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Conquer Corregidor 10-Miler (Test Run)

Some runners were invited to do a test run for the organizers of the Conquer Corregidor 10-Miler set on November 29, 2009. It’s a long weekend so it’s a good chance for runners looking for an out-of-town run to get out of the city and enjoy the sights of nature and learn a little history as well.

Only five (5) were able to make it. Marga Deona (RunRadio Executive Producer), Luis Arcangel (representing takbo.ph), Joms Paras and Carlo Dino(Pinoy Ultra Runners) and me. Led by Edward Kho, we ran a 10-mile route in Corregidor Island. But the results of the test run showed that we actually ran 10.56 miles or 17 kilometers in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Race Details

Target Date: November 29, 2009 (a long weekend because of Bonifacio Day)

Race Route: 10-miles (16.09 km). Around 70% road, 30% trail.

Degree of Difficulty: Difficult. Steep ascents, mixed road and trail. Both sunny and rainy weather conditions would add a different challenge to the race.

Target Number of Participants: 750 persons. Limited slots only. Plus, those who wish to spend the night before, there will be special rates for the Corregidor Inn. Some packages include food (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner).

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Fresh from the ferry. (From L-R: Edward, Me, Joms, Carlo [partially hidden], Luis and Marga)

We left Manila for Corregidor at 8am. We arrived a little before 10am. The sun was already up so high that time. I instantly regretted not bringing a hydration pack. I brought along two cameras with me two cameras but neglected to bring water. Smart!

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First K.

The first kilometer was already challenging. From the drop-off point which was near the planned starting line, we immediately encountered the first ascent of the race route. There were two options for the starting leg of the race and both of them are steep climbs. Dashing too early come race day is definitely a bad idea. As we will later find out, the race course is not for the beginner or even average leisure runner.

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First Mile.

So far so good. We were still up and running. Marga discovered though that it was not for her. So she hopped on one of the bikes of our guides. Teasing, taunting and giving us moral support along the way! She was the only rose among the thorns. Lucky girl. :p

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Kindley Airfield.

Approximately 3 miles from the starting point. ย This airfield is used by small aircraft.

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Beating around the bush.

Marga: “The route is 70% road and 30% trail. You might wanna bring your trail shoes.” And trail shoes it was. I wore my Salomon XT Wings for this run.ย When we passed through these bushes my legs got cut by blades of grass. Aside from the grassy parts, the trails were laden with limestone rocks and twigs.

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Making our mark.

Part of the reason why we were invited was to test the race route and make mile markers. And so we did. These served as our frequent breaks from the vertical inclines.

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Photo op.

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Walking.

I wouldn’t be ashamed to say that we walked some parts of the run. Perhaps it was a combination of several factors: the heat of the sun, the lack of breakfast that morning, dehydration, and of course the lavish climbs we had to do for every mile. Just when we thought we were going downhill already, we were stunned to see another sudden uphill.

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Middleside Barracks.

What would be an excellent feature of this race is the generous serving of historical tidbits and landmarks a runner can experience seeing. Race participants can expect a visual overload of remarkable World War II ruins and amazing flora and fauna. We saw a lot of pretty birds and monkeys along the trail.

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The big guns.

Yes, it’s the one between our legs. That’s the the big bad barrel of Battery Hearn. Corregidor is known for its strategic location and its guns or battery of guns. These were used for the defense of the Manila Bay from invading Japanese forces.

Organizers of the race ensures that race participants get to see the grandeur of these weapons.

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Eternal Flame.

We had a blast sightseeing and taking photos. Towards the last leg of the race, participants will pass by the trail beside the Pacific War Memorial towards the Tail Side of the island. Expect to see this steel installation called the Eternal Flame. By this time, your ipod should be playing Tiffany’s hit. “Close your eyes…” Cheesy!

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Tail Side.

Here’s a view of the Tail Side of the island. This area also marks the 9th mile of the race.

For more photos visit http://therainman96.multiply.com.

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September 20, 2009 - Posted by | Running, Travel

21 Comments »

  1. Diba si Tiffany ang kumanta ng Eternal Flame?

    Comment by Marga | September 20, 2009

  2. oh yeah. my mistake ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by therainman96 | September 20, 2009

  3. kelan ang registration for this one?
    hinde pang competitive to.. pang photo ops to! lol

    Comment by Julius | September 21, 2009

  4. i think registration will be open some time soon. organizers are still finding partners for the race registration site.

    true, forget a PR in this race. suck up the sights and enjoy the scenery.

    Comment by therainman96 | September 21, 2009

  5. RUNNR for the reg site ๐Ÿ˜‰
    necessities.. camera + trail shoes + hydration

    Comment by Julius | September 21, 2009

  6. 3 hours-plus for 10 miles? Would you be able to post a graphic of the route? Our club trainees will need to do a 15K (9.32 miles) in 2 hours on that same island on October 11 or they flunk. I wonder if it’s the exact same course.

    Comment by miraclecello | September 21, 2009

  7. one factor why we took so long was the frequent stops we took to mark every mile and photo ops.

    but even if we did not stop, the route is still difficult. the terrain is very much uneven.

    i will try to find a road map of the island and sketch the route we took.

    Comment by therainman96 | September 21, 2009

  8. ang guapo naman ng mga tumakbo.haha!

    thanks for the tour and history trivia raymund!

    here’s a bird’s eye view of the route we took:

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/13724409

    Comment by joms | September 21, 2009

  9. i need to get me one of those joms!

    thanks for the link.

    now people can see where we walked and stopped for the photo ops! hehehe

    Comment by therainman96 | September 21, 2009

  10. Parang mala- Richard Gomez ung mga tumakbo hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚ Excellent post man! Even if the heat, lack of hydration and deathly inclines made it one heck of a route, I sure had fun with you guys ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait for the race itself, those who will sprint agad haha ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Luis Arcangel | September 21, 2009

  11. Luis, were the readings in your Garmin different from Joms?

    Comment by therainman96 | September 21, 2009

  12. Rayms,

    Thanks a lot for this great blog entry. Very engaging indeed. Your account colorfully depicts Corregidor as a dreamlike venue for racing. Galeng pare!

    Comment by thewanderboy | September 21, 2009

  13. […] to post. (Nag-blog pa! hehe…) Let me just share to you our friend Raymund’s blog post on this so that you too may have an idea on what’s in-store for all those interested to join […]

    Pingback by I Missed the Conquer The Rock 10-Miler Test Run « Kulit on the Run | September 22, 2009

  14. is the terrain same as in the last Makiling Challenge.. I think the route there was also rough, rocky and slippery..

    Comment by Paolo | September 22, 2009

  15. the route consisted of concrete roads mostly. but the few trails we passed through were peppered with big limestone rocks, twigs and dry dirt. i’m sure if it rains, it will be very slippery if not flowing with water coming from topside.

    i did not run the Makiling Challenge so I cannot compare.

    Comment by therainman96 | September 22, 2009

  16. Very nice post raymund. Pictures look great too… November 15 it is ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Gigi | September 25, 2009

  17. thanks gigi. see you then!

    Comment by therainman96 | September 25, 2009

  18. atty… i wannajoin you in this run kyo ba organizer? the uphill pamatay pero carry naman!

    Comment by joy carreon | October 14, 2009

  19. let’s go! will ask about the final sked.

    Comment by therainman96 | October 14, 2009

  20. Hi, would you know if this race is pushing through on Nov. 29? We’ve been waiting for the release of the reg details..

    Comment by Cathy | October 26, 2009

  21. I think the race is moved to december 6. WIll try to get updates from the organizer. Will post info asap.

    Comment by therainman96 | October 26, 2009


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