Race: New Balance Run On Manila + Power Run 2018

Sunday, 7 January 2018  |  Race Announcements

New Balance Philippines is excited to announce that Run On Manila + Power Run 2018 is happening on February 11, 2018 (Sunday) at McKinley West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. I dropped by for the presscon and was happy to spend some time with running and tri friends in media.

Photo courtesy of Monching Romano, Race Day magazine

Run On is a regional race series, which encourages runners to reach their mark and run on for an extra kilometer. On its second year, Run On Manila brings back the 5k+1k distance apt for beginners and metropolitan athletes.

Power Run is the highly-anticipated annual flagship race of New Balance in the Philippines. Now on its 15th edition, Power Run brings along its three race categories: 8k, 16k, and the signature 25k. Tapping on the intermediate and elite runners, Power Run aims to challenge your personal record.   (more…)

Race Report: New Balance Power Run 2013 – An “Excellent” Race!

Monday, 11 November 2013  |  Race Reports

The much anticipated New Balance Power Run was held yesterday at Bonifacio Global City. Distances covered the regular 10k with special 16k and 25k not commonly offered in running events.  Over 6,000 runners participated in the event.  The race was organized by no less than Runrio.

The New Balance Power Run always stands out above other races for me.  For one thing, the unique distances of 16k and 25k give runners a new challenge.  The past years, I’ve been joining 25k and this year was no different.  A friend said “25k is a weird distance.  It’s not a 21k yet doesn’t quite make it to 30k.”  I say, it’s a distance in itself that needs no further explanation. I just love going past a half marathon knowing you still have the endurance to go further yet ending before your legs die out on you at 30k. LOL.

Another reason why I love New Balance Power Run is the size of the event.  It’s big enough to have a large number of serious runners participating, yet not too small that the event is deemed insignificant.  As Justin Kilayko of New Balance put it “NB goes for quality rather than quantity.”  I hear you, NB. And I think it’s a good move.

This year, the race was even better.  With more races being held at SM Mall of Asia, which I personally don’t like running in because of the humidity and mind-numbing route, I was delighted to run in Bonifacio Global City and out to Buendia again.  There were portions of the route, especially in the start, that were long and winding through the narrow portions of BGC while we navigated through the crowd of runners, but that was part and parcel of the event.  At least it wasn’t boring.  To add, with Runrio as organizer, it was a foregone conclusion that the race would be well organized.  The course, hydration, and security were well covered.  The post race acitivity area in the parking lot across Planet Sports in Bonifacio High Street was great too.  Runners congregated here after the event and it felt more intimate and relaxed.

Most runners ran in their New Balance singlets with “Excellent Maker” written at the back.  Well, I must say: New Balance really does make excellent races!

– Post race with the NB Team: Justin Kilayko, Roselle Andaya, Anton and Mia Gonzales, Planet Sports endorsers Bianca King and Rovilson Fernandez, and Ton and I –

– Thank you to New Balance who was kind enough to provide TBR Dreamers a discount for the race and a tent at the post race area. Here we are celebrating our finish! –

Congratulations to New Balance and Runrio for once again staging another fantastic event!



I’ve been madly in love with running again.  Tokyo Marathon is on the horizon, but honestly, I haven’t been following a serious training program just yet.  I’ve been hitting distances from 15k to 21k on weekends with no A-races in sight until the end of 2013.  I’ve just been happily putting one foot in front of the other enjoying every minute.

For NB Power Run, plan was to accompany good friend Ton as he runs 25k, his longest training run, for his Seattle Marathon 3 weeks from now.  I had signed up for Seattle Marathon too, but decided last month to withdraw from the race with Tokyo Marathon coming in February.  Yes, my dear friends, I have finally matured as a runner and I’ve learned not to put my feet at risk of injury by running 2 marathons in 2 months.  While I know I could’ve probably gotten away with it, I know that my body will pay for it in the months to come.  Priority is to complete the World Marathon Majors for me and Tokyo is one of them.

Another friend, Maiqui, an Ironman who retired 2 years ago and is now getting back into fitness, told us he’d join us as well.  He only started running again 3 weeks ago and this was to be his longest run since Langkawi.  Yes, he’s nuts for ramping up mileage this quickly, but that’s Maiqui for you.

Good friend Jun, who hasn’t been running much since Ironman 70.3 Cebu, said he’d join us as well.

So, there we were, a future 3rd-time marathoner, a retired triathlete, a triathlete in off season mode, and super happy runner me standing at the end of the crowd of 25k runners ready to run an easy 25k together.  Plan was to run-walk with 4 min: 1 min intervals.


We followed the 4:1 plan most of the time making minor adjustments during climbs or downhills.  We stopped for toilet breaks twice at Jollibee.  The entire run was uneventful (and that’s a good thing!) because it meant that everything went smoothly for all of us.

For me, I knew by 10k that my training the past two months significantly improved my run.  I was coasting steadily along feeling strong all throughout.  It could be running the steep hills of Kapitolyo, the consistent training program I’ve followed even with no A-race in sight, or the more consistent and challenging swim program Coach Anthony has put me on.  I think it’s all of the above plus the fact that I’ve been enjoying every minute without pressure to perform.

I felt so good that when we hit Buendia, I couldn’t help but speed up.  I told the boys that I’d go ahead and run fast and slow down to a walk and meet them at every interval.  And, that’s exactly what I did.  It felt awesome.  I felt so free running down that road, one of my favorite roads to run on during a race.  After that brief portion of speedwork, I rejoined our group and we began to do our regular run-walks again until we reached the finish line.

– with good friends Ton, Jun, and Maiqui –

We high-fived each other at the end.  All with happy smiles.  Ton could now tick off his longest run for Seattle Marathon.  Maiqui hit his longest run in years and Jun in months.  As for me, I was quite happy knowing that I felt strong even after 25k.  I jokingly told them that finally, I felt that my body was ready for the Ironman 70.3 I had trained for last August!

– with TBR Dreamers at the finish line! Congrats guys! –

– Happy to bump into my “twin sis” and birthday girl Jaimie after the race –


After the run, we joined Team Gotta and Fitness First for breakfast and, er, recovery drinks at Draft.

– Fitness First Tri Team and their beer! –

– Team Gotta –

– Most of the same guys in the same photo above but with game face on LOL –

The atmosphere was fun and it became an even bigger celebration when Kuya Kim Atienza, who only recently recovered from a serious bout with the rare disease of Guillan Barre syndrome, dropped by to celebrate along with us.  All in all, a great day to celebrate running and friendship!

New Balance Power Run 2012 & Bull Session 2

Sunday, 11 November 2012  |  Bullish Insights

The New Balance Power Run 25k is an event that a lot of runners anticipate.  I’ve been a big fan of this NB Power Run even when they used to hold it in Clark, Pampanga.  Now, it still draws the crowds and offers a safe and well-organized venue to run this unique distance.

The race was very well-organized.  Hydration was aplenty.  Kilometer markers couldn’t have been more accurate.  Marshals were everywhere.  And, oh boy, that 10k course was a nice one.  I would love to run that again.  The entire race was simple, smooth, and thoroughly a delight to run.


I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to remember anything from this morning’s New Balance Power Run except spotting Ann Curtis, Karylle, Daniel Matsunaga, Solenn Heussaff, Isabelle Daza, and Miriam Quiambao running alongside us.  I’m sure in the longer distances, the NB Power Run’s race ambassadors, Team Gotta Tri, composed of athletes/celebs Kuya Kim Atienza, Erwann Heussaff, Gilbert Remulla, and more  left other runners stunned either because they were starstruck or because of their speed. These guys work hard at their craft and in their training.

I think it’s great that more and more celebs are getting active and taking to running and triathlon.  It does nothing but boost the popularity of our beloved sports and increase public awareness for fitness.  To add, seeing celebs during the race is perfect distraction from the pain, perhaps even better than salt sticks.  Cramps?  Uy, si Ann Curtis ba yun?  Habulin nga.


For the first time ever, we decided to hold our Bull Session for TBR Dream Marathon during a race.  We invited our TBR Dream Marathoners to join us for our training run during the race.  As always, the Bull Session was led by Coach Lit Onrubia.  Assembly was 30 minutes before race start.  We had volunteer pacers for each of the groups we sub-divided our TBR Dreamers into depending on their preferred run-walk intervals and pace.

– Reylynne in white leads one of our groups. Reylynne is a TBRDM Alum who finished 1st Place for Women in the West Coast 200km Ultramarathon held just last week! –

– Another TBR Alum, Miriam, led the 3-1 group –

– Here’s Mike, another TBRDM alum, who volunteered to pace –

It was a practice session for most of the future marathoners where they practiced the actual first 10k of their marathon 3 months from now.  Some finished boasting of PRs, some finished their first 5k, and some learned their body’s limits and the need for serious, consistent training.  The good thing is there’s enough time to prepare the body and mind for the upcoming marathon!

– TBR Dreamers after NB Power Run! –

– Brief talk by Coach Lit –

– Happy couple Mike and Macel Janeo of TBR Dream Team –

– Lit, myself, and Ton (far right) with TBR Dreamers 2013 and relatives: Monchu, Mia’s cousin, Mia, Anton Gonzales – President of Planet Sports –

– Huge thank you to our volunteer pacers: Reylynne, Mike, Jun, Ton, Trixie, and Miriam with Coach Lit –


After the 10k, friends and I jumped into the pool for an easy swim to cool off in this hot weather.  10k easy run plus 1k easy swim followed by good coffee and breakfast was a perfect way to start this Sunday.

And the Winners of the Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run Race Kits Are…

Friday, 7 October 2011  |  News + Promos

Thank you to everyone who participated in our slightly challenging contest for Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run!

The correct answers are:

1. 890
2. Minimus/ MR10
3. Minimus/ MT10
4. 770
5. 880
6. 1260
7. 1190

The winners of one (1) Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run Race Kit – 10k are:

1. Dom Francisco
2. Dennis
3. Jon

The winners of P200 OFF for Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run Race Kit – 10k are:
1. Rosemarie Beltran
2. jay richmond galvez
3. mark romeo galvez
4. jenny rose santos
5. dj
7. Nad
8. domingo
9. Nancy Ngo
10. ma. diane richelle galvez
11. Mic Garing
12. Rona Dizon
13. Eduard Alcantara
14. Jordee
15. Faye Evangelista

Please wait for my email within the next few days on how to claim your prizes.  Congratulations!

As for the rest of you, registration is still on-going for the Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run!  Click HERE for more info!

Win 3 Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run 10k Race Kits!

Thursday, 6 October 2011  |  Bullish Insights


Would you like to win one of three 10k race kits to the Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run on November 6, 2011 at Bonifacio Global City?  15 others will get a P200 discount off of the race kits.  Here’s how to win:


  • 3 race kits to the Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run – 10k category
  • 15 P200-discounts off of the Chevrolet-New Balance Power Run – 10k category
  1. View the image above.
  2. Name 3 models of the 6 New Balance shoes in the photo.  Post your answer by commenting in this post.
  3. First three runners who submit the correct answers win one 10k race kit each.
  4. Next 15 runners who submit the correct answers win P200 discount off of the 10k race kit.
  5. Contest closes when 18 correct answers have been submitted.
  6. Answers will NOT be published until the 18 correct answers have been collected.
  • Runner can submit an entry only once.  Submission of more than one entry leads to disqualification.
  • Prizes are transferable. Runner provides his/her name or the name of the person he/she would like to give the race kit to.
  • Prizes are not convertible to cash.
  • Race kits may not be converted to another race distance.
  • Winners will be notified via email and will be advised on how to claim the race kit.
May the best runner win!