Trail Talk with AMIHAN

Trail Talk with AMIHAN

TRAIL TALK (Trail Running 101) is an initiative event created by UPNR (UP Night Runners) in cooperation with Pinoy Trails. The talk is to stimulate real and live discussion of  trail athlete about key topics related to actual race experience serving as technique and guideline to aspiring Athlete.

On second Leg for month of November, it was sponsored by Amihan Sports Gear headed by Mr. Jeff Santiago together with some of the most successful and well-known experience Ultra trail runner in the Philippines. This is a free event but exclusively open to members of Pinoy Trails Community (Facebook Group) and UPNR Athletes.

AMIHAN talks about Trail

The Second live edition of Trail Talk tackled technique on how to finish Strong , tips on how to run confident under rainy season, Hydration vest packing and race/training tips on red days for women. We got the best resource speakers for the trail topics. The November speakers are all certified hardcore Ultra Trail Marathoner and Trail Champions who finished some of the hardest trail races here in the Philippines and abroad. Two of them are also Amihan Amabassador, Mr. Joseph “Noy” Gentoleo and Mr. Jon Las Bruce together with the Trail Goddess Ms. Arlene Agulto.

The Trail Talk initiated by opening remarks by one of the founders and owners of, Mr. Franc Ramon. He introduced the upcoming Trail events for December – STAR Trail Challenge and what to expect for it’s year 2 event.


It was followed by discussion of Amihan’s humble beginnings, who is Amihan, Brand milestone, reviews from customers and introduction of it’s new products line-up. Mr. Jeff Santiago is one of the owner and manager of Amihan Sports Gear that delivered the talk.

The Trail Talk also served as perfect avenue for introducing new products from sponsored Brand like Altra Running Shoes, Trail Junkie PH, UPNR merchandise as well as Pinoy Trails Merch. Some Race organizers also get involved because some of them attended and had their own onsite registration for their respective trail events.

Pinoy Trails Tees

Altra Running PH Sale during Trail Talk

Trail Talk by Noy

The Ultra Trail Champion and Amihan Ambassador Noy Gentoleo was the first resource speaker.
He is known for his countless achievements in Trail running as well as Road races. Despite being a 10-time MILO Qualifier, he remains humble and disciplined.

He talks about the techniques on how to finish Strong starting from selecting race, training, body conditioning, gears choice, race plan and up to implementation of actual race. He reminded on the importance of doing research before the race, having enough sleep, understanding the race elevation and the interval of every Aid stations.


Trail Talk by Jon Las Bruce

Jon Las Bruce was popularly known as my “master JLB” or “JLB.” He’s a professor to some because he is the master behind the “Payasso2200” session that creates great impact for developing strongest finisher of some of the Milo Qualifiers today. He is also the course record holder & Champion of 2013 and 2014 CM60 and an Awardee of prestigious Hardcore 100 Miles – Hall of Fame for 2017. Tips on how to run confident on rainy season was his topic. He discussed the different types of gears to used during the typhoon or just torrential rain. JLB presented the different photos of his past trail event to deliver better the talk. He also focused on how to run strategically on muddy surface and how to mingle with it. Surviving the cold weather is hard challenge but there no such thing as bad weather for prepared runners.

Trail Talk by Arlene

Arlene Agulto is among the favorite faces in Pinoy Trail Running. Aside from her captivating smile, she proved that women is as stronger as men in the field of mountain Running. For the record, she is as strong like the known male trail athletes in the trail running scene. She set a good time in King of the Mountain run this year and was a 1st runner-up in Female Category for H1 and the female champion for 2017 Four Lakes 100 event.  Arlene is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and certified Piloxing instructor. During her Talk, she tackled about on how to race or train during red days, how to overcome annoying calls from men during race (night time) and survive unwelcoming local animals (cow, goat, dog, etc.) during event based on her experiences.

Trail Talk is Experience-sharing Ideas

It was a very really fresh approach on trail discussion because it was from actual experiences which you can’t get from books or the net. Everything presented was based on actual experiences by trail athletes in numerous trail event.

Q & A portion from Audience

Q & A portion from Audience

Awarding to Guest Speakers

What’s NEW from Amihan?

Proper Gear Packing Demo with Ms. Mai Bautista

New Amihan Cap and Hauler

Amihan (new) Soft Flask bottle

November Trail Running 101 is presented by Pinoy Trails & UP Night Runners with special collaboration from Amihan Sports Gear. The organizers wishes to thank you to all attendees for gracing the event and the guest speakers (Master JLB, Arlene and Noy) for imparting their knowledge and skills about Trail Running. We would also want to thank Management of Albert Hall c/o Dr. Grace Tesoro, Lightwater, VitaminBoost, Musli, Glairold Recella Photography and Active Pinas (Tristan) for full photo coverage.

See you again next Trail Talk with HOKA One One PH on December.

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Jose is an active online-gamer, spicy food lover, adventure-seeker and a member Running Photographers.

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