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Boston Marathon: Arriving in Boston (Part 1)

Saturday, 25 April 2015  |  Race Reports

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I woke up in my hotel room to view the Boston skyline before me.  I was in Boston!  Oh man, I really was in Boston!  This was to be a quick 6-day trip with one goal in mind: to run Boston Marathon and subsequently complete all six World Marathon Majors.  As far as I knew, I would be the first runner from the Philippines to do it. (more…)

Boston Marathon and World Marathon Majors: Check & Check!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015  |  Favorite Posts, Race Reports

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I am a Boston Marathon finisher! It was both heaven and hell at the same time! The weather conditions were challenging. Think pouring rain, chilly headwind, and a temperature of 5 to 8 degrees through a hilly course wearing soaked socks and clothes. Eek! Yet, it was the best race ever! I gained a deeper admiration for all the strong and fast runners that qualify to run Boston every year and finally know for myself why Boston is one of the most prestigious races in the world.

FINISHRight after crossing the finish line of Boston Marathon

Finishing Boston Marathon also completes my goal of running all six World Marathon Majors: New York, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Chicago, and Boston.  It’s been an amazing journey and I thank all my sponsors for helping me achieve this.  Thank you to Gatorade for giving me the opportunity to run Boston Marathon and New York.  Thank you to Unilab Active Health for taking me to Berlin, London, and Chicago.  Thank you to all my other sponsors: Fitness First, Specialized, Tenkiebox (Otterbox), Peak Form, and Oakley. (more…)

Must Watch Video: TBR ULAH Dream Marathon 2015

Friday, 13 March 2015  |  Favorite Posts, Race Reports

I’m proud to present the official video of TBR ULAH Dream Marathon 2015. It pretty much encapsulates the essence of TBR Dream when we first conceptualised it with Jim Lafferty 5 years ago. It was about first-time runners conquering their elusive 42k dream, volunteers coming together as one to support others, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things through running and transforming their lives.

We worked through three drafts of this video before the final product. And, each time, I got teary-eyed seeing our runners cross the finish line. Prepare some tissue before you press play.

Thank you to Digitank for the awesome video!

TBR ULAH Dream 2015: Congratulations to Our New Marathoners!

Monday, 23 February 2015  |  Race Reports

We held our 6th TBR ULAH Dream Marathon yesterday!  Congratulations to our new marathoners from Batch 2015!  It was an emotional day yesterday as we witnessed hundreds of our runners toil through the roads of Nuvali, push themselves to exceed their limits, and cross the finish line with arm raised in triumph and some tears streaming down their cheeks.

I was inspired by Lito who ran his 2nd marathon strong at the age of 75 (his first was last year at TBR too), by Elpi who didn’t make it to the finish 2 years ago but crossed the finish line this year with minutes to spare, by Angel who was exhausted by the 42k but, with the help of our Dream Chasers, sprinted to the finish to beat our cut off, and by all our runners yesterday who gave their all to conquer the 42k and achieve their dreams.  For the firs time, we didn’t have to sweep anyone who didn’t make it to our cut off time.  Words cannot describe how happy I was about this.  Our runners trained hard and proved that they could do it.

Thank you to our Dream Chasers who selflessly and enthusiastically supported all our runners out there.  You are my heroes.

Thank you to friends and family who came out to support your runners.  This is a momentous day in their lives and your presence makes it even more meaningful.

Thank you to our sponsors who make this race possible every year: our Title Sponsor UNILAB ACTIVE HEALTH, Co-Presentor RUNRIO and GATORADE, Official Venue Partner NUVALI, Major Sponsor NEW BALANCE, Official Endurance Multivitamin ENERVON ACTIV, Official Recovery Drink ENERVON HP, Official Timekeeper GARMIN, Official Insurance Provider SUN LIFE FINANCIAL, Official Laboratory Partner HI PRECISION DIAGNOSTICS, Venue Partner for Bull Sessions BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY.  Thank you to our Regular Sponsors: SECONDWIND RUNNING STORE, TELIC RECOVERY SANDALS , FORWARD LEAN RUNNING, SIMPLE HYDRATION, NEAT FEAT, PEAK FORM, NUTRIBAR, FITNESS FIRST, LIFE SCIENCE, PERSKINDOL, CHRIS SPORTS, 360 FITNESS CLUB, SUMMIT DRINKING WATER, DAYLONG SUNSCREEEN FROM THE MAKERS OF CETAPHIL, GLUTA-C INTENSE WHITENING PRODUCTS, JEUNESSE PANTY LINER, ROCKTAPE, YURBUDS.  Our Hotel Partners: SEDA HOTEL, NUVALI, PASEO PREMIERE HOTEL, TECHNOPARK HOTEL. Our Media Partners: ENDURANCE MAGAZINE, CELEBRITY MOM, RACEDAY MAGAZINE. Our Beneficiary HERO FOUNDATION.

Here are the first several photos from the event.  I’ll be posting more  as we receive more from photographers.

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Our oldest runner, Lolo Lito, who ran his second marathon with us at 75 years old.  He ran his first at TBR DM last year too!

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Our last runner, Angel, made it to finish line with all the Dream Chasers cheering for her.  She made it 30 seconds just before the cut off at 11:00 AM.  200 meters before the finish line, she was already exhausted.  But, our Dream Chasers ran with her and cheered her on to help her sprint to the finish!  This was one of the most intense and most memorable scenes in all of TBR DM history.  It’s what TBR Dream is all about.

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Ernest ran his first marathon with one leg along with his wife by his side.  Seeing him cross the finish line proved that anything is possible if you just work hard for it and want it bad enough.
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Big big hug for Anna Pader who I met only when she volunteered to manage the countdown to race day of this batch.  She was so enthusiastic about it that she would come to Bull Sessions with printed out numbers for us to pose with!  Thank you Anna!

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TBR Dream Team.  These guys make race organizing easier and fun.  Without them, TBR Dream wouldn’t have been possible.  Missing in pic: Neville Manaois and Jim Lafferty.
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Race Report: Condura Skyway Marathon 2015

Tuesday, 3 February 2015  |  Race Reports

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Over 15,000 runners trooped to the South for Condura Skyway Marathon at Filinvest City last February 1, 2015. A whopping 5,629 participants registered for the 42km making this the biggest local marathon to date.  4,989 registered for 21k, 2,953 signed up for 10k, and 1,808 joined the 6k. With Hero Foundation as its race beneficiary, Condura Skyway Marathon aptly used the tagline: Run for a Hero. With the recent tragic loss of the 44 PNP-SAF in the Mamasapano massacre, it became, for many runners, a meaningful way to honor our fallen heroes. Some marathoners ran an additional 2k to cover 44km, other runners ran 44 minutes, and some simply offered the run for them.  The race was organized by Condura’s Ton and Patrick Concepcion at the helm and Runrio. (more…)