Valley Trail Challenge 2016: August 20, 2016

6th Valley Trail Challenge 2016

August 20, 2016
Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
16K / 25K / 50K
Organizer: Frontrunner Magazine


The Valley Trail Challenge has a cult following of trail runners, from the hard core down to those who just would like to experience an easy, almost flat course and it’s among the gems of local trail running events.

This race really has something for everyone. For the road running regulars, it is a chance to test yourself against the trail running habitues on an almost flat terrain whether tackling the 50k ultra distance or shorter. For the slower, but fearless, there is an opportunity to do the course here in Nuvali, (in danger of being phased out because of rapid residential and commercial development) which covers approximately most of the scenic route.
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The event is surprisingly one of those very well attended and is well organized, from friendly marshals, adequate aid stations, a well-marked course and a sumptuous breakfast…all under the leadership of Race Director Jonel Mendoza and wife, Con.
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IF you are new to trail running or want to try to finish your first 50 km ultra, i can’t think of a better race. It also can serve as a great training run for something a bit more challenging.
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Here’s the review i did on this race last year when i got lost and wasted some precious time in back-tracking for the correct route. Hope this wouldn’t happen to you. https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/valley-trail-challenge-2015-my-short-race-experience/
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Registration is in full swing! Check out below for details:
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REGISTRATION FEES:

16K – P 950.00 pesos – Swag: Event shirt and Finisher Certificate, Post-race meal and drinks, a week’s supply of Pharmaton Multivitamins, a pocket calculator, goodies from Universal Robina Corporation and FrontRUNNER Magazine, plus a 20% discount on any Garmin watch purchase.

25K – P 1,500.00 pesos – Swag: Event shirt and Finisher Medal, Post-race meal and drinks, a week’s supply of Pharmaton Multivitamins, a pocket calculator, goodies from Universal Robina Corporation and FrontRUNNER Magazine, plus a 20% discount on any Garmin watch purchase.

50K – P 2,000.00 pesos – Swag: Event shirt, Finisher Shirt and Medal, Post-race meal and drinks, a week’s supply of Pharmaton Multivitamins, a pocket calculator, goodies from Universal Robina Corporation and FrontRUNNER Magazine, plus a 20% discount on any Garmin watch purchase.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:
Registration period is from July 11 – August 12, 2016.

You may fill out registration forms and pay race fees at any of the following venues:

  • MULTISPORT HUB, Ground Floor Space-1, Building F, Solenad 3, Nuvali Sta. Rosa, Laguna, telephone: (049) 258 0824
  • GARMIN STORE, 3rd Floor, Glorietta 5, Makati City
  • ANTEL PLATINUM TOWER, Ground Floor Lobby, 154 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City

You may also pay via Bank Deposit to Bank of the Philippine Islands: (BPI) Account # 2371 0034 71
Account Name: HARDCORE PUBLISHING HOUSE, INC.

Print your name, shirt size, race category and contact number on the deposit slip together with your signed and duly-accomplished registration form and waiver. (DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM and WAIVER HERE). Scan or camera-capture and email to frvtc2016@gmail.com. Make sure to email before the deadline for registration and check that you receive an acknowledgement email within 24-48 hours to confirm your registration. Please do NOT post on Facebook.

RACE KIT CLAIMING:
Race kits can be claimed from August 17-18, 2016 at Antel Platinum Tower Lobby, 154 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Bring a valid ID and your proof of payment.

All race kits unclaimed during this period may be claimed at the Frontrunner booth at the Start area on race day, at least one hour prior to gun start.

Start/Finish Line: NATURE AVENUE, NUVALI, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
ASSEMBLY TIME AND RACE BRIEFING: 1:00 AM (50K), 2:00 AM (25K) and 4:00 AM (16K)
GUNSTART AND CUT-OFF TIMES:

16k Start: 5:00 AM, Cut-off time FOUR (4) hours
25k Start: 3:00 AM, Cut-off time SIX (6) hours
50k Start: 2:00 AM, Cut-off time TEN (10) hours (Km 25 @ CP4/East Conservation Road Cutoff – 5:00:00 Hours and Km 37 @ CP 2/Miriam Cutoff – 7:30:00 Hours). Runners unable to meet this deadline will not be allowed to continue and will be brought back to the Start/Finish area.

Please be on time. Latecomers will not be allowed to join the race as we will strictly implement all cut-off times for everyone’s good. However, runners unable to complete their event will still be entitled to post-race items, except the Finisher medal and/or shirt.

THIS IS A TRAIL RACE. Please note that in keeping with the true tradition of trail running, environmental protection and preservation, runners are encouraged to be self- sufficient. Runners must bring their own refillable bottles/cups.

Littering will be strictly prohibited and is a ground for disqualification. Garbage bags will be available in all checkpoints.

Here are pictures taken from the race last year (Valley Trail Challenge 2015).

With Trail Running friends

Main Aid Station

Got a little pacing help by trail demigod, Manolito Divina.

Beam Me Up, Scotty!

So last Wednesday was one of the most unforgettable days ever! This is all thanks to RD Jonel Mendoza when he was able to pull all the stops and bring to the country ultra running’s towering living legend, Scott Jurek to talk about his experiences in the sport of ultra running and his take on his strict vegan diet which has sustained his unsurpassed feats of running for many years.

The entrance to the Asian Development Bank Compound was strict so we had to go through a lot of checks and verifications from security personnel before reaching the small auditorium where Jurek would speak. I was able to secure a ticket from Jonel despite knowing that tickets were already fully reserved days before.

Scott starting the lecture

Jurek is a personification of what a truly ultra-marathoner should be, disciplined but open to many options and ideas, strong-willed yet listens also to the demands and limits of his body and most importantly, a true gentleman.

His lectures has a zen-like structure that incorporates experiences derived from his races, diet and enormous thirst for adventurism. His “goal-setting” is a classic example of examining one’s attitude toward the sport. He said that to be able to succeed, you have to want it, you have to know it, be able to tweak it and really want it some more!

Talking about calorie intake

I was a bit fascinated about him recalling that a week before running the Hard Rock 100, the world’s toughest 100-mile trail race,  he sprained an ankle while playing soccer with kids but continued to run the grueling 100-mile race even taking more than half an hour off the course record! He wore an ankle brace to help him survive Hardrock’s grueling trails and 33,992 feet of cumulative elevation gain, and finished in 26 hours, 8 minutes! This record has since been broken.

Book signing (photo by R. Belen)

The sprained ankle did not deter him from running in one of his best races which also taught him how to turn setbacks into advantages. He advises to take stock of the situation and accept emotions, remedy the situation in real time and put a positive spin into it.

These were just some of the bits of wisdom Scott imparted and it was awesome really hearing him on. He’s such a great guy and kind of embodies the spirit of a great champion!

Finally, a picture with the man himself!

And a picture with Scott’s better half, Jenny Jurek

A memento

Running in the streets of Metro Manila (SJ’s Instagram post)

 

What Questions Would You Ask Scott Jurek During His Talk Here In Manila?

Scott Jurek is our sport’s towering living legend! He is one of running’s catalyst not only in the U.S. but all around the world and ultra running is what it is today because of him! He has been acclaimed as the best ultra runner of his time, won almost all of the prestigious ultramarathons in the world and changed the whole sport.

Jurek. (Photo from running.competitor.com)

As many of you are aware, Scott Jurek will be coming to Manila on December 10 and to Cebu City on the 12th, to give lectures about his rise in the sport of ultrarunning and about his famous vegan diet. His book, Eat and Run relays his experiences competing in 100-plus-mile ultra races and thriving on a plant-based nutrition where he shares the advantages of embracing this diet.

He is considered a pacesetter, an icon of distance running. His passion, brilliance and energy is the source of many an inspiration for ordinary runners to pursue the world of ultra running!

Meanwhile, i was pondering on what questions to ask him after he gives his lectures and this will be during the Q and A portion of his talk. I’m pretty sure that all sort of questions have been thrown his way about his vegan diet, training, ultra races, injuries, victories, running gear, nutrition, etc. so i’ll deviate a little and go for something off-base in my questions.

Here’s five (5) questions i would like to ask him:

1.  Who among the present crop of ultra runners impresses you most? What accomplishment did he/she do that made you really impressed?

2.  Who would you consider a “hero” in your life and why?

3.  Has your wife Jenny, or your mother-in-law Lee, cooked any Filipino vegetable dishes that you liked? Have you tried the Ilocano dishes “Pinakbet” and “Dinengdeng”? (Jenny is half-Filipina, half- Japanese. Her mother and grandfather are from Ilocos Sur.)

4.  If invited to run an ultra race here in the Philippines, would you oblige accepting running in one, let’s say a race organized by Frontrunner Magazine? How often do you accept offers when you race abroad?

5. What other sport would you have competed in, if you were not running ultra distances?

My “bonus” question:

6. Are you aware of boxing great, Manny Pacquiao? Do you think Manny can beat Floyd Mayweather if the latter accepts the challenge? 🙂

So, if you are attending his lectures, what questions are you going to ask him?

Please do share your questions on the comments section below and i just might include to ask these after his lecture.

From his Facebook page today, November 27, 2014.

And by the way, tickets for these lectures are still available. See poster and details at https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/scott-jurek-philippines-live-lecture-series/

 

Scott Jurek: Philippines Live Lecture Series

 

I am fascinated by Scott Jurek’s amazing feats as he is one of the most accomplished distance runners in the history of the sport. He is mostly described as legendary because of his awesome achievements at the peak of his running career. Lately, Jurek has turned his extreme gift of ultrarunning  into inspiring books and public speaking engagements.

On December 10 and 12, 2014, the man himself will be in the Philippines for a series of lectures as he’ll talk about maximizing your strength as a runner, his successful plant-based diet, nutrition, plus his successes and adversities in becoming one of the most successful ultra-marathoners in the world.

On one of his lectures in the US. (Photo from his FB Page)

I won’t belabor anymore superlatives about Scott Jurek as the bio on his website, http://scottjurek.com speaks for itself in his many unsurpassed achievements and are sketched in the annals of ultramarathon history.

“Scott Jurek’s outstanding competitive resume includes victories in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite trail and road events, including the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, the Miwok 100K, and—his signature race—the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times.

The Washington Times named him one of the top runners of the decade, Runner’s World awarded him a Hero of Running and Ultrarunning Magazine named him Ultra-Runner of the Year three times. In 2010, he set a new US all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles—6.5 marathons in one day—for which he was named USA Today’s Athlete of the Week.”

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • United States record for 24-hour distance on all surfaces(165.7 Miles/266.01 Kilometers)
  • Won the Spartathlon 152-mile (245km) race from Athens to Sparta, Greece three consecutive times (2006-2008)
  • Won the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run, and held the record time for one year until Kyle Skaggs set a new record in 2008
  • Won the Western States Endurance Run seven consecutive times (1999-2005), and held the record time (15:36:27 in 2004) until 2010
  • Won the Badwater Ultramarathon twice (2005, 2006), and held the course record for two years (2005)
  • Finished first three times (2002-2004) and second three times (2001, 2005, 2006) in the Miwok 100K Trail Race
  • Won the Leona Divide 50 Mile Run four times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)
  • Won the Diez Vista 50K Trail Run twice (2000, 2003)
  • Won the montrail Ultra Cup series twice (2000, 2003)
  • Selected as UltraRunning Magazine’s North American Male Ultrarunner of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007

PERSONAL BESTS

  • 100 Mile Trail: 15:36, Western States Endurance Run 2004
  • 100K Road: 7:28, GNC 100K 2001
  • 50 Mile Trail: 6:21, Ice Age 50 Mile 1999
  • 50 Mile Road: 5:50, GNC 2001
  • 50K Trail: 3:04, Bendistillery 50K 1999
  • 26.2 Mile Road Marathon: 2:38, Austin Marathon 2006

Aside from the above, he has been prominently featured in the New York Times bestseller, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.

Catch Scott Jurek’s Manila lectures at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Theater, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on December 10, 2014 at 5:00PM then he flies to Cebu City on December 12, 2014 to give his talk at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel also at 5:00PM.

Tickets at P950.00 each. See posters for more details!

 

frontRUNNER Running Lectures at 100 Miles Cafe

I was pleasantly surprised to see an almost full-packed room of runners attending the start of FrontRunner Magazine’s 2nd series of running lectures last Tuesday at the 100 Miles Cafe at BGC and i was fortunate enough to listen partly on the topic of ultra-running by no less than Ret. MGen. Jovie Narcise, Race Director of the Bataan Death March 102 and 160k ultra races and frontRUNNER Magazine honcho, Jonel Mendoza who both gave a pragmatic talk on what ultra-running is all about.

These talks are actually the second of a series aimed for Advance runners scheduled every Tuesday evening.  The first series had just been concluded and was aimed at newbie runners where the basics of running, proper training, nutrition and even actual drills were demonstrated.

The lectures last Tuesday were straight forward, all based on the speakers actual experiences like the integrity of running an ultra marathon, training, recovery, nutrition/hydration and other aspects of long distance running.

Just by signing up at the entrance, you already get a lot of their give-aways like old FrontRunner Magazines, packs of Milo chocolate powder mix, Pocari sports drinks and the chance to meet some old friends in the running community. But most importantly, these series of lectures are FREE to the public and the resource speakers are well known personalities in their respective fields of expertise, all who have experience in ultras, trail running and other multi-sports.

There’s an upcoming talk on ultra trail-running next Tuesday, October 8 which i’m interested in and scheduled speakers will be no less than Atty. Jonnifer Lacanlale and Koi Grey, both veteran ultra trail-runners here and abroad so watch out for them!

Jonel Mendoza of Frontrunner giving a short introduction to ultra running

Here are the rest of the schedule:

October 8 (Tuesday) : Trail Running/Marathon and Ultramarathon Training

Speakers: Atty. Jonnifer Lacanlale and Koi Grey

October 15 (Tuesday): Long Distance Running

Speakers: Atty. Aldean Philip Lim, Alfred Delos Reyes and Raul Patrick Concepcion

Doors open usually at 5:00 PM, admission is free and everyone is welcome. While waiting for the lecture to start, a special movie on running will be screened while food can also be ordered at the Cafe.

Raffle prizes will be given too!