Yesterday, I attended this year’s Salomon X-Trail Philippines 2014 media launch. This is going to be their fourth trail run in the country for the past five years and I am happy to have been involved in all of them by running, doing the test runs and also by meeting the people behind the brand. For this year, the event is happening next week, April 12 at Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas in Pico de Loro.
I wasn’t able to reach the cutoff time in last year’s mountain trail run edition. It was 24 kilometers and I had a miscalculation with my nutrition needs and took too many breaks in between. I lacked the proper training for the race and so though I completed the run, I wasn’t able to get the coveted medal for the finishers. Oh well. That is life. I was planning on taking on the same distance [24k] only to find out that the slots are already closed [and then they opened up again !]. So will I have the opportunity to finish the race within the cutoff time this year? At the moment I’m signed up for a 12k distance and still awaiting for any additional slots for the longer distances.
Personally, I can say that next to The North Face trail running events, Salomon X-Trail is indeed the most technical trail running course you could ever experience in the country. I am speaking of course of brand related events, as there are numerous trail running events that are now organized by local governments for their tourism, running groups and special interest groups. So for brand related trail running events, Salomon X-Trail is as technical as it can get, offering you an experience that would make you come back again each year no matter where the race event is going to be. I’ve experienced rain, muds, rocky terrain, extreme heat and humidity in all my trail runs at the Salomon X-Trail over the years. And as I’ve said, I do keep coming back for more.
In keeping with its tradition, this is a “green race” which means that there will be no cups at the hydration stations and everyone is reminded to bring their own hydration bottles and hydration gear at the different allocated refilling stations along the entire race route. This is one of the things that I was very frustrated in seeing last year because the organizer did their best to remind people of this and yet they failed to bring any hydration bottle at the event and ended up using the dispenser dish or trying to drink straight from the tap or water hose. It looks funny, but also it even in the shorter 6k distance, people forgot that the trail is going to be as equally tough as the longer distances.
One of the things why I keep remembering my first and their first Salomon X-Trail Philippines event is that from Subic, I went home to Quezon City to catch three hours of sleep and then head off to Tagaytay for another ultramarathon that would end at Nasugbu. So it is a little but ironic and funny that for the last two years, Salomon Philippines has decided to take its premiere trail running event here in the province of Batangas which happens to be my home province.
In case you are wondering, Salomon is the world’s number one brand for trail running gear. Traditionally, trail running shoes are often defined to have tough exteriors to protect the feet from sharp rocks, etc. And yet having tried a pair of Salomon running shoes a few years ago, I can say that they’ve mastered the technology is having the lightest trail running shoes with the toughest exteriors. And that is one thing that many trail runners like about the brand because I know how it feels to keep on running up and down the mountains for long stretches in the heat of the noon day sun and it doesn’t help if one is wearing heavy trail shoes. So in case you are planning on trying out a pair of trail running shoes, registering to this race event gives you a 20% distance at their ROX, Bonifacio High Street store, SM Aura, SM Megamall and the one in Glorietta 3. Speaking of registration, it will end tomorrow April 6! So you might want to hurry up and sign up for it! And for those who have signed up for this event, see you on the trails next weekend!