December 5, 2022

Biking enthusiasts are invited to join the 1st Bike for Hope on May 8 in Ambuklao, Itogon, Benguet.

This will be the second Ambuklao Mountain Bike Challenge that will benefit one of the programs of the Department of Education-Cordillera.

The race will start at the Binga Dam main gate and will end at Mason Arc view deck along Ambuklao Road.

“This mountain bike challenge aims to promote healthy living through biking, strengthen camaraderie among all bikers, and raise funds for the project ‘Salaknib tan namnama’,” said event organizer Samuel Egsaen, Jr.

Egsaen, who is also the OIC-Assistant Schools Division superintendent of DepEd-Benguet, said the Salaknib tan namnama, an Ibaloy phrase for saving and giving hope, was conceptualized by DepEd-Cordillera to raise hope and restore self-worth among learners, who had troubling experiences during this pandemic.

There will be separate male and female road bike open categories, female mountain bike open category, as well as age group categories for 12 years old below, 13 to 17 years old, 18 to 29 years old, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, and 60 years old and above.

Registration fee is P500 inclusive of race bib and morning snack.

Interested participants may register at JKL Bike Shop, Km. 3, Magsaysay Avenue; Toyville Bike Park and Accessories Store at Baguio Centermall; Arteos Coffee Shop at Ambuklao Road, Itogon; and Saleng Bike Care Services at Scout Barrio, Baguio City. 

Prizes await winners for all categories: P1,500 and medal for champions; P1,200 and medal for second placers; P800 and medal for third placers; and medal for 4th to 10th placers.

There will be no onsite registration for the event, which starts at 8 a.m. with mass start per category. Minimum health protocols are to be observed.

For more information, contact Sammy at 0929-862-5091 or Janry at 0910-317-9191.

The organizers delivered 900 reams of bond paper to Dep-Ed Besao district in Mountain Province on April 9 from the “Bike for School” events they earlier mounted as well as donations from sponsors and donors who were mostly from Besao. – Ofelia C. Empian