Friday, January 24, 2014

Where to Run in Zamboanga City

My  7 – day rendezvous in Zamboanga City has come to an end and asked what  I have had done for the entire week, I could only maximize  the week to train for triathlon and marathons.
So, where could one run safely while in Zamboanga City?  For recreational runners, you can  run around Ma. Clara Lobregat’s Butterfly Garden where you can do 50-100m hill repeats around their less than a kilometer loop while enjoying the nature.
running around Pasonanca

If a short loop isn’t your thing, then, go outside the Butterfly Garden and run the 1.5km loop through Pasonanca’s Pool – St. Francis Monastery up to crossing Abong Abong.  If you want more, then, run the Pasonanca’s Park perimeter for a rolling terrain.

If you want to commune with mother Earth, run around Pasonanca Intake to head to Zamboanga City water shed. You can do stairs training to as you run through  the Station of the Cross in Abong Abong.
My old favorite was the run around the city’s boulevard and Paseo del Mar but since the area is afflicted by evacuees, you can run through the city roads  early morning. I have to  run from Mercedes to Golf to complete a one – way route for a 17 – 20km distance.

If you are around Mercedes  area, you can run / bike around the 800 meter loop of Golden Haven Cemetery too.

And if you want more distance, run towards the south and head to the trails to Pagadian but be sure to bring enough hydration as stores are scarce along the way.



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