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Incoming: Rizal Mountain Run

Posted by on 25. January 2016

 

Rizal Mountain Run offers the scenic backdrop of the mountain ranges in San Mateo Rizal.  It gives you different surfaces that ranges from gravel or dirt roads, fire trails, river crossings and single track trails.  You’ll also get to hurdle long stretches of climbs and descents as you conquer your distance.   Rizal Mountain Run is a total trail experience offering a newbie friendly 15 kilometer distance, a mid-range distance of 30 kilometers and an Ultra distance of 50 kilometers all happening on February 28, 2016 at Basekamp, Brgy Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo Rizal.  It won’t come easy but once you cross the finish line, it will be worth it.

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Rizal Mountain Run

One of the selfie spots along the trail.

I am a work in progress when it comes to trails.  I love the experience of reaching a summit, the mental challenge of a long climb, the adrenaline rush of a steep descent, the fun in crossing rivers and the ability to adjust on different surfaces.   I was able to join the recon for the upcoming Rizal Mountain Rain and I am starting to learn more on how to manage my legs and lung power in tougher trail situations.  I got more confident on the descents, patient on the long climb and more strategic in the varying trail conditions. Rizal Mountain Run would give you a lot of experience in the trails.

Love River Crossing – They do have a lot here.

Let’s start with the descents and elevation.  They are offering a rolling course and offers a variety of climbs and descents.  There are areas which are moderate climbs and there are areas, which are lung-busting and mentally challenging.  They also have sweet descents that would unleash the kid in you as you run carefree downwards and there are suicide descents that would keep your shoe traction to the test and your heartbeat raising with the steepness.   You’ll have a variety of surfaces here from dirt roads, fire trails,single track trails and river crossings.  It remains a challenge on how to navigate the rugged and uneven terrains of the trail.

There are magnificent views all around you.

When you’re not too busy looking up on a climb or watching your step, slow down and stop. There’s the beauty of nature all around you.  You’ll have a lot of magnificent views of the nearby mountain, the rivers and a lot more.  Check out Recon Video from Pinoyfitness,com below.

The Rizal Mountain Run is organized by Trail and Ultra Royalty with most of the team composed of regular trail and ultra podium finishers and regular outdoor enthusiasts.  All trails lead to the Basekamp in Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal on February 28, 2016.  Register now and have the trail experience that will make you stronger and more appreciative of the beauty of nature.

The Rizal Mountain Run Experience Starts Here.

Race Details

Let’s Run!!!

Date and Venue:

  • February 28, 2016, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal (Google Maps)
  • Assembly Time: 1 am
  • Pre Race Briefing: 2 am
  • Start Time / Cut off
    • 50K – 3 am to 5 pm (13 hours cutoff with intermediate cutoff 9 hours at km 34)
    • 30K – 5:30 am to 1:30 pm (8 hours cutoff)
    • 15K – 6 am to 11 am (5 hours)

Distance, Fees and Course Description

  • 50 Kilometers

    • Fee and Inclusions: P 2,000 (Inclusive of Official Event Shirt, 1 Raffle Entry and Other Items from Sponsors, All Finishers will receive medals)
    • Course Description: This is the full loop from Basekamp in Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal. Do not underestimate this route: gravel or dirt roads, fire trails, river crossings and single tracks. You’ll be going over Mt. Purro to reach Sitio Calawis and Sitio Apia, Antipolo, Rizal. Runners then have to cross two rivers to reach the remote village of Sitio Malasya, Barangay Puray, Montalban, Rizal. Runners will then run the trails to Sitio Wawa, Barangay Puray, Montalban, Rizal. Runners will then go up to Mt. Parawagan, running on trails following the contours of the Marikina River to reach Barangay Casile, finally going back to Basekamp in Pintong Bukawe. These are trails used primarily by locals to travel from one barangay to their farmlands and neighboring areas.
    • Pre Qualification: 50k (At least 21k Trail Run with 1000m gain)—All qualifying races must be verifiable on or via web source and had been done within the 2015 Season (1 January 2015 to 20 February 2016) or prior to the closing date of the registration.
    • Elevation Profile:
      • Elevation gain: 2,635 meters or 8,695 feet
      • Elevation loss: 2,635 meters 8,695 feet
    • Aid Stations:
      • At the Start/Finish Line.
      • Aid Station 1 (AS1) – located at Brgy. Calawis, 9kms from Start/Finish line.
      • Aid Station 2 (AS2) – at Sitio Malasya or KM17 (after river crossing).
      • Aid Station 3 (AS3) – at the Puray junction going to Sitio Wawa (Ate Elvies House) or KM28.
      • Aid Station 4 (AS4) – at Jenny’s Store at Sitio Wawa or KM34.
      • Aidstation 5 (AS5) – at Acacia tree (the junction going up Parawagan and going to the trails to Casile) or KM37 (water station only).
      • Aid Station 6 (AS6) – at Sitio Casile junction or KM44.
    • Mandatory Gear:
      • Fully-charged and operational mobile phone
      • Headlamp or flashlights (torches) with at least 8 hours charge
      • Water carrier (bladder, hand-held bottles, etc.) with volume of at least 1,000mL
      • Reusable water cups
      • Whistle
      • Poncho or Rain Jacket
  • 30 Kilometers

    • Fee and Inclusions: P 1,500 (Inclusive of Official Event Shirt, 1 Raffle Entry and Other Items from Sponsors, All Finishers will receive medals)
    • Course Description: These trails change depending on the weather. When it is hot, expect loose soil, scree, and low-volume rivers. When it is rainy, expect slippery trails, mud, big-volume rivers, and more mud. There is a good mix of wide fire roads, single tracks, foot paths, and ruts. Expect the trails to go either up or down, flats are not too common, but still they are runnable. Lots of flora and fauna are to be seen along the trails. Be sure to look out for that resident hawk! No shortage of views here. Rizal may not be as grand as the places up North, but San Mateo, Rodriguez, and Antipolo provide some pretty good visuals. Considering that this is just an hour’s drive from the metro, what more can one ask for?Lastly, have you heard of “Palikpik Buwaya” and “Devil’s Down”? If not, I’m sure you won’t forget these. Not to mention “PG”, Parawagan, and Casile.
    • Elevation Profile:
      • Elevation gain: 1,600 meters or 5,250 feet
      • Elevation loss: 1,600 meters 5,250 feet
    • Aid Stations:
      • At the Start/Finish Line.
      • Aid Station 1 (AS1) – at Sitio Casile junction or KM6.
      • Aid Station 2 (AS2) – at Acacia tree (the junction going up Parawagan) or KM12.
      • Aid Station 3 (AS3) – at Acacia tree (the junction going down from Parawagan) or KM18.
      • Aid Station 4 (AS4) – Sitio Casile Road or KM25.
    • Mandatory Gear:
      • Fully-charged and operational mobile phone
      • Water carrier (bladder, hand-held bottles, etc.) with volume of at least 1,000mL
      • Reusable water cups
      • Whistle
  • 15 Kilometers

    • Fee and Inclusions: P 1,000 (Inclusive of Official Event Shirt, 1 Raffle Entry and Other Items from Sponsors, All Finishers will receive medals)
    • Mandatory Gear:
      • Fully-charged and operational mobile phone
      • Water carrier (bladder, hand-held bottles, etc.) with volume of at least 1,000mL
      • Reusable water cups
      • Whistle

Race Shirt and Medal

Registration

  • Online via Rizal Mountain Run.com
  • Payment Instruction will be sent via email
  • Deadline of Registration will be sent via email
  • The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable in case of race cancellation or postponement due to FORCE MAJEURE (meaning unforeseeable circumstances) or factors beyond the control of the race organizers.
  • Registration fee is not convertible to any distances.
  • The registration fee does not cover transportation costs in case the runner DNFed, discontinues or stops for whatever reason during the race in any part of the course or anywhere near it. Transport will cost a minimum of P500 which shall be charged to the account of the runner.

Waiver with Medical Attestation

  • The form for medical certificate required for this race will be sent via email after successfully registering online. The medical certificate must attest to the participant’s health and fitness to join the Rizal Mountain Run and must be signed by a duly licensed and practicing physician. The medical certificate must be submitted to claim race kit. Failure to fulfill this requirement will result in the participant’s disqualification and will not be allowed to run the course.

Getting There:

  • BaseKamp is the old Sandugo Factory located in a small barangay called Pintong Bukawe, in San Mateo, Rizal and part of Mt. Maarat. The place is nestled above 400 meters above sea level and an hour drive from Metro Manila thru Marcos Highway and located along Sapinit Road. Mt. Maarat is a regular training ground among trail runners, mountaineers, and mountain bikers. Basekamp itself has a mountain bike course and camping ground with full facilities.
  • By CAR:

    • From EDSA – turn towards Aurora Boulevard in Cubao going to Marcos Highway; or
    • From C5 – take a turn below the fly going to Marcos Highway
    • Take Marcos Highway going to Sierra Madre for 13km (30minutes from Marcos-Sumulong Highway junction)
    • Look for this arch and Turn left at Cabading Junction (13km from Marcos-Sumulong Highway junction) and go straight towards Heaven’s Gate Cemetery for 2.5 kilometers (10minutes)
    • After Heaven’s Gate Cemetery turn left and go towards Sapinit Road for 3 kilometers (10minutes)
    • If you see San Mateo Landfill junction on your right, go straight for 300meters and
  • By Public Transportation

    From Cubao

    • Take a Jeep in Cubao with a signboard that states it is going to (Cogeo Gate2 signboard)
    • Alight at the Cogeo Gate2 Jeepney Terminal (ride fare is 25 Pesos)
    • Take another Jeep in Cogeo Gate2 IN FRONT OF PUREGOLD with a signboard that states it is going to (Pintong Bukawe Signboard)
    • Tell the driver to stop at Sandugo Old Factory or BASEKAMP (ride fare is 35 Pesos)

    From LRT Santolan Station

    • Take a Jeep in with a signboard that states it is going to (Cogeo Gate2 signboard)
    • Alight at Cogeo Gate2 Jeepney Terminal (ride fare is 17 Pesos)
    • Take another Jeep in Cogeo Gate2 IN FRONT OF PUREGOLD with a signboard that states it is going to (Pintong Bukawe Signboard)
    • Tell the driver to stop at Sandugo Old Factory or BASEKAMP (ride fare is 35 Pesos)

    From Ligaya

    • Take a Jeep in with a signboard that states it is going to (Cogeo Gate2 signboard)
    • Alight at the Cogeo Gate2 Jeepney Terminal (ride fare is 16 Pesos)
    • Take another Jeep in Cogeo Gate2 IN FRONT OF PUREGOLD with a signboard that states it is going to (Pintong Bukawe Signboard)
    • Tell the driver to stop at Sandugo Old Factory or BASEKAMP (ride fare is 35 Pesos)

Race Updates

20 Responses to Incoming: Rizal Mountain Run

  1. Elizabeth O.

    You’re doing a lot of mountain trails lately and it’s quite exciting! I hope you have fun, the trail looks challenging!

  2. shivansh

    Looks like there’s something for everyone – right from a small distance runner to a long distance runner to a nature lover 🙂 great find!

  3. rochkirstin

    Whoa, 50km is too much haha. I think people who have fear of heights are not recommended to join this run. Otherwise, they will have to conquer their fear and consider it as a challenge. 🙂

  4. PJ Zafra

    That place looks amazing! Love the pictures and the video you shared. That is one epic challenge. Way to go for constantly pushing yourself man. Keep it up!

  5. Yvonne Bertoldo

    Wow, there are lots of rivers to cross on that race? I have tried crossing rivers once when we trekked our way to Mother Falls (Baler) and I was super scared. lol

  6. Kai

    you and your runs are amazing. you have so much strength and endurance. i wish i was outgoing.

  7. Bhushavali

    Devil’s Down? Now, that itself sounds scary…. I’d love to experience that!
    Franc, you keep running non stop man!!!!

  8. Lee Rosales

    San mateo rizal still has these provincial look
    Didnt know that. Anyhoo… place is good for trecking

  9. phyliciamarie

    So it’s a hike and a run right? I’m not sure I’ll be able to join events like that, I think I’m not qualified. hahaha

  10. Jeypi Kyu

    you’re really something. i want to try mountain climbing once although i don’t know if i can. haha then i saw this post. i think i’ll go mountain running instead. 🙂

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