International race in Mt. Apo set next weekend

By , on April 20, 2015

Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines (Wikimedia Commons)
Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines (Wikimedia Commons)

MANILA — One of the country’s much-anticipated extreme sporting events set in the country’s highest peak will be making a comeback next weekend.

Dubbed as the International Mt. Apo Boulder-Face Challenge 2015, the event is a 24-hour extreme adventure race with four disciplines to include mountain biking, trekking, water tubing and road running.

This one-of-a-kind race, which is now on its eight year, is poised to take place in the dense forests of Mount Apo in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur on April 25 to 26.

According to the organizers of the event, participants will have to reach the finish line crossing a total distance of 120 kilometers.

The race is composed of three major categories namely the first being the open elite category where each team should be composed of three participants, two racers and one logistic crew.

Second and third categories are the all-male relay category and the all-female category where a team should be composed of three racers, one racer to perform each discipline (one racer for mountain biking, one racer for trekking/trail running and one racer for water tubing).

The last discipline which is road running will be performed by the three members all the way to the finish line.

To recall, the event was opened for international athletes in 2012 which drew athletes from ten countries. This year, about 30 teams of local and international athletes will be participating in the event.

Boulder Face Challenge is only one of the many events lined up for the DOT’s Visit the Philippines Year 2015, an event-centric campaign aimed at strengthening the country’s brand image.

It will also help the agency meet its tourism goals by 2016.