The Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run (TD100) is conducted within the Cantonment Area of Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City in Nueva Ecija, Philippines. The Fort Magsaysay is the largest military camp and reservation area of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and it is under the care and administration of the Philippine Army. The Cantonment Area caters for the Headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division; Special Operations Command of the Philippine Army; Philippine Army Artillery Regiment; and the Philippine Army Aviation Unit. The whole Military Reservation consist a land area of 48,060 Hectares.
The event’s route covers the paved and unpaved roads surrounding the Cantonment Area that connect the different villages in the area. It has a rolling terrain and most of the unpaved roads are used by four-wheeled vehicles. The composition of the unpaved road is a mixture of mud and gravel. Some portions have spillways for water streams which are passable to runners. This part of the route will cover the “big & outer” loop of the course. It has an estimated distance of 51 Kilometers.
The Fernandez Hill-Taklang Damulag Mountain Complex is where the route, which is called the “smaller & inner” loop, is located. One loop of this course has an estimated distance of 13.1 Kilometers. Most of the trails are single track with mud and slippery rocks. These trails cut across cogon grasses with sharp leaves and plants/vines with thorns on the sides of the trail. Water stream crossings and trees with exposed roots are plenty in this area. There are also portions where foliage is thick where runners would be disoriented on their direction, most especially during night time.
Local time: 5:40 AM