Pilipinas Akyathlon® International Skyrace


Pilipinas Akyathlon International Skyrace

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PlLIPINAS AKYATHLON®: The Philippine International SKYRACE™

18 February 2012, Saturday, 6:30am, Mt. Ugo, Itogon, Benguet, Philippines


This is the Philippines’ first international SKYRACE™ (high-altitude mountain trailrunning race) and is part of the 2012 SKYRUNNER™ World Series Trials. “Akyat” in the vernacular translates to “climb.”

Pre-register by e-mailing to [email protected] with the following information

  1. Name
  2. Gender
  3. Birthdate
  4. Mobile number
  5. Country represented

Race Course Description

This is a 33-km out-and-back race, starting from the Barangay (Village) Hall of Tinongdan (779 masl) in the Municipality of Itogon, Province of Benguet. The first 1.7km is a downhill run on paved road to the start of the trail (499 masl). From this point, the route to the summit is mostly uphill with a total elevation gain of 1858 meters, and loss of 195 meters. The scenic route will showcase magnificent views of surrounding mountains, including portions of Binga and Ambuklao dams as far away as Pangasinan. It will navigate through pine forest trails and 3 sitios: Cayuco, Cawayan and Lusod which lead to vantage points where other peaks in Benguet can be seen. The turnaround point will be at the summit of Mt Ugo (2162 masl). The 16.4-km route from the summit to the finish is a mirror image of the route to the summit, and concludes with a 1.7-km (280m vertically) ascend to the finish line at the hall of Barangay Tinongdan.

Getting to the Race Site

Foreign participants can get to the Philippines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manilla (300 km to Baguio City) or at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark (200 km to Baguio City). Pasay or Cubao, Metro Manila to Baguio City Victory Liner buses (www.victoryliner.com) leave for Baguio City from Pasay or Cubao every hour, 24 hours a day. Travel time is 6 to 8 hours for regular aircon buses and 4.5 to 6 hours for deluxe buses. Fare is Php455 for regular aircon buses and Php715 for deluxe buses. The Pasay terminal is closer to the Manila Airport than the Cubao terminal. Upon arriving at the Baguio City terminal, take a taxi to your designated hotel in Baguio City.

Foreign participants can get transport information and assistance from DOT when traveling using the recommended schedule. Please email your flight details.

Baguio City to Tinongdan, Itogon. From 4:30 to 5:00 am, on race day, Jeepneys (passenger jeeps) will be arranged, free of charge, to shuttle all participants from Baguio to the start line. Transportation will also be arranged for the day of course familiarization (Feb. 15). Those who wish to visit or proceed to Tinongdan earlier can take a taxi or coordinate with the organizers for possible sharing of rides with other participants. Distance is only 20km but travel time can take up to 1 hour.


Hundreds of hotels and inns are available in Baguio City. Please contact the organizers if you need assistance. In Tinongdan, Itogon, dormitory, homestay and camping grounds are available on first-come, first serve basis. Bring your own sleeping gear.

Awards and Prizes

Trophies and valuable outdoors prizes will be awarded to the top 3 overall winners in both the male and female categories. Medals and valuable prizes will be awarded to the top 3 runners, male & female in the 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and above age groups.
All finishers will receive a medal, finisher’s t-shirt and will be qualified for raffle prizes.

Recommended Schedule

February 14 –Travel Day: Arrival at Diosdado Macapagal Int’l Airport
February 15 – course familiarization; Colos Festival
February 17 – Welcome Dinner & Race Orientation (5:00 pm Baguio)
February 18

4:00am Assembly ROX Baguio
4:30am Jeepneys leave for Itogon ROX Baguio
5:30am Check-in; Race briefing Bgy Tinongdan
6:30am Start of the Akyathlon® Bgy Tinongdan
11:30am Cut-off at the summit Mt Ugo, 2150 masl
12:00nn Start of post-race lunch Bgy Tinongdan
3:00pm Awarding Ceremonies Bgy Tinongdan
3:30pm Cut-off at the finish line Bgy Tinongdan
4:00pm Jeepneys leave for Baguio Bgy Tinongdan

February 19 – Departure/Travel Day

Race Guidelines

  • Each runner must be self-contained and self-reliant, complete with hydration pack or fuel belt, trail food and first aid kit. Suggested things to bring: headgear, headlamp, raincoat.
  • The supplied race number bibs must be worn/pinned at the front and back of each runner.
  • Water loading stations will be available at the Start/Finish line area, 5km mark (10km mark and the turnaround point at Mt Ugo Summit (16.4km mark).
  • The trail will be marked with ribbons and directional signs will be installed at appropriate junctions.
  • Race marshals will be stationed along the course.
  • The use of trekking poles is permitted.
  • Bringing of mobile phone is encouraged (fully charged and with adequate load).
  • A no-drafting rule (10 meters distance maintained) will be enforced over the foot bridge portion of the course (to safeguard against exceeding the carrying capacity of the bridge).
  • 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.

Registration Fee

For local Philippine runners:

  • Php1,500 until 30 November 2011.
  • Php1,800 until 31 December 2011
  • Php2,000 until 31 January 2012.
  • Php2,500 until 17 February 2012.

*USD50 for foreign entries payable on Feb. 17 during race kit claiming.

Payment by local residents can be made by depositing the fee to BPI current account number 3191-0473-02 of Philippine Skyrunning Association, Inc.

Email scanned deposit slip (with your name) to [email protected]

Event Organizer: Philippine Skyrunning Association

Event Hosts: Province of Benguet, Municipality of Itogon, Barangay of Tinongdan

Event Supporters: Department of Tourism – CAR

Event Partners: Rope Access Services & Consulting Inc, High Angle Rescue Team of the Philippines

Event Sponsors: Salomon, ROX

This is a GREEN EVENT. We endeavor to reduce the use of plastic, paper and other non-essential resources.

More information will be posted at www.philskyrunning.com and our Facebook Page facebook.com/PhilippineSkyrunningAssociation