Runners in the Philippines are fans of the Simple Hydration Bottle. They first arrived in 2012 when distributor Friro Tech Corp – Fitness Group brought them into the country. The growth of the Simple Hydration Bottle in the Philippines has been in large part due to the enthusiasm and hard work of Christine “Tin” Ferrera. Tin is an accomplished ultra runner and very connected to the local running community.
Christine, following the format of Simple Hydration Racing Team, assembled a “Run Simple Team” of 6 top athletes in the Philippines. Each athlete is sponsored by Simple Hydration and will use the Simple Hydration Bottle and promote the brand at races in 2016. Good luck to these talented athletes. Read about each one and be sure to follow their racing on social media.
Running for me is always about beating myself. Whether it is your first mile or your nth mile on your feet, you always have to outrun that voice in your head that tells you to stop. There are days when it is easy (I love running!) yet there are days when it is hard. Perhaps, that is why I got lured to running longer distances; distances beyond what I think my body can take. When your mind, your body, your heart, is telling you to stop, you have to fight it! And that is when you end up winning; you become a better person than when you just started.
Tin has tried playing all sports but never really stick to any sports until she joined her first 5k race in 2008 (on a whim). She started joining 10K in May 2009, 21K in July 2009 and her first full marathon in February 2010 at Condura all born out of curiousity and peer pressure. Before I registered to races because I was assigned to handle registration for my friends so might as well join the same distance. Then I started enjoying being out there. I found joy in discovering how far I can still go; hence, I started joining road ultramarathons from 50Ks to 200Ks.
Tin said she considers each race significant, whatever the outcome is. Finishing is satisfying. Winning is rewarding. It felt good to reap the rewards of training hard. But your perseverance is what matters, whether you came first or last, whether you crossed the finish line or not, whether you get the rewards or not.
She plans to do more races this year after almost two years on hiatus. Hopefully, I get to finish CM50 by the end of November, It’s been a goal race since it started. I actually want to race Cardimax-Clark Ultramarathon but I am busy working on it.”
WHY I RUN SIMPLE: I first saw Simple Hydration bottle while on search online for a bottle that I can use to carry my race nutrition. I sent a message to Brian Hock, got it and I knew “I need it and WE NEED IT here; the rest is history. Simple Hydration got to the Philippines in 2012.
MA EVANGELINE “VANJ” ENDAYA
Vanj is a busy mom with one lovely daughter. She holds a corporate job yet she is still able to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “That’s something I want to share. Being busy is just a lame excuse. We can all find time to be fit and healthy.”
Before running, she has been going to the gym and regularly playing tennis and bowling. She joined her first race at a Globe fun run in 2010. Six years after, she has already finished a couple of marathons, an ultramarathon, triathlons from sprint to Ironman 70.3 and a full Ironman in Malaysia in 2014. She considers it her most memorable race to date.
“I want to finish another Ironman this year.” Training for a full Ironman is not easy; it will take too much of your time. For a busy working mom, balancing them is already an achievement in itself. Oh, did we tell you that Vanj is also a consistent podium finisher in her age group?
WHY I RUN SIMPLE: I learned about Simple Hydration thru Facebook; my first impression is it’s “Simple.” I like it because it’s light and easy to use. I use it when I’m running (train or race).
RASHEL “RASH” PENA
Twitter: @rashpena ‘The Running Duck’
She is happy when she runs. Her smile that’s always present proves this. “I’m a happy runner; happiest when I finish a race.”
Rash has no athletic background. She joined her first race in Baguio at the Milo Marathon in 2006 which started her love for running and later on climbing and summiting mountains. She is an active member and leader of the Philippine Skyrunning Association. Some of her most memorable races are Kinabalu Climbathon 2008, Mt. Fuji Mountain Race and Annapurna Ultra. She takes pride in being able to carry the Philippine flag as she crosses the finish line.
“I am a plain, quiet and non-competitive runner.” Some of her monumental finishes are: 1) Milo Finals Qualifier and Top 3 Female in 2006 and Clark Marathon top 3 female in 2007; 2) Clark Ultramarathon -Top 3 Female, 3) Four Lakes 100km – 3rd place women’s 2015; 4) Mt. Ugo Marathon – 1st place 2015; 5) Annapurna Ultramarathon – 3rd place 2015; 6) CM50 Ultra 60K – 3rd place Female 2013
For 2016, her goal is to finish the Four Lakes 100km, TNF 100km and hopefully Hardcore 100. Her major international race this year will be the Flagstaff 57km Skyrace in Arizona, USA.
WHY I RUN SIMPLE: “I learned about Simple Hydration thru an advertisement and thru endorsements from athlete friends. My first impression of the Simple Hydration Bottle is it looks very handy; doesn’t look complicated. I like it because it’s light and very handy. I use it in my day hikes, and trail running training sessions and trail races.”
ALFRED DELOS REYES
I find running fun but more importantly, I find it an indispensable activity that vastly contributes to my total well-being and being essentially a happy person. Balancing work, family and having a hobby can be challenging but running fits perfectly in everything I do. I can apply to life what I learn in the years that I’ve been running and vice versa. There are so many benefits in running that I can also apply to my work and family activities. Being a competitive language consultant and teacher in school and at work, I find comfort in that fact that at 43 years old now, I can keep up with most of my students and friends who are younger (some half my age!).
I’m a late bloomer in the field of running. I only started training and joining races in 2008 when I was 35 years old at Subic Marathon in 2008 where I ran 10K. Before that, I used to play non-competitive basketball and tennis.
Qualifying for Milo Marathon is always significant for me, especially in 2014 Milo National Finals where I did set my best time for 42K. He has been recognized in 2013 as the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners’ Ultrarunner of the Year, Champion 2013 Bataan Death March 100 miles, and has finished in the top of races of 50,100, 160, 200 and 250 km distances.
Despite all his achievements, Alfred still aims to work on improving his 21k and 42k personal best and hopes he can continue to run injury-free.
WHY I RUNSIMPLE: I first saw the Simple Hydration bottle in photos and ads with Tin Ferrera; I thought it looks easy to use and handy. When I used it, it fits perfectly to simplicity when I run and is very versatile. I use it during training runs and in my most recent marathon finish in Condura Skyway Marathon. It’s very useful because I simply refill the bottle and drink water from it whenever I need it and since it fits easily in my waistband, hydration is readily available whenever I need it.
JOSEPH VICTOR “NOY” BASA
I’m very passionate about the things I do, and love to share them with others. It gives me much happiness to enable others to experience the same joy I get from doing the sport I love. These are what drive me both as an athlete and a coach.
Noy Basa is a competitive swimmer growing up. He first joined an organized 10K race in 2008. Since then, he has progressed from joining fun runs to doing triathlons. The longest, most memorable race I have done is Ironman Melbourne in 2015. He finished first among the Filipino contingent.
For 2016, he hopes to set a personal record and break 5 hours in Cebu Ironman 70.3. Being a consistent age group podium finisher, his goal is to be in the top three of his age group in as much races as possible this season.
WHY I RUNSIMPLE: I first saw Simple Hydration being used by some training buddies and thought it was very compact and well designed. It’s not bulky and you don’t have to carry it all the time. Instead, it can “wear” on me. Ever since, I have used it for my training runs as well as during races.
MARK BRIAN “KOI” GREY
Koi is a hiker, an avid mountain biker and trail runner. He joined his first trail race at the Merell Adventure Run in 2010 and was lured into it; eventually joining a 50 Mile trail race at CM50 and a 100Mile Trail Race at Hardcore 100.
He considers the “4M” as the most memorable race. It is an invitational underground race hosted by a mountaineering group, ADUANA to celebrate their 4th year anniversary. The race mainly composed of running in the mountains and biking in between of 4 summits from Batangas to Laguna. “We biked to and from the towns of Cuenca, Lipa and Sto. Tomas, Batangas then Laguna to reach the trail jump off and run out and back to the summit of Mount Maculot, Mount Malinpuyo, Mount Manabu and Mount Makiling. It was a memorable one for me because the race fits me well. It provided a competition for what i love to do such as riding a bike and running in the mountains.”
The most significant hike/run for me is the CGT or Cordillera Great Traverse, not only as an athlete but as a human being. It was the trek of the Cordillera spine. It changed me more than an athlete. There were so many learning right from the very beginning of reconnaissance as we retraced the old paths until the stage of adaptation – knowing the locals’ way of living; the mountains/ provincial/ regional boundary dispute; cultural conflicts and history of their civilization. Lastly, but definitely not the least, the 3-day trek from Conner, Apayao to Kalinga is momentous in my whole mountaineering career. We were off the grid for 3 days, trekking in the woods from the boulder of Apayao, Abra until we reached the Kalinga via border traverse to Kalinga. It was the toughest part and most unharmed section of the entire Cordillera Great Traverse. Fortunately, we successfully traversed the Cordillera Mountains in 18days accumulating of 350+km crossing 6 provinces and city of Baguio of the Cordillera Administrative Region.
His goal this year is to finish my H1 for the 3rd time H1 and CM50 for the 5th time. I consider both as the toughest trail ultramarathon in the Philippines that I do not want to miss joining. If blessed with a kind-hearted sponsor who will support me for another international race, then I would like to join International races.
WHY I RUNSIMPLE: I saw a friend using Simple Hydration Bottle. It was “love at first sight”. Simple hydration simply fits my needs. I love to run in the mountains in a simple way. I usually use Pet Bottles because it’s light and small but not environmentally friendly. Before, I don’t see a bottle, which is very handy. Most often, the water bottles are big and come with a strap, which makes it heavier to bring. Just like my own personality, Simple Hydration is versatile and simple and has no fancy straps; not so big and light as usual but very reliable. This is really helpful in trainings and good for short distance running and for longer distances running, Simple Hydration can be easily placed in hydration vest.