Brooks WHY DO I RUN? Video Feat. Ben Alves

We all have our own reasons on why we run. It could be for health, for fitness, or even just for fun!

Here’s a day in the life of Brooks Running celebrity athlete, Benjamin Alves, as he shares how running fuels him to do better throughout the day.

Know more about Benjamin and what gets him more and more excited to run.

Alaska IronKids 2015 Kicked-Off with Triathlon in Subic

This year’s series of Alaska Ironkids Play and Race events kicked-off with the Alaska IronKids Triathlon event in Subic. This kiddie version of an Ironman Triathlon was an exciting pre-event to the following day’s Ironman 70.3 race.

Working with the team organizing the Alaska IronKids events have always been a happy experience. Tiresome but happy. Seeing all those kids engaging into a mutli-discipline sport such as a triathlon at a very young age is truly inspiring. The sight of giddy parents cheering their kids and proudly welcoming them by the finish line was also a heartwarming. 

I can’t wait for the next leg of the series, the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon, happening at the Village Club in Paranaque on April 19. See you there!

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Borlain sisters rule Alaska IronKids Triathlon in Subic

Tara and Samantha Borlain again finished one-two in the same category (Girls 11-12) during the 2015 Alaska IronKids Triathlon held in Subic over the weekend. Open to children 6 to 14 years old, Alaska IronKids is the local junior version of the international triathlon series, Ironman.

Tara trailed Sister Samantha in the swim and bike part of the race but relied on her strong finishing run to prevail. Other 1st place winners in the girl category are Nicole Danielle Eijansantos (13-14), Alison Ann Noble (9-10) and Justicia Mariearl Tan (6-8).

Brent Valelo also relied on a strong run to rule the Boy 13-14. Other 1st place winners in the boy category are Juan Francisco Baniqued (11-12), Mark Grist (9-10) and Dayshaun Karl Ramos (6-8). 

Christine Levi Gaspar and Una Janus Sibayan placed second and third in the Girls 13-14. Everly Janarie Macalalad finished third in the Girls 11-12.  Patricia Tolentino and Ana Maria Mempin placed second and third in the Girls 9-10. Franchezka Borlain, youngest of the Borlain sisters, and Caitlin Gaw finished second and third in the Girls 6-8.

Sabino Czar Manglicmot IV and John Caleb Barlin placed second and third in the Boys 13-14. Jose Manuel Arao and Karl Rafael Pamakid placed second and third in the Boys 11-12. Matthew Thomas Alumbres and Juan Miguel Tayag placed second and third in the Boys 9-10. Jabrielle Marcos Delizo and Reggeal Victoria placed second and third in the Boys 6-8.

Four races are lined up for 2015— two aquathlons and two triathlons. The next races will be the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon Apr. 19 at The Village Sports Club; the Alaska IronKids Aquathlon in Subic Bay; and the Alaska IronKids Triathlon Aug. 1 in Cebu.

The races will have three categories: Race Category (with Podium Medals) with four age groups; Play Category (with finisher’s medal but no age categories) with short and long distances to promote outdoor play and increase participation for non-competitive participants; and the Relay Category (with Podium Medals) with two mixed age groups.

Alaska Milk Corporation President/CEO Wilfred Steven Uytengsu said he is ecstatic with the huge turnout.

“It’s really nice to see the parents supporting their kids promoting a healthy lifestyle, a lot of kids today spend a lot of time on their iPads or playstations. It’s important to develop your technical skills but you also have to be physically fit,” said Uytengsu.

Alaska IronKids Philippines is an annual sporting event that aims to promote the healthy and active lifestyle among children through the winning combination of proper nutrition and physical activity. The Alaska IronKids Race Series is just one of many sports development programs that Alaska conducts yearly to engage children to come out and play.

Pioneering athletic programs like the Alaska IronKids Philippines Triathlon has managed to take children away from their video game consoles, cellphones and cable TV remotes and out into the sun to swim, bike and run in triathlon races. Alaska’s sports programs hope to encourage children to get into organized sports while learning positive values like hard work, discipline, determination and teamwork. The program for 2015 will continue to bring excitement as it helps future athletes realize their dreams.

Become an inspiring athlete too and join Alaska’s sports programs now! NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. For general information about the Alaska IronKids please visit http://www.ironkidsphil.com; Alaska Milk Corporation visit http://www.alaskamilk.com; and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub & #AlaskaIronkids.

The NIKE Women’s 10K MNL

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This May 9, Filipinas will get the chance to be part of Nike’s global community of sport with the first ever Nike Women’s 10k Manila. It will take on a unique twist by requiring participants to register with their best female buddy, coming from the insight that Pinays love to run and train with a partner. The race will be in Filinvest, Alabang, with 10,000 slots available.

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RUN WITH THE FIRST-EVER NIKE WOMEN’S 10K MANILA
Nike Women’s 10k Manila enables and connects women to celebrate the power of sport

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 16 March 2015 — Filipinas now have the opportunity to be part of a global community of sport that motivates, inspires, and connects athletes around the world with the inaugural Nike Women’s 10k Manila (#WeRunMNL) on 9 May 2015. Coming from the insight that Pinays love to run and train with a partner, the Nike Women’s 10k Manila takes on a unique twist by requiring participants to register with their best female buddy and enjoy the experience with the rest of the growing community of strong, beautiful women who are motivated to achieve their personal running goals. Set to take place in Filinvest, Alabang, there are 10,000 slots available.

The Nike Women’s 10k Manila is part of the global Nike Women’s Event Series, which includes the Nike Women’s Race Series and N+TC Tour. The global event series will see more than 200,000 women around the world celebrate and experience the power of sport through a series of one-of-a-kind, high-energy training events.

To help prepare women achieve their personal bests, participants can get access to elite Nike Run Club training sessions in the weeks leading up to the Nike Women’s 10k Manila. Race registrants also get free access to a variety of fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, barre, HIIT and an exclusive NTC Live (Nike Training Club Live) event on 25 April 2015 at Valkyrie, Manila’s largest nightclub. Participants can also train and prepare for the race through the Nike+ Running and Nike+ Training Club Apps, available for free on iPhone and Android. These best-in-class apps combine the power of Nike’s 65-million-women strong social community with the expertise of Nike’s top trainers.

“Women in the Philippines today, and all over the world, are increasingly engaged in fitness and sports and we are excited to launch the inaugural Nike Women’s 10k Manila. From the time they register with their best friend, they will be inspiring each other and the community around them – whether it is through training, or race day”, says Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager of Nike Philippines.

Online registration for the Nike Women’s 10k Manila is now available. Participants can pay online via credit card or via prepaid cards available at select Nike stores to complete their online registration. Registration fee is PHP 1,800 per pair.

Poliquit, Tabal conquer ASICS LA Marathon

Congratulations to Rafael Poliquit Jr. and Mary Joy Tabal for having completed the prestigious ASICS Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 15. Poliquit and Tabal, are the reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen and as part of their prize, they were given the opportunity to compete in this out of the country, world-class marathon race . They were pitted against over 26,000 runners from 50 states of the US and 55 countries in the world, including the top athletes from the United States, who competed in the 42K running event to qualify for the US National Team for the 2016 Olympics.

Kudos to MILO for making it possible for our Filipino elite runners gain international race exposure. Saludo! ;)

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Poliquit, Tabal conquer ASICS LA Marathon

Manila, Philippines – Fresh from their stellar victories in the 38th National MILO Marathon, Philippine Air Force member Rafael Poliquit Jr. and marathon record-holder Mary Joy Tabal completed the prestigious ASICS Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 15. Poliquit and Tabal, the reigning MILO Marathon King and Queen, were pitted against over 26,000 runners from 50 states of the US and 55 countries in the world, including the top athletes from the United States, who competed in the 42K running event to qualify for the US National Team for the 2016 Olympics.

Following last year’s delegation to the Paris Marathon, the National MILO Marathon awarded both athletes with all-expenses paid trips to the ASICS LA Marathon as the Philippine delegates sponsored by MILO. The ASICS LA Marathon is one of the five largest full marathons in the United States, and one of the ten largest races in the world.

The 26-year-old Davaoeño Poliquit clocked in at 2:36:09 and ranked 27th overall in the men’s division. In the distaff side, 25-year-old Cebuana Tabal posted a time of 2:51:17 and finished 27th overall in the women’s division.

Journey to the finish line

According to race organizer Rio dela Cruz, the athletes traveled early and were able to prepare and acclimatize to the cool weather. Both were in top shape in the months leading to the race, fully focused in following their training regimen which consisted of muscle recovery, strength and speed workouts and endurance training, as well as mental conditioning and proper nutrition.

California was baked in heat on race day, but it was nothing compared to the scorching sun in the Philippines. In fact, Poliquit found the weather to be cool, and made the race very challenging. “I am not really used to colder weather. I had difficulties in breathing normally as I went along the race. I was also unable to hydrate myself well because I thought I wasn’t thirsty because of the cold,” admitted Poliquit. “I also felt that my lower limbs were starting to cramp past the 30KM mark. This was truly challenging, because the route had more uphill parts towards the second half.”

Tabal, however, found the colder weather good and used it to her advantage. “It wasn’t too cold and it wasn’t too hot, which, for me, is good for a race. The route was wide open, no vehicles, and it was safe for us to move freely, but still, it was very challenging,” shared Tabal. “I was not included amongst the group of elite runners whose gun time was ahead by ten minutes, so I had to catch up and make up for the delay. I also wanted to run alongside somebody so I can set my pace, but I could not find anyone and had to push myself and maintain a good pace until the finish line.”

Running with the greats

Aside from the different challenges both were faced with, it was an added test for both Poliquit and Tabal to run with elite runners from all over the United States who were vying to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Still, this fueled the two more to strive and persevere to show that Filipinos can compete with the world’s best.

“The Africans, especially the Ethiopians and Kenyans, were the fastest among the group, and it was very hard to keep stride with them. They really are made of a different caliber,” shared Poliquit. “During the start of the race, I was able to run alongside my idol, US marathoner Ryan Hall. It is one of the highlights of my first international race. I didn’t expect that I would be able to join a big international race like this. It’s a dream come true.”

Tabal admitted that she had to chase the female elite runners in the hopes of finishing with a higher rank. “I was able to keep up with best runners and I was really confident of finishing in the top 10, but I suddenly had a bad stomach and it affected my running,” said Tabal. “I had to shift to a relaxed pace in order to survive the race. The supporters along the road cheered me on, shouting “Go Baby Girl!”, and it spurred me on. I made it and it was a very wonderful and rewarding experience.”

Raising the Philippine flag high

Both runners shared that the support of MILO and the Filipino community powered their will to give pride to the country and inspire the youth to become champions.

“The ASICS LA Marathon is another accomplishment and a dream come true for me, as a runner. It’s an honor to represent the Philippines in a big international event. I would like to thank MILO for believing in us to reach the international stage. I am very grateful to my coach Philip Dueñas. I wouldn’t be here if not for his patience, effort and support,” said Tabal. “I would like to dedicate this achievement to my kababayans, especially the Cebuanos, who always give their all-out support. When I crossed the finish line, it felt like it wasn’t just me who did it, but my kababayans, the entire nation also crossed it with me.”

Poliquit echoes Tabal’s sentiments in representing the Philippines. “I’m so proud and happy to represent the country in Los Angeles. I am grateful to MILO for giving me this once in a lifetime chance, and to the Philippine Air Force for allowing me to grab this amazing opportunity, and of course, my family who has always believed in me,” expressed Poliquit.

MILO Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri expressed his pride for the two athletes. “Rafael and Mary Joy have truly raised the Philippine flag high in Los Angeles, and proved once again that Filipinos are exceptional and world class. We are delighted to have provided them the platform to showcase their athletic excellence amongst the world’s best runners,” remarked MILO Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri.

The National MILO Marathon holds an esteemed position in the world map of marathon destinations, due to its certification from the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The National MILO Marathon will usher in its 39th season in June of this year with a goal to engage more runners and continue its Help Give Shoes advocacy by donating brand new running shoes to school children.

For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

adidas: SPORT 15 Short Film Series

Are you ready to take today? adidas recently launched Sport 15 – a series of short films that celebrates the fact that every moment in sports is a chance to redefine yourself. The series include adidas ambassadors talking about taking today.

Have you seen it? Click HERE to see how these athletes are taking today.

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adidas Film Series Sport 15 launches

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Herzogenaurach, February 2015 adidas brings its passion for sport to life with the roll-out of a series of films – Sport 15. All films are based on the insight that sport happens in moments. adidas celebrates the fact that every moment in sport is a chance to redefine yourself and create something new for you or your team.

In sport, no one owns today – every minute of every game is up for grabs and yours for taking.

Starring in this first wave of Sport 15 are adidas NBA stars Damian Lillard, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, John Wall and adidas football icons Gareth Bale, Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez.

Follow youtube.com/adidas and join the conversation on Twitter or Instagram @adidasph or on facebook.com/adidasph.

Videos, pictures and press material are also available for download on: news.adidas.com.

The NIKE LUNARTEMPO

Have you heard about Nike’s LunarTempo? It is said to be Nike’s “every day is race day” shoes because it was designed for every distance, every speed, and everyday training.

Read about the details of this newest Nike running footwear via the below Press Release.

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INTRODUCING THE NIKE LUNARTEMPO – DESIGNED TO MAKE EVERY DAY RACE DAY

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TUNED FOR EVERY DISTANCE, EVERY SPEED AND EVERYDAY TRAINING

For the runner who’s seeking the lightweight performance of a racing flat, but prefers the plush cushioning of an everyday trainer, Nike has introduced the new Nike LunarTempo. Inspired by its predecessor the Nike Lunaracer, the new Nike LunarTempo features enhanced durability, more support and added comfort.

Design inspiration came from the closets of some of the world’s fastest young runners, including the NBRO run crew in Copenhagen. Nike designers ran and met with athletes, studying their well-loved and worn-out collections of running shoes. Their shoe closets revealed that many runners had logged high mileage in their Nike Lunaracers and could benefit from more support and comfort to perform through the daily miles demanded in training.

Nike designers embraced the challenge and engineered the new Nike LunarTempo to provide the lightweight cushioning of racing flats with added support and durability.

“As always, our source of inspiration is the athlete. After seeing how many runners were using the race shoe for their everyday training, we used the insights as a framework for our design solutions,” said Dave Roulo, Senior Designer of Running Footwear. “The shoe was designed to deliver comfort, cushioning and responsive performance in training.”

CUSHIONING AND CONTROL FOR TEMPO RUNS

The Nike LunarTempo provides a soft yet responsive ride and a smooth, plush transition with its ultra-light, re-engineered Lunarlon foam. The resilient foam core is bonded to a lightweight phylon carrier for support. The system delivers an excellent blend of cushioning and support underfoot.

TUNED FOR THE MILES

Designers kept the flexibility and lightness runners know and love from the Nike Lunaracer and improved traction, durability and cushioning to withstand high mileage training. They did this by refining the outsole to include:

  • A waffle shaped tread to help absorb impact and enhance durability and traction.
  • Secondary waffle pistons to work with the midsole, help absorb impact and bounce back to the original shape for responsiveness.
  • Durable carbon rubber in high-wear zones to enhance durability and traction.

LIGHTWEIGHT AND SUPPORT FOR EVERY STRIDE

The shoe’s upper includes Nike dynamic Flywire and Nike Flymesh for better support without adding weight or sacrificing breathability. The new proprietary Nike Flymesh is an engineered material that features a seamless lining and breathable top mesh for lightweight comfort. This new method of making allows designers to strategically place performance features where needed.

The Nike LunarTempo delivers the lightweight cushioning, comfort and traction needed to support runner’s rigorous daily training at any pace. The shoe weighs 6.2 ounces in a women’s size 8 and 7.4 ounces in a men’s size 10 and has an 8-millimeter offset. The Nike LunarTempo is available on nike.com.

The NIKE Spring 2015 Tights Revolution

In January, NIKE released this awesome tights collection which is to be their Spring 2015 Tights Revolution. As the usual signature of NIKE products, these tights perfectly blend style and performance.

Read on the below Press Release and ogle on the photos to know more about this “revolution”. I want one!

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NIKE SHOWCASES SPRING 2015 WOMEN’S TIGHTS

Tights are a pinnacle example of how Nike design blends performance and style. They combine technical performance features with bold print and color applications to enable the athlete to express her creativity, strength and style.

 Nike Epic Lux Printed Tight 

The Nike Epic Lux Printed Tight offers solutions specific to the needs of runners. It features a wide elastic waistband and internal drawcord, ensuring that she can focus on mile two of her half marathon, not the fit of her tights. A zippered back pocket serves to house personal items such as keys, and reflective elements provide enhanced visibility for runs in low-light conditions. Thetight’s soft Dri-FIT fabric works to pull sweat away from the skin to help keep her dry and comfortable, while ventilation is built into key sweat zones to provide cooling. The Nike Epic Lux Printed Tight is already available at NIKE stores.

Nike Legendary Lava Tight

The Nike Legendary Lava Tight infuses new print and color into one of Nike’s most popular tight franchises. Like all Legendary tights, it features a high waistband for optimal coverage. The ultra-soft and compressive nylon fabric helps provide comfort and an enhanced fit. The tight’s extremely vibrant color is achieved through a process called digital direct printing, which prints art directly onto the fabric. In addition to the bolder color application, the technology delivers precise print placements that flatter the female form. The Nike Legendary Lava Tight is already available at NIKE Stores.

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