Saturday, March 13

Leave the road behind at the Merrell Adventure Run

Imagine rushing through a lush thicket flanked by limestone walls, a quiet river, and semi-hidden caves while you’re having the best – if not the first – authentic adventure run of your life.

Adventure running is a variation of your typical road running. Instead of setting out on a concrete course, adventure runners cover an assortment of natural surfaces like dirt, gravel, or sand while having the luxury of experiencing nature. Runners who go off-road also benefit from “healthier” runs because they build endurance while running in an environment that has an abundant supply of fresh air. Adventure runners are relieved from the struggle of breathing through the city’s smog or car fumes.

This outdoor sport subjects runners to conquer rambling terrain. It compels athletes to raise the level of their performance from race times, endurance, strength, self reliance, and mental fortitude. This unique and exciting running experience is also the reason why trail running is slowly drawing the attention of both experienced and novice runners.

It also helps that adventure running lets runners enjoy scenic landscapes and a more relaxed atmosphere compared to the hectic cityscapes they usually go past. Instead of having the concrete jungle as a background which only reminds runners of their work or daily grind, racing on trails help athletes concentrate on their performance and form.

On April 17, 2010, Merrell Performance Footwear will host the Merrell Adventure Run at Wawa Dam, Montalban, Rizal. The off-road, all-foot race will let running enthusiasts and adventure seekers feel the thrill and freedom of conquering a natural mountain trail.

Experienced and first-time adventure runners can join the 3km, 5km, or 15km category, and prove to themselves that they too can overcome boulders, dirt trails, river crossing, and steep climbs.

Check out the best trail shoes in the market at Merrell stores at 2nd level, Trinoma; ground floor, Market! Market!; 2nd level, Festival Supermall, Alabang; 2nd level, Marquee Mall, Angeles, Pampanga; and 2nd Level, Active Zone, Ayala Center Cebu.

For more details on the Merrell Adventure Run, visit or check out its Facebook account.

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