Incoming: Girls Running in Trails 2018

Be a part of a Champion’s journey and women empowerment as Girls takes over the trail. Girls Running in Trails (GRiT) is happening on August 5, 2018 with 30K, 15K, 6K, Kiddie Run and a Sub-Sandi Challenge for Male runners.

GRiT 2018


GRiT – Girls Running in Trails – embodies a strong woman who pursues an intense passion for sports through constant hard work and dedication. She is a relentless fierce warrior who rises above all boundaries and difficulties. A GRiT woman is a tough spirit who overcomes the toughest travails as she elevates and influences others with her unadulterated love for sports. More than an ardent commitment to pursue excellence in the athletic field, a GRiT woman inspires, uplifts and empowers others to always be better than their best.

It’s an All-Women trail run for Girls Running in Trails 2018 with 30K, 15k, 6k categories at August 5, 2018 inside the Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club, Binangonan, Rizal.  GRiT is now bigger and better and will have two side events: the Kiddie Run and Sub-Sandi Challenge. The event also welcomes its male friends as volunteers and pacers or as Sub-Sandi Challengers. The run aims to promote the advocacy, “Women empowering others: together we run, together we conquer!”

The run also offers a scenic new trail destination in Binangonan, Rizal. It a new trail playground for everyone to explore.

It’s All About Girls

Sandi Menchi

GRiT 2018 is organized by RaceYaya for the purpose of raising funds to help, Sandi Menchi Abahan as she embarks in another big race this year. The proceeds of GRiT will support the training and racing expenses of Sandi Menchi Abahan – GRiT Ambassador – which includes the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace in Scotland and other activities which aim to promote and support women in the sport.

Last year’s edition gathered five hundred (500) strong women with their family and friends and male volunteers in the trails of Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal. The net proceeds from the event helped in the financial support for Sandi Menchi Abahan’s entry to TDS-UTMB in Chamonix, France where she finished 21st among the female elite runners, and became the first Filipino/Southeast Asian runner to be present in the race leaderboard of TDS-UTMB, not to mention, a race that is mostly dominated by Europeans and Americans; it is considered as the most prestigious trail running event in the world.

It’s All About Sandi

Sandi’s dream is to become a champion She strives for excellence with steadfast resilience. Sandi has empowered and inspired women to be audacious with their dreams with her continuous performs well in local and international events. She is a natural-born athlete and started as a school track and field varsity athlete. She continued to train hard and joined races even after her stint as a student athlete and earned several significant local and international podium spots including The North Face, Miyamit Falls, Asian Skyrunning Circuit in Kota Kinabalu among others. Of course, she also had a strong finish racing with the elites at TDS Event in UTMB.

Let’s Support GRiT and let’s continue raising an International Champion in Sandi Menchi.

Race Details

Finisher Item for 30K, 15K, and 6K

Date and Venue:

  • Date: August 5, 2018
  • Venue: Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club, Binangonan, Rizal

Fees and Inclusions

  • 30K – P1,800 (Inclusive of Event Shirt and Finisher’s Token)
  • 15K – P1,200 (Inclusive of Event Shirt and Finisher’s Token)
  • 6K – P1,000 (Inclusive of Event Shirt and Finisher’s Token)
  • Kiddie Run – P400 (Inclusive of Special Kiddie Token)
  • Sub Sandi Challenge – P1,000 (Inclusive of Event Shirt)


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A Walk Happy Tour at Brooks Trail 102

Brooks Trail 102

Brooks Trail 102 is my dream event as a runner and part of the event team.  It’s more of giving back to the trail community and a great way at sharing the passion for the trails. 

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Brooks Trail 102

Brooks Trail 102

Circle of Support – That’s how I see the direction of Trail Academy.  There should be a mutual support among participants, organizers and brands for an event to thrive.  We are really thankful that it turned out that way as we got the full support from the title sponsor, Brooks and other major sponsors like Drymax Socks, Gu Energy Gels, Sanctband Resistance Bands, Amihan Sports Gear, Lightwater, Vitamin Boost, Emco Musli, Suntrust Properties Inc and Smart.  The event is a co-presentation between Pinoy Trails, Active Pinas and Team Malaya with John Hay Management Corporation as the venue partner. I’m beyond blessed to have partners to mount an event like this.

With Stephen of Team Malaya, Zaldy Bello of JHMC, Don Santillan and Eric Tipon of Active Pinas

Trail 102 is a follow up from Hoka Trail 101 and we’re just happy to share our passion for the trails.  We started our quick setup early morning before the opening of registration at 6 am.  We’ve upgraded the topics for Brooks Trail 102 with Brooks Ambassador Don Santillan sharing insights on race preparation, weather management and nutrition while also getting inputs from Female Champs in Sandi Menchi and Aggy Smith and local athletes in John Amio and Carlo Funtanilla. Stephen Felices of Team Malaya also shared on trail etiquette and plogging.  Don handled the run fast group, while Stephen handled the run happy group.  I handled the walk happy group.  It’s good to note that a lot of runners have moved forward to the moderate and fast category from the walkers wave in Trail 101.

Photo by Active Pinas

Walk Happy

Walk Happy

I also had the kids as part of the walk happy wave as we had kids as young as 7 years old getting their feet dirty in the trails.  We started our walk after both the fast and moderate groups were in the trails.  We were using the same route from Trail 101 but given that it was raining the past few days, it’s totally gonna be a different experience.  We actually welcomed the different situation just to send the message that trail running is an all-weather sports.

We really wanted to keep the walkers wave just to encourage non-runners to just get the feel of the trails.  Trail time even walking can help give you familiarity on the different trail surfaces.  We headed to the lower part of  the Yellow Trails and we were welcomed by the mud and the slippery surface.  I told them to keep safe and remain aware of their surroundings and the different surfaces.  Be on the look out for rocks, twigs and rougher surfaces that they can use to counter the sliding momentum on the trail.

We had several huddle sessions on the trail just to emphasize the approach on the trail.  The first past was slow and dragging as we had to pass by soft muddy surfaces.  After a kilometer, the trail surfaces were much more solid so were able to pace more consistently on these parts.

It was encouraging to see kids in the trail.  One of the participant from the previous trail 101 brought her sister, mom and friend to get a feel of the trail.  The youngest participant we had was 7 years old.