Result Of 32nd Milo 3km Finals.

30 11 2008

Like father, like son.

Eduard “Josh” Buenavista, the seven-year-old son of Olympian and champion marathoner Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista, has taken the first step in what could be a long journey to running glory.

Lean but long-legged, the young Buenavista showed a lot of promise in his first-ever official race when he finished ahead of taller, older foes and wound up seventh in the 3km side event of the 2008 Milo Marathon.

Buenavista, a Grade 1 pupil at the Baguio Achiever’s College in Baguio City, clocked 10 minutes and 12 seconds in the race for 6-to-9 year olds topped by John Villanueva in 9 minutes flat.

He could’ve probably finished better had he not been tripped by a participant he described as “old” at the halfway mark near United Nations Ave. on Roxas Boulevard.

Buenavista scratched his skinny left knee but instead of crying, he gamely picked himself up and continued to run as if nothing happened, eventually finishing seventh among 1,823 competitors.

Not bad for a first-timer in a race of the Milo Marathon magnitude.

“I’m happy,” said Buenavista in Filipino while showing his wounded knee.

Isidro Vildosola, Buenavista’s one-armed pacer and coach, said he’s impressed with his pupil.

“Actually, he competed in a small 3K race in Baguio where he finished fourth. That’s impressive because that’s technically his first race,” said Vildosola, a gold and bronze medalist in the last Southeast Asian Para Games in Thailand.

“In this race, I can say that I’m impressed because here he competed against the best and finished seventh,” Vildosola said.

Josh actually has a brother, three-year-old Eduardo “Gabriel” Buenavista Jr., who could be another runner in the making.

“I did not encourage them to run. They are the ones who want to (run),” said the father.

Josh is so engrossed with running that he always joins his father in training at the Teacher’s Camp oval in Baguio, running the first full lap (400 meters) before jogging the rest of the next.

Gabriel would join them every so often.

“Like their father, Josh and Gabriel are hyperactive kids. So they keep on running and running, they really do not walk that much,” said mother Chona, the only one in the family who doesn’t run.

After receiving his first earnings, Josh playfully ran around the Luneta Park again, unaware that in his frail feet and legs probably rests the future of Philippine long distance running. – Joey Villar (philippine star)


Result Of Milo 32nd Marathon (42 kms) Finals.

30 11 2008

Like a conquering hero, Eduardo Buenavista returned to the scene of carnage four years ago, taking no prisoners in decisively crushing a valiant but doomed field.

In regaining the Milo Marathon title which he won in 2004, Buenavista laid waste yesterday to a wide swathe of land – 42 kilometers in length – littered with the ruined forms of his most eminent of rivals.

The early morning Sunday sun that awash the Quirino Grandstand paled in comparison to the radiance of Buenavista crossing the finish line – a long distance runner in a class of his own, a mission accomplished at the expense of failed bids.

Nicknamed ‘Vertex,” Buenavista wasted no time after ruling the Tarlac leg, running 40 to 50 kilometers daily in Baguio City to build up his strength and stamina for the 32nd running of the country’s premier marathon race.

Seemingly ordained to win the race on the power of his impressive credentials, which include two Olympic stints – in Sydney and Athens – and two Asian Games in South Korea and Qatar, Buenavista buried the opposition almost from the start, breasting the tape to chants of his name.

Buenavista, who turned 30 last October 6, broke away from defending champion Cresenciano Sabal and Allan Ballester in the first 20 kilometers, then sustained the blistering run to the finish line to add the race to his heavily decorated cap. He clocked two hours, 23 minutes and 37 seconds.

Sabal checked in second at 2:26.36 while Ballester, the 2000-2001 champion and younger brother of two-time ruler Wilfredo Ballester, came in third at 2:27.45.

A few minutes after Buenavista took the men’s title, Mercedita Manipol, a 10k specialist and running for only the first time in a full marathon, shared victory honors by ruling the distaff side in 2:58. 38, beating Maricel Maquilan and Ma Estela Diaz, who came in second and third, respectively, at 3:06.08 and 3:11.15.

Manipol, Maquilin and Diaz, bronze medalist in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand, won P75,000, P50,000 and P30,000, respectively.

Buenavista and Manipol received their prizes from Nestle Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore, who were joined by AVP and Milo Events Sports executive Pat Goc-Ong and former Asia’s sprint queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado.

An expected war of attrition among Buenavista, Sabal, Ballester, Julius Sermona and five-time champion Roy Vence fizzled out and turned a one-man show as the wiry farmer’s son from South Cotabato dominated the lung-busting race which slithered up and down three Metro Manila flyovers.

Sermona and Vence, winner of the race 1993, ‘94, ‘96, ‘98 and ‘99, never stood a chance, their hopes shattered as he failed to make it to the Top 10.

His winning time was still shy of his personal best of 2:18.42 which he recorded in Japan in 2006, but it bettered the 2:28.02 he registered in the 2002 Busan Asian Games in South Korea.-clyde mariano, manila bulletin

Runnex Executive Run

30 11 2008

Registration for the 25th Runnex Executive Classic set Dec. 7 at the UP-Diliman in Quezon City continues for running enthusiasts who are professionals, businessmen and executives holding managerial positions.

Government executives must hold a minimum position of division chief while military officers must have a minimum rank of captain.

Professionals refer to those who have passed the licensure examination given by the Philippine Regulatory Commission for doctors, engineers, accountants.

The 5K and 10K races, backed by Smart, Adidas, Del Monte Philippines, Pharmaton, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Ayala Life, BPI Foundation, Milo, Nescafe, Unilab, Federated Distributors, Kubota Philippines, Bacchus, and Ozigo Lumber in cooperation with the UP College of Human Kinetics, the Quezon City Government and the Quezon City Tourism Council, start at 6:30 a.m. near the UP Oblation.

There will be individual and inter-corporate or inter-club competition

Interested parties may download the registration forms from The designated registration outlets are indicated at the back of the forms.-philippine star.

My Mileage for November 2008 and My Total Mileage for 2008

30 11 2008

OVER ALL TOTAL: JAN 1, 2008- NOVEMBER 30, 2008=2,953.3 kms, 289.23 hours=12.051 days, total calories 169,567

NOV 2008-267 kms, 26.46 hrs, total calories 15,350

Long Run Today

30 11 2008

We have our long run today, and I’m so fortunate to have with me my bosom buddies. We’re 7 in the group (Ferdie Valdez, Henry de Castro, Johnny Lizarito. Ramon Cena, Rod Cameros, Allan Limpiahoy and myself) although I’m expecting it to be more than 10. We started at exactly 5am and we finished at 7:10am. Although it’s only 2 hours and 10 minutes, the route is very challenging. From our place-Zilcas Binan laguna-San Jose Gma cavite-Gma Town Proper-Petron Gma-turning left to Gma zigzag-Carmona Cavite Zigzag-Checkpoint-turning left to Southwoods Hotel-Zilcas Binan-to our place again. We’re all wearing mt. makiling 6th edition. Along the way, we encountered several ascending route and plenty of descending areas. Nonetheless, we’re so happy along the way, conversing with each other, sharing each others’ thoughts and feelings.

Furthermore, this is also the time when I can use my timex heart rate monitor which was sidelined due to defective module and breast strap. Timex management decided to replace it. Here’s the time 2 hrs,10 mins,43 secs. in zone 2.09, average hour 147, peak hour 176, minimum hour 71, total calories 1655, recovery 1 (109-108).

Today’s Verse

For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

The Lord’s Supper is a precious time for Christians. We remember the incredible sacrifice Jesus made to save us from our sins. We also realize that when Christians gather together and take the Supper, we are the Body of Christ, his physical presence on this earth (cf. 1 Cor. 10:17). Whatever happens to one of us matters to the rest of the Body. Every time we eat the Supper, let’s remember the other members of Christ’s Body around us. Let’s also give thanks for Jesus, who offered his body and blood at Calvary to save us. At the same time, let’s commit to be the presence of Christ in the world and do his work.

My Prayer…

Father, thank you for the first incarnation of Jesus when he became flesh and lived on earth. Thank you for his second incarnation through his Body, the Church. Please help me to value other members of his Body more. Please bless me with wisdom and courage as we (our congregation) seek to truly minister as his presence in our world. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

29 -- For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.

A Day In The Life Of Haile GebreSelassie!

29 11 2008

Once a week, runnerforchrist will feature elite runners in this column sharing their stories, and learning from them great lessons in life. God bless us all!

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – Haile GebreSelassie is an Ethiopian long distance track and road running athlete. Gebrselassie has achieved major competition wins at distances between 1500 metres and the marathon, moving from outdoor, indoor and cross country running to road running in the latter part of his career. He has broken 26 world records and won numerous Olympic and World Championship titles, and is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history. He is widely considered one of the best athletes ever because of his incredible speed, and the fact that he suffers from athletically induced Asthma which could kill him at any moment.

Gebrselassie was born as one of ten children in Asella, Arsi Province, Ethiopia. As a child growing up on a farm he used to run ten kilometres to school every morning, and the same back every evening. This led to a distinctive running posture, with his left arm crooked as if still holding his schoolbooks.

The Ethiopian legend recently broke his own world marathon record by running 2:03:59 in Berlin. His Gebrselassie_haile1eberlin07 next competition is the Great Australian Run in Melbourne, where he’ll try for a 15K world best on the roads. An enterprising Aussie journalist investigated what Gebrselassie’s life is like from “Gebrise” to “Gebset.” It begins early with a customary 20K run in the Entoto Mountains outside Addis Ababa. He’s in an office by 9:00 to begin dealing with his vast business endeavors, and, well…. click on more to read more of the crowded itinerary of this extraordinary man who is a devout Christian and, yes, a pioneering feminist in Ethiopia.

HAILE Gebrselassie, the greatest long-distance runner in history, is Melbourne-bound — for the Great Australian Run, a 15-kilometre road race around the streets of Melbourne on November 30 — and with him, he will bring some food for thought for all those elite Australian sportsmen who reckon they do it tough to achieve success. To find out just what makes him tick, we did some research about the Ethiopian runner, who this month became the first man to break two hours four minutes for the marathon (and, in all, has broken 27 world records). This is what we found out:

■ Gebrselassie rises every day at 6am, drives 25 minutes to the Entoto Mountains, where he usually runs 20 kilometres with other Ethiopian athletes. (He goes to the mountains because the air is clean, there is no traffic and it is slightly cooler than in the city of Addis Ababa.)

■ He then returns home to change and grab a quick breakfast.

■ At 9am, he is in his office, personally supervising his business empire that includes being:

CHAIRMAN of the Great Ethiopian Run, a public fun run that has been a huge success in Ethiopia with 32,000 entries; and

BOSS of a construction company that builds cinemas, convention centres, petrol stations, schools, sports stores, cafes and fitness centres.

■ He fInishes work at 4pm and heads to more training, either back to the mountains for some hard running or to the national stadium for a session on the track.

■ He is home just after 6pm for time with his family or to prepare for any evening engagements, where he is in great demand.

ALL THIS by a bloke who:

■ Is a devoted Orthodox Christian and presented his first Olympic gold medal to his local church as a token of thanksgiving for his special talent.

■ As an employer, has given half of the jobs in his businesses to women in a part of the world where equal opportunity was once never heard of.

Not your regular superstar is our Haile.

Gebrselassie will be competing against Australian elite distance runners including Craig Mottram in the November 30 race, which is open to the general public, from local joggers to fitness fanatics. What an opportunity for them! –

The Five Finger Prayer

29 11 2008

Your five Finger Prayer

This is so neat. I had never heard this before. This is beautiful – and it is surely   worth making   the 5 finger prayer   a part of our   lives.

1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty.”

2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger – the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.