The 1st Intavas-Kibenton Eco-Trail Fun Run was another tough and challenging race which I joined last Sunday, August 7, 2011. The route is only about 6 kilometers, from Sitio Intavas in Barangay La Fortuna up to Barangay Kibenton, Impasug-ong , Bukidnon. It was really, really tough as we have to passed through up and down terrains, muddy, slippery and rocky dirt roads. Along the way we climbed three hills and crossed five rivers of the Atugan Canyon Basin.
Runners from Malaybalay City assembled as early as 4 AM at the Plaza Rizal as there are free truck rides going to Sitio Intavas.
The Dole Phils., truck which took us to Sitio Intavas, La Fortuna, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon
At around 6 AM, we arrived in Sta. Ana-Highway crossing where another group of runners joined us in the truck. From there, Sitio Intavas is about 10 kilometers away.
Junction road going to Sitio Intavas and Mount Kitangalad.
In Sitio Intavas there was a brief program which was followed by a tree planting activity.
The starting line in Sitio Intavas
Seedlings for tree planting
After the tree planting activity, the more than 200 runners gathered at the starting line. The run then started at 7 AM.
From thereon, the road goes up and down and I guess most runners have a tough time running on this trail. Just take a look at these photos which I took along the way:
And finally, Barangay Kibenton:
The finish line beside the Barangay Covered Court:
The awarding ceremony was then held at the covered court. Outdoor items were also raffled and unfortunately, I did not win any (hehehe). But there was free breakfast courtesy of Impasug-ong LGU and it was quickly devoured by the hungry runners.
Going home, we boarded another truck which was so jampacked. So upon reaching the national highway, we decided to disembark and then took a passenger multicab going to Malaybalay City.