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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Soleus Cross Country Challenge 3

It’s great to get comfortable with a new race distance, but challenging yourself with new types of races will help you become a better runner. 

Everything from road to trail races will challenge your body in different ways, helping you get stronger, stay fresh, and resist injury.

There is an incredible variety of races that you can run. And on July 1, 2018, let's run at one of the best cross country challenge in Rizal. This year's Soleus Cross Country Challenge offers four high quality and competitive categories for everyone. The 21K challenging category will traverse from Mount Sinai to Casile to Inigan (500 Steps) out and back. 12K open and 12K wet and wild "Walwalan Category" and the sweet 8K. 

Soleus Cross Country Challenge 3
July 1, 2018
Mount Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal

Race Details

Early Bird Registration (April 20 – May 15)
  8K   P900
12K   P1,000
21K   P1,200

Regular Registration (May 16- June 15)
  8K  P1,000
12K  P1,100
21K  P1,350

Event Shirt
Race Bib
RFID Tag (Except 8K)
Finisher Medals


Online Registration
Bank: Banco De Oro
Account Name: Roel Ano
Account Number: 007040062221

If payment has been made, send a scanned copy of the deposit slip, complete name, age, contact, number and shirt size to sccc32018@gmail.com

In Store Registration
L Timestudio
SM Mall of Asia, Ground Floor
SM Megamall, 3rd Floor, Mega A
Market Market, 2nd Floor
Trinoma, 2nd Floor, Near Foodcourt

Event Shirt

Finisher Medal

Registration Form

Monday, April 9, 2018

Vision Express: All about vision and high performance eyewear for athletes

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 the 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.

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 snuggly 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 ofer 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 brillance. 
If you need total performace 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.

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.

Visit www.visionexpress.ph for more details.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Filipino Triathletes to compete against the best of the best at the 2018 TRI-Factor Asian Championship

Triathlon, one of the fastest growing sport in the world and especially in local shores. The sport has experienced an explosive growth because millennials are not just watching triathlon races but are actually joining in. Like any other fitness enthusiast, Miss Earth Air 2016-Michelle Gomez, is joining TRI-Factor for the first time. 

Put up to provide multi-sport beginners, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes – even kids – a venue to hone their talent and skills in swimming, biking and running, the TRI-Factor have grown from organizing multi-sport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region.


Founded in 2009, TRI-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing with the region with its short distances and secured courses allowing beginners to master swimming, cycling and running and prepare them for the regular triathlon events.

Each TRI-Factor race finish gives athletes points counting toward a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a Race Course index depending on the degree of difficulty where points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.


Local triathlon gets further boost as top Asian multisport brand, TRI-Factor holds the third leg of its Asian Championship Series in Camarines Sur in May with a slew of rising and leading triathletes in the region expected to see action.

The Asian Championship 2018 series will kick off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before action shifts to the Phl on May 25-27 at Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

"Tri-Factor's coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format. I'm looking forward to be in both the Philippine and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon," shared Taguig Congresswoman and triathlete Pia Cayetano, upon learning about Tri-Factor's arrival in the Philippines.

“We’re pleased to announce the TRI-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, manager director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd.

Event Distances and Registration Fee

* Event Tee
* Swim Cap
* Timing Chip (To be returned)
* Race Bib, Wrist Tag and Helmet Tag
* Event Drawstring Bag
* Other Sponsors Samples
* Entry to Festivities
* Welcome Dinner (26th May)
* Post Event Lunch (27th May – Long & Standard participants only)

Media friends with Elvin Ting, managing director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd. and founder of the Tri-Factor series during the media launch.

Also on tap are the Club Challenge and Corporate Challenge for companies and triathlon clubs. For details, visit www.trifactor.asia.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Davao International Marathon 2018

In the middle of the city filled with life sculptures of local life, centered by a huge likeness of the local favorite fruit, Durian - Davao City, notably famous for Mount Apo and the Philippine Eagle is not just about love, peace and progress, but one of the best place to run.

Slated on the 11th day of March this year, organized by Davao Ultrarunners Club in cooperation with the Local Government Unit of Davao City, BBG Run Events presents the first ever Davao International Marathon. 

Davao International Marathon 
March 11, 2018
Victoria Plaza, Davao City

Race Details
42K Php 1,450
21K Php 1,300
  5K Php   450

42K - Race Bib, Timing Chip, Event Singlet, Finisher Shirt, Finisher Medal and Certificate
21K - Race Bib, Timing Chip, Event Singlet, Finisher Shirt, Finisher Medal and Certificate
 5K - Race Bib, Event Singlet and Finisher Certificate

Gun Start
42K - 2:00am
21K - 3:00am
  5K - 6:00am


Online - Banco De Oro
Account Name: Jennifer Luna
Account Number: 005020095983

If payment has been made, please e-mail the scanned copy of the deposit slip with your complete name, age, contact number, and shirt size to bbgrunph@gmail.com

1. Podium Multisport, Davao City
2. Activo Fitness, Tagum City 

Race Route

The route will start off at Victoria Plaza to Buhangin (5K turning Point), Matina Shrine Crossing Diversion Road (21K turning point), Mental (42K Turning Point) the back to Victoria Plaza. 


Finisher Shirt

What is more exciting about this event is that is it the first ever international marathon in Davao City. All 42K and 21K finishers will receive a finisher's medal and shirt as they cross the finish line. 

Registration is open until February 28, 2018 at Podium Multisports (Davao City), Activo Fitness (Tagum City) or Online via Bank Deposit. 

Race Update
FB Event Page: Davao International Marathon 2018
Roel Ano – 09952267886

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mount Sembrano Mountain Run 2018

Have you ever stood at the bottom of a mountain, staring up at the top, thinking to yourself:  “I wonder if I could run all the way up there?”  Well, now you’re going to find out!

The Mount Sembrano Mountain Run is a tough, scenic trail with a views of laguna lake and southern tagalog mountain run through Pililla, Rizal. Some people like to say that Mount Sembrano Mountain Run is a perfect tune-up for aspiring trail runners, and a wonderful introduction to more trail races during summer. For all you trail runners out there, Mount Sembrano Trail Run presented by Be Trail Ready is the race for you!

Barangay Hall of Malaya, Pililla, Rizal
March 18, 2018

2nd Leg for the Grand Slam of the BTR Trail Running Series 2018.

Race Details
15Km - Php 1200
32Km - Php 1500

Finisher Medal, Finisher Shirt, Personalized Bib Number, BTR Bandana, Post Race Meal, Raffle, Environmental Fee and Tourism Fee

32km Inclusive
Finisher Medal, Finisher Shirt, Personalized Bib Number, Sembrano Special Edition Trucker Cap, Post Race Meal, Raffle, Environmental Fee and Tourism Fee

Registration: Click Here

Cut-off Time        Gunstart
15Km - 6hrs          6:00am
32Km - 9hrs          5:00am

Starting/Finish Area: Barangay Hall of Malaya, Pililla, Rizal
Registration Period: December 15, 2017 - March 02, 2018

Race Updates:
Facebook Event Page: Mt. Sembrano Mountain Run 2018
Facebook Page: BTR – Be Trail Ready

Monday, January 8, 2018

Coach Roel Birthday Run Year 6

Some people await their birthdays with the same enthusiasm as they did when they were seven, while others do their best to ignore the looming date, praying that no one remembers or makes a big deal out of it. For a 40-years old running coach - Roel Ano, he wants you to try something different on his special day to run on his 6th annual BIRTHDAY race!

Another perfect event happening in one race is open for both short and long distance runners.

Once again Coach Roel will celebrate another year on earth thru his annual birthday run. This year edition will opt you to two different event. First is the sweet and exciting downhill run from ANTIPOLO Church to ULTRA in Pasig City. Second is variation of short distances dubbed as "ULTRA FUN RUN" happening at PSC Track Oval in Pasig. 

Coach Roel's Birthday Run 6
Antipolo to Ultra
March 24, 2018

This is amazing way to celebrate birthday or the big day of a friend, a father and a coach by doing what we love the most: running!

Race Details

1K Kids  Php 400  
5K         Php 650  
10K        Php 650  
Relay     Php 1500
(4 x 100m . 4 x 400m)
All Male. All Female. Mix

Registration Fees: (41K only)
- Early Bird  Php 1,350 | December 15, 2017 to January 30, 2018
- Regular     Php 1,500 | February 1 to March 15, 2018

41K - Race Bib, Event Shirt, Trophy, Finisher Shirt, Certificate and Boodle Fight after the race.
ULTRA FUN RUN - Race Bib, Event Shirt, Finisher Medal and Boodle Fight after the race

Online Registration
Banco De oro
Account Name: Jennifer Luna
Account Number: 0050 2009 5983

If PAYMENT has been made, please send thru email the scanned copy of the deposit slip with your complete name, bib name (for 41K only), age, contact number and shirt size.
Email: bbgrunevents@gmail.com

Race Updates: Coach Roel Ano

Last year at Pintong Bukawe for Coach Roel's 5th Birthday Run.

Friday, January 5, 2018

7-Eleven Run 2018: This is a wonderful event that the whole community is going to appreciate.

For the very first time, 7-Eleven Run will happen simultaneously in three major cities of the Philippines - Manila, Cebu and Davao. About 96,000 runners are expected to participate this year 7-Eleven Run that will commence happening on the 4th day of February this year. 

Sixth edition of 7-Eleven Run.

One of the highlight of making it more exciting and challenging race this year is the awarding of the fastest runners in the 42K and 21K categories the right to represent the country in an international marathon in Asia this year. The organizers tapped PATAFA (Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association) to measure the route of the three venues to ensure the exact distance considering the level of difficulty of each region. 

Photo by: Rikki Suarez

7-Eleven Run 2018
04 February 2018 

Race Details
500M – P 400
3K – P 500
5K – P 600
5K Buddy – P 1000
10K- P 700
10K Buddy – P 1200
16K – P 800
21K – P 1000
42K – P 1500

Registration: Click Here
To join, register online and pay the fees at anty 7-Eleven store within 48 hours. Race Kits can be claimed on the date of the indicated on the receipt, and from the sames store where payment has been made. Deadline of registration is until January 23, 2018 only.

Race Schedule and Cut-off Time


Three winners in each category will be announced on the race day, and will received cash prizes and medals. In addition to this, the overall top 3 Filipino male and female placers from all 3 locations of the 21K and 42K categories will also get the chance to join an international Marathon in Asia, all expenses paid by 7-Eleven.

Race Map and Race Info: Click Here

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bravehearts Trail Run 2018: Witness one of the Best Sea of Clouds of Rizal

Several mountains in Sierra Madre have been explored and open to public for hiking and trail running last year. Most of those are geographically located in Tanay, Rizal and become an instant hit for outdoor enthusiasts. 

There's a lot of mountains to choose from, some of them are located just near Manila. Whether you are newbie or veteran runner, Be Trail Ready has something to satisfy your sense of adventure with just a short drive from Manila. The Bravehearts Uphill Challenge is a newbie friendly trail run. It will be a 7km and 11km mountain run at the foot of Mt. Susong Dalaga that will start and end at the check dam that is located at Brgy. Pinugay, Baras, Rizal.

Trail running enthusiasts will enjoy passing through the running waters from the natural Kinamatayan Falls and will surely be captivated by the marvelous view of the Talim Island and Sierra Madre Range. Run with sea of clouds at your back plus a scenic looks of its neighboring mountains, the famous Mount Batulosong and the ridges of Sierra Madre. 
Bravehearts Trail Run 2018
February 11, 2018
Check Dam Sitio San Roque, Brgy. Pinugay, Baras

Race Details
7Km - 800.00
11Km - 1,000.00

7Km - Finisher Medal, Finisher Shirt, Personalized Bib Number, BTR Bandana, Environmental Fee and Tourism Fee

11km - Finisher Medal, Finisher Shirt, Personalized Bib Number, Bravehearts Special Edition Trucker Cap, Environmental Fee and Tourism Fee

Gun Start and Cut-off Time
7km 2:15Hrs / 6:30AM
11km 3:30Hrs / 6:00AM 

Registration Period: December 15, 2017 - January 19, 2018
Registration: Click Here

How to get there?

Private Transportation
From Cubao take Aurora Blvd. East Bound and continue straight to Marcos Highway. You will pass by Sta. Lucia Grand Mall, Masinag, and Cogeo. After Cogeo, you will traverse zigzag roads.

You will pass by Palo Alto and Garden Cottages. A few meters from Kilometer Post 51, the Welcome Arch to Barangay San Andres is on the other side of the road (left side). This is actually the place that locals refer to as Batangasan or Batangas.

Follow the road leading down to the valley that is Brgy. San Andres. You will pass through two small bridges. Take the left turn after the Brgy. Chapel. The Brgy. Hall cum registration area is located 30 meters from the main road and just before the covered court. From Batangasan, the Brgy. Hall is more or less 4 kms in distance.

Early morning travel from Cubao to Brgy. San Andres is 1 hour 45 minutes. 

Public Transportation
From Cubao, take a jeep or FX to Cogeo Gate 2. Once in Cogeo, proceed to the jeepney terminal adjacent to the market and take the jeepney going to Sampaloc/Tanay. Tell the driver to drop you off at Batangasan/Batangas. (1 hour travel time). Hire a habal-habal or tricycle to San Andres.

For More Information:
Rayman Delos Angeles
Facebook Page: BTR – Be Trail Ready
Race Update: Bravehearts 2018

This is the 1st Leg for the Grand Slam of the BTR Trail Running Series 2018.

Friday, December 15, 2017

YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS HERE: A Taste Of Antique Trails 3

Natives of Antique will tell you that you haven't fully experienced Antique until you've enjoyed there famous Kawa Hot Bath, taste the authentic delicacies of the province, take a dip in one of the Philippine's Cleanest Water - Bugang River, and run along there trails which makes Antique a truly rewarding destination for trail running. 

A.T.A.T. – A Taste of Antique Trails 3
February 11, 2018
Aningalan, San Remegio, Antique

In the world of sports and adventure, it is not often that we get the honor to be among the new kids on the block. It is a great privilege for us to set foot on a rarely visited place with stunningly breathtaking views. Running along the highland of Aningalan of San Remegio let you experience and one of Antique's authentic and less visited trails. 

A.T.A.T. - A Taste of Antique Trails is on its 3rd year brings you to the summer capital of the province of Antique featuring a sweet 8Km and 16Km, and physically challenging 25Km that will take you around the scenic looks its highland passing Igbaclag Cave and Danao Lake.

Race Details

Regular rate up to Jan 07, 2018 : 800 PHP (Local)  /  16 USD (Int'l)
Late rate up to Feb 05, 2018 : 950 PHP (Loca)  /  20 USD (Int'l

Regular rate up to Jan 07, 2018 : 1,000 PHP (Local)  /  20 USD (Int'l)
Late rate up to Feb 05, 2018 : 1,150 PHP (Loca)  /  24 USD (Int'l)

Regular rate up to Jan 07, 2018 : 1,200 PHP (Local)  /  25 USD (Int'l)
Late rate up to Feb 05, 2018 : 1,350 PHP (Loca)  /  30 USD (Int'l)

Cut-Off Time
 8KM     4 Hours
15KM     8 Hours
25KM     8 Hours

Online Registration - Click Here
Race Updates (Facebook Page): A Taste of Antique Trails 3


Choose a trail that best suits your taste!


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