A few days before going to Cebu (July 31), I was invited to the Bloggers’ Launch of the Men’s Health Urbanathlon. The venue was the 100 Miles Cafe, owned and operated by fellow BDM 160 finisher Jael Wencelao. More than the loot bags, giveaways and the yummy servings of pasta and breadsticks, it was a fine time to meet up and rekindle bonds with fellow bloggers. The short program was hosted by the wacky Arlo with Men’s Health editor-in-chief Peejo Pilar in the sidelines. The forum outlined the new obstacles included, the race route and the various distances. I will be doing the 21, so help me God.
For me, the Men’s Health Urbanathlon is one of the most exciting and anticipated road races in Metro’s run calendar since it would surely be testing the participants’ endurance and perseverance not only in running but hurdling the 10 (!) obstacles – this time longer, higher and definitely more testy. So good luck to all participants! Registration started last August 1 and two Bootcamps on Aug 7 & 14 are scheduled at the Mercato Central BGC for those who would want a feel of the obstacles.
For those registered already, we have a month and a half to strengthen and condition not only our legs but our shoulders and arms for the big battle on September 29 at the Mall of Asia. Good luck to everyone and May the Odds be Ever in our Favor!!!
Check out the race details below:
Bigger obstacles and a tougher course for this year’s Men’s Health Urbanathlon
The country’s first obstacle-laden race is back promising an even tougher course this 2013. The Men’s Health Urbanathlon is happening on September 29 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. This unique event combines the rigors of a run with the tough nature of traversing numerous obstacles in an urban setting.
Participants can choose to join either the 5, 10, or 21 KM categories. This year’s set of obstacles promises to challenge racers even more. Aside from the 8-foot wall, scaffolding maze, and monkey bars, you’ll have to go over an 8-foot container van, climb a 12-feet high rope, and conquer a 50-foot net stretched over a bus on your way to the finish line.
Registration for the event opens on August 1 and ends on September 25 at the following places: 360 Fitness Club Ortigas, Makati, and Quezon City, ROX at Bonifacio High Street, and Gold’s Gym in Alabang. To help prepare racers for this tough event, Men’s Health is also holding an Urbanathlon Boot Camp on August 7 and 14 at Mercato Centrale, Bonifacio Global City. Here you get to try the obstacles as well as get tips and sample workouts to help strengthen your resolve in time for race day.
Are you ready to become an Urbanathlete?
For more information and updates, grab a copy of the August 2013 issue of Men’s Health available in all leading bookstores and newsstands nationwide. Like Men’s Health Philippines on Facebook via Facebook.com/menshealthphilippines or follow us on twitter @menshealthph. You may also visit www.summitnesstand.com.ph/mens-health to subscribe.
By the way, Finishers will be rewarded with the following goodies:
Snacks from Century Tuna
Hydration from Gatorade
Finishers shirts from Bo’ Athletics
Certificate of completion
Urbanathlon 21k Finishers Caps (21k only)