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ULTRA-10 Mile Challenge (Coach Roel’s Birthday Run 3)

(Press Release) Following the success of the first two legs of the Coach Roel’s Birthday Runs dubbed as Coach Roel Birthday Run 2013 & WALL 2 SHOTGUN 10-Mile Race 2014, Coach Roel & RG Events Co. proudly brings you the “Ultra-10 Mile Challenge (Coach Roel’s Birthday Run 3)” with Olympic style categories (4×100m relay and 4×400m relay) and featuring some of our country’s finest celebrities like Iza Calzado and many more.

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Ultra Runner Running Barefoot at the Ultra

After a very, very long time this runner finally got a chance to run the tracks of the PSC Arena (formerly Ultra).  It was an unanticipated visit, with an unexpected result.

Even my VFF got left behind!

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One Kickass Boot Camp

Breaking out from the monotonous typical weekend races, 360° Fitness Club introduced their Boot Camp race last Saturday at the PhilSports Arena, and it was one of the most enjoyable event that I’ve ever had.

PhilSports Arena

PhilSports Arena

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Race Updates: adidas King of the Road ‘09

If you still haven’t registered for this year’s adidas King of the Road (KOTR) it is currently ongoing in 14 sites within Metro Manila.  The race will be held on October 25, 2009 at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City with a registration fee of P500 for all events, namely, 5K, 10K, and 21K.

adidas Running Clinic

Renowned tri-athlete and coach Ani De Leon will offer free running clinics in preparation for the adidas King of the Road.

Ani De Leon believes that running, like any other sports, requires training and preparation to avoid any unnecessary injuries or health risks especially if you are a first-time runner or someone who has health-related risks maybe due to age.

You can enjoy running at its fullest if you train and prepare for it and through adidas, Miss De Leon will train you for your run for free!

Free running clinics are scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday, 6PM-8PM from October 06–22 at the PSC (Ultra) Track Oval.  To join, simply send an e-mail expressing your interest including your contact details to

mi adidas Discounts

Want a 50% discount on your next mi adidas pair?  The first 100 KOTR registrants at adidas flagship store in Greenbelt 3 will be given discount coupons (there may still be a few more left and in case it ran out a 30% discount will still be given).  Click here to find out more about mi adidas.

adidas Running Expo

For the first time, adidas will conduct a Running Expo on October 17 to 18, 2009 at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall from 10AM–8PM for all KOTR participants.  Carbo-loading, exhibits, seminars, distribution of singlets, race bibs, presentations and a lot more surprises await all KOTR runners.

KOTR E-Group

Get the latest from adidas about the King of the Road.  Search for adidas Running Philippines in Facebook or join the e-group at

For a Good Cause

The King of the Road is for a good cause as this year, the HOPE Worldwide Philippines, Inc., an organization which upholds children protection and welfare will be its beneficiary.


A Year Into Running: The Pre-Garmin Era

From a humble 5K start it’s inevitable that you’d seek “higher grounds.”  After disappointment of not being able to join a race because of a gadget requirement I was inspired when I saw the next race headed our way: the adidas King of the Road (KOTR).  Just imagining myself running atop Kalayaan flyover makes me ecstatic so without second thoughts I signed up for my first 10K, my second race ever.  Some think it’s a huge leap since I don’t really run other than in races but if you really put your heart into it, you can.  What’s more motivating was the singlet—it’s one of the best race singlets to date and it’s not any regular singlet—it’s by adidas!  What a way to really encourage you to be a “king of the road.”

The Online Community:

Discovering was a real convenience—suddenly I have a directory of races I can join and even forums that could help me get tips.

My first picture with guys

My first picture with guys

Admittedly I didn’t want to join any online forums then because I was contented with getting the schedules—until announced they’d give away a shirt to a lucky newbie that would register and introduce himself.  A sucker for prizes like I am (and to prove how I’m so unlucky I don’t win in any raffles like these) I joined (and proven once again I’m right—I didn’t win the contest) thus starting my bond with  Little did I know that it would grow to the scale it has now, and how it would be a part of my life, not just online or in running.

With the animated group known as, January 2009, UP Diliman

With the animated group known as, January 11, 2009, UP Diliman

The Birth of runningpinoy

I was really getting hooked on the running fever and as enthusiastic as I am with the new sport I love I wanted to share to fellow newbie runners my experiences hoping that in my little way I could be of help to the community—that was how the idea of blogging occurred.  Being a web developer myself I’m no stranger to the internet, although I had the dilemma on where to host my blog.  Being a digital artist as well I know how to work around digital media, but the one thing that I fall short of creativity was in giving names.  Sure I can set up a website, but what would I name it?

Do you still remember this header?

Do you still remember this header?

I was running out of time (literally) as I really wanted to setup everything before my birthday (November 7) and for some weird twist of fate I just landed on runningpinoy—it has the word running, I am a Pinoy, and its acronym is RP like Republic of the Philippines—perfect!  Best of all it’s not yet taken on blogger and wordpress so I can definitely use it.  To cut the chase I ended up working with wordpress using the template used by the old thebullrunner site (I told you I love that site!) but of course with a banner that I designed myself.  A few days after my birthday, on November 11, 2008 was officially launched.  Thank you to all my early supporters!

Nike Running Clinic

November, 2008.  Nike Philippines launched its running clinic at the PSC Arena (formerly Ultra).  It was the first free running clinic (as far as I know) initiated by a sports brand in the Philippines.  Finally mere mortals were able to have elite coaches to guide them!  This was my first opportunity to run outside of races and also socialize with fellow runners.  And in case you’re wondering Nike Running Clinic is still on-going, Tuesdays at PSC Arena (Ultra) and Fridays at Bonifacio High Street (BHS), 7PM onwards.

One Hundred Kilometers

One of my first proud accomplishments for 2008 was completing 100K of races.  From 5K I was able to reach 10mi (16K)—an achievement for a newbie runner myself but it just goes to show that if you can imagine it, you can.  Stop dreaming and start running!  And this was all in 2008, what I’d like to call the pre-Garmin era!


Nike Run Clinic Session 25

Last night was another “Just do it” session, being somewhat similar to the previous session at Ultra.  We thought that it was an “unloading” or recovery session based on what was listed on the Nike Run Clinic site.  We started with some new routines so we thought that it was the course of the session but afterwards we were grouped again for the intervals.  Here are my stats:

Distance Time Pace
Warm-up  400M 1:35 3:59
Intervals  800M
2000M 9:48 4:54
Total: 6400M

I guess we went a little overboard with our times which were much better than last week’s.   I think I even reached my 80-100% maximum heart rate (MHR) during one of the intervals.

Tuesday nights at Ultra

There was a large turnout of people again at Ultra last night (like in the previous weeks).

There was a large turnout of people again at Ultra last night (like in the previous weeks). This was just one view of the track.

Please keep inner lanes clear for faster runners

I have a strong hunch on who might’ve placed this sign.

Insider Scoop

Due to the still increasing popularity of running in the country Nike Philippines may extend the duration of the Run Clinic.  I’m not sure if I have the liberty of telling how long this “extension” is so it’s better to ask Coach Rio himself.

Like I mentioned on my blog last week, Nike Clinic was indeed featured on TV last Saturday on the show of Jessica Soho.  Too bad that I missed it but I’ve heard it was just a short segment (so chances are our shots were edited out).

Nike still has some surprises up its sleeve—what it is remains a surprise even to myself (we weren’t able to coax Coach Rio to spill the beans) but if you’re itching to find out (like myself) better attend this Friday’s session at Nike Park BHS.  If my flight wasn’t a few hours later I’d most likely be there.

That about rounds up my last Nike Run Clinic session at Ultra (for now).  To my classmates whom I just got the chance to talk with last night, I’m pleased to meet you all!

Before I leave I’d like to thank Nike Philippines for this wonderful initiative we call the “Run Clinic” and of course all the coaches that bear with us every session, headed of course by Coach RioThank you very much! I’ll surely miss this activity while I’m away.

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