Introducing the Mount Apo Sky Race on Mindanao
We are happy to announce a new addition to the 2016 Asia Trail Master series with the 2nd Mount Apo Sky Race. A 70km run to the summit of the highest mountain, also a volcano, in the Philippines. Scheduled for 23 April, the event near Davao on Mindanao is the third points-scoring race in the Philippines on our calendar.
Runners will start from almost sea level (the beach is not far from the start), and should consider the elevation gain is very relevant: Mount Apo is 2954m high, and total elevation gain for the 70km race has been measured as 4000hm. Less ambitious runners can aim for a 32km option. As an interesting add-on, the start and finish of the race is next to the San Miguel Brewery.
This is a young race in a very young running community. Whereas running events on Luzon Island have become quite numerous the last few years, on Mindanao they are still rare. Race organiser Doi Calbes is a fervent trail runner and hiker himself and knows his home region inside out. Davao City is not far from the event venue, and neither are the famous beaches and hotel resorts in case participants wish to relax and extend their stay in the area following the ascent of Mount Apo.
The main race measures 70km and so qualifies for 1 point in the Grandmaster Quest.
Registration for international runners will open this week via the Asia Trail Master platform.