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3 day “wellness” event at John Hay features food, art, craft, music, trail run and team building race

TIME TO RUN. Philippine Arnis team member Eza Rai Yalong traversing a portion of the Nataraki Trail Run that will be staged on June 25 at the Camp John Hay Trail. It will be one of the events in the three day food, art, crafts and musical as well as workshops for architects and engineers to be staged at the AyalaLand Open Space of John Hay. Pigeon Lobien

A group of young architects, a flock of sports journo and a team of running enthusiasts join forces to stage a food, music, art and crafts cum trail race to help members of the building industry attain wellness due to the Covid-19 pandemic which practically put a stop on all activities during its height in 2020.

Lead Plus, the Media for Sports Development and Team Malaya are bonding together for the Northern Builders Fest late this month at the AyalaLand Open Space at the Camp John Hay.

Dubbed the Nataraki 2023, the three day event from June 23 to 25 is not only a food, art and crafts and musical experience but it will also have a 3Kilometer, 6 kilometer and 12K run at the famous trails of the former American base.

Architect Ariel Lelaina Garcia of lead organizer Lead Plus said Nataraki 2023 is “a three-day fun event in our hope to reduce stress among our colleagues in the building and construction industry, especially after three years under the threat of the Covid-19 virus.”

Aside from the fair, it will also have seminars for engineers and architects as a requirement to renew their license with the Philippine Regulatory Commission, but also an exciting team building event that is an amazing race type. The highlight on Sunday will be the trail run that starts at 4AM and will culminate with a concert at 6PM.

Art and craft workshops will be slated during the three day fest with local artists and crafts people as facilitators, said Garcia.

She added that busking featuring local musicians will be slated during the three day event at the football area, famous for wedding photography and picnics.

The Naragsak races said Team Malaya race director Stephen Felices will utilize John Hay’s famous trails, where locals take walks and runs, among them members of the famous Team Lakay and local mixed martial artists.

Felices said the “3K (will) follow the usual trail, the easy one, (that) start(s) from (the open field, the horse trail (all the way) to(the) Energy Rock and vice versa.”

On the other hand, the longer 6K “is a loop going (to the) Red Trail or lower trail (passing through) the Log Cabin and (the) view deck that gives an amazing view of Mount Ugo (in Itogon) and the tallest mountain of Luzon, Mount Pulag, then (the) Voice of America and from there follow the 3K route.”

The longest route, the 12K will have the same route as the 6K then take the Yellow Trail and the Tree Top Adventure, then the runners take the tree canopy route, which is one of the run’s highlights, then take the 3K route.

The event will have as partner the Kabalai, an association of single parents from different sectors including the arts, and the fair will serve as a fund raiser for the group.

Registration for the trail run is now on-going online by visiting https://leadplus.start. page.

Registration fee for the 3K and 6K runs is PHP850, while PHP750 each for three runners, and PHP 650 for a group of five.

For the 12K run, it is PHP1,150, while PHP1,050 each for three runners and PHP 950 for a group of five.

The organizers also have a registration area at the TUK coffee shop at Goshenland – Upper Gen. Luna.

The organizers are also expected to put a registration booth at the central business district the week before the event to attract more participants to the event.

Garcia said LEAD+ is a training and development group that provides self-improvement training, workshops, and seminars with mastery safety consultancy. Courses are designed to help you grow personally and professionally plus PRC accredited. It strives also to provide a personalized approach that is tailored to your specific needs, providing you with the tools and support you need to advance your career, improve your life skills, and achieve your personal goals.

Co-lead organizer MSD is a tri-media association recognized as a civil society organization by the city council with the aim of supporting the development of local sports. Pigeon Lobien

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