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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 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.

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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.

 RACE AND REGISTRATION DETAILS

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.

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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

 Accommodation

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

Access

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.