Race Report: 2014 Clark-Miyamit 50-Mile Trail Run (Part 1)

25 11 2014

In the history of this event on its 4th year, I am the ONLY Senior Citizen and OLDEST Finisher for TWO consecutive years within the prescribed cut-off time eighteen (18) hours.

At The Mt Miyamit Peak (Turn-Around Point)

At The Mt Miyamit Peak (Turn-Around Point)

Last year, I finished the race in 15:30:20 hours and placed among the top 30 runners with 120+ starters. I prepared for five months in order to finish this race with more favorable weather during race day. I was then 61 years old.

Near The Finish Line!

Near The Finish Line!

This year, I made it again to the Finish Line with only 10 minutes to spare before the prescribed cut-off time of 18 hours. This time, I prepared for four (4) months with lesser mileage in order to lessen the return of my recurring knee injury. The weather was so brutal and challenging to all the runners. I am now 62 years & 6 months old.

I was able to tame and defeat this “beast” for two consecutive years and I feel I am still strong enough to fight this “monster”.

My personal record in this event is intact and hopefully, someone within my age bracket will take the challenge to break my personal record.

My trail running adventure continues.

To be continued.





Lifetime Commitment

20 11 2014

I was a part of the 1st “running boom” in the country and I was glad that I became an average Marathon Runner then, having finished local Marathon Races held in Metro Manila. But going to another country to experience finishing a Marathon Race was just a dream. I just realized this dream when I concentrated writing my running experiences on this blog.

Through this blog, I came to realize that I could be a better and faster runner if I concentrate and focus on my training. This was attained when I was already retired from the military service. Focus and consistency on training made me aware of my strengths and weaknesses in running plus the fact that I have the valuable time to do what I want.

This blog started with those weekly fun runs, road races, and Marathon Races in Metro Manila; then I gave birth to an Ultra Marathon Race which ultimately made me as a Race Director/Organizer; created a National Sports Federation For Ultrarunning; promoted Sports Tourism through Ultra Marathon in different parts of the country; brought some elite ultra runners to international races; and now trying to become a strong and fast mountain trail runner.

But the problem is that, my age is fast catching on me. I am not getting any younger. And my speed on my past road races is not getting any faster when I run in the mountain trails. Obviously, running on mountain trails is more challenging and dynamic. But I have learned to love running on the mountain trails for the past 16 months.

Whenever I am running in the mountains, I always think and ask this question to myself, “When will I stop running and retire from it?” But whenever I try to answer this question mentally, I would propel myself with a stronger and faster “kick and lift” on my tired legs! I guess, my brain has answered that I am still strong and be able to endure whatever challenges and pain that my body would encounter.

As for me, Running is a Lifetime Commitment. It is a Passion, a Hobby, an Easy Job, and a Cure!

Trail Running @ 62 Years Old

Trail Running @ 62 Years Old

 





How Much?

14 11 2014

It’s been awhile that I was not able to post my thoughts in this blog. Oh, well, I am back!

Let me ask you first this question. “How much is the worth of your International Marathon Race Finisher’s Medal?”

For the past years, there had been a lot of local runners (Pinoy Runners) who would go abroad to join “famous and not-so-famous” Marathon Races. I am not sure of their definite reason or reasons why they have to go abroad to experience such event. I am not against this but I am one of the average runners who highly recommend other runners to experience what it is like to join in any of the International Marathon Races.

I’ve been to International Marathon Races and I liked it, most especially, when I run with my children. Most of my past International Marathon Finishes were done in California, USA where I finished the San Francisco and Los Angeles Marathons. I was a witness and cheerer for my son when he finished the New York Marathon. Basically, I know the feeling what it is like to be in these International Marathon Races. The experience is priceless!

Let me get to the point directly. Once a local runner finishes an International Marathon Race, he/she goes to Facebook and writes a “drama” and tells everybody that he/she successfully finished the race with a picture showing his/her Finisher’s Medal, sometimes stating also, after having failed in three (3) successive lotteries for entry to the race. The runner will be happy to receive a lot of comments on his/her status with the words, “Congratulations”; “Good Job”; “Wow”; “Amazing”; “Where is your next International Marathon Race?”; and others. However, nobody dares to make or write a comment on what was their finish time or how much did they save and spend to join the event.

Nobody would say how much did they spend for the experience and be able to “brag” about it together with their accomplishment. Not one of them would openly discuss how much money they spent just to get that “prestigious” Marathon Finisher’s Medal. Actually, I am also guilty with this but my purpose in joining such International Running Event is for me to visit my family and spend some time with them. My Race Reports in my past International Marathons are well-documented in this blog but I also missed stating how much I spent to join such events. I got a lot of “savings or freebies” joining these Marathon Races because I have our house to stay and a family car that I can drive.

But, for a local runner coming from the Philippines and going to another country without a friend or relative who could be a “host” to him or her, it is a different story.

This Is A Lot Of Money

This Is A Lot Of Money

Theoretically, I can answer such question for these runners who have finished their International Marathon in the United States based from my personal experience and data available in the Internet. First, is the Registration Fee. It would range from $250-$300 depending on the popularity and prestige that go with the event. Second, is the Round Trip Plane Ticket Fare which would range from $1,300-$1,600 depending how far from the Philippines and the “class” that you prefer to be accommodated inside the plane. Third, is the Accommodation which would range from $200-$300 per day stay in a hotel, which is of course, is not a big problem if you have a friend or relative who is hospitable enough to open his house or condominium/apartment for you. Fourth, is the Food and Other Miscellaneous Expenses/Transportation Expenses (Car Rentals) which could range to about $60-$100 a day. Fifth, is your Shopping Money which is geared towards buying a new pair of running shoes, a new electronic/tech gadget, or a new running apparel in the Marathon Expo which are not yet available in the local market. So, if you add up everything, a runner would easily spend a base figure of almost $3,000+ and this amount increases depending on the number of days you will stay in the city where the Marathon Race is being held.

If the Marathon Race is held somewhere in Europe, I think it is a different story. It could be more expensive than what I previously presented on Marathon Races held in the United States.

If you convert such amount of money to our local currency, it is an amount that an ordinary government employee or a corporate employee could hardly save for the whole year. It is for this basic reason why our best elite marathon runners could not afford to join these prestigious International Marathon Races.





Official Result: 5th Mt Pinatubo 50K Trail Challenge

10 11 2014

5th Mt Pinatubo 50K Trail Challenge

5:00 AM – 5:00 PM November 9, 2014

Start & Finish Area: Barangay Hall, Barangay Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac

Cut-Off Time: 12 Hours/6 Hours @ Mt Pinatubo’s Crater Lake

Number Of Starters: 28 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 28 Runners

Group Picture Before Start Time

Group Picture Before Start Time

...3.....2.....1......GO!!!!!!!!!!

…3…..2…..1……GO!!!!!!!!!!

They Are Off!!!!

They Are Off!!!!

RANK                       NAME                                        TIME (Hours)

1.  Edwin Fernandez (Champion, Overall)——-6:45:07

2.  Aaron Laron (1st Runner-Up, Overall)——-6:45:11

3.  Jay Pagcu (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)———6:45:14

4.  Alain Vincent ———————————–6:48:51

5.  Almar Danguilan ——————————-6:56:28

6.  Kenneth Manibo ——————————-7:10:45

7.  Roy Garcia—————————————7:16:53

8.  Joey Neil Canaya——————————-7:27:05

9.  Levi Bitangcul———————————-7:34:54

10. Bong Alindada———————————8:00:20

11.  Melan Ku Marquez (Champion, Female)—8:29:15

12.  Elmer Caballes ——————————–8:33:52

13.  Henry Laron ———————————–8:36:57

14.  Imelda Laron (1st Runner-Up, Female)—–8:38:52

15.  Arlene Agulto (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—8:38:53

16.  Ceejay De Leon ——————————–8:42:22

17.  Christian Pabatao —————————–8:47:31

18.  Darryl Panado ———————————8:47:51

19.  Dennis Uy————————————8:47:52

20.  Werner Cruz ————————— ———-8:47:53

21.  Chips Dayrit ————————————9:11:12

22.  Gay Baniwas (Female) ————————9:25:00

23.  Joey San Diego ——————————–9:26:39

24.  Bong Anastacio ——————————-9:52:38

25.  Randy Miranda ——————————-9:57:38

26.  Christopher Estacio ————————-10:15:56

27.  Reese Rogel (Female) ———————–10:40:58

28.  Tom Baniwas ——————————–10:40:59

Overall Champion Edwin Fernandez

Overall Champion Edwin Fernandez

Female Champion Melan Ku Marquez

Female Champion Melan Ku Marquez

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

 





Official Result: 2nd WEST COAST 200K (Single Stage) Ultra Marathon Race

5 11 2014

2nd WEST COAST 200K (Single Stage) Ultra Marathon Race

Starting Area: Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport, Olongapo City

Finish Area: Barangay Lucap Port, Alaminos City (Pangasinan)

Start Time: 1:00 AM November 1, 2014

Finish Time: 1:00 AM November 3, 2014

Cut-Off Time: 48 Hours

Number of Starters: 18 Runners

Number of Finisher: 18 Runners

18 Runners @ Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport

18 Runners @ Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport

RANK                         NAME                                        TIME (Hrs)

1. Lao Ogerio (Champion, Overall)—————–33:39:22

2. Merbert Cabral (1st Runner-Up, Overall)——33:59:40

3. Dindo Diaz (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)———35:48:58

4. Rhoda Oporto (Champion, Female)————36:53:40

5. Eric Cruz ——————————————39:47:39

6. Bong Dizon—————————————-40:16:21

7. Gia Estrella (1st Runner-Up, Female)———-40:24:02

8. Allan Sabado————————————–41:12:10

9. Lyra Valles (2nd Runner-Up, Female)———41:55:10

10. Myk Dauz—————————————-42:50:09

11. Ariel Briones————————————-43:23:54

12. Marlon Santos———————————–43:28:56

13. Robert Watson———————————–43:40:28

14. Amor Gabriel, Jr.——————————–44:54:45

15. Jocelyn Lanas (Female)————————-45:55:04

16. Tess Leono (Female)—————————-47:34:37

17. Manny Ocampo———————————-47:34:38

18. Ray Paras—————————————–47:58:55

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

Lady Champion Rhoda Oporto

Lady Champion Rhoda Oporto

Congratulations To Everybody!

 





Cut-Off Times (Part 2)

14 10 2014

I made a post about the cut-off times of running events in my post in this blog on May 17, 2011. Until this time, I don’t see any reason why Race Organizers/Directors had to impose cut-off times in their events. For the Marathon Races where most of the city roads are closed from vehicular traffic, six (6) hours is a decent time as a cut-off time in order to relieve the riding public of the inconvenience it would bring if the race is extended up to nine or ten or twelve hours. But on second thought, the cut-off time being imposed is not for the safety of the runners of the event but for the convenience of everybody.

In my post, I made mention of some of the popular ultra races in the world with their prescribed cut-off times.  It is obvious that Road Ultras have a shorter cut-off times than those mountain trail races, except for the Badwater Ultra Marathon Race. UTMB’s 166K has a cut-off time of 46 hours; Hardrock 100 which is dubbed as the hardest mountain trail ultra in the USA has a cut-off time of 48 hours; Barkley Marathon has a cut-off time of 60 hours where each loop of 20 miles has a cut-off time of 12 hours; and the most prestigious Western States 100-Mile Endurance Race has a cut-off time of 30 hours.

Each of these ultra races has their reason why the Race Organizer/RD have to impose cut-off times. Moreover, there are intermediate cut-off time in every checkpoint along the route which forces the runner to meet such times, or else, he/she would be disqualified. Such intermediate cut-off times are being strictly enforced as race marshals would strip each runner of their race bib or tag and advised not to be allowed to continue the race.

I would surmise also that such cut-off times are being imposed by the Bureau of Parks and Wildlife which manages or administers safety in these wilderness parks as one of the conditions for the issuance of event permits.

Without any reference on these cut-off times, I would conclude that the Race Directors, who are former ultra runners during their prime age, would be able to “test run” the course by themselves and come up with an arbitrary cut-off time based from their personal capability or finish time results. Or maybe, they invited some of their ultra friends to “test run” the course and get the “mean/average” time of the finishers.

When I thought of organizing the Bataan Death March 102 Ultra Marathon Race, it was a challenge for me to come up with a decent cut-off time for the whole race. After conducting some “50K test runs” with my ultra running friends, I was able to come up with the 18-hour cut-off time, where an average well-trained marathon runner would be able to finish a distance of 50K in 9 hours, which way beyond the 6-hour cut-off time for a marathon (42K) race. This is the reason why one of the qualifications of a BDM 102 participant is a Marathon Finisher.

As for the BDM 160, I just added another 9 hours and another 3 hours for the remaining distance of 58 kilometers where I considered the heat and humidity in the country as the main challenge to finish this event.

When I thought of coming with the first trail ultra marathon race in the country, I would conduct by myself a “test run” on the course by dividing the whole distance of 162 kilometers into two parts. Thus, I came up with 32 hours as the cut-off time for the 1st Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Race which was maintained for the past 3 years/editions.

As I ran through roads and trails in the country, I made sure that I would “test run” any course/route that I would like to be transformed into an ultra running event for the runners.

I never changed on how I would come up with the “cut-off” time for my races. I would “test run” the course and whatever time I would register as my finish time, such time will be considered as the official cut-off time for the ultra event. Considering my present age to run through the course, I think it would be fair that my finish time will be the target time for the younger runners.

It should be noted that Intermediate Cut-Off Time is the time that a runner would leave the Checkpoint.

So, what is my message in this post? It simply means that a well-trained ultra runner could easily finish my ultra races within the prescribed cut-off times. These cut-off times (intermediate and whole course) will be one’s measurement or gauge if proper training and preparation had been made prior to the event. If one could not meet such cut-off times, it simply means that one lacks the proper training for the event.

At The Finish Line: "Test Run" For The 1st ANTELOOP 100K Trail Run

At The Finish Line: “Test Run” For The 1st ANTELOOP 100K Trail Run

Let us stop bragging ourselves to have finished a race even if you have finished way beyond the cut-off time. Let us stop giving any “finisher’s loot” for these kind of finishers. A TRUE & OFFICIAL FINISHER is one who finishes the race within the prescribed cut-off time for the event.

Good luck and see you in my future ultra races.

 





Official Results: 3rd PAU National Championships 110K & 50K Ultra Marathon Race (Guimaras)

6 10 2014

3rd PAU National Championships 110K & 50K Ultra Marathon Race

Guimaras Island

11:30 PM October 3 To 9:00 PM October 4, 2014

Start: Smallest Plaza, Jordan

Finish: Provincial Capitol, Barangay San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras

Result: 3rd PAU National Championship 50K Ultra Marathon Race

Starters Of The 50K Run (In Front Of The Provincial Capitol)

Starters Of The 50K Run (In Front Of The Provincial Capitol)

RRaNK N TIME (Hrs)

1

Joenard Victoriano (Champion, Overall, CR)   

5:03:09

2

Dick Balaba (1st Runner-Up, Overall)

5:50:44

3

Robin Solatorio (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)

7:00:05

4

Chester Lee Robite

7:09:39

5

Jessica Esmao (Female, Champion)

7:51:40

6

Jefferson Esmao

7:51:40

7

Noel Canag

8:05:40

8

Marissa Lim (Female, 1st Runner-Up)

8:48:33

50K Course Record Holder Joenard Victoriano

50K Course Record Holder Joenard Victoriano

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Result: 3rd PAU National Championship 110K Ultra Marathon Race

Starters Of The 110K Race At The "Smallest Plaza" In Jordan, Guimaras

Starters Of The 110K Race At The “Smallest Plaza” In Jordan, Guimaras

RANK NAME TIME (Hrs)

1

Jovel Alla (Champion, Overall, Course Record)                

12:10:24

2

Wilnar Iglesia (1st Runner-Up, Overall)

16:36:30

3

Ruselle Lingat (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)

17:40:17

4

Myk Dauz

17:40:19

5

Mike Binobo

18:04:26

6

Salvador Dagoon Jr

18:06:11

7

Tess Leono (Champion, Female)

18:08:09

8

Boboy Alcansare

18:37:12

9

Kathy Kuan (1st Runner-Up, Female)

19:07:42

10

Rhodz Cordura

19:07:43

11

Mon Quiocho

19:20:22

12

Jung Pajarito

19:56:41

13

Cleo Gevero (2nd Runner-Up, Female)

21:00:15

New Course Record Holder & Defending Champion Jovel Alla

New Course Record Holder & Defending Champion Jovel Alla

Congratulations To All The Finishers!








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