Posted in 25km, adventure, hiking, mountain trekking, obstacle run, running event, Trail run, trail running, trail shoe, trekking, Uphill Run

Pacific Coast Party Poopers! (Sandugo Pacific Coast Ultra 100)

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Well, it’s not as dirty as our minds.

On the first weekend of December, two Philippine outdoor gear brands are debuting their inaugural running events, Amihan’s 50k Ultramarathon and Sandugo’s Pacific Coast Ultra 100. The former is a road race and the latter is a trail run.  Although they’re different, it’s tough to choose which one to join especially knowing that both events will be good as they want to make an impression to the running community. I really want a trail run, but since the Sandugo event is over a hundred kilometers away (in General Nakar, Quezon) I was leaning towards the Amihan event because it’s much closer to home (Paseo De Santa Rosa is just 12 kilometers from our house). Fortunately, I was able to convince running buddies, Nelson and Demet to join me in the Sandugo event and the rest is history.

This is Nelson and Demet’s first 25-kilometer trail run, so I joined this race without PR in mind, just as their guide and my year-end leisure run. Demet is no stranger to races, he already joined numerous events including half-marathons and he is an active mountain hiker. As for Nelson, this is his first running event, and he did not train for this, he smokes a lot, and he’s not a mountain hiker. But, this guy is tough and strong, he’s like that unstoppable slasher flick villain who get’s hit a lot or seemingly defeated but still comes back to terrorize people. So, I believe these two first timers can do it, I know we can finish the race.

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Race briefing with the race director.
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The Pacific Coast Party Poopers are here!

The race started smoothly, we entered an uphill road leading to a small village. The first few kilometers were mostly road and we were able to run at a decent pace. Some parts of the route have some flood that was probably caused by rain the day before.

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Unlike the proton packs, crossing streams in a trail run is A-Ok.

A lot of the villagers are on the street watching us. It kinda makes you feel like a celebrity athlete or maybe they just think were crazy for signing up for this. I think it was somewhere between 4 and 6 kilometers when we finally hit the rough road. The dirt road is where the beach resorts are located and we can see the beaches as we pass by.

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Let’s rock!… the trails!
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While waiting for Demet to catch up.
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Another flooded area. This is the first time our shoes tasted mud.
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Approaching the 1st Aid station at Kilometer 7.
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And leaving the first Aid station.

The first 7 kilometers of the route was easy. The natives are very friendly, some cheer and can interact with jokes, and seeing the kids smiling and giving you high fives is a big morale boost. That’s the feel-good vibe that you don’t experience much in city races and mountain runs. Then we enter the first mountain pass were things go tougher.

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Things go uphill from here.
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A common misconception is that if you do a lot mountain hiking even if you’re not a runner, you’ll do fine in trail running. Most people find out how wrong they are the hard way.
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That muddy pathway.
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A different kind of streaming. It’s offline.
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It’s the mandatory groufie every time we rest.
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I shouldn’t be stopping frequently to take photos, especially on muddy, slippery, and uphill trails like this. But, I want to capture these guys’ moments on their first trail run.
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We reached this view deck with a nice view of the pacific ocean.
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Nelson doing his faux vlog for his fans and bashers. He’s pointing where our habal habal driver is waiting to pick us up and takes us to the finish line. kidding.
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We sure did take our time to goof around.

We spent too much time stopping, taking photos and having fun that several runners caught up with us. We had a chat with one of the guys and he said that there were 10 of them who took a wrong turn and got lost (and they still caught up with us). It started to rain and while we’re going down hill, Demet got tripped by a vine or something, got cramps, and we had to take a long break. We let the others pass by as we rest to make sure Demet recovers properly.

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This is a strange creature. Blending carefully to the environment by positioning himself to look like he’s taking a dump while holding a sports drink bottle to create the ultimate camouflage as it awaits its prey. According to legend, it’s a sub-species of the kapre, some say it’s a tikbalang in human form.
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At this point, participants are overtaking us easily.

It was a difficult path, but we had a lot of fun on the mountain trail. The rain stopped and things got a bit easier when we got to lower ground.

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Still Standing.
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Yes, it’s another stream. It’s as common here as road traffic is in the city. We get to wash our muddy shoes which is pointless since it’s gonna get muddy and dirty again soon.
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Quiet and calm environment. This is the time to go emo.
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A runner, Ella, joined us in our shenanigans.
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Rivers make me feel so emo.
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Nelson thanking his imaginary sponsors. Ella must be thinking what she has gotten into.
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City Life, Thug Life, here it’s Farm Life.
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Streams and Uphills are getting too overrated here, huh?

We did some short jogging, but we walked most of the time, sharing stories and the occasional random nonsense. The lady marshal from the 1st Aid station said the next one is on the 10th kilometer, but it seemed more. We finally saw Magsikap bridge and we got excited to take photos.

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This is just half a smile. A bit nervous because if my phone slips from my hand, the river below is the happy new owner of it.
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And this is what the river looks like.
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And the view to my left.
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And I asked Nelson to take my running action shot.
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One of Nelson’s spontaneous beast mode while eating at Aid station 2.

I have to say that the staff of aid station 2 are very accommodating. They would approach us even before we reach the station to get our bottles and they will refill it while we eat. I have not seen marshals and event staff this helpful since 2014’s Men’s Health Urbanathlon and this is a very big plus. Great job, guys.

After re-energizing ourselves, we started jogging with Nelson and Demet taking the lead for a few minutes then they slowed down and starting walking again. I paced with Ella and left them behind as we reach the part of the route with a view of the Pacific Ocean.

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It rained earlier, but this are is blessed with clear skies.
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There’s some children playing in the distance and a horse roaming freely and eating. Life is so simple and relaxing here.
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A hill over there.
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And they finally arrived. Way to take your time.

When Demet and Nelson finally arrived, we walked to reserve our stamina and because the sound of the waves and the cool wind creates a soothing, calming effect. Made us imagine how good it must feel resting and sleeping on a hammock. And it’s good that we took our time walking because the next part of the route contains a lot of uphills and downhills.

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One last view of the farmville before we head back to Magsikap Bridge.
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Seeing people walk slowly uphill looked like a scene from The Walking Dead.
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Then there’s the downhill rush.
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I don’t think this is the right time to ask Demet, “How’s it going?”
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The lord of Riverrun! Photo from Sandugo facebook page.
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There’s a hidden photographer in the wild. He’s the guy who took photos of us running on the stream.
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These adorable kids were watching us running. They’re so cute that Demet was charmed to give them a chocolate bar.

After the uphill and downhill jam, we reached the 2nd aid station again to refuel before we take the last 8 kilometers of the route (passing by Magsikap bridge and taking a right turn). It’s a very wide uphill dirt road and while it’s not as steep as Sungay Road it is still very challenging because of the continuous climb with no downhill segments and very little flat grounds.

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There’s a nice view of the ocean on the horizon and it’s also a reminder that we came all the way from there. And now…
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See that mountain range on the horizon? that’s where we’re going next.
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It’s hard to run up, attempts to do so feels like you are running in slow mo, like bullet time in The Matrix. And it feels like your knees are being hammered. Ella moved at her own pace this time as we really are just slowing her down with our frequents stops to rest.
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As Demet take a rest, I asked Nelson to take another running action shot of me running downhill.
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Just another rest stop groufie. I was the only one still in the mood to take photos though. It started to rain again at this point.
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Nelson looking for and attempts to communicate with forest creatures in the same way Aquaman talks to fish. Kidding. There’s a nice flowing water stream on the side of the dirt road.
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Just over a hundred meters from the previous rest stop, we had to stop and rest again and a bit longer as Demet starts to feel pain on his side, around the rib cage area.
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I was surprised by the sound of a hawk hovering around us. It sounds bad-ass and screams with authoritah!!! I was astonished because it’s the first time I saw a hawk outside a zoo and I thought it was an eagle at first. I wonder what we look like in bird’s eye.
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Came across another view deck. Reminding us the hardship we’ve been through and to keep going.
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This is our last long rest stop. The sun is up and the heat is on, but we decided to keep walking no matter how slow.

The last 4 kilometers is just pure nonstop hike and it started to get hot hot hot. We experienced mud, rain, and now the heat. It’s the complete package. It was a silent walk due to exhaustion and Nelson and Demet lost the hyperactive goofiness they had earlier. We caught up with a couple runner and had a achat with the guy who said he joined the 1st Sandugo Brusko Mountain Bike Race 3 months ago and he said that the event had something better, they have buko juice in the Aid Stations and you can fill up the bladder of a hydration pack. That is definitely a big plus.

Nelson all of a sudden found the energy to run downhill in the last 2 kilometers of the route. I excused myself to Demet and the couple to run and catch him. Found him resting on a shade and we waited for Demet. I told them that we should go for a sprint to the finish in the last 500 meters and I will make way for them so they can cross the finish line first. Demet said the we should all just cross it together. So, we reached the last 500 meters and we saw some runners ahead, some are limping and another guy was very exhausted. Neither Nelson nor Demet initiated a sprint so I just stayed with them as originally planned. When Nelson started to jog on the last 100 meters, I ran by his side expecting Demet to do the same. But, he walked and I let Nelson get the medal first before I did because it’s his first trail run and he earned it. We all finished at 5 hours and 39 minutes (official race results here). Not bad for my first timer running buddies.

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First running event. No training. Never hiked on a mountain. A heavy smoker. And he had a shots of Red Label Whiskey the night before the race. Gotta give props to this tough beast.
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Mission Accomplished for me in guiding the two first time trail runners.
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Now a certified trail runner. Demet has ascended the fun run and hiking level. Congratulations.
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We kicked ass and got our asses kicked, but we survived and finish the race and kicked back that ass.

Sandugo Pacific Coast Ultra 100 Trail Run is a great event. I enjoyed it so much because it had all the things I like in a running event, a scenic route, a good challenge, and a reasonable registration fee. I’m a big skeptic of running event registration fees these days, the price increase (compared to the previous years) is too much even in short distance fun runs and you’re not getting your hard-earned money’s worth. That is not the case with this Sandugo event. For 1,500 php, you get an event shirt, a Basekamp trucker cap, a Mountain Series headwear, a bottle holder strap, and Sandugo socks all contained in a nice sling bag. But wait, there more than more. You also get a free shuttle ride from the Manila and South area to General Nakar, Quezon. There also a place to stay in, it’s a school manned by the school staff and they’re very friendly and helpful, and there’s a pick up truck to take the runners from the school to the event area. And their staff and marshals are the most helpful I’ve seen in awhile. So many things done right in this event.

But, it’s not perfect. There are some minor things that would be nice if improved on the next event. First is the medal, it looks good, but the only thing that indicates the distance is the lanyard. It would be better to see it on the medal itself or maybe a size difference for the distance categories to make them easily distinguishable. The lack of a finisher shirt is the biggest flaw of the race. Most people would prefer a finisher shirt over an event shirt because it’s the bragging rights that runners love to wear. This is especially important to the first timers like my running buddies. Too bad for Nelson not having a finisher shirt to wear to the office to show off to our other office mate runners. A very minor complaint would be the post race meal, some of us late finishers didn’t get much and distribution is a bit slow.

All the flaws aside, this run has most memorable experience for me this year and one of the most fun. I have 2 more running events coming up, but in my mind it’s already the best running event I joined in 2017. It’s just that good. Kudos to the event organizer and staff, you did a very good job and I hope that it stays the same (even better with improvements like the addition of a finisher shirt) in next year’s event.

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The only thing missing in this generous race kit is running shorts.
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Posted in 10 kilometers, 10k, 21.0975 kilometers, 21k, 5k, 5km, fun run, half-marathon, Marathon, places to run, running, running event, Running Soon, travel

Running Soon: Five Fast Facts about Clark Sunset Marathon

I was invited to attend the media launch of the Clark Sunset Marathon yesterday morning and here’s what I learned…

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1.) This is the first marathon event to be held in Clark Freeport Zone.

This is the first Clark Sunset Marathon and the destination was chosen so runners can enjoy running in a place away from city traffic and pollution. According to Noemi Julian of Clark Development Corporation fun runs has been done in Clark before, but this is the first full marathon event.

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The official race singlet.

2.) Four distance categories

There will be four distance categories, a full marathon (42k) and a half-marathon (21k) for the long distance and competitive runners. And 10k and 5k categories for those who prefer to finish the running event early to have some time to chill and explore. The 42k race route will have portions outside Clark while the rest of the distances is within the vicinity.

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Runrio’s Andrew Neri introducing the first Clark Sunset Marathon.

3.) The race route is AIMS / IAAF certified.

This is the first running event with a race route measured and certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) together with  International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The route is measured using The Jones Counter instead of a GPS device for accuracy.

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Media and Bloggers’ Q&A portion.

4.) One of the main objective is to attract foreign runners.

The event is expected to attract 5,000 runners including foreign runners who wants to run on an IAAF-labeled route (which means it has the same certification as world class marathons like the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, and Tokyo Marathon)  and promote tourism.

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Runrio’s Franco Bambico, CDC’s Noemi Julian, and Runrio’s Andrew Neri presenting the official race singlet.

5.) A Music Festival after the race.

After enjoying the sunset and a nice night run, a music festival will be staged for a relaxing and more fun Saturday Night experience. DJ Ashley Rivera and DJ Tom Taus will be there to provide a memorable party for the participants.

 

That’s about it, feel free ask questions or leave comments in the comment section below. Online and in-store registrations are open. I will update this article once I get the digital copy of the press release.

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Media launch at Burgoo SM Mall of Asia.
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The singlet and the Finisher by Adidas.
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Looks similar to the Gatorade Run shirt.

 

REGISTRATION AND RACE INFO:

Registration Fees:

5K – Php 650 (Php 1,300 international fee)
10K – Php 850 (Php 1,700 international fee)
21K – Php 1,400 (Php 2,800 international fee)
42K – Php 1,800 (Php 3,600 international fee)

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Racekit Inclusions:

Singlet, Finisher Shirt (for 21k and 42k categories only), medal, loot bag, and music festival ticket.

Gunstart:

5K – 5:45PM
10K – 5:30PM
21K – 5:15PM
42K – 5:00PM

Posted in 21.0975 kilometers, 21k, 5k, 5km, adventure, fun run, half-marathon, running event, Running Soon, Uphill Run

RUNNING SOON: Splendido Sunset Run 2017 Trio Edition

Witness as the country’s first team-oriented run unfolds.

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SPLENDIDO SUNSET RUN 2017 TRIO EDITION

December 16, 2017
Saturday
3:00 pm onwards

12 Km Trio Run @ Php 999/person
21 Km Individual Run @ Php 1,199/person
5 Km Kiddie Run @ Php 599/person

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Splendido Taal Country Club is giving away as much as Php 90,000 in total cash prizes.

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Splendido Taal Country Club is located at Km 67 Tagaytay Nasugbu National Road Laurel Batangas.
The landmarks are Royale Tagaytay Estate & Sonyas Garden.

The highlight of the event is the 12 km TRIO run. Each team is composed of minimum of three (3) team members. All three (3) runners of the same team must cross the finish line together.

Inclusions:

12 km Trio Run
Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher’s Shirt, Finisher’s Medal, Beverage

21 km Individual Run
Singlet, Race Bib, Finisher’s Shirt, Finisher’s Medal, Beverage

5 km Kiddie Run
Singlet, Race Bib, Beverage

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NOTICE:

1. The run is a RAIN-OR-SHINE EVENT.
2. There will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.
3. LIMITED SLOTS only for all events.
4. All runners must bring their own tumbler, the organizer will not provide water cups.
5. The Splendido Terrain has been acknowledged as the toughest terrain in the country, so bring in your best running buddies..
6. All runners are required to bring in headlamps and reflectors.
7. Gunstart at
3:00 pm for 5km Kiddie Run & 21 km Individual Run
4:00 pm for 12 km TRIO RUN
8. Only 12 years old and below are eligible for the cash prize in the 5 km kiddie run.

REGISTRATION

Early Bird Registration is until October 15, 2017 only. EBR gets 10% discount.
Deadline of Registration is until November 30, 2017 only.

MODE OF PAYMENT

1. Online payment with GOORAHNA please visit:

https://reg.goorahna.com/

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2. Over the Bank Payment

Please deposit full payment to:

BDO Account Name: SPLENDIDO TAAL COUNTRY CLUB INC
BDO Account Number: 265-0278-214

Please send the scanned deposit slip to:

membership.splendidocountry@gmail.com
frontoffice.splendidocountry@gmail.com

3. On-site Registration @ Splendido

Splendido Taal Country Club is located at Km 67 Tagaytay Nasugbu National Road Laurel Batangas.
The landmarks are Royale Tagaytay Estate & Sonyas Garden.

For Inquiries:

09053364071
09283911373
09175920907
09176234173
09175563972
09167393292
09162076757

02-519-4788
046-423-4388

or visit:

www.splendidotaal.ph

By: TEAM SPLENDIDO

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A preview…

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Posted in 21k, fun run, guerilla race, half-marathon, run for a cause, running event

EGG-xactly the right kind of fun for the whole family… Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run 2

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Now that’s a happy egg… or should I say he’s EGGstatic.

Running events these days are becoming overpriced and I can’t blame some people for saying that organizers are just doing for the money, a cash-grab business which makes their advocacy an afterthought or almost non-existent. I wonder why some organizers charge people 1,000 php (or more) for a 5k fun run if it can be done for half that price or even less. Thankfully, there are some organizers out there who can still deliver a good experience at a justified price. And one of the running events that I can truly say a great value for the money and with an even greater advocacy is Eggciting Family Adventure Fun Run. Reasonably priced registration fees aside, their campaign to disseminate the healthy benefits of eggs and daily egg consumption is made even better with their goodwill to provide aid in the educational and financial needs of our brave soldiers’ children. This is the 2nd time I ran in an EGGciting event and I continue to support this running event because you’re not just running, you’re running for a  good great cause.

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Remember, it’s healthy to #EATLOGEVERYDAY.

Since it was my first time to run in Camp Aguinaldo and I’m not familiar with the place or the route to get there, I decided to commute via public transportation and leave home early. And I arrived way too early, around 1 am and gunstart was scheduled at 4:30 am. I was able to rest and take a quick nap at the camp’s grand stand.

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The starting line before the arrival of the runners.
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Early bird grabs the egg? Early birds get more freebies.
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Some of the booths (games and photo booth) were opened early for the eggcited runners.

It rained that night, but by the time the booths were opened and final preparations were underway, it was only a drizzle. After the warm-up exercise, the participants approach the starting line, the 21k category started late (it was 4:50 am on my watch), but it was likely delayed for safety purposes.

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EGG-cited to get this run rollin. Photo from Eggciting Fun Run facebook page.
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All eyes to the right, please! Photo from Eggciting Fun Run facebook page.
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Me behind the very fast women. Photo from Eggciting Fun Run facebook page.
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For the record, I’m not texting, I’m starting up my Nike Run Club app. Photo from Eggciting Fun Run facebook page.

The run started smoothly, the road was wet but safe, it was a bit cold and there’s still drizzle. Just like last year’s run, there are easter eggs (including big ones) hidden around the route that runners can pick up and bring to the finish line in exchange for prizes. Since I’m running a half-marathon, I didn’t focus on looking for the eggs. The route for 21k runners consists of three 7-kilometer loops (I hate loops, it affects me mentally) and some parts of the road don’t have street lights and it was pitch dark. Small lights coming from the flashlights of the marshals can be seen from a distance to guide us and there are some vehicles passing by that lit the way with their headlights. I was surprised by the uphill segments of Camp Aguinaldo, I didn’t expect it and it provided a good challenge during the run.

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Eggcited to reach that finish line. Photo by Tris for Active Pinas.
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Just 1 more loop. Photo by Tris for Active Pinas.
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Just the last 7 kilometers. Photo by Tris for Active Pinas.
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uggghhh…. I’m Eggs-hausted! Photo by Tris for Active Pinas.

The 2nd loop is much easier now since the surroundings are getting brighter and the muscles warmed up. I did good during the first half, I managed to finish 10k in under an hour even with the uphills slowing me down.

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Faking the smile on the 3rd loop. Photo by Active Pinas.
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Winner of the fake your smile to hide the pain contest. Photo by Active Pinas.

The 3rd loop is where I started to feel exhausted (or should I say, Eggs-hausted!… yeah, I know, bad pun) and slow down drastically. I did the best I could with a run-walk interval and played it safe. I missed some of the events at the activity area like the Egg Pledge because I was still on the road.

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Starting to feel like Conor McGregor during the 8th round of his fight against Mayweather. Photo by Active Pinas.
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Feeling like McGregor on the 9th round against Mayweather. Photo by Active Pinas.
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Got a bit of a 2nd wind though and can finish all the way to the 12th. Photo by Active Pinas.

The last 2 kilometers was the hardest, I don’t want to push too much to avoid injury (especially on situations where the event is far from home and I don’t have a buddy with me), so I walked longer than usual. I finally crossed the finish line at 02:06:23 with a total distance of 20.61 km based on my Nike Run Club app (02:06:04 @ 20.40 km on my Soleus GPS watch). It’s 500+ meters short of the half-marathon distance, but I’m not sure if my GPS devices are inaccurate at the time. Nevertheless, it was one of the toughest half-marathons I’ve ever ran and I enjoyed it.

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Back at the activity area, I grabbed my loot bag and walked around a bit to see what else I can do or see.

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A happy heart is a good heart =)
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Those who want more easter eggs.
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They see me EGG Rollin’….
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Little Angels in the Outfield….
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Welcome to Egg Land! Egg-themed games for the kids and kids at heart.
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Scrambled Eggs Unscrambled.
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The Great EGG-scape! (Again with the egg puns).
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No dribbling necessary… because eggs crack, you know.
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All hands on the lucky egg!
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Wouldn’t be complete without a celebrity performance.
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Innocent until proven EGGuilty!
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She saw it! Now that’s a huge egg!
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What I got from the loot bag. Got a Nido 3+ Milk too. Could’ve gotten more if only I still had the energy to line up or participate in the games.

When it comes to fun run EGG-cellence (yes, another egg pun), Eggciting Family Adventure Fun Run is currently up there with the 7-Eleven Run and Robinson’s Fit & Run series when it comes to best value for the money.  And it’s a run for a cause, you will always feel great when running to help others. I hope this run series grow bigger and continue their EGG-ceptional (last egg pun, I promise) advocacy,  because we need more running events of this kind.

Posted in 3k, City Run, fun run, running event

The Non-Event: What Happened in My Little Pony Friendship Run 2017?

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Awww… she’s protecting her little pony from the bad weather!

I always have a hunch that when it rains non-stop the night before a running event, it’s an 80-90% guarantee that the event will be cancelled and rescheduled. I experienced it before, twice actually, Greenfield City Run for Generations 2015 and last year’s Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run. But, both events were hit by typhoons, and I still had high hopes that this event will push through because it’s just a rainy weather. I’m just too excited to run because it’s my daughter’s first race and the family is coming along. I woke up several times, checking out the rain outside and I feel dispirited every time I feel it’s not stopping. Then when it’s time to fully wake up at around 2 am and prepare, the rain seem to have stopped…. And then is started again, but weaker. I kept checking facebook for updates, read some comments asking the organizer if the event is still a go, whilst some are asking for a cancellation and just give the medals. The organizer responded (in a facebook post that was later deleted) that the event will push through rain or shine, it was written clearly in the race manual that was included in the race kit. They also said to bring raincoats and umbrellas. Everything seemed fine, the weather in Calamba was just a drizzle, and we’re ready to go (my wife took an under time at work to join us). We arrived at SM Mall of Asia around 5 am, it was raining and I was confused about the parking area behind One Esplanade still closed. I drove to the Bayside to see if parking is available there. The gate is closed and I can see people at the event area lining up. I can’t find a parking area, so I circled twice and the guard pointed to the closed parking area. I decided to go the parking area in front of One Esplanade and we finally got a spot. We were walking out of the parking area when a lady in a car with her child called me and asked if I knew that the event was canceled just now and that we can claim the medals. I felt upset, I wasted time and money for this and I really want to run with my daughter. So, I asked my family to stay put at McDonald’s while I claim the medals.

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Long and confusing line for the distribution of medals.
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Then another confusing moment when we were told to move to another spot to line up.

I heard from people around me talking that the cancellation was caused by some participants asking for it because it was still raining heavily in their locations. It was a disappointing move considering that the rain was very weak and subsided around 6 am. It would’ve been better to just delayed it for an hour and then let the run push through for those who came to run. And there are many who braved through the weather and have fun in the rain. But, we can’t always blame the organizer for things beyond their control like the bad weather and for the safety of the kids, they had to cancel the event. It’s just so disheartening to see sad and disappointed kids who made an effort to look like the best My Little Pony fan they can ever be by dressing up for the occasion.

But, despite the absence of the actual run, some people stayed and decide to have their own bonding moments and have some fun of whatever was available at the activity area. I stayed too and texted my wife to bring the kids to the activity area. There’s free Slurpee, face-paint, coloring activities, and photo ops with the ponies.

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Coloring activity for those who want to add some colors to a dull day.
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Colours Everywhere.
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Pinky Pie was the first pony to come out and the kids went crazy.
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I saw this family of foreigners whilst walking to SM By the Bay to claim the medals. They just arrived and excited, unbeknownst to them that the event was cancelled. Good to see that they still found a way to have a fun time.
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AppleJack gets cornered.
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Rainbow Dash joins the fun.
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The kids who stayed didn’t lose all the happiness that day.
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The long lines of medal claiming. It does move faster than most lines in a running event, there’s just too many people who showed up.
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Those who wanted to have some fun in the rain… the rain that stopped at around 6 am.
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Free face paint for those who have the patience to line up for it.
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Brony for a day. My daughter and I went for a kilometer jog near the bay. Then I gave her the medal.
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Still had a family-time fun.
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Kids will always find ways to have fun.

The organizer, Global Procurement Inc., is not a newbie when it comes to handling running events. They did a very good job with 2015’s Justice League Run and last year’s Batman v Superman Heroes Run. This run could’ve been one of the most fun and popular event this year along with the upcoming and first Philippine Hello Kitty Run (which I decided to forgo in favor of this run. I hope that event comes with good weather for the kids). I don’t blame them for this fiasco, some things happen that the organizers cannot predict or is beyond their control. But, I do agree with others that they should not have cancelled the event for the participants who came. It has been more than 2 weeks since this non-event has passed (this article is delayed because I still felt some disappointment that prevented my good mood from writing this early), the organizer promised to reschedule the event free of charge for those who still want to run. That’s the only thing we can look forward to and hope that they can make the event better….

And they finally made the official announcement 5 days ago…

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01.27.2018 The Official Date for My Little Pony Friendship Run.

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Still plan to attend the event? We definitely will.

 

 

Posted in 10 kilometers, 10k, 21.0975 kilometers, 21k, 5k, 5km, fun run, guerilla race, half-marathon, run for a cause, running event

Running Soon: The Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run 2

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PRESS RELEASE

Eggciting Adventure Family Run 2 campaigns for #EatlogEveryday

With the success of the first Eggciting Adventure Family Run last year comes another exciting run for the Filipino families in line with the commemoration of the World Egg Day.

The Philippine Egg Board Association together with Sarimanok Poultry Feeds through The Good Egg advocacy and all its sponsors and partners is all set to stage the Eggciting Adventure Family Run 2. Recognized by the International Egg Commission, the second run of Eggciting Adventure Family Run will happen on October 15, 2017 at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. This health and nutrition advocacy and charity run aims at reiterating the importance of eating an egg a day as it is absolutely necessary to one’s health. The campaign uses a #EatlogEveryday, to tell everyone that it is okay to consume egg daily.  Moreover, this running event does not only help in promoting the healthy benefits of poultry products but also aid in the nutritional and educational needs of soldiers’ children especially those affected in Marawi City conflict through Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit Systems Office.

Similar to last year, the Eggciting Adventure Family Run 2 is open to all ages. There are race categories for individual and family or group of four. This year, it also includes 21 kilometer category for individuals who desire to run at a longer distance.

The Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run categories are 200M dash with Egg Land Adventure at Php 350; 3K individual at Php 400; 3K group of 4 at Php 1500; 5K at Php 500; 10K at Php600; 21K at Php800. All participants will get a Tech shirt, Finisher Medal, Racebib, and Lootbags. The 21K will get an additional Finisher Shirt.

This Eggciting event will not be possible without the generous sponsors – Philippine Egg Board, The Good Egg by Sarimanok of UNAHCO,  Philippine association of Breeders and Layers Inc. , DSM, Nido, Ceelin, Growee, Nutrilin, Enervon for Kids, Ceelin Plus, Ferlin, Robinsons Supermarket, Magnolia, Gigabit, Deuter, Chris Sports, Pocari Sweat, Anytime Fitness Escape Macapagal, Factory MMA, Klaypel, Mega fiber, Cranuti, Nivea Sun, Blackwater, Trampolin park and Petron Gasul.

Our Media partners that are supporting this run for a cause – Business Mirror, Malaya Business Insight, Philippine Graphic, Pilipino Mirror, Health and Fitness, DZAR, Radyo Inquirer, Travel Plus, Zen Health, Pinoyfitness.com, Wheninmanila.com, Team Run Direction, Inding Indie Film Festival, 8 trimedia, Market Monitor, Light Network, Pinoy Extreme, Abscbn Sports and Action and ANC.  This event is organized by Aldenver Marketing Inc.

To join this worthwhile activity, please visit the race’s official registration partner, Chris Sports at these selected branches: SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA and Market! Market! or register online at www.goohrana.com. For updates and other important announcements regarding the upcoming run, visit Eggciting Adventure Family Run’s Facebook page.

For more information about Eggciting Adventure Family Run 2, please contact Ms. Nikka Ramos of Aldenver Marketing at 0927-8484533 or 0998-9565231. You may e-mail them at aldenver.eventsmarketing@gmail.com.

Posted in City Run, Gear Review, GPS watch, half-marathon, Marathon, Review, running, running event, Trail run, trail running, Valley Trail Challenge

Accuracy or Fu*K-uracy: A non-professional observation and analysis of GPS devices for running…

In the early days, runners use the stopwatch feature of their watches to check their Finish Time and it is assumed that the distance of the race route is accurately measured by the event organizers. Today’s generation of runners rely on the GPS functionality of smartphones and watches making it an essential feature. But, how accurate are the GPS of these devices? are they reliable?

I am not an electronics expert or engineer, I don’t know how GPS works technically, so don’t expect me to explain everything with scientific detail. I’m just a runner who relies on my GPS watch and smartphone app to record my performance and this observation and analysis is based on my experience in using them during training runs and running events. I use a Soleus GPS One watch and Samsung S7 Edge for tracking my runs.

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The race course was said to be 5 kilometers. My GPS watch said it’s 4.88 kilometers.

Which is more accurate, a GPS watch or a smartphone app?

–  Starting both devices and standing still, my S7 Edge using Nike Run Club app connects faster to GPS satellites than my GPS One. It usually takes less than a minute for the S7 to get a good signal, whilst the GPS One can take as long as 1-3 minutes to find a signal. The GPS One may also receive an unstable connection and deliver very unbelievable results like a running speed of 40-70 kilometers per hour which is impossible considering that Usain Bolt can run at a top speed of 44 km/h. The GPS One also has a tendency to lose signal in places where only a few tall buildings surround the area. There are times that the GPS One can yield better results than the smartphone like the time I ran the 2nd Philippine Marine Corp Marathon. When I entered the famous Kaybiang Tunnel, both devices lost connection, but the watch re-connected faster and delivered a more accurate distance. It should be noted that I was using a mid-range smartphone at the time, an Alcatel Flash 2, and not the S7 Edge that I’m using now. I mentioned this because high-end smartphones and GPS watches with superior hardware may be able to deliver more accurate results than entry-level like the GPS One and mid-range devices.

UPDATE (07-23-2017): I accidentally activated the mobile data of my S7 Edge instead of the GPS. Nike Run Club app relied on internet connection and due to the weak signal and speed, it resulted to a big miscalculation, counting 600-800 meters as 1 kilometer.

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According to my GPS One, I ran a maximum speed of 72.9 km/h some time during my run. Wow! Good thing Usain Bolt is retired. I should probably go after Eliud Kipchoge then.

Distance Discrepancy?

–   Distance discrepancy between the two devices is not unusual. Sometimes it can be as short as 100 meters to as long as 2 kilometers with the GPS watch very likely to be inaccurate. One example of this was during Run United Exceed half-marathon last April, GPS One recorded the total distance of 23.45 kilometers, whilst the S7 showed 22.5 kilometers. The race route in Bonifacio Global City is surrounded by tall buildings and locking on to the satellites takes time, but I was able to get a signal for both devices before the gunstart. But, I’m very sure that the GPS One was inaccurate because it showed me that I passed the first kilometer in 4+ minutes whilst the smartphone app told me that I ran it at 5 minutes and 45 seconds. I’ve also seen social media posts from runners and most of them also covered 22+ kilometers. Others got results of less than 21 kilometers, but it’s very likely that they started their devices while it was still trying to get a signal and only got one after several kilometers (i.e. 18 kilometers of total distance was likely the result the device receiving a signal after 3 kilometers of running). During my usual Wednesday and Friday morning runs, it’s often that I get distance discrepancies and most of the time, the GPS One delivered inaccuracy.

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3 minutes and 15 seconds in the first kilometer. If only I can really run this pace. I know for a fact that when I run below 4 minutes and 30 seconds, I start feeling cramps about to hit me. So, yeah I have never ran a 3-minute per kilometer pace before.

GPS devices or just trust the Organizer’s Race Route?

–   What you see in your GPS devices can also match the race course distance if you get a very good signal. But, the race route can be more or less of the total distance as advertised. It depends on how the organizer of the event measured the race route and there are some instances that could force the organizer to shorten distance like unfavorable weather or last minute changes due to traffic and other road-related incidents that is beyond their control. Other organizers will add extra kilometers as a bonus  or a slight change in the race route. If you really want a distance accurate race route, then look for an event sanctioned by an athletics organization like Philippine Athletics Track And Field Association (PATAFA).

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It was supposed to be only 34 kilometers, but a small change in the race route added 3 extra kilometers.

Comparison with Car Odometer (FINAL UPDATE)

I did an experiment to compare if the distance displayed on a car’s odometer will yield the same or close results with the GPS devices. I did a quick google search and found out that GPS is much more accurate than car speedometers when it comes to measuring speed because it is affected by tire size and condition. But, I’m measuring the distance and disregarded speed, so we focus on the odometer. Stopping the car at 1, 3, and 5 kilometers, the distance difference is somewhere between 30 to 200+ meters.

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Trial 1: Stopping at 1 kilometer with the GPS devices connected with good signal, the Nike app recorded a 40-meter difference, while the GPS watch showed a much bigger number at 110 (or more) meters.
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Trial 2: I reset the odometer and stopped at 3 kilometers. Similar results from the 1 kilometer run with 30-meter difference on the app and 110+ meters on the GPS watch.
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And just for comparisons sake, I did keep the car’s speed at 40+ km/h most of the time and sped up to 80+ km/h once to overtake a vehicle. I think the GPS watch got it right with the average (41 km/h) and maximum speed (83.2 km/h) reading.

This experiment should be taken with a grain of salt since gps reading is affected by the position and availability of the satellites (take note that the experiment took place on a road devoid of tall buildings). It’s likely that distance discrepancy will increase if I travelled farther.

The verdict: Accurate or Fu*k-urate?

–   So, are GPS devices like smartphones and GPS watches accurate when it comes to measuring distance and pace? the answer is yesbut, only if you get a good and stable signal. The advance technology in these devices assures you accuracy, but not always. There will be times that you will get unstable signal and even lose the signal especially in places surrounded by tall building or trees and that guarantees fu*ked up results. The reason why I use both a GPS watch and smartphone app is for cases when one fails, the other won’t (hopefully). A small distance discrepancy (like 100-300 meters) between both devices is acceptable, 500 meters or more is where you start to question accuracy and pick the one with less distance. In my usual training routes, I can tell which one is giving me the likely accurate distance because of the numerous times I ran on that place. Even if that devices failed to connect with the satellites, I remember where the kilometer points are.

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My Personal Bests in Nike Run Club app. Guess which ones are fu*k-urate. Hint: I can’t run an elite marathoner pace.