Posts Tagged ‘Trail Run


Taray Pamulinawen 2011: Laoag Sand Dunes Challenge

After the huge success of “Run Ahead, Raising A Roof” Run held in Laoag City last December of 2009, Triathlete/Runner & Race organizer Faivo Bartolome brings another unique event up North, the “Taray Pamulinawen 2011, Laoag Sand Dunes Challenge” to be held on February 26, 2011 and will start and end at the Laoag City Hall.

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Two Flights, Zero Races

As of this afternoon I have officially two flights to two opposite points in the country (north and south) but no registered races!  Well, only official registration is not in attendance but the intent is 100% there as these flights were sparked by two races, an ultramarathon in the north and a trail run in the south.  Honestly, this is the first time that I got more excited with a trail run than an ultramarathon (which grew to be a favorite for me for some reason).  For which races I’m referring to, you’ll find out soon enough (watch out for my next post).  But first I have to secure my place with those races by registering. 🙂


TNF Thrill of the Trail 2010 Updates

Thrill of the Trail is The North Face’s trail running series event and now it comes much closer to the Metro by being staged in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  This year it would be held on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010 and as such a new category, Couple’s Run has been introduced.  Here are further details:

Categories and Fees
22K, 11K*: P450
11K Couple’s Run* (Not exclusive to couples, teams of same gender allowed): P700 (for 2 persons)

* All open categories (no age groups)

Registration at TNF (Shangri-La Mall, SM Megamall, Glorietta 4, SM North Edsa Annex, SM Mall of Asia), ROX, and ResToeRun (Gateway Mall, Trinoma, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Ermita) until January 28, 2010.  There will be no on-site registration.

Race kits can be claimed on February 1–13, 2010 at respective points of registration which includes a bib number, singlet, race map and other detailed information.

22K runners can park near the Montecito gate (22K start line) and will be ferried back via bus after they finish at Evoliving while 11K runners can park in designated areas within the base camp.

Limited number of bus seats courtesy of Nuvali will be available from ROX and Balibago Terminal during the event date.  Detailed schedule shall be announced in a few days.

El Cielito Inn will be offering 20% discount on published rates.  Other hotel partners will be announced as soon as arrangements have been finalized.


  • There will be a race briefing on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 7:30PM at ROX
  • There will be river crossings but there would be facilities to wash-up or take showers afterwards

To have some ideas on what you might expect, read my chronicles of last year’s event here (pre-race and race start) and here (race and post-race).  You may send your inquiries to  For more details visit


TNF Thrill of the Trail 2010

From the inbox, courtesy TNF:

Experience a different Valentine’s Day as The North Face brings you to the heart of Nuvali for another leg of the Thrill of the Trail running series on February 14, 2010.  11K, 22K, and an 11K Couple’s Trail Run categories are available to test Your love’s endurance!  Register at TNF stores in North EDSA, Megamall, Shangri-la, G4, and SM Mall of Asia, ROX and ResToeRun stores in Metro Manila.  See you on the trails and Never Stop Exploring.

Last year’s TNF Thrill of the Trail introduced me to my current favorite running event, trail running and I’m sure many out there can relate.  This year, new location, new trails.  Here are updates about this race.


The Search for the Bests of 2009 is ON!

We’re practically midway with the month of November and it would be just another month before we close the year 2009, and with that I would like to start compiling the highlights (and lowlights?) of the year as far as running in the Philippines is concerned.  We’ve seen how running had evolved this year and at the same time also devolved.

For this year’s best races I have the following categories:

  • Best Race
  • Best International Marathon
  • Best Marathon
  • Best Half-Marathon
  • Best Sub-Half Marathon (below 21K)
  • Best Ultra-Marathon
  • Best Trail Run
  • Best Race Finisher’s Medal
  • Best Race Singlet
  • Best Marathon Route

I already have my secret nominees for all these categories and you too can participate by sending me your vote via comments (which would remain anonymous and unpublished) of your personal picks.  Results would be published on my year-end special recap.

With that I also have a poll that I hope you’d join:

Update: Poll is now closed.

Depending on the poll result I may even publish the lowlights for 2009 so aside from your best picks you may also include your “worst” picks with your comments (also will remain anonymous) and please mention why so we can inform the race directors and organizers.  I know the running community has a lot to say, good and bad, and now it’s your time to be heard.

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