The Summit Water CamSur Marathon – A runner’s feedback

One of the great things about running and maintaining a blog was the opportunity to get to know people who value the same passion I have with the sport. Suffice to say, my network of friends and acquaintances grew through these. What I really did not expect before was the possibility of me exchanging correspondences from  strangers I haven’t even met yet but because of running, it’s as if we have a foundation for friendship that can be easily built from.

One of those “virtual friends” I really look forward to meeting is Macky de Lima, an employee of the First Balfour and an alumna of the Ateneo de Naga High School Class of 1983.  Being a Bicolano, Macky signed-up for the CamSur Marathon, targetting to run the full marathon distance  together with his HS Batch/Classmates Bobby Castilla, Ruben Fajardo & Allen Tolledo. When I received his email yesterday telling me his story of them successfully finishing the full (it was his second, the first being the TBR Dream Marathon last May and his classmates’ first!), I right then and there thought that it is worth posting in this blog. I don’t know if it is just “emo me” but there is something heartwarming when I hear or read stories about people finishing their 42k race. Maybe because it is really a very different and life-changing experience. For Macky, it is even both an accomplishment and a tool for encouraging friends, officemates and classmates to take on running as a leisure but healthy sport. So without much further ado, here is Macky’s CamSur Marathon experience in his own words.

I am back  in Ortigas  from Bicol after the Camsur Marathon.  It was a priceless experience for me as it was my first time to run a race or fun run in my home province of Camarines Sur.  What made it more special is that I was able to recruit 3 of my high school classmates (Ateneo de Naga HS Batch 1983) to join me in running the marathon.  For my 3 classmates, this was their first ever full marathon, for one even, it was his first ever race  to join.  With the grace of our patroness Our Lady of Penafrancia, and thanks to the 16-week training program I got from my TBR   Dream Marathon experience  last May, all 4 of us finished the 42.195 marathon.

As always, we are impressed with the race organizing skills of Coach Rio and his team.  Anticipating the humid  conditions of the marathon, there were more water stations at the later stages of the race (almost at 500 meter intervals for the last 10 kms).  Riding his motor scooter, Coach Rio was all over the race route checking on the participants, particularly the ones lagging behind.    Credit also to the provincial government for endeavoring in the event.

What I will most remember of my Camsur Marathon experience is the warmth and kindness of the spectator crowds in the rural areas who trooped to watch the runners for the whole marathon route.  Kids and adults alike were slapping  high fives with the runners.  Greetings of good morning and clapping were generously shared by the crowds to spur on the runners.  It was a festive and interactive run for the participants.  A special and priceless experience for me and my hs classmates.  We will surely be running the Camsur Marathon come 2011.

I share a few pics.

Macky posing with Bicolano kids holding a welcome poster for CamSur Marathon participants

getting heat relief from a support crew

this pic was originally captioned as “with a runner from Legaspi” but I was really surprised to see the runner to be Happy Feet’s Leia and the other guy to be MonAllen (second from left) and fellow runners helping each other to finish

Macky’s classmate receiving high fives from expectators

Allen proudly finishes second to last his first running race ever and gained new friends too

with coach rio at the finishline

Congratulations Macky, Bobby, Ruben and Allen and also Leia and Mon for finishing the CamSur full. Congratulations too to the Runrio group as headed by Coach Rio, the Event King team headed by Princess Galura and Gov. LRay Villafuerte together with the people of CamSur for a very successful running event.

Not to forget, many thanks Macky and hope to run with you soon!

The Corregidor International Half-Marathon


I missed cruising up to the point of cursing! Hmmm, well almost but not quite. Bottomline is, I missed experiencing a different kind of event launch altogether when I missed joining this event’s launch/presscon last Monday over Sun Cruises’ premier cruise ship. Oh well, some things are just really not meant to be.

But don’t fret with me folks, because cursing or not (hehe!), I am bringing to you the much-awaited event details of this year-ender race. And a word of advice – once you decide you want to join this, DO TRAIN FOR IT! 😉 Read on!

December 19, 2010
Corregidor Island

– All weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) of October and November

– RUNNR, BHS, The Fort
   Schedule: every Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 9pm
– Second Wind, Maginhawa 
   Schedule: every Saturday, 1pm to 6pm
– Second Wind, Ortigas Home Depot
   Schedule: every Saturday, 1pm to 6pm

OPEN TO participants residing abroad and outside Metro Manila
Site will be up on Oct 9

P2,500.00 – until October (regular registration)
P3,000.00 – until November (late registration)
1. Properly filled out registration form
   – may be downloaded by Friday / available at the registration site

2. Any valid ID (driver’s licence, SSS ID, voter’s ID, postal ID, passport, etc.) indicating date of birth

3. Any of the following:
   – Proof of participation in a 10k race (during the last 2 months prior to registration) 
   – Proof of participation in a 21k race (during the last 3 months prior to registration)  
   – Proof of participation in a full marathon (during the last 6 months prior to registration) 
   – A doctor’s certification of fitness to participate in an athletic event
* For proof of race participation, a printout of the particular race result is preferable. In lieu of that, race bib will be    accepted but will be subject to verification through the race results available on-line.

4. Applicable registration fee.

1. After completing registration for the race (manual or on-line), beginning The following Monday, contact Sun Cruises at 8346857/8346858/5275555 loc 4511 0r 4512.

2. Indicate the desired trip schedule:
   a. Overnight
      – departure on Dec 18 @ 8:30am 
      – return trip to Manila is on Dec 19 via 2:30pm trip from Corregidor*
   b. Day trip
      – departure on Dec 19 @ 5:30am 
      – return trip to Manila is Dec 19 via 5:30pm trip from Corregidor*
   c. Participants with non-competing companions 
      – non-competing companions will have to pay Php2,000.00/person
      – no race pack will be provided to non-competing companions
      – will have to take the Dec 18, 11:30am trip to Corregidor 
      – return trip to Manila is on Dec 20, Monday, via 10:00am trip from Corregidor.

*for options a and b, indicate if attending the Solidarity & Victory Party  on the night of December 19 to amend departure schedule to Monday, Dec 20 via 10:00am trip from Corregidor.
3. If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises 
     – only registered participants will be given reservations 
     – Pay the appropriate accommodations booking amount through the payment mode advised by Sun Cruises

4. On Dec 4 or 11 (as advised through email and text by the organizers) at ROX, 
     – attend the Runners’ Briefing
     – pick-up the race pack and 
     – claim the Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises  
     – make sure to bring the Acknowledgement Receipt issued during registration. 
         No Acknowledgement Receipt, No Race Pack.

– Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor 
– Full lunch buffet on race day 
– Race bib w/ RFID timing chip 
– Race Shirt

CIHM Race Shirt

– Race Backpack

CIHM Race Backpack

– Finisher’s Medallion (or a 10k Achiever Medal)

CIHM Finishers' Medal

– Runners’ Briefing (Dec 4 and 11)
– Carbo-loading Bonfire Party (Dec 18, Saturday night)

perspective of the Carbo Loading Party

– Victory Party with two performing bands (Dec 19, Sunday night)

Perspective of the Victory Party

– Personalized Finishers’ Certificate complete with name and finish time



Event Concept and Design

Event Design

Participant Profile

The Blue Water Day Spa Blogger’s Night

As if the Encore event a couple of weeks ago wasn’t enough, the Blue Water Day Spa family together with Event King held a bloggers’ night in connection to their Blue Water Day Spa Innovating Wholeness Fun Run. In attendance were a good number of lifestyle and running bloggers. Also there was Blue Water Day Spa owner, Ms. Mary Simisim, celebrities Karylle and Boom Labrusca and Event King’s Princess Galura.

Boom and Karylle took time off from their scheds to be with the bloggers

What I initially thought of to be just the usual event briefing for bloggers was to be one good night spent with friends and acquaintances. There was a raffle of prizes aside from the usual dinner, photo-ops and of course the program proper.

bloggers pose with Ms. Mary (2nd from left, standing) and Princess (5th from left, in white)

Basically, the event was really meant to convey to runners and bloggers what is in store for would-be participants of the said event to happen on October 17. I gather that it is not just a race but a wellness expo as well. Several activity booths are to be set-up and if I am not mistaken, there will be around 50 booths to fill the whole activity area. Loot bags and freebies are also to be given-away to participants. Cool huh?

Oh, and mind you aside from Karylle and Boom, there are a number of other celebrities joining the said event too. There’s Sam Milby who I heard will be running the 3k, Fabio Ide, Daniel Matsunaga and pretty Mikaela Lagdameo-Martinez. Oh and not to forget the running rockstar himself, Coach Rio dela Cruz. Wouldn’t it be fun having to run alongside these beautiful people? 😉

these celebs will be there on event day

Organizers Blue Water Day Spa and Event King, through this event, promises to prove to runners that  beauty and wellness do really go well together. After all, “Physical beauty comes with a healthy body.”

For more details about the race proper, visit my previous post HERE. In addition, below are event updates:

this event will have MOA's Seaside Block 12 as it's main site

yep! there will be 50 exhibitor and sponsor booths around the activity area

Life Is All About Timing

— which I currently have not much liberty of, unfortunately. So that being the case, let me for now at least holler some brief thank yous:

To the people from Blue Water Day Spa headed by Madam Mary together with Anna and Event King especially Princess and Bebang for the bloggers’ night invite. I had a fun, fun time. More on the Blue Water Day Spa Innovating Wholeness Fun Run on a separate post soon but basic details can be found HERE. 🙂

bloggers with Blue Water Day Spa Owner Ms. Mary Simisim (standing, second from left) and Event King's Princess Galura (standing, middle in white) 🙂

To HDI/Bodivance for the launch invite and for this:

the Bodivance Thermogenic Accelarator

To Kim Faner for the Vibram Five Fingers launch invite and from the generous people of Barefootwear Inc., especially to President Mr. Carlos Abad and Marketing Head Ms. Cherry Ermita for this:

the Vibram Five Fingers SPRINT in lilac/grey/purple

I treat these as my “running welcome back gifts” because it came to me in perfect timing – just as I am trying to get back to my regular running routine. I have initially tried and enjoyed using the two products above but my feedback will have to come from two separate posts – which will hopefuly be soon (like tonight?!).

Curious already? Oh well, I just really do hope tonight is a perfect time. I have loads of kuwento for all of you folks! 😉

HSBC 135 Run

It seems like everyone’s on the running bandwagon nowadays! Here’s another event that will be hosted by HSBC as a celebration of their 135th year Anniversary here in the Philippines. This running event will happen on Saturday, November 6, 2010. So if you are not participating in the New York Marathon and will be staying here in the country, maybe this race is for you. 🙂

Celebrating 135 years in the Philippines
Fort Bonifacio Global City

– Early bird on or before 10 October
– Registration will close on 31 October 

Hands on Manila’s ‘Galing Mo Kid!’ program which provides high achieving public elementary school students with additional learning opportunities

– Race singlet was exclusively designed by Rajo Laurel
– It will be a festive morning with food booths, activities for the kids, and other fun stuff the whole family can enjoy.
– For inquiries, please call the Event Secretariat at (02) 4393256 or (02) 3486784 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Monday to Friday.