RACE for LIFE 2015: Change A Life, Change The Nation

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Real LIFE Foundation in cooperation with Runrio will be staging a fun run on November 30 at Mall of Asia grounds.  This year’s race marks the eighth edition staged  by Real LIFE for the benefits of its 250 scholars.

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Real LIFE Foundation is a Christian nonprofit that believes education is essential to helping the poor get our of poverty.  Close to 300 Real LIFE scholars have graduated from university and vocational courses, including 41 who graduated last year.

“Our mission is to honor God by serving the poor in the Philippines and empowering their dreams through educational assistance, character development, and community service”.

“Our vision is to transform lives, families and communities through hope and education”

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Real LIFE scholars at last year’s Race For Life

By participating in the benefit run, people can help support the education of 250 Real LIFE scholars from all over the Philippines. Organized this year by Runrio.

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Alaska Milk bags Silver in prestigious Asia Awards for Brand Advocacy

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The “Nutrition. Action. Champion.” program of Alaska Milk received international recognition for excellence when it won the silver medal in Best Use of Brand Advocacy during the 2015 Loyalty & Engagement Awards in Singapore last Aug. 13 at the Shangri-La hotel, Singapore.

The “Nutrition. Action. Champion” program was cited from among cutting-edge work across the region with 22 entries from Asia Pacific, South Asia and ANZ during the third edition of Loyalty & Engagement Awards, which was its biggest ever.

Through the “Nutrition. Action. Champion” initiative, Alaska Milk rallies Filipino children to an active lifestyle, promotes good nutrition and instills the values of discipline, determination, hard work and teamwork for them to become champions in whatever they do.

The sports activities are developed, organized and sustained by Alaska Milk and its agency partners TBWA\SMP, OPEN and Partners, and M2M Advertising Phils. Alaska Milk has one of the biggest year-long sports programs in the Philippines- with more than 60 events, six different sports (basketball, volleyball, football, triathlon, cycling and running), and more than 20,000 participants nationwide.

The Loyalty & Engagement Awards support Marketing magazine’s mission of elevating marketing standards and practices in the region with focus on customer loyalty and engagement.

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UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate Anne Curtis to Run for Children

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UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis launches the ‘Heroes for Children Run’ for the benefit of children most in need, especially in their first 1,000 days of life.  The event will be held on October 25, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

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UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

UNICEF and partners launched the ‘1,000 Days’ campaign through a series of legislative advocacy forums with the House of Representatives and the Senate last July. The central theme is, ‘Ensuring the Right Start to Life through Optimal Maternal and Child Nutrition: Building a Stronger Nation’.

“In the Philippines, at least 3.4 million Filipino children are stunted. Undernutrition accounts for over half of the 95 daily under-five child deaths. The ‘1,000 Days’ campaign will focus on much needed health and nutrition support in the critical first thousand days of the life of a child: from conception through pregnancy, to childbirth, and through to the child’s second year and beyond. UNICEF greatly appreciates Anne’s initiative to raise funds to support the critical needs of young children’s health and well-being. She is personally leading this event and has mobilized her own networks and resources to make it happen.  I accompanied Anne on her first field visit with us. She is committed not only to learn, but also to contribute in changing the lives of the Filipino children for the better. Her popularity and large fan base is an asset in drawing due attention to the needs of Filipino children.” – UNICEF Country Representative Lotta Sylwander.

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 “I am very much invested in health and fitness. I thought a benefit run that demonstrates health and wellness is a great way to raise resources to support children to have the best start in life! Proceeds from the run will help fund UNICEF’s ‘1,000 Days of Life’ campaign,”  – AnneCurtis.

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The run is the first major fund-raising initiative by Anne Curtis since UNICEF appointed her as Celebrity Advocate last March.

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Children 12 years and below can participate in the 500 meter run. Adults may choose from any of the 3 categories – 5K, 10K and 21K.

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BATAAN INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON 2015: MIRINDA CARFRAE TO RACE in Bi3

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After winning the 2014 SBR.ph Awards Race of the Year (below 600), the Bataan International Triathlon (Bi3) comes back with the promise of an even bigger and better eco-heritage triathlon festival.

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The homegrown race that boasts of being truly Filipino, is set once again in the picturesque Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan on November 28-29, 2015, where participants will race past Filipino heritage homes and buildings. It features unique race  distances – the Largo (1.5km swim-55km bike-11km run) and Rapido (750m swim-30km bike-5.5km run) – in which participants have the option to race individually in the Solo category, as buddies in the Amigo category or as part of a Relay team (only available in Largo). Aspiring young athletes are also expected to make waves in the Junior Aquathlon events where kids from 6 to 16 years old will race in the swim-run event. Participants in the 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 age groups can participate individually or in the unique parent-child category where they can race alongside their parent. Those in the 13 to 16 age group will participate as individuals.

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The Bataan International Triathlon starts off with a swim in the calm and clear waters of the West Philippine Sea right on the shoreline of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

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From transition, the athletes make their way towards the national road, turning left past the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower and towards the municipality of Morong. On the bike course, the cyclists navigate through hilly and winding roads as they go past the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and down into Morong proper before making a U-Turn in Sabang and ride back towards Las Casas where they will change into their running gear.

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The run course takes athletes past rice fields and scenic ocean views as they run on the roads leading to Mt. Mariveles, conquering some hills along the way. Athletes then turn back towards Las Casas where they will run past its heritage homes before crossing the bridge towards the finish line where a fiesta awaits them.

The Largo and Rapido categories will be held on a Saturday (November 28), while the Junior Aquathlon is set on Sunday (November 29), giving the participants more time to enjoy the venue with families and friends after the race.  Bi3 promises a weekend full of activities, which includes heritage tours, cultural shows, a post-race fiesta and a whole lot more.

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MIRINDA CARFRAE TO RACE IN BATAAN INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON 2015

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F&F International Events Group, Inc. shook the Philippine multisport scene as it revealed on Monday, September 7 that 3-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae is racing at the Bataan International Triathlon this year. It will be Rinny’s first race in the Philippines and it is the first time ever that a reigning women’s Ironman World Champion will be racing in the Philippines. As Bi3 does not have a separate professionals division, Rinny will share the starting line with other pro athletes, Filipino elites, and age groupers. This gives Bi3 participants a chance to race alongside their idol.

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Rinny’s triathlon career started when she represented Australia at the ITU Triathlon World Championships from 2001-2005, where she bagged silver medals in the years 2002 and 2003. In 2009, she landed in second place in her first ever appearance at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii – considered the most prestigious triathlon event in the world. Since then Rinny has landed in the podium in all her appeareances at the World Championships. In 2010, she dominated the women’s field and took first place, repeating this feat in 2013 and 2014. She owns the Ironman World Championship women’s course record at 8:52:13 and women’s marathon run record with a time of 2:50:38.

On top of her athletic athletic career, Rinny is also involved in chartable initiatives such as the programs of World Bicycle Relief, which aim to provide bicycles to residents of rural Africa and connect them with education, healthcare and economic opportunites. She brings this same charitable heart to the Philippines as she will help launch the Batang Tri Grassroots Program, a program that aims to fight poverty in Phlippines and Asia through multisport.

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The Batang Tri Grassroots Program is an initiative by CEO and President of F&F International Events Group, Inc. and restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo. It started as a small-scale CSR of the Blackbeard’s Seafood Island Group in partnership with coach Jojo Macalintal, wherein part of the proceeds from the sales of Jomac Boodle, a meal created by coach Jomac, are used in buying bicycles for young individuals that want to enter the world of multisports but do not have the capacity to do so.

This year, Batang Tri Grassroots Program is set to expand to new horizons as coach Melvin Fausto of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines and Carlos De Guzman of SwimBikeRun.ph join Raymund Magdaluyo and Jojo Macalintal to combat poverty through the help of multisports. The renewed program aims to acquire more bicycles and funds for different training programs for deserving young individuals.

One hundred special slots for the Bataan International Triathlon will be open to the public wherein a part of the proceeds will directly go to the Batang Tri Grassroots Program.

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SyncRUNize brings adventure to ALI’s new CBD ARCA South

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Synchronize your watches for a grand adventure in ARCA South. The 74-hectare Taguig property, set to become a new “city in sync” as master-planned by Ayala Land, Inc., is hosting a mobile-app integrated adventure run on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

SyncRUNize will be unlike other regular 5 km runs as it challenges both body and mind through a number of physical obstacles and mental drills. Racers will first have to download the exclusive SyncRUNize mobile app available on Google Play and iOS. The app directs participants from one checkpoint to another where they will have to accomplish the physical or mental challenge before they can get to the next.

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ARCA South has partnered with Guerilla Race, organizers of the fierce sport Guerilla Race Series, to specially design the obstacle course. Mental drills, which can include calculations, stock knowledge tests, or abstract reasoning were designed by Go Go Hunt. Other partners are The North Face, Fox, Oculus Archery and as the partner-beneficiary of the event, the Help Educate and Rear Orphans (HERO) Foundation. Part of the proceeds from SyncRUNize will serve as educational aid to the children of soldiers incapacitated or killed in the line of duty.

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Racers can compete as individuals or as teams of four.  They will get a chance to win P90,000 worth of cash and prizes for individual and group winners. At the end of the race, participants can celebrate their victory at Sync City, where they can enjoy the interactive booths and the food market.

“SyncRUNize is the kind of event that embodies the principle behind ARCA South as a City in Sync,” said Mr. Stephen Comia, ARCA South Project Development Manager. “The development is envisioned to be the newest CBD in Taguig where all the elements that make a city are present and in sync. In addition, the efficient management of the road network, traffic, communications, environment, security and other systems in ARCA South are primary.”

With DOTC’s planned Integrated Transport System (ITS) –South Terminal being recently awarded to Ayala Land, Inc., ARCA South will become one of the most highly connected districts in the city. This world-class transport terminal will rise beside ARCA South and increase accessibility to the property. The direct link to the Skyway and C5/ C6 highways will also make ARCA South minutes away from Makati, Bonifacio Global City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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ARCA South will also eventually operate with a centralized system for traffic, power and security management, furthering its vision of being a city in sync. The district will be highly pedestrianized, punctuated by green spaces and streetscapes, and integrated basement parking to free the streets.

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To get to ARCA South, participants can take the East Service Road along South Luzon Expressway or C5 in Taguig.  While for those interested to take the public transport, for a minimum fee of P30 per person per roundtrip, participants can also avail of shuttle services to the race via pick up points in Tower 1 in Ayala Avenue, Makati; TriNoma Mall, Quezon City; and Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa.

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  1. What is SyncRUNize about?

ARCA South is hosting a mobile app integrated adventure run with SyncRUNize on September 19, 2015. This a one-of-a-kind race. Participants here will have to get directions from a downloadable mobile app, and even solve puzzles from the app as well as surpass the physical challenges before they can get to the next checkpoint.

We have partnered with Guerilla Race, Hero Foundation, The North Face, Fox and Oculus for the endurance challenges and Go Go Hunt for the mobile app driven mental challenges. It promises to be a memorable adventure run like no other.

  1. Where will it be held in ARCA South?

SyncRUNize will be held at the ARCA South near the estate entrance. Parking is available at the event area.

  1. How do we get to ARCA South?

ARCA South is accessible through the city’s major thoroughfares. They can take East Service Road in Taguig from C5 or the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)

  1. Is there a shuttle service to ARCA South for SyncRUNize?

Yes, shuttle services will be offered to participants on September 19. Pick-up and drop-off points will be in Tower 1, Ayala Avenue in Makati, TriNoma in Quezon City and Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa. A minimum fee of P30 per roundtrip will be charged. Participants can sign up and reserve their seats via SMS or email.

  1. Why hold this event in ARCA South?

SyncRUNize is the kind of event that embodies the principle behind ARCA South as a City in Sync. The development is envisioned to be the newest CBD in Taguig where all the elements that make a city are present and in sync. In addition, the efficient management of the road network, traffic, communications, environment, security and other systems in ARCA South are primary.

  1. How can people register for the event?

This can be done online on http://www.arcasouth.ph or they can visit any of the Chris Sports branches nationwide. Registration is ongoing until September 18, 2015.

  1. How much is registration?

Individual registration is at P1,100 while group registration of 4 pax to form a team is at P990 per person. Each participant will get a race kit with a SyncRUNize singlet, race bib, cell phone splash-proof pouch and exciting prizes from sponsors.

  1. Will participants need to have their mobile phones with them?

Yes. Participants will need their smartphones running on iOS or Android with them throughout the SyncRUNize course.

From August 28 to September 19, race day, the SyncRUNize app will be available for download on Google Play.  The iOS version will be available from September 18 to 19.

We advise participants to charge their phones to full power and bring a charger, extra battery or power bank that they can stow in their racing kits.

  1. Will the SyncRUNize app run even when the smartphone’s mobile data is off?

The race course will have an online and offline version. People can run through the course without the need of internet however they must sync in their results at the end of the race. Wifi access will be available for all participants at the finish line.

  • How will a participant win SyncRUNize?

Participants are guided from one obstacle to the next through the SyncRUNize app.

In the individual category of the race, the participant who finishes strong through all the obstacles and has the best time wins.

In the group category of the race, where participants are grouped into teams of 4, the team that finishes strongest through all the challenges with the best cumulative time will be the winner.

  • What are the prizes in this race?

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First Place – PHP15,000.00 in cash and prizes

Second Place – PHP8,000.00 in cash and prizes

Third Place – PHP6,000.00 in cash and prizes

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First Place – PHP8,000.00 in cash and prizes

Second Place – PHP5,000.00 in cash and prizes

Third Place – PHP3,000.00 in cash and prizes

At the end of the run, visitors and participants can head for Sync City to enjoy the interactive booths and the food market.

  • Is there an age limit to join SyncRUNize?

The participants must at least be 7 years old to join the SyncRUNize run.

  • How will the Hero Foundation benefit from this event?

Part of the proceeds will be donated to Help Educate and Rear Orphans (HERO) Foundation.

  • Why support HERO Foundation?

ARCA South is an Ayala Land development, and our business leaders were among the first to extend assistance upon the foundation’s establishment. We have a heightened awareness of the sacrifice and courage of our military men and women, especially with the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines being in Taguig as well. When an opportunity to give back through an event like SyncRUNize came about, it seemed like a natural plan of action.

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Fitness Classes and Fab Finds at Kickass Sports and Fitness Expo 2015

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Commercenter, the go-to-hub for families and communities in the south in Alabang, were busy with fitness activities and classes for the whole weekends for August.  Thanks to the first ever Kickass Sports and Fitness Expo for offering exciting workouts and talks for the mall goers to check out.

Kickass was founded when Ruby Gan went home inspired from an international marathon.  Having no such event in the country that features a vast array of sporting and fitness goods, Kickass’ intention was to provide the same holistic experience from that one particular expo.  Working with Que Gavan of Takbo,ph, a partnership was created, with the two combining their wits to design an expo that is unique and suited to the local community.

The first weekend was about running and nutrition.  There were talks on running for both the new and the seasoned runners – for kids, for beginners, for those who want to try out the trails and those who want to go further and do ultramarathon.  Experts also shared the importance of proper nutrition and hydration for everyone to be aware of the proper diet and how to fuel up for race day.

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Multisport Philippines had the next weekend teaching participants about running and biking.  They had outdoor application drills after the talk, both for running and biking,  Participants get to apply what they have learned and was treated to post workout snacks and some giveaways.

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The last weekend of the expo was the most exciting part.  It offered relaxing and heart-pumping exercises like yoga (ashtanga and vinsaya) and high-intensity interval training.  Event the benefits of having babies learning how to swim was discussed.  PiYo, a combination workout, inspired by Pilates and Yoga, was also first launched in the expo.

It was a gathering of the best coaches and speakers like Andy Leuterio, Chi Malasarte, Paulo Sotelo, Fia Batua, Hector Yuzon, Jinoe Gavan, Jonel Mendoza, JP Alipio, Mitch Felipe, Ria Mackay, Teeffany Go, Ani de Leon-Brown, and Titus Salazar to share and discuss several interests.

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The expo also showcased several fitness and sports brands.  Mall goers, as well as participants, had a chance to check out over 20 exhibitors of great mix of brands and services, from apparel, to athletic shoes, to fitness accessories, to hydration options.  Participants had a chance to have their feet analyzed to know the perfect shoe and to try out the cool zero impact running equipment.

Kickass Sports and Fitness Expo 2015 was made possible with the partnership with Takbo.ph, Multisport and Asics.  It is an all-in-one event where cyclists, runners, triathletes, and even those starting to get a healthy lifestyle, had the opportunity to learn, experience, and buy products and services that surely intensify one’s goal in keeping an active and healthy lifestyle.

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With the success of the first ever Kickass Sports and Fitness Expo, the team is now looking at similar and bigger event to inspire and encourage more people to keep moving!

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THE MUSIC RUN by Philam Life Wants You to Run Wild this November

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Philam Life Manila brings you The Music Run.  A truly rocking 5-km fun run that has been touring Asia and entertained over 50,000 participants from Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Yagon, and now bringing the beat to the Philippines for the first time.

Run along the 5-km route through an exciting odyssey of sound with five different music zones such as rock, pop, old school, hip hop, and dance.  Concert-quality speakers will line the entire course creating a truly immersive and rocking music experience which ends with live performances from local artists at the Finish Zone Music Festival.

The Music Run has partnered with Spotify to build digital music selection mechanic that enables crowd sourcing of music providing a true social voice to the event.  With the tagline ‘Your music, Your beat”, music runners can stake their claim on the music in rotation by voting for their 5 favorite tracks in each music genre on the website.  The five most popular tracks from each genre will then be selected to form music zone playlists for the actual run.

Unlike other marathons and themed running events, this has no time clock which means anyone of any fitness level can join in the fun and complete the run at his or her own pace.  It is not about who has the fastest time, but simple who has the most fun.  All music runners will be awarded with a medal at the finish line.

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