By Rey Anthony Chiu, PIA-Bohol | 11:11 AM April 12, 2021
A year and two months after the spoiled Alicia Ultra Trail Challenge due to the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the corona virus disease, a restart is set this year, on April 25, but on a “smaller scale.”
Smaller scale, because from the 25 and 50-kilometer ultra-trail challenge sat last February 23, 2020, this year opens to 5 and 10 kilometers, but nevertheless, involves the trail runner’s ever useful scaling ability.
Set to conquer the gruelling climbs and dizzying downhill of The Alicia Panoramic Park (TAPP) in Barangay Cambaol Alicia town, the trail run would be Bohol’s first after the province closed its borders and stopped people from gathering in groups.
The race course takes to assault the scenic ridges of Cambaol, where one gets to run past the rolling ridges with tall cogon grasses and treacherous rutted trails, a careless runner would not know when the ascent ends and when the knee jerking downhill would ever stop.
Although still strictly up to observe minimum safety and health standards against COVID-19, the race only accepts 50 runner entries for the 5 kilometers and another 50 entries for the 10 kilometers, according to Alicia Municipal Tourism Officer Godelia Lumogdang.
Registration for the 5 kilometer trail race is P250.00 while it is P300.00 for the 10 kilometer race, both includes a light breakfast and a race bib, she added.
Already on its third trail event, Alicia trails in Cambaol and Cabatang are not for the faint-hearted and the weak.
Although the race goes through some manageable trails, for the ordinary runner who has gone a bit over the amateur, a walking stick would be helpful in much of the climbs.
This is a fairly short trail distance, but we assure everyone up for the competition, this is going to be equally challenging, Alicia race officials warned.
For more information, interested participants may call or text 0930-823-3330 or 0945-396-0095, or visit the Municipal Tourism Office and look for Godelia Lumogdang. (rahchiu/PIA-7/Bohol)