What is LAHAR CHALLENGE?
/ˈlähär/ mudflow, debris and pyroclastic material that flow from a volcano
/hahrd-kohr/ unswervingly committed; very intense or extreme
After a successful first run on April 18, 2018, the Lahar Challenge is holding its second leg on May 4 to 5 in Pampanga, a province located in the Philippines’ central Luzon region.
The Lahar Challenge is the only motorcycle event of its kind—the Philippines is the only country in the world that features a huge expanse of land covered in lahar (pyroclastic material or volcano mud/debris). Angeles City’s lahar-covered areas are the effect of ten billion+ tons of magma Mount Pinatubo spewed onto its surrounding landscapes during its catastrophic eruption on June 15, 1991. One of the largest volcanic explosions in the 20th century, the eruption displaced more than 10,000 families, including the Aetas, an indigenous tribe who lost both their homes and means of livelihood. Global temperatures also dropped due to the eruption.
Today, 27 years after that fateful day, Angeles City has risen from the ashes and become a bustling metropolis that is the perfect blend of nature and urban comforts.
Besides being a venue for motorcycle riders to meet fellow enthusiasts and to test their mettle and skills, Lahar Challenge also seeks to drive tourism to the city of Angeles, as well as opportunities for people to learn more about the Aeta communities and their culture.
This year’s Lahar Challenge promises to be more exciting and even more challenging for participants. Teams will be camping overnight within the lahar-strewn area of Pampanga, and will test their survival, and motorcycle skills through four different challenges.
The planned route will take participants through varying terrain guaranteed to challenge even the most skilled riders. Team work, presence of mind, endurance and navigational skills are key to completing the course, and all four challenges tied to the following themes. Fire, Water, Navigation and Shelter.
Ready for Lahar Challenge 2019? Register as a team of five members now!
- Only one person can register per team.
- Each team should have exactly five members—no more no less. You will not be able to register a team with less or more than five members.
- Participation fee is PhP2,500 per member. The participation fee will be collected as a whole. This means that you need to pay a total of PhP12,500 for your team of five (PhP2,500 x 5 = PhP12,500) when you register.
- Assign a team captain. He/She will be the Lahar Challenge organizers’ main point of contact
Rules & Regulations
Mechanics being finalized by the Core Team
Certificates of challenge completion will be given to those who complete all challenges. Special prizes will be given to select participants. Watch this space for more details.
Note: production and race-only bikes will not be allowed.
Motorbike riding skills (of course!), navigational skills, map reading skills, and survival skills