The 1st Nathan Ridge Run at Tagaytay Higlands this November 20 will probably rival the Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CHIM) in Corregidor Island (December 10) in the scenery and hills department and for me, these 2 are probably the most scenic and difficult race courses that a runner would want to experience!
Just less than 2 hours drive from Makati, Tagaytay Highlands seems like hundred kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tucked into the vast ridges of Tagaytay is a mountain lovers paradise, a perfect get away for those wanting some peace and quite and for runners who may want to experience a different scene, far from the smog, noise and other pollutants of running in the city.
While the CIHM race is warm and humid owing to its late race start and being an island surrounded by water, Tagaytay seems to be cool all year round and the Nathan Ridge Run’s staging this November would surely be a blessing for runners who will encounter cool, crisp weather.
Just be forewarned. The thing about this race is that there will be no race cups provided at the water stations and instead, runners will use their hand-held hydration bottles which comes free with the registration and fill this up at the refilling stations. You can also bring your own hydration bottles if you want. The race is in line with its GREEN theme to help clean the environment.
Here’s the official Press Release from Nathan Sports:
Nathan Ridge Run coming this November
Eco-friendly race boasts scenic, challenging route
A breathtaking view of nature overlooking the lush greeneries of Tagaytay, an uphill road course through rolling hills, and never-before-opened running areas set the Nathan Ridge Run apart from your common fun run.
Slated for November 20th at the Tagaytay Highlands, the race is organized by renowned multi-sport accessory brand Nathan Performance Gear (Nathan), who will challenge Filipino runners in a unique test of athleticism, endurance and environmental advocacy.
Nathan will provide participants access to previously off-limits tracks, resulting in a fresh, challenging and steep uphill road course meant to push the limits of each runner. While in the venue, runners can also take advantage of several exclusive perks, including access to some of Highlands’ amenities and discounts.
The Nathan Ridge Run features three race divisions for the beginner to the elite with its 5K, 10K and 21K road distances. Runners are set to get their hearts racing for health and for nature. Beginners can hone their craft and endurance, while veteran athletes can improve their level of game.
In the spirit of greener practices, the use of environmentally harmful plastic cups will be ditched in favor of free Nathan handheld sports bottles included in the race kit or the racers’ own hydration gear. Runners can use innovative bottles such as the Nathan Quickdraw Plus, which provides them easy access to hydration while on-the-go.
Runners can park, refill, hydrate and go for gold. Simple and efficient, the Quickdraw Plus is best for keeping dehydration at bay; no need to wait until the next check point to replenish, and no need to use harmful disposables.
Instead of the typical water stations you see in most city races, where plastic cups are lined up for the taking and disposed of as soon as runners are sufficiently hydrated, Nathan will be setting up conveniently placed refilling stations in different points of the road.
I’ve blog parts of the Nathan Ridge race route in Part 1 (PART-1) and here are the rest of the pictures taken during our rendezvous at Tagaytay Highlands last week-end: