Philippines

Running had become the “it” sport in urban centers in the Philippines these past few years with races achieving “world-class” levels, and if I were to pick three amongst the best in the country, the list would look something like this:

See how much we love running here in the Philippines? 🙂

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25
Apr
11

Boston Kreme: When is a World’s Best not a World Record?

Boston, Massachusetts is thousands of miles away from Manila, but the running highs that were set during the recent Boston Marathon were so contagious I can feel it all the way here!  The highlight of the event of course was the 2:03:02 time set by Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai—the world’s fastest ever, but not the world record!

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11
Aug
10

Once Is Not Enough: Inspirations to a Multi-Marathon

Completed your first marathon?  Congratulations!  Now what?

Running is one of the most addicting sports there is with all its benefits, relatively lower risks, and not to mention practically free, and the marathon may be the “holy grail” of long distance running.  Completing a marathon is definitely a life achievement, but for many people finishing just one is simply not enough.

My first ever marathon finisher’s medal via the 33rd National MILO® Marathon (Manila Eliminations)

As of August 10, 2010 I’ve completed 10 marathon distance or longer races (3 of which were ultramarathons of at least 100 kilometers) and some more long runs.  Despite having done it that many times marathons never get easier, or shorter, that’s why it’s never something to take lightly.  So what keeps us going through that 42.195K over and over again?

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09
Aug
10

My Marathon Wish

I may not have run the best marathons in the world, and I need not to, to know what makes a great marathon.  As a runner who has joined quite a few marathons locally and one internationally, I’ve had my fair share of good, bad, and noxious races.

Darkness that is SIMLast year I got tired of a string of heartaches from poor races.  The lone marathon that I’ve prepared for, the infamous Subic International Marathon, almost broke me into tears, literally, as I felt abandoned by the organizers in the midst of the race in the absence of the basic but dire need—water.  I knew for a fact that I would’ve reached my goal of a sub-4 hour marathon that night had the race been at least decent.  And that story was just one of the few.  If I can’t get “my race” in the Philippines, I might as well get it elsewhere—and I found it in Singapore.

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01
Feb
10

Pedestrianism

It started with my search for the exact length of the mile in kilometers when I stumbled upon a popular 19th century sport Pedestrianism.

Pedestrianism is a 19th century form of competitive walking from which the modern sport of Racewalking developed.  By the end of the 18th century, feats of foot travel over great distances gained attention, and were labeled “Pedestrianism.”  One of the most famous pedestrians of the day was Captain Robert Barclay Allardice, known as “The Celebrated Pedestrian,” of Stonehaven whose most impressive feat was to walk a mile every hour for 1000 hours, which he achieved between the 1st of June and the 12th of July, 1809 (thus covering 1,000 miles during the period).  Another popular goal was for competitors in long distance walks to walk 100 miles in less than 24 hours, from which they earned the nickname “Centurians.”  How many Ultramarathoners do you know in recent history that made such feat?

The world’s busiest pedestrian crossing: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

If you think about it Pedestrianism is much like a modern Ultramarathon, and as a form of sport it would be much older than the modern marathon which was introduced in the modern Olympics in 1896 (and standardized in 1921).

ING New York City Marathon

Looking back at sports history is really an educational journey, not to mention interesting.  Who would’ve thought that people have been doing Ultras long before we had marathon races?

For what it’s worth, a mile is 1.609344 kilometers long, and the current IAAF record for the fastest mile was 3:43.13, set by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in Rome on July 7, 1999.




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