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List of 2015 Trail Runs

Posted: December 20, 2014 in Reviews


I created this list upon the request of a blog reader. It is a work in progress. It will be continuous updated throughout the year as more information becomes available. If you have any questions, please visit the race organizer’s page through the links provided.


Nature’s Trail Discovery Run – Leg 3
Venue: Tanay, Rizal
Date: Jan 11, 2015
Distances: 5K, 10K, 21K, 50K
Organizer: PIMCO
Contact: Alvin Balderama

Tarak Ridge Trail Run
Venue: Mariveles, Bataan
Date: Jan 11, 2015
Distance: 25K
Organizer: Conquer Absolute Mountaineering Club
Contact: Benedict Meneses

Santa Fe Trail Run
Date: January 18, 2015
Distance: 18K
Organizer: FrontRunner Magazine
Contact: Jonel Mendoza


Mt. Ugo Akyathlon
Date: Feb 2015
Distance: 36K
Organizer: Philippines Skyrunning Association
Contact: Philsky FB

Sagada Marathon (Road and Trail)
Venue: Sagada, Mt. Province
Distances: 5K, 21K, 42K
Organizer: Team Malaya
Contact: Stephen Felices

Mount Ugo Marathon
Date: Feb 22, 2015
Distances: 21K, 42K
Organizer: FrontRunner
Contact: Jonel Mendoza

Love a Tree Trail Run
Date: Feb 2015
Distances: TBA (usually 6K, 12K, 21K)
Organizer: PIMCO


Salomon XTrail
Date: March 28, 2015
Distances: TBA (usually 6K, 12K, 24K, 32K)
Organizer: Salomon Pilipinas

Four Lakes 100
Date: March 28, 2015
Distance: 100K
Organizer: FrontRunner
Contact: Jonel Mendoza

Old Spanish Trail 50
Date: March 28, 2015
Distance: 50K
Organizer: FrontRunner
Contact: Jonel Mendoza


Sagada Circuit
Date: April 11, 2015
Distance: 10K, 42K
Organizer: FrontRunner
Contact: Jonel Mendoza

The North Face 100
Date: April 2015
Distances: 11K, 22K, 50K, 100K
Organizer: TBA

Ambuklao Lake Rim Trail Run
Venue: Bokod, Benguet
Date: April 26, 2015
Distance: TBA


Nature’s Trail Discovery Run
Venue: Tanay, Rizal
Date: TBA
Distances: 5K, 10K, 21K, 50K
Organizer: PIMCO

Pulag 100
Venue: Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya
Date: May 22, 2015
Distance: 100K
Organizer: FrontRunner
Contact: Jonel Mendoza

Hardcore 100
Venue: Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya
Date: May 22, 2015
Distance: 100 Miles
Organizer: FrontRunner
Contact: Jonel Mendoza


Batch 3’s First Meet-up

Saturday, October 22. At 5am, Fort Bonifacio was still dark and quiet. Being the first to arrive meant I was all alone for a while. I began to wonder whether I went to the right place so I took a stroll outside of BHS and searched for other people. Not far away, I found a small race all set to go. I played the curious onlooker and leisurely visited the booths. When I join running events, everything happens in a blitz and I seldom have the time or energy to walk around. This was a nice change of pace, literally.

People started tricking in when I got back to the meeting area in front of Krispy Kreme. The organizers were setting things up, hauling stuff from their mini-truck. Light slowly filtered through the clouds and I was just giddy to get things started. It was amusing to see them rolling out Sun 3G tarps with Jaymie as the model. Talaga naman. Celebrity na.

While stretching, I accidentally hit a girl who was coming up from behind. After profusely apologizing to each other, we got to talking and so I met my first TBR friend, Arzen. TBR Dream will also be her 2nd 42K as we apparently both ran in the recent Milo Marathon. She’s a member of AdiNation Ayala and introduced me to some of her groupmates. I’ve always envied people who are part of running teams. I hope I can find one that fits me soon.

Coach Lit's demo walk (image from

Coach Lit Onrubia and Chi Walking

We got a lesson on efficient walking techniques. Since we’re encouraged to adopt Jeff Galloway’s run-walk method (which I’ve been using ever since), we had to learn how to conserve our energies during the walking part which we will be doing 20% or more of the entire marathon. In a nutshell, Chi Walking entails:

  • taking very short strides (approx. 1 foot)
  • leaning forward slightly to shift center of mass
  • keeping arms to the sides at a 90-degree bend
  • swinging arms forward instead of sideways
  • having an upright posture throughout
  • relaxing the hands and shoulders to avoid strain
  • burning as little energy as possible for endurance

Coach Edward Kho leading the pack

Putting Theory into Practice

And we’re off! I ran the whole route with my PF buddy Joyce. We were actually surprised that the coaches made us run since Jim Lafferty’s plan called for a 45-minute walk that day. Joyce was nursing shin splints and I was recovering from YABOI (Yet Another Bout of ITBS – yeah, boy!). They said we’ll do intervals of 3 minutes run and 1 minute walk. So we did, very slowly, and simply enjoyed it.

The group run extended to almost an hour covering nearly 6K. It was non-competitive as Coach Edward took the lead and it was forbidden to overtake him. Jaymie acted as sweeper all the way back. Since we didn’t care about the speed, we worked on perfecting our form and we must’ve been doing it right because Joyce ran in the Adidas KOTR the next day and got a PR – no pain at all. Woot!

My running buddy Joyce "The Pissed Off Chick" and Jaymie "The Bull Runner"

Event Sidelights

Actor/director Gabe Mercado (“OK ka ba, tiyan?”) is part of our batch. He brought a camera crew with him to document the event and interview some of the runners. The film clips and stories will be made available at It’s a cool site with inspirational content which I highly recommend.

Dream Chasers were also on hand as volunteer pacers. They are TBR Dream Marathon alumni who have made it their mission to pay it forward by helping the newbies like myself. Hopefully, I’ll be able to join them for chaser duties when the next batch comes along.

‘Til the next Bull Session, guys! Dream BIG, run STRONG!

Milo Marathon 2011 on Video

Posted: August 18, 2011 in Reviews

I love how this shows a glimpse of the race day preparations. Even if it rained all day, everything still flowed smoothly and the runners enjoyed every minute. Hydration stations were well-stocked up to the very end. Thanks to Runrio for taking care of us while we were on the road.

Another, um, motivational video (look at those abs!). The product of my search for Hope Solo’s workout pictures. Shot by the one and only Annie Leibovitz for Nike. Mmmm… sometimes it’s good to be alive. Enjoy!

Manny Pacquiao’s Ab Workout

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Reviews

A strong core is essential for long distance runners. It helps in maintaining good form when you’re tired and generally helps with endurance. I’m trying to build my core, but right now I can only do maybe 40 crunches before I wilt in intense PAIN, then I take a break before doing more. Alex Ariza said Manny does 14 different ab exercises, 50 reps each, twice a day, for a total of 1400 crunches. And he does it all nonstop. INSANE. (I mean that in a good way) Watch his routine and marvel at his fitness:

Running with the Nokia Sports Tracker

Posted: February 17, 2011 in Reviews

The business mantra “measure so you can improve” applies equally well to running. There’s nothing like real-time feedback on your speed and distance to keep you focused. You’ll know day after day how many miles you’ve added and how many minutes you’ve shaved off of your previous pace. This instant gratification is a great morale booster that will keep you coming back for more.