As many runners must have had experienced, running is a great way to see a town. One of its joys is to use a run to tour new places and discover its scenic surroundings, rustic ambiance or find a magical path of gorgeous trails amidst the lush greenery of old trees and grazing fields. When time or exhaustion inhibits you from running the best parts of town, one is left wanting to run for more, knowing there are more trails or roads still to be covered so you just console and promise yourself to be back and run those places again soon.
Running the hills of Tanay, Rizal provided another opportunity to re-discover the place as we once again visited the Resort of Pranjetto Hills in Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal last Saturday, April 25. However, instead of starting our run from the resort itself, me and running friend June Santiago asked June’s brother, Charlie, who was driving the tour bus to drop us off at a roadside, 16 kms away from the resort so we could just run the remaining distance on our way to it.
The route itself is a national highway so most of the time, we ran pretty close to the edges of the road which means running alongside herds of cattle and goats. The sun had started to heat up as we started our run at 8:45am.
The run started at a town called Cuyambay where a Bureau of Soils and Water Management Research Center is situated. The highway itself hits several high points–which passes through quad-hurting hills and continuously traverses in scenic mountain ranges and forested areas. Here’s the rest of the story, in pictures.