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Endurance Weekend 2018

Now on its 6th year, Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is back! An MTB race with 24, 12 and 6th hour categories. Save the Date July 7 – 8, 2018.

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Team 7-Eleven Philippines dominate South Korea race

Press Release:

JEJU IS., SOUTH KOREA – “Race safe, enjoy and make 7-Eleven and the Philippines proud.”, was 7-Eleven Run Series Project Head Michelle Saludes’ message to the runners on Sunday, race day morning of the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival held at Gujwa Life Sports Park in South Korea’s Jeju Island.

Eleven Filipino runners made it to the race courtesy of 7-Eleven Philippines, as part of their prize for landing within the top three spots of this year’s 7-Eleven Run Series held last February. The runners, who carried the banner of Team 7-Eleven Philippines, lived up to expectations and grabbed podium finishes in the 21km and 42km categories.

Fresh from her training camp in Italy, Olympic medalist and marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal showed her winning form and finished the 21km race in 1:18:44 to come up on top, besting the Japanese and Korean elite runners who placed second and third, respectively.  “I wasn’t able to break my personal record but I am satisfied and happy with my overall performance. This race serves as an evaluation of my training and a good warm-up for me for the Asian Games next month.”, said Tabal who flew back to Italy the day after the race to continue with her training which is due to finish by August.

Ruffa Sorongon and Christabel Martes, who directly came from their successful 10km race in last week’s Philippine National Games, took the fourth and fifth podium spots of the 21km category to complete the Female top five.

Richard Salaño, Bulacan’s “Kenyan Slayer” settled for a top two finish in the 21km male category, clocking the race at 1:11:19.80. Cebu’s Prince Joey Lee and Cagayan de Oro’s Jerald Zabala settled for the fifth and sixth place, respectively. It was Lee’s and Zabala’s first race outside the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Filipino runners also reigned in the 42km category of the race. Bryan Quiamco, who earned his slot by winning the third spot of the 42km race of the 7-Eleven Race Series last February, took runner-up honors as he finished with a time of 2:37:03.70. Richeel Languido grabbed third while Rafael Pescos placed fourth.

On the distaff side, the Filipinas ruled as veteran Davaoeña runner Judelyn Miranda covered the challenging course in 3:16:03.91 to bag the crown and beat team mate Maricar Camacho who finished at 3:26:55.02 and settled for second place.

“Para sa akin amazing ang laro na ito kasi kapos ako sa ensayo pero naglakas-loob akong lumaban sa laro na ito dahil dala ko ang bandera ng ating bansa. Salamat sa 7-Eleven Philippines na nagsuporta sa aming lahat na makapunta kami sa South Korea.”, said Judelyn Miranda when asked about her win.

“For me this race Is amazing because even if I lacked training, I bravely went on to race because I am carrying our country’s flag. Thank you to 7-Eleven Philippines who supported all of us in going to South Korea.”

“We are very satisfied with Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ performance here at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival. 7-Eleven Philippines will continue with its program to nurture and support our Filipino runners who aspire to get the chance to represent the country in an international race. With that we encourage them to prepare well and we’ll see them on February 3, 2019 for the 2019 7-Eleven Run Series.”, shared 7-Eleven General Merchandise Division Head Mr. Jose C. Ang Jr., when asked about the team’s performance.

Ever since 2013, 7-Eleven Philippines have given a set of Filipino elite runners a chance to compete in the international stage by bringing them to a foreign running race, all expenses paid for plus pocket money and all needs taken cared of. Apart from this, runners who successfully finish on any of the top three overall spots in their respective category will not only get to bring home the race prizes but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.

The participation of Filipino runners at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the valuable support of Asics as exclusive sportswear partner, Smart and ESPN as media partners and sponsors Selecta Ice Cream, Nature Spring Water, Gatorade, Summit water, Del Monte, Fit and Right, Active, Blue Flavored water, San Miguel beer, Le Minerale, SIP water, Sosro fruit tea, Safeguard, Kopiko 78, Aquafina, Cheetos, Pocari Sweat, and Evian.


Maui Jim, Revo, Julbo and Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses are now available at Vision Express

Vision Express now carries Sports Brands – Maui Jim, Revo, Julbo and Shamir Attitude III  Sport Lenses.

Leading top-quality eyewear store, Vision Express, added brands for sports and active lifestyle into their wide-array of choices of  prescription and non-prescription lenses to cater to all your eyewear needs. Selecting brands to offer to their clients that will truly meet your requirements for improved vision and comfort while doing your favorite sports, most especially running.

Finding an eyewear that is light and comfortable as well as getting the protection your eyes need is quite a task for many of us. These lens wear features are not guaranteed to meet your expectations unless you’ll try it while hitting the road and not just trying inside the store. That is why Vision Express carefully selected products to meet runners’ demands, just like carefully selecting shoes to wear during training as well as your tested pair on a long distance run or even on a fun run.

Probably, at least one of the following sports brands mentioned here will meet your need for an eyewear to complement your existing running gears, while protecting your eyes from bright sunlight, UV rays or even HEV.

Drop by  Vision Express at UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center***, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala the 30th, BGC, Cloverleaf, Eastwood, Festival Supermall, Gatewall Mall, Glorietta 3***, Greenbelt 3, MarQuee Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM CDO, SM City Bacolod, SM City BF, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City Cebu, SM City Davao, SM City Fairview, SM City Pampanga, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Iloilo, SM Clark, SM East Ortigas, SM Megamall***, SM North Edsa, SM Southmall, SM Dasmarinas, Solenad Nuvali, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Fora Mall, Ayala Malls Feliz or Trinoma.

*Carry Julbo, Maui Jim & Revo

 

Press Release:

Julbo, best known for their Photocromic Technology is now available in the Philippines through Vision Express. The Reactiv Photochromic lenses get darker or lighter to match the changing light conditions making them suitable for all your outdoor sports. Their new models like AERO, tagged “Light As Air”  are endurance sport men’s sunglasses with suspended lenses. Designed for runners looking for intense efforts, these glasses are uncompromising when it comes to performance and comfort and feature the AF 3D Fit Nose for a snugly fit especially for Asian faces which tend to be smaller.

Lady runners also can look forward to their Breeze design which is 100% feminine and 100% performance. These too are fitted with Reactiv Photochromic lenses and the AF 3D Fit Nose feature that perfectly adapt to the shape of women’s faces. Breeze offer excellent coverage, fantastic field of vision and perfect ventilation.

If you are looking for Clarity, Color and Detail, Vision Express offers Maui Jim known worldwide for their patented PolarizedPlus2 lens technology. Maui Jim changes the way you see with its vivid colors, improved clarity and crisp details while blocking the harmful UV. Their  PolarizedPlus2® lenses eliminate 99.9% of glare that washes out colors, obscures details, and fatigues your eyes. They have several models you can try in-store, so slip on a pair and see the brilliance.

If you need total performance check out Revo. The extensive Revo lens color palette includes 9 lenses designed to manage and selectively filter the full spectrum of light to optimize customers’ vision in a variety of light environments. What makes the Revo Eyewear unique is that they manage the full spectrum of light, including harmful ultraviolet light, Blue Light, and high-energy visible (HEV) light in all their collections.

Revo also has a campaign with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and musician Bono called Buy Vision, Give Sight committed to preventing vision impairment and blindness in children.

Vision Express also brings something very new to the Philippines market – Shamir Attitude III  Sport Lenses, progressive sunwear lenses. Designed for sports that suit any frame size or shape, with the most advanced technological lens solution. These lenses focus on vision zones like far vision, intermediate vison, near vision, and peripheral vision making it perfect for dynamic sports and an active lifestyle.

 

 

Vision Express Philippines is an international franchise from the UK and is known as the #1 leading optical retailer in Europe. Vision Express Philippines has been providing clients with the best quality of services and products through their expert Optometrists and the global brands they carry. To cater to the growing number of runners in the country, Vision Express now carries brands like Julbo, Maui Jim, Revo and are the only distributors of Shamir Attitude III  Sport Lenses.

Visit their website www.visionexpress.ph for more details.


Assemble your Armour Fitness Retreat launched

Press Release:

UNDER Armour athletes Meggie Ochoa, Gretchen  Ho and Kali Huff, lead the UA’s Women’s Fitness Retreat “dubbed as assemble your armour, yesterday at Chi Spa of Edsa Shangrila.
These women champions in their own field of sports shared their training regimens, fitness routines to selected women patron of Under Armour.
One of the highlights of the event is the Self Deffense tecniques shared by ambassadress Meggie Ochoa. Ochoa once again ruled the Asian region recently when she bagged a gold medal in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Ochoa was one of the two gold medalist for the Philippines recently, when she beat a Vietnamese foe to capture the top honor in the women’s Ne-waza -45kg division event.
“Overwhelming,” said Ochoa in an interview after arriving from Ashgabat. “Right from the beginning, marami kaming pinagdaanan bago kami makarating dito. Sobrang grateful, sobrang grabe ‘yung pasasalamat especially kay God dahil kung hindi dahil sa kanya, Siya ‘yung nag-align ng mga pangyayari para mag-lead dito.”
It was another gold medal for Ochoa, who last year also took first place in the Asian Beach Games in Vietnam. Following the success of in the AIMAG, Ochoa is now looking at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia as the next target.
“Hindi kami tumitigil sa training at sa paghahanda at sa pag-realize ng mga learnings from AIMAG,” said Ochoa.
Ochoa is part of the growing list of Under Armour ambassadresses which have brought honor to the country due to their performances in the international sports scene.
Last year, Hidilyn Diaz made history by becoming the first Filipina to take home a medal in the Olympics when she claimed the silver medal in the weightlifting competitions in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Diaz was also a winner in the recent AIMAG when she captured the silver medal in the event as part of her preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she is aiming for nothing else but a gold medal. Diaz is also taking part in the next Under Armour’s fitness retreat, in which the successful Filipina athletes and personalities will be able to draw inspiration to the Filipino people through their efforts.
Watch out for them again on the next Under Armour fitness retreat in partnership w the Aegle Wellness Center and Sanctband on January 27,2018 at the Balesin Island, Quezon.
UNDER ARMOUR BRAND HOUSES:
  • BONIFACIO HIGH STREET
  • MEGAMALL
  • UP TOWN CENTER
  • GREENBELT
  • TRINOMA
  • ROBINSONS MAGNOLIA
  • AYALA CENTER CEBU

 

MULTIBRRANDED:

  • SECONDWIND – AYALA 30TH
  • LANDMARK MAKATI
  • OLYMPIC VILLAGE- SELECTED STORES ONLY
  • ROYAL DUTY FREE SUBIC
  • RUNNR ATC AND BGC
  • PLANET SPORTS ROCKWELL
  • TOBYS MOA, AURA AND MEGAMALL
  • RUSTANS ATC AND MAKATI
  • SPORTSCENTRAL MOA, BAGUIO AND AURA

Filinvest City – 5th Endurance Weekend

The Filinvest Endurance Weekend is back! 24, 12 and 6th Hour Categories. Save the Date Sept 30 to Oct 1, 2017.

WHAT:   Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2017
WHERE:   Pacific Rim, Filinvest City, Alabang
WHEN:   Saturday to Sunday, September 30 – October 1, 2017

Expected number of participants: 500

Lap Details
Minimum Number of Laps:
• 24 Hour: 24 Laps
• 12 Hour: 12 Laps
• 6 Hour: 6 laps

For relay teams, there is a minimum number of laps per team mate.
• 24 Hour Teams of 3: 8 Laps
• 12 Hour Teams of 2: 6 Laps

RACE ROUTE ON-LINE REGISTRATION

https://reg.goorahna.com/#/event/enduranceweekend2017

 

Press Release

Registration for 5th Filinvest City Endurance Weekend now open.

Elite and amateur mountain bike (MTB) riders can once again expect a thrilling and demanding race experience as the 5th Filinvest City Endurance Weekend makes its way on September 30 – October 1, 2017, at the Filinvest City Alabang.

The Filinvest City Endurance Weekend, first staged in 2013, is an exciting two-day MTB event unlike any other as it challenges riders– either in solo and team categories to push themselves to the limit in the 6-hour, 12-hour, or 24-hour race spans that are very much a test of skill, endurance, and strength.

That Filinvest City serves as the race venue has become even more relevant and fitting with the recent introduction of bike lanes and trails, the latter a feature that cannot be found in other CBDs. Already, bikers of all backgrounds are taking advantage of these amenities, not only on weekends but also during the work week, making Filinvest City a true bikefriendly CBD.

Apart from an exclusive medal for all finishers and winners, generous cash prizes also await winners in the various the various race categories.

The 24-hour leg will start on September 30 (Saturday) at 12nn; the 12-hour leg will start on September 30 (Saturday) at 5pm; while the 6-hour leg will start on October 1 (Sunday) at 6:00am.

For more information on the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend and the accompanying registration fees and procedures involved, visit facebook.com/FilinvestCityOFFICIAL. Ariana Dormitorio

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Team 7-Eleven Philippines Reign in Da Nang International Marathon 2017

Da Nang Vietnam, August 6, 2017 – This year’s Da Nang International Marathon was successfully concluded this morning in Danang, Vietnam with six Filipino runners, representing Team 7-Eleven Philippines, taking podium spots in the full marathon and half-marathon races .

Lany Cardona of Pangasinan cruised through the 42km race to land as the champion of the women’s division, finishing the course in 03:27:26 while Rafael Pescos of Cebu finished second in the men’s division with a finish time of 02:40:06. Richard Salano, a member of the Philippine Army secured the third spot in the podium of the 21km race with a finish time of 1:20:36 while the trio of Jho-An Banayag-Villarma (01:31:53), Nhe-Ann Barcena (01:37:08) and Ruffa Sorongon (01:37:38) swept the first, second and third spots of the 21km women’s category.

Meanwhile, Lizane Abella (4:20:19) and Azlan Pagay (3:02:06) took the Top 1 honors in their respective age group for the 42km and Kennechie Lorbes (1:49:10) took Top 5 for his Age Group in the 21km race.

“Masaya kami kasi ang 7-Eleven ay walang sawa na pinadadala kami sa ganitong international race.” said Lany Cardona who together with Rafael Pescos were given a slot to race in the Shonan International Marathon happening on December in Kanagawa, Japan with all expenses paid, as part of their prize for winning in the 42km category of this race.

Nine Filipino runners participated in this morning’s race, four of them in the full marathon while five in the half-marathon – a fulfillment of the commitment given by Philippine Seven Corporation (7-Eleven Philippines) to the top 3 (male and female) marathon and full marathon winners of the 7-Eleven Run that was held in the Filinvest City, Alabang last February.

According to Project Head Ms. Michelle Saludes, “We at 7-Eleven want to give Filipino runners not part of the Philippine Team the opportunity to showcase their abilities and be recognized in an international competition.”

Local and foreign participants coming from 50 countries, competed in the Da Nang International Marathon 2017 where the route brought the experience of running through Da Nang’s beautiful coastline passing the bridges across the poetic Han’s river in the middle of the city during sunrise.

This is the fifth year that 7-Eleven Philippines has brought Filipino runners to an international race giving them full support from taking care of all expenses, pocket money and with the help of sponsor Asics Tiger, a complete race suit.

“We will continue to encourage runners who aspire to represent the country in an international competition through the 7-Eleven Run Series which we are planning to expand by having another race in Cebu before the year ends and which will serve as a qualifying race to the 7-Eleven Run happening in Manila next year.” shared Mr. Jose Ang Jr., General Merchandise Division Head.

The participation of Filipino runners was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the support of sponsors Safeguard, Selecta Ice Cream, Pocari Sweat, Del Monte, Nature’s Spring, Summit Water, Dole Pineapple, Powerade, Solar Sports, CNN Philippines, Skyway, Filinvest and Asics.


Run for the mountains, and support lives!

What:   Run for the Mountains

When:   May 27, 2017

Where:   Mckinley West, Mckinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City

Gun Start:   5:30am 

Non-profit organization, JCI Manila will kick off a 3K, 5K, and 10K run on May 21, Sunday on the streets of McKinley West in Taguig City.

Gun Start is at 5:30am.

Dubbed as Run for the Mountains, the event will also feature performances from Indigenous People (IP) athletes – respectively of Mangyan, Igorot, or Aeta roots. Each is set to showcase his/her skill in archery, javelin throw, storytelling, music, and dance.

Proceeds will go towards the improvement of Field of Dreams – a 60 meter by 60 meter sports facility that regularly runs baseball/softball and football programs for the youth of Paradise Heights – commonly known as the Smokey Mountain community in Tondo, Manila.

Funds will also help build water pipes for homes in IP villages.

“The goal of this run is to come up with resources for less fortunate kids – keep them busy through sports, so they can stay away from drugs and other vices. At the same time, help raise awareness about the plight of IP communities in the Philippines,” says JCI Manila Run for the Mountains Chairman, Jackie Sadhwani.

“There’s a bright future ahead for people from marginalized and neglected sectors of the country. Extending help is one way of making them realize that the world, after all, is still filled with good people who can inspire others to live a good life,” Sadhwani adds.

To know more about JCI Manila’s Run for the Mountains, you may visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/runforthemountains/