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Trail Run | Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015: The 12k Road to Trail

On its 5th year, Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015, gathered as nearly 1,500 runners last April 25, 2015 in 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) 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.

Avoiding getting our feet wet
Avoiding getting our feet wet

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.

Motivational signs on each hydration stops
Motivational signs on each hydration stops
Beach runs
Beach runs
Going through the scenic rock formation at the coast
Going through the scenic rock formation at the coast
The longest 1km end stretch
The longest 1km end stretch
Finally at the finish line
Finally at the finish line

By Ferdz

Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.

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