The most technical and arguably the toughest trail run in the Philippines, Salomon X Trail Run, is back on a new location with new trails and new challenges. The Salomon X Trail Run 2015 will tour the roads, hills, mountains and valleys around Anvaya Cove. The trail sections overlooking the cove are steep and technical, with sharp and loose rocks, roots and thick foilage, but the view, if you need to stop, and rest is worthwhile.

Attracting more than 1,200 participants during the past years, this race attracts all kinds of participants, with varying trail skill levels– from newbies to hardcore loyalists of the Salomon brand. Hence, the brand has made it a point to keep things exciting and challenging for everyone, offering different race courses, different routes and challenges, creating excitement & anticipation year on year.

Here are the full details:
Salomon Xtrail Run 2015 Race Details:
Date: April 25, 2015
Venue: Anvaya Cove, Morong, Bataan
Events: 32k Mountain Run, 24k Mountain Run, 12k & 6k Road to Trail Run

Salomon Xtrail Run 2015 Distances, Fees & Inclusions:

  • 32km mountain run
    Targeted for advanced trail runners who look for more adrenaline-filled adventures. This route involves a mixture of different terrains from asphalt, to sand, to rocks, to river crossing & technical ascents. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races – the arena wherein Salomon dominates.
    Mandatory gear for this category: Headlamp, whistle, Hydration Pack/belt. This will be checked prior to race start. No Mandatory gear, No race.
    Registration Fee: P1,600 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, Post-race meal. Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time).

  • 24km mountain run
    Targeted to trail runners who want to take their race to the next level, with technical ascents and varying terrain. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races – the arena wherein Salomon dominates.
    Mandatory gear for this category: Headlamp, whistle, Hydration Pack/belt. This will be checked prior to race start. No Mandatory gear, No race.
    Registration Fee: P1,400 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, Post-race meal. Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time.

  • 12km road to trail
    The 12 km “Road-to-trail” nature targets runners with basic trail running experience who wants to level up and experience technical terrain.
    Registration Fee: P1,100 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. Post race meal will also be served.
  • 6km road to trail
    The 6km “Road-to-trail” category targets beginners who want to explore the world of trail running. Road runners are very welcome, to experience a different adrenaline rush.
    Registration Fee: P850 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. Post race meal will also be served.
    Optional: Add Php 600 – get a Bus slot from R.O.X. to Anvaya Cove & back, for the first 300 registrants. Buses will be available to the first 300 participants, for an additional Php500. To avail, please click on the tickbox in the registration form & include payment with the race registration fee. Each registrant may avail of ONLY 1 additional seat in the bus (maximum of 2 seats per race participant). Please save the Bus Stub in your registration form/waiver. This will be surrendered upon boarding the bus on race day.

Salomon Xtrail Run 2015 Registration Details:
Registration starts on Feb 20, 2015 until April 20, 2014. You may register via the ff:
Online registration via credit card – http://www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com
Online registration via bank deposit – Fill up the online form & deposit payment to (Runner’s Runner Bank details).

  • Registration Centers :
    Salomon Store SM Aura, 4th floor, SM Aura Mall, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
    Salomon Store SM Megamall, 3rd floor, Bldg D, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong
    Salomon Glorietta 3 Store, 2/f Glorietta 3, Ayala Center Makati City
    Salomon Store SM Annex North Edsa, 2/f, SM North Edsa Annex Building, Edsa, Quezon City
    R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street , Fort Bonifacio Taguig, 3/f Runner’s Runner Booth (Starting March 17)
    Distribution of Racekits are all at ROX BHS, starting April 10 to 23, at the 3rd floor (c/o Runners’Runner Booth).
  • Gun Start:
    5:00am – 32km
    5:30am – 24 km
    8:00am – 12 km
    9:00am – 6km
    More photos in my instagram account, follow me @cjlampad. See you there! :)

Super comfortable, ultra cushioning, more bounce and very flexible. That’s how I can describe my newest adidas Ultra BOOST.

When I received my pair of adidas Ultra BOOST last week, I was so excited to run and get to experience the “greatest running shoe ever”. I immediately tried it on my feet, walk around the office and it just felt so soft and comfortable. There was no “awkward new shoe feeling”. It was like walking in the clouds. My feet adjusted comfortably right away. Maybe it is because of the adidas primeknit technology in the upper weave which expands accordingly with your feet. They say that runner’s foot can expand up to 10 mm or more in width while running and when restrained, this expansion can cause severe discomfort, friction and blisters. Adidas Ultraboost will prevent this from happening.

I did a 5k break in run on a treadmill and it was a very nice bouncy ride. The sole which is made up of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) creates energy return from the impact of running, effectively pushing you forward. It also offered more bounce without hurting my knees and shins. I actually felt no pain at all after the run. The soft cushioning sole may have helped reduce impact that led to this comfortable, pain-free run. Adidas Ultra BOOST was designed to offer better Achilles support and there is also a “dual-density Torsion System” that allows the heel to remain supported while the forefoot moves independently. I can actually now believe that this is indeed the “greatest running shoe ever”.

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I cant wait to use my adidas Ultra BOOST in a half marathon or even in a marathon. I’m pretty sure it will help me finish strong and injury free.

Adidas Ultra BOOST was launched last January 2015, dubbed as the “greatest running shoe ever” , Ultra BOOST has raised the industry standard in terms of energy running, cushioning, comfort and heel support.

Here’s the official press release:

The Energy Running revolution has taken a bold new step as adidas unveiled the greatest running shoe ever, Ultra BOOST. At a guarded launch location in New York City, Yohan Blake, David Villa, Sammy Watkins and a team of elite athletes pledged their allegiance to the revolution while hundreds of witnesses from around the world were onsite for the introduction of Ultra BOOST.

Attending athletes and guests experienced the superiority of Ultra BOOST through state-of-the-art live testing demonstrations using the ARAMIS system also used by top engineering institutions like NASA, Boeing and Audi to measure crash tests, vibration analysis and durability studies. adidas developed Ultra BOOST using ARAMIS’ 3D shape and surface measurement to provide a fully adaptable running experience. Ultra BOOST intuitively adjusts to a runner’s stride delivering the unrivalled Energy Return of BOOST™, superior support and adaptive comfort over hundreds of kilometres, in virtually any environment.

“To answer the world’s athletes’ call for more Energy we aimed to create the greatest running shoe ever and we’ve done exactly that with Ultra BOOST,” said Eric Liedtke, adidas Executive Board Member. “adidas has raised the industry standard with BOOST and will continue blazing a path in Energy Running for those who dare to follow.”

Your greatest run ever awaits with Ultra BOOST at www.adidas.com/ultraboost. adidas Ultra BOOST will be available in leading adidas stores in the Philippines and Runnr BGC from February 25, 2015 at P 8295.

 Join the adidas Energy running movement by following @adidasph on Twitter or Instagram.

Tips on running with pacers in Run United

Unilab Active Health introduces “pacers” in Run United 1 to motivate runners to finish faster and stronger

Maintaining an active lifestyle has always been the advocacy of Unilab Active Health. To elevate Run United’s training component, pacers were introduced in Run United 1 held on March 8 at the Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Unilab Active head Alex Panlilio says pacers provide in-race training to help runners reach their goal time known as “PR” or personal record. Pacers are seasoned runners who provide that extra push, especially when one’s energy dips. They are identified through their shirts, bibs and the colorful balloons they carry as markers.

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ULAH broke the mold of marathons when it introduced pacers during Run United 1, held on March 8, 2015 at the Mall of Asia grounds. For easy identification, they were clad in blue Run United shirts with red sleeves, with a set of balloons tied on them which indicated the distance and specific time they were pacing.

One of the Run United 1 pacers is race organizer Jaymie Pizarro who finished 21K with a time of 2:11. She says pacers act as team leaders, and she had fun leading her pack.

“I’m used to focusing on my own time goals, but for Run United 1, I’ve paced runners and it was a fulfilling experience. It felt great reaching the finish line together, and it was heart-warming to know that they have reached their PRs.”

Pizarro gives several tips to runners who want to join a pacer:

  • Train for pace. Make sure you’ve trained for your target pace and that you can sustain it. If unsure, sign up with a slower pace group and work your way up.
  • Practice variety. Run a mix of interval and tempo runs to build your speed, and long runs to build endurance. Practice running at your goal pace without checking your performance in a watch or an app.
  • Run with a group. It is easier to sustain the pace running with group; you can draw energy from each other.
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    Cj Lampad, the man behind renowned running blog, Run Adobo King, paced runners to finish the 5K category in 35 minutes. You may visit his blog at runadoboking.wordpress.com. – Hey! Thats me! LOL

5K pacer CJ Lampad of Runadoboking blog has some tips, too:

  • Just join your desired pace group. Some runners are too shy. They secretly follow pacers—which is just okay. Always remember that you can stray from the group if you find the pace too fast, or go ahead if you can run faster.
  • Expect a steady pace. There won’t be bursts of fast or slow runs; the target is to maintain a pace of say, seven minutes per kilometer, and finish on time.
  • Talk to your pacer for guidance.

Coach Mherlz Lumagbas, Run United 21K first-place winner in the women’s division, has these final reminders: “Start slowly and gradually. Focus on training, not mileage, to avoid injuries. Make time for training and take a supplement such as Unilab Active Health Gel during the race for a boost of energy. Join pacers in races, but train regularly.”

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The beauty of running with a pacer is that not only is realtime in-race training present, but camaraderie is fostered in running and finishing the race together.

Another pacer was Run United organizer coach Rio de la Cruz who paced 5k runners at 25-30 minutes. For 10K, pacers were triathletes: Peter Gonzalez for 50 minutes, Ed Inocentes for 55 minutes, coach Raul Cuevas and Gino Abano for 60 minutes, Odj Reyes and Joseph de Lara for 65 minutes, Vincent Co Say and Ting Joson for 70 minutes.

Marathon finishers paced for 21K. These are TV host Kim Atienza and FrontRunner magazine editor in chief Jonel Mendoza who paced runners for a 1:55 time. Pinoy Fitness website founder Jeff Lo paced for a 2:37 target, while triathletes Vince Corpus and Bobby Go paced runners to finish at 2:27.

On the first Sunday of March this year, I joined the Sierra Relay & Half Marathon where I ran the 10k Solo category. It was held in the cold and hilly town of Tanay, Rizal. Hundreds of runners from Manila drove all the way to Ten Cents to Heaven Resort, the official venue of the event.

The gun start for 10k was 5:30am but I was there as early as 4am. Thanks to Shuttle’s Best who drove us all the way from Edsa Central up to Tanay. Shuttle’s Best offers transportation services for out of town races. You may visit their FB Page for more info.

I was with fellow blogger, THE Francramon.com and we both signed up for the 10k category. We agreed that we’re just going for a picture pace so that we can enjoy the beautiful sceneries of Tanay, Rizal. Franc was ready with his Gopro and I was ready with my…camphone. Lol

The 10k race route was tough. It was unlimited downhills and uphills and downills and uphills again. Good thing the weather was cool and the view was magnificent that’s why you wouldn’t mind walking the uphill portions of the route.

I was on an easy pace the whole route because I am also using Maxxed Flight 101. This was the first time I used it on a race, that’s why I’ms still trying to get the feel of it. I used it on a treadmill once before the race though, but you know, actual race is still different.

Weight: 12.5 oz Profile (Heel): 38 mm Profile (Forefoot): 23 mm Drop from heel to forefoot: 15 mm Shoe type: Road-Neutral Material: Rubber, Phylon, Shard-spring heel (plastic)

Maxxed Flight 101 is made by Sports House. It is designed for long distance running and is for the intensity of uphill and downhill battles. It has shard heel blades which give runners a spring like feel when running. These blades harness energy and gives back more to propel forward resulting an extended force and gained extra speed. Equipt with mesh designs around the sides that lets your foot breathe and cools down to get a better comfort as well as avoid strain and bumps. It is also comfortable to wear even without socks and it is pain free on shins and ankles. It is generally good shoe, the only thing i did not like is the squeaking sound it makes when you land on the ground whether you are running or walking but perhaps it depends on the user no? :)

Here’s a video clip of myself while running in Sierra with my maxxed flight 101 c/o THE Francramon.com:

I finished my 10k race injury free (Thanks to MAxxed Flight 101!) and i’m sure i made it within the cut off. The race was fun! Maybe its because of the cold weather and the light atmosphere during and even after the race. Everyone was happy, smiling and laughing. Kudos to Team Sierra & Rundezvous for successfully staging the event. See you next year! :)

Running is one of the most popular fitness activities in the Philippines today. There’s a fun run every weekend and I’m sure you never fail to see a runner along the streets every morning. The question is now is why? Did you ever ask yourself why do you run?

Here’s a video from Brooks Running celebrity athlete, Benjamin Alves, as he shares how running fuels him to do better throughout the day.

Almost 300 boys and girls went to St. Louis University in Baguio last March 14-15 at the Alaska’s JrNBA JrWNBA Regional Selection camp. Some of the young athletes drove all the way from Dagupan, Ilocos and other provinces near the City of Pines. Alaska in partnership with NBA is going all over the Philippines to select qualified young basketball players to become part of the Alaska’s JrNBA JrWNBA All Star Team. Last year, the All Star Team went to Beijing, China and competed against other all star teams from Southeast Asia.

Young boys and girls lined up at St. Louis University in Baguio for the JrNBa & JrWNBA Regional Selection Camp. All participants get to drink unlimited Alaska Milk and Alaska Chocolate drink. :)

Day 1. As early as 8am, young boys and girls were already lined up outside the gym of St. Louis University eagerly waiting for the start of the registration. Some of them were accompanied by their parents, by their coaches while others went all alone by themselves.

The JrNBA JrWNBA aspirants will be assigned with a barcode after registration. They will be given a score card which will be used in recording their pesonal details and in assessment of their basketball skills. After the registration, participant’s vitals will be recorded. Volunteer athletes from Baguio assisted the kids in measuring their height, wingspan, vertical jump and in doing push ups/situps.

Volunteer athletes from Baguio record vitals of JrNBA JrWNBA participants. (height, wingspan, vertical jump, push ups)

Alaska’s JrNBA JrWNBA coaches headed by Coach Rodney Santos provided different stations that will test the boys’ and girls’ skills in lay up, shooting, dribbling and footwork. All participants must finish all stations and will be graded by the Coaches. Top participants will return on day 2 and will move on to the final selection.

Day2. The top 24 girls and top 40 boys were divided into teams. They participated in friendly games and competed against each other. During the match ups, the coaches are carefully watching how each player perform in the game. Aside from being a good basketball player, participants must also practice JrNBA JrWNBA’s STAR Values. STAR stands for Sportmanship, Teamwork, +Attitude and Respect.

Alaska’s JrNBA JrWNBA coaches in Action!

I was there whole Sunday afternoon watching the kids play. In all fairness to them, they were all good and fast and skilled basketball players. Some stand out because they are taller, they run faster and scored more points but all of them generally were good players. What I liked the most was I personally saw the STAR values in action. They communicate well in the court despite they just knew each other the day before, they lend a hand when someone fall, they cheer for their team mates, they give chance for their other team mates to perform and they shook hands after every game. These are easy things to do when you know your team mates for a long time but considering the fact that they don’t know each other yet, it’s actually very impressive. I commend the Alaska coaches for teaching the kids and always reminding the importance of STAR values.

Friendly games amongst JrNBA particpants! :)

The day ended with 4 boys and 3 girls being selected as Baguio’s representative to the National Training Camp of Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 presented by Alaska which will be held on April 24 to 26 at PICC Forum Tent and SM Mall of Asia. The top players are: Magnus Gabriel Ines (Baguio), Manuel Andrey Ober (Dagupan), Christian Allen Magno (Dagupan), Jan Zyrus De Ayre (Baguio), Christine Angela Venetrez (Baguio), Kristine Cayabyab (Dagupan) and Rose Marie De Los Santos (Dagupan). Congrats guys!

The top 4 boys & 3 girls of JrNBA JrWNBA Baguio Camp (Photo from JrNBA FB)

For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines, please visit http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines; Alaska Milk Corporation visit http://www.alaskamilk.com; Alaska Basketball Power Camp visithttp://www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub #JrNBAPH #JrWNBAPH

Hi runners friends! If you are joining the SKYATHON 2015: Boracay Beach Run this April 25 and you’re looking for nice and affordable place to stay over the weekend, here’s a good deal for you:

SECOND WIND BED, BUNK & BREAKFAST is giving a 10% off if you book on April 24-26.

Second Wind is a place for backpackers who are looking for a place to rest more than a place to party. They offer private/twin rooms & an 8 bed mixed dorm. Just right for your team if you are joining the SKYATHON 2015: Boracay Beach Run.

Twin Rooms

8 bed Dorm / Bunkbeds

They are located in Bulabog Road, Brgy. Balabag,Boracay Island Malay, Aklan.

Here’s how to get there:
From Caticlan (MPH) airport
Take a tricycle to the Caticlan Jetty Port (php 50)
Take a boat to boracay island (Php 25 + Php 100 terminal fee + Php 75 environmental fee)
Upon arrival on boracay island, take a tricycle and have them bring you to Second Wind Bed Bunk and Breakfast (turn right at the corner of 24 seven from the main road, near English Bakery) — Php 150
From Kalibo (KLO) airport:
Upon arrival, take Southwest airport to hotel transfers to Second Wind Bed Bunk and Breakfast turn right at the corner of 24 seven from the the main road, near the english bakery) — (Php 500)

Aside from the cozy private rooms & super clean bunk beds, they also offer Free Wifi, Free breakfast, Free towels, Lounge area, Tour desk, Self-service Kitchen , All day tea & coffee, Laundry service, Hairdryers, Padlocks, Reading lights and  Hot/cold power showers. :)

For more information about SKYATHON 2015: Boracay Beach Run, click here:

For more information about SECOND WIND BED, BUNK & BREAKFAST, click here:

See you there! :)