Running in the Andes with UltrAspire's Andy

Last weekend was the Maraton de Santiago (MDS), the biggest road race in Chile. The race was very well organized and had a huge turnout - it was great to see so many people running. I didn't race as it was too soon after the Atacama Crossing for me, but I did go to the expo on Friday night to support the RunningChile team and to see the various stalls.

At the SportVillage stall I met Andy who is one of the owners of UltrAspire and who had come to show the first set of UltrAspire gear at the expo. There was a lot of interest in his gear and lots of questions which was a positive start. We planned to go running on Saturday so Andy could see some of the great trails around Santiago.

On Saturday we did a 16km out and back trip from Providencia over parts of Cerro San Cristobal and up to the Mirador on Cerro Carbon. It was a beautiful day and we saw some spectacular views of Santiago and towards the Andes.

Looking over the city from the contour path on Cerro Carbon.

View from the mirador on Cerro Carbon.

View from the mirador on Cerro San Cristobal.

Andy gave me an UltrAspire belt (consisting of the Atom and Reflex MBS parts) to try during the run and I was really impressed. It fit really well and held my camera, metro card and some cash easily. I'm looking forward to trying a bottle with the belt (in place of the Reflex) and also to trying one of the packs from the UltrAspire line.

On Sunday we met again and this time I took Andy on a shorter, more touristic route over Cerro San Cristobal. We went up to the Statue of the Virgin and ran back over the other side of the hill with views of Huechuraba and Cerro Carbon where we had run the previous day.

Santiago from Cerro San Cristobal.

Andy enjoying the view from Cerro San Cristobal.

It was fantastic to have a visitor and to share some of the trails that are within running distance of the city.

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Cherie Santiago said...

looks like an awesome fun time.

Daniel Rowland said...

Thanks Cherie - it sure was a fun time! We're lucky to have such fantastic mountains in running distance of the city.