McHappy Day Fun Run: Win 1 of 3 Free Race Kits!

Friday, 22 November 2013  |  Race Announcements

On December 14, 2013, McDonald’s is inviting families to once again put their running shoes to good use and participate in this year’s McHappy Day Fun Run.  Personally, I’m quite excited about that new Ronald McDonald Challenge! What an awesome idea!

Here are more details about the McHappy Day Fun Run.  If you read until the bottom, you’ll get a chance to win 1 of 3 race kits I’m giving away.

McHappy Day Image


Kids aged 8 and under can participate in the 1k Catch Hamburglar dash, where they have to chase after the feisty McDonaldland character, for a registration fee of just Php350. Kids (aged 15 and under) and adults are also sure to have a great time with the 3k Run Grimace Run (open), the registration fee of which is Php450. For families of 4 who want to run together, the 3k McDonald’s Family Dash is definitely a great way to bond with the kids. Families can register for a fee of Php1, 400 for the entire family. Morning people aged 16 and above will like the 5k Early Birdie individual race for Php750. McDonald’s will also be adding a new race to the program—the Ronald McDonald Challenge, a 9k individual race for seasoned runners aged 16 and above. For a registration fee of Php950, participants will have to complete the 5k, 3k and 1k race categories to be able to complete the challenge. Finishers of each race category will receive special tokens, and the Top 3 finishers will each receive a prize.


Each McHappy Day Fun Run race kit includes: 1 race bib (4 bibs per race kit for the 3K family category), McHappy Day race route, activity area map and parking information, a breakfast meal stub, a baggage claim stub, a special McHappy Day singlet and McMoney worth 100 for fair activities.


Fun booths will also be available for families and individuals to enjoy after the race. Watch out for the different McDonald’s booths, face painting, balloon twisting and other fair activities, game areas for Ultimate Frisbee, basketball and football and Giant Happy Meal Boxes.

Proceeds of the event will go to the Ronald McDonald House disaster relief program, Bigay Tulong, currently responding to the needs of the victims of typhoon Yolanda.


Register for McHappy Day 2013 in the following stores—McDonald’s Macapagal, McDonald’s Greenbelt, McDonald’s BGC Forum, McDonald’s Katipunan, McDonald’s Frontera Verde, McDonald’s Alabang or McDonald’s Southwoods until the 11th of December anytime from 11AM to 8PM on weekdays and 8AM to 8PM on weekends. For online registration and more information on McHappy Day 2013, log on to


1) Post a comment below answering this question: Which McDonald’s product would make you dash to the finish line and why?   (Please limit answer to one sentence.)

2) Include the following details in the comment:
– Full name
– Email address

3) Contest ends November 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM.

4) Top three (3) answers will be chosen by TBR.  Each will win a McHappy Day Ronald McDonald race kit.

5) Only one answer per person. Duplicate entries will lead to disqualification. Failure to follow rules will lead to disqualification.

6) Winners will be announced on this blogpost. Winners will be asked to claim their race kits.

Good luck and see you on race day!

UPDATE! Congratulations to the 3 winners who each win a complimentary race kit:

Jay Francis Estallo
Eugene Lim
Anthony Cabiao

Please expect an email from EON regarding your prize.  Thanks for joining!

Ironkids, Here Comes TBR Jr.!

Monday, 23 September 2013  |  Running + Triathlon

We’ve made progress, baby! It’s only been a month since we first accepted the Quaker Challenge and it has definitely helped to get my kids moving and working for their goal.


Anton, my 12-year old, just signed up for his first triathlon: Ironkids on October 20, 2013 at Palms in Alabang. Woohoo! For Anton’s age category of 11 to 12 year old, the distance is 300m swim-10k bike-2k run.


Can I just tell you? I was more nervous registering him for this race than I was when I signed up for my first Ironman 70.3. Actually, I may even be more nervous than the participant himself! LOL

Anton also expressed worry over the 300m swim since he only took this up a couple of weeks ago, but I reminded him that all athletes feel anxiety before a race. You really just have to train hard, overcome your fear, and enjoy the entire experience. Thankfully, he seemed to have believed me, and it calmed his nerves somewhat. Sometimes, I’m just pleasantly surprised over how this not-so-little boy of mine is slowly gaining his confidence. Tissue please.

So far things are looking great. Anton’s swim has significantly improved with the guidance of Coach Norman and his assistant, Coach Jeff. We got him a new road bike 2 weeks ago so he can finally retire the P3,500 mountain bike from Cartimar I purchased last year when I scrimped on him. (Bad mom, I know!) He finally agreed to wear a trisuit, something this tween refused to do in the past. And, best of all, he is just genuinely excited about triathlon. In fact, he thanks God for it in his evening prayer! Seriously, it’s a triathlete mom’s dream come true!

– Fun drills for the kids –

– Hardcore trikids continued training despite the rain and they had a blast too!-


As for Nia aka Li’l Miss TBR, we just had to wait for her school exams to end (done last week!) and for her birthday to pass (she turns 9 on the 25th) before she takes up swimming with Coach Anthony Lozada, my swim coach. She loved swimming with Coach Ria Mackay in her Aqualogic Swim sessions last summer so this should be fun for her.

In the meantime, I’m allowing Nia to enjoy her birthday week. Secretly, I’ll be busy planning for her sports activities while she counts the days till she turns 9!

– Li’l Miss TBR can’t think of anything but her birthday wish list. Here she is taking photos of the Littlest Pet Shop toys she hopes to receive –


While I’m glad the kids are getting more active, I also had to remind them especially Anton, that this was still all for fun. The last thing I want is for them to feel pressured to perform and to dread or detest sports.

My goals as a Mom is clear to me from the onset: I want the kids to be more active so that they adopt a healthy, wholesome lifestyle as early as now. Aside from sports, I’ve also been serving them healthier meals at home—less dairy and red meat, more wholesome grains and veggies and fruits—to fuel them for their activities. (They actually don’t know that they’ve been eating healthier fare so let’s just keep this between you and me, okay?) This is really a holistic plan that I just hope they grow into naturally and eventually practice for the rest of their lives. Crossing my fingers!

This is part of a series of posts under the Quaker Challenge. It’s about the quest that my kids and I have to achieve our Quaker Goal to swim, bike, and run more. Read about it HERE.