My hype on trail never stops!
Over 400 trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts including myself conquered the technical areas of the North Negros Forest Reserve during the 4th Forest Run Event called the Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 organized by the Negros Mountaineering Club Inc. (NMCI)
Running categories were divided into two trail courses – the short and long courses for men and women with 14K and 17.5 distances, respectively. NOTE: from 12.5K for short course, it was changed to 14K mainly for safety reasons. More thrill, more fun! Right?
The trails were mostly consist of rugged terrain featuring rolling hills, forest canopies, river crossings, slopes of grasslands, unli-downhill and uphill climbs.
Well, our forest run preparation was very SIMPLE! Eating Balut. Kidding aside. lol 🙂
Ednelyn and I on a Balut challenge
Although balut might not sound appealing if you haven’t used with it, but seriously it does make a nutritious food for the intense action, high in protein and calcium. Aside from this bizzare thing, REST, FUEL and WARM-UP are a must-have before the race.
The 17.5K long course run started at roughly 6:30AM and 6:45AM for the 14K short course run at the Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang, Campuestuhan, Talisay, Negros Occidental.
The faster runners went off like a thunder bolt. Some runners flocked with their respective teams and I ran with myself alone just to enjoy and focus the trails.
The first 5 kilometers was like a warm up to all runners. At first, it was an easy rolling trek to the slippery and steep downhill with a bit of technicalities. There were single track downhills and uphills, flat areas and water crossings, so expect yourself to get wet on this area.
I felt a bit of discomfort about my wet shoes because it adds weight on my feet even though it is refreshing. My wet shoes became an extra toll on my feet as I make way for some serious and technical ascents.
The whole trail was marked with Salomon flaglets and tarpaulins and other sponsors which helped runners a lot in navigating the area even though some runners experienced trail disorientation.
It seemed that we were just riding a roller coaster because of its up and down rugged terrain. Passing at the 8-kilometer is a junction area for both long and short distance course. This is the cut-off area for long distance. By running the 17.5K long course, we were advised to arrive this point at around 9:30AM to avoid being diverted to the short route trail. Also, water station and carbo-loading food are located in this area for free.
After having a 5-minute break, I started my run-walk-run routine downhil to uphill to the rolling grasslands and to the highest point of the trail estimated to be 962MASL in the 13K trail distance.
At the rolling hills grassland with my friend Ednelyn.. LOVE the view
The trail has its unique way of fulfilling your senses. I was amazed by the beautiful picturesque view of the mountain ranges and the overlooking lush green agricultural lands.
We were just having a good time.
I appreciate this event because it is for the conservation of the forest. The event slogan says for itself “ You Run, We Plant Tress.”
The experience from this thrilling event is worth every effort because the proceeds will go to the Tree Planting Project of the Negros Mountaineering Club Inc.
Highest Point of the trail – KM13
I passed the kilometer 14 which is the NMCI Tree planting site.
Its 3 kilometers way more to go to complete the long course. I am determined to finish it because I deserve it. Kilometer 15 was a little bit more on technical because we used a rope to go down and also a knee-high river crossing
The remaining kilometers of my trek were the most grueling part of the course. I started to feel pain on my knees – cramps possibly but I didn’t give up. I took a 5-minute break and started for a chill run-walk-run to a rolling path until I finally get out of the forest.
I was too excited to reach the finish line and receive a recognition from my 3 hours and 33 minutes of sacrifices from this long course. Kudos to all!
At the Finish Line with the time of 3:33:00. NOT BAD 🙂
Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 NMCI Finisher Medal
Here are the Final Results of the 4th Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run Event:
LONG COURSE CATEGORY – 17KM
|1st||John Ray Onifa||1:26:12||399|
|1st||Glenna Louie Venerable||2:49:26||372|
SHORT COURSE CATEGORY – 14KM
Final Results Courtesy of: NMCI
Congratulations to all the finishers and the winners! We made it! See you again next year for the 5th Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run. Thank you Negros Mountaineering Club Inc. (NMCI).
P.S. I was one of the lucky winners during the raffle draw.
Thank you very much Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang for letting us stay overnight on your beautiful and relaxing place.
Camouflaging our tent