The Epic Adventure of Snail Runners Alabang

Monday, 25 June 2012  |  Race Reports

Few weeks ago, I threw a contest for Epic Relay 250k and the prize, a free slot for a group of 10, was snagged by Snail Runners Alabang.

It was nice to hear from them about their Epic Relay 250k adventure held last June 9 to 10, 2012. Hannah Pua, one of the members, recounts their experience…


It was the last week of April when the registration for Epic Relay 250K popped out. We were all thrilled and started to make our team line up. Weeks passed by and noticed that it wasn’t pushing through. As the date come closer, we decided to let go seeing that there were other priorities in line. But then, June 2 came and we saw a contest on and it says “EPIC RELAY 250: WIN A SLOT FOR YOUR TEAM NOW!” without hesitation I joined and tested my luck while following the 4-steps of the mechanics. I sent my entry, without even thinking of who will be joining me along and how we will get to prepare for a span of a week. After attending a running clinic, I opened my Facebook account and email account, hoping to see that we won the slot. I slowly scrolled down and started to shout out of joy seeing that Ms.Jaymie Pizarro emailed me on how to claim our prize. We got Ms.Arleen Lindo of Chris Sports on contact and she was very accommodating. As instructed, our captain attended the meeting and echoed to us the meat of the briefing the day after. We formed and passed the line up 6 days prior to race day. Run over meetings and carbo-loading with the team.

Then BOOM..! June 8 came. At around 8:00pm we had our meet-up, ate dinner and our very supportive team, Snail Runners Alabang gave us a simple “Send off” as they won’t be able to go with us, having another annual team run set for that weekend. We left by 10:00pm and arrived 3:00am in the race venue. Checked in our crew and the rest became HISTORY!



I was the first runner on deck and was very excited yet nervous on what that 11.4K route will feed me. Guided by two, helpful bike marshals, I sped off at 4:50am. With a little pressure, we all tried our very best to run, and outpace the unusual levels of difficulty that the route has to offer. With the cut-off in mind, giving us 40-hours to finish the race with no proper sleep, and bathing. How fortunate we are that there are hospitable neighborhood and gasoline stations along the way for us to freshen up. Nighttime get ahead of, we made sure that we were all wearing reflector vests, headlamps and blinkers for us to be safe on the road and good thing our bike marshals did not leave us alone. The experience itself was superb; running on sizzling, angry sun beaming through our skin and on dark roads with barking dogs, leaping frogs, open drainage, and singing drunk by-standers. How insane could it be for others, but we were able to outstand it! We finished the race in 27:37:00, the 14th team to cross the finish line, placing 4th in the mixed category and even awarded with the “Hassle-Free Team” It was an amazing expedition, running while viewing the scenic routes of Subic, Zambales and Bataan. Passing mountains to mountains of uphills and downhill roads, each runner made their way, outrun, outpace, outlast on this Epic adventure of 250 kilometers of fun. This exploration will always remain with us. Thank you TBR for giving us the opportunity to experience this EPIC journey!


Epic Relay 250: Team Snail Runners Win a Free Slot!

Friday, 1 June 2012  |  Race Announcements

Thank you to everyone who joined the Epic Relay 250 Contest.

I have a confession to make. I had such a hard time choosing the best answer (and I didn’t want to be accused of favoritism choosing TBR Dream Marathon alumni over other groups), so I decided to raffle off the prize among all submissions that complied with the rules.

And the winner is…HANNAH ROSE PUA! Her Team Captain is: Arlene Cheryl Calleja


Here’s Hannah’s submission to the question:

Q: Why does your team deserve to win a slot for Epic Relay 250?

A: We are SNAIL RUNNERS ALABANG, our team deserves to win the free slot to Epic Relay 250 because we don’t just run with our feet, we run with precision fueled with our passion. This will make us achieve a great work as a team, it is not the prize nor other stuff but it is the TEAM WORK that we will all share.

Congrats to Hannah and Snail Runners Alabang! I’ll be emailing you on how to claim your prize! Enjoy the race!  Thank you to all the runners who joined the contest.

On Running Shoes: Win a Pair

Wednesday, 14 September 2011  |  Gear + Gadgets

Care to win one of the newest and coolest running shoes in town? It’s called On Running Shoes brought to us by Chris Sports…



On Running Shoes builds on the idea that our regular running shoes doesn’t really protect us from injury. They claim that horizontal impact causes injuries and running shoes in the market today only absorbs vertical impact.

Enter On Running shoes. Designed by a Swiss engineer, On has CloudTec, 13 circular rubber elements on the sole of the shoe which absorbs both vertical and horizontal shock which they say allows you to run as if you were on clouds and lets you push off as if you were on concrete. This technology, they say, benefits all runners: top athletes can train longer and more often, because the muscles are less strained, and beginner or recreational runners can run injury- and pain-free. To add, since there’s less fatigue, they even run faster and longer.

– On Running Shoes: Cloud Surfer –



Last month, Chris Sports gave me a pair of On Cloudsurfer to road test. From its website, here’s how they describe the On Cloudsurfer:

Fast feels good. The Cloudsurfer fires your run. Equipped with On’s patented CloudTec™ 3D cushioning system, the Cloudsurfer remains light, agile and transfers energy into forward momentum. Run light and fast.

The Cloudsurfer is made to perform in training runs as well as in competitions. The CloudTec™ system is engineered to provide the best of both worlds: cushioning on impact and speed on push-off.

I’ve used it for three 10k runs and will post a detailed review when I test it beyond 15km.


One of the most credible endorsers of On is Olivier Bernhard, a professional triathlete from Switzerland, three-time World Champion and six time Ironman winner, who swears by the shoe. Chris Sports will be flying in Olivier early next year for a series of tri camps and running talks and clinics. Visit this blog for exact schedule to be released soon.

View this video to learn more about him. I love how often he tells us how much he loves running.


Facebook: Chris Sports

Website: On Running Shoes

TBR-Epic Relay 250 Contest

Thursday, 3 June 2010  |  News + Promos

FREE epic adventure, anyone?

By now, you must’ve heard about the Chris Sports’ Epic Relay 250. As in their website, it is “a 250 kilometer, 10-member team run through some of the most beautiful scenery and historical landmarks of North Luzon. Beginning in Subic Bay to the small communities of Zambales to the hilly terrain of historical Bataan (death march) highway to the breathtaking uphill climb of Mt. Samat and back. Non-stop running day and night-relay style.”

The race is patterned after U.S. Relays, such as Ragnar Relay and Hood to Coast.  If you want to understand exactly how the relay works, you can read my experience in Nike Hood to Coast last year.  Click HERE. Aaah, many many fond memories of that trip.

Now, here’s the good news.  If you and 9 other running friends are interested in joining, you can win a FREE group entry right now worth P12,000.  The race is on June 12 & 13, 2010.  For more info, please visit their website to download the race bible. For race inquiries/clarifications, please call Epic Relay Help Desk: 438 9021


  1. Submit a photo of the team along with a brief explanation why your team deserves a free entry into Epic Relay 250.  One to five sentences only.
  2. Place on the email’s subject line: TBR-EPIC RELAY 250 CONTEST
  3. Email this to thebullrunner(at)
  4. Deadline is Monday, June 7, 2010, 11:59 a.m.
  5. Winning team will be posted on this blog on Monday, June 7, 2010.

May the best team win!

20% off on TRX Suspension Training

Wednesday, 9 December 2009  |  Gear + Gadgets

For my many friends who have been pining over TRX Suspension Training, go visit Chris Sports from Dec. 3, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010 to get a whopping 20% off.

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