Important Reminders for CM42

From : http://www.strikingly.com/cm42#list-of-participants

Reminder to myself. 🙂 With full stress on the Mandatory Gears.

  • Trash Bag should be included
  • Head Lamps not mentioned but I think I will need one.
  • Water Cup
  • Handheld Bottle I think is not a good option in case of a strong rain (I will be holding a walking stick!)
  • Poncho for me (to protect my back from extreme cold)
  • Visor to cover my eyeglass
  • 2 liters of fluid (my choice of : Mogu-Mogu, Chuckie, Moo, & Water)
  • Extra Joss Sachets, MILO R2 Sachets
  • Gum Candies

Hoping and praying that my veteran shoes will hold until the finish line. It’s the only one I could trust in this terrain.

Rain or shine, it’ll be a battle of the toughest leg. But if it shines only – solar powered guys will surely be smiling.

Course Description

42 kilometers and 22 kilometers
Elevation gain/loss: 2,500 meters for 42K
This is part of the CM50 race series aimed at providing a glimpse of and qualifying races for those intending to join the tougher and longer CM50. The route covers the hilly route of CM50 passing through the iconic Miyamit Falls where the 22k runners will make a turnaround while the 42k runners will have to continue and proceed close to the “peak” (3kms near the caldera of Mt. Pinatubo) before heading back to the Start/Finish line.

RACE VENUE

Start/Finish line will now be on the AyalaLand development site in Porac, Pampanga, the venue of http://explorac.ph/.

Course Condition

Mostly fire trails, dirt road and single tracks.

Time: 4:30am to 4:30pm for 42K
4:30am to 3:30pm for 22K (NOTE:
Additional 1 hour now due to added kilometers.

Time barrier:12 hours for 42K

11 hours for 22k

Assembly Time:   3am, 22 September 2013
Pre-race Briefing: 4am, 22 September 2013

Race packet distribution starts at 3AM or earlier, 22 September 2013 at the Start/Finish area. Other distribution site will be announced if needed.

Aid Stations and Cut-Off Times

Because of the remoteness and accessibility of the course, 3 aid stations will be strategically placed:
  • Aid Station 1 (AS1) is located at KM8 from the Start /Finish line. There is a small community of Aeta in this place.
  • Aid Station 2 (AS2) is at the junction going to the Falls and peak or KM11.
  • Aid Station 3 (AS3) is more or less KM18 or 4kms away from AS2. Due to remoteness of this station, fluid and food are limited.
IMPORTANT: Runners are strongly advised to carry at least 2 liters of fluid en route to the peak and back to AS2 since fuel and fluid at AS3 are limited.

Distances of aid stations are approximate

Drop Bags: Runners will have to deposit their drop bags on 22 September 2013 not later than 3:40AM at the Start Line. Drop bags are accessible at Aid Stations 2 (junction going to the Falls and peak). Drops bags must be made of sturdy material to withstand rough handling and transportation. Runners will have to mark their drop bags with their race number and name. Drop bags will have to be retrieved by the runners after race at the Finish Line not later than 5:30PM. Otherwise, they will be disposed of accordingly and the race organizer, staff, crew or volunteers will not incur liability therefor. Race organizer, his staff, crew and/or volunteers will not be responsible for damage of the drop bags or spoilage of their contents.

CUT-OFF TIMES

  • Falls – All 42K runners must pass through the Falls on their way back to Finish line from the Peak. Note: It should be AFTER the peak and not before. Cut off is 2pm for both 42K and 22K runners. ALL RUNNERS MAY BATHE IN THE POOL (Falls) IF RACE TIME BARRIER PERMITS (Translated: You will not get DNFed!).
  • Peak – All 42K runners must reach the peak not later than 1PM after which the crew/marshals will start to descend for race venue. Do not proceed if you cannot make it to the peak on time. Failure to make it on or before 12 noon is DNF.

 

Mandatory Gear

The following will be checked before distribution of race bib:
  • Fully-charged working mobile phone containing the number of the RD +639175660106. It is required that mobile phone is on at all times during the duration of the race.
  • Water carrier (bladder, hand-held bottles, etc.) of at least 500ml.
  • Water cup – Please be reminded that the aid stations will not provide water cups to protect the trail and you should not drink from the bottles! Crew will be advised not to serve any drinks unless water cups are presented by runners.

Trekking poles are allowed but optional. Runners may include trekking poles in their drop bags to be accessed in AS2. Highly recommended due to elevation profile and some slippery sections.

Getting There

Venue is at http://explorac.ph/.  Participants may get to Porac via the Clark International Airport in Clark, Luzon then hire an airport cab or board a jeepney to get to Angeles City to Porac Town and then at the race site. Other runners can get to the race venue by bus to Dau, Pampanga bus terminal and then jeepney to Angeles City then to Porac and finally race site. It is strongly recommended that runners car pool going to the race.

NOTE: Passage via SCTEX coming Manila or South is now available which is the fastest way to get to the race site. Take SCTEX Subic-bound then exit at Porac. Race site is on your right 300-400 meters from the toll gate. Just follow the end of the toll gate railings. There is a CM42 logo on the road to point you to the right direction.

FREE LIMITED RIDE

For their convenience, a jeepney will be provided to ferry runners from Dau bus terminal in Pampanga to the Start and back. It will leave at exactly 3AM from Dau and will return after the awarding ceremony. FIRST COME/FIRST RIDE BASIS.

Miscellaneous

  • Littering is absolutely prohibited and is a valid ground for outright disqualification (DQ).
  • Runners should be mindful to stash their waste in a plastic bag which they should carry until the end of the race.
  • Runners must follow the race course as marked. No short cuts or cutting corners. Runners warned against this but continue to take short cuts or cut corners will be DQed.
  • Runners must sign the waiver and be able to present the mandatory gear before claiming the race packet.
  • Race packet distribution starts at 3AM or earlier on 22 September 2013. No race category and bib switching pre-race and during the race.
  • Pacers are not allowed.
  • Support vehicles and outside aid/help are only allowed at Aid Stations but NOT at any part of the course. They should take caution not to impede, block or disrupt the operation of the aid station or the ingress and egress of runners. Any form of help, individually and/or by any group/team outside of Aid Station is a valid ground for DQ. This will be strictly enforced.
  • As indicated above, there will be 3 aid stations strategically located along the course with fluids and food which are exclusive for runners.
  • Rain or shine, the race will proceed.
  • Runners and their crew, if any, must be always courteous to the local community especially the Aetas. Avoid unncessary contact or communication. Any documented report of discourtesy or unruly behavior will be a ground for DQ. Remember we are mere passersby in their great ancestral domain.
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