March 3, 2024

Trail runners will have a blast treading through the scenic trails of the highlands with a mountain marathon set March 29 in Sagada, Mountain Province.
Now on its sixth season, the Sagada mountain marathon features 42-kilometer, 25-km, and 10-km runs organized by local running group Team Tagtag.
The run was originally set December last year but was reset for 2020 due to unforeseen circumstances and incidents, according to organizers.
Gun starts at 4:30 a.m. for the 42-km, 5:00 a.m. for the 25-km, and 5:30 a.m. for the 10-km run going through the main thoroughfares of Sagada.  
Cut-off time for the 42-km is 14 hours while participants for 25-km must finish within 10 hours. Cut-off time for the 10-km category is four hours.
The 42-km registration fee is P2,500 for Sagada locals and P2,800 for regular participants. Registration fee for the 25-km is P1,500 for locals and P1,800 is for other participants while local runners for the 10-km will pay P700 and P1,000 for regular participants.
Registration is ongoing until March 15. Organizers reminded participants that there will be no on-site registration.
Registration sites in Sagada are at Something Sagada Souvenirs in Poblacion, Sagada; 502 Trading and Residential Lodge while the registration areas in Bontoc are at the CVM Outdoors in Poblacion and Tagtag Cafe in Omfeg. This is strictly for local participants only.
For online registration and more information, visit the organizers’ FB Page: Team Tagtag or email [email protected].
Meanwhile, the Baguio Marathon fires off Feb. 23, with 5-km, 12-km, 21-km, and 42-km categories that is pure road run.
Participants will go through the Camp John Hay route going through the winding Loakan Road and will snake through the Kennon Road course, then towards Happy Hallow course going back to CJH.
Cash prizes and finisher’s medals await top finishers of the event organized by the Baguio Marathon.
“Last year, we supported Baguio paralytic athletes but this year we want to scout a new breed of athletes to support and send to international events,” organizers said. 
Also, the event will help organizers establish a nursery of pine tree seedlings “for a more affordable tree planting activity.” – Ofelia C. Empian