“Rush to Infinity” at the Fort

Posted on Aug 08 2008 | Filed in: Rush Fitness Water

Rush Fitness Water and Mizuno teamed up for a morning of pavement-pounding competition at the 2008 Mizuno Rush to Infinity. A fun run that featured 15k, 10k and 5k divisions, the Rush to Infinity drew over 2000 participants, from seasoned endurance runners to first time competitors.

The race began near the NBC Tent at the Fort, with competitors of the 15k division first seeing action, followed by the 10k and 5k runners. Preliminary warm-up exercises were led by trainers from Fitness First. Personalities including Tessa-Prieto Valdez, Lance Gokongwei and Senator Pia Cayetano graced the event and ran in their respective divisions.

Rush To Infinity

The fastest feet for men in the 5k division belonged to Ben Alejandrino, who finished first, followed by Abraham Barcase in second and Marjohn Salanawon, who won 3rd Place. The flying finishers for women in the 5k division were Kim Mangarobang, who placed first, and Michelle de Vera who came in 2nd Place.

In the 10k division, coming in quickest for the men were Alley Quisay in first, followed by Jujet de Asis in second and Ramie Lacson in 3rd Place. The fastest finishers in the same division for the women were Monica Torres, who was first to the Finish Line, followed by Ailyn Tolentino in second and Alfena Reyes, who came in third.

Running the race’s longest leg – the 15k run – in the fastest time for men were Alquin Bolivar who finished first, followed by Bernardo Desamito, finishing second and Jessie P. Ano, who finished third. The fastest 15k finishers for women were Corazon Salcedo, who finished first, followed by Annie Agoncillo who crossed the Finish Line second, and Enate Sayrol, who ended her race in 3rd Place.

The Rush to Infinity was an exhilarating experience for the runners – especially the winners – as Monica Torres, 1st place finisher in the 10k Women’s Division, says, “It was a very well organized race, lots of water stations, and the marshals were very good. And then maganda yung weather, so I enjoyed the run.” The race also marked a personal victory for Monica, a member of the National Duathlon Team, “We’re in training in Subic. The last 10k I did was in February, so sabi ng coach namin, i-time trial n’yo na ‘to. I really wanted to see if I improved my time. I did, fortunately.”

Aside from the awards given to the Top 3 Finishers in all categories, other great prizes awaited lucky runners. A total of 9 one-month memberships to Fitness First were raffled off, along with Oakley shades, an iPod, and a Samsung Dual-Sim cellular phone. Mizuno Senior Manager for Asia-Oceania Mori Andachi was on hand for the awarding ceremonies, along with Rush Fitness Water talents Kaye Lopez and Patrick Soriano.

The Rush to Infinity fun run was heralded by the Rush Run Clinic held at R.O.X. in Bonifacio High Street. Headed by Kaye Lopez and Team David’s Salon, and Coach Rio de la Cruz, the Rush Run Clinic essentially armed fun run participants with basic knowledge and tips on enhancing their running performance. It tackled topics such as proper running technique, warm ups and drills, nutrition and hydration, appropriate apparel and shoes, supplementary training exercises and runner’s safety. Another fundamental aim of the clinic was to initiate newcomers into the Active Achiever lifestyle by way of the sport of running.

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