A Quick Afternoon in UP Diliman

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus in Quezon City is what I consider to be one of the best places to run in Metro Manila—but I have not been here in ages so I decided to do a quick visit and see how much has changed.

Rediscovering Quezon Memorial Circle

During weekends when I don’t do races I usually have a preferred northward route from our home to SM Fairview, a 6K course via Commonwealth Ave. and Regalado Ave.  Last Sunday though, I decided to change course and head southwards, still originating from home but this time towards SM North EDSA (also via Commonwealth Ave.,…

Sugar Rush

The UP Pre-Medical Honor Society and Diabetes Philippines, Inc. will be holding a benefit fun run on November 14, 2010, which is also World Diabetes Day:

Free Races: Run to Read + Dean’s Cup

Here’s another chance to get yourself a FREE race courtesy of the Score Card.  For every purchase of a Score Card you are entitled to one free registration of any distance at the following events: Run to Read and Dean’s Cup (Fun Run only).  Race details are listed below: Run to Read Run to Read Fun…

QCIM Chronicles: A Pacer’s Story (Part 2)

Six hours was a pretty long time to run, and to run it at a consistent pace makes it more difficult.  This would be one of the longest races I’d have done, surpassed only by ultramarathons. The good thing about running on major roads was that as long as there’s electricity there’s light so even…

Quasi Course of an International Marathon (QCIM)

Despite the threat that Parma (“Pepeng”) imposes upon the Metro several days of ruined runs made runners more enthusiastic about completing a long run that partially simulates the race route of the forthcoming Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM). This long run (LSD for some) started 4:30AM within the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Campus…

Back on the Road: Traversing Metro Manila

It has been a long time since I was running on the road and since I had no race or group runs for the weekend I decided to do one of the routes I’ve long wanted to do: traverse Metro Manila from East to West.  Like my first road run along EDSA which followed MRT-3…

QC I M: The Marathon Route

This October Quezon City would be the proud host to the staging of an international race: the first Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM).  Already I am very excited with this race, especially when I saw the marathon route, courtesy of Sir Rene (Jazzrunner): Being born and a resident of Quezon City for most of my…

Botak Paa-tibayan: The 10-Mile Perspective

The recently completed Botak Paa-tibayan at UP Diliman could be described as an offshoot race from Botak 100 last June 28, 2009 when it was originally set but was deferred due to the Influenza A scare.  A lot of schools suspended classes then which were some of the “target audience” of the race.  Botak was…

Top 5 Best Places to Run in Metro Manila

Running is very inexpensive but very addicting but sometimes running on the same area over and over again could be very tiresome.  Do we have to go far to run in some interesting locations?  Runners fear not!  I’ve compiled a list of the best places to run within Metro Manila based on its walk-ability, safety,…

Botak 100: From an “Active Spectator’s” Perspective (Part 2)

After a few kilometers within UP Diliman Campus we exited on Katipunan Ave. and found ourselves running inside a very nice subdivision.  From that point everything for me was unchartered territory—I’m glad that I have my GF405 with me to keep track on where we’re going.  Eventually we arrived at Tumana Bridge that links Quezon…