Taray Pamulinawen 2011: Laoag Sand Dune Challenge


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.

The sand dunes viewed from above a hill

Very fine sand that towers up to two stories high

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.

The Pacific Ocean on the horizon

Wilnar and I threading towards the beach

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 trail going towards the sand dunes

Running atop one of the sand dunes

Finally arriving at the beach front

Great view!

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

Regular Registration


Feb. 20 – Feb. 23

Late Registration



10 mi. Trail Run       

Php 350.00       

Php 400.00       

Php 500.00       


Php 150.00       

Php 200.00       

Php 250.00       


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).


16 responses to “Taray Pamulinawen 2011: Laoag Sand Dune Challenge

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  2. I almost bought plane tickets until I scrutinised the poster. If the race ends at city hall (and presumably also start there), then that’s easily six miles of paved roads between it and the dunes — not much fine sand running in it is there? Maybe Faivo would consider getting the runners to use the riverbed of the Padsan instead (not such a shabby idea at this time of year).

    Can you ask them to post the race route Rene? Or post it on your blog. As of yesterday I could not see anything on the city government website.

    • Will do Cecil. Faivo will be in Manila this Friday and I’ll discuss your suggestions with him.

      • Hi! I’m Allen, I’m with faivo in organizing the the taray pamulinawen event. Thank you for your query. We will be posting today the race route, as brief background the of the race, yes it will end at the city hall but then the start line for the 10 miles will be at La Paz (approx. 400m from the sand dunes). The race will consist primarily of sand dunes, trails and some paved barangay roads connecting one trail to the other.

  3. finally! 30% fare discount from Manila to Laoag is approved! You can avail it through Fariñas Trans.. Just present a valid ID to the bus conductor.. The conductor will be given a list of all participants from Manila. 🙂

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