June 21, 2024

Trail runners will be back on the scenic trails in Baguio and some part of Benguet when the third edition of the Itogonia Trail Run 2022 kicks off at Camp John Hay on June 5.

Interested participants may choose between 32 kilometers (K), 16K, 8K, and 3K, as the organizers – Itogonia and Active Pinas – assured runners will definitely enjoy the scenic routes that connect Baguio to Itogon, Benguet.

“The foot race takes you from the nostalgic feel of Camp John Hay to the sheer beauty of Itogon’s mountains,” the organizers said.

In keeping with the pandemic’s health protocols, all participants must be fully vaccinated. Organizers may allow unvaccinated or partially vaccinated runners provided they will present a negative antigen test result taken at least a day before the event.

The registration period started on April 21 and to end at 8 p.m. of May 21.

Participants for the 32K must be 18 years old and above and have finished at least a 21K road or trail run workout by presenting any fitness-tracking application. Registration for the category is P2,400 for early birds, P2,500 for regular, and P2,750 for late registrants.

The race period for this category, which is an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc world series qualifier, is from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Those joining the 16K must also be 18 years old and above and must have completed at least a 10K road or trail run recorded in any fitness-tracking app. Registration is P1,300 for early bird, P1,500 for regular, and P1,750 for late registrants.

The race period for the category is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 8K and 3K are open for runners 12 years old and below, who must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Registration for 8K is P800 for early bird, P1,000 for regular, and P1,250 for late registrants; while the fee for the 3K is P600 for early bird, P800 for regular, and P1,000 for late registrants.

The race period for 8K is from 8 to 11 a.m. while the 3K race period is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The registration fee is inclusive of event singlet, timing chip, drawstring bag, course markings, well-stocked aid stations, post-race snacks, and raffle tickets. Participants for the 32K will be given a finisher’s shirt.

All racers in all categories, who complete the race within the course cut-off time, will receive a finisher’s medal.

The top three male and female finishers in each category will each receive a winner’s trophy while there will be top three finishers per age group in the 32K aside from the top three overall winner. The age groups are 18 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, and 50 and above.

For additional details, interested participants may send SMS in any of these numbers: 0917-855-0368, 001830957722, or 8529316799. Also, you may click this link for the complete details of the events: https://www.facebook.com/events /3447682582178913. – Harley F. Palangchao