22 FEB 2015
Kayapa Town Hall
If you want freedom and love the outdoors, this race is for you. If you want solitude, serenity, peace and quiet, this is it.
NO FRILLS. Just lifetime memories, bliss and blisters, and a peaceful, easy feeling. Personal satisfaction guaranteed.
Here, you don’t have to worry about toxic car fumes, bully drivers and incessant car horns blowing in your face. There are no man-made obstacles to obstruct your path. Instead, indulge in an all-natural setting which offers fresh, unpolluted air, majestic views of pine tree-filled mountains, vegetable gardens set in terraces, switchbacks, open, single track trails, and rocks, fallen pine trees and slippery trails that will serve as natural obstacles. Cliché as it may sound, you only have the sounds of the wind, your footsteps and breathing, and insects to provide the melody as you go along.
Here, you breathe the natural scent of pine trees and free yourself from the confines of a cramped, artificially pine-scented, air freshener-filled car whose smell seemingly clings eternally to your clothes, and choking smog, you get to relive your lost youth and once again, embrace the wide and open world, and yesteryears you once truly enjoyed.
WHILE WE WILL EXERT EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN THE CLEANLINESS AND PRE-RACE CONDITION OF THE ROUTE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT EACH PARTICIPANT DO HIS OWN SHARE BY BEING A RESPONSIBLE TRAIL RUNNER. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE ADAGE, TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES AND LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS.
Not only will the organizers and locals truly appreciate your efforts but also Mother Nature herself.
Be kind to everyone and everything along the path. And for a better appreciation of trail running etiquette, you may want to look at this link: http://baldrunner.com/2012/01/18/trail-running-101-part-2-rules-on-the-run/
And where else can this trailblazing endurance event be appropriately held but in a town aptly named, KAYAPA!
Experience sweet, uncomplicated satisfaction right here. It’s time to feed your senses.
How to get there: KAYAPA
Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya is a small and quaint, peaceful and serene, and vegetable-producing mountain town nestled about 1121 meters above sea level, 80 kilometers away and a comfortable 2-hour drive from Baguio City through the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road (also known as Ambuklao Road).The town is located at the boundary between Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya and is the gateway to Region 2 if coming from the west.
The zigzag road is completely paved and offers spectacular views of Ambuklao and Binga Dams, rivers, lakes, pine tree-clad mountain sides, vegetable garden terraces and very cool and unpolluted weather. In fact, the abundance of pine trees will give you the chance to breathe real pine tree-scented air.
If you are flying to the Philippines, the main entry point to Manila is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport(NAIA) and from there, you may take the VICTORY regular and air-conditioned buses with terminals in Pasay, Cubao, Caloocan and Sampaloc in Metro Manila. Take those bound for Baguio or Nueva Vizcaya. Buses are available on a 24-hour basis.
Alternatively, you may fly in via Diosdado Macapagal International Airport(DMIA) in Clark Field, Pampanga and take any bus bound for Baguio at the Dau Terminal.
From Baguio, you may take the buses and vans that regularly ply the route. Old school buses (Bambang/Belance/Dupax-bound) and vans are either located at the Dangwa Terminal or Slaughter House compound. Bus trips start at 8AM up. Fares vary from 115php to 150php.
Should you miss the regular trips, you may hire a van or taxi for a ride to Kayapa.
Car rentals are also available from NAIA/DMIA to Baguio/Kayapa.
If you are traveling by car, take the North Luzon Expressway(NLEX) then merge with the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway(SCTEX) and the Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway(TPLEX). Proceed to the Rosales exit and take the main highway(MacArthur Highway) all the way to Baguio via Kennon Road, a 4-hour drive or through San Jose City(Maharlika Highway), the historic Dalton Pass, Sta. Fe, Aritao.
From Aritao, Kayapa is less than an hour away via a 29-kilometer concrete zigzag drive, the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road which connects the 2 provinces. Ample road directions guide the travelers.
Aritao is about 220 kilometers and 5 hours away from Manila through NLEX, SCTEX, TPLEX via San Jose City or Bulacan(Plaridel)/Nueva Ecija(Gapan-Cabanatuan-San Jose City) if exiting at Santa Rita in NLEX.
Another option is to stop in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya which is 15 kilometers after Aritao and take the buses or vans bound for Baguio at the bus parking area near a gasoline station along Maharlika Highway. From Bambang, Kayapa is an hour or so away.
There are only a few bed and breakfast type lodgings, homestays to be exact, (Tessie-0921 988 8803/0947 172 8752, Barangay Pangpang Hall-0929 844 8481, Edna Camilo-0928 989 9608, Kayapa Parish Hall-0909 675 4618 and Boulevard Inn-0910 444 3123) in Kayapa which offer only basic necessities. Rates start at 200php per bed and cooked meals of your choice may be arranged with the landlord. You may want to reserve EARLY by contacting the said numbers directly as there are only limited bed spaces. Room-sharing is the norm. All are walking distances to the starting and finish line.
Or you may want to camp out for free at the Parish Church area where you can also park your vehicles some 200 meters away from the start or even sleep inside Kayapa Town Hall, also for free, provided you bring your own beddings.
Food is not a problem as there are a number of small eateries at the town center. There are also a number of stores from where you can buy bottled water, snacks and other food, and other personal necessities. Practically everything you will need is within walking distance.
And before you head for home, be sure to buy fresh produce at giveaway farm prices and local products at the market.
There are NO water refilling stations, cable television and internet connections in Kayapa. An FM radio signal from Baguio exists.
Lastly, a strict NO SMOKING policy exists in ALL of Nueva Vizcaya, You have been forewarned.
Again, please respect the environment, locals, rules and guidelines at all times, thank you.
I am hoping that some runners will find Kayapa to their liking, enough to make it their kind of refuge and Eden. Perhaps, not a few will be coming back for a private visit.
Kayapa is perfectly isolated somewhat but in a nice way.
Kayapa is my kind of town. Make it yours, too.
And with all due respect, the Race Organizer’s and Director’s word is final.
- Marathon: 1,500.00 Pesos (Inclusive of Trail Fees, Event Long-sleeved Shirt, Finisher's Medal and Pre-Race Snacks and Post-Race Meal) / USD 50.00 for foreign entrant
- Half Marathon: 1,000.00 Pesos (Same as above) / USD 35.00 for foreign entrants
Owing to the terrain, distances are just approximations based on GPS measurements)
- Kayapa Town Hall (1121 masl) to Talecabcab Waiting Shed( ~ 4 kilometers)
- Indupit junction/Ansipsip foot trail (1866 masl, ~ 8 kilometers
- Bundao (1835 masl) ~ 10 kilometers
- Mount Samento Waiting Shed ~ 10.5 kilometers*TURNAROUND 21K
- Ansipsip waiting shed (1935 masl) ~ 15 kilometers
- Domolpos Village (1770 masl)
- Saddle/Domolpos waiting shed (1763 masl) ~ 17 kilometers
- Bacuyan junction (1844 masl) ~ 20 kilometers
- Mt. Ugo Summit marker (2170 masl) ~ 21 kilometers *TURNAROUND 42k
- Indupit junction/Ansipsip foot trail (1866 masl) ~ 34 kilometers (from here, 42k runners will proceed to the Finish Line via the Talecabcab Trail
- Kayapa Central School (1121 masl) ~ 42 kilometers