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

Holy Week Trail Running @ the City of Pines

It can’t be all a visit to Mines View Park, a stroll along Session Road, shopping at the public market, a banca ride at the Burnham Lake, nor church visitations that you do when visiting the City of Pines during Lenten week… and though I witnessed all these activities when I visited Baguio City last weekend with my running team, it was a whole new chapter when you’re with like-minded runners.

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Burnham Lake

Often flooded with tourists during Holy Week, what I did was to initiate a trail run along the pristine trails inside Camp John Hay, a favorite running haven for those in the know where you can enjoy peace and solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, for a change.

My team, not used to a lot of trail running, were also looking forward to a break from their road run trainings back home, and this was a great opportunity to show them what the trails in this mountain city had to offer. This was their first time to explore the area and what a fabulous way for them to experience running the Blue and Yellow trails inside CJH.

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At the start of the Blue Trail

The Yellow and Blue Trails provides an oasis for runners, and hikers. Good thing that majority of this trail is now off limits to horse-back riding as they have been confined only up to the trail-head.

Betty and I readied our cameras to catch snaps of our run-hike and just put our minds to auto-pilot and let the undulating trails take us through hard-packed single track trails, groves of pine trees, glimpses of mountain tops, pine top needles, ravines and flowering ridges. Despite a sprinkling of occasional hikers, it was amazing how serene these trails could feel.

It’s one of the most beautiful places to run in Baguio City and a great destination for trail runners who would like to explore a short but exhilarating run inside Camp John Hay.

Leaving you with some pictures we took along the route. Happy trail running!

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With Tita Betty

 

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With trail running champ, James Telias

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Burnham Park

 

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Strawberry Taho

Lagalag Sundown Ecotrail Run: April 8, 2017

LAGALAG SUNDOWN ECOTRAIL RUN 2017

Date:       April 8, 2017
Venue:    Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal
Start Time:   3:00pm

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Lagalag’s inaugural Sundown Trail Run held last year didn’t create much stir as it may have registered below the regular trail runner’s radar but for the 300+ runners who were able to join the 3:00pm gun start, it was one of the best organized trail races with the cushy, well-maintained trails and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains that got our attention at Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal.

Even though the weather was warm and humid, the race volunteers, course markings, bike marshals and the over-all race organization will be very hard to beat. The trails have nice single tracks, fire roads, lush forest, streams and non-stop views of the Sierra mountain range. This is one of those splendid races where you should really be taking in the scenic views but will probably be too busy trying not to wipe off the sweat in your face because of the warm weather.

For those of you who have not experience running at the Timberland trails, here’s your chance to do so.  The Lagalag Sundown Eco-Trail Run 2017 is happening on April 8. It will offer a 6km, 12km and a new 25km trail run (in lieu of the half marathon distance last year) which will start at 3:00pm.

We shall be updating you for more race details on this blog as soon as they come along.

Here are the details of the race:

Categories and Registration Fees:
6 km:    P750.00
12 km:  P900.00
25 km:  P1,200.00 (New Category)

Registration is now open!
Registration options:
1. Online: go to www.raceyaya.com and select LAGALAG SUNDOWN Ecotrail Run
2. In-store registration: Visit Lagalag store at SM North and Baguio City Branch for manual registration and payment.

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Here are some pictures from last year’s race:

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At the start

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Uphill start

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FREE for the first 200 (paid) registrants.

Good news! Organizers are giving away a LAGALAG FUEL BELT for FREE for the first 200 (paid) registrants.

This is an all-purpose utility belt that sits comfortably around the waist. It’s a fanny pack, racing number belt or music device holder. Use it to carry your personal belongings: keys, IDs, small snacks, gels. Use it anywhere. Go anywhere!

Registration options:
1. Online: go to www.raceyaya.com and select LAGALAG SUNDOWN
2. In-store registration: Visit Lagalag store SM North and Baguio City Branch for manual registration and payment.

 

Mt. Sembrano Trail Challenge 2017: March 12, 2017

It’s not an easy trail route, but those who have experienced traversing uphill trails whether you’re a newbie or a veteran trail runner, would find running, hiking or just trying to survive to get to the top of Mt. Sembrano the harsh yet thrilling experience of conquering it on limited time.

Running this race for the very first time two years ago, i kind of wondered how i was able to wrestle the unlimited uphills, specially the first 5 kilometers of continuous climbing on gnarly rocky trails. Still, i think this was one of the best trail races for 2015 (didn’t join last year because of severe acid reflux) even with the negligible blips of getting lost and suffering from cramps that made this race even more exciting.

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The Mt. Sembrano Mountain Run is going to be back this coming March 12, 2017 with some new trail routes being added. This is a no frills, all thrills race but has the unique stamp of an MGM event, organizers of this race. It has full of support, unique swags, fabulous finisher’s shirt, food and an after event gathering of pure trail enthusiasts hobnobbing with first time trail runners wanting to catch on the frenzy of their newfound sport.

This mountain run is not for people who are looking to set a fast pace but I would recommend it to those looking to deviate from road events and challenge themselves with a difficult but doable trail run, specially the newbie trail runner.

Getting to the top of Mt. Sembrano and reaching the finish-line will give you a sense of great euphoria and that’s definitely the case here, as this was one of the most grueling yet rewarding trail races I’ve done.

If you haven’s registered yet, you have a little more than a week to register (deadline on February 17) and can close even earlier if slots have all been filled up.

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Here are the details of the race:

Mt. Sembrano Uphill Trail Challenge 2017 (15KM/32KM)
March 12, 2017 (New Trail Route)
Malaya, Pililia, Rizal

2nd Leg for the grand slam of the MGM Production Trail Running Series 2017.

Distance:
15km (Old Trail-Summit turn around-New Trail)
32km (Old Trail-Summit-Bugarin Trail- turn around-New Trail)

Start Time:
6:00 AM March 12, 2017 (32km)
6:30 AM March 12, 2017 (15km)

Cut Off Time: 6hrs (15km) / 9hrs (32km)

Starting/Finish Area: Brgy. Hall of Malaya, Pililla, Rizal

Registration Fee:
P 1,100.00 / 15km Mountain Run
P 1,350.00 / 32km Mountain Run
inclusive Finisher Medal, Shirt, Race Bandana, Bib Number, Post Race Meal, Freebies and Raffle

Registration Period: December 01, 2017- February 17, 2017

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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  with your name, gender, distance and size of finisher shirt . Subject: MGM MT. SEMBRANO 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!

 

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.

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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 the start.  Showers are available. Please take out what you bring in.

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Sierra Trail Adventure Race- October 16, 2016: A Sneak Peek

In the mountains of Tanay, one place holds a special allure to those who have ran its trails and crossed its rivers…the rugged scenery of Sitio Maysawa and Laiban. If you have ran any of PIMCO’s Natures Trail Discovery Run (NTDR) trail series a few years ago, you just might have passed some of its rocky terrain, steep uphills and an abundance of streams and rivers that greets you endlessly along its course.

This October 16, 2016, the inaugural trail race of Pinoy Trails.com and Rundezvous will hold the 1st SIERRA TRAIL ADVENTURE RACE (STAR) 2016 in Tanay, Rizal which will have an 8k, 12k, an 18k- solo, and an 18k 2-man buddy run. The race will start and end at the Ten Cents To Heaven Resort, Sitio Mayagay, Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal.

Two weeks ago, The Pinoy Trails Team made an ocular visit on these trails as we last did during another familiarization run with trail buddies Jun and Franc. The Maysawa trails are beautiful but jagged, rocky on some parts, wooded on the inner portions  following shallow but crystal clear rivers plus a couple of different ridges through the woods. It throws in a couple of relentless uphills and descents. The terrain on the end part, after reaching Brgy Laiban is a mix of woodlands, creeks, open spaces and the occasional cultivated field.

The Maysawa-Laiban trails are a must place to run in Tanay with ascents and descents that your hearts will beat in excitement. It will be both hard and pleasant at this time of the year but with the onset of the wet season, don’t let the rains deter you!

RACE DETAILS:

  • Date: October 16, 2016
  • Venue: Tanay, Rizal (10 Cents?)
  • Distance: 8K, 12K, 16K

Gun Start:

  • 8K – 6:10 AM
  • 12K – 6:00 AM
  • 18K – 5:40 AM
  • 18K Buddy – 5:30 AM

Cut-off Times:

  • 18K – 5 Hours
  • 12K – 4 Hours
  • 8K – 3 hours

Fees:

  • 8K – P700
  • 12K – P800
  • 18K – P900
  • 18K Buddy – P1,600

Inclusions:

  • Pinoy Trails Race Shirt
  • Race Bib
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Loot Bag
  • Early Bird Promo

Other registration details to follow…

It will be a roller coaster ride along the route with amazing views all around. ENJOY!

Valley Trail Challenge 2016: August 20, 2016

6th Valley Trail Challenge 2016

August 20, 2016
Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
16K / 25K / 50K
Organizer: Frontrunner Magazine


The Valley Trail Challenge has a cult following of trail runners, from the hard core down to those who just would like to experience an easy, almost flat course and it’s among the gems of local trail running events.

This race really has something for everyone. For the road running regulars, it is a chance to test yourself against the trail running habitues on an almost flat terrain whether tackling the 50k ultra distance or shorter. For the slower, but fearless, there is an opportunity to do the course here in Nuvali, (in danger of being phased out because of rapid residential and commercial development) which covers approximately most of the scenic route.
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The event is surprisingly one of those very well attended and is well organized, from friendly marshals, adequate aid stations, a well-marked course and a sumptuous breakfast…all under the leadership of Race Director Jonel Mendoza and wife, Con.
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IF you are new to trail running or want to try to finish your first 50 km ultra, i can’t think of a better race. It also can serve as a great training run for something a bit more challenging.
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Here’s the review i did on this race last year when i got lost and wasted some precious time in back-tracking for the correct route. Hope this wouldn’t happen to you. https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/valley-trail-challenge-2015-my-short-race-experience/
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Registration is in full swing! Check out below for details:
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REGISTRATION FEES:

16K – P 950.00 pesos – Swag: Event shirt and Finisher Certificate, Post-race meal and drinks, a week’s supply of Pharmaton Multivitamins, a pocket calculator, goodies from Universal Robina Corporation and FrontRUNNER Magazine, plus a 20% discount on any Garmin watch purchase.

25K – P 1,500.00 pesos – Swag: Event shirt and Finisher Medal, Post-race meal and drinks, a week’s supply of Pharmaton Multivitamins, a pocket calculator, goodies from Universal Robina Corporation and FrontRUNNER Magazine, plus a 20% discount on any Garmin watch purchase.

50K – P 2,000.00 pesos – Swag: Event shirt, Finisher Shirt and Medal, Post-race meal and drinks, a week’s supply of Pharmaton Multivitamins, a pocket calculator, goodies from Universal Robina Corporation and FrontRUNNER Magazine, plus a 20% discount on any Garmin watch purchase.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:
Registration period is from July 11 – August 12, 2016.

You may fill out registration forms and pay race fees at any of the following venues:

  • MULTISPORT HUB, Ground Floor Space-1, Building F, Solenad 3, Nuvali Sta. Rosa, Laguna, telephone: (049) 258 0824
  • GARMIN STORE, 3rd Floor, Glorietta 5, Makati City
  • ANTEL PLATINUM TOWER, Ground Floor Lobby, 154 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City

You may also pay via Bank Deposit to Bank of the Philippine Islands: (BPI) Account # 2371 0034 71
Account Name: HARDCORE PUBLISHING HOUSE, INC.

Print your name, shirt size, race category and contact number on the deposit slip together with your signed and duly-accomplished registration form and waiver. (DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM and WAIVER HERE). Scan or camera-capture and email to frvtc2016@gmail.com. Make sure to email before the deadline for registration and check that you receive an acknowledgement email within 24-48 hours to confirm your registration. Please do NOT post on Facebook.

RACE KIT CLAIMING:
Race kits can be claimed from August 17-18, 2016 at Antel Platinum Tower Lobby, 154 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Bring a valid ID and your proof of payment.

All race kits unclaimed during this period may be claimed at the Frontrunner booth at the Start area on race day, at least one hour prior to gun start.

Start/Finish Line: NATURE AVENUE, NUVALI, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
ASSEMBLY TIME AND RACE BRIEFING: 1:00 AM (50K), 2:00 AM (25K) and 4:00 AM (16K)
GUNSTART AND CUT-OFF TIMES:

16k Start: 5:00 AM, Cut-off time FOUR (4) hours
25k Start: 3:00 AM, Cut-off time SIX (6) hours
50k Start: 2:00 AM, Cut-off time TEN (10) hours (Km 25 @ CP4/East Conservation Road Cutoff – 5:00:00 Hours and Km 37 @ CP 2/Miriam Cutoff – 7:30:00 Hours). Runners unable to meet this deadline will not be allowed to continue and will be brought back to the Start/Finish area.

Please be on time. Latecomers will not be allowed to join the race as we will strictly implement all cut-off times for everyone’s good. However, runners unable to complete their event will still be entitled to post-race items, except the Finisher medal and/or shirt.

THIS IS A TRAIL RACE. Please note that in keeping with the true tradition of trail running, environmental protection and preservation, runners are encouraged to be self- sufficient. Runners must bring their own refillable bottles/cups.

Littering will be strictly prohibited and is a ground for disqualification. Garbage bags will be available in all checkpoints.

Here are pictures taken from the race last year (Valley Trail Challenge 2015).

With Trail Running friends

Main Aid Station

Got a little pacing help by trail demigod, Manolito Divina.

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