When Primer Group, race organizers of the 1st Nathan Ridge Run decided to stage this race at the Tagaytay Highlands and Midland Resort, i thought that there wouldn’t be any more better place to run this race outside of Metro Manila but looks and scenery could be just as deceiving.
And there’s nothing like getting up on a race course that’s to be run on some of the most challenging hills, most of it never been ventured. For sure it’s going to be a devil’s hill race and a reality for one’s lack of mastery on it.
Experiencing the torturous hills here first hand is having a keen knowledge that this course won’t be a walk in the park, stroll-along-the lake kind of race (except perhaps, if you really would walk the whole distance).
The roads, wide and generous has its mixed feel: pine trees that line up along its edges, fog that hazes the horizon, cliffs and ridges that resemble scenes on National Geographic, log cabins that seem to have been uprooted from North America, an abundance of wild forest with wild birds gliding above it and the spectacular view of Taal Volcanoe in Lake Taal. You perceive its sheer beauty when running about it, yet experience its sharp harshness when you thread up those killer hills.
I was with fifteen other bloggers and runners who were invited by Ms. Mariel Flores, Brand Associate for Nathan Performance Gear for a familiarization tour of the 5k, 10k and 21k race courses, for the November 20, 2011 Nathan Ridge Run.
For those who haven’t been to Tagaytay Highlands and are running this course for the first time, here’s a snap preview of the race course. I’ll be coming up with a second part where i’ll focus on some of the scenes along the course. Here goes:
Tagaytay Ridge Run 2011
November 20, 20111
Tagaytay Highlands and Midlands Resort
5K – P850 (singlet, Nathan Sprint handheld, post-race meal)
10K – P1,050 (singlet, Nathan Quickdraw Plus handheld, post-race meal)
21K – P1,050 (singlet, Nathan Quickdraw Plus handheld, post-race meal)
Registration centers at ROX, Toby’s Sports, Secondwind Stores, A Runners Circle, The Starting Line.
There will be more pictures and the race details in Part 2! Watch for it!