Andy Toniacao and Emilaine Balatibat both got off to strong starts to lord over their respective divisions in the 21-kilometer category of ActiveHealth’s Run United 1 (RU1) 2016 held last Sunday at the Mall of Asia complex, Pasay City.
Toniacao crossed the finish line with an official time of 01:21:16 to rule the men’s division of the 21K category. Following him to finish second and third place, respectively, were Joseph Gantaleo (01:26:13) and Juan Gabriel Velasco (01:26:44).
Balatibat, on the other hand, dominated the field of female runners also from the 21k category. A resident physician at the Mandaluyong City Medical Center, Balatibat clocked in at 01:50:06 to claim the first place in her division, and was trailed by Maria Sherry Aguila (01:52:45) and Charlotte Garana (01:57:47).
Also conquering their respective divisions via podium finishes were Dante Baay (34:22) and Mark Hosana (34:57) for the male’s 10K category; Mirasol Abad (41:02), Ma. Claire Adorna (49:04), and Lauren Lim (50:06) for the females 10K category; Christophe Boutain (19:45), Neil Kevin de Leon (21:09), and Jayson Ang (21:03) for the male’s 5K category; and Mary Grace dela Torre (22:05), May Oro (23:25), and Annaliza Ayeras (24:12) for the female’s 5k category.
Run United 1—the first of three events for the ActiveHealth Run United Series, and which followed the milestone that Tri-United 1 set last February 28—lured close to 12,000 runners this year. “Over the years, the number of people who continue to take part in our races has steadily grown. We’re happy to see that we now have a combination of people who stayed on and run longer races, as well as new names and new faces who are beginning to take on the challenge to exceed themselves,” says ActiveHealth head, Alex Panlilio.
Helping progressive athletes exceed themselves
This year’s RU1 emphasized the need for progressive athletes to promote the right sports nutrition regimen via the ActiveHealth Carbgel. A prominent element from ActiveHealth Sports Nutrition Solutions together with EnervonActiv and Enervon HP, ActiveHealth Carbgel is packed with a specialized combination of quick-acting and long-burning carbs to help athletes sustain their energy from the start of race until the finish line.
Apart from this, participants also had the opportunity to expand their knowledge about other key facets of the running through three important talks spearheaded by acclaimed experts. The first was the first-aid and CPR talk courtesy of StatMed, followed by the Strength and Conditioning workshop by Coach Saul Sibayan and the Sports Nutrition for Performance talk by Coach Ani De Leon-Brown.
“We are very happy that our Run United races continue to be very well-participated even as we’re now celebrating the sixth year of this successful movement,” Panlilio adds. “This is just the beginning of many exciting events that we have in store for all progressive athletes out there, and hopefully they can continue embracing and sustaining an active lifestyle together with us at ActiveHealth.”
Run United 2, the second leg of the Run United Series, will be held on June 5 this year, followed by Tri United 2 on July 3.
Run United 1 is brought to you by ActiveHealth and RunRio, in partnership with Tag Heuer, Alaxan FR, Enervon Activ, ActiveHealth Carbgel, Enervon HP, HealthFirst Purefoods, Globe Business, Hydrite, and Skechers.
ActiveHealth is a total integrated solutions provider that empowers progressive athletes to perform better and achieve their goals. For more updates about the Run United series and how ActiveHealth is pushing progressive Filipino athletes to exceed themselves, visit www.activehealth.ph. (2025)