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New Balance Power Run ’09

Flashback: New Balance ’08 (Clark)

My first exposure to the New Balance Race was in October of last year  in Clark not as a runner but as a co-photographer to our eldest daughter, Bea,  providing moral support to the then one and only runner in the family — Jun, of course!  The whole family hied off to Clear Water for some R&R and watched Jun finish his 25k race while taking some very interesting pictures during the race.

I still remember very clearly… Jun woke me up as planned all geared-up already so I can bring him to the starting line.  I drove back and at the appointed time woke-up our then 13 year old Bea and stationed ourselves at the race route just before the turn-around point near our hotel waiting for Jun to come running by.  It was a long wait as we were there even before the first runner came running along.  So, Bea and I had some fun time together chatting, laughing and clowning around while waiting.

Bea, entertaining me with her funny faces as we wait for Jun

Finally, our “star” arrives!

Snapped some running pics also of running regulars I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet at that time.  Looking at the pictures we took back then, it was interesting that the unnamed runners are now friends I now often see during races, training runs or even race launch events.  Let me share some unpublished pics (the Sole Mates’ blog was not in existence yet at the time)  we took last NB’08.



Present:  New Balance Power Run ’09 (The Fort)

From NV (read ENVY) to NB…

This year was different, from being a mere support to Jun, I am now an eager participant of the race.  I ran 10k and Jun did the 21k event.  We both took it easy since this was to be our  last race before my first half and Jun’s first full marathon. I’m happy to note that this year’s New Balance Power Run (Raising Hope) was a well-organized race.  The race started on time and water was in abundant supply.  Marshals were sufficient and very upbeat especially those stationed before the finish line. Furthermore,  bananas and 100 Plus drink were given at the finish and a very welcome surprise for me — a finisher’s medal!  Thanks NB for my very first running medal!

I waited for the Blue Sole to finish his race and off we went to make the rounds of the booths and got the chance to chat with friends, Dindo, Vener & Christy, Charlie, Rio, Ordo and Nana Mayen at different time points during our rounds.

We both described this race as comfortable.  We were both running events that we are most comfortable with at the moment  — me at 10k (I think I can run 10k everyday … hmmm… maybe every other day :))and he at 21k.  Dec 6 is a different story as we will both be out of our comfort zones and will be exploring new and exciting territory.  oooh sooo nervous… Meantime, I’ll just savor my very comfortable run and finish at the NB’09.


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Branding the Sole Mates

Nope, before we get accused of misrepresentation, let it be clear that we’re not official endorsers of these brands but we do patronize them.  It was just fun seeing  these popular brands we both love use our blog name,  “Sole Mates”  for their promo ads and merchandising.

No long post needed for this one as the pictures will tell the story … 😉


We saw the New Balance merchandising material  in one of the sports stores in Trinoma occupying a central space at the store entrance.  We were pleasantly surprised and asked the permission of the guard to take a pic.  He reluctantly agreed apprehensive that we might be part of an XXX investigative team or something. (duh!)

For Nike, it was Coach Rio who called Jun and kidded us about The Sole Mates being featured in Nike Park BHS.  We got hold of this  glossy brochure.

Lastly, Jun and our daughter Bea, saw this poster inside the Havaianas store in BHS using Sole Mates as a tagline.

Nice noh?  Nicer still if they’d send in some samples for product review for blue & pink sole product excellence stamping, eh? 😉

Now, for the real thing.  ..

Photo by Bea!!

We hope you, too, find your running Sole Mate…  🙂

This we give 5 blue & pink sole stamps!





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