ABOUT CM50 ULTRA
CLARK-MIYAMIT FALLS TRAIL ULTRA, known as the CM50, is the longest 50-mile trail race in the Philippines. The race started in 2011. It consists of two categories: the 60K and the Bad Ass 50 miles. For 2018, it will include the "mini- Bad Ass" category of 10 miles for fun.
Both distances start at the Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City and will take runners to an out-and-back course on footpath connecting Clark (formerly Clark Air Base of the American servicemen and during pre-WWII, it was called Fort Stotsenburg) to the scenic Miyamit Falls in Porac, Pampanga.
It is an old trail used primarily by Aetas to travel from their ancestral land: Clark and other neighboring areas. The route will take the runners thru Clark Freeport Zone (formerly Clark Air Base), Gate 14, Sacobia River, Puning Spa, Sitio Target, up the dirt road covering the sugar cane plantation, Sitio Ebus (Aeta community), down to the expansive Pasig-Potrero River (river crossing), parallel dirt road along SCTEX, Crow Creek (Sapang Uwak), passing through the Aeta community, then up to Miyamit Falls and the peak (about 3kms to caldera of Mt. Pinatubo) and back to Clark.
The race is physically demanding and requires enough preparation and conditioning.
60K: 2166 meters elevation gain/loss
50Miles: 3120 meters elevation gain//loss
ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Earn a Perpertual Bib Number and a Baddest Ass Trophy
Runners who have managed to finish the 50 miles in 5 consecutive rows all within the time barrier regardless of ranking will receive the Loyalty Award called "Baddest Ass". Jael Wenceslao is the first Baddest Ass runner since the race was started in 2011.
THE ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC®
4 new points for UTMB 2016 and 2017 edition
2012 and 2013 and 2014 and 2015 editions of CM50 (50 Miles Distance) have 2 qualifying points FOR THE NORTH FACE® ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC® The 2016 edition has 4 new qualifying points for 2016 and 2017 editions. (TO BE UPDATED)
Click here for details on UTMB points
Asia Trail Master Series
Run the Great Trails of Asia. SCORE POINTS. EARN the HONOUR of GRANDMASTER.
CM50 is included in f the Asia Trail Master Series. Earn points for the 2018 ATM Series and see how you rank among the trail runners competing in the Great Trails of Asia. (ATM) For more details click ATM .
Visit My Philippines
See the beauty of the Philippine trails in Clark-Miyamit on foot
CM50 is part of DOTs Visit My Philippines Sports Events in the 2018 Campaign.
This is an out-and-back course on footpath connecting Clark (formerly Clark Air Base of the American servicemen and during pre-WWII, it was called Fort Stotsenburg) to the scenic Miyamit Falls in Porac, Pampanga. It is an old trail used primarily by Aetas to travel from their ancestral land, Clark and other neighboring areas. The route will take runners from Tennis Court area of Clark Parade Ground (Start/Finish line) at Clark Freeport Zone (formerly Clark Air Base), Gate 14, Sacobia River, Puning Spa, Sitio Target, up the dirt road covering the sugar cane plantation, Sitio Ebus (Aeta community), down to the expansive Pasig-Potrero River (river crossing), parallel dirt road along SCTEX, Crow Creek (Sapang Uwak), passing through the Aeta community, then up to Miyamit Falls and the peak (about 3kms to caldera of Mt. Pinatubo) and back to Clark.
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Gravel road, fire trails, dirt road, river and lahar crossings, single tracks and partly asphalt/concrete road.
Course condition may vary depending on the weather.
For the most part, the period from November to February in the Philippines is the coldest time of the year. During the past 6 editions of CM50, weather was relatively cool and can get really chilly up in the mountains with no to occasional drizzle and hot dry weather around noontime.
NOTE: This is a physically demanding race. Runners are strongly advised to train properly for it. Given the hot weather condition for the last 5 editions, HEAT TRAINING is highly advised. 50 miles is still called the DNF Challenge.
Aid Station 1 (AS1) is located at Puning Spa, 8kms from Start/Finish line
Aid Station 2 (AS2) is at river bank of Pasig-Potrero river or KM16 (after river crossing)
Aid Station 3 (AS3) is AFTER Sapang Uwak or KM25
Aid Station 4 (AS4) is at the junction going to the Falls and peak or KM31.
*(Distances are approximate)
NOTE: There will only be one (1) drop bag section which is at AS3.
IMPORTANT: Runners are strongly advised to carry at least 2 liters of fluid from AS4 en route to the peak and back to the nearest aid station (AS4) .
50-mile runners must pass through the Falls only AFTER they have reached the peak (peak first and then Falls). All 60k runners must reach the Falls as it is their turn-around point.
NOTE: All 50 milers must bring enough fluids (RECOMMENDED: 2 liters) and fuel going to the peak after coming from AS4 as there is no aid station between AS4 and the peak which is 10 kms one way or a total distance of 20kms. The landscape between AS4 and peak is very hilly, rugged and remote but scenic. Runners, thus, should bring more fluids and fuel than they anticipate because of added exertion. Please do not ask water or food from the marshals at the peak. Runners are allowed to stash water or food along the route between AS4 and the peak but NOT in any other part of the course, which is a ground for DQ.
Food and Fluids: All stations will have water, Nutella, peanut butter, bread, rice cake, watermelon, banana, boiled eggs, water, softdrinks, sports drinks and other assorted food.
Drop Bags: Runners will have to deposit their drop bags on 24 November 2018 during the Race Briefing. CM50 crew will be there to receive them. Drop bags are accessible at AS3 (Sapang Uwak) only. Drops bags must be made of sturdy material to withstand rough handling and transportation. It should not be more than 18" x 18". Runners will have to mark their drop bags with their name. Drop bags will have to be retrieved by the runners after race at the Finish Line and given the difficulty and remoteness of AS3, the retrieval and transportation is approximately after 7pm. Otherwise, the failure of the runners to retrieve their respective drop bag and its content will be disposed off accordingly and the race organizer, staff, crew or volunteers will not incur liability therefor. Race organizer, his staff, crew and/or volunteers will not be responsible for damage of the drop bags or spoilage of their contents.
Course Markings and Critical Junctions
SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL MARKINGS SPECIFIC FOR NIGHT and DAY RUNNING, course is primarily marked with ORANGE reflective markers, ORANGE arrow blazes and light blinkers as additional marking along Sacobia and Pasig-Potrero rivers. Both ways of the CM50 course are marked. Follow the trail markers as if connecting dots and backtrack if one gets lost. At every junction or intersection, stop for a while and look for confidence markers to indicate the correct path. On straight path or trail, it is normal to see no marking for several meters since it is indicative of correct heading. Unusual absence of blazes or markings after several minutes or hours of running is clearly a sign of incorrect direction.
ORANGE REFLECTIVE MARKERS and ORANGE arrow blazes ARE ALL STRATEGICALLY PLACED ON THE RIGHT SIDE WHEN GOING TO MIYAMIT AND CONVERSELY, ON THE LEFT SIDE WHEN GOING BACK TO CLARK. Thus, runners should run on the right side going to Miyamit and opposite the traffic when going back to the finish line (Clark). Markers are placed on wooden poles and also can be found on tree trunks, electric posts, ground, road, walls, plants, stones, rocks, etc. Runners should focus or closely pay attention both on the topography and markings. If one gets lost, please do not call the RD to ask for one's current location. Backtrack and look for the last marking. This and more will be included in the race and pre-race briefings.