Soleus’ Cross Country Challenge 2016

July 10, 2016

I’ve been dreaming to visit this place for a long time now because I was so attracted to the Mt. Sinai Tablet that engraved the 10 Commandments of GOD. I would also like to experience the feeling of running on this unique trail. Since I love mountains and trails, I decided to participate to Soleus’ Cross Country Challenge happened on July 10, 2016 in Mt. Sinai, San Mateo Rizal. Never did I imagine that this place is too far from my home place which is in Guitnang Bayan San Mateo Rizal.

Please see race details and categories below:


I didn’t have a continuous training as a casual trail/road runner so I registered to 12K category to prevent from any serious injuries. The race shirt was perfect as shown below.





The finisher’s medal was indeed rewarding.


Prior to the event, there was a race kit claiming event. Details below:

Race Kit Claiming:
July 1-3, 2016
11am to 8pm
Events Place, 3rd Floor
500 Shaw Zentrum,
Mandaluyong City

Please see actual race BIBs below:



Race Route


As I ran on this trail, I can say that among mountains that I’ve been to, this trail was unique. I really loved it. As a casual runner, this trail of Pintong Bukawe had really something for everybody.

Like the river crossing, single-track trails and fire roads, woods, uphills, downhills, farm fields and the magnificent views of Sierra Madre.


We even saw a glimpse of Sea of Clouds. The single track trails and the main fire road descent into the Casile River for roughly 5 kms. I would just like to point out that apparently, organizers didn’t let us do the river crossing because of a bad weather condition prior to the event.


As noticed, the river had a bit strong current of river flow. I absolutely loved the views along the trails with the backdrop of the Ten Commandments tablet at Mt. Sinai as the starting point of the run. Of course, I took a picture of it as a remembrance and even selfies.

We met some of our friends and even famous running coaches.

It was really nice seeing them again. There were some famous artists as well like Andrea del Rosario but I never got a chance to take pictures of them.

After the race, ofcourse, we celebrated our journey. We ate the most delicious lugaw of all.

We took our post-race photos. Congratulations everyone for finishing the race.

Nevertheless, this challenge was all worth the pain and effort with all those magnificent views as witness by everyone. Thank you to all the organizers.:)

Photo credits: The owners, Running Photographer, Team Arunkada, Omplongz dela Paz