The TNF Thrill of the Trail lived up to its name by offering the runners a very enjoyable route featuring easy & soft trails and river crossings that really kept the excitement flowing as ALL of the runners had to get their shoes wet for about 10 times along the route. And I'm only referring to the 11K route (I heard the 22K was tougher).
Kudos to the organizers for the well-organized race! I think it was the perfect Valentine's offering to runners who wanted to experience a light adventure to couples during the occasion. This is my first-ever trail race and I'm sure that this benchmark is very high for other future organizers to meet or beat. I think one factor
One minor setback was that a few runners got lost along the way. They were forced to backtrack as they wouldn't be considered as finishers if they didn't go throught the correct route. Hmmm... a misplaced or missing sign, perhaps. A second one, but I would consider as unavoidable, was the bottleneck that happened along the race when the runners were about to go down to the river on a steep incline. Safety first! :)
For those who weren't able to join this due to different reasons (nasaraduhan ng registration, busy, may ibang plano, etc.), sayang talaga! I'd be sure to register early for races where I really want to participate in, especially for trail runs since they happen much less often than road races.
Eire happy running on the soft trail near the start of the race.