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My Mt. Marami Birthday Adventure

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This year I decided to do something different to celebrate my birthday, and the Mt. Marami 21K Silyang Bato Trail Challenge was dated exactly at the right weekend. The challenge was to traverse 10.5KM up-to the peak of Mt. Marami, take a photo at the famous Silyang Bato, then hike back down to the finish-line, Sounds easy right? Wait till you see the PUTIK!

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Since it’s been raining for the past few days, the challenge for this race was not really the trail itself, but the PUTIK along the trail path, looking back I would say around 80-90% of the path was covered in different kinds of PUTIK… malapot, malagkit, madulas… it’s almost impossible to actually run the race (unless you’re a skilled trail runner).

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Despite the muddy trail, there are several good points about this race, the long “walk” allowed me and my friends to bond as we try to find a way on how to get out of the “sticky” situation.

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You get to exchange laughter and stories with other runners (while cleaning your shoes in the river) not common nowadays in normal road races in Manila.

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Fresh Buko Juice!

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And the positive attitude that everyone possessed despite the mud, the rain, and the challenge brought forth by mother nature.

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Sadly the conditions at the peak was not ideal for photo taking, so that perfect silyang bato shot will have to wait. At this point, part of me is contemplating if the organizers should have moved this race to a less rainy season, then I remembered this quote.

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This race was indeed a challenge, but I believe that every one of the 700+ participants who joined and came out of this race have gained more than just a medal, but with an experience one can be proud of telling others through the years.

Here’s a quick video re-cap of the race! Enjoy!

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15 comments on “My Mt. Marami Birthday Adventure

  1. Belated Happy Birthday Sir Jeff. I didn’t know you were there. Sayang I would’ve greeted you personally.

  2. It was great trekking, crawling, sliding, walking, running with you, Karen and Ria at Mount Marami. I just realized that andami mong fans. => Happy Birthday Jeff!

  3. Slide pa more Sir Jeff!! Nice meeting you in person!! Kahit nagkasalubong lang po tayo!!! Belated Happy birthday!!! Welcome to Trail running!! haha slide pa more!!! :)

  4. Congratulations Sir Jeff.  It was indeed an experience.  When we did the recon, it was totally different from the actual race.  Weather was a big factor.  More power to Pinoy Fitness.

  5. hahaha,,,lumapit din sa akin yang kabayo at hinawakan ko muka nya,,,,at ang PINAKA masama pang nangyari,,,,naiwan ko ang PF shirt ko sa washing area,,,,hehehe

  6. Nice Meeting you sir Jeff Lo kahit nagkasalubong lang!!! CONGRATULATIONS AND BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  7. Tama ka sir jeff…kakaibang feeling talaga..i will never forget this experience ..salamat at naging part ako nito…congrats satin lahat :)

  8. Tignan ninyo ang tenga ng kabayo. Kung nakatayo ito, hindi siya agresibo. Kung nakadapa ang tenga, magingat, maaring manipa ito o sumugod at mangagat. Wag lumapit sa kabayo mula sa likuran. Kailangan magpakita kayo muna sa kabayo bago lapitan o dumaan. Pag nagulat ang kabayo, tiyak na kayo ay masisipa kung kayo ay malapit sa kanya. Sa videong ito, mukha namang maamo ang kabayo.

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