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Rave Run at Mati City’s Sleeping Dinosaur

I visited Mati City a year ago because of a photo I saw “Sleeping Dinosaur” which is actually a hill that looks like a dinosaur sleeping (duh). Everyone visiting the city would definitely snap a photo while traveling the winding roads of Badas area.

I believe that this is Davao Oriental’s most famous landmark.

(1) Running at the Sleeping Dinosaur

Finally, I was able to run the famed hill formation when Ma’am Gelo invited me for a quick run.

The run was supposed to be before sunrise but because of some delays, we started when the sun was already up. But no worries whatsoever, it was beautiful all over:

Mati City’s Sunrise


It was a rave run because of the raw and provincial tenor of the area. I love it especially when people are looking at us like they have no idea why we are running there. I guess, we the the one of the few ones who tested the trail. Then at one area, we are running around some copra which is a first time for me. :)

Then when we got up close to the Dinosaur’s limb, we were surprised at how stunning the view from there is. It like Mt. Pulag just hot. And we had lots of stops because of more photo bumming. haha It was really fun!

I’m planning to edit a video of the run but I’m really busy during this time so I guess that would be sometime later.

The whole gang include: Ma’am Gelo, Angela, Pyke, Troy and Sir Carlo

It was really nice to meet new running friends while staying in Mati City. I really enjoyed the morning rush and the buko juice on our way back.

To the complete gang, “Here’s to more miles! Buko juice cheers!”

We made it to the Sleeping Dinosaur! (Photo credits: Angela Rapis)

More infos about the rave run:


1. Scenic landscape and seascape

2. Fresh clean air

3. Varied terrain: rocky, dirt road, rough road, some hills and grassland



1. Going back its sooo hot and dry.



Date of Run: November 2, 2012 (Friday)

Route: Badas to the Sleeping Dinosaur (out and back)

Distance covered: 8.2 Kilometers

Time: 1hour and 45 minutes (including breaks, photo ops and buko juice hydration)

Temperature: 25-31°C

Running Apparel: Drifit white shirt, Trekker shorts, NB minimus

Camera used: Go Pro HD Hero 2

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  1. November 14th, 2012 at 13:24 | #1

    Ayos! Ganda ng view.


    journeyingjames Reply:

    bitaw bai! grabe rave run din!


  2. November 14th, 2012 at 14:14 | #2

    wow! thanks a million james for blogging our run..more hills to climb, trek n run..hehe!


    journeyingjames Reply:

    pleasure is mine! i love the run we did there. isa pa po, mas maaga naman! haha


  3. December 12th, 2012 at 15:13 | #3

    Didn’t know na pwede pala talaga puntahan ang Sleeping Dinosaur. Pano ka nakapunta jan? hehe


    journeyingjames Reply:

    there is a community near it. meron daan from the school on the side of the road. just ask around


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