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Trail Running Philippines : Salomon X-Trail Run 2013 – Hamilo Coast, Batangas

Photo from Salomon Pilipinas 
I haven't done any trail running in a while but it's undeniably great exercise so here I go again spreading some exciting news from our friends in the marketing industry. :) Salomon, the world's top trail running brand is coming up with the most technical road to trail running event in the Philippines this March 23, 2013. It will be held at the breathtaking Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas.

I just got home a few minutes ago from a test run conducted by Salomon in cooperation with the management of Hamilo Coast. With me were runner bloggers and other members of the Philippine press. Here's a sneak peak of the scenic but grue
ling routes:

General Description of the Route : 

"A tour of the roads, hills, mountains and valleys around Hamilo Coast. The trail sections overlooking the cove are steep and technical, with sharp and loose rocks, roots and thick foilage, but the view if you need to stop and rest is worthwhile."

Seasoned runner Pen Nepumoceno sharing with us the various route maps.  She's part of
the team who created the trail. 
Route Sections :   

All routes will include a road run. For 24KM, it's going to be 8KM of road. For 12KM,
there's going to be 5KM of road.
Trail - "New trail routes will be created exclusively for the event, with the Salomon team projecting to attract more trail running enthusiasts and trail runners hailing from different levels. The trail sections overlooking the cove are steep and technical, with sharp and loose rocks, as well as roots and thick foliage. The view also boasts of hills, mountains, valleys, and lush greeneries – an overall perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind adventure." - Salomon Press Brief

Beach Run

 Awesome views of the cove!

As mentioned, this is just a sneak peak so expect more surprises on race day!  Race Director is Neville Manaois, need I say more? :P

24km Mountain Run 
Description :Targeted to trail runners who want to take their race to the next level, with technical ascents and varying terrain. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races – the arena wherein Salomon dominates.  Cut-off time is 5 hours. 

Reg Fee & Inclusions : P1,300 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. All finishers of this distance receive finisher’s medal, a Salomon Finishers’ bag which includes a Salomon arm pouch, and other freebies). Post race meal will also be served. Yihaaa!

12km Road to Trail 
Description : Targets runners with basic trail running experience who wants to level up and experience technical terrain. Cut-off time is 2.5 hours. 

Reg Fee & Inclusions : P1,100 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. All finishers of this distance receive a Salomon Finishers’ bag which includes a Salomon arm pouch, and other freebies). Post race meal will also be served. Woot, woot!

6km Road to Trail 
Description : 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.
Reg Fee & Inclusions :  P850 (with race bib, timing chip, Salomon Xtrail technical jersey. All finishers of this distance receive a Salomon Finishers’ bag which includes freebies). Post race meal will also be served. I'm excited for the meal, I mean, experience the trails! :P

In-store registration is on-going at  the 3rd floor of R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street , Taguig
and  Salomon 2/F Glorietta 3,  Makati City

You may also register online via RunnersRunner.

Jersey that comes with the race kit
Add Php 500 – get a Nathan handheld bottle (worth P990), till supplies last.
Add Php 450 – get a Bus slot from R.O.X. to Hamilo Coast & back, for the first 300 registrants.

Notes : 
- This is a green event. Cups will not be provided so you need to bring your own water bottle or hydration bag. 
- Expect very hot running conditions so bring protection from the sun. 
- The race venue is not accessible to public transportation. Please refer to information below.

Bus Provisions
- Buses will be available to the first 300 participants, for an additional Php 450. To avail, please click on the tickbox in the registration form & include payment with the race registration fee. Each registrant may avail of ONLY 1 additional seat in the bus (maximum of 2 seats per race participant). Please save the Bus Stub in your registration form/waiver. This will be surrendered upon boarding the bus on race day.

Special Rates at Pico Sands Hotel at Hamilo Coast, exclusively for Xtrail Participants range from  P6,500 to P7,000.

For accommodations inquiries & reservations, please email : Leave your contact number  & they will call you the soonest.

For any other inquiries, I was not able to cover on this post, please visit the event website: or send an email to   You may also “Like” their FB Page : Salomon Trail Running PH

The Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2013 is in cooperation with AXN & R.O.X., with official venue partners: Hamilo Coast, Pico Sands Hotel, and Pico Beach & Country Club. This event is sponsored by TIMEX, Gold’s Gym, Nathan, ZEM Gear, Trellis Restaurant, Coca-Cola, High 5, and Res|Toe|Run.

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