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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
THE largest foreign and Filipino trail running event, The NorthFace 100, sees to attract more than 1,200 participants when it fires off May 3-4 at Camp John Hay.
Cited as one of the toughest footraces in the Philippines, TNF 100 will set the challenge to all running enthusiasts for the third straight year.
The NorthFace 100 division manager Jundel Llagas announced during a weekly press conference the TNF 100 will have a new race site next year.
“TNF 100 will temporarily transfer to other site starting next year, not because we’re starting to get worn out of Baguio City but to give a chance to other possible locations and renew the interest of the participants especially the foreign runners,” Llagas said.
“We would love to continue holding this annual race here but as our agreement with the Department of Tourism, we’ll be searching for a fresh area that would continue to gather more participants from all over the world,” he added.
Elite runners from different countries will test their mettle in three different race categories namely 100, 50, and 22-kilometer events that will hold a 30-hour cut-off time.
The NorthFace 100 Philippines is part of a six-country series which has become the most well received and anticipated distance trail running in the Asia Pacific region offering a unique experience that traditional marathon and road running cannot match.
Llagas said TNF 100 will definitely be back in Baguio and Benguet with a tougher route.
“Possibly when TNF 100 will return to Baguio City, race organizers will survey a new race route in order to give new flavor that will be measuring the endurance and speed of the runners,” LLlagas said.
Meanwhile, TNF 100 race director Cesar Zulueta said preparations for the race are already in place.
“Rest assured that all the runners will be safe during the race days,” said Zulueta.
“All of the necessities will be provided starting from food, drinks, police and marshals, markers, blinkers during the night and a lot more,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 17, 2014.