"…i am not a religious man… but my body is my temple… the pavement is my church… every step, a grace from God… every breath, a silent prayer … every distance, a holy blessing… every run, a fervent worship…" ;-P

More than 5,000 running enthusiasts heeded the call of Earth Day Network Philippines to protect, respect, and oversee the sensible and sustainable care of Mother Earth as they sprinted around Bonifacio Global City for the “Pro‐Earth Run” Saturday morning.

Earth Day Network Philippines President Bert Guevarra said the fun run is a kick‐off activity for the 2014 Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2014.

“We want to promote earth day everyday, everywhere for everyone. We must have a conscious effort to take good care of our environment everyday,” Guevarra said.

The Earth Day Network Philippines, a non‐profit, non‐stock corporation, leads more than two thousand (2,000) entities from different sectors of the Philippines that work towards environmental protection and conservation.

The pro‐earth runners inched and raced one another to the finish line of the 10‐km, 5‐ km, and 3‐km categories. There was also a 1.5‐km run for children dubbed “Run with Doraemon.”

The Earth Day Network ambassador Doraemon, with his friends Nobita and Shizuka, also graced the event and entertained the runners before sending them off the starting track.

The pro‐earth run was presented by LifeOil, 100% pure Malunggay extract, and United Parcel Services or UPS.

Carlo Lugtu, executive vice president of Manila Nature’s Link Corporation, the maker of LifeOil, shared that “LifeOil energizes people with active lifestyle, including runners, by replenishing the energy they lose during physically demanding activities. “

“Malunggay oil extract, aside from increasing energy, also strengthens the immune system, manages sugar level, and has Vitamin D,” Lugtu added.

Among those who joined the fun run were celebrities from GMA Artist Center. They said they participated in the event not only because they want to stay fit but also because the run was for a good cause.

Starstruck alumnus Steve Silva tweeted “WE DID IT! #5k #ProEarthRun kickoff event for the worldwide celebration of Earth Day on April 22″

Staged by Huper International, the Pro‐Earth Run was also sponsored by the Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office, First Gen, Energy Development Corporation, Globe, Holcim, Animation International – Philippines, Informatics, Merrell, Lumsense, The Body Shop Peppermint Leg Spray, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Timex, Gardenia, Greenlite Banner, Gold’s Gym, Integrated Waste Management, Inc., Empire East, Union Bank, and Haribon Foundation. ##


10K Pro Earth Runners warming up before gun start.


 5K Pro Earth Runners flash their finishers’ smiles


Merrell’s Marketing Associate Dennice Lao, LifeOil’s Executive Vice President Carlo Lugtu, Earth Day Network Philippines’ board members with Top 3 5K female finishers.

MORE PHOTOS AT www.facebook.com/ProEarthRunPH


Press Release courtesy of Huper International

RH3 Poster


  Brooks Run Happy is back! On May 11, 2014 Brooks will give you a race that you will surely enjoy. The challenge that runners constantly look for will definitely be served in the form of obstacle courses and uphill grinds incorporated in our nature inspired route. With a mix of on & off road terrain and the scenic view of Tanay Rizal, this race will be one epic event you should not miss out on.

Race Distances and Registration Fee


Registration Centers


Brooks Run Happy Singlet


Assembly Time & Gunstart

call times

Race Kit Inclusions

race kit

Inclusive of Race Bib, Race Shirt, Gloves, and Whistle.

16k and 24k will receive a Fitletic Race Bib Holder on the race day.

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Your intro into the world of ultra trail running 

Nagsawa na ba kayo sa paulit-ulit na tinatakbuhan ninyo dito sa Metro Manila at kung saan-saan pa? Batung-bato na ba kayo sa tigas ng sementong kalsada? Dibat panahon na para subukan ninyo ang ibang klaseng kalsada, ruta at mga bagong tanawin?


Race Organizer and frontrunner magazine editor-in-chief Jonel Mendoza

For those who have done the marathon, don’t you think it’s time to test your feet for an ultra marathon? And for those who simply love the outdoors, a 15- and 30-kilometer category awaits you.


Soleus Valley Trail Challenge 50K Finisher’s Medal

And for all those who had their trail or ultra marathon baptism of fire in the same event last year, you are all once again cordially invited by frontRUNNER Magazine, Ang Pambansang Babasahin ng Mananakbong Pilipino, to the 2014 Soleus Valley Trail Challenge that will be held on June 29, 2014 at Nuvali, Sta Rosa, Laguna.

Soleus VTC2014_singlet

Race Singlet & Size Chart

SOLEUS Shirt Size Chart

The route is generally runner-friendly, having a rolling but mostly flat terrain (single and double track dirt roads), and only around 5% will consist of concrete roads. This route offers reprieve from constant pounding on hard surfaces. It is an out and back course with the start and finish lines situated in the vicinity of The Fields Clubhouse. The course will bring runners to the peripheries of the NUVALI complex which will offer participants majestic views that only nature and NUVALI can offer.

Race Bibs

Race Bibs

And in the true tradition of trail and ultra running, this race will be a no frills, all thrills event where runners, despite the presence of aid stations, are strongly advised to be self-contained and sufficient, meaning, runners are strongly advised to carry their own headlamps/flashlights, hydration kits and nutrition supplies.

Additionally, it is also recommended that they bring their own first aid kit (cotton balls, antiseptic solution, band aid strips and anti-biotic ointment).

Experience the peace and serenity of your run without the distractions of the usual pre- and post-race noise and fanfare.

We hope to see you share the trails with us.

Bring your cameras too! RAIN or SHINE.


Actual Singlet front and back



(Part of registration fees will go the HERO FOUNDATION).

LIMITED SLOTS  (Updates will be given as to availability of slots)

Soleus Event Medal2

15k (300 slots) – 750.00 pesos- Swag: Event shirt, Sling bag and Finisher’s Medal, Post-race meal and drinks

30k (400 slots) – 1000.00 pesos- Swag: Event shirt, Sling bag and Finisher’s Medal, Post-race meal and drinks

50k (300 slots) – 1500.00 pesos-Swag: Event shirt, Sling bag and Finisher’s Medal, Post-race meal and drinks

Registration is already open and ends June 1, 2014. Limited slots only. Registration may end earlier if all slots are filled up.

This means there will be NO onsite registration/extension. Please do not call the Race Director to request for an extension.

15k Start: 5:00 AM, Cutoff time THREE hours, 3:00:00 (RFID Timing)

30k Start: 4:30 AM, Cut-off time SIX hours, 6:00:00 (RFID Timing)

50k Start: 4:00 AM, Cut-off time TEN hours, 10:00:00 (25-Kilometer Cutoff, 5:00:00 Hours. Runners not able to meet this deadline will be declared as DNF and be brought back to the finish line.) (RFID Timing)  

Race Map

Race Map


  1. Bank Deposit: HARDCORE PUBLISHING HOUSE, INC. BPI 2371 0034 71
  2. Print your name, shirt size and distance on the deposit slip together with your signed and duly accomplished registration form and waiver (see form below)
  3. Scan and email to soleusvtc2014@gmail.com. You will receive an acknowledgement thereafter. Please do NOT post on facebook.
  4. Incomplete details on deposit slip will not be honored.
  5. For inquiries; frontrunnermag@gmail.com

Soleus Valley Trail Challenge Waiver Form:

SVTC Race Waiver

Please complete and sign then submit.)


NO WHINING! frontrunner and kamoterunner


  1. Please read and understand all details thoroughly.
  2. Start/Finish Line: FIELDS Clubhouse, NUVALI.
  3. Please be on time. Latecomers will NOT be allowed be allowed to officially join the race anymore. However, they are still entitled to post-race items except the Official Finisher’s medal.
  4. Assembly Time: 3:00 AM (for 50k) and 4:00 AM(for 30k/15k) / RAIN or SHINE.
  5. Claiming of  race kits will be held on the following dates; June 6, 7 and 8, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM at 100 Miles Cafe, BGC, Taguig City. BRING YOUR DEPOSIT SLIPS when claiming your race kits. NO DEPOSIT SLIPS, NO RACE KITS.
  6. Race briefing will be held on the following dates; 6:00 PM June 6, 2014 and 2:00 PM June 7 and 8, 2014 at 100 Miles Cafe, BGC, Taguig City. Please note that the venue can only hold a limited number of participants at a time so please come early if you wish to attend. For those not able to attend the said schedules,  briefing/updates will be held onsite on June 29, 2014 before the start.
  8. All runners must wear their race numbers in front, pinned on the shirt or shorts.
  9. Runners will make a turnaround at their respective turning points and make their way back to the finish line.
  10. There will be aid stations located at approximately five kilometers apart where all runners are free to refill and eat.
  11. Littering is absolutely prohibited. Violation of such will merit outright disqualification. Garbage bags are available in all aid stations.
  12. Race route will be marked by ribbons and/or directional tarpaulins, painted rocks/trees/ground.
  13. Runners who decide not to continue the race must contact the Race Director or inform the nearest aid station marshals for proper accounting.
  14. No time credits will be given for runners who get lost therefore all runners are encouraged to pay attention to race markers/signs.
  15. NO shuttle service to and from NUVALI is provided.
  16. FREE parking is available at the parking lot adjacent to the FIELDS CLUBHOUSE. While security will be provided, runners will be solely responsible for securing their belongings. Race organizers and management will not be held liable for any damage or loss to personal items.
  17. Baggage deposit counter/toilet and bathroom will be available at the same site.
  18. The Race Director may, at any time, make revisions on the course and race details/rules for the benefit of all runners and reserves all the rights to use pictures and videos taken by any participant for publication in any form of media without any consideration, monetary or otherwise. Owners of published photos/videos will be duly recognized.
  20. Enjoy, have fun and absolutely NO WHINING.
  21. Race Director’s decision is final.




Press Release courtesy of  Soleus and frontrunner magazine



A PDIC Corporate Social Responsibility for the Benefit of Gawad Kalinga.

4 May 2014, Sunday

PNB Financial Center, Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City

Assembly Time: 5:00 AM

Category and Gun Start:

3K (5:50 AM)

5K (5:40 AM)

10K (5:30 AM)


1. Register and pay online at www.pdic.gov.ph

17 March 2014 – 21 April 2014

Race Kit will be delivered to your preferred address

2. Register and pay at the PDIC Office

17 March 2014 – 28 April 2014

Race Kit will be given immediately upon registration

3. Register and pay at Toby’s Mall of Asia and Toby’s SM North

17 March 2014 – 28 April 2014

Race Kit will be given immediately upon registration

4. Register and pay at the R.O.X. Bonifacio Global City

17 March 2014 – 28 April 2014

Race Kit will be given immediately upon registration

Why join the “Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte” benefit run? You get to do some much-needed exercise, appreciate wellness, have fun with your family and friends, lead and live a healthy lifestyle, and help rebuild the communities hit by typhoon Yolanda in Leyte.

How much is the registration fee?

3K (P400) | 5K (P400) | 10K (P600)

Your donation in the form of your registration fee will include entry to the “Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte” benefit run, and participation in other activities during the event.

Can I register my friends and family members?

Yes. However, for interested participants below 18 years old, their waivers must be signed by their parents/guardians. Registration forms may also be submitted by a representative to the registration centers listed above, provided that the forms are completely executed by the participants themselves, and the waivers are signed by the concerned registrants or by parents/guardians for participants below 18 years.

You may also register online at www.pdic.gov.ph

Can children run for this cause?

Yes. For the safety of everyone, only children 7 years old and older are allowed to join. Children up to 6 years old, and accompanied with a responsible adult, may enjoy the programs and exhibit at the Activity Area.

Children aged from 7–12 years old may register for the 3K category ONLY and should be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Those who are 13–17 years of age may join in any of the three categories provided that their parents sign the waiver.

Can I run with a stroller and with my toddler?

Sorry, adults are not allowed to run with children on strollers. No wheels are allowed in the course.

Can I run with my pets?

Sorry, no runners are allowed to run with pets.

What is included with my “Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte” registration?

Participants will receive a Race Kit containing the Singlet, Race Bib and a Timing Chip (D-Tag).

Do I need to be a professional runner to register?

No. The “Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte” is all about having fun, being fit, and helping rebuild communities for typhoon Yolanda survivors. You can run, jog or brisk walk with your family and friends. Who knows, you may even bring home a prize or special award.

Does individual race time get recorded?

Yes. The D-Tag that comes with your Race Kit and attached to the shoelace in a specified manner on Race Day exactly measures the time you will cross the start and the finish line. It is used in most professional races and has been tested as a reliable mechanism to measure running performance and pace (including splits) accurately. The official race results will also be uploaded in the website.

How do I get to the venue?

Race Map

Will there be parking area available?

Yes. Participants and guests are advised to park their vehicles at the allocated parking area at the PNB Financial Center on a first come, first served basis. There are also pay parking areas along Macapagal Avenue at your convenience.

Will there be water available on the race route?

Yes. Drinking water will be provided at select points along the route but runners are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles and undertake proper hydration and nutrition for the run.

Will there be toilets/portalets available?

Portalets will be available at the activity area.

Will medical help be available on the race route?

First aid stations and medics will also be available.

Will there be a baggage tent?

Yes. Baggage deposit service is available at the activity area. Please do not leave any valuables inside your vehicle and bags. Organizers will not be liable for any loss of valuables.

Where do we go after the Race Proper?

All race participants may claim free drinks at the Activity Area after the race and their checked baggage, if any. Participants and guests will converge at the Activity Area for a short and meaningful program highlighting our shared advocacy, and the much-awaited awarding of prizes.

Are cameras and phones allowed during the race?

We discourage bringing these items and other valuables. Race photographers will be available to shoot from a medium distance.

Are there refunds?

Registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Just make sure you are good to go before signing up.

Is change of category allowed?

Change of category after registration is NOT ALLOWED.

What happens if there is bad weather?

A little rain won’t stop the “Takbo sa Pagbangon ng Leyte”. Event will take place rain or shine. For weather updates and advisories from the Organizer days before the event, visit http://www.pdic.gov.ph.



The world’s leading trail running shoe gets ready for this year’s leg of its highly-anticipated trail running
event in the region.

As the number one footwear brand in trail running, Salomon is proud to hold another round of its long-
running X-Trail Run, which is scheduled to happen in key countries and cities in the region namely,
Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

For the launch of this big event, Salomon Philippines will hold a special press briefing on April 4, 2014 at
R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street to give everyone a better idea of what to expect in this year’s series of trail
running events organized by Salomon.


Having attracted numerous participants from all over the Asia-Pacific Region, this series of trail running
events has always been filled with various participants, from newbies to hardcore loyalists of the
Salomon brand. Hence, the brand has made it a point to keep things exciting and challenging for
everyone, offering various types of races – adventure, offroad runs, even mountain runs, making the
Salomon X-Trail Run something to look forward to each year.

The Global ‘X-Trail’ branding is categorized as a technical trail running race, with a mix of different
terrain surfaces, which include dirt, rocks, sand and concrete paths. The most recent Salomon Pilipinas
X-Trail Run was held at Tagaytay Highlands and Hamilo Coast, registered the most number of short-
distance trail runners, totaling to over 1,000 trail runners.

FAQs about Salomon X Trail Pilipinas 2014

This year, the brand is happy to be going back to Hamilo Coast, which is famed for its trails, vertical
ascents and steep descents. This year’s X-Trail Run will be offering three distances – 6km road to trail,
12km road to trail, and the much anticipated 24km & 32km mountain run. These are perfect for all types of trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts who want to test their skill and endurance in the sport.

Aside from enthusiasts, the X-Trail run is also very much geared towards providing the perfect challenge
for beginners, who want to give trail running a try. As for those who are already into road running, the
X-Trail run is a great way of taking things to the next level. This race category will be a
perfect introduction to the trails for them, with majority of the 6km distance on the road. Meanwhile,
the 12km road-to-trail category is a distance targeting beginners in trail running who can already endure
longer distances of road running. This is the perfect distance for them to take their trail experience
higher. Trail and road ratio for this distance is 50-50.

Salomon X Trail Pilipinas 2014 Race Maps

The much anticipated Mountain Run is a distance catered to experienced runners. This year, there will
be two distances for this category: 24KM & 32KM. It’s named as ‘Mountain Run’ due to the steep
ascents and descents, which simulate skyrunning—something which Salomon is known to excel in. It’s a
‘hardcore’ route for trail runners who want the real “Salomon Experience”.

A brand developed by mountain sports athletes, Salomon remains to be top of mind when it comes to
trail running as well as mountaineering gear as it best supports the various needs of outdoor enthusiasts
whichever location they choose to go to.

The Salomon Xtrail Run Philippines 2014 Race is a GREEN RUN. No disposables will be provided at the
hydration stations. All participants MUST bring their own provisions.

Here’s a preview of what to look forward to on April 12 2014:

The Salomon Xtrail Run 2014 is in cooperation with AXN as the official TV partner, powered by
Gatorade, R.O.X., and Suunto with official venue partner: Hamilo Coast and Wave 89.1 as the
official radio partner. This event is also sponsored by Pico de Loro, Pico Sands, Nalgene, Sea to
Summit, Otterbox, EcoXGear, Honey Stinger, Monster Energy, Vaseline Men, Spy eyewear &
Primer Group of Companies. Thanks to our media partners The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily
Inquirer, Runner’s World, MultiSport, Animo Magazine, Travelife, OneSport Magazine, Pinoy
Fitness .com, & SwimBikeRun.ph.

Salomon is exclusively distributed by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant.



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