Race Recap: Itogonia Wild Country Trail Run

Itogonia is all set!

Itogonia Wild Country Trail Run came with the nostalgic Camp John Hay trails and the scenic Ampucao Ridgeline along Itogon’s unexplored trails.  The slippery and technical descents and the unlimited climbs along the 10 and 20 mile course added to the thrill and excitement of the event.

 

Itogonia Wild Country Trail Run

Run Wild, Run Free and Run Happy. That’s the mantra of Itogonia Wild Country Trail Run. The runners got to experience the fresh unexplored trails of Itogon.  The weather was overcast on race day but the frequent rains lately gave the runners wet, muddy and slippery surfaces.   The wet trails gave the runners a different story. The lightning fast descents became a virtual slidefest and the climbs were long and endless.

Itogonia was not an easy race.  It’s a technical course with descents that’ll make you scream. The climbs that would literally take your breath away and the scenes along the Ampucao ridge line is breathtaking.

Run Wild, Run Free, Run Happy

Run Wild, Run Free, Run Happy

The runners were able to Run Wild in Gumatdang with a heavily forested mountain climb.  The Vast Tailings Dam in Itogon gave a Run Free feel.  Camp John Hay Yellow Trails added a touch of Nostalgia and a Run Happy Feel with the scenic pine forested rolling terrain.

Finisher village

Finisher meal and medal along the race village at Le Monet awaited the runners on the finish line.  Itogonia is a trail you’ll both love and hate at the same time. The climbs and technical descents can be punishing. Yet, the views and the fulfillment of finishing the race can be a reward on its own.

Special Thanks to the Sponsors and Volunteers

Race Village

Active Pinas, Pinoy Trails and Team Malaya are the co-presentors for Itogonia.  John Hay Management Corporation, Municipality of Itogon and Le Monet was the venue partner for the event.  The race also had several volunteers manning the race route and event village.

Itogonia was also supported by the following:

  • Brooks
  • Drymax Socks
  • Gu Energy Gel
  • Lightwater
  • Vitamin Boost
  • Emco Musli
  • Sanctband
  • Amihan
  • Smart
  • Off Grid Racing & Exploration (OGRE)
  • Off The Grid Outdoor Co
  • Suntrust Properties Inc
  • Cinco Antonio Bistro

Race in Photos

Here’s a recap of the event in Photos from Active Pinas Photographers Tony, Vanini and Eric.

Trail Academy
Wild country complete with the Cowboys.
Itogonia
Post Race Meal
To the Finish!
Finish Line Moment.
Itogonia Wild Country Trail Run
3 na lang!
Gaano Ka-Close
Mag exercise tayo tuwing umaga.
Step 1, Step 2, Step 3…
Picture muna.
Hi Avhic
May nanalo na.
Yes!!!
ok pa ako, Yellow Trails pa lang.
1 minute pang sleep please.
Peace.
Anong kaganapan ito?
Jump shot…. hanggang kaya pa.
Ganda ng Trails.
What’s up?
Pila Pila lang po.
Ayos!!!
Triads.
Follow the leader
Aga kasi ng gun start, tulog muna ako.
Takbuhan.
Let’s go!
Tayo ng maglaro sa Gubat.
Inhale….
Finisher
Boss Jeff
Champ Noy
Podium
Mai!!!
Finish Line
Di maginaw sa Baguio.
Happy Finisher
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Post Author: Franc Ramon

Franc Ramon is a Marathoner, Mountaineer and a Duathlete. He has adopted the fitness lifestyle since mid-2010 and loves sharing them in his personal blog http://francramon.com . While he's not on the trails, the road or on an adventure, he spends his time in the finance field.

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