ASIDE from promoting the province's local tourism, the 2014 Tour De Benguet also aims to generate funds for medical missions in the locality.

TDB race organizer Kurt Sebio said part of the registration fees collected during the five legs of the event will be pooled for the mission.

"We included sa project ng foot race na ito na maka-likom ng pondo and contribute to at least help in providing medical missions sa selected municipalities ng province," Sebio said.

The event spearheaded by Extreme Cordillera Sports and Events, are eyeing medical missions in the municipality of Atok and Mankayan slated October this year.

"As much as we like to share, the registration sa main events lang mangagaling yung para sa medical mission, yung sa mga side events kasi na short distance running dun kukunin yung pondo for the prize ng grand champion," said Sebio.

"We still encourage yung mga hindi nakasali sa first leg to join, although baka hindi na sila mag-qualify sa grand prize at least they can help with the cause. Meron pa rin namang cash prizes in each leg," Sebio added.

TDB 2014 officially opened the first of its five series race on June 1 with the Strawberry Leg in La Trinidad, where running enthusiasts took part in vying for the overall crown and the cash prize amounting to P50,000 at the end of the five races.

Other races included on Tour de Benguet’s leg are the Bronze Leg scheduled June 19-20, Potato Leg, Handicraft Leg, and Pineapple Leg.

The event, branded as the biggest series of foot races in the province, is created to promote the whole of Benguet covering race distances of 50K, 100K, 125K, 100K, and 50K respectively.

The event is also in partnership with the Provincial Government of Benguet, Benguet Tourism Office, Office of the Governor, and the Committee of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.

For more information about the 2014 TDB interested participants are advised to visit its fan page or contact Kurt (0917)502-5395, Liz (0919)298-2608, or John (0917)855-4241.