THE annual Salomon Xtrail event in the country has been enhanced this year to keep participants with something fresh to look forward to.
Unlike the past seven years where it offered two gruelling race categories, the 2019 edition of the much-awaited outdoor event has an all-new race pattern — dubbed the Ultra50 — when it happens on the weekend of April 28 at The Glades in Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal.
The Ultra50 will require participants to conquer five different mountains in Sierra Madre. It joins as race offering the Xtrail Run and Xtrail Kids Race.
Organizers said the Ultra50 category is a great opportunity for seasoned trail runners to test their limits.
The Ultra50 category starts from The Glades at Timberland Heights and will cover six areas which include Purro, Campananan, Malemod, Ayaas, Parawagan, and Maarat.
It consists of 80% single track, 20% 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 as well as old local trails that have been forgotten because of newer and wider trails.
Those interested in joining have until April 17 to register 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 cutoff time will receive a Mountain Run Finishers medal as well as a finisher’s shirt for the Ultra50 runners. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo