ou are reading the very first Philippine runners. And that’s one of the motivation for me to
Yearbook for Runners. 2008 was a very big create Takbo.ph, and thus its vision: To gather more
year and a breakthrough. I have never runners together in an online community where we
experienced this kind of excitement whenever I join can share our passion and give each other a pat on
races since I started in 2006. There were only a few the back after a good run.
races in a month back then and my running buddies
were just my girlfriend and my officemates. This yearbook is the fruit of the Takbo.ph community.
More than 90% of the contents here are not from me
This year, a lot have changed. There are simultaneous but from the bloggers, members and visitors of the
events in a week. Back‐to‐back races on a Saturday site.
and a Sunday. More races above 10K. And a whole
lot of running buddies. I hope that this yearbook will remind us to keep on
running in the years to come. And may it inspire
It started with the blogs. From there I have met new many newbies to start their own story as well.
running buddies and we have encouraged one
another as we prepare for the next race. The Mabuhay ang mga Pinoy Runners!!!
comments exchange and the virtual runs were very
helpful as I started to love running again. Eventually, I
got addicted that I have to check new posts everyday
to see how my friends are doing.
Jinoe M Gavan
I wanted to share this experience with all the other Administator—Takbo.ph
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MANILA, MANILA !!!
An American Runner Experience
in the Philippines
L O O K I N G B A C K
List of Races in
2008 p 8 RESOLUTIONS p26
RUNNERS WITH A CAUSE The
Takbo.ph would like to thank the following:
Jaymie of The Bull Runner and Wayne of SFRunner for their articles.
Ben M. Chan of PhotoVendo for the pictures.
Aldwin of Boon Technical Clothing for the prizes.
The bloggers for sharing their experiences in running and continues
to inspire us all.
And of course to all the members and visitors of Takbo.ph who sent
in their contribution to us.
Thank you for making this yearbook possible.
TAKBO.PH 2008 YEARBOOK 3
easy, accessible, and affordable the sport
was a year
of running was. One person would recruit
three, three people would recruit more,
was thrust into
and so on and so forth...thus, running got
the spotlight and gained a strong, steady
its quot;second wind.quot;
following among Filipinos. Some would
say it marked the beginning of the
With more people lacing up, races began
quot;running boomquot; as one would spot
to sprout up every weekend and in various
runners everywhere: sweating it out at
cities across the country, from Clark
Ultra, running loops around Bonifacio
International Marathon in Pampanga to
High Street, running easy along U.P.'s
The North Face 100 in Batangas. The
oval, or performing drills at a clinic. It
bigger sports companies continued to hold
was a year when active students, couch
their events, such as the Adidas King of
potatoes, sedentary housewives, stressed
the Road and New Balance 25k, while
out executives, and fitness enthusiasts
Mizuno Infinity Run and Nike Human
learned from friends or family about how
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Race entered the running scene. Unique, However, the action didn't end on the
vibrant races offered runners the chance to road. With more runners eager to share
bond with their family (Mommy their exploits, there was literally a virtual
Milkshake Marathon, Robinson's Buddy explosion online. Running blogs grew in
Run, Unicef Walk on the Child's Side), number, reaching close to 50 (compared
challenge their skills (Men's Health with almost nil when I started The Bull
Urbanathlon, Makati City Hall Vertical Runner in May 2007.) It was through
Marathon), or just have fun while running blog posts that races were reported and
(Isuzu Shake, Rattle, & Run.) rated, running basics were discussed, and
each runner's personal and unique passion
Race organizers stepped up to the plate for the sport was shared for the public to
and began to offer more professional, devour. Soon enough, virtual running
sometimes world-class, events. The more friends started meeting in the real world,
professional players quickly learned how for training runs or post-race meals, and
to attract runners with they forged friendships
well-organized events. bonded by, what else,
Some organizers raised the common love for
the bar by providing running.
courses, more attractive 2008 was indeed a
giveaways, or more momentous year for
convenient registration. On the same running, but this year promises to be even
note, ill-prepared organizers had to bigger and brighter with more people
contend with public humiliation and taking up the sport and more sponsors
complaints from the more discerning showing support. If there was indeed a
running community. “running boom” in 2008, then expect to
hear even more thunderous explosions in
It was a great year for a beginner to take 2009 as more runners conquer the roads
up running. Free running clinics were or trails, pounding their feet hard on the
sponsored by Mizuno, Rush, Nike, and ground, doing what they love to do most.
Team Bald Runner. Seminars and talks on
running were held by Pinoy Ultra Runners
and Nike. Cool accessories and nifty
gadgets, such as the Garmin, Nike+ Sports The Bull Runner
Band, iPod shuffle, Road ID, Fuel Belt,
and Amphipod, found their way to Manila
and helped encourage runners to go the
TAKBO.PH 2008 YEARBOOK 5
MANILA, MANILA !!!
An American Runner’s Experience in the Philippines
IN my 41 years of running, I’ve some of the greatest photos I’ve ever
been fortunate to run many seen at a road race.
different distances and in
five different countries. In November The following week at the New Balance
2008, I traveled to my sixth country - Power Race 10K and 25K at Clark
the Philippines. provided much of the same as what I
mentioned above. The only exception
The planning started five months earlier was the race results. Hopefully, the
when I started blogging of my running organizers will improve on that the next
experiences. The experiences became time.
worldwide a short time later with
blogging responses coming from Japan, What I was most impressed with was
Canada, Hong Kong, Kenya and the camaraderie of the Filipino runners,
especially, the Philippines. The and I mean this seriously. From the
exchanges went from answering photo-ops and the friendliness, it was
q ue st io ns abo ut t he s po rt t o unlike anything I’ve seen in the U.S.
encouragement in races and much Here in the
What I was
I arrived in Manila on Saturday morning tends to
November 8th and the 11 days of be some
with was the “
excitement began. Over the next few distancing
b e t w e e n camaraderie of the
days, there were many things that
happened. the elite
The VSO Bahiginan 15K race at Fort more
Bonafacio was the first race I ran in the casual runner but I didn’t notice that
Philippines. I was very impressed with while at the two races. For me, it was a
the organization of Coach Rio’s events. breath of fresh air. I met many of the
He had only been doing it for about a bloggers who are on Takbo.ph and
year but you wouldn’t have known it of enjoyed the moment with each and
how organized it was. The course was every one. All of you made me feel
well marked, there were course welcome, something I would do if you
marshals, appropriate water stations were here in the U.S.
and there was a photo group by the
name of PhotoVendo headed by my Arriving on Saturday and meeting Mon
good friend - Ben Chan. He and the and Oknoy and the education of seeing
staff were all over the course taking Manila was tremenduous! I look at the
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pictures Oknoy took on a near daily The Thursday morning workout with
basis and I’ll never forget the day. Happy Feet (Jinoe, Que, Mon and Sensei
Meeting Taki was great as well because John). That was a lot of fun from the
Oknoy and Mon were surprised that I running to talking running t o
recognized him. Also, thank you Taki encouraging.
and Joe (loonyrunner) for helping me
out at the VSO race the following The final weekend from the seminar at
morning! UP and getting to meet Nora and Gio. It
was fun and the experience in talking
Meeting the Happy Feet Running Group with Bald Runner, Coach Rio, Vince and
and many of the members my first full many others is something I’ll always
day of the trip at the race and at Chow remember.
King was a memorable experience
never to be forgotten. The trip to and from Clark with the NB
Power Race. I felt the race personally
Meeting Team Bald Runner not only at will always be secondary to the many
the VSO 15K but the special luncheon friendships I encountered over the
on Thursday and at the NB Power Race entire weekend. Getting to know Gene,
the following Sunday. The shoe Wilbert, Felipe, Roselle, Tanya, Bobby
donation was very touching to all of us Cruz, Mon and many more that evening
who were there as was the luncheon at Tanya’s was an experience I’ll never
and the special t-shirt ceremonies at forget. My thanks to Gene, Jay, Bald
both races. Thank you so much and Runner, Ben and several others for
the time spent with you guys is getting me around Metro Manila during
something I’ll always remember. my stay.
The photo-shoot with Photo-Vendo’s - Finally, I’d like to close by thanking
Ben Chan and Keith. The four city tour everyone who I met during my stay in
was terrific and I learned a lot from the the Philippines. Running is doing very
experience. Being honored on Ben’s well there and the Philippines as a
site and being pictured in an edition of country will be heard from in the
the Philippine Star by Tanya Lara was London Olympics in 2012!
very humbling. Thank you all for
TAKBO.PH 2008 YEARBOOK 7
List of Races from
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3 GIG (Green is Good) Run
13 Clark Freeport International Marathon
3 Milo Eliminations
13 Sugbu Tri-City Run
RUNdezvous AISEC: 40 Years and Running
13 Century Run
10 Milo Eliminations
19 Sinulog Half Marathon
10 Run For Your Heart 2008
20 Subic National Marathon
16 Hope in Motion Year 2
25 Full Moon Run
UP Los Banos, Laguna
27 PSE Bull Run—Takbo Para Sa Ekonomiya DZMM Takbo Para Sa Kalikasan
NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City
17 Milo Eliminations
24 Pasig River Heritage Marathon
24 Milo Eliminations
My First Marathon (Philippine International Marathon)
Slowly I was nearing finish and I reached the finish line with a smile. I looked
at the wide clock in the finish line as I crossed it. For my first marathon, I
clocked 4 hours 5 minutes. I went to the recovery booth and my Fort Striders
family congratulated me for finishing my first marathon and for remarkably
finishing it with a decent time. I was so happy finishing it. I got my medal and
it was remarkable to achieve something very few people can achieve – to run
42KM. Its true what they say, whatever speed or time you finish the mara‐
thon, as long as you finish it, it is an achievement you will cherish forever.
Taki from http://takicutie.blogspot.com/
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Condura Run—Race for Tubbataha Reef
Condura Run Bayani Fun Run
The Fort, Taguig Mall of Asia
Pinay In Action Race and Expo Draw the Line
NBC Tent, The Fort, Taguig The Fort, Taguig
7th DND-AFP Gintong Pangarap Half-Marathon 94K Weekend
Camp Villamor, Pasay City SCTex
Exodus Fun Run 4th Bonifacio Global City Fun Run
ULTRA The Fort, Taguig
30 20 Big Blue Run
Mizuno Infinity Run
Ateneo de Manila University
The Fort, Taguig
Condura Race for Tubbataha ‐ RunningShield Version
After months of preparations, sleepless nights and stressful weeks, the
Condura Race 2008 is finally over.
2 major things I learned about preparing for a running event like this.
1. A registration fee of P350.00 is too expensive for the ordinary runner. It
should range from P250.00 to P150.00. Luckily we had an increase in
sponsors so we were able to lower the registration fee to P250.00.
2. I was also told ang ugali nang Pilipino is they register at the last
moment. This was very true. One week before race day we only had
500 runners registered but on the last 2 days of registration there were
about 1500 that registered. So we had a total of 2000 runners.
Patrick Concepcion from http://runningshield.blogspot.com/
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Men’s Health All‐Terrain Race
Photo by Gene aka BarracudaRunner from http://geneordanza.blogspot.com/
4 25th Runnex Anniversary Run
15 Men’s Health All-Terrain Race
UP Theater San Mateo, Rizal
11 2nd Champion Run Along The River
15 8th DND-AFP Gintong Pangarap Half-Marathon
Marikina Sports Center
18 Run with Pringles
22 Milo Eliminations
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig Dumaguete City
18 Market! Market! 5 Mile Run
29 Rush to Mizuno Infinity Run
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
18 PCRC Takbo Para Sa Kalusugan
29 Olympic Day Run
SM Mall of Asia
25 Doc Fit Takbo Para sa Puso
29 Milo Eliminations
25 Makati City Hall Vertical Marathon
Rockwell Power Plant Mall to Makati City Hall
Champion Run Along the River
Running along the river by the trees, and a multitude
of animal statues (like carabaos, hippos, giraffes and
rhinos) as well as flat squished animals along the
route (10 frogs and 1 cat) was very entertaining, and
was actually effective in making me forget the fatigue
I am feeling! I also loved all those local spectators
from Marikina, especially those who kept on shouting
comments and words of support to the runners ... quot;O,
ang layo na ng kalaban niyo!quot; ... and 1 guy was even
annotating the race ... quot;O, 14, 15! 15 na babae na ang dumadaan!quot; (So I actually had a clue what my
rank was 1km before the finish line!) Doralicious from http://doralicious.blogspot.com/
TAKBO.PH 2008 YEARBOOK 11
3 Milo Manila Eliminations
3 Milo Eliminations
6 Manila Half Marathon Cebu, Davao, Tarlac
3 Davies Paint 5K Unity Run
6 Milo Eliminations The Fort, Taguig
10 Mommy MilkShake Year 2
13 Milo Eliminations The Fort, Taguig
10 On Your Weight, Get Set, Go! FEATI Fun Run
13 One Run, One Family, One La Salle Roxas Boulevard
The Fort, Taguig
10 Milo Eliminations
The North Face 100
Men’s Health 10,000km Miracle Run
The Fort, Taguig
27 Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run
NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City Run for Sight
F I N A L L Y ! ! ! 17 Run for your Life
I finally got my first Race 17
was on top of the world when I
I wasn't the last to finish. I did it! I 24
Certificate. I was sooo happy that Milo Eliminations
San Pablo City
actually did it!
31 Nike+ Human Race
McKinley Hill, Taguig
Nora, The Golden Girl at the Manila
31 Milo Eliminations
Half Marathon Tacloban City
What a Fruitful Weekend
t was a well‐organized race and everyone
seemed happy about it. There were enough
water stations and marshals deployed strategi‐
cally. Directional arrows and kilometer markers
were also placed. The course was very challenging
and the sight of marshals giving away bananas and
breads inside the Heritage Park was a welcome
treat for the runners.
Bro J from http://brojrunning.blogspot.com/
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Hope in Motion Year 3
Takbo! Breast Friends
ULTRA Track & Field Oval
7 Milo Eliminations
Subic Marathon—Legacy Run
Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Adidas King of the Road
The Fort, Taguig
Makiling Challenge Dipolog City
UP Los Banos
Takbong May Yabang
Milo Eliminations Ayala Alabang
San Fernando City
Run Against Pain
PMI… Proudly 60!... Run
21 Quirino Grandstand
Raising Hope Year 2 The Fort, Taguig
Rockwell Center, Makati
1st Mayon Trail Run
Milo Eliminations Legazpi City, Albay
World Heart Day Run
4th OctobeRun Festival
The Fort, Taguig
Pink October Run
Cagayan de Oro City
Isuzu Shake, Rattle and Run!
The Fort, Taguig
Shake Rattle and Run!
hen we got to the R.O.X at the Fort, it was eye candy
galore! A lot of runners were in full, kinareer, kick‐ass
costumes. How they managed to run in enormous wings
and props were just amazing. There was even one runner dressed as a
fairy who zipped in and out of the crowd, waving his magic wand
chanting 'Get out of my way'. Funny guy. It was just too cool. Too freaky‐
cool. I love it. I'm saying it again. I love Halloween!
Janine+ from http://pacecreative.blogspot.com/
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Kabahagi Ako FUNdraising Run
The Fort, Taguig
New Balance Power Race
Lakad Laban Sa Pekeng Gamot
SM Mall of Asia
Men’s Health Urbanathon
Race For The Third
1st Masters and Open 10km Run
The Milo Marathon Finals
Army Grandstand, The Fort
Race for Life
The Fort, Taguig
Dorothy: luck comes in threes
Jinoe: 3rd medal on the wall, 3‐peat
Unicef Walk on the Child’s Side
Taki: bag the gold, 3 marathons in a year
The Fort, Taguig
Wayne: three times is a charm, enjoy the
Milo National Finals
Bards: race hard, have fun, finish fierce
Dindo: make us proud
December Rico: savor every kilometer of this opportunity
These were the words echoing in my mind as I
6 run the National Milo Marathon Finals, 32nd
Recycle Your Phone and Run
The Fort Edition.
7 Runnex 25th Executive Classic
I prepared for this race for I want to accomplish
something to close out my 2008 running year. I
7 Yakult 10 Miler
had ran a total of 1,563.40km before this event
for this year, including two full marathons, four
13 Mizuno Sunset Run
half marathons and lot of short‐distance races. I
met tons of friends inside and outside of
14 UP ICTUS Centennial Run running. I trained hard, run hard, and woke‐up
early in the morning just to run. I just love to
14 PMA Kaakibat Class 2001 Fun Run run. I wanted to be proud of my effort so that
many would be inspired too. I will still be
21 Patakbo sa Kabundukan running and continue what I had started.
Vener from http://rununlimited.blogspot.com
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Real LIFE Foundation Scholars
RUNNERS WITH A CAUSE
W e all started running for a reason. While we are back at home getting some well
Weight Loss. Stress relief. Personal deserve rest after the run. There are people
achievement. Competition. Or we just love to smiling widely for the generous help they have
Then, we started joining the organized running So in the next few pages are some of the
events. We browse thru the internet. We beneficiaries whom I have invited to leave a
check for the race schedules. Pay the message to the running community. May they
registration fee. Practice. Run. And after the inspire you to continue supporting the different
race, we go home happy with the new singlet or races next year. And may you realize that you
lots of freebies or a new PR. just don’t run. You run for a cause.
To many runners, the road races are just venues So the next time you join a race. Give yourself
to test themselves. To push their limits. Or it is an extra pat on the back. It may have been a
just a venue to meet friends. good run or a bad run. But at the end of the
day, there was a good reason why you ran.
But behind the races are people happier than
the runners themselves. They are the To all the Filipino Runners, a big big THANK
beneficiaries. They are the people whom we YOU!
have helped thru our passion in running.
TAKBO.PH 2008 YEARBOOK 15
I t was in the last quarter of the year 2007 that my awareness that will help aid the preservation of the
brother and I, both of us are running enthusiasts, reefs.
decided to put up a running event for the company. We
just didn’t want it to be just a race. We wanted it to be For all who participated in the Condura Race for
quot;THE RACEquot;. We decided to call it the CONDURA RACE Tubbataha 2008, THANK YOU for making the run a
which aims to raise funds and help needy organizations success.
The 2009 Condura Race will be held on March 22,2009
The Tubbataha Reefs near Puerto Princesa, Palawan are and will be having a 3k, 5k, 10k and 21k race event. The
the largest reef atoll in the country and serves as a event will be held at the Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city. For
sanctuary for the majority of marine life in the region. the year 2009 the funds generated by the race will be
It's a UNESCO World Heritage site and is internationally donated to another needy organization (to be
recognized for its diverse ecosystem. The reefs are a announced later).
major source of livelihood for most people in the
region. In the past years, it has been beleaguered by Again from the Condura Family, we thank you all.
poaching and illegal fishing issues, thereby increasing
enforcement costs threefold in the last year. That's why Raul Patrick Concepcion
last March 2008, Concepcion Durables, Inc. held the Vice President, Service Department
Condura Race for Tubbataha to raise funds and Concepcion Durables, Inc.
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Dr. Joey Castro, Project Director of
Real LIFE Foundation with some
former and current scholars.
he Real LIFE Foundation is an educational With your participation in this event, the scholars
advocacy organization dedicated to serving the continue to realize that there is hope for their future.
poor and improving their lives through This was made possible because of people like you who
educational assistance, leadership development, and are willing to help them fulfill their God‐given purposes
community service. Most of the beneficiaries of Real for their lives. I encourage you to continue supporting
LIFE Foundation attend the congregation of Victory events like this and the many other cause‐oriented
Pasig, where I serve as a pastor. Some of them go to events that will take place next year. Again, a million
Rizal High School and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig. thanks to everyone. God bless you all and see you at
the next running events.
On behalf of the scholars of the Real LIFE Foundation, I
want to personally thank all the runners, organizers,
and sponsors who supported the Race for Life ’08 fun
run last November 22, 2008. I also want to express my Junn Besana
sincerest gratitude to Takbo.ph for helping promote Runners4LIFE
TAKBO.PH 2008 YEARBOOK 17
n 2008, the Pinoy Ultra Runners became very doing something that we love to do – to run! It helped
active in the running community. It participated inspire a lot of people to run and return something back
in different monthly running events and in to the community.
endurance races. Most notably, the team organized
and completed three “Run for Your Life Ultra A heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all runners out there who
Marathons” which aims to support the Kythe believe in and continue to support the team. We truly
Foundation. welcome your attendance at our running clinics and
appreciate your joining us in the different runs. Most
The Pinoy Ultra Runners successfully conducted several of all, we are grateful for your encouraging us all the
running clinics such as the “Ultra Marathon 101” which way to the finish line. You make all of our projects and
aimed to prepare runners for “The North Face 100”, programs worthwhile and memorable.
and the well‐attended “Running Aid” series where
runners discussed and learned the technical and To our sponsors and support crews, thank you very
practical aspects of running. The team also introduced much for taking part in the activities of the team and
the selling of lanyards to support its projects for the being there when it matters the most.
And to the members of the Pinoy Ultra Runners who
The journey this year was challenging but very exciting. regularly train, race and run the extra kilometer every
It was an amazing year which saw humbling time, thank you guys for being really amazing people
experiences for each member of the team. All of us who made the team’s success in 2008 possible.
managed to change a lot of lives with every kilometer
we completed. Our projects and programs became a
reality since a lot of runners, sponsors and friends Neville Manaois
supported and believed in the cause of the team. Your Team Principal
support showed us that we can accomplish a lot by Pinoy Ultra Runners
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M i n d a n a o s a y s T h a n k s t o a l l
KABAHAGI AKO Runners and Sponsors
urvivors of the Mindanao armed Runners from all walks of life declared
conflict can now look forward to their support for the cause while
further rebuilding their lives, keeping their competitive spirit and
thanks to those who participated, love for the sports in the 3K, 5K and
supported and sponsored the 10K categories.
KABAHAGI AKO fundraising run of VSO
Bahaginan last November 9 at The Fort. Aside from the runners, co‐presentor
The Fort and various sponsors
More than 1,500 runners helped raised contributed tremendously to the cause.
a total of P800,000 (in cash and kind)
that will benefit the work of VSO in the If you would like to find out more how
rehabilitation and empowerment of the you can continue to support the work
affected families, including women and of VSO in the Philippines, visit
children, in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del www.vsobahaginan.org.ph or email us
Norte. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE BEST OF 2008
alking about how great 2008
was for running is not
complete without recognizing
the best of what happened last year.
So I asked members and visitors for
Takbo.ph to tell me what they think
was the best about 2008.
Different runners have different
responses. But one thing was sure,
the best thing about 2008 is that we
were part of all the best things running
Best race: New Balance Power Race
Best singlet: New Balance Power Race
Best shoes: Nike Lunar Trainer
Best drink: Pocari Sweat
best race: nb power race
best race route: unicef run (mckinley and
best singlet: nb power race and adidas kotr
Best Thing That Happened: Surging Popularity of Running
best finisher shirt: nokia recycle your phone
Next Best Thing: More women joining races
Best Online Development: Birth of running forum (Takbo.ph)
best freebies: nb power race
best drink: pocari sweat Race of the Year: New Balance Powerrace
best organizer: coach rio Most Attended Race: Milo Marathon Finals
Most Festive Race: Milo Marathon Finals
best gadget: suunto t3c running pack
Best Family‐oriented Race: Unicef's Walk on the Child Side
Fun Race of the Year: Isuzu's Shake, Rattle and Roll
Race Venue of the Year: Clark Freeport Zone
Most Scenic Route: Heritage Park
Most Challenging Roads: McKinley Hills
Best Route to Get a PR: Roxas Boulevard
Best Place for Practice Run: Ayala Alabang Village
Best Race Singlet: New Balance Powerrace
Best Proof of Finish: Medal from NB Powerrace
Best Improvement in Race Conduct: Same day release of results (UP Ictus Run)
Best Ad Campaign: Love/Hate. This is the New Balance
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best race: probably NB power race Best forum: Takbo.ph
toughest race: TNF100 solo (hands down!) Best visor: Takbo.ph
best singlet: KOTR Hardest to register: Milo Finals
most exclusive singlet: TNF100 solo/relay Best Gadget: Garmin FR 405
most expensive reg fee: TNF100
most populated event: milo finals
best running celebrity/mascot ‐
The best thing that happened to running for
the year 2008 is there where over 185 races
for the entire year in the Philippines.
Sometimes there where even 2 or 3 races
for 1 Sunday event. Compared a few years
ago when there would only be about 50
races a year.
The best running shoe in my opinion was
the Nike Lunar and the Asics 2030 model.
Great comfort and stability.
Best 10K Race : KOTR
Best 10K Route : Unicef Race;The Hills of
The best running event was the Condura
McKinley and inside Heritage Park!.
race last March.02,2008 at the Fort Taguig.
Best finisher shirt: Mizuno
Best singlet: Botak (wala kasi ako nung Adi‐
das KOTR hehe)
Most challenging course: Ultra
Most injuries: ITBS, Shin Splints
Best 5K Race: Nokia Recycle your Phone and Run
Best 10K Race: Adidas King of the Road
Best Race: NB Power Race Best Race Singlet: Adidas King of the Road
Best Hills: Makiling Challenge 7 Best Race Course 5K: Unicef Walk on the Child’s Side
Best Singlet: Adidas KOTR Best Race Course 10K: Adidas King of the Road
Best Race Organizer: Coach Rio (Runrio.com)
Best Route: Clark
Most Organized Race: Unicef Walk on the Child’s Side
Best Race Organizer: RunRio
Best Local Runners Online Forum: Takbo.ph Most Interesting Race: Isuzu Shake Rattle and Run
TAKBO.PH 2008 YEARBOOK 21
RUNNING THRU T
am Elma Gabriana, 44yrs, mother of 4 grown up kids. Two years ago,
my husband (then weight 260lbs and I was 160lbs) joined a local fitness
gym near our place, just to lose weight. We can hardly walk, more so to
run even a short distance because of our condition. Since then, with the
combination of hard work and personal motivation, it goes down to 170lbs
(my husband) and me to 127lbs. This can be attributed by our regular gym
workout and new found addiction ‐ RUNNING. Barely two moths ago, we first
joined our series of run from ADIDAS KOTR. We have enjoyed it so much that
we participate most run every week. From Fort Bonifacio and Manila, and
even to Clark where I won 1st prize in 10k
for my age category. While searching for
more information about running and
everything about running, we found a site
that answer all our queries, results and
everything and that's Takbo.ph. Very
useful and informative, from the site itself
to the blogger's shared items. Thank you
very much, takbo.ph. I never missed a
single day without visiting your site, not
once but so many times. I wish to meet all
of you guys personally. Keep on posting.
Ronnie and Elma
e actually got into running as a way for us
to bridge a rift in our relationship which I
believe all couples go into during their
journeys. I remember last year while we were running
inside the Ateneo De Manila, we decided to join a 5K
fun run hosted by Robinson’s. It was the perfect event
for us that time because the race required participants
to be in two’s and at the same time finish side by side.
It was a heck of a feeling when we crossed the line and
from there on… “the sh*t literally hit the fan”.
Paolo and Chin
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HICK AND THIN
shall continue to have the joy in the
solitude of running. And as one of my
friend once said “ Life is like a
marathon (running) you need to train,
once you run enjoy the scenery, the
struggle, the pain, the vision of
completing. And when you do complete (as
in life) you can say “I did it” or “I’ve lived
my life in joy to the fullest with no re‐
BEFORE 20 Amado L. Castro Jr.
AFTER 147 lbs
t took me quite some time to lose all
the excess weight I needed to lose,
(90 lbs.) but it was well worth the
hard work. After a year and a half of being
active, wherein a very big part of it is
RUNNING, I just found myself enjoying
what I do. In terms of losing weight,
everybody knows what to do: eat right and
be active. You just have to know what you
really want and don't stop until you get it!
David Viray aka davidvir
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have what I call a quot;weight cyclequot;. I'd be fat,
then eventually get really thin then really fat
again.. When I got into college, the weight
just really stuck for much longer than usual. From
being 150lbs in 2004, I ballooned to 215lbs with a
waistline of 38quot; by 2006. It was only when I
discovered running that I was able to shed all that
excess weight once more, and now maintain an
active lifestyle. Before I knew it, I found myself at
170lbs and at a size 30 by August 2008. I even
became leaner than when I was 150 lbs back in
2005. Running did all that. This time, I plan to stay
thinner, leaner and healthier. I'm putting an end
to the quot;weight cyclequot;
The Passion Runner
Running Shield’s Files
1st picture Starting from Left : 7yrs old & 16yrs old.
2nd picture Starting from top left going clockwise: 18, 40, 45, 35,
13 yrs old respectively.
3rd picture : 44 years old – 135lbs.
Highest weight 220lbs at the age of 16 years old.
Present weight 135lbs.
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The Meek Runner
Great Quotations for Runners
Races always evoke some dread Adversity cause some men to
about pain that will come. But we break; others to break records.
Runs end. Running doesn't.
can't escape the fact that the more
William A. Ward
discomfort we accept in a race, the
Pain is temporary. It may last a
faster we will run. Successful
minute, or an hour, or a day, or a
racing means courting the pain.
To boast of a performance which I
year, but eventually it will
John Elliott cannot beat is merely stupid
subside and something else will
vanity. And if I can beat it that
take its place. If I quit, however, it
means there is nothing special
The miracle isn’t that I about it. What has passed is
finished. The miracle is that I Lance Armstrong already finished with. What I find
had the courage to start.
more interesting is what is still to
“Hey, I ran 100 miles this
week. How far did you
run?” Ignore him! What the
The Truth is that Running Hurts.
hell difference does it “The only good race pace is suicide
No one gets faster without make? The magic is in the pace, and today looks like a good
meeting their personal pain barrier man, not the 100 miles. day to die.”
Steve Roland Prefontaine
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• First 10k trail run
• First half marathon early next year
• First full marathon late next year
• Sub50 for 10k run
• Sub22 for 5k run
• Buy a cross‐country and road bike
• Quit smoking, or if not, limit to 2 sticks
• My goal for this coming year is to
ou’ve started running, finished a 5K or a 10K, run in different races and
completely run the whole 10k. Kasi I
met running buddies. So what happens after that? Will you stop running
usually walk a couple of meters pag
on 2009 or be busier for more years to come?
nasa race na. So this year I wanna run a
10k without stopping....except sa finish
Here are the goals and resolutions by members and visitors for Takbo.ph.
To join 1 more marathon maybe San Run my first half‐marathon sub2.30hrs
Francisco and to finish in 3.50.00 (Condura Run‐March'09)
• Try to reduce my time every race.
To break a 48 mins for a 10k. Improve my running posture and basics
• Try to make my time more
competitive, my goal for the 10k is
RunningShield • Be in my quot;ideal running weightquot; before
35min. (hinde ko lang alam kung kailan
ko makukuha ito)
• Run a sub55min 10K
• Build up my mileage to 80Kms/week
• To run the 42k at qualifying time.
• Run a sub25min 5K
• Run 42Km Milo Marathon
• Run a sub22minute 5K
• Run a sub47minute 10K
• Run the my first official 21km at the
• Start joining road races.
• Lose 10 to 15 lbs more.
• Run the my first 42km at Milo, and
• Run my 1st full marathon
hopefully run it sub 4 hours.
• Meet takbo.ph people
• Stay injury‐free.
• Beat my 5km (19mins) and 10km
• Sub55 minutes for 10K
• Improve my PR in 10k (55 mins.)
• Lose 10 lbs by the end of January 2009
• Gain some mass ‐ I can't help but feel
• Run a Full Marathon
Tven77 • To run my first 21k
• To run my first 42k
• Stay injury‐free • •
Stay injury free (nakaka‐frustrate eh..) To participate in my first duathlon
• Improve on the basics/fundamentals • •
Run 2 full marathons or 1 ultra‐ To beat my PRs
• Run my 1st full marathon (sub 5hrs)
marathon To continue to love running more
• Be ready/finish Bataan102 • Join the TNF100
• Run 1 overseas event (HM or FM) scarfacekid24
ronald • Start open‐water swimming or brick
training (Half/Sprint Distance Tri)
• Run outside Metro Manila and
Run a sub‐50 10k
• hopefully abroad on International
Finish injury free a half Marathon
Run at a respectable pace with the big
• Set new PRs: 5K (below 20min) 10K
boys at an olympic distance triathlon. • Run my first half marathon muna
• (below 50min)
Flabs to abs w/o going to the gym • Improve on my time
• Run not only on weekends but also on
• Lose some weight
weekdays (and log it)
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akbo.ph is a by product of an
addiction — the addiction to
I have been a blogger since 2004 and I It was an experience I wanted to share to
started blogging about my runs in 2006 in others. What if more runners know even
Friendster then later in Wordpress. In more runners? What if more runners
2008, I was hooked to running as more share their experiences? What if more
runners and bloggers appeared. runners encourage one another? What if
more runners run together?
Meeting the bloggers was a great
experience. My passion to running has That was the dream. To create a bigger
changed since then. It was amazing how community of runners where no runner
strangers suddenly become online will run alone and no runner is left
buddies and later real life friends. I get behind, either physically or virtually .
advice and motivation from them. I learn
Thus on July 3, 2008, the website
tips and techniques to improve my runs.
Takbo.ph was born. That is the date
Races was never boring as I get
when we bought and registered the
encouragements from them. And
domain. It took us more than two weeks
finishing a race became easier with
to think of a name. Somehow, Takbo.ph
someone to pace with.
won our votes for its simplicity.
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For several weeks we added the features thank you to you all for supporting
and started loading the website with Takbo.ph and its dream.
information. On July 21, 2008, Takbo.ph
As I write this last page of the yearbook, I
was officially online and we invited
realized that Takbo.ph has not just
runners and bloggers to check out the
offered r a c e
site. The day ended information o r
with 54 registered What if more runners know even
registration forms. Not
members. more runners? What if more just blogs or surveys or
Since then, the website runners share their experiences? race results. Above all,
has established itself as What if more runners encourage Takbo.ph has offered
the online hangout of friendship, camaraderie
one another? What if more
runners. In less than a and a running family.
runners run together?
year, the forum has And I hope we will
continued to grow to 500 to 1,000 continue to grow like that. It is this
members and to 2,000 members. Seeing unique Filipino trait that separates
the website getting more visitors and Takbo.ph among all other running
members everyday makes me happy. websites around the world.
But what makes me even happier is the I am overwhelmed how all of these have
fact that the dream of connecting more happened in less than a year. The
runners, the dream of converting running addiction will continue in the
strangers to friends, and the dream of Philippines and Takbo.ph will continue to
helping a newbie reach his goals is give you great features on the website,
coming to a reality. That is where my more surprises, and more gatherings.
satisfaction and motivation comes.
Just keep on running. And of course,
Running is really addicting. But it is not keep on sharing it with others.
my fault why thousands of runners who
Mabuhay ang mga Filipino Runners.
visit the site everyday are now addicted
to Takbo.ph. It is your fault for
encouraging them to run, for making
them feel at home at the forums, and
Jinoe M Gavan
making them find new friends. Thus, the
success of Takbo.ph is really because of
the fun‐filled, supportive, noisy, and
wacky members of the site. A big big
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