Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2: July 9, 2017

With the spiraling cost of race entry fees these days, one has to literally shop around for cheap races with main considerations being… value for money, right scheduling and a well organized race. But for me, other important aspects of a must-have in races are the scenery and camaraderie, all of which are present in trail running races.

Me and a lot of others have found to like the smaller, intimate races more and you pay a lot less in registration fees that you would in running those mega races in the metro. I like the laid back thing and that for me is definitely more fun!

One trail race this coming July 9, 2017 is the 2nd SOLEUS Cross Country Challenge which will have 21k and 12k distances at very reasonable fees. I was able to run the inaugural race last year and based on my experience, i can thoroughly recommend this great trail run. Starting from the Mt. Sinai Ten Commandments wall in Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal, the hilly route travels virtually along mountain passes, river crossings, small villages, pristine greenery— usually bathed in glorious sunshine!

If you’re up for spectacular scenery and varied terrain, then this trail race will not disappoint! The race’s impressive start and finish on top of a mountain over-looking the vast Sierras will definitely add to the wow factor!

Here are the details of the race:

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SOLEUS CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE 2

July 9, 2017

Mt. Sinai, Pintong Bukawi, San Mateo, Rizal

Categories and Fees:
12K Early Bird P900.00 – April 27 – May 31, 2017 | Regular P1,100.00 (June 1 to 30 2017)
21K Early Bird P1,100.00 – April 27 – May 31, 2017 | Regular P1,250.00 (June 1 to 30 2017)
* Inclusive of Event Shirt, RFID Tag, Race Bib, Finisher Medal, Snacks

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Registration Venues:
On-Site: L Time Studio Branches at:
SM Mall of Asia – Ground Floor-In Front of IMAX
Trinoma – 2nd Floor- Near Food Court
Market Market – 2nd Floor
SM Megamall – 3rd Floor, Mega A

Via Bank Deposit:

Bank: Banco De Oro*
Account Name: Mirjam Ann G. Del Rosario
Account Number 0039-8019-6644

*Kindly fill up downloaded registration form, write the name and distance on the deposit slip then email scanned copies to sccchallenge2017@gmail.com. An email confirmation will be sent once validated and received.

Assembly Time:   5:00am

Gun Start Time:  21k  —  6:00am  /  12k  —  6:20am

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SCENES from the inaugural race last year:

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Start and finish

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DBB Rockstar*

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One of the highlights of the run

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With trail running friends

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Looking At The Route: Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2016

I’ve ran this route several times, both in training and during races and the course is truly unique with all the trimmings of a great trail run. From the casual runner/walker to the serious trail runner, this route of the Soleus Cross Country Trail Run Challenge, to be held on July 10, 2016 at Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal has something for everyone: river crossings, single-track trails and fire roads, woods, unrelenting uphills and downhills, farm fields, and magnificent views of the Sierra Madre mountains!

Just recently, Judith Staples of L-Timestudio and Coach Roel Amabao-Ano, the event’s Race Director led a test run of the route comprising of members of Team Soleus and some friends in the trail running community. I absolutely love the views along the trails with the backdrop of the Ten Commandments tablets at Mt. Sinai serving as the starting point of the run.

The single track trails and the main fire road descends into the Casile River for roughly 5 kms., crossing this river a few times before turning around and heading back uphill which will be long and arduous climb. Nevertheless, it will all be worth the pain and effort if you love being challenged with all those magnificent views as backdrop. The Soleus Cross Country Challenge will offer 21k and 12k distances.

(See registration details below).

Here’s a sneak preview of the route with Team Soleus:

The 10 Commandments “tablets” which serves at the starting line of the race. With race proponent, Ms. Judith Staples of L-TimeStudio.

With the super-fit Judith Staples

If you haven’t registered yet, take advantage of the registration discount as the early bird registration will only be available until May 25. Regular registration starts on May 26 to June 30 or until supply lasts.

Details are as follows:

Finisher’s Shirt

Finisher’s Shirt Design (L-R): Tin Ferrera, Coach Roel and Sheryl Quimosing

Amor Sanz and Coach Roel