Gerald Tabios: First Pinoy (New) Badwater 135-Mile Race Finisher

8 08 2014

Benjamin Gaetos opened the floodgates for Pinoy Ultra Runners to shine in the prestigious Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon Race which is considered as the “toughest ultra running race in the world” today. As history would place in its proper perspective and understanding, Benjamin Gaetos is already considered as the FIRST and LAST Pinoy Ultra Runner who finished the ORIGINAL Badwater 135 Ultra which starts in Badwater, California (hence, the name Badwater in the title of the race), 280 feet below sea level up to Mt Whitney’s Portal at an elevation of 8,360 feet above sea level in 44:08:07 hours where the cut-off time is 48 hours.

With the latest restrictions and policy from the newly designated Superintendent of the Death Valley Park, the conduct of endurance sports activity is being prohibited and held in abeyance before a thorough study is being published to review on the safety of participants in such events being held in the said area. However, such restriction did not prevent the Race Organizer to conduct the annual event for the ultra runners but instead of starting and passing through the extreme hot environment of the Death Valley Park, the event was held at the adjacent Owens Valley which is equally challenging as the original route with the prevailing summer heat and more gain in elevation. The New Badwater 135 course covers three mountain pass ascents for a total of over 17,000 feet (5,800 meters) of cumulative vertical ascent and 12, 700 feet (4,450 meters) of cumulative descent.

In this year’s New Badwater 135 route, two Filipinos, Gerald Tabios and Tomas Zaide have been qualified and invited by the Race Organizers to join the event. But for me to be more focused on my story, this article will be devoted as a tribute to Gerald Tabios as the FIRST Pinoy Ultra Runner to have finished the New Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon Race.

Route Of The New Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon

Route Of The New Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon

The First Peak For The Runners: Horseshoe Meadow At 9,000 Feet Above Sea Level (Photo Courtesy Of Michelle Barton)

The First Peak For The Runners: Horseshoe Meadows At 9,900 Feet Above Sea Level (Photo Courtesy Of Michelle Barton)

Intersection Of Heaven & Hell (Going To Panamint & Lone Pine)

Road Intersection To “Heaven & Hell” (Going To Cerro Gordo, Panamint  Springs & Back To Lone Pine And To The Finish Line @ Mt Whitney Portal)

I became aware of Gerald Tabios’ participation in the New Badwater 135 from a news story published in the On Line Edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Surprised that he has no account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, I immediately browse his name at UltraSignUp and I was amazed with his ultra race portfolio/resume of his ultra finishes. He had finished a lot of 100-miler races in the Eastern part of the US, particularly in New York City and its suburbs and he placed  as a Champion in one of the 100K races in the area and a number of them where he finished in the top 3 podium finishes. Notable of these ultra running accomplishments were the following:

Champion in the 2014 Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug 100K Ultra Race held in New Preston, Connecticut with a time of 9:46:03 hours

2nd Overall Champion in the 2013 Three Days At The Fair Running Event (48 Hours Timed Event) in Augusta, Georgia where he was able to run a distance of 143 miles.

Consistent and 3-Time Finisher of The Great New York City Running Exposition 100-Mile Race with a best time of 21:22:34 hours.

Since his family migrated in New York, USA in 2001, he had his taste of his first Marathon Race finish at the New York City Marathon and since then, he had been a “streaker” of this most popular and the World’s Biggest Marathon Race for the past nine (9) years! Even if he considers himself as a slow marathon runner, he prides himself with an impressive Marathon Finish time of 3:31:32 hours at the Central Park Marathon in New York City. Aside from his numerous ultra events that are listed in the UltraSignUp Website, he had finished a total of 25 Marathon Races.

I was impressed with his ultra race results as his age as an ultra runner is still at his prime of 44 years old. Gerald is still starting as an ultra runner for the past 2 years but he has made already a great impression to his peers and to myself as a hardcore ultra runner. I have no doubt then that he will finish the New Badwater 135 even if he is not exposed to hotter environment (as compared to the East Coast’s climate) and he had never set his foot in the extreme heat and gusty winds within the desert mountains of California.

@Horseshoe Meadows Road

Gerald @ Horseshoe Meadows Road

As an old runner and firm believer of the Arthur Lydiard Way, I believe that there must be something in Gerald’s childhood that greatly contributed in his passion and craving for running events. He was born in Malaybalay City (Bukidnon) on September 12, 1969 but he did not have to walk on mountain trails in order to finish his elementary and high school education as the family house is only a “stone’s throw” to the schools. His interest in running started when he was in high school with his brothers, who happened to be running enthusiasts during the “running boom in the 80’s”, and they would tow him along in public parks and streets in their jogging practices. He could still remember when spending vacation in Manila that his brothers would bring him jogging around a big street block in Quezon City which happens to be where the ABS-CBN Compound is located along the Mother Ignacia Street.

Surprisingly, a local elite runner who hails from Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Ronilo Indapan became his running idol and inspiration. Ronilo Indapan had been a consistent MILO Marathon Finals Qualifier in the 1980’s and he was then the pride of Malaybalay in Long Distance Running as he was sent to Manila with “free trip and accommodation” to and from Manila to join the MILO Marathon Finals. He could be the father of one of my former elite runners who is now a soldier of the Philippine Army, got married to my Secretary/Staff and now living with two children.

Gerald @ Highway 136 Towards Panamint Springs

Gerald @ Highway 136 Towards Panamint Springs

With Ronilo Indapan, a local running hero in their place, as his role model and inspiration, and with his brothers’  interest in joining running events, he started to train and join the annual MILO 10K Runs in Cagayan De Oro City from 1994-1997; and progressed to a longer distance event by joining and finishing the The Tri-City International 25K Race in Cebu City in 1995 & 1996. He even mentioned that his brothers would buy him running tops/singlets and shorts made by BOTAK; and ADIDAS Jogging Pants and Sweaters!

Gerald was neither a high school nor a college athlete, he just simply love and have fun in running long distance events. He finished his college education with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan De Oro City.

Twelve years later after he migrated to the USA with lots of Marathon and Ultra Marathon Finishes and most specially when he finished as 2nd Overall Champion in the 2013 Three Days At The Fair 48-Hour Run, he decided to send a letter of request to the Race Organizer of Badwater 135 for him to be included in the List Of Qualified Participants in this year’s edition. And the rest is history.

Rest & Recover y For Gerald During The Race

Rest & Recovery For Gerald During The Race

However, his toughness as a 100-Miler and Ultra Podium Finisher is not enough for him to secure an easy race and finish at Badwater 135. With a 48-hour cut-off time to run a distance of 135 miles with extreme heat, gusty winds and additional gain in elevation as compared with the original Badwater route, the presence and time-clock precision of pacing and assistance from his Support Crew is equally half of the effort for an ultra runner to finish this brutal ultra running event. Gerald was ably assisted by the following members of his Support Crew dubbed as the “Team Tabios”—-his wife Donna; Kat Bermudez, a Registered Nurse in New York City; and his brother Glen Tabios, a UP Diliman Professor and Civil Engineering Chairman who flew all the way from Manila. It was unfortunate that friends and relatives of Gerald in New York City came up with a nice Uniform for everybody in the team with the word BADWATER printed on them and they could not wear them during the race as it violates one of the Rules and Regulations of the Race—the word “BADWATER” is a registered trademark of the Race Organizer and nobody is allowed to use it in any form by any of the participants. Violation of any rules or regulations of the event would mean an outright Disqualification from the race.

Brother Glen, Imported From The Philippines, Had Unlimited Water Spray & Cheers To Gerald

Brother Glen, Imported From The Philippines, Had Unlimited Water Spray & Cheers To Gerald

Practically, Gerald and the members of the Team Tabios are “first-timers” in the desert environment of California. Based from the FB Status of Kat Bermudez who happens to be the an ultra runner and wife of a PMA Graduate and former comrade-officer in the Philippine Army, the Team landed in San Francisco coming from New York City. Kat was always complaining about the lack of Parking Spaces in the Windy and By The Sea City of San Francisco! It was too late to suggest to her that the team should have landed in Los Angeles! However, during the event, I never heard Kat from complaining about where to park the Team’s Support Vehicle along the desert of California! It was Kat’s regular FB Status Feeds that gave much information and pictures of Gerald’s “real-time” situation during the race as she later became the Official Pacer of Gerald; Donna, due to her observation on how the elite runners are being supported in Gerald’s past ultra races, she became the overall “conductor of a symphony orchestra” for all the Support Team members to be “playing the same tune” so to speak, and bring Gerald to the finish line strong, safe, and without any injury. Glen, Donna, and Kat did a splendid job as their Principal Runner, Gerald did not have any bouts of cramping, GI issues of “throwing up” of ingested food; dizziness and hallucinations; chafing; blisters; or dehydration. Gerald followed his pace, ate and drank his nutrition and did not mind the pace of the other runners. With patience and determination, Gerald finished the 2014 Badwater 135-Mile Ultra Marathon Race in 44:40:40 hours ranking as #69 out of 97 starters.

Ultra Runner Kat Bermudez As The Pacer Of Gerald

Ultra Runner Kat Bermudez As The Pacer Of Gerald

I was expecting Gerald to relate to me a little “drama” if he ever encountered some nasty feelings or pain in any parts of his body or doubts in his mind about the challenges he has to face or had any complaints about the hot weather, gusty winds in the desert and those additional gains in elevation of the new route. He said that he did not have any “drama” or “issues” with his body and the environment during the race. It speaks well of his good training/preparation and firm resolve to finish the race.  If you closely observe his running attire and shoes, he did not change them except when he removed his gaiters and changed his wet socks. Would you believe that he used a New Balance 860 V3 shoes which he bought On Sale at Marshall’s for the price of $49.00 and with cotton socks from GAP? I wonder if Gerald has a bloodline to my own tribe which is the Ilocano!

Knowing that he had already recovered from this brutal course, I asked him about his training in preparation for this event. He humbly said that for the past year leading to the event, he was logging 40-50 miles a week where most of his weekday runs were his daily 6-mile runs from his home/apartment in Queens to this work in Manhattan, New York City. On weekends, he starts very early in the morning for his long runs but he makes sure to be back before mid-day and spend most of the remaining time of the day with his wife and kids, a boy and a girl (11 and 7 years old). He proudly said that he works as a Private Family Driver in Manhattan, New York City but remotely managing a small business that he owns in the Philippines. His humility would not show that his family, specially his father, grew up in a family of politicians and entrepreneur in their province.

Team TABIOS: Brother Glen; Wife Donna, & Ultra Runner Friend Kat

Team TABIOS: Brother Glen; Wife Donna, & Ultra Runner Friend Kat

Not even money or financial requirements for the event would hinder Gerald’s passion to the sports of ultra running. Gerald’s and his wife’s savings amounting to $3,000 financed his dream to finish the event and it covered for the Registration Fee for the Race ($1,050); RT Ticket for Gerald & Wife ($850); Support Vehicle/Van Rental ($600); Hotel Accommodation in Lone Pine, California For 5 Days ($550); and Food & Miscellaneous Needs ($400). His brother Glen and friend Kat shouldered their own RT plane tickets from Manila and New York City, respectively. Gerald’s relatives and friends residing in Los Angeles, California had also supported the team by lending those much-needed ice cooler/chest for his nutrition/hydration and cold towel/water spray.

Gerald was able to raise the amount of $1,200 for his charity through the US Fund for UNICEF which will ultimately be used in the rehabilitation/rebuiding of the damage structures brought about by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Leyte and Samar. Gerald is a simple and humble guy with strong legs and a big heart!

When I asked him,  “What will be your next adventure in ultra running?” He answered, ” Sir, I hope to run a distance of 180 miles in the next year’s edition of the Three Days At The Fair in May 2015 in Augusta, New Jersey and be able to improve my 143-mile record this year.”

And then, I asked him again, “What keeps you on “going and going” like that Energizer Bunny in the TV Ads?” He replied, “Running is the simplest sports that I know which has only ONE RULE—Do not stop running until you cross the Finish Line!”

But jokingly he added, “It is your fault, Sir BR! When I started regularly reading your blog three years ago, it transformed me to be a “crazy runner” like you!”

We both laughed and I raised my hand and I gave him a snappy salute!

Well done and Congratulations, Gerald! You made our country proud among the toughest and strongest runners in the world!

Carry On, Warrior!

"Do not stop running until you cross the finish line."

“Do not stop running until you cross the finish line.”

(Note: Photos of Gerald Were Shared Through The Courtesy of Donna Tabios)



Picture Of The Week #24

5 03 2014

Victory @ The 2014 BDM 102K Ultra Marathon Race (Juvy)

Victory @ The 2014 BDM 102K Ultra Marathon Race (Juvy Pagtalunan)

Official Result: 4th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race

28 01 2014

4th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

5:00 AM January 25 To 11:00 AM January 26, 2014

BDM Km Post #00, Mariveles, Bataan To Capas National Shrine, Capas, Tarlac

Cut-Off Time: 30 Hours

Number of Starters: 60 Runners

Number of Finishers: 50

Percentage of Finish: 83.33%

Gun Start @ BDM Shrine In Mariveles, Bataan

Gun Start @ BDM Shrine In Mariveles, Bataan

1 Wilnar Iglesia  (Champion, Course Record) 16:25:32
2 Lao Ogerio (1st Runner Up, Male) 22:48:35
3 July Oconer (2nd Runner Up, Male) 23:05:03
4 Daphne Codilla (Champion, Female) 24:16:44
5 Bong Alindada 24:31:48
6 Ofelia Lorete (1st Runner Up, Female) 24:56:22
7 Emerson Sto. Domingo 25:14:04
8 Lyra Valles (2nd Runner Up, Female) 25:21:31
9 Dante Sagayap 25:54:57
10 Glairold Recilla 25:56:52
11 Carlo Bacalla 26:14:53
12 Sandy Alentajan 26:17:32
13 Gia Estrella (F) 26:33:04
14 Michael Dauz 26:34:52
15 Tess Leono (F) 26:53:32
16 Manny Ocampo 26:53:33
17 Marc Conrad Molina 26:55:14
18 Jon Borbon 27:17:07
19 Sheryl Quimosing (F) 27:20:50
20 Ariel Tuto Aquino 27:37:58
21 Andrew Aquino 27:47:31
22 Dindo Diaz 28:05:22
23 Amos Adalim 28:06:41
24 Dexter Cruz 28:07:50
25 Hermie Saludes 28:14:07
26 Marc Tibo-oc 28:15:04
27 Carlo Gonzales 28:15:25
28 Jerry Peralta 28:20:41
29 Ferdinand Leaño 28:21:28
30 Fernando Sy Jr. 28:21:40
31 Meljohn Tezon 28:26:58
32 Randy Racho 28:29:33
33 Noel Ko 28:30:49
34 Ariel Briones 28:35:56
35 Jerry Yutuc 28:37:28
36 Carl Balagot 28:45:03
37 Peachy Tamayo (F) 28:47:32
38 Christian Oting 28:54:37
39 Johann Marquez 28:59:07
40 Joseph Sibal 29:15:20
41 Jhunbie Serna 29:16:03
42 Marlon Saracho 29:16:42
43 Michael Flores 29:16:58
44 Ejercito Suyo 29:16:59
45 Ryan Sison 29:17:57
46 Chips Dayrit 29:18:50
47 Marlon Ponce Ian Zarate 29:23:03
48 Joel Sison 29:39:06
49 Floydie Lobo 29:41:07
50 Neil Jhamfrens Broncano 29:47:30
Champion & Course Record Holder, Wilnar Iglesia

Champion & Course Record Holder, Wilnar Iglesia

Wilnar Iglesia & Race Director/Organizer

Wilnar Iglesia & Race Director/Organizer

Congratulations To All The Finishers & Support Crew!


Picture Of The Week #13

31 01 2013

2013 BDM 160 196

Result: 4th RIZAL Day 32K Run

3 01 2013

4th RIZAL Day 32K Run/Camp Aguinaldo/4:30 AM December 30, 2012

RANK BIB # N   A     M   E T I M E 
1 544 Jerry Adap (Champion) 2:37:46
2 516 Alfred Delos Reyes (1st Runner-Up) 2:39:54
3 596 Jerome Bautista (2nd Runner-Up) 2:40:10
4 595 Jose Randy Duenas 2:41:55
5 563 Jon Las Bruce 2:46:43
6 801 Graciano Santos 2:50:13
7 421 Cesar De Guzman 2:50:18
8 614 Arvin Galus 2:50:36
9 425 Roy Fuentes 2:50:45
10 429 Mark Rodica 2:54:00
11 892 Benedict Balaba 2:56:35
12 627 Jan Imperio 2:56:38
13 700 Junrox Roque 2:58:14
14 587 Philip Le Roux 2:58:23
15 444 Ronnel Go 2:59:25
16 528 Roberto Delos Santos 2:59:50
17 521 Mark Terrado 2:59:55
18 522 Mark Hernandez 3:01:43
19 410 Bob Castilla 3:08:24
20 558 Vergilio Bellen Jr 3:08:47
21 553 Jose Rico Gonzales 3:08:56
22 407 Randy Miranda 3:09:01
23 419 Camilla Brooks (Female Champion) 3:09:12
24 526 Vallen Co (1st Runner-Up, Female) 3:09:45
25 449 Noel Arellano 3:11:46
26 559 Carlito Buenaventura 3:12:04
27 543 Percival Dictado 3:14:09
28 551 Ruben Pascual 3:14:14
29 509 Angelo Maravilla 3:18:10
30 510 Wesley Noel Orana 3:18:11
31 575 Tommy Tan 3:19:00
32 403 Miguelito Capio 3:19:25
33 441 Kristian Mark Ison 3:19:43
34 406 Raffy Gabotero 3:19:54
35 792 JB Balaba 3:20:02
36 585 Ernesto Badong 3:20:13
37 576 Larry Daliwag 3:20:21
38 900 Sandy Alentajan 3:22:58
39 505 Zaldy Santillan 3:23:22
40 828 Henry Laron 3:24:27
41 540 Zen Cagulangan 3:25:14
42 420 Abel Ngo 3:28:56
43 514 Alwyn Sy 3:29:30
44 616 Alvin Adriano 3:30:04
45 422 Argie Lubon 3:30:12
46 626 Michael Flores 3:30:40
47 615 Fritze Andre Espinosa 3:31:29
48 800 Carl Balagot 3:32:56
49 523 Tin Ferrera (2nd Runner-Up, Female) 3:33:39
50 524 Ejercito Suyo 3:33:53
51 341 Macky Chamorro 3:34:00
52 342 Haydee Ann Chamorro (F) 3:34:01
53 513   3:34:18
54 508 Mavic Buada (F) 3:35:40
55 416 Tess Leono (F) 3:35:52
56 471 Natalie Ng (F) 3:36:33
57 614 Arvin Gales 3:37:15
58 561 Angie Lacaba (F) 3:37:17
59 578 Arnie Almero 3:37:40
60 607 Mark Anthony Delumen 3:38:57
61 423 Den Saluta 3:39:05
62 591 Jerry Adriano 3:39:20
63 541 Peter Ng 3:39:50
64 438 Roberto Dela Cruz 3:39:58
65 567 Jess Laxamana 3:40:09
66 573 Alexander Cruz 3:40:10
67 568 Lino Nicolas 3:40:11
68 506 Gia Estrella (F) 3:40:56
69 529 Joseph Sibal 3:41:08
70 602 Melchor Danes 3:42:08
71 427 Mark Chico 3:43:33
72 507 Michelle Angela Maravilla (F) 3:43:51
73 580 Kharl Ocampo 3:44:02
74 467 Jennylee Malijan (F) 3:44:12
75 439 Peterson Ong 3:44:18
76 435 Louie Rosales 3:44:19
77 606 Benny Jabanes 3:44:27
78 611 Glenn Joseph Protacio 3:44:45
79 636 Reagan Mollero 3:45:22
80 555 Vans Quiza 3:46:08
81 430 Abet Ocampo (F) 3:46:18
82 530 Johann Marquez 3:47:59
83 500 Ben Silva 3:48:27
84 692 Nicolai Pinto 3:48:38
85 517 Bald Runner 3:48:44
86 621 Jason Sison 3:48:49
87 542 Rolly De Juan 3:49:33
88 584 Henry Marchan 3:49:42
89 468 Michael Delarmente 3:50:02
90 539 Rodell Mendoza 3:50:57
91 432 Jaylord Ballao 3:51:44
92 537 Ricardo Mallari 3:52:01
93 409 Darryl Panado 3:53:16
94 462 Michael Lafuente 3:53:44
95 608 Yniguez Ysmael Uy 3:54:19
96 624 Caryll Ferrer (F) 3:54:23
97 623 Mark Jayson Antonio 3:54:24
98 442 Adel Torres 3:54:49
99 592 Celito Jose Macachor 3:55:58
100 515 Francisco Mallillin Jr 3:56:10
101 888 Ellen Solosod (F) 3:57:37
102 777 Ipe Mascarenas 3:57:39
103 431 Margarita Matibag (F) 3:59:08
104 534 Cliff Ivan Roda 4:01:31
105 457 Mark Conrad Molina 4:02:51
106 590 Geraldine Kun (F) 4:04:31
107 451 Arlo Monsato 4:05:16
108 556 Arvin Vincent Palomar 4:05:38
109 306   4:05:45
110 311 Leah Jingco (F) 4:05:55
111 577 Jerry Escolta 4:05:58
112 461 Jody Jacinto 4:05:59
113 464 Russell Hernandez 4:06:11
114 466 Mark Anthony Real 4:06:12
115 417 Yolly Barja (F) 4:06:21
116 412 Rogelio Palma 4:06:21
117 564 Karlene Sebastian (F) 4:06:40
118 565 Calvin John Escandor 4:06:41
119 533 Arceli Naval (F) 4:07:11
120 637 Chansiu Ping 4:07:43
121 597 Angela Racoma (F) 4:09:07
122 453 Danica Linda Mancenido (F) 4:09:08
123 518 Martin Kare 4:09:30
124 583 Jonah Rivera 4:09:52
125 711 Manny Ocampo 4:11:04
126 535 Ronald Sugapong 4:12:55
127 538 Noel Villoso 4:12:56
128 504 Ma. Theresa Pascual (F) 4:13:02
129 428 Milette Rances (F) 4:15:08
130 448 Ryan Ramos 4:17:14
131 605 Jeffrey Furigay 4:17:43
132 400 Teresa Generoso (F) 4:18:01
133 511 Katrina Constantino (F) 4:19:13
134 569 Toto Velmonte 4:19:52
135 570 Quito San Agustin 4:19:53
136 460 Ron Caringal 4:19:54
137 598 Stephanie Hefti (F) 4:21:04
138 572 Allenstein Co 4:21:06
139 459 Gerson Yuson 4:21:24
140 519 Marites Templado (F) 4:21:51
141 481 Kathleen Fresnido (F) 4:21:52
142 426 Donald Ausa 4:22:04
143 463 Elwar Jun Valdez 4:22:17
144 613 Gigay Gochianco (F) 4:22:37
145 452 Jun Ramos 4:22:49
146 440 Mye Ramos (F) 4:22:59
147 413 Llooyd Chuah 4:23:09
148 593 Joy Morano (F) 4:23:52
149 447 Hector Padrigo 4:24:14
150 450 Juvy Solabo (F) 4:24:15
151 458 Dionimar Maldo 4:24:16
152 594 Manuel Morano Jr 4:25:16
153 586 Macky Delima 4:27:56
154 620 Adrian Florendo 4:29:20
155 411 Mark Lloyd Gallardo 4:30:28
156 456 Linton Lim 4:30:34
157 545 Jordee Queddeng 4:31:28
158 434 Reynato Mercado 4:31:30
159 589 Lucas Lorenz 4:32:14
160 557 Richelle Perez (F) 4:33:39
161 603 Bong Sumicad 4:35:50
162 566 Noel Malco 4:36:49
163 491 Yang Yang Ng 4:38:02
164 502 Au Cruz (F) 4:38:15
165 546 Oscar Cosme 4:38:38
166 581 Nap Ocampo 4:39:22
167 554 Shirleen Sharma (F) 4:42:12
168 612 Fernando Labrador 4:42:40
169 437 Wilson John Barbon 4:42:50
170 526 Marvin Pangan 4:43:12
171 560 Ryan Mamaril 4:43:42
172 550 Vanessa Chan (F) 4:45:34
173 527 Efren Martinez 4:46:21
174 331 Vince Cruz 4:46:35
175 532 Ven Capili 4:47:20
176 405 Joseph Ligot 4:48:10
177 548 Dennis Que Pe 4:50:36
178 549 Jennifer Que Pe (F) 4:50:49
179 609 Roselyn Crizaldo (F) 4:51:01
180 446 Jennifer Bayani (F) 4:51:17
181 635 Rona Saludes (F) 4:52:14
182 619 Hermie Saludes 4:52:34
183 629 Kerwin Ng 4:53:46
184 628 Francis Pua 4:53:47
185 622 Leo Malagar 4:56:53
186 408 Carmeli Ortega (F) 4:57:09
187 433 Potch Redillas Manatlao 4:58:17
188 436 Ma. Theresa Villanueva (F) 5:00:19
189 610 Justin Josef Gomez 5:01:31
190 579 Nikko Peralta 5:02:20
191 503 Sherillyn Raga (F) 5:02:22
192 617 Mary Ng (F) 5:03:38
193 588 Lyra Rosario (F) 5:07:28
194 445 Raul Punzal 5:09:24
195 599 Jeyson De Ocampo 5:11:27
196 547 Joy Cayabyab (F) 5:25:14
197 582 Paul Pajo 5:25:56
198 414 Aladin Cordero 5:51:56
199 415 Carrie Cordero (F) 5:51:57
200 625 Glenda Jose (F) 5:55:46

1st Heroes Run 2012

23 11 2012

December 2, 2012

It is almost the end of the year 2012 and this is the only running event (outside the BR’s Events & PAU Races) that I am going to endorse in this blog.

The organizers in this running event are my “brother-in-arms”; my main supporter/sponsor when I launched my first edition of the Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race almost five (5) year ago; and those who have served under me when I was still in the active military service. It is fitting and proper that I have to endorse this run to everybody through this blog.

I am happy that most of the Major Branches of Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are opening their respective Command to the sports of long distance running where it is open for the public. It is a wise move where all the instrumentalities of the government and not only from the sponsorship of private corporations should be involved in grassroots development of sports.

If not for an ultra running event which I organized to be held on the same day (Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Run), I would be in this running event to join the participants for the Half-Marathon Race. However, I know that this event will be a success and it will be held annually as a way to open the camp to the public and at the same time, for the public to get to know more of the Philippine Army’s Officers, Enlisted Personnel, and Civilian Employees.

Aside from being the cheapest running event nowadays as shown from the listed registration fees, this running event will give some “surprises” for all the finishers making it as one of the significant running events for the year for everybody.

If you want to know more about your Philippine Army, you have to join this running event and experience what is like to run and finish the race with your soldiers and defenders of the Republic!

Mabuhay ang Hukbong Katihan Ng Pilipinas!


9 08 2012

While most of the people who have something to share to the victims of the Flooding In Metro Manila are busy helping in the relief operations, I made my “very private and personal” experience to share the collections of slightly used running shoes and finishers’ shirts sent through Balikbayan Boxes from my ultrarunning friend, Benjamin Gaetos of Los Angeles, California to the Officers and Men of the Special Forces Regiment of the Philippine Army who are based in Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City.

These soldiers had been helping me in the conduct of the First 100-Mile Ultra Trail Run in the country dubbed as the “Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Trail Run” and the “Taklang Damulag 50-Mile/50K Trail Runs & Half-Marathon Races”.

More than 50 pairs of running shoes and more than the same number of Finisher’s Shirts were received by First Lieutenant Tony Abay, Commander of the Soecial Forces Regiment School and his men in a simple ceremony.

It was a very simple event but it was memorable to everybody.

1st Lieutenant Tony Abay Receiving The Shoes & Shirts

Explaining To The Soldiers About The Quality Of The Shirts

Telling The Soldiers That Helping Them Is My First Priority

Thanks to Benjamin Gaetos for his untiring efforts to pack and send these shoes through Balikbayan Boxes from Los Angeles, California! My snappy salute to you and to the rest of your ultrarunning friends out there in California, USA!


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