September 23, 2023

A trail run for-a-cause is set on May 20 in Bontoc, Mountain Province to help the families and individuals affected by the April 11 fire in the capital town’s central business district.

Organized by Tawid Marathon, the event is a 12-kilometer fun group trail run without aid stations where participants will go through the scenic sites of the municipality, which has been a hospitable town for trail running community through the years. 

The organizers said it will be primarily a fund-raising event in the spirit of og-ogfo or bayanihan that will gather running enthusiasts to enjoy the outdoors together without competition. 

“This is a self-sufficient event and non-competitive as we are raising as much money to help the victims,” the organizers said.

On April 11, a se-cond alarm fire razed 34 residential and commercial establishments which resulted in the displacement of 96 families or 194 individuals at Loc-ong, Poblacion. 

Interested participants have three options: Avail the t-shirt for a P1,000 re-gistration fee; join the event and not avail the t-shirt for a P500 fee; or avail the t-shirt and not join the event for a P600 registration fee.

The registration link is posted at the Tawid Mountain Marathon Facebook account. More information will be released soon by the organizers.

Meanwhile, the organizers are also gearing up for the Tawid Mountain Marathon 2023 featuring 42-km., 24-km., 12-km., and six-km for 13 to 18 year-olds on June 11.

The event will lead participants through the rice terraces, lakes, plateau, ridges, and other breathtaking landscapes such as an overview of the Maligcong Rice Terraces at Mt. Kupapey.

Registration is ongoing with the 42-km. at P3,500; 24-km. at P2,500; 12-km. at P1,500; and P500 for six-km.

Participants who are Bontoc residents will be entitled to a P500 discount in all races except for the six-km.

The fee includes race kit, event shirt, trail snacks and aid stations, trail fee, finishers’ token and certificate, post-race meals, and snacks during the orientation. 

The TMM is also one of the qualifying races of the Philippine Trail Running Championship.

For more information, contact the Tawid Mountain Marathon Facebook account. – Ofelia C. Empian