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Experience one of the most grueling and physically-challenging (yet visually-rewarding) races in the Philippines when Mayon Trail Run returns this October 18, 2009! This will be the second Mayon Trail Run after the successful race held last year just in time for Legazpi’s Ibalong Festival. The race is designed to help in the awareness campaign for environmental issues such as global warming and climate change.
The Mayon Trail Run is organized by the Junior Chamber International, worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs whose members are more popularly known as Jaycees.
Last year’s race took over 150 participants from the Philippines and even abroad through a challenging 18 kilometer trail. The 18k run started from the Peñaranda Park in the heart of Legazpi City then proceeded to the 156-meter Ligñon Hill. Runners then navigated their way through brush, sand, boulders and rocks in a newly created back trail traversing the Yawa river to the Bonga gully, one of the main pathways of volcanic debris from the mighty Mayon Volcano.
Reaching the lava front (created during the most recent eruption of Mayon in 2006) the racers made a U-turn and climbed back to the Ligñon Hill for the final leg of the race. The 2008 Mayon Trail Run was won by Elmer Sabal.
This year’s Mayon Trail Run promises to be bigger, better and definitely more exciting. The organizers have created a new 21-kilometer race route that will take runners first to the hills of Estanza in Legazpi City, where they will regaled with a sweeping 360 degree view of the city, Mayon Volcano, the Albay Gulf and surrounding areas.
The race will then proceed to Ligñon Hill, with it’s challenging Kapit-Tuko Trail and Wisdom Paths, down to the Yawa River and onwards to the Bonga gulley on the slopes of Mayon. Click here for more photos of the new trail.
Mayon Trail Run also has bigger prizes at stake with the winner of the Open Trail Run (also dubbed King of Mayon) taking home $2,000. A unique Finisher’s medal, made from volcanic debris from Mayon with the mold designed by local artist Rolando Binaday, will be awarded to the first 500 runners who makes it to the finish line within the cut off time of 4hrs. Click here to view the other prizes that await this year’s winners.
Mayon Trail Run 2009 Finisher’s medal
For information regarding registration for the Mayon Trail Run 2009, please visit the official website (still under construction) at Mayontrailrun.com. Sponsorships and other important details are still being finalized so make sure you check the site. You may also get in touch with Mr. Yves Eli Yu, one of the organizers of the Mayon Trail Run, at his website: Becoolrunner.com