Top 10 Philippine Races of 2010
Disclaimer: This is my conclusion according to the races, marathon and fun runs I joined. All of these are my personal opinion. If you don’t agree with one or all of the things I said here, please don’t get mad at me. If you still are, run 50K and I’m sure you will feel better. Cheers for the New Year!
So without further ado, (drum rolls please). You can also click the Race Title to view my race experience/review.
I’m one of the 11,344 runners. At that time, it was the most attended race in the Philippines. Congrats by the way to the runners & organizers of 10.10.10 for making it to the Guinness Book of World Records. Anyway, I love this run because this was my first half-marathon. The longest I’ve ran before that was 16K, 2 weeks before the actual race.
It’s also my first time to use a cap, a pair of sunglasses, a hydration belt during an actual race, and a timing chip (see pic above). And yes this was the first time I blogged (and reviewed) my race.
Organizer: RunRio / Time: 2:03:18
9. Merrell Adventure Run (Montalban, Rizal) - 15K, Trail run.
I love running in the outdoors. I even trained in Mt.Makiling for this. But when I saw the trails this is what I concluded, “Unrunnable terrain” -mountaineers have their edge on this. Luckily, I conquered a lot of mountains before ‘running.’ This should be called “Run, Hike, Trek, River-cross Race.”
Organizer: Thumbie Remigio / Time: 2:19:25
8. PSE Bull Run 2010 (The Fort) – 10k.
All I can remember is that this was my first 10K race. The longest training run I did was 8.5K. There was no photo and I don’t know anyone yet. This was my second time to race in Manila and I was happy because I didn’t get lost.
I timed 53:35, faster than my target of 1:00. It took me months to finally beat this PR, and I beat it in #7 race, which is…
Organizer: AdEvents Manila / Time: 53:35
I’m celebrating my 7th monthsary with running when I ran my 5th 10K during Takbo.ph’s Runfest. I’m so happy because I’m a member of Takbo.ph. So thankful for this new sports that I don’t call it a sport anymore, it has been part of my life now, my travels are not complete without running.
I would like to again congratulate Mr. Jinoe Gavan for a very successful Runfest. Looking forward for next year’s celebration! PS. I really like the idea of the personalized singlet.
Organizer: LeadPack / Time: 52:49
6. Salomon X-Trail Run (Subic, Pampanga) – 24K, trail run
Here’s my memorable experience,
The first kilometers were on the golf course, then to the trails, its so hot that I’m forced to walk, run, walk. But even though I was struggling on the first 7 kilometers because of the upHELLS (running on hills while the sun is super hot), I was enjoying it because its anew experience. Then came the river crossing at Km.10 then up to the summit. Boy I was mesmerized at the summit, the beauty of the mountain ranges was a relief for after some 13K. That was also the time were I picked up my pace until kilometer 19 where I did fartlek. Yes, I was doing fartlek on the last 5K. The Hammer Gel I took really kicked-in and I was able to do a negative split. Then came the final 100 meters, and I would say that this is the most treacherous last 100meters I ran in my entire life. As in, I was stuck in a knee-high mud and I don’t have a choice but to take off my shoes and walk bare-foot till the finish line. Man, that was cool! Hats off Salomon, Suunto and Neville!
Organizers: Salomon, Neville & Co. / Time: 2:54:14
I only saw this on Men’s Health magazine the year before. I was so jealous because this is the kind of race that I wanna join. Glad that I became an “Urbanathlete.”
Regarding the race, the obstacles are challenging, especially the low crawl. But I really love the wall, I hope there will be additional walls next year (and taller maybe?), longer balance beam, and more tire dumps. How about making it 10K and 16K next edition?
Thanks to Summit Media for sponsoring an event like this.
Organizer: LeadPack / Time: 54:30
It was one epic CamSur weekend! It was indeed a blast I was not expecting. Everything was a surprise, this will not be possible without the help of good friends Kassy, who offered Reylynne’s 21K race kit; Reylynne for giving me her race kit; Team Logan for the ride to and from CamSur, Theo & Katie for the couch on the first night and a wonderful time at Daruanak; and Estan for letting me stay on his very cozy CWC cabana the night before the big event.
I only spent Php1,500 (thats all the money I got) for 3days in Naga City. I was able to try wakeboarding too. I was able to set an new 21K PR too.
Organizer: RunRio / Time: 2:00:44
This particular road race is somewhat different and unforgettable for a lot of reasons. This is also my come back race after 2 weeks of zero running due to my left knee injury. Anyway, I want to share with you why it was an unforgettable one for 3 first-time reasons:
a. It was my first time to run in Baguio City. Talk about high altitude running without enough time to adjust on the weather.
b. It was my first time to run with a “team.” I run with Team Logan. To some who do not know who Team Logan is, they are composed of American couples Craig & Michelle with their 9-year old son, Justin. Craig and Michelle take turns to push Justin on his stroller because Justin has a cerebral palsy.
“I enjoyed and was pumped up on having the opportunity to push Justin’s stroller a lot of times during the race most especially on uphills.”
c. It was my first time to join a race with a P50 registration fee.
Organizer: Globe Tattoo / Time: 1:25:00 (route was 13K)
Everything was perfect for this run. We toured Global City and beyond on foot. Ample water stations (read: bumabaha ng Powerade and cold water), lotsa medical services, no traffic among runners, route is close to traffic, weather was fine, bananas and hammer gels also available.
Organizer: RunRio / Time: 3:27:50
The BEST race ever! From the preparation (trainings, seminars and support) to the post race it was worth it. Signing up for this race was one of the wisest things I did this 2010. This also encouraged me to be religious in following the training plan and blogging about my runs and trainings.
For those who are running the TBR Dream Marathon 2011, congrats! As a 2010 graduate (marathon finisher), I can assure that its all worth it.
Here’s some of the memorable notes I wrote before and after the big day:
12 hours before the gunstart: Open Letter to Mary
Part 1: I’m a Marathoner!
Part 2: We are Marathoners!
Part 3: A Million Thanks!
Organizer: The Bull Runner / Time: 5:00:02
Now that 2010 is about to end, let me thank everyone whom I met, I ran with, I thank you also for reading my blogs. Let me wish you MORE MILEAGE, MORE MILEAGE this 2011.
For races this coming 2011, you can check the Running Calendar.
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