February 10, 2014
The 2014 version of the Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge was launched on February 5, 2014 at SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City. Dubbed as the toughest adventure race in the country, the Boulder Face Challenge is a 24-hour race starting from Sta. Cruz beach lines to the summit of Mt. Apo through disciplines of mountain biking, trail running/trekking, water tubing and road running. This year’s race will be held on April 26-27, 2014.
Event coordinator and Sta. Cruz Councilor Fernando Ugdoracion said there will be new categories this year in order to give opportunities to women and students to participate to the challenge. “We will be introducing the all-male and all-female relay category this year in addition to the usual open elite category. We will also partner a private company to facilitate the inter-collegiate division which was already started last year.”
According to race director Engr. Albert Gabriel, there will be longer route for water tubing to equate it with the other disciplines such as running and trekking. “We expect to have new time record this year considering that we will stretch the water tubing route. All in all we have a total of 120 kilometers race course.” The fastest time record of the race is 12 hours, 22 minutes and 58 seconds as set by Team People’s Park Runners Club last year.
According to Ugdoracion, the event is part of the environmental conservation effort of the Municipality of Sta. Cruz considering that the town hosts several key diversity areas like Mt. Apo and Davao Gulf. It is a major highlight of the annual Pista sa Kinaiyahan celebration in close coordination with the Department of Tourism XI and Provincial Government of Davao del Sur.
The open elite category will be limited to thirty (30) teams only while the relay category is only limited to twenty (20) teams (10 for all-male and 10 for all-female).
Registration fee for open elite category is 5,000 pesos per team while for the relay category is pegged at 4,500 per team. Registration will be in a first-come-first-serve basis. Last day of registration will be on April 21, 2014. Interested participants may register online via the boulder face website. They can also register at Mountain Hard Wear Store, 2nd floor, SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City or at the Tourism Office of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
The Boulder Face Challenge is strongly backed by the private sectors of Sta. Cruz as a manifestation of their corporate social responsibility. For seven years now, companies that have been partners of the event are San Miguel Brewery, Inc., Aboitiz Power and Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines. This year, Mountain Hard Wear is the official event outfitter.
Further details of the race can be accessed through www.boulderface.com or contact the following numbers 09208567991, 09989799880 and 082-2720741. (Julius R. Paner)
Last Update: February 10, 2014