Ahon GAITERS: Now On Sale

The Ahon Tradvistat Gaiter

PRODUCT PROFILE:

Gaiters are trail running shoe accessories that cover a great portion of the shoe’s upper and extends up to the Achilles tendon. Its use is to keep small pebbles, sand or any debris from entering inside your shoe thus, reducing the chance of blistering, rubbing or any irritation that results from it.

Gaiters are usually constructed with thin, breathable, elastic materials that don’t impede the natural movement of the feet. It keeps away dust and absorbs water when wet.

A local version is now out on sale and are called the “Ahon” GAITERS

  • Prevents grit and grime from entering trail shoe
  • Available in 3 different designs
  • Used for trail running shoes, or low-ankle trekking shoes
  • Quality is at par with the leading foreign Gaiter brands
  • Proudly Filipino made

The Baybayin design

The “Kikay” (modern) design

My love for trail running stretches back to several years now and the experiences running or walking over soft dirt, ankle-deep mud, knee-high rivers, half-buried rocks, protruding roots and many other obstacles are part and parcel of the experience in running on trails while trying to avoid mishaps like tripping, bruising or chafing your feet!

Keeping out small pebbles or fine grit inside your shoe poses a major irritation if you have been running with it for a long period of time during a long run or race. The only solution to this is to stop on your tracks, remove your shoe and tap it to flush out all the grime clinging or rolling inside your insoles or socks.

Testing the Tradvistat design

Last week at the DBB Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Run Challenge, i had the privilege of test running this new gaiter product coming out in the market, the AHON GAITERS, distrubuted by the AHON Group, composed of running enthusiasts, Ronald and Aldean. I put them through their paces up at Mt. Sembrano where the ground surface is a mix of soft soil, rocks, grass and plenty of sandy pebbles mostly located during the downhill parts of the run.

On a regular 15 km trail run where i get to experience running in these surfaces, including river crossings, i usually stop 2 to 3 times to remove the shoe and dump those tiny pebbles that would dribble and prick alternately between the heel and the arches. However, while wearing these gaiters at Mt. Sembrano, no tiny outside forces were able to breach inside–no pebbles, no twigs, absolutely nothing. It did its job and was very effective indeed!

How To Wear Them:

You must first attach the adhesive velcro strips (comes free with the gaiters) on the back of the shoe, just above the midsole part. Before putting on your shoes, slide the gaiters on your foot with the narrower part first, wear your shoes and after tying down the laces,  clip the hook of the gaiters to the front laces of your shoes and attach firmly the velcro to the adhesive velcro strip which you pasted on the back of your shoes and you’re good to go.

Notice the white velcro strip

These gaiters are paper weight and are made of 4-way stretch of Spandex and Lycra. You’ll hardly notice them and they feel light even if they’re wet. They’re cool and breathable, no heat accumulation, whatsoever. The AHON Gaiters have 3 available designs so far but are planning to have 3 new designs per quarter.

The AHON Gaiters will be available anytime this week via on-line only, although plans are also set to sell them physically in stores! Here are the price listings:

1 pair = 900 Pesos
2 pairs = 1,700 Pesos
3 pairs = 2,500 Pesos
FREE SHIPPING NATIONWIDE!
(for bulk orders, pls e-mail them a message)

To purchase:

Step 1
Select any of our three existing designs:
1) Baybayin [not alibata] – our forefathers’ alphabet.
2) Tradvistat [short for Traditional Visayan Tattoo] pattern – Ahon’s hometown heritage. These lines and patterns are just amazing. We just added some colors for them to pop out.
3) Kikay – no Filipino heritage here. Just pure awesomeness.

Step 2
Choose your size
1. Small-Medium (men’s shoe sizes US 5-9)
2. Medium-Large (men’s shoe sizes US 9-13)
Please note that if you are in between sizes, check your ankles. If they are small, choose small-med. If they are huge, choose med-large.

Step 3
Email us at ahon.ph@gmail.com
State which of the designs you are ordering and corresponding size and quantity. We shall reply with the exact amount of your purchase and our bank details.

Step 4
Deposit amount to our BDO account.

Step 5
Write your name and order on the deposit slip. Take a photo of the deposit slip and send it to ahon.ph@gmail.com. Be sure to reply on your previous email thread. Also, indicate your mailing address.

Step 6
Once confirmed, we shall send it to your indicated address via Xend. Cut-off for shipping will be 12 noon of the day you sent your deposit slip.

First batch of AHON Gaiters ready for packing and shipping

Runners testing the Gaiters at the DBB Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Challenge last week

See you on the trails! Cheers!

PDIC Takbo 2: May 10, 2015

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) recently launched its benefit run “Takbo 2: Tungo sa Kalusugan Para sa Kalikasan” at the PDIC Office 8/F SSS Bldg., Ayala Ave. corner V.A. Rufino St., Makati City.

Takbo 2 to be held this coming MAY 10, 2015 at the CCP Grounds is in line with PDIC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that advocates the protection of the environment and balanced development of communities. It aims to raise more funds to build shelters for the PDIC-GK Village in Lawaan, Eastern Samar. Proceeds from the benefit run will be turned over to GK for the construction of disaster-resilient shelter homes for survivor-families from supertyphoon Yolanda.

PDIC Takbo2: May 10, 2015, CCP Complex, Pasay City

Distances and Registration Fees:

  • 1K Kids – P200
  • 1K Adults – P400
  • 3K – P400
  • 5K – P500
  • 10K – P600
    • Inclusive of Singlet / Bib / Timing Chip

Registration Venues:

  • PDIC Office (8/F SSS Bldg., Ayala Ave. cor. V.A. Rufino St., Makati City) – April 13 – May 8, 2015
  • Chris Sports (Glorietta 3, Metro Market Market, SM Manila, SM North Edsa Annex) – April 16 – May 6, 2015
    • Race Kit will be given immediately upon registration
    • Bulk registration is allowed. Interested participants below 18 years old must submit their waivers, signed by their parents/guardians. However, adults are not allowed to run with children on strollers.
    • Registration forms may also be submitted by a representative to the registration centers listed above, provided that the forms are completely executed by the participants themselves.
    • Registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Please make sure you are good to go before signing up.
    • Change of category after registration is NOT ALLOWED.

Gun Start

  • 10K –  5:30 AM
  • 5K – 5:35 AM
  • 3K- 5:40 AM
  • 1K – Children – 6:30 AM
  • 1K – Adults – 6:50 AM

PDIC runs for Yolanda victims. Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation President Cristina Que Orbeta (4th from left), reigning Miss Earth Jamie Herrell (3rd from left) and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director-General Jose Mari M. Oquiñena (5th form left), who is also Gawad Kalinga Bayani Challenge Event Head, led the official launch of “Takbo 2: Tungo sa Kalusugan Para sa Kalikasan”

PDIC continues run for Yolanda victims (Press Release)

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) is spearheading a benefit run on May 10, 2015 at the CCP Grounds, Pasay City. “Takbo 2: Tungo sa Kalusugan Para sa Kalikasan” is in line with PDIC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that advocates the protection of the environment and balanced development of communities. Takbo 2 aims to raise funds to build shelters for the PDIC-Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village in Lawaan, Eastern Samar.

Proceeds from the benefit run will be turned over to GK for the construction of disaster-resilient shelter homes for survivor-families from supertyphoon Yolanda. GK is PDIC’s partner in the building of the PDIC-GK Village.

Takbo 2 is PDIC’s second benefit run to support the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. It has four-race distances, 1km, 3km, 5km and 10km, to cater to all types of running enthusiasts including children. Registration fee ranges from P200 to P600 per runner.

During the media launch

Interested participants may register starting on April 16, 2015 at the 8/F, SSS Building, Ayala Ave. cor V. A. Rufino St., Makati City. Instore registration may also be done at Chris Sports: Glorietta 3, Metro Market! Market!, SM Manila and SM North Annex. Assembly time on May 10 is at 5:00 AM. The public may call PDIC at 841-4643 for more information.

With reigning Miss Earth 2014, Jamie Herrell supporting the run

Brooks, Del Monte Philippines, Guitar Garments, Philippine Postal Corporation, Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines, Saucony, St. Luke’s Medical Center, The Generics Pharmacy and Tobys Sports are partnering with PDIC for Takbo 2, with the support of Chris Sports, Metro Ad-vantage and the Miss Earth Foundation.

10K route (2 loops of 5k each)

That Thing Called DBB Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Challenge: 7 Hugot Quotes From This Trail Run

Hugot #1
Me: Oh, bakit ka nakaupo na..napagod ka naba?
Aleth: Napuyat kasi ako kagabi, wala pang training
Me: Kung wala kang training, magdala ka ng maraming inspirasyon. Kung wala ka din nun, ako na magbibigay syo!

I had a little trepidation when i was invited to run the DBB Uphill Trail Challenge knowing that the mountain trail route to Mt. Sembrano had a less than kind reputation where you wrestle for the first 5 kilometers of continuous uphills on gnarly trails. Still, i think this is going to be one of the best trail races of the year even with the negligible blips of getting lost on the trails which made this race even more exciting.

So i’m sitting here typing this post with still aching thigh muscles trying not to over-emphasize the harshness of last Saturday’s trail run. It’s hard not to, Mt. Sembrano does possess this treacherous but scenic trails, similar to that of Mt. Talamitam but the former does have more gorgeous views with great sights of Laguna Lake, Talim Island, Mt. Banahaw and the Sierra Madre.

Hugot #2
JB: Ang lungkot naman sa trail na to, lalo na siguro pag ikaw mag-isa at walang kausap
Aleth: Uu nga, malungkot dito pag wala ka kasama
Me: Pag nag iisa kyo, tandaan nyo lang—hear your heartbeat, connect with yourself. Once you connect with yourself, there will never be loneliness!

With all its hardcore route, moderate to steep rocky trails through open forests, mountain ridges, steep ravines and magnificent views, there’s a certain aura that this race possess and is really hard to describe because it’s something you have to experience for yourself. From the whole trail course, i was able to deal with 2 beautiful people who made the whole journey very worthwhile! Here are some of my insights:

  • A reunion of sorts with other hard core trail runner friends whom you hadn’t seen for a long time.
  • Got to test run the AHON Gaiter product of Ronald Declarador and put it through its paces. Positive on all aspects! Will do a review later.
  • Started the run with runners i barely have seen in running events and ended with them as friends. Thanks to you both, Ms. Aleth and Ms. JB, to whom i dedicate this post!

Old trail running friends (c) rickyfrancisco

  •  A no frills, all thrills race. Nice free buff given to all runners before the start with our names printed on it! Instead of race bib numbers, our numbers were emblazoned on our arms, like in triathlons.
  • “Starting gun” jammed and fired 10 seconds after the runners were sent off via countdown providing some comic relief for the runners.

Hugot #3
Aleth: Ang hirap naman ng rutang ito! Puro paakyat! Wala bang patag naman?
Me: Wag mong hanaping ang rutang madali syo, ikaw ang mag adjust sa rutang tatahakin mo! Parang pag-ibig, wag mong pilitin ang sarili mo sa isang di ka naman gusto, hanapin mo yung lalaking makapag bibigay ligaya syo, o di ba?

At the start

With Aleth and JB (Actual hugot 1 scene)

  • Rocky trail after about 700 meters from the start. It was all uphill from there.
  • Trails galore; single track, rocky, some fire roads and mountain passes
  • Where stations ran out of water, we took advantage of spring mineral water provided by the locals or from bamboo shafts hanging above rocks and trees. And they taste good!
  • Getting lost at one part of the route when we entered a shaded trail instead of the open trail below the power lines.
  • Fresh coconut was being sold atop Peak 1 for P30.00, an increase of P10.00 just an hour before, as informed to us by marshals.
  • Stopping several times as i experienced cramps on both my thighs. So excruciating was the pain that i had to call the Race Director who was pacing nearby and he got me up like a post and held on to him so i could stretch my legs! Thanks DBB! :)
  • Confusion along the trails as to where the 30km runners should pass to complete their remaining distance.
  • Witnessed the organizers’ dedicated trail sweeper, Andrew Aquino who was not far behind us, remove or cut the trail ribbon markers after we, the last of the group had passed by the trails. Thanks to him also for being our trail guide.
  • Recounting race stories, life experiences and our “That Thing Called Tadhana” moments with Alex Reblora and JB Cionelo, my companions throughout the entire race.
  • Running and walking the hottest, most intense heat during the last 2.5 kilometers and imagining having super thirst-quencer halo-halo at the finish line
  • Unlimited Cobra Energy drinks at the finish line and nice swags to bring home.

Over-all this race has exceeded expectations and with just a few tweaks like adding marshals to junctions and providing more water atop the mountains, this should be a must race to be aspired for all trail runners. Hard work and dedication should bear fruit once you conquer this race and that’s definitely the case here, as this was one of the most grueling yet rewarding trail races I’ve done yet.

This mountain run is not for the weak of heart or for people who are looking to set a fast pace but I would recommend it to those looking to deviate from road events and challenge themselves with a difficult but doable trail run. Congrats to Dabobong Delos Angeles, Jon Las Bruce, Daphne Codilla, Cezar, Andrew and Ariel Aquino, Ronnel Go, Dianne Palogan and to the rest of Team MGM for a job well done!

Hugot #4
JB: Grabe, ang gaganda ng mga bulaklak dito sa trails! Paano kaya sila nabubuhay dito sa gitna ng kagubatan na di nasisilayan ng araw o tubig?
Me: Ang mga bulaklak na nabubuhay dito sa kahirapan ng gubat ay syang pinaka natatangi at pinaka maganda…parang kayo!
Aleth: At anong klaseng mga bulaklak naman kami?
Me: Hmm…Chicharon bulaklak?!

Hugot #5
Me: Teka, hihinto muna ako, grabe sakit ng cramps ko!
Aleth: Sige, dahan-dahan na lang. Samahan ka naming maglakad kung gusto mo! Ito technique dyan, kausapin mo legs mo at makiusap na wag na sya mag cramps. Works for me.
Me: (Nakatingin sa cramps ) “LEGS, SHUT UP!”

Hugot #6
JB: Pagod nako, gusto ko na maglakad!
Aleth: Uu nga, maglakad nalang tayo, tutal naman abot pa tayo sa cut-off time
Me: Sige, ok lang maglakad. Pwede din kitang kargahin kung gusto mo, pasakayin kita sa tricycle!

JB taking a break to massage her aching plantar before her assault to the first peak

At the first peak with Andrew Aquino (left) who took off the trail ribbon markers once the last runners passed by

Nice to see Marissa who has been a constant fixture in various trail races in the past

View from the peak

What happened to your hair?

Wrong entry! We mistakenly entered this trail when we should have taken the open trails near the power lines. Lost a few hundred meters.

Finally finding our way back on the right track

It was mostly downhill from here

Long downhill to go before we reach sea level

It was great to have these Gaiters which kept tiny pebbles out of my old worn-out but still great NB 660 trail shoe. Nice gaiter from the local AHON group which will be out in the market soon!

We started out together and also finished together well before the cut-off time! Great company!

Hugot #7
Aleth: Im a strong woman. I can conquer the greatest fears. I can handle the toughest moments. I can ignore any pain. Thats why i want someone to make me feel weak…
the way you do..
JB: Boom!

Adidas Climachill: Black is Cool, Black is Beautiful!

Romanian Simona Halep, ranked presently as the world’s No. 3 female tennis player in her adidas Climachill outfit

True to its reputation in providing state of the art innovation in sports apparels for athletes, adidas has once again come out with its latest apparel range, the Climachill which contains 3D aluminium-cooling spheres and titanium woven into its sub-zero flat yarn that allow superior cooling performance.

The development of a heat management technology product from the brand was a direct design outcome from consultations with elite athletes like tennis wiz Simona Halep and basketball star Jeremy Lin to provide a more moisture-wicking technology that is also able to cool down the body the fastest way.

The adidas Climachill comes in an very unlikely color—black, which defies its capability in giving this cooling effect. Seeing this innovative advancement from adidas, i won’t be surprised if this would cascade into their other sports apparel and incorporated into their Boost running shoe!

Basketball star Jeremy Lin

adidas Climachill™ delivers maximum cooling technology for improved sports performance

adidas announced the launch of the new Climachill™ apparel range, headlined by a black training t-shirt that features intuitive body heat management technology to cool athletes in hot conditions. Perfect for the warm and humid climate in the Philippines, the adidas ClimachillTM is designed to deliver maximum cooling benefit without compromising comfort or design.

Female track speedster Octavius Freeman

“The body’s core temperature can increase by 3 degree Celsius when we are exercising. To maintain a stable temperature, your body needs to work a lot harder to lose excess heat. This may result in impaired physiological functions, which will ultimately affect performance,” explained Dr Maarten Hupperets, Director of Future Sport Science at adidas. “When it comes to performance, every degree matters. The Climachill™ apparel is the smartest and most advanced sporting product and can provide maximum cooling experience.”

For athletes who desire sophisticated solutions in order to regulate body temperature and remain cool in adverse conditions, the innovative Climachill™ apparel is their answer. In this cross-category collection, adidas has also launched training shirts in the most unconventional colour for athletic apparel – black – to showcase the process of the ClimachillTM technology.

Soccer star Gareth Bale of Real Madrid

Employing industry-first 3D aluminium-cooling spheres, the Climachill™ apparel provides an instant cooling sensation upon contact. In addition to the aluminium dots, the ground-breaking SubZero flat yarn also contains titanium and is woven throughout the inside of each Climachill™ jersey to deliver more cooling capacity.

Filipino athletes don’t have to be afraid of wearing black for fear of heat and they can now train harder, run longer and compete better.

The Climachill™ product range will be available locally from 1st April 2015 at leading adidas Sports performance stores, adidas online store (http://shop.adidas.com.ph) and sports retailers nationwide.

–Press Release

Fiber Up With MEGAFIBER

Move over oatmeal and popcorn! Make room for this low-energy-density food that allows you to eat more without gaining weight and filling enough to fight hunger even while watching Master Chef “Boy” Logro’s mouth-watering IDOL SA KUSINA cooking program!

Megafiber is an all-natural food supplement. It is made from 100%  Psyllium Fiber, reputed as nature’s best and most efficient source of natural dietary fiber. To compare, one teaspoon of MEGAFIBER has 14 times more fiber than oat bran and other cereals.

I’ve seen them being given as samples (sachets) in some of the races i’ve joined and they taste quite good and filling. But just what’s in this Psyllium fiber supplement? Is this really any better than a bagful of popcorn while watching the latest “The Avengers” movie?

Megafiber is made from Psyllium fiber plant-material, considered nature’s most effective soluble fiber. It has no additives or laxatives, no preservatives, no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

Psyllium is a soluble fiber that is derived from the seeds of the plant Genus Plantago, with the husk being the outer coat of the seeds. It is also referred to as Isabgol or Isapagula husk.

The species P. psyllium and P. ovale are commercially grown in India, Pakistan, and in countries in Europe and the former Soviet Union. Psyllium products are grown for their mucilage content. Mucilage describes the clear, colorless gelling agents derived from plants which are able to increase in volume upon absorbing water.

The all-natural fiber supplement is also a natural fat absorber that assists in capturing the fats in our food, which are then excreted during regular bowel movement.

Because many of us strive for a perfectly lean body, one that can perform our optimum best in our given sport, we deny ourselves food that we think will lead to excess in calories and sluggish performance. This may be normal thinking for athletes but keeping a too-tight rein on food selection may be setting you up also on nutrients deficiency.

However, Megafiber provides a feeling of fullness, which in turn helps reduce hunger pangs, and lessens the tendency to overeat. As for its effectiveness, it assists in weight management, helps prevent constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, control Diarrhea or Loose Bowel Movement (LBM), reduce the risk of heart diseases and cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels and uric acid levels.

This is a great way to include MEGAFIBER into their weight loss plan. It is advised to add one heaping tablespoon in a half glass of water or juice 30 minutes before meals, followed by one glass of water.

MEGAFIBER is available over the counter at Mercury Drug outlets nationwide. It comes in bigger 7.5g sachets at P10.75 each, travel pack of 30 sachets at P325, and in bigger 300g jars at P430, with 50% more fiber than other brands to give you more value for your money. It is also offered in half-kilo family size packs at P705 for even greater savings.

MEGAFIBER is FDA-approved. Product inquiries may be coursed thru the MEGAFIBER customer service hotlines 524-6549, 354-2208 to 09 and 09474890262, and info@megafiber.com.ph email. Product information is also available at http://www.megafiber.com.ph and the MEGAFIBER facebook page.

2 Affinitea Races Coming Soon Including A 42K Marathon!

Two major races from the Affinitea Race group is in the offing and promises to give runners a whole new vibe of thrill and excitement. This coming July 5, 2015, the Raise D Roof Run will be happening and will feature a 21k race to benefit the He Cares Foundation, a sanctuary for homeless, abused and abandoned children.

Their second offing will be the Brown Race Marathon and yes, you guessed it right! It will feature a 42k marathon to be held on December 6, 2015 with the theme, “Nurturing God’s Love, Core Gifts & Family Relations”.

Details are as follows:

1. Raise D Roof–July 5, 2015:

*Venue: CCP Complex
*Distances/ Registration Fee: 3k Kids-P400.00/ 3K Regular-P550.00/ 5K-P650.00/ 10K-P750.00/ 16K-P800.00/ 21K-P900.00
*Registration Venues: Via On-Line at www.affinitearace.com or
Pre-Paid cards available at Mizuno Stores (MOA, Trinoma, BGC, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center) Affinitea Stores (Makati, Binakayan, Cavite, Mendiola, Taft) and Garmin Store at Glorietta 5. Check Poster for details!
*Gun Start: 3K- 5:30am/ 5K- 5:15am/ 10K- 5am/ 16K- 4:45am/ 21K- 4:30am
*

2.  BROWN Race Marathon–December 6, 2015

*Venue: Quirino Grandstand, Roxas Boulevard
*Distances/ Registration Fee:
3K-P550.00/ 5K-P650.00/ 10K-P750.00/ 16K-P850.00/ 21K-P1,000.00/ 42K-P1,600.00
*Registration Venues:
Via On-Line at www.affinitearace.com or
Pre-Paid cards available at Mizuno Stores, Affinitea Stores and Garmin Store. Check Poster for details!
*Gun Start:
3K- 5:15am/ 5K- 5:00am/ 10K- 4:30am/ 16K- 3:30am/ 21K- 2:00am/ 42K- 12 Midnight
 *
RAISE D ROOF 21K:

Raise D Roof-July 5, 2015

Raise D Roof Finishers Medal for the 21k

THE BROWN RACE MARATHON: December 6, 2015

Brown Race Marathon – December 6, 2015

Brown Race Marathon Finishers Medal

RUNNING CLINIC:

Brown Race Marathon Clinic. Ten training sessions with professional coaches, training shirt, graduation medal and hydration during the clinic. Registration Fee is at P2,500.00

Daraitan Trail Run With Team Soleus: Trail Recon #1

Way back 3 or 4 years ago, i would occasionally run into an energetic group of runners wearing black dri-fit shirts with a yellow patch of “S” emblazoned on it and would later learn that it was the Soleus Running Team . I wasn’t really into any other running watch except for Garmin which i had acquired for a review on this blog and another one as a gift from a friend. However, i really had my sights on having one of those Soleus shirts they were wearing.

Those first generation Garmin GPS watches didn’t last very long with me as it had issues on quality and durability after only 8 months of use so i switched back to my old reliable chronograph watch . Later on,  i was invited by L-Time Studio (distributors of the Soleus watch) big boss, Judith Staples on the launching of their very first GPS running watch, the durable Soleus 1.0. It was great that they adopted their first GPS running watch which was simple in design and performance yet very affordable at that!

Getting to know Judith was my introduction to their running team. She is a huge motivator, very supportive of her growing team and most importantly, i get to run with a really friendly and equally supportive group of runners! Oh, and did i tell you that i got to have the shirt i was pinning for?

Team Soleus is open to all ages and the levels vary from elite, ultra runners, marathoners, beginners and fun runners who mostly wear a Soleus GPS watch. The runners here are super friendly and have a great bond with one another which i think is cool because you get to challenge yourself more and share that extra motivation from being with a team who share the same interests not only in running but by the watch they wear.

Last week, i had the chance to bring the team at my favorite trail playground, the Sierra Madre trails in Tanay, particularly the route going to Daraitan and the popular Tinipak River and rocks. To describe the group’s reaction of the trail route would be a task but to put it in two words: refreshing but hard-core!

Many struggled over those uphill climbs and slippery river crossings but got over those as time went by. The trails are moderate to very technical, a run-hike route depending on your level of fitness. Everybody though, were able to survive it. Although it is not as steep as other trails, there are lots of stream/river crossings and you tend to get lost if you’re not familiar with the route.

Once we were out of the trails, we all found ourselves back on a primary road and it was a short jaunt to the road leading to Daraitan and to the Tinipak Rocks. After about 6 kms and a short halo-halo stop, we finally reached Daraitan with the rocks and boulders looming everywhere like gem stones sparkling in ice water. I’ve been to this place many times before and it still was mesmerizing seeing it that day like it was the first time i saw it.

We lost no time in getting ourselves cool and dipping into the cool water. Here’s a run-down of our adventure in photos. Enjoy!

Team Soleus with the Rundezvous runners before the start of the run.

Irish and the Sierra Madre mountains as backdrop

At one of the stop overs on a hill top

Judith always rams the downhill parts

With Kerwin and Judith

That’s Abet cooling off her bruised knee

The team doing their balancing act

A very difficult part of the route where you thread on sharp jagged rocks and should maneuver with caution

With Judith (c) Running Atom

Finally at the Tinipak River

Mirjam enjoying the views

Bulalo, Gourmet Tuyo Pasta and Fried Chicken–thanks to Abet and Judith!