Athletes in Need of Help

a paralympic athlete with Coach Joar (pic courtesy of Coach Joar)

a paralympic athlete with Coach Joar (pic courtesy of Coach Joar)

The true spirit of Bayanihan is again more alive now among us Filipinos as brought about by the devastating results of typhoon Ondoy. A testament to this are the overwhelming support that both government and non-government agencies are receiving from people from all walks of life.

Among us runners, there are also activities currently on-going and planned to provide as much help as we can possibly give. There is the effort of Second Wind Running Store to accept donations for the victims of the typhoon and also there are certain groups who are planning to hold runs for the purpose of raising funds for the victims (see thebullrunner’s related post). These are all great activities for a great cause.

Still, unknown to most of us, there is a small group of athletes who greatly need our help. As advised Coach Joar Calvadores, there are athletes with disabilities who have been victims of the typhoon too. They are in need of our help especially because just like the other victims, they were not able to save most of their belongings too.

Our dear athletes with disabilities are in need of the following:

– food
– clothes (even your used/unused singlets)
– old shoes/slippers,
– blankets

or anything that may be of help for them to be able to start over. You can bring/send your donations or items you want to give to the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled – National Paralympic Committee (PHILSPADA) office at Rm.101 Building E, Philsports Complex (formerly ULTRA) or you can contact the PHILSPADA office at 6364884 or 6350375 or you can hand it over to Coach Joar Calvadores when you do your practice run at the ULTRA Track Oval.

The past few days have been so hard for most of us who have been affected by the storm in one way of the other. Me and my family even have our own “victim-story” to tell. But thinking about what these athletes with disabilities are going through right now, I know that I and my family are so many times over lucky to have come out of it still whole. So I encourage you folks to join me in providing or even help seek help for them.

Finally, let me end this with Coach Joar’s words – “Tulong tayo…” (Let us help.)

Second Wind Running Store’s Public Service Act

Many of us have been affected by the disaster that typhoon Ondoy has brought upon us. Our family have been one of those whose home have been under almost knee-deep flood. But we are still so lucky compared to those who suffered worst. I have been practically out of touch from the outside until last night that when I checked my email today, I was glad to receive one from Hector Yuzon, main man of Second Wind Running Store encouraging us to extend help in our own way to those who may need it. Here is the full context of Hec’s email :


Greetings friends in the running community.

In light of the typhoon that has left most of us emotionally drained, we would like to encourage the running / multi-sport community to pitch in and help out.

Kindly help us spread the word that we are extending help to our friends who were affected by the typhoon ondoy.  Lets maximize however we can help, announcements in your blog, multiply, tweeter, or your status in facebook will be greatly appreciated.
Secondwind will be accepting donations:

–          blankets
–          singlets, jerseys or shirts
–          old footwear
–          food
–          other items that can still be used

we will be accepting until Thursday (end of day) and will donate to ateneo thru Neville Manaois, PUR team principal, secondwind teammate and ateneo professor.  Volunteers to pack and help transfer goods on Friday will be most welcome.  

Maraming salamat in advance sa lahat ng tulong na maaari niyong mabigay.  


wait for it to kick in
– secondwind

0917-8hector (8432867)
shop # 799-2089

A Message from New Balance – UPDATED


New Balance and eXtribe, the race organizer for the Power Run decided not to push through with the scheduled race tomorrow. The much-awaited race was rescheduled for Novermber 29 instead. See Jaymie’s blog post about it here –


Here is New Balance’s initial announcement regarding tomorrow’s New Balance Power Run Race (many thanks to Jaymie, thebullrunner for sending it to me via SMS) :

“We may postpone race because weather condition’s making it difficult to set up run. Race Director (is) exploring all options. Final call (will be) by mid afternoon.”

Will keep you posted guys in case an updated announcement is received.

Again, many thanks to Jaymie for the advise. 😉


Time is Running: The 2009 Timex Run with Coach Rio and Piolo Pascual

final poster

Get ready for this year’s hottest running event!  Don’t miss “Time is Running: The 2009 Timex Run with Coach Rio and Piolo Pascual,” a 3km, 5km, 10km, and 21km run on November 15, 2009 at the Bonifacio Global City (beside NBC tent).  Get a chance to run with everyone’s favorite running guru and one of the hottest male actors of our time.  Beat the mad dash for these limited and highly-coveted slots.  Only 3000 race kits will be up for grabs, which includes a singlet and timing chip, complete with professional actions shots by Photovendo and Runpix analysis. 

Regular registration is from October 4 to November 1 at Timex shops (SM North, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, and Glorietta 3), Nike Park Bonifacio High Street, The Trion Towers site showroom , Robinsons Land Corporation grand showroom (Robinsons Galleria), and AmiSa showroom (Robinsons Place Manila).

Late registration is from November 2 to 9 at the Timex shop SM North Edsa, and Trion Towers Mckinley parkway Cor. 8 ave, Bonifacio Global City.

Part of the proceeds goes to the Timex-UNICEF school in Masbate.

For online registration, visit  For more information, call 7031736.

SkyRunning 101


If you combine mountaineering and running, is that Skyrunning? As I have initially understood from the guesting of the members of the Philippine Skyrunning Association at Run Radio last Friday, I think I can say that yes, it is some kind of a mix of mountaineering and running but then I guess plus a lot more.

I got you confused eh? Hay! Without a proper definition, could you just take my word when I say that this sport, which is pretty new here in our country is really exciting and challenging? It’s definitely running on a higher level (pun not intended).

Learn more about skyrunning and how it can give you a new level of running high by attending the Skyrunning 101 talk at 7 p.m. tomorrow, September 23 at the R.O.X. Function Room. I was told that you can just go directly tomorrow at ROX to register and attend. Check the poster for more details. 😉

See you there!