Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Trail Experience and Final Results

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)

Negros Mountaineering Club Inc
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.

Trail Preparation

Well, our forest run preparation was  very SIMPLE! Eating Balut. Kidding aside. lol 🙂

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016Ednelyn 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.

Trail Experience

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.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016

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.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016
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.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016

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.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

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.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

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.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

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.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

 We were just having a good time.

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I appreciate this event because it is for the conservation of the forest. The event slogan says for itself “ You Run, We Plant Tress.”

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

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.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

Highest Point of the trail – KM13

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

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

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

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!

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

At the Finish Line with the time of 3:33:00. NOT BAD 🙂

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest RunSalomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 NMCI Finisher Medal

Final Results

Here are the Final Results of the 4th Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run Event:

LONG COURSE CATEGORY – 17KM

MEN

RANK NAME TIME BIB #
1st John Ray Onifa 1:26:12 399
2nd Denmark Sadia 1:41:56 366
3rd Joel Alcorin 1:43:50 220

 

WOMEN

RANK NAME TIME BIB #
1st Glenna Louie Venerable 2:49:26 372
2nd Ching Novea 2:50:28 265
3rd Nina Dacanay 2:51:00 408

 

SHORT COURSE CATEGORY – 14KM

MEN

RANK NAME TIME BIB #
1st Emerson Magno 1:22:24 097
2nd Rhodney Gregorio 1:22:49 127
3rd Felix Trespecios 1:29:05 110

 

WOMEN

RANK NAME TIME BIB #
1st Julie Joves 2:18:45 278
2nd Telai Cordova 2:21:25 291
3rd Weng Chang 2:25:43 404

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.

Perfect Outdoor Super Absorbent Microfibre Towel for my future Pinoy On Top Hiking Adventures. Thank you 360 Degrees!

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Forest Run

Thank you very much Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang for letting us stay overnight on your beautiful and relaxing place.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016Camouflaging our tent

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3 thoughts on “Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 Trail Experience and Final Results

  • November 28, 2016 at 4:31 am
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    It’s good that you haven’t stopped when you felt cramps were about to invade your feet and legs. The best thing that we can do is to never stop. Just slow down a little bit so that blood circulation can continue.

    On top of that, I really enjoyed reading your post! We really had quite an experience during the Forest Run! Congrats to you and your group! Will be looking forward for more of your posts! Keep it up!

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    • November 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm
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      Thank you so much Nong. Congratulations to you as well. I’ll keep inspiring everyone through my blog.

      Reply
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