Let the pictures tell the story.
Mt. Talamitam 8/21/2016
Mt. Maculot 8/27/2016
Just last Sunday, I finished a race. All by God’s grace. The race is organized by the New Era Race Team. The Beautiful Horizon Trail Run – a 30-kilometer race route out and back from Talipusngo, Maragondon, Cavite. Anyways, the route is very scenic. The event started at 4:00am and joiners were given 10 hours to complete the course. A very generous time! I am the sweeper for this event and I did just that – err, somehow! 😮
I have a GPS record of the route. 3-GPS records as follows:
However, since the route is new to me and I carried only 2 bottles for drinking, I had to decide during the race if I would – and if I could really wait for the last runner. I have 11 runners behind me in the last 9-kms of the race. I believe all are still moving (no matter how slow) but at least 8 is far behind. It’s too hot and the sun is unforgiving. If I rested too much – I risk getting cramps and enduring so much thirst, not to mention the hunger. I did carry nothing but 2 bottles in my hydration bag pack. No GU. No anything. No candies nor chocolates. I guess I had to make a judgement call.
Allow me to show you first the GPS details. As follows:
(see the map elevation details)
(see that tooth-like gray figure?) 🙂
Last 9kms descent to Maragondon’s Road.
It was so hot during the last 7-kms of this part and there’s too little shade to hide at. I had about 250ml of warm water in my bottle. Thank God, there’s some marshalls stationed in the last 3-kms. Saved! While I still can run, I guess I will just have to wait for the others. So I stayed on a waiting shed for about an hour. 3 runners passed me. None else. So I walked to the finish line, and reported that there are still runners behind me. 8 to be exact, while I can initially recall 6. hahahaha.
Anyways, all 8 came within the next 40 minutes after I crossed the finish line. 1 though, DNF.
Of course, it was a successful event. 81 of 82 runners finished within 10 hours and 1 DNF due to a valid reason. The race course was properly marked that no one got lost. The route from Sunrise to the ‘desert’ part is really majestic and scenic and beautiful. Sad to say, not much pictures here since batteries almost drained and the heat of the hot sun really affected us.
All thanks to our Almighty God!
See the pictures below for better appreciation of the trail. (That’s me in CM50 white sleeves)
TOP 3 MALE TRAIL RUNNERS
TOP 3 FEMALE TRAIL RUNNERS
CREW SEND-OFF. Before the rest go up their respective stations, and I rest. 🙂 Yes, that wacky girl is the MC. lol.
On top of the boulder near ‘Silyang Bato’. The sun suddenly hides – and there’s fog all around! lol. (I guess I have to go back here on a sunny day)
Non-consecutive selfie shots going down from the Summit. I was slowly waiting for the 6-runners behind me here.
This event is on December 20, 2015.
This event is a traverse of Mt Marami, Mt Mataas na Gulod, Dos Picos, Mt Palay-Palay and Pico De Loro . It will definitely be a sight to behold. Yes, I agree…it will be beautiful.
Browsing thru the net, I tried to find a route map. A trail map. I found none…but pieces of a part. So I made one. I hope RD JC Igos will look into this and correct me.
From Barangay Talipusngo of Ramirez to Mt. Marami’s Silyang Bato.
From Mt. Marami to Alibangbang Park via Alibangbang Trail via Mataas na Gulod and Dos Picos
From Alibangbang Park to Pico de Loro’s Parrot Beak
From Pico’s Summit to DENR at Governor’s Drive…to the road!
From DENR down to Maragondon’s Town Plaza. 🙂
via Ternate, follow Governor’s Drive to Maragondon.
From Governor’s Drive, right to the Town Plaza. via Riel? or Balitao?
We’ll soon know.
Looking forward with great excitement!
This will be an epic fastest known time (FKT) 21KMs trail run challenge.
While Mount Marami is only about 633 MASL (meters above sea level), it is still a challenging trail – to the unprepared! 🙂
Yes. To a field of seasoned athletes – mountaineers and runners and ultraruners, this is chicken. But to the you-know-who occasional/recreational joiners, this could prove very challenging.
Anyways, with my plantar pain and occasional backache on this race week – I’m having doubts of making it to the starting line. But with God’s grace, I just might be there and finish this distance.
Tips for the unprepared:
Crossing my fingers. 🙂
Quadrant #1 = Nike Lunar Glide 4 H2O Repel
Mileage to date = 914 kms
Longest Race = 50 kms
a very tough shoe.
While it is old and cushion-less now, it remains it’s stable form.
Last Race Finished =
Dash for the Orphans Uphill Challenge 21 kms. April 27, 2014.
Takbo para Sa Pagbangon ng Leyte 10 kms. May 4, 2014.
This is my favorite shoes for daily running.
Quadrant #2 = adidas ClimaCool Ride
Mileage to date = 689 kms
Longest Race = 50 kms
a nice ride … before.
No cushioning now. Part of the sole is already torn. Good looking still.
Last Race Finished = 2nd Leg of Manila to Baguio 43 kms. February 8, 2014.
Quadrant #3 = Inov-8 Roclite 243
Mileage to date = 272 kms
Longest Race = 90 kms
a minimalist ride – best for sprints.
Not much cushioning though. Unreliable ride for trail races more than 25 kms.
Last Race Finished = 1st Leg of Manila to Baguio 90 kms. February 7, 2014.
This is my favorite shoe for trail hikes of 20 kms or less.
Quadrant #4 = Reebok RealFlex
Mileage to date = 475 kms
Longest Race = 60 kms Trail, 60 kms Road
a well-cushioned ride.
Despite it’s too worn-out look – it’s still a good ride for short slow runs. This used to be my favorite trail and peak-bagging shoes.
Last Race Finished = Clark-Miyamit 42-Km Trail. September 22, 2013.
Switch Lunges x 20 – 30
Single Leg Hops Side to Side x 15
Single Leg Bounding x 2 – 3
Bench Taps x 20 – 40
Box Jumps x 10
Rocket Jumps x 10 – 15
Unclocked Efforts 🙂
hill climbs. 🙂 well, a mountain is preferable
KEYS: consistency – all-out – bravery
March 16, 2014 5am Alpha Trail, Hermosa, Bataan. – DONE. 1 LOOP ONLY. 🙂
April 6, 2014 Arayat Mountain, Magalang, Pampanga.