PREVIEW: Salomon City Trail Manila on September 6, 2015

I was part of last year’s first ever Salomon CityTrail 12k Run inside and around historic Intramuros in Manila where you get to immerse yourself in the walled city’s vintage atmosphere from start to end!

The starting line was situated near the entrance of the iconic Fort Santiago where we were once brought as children on our first school field trip to study the life and death of our national hero, Dr. JP Rizal. And that race last year was like turning back the clock visiting this historical site from where Dr. Rizal spent his last few days. From here, the short 12k course is a veritable festival of historical sights.

So what is a CityTrail (or CityTrail running), one might ask? How could it be possible to have trails similar to Tanay, San Mateo or on wooded forests when this one is located in a highly urbanized, old city like Manila?

Well, it’s a venue event label by Salomon, the shoe brand that’s bringing us their new road to trail running shoes, the Salomon X-SCREAM 3D Running shoes. The  CITYTRAIL™ Races are part trail and mostly concrete running events that challenges runners to explore different terrain settings like pathways, bridges, tunnels, grass, stairs, etc. within urban landscapes simulating those in trail running. And what better venue to exemplify this than the historic Spanish and World War 2 settings of Intramuros!

Salomon X-SCREAM 3D

Those who missed the race last year will now have the chance to experience and re-live the last days of Dr. Jose Rizal, from his closed dungeon cell to his footpaths going to his execution site at nearby Rizal Park, the last TRAIL experience of one of the greatest Filipinos who ever lived!

Salomon City Trail 2015 Details

Event details:

For the SALOMON CITYTRAIL MANILA 2015, we will have Intramuros, the heart of Old Manila as race venue— the oldest City in the Philippines, perfect for an adventure run & rich with culture and heritage. Our proposed details are as follows:

Race Date: September 6, 2015 (Sunday), 4PM
Venue: Intramuros, Manila
Race Distance: 6km & 12km Citytrail
Target # of Participants: 500 pax
Target Market: Adventure seekers, Weekend Warriors, employed individuals and not the usual road runners.

Category/Distance: 6km & 12km Citytrail Registration Fee:

Php 900 (6k), Php 1,200 (12k)
Registration Period: July 22 to Aug 23, 2015 (Online Registration, Salomon Doors Registration)
Aug 24 to Sept 4, 2015 (R.O.X. BHS Race Kit Distribution and Registration)
Inclusions: All registrants get a Racebib, Timing Chip, Salomon Citytrail Singlet,
Citytrail Cap, Post-race Meal, and a historical running tour of Intramuros.

Online Registration / over the counter at Salomon Stores– c/o 3rd party vendor)
*Registration will be c/o Incognitus Events (3rd party vendor, formerly Runner’s Runner); Registration fees will be paid via paypal or bank deposit to Runner’s Runner account. All proceeds will be deposited by the vendor to PRIMER at the end of the event.

Other details:

Race Assembly
Start/Finish line will be at Fort Santiago, Intramuros. Just show your Race bib, and your entrance fee to the premises will be waived. Companions will have to pay the Entrance Fee to the Fort.

Race Course
The Citytrail Race will not be a conventional road run. It will include challenges such as going up stairs, bridges, ramps—different footstikes that simulates the skills needed in trail running. It smultaneously is a historical run, passing through landmarks & scenic areas with FAQs. Cutoff time for the entire race, is 2hours.

Green Run
The Citytrail Manila Race is a GREEN RUN. No disposables will be given throughout the racecourse. Gatorade dispensers & Water Jugs will be stationed around the road areas of Intramuros. Everyone is mandated to bring their own hydration provision – hydration belts, handheld hydrobottles.

Top 3 male & female winners per distance will be awarded. ROX Gift Certificates, Salomon Products & other freebies await the winners. Raffle items will also be given away.

Parking / Baggage Handling
There are enough parking spaces within Intramuros. There is a parking area within Fort Santiago. There are parking attendants within Intramuros for street parking as well.
A Baggage counter will be situated within the Start/Finish Area in Fort Santiago. All race participants may leave their bags in the counter.

Other Details
For more details, go to Salomon Pilipinas’ Facebook page. For comments, inquiries: email

With Balikbayan marathoner, Terri Cubero-Boyce


Salomon Citytrail Manila 2015:

In today’s fast-moving world, more people are looking into wellness in everyday living. Simple ways such as climbing stairs in a building, walking to work—a lot of city dwellers nowadays, want to infuse some form of exercise into their busy lifestyle. Most of these people are weekend warriors, having to escape the city in every opportunity for some adventure in the mountains, for some running on the trails. Salomon creates this interface of the outdoors within the urban setting—by bringing the trails to the city.

CITYTRAIL is Salomon’s approach to everyday running in the city. Recognized for technical leadership in trail running footwear, Salomon built CITYTRAIL as a way to escape running on the same route everyday. It began with an idea of re-creating the kinds of terrain and surface variations that is found in trail running, but in an urban landscape. Even the most avid trail runners want to vary their routine- a staircase, a steep hill, a bridge, or maybe linking different surfaces through a park, it just makes running more interesting.

The CITY TRAIL RUN is a global event that has been held in Europe, United States, and parts of Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong, and Taiwan) to encourage runners to make their own trails in the city. This September 6, Salomon will take urban dwellers back to Intramuros, the heart of the Metro, the oldest City in the Philippines, perfect for an adventure run & rich with culture and heritage. The Citytrail Race Route will include running on different surfaces—pathways, roads, sidewalks, alleyways, bridges, stairs.

With actress Rian Ramos

Suited for Citytrail Running, Salomon presents the X-SCREAM 3D and the SENSE MANTRA 3 footwear models, which combine the technology we’ve come to expect from Salomon. As the #1 brand in trail running, the same technology is infused in these Citytrail models—to bring out the best performance in running. Providing excellent foothold and comfort, they are constructed to have a firm grip on both hard and loose surfaces, perfect for varying terrains in the City.

Salomon held it’s Media Launch & Race briefing last Aug 19, 2015 at the R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street. Guests and media partners were briefed on the specifics of the CITY TRAIL RUN 2015- registration, time, venue, race routes, categories, prizes and requirements. Special prizes were also being raffled to some lucky participants of the media launch.

Salomon CITYTRAIL encourages all to find trails wherever they are, even in an urban environment. Step out of your routine, connect with your surroundings, and rediscover the joy of running. To find out more about CITY TRAIL RUN 2015, you can go to their Facebook page, or email for any inquiries regarding this event. 4th Awards Night 2015: Winners and Pictures Here…

This is my first time to attend the ( awards night at the Alphaland Makati City Club last Tuesday night and i was hobnobbing with some of the most well-esteemed local multisport athletes and movers of the sport of triathlon.

Now on its 4th year,, the first and premiere multisport source, have been holding it’s annual Awards to give recognition to the Filipino athletes who shaped and carved this growing multisport landscape in the country. founder, Carlos De Guzman, one of triathlon’s early movers is providing recognition for people in the multisport world who has helped advance and promote triathlon. A known influencer who has exemplified a passion for uplifting and promoting the sport, Carlos has gathered triathletes and fans of the sport from here and abroad to vote for winners, specifically from his website in various categories.

There are no pre-selected judges as the winners are chosen by the fans and the entire Philippine triathlon community.

Here’s a glimpse of the awarding ceremonies at the Alphaland which was capped by delectable appetizers, drinks and brief speeches of the awardees themselves.

SBR Founder, Carlos De Guzman giving the opening remarks

And the winners are:

Female Youth Triathlete of the Year: Nicole Eijansantos

Male Youth Triathlete of the Year: Juan Francisco Baniqued

Women’s Duathlete of the Year: Rowena Valdez

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Mark Jingco

Men’s Duathlete of the Year: Robeno Javier

Coach of the Year: Norman Pascual

Women’s Age Group of the Year: Ms. Vanj Endaya

Men’s Age Group of the Year: Raymond Racaza

Team of the Year: Team Sante Barley

Race of the Year (below 600): Bataan International Triathlon represented by Raymund Magdaluyo (holding mic) and Tobias Bernardo

Tobias Bernardo

Race of the Year (over 600): Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines, represented by Princess Galura of Sunrise Events with Karlene Sebastian and company of Cobra Philippines

The Awardees “special” award for the heartiest laugh goes to Mars Callo (left)! (Photo by Noy Floresca)

Photo by: Noy Floresca

(Photo by Noy Floresca)

Century Tuna’s General Manager Greg Banzon (middle) with Princess Galura and the Cobra Ironman team

Here’s a complete list of the 4th Annual Awards Winners

  • Men’s Elite Triathlete of the Year (Local)
    August Benedicto
  • Womens’s Elite Triathlete of the Year (Local)
    Maria Claire Adorna
  • Men’s Elite Triathlete of the Year (Foreign)
    Javier Gomez
  • Women’s Elite Triathlete of the Year (Foreign)
    Mirinda Carfae
  • Men’s Duathlete of the Year
    Robeno Javier
  • Women’s Duathlete of the Year
    Rowena Valdez
  • Men’s Age Group of the Year
    Raymond Racaza
  • Women’s Age Group of the Year
    Vanj Endaya
  • Men’s Rookie of the Year
    Mark Jingco
  • Women’s Rookie of the Year
    Iya Villania-Arellano
  • Male Youth Triathlete of the Year
    Juan Francisco Baniqued
  • Female Youth Triathlete of the Year
    Nicole Eijansantos
  • Coach of the Year
    Norman Pascual
  • Team of the Year
    Team Sante Barley
  • Race of the Year (over 600)
    Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines
  • Race of the Year (below 600)
    Bataan International Triathlon
  • Bike of the Year
    Specialized Shiv S-Works
  • Tri Gear of the Year
    Garmin 920xt
  • Running Shoe of the Year
    New Balance 890v4
  • Forum Poster of the Year