Natures Trail Discovery Run: January 12, 2014 at Daranak Falls

One of the most challenging trail race put up by PIMCO last year was the Daranak Trail Run which was 21 kilometers of scenery, killer uphills and downhills, drop-dead exhaustion but downright awesomeness! The course was grueling, one of the toughest trail route that Pimco organizers has ever come out!

It was one of my most memorable runs last year where all were treated to threading the dark Calinawan Cave, crossing on several arduous rivers where one runner was in the midst of drowning if not for the swift reaction of other runners who rushed to help her out of the gushing water.

But the killer part was the trek to the peak of the Masungi mountain, a single track rocky mountain climb where our calves, quads and knees were screaming in pain!

Now, this race is coming back on January 12, 2014, which is the 3rd leg of the Natures Trail Discovery Run (NTDR) Championship Series and features 5k, 10k, 21k and 50k distances. Aside from the Daranak Falls, it will also feature the Batlag Falls, another showcase of this run. This upcoming race will vary in terrain (trails, dirt roads, rivers, wooden bridges, waterfalls), some really arduous treks but you will not feel disappointed.

Check out my recap of last year’s event here—> dancing-on-the-trails-of-daranak/

The 3rd Leg Race Route will start and finish in Daranak Falls, Tanay, Rizal, Philippines as the official venue.

**This trail race is RECOMMENDED by the JAZZRUNNER!**

​More details of the race from PIMCO’s webpage, here!ntdr-ii-3rd-leg/c1py8


The race route shows the entire route of all the different categories including the longest route for the 50k Ultra which will reach Sta. Ines, the outermost barangay of the municipality traversing the hills and valleys in the innermost Sierra Madre Mountain ranges.

From the start and finish there are a total of 10 aid stations to cover the entire route along the same route of 5k, 10k, 21k, and 50k Ultra. Aid stations will mostly be for refilling of rehydration bottles and water bags of runners. No cups will be served. U-turns of 10k and 21k will serve bananas while the halfway mark of the 50k will serve runners with bananas, food, and energy drinks.

For the 3rd Leg, no drop bag station along the race route, drop bags will be at the finish line. 50k Ultra Runners must bring in their belt bags and backpack their personal provisions.

Each category must make sure to get the colored string at the u-turn as evidence that they passed the U-Turn or the farthermost route for each of the category. Failure to present the colored string at the finish line will be a caused for disqualification.

Finishers Shirt

REGISTRATION AT MERREL STORES – Sm North Edsa, Trinoma, Market-Market and Festival Mall. Use your Bib to avail of 20% discount when buying trail shoes at Merrel stores.

For Online Registration go to

Fees for the Leg 3:

 Newbies (5k)               – P   550.00         
Advanced (10k)           -P   750.00
Seasoned (21k)            -P   950.00
Masters (50k)              -P 1,750.00

The race route maybe subject to change by Pimco Sporting Events, the organizer and manager of the race event. The change maybe effected upon sole discretion of the organizer for safety purpose or other purposes it may deem appropriate. The decision of the organizer as per the rules and regulations is final.

Runners on the way to the finish will pass beside Daranak Falls.

This is the stairway leading to Daranak Falls on the way to the finish.

Part of the 50k trail along the Sta. Inez road passing through Tinucan

Part of the 50k trail route along the long off road Sta. Inez road

River crossing of the 50k trail route

50k Runners will run at the right side just along this long winding river

Sceneries along the 50k trail race route.

50k trail race route

50k trail race route

21k and 50k trail race route at Barangay Cuyambay

Trail route for the 50k runners

The first 5 kilometers will include this route which is runners can pitch camp overnight to await the early morning gun start

We’ll see you all there!


5 responses to “Natures Trail Discovery Run: January 12, 2014 at Daranak Falls

  1. Ok yung organizer at yung place kaso medyo olats sa quality ng finisher shirt at yung print..parang pang baranggay ang quality..sana man lang iimprove at i compare sa iba.

    • Merrell Stores and Rox sa Boni High Street are the registration centers. Yes, pwede ka sumali kahit di ka nkasali sa mga naunang events nila.

      • Ahhhhhhhh Rene, masakit pa ang left quads ko. Ano ang gagawin ko malapit na ang race. Parang may muscle spasm.

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