500 participants from over 30 countries joined this year
Up to 500 participants of all ages (including kids!) from over 30 countries joined this year’s Cordillera Mountain Ultra (CMU) at the beautiful pine-clad mountain forests of the Cordillera Region, which is home to several indigenous groups and is one of the major watersheds of northern Luzon with a total drainage area estimated at 5M hectares. The marathon is one of the 30 races at the Asia Trail Masters Series, a hiking event designed to create opportunities for an entire continent to pay homage to the wild spaces by running through them.
The Cordillera Conservation Trust* holds the annual mountain marathon — going on its milestone fifth year in 2020 — on the southern slopes of Mount Ugo in the town of Itogon in Benguet, Philippines. The group aims to establish a sustainable “adventure economy” in the area, while protecting and enhancing the surrounding natural environment.
Here are the highlights from this year’s marathon:
Registration for the fifth Cordillera Mountain Ultra (March 7 and 8, 2020) starts September 1. It features four marathon options for adults: Vertical KM; 10km trail run; 21km Mountain Run; and the ultimate — 50km Ultra Marathon. It can be a family event, with a 3km Kiddie Trail offered to those who are bringing their children, or those who simply prefer an easier route. Find out more details about the event: fb.com.com/events/315950995779221/
*All photos courtesy of JP Alipio, the Executive Director of the Cordillera Conservation Trust and the Race Director for the Cordillera Mountain Ultra. He is a National Geographic Explorer, environmental conservationist and an experienced mountain runner. fb.com/cordillera.conservation.trust
Cebu Pacific flies to Manila and Clark, where there are hourly buses that can take you to Benguet. cebupacificair.com