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Incoming: Mt. Talamitam Assault Trail Challenge

Posted by on 29. September 2014

” Have you ever climbed a mountain? Have you joined a run? Why not do both? Mt. Talamitam Assault Trail Challenge gives you a glimpse of the local trails heading to the summit.  This is not your normal tourist route. It’s gonna take you to the rivers, streams, deep forest trails, bare greens and the local paths on your way to a scenic view of the summit.  It’s also a challenge as the long climbs and the suicide drops makes it a really technical and grueling course. “

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Conquering a mountain is not an easy feat.

Earlier this month, we were able to sample the trails of Mt. Talamitam.  You can read the Tale of the Trail post above for more details.  We were not only able to sample a part of the trail, we had to finish the whole trail. This is NOT the 6 kilometer out and back tourist trails.  This is freaking 16 kilometers (10 miles) of long ascents, suicide descents that will definitely challenge your lungs and knees.  Before I entice you with what’s in store, I would want to relay my first message. You need to train for this race.  You’ll need to sharpen your climbing skills by doing hill repeats.  You’ll need to increase your endurance as you’ll be on this course for hours.  16K on this trails feels like 25-30 kilometers on the road when you factor in the elevation and the different terrain.

It’s a difficult but a really scenic route.

Difficulty aside, this one is a really scenic course.  There are rivers and streams all over the course.  There’s deep forest trails.  There’s lush green bare areas.  There’s a view of the surrounding mountain ranges which is just majestic.  You also get different surfaces from paved roads, single track trails, rocks, mud, grass lands and rivers crossings.   The trails would keep your eyes refreshed and give you a lot of picture perfect moments along the course.

Race course and elevation profile powered by Movescount

The course has a lot of rolling terrain and a really long assault to the summit of Mt. Talamitam.  The trail is a bit technical especially on the descent where gravity can either be an ally or a challenge depending on how comfortable you are with suicide drops.  There’s also the area after the drop that gives you a feel of Austria or New Zealand with large green track of lands.

The feel of hills being so alive and green.

This is not only a  scenic race but it’s also a character building one.  It challenges your mind, body and spirit with the assault but to anybody who saw the view at the top of the mountain, you’ll know that it’s priceless.  We get humbled by the climb but when we reach the top, we get to be amazed by the breathtaking view.  It’s a massive climb to conquer but it would definitely be satisfying.  The climb may make you breathless but the view from the top will take your breath away.

The view from the top is just breathtaking.

The slots are limited but if you have what it takes, this race can be an excellent one to wrap up your race calendar for 2014.  Mt. Talamitam Assualt Trail Challenge is happening on December 21, 2014 at Nasugbu, Batangas.  The entrance of the climb is at Km 83 in the Tagaytay Nasugbu Highway, near Sandari Batulao.  The proceeds will go to Mt. Talamitam Tree Planting Project.

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Race Details

You’ll love the local trails which you can only try via this run.

  • Date and Venue:

    • December 24, 2014, Km83 Sitio Bayabasan, Barangay Aga, Nasugbu, Batangas
  • Registration Fees

    • 10 miles (16 kilometers) – P1,000
  • Registration:

    • Read and print waiver here: waiver
    • Online via google docs
    • Bank Payment
      • Please pay through BPI-Island Savings Acct # 0489 3433 12 under Carl Louie S. Sioson. Please scan and email the deposit slip with your name and shirt size to for validation. Please keep and show the deposit slip when claiming your race kit.NOTE: Please bring with you your Signed Waiver Upon Claiming your Race Kit. We will Implement the “NO Waiver, NO Run” Policy

  • Assemble / Gunstart

    • Assembly Time: 3AM to 5AM

    • Gun Start: 6AM

  • Race Updates

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