6 Days to Runnex 25th Executive Classic

Monday, 1 December 2008  |  Race Announcements

25th Runnex Executive Classic 5k/10K
December 7, 2008, 
UP Diliman
Reg Fee: 500 Php

Deadline of registration: Dec 6, 2008

The Executive Running Club of the Philippines (RUNNEX) in cooperation with The Quezon City Government and the Quezon City Tourism Council will be holding the RUNNEX 25th Executive 5K/10K Classic Run on December 07, 2008, 6:30am at the University of the Philippines Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

The run is open to all professionals, businessmen and executives holding supervisory to managerial positions. Government executives must hold a minimum position of Division Chief while military officers must have a minimum rank of Captain.

This year’s race theme for the event is: “Human Energy For the Filipino Race”. The objective is to harness human energy For the Filipino Race’s future. It’s a race for physical fitness, energy conservation and environmental protection.

Registration Areas and Contacts:

c/o Lenilou Agustin

Rm 403-404 Juinio Hall
National Engineering Center
F. Agoncillo St. U.P. Campus
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City

- Duran Medical Clinic
Rm. 204 Ampil Building A. Bonifacio Ave., Cainta, Rizal 

Tel. No. 248-0288.
Facsimile 655-9498.
Mobile (0917) 4930517


Osmena cor. Ylanan Street
U.P. Diliman, Quezon City
every Sunday between 7: 00 to 9:00am.

Download registration form and race map here.

Runnex @ 25 Race Results

Sunday, 4 May 2008  |  Race Announcements

Coach Rio, the organizer of Runnex @ 25, releases his race results as fast as he runs.  The race was just this morning and the results are already out!

The results are even presented in a well-organized manner—male and female are categorized and age categories are noted—and these are all easily accessible on Coach Rio’s website.  If I’m not mistaken, this is the first race that got my name, gender, and age right.  Just goes to show how meticulous this organizer is.  Hats off to you, Coach Rio!

Click here to view results.

My official time was 30:41 with a pace of 6:08.  I was 14th in the women’s 5k category.  3rd in my age group.

Runnex @ 25 Years

Sunday, 4 May 2008  |  Race Announcements

Thank goodness we didn’t get lost. Hubby and I are from the “province” of the South so racing in U.P. was akin to venturing out into the wild blue yonder—or shall I say maroon?

We arrived at the Runnex assembly area at around 5:30 a.m. giving me just enough time to line up at everyone’s favorite—the portalets. Soon after, I still had a few minutes to warm up and stretch. I was feeling some discomfort below the left knee which was making me feel anxious and frustrated.

As hubby and I were checking in, Coach Jo-Ar came to explain the route and reminded me for the nth time: “Pakiramdaman mo yung tuhod mo!” Yes Coach, I was not willing to waste weeks of rehab work for one race so this was definitely going to be a training run for me—a 7k training run, in fact, so I planned on running an additional 2k after the finish.

When the gun went off, I ran easy—overly cautious about the knee. According to my Garmin, my average pace for Km 1 was 5:49 min/km. Surprisingly, I felt no pain! Perhaps a go-signal from the heavens to go a wee bit faster? I eagerly complied.

By Km 2, I was averaging 5:28 and by Km 3 I was running at 5:18. The great thing about all this was that I was not tired nor out of breath. I felt like I was on a hard training run, not a race. So, I allowed my eyes to wander enjoying the beauty of U.P., the trees that shaded us, and the runners around me.

There were a couple of times I allowed myself to race. One with a girl probably a decade younger than me. She was definitely fitter than me, probably a college varsity player in a sport other than running. I chased her down and overtook her. She ran faster and passed by me. When time came for a small uphill, I sped up and didn’t see her after that. Thanks to those deadly stair climbs!

Then there was Mr. 10k guy who appeared from nowhere and ran by my side. I tried my best to leave him behind but he wouldn’t budge. After a few minutes, I was able to outpace him…at least I think so. And I thought to myself, “Yes, he got chicked! Woohoo!” But, I do have a feeling he overtook me at some point without my knowing.

By Km 4, I slowed to 5:38 but sped up again at the last km to average 5:17. I didn’t know when this race would end! “Why was I still running at 5 km?” I thought to myself (as I’m sure other 5kers where thinking.)

I ended the race at 31.20 according to my Garmin. Whhhaaaat?! Too slow! But, then again, I wasn’t focused on my time for this race. I went straight ahead to run another loop to finish my 7k, so I want to slap myself in the face for not peeking at the race distance. My guess is that it was around 5.6 km. Anyone had a Garmin at 5k to confirm?

This was another well-organized race for me. I especially liked the clock which had separate times for 10k, 5k, and 2.2k. Runners could also view the countdown to the start of their respective races. (Now, why can’t everyone use that?) I just wish the clock was bigger and right on top of the starting line for all eyes to see. Runners were also well-hydrated with Rush and mineral water bottles being distributed.

The only negative for me was the portalet. I hope someone thinks of a better alternative soon. I dread going in there before a race, moreso after! There was no dressing area for women (no race organizer ever offered one) so while the men easily change clothes in the car looking and smelling fresh after, women like me suffer in our drenched clothing hoping that we still look great despite the sweat dripping down our faces. Oh, and yes there was the extra half kilometer at the 5k.

Before leaving, I finally met my now ex-virtual acquaintance and now real world friend, Neville Manaois of the Pinoy Ultra Marathoners. He got me all excited about the ultramarathon training program and race that they’re planning and I can only hope I’ll have half the energy that he and his team have to run those ultras. (Thanks for the token, Neville!) It was also great to chat with Mark and Tiffin of Happy Feet again. I just love seeing couples run together.


– Me with hubby, Pinoy Ultramarathoner Neville M., Mark and Tiffin –

To Jhamfrens and Eric (Passion Runner), sorry we didn’t see each other! Next race nalang. Cat of Binan and friends, great to meet you. Master Mon and Beni V., nice seeing you again!

Runnex-RunCPI Running Clinic & Fellowship

Friday, 12 October 2007  |  News + Promos

Date: October 14, 2007, Sunday
Time: 5:30 am – 6:30 am
Place: QC Memorial Circle – Runnex Shed

The running clinic is open to the public and is free of charge. For this fellowship, participants are encouraged to bring food that can easily be distributed to fellow runners such as biscuits, sandwiches, boiled eggs, juice, etc.

For more information, call Marie Casareo at 716.5534/5537