Last Sunday, we were invited by the organizers of XTERRA’s “Pang Rave Run”, Alaska Milk Corporation’s Jocel de Guzman and Event King’s Princess Galura for a familiarization tour of Tagaytay Highlands and Midlands Resort, venue for the trail race this coming January 30, 2011.
We did not get to see the trails itself as Neville Manaois and his team were still mapping out the course although the 10k and 21k courses have already been pinpointed, beneath the vast, cold and lush surroundings of the Tagaytay ridges and mountains.
When we arrived at the Tagaytay Midlands, the first thing we noticed was the fog and mist that engulfed the whole area with the cold temperature (mid to high 60s) tingling down our spines. We were told by the staff of the resort that the weather would stay constant up to the month of February so no less than an ideal weather would be expected come race day.
The scenes from the trails would be over-looking Taal Volcano for sure but its selling point would be the trails themselves which were never used or ran in any race before. Be forewarned though that the start of the race course would be an uphill struggle from 500 meters up to a kilometer so it would be wise training for some hills already.
The pictures shown below are some of the resorts’ facilities that runners might want to check out before or after the run. They have small, cozy hotels, inns and cottages should runners decide to stay over night at the place. Because of the limited time that we were given, we were not able to run around the area but were given a walking tour instead and found the resort an idyllic place to stay.
Neville promised to send me pictures of the proposed trails so once they are available, i’ll immediately post it here.
Many thanks to Vima Mendoza kulitrunner for making this trip a very enjoyable one.