Yesterday, i had my mind set on attending the 1st PIMCO Trail Runners Awards Night at the Grand Pearl Room, Room 498 Center in Mandaluyong City. It’s probably the first time that a Trail Runners award would be given out to acknowledge trail runners for their dedication, ranking and standing in the various PIMCO trail races that were held last year.
(Photo by M Degollacion)
I was really surprised finding a big crowd of runners attending the festivities. I was late coming in for the 6:00pm affair and didn’t notice any person crowding outside the building except for the 3 people at the registration table stationed at the ground floor. Upon entering the grand hall on the 2nd floor, the place was bursting with people, mostly awardees of the top PIMCO 100 trail runners on both the 21k and the 10k categories.
I took the last available seat at the back but was immediately led to the dining area first by gracious hosts while listening to the welcome speech of PIMCO President Manny Santos.
For a race organizer new to running or more so trail running, 2012 was a banner year for the Philippine Trail Running Association’s (PTRA) series of Trail races in Tanay which is under the auspices of Pimco Sporting Events. It’s advocacy for environmental protection and preservation of forests and mountains that includes tree planting, immediately spread like wild fire (no pun intended) to trail and mountain running enthusiasts.
The Love A Tree Discovery Run was their first salvo into Tanay’s trails, and i still recall running on the main highway combined with rough roads and trails plus long river crossings. Then the Nature’s Trail Discovery runs followed which was a Trilogy that culminated with a 21k lung-busting uphill climb on mountain trails near Daranak Falls.
I myself was a witness to this sort of mini-boom of trail running in Tanay. I encountered countless of torturous mountain climbs, dangerous river crossings, on occasion lack of hydration and banana stations (hahah..) but then nothing beats the immeasurable amounts of fun and the gorgeous scenery that you won’t find in road running.
So back to the awarding ceremonies. The PTRA Running award categories include:
Best Team Award – (Sigue Correr)
Best Runner Photographer - (Ella MaraMelanie Dator Perez and from Team USB are co-awardee)
Best Trail Running Partners – ( Federated Distributors, Norphl and Tanay Mountaineers )
Trailblazers Award and Top 100 Trail Runners Award
Trail Runner of the Year Awards
Most Promising Female Trail Runners – (Alexandria Ahongon and Ellen Tolentino)
Best Media Partner - (Manila Broadcasting Corporation (MBC)
Best Trail Running Blogger
The trail runners of the year were a revelation to some but came as no surprise to those who were regular participants of the Tanay trail race series. Goldy Dela Cruz and Maynard Degollacion were the Trail Runners of the Year for the 21k category while Robert Fiesta Ramones and his counterpart Iris Charine Torculas romped off as top runners for the 10k category.
21k Female Trail Runner of the Year Award, Goldy Dela Cruz who won a Viking Trail Shoe from Norphl big boss, Cesar Valmadrid (middle)
10k Trail Runner of the Year Award, the statuesque Iris Torculas
With the male Trail Runners of the Year, Maynard Degollacion (21k) extreme left and Robert Fiesta Ramones (10k) extreme right. Race Director Alvin Balderama (middle)
Also, awards went to the top 50 21k and 10k trail runners and to the 71 Trailblazers (Trilogy Finishers) which had them wearing nicely crafted medals.
To add to the above distinguished list of awards given, those included were, the Best Runner Photographer (individual and group) and the Best Trail Running Blogger of the Year Awards. The Individual Best Photographer was awarded to Ella Dator Perez while the group photographer went to Team USB.
To close out the awards given last night, yours truly was presented as the Best Trail Running Blogger for ” in recognition for outstanding contribution in the development and promotion of trail running through his blog”. Thank you so much, PTRA/PIMCO!
With Norphl President Cesar Valmadrid and Pimco Race Director, Alvin Balderama
Unprepared for this..
Thank you! (sniffs)…
Here are more pictures during the awarding ceremonies last night:
PIMCO President, Manny Santos
With Team Rock and Road
Goldy showing off her Trail Runner of the Year and Trailblazer medals!
One of the unusual picture poses!
Finally settling for a pause
During a break
Youngest trail runner (?)
Showing off their medals
So what’s in store for Pimco’s trail races for 2013? In case you didn’t know yet, a 50k ultra-marathon is scheduled this coming February 10, 2013 along with shorter distances of 24k, 12k and 6k runs. Few slots left so why don’t you register now? http://www.pimcosportsevents.com/
See you February 10!