Mount Ugo Marathon 2017

Mount Ugo Marathon gives you a scenic and challenging trail marathon to add to your 2017 bucket list.  It’s a race to the peak at 2,170 MASL come February 19, 2017 starting from Kayapa, Nueva Viscaya.

Mount Ugo Marathon

Elevation Profile of Mount Ugo Marathon
Elevation Profile of Mount Ugo Marathon

When road marathons feel like routine already, maybe it’s time to try the mountains. How about being minted as a Mountain Marathoner.  Mount Ugo Marathon is among the few races offering that type of challenge. It’s gonna test your physical strength with the challenging terrain. The race will test your mental fortitude with the seemingly endless climb.  Mount Ugo Marathon will bring out the daredevil spirit in you when you allow gravity to take its course on the descent.  It will leave you awed by the beauty of the trails and the overlooking views.

Mount Ugo Marathon is happening on February 19, 2017 at Kayapa, Nueva Viscaya. It would surely be a memorable race that will require you to dig deep to finish the race.  Take time to appreciate the views and have a bit of that carefree attitude to blitz the descent.  There’s also a 21 kilometer distance for runners to try out.

2017 Trail Running Season

Take the 21K distance and you’re in for a good hard times that will challenge you and would surely be in the look out for more mountain runs and trails. Join the 42 kilometer distance and be minted as a mountain marathoner.

Mount Ugo Marathon is part of the King of the Mountain Trail Run Philippines, which also includes:

  • the Old Spanish Trail 50k and Four Lakes 100K on April 1, 2017
  • Pulag 100K and Hardcore Hundred Miles (H1) on May 19, 2017.

Mount Ugo Marathon is also worth 2 UTMB points.  Register Now!

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Start: February 19, 2017, Sunday, 4:00 a.m. / Kayapa Central School
  • Finish: February 19, 2017, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. / Kayapa Central School
  • Awarding and Closing Ceremonies: February 19, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Race Briefing and Race Kit Distribution: February 18, 2017, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. / Kayapa Central School
  • Cut-Off:
    • Marathon: Ten (10:00:00) Hours / February 19, 2017, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. (Runners must reach the turnaround in Mount Ugo Summit in 5:00:00 hours / 9:00 a.m.)
    • Half Marathon: Five (5:00:00) Hours / February 19, 2017, Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Fees and Inclusions

  • Marathon:
    • PhP 2,000.00 for local entrants
    • USD 50.00 for foreign entrants
  • Half Marathon:
    • PhP 1,500.00 for local entrants
    • USD 35.00 for foreign entrants
  • Inclusive of trail fees, long-sleeved event shirt, pre-race snacks and post-race meal.
  • Official finishers will receive a finisher’s token.


• Bank Deposit: (Local Entrants)

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account
  • Account No: 2379 0362 39
  • Account Name: Constante C Mendoza Jr

Bank Deposit: (Foreign Entrants)

  • Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account
  • Account No: 2379 0362 39
  • Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
  • Account Name: Constante C Mendoza Jr
  • Please refer to your bank’s current PHP rate vis-a-vis USD.
  • Telephone contact number for record is 63 999 998 7654

• Write name, gender, birthday, nationality, and shirt size (see Asian sizing chart) AND qualifying race on the deposit slip, scan/photograph and email to (Subject: 2017 MUM)

• Wait for an acknowledgment email to confirm your registration.

Route Description

Mount Ugo is one of the taller peaks in the Cordillera mountain range. It used to be the main source of lumber for a mining company operating in Benguet many years ago and was purportedly “discovered” as a destination for mountain climbers after a tragic plane crash in 1987 for which it is also infamously known.

The marathon takes runners to Mount Ugo’s summit, approximately 2170 masl.

The out-and-back course consists of only one kilometer or less of concrete road. The rest of the route consists of mountain-side dirt roads and single-track trails.

The race is worth 2 UTMB® points.

Race Start / Finish

Both the marathon and half marathon start at the KAYAPA MUNICIPAL HALL and finish at the KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL (1121 masl).

From the start area, runners ascend a concrete road for about two hundred meters before entering the trailhead going to TALECABCAB.

They will pass dirt roads and intermittent stretches of concrete tire paths until they reach TALECABCAB WAITING SHED. From there, they are to proceed towards INDUPIT (1866 masl, 8 kilometers) which is marked by a small settlement and another waiting shed.

The next landmark is BUNDAO AID STATION (1835 masl, 10 kilometers), where runners will find two structures – a shed and a house. Assorted food/snacks and drinks will be available. This is the LAST aid station before SADDLE/DOMOLPOS STATION (7 kilometers away) so runners are strongly advised to fill up their bladders/water bottles and eat here.

Half marathon (21-kilometer) runners must proceed about 500 meters more until they reach the turnaround point at MOUNT SAMENTO WAITING SHED, where marshals will record their numbers. They shall make their way back to the finish line in KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL via INDUPIT/ANSIPSIP Trail and TALECABCAB Trail (the same route they took going up in reverse).

Marathon runners will tackle the wide, open trails from this point. Their next landmark will be the ANSIPSIP WAITING SHED (1935 masl, 12 kilometers) which offers a view of the Mt. Ugo summit turnaround, even the city of Baguio, on a clear day.

DOMOLPOS VILLAGE (1700 masl), where locals reside, is the next landmark. From here, runners assault a single-track trail until the SADDLE.

SADDLE/DOMOLPOS WAITING SHED JUNCTION (1763 masl, 17 kilometers) is where another aid station is located. The shed won’t be hard to miss as it is painted pink. Spring water and assorted trail food will be available. Runners are advised to refill and eat here.

Runners will proceed around three kilometers towards the LUSOD AREA/BACUYAN JUNCTION (1770 masl, 20 kilometers) through a single-track trail.

At BACUYAN, runners will make a U-TURN towards the MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER via a steep two-kilometer climb.

Runners’ times will be recorded at the MT. UGO SUMMIT MARKER (2170 masl, 21.2 kilometers).

From the summit, runners are to trace the same route they took going up in reverse till they make it to the finish line in KAYAPA CENTRAL SCHOOL.

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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 . 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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