Trail runners rejoice as the most attended trail running event in the Philippines returns this 2018 for the 7th season. The Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas 2018 promises to be bigger, better and more challenging to inspire runners to go beyond their boundaries. Set to happen on July 22, 2018 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Salomon X-Trail Run hopes to surpass last year’s turn out of 1,200 participants to up to 1,500 this year.
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Never underestimate the distance. That’s one of the few lessons I learned running the 11k trail run at the recently held The North Face 100 PH in Benguet. After running the 12k trail at the Salomon Xtrail in Subic a couple of weeks before, I thought it would be easier for me to get a better time here. My goal for this 11k run was to finish strong, at least on the upper half on the overall ranking. I never thought that this shorter would challenge me that much though.
I just realized that this is my 3rd participation in the Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas. This 2016, Salomon brings us to where they started the annual tradition sharing trail love which is at the mountain and hills of Subic Bay. I wasn’t there when they debuted the race so it was an amazing opportunity to see why they chose to go back at Subic, Zambales. I really liked the coastal trails and views of the previous trail runs at Hamilo Coast and Anvaya Cove so I was excited to see how the forest trails fare as I heard it’s quite technical. Four categories again for Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2016 – the 6km and 12km Road to Trail Run and the 24km and 32km Mountain Run. I decided to stick with the 12km Road to Trail Run as I wanted to get better time from last year and second I didn’t have a long preparation.
On its 5th year, Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015, gathered as nearly 1,500 runners last April 25, 2015 as one of the most anticipated running events of the year, held in Anvaya Cove, Morong, Bataan. Keeping its tradition and reputation as having not only the most scenic trails in the past five years, they are also known as having technical trails that would challenge trail runners from beginners dipping their foot on the trails (the 6km and 12km Road to Trail) and to avid trail runners looking to test their skills and endurance (24km and 32km Mountain Trail). Like last year’s Xtrail in Hamilo Coast, I was able to join this year’s trail run as well, upping my ante a little on the 12km Road to Trail Category. And here I share my experience and photos from this run.
The 12km Road to Trail
We watched the stronger and hardcore runners at the 32km and 24km take off consecutively at 5:00 and 5:30am. Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015 was strict on their gear checking that each runner have the required amount of hydration, whistle, and head lamps for the run. With lights on, each runner sprinted out of the starting line and hope to cross finish before their respective cut-off times of 7hrs and 5hrs.
I and some of the media decided to run only the 12km Road to Trail. Last year’s 6km was already tough so I thought I’ll just go to the next level the 12km since I also have little preparation for this run. Our start time were 7:00 and 7:30 am respectively. The sun was already high up at this time so the heat factor would be one of the obstacles. Unlike the higher categories, they decided to not give a cut-off time to the road-to-trail routes.
The first part was mostly road at times paved but and some dirt. Elevation was beginning to peak early and we found ourselves somewhat at the perimeter fences of the estate. It really begins to get interesting on the 100meters up elevation as the view of the nearby mountains of Bataan, the cove and the sea are seen. There’s this fun but dusty steep descending trail one has to traverse carefully, fast but sure steps. Then the scenic beach make most of the remaining part of the route. The heat and running on the beach was the challenge here as well as the little bouldering parts. The last 1km felt the longest as we were on the dusty open trail with the heat bearing down on us making the last stretch a bit of an effort. I finished the whole route at 2:01:28 ranking 123 out of 227 runners in the category. Not that bad being in the middle this time as I enjoyed the view, the picture taking, the exercise and finishing injury free. I am hoping that next year I’ll be more prepared for the next category.
More photos on the next page…
The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015
I thought this year’s race isn’t as difficult as the one in Hamilo Coast but it is definitely a lot more organized than before. This was a Green Race, no disposable cups were provided and it’s a must that each runner have their own hydration which everyone seemed to comply with. Hydrations Stations were spot-on, at least on our 12km route. I never ran out of drinks from my bottle and have the luxury to refill at every stop. The post-run meal was miles better than last year. The program started early though which was good and the awarding of the podium finishers for each category went smoothly. These people are inhuman. Imagine the top finisher for the 32km finished in sub-3 hrs. Just crazy and inspiring at the same time. Big congratulations to all of them. I do hope next year they also give a medal to the lower categories to even a small one so we could also have a small token of accomplishment from finishing the trail.