Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Carlos De Guzman, the dude behind, will run the New York Marathon

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Carlos De Guzman, the dude behind, will run the New York Marathon
by rick olivares pic by brosi gonzales

Christmas came early this year for Carlos De Guzman.

Septemberthreemonthsearly for the guy who swimsbikesruns to be exact.

That’s how fast his mind was racing as soon as Gatorade’s Ton Gatmaitan came down the chimney in the Fruit Punch colors making like Santa Claus with a plane ticket to New York City to run the freaking New York Marathon (on November 4, 2012).

He tried to sound cool about it when Ton asked, “Have you ever done the New York Marathon?”

Carlos had inkling that he'd be sponsored for the marathon since a year ago to that date, Ton also popped the same question to the Bull Runner herself. But when Ton said he’d get back to him in a few hours he agonized on "I hope it's a yes". And when the Activations Manager for Gatorade did – “Yeah, we’ll send you” – it was like Carlos won the lottery.

De Guzman actually tried to win a lottery slot to one of the world’s most famous marathons the previous year but it was no go. This time around it was like he was the recipient of the Make A Wish Foundation.

In truth, Carlos had just successfully recovered from a long bout with anemia that affected his participation in his beloved triathlon events. He missed the last Ironman Philippines because of his illness. When he would finish his races he looked like the cat dragged him across the finish line with his suit opened up so he could breathe. “My motivation for this New York Marathon?” he said aloud. “To prove that I am back in the game.”

“And it’s New York!” he exclaimed. “It’s going to be a feast for the eyes. I’ve read and watched so much about the city, the marathon, and the culture. It is important not to be overwhelmed. I need to focus. Everything else can come later.”

By day, Carlos is a voice talent for a Korean telenovela (don’t ask him what because he isn’t allowed to say which one). When he’s off, he works on his popular blog that is about to celebrate its second year in cyberspace journalism. If he isn’t doing those, he’s participating in all these triathlons. Yet still when he finds the time, Carlos, who was at the Conservatory of Music at UST, jams with his band playing alternative rock music.

He swears that there isn’t enough time in the day for everything but until more hours are added to a day the 24 currently in use will have to do. And right now, Carlos is deep into his preparations for the New York Marathon.

“Some people are worried about the cold weather,” he pointed out. “I am not. I thrive in colder climates.”

Right now, Carlos is trying to get as much mileage as he can. He isn’t concentrating on speed but working on the base fundamentals including hydration. “It’s important to hydrate not during the run but before the race as well.” For the marathon, De Guzman has set a goal for himself – to finish the marathon in five hours or less. “I’d be very happy with that.”

How will he celebrate after he crosses the finish line?

“To eat one of New York’s famous street hotdogs. With everything on it. Oh, yeah. With Gatorade.”

Carlos De Guzman's gear that he will wear when he runs the New York Marathon on November 4 (pic above).


Pinoys in the New York Marathon! Here are the stuff that I did last year when schoolmate Jaymie Pizarro (aka The Bull Runner) ran the New York Marathon. Also had some stuff from my classmate Butch Tansengco and Nori Poblador also shared their experiences at the NY Marathon.


  1. Voice talent for a Korean telenovela?! I learn something new from you every time Rick!

    I'm glad Gatorade chose Carlos and I wish him all the best in the biggest marathon in the world.

    When will Gatorade send you to run it? :)

    1. Hi, Jaymie! Thanks for reading. Your Germany adventure I followed (that's me speaking ala Yoda). Hopefully Gatorade will send me next year (depends on Ton).