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Run with the Light Race Results and Photos

October 31st, 2010 4 comments

(Updated as of November 12, 2010)

I should be one of the marshals in this run but because schedule conflicts I wasn’t able to see the fun here. Anyway, I want to share some of the photos my friend Jojo took:

More photos from Jojo’s Facebook can be viewed and tagged here: ALBUM 1, ALBUM2

More Photos from the organizers can be downloaded here too: Album 1 and Album 2

Race Results can be downloaded here: 5K: 5K RWTL Race Results (545) 10K:RWTL Results (Updated) (570)

The RunningShield

Divine Tapit, 1st Place 10K women’s division

Great things start from small beginnings, way to go kiddo!


Thanks a lot Jojo, basta talaga chicks maganda kuha mo ha!

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Runner’s Profile: Kenley Jones

October 31st, 2010 No comments

Before we end this Octoberfest, let me present to you a friend of mine from the other side of the running world who loves to SanMig as his post-race drink (who doesn’t?). He is one of the few readers/follower of my blog when I was just starting out and his comments served as a timely encouragement as I write. Thanks Sir, your the Man this October!

O'neal Jones- The "Shaq" of Running World?

Runner’s Profile #4: Kenley Oneal Jones
Website:  Essence of Running
Hometown: Havelock, North Carolina, USA
Age: 35

Training Ground: Spring Meadows Park in Boiling Springs, PA

Years of Running: Past two years seriously, Before that: off and on for 5 years.

Favorite Runner: Martin Yelling from MarathonTalk

Favorite Race: Harrisburg Half Marathon: Nice weather, Flat course, well organized

Half-marathon PR:2:13.40

Marathon PR: To be determined on Nov. 14th, 2010

Best 5K Time: 29:32

Fave running shoes: Asics Gel Kayano

Running gears: Whatever is Comfortable

Unforgettable Moment in Running: Finishing Harrisburg Half Marathon with wife at finish for support.  I can never forget her excitement and how she was proud of me. Also just going out for an easy run with my wife in the neighborhood.  Having a running partner is great!

Reasons for running: Overall Health, To challenge myself, It’s fun!

Fave Running Quote: Pain is Temporary, while Achievement Lasts Forever!

Worst injury: No injuries as of yet (knock on wood)

Post-race food: Chocolate Milk or a San Miguel Beer

Kenley also adds,

I started running in high school my freshman year, and after that I had a long hiatus of running.  I took back running 7 years ago, because I knew I had to do something with this body that was looking rather feeble from the amount of sitting around.  When I started back, I did the Couch to 30 minute running schedule.  I remember when I ran my first 2 miles and I just thought that was something else.  Now I am attempting my first Marathon Nov. 14th, and have since lost about 25 kg.  I feel better and I love it.  I would like to mention that none of this would be possible with out God and my very loving and supportive wife.  She really motivates me and is there for me all the time.

Here’s some additional info I learned from him during the interview:

James: If there is one tip that you want to share to newbie runners what will it be?

Kenley's 1st HM nearing the finish line

Kenley: Start out slow, Rome was not built in a day.  If you have never ran before, do not hesitate to walk, because you are still getting some where.  Remember, running is about getting from location A to B.  Don’t go out smashing your body to bits thinking about time all the time, or else you will fall out of love with running.  You must enjoy it.  Join a running club if there is one near by.  Join a race here and there to gauge your performance.  Listen to your Body.  You will not have peak performance all the time.  Finally, Running is about you, not the next guy or gal out there.

James: What do you do when you are not running?

Kenley: Spend time with my wife hiking, going to church, involved with church choir, blogging, and just enjoying life to it’s fullest.

James: How sweet is that, some hiking with the wifey huh. How about crosstraining?

Kenley: I do not do any cross training really that much.  If I do, I will go out for a hike or ride bike.  I do a bit of strength training as well.  Mostly my cross training involves a lot of typing and keeping in touch with my running mates near and abroad mostly in the Philippines.

James: For a moment, let say that you could solely train for 6 months, with unlimited support and training, what could you do a single mile in?
Kenley: 5:59

James: Wow, that’f fast! But I’ll try to beat you man! hahaha :) How about any long term running goals?

Kenley: Yes, to develop a running camp, running club in the Philippines when my wife and I move there to enhance the sport of running.  I also plan to be involved with ultra marathons here and there, and to develop speed.  I would like to be able to bust out a sub 5 minute mile.  Half Marathon goal: sub 1:30.  Marathon Goal: sub 3:00.  In so doing, I would like to qualify for Boston as well.

James: This is exciting man! I would be very glad to be of help with this. And you also mentioned the Boston, hmmm… that would on my list too. So, we will train harder for that 3:00 Marathon goal.

Thanks a lot Sir Kenley for the very informative interview. I have learned a lot from you and your goals. Btw, I really like the topics on your blog, crazy, hilarious and witty! I hope you can visit it too: ESSENCE OF RUNNING

Hope to run/train with you soon when you get here in the Philippines.

Dear Adidas, Is It Fair?

October 28th, 2010 13 comments

Dear Adidas Philippines,

Advance Merry Christmas!

I have seen the first batch of photos from your Facebook page they are nice. I also got my official time for 21K, thanks for the quick processing. Anyway, I know that you have read my open letter so let me ask, “Why are you taking so long to answer the letter? Or am I waiting in vain?” Don’t you want to shake my hands?

Four long days have passed since I wrote the OPEN LETTER, (viewed 3,587 times and counting, shared on Facebook 686 times and Retweeted 15 times) and still no official statement. A lot of runners, your valued and loyal customers, are waiting for your reply. If you would to read the comments below the post you would see that most if not all are dissatisfied with on how you delivered the race. I hope that you also read the forums at Don’t you know that there is actually a Facebook Fan Page demanding a public apology (I didn’t create that)?

As I said before, I wrote that not because I hate (or para siraan kayo) Adidas (I actually donated my Nike shoes to your cause and used my old Adizero two days after the KOTR just to make a statement that I support you). I also know that there are things in the race that are beyond your control and I fully understand that. Still, I wrote the letter because I do not want to experience another race like that either big or small, organized by big brands or fun runs. It is my deep desire that the running community here in the Philippines would be world-class. Its a long process but I believe we can reach that. I also know that you can help fulfill that desire. Impossible is nothing, right? Or will I turn my eyes to Nike, New Balance, Mizuno, Brooks and Mighty Kid?

I am just disturbed when your Fan Page administrator started deleting negative comments and race reviews. To me its a clear statement that you do not value your customers’ feedback. I hope I am wrong. However it is said, a negative or positive comment should be valued and taken as a learning lesson. Have you forgotten  that before we placed our comments there we have to LIKE your fan page first?

Anyway, it seems that waiting for your reply is a waste of time. It’s okay if you don’t reply at all. But please answer this question:

“Is it fair for the 10,000++ runners who paid Php850.00 not to be given buffet breakfast and a reflective strap as you have once said when you are still marketing the King of the Road 2010?”

If it is fair, then I will stop bugging with my open letters.

Thank you for reading my letter. :)


James Betia
October 29, 2010

P.S. Those questions are from the comments section of my blog and I wanted to give them a reply because I value their comments. Well, technically, I got a reply but I think it is a personal reply thru a Facebook comment and I salute him for taking the time to write me. I also emailed Extribe ( and Primetime ( also no reply.

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Promo: Win a Run 4 Ur Rice Race Packet

October 28th, 2010 14 comments

Hello guys! In line with my 1st year of running anniversary celebration and PhilRice’s 25th anniversary this October, we want to offer you an exciting promo contest. This time we will be giving away 4 race packets of PhilRice’s Run 4 Ur Rice scheduled on November 28, 2010 at UPLB, Laguna. You can check out the race details here.

Promo Period: October 28 to November 11, 2010 (11:59pm)

1. Answer the question: “Give me one compelling reason why you deserve a free race kit (complete with singlet, race map and bib number).You can choose any race distance you like (3K, 5K, or 10K)

2. Leave your answer in the comments section below.

3. Only one comment per person, double entry means disqualification to the contest.

4. The four (4) most compelling answers will be chosen by November 12 and will be announced the same day.

5. Should you win the contest, you can pick up your free race packet on the race day itself at UPLB.


Sounds fun right? Join now and share this promo to your running buddies and friends.

I hope to see at Los Banos, maybe we can add more mileage after the race if 10K is too short for you.

I tell you, running here in UPLB is a great experience in itself how much more the running a race for free.

If you have question or clarification regarding the contest, please contact me at the contact portion on the blog. Thanks for your continued patronage!

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Promo Winners of a Special Gift Pack from Unilab ActiveHealth

October 26th, 2010 11 comments

To everyone who joined the PROMO last week, let me say THANK YOU!  Let me also thank BoyKuripot for sharing the blog contest.

I said that only one will win the contest but because you guys did a good job on answering the question(s), Unilab has decided that instead of 1 winner, there will be 5 winners. WOOOHOOOOO!

Sounds good ayt? So without more ado, here are the winners with their corresponding answers to the question(s):

October 22nd, 2010 at 6:32 am
Being healthy and active for me is very important because as a working mother of three young girls, I want to be there for my daughters as they grow up, be able to answer all their questions about things as they grow up, to be always present as their best friend in the whole world, to be able to guide them in every step of the way they take. It will be impossible if I don’t take care of my health and being active is one way of maintaining a healthy body.

mike christopher fermin
October 21st, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Why is it important to be healthy and active?
it is important because God lend us the body we are in right now, so it is our responsibility to take care of it, and one of the best thing to do this is to make our body healthy in every way and live lively to the fullest.

October 20th, 2010 at 5:59 am
Above everything else, I love myself, and that is the main reason why I must stay healthy and active. Nothing beats keeping myself in the pink of health to stay productive and live my life the best way I could. Theologically, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, created in God’s likeness and image, thus it is only fitting that I keep it clean and unscathed. Personally, I have to stay healthy and active that I may serve the purpose of my being here, and that is to live a life of service to my loved ones.

Jojo Pauly
October 19th, 2010 at 5:35 am e
answer on question #1: beeing healty and active is important in our everyday life our body create by God to do what is your purpose to serve for humanity and mother nature human body is the engine thats keep us going and live the way of life. if you maintain your body in great physical,mental and spiritual condition its mean that you can serve more than the other who is not healty!remember “healthy is morethan beeing wealty” answer on question #2 the only thing i do to be healty and active is to have, proper time management and the commitment to be healty! sports like running is only one of many instruments to become active and healty. self desipline is the most important factor in your proper diet, exercise,etc.!!!! it is you that decide to your own body:-)chosee wellness hehehe!!!!

Joy Mesina-Bahia
October 20th, 2010 at 5:12 am
It is important to be healthy and active because this is the key to living life to the fullest. I personally want to reach my maximum possible age to see my sons all grown up, see all my future grandchildren (and hopefully, play with them!)and grow old with my husband–as in, being able to take “holding-hand-while-walking” afternoon strolls at at park!

Congratulations nanzpapa, mike, steffi, jojo and joy!

You will receive an email from me and please reply with your full name, shipping address and contact number. Unilab will take care of sending the gift packs to you guys.

I would also like to take this moment to invite everyone on Run United 2, a fun-filled activity for you and your family on November 20-21 at Bonifacio Global City (The Fort), Taguig. See you there!


If you want to know about Unilab and how to maintain a healthy body and active lifestyle, please visit Unilab’s website, or Like their Facebook Fan Page:

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