MGM Bravehearts Trail Run 2017: Registration Closes Tomorrow, January 17, 2017

To those who have not yet registered for the MGM Bravehearts 7k and 11k Trail Run Uphill Challenge on February 12, 2017, you only have until 12 noon tomorrow, January 17, 2017  to register instead of January 20 because all slots for both distances have already been filled-up. An advisory have been released by the organizers announcing the closing of registration tomorrow:

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While the MGM organizing team wishes to accommodate all trail runners still interested to join this event, registrations has already reached its limit, and its decision to close registration this early is for the assurance of the safety and control the volume of runners that could overcrowd and compromise the fragile quality of the trails.

Should you have any more queries regarding registration, please PM them on their FB page, https://www.facebook.com/mgmfoxproductions/ or Dbb DelosAngeles.

So for those willing to beat the deadline tomorrow, here are the details on how you can still register:

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11K Finishers Shirt

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Bravehearts finisher’s medal for this trail run is made from recycled wood and each carefully laser crafted.

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DBB Mt. Batolusong Trail Run – August 7, 2016: A Sneak Peek

MGM Productions Present: DBB Mountain Rockstar Trail Run

MGM Productions takes you back to the most awaited trail run in Tanay, Rizal, the DBB Mountain Rockstar in 3 different distances. The route traces to beautiful trails through stunning mountain of clouds backdrops, plenty of fresh air and water, friendly marshals and a welcoming race atmosphere for everyone.

The distances include a 50km ultra distance which gets you to three (3) mountains – Mt. Batolusong, Mt. Maynoba & Mt. Cayabu which organizers call the MGM Trio. The race will also have the shorter distances, the sweet 12km and exhilarating 25km categories.

Each distance will take you to some magnificent landscapes with long-winding ascents, cloud-swept mountain tops that will put a smile on your face. There will be river crossings, run through farm-fringed valleys, weave through towering forest trees and sweep along flowing trails beside rivers, creeks, many water falls and mountain lookouts.

Registration is ongoing!

Mt. Batolusong, Barangay San Andres, Tanay, Rizal
August 07, 2016

This is part of the MGM Trail Running Series.

Distance: 12km / 25km / 50km

Start Time: 4:00AM (50km) / 5:00AM (25km) / 5:30AM (12km)

Cut Off Time : 12km (6hrs) / 25km (9hrs) / 50km (15hrs)

Starting/Finish Area: Barangay Hall of San Andres, Tanay Rizal

Registration Fee:

Php 1,150.00 / 12km Mountain Trail Run
Php 1,450.00 / 25km Mountain Trail Run
Php 1,800.00 / 50km Mountain Ultra Trail Run

Inclusive of the following: Finisher Shirt, Medal, Race Bandana, Personalized Bib Number and Post Race Meal.
* 25km and 50km finishers will get a FREE MGM Mountain Rockstar Cap

Registration Period: June 21 – July 22, 2016

Registration Procedure:

Deposit the registration fee to
Account Name: Rayman D. delos Angeles
BPI Savings Acct Num: 3199-1456-56

Send a scanned copy of the deposit slip to mgm_mtbatolusong@yahoo.com with your name, gender, race distance and size of finisher shirt . Subject: MGM MT. BATOLUSONG REGISTRATION”. Please keep and present the deposit slip when claiming the race kit on the race day.

LIMITED SLOT ONLY!

No onsite registration
Once all the slots are filled up we will close the registration
No distance switching

****** The event takes place RAIN or SHINE! ******

Here’s a sneak peek of the race route which was held last year and is going to be used for this year’s race edition.

GETTING THERE:

** Private Transportation
From Cubao take Aurora Blvd. East Bound and continue straight to Marcos Highway. You will pass by Sta. Lucia Grand Mall, Masinag, and Cogeo. After Cogeo, you will traverse zigzag roads.

You will pass by Palo Alto and Garden Cottages. A few meters from Kilometer Post 51, the Welcome Arch to Barangay San Andres is on the other side of the road (left side). This is actually the place that locals refer to as Batangasan or Batangas.

Follow the road leading down to the valley that is Brgy. San Andres. You will pass through two small bridges. Take the left turn after the Brgy. Chapel. The Brgy. Hall cum registration area is located 30 meters from the main road and just before the covered court. From Batangasan, the Brgy. Hall is more or less 4 kms in distance.

Early morning travel from Cubao to Brgy. San Andres is 1 hour 45 minutes.

** Public Transportation
From Cubao, take a jeep or FX to Cogeo Gate 2 (Php 35 FX). Once in Cogeo, proceed to the jeepney terminal adjacent to the market and take the jeepney going to Sampaloc/Tanay. Tell the driver to drop you off at Batangasan/Batangas. (1 hour travel time).

Hire a habal-habal or tricycle to San Andres Barangay Hall. (15 minutes travel time).

Bravehearts Mountain Trail Run- March 12, 2016

“Bravehearts is a newbie friendly trail run”. 

“This is not a race. Its a picnic!”

“It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing. So be brave!”

—MGM Productions description of their upcoming trail run event, the Braveheart Trail Run

To which trail runners responded:

“It’s A Trap!”

I was amused and laughing when i read these Facebook exchanges on the forthcoming BRAVEHEARTS Mountain Trail Run to be held on March 12 in Baras, Rizal. It might be MGM’s stab at humor but knowing their record of organizing very challenging routes that frays the edges of your patience (Mt. Batolusong Trail Challenge, Mt. Sembrano Mountain Run, to name a few), their races are no laughing matter. For most, their uphill courses gets your heart pumping non-stop, yet the views are spectacular that any trail runner would love to come back for more.

Though the Braveheart Mountain Run will only be for 11 kilometers, no one (outside of the MGM organizers) have made an actual test run of this route but expect this to be another lung-busting climb. If MGM is going to be true to their word, this run will just be like a picnic at the park and will have a newbie-friendly trail route. But then, they ask runners to be brave, to face the unexpected! And that has put jitters among the trail newbies and even the regular trail runners.

Nevertheless, Race Director Rayman (DBB) Delos Angeles assured that runners will be rewarded with a myriad of adventurous panoramas like waterfalls, dams, rocky paths, pine trees, the grand views of the Sierra Madre mountains and Talim Island at Laguna De Bay which i tend to believe (check out the pictures below).

It’s a very calming claim to call an MGM Productions event one newbie-friendly trail run but it’s also hard to ignore that one requires bravery to do something out of the ordinary to probably survive this race. Even the name of a waterfall where runners will pass by near it, “KINAMATAYAN FALLS” is a prelude of things to happen!

But factor in a cool dip beneath this waterfall (will you?), enjoy the low clouds lying below the Sierra mountain peaks, cascading rivers and streams and a grand finale of a breakfast at one of the picnic tables of a resort while getting a glimpse of Laguna De Bay and you’ve got plenty of reason to enjoy this race.

Whether or not it’s a newbie-friendly trail or a race for the hard-core, no trail runner will want to miss a MGM-organized trail run! Hope we come out alive! 🙂

Here are the details of the race!

Bravehearts Mountain Trail Run (11km)

Distance :11km (Cut Off Time- 3:30 Hours)

Start Time: 6:00 AM March 12, 2016 (Saturday)

Starting/Finish Area: Check Dam, Sitio San Roque, Brgy. Pinugay, Baras, Rizal

Registration Fee: Php 800.00

Inclusive: Finisher Medal, Singlet, Race Bandana and Personalized Bib Number

Registration Period: February 03 – March 01, 2016

Registration Procedure:

Deposit the registration fee to Account Name: Rayman D. delos Angeles BPI Savings Acct Num: 3199-1456-56
Send a scanned/pic copy of the deposit slip to mgm_bravehearts@yahoo.com with your name, gender and size of finisher shirt . Subject: MGM BRAVEHEARTS REGISTRATION”. Please keep and present the deposit slip when claiming the race kit on the race day.

LIMITED SLOTS ONLY!

The event takes place RAIN or SHINE!

This is the perfect start for the grand slam of the MGM Production Trail Running Series.

 

Race Director Dabobong Rayman (Rock Star) Angeles showing us one of the highlights of the mountain run, a lagoon from the Kinamatayan waterfalls located upstream.

 

 

Pictures of the KIMATAYAN Falls:

DBB Mt. Batolusong Mountain Run: Oct. 25, 2015

Good times are coming for trail runners who are itching their way to run the great outdoor trails once again. The Mt. Marami 21k Trail Challenge is up this coming Sunday where most of the 700+ trail runners ( a record of sorts) will be having the chance of having their pictures taken at the dizzying Silyang Bato, near Mt. Marami’s peak. Also happening is the Conquer 50k Trail Challenge and the Conquer 25k/11k Trail Challenge to be held on September 12 and 13, respectively to start and end at the Tanay Adventure Camp in Tanay Rizal.

Too, Alvin Balderama of PIMCO, the master trail blazer of Tanay will also be staging the Amazing Tanay 15k/10k Trail Race on November 22, 2015 at Sampaloc Inn in Sampaloc, Tanay as venue while the Miyamit Falls Trail Marathon (MF42) and 26k will be held on October 4, 2015 in Porac, Pampanga.

Meanwhile, one of the most awaited trail races of Dabobong (DBB) Angeles’ MGM Productions (the same organizers of the vastly successful Mt. Sembrano Mountain Trail Challenges in Pililia, Rizal) is also gearing up and this time, their race is headed for Tanay too! To be staged is the MT. BATOLUSONG 50k/25k/12k MOUNTAIN RUN this coming October 25, 2015. This race is in conjunction with Tanay’s yearly HANE Festival.

I particularly love the route of the Mt. Batolusong Mountain Run as this is a route where we have ventured several times in the past that features gorgeous trails, green views, rolling pastures, ridges and deep ravines. The scenery is a perfect back drop for taking photos, hiking and of course trail running. Mt. Batolusong is one of its attractions – a bit difficult in the beginning (until you reach the Maypatag Plateau), but plenty of places to stop for a breather and to catch views of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Mt. Batolusong is not a tall mountain, but it will definitely give you great views of the nearby Susong Dalaga peaks, Banahaw, Cristobal, Laguna, Rizal and as far as Quezon. It does have a couple of spots where elevation can cause you to huff or puff a bit.

I’m leaving you with details and some pictures of the Mt. Batolusong Mountain Run route for their upcoming race this October 25, 2015.

Enjoy!

In celebration of Tanay Hane Festival,
MGM Productions Present: DBB Mountain Rockstar Trail Run

Mt. Batolusong, Barangay San Andres, Tanay, Rizal
October 25, 2015

This is part of the DBB Uphill Challenge Trail Running Series and a 100% TRAIL race.

Distance: 12km / 25km / 50km

Start Time: 6AM (50km) / 6:30AM (25km) / 7AM (12km)

Starting/Finish Area: Barangay Hall of San Andres, Tanay Rizal

Registration Fee:

Php 1,050.00 / 12km Mountain Run
Php 1,350.00 / 25km Mountain Run
Php 1,650.00 / 50km Mountain Run

Inclusive of the following: Finisher Shirt, Medal, MGM Rockstar Cap, Race Bandana, Bib Number, Post Race Meal and Tree Seedlings.
* only 25km/50km can get a FREE MGM Rockstar Cap

Registration Period: July 25 – October 01, 2015

Registration Procedure:

Deposit the registration fee to
Account Name:Rayman D. delos Angeles
BPI Savings Acct Num: 3199-1456-56

Send a scanned copy of the deposit slip to mgm_mtbatolusong@yahoo.com with your name, gender, race distance and size of finisher shirt . Subject: MGM MT. BATOLUSONG REGISTRATION”. Please keep and present the deposit slip when claiming the race kit on the race day.

LIMITED SLOTS ONLY!

****** The event takes place RAIN or SHINE! ******

A Closer Look At the Trails of Mt. Sembrano

Here’s a set of pictures of the trails of Mt. Sembrano in Pililia, Rizal taken by Ninya Regalado, a mountaineer and trail runner during one of her mountain trail runs. I’ve always been intrigued as to why many runners, hikers and mountaineers enjoy visiting this place as they say it’s so hilly, open and hot specially in the summer. But having seen these photos of the trails, i can see that they offer some of the best views here in these parts.

The forthcoming 2nd DBB Uphill Mt. Sembrano Trail Race Challenge on April 18, 2015 will prove another opportunity to see and conquer this rolling grassland hills to the tilt. And through these pics, you’ll see why last year’s runners have been raving about the ascents and descents that literally kept them on their toes!

Check out the views over-looking Laguna Lake, Talim Island and the other mountain ranges which are arresting and very scenic.

You’ll see why running this upcoming 15k and 30k DBB Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Race Challenge is worth it when you see these picture postcard worthy sweeping views. I’m nowhere close to being able to run this trail yet, but that will surely change when i get to run with some of the most fun and serious trail runners come April 18!

See you there!

Registration is still open. For more details, you can check my previous post at https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/mt-sembrano-trail-run-challenge-april-18-2015/ or the event FB page at https://www.facebook.com/events/814150221978573/

All photos by mountaineer, traveler and trail runner Ninya Regalado who documents her adventures in her blog, http://www.proadventurer.com.

Mt. Sembrano Trail Run Challenge: April 18, 2015

If you enjoy hardcore, moderate to steep rocky trails through open forests, mountain ridges, steep ravines and magnificent views of Laguna De Bay and Talim Island then this race, The DBB Uphill Challenge, Mt. Sembrano 15k and 30k Trail Run on April 18 is just the perfect trail race waiting for you!

The mountain trails offers an elevation of from 625 meters to about 745 meters. Between these elevation gains are single track dirt trails, grassy mountain ridges, hilltops and a waterfalls that will surely be refreshing for those tired and overly exposed to the sun.

This race is a week before the 2015 Salomon Trail Race on April 25, 2015 so the Mt. Sembrano Trail Run Challenge will be a perfect tune-up race for those running Salomon.

Here are the details of the race:

Date & Time:  Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 6:00 a.m.

Start/Finish Location:  Brgy. Hall of Malaya, Pililla, Rizal

Course Description:  Rough roads which leads to rocky path; numerous mango trees; grassy summit which is fully exposed to the sun with the great view of Laguna Lake.

Cut Off Time: 6hrs (15km) / 10hrs (30km)

Awards:  Top three finishers for each race, both male and female.

Camping:  Runners are welcome to camp on the grounds Friday evening.  Camping is available at an assigned area on the covered court with facilities near.  Showers are available.  Please take out what you bring in.

Registration:

Make your deposits to:

Account Name: Rayman D. delos Angeles
BPI Savings Acct Num: 3199-1456-56

P 1,000.00 / 15km Mountain Run

P 1,200.00 / 30km Mountain Run
Inclusive of Finisher Medal, Shirt and Post Race Meal

Send a scanned copy of the deposit slip to mgm_dbbmtsembrano@yahoo.com.ph  with your Name, Gender and Size of finisher shirt. Subject: MGM MT. SEMBRANO REGISTRATION. Please keep and present the deposit slip when claiming the race kit.

Elevation Gain/Loss for the 15k Run

Packet Pick-Up:  Saturday April 18, 2015, 3:00 a.m.

See more of the Event Details at our Facebook Page MGM Productions : DBB Uphill Challenge (Mt. Sembrano Mountain Run 2015)

View of Laguna Lake and Talim Island

 

View from the top (Pic from Asanyas.com)

Another view of the summit (Pic from B. Lakwatsero)

Other pics taken from the DBB Facebook page.