Ultra runner David Buban’s home in Marikina Heights has for long been a meeting place for runners wanting to run the Shotgun route and Timberland trails in San Mateo, Rizal. I’ve ran this course sometime last year and coming from his place, he has this well-planned circuitous route that travels on back-door villages in Marikina en route to San Mateo.
Team mate Chito Carreon had invited me to Dave’s and do this route once again. So, i got up early last Saturday, met Chito at McDonalds in Katipunan and made another quick stop at a McDonalds branch in Marikina for some sandwiches and coffee before we headed to Dave’s place.
We were with 9 other runners, most of them long time friends in our local running circle. So we start the run and traverse through rolling hills on small communities that passes inside San Mateo on the way to Timberland Heights.
Less than 2 kms before the assault to Shotgun Road, we make a stop-over to Aling Tina’s, a small popular eatery that caters to both cyclists and runners. It’s to fuel us for that one hard long climb. I ate some porridge with egg and stashed some bananas in my hydration pack. The others did too and then we were off.
So it’s about a kilometer away from Aling Tina’s and we reach our run’s most notorious challenge, Shotgun Road, rising some 411 meters in several agonizing flights and measures at about 3.8kms. Even the fittest of the fit will surely jog-walk this road or they suffer cardiac arrest completely! So all of us were just too content to do a walkathon and see who reaches the trails of Timberland first.
I’ve ventured on many parts of the Timberland Heights trail system and i knew there were still many areas that i have not really checked into and imagine my surprise that there was this trail just on the south eastern side of Maarat that Dave showed us. It runs from one end of Sapinit Road that loops back on the eastern side going westward.
It has several kilometers of trails and dirt roads winding through evergreen forest, lines of pine trees, wild flowers and boasts lush sceneries of mountain tops. Since Dave has tried to describe this as the “Lost World” Trail run, we decided to name this trail as Dave’s Lost World Trail.
Here are some of the pictures of the trail:
We covered a total of 33.7 kms of mostly uphill runs in almost 6 hours including time spent on a seminary while waiting for the heavy downpour to stop.
It was a very thrilling run, not to mention the excitement of running on a new trail and being with friends who share the same passion as i do.
Keep watch on this trail as a 10k and 21k race is being planned for October 2013 to cover this route!