Its home base is the town of Kayapa, in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.
It is organized by frontRUNNER Magazine (frontrunnermagph.com) under the helm of its Editor-in-Chief, Jonel Mendoza, a trail enthusiast and ultramarathoner.
KOTM was born out of Jonel’s desire to establish a defining trail race in the Philippines that would enable him to share his admiration for the beautiful mountains and views offered by his home province. It is partly for this reason that all events in the series start in the darkness of the early morning: to give participants a chance to partake of the charming scenery along the way.
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Since 2013, KOTM events have been point-earning races for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB®), Europe’s largest ultra race.
For UTMB® 2017 and 2018, Mount Ugo Marathon has been rated 2 points, OST 50K – 3 points, Four Lakes 100K – 5 points, Pulag 100K – 5 points and Hardcore Hundred Miles – 6 points (ref:www.ultratrailmb.com).
KOTM’s centerpiece event, Hardcore Hundred Miles or H1 is the only ultramarathon in Asia aside from UTMF in Japan that stands as a lottery entry race for two of the most prestigious ultramarathons in the US: the Hardrock 100 Miles, and Western States Endurance Run, the world’s oldest 100-mile race.
KOTM is designed for serious runners; therefore, participants must come well-trained and well-prepared. However, despite its demands on physical and mental stamina, the event promises great rewards with panoramic views, unpolluted air, and its embracing culture. The set-up is austere, but the atmosphere is friendly and cheerful.
Participants will be pleased to know that part of their registration fees goes to various outreach programs that the organizers conduct throughout the year in the town of Kayapa and surroundin upland villages.
KOTM organizers are committed to maintaining the quality of their races for the benefit of the runners while ensuring sustainable development in local communities as well as concern for the environment.
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