Tough TNF 100 fires off runners

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Friday, May 2, 2014


FOREIGN and local runners formally open their respective bid in The NorthFace 100 ultra trail run which kicks off early Saturday morning at the Camp John Hay Techno-hub.

Close to 1,500 participants test one of the most challenging ultra marathon race in the country now on its fourth year, and the third time in the Summer Capital.

More than P190,000 at stake for prizes and give away, runners will pass through the towering mountains of Tuba, Benguet for the 22K, 50K, and 100K categories.

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Large scale and fiercely challenging, TNF 100 serves as a pivotal role in the development of the running community by raising the standards and attracting a lot more participants to be more active in community events.

The event also serves as a great venue to discover talented hard-core runners who deserve to be recognized as well as showcasing little known but breathtakingly beautiful views of Baguio and Benguet mountain range.

TNF 100, the first ultra-trail running marathon series in the Asia-Pacific region, calls out the most competitive participants to mettle and test the challenges of the Baguio-Benguet highland terrains.

In partnership with the Department of Tourism-CAR in its “More Fun in the Philippines” campaign, the sports competition aims to promote the region as a world class trail running destination.

Inspired by the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc race in Europe which is a single stage ultra-marathon taking place once a year in the Alps, the international event picked the region as its host since 2010.

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.

Organizers claimed TNF 100 Baguio-Benguet challenge to be one of the world’s premier race events, as it is also held in Australia, Singapore, China, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand.

In 2011, only 33% of the registered runners finished the race within the 30-hours cut off time. With various runners varying degrees of skill levels, the event is a great way to elevate one’s skills and set a whole new standard in running.

Meanwhile, Baguio and Benguet runners are seen to dominate the race in their own turf as the prestigious international competition transfers to another venue in the country in 2015.

For several years now, ultra trail runners from Baguio and Benguet have been dominating the elite categories of the TNF100 particularly the 100K and 50K divisions of the event.

This year, few of the elite Baguio runners will be participating in the event such as former Boston Marathon finisher Che Alberto, ultra-marathoner Marcelo Bautista, Sky Runner Dino Mantilez and the recent women’s champion in the 3rd Pilipinas Akyathlon and Mt. Kinabalu bound Sandy Menchi Abahan.

TNF 100 will once again capture the attention of spectators as Baguio and Benguet will be a grand stage for media and sports writers alike coming to witness the two-day event.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 03, 2014.

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