Running The Trail Of Condura

The upcoming Condura Run for the Dolphins 2010 continues to excite enormous interest which features this year a full marathon, the first time it’s staging this event in their 3 years of existence. This run is set fair to become one of the major marathon events in the country for 2010 and they’ve done little to disappoint that expectation when they included the Skyway route for the first time in their 21k event last year.

Although a number of voices have been piqued with the steep entry fees (P850.00 for the full mary-no timing chip, no singlet?), the nay-sayers should probably reserve their criticisms after the race is done–whether the organizers can deliver and go the “extra mile”, as they promised, to give us, at least, a decent race. For me, that would be enough.

To culminate our weeks of preparation before we start our tapering for the big day, we set-out for our last long run and did a dry run on the Condura marathon course, itself. Betty, Mel, Dante, Tonette and myself woke up early last Sunday and met at the Shell station at the corner of Julia Vargas and C-5 Road. We all agreed to run the first 4 kilometers, as a warm up to the starting line at 28th Street at The Fort. From that point, we traversed the course.

Here’s the detailed race route, taken from Vima’s blog:  kulitrunner . We were not able to run Part 3 of course, so we just made a u-turn at the corner of Buendia and Osmena Highway on our way back:

Part 1: Fort Bonifacio
– UP on 28th Street
– LEFT towards 11th Avenue
– RIGHT 32nd Street
– LEFT into University Parkway (where the International School is)
– RIGHT Triangle Drive
– TURN AROUND back to University Parkway
– RIGHT 32nd Street
– LEFT 5th Avenue all the way to Lawton Avenue
– LEFT Bayani Road towards Libingan ng Mga Bayani
– LEFT towards Heritage Park BUT only up to the Philippine Army Officers’ Ladies Foundation School
– No going down the steep incline instead,
– U-TURN back to Bayani Road
– RIGHT Lawton Avenue into 5th Avenue
– LEFT 26th Street
– RIGHT Rizal Drive into 32nd Street
– LEFT into Kalayaan Flyover

Part 2: Buendia Avenue Area
– Buendia Avenue up to before railroad tracks
– LEFT Estacio Street
– RIGHT De La Rosa Street
– UP the Buendia Off Ramp Northbound

Part 3: Skyway
– Skyway all the way to Bicutan
– U-TURN at Bicutan
– HEAD BACK Northbound
– UP the NAIA 3 Off Ramp (aka the Condura Heartbreak Hill which is a 200m climb) into the NAIA 3 Toll Booth
– After 15 meters, TURN AROUND into NAIA 3 On Ramp into NorthBound
– BACK to Skyway NorthBound
– Off Ramp into Buendia Avenue into Kalayaan Avenue into 32nd Avenue
– RIGHT 5th Avenue
– LEFT into 29th Street

After completing the run, all of us were one that the marathon course would be one “TOUGH” course to navigate an that would include the Naia 3 ramp at the Skyway!

All in all, we did a total of 34.8 kms as we found our way back to Pasig, where a hearty breakfast at Betty’s residence awaited.

Time to taper now. Hope to see you all soon!

Start at Shell Julia Vargas cor C-5. From left, Mel, Dante, Betty & Tonette

At the footbridge crossing along Kalayaan and C-5

At the start, 28th Street, BHS

At 32nd Street

Still smiles after 9k

Refilling our hydration belts at McDo

Stopping for bananas at Bayani Road

Kalayaan Bridge on the way to Buendia

Nearing Buendia Ave.

Crossing Ayala Ave. corner Buendia

Never say die at the 28th km. Going back to the Fort.

Back at Julia Vargas, 34.8 kms

Hearty breakfast at Betty's place in VV-4

Yummy Vigan longganisa!