FREE Corporate Running Clinic Is Back!

1 03 2010

2:00 PM February 19, 2010 @ 2GO Office, Old Domestic Airport, Pasay City

Last May 2009, I was invited by Jerome Sese, HR Executive of Aboitiz, Inc as one of the guest speakers in their corporate’s 3K Fun Run at the La Mesa Dam. I delivered a brief speech and suggested to the employees to conduct a running clinic for all the officers, staff & employees of the company in the near future for them to appreciate and learn the scientific approach to running.

After 6 months, I received an invitation from Jerome Sese to pursue the conduct of a running lecture & clinic to all the officers. staff and employees of Aboitiz, Inc as soon as possible. Jerome explained to me that he was assigned outside the Metro Manila area (Mindanao) after the 3K Fun Run last May 2009 and that was the reason why he was not able to make a follow-up on the conduct of running clinic last year.

The first phase of the running clinic was conducted among the personnel of 2GO whose office is located in one of the hangars-turned offices at the old Domestic Airport. The running lecture & clinic started at 2:00 PM with Jerome introducing me to the 36 participants.

Jerome Sese of Aboitiz Inc During The Introduction

My lecture featured the “basics” and principles in training and running. Phases and Tips of Training for a running distance event were explained. However, what is important in this introductory lecture in running is my emphasis on the development and enhancement of good values to each of every participant if they want to engage in a sports called “running”. In essence, I want everybody to set the example to their family, relatives and friends and a source of inspiration if they decide to be serious in running.

36 Participants Attended The Lecture/Clinic

After 1 1/2 hours of lecture, the practical demonstration on the warm-up, stretching exercises, and technical information about running was led by Coach Saturnino Salazar and the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner. All the participants were requested to stand-up and follow the demonstrations being displayed by the Team. Due to the intense heat/temperature outside the office, the actual drills and running form demonstrations were done inside the lecture room.

Coach Salazar Took Over the Practical/Demonstration Portion

Stretching Exercises

Running Form & Strides

After the practical demonstrations, an open forum was conducted. The Team BR answered questions about running shoes, running apparel, nutrition, and other cross-training sports related to running. After the lecture, the members of the BR Running Clinic Team were given gifts and certificates for the services rendered to the employees of the 2GO Company.

Group Picture After The Running Clinic

Thanks, Jerome and to the 2GO personnel for the wonderful reception and interest in running! Hope to see you on the next road races in the future.





Running Clinic @ NAMRIA

19 03 2009

1:30 PM 17 March 2009 @ National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA)

It was last January of this year when Jay aka BroJ verbally requested me for the Team Bald Runner to conduct a running clinic among the members of their office’s running club and to their staff & employees. After a few weeks, I received and e-mail with the e-copy of the letter of request signed by their boss, Undersecretary Diony A Ventura, who is a retired General of the PC/PNP and member of PMA Class 1967. It was followed with the hardcopy of the said letter of request in a few days.

I immediately approved the request and the scheduled date and NAMRIA had lined up the running clinic as part of the office’s national celebration of the Women’s Month of March. The running clinic was part of the scheduled “Fitness Day” for 17 March 2009 and the activity has an objective “to provide knowledge to their employees on the basics of running as a physical activity and to help create awareness on the need for a healthy lifestyle”.

Upon my entry to their compound (infront of the Philippine Army Gymnasium, across Lawton Avenue), I was received as a VIP by their guards and led me to a spacious lecture hall with at least 50 persons assembled for the running clinic in the presence of John Fabic, Bro J, George and the rest of the staff. The program immediately started with an opening remarks and introduction about me from George aka Fuerza Armada. The people from NAMRIA and the organizers of the program/event made their research about me as I was introduced properly as a former military officer with my past positions and as a runner-blogger with my past exposure in ultramarathon, marathon and lesser distance races.

Lecture on the "Why" In Running

Lecture on the "Why" In Running

Everybody Was Attentive & Nobody Was Seen Dozing

Everybody Was Attentive & Nobody Was Seen Dozing

The Two "Great Teachers/Coaches" in Running

The Two "Great Teachers/Coaches" in Running

My lecture was concentrated on the basics of running, benefits of running, principles of training, and “tips” and suggestions in order to enjoy an injury-proof training in running. My lecture was followed with the lectures of Major Ferdie Espejo to answer the question of the “How” in running and the actual demonstration from MSgt Satur Salazar on the proper form of running. Proper warm-up, stretching exercises and drills were demonstarted by the two IAAF Level IV-trained Coaches to the audience. The lectures and demonstrations were followed with an Open Forum and questions were asked by the audience. More “tips” about injuries, nutrition and training for the marathon were clearly explained to the participants. 

Receiving a Certificate Of Appreciation & Loot Bag

Receiving a Certificate Of Appreciation & Loot Bag

My staff and I were surprised that NAMRIA, as the Host was well-prepared and fully-funded for the event. During the closing program of the event, each of us were given a framed Certificate of Appreciation signed by Undersecretary Diony Ventura, loot bag full of “goodies”, a basket full of fresh fruits and calendars of the office. I discovered that one of the calendars being distributed by their office is an exact replica of the First Published Map of the Phlippines which was cartographically compiled by Spanish Priest Father Pedro Murillo Velarde in 1734 with a Calendar which is good for 200 years. I was able to find out  that I was born on a Friday, 56 years ago.

One of the Finisher's T-Shirt Donated by the Members of the NAMRIA Running Club

One of the Finisher's T-Shirt Donated by the Members of the NAMRIA Running Club

Group Picture With The NAMRIA Staff & Employees

Group Picture With The NAMRIA Staff & Employees

After the closing program, the members of the NAMRIA Running Club donated a bagful of Finisher’s T-Shirts from Road Races for my Project Donate A Shirt. A group picture was taken before we ended the activity.

In behalf of my staff/coaches, I would like to extend my thanks for the warm accommodation and support of the office in our advocacy to spread awareness about proper running to the members of the NAMRIA Running Club, to its staff and employees, and most especially to Undersecretary Diony Ventura. Mabuhay po kayong lahat at Salamat! 

Note: This is the 4th Edition of BR’s FREE Corporate Running Clinic.





Running Clinic @ BDO

3 03 2009

After weeks of coordination with the HR Executives of  Banco De Oro, Bald Runner & Coaches of Team Bald Runner conducted a Running Clinic among the employees of BDO at their Central Office in Makati City from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on 26 February 2009. It was attended by more or less 25 employees who some of them are intending to start joining the weekend road races in Metro Manila. The clinic consisted of  lectures on the “why” and “how” of running. The running coaches presented and demonstrated the stretching/warm-up exercises needed in running; correct running form; running injuries and their prevention/cure; and proper nutrition. More of this running clinic will be conducted in other BDO offices/branches in the next weeks to come.

Team Bald Runner Before The Lectures

Team Bald Runner Before The Lectures

BR Delivering His Lecture

BR Delivering His Lecture

Some of the Audience

Some of the Audience

It was indeed a nice experience to spread our advocacy to the corporate world on the benefits of running and the scientific approach to training on running. I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the following HR Executives of BDO–Mrs Alma Saplala, Rose Espinosa and their staff, for their support on this program. 
We offer this running clinic for free.




1st Corporate Running Clinic (Part 2)

23 01 2009

A week after the Team Bald Runner speakers conducted a lecture on the “Whys” of running among the staff and personnel of Reinier Pacific last January 8, it was time for the practical exercises and demonstrations on the proper way to do warm-up and stretching exercises before the actual run, demonstrate and do running drills, and the actual demonstration of running form where each of the participants were to perform. The demonstration and actual practice were handled by Major Ferdie Espejo Jr, Coach Saturnino Salazar and the rest of the Elite members of the team Bald Runner. The exercises started at 3:30 PM last Thursday, 15 January at the ULTRA Oval Track.

Personnel Formed as a "Platoon" of Trainees (Picture Courtesy of Reinier6666)

Personnel Formed as a "Platoon" of Trainees (Picture Courtesy of Reinier6666)

Almost 25+ participants went through the warm-up by jogging along the oval track, then stretching on each muscle of the body involved in running, runnng drills were demonstrated and performed in order to show the correct running form and the correct contact of the foot to the ground. These drills made the participants to sweat and catch their breaths but it was shown in their faces that they were enjoying and having fun with the corrections they were getting from their coaches.

Proper Way to Land the Midfoot To The Ground as Demonstrated by Coach Salazar (Picture Courtesy of Reinier6666)

Proper Way to Land the Midfoot To The Ground as Demonstrated by Coach Salazar (Picture Courtesy of Reinier6666)

After the drills, the coaches divided the participants into three (3) groups for them to do a “team building” exercise through a relay running where the fastest to finish a certain distance will win. To make the competition more interesting, the President of the company, Mr Amado Castro, Jr offered P 1,000 pesos for the team who will win. In the end, the group with the best renditon of a cheer and the fastest to run a distance in a relay among its members won the said prize.

Stretching of Muscles Were Properly Sone To Avoid Injuries

Stretching of Muscles Were Properly Done To Avoid Injuries

Team Relay Competition Among The Employees

Team Relay Competition Among The Employees

Clinic Ended With A Group Picture With Team Bald Runner

Clinic Ended With A Group Picture With Team Bald Runner

The 1st Corporate Running Clinic was a success and the Team Bald Runner have again contributed in its objective and advocacy to motivate and influence more people to run and engage themselves in an active physical activity to improve their health and well-being. Few days after the practical exercises, four of the employees of Reinier Pacific enrolled in the Team Bald Runner’s “speed training” for formal and progressive training on running.

To, Mr Amado Castro, Jr aka Reinier6666, thank you very much for allowing my team to spread our advocacy  of running through your staff and employees.

Once again, for those who are interested to invite us to your offices to lecture to your staff and employees on the proper way to run and train to join road races, the Team Bald Runner is offering its services for free! Please leave a comment to this post or send an e-mail to jovie75@hotmail.com for the details of the running clinic.








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