Lagalag Sundown Trail Run on May 14, 2016: A Sneak Peek

When did you last ran the trails inside Timberland Heights? Since the majority of the trails inside Timberland have been closed to the public just recently, not many have actually been there to experience the cushy, well-maintained trails and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

This forested park located in a residential/resort development area in San Mateo features endless trails in the wilderness with glimpses of the Metro Skyline, parts of Taal Lake, Mt. Arayat and the plains of Central Luzon. It’s a trail runner’s paradise with nice single tracks, fire roads, lush forest, streams and non-stop views of the Sierra mountain range.

So for those of you who have not experience running at the Timberland trails, here’s your chance to do so.  The Lagalag Sundown Eco-Trail Run 2016 is happening on May 14. It will offer a 6km, 12km and a 21km trail run which will start at 3:00pm.

Newbies and regular trail runners are invited to join. The Lagalag Sundown Eco-Trail Run will be the first of the Lagalag trail running series for this year.

RACE DETAILS:

LAGALAG SUNDOWN ECO-TRAIL RUN (May 14, 2016)
Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal
May 14, 2016

Categories:
21KM: P950
12KM: P800
6KM: P700

CUT-OFF TIMES:
21 KM: 4 hrs (Bring headlamps just in case you arrive past 4 hours)
12 KM: 3 hrs
6 KM: 2 hrs

Race inclusions:
Finisher’s shirt
Post-race snack

Registration options:
A. BANK DEPOSIT
1) Deposit the reg.fee to:
• BPI Acct name: Soulsports
• Acct. Number: 1999 04 9873
2) Email scanned copy of deposit slip to: events.lagalag@gmail.com with subject header: LAGALAG SUNDOWN REGISTRATION
• Please include the following details:
o Full name
o Gender
o Race distance
o Contact info.
o Shirt size (XS, S, M, L, XL)

B. Or register in-store starting April 11, 2016
• In-store race venue: Lagalag Store, Lower Ground floor, SM North City Center.

Limited slots only.
Deadline for registration is on April 29, 2016.

Shuttle service:
We will be arranging for a paid ( by participants thru reservation) shuttle service from Philcoa to Timberland and back. We will post more details on this.

The route maps for each category:

Here’s a sneak peek of the trails inside the Timberland Heights:

Colors of Freedom Run: June 12, 2016

The Colors of Freedom 10k, 5k, 3k race is going to be held on June 12, 2016 at the Bonifacio Global City as we celebrate Independence Day with 3,000 fun loving souls. This race is going to be tons of fun and it will be a race for all ages and fitness.

This color run assures that everybody would be out there having FUN! The event combines the drama of a fun run amidst an urban playground bursting in vivid color. As with other color fun runs, this run will not be timed, there is no pressure to run (you may walk if you want) and everybody would love the camaraderie and fun of throwing colors at each other and enjoying the celebration afterwards!

The party is not complete without your friends and family, as you get to wear wigs, throw some eco-colored powder and take loads of freedom day selfies/wefies to express to the World your love for Philippine Independence. Be Heard, Stand Proud, Party Hard… See You on Freedom Day!

Event Date:
JUNE 12, 2016 (SUNDAY)
Assembly Time:
4:00AM
Venue:
34th ST. COR. 9TH AVE., BGC, TAGUIG CITY
Categories / Registration / Gun Start

3km       /    5:45am
5km       /    5:30am
10km     /    5:15am
Party     /    6:30am

Registration: P900.00

Singlet Sizes​
XS / S / M / L / XL / 2XL 
INCLUSIVE OF:
Designer Singlet
Finisher Shirt
Finisher Medal
Race Bib
Timing Chip
Afro Hair Wig
Holi Powder
Philippine Flaglet
Premium Quality Car Stickers
Discount Cards
Hydration
Sponsor Freebies

PARTY!!!

Race singlets

Finishers Medals

Afro Hair wigs in different colors

Finisher’s Shirt

Salomon XTrail Pilipinas 2016: A Short Race Recap

I’ve always wanted to visit the trails in Subic Bay, most particularly the Pamulaklakin Eco Trail Park of which i had just a sneak peek of its surroundings a few years ago. The chance came when i was able to join last Saturday’s Salomon XTrail Pilipinas 12k Trail Race and that distance wasn’t even enough to see majority of what it had to offer.

I just wanted to get this race off of my bucket list, as i was still nursing a recurring Achilles tendinitis which i got from 3 straight days of running in the Cordillera mountains the week before. But as always, running Salomon is THE trail event to look forward to and i wasn’t disappointed.

As with all venues, with no exception of this year’s edition of the race, the atmosphere at Subic was entirely welcoming! We arrived at the starting grounds at around 4:00am and alighted from the MEDIA bus provided. At the reception area, our race packets were immediately distributed to us. We immediately got caught up with the frenzy at the activity grounds, the happy bustle of meeting and greeting old-time friends, program hosts announcing the pre-race requirements on blaring speakers and some hot coffee and hot dog sandwiches as provided for by our gracious host, Ms. Aileen Frugal of Primer Group.

Competing in any distance at the Salomon XTrail Pilipinas is without doubt one of the highlights of any local trail runner, whether they’re competing on the longer distance mountain runs/skyrunning or the shorter races for the regular trail runner for an easier but no less technical trail route. And the route laid out to all distances, they were all challenging.

The 32k distance seems to have the most number of participants based from what i saw during their early start and it was still dawn when the gun was fired off. After a couple of minutes, off went the 25k runners.

While waiting for my 12k category gun start which started a good one hour after the 25k were sent off, i was able to explore the first few hundred meters of the 32k route which ran counter to those of the shorter distances. Newly chopped cogon grass were evident as you feel your feet sink to soft spots where the grass were sprawled over the trails. It lead to lush forest trails and the backdrop of mountains were there to appreciate.

The start of the 25k, 12k and 6k routes were directed on the opposite direction where you had to run on an asphalt road first. After less than 3 quick kilometers, we found ourselves into various series of uphill fire roads that were slippery as lahar sand was predominantly the surface.

Entrance to the Pamulaklakin trails

We then reached the steel arc of the Pamulaklakin trails and after a few meters, marshals directed us into our first hurdle. It was a short stream crossing located just under a bridge. They could have just led us to cross over the empty, passable bridge and spare us of getting our shoes wet that early but instead, directed us to cross the knee-deep stream!

The small stream crossing

It was a continuous series of uphills thereafter until we reached a second aid station and turned left into a downhill trail going into a secluded forest. It was sad to see that parts of the trails were marked by burnt grass and tree branches on both sides brought about by a  forest fire the day before. The route was hot, dry and what was left of dry leaves on trees served as our only shade. We made our U-turn on the 6th kilometer mark and we traced our way back on this out and back course.

Trails and trees affected by the rash of forest fires

The route back was quite frankly, a blur. It was all downhill at this point and except for moments that you had to be cautious because of the slippery roads, i just coasted along, letting gravity take my body along with it. The last 2 kilometers back on the flat asphalt road was somehow the most difficult as i found myself alternating walking and running under scorching heat. My injury on my left achilles tendon was starting to flare up at this point so my walking breaks had to be frequent. While looking at the runners do the same run-walk in front of me, i suddenly could hear a dull hum of activity which i surmised were coming from the stage activities. We couldn’t be that far.

Suddenly, the big familiar Salomon finish line arc appeared, like a sudden light at the end of a tunnel. Just when you had to cross the final finish, an obstacle appeared for all to crawl a 20-meter, man made pool under knee-deep of muddy water with a low lying net atop and a message that read, “I Ran The Path of Most Resistance!”.

As far as trail races go, the Salomon XTrail Pilipinas is always one satisfying experience. Nowhere else could you find an event staged like a big road race. Everything is well-managed, the cap on the number of runners, the amenities given and the venue itself.

There may be other trail races more more hard-core and scenic, like the races in the Cordilleras and in Tanay but i encourage those who have not ran the Salomon XTrail Run to do so…you won’t regret it!

From my account of the race, here are some pictures:

At the starting line of the 12k Run

A view of the stream along the route

Rough roads with lahar sand

Pat Concepcion on his way back

One of the Primer group runners

Thumbs up to her rad running attire!

This leads to a forest trail

One of my fav trail runners, Jackie Gutierrez.

Ladies i met on the trails

That’s co-blogger CJ Lampad

Crossing the finish line

Nothing beats wearing the Ahon gaiters on a sandy route like this!

 

Hangaway Antique Half-Marathon Trail Run: May 15, 2016

The province of Antique is inviting all runners to the Hangaway (Ha-nga-way) half-marathon Trail Challenge. The race will be held in Sibalom, Antique and this is their follow-up to their highly successful “A Taste of Antique Trails” (ATAT) held last January!

This year, the 4th edition of the Antique Half-Marathon Challenge will live up to it’s name and will give them the real challenge. “HANGAWAY” is a Visayan term for “Warrior.” They are bringing the challenge from road to trail this time and savor the raw and majestic trails of Antique!

Join the Antiqueños to a 22Km and 12Km trail race with obstacles on the last 2Kms of the route. A 6Km road to trail category is also being added. Just when you think you had enough and you feel like giving up, we challenge you to step up and become a Hangaway! We call all road and trail runers and unleash the warrior in you!

Are you tough enough to become one? We dare you!

“HANGAWAY”

The ANTIQUE HALF-MARATHON CHALLENGE 2016 RACE DETAILS

RACE DAY – May 15, 2015

EGAÑA SIBALOM, ANTIQUE

6K Road/Trail, 12K Trail/Obstacles, 22K Trail/Obstacles

 

LIMITED SLOTS ONLY

22K Trail/Obstacles – 60 Slots

12K Trail/Obstacles – 60 Slots

6K Road/Trail – 40 Slots

REGISTRATION:

Early Bird Registration – January 25 – March 6, 2016

Regular Registration – March 7 – May 8, 2016

Late Registration – May 9 – May 13, 2016

22K Trail/Obstacles (Busalian)

Early – Php750.00

Regular – Php850.00

Late – Php1,200.00

12K Trail/Obstacles (Hangkilan)

Early – Php650.00

Regular – Php750.00

Late – Php950.00

6K Road/Trail (Sumalayhaw)

Early – Php350.00

Regular – Php450.00

Late – Php650.00

Gun Time:

22K Trail/Obstacles – 4:30AM

12K Trail/Obstacles – 5:00

6K Road/Trail – 5:30AM

Assembly Time:

22K Trail/Obstacles – 4:00AM

12K Trail/Obstacles – 4:30AM

6K Road/Trail – 5:30AM

INCLUSIONS:

22K Trail/Obstacles – Singlet Race Bib, Finisher’s Shirt, Finisher’s Medal

12K Trail/Obstacles – Singlet Race Bib, Finisher’s Shirt

6K Road/Trail – Singlet, Race Bib and Certificate

Medal for 22k Finishers

Race singlet

AWARDS:

  • Top 3 Male and Female for 22K and 12K Trail/Obstacle race will receive a trophy
  • Top 3 Male and Female 6K race will receive a certificate

Finishers Shirt for 22k and 12k Finishers

HOW TO REGISTER:

We have 3 types of registration:

ONLINE:

Register online and pay using Paypal or Credit Card. Visit webscorer.com (https://www.webscorer.com/members/myracedetails?raceid=60456). Additional Php60.00 will be charged as processing fee.

BANK DEPOSIT:

Download Registration form at our Facebook page (look for the link, available in jpg and pdf format). Deposit registration fee thru Bank of the Philippine Islands

Acc. # 3056 4064 39

Acc. Name: Manuel Magbanua, Jr.

Email registration form and scanned deposit slip to: antiqueathletic@gmail.com

IN-STORE REGISTRATION:

We have registration sites located at the following:

San Jose, Antique:

-Black & Yellow Carwash

Trade Town, Brgy. Dalipe, San Jose

Tel. Mark (0926) 7168791

Sibalom:

-ALM Party Needs

Fenete cor Maza St. Sibalom, Antique

Tel. Boogie (0927) 7786286

For  other Inquiries text/call:

Manie (0917) 7954458

Visit: www.facebook.com/antiquehalfmarathon for updates.

Financial Fitness Run 2016: May 29, 2016

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The CFA Society Philippines is back to stage its 3rd Financial Fitness Run (FFR) on May 29, 2016 at the Bonifacio Global City and will feature a 5K, 10K and a 21k distances. As in previous runs, this race aims to inform the investing public about the importance of being financially fit and how to attain this.

This year, FFR is going to give out plaques to all its half-marathoners (21k) which is a first for a Metro manila race. Aside from the plaque, all half-marathon finishers will also receive a dri-fit finishers shirt. All 5k and 10k finishers will receive finishers medals and the top 50 finishers (25male, 25 female) of each category will get a finisher shirt.

Gun start will be at 4:30am for the 21k, 5:30am for the 10k and 5:45am for the 5k. Interested runners can register with any of the registration centers listed below, all located in major shopping malls and business districts within Metro Manila. Race kits can be claimed upon registration. Online registration is also available at the link below.

During the media Launch of the FFR 2016

To learn more about the Financial Fitness Run, please visit http://thesocietyevents.wix.com/financialfitness2016 or get updates at their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/financialfitnessrun.

RACE PROGRAM:

Baggage – opens at 3am, closes at 8am

4:00AM   – Assembly of 21K Runners – National Anthem – Prayer                      – Welcome Remarks – Race Reminders  – Warm-Up

4:30AM     – 21K Gunstart

5:00AM       – Assembly of 10K Run – Welcome Remarks – Race Reminders – Warm Up for 10K

5:30AM      – 10K Gunstart

5:40AM       – Warm up for 5k- Welcome Remarks – Race Reminders

5:45AM     – 5K Gunstart

7:00AM      – Awarding of Race and Contest Winners- Raffle

Inclusions and Reminders:

1. Registration Fee is inclusive of bib, timing chip and customied singlet

2. All 5k and 10k Finishers will receive Finisher’s Medal

3. Top 50 Finisher of 5k and 10k (male and female) will receive Finisher’s Dri-fit T-shirt

4. All 21k Finisher will receive finisher’s plaque and Finisher’s Dri-fit T-shirt

5. Trophies (Champion, 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up) will be provided to the Top 3 Finisher of each category (male and female) on top of the finisher’s medal/plaque.

REGISTRATION SITES:

Juego Trinoma
3/F Trinoma Mall, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City
+63 (2) 9018985

 Juego GreenBelt 4
Greenbelt 3, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa St., Ayala Center, Makati
+63 (2) 7575881

Juego Market Market
4th Level, Market! Market!, 26th St. corner C5, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
+63 (2) 7922180

Yonex Mega Mall
3rd Level, Bldg. A SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong
+63 (2) 9147430

Li Ning Mall of Asia: 2/F South Entertainment Mall, Mall of Asia

Li Ning Alabang Town Center
3/F Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City

To register online, please visit http://www.goorahna.com/#/runningEvent/56fa41140002922e331dfd7c/register.

Race Singlet

Finisher’s Shirt

Medals for 5k and 10k

 

Trophy (Plaque)21k

 

21k Route

10k Route

5k Route

 

inov8 Trail Running Shoes Returns to the Philippines

inov8 is a major player in the trail running market not only with their trail shoes, but with their road shoes as well. They have also introduced their cross-fit/training shoes and hopes to make a splash on this market. They have been proven in competition both on and off-road, across sports, and worn by elite trail runners across the globe. With a well-oiled technology supported constantly by updating their models, they are arguably one of the most recognizable brand in the trail running world.

inov-8 is dedicated to building performance shoes for every athlete, and they revolutionize with new technology shoes for all terrains. Whether its offering the same shoe with varying levels of heel-to-toe drop, building sport and gender specific lasts for a better fit, or leveraging aggressive tread designs and rubber compound, inov-8 is dedicated to producing the most purpose built running footwear athletes enjoy worldwide.

inov8 has recently returned to the Philippines after a lackluster presence in the country many years ago, when trail running was not yet as popular as a competitive sport as it is now. The popularity of trail running has mushroomed over the past 5 years with notable world-class races like the TNF100, Salomon XTrail Runs, the hardcore ultra trail races of FrontRunner magazine like H1, Four Lakes100, Old Spanish Trail50 and to a lesser extent, the Pimco Love A Tree Trail Run Series, MGM Mountain Runs, Conquer Trail Runs and New Era Trail Events.

Along with the increased popularity has come a larger number of demand for trail running gear, most specifically trail running shoes and inov8 intends to cash-in on the emergence of trail running’s popularity in the country at very reasonable prices.

This new batch of inov8 shoes were recently launch at the Sportshouse branch in SM North Edsa and these latest releases include shoes for trails, road, multi-terrain, extreme terrain and performance (crossfit) training.

Below are the current available models of the inov8 which is exclusively available at all SportsHouse stores, with stats and descriptions provided by Ms. AR Aguspina of Sportshouse:

P 5,495.00

P 4,495.00

P 4,495.00

P 4,495.00

P 4,495.00

P 4,495.00

P 4,495.00 (Road Shoe)

P 4,495.00 (crossfit training)

P 6,495.00 Men’s (Weight lifting)

P 6,495.00 Women’s (Weight lifting)

For more info on the inov8, you can check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/sportshouse.com.ph/timeline or their website at: http://www.sportshouse.com.ph/

ROX Outdoor Festival 2016: April 16-17 at BGC

The ROX Outdoor Festival 2016 is a two-day celebration of outdoor sports activities, clinics, equipment demos, presentation, films and more brought to you by Recreational Outdoor eXchange (Store), currently the largest outdoor sports and recreation superstore in Southeast Asia.
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This festival, which will be held on APRIL 16-17, 2016 at the Bonifacio High Street, at the Bonifacio Global City is geared toward children, beginner and intermediate outdoor enthusiasts, offering a range of activities for all interests and ability levels.
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Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the outdoor lifestyle, the ROX Outdoor Festival has been designed to inspire participants to enjoy and explore ROX various outdoor activities with friends and family.
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MEET YOU ALL OUTSIDE!
Get Ready for a Bigger and Better R.O.X. Outdoor Festival This 2016!
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It’s In to be Out! Gone are the days where you stay in and veg out on your laptop, socializing with friends online. The outdoors is the new and better way to stay connected and have the best time doing it! On April 16-17, 2016, all roads lead to Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City for the much anticipated R.O.X. Outdoor Festival 2016!
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Last year’s R.O.X. Outdoor Festival 2015 was a phenomenal success. The entire stretch of Bonifacio High Street was painted red for the event, bringing together dozens of premier outdoor brands that sponsored exciting games which tested one’s mental and physical endurance. There were performances by current artists and bands, booths, movies and fun activities for kids that made the Festival the most happening place to be for the weekend.
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This year, it’s going to be even bigger as R.O.X. rolls out more exhilarating activations, and new brands bring out thrilling competitions for those brave enough to try them out. The R.O.X. Outdoor Festival 2016 is free and more than that will be giving away outdoor gear for those who register for the event. There’s a game tailor fit for anyone who wants to come, making it the perfect destination for the community to come together and share a truly awesome summer experience.
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R.O.X. is building a 40-foot wall for the R.O.X. Zero Gravity: National Lead Climbing Competition for the R.O.X. Outdoor Festival 2016. Participants will have to leave fear on the ground as they attempt to summit the monster wall set out before them. If that’s not exciting enough, there’s going to be several outdoor crash courses that will be offered to those who love taking on the great outdoors. Stay a little bit towards the end of the day for the R.O.X. Outdoor Film Showing where you can watch blockbuster films
while enjoying the outdoors.
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And R.O.X. is not the only one who will be having all the fun. Some of the best international outdoor brands will be putting up challenges that will have the attendees push the limits on what they think they
can do The North Face, Salomon, Fox, Mountain Hardware, Poler, and DC are just some of the brands that are preparing epic adventures and fun games that will surely make this weekend the best one you’ve had.
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Aside from all the crazy-fun games and competitions, there will be activities, workshops, food stalls, picnic grounds and band performances that will be happening all throughout the event.
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Do you need more reasons to get outside? Fling open those doors. Step out. Be part of the world of the outdoors where absolutely anything can happen. Find out more about the R.O.X. Outdoor Festival by liking the R.O.X. Philippines Facebook page or visit
www.rox.ph today.