The Hidden Trails of Corregidor

The trail route was probably the least mentioned attraction of the Corregidor Marathon 2014 (CM) last January 11 with mostly the ruins and canons as its best seller but for me, the trails should be included as one of the highlights of the run.  The route traverses through a 3-4 km trail stretch that passes through deep forests and crosses on some of the dramatic backbone of Corregidor and its mostly tranquil-inducing wilderness.

I had posted earlier my great experience of the CM. The race was awesome,  the pre-race day was the best i have experienced with Team Soleus  as every team member really enjoyed themselves running and clowning on the hills and beach front!  You can read it all here–>(running-the-marathon-at-the-rock/) as i mentioned just slightly about the trails.

There may be more epic trails that lies within this island (like the mountain ridge trail over-looking the ocean which we did back in 2010 but wasn’t covered in this year’s edition) but this short Midland trail in this year’s event serves up a little bit of everything along the Corregidor marathon route.

Somehow, i was a little at home while venturing into these parts as i managed to stop several times and take pictures, putting at the back of my mind that i was running a race. I was able to dodge those rocks which were camouflaged by dry leaves. Saw some runners tumble when they didn’t see the rocks and the tree roots which blended well with the surface. Good thing nothing serious happened.

I think it’s possible for the CM race directors to organize a pure trail race as a side event to CM and it would be awesome to see more of the untapped trails used during the last world war. Make it into a night event and let the souls who perished in the island pace you on foot! Boooh…

Here’s a glimpse of the trails. Enjoy!

This is at the entrance of the trails where a terminal of the tranvias are located

Trails here vary from wide dirt roads to double tracks and single tracks

Some trails thread near edges of cliffs overlooking the Philippine Sea

A view from a trail’s outer fringes

This trail was the route of the 42k runners

This is one inspiring family doing the marathon together and who i ran with on most parts of the trail

A futile attempt on selfie…almost!

There were different routes on some parts of the trail. We took the main trail.

That’s Rochelle Romero of Team Soleus doing a look back shot

So peaceful here but may be at times eerie when you’re all by yourself

Now entering the double track trails, the most picturesque part of the trails

This is in the inner part of the Middle Barracks forest

Here, runners were shrouded with tall trees and fauna

These trails are rarely used, if ever..

All alone again at the 11th km of the route

A welcome sight, the 12th km marker

And an aid station in the middle of nowhere

We had our water bottles refilled here, drank coco juice and some had some drops of honey too

Behind those trees were probably spirits of WW II veterans ruffled by our running footsteps

An outpost which seem to be relatively untouched

This outpost was just recently built and used to store farm equipments

An extension of the trail where other barrack ruins are located

Trails by the ruins

Approaching the finish line

Breasting the tape (Photo by WRFGH–thanks!)


The TRAILS of The Corregidor International Half Marathon

One of the highlights of the upcoming Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CHIM) is the race course wherein Edward Kho and company has allocated 40% of its route on trails. And there’s nothing like getting up on a race course that’s to be run on some of the most challenging surfaces, most of it never been ventured. For sure it’s going to be a kick-ass race and a reality for one’s lack of mastery on it.

Experiencing the virgin trails here first hand is having a keen knowledge that this place has been barely touched. The ground has its mixed feel: rocks, outgrown tree roots, soft sand and an abundance of wild grass and plants. You perceive its unsteady surface when gliding about it, yet experience its sharp harshness when you thread through its tall wild grass.

The pictures below were taken during our test run on the trail run parts 3 weeks ago:

(Photo by Atty. Raymund Martelino)

The view of the dockside

Start of the trail run

I'm off running while Vimz waits for some space before she starts

Let Guieb is on the go

I am behind Cindy for most of the run

The trails have not been used for a long time thus, the tall weeds

There may be miles of these trails in the middle of Corregidor

Junrox and Zinnia take a break

A short open path

This trail part with railings was used in last year's Corregidor race

Mowing our way through 6 feet tall grasses

Approaching an open space

Back to ocean views

View from the top

That isle is still part of Corregidor

Taking in the view

We continue on

Getting nearer the shores

The trail behind me

The dock below

300 meters to go

Back to the roads!

The Corregidor International Half Marathon is aimed to become one of the premiere and much-awaited races in the country. It will be held annually in the historic and scenic Corregidor Island on the 2nd or 3rd week of December, making it thus the final major race of the year. This year it is set to fire-off on DECEMBER 19.

One of the distinctive features of the race is that there will a 10k limit cut-off for the race. A 1 hour and 45 minutes curfew from gunstart to 10k will be imposed. Those coming before 1 hour & 45 minutes at the 10Km half-way turn-around point for participants will be allowed to continue the race. All runners who have not crossed the half-way mark within the curfew shall be cleared out from the course by tranvias and will be awarded the 10KM achievement medal. All runners who have successfully crossed the halfway mark and manage to finish the 21Km distance will be awarded with the Corregidor International Half Marathon medallion.

All participants will receive a Corregidor International Half Marathon backpack containing the race bib with RFID timing chip, race route map, and Corregidor International Half Marathon Runner’s shirt. During the race, only the race backpack will be accepted for deposit. All participants should wear the race bib upon check-in and during the race.

Here are the REGISTRATION DETAILS for the race itself:

Registration Venue and Period:all weekends (Saturday and Sunday only) of October and November, subject to slot availability
RUNNR ( Boni High Street ) Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 9pm
Second Wind (Maginhawa) Saturday only, 1pm to 6pm
Second Wind (Ortigas Home Depo) Saturday only, 1pm to 6pm
on-line registration facility (for participants residing abroad and outside Metro Manila) will be up on October 9, 2010
Registration fee: P2,500.00 – until October (early registration)
P3,000.00 – until November (late registration)
Race Registration inclusions:Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
Full lunch buffet on race day
Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
Race shirt (see attachment)
Race backpack (see attachment)
Finisher’s Medallion (or a 10k Achiever Medal) (see attachment)
Runners’ Briefing (Dec 4 and 11) at ROX
Carbo-loading Bonfire Party (Dec 18, Saturday night) (see attachment)
Victory Party with two top performing bands (Dec 19, Sunday night) (see attachment)
Personalized Finishers’ Certificate (complete with name and finish time)
Race Registration Procedures:
1) After completing registration for the race (manual or on-line), beginning 
    the following Monday, contact Sun Cruises at 8346857/8346858
    /5275555 loc 4511 0r 4512.
2) Indicate the desired trip schedule:
a) Overnight – departure on Dec 18 @ 8:30am (return trip to Manila is 
    on Dec 19 via 2:30pm trip from Corregidor*)
b) Day trip – departure on Dec 19 @ 5:30am (return trip to Manila is Dec 
    19 via 5:30pm trip from Corregidor*)
c) Participants with non-competing companions (non-competing
    companions will have to pay Php2,000.00/person; no race pack 
    will be provided to them) will have to take the Dec 18, 11:30am trip 
    to Corregidor (return trip to Manila is on Dec 20, Monday, via 10:00am  
   trip from Corregidor.
* for “a)” and “b)” indicate if attending the Solidarity & Victory Party  on the night of December 19 to amend departure schedule to Monday, Dec 20 via 10:00am trip from Corregidor.
3) If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises (only 
    registered participants will be given reservations). Pay the appropriate
    accommodations booking amount through the payment mode advised by 
    Sun Cruises.
4) On Dec 4 or 11 (as advised through email and text by the organizers) at  
    ROX, attend the Runners’ Briefing, pick-up the race pack, and claim the 
    Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises. 
    Ensure to bring the Acknowledgement Receipt issued during
    registration. No Acknowledgement Receipt, No Race Pack.

Race Registration Requirements:
1) Properly filled out registration form (may be downloaded by Friday / available at the registration site)
2) Any valid ID (driver’s licence, SSS ID, voter’s ID, postal ID, passport, etc.) indicating date of birth
3) Proof of participation in a 10k race (during the last 2 months prior to registration) or 21k race (during the last 3 months prior to registration), or a full marathon (during the last 6 months prior to registration) or a doctor’s certification of fitness to participate in an athletic event. For proof of race participation, a printout of the aprticular race result is preferable. In lieu of that, race bib will be accepted but will be subject to verification through the race results available on-line.
4) Applicable registration fee.