MT. APO SKY & VERTICAL RACE

April 25-26, 2020 – Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur, Philippines

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MT. APO SKY & VERTICAL RACE

Mt. APO Sky & Vertical Race on the 25-26th of April 2020, 12:01mn @ Obuza Beach Resort, Barangay Darong, Municipality 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.

Mt. APO is the highest mountain in Philippines with an elevation not more than 3,000 meters above sea level. This is the 5th edition with 4th year having an ultra distance at the Boulder Face of Sta Cruz trail, Davao Del Sur. This edition we have only two (2) distances, 100km for maximum 30 hours to finish and 50km with 15 hours cut-off. 100km runners will summit the highest rooftop in the country and 50km is half way.

Distances & Slots

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

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

Course Description

*100% Technicalities both categories
*Forest, boulders, ridges, river crossing, open trail, dirt roads, single tracks, only 10% pavements
*50km+ out & back for 100km category
*25km+ out & back for 50km category
*River crossing both categories
*Ridge running at Tingting both categories
*Jungle trails both categories
*Boulder route (3km+) and summit turning point for 100km runners
*Normal Temperature is very windy (open trail) and very cold @ the forest & summit

Technical Route

Start/finish @ Obuza Beach Resort, Barangay Darung Sta Cruz - 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 Tudaya (50km turning point) – Baruring - Desander - Sitio Colan - Sitio Tumpis - Camp 1 - Camp 2 – Boulder Face - Rock Tower - White Sand - 87 Degrees - Mt. APO Crater – Mt. APO Summit (Davao side, the 100km turning point) – then back

Mandatory Checklist
(100k & 50k)

1. Hydration Pack – at least 1.5 liters
2. Headlamp – with extra battery
3. Whistle – remember the drill
4. Jacket – water proof/thermal
5. Gloves – use in mountaineering/trailrunning not in the ER
6. Headwear – anything that covers your head, protects you from cold
7. Trail Food – with ziplock and can last from AS to AS
8. Cellphone – with load and fully charge battery (coverage up to Camp 2 only for 100k)
9. MedKit – for LBM, stomach-ache, headache, etc.
10. Extra Money - for emergency transpo & snacks @ the local store

Requirements

*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 (2020 January issue).

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

Highlights

*Single Track & Dirt Roads
*Mossy Forest Jungle
*Ridge Running
*High Altitude Running
*River Crossing
*Balusong Waterfalls
*Nature Spring
*Boulder Face
*Rock Tower
*Crater Lake/ Mt. APO Lake
*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

100KM (30H TO FINISH) – 12:01MN Gunstart – 25th April 2020 (Saturday) 1st cut-off - 9pm on 25th April 2020 (Sunday) or 21 hours from gunstart @ Sitio Colan after you summit Mt. APO. Around 57km from starting point, 43km left and 9 more hours to finish line. 2nd cut-off – 6:01am on 26th April 2020 (Sunday) or 30 hours from gunstart @ the finish line.

50KM (15H TO FINISH) - 7:00PM Gunstart – 25th April 2020 (Saturday) 1st cut-off – 5am on 26th April 2020 (Saturday) or 10 hours from gunstart @ upper Tudaya (50km turning point), 25km mark and 5 more hours to finish line. 2nd cut-off – 10am on 26th April 2020 (Sunday) or 15 hours from gunstart @ the finish line. Note for both categories: No headlamp, no extra battery, no jacket, and no gloves – no run!!

Aid Stations (AS)

100KM – 12 AID STATIONS
-Headcor around 14km – 1st & 12th
-Sibulan Barangay Hall around 22km – 2nd & 11th
-Gabrillo’s Store around 26km – 3rd & 10th
-Balusong Waterfalls around 29km – 4th & 9th
-Upper Tudaya around 35km – 5th & 8th
-Sitio Colan around 43km – 6th & 7th

50KM – 7 AID STATIONS
-Sibulan Barangay Hall around 11km – 1st & 7th
-Gabrillo’s Store around 15km – 2nd & 6th
-Balusong Waterfalls around 18km – 3rd & 5th
-Upper Tudaya around 25km – 4th

DNF Points

*For 100km - at Barangay Hall Sibulan, Gabrillo’s Store, Balusong Waterfalls, Sitio Colan

*For 50km - at Barangay Hall Sibulan, Gabrillo’s Store, Balusong Waterfalls

Note: You will shoulder the DNF fee, P300 @ Barangay Hall Sibulan & Gabrillo’s Store or P600 @ Balusong Waterfalls & Sitio Colan for your habal-habal ride.

Entrant Fee

100km – 5,000 PHP for locals / $125 USD for international/foreign entrant

50km – 3,500 PHP for locals / $85 USD for international/foreign entrant


Strictly Limited Slots!!

*For 100KM – 100 Runners only
*For 50KM – 100 Runners only


Payment Process

FOR LOCAL RUNNERS

*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 Palawan Express Padala or M.Lhuillier
        Romualdo B. Calbes
        Ma-a Davao City 8000
        0925-5566692

FOR INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES
*Send Entry Fee via Paypal Account:
https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/verticaltosky

Inclusion

*Event & Finisher Shirt (Asian sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL) – both categories
*Finisher’s Medal – both categories
*Trophies – top 3 finishers (male & female), both categories
*Logistics (hauling, food, fluids, etc)
*Trail Fee (markings, etc)
*Meal & AS Food
*International Trail Running Association (ITRA) in Europe Performance Points both categories
*Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in France Qualifying Points both categories
*Asia Trail Master (ATM) Finisher and Grandmaster Quest Point for 100km Finisher
*Champions Male & Female both categories will receive pair of Running Sandals from Warp & Woof
*100km Champ (male & female) will represent the country at one of the International Race in Asia in all expense paid
*No cash prize!!

Registration

1. Email your deposit/payment slip to verticaltosky@gmail.com

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

1) RULES ON PAYMENT

*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.

2) RULES ON RACEDAY

*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 Kit Distribution & Briefing on April 24, 2020 (Friday) from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Obuza Beach Resort, Barangay Darong 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 runners. Only baggage counter near starting line.

NOTE
*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.

3) RULES ON CHECKPOINTS

*100km and 50km 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 and 50km 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. 50km only 2 loom bands and 4 loom bands for 100km.

NOTE
*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.

4) DROP-OFF BAG

*Only the 100km runners are entitled to have drop-off baggage.
*It must be collected @ Race Briefing April 24, 2020 (Friday) around 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Obuza Beach Resort, Barangay Darong 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 9:00 AM only on April 24, 2020 (Sunday) at the venue baggage counter.

NOTE:
*Runners who are late to submit their dropbags (beyond 4pm on April 24, 2020) are entitled a 600 fee for transport.
*You can put your trekking pole, food, etc at your drop bag but make sure you have the complete Mandatory Equipment before climbing the summit.
*Pick-up point of your drop bag is at Balusong Waterfalls or 4th Aid Station.
*Checking of your Mandatory Equipment is strictly implemented; lacking one is considered as Disqualified!!

5) POWER OF RACE DIRECTOR, RACE OFFICIAL & PERSONNEL

*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.

HOW TO GET THERE

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.



ACCOMMODATION

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

Obuza Beach Resort our venue - For assistance you may contact Ms. Letlet, Tourism Officer +63-9502680831


ELEVATION PROFILE (ask GPX file to the RD)