Ya­mashita trail run hits road Sept. 3

Sun.Star Baguio - - PRIMESPORTS -

ELITE run­ners in­clud­ing health buffs are set to re­lieve his­tory dur­ing the world war as the two race cat­e­gory dubbed “The Last Stand of Ya­mashita 2017,” kicks off Septem­ber 3 in Ifu­gao.

Kick­ing off run­ners in Hugn­d­uan, the foot race will fea­ture a 21 and 50 kilo­me­ter foot race or­ga­nized by Team Malaya in part­ner­ship with the Hung­duan lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit which traces the old trails used by Gen. To­moyuki Ya­mashita and his men be­fore the end of World War 2.

The event starts at the Her­itage Vil­lage in Hung­duan pass­ing thru trails and dif­fer­ent routes lead­ing to the Ya­mashita Shrine or the Kian­gan War Me­mo­rial Shrine in nearby Kian­gan as the fin­ish line.

Reg­is­tra­tion is open un­til Aug. 31 with P1,500 fee for the 21K in­clu­sive of per­son­al­ized bib, cer­tifi­cate, post run meal and fin­isher’s medal and shirt while the fee for the 50K event is pegged at P2,500 in­clu­sive of per­son­al­ized bib, cer­tifi­cate, post run meal, fin­isher’s medal and t-shirt.

Par­tic­i­pants will pass rice pad­dies, hang­ing bridges, mossy forests and will be able to view two falls along the trails. The run­ners for the 50K will reach the Mt. Na­pu­lawan sum­mit at 2,665 me­ters ASL.

Mt. Na­pu­lawan be­came the last stand of Ya­mashita, known as the “Tiger of Malaya,” who tried to re­build his army in the moun­tains of Ifu­gao but failed, thus fi­nally sur­ren­der­ing in Kian­gan on Sept. 2, 1945.

The Last Stand of Ya­mashita Trail run is part of the Moun­tain Man se­ries of Team Malaya. Rod­er­ick Osis

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