July 24, 2024

For safety purposes, the Takure Trail downhill ride earlier scheduled on Aug. 30 has been moved to a later date due to the rising Covid-19 cases in Tublay, Benguet.
Organizer Jey-m Miguel, Jr. said registered participants of the event for-a-cause can ask for a refund or wait for the rescheduled date.
Organized by D’Ridge and Team Ulaw Highland Crew in partnership with the local government of Tublay, the event will supposedly feature the 19 under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 and up categories, including the senior and ladies’ sides.
It was earlier set at the Polig track at Km. 21, Ambassador, Tublay where the giant takure is located. The area is also a favorite downhill bike ride spot for endurance sports enthusiasts due to its downhill slope road aside from the scenic view along the routes.
The event with a participation fee of P300 was set to help for the medication of Oliver Ablaze Miguel, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 
Tublay Mayor Arman Lauro said all tourist sites in the municipality are temporarily closed due to rising Covid-19 cases. 
As of Sept. 1, the municipality logged 27 active cases with 195 recoveries and eight deaths. Of the active cases, 25 were unvaccinated, one fully-vaccinated, and one who is about to receive the first dose.
Earlier, the municipality also played host to the 17-kilometer Tublay uphill bike race.
“Every participant took part in the promotion of good health, tourism, peace and order, and camaraderie through biking,” Lauro said.
Biking enthusiasts are reminded to follow safety protocols when passing through the municipality. – Ofelia C. Empian