Come and join the Mount Polis Trail Run which is now on its second year.
The second Mount Polis Trail Run happening on 22 October 2017 will have the Lao-ingan Day Care Center as its beneficiary.
Four categories are included for this year’s trail run, namely 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K categories.
Registration fees for the different categories are as follows:
42K – Php 2,200.00
21K – Php 1,200.00
10K – Php 750.00
5K – Php 500.00
You can register at the LAGALAG Store located in at the basement of Casa Vallejo in Upper Session Road in Baguio City or you can choose to do an online registration by depositing your registration fees with the following details:
Philippine National Bank (PNB)
Account Name: Jomar P. Buclay
Account Number: 566366200019
Scan the receipt with full name, gender, shirt size
Jomar P Buclay (Facebook Account)
Igorot Trail Runner (Facebook Page)
Paul Bill Mapangdol with mobile number of 0907-0659972
All registrations are inclusive of the following items:
Igorot Trail Runner’s Tokens for all 5K, 10K, 21K & 42K Finishers
Finisher’s Shirt – short sleeves for all 5k, 10K, 21K & 42k Finishers
All 42K and 21K participants who successfully FINISH the trail run will receive a Finisher’s Medal.
Assembly time will be at four in the morning at Pak-as Elementary School in Otocan Sur. Start of the trail run will be at 5:30 AM with a cut-off time of 14 hours for 42K runners and 8 hours for 21K participants.
All participants are expected to be physically and mentally prepared for the trail run since Mount Polis has a high altitude that reaches up to 2000 metres above sea level. The trail race will include long and steep climbs, extended distance and time between aid stations plus unexpected severe weather conditions. Every trail runner is expected to be fully aware of potentially falling along ridge lines and mountainsides and crossing water terrain is also necessary to finish the race.
You need to bring an efficient headlamp or flashlight lasting for almost eight hours and rain jacket, thermal blanket or windbreakers to protect you against harsh weather conditions. Foods with at least 1,500 to 2,000 calories are necessary for 21K and 42K participants as well as water carrier with at least 1,000 ml capacity for 21K and 42K runners while 500 ml for 5K and 10K runners are already sufficient. Do not forget to bring a working mobile phone or cellphones and take note of the contact numbers of the organizer, JOMAR which is 0947-7004977 and 0956-8540019 plus bring a whistle in case emergency is needed or you get lost along the trail. You can also bring sleeping bags if you need to make a full rest.
Medical Certificates should be presented and no refund will be allowed. Race categories and race entries are non-transferrable and littering is strictly prohibited along the race route. Respect for villagers and local people along the race track should be shown and smoking is not allowed. Be helpful to your fellow runners who are in need of assistance.
How to get to Pak-as, Otucan Sur:
From Baguio City:
D’Rising Sun trans-Otucan bus
D’Rising Sun Terminal at Sto. Niño Slaughterhouse, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City.
The Departure Time is at 7:30 AM.
The destination is Otucan Sur.
EmClean Van transport
EmClean Gas Station at Sto. Niño Slaughterhouse, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City.
Time of Departure is between 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The destination is up to Abatan, Bauko.
Abatan-Baguio Van transport
La Trinidad Jeepney Terminal at Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City
Time of Departure between 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The destination is up to Abatan, Bauko.
From Bontoc City:
Bontoc-Abatan Van transport
Located at PNB Compound.
Also located beside the Commercial Center at Bontoc Circle.
Time of Departure is between 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Kindly request the driver to be dropped at Pak-as, Otucan Sur.
From Abatan, Bauko:
Abatan-Bontoc Van transport
Vans are found at the Abatan Junction.
Time of Departure is between 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Kindly request the driver to be dropped at Pak-as, Otucan Sur.
Treadmill running is a good habit in maintaining physical fitness when you cannot run outside your home.
This is also a post reminding everyone to be alert for the bad weather conditions since typhoons are normal during these months especially here in the Philippines but these past few days, typhoons are happening in other countries with unexpected places getting flooded already because of the power of nature.
Due to typhoons, runners find ways to continue their training so as not to disrupt their schedules. As a runner, I find treadmill running to be the best alternative in case weather conditions are bad. Instead of letting the treadmill here collect clouds of dust and left to be broken, I might as well use it. The treadmill here is actually an old one with the timer and distance tracker already messed up. Instead of relying on it, I used my cell phone in tracking time.
In order to not get bored while treadmill running, I usually watch the news which usually lasts for 20 to 30 minutes before advertisements are shown. Another method that I do is to pray the Rosary by playing an audio mobile app. This Holy Rosary mobile app is the one that I use. I also watch YouTube videos that would last for 30 to 45 minutes by searching for workout songs that motivate me to run more. Treadmill running is a good habit in maintaining physical fitness when you cannot run outside your home.
On a side note, I posted here typhoon names used by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA which is the government agency tasked with providing protection from natural calamities by using scientific methods to safeguard the safety and well-being of Filipinos.
THE PHILIPPINE TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMES – 2009 to 2024
* – Replaced Name(s) Effective February 2015: Gardo for Glenda, Josie for Jose, Maymay for Mario, Rosita for Ruby, and Samuel for Seniang.
We have 4 categories of storm signals, namely
Public Storm Warning Signal # 1 – Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.
Public Storm Warning Signal # 2 – Winds of greater than 60 kph and up to 100 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.
Public Storm Warning Signal # 3 – Winds of greater than 100 kph up to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.
Public Storm Warning Signal # 4 – Very strong winds of more than 185 kph may be expected in at least 12 hours.
A tropical cyclone is “a non-frontal, synoptic-scale cyclone developing over tropical and sub-tropical waters at any level and having a definitely organized circulation”and are termed as:
Hurricanes in the regions of North Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific, and South Pacific Ocean;
Cyclones in the regions of bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and Western South Indian Ocean;
Willy-willy in the eastern part of the Southern Indian Ocean; and
Typhoons in the regions of Western North Pacific Ocean which include the Philippines
Also, for reference purposes, the classification of tropical cyclones according to the strength of the associated winds as adopted by PAGASA as of 01 May 2015 are posted below which is a quoted post from PAGASA website.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION (TD) – a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of up to 61 kilometers per hour (kph) or less than 33 nautical miles per hour (knots) .
TROPICAL STORM (TS) – a tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 62 to 88 kph or 34 – 47 knots.
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM (STS), a tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 89 to 117 kph or 48 – 63 knots.
TYPHOON (TY) – a tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 118 to 220 kph or 64 – 120 knots.
SUPER TYPHOON (STY), a tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed exceeding 220 kph or more than 120 knots.
Celebrate the beauty of Bontoc, Mountain Province by joining in the 109th celebration of their founding anniversary.
A trail run organised in conjunction with the 109th Bontoc Foundation Day will surely captivate your trail running soul. The trail run dubbed as “Am-among Trail Run 2017” with a theme of “BONTOC @ 109: CHAMPIONING CHANGE, EMBRACING VALUES, PROSPERITY FOR ALL” will be on 17 September 2017.
It also celebrates the 13th Am-among Festival and in a trivial matter, “AM-AMONG” is a Bontoc word for “Family or clan reunion” and there will be activities and events that will coincide with the celebration.
The trail run, organised by the Local Government of Bontoc and in partnership with Tawid MultiSports Team, will start and end at the Open Gym, Eyeb Ground in Bontoc, Mountain Province. Runners should be at the starting line at 4:00 AM. The trail run will have a target end time of 4:00 PM on 17 September 2017.
The trail run will be promoting eco-tourism in the locality of Bontoc which has many natural and man-made wonders to see, will help institute Bontoc as a hiking and running destination while promoting healthy living and advocating responsible guidance and respect of the mountains.
You have the option to choose from three distances and the registration fees is as follows:
35-kilometre with a time limit 10 hours – Php 1,000.00 from 5:00AM to 3:00PM
21-kilometre with a time limit of 7 hours – Php 700.00 from 6:00AM to 1:00PM
12-kilometre with a time limit of 4 hours – Php 500.00 from 6:30AM to 10:30AM
Registration fees are inclusive of the following:
Finishers Token(35k, 21k)
Post race meal
Food at Aid stations
You can register at Lagalag Store in Baguio City which is specifically located at Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road. You can also register at the Bontoc Tourism Office which is located at Room #324, Third Floor of the Public Market
You can also register online by paying your registration via bank deposit. The following details are needed during your visit at the bank:
PNB Account #: 189003500013
Account Name: Johanna F. Padaen
After depositing at the bank, kindly scan the bank deposit slip or receipt and please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly provide the following details:
DATE OF BIRTH:
PERSON TO CONTACT IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:
All runners must be self-reliant and self-contained, with proper hydration packs enough for the chosen distance.
For security reasons, please wear your race bib at all times so that you can be easily identified and no bring your own water cups since no plastic cups will be provided at the water stations.
Race marshals will be present from certain points of the race route and you can use trekking poles.
As mentioned previously, cut-off times will be followed for each category and this event will push through even if it is raining unless there is a super typhoon.
No littering and bushwhacking and please show respect to the locals that you will pass through.
A medical certificate is necessary requirement for all runners and participants must be 18 years old and above as of August 2017 if participating in the 21-kilometre and 35-kilometre categories. A waiver is needed for for 13-year old runners participating in the 12-kilometre category.
Bontoc is almost 5 hours away from Baguio City or 155.2 kilometres away if you are travelling via the Baguio – La Trinidad – Bontoc Road / Halsema Highway / Mountain Trail and 6 hours away or 235.3 kilometres away if you are travelling via Tagudin – Cervantes – Sabangan Road.
There are several options to choose from in going to Bontoc from Manila. The following bus stations have routes going to Baguio and to Bontoc.
From Manila to Baguio:
Victory Liner (Cubao and Pasay)
Genesis Lines (Pasay and Avenida)
Php 455.00 – regular aircon buses
Php 715.00 – deluxe buses.
Dagupan Bus Lines (Pasay)
From Baguio to Bontoc:
Terminal is located at Dangwa Terminal which is behind Baguio Center Mall
Schedule of daily trips:
2:30PM which is the last trip
Rising Sun Bus:
Terminal is located at Slaughter Compound along Magsaysay Ave.
Hourly schedule starting at 5:30AM until 4:00PM
Fare is Php 212.00
Travel time is around 5 to 6 hours
From Manila to Bontoc via Banaue.
CODA LINES: Terminal is located at Cubao, Quezon City
Schedules of bus trips can be found at Codalines Facebook page
Ohayami Trans: Terminal at Lacson Avenue, corner Fajardo Street, Sampaloc
The First Ever Trekathon in the Gotad Ad Ifugao Festival for 2017
The grand prize for the first trekathon for Gotad Ad Ifugao Festival held last 17 June 2017 was successfully collected by Ifugao runner Randy Dulnuan who against 300 other runners in the 21-kilometre category of the trekathon. He was triumphant in finishing at a first place with a time of 08:07:30 or eight (8) hours, seven (7) minutes, and thirty (30) seconds while Drexel Dino had a time of 8:11:00 taking up the second place and Archie Dave Gawe became the third placer with a time of 8:11:30.
The event coincided with the 51st founding anniversary of the province of Ifugao. The trekathon started at Kiangan Yamashita Shrine with a route that consisted of fascinating sectors including Bilong, Imbuliklik Rock, Bayninan Open Air Museum, Wingiyon, Bae Rice Terraes, Ambuwaya Lake, Habian, Tandi Mungayang, Cudog, Dullagan and the Lagawe Central School open gym which was the ending point of the trekathon.
It was worthy to mention James Tellias who was a “King of the Mountain” veteran finishing in the fourth place garnering a time of 8:14:20 and Arnel Recopderto who completed the top five (5) elite runners with at time of 8:22:30 finishing 5th place. There was also a special award given to Vermose Ayluna Jr. for finishing the category in 8:34:40.
For the distaff side or the ladies who won in the 21-kilometre category, it was Arlene Uyammi who won the first place with a time of 8:46:22, while the second place was captured by Elmimie Damuggo with a time of 8:51:50 and Maribel Bogbog completed the race with a time of 9:05:50 and became the third place runner of the trekathon.
For the 10-kilometre category, Benzon Binwag was the top finisher with a time of 7:01:13 and Arnel Lucain came a few minutes after with a time of 7:06:13 and Noel Tangid completing the top three (3) finishers with a time of 7:09:10. The distaff side or the ladies winning the top three (3) places for the 10-kilometre category was dominated by Mildred Atluna with a time of 7:25:13 while Mitchie Dacawe was closed enough with a time of 7:26:30 becoming the second finisher and Alyssa Beth Luglug finishing third place with a time of 7:27:59.
The 10-kilometre route consisted of Kiangan Yamashita Shrine, Ambabag, Bae Tice terraces, Ambuwaya Lake, Habian Bridge, Bahawit, ifsu Lagawe, pdwh, Dullagan and the Lagawe Central School.
185 participants in the 21-kilometre category and 114 participants in the 10-kilometre category was the recorded number of participants consisting of elite and amateur runners for the first ever Trekathon of Gotad Ad Ifugao festival.
“Gotad” is an Ifugao term for celebration, or large gathering for thanksgiving, generally, it is a celebration for “people, culture and progress”.
AlTRA100 is an inaugural ultra-trail running event of ALTRA Running Philippines and the 2nd Leg of Conquer Ultra Series.
ALTRA100 will be happening in the highlands of Ifugao, which was designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995 and commonly referred by Filipinos as the “Eight Wonder of the World”.
ALTRA100 will be happening on 29-30 April 2017 at Banaue, Ifugao.
Distances covered for the different race categories are the following:
100K – 102 kilometres, with a total climb of 8.060 metres and a total descent of 8.590 metres
50K – 53.8 kilometres, with a total climb of 3.590 metres and a total descent of 4.130 metres
10K – 10.5 kilometres, with a total climb of 654 metres and a total descent of 651 metres
Cut-Off time and starting point of the different race categories are the following:
100K – 32 hours starting at Awan-igid, Banaue
50K – 15 hours starting at Awan-igid, Banaue
10K – 3 hours starting at Banaue, Banaue
The 100K has an equivalent 5 UTMB points.
The 50K has an equivalent 4 UTMB points.
Registration will be until April 14, 2017.
Banaue is a town on the Cordillera mountain range in the north of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. It is widely known as the site of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces and Bangaan Rice Terraces.
There are no banks nor ATMs in Banaue because it is a very small town. The provincial capital, Lagawe, 25 kilometres south of Banaue, has a branch of Philippine National Bank and an ATM machine that dispenses only a maximum of 4,000 pesos for a single transaction.