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

7 responses to “A Glimpse of the Last 14K: CRT42

  1. The story is riveting and the sceneries are inviting. And we have a good chance to help the deaf and their school. I will ask my friends to take part in this adventure come Nov. 30, 2013. I will let you know how they will respond to your invitation.Thanks!!

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