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CLARK MIYAMIT FALLS ULTRA: THE 2016 BATTLE OF THE CHAMPIONS

The annual Clark-Miyamit Falls Ultra is scheduled to occur on November 27 with 200 competitors that includes 21 international runners..

The race which is commonly known as CM50 is one of the toughest 50Miler and will see representatives from six continents with Australia, China, France, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Denmark, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the USA all represented in the race.

The 2017 race field is comprised of top ranked runners in the current Asia Trail Master Series.  This will decide who will be the Asia Trail Master Champion for 2016.  Contenders are current leader Jan Nilsen (Norway) and second rank Manolito Divina (Philippines).    Divina is the back to back champion of the race and led last year by 22 minutes against Nilsen.  The competition will not just focus on the two as ATM third rank Isaac Yuen Hao (Hong Kong) is coming fresh from his HK168 victory.  Xu Xiutao (China) who won Korea 50 and UTHK  2nd placer is also looking at upping his rank in the race.  Last year’s ATM champion Arief Wizmoyono (Indonesia) will also join the party.  Also in the start list is Kristian Jorgensen (Denmark) who recently won the MF42 qualifying race beating both Divina and Nilsen.  The race is not just a battle to the championship, beating your personal record or getting into the top ten has been the target of most local trail runners.  Local runners Mark Brian Grey (4th), Aldean Lim (5th) and Jerome Bautista (10th) in 2015 are in the start list.

In the distaff side, Majo Liao (back to back champion) is toeing the line for a possible third victory.  Strong contender is Baguio runner Sandi Menchi who recently won the Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon.  Daphne Codilla (4th ), Mary Gold dela Cruz (5th)  and Rizalyn Damaso (7th) are some of the top ten female runners who are expected to show up this year.  Cherry Chung from Hong Kong who won third at Vietnam 70K is also in the start list.

This year will also mark the 5th consecutive race for six runners: George Javier, Simon Miranda, Aldean Lim, Mark Brian Grey, CJ Paran and Majo Liao. Their 2016 finish will include them to the Baddest Ass Runners list joining sole title holder, Jael Wenceslao. Read our brief feature about our five contenders. http://www.cm50ultra.com/blog/bad-ass-cm50-x-four

When asked why they have joined the race for five consecutive years, 2013 Champion Aldean Lim said, “It is a race where you will see the Philippine Trail Running Community gather together.”  He looks forward to seeing a tough competition with the increasing number of international runners.  Simon Miranda said one should include this in his bucket list if you are a trail runner.

Liao, Paran and Javier all shared that the terrain varies and it is very challenging.  The weather can become chilly at night and scorching hot as you come back.  It is a race that trail runners really prepare for.

THE RACE

The CM50 race offers a rare chance to visit the iconic Miyamit Falls by traversing the route is mostly fire trails, dirt road and single track trails.   Runners shall go through lahar, the expansive Pasig Potrero and sacobia River, aeta villages, dirt roads and a hilly route with a picturesque view of Pampanga, Mount Arayat and mountain ranges.  The 50mile runners will go through a long ascent of single track trails, an old trails used by the Aetas, towards the “peak” (3kms near the caldera of Mt. Pinatubo) .The iconic Miyamit Falls is the last turnaround point for both distances before heading back to the finish line. 

Notable also is that majority of the runners are repeaters. "Dubbed as a tough race, we can only say that CM50 is a time to go back to nature, enjoy the beauty the course offers and surpass the challenges the route shall serve.", Atty. Jon Lacanlale, Founder and Race Director. Read our RD's race report from the time CM50 was founded http://www.cm50ultra.com/blog/cm50-five-years-ago

With 3120 meters elevation gain for the 50 miles and 2166 meters for the 60k, runners should be tough enough to finish and earn their bragging rights.  Finishers will receive finishers medal, shirt and a trucker cap.

The race, which start and ends at the parade grounds closes at 7pm after 18 hours.  As a tradition, runners which includes the podium winners wait up and party as they wait for the last runners to cross the finish line.

Represented nationalities during the race. CM50 has been a showcase of Filipino hospitality. It has bridged our local trail runners to the international trail community..

We hope to see you there or if not, follow the excitement at raceyaya.com and at our social media accounts. 

You may also read the teaser here:

SPIN.ph: http://www.spin.ph/active-lifestyle/running/active-lifestyle/clark-miyamit-falls-ultra-november-27-200-long-distance-runners

RUN SOCIETY https://www.runsociety.com/news/clark-miyamit-falls-50-the-ultimate-showdown-for-the-asia-trail-master-championship/

The race is powered by RACEYaya, the official event, registration and timing management partner and is endorsed by the Department of Tourism.

The race is supported by:

Brooks: Official Shoes

Simple Hydration: Official Hydration Bottle

Berocca: Official Supplement

Garmin: Official Timing Watch

Squeezy Gel: Official Race Nutrition Partner

Vita-Coco: Official Hydration Partner

Naked Running Band: Official Racing Gear

Fitbar: Official Snack Bar

Gone Running Hong Kong

Tailwind Nutrition

Gurney Goo

NLEX-SCTEX

Hotel and Venue Partners:

Sandbox, Alviera, Porac, Pampanga

Royce Hotel and Casino

The Villages at Clark

RACE KIT CLAIMING: 10am-6pm on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Royce Hotel and Casino

RACE BRIEFING: 1pm on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Royce Hotel and Casino

RACE START DATE AND TIME: 1:00am on Sunday, November 27, 2016

WEBSITE: www.cm50ultra.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ClarkMiyamitRaces

INSTAGRAM: @cm50ultra

The CM50 Race Organizers

The Race Director and Founder is Atty. Jon Lacanlale, a seasoned local and international trail runners who  has finished  most of the toughest ultramarathon in the world.  Among them are the Trailwalker 100 (HK) in 2009, GNW100 (Australia) in 2010, UTMB (France) in 2011, Western States 100 (USA) in 2012, Hardcore 100 miles (Phils. 2013 & 2014 & 2015) and Bighorn 100 (USA) in 2013, TNF 100 Philippines 2008-2014 (except 2011), UTHK in 2015, Translantau HK in 2015, Botak 100K, BDM160 (2011 first runner up), BDM102, 2009-2012 (Champion and has set the new course record in 2012), Four Lakes 100K (2013) and other races. 

The Event is organized by Race Yaya.  Race Yaya is a team of seasoned runners who have professional expertise in the fields of marketing, finance, event management, information technology, race organization, among others. 

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