TNF 100 2013: Break All Boundaries

 So, here it is! The TNF 100, Philippine Edition is back!

I must say that this is one of the most anticipated races of the year.  And personally, the race that I am dying to go back to for just ONE reason:  to REDEEM myself from previous year’s unfinished business. I wasn’t able to make it to 75k cut-off point in 22 hours. This time, no matter what it takes, I’ll make it through to the finish line. DNF is NOT an option.

As early as December 2012, there had already been feelers about the race. Racers have looked forward to the date when the registration opens. And so, grab a copy of Total Fitness magazine January – February issue to avail of the 30% discount on registration fee.

Here are the race details:


Registration Fee*


Race Start


100K Php 3500.00 20-Apr-13 3:00am R.O.X. Camp John Hay
Finish: April 21, 2013 10:00 AM
        Cut off Time: 30 hours
50k Php 3500.00 20-Apr-13 4:00am R.O.X. Camp John Hay
Finish: April 20, 2013 10:00 PM
        Cut off Time: 18 hours
22k Php 1000 21-Apr-13 5:30am R.O.X. Camp John Hay
        Cut off Time: 4 hours 30 mins
11k Php 1000.00 21-Apr-12 6:00am R.O.X. Camp John Hay
        Cut off Time: 3 hours

*Registration fees are at “early bird” rates; subject to increase without prior notice

The 100k race route is now available. Please visit TNF100 2013 Race Route.

100km Kilometer/Stage Cut Off Times

TNF 100 2013 will feature kilometer or stage cut offs.   Multi stage/kilometer cut-off is to ensure the safety and well-being of the participants. Below are the kilometers/stages with corresponding cut off times:

Kilometer/Stage                                                                                              Cut-off times:
50 Kilometer mark/ Kennon road                                                        14 hours from start of the race
75 Kilometer mark/ Summit Sto. Tomas                                           22 hours from start of the race
100 Kilometer mark/Camp John Hay                                                 30 hours from start of the race

*Organizers can modify the race times and cut offs before and during the race depending on the conditions of the race course, weather and other safety considerations. Participants who fail to reach the cut off times will be transported back to the finish line.

Logistic Point (LP) and drop-off bag.

  • Participants have the option to turn over their drop off bag and supplies for the race on April 19, 2013, from 2pm to 6pm only at specially assigned counters near R.O.X. Camp John Hay .
  • Drop off bags and supplies must fit in one (1) large plastic bag to be provided by the organizer. Runners can access their drop-off bag at the Logistic point located at kilometer 50.
  • Organizers will transport the bags at LP after 6pm of April 19, and will return it at the finish line after the race.
  • Runners can reclaim their drop off bags until 3pm of April 20, 2013. Unclaimed drop-off bags after will be disposed of accordingly.

Race Briefing

Race briefing will be at R.O.X. Camp John Hay at 3pm, April 19, 2013.  Race course, logistic areas, hydration, gears, cut-off times will all be discussed here.  This will also give runners ample time to rest and secure mandatory equipment for the race.

Registration points:

  • The North Face: SM N.Edsa; SM Megamall ; Shangri La; Glorietta IV; SM MOA ; Alabang Town Center (ATC) ; SM Cebu; SM CDO; SM Davao
  • R.O.X.: BHS, Marquee Mall, Cebu
  • The Travel Club: SM Baguio
  • Res Toe Run: Ermita; Gateway; Trinoma; Naga and Legazpi

Registration fee inclusions:
50 and 100K runners:

  • Cash and Product Prizes for winners
  • Trophies (100K) and Medals (100K and 50K) for winners and podium finishers
  • Authentic TNF100 Race Jersey, Bib, Maps,TNF100 stickers and raffle entry plus freebies from sponsors
  • Authentic TNF100 Race Visor for first 100 registrants
  • Free bus ride to and from Baguio for 1st 50 registrants; bus sched To  Be Announced (TBA)
  • Free post event “boodle- brunch” courtesy of D.O.T. CAR
  • Special edition TNF100 2013 Finisher’s token
  • Finisher’s Certificate

11 and 22K runners:

  • Cash and Product Prizes for winners
  • Medals for winners and podium finishers
  • Standard issue TNF100 Race Jersey, Bib, Maps,TNF100 stickers and raffle entry plus freebies from sponsors
  • Finisher’s Certificate

Free Bus Ride:


Qualified Registrants

Available Seats

Departure Time

Pick Up Point


50 and 100K runners





50 and 100K runners



R.O.X. Camp John Hay

Mandatory Gears:
For day running

  • Hydration Equipment
  • Trail Food
  • Whistle
  • Cell Phone

For night running

  • Headlamps with batteries
  • Blinkers or Reflectors
  • Hydration equipment
  • Whistle
  • Jacket (Windbreak, Rain Jacket, etc.)
  • Cell Phone

Recommended Gears

  • Hydration equipment (water bottles or water bladder up to 2 liters)
  • Dry bag or plastic bag to keep gears dry
  • Trail food to last several hours
  • Jacket (Rain/Wind)
  • Thermal Blanket
  • Headlamp/Flash lights (with spare bulb and batteries)
  • Blinker or reflective equipment
  • 1 Mobile phone with at least 100 credits (to call or text in case of emergency)
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit
  • Map case
  • Map of the course (provided by the organizers)
  • Cap or hat
  • Extra clothing/shoes
  • Trekking poles
  • Sun block or Sun Screen
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Petroleum Jelly, Body Glide, Vaseline, Etc.

Rules and Regulations

  • Organizers retain the right to modify the course, rules, and regulations, delay the start, hold any runners in the course or stop the race in the event of any weather disturbances or any unforeseen incidents in the race course. Any decisions made by the organizers are final.
  • Race numbers should be visible at all times.
  • Mandatory gears should be carried by the runner at all times during the race.  Random checks will be conducted by the organizers and a runner without the mandatory gears will not be allowed to proceed with the race until the missing item is replaced.
  • Time penalties may be imposed by the race organizers on runners who do not follow race rules.
  • Runners must deposit all of their race equipments to the organizers before the race.  Runners can access their gears in designated points of the course which will be announced during the race briefing.
  • Runners must pass through all the check points of race organizers.
  • Night equipment should be worn in specific locations or time as mandated by the race organizers.
  • Runners should follow the marked course.  Failure to follow the marked course may result to penalties or disqualification.
  • Cut-off times will be designated by the race organizers throughout the race course for safety reasons.
  • Runners are forbidden to alter any directional signs, markings, or kilometer post found throughout the race course.

**For more detailed information, please visit TNF 100 2013.

Pilipinas Akyathlon®: The Philippine International Skyrace™

So, you think you’ve done a lot of marathons, trail runs and ultradistance running? Think again! There’s one more thing you might’ve missed. What about a Skyrace™? Yeah, it’s another discipline in running. It’s not just a trail run. It’s more of high altitude mountain trail running.

The Philippine Skyrunning Association is staging another adventure and excitement filled trail running event called the Pilipinas Akyathlon®: The Philippine International Skyrace™ on February 9, 2013.

Please check event details below:

Date: February 9, 2013
Gun Start: 6:30am
Venue: Mt. Ugo, Brgy. Tinongan, Itogon, Benguet

All interested participants need to pre – register by sending the following information to

1. Name
2. Gender
3. Birthdate
4. Mobile number
5. Country represented

Registration Fees:
₱1,900.00 for Philippine residents until January 15, 2013
₱2,400.00 until February 8, 2013

$60 for foreign entries payable in Baguio on February 8, 2013 during race kit claiming and race briefing.

Registration closes at 7:30pm on February 8.
Note: There’ll be NO onsite registration on the race day.

Local residents may deposit their payments to:
BPI Current Account
Account Number: 3191-0473-02
Account Name: Philippine Skyrunning Association

Please scan and email your deposit slip (with your name) to:

A portion of your participation fee shall be donated to the projects of Cordillera Conservation Trust.

Race Course Description:
This is a 34-km out-and-back race, starting from the Barangay Hall of Tinongdan (779 masl) in the Municipality of Itogon, Province of Benguet. The first 1.7km is a downhill run on paved road to the start of the trail (499 masl). From this point, the route to the summit is mostly uphill with a total elevation gain of 1858 meters, and loss of 195 meters. The route will showcase magnificent views of surrounding mountains, including portions of Binga and Ambuklao dams as far away as Pangasinan. The turnaround point will be at the summit of Mt Ugo (2162 masl). The 16.4-km route from the summit to the finish is a mirror image of the route to the summit, and concludes with a 1.7-km (280m vertically) ascent to the finish line at the hall of Barangay Tinongdan.

Getting to the Race Site:
Foreign participants can get to the Philippines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manilla (300 km to Baguio City) or at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark (200 km to Baguio City).

Pasay or Cubao, Metro Manila to Baguio City. Victory Liner buses ( leave for Baguio City from Pasay or Cubao every hour, 24 hours a day. Travel time is 5 to 7 hours for regular aircon buses and 4.5 to 6 hours for deluxe buses. Fare is Php455 for regular aircon buses and Php715 for deluxe buses. The Pasay terminal is closer to the Manila Airport than the Cubao terminal. Upon arriving at the Baguio City terminal, take a taxi to your designated hotel in Baguio City.
Foreign participants can get transport information and assistance from Department of Tourism – CAR ( when traveling using the recommended schedule. Please email your flight details.
Baguio City to Tinongdan, Itogon. Jeepneys will be arranged, free of charge, for all participants on race day, Feb 9, from 4:30 to 5:00am. Distance is only 20km and takes 30-45 minutes of travel.

There are many accredited hotels provided by DOT-CAR. The recommended ones which have affordable rates and also which are walking distance from DOT office are Eurotel and El Cielito Inn.

In Tinongdan, Itogon, dormitory, homestay and camping grounds are available on first-come, first serve basis. Contact 0910-2508492 for details. Bring your own sleeping gear.

Awards and Prizes:
Trophies and valuable outdoors prizes will be awarded to the top 3 overall winners in both the male and female categories.

Medals and valuable prizes will be awarded to the top 3 runners, male & female in the 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and above age groups.
All finishers will receive a medal, finisher’s t-shirt and will be qualified for raffle prizes.

Recommended Itinerary:
Jan 9, Fri 10:00am : Akyathlon Press Conference (DOT-CAR, Baguio)

Feb 6, Wed : Travel Day/Arrival at Diosdado Macapagal Int’l
Airport or Manila Airports

Feb 7, Thurs : Course Familiarization (you may contact Brgy Tinongdan for guides/fees)

Feb 8, Fri
3:00–5:30pm Kit Claim
(Azalea Residences: Leonard Wood Loop, Baguio City;
5:30-6:30pm Race Briefing
6:30-7:30pm Dinner

Feb 9, Sat
4:00am Assembly DOT-CAR, Baguio
4:30am Jeepneys leave for Tinongdan
5:30am Race briefing Bgy Tinongdan
6:30am Start of the Akyathlon® Bgy Tinongdan
11:30am Cut-off at the summit Mt Ugo, 2150 masl
12:00nn Start of post-race lunch Bgy Tinongdan
3:00pm Awarding Ceremonies Bgy Tinongdan
3:30pm Cut-off at the finish line Bgy Tinongdan
4:00pm Jeepneys leave for Baguio Bgy Tinongdan

Feb 10, Sun Departure/Travel Day

Race Guidelines:
• Each runner must be self-contained and self-reliant, complete with hydration pack or fuel belt, trail food and first aid kit
• The supplied race number bibs must be worn/pinned at the front AND back of each runner.
• Water loading stations will be available at multiple aid stations at the start/finish, along the route and at the turnaround point at Mt Ugo Summit.
• The trail will be clearly marked and race marshals will be stationed along the course.
• The use of trekking poles is permitted.
• Bringing of mobile phone is encouraged (fully charged and with adequate load).
• Suggested things to bring: hydration belt/pack w/ ample personal hydration, headlamp, raincoat, gels/bars.
• In case of serious injuries of a fellow runner or other emergencies, runners are obligated to pause with his/her racing, extend the appropriate help, and call/text the race organizer.
• This is a GREEN community event that advocates eco-sports tourism. We endeavor to reduce the use of plastic, paper and other non-essential resources. Your participation in this event translates to your support and alignment to this overall theme.

For more details, please visit: Pilipinas Akyathlon®: The Philippine International Skyrace™ on Facebook.

More information will be posted at and “Philippine Skyrunning Association” Facebook account.

Event Organizer: Philippine Skyrunning Association (PhilSky)
Event Hosts: Province of Benguet, Municipality of Itogon, Barangay of Tinongdan
Event Supporters: Department of Tourism – CAR
Event Sponsors: Salomon, ROX, Summit Drinking Water
Environment & Community Partner: Cordillera Conservation Trust

Run Against Cancer

Climb Against Cancer is coming up with a charity run called Run Against Cancer, slated on January 13, 2013 at the Camp Aguinaldo parade grounds.

The event’s proceeds will be donated to the Pediatric Cancer Ward of the National Children’s Hospital.

Date: January 13, 2013
Venue: Camp Aguinaldo
Category: 5k
Registration Fee: Php300.00
Singlet (Optional): Php150.00
Assembly Time: 5am
Guntime: 5:30am

See you all there!

Rescue Run 2012

Photo Credit: Greentennial Run

Photo Credit: Greentennial Run

Once again, we call on everyone to support another charity run to augment the needs of our brothers and sisters in certain areas in Mindanao who were badly hit by Typhoon Pablo. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Christian or a Muslim. We are all in this together.

This is the time of the year when everyone gets so busy. Let’s join hands. There isn’t anything that would seem so small. Every little help is greatly appreciated and will certainly go a long way.

Block off your calendar.

Date: December 23, 2012
Time: 5am
Venue: BGC
Race Categories: 5k/ 10k
Minimum Donation: Php200.00 with Bib

Register at the following sites:
1. Mizuno – Trinoma, Eastwood, Galleria, BGC, ATC, MOA
2. Secondwind – Teacher’s Village, Ortigas Home Depot, Greenhills G-Strip
3. A Runner’s Circle

Have fun and enjoy the Rescue Run!

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