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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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

Whats new with Run United 2 2012

Whats new with Run United 2?

One thing is certain.. its going to be one fun race runners are going to  look forward to.  In Unilab ActiveHealth’s continuing efforts to promote an active and healthy lifestyle among families,2012 Run United will have its second leg on June 17, 2012 at SM Mall of Asia.

But lets check out the essential race details first

RACE DATE: June 17, 2012 (Sunday)

VENUE: SM Mall of Asia and Bonifacio Global City

Where the 21km runners will be treated to a one way run, starting line at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and the finishline is at SM Mall of Asia (MOA)

Kids 500m/3km/5km/10km Race Categories Start and Finishline is at SM Mall of Asia

CATEGORIES: Kids from age 5 to 12 years old can join the Ceelin 500-meter dash to jumpstart their journey to fitness. Moms, dads and older siblings can choose from the different race categories like 3km, 5km, 10km, and 21km.

ASSEMBLY AND GUN TIME:

Race Category Assembly Time Gun Time
Ceelin 500m dash for kids 6:00am 7:00am
3k 4:30am 6:00am
5k 4:30am 5:45am
10k 4:30am 5:30am
21k 4:00am 4:30am

REGISTRATION

On-line registration: April 16 to May 27, 201 at  www.runrio.com

Online registrants will receive their complete race kit including the singlet during the Race Expo. More about the Expo will be explained later.

In-Store registration:

Exclusive Early Registration for RU1 21k Registrants – April 16 to April 29, 2012

Regular Registration – April 30, June 3, 2012

Registration centers:

Riovana Store BGC28th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Mon-Thurs : 11am to 9pmFri-Sun : 10am to 10pm
Riovana Store Katipunan3rd floor Regis Bldg. Katipunan, Quezon City. Across Ateneo and Beside KFC Mon-Sun : 10am to 8pm
TobysSM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd., Manila Mon-Sun, 12nn to 8pm
TobysSM North The Block Mon-Sun, 12nn to 8pm

REGISTRATION FEES

Top reasons why 21km Runners should run 2012 Run United 2

1) One of a kind and motivating 21km run route. You start off at Bonifacio Global City.. run through the course until they arrive at SM Mall of Asia.! Its a one way route run.. no looking back.. no turning back! Motorists will also smile on race day as we runners dont get to hog the road in the makati area as there is only one way run route for us and no turning back. So goodbye to grumpy party-till-its-6am-palang-to-go-home motorists.. specially at the intersection of makati ave and buendia, you may now cap of your gimmick in peace. Run United 2 2012 21km Run Route

2) The medal. Of all the running medal’s out here, this has to be the holy grail of medals. You get to be Indiana Jones to get one of these and really work for it. It was all planned out by Coach Rio de la Cruz, as part of the series which leads up to the full development of the runner by racing two (2) 21km, one (1) 32km afroman distance and finally a full 42Km marathon… the full one ha…not the 5km marathon. So you each race forms a puzzle, and the full puzzle is cool enough and large enough to be a buffet plate Run United 2 Medal. Shown here forming part of the Big Puzzle Medal for the Run series..

Run United 2 Medal. Shown here forming part of the Big Puzzle Medal for the Run series..

3) That world class experience. It was always Coach Rio’s dream of bringing world class run racing event to the Philippines. One of them like I said is the run route which is one way, this takes the runners to experience a shuttle bus ride. Unless you’re non eco friendly enough to bring a car and driver to shuttle you from /to BGC / MOA.. its fine but living rich could be a bitch if you miss out on the fun bonding experience with fellow runners on the bus. Run Rio will be taking action on improving logistics in distributing Bags from runners that deposit their bags in BGC. REMINDER… if you started to arrive in MOA (leave your car in MOA and shuttle to BGC) just leave your belongings at the Baggage tent in MOA and dont bring it anymore to BGC.

Run United 2 EXPO .. Architectural awesomeness of Gleaming white 50meters of air filled, and fun filled goodness! most races abroad feature an EXPO, this year Race KIT Claiming will be held at the EXPO, wherein registered runners will claim their race kit June 13 to 16, 2012. 21KM runners may claim on ll days but EXCLUSIVE 21KM category kit claiming will be on June 13.  Managed by Team Bike Botique (the team behind IronMan events) it is the best event merchandise company in the Asia Pacific. In the EXPO, runners can check out the latest merchandises, shoes and apparel top local and foreign brand companies can offer. This way these top brands can showcase in detail their functional and technical specs of their products. Runners can also bond and hang-out with fellow runners and running coaches, and probably on occassions with runninghost as well. (naks)

4) The finishers shirt. The 21km finishers shirt will be as follows:

A Great Event for Runners in All Categories

RUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE

 The 2012 Run United 2 is for the benefit of Gawad Kalinga and Children’s Hour. For more inquiries, check out www.unilabactivehealth.com and ww.facebook.com/unilabactivehealth. As in Run United 1. Kids will have their own singlet as well in the 500m dash for kids (ages 6 to 12years old)!

“Active Health delivers Unilab’s vision of providing active health solutions for Filipino families,” Unilab Active Health Head Alex Panlilio said. “We encourage families to start or continue leading active lives through our events like Run United. Active Health Sport Events Executive Lester Castillo said, “As we have always done in the past, we continuously improve Run United series to give runners a better experience and encourage them to keep running. Through our partnership with Coach Rio dela Cruz, Run United has become one, if not the best, running event in the country.”

As a testament to the level of commitment that Active Health brings to the runners, it has brought in the Team Bike Boutique, the official merchandise partner of Ironman races worldwide, to organize the RunUnited Race Expo happening on June 13-16, 2012 at the BGC Grounds near Mercato.

The race expo completes the active health experience by gathering runners, sports enthusiasts and their families in this four-day event. Runners can hang out with their friends while checking out the coolest and latest sports apparel. Fitness and athletic brands also present their latest products and services, including gadgets, running gear, among others.

Coach Rio dela Cruz said the race expo brings Run United to a whole new level. “Major international marathons like the ING New York Marathon and Chicago Marathon hold their own expos days before the event. Together with UNILAB Active Health, we look at some of the best practices from international races, and apply them to the Run United Series to further enhance the race experience of the Filipino running community.”

Speaking of singlets here are the latest designs..

Did you enjoy your race belt from Run United 1? You didnt think they’ll give you the same belt did you? Check this Run United 2 Belt Bag.. it can fit in your Camera, Cellphone, keys, gel, towel, money, tissue,your girlfriend or boyfriend’s photo, sunblock, shades, armsleeve, and light snacks.. di lang pang running pang hiking pa. What I like about the design is that if worn fit, its not the type that would jiggle like other belt bags. Its not too small nor too big. Its extremely functional.

Run United 2 belt bag

Run United 2 Belt Bag Run United 2 belt bag

Run United 2 Belt Bag

That shoe bag in Run United 1 was great. For some reason just incase you decide to fuse office and schoolwork with your activelifestyle.. you can now do so with this… Run United 2 Sling bag, half chic / half sporty = definitely functional

Run United 2 Sling bag, half chic / half sporty = definitely functional

Does this look familiar? This will be the timing chip for Run United2.For those that are doing running clinics with runrio on weekdays you can re-use and wear these timing chips to check your time as well.

Run United 2 Timing Chip

Run United 2 Timing Chip

REGISTER NA!!! Specially for the 21km runners .. slots are only limited.

REMINDERS:

Race Kits may run out before June 3, 2012, therefore registration may end earlier than announced deadline. Run United 2 had provided slots for the 4,000 that ran in Run United 1, plus around 1,000 more for those that were not able to run and wish to run 21km this time. Unfortunately as of April 28 2,500 slots were already filled for the 21km and getting filled on the hour by the hour AS YOU READ THIS.

A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.

For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID & picture must be presented by the representative.

Singlet size availability will be on a first come first serve basis.

A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.

For in-store registrants, keep your registration receipts. You need to present it to claim your Race Kits at the Expo.

For online registrants, kindly print and present yourconfirmation e-mail to claim your Race Kits at the Expo.

Race results will be available within three (3) days after the race in the following websites: http://www.runrio.com

http://www.unilabactivehealth.com

In-Store Registration:

Globe – 0916 5709220

Smart – 0929 7178164

Landline – (632) 703-1736

Timing and Race Results: feedback@runrio.com

Other concerns and Feedback: info@runrio.com

Here as some of the photos during the launch!

Unilab Active Health’s Lester Castillo. Longtime triathlete and also my TBR (The bull runner )Marathon batchmate.

Runninghost with Kulitrunner! Vimz Mendoza

Runninghost with Kulitrunner! Vimz Mendoza Some of the bloggers during the launch. I had such a great time hosting.

Some of the bloggers during the launch.

The energetic and positve people around me were just great to hand around with. See you at Run United 2!!!!