Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A NONATHLETE'S PURSUIT OF OLYMPIC SUCCESS

NEW YORK TIMES. Hagen, 58, is a lawyer turned legal recruiter who happened upon an article in The Chicago Tribune in the run-up to the Summer Olympics about one female sprinter’s daunting quest to make an unlikely journey, from Baghdad to Beijing. In a year deeply scarred by a stock-market free fall and a dastardly scheme that made off with billions in charity investments, Hagen opened her checkbook, gave wholeheartedly to a cause that reached inside her, to the women’s activist within...
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A DIFFERENT SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

BUSINESS MIRROR. Several years ago, after a lackluster season where its football team didn’t win a single game, a Recto-based university sent its entire team packing. I guess a college football title was more important than making sure that these kids got an education. What education, you might ask, when they never went to class anyway?

The team was imported all the way from the province to play football and everything else be damned. Since it was the only thing they did well and they didn’t get the job done, they were replaced by another batch of footballers from another southern city. Well, since there’s no pro football league to pay you to keep playing, dog, where are you going after your eligibility has dried up?...

Read more @ http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3854:a-different-school-of-thought&catid=31:sports&Itemid=65

CEBUANO BIKERS RULE HILONGOS ROAD RACE

THE FREEMAN. CEBU - As expected, the Cebuano invaders dominated the 2008 Governor Icot Petilla Invitational Road Race in Hilongos, Leyte the other day...

Read more @ http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=427932&publicationSubCategoryId=110

TALISAY RUN

THE FREEMAN. With races in Cebu being held almost every month, out-of-towners have been strutting their wares here for the past year. For instance, Cebu’s marathon queen Leszl Gitaruelas, used to dominate the women’s field, even winning 16 straight titles last year in the absence of strong contenders. Not anymore, Zamboanga’s Mary Grace Delos Santos proved she’s ready to make life uneasy for Leszl when she won last Sunday’s race in 39:28 while Leszl hobbled to 42:16...
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Monday, December 29, 2008

DE LOS SANTOS LED WOMEN'S 10K

SUN STAR CEBU. OUT-of-town runners dominated the first ever Talisay Run yesterday held around the busy streets of Talisay City.

Bukidnon native Cri-frankreadel Indapan was the first to reach the finish line, winning the 10K Men’s Open title after crossing the end zone at the Talisay City Hall at 32 minutes and 59.643 seconds.

Zamboangueña Mary-grace de los Santos, on the other hand, topped the Women’s 10K Open, crossing the finish line at 39 minutes and 28.428 to rule the distaff side.

Read more @ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/marygrace-de-los-santos-zamboanga-led-women%E2%80%99s-10k-division

Sunday, December 28, 2008

KENYAN MASTERS BEIJING'S ELEMENTS

NEW YORK TIMES. For all of their dominance in international distance running, Kenyan men had never won an Olympic marathon until the Beijing Games. When victory finally came, by Sammy Wanjiru in 2 hours 6 minutes 32 seconds, it was stunning. Given the oppressive weather conditions, it was a performance perhaps superior to any that Michael Phelps produced in the pool or Usain Bolt delivered on the track...

Read more @ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/sports/olympics/28marathon.html?_r=1&ref=othersports

FIRST TALISAY RUN FIRES OFF TODAY

CEBU DAILY NEWS. THE REGION’S top runners compete in today’s inaugural Talisay Run, which will fire off in front of the Talisay City Hall...

Kabangis Runners Club's Simoun "Jun" Canton said around 400 runners are expected to participate in this last major marathon event of the year, which features the 3k, 5k and 10k divisions...

Read more @ http://sports.inquirer.net/cdnsports/cdnsports/view/20081228-180305/First-Talisay-Run-fires-off-today

Saturday, December 27, 2008

DAGUPAN TO HOST NAT'L ATHLETICS TILT

MALAYA NEWS. THE 2009 National Open International Athletics Championship will be held in Dagupan City in May. Patafa chief Go Teng Kok said the Open will be the biggest in terms of participation as he expects China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan and Qatar to send entries...

Read more @ http://www.malaya.com.ph/dec27/spor4.htm

BOLT SHINES ON THE TRACK IN 2008

GMA NEWS. Two of the greatest distance runners of all time also had stellar years, with Kenenisa Bekele winning both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Olympics. In the longer race, the Ethiopian great beat 1996 and 2000 Olympic 10,000 champion Haile Gebrselassie, who only competed in that event after opting out of the marathon because of pollution fears...

Read more @ http://www.gmanews.tv/story/141376/Bolt-shines-on-the-track-in-2008

MONITORING OF RACES SOUGHT

The committee is the Patafa’s answer to marathon activities which are not properly organized and are held without a proper measurement of their distance, or where organizers sometimes do not take responsibility when accidents take place...

Friday, December 26, 2008

LEARNING TO LOVE THE SPORT

The epidemic of childhood obesity is well-documented, along with the plethora of programs designed to get kids away from the tube. But the real road to fitness is to fall in love with running as a lifetime passion and make it part of your identity, not something you "have to do" to keep from being fat. Here's a look at people and programs inspiring young people not just to get out, but to become athletes, challenging them to be better runners and better people, and building the future of the sport...
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"Running is a sport you can do for your entire life," says Austin. "You won't be playing football or basketball at 90, but you can still be running!"...
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It could be said that runners lead a storybook life. We wake up every morning with passion and purpose, determination and drive. All it takes is a good run to clear the mind and recharge the batteries. Running is our medicine, our fountain of youth, our religion, our shrink, our best friend. As Peter Pressman likes to say, "Every day is a great day for running." To introduce the next generation of runners to our world is truly a gift...
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Sanderson sums it up best: "I have found that being a runner has brought me joy, strength, self-confidence, peace, focus, friendship, good health and so many other gifts. For me, being a runner is like having access to a hidden treasure -- a world of possibilities for a better life, if you are willing to put in a great deal of time and effort. I coach because I want to help my kids access that hidden treasure."...

Read more @ http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=15244&PageNum=1

NO SIGN OF FINISH LINE FOR HAILE

"I started to think about how I could train and then I noticed that my hotel corridor was very long. I put on my shoes and started to run up and down it, and then some of my friends joined me...

Read more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/3851424/No-sign-of-finish-line-for-Haile-Gebrselassie.html

Thursday, December 25, 2008

SEASON'S GREETINGS

Sometimes, we wish we were young, we wish we were somewhere else, we wish we had something more.

But often times, we wish too much that we miss to enjoy who we are, where we are and what what we have.

The secret to hapiness is to embrace and appreciate everything that happens in our life. Season's greetings, from all that I am to all that you are.

Maxi@PaBolFC.com

A GODFATHER FOR TnF IN '09

PHIL. DAILY INQUIRER. MANILA, Philippines—Philippine track and field hopes to take big strides next year.
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A big corporation has committed itself to serve as godfather of the sport starting next year when the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) embarks on an ambitious campaign that will include training camps, foreign exposure and even scholarships for the national pool members...

Read more @ http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20081224-179848/A-godfather-for-track-and-field-in-09

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

LIMPAG: PLAYING SANTA THIS CHRISTMAS

SUN STAR CEBU. IT’S Christmas Eve! That time of the year when you get to stay up really late and open your gifts—whether you’ve been nice or not so nice.

In the spirit of Christmas, and since giving is better than receiving, Fair Play made the rounds and asked some of the notable names in Cebu sports what they would give if they get to play Santa this year, with the white hair, beard and tummy and all...

...Before we could achieve that, the football Santa, Jonathan Maximo, said his gift will be “a Cebu Sports Institute similar to the world-famous Australian Sports Institute, to be composed of passionate and competent Cebuano leaders who will chart Cebu as the next sports capital of the country!”

Read more @ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/limpag-playing-santa-christmas

Monday, December 22, 2008

BIRTHDAY BOY WINS IN DANAO

CEBU DAILY NEWS. Philip John Duenas celebrated his birthday with style on Sunday, winning the 10k men’s open title of the 28th Halad Kang Mano Amon Marathon at the same time in Danao City...

In the women’s side, the 21-year-old Delos Santos of Zamboanga City grabbed her third title in Cebu City after winning the Holiday Spa and UTAFA runs...

Read more @ http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/sports/view/20081222-179408/Birthday-boy-wins-in-Danao

Sunday, December 21, 2008

MARATHON STARTS TODAY

CEBU DAILY NEWS. THE 28TH EDITION of the annual Halad Kang Mano Amon Marathon fires off today in front of the Danao City Hall...

Read more @ http://sports.inquirer.net/cdnsports/cdnsports/view/20081221-179196/Marathon-starts-today

Thursday, December 18, 2008

LAPU MANDAUE BRIDGE MARATHON ON

CEBU DAILY NEWS. Deresas said that the key objective of the race is to introduce two bridges to the visiting tourists as the Golden Gate of Cebu. “This race is also intended to discover new running talents, encourage and develop the youth through sports, to educate, train and unite different sports activities as well to support the tourism industry through sports,” Deresas said...

Monday, December 15, 2008

MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

CEBU DAILY NEWS. Multi-awarded Leszl Gitaruelas and John Philip Duenas emerged victorious in the 7th edition of the Cebu Midnight Run at the City Sports Club-Cebu in the Cebu Business Park...
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

SHOE4AFRICA 4KM

Following the race a very special football match took place which drew together some of the all-time greats of Kenyan athletics. Robert Cheruiyot, the four-time Boston Marathon champion, Martin Lel, the three-time London Marathon winner...

Read more @ http://www.iaaf.org/news/kind=100/newsid=48695.html

A MOVING 40TH BIRTHDAY GIFT

NEW YORK TIMES. For an avid runner, perhaps a synthetic running shirt would be a welcome gift. Maybe a heart-rate monitor, or an iPod. But for a truly one-of-a-kind gift, nothing could beat what Michael Chambers received for his 40th birthday on Thursday: a world-class runner from Kenya for a day...

Read more @ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/sports/othersports/12run.html?_r=1&ref=othersports

Thursday, December 11, 2008

3rd PLACE: SHOOT-OUT PHOTO GALLERY #4


Goal! USC now leads 2-1
USC 2nd kicker converts his penalty kick

PACMAN'S NEXT CHALLENGE: TO FINISH COLLEGE

"Gusto ko pa ring ipagpatuloy ang pag-aaral ko. Gusto ko matapos iyun. Iba naman ang boxing hindi pang-habangbuhay [I want to continue my schooling. I want that. Boxing is different, as that is not for life],” he said...

Read more @ http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/dec/11/yehey/top_stories/20081211top2.html

TALISAY RUNNING EVENT

THE FREEMAN. CEBU - If you pass the South Coastal Road early mornings, you’ll see so many runners pounding the concrete road. The new road surely has given the running buffs in Talisay City a place to sweat it out early mornings without having to worry about falling into potholes...

Read more @ http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=422816&publicationSubCategoryId=110

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

PHIL SPORTS INSTITUTE

MANILA BULLETIN. It also offers programs on sports management, leadership, training and conditioning, coaching, first aid, officiating, injury and rehabilitation, marketing, psychology, journalism, fitness management, nutrition, fund raising, tourism, programming, event management, facilities planning and management, and community sports programming...

Read more @ http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20081210143207.html

PACQUIAO VOWS TO PROMOTE DepEd PROGRAM

PHIL DAILY INQUIRER. “It’s time for everyone to help education and truly create a bright future for our young people, especially those who are out-of-school,” ... “education is the only antidote to the country’s problems.”...

Read more @ http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20081210-177115/Pacquiao-vows-to-promote-DepEd-program

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

3rd PLACE: SHOOT-OUT PHOTO GALLERY #3

USC's Wang Escudero guessed the direction of the ball but still not enough...
USPF's 1st kicker retaliates, score is now 1-1

SUFFERING, VICTORY AT SINGAPORE MARATHON

SUN STAR CEBU. TORTOISE? On my part, I ran a steady pace—never getting injured, relishing and enjoying the entire way—finishing in 5:20. I will write in more detail soon—but the one difference I did this time: I prayed. With the rosary bracelet gifted by Vic Verallo, I prayed while on the run. And, when I finally crossed the finish to celebrate a moment I’ll never forget, the first act I did was to point both hands to the sky and thank Him...

Read more @ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/pages-suffering-victory-singapore-marathon

CEBU'S ATHLETICS GODFATHER...

Congratulations SirDan. You deserve it. - Maxi Maximo, PaBolFC
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SUN STAR CEBU. For reviving the sport that was almost dead in Cebu a few years ago, Cebu’s athletics godfather, Dr. Danilo Villadolid, was honored for all his hard work in the United Track and Field Athletes of Cebu Incoporated (Utafa) 10K Road race held last Sunday at the Capitol grounds...

Read more @ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/cebu%E2%80%99s-athletics-godfather-honored-hurdles-race

Monday, December 08, 2008

DUENAS, DE LOS SANTOS RULE UTAFA RACE

SWU is a member of CESAFI. What they lack in football, they compensate it in athletics. - Maxi Maximo, PaBolFC

THE FREEMAN (CEBU) - Southwestern University’s Philip Duenas and Mary Grace de los Santos of Zamboanga outsmarted the rest of the seasoned runners amidst heavy downpour to rule the UTAFA 10-K Road Race Hurdle to Run yesterday...

Read more @ http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=422049&publicationSubCategoryId=110

Sunday, December 07, 2008

3rd PLACE: SHOOT-OUT PHOTO GALLERY #2

1st Shoot-Out Kick from USC. USPF mans the goal...
Goal! USC leads 1-0
USC 1st shoot-out kicker, #10 Josephus Bernaldez, right after scoring USC's 1st goal.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

... WOMEN IN SPORTS

PHIL DAILY INQUIRER (Manila)—Marathon, badminton and volleyball clinics as well as tournaments were held recently to cap activities in the Visayas leg of Women in Sports Nationwide in Tagbilaran City.

Read more @ http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20081205-176218/DepEd-PSC-team-up-for-Women-in-Sports

Friday, December 05, 2008

CHILDREN'S GAMES SET DEC 22

THE FREEMAN (Cebu). A total of 10 teams will take part in the inaugural staging of the event, two of which coming from the Muslim community, one from the streetchildren, and the rest from the different barangays.

Read more @ http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=421279&publicationSubCategoryId=110

RAMIREZ ENDORSES FR. UY AS NEXT PSC CHAIR

CEBU - If he has his way, Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez wants commissioner Fr. Vicente “Vic” L. Uy, SVD as his successor. Ramirez has already tendered his resignation, but had been advised to stay put on his post.

Read more @ http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=421278&publicationSubCategoryId=110

Thursday, December 04, 2008

ASEAN SCHOOL SPORTS COUNCIL...

THE FREEMAN. The gathering is aimed to further promoting physical education and recreation through school-based sports... Read more @ http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=420939&publicationSubCategoryId=110

PAGES: BETTER TO HAVE A "GOOD TIME" OR A GOOD TIME?

SUN STAR CEBU. AS I’VE written on this sports box on many occasions, last Feb. 17, I attempted my first 42K run at the Hong Kong Marathon and failed. At the 28th-kilometer mark, I succumbed to massive cramps then, when the muscle pain subsided, the sides of my knees hurt like they were hammered by a baseball bat. I limped to the 36th km. until the five-hour mark arrived but couldn’t finish within the allotted 5-hour, 30-minute marathon cutoff time.

Why did I fail?... Read more @ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/pages-better-have-%E2%80%98good-time%E2%80%99-or-god-time

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

3rd PLACE: SHOOT-OUT PHOTO GALLERY #1

The 3rd place game between USPF and USC was a 0-0 nil. To break the deadlock, both teams will have to go through a penalty shoot-out. Shown here are the team's pre shoot-out rituals, USPF (above) and USC (below).

LIMPAG: THAT RUNNER'S HIGH...

SUN STAR CEBU. IF you want to learn the meaning of “passion for sports,” then check the marathoners. They are one of the prime examples. I mean, who in his right mind would run 42 kilometers?

For non-marathoners, 42 kilometers is just a number but if you want to imagine how far is that, then picture this.

Walking from Abellana National School to the Provincial Capitol may seem daunting but that’s only 1.82 kilometers (thanks to Google Earth). Imagine running back and forth from Abellana to the Capitol 23 times. Or, get this. The distance covered by the 13B route from the University of San Carlos-Technological Center to the USC Main Campus is only 6.40 kilometers, imagine going back and forth six and a half times.

Read more @ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/limpag-runner%E2%80%99s-high-and-perfect-speech

Monday, December 01, 2008

PAGES: MILE AFTER MILLETE...

SUN STAR CEBU. Imagine that: nearly 500 kilometers of running per month! I bet—for comparison’s sake—that nine out of 10 people on earth will not hit 500 kilometers of combined running their entire life...

Read more @ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/pages-mile-after-millete-after-mile