Merrell Adventure Run 2013 At Pintong Bucawe, San Mateo, Rizal

Merrell could not have selected a better venue to stage its next trail/adventure run as Pintong Bukawe has been a haven for trail runners and bikers for quite some time now.

Baranggay Pintong Bukawe in San Mateo, Rizal is just about 3.7 kilometers away from the Timberland Heights trails and close to 10kms away from Wawa Dam in Montalban, Rizal. The roads and trails between these places are just georgeous…panoramas of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, the trails are lush and green, challenging hills and some river crossings.

"Christmas trees" on the sides

Mini pine trees at Pintong Bukawe

Merrell’s next Adventure Race will be held this coming April 27, 2013 and will feature a 5k, 10k and its showcase, the half-marathon distance. Registration has started yesterday so register early as slots are very limited.

Shuttle buses are available for those who want to avail them!

Here are the details of the race:


Date: April 27, 2013 (Saturday)

Venue: Mt. Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal

Race Distances: 5km (Men’s & Women’s), 10km (Men’s & Women’s), 21km (Men’s & Women’s)


Race kits and singlets can be claimed starting April 1, 2013 to April 21, 2013 ONLY in respective registration areas. Singlet sizes will be subject to availability and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.


Distance: Gunstart:

21km 6:00am

10km 6:10am

5km 6:20am

*cut-off time of 5 hours for the whole race will be implemented


•Timing Chip, Race Bib No., Singlet, safety pins

•Rules and regulations

•Directions to venue

•Shuttle option (optional for participants, with extra charge)


Submit filled-out registration form with your fee from February 15, 2013 to April 7, 2013 at the MERRELL CONCEPT SHOPS listed below.

Here’s a link to the downloadable Registration Form:


G/F Space 23-24 Phase 8, Gaisano Market Market                  

Taguig City 

Tel. no. (02) 836-1560


Space 2128 M2, Quezon City

 Tel. No. (02) 915-0197        


Level 3, The Annex, EDSA, North Avenue 

Quezon City

 Tel. no. (02) 352-2737


 2/F Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

 Tel. no. (02) 659-3284 


Nepo Ave. Angeles City, Pampanga 

Tel. no (045) 304-0654


Ground Floor, Olongapo-Gapan Road

San Fernando, Pampanga


2nd Floor, Rizal Highway 

Olongapo City

 Tel. no.(02) 542-2235


Upper Ground Floor, Expansion Wing, Governor’s Drive

 Dasmariñas City, Cavite

*Singlet sizes will be subject to availability and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.


Hydration stations will be provided at the finish line and along the race route.

This is an eco-friendly event; each participant is required to bring his/her own hydration pack/bottle. Organizers will only provide refilling stations along the race course; there will be no cups to avoid littering.

Medical aid will be available at certain points along the way and at the finish line.


1. In the event of heavy rain, lightning, haze, fog and other inclement weather or adverse weather condition, the event may be delayed or cancelled.

2. Should bad weather persist beyond 7:00AM or the condition deemed unsuitable, the event will be cancelled.

3. If rain occurs after the race has started, you may continue unless otherwise advised by the designated race official or marshall.

*All Top 3 finishers for each race category for both Male and Female categories each get the cash prize along with a gift bag from our sponsors.

FINISHERS MEDAL All 21km finishers will receive a finisher’s medal. Medals will also be given to the first50 finishers for 5km and 10km categories respectively.

CERTIFICATES will be sent through email within two weeks after the race date to those who finish the course in their specific categories.


Trail running shoes, hydration pack/bottle belt, cap, running gaiters and energy bar or gel, head lamp especially for the 21K runners.

Views inside Pintong Bukawe:

June is way out front

Road towards Timberland Heights

The view on our right

Views from Pintong Bukawe

Entering the trail

Some of the trails inside PB

Wet and windy

Cemented trails inside PB

Going inside the trail

Typical trail inside


General Rules

1. All participants below 18 years old must have their registration forms signed by either a parent or a guardian.

2. Registration is non-transferable and non-refundable.

3. Multiple category registration for one person is prohibited for safety purposes and as this may affect or disrupt race results.

4. Participants who choose not to take part in the event after having registered can decide to withdraw. However, please note that there will not be any registration fee refund. Race slots are also strictly non-transferable.

5. Race bib numbers and electronic timing chips must be worn at all times during the race. Official time will be based on the disposable timing chip provided in the race kit. No chip, no time. Without the timing chip, participants are not entitled to win any of the top prizes.

6. Organizers maintain the right to remove any participants from the race. Injuries and medical emergencies are the utmost priority.

7. No late runners will be allowed to run 15 minutes after the gun start of their respective races.

8. All runners are required to have the proper loop band when they cross the finish line; no loop band means disqualification from the race.

9. A cut off time of 5 hours for the whole race will be implemented. Runners on the course after the cut off time will be pulled out by the Race Marshalls.

10. Time penalties and disqualification may be imposed by the race organizers on runners who do not follow race rules.

11. All protests related to the results must be made in writing and submitted to the Race Director within 30 minutes after the official announcement of winners.

12. The organizers reserve the right to make changes at its discretion without prior notice. The organizers’ decision is final.


In the event that a participant will not be able to personally register and sign the liability waiver form at the designated registration areas; their representatives must bring the following: (1) downloaded form with signature of participant, (2) authorization letter, and (3) valid ID of the participant and representative.


Place & Time

Market!Market!, BGC 3:00 am

TriNoma, North Edsa 3:30 am

Php300 round trip, first come-first served basis (payment to be settled only at Merrell Concept Shops)

28 responses to “Merrell Adventure Run 2013 At Pintong Bucawe, San Mateo, Rizal

  1. How do you get to pintong bukawe i would like to practice the trail. This is my 1st time to join a trail run or any other marathon.

    • Hi Ferds. Two ways to reach the place. One is via Timberland Heights where the trails itself are sufficient to do practice runs and the other via Marcos Highway, about 3 kms past Masinag Market.

  2. Hi there! I’m also interested on trail running. However, it will be my first time if ever. Any advise or reminders for beginners? And is it really necessary to have a head lamp? Will it be too dark for the trail to be seen specially at the first hour of the run? Thanks!

    • Hi! Head lamps will only be necessary when you run the trails in the dark (early morning before sunrise or after sunset). When trail races usually start at about 5am, which is still pitch dark here, a head-lamp or a small flashlight will be necessary to negotiate the trails before brightness sets in at about 5:30-5:45am.

      For more tips on trail running, please refer to a blog i have written last year. Here’s the link:

      Enjoy your trail runs!

      • Thanks for the info. I think I need to look for a head lamp now just to be secure. By the way, the link that you have mentioned didn’t appear. Would you mind sharing it again? Salamat!

    • I think the on-line registration is presently down. Better head to their store registration centers.

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    • Hi Dr. Barry. There are cottage facilities up there at the start with a separate bathroom outside but i’m not sure if camping is allowed. You may want to contact Camp Sinai at this cellfone no. 0947-8901423 for some info. Also, you can check out the FB page of Merrell ( so you can directly address your concerns there.


      • Thanks Mate. I’ll contact Camp Sinai about the cottages, Save packing my bivvy bag.

  4. Hi I’m from greenland ampid, how can I get to this place for my test run? should I pass through timberland place? thanks

  5. Hi!

    I’m a fan of your blog. You show a lot a great preview of trail routes. It makes us better plan for the race.

    May we know if this year’s Merrell Adventure Run have obstacles? Either way, I’m sure the race will be fun.


    • Hi Mark! Thanks for the kind words. According to the Race Director, there’s going to be just 1 mud pit towards the end of the race for all the distance categories. Hope to see you there.

  6. info how to get to pintong bocawe:
    araneta center cubao along aurora blvd, take FX/JEEP up to Cogeo. Jeep stn. going to Pintong Bocawe is in front of Puregold. hope this will help

  7. ask ko lng po san nearest hotel na pwede mag check in. we are planning to go there a day before the race.

    • Hi Verna! Less than a kilometer away from the venue is the “Phillip’s Sanctuary”, a resort-like venue where you can rent cottages. This is where the organizers of the Merrell Run are going to be billeted 2 days before the race. This place is popular so you can just ask directions from the residents there near Sinai Peak (Camp Sinai).

  8. Hi, Sir Rene! ü

    Thanks so much for this blog post! ü Seeing this detailed review of the venue allowed me to prepare for the arduous challenge, so even if I wasn’t in the right shape to join the run, I was able to finish it. Thanks to you po! ü

    I bookmarked your blog site po so I can easily go here anytime there’s another trail run. Looking forward to your future posts! Thanks also for the photos in FB and for the tags! More power po! ü

    • Thanks for the kind words, Ella! Congrats on your run, you were pretty good out there! Hope to see you again next week at the PIMCO trail run! Take care! 🙂

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