Thousands of runners recently hit the trails of Mt. Sinai in Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal for the 4th Merrell Adventure Run. This year’s trail again proved to be even more exciting as it became the toughest Merrell Adventure Run thus far, with a route filled with adrenaline-pumping obstacles – flowing streams, dirt roads, rock scrambling, river crossings, mud pits, and uphill & downhill paths.
The Merrell Adventure Run is the pioneer in Philippine trail runs, which continues to inspire athletes who love the outdoors to conquer new adventures.
“It was a very challenging trail run this year. Running upwards a high, long and steep hill was difficult. It’s a real test of physical endurance and sheer will,” exclaimed Miscelle Gilbuena, 1st placer in the women’s 21km trail run category.
The event also saw the launch of Merrell’s newest shoe line, the M-Connect series composed of four key collections: Barefoot, Bare Access, Mix Master, and Proterra.
Participants gave good feedback on the M-Connect series as it addressed their needs, as well as the demands of the outside activities while giving them a “minimalist feel” that allowed them to connect better with the ground.
Trail-runners who tried the Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove 2 favored the shoes’ heightened ground feel and secure fit, which they agreed is perfect for races. They also liked the new upper material, which has microfiber and breathable air mesh. On the other hand, runners who preferred more cushioning chose the Merrell Bare Access, which provided utmost comfort with its M-Bound cushioning, as they tread the tough dirt roads.
Runners who opted for the Merrell Mix Master collection, ideal for multi-run use, offered the best of both worlds – shoes that are lightweight and flexible. The Mix Master Move with its sticky rubber sole grips and Mix Master Tuff made specifically for hiking, provided better traction and stability during the runners’ steep climbs and descent. Meanwhile, runners who wore the Mix Master 2 were won over by the shoes’ durable and waterproof upper, ideal for both trail and road running.
Lastly, runners who go for multi-run and multi-hike activities, chose the Merrell Proterra. This model features Merrell’s Stratafuse technology, which offered runners a lightweight fit and the ability to move more naturally during the race.
The winners received cash prizes and loot bags from the sponsors. This year’s Merrell Adventure Run finishers are:
The 4th Merrell Adventure Run was sponsored by Fern-C, Jam Liner, Aquabest, Walter Bread, Orion Hotel and media partners Philippine Star, Clavel, MultiSport, Health Today, and Moms Today.
Stay tuned for the next Merrell Adventure Run by visiting www.facebook.com/MerrellPhilippines or by following them on Twitter, @MerrellPH.