Tawid Mountain Marathon 2018

Tawid Mountain Marathon is a perfect getaway to FEED YOUR WANDERLUST! A trail tour for the fearless and the wild! A running event of scenic views and arduous terrain where only the dauntless survives. Come and discover the unfound majestic  beauty of Bontoc Mountain Province.

Tawid Mountain Marathon

Tawid Multisports Group, in partnership with Bontoc Tourism Office once again tie-up for perfect Trail Running event.

Tawid is a Bontoc Term for Inheritance. “Tawid” which means everything we see around us is given to us by our Almighty Father (Lumawig) and our Ancestors.

Bontoc, officially the Municipality of Bontoc, is a 2nd class municipality and capital of the province of Mountain Province, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 24,643 people. It is the historical capital of the entire Cordillera region since the inception of governance in the Cordillera. The municipality celebrates the annual Lang-ay Festival every month end of April.

Bontoc is home to the Bontoc tribe, a feared war-like group of indigenous people who actively indulged in tribal wars with its neighbours until the 1930s. Every Bontoc male had to undergo a rites of passage into manhood, which may include head hunting, where the male has to journey (sometimes with companions) and hunt for a human head. The Bontocs also used the jaw of the hunted head as a handle for gongs, and as late as the early 1990s, evidence of this practice can be seen from one of the gongs in Pukisan, Bontoc. The town also hosts the UNESCO tentatively-listed Alab petroglyphs.

This is the home of the Finontok or Ifuntok language, which has variable dialects under it. However, the original language is fast dying out, as more of the younger generations speak a mixture of Ilocano, Tagalog, and Kankanaey dialects. This is partly due to the frequent contact of the younger generations with other regions of the Philippine nation. Some words are not in use anymore. Within Bontoc proper, only 40% of the local population can communicate using this language without diluting their daily language with other languages/dialects.

Race Details


  • Establish a trail running/ and hiking destination by exposing spots around Bont
  • Advocate responsible stewardship of natural resources, particularly the mountain
  • Promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Bring together individuals who are interested in the sport of Mountain Running

Date, Time and Venue

  • Date: June 9-10, 2018 (Sat-Sun)
  • Time: 4 am
  • Venue: Bontoc Mountain Province

Distance and Fees

Race Course Descriptions:

From the bird’s eye view, the town of Bontoc is like an enormous basin. The Tawid Mountain Marathon will tour you around Bontoc through the alps. You will traverse from one barangay to another, circumnavigating the town. Bontoc consists of 16 Barangays but in this course you will pass through 7 of it. The race offers to showcase scenes such as rice terraces, lakes, plateau, ridges and other breath-taking landscapes. It is a one-way trip so you will see more views comparing to an out and back course.

Race Category | COT | Fees :

42km – 11hours – P3000
22km – 7hours – P2000
12km – 4hours – P1000
VK – 2Hours – P1000

Race Map and Elevation

42km Race route

22km Race route


Facebook Page of Tawid Mountain Marathon 

Register for TMM 2018 can be done through the following:
■ Online via raceyaya.com
■ Walk-in registration at Lagalag Baguio, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Rd, Baguio City (0947-111-1414)
■ Walk in registration at CMV Outdoors, Chakas Bldg, Poblacion, Bontoc, Mountain Province

Registration & Inclusions

1. Race Kit, Event Shirt,
2. Post-race meal
3. Trail Snacks at Aid Stations
4. Trail fee
5. Finishers Medal for 42km and 22km
6. Certificates of Top finishers for 12km

Mandatory Gear

• Hydration pack, fuel belt or handheld water bottle with at least 1000ml and 500ml for 12k
• Trail food
• Head Lamp (42km and 21km only)
• Whistle
• Functioning Mobile phone fully charged and with load
• Med Kit


• Rain jacket/Wind Breaker for a rainy day

Note: Race kits claiming and orientation will be posted on Facebook Event Page.


Time: 42km – 4:00am to 3:00pm
22km – 5:00am to 12:00pm
12km – 6:00am to 10:am
VK – 6:00am to 8:00am ( June 9)

Race Guidelines

1: Each runner must be SELF-CONTAINED AND SELF-RELIANT, complete with hydration pack or fuel belt, sufficient trail food for your chosen distance. Support outside the Aid Stations is not allowed, except in an emergency.
2: Race bib must be worn/pinned at the front of each runner at all times.
3: Water stations will be available at multiple aid stations within the start to finish route.
4: This is a GREEN community event that advocates eco-sports tourism. We will not serve plastic cups at every water station
5: The trail will be clearly marked and race marshals will be stationed along the course.
6: Use of trekking poles will be very helpful.
7: There will be cutoff time for all Distance. This is for the safety of everyone.
8: No Unregistered Pacers allowed.
9: It will be a RAIN or RAIN event except for super typhoons.
10: The race route will be passing through villages, so please Respect the locals and their culture
11: Respect our wild spaces, practice Leave no trace, No LITTERING and Bushwhacking, Remember all parts of the mountains are sacred to the tribal community especially the water sources
12: Race category and race entry are strictly non-transferable
13: Once registration has been duly processed, there will be no refund for participants who for whatever reason do not eventually take part in the TMM
14: All participants are required to submit Medical Certificates to guarantee they are fit to engage in this activity
15: Participants for the 42k and 22k must be 18y/o and above by June 10, 2018. 12km is open to 13y/o and above with a waiver/Release declaration duly signed by legal guardian
16: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the event rules and requirements, route and/or other arrangements, as they deem appropriate.

Getting to the Race Site

Option 1: Manila to Baguio
• Victory Liner (Cubao and Pasay)
• Genesis Lines (Pasay and Avenida) Travel time is 5 to 7 hours for regular aircon buses and 4.5 to 6 hours for deluxe buses. Fare is Php455 for regular aircon buses and Php715 for deluxe buses.
• Dagupan Bus Lines (Pasay)
Baguio to Bontoc:
• GL Trans
Terminal: Dangwa Terminal, behind Baguio Center Mall
Schedule: 8am, 10am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm last trip
• Rising Sun Bus:
Terminal: Slaughter Compound along Magsaysay Ave.
Bus schedule: 5:30am to 4pm every hour. Fare is Php212. Travel time is 5-6 hours by Bus.

Option 2: Manila to Bontoc via Banaue

CODA LINES: Terminal at Cubao Quezon City
Please refer schedules at (https://www.facebook.com/codalinescorporation/?fref=ts)
Ohayami Transit (near UST): Terminal at Lacson Avenue, corner Fajardo Street, Sampaloc (http://ohayamitrans.com/) leaves for Banaue at 10pm daily. With a 9-10 travel time.

In Banaue, jeepney and Van leave for Bontoc from 8am to 2pm with approximate 1:30-2 hours travel time.


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Post Author: Jose Ramizares

Jose is a road runner since 10.10.10 Run for Pasig River but eventually fell in love with Trail Running after 2013 Balagbag hike experience. He just recently finished his first & longest 50k Trail Ultra marathon in 2016 TNF100 Philippines. He's an active online-gamer, spicy food lover, adventure-seeker and a member Running Photographers.

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