Run For Trails 2022

The Run for Trails 2022 features the theme: "Tumakbo para sa kalikasan; Bumoto para sa kinabukasan" (Run for the environment; Vote for our future).

This encourages participants to mobilize for the environmental issues that are most meaningful to them, such as public green spaces, sustainable transport, access to clean water, or climate justice, among others.

As the event is also scheduled during the lead-up to the Philippines’ upcoming national and local elections, it also provides an opportunity to advocate for the importance of good environmental governance that takes into account the rights of both people and planet.

The proceeds from the Run for Trails 2022 will be donated to communities affected by Typhoon Rai (Odette) in Bohol, Philippines.

About Run for Trails 2022

Background

The UP Baguio Mountaineers (UPBM) is an accredited organization at the University of the Philippines – Baguio. It has grown to more than one hundred members and alumni, who remain in contact and who aspire to continue to practice the organization’s principles.

Since 2002, UPBM has organized in-person trail running events to call for safe and publicly accessible green spaces, and raise awareness on their importance for health and well-being. Although these activities have been postponed by the pandemic, a virtual run is a viable alternative that can continue to highlight the need to conserve and restore the natural environment.

Rationale

In December 2021, super typhoon Rai (local name Odette) devastated provinces in Visayas and Mindanao in the Philippines. Based on the latest figures, damage to public infrastructure from this typhoon amounted to approximately Php 17, in addition to more than 300,000 persons displaced and in need of basic social services.[1]

Extreme weather events such as super typhoon Rai demonstrate the ecological and social crises that we currently face. Rising global temperatures will see extreme weather events increase in intensity and frequency, with immediate adverse impacts – especially on vulnerable sectors. Slow onset events, coupled with widespread land use change and biodiversity loss, likewise endanger the ecosystems that provide valuable services to human communities.[2]

This rationale is reflected in the virtual run’s two objectives, as follows:

  • Raise funds – UPBM has partnered with Quench Sea, an international start-up company that has developed portable devices that can desalinate seawater into freshwater, using manual human power. The proceeds from the Run for Trails 2022 will support the purchase of these devices and their distribution to communities in Bohol, Philippines.

  • Raise awareness – The Run for Trails 2022 features the theme: "Tumakbo para sa kalikasan; Bumoto para sa kinabukasan" (Run for the environment; Vote for our future). This encourages participants to mobilize for the environmental issues that are most meaningful to them, such as public green spaces, sustainable transport, access to clean water, or climate justice, among others.

The activity can also provide a platform for bringing these calls to action to the attention of national and local candidates, while adding to the broader advocacy of sustainable programs and policies and judicious environmental governance.

[1] See previous coverage at: Dealca, Patrica (2016) “14th Trail Run Road” Sun Star Online (30 June 2016) https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/83134/14th-trail-run-hits-road-, Nepomuceno, Rayven (2017) “UP Mountaineers to hold RFT 2017” Sun Star Online (8 May 2017) https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/140925/up-mountaineers-to-hold-rft-2017
[1] See: “Infrastructure damage due to typhoon Odette reaches P17.7 B” Business World (10 January 2022) https://www.bworldonline.com/infrastructure-damage-due-to-typhoon-odette-reaches-p17-7b/
[2] See: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2022) IPCC WGII Sixth Assessment Report – Summary for Policymakers https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-ii/

Mechanics

Registration

Registration for Run for Trails 2022 will be conducted online from April 4 to April 21, 2022.

In order to complete the registration form, participants must provide proof of payment. After submission, registered names will be included in the Leaderboard.


Registration is now closed.

Qualifications

  • Participants of all ages may join from anywhere in the world.

  • Participants below 18 years old must have consent from a parent or guardian upon registration.

  • Participants shall track their completed run performance using their preferred running app and upload a screenshot along with photo proof to the Run Logs. Only data logged from 22 April 2022 to 8 May 2022 shall be considered.

  • Participants may run wherever they are comfortable (e.g. on the road, on a treadmill), but are strongly encouraged to run outdoors, in line with UPBM’s advocacy on accessible green spaces and sustainable mobility.

Categories

Participants may sign up to run for:

  • 5km

  • 12km

  • 21km

  • 42km

  • 100km

Participants will not be allowed to move between categories once the virtual run has already started.

Payment

Payment is 500PHP for participants based in the Philippines and 15USD for participants based outside the country. The fee includes:

  • a Run for Trails 2022 finisher t-shirt with your race category indicated;

  • a vinyl sticker pack containing original artwork by Filipino artists; and

  • a finisher's e-certificate sent to your email

The items shall be sent via courier to the address provided in the registration form. Shipments to participants in the Philippines shall be charged cash on delivery fees, depending on location.

As a bonus, your contribution will go towards assisting communities decimated by the recent typhoon in Bohol, Philippines. You can also donate instead.

Once payment is confirmed, participants will be issued an individual race number via email. Each participant shall use this number to log his/her/their respective run performance in the Run Logs.

Special Awards

The Run for Trails is NOT a race, but in the spirit of fun, the following special awards shall be awarded:

  • Early Bird (first registrant on April 1, 2022 GMT +8)

  • Oldest Runner

  • Youngest Runner

  • Best View/Route (most likes on the UPBM Facebook Page)

  • Best Outfit (most likes on the UPBM Facebook Page)

  • Turtle Runner (last to complete their run on May 8, 2022, 11:59PM GMT+8)

  • Most Elevation Gained (proof needed in Run Logs)

The recipients of the special awards shall be announced on the UPBM Facebook Page. The special awards shall be sent to the winners via courier to the address provided in their registration forms.

Race participants may also also post to UPBM’s Facebook Community, to share photos, videos and updates from their respective runs. UPBM retains the right to publish, distribute and make use of race participants’ posts on this group, free of charge, for legitimate purposes in connection with Run for Trails 2022. Race participants are likewise encouraged to highlight their personal environmental advocacies in their posts.

FAQ

What do I get from joining Run for Trails 2022?

You get to stand with our advocacy on environmental protection and good governance, donate for communities affected by Typhoon Rai (Odette), plus: a Run for Trails 2022 finisher t-shirt with your race category indicated, a vinyl sticker pack containing original artwork by Filipino artists, and a finisher's e-certificate sent to your email.

How often should I update my Run Log?

Please update your Run Log as soon as possible after each run.

How can I show proof of the distance that I run?

You may upload photos or screenshots of your running app, route, or trail markers in your Run Log. Please save other photos for the UPBM Facebook Page. Photos of your outfit or the scenery on your route might win you a special award on May 8th!

Can kids join the run?

Yes! Kids are most welcome. Please note, however, that participants below 18 years old will need proof of consent from a parent or guardian. This waiver is accessible via the online registration form. Please make sure to also enter their progress into their Run Logs.

Note: Registration is now closed.

When will I receive my finisher’s shirt?

Your finisher’s t-shirt will be shipped to your registered mailing address after May 8th. Please note that your finisher’s t-shirt will only be sent if your Run Log shows that you have completed the distance that you have registered for.

What will the proceeds from RFT 2022 be used for?

The proceeds from RFT 2022 will be used for the donation drive for typhoon-affected communities in Bohol, Philippines. These shall cover the costs of the portable desalination devices from Quenchsea, as well as shipping, transport, communications and monitoring expenses.

Transparency reports will be uploaded to the UPBM Facebook Page after the virtual run, and after the distribution of the devices to the communities. An audit will also be conducted following the distribution.

Do I have to join the run to donate for the communities affected by Typhoon Rai (Odette)?

No. We welcome donations of any amount. Please go to our Donate Page for details.

I won’t be able to run, but I will donate for your relief operation in Bohol. Can I still avail of your awesome t-shirt?

Yes, of course! You can avail of a t-shirt if you’re donating 2,000 PHP (or 45 USD) or more. Please go to our Donate Page for details.

Can I still donate even after the virtual run?

Yes. Donation is open from April 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022. Please go to our Donate Page for details.

I still have further questions. How can I raise them?

If you’re absolutely certain that your question is not covered anywhere in our website and our FAQ, you may reach out to us and we’ll be more than happy to respond.