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One Great Weekend

This weekend had been a great one.  Two races, two PRs, two finisher’s shirt, and Manny Pacquiao won!  (Woohoo!  And Manny did it via TKO!)

My first race of the weekend, Nokia Recycle You Phone and Run, allowed me to set a new PR for 5K (the longest distance of the fun run) and was a very nicely executed event, and did I mention that it’s free?  It was also my first free fun run and Nokia was generous enough to provide a very good finisher’s shirt worthy of bragging rights.

The second race of the weekend, also my longest so far, was the Yakult 10-Miler.  This was my first run with an injury but nonetheless was able to do better than my target time.  This was my first beyond 10K run so it was exciting (and very tiring).

To finally cap this great weekend was of course the most anticipated fight of our “Pambasang Kamao” (National Fist) Manny Pacquiao with Oscar de la Hoya.  Dubbed by a local media network as “Dream Fight,” which it really was, made runners, myself included, want to hurry home to watch the fight.  Thankfully I was able to catch it at about Round 03 (live broadcast, not the delayed one on free TV) and of course know the good news as soon as it happened.

I was supposed to make this entry while the fight was happening but I really can’t since I was too concentrated with the fight, and since it was live you barely have any break.  As soon as I’ve heard Manny Pacquiao won I decided to open my computer (after all the hoorays) and start writing this entry.  Of course I didn’t publish it immediately; I didn’t want to spoil it to those watching TV and those who haven’t seen the fight yet.  Don’t you just love the robe that Manny wore?

Congratulations Manny Pacquiao!  You really deserved to win!  Once again you gave glory to our country.  And of course congratulations as well to all the runners that finished their weekend races!

(Do you think Manny’s boxing shorts are Dri-FIT?)


Running Log: Nokia Recycle Your Phone and Run

The first race of the weekend and one of the most star-studded runs I’ve joined, this event was one of those nice fun runs because it was for a very good cause: the environment.  I can’t see how joining this race could be wrong: you can dispose your hazardous wastes (broken cellphones, chargers, batteries, accessories, etc. of any brand) for recycling, you get to join a race for free, and there are prizes to be won.   As for Nokia, it does give them a good impression to consumers that they, as a company, are concerned for the environment and are not just there to sell you their products.  They were also able to get some materials that could be reused or recycled.


Second batch of the items we were able to collect with the cooperation of our family members, friends, and colleagues. The first batch was used in preregistration.


One of the recycle bins around the registration area

The turnout was quite good and the event started on time, even though it was quite late (7AM) as compared with the usual.  Thankfully the weather was nice so it didn’t get very hot during the race.

The organizers included a warm-up session for the participants (which I didn’t join, I was busy taking pictures!): something that was new for me.  I was missing the race clocks on the start/finish line though.


The participants were quite cooperative during the warm-up session


The modest start/finish line

The fun run had two courses, a 3K and 5K, and for a race that wasn’t very long there still were water stations all around so it was very friendly to beginners.  The only problem I found were the insufficient direction signs (for 5K at least, I’m not sure with the 3K which was a different route).  Most of the signs point straight ahead, and for a course with a lot of corners and crosses a lot of streets, it was fairly difficult to navigate (unless you’re in a pack).  Since the signs only point straight the organizers’ solution were just to place it in an angle so you really have to look to the sides for those “hidden” signs.  On the good side they have people on strategic areas to guide runners (but still they only cover key areas).

After crossing the finish line the runner is treated to a free bottle of a popular sports drink and a bottle of mineral water—a free race with more freebies than some commercial races!

A pleasant surprise
We were really surprised that Nokia was generous enough to give a finisher’s shirt!  For a race that you got to join for free it was something you won’t expect.  Not only that the shirt was free, it was really good!  These shirts have some bragging rights because it’s made of high quality material and the design was of good taste.


Nokia Finisher’s Shirt

The shirt was made of Bamboo, and judging from the decimal point being a comma, I’d say it was for a European market.  According to the shirt’s print, it was made from 2.5 kg of Bamboo (make that 2,5 kg), incredible!  Even the shirt’s tag was made of Bamboo.

Why Bamboo?  According to the shirt tag:

This item and tag are made of the fastest growing plan in the world – bamboo.  It didn’t even need irrigation or fertilizers to keep up the speed.  We believe in evolving the way things are made by being clever with raw materials.

Very nice indeed.  Even the plastic packaging of the shirt claims to be environment friendly.  The label on the plastic bag states that it is a “100% biodegradable bag.”

Let’s go back to the race.  Here are my verdicts:

  • It’s FREE!
  • It’s for a good cause
  • It was well-organized
  • It started on time
  • The race routes were nice
  • Ample water stations
  • Freebies after the race

(Not so) Bad:

  • Hardly any, only the insufficient signage

This was a great initiative on the part of Nokia.  They helped in spreading awareness of saving the environment, and they showed that it can also be fun.  Well done Nokia!  Hopefully other companies follow suit.


A great event for the environment, thanks Nokia!


Race Update: Nokia RECYCLE YOUR PHONE and RUN

Good news to everyone who want to join this event: pre-registration is now open! I just received news from the race organizers that pre-registration starts today, December 04, 2008:

The new event e-flyer

December 06, 2008 (Saturday)
Bonifacio Global City

December 04-05, 2008
R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Global City
1:00PM – 6:00PM

You may download the registration form and waiver here.

On-Site Registration:
December 06, 2008
Registration Booth at 9th Street (near NBC Tent)
5:00AM – 6:30AM

Program Schedule:

5:30AM – 6:30AM Registration
6:31AM – 7:00 AM Assembly/Warm-up
7:00AM Start of Fun Run
8:30AM Program/Awarding

Entry Fee:
IT’S FREE – Just bring old mobile phones, phone covers, components, batteries or packaging. Participants can donate any mobile brand of mobile phone and accessories.

Race Categories:

  • MALE (13 and above)
  • FEMALE (13 and above)
  • KIDS (6 to 12 yrs old)

Race Route:

You may download the race route for both the 3K and 5K courses here.

Collection of Race Kits

Participants may claim their Race Kits (containing the official race number, safety pins and route map) kits at the registration booth at 9th Street (near NBC Tent) on the day of the race.  If you pre-register you may already get your race kits.

Rules and Regulations

  • Participants below 18 years old must have their entry form signed by a parent/guardian
  • Race bib numbers must be worn at all times during the race.  It should be pinned in front of your running shirt
  • Thirty (30) minutes before the actual fun run, the organizers shall ask the participants to convene at the starting line for the announcement of rules and warm up exercises
  • On the cue of a start shot, the starting line rope shall be released to indicate the start of the fun run
  • Participants who will be able to arrive/pass/finish the 1.5 and 2.5 and 3 and 5 kilometer run shall be given a kilometer indicator lace.
  • Two SWEEPER vehicles shall pick-up the runners who cannot run anymore.  The first will leave the starting point 15 minutes and the other 30 minutes after the start of the run. The “CANNOT RUN PEOPLE” will be transported back to the starting point.

Water & Paramedics Stations

Drinking water stations will be available at the corners of Rizal Drive and 1st Street and of 34th and 8th Streets, and at the Finish Line of the race route.

Medical aid will be on standby at the corner of 26th Street and 5th Avenue and of 3rd Avenue and 32nd Street.

Toilet Area

Toilet cubicles will be available at the site during the race.

Parking Area

All participants and other spectators are required to park their vehicles at the allocated parking areas.

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