1st Waldorf Trail Run: A Race Recap

My appreciation to trail running started when i joined my first trail race at Timberland Heights, the All Terra King of the Mountain Trail Run way back 2009. Trail running wasn’t that much popular then as now although The North Face Race series was already staging trail races much earlier.

I was so fascinated by the experience of running through wooded forests, river crossings, communing with nature and much more that i made it a point to run as much trails as i can, if time and opportunity permits. Succeeding races and training runs at Timberland ensued.

So last Sunday, i was back here to run the inaugural Waldorf  10k Trail Run. The Manila Waldorf is a school located inside the Timberland Heights, Filinvest Estate, just a stone’s throw away from the trail head. I wasn’t even aware that there was a school located inside this estate as we didn’t give much notice to the ongoing development in the area. After all, we came here for the trails!

Woke up early and arrive at the Centris Mall near Quezon Blvd at about 4:30 am so i could avail of the service vans which will take some of the runners to the race venue. I met with Mike Antigua, one of the race organizers who was overseeing the transportation of the runners and long-time running friend Dennis (the RunningPinoy) who was also running the 10k.

The race started a few minutes late as it was still dark in the area but we were off as soon as brightness lit up around us at about 6:15am. It was nice to be running on familiar terrain, the cool breeze was invigorating as we tackled the single track trails around the hill-tops at the beginning with the views of the Sierra Madre Mountains visible on either your left or right side.

As always, i brought in my camera and record some of the new trails that were part of the course.

There were adequate hydration stations every 2 kms of the route but i didn’t expect that this was going to be a no-cup race so you had to bring your own hydration bottle or container. I just had with me a bottle-full of Gatorade so when i wanted to have water, i used the cap of the blue plastic container that were on the tables, poured water on it and scooped right from it!

Approaching kilometer 8, we were diverted into a unused trail that cuts-off from the main road leading to the finish and the views here were wonderful and serene. I was on a roll during that time but stopped every time i saw a good view and took shots from my camera.

Race marshals were adequate although i wished they had deployed some during the last kilometer when runners were distracted at a road construction site where barricades were blocking the road so we had to stop and ask the workers on which direction to go.

Other than that, the over-all organization, water stations, trail route and volunteers were laudable! There were adequate food stalls selling breakfast meals at the school grounds although you could line-up and get free hot dogs on a stick or in sandwich buns as many times as you like.

However, one concern of mine was on the ruling with regards to the winners. They did not have separate categories for the over-all male and female winners. They just awarded the top 3 placers regardless of sex which i think was unfair to the female 1st placer. I brought this concern to Mike and he said that he would rectify this issue immediately.

Over-all, i think Waldorf did a commendable job in staging its first race and learning from some of the bumps on this fun run, they should be able to stage a better race hopefully next year!

Here are some pictures of the event:

With friends before the start

With Dennis Ravanzo (Running Pinoy)

The start was delayed for a few minutes because it was still dark

Busy taking some pics above these hills

Lucky to have good cool weather this morning

Downhill part slows down the runners

The route was gently rolling, no major shifts on elevations

Yours truly (in blue) keeping up with the pace (Photo credits, Carlo Unson)

Inside the forested area of the Timberland Heights

Many scenes like this inside the forest trails

Trail in one open area frequented by bikers. Luckily, no bikes were allowed inside the trails during race day.

A rotonda, of sorts

Part of the scenery, overlooking the wide Sierra Madre mountains

The last 3kms offered some very nice trails

Last 2.5 kms.

This is a new trail that wasn’t open to races before and i’m glad they let us pass through here for the first time

At approximately the last 1.2 kms.

There’s more of this hillside trails

A downhill dash

Then another short uphill…

The one final push before hitting the dirt road and to the finish

Long lines at the finish to get some free hot dogs

Families and friends were gathered to greet the runners

The Waldorf School “picnic grounds”

Waldorf Trail Run At Timberland Heights: 01-26-13

Manila Waldorf Trail Run

If you want to experience the joys of trail running, here’s an upcoming trail run geared for newbies in trail running and regular trail runners who have not experienced running the beautiful trails of Timberland Heights!

The Waldorf School Trail Run will be held on January 26, 2013 (Saturday) and will feature distances of  3k, 5k and 10kms with registration fees as follows:

Distances: 3k/5k/10k

Regular registration: 8 December 2012 to 18 January 2013
3k – P400
5k – P500
10k – P600
*Go to Runners Runner at R.O.X. to register

Assembly Time: 5:00am
Race Start:
10k – 6:00am
5k – 6:15 am
3k – 6:30 am

I have ran the Timberland Trails many times in the past and based on the trail route map below, here are some of the trail routes that runners are going to pass:

The route Map:

The Timberland Heights trails is rarely congested with other runners but expect some sprinkling of mountain bikers who frequent the place. When coupled with the stunning trees and other green foliage that decorate the trail, this route can easily make you forget that you’re just a few minutes outside of Metro Manila.

Waldorf Trail Run - Waldorf School

Driving directions to Manila Waldorf School/Timberland Heights:

From Quezon Memorial Circle, go northeast via Commonwealth Avenue, past Ever Commonwealth Center. Turn right before Sandiganbayan to Batasan Road, and then turn right again to Batasan-San Mateo Road. Cross the bridge over Marikina River, then turn left to Gen. Luna Avenue. After passing Tropical Hut and Mercury Drug, turn right to De Los Santos Street. When the road begins to slope, turn left to the highway going to Timberland Heights.
Complimentary Race Bus:

We shall provide 2 buses that can bring runners to Timberland Heights on a first come/first serve basis.

Shuttle transport will be provided from:

1. Centris Mall, Edsa corner Quezon Avenue – meeting place: parking area in front of Shakey’s – Departure time: 4:15 am. Max no. of passengers = 10 pax per van. Total of 20.

2. PureGold, San Mateo – Departure time: 4:30am. Max no. of passengers = 20 pax per bus. Total of 50.

*A nominal fee of P50 will be collected. Runners must present their race bibs to the shuttle driver to be allowed on board.

To get a slot, kindly email your name to waldorfrun@runnersrunner.com and everythingwaldorf@gmail.com

Please be on time. Shuttles will not wait for latecomers, even if seats have been reserved.

Press Release:

The event is envisioned to be a nature-themed mountainside run, open to novice and hardcore runners. We have designed a trail route that will showcase the surrounding environment of the school campus in Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal.

The fun trail route will bring runners through our school grounds and around the various nature trails of the property – amid rolling hills, forested valleys, terraced farms and unpolluted fresh air.

After a great race, participants can enjoy the post-race ambiance, a food fair, awards, raffles and refreshments. The trail run is open to all runners at least 18 years old, with distances of 3km, 5km and 10km.All proceeds of the event will be used to support the school’s ongoing improvement of sports facilities and the teachers’ fund.
This event is organized by The Manila Waldorf School, co-presented by Timberland Heights.
Registration partners are Runners Runner and R.O.X.
Media Partner: The Philippine Star