Cordillera Mountain Ultra: Highlights from the Philippine Trail Running National Championships 2023

The trails came alive with the thundering footsteps of athletes, the cheers of spectators, and the spirit of competition as the Philippine Trail Running National Championships 2023 unfolded in Barangay Tinongdan in Itogon, Benguet. From adrenaline-pumping ascents to heart-racing descents, participants pushed their limits and showcased their trail running prowess in a spectacle of athleticism and determination.

The championships, held on December 9-10, 2023, attracted trail runners from across the nation, each vying for victory and the coveted title of national champion in their respective categories. With courses designed to test both skill and endurance, competitors faced rugged terrain, challenging climbs, and technical descents as they navigated their way through some of the most picturesque landscapes the Philippines has to offer.

“We are thrilled with the success of the Philippine Trail Running National Championships 2023,” said Tin Ferrera, Secretary General and Vice President. “The level of talent and dedication on display was truly inspiring, and we’re proud to have provided a platform for athletes to showcase their skills and passion for trail running. Congratulations to all the participants, locals and volunteers, the LGU of Itogon and Barangay Tinongdan, and the sponsors, Cordillera Conservation and Trust – the organizers who made this event possible.”



Male-Rayven Eta (Bukidnon)

Female – Charlotte Muyco (South Cotobato)

First Runner Up

Male – Samuel Bango (Baguio City)

Female – Luisa Joy Cuerpo (Valenzuela City)

Second Runner Up

Male – Lance Naral (Rizal)

Female – Loida Domanog (Benguet)



Male- Romnick Tongkaling (Davao)

Female – Angelie Dani Cabalo (South Cotobato)

First Runner Up

Male – Louie Niala (Bukidnon)

Female – Noemi Fernandez (Bukidnon)

Second Runner Up

Male – Godwin Mirar (Bukidnon)

Female – Christabel Martes (Baguio City)



Male-Larry Apolinario (Antique)

Female – Elizabeth Dangadang (Baguio City)

First Runner Up

Male – Arnie Macaneras (Davao)

Female – Trisha Reyes (Muntinlupa City)

Second Runner Up

Male – Welfred Esporma (Quezon City/Bukidnon)

Female – Angie Alejo (Antique)

The championships also featured a range of other categories, including age-group awards, providing opportunities for runners of all ages and abilities to participate and compete. Each race was fiercely contested, with athletes pushing themselves to the limit and leaving it all on the trails.

The unique feature of the race is the Canicross race and Kids race that happened on Day 1 bringing the troops of family and friends together to the venue.

“It was inspiring to see so many athletes come together to celebrate the sport of trail running and push themselves.   We’re looking forward to build on the success of this year’s event.” Shared Atty. James Roldan, president.

As the dust settles and the echoes of cheers fade away, the memories of the Philippine Trail Running National Championships 2023 will continue to inspire and motivate athletes to chase their dreams and conquer new challenges on the trails.


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