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
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.