ANOTHER staging of the Salomon X-trail Run was held recently, continuing its message of discovering both the fun and technical side of outdoor undertakings through “run, train and play.”
Held on April 28 at The Glades in Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal, this year’s edition of the Salomon X-trail Run had trail runners challenged with jacked-up race categories which had 16k and 50k as the shortest and longest distances, respectively.
Participants passed through difficult but scenic paths that took them uphill, downhill and in various twists and turns through dirt, mud, dust and water.
Organizers said the race course was conceived as such to challenge the most tenacious of runners both technical ability-wise and the mental part of it.
Topping the men’s side of the Salomon Ultra 50K run was Manolito Divina who finished with a time of seven hours, 45 minutes and 43 seconds, followed by Salomon athlete Miguel Lopez (7:54:43) and Anthony Calixtero III (8:21:12).
Over at the women’s side it was Patricia Ann Morata who ruled with a time of 10 hours, 21 minutes and 10 seconds with Trisha Reyes at second (10:24;31 and Carmina Luisa Jereza at third (12:03:42).
In the 32k category, first place was Welfred Esporma, followed by Alison Telias and Juan Basilio Salaug in the men’s, while in the women’s it was Jocelyn Elijeran at first place, Silamie Gutang at second and Joyce Tagongtong at third.
For the 24k runners, up top for the male and female categories were Randolf Gonzales and Ma. Cecilia Cardo at first place, Jeffrey Reginio and Carly Relf at second place, and Roy Dacutanan and Jennifer Santana at third place.
In the 16k, Andre Mahilum and Anne Marindol Rongauinlla took first place in the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, with Samuel Ebuen Bada and Hersey Kaye Padre coming at send, and Jose Mari de Castro and Iris Charine Torculas at third place.
Following another successful staging of the X-trail Run in the country, Salomon Philippines said it is all the more determined to continue staging such events in the future and providing fun and difficult races for the trail running community, which has steadily grown throughout the years. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo