December 6, 2023

The Altra100 that features ultramarathon with 100 miles, 100 kilometers, 50-km., 25-km., and 12-km. is back and slated in Banaue, Ifugao on Aug. 25 to 27. 

Organizers said runners will not only go through the Unesco world heritage site Banaue Rice Terraces but will also traverse the towns of Banaue and Hungduan, also in Ifugao and Barlig, Mountain Province.

“This race provides runners the opportunity to visit isolated native villages and run through their local trails, hanging bridges, and mossy forests with massive ascend and descend,” the organizers said.

Included in the race are the Mt. Amuyao and Mt. Napulauan and some of the great rice terraces built more than 2,000 years ago. 

Registration for the race has already closed with organi-zers expecting not only locals but also international athletes who became staple runners since the inaugural launch of the race in 2017 in Banaue. 

Finishers’ medals await all finishers of the grueling race while top three podium hitters will get trophies and other exciting prizes.  

The last Altra 100 was held before the pandemic in 2019.

The last event was topped by local ultrarunner Roman Cumahling of Banaue Trailers Team with a time of 39:09:34 trailed by fellow Cordilleran ultrarunner Jovencio Luspian of Team Altra PH with 44:51:53.8 time while Jed Ryan Rosell of Team Basekamp settled for third place with 45:41:05.6 time.

The overall top three winners of the 100 miles or 160-km.race outran the 15 racers during the category.

In the distaff side, the 2019 overall winner was Novena Menci Manacnes with a time of 53:04:05 conquering the 100 miles and was also the lone lady racer during the event. – Ofelia C. Empian