TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2020 Moves to Clark

Sunday, 26 January 2020  |  Race Announcements

Dear Dreamers – Batch 2020,

Due to the Taal ashfall and its health risks for runners as well as the potential eruption of Taal Volcano in the coming weeks, TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2020 will be moving its race venue to CLARK PARADE GROUNDS, Pampanga. Gun start will be moved to 2AM.

Event: TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2020
Venue: Clark Parade Grounds (in front of Clark Museum)
Assembly: 1:00AM, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020
Gun start: 2:00AM, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020
Cut off: 10:00AM (8 hours)

Please know that we assessed all possible alternatives and chose this to be the best option for majority of the runners with the HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL RUNNERS as top priority. This move is not something we wanted, but as it is with calamities or emergency situations, we learn how to manage. We made this difficult decision with two priorities in mind.

1. Runners’ safety: As of January 24, Filinvest City was not safe for runners to run in due to ash circulating in the air despite the best efforts of Filinvest City to regularly clean the roads. While Filinvest City advised us that the roads would be safe to run on by February 1, we were still faced with the risk of a possible eruption of Taal Volcano. According to a Phivolcs report (21 Jan 2020, Philippine Star), Taal Volcano is on Alert Level 4, which means that it has the potential to erupt in days. We decided on moving the event to a safer environment rather than risk the health of runners or worse a possible full cancellation of the event should an eruption occur.

2. Runners’ training, schedules and preparations. We had been receiving several questions and concerns about the race: Will it be postponed? Will it be moved? Most of you requested for a change in venue due to booked flights or blocked calendars for race day. We also felt that we had to make a decision as early as we could and not wait for the last minute, such as early February, since you were about to run 30km on January 26. If the race would be postponed after that date, as marathoners ourselves, we knew that you would have hit your peak even before the new race date. That would not have been good for your performance. We knew that deciding earlier would also give you time to prepare for the race in the new venue.

What does this mean for your race entry? Our race rules and regulations state that we do not offer refunds or deferments for whatever reason. You consented to this when you registered for the race. Majority of your race fee has been spent on Bull Sessions and Bull Circles as well as all race giveaways (e.g., finisher’s bags, medals, shirts, etc.), which have been produced. However, we care about you and fully understand your concerns so we decided to allow for deferment. Below are the details:

100% cost deferment to next year’s TBR DREAM MARATHON 2021
This means you’ll get a guaranteed spot in next year’s event. You will NOT have to pay a registration fee for 2021.
• You must be a first or second time marathoner when you register for TBR Dream Marathon 2021.
• We still want to see you! We invite you to still join us at the Send Off Party on Feb. 12, 2020

If you will opt to defer, please fill the form at the link below before JANUARY 31, 2020, 12NN. You will receive an email to confirm deferment by the 1st week of February.  If you will be participating in the race, there is no need to fill up the form.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you, but we are doing our best to work with the situation. I will say this again with all sincerity: This decision was made with your health and safety as top priority. I am crossing my fingers that we’ll see you at the starting line of your first marathon with us at Clark.

If you have any concerns, please email our hotline at tbrdream@gmail.com. You can also send me a direct message on IG @thebullrunner. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

< LINK: No longer available after Jan. 31 >

Gotta Run,

Jaymie
IG @thebullrunner

Shakey’s Color Fun Run on 31 Aug 2019

Wednesday, 7 August 2019  |  Race Announcements

WHAT: SHAKEY’S COLOR FUN RUN
DISTANCE AND FEES: 3K (P500) and 7K (P600)
VENUE: RC Santos Parade Grounds, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
REGISTRATION: any Shakey’s store, online at https://www.shakeyspizza.ph/, and on-site at Clark Freeport Zone

In line with its commitment to provide great times and great memories, Shakey’s, the leading casual dining restaurant in the country, is hosting its very own “Color Fun Run” on August 31, 2019. (more…)

Chasing Dreams

Friday, 26 July 2019  |  Bullish Insights

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain)

I’m a Dreamer. Always has been, always will be. I know no other way to live but to constantly strive towards achieving, learning, and growing as much as I can. I’ve always felt the need to make sure that I’m living this one life I have the best way I can… even if that meant I had to say good bye to some things to make way for the new.

Looking back, I’ve always been comfortable with reinvention. I went from being a sedentary 30-year-old mom to a marathon maniac in her 40s lol. I was a research analyst turned marketer turned freelance graphic designer who fell into blogging and, in the last few years, went full circle by finding my way back to my roots in corporate marketing. As The Bull Runner, I went through an evolution of sorts too adding magazine editor and race organizer under my job title. Last but not the least, in my personal life, I’m now a single mom and happily co-raising my two children with my ex-husband. I used to be scared of being alone, but now I relish it. In the past five years, I’ve found strength and happiness in my own independence and solitude.

Some people fear change. I embrace it.

Now, it’s time for more change as I chase after a big dream. A dream I’ve had for myself since my 20’s, but I chose to prioritize other people or maybe life simply got in the way. A dream so big that I actually do cartwheels in my head with excitement, but at the same time I also want to pee in my pants due to stress lol.

For the past months, I’ve asked myself over and over: Am I doing the right thing? Why am I making my life even more difficult? Will I be strong enough to do this all on my own? Am I going nuts? So many questions. None of which I can answer if I don’t take this giant leap. So, here I am. Jumping. All in.

By next month, with my two teens in tow, I’m leaving Manila to take up my Masters in Digital Media at Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver. It’s a 16-month program that I feel was made for me. I’m so excited to be a student again! The bonus? I’ll be in a beautiful city where I look forward to running and biking to my heart’s content. (Hello Seawheeze Half Marathon and GranFondo Whistler!)

But, at the same time, my heart breaks for all that I’m temporarily leaving behind. Aside from family, friends, and the running community, there is TBR: my TBR babies, our TBR friends, and most especially the incoming batch of TBR Sun Life Dream 2020. While I feel separation anxiety as I write this, I also trust that my team will take good care of all of you, Dreamers. (TBR Dream Team has known about my plans since last year so we’ve actually been preparing for this!) Among other things, we plugged in a 6th Bull Session into the program, I added IG Live sessions with myself and our coaches, I will try my best to do more IG Live to hear your achievements or address your concerns (I’ll try to overcome my vlogger shyness too. Gulp), and last but not the least, I’ll be home in December for a Bull Session and February on race day so it’s like I won’t even be gone! You won’t even miss me! Wait, I hope you miss me even juuust a little bit.

If there’s anything I want to leave with you for now, it’s to remind you that whether in running or in life, always welcome change in your life.  In fact, if things become too easy or dull, seek change in you or around you.  Always ask yourself if you can do more, work harder, or be better than who you were yesterday.  Listen, you don’t have to move countries like craycray me is doing lol.  It could be something as simple as changing your hairstyle, or signing up for a marathon, starting a new business, or finally asking that cute runner out.  If there is anything to be afraid of, it would be living a mediocre or stagnant life.  So, please, chase after dreams that scare the crap out of you, and when you achieve that, go and look for another one. Don’t ever stop. Grab life by the horns and live it to the fullest. Take it from this 43-year-old Tita who’s going back to school eager to hang out with her millennial classmates lol.

No goodbye, Dreamers.  Just see you again soon! Mwah!

 

 

TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2020: Are You In?

Thursday, 25 July 2019  |  Race Announcements

SELECTED RUNNERS

Below is the official list of Selected Runners for TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2020!  Are you in?

Download / View PDF: OFFICIAL LIST OF 1100 SELECTED RUNNERS_24 July

If you’re on our Selected list, you may register on July 27 and 28 to secure your slot.  We will only reserve your slot for those 2 days.  You may still register from July 29 to Aug 4 but your slot will no longer be reserved and may be taken by a Waitlisted runner.  Registration will close when 1,100 slots are confirmed and paid for.

Click here for full details on REGISTRATION.

WAITLISTED RUNNERS

Below is the list of Waitlisted Runners for TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2020.  If you’re a Waitlisted Runner, you may register from July 29 to Aug 4.

Download / View PDF: OFFICIAL LIST OF WAITLISTED RUNNERS_25 July

REGISTRATION DATES

  • July 27 (Sat) and 28 (Sun) – Only first 1,100 Selected Runners may register.
  • July 29 (Mon) to Aug 4 (Sun) – Selected Runners + Waitlisted Runners may register.  First come, first served basis until slots run out

PAYMENT OPTIONS

OPTION 1: Online Payment (P200 processing fee for credit card transactions) 1. Confirm slot in Selected Runners List.
2. Pay online at the link emailed to Selected Runners.
OPTION 2: Bank Deposit or Transfer 1. Confirm slot in Selected Runners List.
2. Calculate payment:

  • Race fee: P3,600
  • Add shipping for Welcome Kit: If opting for pick up at BGC or during the Bull Circle, no added shipping cost. If opting for shipping, add P120 (Metro Manila) or P210 (Provincial). Additional shipping cost may apply for some provincial areas. Runner will be notified accordingly. For international shipping, email support@tbrdream.com.

3. Deposit payment to:

  • BPI C/A 1591-0071-53 (BULL & BEAR SPORTS MARKETING CO.)
  • BDO S/A 0074-1011-4298 (JAYMIE PIZARRO)

4. Submit proof of payment. Include RUNNER’S FULL NAME as registered and MOBILE NO:

  • email at tbrdream@gmail.com, or
  • viber 0906-318-2723, or
  • IG direct message @tbrdream.

Click here for full details on REGISTRATION.

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Announces Race Changes for 2019

Tuesday, 28 May 2019  |  Race Announcements

SINGAPORE – At a launch event today, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) announced that the 2019 edition of the race will upgrade the athlete experience with a new 6:00pm evening flag off on Saturday 30 November for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Ekiden distances while shifting to a three-day event format. The Kids Dash will take place on Friday 29 November while the 5K and 10k races will take place on Sunday 1 December providing a distance for everyone. These steps were taken to further the appeal of the race for participants and spectators and is a significant step towards the goal of SCSM being inducted into the illustrious Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM), a series of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world. If successful, SCSM would become the seventh marathon within AbbottWMM joining the BMW Berlin Marathon, Boston Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, TCS New York City Marathon, and the Tokyo Marathon.
 
“Since announcing the bid to join the Abbott World Marathon Majors in 2017, we’ve been working closely with our respective partners to improve the Singapore race experience for both runners and spectators. We have consulted Sport Singapore and the relevant government agencies and they have shared their support for the night race.” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director for The IRONMAN Group in Asia. “Enhancements are happening every year to build up the event festivities as well as programs and initiatives that promote the running culture and community engagement in Singapore. We are now closer than ever to the required criteria and strongly believe that the change in flag-off time, and a number of other improvements over the next two editions will see more marathoners and community support than ever as we position ourselves to qualify in 2021.”
 
The SCSM has been recognised as a Gold Label event by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) since 2012 for its world-class excellence in global sporting significance, organisational quality, athletes’ safety and compliance with the IAAF Rules and Regulations. Singapore has shown it is an ideal year-round run destination to the international running community and will see the best elite and elite wheelchair division in event history. Since the inaugural race in 1982, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon has grown to a globally significant event that attracts approximately 50,000 runners each year across all race categories from more than 125 countries, regions and territories.
 
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth & Transport, Mr Baey Yam Keng, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the launch event, said, “The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon has been a longstanding highlight on the regional sports calendar, attracting elite marathoners and running enthusiasts from Singapore and around the world annually. It is heartening that the organisers are continually improving the Singapore Marathon experience so that it can be among the best in the world.  With the flag-offs on Saturday evening this year, I anticipate many more Singaporeans coming out to cheer on the runners and join in the excitement.  I hope to see the Singapore Marathon join the ranks of the World Marathon Majors in 2021!”

2019 To Bring Significant Improvements to Athlete and Spectator Experience
 
The IRONMAN Group in Singapore is working closely with the local authorities to plan a spectator-friendly route through Singapore’s most iconic streets and modern architecture to give fans and runners a different perspective and intimate view of the city. From cultural and historical diversity to lush greenery and a buzzing metropolis that includes modern marvels such as the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and The Singapore Flyer, locals and run-cation visitors will be treated to a visual tour of the city-state.
 
For the first time, the Marathon, Half Marathon and Ekiden distances will flag off in the evening of Saturday, 30 November, a key evolution after ongoing consultation with the Abbott World Marathon Majors team and government stakeholders, which began in 2017. This will present a host of benefits for both competitive and casual runners. Most notably, cooler temperatures will lead to a better experience and performances for runners while creating an exciting race environment that takes full advantage of Singapore’s bright lights and night life.
 
Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of the Abbott World Marathon Majors said, “Today’s announcement is another step forward for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon in their long-term aspiration of becoming an Abbott World Marathon Major. The changes for this year’s marathon are just a few parts of stringent criteria that we assess each year, as there are many stages of this process still to be met. We are excited to see how the runners react to the improvements that they will experience this year.”
 
To encourage added participation and support from the public, organisers are introducing all new spectator zones, which will feature a myriad of lifestyle and entertainment offerings. This will add to the more than 26 on-route entertainment points to create a vibrant and uplifting atmosphere for both runners and supporters.
 
“With SCSM, we have enjoyed a great run over the past 18 years. Making the World Marathon Major pitch this year is very meaningful for us at Standard Chartered as 2019 marks our 160th anniversary in Singapore. With the support of IRONMAN Asia, Sport Singapore and our partners, I am confident that we can make SCSM truly a world-class event and showcase the best of Singapore to our friends and supporters from around the world,” said Mr. Patrick Lee, CEO of Standard Chartered Singapore.
 
The 3-day event will kick off with the Kids Dash on Friday evening at 7:00pm while the 5km and 10km categories will flag off on Sunday morning at 8.30am and 6.30am respectively.
 
To begin preparing for this year’s race, runners can now participate in training programmes such as the Women’s Squad, run with pacers or get involved in SCSM’s virtual running community on Strava, which will help runners put their best foot forward as they prepare for the race.
 
To register and for more information, please visit www.singaporemarathon.com. Standard Chartered Cardholders will enjoy 15% off registration fee across all categories.