About Running Free Manila (RFM)

Hello there, I am Allan. Welcome to my personal journal, RunningFreeManila.com. I am fondly called as RFM in the running community.

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I started running back in 2010. My first race was the Century Tuna Superbods (the first leg of the first Runrio trilogy that eventually became the Run United Series) with only 3k. It was memorable as it was painful. I remembered walking in the last kilometer, but I did not stop there. Soon, I tried running longer distances until I finished my half marathon in December 2010 (Quezon City International Marathon).

February 2011, I finished my first marathon in The Bull Runner Dream Marathon in Nuvali. Soon, I also joined international races and even tried the ultramarathon distances and finished the Bataan Death March 102 kilometers back in 2013.

The happiness and satisfaction that I get from running, I wanted to pass it on. And so I joined and found a running group (Team Six30), conducted running clinics and giving motivational talks in multinational companies, coordinated and helped in organizing races, paced other runners and represented brands as well.

I wanted to do more and so I did. I tried other sports such as swimming and CrossFit; and actually enjoyed doing it, other than running.

Soon, I found myself teaching running, the sport that I loved and eventually, taught CrossFit as well.

If you asked me why do I do it, my simple answer is this, I wanted to bring meaning to life.

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Back in 2005 when my Dad and I was carjacked near our place, it was a horrifying event in my life. I thought, what have I done before that moment that made it special? Did I make my parents proud of me? Did I make every waking moment of my life memorable? When the carjackers finally dropped us, almost 15 kilometers away from our house (from Quezon City to Pasay City), we were fortunate to get out alive with minor bruises and an incident that will always be part of our lives.

From then on, I tried to find something special in every occasion, whether simple or profound. Even the littlest of things can be something we can be grateful of.

Believe me, I am just as ordinary as you. I am but a fan of these humble but incredible individuals who are also trying to make ordinary things extraordinary.

This is coming from someone who has been a bank employee most of his working experience. We may all came from different backgrounds and say, we cannot find time. But I say, find time, else time could leave you and you cannot bring it back. Like my quote, “Because every small step can make a huge difference,” let us try to get up and make the best of what we have and you will see, that you can actually do more.

I have so much people to thank for but I am forever grateful to my family who has been there EVERY step of the way.

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Always find a reason to live, even if you cannot find one…well you are breathing, aren’t you? Be thankful with that! Keep on living and run free!

 

3rd ed 25 August 2016
2nd ed 7 Dec 2015
1st ed 21 Oct 2008

  • RunningFree,

    Came across your website because of your link to Rags2Riches.ph :
    Tree Bag — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress
    reesefernandez wrote 1 week ago : Rags2Riches have recently launched the RIIR by … Tags: Eco-Ethical Style, reese fernandez, rags2riches, rags to riches, …
    en.wordpress.com/tag/tree-bag/ … and stayed to look around…

    You have an interesting blog. Good luck with your MBA. [been there, done that…]

    Thanks for promoting Reese and Mark’s good and important work.

    Mabuhay,

    Rick

    • runningfree

      Thanks for dropping by. It’s my way of giving it back to them and believing in their advocacy. 🙂

  • Hi RFM,

    Wow, this is the first time that I came across your ‘About’ page. I didn’t know that I’m specially mentioned here, hehehe. Thanks for the heads up Allan.

    And btw, I have an update with the contest rules regarding my birthday race giveaway. Hop on again on my blog for you to get more chances to win. 😉

  • Hi! I’m melovesflying from Peyups, a graduating student from UP Manila. I was wondering if you could help me with my thesis by answering my survey about blogging. It will only take you a couple of minutes and everything will be confidential. Here’s the link:

    http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=HLEKII_31745bbc

    Answering it will be very much appreciated. Thank you! 🙂

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  • Cablelink, one of the fastest-growing CATV and Internet service companies is organizing Race It Up 2011, a Family Day Fun Run slated on October 22, 2011 at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City.

    This event features a three (3)- five (5)- ten (10)- Kilometer run and 300 Meter run for kids ages 5-12 years old.

  • Cool and informative site..I just added you to one of my favorite sites about running in my blogroll.. 🙂 Keep on blogging and running! 🙂

    • runningfree

      Thanks Joeyboy! See you on the road! 😀

  • Glaiza Porneso

    Hi Allan,

    I’m Glaiza Porneso from Agatep Associates Inc, PR agency of National Geographic Channel.
    I would like to invite you to run and cover this event as a media blogger.

    Hope hear from you soon.

    Thank you so much!

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    For more details, please call Glaiza Porneso at 635-9355-60 (loc 160); mobile no: 0906-577-8706;email: glaiza.agatep.com.

    WHAT : National Geographic Channel (NGC)
    Earth Day Run

    WHEN : Sunday, 22 April 2012, 5:00 AM

    WHERE : Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

    WHO : Jude Turcuato, Fox International Channels
    vice president and territory head, will be there to answer your questions

    Are you ready to run for Mother Nature? We are.

    In our never ending quest to encourage more Filipinos to go green and save Mother Earth, NGC is staging the 3rd Earth Day Run, the country’s premier race for the environment.

    This time, thousands more of students, professionals, athletes, health buffs and celebrities will run in the 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K races, to show Mother Earth we all care about its health in a fun and exciting way. At NGC, this is who we are.

    Get ready to hit the road, run and make a stand for the environment. Breakfast is on us and interviews with the winners will be held after the awarding ceremonies.

    See you there!

    • runningfree

      Thanks for the invite Ms. Glaiza. Will be glad to be there and run for Mother Earth. See you!

  • Jomar

    Hi Allan!

    Sharing with you the video that I found on Youtube earlier this day. Baka gusto mo rin ishare sa readers mo. It’s about Coach Rio running against a plane. Interesting ang video! I really like it! Here’s the link so you can watch it: http://bit.ly/KAbEuh

    • runningfree

      Thanks for the link Jomar. I already posted this in my Facebook wall. Nice concept right? Coach Rio having fun racing against the plane.

  • dyzalri

    paanu mag join sa group nyu po..tnx

    • runningfree

      Visit us in our trainings every Thursday nights and Saturday mornings sa UP Diliman. Visit our FB page: six:30 running group. Hope to see you there! 🙂

  • Greetings to all cyclists, runners, and sports enthusiasts!

    Millions all over the world have felt the devastating effects of the earth’s degradation – increased occurrences of flash floods, super typhoons, severe drought, tornado outbreaks, and more. The earth is no longer the safe, beautiful, and nurturing home that it used to be because man simply kept on taking but failed to give back to Mother Nature.

    Sonshine Philippines Movement (SPM) together with concerned institutions, companies, organizations, and communities, is launching the “EarthFest 2012 and The Environmental Hero Awards” on November 18, 2012 at Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang. This grand sports event with the theme “Sports War Against Climate Change” aims to raise funds for SPM’s environmental programs and advocacies nationwide.

    SPM is a multi-awarded non-profit organization who continues to advocate positive change by empowering the youth and different community sectors to care for the environment. We actively implement nationwide clean-up drives, tree planting activities, recycling campaigns, marine resources development, environmental awareness and similar programs.

    In this light, we cordially invite your company/club/organization to be a part of this noble cause by participating in the “EarthFest 2012” sports events as follows:

    • Fun Run (3 km, 5 km, 10 km, 16 km, and 21 km)
    • Bicycle Wars (Criterium, BMX Park, and MTB)
    • Street Dance Battle (Hip-Hop, 18-25 yrs old)
    • Concert for a Cause
    • Grand Sports and Health Bazaar

    Prizes await the winners! Plus gadgets and souvenir items will be given away! Awards will also be given to the largest delegations.

    Now is the perfect time to heed Mother Nature’s call! Be an environmental hero! Support Sonshine Philippines Movement and help us work towards the restoration of the earth by participating in the “EarthFest 2012 and The Environmental Hero Awards”.

    Reserve your spot and log on to our website at http://www.earthfestphilippines.com. You may also call us at (02) 775 4144 / (02) 453 0589 or text us at 0915 508 2313 / 0915 810 9027 / 0920 969 3845. Discounted registration fees are given to early registrants.

    Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/earthfestphilippines
    Official EarthFest 2012 Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/375233625868673/

    Sincerely,
    Dindo Carayo
    EarthFest 2012 Event Staff

  • Carla Millan

    Hi!

    We will be having a bloggers conference for an upcoming event that our company will host and we would like to invite you!

    May I please have your email address where we can discuss this further?

    Looking forward to working with you soon!

  • Freidrich P.de Guzman

    Hello RFM,

    My name is Eric de Guzman from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Caloocan City. This summer, our group in the parish would like to provide a worthwhile summer to 20 underprivileged school children. We would provide them a weekly teaching on hygiene, lesson on savings, tips on becoming a good student, etc… and one of our goal also in to provide them a lesson on proper running. Perhaps we could invite your group six:30 running group to give these kids a talk and tips on proper running. What we’re after is to give them Hope and Aspire to become leaders someday … I hope that your group could inspire them and spend at least half day with these kids on May 2013 (inform us your most accessible day). This could be an extended outreach for your group. Thank you very much and I hope you can consider …

  • GMA_events

    HI RFM, you might be interested in joining the upcoming Energizer Night Race Manila 2013. Details are as follows:

    Energizer Night Race
    May 4, 2013
    5K/10K
    Bonifacio Global City

    Registration Fees:
    5K – Php 700
    10K – Php 800

    Registration Venues:
    * Brooks – SM North Edsa
    * Runnr – Bonifacio High Street
    * Toby’s Sports – EDSA Shangrila
    * Toby’s Sports – Glorietta
    * Toby’s Sports – SM Mall of Asia

    Registration Period: April 3-30, 2013

    Inclusive of Energizer headlight, Energizer cap, Singlet, Neon Fabric Paint Pen, Race bib, Route map, Schick razor

    For a glimpse of what happened last 2011’s night race, you may watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V_hDvgbLRY&feature=player_embedded.

    Thanks!

  • katrina

    HI..
    just want to ask where is the registration venue for the TAKBONIFACIO

    • runningfree

      Here it is Ms. Katrina: Toby’s Sports in Shangri-La Mall, Mall of Asia & Glorietta; Runnr in Ayala Alabang Town Center & Bonifacio High Street; and Brooks in SM North EDSA. Thanks. 🙂

  • mackenray villarazo

    panu sumali dto

    • runningfreemanila

      Hi there. Saan po ninyo gustong sumali?