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X-Trail Run Pilipinas, 23 July 2017

Committed to push the boundaries of outdoor experience, the world’s leading trail running brand Salomon gears up for the return of the highly anticipated Salomon X-Trail Run dubbed Run the Path of Most Resistance on 23 July 2017 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.  An annual event organized throughout Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines), the Salomon X-Trail Run instantly gained traction for its exceptional and technical trail routes that never cease to offer runners an unforgettable and fulfilling trail experience.

Locally, the Salomon X-Trail Run has been held in various premier venues throughout the Philippines quickly gaining a reputation for being the most-attended trail running event in local running history as it managed to gather over 1,000 participants.

On its 6th year, the Salomon X-Trail Run endeavors to deliver another exceptional trail running race that will empower its participants to push the boundaries of their capabilities.

Aiming to resonate with the brand’s core purpose of inspiring people to play and progress in their chosen outdoor pursuits, this year’s Salomon X-Trail Run is sure to pack a lot of enjoyable yet exhilarating obstacles ahead. Salomon X-Trail Run will consist of two race categories, namely: Fun Trail category with  6Km and 12K distances and the Mountain Run with 24K and 32K distances. Resisting limits serving as the ultimate test for the most dedicated trail runners, the Mountain Run will once again simulate the challenging ascents of skyrunning races, an arena dominated by Salomon.

The race will start at 8 AM and 8:30 AM for 32K and the 24K categories respectively. The Mountain Run will witness the country’s top trail runners go head to head in this iconic race.  Positioned as challenging categories of the race and created especially for trail runners who want to take their skills to the next level, the 24K and 32K Mountain Run distances will feature technical ascents and varying terrain–from asphalt, sand, and rocks to river crossing and steep technical ascents. The route is expected to yield an adrenaline-filled adventure for the racers.

The Mountain Run participants will receive a Race Kit containing a race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon race cap, and post-race meal, and products from sponsors.

Those who finish within the cut off time (five hours for the 24K and seven hours for the 32K) will receive a finisher’s medal.

Given the demanding nature 32K and 24K distances, participants are required to bring the mandatory gear with them such as as whistle, hydration pack or belt with at least 500 ml of water.  Those with incomplete gear will not be allowed to participate in the race. For more information and updates, please visit Salomon’s Facebook Page.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas, 9 Apr. 2016

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas is back on its fifth year will be held in the thick forest and majestic valleys, abundant hills, and rivers of Subic in Zambales.  Known as one of the technical races and much anticipated by the trail running community in the country, Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas has attracted both newbies and hardcore runners considered as loyalists of the Salomon brand.

This year, a combination of new routes including motivational and historical trivia signages along the race route, new obstacles, and challenges are prepared exclusively for this event.  Since it is considered a Green Run, there’ll be no disposables provided at the hydration stations.  All participants are advised to bring their own hydration bottles.


Race Registration

Registration is ongoing until 31 Mar. 2016.   Contact Extribe at (032) 439.3007 for delivery options.

Online Registration using credit card and other information at Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas. Registration Centers at the following Salomon branches: 4F SM Aura Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; 3F SM Megamall (Building D), Mandaluyong; 2F SM North EDSA Annex Building, Quezon City; 2F Glorietta 3, Makati City

Bus shuttle to and from Subic is available for the first 300 registrants at an additional fee of ₱ 600.  Race kit distribution is scheduled on 1-3 Apr. 2016 at Salomon Stores.

Race Route Maps and Scenic Trail Paths
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Race Category, Registration Fee, and Race Kit Inclusion

Category and Race Fee


Race Kit Inclusion

32K Mountain Run

(₱ 1600)

For advanced trail runners with advance trail running experience. The route is a mixture of different terrains from asphalt to sand, to rocks, to river crossing, and technical ascents. This category simulates ascents of sky running races. Participants need to bring the following mandatory gears: headlamp, whistle, hydration pack/belt. Important: These items will be checked prior to gun start. No Mandatory Gear, No Race! Finisher’s medal for participants who finish within the cut-off time of seven (7) hours. Race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon race bag, post-race meal
24K Mountain Run

(₱ 1400)

For trail runners who want to take their race to the next level with technical ascents and varying terrain. This category simulates ascents of sky running. Participants need to bring the following mandatory gears: headlamp, whistle, hydration pack/belt. Important: These items will be checked prior to gun start. No Mandatory Gear, No Race!  Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time of five (5) hours.
12K Road to Trail

(₱ 1100)

For runners with basic trail running experience who want to experience technical terrain. Cut-off time is 2.5 hours.
6K Road to Trail

(₱ 850)

Targets beginners who want to explore the world of trail running. Road runners are very welcome to experience a different adrenaline rush.  Cut-off time is 1.5 hours.

Bataan Freedom 68.9 Ultramarathon Run: A Podium Finish

It has been almost a month since my last marathon.   Though Sundays in March were filled with races after another, the second Sunday was the longest so far having finished back to back races in one weekend, a first for me–a marathon with special distance for SAF 44 and a half marathon in Corregidor lsland.

Weeks after, how could I say no to an invite from a fellow runner and Race Director Ian Alacar? Sixty-eight point nine (68.9K) is still more than 60 kilometers considering I had my last ultramarathon race two years ago. Daunting distance.  I wasn’t so sure how would I perform.  As what he told me, “Do the veteran’s move.”  Deep inside, I knew I could only bank on my Corregidor mileage.  This invite, which came from out of the blue, was such a temptation knowing that it would be staged in the place where I had run the longest distance I have experienced as a runner, the Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon four years ago.  In this race, just a portion of the infamous “Death March” route is used.

The invitation to run is extended to bring a friend.  With no hesitation at all, I invited a fellow ultra runner, who readily said YES to the challenge even on such short notice.

Though Ian graciously offered I go with his team on Friday, I declined as I had to finish work first.  Besides, I had to meet my friend who will be joining me in this trip.  Buses can be crowded on Friday night.  Finally, at past 10 PM, by pure luck, we were able to board.  Arrived quite late in Bataan after travelling for almost three hours and was very grateful for the extra effort (accommodation has been booked) that Ian and his team took in helping us settle in.

Like any other event, say a marathon, swimming, you name it, to finish strong and do well, it would be helpful to check out the race course and familiarize yourself with the terrain.  At least get a good idea of the distance you will need to cover.  It was for this reason why l wanted to visit Dambana ng Kagitingan (Altar/Shrine of Valor) on Mt. Samat again—to check its terrain via tricycle or on foot.

We had enough time to at least hit the city, make the trip worthwhile, and get enough rest hours before the race.  But I couldn’t sleep and relax.  I lay in bed waiting for sleep to come, but I had been getting up to go to the bathroom much more than normal.  It had to be just nerves.

After our pre-race meal, we all loaded in the car of Ian and headed to Mariveles, Bataan, an almost hour ride from the hotel.  We were fortunate enough for an impromptu route orientation by the race director himself.  I marveled at the thought, “I have run this very same road in 2011 and I’m back in this place once again.”

Since we arrived a bit early at the race venue, I took full advantage of the moment to grab a short nap while waiting for gun start. Minutes before 1AM, race started promptly with photo ops, followed by a short  prayer, then the playing of the national anthem, a short welcome message from the City Mayor, a race briefing, and some stretching/warm-up exercises.

At KM00 Mariveles, Bataan.  (Photo by Tong Pascua)
Warm-up exercises for ultra runners. (Photo by Tong Pascua)

Aid stations are generally 10 kilometers apart.  Runners are required the card given to them stamped by an aid station staff to ensure that they don’t cheat nor cut course.  At the same time, a runner having incomplete stamps would mean disqualification from winning.  Tough!  On a positive note, a special finisher’s shirt and a trophy for  those who could finish in the top 30.  Nice!  One good thing about this race, apart from being paced by a friend, members of the REACT Team, the police and military, even the barangays were mobilized to take care of us, runners.  Lead drivers and roving patrols were there to guide.  During the initial stage, I could hear them radioing to watch over us.  Love it! Roving patrol services provided a safe and secure running environment. What an initiative coming from the Local Government Unit (LGU) and Provincial Government of Bataan. Admirable!  Personally, as a runner, I felt good being greeted by military and police personnel, and seeing them cheering on you.

37 runners at the starting line. (Photo by Tong Pascua)

Since the first seven kilometers would be mostly uphill, I had to just take it easy.  It was in this course that I had run with a lady Kenyan runner, Perris Poywo, who told me that she recently finished an ultramarathon race. Whoa!  What a strong runner!  Anyhow, I was glad to note that at least in my lifetime I had the chance to run with (at times outpaced) her during the first few kilometers. Many thanks to photographer/runner Rafael aka KB Runner for his vote of confidence in my capability.  He wanted me to outrun the lead runner.  Hahaha!  To maintain the second place up to KM35, to me, in itself, was already an achievement.   Hands down, I was a no match to a Kenyan’s running prowess.

Ahead of the Kenyan lady runner … really. (Photo by Tong Pascua)

ln ultra-distance running, generally, it would only be just you and the road—at times well-lighted, at times dark.   While running outdoors, frightful enemies especially in the wee hours of the morning like stray dogs make it difficult for you when they start barking and behave aggressively. Thanks to Norvs, a fellow runner, for not leaving me behind.  Chatting with him about anything made the distance seem much shorter.  We even played the distance by targeting trees or by counting steps.  It was at this point where a couple of runners passed us after we had settled in our pace.  It was me who left him at KM35 so I could make up for lost time.  I had to target a runner ahead of me.  It motivated me to go as fast as I could. Reaching the base of Mt. Samat was a relief.  When I finally caught up with the runner, I settled in and eased off my pace again.   But walking uphill forced me to work with more effort.   My quads are a bit painful now.  Rey, the runner who I caught up with, was so efficient in his walking.  I learned some basic techniques from him on how to tackle the Mt. Samat roads.  We outpaced four more runners who were way, way  ahead of us.  At one point, I had to tell Rey to go ahead and not wait for me.  Almost reaching the base of the Cross now, I heard someone behind me shouting cheerfully.  It was Norvs who is fast walking barefoot.  WOW!  This motivated me more to do well despite the pain on my quads after endless uphill walking on Mt. Samat.  Rested for a while and ate two pieces of bread filled with peanut butter given by Rey’s friend who is there to support their team.

Power walking with a newfound friend, Rey.
Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor), a 302-foot Memorial Cross located on Mount Samat

I had more than ten kilometers to go before reaching the finish line.  Running downhill may be easy, but it can be very taxing on the quadriceps muscles.  I was real careful not to brake and kill my quads as I had a long way to go.  The sun had been shining  endlessly.  A cloudless day could be extremely hot.  I needed to change my running attire.  Reaching the base, I saw some family members near a van waiting for their runner to come down Mt. Samat.  Little did I know that the van was at the same time where our stuff are stored.  Learning this, I did a quick change and run as fast as I could again.  In my hurry, I forgot to refill my bottle with water at the aid station.  Also, forgot to bring some cash.  Holding an empty bottle now, I did a run-walk strategy and prayed all along some locals would give me water.  True enough, I saw these guys along the road, and without any hesitation, I asked one of them for water.  The guy was kind enough to fill it with ice-cold water.  What a relief!

With runner/photographer Rafael aka KB Runner.  (Photo by Tong Pascua)

With more than a few kilometers left to go, I finally saw the arch sign going to Balanga City.  I called the attention of one of the REACT members on motorcycle as she was about to pass me by.  I needed liniment to ease the pain on my quads.  Miss REACT member radioed and voila an ambulance came by.  The staff asked me to board.  I said, “No. What I needed is liniment or ice to soothe the pain on my quads.”  Since the ambulance ran out of supplies, l just continued to slowly run.  To my surprise, the ambulance came by again and the medical staff handed me a neckerchief with a small block of ice.  This I put immediately on my sore muscles.  Partially relieved and not throwing the ice, I placed it securely in the cloth and tied it the around my neck. This cooled me down.  Meanwhile, KB and his friend Tong stopped by to offer water to drink and something to eat. Really nice of them!  It was at this time, participant Beep Beep passed me by.  I started running again under the intense heat of the sun at 39ºC.


Running under the scorching heat of the sun. The neckerchief with ice helps.

Ian, on motorcycle, drove by to ask how we are as he excitedly announced that finish line is pretty near.  I managed to cross the finish line with Norvs, who earlier finished ahead of me. Then l heard the host announcing my finish for second place. I received a glass of water from a young volunteer, got my finisher’s medal, some finisher’s kit, a trophy for finishing in the top 30, a finisher’s shirt with long sleeves, and a well-deserved meal.  Awarding ceremony for the top 3 (women’s division) and some photo ops followed.   A race worth running.

Race Director Ian Alacar of Without Limits Philippines in action.
Almost there! Being welcomed and paced by fellow runner, Norvs.
L-R: Bataan Tourism Officer Christina Banzon; Sheryl (3rd place); Perris (1st place); RUNNINGDIVA Roselle (2nd place); and, Race Director Ian Alacar (Photo by Sheryl Quimosing)
Awards received
Fellow runner Norvs of the Soleus Team ranked 16th in the Top 30 Ultramarathon Finishers

I was told that there were 47 participants who signed up for this race, but only 37 showed up at the starting line with only five brave lady runners or a mere 13.5% against the number of gentlemen in this inaugural distance for the second edition of the Bataan Freedom Ultramarathon Run.  Later, five runners DNFed (did not finish).

Super duper thanks to Ian Alacar and Without Limits Race Management Team  for having me in this event.  Another one for the books for me! Woot! Woot! Kudos to Bataan LGU, the Bataan Provincial Government, and Veterans Bank for the support. Overall, it wouldn’t have been made possible if not for the volunteers, the police and military personnel, the barangays, the Department of Tourism, and everyone who made this event a huge success!

The inaugural distance 68.9K (Mariveles-Mt. Samat-Balanga, Bataan) during the second edition of the Bataan Freedom Ultramarathon Run commemorates the 73rd Anniversary of Araw Ng Kagitingan and culminates the Veterans Week on 12 April 2015.  Race proceeds will be used for the restoration of World War ll historical markers.

Congratulations to all the participants of this race!

Super duper happy! (Photo by  Sheryl Quimosing)

Ultra-distance running may not be for everyone, but there is something about finishing you didn’t think you could finish.  As what Scott Jurek, a world renowned ultramarathon world champion said, “Running Diva, dig deep.” 

Surprise yourself.   

You’re stronger than you think you are.   

My thoughts exactly.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas, 25 April 2015

OutRUN the Road, OutLAST the Trail.

The Salomon X-Trail Run is a series of trail running events in the Asia-Pacific Region namely in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Known as a technical trail running, the past Salomon X-Trail events attracted more than a thousand participants with varying trail skills.  To get a glimpse of what the trail challenge this year, Salomon conducted a press conference and event launch on March 25 at Anvaya Cove in Morong, Bataan to give everyone what to expect this year and to prepare gears, which complement the race.


The upcoming Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas will be held in Anvaya Cove, one of the country’s premiere developments by Ayala Land Premier in Morong, Bataan.   To attract more trail running enthusiasts, new trail routes are created exclusively for this event.


32K Mountain Run  P 1,600    Gun start: 5:00 AM

·   Advanced trail runners who look for more adrenaline and adventure  ·  The trail is a mixture of different terrains from sand to rocks, to river crossing and technical ascents  ·   It simulates ascents of sky running races   ·   Mandatory gear: Headlamp, whistle, hydration pack/belt.  

Important: Gears will be checked prior to race start. Participants who can’t comply with the gear requirements will not be allowed to race. 

lnclusion: Race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, post-race meal, and a finisher’s medal for those who finish within the cut-off time*

24K Mountain Run P 1,400  Gun start: 5:30 AM

·    For trail runners who aim to take their race to the next level ·    With technical ascents and varying terrain  ·    It simulates ascents of sky running races·    Mandatory gear: Headlamp, whistle, hydration pack/belt

·   Important: Gears will be checked prior to race start.  Participants who can’t comply with the gear requirements will not be allowed to race.

lnclusion: Race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, post-race meal, and a finisher’s medal for those who finish within the cut-off time*

12K Road to Trail P 1,100   Gun start: 6:00 AM 

· Targets runners with basic trail running experience who want to level up  and experience technical terrain

lnclusion: Race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, post-race meal

6K Road to Trail   P 850   Gun start: 6:30 AM

·   For beginners who want to explore the world of trail running.  Road runners are welcome to experience a different adrenaline rush.

lnclusion:  Race bib, timing chip, Salomon X-Trail technical jersey, Salomon water bottle, post-race meal

The Race Course

The race will tour the roads, hills, mountains and valleys around Anvaya Cove. The trail sections overlooking the cove are steep and technical with sharp and loose rocks, roots and thick foliage, but the view, if you need to stop and rest, is worthwhile.



The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2015 Race is a GREEN event.  No disposables will be provided at the hydration stations. All participants are required to bring their own hydration packs/belts.

All registered participants get 20% discount across all regular priced items valid at Salomon stores  including SM Aura, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa Annex, Glorietta 3, Abreeza Davao, and at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street.

Registration is ongoing until 20 April 2015.  Interested participants may register online via www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com or at the following registration centers:

  • Salomon Store – 4F SM Aura, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
  • Salomon Store – 3F SM Megamall Bldg. B, Mandaluyong City
  • Salomon Store – 2F Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
  • Salomon Store – 2F SM Annex North EDSA, Quezon City
  • R.O.X. Store (beginning April 10) – 3F Runner’s Runner Booth, Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City


Special rates of partner hotels of Anvaya Cove will be available at www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com.  For inquiries and reservations, please email inquiry@salomonxtrailpilipinas.com. Camping is not allowed.  There are hotels/resorts in Morong and at SBMA.

 Bus Reservation

Buses will be available for the first 300 participants for an additional P 600.  To avail, simply click the tickbox in the registration form and include payment with the race registration fee.  Each registrant may avail of ONLY one (1) additional seat in the bus (maximum of 2 seats per race participant). Please keep the bus stub in your registration/waiver form.  It will be surrendered upon boarding the bus on race day.

Pickup Point: Trinoma Mall (fronting Starbucks, Mindanao Entrance) | Meeting Time: 12:00 AM | ETD: 12:30 AM (First Batch); 1:00 AM (Second Batch) | Requirement: Online and in-store registrants must present a valid ID


Gates will open at 3:00 AM.  If guests are not an Anvaya Cove Members,  they will not be allowed to enter before the said opening time.  A car pass will be attached to the Race Kit and must be shown at the entrance gate for entry.  No car pass, no entry.  Runners get to wear a wristband to have access to the event staging area.

 *Cut-off Time (TBA)

Schedule of the race start can change due to weather conditions.

The Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2015 is in cooperation with AXN and R.O.X. with official venue partners Anvaya Cove and Ayala Premier Property.  This event is sponsored by Honey Stinger, Gatorade, Sea to Sumit, Sudeco, Otterbox, Goal Zero, Eco x Gear, Nalgene and Primer Group of Companies.  Media partners are the Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business Mirror, Pinoyfitness.com, Endurance, UNO Magazine, Clavel, Psst!, Multisport, and Speed Magazine.

About Salomon

Salomon (www.salomon.com) was born in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps and the birthplace of modern alpinism.  During the following 60 years, Salomon’s commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports  created a vast range of revolutionary new concepts in bindings, boots, skis and apparel for both alpine and nordic skiing and brought innovative solutions to footwear, apparel and equipment for snowboarding, adventure racing, mountaineering, and other sports.  Salomon’s heritage, culture, and commitment are tied together by one simple concept: the world’s leading mountain people creating the world’s leading mountain product.