Reply from Finishline

June 24, 2009

I have received two email reply from the Finishline folks and I would like to post it here for you to read. I was glad I heeded the advice of Sir Ipe aka Kinderdorf in posting in our e-group the Happy Feet, for they replied in my post there.

Here is the first email I received from Erick Pasion asa Passion Runner:

Hello Let.

This is Eric aka Passion Runner. I moderate the site of Rio. The comments come in but it takes time for them to go through all of them and the organizers, Rio and his staff only view the comments section the day after they post the results. Do know that they review all the comments and try as quickly as possible to respond to all of them. Now, it’s been only one day and perhaps they just have a lot of post-race matters to attend to. Please do not think that they are ignoring you or disregarding your comment. I will forward your concern to Rio, Vince and the technical staff in charge of the race results. They will surely get back to you on this.

And this one from Vince Mendoza:

Hi Let, Felipe and to all other runners concern,

My name is Vince Mendoza of Finishline.
First of all, I would like to apologize for not being able to answer your queries immediately. I only had a chance to read my email today as there were other concerns about the race that we were trying to address yesterday.
We apologize for such incident and rest assured that we are doing our best to review the results. Please be assured also that we would never ignore your email. In the future, please feel free to call or email me if there are some issues that needs our immeidate attention.

I have personally asked our technical group to look into this and get back to you within 24 hours.
Should you have other concern, please feel free to call me at 703-1736. You can call me at this number anytime of the day.

With a big event such as running or any event that an organizer have, they should expect problem to arise and be ready to act on. There are also other runners whose name was not in the race result, so I’m hoping that they will get back to us as soon as they can. And BTW, thanks to Eric and Vince for replying.

To Finishline Team — Not again???!!!

June 21, 2009

As I was adding another entry to my blog about my race day at the Men’s Health All Terrain today, the results came out and was eager to check my official time as well as my husband. Both of us beat our personal record with our trail run. As I type our surname in the search box, mine came out in the result but husband didn’t. WHY? WHY? WHY?

We encountered ANOTHER problem!!! Yes both me and my husband beat our personal record but the race result didn’t reflect my husband’s name and finish time. He finished 5th overall with a time of 50minutes and 17seconds according to his Timex watch.

This isn’t the first problem we experienced with a race organized by the Finishline team (I don’t have any grudge against them, maybe it’s the system). The first one was with the TNF100, wherein I inquired with them with the age category winners, asking them when choosing the winner under the age category do they choose the youngest or the fastest runner among the group?. Sad to say, I didn’t got any response from them and didn’t even post my “hinanakit response” online. So we just let it go. CASE CLOSED.

With the Men’s Health All Terrain Race, my husband name is not reflected in the race result (or MAYBE masyado pang maaga kasi kapo-post lang ng result). Kristel (Vince Mendoza’s sister assisted my husband in changing his event from 15K to 10K (Bib# 1094), he got the race kit from her early today before the race started. I just hope that Finishline Team would do something about this. Who wouldn’t want to see his name in a race result moreso, if you’re in the TOP 10?

King of the Mountain Race and a little bit of Wowowee =)

June 16, 2009

A day before the King of the Mountain race, esposo and I went to Second Wind Running Store to register for the said race, and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Neville Manaois of Pinoy Ultra Runners. We chatted for a while about the race course and some other stuffs about running. After that, off we went to Ultra for some run.

It was a break from the usual Sunday race, we joined the King of the Mountain which was held last Saturday. There were a lot of runners and bikers who joined, some familiar faces and some new.

IMG_0244A pose before the race start

The race consist of a 1.5K road which was all uphill leading to the 7K trail which was mostly uphill, muddy and wet. I was gasping for some air almost all the course, and stops once in a while when I see my heart rate elevating. I’m trying on a heart rate training (my hubby insisted on doing it so that I’ll be able to monitor if any palpitation occurs, thank you for the Polar RS200 again).

I met Sir Rene aka Jazzrunner, we ran together mostly in the trail course, I even got many pictures from him while running and walking. I was already running for 1hour and 20minutes while I past the 8K mark, since most of the remaining 2K is downhill, I decided to finish it in 10minutes. My kids and hubby where already waiting for me, good thing they were there, for both of my legs had cramps, instead of running downhill, I walked slowly. 500meters to go, I dashed to the finish line ignoring the pain in my legs, I crossed the finish line in 1hour ans 33minutes. Mikey gave a first aid on my cramps, thank you so much, you’re a life-saver.

Esposo, finished 54minutes (he’s becoming faster and faster). Free food were given after the race. Here are some pictures from the race day.

IMG_0275With Sir Rene

IMG_0276Erick and Sir Totoy (placed 6th overall and celebrated his birthday last Sunday)

IMG_0278Some new found running friends

IMG_0280With Elmer (he’s a Dragon Boat crew)

IMG_0282With the kids and Nanay

After the KOTM, off we went to Antipolo Church and some swimming at Amoranto. We were also scheduled to watch the Wowowee All Stars in Araneta, it was a request from my mother-in-law we couldn’t refuse. Here are some pictures I took on that event.





We had a blast that day, went straight to bed to have a good night sleep for another race on the following day.

A Biker’s wife

June 16, 2009

It’s been a while since my last post because I’ve been so busy lately. At the end of the day, I’m almost too tired to add entry to my blog. Here ‘s one entry that have been past due, almost two weeks ago, the 3rd Clark Off-road Duathlon was held and my esposo joined. This race was scheduled on the same day as the Mizuno (which BTW marks my first year running anniversary). Most of the runners in the running community here in Manila I know (and don’t know) is joining the Mizuno Race in The Fort, I would have been there if I had a choice but I have to be the “supportive” wife for at least a day or two. I would just be posting picture from the event (the recap would come from my husband, if he’ll do it).

IMG_0020With Elmer, Ian aka Seabiskwit and Erick

IMG_0021Bikers prepare for the event

IMG_0035With PMTB buddy Adrian

It was good day to race, after several days of rains the weather was cooperating on the race day. Esposo said, there were a lot of strong athletes who joined including those who are member of the Philippine Team, Mr. Leo Oracion and many more, he assessed it would be hard to win in a race where strong competitors are so many. The race started with a briefing from the organizer


Race Starts:

IMG_0079Notice how strong the runners look

IMG_0085Two running buddies who are leading the pack

IMG_0092That’s my esposo (in blue)

IMG_0126Nearing the transition area


IMG_0135All smile for the camera ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_0139Start of the river trail (Sacobia)


After four bike loop, participants have to run another 5K of trail. It looks like a grueling race, biking and running under the scorching heat of sun, river crossing, and wet shoes.

IMG_0197Off to another 5K trail run

IMG_0212Almost there

Esposo’s time (according to me):

First 5K Run Loop – 29 minutes

First 7.5K Bike Loop – 30 minutes

Second 7.5K Bike Loop – 29 minutes

Third 7.5K Bike Loop – 32 minutes

Fourth 7.5K Bike Loop – 30 minutes

Second 5K Run – 35 minutes

He ranked 23rd overall but was supposed to be 19th because the person in charge of recording the time did not get his number and name correctly. Sayang!

To all those who joined, congratulations whether you finish or not it’s one tough race. See you all again next year and hopefully I won’t just be the photographer but a participant too.ย  Other photos are posted in my Facebook account. Please grab it there. (Search nyo po Let Guieb). Thanks.

Are you ready for another trail?

June 2, 2009

Got this from, so if you are thirsting for another trail run, here it is:

men's health1

WHERE: Sta. Elena, Sta. Rosa City

WHEN: June 21, 2009 (Sunday)

For more information, visit,

See you there. ๐Ÿ™‚