After the huge success of “Run Ahead, Raising A Roof” Run held in Laoag City last December of 2009, Triathlete/Runner & Race organizer Faivo Bartolome brings another unique event up North, the “Taray Pamulinawen 2011, Laoag Sand Dunes Challenge” to be held on February 26, 2011 and will start and end at the Laoag City Hall.
This race, hosted by the Laoag City government will be a first of a kind wherein runners will be running in the Sand Dunes of La Paz, a municipality of Laoag which is well-known for being the setting of well-known foreign films like Tom Cruise’ “Born On The Fourth Of July”, Mel Gibson’s “Mad Max” series and local films like Nora Aunor’s ”Himala” and the “Panday” series of the late Fernando Poe, Jr.
Also known as “The Desert Of The North”, the Sand Dunes of La Paz offers a very challenging terrain not only with its varied uphill climbs but also for its arduous surface which is like threading on very soft and deep desert sands and would be twice as difficult to traverse whenever strong gales coming from the Pacific Ocean blows the sand away and is quite painful once the sand gets into your eyes.
I, together with some runner friends had the chance to run in this difficult terrain and it was one of the most exhilarating experience we ever had. This was during the “Run Ahead Race” in Laoag City and our adventures can be read here: running-the-sand-dune-trails-of-la-paz and here: run-ahead.
The Taray Pamulinawen 2011 sand Dune Challenge is envisioned to become one of the North’s biggest and unique running events that will highlight the City of Laoag as a major tourist destination and an investment mecca.
The route will cover some of the most scenic spots in Laoag like its centuries old churches, pristine beaches and some of the old landmarks of the city.
The race will feature a 10-mile trail run (which will include the sand dunes), a 10k Road Run, 5k Road Run, 3k Family Run and a 750 meter Kids Dash.
Registration fees are as follows:
|DURATION||Jan. 3 – Jan. 31
Early Bird Registration
|Feb. 1 – Feb. 19
|Feb. 20 – Feb. 23
|10 mi. Trail Run||Php 350.00||Php 400.00||Php 500.00|
|10km||Php 150.00||Php 200.00||Php 250.00|
|5km||Php 150.00||Php 200.00||Php 250.00|
|3km Family Run||Php 150.00 each||Php 200.00 each||Php 250.00 each|
|750m Kids Dash||Php 100.00||Php 125.00||Php 150.00|
For other details and to download registration forms, please visit www.laoagcity.gov.ph or call/text 0917-5530050 (Faivo Bartolome).