Sneak Peek of the Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2018

While many of our local trail runners are busy preparing for their respective trail races in the coming weeks and months, most of them can be seen during weekends, gutting out around the mountain trails of Parawagan, Ayaas, Pintong Bukawe, Inigan, and Malasya among many others, all located in the mountains of Rodriguez, particularly in Wawa, Rizal.

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These groups of trail runners are somewhat eclectic, some are elite/hardcore, others, members of running groups and the rest, newbies who tough it out with the veterans, pushing their bodies on those uphill climbs and be rewarded with amazing views and moments of ecstasy whenever they reach the top.

Wawa has become a hotbed for trail runners. While there have been spectacular races held in Wawa and in the vicinity of Pintong Bukawe, one local yearly favorite is the Soleus Cross Country Challenge (SCCC2018) now on its 3rd year.

If your idea of a trail run includes crossing rivers, a hanging bridge and standing on top of a popular mountain peak that gives the best views of Mt. Binakayan and Mt. Pamintuan, then The Soleus Cross Country Challenge is for you. This race begins at at the Iconic Ten Commandments Tablet above Mt. Sinai, in Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal and quickly descends down the trails and dirt roads leading to parts of the Marikina River. Running on the edges of the river, the route quickly gets brutal, forcing runners to climb more than 3,000 feet to the summit of Elmer’s Peak, Mt. Pamanatan and descending to another brutal 500 steps down to the river of Inigan.

That isn’t the entire race though, that’s just the halfway point, particularly for the 21k runners. With lots of single track trails, precarious bamboo bridges, rugged and insanely picturesque terrain along the river, The Soleus Cross Country Challenge will push you and reward you. This race should not be missed.

Here are some details of the upcoming race:

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Details

Ready to take another challenge with FUN on the trail run? The 3rd installment of the sought after Soleus Cross Country Challenge trail run is happening on July 01, 2018!

With brand new challenges, surprise obstacles and fun run river crossing! Hint: Bring out your best costume! Yes, you’ve read it right. A fun-filled costume trail run is waiting for you.

Categories:
8km
12km
21km

Early Bird Promo (April 20- May 15):
8K – P900
12K – P1000
21K – P1,200

Regular (May 16-June 15):
8K – P1,000
12K – P1,100
21K – P1,350

Inclusions:
– Race Bib and timing chip (except 8K)
– Event shirt
– Finisher medal
– Finisher snacks

Registration thru Bank Deposit:
Banco De Oro (BDO)
Account Name: Roel Ano
Account Number : 007040062221

If payment has been made, please send the scanned copy of the deposit slip with your complete name, age, gender, contact number and shirt size to sccc32018@gmail.com

In-Store Registration:

L-TimeStudio SM Mall of Asia, Ground Floor
L-TimeStudio SM Megamall, 3rd Floor
L-TimeStudio Market!Market!, 2nd Floor
L-TimeStudio Trinoma, 2nd Floor (Near Foodcourt)

Assembly: 4:00AM
Gun start:
21K – 5:30AM
12K – 6:00AM
8K – 6:30AM

More details to follow….

…And by the way, no disposable CUPS.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own preferred hydration bottle.

Last weekend, we were able to test run parts of the route giving us a glimpse of how enjoyable yet tough the course is. Here are some of the pictures. Enjoy:

 

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Bamboo bridges crossing the river

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500 stairs coming down from Elmer’s Peak

We did the reverse by climbing the stairs up to Elmer’s Peak

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Old growth forest

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Vast Banana plantation

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Over-looking the plantation

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Views of the mountain peaks from the top

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Pintong Bukawe

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Elmer’s Peak

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Photo ops above Elmer’s Peak

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View of Inigan below

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