Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup Update: The Philippine Trails is Ready

BONTOC, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, CORDILLERA REGION, PHILIPPINES – With just seven weeks remaining until the highly anticipated Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup, Philtra is thrilled to provide an update on what promises to be the most competitive event yet in Southeast Asia happening at the PHILIPPINE TRAILS.

Set against the backdrop of some of the Cordillera region’s most stunning natural landscapes, the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup aims to celebrate the spirit of adventure and camaraderie amongst trail runners from across Southeast Asia.


Hundreds of runners from eight participating countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the host country, Philippines, have confirmed their delegation’s participation.

The host country, Philippines, has been gearing up for the event. Top athletes John Ray Onifa and Arnie Macaneras are leading the contingent and had a recon of the course, watch and feel the excitement here:



The festivities will commence on June 19 with the delegation’s arrival, technical meetings, and Southeast Asian Trail Running Confederation conference. Competition kicks off with the Vertical Uphill challenge on Friday, June 20, followed by the Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremonies in the afternoon. The trail expo opens on Saturday, and the competition continues on Sunday, culminating in an Awards Ceremony at 6pm.

The Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup championship course is sanctioned by the PATAFA, following World Athletics guidelines as stated in Article 57. More than just a competition, this event takes runners on a journey through the breathtaking beauty of the region’s diverse terrain, offering participants an unforgettable experience through lush forests, heritage trails, terraces, rivers and falls, picturesque mountains, and winding trails.

One of the key highlights of the event is its emphasis on inclusivity, with trails designed to cater to runners of all skill levels. From seasoned athletes seeking a challenge to beginners looking to experience the thrill of trail running for the first time, there’s something for everyone at the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome trail runners from across Southeast Asia to this year’s event,” said Roland Wang, Race Director of the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup. “Our aim is not only to provide a platform for athletes to showcase their skills but also to foster a sense of community and appreciation for the stunning natural landscapes that our region has to offer. It is time to share what we have with the world,” adds Louie Ganayan, event director from the Cordillera region. Roland and Louie are both pioneer trail runners in the country, with podium finishes in various short to ultra distance and skyrunning events. Wang is one of the first Filipinos to have represented the country in international events like UTMB and Asian Skyrunning Competitions.

In addition to the competitive races, the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup will also feature a range of activities and entertainment for participants and spectators alike. From outdoor workshops and gear demonstrations to live music and local cuisine, there will be plenty to see and do throughout the event.

As the countdown to the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup begins, anticipation is building amongst runners and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With its stunning trails and inclusive atmosphere, this year’s event promises to be an unforgettable celebration of trail running in Southeast Asia.

For more information about the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup, including registration details and race schedules, visit

About Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup: The Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup is the pinnacle of mountain trail running in Southeast Asia. This biennial competition by the Southeast Asian Trail Running Confederation gathers the finest trail runners representing their country from every corner of the Southeast Asian region to showcase their prowess in the challenging and awe-inspiring terrains of mountainous landscapes. The Elite competition is by invitation and selection from the respective member countries. An open competition shall happen simultaneously to cater to athletes of all levels of abilities.

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