There’s a new kid on the ultra running block and after several successful trail runs in their sanctuary in Tanay, Rizal, Pimco Sports will now be staging its 1st 50K Love A Tree Trail Ultra-Marathon this coming February 10, 2013. Also, included in their Feb. 10 race is a 24k, 12k and a 6k run.
Like their previous trail runs consisting of the Love A Tree Half-Marathon and the three legs of the Natures Trail Discovery Run, the routes for their Feb. 10 race will take runners to some very scenic but familiar routes of the Discovery Run series and new, uncharted trails the 24k and the 50k ultra runners will surely enjoy.
Yesterday, i was one of the privileged runners who took part in the familiarization run for the Feb. 10 route of the 24k and 50k distances. It was unusually cold and chilly when running buddy June and i arrived at Barangay San Andres at about 5:40am. Within an hour or so, a total of 12 runners were now ready to start the run after we were given a short briefing by Mr. Manny Santos of Pimco Sports and Race Director Alvin Balderama.
Some of the routes were familiar ones, having run them myself during past Pimco trail races but what caught my attention this time was the number of rivers we had to cross and the variety of terrain we had to endure like rough roads, dirt trails, muddy trails, rocky paths and soft ground.
We only covered a total of 15 kms. which did not include the forested trails and mountain passes which i believe will be done during the second familiarization run on January 6, 2013.
Only registrants in the Love A Tree 24k/50 Ultra Run can participate in the January 6 Familiarization Run so register now. (Early Birds is available for Online Registration only at www.pimcosportsevents.com).
Here are some of the pictures of the route i took yesterday. Enjoy!
Meet-up was at the corner of Marcos Highway and Sta. Inez Road, the entrance going to Sitio Batangas, San Andres, Tanay
Started going to San Andres proper at about 6:40am with nice, cool weather
First river view which has been part of the trail of the 1st Love a Tree Trail race
One of the many rough roads runners will pass going to Barangay Sto. Nino.
A perpetual view of the Sierra Madre mountains that backdrops most of the route
At a junction where runners waited for the others enroute to the rivers
Testing the Camelbak Rogue hydration backpack. Excellent ride!
Trail leading to the river bridge
This trail should be familiar now to those who ran the Discover Tanay Leg-1 Trail Run. This leads to the bridge.
The wooden bridge that connects 2 baranggays
The view from the middle of the bridge
Local residents were very friendly and greeted us wherever we went
One slight rocky uphill part
A view of the river and the mountain ranges
Surprised to see this muddy stretch where our shoes got soaked in mud debris
Walking on this uphill part
This was at about 7:30am when the air was still cool. Lots of fresh air!
On our way down with a peek of the river below
The rivers of Tanay are generally clear and you can see the rocks below it
The water was nice, cool and calm. No “buwis buhay” here!
Giving the thumbs up is Alvin Balderama, Race Director of all Tanay Trail races. He charts all trail paths here and plots all difficult routes imaginable. He shows us the easy routes of the race but keeps the hardest ones a secret until he unleashes it on race day! I sometimes refer to him as the “Butcher” of Tanay! Hahah…:)
The river circles around several small mountains and you have to cross the river many times over.
From here, it’s all small rocks all the way!
More river crossings…
Terrain ranges from sandy, rocky, river and more rocks!
Nice feeling of wading through the river surrounded by mountains
There must be billions of rocks here, many of the garden variety. 🙂
The lone plant in the middle of the river
Reminds me of the river trails near Mt. Pinatubo, only here the water is so clear!
Balance is of utmost importance here as rocks tend to roll under
Yes, this is part of the 24k and 50k route
It’s so difficult to run on this terrain
This part was on our 2nd hour of run-walking
Back to the trail, at last!
A run to the finish
It was all uphill to base camp
Don’t forget to register now and be a part of the 2nd familiarization run on January 6, 2013. See you there!