Then for so long…

For a very long time, I have not joined this race.

Come Sunday of this week, it will be the 38th Season already.

Last time I joined, it was the 35th.

It’s a race most runners look forward to. I’ve been there. I’ve felt that.

I still feel that way this time. I wanted to run…I simply cannot.

🙂

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Takbo.ph Runfest 2014

As usual, I am early at the venue. Gunstart is at 4am. I came too early at 2:30am.

I was able to see some few familiar old faces. Timmy and Ronnel, Boo and Vivs, Jon (Hugo) before the race.

At near gunstart, Blas, Mccoy, Bong, Rej, Mark and Bea, Joy, Rania, and James.

During the race, in it’s entire course, Gail and Noy, Running Diva, Natz, Alheyn (Tin), Jestoni the Mental Patient, Craig with Justin, Rico, and the Boring marshalls – Nonong, Edwin, Jet, Rod, Topher, and Julius.

I clocked at 1:05 in the first 10K. I knew then that If I will maintain my pace, I will finish at 2:10. It’s easier said than done though, but I managed. Official Result released at the same night, I finished in 2:10:34. It was a punishing route for the unprepared. Kalayaan Flyover + C5 ramp in the last 1K. Not to mention the gradual declines and inclines in Lawton Avenue to Gate 3. Very nice route for me. Challenging, but very nice!

The route was well-marshalled. I don’t think anyone would ever get lost in this route. The distance markers are also well-placed. Except for the turn-around-route-band-giver, (they should have spread-out over an arms distance to each other, rather be closely standing together – which creates a funnel of stranded runners) everything’s just perfect.

After crossing the finish line, I immediately proceeded to find the loot bag and finisher’s shirt counter.Found a place to sit and stretched my legs.

Mark Lourielle of Team Powerpuff, also from Team MOA before, sat beside me after the race. He just won the 10K category and was seriously running. I shouted out to him twice before the finish line. We were just at a shouting distance in Lawton and at the last 2K. Jogger Natz bagged 2nd place. He’s just smiling while running. They are racing a 10K while I am on my way to finish my 21K. 🙂 amazing people.

After taking in a bottle of Pocari, and Lipovitan, and a gulp of water, I walked around and proceeded to Kalayaan Avenue for a ride home. The sun is a bit hot for this particular morning. It was a good day for racing.

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Races and days like this should go on forever. 🙂

Thanks to Jinoe and Que Gavan.

Kudos to the Race Director, Doc Lyndon Cosico. Another job well done! Same goes to all the marshalls.

 

 

President Bill Clinton delivers keynote address at Skechers Global Conference


PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS

AT SKECHERS GLOBAL CONFERENCE

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton

 

 MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – President Bill Clinton delivered the keynote address at the annual Global Conference for SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), which was recently called “the hottest major (footwear) brand in the U.S.” by Princeton Retail Analysis*.

At the event held in Redondo Beach, CA on June 26, 2014, President Clinton spoke to 1,500 SKECHERS executives, team members and international partners about the importance of working together toward common goals for the sake of shared prosperity in the world. Using the successes of the Clinton Foundation in the context of ever-changing political and social challenges as his case-study, President Clinton said, “Within America, all over the world, people who believe in win-win scenarios, who really are trying to build networks of creative cooperation are making good things happen.”

At the conclusion of his remarks, President Clinton sat down for an on-stage interview with Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS, where they discussed importance of strong leadership, communication, service and social media within the global marketplace. After the event, Greenberg noted: “It was an incredible honor to sit down for a conversation with President Clinton this afternoon. His perseverance and commitment to action through the Clinton Foundation and beyond is an inspiration to all. The theme of the SKECHERS Global Conference this year was Innovate to Elevate and the President’s message about institutionalizing constant change in a positive way speaks strongly to our company, our culture and everyone who has helped make SKECHERS a success story around the world.”

Adding to the motivational themes of the day, the conference also featured an appearance by elite runner Meb Keflezighi, who was wearing Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 shoes when he became the first American male in over three decades to win the Boston Marathon.

*Matt Powell, April 2014 Footwear Overview

 

About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, and in over 100 countries and territories through the Company’s international network of subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Japan, and across Europe, as well as through joint ventures in Asia and distributors around the world. For more information, please visit skechers.com, and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).

 

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s future growth, financial results and operations, its development of new products, future demand for its products and growth opportunities, and its planned opening of new stores, advertising and marketing initiatives. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking language such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will result,” “could,” “may,” “might,” or any variations of such words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include the resignation of the Company’s former independent registered public accounting firm, and its withdrawal of its audit reports with respect to certain of the Company’s historical financial statements; international, national and local general economic, political and market conditions including the ongoing global economic slowdown and market instability; consumer preferences and rapid changes in technology in the highly competitive performance footwear market; sustaining, managing and forecasting costs and proper inventory levels; losing any significant customers, decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments due to the lack of popularity of particular designs and/or categories of products; maintaining brand image and intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers; anticipating, identifying, interpreting or forecasting changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for the products and the various market factors described above; sales levels during the spring, back-to-school and holiday selling seasons; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2014. The risks included here are not exhaustive. The Company operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and the companies cannot predict all such risk factors, nor can the companies assess the impact of all such risk factors on their respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Moreover, reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.

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