Salomon City Trail Manila 2014

The historic walled city of Intramuros has lately become the venue of choice for various road races which is good news to runners wanting a fresh change of scenery. A fun run, the Color Blast Run will be held here on September 21 but before that would be the highly anticipated SALOMON City Trail run on September 7, 2014.

The Salomon City Trail Run, which has its roots and maiden runs in various cities in Europe now comes to Manila and what better venue to hold its inaugural run than in Manila’s oldest district, the “Walled City”, famous for its nearly 6-kilometer circuit of massive stone walls and fortifications that almost completely surrounds the entire district.

Salomon’s City Trail brings the trail running spirit to people who dream of running in the mountains, but live in the city. It involves running in different surfaces within the city like pathways, roads, sidewalks, alleyways, bridges, stairs, tunnels, etc. Intramuros perfectly exemplifies this venue as a gate to various walls, gardens and other fortifications.


When:   September 7, 2014 (Sunday)
Where:   Intramuros, Manila
Race categories:   6k / 12k
Race owner:   Salomon Philippines/Primer Group of Companies
Target registration:   500 to 1,000 runners only


6K —  P900.00

12k — P1,200.00


Inclusive of : Dri-Fit Salomon City Trail Race Singlet, Race Bib, Timing Chip, City Trail Cap, Entrance Fees to Fort Santiago and Puerta De Isabelle II, Post Race Meal pack. 12k Finishers will get a Finishers’ Medal.

*Top three male and female winners per distance will be awarded with R.O.X. gift certificates, Salomon products, and other freebies. Salomon items and products from sponsors will also be given away to lucky participants on the day of the event.

Registration Venues:

Claiming of race Kits:

ROX – 3rd Floor, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City ( August 30 – September 5, 2014)

The Salomon City Trail in Intramuros will bring runners to main landmarks like Fort Santiago, Palacio Del Governador, Baluarte De San Diego, Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, Puerta De Isabel II, Baluarte De Dilao, Revellin De Recolletos, the Balluartillo De San Jose and San Agustin Church, among many others.


Baluarte De San Diego

Fort Santiago

Plaza San Luis Complex

Manila Cathedral

One of the entrances

Palacio Del Gobernador


Whether you run for the thrill of it, to stay fit of healthy, or both, get ready for a more enjoyable running routine as Salomon promotes Citytrail running, inspired from its mountain trail running heritage. Alongside the launch of Salomon’s Citytrail products, the brand is happily prepping to host the first-ever event in the Philippines following its success in different countries including the U.S., and select countries in Europe and Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

After much deliberation, the Salomon Citytrail Manila is set to launch on September 7, 2014 at Intramuros, Manila.

The oldest city in the Philippines, The Walled City was deemed perfect for an adventure run that will not only be challenging and exciting with its dynamic urban landscape, but rich with culture and heritage as well. Even more enticing is the fact that the race starts at 4PM, which means the runners will experience all these amid the Manila sunset –the best time to explore and absorb the old fortress.

The sunset run is set to target at least 500 participants made up of adventure seekers, road runners, weekend warriors, fitness buffs, and trail running enthusiasts. Divided into two categories of 12km and 6km, the course will not be a conventional road run and will include challenges such as climbing stairs, crossing bridges, and clambering ramps around the Walled City.

Foot strikes on different surfaces, ascends on bridges and stairs will stimulate trail running skills while rediscovering Philippine heritage and culture. Salomon brand ambassadors, Philippine Sky Runners & Suunto Athletes will be the assigned to selected areas to marshal and guide the participants in the running tour. The cutoff time for the whole race is two hours.

The registration will be open from August 1 to August 29 at the Salomon stores and August 30 to September 5 at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street. Participants may also register online (

The fee is P900 and P1,200 respectively for the 6km and 12km categories. All registrants will get a race bib, timing chip, Salomon Citytrail singlet, Citytrail cap, post race meal and a historical running tour of Intramuros City. 12km finishers will get a Citytrail Finisher’s medal.

Top three male and female winners per distance will be awarded with R.O.X. gift certificates, Salomon products, and other freebies. Salomon items and products from sponsors will also be given away to lucky participants on the day of the event.

Fortunately, participants need not to worry because substantial parking spaces will be made available within the venue. Plus, a baggage counter will be situated within the Start/Finish area in Fort Santiago where race participants may leave their belongings.

Salomon Citytrail Manila is a green run as it promotes sustainability and environmental preservation. No disposables will be given throughout the race course. Gatorade dispensers and water jugs will be stationed around the road areas of Intramuros City.

In line with Salomon’s campaign to “Elevate Your Run”, it is through the Citytrail event and its latest Citytrail footwear that Salomon aspires to introduce Citytrail running as an urban alternative to trail running.

A global event meant to entice everyone to “Elevate Your Run”, Citytrail running is all about being creative and imaginative when it comes to making your own trails in the city. It involves making use of the different surfaces within the city like pathways, roads, sidewalks, alleyways, bridges, stairs, et cetera to keep the experience exciting and more challenging.

(Press Release)

Color Blast Run Goes To Intramuros: Reset To October 19, 2014

NEWS UPDATE: Color Blast Run 2014 has been re-set to October 19, 2014, Sunday!

For further queries regarding the rescheduling of the event, you may contact the promoter of this event at 09279942372.

FUN RUNNERS! This is a must do event for you!

The COLOR BLAST Run Philippines which previously held its series in Lucena and Tayabas in Quezon province, is now bringing this wholesome family fun run event in the historic walled enclave of Intramuros, Manila on October 19 2014!

If you haven’t been on one of the similar Color Runs previously held elsewhere, you’ll be on for a treat as the incremental powder blasts at various stages along the route is amazingly super fun and feels like a gigantic powdery rainbow party!

This event though promises to be more energetic and colorful, and the happy vibe lingering in Intramuros would come alive as the volunteers would not only spray powder but cheer for you as well.

A street in Intramuros


When:   September 21, 2014 (Sunday)
Where:   Intramuros, Manila
Race categories:   3k / 6k
Race owner:   Global Excellence and Events Promotion
Beneficiary:  Project PEARLS*
Target registration:   Limited to 2,000 runners only

*Project Pearls is an outreach Feeding Program, Scholarship Program and quarterly Medical Mission in Ulingan, Tondo, Manila.


3K or 6KP — P650.00 only

Inclusive of : Dri-Fit Race Shirt, Race Bib, Powder Packs, Finisher’s Medal and Finisher’s Certificate

Dri-Fit Race Shirt

Registration Venues:

  • A Runners Circle (ARC) Running Shop: Unit H, Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Boulevard, cor. Quirino Avenue, Manila
  • Olympic Village – Robinsons Malate, Manila
    Olympic Village – Megamall
  • Affini Tea : College of St. Benilde and Centro Escolar University
  • Magnifi Shake – Infront of Perpetual Help College, near UST Dapitan
  • Lyceum of the Philippines, Central Student Government Office (LYCESGO)

Another view of the street

The Manila Cathedral, one of the most famous landmarks in Intramuros

This is one great concept of fun runs and get splashed on by color at different sections of the route.  The color they throw on you is edible and safe, just a little powdery. Organizers will make sure to make it the most exciting color fun run ever which will keep you up your toes until the finish.

They might even give you a packet of color to save at the end for the grand finale to throw up in the air, which is awesome!

Save up for this date and see you on September 21!

With representative of Project Pearls, the race’s beneficiary

Pimco 2X Trail Run: A Short Race Recap

“Go fast enough to get there but slow enough to see”.

Borrowing this quote from Ashley’s FB timeline, this may well be the gist of our 24k trail run yesterday in Sampaloc, Tanay where we savored the views along the route but mindful still of finishing fast and strong.

The trails over the 2X Trail run offered a surprising level of challenge, and while there’s nothing too extreme (crossing the rivers went smooth), there’s not too many trail runners who can make it through the whole route without clipping out.  I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath while walking on those steep hills and nearly stumbling a few times while maneuvering around rocks embedded under the river.

The scenery changes every few minutes. Waterfalls, mountain views, rivers, hills galore, beasts of burden, open fields, single track trails, mountain ridges and a thousand different types of tress – this trail route has it all! This is about as good as it gets for trail running and this race in particular where we really had so much fun; challenging course, just enough water to fill-up the gaps in our water bottles, a coconut juice station and amazing views!

Now to the race itself..

The starting line was low-key, no race arch nor big banners, just two twin posts and a white floor marker in between that showed where the start was and it was just at the doorstep of the Sampaloc Inn Hotel, a major sponsor of the run. Some runners said it was warm but i didn’t feel that way at all.

Gun went off at exactly 5:00 am for the mass start of both the 24k and 12k runners which i would estimate to be a hundred people or less. Although it was still dark, we had cool air, overcast skies with very forgiving temperatures pretty much the whole way through and even the sunlight towards late morning was bearable.

I started out slowly with running buddy Jun, Ashley Dimanlig, a strong trail runner, trail habitue James Yap Lim and later, Ricky Francisco. This was the group i would be running with from start to end.

With Ashley and Jun before the start of the race

Ashley ascending at the top of a hill before day break

We started along the right lane of the main highway, turned right into a residential area after about 400 meters then passed through market stalls, another residential street before descending into a wooden bridge on the way to the trails.

After this wooden bridge, it was trails galore

The trails could have been marked a little better. My group over-shot a mark when the leading runners were coming back from a downhill portion, apparently lost too, just 1.5 kms after the start. We back-tracked a bit and found our way back through a poorly marked uphill climb and we were all now following the leading runners. There were a few inclines at the early stages that were a bit more difficult than expected (a precursor of more difficult climbs to come) but it was all worth it!

“Always rely on the markers because the person in front of you may not know where they are going”.

Not when the markers are pointing in the wrong direction!

A funny thing happened when we were about 4kms into the trails.  We reached a “Y” junction that was manned by two young gay marshals, their lips glowing with bright red lipsticks, heavy make-up and all, who were emphatically telling us to turn left, as it was the correct route. It seemed that earlier, they had inadvertently turned the arrow marker (located beside them) to point to the right side road which the leading runners followed as they thought was the right route!

The blunder was only discovered when other marshals, who were stationed a kilometer away after the junction, were worried why no runners had emerged towards them when the first batch should have passed through their station half an hour earlier.  At this point, more than half of the 12 and 24k runners have already entered the wrong way! Imagine our laughter when these two poor kids told us their blooper and the predicament they were in! Hahah…

Since the route is a loop, all the runners who followed the wrong way took it to themselves to continue the run, to run in reverse of the course since they were way too far to turn back (more laughter)!

When we reached the next water station after the junction, our amazement were further heightened when Ricky Francisco, a 12k runner who was ahead of us by a minute was told by people manning the station that we were the first 24k runners who have reached their post! Funny as it seem, with our “run the flats-walk the hills-sprint the downhills” scheme, the five of us were now technically leading the race! LOL!

“On the trails, any which way you go is always the right way”!

Like the rest of the group, i was walking most of the uphills which were more pronounced during the last stages of the run. And there were a few instances that when Ashley stopped in front of me,  my legs stopped moving too for a moment before having to spur myself onwards when she began to start again. Usually, these were on uphills that we were summitting non-stop but we would compensate by attacking all downhills.

Our group finished the race a few minutes of each other with Ashley and myself crossing the finish line together. My thighs were painfully bruised and throbbing from the relentless uphills but still, it was a great trail run and no matter which direction you run, clock-wise or otherwise, it isn’t where you came from, it’s the journey that counts!

Here’s the rest of the story, in pictures..

The group was “hysterical” upon learning that we were the front runners!

With Ashley

The first ones to partake the fresh coconut juice!

Towards the next mountain peak

Ashley and Ricky

Jun crosses the river and going over to the other peak

Despite sore ankles, Ashley seems to attack the hills

This is where we were told to turn-around at the second mountain. Many of the 24k runners failed to reach this place

Runners we met up doing the reverse route. Despite the confusion, they were all smiles and content

This is James Lim crossing one of the many rivers

By far the most difficult river crossing because of its swift current and depth

In front of a rock formation

Walking the uphills

Running the straights. Inside the Macaira trails

Some trails were perpendicular to a river

Nice trails inside Macaira


Run United Philippine Marathon 2014 All Set



I can’t say enough good things about the Run United Philippine Marathon, having ran the 42k distance the last 2 years. Amazing race support, more than enough hydration stations, adequate medical aid, bling medals, nice finishers’ shirts and a lot more! And it’s happening again on October 5, the last of the trilogy series for this year.

To those running the 42k, it you ran the 32k RU2 a few months ago, the route will more or less be the same, starting and ending at the Mall of Asia this time instead of KM O. It will pass along the major thoroughfare of Roxas  Blvd and proceed again to Cavitex and back.

Looking back, the past marathons i ran here were all memorable and this final race of Unilab should not be missed!

Here’s the heads-up of the marathon in full:

The 2014 Run United Philippine Marathon will be held on October 5, 2014 with Growee 500m, Enervon HP 10km, Alaxan FR 21km and Enervon Activ 42km race categories. All categories will have a start and finish at the Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia.

Registration Schedule:


In-venue registration to be held at Greenfield District Central Park, Mayflower St. Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM August 15 to 17 only.

In-store purchase of the prepaid cards will be available at the following stores, from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting August 22, 2014.

  • RUNNR Store BGC, B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
    Toby’s Galleria
  • 3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
  • Toby’s SM North, SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
  • Toby’s MOA, SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila

Registration Fees:


Note: Additional P200 will be charged for race kit delivery for Online & Prepaid card registrants: P150 delivery & processing fee & P50 web admin fee.

RaceKit Delivery SkedFOR RACE EXPO and IN-STORE REGISTRANTS: complete race kit will be given upon registration for runners participants. Singlet sizes will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No additional fees will be applied.



  • Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race slots may run out before September 14, 2014.
  • Runner participants who register at the stores will receive their complete race kit upon purchase. A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.
  • Those who will be registering for their friends must buy a prepaid card. The singlet will be given upon purchase of the prepaid card. The rest of the race kit shall be delivered.
  • Singlet and finisher’s shirt size availability will be on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Singlet and finishers shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
  • D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.
  • No BIB, No D-TAG, NO RACE.

 Race results will be available within three (3) days after the race at the following and
 Timing and Race Results:

For online and in-store registration inquiries:
 Landline (+632) 703 1736 or (+632) 463 4814
 Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm only, except holidays.


Get a chance to own your very own Active Health branded limited edition Run United Philippine Marathon FORTIVS-S singlets and kits when you participate in the 2014 Run United Philippine Marathon. These special items will forever serve as your badges of participation in this prestigious run where you are encouraged to continuously train and become a better version of yourself.

The Run United Philippine Marathon race kit will contain the following: singlet, 3 pieces of Enervon Activ, bib number, D-tag, Active Health Sun Visor and wrist tags (only for Growee 500m dash participants). Complete race kit will be delivered for online registration and singlet will be given for pre-paid card purchase. For in-venue and in-store registration of “actual runners” complete race kit will be received upon registration. Singlet and finisher’s shirt sizes (for 21km and 42km registrants) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Singlet and finishers shirt sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.


Singlet 42





FINISHERS SHIRT (for 21km & 42km Finishers only)


Finisher Shirt

Singlet and 42k Finishers shirt


FINISHERS MEDAL (for 21km & 42km Finishers only):





Mt. Talamitam Assault Trail Run Challenge



When:   December 21, 2014 (Sunday)
Where:   KM83, Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu, Batangas
Race categories:   10 Miles (16kms)
Race owner:   Team Cavite, ESE
Beneficiary:   Mt. Talamitam Tree Planting Project
Target registration:   Limited to 150-200 runners only


Early Bird: August 4 to August 31, 2014 – P 800.00*

Regular:  September 1, 2014 and onwards – P 1,000.00

*For August Early Birds, you can register via online registration in advance, make sure you follow up/secure your payment via BPI-Deposit ( send the validated deposit slip with name/shirt size and contact no) before end of August to confirm your online registration as an early bird registrant. Failure to deposit the reg fee and the end of the month will not count as an early bird registration and will fall out as a regular registration fee.


10+1 Free in effect for Early Birds and Regular Registration.

Mt. Talamitam seems to be a very good introduction to those who wish to explore more trail venues in the CALABARZON area, particularly in Batangas where the other more well known mountain trail have been frequented, Mt. Batulao which is just a few kilometers away.

This coming December 21, 2014, Team Cavite E.S.E. , the group the brought us the highly successful Dash For The Elderly Half Marathon Trail Race in Silang, Cavite last month will now stage the Talamitam Trail Run Challenge, a 10+k assault of Mt. Talamitam having an elevation gain of about 650 MASL located in Nasugbu, Batangas.

While early bird registration had started yesterday, a cap has been placed on this event wherein only 150 to 200 runners will be accepted for this trail race so it’s advisable to register early to gain a sure slot.

From Team Cavite ESE’s FB page (, here’s a brief description on what to expect at Mt. Talamitam:

Mt Talamitam is located at KM 83, Sitio Bayabasan, Barangay Aga, Nasugbu Batangas. It has a maximum elevation of 630MASL. You will encounter a short muddy trail, then a few beautiful river crossings. After that, you will go into a thick vegetation trail path before going up into an open farm field in the middle of Mt Talamitam.

From here, the views are stunning with Mt Batulao on its sight…. moving forward, there are two trail paths going to the summit. One is called the “Matarik” trail (a challenging trail path but not that difficult) and the “Banayad” trail (from its name, you know its easy).

Once you reach the summit, the view of Batangas, Cavite and Laguna can be seen here. Mt Talamitam is a trail runner and hiker friendly. A recommended mountain to visit, it offers a lot of what nature lover is looking for.

Mt Talamitam is a 1 Hour and 15 minutes drive from Uniwide Coastal Terminal via Cavitex/Aguinaldo Hi-way/Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hi-Way without traffic.

Join us and help plant a tree for a better future.

Here’s a sneak peek of the trails as conducted by Race Director JC Igos and the Team Cavite ESE on a recent reconnaisance run along the route. Thanks to Michael Angelo of Team Cavite for providing us some pictures during their recon run!


River en route to Mt. Talamitam

There will be various river crossings

The view from the top

At the crest of Mt. Talamitam

Energizer Night Race: September 6, 2014

The excitement and adrenaline rush one experiences in running this yearly night run, the Enegizer Night Race is like no other with thousand of energetic, happy, smiling runners of all ages, headlamps flickering in their foreheads really get you pumped-up!

This is the the gist of what the Energizer night race is all about and i was one of those who experienced their race last year for the first time when it was held at the Bonifacio Global City. This night race will be back this year and in a new venue, the Filinvest City in Alabang on September 6, 2014 at 5:30pm. It’s noteworthy to mention that this year’s race will be handled by Pro-Active Race Events led by its President Jay Em who has handled successful race events in the past.

At the launch

I was able to attend the launching of the Energizer Night Race last Friday and we once again met with the upbeat organizers of this race, particularly Ms. Cara Tecson, Marketing Manager of Energizer Philippines who welcomed and briefed us on the various agenda of this race.

From Cara’s speech, she explains:

The Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World is a Global series of nighttime running events where participants race by the light of an Energizer headlight to raise awareness for the need for safe, clean solar lighting around the world. First launched in South Africa in 2007, the race has become a well-established event taking place in Argentina, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and of course, Philippines.

The event is a great occasion to engage with our target market (families) in a fun and entertaining way. Not only is this a fun run, the Energizer Night Race has been a venue to spread Positivenergy by contributing to local and international causes as part of our responsibility in making a positive impact around us. 

Here, in brief is the race details:


Following last year’s “glowing race” supported by thousands of runners in the Greater Manila area, people can experience again the one-of-a-kind fun run as Energizer opens Night Race Manila 2014.

For those who love running but do not like the heat, Energizer’s night race, is the perfect fit. Just like the past years, this event in September will also create a night of lights as the runners beam up the race route in Filinvest City Alabang produced by the Energizer 3LED Headlights which is part of their running gear.

L-R: Jay Em (Race Director), Cara Tecson, Todd Montgomerie, Lady Reyes of Energizer Philippines and a representative of GMA Kapuso, beneficiary of this race

With a different venue and route, the race will focus on the basic goals of this year’s fun run enjoying a good run and powering up for “positive energy,” for the 3,000 target participants.

More than just the fun and excitement, the race will also support GMA Kapuso Foundation with various Energizer Lights and batteries to be used for their outreach programs.

Cara Ramirez-Tecson, Energizer Philippines, Inc. Marketing Manager explained the advocacy saying they are offering the run not just for the beneficiaries but for the runners too.

“We would like this year’s run to be a venue of fun and excitement for everyone who will join, so we’re focusing on their enjoyment this time more than anything else,” she said. “Beyond the beneficiaries, we will focus on our goal to provide that “fun” for the runners so we can radiate the positivenergy to everyone “said Tecson.

Though the press kits include a headlight that is worth P499, organizers of the event still made the run more affordable for runners with the price registration ranging from P600 for 3k runners, P700 for 5k and P800 for 10k runners.

“With the prices made very affordable, we are inviting everyone to come and join us in this event. This is a good venue to bond with families and friends as we spread positive energy,” said Lady Reyes, Energizer Philippines, Product Manager for Lights & Specialty.

The registration will start on August 2, 2014 at official registration sites including RUNNR at Bonifacio Global City, Alabang Town Center and Brooks SM North Edsa Annex.  Details of the event registration are also available on Energizer’s website at and (Press Release)