Posts Tagged ‘Nuvali

04
Apr
16

Camp N: Nuvali’s Latest Adventure Attraction

My weekend just got more exciting when I had the privilege of experiencing firsthand Nuvali’s latest outdoor attraction, Camp N.  It will be opening to the public very soon and here’s some of what you may expect.

Camp N

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30
Jun
14

Scenic Places For Running You Must Visit

Let’s admit it, running can sometimes be dreadfully boring!  But it doesn’t always have to, especially if you’re running on picturesque locations.  I believe that the best way to explore a place is on foot, and here are some of the most scenic places I’ve seen through running.

You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world—William Hazlitt

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03
Feb
12

Don Bosco Fun Run

The Don Bosco group of schools have been part of the landscape of Philippine education since the 1950s and in celebration of the Salesians presence in the Philippines, there will be a simultaneous fun run in six (6) areas.  The Fun Run, dubbed from Don Bosco’s famous adage, “Run, Jump, Make Noise: Celebrating 60 Years of Don Bosco’s Presence in the Philippines” is a fundraising activity to create a trust fund for the eight (8) Don Bosco Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Centers.  Here are the details:

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21
Jun
11

The Tales from the Valley Trail (Challenge)

I’ve ran onto the routes of Nuvali before, both on and off-road, and honestly I find it a bit boring especially when compared to natural trails of the mountains—until Valley Trail came along!  It was a race with a lot of firsts, including my first DNF!

Scene from the Valley Trail Challenge

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20
May
11

frontRUNNER Events: Trails and Ultras

frontRUNNER Magazine will be having several events on trails and in Cebu, from 5K all the way to 100K.  Here’s their event lineup:

The Valley Trail Challenge Thrill Run

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23
Jun
10

Comeback Race at the Trails: New Balance Trail Adventure Run

After a very long hiatus I’m finally glad to be back at the races, and fittingly it was at the trails which were always a favorite of mine.  For the first time I was able to run the trails of Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna and I could probably say we have another “playground” to explore, albeit a little distant from the Metro.

Last weekend the New Balance Trail Adventure Run was held in the trails of Nuvali with the 15K starting at Evoliving while the rest of us started at Solenad (I signed up for the 10K, the other event was the 5K Duo).  It was one of those few races outside Metro Manila with a free round trip shuttle service to and from the venue.

The Starting line (even if it says “Finish”)

Days before the event I received an invite from New Balance courtesy of Planet Sports to join this trail run.  As much as I really wanted to race I was reluctant to join at first because of my long absence from running.  When I finally figured I can still run the distance I was tempted to join the Rock and Run event a day prior to the trail run because my body was no longer used to waking up early during Sundays.  Add to that that it was really early if I were to catch the shuttle service.  Obviously the charm of the trail prevailed, but not until the last day I had to RSVP (how typical Pinoy, confirming on the last day!).

NB Trail Adventure Run 10K Route

Excellent GPS reception

Because of the shuttle service I was able to arrive in Nuvali relatively early.  I didn’t even realize that I was sharing the bus with some familiar faces I’ve not seen in a while (and I was sad when I got my seat because I didn’t see outright anyone I know!).  I was trying to catch some shuteyes during the short trip but wasn’t able to get any (due to some technical difficulties we had on the bus).

Queuing at the baggage counter

There I was in Nuvali, feeling like a stranger, like those early days of running when I didn’t know anyone from the sea of people.  Fortunately it didn’t take long for me to see running friends so I was back in my comfort zone.  After some time the 15K runners were called to their starting line a few kilometers away, and a few minutes later it was our turn.

Entering the trails

What's the hold up?!

Jinoe (of takbo.ph) was initially with me and the Logans (Craig and Michelle) during the early part of the race.  As usual it’s quite futile to set any records on trails so I’m not in any hurry, and since I’m still not quite 100% yet enjoying the race was my goal.  Having some good company to share the trail makes it more fun so it was quite pleasant that I wasn’t alone exploring the trails.

Ooohhh... a “tunnel” 🙂

Who said you can't take a panning shot with a point-and-shoot?

That's Craig of Team Logan (see how tall these grasses are!)

The trails of Nuvali was mixed natural and man-made and for a lot of areas wide enough for three runners.  It also features running riverside (or in the river itself if you prefer) with some really interesting features.  It’s a very enjoyable area which is why it’s no surprise that a lot of running and biking events were held here.  I sure was glad that I picked this race for the weekend.

Going down...

Care for a dip?

Running under a bridge

More water

Natural water station 🙂

All legs end in Solenad which is quite an ideal place to do so as it is not only picturesque, there are also shops there for the hungry runner and located nearby a place where runners can take their showers.  After finishing runners were treated to a loot bag and a bottle of a sports drink from the sponsors.  Unfortunately though not all runners were able to receive their finisher’s shirt (including myself) as they quickly ran out of sizes except for the large ones, but New Balance promised to deliver so our contact numbers and shirt sizes were taken as to when we may claim our token.

Photo-op while waiting (thanks Craig for taking this one!)

Trails...

...more trails...

Homestretch!

The New Balance Trail Adventure Run was a very well organized race, particularly for a trail run, as the route was strategically marked so there was little chance of getting lost; there were lots of marshals en route to assist runners; water stations were sufficient; trail route and features were excellent; and the distance was pretty accurate!  Once again New Balance didn’t disappoint in delivering a very good race.

Final bridge crossing

Almost there...

Approaching the finish line

10K comeback race complete!

I would like to thank Planet Sports and New Balance for inviting me to join this event.  I really enjoyed the experience a lot and I hope there’d be more races to come!

Race results courtesy New Balance Philippines:

20
Jun
10

Nuvali But You!

This runner just had a great comeback race at the trails of Nuvali.

This runner had just been reunited with running friends.

This runner had to wake up extra early to catch his bus.

And this runner had a lot of mud in his recently washed trail running shoes!

But this runner was more than glad he did!

Special thanks to New Balance Philippines and Planet Sports for making this happen!

For the mean time this runner has got to catch some sleep

Watch out for the photos and stories soon… zzzz




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