Merrell Adventure Run 2013 At Pintong Bucawe, San Mateo, Rizal

Merrell could not have selected a better venue to stage its next trail/adventure run as Pintong Bukawe has been a haven for trail runners and bikers for quite some time now.

Baranggay Pintong Bukawe in San Mateo, Rizal is just about 3.7 kilometers away from the Timberland Heights trails and close to 10kms away from Wawa Dam in Montalban, Rizal. The roads and trails between these places are just georgeous…panoramas of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, the trails are lush and green, challenging hills and some river crossings.

"Christmas trees" on the sides

Mini pine trees at Pintong Bukawe

Merrell’s next Adventure Race will be held this coming April 27, 2013 and will feature a 5k, 10k and its showcase, the half-marathon distance. Registration has started yesterday so register early as slots are very limited.

Shuttle buses are available for those who want to avail them!

Here are the details of the race:


Date: April 27, 2013 (Saturday)

Venue: Mt. Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal

Race Distances: 5km (Men’s & Women’s), 10km (Men’s & Women’s), 21km (Men’s & Women’s)


Race kits and singlets can be claimed starting April 1, 2013 to April 21, 2013 ONLY in respective registration areas. Singlet sizes will be subject to availability and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.


Distance: Gunstart:

21km 6:00am

10km 6:10am

5km 6:20am

*cut-off time of 5 hours for the whole race will be implemented


•Timing Chip, Race Bib No., Singlet, safety pins

•Rules and regulations

•Directions to venue

•Shuttle option (optional for participants, with extra charge)


Submit filled-out registration form with your fee from February 15, 2013 to April 7, 2013 at the MERRELL CONCEPT SHOPS listed below.

Here’s a link to the downloadable Registration Form:


G/F Space 23-24 Phase 8, Gaisano Market Market                  

Taguig City 

Tel. no. (02) 836-1560


Space 2128 M2, Quezon City

 Tel. No. (02) 915-0197        


Level 3, The Annex, EDSA, North Avenue 

Quezon City

 Tel. no. (02) 352-2737


 2/F Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

 Tel. no. (02) 659-3284 


Nepo Ave. Angeles City, Pampanga 

Tel. no (045) 304-0654


Ground Floor, Olongapo-Gapan Road

San Fernando, Pampanga


2nd Floor, Rizal Highway 

Olongapo City

 Tel. no.(02) 542-2235


Upper Ground Floor, Expansion Wing, Governor’s Drive

 Dasmariñas City, Cavite

*Singlet sizes will be subject to availability and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.


Hydration stations will be provided at the finish line and along the race route.

This is an eco-friendly event; each participant is required to bring his/her own hydration pack/bottle. Organizers will only provide refilling stations along the race course; there will be no cups to avoid littering.

Medical aid will be available at certain points along the way and at the finish line.


1. In the event of heavy rain, lightning, haze, fog and other inclement weather or adverse weather condition, the event may be delayed or cancelled.

2. Should bad weather persist beyond 7:00AM or the condition deemed unsuitable, the event will be cancelled.

3. If rain occurs after the race has started, you may continue unless otherwise advised by the designated race official or marshall.

*All Top 3 finishers for each race category for both Male and Female categories each get the cash prize along with a gift bag from our sponsors.

FINISHERS MEDAL All 21km finishers will receive a finisher’s medal. Medals will also be given to the first50 finishers for 5km and 10km categories respectively.

CERTIFICATES will be sent through email within two weeks after the race date to those who finish the course in their specific categories.


Trail running shoes, hydration pack/bottle belt, cap, running gaiters and energy bar or gel, head lamp especially for the 21K runners.

Views inside Pintong Bukawe:

June is way out front

Road towards Timberland Heights

The view on our right

Views from Pintong Bukawe

Entering the trail

Some of the trails inside PB

Wet and windy

Cemented trails inside PB

Going inside the trail

Typical trail inside


General Rules

1. All participants below 18 years old must have their registration forms signed by either a parent or a guardian.

2. Registration is non-transferable and non-refundable.

3. Multiple category registration for one person is prohibited for safety purposes and as this may affect or disrupt race results.

4. Participants who choose not to take part in the event after having registered can decide to withdraw. However, please note that there will not be any registration fee refund. Race slots are also strictly non-transferable.

5. Race bib numbers and electronic timing chips must be worn at all times during the race. Official time will be based on the disposable timing chip provided in the race kit. No chip, no time. Without the timing chip, participants are not entitled to win any of the top prizes.

6. Organizers maintain the right to remove any participants from the race. Injuries and medical emergencies are the utmost priority.

7. No late runners will be allowed to run 15 minutes after the gun start of their respective races.

8. All runners are required to have the proper loop band when they cross the finish line; no loop band means disqualification from the race.

9. A cut off time of 5 hours for the whole race will be implemented. Runners on the course after the cut off time will be pulled out by the Race Marshalls.

10. Time penalties and disqualification may be imposed by the race organizers on runners who do not follow race rules.

11. All protests related to the results must be made in writing and submitted to the Race Director within 30 minutes after the official announcement of winners.

12. The organizers reserve the right to make changes at its discretion without prior notice. The organizers’ decision is final.


In the event that a participant will not be able to personally register and sign the liability waiver form at the designated registration areas; their representatives must bring the following: (1) downloaded form with signature of participant, (2) authorization letter, and (3) valid ID of the participant and representative.


Place & Time

Market!Market!, BGC 3:00 am

TriNoma, North Edsa 3:30 am

Php300 round trip, first come-first served basis (payment to be settled only at Merrell Concept Shops)

A Look At Timberland’s Trail System: The Merrell Adventure Route

During our test run of the Merrell Adventure Race route at the Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal last Friday, i was amazed and surprised to venture into trails that were new to me, routes that were not used in trail races that i had joined in the past. I was bewildered about the vastness of this area that probably only a few runners and bikers have ventured to and the experience of running in uncharted territory was awesome!

I would later learn from the developers of the Timberland Resorts nearby that the trail system itself consisted of about 42 kilometers of trails stretched inside Timberland Heights, long enough to stage a marathon on forest woods. Among these trails are bike trails dubbed as the Eco-trail which had been long popular to mountain bike enthusiasts.

Thumbie Remigio, Race Director of the Merrell Adventure Run which will be held on June 2, 2012 took us along the 10k route and he said that 60% of the trails have not been used in past races. The terrain at Timberland offers everything from flat, grassy meadows to long climbs and technical single-track and switch-backs.

In all, there will be 10 kilometers of running to explore, with several sections of single-track, double-track, dirt roads, river traverse and waterfalls. Runners of all abilities will enjoy the variety of terrain. And did i already say that there will be mud crawls on parts of the route?

The scenery alone would make this a very spectacular run. Our test-run was fun and challenging with others even taking a dive at a deep river pond. You can run the route slow and cautiously, or hard and fast if you are an expert trail runner. Whichever way you run, you are bound to have a blast!

Here are the pictures of the 10k and 21k trail route. Enjoy and see you on June 2!

Runners will have the option to cross the river through this bamboo bridge or…(see pictures below)

…dive into the river itself!

…and here! (that’s Thumbie’s wife who is also a runner)

Merrell Adventure Race Organizer, Thumbie Remigio

One long uphill climb

Where we came from

This part of the trail was covered with bamboo trees

A white lady appears with a bolo!

We stop at a crossroad. Even Thumbie forgot our way out!;-)

The Jazzrunner, 1.5 kms before the end of the run

The trail runners with the Merrell group and the race organizing team

With Jojo, Ed, Allan and Baves

Surviving The Merrell Adventure Run

Runners congregating at the start of the race

Yesterday, i had the good fortune of joining over 1,500 trail runners for the Merrell Adventure Trail Run at the Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal. It was an adventure of  monstrous proportions but for many of us including myself, it was a classic survival run of staggering hills, river crossings, slippery down slopes and getting muddied from foot to chest!

The trail conditions was far from perfect as it had rained the past several days. I’ve ran these trails in the past in mostly dry conditions and yesterday’s early morning drizzle just before the race was a portent of things to come…the dirt trails would be muddy and slippery!

The backdrop of the Timberland Race, cool mountain ranges

I arrived at the Timberland Resort with my friend June at about 5:10am and one thing we noticed at the race area was the sheer number of female runners who have entered this event.  Many of them came prepared, wearing trail shoes and some with camel-backs and I was wondering if they knew what what was in store for them as many were carrying cameras and fone-cams and running a trail race for the first time. Nevertheless, it’s was nice to see the ladies ready to get their feet and butts wet, daring enough to face the rough and tumble of trail running! Go, go ladies!:-)

As always on my trail runs and races, i carried my Fujifilm digicam to capture the scenery and the throng of runners every time we approach a new terrain or obstacle. Finish times are inconsequential in trail races as each race presents different terrains and levels of difficulties so it’s more of a reconnection to nature, just enjoying the scenery and highlighting the experiences of the runners themselves.

aNR UP Heartbreakers just before gunstart

The first 2 kms of the trail was all too familiar, being the same route as that of the All-Terra Mountain Race but goes straight to the woods on mostly single-tracks. They’re very technical trails in constantly changing terrain with unrelenting climbs, roots and gravel. In this race, it’s now more of dirt and mud! The volunteers and marshals were very helpful, offering to give their arms to runners to prevent them from slipping on the muddy slopes and while crossing rivers.

A kilometer after the race start

It's the first downhill of the trails

Traversing the single-track trails

The runners getting crowded on a narrow path leading to a river

Can't stand still to take a pic...

Approaching the first river crossing

This is when the fun really starts!

Getting our feet wet!

March on the river

A water station awaits the first hurdlers

Runners clinging to anything they can hold on to avoid the slippery path

The side edges seem to have the most grip

Lending a helping hand

One of the killer hills

At the crest

Markers were visible along the route

At the last 3 kms

I stopped on this part for several minutes taking several shots of this sweeping vista on my right side

I swear, this was more than 2 kms!

One dry part near the last km

Gearing for home

Nearing the finish

Home at last! (Pic by Louie Lopez)

Logistics and race organization was above par. The trails were very well-marked with prominent signage’s and kilometer markers. The water stations were adequately stocked and well-spaced although i still relied on my own hydration on parts when i really need a drink.

One nice thing i noticed about this race was when runners offered their help for other runners by clinging to each others’ arms and hands when crossing the obstacles. It was a nice feeling giving help and being offered the same that showed the generous side of runners.

The one longest uphill was a killer when i struggled to get up one step at a time. It was like climbing the last few steps of Mt. Everest—take one step, stop, take a few deep breaths then take another step and so on. My chest wanted to explode!

All these said, this race was a real adventure, an awesome run, dirty, but no matter what you call it, it’s a FUN, FUN race! Kudos to Thumbie, Jeff of Merrell, Ben Alacar, Jeremy and the rest of the race organizers for an all-around, great event!

My race souvenirs:

A muddied singlet and legs!

Merrell Adventure Trail Run 2011

I’ve ran the trails of Timberland Heights a couple of times and there’s always something exciting to discover in this unwashed paradise in San Mateo, Rizal. The trails offer tree-covered hills on mostly single-tracks, wildflowers, spring crossings and some open fields. The terrain ranges from easy to difficult and there are parts that you really have to walk those uphills with little to hold on, except some thin branches of trees which breaks easily so there’s always those challenges.

For the past two years, there were races organized by Elite Multi-Sports Resources headed by Raul Ylanan, the All-Terra King of The Mountain Run and Bike Race which was very well-attended by both biking enthusiasts and runners. I’m not so sure if  there will be a race this year and the last race last year had one great post-run barbecue party sponsored by Mang Inasal.

Merrell is coming up with their own trail run and this will also be held at Timberland Heights on June 18. I’m sure Merrell’s will have their own route different from that of the King of the Mountain race and they will be having a 21k distance, aside from the 5k and 10k. Here are the details:


June 18, 2011


On its second year, the Merrell Adventure Run again leads you through dirt roads, flowing streams, river crossing, rock scrambling, and uphill & downhill trails in a new but equally challenging & breathtaking race course at Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal. Brave up to this outdoor challenge and run on the rugged side this June 18, 2011.


Date: June 18, 2011 (Saturday)

Time: Assembly is at 5:00am for all categories. Race starts at 5:40 am (21K), 5:50 am (10K), and 6:00am (5K).

Race Distances: 5K, 10K, 21K


New Venue: Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal

New Category: 21K

Exciting prizes and freebies await participants!


5K 10K 21K
1st (Male and  Female)  3,000.00  8,000.00 15,000.00 Cash prize and Gift bag
2nd (Male and Female)  2,000.00  6,000.00 11,000.00 Cash prize and Gift bag
3rd (Male and Female)  1,000.00  4,000.00  9,000.00 Cash prize and Gift bag
  • Prizes will also be raffled-off during the program. The Race Bib number automatically qualifies each runner for the RAFFLE DRAW.
  • FINISHER’S MEDALS will be given after the race to the Top 20 finishers of 5K, Top 20 finishers of 10K, and all runners of 21K who finish the course before the 9:00am final cut-off time for all categories.
  • CERTIFICATES will be sent through email within two weeks after the race date to those who finish the course in their specific categories.
  • RACE RESULTS will be posted on and the Merrell Philippines fan page.


Trail running shoes, Hydration pack/Bottle belt, Cap, Gloves, Running gaiters and Energy bar or gel, especially for the 21K runners.


Download the MAR registration form from or get it at selected Merrell concept shops. Submit filled-out registration form with your fee from May 14 to June 14, 2011 at the MERRELL CONCEPT SHOPS listed below. Race Kits can be claimed June 1, 2011 onwards.


  • G/F Space 23-24 Phase 8
  • Gaisano Market Market
  • Taguig City
  • Tel. no. (02) 836-1560


  • Space 2128 M2
  • Quezon City
  • Tel. No. (02) 915-0197


  • 2/F Festival Mall
  • Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Tel. No. (02) 659-3284


  • Nepo Ave. Angeles City, Pampanga
  • Tel. no (045) 304-0654

Registration Fees: (Inclusive of Race Kit and Race Singlet)

  • P500 – 5K
  • P650 – 10K
  • P800 – 21K