Salomon X-Trail Run 2014 | On the 6k Road to Trail

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32k Trail runners kicks off the event
32k Trail runners kicks off the 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.

Running by the beach
Running by the beach

The 6k Road to Trail Run

There were roads, boulder run, steep climbs, scenic ridges, beach run and a short splash on a mangrove stream. I’m no stranger to trail runs as I’ve done a couple before like the TNF 100 and Columbia Eco Trail both in Baguio but this 6k Road to Trail route, albeit short does let the runner experience a variety of trails. If you’re a spoiled roadrunner, it’s not a walk in the park, expect steep elevations, bring your own hydration since there are no water stations on top of the hills or mountains, and watch out for the rocky technical descents. In all this, the views on the trail is breathtaking (not just from exhaustion) making for a great motivation to egg on.

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