Saturday, December 20, 2014

Race Report: 31st Davao Finishers Marathon (Dec. 7, 2014)

As my year-ender major race, I joined the 31st Davao Finishers Marathon last December 7, 2014 in Davao City. Despite the lack of preparation, I registered for 42K just to fulfill my goal of running at least one marathon a year.

DFM 2014 was scheduled a week before Pryce Gas International Marathon in Cagayan de Oro. Though CDO is nearer to my hometown Malaybalay (Bukidnon) than Davao City, I chose to run in DFM due to the following reasons: (1) DFM is actually Mindanao’s longest running marathon event.  It is now on its 31styear and is only 7 years younger than the National Milo Marathon; (2) it will be my first time to run in Davao City; and (3) Ggun start is at 12 midnight which is favorable to slow runners like me who hate running under the harsh rays of the sun.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Two Weekends, Three Races

November was a busy one in terms of running for me. As I have decided that I will run 42K the following month in Davao City, I have only this month to train for the full marathon distance. As part of my preparation, I joined three races on two weekends:

November 9, 2014 - 38th Milo Marathon Cagayan de Oro

I prepared for this race for about two months in hope of finally improving my 21K PR of 2:13:30 which was set three years ago during Unilab's Run United also in CDO. It has been an endless 21K heartbreaks for me since then as, due to lack of consistent training, I failed to improve my time in the succeeding half-marathons that I've joined. For this year's Milo Marathon, I still wasn't able to train consistently. My longest long run was only up to 18K and I wasn't able to run two weeks before the race because Malou and I went to Palawan to celebrate our wedding anniversary. But since I was able to do some speed and hill works and tempo runs during weekdays, I think I was better prepared for this one than the previous years.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Kisolon Fiesta Run 2014 Winners and Top Finishers

Here are the official winners and top finishers of Kisolon Fiesta Run 2014 held last November 15, 2014 in Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon:

3K Boys:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kisolon Fiesta Run 2014: Bukidnon's First 10-Miler Run on Nov. 15, 2014 (Race Info and Route Photos)

Don Carlos Fortich Park, Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon
November 15, 2014; 5:30 AM
Event Distances: 3K, 5K and 16K (10 Miles)

Registration Fees: 
3K-Php 220.00
5k-Php 250.00
16K-Php 300.00

Inclusions: Jersey, race bib, freebies and Finisher's Medal for 16K finishers

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Photos: 6th Tri 30+ Run Trail Edition (Big Rock and Beyond)

Participants of the 6th Tri 30+ Run. Photo from Maria Theresa Quirino
The 6th Tri 30+ Run Trail Edition was successfully held last Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Organized by Father Robert Selecios, Tri 30+ Run is Malaybalay's longest running run-for-a-cause which has helped various beneficiaries since its inaugural staging in the year 2012. The 6th edition was held for the benefits of Malaybalay City street kids and the improvement of Bukidnon Provincial Hospital-Manolo Fortich Pedia Ward. 

More than 50 runners signed up for the non-competitive run which started and finished at Diocesan Formation Center/Impalambong Chapel in Implambong, Malaybalay City. Participants include members of Malaybalay Runners, Malaybalay Trail Runners, Team Heaven, Caltex Tri-Bu, Tri-Mamba and many more. After the opening prayer and race briefing, gun start was fired off at around 5 AM. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Top 5 Running Shoes Online Shops in the Philippines

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Shopping for running shoes is now made more convenient with the emergence of various online stores in the Philippines. Nowadays, there is no need for you to go to the mall to get yourself a brand new pair. You can simply browse the web for available models of your favorite brands, read reviews to know more about your preferred pair and add your choice to the virtual shopping cart. After paying through credit card or Paypal, your brand new pair of running shoes will be delivered to your doorsteps after a few days. Shopping for running shoes online gives you the benefits of choosing a pair not usually available in physical stores and saves you time and money in going to the mall.

Listed below are some of the Top 5 Running Shoes Online Stores in the Philippines. I've already tried purchasing on some of the shops listed below and I can guarantee for the safety of your transaction and the authenticity of their products. So feel free to browse their available choices as you may find a pair to your liking:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

6th Tri 30+ Run Trail Edition: October 4, 2014 (Malaybalay City, Bukidnon)

Tri 30+ Run, Malaybalay City's longest running run-for-a-cause series, will have its 6th edition this coming October 4, 2014. This is probably the most exciting edition of Tri 30+ as the 30-kilometer (more or less) route will pass along the Big Rock Trail in Sitio Caleb, Can-ayan. The Big Rock is a favorite training ground of Malaybalay's elite runners due to its challenging terrain. It features an uphill stretch of almost 3 kilometers with an elevation of more than 3,000 feet ASL. This route also offers the jaw-dropping view of verdant rolling hills and mountains which will make the run literally and figuratively breathtaking.

Tri 30+ Run is organized by Father Robert Selecios, a running and biking enthusiasts. This non-competitive race has helped various organizations in the past as 100% of the net proceeds from registration fees are donated to charitable causes. It also served as a regular gathering of runners from Malaybalay and neighboring places as they run not to compete with each other but to simply relish the joy of running with each other while enjoying the route.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

3rd Impasug-ong Half Marathon: Running in Bukidnon's Land Down Under

A few years ago the Municipality of Impasug-ong became famous due to the movie Land Down Under (retitled to Love Me Again), starring Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual, which was partly filmed here. Impasug-ong's stunning vista of verdant rolling hills and mountains was the perfect setting for the movie's cowboy theme. That is also accentuated by the fact that municipality is known as "Home of the Country's Finest Cowboys"

Last Sunday, September 7, 2014, I joined the 3rd Impasug-ong Half Marathon and 4th Invitational Fun Run. The race is part of the Araw ng Impasug-ong festivities. I am supposed to join only the 10K category since I am coming off an injury which sidelined my running for almost 2 weeks. The prodding of my officemate, however, convinced me to take on the half mary challenge. Despite the lack of requisite long runs and knowing fully the route's (very) challenging terrain, I told myself to just make this race a kickstart of my training for the Milo Marathon Cagayan de Oro Leg in November.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Running Places: My Top 6 Favorites

My passion for traveling goes well with my love for running. I love to explore new places just as much as I love to pound roads and trails with my running shoes. It has been said that the best way to discover a place is to explore it on foot. So whenever I am in a new place, I try to find time to explore its nooks and crannies by running around.

Listed below are the top 6 favorite places where I have ran. These are culled from my various experiences in travel and running for more than three years now:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Impasug-ong 4th Invitational Fun Run and 3rd Half Marathon (September 7, 2014)

Municipality of Impasug-ong
4th Invitational Fun Run and 3rd Half Marathon
September 7, 2014; 5:30 AM
Poblacion, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon

Registration Sites: Municipal Hall of Impasug-ong, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon
                            Malaybalay City (venue and date will be announced at the event's FB Page:          

For interested runners from outside Bukidnon: 
1. Download and fill up the registration form below
2. Deposit the registration fee to the following account:
Maria Theresa A. Quirino
BPI Malaybalay Account Number: 2069-0100-19
3. Send the scanned copy of the registration form and deposit slip to the FB account of Maria Theresa A. Quirino:
4. Once your registration is confirmed, you will be informed when and where to claim your race kit.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TK DC2DC Ultramarathon 60 (Digos City to Davao City)

What: TK DC2DC Ultramarathon 60
Categories: 60KM
When: 8PM. Sept. 6, 2014
Where: Digos City Hall
09334256966 - Jay
09328460488 - Paul
09228620900 - Pam
09185881209 - Garry

TK DC2DC Ultramarathon 60 (Team Kapwa Digos City to Davao City) is a 60-kilometer foot race which will start at Digos City and will end at the famous People’s Park in Davao City. This event is part of the Digos City Fiesta Celebration, and is organized by one of the active running groups in Davao, Team Kapwa (TK).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Centennial Run Bukidnon 2014: Race Route Photos

Centennial Run Bukidnon, happening on August 2, 2014 in Malaybalay City, is part of the province's Centennial and Kaamulan Festival 2014 Celebration. Event distances include 3K, 5K and 10K. Aside from the Open Category there will be a Special Category for each team representing Bukidnon's 20 municipalities and 2 cities and runners representing the Seven Hill Tribes (recognized as the first inhabitants of Bukidnon).
Race will start and finish at the Capitol Grounds and will pass through the road going to Barangay Can-ayan. This route is a favorite training ground of Malaybalay Runners due to its challenging terrain and beautiful views. To give out-of-town runners a head up, posted below are photos of the race route taken from various runs we had along this road.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Back to the Big Rock

In preparation for the upcoming LIONS 2014 Eco Run, we went for a long run to the Big Rock in Sitio Caleb, Can-ayan, Malaybalay City. The Big Rock is a favorite route of hardcore Malaybalay Runners due to its challenging terrain (2 km ++ of straight uphill stretch) and breathtaking views that can be seen along the way. Distance from the Capitol Grounds to the Big Rock is approximately 9 kilometers and elevation is at 946 meters above sea level. This is my second time to run to this spot and I definitely would want to go back here again and again.

For more photos of this run, visit this album in the Pulagay Blog FB Page: 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Musuan Peak: Facts and Photos

In relation to the upcoming LIONS 2014 Eco-Run in Valencia City, where the 18K route will have its turning point at Musuan Peak, here are some facts and photos of this natural landmark. I hope that this post will give runners, especially those coming from out of town, a heads up on the Musuan Peak trail and the beautiful sights that can be seen along the way and at the summit. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Unkeep Your Distance (June 28, 2014)

Unkeep Your Distance - A 5K Fun Run/Walk
June 28, 2014; Malaybalay City
Registration Fees: Php 100.00 for Non-Students; Php 50.00 for Students
Registration Period: June 9-27, 2014 at Caracol Building, Capitol Drive, Malaybalay City

113th Supreme Court Anniversary Fun Run Fun Walk (June 18, 2014)

113th Supreme Court Anniversary Fun Run Fun Walk
June 18, 2014; 5:30 AM
Start/Finish: Hall of Justice, Malaybalay City
Event Distances: 3K and 5K
Employees Category: Top 3 with Prize
Open Category: Top 3 with Prize
Registration Fee: Php 50.00

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pulaguy Ta! Adlaw Ta Malaybalay Fun Run

In celebration of the 137th Araw ng Malaybalay, the City Government of Malaybalay in cooperation with Malaybalay Runners presents "Pulaguy Ta! Adlaw Ta Malaybalay Fun Run" this coming June 7, 2013 at 5:30 AM. Start and finish area will be at the City Covered Court (Freedom Park)

Race Route (click image to enlarge)

This event will have 3K run for kids and walk for city government employees, 5K open for men and women, 5K for city government employees, 10K open for men and women and 10K for city government employees.

Registration to Pulaguy Ta! is FREE and is presently on going at the City Mayors Office.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Malaybalay Runners at the Cebu City Marathon 2014

Seven members of Malaybalay Runners team, including this blogger, joined the Cebu City Marathon (CCM) 2014 last January 12 in the Queen City of the South. CCM has been considered as one of the best races in the country and was recently accredited as a certified course by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). This year's edition of the CCM was handled by Runrio, known for staging world-class races mostly in Manila.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

38th National Milo Marathon 2014 Schedule

Pinoy Fitness has just published the tentative schedules of the 38th National Milo Marathon 2014. This year's edition of the country's longest and grandest foot race will kick off in Baguio City on June 29, 2014 and will culminated with the National Finals in Manila on December 7. So where do you plan to take your running soles this year? Take a look at this list, save the date and book your flight ahead!

38th National Milo Marathon 2014 Schedule (Tentative)

1. Baguio - June 29
2. Dagupan - July 6
3. Tarlac - July 13
4. Subic - July 20
5. Manila Elims - July 27
6. Naga - August 24
7. Lucena - August 31
8. Puerto Princesa - September 7
9. Lipa- September 14
10. Iloilo - September 21
11. Bacolod - September 28
12. Tagbilaran - October 5
13. Cebu - October 12
14. Butuan - October 19
15. Cagayan de Oro - November 9
16. General Santos - November 16
17. Davao - November 23
18. Manila Finals - December 7

**Schedules may change without prior notice.