September 16, 2014

Men's Health Urbanathlon 2014 Promises A New Test Of Toughness

Event Name: Men's Health Philippines Urbanathlon and Festival 2014
Date & Assembly Time: 16 November 2014 Sunday, 4:00 AM
Event Venue: Nuvali Fields 3, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

What would you do if you will run the MensHealth Urbanathlon Race? Train, and train harder. 

New grounds! New terrain! New test of toughness. These are just a few words that best describe this year's MH Urbanathlon Race.

Men's Health Urbanathlon 2014 Promises a New Test of Tough!

I joined last year's event and earned a medal through an extraordinary effort. Boy, this race was not just an ordinary road race where you will just run and run until you reach the finish line. MH Urbanathlon, now on it's 9th year, is something that will blow you away out of your comfort zone. With the presence of obstacles that everyone must pass thru, you need an extra ton of training, wit and mental toughness to make it through. I would say, it is agility that will help you to finish this one tough race.

So, if you are searching for something, training, nutrition and some for this race, join their Urbanathlon Boot Camp, and train the right way. The camp, which will be held on October 2014, includes a mini-event for all participants to help them train and try out the obstacles before race day.

Finishers from the last year's edition. Photo from
Race Particulars:

Distance, Registration Fees and *Inclusions:
  • 5K - Php 850.00 - Race bib, Race shirt, MHUF Arm band, Finisher's shirt, Finisher's medal
  • 10K - Php 900.00 - Race bib, Race shirt, MHUF Arm band, Finisher's shirt, Finisher's medal
  • 21K - Php 950.00 - Race bib, Race shirt, MHUF Arm band, Finisher's shirt, Finisher's medal, 2014 Urb CapRegistration Centers (Sep. 12 to Nov. 19, 2014):
  • Online via Takbo.Ph (Sep. 1 to Oct. 31, 2014)
  • Planet Sports - Bonifacio Global City, Trinoma
  • Gold's Gym - Robinson's Galleria, Glorietta, Katipunan
21km Category Race Shirt
5km Route Map
10km Route Map
21km Route Map

Read on from the MensHealth Press Release here:
Men's Health Urbanathlon 2014 Promises a New Test of Tough!
The country's first obstacle-laden race is back to challenge runners at a new venue this November!  
The Men's Health Urbanathlon is happening on November 16 at the Nuvali grounds in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The signature event of Men's Health worldwide is a unique race that combines an endurance run with strategically placed obstacles against an urban backdrop.  
Over 3,000 participants are expected to join either of the three race categories—the 5, 10, and 21 kilometer distances. Along the way, they need to climb, and crawl through nine different obstacles. This year's barriers include a tire field, the scaffold maze, a container van, the low crawl, monkey bars, the military up and under, the network, rope shimmey, and the 8-foot wall.  
Registration period is from September 12 to November 9, 2014 at Planet Sports BGC, Planet Sports Trinoma, Gold’s Gym Galleria, Gold’s Gym Glorietta 3 and Gold’s Gym Katipunan. Online registration is now open until October 31, 2014 via Race fees are follows: P850 for 5K, P900 for 10K, and P950 for the 21K. Those who will join the 21 K will also get a labeled race shirt and a special prize for their category. 
For a more specific training plan, grab a copy of the September 2014 issue of Men's Health where 60-day routine that will help you get race ready is outlined. For further updates about the event, log on to
The Men's Health Urbanatlon 2014 is co-presented by Gatorade and Avida with major sponsors Asics, Bridgestone, Gold’s Gym, Shick, Emperador light and minor sponsor, Planet Sports. Nuvali is the official venue while is the event's media partner.

September 15, 2014

Rexona Takes Music Powered Run To The Next Level

Photo from RAR Martinez
During last year's Rexona Run To Your Beat event, the runners were treated to a different kind of experience. Music reverberates in almost every corner; DJs played their rendition from their booths lined-up along the route. One of the best highlight was the tunnel, with lights glittering all over, where the runners ran through. During this year's event there will be three for the 21km distance category. It was a totally thrilling experience for me as I ran the entire course of 21km sans my earphone. I intentionally left my music player for me to enjoy the music from the DJs situated along the course. The race was a treat since I came from a 50km trail race a day before the event. I made it as my recovery run. I just did an easy run while listening to every different beat from hip hop to techno to dance.

For those who missed last year's event, here's your chance to redeem yourself.

On October 26, immerse yourself in a trail of pulsating beats and scintillating visuals that will push you to go further into running euphoria at one of the most sought-after runs in the calendar, the Rexona Run To Your Beat 2014.

Taking Rexona’s Do More philosophy to the next level, Rexona Run To Your Beat 2014 will once again challenge you to stretch your limits at a music powered run that pushes you further while you stay fresh. Mar Corazo, Rexona Brand Manager, says, “We are always finding ways to make the Rexona Run more exciting than the last. This year, we wanted to take the Do More philosophy into higher gear with stimulating visuals to match music from different genres, as interpreted by some of Manila’s top DJs.” 

This year, Rexona has chosen to collaborate with the Republiq group and the top DJs in the Philippines to fuel your run with live music. Pushing runners to the finish line will be DJs Ace Ramos, Mars Miranda, Deuce Manila, Martin Pulgar, Euric, Motherbasss, and MC Pao. 

To make things even more exciting, Rexona introduces three new tunnels with varying themes that will make the music come to life. At key points during the race, runners will be able to experience the Retro, HipHop and EDM themed tunnels that will have different features, from roller bladders to disco balls, street art to laser light. But of course, only those who can do more can enjoy all three tunnels. 5K and 10k runners will go through two tunnels, while 21k runners will be able to experience all three!

Gun start for 5k is 3:45 AM, 10k 3:30 AM and 21k 3:00 AM. Interested runners can register online at starting September 8, today, until October 12, 2014. In-store registration will also be available in Toby’s MOA, RUNNR Store or Move in Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s SM North EDSA, The Block and Toby’s Robinsons Galleria starting Friday, September 12 until October 19.

To prepare individuals for this much-awaited run, Rexona will be holding running clinics from September 18 – October 23. Led by Coach Rio, in collaboration with 360 Club Fitness, the clinics will be twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-9PM at the Fort. The clinic is open to all interested individuals, but priority will be given to those who have registered for the Rexona Run 2014. Sign up for the Rexona Run running clinics now at the Training Camp tab on the Rexona Facebook page. 

Stay fresh as the live music pushes you further at Rexona Run To Your Beat 2014!

Finisher's Medal

Finisher's Shirt


September 9, 2014

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014

The city trail of Filinvest, Alabang will be busy again for the hosting of the 2014 Filinvest City Endurance Weekend. I was a participant of the last year's event in the Endurance Run category. Since I was training for a mountain/trail run to be held two months ahead of it, I made this event as a measure to test my endurance, particularly in rainy situation, and it worked. I was able to cover 71.3km, or about 25 loops during the event finishing (maybe) in the top ten.

Doing what we love most. Play.
And get a reward at the end of the day.
The trail route is good considering it's location which is at the heart of the city. For those who want to convert from road running to trail running, this is a good headstart. And for those who want to venture into long distance running, carry-on, push yourself to the limits at the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend. 

You can view my album from last year's episode here.

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014
November 8: Endurance MTB (6/12 Hours; Solo/Team)
November 9: Endurance Trail Run (3/6/12 Hours; Solo/Team)
Filinvest City, Alabang

Registration Information:

Registration Opens: September 8, 2014

Registration Fees:

Registration Venues:

Race Information:

I. Endurance MTB

Saturday, November 8, 2014
6:00AM to 6:00PM


Venue: Filinvest City, Alabang
Distance: 3km/lap

Minimum Numebr of Laps to Qualify as a Finisher (Solo & Team Categories):
12-Hour MTB: 20 laps
6-HourR MTB: 12 laps

*All Endurance MTB Finishers will get a Medal!

Race Pack Inclusions:
race bib with RFID
bike number with RFID
event shirt
lunch meal (for 12-hour category)

Gun Start:
12-Hour MTB: 6:00AM
6-Hour MTB: 12:00NN

Endurance MTB Cash Prizes:

II. Endurance Trail Run

Sunday, November 9, 2014
6:00AM to 6:00PM


Venue: Filinvest City, Alabang

Distance: 3km/lap

Minimum Number of Laps to Qualify as a Finisher (Solo & Team Categories):

12-Hour Run: 18 laps

6-Hour Run: 9 laps
3-Hour Run: 5 laps

*All Endurance Trail Run Finishers will get a Medal!

Race Pack Inclusions:
race bib with RFID
event shirt
lunch meal (for 12-hour category)

Gun Start:
12-Hour Run: 6:00AM
6-Hour Run: 9:00AM

Endurance Trail Run Cash Prizes:

Race Route: