Running in Big Races and Fun Runs

Run United. Photo Courtesy of Unilab Active Health

Run United. Photo Courtesy of Unilab Active Health

Just want to share some tips having been involved in big races as event host, director, marshal, support, or runner since 2005.  By big races Id like to categorically define this as fun runs with attendance of at least 5,000 runners reaching to 35,000 in one event (Pasig Run is known to have brought in 6 digits attendance). Yes thats how big our running community (here in manila) is if the race boasts of a good track record of satisfying its runners with an organized race satisfying its runners. It will be a brand, a race to be marked in an annual calendar to be prepared and trained for, and race kits will sell like hot cakes upon opening of registrations. The most popular ones is Milo, ULAH / RunRio Trilogy Run United, Condura Skyway Marathon, Adidas King of the Road, Nike,  New Balance Power Run, QCIM, Outbreak Manila,Yakult, Rexona Run and some other annual big races I may have fail to mention. As for fun runs with big attendance but not consistently held every year is the Hyundai run(I mean who doesnt go to a free race?), Globe Run for Home, 711 run800  (Theses are Big races with 5,000 or more in attendance, there are numerous annual races that are a must for runners to place in their Annual Running Calendar. Thats for another blog)

You may have done your training for months, and you may have purchased your kit, probably bought a new pair of shoes months ahead, or new gears and gadgets just for this race; you have posted your race bib and race kit in facebook, booked your car pool, celebrated carboloading and all you have to do is be present on race day.

DAY BEFORE THE RACE

1) Make a checklist on the things you will wear and bring on race day. Specially on longer distances 10k or more, you should have at least worn whatever you will be wearing on race day. Avoid surprises, that singlet youre wearing might chaffe and give you hell for the last 4km. That hydration belt you just got is bouncing the wrong way, its only been 2km and its just annoying. That compression sock is way way to tight. And that foot taping video you just tried this morning is now creeping up to injure you, TG (tiis ganda) ka nalang para di mapahiya

2) Know the activity area lay out, and parking layout. PRINT it out! Specially if its a new running venue, PRINT out the map. Ive known some running friends going to Nuvali for a race and ended up in tagaytay (not saying who).

3) Plan your ride and carpool. If youre a team, stick to your schedule and leave whoever is late (always have your race bib with you already, so youre not dependent on someone else having your race bib )

4) Check and recheck the organizers website or facebook page for recent and even more recent updates. For some unknown reason, events like these are organic and dynamic. As much youd want it to be constant, something new cooks up.

5) Make sure youve adjusted your biological clock. This day is not the day to be out on gimmick or be invited on a whim by a friend. For the love of God. Please say NO. Sleep early.

ON RACE DAY : PRE RACE START

1) No.2 at home. Seriously? you want to No.2 in a dark damp portalet with at least 5,000 people outside and around 30 people lined up your portalet, mentally thinking about you and wondering why youre taking so long. “Geez, malamang tumatae ito” is usually the conversation outside the portalet. Good Luck cleaning up as well.

2)ARRIVE EARLIER than usual.  Big races have big activity areas, and may require you to move / walk further. Ive hosted a race in Aseana city and how I wish I had my own bike/longboard to get around. Baggage counter on one end, portalets on the other. If you arrive earlier than usual you can acclimatize and not rush to the starting line without a warm up if you arrive late. Go to the portalet for a mandatory whiz and pee, you wouldnt want to feel like peeing just before gun start. Make sure you bring money and tissue as well.

3) Kalimutan mo na lahat wag lang race bib. This is your passport to the race. Check and recheck your checklist if you have brought everything you need.

4) Be prompt. Time is of the essence. Be considerate specially if you are riding with friends or team members. Plan where to meet up after the race. For the love of God dont plan to meet up AT THE FINISH LINE. Thats the worse meet up area. You and your team mates will be a nuisance to the race. The Finish line is a place where participants should be constantly moving, not meeting. I know your done and its time to celebrate, but be courteous for the runners behind you.

5) If you brought your bag for checkin. You can use a string not necessarily a lock to secure your bag. But staff in checkin  counters are trustworthy and doesnt have the time nor the care in the world to check whatever is inside ones bag, they are instructed not to in the first place. I know you love bringing that Unilab Active health giveaway shoe bag in 2012 and I use it to this day, well, so does 5,000 other runners with the same bag as you. Try bringing a bright colored unique bag so its easy to pull out during claiming. Its gonna help if you have your own bag tag. In case the event organizer bag tag peels off.

6) If you can bring a phone, bring a one and jot down the emergency numbers the organizers gave in case of emergency. You can save a life.

7) Take pre event photos if you have time. Its all about fun. If you see a photographer just be nice and you can always be friendly and ask that he/she take a photo. “Hi pwede ho ba picturan niyo kami”….. pero ikaw na astig o haba ng hair pag ikaw mag isa tapos hilain mo photographer.. “Hi pwede ho ba picturan mo ako”. Technique dyan, manghila ka ng kasama kahit di mo kakilala, tapos pa picture ka. Pag nakita mo picture mo sa internet. Crop mo nalang yung katabi mo.

8) LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN to announcements. Voice over announcements we do contain important information on gun start, run routes, and other vital information about the race. It has a purpose di naman ako kwentong barbero sa mic.

9) Warm up on your own in a spacious area. Minutes leading up to the race, make sure you limber up and do dynamic warm ups (moving exercises rather than static stretching). When youre inside the  starting line area its difficult to move to the sheer volume runners. Be courteous to give a bit of space with the next runner. And I know its early in the morning make sure you FUCKING BRUSHED YOUR TEETH and gargled MOUTHWASH!!!! Biktima na rin ako ng nakamamatay na hininga at ng burp na amoy langoniza sa umaga.

10)Position yourself accordingly at the starting line. Faster runners in front, Recreational Runners at the back. Kung showbiz ka at mahilig sa picture, the front is where you want to be. But please have the courtesy to run with a pace at least 4 minutes per km during the 1st Km then veer to the right to slow down. If you want to PR in a race I suggest you go to the front or at least in that area. The pace, athleticism, and adrenalin is just infectious its sure to rub off on you. If you have a negative split strategy (start slow, finish faster than usual), stay mid position. Its okay if some over take you, youll be able to catch up later. If its your first time to run this distance category, dont be humble or shy, stay mid at the very least. Youll be surprise youre faster than others coz youve trained for this race more than the rest. If you youre a recreational runner and dont want to stress on the race too much stay at the back and enjoy the race. If you start in the back and youre a faster runner, youll spend the first 2km and 10 minutes overtaking and stressing out, weaving. You may even injure yourself with the side to side movement.

11) Make sure your bib number is in front, dont be pa cool dude na nakalagay sa may hita ng shorts. You look stupid. Thats uncool. Dont place it at the back. There is a purpose. Marshals along the route use it to identify you as well. Some pull out bandits or runners without race bibs who are not registered to run in the race. Make sure you place timing chips properly. The newer ones are embedded at the race bib. Some need to be placed on your shoe. Make sure it is secure. Make sure your shoe laces are TIED PROPERLY and TIED SECURELY.  Ive seen runners tie their shoe laces 20 meters after the starting line. Hay Naku!

DURING YOUR RACE

1) Run according to your race plan. With your own pace.

2) Be courteous. If you slow down, veer to the right. If you overtake, overtake on the left. If you want to stop, do not immediately stop.

3) Check your form in during your run. Your body lean, your stride length, arm swing, high knee, push-off, cadence.

4) If you see a friend Say hi if you want. But engaging in lengthy conversation may not be a good idea. Sumastarbucks ka kuya? Kwento mo sa pagong! People are there to run, they may be trying to PR and youre the reason why they didnt achieve it. Ofcourse theyll be courteous to talk to you. If you see a cute runner you fancy(talaga kuya? talaga teh? dito ka pa talaga lalandi?), and you can resist, take a mental note on the race bib and search later on for his/her name sa race result.  You can actually say hi,  after the race.

5) Running in groups. Unless kulang talaga kayo sa pansin, limit the volume of conversation to your group. Ive been to runs na grabe, ginawang comedy bar yung 7min/km ang pace group.

6) Snort / Spit on a tissue / towel you brought (told you to bring one). Dont snort or spit to the left or right. May runner. Spit pataas para bumagsak sa ulo mo.

7) Dont forget to hydrate. If you havent practiced running and drinking. Walk while hydrating. Its a good time to run walk as well to disperse the fatigue in different muscle groups. Dont walk for longer than 1 to 2 minutes. Your body is gonna get cold and heart rate decreases to the point that tatamarin ka na, coz you just signaled your body that the race is over. Dispose of cups in designated bins.

8) Be careful running in hydration areas, it gets slippery. If there are mobile showers, it looks fun but think again. If you have more Km to run, and your feet gets wet, it may lead to blisters.

9)  Smile along the race route and most specially at the finishline where most photographers are. Who doesnt want their photo taken. Please be courteous to photographers.

10) Run strong and finish strong if you must. But if you see a brother or sister runner just about to cross the finish line 5 meters ahead of you. Unless your vying for top 50, paunahin mo na. Dont steal their thunder. Be the bigger runner and let him/her enjoy his/her own finish. At the finishline, celebrate, but bear in mind there are runners behind you finishing as well.. Move forward and keep the queue moving.

POST RACE

1) Make sure you Cool down. Most races dont have a cool down, so cool down on your own or with your friends/team. Stretch, and flex, slow down your heart rate before you sit down. You dont want to jolt your heart.

2) Make sure youre in the right line. Lines can be lengthy. Be patient. Queue properly. Be nice. Being nice is a choice.

3) Try to visit the different booths in the activity areas.

4) Have fun with other running friends. This is the time for fellowship to get to know other running friends as well.

5) Support the event, stay and cheer at the awarding ceremony. Have fun if the event have presentation and concerts.

6) If they are raffling off something. Stay if you can. Ive raffled off a house and lot, a car, ipads, phones, 5 digits cash prizes, and tour /travel vacations to runners Ive called with no responses. Too bad. So during raffle draws, check your numbers, listen and FOCUS!

7) If you enjoy the race, share your good experience. If you had a bad experience share it constructively.

8) Check for your photos online.

Hope this helps! Enjoy, have a safe race and Ill see you at the starting line! If you find this useful please like my facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/hostboyramos

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Bring a Friend to Conquer May 5, 2013

Conquer

Conquer

OPTIMUM NUTRITION PHILIPPINES
CONQUER 2013
May 5, 2013
INDIVIDUAL: 3K, 6K, 12K
TANDEM/COUPLE: 12K

Get ready to CONQUER on May 5, 2013 brought to you by one of the leading fitness supplement company in the US OPTIMUM NUTRITION. A fun obstacle run like no other. Test your fitness and Conquer!

Optimum Nutrition  Amino Energy for Sampling

Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy for Sampling

With Optimum Nutrition product Amino Energy to be sampled on race day!

  1. Last day of Registration:              May 3,  2013 (Friday)
  1. Registration fees:
    1. 3 kilometer run = Php 500
    2. 6 kilometer run = Php 700
    3. 12 kilometer run  = Php 900
    4. 12 KM TANDEM = PhP 1600
  1. Race kit includes:
    1. Race singlet,
    2. Race Bib with Barcode,
    3. Safety Pins
    4. Race/Event Date:                                           May  5, 2013 (Sunday);
    5. Assembly Time and Program Start:       5:00AM
    6. Start Line Venue:                                             9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Distance

Assembly Time

Gun Start

12K

5:00 AM

5:30 AM

6K

5:00 AM

5:35 AM

3K

5:00 AM

5:40 AM

  1. Cash prizes, Gold’s Gym GCs and Merrell shoes for top finishers of each category.

Prizes

3K

6K

12K

12K Tandem

1st

1,500

2,500

5,000

5,000

2nd

1,000

1,500

2,500

2,500

3rd

500

1,000

1,500

1,500

  1. Dogtags shall be awarded to all finishers.
  2. There will be no energy drinks. The participants will be given sampling of Essential Amino Energy before, on the water stations, and after the race.
  3. Raffle of 3 Ipad minis and Titanium bags will be for participants that are present during the raffle.
Bring a friend to Conquer

Bring a friend to Conquer

  1. BRING A FRIEND PROMO:

v  Each registrant can bring a friend to run with on the same race distance or lower race category. Fill out two separate registration forms but indicate which one is free.

v  Free registrants can also avail of loot bags, singlets and race bibs. Just make sure you both sign the waiver.

v  Early registrants are also entitled to this promo. Just bring a valid ID and Proof of Purchase (the part of the registration given to the registrant) to the site you registered in. For the couple category you can also invite another couple for FREE!

  1. Registration Partners:

Fitness & Athletics BGC, 9th Avenue corner 28th Street

–          Chris Sports
(Registration Period:  until May 3, 2013)

 SM North Annex, SM Manila, Glorietta 3, Sm Megamall

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Get Ready to CONQUER an Obstacle Race MARCH 10, 2013

Brought to us by the Race Organizing team that brought us the successful Immuvit series last year, WITHOUT LIMITS  brings us another exciting obstacle race. This time though, they are bringing the challenging obstacle race to the city with CONQUER this March 10, 2013.

Presented by leading sports nutrition brand OPTIMUM NUTRITION.  This race is brought to us by FSPI  distributor Optimum Nutrition, a sports nutrition company, with the race carrying the Optimum Nutrition brand popular to athletes and bodybuilders

Details are as follows:

Conquer Philippines 2013: The Urban Adventure

March 10, 2013 @ 5 AM
Bonifacio Global City
3K/6K/12K
Registration Fees:
3K – Php 500
6K – Php 700
12K Individual – Php 900
12K Couple – Php 1600
Registration Venues:
1. Chris Sports
-SM Manila
-SM North Annex
-Glorietta 3
-SM Megamall
2. Fitness and Athletics – Bonifacio Global City

Aside from the individual category there is a  SPECIAL category for a TANDEM / COUPLE run for the 12k category.

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Here is a look at some of the obstacles participants would have to go through:

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All Fours wherein participants should do 20 meters on All-fours ! Spiderman time!

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Cargo Climb where participants go over a vertical rope challenge

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Every runners breakfast! participants get to do 20 meters of lunges.

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looks funny but hard to do

See you guys and get ready to CONQUER!

Manila Electronic Dance Music Conference June 15 to June 17

Manila Electronic Dance Music Conference

Today marks a very insightful weekend for DJ’s, dance music producers, remixers, electronica artists and music enthusiasts all together.  Its going to be the first day of a 3 day seminar on Electronic Dance music and I just feel honored to be part of this event as well.  Its going to be from June 15 to 17 at F1 Best Western Premier in BGC. Fee is just P2,000 for the 3 days and seats are limited.

Electronic music and electronic dance music is around us since your childhood days whatever your age is. From Kraftwerk to New Order to Trent Reznor to even the current sounds of J.lo.  If youre not sure of what electronic dance music is , the genre it encompasses is just so diverse it needs to be reblogged in volumes to do justice.  At the moment visit…  this site… the most comprehensive guide to electronic music ive seen Ishkur’s Guide to electronic music http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide/

The conference will be having a DJ clinic and workshop, Electronic Dance music production seminar and workshop and a remixing workshop.

DJ Setup by Aryan Magat A quick overview of the technology of DJing and its development from turntables until today.  Basic overview of equipment setup turntable/CDJ/Mixer/Headphones . Proper techniques to scratch and play vinyl

Mixing and Counting by Mark Nicosia How to count beats and bars + “Dropping on the 1. How to perform a basic mix/blend of two songs .Beatmatching techniques . Phrase mixing and conversation between two songs . How to build a set with a definite arc and flow

 Performance and Intermediate skills by Chris Myk Basic guidelines to EQing What are loops and looping/layering .Music Programming and Reading a crowd

How to build a set with a definite arc and flow .Beat cluster and beat juggling

 Music Organization by Travis Monsod

Organizing your Music Harmonic Mixing . How to record a mix  .How to create a podcast/mixtape  Travis Monsod

 

Digital DJing

Native Instruments Traktor S4 – Travis Monsod

Pioneer DDJ-T1 – Mark Nicosia

Pioneer DDJ-S1 – Aryan Magat

Pioneer DDJ Ergo – Jimmy Gustilo

Serato Scratch Live + Video Mixing – Chris Myk

Reloop Controller – Arnel Castillo

MP3s and Midi Mapping Travis Monsod + Mark Nicosia

Marketing and Promotion + Social Media Mike Bolante

DJ Business Chris Myk

Special feature: Maschine

Pads and Rhythmic Theory Josh Evangelista

Rhythmic Notation, Tempo, Bars, Time Signatures, Syncopation, Measures and Phrases, Drum Sounds Josh Evangelista

A breakdown of how to program pads for each genre of music. Josh Evangelista

 Introduction To Electronic Dance Music Production (EMP) by Josh Evangelista

Electronic Music History . Musical Styles . Current Trends in Dance Music

Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations by Silverfilter

Introduction to Gear and Studio Basics . Different DAW Brands .Overview of the basic parts of a DAW

MUSIC THEORY Basic Music Theory & Melody . Joshua Evangelista

Harmony – Chords + Chord Progression Miguel Cortes

Circle of Fifths Chord Progression Joshua Evangelista

Song Structure and Music Basics Joshua Evangelista

 

SYNTHESIS

 

Synthesis, Compression, and ADSR  Silverfilter

Practical Dynamics – Modulation (Envelopes/LFOs) Joshua Evangelista

TECHNOLOGY

MIDI    Silverfiter

Basic EQ Miguel Cortes

Sampling  – Creative Sampling Justin De Guzman

 

PROGRAMMING THEORY – DRUMS / BASS

Drums Silverfilter / Miguel Cortes / Josh Evangelista

Swing / Groove / Quantize Miguel Cortes

Bass  Silverfilter

Riffs Josh Evangelista

PROGRAMMING THEORY – MUSIC + VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS 

Piano (Acoustic & Electric)  Silverfilter + Josh Evangelista

Stabs  Miguel Cortes

Fat Leads and Arpeggios  Silverfilter

Pads Miguel Cortes

Creative Loops Abdel Aziz

WORKING with VOCALS

Vocals Silverfilter

MIXING & MASTERING

Basic Mixing Noel de Brackinghe

Basic Mastering Noel de Brackinghe

 

DANCE MUSIC PRODUCTION BREAKDOWN BY GENRE

DEEP HOUSE – JUSTIN DE GUZMAN

TRIBAL HOUSE – BRIAN CUA

FUNKY/SOULFUL/DISCO – JOSH EVANGELISTA

PROGRESSIVE UNDERGROUND – ABDEL AZIZ

PROGRESSIVE MAINSTREAM – MIGUEL CORTES

TECHNO/TECH HOUSE/ELECTRONICA – SILVERFILTER

TRANCE – MIGUEL CORTES

DUBSTEP – MECHA HELL

 

 PROMOTION

Music Business & Promotion Silverfilter & Abdel Aziz


Its going to be equally exciting as well to work with such talented artists and professionals in the industry.

Mike Bolante (Spin City DJ Academy, Orange MNL, Incognito MNL) – Manila, Philippines

Mike Bolante is a DJ/Producer working out of Manila, Philippines. He had his early education in music through classical piano, listening to Michael Jackson, New Order, Informational Society, Depeche Mode, and U2. Simple as it may seem, this performer carries with him an impressive pedigree.Just like most people in the industry, Mike Bolante started as a DJ, working for small parties. He then decided to venture into production, working with NYC legend, Ray Roc AKA The Roc Project. Mike was tasked to manage his label, ROCit Records.He then went on his own to earn his stripes in one of the cities that is most populated with DJs and is in fact, the birthplace of HOUSE MUSIC, the city of Chicago. Toiling for 6 years in the scene, he was exposed to this genre as Chicago defines it. He worked with local superheroes such as Michael Serafini, CzboogieMirani, Miguel Castro, Gene Farris, Andre Harris, Maurice Joshua, Bill Basil, Lego, Bad Boy Bill, JJ Flores, Kalendr, Inphinity, NORDjs, and John Curley to name a few.He also discovered his love for Techno and Tech House, working for Dino Gardiakos at his world renowned club, Spy Bar. Exposed to the sophisticated sounds of ShlomiAber, Steve Lawler, Loco Dice, Audiofly, PacoOsuna, and many more, his passion for these genres and Chicago’s house music can be seen and felt in his productions, including commercial mixes.
Travis Monsod(Spin City DJ Academy) – Manila, Philippines
DJ, Producer &Remixer Travis Monsod aka travism has been in the scene since 1998. He has established himself as one of Manila’s best with residencies and guest DJ spots in the best clubs and bars! He started his DJ career after quitting a band. He went to work for Tower Records in Makati where he was in charge of the vinyl and electronica section. With some friends help, he learned the basics of the craft and honed his taste in the music. Since then he has been DJing in various clubs around the metro. Travis also began producing his own material. Songs he produced landed him a spot on the Local E CD 2 compilation which Nokia picked up to launch their express music phones! His track grabbed awesome reviews from critics left and right. His 2nd offering is scheduled be part of the 3rd compilation out soon. He has also co-produced a track on the debut album of the band Archepelago and has put up a project with friends Danielle Faber and Brian Cua called Girl Shake Boy. He now holds down the sonic fort at Limbo located in The Fort every Thursdays and Saturdays. His Saturday nights are slowly becoming legendary and other people are taking notice. Other new bars and clubs are already positioning themselves to get his other available nights! With all of these things happening his sound has even reached the decks of Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur too. Aside from all the music creation & performance, He has put up a review site for digital DJs where he talks about upcoming trends on hardware and software. As one of the very first digital DJs in Manila, Travis is called upon by DJs when it comes to all the aspects of the new digital craft. He is now part of the DJ school Spin City where he heads the DJ academix team and help shape Manila’s future behind the decks whether analog or digital! He is also one of the three judges of the GSM Blue Mix Master DJ competition and is also on rotation as a headliner for the Philip Morris Smoking Lounge all over Manila. He recently DJ’ed for Jay Sean at Republiq club for the Marlboro Gold launch.
Chris Myk (Philippine Deejay Academy) – Manila, Philippines
The sobriquet Philippines’ Finest Video-DJ is known to go hand-in-hand with the moniker DJChrisMyk. Born Michael Manlapaz, his skills for mixing developed at the age of 14, and he honed this musical art as the years progressed. Knowing how challenging video mixing is for most DJs, this became his main focus.
By mid-year 2010, he raised his name above all others when he launched into video DJing. Aside from DJing, he is also a remixer and producer. His talent transforms every song in his playlist into a unique and unparalleled experience for all because of the accompanying videos. Because of the success of his video edits, he has given access to all his original works to everyone the world over. Countless foreign VDJs have benefited immensely from these, entertaining party crowds in different clubs across the globe. All his extraordinary works and skills can be seen live at different party hotspots in the Philippines where he regularly plays, such as Republiq, Manor, Encore, Fiamma, and Haceinda. He currently heads one of Manila’s DJ school, Philippine Deejay Academy.

Aryan Magat(Spin City DJ Academy) – Manila, Philippines

“DJ Aryan is an amazing combination of technical skill and artistic talent, add to that a wide array of genre specialties and artists collaborations, he is truly an ace of the industry.” DJ Aryan got his first experience with the turntables at the age of 11. Thru his older brother, he started experimenting scratching and beatmatching with a really modest direct drive decks and mixer setup. Got his first ever gig in his elementary school graduation. Buying records was really difficult for him and his older brother making them save up their daily allowances and setting a goal of getting at least 2 new records each month striving to update their small vinyl collection. Aryan got his first club gig thru a good friend with a fee just enough for him to gas up his car on his way home. He got regular gigs in the Quezon City area while balancing his time reviewing for his Civil Engineering Board Exam. DJ Steve Mills from Toronto who’s based in Manila that time discovered him on an event that Aryan opened for him. That started his career with Flavastreet Entertainment and now called VIBE Entertainment, an events production company that has been doing parties around Manila since 1997.With over 9 years of club experience, Aryan is now considered as one of the pioneer DJs in the Philippine night life industry. Having a professional attitude in continuous DJ research and an extraordinary ability to keep the dance floor rocking, Aryan gives any club or event a diverse and distinctive edge in its music atmosphere, vibe and energy.Aside from having weekly residencies in the best nightspots in Manila such as Pravda, Wasabi, Absinth, Fiamma, Club V, Ascend, Dolce and other happening places, he also gets regular Philippine tours bringing the real party to the world class beach of Boracay Island, and other major cities like Bacolod, Cebu, Ilo-ilo, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro.DJ Aryan has been doing mixtapes for his supporters thru giveaways or online downloads thru http://www.mixcrate.com/djaryan. He also does music production and remixes for local artists.Key highlights of his career are rocking yearly gigs in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and playing alongside international acts like the Triple Threat DJs: APOLLO, VINROC and SHORTKUT. He also opened for LEROY THORNHILL of the English electronic dance group PRODIGY, Australia’s number 1 DJ Nino Brown, and Hollywood A-list DJ and frontman of the American pop-punk band Good Charlotte, JOEL MADDEN and a lot more.

Mark Nicosia (Looper Beat) – Manila, Philippines
Also known as Mark NiCAUTION or AiS, Mark has been in the DJ business for 10 years now. Mark is the Head Faculty of Looper Beat Academy, one of the best DJ schools in Manila, Philippines. He is also part of the duo called LOOP FACULTY, producing original tracks and remixes for Filipino musicians, and also does scoring for advertisements. He currently headlines famous clubs in Manila like Republiq, Attica, and Opus. Mark has performed at several notable venues such as Reserve Liquor Lounge, Excess Club, Manor Club,  Tabu Lounge, Kyss Club, Time, and other famous clubs in Manila. Mark has done several remixes for famous Filipino rockstars such as Pepe Smith and Eli Buendia. He was also one of the judges and consultants at the recently concluded GSM Mixmasters Event. Not many people know that he was a champion and finalist of numerous Pioneer Digital DJ Battle competitions, both locally and internationally. He also is the author of Looper Beat Academy’s Beginner and Intermediate DJ courses and is currently very active in the scene.

 

 

 

 

2nd Day – Electronic Dance Music Production Workshop – Speaker Profiles

 

Joshua Evangelista (KandeeTrax Recordings, Incognito Los Angeles, Plip House Radio)

Los Angeles, California, USA

DAW Software: Apple Logic Pro + AbletonLive

Genres: Funky House, Soulful House, Vocal House, and Disco House

A practicing Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the US, Josh is a club DJ and has been at the forefront of local clubbing industry. He had his share of Manila’s nightlife from 2001 all the way back in the 90s. He first joined X-static, a mobile DJ group in the city of Paranaque back in 1990. It was also this yearwhen Josh saw himself frequently playing at 99.5 RT FM. The show “Saturday Night Live” was anchored by Boo Kyler and and guested Joshon Saturday nights. In 1992, Josh landed a residency at Corner Pocket,Alabang.  Eventually, he left the bar to join the company of DJ’s collectively known as First Audio, the DJ group headed by Wopsy Zamora. HeDJ’ed at the famous Stargazer Manila and Pirates Den. Joining Anzia was an experience that shaped him as a house head, notably inspired by famous First Audio DJs such as Elmer Dado, James McCranie, his cousin Alvin Blanco, Bryan Apalit, and Mike Monsod.In 1993, Josh was hired to DJ at Cosmo Bar in Greenhills. With the success of Cosmo Bar, a new club, Club Nirvana was opened in Makati. He spearheaded Club Nirvana’s music programming. After finishing a degree in Medical Technology, he landed a job as an A & R Manager for WEA/Universal Records. Bella Tan, then company president, gave Josh the job of handling Galaxy Records, its major dance label which includes VMP Singapore and a bunch of European labels. Working with music executive Peter Chan, he released 20 different dance compilations, half of which he mixed and produced. He also got involved in the album releases of WEA Philippines’ major bands such as the Neocolors, Nexus, Parokyani Edgar, and the band called Weedd, who sang the one time hit, “Long Hair”. After his gig at WEA, Josh went on a hiatus for 6 years doing corporate sales for Mead Johnson. In 1998, he decided to revive his DJing career. Mike Monsod, who was the head DJ of club Giraffe back then, invited Josh to spin on weekends together with resident DJ Rocky Solarta. That same year saw him landing a residency at Venezia Bar in Makati. When the legendary disco king Louie Ysmael and ChitoMelo gave him the break, he worked alongside DJs Fernando and Matthew Carbonell, creating a formidable team who were responsible for introducing several dance anthems that have graced Manila’s nightspots for years. Venezia, with its unique house music programming, became the hottest night spot in Makati’s saturated club row. These also have opened some opportunities for DJing. He was featured in some of Manila’s major marketing events involving brands like Esprit, Ritratto, Toyota Motors, Magic 89.9’s annual Summer Kickoff Party in Glorietta, Ford Motor Phils launch parties and several others.In the middle of 2001, he called it quits and moved to the US. In Los Angeles, he met former Mars resident and local pinoy DJ, George Garcia. Sharing the same passion for house music, George tapped Josh to DJ on several events that were being promoted under his FLOW and REVIBE series of parties all over Los Angeles. He had spun at Hollywood clubs like Joseph’s, Forbidden City, King King, Les Voyouz, Boulevard, Minx and The Cove in Glendale, Clear, Zen Lounge, Tatou, O Bar in Cerritos, and Candlelight in Simi Valley. In 2005, Josh met marketing genius Alan Agbayani. During that time, Alan, together with upcoming DJ, Franco Benito aka Gerard Florendo, was in the midst of concocting a promotions outfit company that will later be known as Incognito. Josh was later on invited to join and DJ several gigs of Incognito at several Hollywood clubs, including the #1 house music venue in Hollywood, King King Club, and also at Burgundy Club in Santa Monica. After opening for Incognito’s event that featured Samantha James in 2007, Josh went on a second hiatus to pursue his Master’s degree. During this hiatus, Josh pursued music production to cap off his DJing career. The years 2010 and 2011 sent Josh to prestigious dance music production schools such as Dubspot in New York, USA, and Point Blank Music College in London, England. Currently Josh is very active in music production and has several remixes under his belt. The year 2011 saw the revival of House Music in Hollywood’s hiphop saturated nightlife. This transformation has inspired Josh to embark again in an ambitious project called DELECTABLE. In collaboration with Alan, they have recently concluded an event called “DELECTABLE presents Grant Nelson” with Joshua Evangelista, Eddie Barajas,and West Coast Collective headlining the event at King King Hollywood last April 2011.

At the moment, Josh runs an online radio show called PLIP HOUSE RADIO, where he collaborates with fellow Filipino House Music producers. PLIP HOUSE RADIO was put up to promote original Filipino House Music productions, and as a way to spread the amazing talent of Filipinos when it comes to dance music production.Plip House Radio is broadcasted fortnightly on Soundcloud.com and Mixcloud.com, and is replayed at Manila’s only club music station, 107.9 U-Radio FM every Wednesdays and Fridays from 7am to 10am and 6pm to 9pm.2012 will also mark the launch of Josh’s online record label, KandeeTrax Recordings. The record label will showcase funky, soulful, house music tracks and will feature notable remixers and producers from the dance music industry.

Brian Cua (Hit Productions, BED Manila)

Manila, Philippines

DAW Software: AbletonLive + Apple Logic Pro

Genres: Progressive House, Pop House, Tribal House, Vocal House
Brian is an award winning producer, arranger, jingle composer, remixer and DJ from the Philippines. Brian is a founding partner of Hit Productions, Inc, the largest jingle house and audio-post production house in Manila, Philippines. He is one of the resident DJs of BED, the largest dance clubs in Manila. He is also best known for his monthly mix sets and pop remixes, as featured by Dirrtyremixes.com, and Remixarchive. He won Dirrtyremixes.com’s Best Regional DJ Poll for 2 years in a row (2011-2012). He also collaborated on several tracks for the compilation CD Club Anthems Asia (sold in Itunes and HMV) with DJ Stonedog, the top resident DJ of Volume, HK’s best gay club. Currently, he is the remixing partner of Drew G (LA/NY), collaborating on official remixes for Beyonce, Hayla, Solange, Dangerous Muse, Jason Derulo, Cyon Flare, Matt Consola, Jessica Wild, Patti Rothberg and Brian Kent. Brian also collaborates regularly with Joe Gauthreaux, Top US circuit DJ and Big Kid, Asia’s circuit DJ superstar. Last year, Brian has started to DJ at clubs around Asia, Jump (TWN), and Midnight Shift (Sydney). He also has been the DJ for Belvedere events in Saigon.
MadzAbubakar (NykoMaca + Playground)

Manila, Philippines

DAW Software: AbletonLive

Genres: Deep House, Electronica
MadzAbubakar a renowned electronic producer and a genius live beats programmer for NykoMaca + Playground. (http://www.m-audio.com/artists/en_us/NykoMacaPLAYgROUND.html) Hailed as, “one of the most talented Electronic Dance Music producer in the Philippines” – Rogue Magazine 2007. An evident name in the LIVE electronic music culture in Manila, he is a remixer, an arranger and a producer; an Ableton user and an Akai APC pusher. He performs a solo live-electronic act as NEON8 and also the third musical head of PLAYgROUND. It was in 2005 that MadzAbubakar was cast as the bassline/beats programming caballero for NM+PG (NykoMaca+PLAYgROUND); alongside Alvin Cornista& Rick Sanchez, they created a live yet smooth, crisp and clean electronic music. Their sound is their OWN. A unique style that ranged from lounge jazz to jacking beats where the boundaries of musical genres can’t contain. As the members went on their separate ways in 2010, MadzAbubakar went on to relive his solo live electronic act. As a forward-thinking live artist using new technology, he has earned the credence and respect of local artists (and promoters) in the urban music scene. His musical styling’s, (hammering buttons and cross-faders) (muse) around soulful sounds of the 70s to the most trendy, on-front dance genre, triggers voluntary arm and hip movements from both Manila hipsters and partyphiles. Currently, MadzAbubakar continues to take part on frequent collaborations with various artist and DJs. He continues to evolve, blending the organic with the electronic and helps reshape, outstrip and create new aural experience for audiophiles all over the Manila and the rest of the islands.
Silverfilter aka Cyril Sorongon(Trike Records, Electronica Manila)

Manila, Philippines

DAW Software: Propellerheads Reason

Genres: Techno, Tech House, Electronica, Deep House
Recognized beyond local waters with his tracks being signed by record labels in UK, Italy, Germany, Denmark, France, Romania, US, and the rest of the world following suit, this producer was put on the map by his flavorful approach to any genre of electronic music he puts his hands on. Known for his versatility in covering Techno, to various styles of house, to drum and bass, to lounge and chillout, Silverfilter constantly pushes his limits. All these are brought out in the open through his live performances, which are definitely an experience. He has also produced and released a slew of albums done exclusively in his home studio and has even made an appearance in a number of rock, pop, and electronic albums as a remixer both locally and internationally. His music, made up of beat-driven patterns and catchy hooks, is best experienced on the dance floor where the booming basses, pulsating beats and the infectious vibe can easily be felt all over. Meanwhile, he continues his song writing with more albums up his sleeve and singles released all over the world. He also produces other artists as well, proving he can be in front, or even behind the scenes in whatever music project he handles. He has also started his label, Trike Records to handle his releases with artists who share the same vision in pushing electronic music forward locally.Silverfilter can claim an essential part in the rise of live dance music in the Philippines due to his hard-hitting dance sets, which leaves audiences no choice but to move and groove. Fusing the live experience to the DJ vibe, every silverfilter set is sure to be the best of both worlds and has proven to entertain crowds from all over. Silverfilter’s live performances and his original tracks have already proven to be ear candies to floor-fillers, making him one of the most sought after electronic music producers in the industry.
Justin De Guzman (Deeper Manila Records)

Manila, Philippines

DAW Software: Fruity Loops Studio + AbletonLive + Sonar + Propellerheads Reason

Genre: Tech House, Deep House, Hip-Hop
Currently the A&R and managing director of Deeper Manila Records, Justin is at the forefront of the dance music production industry. One of the most successful Filipino dance music producer and remixer, Justin has released a ton of tracks via Beatport, Traxsource, Juno Download to name a few via Deeper Manila Records, which is considered to be one of the most successful dance music label based in the Philippines. He has collaborated with notable dance music producers and has done remixed projects for labels such as Asia Music and TraxAcid, and has worked with artists such as Aerodynamic, Palitra, AnthonyLogarta etc. Justin holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Music Production from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, and has worked as a Sound Engineer and project Manager at his alma mater.

Salamangkero aka Noel De Brackinghe (Rubber Inc.)

Boracay + Manila Philippines

DAW Software: Ableton Max/MSP + Sound Design and Synthesis

Genres: Techno, Acid Jazz, Funk, Rock, Industrial Dance Music
Noel aka the Salamangkero (the Filipino word for Wizard) started DJing sometime around 1996 after discovering jungle during a trip to London. With Manila’s rave scene just taking off clearing dance floors that were just starting to understand house was not unusual. Even though,  he became part of the production crew Kinky Sphere renowned for throwing underground jungle parties in strange locations and developing a consistent following. Once the scene really took off if was not uncommon to see him playing in the “other” room alongside artists like Ken Ishii, Pure Science etc. He is also a member of the pioneering live PA Rubber Inc (http://www.rubberinc.multiply.com/).While pushing the idea of live electronic music in the Philippines, Noel became one of the owners and residents of the small but very influential club Kemistry; the only place in Manila where DJ’s could do whatever they wanted to do. Being a resident meant expanding his sound to everything from Techno, House, Breakbeats, Drum n’ Bass etc.After moving into more serious production with Rubber Inc., doing strange experiments with Ballet Philippines and The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Noel became a full time record producer working on some of the most respected albums released in the country.With the start of Sweetspot Progressive Audio Solutions, a studio devoted to producing good but commercially questionable bands, his relationship with DJing lost its priority but every 2 years he would come back championing a new sound and developing new disciples.After several trips to Koln and Berlin with Rubber Inc., he has started to move away from the studio curse of working on other peoples music for money and back to self production, Rubber Inc., DJing and a healthy dose of experiments with custom midi controllers and max/msp programming.These days his DJ sets can vary intensely based on venues. He is as comfortable playing Acid Jazz, Funk and Rock as he is playing long Techno sets.Though always with a distinct dose of IDM, psychedelia and other tunes that always works but never seem like they should.
Miguel Cortes (Independent Music Producer/ DJ)

Manila, Philippines

DAW Software: Presonus Studio One + AbletonLive

Genre: Progressive House, Trance
Initially trained and interned as an assistant recording engineer in a small recording studio near his house in 1998 until early 2000, he possesses a wide knowledge in the field of music production. After a short stint as a recording engineer in DigiSound studio, where he also honed his skills in music arrangement and production, he slowly moved away from being a recording engineer to answering his true calling, writing, arranging and producing music. His first project, “Teknobrown” in 2000 – 2001, was an independent production. The album, which was made up of mostly dance tracks, further enhanced his skills in the production of electronic dance music. He has written music and arranged for projects like Death Threat’s “Still Wanted”, AvantismCreative’s “Tula” (musical score). He is also known as the music writer, and music arranger for RetroSPECT’s dance hit album “Decade”. And also got the job of arranging music, and doing the score for the stage presentation, “Queen Of Disco: The Musical Journey Of Donna Summer”. Lately he has been dipping his music hand in the realm of film scoring, composing for such films as the short film “Tula” and the independent film “Watawat” and a number of indie documentaries. He is currently set to score another film entitled “Musikero” in 2012. Miguel recently conducted a seminar on Music Technology and post-production at MAPUA IT center in Makati, and MapuaInstitue of Technology Intramuros

 

 

Mike Bolante

Manila, Philippines

DAW Software: AbletonLive

Genre: Deep House, House, Tech House

 

3rd Day – RemixingWorkshop – Speaker Profiles

Joshua Evangelista

 

Brian Cua

 

Mike Bolante

 

Justin De Guzman

 

DJ X-Factor (Philippine Deejay Academy)

Northridge, California + Manila, Philippines

DAW Software: Ableton

Remixer + Mashup Artist
International Dj& Remix Artist, X-Factor has been busy doing dominating Manila’s daunted nightlife. As a producer and remixer, his famous tracks with the signature X-Factor Hype, has landed him on the Top 4, Best Remix Artists Of All Time at Crack4djs , where DJs worldwide get their club banging remix tracks. As a Club DJ, he combines his killer scratching, looping skills with his own Remix brand of Hip-Hop, RnB, Mashup, Electro & Dirty Dutch which impressed clubbers, promoters &Dj’s in his recent club tour this year in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia , Thailand, Hong Kong, China & Singapore. When not touring, he samples his freshly released tracks in different clubs in the Philippines and remixes for a Dance show on TV, “Party Pilipinas”. X-Factor was also based in Los Angeles, California for 10 years acquiring the influence of the Hiphop club scene and transforming his taste in music. This naturally talented artist started out as a young radio spinner, was a 1st Runner Up In the Philippine DMC Competition &turntablist showcase DJ before landing his first resident Club DJ gig. He has since then played alongside World Celebrity DJs like DJ QBERT (Legendary Turntablist), DJ Craze (3-Time DMC Champion), DJ Numark (Jurrasic 5) , DJ Klever (USA DMC Champion), DJ Mat The Alien, B Traits and Joel Madden & other celebrity Djs around the globe. X-Factor is also a member of “HITMEN CREW INTERNATIONAL” ( Australia) & JIVE CREW (Philippines ). Havng said that, X-Factor’s remixes are hyping up the dance floor of Clubs around the World.

 

DJ Patch aka Jimmy Gustilo (Balcony, Harvest, Team Switch)

Manila, Philippines

DAW Software: Apple Soundtrack Pro

Genre: Groovy House, Soulful House, Latin House
Known all over Manila for his funky, disco &latin house sound, Jimmy Gustilo a.k.a. DJ Patch has been spinning and mixing music since 1998. Nowadays, you can watch him work the decks of The Balcony & Harvest. Patch has been featured in venues like Absinth, Bed, Flute, Orange, & the legendary ABG’s. Makati’s clubs were not the privileged firsts though. Patch headlined a number of white party events in Malate as far back as 2001. He has also been headlining Hey Jude’s anniversary & New Year parties for the past 5 years. His talent for audio foreplay has earned him a rare spot as one of Mild 7’s seven honoree DJs for 2005. And by constantly producing live mixed CD’s, remixes & original tracks, Patch’s music has been heard throughout the Philippines and has even crossed our country’s borders into international territory. His mixes can now be heard streaming through the internet& has been getting good reviews from DJs all over the world.

21km Gun Start Change now 5am for BROOKS RUN June 3 2012

The Brooks Run organizer is announcing that based on their recent safety and security meeting, they have decided to

CHANGE THE GUNSTART

21Km is now 5:00 am (was 4:30am)

It has been gloomy lately in the morning and it will be too dark for the runners in Merit Road(road leading to British School), 8th Ave (long road that starts where Lexus is at) and Kalayaan Bridge.

As for the REST OF THE DISTANCES, ALL GUNSTART REMAINS THE SAME

12km is still 5:30AM
6Kn ist still 5:40AM

Thank you for your understanding. The recent change is for the benefit and safety of the runners.

See you Sunday!

Brooks Happy Run 2 on June 3, 2012 BGC

If you missed running Brooks Happy Run last year, Im sure you have turned green with envy on how awesome the run was and realizing that the Brooks race singlet is such a keeper.  Good news for you because Brooks Happy Run is back and is all set on June 3, 2012 at BGC with race categories of 6km, 12km and 21km!

With the support of so may many sponsors which is being Co-Presented by Toby’s and Runnr, and organized by one of the best race organizers in the guise of Without Limits.. Brooks Run Happy 2 is truly a must attend event in  your race calendar.

Check out the teaser video…

Go ahead and Run Happy. Even better, Run Happy with Jennelyn Mercado. Im sure Im going to be startstruck again as I hopefully wish I get to share the stage with her as I host the event on race day.

FUN-FILLED activities hardly seen in other events will spice up the Brooks Happy Run 2 set on June 3 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, with organizer Without Limits + Pro Active pulling out all the stops to ensure the race will create its own niche.

Brooks ambassador Jennylyn Mercado, along with other GMA talents, will be on hand to lend their prestige in the event whose proceeds will go to The Foundation for the Philippine Environment, a non-government organization that helps protect and conserve the environment.

Co-presented by RUNNR, Toby’s Sports, St. Luke’s Medical Center and 100 Plus, the event features races in the 21K, 12K and 6K distances, with cash prizes up for grabs.

Registration is going on at selected RUNNR outlets in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City and New Wing, Alabang Town Center and also at Toby’s Sports outlets at Shangri-La Plaza, SM Mall of Asia, SM North The Block and Glorietta 4 until May 27 with entry fees pegged at P750 (21K), P650 (12K) and P500 (6K).

Interested runners may also download a form online by clicking on this link http://www.brooksrunning.com.ph/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=18
Upon registration, runners will receive race kits that contain Brooks limited edition singlets, race bibs, race maps, and Gu gel.

The following will be the run route for the race… 21km , 12km and 6km race categories respectively..

“We invite all running enthusiasts to join the 2nd Brooks Run Happy event on June 3. There will be fun interactive booths for the family to enjoy such as photo booth, inflatables, sports games and a whole lot more! The Brooks Run Happy photo booth, for one, will give participants a chance to take home a pair of Brooks Pure Project shoe by posting their happiest moments during the race. To top it all off, there will be a selling exhibit of top running brands featuring Brooks, Moving Comfort, Polar, RUNNR and other selected brands.  Runners can also visit the Brooks booth and get 50% off on selected Brooks running shoes” said Rodolfo Claudio, president and general manager of Sports Resources, Inc. (SRI). “Definitely, our Run Happy 2 will be happier the second time around” added Claudio.


Supporting the event are media partners Runner’s World, Total Fitness, Multisport & The Bull Runner and made possible by Polar, CEP, Moving Comfort, TYR, Big Chill, Sun Life Financial, Anlene, Anchor, Life Oil, Summit.

Minor sponsors include Pro-Tec, Saltstick, iFitness, BodyGlide, Tully’s Coffee, Nutribar, Ipure, Smith Optics, Resorts World, Spenco, San Remo Pasta, Lee Kum Kee, Kikkoman Tapa King and Mentos.

For inquiries and updates, check out the Facebook page of Brooks (Brooks Running Philippines) or call Brooks hotline at 0927-875-6671.

See you at the race and for those joining.. just PM me your race category in facebook RunningHost or Twitter hostboyramos and ill definitely include you in my greetlist!

Milo Apex Running School 2012 BGC and QC

I had the privilege of checking out the opening of Milo Apex Running School for 2012 last May 8 at BGC. I briefly spoke to Coach Jim Saret about the Milo Apex Running School way before and he emphasizes a scientific approach to train in running.  He doesnt just focus on getting to train and condition the runners for mileage, but he has a scientific approach that includes strengthening and flexibility exercises as well.

 

Milo Apex’s Tonette Dimaguila presented that day, and explained that the Milo Apex Running School has different categories and levels for the participants. They are as follows:

5k Group (for beginners / newbies)
10k Beginners (for beginning 10k runners)
21k Beginner (for beginning 21k runners)
10k Advance (for those who have been running 10K)
21k Advance (for serious 21k runners)
42k Group (for those who are ready to run the marathon)

The coaches for each group were also presented and introduced. As Ms. Tonette was introducing the coaches I couldnt help but be starstruck with the roster of coaches they have. Having been host to several running events, I get to see these elite athletes as I get to award the prizes to these podium placers:

After the introduction of the coaches, they discussed the three (3) levels in their training program, namely
Level 1 – Injury prevention

Level 2 – Strength and conditioning

Level 3 – Speed and power

After which the participants were split into groups with their respective coaches.

The schedule of the Milo Apex Running School is as follows:
May 9 to July 21 (3 months)
Tuesday and Thursday – 6pm to 8 pm and Saturday 6 am to 8 am
Quezon City Memorial Circle
May 10 – July 21 (3 months)
Monday and Wednesday – 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 6 am to 8 am

For more info you can visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Milo-APEX-Running-School/157455904270705

 

 

Run United 2 2012 Route Maps

This just in. These are the official Route Maps for the Run United 2 2012 on June 17, 2012 at SM Mall of Asia. Race categories are 21km, 10k, 5km, 3km and Ceelin 500meter dash for kids.

Run United 2 2012 21km Route map

Run United 2 2012 10k Route Map

Run United 2 2012 5K route map

Run United 2 2012 3K route map

Run United 2 2012 Ceelin 500Meter dash for kids 6yrs to 12yrs old