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Salomon’s first-ever Citytrail Manila Run

by on Sep 14th, 2014

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With more Filipinos being aware about the importance of staying physically fit and active, alternative exercises such as running have been rapidly growing popular. Aiming to elevate the way city dwellers enjoy their everyday runs, Salomon brings something new and exciting to the running community by promoting Citytrail running with the first-ever Salomon Citytrail Manila event, which was held last September 7 at Intramuros, Manila.


I’m not a huge fan of trail running, but every now and then I like exploring and involving myself in such activities. The Citytrail run is another one of those adventures I’m awfully glad I got to try! Running through a mix of cobblestone, pavement, grass and our fair share of stairs and hills while admiring the beauty of Philippine history was one for the books.



Running along Manila Cathedral! There was even a wedding during the run. (oops, sorry to bother the couple)


Only on our first kilometer and already seeing a lot of awesome sites in Intramuros

All about being creative and imaginative, Citytrail running is making use of the different surfaces within the city like pathways, roads, sidewalks, alleyways, bridges, stairs, etc. to keep the run adventurous and more challenging.


Running on grass this time (though I’m not sure exactly where we were)

The first to be held in the country, Salomon Citytrail is a global event conducted in other countries including the US, and select countries in Europe and Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The event was also in line with the launch of Salomon’s latest Citytrail products – all of which converge to mobilize Salomon’s “Elevate Your Run” campaign.

One to promote sustainability and environmental preservation, the event was a certified green run which meant no disposables were given and allowed throughout the race course. Instead, Gatorade dispensers and water jugs were stations around the road areas of the venue. Some members of the organizing team even went around promoting their bamboo bikes! I want one!


Our 6km run started at around 5pm, the weather was just perfect and the sunset run added a little drama to all the sites in Intramuros. There were maybe 500 or so participants who took part in this running event, and the coolest part is that all finishers received not only a finisher’’s’ Citytrail Cap and also a post race meal from Trelli’s!


Enjoying the view from the top prior to the run!

And, as an added bonus for the early birds, we got to see Carlos Cedran in action with his bunny ears as he shared a little bit about Philippine history to our foreign visitors! Welcome to Manila!



I’m really glad the organizers decided to use the Walled City of Intramuros for Citytrail Manila. The venue gave exactly what we were looking for – the adventure of the trail inside the comforts of the city.


 Photo by Belle Lim. Looking forward to the next Citytrail Manila event!


How was your Citytrail experience? What do you suggest Salomon can add or remove in the next Citytrail event?


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Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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