Posts Tagged ‘Rio dela Cruz

08
Mar
16

Behind the Scenes: Nike+ Run Club Manila Maiden Session

Nike+ Run Club (NRC) Manila recently had its maiden session in front of Nike Park, Bonifacio High Street Branch and I was one of the lucky one to have experienced it firsthand.   These running clinic sessions are open to the public and here’s how you can join for free:

Running around BHS with Nike+ Run Club
Courtesy Nike Philippines

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15
Jun
13

Enervon Activ powers fitness experts and students of the 2013 PHASES Conference

Unilab Active Health invited yours truly to bear witness to the Philippine Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (PHASES) Conference, held at the University of Santo Tomas Medicine Cinematorium last May 23-25, 2013.  I was only able to attend the final session, but here’s the rundown of this event:

Enervon Activ Ambassador Coach Rio Dela Cruz imparts proper warm-up drills for running

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21
Feb
12

Commencement Exercise: The Runrio Trilogy Awards Night

It was an evening of pure delight last night at Decagon Silver City as those who have completed all three required legs of the Run United Trilogy were recognized.  It’s an event that was so overwhelmingly positive that even critics and detractors alike were all smiles and forgot their rants!

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20
Feb
12

A Runner’s Haven Opens: Riovana at Bonifacio Global City and Katipunan

A different high was experienced by each and every visitor of the newly opened concept store Riovana, the brainchild of Rio dela Cruz, more popularly known as Coach Rio, a prominent figure in the running industry.  Wanting to give professional runners and enthusiasts a heightened experience before, during and after each race, Coach Rio came up with the idea of combining a retail store that becomes a one-stop shop for all running gears, apparels and shoes with facilities that can allow members to hang out in the lounge area, register for marathons and even freshen up before and after each race through its available locker and shower rooms.

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02
Feb
12

Powerade Ion4, the Complete Sports Drink Launched

Last February 1, 2012, all roads led to Whitespace Events Hall in Makati City, as a much-anticipated revolution officially began; a Hydration Revolution led by the Complete Sports Drink, New POWERADE ION4® with Advanced Electrolyte System and four of the country’s elite athletes: multi-awarded runner and coach, Rio Dela Cruz, top fitness maven Chinggay Andrada, champion basketball player David Semerad and international football player, Neil Etheridge.

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07
Mar
11

T-Rio (Three Days with Rio): Photo-shoot, Party, and the Pouring Rain (Day 01)

It was an unprecedented week as for the first time I had three consecutive days of various running-related events, all centered on RunRio!  It’s like a blog-a-thon of sorts which kind of make it hard for me to keep up with all the info and share it with you guys.

With runners, bloggers, and Coach Rio at the RunRio Trilogy 2010 Awards Night (courtesy Marvin Opulencia / zmarvin.multiply.com)

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17
Nov
09

PRs at Timex Run

Timex Run, the most expensive sub-marathon road race in the Philippines thus far not only set the race registration fee higher, but also introduced a lot of new PRs.

PR = Piolo + Rio

One of the possible reasons that the race became a huge success despite the steep price was due to the celebrity factor—Piolo Pascual.  He is undoubtedly one of the most popular television and movie actor in the country and apparently tapping on his huge fan base was a great idea.  Of course we can’t say that the Rio dela Cruz factor didn’t have an added effect on the race’s success, I mean who can’t resist the charm of an afro?  Who knows better how to organize a running event but a runner himself?  (Peace Coach Rio!  I really admire your hair).

PR = Posh Race

Timex Run is definitely at a different caliber as it’s one of the few races in the Philippines that utilize timing chips.  It also has one of the better race singlets with Timex Ironman mark at the back which I really love.  Celebrities also dot the course of various events making this a very star-studded race.

The grand start gate of Timex Run

PR = Pretty Route

Timex Run’s main event, 21K, went to places no other races went before, literally, making this a discovery race for many who haven’t been to the unpopular running areas of Bonifacio Global City.  Even familiar routes were given an interesting twist keeping the event fresh to seasoned BGC runners.  But more than a pretty route, the distance was almost GPS-exact 21K so taking into consideration the topography of the route it’s more than valid for those distance-conscious runners.  Even the distance markers were freakishly accurate by Garmin standards for most of the time.

Sunrise at Rizal Drive

PR = Pace Required

For the nth time I was again a pacer, an optional one.  It was a pretty loose pace—just aiming to finish in a decent time so it was for the most part an easy duty.  Because of the relaxed attitude I was able to take some pictures in-race making this also a “picture race.”

Along 5th Avenue

The 21K leader

Entering Heritage Park

PR = Postmortem Report

Timex Run was easily one of the best races for 2009, period.  Despite the higher registration fee the cost was pretty much worth it because of a very good quality event, a lot of giveaways, excellent activity area, a finisher’s shirt and medal, all while still able to generate funds for charity.  Indeed Timex had proven that with the right pizzazz cost may not be a barrier to having a well attended event.  It was also another proof that celebrities really make good endorsers, especially here in the Philippines.  I just hope this isn’t the start of more expensive races, but instead the start of quality races.  Congratulations Runrio for consistently delivering excellent and successful events!

The nice but generic finisher’s medal

PR = (Personal Record)

I’ve seen a lot of PRs with this race and as for my Personal Record (PR) I also set a new one, a negative one as I set the longest 21K race so far surpassing the two hour 20 minute mark, but it was worth it as I bore witness to another 21K dream turn into reality.  Congratulations Carol!

PR = Pros + Rejects

Pros:

  • Good quality race singlet
  • Timing chips
  • Punctual start
  • Excellent route
  • The longest water station yet seen in local races (that never ran out of water and even supplied 100 Plus)
  • Practical placement of timing chip sensors
  • Excellent finisher’s shirt
  • Huge and heavy (although generic) finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s certificate
  • Free breakfast
  • Excellent goodie bag with products from sponsors
  • Lots of portable toilets for everyone
  • Lively activity area
  • Same day accurate race result (unseen for quite a while) with fancy presentation
  • Race photos courtesy of PhotoVendo
  • Part of the proceeds went to charity
  • Very Good race (4/5)

Rejects:

  • High registration fee
  • Lack of cones at some areas
  • Lack of marshals after 8:30AM (three hours and 15 minutes 21K gun start)
  • Medals could’ve been more customized to reflect which event it was given

Timex Run 21K Route

PR = Pacquiao Reloaded

As a bonus perk to everyone Timex was kind enough to provide everyone free viewing of Manny Pacquiao’s match versus Miguel Cotto live via satellite from Las Vegas, USA.  We were so lucky to have witnessed history being made by now seven-time world champion, Manny Pacquiao.  Thank you Timex and congratulations Manny!  He’s definitely the best boxer our generation has ever seen.

I would like to thank Doc Art who made it possible for me to join this race.  Thank you very much Doc and congratulations!




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