24-Hour Manila-Matnog-Manila Extreme Endurance Motorcycle Challenge

Event Alias: 
2014 M3
Event Date: 
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Assembly Place: 
To be determined
Assembly Date and Time: 
03:00 AM, Sun, Nov 23, 2014

Event Category:

General Event Information

  • Event Date: November 23, 2014, Sunday
  • Assembly Place: As early as 7 PM, November 22, 2014, Saturday
  • Flag-down take-off: 12 AM (midnight): November 23, 2014
  • Location of Starting Grid and Finish Line: To be determined

Participants' Meeting: To be announced, usually held 2 weeks before the event date on a yet to be determined location within the greater Metro Manila area. For further details, and as more developments unfold, please refer to the Facebook group page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/24HourManilaMatnogManila/.

Introductory Overview

The 24-Hour Manila-Matnog-Manila Extreme Endurance Motorcycle Challenge is an annual feat for hardcore endurance motorcycle riders in attempting to conquer more than 1,200 kilometers of riding distance covering Manila, Matnog (Sorsogon) and back to Manila within a continuous 24-hour period. Initial attempts were made in 2008 by leading members of the group IT Riders Philippines where they failed to complete the journey in the prescribed time but were highly successful in gaining insights about the challenge, its inherent dangers and extraordinary difficulty. The “annualized” 2009 through 2013 versions of the event, however, merited a special group of successful daredevil finishers. And now in 2014, the event organizers have partnered with Team Spyder to give the participants a higher level of fun and safety, and to make the ride more memorable and amazing in every facet.
There is no explicit cash prize for this event. However, well-meaning sponsors are assisting us on some expenses and special souvenir prizes for finishers and qualified participants. The real prize here is purely the fulfilling sense of accomplishing a 1,200+ kilometer journey along good and bad Philippine roads under good and bad weather conditions within 24 hours. Successful finishers are also heralded as "legends" in their own right, especially recognized among riders in the Philippine motorcycling community.

Qualifications

1. Preparation and timeliness. Prospective participants are required to attend the Participants' Meeting and last day of registration usually held two weeks before the event date specified above. Applicants may bring with them the complete safety gear and motorcycle they intend to use for advance inspection. All participants must observe prompt attendance and gentlemanly conduct. Applicants must also download, print, fill up and submit the registration form attached to this document to Team Spyder shops and kiosks along with the registration fee from August 1 to October 31, 2014.

2. Self-sustaining. Each rider participant must be self-sustaining. He or she will be responsible for his/her own bike, gas money, food, mobile phone, mobile network service load and other personal agenda relating to his/her own completion of this challenge. Each participant is free to request for sponsorship from various supporting institutions. A good starting place to ask for sponsorship is your motorcycle brand's main office. In your request for sponsorship, you can show them this prospectus along with your formal solicitation letter.
3. Physically fit. A bona fide rider participant must be physically and realistically fit to handle all the pressures and physical stress of a 1,200+ kilometer journey. Any rider who is found to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs right before the event will be automatically disqualified without reimbursement. Differently abled riders are also welcome to join this challenge. For the sake of each rider's safety, participants are required to wear full protective motorcycle gear comprising the following elements at the minimum level:

  • DOT/ECE/Snell/JIS-certified helmet
  • Motorcycle riding jacket with armor or padding, and elbow protectors
  • Motorcycle riding pants or denim pants with knee and shin guards
  • Motorcycle riding shoes
  • Motorcycle gloves
  • Reflective vest

4. Road legal. Each rider participant must bear a legally valid driving license with the proper restriction code. The motorcycle, moped or scooter that a rider participant is going to use must also be lawfully registered from the Land Transportation Office. If a lawfully LTO-registered bike does not bear a license plate during the event (license plate not available yet), or a bike has issues that may affect its legal road use (ex. HID, loud pipes, sub-standard or lack of side mirrors, non-conforming headlight, turn signals or brake lights, etc.), then its rider shall bear all the penalties and legal remedies that may or can be imposed upon him or her by Philippine law enforcement personnel.

5. Road-worthiness. Each rider participant must use a road-worthy bike that can handle the severity of the challenge. The responsibility of the bike's maintenance and integrity prior to the event is left to the care and accountability of its rider. The bike must also exhibit a fully functional and operational odometer. Any problem that a rider's bike may incur during the event will be shouldered by the participant. The organizing committee will enlist the assistance of local support service volunteers, wherever and whenever available, and the participant can use these resources should a breakdown situation or an accident occur.

6. Ambition and determination. Each rider participant must possess that blazing and burning desire to complete this challenge within the prescribed time. He/she must commit to joining an elite circle of accomplished legends that have been able to muster this magnificent feat in the previous editions. This is neither for the faint of heart nor for those who have weak willpower. This uncompromising challenge is exclusively intended for the extreme long-distance endurance riding maniac.

7. Ride at your own risk. Participants must fully appreciate and understand the risks in joining this event. The organizers, partners and sponsors will neither be held responsible nor liable for any injury, disability, sickness or any third-party entanglement that may arise from the rider’s participation in this event.

Rules

1. Route and checkpoints. Each participant must follow the prescribed route, regardless of the bike used. The prescribed route starts at a designated take off point within the greater Metro Manila area, passes through specific checkpoints going to Matnog, Sorsogon and then finishes off at a designated location within the greater Metro Manila area. Participants are obligated to complete the requirements for proving their checkpoint log-on in a timely manner. The final route plan and list of checkpoints will be disseminated in the Facebook group page and on the Participants Meeting. Riders with motorcycles bearing engine displacements larger than 400 cc are permitted to pass through expressways and tollways.

2. No provision for tandem riding participants. This challenge does not accept participants with pillion riders or back-rides.

3. Road conduct. Participants must follow all lawful rules and regulations governing the usage of motorcycles on Philippine roads and highways. Co-participants are expected and obliged to refrain from racing against each other, which could endanger themselves and compromise the safety of others. Complaints on excessively aggressive road misconduct against co-participants that could affect the outcome of the challenge may be arbitrated by an ad-hoc committee at the end of the event.

4. Finishers. Participants who are able to complete the route, while being able to properly document and register themselves on each checkpoint and on the finish line - all within 24 hours and before 12 AM, November 24, 2014, will be considered successful finishers and champions of the 24-Hour Manila-Matnog-Manila Extreme Endurance Motorcycle Challenge. We are emphasizing that this is not a race among riders. The time-to-finish results have NO BEARING on the overall champions of this event.

5. Rewards. Sponsored prizes, freebies and other tokens - wherever and whenever available - will be distributed EVENLY and OBJECTIVELY to each participating entry who have passed the qualification criteria, depending upon the item to be distributed.

6. Waiver. All participants are required to sign the waiver form with clear specification that expressly frees the organizers, partners, coordinators and sponsors from any and all legal liabilities and indemnifications related to the conduct of this event.

7. Arbitration, Adjudication and Decision. The organizers expressly reserve the right on rendering arbitration, adjudication and then executing authoritative decisions on matters that are beyond the scope of the specified rules in this prospectus.