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Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013 – Results Discussion

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Congratulations to all finishers of the recently concluded Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013 at SM MOA! Time to share your feedback and experiences about this event here!

Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013
September 29, 2013
SM Mall of Asia

Race Results:
Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013 – 5K Race Results
Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013 – 10K Race Results
Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013 – 21K Race Results

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82 comments on “Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013 – Results Discussion

  1. 1. Walang nakaready na drinks sa hydration station (gatorade) in the first 10k.
    2. Kulang ang obstacles ng 21K runners (we passed 5 obtacles only).
    3. Hindi mahigpit yung mga marshalls sa obstacles. yung iba hindi na nga nagtry pero walang penalty.
    4. yung 21Km category was just 19Km.
    5. obstacle rin ba yung baggage claiming? grabe, walang sistema sa pagclaim ng baggage (pinagsamasama na kasi yung mga baggage ng runners from different categories) parang naging divisoria. yung ibang nagkeclaim hindi na pumipila kaya ayun, ang gulo!
    6. Wala naman yung food and drink eh (nagkaubusan?).

    Sana next time, mas maayos at mas mahigpit sa mga obstacles para seryosohin ng mga sasali sa event na to. sa totoo lang, unsatisfied ako sa race event na to.

  2. The run was actually a mess, sorry…. Walang masyadong marshal sa may ccp area to lead us; hydration, nagkakaubusan ng baso, at dun sa Macapagal area, wala ng hydration; ung obstacle, kulang from advertised. Not like last year, medyo ok un. The scafolding maze, pangit, mas maganda last year. Pagkatapos ng race, nagkaubusan n ng food. At WALANG MEDIC SA FINISH LINE….nag cramps ung friend ko sa finish line and i was asking for a medic pero wala ata, so i have do something regarding it. Tough the medal was ok compare to last year… This is the nth event of mens health and everyyear mukhang pumapangit ang preparation, no wonder walang masyadon nagregister…

  3. I’m so disappointed. ang daming palpak. starting sa mga marshals. ideal ung mga marshals na nagduty sa Conquer 2013. chinicheer nila ung mga runners which is nakakamotivate at nakakatuwa. ung mga marshals dito sa run na ito, mauurat ka lang. haha. then naubusan ng gatorade papers cups! may God! sponsored kau. how come naubusan ng cups? hindi na nga malamig ung H2O eh. tapos nung naubusan ng cups ung gatorade station, pinatutungaa nlng nila ung mga runners sa pitcher. Grabe! what a mess. I’m telling you guys the truth. hindi sulit ung 950Php. saan napunta ung ganung kamahal ng reg fee? hindi pa nga complete ung mga obs na nakapost sa internet eh. ung mga Hurdles, wala. sana man lang nakabawi sa mga freebies, but wala din. may food and drinks sa stub but walang kaming nakuhang food. kahit mas mataas ung prce ng reg fee kaysa sa ibang run ngreg parin kami hoping that maganda at tlgang reasonable ung price ng reg fee. pero wala tlga. yamot lang. Hindi na ako uulit sa run ng Men’s Health.

  4. Agreed on the comments on:
    1. Baggage claiming was a chaos
    2. Food and Drink giveaway ran out of stock

    Area for improvement aside from the items mentioned above:
    1. Put km ran. Walang km marker

    NOTE:
    – i actually enjoyed the run coz well managed ung number of participants. Hindi masikip.
    – the giveaway cap and shirt was nice and well made
    – since konti participants, maluwag parking

    Just my two cents :)

  5. Sadly… Medyo sablay nga… Halfhearted yung preparation… Hydration was not good… Baggage counter is chaotic… Saka parang hindi nga sya 21km… Its less than actually…

    The only thing i like is hindi congested ang run kasi hindi ganun karami ang population ng runners… (Malamang nasa candy rush lahat)

    What is important is i had a good run despite everything…

  6. http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6098570 Simply plotting out the map shown in the photo poster for 21k yields nearly 18k not 21k. This is the most disappointing part of the race. Forget the complaints about hydration, food, baggage, obstacles. The main rule of organizing a run is that going over the distance is okay but never to go under the advertised distance. The organizer owes an apology for that.

  7. I ran the short distance only, 5k. Given that this event’s highlight is the obstacles, my mission was to try all of them out. I’m a bit disappointed that there were fewer obstacles now compared to last year. However, because of proper population management with every category divided in waves, there weren’t any bottle-neck queues for the obstacles. Hopefully, next year’s event will feature more obstacles.

    I commend the women participants this year. They seem well prepared and needed minimum assistance.

    Marshals were plenty especially along intersections and within the obstacles. Perhaps they should have been spread out evenly most especially to the farthest distances.

    As for the hydration problem most encountered, I suggest to bring your own hydration. It’s really something that can be easily remedied.

    Kudos to the sponsors. I especially love the Bridgestone booth where in they gave away T-shirts and ballpens for those who can perform simple exercise routines. In return, Bridgestone will donate to charity.

    Finisher shirt could have been better if it was dry-fit. But I love how it looked. Medal looked great as well.

    More obstacles and sponsor promotions/giveaways please!

  8. Congrats to the organizers! You really cannot please everybody. What is important to us was that we enjoyed and finished the run safely. And it didn’t rain.

    To all participants complaining here, next year mag-volunteer kayo na maging organizers, so that you would know how difficult it is to organize an event.

    • ikaw mag volunteer ka…

      pang apat na beses ko nang sumali dito…at ngayon lang ganito ka-sablay…

      sige ikaw maghananp ng pagkain na wala naman pala, o drinks na wala rin…at makipag-siksikan sa kumukuha ng bagahe…

      yung sa simpleng pag claim ng baggage, kailangan pa ba ng matinding pagpa-plano o pag-organize yon? pag nasagot mo nang maayos, ikaw na pinakamagaling na nagkomento dito…

      o pakisagot na…

      • tama waal yung food atsk drinks., tapos nung pauwi na kae marami ako nakita box box box na pagkain.,ndi o sure kung para saan yun.,pero marami yun……

      • I STRONGLY AGREE WITH SERIOUS RUNNER! This event was a total mess.

        To Vinz, how would the organizers improve if we would not speak up!?

      • Mahirap sagutin mga tanong mo dito. Meet me sa Slimmers World Megamall; let me know when. I will answer your questions one-by-one and face-to-face. I’m Vinz.

      • dala ka na rin ng sarili mong gloves at headgear pag nag meet kayo ni vinz. di na kinaya sagot mo eh, kaya parang gusto na personalin. hahaha

        pero totoo naman. may mga natuwa, at may mga hindi.
        ako, nabitin sa obstacles, and sa distance, at sa pinakamahirap na challenge sa lahat = ung baggage.

        dalawang beses ako na low blow sa baggage claiming, at dun pa ako nag cramps, hindi sa track.

        may nanakawan pa ng phone, may natumba, may lagpas 1 hr na naghihintay…

        overall… palpak talaga. I think its because hindi sila mashado naka kuha ng budget since konti lang sumali at naagaw ng candy rush ung runners.

        mas nag enjoy ako last year kahit puro sugat at injury ako. though natuwa ako sa medals, finisher shirts for all categories, and sa cap.

        sabi na eh, kulang ung distance. kala ko nag pr nko, un pala kulang. hehe. anyway… goodluck next year. kung may sasali pa

    • Not an excuse… They charge a premium rate and so the services paid for should be at premium as well. If you think the organizer did a good job.. I feel sorry for you.

    • @vinz – mahirap sagutin ang tanung??? mag ta type ka lang ng gusto mong reply at sabihin eh… bat kelangan ka pang i-meet?? mahirap bang itype sa keyboard ang mga sagot mo??? kelangan verbal pa at face to face?? nakapag comment ka nga dito…

      just saying…

    • to you Vinz, you obviously dont get kung anong kino-complain ng mga runners.
      they have a very strong point and i totally agree with them.
      walang nagsasabing madaling mag-organize, pero sobrang sablay sila d2 sa event na ito.
      to the organizer & sponsors kung hindi nila maibibigay mga pinangako nila, dapat hindi na nila ito in-advertise.
      kung may hinahanap ang mga runners sa mga ipinangako ng organizer/sponsors, gusto lang nilang sulitin ang every centavo na ibinayad nila.
      pero kung ang lahat ng runners ay kamote ang utak katulad mo Vinz, wala talagang magko-complain kahit na alam nilang hindi nila nasulit ang ibinayad nila or naloko sila.
      how about you organize a kamote run gamit yang kamote mong pag-iisip.

    • Hey men, bakit pa aila nag organize ng event if mahirap pala at di nila kaya? Think about it… Hindi libre ang run… Bayad yun at may kamahalan…

  9. No medic in the area…i notified the marshalls 3 kilometers before the finish line, but i have to look for them after i finished the race. No body seemed to know…in the end I had 4 stitches in my right hand. They should have put a cushion below the monkeys bars as the bars were slippery.

    • Agree with this comment, i slipped my grip when i was about to grab the 3rd bar and no marshall that assist me when i fall. My face was an inch away from the bar when i finally control my momentum. It end up bruises on my knees, pero runner eh takbo pa rin till the finish line.

    • My take is… sana naglagay sila ng medic sa lahat ng area na may obstacle. I had a bad sprain sa tires palang. I didn’t see any medic or di ko lang nakita kase di sila visible. I was hoping meron sa finish line or sa mga booth pero wala.I don’t know di lang siguro ako masyadong naghanap. But the point is, dapat visible yung part na yun. Sa klase ng takbo na to, it’s one of the most important thing.I still enjoyed it though. Am just scared, di na ako makakatakbo sa RU.. hays..

    • i was also looking for the medic… had a bleeding laceration on my left lower leg and a big bruise after i slipped on the first wall, yung mga medic nakasalubong ko na dun sa corner ng aseana ave, and i know nakita nila that my left leg is bleeding, binale wala… good thing im a nurse… tsk tsk tsk… I’ve expected too much from this race…

    • And wala nga talaga ako nakita na medic dun sa finish line… pati sa assembly area… tsk, end up washing my wound with powerade…

    • Ang kapal ng bakal sa monkey bars. Slippery and walang cushion sa ilalim. Ang taas ng pinagbagsakan ko after ng monkey bars. Sumakit ung paa ko sa lakas ng impact ng paa q sa ground. Hays.

  10. I agree with the shortage in distance. I paid to run 21k and not 18 point something kilometers. It was pretty disappointing.

    Sakit sa tenga pakinggan nung paulit ulit sinasabi 21k where in fact hindi naman talaga. Sana lang kung mag aadvertise ng distance yung tunay naman. Kahit yun na lang sana sa susunod wag ng magka-aberya.

  11. 1st time ko sa run na ito, excited pa naman ako pero kahapon… sorry to say but walang kwenta… disappointing… saan napunta ang 950? saan ang food and drinks?

    • diba 900 lang ang reg??? why 950???
      tama, walang food and drinks… buti may bitbit ako sarili na powerade… yung iba sa pitsel ko nakita tumutungga kasi wala na baso… yung food, dami ko nakita na mga empty boxes pero wala ako nakita na ipinamimigay… i was one of the early finishers, pero ni amoy nung food di ko naexperience… sobrang hypoglycemic na yung mga runners….

      • True, it was my first 21k run. Kala ko may food and drinks na mkakain after ng mahabang run, only to find out wala na. Grabe worst run and most expensive run ko to so far. Grr.

      • i dont know bakit 950… pero 950 ang siningil sa akin and yun ang binayaran ko… pero ok na yun, pagkain lang naman… nalimutan ko na sana but after 2 days, wala pang race results… anyare mga tol?

      • Im sure hindi sila naubusan. susko mga bata, sponsored ang event. most event organizers know that maraming sobra sa mga freebies lalo na sa food and drinks. malamang ang nangyari lang eh alam niyo na. nagburakutan. may mga naguwi at nagtabi. yamot all the way.

  12. so far, compared to the past urbanathlons, this one was a breeze! not much lines in the obstacles, i guess because they provided larger or more units of each to avoid waiting. the hydrations are not perfect but they suffice.

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    id just like to commend the marshalls at the rope network climb … i lost my shades there when i tumbled upon going down due to a ridiculous “shaking” act of an a*hole runner. i was not very hopeful il find it when i go back there upon finish, but i gave it a try and i found out they kept it for the owner. i may have bruises and all but this honest act says a lot about them crew. i salute you guys! @MensHealth @SummitMedia

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    on a side note, this urbanathlon is on a smaller scale than the last years, so i guess that explains why the baggage and finishers kit counters were a mess. i guess these are the room for improvements for next years race.

  13. agreed to some of the comment, food and drinks should be anticipated sa number ng registrations. Total chaos sa baggage counter, shortage sa cups (for hygine safety maling mali lahat ng runners umiinom sa mga pitsel) no choice kasi. Hope this would be a lesson for the next event.

  14. For 850-950php, this was such a rip-off.
    I was expecting a premium, well organized run.
    Hindi yung nagmamakaawa ako ng drinks sa water stations.
    Wala ring food after the race. The only drink was a bottle of gatorade. Woopeedoo.

    I really enjoyed the concept of this race, I hope next year mas maging organized.

  15. I’ve done 3 Urbanathlons in the past. This is, by far, the worst!
    The distance was short – as in blatantly short! Even those without GPS watches were able to notice.
    I wonder if there are real runners in the MH editorial and marketing teams.

    • @JP: of course. Marketing teams of various companies shed “WASTED” investments on this “WASTED” event.

  16. Worst Men’s Health Urbanathlon I’ve joined at worst marathon na din na nasalihan ko. At first I thought kanya kanyang dala ng hydration kasi ang haba na ng natatakbo pero wala pa din hydration station. Nung nakarating naman sa hydration station, nagkaubusan ng baso. Parang hindi nakapag prepare ang organizers. Siguro next year kung same organizers pa din, hindi na lang kami sasali. Sayang ang bayad.

  17. yung mga marshal walang dating. yung foods binigay sa parak. at tama lahat ng obserbasyon nyo.disiplina na lang sana next time para sa mga organizer and runners.

  18. what i like:
    >> the cap, something that you can wear anywhere and it tells everyone that you have finished the 21K Mens health Urbanathlon
    >> Lesser time we need (compared last year) to pass the obstacles
    >> finisher shirt (for me) its better than yellow finisher shirt last year
    >> ung pang shave. haha first time ko kasi maka receive ng freebies na ganun, di ko pa nga ginagamet eh. haha.

    what i don’t like:
    >> the singlet last year was better
    >> the medal last year was better (for me) kc we can use it as larnyards.
    >> the baggage counter was a mess, because of very little space that they have setup to cover all bags. I think it should be arrange by numbers and by category. (my foreigner na nag claclaim ng bag: nakakahiya lang: sobrang disappointed, only in the philippines daw)
    for some runners it took us 30mins just to claim our bag. grabe hirap!
    >> kulang ung obstacles
    >> wala namang food and drinks. meron naman tlaga, di lang nabigyan lahat.
    >> ung route less than 20k pla

    i know mahirap mag organize…
    so many preparations…
    marami sumali dahil marami my gs2 ng race nyo…
    and marami naniwala na my food and drinks…
    kaya sulit ang reg fee…
    but all of a sudden there are some unexpeccted circumstances…
    (di n sana kme gagastos ng 100+ for our breakfast kc my food and drinks n sana sya…)
    we need to make bawi on Mens health 2014…
    sasali p rin ako next year. fun experience p rin nmn sya for me.

    ung baggage tlga pinaka dpat ma improve….
    pag d p rin na improve un…
    tips for other runners wag na mag baggage counter…
    or bring your yaya to make bantay of your bag.
    or bring your most unique bag-for example: pink na maleta or rainbow color na backpack, or bag na gawa sa banig… haha ung madaling ma distinguish…

    haynako napahaba na comment ko.
    tagal nmn kc ng results eh, gs2 ko lng nmn makita official tym ko.
    we’ll wait… maaga p nmn 1:30am plng ng tuesday…. hmmm. mmyang hapon cguro? or bukas?

    Pictures huh!!! pa-tag sa fb… dpt kilala nio n kme… haha

  19. I got 9.77km from my gps nike watch. Ok na sumobra wag lng kulang. Hindi sulit ang 10k run. I dont care about the freebies but runners care for the complete distance to measure their PR.

  20. sablay to the max… wala man lang loot bags, food, at medics… kahit free magazine man lang.

    kinakabahan pko nung umpisa kasi last year ang dami kong injuries, kala ko mas challenging ngayon, pero palpak…

    di nadaanan un ibang obstacles.

    i want my money back! or at least some refund. sagwa ng event na to

  21. The only way to improve the Urbanathlon is to totally change the organizer, come on MH they’re the same orginizer all throughout. Why not try other organizer. Cover nga ng magazine pinapalitan nyo monthly.

  22. i have a suggestion re: baggage. when depositing the bags, stay a bit and see where the marshall will place it. that way we know where to look when claiming (unless they reaarrange the bags during the race).

    i usually do that kasi. i still waited in line a looong time (na dapat sana e pinapahinga na natin) nung men’s health, pero nung pagdating ko sa table, nakuha ko agad ung bag. pinakita ko sa marshall ung bib ko sabay turo asan yung bag hehe.

    hindi ko din nadaanan ung first two obstacles. ung tires una kong nadaanan. hindi ko alam kung anong nangyari haha :)

  23. This event made me appreciate my hydration belt so much more.

    Last hydration station, yung mga runners drinking directly from the pitcher… Grabe naman…

    Also, no trashbags pala… Nagkalat ang used cups.

  24. “Slimmers world megamall” :))))) lol ….. vinz, pagana din ng konte ng utak pag may time! Laugh trip amp!

  25. when is the posting of the result? I expected that it will be out sooner that that of Milo Marathon 2013 (Manila leg) since the runners were not that much.

  26. First time to try this run because a friend invited me and I get excited in the obstacles. I enjoyed the run and agreed on the negative comments above. But the reg fee is not worth it as the organizer promised as many including me did not avail the food and drink because it ran out of stock. This will be my first and last.

  27. This is my 3rd time joining the MHU and this year was totally a mess. I even invited friends to try this event because its fun & challenging based from my previous experiences. Nahiya tuloy ako sa kanila. I’m hoping Men’s Health or the organizer will give an explanation sa kapalpakan na nangyari or else it will be the Doomsday of the once a Good & exciting event.

  28. I joined MHU in 2010 and 2011. I agree with the majority that MHU 2013 was really not a good one.
    All Thumbs DOWN.

  29. 42 2038 Leo Patrick Godinez Iii 00:30:31 5 M..what happened to the 5 K result..dis race bib # was mine. I even posted it on Facebook..so disappointing.

  30. “the most terrible mistake that could not be easily forgiven nor forgotten is one’s race result be messed up with somebody else’s. I joined the 2013 MEN’SHEALTH URBANATHLON not because of tangible returns but the glory and honor that I did finish the race fairly..I didn’t care about the food, the drinks, nor the prize..i patiently waited for the result, and just to have this bull***t. one of the people at the finish line had me written on that piece of paper for the record..and yet,…….it was all messed up. Somebody should explain.

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