Valley Trail Challenge 2015: My Short Race Experience

The instructions from VTC Race Director Jonel Mendoza were succinct and to the point. “Runners get lost when they do not follow markers laid down along the trails. Don’t follow the runners in front of you for they might be lost too–it’s the ribbon markers that should be observed and followed, and back-track if you stray from the route, is that clear?”

This seems to be the de rigueur last minute advise Jonel has been giving all throughout his trail runs, an all too familiar brief that not only Jonel but other trail RDs emphasize as a last-minute warning. I haven’t given much thought on this advise not because i refuse to believe but because i have NEVER been lost in a trail race, ever! Always, i have an eagle eye on markers and being at the tail-end part of the race often, i still don’t rely on those few who are in front of me. “The presence of markers are your best bet that the group in front are right on track”.

RD Jonel Mendoza addressing the runners (c) Rai Cabanig

Well, shit happens! It wasn’t going to be my day when 400 meters after the turn-around point for the 15k runners (at about the 8.3km mark), I was just trying to take it easy on my 8-9 minute pace when i missed the single neon green ribbon with a red tail towards the left and went straight to the main road instead. And then you run by your lonesome with nary a runner in front or behind you. And you realize that you haven’t seen any marker for the next several hundred meters but still forge ahead hopeful that you might find someone. You suddenly reach a main highway which is definitely not part of the course, with no runners in sight and you finally realize then that you are f*#%!n lost!

It’s really disheartening, specially when you are alone and not even a stranger on sight to ask where you are, the lost time spent. As i mentioned, this is the first time i got lost in a race. So refer to what the RD was telling all along, “back-track” if you get lost.

Back-track i did and after nearly a kilometer of going back on the same route from where i was earlier, i felt relieved when i saw some of the 32k runners making the correct left corner turn on the trails. They knew that i got lost as they saw me coming towards them from the other direction. They told me that they got lost too several times and had to rely on strangers to ask where the other runners had passed through. One of those days!

The 15 km course was an out and back course and it was two years since i last ran the Valley Trail Challenge although this course was also part of the TNF100 route which i was able to run 2 weeks ago.

At the trails (c) Rai Cabanig

I like the size and aura of the crowd as i chatted along with old friends while waiting for our race to start. The number of runners was large enough to get the race feel, but small enough to still be intimate.

The first four kilometers went by really pleasantly as the trail was in perfect condition just like it was during the TNF race. It was a little damp but not muddy and there was just a little congestion when we crossed a small creek.

I started out at a very slow pace as i was still concerned with my acid-reflux as it triggers to shorten my breath if i run fast too early so i just concentrated on running relaxed and easy. All my runs now are geared towards like a training run rather than a race, so I was just out there to put mileage on the legs, hopefully for as long as I could before acidity sets in the stomach.

For the first 3.5 kms, i was privileged to be running side by side with old friend and present ultra trail king Manolito Divina who was doing the sweeper role for the organizers. Although there were more runners on my back whom he could have paced with, he insisted for a little chit-chat with me until the 3.80km mark when the first aid station appeared.

With “Tolits” Divina

I wish all trail races had aid stations like this race where everything were properly laid out like generous servings of different fruits, fruit juices, sports drinks, bread, chips and other trail food which were placed in presentable trays and jugs.

Great aid station!

After that aid station, the route was pretty flat with mostly single-track trails until reaching the U-turn at about 7.8kms. Surprised that no water station was placed there although i still had enough on my water bottle to sustain me for the next few kilometers. I was picking up the pace a little, passed some runners on the return until disaster struck!

I pulled in back into the one and only aid/water station with 3.8km to go before the finish, took some bananas, slices of watermelon and filled up my water bottle for the last haul ahead. I wasted about 30 minutes finding my way back from that “lost” episode so my main concern now was to finish the race in less than 3 hours. However, i started to slow down considerably that i had to walk some parts, then run again. The walks gave me time to recover and be able to keep a good pace on the flats and downhills.

Finished in 3:03, which i thought was good enough considering the lost time i had in the trails. This trail race was a completely surreal experience for me, a little bit stressed and disappointed but overly satisfied with the end-result.

If you want a small and well-organized trail run, this yearly Valley Trail Challenge is a great one for beginners and hard-core runners alike. It has a wonderful variety of charms and definitely one trail race for keeps!

Thanks to RD Jonel and Con Mendoza for the wonderful “lost and found” experience!

Thanks to Rai Cabanig for some of the photos!

With trail running friends!

With the AHON Team

VELOCI Sports Watch VE 1052Y

VELOCI Watch VE 1052Y

The VELOCI VE1052Y Digital watch is a men/women’s sports watch that combines functionality, accuracy and vivid displays for any sports you’re into whether it be running, swimming, cycling and so on. It’s shock and water-resistant up to 100 meters.

I was able to take hold of this watch during the victory party of our track and field athletes from the recently concluded South East Asian Games 2015 in Singapore with Veloci Watch and L-Time Studio as part sponsors. This is the watch model our Filipino athletes wore, in and out of the track during the games.

The Veloci Sports VE1052Y has a brusque style and purpose in the Veloci line as it’s an all-around everyday-wear watch that is less about being fashionable and more about being reliable and useful. The rugged appearance, the large digital dials, and the lightness of the watch is meant for all sports and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s even elegant enough even to be worn at the office or in meetings with clients.

This timepiece combines a digital module with 12- or 24-hour time display, a dual time function, a chronograph countdown timer, an alarm chime and is constructed of plastic resin but has a stainless steel back and a touch of white stainless steel bezel to give it an added punch.

Veloci’s’s Indiglo night light lets you read the time even in the middle of  darkness. No more of those guessing games and wondering what time it is when you are out trail running at night. It gives you this amazingly powerful, rugged, expensive-looking watch which is not at all expensive as this particular model comes at just P1,700-P1,800 a piece!

The timepiece comes in just the right size for me and is available in different colors. It’s durable, stylish and are feature packed. Buy one now and try it for yourself.

The Veloci Sports Watches (Photo by Enrico Caramay)

Team Philippines to the SEA games 2015 wearing the Veloci Sports Watch

About VELOCI TIME

The Italian-Inspired Veloci watch calls on the rad dogs of our generation to live the second.

You only live once, and nobody knows what happens next. What if the world ended tomorrow? Wouldn’t you regret never having dated a supermodel, or skydiving naked from 10,000 feet? What about the fugue you’ve always wanted to try, or your dream supercar drag race in the expressway? Now is the time to get real, man.

We sell watches to stylish, young people who believe that only a few things in the world are as important as looking fashionable – whether it be on facebook and instagram, on a mountain summit, or while partying in a beach. We know that making an effort to look good means loving yourself.

Our watches are customizable and are meant to match your outfits. They are also meant to match your fleeting, spontaneous, and adventurous character. We know that you’ve always dreamed of what it’s like to be a surfer, a pilot, a sky jumper, an artist, or even a chef. So if you’re off to cross something out your bucket list, Veloci has perfect watches for you to do it all in style.

“Veloci aims to be known as a brand that is always evolving—one that keeps up with the fashion trends and offers high quality watches at reasonable prices,” says Managing Director Marnie Chua. Introducing integrated silicone straps, exciting new dial colors, stainless steel and gold cases, elegance and convenience go hand in hand. Combining 100-meter water resistance with the choice to pick colors suitable for any occasion, all Veloci timepieces remain looking current and fresh, adventure after adventure.

Veloci watches are available in L Timesudio boutiques nationwide.

About L TIMESTUDIO

Timepieces are no longer just a means to tell time.

It is a statement – a statement of personality, of lifestyle and of individual style.

Building equity on ever-evolving brand selections to remain always fresh, fashionable, and on-trend since 2002, L TIMESTUDIO remains to be the game-changing concept in the presentation of fashion and sport watches in the Philippines.

More so now, L Timestudio carries a more diverse line of fashion and sport watches to match the Filipino’s ever growing awareness and the need for a more active lifestyle.

L Timestudio boutiques are located at various shopping malls nationwide.

(PRESS RELEASE)

Thanks to Enrico Caramay for the Booth Photos!

TNF100: A Riveting Trail Run

L-R: Tagaytay Highland’s Alfredo labadan II, TNF Regional Brand Manager Ken Co, Majo Liao, TNF100 Female Champion, Primer Group AVP Dinah Yau Lim

The TNF100 was staged in Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for the first time this year and winded through the scenic ridges of Tagaytay and through the rugged foothills of Talisay in Batangas. The runners were met with some of the most craggy and undulating hills that veteran trail runners have ever encountered!

At the start (22k) with Franc Ramon and the Running Atom

To say that the 100k run or even the 50k distance was very challenging is the understatement of the year! It can only be described as an epic pain in the arse ultra trail run as it was utterly debilitating even demoralizing at some points, according to my friends who ran both distances. True enough, statistics would tell. Out of the 231 starters of the 100km race, only 49 were able to finish the distance while for the 50k runners, a better percentage of 121 runners completed it out of a total of 162.

For the shortest event, the 22k distance, 458 runners finished out of a total of 570 runners. Results of the race could be found here: http://www.thrillofthetrail.ph/finishers

As a consolation, many of the veteran runners who have ran the 3 previous TNF100k stagings in Baguio said that the present course in Nuvali is trickier and more arduous than those staged in the former venue. The very hot and humid weather at Nuvali proved to be the downfall of many participants!

Assault to AS7

AS7

Clearly, the course was not designed for the average trail runner. And contrary to what many perceived as an easy course compared to that of its previous Baguio venue, this year’s TNF100 was a monster route, not designed so that everyone can easily finish. Many runners, took the course very lightly and few were prepared to race on one of the most technical trail routes for this event.

So while the ultra distances were very tough, one would expect that the short 22 km distance (which i participated in as a media/blogger observer) would also have its own bells and whistles of a killer course. Surprisingly, it was tame, very manageable and with as little a challenge as doing a speed training run on the roads. The course is mainly on single tracks with some parts surrounded by lush greenery, a small stream and some gentle rolling slopes of both ground and concrete.

I was able to run two-thirds of the distance with 3 other wonderful female trail runners, Vanessa who i was able to train with during the Mt. Marami Trail Test Run a few weeks ago, her friend, Tess and a hiker and mountaineer, Marissa. I sort of set the pace of doing a run-walk method which worked out really good because it kept us from walking too long or running too fast. It also let whomever was leading to choose when they wanted to walk, and for how long. Mostly it was just the steep hills that we would walk, but later in the race we started to walk a bit more (and laugh a lot more). Just keep on moving, that was our only goal– to finish the race before cut-off time.

L-R: Marissa, moi, Tess and Vanessa

And finished we did… more than an hour before cut-off time and it was great finishing the 4 of us with our hands clasped together as we crossed the finish line! It was reminiscent of my Mt. Sembrano Trail Run Challenged when i crossed the finish line with 2 other female runners.

With trail runner friend, Ricky Francisco

We start as a group of people…we finish as a group of friends!

Thanks to Aileen Frugal, Media Relations Officer of the Primer Group of Companies for inviting me to run and observe the TNF100 proceedings, to the organizers and volunteers for putting together an outstanding race and to all the runners who toed the line, finished or not—job well done, guys!

TNF100 2015: Elevate yourself
The North Face 100 hosted the boldest trail running competition of the season, gathering the country’s top ultra-marathon runners to best it out in the Nuvali-Batangas challenge.

For five decades, The North Face remains to be the leading outdoor brand that supplies authentic, technically-innovative outdoor gear and apparel for active lifestyle enthusiasts. Whatever may be the nature of one’s outdoor inclinations, one can always find an extensive range of outdoor essentials at TNF.

Going beyond its position, at the heart of TNF is ensuring that outdoor recreation continues to flourish which ultimately inspires the brand to innovate as well as to reach out to various outdoor communities whether by sponsoring top athletes or raising the bars of a sport through its groundbreaking events. And one of the which is the biggest trail-running competition of the season, The North Face 100 or TNF100.

Hailed as the most challenging test of endurance for hardcore runners, TNF 100 was inspired by the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc race in Europe, a single stage mountain ultramarathon that takes place once a year in the Alps, of which the main sponsor is also The North Face.

Like the UTMB which is widely regarded as the most difficult foot race in Europe, it is TNF’s mission to elevate the standards of the community and urge runners to defy their limits. Once more, TNF100 did exactly that as it hosted the Philippine-leg of the competition last June 12 to 13 at Nuvali, Tagaytay, and Batangas.

With the first-ever TNF100 Philippines held in 2008, the race had gone from merely having a hundred participants to nearly 2,000 as it has come to be most highly anticipated trail running event that offers a truly unique experience and immensely challenging terrain. Over the years, TNF100 have had races in challenging and diverse terrains including ones in Clark, Batangas, Camsur, and Baguio, Benguet. This year, the route began and ended at Nuvali in Sta. Rosa Laguna, and encompassed the scenic trails of Tagaytay and Cavite all the way to Talisay, Batangas.

The race was divided into three categories – 100km solo, 50km solo, and 22km solo – for both men and women. On Day 1, the 100k began at exactly 4:00am while the 50km began at 5:00am which required runners to traverse the trail of Nuvali. Meanwhile, Day 2 saw the most competitive runners test their mettle as they race to the finish line from Nuvali all the way to Talisay, Batangas and back to Nuvali. The following day, another batch of runners gathered at 5am for the 22km race.

In the end, the toughest and most enduring runners stood out as they proved to be the very epitome of defying one’s limits. Recognizing what could be the most pivotal point of their trail running experience, the winners were awarded with medals and trophies as well as big cash prizes and TNF products to to equip them with the necessary resources they would need to continuously defy their own limits and elevate the community in the process.

Once more, TNF has held a wildly successful event that brought together the entire community of runners for a two day celebration of their unified passion for the sport and the great outdoors. The TNF100 2015 marks another significant milestone for the brand and the community as it paves the way for two important things. One of which is to showcase the breath-taking landscapes of the country to inspire everyone to go outside and explore and secondly, TNF had once again took part in raising awareness for the sport and elevating the community to a whole new level as it hosts a bigger and bolder race each year.

The North Face 100 was made possible in partnership with NUVALI, SEDA Hotel Nuvali, AXN, Gatorade & Summit as it’s official hydration sponsors, the Primer Group of Companies, R.O.X., Department of Tourism, LGUs of Laguna, Cavite and Batangas, Tagaytay Highlands, Municipalities of Canlubang, Tagaytay and Talisay . Thanks also to our media partners Business Mirror, Business World, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, MB Sports Digest, Speed Magazine, and Men’s Health.

(Press Release)

MILO Marathon Welcomes Its 39th Season!

The 39th running of The National MILO Marathon will commence on June 28, 2015 in Dagupan City while the Manila elimination race will be on July 26. A total of 18 regional locations will be part of this race, including two (2) new venues, Balanga and Calapan. The MILO Marathon is known as the oldest and most prestigious marathon running series and it has become a traditional must-do race for runners from across the nation.

Join the many thousands of athletes who have enjoyed the MILO Marathon experience and take this opportunity for fun, camaraderie, and most of all – some of the best competitive racing you will find in the country with big prize money on hand for the winners!

MILO Marathon Movers during the 39th edition launch last June 18 at the Bayview Park Hotel

Registration Details:
39th National MILO Marathon

1. Interested participants are required to pay a non-refundable entry fee plus one (1) MILO® 300g empty pack alongside the accomplished and signed official registration form.
2. Registration may be accomplished online (www.milo.com.ph) or by downloading the registration form from http://ww1.nestle.com.ph/milo/marathon/register.html for submission to the area race organizer.

Entry fees for Provincial Race*:

  • 21-K Half Marathon Elimination Race P 630.00
  • 10-K Run P 530.00
  • 5-K Fun Run (Adults) P 110.00
  • 3-K Kiddie Run & 5-K Fun Run (Students) P 80.00
  • *plus one (1) MILO® 300g empty pack

Entry fees for Metro Manila Races*:

42.195-K Elimination Race P 730.00
21-K Half Marathon Race P 630.00
10-K Run P 530.00
5-K Fun Run (Adults) P 110.00
3-K Kiddie Run & 5-K Fun Run (Students) P 80.00

*plus one (1) MILO® 300g empty pack

*P10 from the registration fee will be donated to the “HELP GIVE SHOES” advocacy.

NOTE: REGISTRATION IS ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD WEAR THEIR MILO® MARATHON SINGLETS & RACE NUMBERS DURING THE RACE OR THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN.

3. Participants must be 18 years and above on the race day to participate in the Full Marathon (42.195-K) and Half Marathon (21-K). Each will have to secure an official ‘Fit-To-Run’ medical certificate signed by a licensed physician within 2 months before race day.
4. Participants must be 16 years and above on the race day to participate in the 10-K race.
5. Participants must be 7 years and above on the race day to participate in the 5-K Fun Run.
6. Participants must be 7 to 12 years old on race day to participate in the 3-K Kiddie Run. They are required to have their entry forms signed by a parent/guardian and must submit a photocopy of their NSO birth certificate or current school ID.
7. Participants below the age of 18 must seek their parental/guardian consent and fill up the entry form where the parent/guardian is required to sign.
8. Schedule of races is as follows:

Race City Date for 2015
1 Dagupan: Jun 28
2 Baguio: Jul 5
3 Tarlac: Jul 12
4 Bataan: Jul 19
5 Metro Manila: Jul 26
6 Calapan: Aug 2
7 Lipa: Aug 9
8 Naga: Aug 16
9 Lucena: Aug 30
10 Iloilo: Sep 20
11 Bacolod: Sep 27
12 Tagbilaran: Oct 4
13 Cebu: Oct 11
14 Gen. Santos: Oct 18
15 Davao: Nov 8
16 Butuan: Nov 15
17 Cagayan De Oro: Nov 22
18 Angeles: Dec 6

L-R: Robbie De Vera, MILO Sports Executive, Coach Rio De la Cruz, National MILO Marathon Race Organizer, Mary Joy Tabal, 2013-14 MILO Marathon Female Champion, Sherilla Bayona, Business Executive Manager, Beverages Unit, Nestle Philippines, Atty. Tonisito Umali, Assistant Secretary of DepEd, Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager

9. Only local participants (Filipinos and foreigners with working visa) can join and win in the 42.195-K and 21-K elimination races. Overseas participants may join and compete in the 42.195-K and 21-K National Finals for as long as they fulfill the requirements (To qualify, overseas runners must provide proof of finish in any AIMS/IAAF accredited races dating back at least one (1) year before race day or they may qualify in the Manila elimination race. They must have a finish time within the specified age-bracket and time identified in items 18 (for 21-K) & 19 (for 42.195-K).
10. Start time per category is as follows:

 42K (Manila & Angeles only) 3:00 AM
 21K 4:30 AM
 10K 5:00 AM
 3K 5:30 AM
 5K 5:35 AM
11. Participants may claim their official race packets (containing the race number with timing chip attached, safety pins, and route map) upon complete registration. Race numbers are non-transferable.

Champions to move forward as MILO Marathon welcomes 39th season. The 39th National MILO Marathon King and Queen to compete in 2016 Boston Marathon

Manila, Philippines, 18 June 2015 – The National MILO Marathon, the country’s most prestigious running event, is set to mark its 39th season this year, with the first of 18 regional legs set in Dagupan on June 28. A globally-renowned race event, the MILO Marathon continues to attract not only running enthusiasts and professional athletes, but also runners from all walks of life from across the country and internationally.

The National MILO Marathon expects 230,000 runners to participate this season. Throughout the years, the esteemed race has not only catered to professional athletes but also welcomed aspiring runners in the 3-K and 5-K distances where young aspiring sprinters have emerged as division winners.

Aside from the new race locations in Balanga and Calapan, runners will surely look forward to this year’s National Finals, which will be held in Angeles, Pampanga on December 6. Through these new venues, MILO will provide participants fresh challenges with better race routes which showcase the great running experience that the MILO Marathon is known for. “With these routes, runners will be able to get a chance to enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, with less traffic and pollution. We believe that our runners will appreciate this,” said Rio Dela Cruz, MILO Marathon Race Organizer.

2014 MILO Marathon Queen, Mary Joy Tabal

Last year’s winners Rafael Poliquit and Mary Joy Tabal will be looking to defend their coveted National MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns as they go head-to-head with the country’s best this season. In line with MILO’s commitment in supporting the country’s finest athletes in establishing their prowess in the global competitive arena, this year’s National Finals victors will be given a chance to join the 2016 Boston Marathon, one of the six World Marathon Majors, and the world’s oldest annual marathon which ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events.

“The Boston Marathon is considered as the Mecca of all races, where the best of the best runners compete. We at MILO believe that our Filipino runners have what it takes to go head-to-head with the world’s finest athletes,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager. “It will surely be a challenging yet fulfilling experience for our 2015 MILO Marathon King and Queen as they represent our country with pride in the Boston Marathon.

During the MILO Marathon launch last June 18 at the Bayview Park Hotel

To further inspire the 42K homegrown runners to push their limits and help champions move forward, local runners who finish amongst the top winners of the open category will also win the prize for the local category corresponding to their respective ranks. Bonus prizes will also be given to the first runner who breaks the 2:15:00 invisible time barrier (Php 100,000), the first male runner who breaks the 2:18:53 men’s course record of 5-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista (Php 50,000), and the first female runner who breaks the 2:48:00 women’s course record of back-to-back MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal (Php 50,000).

“We want to provide our Filipino runners the motivation and additional level of competition, and support them in their journey as champions,” added Neri. “We at MILO believe that everyone has different reasons for running, but all runners keep moving forward as they tread the way to becoming a champion. We invite everyone to join us in the 39th National MILO Marathon and let their champion story begin.”

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. For the past 5 years, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with the Department of Education, has inspired 50,000 aspiring athletes to fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. Php 10 from every runner’s registration fee will be allotted to the advocacy. MILO will then match the proceeds and work with the Department of Education to select 10,000 deserving public school student beneficiaries for this year.

Following the pilot race in Dagupan (June 28), the elimination legs will resume in Baguio (July 5), Tarlac (July 12), Balanga (July 19), Manila (July 26), Calapan (August 2), Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

Ready to rumble on July 26, the Manila elimination race.

Privileged to be sitting beside well-known multisport athlete and long-time friend, Noelle De Guzman aka the Kikay Runner

The 39th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS and Smart, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

With old and sharp-looking friends from the running world, Jonel Mendoza and Lester Chuayap

PRIZES:

3K Kiddie Run
• Boy’s and Girl’s Divisions:
o Champion: P1,500 + Trophy
o Runner-up: P1,000 + Trophy
o 3rd Place: P500 + Trophy
o 4th Place: P250+Medal
o 5th–10th Place: P150+Medal

5K Fun Run
• Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
o Champion: P2,500 + Trophy
o Runner-up: P1,500 + Trophy
o 3rd Place: P1,000 + Trophy
o 4th Place: P500+Medal
o 5th–10th Place: P250+Medal

10K Run
• Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
o Champion: P5,000 + Trophy
o Runner-up: P3,000 + Trophy
o 3rd Place: P2,000 + Trophy
o 4th Place: P1,000+Medal
o 5th–10th Place: P500+Medal

21K Run (Eliminations)
• Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
o Champion: P10,000 + Trophy
o Runner-up: P6,000 + Trophy
o 3rd Place: P4,000 + Trophy
o 4th Place: P2,000 + Medal
o 5th-10th Place: P1,000 + Medal

21K Run (National Finals)
• Open Category
o Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
 Champion: P15,000 + Trophy
 Runner-up: P12,000 + Trophy
 3rd Place: P10,000 + Trophy

• Local Category
o Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
 Champion: P8,000 + Trophy
 Runner-up: P6,000 + Trophy
 3rd Place: P4,000 + Trophy
 4th Place: P2,000+ Medal
 5th–10th Place: P1,000+ Medal

Note: All 21-K finishers within the cut-off time will receive a medal and loot bag.

42.195K Metro Manila Elimination Race

• Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
o Champion: P50,000 + Trophy
o Runner-up: P30,000 + Trophy
o 3rd Place: P20,000 + Trophy
o 4th Place: P10,000+ Medal
o 5th–10th Place: P5,000+Medal

42.195K National Finals

• Open Category
o Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
 Champion: P300,000 + Trophy
 Runner-up: P250,000 + Trophy
 3rd Place: P200,000 + Trophy

• Local Category
o Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
 Champion: P150,000 + Trophy 4th Place: P30,000+Medal
 Runner-up: P100,000 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P10,000+Medal
 3rd Place: P75,000 + Trophy

Additional Notes: Fastest Filipino 42.195K winners (male & female) will be dubbed as the 2015 MILO® Marathon King and Queen respectively and will be given the opportunity to compete in an international race outside the country. All expenses will be shouldered by MILO.

All 42.195-K finishers within the cut-off time will receive a medal, a loot bag, and an exclusive finisher’s shirt.

Bonus for Local Runners: If local runners amongst the top winners of the open category, they will also win the prize for the local category corresponding to their respective ranks.

P100,000 bonus for the first runner who breaks the 2:15:00 invisible time barrier.
P50,000 bonus for the first runner who breaks the 2:18:53 men’s course record of Eduardo Buenavista.
P50,000 bonus for the first female runner who breaks the 2:48:00 women’s course record of Mary Joy Tabal.

Finishers in all categories within the cut-off time will receive a certificate of finish.

Winners must be physically present to receive their awards during the awarding ceremony. Uncollected prizes will be donated to the “HELP GIVE SHOES ADVOCACY” or disposed at the discretion of the race organizer.

Results will be uploaded two (2) days after each race.

Men’s Health Philippines Father’s Day Treat

With Summit Media’s Grace Enriquez and blogger Franc Ramon

What better way to spend Father’s Day than be treated to a day of grooming at a high-end men’s saloon center, the Sports Barbers? Men’s Health Magazine indulged us selected fathers to an exclusive self-improvement experience dedicated to make us look better, feel better, train better and be better.

Sports Barbers, combines traditional barbering experience with stylish and sophisticated hair services specially tailored for men. The saloon was a little hard to find at the huge Mall of Asia that even the Concierge didn’t know where it was but after asking several mall guards patrolling the area, i was directed to the right spot.

First off, we were treated with some grooming make-overs like having our hair trimmed in style, shave, shampoo, massage and some nail cleaning and manicure. From start to finish I was pampered and entertained by my stylist, a guy who had working stints in the Middle East and I was most happy with the results… from the haircut to shampoo to the scalp massage including trimming on my eyebrows made for an amazing experience.

Getting my haircut at Sports Barber

Equally, the staff of Summit Media were on hand to make us guests feel at home. They took their time with us and genuinely saw to it that we were comfortable. We were even provided a tablet to take an exclusive first look and trial of their new official Men’s Health Philippines website, www.MensHealth.ph while we were being groomed. Also, we were given a complete set of grooming giveaways like razors, razor blades, shampoos, shaving creams, body lotions and training giveaways.

It was truly refreshing to walk into a place where you are welcomed, treated as special guests, pampered with top notch service by its great staff, a great shampoo-haircut to go with it that i wish everyday was Fathers Day!

Finished product

It was something relaxing that working fathers seem to take for granted after a long day’s work or being too busy with their sports training.

Thanks to the awesome staff of Summit Media namely, Grace Enriquez, old friend Arlo Vicenzo, Milanny Odon and the rest of their team for giving us an unforgettable Father’s Day experience!

Hair selfie

This event is presented by Gillette, Safeguard and Head & Shoulders.

Men’s Health June issue is now available in newsstands and in bookstores, convenience stores and supermarkets nationwide. A digital edition of Men’s Health is also available for download on your mobile device through Apple Newsstand, Buqo and Zinio.

Men’s Health Fathers Day give-aways

For more details, visit www.summitnewsstand.com.ph/mens-health, follow Men’s Health on Facebook: facebook.com/menshealthphilippines, on Twitter and Instagram @ MenhealthPH.

Edsa Shangri-La Manila’s Health Club and Chi

Move. Refuel. Recover. This is the wellness concept we were introduced in yesterday when a couple of fitness bloggers and myself attended Edsa Shangri-La Manila’s newly renovated Health Club. The concept is a conglomeration of state-of-the-art fitness programs with healthy food selections and the overall wellness expertise that CHI, their Spa is known for.

This health club, located at the ground floor of the chic Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City may be the gym du jour of Ortigas Center’s well-heeled office executives and fitness-crazed high rollers. Instead of emphasizing on getting sculpted bodies and well-defined abs, the Health Club is all about holistic wellness under the supervision of internationally certified wellness coaches.

I love the friendly atmosphere once i entered the doors and to the reception area with welcoming staff all over the place. The amenities are pretty amazing inside; the lightings, furnishings, decorated walls are all flawless. The gym itself which is located at the 2nd floor speaks volumes with a large enough work-out space. The machines are exceptionally well laid out, a blend and wonderful mix of high tech equipments and some standards fitness accessories.

Spinning Bikes

Cardio Section

Treadmills with internet

The Up-to-the-Moment Cardio Section consists of state-of-the-art cardiovascular machines that features Internet connectivity, Swipe technology and smartphone-compatible custom-workout settings. Pretty cool, ha. But most importantly – it is completely member service oriented.

High Energy Functional training Zone 2

Triathlon Training Zone

Fresh towels are always available in your locker cabinet and with the concierge plus another bonus is the fruit-infused ice-cold water to fill your drinking bottle which is a thirst-quencher.

To completely grasp their Move, Refuel and Recover concept, we were given an itinerary of work-outs representing each concept and made to do nine (9) tasks. The MOVE concept comprises 5 dedicated fitness zones offering non-intimidating work-outs using their state of the art facilities. For me, I chose to work-out on the BoxMaster, the Google map-powered Tour De France Bike and a Synergy Fitness/Stretching Class.

Practicing on the BoxMaster

On the Tour De France bike

After the MOVE concept is the REFUEL Concept which I think was my favorite of all 3 concepts. Here, you get to sample all fruit-infused water concoctions, sample the various “Well-on-the-Go” healthy snacks of sandwiches, salads, fruit cocktails, yoghurts and home-made energy bars! Yummy!

Fruit-infused water!

That shot of Energy Booster (pure crushed ginger). Stronger than Tequila!

Salads galore!

Healthy sandwiches

Flavored yoghurt

Energy Bars

My recovery food!

And to cap all of that sweat-inducing work outs, we were given a 15-minute massage at the Chi, the Spa station at the Health Club, took a cold plunge at the shower room and given very healthful advice from their resident Doctor, Dr. Heal Dineros and Ms. Cris Pangan, their in-house nutritionist.

With Dr. Heal Dineros

Overall, I would certainly recommend Edsa Shangri-la’s Health Club to anyone who wants a high-end “fitness center” experience. Here, gym buffs will receive the full gamut of high-tech health assessments and nutritional expertise, and they’ll surely welcome its modern-tech, gritty approach to fitness.

PRESS RELEASE:

EDSA SHANGRI-LA, MANILA INVITES GUESTS TO
AN OPEN HOUSE EVENT AT ITS NEW HEALTH CLUB

June 18, 2015, Manila – Guests are invited to Edsa Shangri-La, Manila’s Health Club and Chi, The Spa’s 2-day Open House Event on June 26 and 27, 2015, Friday and Saturday, from 12 midnight to 11:59 p.m.

Exclusive offers and special membership packages await clients who will enroll from 12 midnight of June 26 until 12 midnight of June 27. Ultimate Gourmet and Golden Circle Members, as well as St. Francis and One Shangri-La residents, Citibank, BDO and HSBC credit card holders will receive additional benefits for their ultimate advantage.

The event highlights a lineup of exciting activities for guests to enjoy. On June 26, 6 p.m. onwards, get in action with the Live DJ Workouts powered by Under Armour performing Polar Spinning and Zumba Glow. Take an efficiency test with Rudy Project and join the Beat-our-Coach challenge by Speedo. On June 27, 2 p.m. onwards, guests are invited to join the fun at the Aqua Zumba dance action and Zumba with the only latina, Venezuelan instructor, Dina Berrio, as kids enjoy the fun inflatables. Acquire insights, ideas and tips from professionals on this 2-day event at the Meet the Experts session presenting Dr. Gil Dineros, lifestyle doctor, Cris Pangan, in-house nutritionist, Rio Dela Cruz, running coach, Chappy Clanata, athletic conditioning coach and a triathlon coach, while trying Health Club’s new Well-on-the-Go menu. Recover at Chi, The Spa station and experience TP Performance Therapy.

The country’s leader in lifestyle fitness, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila’s Health Club aims to build a lifestyle anchored on holistic wellness under the supervision of internationally certified wellness coaches.

A first-of-its-kind, the Health Club pioneers the “Move, Refuel and Recover” concept, fusing state-of-the-art fitness programs with healthy food selections and the overall wellness expertise that CHI, The Spa is known for. The Health Club is a source of energy, pleasure and relaxation, which provides a way to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle and well-being.

For inquiries, please call (632) 633 8888 Ext. 2906 or email healthclub.esl@shangri-la.com.

TOTAL WELLNESS AT EDSA SHANGRI-LA, MANILA,
THE COUNTRY’S LEADER IN LIFESTYLE FITNESS

June 4, 2015, Manila – Edsa Shangri-La, Manila introduces its newly renovated Health Club – the country’s leader in lifestyle fitness, which aims to build a lifestyle anchored on holistic wellness under the supervision of internationally certified wellness coaches.

A first-of-its-kind, the Health Club pioneers the “Move, Refuel and Recover” concept, fusing state-of-the-art fitness programs with healthy food selections and the overall wellness expertise that CHI, The Spa is known for. The Health Club is a source of energy, pleasure and relaxation, which provides a way to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle and well-being.

MOVE
The Health Club brings a unique workout experience with 5 dedicated fitness zones designed to offer non-intimidating workout environment ideal for all users of all levels. It boasts fully-equipped modern and innovative facilities to help achieve personal fitness goals.

The Up-to-the-Moment Cardio Section consists of state-of-the-art cardiovascular machines that features Internet connectivity, Swipe technology and smartphone-compatible custom-workout settings. Get in action with the High-Energy Functional

Training Zone highlighting Synergy 360s for various functional exercises along with a Boxing and Mixed-Martial Arts Section equipped with the revolutionary BoxMaster. The Exclusive Triathlon Training Space provides world-class equipment – the Vasa Swim Ergometer, Google Map-powered Tour de France Bike and Treadmill. A dedicated Flexibility and Stretching Zone boasts the Flex Area by Pavigym and Stott-Pilates Spring Wall.

The hotel vaunts its free-form outdoor swimming pool set amidst a lush tropical garden for a deluxe resort feel with aqua fitness workouts and conditioning exercises; as well as its two tennis courts which offers a comprehensive training program under the supervision of international tennis training academy.

No fitness gear? No worries! The Health Club provides On–The-Go Kit containing on-loan items available for guests to borrow. Complimentary Signature Workout Programs and group exercises are readily available for specific needs and preferences.

REFUEL
Keep your engines running with the right balance of food and fluid intake after a workout session or a busy day in the office. The hotel provides healthy food selections through the Special Diet Concierge services; where you can also have your favourite meal prepared exactly the way you want it. A special menu card is also readily available displaying the healthiest options from the hotel’s restaurants complete with calorie count in one menu and Well-On The-Go, guilt free snacks and energy bites for sale perfect for people who are always on-the-go.
The Health Club serves infused-water concoctions for detoxification, fat loss or relaxation as well as instant energy booster shots to give you that extra push to finish your set.

RECOVER
Surrender to the world of calmness and timelessness with CHI, The Spa’s signature treatments based on Chinese and Philippine healing concepts. This luxury spa features single, double and specialty suites, outdoor bathing facilities, poolside reflexology, yoga studio, library and meditation rooms.

Guests may opt to enjoy CHI, The Spa signature treatments at the comfort and privacy of their own rooms and a good sleep program that offers pillow preferences for ultimate relaxation.

Complete your relaxation and post work-out recovery with Health Club’s Hydrotherapy facilities featuring a Jacuzzi, cold plunge, sauna room and a steam room.

For inquiries, please call (632) 633 8888 or email healthclub.esl@shangri-la.com.

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Team Pilipinas Athletics: Off To The 2015 SEA Games

Breaking News!

Two of our Triathlon athletes, Nikko Huelgas and Claire Adorna both bagged the country’s first gold medals at the SEA Games this weekend. These are the first ever gold medals won by the Philippines at the Games in the sports of triathlon! Another Filipina, Kim Manrobang placed second to Adorna and bagged the silver medal.

Triathlon is a relatively new sport at the SEA Games where we won medals in 2005, 2007, and 2015. In 2005, Sandra Araullo took a silver medal and Arland Macasieb the bronze. In 2007, George Vilog bagged a silver medal and Arland took the bronze, while Sandra again won silver and Maria Lucas took home a bronze.

Today, while we celebrate the victories of triathletes Nikko, Claire and Kim, we await our athletes in the field of athletics who will compete at the 28th Sout East Asian Games starting today and are expected to put in some decent if not, top notch performances. The athletics team are expected to garner at least 8 gold medals.

Just before their departure for Singapore a few days ago, part of our Philippine delegation, our athletics team in particular, were given a sound send-off, spearheaded by L-Time Studio and Veloci Watches. A total of 36 of our best athletes are represented in athletics spearheaded by our marathon contingent consisting of Eduardo Buenavista, Raphael Poliquit Jr. and on the distaff side, Mary Joy Tabal.

The Philippine Athletics delegation to the 2015 SEA Games

PRESS RELEASE:

L TIMESTUDIO and VELOCI Time, two strong players in the Philippine watch industry, are joining forces and partnering with Marriott Hotel Manila to support our local heroes who will be competing at the 28th Southeast Asian Games. L TIMESTUDIO is the forerunner of a retail watch concept for fashion and sport timepieces while VELOCI Time, a homegrown watch brand boasting of stylish design, superior quality, and affordability, is likewise making a mark of its own in the Philippine watch industry.

The Distance Runners

The Jumpers

In an apparent effort to regain the glorious era of Philippine athletics, the timing of the changing of the guards in PATAFA (Philippine Athletics Track And Field Association) couldn’t have been more impeccable. With Dr. Philip Ella Juico’s ascendancy to the post as the new Philippine athletics chief, members of Team Pilipinas athletics are all fired up to accomplish a spectacular performance in the upcoming 2015 SEA Games.

Multi-Events

Hurdlers

If the remarkable athletic achievements of the Philippine athletics team in recent international competitions are an indicator, Team Pilipinas Athletics stands to collect eight (8) gold medals in the upcoming biennial meet in Singapore. Banking on the solid and still improving best performances from the 36-strong athletics team, this scenario will be an easy feat. And with a few turns of good luck, a 12 gold medal haul possibility may not even be remote. The best finish of the Philippines in the SEAG was in 1983, also in Singapore, where it garnered 11 gold-12 silver-9 bronze medals.

Sprinters

Throwers

Among the disciplines where the Philippines could strike gold are (men) hammer throw, 400m, 400m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, 4x400m relay, decathlon, long jump, 800m, and pole vault.

Considered as swing events, where a bronze medal is at least a high possibility, are (men) marathon, 1500m, 4x100m, 110m hurdles, discus throw, shot put; (women) long jump, 10,000m, and heptathlon.

With Marestella Torres

The 2015 SEA Games will officially kick off on June 5. Two days after, the mettle of Team Pilipinas athletics will start to be tested. But as they have proven already, nothing is impossible with dedication, focus and tangible support. They have surpassed all challenges and obstacles before. The strong desire to bring honor to the country had carried them through. And this time around, the Philippine athletics team’s morale is at an all time high. The odds are in our favor and our time is now.

Jumpers
Marestella Torres
Riezel Buenaventura
Katherine Khay Santos
Henry Dagmil
Mark Harry Diones
Donovan Arriola Jr.
Tyler Ruiz
EJ Obiena

Throwers
Rosie Villarito
Evalyn Palabrica
Arniel Ferrera
Caleb Stuart

Distance Runners
Mary Grace Delos Santos
Mary Joy Tabal
Jessica Lyn Barnard
Rene Herrera
Mervin Guarte
Christopher Ulboc Jr.
Wenlie Maulas
Rafael Poliquit Jr.
Roldan Verano
Eduardo Buenavista

Hurdlers
Patrick Ma. Unso
Junrey Bano
Clinton Kingsley Bautista
Eric Shauwn Cray

Multi-event Athletes
Narcisa Atienza (Heptathlon)
Janry Ubas (Decathlon)
Jesson Ramil Cid (Decathlon)

Sprinters
Princess Joy Griffey
Kayla Anise Richardson
Kyla Ashely Richardson
Archand Christian Bagsit
Ryan Bigyan
Joan Caido
Edgardo Alejan

About VELOCI TIME

The Italian-Inspired Veloci watch calls on the rad dogs of our generation to live the second.
You only live once, and nobody knows what happens next. What if the world ended tomorrow? Wouldn’t you regret never having dated a supermodel, or skydiving naked from 10,000 feet? What about the fugue you’ve always wanted to try, or your dream supercar drag race in the expressway? Now is the time to get real, man.

We sell watches to stylish, young people who believe that only a few things in the world are as important as looking fashionable – whether it be on facebook and instagram, on a mountain summit, or while partying in a beach. We know that making an effort to look good means loving yourself.

Our watches are customizable and are meant to match your outfits. They are also meant to match your fleeting, spontaneous, and adventurous character. We know that you’ve always dreamed of what it’s like to be a surfer, a pilot, a sky jumper, an artist, or even a chef. So if you’re off to cross something out your bucket list, Veloci has perfect watches for you to do it all in style.

“Veloci aims to be known as a brand that is always evolving—one that keeps up with the fashion trends and offers high quality watches at reasonable prices,” says Managing Director Marnie Chua. Introducing integrated silicone straps, exciting new dial colors, stainless steel and gold cases, elegance and convenience go hand in hand. Combining 100-meter water resistance with the choice to pick colors suitable for any occasion, all Veloci timepieces remain looking current and fresh, adventure after adventure.

Veloci watches are available in L Timesudio boutiques nationwide.

About L TIMESTUDIO

Timepieces are no longer just a means to tell time.

It is a statement – a statement of personality, of lifestyle and of individual style.

Building equity on ever-evolving brand selections to remain always fresh, fashionable, and on-trend since 2002, L TIMESTUDIO remains to be the game-changing concept in the presentation of fashion and sport watches in the Philippines.

More so now, L Timestudio carries a more diverse line of fashion and sport watches to match the Filipino’s ever growing awareness and the need for a more active lifestyle.

L Timestudio boutiques are located at various shopping malls nationwide.

Valley Trail Challenge: June 28, 2015

The trails and meadows of Nuvali will once again come alive with the rumblings of cows and the footsteps of runners! It’s Front Runner’s Magazine’s return to Nuvali for their trail running event, the VALLEY TRAIL CHALLENGE, a 15K, 30K and 50K trail race this coming June 28, 2015!

All runners will be treated to great views of Nuvali’s trail frontier… forest woods, open valleys and single track trails. Those experienced runners and familiar with the route will enjoy the challenge and exploration of new territory and those new to the trails will also discover a whole new world of running where the course is beginner-friendly that will entice you to embrace trail running as a complement to your road races!

Experience your own trail running-induced euphoria at the Valley Trail Challenge! Whether it’s your first trail run, a chance to set a personal record, or simply going out trail running with friends, you’ll be glad you ran at Nuvali!

Here are the details of the race!

REGISTRATION FEES (part of registration fees will go the HERO FOUNDATION). LIMITED SLOTS (Updates will be given as to availability of slots)

15k- P900.00 pesos- Swag: Event shirt and Finisher’s Medal, Post-race meal and drinks

30k- P1200.00 pesos- Swag: Event shirt and Finisher’s Medal, Post-race meal and drinks

50k- P1500.00 pesos-Swag: Event shirt and Finisher’s Medal, Post-race meal and drinks Registration starts on March 16. Limited slots only and registration period may end once all slots are filled up. This means there will be NO onsite registration/extension. 15k Start: 5:00 AM, Cutoff time THREE hours, 3:00:00  30k Start: 3:00 AM, Cutoff time SIX hours, 6:00:00  50k Start: 2:00 AM, Cutoff time TEN hours, 10:00:00 (25-Kilometer Cutoff, 5:00:00 Hours. Runners not able to meet this deadline will be declared as DNF and be brought back to the finish line.)  REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

    1. Bank Deposit: HARDCORE PUBLISHING HOUSE, INC. BPI 2371 0034 71
    2. Print your name, shirt size and distance on the deposit slip together with your signed and duly-accomplished registration form and waiver DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM: REGISTRATION VTC5
    3. Scan or Camera-capture and email to 2015valleytc@gmail.com. You will receive an acknowledgement thereafter. Please do NOT post on facebook.
  • Incomplete details on deposit slip will not be honored.
  • For inquiries only; frontrunnermag@gmail.com

Other Info: *Registration will be accepted from March 16 – June 16, 2015. *Registration at 100 Miles Café begins on May 1, 2015. *Race kit claiming will be on June 19 and 20, 2015 from 11:00 AM-7:00 PM at 100 Miles Café/Galileia Events Place, BGC. RACE DETAILS

    1. Please read and understand all details thoroughly.
    2. Start/Finish Line: EAST NATURE AVENUE, NUVALI.
    3. Please be on time. Latecomers will NOT be allowed to officially join the race anymore. However, they are still entitled to post-race items except the Official Finisher’s medal.
    4. Assembly Time: 1:00 AM (for 50k), 2:00 AM(30k) and 4:00 AM(15k) / RAIN or SHINE.

RACE KIT CLAIMING will be on June 19 and 20, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM at 100 Miles Café/Galileia Events Place, BGC.

  • THERE WILL BE NO RACE KIT DISTRIBUTION DURING RACE DAY AT THE VENUE.
  • All runners must wear their race numbers in front, pinned on the shirt or shorts.
  • Runners will make a turnaround at their respective turning points and make their way back to the finish line.
  • There will be aid stations located at Km 6(Gate 3-15, 30, 50K), Km 15(Mirriam-30, 50K), Km 20(Gate 5-50k) and Km 25 (Nuvali Boulevard corner East Conservation Road-50k) where all runners are free to refill and eat. Take note that since this an out and back course, you will be passing these aid stations twice, except for the Km 25 station.
  • Littering is absolutely prohibited. Violation of such will merit outright disqualification. Garbage bags are available in all aid stations.
  • Race route will be marked by ribbons and/or directional tarpaulins.
  • Runners who decide not to continue the race must contact the Race Director or inform the nearest aid station marshals for proper accounting.
  • No time credits will be given for runners who get lost therefore all runners are encouraged to pay attention to race markers/signs.
  • NO shuttle service to and from NUVALI is provided.
  • FREE parking is available at the designated parking areas. While security will be provided, runners will be solely responsible for securing their belongings. Race organizers and management will not be held liable for any damage or loss to personal items.
  • Baggage deposit counter/toilet and bathroom will be available at the same site.
  • The Race Director may, at any time, make revisions on the course and race details/rules for the benefit of all runners and reserves all the rights to use pictures and videos taken by any participant for publication in any form of media without any consideration, monetary or otherwise. Owners of published photos/videos will be duly recognized.
  • ALL RUNNERS ARE REQUIRED BRING THEIR OWN HYDRATION BOTTLES/PACKS. YOU ARE FREE TO REFILL IN ALL STATIONS. THERE WILL BE NO CUPS AVAILABLE IN ALL AID STATIONS IN KEEPING WITH THE “LEAVE NO TRACE” theme.
  • Enjoy, have fun and absolutely NO WHINING.
  • Race Director’s decision is final.

The Trail Route Of The 1st Mt. Marami 21KM FKT Trail Run Challenge

Mt. Marami in Maragondon, Cavite will serve as the focal point for the upcoming Mt. Marami 21k Uphill Challenge on August 9, 2015 (check out details below) and has some of the most exhilarating trails I’ve ever seen. Together with 18 other trail blazers, i was fortunate enough to have been invited by trail runner/race organizer JC Igos to recon the 21k route yesterday and it is without doubt a very challenging route!

The long climb to Mt. Marami was arduous enough and considering that it rained the day before, most of the trails were muddy so we were reduced to dragging our trail shoes 3 times its weight! Mud aside, terrain varied considerably but nothing that works you so hard you can’t enjoy the great scenery and the ever changing trails in and out of the mountains.

It’s no surprise that many trail runners try to venture outside the usual trail venues of Tanay, Montalban and Laguna for new untapped off-road running and all 19 of us who were there were in for a surprising treat! Running in this secluded place gave us a true sense of what trail running is about but the real draw is the extent and variety of trails and terrain–perfect for an adventure trail race! The trail running options in Magallanes, Maragondon and other outlying barrios en-route to Mt. Marami are very challenging and almost limitless.

So let me just do a quick rundown.

We started our run-trek at Brgy. Talipusngo and plowed through the muddy rough roads which allowed for a nice warm-up while viewing the open fields of Marogondon. The first section of the run is on this muddy stretch of rough roads, 3 kms of mostly downhills until we reached a wooded forest with a nice river that served as our first rest stop.

Atarting point at Brgy. Talipusngo, Maragondon, Cavite

Trail Head-master JC Igos, giving the final instructions before the run

We ran into several bamboo gates which served to stop wandering herds of cows that were grazing around the trails. There were several gentle uphills and the road being soggy and all, we tried to wiggle the mud from our shoes by stepping on stones to wipe the debris away. The open paths then transitioned into rougher but beautiful trails.

As we left the open vistas, we had all the trails to ourselves except for a rare few locals on horseback bringing charcoals to the market. The path is rocky with a few gentle ups and downs and the tall trees provided plenty of shade on a warm day.

Our power-walk was later reduced to a slow walk and transformed into a grind when we reached the trail-head after Ilog Bangkaan. We nearly overshot our intended route as we saw in our midst the rock pillars of Mt. Marami. It was all uphill from there as we got entangled into bamboo trees inside a wild forest but the terrain remained manageable. Found a water source from a secluded hill and filled up some on our water containers. Not sure if it was safe to drink it but the water tasted good and cold!

After power-walking the endless trails, we reached the Nuestra Senora Dela Paz Shrine which I think was the only place inhabited in the area. It would be another 4 kms of trekking before we finally reach the summit of Marami! The views up the summit were spectacular, and we get to sit on the “silyang bato” mountain. We were treated with a panorama of Pico De Loro, Mt. Mariveles and a 360 degree view of Cavite.

Over-all, the trails offered many challenging parts and getting up the summit of the mountain was our main reward! Great place for a 9-hour trek-run!

Muddy during the first half of our trail run

Tip-toeing our way on the trails.

Wide, open vistas and the trails here are great.

Bamboo gate to prevent grazing cows from getting far from their owners

Trees offered some nice shade

A small stream where we had our second rest stop

This offered a refreshing view on the course

A pilgimage site during Holy Week. They also serve fresh buko (coconut) juice for P20.00 a pop!

Another chance for a photo op.

Mt. Marami can be viewed from here

That’s about 4kms more of mountain climbing before reaching Mt. Marami (background)

At the Bangkalan river with the circular rock

The starting point of the assault

We rush with excitement as we get closer

The circular pillar looks like an entrance to a fortress

D Franc Ramon!

Just a few meters away from the summit

At the ‘silyang bato”!

Runners during the race will have the option to take their pictures here

“Dabull” runner flexing his muscles over his herd which made us stop because they were blocking the trails. Whenever we attempted to cross, they would charge at us!

On our way back to the gorgeous trails

Look-back shot from Del

The 1st Mt Marami – Silyang Bato 21KM FKT Trail Run Challenge to be held on August 9, 2015 is now open for registration! Check out the details below:

REGISTRATION:

Parts of Proceeds will go to “Mt Marami Mountain Clean Up Drive of Maragondon, Cavite”

When: August 9-Sunday 5AM
Assembly: 3AM
Gun Start: 5AM
Cut Off: 7 Hours (For 21KM Only)
Summit Cut Off @ 10.8KM: 3 Hours

Distance Categories:

8KM – KM 4 Trail Marker Sign U-Turn Point

14KM – KM 7 Nuestra Senora Dela Paz Grotto/Chapel U-Turn Point

21KM FKT Mountain Run – KM 10.8 Summit/Silyang Bato U-Turn Point.

Start and Finish: Barangay Talipusngo, Maragondon, Cavite – Jump-off Site

Registration Fee:

21KM – P 1,000
14KM – P 800
8KM – P 500
Race Inclusions: Race Bib, Event Shirt, Finisher’s Medal. Banana and Drinks at the Finish Line.

GROUP DISCOUNT PROMO ( Applies from May 26 to June 15 Only, No Extension)

Group of 5 to 10 pax = 10% OFF

Registration Period: May 26 to July 17, 2015 Only.

Deadline of Registration: July 17, 2015-Friday

Experience a “New Trail Running Route” and discover the beauty and nature of Maragondon Trails. Mt Marami-Silyang Bato offers a lot to trail runners, from muddy trails (during rainy season), 3x river crossings, grassy, two and single track trails, 360 Degrees stunning view of Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas from the Summit (with Pico De Loro on its sight). It is also good as an introductory run for “Newbie and Novice Trail Runners” as we will open 8KM and 14KM distance. Full Distance is 21kms for the challenge seekers. All distance categories are out and back route with corresponding u-turn points.

Note: ONLY The Full Distance Trail
Runners will reach the peak of Mt. Marami and will have the opportunity to sit on the famous “Silyang Bato”. Our Photographers will be waiting for you at the summit to capture and immortalize your moments.

Mandatory Gears: Hydration Bag / Hydration Bottle / Headlamp / Whistle / Fully Charged CellPhone with a least P100 credits / Trash Bag

**Trail Shoes is strongly recommended but not required.

Optional Gears: Trekking Pole / Cap and Buff (for heat protection) Water proof jacket (if raining/cold weather)

IMPORTANT: Mandatory gears will be checked at the starting line by the race officials. Failure to complete the requirements will not be allowed to race.

LIMITED SLOTS ONLY

HOW TO REGISTER

Please deposit the registration fee at any BPI-Island Bank Branch in favor of:

Savings Account Name: Michael Maleriado

Savings Account Number: 0959-0489-59

Please send the deposit slip with your Name / Shirt Size /Distance and Cell Number @ neweraraceeventmanagement@gmail.com for registration confirmation.

On Site Registration: New Balance The District Mall Imus, 10AM to 9PM – Monday to Sunday

Race Kit Claiming: August 2 at New Balance The District Mall Imus – 10AM to 9PM ONLY.

“The Mountains and Trails are Calling!… and I Must Go!”

Organizer: New Era Race Event Management Inc.

For Questions: Please contact the ff numbers below

0917-526-3305
0927-972-8258
0908-816-3568

In Partnership With:
Team Cavite ESE and Takbo Kabitenyo

LGU Partner: Municipality of Maragondon, Cavite

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Shuttle Services (Runners Expense/Roundtrip)

Sheila Velasco – Manila Area
PM or contact 0925 593 2010 / 0908 2149029 / Shuttles Best

Pick-up Areas
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#4 Jollibee Toyota Roxas Blvd near Heritage Hotel
#5 Alabang-All Day Starmall
#6 Sta Cruz/Los Baños/Calamba, Laguna