Monday, September 15, 2014

City Trail Manila Race Report.

Hey all - just over a week ago I raced the inaugural Salon City Trail in Manila @ Fort Santiago which is a very famous landmark in the country - The City Trail has a small global race series & data base where running enthusiasts can share running info all over the world & can connect!



I was drawn to this event because it was un-orthodox distance (12km) over broken roads, also had a 4h30pm start so it was pretty laid back events, especially for family's & I’m also a closet Salomon lover ;) their outdoor gear is top notch in quality, style & comfort - I was ready to hurt good for some free swag & GC’s!!!

Chilling in the shade pre-race with my usual pre-race drink - diluted Gatorade!

The race start was a bit tight but cool to start between 2 bodies of water!

Going into the race, I really wasn't too sure about the course, it was 4 a loop race that went up/down many stairs, cobbles, broken roads, into tunnels & over busy Manila streets!

Photo Credit: Vince G. Bacani

Photo credit: Chad Senga
Photo Credit: Vince G. Bacani

Photo Credit: Vince G. Bacani
My fitness has not been great lately, but I was able to manage a good tempo on the flats at around 18kph & then up/down according to the terrain - my Garmin recorded 48kph MAX SPEED which I can only guess it was when I was jumping down a medium (5 steps) flight of stairs!

Photo Credit: Joyette Jopson
 This area is known to the local's as 'old Manila' with it's Europeen flair =)


Photo Credit: Chad Senga
 I worked as hard I as could on this day over the miscellaneous terrain - I never really felt off rythym as I modulated my stride, shifted my weight & extended my arms into 'wings' when I start to 'tip-toe' over some sketchy sections!

Photo Credit: Judith Nunez
This was a CUP FREE event which I find is a great idea moving forward, but of course, for events that have a reasonable amount of participants, especially since many bring their own hydration to start with & others can improvise like this guy bellow ;)

Photo Credit: Chad Senga

In the end, I won pretty easily & should have brought my GoPro so I could capture some cool sun-set pictures along the way - I saw many runners taking selfie pics out-there!

Photo Credit: Chad Senga

Photo Credit: Joyette Jopson
I'm was very happy once again with the performance of my Asics Gel Piranah 4 which looked a bit out of place at the start lined, but proved their worth over the terrain all the way across the line ;) my Garmin recorded an average speed of just bellow 15kph & a tad more than 12km which I assume is part human error & part taking corners a bit wide ;)

Photo Credit: M@

This race reminds me that racing for a whole bunch of nice free gear is often more fun than racing for petty cash prizes!

Photo Credit: Joyette Jopson
Lastly, the top 3 guys where all wearing the same shorts: The Exo wings twinskin which is the coolest & most comfortable short I ever ran with - it makes me feel like i'm running in the year 2020!!