The Hidden Trails of Corregidor

The trail route was probably the least mentioned attraction of the Corregidor Marathon 2014 (CM) last January 11 with mostly the ruins and canons as its best seller but for me, the trails should be included as one of the highlights of the run.  The route traverses through a 3-4 km trail stretch that passes through deep forests and crosses on some of the dramatic backbone of Corregidor and its mostly tranquil-inducing wilderness.

I had posted earlier my great experience of the CM. The race was awesome,  the pre-race day was the best i have experienced with Team Soleus  as every team member really enjoyed themselves running and clowning on the hills and beach front!  You can read it all here–>(running-the-marathon-at-the-rock/) as i mentioned just slightly about the trails.

There may be more epic trails that lies within this island (like the mountain ridge trail over-looking the ocean which we did back in 2010 but wasn’t covered in this year’s edition) but this short Midland trail in this year’s event serves up a little bit of everything along the Corregidor marathon route.

Somehow, i was a little at home while venturing into these parts as i managed to stop several times and take pictures, putting at the back of my mind that i was running a race. I was able to dodge those rocks which were camouflaged by dry leaves. Saw some runners tumble when they didn’t see the rocks and the tree roots which blended well with the surface. Good thing nothing serious happened.

I think it’s possible for the CM race directors to organize a pure trail race as a side event to CM and it would be awesome to see more of the untapped trails used during the last world war. Make it into a night event and let the souls who perished in the island pace you on foot! Boooh…

Here’s a glimpse of the trails. Enjoy!

This is at the entrance of the trails where a terminal of the tranvias are located

Trails here vary from wide dirt roads to double tracks and single tracks

Some trails thread near edges of cliffs overlooking the Philippine Sea

A view from a trail’s outer fringes

This trail was the route of the 42k runners

This is one inspiring family doing the marathon together and who i ran with on most parts of the trail

A futile attempt on selfie…almost!

There were different routes on some parts of the trail. We took the main trail.

That’s Rochelle Romero of Team Soleus doing a look back shot

So peaceful here but may be at times eerie when you’re all by yourself

Now entering the double track trails, the most picturesque part of the trails

This is in the inner part of the Middle Barracks forest

Here, runners were shrouded with tall trees and fauna

These trails are rarely used, if ever..

All alone again at the 11th km of the route

A welcome sight, the 12th km marker

And an aid station in the middle of nowhere

We had our water bottles refilled here, drank coco juice and some had some drops of honey too

Behind those trees were probably spirits of WW II veterans ruffled by our running footsteps

An outpost which seem to be relatively untouched

This outpost was just recently built and used to store farm equipments

An extension of the trail where other barrack ruins are located

Trails by the ruins

Approaching the finish line

Breasting the tape (Photo by WRFGH–thanks!)

Running The Marathon at The Rock!

To be able to draw deep and pull something out of yourself is one of the most tremendous things about the marathon.” — Rob De Castella (former Australian Olympic Marathoner)

Drawing deep not once but several times during the last  few kms of the inaugural Corregidor Marathon was what i did and it was truly amazing to have finished this difficult 42.195 km race!

I am thankful to have friends in the running community, like the Soleus Running team of Judith Staples, endless road training with Team 90% and a whole lot more of cross-training that brought me to the starting line of one of the toughest marathons i have ever finished. And this is my 24th!

After Judith informed me that i would be running the full marathon instead of the half, i immediately began focusing on doing uphill runs which was not so easy to do having just finished the C2L 53k Ultramarathon the week before. Having ran two Corregidor Half-Marathons the previous years, i knew this would be one arduous rolling mountain route to tackle so training on hills would be a factor to rely on.

This was like a week-end-vacation for me as i arrived at the Sun Cruises Ferry station at the back of Folks Art Theater last Friday at 12 noon. Me and Team Soleus were soon afloat along the strong currents of Manila Bay that took us an hour and a half to Corregidor Island. Right off the boat to a tranvia-like bus for the 4 minute ride to our hotel, the Corregidor Inn!

L-R: Grace, Tj, Gerard, Judith, moi and Pedz!

We explored the hotel grounds and parts of the island for the rest of the afternoon and it was windy, the cold air brushing our hair and light apparels that we were wearing. We even took a short jog up to the hilly part of the middle barracks but cut short our run as we thought of just reserving our energy for the following day’s marathon.

With Judith and Alfred

That night, we were brought to the grand ballroom of a resort where we had carbo-loading dinner and treated to a movie, the Spirit of the Marathon which was cut short when the organizers sensed that people were starting to leave as it was getting late. So they started the race briefing instead and had raffle prizes drawn out and we left the gathering at about 9:00pm.

Back at the hotel, i was sharing a room with Gerard Pizarras, the barefoot runner and tv/movie actor who was going to run the marathon again… barefoot! We exchanged stories, not about running but about life in general, his stint in show biz, children and stuff.

THE RACE

My alarm went off the following morning at 3:30am, got up, took a shower and prepared for the 6:00am start. We had breakfast of fried rice, tocino, fried eggs and coffee–not exactly your ideal pre-marathon race breakfast but good enough to help sustain you for the 5 hours of pounding the roads and trails of Corregidor.

We were now waiting at the starting line and there were no more than 60 of us doing this inaugural marathon, a very ideal number which means that it won’t get crowded–on the roads, trails, at aid stations and toilets that were situated in establishments along the course.

The view at 300 meters from the start

At about 6:10am, all 60 of us took off, with the scenic sea shore as a great backdrop. I started off conservatively as others who were familiar with the course did, trying to hold back what was to come in the next few hundred meters. I was pacing with Alfred (Running Atom) who usually would zoom out at the very start but restrained himself and ran cautiously too.

At about less than a kilometer from the start, the Achilles heel of the course would finally reveal its ugly foot when the 300 meter juggernaut of a hill, so steep that one would have to stop and walk up to the top came to greet us with pangs showing as in a devilish grin! The marathoners would have to tackle this murderous hill not once but thrice as part of the course! Wtf!

The roads leading to the grassy airstrip at Kinley Field was moderately downhill so i took advantage of this by shifting to a higher gear until we reached the Japanese gardens then to the turn-around point at the beach resort complex where we had our carbo dinner the night before.

One of tho most beautiful parts of the route was a trail of about 3 kilometers long located at the outskirts of the middle side barracks. It was were i took several stops just to take pictures of it. Most of it were dirt roads,  single and double tracks which were camouflaged by big dry leaves and had large embedded rocks that when not threaded carefully might get you to trip on some.

I’m going to write a separate blog about it but here are some pictures i took on the trails:

The support of this race was tremendous and i love the volunteers for being pro-active, giving encouragements, some upbeat, some just smiling but their eagerness to assist really showed! Tinny weeny snacks were served like bananas which i wish were served whole instead of cutting it into pieces that i had to peel several of them to get the full taste of it.

Cranberries, coconut juice and even marshmallows dipped into honey that expanded into your tummy when you start your run again were available for the taking.

The second loop of the course was harder as we had to scale the long uphill to the middle barracks and it was here that runners preferred to walk than run! However, we had our vengeance when we went through the same route from the artillery/barracks up to the Dock which were all downhill and made up for lost times.

The finish line at the Beach Resort Complex was kind of obscured as you don’t really know how far it is right after turning around near the main hall and turning right on that isolated road. I knew i was going to do a sub-six so i just kept pumping to the finish.

Breasting the tape at the finish and getting one of those “platito-like” shinny medals will be one of my best running memories of Corregidor for sure.

Over-all, the race was amazing and one that every runner should strive to join-in. Thanks again to Judith and Team Soleus and congratulations to Race Director Edward Kho for an excellent inaugural Corregidor Marathon!

Oh by the way, i got first place at my age group category and received a Certificate of Achievement for it (if ever you can call it one!) 🙂

You can check the race results here: https://www.facebook.com/CorregidorMarathon

Finishing at 5:51

With Alfred and Lorna, the Female Marathon Champion! (Pic by We Run For Good Health)

Team Soleus

Corregidor Marathon All Set: January 11-12, 2014

Last Saturday, i was able to pick up my race packet for next week’s Corregidor Marathon and this will be my 3rd visit to the island having ran the previous years’ Corregidor International Half-Marathon. For this year, they will be having the full marathon distance for the first time and this will be another daunting task for me having just ran the 53k Kawit to Laguna (K2L) Ultramarathon last week.

Except for a 10k recovery run i did a day after my K2L, i had taken a break completely from running although i did several cross-trainings/recovery work-outs at Fitness First Gym.

At the 100 Miles Cafe for the race packet pick up last Saturday

Running a marathon is more pressure-laden to run than a 50k ultra (at least it is for me), and there’s something particular about Corregidor which makes it really a ‘bitch’ of a run…those long uphills! I still remember the parts that i really had my heart pulsating heavily and walking those uphells was the only way to get you through!

Still, nothing beats running in one of the most spectacular and best-preserved historical monuments of World War II and there’s a good reason why many runners come back to take part in this yearly out-of-town running event: the SCENERY!

This World War II battleground looks like an outdoor museum that takes you to WWII ruins, tunnels, remnants of artillery and boasts ocean views along the edges of mountains.

I’ll be running and donning the eminent black-yellow tech shirt of Team Soleus together with another chance of pacing with Soleus Brand Manager, Ms. Judith Staples, provided she doesn’t leave me again in the dust during the early stages.

Hope to see you there!

Scenes during the claiming of race packets at 100 Miles Cafe (January 4):

Corregidor Marathon Race Director Edward Kho giving a short briefing about the race

Briefing time for the runners

Samples given out by one of the race sponsors

Titus Salazar–Coach turned hair dresser? 🙂

CORREGIDOR Marathon Route:

Trails with ocean views

Routes for both the the full marathon and the half

Towards Malinta Tunnel

Trail over-looking the Pacific Ocean

The killer uphill! Race was last 2010

Long uphill stretch

Part of the scenery

The finish line of the half-Marathon Race.

From QCIM To Corregidor Marathon and CIHM

CM and CIHM has been postponed to January 11 and 12, 2014. See Statement below from Race Organizers:

The staging of the 5th edition of the Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) seems to be in the doldrums with no word coming out from the organizers if this event will see the light of day this coming December. With the advent of many new races like marathons and ultras that come springing out of our race calendars, it’s sad to see one of the country’s most anticipated marathon fade into oblivion.

From my friends with the Executive Runners Club of the Philippines (RUNNEX), the race’s main proponent, it seems that the Quezon City government, (with whom RUNNEX has had an alliance in organizing this race), would rather stage the race on their own. But to do this, they would have to get the services of an experienced race organizer to handle logistics of the very complicated race route.

I’m not yet ruling out QCIM but i’m doubtful if it would ever get staged this year, which is usually held on the first week of December, given the minimum time remaining to have it organized.

Not to fret, there will be another NEW marathon taking its place on January 11, 2014 but not in the vicinity of the metro’s suburbs but on the beautiful island of Corregidor. This will co-incide with Race Director Edward Tito Kho’s yearly Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CIHM) which will be held a day later on January 12.

Participation in the 1st CM will be reserved for 88 seasoned marathoners only, with a set qualifying time. There will be one male and one female overall winner respectively and each winner will receive a Php30, 000.00 cash prize and a champion’s trophy. Age bracket top finishers will also be declared and will be awarded with a certificate of achievement.

In addition to the full marathon distance, the 1st CM will have shorter distance categories: the 5K Blitz and the 3K Thrill. Each of these distances shall have 150 slots. There will be no qualifying times required for the participants of these sub-categories nor will there be a sweep or cut-off time.

The 21km main event will be held the following day on December 8. Aside from the 21k, there will be a 10k Challenge race for those wanting to familiarize themselves with the challenging terrain of Corregidor. There will be no qualifying time to join this race category. Likewise, no sweep time will be observed.

So here are the details of the race, brought to you in part by SOLEUS Watches, the official timer of the race:

Marathon

Race Registration Fee:

  • ·        P6,000.00

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
  • Pre-Race Carbo Dinner buffet
  • Full lunch buffet on race day
  • RFID timing chip
  • Personalized CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • CM backpack
  • CM Finisher’s Medallion
  • CM Rank-indicated Finisher’s Trophy
  • Runners’ Briefing (Nov 30 and Dec 1)
  • Complementary weekly strength and conditioning training session
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

5K Blitz & 3K Thrill

Race Registration Fee:

  • ·        P2,500.00

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
  • Full lunch buffet on race day
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • CM Race sling bag
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Runners’ Briefing (Nov 30 and Dec 1)
  • Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For 5K Blitz & 3K Thrill race participants wishing to attend the Carbo-loading Dinner (Dec 6), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 on Nov 30 & Dec 1 during the Runners’ Briefing.

Registration, Ferry and Room Reservations Procedures:

*(For 5K Blitz & 3K Thrill participants, ignore below #1, #3b, #3c, and #3e)

1) Visit and “Like” the Facebook fan page “Corregidor Marathon”. Check whether your most recent race finish time complies to the age-bracket specified qualifying time (see “About” in the fan page)

2) Pay the corresponding race registration fee by way of a bank deposit at any BDO branch using the following details:

BDO Checking Account

Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.

Account Number: 000410417114

*For our international participants, as follows are the details when depositing corresponding race registration fee through bank transfer:

BDO (Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.)

Branch details: 041 Bel-Air

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Acct details: Checking Account

Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.

Account Number: 000410417114

3) Submit to the Corregidor Marathon FB fan page the following via direct message:

a) photofile or scanned copy of the deposit slip (with your full name written on it)

b) digital copy of 2 photos (1 headshot and 1 in running action)

c) photo file or scanned copy of any gov’t issued ID indicating name and birthdate

d) photo file or scanned copy of duly filled up and signed 2-page race registration form (downloadable from the FB fan page)

e) in MS Word or PDF format: short resume detailing biographic details, years into running, races participated in, and occupation

4) Once race registration is validated, you will receive in 48 hours your race inclusion confirmation via email. After receiving your confirmation, immediately contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511 and 4512, 0917-5459917, 0917-8084641, 0922-8475418 to book for ferry trip schedules.

Indicate the desired trip schedule:

From Manila to Corregidor

a) Overnight – departure on Dec 06 @ 1:00pm (mandatory for Marathon distance participants)

b) Day trip – departure on Dec 07 @ 5:00am

Return from Corregidor to Manila

a) departure on Dec 07 @ 2:30pm (priority for Overnight participants)

b) departure on Dec 07 @ 6:00pm (priority for Day trip participants)          

c) departure on Dec 08 @ 2:30pm (priority for Overnight CM & CIHM participants)

d) departure on Dec 08 @ 6:00pm (priority for Day trip CIHM participants)

Your desired schedule is subject to first-come, first-served basis.

* For those travelling with noncompeting companions, you may avail of Sun Cruisesʼ regular tour package at P2,300/person. Please contact Sun Cruises if availing of this.

5) If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises (only registered participants will be given reservations; maximum of 1 room per participant only). Pay the appropriate accommodations booking amount through the payment mode advised by Sun Cruises.

6) On Nov 30 & Dec 1 (as advised through email by Team Corregidor) at  

Galileia Events Place in 100 Miles Café, Fort Strip, BGC attend the Runners’ Briefing, pick-up the race pack, and claim the Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises.  Anyone may pick up your kit at Runners’ Briefing from 1pm to 8pm. They may be asked for identification and your signed authorization note.

Half-Marathon

Race Registration Fee:

  • ·        P3,000.00

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
  • Full lunch buffet on race day
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • CIHM Race sling bag
  • CIHM Finisher’s Medallion
  • Runners’ Briefing (Nov 30 and Dec 1)
  • CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
  • CIHM Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Dec 7), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 on Nov 30 & Dec 1 during the Runners’ Briefing.

10K Challenge

Race Registration Fee:

  • ·        P2,700.00

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
  • Full lunch buffet on race day
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • CIHM Race sling bag
  • 10k Achiever Medal
  • Runners’ Briefing (Nov 30 and Dec 1)
  • CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
  • 10K Challenge Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Dec 7), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 on Nov 30 & Dec 1 during the Runners’ Briefing.

Registration, Ferry and Room Reservations Procedures:

1) Send a direct message to our FB fan page “Corregidor International Half-Marathon” indicating your full name, best 21K race finish time conforming to the qualifying times: 2h30mins (Male) and 3h00min (Female) during the last 12 months, name and year of race. For those who have yet to run a 21Km race, a 10K race time of at least: 1h15 (Male) or 1h30 (Female) must be provided. First 100 CIHM alumni are exempted from the qualifying time.

2) Pay the corresponding race registration fee by way of a bank deposit at any BDO branch using the following details:

BDO Checking Account

Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.

Account Number: 000410417114

*For international participants, as follows are the details when depositing corresponding race registration fee through bank transfer:

BDO (Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.)

Branch details: 041 Bel-Air

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Acct details: Checking Account

Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.

Account Number: 000410417114

3) Visit and “Like” the Facebook fan page “Corregidor International Half-Marathon”. Submit a photofile or scanned copy of the deposit slip (with your full name written on it) to the Fan Page by way of a direct message. Wait for an alpha-numeric code reply to your message. This code CAN NOT be shared with another person.

4) Log on to www.corregidor21.runningmate.ph to complete registration for the race. In order to validate the race registration transaction, you must provide the assigned alpha-numeric code on the space provided in the on-line registration form.

5) Once race registration is validated, you will receive in 48 hours your race inclusion confirmation via email. After receiving your confirmation, immediately contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511 and 4512, 0917-5459917, 0917-8084641, 0922-8475418 to book for ferry trip schedules.

Indicate the desired trip schedule:

From Manila to Corregidor

a) Overnight – departure on Dec 07 @ 1:00pm

b) Day trip – departure on Dec 08 @ 5:00am

Return from Corregidor to Manila

a) departure on Dec 08 @ 2:30pm (priority for Overnight CM & CIHM participants)

b) departure on Dec 08 @ 6:00pm (priority for Day trip CIHM participants)

Your desired schedule is subject to first-come, first-served basis.

* For those travelling with noncompeting companions, you may avail of Sun Cruisesʼ regular tour package at P2,300/person. Please contact Sun Cruises if availing of this.

6) If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises (only registered participants will be given reservations; maximum of 1 room per participant only). Pay the appropriate accommodations booking amount through the payment mode advised by Sun Cruises.

7) On Nov 30 & Dec 1 (as advised through email by Team Corregidor) at  

Galileia Events Place in 100 Miles Café, Fort Strip, BGC attend the Runners’ Briefing, pick-up the race pack, and claim the Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises.  Anyone may pick up your kit at Runners’ Briefing from 1pm to 8pm. They may be asked for identification and your signed authorization note.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Q:        How much are the race registrations for the CM and CIHM?

A:        For Corregidor Marathon the race registration fee is Php6,000; the sub-events 5K Blitz and 3K Thrill have the same race participation fee: Php2,500.
For the Corregidor International Half-Marathon, the race participation fee is Php3,000; for the sub-event 10K Challenge, Php2,700.

Q:        Are these race registration fees too expensive for a race in the Philippines?

A:        On face value, the stated race registrations fees maybe the highest to date locally. However, relative to the ever increasing registration fees of races in Metro Manila, the participation fees in both the CM and CIHM are actually very reasonable and in fact underscores a great value for money, and almost a steal. Sun Cruise’s regular rate per person for a daytrip to Corregidor that includes round-trip ferry, a group-guided tour of the island, and a lunch buffet is Php2,300.00. Marathon distance participants of the CM are entitled to a round-trip ferry, a pre-race Carbo Dinner buffet, a post-race Lunch buffet, a customized race shirt, a race backpack, an RFID timing chip, a quarter-pounder Finisher’s Medallion, and a rank-indicated Finisher’s Trophy. The CM’s 5K Blitz and 3K Thrill categories entitle participants to a round-trip ferry, race shirt, sling bag, race bib and RFID timing chip, post-race Lunch buffet, and a Finisher’s Medal.
The CIHM package, excluding the guided tour, offers all participants round-trip ferry, a full lunch buffet on race day, a genuine dry-fit race shirt, race sling bag, race bib with an RFID timing chip, a classic Finishers’ Medallion, and a ticket to a mercury-rising after-race bash that is the CIHM Victory Party.

As a bonus, all CM and CIHM race participants get a Php1,000.00 SOLEUS Gift Voucher.

Q:        Are the registration fees refundable or transferable?

A:        The registration fee is non-refundable. It is also non-transferable.

Q:        Is change of race category possible?

A:        Yes. Race participants who want to change their initially registered race category to a different category should contact the organizers not later than November 22 for assistance. Beyond this date, request for such will not be accommodated.

Q:        Does the registration fee cover accommodations in the island?

A:        No. Accommodations, however, range only from P2000 (twin sharing, P750 for add’l person) to P3500 (Resort cabana w/ aircon) per night per room. A standard room could accommodate three persons comfortably. It may be arranged through Sun Cruises at these numbers: +632-5275555 loc 4511 and 4512, (+63)917-5459917, (+63)917-8084641, (+63)922-8475418  (Mon to Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-12nn).

 

Q:        Is there any other option for accommodation if I were to go overnight?

A:        Yes. CM or CIHM participants may opt to camp out with their own tent. There is a P250 fee per camper to be charged by Sun Cruises on site. The camp site is at the parade grounds adjacent to the South Dock and facing the beach. Those who will camp out need not worry about their lavatory needs. Though spartan in nature, there are more than ample clean washroom and restroom cubicles that are very proximate to the tent grounds. 

 

Q:        Still concerning those going overnight, where could they avail of their meals ?

A:        Sun Cruises operates Corregidor Inn where both CM and CIHM participants may dine out in a welcoming restaurant. Alternatively, there are several kiosks in the island such as that in McCarthur’s Inn where participants may check out other meal options.

 

Q:        Will race participants camping out be allowed to bring camping stoves?

A:        Mini camping stove or similar devices that will produce a relatively minimal combustion may be allowed to be brought in by participants who will camp out.

 

Q:        Are bikes allowed to be brought along?

A:        Owing to space limitations in and weight restrictions of the ferries, CM and CIHM participants are disallowed to bring along their bicycles.

 

Q:        Will Corregidor be open to regular tourists on the day of the race?

A:        Yes. But only once the race has started. Expectedly, all regular tourist will arrive at the island towards the latter part of the conduct of the race. This means that CM and CIHM racers could totally enjoy a traffic-less and urban-nuisance-free race amidst a dramatic backdrop, and that is only in Corregidor. However, all Sun Cruises-operated accommodations are exclusively dedicated to CM and CIHM participants.

 

Q:        Where can foreign nationals, residing outside the Philippines, intending to join CM or CIHM get information on Philippine visa requirements?

A:        They may check out the tab “Philippine Visa Information for Foreign Participants” in the CIHM website www.corregidor21.runningmate.ph or other veritable websites on the net.

 

Q:        Can registered participants have their own pacers?

A:        Yes but only if the pacer is also a registered CM or CIHM participant. The race will strictly adhere to the “No Bib, No Race” policy.

 

Q:        Will there be a sweep time for any of the race participants in the CM or CIHM?

A:        None. CM or CIHM participants need not worry about being swept off the race course after a particular time. All participants who will successfully finish the 21k and 10k distances, respectively, will be awarded with the CIHM Finishers’ Medallion and 10K Achiever Medal, correspondingly. Same applies to the CM participants

 

Q:        How many hydration stations will there be on the race course?

A:        There will be 8 hydration stations, including one at the finish area, at 2km interval from each other in the entire race course. Other than hydration, embedded in select stations are race nutrition aid outlets.

Q:        Will there be first aid stations along the race course?

A:        Yes. First aid, actually, will be integrated also with the hydration stations. Aside from this, a mobile paramedic team will also be in place. And finally, the command center of the race medical aid team is situated at the Finish Line activity area.

 

Q:        What is the unique selling point of  both Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon?

A:        It is the idea that all CM and CIHM participants will have the rare opportunity to run on sacred grounds and all their determined efforts will be cheered on by the glorious memory of heroism of our noble predecessors. Then there’s the bonus of an after-race Victory Party where participants could revel to celebrate their achievement.

Corregidor Marathon and CIHM Race Director Edward Kho speaking during the launching of the races

CORREGIDOR MARATHON/INTERNATIONAL HALF-MARATHON WRITEUP

By Big, Big, Big, Inc.

September 26, 2013

RUN BACK IN TIME AT THE 2013 CORREGIDOR MARATHON

The philosopher George Santayana once stated, “Those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it.” But if history is comprised of all your winning and most memorable moments, you will most likely come back for it.

On December 7 and 8, 2013, the running community will once again converge in Corregidor Island to participate in 2 events: The 1st Corregidor Marathon (CM) on the first day and the 4th Corregidor International Half Marathon (CIHM) on the second.

The 1st CM will usher in a new level of challenge in the running scene. With a total distance of 42.195km, the event is designed to be the common ground of marathoners, ultra-runners and triathletes.

Participation in the 1st CM will be reserved for 88 seasoned marathoners only, with a set qualifying time. Because the half-marathon course of Corregidor could be viewed from the top as forming an “8”-shaped loop, runners must race through the course twice to complete the race, hence a “double 8.”

The race is an open competition. All participants upon crossing the finish line will receive a Finisher’s Medallion and a rank-indicated Finisher’s Trophy. There will be one male and one female overall winner whose title will be Corregidor Marathon Man and Woman, respectively. Each winner will receive a Php30, 000.00 cash prize and a champion’s trophy. Age bracket top finishers will also be declared and will be awarded with a certificate of achievement.

In addition to the full marathon distance, CM will have shorter distance categories: the 5K Blitz and the 3K Thrill. Each of these distances shall have 150 slots. These shorter distances will cater to those who are just getting started with the sport of running and who would like to experience running in the island. There will be no qualifying times required for the participants of these sub-categories nor will there be a sweep time or cut-off time.

Meanwhile, close to 1,000 participants and visitors are expected to turn up for the 4th installment of CIHM. Runners from different backgrounds – from intermediate recreational to hardcore runners, will take a shot at dethroning the reigning King and Queen of the Rock. The 4th CIHM is designed to thrill, surprise and challenge runners, from different parts of the country and from around the world, by testing their mettle on all types of running terrain.

The race route, covering a total of 21.0975km, will encompass a combination of paved uphills and down slopes and intermittent segments of dirt trails. But what would differentiate CIHM from the usual running experience of avid runners is that it will take the race participants to key historical hotspots on the remarkable isle. Right at the start of the race, the runners will experience an adrenaline rush as they race past the full length of the Malinta Tunnel. The exhilaration will continue to unfold as the runners exit the tunnel’s east access en route to the interior of the atoll. The thrilling highlight of the race surges as the runners negotiate the tricky span of a thickly foliaged trail draped in rays of sunlight, culminating in a run along the rocky cliff of the island with a breathtaking view of Manila Bay, to dramatically finish at the south dock breakwater facing the vast West Philippine Sea.

The 4th CIHM will be an extraordinary opportunity for passionate runners to set a new norm for personal achievement as finishing the race will be akin to recapitulating a fortress that is home to the resilient and valiant. There are 300 slots to be opened for the 21K distance. A qualifying time of 2h30min for male runners, and 3h00min for female participants will be adopted for this category. First time 21K runners must have run a 10K race within 1h15m (male) or 1h30min (female). However, for CIHM alumni 100 slots will be allotted as wildcard entries waiving the qualifying time requirement.

Aside from centerpiece 21km event, there will be a 10k Challenge for running aficionados who are yet to be familiar with the challenging terrain of Corregidor but yearn to discover and experience its distinctive scenic course. There will be no qualifying time to join this race category. Likewise, no sweep time will be observed. The top male and female runners in this event will be awarded with a certificate of achievement and winner’s plaque. All finishers in this race category will be awarded with a 10km Achiever Medal. Only 200 slots will be opened for this side event.

Registration for the 1st CM is ongoing and, for the 4th CIHM, registration will begin on October 1, 2013.

The 1st Corregidor Marathon and the 4th Corregidor International Half Marathon are managed by Big, Big, Big, Inc. and presented by Smart Communications, Sun Cruises, Soleus together with event partners Corregidor Foundation, Galileia Events Place, 100 Miles Café, L Time Studio, Runningmate, One Sceniques, Active Link, Toby’s, Runnr, media partners The Philippine Star, Pinoy Fitness, Mellow 94.7 FM, Takbo.ph, Inquirer Libre, Solar News and medical aid partner UERM Medical Center.

For inquiries and updates on the two races, interested runners can like the separate Facebook fan pages or shoot an email to corregidormarathon@bigbigbig.com.ph or corregidor21@bigbigbig.com.ph. Runners can also contact (02) 403-0246 or 09228115438.

A Teaser: The 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon

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This race destination is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular and best-preserved historical monument of World War II and it is easy to be transported back in time as you follow the heroic battle of the Filipino and American forces against the Japanese Imperial Army in one of the most heroic battles in the history of war.

There’s a good reason why more than a thousand runners travel to take part in this yearly out-of-town half-marathon: the SCENERY! The views enjoyed during this 21 kilometer race is up there with the best, following a spectacular run through WWII ruins, tunnels, killer hills and you would want to reward yourself after tackling that lung-busting last kilometer uphill that the organizers had set-up!

Fortunately, the ocean views along the edges of mountains and the scenery surrounding the vast monuments are as breathtaking as the hills itself! 

Don’t miss this chance! Here are some pictures of my past CIHM experiences:

To register for this year’s edition, check details below:

3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon 2012
December 1, 2012
Corregidor Island

Registration Fee:

  • Php 2,700.00 (plus 4% service charge)

Registration Venue:

The 3rd CIHM Race Registration Tickets can be availed at SM Tickets outlets at all SM Cinemas nationwide. For non-competing companions of race participants, they may avail of the regular Sun Cruises tour package also at SM Tickets.

Inclusions:
– Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
– Full lunch buffet on race day
– Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
– 3rd CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
– 3rd CIHM Race sling bag
– 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Medallion (or a 10k Achiever Medal)
– Runners’ Briefing (Nov 24 and 25)
– 3rd CIHM Victory Rave Party (Dec 01, Saturday night)
– 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Certificate
– P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

* For race participants wishing to attend the Carbo-loading Dinner (Nov 30), they may avail of the Carbo Dinner ticket at P250.00 on Nov 24 & 25 during the Runners’ Briefing.

Registration, Ferry and Room Reservations Procedures:

1) 24 hours after purchasing the 3rd CIHM registration ticket from SMTickets, log on to www.corregidor21.runningmate.ph to complete registration for the race.

2) Immediately after making the online registration, contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511, 0917-5459917, 0917-7948271, 0922-8475418 to book for ferry trip schedules.

Indicate the desired trip schedule:

From Manila to Corregidor
– Overnight – departure on Nov 30 @ 11:30am
– Day trip – departure on Dec 01 @ 5:00am

Return from Corregidor to Manila
– Departure on Dec 01 @ 2:30pm
– Departure on Dec 02 @ 2:30pm

* For steps 1 and 2, remember to keep the 3rd CIHM race ticket on hand. You will be asked of the SM Ticket ID Number to validate your transaction. It is indicated on the ticket preceded with a “#” sign.

3) If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises (only registered participants will be given reservations; 1 room per participant only). Pay the appropriate accommodations booking amount through the payment mode advised by Sun Cruises.

4) On Nov 24 & 25 (as advised through email and text by the organizers) at R.O.X., attend the Runners’ Briefing, pick-up the race pack, and claim the Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises. Ensure to bring the 3rd CIHM SM Tickets. Anyone may pick up your kit at R.O.X. during the R.O.X Runners’ Briefing from 3PM to 8PM. They may be asked for identification and your signed authorization note.

2nd Corregidor International Half Marathon 2011 Now Set!

Think WWII and imagine the Allied soldiers in their last bastion. Think tunnels and fortresses and hear the deafening roar of cannons and gunfire. Think ocean views and wild forest and savor the amazing scenery around you. Think remnants of buildings and old artifacts and feel you’re virtually in an open museum. Think Trams of old and picture how our grand parents lived. Think virgin trails and killer hills and feel the backbreaking effort of running a half-marathon on it. Think of “The Rock”, the Corregidor International Half Marathon and you’re in for a one great lifetime running experience!

The second edition is back and it’s happening on December 10, 2011. It was one of the best races i joined in last year (my story here) and it’s still tops when you consider the great scenery and the killer hills. The excitement starts once you board the ferry boat leading to the island and once you’re on shore, the adventure begins. I’ve had some good times running the actual race and the after party celebration.

Team Generoso (From last year's event)

To give you an idea of what’s in store for those joining this event for the first time, here’s an overview of the events:

CIHM 2011 Information for Race Registrants:

I. RACE REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

A. Regular Registration: October 16 to November 20, 2011
Registration Site: ONLINE at http://www.corregidor21.runningmate.ph
Registration Fee: P2,500

B. Late Registration: November 21 to December 4, 2011
Registration Site: ROX at Bonifacio High Street, BGC (Daily from 1pm to 8pm)
Registration Fee: P3,000

Race Registration inclusions:

Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor

• Full lunch buffet on race day
• Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
• 2011 CIHM Race singlet
• 2011 CIHM Race sling bag
• 2011 CIHM Finisher’s Medallion (or a 10k Achiever Medal)
• R.O.X. Runners’ Briefing (Dec 3 and 4)
• 2011 CIHM Champions Party featuring a top band back-to-back with
a rave party (Dec 10, Saturday night)
• 2011 CIHM Finisher’s Certificate

Ferry and Room Reservations Procedures:

1) After completing registration for the race, immediately contact Sun Cruises at 8346857/8346858/5275555 loc 4511 or 4512 to book for your ferry trip schedules.

2) Indicate the desired trip schedule:
From Manila to Corregidor
a) Overnight – departure on Dec 9 @ 11:00am
b) Day trip – departure on Dec 10 @ 5:00am
Return from Corregidor to Manila
a) departure on Dec 10 @ 2:30pm and 5:30pm
b) departure on Dec 11 @ 2:30pm

3) If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises (only registered participants will be given reservations; 1 room per participant only). Pay the appropriate accommodations booking amount through the
payment mode advised by Sun Cruises.

4) On Dec 3 & 4 (as advised through email and text by the organizers) at R.O.X., attend the Runners’ Briefing, pick-up the race pack, and claim the Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises.Ensure to bring the  printout of your CIHM Race Registration Confirmation. Anyone may pick up your kit at R.O.X. during the R.O.X Runners’ Briefing from 3pm to 8pm. They may be asked for identification and your signed authorization note.

Below are some pictures taken during the launching of the 2nd CIHM last week at the Blackbird Bar, Kamagong, Makati.


Bloggers starting to gather at the Blackbird Bar, Kamagong St., Makati venue of the launch

Race Director Edward "Tito" Kho briefing the press for the upcoming 2011 CIHM

He might look like he's singing "My Way" to us but Edward briefs on the new mechanics for this year's race edition and he does it in his own exciting way

Group pic with the CIHM principals, Edward Kho, Atty. Raymund Martelino and Ms. Vanessa Ordinario