February 9, 2023

With sports activities still limited in Baguio, a new sport will be introduced at the Athletic Bowl for the residents to maintain a healthy lifestyle when the city transitions from modified general community quarantine to new normal.
Paul Rillorta of the City Sports and Recreation Division said the obstacle course race (OCR) will soon be introduced to residents with the ongoing creation of the race course at the Athletic Bowl.
“The creation of the trail is ongoing. We are doing a simple trail,” Rillorta said, adding there is a plan to convert the vacant grassy and tree-lined portion of the Athletic Bowl complex into an OCR venue.
But the OCR, which is a competitive sport event, is not yet allowed under the MGCQ.
OCR is being highly encouraged in the highlands, as Baguio athletes are known for their endurance reason that they excel in duathlon and triathlon competitions.
Among them is Baguio triathlete Sandi Menchi Abahan, who won gold in the five-kilometer event of the OCR when it was introduced in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
While physical distancing is highly observed in OCR events, Rillorta said that only recreational sports are allowed while the city is under MGCQ.
Recreational sports include running, walking, jogging, biking, and zumba. Basketball, volleyball, and competitive sports calendared in inter-school, division and regional competitions are not yet permitted under the present set-up or in the near future. – Ofelia C. Empian