For those who missed the January 20 race orientation, here are some things to note and follow:

The race distance is about 23 kilometers from Camp 6 Kennon Road Toll Gate, up to Mt. Sto. Tomas Peak, through to Mt. Cabuyao Peak, down to the Finish Line at Tuba Town Hall.  The first 10 kilometers is mostly single track trail and rough road.  The path down to the finish line is mostly paved and rough road.  Our top Filipino Skyrunner, Wigan Taguyungon and seasoned mountain racer Francis Cosgrave will be joining this race.  This is a test race for the October 8 Philippine International SKYRACE.

All finishers will receive a medal and event t-shirt.  Post-race lunch will be served at the Tuba Town Hall.  Overall and category winners will receive token handicraft trophies.

Event Schedule:

Jan 28, 2011 Friday

  • Arrival of runners to Baguio

Jan 29, 2011 Saturday

  • 4:30AM – Assembly at Tuba Town Hall (Finish Line area), Distribution of race number bibs, Departure of Jeepneys to Camp 6 Kennon Road Toll Gate (Starting Line)
  • 5:00AM – Assembly at Camp 6 Kennon Road Toll Gate, Race Briefing, Distribution of remaining race number bibs, Race Briefing, Inspection of first aid kit, hydration and food supplies.
  • 6:00AM – Start of the Akyathlon
  • 12:00PM – Free lunch and Awarding Ceremonies
  • 12:00-5:00PM – Organizers standby for remaining finishers
  • To get to Baguio, you may travel with own vehicle or better yet take Victory Liner which departs every hour from Malibay Pasay and Cubao.  Fare is about ₱400.  Travel time is 5~6 hours.  Deluxe buses from Malibay or Cubao takes only 4.5 hours.  Departure time is 1145pm.  Fare is ₱715.  See www.victoryliner.com for other departure times and more details.
  • On race day, you may opt to go to Tuba Town Hall (4:30AM) so you can leave your things not needed for the race.  This location is also the Finish Line.  Those bringing their own vehicle can also park here.  Take the pre-arranged waiting jeepneys to the Starting Line, 15 kilometers away.  Fare of ₱50 per passenger will be charged.
  • Others may opt to go directly to the stating line (5:00AM) at Camp 6 Kennon Road Toll Gate.  This area is about 12 kilometers from Session Road Baguio City but Taxis will be hesitant to bring you there.  Normal taxi fare is about ₱100 but the taxi driver may charge extra.
  • Taxi fare from Baguio City to Tuba Town hall is about ₱70.  Buses from Manila Passes through Tuba (via Marcos Highway, now named Palispis Highway) on the way to Baguio.  You can ask the bus conductor to let you alight at the Tuba junction along Palispis Highway (Petron) or “Talipapa,” and make a short ride or walk to the Tuba Town Hall.
  • Each runner must be self-contained and self-reliant, complete with hydration pack or hydration belt, trail food and first aid kit (Betadine, cotton, Bandaid, bandage) and mobile phone.
  • 2 race race number bibs will be provided and must be worn/pinned at the front and back of each runner (on top of back pack if you have one)
  • Weather will be cold (and will feel colder to those walking).  It is advisable to wear long pants or tights, long sleeve shirts or arm visors, head gear with ear covering (bonnet), gloves, and bring extra jacket in your pack.  Also bring a raincoat or large plastic bag for protection against possible rain.
  • Water loading stations will be available at the Tuba Town Hall, water source between the Start and Peak, at Sto. Tomas peak, Cabuyao peak, and Finish line.
  • The trail will be marked with blue ribbons, directional signs will be installed at appropriate junctions.
  • Race marshals will be stationed along the course.
  • Two response teams are posted at pre-determined spots along the course.
  • The use of trekking poles is permitted.
  • Emergency mobile numbers will be distributed on race day.
  • Those who decide to quite the race, must text/call the race organizers about his/her decision immediately so we can effect proper assistance and recording.
  • There is no specific cut-off for this race. But those not making it to the Mt. Sto. Tomas Peak by 11:00AM will be encouraged to ride a vehicle to Tuba Town Hall.
  • In case of serious injuries of a fellow runner or other emergencies, runners are obligated to pause with his/her racing, extend the appropriate help, and call/text the race organizer.

Thanks to the support of the Mayors Office of Tuba and its Sanguniang Bayan, the Benguet Governors Office, the various Barangays in Tuba (Camp 6, Poblacion, etc.), as well as the PNP, Philippines Army and other agencies.

Race well, be safe and have fun!

For more information visit philskyrunning.com/events/pilipinas_akyathlon

1 Response to “PILIPINAS AKYATHLON: The Philippine SKYRACE”

  1. 1 John Y. Achapero
    2011-01-30 at 2:06 AM

    This is the most difficult, exciting, fun race i’ve ever encountered, and if your not prepared don’t dare to challenge it like i do ‘coz until now my my quadriceps,hamstring gluteus and feet still aching… but i really enjoyed the race…

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