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Last 11-12 January 2014, the team behind up-and-coming travel website tied up their laces and geared up for the 1st Corregidor Marathon and 4th International Half Marathon, the annual race set at the heart of the historic Corregidor Island., the first Philippine-focused online travel website, co-sponsored the event and four runners, and gathered an impressive number of ticket registrations via their website, which also offers a wide range of flights, hotels and experience packages that can be booked online instantly. The dynamic website also allows travellers and tourists to provide their own reviews and recommendations for public viewing.

“We are honored to have been part of the 1st Corregidor Marathon and 4th International Half Marathon,” says President Zaki Delgado. “We at are keen on making great travel stories, and the experience we had at Corregidor was very memorable. The team got to meet different people, join the run and of course, enjoy being in such a historic place like Corregidor.”

At the close of the marathon on Sunday, treated the winners of the 21K run to another surprise – Erinio Raquin of the male category and Luisa Raterta of the female category were given a special helicopter ride back to Manila – no doubt, an exciting and rewarding end to the weekend.

“We are already looking forward to next year’s marathon,” Mr. Delgado adds. “It’s a wonderful event, and we at are always looking for ways to make great stories happen.”

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The stage is set for the mounting of the 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon on December 1. With this year’s edition billed as “Showdown on the Rock”, intense competition is expected to heighten as top runners in the running community gear up to outrun each other.

Like last year’s edition, the 3rd CIHM will feature the centerpiece Half-Marathon and the 10K run. There will be no sweep time for the participants of both race categories. The first 500 registrants will be exempted from the race qualifying time – 3h30m (male) and 3h45m (female) for the 21K, and 1h30m (male) and 1h45m (female) for the 10K category. The 21K finishers will get the CIHM Medallion and 10K runners will receive the 10K Achiever Medal upon crossing the finish line.

Race Registration Details:
a. Registration Fee: Php 2,700 (plus 4% service charge) = Php 2808
b. Race Registration Inclusions:
— Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
— Full lunch buffet on race day
— Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
— 3rd CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
— 3rd CIHM Race sling bag
— 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Medallion (or a 10k Achiever Medal)
— Runners’ Briefing (Nov 24 and 25)
— 3rd CIHM Victory Rave Party (Dec 01, Saturday night)
— 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Certificate
— P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher
c. Optional: P900 (Limited Edition CIHM Windbreaker)
d. The 3rd CIHM Race Registration Tickets can be availed at SM Tickets outlets at all SM Cinemas nationwide. For non-competing companions of race participants, they may avail of the regular Sun Cruises tour package also at SM Tickets.
e. For race participants wishing to attend the Carbo-loading Dinner (Nov 30), they may avail of the Carbo Dinner ticket at P250.00 on Nov 24 & 25 during the Runners’ Briefing.

3rd CIHM Shirt

3rd CIHM Windbreaker Jacket

3rd CIHM Half Marathon Medal

Registration, Ferry and Room Reservations Procedures:
1) 24 hours after purchasing the 3rd CIHM registration ticket from SM
Tickets, log on to to complete registration for the race.

2) Immediately after making the online registration, contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511, 0917-5459917, 0917-7948271, 0922-8475418 to book for ferry trip schedules.

Indicate the desired trip schedule:
From Manila to Corregidor
▪ Overnight – departure on Nov 30 @ 11:30am
▪ Day trip – departure on Dec 01 @ 5:00am
Return from Corregidor to Manila
▪ Departure on Dec 01 @ 2:30pm
▪ Departure on Dec 02 @ 2:30pm

*For steps 1 and 2, remember to keep the 3rd CIHM race ticket on hand. You will be asked of the SM Ticket ID Number to validate your transaction. It is indicated on the ticket preceded with a “#” sign.

3) If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises (only registered participants will be given reservations; 1 room per participant only). Pay the appropriate accommodations booking amount through the payment mode advised by Sun Cruises.

4) On Nov 24 & 25 (as advised through email and text by the organizers) at R.O.X., attend the Runners’ Briefing, pick-up the race pack, and claim the Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises.  Ensure to bring the 3rd CIHM SM Tickets. Anyone may pick up your kit at R.O.X. during the R.O.X Runners’ Briefing from 3pm to 8pm. They may be asked for identification and your signed authorization note.

Schedule of Activities (Schedule subject to change):

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Carbo Dinner & Bonfire Night

8:00 AM Half-Marathon Gunstart
8:15 AM 10K Challenge Gunstart
11:30 AM Award Ceremony
12:00 NN Lunch Buffet
12:30 PM Class PhotoOp
7:30 PM Victory Party

Participants are treated to a nutritious pasta dinner in addition to a night of camaraderie and hearty sharing of running experiences as they prepare for their Saturday race. This dinner is a social event that brings participants together while they load up on essential carbohydrates prior to their event the following day.

One of the distinctive features of the race is that it is a very tough foot race in terms of the course and technical rules. There will be a qualifying time (Men – 3h30m; Women – 3h45m) for this year’s edition of the CIHM. There will be no finish time cut-off for the race, however. All runners who have successfully managed to finish the entire 21km distance will be awarded with the Corregidor International Half-Marathon Medallion and Finisher’s Certificate upon crossing the finish line.

Aside from the centerpiece 21km event, there will be a 10km race for running aficionados who are yet to be familiar with the challenging terrain of Corregidor but yearn to discover and experience its distinctive scenic course. All finishers in this race category will be awarded with a 10km Achiever Medal. This course is exceptionally fast and stunningly beautiful.

On the night of the race day, the CIHM Victory Party will be held. Successful finishers will get their Finisher’s Certificates during the special recognition segment of the event. Concluding the event is a concert party featuring live performances of an invited top band. The night will be capped     with a surprise visual spectacle.

Q: Is the Php2700 (regular rate too expensive for a race in the Philippines?
A: Not so. Relative to the ever increasing registration fees of races in Metro Manila, the participation fee in CIHM is actually very reasonable, and almost a steal. Sun Cruise’s regular rate per person for a daytrip to Corregidor that includes round-trip ferry, a group-guided tour of the island, and a lunch buffet is Php2,200.00. The CIHM package, excluding the guided tour, offers all participants round-trip ferry, a full lunch buffet on race day, a genuine dry-fit race shirt, race sling bag, race bib equipped with an RFID timing chip, a classic Finishers’ Medallion, and a ticket to a mercury-rising after-race bash that is the CIHM Victory RaveParty, and a P1000.00 SOLEUS Gift Voucher.

Q: Is the registration fee refundable or transferable?
A: The registration fee is non-refundable. It is also non-transferable.

Q: Is change of race category possible?
A: Yes. Race participants who want to change their initially registered race category to a different category should contact the organizers not later than November 23 for assistance. Beyond this date, request for such will not be accommodated.

Q: Does the registration fee cover accommodations in the island?
A: No. Accommodations, however, range only from P2000 (twin sharing, P750 for add’l person) to P3500 (Resort cabana w/ aircon) per night per room. A standard room could accommodate three persons comfortably. It may be arranged through Sun Cruises at these numbers: 5275555 loc 4511, 0917-5459917, 0917-7948271, 0922-8475418 (Mon to Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-12nn).

Q: Is there any other option for accommodation if I were to go overnight?
A: Yes. CIHM participants may opt to camp out with their own tent. They only have to make a one-time payment of Php250 per tent to Sun Cruises. The camp site is at the parade grounds adjacent to the South Dock and facing the beach. Those who will camp out need not worry about their lavatory needs. Though spartan in nature, there are more than ample clean washroom and restroom cubicles that are very proximate to the tent grounds.

Q: Still concerning those going overnight, where could they avail of their meals ?
A: Sun Cruises operates Corregidor Inn where CIHM participants may dine out in a welcoming restaurant. Alternatively, there are several kiosks in the island such as that in McCarthur’s Inn where participants may check out other meal options.

Q: Will CIHM participants camping out be allowed to bring camping stoves?
A: Mini camping stove or similar devices that will produce a relatively minimal combustion may be allowed to be brought in by participants who will camp out.

Q: Are bikes allowed to be brought along?
A: Owing to space limitations in and weight restrictions of the ferries, CIHM participants are disallowed to bring along their bicycles.

Q: Will Corregidor be open to regular tourists on the day of the race?
A: No. The island will be exclusive to CIHM participants on Dec 1. This means that CIHM racers could totally enjoy a traffic-less and urban-nuisance-free race amidst a dramatic backdrop, and that is only in Corregidor.

Q: Where can foreign nationals, residing outside the Philippines, intending to join CIHM get information on Philippine visa requirements?
A: They may check out the tab “Philippine Visa Information for Foreign Participants” in the CIHM website or other veritable websites on the net.

Q: Can registered participants have their own pacers?
A: Yes but only if the pacer is also a registered CIHM participant. The race will strictly adhere to the “No Bib, No Race” policy.

Q: Will there be a sweep time for CIHM participants?
A: None. CIHM participants need not worry about being swept off the race course after a particular time. All participants who will successfully finish the 21k and 10k distances, respectively, will be awarded with the CIHM Finishers’ Medallion and 10K Achiever Medal, correspondingly.

Q: How many hydration stations will there be on the race course?
A: There will be 8 hydration stations, including one at the finish area, at 2km interval from each other.

Q: Will there be first aid stations along the race course?
A: Yes. First aid, actually, will be integrated with the hydration stations. Aside from this, a mobile paramedic team will also be in place.

Q: What is the unique selling point of Corregidor International Half-Marathon?
A: It is the idea that all CIHM participants will have the rare opportunity to run on sacred grounds and all their determined efforts will be cheered on by the glorious memory of heroism of our noble predecessors. Then there’s the bonus of an after-race Victory Rave Party where participants could revel to celebrate their achievement.

Hundreds of runners from different parts of the globe sailed to the historical island of Corregidor last week, December 9, 2011 and chase their way up to the challenging hills of the island and battle it out to be the next King and Queen of the Rock!

I was one of them! I rocked the ruins! I chased the champions! 😀

yeah! yeah! yeah!

Day 1:

Raining in Manila

It was raining hard and the traffic was terrible. I arrived at CCP around 9:30am and boarded Sun Cruises ferry around 11am. Saw familiar faces on board: KB runner & Co., Phillipbf and Team USB. Their presence means PHOTOS! So that made me happy! Haha. Who would not want a photo while running with the ruins & cannons on the background?  😀 We left Manila by 12noon I think. It was late by an hour on the schedule, maybe it’s because of the rain.

Touchdown Corregidor!

Me & Sharon @ the "tranvia"

We arrived at the island by 3pm. It was still raining. We were fetched by the “tranvias” and brought us to our respective hotels. I stayed at Corregidor Inn with my two officemates. We were supposed to have a tour on the island but decided to just stay on our rooms because of the rain.

Night 1:

Atty Raymund & Survivor Phil's Maey!

Carbo Loading Party

The sky was still gloomy but at least no more rain. The party was held in a cavana at the North Dock. Runners gathered together and had a good meal and a good laugh. They served us spaghetti, carbonarra, puto and fish fillet. The host of the party was Atty Raymond and Maey of Survivor Philiipines and I have to say they delivered. It was a good night. I almost died laughing. Maey was hilarious, funny and uhmmm crazy? Lol.

Torch! Bonfire! Survivor!

The main event of the night was the lighting of the bonfire. The defending King of the Rock, “zip lined” his way to bon fire and lit it up with his torch. It was a great night, with that good song playing (I forgot the title) I felt goose bumps, I felt like, yeah… I’m part of this thing! Let’s do this! 😀

Day 2:

Race Day

let's do this! 😀

I woke up 6am. Prepared my things. Took a shower and updated my face book status. Lol. By 7am, I’m ready to race! I went to the south dock to wait for my friends from HOB, Team MOA and Team PEX. The ferry for day trippers arrived 30 minutes late, so the gun start was adjusted to 8:30am.

The hosts of the event were Maey (Again! Yey!) and Betong of Survivor Philippines. And as I expected, they did a good job.  They made us laugh pre and post race.

And the race began! The new set of champions chased their dreams and another history was made!

I ran with my officemate/10k buddy Sharon. My friends Dom & Kaye of Team Pex , Rex, Rod and Alvin of HOB, KB, Daphne, Chaley and Sam  of Team Moa were running 21k too.

I planned to just make it to the cut off and enjoy the route after.  The first 10K of the race was very challenging and “amazing” at the same time. The uphill ridge and the grass field run was new to me and I enjoyed it.  The dark Malinta tunnel also gave a different kind of experience for first time Corregidor runners.

I was very conscious with the cut off time during the whole race. Of course I want the medal! So I’m always checking my time to make sure I’ll make it to the cut off.

I was at 5k after 38 mins (cut off is 45mins), 1:12 at 10K (cut off is 1:30) and 2:05 at 15K (cut off is 2:15). Yeah, buzzer beater! After that, sarap ng feeling. Wala ng time pressure. Lol. (After the race, I was informed na there was no cut off! Whattt?!?)

Ruins @ the background!

green field run!

At 16k, sumakit ang batok ko! Ewan kung bakit. That’s why I did a lot of walking. I thought makakabawi ako sa downhills but I was not able to. My head was already aching at I felt hungry. In short, kung ano ano na nararamdaman ko. Lol. There was even a part on the race where I was the only one running alone on a downhill road ridge for a long period of time. It was good and scary at the same time. I even thought that maybe I was the last to checked in after the cut off, so that will technically make me the last runner on the course. Lol. But after a long solo run and walk at the hills of Corregidor, runners from behind started passing over me. (Hay Salamat, may kasama pa pala ako!)

the malinta tunnel!

On my third checked in to Malinta Tunnel, the marshal said “last 3” na lang sir! I looked at my watch: 2:29. I told myself “uy kaya pa ng 2:45”. So I started running again! Run! Run! Run! Konti na lang! I was already hearing the Maey at the stage!!! I’m almost there!!!

When I was about to turn to the stage area, the marshal told me, “sir aakyat pa po” last 2.

I was like: “Whaaaaaaaaat?!? Seriously?!?”

The two guy behind me decided to quit after they learned that. They told the marshal they want to go the “buffet” na kung ok lang. Sabi ng Marshall: Ay hindi nyo na tatapusin? LOL

I almost joined the two guy who quit on their way to the buffet, but I know I will not forgive my self if I quit that time so I continued running este walking. That was the longest 2 kilometers of my life! The longest and the stiffest! And the most challenging 2k route. I think 3 women passed me over even we are all walking. Mas mabilis sila maglakad! Lol

When I reached the top, I ran the last 600 meters. I crossed the finish line at 3:02. Not my best 21K time but my best 21k experience.

21K finisher!

Night 2:

Victory Party

Party party with Stone Free and Mayonnaise. Free beer! Good Music! Lunar Eclipse! The Rock was rocking that night! At ang sinisigaw ng lahat: CONFIRMED!  (Coach Edward, what was confirmed nga ba? Haha)

Coach Edward is Sleeping! LOL

Day 3:

Bye Corregidor!

We finally had the chance to tour the island by our selves, we took photos  and cherish our last moments on the island. We left the island by 2:30pm.

It was definitely a one of kind, challenging, exciting, historical, happy, crazy experience! what else can you ask for?

Corregidor International Half Marathon is a must run for all runners.  Join us next year!

**(Photo credits to KB, Letsky, Team USB, Philipbf & CIHM)**