Oh my, this review is already 1 week delayed. The past week has been full of unexpected events and i had to take care of many personal issues, not the least of them was my mom’s on and off health problems. Although she is coping well right now, she needs more of our attention from time to time.
Last October 6 (Saturday), i expected a muddy but hot and humid trail run at Nuvali but expectations do change and it came in chunks of surprises! This trail run in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna is the culmination of Immuvit’s Race Challenge which started with a trail run with obstacles at La Mesa Eco Reserve in Quezon City, the second one which was more of a Metafit sprint exercise challenge and now this last leg race, a 16k trail run with more obstacles to hurdle.
This run also reunites me with the now popular and familiar Nuvali trails which i had ran so many times before. Highlights of this final race was a torturous river crossing and wading on a mammoth swamp with chest-deep waters.
I’ll leave you with some pictures of the trails and obstacles i took during the run. Congratulations to Immuvit, the race organizers Without Limits, Sherleen Ricafort of Outbound Communications and all people behind this successful race for a job well done!
- Some of the runners before the race
An oil wall obstacle that got many runners sliding back when they were about to reach the top, including myself
Views along the way
Wood planks which served as a bridge
Newly cut grasses
The all too familiar “perimeter trail” in Nuvali
The tire dump obstacle
Sand Bag Station
Carrying a 2-kilo sand bag while running is never too easy
In a forested area
Somewhere along km8
Another wooden plank
Noel (Team Diadora) and his lady friend pause on the stairway before heading for the river
Going down to the river
the 10k and 16k runners converge
The river crossing begins
The thread on the river was slow and endless
No river crossing would be complete without some picture taking!
Depth of the river would range from ankle deep to waist deep
The boulders were an alternative way in getting across from the deep and rushing water of the river
The final stretch of the river
It was back to the trails after the river crossing
Somewhere at the 13k mark
Out in the fields once more
Last hurdle before the final, major assault!
This is the giant swamp that wrought havoc to many! The deepest part submerged me up to my neck (i’m 5’7″) and many who were below 5’4″ had to swim or were carried by their friends to stay afloat. It was the most challenging obstacle along the course!:-)
Knee-deep at first until it got deeper…
Those ahead emerging from the water
These 2 behind me were egging me to take their pictures! Cheers!
And finally, a picture with my long, lost friend, Jaymie!:-)
Thanks to the Running Photographers for some of the pics here!