RUNNING: MY 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon 2012 Experience! #CIHM
I want to share you all my experience of Corregidor during the 3rd Corregidor International Half-Marathon!.
“Corregidor International Half-Marathon is an extraordinary opportunity for passionate runners to set new norm for personal achievement as finishing the race is akin to recapitulating a fortress that is home to the resilient and valiant.” - CIHM Organizers
Brief History of the Corregidor Island:
Corregidor Island, locally called Isla ng Corregidor, is a lofty island located at the entrance of Manila Bay in southwestern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. Due to this location, Corregidor was fortified with several coastal artillery and ammunition magazines to defend the entrance of Manila Bay and the City of Manila from attacks by enemy warships in the event of war. Located 48 kilometres (30 mi) inland, Manila has been the largest city and the most important seaport in the Philippines for centuries, from the colonial rule of Spain, the United States, and Japan and after the establishment of the Republic of the Philippines in 1946.
Corregidor (Fort Mills) is the largest of the islands that formed the harbor defenses of Manila Bay together with El Fraile Island (Fort Drum), Caballo Island (Fort Hughes) and Carabao Island (Fort Frank), which were all fortified during the American occupation of the country. The island was also the site of a small military airfield, as part of the defense.
During World War II, Corregidor played an important role during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from Japanese forces. Heavily bombarded in the latter part of the war, the ruins left on the island serve as a military memorial to American, Filipino and Japanese soldiers who served or lost their lives on the island. Corregidor is one of the important historic and tourist sites in the country. - WikiPedia.com
Overview of the Race
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. - http://corregidor21.runningmate.ph/index.php/event/details
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. http://corregidor21.runningmate.ph/index.php/event/details
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. http://corregidor21.runningmate.ph/index.php/event/details
List of activities for my 3 days stay at Corregidor Island:
November 30*Departure from Sun Cruises Terminal - Manila to Corregidor Port.
**Arrival at Corregidor.
***Lunch at Corregidor.
****Bus transfer from Corregidor Port to Corregidor Beach Resort.
***Check in at Corregidor Beach Resort.
**Rest a bit.
*Swim at the beach (total relaxation)
**Bus transfer from Beach Resort to South Dock.
***Roam around, interact with other runners.
****Carbo-loading dinner in preparation for tomorrow's race.
***Short Program which signifies the start of our "journey" as a WARRIOR.
**Torch +++ Bon fire.
*Bus transfer from South dock to Beach Resort.
|The CRUISE SHIP|
|Inside the CRUISE SHIP.|
The cruise ride lasted for about 1 hour and a half.
|ze BUS! :)|
|Briefing by a Sun Cruises employee|
|Our Cabana. Each Cabana's can accommodate 5 - 8 people but we're only 4 in the group.|
|Inside the CABANA "D"|
|My BED. :)|
|This signage was placed right in front of our CABANA. |
This gave us the idea that the resort was actually part of the race route.
|This view urges us to SWIM! #AmazingView|
|Against the SUN|
|Jason, Rye and I (from left to right)|
|The FROG Prince.. :))|
|Getting ready for the BONFIRE..|
|The EPIC Torch Lighting and BONFIRE Ceremony|
|With the RACE DIRECTOR - Mr. Edward Kho|
We decided to back early to our Cabana to have an ample sleep for tomorrow's marathon.
December 1*Woke up early to do some pre-race rituals.
**Breakfast by the shore.
***Picked up by the bus from Corregidor Beach Resort to the Starting Line.
****Check in the baggage to the marshalls.
***Stretching and light jog.
**Race starts. [took pictures while running -- MULTI-TASKING :)]
*I Conquered the ROCK.!
***Roam around the booths while waiting for the other runners to finish.
****Awarding of the First 10 finishers for 10K and 21K Male & Female Category.
**Picked up by the bus from South dock to Beach Resort.
*Refreshement/Took a bath.
**Took a nap.
***Chat with roommates
****Bus transfer from Beach Resort to South Dock for dinner.
**RAVE Party by the BEACH.
***Bus transfer from South Dock to Beach Resort.
****Took a bath before hitting the bed.
|Other RUNNER gearing up..|
|Checking In of Baggage... (around 7am)|
|STARTING LINE! :)|
|The morning event was hosted by @AmazingBetong and @MaeBautista|
former Survivor Philippines contestants.
|And let the race BEGIN!|
|Passing by the MALINTA TUNNEL was a CREEPY experience.|
|Back end of MALINTA TUNNEL...|
|Managed to take a photo while running.. :))|
|The FLAT part of the trail..|
|The GRASSY part of the trail!|
|The ROCKY part of the trail.. :)|
|The DOWNHILL part of the trail|
|The UPHELL! (uphill) part of the trail. almost 60 degrees|
No ONE DARED to RUN on this part of the course.
Last 1K or the RACE!
|McArthur! "I Shall Return..."|
|BREATH TAKING VIEW!|
|At the finish line with Jason...|
|Senator Pia Cayetano with Edward Kho and friends|
|Rye, Andy and Jason (kulitan sila)|
|@DJChris947 and @DJChloe947 hosted the RAVE PARTY.. :)|
|At ZE RAVE PARTY (Rye, Andy, Jason and I)|
December 2*Breakfast by the shore.
**Chat with roomates.
***Took a bath.
****Prepared the things for check out.
***Bus transfer from Beach Resort to Corregidor Inn for the lunch.
*Bus transfer from Corregidor Inn to Corregidor Port.
**Departure from Corregidor Port to Sun Cruises Terminal - Manila
***Arrival at Manila.
|The morning view at Corregidor Beach Resort|
|Brunch at La Playa Reastaurant :)|
|with the GRAND CANON :)|
|Boarding from Corregidor to Manila.|
I therefore conclude that my three (3) days stay in Corregidor was one of the best moments of my life. It's really a great way to end my 2012 major marathon career with this. It's really a fun filled trip. Thank you to running enthusiasts for spending there weekend with CIHM. Thank you to all those people who made this trip extra special. Lastly, my endless gratitude to God for his unending grace.
That in all Things, God may be Glorified!
See you all in December 8, 2013 for the 4th Corregidor International Half-Marathon!
The 3rd Corregidor International Half Marathon 2012 -@i626leo
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