Mt. Pinatubo Anyone? Columbia Eco Trail Run

Mt. Pinatubo is indeed infamous for its catastrophic eruption in the 90s that forever changed the landscape of the region, but decades after that horrible event, nature went back and gave us some really breathtaking landscapes.  I’ve seen it with my own two eyes and I still regret to this day that I didn’t have any picture at the Crater Lake!  If you want to experience what Mt. Pinatubo has to offer (or like me who’s quite eager to return), here’s your chance via Columbia Eco Trail Run.

Columbia Eco Trail Run (Clark Nayon Filipino, Pampanga)
October 13, 2012 (Saturday)

Category Registration Gun Start
5K ₱600 6:15AM
12K ₱800 5:45AM
25K ₱1,000 5:30AM

You may register until September 30, 2012 at the following sites:

  • Columbia
    • Alabang Town Center
    • Gateway
    • Greenbelt 5
    • Festival Supermall
    • SM Annex North EDSA
    • SM Mall of Asia
    • SM Megamall
    • Harbor Point
  • ROX
    • Bonifacio High Street


  • Bring you own hydration bottles/pack.
  • River crossings for 12K and 25K (prepare to get wet).
  • Cutoff is at 10AM.  There will be sweepers for participants still in the route when the cutoff time arrives.
  • Parking slots will be allotted for those bringing their own vehicles.
  • Transportation is not included with the registration.  Visit their Facebook page for transportation options.
  • There will be six (6) hydration stations throughout the course.
  • Medals for all finishers.

Excerpts from Columbia Sportswear Philippines Press Release:

Columbia Sportswear sets its sights on Mt. Pinatubo
The first Columbia Eco Trail Run opens its registration

Columbia Sportswear, a pioneer in the design and manufacture of outdoor sports apparel and accessories, announces its latest challenge to all those passionate about the great outdoors: the Columbia Eco Trail Run in Mt. Pinatubo, which will be held on October 13, 2012.

From the starting point Clark Nayon Filipino, Pampanga, all participants will get to run a route consisting of valleys and river crossings.  This run consists of a variety of paths perfect for those looking for a weekend adventure, and more experienced trail runners.  Interested participants may join the 5K, 12K, or 25K categories.  Registration for the Columbia Eco Trail Run will be at ₱600, ₱800, and ₱1,000 for the respective categories, for both men and women.

Columbia Sportswear has long been known for promoting an outgoing lifestyle, and the Eco Trail Run in Mt. Pinatubo is another example of how the brand is committed to this advocacy.

Registration will end on September 30, 2012 at the following places: Columbia Alabang Town Center, Columbia Gateway, Columbia Greenbelt 5, Columbia Festival Supermall, Columbia SM Annex North Edsa, Columbia SM Mall of Asia, Columbia SM Megamall, Columbia Harbor Point, and R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street.

The Columbia Eco Trail Run Pinatubo is organized by Adrenaline Multisport headed by Thumbie Remigio.  For inquiries you can contact adrenalinemultisport@gmail.com.

For updates and announcements, please refer to Columbia’s Facebook page.

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On a personal note, as disappointing as it may sound (at least for me :D), this race does not reach the Crater Lake, but I can guarantee that you will get to know lahar much better than you’ll want (you’ll understand what I mean after this race :D).

If you are new to running, particularly trail running, I suggest you stick to 5K for now, and if you don’t think you can finish 25K by 10AM, go with the 12K.  Since there will be river crossings for 12K and 25K, I suggest you wear shoes that are designed for such like shoes having water drainage.  Regardless of the distance, do not expect to come out of the race with clean shoes!  Also, make sure to remember these rules upon entering the trails:

  • Take nothing but pictures and memories (don’t bring anything out as souvenirs)
  • Leave nothing but footprints (bring your own trash back to the starting line please)
  • Kill nothing but time (oh well, maybe mosquitoes are an exception!)

Please, please, please, let us take care of nature as we enter the trails!  Don’t create new trails or avoid stepping outside of the established trails.  Aside from the possibility of getting lost, you may unnecessarily kill plants that you step on.

As per our trash, that really small piece of trash, however small it is, may kill some creatures of the wild, so if you aren’t willing to bring it back to the finish line, don’t bring it!

Whatever distance you may be doing, don’t forget to have fun!  Let us appreciate the great outdoors, and let us not burden nature in doing so.

Travel by Commute

Here’s how you may get to the event location if you’re traveling by public transportation from Manila:

  • You may ride any provincial buses bound for northern Luzon (Tarlac, Pangasinan, Baguio, etc.) that passes through Dau.
  • Make sure that the bus stops at Mabalacat Bus Terminal and alight there.
  • From the terminal ride a jeep or tricycle to Angeles City and transfer to another jeep or tricycle to Sapang Bato.


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