I was one of the lucky ones who got invited to the press conference and test run of the Men’s Health All-Terrain Race to be held on May 16, 2010. But then, very pregnant me cannot participate in trying out the trail (be it the run or bike trail) so I asked hubby to take my place instead while I stay at the presscon area while they do their thing.
bards, vener, art, james, taki, christine, ro, peejo and georgia prior to taking off
and off the bikers go
This year, Men’s Health will take participants to the trails of Ayala Land’s first large-scale eco-community, the Nuvali at Sta. Rosa, Laguna. It is said that the run and bike participants will be taken through Nuvali’s all-terrain consist of pavement, compact dirt, dirt, grasslands, ravine, and river.
What I like best in the yearly edition of this race is that it caters to both the hardcore runners and bikers and also to those beginners who are looking out to try out something new. This year’s event will feature three categories for participants to choose from, a trail run leg with distances of 6km, 10km and 16km, a bike leg with 20km and 40km distances to choose from and a run and bike leg which features a 10km run coupled by a 20km bike ride. The run and bike leg is not a duathlon though, as cleared by Ms. Christine Ong of Summit Media. It is a separate run and bike race that one participant will have to complete one after the other. For the results, finish times for both will just be added up.
The dry run was characterized by a laid back run but not without the basic race amenities such as route markers and water/aid stations.
pit stop at one of the water stations
The trail run group ran a 5.5km trail course which is actually a sneak peek for the 6km run race. The feedback is that the said distance is newbie friendly wherein participants can get away to running the trail without using trail shoes. It was announced though that for the 10km and 16km races, there will be river crossings. Which for that part, may seem to require participants to wear trail shoes owing to the fact that river crossings will entail the walking along slippery paths/rocks along the river bed.
from l-r: Arlo of Men's Health Mag, Runners James, Art, Taki, Bards, me, Christine Ong of Summit Media and runner Vener
For the bike trial, feedback and suggestions were given by the dry run participants such as making the bike route more free flowing since the trail they have tackled involved high inclines which required them to carry their mountain bikes for at least twice. Organizers said that for the bike leg, the route is still being finalized reason why they are open to the suggestions of the bikers. It was also announced that a track read will be made available by Friday next week (or earlier) to enable bike participants to practice riding the route.
bikers pose with Christine and Arlo
Below are additional details gathered from the press conference:
1. Target Number of Participants : 1000 participants, 500 for the run leg and 500 for the bike leg
2. SINGLET (for the run leg) and T-SHIRT (for the bike leg) DESIGNS
T-Shirt and Singlet designs
3. WATER STATIONS
4. AWARDS – award will be given to:
- Top 5 Male of each category
- Top 5 Female of each category
and a medal will be given to each 16km Run, 40km Bike, and Run & Bike finisher
5. EVENT AREA
6. ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
And since this event is in celebration of the Men’s Health fifth anniversary, food will be served for FREE for everyone at the event area post race. Cool!
7. PRESS RELEASE
A new trail awaits participants of the
4th Men’s Health All-Terrain Race on May 16
The Men’s Health All-Terrain Race is the most eagerly anticipated race in the country by both mountain bikers and trail runners. It’s is also the perfect springboard for new riders and runners to try something new and to push their limit.
For Men’s Health Philippines’ 5th year anniversary, the Men’s Heath All-Terrain Race will be taking place in an all-new trail in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna on May 16, Sunday at 5am. In this vast and naturally rich site, racers will be running and/or riding on pavements, dirt roads and grass lands. They will also get the opportunity to admire the view from the top of a ravine, and get wet while crossing a river on their way to the finish line.
Participants may choose to run the 6-kilometer, 10-kilometer or 16-kilometer trail course, or ride their bikes on the 20-kilometer or the 40-kilometer route. But for those up for the challenge, there is also the option to do both the 10-kilometer trail run and 20-kilometer bike ride.
Registration is now ongoing at Akt!v Sports and Lifestyle Centers in Trinoma and Festival Super Mall, ROX in Bonifacio High Street and at the Summit Media Office at the 7th Floor of Robinsons Cybergate Tower 3, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong, City.
Deadline of registration is on May 7, 2010.
The 4th Men’s Health All-Terrain Race is co-presented by Keen and sponsored by Cherifer Premium, Emperador Light with official venue partner, Nuvali, registration partners, Akt!v and ROX. Special thanks to our official radio partner Magic 89.9. For more information about the event, visit www.menshealth.com.ph or grab a copy of the current issue of Men’s Health, available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.
I bet you would like to have an idea on what the trail looks like. You can view the dry run and presscon pictures HERE. To view the basic race details, access my previous post HERE.
Meanwhile, go and grab the May issue of Men’s Health Magazine with Gerard Anderson on the cover. This one’s their anniversary issue.
Bards here with her copy of the May issue of the Men's Health Magazine
Super thanks to Christine, Ro, Georgia and the rest of the Summit Media guys who invited us to join this activity. We had fun despite the early morning call time. *HUGS*
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