Posts Tagged ‘Km 0


Fun Back in the Run: The Hyundai Fun Run Chronicles

It’s been a while since I’ve run in Roxas Blvd., much more run a race with no expectations—just for the pleasure of having fun while running, and Hyundai was able to bring that with its first fun run.

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Philippine International Marathon 2009: A Run for the Pasig River

The Philippine International Marathon 2009, a Run for the Pasig River to be held on November 08, 2009 is being managed by Gran Obra, Inc. under the supervision of Race Director Rudy Biscocho.

The event includes a marathon, marathon relay of 20 or 40 runners, 10K, 5K, and 3K races which have been approved and certified by the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and will be carried out in accordance with the regulations and sanctions of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).  Water stations will be situated every 2 km from starting line to finish line according to the organizers.


For everyone’s convenience I’ve rendered the text-based directional map into a visual one via Google Earth (unofficial):

Rough rendering of PIM Marathon Route (consult your race kit for the official route)


Registration fee for each individual runner is Php250 for all categories.  You may register for this race through the following:

Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig 3/F ELJ Building, Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City
ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. Head Office Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City (Guard House)
Izod Boutiques SM City North Edsa
SM Mall of Asia
The Podium
Ayala Center, Cebu
Robinsons Place, Manila
Gateway Mall
Van Heusen Boutiques SM Megamall
SM Southmall
Gateway Mall
Greenhills, The Shop
Shangri-La Mall
Gold’s Gym Glorietta, Makati
Robinson’s Galeria, Ortigas
Wilsons Greenhills
R.O.X. Running Store Bonifacio High Street, The Fort, Taguig City
Second Wind 88 Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village, Quezon City

Race Packets Claiming

  • Registrants from September 1-30, 2009 may start claiming their race packets from October 17, 2009 until November 4, 2009
  • Registrants from October 1-15, 2009 may start claiming their race packets from October 24, 2009 until November 4, 2009
  • Registrants from October 16-30, 2009 may start claiming their race packets from October 31, 2009 until November 4, 2009

Race packets may be claimed in the same outlet/registration center where they submitted their registration form.

All unclaimed race packets after designated dates will be turned over to the Kapit Bisig Head Office, Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City with telephone nos. 416-1911 or 415-2272 loc 3797 and may be claimed on November 6, 2009.


Here are some reminders from the organizers:


Km 0, Roxas Blvd.

Starting time:

42K (including relay): 4:30AM
10K, 5K, 3K: 6:00AM

Cutoff Time:

42K (including relay): 5 hours
10K: 1 hour, 30 minutes
5K: 1 hour
3K: 30 minutes


Vehicle parking is available at T.M. Kalaw and the South drive of Quirino Grandstand.


Portalets are located at the assembly area and at the finish area at the Quirino Grandstand.

Check-in service:

42K: South wing of the Quirino Grandstand
10K, 5K, 3K: South wing of the Quirino Grandstand and at the start area on Roxas Blvd.

Only clothing will be accepted for check-in. No bottles, coolers, or other items. We assume no responsibility for the items checked-in.


Upon crossing the finish line, you will be video recorded, timed, and directed into a chute where the barcode tag on your number WILL BE REMOVED.  Move through the chute as quickly as possible but do not pass other runners or transfer to other chutes or your time and the other runners will be displaced.  Please do not talk to the timers while the race is in progress as distraction can result to errors.  Please exit as soon as you are able.  To facilitate your exit you may remove the bar code tag yourself while in the chute and hand them over to the tag puller at the end of your chute.  Once you have passed through the finish area, do not return.  Be courteous and make room for other runners.


Yet Another 56K Ultra Weekend: Manila To Tagaytay Sequel (Continued)

Special thanks to Dr. Christopher “Ultra Doc T” Montaos, for the pictures

Part 2: Dasmariñas to TagayTay from a Different Perspective

Around 6:00AM somewhere between KM 31 and 32 the KM 0 group was joined by “fresh legs” for the journey to Tagaytay.  This was the real challenge to the runabout as the elevation and gradient begins to rise.

More picture-taking before heading off

Doing some last minute routines*

6:30AM off we go for Tagaytay (clustered by pace)

Doc T capturing the middle of the action

About 10K later… it does get a little boring. By this time it was just Doc T, McCoy, and I in our group.

Together with McCoy… I can almost smell Tagaytay from here (around Km 45)

Snoozed a little…

The long rising road to Tagaytay

More roads… just before Km 50 (are we there yet?)

Then came the laborious counting down of the kilometers, one at a time, surely but surely we’d get there.  By about Km 53 we we’re finally greeted by a welcoming sign…

Finally! (Photo from my previous pass through here)

Finally just before noon our 56K ultra adventure ended.  Same route for me, but with different company.  It may not have been a very fast runabout but it managed to give birth to two new ultra-runners Doc T and McCoy.  Later on I found out that they were actually the only two “newbies” that completed the entire 56K journey—I was expecting that more Km 0 runners completed it as well (as they were mostly ahead of us) and knowing this fact made me more proud of what these guys did.

Thanks Doc T for this great souvenir photo!

Doing an ultra is not an easy task and I’m glad that we who already had experience with it got a chance to share the experience.  Congratulations Doc T and McCoy for finishing your first ultra!   I’m proud to be with your company and am honored to have shared the experience of your first marathon distance, and later your first ultramarathon runabout.   It may not be an official race but now you’re both officially ultra-runners!  Congratulations as well to the “fresh legs” whom all completed their 20K++ runabout!  Talk about a bunch of dedicated runners!

Doc T and I arriving at Doc Eire’s place*

The end of an ultra-runabout… thank you Doc Eire for being the generous host for the end of this adventure (and the tasty champorado)

The toll of running outside—tan lines and sun burn!*

Together with some of the “fresh legs”*

* Courtesy of Carina “The Flying Boar”

Calorie-wise I noticed that I took in a lot more fluids and food during this runabout than my previous one. Aside from this time being more humid than the previous, it seems that the longer you run (time-wise) the more calories you burn (as expected) thus wanting more food. It was good that we had support vehicles for this trip (thanks to James and Doc Art) so we didn’t have to haul our supplies ourselves and it’s a good fallback for those who can’t continue the run.

As for my GF405 I knew it wouldn’t last the journey with GPS on so I stopped tracking from Dasmariñas (since the kilometer markers were pretty accurate anyway) so I still had batteries to spare when we got to Tagaytay—a first!

It was a long and difficult weekend but it was fun and very much worthwhile. New ultra-runners were born and new bonds were formed. Until our next adventures guys!


Yet Another 56K Ultra Weekend: Manila To Tagaytay Sequel

It was a race-less weekend last Sunday so what else does a runner do but to find an interesting run. An ultramarathon distance route isn’t exactly a prerequisite but in order to share that ultramarathon experience I decided to join my friends at their first attempt at an ultra—where else but in the same route that we took about three months ago—Luneta (Km 0) to Tagaytay (Km 56).

Part 1: Luneta (Km 0) to Dasmariñas, Cavite
(approx. Km 30) in Pictures

The gang meeting near Km 0 just before midnight

The brave ones who opted to start from Km 0

Finally I had a chance to get a picture with this babe

One last picture before heading off…

About half an hour after midnight, ready, set…

…56K here we go!

Our Km 0 support vehicle

Running along Roxas Blvd.

The first “pic-stop” midway along Roxas Blvd.

Second stop before running parallel to Coastal Road

Third stop, finally in Bacoor, Cavite for some carbo-loading

Another stop at a gas station to regroup…

…and have some pictures taken

Entering Dasmariñas, Cavite…

Finally by stroke of daylight we were joined by “fresh legs,” still in Dasmariñas

About halfway through our ultra-runabout more runners joined the pack as well as another support vehicle. The good thing about this leg was that you’re sure of company because of the number of runners in the group. Unfortunately everything goes uphill from here, literally, so the “real” challenge was just about to begin.

(To be continued)

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