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Go Out and Join the Festivities of R.O.X's Outdoor Festival 2015

It's Sunday and you don't have anything to do? Why not go out with your family and have an Urban outdoor adventure instead?
Outrun the Road
Recreational Outdoor eXchange (ROX) is currently holding its 2015 Outdoor Festival at the Bonifacio High Street in Global City, Taguig. It started yesterday (April 18) with Outdoor talks with topics such about advices on planning and packing, outdoor photography, and how to capture an incredible outdoor footage. Different outdoor activities and challenges also abounds the different sponsor booths, targetting the experienced, newbies, and even kids and kids at heart. Movie goers will also be enchanted by the outdoor film showing aimed to awaken your passion to explore. Get to see Lorax, and Secret Life of Walter Mitty (shown yesterday, Saturday), Chasing Mavericks, and Into the Wild (will be shown today).

This weekend outdoor festival will conclude today (April 19). The second day of Outdoor talks will be about encouraging our young ones to the outdoor adventures, responsible adventuring, and bike road safety and maintenance.


For those seeking a challenge, here are the stuffs you might want to try. Oh, before that, let me just tell you that I joined the 100-meters "Outrun the Road Challenge" of Salomon with a finish time of 29.75-seconds, which put me on the 6th or 7th place when I left. I targeted to finish around 15 to 18-seconds but the 4x25-meters proved to be more challenging than a straight 100-meter sprint. Currently, the time to beat is at 24.xx seconds, and the top winner (male and female) will get a free slot to Salomon's Road xTrail 2015 as prize (and a Salomon shoe, if I heard the whisper correctly)!

So aside from that, here are the other Challenges waiting for you before this weekend outdoor festival ends: Columbia's "Trying Stuff Challenge"; Camp Eddie Bauer; Mountain Hard Wear's "Last Man Standing"; The North Face's "Mountain Athletics"; Fox's "Pump Up the Track" challenge; and Zero Gravity's "Bouldering Competition".

Kids will also get to try and learn how to ride the Strider bike on a mini-obstacle track. Other sponsors have their own mini-challenge as well on each of their booths such as Spyder's Jigsaw puzzle and Volcom's shooting challenge.

Check out some photos below from Day 1 below:

Sanuk's Blow that ball?
Zero Gravity's Bouldering Competition
Camp Eddie Bauer
Outdoor Film Showing
Mountain Hard Wear's Last Man Standing (Beat your opponents with this 6-hour Challenge)
Fox's Pump Up the Track
Photo Framing with Spyder's Ms. Karyl Moral and Mr. JP Alipio of Globe Cordillera Challenge
Pedal-less Kids Strider Bike
Mini Bike Obstacle Challenge for Kids
Columbia's Trying Stuff Challenge
Power Up's Wall Climbing Challenge
PlanetZips' LED Poi Workshop

More photos at my Facebook page/album.
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Saucony Ride 7 Shoe Review


A little trivia: The Saucony's logo actually represents the Sacony Creek in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and the three circles represents the boulders. The word Saucony (pronounced sock-uh-knee) means “where two rivers run together.”

I received this pair of Saucony Ride 7 courtesy of Ms. Nikka Peralta of i-Trend last December 19, 2014, two months after the 1st Saucony Philippines store was launched at Glorietta 3 in Makati City where the new line of Saucony Performance apparels, Kinvara 5, and Saucony Philippine sponsored-athletes were also unveiled to the media and attendees.

The Ride 7 has not been rode on for a break-in until a month after, with the break-in at only 6.75-km for a short speed test near my neighborhood. I have decided to have a speed workout as a test run for this shoe due to the fact that my initial impression about this pair is that it was a racing flat because it is as lightweight as my previous Kinvara 3.

Since the Ride 7 falls on the neutral cushioning shoe category, you would never expect the shoe to be lightweight at only 9.4 ounces (266.5 grams) at first glance with the visibly-chunky rubber on the medial side. It isn't even close to minimalist shoe with its 8-mm heel-to-toe drop/offset. Having been used to a neutral Diadora shoe which I previously thought was at par in terms of weight on its category, the Ride 7's weight was really surprising to me.

The Saucony Ride 7's cushioning was also impressive. It is thick and soft but not overly soft that would swallow the energy from your strides. In fact, its responsiveness is also satisfying that I can recommend this shoe for short speed races and even longer distances to 21K and Marathons. Of course the shoe is intended for paved road use only and not on trails.

Saucony Ride 7's blown rubbers on the heel, mid, and toe areas.
The hard blown rubber on the heel area keeps it from immediate wear, while the softer blown rubber under the forefoot gives it relative traction even on not-so-perfect roads. Right under the tip of the toes are also hard rubber (not as hard as on the heel, and not as soft as on the midsole) to also minimize the accelerated wear and tear on this area at every toe-offs. These rubbers in contrast are flex-groove designed that makes the shoe flexible.

Breathable upper mesh in blue / black / citron color
Aesthetically, the upper is also breathable with its open mesh that keeps the feet cool and comfortable. The welded overlays are seamless and functionally does structure support at each bend of the forefoot. The lace's green-black color combination perfectly accentuates the lucid blue color of the upper.

The reflective bits of Saucony Ride 7
The small logo in front of the lace, the two lace loops, the text logo on the upper-outer tongue, and another small logo at the heel area also serves a purpose - it reflects the lights back so vehicles won't miss you while running in the dark.

As of this writing, my Saucony Ride 7 pair has already logged about 96-kms in combined training runs and two (2) races (at the Run United 1 2015 and PF-Sub 1 Challenge). I cannot conclude yet its cushioning's durability and whether it will be able to survive at least 400-km distance. In contrast, I am already loving its lightweightedness, the aesthetics, flexibility, and cushioning.

The only caveat or needs more improvement is that the tongue still slides sideways despite the presence of the two lace loops. Although it doesn't really affect your strides or the way you run, but it would be better if the tongue stays on its center alignment.

Powerfoam insoles integrated with grid technology
The well-stitched inner sockliner
The heel crash pad redesigned to give more cushioned landing zone
More blown lightweight rubbers
First 21K race (as Pacer) at the Run United 1 2015
First 10K (and 2nd race) at the Pinoy Fitness' 10K Sub-1 Challenge 2015


My first dib with a Saucony shoe was with the Kinvara 3 that I bought at 50% discount on the 23rd of November 2012. What's great at the Kinvara 3 was also of its lightweight, durable upper, and almost a minimalist design at just 4-mm heel-to-toe drop. Add to it the showy green-black color combination -- which was an eye catcher.

It is a racing flat which retired after having logged more than 320++ kilometers only of pounding on the road. The retirement was forced as it has already started causing plantar pains with the accelerated wear on the toe area of the shoe's right pair. I'm still using it but only on casual and short walks or strolls.


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Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2015 Preview

For the past few years, Salomon has been on the love-and-hate-and-love relationship with the Participants of its xTrail races as it has proved to be a formidable and tough trail and mountain racing event in the Country, specially its 24K and 32K distance categories.

Anvaya Cove
This years xTrail edition will be staged at a new venue and premier development of Ayala Land -- The Anvaya Cove Resort in Morong, Bataan where the "mountains meet the sea". The race course will have a more forgiving route this time as compared to last year as assured by Salomon Philippines Brand Manager - Janice Tañada. But of course, the technicality which Salomon xTrail Run is known for will still be there, so there will still be ropes for the mountain climbs, loose gravels and sand on the beach side, probably dusts or muds on the trail portions, and crossings on bridge and rivers.

In contrast from these, the route will still bring you to a splendid panoramas of the topography of abundant forests and stunning seascapes to the inviting Asian Tropical design of the neighborhood houses and elegant fairways of the golf course.

The race will start and end on a paved-road with a separate road access from the gate. From here the route will lead to the new trails being developed exclusively for this event. The trail network will feature the rugged and sophisticated course inside Anvaya Cove, the impressive cliffs and views atop the indigenous Kanawan Aeta community, the stunning long-stretch of Pawikan-conserved beach, a peak at adjacent areas of Mt. Natib and the surroundings of the Vietnamese Refugee Camp.

As Salomon race is always a green event, there will be no paper or plastic cups at the hydration refilling stations so it is best to have a hydration vest or bottle that will carry an ample load of your hydration for about 3 to 4 kilometers apart.

Enjoy some of the photos I took during our brief recon at a short portion of the route from the finish line to the beach club.

Bloggers (L-R): Me, FrancRamon, JazzRunner, RunnerIshi, RunAdoboKing, RunningDiva

That's Sir Rene briefing us about the Vietnam War history
More photos may be found at my Facebook Album.

Salomon x-Trail Pilipinas 2015
25 April 2015 Saturday, 4:00 AM
Anvaya Cove, Morong, Bataan

Gun-Time:
  • 32K - 5:00 AM
  • 24K - 5:30 AM
  • 12K - 8:00 AM
  • 6K - 9:00 AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 32K Mountain Run
    - Php 1,600.00
    - Targeted for advanced trail runners who look for more adrenaline-filled adventures. This route involves a mixture of different terrains from asphalt, to sand, to rocks, to river crossing & technical ascents. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races – the arena wherein Salomon dominates.
    - Mandatory gear for this category: Headlamp, whistle, Hydration Pack/belt. This will be checked prior to race start. No Mandatory gear, No race.
    - Registration Inclusion: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, Post-race meal. Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time (7hours).

  • 24K Mountain Run
    - Php 1,400.00
    - Targeted to trail runners who want to take their race to the next level, with technical ascents and varying terrain. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races – the arena wherein Salomon dominates.
    - Mandatory gear for this category: Headlamp, whistle, Hydration Pack/belt. This will be checked prior to race start. No Mandatory gear, No race.
    - Registration Inclusion: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, Post-race meal. Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time.

  • 12K Road-to-Trail
    - Php 1,100.00
    - The 12 km “Road-to-trail” nature targets runners with basic trail running experience who wants to level up and experience technical terrain.
    - Registration Inclusion: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. Post race meal will also be served.

  • 6K Road-to-Trail
    - Php 850.00
    - Targets beginners who want to explore the world of trail running. Road runners are very welcome, to experience a different adrenaline rush.
    - Registration Inclusion: race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. Post race meal will also be served.

Registration Sites and Schedule (until 20 April 2014):
  • *Online Registration via Salomon x-Trail Pilipinas website.
  • *In-Store Registration:
    1. Salomon SM Aura
    2. Salomon SM Megamall
    3. Salomon Glorietta 3
    4. Salomon SM North EDSA Annex
    5. R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street
*Distribution of Racekits are at ROX BHS, starting April 10 to 23 (c/o Runners'Runner Booth); Valid ID must be presented upon registration and claiming of race kit;

Shuttle Bus
Add Php 600.00 for back and fort Shuttle bus from R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street to Anvaya Cove - only first 300 participants. To avail, please click on the tickbox in the registration form & include payment with the race registration fee. Each registrant may avail of ONLY 1 additional seat in the bus (maximum of 2 seats per race participant). Please save the Bus Stub in your registration form/waiver. This will be surrendered upon boarding the bus on race day.

Accomodations
Special Rates of Partner Hotels of Anvaya, will be available at the website (to be announced). For accommodations inquiries & reservations, please email accommodations@salomonxtrailpilipinas.com. Leave your contact number and We will call you the soonest.


Event Jersey/Singlet Design

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token
TBP

Route Map and Elevation Profile

You may visit Salomon xTrail Pilipinas or their Facebook Page for more details and further race updates. You may also send an e-mail to inquiry@salomonxtrailpilipinas.com for your other concerns and/or inquiries.

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Run With The First-Ever Nike Women's 10K Manila


Nike Women's 10K Manila
09 May 2015 Saturday, 9:00 PM
Filinvest City, Alabang

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 10K - AM / AM
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • Women's 10K Buddy Run - Php 1,800.00
Registration Sites and Schedule:
  • 1,2Online Registration via gonike.me/WeRunMNL
  • 1,3Prepaid Card Purchase:
    1. Nike Park BGC
    2. Nike Women's Trinoma
    3. Nike Park BGC
    4. Nike Park Mall of Asia
    5. Nike Stadium Shangri-La
    6. Nike Forum Greenhills
    7. Nike Stadium Glorietta 2
    8. Nike Stadium Alabang Town Center
1All race participants must collect their race pack during the Nike Women’s 10K Run Race Entitlement Pack collection from April 20, 2015 to May 3, 2015, 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM. Please bring your ID and confirmation slip to collect your race pack.
2Claim race pack at the Nike store chosen during registration.
3Claim race pack at the store where you bought the prepaid card.


Event Jersey/Singlet Design
TBP

Finisher's Memorabilia/Token
TBP

Route Map
TBP

For questions, kindly visit or download the Frequently Asked Questions.

Press Release:
MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 16 March 2015 — Filipinas now have the opportunity to be part of a global community of sport that motivates, inspires, and connects athletes around the world with the inaugural Nike Women’s 10k Manila (#WeRunMNL) on 9 May 2015. Coming from the insight that Pinays love to run and train with a partner, the Nike Women’s 10k Manila takes on a unique twist by requiring participants to register with their best female buddy and enjoy the experience with the rest of the growing community of strong, beautiful women who are motivated to achieve their personal running goals. Set to take place in Fillinvest, Alabang, there are 10,000 slots available.

The Nike Women’s 10k Manila is part of the global Nike Women’s Event Series, which includes the Nike Women’s Race Series and N+TC Tour. The global event series will see more than 200,000 women around the world celebrate and experience the power of sport through a series of one-of-a-kind, high-energy training events.

To help prepare women achieve their personal bests, participants can get access to elite Nike Run Club training sessions in the weeks leading up to the Nike Women’s 10k Manila. Race registrants also get free access to a variety of fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, barre, HIIT and an exclusive NTC Live (Nike Training Club Live) event on 25 April 2015 at Valkyrie, Manila’s largest nightclub. Participants can also train and prepare for the race through the Nike+ Running and Nike+ Training Club Apps, available for free on iPhone and Android. These best-in-class apps combine the power of Nike’s 65-million-women strong social community with the expertise of Nike’s top trainers.


“Women in the Philippines today, and all over the world, are increasingly engaged in fitness and sports and we are excited to launch the inaugural Nike Women’s 10k Manila. From the time they register with their best friend, they will be inspiring each other and the community around them – whether it is through training, or race day”, says Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager of Nike Philippines.

Online registration for the Nike Women’s 10k Manila is now available. Participants can pay online via credit card or via prepaid cards available at select Nike stores to complete their online registration. Registration fee is PHP 1,800 per pair.

For more information, visit www.nikewomen10kmnl.com

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