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iTracc-Maxxed Sierra 51050 Race Details and Route Map

This is the second year of the Sierra 51050 Team Relay with We Run as One as its catch-phrase or motto, partnering with Sportshouse's iTracc and Maxxed brand of shoes and apparel. The event will also feature 10K and 21K categories for individual participants, with the starting and finish line at the grounds of Ten Cents to Heaven in Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal.

Registration's race kit comes with a race bib (5 race bibs for Team Relay) and singlet while the finisher’s shirt, sponsor lootbag, and Relay and 21K finisher's medal will be given after crossing the finish line.

iTracc-Maxxed Sierra 51050 Team Relay and Half-Marathon
01 March 2015 Sunday, 4:30 AM (Assembly Time)
Ten Cents to Heaven, Mayagay II, Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 50K Team Relay - 4:30 AM / 5:30 AM
  • 21K - 5:00 AM / 5:55 AM
  • 10K - 5:00 AM / 6:15 AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 10K - Php 850.00
  • 21K - Php 950.00
  • 50K Team Relay - Php 4,000.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • 2In-Store Registration:
    1. SecondWind Running Stores - Malingap; Ortigas; and Greenhills
    2. Sportshouse Stores - SM Bicutan; SM City Fairview; SM City Novaliches; SM Marikina; SM Mall of Asia; SM Megamall; SM North Edsa; Robinson’s Galleria; and Trinoma

2 Race-kit claiming will be announced two weeks before race day at Sportshouse store where you registered.

Event Jersey/Singlet Design
10K Singlet Design
21K Singlet Design
50K Team Relay Singlet Design
Finisher's Memorabilia/Token
Finisher's Shirt Design

Route Map
The route runs along Sitio Mayagay, Barangay Sampaloc, and Barangay Cuyambay where runners will get a glimpse of the magnificent views of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Tanay.

Start/Finish area and 50K Relay Rendezvous Station

Team Relay participants MUST HAVE their own SUPPORT VEHICLE that will also be used to drop and pick-up their team members from their specific transition assignments.

For 21K and 10K participants, the shuttle service may be arranged with SHUTTLES BEST exclusive of the registration fee, for only Php 280.00.

There will be 4 pick-up/drop off points:
  1. Mini-Stop across SM North Annex (2:00-2:15AM)
  2. SeaOil P.Tuazon (2:25-2:40AM)
  3. McDonald’s Edsa Central/Greenfield District (Teleperformance) (2:50-3:05AM)
  4. Mercury Drug Masinag (Marcos Hi-Way cor. Sumulong Highway) (3:30-3:40AM)
To avail of the shuttle service, visit the Facebook page of Shuttles Best and coordinate with them directly, deposit your shuttle payment via BPI Savings Account #: 1949 12249 9 under Shiella Anne Velasco starting January 16-February 18 only. For quicker response, you may also contact her via 0908-214-9029.

Sportshouse Registration Promo:

Visit any Sportshouse stores in the Metro and avail of their on-going iTracc-Maxxed Sierra51050 registration promos.

Keep posted for more details and updates about this event, or visit Sierra51050 and Rundezvous, Inc. Facebook pages.

Special thanks to our fellow Runner-Bloggers and Media Partners:
The Bull Runner
Barefoot Daves
Cheapanggang Diva
Franc Ramon
Jazz Runner
Jham Jham
Kamote Runner
Kulit Runner
Manila Fitness
Pinoy Fitness
Running Pinoy
Running Shield
Urban Tribe

Official Photographer:
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Registration for Run United 2015 Opens

Almost everybody is waiting for the Run United 2015 Trilogy series, and good news is, the online registration has already opened, visit before slots run out.

Run United 1 will be on March 8, 2015 and will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds with 5K, 10K, and 21K categories.

Meanwhile, here's this year's Run United singlet and Finisher's shirt collection that features attractive color combinations and seamless design. The image doesn't give it justice but based from what was revealed a bit to us last year during the Blogger's appreciation night, this year's collection is again... better than ever!

For the medal collectors (meaning those who truly trained for and finished the race), here's what you will get. The 21K finishers from Legs 1 to 3 will have the same medal colors.

While those who continuously progress and exceed their distance, here's the connective trilogy medal that will testify of your ability to be better than yourself in each leg.

To assure your race slot for the three (3) 2015 legs, RunRio is also introducing the bundle registration package where you may choose to secure any of the following race package:
  1. Exceed Half Marathon (5K / 10K / 21K)
  2. 10K Perfectionist (10K / 10K / 10K)
  3. Half-Marathon Perfectionist (21K / 21K / 21K)
  4. Exceed Full Marathon (21K / 32K / 42K)
Your bundle registration also comes with the following perks:
  • Secured slot and one time registration
  • One time web admin fee
  • Customized race bib with runner’s name
  • Dedicated village lounge for the finishers kit claiming
  • Special assembly area at the starting line
  • Acknowledgment during the satellite stage program
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A 21K PR, "Free" Hotel Accommodation, and an Egg

Just when I thought that I could no longer break my personal bests, here comes an unexpected 21K PR-breaking at the previously held Egg Power Run in Bonifacio Global City last January 11.

Egg Power Run is first of its kind and a unique concept organized by LeadPack, partnering with Philippine Egg Board Association to promote the goodness of eggs and its nutritional value. Before the race started, the runners were briefed and given an introduction about some history of the Philippine egg economy, its health benefits, some trivia and also a live weather forecast from Kuya Kim Atienza, who was also present and did a really fast yet relaxed 21K run.

Kuya Kim weather forecasting before the gun-start
Prior to the gun-start, all runners were given one egg for you to bring along as you run. A few did not welcome the idea of clutching an egg but most of the participants welcomed the challenge with their own tricks and techniques to secure the egg. Ms. Abet (whom I ride with to and from the venue) put hers on a small zip-lock and onto her windbreaker's pocket. The challenge for this race is to cross the finish line with unbroken egg. Although this rule was changed to give everyone a chance to bring home a basket of egg -- so whether you broke your egg or not, as long as there's still a shell left from your egg, that's okay.

As for me, I had the egg in my left hand at the start of the race, and my hydration bottle on the other hand, inter-changing each for a few times in between the route. While running, two silly questions kept crossing my mind (while trying to chase Louie, Hendy, and Kuya Kim's group): 1) after the whole stretch of 21K, will the egg become so beat-up that it will become a "scram-boiled" egg after boiling? 2) will my 2-hour sweat cause the egg to become salty? Well none of it happened as the swinging of my hands are not enough to jostle the albumen and yolk, and a 2-hour sweat will not even penetrate the eggs' shell. Anyway, I crossed the finish line with still intact egg but with a cracked shell when I almost squeezed it while trying to put on the second loop band. Luckily, the egg still has its shell membranes unbroken that protected it from leaking.

I finished the race with a new 21K PR, although it was not so fast like our really performing runners but it was still a surprise to me because for the past year, I haven't been running much and as a matter of fact, my 2014 mileage is only 321-km for the whole year... that includes my non-contiguous training mileage as well. I don't attribute this to physical capacity, genetics, or anything physical-giftedness because I don't have those but I think, it was because of the cool weather during race day and the early gun-start that helped me shove 12-seconds off from my previous 21K record.

The winning stub
To top it off, four days after the event, an unknown number called to ask how did my Sunday's race went and told me that they are one of the event's sponsors and they have been calling me at 8:30 AM that day because I won a 3-days/2-nights "free" accommodation at Club Ultima/Crown Regency Hotel. Well was I really lucky? Because I know raffle prizes like these are automatically forfeited once you're no longer around during the time of raffling (this has reminded me of my Club Astoria experience which I have also "won" from watching the Pacquiao-Margarito fight). Anyway, we've agreed to an appointment for me to claim the Gift Certificate.

A day after, I went to their office at West Ave., Quezon City, attended a supposed-to-be 1.5-hours video clip about their Hotels but which became a 3-hour Club membership briefing. Before the midnight hits and failing to convince me with the membership, they still gave me the Vacation Certificate but contrary to what they told me of "free accommodation", there's a Php 3,000.00 non-refundable booking fee that I have to pay before I could use the certificate.

Not bashing them though, the lifetime membership package that they showed me is a good offer, actually way better than Club Astoria. That is if you would always choose to stay at a posh/5-star accommodation like the Crown Regency line of Hotels and Suites on your vacations in Makati, Cebu, Boracay, and Davao. The membership is transferable, re-saleable, and can also be willed to your succeeding generations for a minimal transfer fee, but considering my budget priorities, I consider it still a bit pricey. Well why don't you just sponsor my out-of-town run accommodations? :p

Photo courtesy of Jham Mariano
To conclude, the event was a great run to start my year. It was actually my first race for 2015 and it offered a unique way to practice your running form. It didn't gave me a hard time holding and keeping the egg safe and made me realize that I might be able to hatch a good chick (outside from the nest) while running. There were more than ample hydration stations, great Marshals from community, and the route was challenging enough with a mix of flats, ascents, and descents.

Special thanks to the Organizers and Ms. Donna Fuentes for this opportunity, as well as to Luigi Munsayac and Ms. Arleen Lindo of Chris Sports.

Crossing the finish line still a bit dark
Race Profile:
Distance: 21 km.
Official Time: 1:54:32
Official Ranking: 27th out of 320 21K Finishers

Race Info:
When: Jan. 11, 2015.
Where: Bonifacio Global City
Event: Egg Power Run Half Marathon

Photo and collage from Hendy Cheung together with Ms. Abet and Louie
The route as plotted from the MovesCount iPhone App (promise, I wasn't drunk)
ItemHound's MyRunTime Race Analysis
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Surviving the Last Leg of the 2014 Splash 'n Dash Aquathlon

I remember way back in May or June of 2008 when I went to try my luck to audition for the first season of Survivor Philippines. Unluckily though, my survival instincts did not qualify to pass the expectations of the very first interviewer. The question was like: "If you and two other people are stuck in the island with nothing else except for a piece of food/bread that you still have, what are you going to do?"

I answered the question based on what I learned from the Values Education subject in High School and the GMRC that was already inculcated from what our parents taught since the childhood days: "to share what you have with other people". But that answer was the reason why I was prevented to proceed to the second stage of the interview. The interviewer was looking for an answer where your personal survival instinct will surface... and that means to keep your "ace card" until the very end when it is most needed -- the time to bribe one of the remaining members to keep you from getting evicted out.

I bet our Country's corrupt and cunning Politicians may be the best candidates for this kind of show as they are already well versed and experienced with that kind of "survival instincts", but that's a topic not fit for this article.

In all honesty, even if I passed the series of interviews, I know for sure that I will not be able to survive the swimming portions of the actual show, specially that I still fear deep waters and my dog- and frog- swimming styles would easily drown my lungs out! After that frustrating audition, I never did anything to somehow learn how to properly swim, and for those past years, I can no longer see myself joining any type of race or activity with swimming events on it.

These all changed, thanks to Cris Dela Cruz, for his patience and unwavering support and belief that I can still learn a new skill and adapt to our ever-changing trend and increasing challenge in sports.

It was just barely eight (8) months ago when I first dipped into Aquathlon. If you will read my experience during that debut, you will know how I struggled finishing even the first 200-meter swim loop, almost gave up at the final loop, and had side-stitch with heavy feet on the 3K run.

With Team Hunyango, L-R: Eric, Dan, Rommel, Cris, Ton, Me (photo by Photo-Ops)

Last December 14, I have once again survived my second Aquathlon event at the final leg of the Splash 'n Dash Aquathlon, still held at La Stanza in Marikina City. I cannot technically compare my lap-by-lap performance results between the first leg and this leg as I wasn't able to use my Suunto Ambit 2S because the strap is already broken.

However, I could say that overall, I was able to conserve my energy in this one compared to the first leg. This time, I was able to survive the four (4) swim loops of 200-meters each for a total of 800-meters swim leg with still enough oxygen in my tank for the final 5K run. Although unexpectedly, I have finished the swim leg with more than double my first leg's finish time of 13-mins 45-secs for a 400-meter swim, compared to 34-mins 55-secs for the 800-meter swim for this leg. If I was able to mimic my swimming pace time like the first leg, I would have finished slightly between 27-mins to 30-mins.

Thinking back, the transitions after each swim loop in which I just walked as well as the many rests that I did in between each lap contributed to the more than 5-minutes of additional swim time. It was also at my third (3rd) swim loop that I made a lot of rest when my right calf cramped from kicking the wall after each 25-meter lap. My legs are still not accustomed and trained for that one.

Stayed that way for more than 1-minute waiting for cramped calf to relax

There was also two instance when I have to stop in the middle of the pool to fix my goggles after diving, and give way to another swimmer (doing breast stroke) who won't let me pass him. He swam to my side, kept pushing me towards the buoy dividers, and when I stood up behind to let him pass, he kicked my chest to propel himself better. We caught each other at the end of the lap but he has no remorse or whatever to what he did. I just let him be!

Checking some of my swim videos, I still have a lot lot more to improve -- from the form, paddling, and most of all -- my breathing. A day after the event, my neck is aching like its having a delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), my body twist is driven by the neck instead of the hips!

Savoring the Gatorade as it flush out the Chlorine from my mouth

After transitioning towards the run leg which took me around 2-mins 15-secs, I just walked towards the starting line not rushing the moment like what I did before. This helped a lot to regain my composure from the swim leg. I caught up with Ton Malasig who is already running his last loop for the run. From his estimate, he was running third place for our age group but after a while, a participant in blue singlet passed us and Ton was challenged to chase back his place. I decided to pace him so we could still chase the coveted age-group 3rd place podium but man he was fast and was maintaining a better pace than us. A few meters away from the finish line and we just gave up from chasing the guy.

Continued my second run loop while Ton proceeded to the finish line with a heavy heart. Because of that chasing, I think my adrenaline was still full that I ended up having a negative split, finishing the second loop at more than 3-mins (est.) faster than the first loop for a total 5K finish time of 28-mins 41-secs.

During the awarding, Ton was called 3rd Placer for our age group. Turns out the guy we were chasing is from Wave 10 -- not the same age group as ours! Congratulations Ton! :)

Although I'm not contented with my overall finish time of 1-hr, 6-mins, and 21-secs, I am still happy for the strong finish with still ample energy to take post-race photos with our wave mates, other participants and teams. No dizzy and dark-sight moments after the finish line except for the already tightening and burning right calf. But then again, it's still a loooongg way for me to go, more pool water to be swallowed, more chlorine as my hydration, and much much more swim-run trainings to do (yeap, I am already embracing the aquathlon event).

With Dan while waiting for our wave
Wave 11 briefing, hosted by Ms. Abet Ocampo
James Rosca motivating me and watching my every move :p
Stretching at the transition
Dash to the finish line (photo by Photo-Ops)
with Ms. Donna and Company (they both podiumed in their respective age group)

Race Profile:
Distance: 800-m Swim, 5-km run.
Official Time: 00:34:55 (Swim), 00:31:26 (Run), 01:06:21 (Total)
Official Ranking: 56th out of 87 Overall Finishers

Race Info:
When: 14 Dec. 2014.
Where: La Stanza Events Place, SSS Village, Marikina City
Event: 2014 Splash 'n Dash Aquathlon Leg 3
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Reebok Z Fury Shoe Review

Last March 13, 2014, Reebok unveiled their latest in running footwear -- the Reebok Z Series collection. The shoe design was inspired by the high-performance Z-rated racing tires found on exotic high-end sports cars.

In the sports car industry, a Z-rating means that the tire can handle car speeds in excess of 240kph (149mph). Currently, Z-speed is the 3rd top-most rate given to sports car tire following W- and Y- rating that can handle up to 270kph (168mph) and 300kph (186mph) car speeds, respectively (

Reebok Z Fury

Obviously, no human could run even a quarter of those speeds, but how does it become useful to the Reebok Z series shoe? A look at the vehicle's side might help us understand it better. According to Michelin, "speed ratings make a difference not only in regards to speed, but also with the ride comfort, wear, and cornering ability of a vehicle. The higher the speed rating, the better the grip and stopping power..."

Taking that principle, Reebok designers got the idea of also applying the Z-rating to give the shoe a better traction support and handle strenuous demands like sudden movement changes -- quick turns, starts, and stops on our everyday exercises/workouts. And these are what I also tried to find out on my training bouts while using the Z Fury model.

A Dib on the Reebok Z Fury

At the Duaman (photo by Thumbie Remigio)

Since this year was my debut for Multisport events (aside from the Indoor duathlon last 2013) -- more specifically Duathlon and Aquathlons, the first time that I raced the Reebok Z Fury was during my first on-road Duathlon event at the's 2014 Duaman last June 8, 2014 for a 6K run, 20K bike, and a final 3K run leg. The most recent event where I treaded the shoe was on the recently held Splash 'n Dash Aquathlon Leg 3 last December 14, 2014 for a 5K run.

At the 2014 Splash 'n Dash Leg 3 (photo by KB)

In between those two events, I have used the shoe in my road run trainings and on-the-gym trainings (circuit, weight, and strength).

First impressions -- very lightweight, I think it has a weight similar or perhaps much lighter than my previous Adizero Boston.

The color and design is also outstanding, this is the first blue-neon green shoe color combination that I have but it doesn't make me feel awkward wearing them. I specially love the no stitch construction and bootie fit of the tongue. Unlike most of the shoes' tongue that slips out of alignment, the Z Fury's soft and cushy tongue is securely locked on the inner sole -- a great feature that will be appreciated by Aqua- or Tri- athletes as it will lessen the time spent on wearing and securely fitting the shoe.

Wide toe box, snug fit medial part

The medial part also snugs properly yet remains flexible that helps prevents the feet to easily tire out even when the lacing is a bit tight. It is also combined with a nearly seam-free upper that makes the fitting and wearing smooth which prevents irritation even when the skin is in direct contact.

As for the toe box, most runners will love its wide space as it gives much room for the foot. For my feet though with a narrow width, it's not much of an advantage. Its whole size is also a bit bigger than the usual US 7.5 sizes (which is my recommended fit). It has too much space for my foot, a US 7.0 size might better fit me.

Stucked small pebbles and stones on the underfoot groove design

What I don't find appealing about the shoe, is the underfoot groove design as pebbles and stones gets stuck in between. This design though was supposed to allow the midsole to flex and expand with the foot which allows rapid acceleration and easier control at high speed. True enough, this shoe is as flexible as the popular Nike Free. No break-in run needed actually, except when you're not yet used to race flats or other close to minimalist shoes.

One more thing I have noticed with the outer edges of the underfoot is its softness as compared to most running shoes' outer sole. That softness in turn helps increase the edge contact of the shoes with the ground. The inner edges though has ten (10) much sturdier grooves and blown rubber on the heel part.

Great shoe for indoor workouts (sorry, no action shots!)

Indoors, the shoe don't easily slip even on shiny floors. You could easily perform hop squats, jumping lunges, lateral hops, skips, and other speed or agility exercises that will require you to change directions quickly such as zig-zag drills, and back-and-forth short sprints.

In summary, this Reebok Z Fury is a keeper. In my opinion, this should only be used for shorter run distances, perhaps maximum of 10-kilometers due to its softer than usual underfoot/outsole. On the other hand, the Reebok Z Fury can be best utilized for speed workouts and agility trainings, be it indoors, concrete pavement, or on the track. The soft and bootie-fit of the tongue is also a great plus -- a feature that I hope more running shoes would follow suit.

The Z Fury sports the new Reebok logo design
Unique Nanoweb and seamless design

Z-Rated sole
Left-inner side
Right-inner side
Bootie-fit tongue design
No sew tongue upper
Tongue is sewn on the inner part of insole
Vents on the under forefoot
Radical geometry design of the underfoot grooves
Ten sturdier grooves on the inner edge
High-abrasion rubber on the outer heel

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