GRiT All-Women Trail Run on August 13

*Last 26 slots for 6K and 30 slots for 15K!

Want to try trail running, or want to challenge your trail running skills? Get down and dirty with the girls of GRiT (Girls Running in Trails) at their first event: an All-Women Trail Run happening on August 13 at Basekamp, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal. Participants will be running in the rough, rugged, and scenic trails of Rizal while enjoying the camaraderie of
fellow women runners.

The event aims to raise funds for GRiT ambassador, Sandi Menchi Abahan in her quest to represent the Philippines in one of the toughest ultramarathon mountain races in Europe, the TDS. Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie or TDS is a 119-kilometer ultra mountain race in France with about 7,200 metres height gain.

Sandi is the undisputed leading Filipina elite trail runner. Baguio-born, she has been a runner since high school and consistently bags awards in both road and trail races and duathlons and triathlons. She has won the International Skyathlon event and other big name international races. Sandi is the first Filipina who stands to grab a top spot at the TDS.

Do your part in supporting Sandi by either racing the Sweet 6K (priced at P600) which will take runners through the manicured bike trails of Basekamp, or the Fierce 15K (priced at P800) which will head into the untamed trails of Pintong Bukawe.

While this is an all-women run, there is actually a men’s event: the Sub-Sandi Challenge (priced at P600). Beat Sandi in a 6K race and win special tokens. Whether your goal is to beat Sandi, run beside her, or just be able to support her by joining the run, this race is for you to support GRiT.

There is also a Kiddie Uphill Miler (priced at P250) open to kids ages two to 13 years old, with age-appropriate distances from 1/4 mile to 2 miles.

Register at raceyaya.com. Slots are limited! For updates, follow the RaceYaya Facebook Page.

Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas on July 23

Last month I ran into a group exercise instructor colleague of mine. We’ve both resigned from the gym chain we used to work at, but she’s gone on to pursue Pilates as a career — and trail ultramarathons as a hobby. (She’s a special kind of nut and I love her for it.) I think she’d be first to pounce on registering for the Salomon X-Trail Run happening on July 23, 2017 in Subic Bay. Continue reading “Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas on July 23”

Pilipinas Trail Running Camps for Beginners

This weekend at BaseKamp (Pintong Bukawe, Rizal), the Pilipinas Trail Running Camp will hold the first in a series of three camps to introduce new runners to trail running and equip both new and veteran trail runners with the skills and knowledge to prepare for local and international races.

Still want to join Camp 1 of Pilipinas Trail Running Camp? Sign up at RaceYaya now! Read on for more information.

Pilipinas Trail Camp series
Pilipinas Trail Camp series

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10 Reasons You Need to Run NOW

For self-confessed run addicts like myself, running is like a food that nourishes our bodies and souls. It is something we can’t live without. But if you’re just starting out, the thought of slogging through miles on the road, rail, or treadmill may not be too appetizing.

To whet your appetite for running, here are 10 reasons you need to run, NOW.

Lacing Up for a Run

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Cordillera Great Traverse 2015: Longest Trail Expedition in PH

I’ve got a number of runner friends who are heavily involved in ultramarathons and trail running, so I don’t often see them at road or tri events. It came as a very pleasant surprise to find out they have a huge expedition brewing for 2015!

Cordillera Great Traverse 2015
The Cordillera Great Traverse 2015

It began as one Facebook post inquiring whether there were connecting trails or natural pathways for the 6 provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region to make it the ultimate venue for the longest trail expedition in the Philippines. The idea, both being novel and challenging, stoked the interest of almost everyone especially those who are nature lovers and have solid athletic background.

The Cordillera Great Traverse (CGT) 2015 is an expedition aiming to establish the longest and the most scenic hiking/trekking destination in the Philippines by connecting the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Philippines. Continue reading “Cordillera Great Traverse 2015: Longest Trail Expedition in PH”

Join the Mizuno Run Academy: Intro to Trail Running

This weekend, athletes will gather in Alabang for the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend: on Saturday there’s a 12-hour trail run, and on Sunday a 12-hour mountain bike event. As someone who’s never gone beyond six hours of exercise, this kind of blows my mind. All kudos to those participating!

Now if you’d like to get into trail running, there’s a smart, “Never Settle” way of going about it to ensure you stay safe and have fun so you keep coming back for more. The Mizuno Run Academy returns this year with an Intro to Trail Running, facilitated by Coach Patrick Joson.

Mizuno Run Academy: Introduction to Trail Running
Mizuno Run Academy: Introduction to Trail Running

Coach Patrick is a certified ITU Level 2 coach and Pose Method instructor, the first in the Philippines. I’ve taken a few sessions under him for both bike and run and he’s definitely helped me understand the mechanics of human movement.

The Intro to Trail Running module has lectures and practical sessions so you can take a scientific and holistic approach to running and athletics on trails. It will take place at Filinvest City on the following dates:

  • Session 1: The Pose Method by Dr. Nicholas Romanov (September 28) Technique simplification, elimination of injuries and full utilization of your physiological potential.
  • Session 2: The Maffetone None-Method by Dr. Phil Maffetone (October 26) A style that will teach you how to take charge of your health and fitness β€”- and succeed at it.
  • Session 3: Introduction to Trail Running (November 2) In a nutshell, everything you need to know about trail running, from methodology to safety measures and proper gear.
  • Session 4: 10K Graduation Trail Run (November 16) Come in full running attire.

Your registration fee of P2,000 includes a running kit, shirt, exclusive discounts on Mizuno products, and admission to the Graduation Run. If you have a Mizuno Prestige Card, you get P500 off on registration. Register now at Mizuno stores in Magallanes, Bonifacio High Street, SM Aura, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma, SM Megamall, Eastwood, Robinsons Galleria, and Festival Mall.

While we city-dwellers do most of our running on pavement, it’s generally recommended to run on trails because there’s less impact on joints so you can safely build up mileage with less injury risk. It’s great that there’s an easily-accessible trail venue like Filinvest City. I might give trail running a go sometime. :)

Hitting the Dirt at the Men’s Health All-Terrain Race 2011

I always joke about how dirt is my Kryptonite, but it’s true. I am never at ease on trails surrounded by grass and trees. This comes from growing up in the urban jungle of concrete and glass. Still, I’m always up for a once-a-year challenge, and I got it when I hit the dirt at the Men’s Health All-Terrain Race 2011 on June 5 in Nuvali. Continue reading “Hitting the Dirt at the Men’s Health All-Terrain Race 2011”