Sofitel 21 km Race

          It was quite a hectic week for my brother Ton, myself and the rest of the Condura Skyway Marathon Team (CSM) as we worked long hours to set up the website and get it ready by - hook or by crook - for on-line Registration by August 15, 2014.   By 5:00pm the site went active and in spite of a few bugs and a little fine tuning here and there, the CSM Website is running quite smoothly. 

After all that frenzy,  what better way to "calm the soul" or just relax after a stressful week than by joining a RACE - The Sofitel 21 –km Race.

 I love running in any kinda weather and the Sofitel Race had a little of everything - rain, cloud, sun and humidity.   About 6,000 runners participated in the 3 category event (5km / 10 km / 21 km) organized by Run Rio. It was a good race as expected and I had a good run. Just what I needed to get the blood flowing and relieve some stress. 

After running several races in MOA and the BHS area, I am considering exploring other race venues for a change.  Nothing definite yet but have a few options in mind.  I also wish to do a Marathon before year end I am hoping and praying that I can fully recover from my injury by then. Although  most of my time and effort will be concentrated on the  prep and planning of the CSM 2015, I am confident I can still manage to participate in a few races here and there. I am happy with the feedback we have been getting thus far and would like to thank everyone again for their support. 

And yes ! "Real Men do wear Spandex" ; - ) 

Condura SkyWay Marathon 2015 - The wait is Over !

 Hello, Condura Skyway Marathon Runners!
          After our absence in 2014,  we are happy to announce that WE ARE BACK !  The CSM Team is in an all time high taking great measures to insure that we give you the best race for the year 2015.

          I am glad that you have chosen to join us for this upcoming event which will take place on Sunday, 1 FEBRUARY 2015. Since it's inception in 2008, the stature of the marathon has continued to grow tremendously with 2000 participants on its first year to 13000 participants in 2013.  This achievement would not have been possible without your unwavering support. Your contribution to the success of this event is immeasurable. Your time and money to help us support our Charity Partners, not forgetting the courage and energy that you expend tackling the tough marathon course, is highly commendable.

          For next year, our main beneficiary is the HERO FOUNDATION.  We entreat all to join us in this noble cause and 'run for a hero'.  As we prepare to welcome an estimated 15,000 enthusiastic participants for 2015, we look forward to seeing you all at the start line and wish you a great and enjoyable race.

Once again, thank you for making the Condura Skyway Marathon one of the most successful and highly anticipated running events here in the Philippines.  We wish you all the best of luck.

Raul Patrick Concepcion
Condura Skyway Running Ambassador 

Marathon Running ,Cocaine and Robbin Williams

Robbin Williams does an excellent job in comparing the High you get from Marathon Running and Cocaine ; -).
Check the link below :
I love this man i will really miss him

NANU NANU Robin Williams 1951 - 2014

In Memoriam
"So much life to be lived
So much to be tried
And when you share it
You get a special feeling inside "

If you where born in the mid-seventies you would have probably heard this very famous jingle which was used for a McDonalds commercial. Fortunately, I was able to hear it once again while watching a tv series called the "Crazy Ones" ironically starring  no other than ROBIN WILLIAMS.  Its no secret that Robin Williams is one of my favorite Actor/Comedians.  I loved him in the movie "Awakenings" (1990) and "Dead Poets Society" (1989) where you can catch that famous spiel -"But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary." 

What I like most about Mr. Williams is his quick wit and wacky ways. He had a kind of humor that was out of this world delivered with so much heart and enthusiasm.  His humor did not need the use of the  " F " or " S " words to be hilarious. While most know him for his comedic work and movies, Robin Williams was also a former cross country runner where in he was once quoted as saying "I love running cross country....On a track, I feel like a hamster."

I see a little bit of myself in Mr. Williams which is probably the reason why I can relate to him in some level. He was able to find the humor in anything and everything and still make people laugh despite dealing with his own personal turmoil.  He was one who truly embodied what it meant to "cease the day" (carpe diem) ; charging forward with a passion that is all his own. I am sad that he is no longer with us but I know his legacy shall live on and hopefully, keep us forever smiling.

"It's a full time thing
The kind of life that you lead
A little break from it all
Is the break that you need.
You deserve a break today.
So get up and get away."

RIP Mr. Robin Williams.  You are truly one of a kind.

Runners World : Break Running Rules

                    Maybe "Breaking Running Rules" is not such a good example for newbie runners but sometimes "Breaking Rules" does put a little bit of spice in Running.... as well as in Life. It's really all about doing what you love.  Always feels good to share what I'm passionate about.
Please check out Runners World  Philippine edition July - Sept issue 2014.