Baguio City, Philippines, 26 January 2017 – frontRUNNER Magazine formally announced the staging of the 6th edition of the King of the Mountain (KOTM) Trail Run Philippines series of races in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT)-CAR’s REV-BLOOM Campaign.
KOTM is set to commence its first of five races, the Mount Ugo Marathon and Half Marathon on February 19th.
Old Spanish Trail 50K and Four Lakes 100K will be held simultaneously on April 1st, while KOTM’s centerpiece event, the Hardcore Hundred Miles (H1) and its shorter version, the Pulag 100K (P1) will take place from May 19-20, 2017.
All races start and finish in the town of Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, a 1 1/2 –hour drive from Baguio City
Part of the proceeds from KOTM races is devoted to outreach programs in the provinces of Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao.
Every year since 2012, when the first edition of KOTM was held, the organizers have been donating school supplies, footwear, athletic equipment, and the like to students in remote villages in support of Dep Ed’s “Brigada Eskuwela” project.
They have also organized medical missions, and given infrastructure assistance to several upland communities.
Undertakings of late include the “Light-a-Home” project which involved the distribution of portable solar lamps to around 1,000 families, and “Adopt-a-KOTM scholar” program wherein deserving students are extended financial assistance to help them complete their education.
This year, frontRUNNER has committed to donating seedlings to the LGU’s of Kayapa and itogon to assist them in efforts to keep their communities green.
DOT Regional Director for the Cordilleras, Ms. Venus Marie Tan congratulated the KOTM organizers for creating sporting activities that are aligned with “REV-BLOOM”. This pro-active tourism campaign focuses on the revival of Baguio City and surrounding areas as beautiful tourist destinations while observing the principles of ecological protection and conservation.
“We support KOTM because these events not only promote eco-tourism, but also adhere to the concept of sustainable development, which is the core of REV-BLOOM. This is all about caring for the environment,” Director Tan said.
KOTM races are accredited by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) based in France, passing its strict standards for quality of organization, technical characteristics of the course, and concern for the environment.. They are all point-earning races for Europe’s biggest and most popular trail running event, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).
Hardcore Hundred Miles (H1), the longest trail run in the Philippines to date, is also a qualifying race for America’s oldest ultramarathon, the Western States Endurance Run, and another popular 100-miler in the U.S. called Hardrock 100.
“This race is open to everyone who meets the qualifying requirements and is strongly recommended for those who seek an escape from the urban jungle, Race Director Jonel Mendoza, said. “It is an opportunity to appreciate life and God’s gifts to us, and better than taking drugs, it is guaranteed to give one a new and different kind of high. Just make sure to train for it,” he added.
KOTM is organized by frontRUNNER Magazine in cooperation with the local government units of Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya; Itogon and Kabayan, Benguet.
This year’s series is powered by the DOT-CAR “REV-BLOOM” Campaign and supported by Dole-Philippines, Universal Robina Corporation, Papa John’s Pizza, Milo Nutri-Up, Gatorade, San Miguel Beer, Ahon Socks, Amihan Sports Gear, Brooks; official hotel partners Conrad Manila and Victoria Court; and outreach partners CONDURA and the Climb Against Cancer group.
For more information on King of the Mountain Trail races, visit the official website (http://www.kotmtrailrun.com).