2016 BDM 102K Video @ Starting Line

3 02 2016

This video was taken at the Start of the 2016/8th Edition of the Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 102) in Mariveles, Bataan.

Thank you, Mark Anthony “Rocketbong” Alindada, a BDM 102 & 160 Finisher, for capturing this significant part of this event





Official Result: 2016/8th Edition Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race

1 02 2016

8th Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 102)

10:00 PM January 30, 2016 To 4:00 PM January 31, 2016

From Bataan Death March Shrine, Km #00, Mariveles, Bataan To The Old Railway Station, San Fernando, Pampanga

Cut-Off Time: 18 Hours

Number Of Starters: 204 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 170 Runners 

Percentage Of Finish: 83.33%

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RANK      BIB #                    NAME                                          TIME (Hrs)

  1.         74     Jijie Famador (Champion, Overall/Male ——10:54:57
  2.       222     Silamie Apolistar (Champion, Female) ——-11:24:54
  3.          71     Thomas Combisen (1st Runner-Up, Male) —- 11:52:43
  4.          65    Olive Firmeza (1st Runner-Up, Female) —— 12:02:51
  5.          95    Lawrence Aninag (2nd Runner-Up, Male) —- 12:21:45
  6.          50     Dylan Marshall (#4, Male) —————- 12:30:37
  7.         103    Jomel Lastimosa (#5, Male) ————— 12:45:28
  8.         125    Ronnel Valero (#6, Male) —————– 12:45:41
  9.         217    Jairuz Agang-ang (#7, Male) ————– 12:48:11
  10.         208   Archie Asentista (#8, Male) ————— 12:54:59
  11.          90    Jeremias Martines (#9, Male) ————–12:57:30
  12.         184    Anthony Calixterio III (#10, Male) ———-13:19:12
  13.         118    Gilson Valeza ————————– 13:24:21
  14.         711     Jay Pagcu —————————– 13:28:06
  15.         192    Fernando Talosig ———————– 13:32:35
  16.          27     Elmar Bob Tolete ———————– 13:41:20
  17.         150    Joseph Dela Goza ———————– 13:43:42
  18.         215    Amiel Casanova ———————— 13:44:58
  19.          45    Bimbo Munap ——————- —— 13:50:52
  20.         153    Edzel Drilo —————————- 14:02:40
  21.         268   Rogelio Vicente Reyes ————– —– 14:03:35
  22.          72     Siegfried Amanca —————— —- 14:11:39
  23.          22     Beda Abugan Jr ———————— 14:16:19
  24.         124    Charles Darwin Villanueva —————- 14:17:26
  25.         151     Jess Edmar Gurrea ———————- 14:22:19
  26.         165    Ildebrando Yap ————————- 14:23:00
  27.          37    Felix Rumbaoa III ———————– 14:23:33
  28.        109    Maui Toraja —————————- 14:23:40
  29.        143     Roselle Duldulao (2nd Runner-Up, Female) — 14:24:31
  30.        203    Richard Gano —————————14:26:44
  31.         93     Glenn Rosales ————————– 14:37:26
  32.        228    Ludovico Lidrilla Jr ———————- 14:37:35
  33.         81      Benedict Ngo ————————– 14:42:09
  34.        111      Simon Pavel Miranda ——————– 14:42:35
  35.         73      Remedios Barcelo (#4, Female) ———— 14:43:37
  36.         32      Rod Losabia ————————— 14:44:42
  37.         17       Armando Aguila Olan ————— —- 14:45:12
  38.         79      Roselle Abajo (#5, Female) ———— — 14:46:24
  39.        210      Frederick Tipon ———————— 14:47:02
  40.        298     Khris Caleon ———————- —- 14:47:43
  41.        115       Herbert Avila ———————- — 14:50:15
  42.         35       Edgardo Sangalang ——————— 14:54:33
  43.        170      Alfredo Orca ——————— —– 14:55:45
  44.        169      Aldrin Pallera ——————- —— 14:56:02
  45.        133       Benito Cesar Tanbonliong —————- 14:56:38
  46.        219      Daniel Manuel Macrohon Jr ————— 14:57:19
  47.        101       Marie Perez (#6, Female) —————- 14:59:16
  48.        123       Gerard Bantug —————— —— 15:04:10
  49.         38       Rosaldo Gijapon ———————– 15:06:22
  50.         80       Rasette Pesuelo (#7, Female) ————- 15:06:30
  51.         56       David Rivera ————————– 15:08:01
  52.        121       Jonathan Banaag ———————– 15:14:16
  53.        300      Rex See —————————— 15:28:09
  54.         91        Janice Gilbuena (#8, Female) ————- 15:35:18
  55.         10        Kendrick Cu Asanion ——————- 15:36:01
  56.        166       Killy Kunimoto ———————– 15:37:44
  57.        163       Ryan Laban ————————– 15:38:26
  58.         54        Isidro Manuel ———————— 15:39:35
  59.         16        Mark Enrick Hernandez —— ———- 15:41:08
  60.        188       Rolan Cera ————————— 15:44:13
  61.        156       Kelly Castro ————————– 15:51:26
  62.        201       Christopher Joven Dela Cruz ——– —– 15:59:29
  63.        106       Renevic Fernandez —————– — 15:59:54
  64.         30        Raymund Tuazon ————– ——- 16:00:20
  65.        105        Janet Maraguinot (#9, Female) ———– 16:09:13
  66.         44        Gamaliel Tayao —————— —– 16:11:35
  67.         67        Oliver Cavinta ——————– —- 16:11:54
  68.        207       Jon Borbon ————————— 16:12:00
  69.         19        Jerick Miranda ——————— — 16:13:37
  70.        185       Willie Jan Altarejos ——————— 16:14:10
  71.         61        Rose Betonio (#10, Female) ————– 16:14:29
  72.        122       Manuel Balancio III ——————— 16:14:54
  73.         47       Geoffrey Cajigal ———————— 16:15:38
  74.        104       Frederick Loyola ———————– 16:19:43
  75.         46       Leida White (Female) ————– —– 16:20:38
  76.         82       Karlgene Piga ————————– 16:21:15
  77.         83       Jim Taguiang ——————– —— 16:21:40
  78.          8        Myk Dauz —————————– 16:22:06
  79.       130        Vicente Blue Zapanta Jr —————— 16:23:38
  80.       112        Ryan Paul Mena ———————— 16:29:37
  81.        70        Allan Lanzon ————————– 16:31:14
  82.      129         Martin Bernabe ———————— 16:32:15
  83.     299         Erwin Tolentino ———————— 16:35:42
  84.     204         Eduardo Magpoc ———————— 16:37:46
  85.     190          Benedict Meneses ———————– 16:40:37
  86.     119          Bienvenido Alcala ———- ————- 16:42:21
  87.     120          Karlene Sebastian (Female)—————- 16:43:54
  88.      28           Chiara Tolentino (Female) —————- 16:43:58
  89.     110           Calvin John Escandor ——————– 16:44:00
  90.    227           Maricris David (Female) —————— 16:44:18
  91.      59          Leo Madamba ————————– 16:44:58
  92.      270         Jonathan Moleta ———————— 16:48:43
  93.         3          Aleli Delos Santos (Female) ——— —— 16:56:29
  94.        4           Amor Gabriel ————————— 16:57:10
  95.       58          Cecile Lalisan (Female) ——————- 16:59:25
  96.      154          Ivan Frank Pena ———————— 17:01:46
  97.      183          Jeremy Blas —————————- 17:01:47 
  98.      280         Darwin Bulatao ————————- 17:01:48
  99.      159          Ricky Mercado ————————– 17:02:01
  100.      292          Jordan De Guzman ———————- 17:02:18
  101.      251           Jose Nelson Laude ———————– 17:04:11
  102.      200          Gilbert Malvar ————————– 17:05:38
  103.      148           Cesar Dimatactac ———————— 17:06:26
  104.       86            Ivan Arca —————————— 17:07:06
  105.      277           Gene Parchamento (Female) ——– ——- 17:07:44
  106.      269           Raymond Nable ————————- 17:12:31
  107.      114            Pierre Angelie Maravilla (Female) ———– 17:12:54
  108.      211            Roy Garcia —————————– 17:13:36
  109.       26            Januell Rivera ————————– 17:13:54
  110.       78            Ryan Garcia —————————- 17:14:17
  111.     288            Joeven Gilbuena ————————- 17:15:46
  112.     214             Jayne Soleil Navarro (Female) ————– 17:17:08
  113.     131             Efren Olpindo ————————— 17:18:01
  114.      40             Reo Rex Jagonap ————————- 17:18:24
  115.     158             Dan Bercasio —————————- 17:18:42
  116.     140             Remy Caasi (Female) ———————- 17:21:08
  117.     139             Jerome Caasi —————————- 17:21:10
  118.     145             Joseph Christian Mascarina —————– 17:21:23
  119.      36              Paul Vincent La Rosa ———————- 17:21:33
  120.     181              Junmar Que —————————– 17:21:34
  121.      96              Gilbert Balid —————————- 17:21:56
  122.     142              John James Paredes ———————– 17:23:26
  123.      76              Almar Danguilan ————————- 17:23:41
  124.      29              Denmark Padilla ————————- 17:24:02
  125.      42              Milagros Algabre (Female) —————– 17:24:10
  126.      66              Efren Gregorio ————————— 17:24:32
  127.       11               Emma Libunao (Female) ——————- 17:24:42
  128.      98               Marlon Santos ————————— 17:24:43
  129.     135               Jeffrey Cardano ————————– 17:25:02
  130.      39               JP Salvallon Ledesma ———————- 17:25:17
  131.    247               Alvin Cesar —————————— 17:25:18
  132.    198               Cheche Magramo (Female) —————— 17:26:31
  133.    162               Manie Magbanua Jr ———————— 17:27:16
  134.     62                Cloydel Candole ————————— 17:27:43
  135.   205                Madana De Guzman (Female) —————- 17:27:54
  136.    117                Tina Andaya (Female) ———————- 17:29:45
  137.      41                Alvin Sauler —————————– 17:30:24
  138.    175                Rodrigo Lanorias Jr ———————— 17:30:54
  139.     178               Mhel Rojas (Female) ———————– 17:31:43
  140.      87               Stephenson Avanzado ———————- 17:35:39
  141.     283              Richelle Perez (Female) ——————— 17:37:45
  142.     282              Meljohn Tezon —————————- 17:37:46
  143.      134              Edgardo Hernando ————————- 17:39:30
  144.      161               Maria Celeste Layug (Female) —————- 17:41:15 
  145.      180              Rimberto Del Rosario ———————– 17:41:47
  146.      199              Arthur Kenneth Viray ———————– 17:42:04
  147.      212              Edison Macalindog ————————- 17:42:05
  148.       89              Emerson Salvador ————————– 17:42:14
  149.       107             Victor Rodriguez ————————— 17:42:23
  150.        43              Rogelio Palma —————————– 17:42:32
  151.       213              Allan Sabado —————————— 17:42:40
  152.       116              Glenn Terania —————————– 17:42:47
  153.       132              Mar Marilag —————————— 17:42:57
  154.       221              Nik Antonio —————————— 17:43:06
  155.       168              Kerwin Ng ——————————- 17:43:26
  156.         84              Victhor Tuazon ————————— 17:44:32
  157.         52               Gerly Santos (Female) ———————- 17:45:52
  158.        278              Dhonabel Castillo (Female) —————— 17:46:11
  159.        218              Ferdon De Leon ————————— 17:46:18
  160.         60               Arnold Pagaran ————————— 17:46:30
  161.        126              Douglas Guiyab ————————— 17:49:05
  162.        137              Ryan Caronongan ————————– 17:49:27
  163.        144              Oliver Banag ———————– —— 17:49:58
  164.         63               Ricky Francisco ——————- ——– 17:50:11
  165.        147              Delmo Sullano —————— ———- 17:52:15
  166.        146              Mignon Ygnacio ————————— 17:52:29
  167.        141               John Michael De Jesus ———————- 17:53:15
  168.         97               Syrill Wong (Female) ———————– 17:53:23
  169.       289               Luzel Ma. Franco Tibo-oc (Female) ———— 17:58:01
  170.       177                Alexander Tumbaga ———————— 18:00:00
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Jijie Famador, Overall Champion

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Silamie Apolistar, Female Champion & Overall 1st Runner-Up

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Official Result: 1st EAST COAST 145-MILE Ultra Marathon Race

25 01 2016

First Edition (2015) EAST COAST 145-Mile Ultra Marathon Race

10:00 AM December 27, 2015 To 10:00 AM December 29, 2015

Start & Finish Areas: BALER Sign, Baler, Aurora

Race Course: Baler To Casiguran; Back To Baler.

Cut-Off Time In Casiguran, Aurora: 24 Hours

Cut-Off Time Back To Baler: 48 Hours

Number Of Starters: 7 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 6 Runners

Dipaculao, Aurora

Dipaculao, Aurora

Dinadiawan, Dinalungan, Aurora

Dinadiawan, Dinalungan, Aurora

RANK                            NAME                                            TIME (Hours)

  1. Lao Ogerio (Champion, Overall) ——————- 43:02:13
  2. Marlon Santos (1st Runner-Up, Overall) ——– 44:04:20
  3. Elmar Bob Tolete (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —-44:21:13
  4. Rod Losabia ———————————————- 46:31:50
  5. Tess Leono (Champion, Female) —————— 47:46:00
  6. Roselle Abajo (1st Runner-Up, Female) ———- 47:46:04
Lao Ogerio, Overall Champion

Lao Ogerio, Overall Champion

Tess Leono, Female Champion

Tess Leono, Female Champion

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





2015: Year-End Review On Pinoy Ultra Runners/PAU Runners

3 01 2016

2015: Year-End Review On Pinoy Ultra Runners/PAU Runners

The following is the list of Pinoy Ultra Runners (Locals & Residents Abroad) who had represented the country in international ultra running races and those who performed outstanding finish in our local PAU Races:

1. Jag Lanante: 1st Pinoy to have finished the Hongkong Four Trails Challenge.

2. Gerald Tabios: 1st Pinoy to have finished the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon for Two Consecutive Years (Back to Back Editions) & Finisher of the 2015 Great New York Running Exposition 100-Mile Race.

3. Conrado Bermudez, Jr: 1st Pinoy to have finished a 200-Mile Mountain Trail Race (Bigfoot 200-Mile Run); 2015 Finisher of Vermont 100-Mile Run, Leadville 100-Mile Run, Wasatch 100-Mile Run, Massanutten 100-Mile Race, Superior Fall 100-Mile Trail Race, & San Diego 100-Mile Run

4. Franco Soriano: 2015 Pinoy Finisher of the HURT 100-Mile Run; Old Dominion 100-Mile Run; Vermont 100-Mile Run; Western States 100-Mile Endurance Race; Kodiak 100-Mile Run; & Angeles Crest 100-Mile Run

5. Paul Encarnacion: 2015 Pinoy Finisher of the HURT 100-Mile Run; Zion 100-Mile Run; & Oil Creek 100-Mile Run

6. Gerald Odocayen: 2015 Pinoy Finisher of the San Diego 100-Mile Run & Chimera 100-Mile Run

7. Miguel Lopez & Rolando Wangwang (Philippine Skyrunners Association): 2015 UTMB 166K Finishers

8. Gene Olvis: 2nd Pinoy to have finished the UTMF & 2015 UTMF Finisher.

9. Ferdie Cabiling: First Pinoy to have run 50 Kilometers for 50 consecutive days from Mindanao to Luzon.

10. Derrick Rhodz: First Finisher of the Philippine Hike Expedition from Zamboanga City to Laoag City via Maharlika Highway or A/H26 Route

11. Bong Alindada: 1st Pinoy Finisher of the BROMO 100-Mile Endurance Run (Indonesia)

12. Rod Losabia; Jon Borbon; & Amor Gabriel: Remaining Three (3) Contenders for the 2015 PAU Grand Slam Award.

13. Lao Ogerio & Tess Leono: 2014 Philippine Association Of Ultrarunners (PAU) Runners Of The Year. (Awarded In March 2015)

14. Irene Montemayor: Lady Champion of the 2015 TransLantau 50K Trail Run

15. Henry Laron: Champion: 1st WEST TO EAST 280K Endurance Run

16. Lao Ogerio: Champion: 1st EAST COAST 145-Mile Endurance Run

17. Tess Leono: Lady Champion, 1st EAST COAST 145-Mile Endurance Run

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Official Results: 2015 Taklang Damulag 100-Mile/50-Mile Endurance Runs

15 12 2015

2015 Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run

5:00 AM December 12, 2015 To 3:00 PM December 13, 2015

Start & Finish Area: SOCOM Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Philippines

Course Cut-Off Time: 34 Hours

Number Of Starters: 9 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 4 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 44.44%

Starters With RD & Host/Commander, SOCOM, PA

Starters With RD & Host/Commander, SOCOM, PA

RANK                        NAME                                                      TIME (Hrs)

  1. Rocketbong Alindada (Overall Champion) ——— 32:39:59
  2. Jon Borbon (1st Runner-Up, Overall) ————— 33:35:43
  3. Rod Losabia (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) ————- 33:37:35
  4. Amor Gabriel ———————————————– 33:38:56

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2015 Taklang Damulag 50-Mile Endurance Run

Start/Finish Area: SOCOM Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Philippines

Number Of Starters: 4 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 4 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 100%

RANK                          NAME                                          TIME (Hrs)

  1. Mark Raon (Overall Champion) —————-13:32:18
  2. Peter Glenn Medranos (1st Runner-Up) —– 14:56:40
  3. Ron Illana (2nd Runner-Up) ——————– 16:14:44
  4. Kathleen Pinero (Champion, Female) ——– 16:56:28
Finishers Of The Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run

Finishers Of The Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Official Results: 1st Bataan Death March 150K Ultra Relay Run (BDM150 Relay)

30 11 2015

Three Runners Per Team: 1st Leg—BDM Km Post #00 To BDM Km Post #50; 2nd Leg—BDM Km Post #50 To BDM Km Post #102; 3rd/Last Leg—BDM Km Post #102 To Capas National Shrine

November 28-29, 2015

Start Area: Bataan Death March Shrine Km Post #1, Mariveles, Bataan

Start Time: 5:00 AM November 28, 2015 (Saturday)

Finish Area: Capas National Shrine, Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac

Cut-Off Time Per Leg: 9 Hours

Cut-Off Time For The whole Course: 27 Hours

@ The BDM Shrine's Km Post #00

@ The BDM Shrine’s Km Post #00

RESULT: Overall Team

RANK      TEAM #                                   TIME (Hrs)

1          Team #01 (Champion)———20:39:35

2          Team #07 (1st Runner-Up)— 20:41:27

3           Team #08 (2nd Runner-Up)–20:42:27

4           Team #25 ———————–21:43:33

5           Team #06 ———————–21:44:13

6           Team #17 ———————–22:19:25

7            Team #04 ———————-24:04:26

Overall Team Champion

Overall Team Champion

RESULT: 1st LEG (BDM Km #00 To BDM Km #50)

RANK         NAME                                    TIME (Hrs)

1           Rizalino Andaya (Team #07)—-6:08:32

2           Randy Ramos (Team #1)——–6:32:30

3           Oliver Cavinta (Team #25)——7:07:59

4           Manuel Remandaban (Team #08)—7:09:07

5           Mark Gonzales (Team #17)———7:09:57

6           Gamaliel Tayao (Team #6)———7:12:48

7           Sherylle Marie Guiyab (Team #04)–7:54:02

Team 1st Runner-Up

Team 1st Runner-Up

RESULT: 2nd LEG (BDM Km #50 To BDM Km #102)

RANK         NAME                                       TIME (Hrs)

1              Jomar Rivera (Team #01)——-6:27:31

2            Marlon Santos (Team #07)——6:51:28

3            Jun Benavidez (Team #17)——7:33:24

4            Jose Mari Mercado (Team #06)–7:45:07

5            Cecil Lalisan (Team #08) ———7:54:36

6            Stephen Avanzado (Team #25)—8:11:26

7            Douglas Guiyab (Team #04)——8:21:17

Team 2nd Runner-Up

Team 2nd Runner-Up

RESULT: 3rd LEG (BDM Km #102 To CAPAS National Shrine)

RANK       NAME                                         TIME (Hrs)

1             Rasette Pesuelo (Team #08)—–5:38:24

2            Frederick Penalosa (Team #25)–6:24:04

3            Rayel Daza (Team #06) ———–6:46:14

4             Lester Estrella (Team #17) ——-7:36:04

5             Rodel Sermonia (Team #01)——7:39:34

6             Emma Libuna (Team #07) ——-7:41:27

7              Aleli Delos Santos (Team #04)—7:49:07

TEAM MATINDI

TEAM “MATINDI”

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Race Report: 2015 Clark-Miyamit 50-Mile Ultra Trail Run (CM50)

25 11 2015

There are three (3) important things or information that I would like to report on this challenging ultra trail run here in the Philippines: First, I finished this race with a faster time as compared to my last year’s performance; Second, This is my third consecutive finish and I am on my way of getting the most coveted Baddest Ass Award for this event with two more editions to finish; and Third, I am still the Defending Oldest Finisher for three consecutive years for this Event.

Even if there is no specific award for the Oldest Finisher for this race, I am sure that I will be the First Senior Citizen to have coveted the Baddest Badass Award before the end of 2017. And maybe, it will mark my “retirement” from ultra trail running. Just maybe!

As compared to my last year’s five-month training preparation, I have a shorter training period for this year which are mostly done on the road, oval track, and hiking in the mountains on the first month of my 4-month training period. However, on the last six weeks/peak period, almost all my training long runs were done on the road, specifically on the road races that I have Race Directed since the middle of September. My Mt Batolusong 25K Trail Run participation was a test to validate my new nutrition strategy and narrow down the things that I need in a hot environment. However, I had more time to work on on my core and to rest/sleep as recovery for my running on the pavement.

Last year’s Race Report on my second time finish on this event was very detailed and it was divided into four (4) parts and I believe that this is now considered as the number one resource or reference material for those “newbies”/”first-timers” for the CM50-Mile Event. I will not go through to the detailed description of the course and the usual “section-by-section” narrative of my experience on this Race Report but rather state or tell those significant things that made me faster and more efficient in my finish this time. The following are the things that I’ve considered and applied during the race:

  1. Simplicity and Being Light—One week before the race, I’ve decided to use my two-year old New Balance MT  Minimus 1010v2 Trail Shoes which is very light (240 grams per shoe) and it proved to be the best shoes for this kind of trail running. Believe me, there was no grain of lahar that penetrated its upper mesh and therefore, its lightness did not change throughout the race. I did not use any Hydration Vest but I’ve used three (3) Simple Hydration Bottles with only one bottle filled with my nutrient mix (Carbo Pro) diluted with water; one bottle of Carbo Pro Powder only; and one empty bottle as my previsionary “Water Cup”. It was only from the AS4 to the Peak that the three (3) Simple Hydration Bottles were filled with Carbo Pro Mix and Water. On my way back to the Finish Line from AS3, I have one bottle filled with Carbo Pro mixed with water and one bottle filled with Water Only. Stashed in my UD Waist Belt Pockets are two (2) Clif Meal Bars & Whistle. I was not wearing a pair of Calf Sleeves.
  2. Familiarity of the Route—One month before Race Day, I went up to the “peak” and Miyamit Falls for a training run. It was on this run that I was able to “program” and plan for my hydration and nutrition requirements. I was able to register also my Average Pace on this part of the course in order for me to determine the “timeline” on each part of the course (from Km #24 to Km #56). I found out that I must be able to leave AS3 on my way to the Finish Line not later than 2:00 PM (13 hours elapsed time) so that I have enough “buffer time” before the cut-off time of 18 hours.
  3. Simple/Light Nutrition—-Eating a Full Meal (Rice & Meat “Adobo”/Beef Steak) before the Start of the Race (30 minutes before) with hydration (water + Carbo Pro), proved that I could last for the first 3 hours without any hydration or food intake. I took two (2) packs of Clif Bloks and One Meal Bar for the whole duration of the race. I would place a Coffee Candy in my mouth regularly in order to maintain a little sugar to my saliva. In every Aid Station, I would drink a lot of water and Coke/Sprite and ingest a number of watermelon bites. I never used the two (2) Sports Gels stashed in my gloves during the race. I did not have any Drop Bags, instead, I used a “FlipBelt” where I stashed my CarboPro Powder Mix and Clif Bloks.
  4. Heat Training & Hydration Strategy Training—One month before the Race Day, I’ve conditioned myself to start drinking my water after running 10 miles (16 kilometres) under the heat of the sun. Yes, I would carry a lot of water on my vest and waist during my training runs but I would finish my workout with only one-third being consumed. I suspect that my practice of ingesting Succeed Salt Capsules (it started last August this year) during my training runs had helped conditioned my body to take in a limited amount of water even if I was sweating profusely without having a “bonking” feeling/situation.
  5. Focused On Moving Forward—I did not spend a lot of time staying on the Checkpoints and Aid Stations. I guess, two minutes of stay was my longest and it could be when I asked one of my running friends to take a picture of me at the “Turn-around” Point at Km #40 and another picture taking at the Miyamit Falls’ Checkpoint. The rest of my brief stops in the Aid Stations were purely on refilling my hydration bottles and mixing my nutrition powder. Instead of stopping in sari-sari stores for ice cold sodas along the populated areas, I opted to take a “quick shower” in a place where the locals were washing their clothes and it made my core and body to be more relaxed.

There are also things that made me slow down during the run. First, I’ve experienced “muscle cramps” on the groin area of my legs along the section AS4 to the Peak that I needed to slow down and hiked on this section. I expected this to happen as I knew I lacked the necessary total elevation gain in my training. This experience never happened in my previous two editions. Second, The heat of the sun slowed me down on the section from the Miyamit Falls to AS4 that I spent almost one hour for a section that is ONE MILE long, instead of power hiking it for about 25 minutes during my recon run. And of course, I carried all my gear down to the Falls from AS4 and back. From AS4 to AS3, I “power hiked” alone on the trail and started running downhill when another runner from behind was trying to pass me.

Looking at my Suunto GPS Watch once I arrived at AS3, I began to be in a “panic” mode knowing that I was registering an Average Pace of 3.0 miles per hour. I knew that it will take me five (5) hours to reach the Finish Line from this point. So, I started to run, jog and power hike until I was able to pass runners who were either lost, simply walking, resting on the side of the trail, or those who would stop in each of the Aid Stations or Convenience Stores along the way.

Finally, I finished the race with a time of 16:43:58 hours, faster than the time I had last year (17:50+), with a ranking of #87 among the 132 finishers within the cut-off time of 18 hours. I am still the Oldest Finisher of this race and I have the intention of defending this title for the next two years. Hopefully, I will get the most coveted Baddest Ass Award of this Event.

Crossing The Finish Line

Crossing The Finish Line With RD Jonnifer Lacanlale

Congratulations To All The Finishers and Thanks to RD Jonnifer Lacanlale and his staff/marshals/volunteers for a successful event.

The training for the next year’s edition will start next week. Keep on running!

 








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