Official Result: 4th TANAY 50K Ultra Marathon Race

19 06 2014

4th TANAY 50K Ultra Marathon Race (Road Race)

5:00 AM June 15, 2014

Number of Starters: 39 Runners

Number of Finishers: 35 Runners

Cut-Off Time: 9 Hours

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile

RANK NAME TIME (HRS)
1 Alfred Delos Reyes (Champion, Overall) 6:03:42
2 Almar Danguilan (1st Runner-Up) 6:08:03
3 Jay Lamela (2nd Runner-Up) 6:16:52
4 Angelo Astrero 6:24:10
5 Severino Carillo, Jr 6:32:39
6 Tess Leono (Champion, Female) 6:32:50
7 Bong Alindada 6:33:25
8 Kian Llanda 6:35:50
9 Jammy Masdo 6:38:59
10 Kareem Patasaha 6:44:13
11 Beda Abugan Jr 6:47:19
12 Raffy Estavillo 6:49:48
13 Madison Trinidad 6:49:54
14 Kathleen Fresnido (1st Runner-Up, Female) 6:52:45
15 Jerry Peralta 6:58:35
16 Carlo Contemplacion 6:58:41
17 Loradel Hanopol (2nd Runner-Up, Female) 7:03:37
18 Ronnel Go 7:04:54
19 Janthen Asoy 7:12:07
20 Rona Saludes (Female) 7:15:37
21 Hermie Saludes 7:15:43
22 Jerdie Jurado 7:20:09
23 Nerisa Jane Golondrina (Female) 7:20:18
24 Jocelyn Lanas (Female) 7:28:26
25 Teodoro Alising 7:28:32
26 Mark Hernandez 7:29:01
27 Jon Borbon 7:48:55
28 Gerson Yuson 7:51:26
29 Joey Genecera 8:21:10
30 Jon Ogsimer 8:24:43
31 Joyce Anne Regalado (Female) 8:28:43
32 Mark Anthony Tibo-oc 8:38:03
33 Luzel Franco Tibo-oc (Female) 8:38:04
34 Lex Yumol 8:52:13
35 Januarius Padilla 8:52:36

Overall Champion Alfred Delos Reyes

Overall Champion Alfred Delos Reyes

Female Overall Champion Tess Leono

Female Overall Champion Tess Leono

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

 





Official Result: 1st Tagaytay To Naic 100K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N100K)

13 05 2014

1st Tagaytay To Naic 100K Ultra Marathon Race (Road)

1:00 AM May 11, 2014

Starting Line: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

Finish Line: Municipal Plaza, Barangay Poblacion, Naic, Cavite

Number Of Starters: 35

Number Of Finishers: 27

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RANK NAME TIME (HRS)
1 Alfred Delos Reyes (Champion, Course Record) 13:25:01
2 Eric Cruz (1st Runner-Up, Overall) 13:48:31
3 Simon Pavel Miranda (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) 14:09:32
4 Aldrin Pallera 15:30:45
5 Michael Dauz 15:58:18
6 Laurencio Ogerio 16:12:01
7 Irrol Novenario 16:25:30
8 Lurvin Ocampo 16:27:28
9 Erwin Tolentino 16:44:40
10 Archie Tiu Gascon 16:45:50
11 Bing Baltazar Brillo 16:49:50
12 Benedict Meneses 17:02:34
13 Allan Sabado 17:30:16
14 Loradel Hanopol (Champion, Female) 17:32:57
15 Mel Severino 17:41:25
16 Herbert Puyat 17:53:27
17 Mary Grace Lao (1st Runner-Up, Female) 17:59:08
18 Jerome Paulo Castro 19:18:18
19 Inocencio Rosario, Jr 19:20:18
20 Carlos Sadalsund 19:20:19
21 Isabelo Estacion 19:20:30
22 Nap Ocampo 19:41:40
23 Merlito Mallari 20:21:25
24 Laurice Rogel (2nd Runner-Up, Female) 20:21:26
25 Ciriaco Manalansan 20:21:27
26 Joseph Balbino 20:21:28
27 Mark Capistrano 20:22:07

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Pictures By Epoy Poblete: https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.d.poblete/media_set?set=a.605950859501111.1073741851.100002586082721&type=1





Official Result: 7th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N50)

12 05 2014

4:00 AM – 1:00 PM May 11, 2014

Starting Area: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

Finish Line: PETRON Gasoline Station, Nasugbu, Batangas

Number Of Starters: 118

Number Of Finishers: 113

Cut-Off Time: 9 Hours

This Is Where Ultra Marathon Running Addiction Starts!

This Is Where Ultra Marathon Running Addiction Starts!

RANK NAME TIME (HRS)
1 Lawrence Aninag (Champion, Overall) 5:01:35
2 Meliton Carag (1st Runner-Up, Overall) 5:16:40
3 Nina Ferando (2nd Runner-Up, Overall & Female Champion) 5:17:46
4 Rogelio Puzon 5:20:58
5 Sandy Alentajan 5:22:57
6 Fritz Adre Espinosa 5:27:33
7 Beda Abugan, Jr 5:32:10
8 Gia Estrella (1st Runner-Up, Female) 5:35:35
9 Raffy Estavillo 5:44:44
10 RJ Zamora 5:54:18
11 Adan Banday 5:56:36
12 Cholo Reynes 5:57:48
13 Cristopher Magdangal 5:58:09
14 Jonathan Bajaro 6:00:01
15 Rhina Sison (2nd Runner-Up, Female) 6:00:11
16 Oscar Velasco 6:01:11
17 Sean Andan 6:09:47
18 Jon Ogsimer 6:11:08
19 Earvin Joed Biason 6:13:15
20 Decerel Mendoza (F) 6:15:53
21 Jerdie Jurado 6:16:51
22 Manny Ydulzura 6:19:31
23 Adray Joseph Alvior 6:20:12
24 Frederick Tipon 6:20:45
25 Vicente Bubuan 6:21:49
26 Pamela Gatuz (F) 6:22:22
27 Allan Joseph Abenes 6:24:28
28 Tess Leono (F) 6:24:55
29 Gamaliel Tayao 6:25:34
30 Herbert Avila 6:34:31
31 Patrick James Ayo 6:35:08
32 Francis Panilla 6:35:09
33 Edrick Nicdao 6:35:59
34 Edwin Reyes 6:37:02
35 Janet Lozon Villanueva (F) 6:39:59
36 Allan Lanzon 6:42:51
37 Ivan Pena 6:42:52
38 Manny Ocampo 6:43:08
39 Joseph Pineda 6:44:38
40 Alex Araneta 6:46:18
41 Luz Tiuseco (F) 6:48:39
42 Karen Odessa Cabuyao (F) 6:48:47
43 Melcin Cruz 6:51:52
44 Daisy Visperas (F) 6:55:56
45 Rasette Pesuelo (F) 6:58:33
46 Sherwin Guansing 7:07:54
47 Rolan Cera 7:08:38
48 Joseph Nebrida 7:09:41
49 Jesus Anthony Dizon 7:12:07
50 Michael Manuel Tiuseco 7:14:28
51 Ellen Solosod (F) 7:15:27
52 Oliver Cavinta 7:16:25
53 Teresa Gangan (F) 7:17:31
54 Rodelyn Ventura (F) 7:19:25
55 Ruben Fajardo 7:21:12
56 Ernesto Badong 7:21:13
57 Soleil Navarro 7:23:18
58 Arwin Ng 7:23:19
59 Philip Gan 7:23:53
60 Ma. Cristina Aldaya (F) 7:27:22
61 Florencio Uy 7:29:52
62 Beni Steve Vilches 7:30:13
63 Victhor Tuazon 7:31:15
64 Leo Villarico 7:32:25
65 Efren Gregorio 7:34:02
66 Jeramy Blas 7:36:20
67 Mark Anthony Belaniso 7:37:34
68 Dhonabel Castillo (F) 7::40:02
69 Markchael Valdevieso 7:42:56
70 Melvin Tolentino 7:43:05
71 Kerwin Ng 7:43:31
72 Ruby Gan (F) 7:44:47
73 Kim Zamora 7:45:45
74 Paul La Rosa 7:48:54
75 Vangie Gregorio (F) 7:52:20
76 Gerly Santos (F) 7:52:21
77 Lourdes Maghuyop (F) 7:53:35
78 Mildred Tormes (F) 7:53:46
79 Stephenson Avanzado 7:53:53
80 Vincent Hilario 7:54:44
81 Alvin Jotojot 8:01:29
82 Disodado Reyes, Jr 8:01:33
83 Cherry Rose Betonio (F) 8:02:10
84 Cecilia Lalisan (F) 8:04:47
85 Ma. Naomi Mabasa (F) 8:07:06
86 Manuel Remandaban 8:07:39
87 Joey Genecera 8:08:43
88 Gloria Silvestre Tatad (F) 8:09:38
89 Vicente De Lima 8:10:04
90 Marl Dario 8:12:05
91 Georgianne Belaniso (F) 8:12:25
92 Mark Paunil 8:15:21
93 Orlando Fortiz 8:15:44
94 Bernardino Gangan 8:15:56
95 Gerardine Kun (F) 8:19:32
96 Guido Aleman 8:19:48
97 Peachy Tamayo (F) 8:21:05
98 Abigail Joy Castaneda (F) 8:21:15
99 Adam Radomes 8:21:16
100 Evelyn Ponce (F) 8:26:15
101 Lester Estrella 8:26:56
102 Nashir Caratao 8:27:35
103 Margie Reyes (F) 8:29:18
104 Maerxksol Ponce 8:29:19
105 Allenstein Co 8:29:29
106 Reiner Tatlonghari 8:34:48
107 Matthew Rodriguez 8:42:07
108 Elouise Jane Timbang (F) 8:42:15
109 Gladysma Jane Giron (F) 8:42:55
110 Joy Odronia (F) 8:42:56
111 Jose Mari Mercado 8:47:00
112 Lance Estrella 8:48:44
113 Leo Cadiz 8:50:51

Champion Lawrence Aninag, PMA Class 1995. Congratulations, Cavalier!

Champion Lawrence Aninag, PMA Class 1995. Congratulations, Cavalier!

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Welcome To The Ultra Running Community!





Race Report: 2014 TNF 100 Trail Run (Part 3)

9 05 2014

AS #9 To AS #10 (Camp 6 To Loakan Airport)

As I started to leave the populated community of Camp 6 and following the TNF Markers in between houses in the area, I was with a group of 5 runners who crossed the hanging bridge that connects Kennon Road to the next uphill climb towards Fort Gregorio Del Pilar or PMA Grounds. As we leave the last house in Camp 6, we were faced with a steep trail on the side of the mountain overlloking Kennon Road and Mt Cabuyao. As we went higher on the trail, we could see the lights of the other runners coming down from AS #8 as these runners were able to pass the Checkpoint within the prescribed cut-off time at 1:00 AM.

It was already 2:00 AM of Sunday when I left AS #9 with 4 other runners. I was asked to lead the assault on the mountain but I did it for a few steps and asked for the younger runners behind me to lead the group. At first, I was able to keep up with the pace but as we moved higher in elevation, I can feel that I was breathing heavily. I rested for awhile and let the other 3 runners to go ahead with their pace. The technique that I used in going up to Mt Santo Tomas was put to use again—counting 10-20 steps then rest for 5 seconds and then repeat the cycle again! With due patience and consistency, I reached a wide dirt road which is flat but I know that this is just a transition for a steeper approach to the grounds of PMA.

At one point along the steep section before reaching the perimeter of PMA, I was overtaken by three (3) big guys and I was amazed on their pace in going up along the slope. I thought to myself that they could be regular mountaineers and very strong on their legs. Even if they were power hiking, they were really fast for my pace.

Before I approached the perimeter grounds of PMA, Michael Lafuente, one of last year’s TNF 100 finishers and one of my training partners in last year’s TNF, joined me due to weak batteries of his headlight. We had to share some stories with each other about the TNF 100 last year and our training experiences and recon runs in preparation for the event. It was nice sharing the trails with him from Camp 6 to the Loakan Airport.

This Race Report would not be complete and accurate if I don’t mention what I did on the last 100 meters before reaching AS #10. I asked Michael and Danin, my training partner, to guard the trail for incoming runners so that I can “take my crap” beside a water source which is popularly known to Michael and some of our training partners last year. I could no longer tolerate the pain in my stomach that I need to release whatever wastes in my large intestines! I asked them to put off their lights; warn me of the presence of any incoming runner; and waited for me to whatever I need to do to relieve the pain in my stomach. In a few seconds, the job is done and the free-flowing water source was very convenient to clean everything, including the washing of my hands! What a relief! While I was washing my hands, a runner arrived at the place where Michael & Danin were waiting and Michael asked permission to go ahead with the runner.

We reached AS #10 with strong spirits to finish the race. Michael stopped by the Aid Station and I went ahead of the other runners who were resting, eating, and being checked by the Medical Staff. It was already 5:30 AM and it is already daybreak. A support crew of one of my training partners gave me some cola and Gatorade drinks. I also brought out from my backpack the sliced Korean Pear inside a plastic bag and held it with my right hand as I started to run. As I started with my run, a support crew shouted to me that I am already on my last 7 kilometers of the course!

AS #10 To The Finish Line

I knew that at this point that I can already “smell the barn” and try to run all the way to the finish line. Just follow the TNF markers hanging beside the fence of the airstrip, cross the airstrip of the Loakan Airport and then proceed on the streets of the houses near the vicinity of BEPZA and I will be in Barangay Scout Barrio, and ultimately enter the premises of Camp John Hay.

While running along the airport road, I started to eat the slices of Korean Pear that I brought out from my backpack and was able to consume it before I crossed the airstrip of the Loakan Airport. It was so easy and visible to follow the TNF Markers placed along the streets as I left the premises of the Airport. I noticed that a younger runner was tailing me as I entered a populated area. I could see also two runners in front of me walking up on an uphill road. The younger runner on my back had easily overtaken me because he had a faster pace. Once he passed me, I brought one of my Gu Gels and ingested it for my last 6K to the Finish Line. The younger runner who had overtaken me had come back and I was meeting him along the road. I asked him why he was coming back and he told me that there are no markings that he can see along the road. I told him to return back to his former direction as we were on the right road to the Finish Line. He believed me as I pointed out to him the markers ahead of us. He went ahead of me but I was able to overtake the two runners who were walking on the uphill road.

The last GU Gel that I have ingested had given me the much energy to run continuously as I passed the “three big guys” that passed me before I reached the PMA Perimeter/Grounds. From a distance I could see a group of runners who were walking along the trail and found out later that it was the group of Baguio Ultra Runners to include my friends, Jonel Mendoza, Nick Pasiken, Carlo Gonzales, and Ryan Jucutan. Instead of passing them, I joined them in their hike for the last 5 Kilometers before the Finish Line. By my personal estimation, if not for my decision to join them in their hike, I could have finished the race in 27:30+ hours. Our hike was delayed and was made slower when our group was able to meet the group of 22K runners which had started at 6:00 AM. We had to wait and stand beside the trail for the 22K runners to pass us. Well, what is 45 minutes or one hour of delay for the finish if you are with “loyal friends”  in the ultra running community and be able to share some good stories with them and their experiences during the race.

"I Can Smell The Barn!" @ Camp John Hay

“I Can Smell The Barn!” @ Camp John Hay

At the last 200 meters before the Finish Line, we have agreed the order of finish among us. Carlo Gonzales was first and I followed him because the two of us considered this run as our “redemption run” for having declared ourselves as DNF in last year’s race. The other three runners were behind us as they had been regular finishers in this event since it was held in Baguio City. We started to run towards the Finish Line and we knew that we will be met by a crowd of spectators!

I crossed the finish line at 28:16:31 hours and I was awarded my first TNF 100 Finisher’s Medal as soon as I crossed the Finish Line. Officially, I was ranked as #107 out of 195 finishers from the almost 400 starters of the race. I may not had been successful in attaining what I have aimed for in this race, upper 50% of the finishers, but what is a few percent over the 50% (I am within the upper 54.8% of the finishers) if I was able to finish the race successfully without any injuries or any “issues”.

Official Result of the TNF 100K: http://www.thrillofthetrail.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/TNF-100-2014-Overall-100k.pdf

Let me thank the Almighty Lord for giving me the strength to have this kind of ability at the age of 62. I may not be fast but with guidance and protection from Him, I was able to finish the race in healthy and safe conditions.

Let me thank also the Team Bald Runner for providing me the support in every key Aid Station along the route. They were instrumental in preparing what I needed every time I need resupply of my hydration and nutrition requirements.

I would also thank the younger runners for making them as my targets during the race. I am doubly happy when I see them resting in a place and then suddenly resuming their trek to the uphill climbs when they see me coming to their direction.

The Race Marshals, Medical Team, and Volunteers in the Aid Stations were very invaluable for the success of the race. I would like to thank them through this post/Race Report, although I know that I was the only runner who would usually say “Thank You…For Being Here” to them during the conduct of the race!

My appreciation goes also to my orthopedic doctor at the Philippine Army Medical Center in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig for seeing to it that a Retired General of the Philippine Army would be accorded free rehabilitation and physical therapy on his knees. He made sure that I would buy the prescribed VIARTRIL-S (Glucosamine Sulfate, 1,500 mg) Powder For Oral Solution which I took once I wake up in the morning for the past 3-4 months. It is a very expensive powder solution in a small sachet but with my Senior Citizen’s 20% discount, I was able to save some of my money.

I am not a “sponsored” athlete/ultra runner but it is worth mentioning the things that I’ve used during the race. Here is the list:

Trail Shoes—-La Sportiva Helios

Socks—-DRYMAX Trail Socks

Gaiters—-Dirty Girl Gaiters

Calf Sleeves—-COMPRESSPORTS ULTRA (Black)

Running Shorts—-PATAGONIA Trail Shorts

Anti-Chafing—-Body Glide

Belt Bag (For Cell Phone)—-NATHAN Belt Bag

Upper Shirt—-PAU Long-Sleeved Shirt By “A Simple White Shirt”

Nipple Protection—-Johnson & Johnson Band-Aid

Hydration Vest & Pack—-Ultimate Direction Anton Krupicka Signature Series (Small)

Hydration Bottles—-Simple Hydration Bottles

Watches—-GARMIN 310XT & TIMEX Expedition

Bandana—-BUFF

Head Bandana—-Mountain Hardwear

Running Cap—-The North Face Flite Series

Light Jacket—-UNIQLO Windbreaker with Hood

Body Oil—-Johnsons & Johnsons Baby Oil (Applied to exposed parts of the body before the start of the race to keep the body warm)

Gloves—-Specialized Cycling Gloves

Headlight—-Black Diamond’s Polar Headlamp

Flashlight—-FENIX Handheld Flashlight

NUTRITION/Hydration (Aside From Water):

12 pieces of GU Gels (regular) of 4 different flavors

Corn In A Cob (2 pieces)

Small Potatoes Boiled In Salted Water

Slices of Fried SPAM; Boiled Eggs; and Steamed Rice (Ampucao)

One Can of Century Tuna Paella

One Liter of RC Cola

One 12-oz bottle of Mountain Dew

Half-Bottle of Gatorade

Two Bottles of Coca-Cola (8-oz)

Chuckies & Bananas @ Aid Stations

Hot Noodles (2 cups)

Chinese Hopia (Sweet Bread)

Medicines/Drugs:

2 Capsules of Pharmaton (Multi-Vitamins & Minerals)

2 Capsules of Immodium (Anti-Diarrhea)

4 tablets of ALEVE (2 tablets every 12 hours as Pain Reliever to my Knees)

Advise; Suggestions; & Lessons Learned: 

1. Knowledge Of The Course—-It is not enough to know the technical description of the course. Seeing the elevation profile and the location of the Aid Stations/Checkpoints on the Course Map is not enough to have a full appreciation of the course. A runner must be able to recon the course if he/she wants to develop confidence to finish the course. Undoubtedly, this is the hardest TNF 100 course in Asia, harder than those TNF 50-Mile courses in the United States. Since I have a knowledge of the course during my recon runs and actual race last year, I was confident and ready on what to expect in every phase (in between Aid Stations) of the course.

2. Services of An Exemplar and Reputable Ultra Running Coach—-Get the services of a consistent Champion in all the Ultra Races that he joined in the past years (maybe for the past 10-15 years!) Some of his feats are still standing Course Records in 100-Mile Races. You might say that it is expensive to be paying such kind of ultra running coach but you will find out later that the investment is all worth it. Do not get a Coach who is an Average or Back of the Pack Ultra Runner, you are just wasting your time and money with him/her! “Get the BEST  TEACHER and YOU SHOULD DO THE REST”!

3. Specificity Of Training—-This is the “most abused” advise from Coaches, Podium Finishers, and Trail Running Friends. If the race course is in the mountains, go to the mountains for your training, period! There is where you test your gears and hydration/nutrition plan. This is where you test and evaluate your running skills, running form, tactics, and techniques. You have to concentrate more on what is best for you on your food intake during your long runs/hike in the mountains.

4. Follow A Structured Training Program—-Obviously, the Coach will ask you what particular event you are preparing for. Tell him your target and intermediate goals and he will give you a training program that is suited for your age and running history. Follow the program and be serious of attaining your goals. Don’t get the impression that the training program is good for a few weeks or one months before the race day. You can not “cram” or “fake” your training for a rigorous 100K ultra trail run even if you are a fast marathon runner. In the Philippines, TNF 100 Registration Period opens two months before Race Day. Do not start your training once you have registered if you have just shifted from road running to trail running. You can finish it but not with an impressive finish time.

5. Taper Properly—-Two weeks before the Race, I was already tapering my training mileage. One week before the race, I was getting more rest and sleep. I was also eating what I usually eat during my regular days of training leading to the Race Day. By tapering properly, my body was able to rest and recover from the stress that I put into it for the past months of going to the mountains. I was fully rested, recovered and relaxed when I toed the line at the Starting Area. And the rest is history!

Lastly, if you have plans of joining the next year’s edition of the TNF 100 Trail Run, you have to start your training NOW!

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Crossing The Finish Line

Crossing The Finish Line





Race Report: 2014 TNF 100K Trail Run (Part 2)

8 05 2014

@ AS #5/Bridal Veil Falls, Camp 1, Kennon Road

It took me 2 hours and 25 minutes to reach AS #5, a distance of 12 Kilometers from AS #4 in Barangay Alang. As soon as I reached the paved road of Kennon Road, I was approached by Race Marshals to get my Race Bib number and instructed me to drop by the Aid Station for drinks and food. As I passed by the Aid Station, I saw some of the runners who arrived earlier and those who passed me on the downhill route from Barangay Alang. They were eating, refilling their hydration systems, checking their Drop Bags, some were changing to drier apparel and shoes, and some had taken their bath/shower at the nearby public toilet/shower room beside the road.

Arriving At AS #5, Bridal Veil, Camp #1

Arriving At AS #5, Bridal Veil, Camp #1

I asked my support crew to provide me with ice cold-soaked towelette which I could put on my head and nape as I was affected with the intense heat of the sun. I could feel the fatigue on my body due to the heat. I wanted to bring down the heat of my body at a faster rate by drinking ice-cold water and by rubbing my legs and arms with the ice-cold soaked towelette. It took me some minutes to do this “ice cold towel” rubbing routine to my exposed body parts. As soon as I felt my body temperature had stabilized, I asked for some solid food. I was able to ingest the whole can of Century Tuna Paella, 4 pieces of Vienna Sausage, and One Cup of Hot Chicken Noodle. I was able to drink half liter of ice-cold RC Cola while ingesting these solid foods.  My plan to change my shoes and running apparel did not push through. I decided to continue the run without changing any of my running kit. While eating, I soaked my running cap, Buff Bandana, and my Mountain Hardwear Mini-Bandana in my ice chest so that when I am ready to use them again, they would give me some cold feeling to my body.

Exhausted Due To Heat But Still Strong & Determined To Finish

Exhausted Due To Heat But Still Strong & Determined To Finish

AS #5 To AS #6 ( Camp 1 To Barangay Tabaan)

After 30 minutes of rest/recovery at AS #5, I resumed my race and had my Mandatory Equipment Check-Up by the Race Marshals before leaving the Checkpoint at AS #5. Even with a “buffer” time of 3 hours before the prescribed cut-off time in the Checkpoint/AS #5, I knew that the next part of the course will be the hardest part of the route with the peak of Mt Santo Tomas as the next target. Last year, I had only 30 minutes as a “buffer” time when I crossed the Hanging Bridge of the Bridal Veil Falls and after hiking 2-3 kilometers, I declared myself as DNF. Since I did a lot of recon hikes on this part of the course, I was confident that I can retrace my way and recall the trails/roads up to the peak of Mt Santo Tomas. I estimated to reach the peak in 6 1/2 hours.

For this year, once I crossed the Hanging Bridge of the Bridal Veil Falls with much time as a “buffer”, I knew I would be able to cross the Finish Line with an impressive time. As soon as I reached the first creek/stream of the route, I saw a lot of runners resting and some had submerged their bodies to the cold water to cool off their warm bodies. I just stopped to dip my cap and my bandana and acknowledged the greetings of the runners whom I passed by. I continued my climb leaving the other runners behind. However, at some points, I would be overtaken by younger and stronger runners. I let them pass as I stepped aside from the trail.

Preparing To Cross The Hanging Bridge @ Bridal Veil Falls

Preparing To Cross The Hanging Bridge @ Bridal Veil Falls (Photo By Juvy Pagtalunan)

After climbing the first uphill/ascent of the route and reaching the wide Barangay Road that leads to Andolor, I met two old couple who were watching me and the other runners. After greeting them in the local dialect, the old lady made some hand signs and verbal response to me. I immediately understood the message that she wanted me to do. She was telling me in the local dialect and hand signal that I need to close my mouth while exerting more effort in scaling those uphill climbs, thus, making me effortless and stronger in climbing. I said, Wow! I immediately recalled what I read in Scott Jurek’s book! According to a Chinese saying as stated in the book, “the nose is for breathing while the mouth is for eating”!

From this point, the advise of the old lady stayed in my mind and strictly observed throughout the race! I would strictly breath through my nose and always conscious that my mouth was always clipped! I tried to jog on the downhill parts of the route but it was temporary as I would face one uphill climb to another one. I had to power walk these climbs with the proper form and technique. Through the blogs of elite ultra trail runners, I was able to apply in my training some of their techniques in power hikes on uphill climbs. The first one is to use your hamstrings and gluteus (buttock) muscles in power climbs instead of the knees and quadriceps muscles. I have to bend my body from the waist as I push my body forward and make sure to land my foot on a flatter strike on the ground. By doing this, the hamstrings and gluteus muscles are forced to go in action on power hikes in uphill climbs. The second technique is to be able to constantly count your steps while power hiking or running. I would count from 1 up to 90 counts as my left foot strikes the ground and when I reach 90, I start again the cycle with 1 and so on. By counting your steps, you will be conscious on your pace and running form. Third technique is to find out one of your favorite ultra trail elite’s personal video on You Tube. Watch his video and try to recall/remember this video while you are in the race. This technique will inspire you to mimic his/her running form and the cadence of his feet even if you have short strides. Try these techniques and I am sure you will enjoy more on mountain trail running! Through these techniques, you don’t see me using my hands to push my knees in steep uphill climbs or had seen me using any trekking poles! But remember to always close your mouth and maximize the use of your nose in breathing! You will be surprised the heavenly feeling of breathing the purest air on earth!

All of a sudden I reached AS #6 which is situated at the Barangay Hall of Tabaan. I saw a lot of the faster runners resting and eating in the said place. Some of the runners suggested me to pick-up some foods and drinks and try to even up with the registration fee that we had paid to join this race. I stopped to pick some ripe bananas and chocolate drinks and I left the AS immediately.

TNF Phil 100 Elevation Profile

TNF Phil 100 Elevation Profile

AS #6 To AS #7 (Barangay Hall of Tabaan To Mt Santo Tomas)

After a few kilometers from the Barangay Hall, a group of runners passed me while I was power hiking. I was amazed how these runners would walk with such speed. I was able to briefly talk to George Javier, a mountaineer and ultra mountain runner based in Los Banos, Laguna, and a lady runner Del Guidaben who is also a fast hiker/ultra trail runner! At an intersection with a Waiting Shed, I decided to have a brief rest to eat what I’ve taken from the previous Aid Station. While eating, I would be greeted by those runners who stopped at the previous Aid Station as they passed my resting place. After 5 minutes, I was back on the road and continue with the race. I would never see the backs/shadows of George, Del, and the rest of the runners who passed me at the Waiting Shed.

More uphill climbs with more uphill hiking until I reached the Church of Andolor where Race Marshals and Medical Aid Personnel were stationed. The marshals advised me and the runners who were behind me that we can have a refill of our water bottles and we can also get some ice cubes from their supply. They warned us that the next 9 kilometers will be the steepest uphill/ascent of the course without any Race Marshal. I knew that the next part of the course will be the hardest to tackle as I need to rest/stop in every 20 steps on the steep inclines. The cycle had to be repeated until it became darker in the forest. It was still 6:30 PM but due to the thick foliage and cloudy sky/impending thunderstorm to come, the trail was already dark! It was time to bring out my Black Diamond Polar Headlight. In a few minutes, it started to drizzle and I immediately unpacked my light UNIQLO Windbreaker Jacket which I used in Mt Pulag during the H1 100-Mile Run and zippered it to cover my upper body. At this point, I still have 5 Kilometers more to go before I could reach the next Aid Station.

TNF Phil 100 Route Map

TNF Phil 100 Route Map

At some point after I wrapped myself with my Jacket, it began to rain lightly but as I go higher to the peak, I have observed that the rain became stronger. The trail was already flooded with water due to the rains and I had no other choice but to let my shoes and socks to be wet. The decision not to change to another shoes was favorable to me as I knew that my shoes would be drained easily from the absorbed water because the uppers are very porous with the materials used. Due to the strong rains, I found out that the water had seeped through my jacket. I started to feel some coldness in my body and my fingers had started to become numb. I remember what my Coach had advised me if ever I would be exposed to colder temperature during a trail race—keep on moving faster through hiking and/or moving or swinging the upper arms AND feed the body with more FOOD for the body to ingest. More food means more energy, and more energy means warmer  body. I took in one GU Gel and ate a lot of those small potatoes (as big as those quail eggs) which I had it boiled with salted water before it was packed and followed by eating slices of Korean Pear. It was part of my food resupply at AS #5 from my support crew. It was still raining hard when I reached the place which I call “The Cable Drop” Point. Race Marshals were positioned on this point  with their Camping Tent. From this point, I have to follow a steep descending zigzag trail until it would flatten for awhile and then followed with another uphill climb before an intersection. Another Race Marshals  with tent were positioned in this place and I was told to turn left, meaning, go for another uphill climb again.

Due to steepness of the climb, my movement slowed down but my body was still warm. To anticipate the lowering of my energy due to my slow movement, I brought out my thin plastic poncho from my pack and had to wear it. It was still raining but I am confident that my warm body will not go down to a colder temperature with the poncho that I was using. Finally, I reached AS #7 near the peak of Mt Santo Tomas. One of the Race Marshals approached me and handed me a thin red plastic bracelet. I saw some of the runners at the tent eating some food and being attended to by the medical aide. When I saw that there are bottles of Mountain Dew, I got one plastic bottle of Mountain Dew and drank 1/4 of it. I was told that the distance to the next Aid Station is 3 Kilometers—1.5 kilometers as rough road and the other half as cemented road.

I reached this point at 10:15 PM and it took me almost 8 1/2 hours to climb Mt Santo Tomas! If not for the rains and colder temperature, I could have reached the peak with a faster time. At least, I was still enjoying a “buffer” time of 2 1/2 hours, reducing my previous “buffer” time at AS #5 by one hour.

AS #7 To AS #8 (Mt Santo Tomas To Mt Cabuyao)

It was all downhill from AS #7 but the road was rough with rocks although I can have a choice of where there are no protruding rocks along the wide road. I kept on power hiking on those downhill portions. I brought out my packed boiled corn in a cob for more more energy even if the rains had stopped already. While hiking, I had to eat the corn and ingesting them with the bottle of Mountain Dew. I was full of energy once I stepped on the concrete part of the road leading to Mt Cabuyao after I finished eating the corn. I would try to jog on the downhill portions and power hike on the uphill until I would see a completely submerged part of the road with water. I would go to the edge of the road and try not to dampen my shoes again. After slight rolling terrain along the paved road, I could see already the lights of tents near Cabuyao Peak. Once I reached the Aid Station, I was met by a lady Race Marshal who is a foreigner and she noted my Race Number. She advised me and the other runners reaching the place to get and eat some rice porridge. Instead of stopping by the Aid Station, I continued my walk to the trail that leads to the next Checkpoint/Aid Station.

I reached this point at 11:15 PM and had a “buffer” time of 2:15 hours before the cut-off time of 1:00 AM for this Aid Station/Checkpoint.

But there was some itchy feeling on my upper left leg and buttocks that I tried to scratch with my fingers. Lo and behold, I was being attacked by leeches. I believe that the leeches attacked my left leg on my way down from the peak of Mt Santo Tomas. I removed the leech from my left side buttocks, then another one on my upper left leg and then two leeches were trying to suck some blood from my left knee as they tried to cling to the upper edge of my calf sleeve. Four leeches attacked my left leg! After removing the leeches from my leg, I just continued my walk not minding if the blood was flowing out from my wounds.

AS #8 To AS #9 (Mt Cabuyao To Camp 6)

This is the steepest downhill part of the race course which consists of very narrow trail where one side is a steep ravine. In my recon runs in this part of the trail during the day, it was a fast one running and hiking along this course but with a muddy and slippery trail brought about by the rains on the early evening and trekking this part on a nighttime, it’s a different story. No one would dare to jump or run on those very technical and narrow trail of the route. One mistake or slip along this trail would result to flying to the deepest ravine of the mountain. I was very deliberate on my footing and every step on the steep declines which my movement very slow. I started to get a warm feeling to my body and I took some time to remove my thin plastic poncho and brought it back to my backpack. I could still feel that my windbreaker jacket is still damp and wet but my body was warm due to continues body movements.

As I slowly hiked down this trail, I immediately felt that my stomach was having some trouble and I could feel that I need to go to the bathroom. But I could still manage the situation as I continued my hike. As I approached a vegetable garden of cauliflower, I slipped on a muddy part of the trail and my buttocks “kissed” the ground. I tried to use my left arm to prevent my body from hitting the ground but it was not enough to counter the momentum of my body and I had to roll-over and landed on the vegetable garden. I immediately stood up and there was a pain on my left wrist. I thought my left wrist was broken! I slowly rotated my palm and tried to stretch/bend my wrist repeatedly. I was glad that there was no wound on my wrist and by massaging my wrist while walking, the pain just simply disappeared. I could see some blood flowing from my left knee but there was no pain on it and I concluded that the blood was coming from the bites of the leeches. I was glad that my slip was not done on those narrow trail where one side is a deep ravine!

After I’ve recovered from the slip, other runners would pass me along the trail and I would gladly step aside from the trail when I notice that there are sounds of steps behind me. I know that these runners would give notice or inform whoever were the runners resting on the next Aid Station that I was already near the Aid Station. Such information from these faster runners would also be relayed or monitored by my support crew waiting for me. More or less, my support crew would know that I am fine and still active/moving along the trail.

I continued my power hike but I’ve noticed that headlight’s illumination was becoming weaker. I had to move at a faster pace to reach the Aid Station where my support crew was waiting and where my stock of new batteries are located. As I moved faster down the trail, I forgot to take some GU Gel and my body became weaker, too. I had to stop, took a sit on a strip of lumber on the side of the trail and ate one piece of Hopia and drank a little of Mountain Dew. I felt nauseated when I swallowed the Hopia but I did not panic. I had to take a deep breath and observed my feelings. When the nausea feeling disappeared, I took one GU Gel and one Imodium capsule for my stomach pain before I continued with my hike. Slowly but surely, the sound of the river became louder and the sounds of the vehicles passing along Camp 6 in Kennon Road were becoming louder and nearer!

Replacement Of Batteries & Inserting Packed Foods In My Backpack

Replacement Of Batteries & Inserting Packed Foods In My Backpack (More Blood Stains On My Left Knee Due To Leech Bites) Photo By Stephanie Hefti

I reached Camp 6 at 1:30 AM and asked for my stash of running kit placed inside a “tupperware” box from my support crew. I immediately changed the batteries of my Headlight. I also requested for a hot noodles and coke. While eating, I tried to clean the leeches’ bites with wet wipes and declined suggestions from the Race Marshals that the bites should be treated by their Medical Aide. I also asked for my packed foods (sliced Korean Pear + boiled small potatoes) and have them inserted inside my backpack. As I ate and rested, more runners would arrive at the Aid Station. After about 15-20 minutes of stay in the Aid Station, I was ready for the last steep uphill climb of the race route.

Eating My Hot Noodles With The Picture Of A Leech Bite

Eating My Hot Noodles With The Picture Of A Leech Bite (Photo By Stephanie Hefti)

To Be Continued…





Race Report: 2014 TNF 100K Trail Run (Part 1)

7 05 2014

Last Year’s DNF 100

I reached halfway of the course at AS5 with 30 minutes to spare before the cut-off time of 14 hours. After eating and resting, I continued the run but after hiking for about 2 kilometers, I declared myself as DNF due to knee pains and fatigue. The race was over for me and I needed some rests and tried to assess my running capabilities as I was about to reach the age of 61.

After one month of rest/recovery and some lackluster training, I tried to join a 100-mile trail run just to test myself how far I would go. I registered to the said race five months before the race and made the TNF 100 as part of my training/preparation. I failed again in this race due to heat exhaustion/fatigue; dehydration; and poor nutrition plan. I reached the halfway point of the race barely within the intermediate cut-off time. I was allowed to pass the Checkpoint and continue with the race but instead, I simply hiked up to the next checkpoint and I was the last runner on the course until I was finally declared DNFd at the next Checkpoint.

After one week of rest/no running, I entertained the idea of getting the services of a Ultra Running Coach. And I got one. After some exchanges of notes and messages, I was ready to start my training for the next year’s TNF 100 as he gave me a training program to start with. It was in the middle of June 2013 when I started a structured training plan which was 100% done on the trails.

Training

The training was based from my age, number of years of running, and previous running-related injury/injuries. Monday is my Rest Day and the rest of the days of the week were on trail running with at least, 500 meters of elevation gain/loss in every 10K distance (6 miles). I started to have a mileage of 80+kilometers for a week. And as I got stronger on the trails, I would reach up to 110-120 kilometers per week on my peak training program where I would reach to higher elevations and mountain peaks. I was made also to do some strengthening exercises for the leg muscles and core muscles which I do once or twice a week. Speed work on the trails was also done at least, once a week. In my long runs, I had to test the best nutrition that my body would respond. I tested for purely water in my training. I tested also for powdered mix preparation which could be diluted with water. I would also test for solid foods ingested during training. But what was critical was to test the use of Power Gels/GU Gels and how they give you the much-needed energy during training. I would also test my trails shoes comparing them as to their weight once they are damped with my sweat or being wet from submerging myself in creeks and streams. I would also test my shirts and shorts as to which one are prone to chafing on any part of my body.

For the training and preparation for this year’s TNF 100K Trail Run, my post, “The Hay Is In The Barn” explains everything to it, to include proper tapering before the race. Aside from reducing the number of mileage within two weeks before the race, I also put more time to sleep and rest on the last week before the event. I was averaging 9-10 hours of sleep, at least, 3 days before Race Day.

Race Day

On the early  morning of Saturday after I had my shower (2 hours before gun start), I ate a full meal of rice, noodles with pork (pandit canton), vegetables, chicken, and hard-boiled egg; had my hot coffee; and took some amount of water. After the meal, I made sure I rubbed a lot of Body Glide to my body parts which I expected to have some chafing. I took my time fixing my attire/running kit from head to foot. I made sure that my shoe laces are tight but  making the ride as comfortable as it can be. I decided to wear my La Sportiva Helios which had been my DNF shoes in my last year’s races because it is the lightest and the most responsive shoes on technical trails. My Patagonia Shorts are battle-tested in the CM42 & CM50 trail races. My white long-sleeved PAU Shirt by A Simple White Shirt had been with me in my long runs in my playground. Aside from the Buff Bandana on my neck, I have also a sweat bandana by Mountain Hardwear wrapped on my forehead which was covered by my TNF Running Cap. After having tried the Compressport Calf Sleeves in my training, I opted to use the Ultra Model for the race and I never had any cramps or signs of having some pains in my calves. They were also useful as “sweat traps” to prevent my socks and shoes from being wet and protection for leech bites on the forested sections of the route.

La Sportiva "Helios" Trail Shoes

La Sportiva “Helios” Trail Shoes

One and a half hours before the race start, I was already at the Starting Line for the Mandatory Gear Check. I was carrying a tightly packed UNIQLO Light Windbreaker Jacket inside the backpack of my Ultimate Direction’s Anton Krupicka Signature Series Hydration Vest with two bottles of Simple Hydration and seven packs of GU Gels stacked on the different small pockets of the hydration vest. I had also a thin plastic poncho which is packed tightly inside my backpack. I was carrying a Fenix handheld flashlight on my hand and a Black Diamond headlamp on my head. I got the whistle from my Salomon XT S-LAB Hydration Pack and have it tied to my UD Hydration Vest. After the race check-in, I returned to my vehicle and mentally reviewed my race and nutrition strategy. The Race Strategy was to arrive at the Intermediate Checkpoints with at least 2 hours as “buffer” time before the prescribed cut-off time and to pass as many runners along the way since I will be starting from the back of the pack. The nutrition strategy was to ingest one GEL every hour, alternating one flavor to another out of the five (5) flavors that I included in my pack. Eat solid foods and carry some food on Aid Stations where my support crew would be waiting. As I did in my training, two bottles of water would be enough for my hydration needs for at least 20 kilometers with an option to drink some more if there are sources of water along the route where I could refill.

Thirty minutes before gun start, I had to pee and took my first GU Gel. Composed and relaxed, I joined the rest of the runners and positioned myself at the back of the pack with the rest of the “usual suspects” in ultra marathon in the country.

The "Usual Suspects" In The Country's Ultra Trail Running

The “Usual Suspects” In The Country’s Ultra Trail Running

At The Back With Ultra Friends

At The Back With Ultra Friends

Race Proper @ Camp John Hay To AS #3 (Ampucao)

At exactly 3:00 AM, the race started and I slowly moved forward to cross the START/FINISH arc by walking. Once I reached the paved road of Camp John Hay, I started to jog. My jog slowly became a run until I started passing some runners who would start hiking on some ascending parts of the first kilometer of the route. My run became faster on the descending roads and maintained my pace on those uphill ones. I remember last year that I was hiking on the first 2-3 kilometers of the route with a pair of trekking poles. But for this year, I was not using any trekking poles. In all my training runs for this year’s TNF, I never used my trekking poles. I tried to use them in H1 last February without any training and it gave me some problems with my pace. I just followed one of the “basics” in ultra, never use anything that you did not use during your training.

@The Back Of The Pack

@The Back Of The Pack

While running on the paved roads in front of Baguio Country Club and parts of South Drive, I have already passed a lot of runners and after hitting the trails of Camp John Hay, the group of runners in front and behind me had thinned out already. I had already my own space on the trail and I would have the freedom to dictate what pace I would be doing. The headlights in front of me would be my guide to determine how fast I would be running. I just took it easy to run the uphills and the downhills until we reached a populated area but we were still within the vicinity of Camp John Hay. Last year, I was overtaken by the lead runners of the 50K race which started one hour after our start time but for now, there was no way that the lead runners of the 50K would overtake me along the trails of the Camp. After one hour, I was already on the downhill approach towards the mining community of Itogon.

I was surprised to find out from my Garmin that my Average Speed was 7-8 kilometers per hour. At daybreak, after 2 1/2 hours after start time, I was already approaching AS #2 and I have run a distance of 20 kilometers at this point.  I did not stop at AS #2 and kept on running on the easy flat and ascending parts towards the mining companies in the area. After passing a Gate/Guard Outpost of a Mining Company, the route started to ascend and I tried to run slowly until I passed more runners who were hiking. As we left the Mining Company perimeter, it was the start of the first never-ending steep ascent towards Barangay Ampucao. More runners would step aside from the trail as I passed them. I had a refill of water for my bottles when one of the marshals told us that the flowing water coming out of the water pipe is potable and clean. After some uphill and downhill, I was already near the Ampucao Aid Station. I reached AS #3 (Ampucao) at 7:30 AM, 4:30 hours after Start and I was happy and surprised. I had 3 1/2 hours as “buffer” before the cut-off time and I was 2 hours faster than my last year’s arrival time in this place!

Sharing Happy Moments With The Younger & Faster Runners

Sharing Happy Moments With The Younger & Faster Runners @ Ampucao

AS #3 To AS #4 (Ampucao To Alang)

I immediately made a refill of water to my hydration bottles at the Aid Station and tried to glance what were the foods available. I saw some boiled bananas and boiled camotes and I did not attempt to pick up any of them. Instead, I approached my support crew and gave me hot noodle soup which I requested with two slices of fried Spam. I took my time to eat some solid foods after ingesting at least 3 GU Gels of different flavors for the past four hours in the race. After almost 30 minutes, I was done with my rest, eating, and hydrating myself with colder water. I was back on the road at 8:00 AM with a target time to reach Barangay Alang at 11:00 AM. Last year, I left Ampucao at 10:00 AM.

Ampucao to the “Mossy Forest” is mostly an uphill part of the course. The trail was too narrow and there are portions where there are too many rocks on the trail. I went up fast enough as I was confident with my training. I would slowly jogged on the flat portions and downhill sections of the course. Some trails are also enough for the cow’s feet to move within the place as this place is used as a ranch for cattles. This is also the part of the course with a breath-taking views of the Philex Mines, Baguio City, parts of Eastern Pangasinan and the San Manuel Hydro-Electric Dam, and the Mount Santo Tomas-Cabuyao mountain ranges, which is the other half of the race course! I did not have much time to stop and look around the views all around the place as I was focused to the very narrow and technical trail in front of me. I’ve been in this place for two times in my recon runs last year and it was enough to glance on spots where I would laugh and remember what my running friends had experienced in this place.

Before entering the “Mossy Forest”, I knew I had enough “buffer” time. It is a proof that my training is paying off and I was excited that my body was still strong. I had to overtake some more runners and sometimes allow the faster runners to pass me. And looking at the faces of those who would overtake, I am just happy that they look like they are half of my age! At this point, I was 2 hours ahead as compared with my time last year.

I purposely power hiked once I entered the “Mossy Forest” in order to take time for my body to rest after the uphill climb. I started to eat a sliced Korean Pear which I took from my support crew at the Ampucao Aid Station. The sliced Korean Pear was placed in a plastic bag and soaked in some ice. Eating such cold, juicy and sweet Korean pear was heaven in my mouth! Eating this fruit after ingesting one GU Gel is something that I would recommend as a good nutrition to ultra runners! I would jogged on the wider parts of the trail in the mossy forest which are mostly downhill. There are steep portions where one has to be extra careful on ones footing on the ground. There are also two portions where a runner has to rappel with a rope to go down from a higher to a lower ground. I could remember also that once there will be some uphill climb after the rappelling sections and pass by a “house with a water hose”, it is a sign that in a few minutes, I will be reaching AS #4 in Barangay Alang.

A lady race marshal was waiting at the “hut with a water hose” and she told me that the Aid Station with food and drinks is very near. I asked the Lady Marshal of my ranking and she told me that I was #91. It gave me a boost to slowly jog and try my best to reach the Aid Station within the targeted time—11:00 AM. After a few minutes, I was out of the forest and I could see the Aid Station with runners eating, drinking and refilling their hydration systems. The Medical Personnel asked me if I need some massage on my legs and I said, No, it would be enough that I would just sit and have a taste of the food prepared at the race. I was disappointed to eat a rotten ripe banana (lakatan). I think I had to get another one and peeled it with the same result. Instead, I took two small packs of Chocolate Drinks (Chuckie) and consumed the drinks! I made sure also to drink a lot of water in the Aid Station and made a refill to my bottles in order to anticipate the hot temperature as I go down to Kennon Road (AS #5). I still have some solid food in my pack which I would eat as soon as I would leave the place. In about 15 minutes, I was already back on the race and I was ready to face my “waterloo” in my last year’s race—the 12K downhill run from Barangay Alang to Bridal Veil, Camp #1, Kennon Road which is popularly known by the locals as “Ligay” (Wheel).

AS #4 To AS #5 (Alang To Bridal Veil Falls)

After jogging for about one kilometer, I brought out the food which was handed to me at the Ampucao Aid Station by my Support Crew—boiled sweet corn! I had to eat the corn from the cob as I walked on the slight uphill climbs of the course. It was too convenient for me to bite a part of the corn from the cob and then chew the corn in my mouth while running downhill. I practiced this kind of eating some corn from the cob while running during my training. It takes some time to chew the corn but with a small amount of water sipped into the mouth, the corn could be easily ingested. After a few minutes, I was able to eat one piece of corn on a cob and jogging downhill was just so easy for me.

At the middle of the 12K route, there is a convenience store where I would see some runners starting to leave the place once they see me approaching the place. I guess, they are making me as their “reference point” that they need to hurry up or else they will get passed by a Senior Citizen. I decided to buy two bottles of Coke (they were not cold) for my personal consumption in this convenience store. After a few seconds, I noticed a younger, tall and dark runner who ordered one bottle of coke and I said to the lady owner of the store that she would deduct the payment from the change of my money. The young runner was surprised to know that I paid for his drinks and he thanked me. I asked him if he is a local runner (Ilocano) or a runner from the South in Tagalog dialect. He told me that he came from Indonesia to join this event. We started a conversation until we left the store and started running. He was behind me for a few minutes and only to find out later that he completely disappeared  from my sight. I guess, I was really faster this time in downhill running as compared in my last year’s experience. I would meet some locals in the area and race marshals preparing for their food/lunch and telling me that the next Aid Station is very near. I would say “Thank You” to them but I usually look at the horizon and the nearby mountains and compare where I am for me to gauge and estimate my elevation. As I can see that I am lower than the ridges of the nearby mountains, I can conclude that I am really getting nearer to the next Aid Station which is the Bridal Veil Falls at Camp #1 in Kennon Road.

Classic "Happy Face Of A Strong Runner" Look Near AS #5

Classic “Happy Face Of A Strong Runner” Look Near AS #5

Some of the younger runners would overtake me but I maintained what I’ve trained for in downhill running which is appropriate and adjusted to my age and personal capabilities. I knew I was doing good in the race as compared to my past experience last year. I just needed some patience, focused concentration, and positive attitude for me to reach the halfway point without any problems, “issues” or injuries. I had to hydrate some more as the sun’s heat was already at its highest. As I glanced to my watch, I was surprised to see that it was 1:20 PM and I was almost one kilometer away to the Aid Station! I reached the Aid Station at 1:30 PM with 3 1/2 hours as “buffer” before the cut-off time. It is insane to think that I improved 3 hours faster time than in last year’s race!

To Be Continued….





1st Mt Natib 50K Trail Run (FKT)

25 04 2014

For the past nine (9) months, I have considered this trail route from Roosevelt National Park in Dinalupihan, Bataan up to the peak of Mt Natib as a personal obsession to explore an all-trail route as a part of my training playground. I can personally call this the Mt Natib’s North Trail Route.

After the PNOC made some testing and exploration up to the peak of Mt Natib in the ’80s in order to discover geothermal energy source in the Bataan Natural Park, the government left a dirt road and some gravel road from the Roman Highway in Orani, Bataan up to Barangay Tala and then further up to the base camp (Camp 06) before the final assault to the peak of Mt Natib. Through the years, the road from the highway to Barangay Tala was paved/cemented as part of the development in the area. What was left was a 7-kilometer trail/dirt road from the trailhead to the peak of Mt Natib. This is the traditional and well-known route for hikers and mountaineers who would like to camp and visit the peak of the said mountain. I personally call it the South Approach to Mt Natib.

I’ve used this traditional route for two times: first, when I went to peak bag Mt Natib with escorts from the Philippine Army; and second, when I brought some of my ultra running friends to conduct an “Operation Linis” to collect the trashes left by visitors and campers at the peak of the mountain and the trail that leads to it. It was a successful event wherein I tied up the effort with the Philippine Army operating in the area.

Fast forward. After two years since my last visit to the mountain, I’ve started to concentrate more of my running workouts/training in trail running. It was in July last year (2013) when I started trying to explore the possibility of coming up with a trail route coming from my first playground area from the North Approach going to the peak of Mt Natib. And it was only in November of last year that I was able to trace the trail that connects to the place called “Binutas”, considered as the Gateway To Natib.

The distance is measured, through my Garmin Watch, as 20.7 kilometers from the place I started my trek up to Binutas, from an elevation of 40 MASL to 900 MASL , with a Total Elevation Gain of 8,000 feet. From Binutas up to the peak of Mt Natib has a distance of 5 Kilometers with a Total Elevation Gain of 1,500 feet.

I would make the trail course from the trailhead up to “Binutas” as my long trek on weekends (at least, once a month) and named this course as my “Playground Bravo”. With a “pit stop” in my friend’s place, Weeler Orogo, on my way up to “Binutas” and then going down to where I’ve started, I would register 11-12 hours workout in the mountain. I would bring my lunch and some bite foods in my pack and would have our resupply of water at Weeler’s place and at Barangay Mabiga.

I came up with an Event Page on Facebook about a trail running event which I dubbed as the “Playground BRAVO” 50K Trail Run (1st Mt Natib 50K Trail Run) but I made sure that only those who are well-seasoned trail runners are accepted to join the event. The final requirement to join this race was my personal knowledge on the capability of the participant. I really did not care if I had ONLY ONE participant for the event. What was important was the fact that a proof that this trail route is doable and find out whatever feedback (positive or negative) I could gather from the participants.

My Ever Loyal "Usual Suspects" In My Races

My Ever Loyal “Usual Suspects” In My Races

Four runners registered for the event with a registration fee of P 900.00 for each runner. I came up with three (3) water resupply points, to include an Aid Station at “Binutas” where Jollibee packed lunch was available to the runners with Soda, Gatorade, Ice Candies (Joy-Joy), Ensaymada, Hard Boiled Eggs, and Rice Cake.

Aid Station (Vehicle) @ "Binutas"

Aid Station (Vehicle) @ “Binutas”

After serving the participants with coffee and full breakfast, the race started at exactly 5:30 AM with four (4) participants, 3 males and 1 female.

To ensure safety and confidence to the runners, I provided a “pacer/guide” for the leading runner/s and a “safety marshal” for the last runner. I also gave specific instructions to the runners to be extra careful and deliberate in their footing and trekking on the final assault and descent to and from the peak of Mt Natib as there will be “rappelling” portions to be done on the rocks towards the peak.

As the race progressed through the day, the first 3 runners with the “guide/pacer” arrived at the “Binutas” area in 6:00 hours, to include a 40-minute “pit stop” at Weeler Orogo’s place as the group waited for the last runner. The last runner with the safety marshal arrived after two hours and I advised the runner not to proceed to the peak anymore. For the safety of the runner, I declared the runner as DNF.

Three Runners With Guide Arriving @ "Binutas"

Three Runners With Guide Arriving @ “Binutas”

After nine (9) hours, the three (3) runners with their guide arrived at “Binutas” after coming from the peak of Mt Natib. They were still strong and determined to finish the race. Their last 20 kilometers were all downhill with about 3-4 kilometers of uphill and I would expect them to be arriving at the Finish Area at nighttime!

The following is the Official Result of the 1st Mt Natib 50K Trail Run:

RANK       RACE BIB #               NAME                                             TIME (Hours)

1                      160             Ronnel Go (Champion)                              13:44:45

2                        1                Graciano Santos (1st Runner-Up)        13:45:23

3                        8                Jon Borbon (2nd Runner-Up)               13:52:50

Aside from the “forest” section of the course which is 2-3 kilometers before reaching “Binutas” where the participants encountered sharp blade of grasses, thick vegetation along the trail and thorny vines and plants on each side of the trail, the trail could be runnable or could be negotiated with faster hiking speed.

The finishers told me that they hiked the whole course except for the downhill portions on their way back to the finish line. They were fully satisfied that they have finished a very challenging trail course. One of the runners had also strongly suggested that I could submit the course as a UTMB qualifier. However, unanimously, all the tree runners would like to return to do another race event on the same course for them to improve their finish times. But they suggested that trail course is not really for “first-timer” trail runners.

Included in their post-race dinner/buffet is a Finisher’s T-Shirt and Podium Trophy for each of the Finishers.

Personally, I consider the trail event as a success even with only 4 starters with 3 as finishers. I was able to prove that with a seasoned trail runner, the North Trail to the peak of Mt Natib is doable and runnable. I would be happy if I will have at least ten (10) runners for the next edition of this event.

Officially, this is the First Edition of the Mt Natib 50K Trail Run! Congratulations to all the Finishers!

Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/baldrunner/media_set?set=a.10203065381649124.1073741930.1043179758&type=3





Result: 2nd Playground “Alpha” 50K Trail Run

21 04 2014

2nd Playground ALPHA 50K Trail Ultra Run (“Two Antenna” Loop Course 50K Trail Run)

Pastolan, Hermosa, Bataan

5:00 AM March 30, 2014

Number Of Starters: 10

RANK RACE BIB # NAME TIME (HRS)
1 15 Jon Borbon (Champion) 10:37:23
2 9 Ed Yonzon (1st Runner-Up) 10:42:35
3 20 Dhannie Tan (2nd Runner-Up) 11:18:23
4 26 Brian Tan Seng 11:20:59
5 24 Bong Anastacio 11:32:14
6 17 Luzel Tibo-oc (Champion, Female) 14:14:41
7 19 Mark Anthony Tibo-oc 14:14:43

Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/baldrunner/media_set?set=a.10202951564603769.1073741919.1043179758&type=3

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

2nd Playground Alpha 50K Trail Run Champion: Jon Borbon

2nd Playground Alpha 50K Trail Run Champion: Jon Borbon





Official Result: 2014/4th MAYON 360-Degree 80K Ultra Marathon Race

7 04 2014

4th/2014 MAYON 360-Degree 80K Ultra Marathon Race: A Run Around The Most Perfect Coned Mt Mayon Volcano In The World

4:00 AM to 8:00 PM April 5, 2014

Legazpi City (Albay)

MAYON 360 Official Poster

MAYON 360 Official Poster

RANK RACE BIB # NAME TIME (HRS)
1 48 Mario Maglinao (Overall Champion, Course Record) 6:01:09
2 267 Martin Balaybo (1st Runner-Up, Overall) 6:12:55
3 328 Eugene “Bong” Postrado (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) 6:18:59
4 418 Marino Lagyap 6:32:59
5 155 Mariano Basagro 6:39:57
6 126 John Nino Monte 6:42:50
7 424 Salvador Nachor 7:26:08
8 271 Joland Olmilla 7:31:55
9 377 Juny Rex Carreon 7:33:26
10 193 Jieter Bada 7:34:48
11 379 Christopher Sirvino 7:40:35
12 90 Danilo Sanchez 7:48:58
13 375 Albert Omboga 7:51:28
14 432 Jesse Ano 7:53:45
15 112 Victor Ayohan 8:12:19
16 340 Ronald Aguilar 8:12:20
17 28 Ariel Dolot 8:12:55
18 333 Christian Velson Ticson 8:14:50
19 413 Mario Tahiyam 8:28:10
20 111 Troy Abadeza 8:28:24
21 384 Janette Agura (Overall Champion, Female) 8:28:57
22 250 Rafael Maestro 8:31:51
23 382 Melanie Malihan (1st Runner-Up, Female) 8:33:03
24 83 Danilo Balandra 8:33:17
25 309 Chris Verdejo 8:33:51
26 86 Ismael Dealca 8:34:45
27 341 Bonificao Balleras 8:48:07
28 430 Alfred Delos Reyes 8:49:14
29 280 Bob Castilla 8:49:15
30 392 Menlinda Manahan Delos Reyes (2nd Runner-Up, F) 8:51:19
31 74 Wilmor Plopinio 8:58:51
32 355 Froilan Enriquez 9:08:25
33 154 Thomas Combisen 9:14:13
34 6 Arlon Almasco 9:15:22
35 221 Ruben Pascual 9:32:51
36 435 Zaldy Loreno 9:34:02
37 270 Rhodora Oporto (F) 9:35:29
38 426 Lao Ogerio 9:37:45
39 304 Raymund Moyano 9:37:46
40 152 Reynaldo Oros 9:37:47
41 232 Jerome Bahoy 9:37:48
42 132 Matthew David 9:38:58
43 383 Orlando Payumo (SC) 9:38:59
44 140 Rachael Sparks (F) 9:39:00
45 263 Emmanuel Nocos 9:41:29
46 261 Emerson Gonzales 9:41:30
47 329 Allan Joseph Abenes 9:43:41
48 106 Noe Maravilla 9:44:48
49 249 Saturnino Camangonan 9:46:50
50 332 Edison Ticzon 9:47:52
51 34 Joel Simsiman 9:48:48
52 427 Nina Ferando (F) 9:51:17
53 134 Kenneth Manibo 9:53:07
54 256 Julius Earl Badelles 9:59:47
55 24 Pedrito Magtajas 9:59:52
56 226 Ian Wellington Jocom 10:01:13
57 388 Rosie Cantona (F) 10:01:19
58 107 Schole Mark Abion 10:06:46
59 59 Wendell Kwan 10:10:52
60 57 Alex Allanza 10:11:04
61 89 Nelson Villamayor 10:12:37
62 103 Mayron Manuez Nuyles 10:14:28
63 283 Gil Lustares 10:15:16
64 411 Tess Leono (F) 10:16:10
65 234 Kristian Meriller 10:17:47
66 318 Bobby Go 10:18:41
67 344 Carlo Gonzales 10:19:19
68 251 Vicente Topacio (SC) 10:20:51
69 105 Sandy Gonzales 10:20:53
70 121 Aris Gacula 10:26:39
71 347 Roberto Villamor 10:29:51
72 143 Riezel Cabanig 10:30:12
73 36 Mark Alan Pena 10:30:45
74 302 Jaylord Ballao 10:32:29
75 183 Junel Esperanza 10:32:36
76 255 Christopher Llobrera 10:33:01
77 191 Heinrich Perez 10:33:05
78 37 Randy Cantoria 10:33:07
79 269 Dante Adorador 10:34:07
80 247 Allan Galla Bandiola 10:34:14
81 385 Peris Poywo (F) 10:35:03
82 230 Norman Ariate 10:37:37
83 51 Henry Castillo 10:39:48
84 237 Argie Cabrera 10:42:19
85 58 Ernesto Venancio Badong 10:45:18
86 2 Rouen Bosquillos 10:47:01
87 189 Joffrey Ano 10:48:31
88 135 Jasper Ryan Olivete 10:52;19
89 360 Sante Mendoza 10:55:30
90 95 Christian Ochiava 10:55:43
91 16 Melchor Flores 10:55:59
92 342 Ever Escobido 10:56:59
93 264 Francis Florece 11:00:01
94 321 Judy Villaroman Aguilar (F) 11:00:08
95 277 Francis Arroyo 11:00:37
96 172 Dindo Diaz 11:01:35
97 207 Vince Leonardo Datiles 11:01:48
98 194 Marck Arcky Imperial 11:01:57
99 326 Anselmo De Leon Cruz 11:02:29
100 22 Glen Calixtro 11:03:20
101 350 Gia Estrella (F) 11:04:14
102 368 Karlgene Piga 11:04:59
103 235 Renz Sabinorio 11:07:13
104 30 Joji Salvador 11:08:54
105 180 Aldrin Aguallo 11:10:49
106 84 Chin Eng Alex Teo 11:11:14
107 94 Manuel Ojeda II 11:14:21
108 259 Erick Alzaga 11:16:59
109 274 Edgar Miras 11:18:37
110 169 Ronald Julian Torregrosa 11:19:08
111 396 Rosaldo Gijapon 11:19:41
112 7 Jolito Ramirez 11:23:28
113 119 Abner Corpuz 11:24:44
114 314 David Mendoza 11:24:51
115 165 Allan Ordaniel 11:25:06
116 365 Ely Casulla 11:27:00
117 104 Michael Guades 11:27:29
118 356 Noel Ko 11:28:23
119 242 Tommy Tan (SC) 11:28:47
120 301 Edgar Moron 11:29:31
121 300 Benjie Moron 11:29:32
122 290 Armando Fabella Jr 11:30:06
123 138 Sherwin Ivan Jaboli 11:31:37
124 219 Jovito Yanga 11:31:43
125 273 Oliver Cuevas 11:32:53
126 116 Jeric-Augusto Redillas 11:34:46
127 395 Rogelio Paz 11:35:16
128 268 Louie Chavez 11:36:30
129 11 Refrancis Randa 11:36:37
130 253 Jerry Yutuc 11:37:06
131 414 German Acido 11:37:35
132 324 Bryan Llorca 11:40:01
133 303 Eddie Albos 11:40:39
134 35 Joefren Perez 11:41:03
135 327 Philip Aguilar 11:41:28
136 209 Jerry Peralta 11:44:14
137 56 Ronila Tan (F) 11:44:42
138 14 Rosauro Dizon 11:45:25
139 306 Mart Rabelos Jr 11:46:44
140 174 Dennis Chavez 11:47:29
141 75 Wilmor Plopinio 11:48:17
142 223 Rone Milan 11:48:44
143 167 Julius Ceasar Lim 11:49:19
144 307 Adrian Lim 11:49:24
145 150 Patrick James Ayo 11:50:40
146 114 Rizaldy Relativo 11:51:34 (DQ)
147 23 Edsel Cantillana 11:52:19
148 428 Dominic Agot 11:55:23
149 203 Joselito Jimenez 11:55:51
150 149 Francis Adrian Panilla 11:56:31
151 39 Joseph Pili 11:57:02
152 359 Ana Liza Garcia-Peciller (F) 12:01:08
153 46 Pedrito Ampongan Jr 12:01:49
154 343 Richard Abocado 12:02:04
155 115 Jed Jason Chiu 12:03:06
156 317 Jomari Gatia 12:03:54
157 349 Zaldy Santillan 12:05:18
158 363 Allan Macaraig 12:05:30
159 245 William Hu 12:06:51
160 320 Reza Merana Tordilla (F) 12:07:07
161 437 Jay Lamela 12:07:23
162 434 Bryan Manicad 12:07:25
163 151 Yniguez Yoel Uy 12:07:38
164 407 Peter Perez 12:07:59
165 346 Jessel Basanta 12:09:23
166 257 Louie Michael Martinez 12:09:24
167 156 Kevin Moral 12:10:52
168 369 Cheryll Bihag (F) 12:11:31
169 238 Ken Martin Clemente 12:12:46
170 272 Joel Rodriguez 12:13:04
171 98 Prospero Ibardaloza 12:13:42
172 162 Jake Villareal 12:14:27
173 262 Cornelio Roquid 12:14:31
174 225 Rolly Peruelo 12:14:44
175 406 Gerry Lita 12:15:11
176 173 Merbert Cabral 12:17:45
177 394 Edgardo Caubang (SC) 12:17:46
178 15 Ruben Beran 12:17:47
179 137 Miguel Beduya 12:20:12
180 370 Maricar Gapuz (F) 12:20:26
181 362 Russel Hernandez 12:20:35
182 185 Dionisio Potonia (SC) 12:22:04
183 248 Pete Peralta 12:24:42
184 40 Josh Evasco 12:26:01
185 419 Soriano Vergara 12:27:12
186 52 Teodorico Tan 12:27:42
187 12 Romil Reyes 12:28:05
188 229 Ranil Valenciano 12:28:38
189 214 Simeon Moral 12:31:47
190 220 Maoro Alzate 12:32:11
191 429 Loradel Hanopol (F) 12:33:04
192 139 Noel Rabe 12:36:01
193 199 Rona Saludes (F) 12:36:55
194 200 Hermie Saludes 12:37:02
195 358 Gan Molero 12:37:19
196 218 Cesar Pillarda 12:37:20
197 70 Roden Rosin 12:37:46
198 196 Leo Ano 12:38:43
199 141 Clint Marvin Abit 12:40:42
200 289 Julie Ann Luchana (F) 12:41:00
201 348 Nelson Val Caro Jr 12:41:48
202 278 Vicente Wanasen 12:43:58
203 389 Perfecto Balantes 12:44:31
204 291 Alvin Aguado Barbosa 12:45:07
205 319 Cris Liwanagan 12:46:26
206 337 Albert Martin Bartolazo 12:47:02
207 325 Kathleen Pinero Fresnido (F) 12:49:42
208 49 Jan Vincent Castillo 12:50:02
209 231 Ariel Gullem 12:51:37
210 147 Aurelio Consolacion Jr 12:58:22
211 380 Anthony Melchor Catolico 12:58:59
212 93 Evan Asbert Clutario 12:59:03
213 260 Henry Llorente 12:59:18
214 179 Raymundo Mabini 13:00:43
215 439 Jun Cunanan 13:01:10
216 117 Dominador Masagca 13:03:20
217 296 Alvin Cesar 13:03:21
218 188 Lucille Coz (F) 13:03:54
219 203 Joselito Jimenez 13:05:09
220 146 Anthony Abejero 13:05:37
221 222 JasperJhebs Balbuena 13:06:03
222 186 Hydee Sulamin (F) 13:06:37
223 285 Mario Alcantara 13:06:39
224 236 Joven Dela Cruz 13:06:53
225 215 Archimedes Musni II 13:14:16
226 19 Lorenzo Jayson Manansala 13:15:08
227 412 Jelmore Bitare 13:15:13
228 73 Jeffrey Furigay 13:16:23
229 282 Kristian Apilado 13:16:24
230 311 Gener Exconde 13:19:30
231 345 Danilo Lim (SC) 13:19:38
232 44 Antonio Oro Jr 13:20:52
233 233 Glendel Terania 13:22:01
234 54 Ma. Julieta Rael 13:22:13
235 9 Arnel Palor 13:23:01
236 91 Vernon Amaranto 13:23:56
237 113 Rolando Oba Jr 13:24:01
238 361 Emma Gabriel (F) 13:24:06
239 351 Godfrey Palpal-latoc 13:24:10
240 357 Weng Dagdag 13:24:13
241 297 Noel Pitapit 13:24:21
242 123 Gerard Andrew Bantug 13:24:31
243 241 Paul Padayao 13:25:01
244 125 Christopher Ang 13:27:24
245 305 Samson Raganit Jr 13:33:58
246 204 Jilson Batistil 13:34:00
247 354 Yolly Barja (F) 13:34:04
248 423 Rodolfo Mapagdalita 13:34:10
249 182 John Mark Sevilla 13:34:55
250 239 Alvin Mercado 13:35:08
251 366 Kevin Dela Torre 13:35:24
252 66 Christian Rabe 13:36:04
253 281 Starkey Apilado 13:36:24
254 108 Jude Thaddeus Singson 13:37:57
255 244 Judith Abadilla (F) 13:38:26
256 243 Honesto Belleza 13:39:56
257 293 Arvin Peco Paz 13:40:10
258 161 Rudolph Ruiz 13:40:31
259 99 Francisco Uy 13:40:36
260 322 Liza Bonifacio Paule (F) 13:40:46
261 381 Lloyd Almario 13:43:04
262 78 Joseph Guiang 13:43:23
263 5 Dindo Almoquera 13:43:30
264 401 Marietta Sta. Ana (F) 13:45:41
265 175 Raniel Baracael 13:46:35
266 353 Luzel Ma. Franco Tibo-oc (F) 13:47:07
267 352 Mark Anthony Tibo-oc 13:47:08
268 168 Joseph Balbino 13:48:04
269 216 Rodolfo Biscocho 13:48:08
270 148 Ricardo Lozano III 13:48:30
271 118 Jose Asis 13:49:32
272 378 Ronald Dedace 13:49:32
273 13 Doods Abuel 13:49:41
274 20 Janice Mauricio (F) 13:49:55
275 266 Patrick Geneblaza 13:49:58
276 312 Jose Marie Guevara 13:50:00
277 21 Elmeray Kabigting 13:50:06
278 178 Gunther Benito 13:50:46
279 184 Peri Pevida 13:51:01
280 127 Teddy Boral (SC) 13:51:07
281 29 Jez Ramos 13:51:11
282 181 Jerard Asperin 13:51:14
283 81 Celso Virtucio 13:51:33
284 88 Enrico Cellano 13:53:33
285 38 Richard Mendina 13:54:28
286 367 Jun Que 13:54:52
287 390 Christopher Bataller 13:54:56
288 1 Arwin Rodolfo 13:56:46
289 100 Roberto Tuason 13:57:10
290 313 Leo Paalan 13:59:18
291 403 Orlando Ylaya 13:59:21
292 53 Joselito Salubayba 14:00:08
293 398 Ralph Singzon 14:00:10
294 417 Anthony Oscar Llaguno 14:01:29
295 420 Leo Tugade 14:02:27
296 10 Wilson De Andres 14:02:52
297 27 Edmundo Tam II 14:02:57
298 43 Samuel Pacayra 14:04:03
299 17 Joseph Ronquillo 14:03:06
300 170 Eduardo Bolofer 14:05:30
301 82 Dennis Llagas 14:05:46
302 177 Majean Benito (F) 14:08:17
303 136 Benj Tuble 14:08:36
304 334 John Rey Chua 14:09:01
305 425 Ramon Flores 14:10:11
306 87 Arianne Ortega (F) 14:10:15
307 153 Noriel De Guzman 14:12:26
308 159 Gerardine Kun (F) 14:13:08
309 364 Edgar Vocal 14:14:01
310 331 Kristel Anne Villanueva (F) 14:14:06
311 436 Ronald James Sison 14:14:09
312 330 Jeff Kristoffer Lualhati 14:14:11
313 422 Rizaldy Ricamonte 14:15:02
314 421 Mildred Tugade (F) 14:16:00
315 110 Luis Ricario 14:16:26
316 69 Jonathan Lapuz 14:16:40
317 208 Elsie Ojeda (F) 14:16:49
318 284 Edwin Parino 14:16:52
319 120 Oliver Abuyen 14:16:57
320 97 Michael Torres 14:19:14
321 50 Eusebio Cabidog 14:20:33
322 52 Teodorico Tan 14:22:30
323 292 Joselito Dela Cruz 14:28:33
324 42 Gilbert Balid 14:29:00
325 399 Vicente Zapanta Jr 14:31:07
326 409 Lester Evangelista 14:31:28
327 41 Marlon Santos 14:32:16
328 171 Anthony Evan Cruz 14:32:21
329 410 Januarius Padilla 14:32:23
330 205 Enrique Trinidad 14:32:28
331 133 Carl John Austria 14:33:20
332 315 Carlos Pitapit 14:33:47
333 240 Jun Musa 14:33:53
334 25 Daisy Icaro Parish (F) 14:34:06
335 228 Gay Redillas (F) 14:36:04
336 405 Edrick Nicdao 14:36:05
337 55 Marilyn Salubyba (F) 14:36:58
338 294 Ruel Flores 14:38:57
339 198 Cecilia Pardo (F) 14:39:16
340 433 Joey Renacara 14:44:02
341 102 Rony Jalova 14:47:36
342 67 Rommel Galicia 14:50:45
343 96 Joel Javier 14:50:51
344 265 Rumel Banares 14:51:06
345 275 Ma. Christina Aldaya (F) 14:53:32
346 279 Bernardino Gongon 14:53:38
347 211 Marjohn Presbitero 14:53:40
348 92 Hernita Lubay (F) 14:53:59
349 85 Maureen Gines (F) 14:55:15
350 47 Vicente De Lima 14:55:16
351 61 Andrew Competente 14:56:10
352 142 Jacob Maganduga 14:56:11
353 77 Robin Soriano 14:58:20
354 287 Kathleen Ann Christina Udaundo (F) 14:59:23
355 431 Noel Guevarra 15:00:56
356 335 Thea Bartolome (F) 15:04:57
357 440 Emma Libunao (F) 15:07:17
358 336 Jeffry Capule 15:09:26
359 308 Christian Palacio 15:09:34
360 62 Hector Uy 15:16:26
361 76 Ener Calbang 15:22:27
362 72 Edwina Purcincula (F) 15:23:44
363 71 Marissa Chua (F) 15:24:30
364 164 Emilio Corral 15:25:32
365 201 Jayson De Ocampo 15:27:51
366 310 Allan Andrew Gacayan 15:28:11
367 438 Gilbert Baleta 15:28:21
368 176 Rexie Vaflor (F) 15:28:26
369 408 Nestor Ramirez 15:28:40
370 206 Cyrus Barrameda 15:29:58
371 65 Lex Christian Yumol 15:30:45
372 163 Alloyd Van Wenceslao 15:33:33
373 145 Herbert Avila 15:33:45
374 80 Ma. Elizabeth Maranon (F) 15:34:26
375 79 Jose Restie Maranon 15:34:26
376 402 John Philip Perez 15:35:26
377 213 Marcelino Abaya 15:35:49
378 258 Katrina Denesse Lopez (F) 15:38:09
379 124 Mark Chico 15:38:20
380 26 Mark Dennis Menguita 15:38:30
381 254 Jo Andro Florentino 15:38:33
382 64 Francis Chua 15:38:35
383 298 Roman Juacian 15:38:58
384 299 Orville Oloya 15:39:00
385 128 Sherwin Botabara 15:41:13
386 129 Elaine Botabara (F) 15:41:13
387 131 Teddy Botabara 15:41:13
388 130 Tommy Botabara 15:41:13
389 63 Errol Flynn Regaya 15:42:22
390 158 Armand Paolo Belen 15:42:39
391 68 Melchor Nicolas 15:43:01
392 101 Mark Anthony Belaniso 15:46:18
393 45 Rolando Ramirez 15:49:40
394 32 Eugenio Saluta 15:52:51
395 210 Enrique Sundiang 15:54:41
396 33 Donald Ausa 15:55:04

Starting Area

Starting Area

2014 MAYON 360 @ Penaranda Park, Legazpi City

2014 MAYON 360 @ Penaranda Park, Legazpi City

Overall Champion & Course Record Holder MARIO MAGLINAO

Overall Champion & Course Record Holder MARIO MAGLINAO

Top 3 Podium Finishers

Top 3 Podium Finishers

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

(Note: SC = Senior Citizen)





Result: 1st Playground “Alpha” 50K Trail Ultra

18 03 2014

***By Invitation Only

5:30 AM March 16, 2014

Pastolan Trails, Dinalupihan, Bataan

Number of Starters: 21

Number of Finishers: 17

@ The Start/Finish Area

@ The Start/Finish Area

 

RANK BIB # NAME TIME (HRS)
1 2 Wilnar Iglesia (Champion) 6:50:32
2 6 Raffy Gabotero (1st Runner-Up) 7:22:06
3 7 Bong Alindada (2nd Runner-Up) 7:57:10
4 1 Graciano Santos 9:23:42
5 14 Daphne Codilla (Champion, Female) 9:44:00
6 8 Jay Lamela 9:55:46
7 4 Venn Lamela 9:55:47
8 160 Ronnel Go 9:59:32
9 32 Marc Conrad Molina 10:00:11
10 311 Manny Ocampo 10:20:39
11 22 Michael Lafuente 10:33:01
12 10 Ryan Garcia 11:08:49
13 11 Roy Garcia 11:08:50
14 5 Lady Dianne Palongan (1st Runner-Up, F) 11:10:11
15 50 Januarius Padilla 12:40:10
16 30 Jonathan Moleta 13:17:26
17 42 Jon Ogsimer 14:21:44
Champion Wilnar Iglesia

Champion Wilnar Iglesia

Runners @ The Turn-Around Point (Km #25)

Runners @ The Turn-Around Point (Km #25)

Pictures:  https://www.facebook.com/baldrunner/media_set?set=a.10202845708757439.1073741898.1043179758&type=1

Congratulations To Everybody!








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