All roads lead to adidas King of the Road 2013 on July 7, 2013 with the 10k and 16.8k race categories. Runners of all shapes and sizes have been seriously training for the race and anticipating a well-attended event. Among those that are expected to show off their running prowess on race day are two of the top elite runners in the country who are expected to defend their titles as King and Queen of the Road: Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista and Mary Grace delos Santos.
I got to interview Vertek and Mary Grace to learn the secrets of these two winning runners. (Hope you don’t mind. I translated them from Tagalog into English already):
KING OF THE ROAD 2012: EDUARDO BUENAVISTA, 34 years old
5k – 13:58.43 – 2002 Asian Games, Busan, South Korea
10k – 29:02.36 – 2002 Asian Games, Busan, South Korea
21k – 1:03.42 – Incheon, South Korea
42k – 2004 2:18:44 – Beppu Oita Marathon, Oita, Japan
QUEEN OF THE ROAD 2012: MARY GRACE DELOS SANTOS, 26 yrs old
5k – 17:44
10k – 37:49
21k – 1:20
42k – 2:49
TBR: How long have you been running?
EB: I started my professional career as a runner last 2000 but I’ve been running since high school as a track and field athlete. I got to join the 1997 Palarong Pambansa when I was in 4th year high school in which I ran the 1500, 3000, and 5000 meter events.
MD: Since 9 year’s old up to the present.
TBR: What are the top medals you’ve earned from running?
EB: It was during the 1998 National open that I won 1st place in the 1500, 3000 and 5000 meter events.
MD: Malaysia Standard Marathon, Hong Kong Standard Marathon, 2012 KOTR Singapore Asia Championship, National Milo Marathon Final.
TBR: What distance do you enjoy running the most?
EB: I enjoy running the 10k distance. Short and easier to manage.
MD: 10k, 21k, and 42k.
TBR: Tell us more about your experience running adidas King of the Road last year.
EB: I joined the 16.8 distance and won 1st place for the Men’s Filipino category with a time of 54.39mins. By winning the Filipino category, I won Php 30,000 and was sent to Singapore to represent our country in the Adidas KOTR Southeast Asian Championship in which I won 1st place with a time of 53:12 minutes.
MD: I ran the 16.8k in 1 hour and 3 minutes. I won the cash prize and a trip to Singapore to represent the Philippines for KOTR Asia Championship.
TBR: How did you train for adidas KOTR 2012?
EB: I was training for both Milo Marathon and adidas KOTR that time. I did my speed workout in the morning and road race training almost everyday.
MD: I trained every day that time because I was preparing for the upcoming Milo National Finals.
TBR: Are you ready for adidas KOTR 2013? How’s training been for you?
EB: Yes. So far so good. Right now I’m focusing on developing my speed in preparation for KOTR and also for SEA Games where I will compete in the full marathon event.
MD: I’m not as prepared this year for KOTR because I haven’t had much time to train due to work.
TBR: Why did you decide to join KOTR 2013 again?
EB: I want to defend my title here the Philippines as King of the Road but most especially I want to represent our country again in the KOTR Southeast Asian Championship.
MD: I joined the KOTR to participate and support the KOTR and I love to run.
TBR: What advice can you give to other runners?
EB: To my fellow runners who want to achieve a better time, I only have a few words for them. Discipline, dedication and hard work are the keys to success.
MD: My only advice is that you should have self-discipline, proper training, and always listen to your coach.
WHAT’S NEW AT ADIDAS KING OF THE ROAD 2013?
Aside from bumping into Vertek and Mary Grace on race day, there are other things to look forward to at adidas KOTR 2013.
For 2013, adidas opened a new category exclusively for students 25 years old and under. The 10K Relay for Students is set specifically to encourage the youth to get into a healthy, active lifestyle and to give them a chance to represent their alma mater.
On race day, adidas will also be rolling out BOOST™ to more of their adidas running products. It will come in more colors, too. What is BOOST™? It’s a groundbreaking innovation in adidas footwear technology featuring superior cushioning that allows runners to store and unleash energy more efficiently with every stride. The new Energy Boost collection will be available worldwide at adidas Sport Performance stores and selected retailers on July 7, 2013, race day, at PHP 7995. Visit www.facebook.com/adidas for more information.
adidas King of the Road will be on July 7, 2013 at Bonifacio Global City. To register visit: http://adidaskingoftheroad.com/ph/index.php