Why Running Corregidor is MY FAVORITE RACE (42km 5km 3Km Dec 7 21km Dec8)

Why Running Corregidor is my Favorite Annual Race

Why Running Corregidor is my Favorite Annual Race

Ive been active in the running community for sometime now, both as a runner and being involved as host in numerous running events. I am stating, no, personally declaring! that running a Corregidor race is a definite YEAR ENDER for a runner and one of my faves if not my top pick. My other top picks would be Run United Series, Condura Marathon, Adidas KOTR, Obstacle Race by WithoutLimits (immuvit / Optimum Nutrition),  Color Manila Run and Midnight Run (i havent join the zombie runs yet, most trail runs which are awesome, and ultra marathons but a Bald Runner Ultra race  T2N and finishing a BDM102 is in my bucket list) this list of which Id blog at another time.

Even if you are running only a 3KM or 5Km, THIS RACE IS SO WORTH IT and will definitely be close to your heart, as it is to mine ever since I was able to experience it last 2012.  Even more if you are joning the 42km. Stupid me, how time flies, and maybe its late for me to prep for this race to run, walk , crawl this 42km race. I guess Ill have to settle running 5km or even 3km.

There is STILL the CORREGIDOR HALF-MARATHON!!! this one is happening on Dec 8. So for those fans of the 21km distance.. frown not.

But I assure you, if there is 5Km run or 3Km run that you should join in a YEAR, this has to be one of them
What makes Corregidor Run my favorite?

1) Going to and from this Race is an Adventure in itself.  Mababaw lang ako. Pucha kung bakante nga MRT ng alas dos ng hapon, masaya na ako sa joyride dun.  I love riding the Ferry to and from this race. Not recommend to run this alone. Ikaw na ang loner. Might as well text yourself “Kamusta na me?” “Kumaen na me?” “Wer na me?”. Make sure you grab your love one, training bud, the girl your courting (DA BEST!), your family or the rest of your TEAM, barkada (Hey may 3km!!! lakarin at gapangin na yan!) or company (if youre a cheapskate para kumpanya mag bayad)

My wifey by the Ferry, ride going to the RACE! Remind me to bring a tripod next time so im in the pic too!

My wifey by the Ferry, ride going to the RACE! Remind me to bring a tripod next time so im in the pic too!

2) Good vibes all the WAY! Bawal mag inarte! Imagine kung nag LQ (lovers quarrel) kayo ng loveone mo, teammate or what have you, youre stuck with him or her, during the whole trip. ITS AN ISOLATED ISLAND! You cant bail out when you want to.

Good vibes all the way! Ultimate Date trip. Snuggle time!

Good vibes all the way! Ultimate Date trip. Snuggle time!

3) The race itself is going to be in the HISTORIC island of Corregidor, prepare for an adventure.  If you want a feel for history and connection with the past, and pay tribute to our soldiers but not ready to run the Bataan Death March? Then this is the next best thing! Its scenic Corregidor, 50% historic 40% nature trip 10% creepy, 100% adventure. This the nearest place from Manila you can run that is as adventurous and as exotic. If the scenic nature and terrain, dont mesmerize you, the ruins, gun battery will surely will.

You will run here, in historic Corregidor.

You will run here, in historic Corregidor.

4) Challenging Run. For those who have been in the running community for the longest time but havent ran this, didnt you notice that when you come across with people who did run Corregidor, there’s an air of secrecy or mystery about it when they talk. Thats because WE CANT SHARE THE SURPRISE!!!! for those running 42KM… your running through that SURPRISE TWICE!!!! The terrain is a killer. Like being in a war, I ran on road, asphalt, dirt, sand, and grass. But do wear your road shoes, majority of it is road. Do hill repeat training! Expect insane grade hills. INSANE!!!! Bragging rights after running Corregidor.. YES even if its 3km … it could be your hardest, most exciting 3Km!

Proudly having my picture taken just right after that...that... THING i just ran .. no walked..no walked backwards.. no crawled through...

Proudly having my picture taken just right after that…that… THING i just ran .. no walked..no walked backwards.. no crawled through…

5) FUN FUN FUN!!!! I had a game face when I joined, some “hardcore” runners were eyeing on me at the Port pa lang and would ask… “you sure youre running 21km? [sarcastic smirk follows” … It was indeed tough, I was gunning for a time, but I was just mesmerized by the place, other than your SHOES, dont forget to bring your CAMERA!!!!! This is one of the few runs, that people were going crazy and just taking pictures during the run! Which is a nightmare ofcourse for the Coach Edward Kho and the organizers, because YOU HAVE TO FINISH by the TIME alloted or TAKE THE NEXT BOAT to MANILA!!!

Other than your shoes, BRING A CAM! just make sure you finish in time or be left out and the next boat trip THE NEXT DAY!

Other than your shoes, BRING A CAM! just make sure you finish in time or be left out and the next boat trip THE NEXT DAY!

Scenic and Historic Ruins in Corregidor

Scenic and Historic Ruins in Corregidor

A sight you will often see during the run, notice other runners taking pics as well! Wifey shown here about to enter Malinta tunnel.. not for the faint hearted

A sight you will often see during the run, notice other runners taking pics as well! Wifey shown here about to enter Malinta tunnel.. not for the faint hearted

OA na ito but this was really taken during the run.. had to stop for hydration, CR and the souvegnir shop had it all!

OA na ito but this was really taken during the run.. had to stop for hydration, CR and the souvegnir shop had it all!

Time could be better, but given all the time we spent taking pics and having fun.. and just surviving corregidor.. its all worth it! Imagine crossing the finish line by the dock facing the sea...

Time could be better, but given all the time we spent taking pics and having fun.. and just surviving corregidor.. its all worth it! Imagine crossing the finish line by the dock facing the sea…

Now for some serious running stuff, my tips on running Corregidor

1) Book / register in advance. Limited slots. If youre running the marathon, best to book accomodation and stay at least a day before race day.

2) Bring your cam, but be wary of the TIME, if you take too much pics may affect your time, and im not talking about your PR, im talking about the cut-off that you may be left behind by the ferry.

3) Stick to the organizers schedule. The place just screams vacation and adventure. Dont go wandering off on your own, stick to the organizers schedule, specially the Ferrys schedule. DONT BE LATE…iiwanan ka talaga!!!! Going to.. and from.

4) TRAIN FOR THIS!!!! you dont just decide you will be running Corregidor on a whim.. Respect the Distance… RESPECT THE COURSE… its hilly, some grades are insane. Make sure you incorporate strength training and hill repeats in your training. Again, Train for this.

5) Expect, 90% road, 8% grass and dirt, 2% sand.

6) Support is to rave about, dont bring too much, they have numerous hydration, and aid station, Its actually my first time to taste fresh cranberries during my race last year. Wow.. sossy!

Now for the race details…

Do visit Their facebook page for updated news on the event

THERE ARE NO ONSITE REGISTRATIONS.. see registration bulletin
https://www.facebook.com/CorregidorMarathon?fref=ts

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Race Backpack for 42km finishers only. Yes. You have to finish to earn it

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Medals

CM-RACE-SHIRT-white-4threv42km Shirt!

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CIHM Corregidor International Half Marathon Dec 1, 2012

This is one of the exciting ANNUAL races I look forward to. Ive been wanting to join this race

but I was always reluctant to join due to the cut-off. Then I learned after cohosting with Coach

Edward Kho in a hypersports event .. that there is NO FINISHLINE cut-off, but a qualifying time.

But this doesnt give one to have the liberty to totally get lost in the scenic route picture taking and

chillaxing.

 

What makes this race exciting? Its going to be in the historic island of CORREGIDOR! If you havent

been here, this is truly a must go destination and a must race event!

Imagine running in scenic corregidor.

Oh!!! the HILLS!!!! known to be one of the toughest race route.. its one of the races even Coach Rio

was challenged to in which he was a podiumed.  This is the 3rd year and  I was just turning green with

envy as I saw the photos of the participants in the last years.

 

Cost concerns wise.. please mind that you will ride a ferry / boat cruise courtesy of SUN CRUISE

going to Corregidor so pretty much its all about paying for the EXPERIENCE !

If  youre into goodies, it couldnt get any better then this.

 

Ill be racing there. My goal Im just praying I GET BACK TO THE FERRY GOING BACK TO MANILA

THE SAME DAY!!!! I have to remember that the race route is 21k and varying in hilly grades.

Race details are as follows:

CIHM  boasts  of  itself  as  one  of  the  toughest  foot  races  in  the  country  where  participants

experience to run on all types of terrain – paved ascents and downlopes, grass, forest trail, rocky

cliffside, and the lung-busting 60° hill climb spanning over 600meters. It will run from the north

side of the island at the Lorcha Dock, the historic landmark where McArthur broke the lines of

the then advancing Japanese offense to finish at the panoramic South pontoon. Key highlights of

the 10K course, meanwhile, include the spectacular topside featuring the picturesque historical

Battery vestiges, a jaunt through the Eternal Flame monument and Spanish Lighthouse, past the

Mile Long Barracks

 

HALF-MARATHON

One of the distinctive features of the race is that it is a very tough foot race in terms of the course

and technical rules. There will be a qualifying time (Men – 3h30m; Women – 3h45m) for this

year’s edition of the CIHM. There will be no finish time cut-off for the race, however. All runners

who have successfully managed to finish the entire 21km distance will be awarded with the

Corregidor International Half-Marathon Medallion and Finisher’s Certificate upon crossing the

finish line.

10K CHALLENGE

Aside from the centerpiece 21km event, there will be a 10km race for running aficionados who

are yet to be familiar with the challenging terrain of Corregidor but yearn to discover and

experience its distinctive scenic course. All finishers in this race category will be awarded with a

10km Achiever Medal. This course is exceptionally fast

and stunningly beautiful.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012

• 8:00 AM Half-Marathon Gunstart

• 8:15 AM 10K Challenge Gunstart

• 11:30 AM Award Ceremony

• 12:00 NN Lunch Buffet

• 12:30 PM Class PhotoOp

• 7:30 PM Victory Party

 

Race Registration Fee:

  • ·        P2,700.00 (plus 4% service charge)

 

*The 3rd CIHM Race Registration Tickets can be availed at SM Tickets outlets at all SM Cinemas nationwide. For non-competing companions of race participants, they may avail of the regular Sun Cruises tour package also at SM Tickets.

 

 

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Roundtrip ferry to and from Corregidor
  • Full lunch buffet on race day
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • 3rd CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • 3rd CIHM Race sling bag
  • 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Medallion (or a 10k Achiever Medal)
  • Runners’ Briefing (Nov 24 and 25)
  • 3rd CIHM Victory Rave Party (Dec 01, Saturday night)
  • 3rd CIHM Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants wishing to attend the Carbo-loading Dinner (Nov 30), they may avail of the Carbo Dinner ticket at P250.00 on Nov 24 & 25 during the Runners’ Briefing.

 

 

Registration, Ferry and Room Reservations Procedures:

1) 24 hours after purchasing the 3rd CIHM registration ticket from SM 

Tickets, log on to www.corregidor21.runningmate.ph to complete registration for the race.

 

2) Immediately after making the online registration, contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511, 0917-5459917, 0917-7948271, 0922-8475418 to book for ferry trip schedules.

Indicate the desired trip schedule:

    From Manila to Corregidor

a) Overnight – departure on Nov 30 @ 11:00am

b) Day trip – departure on Dec 01 @ 5:00am

Return from Corregidor to Manila

a) departure on Dec 01 @ 3:30pm

b) departure on Dec 02 @ 2:30pm

 

 

 

*For steps 1 and 2, remember to keep the 3rd CIHM race ticket on hand. You will be asked of the SM Ticket ID Number to validate your transaction. It is indicated on the ticket preceded with a “#” sign.

 

 

3) If applicable, make accommodations reservation with Sun Cruises (only 

    registered participants will be given reservations; 1 room per participant 

    only). Pay the appropriate accommodations booking amount through the 

    payment mode advised by Sun Cruises.

 

 

4) On Nov 24 & 25 (as advised through email and text by the organizers) at  

    R.O.X., attend the Runners’ Briefing, pick-up the race pack, and claim the 

    Boarding Pass and/or Accommodations Booking ticket from Sun Cruises. 

    Ensure to bring the 3rd CIHM SM Tickets. Anyone may pick up   

    your kit at R.O.X. during the R.O.X Runners’ Briefing from 3pm to 

    8pm. They may be asked for identification and your signed   

    authorization note.