Pinay Elite Runner Mary Grace Delos Santos is still AKOTR Queen of the Road for 2013


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Filipina defends her title in the adidas King of the Road Finals
Grand finale of the adidas King of the Road 2013 held in Malaysia last October 20, 2013

Petaling Jaya, 20th October 2013 – Filipina runner Mary Grace Delos Santos was recently crowned Queen of the Road in the final leg of the adidas King of the Road (KOTR) South East Asia, clocking in 1 hour and 3 minutes for the 16.8km distance.

Passion and determination filled the air when 11,000 runners came together in Malaysia to participate in the last leg of this year’s adidas King of the Road. Held along the New Pantai Expressway Highway, the run marks the 15th edition which was officially flagged off by Y. Bhg. Dato’ Mohd Shafiq B. Abdullah of the Ministry of Works.

The run, which has a unique elevated route across three key districts – Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, also played host as the final leg of the prestigious running event

The top two reigning champions from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia came together to compete for this year’s Regional adidas KOTR run, with the crown going to Sgt Boonthung Srisung of Thailand who completed the 16.8K SEA men’s category run in 52 minutes and 35 seconds and Delos Santos of the Philippines for the women’s category.

Delos Santos earned her ticket to the finals by being the defending champion of last year’s adidas KOTR Southeast Asia in Singapore. Fellow Filipinos Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Joy Tabal also joined her in the 16.8K run by being the first place finishers in their respective categories in the Philippine leg of the KOTR this year. Tabal finished strong, only a minute behind Delos Santos.

The theme for this year’s race is ‘Boost your run’, inspired by the latest adidas BOOST™ foam innovation which has revolutionized the running world with its debut in the market earlier this year. The new adidas BOOST™ range features groundbreaking cushioning technology, which provides the highest energy return in the running industry.

adidas has a long standing history in running and athletics dating back to 1928 when its founder, Adi Dassler, supplied Una Radke with a handmade pair of spikes to wear during the Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Many more heroes of athletics have followed including Jesse Owens, Emil Ziltopek, Al Oerter, Bob Beamon, Daley Thompson, Grete Waitz, Heike Henkel and Haile Gebrselassie.


The adidas King of the Road 2012 Press Release

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Music Psychology: What running playlist suits your running personality

So you’ve finally decided to sign up for the adidas King of the Road 2012 on September 30. Now all you have to do is train. Technology is an essential thing in the running sport. With the different gadgets in the market, there is one important item in the list that runners find useful in aiding them to run better, and that is none other than their trusted MP3 player.

A big part of training comes in the form of what can enable you to perform at your best – from proper nutrition such as the right energy drink to the running playlist that would accompany you throughout the course – it is important to know what can boost your energy and endurance.

Music, for some runners, helps in setting the pace during the run and at the same time, acts as a motivator especially during longer distances. Your choice of music is important and shows the type of runner you are.

Are you more of the fun runner or the competitive type? Did you sign up for the 5K, 10K or 16.8K for the adidas King of the Road? Whatever category you fall into, maybe it’s time you update that playlist you have. Here are some songs you may want to consider to be part of your playlist that suits the kind of runner you are.

Fun Runner

1. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Nothing says fun than the latest anthem for viral videos that got the whole internet buzzing. Locally, the current it girls of Philippine show business made their own version and made the song even more popular here. If their sexy and toned bodies are not motivation enough to stay true to your routine, what is?

2. One Thing – One Direction
This song may be for the younger generation but it shouldn’t only be limited to them. Aside from the upbeat sound of this song, who doesn’t appreciate the good-looking guys behind the song?

3. Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Well, the title says it all. If you’re the kind of runner who’s in it for fun, you may want to consider including this Flo Rida hit in your playlist. This will definitely leave you with a “good feeling” after your run.

4. Give Me All Your Luvin’ – Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj and MIA
No one knows fun like the Material Girl and Nicki Minaj. MIA adds that extra oomph to this song. This controversial song initially made noise when they performed it at the Super Bowl, so this has already made its mark in the world of sports.

5. Part of Me – Katy Perry
One of the faces of adidas, Katy Perry has been known to be the girl who knows how to have fun. Though this one is a break up song, it still has that lively beat for the fun runner in you.

The Chill Runner

1. Settle Down – No Doubt
Aren’t you glad that they’re back? Well, this song still has their signature feel good vibe suited for the chill runner.

2. Whistle – Flo Rida
This song makes you feel like you’re running on a beach or someplace calm. The start of the song is a bit soothing and is great to be one of the first songs you hear whenever you run.

3. Dance Again – Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull

Part of the good thing about being a chill runner is running in your own pace. This song is good for running as it is good for dancing but one thing for sure this song will make you stay on your feet.

4. We Found Love –  Rihanna
The music video may be quite unsettling but the song has such a nice rhythm it’s really nice to have in the background while you break a sweat and the message of the song is quite uplifting as well.

5. Glad You Came – The Wanted
This is another nice song to have in your playlist. It’s a good song not just for when you’re training for that running event you’ve signed up for but also excellent when you just want to have that leisurely jog around your neighborhood.

Competitive Runner

1. Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
This song may have a slow start but this will surely get your adrenaline pumping when it reaches that fast chorus line where it continuously reminds you to “run fast for your mother, run fast for your brother” and all the other members of your household. Who better to have as your motivation when you want to bag the gold?

2. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
A song that will surely motivate you to keep on training and to keep your eye on the prize, after all what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

3. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
This song has that beat that will certainly keep you energetic. When you have a goal this song will help you a lot because it’s really nice to have a song that encourage you to emulate the moves of extreme front man of The Rolling Stones.

4. All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris & Rick Ross
A collaboration of the well-known stars of this genre, it is another song that says it all in the title. This will fire you up and help you unleash the aggressive athlete in you.

5. Turn Up The Music – Chris Brown
It has a dynamic beat that makes it a fine song for the dancer in Chris Brown, which is also suitable for the competitor in you.

So whatever kind of runner you are, before you tread the road to Bonifacio Global City on September 30 for the adidas King of the Road, it is high time to replace that “Eye of the Tiger” in your playlist, after all we’re in the 21st century!

If you’re not yet signed-up in this year’s most awaited run, here’s how to join:

Visit any of the 6 KOTR registration sites from July 25 to September 23: adidas Megamall, adidas Rockwell, adidas SM Mall of Asia, adidas Trinoma, adidas Greenbelt 3 and Runnr Bonifacio High Street. Registration sites are open 7 days a week from 12NN to 8PM. 

Race fees are as follows: Php 1,050.00 for 5km and 10km; Php 1,300.00 for 16.8km.

For news and updates on KOTR, visit the adidas Philippines Facebook fanpage (

adidas KING OF THE ROAD 2012

The Philippine leg of this year’s adidas King of the Road race was launched last Wednesday at the newly-opened and posh Aracama Restaurant at the BGC in Taguig.

Present during the launch were representatives from adidas, its agencies, celebrity endorsers and supporters, bloggers, media and guests. Oh and of course, not to forget this year’s race organizers, the tandem of Without Limits and Proactive led by friends Jay Em and Ian Alacar.

Read on for the details of this event. 😉

adidas KING OF THE ROAD 2012
September 30, 2012
Bonifacio Global City


– CLOSED Category, Men and Women’s (open for FILIPINOS )
– OPEN Category, Men and Women’s (International)

– CLOSED Category, Men and Women’s (open for FILIPINOS )
– OPEN Category, Men and Women’s (International)

– CLOSED Category, Men and Women’s (open for FILIPINOS )
– OPEN Category, Men and Women’s (International)


Available Slots: 10,000 (5,00 of which are slots for the 16.8km race category)

Registration Period:
Online Registration: July 25 to September 15, 2012
Walk-In Registration: July 25 to Septmebr 23, 2012

* Early Bird Promo: FREE Delivery of Race kits from July 25 to September 7, 2012
* The registration will close on 23rd September 2012 or upon reaching 10,000 participants. (Online registration will close earlier on 15th September 2012).
* Participants below the age of 18 are required to seek parental/guardian consent and fill up the relevant indemnity declaration as deemed necessary by the Organiser upon online registration. Failing which, the Organiser reserves the right to refuse entry to any participant.

Registration Sites:

A. Walk-In: registration will be 7 days a week from 12:00pm – 08:00pm at the following adidas stores:

  • adidas MegaMall
  • adidas Rockwell
  • adidas MOA
  • adidas Trinoma
  • adidas Greenbelt 3

– For runners who registers via walk-in registration from 25th July 2012 to 7th September 2012* race packs will be delivered to their registered address by September 2012.
– For runners who registers via walk-in registration after 7th September 2012* race packs can be collected upon registration.
* Or after race packs are available locally. Race pack availability may change without prior notice.

B. Online: go to
– All runners who will register online, race packs will be delivered to their registered address by September 2012.

Registration Fees:




For more details, visit 

*Race event image, singlet design, sizing chart and route maps where grabbed from the adidas King of the Road 2012 Philippines official site.

adidas King of the Road 2011 Kick-Off Advisory

adidas would like to remind you that the KOTR 2011 Kick-Off is this coming Monday to Wednesday, October 10-12 from 11am to 11pm at the NBC Tent at the Fort Bonifacio Global City. 

Come collect your race pack during this time. Do note that it is mandatory to collect your race pack in order to participate in the race. There are running clinics, talks for runners, selling and sampling booths, games, and raffle, so we encourage all participants to drop by. The KOTR 2011 Kick-off is open to the public so please feel free to bring family and friends.

Read on to ensure smooth race pack collection.

The adidas Race Pack consists of the ff:

  1. KOTR 2011 Tote Bag
  2. KOTR 2011 Singlet
  3. Race Bib
  4. KOTR 2011 Timing Device
  5. Freebies from Sponsors

Collecting race pack for yourself:

Find the lane for your category, fall in line, and present your KOTR confirmation letter and the valid ID that you used for the registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

Collecting through a representative:

Should you be unable to collect your race pack personally, you may allow someone else to collect on your behalf. A representative should present an ID, authorization letter issued by you, attached with your (participant) KOTR confirmation letter, and a photocopy of the ID you used for registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack. Representative should locate the lane for your category and queue accordingly.

Collecting bulk race packs:

For group race pack collection, please double check to have all your requirements intact. Please bring authorization letter, attached with the corresponding KOTR confirmation letter, and photocopy of each valid ID used for registration, strictly for each participant whose race pack is being collected for. Find the lane for bulk collection and queue accordingly. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

Collecting for minors:

Minors (participants below 18 years old by 23 October), please present your confirmation email, and the valid ID that you used for registration. Please take note that a signed Parental Consent and Indemnity Agreement, and a photocopy of ID of the parent/guardian are required as well.

If you are outside Metro Manila:

All participants from the provinces and overseas who are unavailable for the Kick-Off may claim their race packs on the race day at the Bonifacio Global City on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 3am-4am only. Please present your KOTR confirmation letter and valid ID used for registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

If you registered through Free Run Promo:

Please expect delivery of your race pack on or before Oct 21. Come down to NBC Tent to participate in the side events at the Kick-Off, too.

* adidas Reserves the right to amend all of the above stated at its discretion. For more information, visit



This year’s much anticipated race – the adidas King of the Road is now  launching an early-bird registration promo entitled Free Run from June 1-14.  Read on for the official press release regarding this promo offer:


25 May 2011, Manila – The much-anticipated adidas King of the Road (KOTR) happening on October 23 at the Bonifacio Global City launches an early-bird registration promo entitled Free Run from June 1-14. Regular registration follows from June 15 to August 31.

From June 1-14 (while race slots last), the Free Run promo opens to a lucky limited number of participants who will receive a guaranteed race entry. Registration is free for every purchase of P7K worth of adidas running products while registration is at 50% off for every purchase of P5K worth of adidas running products. The Free Run promo participants will also enjoy the convenience of having their singlets and race kits couriered to their doorstep at no extra charge. 

There will be a limited number of 100 slots per outlet. Registration is done manually in the ff outlets:

adidas in
1.) Alabang Town Center
2.) Gateway Mall
3.) Glorietta 3
4.) Greenbelt 3
5.) Greenhills 
6.) Newport Mall
7.) Powerplant Mall
8.) Robinsons Place Ermita
9.) SM MOA
10.) SM North Edsa
11.) Shangri-La
12.) TriNoma
13.) RUNNR Bonifacio Global City
14.) RUNNR TriNoma.

Provincial doors include
15.) adidas Ayala Center Cebu
16.) RUNNR Ayala Center Cebu
17.) adidas Robinsons Place Bacolod
18.) adidas Robinsons Place Iloilo.

From June 15- August 31 (while race slots last), regular registration follows, which is done online via the official KOTR website:, Participants registered online will receive their singlets and race kits at the KOTR 2011 Kick-Off Assembly on October 10-12 at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City.

Held in five countries across the region, the adidas KOTR will culminate in an ultimate championship race in its first ever host country, the Philippines, on October 23, at the Bonifacio Global City. Event categories and race fees are Php1, 050.00 for 5km, Php1,300.00 for 16.8km, and Php1,050 for 21k.

For news and updates on KOTR, visit the adidas Philippines facebook fanpage.

You may also visit launching soon.

Adidas King of the Road ’09 COMPLETE RACE RESULTS


Results are out! 😉

Finally, as provided by RACE Inc., AKOTR ’09 COMPLETE race results  are now available for viewing. 😉

Click here for the links:

21K Race Results (Part 1 of 1)
10K Race Results (Part 1 of 2; Runners 1 to 900)
10K Race Results (Part 2 of 2; Runners 901 to 1894)
5K Race Results (Part 1 of 4; Runners 1 to 700)
5K Race Results (Part 2 of 4; Runners 701 to 1400)
5K Race Results (Part 3 of 4; Runners 1401 to 2100)
5K Race Results (Part 4 of 4; Runners 2101 to 2839)

Many thanks to Dincee Caluag for the heads-up. 🙂


The Quezon City International Marathon and aDIDAS King of the Road races were two of the most-awaited and much-hyped foot races of the year. Though there have been minor boo-boos in both the two races – QCIM for one was hated by motorists who were stuck in almost four hours of stand-still traffic and the AKOTR with its first expo day race kit claiming disaster, both were still able to give runners a great race to remember.



I was supposed to run the 21k distance together with Bobby but work got in the way and made it not possible for us to prepare for it and earn enough mileage that will make us ready to run a half. Luckily, Nike offered free 10k race registration to its Running Clinic students which Bob and I took as an opportunity to just revert to a 10k run and I then gave my 21k race kit to a friend.

But alas, on the Tuesday before race day Sunday, I tripped and twisted my ankle during running training. This made me lose training days Wednesday and Thursday which were relegated to rest days to help my foot recover from the slight swelling and pain. I thought I was lucky enough to have been able to go back to training on Friday, which was supposedly my last training hurrah prior to Sunday’s race.


running with Bobby, Gigi and Lito

Come QCIM race day, my worst nightmare happened. Aside from feeling tired early on the 10k run, my left foot whose ankle was twisted started to act up. I tried to ignore the pain but then upon reaching the last 6th km, I feel like I am ready to give up. Thanks to Bobby and Art who provided me with enough pep talk and support, I was able to complete the last 4kms still running, albeit very slowly. It was to be my most disappointing run considering that Bobby and I were originally trying to run at a certain consistent pace.

But then as Coach Joar puts it, I was lacking training and ran with a still injured foot that I did not wrap or compress prior to running. I was just still lucky to have been able to finish the 10k run in one piece.


awesome Kenyan!

In hindsight, it was surreal being able to run along THE Commonwealth Ave. It is an experience that one will never be able to just do on any given day. Lastly, it was great to have seen a number of our friends whom we haven’t been with for a while – our friend Lito whom I had the chance to run alongside with for most of the 10k route and Jaimie and Gigi whom we both met up at the venue after the race and exchanged kulitans with.


post race pic : Bobby, me, Aljo, Tin, Jaimie and Gigi

Congratulations are in order for our friends who ran and finished their first full marathon like Raymund who also celebrated his birthday on that day and Jaymie ( who completed her surprise and unplanned first 42k. To Patrick who survived his first ever 5km run. Way to go Pat! 😉 These are all late greetings though, but then better late than never huh. 😉



yellow 21k runners as they take off

Remembering disappointments can be improved and overcome one running step at a time, I have tried to keep a positive perception going into my AKOTR 10k run. Again, Bobby and I will be running just a 10k, in keeping to our agreement to never run longer race distances until we get back to regular training.

I arrived at the race venue not thinking about pace, time or whatever. What I have in mind is that it will always be fun to run and be able to finish a race. As one of the personalities  I truly admire in the running community once said, I maybe slow but then I still am better than that person on the couch. Talk about looking at the glass half full instead of half empty huh. 😉 I know I’ll do better but then I have to be really patient with training and all that. And yes, I have to lose the extra poundage that i so recklessly gained during my off-training period.

Back to the AKOTR race, it was always great to run this race as organized by Mr. Rudy Biscocho. Although there were problems during the claiming of race kits prior to race day this year, the AKOTR since its first debut a few years back, have always been one of the best races to participate in. Aside from the great quality of singlets, the race in itself is free from major hassles.Although the route was the same as that of the previous year, this year’s race was a better improvement than that of the last. One notable fact was that aside from water, hydration stations along the route also offers gatorade, which is an important improvement. One really does need to hydrate on electrolytes aside from water alone while running. I for one was really glad that the organizers were able to take note of the need for this.

I finished the race feeling better with my finish time improving a good ten minutes better that my previous 10k, but still a few minutes below my personal best. But I am not complaining. As I have said, I have resolved to get back to my old, better form one running step at a time. I am just really hoping that I’ll be able to fix and manage my time well now so that I can squeeze in some decent training into my schedule.

The usual picture taking was present post-race and oh, due to the great number of race attendees (registrants reached a record-number 8,000 runners!), it was really hard to find a breakfast venue. Almost all restaurants within the vicinity were packed (there were really limited choices though because some are still closed). Me and my friends were able to have our breakfast, after patiently looking for a venue, finally at the McDonald’s branch at McKinley Hills. It was a good enough way to cap a great race – breakfast and chatter with friends. 😉


with my friends and "Gold's Gym couple" Rissa and Daniel Falvo


with friends tanya, miguel, jaymie and bobby


mariel, me and tanya


breakfast at McDo with aljo, coach joar, bobby, mikey and tanya


I am still contemplating on whether to run another 10k at the Philippine International Marathon – A Run for the Pasig River or just schedule a much-needed long run. But then again, I can just as always run a 10k at the race and run some more along the same route after, right? Hmm, I might just really need to convince coach and my training-mates huh. 😉

Meanwhile, i am so hopeful to be able to put on some training this halloween break or if not training, some practice runs. That I resolve to do with or without someone to accompany me. 😉

Time to get ready for Piolo folks! LOL! 😉