One Run Update: See the People You’ve Helped in Agutaya

Friday, 3 January 2014  |  News + Promos

Remember One Run? The run we organized a week after Typhoon Yolanda struck our country? All of you runners who participated helped us to raise P615,000 in cash and quite a large number of in kind donations. Majority of the funds were donated to Javiertown while P100,000 was donated to New Tribes Missions through Philip Leroux and Hector Yuzon of Secondwind Running Store.

Just before Christmas, Hector, owner of Secondwind Running store, and Philip, triathlete and missionary of New Tribes Mission, flew to the islands of Agutaya to deliver the goods they purchased funded in part by One Run. I’m sharing with you Hector’s recounting of what he says was a truly humbling experience. It’s worth a few minutes of your time to really put into perspective what you have in your life and set the tone for you in this coming year…

On a Mission to the Islands of Agutaya
By Hector Yuzon

I am still amazed of how organized and structured New Tribes Missions is. What is happening now from an operational standpoint: they made the island of Cuyo their base of operations as this is one of the bigger islands that has an air strip and electricity. Cuyo is an hour and five mins away from Puerto Princesa via a Kodiak plane, which is a 6 – 10 seater propeller powered plane. This was sent in by New Tribes Indonesia to specifically help the typhoon victims in Philip’s area. And for the past 4 weeks, they have maximize everyday their 2 planes to haul supplies and relief from Manila to Puerto to Cuyo. And from Cuyo, the 2 choppers distribute the goods to the 6 islands which are under the municipality of Agutaya.


The guy (far left) is from New Tribes Aviation Head Office. He is the overall Pilot chief for their group, and here he is on Cuyo manually refueling the helicopter to continue with relief operations.

Their group is so organized with highly trained experts from different countries. Even though the group is lean staffed and so diverse that I am the only brown man that day flying in and out with them :D, their group is so amazing, that they even flew in a third party group to continuously do daily computation of the goods and personnel being loaded per flight so they know if they are maximizing each trip or if they are overloading the planes so as not to waste fuel and of course, monitor the goods being shipped out.


Philip (New Tribes Agutaya) with Donovan (from New Tribes way up north of Luzon), who came down just to help with the relief operations.


Philip with Red Cross Palawan and the mayor of Agutaya (wearing backpack) discussing priorities of aid

Here’s how its done: basically they all move within only Philip’s instructions and area of responsibility; (with coordination with the mayor of Agutaya) anything that needs to be done outside should be first cleared with him. Everything and everyone is being inspected by Philip himself. From the moment where the packs and goods are sorted in Manila, to where the goods are further divided on a family level – he inspects for himself if each family got what they should. What this means from an operational standpoint is, that this eliminates error in calculation, redundancy in work and non-essential personnel.

What would normally take a day’s worth of trip or even a week’s trip (depending on water conditions for the small pump or fish boats) – only took a half a day to reach 4 of the 6 islands.

Agutaya – check how good the pilots of New Tribes are, we landed on a pier!!!

Basacar – locals are giving our pilot, Brian sea shells, which according to Philip is a huge gesture, almost like celebrity status!


Mandit – Philip making further assessments and reassuring them that New Tribes and the mayor of Agutaya are all busy at work looking out for them

Some of the residents have started rebuilding their homes and boats, gathering spare wood and whatever materials that may be still lying around –materials for reconstruction are still needed.

Their main source of livelihood is seaweed, this is actually a primary ingredient for all things plastic, specifically for plastic tables and chairs. And as I am writing you now, New Tribes is now transitioning into giving them raw materials for their homes, boats and livelihood so as they can now move forward from the typhoon and slowly have a sense of normalcy in their lives.

I already told Philip this, and I just want to share with you – as I was collecting the first shipment of relief for Philip, I was just overwhelmed with a feeling of joy and sense of purpose, that I was suddenly wiping tears from my face as I was driving from one shop to another. Simply put, I was just so happy and lucky to be able to do this small thing for the people of Agutaya, whom have lost so much. I was just so happy knowing that all our efforts will directly reach and be felt by those who are in need.

I was only able to visit 4 of the 6 islands, and man oh man – both Philip and I were knocked out on our trip back to Puerto. Loading and unloading the goods, flying in and out of islands, and talking to everyone just really takes a lot from you – it felt like a marathon. Really.

Everyone in the islands that we went to said that, if it hadn’t been for New Tribes and the aid they got from Manila and all over the world – they would have starved, and continued with nothing. Anarchy, starvation and chaos which we heard from the news that happened in Tacloban and Leyte was all avoided here.

With One Run being the biggest contributor – I wanted you to feel how tight the handshakes I got were, and how their look was full of joy just to meet one of the people who gave them aid, even if it was just little. It was really humbling, and puts how small all our problems are compared to what they went through and are still facing.

I am so thankful that I was able to help, thankful that I know Philip – someone on the ground who we could trust to oversee everything and make sure the relief reached those who are in need.

Thank God for New Tribes. Thank God for everyone who helped.

For more information on New Tribes visit their FB page: New Tribes Mission
To contact Philip Leroux for more financial aid: Philip Leroux

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

Hector Yuzon is the owner of Secondwind Running Store.  He is a runner and triathlete who is currently enjoying the trails whether on foot or on his bike.

Dream Marathoners: Week 7 – Get Your Medical Certificates Ready

Thursday, 2 January 2014  |  News + Promos

Happy New Year to my dearest Dream Marathoners!  Hope you enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones.  I hope you also had a grand time running those long runs during the long break.  We have 7 more weeks to go until the big day so it’s time we get back to business!

As you know already, all TBR ULAH Dream Marathon participants are required to submit a medical certificate from a licensed physician to certify that you are fit to participate in the marathon. This is for your own safety and this was announced in your Welcome Kit.

The medical certificate must be dated from JANUARY 1 TO FEBRUARY 6, 2014.  This means you can start getting your medical certificate from your doctors already.

To download a sample of the medical certificate, click on this LINK.  A medical certificate in a different format from the TBRDM standard will still be accepted.

Medical certificates will be collected upon claiming of your RACE KIT during the Send Off Party on February 6, 2014, Thursday at Unilab Bayanihan Center, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. The event starts at 7:00PM, but Race Kit redemption will open starting 6:00PM and will end at 9:00PM. NO MEDICAL CERTIFICATE, NO RACE KIT.

We will not accept any medical certificate submissions prior to the Send Off Party.

SPECIAL PROMO WITH HI-PRECISION DIAGNOSTICS

We are pleased to inform you that Hi-Precision Diagnostics, our official laboratory partner, is offering a special package for TBR ULAH Dream Marathoners. This package is optional for participants.

The package was recommended by Hi-Precision’s In-House Doctor, Dra. Lalaine Macatangay who suggests the tests below to ensure that your body is fit for long distance running or any high endurance sport. Included in the package is the medical certificate for the marathon, which we require for participation in the marathon. Total savings amounts to P750.

Runners who avail of the package must present their TBR ULAH Dream Card. Package is non-transferable and not convertible to cash. Offer expires on February 6, 2014.

For a complete list of the branches of Hi Precision, click HERE to download a PDF file.  Or visit their website: www.hi-precision.com.ph

For inquiries, please email Macel at tbrdream@gmail.com or contact our hotline 0942-477-6099

Dream Marathon 2014: Bull Session 4

Friday, 6 December 2013  |  News + Promos

It’s our 4th Bull Session for TBR Dreamers 2014 on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at our race venue, NUVALI, Sta. Rosa, Laguna!

4BULLSESSION

Event: BULL SESSION 4
Date: December 14, 2013 Saturday
Venue: Solenad Activity Area, NUVALI, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  (Near Yellow Cab) Click HERE for location map.
Assembly Time: 4:00AM
Start: 4:30AM
Program: Short talk by Lit Onrubia followed by a 2 hr 40 min run

REMINDERS:

  • Please come on time.
  • We recommend you leave your baggage in your cars, but if you must bring them, you may leave your baggage with our staff during the run. TBR will not be responsible for lost or stolen items so please avoid bringing valuables.
  • Gatorade will be providing hydration only at two points (start and at the junction) on the route.  Please bring a hydration belt or bottle for refilling. (For race day, we will be providing both water and Gatorade every 2km)
  • Please bring your own water.
  • If you have flashlights or headlamps, we recommend you bring them.
  • Bull Sessions are free and open to the public. Feel free to invite your friends!

For any questions, call Macel at TBR DM Hotline: Sun 0942 477 6099 or email tbrdream@gmail.com

FREE SHUTTLE C/O NUVALI

Thank you to our official venue partner NUVALI for providing free shuttle service for a limited number of participants for our Bull Session.

SCHEDULE

  • Depart ROX, Bonifacio High Street for Nuvali at 3:00 AM
  • Depart NUVALI for ROX, BHS at 8:30 AM

WHO CAN RIDE:

  • Only 20 pax. First come, first served basis only.
  • Only registered participants of TBR Dream Marathon. No guests allowed

HOW MUCH: Free

HOW TO SIGN IN:

1) Click on the link below.
2) Check www.tbrdream.com for list of confirmed shuttle riders to be released before Wednesday next week

<<< UPDATE: SIGN IN SHEET HAS BEEN REMOVED. SLOTS ARE FULL >>>

CEP COMPRESSION SOCKS & CALF SLEEVES FOR PRE ORDER

CEP staff will be onsite at Bull Session 4 to accept pre-orders and payments of TBR CEP Compression Socks or Calf Sleeves.

CEP TBR

Click HERE for more info

Learn about Injury Prevention and Proper Hydration from the Experts

Thursday, 28 November 2013  |  News + Promos

4BULLCIRCLE

See you at Bull Circle 4 on December 2, 2013, Monday, at 7 PM in St. Lukes Bonifacio Global City.

Our speakers are all doctors for this event. Dr. Janis Espino will discuss injury prevention, Dr. George Canlas on proper hydration especially for the marathon, and Dra. Lora Tansengco, TBR Dream Marathon alumni, will share her personal experience running her first marathon.

Bull Circle are free and open to the public. No pre-registration required.

For those who wish to purchase TBR University shirts, the shirts will be on sale during the Bull Circle.

One Run: Run for Yolanda Victims – Full Details

Thursday, 14 November 2013  |  News + Promos

Everyone is welcome to join ONE RUN: Walk/Run for Yolanda Victims.  Click HERE for more details.

3BULLSESSION

DATE: November 16, 2013, Saturday
TIME:

  • 4:30 AM – Donations will be accepted
  • 5:30 AM – Run starts
  • 7:30 AM – Run closes

VENUE: Track 30th, Bonifacio Global City

Track30Map

WHO CAN JOIN:  Anyone who wants to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. You may run or walk anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours.

WHAT YOU CAN GIVE: We will accept cash donations of P100 or more per runner.  In kind donations will be accepted as well. Unilab Active Health will collect and deliver directly to Red Cross.

WHO ARE THE BENEFICIARIES:

TBR focused on trusted and credible groups where we could be assured the funds would be used properly and go directly to those in need. Cash donations will be given to the following:

(1) Javier, Leyte – A portion of the funds raised will be handed over to The Master’s Light Foundation of runner/triathlete Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan. TBR and Maricel will decide on items to purchase which are immediately needed by the people of Javier in coordination with Mayor Sandy Javier. While many of the people here have survived, the entire town is devastated and they need immediate funds to begin anew.

Population: 24,000
Families: 4,000 to 7,000
Damages: 100%
Homeless: 90%
Casualties: 3

Photos of Javier below after Typhoon Yolanda struck.

Javiertown

(2) 6 Island of Agutaya, Palawan – A portion of the funds raised will be handed over to runner/triathlete and Palawan-based missionary Philip Leroux of Team Secondwind-Sun Broadband who is personally helping with relief efforts in the 6 islands around him.

Updates will be provided on this blog on how funds will be used.

COURSE MAP:

From Track 30th on 31st Street, RIGHT to 7th Ave., STRAIGHT to Justicia Drive all they way to 8th Ave. Before reaching Kalayaan road, RIGHT at 40th Street, RIGHT to 9th Ave. Then LEFT to 38th street passing University Parkway. RIGHT to Meritt Road until you reach 34th street for the first loop.

You may run one, two, or three loops.  Note that all runners must be back at the finish line by 7:30AM.

To finish, before reaching 34th Street, turn left to 11th Ave, cross 32nd Street. Right to 30th street until you reach Track 30th.

OneRunCourseMap

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR EVENT DAY:

Please take note of these reminders to keep the event safe and trouble-free.

ONERUNREMINDERS

  • Bring your own hydration. Gatorade will be available but limited.
  • No bibs. No singlets. No medals or lootbags will be given.
  • Run anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours. Run or walk 1, 2, or 3 loops. (See course map.) Run will close at 7:30AM.
  • Cash donations of P100 or more is preferred. Please bring exact amount.  No change will be given. In kind donations (bottled water, easy to open canned goods, old singlets/clothes, old shoes/slippers) will be accepted. Only usable items please.
  • To expedite collection and avoid long lines, groups or teams are encouraged to combine funds and donate as one.
  • For transparency, donations will be documented. Updates will be given on delivery of donations to beneficiaries via thebullrunner.com.

FOR TBR-ULAH DREAMERS:

  • Bull Circle 3 proceeds as is. Run 1hr 45 mins led by Coach Lit Onrubia.
  • Meet INSIDE Track 30th. Assembly 5:00AM. Briefing and Grouping at 5:30AM. Run starts 5:40AM.

Thank you to Unilab Active Health and Gatorade for the support.  Thank you to ProActive and Team Unilab Active Health for volunteers.  Let’s all work together to do what we can to help Yolanda victims.