Run for the Angels: Race Details

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Here's a great way to jump start your 2017: by joining a fun run. 

For the very first time, Active Pinas, together with Vista Malls, will be organizing their first ever running event called Run for the Angels. It is a fun run for a cause that aims to promote a healthy lifestyle through running while giving to the less fortunate. The beneficiary for this event is a children's orphanage in Silang, Cavite. Here are the details. 
Race Categories and Registration Fees: 
2 miles - Php500 
5 miles - Php600 
10 miles - Php700 

Registration fee is inclusive of a race bib, race singlet, loot bag, and finisher's medal for all categories. Here's the singlet design and the medal designs. 

To register, just fill up the online registration form here: http://bit.ly/rfta2017, and deposit your payment to any of the accounts provided below: 
  • Ma. Vanessa Tagaro: BPI Savings Account–Acct. No.: 3729207879 
  • Maricel Bautista: BDO (Laguna Branch) Savings Account–Acct. No.: 006890012495
Once payment has been deposited, send an email with your name and race category, and attached a scanned copy of the deposit slip to runfortheangels@gmail.com. A confirmation email will be sent within 24-48 hours. 

Race kit claiming will be on the event date itself, but there will also be another race kit claiming on an earlier date. Just keep posted for the schedule and for more updates. 

So what are you waiting for? Register now and see you there! :)

Soleus Buddy Trail Run

Thursday, November 24, 2016

If there's one thing that I was deliberately avoiding during the past couple of years, it was trail races. Sure, I've been slowly easing my way back to trail running but not trail running events. I remember my second trail race in 2014 where I slid and fell, and ended up hitting a huge rock. It was my hip bones that hit the rock. Thankfully, they weren't broken but they were badly bruised. I felt kind of traumatized after, that it took me almost two years to get back into the trails. 

Like I said, I've been easing back into it. So when coach Roel offered me a complimentary race kit for the Soleus Buddy Trail Run earlier last week, it took me a day before finally deciding that I would give trail races a try again. I gladly accepted the offer and signed up for the 16km solo category. 

The event was held last Sunday with the start and finish line at Wawa Dam in Rodriguez, Rizal. The route started off with an uphill concrete road and then followed by a rough road going to the entrance of the trails. I started with a slow jog until I felt my shins aching, so I decided to slow down to a brisk walk. The trails were mostly of dirt and mud. Mud, because it rained the day before. I had to be extra careful because it was so slippery. I really had no race strategy that day, except to not slip and fall. I ran whenever I could and walked whenever it would get slippery. 
Photo Credits: Running Photographers

Halfway through the route was the metal hanging bridge. From there, the trail was of huge rocks. At that part, I lengthen my strides, careful not to trip on any of the rocks. Then I was back on the dirt trail where I did more running, as it rolled uphill and downhill. I found myself having fun as I was running up and down the dirt path, with cool breeze softly blowing on my face. Eventually, I reached the river crossing marking the tenth kilometer where I shared the boat with four other runners. The sun was fully up by then. As we were crossing to get to the other side, I took that time to freshen myself up by splashing my face and legs with some water from the river. The water was cold and it relieved me from the heat. I resumed my run only to find myself on a grassy land with no shade at all. The sun was scorching hot and I did my best to run as fast as I could just so I can reach the shady parts. 

For the remaining two kilometers, the rest of the route was of alternating dirt and concrete. We even passed a small local community so there were spectators, a.k.a. people going about their usual Sunday morning routines. When I saw the Wawa Dam, I had my photo taken quickly and then sprinted all the way to the finish line. I was smiling from ear to ear.

While the race was challenging because of all the mud, it was one of the most enjoyable races that I have joined this year. The sights were truly breathtaking. I couldn't resist taking some photos during the race.
a view of the Rizal mountain ranges
sights halfway in the race
 Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan marking the last 2km
 Wawa Dam

I did not make it into my target time for this race, which is sub-3 hours. I know that I could have done so much better had it not rained the day before. Still, I'm thankful that I finished the race safely and injury-free. And of course slip-and-slide-free. Aaand dirt free from the knees up! Haha! I mean, with my clumsiness, I really was expecting that I would arrive at the finish line looking as if I fell in the mud. But I didn't, so I can say that it was an achievement.

I had a five-hour finish time for the last trail race that I joined, and I only ran 10km then. So it really was a big deal for me to have finished this race in a little over three hours. Now, I can't wait to do more trail running so I can join more races like this.

Thank you to all the photographers who captured my moments in the race. Of course, huge thanks to coach Roel for the free kit and more than that, for the experience.

happy finisher
"Look! I'm all clean!"
 or not!!!
 unofficial time: 03:14:xx