GRiT: A weekend of Adventure and Support Among Strong Women and Men

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GRiT was a weekend filled with adventure – beautiful and challenging trails, a supportive community, good food and hydration and strong women. It was an inspiring Sunday morning last August 13 with women of all levels of physical fitness running together for a single cause and crossing the finish line with grit, overcoming all obstacles, rising above all boundaries and difficulties of running in trails. The entire course provided scenic views of lush meadow, tall fruit–bearing trees, rolling hills, rice paddies, rural life, and of course, aid and spirit stations that made trail running enjoyable beyond the challenges it presented.

Jocelyn Elijiran finished first among the women for 15K earning her the title, GRiT Princess.  Winning didn’t come easy with Stephanie Davidson and Daphne Codilla running behind her and crossing as her runner ups.    Ed Casim, Laarni Burgos, Gail Madrilejos and Angela del Rosario crowned as their Age Group Princesses.

For the shorter distance category, Mariel Flores led the women who was crowned as GRiT Duchess with Kristine Boquiren and Jennica Secuya as her runner ups.  Vanessa Tizon, Hepty Ebardone, Angelita Tuble and Athena Bulay joined them as their Age Group Duchess.

Some runners took the Sub-Sandi Challenge with Nelson Elijiran taking the top spot and Miguel Caranza and Mark Manalo crossing the 6K finish line with Sandi Menchi.  The bravest challenger among the 17 was 11 year old Juan Mateo Sazon.

To make it more fun and enjoyable for families, kids aged 5 to 12 joined the Kiddie Uphill Miler.  “It hurt when I roll but I need to win my medal with my new friends so I keep running”, says the first-time trail runner, Logan.  His new friend Frances shared that she stayed with Logan to make sure he is safe even if they finish last.  David Tipon finished first followed shortly by Maria Victoria Rementilla.  Edward Cabating and Aeron Culian completed the male top three.  While Sophia Cabanig and Elisha Abating were the runner ups for female.

For complete race results, visit

Veteran trail runner Cheryl Bihag shared that it was great to see many girls now into trail running.  First time trail runners shared their joy as they finished, “Kaya ko pala!, “I feel alive.”, The view is beautiful kahit maputik.”


GRiT was created by and for women.  The weekend could not have happened if not for the special support from the male (and other female) members of different running teams in the community, helping with route mapping, markings and preparation, doing administrative tasks, manning the aid stations, serving as route marshals together with the locals of Pintong Bukawe, documenting the event with runners’ action photos, and simply cheering each participant.


GRiT would like to thank its presentors and sponsors supported in staging GRiT and/or provided the necessary gears for Sandi Menchi:  Municipality of San Mateo and Baranggay Pintong Bukawe, Basekamp, Simple Hydration, Naked Running Band, Ahon, Lagalag, Tailwind, Alpinamente, Instinct, Runivore, Brooks Running, Oofos  100Plus, Amihan.


GRiT was organized by RaceYaya to support Sandi Menhi’s quest in TDS.  The event generated net proceeds which is fifty percent of the amount of financial support needed for Sandi Menchi.  You may continue to help and support by purchasing GRiT products and other items available at

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