It’s not an easy trail route, but those who have experienced traversing uphill trails whether you’re a newbie or a veteran trail runner, would find running, hiking or just trying to survive to get to the top of Mt. Sembrano the harsh yet thrilling experience of conquering it on limited time.
Running this race for the very first time two years ago, i kind of wondered how i was able to wrestle the unlimited uphills, specially the first 5 kilometers of continuous climbing on gnarly rocky trails. Still, i think this was one of the best trail races for 2015 (didn’t join last year because of severe acid reflux) even with the negligible blips of getting lost and suffering from cramps that made this race even more exciting.
The Mt. Sembrano Mountain Run is going to be back this coming March 12, 2017 with some new trail routes being added. This is a no frills, all thrills race but has the unique stamp of an MGM event, organizers of this race. It has full of support, unique swags, fabulous finisher’s shirt, food and an after event gathering of pure trail enthusiasts hobnobbing with first time trail runners wanting to catch on the frenzy of their newfound sport.
This mountain run is not for people who are looking to set a fast pace but I would recommend it to those looking to deviate from road events and challenge themselves with a difficult but doable trail run, specially the newbie trail runner.
Getting to the top of Mt. Sembrano and reaching the finish-line will give you a sense of great euphoria and that’s definitely the case here, as this was one of the most grueling yet rewarding trail races I’ve done.
If you haven’s registered yet, you have a little more than a week to register (deadline on February 17) and can close even earlier if slots have all been filled up.
Here are the details of the race:
Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Challenge 2017 (15KM/32KM)
March 12, 2017 (New Trail Route)
Malaya, Pililia, Rizal
2nd Leg for the grand slam of the MGM Production Trail Running Series 2017.
15km (Old Trail-Summit turn around-New Trail)
32km (Old Trail-Summit-Bugarin Trail- turn around-New Trail)
6:00 AM March 12, 2017 (32km)
6:30 AM March 12, 2017 (15km)
Cut Off Time: 6hrs (15km) / 9hrs (32km)
Starting/Finish Area: Brgy. Hall of Malaya, Pililla, Rizal
P 1,100.00 / 15km Mountain Run
P 1,350.00 / 32km Mountain Run
inclusive Finisher Medal, Shirt, Race Bandana, Bib Number, Post Race Meal, Freebies and Raffle
Registration Period: December 01, 2017- February 17, 2017
Deposit the registration fee to:
Account Name:Rayman D. delos Angeles
BPI Savings Acct Num: 3199-1456-56
Send a scanned copy of the deposit slip to with your name, gender, distance and size of finisher shirt . Subject: MGM MT. SEMBRANO REGISTRATION”. Please keep and present the deposit slip when claiming the race kit on the race day.
LIMITED SLOTS ONLY!
The event takes place RAIN or SHINE!
Course Description: Rough roads which leads to rocky path; numerous mango trees; grassy summit which is fully exposed to the sun with the great view of Laguna Lake.
Camping: Runners are welcome to camp on the grounds Friday evening. Camping is available at an assigned area on the covered court with facilities near the start. Showers are available. Please take out what you bring in.