Rose Pharmacy Run: ATHLETES TALK #1

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Related Event: Rose Pharmacy “Stay Healthy Run Feb. 22, 2014 (REGISTATION is OPEN! For 5K & 10K online registration, check aktib.ph. 20% off for group of five (5) 5K registrations.)
Photos: Shutterfrog >>, Runroo >>.

Melinda Ponce was the speaker of the first running talk I ever joined here in Cebu. It was organized by UNGO / Max Limpag back in 2011. And, I kind of missed that kind of gathering. I could not really remember if I learned something from it, but I can still remember the warm fuzzy feeling of being in a group of passionate people.

The only photo I managed to take during Melinda Ponce’s talk

So for some time already, I kept thinking of having that kind of gathering of runners. So finally last Friday, we were able to put up one.

The first Athletes Talk was part of Rose Pharmacy Run “Stay Healthy (register online here >>) because staying healthy does not only happen on race day.

Here’s a rundown of what happened during the first ATHLETES TALK.

Running Groups

The early birds were from TEAM ADR.

The most MMK-ish group, Run Natty Ride, they can qualify as guest speakers the next time. =)

And there few more groups who are there: TCRC, Traverse, TAD, UNGO / G6, and others.

Speakers and Guests
(We will soon upload clips of the ATHLETES TALK for everyone’s reference.)

From Paul Zafico, we learned that “Running form first, speed will follow!”

Photo from Dennis Igloria / Shutterfrog

Chyrel Gomez of the thechyrelgomez.blogspot.com showed us her early beginnings as cyclist, and some of her beautiful trail photos.

So this is how you can conveniently practise how to to DROP.

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grabbed from her presentation

Adrian Walag, of Trail Riding Cebu, shared that being a competitive runner can be a very good foundation for becoming a triathlete.

Doc Willie Estepa shared a quick story of how he started running. And, he also showed to us the AWUM medal.

Michael Jackson also came despite his very busy schedule.

Video of the ATHLETES TALK will soon be uploaded, please watch out for it!


Thanks to the presence of photographers:

Dennis Igloria, the Salimuang Runner, who was taking photos for Shutterfrog. (Check photos here >>.)

JD Dorado for taking the photos here >>. (Unfortunately, he does not have a photo during the event.)


The shirts, bags, and umbrellas from the Rose Pharmacy Run and Coco Running were definitely fitting. Some went home with umbrella to use for Basyang.

Photo by Dennis Igloria / Shuttefrog

Support Group

The sound system was taken cared of by mochiaudio.com. (Contact them at info@mochiaudio.com, 0999 885 6393.)

Bridesbestfriend.ph for the assistance of booking the venue.

And again thanks to Coco Running and Rose Pharmacy. Registration for Rose Pharmacy Run this Feb. 22 is still open. Check at Runnr and Abellana Sports Complex, or you can register online for 5K and 10K at http://store.aktib.ph/. For five (5) registrations for 5K in one transaction, you get a 20% discount! =)

Most of all, thank you to all those who came and people who wished to come! For the next ATHLETES TALK, it will be Feb. 14, 2014, 7PM at AS Lobby, UP Cebu. This time it will be about trail running; but everyone is welcome to join! We have again a set of exciting speakers!

Videos of the talk will soon be posted after we get approval from the speakers. =)

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Rose Buenconsejo. A runner who runs after runners, and their stories, and her dream to become a NEDBANK.
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