Tuesday, 3 December 2013  |  Race Reports

Bah! Humbug! I could’ve said this over and over again last Sunday, acting like Scrooge on the first day of December, as I scrolled over all the Instagram photos of friends, like Drew Arellano and Hector Yuzon of Secondwind, who joined the Nike We Run MNL over at Marikina City that afternoon.

I’m always game for Nike running events, but, for some reason, the timing is always off for me. This year, I couldn’t make it because of a conflict in schedule and, with the venue being on the other side of the world from my home, I couldn’t just escape from the kids and be back in an hour. I guess I’ll have to hope and pray that I make it to next year’s We Run MNL. If not, then perhaps I’ll find a way to fly off to Nike Women’s Marathon in SFO. (Dreams. Dreams.)

To all 14,000 runners who finished their 10k with their buddies, congratulations! (Ang dami ninyo! Hah!) To all those who didn’t make it, read more about it below and let’s just cross our fingers that we make it to next year’s event…


Nike enabled 14,000. Filipino runners today in the third edition of the Nike We Run Manila held at Marikina City. Bringing to life the Filipino spirit of unity, runners signed up in pairs to run 10km and stood in solidarity at the finish as a mark of respect to the recent events in Visayas region of Philippines.

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In honouring the Filipino spirit of unity, or samahan spirit, the race was a testament to Filipinos who encourage each other regardless in times of adversity or ambition. “The Nike We Run Manila 2013 serves runners by offering them a unique platform to run alongside a global community of runners. This year, we fueled the samahan spirit by encouraging runners to sign up and run the race together with a buddy for their fellow kababayan” says Courtney Cole-Faso, Country Marketing Manager of Nike Philippines.

Nike We Run Manila is part of Nike’s global We Run series. Aimed at motivating and inspiring athletes around the world, more than 350,000 runners would have taken over 3 billion strides in We Run races in 26 cities by the end of 2013, motivated by Nike+ and Nike Running design innovations.

Nike’s We Run races range in distance from 5K to a full marathon, and capture the unique enthusiasm of each city. From Sao Paolo to Seoul to Singapore, each city will be moved to action through a series of unique experiences for runners. Tailored to each individual city, the We Run races will build on the aesthetic of each landscape through an interactive run course –

Nike’s We Run Race Series to Hit the Streets of Manila

Wednesday, 7 November 2012  |  Race Announcements

Sigh. I still feel bad I’m missing Nike We Run MNL. Unilab Active Health is sending me to Angkor Wat Half Marathon on the same day. If only we could run two races simultaneously, noh?

The good news is I’ll be giving my race kit away to one (1) lucky winner anytime before the race so just check back here once in a while. I already feel bad about mission out on the two shirts they’ll be giving to participants. Sigh again.


We Run MNL 10K inspires and connects runners globally with Nike+

PHILIPPINES, OCTOBER 2012 – Nike’s We Run race returns to Manila for a second year, to inspire, motivate and connect runners around the world on December 2, 2012. The Nike We Run race series this year will be across 34 cities with an expected participation of 395,500 runners globally. In Southeast Asia, runners in Malaysia and Singapore have conquered their cities on 14 October and 22 October respectively. The We Run torch will be passed to the Philippines from Guadalajara, before making its next stop in Buenos Aires.

Participants of this year’s We Run MNL 10K can also look forward to receiving a We Run race tee. Adapting the global We Run design, and customized for the Philippines, runners are identified globally with the black Nike Dri-Fit race tee with a distinct volt green piping on the collar and a striking graphic in volt green. Runners who complete the run will also receive a finisher’s tee to proudly wear their achievement.

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– Nike We Run Manila Race Day Tee –

PowerPoint Presentation
– Nike We Run Manila Finisher’s Tee –

Registration for Nike’s We Run race is now open through and also on-ground at selected retail stores. Registration details are as follows:

CATEGORY / PRICE (Philippines)
UNDER 25 Y.O. (24 years old and below as of race day) – Php 800
25 Y.O. & ABOVE (25 years old and above as of race day) – Php 1,200
BUDDY 1+1 UNDER 25 (24 years old and below as of race day) – Php 1,400

In-store registration has been extended until November 15, while online registration is until November 25.

1. Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
2. Men’s Under 25 – For men aged 24 years and below on the race day
3. Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
4. Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages

On-ground registrations will also be held at the following Nike stores:
• Swoosh Park Fort
• Swoosh Park Trinoma
• Swoosh Park MOA
• Swoosh Stadium ATC
• Swoosh Park Ermita
• Swoosh Park Galleria
• Swoosh Forum Robinsons Magnolia
• Swoosh Park Glorietta 4
• Riovana Katipunan
• Swoosh Stadium Rockwell

Nike’s We Run Manila 10K race will energize the streets of Pasay City with the 13,000 high-octane runners expected to make tracks all over the SM Mall of Asia’s grounds. Set against the remarkable view of Manila Bay, the initial stretch of the race will let runners pass through the commercialized area of the Mall of Asia with the SMX Convention Center and the latest icon of the area, the eye-shaped SM Bay City Arena. Runners are set to leave urban commercial scenery and head towards the fields along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. Closing in on the halfway point of the race, runners will then pass the upcoming Belle Casino, a gold complex glistening in the morning sun. As they take a turn on Pacific Avenue and race past the same landmarks, runners will come upon the iconic ferris-wheel along Seaside Boulevard that marks the final kilometer to the finish line. The panoramic run would not be complete without an engaging en route entertainment featuring some of Manila’s top musical acts. Runners can expect to relax and recharge from their run with the array of services such as massage booths at the race village.

“Nike’s We Run race is the celebration of running across the world, the culmination of every runner’s dedication and commitment to train harder, defy expectations and push their bodies’ limits. Nike aims to revolutionize the running experience, by allowing runners to inspire, motivate and connect with other runners globally through the Nike+ Technology”, shared Sanjay Gangopadhyay, Marketing Director of Nike South East Asia. “With the second edition of the We Run race in Manila, Nike envisions Filipinos, the youth in particular, to further move the local running scene forward by leading the active lifestyle movement.”

This year, Nike is taking inspiration to a new level as runners will be able to follow one of Philippines most popular lifestyle bloggers, Lissa Kahayon of, who will be embarking on her first We Run race. Follow her We Run journey as she takes on the challenge of preparing for Nike’s We Run MNL 10K race, blogging at each step of the journey, and witness how Nike elevates her everyday running experience with the various product offerings including the Nike+ ecosystem.

To get race-ready, Nike will organize training sessions focusing on proper running techniques and tips. Runners will also be able to test out the Nike+ Running app (available on iOS and Android), and try out the season’s latest running products.

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