Taray Pamulinawen 2011: Laoag Sand Dunes Challenge

After the huge success of “Run Ahead, Raising A Roof” Run held in Laoag City last December of 2009, Triathlete/Runner & Race organizer Faivo Bartolome brings another unique event up North, the “Taray Pamulinawen 2011, Laoag Sand Dunes Challenge” to be held on February 26, 2011 and will start and end at the Laoag City Hall.

This race, hosted by the Laoag City government will be a first of a kind wherein runners will be running in the Sand Dunes of La Paz, a municipality of Laoag which is well-known for being the setting of well-known foreign films like Tom Cruise’s “Born On The Fourth Of July,” Mel Gibson’s “Mad Max” series and local films like Nora Aunor’s “Himala” and the “Panday” series of the late Fernando Poe, Jr.

La Paz sand dunes (2009)

from another angle (also 2009)

Also known as “The Desert of the North,” the sand dunes of La Paz offers a very challenging terrain not only with its varied uphill climbs but also for its arduous surface which is like threading on very soft and deep desert sands and would be twice as difficult to traverse whenever strong gales coming from the Pacific Ocean blows the sand away and is quite painful once the sand gets into your eyes.

Established vehicle trails toward the sand dunes

Sand dunes during the rainy season (2010)

The Taray Pamulinawen 2011 Sand Dunes Challenge is envisioned to become one of the North’s biggest and unique running events that will highlight the City of Laoag as a major tourist destination and an investment mecca.

Make sure to spot this sign when in Laoag

The route will cover some of the most scenic spots in Laoag like its centuries old churches, pristine beaches and some of the old landmarks of the city.  The race will feature a 10-mile trail run (which will include the sand dunes), a 10k Road Run, 5k Road Run, 3k Family Run and a 750 meter Kids Dash.

Ilocos Norte Capitol, also in Laoag City

Registration fees are as follows (per participant):

Jan 03 – 31
Feb 01 – 19
Feb 20 – 23
10mi Trail ₱350.00 ₱400.00 ₱500.00
10K ₱150.00 ₱200.00 ₱250.00
5K ₱150.00 ₱200.00 ₱250.00
3K Family ₱150.00 ₱200.00 ₱250.00
750m Kids ₱100.00 ₱125.00 ₱150.00

Download registration form here.  For more information visit www.laoagcity.gov.ph or contact Mr. Faivo Bartolome at +63 917 553 0050.

10 miles route

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For some ideas on what you can do in Ilocos, here are my past Ilocos chronicles:

Dinakdakan Chronicles (2010):

Pinakbet Chronicles (2009):

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