FLY Project: Monsoon is in!

It’s going to take awhile for me to get back to the distance I’m aiming and training for knowing my body is still adjusting and re-adjusting but with determination and persuasion, everything or anything is doable!

The summer finally gave it’s final push, our tropical country has welcomed the monsoon season.

On my 7th week, I worked on running intervals. I’ve progressed from jogging an entire 3km. Started to follow the Jeff Galloway Run-Walk-Run running method again and perhaps, going to push for another Marathon next year.  It’s been 5 years since The Bull Runner Marathon and my first international race in Singapore.  Within the weeks of logging in mileage, I have improved, cutting 8 minutes of my time from the first day, 35 minutes down to 27 minutes for a 3km and 35minutes for a 5km (3km jog, and 2:1 towards the last stretch). Hopefully, in time, I’ll be able to achieve 3km in 18minutes (my then PR) and 25minutes for a 5km.

Towards the start of my 8th week. Life as it happens was quite challenging but  thankfully, I was still able run 3kms with a 1.5km walk, 4kms run and lifted some weights, a 1000m catch-up freestyle paddles and a half-day Bodyblast Pilates program at Vivian Zapanta’s Studio in Salcedo Makati for some core work.

Just like in any program towards progression, one had to keep on challenging himself or herself in order to move forward and achieve goals.  This is where the new challenge hops in. I have signed up for V2Fix Challenge, arranged by Vivian Zapanta in collaboration with V Kitchen. It’s time to add body weights and pay attention to nutrition.

I’ll let you know how it goes with the program. Wish me luck!

Tillor, Balongcas headline 38th National MILO Marathon Cebu race

First-time winners Noel Tillor and Roselyn Balongcas aced the 21K events at the thirteenth qualifying race of the National MILO Marathon held in Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu City, on Sunday. A record-shattering 26,736 runners joined the nation’s biggest and most prestigious race in the Queen City of the South, making it the largest regional race of the season so far. Along with Tillor and Balongcas, 86 runners secured their qualifying slots for the National Finals slated on December 7 in the Mall of Asia grounds, Manila.

 86 runners qualify for National Finals

Tillor and Balongcas each received a prize of P10,000 in cash, a trophy. Both have booked their slots to the National Finals on December 7, for a chance to compete for the MILO Marathon King and Queen title. As an added level of prestige to the competition, MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with trips all expenses paid.

Milo Crowd

Despite the rains that showered Cebu in the past days, the runners were blessed with good weather and Tillor definitely used it to his advantage, finishing with a time of 01:13:10. Jerry Adap followed in second place (01:15:21), and Robert Daang in third place (01:17:38).*

A 33-year-old automotive technician from Cebu, Tillor finished 7th in last year’s National MILO Marathon Manila race, and 11th in the National Finals. “This is the first time I finished first place,” shared Tillor. “I trained for almost three months, but not full time because of work. I really did not expect it because the other runners have been training full time. It’s a big achievement. I always enjoy running and feel very satisfied when I run, and I will continue running for as long my body can.”

It was Balongcas’ first time to join the National MILO Marathon and she aced the distaff side with a time of 01:40:55, comfortably finishing nine minutes ahead of second placer Christy Sevilleno (01:49:16) and third placer Sandra Soliano (01:49:54).*

Hailing from Dumaguete, the 33-year-old single mother travelled with her teenage son for four hours by land to Cebu to join the race. Though unemployed, she has her own business of making her own ham and sausages, and finds time to run as a form of exercise and self-fulfilment. “I’m very happy that I won and I’m very proud to represent my hometown of Dumaguete,” expressed Balongcas. “I’m also proud of my son who joined the 3K race. I will use the prize money for his schooling.”

The Cebuano community came together and celebrated their passion for running in a true festive fashion. Cebu City councillors, including Margarita Osmeña, James Cuenco, and Sisinio Andales, also ran the 3K race, along with several candidates of the Ms. Cebu beauty pageant.

One of Cebu’s most promising triathletes Yuan Chiongbian, who recently won second place in the Ironkids triathlon, also ran with his brother Justin, a national junior triathlete. “We love joining the National MILO Marathon because it helps us with our training for the triathlons and other sports competition that we join. It’s a really well-organized race,” said Chiongbian. “It’s like a big family gathering, lots of people always join and there’s always so much joy in the MILO marathons.”

MILO Sports Marketing Manager Andrew Neri expressed his delight in the success of this year’s Cebu race. “We are overwhelmed with the amount of runners who joined the race that surpassed last year’s record headcount. It proves that each year, the competition is always improving and enticing athletes, young and old alike, to join in the fun and camaraderie,” said Neri. “We would like to thank our local organizer Ricky Ballesteros and his team for all the hard work in the preparations, and for ensuring that our runners will get the experience possible. We would also like to commend the invaluable support from all the Cebuanos. We are truly grateful.”

Milo Kid
A young runner going on full speed in the Cebu Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

The remaining qualifying races will be held in Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

The 38th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Lenovo, Manila Bulletin and Gatorade, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website ( or the MILO Philippines Facebook page ( Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

The Clymb: On running and soles.

If you’re a runner and you’re searching for the right sole; online shopping and trying to find our options for that right fit is not new to many of us.

Not all runners are created equal, and neither are all running shoes. Moreover, it’s not a desirable result. Different runners have different goals, different strides, and run in different conditions. There is no “one-size-fits-all” with regard to runners, and there certainly isn’t one for shoes. When searching for the proper shoe, most runners know how to choose according to fit, but they may not know how to choose according to the type of running they do. What follows is a brief overview of different types of shoes for running in these differing terrains and conditions.Road running shoes, as the name implies, are best used on pavement, concrete, or other smooth, consistent ground. They can also be used on slightly-less consistent ground, like well-packed woodland trails. Road running shoes are designed to be light, flexible, and to cushion and stabilize your feet in the repetitive striking of foot to pavement. Newton Running’s Neutral performance trainer is a good example of the strengths of the road-running shoe.

If you’re planning on running in more rocky, radical terrain, through mud, less-traveled woodland, or anywhere where the running surface is generally less stable, you’re best suited in using a trail-running shoe like the Inov8 Rocklite 288, which is designed, first, to be more robust in protecting your foot’s stability and comfort in more demanding off-road conditions.  Secondly, a trail-running shoe is going to give you better, more aggressive traction on less predictable, more rugged terrain.

A relatively recent development in trainer technology is the “barefoot” style of running shoe, so named to represent a shoe that is built with a lower, more naturalistic heel height. This provides less direct cushioning for the heel, but results in a more naturalistic stride, that more evenly distributes impact along the midfoot, rather than focusing stresses solely on the heel. The “barefoot” running enthusiast can be confident that shoes designed with these considerations in mind, like the Vivobarefoot line, can provide the runner with the desired grip of an off-road shoe, with a stride that feels like you’re wearing nothing at all.

No matter where you like to run, or what kind of goals you’ve set for yourself, there has never been a better time to find the shoes perfect for your running activity of choice.

Investing Money in Good Running Shoes

When I was younger I never thought about my shoes. I mean, I wanted them to look cool or feel comfortable, but I never really thought about what they did for my body. Your feet are the foundation that your whole body is built upon. I mean, think about it. All the weight and height and movement is placed right there on your thin, narrow feet. That is a lot of pressure!

I remember being in a track and field competition at my school when I was about ten years old. I couldn’t do the high jump or the hurdles, marathon running was beyond me, and my arm strength was pitiful. However we all had to participate so I joined the 100 meter dash. In the practice runs at school I had done okay, but at the actual completion I came in second to last. Looking back, I know what tripped me up. It wasn’t lack of speed or practice. It was that I had chosen fashion over function! I had on a pair of ‘cool’ black tennis shoes with extra thick soles. I mean huge, clunky things. It was a wonder I could walk in them, let alone race in them!

It wasn’t until years later that I understood the need for good shoes. I almost broke my leg playing sports in the wrong shoes and started to invest in the right shoe for the right sport. However it is more than just picking a shoe that has ‘running’ on the box.
When I started running regularly I noticed that no matter how focused I was on my style and gait I was still having pain; pain in my side, my back, my knee, or my ankle. I would change my speed, what I ran on, everything. But nothing seemed to really help. That is when a friend talked to me about getting fitted for a pair of running shoes. I had no idea you could get help with your shoes!

She had hurt her knee running and her doctor had told her about the need for being fitted for the proper shoe for your foot. He told her which stores were trained to help you find out how you walked and ran and what you needed in a shoe. It turns out that she came down on her heels too much and needed more support and training to avoid heal strikes.

Anyway, she told me where to go to find a fitter. “It is expensive,” she warned, “But there is more to getting a good running shoe than just finding a good brand.”

I ended up visiting one of those locations and they helped me to discover what I needed. Since I have flat feet, or over-pronation, I needed a shoe with a lot of support. By finding out first what I needed and then looking for the right shoe to meet that need they saved me a lot of trouble and pain. I did not have to try on a bunch if shoes and guess which one wouldn’t hurt when I ran in it.

They pulled out a few pairs that could help me with my problem and then taught me how to tie them properly so they would function at their best. Then I gave each pair a short try out around the store to see if it was the proper size and feel.

I ended up taking home a couple of pairs so I could trade them out so that they would not wear out as fast. My friend was right. It did cost more than I had spent on shoes previously but I thought it was worth the extra charge to be able to run without pain.
Now that I know what I need I do not have to keep going back. I can simply look for the shoes that meet my needs and buy them when I need them, usually every year.

Keep in mind that not only do you need a good shoe you also need to replace them regularly to keep the support intact for your feet. Find someone who can help you to determine what you shoe type needs are and you will feel better almost instantly.

Investing money in a good running shoe is worth it, especially if you plan on running for a long time. If you are in pain or just feel like you do not have the shoe support that you need, try getting some professional help. You won’t regret it.

Author Bio:
Paul Taylor started which offers an aggregated look at those sites to help families find sitters and to help sitters find families easier than ever. He loves writing, with the help of his wife. He has contributed quality articles for different blogs & websites.

The 10 Basic Laws of Running, According to Jack Daniels

Called the world’s best running coach by Runner’s World magazine, the legendary Jack Daniels believes that four ingredients determine how successful a person will be as a runner. In addition to these ingredients—inherent ability, intrinsic motivation, opportunity, and direction—he has created a set of 10 basic laws of running that help runners at all levels optimize the benefits of training. He details these laws in the updated third edition of his best-selling book, Daniels’ Running Formula (Human Kinetics, January 2014):

1. Every runner has specific individual abilities. Because each runner has unique strengths and weaknesses, Daniels thinks runners should spend a large part of their training time trying to improve any known weaknesses, such as speed. When approaching important races, however, the main emphasis should be on taking advantage of known strengths, like endurance.

2. A runner’s focus must stay positive. “Do not dwell on the negative,” Daniels advises. “Try to find positives in all training sessions.” For example, if a runner thinks a run didn’t feel very good, it’s better for him or her (or a coach, teammate, or training partner) to find something good to refer to, such as improved arm carriage.

3. Expect ups and downs; some days are better than others. As Daniels points out, even world-record holders and Olympic champions have off racing days now and then. He recommends dropping out of a race when not feeling well, as opposed to struggling through a race knowing it will be some time before being able to run well again.

4. Be flexible in training to allow for the unexpected. According to Daniels, switching days to accommodate weather or other surprises is perfectly fine. So if Monday’s weather is cold rain and high winds while Tuesday’s weather is predicted to be much nicer, simply put Monday’s scheduled workout off until Tuesday.

5. Set intermediate goals. Intermediate goals pave the way to long-term goals. Because long-term goals are important to have—but may take years to achieve—it is crucial to have some smaller, more readily achievable goals along the way.

6. Training should be rewarding. “It’s not always fun,” Daniels admits about training, “but it should always be rewarding.” Sometimes a particular workout may not feel so great, but if a runner understands the purpose of each workout, it is more likely that he or she will understand that progress is being made—and that is certainly rewarding.

7. Eat and sleep well. Rest and good nutrition are parts of training and not, as Daniels explains, things that are done outside of training.

8. Don’t train when sick or injured. Daniels warns that not following this law often leads to a more prolonged setback than if a runner takes a few days off to recover from an illness or an injury.

9. Have a professional check chronic health issues. It’s not a big deal to feel below par now and then, but feeling consistently out of sorts is usually related to something that needs medical attention.

10. A good run or race is never a fluke. Finally, Daniels contends that while a bad run is sometimes a fluke, runners have great races simply because they were capable of doing so.

The way for runners to take advantage of these basic laws of running is to make them part of their everyday life. “From a runner’s standpoint, consistency in training is the most important thing that leads to success,” Daniels concludes. “That consistency comes from concentrating on the task at hand, neither dwelling on the past nor looking too far forward. The only thing you can control is the present. When you focus on that and remain consistent in your training, you’ll find your greatest success.”

Packed with new information, the third edition of Daniels’ Running Formula offers proven training plans for events from 800 meters to the marathon. The book has been completely updated so that the training plans are more intuitive and easier to follow. For more information on Daniels’ Running Formula, Third Edition, or other running books and resources, visit

Nine High School Athletes Ranked #1 in US Now Set for adidas Dream 100, Mile


More than two dozen of the top high school athletes in the country—including nine athletes ranked #1 in the United States—are now set for the Dream 100 and Dream Mile at the adidas Grand Prix on May 25, adidas and race organizers announced today.

The Dream 100 and Dream Mile are again destined to be among the highlights of the adidas Grand Prix on May 25. One of the top track-and-field events in the world, the event at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island will feature dozens of international superstars, including 2012 Olympic medalists David Rudisha, Jenn Suhr, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Aries Merritt, Brittney Reese, Michael Tinsley, Javier Culson, Francena McCorory, and Bianca Knight. The event will be the third stop on the IAAF Diamond League circuit. Tickets are available at or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

Officially added today to the all-star Dream rosters are:


Kendal Williams, Jacksonville, FL, #1(t) US 100m (10.28) and #1 200m; Trayvon Bromell, Gibbs. FL, #3 US 100m (10.34); Kenzo Cotton, Omaha, NE, 2012 State Champion 100m and 200m.


Marybeth Sant, Highlands Ranch, CO, #1 US 100, (11.38), #1 US 60m indoor; Kaylin Whitney, East Ridge, FL, first freshman ever invited to Dream 100, #6 US 100m (11.54), #4 US 200m (23.40); and Aaliyah Brown, Frankfurt, IL, three-time Dream 100 entrant and 2012 runner-up, 2013 indoor nationals 60m runner-up.


Sean McGorty, Chantilly, VA, #1 US Mile (4:04.47) in winning 2013 Penn Relays, #2 3200m (8:46.07); Ben Saarel, Park City, UT, #1 US 3000m (8:18.98 ) and 3200m (8:45.74); Edward Cheserek, Newark, NJ, who broke the national indoor HS 2-mile record at the 2013 Millrose Games (8:39.15) and also holds the 5K mark (13:57.04); Connor Mora, Cedar Springs, MI, #1 US 1500m (3:49.36); James Randon, Townsend, MA, #2 US 1500m (3:49.43); Ben Malone, River Vale, NJ, #2 US Mile (4:05.59) as runner-up to McGorty at Penn Relays; Jacob Thomson, Louisville, KY, 10-time State Champion, #4 US Mile (4:06.98), #5 US 3200m (8:48.73); Blake Haney, Bakersfield, CA, 2-time Dream Miler, US #4 3200m (8:48.58); and Henry Wynne, Westport, CT, 2013 HS indoor national mile champion.


Jaimie Phelan, Kitchener, ON, 2013 Penn Relays 100m champion, 2012 3000m Canadian Junior National Champion; Sabrina Southerland, Queens, NY, 2013 HS indoor national champion 800m, #1 US indoors (2:03.59); Erin Finn, West Bloomfield, MI, 2012 HS national indoor champion and #2 all-time 5000m; Carmen Carlos, Mobile, AL, 3-time 2013 6A state champion (800m, 1600m, 3200m), #4 US 1600m (4:48.23), #6 Mile (4:51.75) and 3200m (10:15.70); Reagan Anderson, Wilmington, DE, #3 US Mile (4:50.66) as Penn Relays runner-up); and twin sisters Haley Meier and Hannah Meier, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Haley was #4 US indoors in Mile for 2013 (4:45.24) while Hannah was #3 (4:40.97) and the national indoor runner-up. She also competed at 1500m for the US team at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

In addition, seven star athletes were revealed on the event’s Facebook page and Twitter feed on April 10. They are:


Levonte Whitfield, Orlando, FL, defending Dream 100 champion, #1(t) US 100m (10.28); and Cameron Burrell, Ridge Point, TX, 100m state champion, 10.07w fastest 100m so far in 2013.


Kali Davis-White, Lauderdale Lakes, FL, 3-time 2013 state 4A champion (100m 200m, 4x100m), 11:51 100m #3 US; and Ky Westbrook, Chandler, AZ, 2012 national champion 100m and 200m, 11.47 100m #2 US 2013..


Bernie Montoya, Yuma, AZ, defending Dream Mile champion, 4:01.32 PB; and Andres Arroyo, Orlando, FL, 1:47.79 800m this season #1 US and #6 all-time, 4:04.45 1600m #1 US.


Wesley Frazier, Raleigh, NC, U.S. indoor 5000m national record-holder and NC state record-holder (4:42.78) in mile.

NEED A TWEET? Latest invites to adidas Dream 100&Mile #agpnyc bring total ranked #1 in US to nine. #makehistory @adidasrunning

The third stop on the international IAAF Diamond League circuit, the adidas Grand Prix is in its ninth year at Icahn Stadium, in conjunction with the Randall’s Island Sports Alliance. The latest news, photos and information on the event can be found at; on Facebook; on Twitter; and on Tumblr.


The Biggest Race Across Southeast Asia: Adidas KING OF THE ROAD 2013

Runners, it’s time for you to gear up because adidas is now opening the registration for this year’s adidas King of the Road (KOTR), happening this July 7 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The 2013 edition of the adidas KOTR will allow runners to choose between the 16.8K and 10k race categories. The 16.8K-distance will have two sub-categories—Closed, which will be exclusive for Filipinos, and Open category for all nationalities. Male and female runners who will top the race from the Closed category will be crowned as the Philippines’ King and Queen of the Road and will represent the country in the adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship in Malaysia later this year.


On the other hand, the 10K-distance will have an added feature this year, the Student’s Relay category. The Students’ Relay category, created to encourage the youth to lead a healthy lifestyle, will be open exclusively to college and university students 25 years old and below. One male and one female student need to partner up and form a relay team, with each running a 5km leg. The winning pair will win cash prizes individually as well as for their respective schools.


The regular 10K race will still be held, which is open to all runners interested to join this distance. Prizes also await runners who will top the said categories.


“The brand’s battle cry is All In, as adidas continues to support and encourage people to be the best they can be in whatever interests they have —be it sports, fashion, or music” says Jason Gervasio, adidas Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager. “In the case of KOTR, adidas is showcasing its commitment to sports by bringing together and empowering runners from all over the Philippines and Southeast Asia, giving them a chance to engage in their passion for running.”

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Southeast Asia Roads Lead to Malaysia


adidas is not only encouraging runners to compete within their countries. As part of its drive to provide the best experiences for its consumers, KOTR will once again be held in different legs across the SEA countries.


To date, the first adidas KOTR SEA Regional Championship held in October 2011 culminated in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, involving participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. The success of this multi-country race inspired the brand to make the event a regional annual tradition. Hence, the KOTR SEA Championship Year 2 was organized and held at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore in 2012.


This year, participants of the KOTR SEA Championship will get a chance to run through the streets of Malaysia. The final race will be held in October, where winners from Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will be joined by the KOTR SEA Championship Closed Category participants from the host country itself. Only one winner each from the Male and Female divisions will be crowned as the adidas Southeast Asia King and Queen of the Road.


How to Join KOTR 2013


There are two ways to sign up for this year’s adidas King of the Road Philippines:

  1. Visit and register online by filling up all the required fields (not available for 10KM Relay for Students). Online registration is open from May 2 to June 23, 2013.
  1. Visit any of the seven (7) adidas KOTR 2013 registration sites in the following stores —adidas Greenbelt 3, adidas SM Mall of Asia, adidas SM Megamall, adidas Powerplant, adidas Trinoma, adidas Two Parkade (Bonifacio Global City), or Runnr at Bonifacio High Street. Onsite registration is open from May 2 to June 30, 2013.

Race fees are as follows: P1,300 for the 16.8K race; P1,100 for for the 10K regular race; and P800 for for the 10K students’ race. Runners signing up for the 10K students’ race will have to present vaild student IDs (must be valid until July 7, 2013) at the registration sites.


There is also a discount for runners that sign up in large groups. Participants who register with their friends and family at the same time at the registration site get the following discounts:

  • Group of 10-14 = Php100 off each
  • Group of 15-19 = Php150 off each
  • Group of 20+ = Php200 off each

Supporting this year’s race are the sponsors Summit Water and 100 Plus.

For more news, updates, and promos on adidas KOTR 2013, or follow the conversation with #kotrph2013.


Sweating it out to the blasting music at Coachella or the other hot music festivals this summer have you halfway there, but why not add a little spring to your step?


Electric Run is the perfect way to tackle your first summer 5K — with hot music, breathtaking light displays and an energized crowd of thousands, it will feel less like a run and more like a moving party. Electric Run has already attracted crowds of over 10,000 and are taking place across over 30 cities this year.

With the hottest musical acts, miles of neon lit track and participants decked out in Day-Glo, face paint and bright outfits, Electric Run is sweeping the nation. Electric Run will be coming to over 30 locations throughout the United States this year, so everyone can get in on the fun.

Electric Run brings the hottest DJs, giant light installation art from some of the most talented artists at DreamWorks, Disney, Coachella and Vegas.

The races have attracted celebrity participants from Carmen Electra to Seth Rogan.

Each race donates a major portion of the proceeds to a local charity.
Participants of all ages and walks of life take part – decked out in their neon best. Crazy neon running shoes were made for this.

Follow them on twitter, @Electric Run

Spira Footwear Launches a Performance-Based Guarantee “Take the Spira Challenge”

Spira Footwear ( announced today a new initiative that allows participants to put their specialty running shoes to the test in USA Track and Field sanctioned road races nationwide. The campaign can be found at


The “We’re Betting On You” campaign is a partnership between Spira and HealthWagers, a Dallas based company that provides the back end support for the campaign. Upon registration for the Spira Challenge, each participant is provided a highly predictive finish time based upon past racing performance. The promotion is a fun way to motivate runners to train and perform at a peak level on race day, a natural tie-in with our specialty running shoes. The challenge even allows for participants to win monetary rewards depending on the runner’s individual wager made before accepting the challenge.

The Spira Challenge can be taken in any brand of running shoes, but if the participant elects to compete in Spira shoes, Spira will guarantee that the goal time will be met, or the participant may return their shoes for a full refund.

“We think the Spira Challenge allows for a far more meaningful race experience,” said Spira Founder and CEO Andy Krafsur. “Typically, there is only one winner in a race. This challenge allows everyone to be a winner and compete against their toughest competitor, themselves,” he said. “It also provides Spira with a platform to tell our story that most people will perform at a higher level with less stress and fatigue than in traditional footwear,” Krafsur said.

Coming from “InSPIRAtional Beginnings,” Spira was invented by runners for runners who simply wanted more enjoyable, longer and productive runs. All of the Spira running and walking shoes contain their patented WaveSpring® Technology located in the heel and forefoot in the soles which provide a combination of mechanical cushioning and energy return. The WaveSpring® is a laterally stable, very lightweight and compact spring that allows people to run and participate in activities for longer periods of time with less stress on the body along with helping to reduce recovery time and injuries. Because it is a mechanical technology, the WaveSpring® will not break down and provides a “new shoe” feel for the life of the shoes.

“We partnered with Spira because it is incredibly innovative company that has a product we believe enhances performance – story that ties directly to our vision of building a community of athletes who choose to better themselves” said Steve Harris, CEO of HealthWagers. I’m an endurance runner and can feel the difference in Spiras,” he added.

Recently, Spira was selected to play a critical role in a new initiative of the A & E Television Network and the crowdfunding site RocketHub called Project Startup. Last summer, Spira was seeking capital for the launch of a new lightweight performance running shoe, the Spira Stinger 2, when they turned to RocketHub (an online crowdfunding company) to tell its story and pre-sell the shoe to RocketHub’s network of supporters and enthusiasts. Spira’s campaign with RocketHub was highly successful with Spira selling almost 800 pairs of shoes and raising over $42,000 on RocketHub which allowed Spira to use that money to purchase the initial run of inventory for the Stinger 2.

The successful campaign with RocketHub also lead to the introduction to the A & E Network’s Project Startup, an extension of A & E’s “Real Life, Real Change” pro-social campaign, which is a multi-platform brand initiative including television vignettes, features on their website and other social media extensions that Spira will be included in.

For more information on Spira Footwear visit and to enter the “Take the Spira Challenge” go to

About Spira Footwear
Spira is a privately held Company based in El Paso, Texas. Its innovative products are distributed in the United Statesand several other countries around the world. It currently produces both running and walking shoes. The Spira website is located at:

About HealthWagers
Founded by employee benefit and corporate wellness professionals, HealthWagers was created as a different way to motivate consumers along their personal health journey. The idea came from the simple understanding that having meaningful rewards and validated results can be a great catalyst for change. HealthWagers is building a next generation health incentive platform that challenges, measures and rewards individuals to improve their health,




Watch this link in order for you to see the cartoon version of the Zombie run. Pretty cool!

Benefits Active Heroes, a Volunteer-led Charity Helping Veterans, Active Duty Military and their Families

Zombie Mania continues to infiltrate all facets of pop culture, and now the Zombies are poised to infiltrate the streets of major cities across the nation this year.

The Zombie Run, a 3.1 mile racecourse of gut-wrenching, blood-pumping, sweat-dripping fear, will soon be mounting a 16-city nationwide infestation, for the most exhilarating 5K of your life… if you survive.

The 2013 tour kicks off April 7 in Philadelphia, where it was created, and by the fall also will overrun the streets of Chicago, New York, Miami, New Orleans, Seattle, Denver, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and many other U.S. cities. Complete schedule is below. For the latest information, including early registration deadlines, go to

The Zombie Run is not your typical hometown 5K run, unless of course, your hometown is infested with an army of marauding Zombies.

By using the popular Zombie theme, The Zombie Run creates a running narrative on a racecourse designed like a Hollywood Apocalypse movie-set – complete with helicopters flying overhead – where participants either run through the course as Zombies, or living Zombie prey. Participants must run to safety, while dodging an imaginatively harrowing barrage of apocalyptic carnage.

The Zombie Run is the only nationally touring Zombie race that takes over the actual streets of each city, and focuses on a fully scripted, suspense-filled back story.

Professional, on-site make-up artists transform normal, everyday, warm-blooded runners into blood sucking, flesh eating Zombies. If you survive, there is a party following the race. The Zombie Run benefits Active Heroes (, a volunteer-led charity helping veterans, active duty military and their families. A portion of proceeds from each event also will be donated to a local charity.

The Zombie Run is the brainchild of 19-year-old Andrew Hudis and 20-year-old David Feinman. Hudis attends the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Feinman is currently studying at Bucks County Community College in suburban Philadelphia, with plans to transfer to Temple University’s Fox School of Business next year.

“Three years ago, I told David that I always run fastest when I’m being chased,” said Hudis. “We joked that we should start a race where actors chase the runners to the finish line. Eventually, we realized that our idea could actually be a fun race.”

Hudis contacted local haunted houses and asked if he and Feinman could stage a race on their hayride trails, but they all declined.

“We eventually held a Halloween-themed 5K in a local park called the Trick-or-Treat 5-Miler that was a ton of work and never made much money,” says Hudis. “But it was a fun project.”

Hudis and Feinman knew they were on to something and continued to work on their idea for two years. By 2012, they realized that taking a themed run on the road to multiple cities could be a good business.

“We thought about taking the Trick-or-Treat 5-Miler on the road and it eventually evolved in The Zombie Run,” Hudis adds. “We brought Carrie Snyder, a promoter we’d met at other Philadelphia events, on board and The Zombie Run was born. We wrote our whole business model over three meetings in local coffee shops and three months later we were permitted in five markets.”

What makesThe Zombie Run so different than other racing events?

“Our race really focuses on story,” Hudis says. “Like a ride at Disney World, we create an alternate reality over an otherwise mundane experience. We focus a lot on runner experience, and spend the money that other races use on obstacles to enforce our theme and add more carnage to the racecourse.”

Hudis and Feinman have assembled a seasoned team of professionals with over 100 years of collective experience in race and concert promotion, and live event production and marketing, who will help them bring The Zombie Run to the following cities across America:

The Philadelphia Zombie Run – Philadelphia, PA – 4/7/13, 8am – FDR Park
The Louisville Zombie Run – Louisville, KY – 4/21/13, 12:30pm – Iroquois Park
The Charlotte Zombie Run – Charlotte, NC – 5/19/13, 12:30pm – Freedom Park
The New Orleans Zombie Run – New Orleans, LA – 6/23/13, 9am – New Orleans City Park
The St. Louis Zombie Run – St. Louis, MO – 7/14/13, 11am – Queeny Park
The Denver Zombie Run – Denver, CO – 7/28/13, 9:00am – City Park
The Seattle Zombie Run – Seattle, WA – 8/17/13, 11am – Magnuson Park
The Nashville Zombie Run – Nashville, TN – 9/29/13, 7:30am – Shelby Bottoms Park
The Indianapolis Zombie Run – Indianapolis, IN – 10/6/13, 11am – White River State Park
The Miami Zombie Run – Miami, FL-10/12/13, 6pm- Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
The Portland Zombie Run – Portland, OR – TBA
The Columbus Zombie Run – Columbus, OH – TBA
The Chicago Zombie Run – Chicago, IL – TBA
The Brooklyn Zombie Run – Brooklyn, NY – TBA
The Austin Zombie Run – Austin, TX – TBA
The San Francisco Zombie Run – San Francisco, CA – TBA
The San Diego Zombie Run – San Diego, CA – TBA
The Atlanta Zombie Run – Atlanta, GA – TBA
(Additional cities to be announced.)

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About The Zombie Run Team
Andrew Hudis transitioned from racerunner to race promoter in 2008 when he co-founded a popular charitable marathon in Mae Sariang, Thailand, called Tribe-to-Tribe.

After Tribe-to-Tribe, Hudis wanted to stay involved in race promotion more locally, so he founded the Bucks County Half-Marathon. After his first year, he partnered with David Feinman, a childhood friend, to direct the event with him. Today, it is one of the premier Philadelphia distance events, recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the cities Best Spring Runs.

Before The Zombie Run, Carrie Snyder was a director for the popular Ragnar Relay series. Her other race projects include the ODDyssey Half-Marathon and the Yuengling Light Lager Jogger. Carrie also consults with local events and national race tours on race development, promotion, and management.

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