After the huge success of “Run Ahead, Raising A Roof” run held in Laoag City last December 2009, triathlete/runner and race organizer Faivo Bartolome, brings another unique event up North, the “Taray Pamulinawen 2011, Laoag Sand Dunes Challenge” to be held on February 26, 2011 and will start and end at the Laoag City Hall.
This race, hosted by the Laoag City government will be a first of a kind wherein runners will be running in the sand dunes of La Paz, a municipality of Laoag which is well-known for being the setting of well-known foreign films like Tom Cruise’ “Born On The Fourth Of July”, Mel Gibson’s “Mad Max” series and local films like Nora Aunor’s ”Himala” and the “Panday” series of the late Fernando Poe, Jr.
Also known as The Desert Of The North, the sand dunes of La Paz offers a very challenging terrain not only with its varied uphill climbs but also for its arduous surface which is like threading on very soft and deep desert sands and would be twice as difficult to traverse whenever strong gales coming from the Pacific Ocean blows the sand away and is quite painful once the sand gets into your eyes.
The Taray Pamulinawen 2011 sand dune challenge is envisioned to become one of the North’s biggest and unique running events that will highlight the City of Laoag as a major tourist destination and an investment mecca.
The route will cover some of the most scenic spots in Laoag like its centuries old churches, pristine beaches and some of the old landmarks of the city. The race will feature a 10-mile trail run (which will include the sand dunes), a 10K and 5K road runs, a 3K family run, and a 750-meter kids dash.
For other details and to download registration forms, please visit Laoag City Government or call/text Faivo Bartolome at MP 0917.553.0050.