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Have You Read The News?

As promised by Condura, the results of the Condura Run 2009 were published in today’s circulation of The Philippine Star, Sunday Lifestyle section, K-1.  Note that this list includes all finishers in 21K, 10K, 5K, and 3K.

Cover story of the Sunday Lifestyle section (K-1)

The list took 3-full pages

Congratulations to all finishers!  Be proud of being on this list!


Condura Run 2009 Race Results

The Condura Race 2009 results are out! Click on a category you want to view:

These are overall results for the 5K, 10K, and 21K so it’s not grouped by gender, only sorted by time, courtesy of  It’s a good chance to see how you fared overall.

For 21K (Men) the winners were:

Place # Name Time Pace
1 1 Eduardo Buenavista 1:10:19 3:21
2 4 Alley Quisay 1:10:52 3:23
3 2 Cresenciano Sabal 1:10:57 3:23
The winners of Condura Run 21K 2009 (Male)

The winners of Condura Run 21K 2009 (Male): Cresenciano Sabal (3rd place, Orange shirt), Eduardo Buenavista (winner, Red shirt), and Alley Quisay (runner-up, White shirt)

As a running bandit I don’t have my real name on the results, but I’m in there with an official time of 2:07:52, 492nd out of 1,317 runners for 21K.  Expect these results to be published on The Philippine Star on Sunday, March 29, 2009.  Congratulations to all the finishers!


Condura Run 21K: My Half-Marathon Debut and the Making of a Running Bandit

The Condura Run last Sunday was easily one of the best races of the year not only for its historic SkyWay route but also in terms of how well it was organized.  To the organizers, especially to the running brothers Patrick and Ton Concepcion, thank you for making this great race possible and congratulations for a highly successful event!

This race officially marks my half-marathon debut.  I’ve had LSDs longer in distance but you can’t really compare it with a real race.  This was actually the longest time I ran continuously almost non-stop, stopping only to get a banana from the support van and when the traffic light halted our run for a few seconds.  Coming to this race I wasn’t even sure how long I can keep running without walking since I was getting used to the relaxed pace of LSDs.

No longer a virgin at 21K; courtesy of Vener (run unltd.)

No longer a virgin at 21K! Thanks Vener (run unltd.)

The Making of a Running Bandit
In one of my earlier post I mentioned about a possible sponsorship for this race.  I was assured of it and thought that it would be all settled, until less than 24 hours before the race—I got the bad news that the sponsor didn’t “just do it” and discontinued the sponsorship.  By that time it was already too late to register!

Five days before the deadline of registration I was set to do just that but I was informed during our Run Clinic that the sponsor agreed to fund our race, being part of their Run Clinic and being one of the sponsors of the race.  I, together with a few fellow unregistered runners that time, even filled out the registration forms for the race thinking that it’s all set.  Friday was the next session of the Run Clinic—when the bad news was spilled—no sponsorship!  Those who attended that Friday’s session were lucky enough to register, it was the last day!  I, on the other hand, thinking that everything was set, was on the other side of the Metro joining my friends from for a carbo-loading party.  Who would’ve thought that a big company and a major sponsor of that race would back-out of their words?

When I received that news less than a day before the race I was stunned—this was one of my most anticipated races of the year and I was preparing for this for a few months already… for me not to be able to join this race, it’s not an option!

What is a running bandit?
A running bandit simply is an unregistered runner—running the course but didn’t register accordingly.  It’s not strictly illegal, but it’s not something you’d want to do (often?).

Running bandit spotted

Running bandit spotted on SkyWay; courtesy of Vener (run unltd.)

I decided that being unregistered was just a “minor setback.”   I’ve waited for this race for so long that I won’t allow some setbacks to stop me from running, so being a running bandit was my last resort.

Pray.  It Works.
The moment I got the bad news I immediately talked to Coach Rio and asked for some help.  I was really worried then and I knew that he has his hands full that time so all I can do was to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.  In preparing for the worst I found refuge in prayers.  I prayed that everything would turn out fine.  God knows all my efforts leading to this race and I know He won’t allow it to end like this—and it didn’t.

Race Day
I arrived at the assembly area early, eager to know if there’d be good news for me.  Alas, I didn’t find Coach Rio so I was prepared to be a running bandit.  I went to our booth ( and by coincidence or by divine intervention Coach Rio’s booth was beside ours, so I was able to talk to him for some fix.  Fortunately he had a “spare” race bib which would allow me to run, still a running bandit, but at least I am qualified for a medal.  That number belonged to a woman that is technically my sponsor for this race, and I could be called a running bandida!  (Thank you very much Coach!)

How to spot a running bandit: No race bib! Thanks Que for the photo.

How to spot a running bandit: No race bib! Thanks Que for the photo.

This was the first time I joined a race that I knew a lot of people—mostly from and the runner’s blog community.  When I started running it was just some of my friends and officemates and now I’m running with people that shares the same passion as me that not so long ago were mere strangers.  This was probably the most fun I had in a race, I was running alongside friends and cheering some along the way—it was a very nice feeling that you’re not running alone.

Mixing with the crowd is key to a running bandit’s success

Mixing with the crowd is key to a running bandit’s success; courtesy again of Vener (run unltd.)

The Race and Route
The race started 5:30AM for 21K and the turnout was huge!  Considering that 21K is not a walk in the park I was really surprised how much people, men and women, joined this race.  The race was very competitive and, as much as I don’t want to admit it, a lot of women were actually faster than me.

It was one of the most organized races I’ve joined.  The water stations were placed well, people manning it were very helpful, signs were placed well, a lot of emergency personnel, and there’s even a little shower on the SkyWay.  As for the route, I guess it speaks for itself—historic.  The 21K route was interesting and had a very good degree of difficulty.

Condura Run Route (click to zoom); courtesy of GF405

It was a nice day for a race.  The sun was rising by the time we were on the Skyway.  Seeing sunrise behind Makati CBD on SkyWay was a view not to many gets to enjoy.  By the time I was midway through SkyWay the leaders were already on their way back!

By the time I neared the turn-around marker atop the SkyWay (about 10.5K) I knew that I’m not setting any new PRs (pace-wise) since I was way off my 10K PR.  Still since this was my first 21K any time I register is a new PR anyway!

One of the perks of being a member is enjoying a support group.  I got my banana-fix on my way back to Buendia that gave me a boost when I reached Kalayaan flyover.  I remembered that I was walking that flyover when I first run on it last year during my first 10K and looking at my GF405 I was surprised to see I was actually sustaining a good pace—that’s banana power for you.  (Thank you and the support group!)

Being a tropical country that we are, temperatures easily rise with the sun and by the time I was on my way back to Fort Bonifacio the sun was in my face and it was starting to get hot (good thing I wore my visor).  It wasn’t easy running that long continuously but I knew I wasn’t running alone, and that that day was made for me to conquer my first 21K!

I finished the race with a time of 2:08:08 based on the timer on the finish line (unofficial).  That included the 35 seconds it took for me to get out of the starting line.  It was an average pace of about 6:05/km which I’m proud to have sustained for that long.  I didn’t get a “dream” time of sub-2 hours but I was able to join one of my dream races, and earned my very first running medal.  And I did it all as a running bandida! meets the Running Shield. Very nice to meet you Sir! meets the RunningShield. Very nice to meet you Sir!

Craig L. and the missus with

Craig L. with the missus with guys; courtesy of BastaRunnerSweetLover

the wacky family

The wacky family; courtesy of Carlo (Drum and Run)

Some more of peeps

Some more of peeps; also courtesy of Carlo (Drum and Run)

Thank you to all those who shared their pictures!  I actually forgot where I got some of these pictures, feel free to give me a shout out if I didn’t gave you credit.


Featured Race: The Condura Run ‘09

Finally the details for this highly anticipated race is out.  The first time I got news that it would have a 21K race and would pass through the Skyway I knew this race should be my first half marathon.  Not only that this would be another first for me, it’s also a rare opportunity that may never happen in a long time.  How many times to they allow races to be held on a major road?

Race Particulars
When: Sunday, March 22, 2009
Where: 28th Street, Bonifacio Global Open Grounds, Taguig City (near NBC Tent)
Race Start and Fee:

  • 21K Half-Marathon – 5:30 AM – P500
  • 10K Challenge – 6:00 AM – P300
  • 5K Discovery Run – 6:00 AM – P300
  • 3K Fun Run – 6:00 AM – P300

A Condura Run for the Whale Sharks T-Shirt is included with your race packet upon registration.  You may register at the following locations:

  • Makati
    Concepcion Industries Inc. Bldg. (beside Zuellig across Ospital ng Makati) 308 Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City
    Tel: (02) 391-0980
    Fax: (02) 818-3078
    Mobile: 0928-5207066
    Look for Vic, Mich or Alex.
  • Greenhills
    51 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan (near National Bookstore)
    Fax: 727-9987
    Mobile: 0918-9158536
    Look for Rudy Biscocho.
  • Nike Stores
    • Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
    • Glorietta 4
    • Greenbelt 3
    • Trinoma
    • Robinson’s Ermita
    • Festival Mall Alabang

You can download the registration form from

Running for the Whale Sharks
From the race organizers: By joining the Condura run you are helping raise funds to protect the Whale Sharks and promoting responsible eco-tourism in Donsol.

Aside from the beneficiary of the race and self-gratuity, the finishers of the race also get a loot bag with products from sponsors and those braving the 21K would have a finisher’s medal.  There would also be an expo during the event featuring products from the sponsors on sale.

For more information about this race you may visit


Running in the Sky (Way)

Something to look forward to running next year: the Condura run on March 22, 2009.  RunningShield has announced plans for this race and the 21K route will pass through the South Luzon Skyway.  This may be our only chance to run on the Skyway and it definitely makes the route very interesting and exciting.

From RunningShield:

A Race in the SKY WAY?.. NO WAY!…

Believe it or NOT… The 21k event of the CONDURA RACE will partially pass the SOUTH LUZON SKYWAY: This is so exciting for us, CONCEPCION DURABLES, INC: makers of CONDURA and KELVINATOR REFRIGERATOR as this is the FIRST in the Philippines, where a Running Race will pass by a major highway, where NO persons are ALLOWED to walk on.

There will also be a 3k/5k/10k event. So be fit, rack in those training mileage, and get ready to take the challenge!! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to run on the SKYWAY. And of course, I will definitely be there as there’s NO WAY that I will miss this in my life!  So Mark your calendar on March 22, 2009.

Pls. wait for further announcements on the Condura – Skyway website, early reservation to run in the Skyway, and other details.

I definitely won’t miss this rare opportunity, and by the way, this would be my first half-marathon!  An exciting year awaits us in 2009!

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