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Incoming: Mount Ugo Marathon

Posted by on 19. December 2016

Mount Ugo is among the higher peaks of the Cordillera Region at approximately, 2,170 M.A.S.L.  It’s a popular spot among mountain climbers and come February 19, it’s gonna be an arena to test the trail runners’ spirit as they try to conquer 21K and 42K distance.

Mount Ugo Marathon

Elevation Profile of Mount Ugo Marathon

Elevation Profile of Mount Ugo Marathon

If you’ve done half or full marathons on the road, why not try a different kind of challenge? You can level up by doing a Mountain Marathon.  That’s my mindset as I see Mount Ugo Marathon as among my next bucket lists of races.  It’s a different sets of challenges.  You have to have the physical strength and mental fortitude to overcome the long and seemingly endless climb.  You have to have the daredevil spirit in you to take advantage of the descent as gravity is at your side in chasing the cut-off.  You have to be consistent at each point of the race to keep on going and going and going towards the finish line.

Mount Ugo Marathon is happening on February 19, 2017 at Kayapa, Nueva Viscaya is not the easiest of Marathons but rest assured it’s gonna be a memorable one.  The hard climb is an excellent reason to slow down while catching your breath as this would allow you to appreciate the views at a really high altitude.  The descent will give you an adrenaline rush that we always seek on our weekend adventures.

Take the 21K distance and you’re in for a good hard times that will challenge you and would surely be in the look out for more mountain runs and trails.  Join the 42 kilometer distance and be minted as a mountain marathoner.  It’s also a big stepping stone to trail ultramarathons. Mount Ugo Marathon is part of the King of the Mountain Trail Run Philippines, which also includes the Old Spanish Trail 50k and Four Lakes 100K on April 1, 2017, Pulag 100K and Hardcore Hundred Miles (H1) on May 19, 2017.  It won’t be easy but it would be a big feather you can add to your trail running cap as well as it’s also a UTMB qualifying race, which will earn you 2 points.  Register Now.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Start: February 19, 2017, Sunday, 4:00 a.m. / Kayapa Central School
  • Finish: February 19, 2017, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. / Kayapa Central School
  • Awarding and Closing Ceremonies: February 19, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Race Briefing and Race Kit Distribution: February 18, 2017, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. / Kayapa Central School
  • Cut-Off:
    • Marathon: Ten (10:00:00) Hours / February 19, 2017, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. (Runners must reach the turnaround in Mount Ugo Summit in 5:00:00 hours / 9:00 a.m.)
    • Half Marathon: Five (5:00:00) Hours / February 19, 2017, Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Fees and Inclusions

  • Marathon:
    • PhP 2,000.00 for local entrants
    • USD 50.00 for foreign entrants
  • Half Marathon:
    • PhP 1,500.00 for local entrants
    • USD 35.00 for foreign entrants
  • Inclusive of trail fees, long-sleeved event shirt, pre-race snacks and post-race meal.
  • Official finishers will receive a finisher’s token.


• Bank Deposit: (Local Entrants)

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account
  • Account No: 2379 0362 39
  • Account Name: Constante C Mendoza Jr

Bank Deposit: (Foreign Entrants)

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account
  • Account No: 2379 0362 39
  • Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
  • Account Name: Constante C Mendoza Jr
  • Please refer to your bank’s current PHP rate vis-a-vis USD.
  • Telephone contact number for record is 63 999 998 7654

• Write name, gender, birthday, nationality, and shirt size (see Asian sizing chart) AND qualifying race on the deposit slip, scan/photograph and email to (Subject: 2017 MUM)

• Wait for an acknowledgment email to confirm your registration.

Route Description

Mount Ugo is one of the taller peaks in the Cordillera mountain range. It used to be the main source of lumber for a mining company operating in Benguet many years ago and was purportedly “discovered” as a destination for mountain climbers after a tragic plane crash in 1987 for which it is also infamously known.

The marathon takes runners to Mount Ugo’s summit, approximately 2170 masl.

The out-and-back course consists of only one kilometer or less of concrete road. The rest of the route consists of mountain-side dirt roads and single-track trails.

The race is worth 2 UTMB® points.

Race Start / Finish

Both the marathon and half marathon start at the KAYAPA MUNICIPAL HALL and finish at the KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL (1121 masl).

From the start area, runners ascend a concrete road for about two hundred meters before entering the trailhead going to TALECABCAB.

They will pass dirt roads and intermittent stretches of concrete tire paths until they reach TALECABCAB WAITING SHED. From there, they are to proceed towards INDUPIT (1866 masl, 8 kilometers) which is marked by a small settlement and another waiting shed.

The next landmark is BUNDAO AID STATION (1835 masl, 10 kilometers), where runners will find two structures – a shed and a house. Assorted food/snacks and drinks will be available. This is the LAST aid station before SADDLE/DOMOLPOS STATION (7 kilometers away) so runners are strongly advised to fill up their bladders/water bottles and eat here.

Half marathon (21-kilometer) runners must proceed about 500 meters more until they reach the turnaround point at MOUNT SAMENTO WAITING SHED, where marshals will record their numbers. They shall make their way back to the finish line in KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL via INDUPIT/ANSIPSIP Trail and TALECABCAB Trail (the same route they took going up in reverse).

Marathon runners will tackle the wide, open trails from this point. Their next landmark will be the ANSIPSIP WAITING SHED (1935 masl, 12 kilometers) which offers a view of the Mt. Ugo summit turnaround, even the city of Baguio, on a clear day.

DOMOLPOS VILLAGE (1700 masl), where locals reside, is the next landmark. From here, runners assault a single-track trail until the SADDLE.

SADDLE/DOMOLPOS WAITING SHED JUNCTION (1763 masl, 17 kilometers) is where another aid station is located. The shed won’t be hard to miss as it is painted pink. Spring water and assorted trail food will be available. Runners are advised to refill and eat here.

Runners will proceed around three kilometers towards the LUSOD AREA/BACUYAN JUNCTION (1770 masl, 20 kilometers) through a single-track trail.

At BACUYAN, runners will make a U-TURN towards the MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER via a steep two-kilometer climb.

Runners’ times will be recorded at the MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER (2170 masl, 21.2 kilometers).

From the summit, runners are to trace the same route they took going up in reverse till they make it to the finish line in KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL.

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