Skechers SRR Prospeed Launched

Two Fridays ago, I was one of the lucky runner-bloggers who got to be invited to the launch of Skechers’ new line of sports/fitness shoes under the Skechers Resistance Runner (SRR) brand, the PROSPEED,  at the Skechers’ Concept Store in Market! Market! Mall, Taguig City. The launch could have struck me as somehow uneventful having received and tried my own ProSpeed pair for almost two weeks worth of running training already. But it definitely was not the case. I was still as excited as if I am to see the product up-close, learn about its features and get to try it for the first time.

the ProSpeed comes in nice color combinations

My giddiness on being able to be at the launch may be due to the following reasons:

  • my runner-blogger friends will be there
  • they will each get a chance to try on the ProSpeed for a few moments running on the treadmill
  • they will get to see and experience for themselves the great things I discovered running with this pair of shoes
  • I will get to finally meet the people behind Skechers Philippines and personally thank them for asking me to try out their ProSpeed shoes.

bloggers and media listening intently on Gail's presentation

Prior to the main event which was the actual presentation of the SRR ProSpeed, professional fitness expert and The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (BLPE) trainor, Chinggay Andrada was also introduced as Skechers’ Philippines’ fitness spokesperson. It was really so nice to see her and get a chance to chat with her longer than when we will be both working in a RunRio race. It was really so cute also to have her meet my husband, Art Mendoza which incidentally is the same name of one of her BLPE trainee!

Chinggay Andrada, Skechers Fitness Spokesperson

After sharing a sumptous catered-dinner buffet, the star of the event – the ProSpeed, was finally presented to all attendees. One surprise activity was when Blas Tiangco, another runner-blogger, and I were requested to share our ProSpeed experience. I could have melted right at the moment when I was asked to do that because I am not fond of speaking in front of a crowd – let me just write and I won’t complain but ask me to speak in front of people is an entirely different story. But realizing that it will be kind of unselfish of me not to let everyone know how good my experience with the shoe was, I obliged, nervous and all!

Gail of Skechers explains the features of the Skechers SRR ProSpeed

Blas of the Titanium Runner blog shares his experience with the ProSpeed pair that he bought

My very short talk focused on how the ProSpeed really helped me achieve that MidFoot Strike when running, the springy bounce that comes with every step, the nice color combination (simple but not boring!) of each model and its lightweightness. All that resulting to my having more efficient runs (running now requires less effort), ease and confidence (I am running with a corrected form now!).

UltraMarathoner Michelle Estuar having her share of ProSpeed Experience 🙂

The best part came towards the end when all guests were allowed to try on a pair and run with it on a treadmill. I was so glad that everyone did! You see folks, all my runner-blogger friends have been running for not less than a year already and because of that, they surely have developed a preference to a particular brand of running shoe which definitely have given them good running mileage. It will definitely be kinda difficult to convert them with just a few minutes of trial. But happily and as I have quietly predicted, they were convinced! The ProSpeed, they say – so to speak,  really “practice what it preaches” and is not just a shoe with a coated “UNtruth in advertising”. Hopefully, sometime soon, we’ll all get to run together wearing the same shoes that we know will work best for us – the SKECHERS SRR PROSPEED. 🙂

the bloggers with Chinggay Andrada

with Skechers' Marketing Communications Officer, Katrina Ong

If you want to know the result of my initial ProSpeed experience, you can read my non-technical feedback HERE. For technical features and explanation, I would like to share to everyone this helpful vid about the Skechers SRR Line:

The Skechers SRR ProSpeed line of shoes are now available at leading sports & fitness stores nationwide and at the Skechers Stores in malls like Market! Market Mall, Taguig City and Festivall Mall in Alabang wherein all color combinations are available for everyone to choose from. The shoe retails at around P5,000+.  🙂

Run And Give the Gift of a Smile!

“We mobilize a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.”

With Operation Smile’s “vision/mission statement”, I was instantly taken. The race which will be organized by the Without Limits tandem of Ian Alacar and Jay Em with Operation Smile as the beneficiary is again one extra-ordinary race. Nope, I am not referring to exciting and generous race amenities. I am in fact referring to the impact that response and support to this race will give to children suffering from Cleft Lip or Cleft Pallate – the conditions which Operation Smile advocates in helping.

 The race, entitled The 500 Smile Run will be held on November 6, 2011 at the Quirino Grandstand at Manila’s Rizal Park.

Yes this event will happen on the same day as that the Chevrolet New Balance Power Run which is being organized by the tandem of Event King and Runrio, Inc.

If you won’t be participating in the NB race, I recommend that you join this race instead. By joining, you will be able to contribute to the funds being raised as 100% of the registration fee that each registrant will pay will directly go to Operation Smile. A mere Php15,000 cumulative race registration payment will be enough to help operate on ONE KID! Doable right? Imagine, for every 30 registrants to the 3km category which costs Php500 each, these 30 runners will already be able to help give the gift of a smile to a child. I bet the feeling of being able to do this is much more than the feeling of being able to finally hit that targetted PR!

And how, you may also ask, will you be able to help more? EASY! Be a “PLEDGE RUNNER”! Gather pledges for your run wherein friends/family/blog readers will pledge a certain amount for every kilometer you will be able to run and pledge another amount which they will donate if and when you finish the race category you signed-up for. Gather all these pledges, run your race inspired by this great deed and donate all these to Operation Smile! Who knows, you might end up being able to help not just 1 child but more! This I bet will give you a more jubilant feeling than when you finally achieve a “podium-finish”!

Already registered at the Chevrolet New Balance Power Run or another race on the same date? NOT A PROBLEM! Here is my Value Proposition to all of you who might be in this situation: Be an Operation Smile PLEDGE RUNNER at the Chevrolet New Balance Power Run race or to whatever race event you already set your plans/sight into for the same day. Gather pledges for your run in whatever race it might be, finish your race and donate the amount you will be able to collect from the pledges you gathered and donate it to Operation Smile. In that way, you were still able to run your premium Chevrolet New Balance Power Race and enjoyed all race amenities that came with it and at the same time, not feel guilty because you were not able to sign-up for the 500 Smile Run because you get to support them still. Now, isn’t that a great value proposition? If you achieve this, it will give you an even greater badge of honor!

Btw, here are the race details:

The 500 Smile Run
Main Presenter: PLDT & SMART


  • Generate funds for Operation Smile’s 30th Anniversary Missions in 8 sites around the country
  • Promote awareness for Operation Smile
  • Create a venue for direct public involvement and support for Operation Smile’s cause

Event dates and venue:

November 6, 2011
Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila City

November 27, 2011
Rizal Park, Davao City

Minimum Target number of runners for the event:

  • 6,000 (Manila)
  • 2,000 (Davao)

Race Categories & Fees (Manila):

  • 500meter dash for children      = Php300
  • 3 kilometer run                               = Php500
  • 5 kilometer run                               = Php500
  • 10 kilometer run                            = Php650
  • 16 kilometer run                             = Php800

Race Categories & Fees (Davao):

  • 3 KM, 5 KM and 10KM           = Php350
  • 16 kilometer run                      = Php650
Singlet Design:

Download 3km Race Map
Download 5km Race Map
Download 10km Race Map
Download 16km Race Map
Download 500m Race Map

DOWNLOAD FULL RACE DETAILS HERE (as presented during the Bloggers’ Night)


I have yet to experience running at the UP Los Banos, Laguna Grounds but that place will always be etched in my mind as the place where I had my worst mtbike crash ever (I am hoping that it will also be the last!). Testament to that are my battle scars on my left knee and left elbow. Judging from the length of the UPLB route I was able to cover before I crashed, I can fairly say that this one will most definitely be a challenging route, wicked even!

So when I received this email regarding the Sapphire Run which will be held on October 30, I knew that this one will be a good race of choice for those who wanted to experience an out-of-town pre-halloween run. Check the poster for the basic details!

October 30, 2011
UPLB Grounds







RunRio Trilogy Leg 3: Run United 3

Finally, the details to the much awaited Leg  3 of the RunRio Trilogy 2011, the Run United 3 race is now available. For this year, the third leg goes to the SM Mall of Asia to give runners a better running experience considering that BGC has a number of on-going construction projects. It is a challenge and at the same time something that we should wait and see as another change for this year’s third leg is that all race categories will all be held in just one event day. How RunRio can pass this challenge with flying colors is for everyone to see (GULP!) 😉 Meanwhile, here are the details:

November 13, 2011
SM Mall of Asia



Online Registration: October 3 to 30, 2011
DELIVERY OF RACE KITS will start on October 10, 2011
For online registration go to or

Regular In-Store Registration: October 7 to 30, 2011

Late In-Store Registration: October 31 to November 6, 2011


  • RUNNR BGC – G/F Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (1pm – 8pm)
  • RUNNR Shangri-la Mall– inside Toby’s Sports ARENA, G/F Shangri-la Mall, Shaw Blvd. (1pm–8pm)
  • Planet Sports Glorietta – 2F Glorietta 3, Makati City (1pm – 8pm)
  • The Athlete’s Foot Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City (1pm – 8pm)
  • Planet Sports Trinoma – 2nd level, Trinoma cor. North EDSA, Quezon City (1pm – 8pm)
  • The Athlete’s Foot Robinsons Galleria – 3F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Pasig City (1pm – 8pm)






9. 32KM FINISHER’S SHIRT PROPOSED DESIGNS: (Any of these 3 designs will be the Official RU3 32Km Finisher’s Shirt)


  • 500M is open to 5-12 years old. Parent / Guardian must be present during registration.
  • Registration may end earlier than announced deadline therefore, race kits may run out before November 6, 2011.
  • A valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID must be presented by the representative.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first come first served basis.
  • A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.
  • Finisher’s kits will be given upon finishing the race.
  • For you concerns, please contact (CALL ONLY) any of the following RunRio hotline numbers (10am – 6pm, Monday to Friday CALL ONLY) :
    Globe 0916 5709220 / 0906 2237330
    Smart 0929 7178164 / 0947 5323737
    Landline (632) 703-1736
  • RunRio Email Addresses:
    • Timing and Race Results:
    • Pre-Race Kits:
    • Other concerns and Feedback:

The Quest Is On…

Nike We Run Manila 10K Letter of Authorization for Race Pack Claiming

Hi Nike We Run Manila 10K Registrants!

RunRio now has a downloadable copy of the Authorization Letter which you will need to fill-in and presented by your representative (or proxy) during the Race Pack Collection from October 11 to 13, 2011. To secure yourself a copy, click on the link below.



Exciting Nike We Run Manila 10K Race Features To Look Forward To

Excitement for the coming Nike We Run Manila 10K Race Event happening on October 15, 2011 (Saturday, 5PM) at the Bonifacio Global City will surely level-up as supplementary race features becomes finalized and available for the running public to preview! I for one is feeling giddy about all of it that I have to exercise some restraint so that I will not mistakenly jump the gun on the organizers by posting here some features which are not yet okayed for publishing/public-sharing.

Meanwhile, enjoy as you preview the official snapshots of some race features/amenities here:

NIKE RACE TEE – These are the male and female versions of the exclusive Nike We Run Manila Race Tee. For this year’s edition of the We Run City Races, all countries will have the RED Race Tee as the official color. Imagine a “sea” of 10k runners in red come event night. It will surely be a sight to behold! 😉

the male version of the Nike Race Tee

the female version of the Nike Race Tee

NIKE WATER BOTTLE – This authentic Nike Water/Hydration Bottle will be included in the Nike We Run Manila 10K Race Kit which participants will get to receive during the Race Pack Collection activity from October 11 to 13. I definitely want to have one!!!

NIKE 2GB THUMB DRIVE – Run and finish the race because when you do, you will get this 2GB Thumb Drive in the shape and image of the Nike Lunar Glide as your “Finisher’s Entitlement” I currently have a lot of thumb/flash drives already but having this one will surely won’t hurt. Just as the Nike Doll last year, this one will surely be one collector’s item! 🙂

2Gb Nike Thumb Drive is surely a collector’s item as this won’t be available for sale

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT FROM FAMOUS BANDS – After your 10K run, get entertained with band performances from Chicosci, Parokya ni Edgar and Sandwich. So will this be one perfect cool-down activity or one that will only bring your energy to a higher level? Whatever the case may be, this one will be sheer fun! 😉


Parokya Ni Edgar


Download Band Profiles:
Chicosci Band Profile
Parokya ni Edgar Band Profile
Sandwich Band Profile

More exciting pre-race, race and post-race details coming soon!  😉

If you have not yet registered and surely would not want to miss all these fun, see the main event details HERE and HERE.

See you on October 15 at the BGC for the Nike We Run Manila 10k Race Event! 🙂