Mount Mayon, the iconic landmark of Legazpi in the province of Albay, continues to effect the island of Luzon in the Philippines with ‘sporadic to near continuous lava fountaining, lava flow, and degassing from the summit crater,’ according to a government report posted on February 6, 2018.
As a result, the XTERRA Albay organizers from Sunrise Events alongside XTERRA World Tour officials and the city of Legazpi agreed to postpone the event from its scheduled race day of March 4, 2018 to June 17, 2018.
XTERRA adds that the new date allows time for Mother Nature to take its course and for the local government to address the needs of those who have been affected by the volcanic activities.
“The new schedule will also provide participants the confidence and comfort about traveling to Albay, and participating at the event,” said the organizers in a postponement notice.
All registrations will be transferred to the new event date; however, Sunrise Events is also giving participants the option to refund the full registration fee, or transfer registration to XTERRA Danao, which will double as the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race on April 22, 2018.
With the date change, XTERRA Albay becomes the fourth of four events in the 2018 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour. There will be a US$15,000 prize purse distributed to the top seven elite men and women, and a US$10,000 tour bonus to the top five in the standings following XTERRA Albay on June 17.