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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 Love

I never got the chance to write my Salomon trail race experience, which took place in Morong, Bataan last year. Suffice it to say I loved the course and there were many moments to remember while racing.   Thanks to Salomon Philippines for having me during the route reconnaissance and on race day itself.

Salomon race route recon in 2015
Salomon race route recon in 2015

Though I have run the shortest distance, which is six kilometers, it was an unforgettable one—somewhat difficult terrain (harder than this year’s edition), beautiful scenery, first podium finish in a Salomon sponsored trail competition.  So happy with a fifth place performance considering a number of strong trail runners in said race category!

Fifth place winner for women's 6K trail category
Fifth place winner for women’s 6K trail category
With fellow choirmates/fishies
With fellow choirmates/fishies Jez and Wilbert (Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2015)
Happy to see my niece joining this race
Happy to see my niece joining this race last year

This year, Salomon had their trail race in Subic, Zambales.  So to at least level up in terms of trail distance, I signed up for the 12-kilometer category.  To me, it was a good choice since the race route allowed participants to run part of Pamulaklakin Forest Trails, home of native Aetas.  So on race day while we were running up the hill toward the trail, we met along the way some of the natives walking down the dusty dirt road unmindful of the hilly terrain.

Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 12K starting line
Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016 12K starting line (photo / X-Trail Pilipinas)

After a few kilometers of running a steep hill, I heard distinct huffing and puffing behind me.  The ‘pacer’ mode suddenly switched on (where you have to look for the welfare of a fellow runner), and because of it, I slowed down my pace a bit to ask if he’s okay.   Walking fast now, I asked him to breathe into his belly, contract his abdominal muscles, and let air suddenly out of his lungs by shouting, “Haaa!”  Funny thing was the rest of the runners behind us followed suit.  The “Haaa” sound echoed from one runner to next.   Two runners became my newfound friends along the trail.   Then both decided to pace with me all the way to Tower 40 and to the trail part.

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The trail is a mix of stream crossing and off-road running (photo / X-Trail Pilipinas)

If we suffered a bit during the uphill run, the downhill part seemed to ease it a bit.  To me, running downhill is easier since gravity is working to move you forward, but downhill running can also beat up your quads, hips, and lower back when not done properly.

Doris and Andrew not in photo) paced with me all the way to the finish line
Doris and Andrew (not in photo) paced with me all the way to the finish line (photo / X-Trail Pilipinas)

Back on the road and surprisingly still running strong, we all ran the last two or three kilometers passing groups of runners who are already walking, and finally making our way to the finish line.  Nothing beats trail love, running, and nature!

Salomon S-lab Series

The S-lab series is range of Salomon performance shoes designed for freedom.

S-Lab SONIC

Salomon’s first road racing shoe of the Citytrail line is for city urban roadrunners. Whether climbing the stairs, running through a bridge, or enjoying a short route across the park, the S-Lab Sonic is made specifically for urban setting with its dual-density midsole, which offers exceptional impact protection. Meanwhile, the Contragrip in the outsole provides traction for making tight turns or cutting across urban trails. Its stretchable upper with nylon fabric keeps one’s feet comfortable and cool when running  over hot asphalt.

 S-Lab SENSE ULTRA

Kilian Jornet’s personal choice for being a lightweight trainer for trail running or a racer for ultras, Salomon’s S-Lab Sense Ultra is engineered for performance featuring a reflective mesh upper that snugly holds the feet in place.  Meanwhile, its Endofit technology allows one to fend off debris.  As added security feature, its outsole provides optimal grip in dry and warm conditions and for support and protection over rough surfaces.  Its upper has a breathable mesh and an updated lug design.

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Highly recommended for an ultramarathon with the toughest conditions.  The S-Lab Sense 5 Ultra SG is a specialist in wet and muddy trails for its aggressive lug pattern with an embedded rock plate that provides supreme traction and protection. The mesh upper has a reflective material that snugly holds feet  while the endofit technology fends off debris.  The trail shoe is engineered for performance and a great choice for ultramarathon runners.

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S-Lab WINGS

The  S-Lab Wings is the epitome of  performance trail running shoe designed for high-mileage trail running with its cushioned and supportive midsole for protection and comfort plus the lightweight material and sleek design that supports a runner’s trail racing needs while the outsole serves to ensure traction and has been tried and tested on various surfaces.

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Step out into the traills, follow your passion, and run the path of most resistance at the Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas 2016!

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.

EVENT DETAILS

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

Description

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.