ActiveHealth has been in the forefront providing an incomparable race experience.  It is the only race in the country that offers an integrated holistic solution for for progressive athletes, grounded by its 4 pillars – training nutrition, gear and events; and for the past years, they have been helping runners to progress and exceed themselves.  This year,  ActiveHealth introduces the new Run United Exceed which will be different to the previous Run United Series.  Run United Exceed is a prestigious and exclusive 21-km race that will be held in BGC, Taguig on April, 2017.  It is set to revolutionize the running landscape by introducing world marathon major inspired innovation that will push runners to exceed themselves.

Did I mention innovation to help breed next level 21K finishers? Brace yourself, here it goes:

  • Exclusive medal for sub 2.5 hours finishers
  • FREE UNDER ARMOUR SHOES  to the top 15 negative split medal finishers
  • And to keep our runners motivated while they push themselves, the course is lined up with cheer stations in key location, to help boost their moral.
  • To further ass to the thrill of the race is the moving cut-off banner making sure runners make it in time.
  • All participants are also entitled to discounted privileges from partner merchants and a Run United Exceed Kit inclusive of race shirt, event shirt and other items.

The concept is to shatter ones perception on time – To go against your greatest enemy, yourself.  This race will give birth to the next generation of high performing Half-Marathoners that have the relentless drive and determination to exceed the time they have set for themselves through proper training and sports nutrition.

“We have been doing the progressive races for the past 6 years.  For 2017, we believe that it is time to take it to the next level.  We want to build a new generation of athletes whose objective is not to just finish, but to EXCEED.”  – Lester Castillo, Brand Manager of ActiveHealth.

Excited already?.. Here are the race details:


Regular Registration Period

On-line Registration:     January 30 to February 28, 2017     Php 1,350

In-store Registration:     February 14 to February 28, 2017     Php 1, 350

Late Registration Period

Late On-line Registration     March 1 to March 12, 2017     Php 1, 550

Late In-Store Registration     March 1 to March 12, 2017     Php 1, 550

Race Inclusions:

  • Finisher’s Medal (exclusive to 2.5 hour finishers)
  • ActiveHealth Race Shirt and ActiveHealth Event Shirt
  • Race bib with D-tag
  • Finisher’s kit
  • Raffle entry to a guaranteed complimentary slot for 2 to Angkor Wat International Marathon or Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Run United Medal

The finisher’s medal and its design elements are inspired from an athlete’s journey in exceeding himself.


Race Shirt

The Run United race shirts is a performance shirt made from light breathable and quick dry fabric to help participants perform better.


ActiveHealth have you covered from training to race day with special deals for your race and training pack.  ActiveHealth’s complete sports nutrition system are readily available to help participants reach optimum performance in time for Run United Exceed.  A race and training pack are available upon registration and exclusive deals are offered.


Run United Exceed is co-presented by Tag Heuer and also the official timekeeper of the event.

During Media Launch

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So what are you waiting for?… TARALETS GUYS!

For more information, visit and stay connected through their facebook and twitter  and instagram account.


ActiveHealth Launches Online Portal for the Swim, Bike and Run Communities


ActiveHealth, as the number one advocate towards healthy lifestyle, is taking a big leap by giving the running and multisports community what they need – an online platform called the ActiveHealth Community (AHC) Portal.  It’s a digital platform of online race preparation and coaching, race results tracker, sports nutrition, sleep advice, and more.  AHC encourages athletes to use the digital platform to aid training and exceed performance targets.  According to Mr. Alex Panlilio, Unilab Health Operating Vice President, the idea behind AHC is to strengthen the ties that bind the community in pursuing an active lifestyle and excellence by encouraging athelets to strive in reaching their potential.

AHC mobile App

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AHC members will have access to training plans that are customized to the ActiveHealth race that they are joining, expert advice and support from AHC coaches and mentors through classes, training camps, articles and online coaching analysis, updates on all events, special offers of ActiveHealth as well as rewards for being an active member of the community.

AHC Coaches and Sports Specialists


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“What sets AHC apart from other training programs or clubs is that we know our community of runners, cyclists, and triathletes very well so we can provide them what they require as progressive athletes in order for them to exceed themselves.  And that is a holistic, system-based approach covering all areas of training and race preparation – sleep, recovery, nutrition and gear.” – Coach Ani De-Leon Brown, Senior Coach Consultant of AHC.

AHC members have access to a roster of best coaches and sports specialists in their fields such as veteran coaches and marathoners Titus Salazar and Ben Alacar, former triathlon team coach Dan Brown, first certified female multisport coach in the Philippines Ani De-Leon Brown, multi-awarded triathlete coach Andy Leuterio and other seasoned triathlon coaches such as Ian Alacar, Kaye Lopez, and Nonoy Basa.  We also have sports science experts Riel Espino, Saul Sibayan, Kris Agarao, sleep and recovery expert Francis Diano and sports nutrition experts Harvie De Baron among many others who are in the process of finalizing contracts with ActiveHealth.

AHC Mentors


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According to coach Ani De-Leon Brown, “The mentors will be the on-ground teaches who will assist the members with their form and technique.  There will be regular mentor session across different training areas in Metro Manila so we can provide assistance to more athletes.”  Eventually, AHC will also conduct mentor sessions or classes outside of Metro Manila.

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*access the AHC app for more training sessions

AHC is open to all participants of ActiveHealth races like Run United and Tri United since 2010 up to the present.  Once an athlete registers for an event, they automatically get a link to the AHC portal.  AHC is accessible via the ActiveHealth website or by downloading the app on Google Play store, and soon at Apple store.  Membership is free and has no expiration.

ActiveHealth also offers a premium subscription to members who want to avail additional benefits like priority registration to all events, access to coach classess, request online coach analysis (extra fees apply) and other features.  The Premium subscription will be offered at an introductory price of Php 365 per year.

Perks of being an AHC member

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AHC is also offering exclusive rewards for AHC members.  They can earn points by completing tasks and activities within the community such as signing up and completing races, attending classes and achieving targets.  The detailed reward mechanics will be available to the athletes on the AHC portal.

Those interested to join AHC can already do so when they register and participate in the upcoming  Tri United 4 on November 27 in Clark, Pampanga.

So what are you waiting for?… Download the app, let’s train and Exceed Yourself!






Exceed Yourself in 2016: Run United 1



Plan your training now as Run United 1 2016 open its registration.  The event will be held on March 13, 2016 at Mall of Asia Grounds with 5k, 10k and 21k categories. 

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In-store purchase of the prepaid cards will be available at the following stores, from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting January 30, 2016.


RUNNR Store Trinoma

Toby’s Robinson Galleria

Toby’s MOA

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Note: Additional P150 will be charged for race kit delivery.

For online (credit card) registrants who chose delivery: complete race kit will be delivered on or before March 7, 2016. Singlet/Finishers’ shirt sizes will be available online on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For online (credit card) registrants who chose pick up: complete race kit will be given during the race kit claiming period of March 5 to 11, 2016 at the chosen store when you registered. Singlet sizes will be on a first-come, first-serve basis when you register online.

For in-store registrants: complete race kit will be given during the race kit claiming period of March 5 to 11, 2016 at the chosen store when you registered. Singlet sizes will be on a first-come, first-serve basis when you register online.

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  • All registrations will be done online by logging on to thru the Active Network link)
  • Registration deadline is on February 29. Singlet sizes and finishers’ shirt sizes will available on a first-come, first-served basis online.
  • Singlet and finishers shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
  • Prepaid cards will be sold in store on a per person basis only.
  • Prepaid cards must be registered on or before February 29, 2015. Validity expires beyond the date indicated at the back of the card.
  • Online registration and prepaid card selling is on a first come first served basis. Registration may end earlier than the announced deadline.
  • D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.
  • No BIB, No D-TAG, NO RACE.






With coach Rio, some of the RU pacers, runner-blogger team and Active Health team.

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My Run United Philippine Marathon 2015 Pacer Adventure

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Run United Series placed a big part in my running career.  My first 21K was done at RUPM 2012.  My first 42K was also done at RUPM 2013, and last year I beat my own PR for doing a sub6.

An RUPM baby ever since

An RUPM baby ever since

I started running in December 2011 and all my first endeavors was with Run United.  In 2012, they conducted a running clinic which I joined as a beginner.  I learned a lot from that clinic.  I learned how to be strong not only physically but also mentally, proper nutrition, and proper preparation.

Run United Series gave me so much memories and for this year, I am paying it forward.  This year, I played not as a runner but as a pacer.

Run United 1 as 21K pacer

Run United 1 as 21K pacer

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Run United 2 as 21K pacer

And last October 4 at Run United Philippine Marathon, I played as a 42K pacer at 6:30 pace group.  It’s not my first time to pace someone for a full marathon but this is my first time to be a part of a 42K pace group, not as a co-pacer but a lead pacer, and I only learned that few days before the race… hahaha.  I was so nervous then due to many things going on my mind.  I have been sick few weeks before the race and I lack ample time to sleep due to my graveyard shift work. Nonetheless, I already planned for everything; the pace time, the strategies and how to motivate and encourage runners to join our group.  I coordinated with Ate When, my co-pacer about our strategy.  My bag was ready, complete with my race day regimen.

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On race day

As I planned, I woke up around 11:30 pm to get ready and reached the event place at exactly 1am which is the 42K runners’ call time.  I saw excited runners doing some stretching and some taking photos.  As we are preparing for the gun to start, some runners approached me, asked for groupie (showbiz lang ang peg) and others just gave a wave.

And off we go…

As we planned, we are running at 9mins/km pace.  We are one big barangay!, mostly consist of first time full marathoners and other who just want to enjoy the route.  Our group is so big and loud.  We are having a good time chitchatting.

The “kembot pace”

When we reached the Buendia route going to the Kalayaan flyover, I introduced to them the “kembot pace” where in you sway your hips a little bit making your foot roll, making some of your running muscle take a rest and other muscle group work, making you run longer and stronger.  This works great during uphill, giving less stress to the knees.  But take note, this only works for slower pace only as the heels tends to drop first, then rolling towards mid foot to toes.  Faster pace needs to be a midfoot drop for quick transition.

To continue…

Runners are enjoying the kembot pace especially when we are traversing the BGC route, which is a surprise for us to run along Bayani Road but it made easy by the “kembot pace”.  Upon traversing the Kalayaan flyover back to Buendia, I realized some of the runners are already tired; so when we reached the first 21-km mark along Buendia, I decided to do some stretching for a minute to loosen up tight muscles.  I led the stretching and many runners joined including runners that are not in our pace group.  As we travel along the Roxas Boulevard toward Luneta, we realized that the kilometer marker does not  jive with our GPS watch.  So, I told them that the next stretching break will be at the 30-km mark and after that, we will do Galloway technique at 8:30.  When we reached the Seaside Boulevard near One Esplanade, the runners are shouting “Whoooooo! ang aga pa natin” (around 6:20 hours) but when we turned right at the corner, we realized that we still have the last U-turn.  That last turn was hell for them.  It was hot, humid and they are so tired.  I understand them as so I am but I was amazed with the runner’s perseverance to keep up with their goal.  I saw them how they push themselves just to keep up with us.  I saw myself to them, at my first full marathon. I told them, “Laban!.. konti na lang!.. para sa unli-rice!”

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We are one big kembot barangay

We are one big kembot barangay

We finished the race exhausted, tired and hungry but with happy heart.  But my heart was happier due to numerous gratitudes that I received.



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21K pacer Ate Cleo, my co-pacer Ate Wheng, a runner from our pace group, and 21K lead pacer madder Rikki

The feeling is priceless that cannot be replaced by a fee.  Yes, we do not have a fee but we do not regret it. It’s an advocacy to pay it forward.  IT’S ALL FOR THE LOVE OF RUNNING!


some of the pacers from various pace group.... We are not yet here as we are still running by that time :-( photo credit to Leslie

some of the pacers from various pace group…. We are not yet here as we are still running by that time 😦
photo credit to Leslie

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I would like to thank Unilab Active Health, Runrio, Ms. Zeny Mejia, Ms. Vimz Mendoza, and Bards Bathan  for giving me such privilege to be a part of the Run United Pacer group and taking good care of us.

I also would like to thank the runners in our pace group for such a wonderful experience.  I had fun running with you guys.  Until next run.  See you on Run United Recovery Run on December 12, 2015.

For more details and registration, click the logo:

And mark your calendar guys, here is the ULAH 2016 Calendar.  Save those dates.  Exceed Yourself!

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My nutrition that day:

I’m the type of runner who is dropping the glucose level tremendously during the race.  That’s why I always bring energy gels during races especially in full marathons.  Before, I am using a certain power gel religiously.  Taking it every hour but the effect of it only last for 45 minutes so when I reached 1-hour mark, my energy was low and I was very hungry.  Not until Unilab Carbgel was introduced to me.  It is loaded with carbohydrates to boost your energy and last longer.    What I have observed is that, unlike my previous gel that only last for 45 minutes, when I reached my 1-hour mark, I’m not yet hungry but I just have to take one just to maintain my energy and it did.  CarbGel is available in 2 fruity flavors.  You can purchase them at Unilab Active Health site.

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MOTOR IMAGE PILIPINAS INC., the exclusive distributor of SUBARU vehicles in the country, in partnership with RunRio launched the FIRST SUBARU MARATHON to be held in Mall of Asia Grounds on September 13, 2015.

SUBARU automobiles offer the perfect mix of power, performance, safety and versatility. Backed by the perfect partnership of a boxer engine and the Subaru all-wheel drive system, Subaru vehicles are more than capable of keeping up with the active lifestyles of our customers.  This initiative is part of Motor Image Pilipinas Inc’s efforts to support active and healthy lifestyle events.


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Actual photo of the singlet and finisher shirt

Actual photo of the singlet and finisher shirt

Note:  Stay tuned for the medal design.








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Run United Philippine Marathon 2015


The much awaited third leg of Run United Trilogy, The Run United Philippine Marathon, is now here with more exciting event especially for the first time full-marathoners.  All 42K finishers will have run along the red carpet in their own finish line at One Esplanade.


Other categories will have their finish moments at Seaside area of Mall of Asia.  The event will also cater 5K and 10K categories.

Excited already?… Here are the details:











Assembly time, gun time and race route details will follow.  For more information, click the following icon to visit:

It will be my fourth year in joining the Run United Philippine Marathon and I am an RUPM baby ever since.  My first 21K was in RUPM 2012, my first 42K was in RUPM 2013 and last year also memorable as I got a new PR for 42K.  This year, I will again add another memorable moments in my running adventures and hope to see you there.


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Run United 1 2015


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     The much awaited run trilogy is back!  Presenting  the 2015 Run United 1 which will be held on March 8, 2015 with their usual 5k, 10k, and 21k race categories.  All categories will have a start and finish at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.  And to ensure their valued runner patrons a sure slot for the whole trilogy, Unilab Active Health together with Runrio came up to an idea of bundle packages that fit for every runner’s goal.  For those who do not want to purchase bundle packages, per leg registration fee is also available.



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          Pre-paid card selling venues

               – RUNNR Store BGC

               – Toby’s Galleria

               – Toby’s SM North

               – Toby’s MOA

         Registration Fee

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Note: Additional P200 will be charged for race kit delivery: P150 delivery and processing fee & P50 web admin fee.

For online (credit card) registrants: complete race kit will be delivered. Singlet/Finishers’ shirt sizes will be available online on a first-come, first-served basis. Delivery of race kit will be on or before March 1, 2015.

For in-store registrants: complete race kit will be given upon registration for actual runners. Singlet sizes will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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bundle packages plus exceed

Note: Bundle cost is INCLUSIVE of P450 delivery & processing & one-time P50 web admin fees.

For online (credit card & prepaid) registrants: Complete race kit will be delivered 2-weeks before every race.

For in-store registrants: complete Run United 1 race kit will be given upon registration for actual runners. Run United 2 and RUPM race kits can be claimed at the registration store where the runner purchase his bundle slot starting on the 1st day of the in-store registration for Run United 2 & RUPM. *An additional P300 fee will be charged if race kits will be delivered (optional).

All bundled slot comes with a guaranteed singlet and finisher shirt sizes. Deadline of registration is on February 22 or until slots last. Limited bundle slots only.



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Medals for the half-Marathon perfectionist finishers

(21k for leg1, leg2 and RUPM)

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Medals for exceed full marathon finishers

(21k for Leg1, 32K for Leg2 and 42K for RUPM)


Singlets and Finisher Shirts


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  • Registration is on a first-come, first serve basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race slots may run out before March 1, 2015
  • Actual runners who register at the stores will receive their complete race kit upon purchase. A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.
  • Those who will be registering for their friends must buy a prepaid card. The singlet will be given upon purchase of the prepaid card.  The rest of the race kit will be delivered.
  • Singlet/Finisher’s shirt size availability will be on first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Singlet and finishers shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
  • D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.
  • No BIB, No D-TAG, NO RACE.

Race results:

Contact details:

For online and in-store registration inquiries:

  • Landline (+632) 463 4813 or (+632) 463 4814
  • Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm only, except holidays.


Throwback: Run United 1 2014


Reminiscing my last year’s RU1 adventure

     Last year’s Run United trilogy was memorable to me as registered a new PR and hopefully I will this coming Run United 1.  So let’s relive the fun and excitement this coming March 8, 2015.  EXCEED YOURSELF!.. and be happy.

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