IT’S A MUDFEST OUT THERE! – slipped, tumbled and slide
That’s how I described the recently concluded 1st Mt. Marami – Silyang Bato 21K Race Challenge FKT held in Talipusngo, Maragondon Cavite. Why mudfest? Because the route from almost start upto the summit itself is a challenging muddy due to rain the night before the race. The mud in this route is totally thick and sticky. Worst is you’ll stepped on a deep mud that can reach upto your knees. Also, this is the reason some of the runner didn’t made it on the given cut-off time (7hrs.). Even the organizer, Sir JC Igos extends the cut-off to one hour (now 8hrs.). That’s how tough this race is.
This is not your ordinary race, if you ask me. Even the experienced trail runners found this event totally difficult. The common comments from the finishers I’ve talked to is the “mud” as I’ve mentioned earlier. The rolling uphill and downhill of the mountain and the cold weather because the rain keeps pouring from time to time. And that’s were your training and proper gears comes in.
In 11K mark, good friend/running coach Enrique Sundiang aka DaBull welcomes me in the u-turn that brings hope and feeling determined to finish the race. Thank you sir! And while in the summit I enjoyed the view of “Silyang Bato” and took few photos even at that time we don’t have clearing at all. Fog covers the summit plus a heavy rain pours that made the experience more fun (like a kid playing in the rain that time).
For me overall experience is totally awesome not only my training paid off even in a short time and I also made it on time despite how hard this route is. And the most important is that I’ve crossed the line injury and blister free (Thank you Jesus!).
Also, I would like to commend the team behind this grueling race. Kudos to Team E.S.E., New Era and to all the sponsors who made this event successful. See in leg 2 – leg 1, DONE!
Congrats to all the finishers! Yay!
Anyways, here are the pictures taken during this event. Hope you liked it!