TIMEX Philippines Ambassadors Goes to New York for the ING New York Marathon 2013

On November 3, 2013 the streets of New York City will again be filled with cheer as about 47,000 participants, 2 Million spectators and a worldwide television audience of 315 million focus on what is said to be the largest one-day live sporting event in the world. the ING New York Marathon.

During the 26.2-mile journey through the five boroughs of New York City, some 47,000 runners will experience the sights and sounds of the city, cheered on by more than two million spectators, entertained by hundreds of bands, and be inspired every step of the way. 

It is in regard that TIMEX Philippines held, a few days ago, a very-special “Timex Delegates send-off” for their Brand Ambassadors who will try to make history by participating in this special event.

Present in the send-off together with select members of the media were TIMEX Marketing team headed by Ms. Ivy Palencia,  and TIMEX Ambassadors Coach Rio dela Cruz and celebrity-couple and triathletes – Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan. All three are the TIMEX Philippines delegates to the said marathon event in New York except that Coach Rio’s entry will have to be withdrawn at the last minute due to some urgent concerns.

It was a fruitful and happy lunch time for everyone with all of us engaged in interesting talk about the New York Marathon – with both Coach Rio and Anthony sharing their past NYC Marathon experiences and Maricel sharing to us her feelings and thoughts for her upcoming first NYCM.

Here are some of the things that the 3 revealed to us:

1. Coach Rio


  • The New York City Marathon is considered to be the biggest marathon in the world as it only has the full marathon distance as its event. 
  • He says that for NYCM participants, clothing is very important and layered clothing is a must. Top layers should be the clothes that one is willing to just throw away as these level of clothing are being discarded along the route during the run.
  • Participants should be there early (at least 1.5 or 2 hours before) the race as one should find where his wave should start,
  • For marathon and in any other races, he doesn’t follow any special diet. He just follows his diet during training. 
  • He eats BIG the night before the race because he do not eat breakfast on race day morning
  • 70 or 80% of the participants to the NYCM are non-New Yorkers
  • The NYCM route is more difficult than the Boston Marathon

2. Anthony Pangilinan


  • Training and running for a marathon gives him license to eat anything he wants
  • Hydration and Nutrition can make or break one’s race
  • one should stick to their hydration and nutrition schedule
  • 2 Million people who are not runners are all lined-up along the route of the NYCM to cheer for participants
  • the NYCM is a very special day for New York, it is a whole day of celebration – streets are closed, bars all have bands playing and give free drinks for finishers, churches are open with their choirs singing
  • The discarded the clothes of the participants are being donated to charity making the NYCM one of the biggest charity event also.
  • Suggestion to participants:
    • draw energy from the crowd and let it take you half-way the race
    • write your name on the bib as the crowd will shout out your name as they cheer for you

3.  Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan


  • is a vegetarian and believes that ever since she became one she doesn’t have any more problems with regards a diet
  • being a vegetarian though is not for everyone 
  • There is a science which can effectively tell how many calories you should eat 2 hours before a race. formula is one’s weight in lbs x 2.2 = calories 
  • Nutrition and timing when to hydrate is important as lack of any or both can deplete your energy
  • The NYCM is in every serious runner’s bucket list, to be included one has to be either a part of a charity or one has to join the lottery and pray to get picked
  • For the TIMEX ambassadors, slots where given by Timex US who is the official timing sponsor of the NYCM.
  • The NYCM is more newbie-friendly than the Boston Marathon which is for qualifiers. Some run for personal records, for a touring experience.

It was truly a noon well-spent with good conversation with good people. It left me to thinking, “I better get back to training soon and hopefully in the future get a chance to add the NYCM in my running bucket list too!

Here’s wishing Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan the best of luck and a wonderful time in the New York City Marathon. We look forward to hearing again wonderful NYCM stories from both of you when you get back!

Meanwhile, here is a treat to everyone of us from TIMEX. Read on!


The ING New York City Marathon is one of the most anticipated and sought after races in the world.

This November 03, 2013, three Filipino athletes will represent the country in this prestigious event. Timex is proud to support Anthony Pangilinan, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Coach Rio .

There is no other feeling than crossing the finish line in the New York Marathon along with other runners from all around the world.

Want to own a Timex Ironman Sleek 50 Lap watch? All you have to do is to join the Timex’s ING New York City Marathon Facebook Contest! Follow the mechanics below and you can win in no time! The contest is from October 18, 2013, 5:00pm to November 4, 2013, 12mn.


  • All you have to do is “like”, “share” and give a motivational cheer (as your caption for your post) for our Filipino contingents. 
  • On your post, please mention us on Facebook (Timex Sports Philippines), Instagram (timexph), or on Twitter (timexph). Don’t forget to tag our Filipino contingents at their respective social media accounts as seen below.

Coach Rio:

    • @coach_rio316 (Instagram and Twitter)

Anthony Pangilinan:

    • @anthonypangilinan (Instagram)
    • @apangilinan(Twitter)

Maricel Panglinan:

    • @mommymaricel (Instagram and Twitter)
  • The best motivational and catchy cheer will be declared as the winner. 
  • Submission of entries will be until November 04, 2013, 12 midnight. 
  • Winners will be announced on November 08, 2013 at 5:00pm. 
  • Remember, management decision is final




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