Salomon Xtrail Run returns for Epic Trail Weekend
Salomon Xtrail Run Pilipinas returns for its eighth year, with an all-new race pattern that pushes the limit.
Committing to lead more people to a life of passion and play, Salomon mounts the Xtrail Run in the Philippines anew. Dubbed the Salomon Epic Trail Weekend, it promises to test the limits of even the most dedicated trail runners.
Upping the ante are three different races of varying degrees of intensity. The Xtrail Run and Xtrail Kids Race, which had been in the roster for the past seven years, and the new Ultra50 category.
Races will be held at The Glades in Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal. The venue boasts of blazing trails to the Sierra Madre mountain range. Along with natural paths, it will also feature new trails specifically built for the race in the collaboration with the locals.
The Ultimate Test
The Ultra50 category elevates the seasoned trail runner’s experience. An original course with 3,300-meter elevation gain and loss around Wawa Dam, this trail is not one to be underestimated. It was designed by credible trail runners whose accolades include UTMB, UTMF, and Fat Dog 120 Miles.
The new full loop of the Ultra50 category starts from The Glades. It will cover six areas including Purro, Campananan, Malemod, Ayaas, Parawagan, and Maarat. The trail consists of 80 percent single track, 20 percent gravel/dirt road, fire trails, and some river crossings. The route will cover paths, ridges, and trails that have never been used in any other race. Even old local trails that have been forgotten will be uncovered here.
The trail is considered as one of the most challenging 50km races in the country. Therefore, successfully completing it within the cut-off will earn trail runners the prestigious honor of being a pioneer. However, given the level of difficulty, Ultra 50 participants will be required to participate in a qualifying race. They need to show proof of having previously completed a 21k trail run. Only races held between January 1, 2018 and April 21, 2019 will be considered. The qualifying races considered include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Salomon Xtrail Races
- Rizal Mountain Run
- Clark to Miyamit Race Series
- Cordillera Mountain Ultra
- Be Trail Ready Races
- KOTM Race Series
- Mapawa Race Series
- Tawid Mountain Marathon
Paths for Play
Apart from the new Ultra50 category, this year’s Xtrail Event returns with its signature categories. But of course, they also bring a whole new level of challenge.
For the Xtrail Run categories (32km, 24km, and 17km), participants can expect a more diverse trail. It will feature a good mix of wide fire roads, single tracks, foot paths, and ruts. The trails will also go up or down with little to no flat terrain. Lots of flora and fauna are to be seen along the trails. With no shortage of views, runners are in for a challenging yet breathtaking experience.
An original course with 1,900m elevation gain and loss, participants are likewise reminded not to underestimate the route. It consists of 80 percent single track, 20 percent gravel/dirt road, fire trails, and some river crossings. The areas that will be covered by this trail are Purro, Casile, Amianan, and Maarat.
Safe and green run
As safety is of paramount importance for the Salomon Xtrail’s Race Committee, security measures and regulations will be imposed before, during, and after the event. These include requiring a mandatory gear for the runners.
For the 50k and 32k races, participants must be equipped with the following:
- a fully-charged and operational mobile phone
- at least 1,500ml water carrier
- reusable water cups
- headlamp or flashlights with at least 8 hours of charge
- a poncho or rain jacket
- P1,000 to cover the transportation expenses of the runner back to the finish line.
In the event of an emergency local first responder group Team Rescue 8 will be stationed at all aid stations. They’re teamed up with the Land Cruiser of the Philippines Off-Road Club to ferry supplies, volunteers, crew, and runners who can no longer carry on with the race. Numerous marshals will likewise be deployed along the course. Runners must be checked in and checked out of all the checkpoints. All cut-off times will also be strictly enforced. Runners who return to the checkpoint after the cut-off-time will be pulled from the run.
The Salomon Xtrail Event also takes pride in being a green run. As such, disposable water cups will be prohibited during the race. Aid stations will not provide disposable water cups to protect the trail and the environment. The aid station crew also won’t be serving drinks unless runners present reusable water bottles or containers.
Interested participants are invited to register until April 17, 2019 at www.salomonxtrailpilipinas.com.ph. All participating runners will receive a Salomon Technical Jersey, a Salomon Trucker Cap, as well as gift items from the event sponsors. Meanwhile, those who finish within the cut-off time will receive a Mountain Run Finishers medal as well as a finisher’s shirt for the Ultra 50 runners.