by leonard paul palo
Extreme runners from Cebu, Cotabato and Gene-ral Santos are all set to test their mettle in the 2017 Salomon X-Trail All-Terrain Run this coming August 20, in an out and back course from the Manors, another Camella Real Estate development project in Maa, Davao City organized by Davao Ad-venture X in cooperation with R.O.X..
According to assistant technical director and veteran adventure athlete Dax Ang, who explained some of the details of the unconventional 10km footrace along with store manager Ryan Milan of Salomon and the marketing representatives of the Manors Davao namely Lyka and Princess, the competition will start at 7 a.m. and has a registration fee of P900 inclusive of a Salomon running jersey and cap.
However, this year’s run will showcase a new course that covers the areas of Maa, Shrine Hills and Matina, with various land formations and some natural hazards along the way, that will be quite chal-lenging for the participants.
“We do not recommend this course for runners who are below 15 years of age or who are not that sea-soned, since we are very particular about their safe-ty. The trail is very techni-cal, there are a number of uneven uphill slopes that are not as easy to nego-tiate,” Ang cited.
He added that an ave-rage runner would be able to complete the course in approximately two and a half hours, at a slow non-stop walking pace. For a seasoned trail runner, it could be faster, depending on certain conditions.
Around 200-300 parti-cipants are expected to join this annual “mountain run-ning” affair which will be preceded by a tree planting activity, which is part of the organizer’s thrust of making the event an “earth friendly” adventure run.
“We always clean up after ourselves, so we also encourage our participants to keep the trail clean by not leaving any PET or plastic bottles along the trail or by using prescribed equipment such as hydra-tion packs, portable squeeze bottles and the like that can easily be stowed after use,” Ang stressed.
Registration for the 2017 Salomon X-Trail will end on August 15. The cut off time for the run will be at 10 a.m. and the awar-ding is set at 10:30 a.m.. Interested parties who still want to sign up can visit the Salomon or R.O.X. Store at the Abreeza Mall or contact Davao Adventure X at 09228293370 or 0917-6887788.