Date: 4/5 March 2017
Race venue: Dalupirit, Itogon, Benguet
Event organiser: Cordillera Conservation Trust
Race distance: 50 km (21 km and Vertical Run also available)
Elevation gain: 2640 hm (50km)
Race starting time: 4.30 a.m.
Cut-off time: 18:00 (13 hours)
Asia Trail Master finisher points: 100 (50 km)
Max performance points: 400
Grandmaster Quest: No
Event website: Link
Event registration: CLOSED (20 March)
International gateway: Manila or Clark Airports
2016 Male Champion: Marcelino Sano-Oy (6:06:36)
2016 Female Champion: Gretchen Felipe (7:25:58)
The Cordillera Mountain Ultra is a showcase of the beauty of the Pine Clad mountain forests of the Cordillera Region. Situated on the southern slopes of Mt. Ugo in the town of Itogon the Cordillera Mountain Ultra will feature 3 events: The 50km Ultra Marathon, 21km Mountain Run, and a Vertical KM the day before on Saturday.
The event is to the benefit of the Cordillera Conservation Trust, to which participants and their companions can contribute by donations or raising funds, or by purchasing a nice pack of locally roasted coffee. Asia Trail Master supports this cause and you can read more about it here.
The Cordillera Mountain Ultra is a physically demanding event and participants should come to the event physically prepared for the rigours of the trail.
The 50km Cordillera Mountain Ultra will traverse 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 race starts with a run through the Agno River valley to the small village of Tabu, from here it is a steep vertical km up to the village of Bantik where superb views of the Agno River and the West Philippine Sea can be had. From the top of the ridge it is a 5 km downhill run to the village of Uling and then a long 15km Pine forest ridge that will lead you to the top of Mt. Ugo. From the summit of Mt. Ugo you will descend 15kms through the village of Lusod to the village of Tinungdan cross a few hanging bridges and then run through the rice fields by the banks of the Agno river for the last 10kms to the finish line in Dalupirip.
You can check up on the list of entry conditions, mandatory gear, as well as environmental and cultural regulations via the tech sheet on the event website. Logistical information on where to stay and how to get to the race venue is also available there.
From the airports in Manila or Clark, you need to make your way to Baguio first, from where there are public jeeps that leave for Dalupirip twice a day from the Dangwa station besides the public market in Baguio City. Taxis from Baguio are also possible for approx PhP 500.
Runners who fly in to Manila from abroad can make use of the organised van service to be driven to Dalupirip. Please read details here and book in advance.
Lodging options are the following and you may reserve with them directly: These are homestays in Dalupirip which will be either simple beds or mats on the floor.
Lita Montes: 0912 941 8013: Total Capacity: 27
June Colas: 0918 790 9635: Total Capacity: 29
For the Elementary and High Schools: Please email the local event organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading reservation for School Lodging with the number of people who will be staying there.
Elementary School: Only Matts on the Floor: Total Capacity: 25
High School: Only Matts on the Floor: Total Capacity: 60
Lodging costs: W/ Bed: P250, Matts on Floor P100
You also have the option to camp out by the river if you bring your own tent.
You may also stay in Hotels in Baguio City and travel to Dalupirip approximately 1 hour to the race start. But we recommend staying in Dalupirip in order to experience the race village vibe.
More logistical details on the event website.