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La Union Ku Ikaka Marathon


JCI Philippines (Junior Chamber International), in its mission to empower young people, is bringing to La Union and the rest of the Northern Philippines, a first-of-its-kind running event: the Ku Ikaika Marathon 2012. In partnership with Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, this event will showcase a full 42-kilometer marathon passing through (4) four different areas or tracks: (1) a flat concrete road run, (2) a tobacco/rice/corn field run, (3) a mountain uphill/downhill run, and (4) a beach run.

“Ku IkaiKa” is a Polynesian phrase chosen to aptly describe the whole marathon, which literally translates to “Stand Strong”. Hawaii hosts the Ku Ikaika Surfing Challenge (stand up paddle), one of the most prestigious surfing events in America, where surfers overcome gigantic waves. The La Union Ku Ikaika Marathon will surely challenge not just the physical ability of the runners, but also their will and spirit to endure the race through to the finish line. As the winners and brave challengers of Hawaii’s Ku Ikaika surfing competition are treated with great respect and accolade, the finishers of La Union’s Ku Ikaika Marathon will be regarded with the same because they prove and deserve to be called the real STRONG men and women in the sport of running and that is true in every sense of the word!

It’s not all pain and suffering though. Runners will surely have the chance of discovering the pristine beauty of La Union: its beautiful, breathtaking landscapes—from the coasts and fields of San Juan to rivers of San Gabriel and the ridges of San Fernando City. With San Juan’s famous waves and friendly people, you can definitely say it’s more fun in the Surfing Capital of the Philippines!

Easily accessible both by private or public transport, San Juan, La Union would take six (6) hours by land and forty-five (45) minutes via air travel from Manila. Come with your family and friends to complete your summer experience. Furthermore, the proceeds of the run will be for a good cause: it is a fund raising effort by the Jaycees in their advocacy to help provide opportunities for youth development.

What: La Union Ku Ikaika Marathon 2012

When: 19 May 2012 Saturday, 4:00 AM

Where: Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, San Juan, La Union, PH

Distance Categories: 3K / 5K / 10K / 21K / 42K

Organizer: JCI, Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, and iRunners Productions

Registration Fees:

  • 3K Beach Run - Php 300.00 (La Union) / Php 450.00 (outside La Union) / Php 800.00 (Foreign)

  • 5K Beach Run - Php 400.00 (La Union) / Php 500.00 (outside La Union) / Php 1,000.00 (Foreign)

  • 10K Road/Beach Run - Php 600.00 (La Union) / Php 600.00 (outside La Union) / Php 1,200.00 (Foreign)

  • 21K Road/Fields/Beach Run - Php 800.00 (La Union) / Php 800.00 (outside La Union) / Php 2,000.00 (Foreign)

  • 42K Road/Fields/Mountain/Beach Run - Php 900.00 (La Union) / Php 900.00 (outside La Union) / Php 2,500.00 (Foreign)

Registration Venues:

  • ROX - Bonifacio Global City, Taguig / Mile Hi, Camp John Hay, Baguio City

  • City Light Hotel Baguio - Near Baguio Cathedral

  • Splash Direct Sales Pampanga - 2/F, CLK Bldg, Dolores San Fernando City, Pampanga (5 minutes away from SM Pampanga, by jeepney)

  • San Fernando City Town Plaza - at the Kubo, in front of The City Hall of San Fernando

  • Kahuna Resort and Spa - San Juan La Union

  • Online (Registration and thru Bank Payment) at: iRunnersCommunity

Contact Details:

  1. Manila (contact Stan Abasolo @ +63929-291-4546)

  2. Baguio City (Gina +63949-315-3922 or Gerryme +63908-768-5458)

  3. Pampanga (Marvin +63939-907-8694)

  4. San Fernando City, La Union (Millicent +63910-577-8869)

  5. Kahuna Resort and Spa, San Juan La Union (Elaine +63(72) 607-1040 / 1017 )

  6. You may also email or visit their website at:

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Medal Design:

Actual route maps:

3K          5K          10K          21K          42K

For the preview of the race routes, follow this link.

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