July 19, 2024

■  Text: Vince Dangiapo/DOT-CAR / Photos: Vince Dangiapo and Bontoc PIO

The beauty and wonders of Bontoc, Mountain Province and the hospitality of officials and residents made the staging of the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup 2024 on June 19 to 23 a resounding success.

Organized by the Philippine Trail Running Association in partnership with the Southeast Asia Trail Running Confederation and the Department of Tourism-Cordillera, the event hosted some of the elite trail runners from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Also backed by the host municipality and province, the event has proven  Filipino runners, including those in the Cordillera, are at par with athletes from the region.

The event also showcased unity des-pite diversity within the region’s trail-running community.

Congratulations to all the trail finishers and podium winners of the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup. Your remarkable performances and unwavering determination have truly shone through in this challenging competition.

DOT-Cordillera said the event was not only a celebration of athletic excellence but also showcased the natural beauty and cultural richness of Mountain Province.

“From the stunning Maligcong Rice Terraces to the vibrant community and the mountain ranges, Bontoc has proven to be an ideal backdrop for this prestigious competition,” DOT-Cordillera said in a statement.

“Thank you to all participants for your incredible efforts and for making this event a memorable success. Your spirit and dedication highlight the true essence of trail running and inspire us all,” the DOT added.