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First of all, I would like to thank Salomon Pilipinas and Primer Group of Companies esp. to the always beautiful & sexy, Ms. Laira Legaspi, for giving me the opportunity to take part in the most technical trail run of the country, the Salomon X Trail Run 2013, held last March 23, at Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas.

Salomon X Trail Run offered three distances, 24K, 12K & 6K. Being an adventurous and a challenge seeker that I am, I chose to join the 6K category. Haha. Don’t get me wrong, the 6K category was already a challenge for me. I don’t usually climb mountains so I know it’ll be extra difficult for a simple road runner like me. I can do 12K & 24K on the road anytime but not anywhere. This was a mountain run! As some would always say, “Respect the distance”, but since I’m not a fan of that phrase, let me just say “Respect the mountain”. Haha.

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And so I joined the 6K road + trail category together with my friends from Pex Running Club: Cat, Kc, Thirdy, Yuri, Lee & Rodel. Kay joined the 12K category and Bata Batuta, ran the 24K mountain run (*claps*). Mj & Gf were also there to support.

Since I was part of the group who did the test run, weeks before the event, I already know what to expect on the route. I know it will be hilly, rocky and deadly. Lol. I could say that I was mentally prepared and physically… fat. Lol.

All of us started the race together but immediately lost each other at the hilly roads of Hamilo Coast. Rodel took an early lead while KC & I paced until we reached the trails. Thirdy and Lee were just right behind us and Cat & Yuri were trailing while enjoying the view and taking lots of pictures.

Kc & I, ran-walked the uphills and ran the whole downhills of the road. I told him that it will be better to enter the trail in the front of the pack because everyone will almost walk once they reach the trail. True enough, there was a long queue of runners trying to climb that first part of the trail. The trail was too narrow for two runners to go up side by side. It was a single of line or runners and no one could overtake.

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Trail runners in action! lol

The trail leading to the cliff was one hell of a route. It felt like forever going down and up of that part of the route. I literally had to stop to catch my breath. We found Rodel resting on the u turn. We took some pictures and from there we ran together until almost the finish line.

On our way up to that freaking trail, we saw Lee & Thirdy catching up on us. Still no sighting of Cath & Yuri, during that time.

The three of us, continued to conquer (naks!)  the last part of trails and reached the finish line with the time of 1:20++  minutes. It was the most difficult trail run I had so far. Now I know the meaning of “the most technical race”. Haha.

After the race, participants were given cold Gatorade and free breakfast. Runners can choose from chicken, pork or fish meal.  There were also loot bags for all finishers of the race.

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Post race: Congrats Bata Batuta & Kay Yabut! 🙂

We rested under a tree while waiting for Bata Batuta who ran the 24K category. After so many hours (lol). We saw Bata crossing the finish line and he made it to the cut off! We were so proud of him. Also, Kay placed 4th on the 12K – female. Good job Pex Runners!

Salomon X trail run proved on this race that they are really the most technical trail run. They also taught me that trail run is not for the weak, You really have to prepare and train hard for it. I am truly proud to all the finishers of the race especially the 24 category. Hats off to all of you.

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Congratulations guys and hope to see you again next year!!!

 Photos c/o Cat, Mj & Thirdy. 🙂

Last Saturday, i was invited to take part in the “test run” for media & bloggers of the upcoming Salomon X Trail Run. The race, which is said to be “the most technical” trail running event in the country (define technical?!?) is set to happen in the beautiful and exclusive lands & waters of the Hamilo Coast: SM Land’s premier sustainable leisure destination in Nasugbu, Batangas. Hamilo Coast offers residential condominiums, villas, residential lots & hotels. Pico de Loro Cove, the exact venue of the Salomon X Trail Run,  is the first phase of the Hamilo Coast development plan. For more details you may visit:  www.hamilocoast.com

I met up with the Salomon Team at R.O.X, together with the other bloggers & trail runners. We left BGC at around 5am and arrived at Hamilo  maybe pass 7am. Travel time was more than two hours. 🙂

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Salomon X Trail Media Launch/Test Run @ Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas

This is the 3rd Salomon X Trail Run in the Philippines, and this is the 2nd time i got to be invited to join the test run. It was nice too see old and new blogger friends. This test run became sort of our mini reunion every year. 🙂

The Salomon Team presented the concept, race details and the schedule of activites for the Salomon X Trail Race, showed us a graphical presentation of the actual 24K route. We were all like… what the hell trail!!!

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The guinea pigs for the Salomon X Trail Run. Haha

We started the “test run” at around 10am. It was soooooo init. Lol. We ran the 6K route. It was a combination of road & trail, but mostly trail. The trail part consists of beach run (with big rocks!), uphills & downhills, a very narrow trail into the woods, a long hike of “rockstairs”, and a lot of magnificent views! Don’t forget to bring your camera! (and a photographer friend. haha)

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All categories will start the race on this “hilly” road!!! 🙂

After running the road part of the race, we ran down to the beach where you will have to tip toe to small rocks and big rocks. You really need to be careful because there might be sharp rocks that might break your shoes, not unless your wearing Salomon X Trail Mission! Naks. lol

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Christine & Laira VS the Rocks

At the end of the beach is the entrance to the trail part of the route, you’ll enter into the bushes, dry woods and trees, until you see the long staircase made of rocks! The “rockstairs” can be very slippery so you have to be very extra careful here.

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into the woods with ed, laira & christine 🙂

After the long uphills & rockstairs… you’ll reach the highest peak where you’ll see beautiful works of nature you’ll forget that you’re on a race. Haha.  We were so tired happy, we did not want to go down. 😀

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The highest peak for the 6K category is 115m. Tears of joy si Mariel. 😀

Laira & I were the last to finish but it was soooo tiring fun.  We had our lunch (Saaaaraaaaaaaaap!!!!) then enjoyed the beach of Hamilo the whole afternoon!!! On the race day, runners can also use the beach for free!!! It will surely going to be an amazing trail race for all the participants.  Aquathlete ka na agad pagtapos. Lol

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#food #beach #friends #happy lol

So what are you waiting for? Register na! Here’s the link to the full details of the race: SALOMON X TRAIL RUN RACE DETAILS 

And last remider, the Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2013 Race is a GREEN RUN. No disposables will be provided at the hydration stations. All participants MUST bring their own hydration gears.

The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2013 is in cooperation with AXN & R.O.X., with official venue partners: Hamilo Coast, Pico Sands Hotel, and Pico Beach & Country Club. This event is sponsored by TIMEX, Gold’s Gym, Nathan, ZEM Gear, Trellis Restaurant, Coca-Cola, High 5, and Res|Toe|Run.

See you there! 😀

RULE THE ROAD: TAME THE TRAIL

Salomon Philippines holds X-Trail Run 2013 at Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas City.

It is once again time to push the boundaries as the world’s number one trail running brand, Salomon, holds this year’s X-Trail Run. Held annually since 2008, the gut-wrenching event has been held in different countries around the globe including Southeast-Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

On March 23, 2013, the Salomon X-Trail Run is slated to present its annual event in a yet another premiere location. Participants can expect the trail to have a combination of different terrain surfaces including dirt, rocks, sands, and concrete paths. The 2013 race aims to set a new record as one of the most-attended trail run races in the country.

This year’s race will be held in the beautiful Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas City. New trail routes will be created exclusively for the event, with the Salomon team projecting to attract more trail running enthusiasts and trail runners hailing from different levels.

Moreover, runners will surely enjoy the breath-taking view around Hamilo Coast. The trail sections overlooking the cove are steep and technical, with sharp and loose rocks, as well as roots and thick foliage. The view also boasts of hills, mountains, valleys, and lush greeneries – an overall perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

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The Salomon Xtrail Event has 3 categories: 6km, 12km, and 24km—all with a “Road-to-Trail” nature. The 6km category welcomes beginners to explore the world of trail running. The 12km category invites runners with basic trail running experience to level-up their game with the inclusion of technical terrain. Finishers of these 2 categories will receive a finisher’s bag with freebies. For experienced runners who are bent on exceeding their boundaries, the 24km Mountain Run will present technical ascents and varying terrains. The category will simulate ascents of Skyrunning races – an arena wherein Salomon dominates. Finishers will receive a medal, a Salomon Finishers’ bag with freebies.

The registration fee for 6km is P850, 12km for P1, 100, and 24km at P1, 300. All the runners will be given an event jersey, race bib, timing chip, and post-race meal. 12km and 24km participants get a limited Salomon Arm Band. For an additional P450, first 300 registrants get a bus slot from R.O.X. to Hamilo Coast and back. For another P500, registrants will receive a Nathan handheld bottle until supplies last. Accommodations with special rates are also available for participants in Pico Sands Hotel at Hamilo Coast exclusive for X-Trail participants.

The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2013 Race is a GREEN RUN. No disposables will be provided at the hydration stations. All participants MUST bring their own provisions.

The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2013 is in cooperation with AXN & R.O.X., with official venue partners: Hamilo Coast, Pico Sands Hotel, and Pico Beach & Country Club. This event is sponsored by TIMEX, Gold’s Gym, Nathan, ZEM Gear, Trellis Restaurant, Coca-Cola, High 5, and Res|Toe|Run. – PRESS RELEASE

Registration is ongoing until March 20, 2013. Interested parties may register through the following:

Online registration via credit card or bank deposit via Runner’s Runner – go to http://www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com

Registration centers located at 3/f Runner’s Runner Booth, R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street and Salomon, Glorietta 3.

For more information, email inquiry@salomonxtrailpilipinas.com, or go to http://www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com

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Salomon Philippines X-Trail Race Details:

A tour of the roads, hills, mountains and valleys around Hamilo Coast. The trail sections overlooking the cove are steep and technical, with sharp and loose rocks, roots and thick foilage, but the view if you need to stop and rest is worthwhile.

Salomon Philippines X-Trail Race Categories:

24km mountain run

–          Targeted to trail runners who want to take their race to the next level, with technical ascents and varying terrain. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races – the arena wherein Salomon dominates.

–          Registration Fee: P1,300 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. All finishers of this distance receive finisher’s medal & a Salomon Finishers’ bag which includes a Salomon arm pouch, and other freebies).  Post race meal will also be served.

12km road to trail

–          The 12 km “Road-to-trail” nature targets runners with basic trail running experience who wants to level up and experience technical terrain.

–          Registration Fee: P1,100 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. All finishers of this distance receive a Salomon Finishers’ bag which includes a Salomon arm pouch, and other freebies).  Post race meal will also be served.

6km road to trail

–          The 6km “Road-to-trail” category targets beginners who want to explore the world of trail running. Road runners are very welcome, to experience a different adrenaline rush.

–          Registration Fee: P850 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. All finishers of this distance receive a Salomon Finishers’ bag which includes freebies).  Post race meal will also be served.

Optional:

  • Add Php 500 – get a Nathan handheld bottle (worth P990), till supplies last.
  • Add Php 450 – get a Bus slot from R.O.X. to Hamilo Coast & back, for the first 300 registrants.

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Salomon Philippines X-Trail Race Day Schedule

Gun Start

5:00am – 24 km

6:00am – 12 km

7:00am – 6km

*Schedules for race start can change due to weather conditions.

Cutoff times

24km (5 hours)

12km (2.5 hours)

6km (1.5 hours)

**10:00am – ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SWEPT BY THE MARSHALL’s VAN.

Program Proper

10:30 AM – Awarding begins

Salomon Philippines X-Trail Race Bus Provisions

– Buses will be available to the first 300 participants, for an additional Php450. To avail, please click on the tickbox in the registration form & include payment with the race registration fee. Each registrant may avail of ONLY 1 additional seat in the bus (maximum of 2 seats per race participant). Please save the Bus Stub in your registration form/waiver. This will be surrendered upon boarding the bus on race day.

Accommodations

Special Rates at Pico Sands Hotel at Hamilo Coast, exclusively for Xtrail Participants range from  P6,500 to P7,000.

For accommodations inquiries & reservations, please email accommodations@salomonxtrailpilipinas.com. Leave your contact number  & We will call you the soonest.

For inquiries, you may go to: www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com for details.

Salomon is available in the Philippines at the following branches:

Salomon Glorietta 3 Store, R.O.X. Branches – Bonifacio High Street, Marquee Mall, Ayala Cebu, Camp John Hay Baguio, Ayala Centrio, Cagayan de Oro. Toby’s Branches – Mall of Asia, SM The Block. Res-Toe-Run Branches- Abreeza Davao, Festival Mall Alabang, Harbor Point Subic. Olympic Village- North Edsa, Alabang Town Center. Travel Club Branches- Rockwell, Trinoma. Bratpack Branches- CDO, SM Davao, Embarcadero Legazpi. Duty Free Philippines. NAIA Terminal 3.