In Metro Manila finding ones self an ideal venue for a daily running workout is becoming difficult should conditions for personal safety, pollution free, traffic, road condition, and environmental conduciveness be taken into account.
Global City or Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City is one of the ideal if not the most ideal place in Metro Manila to do your daily running workouts. The locality has been the haven of local runners in as much that the Fort Bonifacio Administration has been very supportive to running and has open its doors to local weekend road races. The best the place could offer is the security of a runner as practically there is a security and/or traffic officer in every major intersection of the compound. Further, in view that the traffic regulation within the compound is strictly enforced, drivers have been observed to be more road safety concern… following the traffic lights, not a usual thing in the Metro Manila.
In this light and to share with other runners my usual route within Fort Bonifacio, I made distance measurement on three LOOPS that can be used. Knowing the actual distance will provide any runner without the usual GPS and/or running aids possible for them to evaluate their run.
The following conditions were noted in the measurement of distances;
- - Garmin 310xt was the tool used.
- - Running was done always opposite the traffic flow at the curve side along the road within a meter or two in and out of road but never on the pedestrian alley.
- - There is no back tracking anywhere in the loop.
- - You can start anywhere within the loop provided you finish at the same place as where you started to complete the measured distance.
THE SMALL LOOP or HIGH STREET LOOP – 1.3 kilometers
Start at 11th Avenue heading toward 28th Street
Left at 28th Street head towards 7th Avenue
Left at 7th Avenue head towards 28th Street
Left at 28th Street head towards 11th Avenue
Left at 11th Avenue and end where you started ……….. 1.3 Km Distance
THE MEDIUM LOOP – 3.2 kilometers
Start at 11th Avenue head towards 32nd Street
Left at 32nd Street head towards 5th Avenue
Left at 5th Avenue and head towards McKinley Parkway
Left at McKinley Parkway and head towards 11th Avenue
Left at 11th Avenue and end where you started ………. 3.2 Km Distance
THE GREAT LOOP – 7.4 kilometers
Start at 11th Avenue head towards 32 Street
Right at 32nd Street and head towards C5
Left at 38th Street (University Drive) and head towards 8th Avenue
Left at 8th Avenue (new road) and head towards 34th Street
Right at 34th Street and head towards St. Lukes at 32nd Street
Cross 32nd Street and proceed straight to 3rd Avenue towards Rizal Drive
Upon reaching Rizal Drive turn right and head towards 32nd Street
Right at 32nd Street and head towards 5th Avenue
Right at 5th Avenue and head towards Old Lawton Avenue
Left at Old Lawton Avenue and head toward McKinley Parkway
Right at McKinley Parkway and head towards 11th Avenue
End at 11th Avenue at the point where you started your run …. 7.4 Km Distance
Run safe and see you on the road.