Set tonight October 6, Mt. Talinis Marathon will officially kicks off right at the heart of Municipality of Valencia Grounds, Negros Oriental. Featuring an ultra distance covering the summit of Cuernos de Negros otherwise known as Mt. Talinis with an elevation of 1,903 meters above the sea level and an actual distance of 55 kilometer to finish.
The race will track the most lucrative and technical part of the trail and scenic view of the ranges of Negros.
Also offers shorter distances like 25k and 17k which will commence tommorow morning October 7.
Just this weekend, Cebu Trail Runners hold their 2nd edition of Pamutan Trailfest featuring a marathon distance along the trails of Brgy. Pamutan and nearby.
Kicks off 12 am on Sunday at Bagsakan Center Pamutan, Merson Gasang of TAD crossed the finish line in 9 hours, 57 minutes and 5 seconds, emerged as male champion for a marathon distance. Gasang was noted lost the trail earlier in his second loop but regain the game all the way to the finish line. Along in the male podium, were John Maurice Quirol with 10:00:53, settled in 2nd place and Rhodel Sarande with 10:00:55 in 3rd place.
While female category was won by Noriebelle Guinto of Baybay City Runners (BCR) whose official time 13 hours, 10 minutes and 10 seconds was made her lead among female runners. Fe Hoffner Von Styggenein, also from BCR placed second in her time of 13:12:15 and Glee Marie Largo with 13:19:05 settled in 3rd place.
Aside from 42km distance, there were also shorter distance like 22k, 14k and 7k which started earlier on Sunday.
The said Pamutan Trailfest 2018 was hosted by Cebu Trail Runners, a group of trail junkies based in Cebu. The trailfest was the second from their last year’s race and expected to attract more trail runners across the country in their coming editions.
By 12 midnight later, the so called trailfest begin to at least 30 brave runners for a marathon distance of Pamutan Trail. And to be followed by a shorter distances early morning on Sunday by a “huge”numbers of registrants.
Last year, Peri Pevida of Team ADR won 42km category. Will a new champion will emerge this time? Tune in for more stories. Last year was a both surprise and experimental since it was debut. A lot of participants were DNF and few were BCT. Will this year’s participants a lot wiser? Just check out tomorrow!
On a morning, I wake up raw in silver-white moon hung
When stars light up my path, then my footsteps become my beat
The mountain dew clasps my whole body
My arms sway left and right, down my legs push and pull
My legs cuddle desperately to witness your beauty
The sun slides and my feet feels insanity
On a canvass, a green sceneries starts to appear before me
Of your elusive trails, my body gets heavy and my eyes blur hardly
My feet crumples, and now feel dazedly
The air gets thinner, when your sea of clouds appears
Slowly I see your lucrative beauty
I see bright colors from a luminous light of a good sunrise
Grasping grassland that when two unites, craft a anew
The air whispers in a blady grass
Now is an unordinary, I breathe fresh and so natural
My eyes widen, and superb amazed with your natural beauty
Like a big brothers of chocolate hills
On the other day, tourists would chase and guise on you
The sun goes up in a dry worn trail
A masterpiece by landscape artist, now my fascination
All clear, all green like a new strange day
Horizon drain of color all are magnificent
The surreal piece is now complete, a pastoral scene
I get, The Alicia Panoramic Park wholly
Going down is not so easy, damn so lovely
On a lowly trails, I once again unlovely fool by your beauty
On an ordinary river crossing, I become newbie
A thorough uphill and downhill, I feed my insanity.
I hear the music loud, alone along with muddy trail shoe
Sun heats up strongly, when I see my bottles empty
I remain strong, nearing the main festive park lucky
No whining, I see friends patiently waiting for me
All I hear, cheers and glory
Right at the park, end of my journey
I finished a twenty one kilometer trail race
on that day
It was beautiful Saturday, when I and my running friends Sir Eduardo, Dominic, Raymon and Roshz De decided to try different trails of Minglanilla, well a sort of exploration may be. This town is next to Talisay City when going down south of Cebu. It’s a progressive municipality and almost like a city, and it’s dubbed as Sugat Capital of the South which celebrated annually during Easter Sunday.
I almost live with mountains, and actually spent more times with mountain climbing than trail running but still I’m not your mountain goat. There’s a big difference of the two, basically mountaineering is camping while trail running is a combination of running and hiking and no camping at all.
As early 4:30 in the morning, we started running uphill beating sunrise before the lucrative trails. The first kilometer was all uphill not trails, it’s paved and concreted. We continued running until reaching the pure trail. I tell you, it was a bit hard. There were so much steeps and lowly trails, and it literally breaks your legs. The weather does cooperate with us, no rains but sunny which were fewer burdens to us. Speaking of sunny, it’s a scorching heat. There were open trails, and mostly canopied by biennial trees and shrubs.
Check this elevation profile for your reference,
It wasn’t on our bucket to hunt for those waterfalls. All we planned was to run a trail. It was indeed a surprised and unplanned. We reached the first falls at about Kilometer 5-6 with my Garmin not working so well, Hinagdanan Falls. I guess it’s the nearest to access located in Brgy. Manduang. There were residences living near and it’s passable by vehicle. The falls is not that tall, not aquarium-blue but the view was totally refreshing. The drizzling sounds makes you lover indeed. This particular waterfall is described as Hinagdanan with its Visayan root word “hagdan” which means “stairs”. Thus a waterfall often related to vertical drop of water and in other ways, mostly staired-falls.
We continued to hike and run as planned for a 21 kilometer. We had our lunch at Purok Santol. There were no enough stores, we just had our instant noodles for our recovery and thank God, cold soft drinks were available to quench our thirst. We had short break and later continue uphill route.
Finally, we reached the multi-tiered falls. Matun-og Falls at Km 12 in Brgy Guindaruhan, it has name called level 1, 2 and 3, we took them all. With its spectacular view will leave you a jaw dropped. For my Instagram photos, of course I shot a lot. The water is clear and refreshing, and it seems that less people had visited the area. The bliss-pool at the bottom of the waters was a varnish clear then we took a dip in the water to relax our tired muscles. The waters may not be as blue-gatorade as Kawasan falls in Badian but the views were just another way. We enjoyed it very much, heyday!
We continued our trail and just as Kilometer 16 mark, we did the chance to check on Kabugbugan Falls, the meaning literally “punch” the punching water drop made that sense. It’s nearest one from Barangay Guindaruhan. The falls in a single-tiered, the water drops was lovely. The water is pounding the rocks back. Indeed the view is another moment for Instragram. My friend who used to visit said, that there are more water drops during rainy season which is even more picturesque.
There’s a lot to discover Minglanilla. Caves and undiscovered falls will truly attract any. But I know later on, spelunking in this amazing place soon a big a deal. I may say, the local tourism should check specific of this potential growth and flocks of unsolicited tourist.
We made an exit in Nava Industrial Zone in Brgy. Guindaruhan. It leaves us beautiful and positive impressions, it was tiring but all worth. It was short as 21 kilometer but the story behind was a bajillion.
A surprise champion but not surprising to others know him very well. John Ray Onifa declared overall champion in recent toughest Ultra Trail Mapawa 50 held in Mapawa Nature Park, Cagayan de Oro City last Sunday, October 29.
Onifa, completed the race with exemplary time of 7:02:32 beating 129 racers across the country. Following him was the country’s elite trail runner Manolito Divina with 7:18:26 while Kristian Joergensen of Denmark ranked third with finish time of 7:18:29 . Sandi Menchi Abahan, also a country’s elite trail runner declared female champion with the time of 9:09:02, Maria Luisa Prado as second with 10:01:07 and Agustoralin Sabanal as third with 10:28:52
The 26 year old Onifa, who hails from Hamtic, Antique has been active in local racing events especially in trail running. He might be anew to your ears but he is actually not. He was named champion in both recent Salomon Xtrail Run 2017- Subic Leg and Soleus Cross Country Challenge 2 held in San Mateo, Rizal. And also champion of Banas Guimaras, a 10 mile trail run held in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
John Ray Onifa in Banas Guimaras Trail Run 2017 with RD Russell Lingat on the left
Recently, he was also the champion of UP 2 UP Marathon in Iloilo City. He made himself to qualify in the 41st Milo Marathon Finals this December. With time of 1:16:03 he ranks third in Iloilo Leg. For him, by attending some trail racing events is his stepping stones to his big dreams.
Onifa’s next big target is TNF Thailand on February 3, 2018. His big dream is to make it to the world’s “holy grail” in trail running which is Ultra Trail du-Mont Bloc (UTMB) someday.
Ultra Trail Mapawa 50 was the last leg of Mapawa Trail Series. Trail Run Mapawa was held on May 28 and Mapawa Trail Marathon on August 13. The said race event was co presented by R.O.X. and Mapawa Nature Park.
At the end of the event, the result concluded to 101 official finishers and with 29 DNF runners.