I wanted to push myself further. I wanted to see if I could run the 21km distance after running many 10km already. When I read that there would be a road-trail marathon in one of my favorite places in the country, the Cordilleras, my eyes lit up and the thought of running in the mountains amidst rice terraces and catching the sunrise on the trail made me excited. With a little more prodding from friends like Christine of JovialWanderer who also signed up for the Banaue Batad Marathon, I thought, hey now I got a companion for the race there’s no reason not to go. Whatever happens on this race, my main goal was to finish the half-marathon as an added experience. Little did I know I would be exceeding my expectations in this event.
If you’re an experienced road runner, 6k seems like a walk in the park. But 6k on the trail is a lot different than you think. Add in the X-factor from Salomon and you got yourself some heck of a trail run. Last Saturday, I joined this years Salomon X-Trail Run 2014 hoping to explore the nature trails of Hamilo Coast,Pico de Loro . Initially I was planning to run the 12k trail but I had a nasty bump on my shin causing it to have some sort of a stress fracture forcing me to be cautious and safely run the 6k instead by the time it healed. I had no regret running the 6k trail as it offered a little bit of everything I like about trail running in the mix.
Merrell, one of the premiere outdoor shoe brands in the country has partnered with Department of Tourism for their campaign “Getaway to Adventure”. In line with their philosophy to encourage people to go outdoors and live a life of adventure, every month starting from the month of April 2014, they will be bringing two adventurers to a getaway a Philippine outdoor destination. Adventure outfit TrailAdventours will be handling the tours as Merrel will fit the winners with a new pair of shoes to go with their escapade.
For details on their Getaway to Adventure campaign follow their facebook page at www.facebook.com/MerrellPhilippines and twitter @Merrell_PH for the announcements of mechanics and monthly getaway destinations.
Unexplored beach coves, new and scenic mountain trails, and most of all the patented highly challenging running course that Salomon X-Trail Run has been known for. Nope this is not for the spoiled city slicker runners. It’s the place to bring yourself to the next level of running sport and enjoy the dynamics of running on trail. The scenery is just icing on the cake. In this afternoon’s media briefing, the organizers unveiled the new categories and trails for this year’s Salomon X-Trail Run to be held at Hamilo Coast, Pico de Loro this April 12, 2014.
Last weekend of March 22 and 23, the Bonifacio Global City Amphitheater was the stage to find the toughest and smartest from the Philippine’s climbing and bouldering community. The Zero Gravity: National Bouldering Competition Leg 3 was held with over a hundred participants from different provinces converge. I was able to watch the finals and I never thought a bouldering competition like this can be this exciting to watch. It was interesting how the participants would carefully plan their climb and use their brawn and flexibility to execute them. Below are the results for the Men and Women’s Novice division and the Men and Women’s Open division. Some of the winners from the professional Open division became a part of the Philippine National Team for sports climbing.
Recreational Outdoor Exchange (R.O.X.) gears up for the third leg of Zero Gravity: National Bouldering Competition this weekend of March 22-23, 2014, at the Amphitheatre, Bonifacio High Street. Poised to be one of the largest gathering of the country’s best climbers nationwide. The competition will be divided into two categories, Novice or beginner’s category and Open or elite category.
For interested participants, you may register at any R.O.X. store – Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Centrio, Bonifacio High Street, Camp John Hay, MarQuee Mall, and The District North Point Mall. Registration is until March 21, 2014.