Run for Home Redemption at Runnr

Saturday, 25 July 2009  |  Race Announcements

For those who were not able to claim their race kits or change for the online payment for Run for Home, organizers will be having a two day redemption booth at RUNNR starting tomorrow July 25 until Sunday July 26, 2009 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM.

All runners who availed the Globe promo but forgot to claim it during the redemption day may proceed to Globe Business Center (Market Market branch ONLY) to claim their SIM pack or call card. Present your ID or claim stubs. If in case someone will get it in your behalf, Globe will require an authorization letter from the participant and a photocopy of their IDs before they release the item.

Run for Home Globe-Ayala City Run Report

Tuesday, 21 July 2009  |  Race Announcements

TRB Review: Run For Home Globe Ayala Land City Run

Overall Rating (10 highest): 8

Organizer: Finish Line


– New 21k course. One of the rare times Ayala Ave. was closed for runners.
– First time the disposable timing chip was used (and hopefully not the last.)
– Very organized and ontime race start.
– Adequate drinking stations with ample supply of 100 Plus and bottled mineral water (this was my experience. I heard of other runners who fell in line just to get a sip.)
– Portalets along the half marathon route.
– Presence of marshals all throughout the route.
– Complete race packet.
– Comprehensive race website, which included a forum, running blog links, pixlink (race day photos), and more.
– Free Photovendo photos (coming within the next few days).
– Race result analysis (coming soon too)


– Limited kilometer markers for 21k.
– Crowded race packet redemption (first day).
– Sloppy online registration system.
– Lack of explanation on use of timing chip for beginners. Confusing directions on attaching the chip to the shoe.
– Slightly delayed race results considering a timing chip was used.

Awesome race. I had serious concerns about the ability of Globe and Finish Line to fulfill their lofty promises for this event, but truth be told, this race surpassed my expectations. With 6,400 registered runners for this race, a great number of problems could have arisen due to the sheer number of participants. However, the race went smoothly with minor flaws, mostly in pre-race preparations, at that.  Congratulations to Globe and Finish Line for pulling off a race that raised the bar for local races.





– Assembly area post-race –

The Run for Home race started ominously for me. Less than a few hundred meters into the 21km run, my Garmin Forerunner 305 decided to die on me. (It’s been very naughty ever since I toyed with the idea of getting a Polar RS800CX or Garmin 310XT) Good thing I had backup: Nike+ Sportsband on the other wrist and JunC, my run buddy, with his Garmin as substitute pace setter!

Shortly after my Garmin’s demise, right before the Buendia flyover ascent, I felt the need to run to the little girls’ room. How embarrassing that I had to go this early in the game, but when I spotted a handful of male runners running towards the bushes, I threw caution to the wind and rushed towards the Chowking restroom. In a snap, I was out the door and ready to rejoin JunC and the rest of the half marathoners.


After the Buendia flyover, it was smooth-sailing for me. Running “blindly” without my Garmin and “deaf” without my ipod allowed me to enjoy every single minute of the race. JunC would periodically announce our pace—that we were going much faster than our planned easy, training pace of 6:30 min/km—but I would always reply with a reassuring nod, or a short rationalization, such as “It’s okay. We need buffer for the Buendia ascent.” I cannot count how many times Jun answered back “Remember, we still have Bayani Road after.”

Almost all 21km went by in a blur, like a dream, really. Surprisingly, I felt strong all throughout the entire run. There was no instance when I felt exhausted or parched nor did I feel any hint of pain in my legs. Even the climb back up Buendia towards Bonifacio—where I always find myself rolling down the flyover wishing the race would soon end—didn’t cause any major difficulty. I didn’t know what I did differently for this race: Was it a good night’s rest? Hammer espresso? Or, pure adrenaline that kept me feeling so great the entire time? All I know is that it was the way I would’ve wanted any of my long runs to play out: no injuries, no weariness, no boredom. Sure, no PR either, but that really wasn’t my goal for this particular race.


We ended the entire 20.92km (according to JunC’s garmin) with an unofficial time of 2:09, average pace 6:13. My uncalibrated Nike+ Sportsband registered 22.46km at 5:50 pace.

It occurred to me shortly after the run that at 2:09, I would’ve broken my Singapore Half Marathon time of 2:08 had I not stopped for a pee break. Annoying thought, isn’t it? So, I spent the past couple of days reminding myself over and over and over again: It was a training run. You didn’t plan on breaking your PR. Training run. Forget PR. Training run. Forget PR…

One minute. Sheesh. Next time, can someone just remind me to run to the bathroom thrice before the race starts?


– with Armand and TBR Magazine. TBR Magazine (July-Sep 09) was distributed on race packet redemption day and race day. Hope you got a copy! –


– with Hector of Second Wind, Armand, Jun, Coach Rio, Mikey, Neville of Pinoy Ultra Runners, and hubby –


– with Cristy, Nora, Johnny, Mariel, Annie, hubby, Jay, and Vener –


– with Toby of Runnr, Jun, Annie, Mari (who broke his 21k PR at 1:29!), Lester, Kim, Jonel and Mariel –


– with Mark, Annie, Jun, Tiffin, Nicole of Runnr, Mariel and hubby –


– Met Karen Davila and gave her copies of TBR Mag, of course! –


– Head-to-toe unplanned matching outfit with Mariel. Maybe we’re the Solemates?! –


– with the hubby who ran 10k –


– with Jun & Mariel (Solemates), sorely missed Annie girl fresh from Singapore, and the hubby –

Run For Home Online Registration Info

Thursday, 25 June 2009  |  Race Announcements

For those who sent in questions regarding online registration for Run for Home, here’s a note from Vince Mendoza of Finish Line, the organizer of Run for Home:

Hi Everyone,

Good new, we’ve already sent out all online registration confirmation email. For those will do the online registration (which was fixed already a couple of days ago), please expect the confirmation email within 24 hours. We need to wait for the bank to confirm the payment first before we send out your confirmation. This means that transaction made on weekend will have to wait till Monday to get their confirmation emails. Thanks

10 Reasons Why You Should NOT Join Run For Home

Wednesday, 24 June 2009  |  Race Announcements

I was invited to the press conference for Run For Home, Globe-Ayala City Run For Habitat for Humanity slated for July 19, 2009 last night.  Speakers included Angelo from Globe and Vince Mendoza and Coach Rio de la Cruz from Finish Line.  

– Globe Team –

I took down notes and came up with the following reasons why you should NOT join this race:

  1. Disposable champion chips will be used for all race distances.  No need to squeeze into crowded assembly areas and crawl your way to the front line.  Your time starts when you cross the starting line, not when the gun fires, so it doesn’t matter if you start a few seconds or minutes late.  See, there’s no reward for being an early bird at this race.
  2. You can’t use thirst or dehydration as an excuse for your slow time at this race.  For the 21km, Coach Rio said that he plans to have water stations at every kilometer.  Sponges will be available too.
  3. The race course includes Ayala Avenue, an area that is rarely used in races, and will turn around Ayala Triangle.  If you’re a regular racer, you’ve memorized all the bumps, humps, and cracks on the usual race roads of Bonifacio Global City, so running in this new uncharted territory may be quite a challenge for you.
  4. There will be live microblogging (Twitter and Plurk) during the race.  Everyone—even non-running friends and relatives—will get live updates on your run.  Pressure!
  5. Results will be provided with RunPix, the exact program used at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon last year.  (Click here to get a visual)  So, you’ll know how many runners outpaced you, exactly where you were when the first runner crossed the finish line, your place among all the other finishers, or—if you’re male—your worst nightmare yet: how many women finished ahead of you.  Are you ready to face the truth?
  6. PixLink and Tattoo blogging at the race area may be too entertaining and you forget to run.
  7. You’ll have a memorabilia of the race depicting a drenched and exhausted version of you when you claim your FREE race photo available for download at PhotoVendo.  
  8. The scrumptious food at the bazaar ala Salcedo Market after the race will make you gain back all the calories you lost during the run.
  9. 6,500 runners are expected to show up.  More people to chase after.
  10. This race promises to be one of the best races ever held in Manila.  If the organizers are successful at pulling this off, then all other races you’ll join in the future will pale in comparison.

I’ve registered for the 21km already.  I’m ready to take all the risks I’ve mentioned above if only to experience this one-of-a-kind, well-planned event.

REGISTRATION AREAS (only until JULY 3, 2009):
– all Globe business centers
– all Fitness First branches (Metro Manila)
– Runnr, Bonifacio High Street
– online at

– Vince of Finish Line –

– Vince, Jay, Vimz, Coach Rio, myself, Raymund, Taki, Marga, Dingdong, and Jun –

Run For Home – July 19

Friday, 19 June 2009  |  Race Announcements

The super secret race has now been divulged: Run For Home, Globe-Ayala Land City Run for Habitat for Humanity on July 19, 2009.  The race will be organized by Coach Rio de la Cruz and Vince Mendoza of Finish Line.  Ooooh, this is another race one cannot afford to miss.  Bawal magkasakit or ma-“injure”!


Race: Run for Home
Date: July 19, 2009, Sunday
Distance: 3k, 5k, 10k, 21k
Place: Bonifacio Global City
Registration: June 19 to July 3

Why you should join:

  1. First race to use disposable electronic timing chip
  2. One of the few races that ever passes through Ayala Avenue
  3. Convenient registration
  4. Reputable race organizer
  5. Food bazaar after the race
  6. Pixlink for runners to upload photos
  7. Tattoo blog booths for runners to update their blogs and other sites
  8. Free Photovendo shot for each runner???  I heard about this but didn’t get confirmation.  
  9. Proceeds will be used to help build homes through Habitat for Humanity for Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Project

Click here to visit the site and register.  

* Thanks to Lawrence for the heads up.