Update: Mayon Volcano WILL Disrupt XTERRA Albay

Mayon Volcano Erupts, XTERRA Albay Postponed

In a previous article (see below) we shared a statement from the mayor of Legazpi City to the XTERRA Philippines organizer assuring the organizer the race would not need to be postponed and its participants are “safe and free from any flood as well as the effects of the Mayon volcano’s eruption”.

Since that time the duration and intensity of the Mayon Volcano’s eruption has increased and will now force the event to be postponed from March 4th to June 17th.

XTERRA have recently released the following statement:

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 today (February 6, 2018).

As a result, the XTERRA Albay event organizers from Sunrise Events alongside XTERRA World Tour officials and the city of Legazpi have agreed to postpone the event from it’s scheduled race day of March 4, 2018 to June 17, 2018.

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 organizers in a postponement notice today.

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 $15,000 USD prize purse distributed to the top seven elite men and women, and a $10,000 tour bonus to the top five in the standings following XTERRA Albay on June 17.

More information on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour can be found at

Athletes with questions about registration can email [email protected].

DirtTRI’s Original Report

Published January 19, 2018

In a statement to the XTERRA Philippines organizer the mayor of Legazpi City has assured the organizer the race and its participants are “safe and free from any flood as well as the effects of the Mayon volcano’s eruption”.

In a January 16 letter Mayor Noel Rosal addressed concerns about a December “flooding incident” as well as the recent eruption of the Mayon Volcano and how those events could impact the March 4th XTERRA Albay.

We have witnessed and experienced a number of Mayon Volcano’s eruption and explosion and she has remained to her nature, that of a dainty damsel (according to legend) never erupting violently and destructively. Mayor Noel Rosal

Mayor Rosal is the mayor of Legazpi City which is the capital of the Albay province of the Philippines. The Mayon volcano stands at 8077 ft with its summit a mere 5 miles from the XTERRA Albay Puro Beach starting point. The Mayon Volcano erupted January 13th and began oozing lava on January 15 prompting XTERRA Philippines organizer, Sunrise Events to inquire as to how the eruption might effect the XTERRA Albay.

While March 4th is still several weeks away we commend Sunrise Events’ due diligence and care for the participants of XTERRA Albay.

The Mayon Volcano has erupted 51 times in the past 400 years with the most recent eruption occurring in September of 2014. Mayon is the most active volcano in the Philippines, and its activity is regularly monitored by PHIVOLCS from their provincial headquarters on Ligñon Hill, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) SSE from the summit.

XTERRA Albay will take place on March 4th and is one of the most beautiful XTERRA events on the XTERRA World Tour. Last year XTERRA Albay was won by Brad Weiss and Lizzy Orchard.

Please find the full letter from the Mayor Rosal below. Thanks to Sunrise Events and XTERRA Philippines for their quick response to DirtTRI’s inquiry and for supplying an image of the letter from Mayor Rosal.


Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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