RUN UNITED 1 2012 UPDATES – Shuttle Service Details, Route Changes, Gun Start Changes

As race day nears, here are the important updates related to the upcoming Run United 1 2012. 


The gun start for the 5km race category was adjusted from 5:45am to 5:30am.



The gun start for the 21km race category was adjusted from 5am to 430am.  We are allowing maximum grace period of 30 minutes.  By 5:01am, we will no longer allow runners to start.  This is due to the limited time that we are allowed to have the race route closed to traffic.  We hope you understand that this is for everyone’s safety and security.


We are providing free shuttle services for all 21k runners from MOA to BGC starting at 230am. This service will be available at 15 minute intervals until the last trip scheduled at 330am. After 3:30am, the next shuttle service to BGC will only be available starting 630am, at 15 minute intervals, with last trip scheduled at 930am. No shuttle services will be provided after 930am.

Designated pick-up point: OCEAN DRIVE (in between ECOM Bldg and Blk12) at Mall of Asia complex
Drop off point: In front of Riovana store in Fort – BGC

Runners are are recommended to plan their transportation in advance given these developments.

21km runners may leave their bags at any of the 2 Baggage Buses  parked along  9th Avenue  near the  Gun Start area in Fort BGC from 2:30am until 5am only.   After the race, you may claim your items from the same bus at OCEAN DRIVE (in between ECOM Bldg and Blk 12) at SM Mall of Asia.  Participants are strongly advised not to leave any valuables in their bags. The race organizer and any of its sponsors will not be held liable for any loss or damage to your personal items.
For inquiries, you may call the Run United 1 21k Runner’s HOTLINE: 0915-9678717 from 8AM to 8PM.
*DISCLAIMER:  The special Run United 1 21k Runner’s HOTLINE is valid until MARCH 4, 2012 ONLY.
  • Starting line at BGC across RIOVANA
  • Baggage buses: 230am to 5am
  • Assembly time 330am
  • Starting gun 430am
  • Cutoff of start 500am
  • Finish line at MOA
  • Shuttle services*:

MOA to BGC**: 230am to 330am in time for the 430am starting gun
MOA to BGC**: 600am to 930am
*all shuttle services are exclusive to 21K participants
**in 15 minute intervals


RUN UNITED 1 – RunRio Race Voucher Winners

Whew! 300+ entries! Thanks as usual to everyone who joined my blog contest.

Believe me, you gave a big smile on my face just by reading your entries. There are really varied answers – from those believing that RunRio events are the best-organized in the country – two thumbs-up even! There were those who thought that “it is more fun” (uso! hehe!) and some would like to be able to finish the trilogy this year, and then some who feels that it is the next best thing that gives happiness oh and how will I ever forget someone who would like this race to be his and his girlfriend’s first ever race – sweet! ;)

The past days have not been easy as I have been swamped with work but I really would like to say that running has provided me with the best de-stressing outlet ever. And yes, blogging has its great share of allowing me to destress! ;)

So enough with the blah, I would like to congratulate 10 people who will have the chance to participate in RU1 for free! They are:

21 – Goldy dela Cruz
46 – Alwyn Dayoan
60 – Dani
125 – Ronald Tabuzo
152 – Luis Cortez
207 – Peachy Tamayo
211 – Julius
212 – Gerda Summerian Cuestas
217 – Rizal-boy Ortega
289 – Janus Myrrh Baldomero

Please expect to receive an email from me so that you will know how you can claim your RunRio – Run United race voucher. :)

Congratulations! :)

10 Run United 1 (FREE) Race Vouchers Up for Grabs!

Yep! You read it right folks! I am giving-away Run United 1 Race Vouchers! This time, there will be TEN (yes, 10!) lucky winners.

So without further ado, here are the mechanics:

1. To be eligible for the contest, one only has to answer the question:
Why would you want to participate in a Run United race?
2. Post your answer as a comment to this blog post.
3. Only ONE answer will be accepted per person. Duplicate entries will be disqualified/removed.
4. Comments/posts which do not answer the posted question will be deleted and will not be entitled to a raffle entry.
5. Answers can be posted from now until Wednesday, February 22 at 11:59PM.
6. Winners will be announced by Thursday, February 23 and will also be notified via email (so please do indicate your email address in your comment).
7. RunRio complimentary race vouchers that will be received as a prize is transferable but cannot be exchanged for cash nor is it for sale.
8. RunRio complimentary race vouchers can be used to “pay” for a Run United 1 registration in a race category of your choice.
9. Registration in your chosen category is not guaranteed as it is still on a first come, first-served basis.
Good Luck!

RUN UNITED 1 2012 21km Finisher’s Shirt and Other RU Sneak Peeks

Hello folks! Aside from the Run United 1 race details that I have shared in my previous post HERE, below are some additional details as shared to us during the Run United Launch. Read on! :)

The UNILAB Active Health Calendar features the Run United Series (the RunRio Trilogy + the Philippine Marathon) plus other active health events such as the TBR Dream Marathon and the Triathlon Camps and the Tri United which formerly is only a once-a-year event but will also be now a Trilogy. Here’s the calendar:

A. REGISTRATION FEES: All three legs, Run United 1, 2 and 3 race categories will have the same fees, except for the 32km which will only be available for the 3rd leg and the Run United Philippine Marathon will have different registration fees:


A 10% discount will be given to those who will make a one-time registration for the whole Run United Series (RunRio Trilogy Legs 1, 2, 3 and Run United Philippine Marathon). Incidentally, credit card payments are being accepted at the Riovana Stores. 



PRE-RACE GIVE-AWAY (Upon Registration): for Run United 1, the pre-race give-away is a race belt. For Legs 2 and 3 it will be different. These will be announced once finalized.

For the Run United Philippine Marathon, inclusions will be either an ASICS or NIKE Singlet (still being finalized) and for 21km and 42km participants, a 2XU Calf Sleeves.

21KM FINISHER’S SHIRT: This is the Finisher’s Shirt design for the Run United 1 21km Finishers:


This year’s RunRio Trilogy/Run United Series of races has a unique 21km and 21km Finisher’s Medal. Each race leg’s medal forms a third of a bigger medal which will be completed only if one completes the 21km/21km/32km of the three legs. 

Individually, each leg will have a pie-shaped medal which will be 3 inches in radius, in this design:

If you complete all three legs with the categories: 21km/21km/21km or 21km/21km/32km, you will have a medal that will form like this: 

start collecting your medal puzzle pieces by registering for and conquering the three legs' longest race distances!

If you run the 21km or 42km of the Run United Philippine Marathon, you will get to receive this medal:

21km medal on the left, 42km medal on the right

If you finish the Run United Series: RunRio Trilogy Leg 1 – 21km, Leg 2 – 21km, Leg 3 – 21km or 32km and RU Philippine Marathon: 21km or 42km, your medal collection will form one big medal puzzle:

Lastly, a FREE running clinic is being held for registered Run United participants. For the Run United 1 (RunRio Trilogy leg 1), here are the schedules (as also posted in

  • Every Tuesdays of February 2012: February 14, 21 and 28 (Batch 1 starts at 5PM, Batch 2 starts at 7PM)
  • Every Thursdays of February 2012: February 16 and 23 (Batch 1 starts at 5PM, Batch 2 starts at 7PM)
  • Thursday, March 1 (Batch 1 starts at 5PM, Batch 2 starts at 7PM)

Venue will be in-front of the RIOVANA Store in BGC. These clinics will be facilitated by former RP Team Bemedaled Athletes now turned RunRio Running Coaches. Pre-registration is required for everyone who will be interested to attend each session.

Pre-registration will be accepted only at the RIOVANA Store in BGC. Here are the pre-registration schedules:

  • February 12 (Sunday) and 13 (Monday)
  • February 17, 18, 19 and 20
  • February 24, 25, 26 and 27

When registering, you can already sign-up for all the clinic sessions you would like to attend. Please note some important reminders:

  • Only registered Run United 2012 participants are entitled to attend this FREE Running Clinic.
  • The running clinics has a limited slots only. Only the FIRST 150 registrants per batch will be accepted.
  • Please present your Run United 2012 Bib Number when registering (No bib, no registration).
  • A representative can register for you provided that your bib number, a copy of your valid ID and letter of authorization is presented.

A Running Start for Unilab Active Health 
Run United 1 on March 4 offers a number of firsts 

The 2012 Unilab ActiveHealth calendar is off to a raring start, as the registration for its first event this year—Run United 1 on March 4—picks up pace. On its sixth offing, Run United 1 continues to reinvent itself. It is set to once again offer runners a number of firsts. 

“This is our first hurrah this year and we very pleased with the enthusiastic response so far from the running community. Registration, both online and in selected stores, is rapidly picking up. We are looking forward to another active year,” said Alex Panlilio, Head of Unilab Active Health. Run United 1 will still feature five race categories: Ceelin 500m dash for kids, 3k, 5K, Enervon 10K, and Enervon HP 21K. 

Organizers Unilab Active Health and RunRio Inc. are introducing several new features to give participants a better running experience. These include new race routes, better hydration stations, improved security, safety marshals, new freebies, more exciting ActiveHealth village, among others. 

Starting this year, the RunRio Trilogy/Run United Series of races will have different registration or pre-race giveaways. For Run United 1, it will be a race belt or bib holder. Even the medals for 21K finishers are made more special. It will be a collectible medal, thus those who will participate all of the three Run United races during the year, can put together all their finisher medals and form a big Run United medal. 

“The joint Run United medals will serve as a true testament of the runners’ commitment to an active and healthy lifestyle. It is a good souvenir of all their 2012 Run United races combined,” said Lester Castillo, brand manager of Active Health. 

Besides the new medals, half marathoners will have their gun start at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig and finish off at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“We are very excited about the Run United races this year because we have so much in store for the runners. We are introducing a number of new features to give them even better quality runs because that is what Run United is all about,” said Rio dela Cruz of RunRio Inc. 

Children also get to have their own singlet, too. After all, Run United prides itself for having the first to introduce a 500-meter dash in its races. “We really like to get the children get started in running young. So besides the other unique giveaways for them, the singlet is another come-on for them,” cited Dela Cruz. 

Interested runners can register at these stores: Riovana at Bonifacio Global City and Katipunan, Quezon City; Toby’s at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City; and The Athlete’s Foot at Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas. For online registration, check details at Registration is until February 26, but race kits may run out before then, so the organizers urge everyone to register early to secure slots. 

Run United is for the benefit of Gawad Kalusugan (the health program of Gawad Kalinga) and Hero Foundation. “Run United is part of Unilab’s advocacy through Unilab Active Health to promote an active lifestyle among Filipino families. Each event has been carefully designed and scheduled with the help of the race organizers and experts to allow each participant to sustain their active lifestyles throughout the year. We would like to thank all those who continue to support the Active Health programs” said Alex Panlilio, Head of Unilab Active Health. 

Run United 1 is only the first of the Run United series. Run United 2 is set for June 17 and Run United 3 on September 16. Run United’s very own full marathon or 42K race, the Run United Philippine Marathon, is also slated for October 28.

The following are the other events of Unilab Active Health lined up for this year: The Bull Runner Dream Marathon, March 18; Tri United 1, April 14-15; Tri United 2, June 30-July 1; Tri United 3, November 10-11 as well as running and triathlon clinics all year round. 

For more inquiries on Run United and Active Health, check out these websites: as well as their respective fan pages on Facebook and Twitter. ### 



March 4, 2012
SM Mall of Asia and Bonifacio Global City

BENEFICIARY: Gawad Kalusugan (the health program of Gawad Kalinga) and Hero Foundation


500m/3km/5km/10km Race Categories Start and Finishline is at SM Mall of Asia

21km Starting line is at Bonifacio Global City and Finishline is at SM Mall of Asia

Online Registration: January 30, 2012 to Feb. 19, 2012.
Click here for the Online Registration LINK
All online registrants will receive their race kits via COURIER DELIVERY.

In-Store/On-Site Registration: January 30, 2012 to Feb. 26, 2012.

- Riovana Store BGC
28th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Mon-Thurs : 11am to 9pm; Fri-Sun : 10am to 10pm

- Riovana Store Katipunan
3rd floor Regis Bldg. Katipunan, Quezon City. Across Ateneo and Beside KFC.
Mon-Sun : 10am to 8pm

- Toby’s
SM Mall of Asia
Mon-Sun, 12nn to 8pm

- The Athlete’s Foot
Robinsons Galleria
Mon-Sun, 12nn to 8pm




PRE-RACE GIVE-AWAY (Upon Registration): Race Belt


*sample design will be available soon*


This year’s RunRio Trilogy/Run United Series of races has a unique 21km and 21km Finisher’s Medal. Each race leg’s medal forms a third of a bigger medal which will be completed only if one completes the 21km/21km/32km of the three legs. Look at the picture below to see what I mean!

start collecting your medal puzzle pieces by registering for and conquering the three legs' longest race distances!



RunRio/Unilab Active Health will be providing a SHUTTLE SERVICE for 21km participants. The service will have the SM Mall of Asia as its pick-up point and will bring the 21km runners to the 21km starting line at the BGC.

Why SM Mall of Asia as pick-up point? The race owners and organizers considers those 21km runners who may have other members of the family who will be running a shorter distance so SM Mall of Asia is a more feasible originating point. Besides, there are more available parking areas there than in BGC.

More details and mechanics for the Shuttle Service will be posted once available.


Baggage Services will be available at the BGC race area in the form of ROVING BAGGAGE SERVICE VANS which will be on standby prior to race start and will move to the SM Mall of Asia to bring these checked-in baggages to the designated Baggage Claim Areas.




  • Race kits may run out before February 26, 2012 therefore, registration may end before the announced deadline.
  • 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.

Race results will be available after two (2) days in

For In-Store Registration Inquiries:
Globe – 0916 5709220
Smart – 0929 7178164
Landline – (632) 703-1736

Race Registration:

Timing and Race Results:


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