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Top 10 Marathons to Join in Asia

July 31st, 2012 No comments

So you have finished a marathon. Congratulations and welcome to the club!

After that amazing feat you are asking for more and you suddenly find yourself planning for the next sweet 42.195kms finish. Maybe this list would help you decide for your next marathon run:

1. Great Wall Marathon, China.

The route starts with a 9kms of steep up and down climb. Don’t worry because after this you would find your feet traipsing scenic villages and ricefields. If this is not welcome treat, think about ticking off something from your bucketlist- see The Great Wall of China. Do loads of hill training as you would be finishing where you started- 9kms of up and down climb. So you experience the dreaded “wall” in the Great Wall. :)

So what are you waiting for? Search quick for a Low-cost airfare to China now.

Happens every May.

2. Taj Mahal Marathon, India.

Don’t tell me you didn’t dreamed of seeing Taj Mahal up close and personal? So while you are into it, why not schedule a marathon during your trip. Please do remember that weather here is too much to handle. Marathoners should do lots of heat training when joining this. Ohh, before I forget, the route ends with a full view of Taj Mahal- a great motivation when runners are hitting “the wall”.

Do you know that Taj Mahal Marathon is also included in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Places to Run a Marathon?

Photo from www.spectrumtour.com

Happens every October

3. Tokyo Marathon, Japan.

Tokyo Marathon is one of the most attended marathons in Asia with more than 25,000 marathoners joining the event. The route starts at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and runs through Tokyo Imperial Palace - Hibiya Park - Shinagawa - Ginza - Nihonbashi - Asakusa - Tsukiji then finishes ar Tokyo Big Sight.

Happens every February.

4. Sundown Marathon, Singapore.

Be unique. run a marathon at nightfall. Duh? That’s why its called sundown. Sundown Marathon organizers make use of SG’s lovely parks while planning the route. They bring runners through east’s urban parks as well as major local landmarks like Bedok Reservoir, East Coast Park and the Changi Ferry Terminal. So its a tour of Singapore too! Plus you don’t have to worry about the humid Asian weather.

Happens every May.

5. Laguna Phuket International Marathon, Thailand.

I’ve been dreaming of this marathon a lot of this for the past years. Not only that the route is amazing, you will have a very nice course out and back of Laguna. You will pass by local villages, pineapple and rubber plantations. Not yet decided? Think about Phuket and its lush vegetation and island feel.

Happens every June.

5. Milo Marathon, Philippines.

This is the oldest marathon in the Philippines and maybe one of the oldest in Asia. Now running its 36th year, this marathon is the number one marathon event in the Philippines. Both elites and hobbyists target this 26.2 race because this is the most famous and fastest in the country. Everyone wants to beat the cut-off time and tries to qualify for the finals that happens before the year ends.

Photo from Running Photographers FB page

Happens every July and December

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CamSur International Marathon 2011, You’re Next!

August 2nd, 2011 4 comments

 

It’s more than a year since I had my first marathon. If only my legs and feet can talk, they would say that they ready for action- ready for training and ready to conquer another 42.195 kilometers.

 

 

My mind seems to agree with my lower extremities and my heart is longing to run the roads of CamSur. And I’m excited to try Wakeboarding again before that grueling marathon.

Then came the Bloggers Launch last week, I guess its really time to do another training. I have barely 2 months to prepare and I’m excited to cross that finish line at CWC.

Here are the important details regarding CAMSUR International Marathon.

Race Date: September 25, 2011

Race Venue: CamSur WaterSports Complex (CWC)

Race Categories: 3km (Php 400) / 5km (Php 400) / 10km (Php 500) / 21km (Local, Php850 and International, Php2,000)- / 42km (Local, Php850 and International, Php2,500)

 

Registration is now open:

ON-LINE: http://www.camsurmarathon.com
IN-STORE: R.O.X. (BHS), RUNNR & CWC (CamSur)
For Online Registrants:
◦will be delivered within 5 working days after registration.
For In-Store Registrants:
◦Race kits are given upon registration.
For International Participants:
◦race kits may be claimed only at CWC from Sept. 19-24, 2011.

 

Other Important Notes:

  • The race is an AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) accredited race, therefore it is a qualifier to all AIMS races (including the prestigious Boston Marathon!)
  • The event’s race route/course is an IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) certified race course
Other Facts:
  • 20,000 Target Participants
  • For each registered runner, CamSur will plant 10 trees!
  • This race will be brought by the tandem of Event King (over–all organization) and Runrio, Inc. (technical organization).
  • This is probably the race that gives the biggest prize money

Singlet Design:

I tell you, the local cheering and support is crazy out there!

Gerald Anderson just finished a “3K Marathon”

September 13th, 2010 20 comments

That according to him (Gerald Anderson). I’m not a fan, duh?! But months have passed and I still cannot move on to what I heard last July 4, 2010 during the awarding program on the Metro Manila Milo Marathon Eliminations.

Gerald said, “I am so happy I just finished my first marathon.”

JourneyingJames said, “You wish!”

Actually, he just finished a 3K fun run. So what’s wrong?

Let me explain to you: When we say marathon- it has a distance of 42.195 kilometers (26.2 miles). So a 3-kilometer run is just a warm up of the 42K. Saying you finished a 3K marathon is hilarious because runners know that a 3K fun run is way too much different from a Full Marathon (42K).

It is like saying you just killed a 3-inch shark with bare hands. Hilarious at best. Next time, educate yourself.

Lesson: Don’t use the word “marathon” with a 3K, 5K or 10K run. Its so uncool to “run a 3K marathon.” Still, a lot of teens were titallating to take a pic with Gerald. Oh btw, Karylle and Toni Gonzaga ran during the event too.

After Running a "3K Marathon?" (Image from E.Esguerra's Flickr)

Some acceptable usages of marathon would include:

21K = Half Marathon distance (half of 26.2 mile)

42K or 42.195K = Full Marathon

50K or more = UltraMarathon

Watching movies till the morning = Movie Marathon. Oh, this is different na pala.

More Photos from the Milo Manila Elims in E.Esguerra’s Flickr Account.

CamSur Marathon: 21K or 42K?

May 28th, 2010 7 comments
Have you ever felt the need to run another marathon just after finishing one? I do. I need to run another marathon! The feeling of finishing a 42.195km is just too awesome you ask for another one. This is also what i felt after finishing my first half marathon, I signed up for another one. Marathon hang-over it is!

I really would like to join Milo Marathon (42K) this year but I guess I still need to fully recover so I decided to just do the 21K on the 34th Milo Marathon this July 4. And do another full marathon on September at CamSur? Hmmmm… I want to try wakeboarding too.
21K here
34th Milo Marathon in Manila

and my 2nd 42K here?
Camarines Sur International Marathon

Training starts June 30. Now I want to get faster should I register and do a sub-5hrs. I want to run 6:30-6:45/min. Hills training and Intervals here I come. Will register this June. 

More infos:
Event: Camsur International Marathon
Date: September 26, 2010 (Sunday)
Race Venue: CWC (Camarines Sur Watersports Complex)
Race Distances and Fee: 3K (PhP400) / 5K (PhP400) / 10K (PhP500) / 21K (PhP650 or US$40) / 42K (PhP850 or US$45)
Race Organizer: RunRio
Official Website: Camsur Marathon

Registration Areas:
Timex (MOA, Glorietta, Megamall, Southmall)
Runnr (BHS)
Republ1c (La Fuerza, Eastwood, Trinoma and Westgate)
CWC

Singlet Design:

Extra motivation to join Camsur Marathon: Wake Boarding dude
















TBR Dream Marathon: A Million Thanks (Part 3)

May 26th, 2010 10 comments
As I said on my previous post, the finisher’s medal, finisher’s shirt and loot bag are nothing compared to the friends I made and met along the way” the following were some of the people whom I met and made friends with. To them I say,
“A Million Thanks”
This medal also belongs to everyone of you.

Ms Jaymie aka TBR. I really can’t believe I will be doing a marathon this early. But your plan is a welcome one for me and for the rest of my “classmates.” We will surely pay it forward.
She’s the WOMAN! Kudos Ms Jaymie

Coach Jim. Thanks for the reminders, the intentional coaching and the tips you gave.

Sir Toel and Rob. I met during the Pocari Fun Run and the Bull Sessions. They were the ones who encourage me to join ANR Alabang. They were the reason I run my 3rd HM without preparation.

Mamita Chang. I met in group runs, very sweet mamita supportive and encouraging.

Ms Nao. Hats-off po! You are an inspiration. Still inspired on your TNF 100 story. Thank you once again for bringing my stuff at KM32 for my costume change.

Alex. PhotoAlex, thanks  for the ride and the photos. And for pushing me to get faster when we run at UPLB. 

Jai and Maan. Nice moments ha! Can we have a replay.

Reylynne, Edwin, Sarah, Sir Maki, Sir Lit and Sir Miguel. We are marathoners!

Mond, Ambo, David, Chit, X, Tiff, Christiam, Sir Sonny, Vangie, Annabelle, Jeanette, Rachelle, Lorena, Pauly and the rest of the ANR Alabang Group. Super super thanks sa poster, power gel, fruits, Gatorade, cheers.

Anonymous, Aileen, Tine, Christina, Juvy, and Ronnie. For supporting and promoting my cause. When the organization heard of you they were encouraged.


Doc Shawie. Thanks for the medical certificate. When are you doing your full marathon?

Kenley. A great motivator in my blog and my run logs. Thanks!

Kassy (Runnaholic), Sir Ed (ScientistRunner), Alfred (RunningAtom), Blas (TitaniumRunner) for pacing me sorry I have to run faster at the last 10K, Papi Jet (JetPaiso). Fellow runners and bloggers who motivated me.

Daily Mile friends: Wayne, Brian, Ana, Gurmeet, Phil, Di, Ruben, Barbara, Vern, RS, Anne, Estan, Leland, and others for everything.

MacRunners. My running group in UPLB. They are ‘mamaws’ (monsters) and I learn to push myself harder to see progression. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Family (Parents, Kit and Ji). Thanks for the support and understanding my chosen sports and lifestyle.

God. My STRENGTH, MY SALVATION, MY MASTER. My marathon finish is a testimony of your faithfulness and goodness in my life.

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