Exactly two days from now, Tagaytay Highlands will be swarmed by a thousand of runners and thrill seekers who will be participating Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2012. It’s not just an ordinary road to trail run. Take note that the 24K is the toughest race to date ever done in that area.
Surprisingly, me and my running buddy Paolomer are lucky to be a part of this event. Lucky (or unluckily) for me, this is my first trail run and the longest race I have ever signed up.
The trail is waiting. I can’t wait! 🙂
I have been preparing for this race for a few months now because I really want to go back to Tagaytay and reminisce the unforgettable experience I had last November at Nathan Ridge Run. I ran 10K there and I promised to myself after crossing the finish line that I’ll be back this year (if it happens again *fingers crossed*) to conquer 21K. Salomon gave me a chance to go back and there. I said to myself upon hearing this event that I will never miss this opportunity.
Since I’m new in trail running, I knew beforehand that I need to invest on trail shoes. Since Salomon is giving 20% off for their gear to all participants of this event, I tried to look for their best pair. Salomon XR Crossmax seems great but it wasn’t comfortable for me on the toe part. I purchased the shoe of Mount Everest conqueror Leo Oracion and Xterra World Championships Hawaii-bound trail runner Miguel Cruz, Salomon XT-Wings S-Lab 3. It has a good fit, light and has pronation control which suits for a pronator like me. It felt more like a road running shoe but carefully modified for trails. It also claims that it is a competition shoe for champions. Cool! 🙂
I will still use my ever reliable Salomon XR Energy Belt and Nathan Quickdraw Plus (which I got last Nathan Ridge Run 2011) for my personal hydration. Nathan, in partnership with Salomon, also gives you a chance to get their Nathan Quickdraw Plus for only 500 pesos, which usually retails for 990 pesos. Since this is a green event, no disposable cups will be used in hydration stations and each runner should provide his/her hydration bottles for the whole race.
Thank God, Gatorade is still their hydration sponsor. 🙂
What I like most in this event is the value you get for what you paid for. The race kit is expensive for 1200 pesos for 24K, but it is all worth it. The event gives you an exclusive access to run at Tagaytay Highlands/Midlands which is a members only, community of the rich and famous. You can also enjoy some of their amenities which is already more than what you have paid for. The racing kit includes a Salomon technical shirt, trail cap and bag which can use on the event itself. Salomon and Nathan gives you 20% off on their products on R.O.X. branches and 10% off if you opt to buy some running goods in Rest Toe Run. After the run, they will give you a post-race meal on Tagaytay Highlands while the awarding is underway. As I have said a while ago, you can get the Nathan Quickdraw Plus 490 pesos off from it’s retail price. If transportation to Tagaytay is a problem, just add another 350 pesos and you will have round trip bus transfers from R.O.X. BGC to Tagaytay Highlands and vice versa.
But wait, there’s more! Their finisher’s medal really looks nice on paper. I can’t wait to bring it home! 🙂
Some bloggers have already previewed the first 6 kilometers of the race route and they were surprised about the degree of difficulty of this race. According to Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2012’s official website, here’s a preview on what to expect per category:
Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2012 6KM Route:
Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2012 12KM Route:
Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2012 24KM Route: