This view up above Tanay is the reason why i like to run on these mountains and the trails that spring up and down below its crest and inside its forests.
One of the grandest views atop the Ten Cents to Heaven Resort in Tanay, Rizal
The pic was taken atop the Ten Cents to Heaven Resort in Sitio. Mayagay II, Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal just as we arrived at about 6:30am. The clouds had bridged several of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The breeze wasn’t as cool as i had expected but it was still far from the warm and humid temperatures in Manila even in the early morning.
Pimco Sports has cracked another winning trail combination and for its May 5 trail outing called Run2Run, with its longest distance, a 21k trail run, the race will start inside this resort, replete with garden trails, pineapple plantations, cement roads, rough roads and single track trails many trail enthusiasts will truly enjoy.
Yesterday, i had the privilege of joining a test run of this route together with about 22 other trail runners, the biggest group who had joined a Tanay test run so far. We didn’t run too far although the 7-8 km scheduled run we were given was a great sneak peek of what we were “partly” to expect for the May 5 race.
Photo credits to Maribel Patañag
We set off at about 7am and were made to run inside the resort as we snaked in around the gardens, open spaces, climbed up stairs…still not sure if this would be part of the route. When we were led at the rear-end of the resort, only then that we knew we were heading outside for the trails already.
The trails starts on a fairly manageable downhill run and we were apparently going down to the base of the mountain since we were situated on one of the highest part of that area. The latter descent parts were slippery, as we held on to small bamboo trunks to keep us from sliding down our butts as many did! We were all very careful as the surface was covered with dried bamboo leaves which didn’t offer much for us to step on the brakes.
The Ten Cents to Heaven Resort has the longest zipline in Luzon covering a total length of 1.1 kms. Since the zipline from the resort extends that distance to another mountain, our objective was to reach the end of this zipline so we had to practically go down from Ten Cents then trek our way up to the next mountain where the zipline ends. And the 1.1km distance is no walk in the park!
The run up the 2nd mountain reminded me of the recent Salomon X-Trail run where we had to literally crawl up. Only here, its just pure trails, no steps to propel us up and it wasn’t very easy. We all had reached the end of the zipline and that 1.1k distance was like a 5k effort race!
It’s a challenging climb from the bottom of Sitio Mayagay to the top of the 2nd zipline but you’ll be rewarded with one of the most amazing vistas in Tanay. After the zipline, we exited into a concrete road leading to a residential area of Brgy. Cuyambay and from there, it was trails galore.
The trails here offer moderately challenging paths, dirt roads, single tracks and takes in some light streams and the rural scenery of Tanay. As always, we were only offered a sneak peek of the route, a mere 7-8 kms of trekking and running some of the easiest parts. Expect something colossal on race day as Race Director Alvin Balderama will once again unleash his poisonous fangs once we get inside his private territory!
I’m leaving you with the pictures i took on our run. Enjoy!
The air is usually cool here every morning but not to much today in this hot summer
From the patio from where the zip line begins
A closer view of what runners will see during the start of the race
Flower gardens that surround the resort
Our run started with a tour inside the compound
At the courtyard before climbing up a series of stairs
We wiggle our way at the resort’s back exit
Nearing the start of the trails
The trail run begins and starts with steep descents going towards pineapple plantations.
In blue is RD Alvin Balderama waiting for all runners to descend
After this descent, we climb up the other mountain (foreground) where the other zipline is located
Part of a bamboo forested area
This is the steepest downhill part where it’s easier to slide down from your behind
A 12 feet ravine. According to Alvin, ropes will be attached to poles on race day itself for runners’ safety
What goes down must come up!
A couple takes up the rear of the group with Alvin giving support at their back
Maribel taking it easy atop the end of the zip-line
That mountain on the other side is where we came from
A cemented road as part of the route
Taking a break at Brgy Cuyambay while waiting for the others
Elite running couple, Ems and Ron Nills (left and middle) with their equally fast Ilocano-“Kenyan” friend, Hadji from Tuguegarao
At Baranggay Cuyambay, Tanay
The terrain here is rolling with single tracks and rough roads ahead
These rocks are to be delivered to Metro Manila for landscaping businesses
A short rough road that leads to another set of trails
This is part of the 21k route
The road thins out to a trail
Crossing out a small stream
The group follows
Looking for something, Jun?
Alternating between shaded and open part trails
Back to an open space
The trails in this part is generally flat so we just took our time to survey the course
Trails go in and out of secluded areas. Here, we approach another stream
There’s this feeling of peace and serenity just running on these trails
We sort of miss the gushing rivers but nice to have our feet dry this time.
It was a long hike-run on the trails
Coming out of the woods
More of these bamboo trees lined-up in between trails
Entering a small village
A short uphill climb
Taking another pit stop with the group
Last of the trails before heading back to the highway
One last pit-stop
They call this the stairway to heaven, a short cut to the resort
A stair-trail path suffused with flowers
A dizzying climb to the top
More steps to climb, but i didn’t mind
A light brunch was waiting
Teacher Ella Mae was glad to make it back the top
At the cabana
A Chapel inside the resort
For more info of the Run2Run Trail Run on May 5, 2013, please check out PIMCO’s website which you can find here: http://www.pimcosportsevents.com/#/amazing-run2run/4573658703