Date: 26 November 2017
Race venue: Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City, Clark, Luzon
Event organiser: Jon Lacanlale
Race distance: 82km / 60 km
Elevation gain: 3120 Hm (82km)
Race starting time: 1:00 a.m.
Cut-off time: 18 hours (82km) ; 16 hours (60km)
Asia Trail Master finisher points: 150 (82km) 110 (60km) SUPERTRAIL BONUS!
Max performance points: 400
Grandmaster Quest: 1 point (82km)
Event website: Link
Event registration: opening soon
International gateway: Clark or Manila
The 7th edition of the CM 50 race, as it is called in short, is the Philippines' SuperTrail and deservedly so. The event has over the years developed into a classic on the trail calendar, and was hailed as one of the best, if not the best, event organisations on the circuit last year. The route is relatively straight-forward, yet not to be underestimated, and the atmosphere sublime.
Both distance starts in Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City and will take runners to an out-and-back course on footpath connecting Clark (formerly Clark Air Base of the American servicemen and during pre-WWII, it was called Fort Stotsenburg) to the scenic Miyamit Falls in Porac, Pampanga. It is an old trail used primarily by Aetas to travel from their ancestral land, Clark and other neighboring areas. The route will take runners from Tennis Court area of Clark Parade Ground (Start/Finish line) at Clark Freeport Zone (formerly Clark Air Base), Gate 14, Sacobia River, Puning Spa, Sitio Target, up the dirt road covering the sugar cane plantation, Sitio Ebus (Aeta community), down to the expansive Pasig-Potrero River (river crossing), parallel dirt road along SCTEX, Crow Creek (Sapang Uwak), passing through the Aeta community, then up to Miyamit Falls and the peak (about 3kms to caldera of Mt. Pinatubo) and back to Clark. The race is physically demanding and requires enough preparation and conditioning.
Runners may get to Clark via the Clark International Airport in Clark (Luzon) (airport is also known as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) then hire an airport taxi (CM50 venue is only 4-5 kms away from the Clark Airport!) and instruct the driver to take you to Tennis Court of the Clark Parade Ground (there is only 1 tennis court in the Parade).
Another route is via Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila (120 or so kilometers to Clark) or by provincial buses from Manila or other neighboring places by alighting at Dau bus terminal in Pampanga and commute (jeepney, taxi or tricycle) to get to the Tennis Court area inside Clark.
The official hotel partner in 2017 is Quest Hotel & Conference Center. Please stay tuned for more details.
The VILLAGES is another great choice. Race participants can book a standard or premium unit at a special discounted rate. Arrangement can also be made for vehicle services. http://www.thevillagesatglobalclark.com/
Prices: The premium townhome at P6,000 per night and the standard townhome for P4,750.
The premium townhome sleeps 6 adults (2 king upstairs and 2 single beds or 1 king downstairs) and offers 2 full bathrooms plus a comfy living and dining area and a second floor balcony with great views of the fields and mountains beyond.
For the budget conscious, we offer basic amenities in our standard townhome sleeps 4 adults (2 twin beds upstairs and down) and offers two full bathrooms.
Our facilities include a swimming pool, clubhouse and sundeck.