Posts Tagged ‘New York City


Apple Chronicles: Central Park

Of all the beautiful sights I’ve seen in and around New York City, Central Park would be one of my top favorites.  It is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever seen and with so many routes available, it’s a runner’s paradise!

One moment you’re in the midst of a bustling city, the next you’re in the middle of nature…

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Apple Chronicles: The Statue of Liberty

One of the world’s most famous landmarks is the Statue of Liberty and I definitely would not miss the chance to visit the icon of democracy in person.

The Statue of Liberty as seen from Battery Park.

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Apple Chronicles: New York City

I first grew aware of New York City when I was little, when I saw a poster of the city with its towering skyscrapers.  Since then, I’ve always been fascinated by this city and dreamt of being there.  Now, decades later, I’m finally realizing that dream!  Hello, NYC!

Hello, New York City!

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Quick Review: iPhone X

The iPhone X will go on sale real soon in the Philippines and if you’re one of those considering this phone as your next, here’s my quick review.

My iPhone X with a screen protector installed 😀

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Patriot Day 5K

To all my readers in the USA, there will be a series of Patriot Day 5K races happening in 12 cities across the United States from September 07 to 28, 2013.  Here are the details:

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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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An American ING New York City Marathon

For the first time since 1982, an American won the ING New York City Marathon.  Meb Keflezighi, 34, won not only the 40th running of the ING New York City Marathon but also the USA Men’s Marathon Championships which was held concurrently—first two marathon titles of his career in a single race.  Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, won the race in a personal-best time of 2:09:15.  He defeated his runner-up Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, a four-time Boston Marathon champion, by 41 seconds.  Defending champion Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil dropped out in the 23rd mile.

Meb Keflezighi, winner of ING New York City Marathon 2009, courtesy

Keflezighi’s Splits:

5K 0:15:52
10K 0:31:05
15K 0:46:22
20K 1:01:41
Half 1:05:11
25K 1:17:32
30K 1:32:12
35K 1:47:20
40K 2:02:29
Finish 2:09:15

For finishing under 2:10 Keflezighi also won a bonus of $30,000, winning a total of $200,000: $130,000 for the ING New York City Marathon title and $40,000 for the USA Men’s Marathon crown.

On the women’s side, Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia, the Olympic gold medalist at 10,000 meters in 1992 and 2000, defeated Russia’s Ludmila Petrova in the final half-mile to win her first New York women’s title in 2:28:52.  Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, the world record-holder and defending champion, settled for fourth place because of an injured tendon in her left leg.

Six Americans finished in the top 10: Keflezighi, Hall, Jorge Torres (seventh in his marathon debut), Nick Arciniaga (eighth), Abdi Abdirahman (ninth) and Jason Lehmkuhle (10th).  The fastest Filipinos (based on the unofficial results) were Dino Pison (03:28:27) and Michele Chan (03:54:46).

The ING New York City Marathon 2009 drew a record 43,741 participants on a windy, occasionally misty day with temperatures in the mid-50s.

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