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Incoming: Sta Fe Trail Run

Posted by on 1. December 2014

There are just places that gonna make you say WOW and Sta Fe Trail Run is one of them.  The Route passes through Philex Road and leads you to the Philex Ridge via the Sta Fe Trail.  The route gives you challenging elevation climbs and scenic views along the way with the Philex Ridge as one of the key highlights.  That’s 18 kilometers of breathtaking climbs and descent that will make you appreciate the beauty of area.

Route Pictures

Brought in cooperation with Municipality of Itogon and Barangay Ampucao

When I saw the photo of Philex Ridge, I just have to say WOW.  This is a place I would want to see and I hope there would be a run in this area and true enough, there’s one happening on January 18, 2015.  The Sta Fe Trail Run takes you 7 kilometers descent via Philex Road before a lung-busting climb of 4 kilometers via Sta Fe Trail going to the scenic Philex Ridge and another 4 kilometers rolling terrain before descending back to Philex Road to complete an 18 kilometer loop.  The road will give you a lot of views from paved roads, single track trails, forest trails and a lot on pine trees and mountain ranges with some fog in between.

The Route

Of course, pictures speaks  much louder than word so here’s come photos courtesy of Frontrunner.

The picture just really shows the sheer beauty of the trail from the slow ascent with the trails surrounded by Pine Trees to the ridge view of the whole place.  It’s definitely something worth joining come January 18, 2015.

Elevation Profile

Race Details:

  • Date and Venue: 

    • January 18, 2015, Brgy. Ampucao Marker, Philex Road, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet
  • Distance:

    • 18 kilometers
  • Fees: 

    • 18 kilometers – P550 (Inclusive of Long-sleeved Technical frontrunner Shirt with sublimated printing and Race Number  to be claimed before the event, frontRUNNER Magazine, unlimited coffee, snacks and drinks at the finish line)
  • Registration Details:

    • In Store:
      • Laperal Building, Session Road, Baguio City c/o Ms. Che Alberto
    • Via Bank
      • Deposit 550.00 Pesos to BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands) Account Number 2379 0362 39/Constante Mendoza, Jr.
      • Write your full name and shirt size on the deposit slip and accomplish the event  race-waiver.
      • Photo-capture or scan both and email to  frontrunnermag@gmail.com with the subject Sante Fe 18.
      • Confirmation email will be sent after receipt of all requirements.Distribution of pre-race items will be conducted at the Starting Line commencing at 4:30 AM, 18 January 2015

Size Chart

  • Race Reminders:

    1. Gun Start is at 5:30 A.M.  Assembly Time: 5:00 AM, RAIN or SHINE. Please be on time. Latecomers will NOT be allowed to officially join the race anymore. However, they are still entitled to post-race items.
    2. Runners will run a total of eighteen kilometers. The route will be along Philex Road for the first seven kilometers and onto Philex Ridge via Sante Trail. It will be marked with colored ribbons and some areas will be manned by volunteer marshals. Everyone must summit all designated peaks.
    3. There will be one water/snack station located at Km 7 where all runners are free to refill or drink.
    4. ALL RUNNERS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING THEIR OWN HYDRATION BOTTLES/PACKS/CUPS. YOU ARE FREE TO REFILL. THERE WILL BE NO CUPS AVAILABLE IN ALL AID STATIONS IN KEEPING WITH THE “LEAVE NO TRACE” theme.
    5. Littering is ABSOLUTELY prohibited. Violation of this rule will merit outright disqualification. Garbage bags will be available in the aid station.
    6. All runners must wear their race numbers in front, pinned on the shirt or shorts.
    7. Runners who decide not to continue the race must contact the Race Director or inform the nearest aid station marshals for proper accounting.
    8. Jeepney service vehicles will wait for passengers infront of Baguio Patriotic School along Harrison Road starting at 3:30 AM and leave promptly at 4:00 AM and will wait for no one. Same service vehicles will start leaving for Baguio at 10:00 AM, or earlier once full.  Seating is first come-first served ONLY FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS. Pay directly to the driver. If you are interested, please indicate your interest for listing and seat reservation.
    9. FREE parking is available at designated parking areas adjacent to the event site. Runners will be solely responsible for securing their belongings. Race organizers and management will not be held liable for any damage or loss to personal items.
    10. Baggage deposit counters will be available at the same site.
    11. It will be highly appreciated if you extend a greeting or two to the  locals as you pass along houses in the route. Please respect everyone and everything at all times.
    12. The Race Director may, at any time, make revisions on the course and race details/rules for the benefit of all runners and reserves the right to use pictures and videos taken by any participant for publication in any form of media without any consideration, monetary or otherwise. Owners of published photos/videos will be duly recognized.
    13. Race Director’s decision is final.
    14. For additional inquiries, please email frontrunnermag@gmail.com or call/text 0922-822-9342.

50 Responses to Incoming: Sta Fe Trail Run

  1. phyliciamarie

    Wow 18k, on a trail. I’m sure the whole ordeal is worth it because of the view up there, and the sheer experience of being able to conquer the run! Good luck!

  2. Louise

    It’s nice that runs are now conducted in other places that eventually allows other people to see and appreciate the place. Isn’t it cold there? From the pictures it looks like a cold place to hold this trail run in and isn’t it much harder to move if it’s cold?

  3. Eliz Frank

    This look incredibly challenging with varying terrain. I hope everyone makes it out of there.

  4. iaminlander

    I am not a trekker or a runner but gosh, I love how scenic the place is. I could surely camp in there.

  5. Jan Jalani

    Awesome! Too bad I missed this trail run event. On a side note, I and my friends are looking for good trails to practice on, and this would be a perfect route. Are the trails open for casual runners? I’d like to inquire for some directions please. Thank you so much. 🙂

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