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Friday, September 30, 2016

A Back-to-Back Media Launch for Two Upcoming Running Events


"Itlog sa umaga, Gatorade sa Gabi!" 

That is how I described my September 15, 2016 day when I covered a back-to-back media launch for two upcoming running events - the Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run and the Gatorade Run 2016. 

Organized by the Guerilla Race Team, the Eggciting Adventure Family Fun Run will be on October 16, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia which 3K, 5K, and 10K categories.

On the other hand, the Gatorade Run handled by Runrio is already on its second installment. The actual running event will be on November 27, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia with two categories namely 11K and 22K.

Details of these two media launches were revealed on two separate blog posts. (Runner Rocky)


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Breaking Boundaries: The Diary of the LSD Addicts' Ternate to Nasugbu 50K Challenge




LSD Addicts, a group of runners, marathoners, and ultramarathoners who love to explore the different places in the country through their running training called the Long Slow Distance or LSD just recently had their training navigating the beautiful place of Batangas via the Ternate to Nasugbu 50K Challenge.

The group enjoyed the beautiful place 'cause aside from having their training which prepared themselves into their next runs, they had their travel at the same time with joyous bonding with one another!

And one of the group's lead star, the IBTUR 88K Champion sir idol Rodel Tecson Florendo shared his 'breaking boundaries' diary to yours truly Runner Rocky narrating their experience in this LSD challenge.

So, let's hear the challenges and the fun experienced by the group in the champion's perspective! This is his story:

The Running Addict's Diary 1 (09/18/2016)


..It all started with a dream, that one day, I will explore these two Southwestern provinces of Luzon by foot. I courageously took the first leap at DAWN on Sept 4, setting my feet, pounding my first stride inside MOA grounds et continously pounding the Aguinaldo Highway passing the cities of Imus, Bacoor et Dasmarinas, the town of Silang going up to my destination, the People's Park in Tagaytay City. Tha was formidable. From the scorching sun to the heavy downpours of rain, I survived et reached my destination exactly at my target time, before the world becomes DUSK.

..But that was not enough, I want to explore the other side. Wherein I can see the endless blue of the much talked about West Philippine Sea et witness the golden sunset as it sets far beyond the western coves of Southwest Luzon. This time, I want to share that kind of joy that only a runner can feel, to my friends in the running community. September 18 at 7:30 AM at the foot of Mt Pico de Loro part of Palay-Palay mountain range Magina,Lea,Miles,Raegina,Joe et I were all determined to conquer our perhaps the toughest LSD, TERNATE2NASUGBU 50K CHALLENGE. 

..Our journey began with a friendly flat terrain from the town proper of Ternate Cavite. But as we get closer to the foot of Mt Pico, heartbeat became faster,sweat was all over, et the oxygen demands became higher. Oh, the challenge  begins, the ascent part, my forte haha..At km6, we reached Mt Pico base camp. We stopped for minutes, gulped some soda, ate banana, et refilled our hydration bottles. There,we met Daphne, according to my friend, she's an elite trail runner. As shown in her colors et the form of her legs I bet she is. We continously navigating the road. At km10, we reached the Kaybiang Tunnel. It serves as the gateway to the once hard to reach areas of the western coves of Southwest Luzon which is home of serene beaches at magnificent sunsets. It's completion was sometime on 2013 and cut down the usual travel time   to Nasugbu from 4hrs to almost 2hrs. WOW! At least, no doubt, our taxes were used on this landmark. But, at the back of my mind, how much kaya ang na-corrupt? Going down farther, yes, just right after Kaybiang, is the downhill slopes of Mt Pico, we reached the Tabe Bridge which serves as the Cavite-Batangas border from Luzon's southwest side. Here,you have a clear view of the Carabao Island et farther the Corregidor Island. 


The Group Enjoying the Cool Green Beautiful View in Batangas!
A Closer Encounter to Nasugbu's Natural Wonder!

The Man Behind This LSD Diary, The IBTUR Champion, Rodel Tecson Florendo


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..Still at Km13 almost 12noon et were all hungry. No where to eat,we're in the middle of nowhere. Good thing, I reiterated to my running buddies to bring enough trail foods. We ate, we run, we stopped et just repeated this cycle. After another 1.5 hours, we finally reached a small village in Hamilo. We're lucky enough that we found a small carinderia at the left side of the road. Ohh,how ironic, left side of the road is a small village wherein you can see the simplicity of life et at the right side is the famous Hamilo Coast of Pico de Loro, where the rich one dwells. Hmmm, no, am happy of what I have..haha. We ate our lunch et if you're hungry, everything is at best tasting isn't it? Took few minutes to rest, then larga ulet! We still have another 25Km to run to reach the town proper of Nasugbu..It's  2pm, the sky is gloomy. It seems like the weather is with us. Thank you LORD!

..We passed another village, forget the name of it. Here, both sides are rice fields et the rice are ready to be harvested. How did I know? When the rice turns into golden yellow, it's ready to be harvested. I grew-up also in a small sitio in my town Claveria in Cagayan in a home surrounded of ricefields, fruit bearing trees( believe me when I tell tell you, name it et we have it), fishponds full of tilapia,carps etc etc, brooks with big prawns to catch et a mountain full of mandarin et calamansi trees. Thank you erpats, you're the best! You're not perfect but you're indeed incomparable.

..At Km35 at the mountainous part of Nasugbu, the rain started to pour. We stopped for a while in a waiting shed, but I told my running buddies that we have to move even if it's raining. We should be out from the mountainous part before it becomes dark. At Km41, Ate Miles can no longer bear the pain of her both legs, she decided to get a tricycle to take her to Nasugbu. We bid goodbye to her, now we're only five left. 

..The last 9Km was the most challenging part. Et this time we're ell extremely tired. I thought, no more uphill et downhill slopes, because we're almost to Nasugbu Town Proper. It's already 5pm et the sun begins to set down in the far west. Here, though,the most challenging part, we passed by the Kawayan cove et the Terrazas de Punta Fuego. The sunset is just so spectacular, et you just can't help but to stop for a while et just look at where the sun sets at the other part of the world......

..We reached Nasugbu Town Proper at exactly 7pm. It's already dark....Ternate2Nasugbu by foot is no longer a dream, we made it into a reality..... To my running friends, who bravely accepted my challenge et run with me,talked with me et laughed with me......GRACIAS!  

#TheTERNATEtoNASUGBUFace2016  #cheerstogoodlife


Thank you sir Rodel for sharing your story! More runners and readers will definitely dare to take the challenges of your upcoming LSDs. God bless and more power to your group! We salute you all! (Runner Rocky)



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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Get to Know the NIKE's Newest Invention - the Hyperadapt 1.0

NIKE, the leading brand of sports and running apparels once more proves that they were the leader in their field. They pioneered the so-called “adaptive lacing” system!

Well, shoe lacing is one of the factors in the athletes performance. Imagine the hassle in a particular race wherein you are beating a cutoff time or you are surpassing your personal record but you need to lace your shoes before you can proceed? Yes, yours truly Runner Rocky always encounter this kind of issue - to lace your shoes from time to time! Good to know that NIKE has an answer to this issue!

Have you heard about their latest invention called Nike Hyperadapt 1.0? And this is inline with our modern technology! Let's find out how this newest shoe technology helps the athletes.






Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” says Tinker Hatfield. “We’re able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.”

Welcome the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for Nike’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.

Functional simplicity reduces a typical athlete concern, distraction. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”

For Hatfield, the innovation solves another enduring athlete-equipment quandary: the ability to make swift micro-adjustments. Undue pressure caused by tight tying and slippage resulting from loose laces are now relics of the past. Precise, consistent, personalized lockdown can now be manually adjusted on the fly. “That’s an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition,” he says.

Beers began pondering the mechanics shortly after meeting Hatfield, who dreamed of making adaptive lacing a reality. He asked if she wanted to figure it out — not a replication of a preexisting idea but as “the first baby step to get to a more sophisticated place.” The project caught the attention of a third collaborator, NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker, who helped guide the design.

The process saw Beers brainstorming with a group of engineers intent on testing her theories. They first came up with a snowboard boot featuring an external generator. While far from the ideal, it was the first of a series of strides toward Beers and Hatfield’s original goal: to embed the technical components into such a small space that the design moves with the body and absorbs the same force the athlete is facing.

Through 2013, Hatfield and Beers spearheaded a number of new systems, a pool of prototypes and several trials, arriving at an underfoot-lacing mechanism. In April 2015, Beers was tasked with making a self-lacing Nike Mag to celebrate the icon’s true fictional release date of October 21. The final product quietly debuted Nike’s new adaptive technology. Shortly after, the completion of the more technical, sport version they’d originally conceived, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, confirmed the strength of the apparatus.

“It’s a platform,” Beers says, “something that helps envision a world in which product changes as the athlete changes.”

The potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge, Hatfield adds, as it would provide tailored-to-the-moment custom fit. “It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”

He concludes, “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”

In short, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first step into the future of adaptive performance. It’s currently manual (i.e., athlete controlled) but it makes feasible the once-fantastic concept of an automated, nearly symbiotic relationship between the foot and shoe.

The first generation of the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience and purchase the product begin November 28. Details on how to make an appointment will be announced in the coming weeks. (Runner Rocky)



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

'Double A' to Conquer the 50K Ultramarathon Windfarm Challenge! #ConquerAirFlow50

Teamwork, Unity, and Goal...

Probably, these three things are our weapons why yours truly Runner Rocky and my relay tandem Julius Caesar Aquebay were always victorious in the different ultramarathons we joined with! Since last year, we always conquered different ultramarathons in pair. And we proved that "two heads are better than one" finishing the races strong and kicking! Our tandem is now dubbed as "Double A" derived from my nickname Aki and his surname Aquebay (but actually, the two As where inspired from the names of the two famous celebrities which I will reveal in the coming days)! :p

We had ended the month of August 2016 via a two-man relay in the National Heroes Day 50K Ultramarathon. And we will also ending again the month of September 2016 with another ultramarathon. This time, it's the 1st Conquer Airflow 50K Ultramarathon Windfarm Challenge




This will be a very exciting race for our two-man team for the following reasons:

1. It's because we will be running in a new route, a new venue. Yes, this will be our first time to run in Tanay Adventure Camp. 

2. The theme of the race is fresh and new. This is also our first time to run in a running event with a windfarm or an airflow-inspired theme in an ultramarathon.

3. We love the cool trophy, the miniature windmill! We're so excited to add this in our trophy collection!

4. We love the astig finisher shirt, a black and blue color theme which is also symbolizing the color of Runner Rocky.

5. Great to have two medals for both of us after crossing the finish line.  


You may check out all the details and the guidelines of this running event in my previous blog post via this link: 1st Conquer Airflow 50K Ultramarathon Windfarm Challenge. 


Aside from the two of us, two members of our running team, the Team Run Direction will also joining the race! 




The 1st Conquer Airflow 50K Ultramarathon Windfarm Challenge is inline with the celebration of TANAY ADVENTURE CAMP’s 5th anniversary celebration. As they say, this is a perfect race for those thrill seekers. It definitely ensures great views, fresh air, and full of adventures!

See you all this Sunday, September 25, 2016 and let's run with us! Together let's conquer the airflow and the windfarm challenges! (Runner Rocky)  



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"Philippines vs Mexico:" The Biggest Filipino Boxing Fight in North America is Set

Aside from basketball, boxing is another sports closer to the hearts of the Filipinos. And yes because of this sports, Filipinos became known worldwide putting our very own Manny Pacquiao as one of the world's top boxer! Many Filipino boxers then followed his path and became successful on the field. 

Taking about boxing, starting this week, September 21, 2016, the biggest Filipino boxing event in North America is set to conquer the ring! And everyone is invited!  

Boxing Match: Philippine Versus Mexico - The Fights We Shouldn't Miss


Wherever you are, you are invited to attend and witness the competition.

Presscon and Weigh-In can be viewed live on: https://www.facebook.com/TFCLiveNorthAmerica/ 

"Philippines vs Mexico"
Stubhub Center, Carson, California
September 24, 2016

Meanwhile, here are the schedules of the events leading to the actual fight:

September 21, Wednesday, 1:00PM Pacific
OPPONENTS’ MEDIA GATHERING
VENUE: Barrio Fiesta, 818 N. Pacific Avenue & Arden Avenue, Glendale, CA 91203

September 22, Thursday, 11:00AM Pacific
PHILIPPINES VS MEXICO OFFICIAL PRESS CONFERENCE
VENUE: Carson Community Center, Hall A
801 E. Carson St, Carson, CA 90745


MEET THE PANELISTS

Donnie "Ahas" Nietes - Longest-reigning Filipino world champion, WBO Super Champion, former WBO World Jr. Flyweight Champion and WBO World #1 Flyweight
Edgar Sosa - former WBC World Flyweight champion
Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo  - WBO International Featherweight Champion
"King" Arthur Villanueva - WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight Champion and WBO World #1 Bantamweight
Michael P. Aldeguer - ALA Promotions International President & CEO
Ricky Resurreccion - ABS-CBN Global Business Unit Head for Events and North America Head of Ad Sales, Trade Marketing and Events
Dino Laurena - ABS-CBN Head of Integrated Sports
Vince Rodriguez - ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel Head
Peter Musngi - ABS-CBN Sports Consultant
Edmund Villamor  - ALA Gym Head Trainer
Edito Villamor  - ALA Promotions International Matchmaker
Jorge Barrera, Ramiro Robles, Juan Jimenez - Team Sosa and Robles training team
Franco Gabaldon  -Team Jimenez trainer

September 23, Friday, 11:00AM Pacific
PHILIPPINES VS MEXICO OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN
Hosted by Jimmy Lennon, Jr., Inductee into the World Boxing Hall of Fame
Venue: Lower Mall Level, Eagle Rock Plaza
2700 Colorado Blvd #230, Los Angeles, CA 90041


This will gonna be another exciting fight! Go Team Philippines! Yours truly Runner Rocky salutes you! (Runner Rocky) 



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

TVC: For James Reid, There is Only One Tuna #NoBodyLikeJames #BodyOfTheCentury

After his trending Metamorphosis TV commercial for Century Tuna which was launched last month, James Reid is back in another sizzling TVC for the said tuna brand. This time, James proves that there is only one tuna brand for him! 

On the newest Century Tuna TVC which was aired last week on TV and at the same time was launched online via different social media, James appeared topless exposing his sexy abs and fit body while eating the Century Tuna. He also explained why there's only one tuna brand for him! 

For James Reid, There is Only One Tuna Brand He Trusts the Most!

The said TVC is inline with the latest campaigns of Century Tuna dubbed as "Nobody Like James" and "Body of the Century!"

Here is the said another sizzling hot TVC of James Reid for Century Tuna. Let's all watch this:



Just like James Reid, I admit that yours truly Runner Rocky is also a huge fan of Century Tuna. And yes, Century Tuna is my favorite tuna brand specially the Hot & Spicy flavor. Whenever we go to the supermarket with my mom, Century Tuna is always part of our grocery list. And I already featured this brand so many times here in my fitness blog as well as in my other lifestyle blog.  

Therefore for James Reid and Runner Rocky, there is only one tuna brand! And that is the Century Tuna! (Runner Rocky)



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Get Ready for the World Premiere of 'The Amazing Race Asia' Season 5 This October!

Sports, challenges, and obstacles in a reality TV show is finally up to test the strength of mind and body of the 11 teams from the 6 countries in Asia. Are you ready for the fifth season of "The Amazing Race Asia?"

Dubbed as "a race like no other,"  The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 promised to be more exciting and challenging. And yes, even yours truly Runner Rocky is so excited to watch it specially we have two team contestants from our country whom one of them I've already met! He's no other than our favorite Eruption Tai. 

AXN finally announced the world premiere of this exciting race!

The Official Poster of "The Amazing Race Asia" Season 5

Get ready for a race like no other as AXN prepares to unleash The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 in its world premiere on October 13 at 9pm.

Adrenaline-fueled action mixed with nail biting drama and comedic overtones sets this 10-episode season apart from the pack as 11 teams from six different countries vie for the winning crown and USD100,000 in cash. 

Hailing from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the teams are an eclectic bunch of brains, brawn and beauty united by their determination to win, while having a bit of fun along the way. 

Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “This season is the most dramatic, crazy and surprising yet. It’s a wild, culturally mesmerizing ride against some truly spectacular destinations. One second a team is in the lead, only for another to come out of nowhere to take top spot. It’s anyone’s race!”

During each episode every Thursday at 9pm, AXN viewers can take their place in the middle of the action and interact with celebrity show host Allan Wu and their favorite teams live via social platforms using #AXNTARA and @AXNTARA

“I’m excited to chat with viewers and share the race experience throughout the series. We have created a lot of exclusive race footage that is only available online. It will add a whole new dimension to watching the race as viewers will witness what’s happeningbehind-the-scenes like never before,” said Allan.

The Amazing Race Asia premieres on Thursday, October 13 at 9:00pm, first and exclusively on AXN.

TheAmazingRaceAsiaSeason5issupportedbypresentingsponsorWonderfulIndonesia,andpartnersGarudaIndonesia,GrabandGreatEastern.

Check out www.AXN-Asia.com/TARA for all the latest news on The Amazing Race Asia. (Runner Rocky) 



AXN isseen on Cable Link Channel 38, Cignal Digital TV Channel 61, Global Destiny Cable Channel 61, Dream Channel 20, GSat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49.





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BEST Center to Provide Scientific Training in Basketball and Volleyball During Weekends

It's good to be trained while young! Therefore a particular training center for athletes is conducting a training for the young players.

Basketball and volleyball are two well-loved sports by kids and kids at heart. Well when we talk about sports during high school or college days, these two were so popular. Have you experienced playing with these two during your childhood?! In my case, yes I did! Now let's pass it on, the training to a more younger generation! 

Young Boy Training in Basketball

Young Girl Training in Volleyball


BEST (Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training) Center, the award-winning school for basketball and volleyball, will have another series of clinics for aspiring basketball and volleyball players at the Ateneo College Covered Courts and Starmall Alabang.

The highly anticipated classes at the Ateneo College Covered Court will be held every Saturday on September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Students in Preparatory Level and Levels 1-5 will be joining the basketball clinic while volleyball will be for levels 1 and 2.  

Meanwhile, clinics at Starmall Alabang are held every Sunday on September 18 and 25 and October 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Joining these classes are students belonging to the Preparatory Level and Levels 1-4.

“Sports are vital in the children’s growth and development. Aside from honing their athletic skills and encouraging kids to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, it also helps them learn self-discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance”, remarked Jorge. 

The clinics provide scientific training for young boys and girls of varying skills and age levels which includes the fundamentals on ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, spiking, serving, blocking, footwork and defensive and offensive moves. 

Since its establishment in 1978 by national coach Nic Jorge, BEST Center continues to produce some of the country’s finest basketball and volleyball players including Chris Tiu, Kiefer Ravena and Princess Gaiser. 

For more information about BEST Center’s classes and tournaments, call the hotlines 411-6260, 3723066 and 372-3065, email bestcentersports@gmail.com or follow its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BEST-Center-Sports-Inc/66172039922. (Runner Rocky) 




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Media Launch: Gatorade Run Returns with More Exciting Surprises #NothingBeatsGatorade

It's great to be back! Yours truly Runner Rocky for the second time around took part in the second installment of the Gatorade Run!

Gatorade, the most-loved energy drink of the athletes which is always present in almost all of our running events spearheads again their very own run, the Gatorade Run 2016. 

On the night of September 15, 2016, a media launch for the said running event was held in the F1 Hotel, BGC Taguig. Exciting details were announced during the launch.


Standing Tough Against All Odds. 'Cause Just Like Gatorade, Nothing Beats Runner Rocky!

Runner Rocky Took Part in the Second Gatorade Run for the Second Time Around!

The world’s number one sports drink, in partnership with Runrio, will once again hit the road for the second year of the Gatorade Run. 

It will be held on November 27, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The run will have two distances—11K and 22K. 

More than 6,000 runners registered in last year’s run which featured hydration stations where participants got pre-race hydration drinks, a post-run hydration test area where runners instantly learned about their hydration status, and a warm-up area where free sessions were available for those who wanted a full-on warm up activity before and after the run. Gatorade ambassadors Jeron Teng, Jaja Santiago, Chris Banchero, Jett Manuel and Ara Galang were among those who were present to support the runners. 

Runrio and Runner Rocky Collaborate Once More!

Bestfriends and Running Buddies Rocky and Julius with Coach Rio Dela Cruz in a Groupie

This year’s run promises to be more exciting, while still focusing on the importance of pre- and post-run hydration. Pepsico Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde said, “Gatorade is a global leader in sports performance and we’ll definitely bring that expertise to the run. Learning the benefits of proper hydration is crucial for runners and we look forward to reinforcing that message through the Gatorade Run.  We’re excited to show runners how, whether in sports hydration or a unique consumer experience, NOTHING BEATS GATORADE.”

Runrio's Coach Rio Dela Cruz and Pepsico Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde During the Launch 


What more exciting about this year's race? Well, this year, there will be a finisher medal for the 22K category! Great! The medal design was not yet revealed during the media launch keeping the runners and bloggers more excited!

Meanwhile, you may check the photos taken by yours truly during the media launch in our official Facebook Fanpage via this link: Gatorade Run 2016 Media Launch. 


Runner Rocky's Blogging Duty for Gatorade Run Accomplished! See you all this November

Registration for the Gatorade Run 2016 started last September 12. You may also log on to runrio.com for updates and to register.

So see you on the road this November 27 and run with Team Runner Rocky! 'Cause Nothing Beats Gatorade and Nothing Beats Runner Rocky as well! (Runner Rocky)



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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gabe Norwood Reveals his Other Sports Aside from Basketball

It was already one year ago when yours truly Runner Rocky played basketball with the basketball superstar Gabe Norwood. That was during the KFC launched when we were divided into teams. Me and Gabe became teammates and we won runner up after the game!  

After exactly one year, we met again unexpectedly in the Sofitel Manila when both of us were attending two different events in the same venue. And that was our second time to mingle and talked about things we have in common - sports and fitness!

Then and Now - The Runner Rocky and The Player Gabe Norwood

When We Can't Fit Together Perfectly in a Selfie Because of his Height...


Since Gabe is one of my idols in terms of basketball, I've took the opportunity to interview him, our usual selfie impromptu video interview. 

As I always do in my interview, I've started our conversion asking him about fitness regimens. He shared that he go to gym for workout, lift weights twice a week, and practice everyday! He had his own self discipline in terms of diet and fitness. "Stay away from too many sweets," he added when we talked about food.

But did you know that Gabe has a variety of sports aside from basketball? What do you think are these sports?! Well, find out below after watching our video:


Yes, since he grew up in States, he had involved with different sports like soccer, baseball, american football, boxing, and crossfit! And during that time when we had our interview, he was preparing for the American Football Season 2. That's why he was together with the football stars namely Anton Del Rosario and Graham Caygill in Sofitel.

That's another great moment with my idol! Thank you for sharing your time and giving us fitness tips Gabe! see you again soon in another exciting sports events! (Runner Rocky)



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Basketball's "Angas ng Tondo" Paul Lee Shares Inspiring Story on "Sports U"

Yours truly Runner Rocky always love to share with you inspiring stories of different athletes. See how they start from a humble beginning until they lord on their respective games. Just like them, I'm also started from nothing before I emerged into everything.

So today, let's take a look on one of the favorite basketball players, the so-called "Angas ng Tondo," Paul Lee!

Before becoming the Angas ng Tondo, Paul Lee was just trying to grab an opportunity of a lifetime to help his family


Before he was known as “Angas ng Tondo” in the local professional league, Paul Lee was a simple young man wanting a better life for his family. 

The former University of the East King Warrior will share his story this Thursday (September 15) on "Sports U" on ABS-CBN. 

Before joining the UE Red Warriors in the UAAP, Lee gained recognition in the local basketball scene as a high schooler when he was part of the San Sebastian Staglets squad that featured the likes of former UAAP players and stars in Arvie Bringas, Eric Salamat, and Ryan Buenafe. He soon found himself being the heart and soul of his school’s team when he led the Red Warriors to the Finals of the UAAP in Season 72 against Ateneo. 

For the “Angas ng Tondo,” basketball was more than life as it brought him lots of blessings in special ways, one of which was getting a call to represent the nation as a Gilas Pilipinas member in international basketball tournaments. 

Don't miss “Sports U” this Thursday (September 13) and get to know more about one of today's most exciting basketball stars after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN. 

“Sports U” aims to promote athletes who have inspiring stories to share and may possibly become future sports stars of the country. It also promotes fitness and healthy lifestyle by looking into how celebrities stay in shape. 

Follow their Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SportsUtv and official Twitter account (@SportsUTV) for more updates. (Runner Rocky)  



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Saturday, September 10, 2016

'Eggciting' Adventure Awaits the Whole Family in an 'Eggciting' Fun Run!

January 2015 when yours truly Runner Rocky joined an egg-inspired running event. That was called the Egg Power Run 2015 wherein runners ran holding an egg. The runner should maintain the egg unbreakable until the finish line. The reward of not breaking the egg until the finish line was a dozen of egg to take home. And yes, I'm proud to say that I was able to maintain my egg unbreakable until I finished a 21K half-marathon!

This year, a similar running event will be held. Similar in a way that it is another egg-inspired fun run! And this is now dubbed as the Eggciting Family Fun Run

In celebration of the World Egg Day, Guerilla Race together with the Philippine Egg Board and The Good Egg Advocacy of Sarimanok,bring you the first-ever Eggciting Adventure Day! The celebration’s highlight is the Eggciting Family Fun Run happening on October 16, 2016 at the SM By The Bay.

Check out the official event poster of this another exciting fun run this Ber month: 

The Official Poster of Eggciting Fun Run

And here are the details of the run:

What: Eggciting Family Fun Run
When: October 16, 2016
Where: SM By The Bay, MOA
Categories: 10K|5K|3K|1K|500m

Registration Fees:
10K – P600
5K – P500
3K – P400
1K – P250
500m – P250 (with mini egg hunt)

Inclusions:
10K/5K/3K – Inclusive of racebib and timing chip, event shirt, medal and lootbag
1K – Racebib, Event Shirt, Medal and lootbag
500m – Event Shirt, Medal, and lootbag

Gun Start:
10K – 5:45AM
5K – 6:15AM
3K – 6:15AM
1K – 6:30AM
500m – 8AM

Registration Venues:
1. Chris Sports – SM MOA
2. Chris Sports – Glorietta
3. Chris Sports – SM Megamall
4. Chris SPorts – SM BF
5. Chris Sports – Market Market
6. Chris Sports SM North Edsa

You may also register online via this link: Eggciting Fun Run 2016 Online Registration.

Meanwhile, check out the designs of the event shirts, bag, and medals below:


The Event Shirt, Sling Bag, Loot, and Medal for All the Runners


Other activities will include Eggciting mini egg hunt, Eggciting Dance fitness, Eggciting Health Consultation, and many more. This event aims to promote One Egg A Day Awareness most especially to families.

See you all and enjoy this great cool egg party day! (Runner Rocky)



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Friday, September 9, 2016

Ali Meets Rocky: JC Santos of "Till I Met You" Reveals his 'Secrets' to Runner Rocky




Playing the character of Ali in the newest hit rom-com teleserye "Till I Met You," JC Santos is now a popular new leading. He easily captivated the hearts of many viewers as he portrays a gay besfriend of Iris (Nadine Lustre) and the newest love interest of James Reid who is currently playing the character of Basti in the said TV series. 

The tandem of JC and James even heats up as the two becomes part of the Cosmopolitan 69 Bachelors  and made a mashup sexy video exposing their hot sexy bodies! 

But before JC becomes Ali in "Till I Met You," I've already met him last April 2016 during their "Forever Sucks" days, an online series featuring him, Ian Batherson, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith. And during that time, I've got my exclusive video interview with him wherein he shared his exciting fitness secrets!  

When Ali of "Till I Met You" and Rocky of Runner Rocky Met!

20 sets of push ups and drinking lots of water started his day. "Push ups pagkagising sa umaga at inom ng maraming tubig, effective 'yan if you want to lose weight at magka-abs," JC shared. 

In terms of diet, two things are prohibited - sugar and salt!

And every other day, JC is jogging around the UP oval. And did you know that JC is jogging wearing a jacket?! "That's it, mainit... para pagpawisan," the actor revealed.

JC even wants to join a fun run and if possible to have a running team. 14 kilometers was the longest distance he already conquered. And yes, he dreams to run 21 kilometers in the future.

During that time, private or sex videos of different actors were viral. Therefore, I've courageously asked if he had any private videos. His answer...? Well, watch out below in our exclusive video interview:




Jasmine Curtis-Smith who was his leading lady before in "Forever Sucks" even made a cameo appearance in our video as you can see! :)

Now you know the secret of JC Santos in having a sexy hot body like James Reid! Definitely, JC and James or Ali and Basti will truly put your nights on fire via their teleserye!

Nice meeting you JC! Looking forward for you new projects in the coming days! Definitely, there were more to come as you already established your character as Ali in "Till I Met You." By the way, yours truly Runner Rocky is already hooked on the said show. I'm avidly watching the episodes every night in iWantTV. (Runner Rocky)  



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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Guerilla Race 2016 Back in the Urban

After bringing the challenges and obstacles in Corregidor last May 2016 with Sprint, Warrior, and Panther categories, Guerilla Race, the country's very own obstacle course running event is back in the city this November!

Guerilla Race finally announced Urban Guerilla Race 2016, the second leg of this military-inspired race that is set to conquer the city on November 13, 2016.

The Teaser Poster of the 2016 Urban Guerilla Race

For the Urban race, it has two categories - the Sprint and the Warrior. Sprint is a 5K distance obstacle race while Warrior is a 10K. 

The venue returns to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City, the same venue in last 2015's Guerilla Race Urban.

In my upcoming posts, I'll share with you the singlet, finisher shirt, and medal designs. For now, mark your calendar for this exciting schedule. See you all on 11.13.2016 (Runner Rocky)


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Running Inspired with Mizuno's Wave Inspire 12



Mizuno, the leading Japanese brand in running and sports wear just recently launched their new lineup of running shoes called the Wave series. And one of these models is the Wave Inspire 12.

During the launch, Mizuno let the runner-bloggers experience their new shoe models by letting us run around the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) wearing our preferred shoe model. 

Since my feet type is stability, the model that perfectly fits my feet is the Wave Inspire 12.

The new Wave Inspire 12 model comes in three colors - blue, black, and green. I have chose the blue one with orange shoe lace and orange lining not only because it blended my socks and tech shirt but because blue is one of the color theme of Runner Rocky.




The Wave Inspire 12 perfectly fits my feet with a little bit allowance on the toe. This said allowance let your toe move forward whenever you run avoiding the cause of dead nails. 

And yes, the model is too comfortable to wear. It's light to run wearing it. Your feet automatically adjust to the shoes giving you an ease feeling. 

The durability of our shoes was even tested when we ran in the rain. Unexpectedly, the rain poured when we were running!

With a comfortable, cool, and relaxing feeling wearing these new Mizuno Wave running shoe models while running, it gives you the appearance that you're running inspired and stress free! That was the feeling it shared to yours truly Runner Rocky when I ran wearing my Wave Inspire 12 model.

The recommended distance of these new Mizuno Wave running show models were from 5K up to 21K. And these models are suit only for road runs.

This is now my second Mizuno running shoes. With its great quality and performance based from my own experience, I am now a certified Mizuno fan!

Thank you once again Mizuno! You're truly the best! #NeverSettle #TeamMizuno rules! (Runner Rocky)


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Run with the Wind and Conquer the Distance in the "1st Conquer Airflow 50K Windfarm Ultramarathon Challenge!"

New venue, new theme, new challenges...

Perhaps these are the three things which excite every runners to join in a particular running event. Well if you ask Runner Rocky, I can say yes... since majority of us were looking for a 'new' twist, a 'new' thrill to keep our lives exciting and challenging limiting the boredom! And for sure just like yours truly, you will also get excited knowing this new running event (actually an ultramarathon) with a different twist!  

In my previous ultramarathons that I have joined in, most of the themes were mostly for heroes or dedicated for a particular place. But this time, let me introduce to you an ultramarathon with elements of winds and energy! Ladies and gentlemen, get to know the so-called 1st Conquer Airflow 50K Ultramarathon Challenge which will rock the last week of September 2016!

This ultramarathon is inline with the celebration of TANAY ADVENTURE CAMP’s 5th anniversary celebration. As they say, this is a perfect race for those thrill seekers. It definitely ensures great views, fresh air, and full of adventures!

Are You Ready to Conquer a New 50K Challenge in a New Venue?

The race is divided into two categories namely:

1.) THE AIRFLOW 50K SOLO:

**ENTRY REQUIREMENT – Runners must have at least one (1) full-marathon (42k) or longer distance race (road or trail) within one (1) year before the race day. Result must be verifiable thru the internet and (2) Must be eighteen (18) year old and above.


2.) THE AIRFLOW 50KM 2-MAN RELAY:

** ENTRY REQUIREMENT – Runners must have at least one (1) half-marathon (21k) or longer distance race (road or trail) within one (1) year before the race day. Result must be verifiable thru the internet.


Here is the official race poster of the event revealing more of the details:

The Official Poster of the 1st Conquer Airflow 50K Ultramarathon Windfarm Cahllenge


And here are the schedules and the activities:


ASSEMBLY TIME: 0100H (1AM) – Tanay Adventure Camp

START: 0200H (2AM) – Tanay Adventure Camp

FINISH/ CUT-OFF TIME (10 HOURS): 1200H (12NN) – Tanay Adventure Camp



PRE-RACE ACTIVITIES :

Race Bib distribution: 2300H (11PM), Sept. 24 – 0100H (1AM) Sept. 25, 2016, Tanay Adventure Camp

Race Briefing : 0115H (1:15 AM) – 0145H (1:45 AM) Sept. 25, 2016, Tanay Adventure Camp



Now let's take a look to the designs of the medal, trophy, and finisher shirt:

The "I Conquered" Finisher Shirt

A Windmill Inspired Finisher Trophy

A Cool Medal for All the Finishers

Meanwhile here are the details and registration procedures:


REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:

** A special 10 plus 1 free kit promo for those who will register as a group.

Conquer Outdoor Shops :

1. Robinsons Pioneer – 02-7470726
2. Fairview Ayala Terraces- 02-9508289
3. Conquer Greenwoods – Greenwoods Ave., corner Unit 1D Palmeto St., Greenwoods Executive Village, Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City. – 09217210227/ 09256602275
4. Gatduma Outdoor Shop – J. P. Rizal st., Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal – 09185981768/ 09165568922
5. Tanay Adventure Camp – Sitio Malaanong, Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal

Write your full name, nickname, age, gender, blood type, contact number, shirt size (Asian size), contact person and number to be called in case of emergency, Team Name, and Qualifying Race to your Acknowledge Receipt.

Scan and email your Acknowledge Receipt to conquertrailadventure@gmail.com. Subject: AIRFLOW50 SOLO/ AIRFLOW50 RELAY (depends on your category)

Bank Deposit:

1. Please deposit at BPI account number 9569-0166-54 under the account name of Benedict J. Meneses.
2. Or at BDO account number 003610103269 under the account name of Benedict J. Meneses.

Write your full name, nickname, age, gender, blood type, contact number, shirt size (Asian size), contact person and number to be called in case of emergency, Team Name, and Qualifying Race to your deposit slip.

Scan and email your deposit slip to conquertrailadventure@gmail.com. Subject: AIRFLOW50 SOLO/ AIRFLOW50 RELAY (depends on your category)

**Please bring the original copy of your deposit slip/ acknowledgement receipt upon claiming your race bib before the race. Schedule of distribution of Race Bibs and submission of waivers:

2300H (11PM), Sept. 24 – 0100H (1AM) Sept. 25, 2016, Tanay Adventure Camp

Registration will start on July 12, 2016 and ends on September 2, 2016.

** NO ONSITE REGISTRATION
** THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSION
** NO SLOT RESERVATION ALLOWED
** NO REFUNDS/ NO DOWNGRADE TO OTHER CATEGORIES
** NO TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION FEES TO OTHER PERSON

REGISTRATION FEES:

** A special 10 runners plus 1 free kit for those who will register as a group.

AIRFLOW 50KM SOLO – Php 1,650.00

AIRFLOW 50KM 2-MAN RELAY – Php 2,500.00

Inclusive of the following:

1. Race Bib
2. Bagtag
3. Use of swimming pool
4. 30% discount on all CONQUER OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT products – until 1 month after the race.
5. 50% discount on all TANAY ADVENTURE CAMP’s facilities (rooms, zipline, mudslide, high ropes, wall climb, rappel) – on Sept. 24-25 only.

UPON FINISHING:

1. Conquer Finisher Jersey
2. Conquer Stuff sack
3. Medal (individual for SOLO, two per TEAM)
4. Trophy (individual for SOLO, two per TEAM)
5. Post-Race Meal

For further inquiries, please contact Mr. Benedict J Meneses (09228476724/ 09062192973).



HOW TO GET TO THE VENUE (FROM MANILA):

Via Commute:

Tanay, Rizal is located 57 KM away from Manila. You have two (2) options coming from Manila:

1. Via Shaw Blvd:

Ride a jeep/ Van at EDSA Crossing (Jeep is 24H available). When you reach Tanay Market, ride a jeep bound to Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal (first trip at 5AM, last trip at 10PM). At Sampaloc, TAC is only 2KM away. Lots of tricycle are waiting there. Tell the driver to bring you to Tanay Adventure Camp.

Note: If you reach Tanay Market beyond the last trip schedule, you may ride a tricycle at negotiable price.

2. Via Cogeo:

Ride a jeep bound to Sampaloc (First trip at 5AM/ Last trip at 6PM). At Sampaloc, TAC is only 2KM away. Lots of tricycle are waiting there. Tell the driver to bring you to Tanay Adventure Camp.

If you’re Traveling Via your Own Vehicle:

You can do either the Via Shaw Blvd or Cogeo Route.


For further details including rules, guidelines, and regulations, feel free to visit: 1ST CONQUER AIRFLOW 50K WINDFARM ULTRAMARATHON CHALLENGE.


So see you all my fellow runners and ultramarathoners this SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 and let's conquer this new challenge! Let's face our fears and release energy from the high winds! (Runner Rocky)



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