April 21-22, 2018 – Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur, Philippines

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Mt. APO Sky & Vertical Race on the 21-22nd of April 2018, 12:01mn @ Municipal Hall, Municipality of Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur, Philippines. This event is in partnership with LGU Sta Cruz, Department Of Tourism Region XI, Visit Davao Summer Festival, and Boulder Face Challenge 2018.

Mt. APO is the highest mountain in the Philippines and this edition it's gonna be a 100km out and back course!!

Distances & Slots

100km – 100 slot only (50 international athlete & 50 local mountain runners)

50km – 100 slots only (50 international athlete & 50 local mountain runners)

15km VK - 100 slots only

Course Description

*100% Technicalities (for 100km & 50km category)
*Forest, boulders, ridges, river crossing, open trail, dirt roads
*4km pavement road (only after gunstart near the venue at the Municipal proper)
*7.5km+ out & back for 15km category
*25km+ out & back for 50km category
*50km+ out & back for 100km category
*Vertical Kilometer for the 15km category
*River crossing for 100km (4x) & 50km (2x) category
*Highly Technical ridge running for 100km & 50km category
*Boulder route (2km+) for 100km runners & jungle trail all categories
*6 mountain assault for 50km and the rest is for 100km category
*Normal Temperature is very windy (open trail) and very cold @ the forest & summit

Technical Route

Start/finish @ Municipal Hall, Municipality of Sta Cruz - Zone 2 Barangay Hall - Sitio Julio - Mt. Juloy Peak – Sitio Butition - Mt. Loay Peak - Sitio Kiblan - Mt. Leong Peak - Sitio Tubison - Upper Rizal - River Crossing - Barangay Hall Sibulan - Mt. APO Elem. School - Kabarizan (Gabrillo's Store) - River Crossing - Lower Tibolo - Balusong Waterfalls - Aboitiz Plant A - Tingting - Tudaya Elem. School - Upper Baruring - Sitio Colan - Sitio Tumpis - Camp 1 - Camp 2 - Boulderface Entrance - Rock Tower - White Sand (turning point) - 87 Degrees - Mt. APO Crater - Peak - then back

Mandatory Checklist

*100KM & 50KM Category
Hydration Pack – at least 1.5 liters
Headlamp – with extra battery
Whistle – remember the drill
Jacket – water proof/thermal
Gloves – use in mountaineering not in the ER
Headwear – anything that covers your head, protects you from cold
Trail Food – with ziplock and last from AS to AS
Cellphone – with load and fully charge battery (coverage up to Camp 2 only)
MedKit – for LBM, stomachache, headache, etc.
Extra Money - for emergency transpo & snacks @ the local store

*15km VK Category
Hydration Pack/Water Bottle – at least 500ml
Trail Food – with ziplock and last from AS to AS
Cellphone – with load and fully charge battery
Extra Money - for emergency transpo & snacks @ the local store


*100KM & 50KM
At least a 42km finisher for the 100km category and 21km finisher for 50km category, mountain races and not a whiner. Must be 18 years of age, if not, must provide parent consent and must have current Medical Certificate (2018 January issue).

*15KM VK
Open. At least you run and finish the course within cut-off time.

Note: Strong Finisher (major category) of Mt. APO Sky & Vertical Race, Kalatungan Ridge Ultimate Race (KRUR), The Punisher 50 (TP50) and Mt. Hamiguitan Trail Race is highly qualified to run of this race.


*Single track & dirt roads
*Ridge Running
*High Altitude Running
*River Crossing
*Hanging Bridge
*Balusong Waterfalls
*Nature Spring
*Boulder Face
*Rock Tower
*Crater Lake/ Mt. APO Lake
*Mt. Juloy
*Mt. Loay
*Mt. Leong
*Mt. APO Summit
*Wild berries & strawberries can be seen on trail
*Wild animals like monkeys & pigs can be seen on trails
*Sulfur & rock formation, etc. can be seen on boulders

Cut-Off Time


-00 - 1100 (11am) @ AS 6 Sitio Colan around 43km from starting point (11 hours from gunstart)
-1100 - 2400 (12mn) @ Barangay Hall Sibulan / Dropbag
-2400 - 3201 (8am) @ Sta Cruz Municipal Hall (last 25km to finish line or 8 hours from Drop Bag)


-00 - 0900 (9am) @ AS 4 Barangay Hall Sibulan around 25km / turning point (9 hours from gunstart)
-0900 - 1600 (4pm) @ Sta Cruz Municipal Hall (last 25km to finish line or 7 hours from turning point)


-0500 - 0830 (8:30am) @ the summit of Mt. Juloy (3:30 hours from gunstart)

0830 - 1000 (10am) @ Sta Cruz Municipal Hall, Finish Line (1:30 hours from Mt. Juloy summit turning point)

DNF Point

*For 100km - at AS4, Barangay Hall Sibulan & @ AS6, Sitio Colan

*For 50km - at AS4, Barangay Hall Sibulan

Note: You will shoulder the DNF fee, P300 @ Barangay Hall Sibulan & P500 @ Sitio Colan for your habal-habal ride.

Aid Stations (AS)

*15KM - 2 Aid Stations
-Tatays Pablo House around 6km (1st & 2nd AS)

*50KM - 7 Aid Stations
-Tatays Pablo House around 6km (1st & last AS)
-Sitio Kiblan around 13km (2nd & 6th AS)
-Sitio Tubison around 16km (3rd & 5th AS)
-Barangay Hall Sibulan around 25km (4th AS - turning point)

*100KM - 12 Aid Stations
-Tatays Pablo House around 6km (1st & last AS)
-Sitio Kiblan around 13km (2nd & 11th AS)
-Sitio Tubison around 16km (3rd & 10th AS)
-Barangay Hall Sibulan around 25km (4th & 9th AS & Drop Bag)
-Balusong Waterfalls around 33km (5th & 8th AS)
-Sitio Colan around 43km+ (6th & 7th AS)

Entry Fee

For Local Registration (PHP)
*For 100KM Category – P4,000
*For 50KM Category – P2,500
*For 15KM VK - P1,500

For International Athletes (USD)
*For 100KM Category – $90
*For 50KM Category –$60
*For 15KM VK - $40

Strictly Limited Slots!!

*For 100KM – 100 Runners only
*For 50KM – 100 Runners only
*For 15KM VK - 100 Runners only

Payment Procedure

*Deposit: BPI Savings Account -2149 1983 53
*Account Name: Romualdo B. Calbes
*Swiftcode: BOPIPHMM
*Branch Address: BPI Bank Matina Branch, Davao City, Philippines 8000
*Holder Address: Ma-a Davao City, Philippines
*Via Paypal:


*Event & Finisher Shirt (Asian sizes XS, S, M, L, XL) – all categories
*Finisher’s Medal – all categories
*Trophies – top 3 finishers (male & female), all categories
*Logistics (hauling, food, fluids, etc)
*Trail Fee (markings, etc)
*Meal & AS Food
*International Trail Running Association (ITRA) in Europe Performance Points
*Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in France Qualifying Points, 100km for 5 points & 50km for 3 points
*Asia Trail Master (ATM) Finisher Points 100km & 50km Category and Grandmaster Quest Point for 100km Finisher
*Top 3 Winners (male & female) all categories will receive gift items from Tagakan Purselas
*Top 3 Winners (male & female) all categories will receive gift items from Trail Junkie Philippines
*50km Champ (male & female) will have a free slot at Goat Run Mountain Race in Indonesia in October 2018
*100km Champ (male & female) will represent the country at Vietnam Mountain Marathon (VMM) on September 2018
*Prizes - No cash prize!!


1. Email your deposit/payment slip to

2. We will send you a confirmation email along with your waiver and reference number that you need for the registration form.

3. Fill out the form completely through the link below and submit.

Registration Form

4. You will then receive an email from V2S for the status of your registration within 24 hours.

Rules And Regulations


*No refund of registration fee.
*No transfer of slot or selling of slot without knowledge of organizer.
*No upgrade or downgrade of category on the race day.
*No alibi shall be entertained -lost of deposit slip, etc.
*Sending fake deposit slip and lacking the amount paid is subject for absolute disqualification (DQ) and banning in the entire running community.
*Upon payment, do not give task to the organizer or race official to book your flight, etc. This act is subject for absolute disqualification (DQ).
*Upon payment, make sure to submit all necessary requirements. Failure to comply one is not consider as registered runner.
*Upon payment, do not text or call constantly the organizer and race official for your registration. You need to scan email the deposit slip, other requirements, etc. and wait for the confirmation response.
*Upon payment, there is no refund for 100km & 50km entrant who did not qualify (no 42km & 21km mountain finisher proof) and yet made the payment, sorry mate no exception.


*The race will proceed rain or shine.
*On check-in, no entry form (with signature), no current medical certificate, no racebib, and other necessary docs, no run. Mandatory Gear check-in will be on your Race Briefing April 20, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at Municipal Training Center, Municipality of Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur, Philippines.
*No hydration pack for 100km & 50km, no run.
*No mandatory equipment, no run.
*No ziplock for trailfood, no run. Let us avoid a single drop of wrapper or garbage in the wild and on the race route.
*No pacer allowed. You are your own. (except if you have previous history of illness, inform immediately the organizer)
*No support crew shall be allowed within the race route. Let us all be glad and thankful to our race officials and locals who prepared the nutrients, fluids and essentials at the Aid Stations (AS). Your team, friends, family and relatives are all welcome to celebrate with you at the finish line.
*No trail cutting or shortcuts, runners should run on designated markers only. This will prevent maximum impact. Caught violating is absolutely disqualified and out of the course.
*No race bib, no run. Your bib must be worn and visible all the time.
*No drop-off bag for 50km & 15km runners. Only baggage counter near starting line.

*You can use trekking pole but I advise 2. This will avoid side/joint pain and trail imbalance.
*If you decide not to continue, you should inform the visible crew and walk to the nearest AID Station or DNF Point (see DNF point at Race Details) for your own safety and transport.
*If you have complain or protest against cheating, violation of rules and misconduct (ex. contacts, shouting on trails, tampering of markers, disrespect to the locals and personnel, etc.) you should put it into writings within 1 hour you cross the finish line and pay the LOYALTY Fee of P700.


*100km, 50km and 15km runners should check-in their respective bib number 1-2 hours before gun start.
*1st Checkpoint @ Barangay Hall Sibulan or AS 4 around 25km from gun start. 50km runners (only) should present their bib number at the assigned Race Official and make sure it's recorded before leaving. This is the Turning Point of 50km category.
*2nd Checkpoint @ Sitio Colan or AS 6 around 43km+. 100km runners should present their bib number and make sure it's recorded before leaving.
*3rd Checkpoint @ The Summit/Campsite turning point around 50km from gun start. 100km runners should present their bib numbers and make sure it's recorded before leaving the turning point.
*4th Checkpoint @ Barangay Hall Sibulan around 75km or last 25km to the finish line. Make sure you will arrive this checkpoint on or before 12mn.
*5th Checkpoint @ the Finish Line. 100km, 50km and 15km runners should present their bib numbers to the Race Official right after crossing the finish line.
*Do not forget to get your loom bands at the designated Checkpoints. 15km only 1 loom band, 50km only 2 loom bands and 4 loom bands for 100km.

*100km runners who arrived beyond cut-off time @ “AS6 Sitio Colan”, “Summit Turning Point” and at “AS4 (the last 25km to finish line)” are no longer allowed to continue the race, he/she consider as DNF or Did Not Finish.
*No bib or lost of bib number are not allowed to run the entire race course.
*Only the time of cut-offs are made to be final -for Race Result and for your personal or course record, nothing more nothing less.


*Only the 100km runners are entitled to have drop-off baggage.
*It must be collected @ the Race Briefing April 20, 2018 around 3:00 PM at Municipal Training Center, Municipality of Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur, Philippines.
*It must be marked with your bib name and number.
*It must be put in a white plastic bag or drawstring bag.
*It must be light weight, not valuable and disposable if possible.
*Maximum weight of Drop Bag is only 2kgs, excess weight will no longer entertain.
*Food in your drop bag must be new and not decomposable in a day.
*Lost or damage of drop bag is not accountable to any Race Official. Make sure to repack it sturdy as oak tree.
*Remaining item of your drop bag must be collectible until 8:00 AM on April 22, 2018 at the venue baggage counter.

You can put your trekking pole, food, etc. @ your drop bag but make sure you have the complete Mandatory Equipment before climbing the summit. Pick-up point of your drop bag is @ Barangay Hall Sibulan or AS 4 around 25km from gunstart. Checking of your Mandatory Equipment is strictly implemented; lacking one is considered as DNF!


*The Race Director/Technical Race Director can stop the race at any moment for the safety of runners and participants.
*The Race Director/Technical Race Director can change, postpone or cancel the race schedule due to typhoon, fire, force majeure, etc. for the safety of runners and other participants.
*The Race Director/Technical Race Director, Race Officials and Personnel can change the designated post, checkpoints, turning points, etc. due to bad weather for the safety of runners and other participants.
*The Race Director/Technical Race Director can change the venue (start & finish), race course, aid station location, assigned crew and marshals for the benefit and safety of runners and other participants.
*The Race Director/Technical Race Director can impose disqualification to those runners who started late without prior consent.
*The Race Director/Technical Race Director, Race Officials and Personnel can impose disqualification to any runners who caught cheating, riding a “habal-habal”, bike, off-road jeep, personal vehicle or any means of transportation. (ex. horse, cow, carabao, etc.).
*The Race Director/Technical Race Director, Race Officials and Personnel can impose disqualification who are caught tampering the trail markings (changing and taking off), disrespect to race officials and fellow runners, shouting on trails, and other misconduct.


Trail Running Basics

Depending on the type of trail and terrain you are running, trail running can be very different than running on the road. These might sound like no-brainers to some, but here’s what I mean:

*Trails are rarely flat, and can quickly move from steep inclines to steep declines.
*Roads and sidewalks are generally smooth; trails feature rocks, roots, and any number of things to trip you up or slow you down.
*While soft dirt is better on your knees and legs than pavement, your feet and ankles tend to take a beating on rocky trails.
*Running through the wilderness introduces a new level of dangers that don’t exist in road running.

For many, it’s these challenges that keep them from even trying out the trail. And for first-time trail runners, the unsure footing can be frustrating as all get-out, but with a few adjustments to your running technique, you can tap that primal spirit and take on even the most technical of trails.

Slow down. The biggest mistake new trail runners make is trying to run at the same pace as they do on pavement. Time and pace on the road should never be compared to your time and pace on the trail.

Trail running means running with a different focus and a different form. When going out on the trail, adjust your speed to what feels comfortable and appropriate for that particular outing. Even if you aren’t moving as quickly, you’re still using the same amount of energy, if not more. Trying to keep a road pace can send your heart rate through the roof and cause major bonking. And nobody likes a major bonking.

Start by running a set amount of time instead of mileage. If you planned to run 5 miles, consider running for 45 or 50 minutes. That way you won’t be killing yourself just to get in the mileage.

Lift your feet. Don’t fault me for being obvious here, but trails can be very rocky and technical. That is probably the biggest adjustment for new trail runners.

We are often so used to running on smooth roads that we find it incredibly difficult to stay upright on bumpy single track. Teach yourself how to lift your feet and prepare for the different terrain.

I’ve learned this lesson the hard way, having fallen dozens of times on rocky trails. Bruises, cuts, wounds, and twisted ankles have all come from me not lifting my feet properly. That’s expected, and maybe even part of the fun. But by slowing down and lifting your feet, staying upright will be much less of a concern.

The good news is that the more time you spend on the trail, the less you’ll end up falling. As with anything else, we get better, and learning how to handle technical sections of trail comes with mileage.

Don’t be afraid to hike. I know, walking when you should be running? Lame.

Not so much with trail running. Because the trails are often much steeper, it can be more efficient to walk rather than run up a section of trail. Following certain cues like erratic breathing, major leg burning, or when the terrain dictates that it’s just as fast to hike as it is to run, you should be hiking.

When hiking instead of running, find a comfortable effort that lowers the heart rate but continues to push the pace, and avoid eating and drinking when climbing a hill in order to regulate your breath.

Hiking or walking on the trail isn’t a sign of weakness. Even the toughest of elite trail runners hike when it’s more efficient.

Let yourself get dirty. Trails are often muddy and wet. Instead of slowing down to tip-toe around a puddle or stream, embrace it. Charge through. Your shoes will dry, and with good socks, blisters shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Trying to stay clean by prancing around the mud will end up frustrating you more than anything else. Embrace all that the trail has to offer. It’s just part of the fun. After all, people pay good money to get muddy and run over obstacles. Trail running lets you do that for free.

Pay attention. With beautiful views, interesting trees, and frolicking animals all around you, it can be difficult to pay attention to the ground in front of you. But looking up at a tree or down at your GPS for longer than a quick glance may result in a mouth full of dirt, and dirt isn’t the most efficient way to get your fuel.

Survey the ground in front of you as you’re running in order to prepare for each stride. Split-second footing decisions could mean the difference between a rolled ankle or a clean run.

Same goes for when you’re running with others. Keep your distance from the runners in front and behind you so that each runner can properly prepare for the terrain. You don’t want to be the guy who takes down your friend because you were busy checking out a Hairy Woodpecker (you know, the bird, commonly found on the East Coast).

Safety Tips for Trail Runners

Trail running doesn’t automatically mean danger, but any time you’re in the woods, especially when you’re moving quickly, danger can arise. Take caution when going on a trail run. Your body, and your family, will appreciate it.

Here are a few tips to follow before hitting the trails:

*Plan the route ahead of time, and know the trails well or carry a map with you.
*Let someone know exactly where you’re going and when you plan to return.
*Be extra mindful of rocks and roots towards the end of the run when you’re getting tired.
*Carry a small amount of cash with you in case of emergencies.
*Avoid running after dark on your own, unless thoroughly planned ahead of time.
*If you drive to the trailhead, leave a small first-aid kit in the car to mend any scrapes or bruises after the run.
*Also if you drive to the trailhead, leave a note on your dashboard with your, name, route, and estimated time of finish.
*Bring a little extra water and fuel, just in case.
*Carry your phone for emergency calls.
*Have an emergency contact listed and an ID on your person.
*Chances are nothing will happen, but it is much better to be safe than sorry.

Trail Running Gear

You don’t necessarily need new gear for trail running. Runners cross over between paved paths and dirt trails all the time without switching out a thing. But if you’re planning to spend a lot of time on the trail, here are a few pieces of gear worth investing in:

Trail running shoes. Look for a shoe that fits the type of terrain you’ll be on. If you’re running through rocky, technical terrain, a bulkier shoe with a rock plate and extra cushioning might be valuable. If the race is run on long stretches of road or gentle trail, a lighter, more versatile running shoe may do the trick.

Hydration. Because you might be on the trail longer, and have less access to public water sources, many trail runners will carry some sort of hydration system. The most popular is a handheld bottle for shorter runs, and a hydration pack or belt for longer outings.

Many systems will also include pockets for nutrition, such as an energy gel, energy bar, or food of your choosing. If you know you’ll be out for a while, it’s always a good idea to carry along some sort of fuel.

Light. This one is probably the least necessary for beginners, but if you plan to be on the trails around dawn or dusk, it’s a good idea to carry some sort of light. The most popular light source for trail runners is the headlamp, which can be picked up fairly cheaply at your local outdoors store. Some runners also prefer to carry a small flashlight.

If ultramarathons are in your future, many start before dawn, or run through the night. Carrying a light source is often a requirement for the night time hours.

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ITRA Course Profile

50km Category – 3,760 meters gain/loss (contact RD for GPX file)

100km Category – 7,670 meters gain/loss (contact RD for GPX file)


Participants from outside Mindanao, like Cebu, Manila, and Foreign Country, you can book your flight direct to Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City, Philippines. Davao airport is closer to Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur than any airport in Mindanao.

From Davao airport you can take a cab (just outside the airport) going to Ecoland Bus Terminal Davao. Ecoland is only 12kms away from the airport and travel time is approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Then take a bus bound for Digos, Cotabato, Kidapawan, Malita, etc. and inform the driver or conductor that you’re heading to Municipality of Sta Cruz only. Landmark is Sta Cruz Bus Terminal along the highway. Travel time from Davao City to Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur is approximately 1 hour or 40kms away and only P75 fare for aircon bus. Or you can ride a metered taxi from Davao airport to Municipality of Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur, it’s just 40kms away from the city. .

If you're lost and need direction, inform right away the Race Director Romualdo Calbes, +63-9255566692.


4 Jewels Hotel
Just along the highway of the Municipality of Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur, our venue. Contact Person Ms. Letty - +63-9097543395

VRC Hotel
Within the Municipality of Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur only, our venue. Contact Person Ms. Sita Casas - +63-9189624906

MGL Hotel
Within the Municipality of Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur only, our venue. Contact Person Ms. Mercy - +63-9075307415

Bay Coronon Beach Resort
Around 6kms away from Municipality of Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur, our venue. Contact No - +63-9100175000

For assistant you may contact Ms. Letlet, Tourism Officer +63-9502680831