A Glimpse of the Last 14K: CRT42

After running a 25km road-trail run last month in Cavinti, Laguna  with fellow trail runners, i was back again in this quaint town (alone this time) at the invitation of Prince Baltazar who sits as the Cavinti Sports Coordinator and Race Director of the forthcoming Cavinti Adventure Road-Trail Marathon (CRT42) which will be held on November 30, 2013.

Prince wanted to showcase the other parts of the road-trail marathon after he had shown us most of the trail route last month and this time, it was the concrete road part that he wanted me to see.

I was supposed to leave Manila for Cavinti at about 9am last Friday but because of last minute tasks that i had to complete at work, i was only able to leave at about 12 noon, riding a BLTB bus in Cubao. Reached Sta. Cruz, Laguna at about 2:30pm and took another short jeepney ride to Pagsanjan where Prince was to meet me at a local 7-Eleven Store in the middle of town.

So i finally met with Prince, but there was another 7 km jeepney ride we had to make from Pagsanjan to Cavinti and when we finally arrive at the Cavinti Municipal Hall it was already past 4pm. Although there wasn’t much traffic to contend with, the rains made it hard to navigate the roads as  it was foggy so drivers had to slow down considerably.

With Prince

Wasn’t up to running that afternoon and with rains coming on and off, we just decided just to run the route the following day. That night, there would be a party to be held at the Plaza for the municipal hall employees so here’s one event that i would have to witness and probably take part at, with all the food, booze and dancing! Uh oh, i know i’ll just be sticking with the food and spirits.

Woke up the following day with a little hang-over as Prince was already up and about waiting for me to wake up! It was about 8am, so late that i had to rush for shower and change up to running gear.

We set off and surveyed the area from Bumbungan Eco Park, where the race would end, and working our way back to where the concrete roads would start after running the trails. This means that the marathon would start on concrete roads for the first 10k, then the trails start at about the 10.1km mark up to the 28k mark. From 28k, it would be a roller coaster run back on cement roads up to the finish. So that’s another 14k of concrete roads.

So without much further ado, here are the scenes that 42k runners will enjoy in running the last 14k of the Cavinti Adventure Road and Trail Marathon (CRT42) on November 30, 2013.

Starting line of the race. At the foot of the centuries old Cavinti Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish

Scene at the Bumbungan Eco Park where slaughtered pigs are being bartered every Saturday morning or brought to the local markets. This will also be the finish line of the Marathon

Torrential rains in the last few days have murked this clear river. Hope water clears up on race day

More scenes come race day

Boundary to Paowin. Runners will be able to wash their shoes here coming from some muddy parts of the trail

Prince running this spillway which is just ankle deep.

Great view from atop the spillway bridge crossing

Another view from the spillway bridge

From this point, another 18 kms awaits the 42k runners before the finish line

A downhill part that overlooks Lake Lumot

Lumot Lake and the Caliraya mountains

Fish (tilapia) pens at the lake and they are quite tasty here.

A closer view of the scenery

Nice view to those residents living below

A selfie moment

Trees and plants abound on both sides of the road

Stopping by a ricefield

The end of the trail part before going back to the roads. Hope no rains will occur during race day.

A look at Lumot Lake from the west side

1st Cavinti Adventure Trail Marathon: Nov. 30, 2013

The first ever Cavinti Adventure Trail Marathon will be held on November 30, 2013 in the beautiful, centuries-old town of Cavinti, Laguna Province and starts at the Town Plaza, fronting the historic Our Lord Parish Church.

The town is hosting for the first time a trail run marathon with runners completing a scenic loop deep within forest trails and rough roads, woodlands, rivers, falls and a lake that will surely mesmerize runners completing their respective distances.

The course for the 42k runners will have moderate to steep rolling hills, several river crossings, one of which will lead to the Cavinti underground river. Mild to cool temperatures, expansive views of surrounding mountains, rolling hills, moderate elevation gains, a beautiful lake and wildflower meadows will be some of  the highlights of this race.

The start will be at the Cavinti Town Plaza where the town mayor and the townsfolk of Cavinti will be on hand to send-off the runners in their adventure run while the finish will end at the Bumbungan Eco Park Falls where runners will be treated with a sumptuous lunch after they cross the finish line.

The organizers will just be setting up conveniently placed refilling stations in different points of the route. No cups will be provided to ensure an environmentally friendly race. So runners are encouraged to bring their own hydration bottles, Hydration back-packs, hydration belts or any hydration gear.

Cut Off Times will be:

42km/10hours cut-off,

21Km/ 5hours cut-off &

12km/ 3hours Cut-off times

More updates will follow soon and will be posted in this blog.

For more details of the race course, here’s our test run made a few weeks ago and take a glimpse on what to expect: a-sneak-peek-our-cavinti-25k-adventure-run/

Cavinti Adventure Trail Marathon
November 30, 2013 @ 4:30AM
Cavinti Town Plaza, Cavinti, Laguna
42K/21K/12K
Organizer: Cavinti Sports and Tourism Council

Registration Fee:

6k   – P300.00

12k – P500.00

21k – P800.00

42k – P1,200.00

 

– Inclusive of Singlet, Finishers Shirt/medals (42k and 21k), race bibs, packed lunch and guidelines.

Registration Venue:
ARC Manila, SecondWind Running Stores, 100 Miles Cafe (BGC) AX Fitness Center (Sta.Cruz,Laguna)

You can also send or deposit your registration fee to Bpi acct#417-9363017/ A/Cs of Juden Thaddy & Race Director- Joseph “Prince” Baltazar. CP Nos. 09182300203/ 09172066110

Please send your Deposit slip with Distance & Singlet Size for confirmation-Email address: jpb0517@yahoo.com.

Bus Service To Be Provided To and From the Race Venue (for an additional fee):

–to be announced

21k and 42k Finishers Shirt

Singlet

Race will finish here at the Bumbungan Eco Park

Lake Lumot

The trails inside Cavinti

River crossings

Views along the route

Uphills galore

Wide open rough roads

At the underground river complex

Mountain bikers will be part of the marshals during the race

Takbonifacio BGC Run 2013: A Teaser

The BGC Run is back this year and it’s going to be more fun-studded!  Although the organizers has not yet given the exact details of this race, the posters suggests another zombie-like run, like the recent Outbreak manila runs. Only, it isn’t Zombies that are chasing you this time but it’s the Spanish Guardia Civils that’s hunting down runners disguised as Katipuneros and when caught would maybe be jailed in prison cells or executed by firing squad! 😉

I’ll be giving full details soon once i’m able to get more of the mechanics of the race.

Here’s a brief preview of the run:

PRESS RELEASE:

This year, BGC’s Passionfest 2013 coincides with the 150th birth year anniversary of Andres Bonifacio. It is for this reason that most of our activities have been given an Filipino twist to honor our hero.

One of our main events is the yearly run – RUN BGC. It will be an afternoon fun run called Run BGC: TAKBONIFACIO 2013 to be held on November 30, 2013. Dress up as a Katipunero and run away from the Gwarida Sibil lining the route!

Full mechanics shall be released soon.

Registration fee is Php500 but we have special offers for:

1. Residents and workers of BGC get it at less Php150.

2. Groups that form a battalion of 150pax will only have to pay Php150 per pax.

3. Kids (5-12 years old) at Php150.

St. Peter Midnight Run 2013: A Halloween Run

It wasn’t spooky after all. I’ve had my reservations about attending a race launch which was going to be held at the 4th floor of a memorial chapel where you get to pass by rooms of grieving families attending the wakes of their departed love ones, the smell of flowers or maybe ride the elevator together with a casket bearing a dead lolo being transported to the upper floors.

That ,  in the midst of the raging monsoon rains outside brought about by Typhoon Odette!

However, it wasn’t eerie or anything like it but instead, the occasion had a fun Halloween party vibe to it! After-all, this was going to be the launch of the St. Peter (Memorial Chapel) Midnight Halloween Run on October 31, 2013 so what’s a better place to launch it than a place for the “dead”..

It was great to see Rovic Canono, Head of the Greentennial Run and organizers of this block-buster race last year at the helm anew this year with St. Peter as the main sponsor.

The launching of this race yesterday was lots of fun, replete with the St. Peter staff donning Halloween costumes, parlor games, raffle prizes, great food (not coffee and biscuits) and a sense of what’s in store for the October 31 race.

With scary costumes, several coffins, and the directorship of Rovic Canono, what more could you ask for a Halloween launch?

You can review my account of last year’s midnight Run 2012 here: midnight-run-what-really-happened-inside-the-haunted-house/

Here are the details of this year’s race:

Midnight Run
October 31, 2013 @ 10PM
Metrowalk, Ortigas Center, pasig City
3K/5K/10K
Organizer: Greentennial Run

Registration Fee:
3K/5K/10K – PHP600 for any distance

– Inclusive of Finishers Shirt, race bibs and guidelines. No singlet

Registration Venue:
– A Runners Circle, Roxas Blvd cor. Quirino Ave., Manila
– SecondWind (Tecahers’ Village, Ortigas Home Depot and GreenHills G-Strip)
– JUEGO Sports Outlet ( Trinoma, Greenbelt 4 and Market Market)
– LI NING ( Mall of Asia and Alabang Town Center)
– YONEX (Megamall)

PRESS RELEASE:

Experience a new kind of trick or treating while keeping fit. Join the St. Peter Midnight Run Happening on October 31, 2013, 10:00PM at the Metrowalk, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Adults and children alike can take part in this lighter commemoration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.  Exciting prizes await runners who will be in their best costumes and those who will conquer the different Haloween stations located mid-race such as the Haunted House, Kiss of Divas, Midnight Hunks and Cemetery!

The run will be held at exactly 10:00 PM in the Metrowalk, Ortigas, Pasig City. The run will have 3km, 5km, 7km and 10km run categories.

Interested participants may register at the following venues starting today until October 30, 2013 at a rate of P600.00:

• A Runner’s Circle,Roxas, Blvd, Manila

• Yonex, SM Megamall

• Secondwind Outlets (Ortigas Home Depot, Teachers’ Village, Greenhills G-Strip)

• Juego Outlets (Trinoma, Market Market, Greenbelt 4)

• Li-Ning Outlets (Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center)

Race Kits may be claimed at the same sports store where you registered between September 5, 2013 to October 30, 2013. Your Race Kit will include the following items:  race number,  safety pins, race rules and guidelines.

Transferring or exchanging race bib numbers is not allowed.  A Finishers’ Shirt will be provided on the event day after the program. And in order to get that nice finishers shirt, you should get loop markers in the following zones along the course:

 
For more information on the St. Peter Midnight Run,  you may visit the St. Peter Facebook Page (URL: https://www.facebook.com/stpeterlifeplanandchapels) or you may communicate with the following St. Peter Midnight Run coordinators:
 
• Jenny delos Santos (0947.892.0932/ jencds@stpeter.com.ph)
• Liezl Montepio (0947.896.8281/ liezlpm@stpeter.com.ph )
 
Sample of finishers’ shirt
 
costume-contest-midnight run 2013
 
PICS FROM THE LAUNCH LAST NIGHT:
 
Ghosts at St. Peter Memorial Chapel
 
Rovic Canono of Greentennial Run
 
Kikay runner resting inside a coffin

With bloggers Noelle, Mars and Franc

With Coach Joemac (C) and other guests

Group pic

Thanks to Running Photographers ( JR, Blackgoat Runner, Aquiz, Jughead, RJ Knight Runner and the others) for the use of some of the pics!

Tapering And Other Musings Before RUPM

Months ago, i had commited to complete the Runrio Trilogy for this year, just like i did last year (2012)  so i registered for the final race, the Run United Philippine Marathon which is happening in less than 3 weeks time. At this moment, I have now entered the homestretch and the tapering has just started after doing copious distances of 32k+ LSDs on weekends.

The 80-90kms of weekly mileage (a modest sum to more serious marathoners) will now ease to 50-60kms for the next 3 weeks and i really look forward to taking a little breather although a quality 21k run with my running buddies, (Leo, Sylvia, Betty, Tonet, Chito, Majonie and Gemma) will still be in order in the next few days just to keep the legs and lungs sharp.

The last long run last Saturday was a blast! We did a lot of goofy things during our 32k run and we were like kids trying to out-run, out-wit and out-hustle those who were naturally running faster than we were. Leo and i were sneaking out to really make fast bursts of speed from the group to give us an advantage to finish the run ahead of the rest. We did this while they were busy buying from some vendors or were taking a break.

I was laughing out loud when looking at my back, Sylvia and Betty who were the faster runners in the group realized what we were up to and tried to play catch-up. They were trying to bridge the gap with so much effort when i suddenly froze on a pedestrian stop light and waited for about 2 minutes. Sheesh, that 2 minutes translated like about 600 meters of fast running so by the time i was able to cross the road at the junction of Santolan and Katipunan Roads, they were now a few steps away at my back!

So, imagine the ribbing i got from these ladies when they nagged about us trying to pull a stunt on them! Hahah…

After the run, we decided to proceed to Betty’s place and have breakfast, with the customary wine and brandy to go with the food and banter. We were in stitches trying to recall the random madness of trying to outran each other and each one of us had a story to tell. We were so hungry, but thirsty as well and we had these:

Breakfast!?!

Liempo! Thanks to Andok’s outlets

Good ol crispy chicken

In other running news, i had an easy 10k run in pouring rain the following Monday at the Greenhills Shopping Center grounds with trail running buddy Iris who lives nearby. I ran from my house to her place which is about 4 kms away and the rains were really blasting when we both started together.

The run around the Greenhills shopping center was a bit jarring as we had to run on the pedestrian walkway which was tiled and kind of slippery when wet. It’s a 1.1 km loop and we were like running around in circles, trying to dodge joggers and walkers whom we were sharing the pavement with.

Iris is coming back from a hip and itbs injury which was aggravated when she slipped on some wet rocks during a trail run at Miyamit in Porac , Pampanga a month ago. This was going to be her first come-back run after that incident and although her injury hasn’t completely healed, she burned the lanes as if a bird was set free from her cage, setting on for a tempo-like session.

We did a total of just 6 kms and i persuaded her not to push it too far or hard as it might only aggravate her still tender injury which she complained was still bugging her after the run. She plans to run the Miyamit CM42 Half-Marathon Trail race this coming Sunday but have my doubts if she’ll be 100% fit to run this hilly course.

I have still maintained my 80kms/weekly training and this, as i mentioned should come down considerably in the next 3 weeks as i taper. The Run United Marathon looms on October 6 which will be my come-back marathon after that disastrous Milo Marathon 2 months ago where i bonked due to Hyperacidity and diarrhea.

I’m still concerned with my acid-reflux and have been taking meds this last few weeks while training. I am aware of this condition and just hope for the best that it improves come race day. I just need to suck it this last few weeks and see. I’ll be doing a 21-25k run tomorrow with my team hoping to add some finishing touches to the taper. This will be a crucial “simulator” run even if this is only a training run.

See you later…

Guest Blogger: Jackie’s Running Story, From Roots To Routes

One of Manila’s most recognizable faces in running, Jackie Gutierrez guest blogs her experiences in running, from an overweight running newbie to her present status as an ultra-runner and MILO Apex Team Manager/Trainor.

Here’s her story:

I started running last February of 2011 when a friend of mine invited me to run the Laura Vicuna Foundation Fun Run, an advocacy run for child’s protection at the La Salle Greenhills oval. The day before the race, I attended my Aikido class then went out with friends on a Gimik night out and came home in the wee hours of the morning, just enough time to change to running wear for the 6am start. That time, i really had no idea about running, so i thought running the race without practice will be just fine. I was wearing heavy jogging pants, a cotton shirt, and ordinary rubber shoes. I would be doing a 10k for the first time.

I hardly had any sleep the day before but was determined to finish my first 10k. Well, I did survive the race and finished the distance, but at a price. I just felt terrible after the run, my body felt very ill and gave in to sickness. Very sick in fact that I was bedridden for one whole week!

I wasn’t able to walk, much more run any step and this proved to be a big lesson for me that practice and training should be done prior to joining fun runs or races! I was able to survive that horrible week more determined to redeem myself, learn from my mistakes and actually prepare and train for my next run!

Baby fat! My first run

My next race was a 5k Run, the Run for Life held in Raja Solayman, Roxas Blvd. This time, I did prepare for this race and did some short training runs that resulted to a 45 mins finish time. Not really a good time but was satisfied nevertheless and was glad that I didn’t suffer the after effects of my first race. Still, I knew I could run faster if only I could reduce my weight as I felt like a bouncing ball running astray at Roxas Blvd. I was also able to buy real running shoes, a pair of New Balance and felt more stable and comfortable than running in my old rubber sneakers.

I then concentrated in doing shorter races, this time when I registered for the Womens’ Health Athena 3k and finished it in 23mins. I was very happy with this race and as a bonus, was able to have a lot of my pictures taken with movie and TV celebrities! Thereafter, I registered for the Hyundai 5k Run with my friend, Mader Rikki  and was happy to chop-off my previous 5k time of 45 mins to 38mins for this race.

With “fellow” beauty queen Venus Raj 🙂

Now, I knew I was hooked to running! At every opportunity, I attended free running clinics like Runnr Academy BGC which offerered a  3-month program, Runners World at the Ultra Sports Complex, the BGC Mizuno Running Clinic, the  Adination of Runners in BGC, among others because i wanted to immerse myself in the world of running, to gain more knowledge, to lose more weight and improve myself.

The turning point in all these activities is when I enrolled at the MILO Apex Running School. I registered as a 10k beginner, then gradually increasing my level to the 10k advanced group, 21k Beginners and 21k Advance groups. I believed that the Milo Apex program was the most effective for me as they offered Scientific Running Programs for runners who want to become fitter, faster and a smarter runner.

At a Milo race

Since then, my races frequented into weekly affairs and my PRs also gradually improved from the 5k to the 21k distances. I knew that if I kept this training up, I would be a better and fitter runner. I really saw the benefits of the Milo Apex program when I lost about 15 lbs in 3 months as I incorporated core work for my upper body 2 or 3 times a week. I really enjoyed being here at the Milo program not just because i learned a lot but i also gained more friends because of the camaraderie of the group.

Sexy me!

Because of my consistency in training and being part of the Milo Apex program, running has changed my life. It gave me a reason to strive harder being a single parent to support my 3 kids, developed who I am as a person and continue to be the best of who I can be.

Last year, Milo hired me as a Team Manager/Trainor, in charge of the 10km group which I still do at present. This year, I have also started to enjoy trail running, mountain climbing and running ultra-marathons of 50kms and more. So far I had done 4 full marathons including the Singapore International Marathon last year. My extracurricular activities also include rowing and dragon boat racing.

A 50k ultramarathon finish

A dragon boat team member

Mountain climber

Hopefully with my continuous teaching at the Milo Apex School, i can inspire more people and motivate them. I want to be a good role model, to beginner runners in particular. If I can inspire others, my mind becomes happy and I would have achieved what God wishes me to share to others.

With Love–Jackie Gutierrez

A Sneak Peek: Our Cavinti 25K Adventure Run

If anyone would ask for a suggestion where they could run some trails in Laguna, i’d mention Cavinti in a heartbeat! The rough roads and trails are a hidden gem for trail running but it’s the fantastic scenery within this quaint town that immediately grabs your attention.

I was in for a treat when long-time friend and the run’s host Prince Baltazar invited me and other trail running friends for a test run on the rough roads and trails of his hometown in Cavinti, Laguna which has never been actually tried by runners before and the chance of being the first runners to set foot on these trails was pretty exciting, indeed.

Running buddy June and i, together with Chito and Wilnar who tailed us in the second car set off at about 4am from Quezon City, enough for the 2-hour drive to Cavinti, as i thought. I then realized that our departure time was too late for the scheduled 6:00am run as it took us about 3 hours to reach Cavinti, including a short stop-over we made in Fami for breakfast.

While Chito and Wilnar had porridge and an egg for breakfast, June and i had our fill of Goto-Batangas with egg and a cup of rice each which should be enough as energy reserve for our run. It took us all less than 10 minutes to finish our food as i realized that we were really running late.

Goto batangas

Fortunately when we arrived at about 7:20am, the runners were still congregating at the covered court as announcements were being made by our host.

We were greeted by mild rains that Sunday morning when we arrived so i expected the trails to be wet and muddy. As announced by Prince, the run will cover a distance of around 30k, the first 10k to be ran along the main concrete highway and the last 20k on rough roads and trails. Except for the first 2 kms of the trail road which were indeed muddy, the succeeding kilometers were drier and soft which made my run easier and manageable.

Mild temperatures, expansive views of surrounding mountains, rolling hills, moderate elevation gains, a beautiful lake and wildflower meadows are the highlights of running in Cavinti. It reminded me of running up the mountain passes of Miyamit in Porac, Pampanga but here, they were shorter and the rolling terrain was more tolerable.

The dirt roads and wide-track trails offer everything from gentle loops to challenging climbs with sweeping views of the Sierra Madre Mountains including parts which were denuded by illegal logging for timber and coals for cooking, a rather heart-breaking sight.

All in all, we did a total of 24.7 kms (not 30k which was originally intended) in about 4 hours and 23 mins which included all the walking and picture taking i did along the course. The batteries of my old point and shoot camera gave out after only a few shots so please bear with the pictures as i used my BB phone as replacement.

As i am typing this, Prince had just announced that the first Cavinti Adventure Trail Marathon and Half-Marathon is going to take place here with tentative date on November 30, 2013. So here is a glimpse on what to expect on this course:

At the Cavinti Plaza, in front of the Municipal Hall just before the run

A mini dam taken from atop a bridge

The first 10k of the run were done in concrete with views of forests, lakes, mountains and residential neighbors

June and Val taking their time

Passing by this beautiful lake, Lake Lumot

One of the scenic views of our run

Lake is rich in aquatic resources

Couldn’t help but go down the shore to take some pics! 🙂

Arianne Ortega catching up with us

Entry into the trails and rough roads. Luckily, the trails weren’t this bad as we went along inside

We had bikers from Cavinti who acted as our guides so we wouldn’t get lost on the trails. Thanks to Prince!

Nice view of the countryside though the road was damp and soggy

This is our guide’s playground

14 kilometers of rough roads going to the underground cave

This is how green the place is when you consider that illegal logging has denuded some parts of this area

One of the few dwellings located in the area

Entrance to the Deaf Evangelistic Alliance College

Sign at the entrance: Isaiah 29:18

The School’s Church

The 2nd half of the route is mostly rolling terrain

One of many uphills

The ugly face of illegal logging

Another sad picture of illegal logging

Going further inside the forest

One of my favorite parts of the trail

These trails and rough roads snake around the Sierra Madre mountain range

A scenic view near the 22k mark

Another uphill trail

The trees are always a feast of the eyes

The trails were drier on these portions but intermittent showers kept the grounds soft

The trees seem to be arranged perpendicular to each other

Endless mountain views

Downhill all the way from here

Just a kilometer away from the caves

A green rotunda trail

Just after this bend is the finish

All that was left at the boodle lunch table. 🙂

Finally, our destination (Thanks to Benj for the photo)

Water was cold enough to dip our tired legs

Taking a refreshing dip on the icy river

With May Santos

This bamboo raft transported us to the cave

The mouth of the cave

The underground cave

Another group pic

Thanks to Benj Termulo, Prince Baltazar, Ronnel Go, Vener Roldan and the others for letting me use their pictures posted here.