Here’s the Philippine’s own version of popular relays in the U.S.A.: Epic Relay 250!
I learned about the Epic Relay 250 last year when Chris Sports invited me to design the race collaterals for them. As I sat there listening to their ambitious plans for the race, I realized that two of us in the table had participated in the more popular relays in the U.S.A. Chris Sports head, Gilbert Tang, was a finisher of the famous Ragnar Relay Series, while I had been fortunate enough to be sent by Nike to the Nike Hood to Coast in Oregon. We both agreed that these relays were unforgettable adventures that just had to be experienced by Pinoy runners.
What is the Epic Relay 250? (as explained by Chris Sports)
The Epic Relay is a 250 kilometer, 10-member team run through some of the most beautiful scenery and historical landmarks of North Luzon. Beginning in Subic Bay to the small communities of Zambales to the hilly terrain of historical Bataan (death march) highway to the breathtaking uphill climb of Mt. Samat and back. Non-stop running day and night – relay style.
It’s basically a 40 hours running party with friends where sleeping is a luxury. All you need is You, 9 of your friends and the desire to run through the most beautiful countryside in North Luzon, sample local foods, and a passion for adventure.
- June 12 & 13, 2010
- 10 teammates
- Subic base to Zambales towns to Bataan Mt. Samat, 250 km in total
- more or less two days and one night in a van
- run through World War 2 landmarks, gorgeous countryside and a fantastic coastline, the monuments of Mt. Samat
- organizer: Chris Sports and ExTribe
How much is the registration fee?
Race fee is Php 1,200 per head. Participant gets:
- Finishers’ medal
- Buffet feast in the after race party
- Loot bag
- Fun-filled 40 hour, 250 km logistical adventure race!
- Teams are self supporting – teams are responsible to stocking their vans with their own water, food, first aid supplies, etc.
- While directional arrows are placed on the course, the responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed course rests with each participant. Please always print, study and understand the leg maps in the Race Bible (available for print soon).
- Hazards are not marked – runners should proceed with caution
- As the route is rural and isolated, medical attention could take a while. Cell phone coverage is spotty, so if the injury is serious enough, it may be better to transport the injured person to the closest medical facility (locations and maps in the Race bible)
- The route is not closed to traffic – runners are running on the side of the road. Therefore, appropriate rules (for safety and for consideration to the people who live there) apply. These rules are similar to USA Triathlon sanctioned events as their races are usually on open courses. Failure to follow these rules will result in the entire team being disqualified:
- No headsets, radio and/or headphones/ MP3 Players are allowed
- Use the portable toilets that are available at the exchanges to relieve yourself. You will be disqualified if you are seen relieving yourself on the ground.
- No littering – trash receptacles will be available at each exchange
So, are you ready to experience an Epic Adventure?!