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Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon

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SOFITEL MANILA HALF-MARATHON
August 17, 2014
SM Mall of Asia
5km/10km/21km
http://www.runrio.com

RACE OWNER: RunRio Inc.

TITLE SPONSOR: Sofitel Philippine Plaza

BENEFICIARY: Children of Virlanie Foundation

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: 6,000 RUNNERS (3,500 slots for 21km)

REGISTRATION PERIOD:
Online – June 27 to August 1, 2014
In-Store – July 14 to August 10, 2014

REGISTRATION SITES:
Move, 30th Street, BGC
Toby’s SM Mall of Asia
Toby’s The Block

FEES AND INCLUSIONS:

FEES

SINGLET DESIGN:

singlet

21KM FINISHER’S SHIRT DESIGN:

shirt

21KM FINISHER’S MEDAL DESIGN:

CHOSEN BY DARWIN Sofitel Run Medal_1

PRIZES:

PRIZES

REMINDERS:

Registration may end earlier than announced deadline. Kindly check online at http://www.runrio.com

A Valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID must be presented by the representative.

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

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

RACE RESULTS AND HOTLINES:
Race results will be available after two (2) days in the following websites. (www.runrio.com)

Hotlines:
Globe – 0916 5811153
Smart – 0929 717 8164
Landline – (632) 703-1736
Other concerns and Feedback:
feedback@runrio.com

Who is Rio de la Cruz? The Man behind the Afro
Those who have had the pleasure of knowing Coach Rio De La Cruz personally, or have heard even just bits and pieces of his rags-to-riches life story, will agree that the high-speed roadrunner, running coach extraordinaire, and running events maestro has come a very long way – literally and figuratively. From his humble beginnings as a native of Bato, Camarines Sur, he is the youngest of 14 children – 7 of which are his full-blooded siblings while the rest are half-siblings. At nine-months old, his biological mother left them and it was his biological father who raised their whole brood while they lived with his grandfather in Bicol. Innocence is bliss and despite the hardships that surrounded him and his family, he still found joy in childhood games where he had his first encounter with the sport that has made a great impact in his life: running.

What is Sofitel Manila Half Marathon
The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon aims to be at par with other international marathons such as the Boston Marathon or Singapore Marathon. The greater aim of the event is to contribute to the upliftment of the lives of the street children of Manila through Virlanie Foundation, the beneficiary of the marathon. In 2013, Sofitel Philippine Plaza has raised over Php 1. 5 million through the two runs organized, Sofitel Battle of the Sexes Leg 1 and 2 – a part of the proceeds had been used to purchase a van that was handed over to the foundation for their activities. This year, the target is to attract over 6,000 runners and better success in terms of fund raising. Since 2007, the hotel has launched several projects to help raise funds to support the foundation’s benevolent activities in order to reach out to the children and families living in the poorest areas of Metro Manila.

Press Conference Photos:

Press Release:

Sofitel Philippine Plaza to revive the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon

Manila, June 3, 2014 – Sofitel Philippine Plaza announces the revival of the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon, last staged in 2008. The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 2014 will feature 5k, 10k and 21k categories, and will be held at the Mall of Asia grounds.  Cash prizes and luxury prizes from Sofitel are at stake for the top three male and female winners of category.

“The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon aims to be at par with other international marathons such as the Boston Marathon or Singapore Marathon.  Aside from this, the greater aim of the event is to contribute to the upliftment of the lives of the street children of Manila through Virlanie Foundation, the beneficiary of the marathon.  In the last year, we have raised over Php 1. 5 million through the two runs we have organized – a part of the proceeds had been used to purchase a van that was handed over to the foundation for their activities. This year we are targeting to have over 6,000 runners and for better success in terms of fund raising. ” says Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager Adam Laker.

The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is a collaboration between the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and the premier running event organizer in the country, Runrio, led by Coach Rio de la Cruz.  “By organizing the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon, we hope to one day become one of the world’s most popular running event attracting both amateur and professional runners from all over the world to compete in Manila.  This marathon is dedicated to the children of Virlanie Foundation with the objective of contributing to a better future for the children of Manila.” saysCoach Rio de la Cruz.

The marathon takes the runners through a panoramic view of the Manila Bay while running with the cool breeze of the bay.  Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 2014 follows the two highly successful running events brought about by the Sofitel-Runrio partnership in 2013: The Sofitel Runrio Battle of the Sexes Leg 1 and 2.  Just like the two Battle of the Sexes events, the Manila Half Marathon shall be a green race.  Runners are highly encouraged to bring their own water bottles for refilling at hydration stations, instead of using paper and plastic cups.

Online registration, selling of prepaid cards, and instore registration shall start this June 27 at Toby’s MOA, Toby’s SM North The Block and Move, 30th Street BGC. Complete race information can be found on www.runrio.com

Registration fees are as follows: P750 for the 5k, P850 for the 10k, and P950 for the 21k.  All runners shall receive a race bib, singlet, and finishers lootbag and drinks.  The 21km category shall also receive a finishers medal and finishers shirt.

This event is co-presented by Gatorade and sponsored by the following: Gold’s Gym, DOCOMO, StarXpo, DOLE, Delsan Office Systems,Canon Fashion Tailoring,10 Inch Lights and sounds, Dowi Hosiery, Delizio Fine Foods, Diversey, MJ Global, M Plus, Timex, Premier water and Nizoral. Media partners include ANC, Business World, Fox International Channels, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Radio High.

For more information, please call 02-703-1736 or 02-463-4814 or email feedback@runrio.com

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Sofitel, World Class Hotels & French Elegance

Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30,000 rooms). Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York, Shanghai or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, French Polynesia or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre”.

Sofitel Legend and & Sofitel So are two labels that come to enrich Sofitel Luxury hotels.

Sofitel Legend hotels are iconic and mythical; they are often centuries-old listed heritage buildings: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam and Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan.

Sofitel So hotels are new « boutique hotels » characterized by a stylish focus on contemporary design by famous architects and/or embellished by international celebrities from the world of fashion, design or art: Sofitel So Mauritius Bel Ombre, Sofitel So Bangkok and Sofitel So Singapore (2013).

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Four Decades of the National MILO Marathon

For 4 decades, the #MILOMarathon has been a venue for Filipinos to display their commitment & passion to #BUILDCHAMPIONS. And this year, we’re celebrating the 50th year of MILO in the Philippines by providing running shoes to the areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda. Register for the #MILOmarathon now to inspire these children to stand up again and reach for their dreams. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X9HvQNquyE To register, go to http://www.milo.com.ph.

To register for a race, go to http://www.milo.com.ph.


Riovana Umbrella Promo

Need new running shoes? Buy now at Riovana Philippines and your receipt might qualify you to receive this Riovana umbrella for free!

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Promo Mechanics:
1. Get a FREE Riovana Limited Edition Umbrella for every purchase of regular priced item footwear worth Php 5,500 single receipt.
2. Participating Outlet: Riovana BGC & Riovana Katipunan.
3. Umbrella can only be claimed upon date of purchase.
4. Promo Period: June 14, 2013 until July 20,2013.
5. This Promo is not in conjunction in any other promo.


Mornings with Active Health

Two weeks ago, running bloggers were very fortunate to be invited to a one-of-a-kind product promo and race event launch. We were requested to come at 6 o’clock a.m. to the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, with our running attire. Energetic people from Unilab Active Health (ULAH) and Runrio, Inc., also geared up for the event, greeted us cheerfully upon our arrival at the lobby of Bahay ng Alumni, U.P. Campus. Some booths were setup for this small venue, hinting that the event will cater to a small to medium gathering. I was refreshed and a bit energized after drinking their product sampling of Enervon HP and I-On Energy Drink, since I haven’t taken my breakfast yet. Later, we learned from ULAH people that Enervon HP is a great recovery drink after intense activity or workout, while Enervon Activ’s special formulation for athletes and for those who exercise a lot, if taken regularly can improve physical performance and endurance. On the other hand, I-On Energy Drink, unlike the ordinary, can boost and sustain performance, with no side effects, unlike those energy drinks overloaded with caffeine.

That morning was not just for ULAH and Runrio to promote their products and race event, but for us to experience its first ‘Mornings with Active Health’ – a running clinic conducted by no other than celebrity running coach Rio dela Cruz. I felt that it was an awesome experience for most who attended it since the venue is very conducive for running and biking enthusiasts – the campus oval is lined with large, old trees.  Too bad I was not able to participate in the activity due to sore muscles after my Filinvest City trail run a week before this. I remembered that I did not have any stretching and warm-up before the run, nor doing it after. I tried running a bit but the pain had intensified, so I just got my camera and kept it clicking until the end of the event.

A night before this, I had difficulty finding a running shirt only to replace it with the singlet provided by Unilab Active Health that morning, but I have no regrets! Because the singlet they gave to all the attendees are cool and comfortable to wear, and of high-quality, dri-fit material. Topped it with an ULAH sun-visor, all for free!  🙂 The new Run United 2 singlet and finisher shirt were also on display with improved design and fabric.

Kudos to ULAH and Runrio! I hope that there will be more to come.


Race and Explore in Run BGC 2012

Date:   25 November 2012, Sunday, 5:15AM
Where:   34th Ave., Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig (near Mercato Centrale)
(Finish Line: 7th Ave., BGC)
Theme: “Ready. Set. Explore!” means runners will get to explore some of BGC’s top attractions, like interactive parks, playground, and science museum—in one exciting run. Run BGC 2012 is part of BGC’s PassionFest celebration happening from November 23 to 25.

Categories:

Male and Female Classification for Categories —
A. 500m Kiddie Race –
Sub-Categories: 5-8 years old and 9-12 years old
B. 5km Special Route with Fun Tasks
5K includes pit stops that require runners to complete various tasks.
C. 10km
D. 15km

Assembly and Gun Start Times:

 Race Category Assembly Time Gun Start
500m Kiddie Race 6:00am 6:45am
5K 5:00am 5:30am
10K 5:00am 5:25am
15K 4:30am 5:15am

How to Register:

1. Online

  • Online Registration Period: October 14, 2012 – November 11, 2012
  • Visit http://www.runrio.com
  • Fill out registration form and pay registration fee using credit card
  • Race kits will be delivered to the registrant’s address

2. In-store

  • In-store Registration Period: October 14, 2012 – November 18, 2012
  • Locations:

Riovana
a. BGC – 28th St. corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City
Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 9pm
b. Katipunan – 3rd Floor Regis Center, Katipunan, QC
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm

Toby’s Sports
a. SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd., Manila
Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 8pm
b. Trinoma – G/F North Avenue, EDSA
Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 8pm

Registration Fees:

Race Categories Registration Fee
500m Kiddie Race Php350
5K Php600
10K Php700
15K Php800

Note:

  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race kits may run out before November 18, 2012.
  • A valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID and picture must be presented by the representative.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.

Registration Discounts (for in-store registrants only):

1. Individual Registrants
Residents, employees, or students in Bonifacio Global City are entitled to a Php100 discount. Bring a proof of billing or company/school ID when registering to avail of the discount.

2. Group Registrants
Free additional race kits for those who will register in groups at required number of runners. Free race kits may be of shorter distance or the same as those registered. Runners who will use the free race kits must be pre-determined and be registered together with the paying runners.

No. of Participants Free Additional Race Kits
10 2 Race Kits
20 4 Race Kits
50 10 Race Kits
100 20 Race Kits

Prizes:

  • Cash Prize:
(Male & Female Divisions) 500m (5-8y/o) 500m (9-12y/o) 5km 10km 15km
1st Php1,500 Php1,500 Php5,000 Php8,000 Php12,000
2nd Php1,000 Php1,000 Php3,000 Php6,000 Php8,000
3rd Php500 Php500 Php2,000 Php4,000 Php5,000
  • Special Prizes for Top Finishers

– Trophies
– Ayala Malls gift certificates (worth Php500 for 500m and 5km; Php1,500 for 10km; Php2,000 for 15km) sponsored by Avida Land
– Soleus Wrist Watches
– Skechers Shoes (1st placer) and gift packs (2nd and 3rd placers) for 5km, 10km and 15km
– Beyond Yoga gift certificates
– Premium product packs from Milo and Revicon I-ON

  • Grand Raffle Prize:

Asian cruise for two persons: Tour starts in Singapore going to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It then heads to Phuket, Thailand then back to Singapore. Convertible to P150,000.00 cash but non-transferable. This cruise is sponsored by High Street South. (Qualified to join the raffle draw are officially registered runners
for Run BGC and race finishers in any distance category. Visit http://www.bgc.com.ph or
see flyers for complete mechanics.)

  • A special prize for the competition’s biggest contingent.
  • A finisher’s kit for all race finishers
  • Other freebies from Milo, Del Monte Fit ‘n Right, and Unilab Revicon I-ON

Press release:

Race and explore in Run BGC 2012

Run BGC, Bonifacio Global City’s (BGC) annual running event, is all set to make footrace buffs challenge themselves anew in a race to cross BGC’s epic finish line.

This year’s Run BGC has four categories, offered with male and female classifications: 500m Kiddie Race, 5K Special Route with Fun Tasks, 10K, and 15K. The race for children is sub-divided into 5-8 years old and 9-12 years old categories.

In a race dubbed, “Ready, Set, Explore!”, runners will enjoy a route that will take them to explore some of BGC’s top attractions – like the interactive parks, playfield, and The Mind Museum. Making it more memorable are the fun challenges along the way. The 5K category has this “explore” route with pit stops that require runners to complete various tasks required to finish the race.

Cash prizes, trophies, exciting premium product packs, and gift certificates await the top three placers of each category. All race finishers will receive a loaded finisher’s kit and the competition’s biggest contingent will get a special award.

But more than that, all finishers, in all distance categories, will qualify to join a raffle draw with a grand prize of Asian cruise for 2 persons courtesy of High Street South. The cruise will take the lucky BGC runner to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via Singapore before heading to Phuket, Thailand, then back to Singapore. Prize is convertible to P150, 000.00 cash but non-transferable.

Run BGC Ready, Set, Explore! is on November 25, Sunday at 4am. All categories start at 34th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (near Mercato Centrale).

For online registration, visit http://www.runrio.com. Interested parties may also register in Riovana (Bonifacio Global City and Katipunan) or in Toby’s Sports (SM Mall of Asia and Trinoma). Last day of online registration is November 11, while in-store registration ends on November 18.

Visit http://www.bgc.com.ph or see flyers for more details.

Run BGC 2012 is made possible by major sponsors High Street South and Avida Land; and supported by Beyond Yoga, Milo, Nizoral, Sketchers, Soleus, Pinoy Fitness, Takbo.ph, The Bull Runner, Riovana, Toby’s Sports, Run Rio, Inc., Black Beauty, Del Monte Fit ‘n Right, and Unilab Revicon I-ON.

Bonifacio Global City, the best-favored metro venue for running, is expected to get flocked by 5,000 runners who will take up the challenges, fun and prizes of this year’s Run BGC races.