National Geographic Earth Day Run 2017

Poster.PNGApril 23, 2017 marks another of raising the public’s consciousness about environmental issues and health and fitness for National Geographic, which celebrates its eighth straight year of holding Earth Day Run. Presented by the channel and its partners Cherifer Premium and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Day Run 2017 aims to continue the tradition of being one of the biggest running events in the country, expecting scores of running enthusiasts and Eco Warriors to register and run for the environment. The event will be held not only in Manila but simultaneously in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taichung, an initiative that was adopted last year and effectively spread the vision and advocacy of Earth Day Run across Asia.

At Earth Day Run 2017, National Geographic will be celebrating eight years of social awareness through fitness with special program features using the hashtag #8withEDR. With the hopes of mobilizing all the Eco Warriors of previous Earth Day Runs, this year’s event welcomes all previously registered participants with VIP treatment and special loyalty perks to be enjoyed on the day of the run. Participants from previous Earth Day Runs will be given priority placement in front of the starting line at the beginning of the race and can claim their loot bags and finisher shirt at a special express booth. They can also make use of a special warm-up and cool down tent before and after the race to condition themselves and recover in comfort.

This year’s new participants can also join in the celebrations for Earth Day Run’s eighth anniversary by visiting the 8 Years of EDR Gallery at the race village and learning about what the event has accomplished over the years, including the environmental and social initiatives it has benefited with the help of its registered runners. Visitors to the gallery will learn how their participation at Earth Day Run has made a significant impact on certain communities in the Philippines as well as how their actions as individuals can affect the environment.

Earth Day Run 2017 in Manila will be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, where participants can join 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K categories. The event encourages and welcomes all types of Eco Warriors to take part, from fun-runners of all ages to the serious marathon runners who regularly compete. This year, Earth Day Run will also be sporting new features for its runners. As a special treat, all race kits will come with LED shoelaces, serving as a badge of pride and as a safety precaution for Eco Warriors running at night or before sunrise. Prizes will also be given to costumed runners who showcase their creativity by coming in their best ensemble made from recycled materials. Finally, to make each Eco Warrior’s voice heard in this run for the Earth, advocacy banners will be hanging above the finish line so that each runner can grab them as they cross to make a shout-out for the environment, keep as a souvenir, and use for all their post-run selfies to amplify the message of acting now to save the environment.

Last year, Earth Day Run participants ran to benefit such causes as saving the Irawaddy dolphins at the Malampaya Sound Research and Conservation Project in Palawan; giving the Earth Hour or “Gift of Life” village in Monreal, Masbate sustainable solutions that reduce carbon footprint; conservation of the Marine Protected Area and coral reef in Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and beefing up reforestation efforts in the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, which supplies Metro Manila with fresh water. Registered runners at Earth Day Run 2017 will not only experience a fun day of outdoor fitness by joining this year’s event, but will also be doing their part in contributing to National Geographic’s environmental efforts.

“Earth Day Run 2017 will be the biggest version of the race yet, with more expected participants from Manila and four other cities across Asia. We’re also excited to look back on our eight years of environmental advocacy and share and celebrate with our runners the positive change that they helped make possible through the years by joining Earth Day Run. We hope that Earth Day Run 2017 not only brings communities of running enthusiasts together for the common cause of saving the environment but also that it amplifies the important message of doing your own part today to help stop climate change and commit to sustainable solutions to save our beloved planet Earth,” said Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Content and Marketing at FOX Networks Group Philippines.

Interested runners of all ages can join National Geographic’s Earth Day Run 2017 by registering at natgeoearthdayrun.com and from March 1 to April 16, 2017.

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Pagbabago

Dear Team Marquez

Masyado yata kayo natuwa at ayaw nyo akong palitan. Sabi ko nga change is beautiful. Hindi kayo nakinig. Salamat muli sa suporta pero last na ito ha.

Hindi ako nagrereklamo kasi nakikita ko naman na lahat tayo ay nagkakaisa na mapabuti ang team, mapabuti ang bawat isa sa atin. Madaling mag organize ng mga bagay-bagay kasi lahat tayo ay walang pag-aalinlangan sa pagtaas ng kamay kapag may kailangang gawin. Speaking of kailangang gawin, recap lang natin ang mga responsibilidad na binigay nyo sa amin.

Kapitan – ang batas (YEAH!) taga-utos at taga kalabit sa mga kasapi. Magandang halimbawa (lol) na pagaling nangungulit sa mga training at mga gawain ng grupo.

Pangalawang Kapitan – ang unang utusan. Inuustusan ng kapitan ng tumutok sa ensayo ng grupo. Taga kausap kay Coach tungkol sa ensayo at tagasubaybay sa mga nautusan na manguna sa mga ensayo. Kasama ni Kapitan, ni Coach at mga kasama sa membership committee, titingin sa mga nais sumali sa grupo at kukunin ang opinsyon ng mga kasapi sa grupo tungkol sa kanila.

Ingat Yaman – ang pinakamayaman. Matagal na syang kalihim at alam na nya gagawin nya. Taga tago ng pera, taga-bayad (pwede naman mag-utos na magbayad). Taga report kung ano na mga pangyayari sa kaperahan.

Tagahanap ng Ninong – ang pinakamasarap kausap. Lahat tayo kailangang maghanap ng Ninong (Sponsor) pero ang taga kalabit sa atin at taga kausap ng mga pwedeng kuning Ninong ay sya. Mayroon na tayong mga nakuhang Ninong pero mas magandang madagdagan pa (halimbawa, may magbibigay sa atin ng sapatos o kung hindi kalabisan ay bisikleta.)

TagaChismis – palaging babad sa social media. Pagtutulungan din natin ito pero sya ang nakatutok sa fan page para magpost ng mga pangyayari sa team. Maglalagay ng mga content sa page para magkaroon ng traffic at umabot sa limang libong likes ang page natin. Mahalaga din na pag-isipan kung paano natin maipapakita sa ating mga Ninong ang ating pasasalamat sa pamamagitan ng pagpost sa page ng mga content tungkol sa kanila.

Unuulit ko, kailangan lahat tayo magtrabaho para sa kapakanan ng grupo. Bilang Kapitan, ito ang aking nakikitang mga pagbabago na mangyayari:

Mas maayos na pagpaplano.

Kailangan nating matuto sa mga karanasan natin. Alam naman natin na nagahol tayo sa oras sa pagpapagawa ng tri suit natin. Mas maaga natin itong gagawin, mas kaunting stress sa atin. Sa aking opinion, maganda ang ating kasalukuyang tri-suit. Kailangan pa ba nating palitan para sa susunod na taon? Sa tingin ko, wag muna, mas magandang masanay sila sa kulay. Kung meron man kaunting pagbabago sa design, yan ay yung nasa pang-ibaba at sana ay madagdagan ang ating sponsor. Siguro isa pay ay ang pagbago ng pattern na hindi nagawa dahil gahol na sa oras.

Ayusin na rin natin ang proseso sa pagtanggap ng mga bagong kasama sa grupo. Maganda ang una nating patakaran na ang basehan ay ang pakiramdam ng grupo. Puso ang ginamit natin kaya tayo nagkakasama ng maayos. Pero dahil sumisikat na tayo, kailangan na din natin sigurong pag-isipan kung ano pa ang kailangan isama.

Napapanahon na rin siguro na tutukan natin ang pagbuo ng isang magandang portfolio para sa grupo. Kailangan natin na bigyan ng pansin ang pagpapakuha ng magandang larawan ng buong grupo.

Hindi pa rin natin natatapos ang usapin sa gamit ng “support fund.” May mga napagsabihan na ako dati na tingnan ito at magbigay ng mungkahi kung paano ito gagamitin. Kung maaari, pag-usapan na rin ito para naman hindi sya nakabinbin.

Itaas ang antas ng pagsasanay.

Oo kailangan na nating tigilan ang pagpapabebe sa pagsasanay. Kailangan nating magseryoso sa training. Kailangan na natin pag-isipan kung ano ang mga sasalihan natin sa susunod na taon para si Pangalawang Kapitan at si Coach ay mag-usap na at magkaroon tayo ng training program. Kasama dito ay ang pag-uusap kung paano natin maipapakita ang ating pagpapasalamat kay Coach (compensation).

Magkakaroon tayo ng schedule kung saan lahat ay magkakaroon ng pagkakataon na mag organize ng weekend training. Group run, long ride, SBR, brick, open water swim, yoga, HIIT, lahat yan ay magkakaroon ng pagkakataon ang lahat ng kasapi sa grupo na mag organize.

Nauunawaan ko na marami tayong pinagkakaabalahan pero kailangan din nating paglaanan ng panahon ang mga bagay na ito.

Mas malakas na mga laro.

Mas mabilis na 10K, at 21K. Mas magandang oras sa triathlon. Tumaas ang posisyon natin sa TU Team Competition. Lahat ng oras as Iron Man 70.3 ngayong taon ay kailangang higitan. Exceed yourself.

Mahaba na ito masyado.

El Oh Beh Eh

KapitanTM represent

 

 

 

 

 

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Why?

Why do you run? Why do you have to wake up that early every day? You can burn all those calories with your training, why do you still need to watch what you eat? Why?

It is an easy question actually but people who ask don’t seem to still understand the answer. I always get a raised eyebrow or an expression of exhaustion or both when I give my answer. Well I guess if I was the one asking the question, I would definitely find to hard to understand the answers myself. I mean who would choose to wake up earlier than everybody else every day to run or bike over sleeping longer right?

Let’s see how I got started with this. Around 11 years or so ago, you would have never thought I’d be doing sports. Almost 200lbs, waistline approaching 40 inches, wearing large to extra large shirts, drinking, eating, sitting on my desk in the office all day. As a result, I was asked to monitor my blood pressure as there are already signs of hypertension.

My father who had hypertension, diabetes, and asthma and an uncle who had heart disease died almost in the same year due to their condition. That was when I realized that hey, I am at risk of getting all those diseases! So I enrolled myself in a gym, got myself a nutritionist, and worked-out every day to lose weight. I lost 60lbs by changing my eating habits and working out.

Part of my workout was running 5 kilometers every day so when I learned about 5K runs, I started doing them and enjoyed the experience. 5Ks became 10K, then 15K, then I started doing 21Ks and finally, I finished my 1st marathon. Every time I cross a finish line, something inside me says – “you did it, you can do better.” Then I would plan for the next big race and train for it.

One of my goals then was to qualify for the Milo Marathon finals. My marathon personal best is just 4 minutes slower than the qualifying time for my age group so I trained hard for it every year.

I was on my best form when disaster happened. I was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo an operation and radiation therapy sessions. I had to slow down and at the back of my mind, was the thought that I would not be able to do what I enjoy doing again.

Cancer never stopped me. I had to slow down a bit but as soon as I got clearance to run again, I started doing it again right away. People who saw me asked – “didn’t you just have surgery?” I even finished a marathon in the middle of radiation therapy. After the fight with cancer and the treatments, I trained harder and was able to qualify for the Milo Marathon finals in 2013.

After achieving that goal, I wanted to do more. So I started training for triathlons. Finishing the Iron Man 70.3 was the next goal I had in mind. I finished Iron Man 70.3 in Cebu last August. I have the Iron Man still as a goal and I am training for it.

“There is something about facing death that makes you want to feel more alive.” This was how Professor Patrick Griffin explained it in one of our conversations. Patrick himself finished a marathon after undergoing heart surgery. I know several others who have the same experience. There is that high that you get when you finish a race that makes you more alive. That makes your existence more real. The feeling is magnified when you were able to do better.

That is why I tri. 🙂

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Dear Team

It is almost a month since the big event. Congratulations to the 1st time triathletes. Thank you for proudly representing the Team in crossing the finish lines.

Now it is time to set new goals. Time to plan for the rest of 2016 and for 2017. Time to exceed ourselves. Aim for longer distances or faster finish times. It is also time to mentor team mates and encourage those having a break to go back to training.

Yes lazy days are over. Time to train again! Tuesdays and Thursdays army pool. Wednesdays speed drills. Weekend long rides/runs/brick sessions. Mccoy and Bob will include some HIITs.

So there. We need volunteers for the logistics of TU3 and TU4. We need to mentor our newbies who will be competing and the groupers who need to gain confidence in cycling again.

Notice the change in decors along Seaside Blvd? Time to plan for our Christmas Party!

It has been almost a year when you entrusted me with the responsibility to lead the team. We now need to identify new leaders as we are having an election soon. Think about this and let’s discuss over breakfast after training soon.

El Oh Beh Eh,

KapitanTM represent

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Salamat Po!

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Kapag naaalala ko ang mga pangyayari kahapon, naluluha ako. Habang tinitingnan ang mga larawan, nagbabasa ng mga pagbati, ng mga larawan ng mga kasama ko sa team at ang kanilang mga kwento ng tagumpay, naluluha ako. Ang saya-saya ko, naiiyak ako sa galak.

Lahat kami nagpapasalamat sa taong ang apelyido ay nasa dibdib ng amin tri suit. Ang taong mananatili sa aming dibdib. Lahat ng mga kwento namin kahapon ay dahil sa kanya. Dahil sa tyaga nyang turuan kami, itulak kami para mas bumilis, mas gumaling.

Kasama namin sya sa Iron Man kahapon. Pang anim syang nakatapos sa grupo nya pero sa amin, sya ang palaging una. Isang medal lang ang binigay sa kanya pero alam ko nang matapos kaming lahat, damang-dama nya rin ang tagumpay namin. Bukod sa medal nya, meron pang 11 na nagkamedal dahil sa kanya.

Salamat Coach Romeo Marquez!

Alam ko sinabi ko sa iyo dati na ayaw kong mag triathlon. Pero dahil kilalang-kilala mo ako, nahikayat mo akong gawin ito. Pagkatapos mo akong tulungan na pumasok sa Milo Finals, tinulungan mo akong maging tilapia sa pool ng Army Gym. Sinamahan mo akong bumili ng una kong bike. Kahapon, natapos ko ang Iron Man 70.3 at lahat yun ay dahil sa tyaga at pagmamahal mo.

 

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Post Iron Man Note

Dear Team Marquez,

Let me start by saying how proud I am to be a Team Marquez!

Yesterday was a great day. We showed them that we can! We showed the world that the team can fly! I am so proud to tell everyone that yes, all team Marquez who competed in the Iron Man Cebu 2016 finished. We all finished strong!

I was screaming at Jason when I saw him at the bike leg. I was thinking – “yes, redemption!” I kept reminding Elaine to be mindful of her pace during the run leg. When I saw her during my last loop, I was positive that she’ll make it and she did! The others got me concerned so I asked coach to tell the crew to push you in the run.

I think the “El Oh Beh Eh” chant was really meant for the team. Because that is what the support crew showed us. They cooked, cheered, and patiently waited until everyone crossed the finishline. When I went online and read all the 400+ messages on our Viber group, i realized that even those not in Cebu was providing blow by blow updates to those in Cebu. Monitoring peoples’ pace and their location in the route.

Thank you support crew! You are the best! Looking forward to supporting  you in your races.

Now in a few minutes I will be hearing my daily alarm. I’ll turn it off today and sleep.

El Oh Beh Eh

Kapitan

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Not in the Photo: Jave Valdez and Koko Roura (Thanks Clang Tejada for the photos)

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Fly!

12985544_469838073210563_1550771287244590085_nI came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive
I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise
To fly
To fly – Nicki Minaj

I heard that song earlier while I was doing my morning run. I didn’t really understand what the other bits of the song was saying but the chorus was what really caught my attention. It has been an LSS for a while now as it somehow reminds me of our trip to Cebu next week. To win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive, to survive, to prosper, to rise, to fly.

To FLY!

It some how sums up why we’re going to Cebu. For us first timers, we’re there to conquer that 70.3 distance and prove to ourselves that yes we can. Some of us are going there to survive that distance again, to be reminded that yes you can do it again. For some of us, it is to thrive, to finish something that was not finished in 2015. For some, the goal is to prosper – to do better than last year’s performance. To beat that personal best set last year.

As a team, we worked on this together. We have pushed each other, reminded each other to continue training. We recommended upgrades to each other. We have competed with one another and more importantly, we have supported each other in order to do this.

I can still remember that 1st day of October when all of us were on line waiting for the registration to open. It was a mad race to get in. For me it was a happy $300 spent. Then we started planning our life around our training. There was not a week that I did not see at least three of you or a day when I don’t get a message on Viber from you. Weekends won’t be complete without a team activity.

Though I know that we won’t stop here, this trip to Cebu is an important milestone for us. This when we proudly wear our team colors and make our coach proud. This is when we show everyone that Marquez training that made us stronger athletes. This is when we show them how hard we worked for this. This is when we make them understand why we wake up so early every day. This is the time we will reap the hard work we put into this sport.

Team Marquez will be in Cebu for the Iron Man 70.3 Asia Pacific finals to represent. To FLY! Go for it team, see you at the finish line!

 

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