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Introduction

The 50km Cordillera Mountain Ultra turns around Mt. Ugo in Benguet. Topping out at 2150m it features long ridge lines covered in Pine forests as well as superb views of the West Philippine sea, the entire Agno River Valley as well as the Cagayan Valley of Nueva Vizcaya. The event has grown into one of the most popular in Asia Trail Master over the years and a cult event in Asia throughout. While shorter distances are also available in this event, the 50 km - officially 47,5 km - is a great opportunity for beginning trail runners to get a taste of ultra or mountain running. It is tough, yet not excessively so.

As in 2018, the CMU, as the event is known in short, is the Philippines SuperTrail in our Championship series, meaning all finishers score 50 bonus points for the championship ranking.

Event website

Go to the official event website for all the small details and fine print

2019 novelties

95% of the course is now over single track footpaths and forested trails which will make it much less hot than previous years. Despite the subtracted distance the new course also features a bit more climbing than previous with 3270m of Climbing and descending compared to the previous at 2800m. But we have still maintained a roughly runnable course with about 35kms of the course over runnable trails and the remaining kms over steeper climbing. Total GPS distance is 47,5 km.

The views for 2019 will feature a seldom seen side of Mt. Ugo through the flanks of Mt. Marikit and its rock formations as well as the remote village of Ambasa in Tinongdan and climbing through the steeper western side of Mt. Ugo. While there have been some major changes to the course in 2019 we have maintained approximately 60% of the same course as previous years.

We expect finishing times to be more or less the same as previous years if not slightly faster given the cooler temperature for the entire course as we have designed the course around a similar set of parameters with enough good runnable single track and enough climbing and descending to keep it interesting.  

International gateway

Fly to Clark if you can to cut the bus journey to Baguio by half. Hong Kong and Singapore have flights to Clark. Alternative is Manila, from where many busses leave for Baguio, some of which direct. V Liner was sponsor of the event in 2018 and may again be in 2019. Stay tuned for details. V Liner offered direct busses from Manila for runners.

Accommodation: CMU has the custom of having its participants staying in local village guesthouses. Alternatively, you can stay in Baguio City but note that the distance from the city to the race venue Tinongdan is farther away than for the Akyathlon.

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