Hit the Trails – Photos by Letsky Les
I’ve been a fan of the outdoors for as long as I can remember. Whether it be a travel escapade or a personal record conquering run or an even easy bike ride, outdoors is the place I would want to be. When I was invited to test the newly expanded trails of Filinvest along with fellow bloggers, it was an easy decision even if I had a whole day pack of activities already. Nothing like hitting the outdoors to pump up your day. With the Skyway in place, Filinvest was a mere 15 minutes from my residence in Makati. While I’m more adept in road races, I have grown to love the trails for its scenery and of course, the slower and sweet pace at how a trail run is done.
Filinvest Trails – 9K worth of rolling and hilly terrain – Photo by Team J Running
The Filinvest Trails was 9.5 kilometers worth of rolling and hilly terrain with climbs up to 15 meters of elevation. It can cater both to trail runners and bikers. We started at a relatively flat to a downward terrain for the first two kilometers before going into a tougher climbs and descents in the succeeding kilometers. The trail was scenic with streams, lush greens, steep climbs and descents and even a tricky hole you had to navigate. Since we started at about 7 am, the sun was scorching but that can be resolved by proper hydration. Overall, the trail gave a glimpse of the Garden City that Filinvest is known for while challenging us to rolling and hilly terrain. After the trail run, we were treated to breakfast at Palms Country Club wherein we learned that the trails is just a glimpse of Filinvest plans in promoting the area as a haven for Outdoor Fun and Events.
Where to train? This is a common dilemma for runners and bikers like me. While you can train anywhere, you also would want a secure area with minimal traffic for training. Filinvest is an excellent choice with the City Loop, running from one side of Corporate, Commerce, Parkway and Filinvest Avenues will be closed off on Sundays from 5 am to 10 am. So runners, joggers, bikers and those who love the outdoor lifestyle, here’s your area for a great outdoor activities and while you’re at it, why not take the whole family for a time outdoor. The road is yours on Sunday morning so time to have lots of fun plus you can test the trail all day long.
Difficulty Profile of the Trails
Learn about the trails and I’m sure you’ll grow on to love it and this comes free on may 11, 7 AM. Starting Line would be holding free trial trails clinic so learn about the form, posture and pacing in the open trails. Start hitting the phones at (02) 846-0278 local 7093 as the slots are limited. The trails would give you a taste of the outdoor lifestyle in a way that is visually enticing to the eyes and just the right amount of beating on the legs and a refreshing breath of fresh air to the cardiovascular system.
Aside from the Run Clinics by Starting Line on May 11, there will be Bike Trail event on May 18 and their biggest event for the summer is the Vaseline Men Xterra Mud Run on May 26. The newly expanded trails makes its debut in the muddiest run of the year. Be challenged by a 5K and 10K distance plus a lot of obstacles along the way. It’s gonna be a test of character, it’s gonna be messy and most of all, it’s gonna be fun.
Of course, expect more from Filinvest City as they create a haven of a work-life balance in a CBD setup that has the touch of nature. This is just the beginning as they become a more viable alternative for outdoor fun and events all under a mantra of Inspiring Possibilities.
Filinvest City, a mere 15-minute drive from Makati, is a prime development of Filinvest, a leader in property development for over 50 years. Guided by the Gotianun family tradition of integrity, quality and service, it forges ahead with renewed dynamism. For more information on Filinvest City’s special events, call 846-0278 loc 7093 or visit www.filinvestcity.com. Like us on Facebook: FC.inspiringpossibilities.