ARCA South, the 74-hectare estate that is being developed to become the newest CBD (Central Business District) in Taguig City, is staging SyncRUNize on September 19, 2015.
A one-of-a-kind mobile app integrated adventure run, SyncRUNize is unlike regular 5km runs because it challenges both body and mind through a number of physical obstacles as well as mental drills. Participants will have to download the exclusive SyncRUNize mobile app, available on Google Play and iOS, on their smartphones running on iOS or Android. This app will be used during the race itself, as participants will be getting directions from the app from one checkpoint to another—surpassing physical challenges and solving puzzles before they can get to the next checkpoint. Yes, it’s not all physical challenges first then mental exercises but a combination of both throughout the race.
Ayala Land, developer of ARCA South, has partnered with Guerilla Race, organizers of the fierce sport Guerilla Race Series, to specially design the obstacle course. It has also teamed up with Go Go Hunt, which designed the mental drills, including calculations, stock knowledge tests and abstract reasoning; and also with The North Face, Fox and Oculus Archery, who provide the other physical challenges, such as lifting weights, doing push-ups and engaging in high-impact aerobics moves, and hitting the bull’s eye in an archery challenge, of course. Other physical challenges to hurdle include monkey bars, a 45˚ inclined wall, and an obstacle course of spare tires.
Partner-beneficiary of SyncRUNize is the Help Educate and Rear Orphans (HERO) Foundation, a 27-year-old organization that takes care of the needs of children of soldiers who were killed or incapacitated in the line of duty.
A modern adventure race designed to embody the principle behind ARCA South as a ‘City in Sync,’ SyncRUNize covers a 5km. route that can be finished in less than an hour. Participants are guided from one obstacle to another through the SyncRUNize app and there will also be marshals present. The race will have two categories: Individual and Group. In the Individual category, the participant who finishes strong through all the physical and mental obstacles and has the best time wins. In the Group category, where participants must take part in groups of 4, the team that finishes strongest through all the physical and mental challenges with the best cumulative time wins.
Registration for the adventure race can be done online through www.arcasouth.ph or visit any Chris Sports branch nationwide until September 18, 2015. Individual registration is at Php1,100 per person while group registration in groups of 4 is at Php990 per person.
Upon registration, participants will receive a race kit with a SyncRUNize singlet, race bib, cell phone splash-proof pouch and exciting prizes from sponsors.
The SyncRUNize app, which is crucial in the race, is available for download on Google Play until September 19, race day, while the iOS version will only be available from September 18 to 19. The race course will have online and offline versions, so participants can run through the course without the need for Internet access, although they must sync in their results at the end of the race. WiFi access will be available for every participant at the finish line.
At the end of the race, participants can head for Sync City to enjoy the interactive booths and the food market.
Prizes at stake in the Individual race are Php8,000 in cash and prizes for the First Place, Php5,000 in cash and prizes for the Second Place, and Php3,000 in cash and prizes for the Third Place. In the Group category, the prizes are Php15,000 in cash and prizes for the First Place, Php8,000 in cash and prizes for the Second Place, and Php6,000 in cash and prizes for the Third Place.
To get to ARCA South, participants can take the East Service Road along South Luzon Expressway or C5 in Taguig City, while shuttle service will also be available at pickup points Tower 1 in Ayala Avenue, TriNoma in Quezon City, and Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa for a minimum fee of Php30 per person roundtrip.