Official Result: 1st Mt Tapulao Trail Run

25 04 2015

1st Mt Tapulao 36K Trail Run (Fastest Known Time Run)

Assembly/Start/Finish Area: Barangay Dampay Salaza, Palauig, Zambales

Start Time: 5:15 AM April 17, 2015

Cut-Off Time: 10 Hours

Tapulao Trail @ Km #10 & Water Source

Tapulao Trail @ Km #10 & Water Source

"Tapulao" Is The Local Dialect Translation For Pine Trees

“Tapulao” Is The Local Dialect Translation For Pine Trees

RANK                NAME                                   TIME (Hrs)

1.  Raffy Gabotero (Overall Champion, Course Record)—-4:23:37

2.  Cesar Lumiwes (1st Runner-Up, Overall) ————4:41:11

3.  Ronnie Moreno (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) ———–5:39:55

4.  Aldous Gabriel Elan ———————————–5:52:01

5.  Moises Abadan —————————————-5:52:42

6.  Graciano Santos —————————————5:55:19

7.  Jaime Tulio ———————————————6:03:11

8. Jay Ar Romamban ————————————-6:10:58

9.  Joseph Montilla —————————————6:39:54

10. James Rapp ——————————————6:62:32

11. Jeffrey Velasco —————————————7:01:26

12. Pojie Penones —————————————-7:13:35

13. Sony Testinio —————————————–7:42:20

14. Salustiano Ramos Jr ——————————–7:42:21

15. Roel Romero —————————————-8:20:16

16. Alfonso Limque ————————————-8:32:43

Overall Champion & Course Record Holder Raffy Gabotero

Overall Champion & Course Record Holder Raffy Gabotero

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Thanks and Appreciation to the Provincial Government of Zambales under the leadership of the Honorable Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr and his Staff for making this trail running event as part of the Dinamulag Zambales Mango Festival.





User’s Report: MERRELL’s “All Out Rush” Trail Shoes

23 04 2015

User’s Report: MERRELL “All Out Rush” Trail Shoes

Since the time I started running and buying running shoes, I always think and have the impression that “cheap shoes are low in quality and it is a waste of money spending on them”. This is the reason why I concentrated on using ASICS Shoes (Made In Japan, then) and New Balance (Made In USA, then, too!) during my early days as a road runner/marathon runner. Obviously, these brands then were the most expensive ones.

Since I started blogging, I’ve used different brands of running shoes and it was Joe Matias of “A Runners Circle” (ARC) Specialty Running Store in Los Angeles, California that gave me the ONLY Complimentary Shoes in my entire running career when the HOKA ONE ONE was initially introduced in the market. I am proud to say that I was the FIRST Local Runner in the Philippines to have used the said shoes 4-5 years ago. I was able to try their first models of their Bondi B and Stinson EVO. I never had a chance to review these shoes as I found them to be perfect shoes in my LSD on the paved roads due to its maximal cushioning. Up to this time, I always use these shoes in my training on paved roads.

Out of curiosity, I started to browse on the website of Merrell Shoes and I found their models very interesting and was able to read feedbacks/reviews of each model from its users which is a mixture of pros and cons on the on its fit, comfort, and durability. My interest in this brand of shoes led me to visit their distribution stores in Metro Manila. I am surprised that their stores have stocks on those shoes and models that I’ve seen in their website. In short, I bought my first Merrell Shoes which is the “All Out Rush”.

Fresh Look From The Box

Fresh Look From The Box

The All Out Rush (AOR) is categorized as a Cushioned Trail Shoes and I got the red one. I am not particularly interested with its specifications and material components because I just wanted an alternate training shoes for my trail running workouts.

I immediately used it in my trail running workouts. For the past one month & half and for almost 100 miles of trails in my “playground”, I am satisfied with it. The fit was perfect whether I use a thin or thick running socks or whether I tie the shoe laces tightly or loosely. But I prefer them (shoe laces) to be tied tightly so that the shoes is tightly snugged on my feet.

I have observed that these shoes don’t have any insole but I still find them to be comfortable. At first, I could feel the lugs of the sole of the shoes on my feet during my downhill running but as I used them, my feet became accustomed to the feeling as if there is a “massaging” feeling on my sole. But when I use a thicker pair of trail running socks, the feeling is completely gone. Actually, I have the same experience on the first few miles while using my Salomon S-Lab Sense 3 (SG) Shoes with its more aggressive studs on its sole.

I’ve been using it in my daily trail runs and have it sun-dried every time I removed them from my feet after my runs. I have never washed them and I am excited to wear them with the dirt and dust on their uppers every time I go for my trail running workout. I don’t smell any “nasty” odor from the shoes due to its “Breathable mesh lining treated with M-Select™ FRESH odor control”, whatever that description means but it is really true!

I find the shoes weight lighter than my Hoka One One Shoes which is 9.3 ounces per shoe, a standard weight for a cushioned trail shoes. I find the weight of a trail shoe and its cushioning as the two most important factors to consider in selecting a trail shoes for ultras and shorter distances.

Circular Studs On Its Outsole

Circular Studs On Its Outsole

I wonder what material the outsole is made of but it is not Vibram. I find it surprising that I don’t see any “wear & tear” signs on them after using them for almost 100 miles in the mountains over hardened trails, rocks, sandy lahar-like soil, and paved roads. The sole studs don’t have any signs of being deformed or shaved-off from its original appearance. As compared with my other trail shoes, like Hoka One One, Salomon, New Balance, ASICS, Adidas, and Altra, with almost 100 miles of usage, I could already see some signs of shaving-off of their outer soles (usually on the outer side portions) due to “wear and tear”. The outsole studs are not pointed or look aggressive as they are in circular forms but I find them very effective in my downhill running over loose soil and steep hardened trails.

More information and description of the shoes can be seen here:
http://www.merrell.com/US/en/all-out-rush/17004M.html?dwvar_17004M_color=J01697#start=1

You can buy two pairs of these shoes for the price of a “high-end” trail shoes being used by European elite mountain trail runners. But surprisingly, if you buy the shoes in the local market or in local Merrell Stores, they are much cheaper than what is posted as their price in their website.

Trail Shoes Are Meant To Be DIRTY

Trail Shoes Are Meant To Be DIRTY

Bottomline? Will I highly recommend these pair of trail shoes for you? Of course! You will get your money’s worth with this pair of shoes. If you are a compulsive runner-shopper, there is no need for you to order On Line/through Internet and wait for the delivery of your order. You simply go to the Malls and most likely, all the Sports Stores have Merrell Shoes in them. However, if you want more choices on their different models, the best way is to visit one of the Merrell Stores which are located in all the big malls in Metro Manila. (Note: The Staff/Sales Personnel in these stores are NOT trail runners or mountaineers, so be patient to just hear their usual “sales talk” while you are trying to walk or fit with the shoes!)

On my part, in a span of six weeks, I’ve already bought three (3) pairs of MERRELL Shoes to include the “All Out Rush”. Simply said, this is to inform my readers that I am NOT an Ambassador or Sponsored Runner/Blogger of this Shoe Company.

More “User’s Report” on other Merrell Shoes to follow.

Merrell's Out Of Flush In Action

Merrell’s “Out Of Rush” In Action





Official Result: 5th MAYON 360-Degree 80K Ultra Marathon Race (Solo)

12 04 2015

5th Edition MAYON 360-Degree 80K Ultra Marathon Race: A Run Around Mt Mayon Volcano

4:00 AM To 8:00 PM April 11, 2015

Starting & Finish Line: Penaranda Park, Legazpi City (Albay)

Cut-Off Time: 16 Hours

Number Of Starters: 313

Number Of Finishers: 278

Percentage Of Finish: 88.81%

Official Logo

Official Logo

RANK

NAME

TIME (Hrs)

1

Eliud Kering (Overall Champion, Course Record) 5:36:44

2

Bong Postrado (1st Runner-Up, Overall) 6:07:36

3

Mario Maglinao (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) 6:17:16

4

Marino Lagyap 6:30:47

5

Chito Gonzales 6:39:23

6

John Nino Monte 6:45:41

7

Adonis Lubaton 7:19:28

8

Carlo Morante 7:20:29

9

Froilan Enriquez 7:28:45

10

Salvador Nachor 7:32:42

11

Christian Velson Ticson 7:47:04

12

Ronald Aguilar 7:54:15

13

Neptali Icatlo 8:07:12

14

Jade Arevalo 8:08:48

15

Siegfried Amanca 8:13:25

16

Virgilio Undaloc Jr 8:13:28

17

Joseph Gentoleo 8:18:40

18

Stuart Gurr 8:21:53

19

Rafael Maestro 8:24:07

20

Karl Penones 8:29:34

21

Norman Ariate 8:32:55

22

Roy Calimlim 8:37:25

23

Alvin Luminario 8:40:24

24

Janette Agura (Champion, Female) 8:46:00

25

David Rivera 8:48:52

26

Sam Milan 8:55:58

27

Bembo Munap 9:00:52

28

Rocky Migpo 9:01:55

29

Silamie Apolistar (1st Runner-Up, Female) 9:02:00

30

Edgar Minas 9:04:59

31

Melchomelda Kitane (2nd Runner-Up, Female) 9:10:28

32

Melchor Flores 9:17:20

33

Antonio Quiriba 9:17:27

34

Cricenciano Borito 9:23:31

35

Diogenes Bernal 9:24:39

36

David White 9:26:17

37

Marlon Bon 9:30:56

38

Paul Drossou 9:41:16

39

Sebastian Roth 9:42:11

40

Smith Luna 9:44:01

41

Ruben Casim 9:48:38

42

Julius Ceazar Lim 9:49:44

43

Eric Solina 9:50:39

44

Ricky Betito 9:57:12

45

Chris Jefferson Lozano 9:57:49

46

Rosie Cantoria (Female) 9:58:11

47

Randy Cantoria 9:58:12

48

Nomeriano Barnedo Jr 9:58:14

49

Jennifer Cabbab (Female) 9:58:57

50

Ronaldo Racines 10:05:35

51

Saturnino Camangonan 10:06:49

52

Matthew David 10:09:38

53

Christopher Llobrera 10:11:34

54

Leo Ano 10:15:29

55

Sofronio Igay (Champion, Senior Citizen) 10:22:42

56

Cornelio Velus 10:23:53

57

Humali Cuizon 10:27:06

58

Rod Losabia 10:28:30

59

Allan Bandiola 10:30:40

60

Jerome Caasim 10:34:10

61

Ian Wellington Hukom 10:36:22

62

Erwin Alea 10”36:40

63

Roberto Banawon 10:37:34

64

Manny Magbanwa Jr ’10:39:12

65

Roselle Abajo (Female) ’10:43:55

66

Andrew Competente ’10:47:02

67

Orlando Alondra 10:47:31

68

Rhina Sison (Female) 10:48:26

69

Jess Evangelista 10:51:27

70

John Mark Sevilla 10:52:23

71

Florencio Bonaobra Jr 10:55:16

72

Ryan Nieva 10:56:20

73

Edmond Manlangit 10:57:05

74

Arjie Golimlim 11:02:13

75

Mhark Alan Pena 11:04:50

76

Killy Kunimoto (1st Runner-Up, Senior Citizen) 11:05:36

77

Aldrin Aguallo 11:06:32

78

Christian Cadez 11:12:58

79

Vicente Topacio 11:13:31

80

Ronald Julian Torregrosa 11:14:25

81

Trinidad Madison 11:15:58

82

Erwin Alamil 11:16:16

83

Gerimias Martinez 11:18:33

84

Harold Kim Isaguirre 11:18:48

85

Edgar Moron 11:20:35

86

Rey Bardelobar 11:21:41

87

Myriam Abejuela (Female) 11:26:18

88

Francisco Abejuela 11:26:42

89

Jelmor Biture 11:29:22

90

Raymundo Mabini 11:30:26

91

Tommy Tan 11:31:52

92

Anna Carmela Lim (Female) 11:37:03

93

John Michael Onipig 11:37:32

94

Marlo Alcantara 11:37:44

95

Gray Bateo 11:40:32

96

Brando Bueno 11:41:41

97

Jose Asis 11:42:32

98

Jonas Nacario 11:43:01

99

Gil Lustares 11:48:52

100

Pete Peralta 11:51:38

101

Marites Mangubat (Female) 11:52:34

102

Jeremiah Adam Prelleglra 11:53:09

103

Rodolfo Mapagdalita 11:54:22

104

Gary Castillo 11:54:35

105

Orlando Payumo (2nd Runner-Up, Senior Citizen) 11:55:15

106

Danilo Lim 11:55:20

107

Scherle Mark Abion 11:55:54

108

Albert Villamayor 11:56:00

109

Rodrigo Lanorias Sr 11:56:22

110

Cesar Pillarda 11:57:38

111

Rolfe Molina 12:01:54

112

Mark Jacob Banatlao 12:04:53

113

Wilmar Plopino 12:05:43

114

Cleodelia Armendez (Female) 12:06:43

115

Alex Alianza 12:13:38

116

Perfecto Balantes 12:14:03

117

Ma. Teresa Villa Abrielle (Female) 12:14:32

118

Rowena Madrid (Female) 12:14:37

119

Adrian Recacho 12:15:07

120

Aldrin Pallera 12:21:58

121

Rolan Cera 12:22:20

122

Rosette Pesuelo (Female) 12:22:41

123

Ronald Dedace 12:22:59

124

Santi Aphiwattanas 12:23:31

125

Samuel Bacayra 12:25:18

126

Dar-C Silao 12:26:22

127

Vincent Helario 12:26:29

128

Vicente Wanasen Jr 12:26:50

129

Benjie Moron 12:28:43

130

Ryan Laban 12:31:35

131

Abner Corpus 12:31:48

132

Joven Avila 12:31:56

133

Edmundo Tam 12:32:53

134

Remy Caasi 12:34:36

135

Noel Pitapit 12:35:27

136

Twila Mae 12:36:13

137

Eugene Dulay 12:36:25

138

Alberto Cruz Jr 12:38:47

139

Sherwin Guansing 12:44:41

140

Joel Rodriguez 12:47:15

141

Fabian Tagle 12:47:24

142

Severlino Real 12:47:59

143

Michael Peralta 12:48:15

144

Oliver Cavinta 12:52:17

145

Bernadeth Rocapor 12:55:59

146

Allan Joseph Abenes 12:56:15

147

Edsel Castillana 12:56:34

148

Elizalde Estrella 12:58:32

149

Henschel Boragay 12:58:36

150

Gracito Villaver 12:59:20

151

Alvin Sanga 13:02:27

152

Ma. Cecilia Macogay (Female) 13:04:24

153

Randy Padua 13:07:44

154

Ariel Pisquiza 13:09:01

155

Roderick Margallo 13:09:05

156

Arnel Amor 13:12:08

157

Nik Antonio 13:15:34

158

Ronald Dela Rosa 13:16:12

159

John Roger Calisin 13:16:24

160

Rosario Milallos 13:16:32

161

Boy Bernie Abrugan 13:16:43

162

Jesus Bayrante 13:16:54

163

Albert Constancio Ramon Hefti III 13:17:16

164

Almar Kenneth Marjalino 13:19:13

165

John Kevin Morcel 13:24:13

166

Randy Torralba 13:24:14

167

Teddy Boral 13:26:09

168

Reo Rey Jagonap 13:26:53

169

Mark Anthony Reyes 13:29:45

170

Jamie Rose Rillo (Female) 13:30:33

171

Mary Kristine Ira Garcia 13:30:34

172

Joshua Martin Esquela 13:30:51

173

Gilbert Balid 13:32:31

174

Grace Diocampo (Female) 13:32:36

175

Luis Ricario Jr 13:38:18

176

Rona Saludes (Female) 13:39:31

177

Hermie Saludes 13:39:33

178

Miguel Beduya 13:39:57

179

Junmar Que 13:40:50

180

Marinela Camatog (Female) 13:40:51

181

Addison Sayoc 13:41:02

182

Cecilia Lalisan (Female) 13:43:23

183

Gudelia Marcelo (Female) 13:45:39

184

Michael Angelo Maleriado 13:46:01

185

Daisy Visperas 13:46:24

186

Rus Kristoffer Parcia 13:50:06

187

Cerryson Moreno 13:50:37

188

Michael Yap 13:51:05

189

Angelica Isabel Paz 13:51:07

190

Kendrick Asanion 13:54:57

191

Venerando Monsarat 13:55:32

192

Rolando Macapagal 13:55:37

193

Joseph Ronquillo 13:56:06

194

Mario Honrado 13:56:18

195

Ma. Julieta Rael 13:56:32

196

Delmo Sullano 13:56:50

197

Julius Cruzat 13:57:13

198

Mignun Ignacio 13:57:19

199

Yancy Manaog 14:00:11

200

Kenji Akinaga 14:00:48

201

Julius Distrajo 14:01:15

202

Oliver Abuyen 14:01:28

203

Francis Sandro 14:02:53

204

Danilo Anonuevo 14:04:02

205

Lester Evangelista 14:05:37

206

Joe Peter Alaguer 14:05:59

207

Celso Callo 14:10:08

208

Victor Ansel Tingson 14:14:54

209

Errol Flynn Regaya 14:15:53

210

Chris Jefferson Lozano 14:16:19

211

Prospero Ibardaloza 14:16:30

212

Rhaffy Borbo 14:16:41

213

Nelson Val Caro Jr 14:18:13

214

Maureen Genes (Female) 14:18:21

215

Marife Dacanay (Female) 14:18:30

216

Ray Paras 14:19:13

217

Christian Rabe 14:23:37

218

Michael Arcos 14:23:46

219

Henry Llorente 14:24:36

220

Cyrus Barrameda 14:24:41

221

Joseph Nebrida 14:26:44

222

Efren Grogorio 14:27:10

223

Manuel Rebandaban 14:28:33

224

Arvin Arcilla 14:34:21

225

Ma. Emilie Mangampo (Female) 14:37:10

226

Mildred Tugado (Female) 14:37:23

227

Roxanne Maquinto (Female) 14:37:42

228

Arman Belen 14:37:52

229

Andrie Pacayra 14:38:07

230

Felipe Calixto Ignacio 14:38:21

231

Donald Jaca 14:42:23

232

Barge Harvi Singson 14:44:16

233

Janice Gilbuena (Female) 14:45:07

234

Joeven Gilbuena 14:45:28

235

Arjay Argote 14:45:41

236

Juan Tan 14:46:18

237

Ronald Tagsuan 14:48:37

238

Martin Roces 14:53:19

239

Josephine Bonavente (Female) 14:53:36

240

Arsenio Chavez 14:53:48

241

Gerly Santos (Female) 14:58:23

242

Jesson Prima 15:03:11

243

Wilbert Robles 15:03:12

244

Kristoffer Pelona 15:03:13

245

Victor Cambarijan Jr 15:03:51

246

Lhara Daferina (Female) 15:07:43

247

Ryan Calisura 15:08:24

248

Victor Biagtan 15:08:35

249

Melisse Montalbon (Female) 15:08:58

250

Ricardo Roxas 15:09:09

251

Matthew Mutia 15:09:39

252

Chris Allan Bandola 15:11:45

253

Romar Jaucian 15:12:37

254

Carlos Pitapit 15:12:50

255

Victoria Rodriguez (Female) 15:13:33

256

Ma. Leslie Abad (Female) 15:13:42

257

Leandro Gigantoca 15:14:58

258

Shane Siy-hian (Female) 15:18:22

259

Willie Adaz 15:18:24

260

Anthony Evon Cruz 15:19:17

261

Tim Tuscano 15:21:11

262

Marie Grace Blanco Perez (Female) 15:22:14

263

Russel Hernandez 15:22:16

264

Shanie Sinagco (Female) 15:22:42

265

Herbert Puyat 15:23:41

266

Aleli Gloria Delos Santos (Female) 15:30:49

267

Melchor Nicolas 15:31:01

268

Aldrin Cosa Barde 15:37:01

269

Rosita Dino (Female) 15:46:37

270

Elordino Piodos 15:46:55

271

Melissa Sarmenta (Female) 15:51:09

272

Raymund Sabater 15:53:23

273

Daniel Caampued 15:53:39

274

Evangeline Gregorio (Female) 15:53:49

275

Queenie Lynne Aceveda (Female) 15:54:09

276

Dhonabel Castillo (Female) 15:54:20

277

Rowena Santos (Female) 15:54:36

278

Raymond Nable 15:56:50
Starting/Finish Area

Starting/Finish Area

Champion & Course Record Holder

Champion & Course Record Holder Ellud Kering From Kenya

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Official Result: 1st MAYON 160K Ultra Marathon Race

11 04 2015

1st MAYON 160K Ultra Marathon Race

Start & Finish Area: Penaranda Park, Legazpi City (Albay)

Start Time: 2:00 AM April 10, 2015

Finish Time: 10:00 AM April 11, 2015

Cut-Off Time: 32 Hours

Number Of Starters: 46

Number Of Finishers: 37

Percentage Of Finish: 80.43%

Route Map & Course Elevation

Route Map & Course Elevation

RANK    NAME                 TIME (Hrs)

1.  Lao Ogerio (Overall Champion, Course Record) ——23:47:13
2.  Reynaldo Oros (1st Runner-Up, Overall) —————-24:03:36
3.  Bonifacio Balleras (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)———24:03:38
4.  Beda Abugan —————————————————24:50:42
5.  Roberto Villamor ———————————————-25:33:25
6.  Bob Castilla —————————————————-26:36:35
7.  Barrey Red ——————————————————27:12:24
8.  Dante Adorador ————————————————27:27:24
9.  Henry Castillo —————————————————27:55:38
10. Mark Tibo-oc —————————————————-28:03:59
11. Sherwin Ivan Joboli ——————————————-28:08:56
12. Ruben Veran —————————————————28:26:17
13. Cris Liwanagan ————————————————28:27:58
14. Joefren Perez ————————————————-28:34:18
15. Glen Calixto —————————————————28:34:21
16. Dindo Almoquera ———————————————28:56:05
17. Joseph Pili ——————————————————29:02:25
18. Janice Mauricio (Female Champion) ————-29:08:40
19. Jude Thaddeus Singson ———————————29:28:11
20. Ernesto Badong ——————————————-29:31:17
21. Noel Ko ——————————————————29:43:37
22. Gia Estrella (1st Runner-Up, Female) ———29:44:24
23. Cheryl Bihag 2nd Runner-Up, Female) ——-29:51:31
24. Benedict Meneses —————————————-29:53:33
25. Eusebio Cabidog ——————————————30:00:02
26. Arianne Ortega (Female) ——————————-30:18:10
27. Peach Tamayo (Female) ——————————-30:25:17
28. Elmar Bob Tolete —————————————-30:25:20
29. Marck Arcky Imperial ———————————30:29:22
30. Joji Salvador ————————————————30:34:40
31. Joseph Evasco ———————————————30:42:39
32. Yolly Barja (Female) ——————— ————30:55:27
33. Zaldy Santillan ——————————————-30:56:34
34. Elly Casulla ————————————————31:02:56
35. Lauro Daliwag ———————————————31:07:39
36. Kelvin Dela Torre —————————————31:19:37
37. Alvin Cesar ————————————————-31:21:14

Brave Warriors Of The 1st MAYON 160K Ultra Marathon

Brave Warriors Of The 1st MAYON 160K Ultra Marathon

Overall Champion & Course Record Holder Lao Ogerio

Overall Champion & Course Record Holder Lao Ogerio

Congratulations To All The Finishers!!!





Official Result: 1st “WEST To EAST” 280K Ultra Marathon Race

5 04 2015

1st “WEST To EAST” 280K Ultra Marathon Race: The Longest Solo & Single-Stage Ultra Marathon Road Race In The Philippines.

Starting Area: Bolinao Sports Complex/Bolinao Municipal Hall, Bolinao, Pangasinan

Finish Area: Pacific Ocean Shore, Barangay Tanguige, Dingalan, Aurora

Start Time: 5:00 AM Thursday, April 2, 2015

Finish Time: 2:00 PM Saturday, April 4, 2015

Course Cut-Off Time: 57 Hours

Intermediate Cut-Off Time: 10 Hours Every 50 Kilometers

Number Of Starters: 11 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 7 Runners

Percentage Of Finishers: 63.63%

RANK                    NAME                                       TIME (Hours)

1. Henry Laron (Overall Champion, Course Record)—-51:32:09

2. Elmar Bob Tolete (1st Runner-Up, Overall) ——-52:00:36

3. Thomas Combisen (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —-52:27:52

4. Bong Anastacio ——————————–53:34:18

5. Marlon Santos ———————————54:31:18

6. Romhel Biscarra —————————— 55:21:37

7. Benedict Meneses —————————– 56:32:20

Overall Champion Henry Laron

Overall Champion Henry Laron 

Overall 1st Runner-Up Elmar Bob Tolete

Overall 1st Runner-Up Elmar Bob Tolete

Overall 2nd Runner-Up Thomas Combisen

Overall 2nd Runner-Up Thomas Combisen

Finisher's Buckle

Finisher’s Buckle

Finisher's Medal

Finisher’s Medal

Finisher's Shirt

Finisher’s Shirt

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Courtesy

31 03 2015

Courtesy (In Ultra Races)

Courtesy is defined, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, as a polite behavior that shows respect for other people; something that you do because it is polite, kind, etc.; or something that you say to be polite especially when you meet someone.

I am going to apply the word “courtesy” to some of the actuations or actions of ultra runners in my races. I mean, on the actions of some ultra runners that are considered as violation of courtesy in ultra races.

Good Manners & Right Conduct in ultra races or for that matter, in any running event is Common Sense. However, in this post/blog, I would like to be specific in one of the actuations of runners which is both cool and at the same time unfavorable action as seen and perceived by others.

This is the practice of overtaking or passing a runner in the last few meters before the Finish Line in an Ultra Running Event. Personally, it is my understanding that an Ultra Running Event is NOT a Sprinting Event. Having said this, Sprinting on your last 10 or 20 meters before the Finish Line is a BIG “No-No” to me, more so, if you intend to pass a runner ahead of you before finally crossing the Finish Line.

In one of the early editions of the PAU Tanay 50K Ultra Run, one of the “newbie” ultra runners (I think, this was his first 50K/Ultra Run) was passed by an “older and more experienced” ultra runner on the last 50 meters before the Finish Line. Since I know personally these two runners, I just observed and listened for their feedbacks. The “older and more experienced” ultra runner just smiled and kept silent until the event was over. The “newbie” was mad and sad that somebody had overtaken him on the last few meters of the race. (Both runners don’t know each other personally up to this time). The “newbie” ultrarunner, due to his frustration, never came back for another ultra running event. He is now an Ironman!

In the PAU National 110K Championship Run in Guimaras last year, a “hardcore” PAU ultra runner was overtaken by a local elite runner on the last 40 meters before the Finish Line! The PAU Ultra Runner was leading the whole race not until he was challenged by the passing local runner for a “sprint” on the last 40 meters to the Finish Line. What added to the sadness and frustration of the PAU Runner was that there was a video on how this local elite runner passed him and it was posted on Facebook. The PAU Runner had become wiser and smarter in his succeeding ultra races after that experience.

In the 1st Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Run (Single Stage), another runner chased a leading runner ahead of him on the last 50 meters to the Finish Line. The runner who was passed could not believe that the chasing runner had the nerve to pass him on the last few meters of the race. I have yet to settle the differences of these two ultra runners in my future races as their competition with each other continues.

Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race

Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race

In this year’s Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race, an older Lady Runner complained and told me a story about another younger Lady Runner congratulating her for being able to finish the race with barely 2 kilometers more to go before the Finish Line. The younger Lady Runner would tell to the older one that she will give way for her to finish the race ahead. However, on the last 100 meters before the Finish Line, the younger Lady Runner was running hard and fast, and had overtaken the older Lady Runner before crossing the Finish Line. The older Lady Runner came to me and told me about the incident. She was mad and furious but I told her that what matters most is that she finished the race without any injury or any “issues”. She has to move on and forget about the said incident. Lately, she told me that she will be back for the next year’s edition of the BDM 102 and her goal will be to improve her finish time.

Any ultra runner can relate to this kind of experience in running events. I know that all running events are considered as RACES where one has to be faster than the others in crossing the Finish Line. But in ultra running, it is not the competition that is most important but it is on the journey, the experience, and the camaraderie/friendship that develops during and after the race matter most. Finishing the Ultra Running Event is the most important objective/goal of an Ultra Runner within the prescribed cut-off time! The Finish Time is just secondary goal for record purposes and as a point of reference if one has the objective to improve in his/her performance in its future edition.

In my experience, when somebody would like to keep in step with my pace during the race and the runner is much younger than my age, I would be happy and think that I am already winning over him during the race. Since I don’t have anything more to prove to this younger runner who is in pace with me, I would allow him/her to finish first and for me to have my pace slower before I cross the Finish Line. Of course, showing a big smile before crossing the Finish Line is a must. Before you knew it, the one you allowed to cross the finish line ahead of you, will be turning back towards you with a smile and the words, “Thank You, Sir”!

This runner will never forget you and he will be your avid fan in running…forever!

Pacing Each Other In A Trail Running Event

Pacing Each Other In A Trail Running Event





Shek Pik Trail @ TransLantau 100

28 03 2015

After running, jogging and walking for sixty (60) kilometers and after covering a distance of 4-5 kilometers from Tai O Village, the trail route leads to a single-track trail which is surrounded by grasses, shrubs, rocks, and small trees. One has to veer right from the cemented path/road and start an uphill climb on this trail. This is about 2-kilometer uphill and very steep climb towards the Cable Tram that goes to the Big Buddha.

In order to appreciate the beauty of the landscape and the scenery that one can see as you go higher on the trail, I was able to discover these photos/pictures which were taken by Lai Lam Po of Hongkong and posted in the event’s website. These pictures will also serve as a reference for this who are planning to join in the next edition/s of the TransLantau 100 Trail Run.

Very Steep & Thickly Vegetated

Very Steep & Thickly Vegetated

You Are Not Supposed To See The Top Of The Mountain

You Are Not Supposed To See The Top Of The Mountain

Bridge Construction In Progress

Bridge Construction In Progress

Panoramic View Of The Sea

Panoramic View Of The Sea

Patience Is A Virtue

Patience Is A Virtue

After Reaching The Peak, Another Peak Emerges

After Reaching The Peak, Another Peak Emerges

Finally, At The Peak

Finally, At The Peak

Going Down The Stairs

Going Down The Stairs From The Peak

Going Up To Cable Tram Area

Going Up To Cable Tram Area

Trail After The Cable Tram Area, Leading To Ngo Ping

Trail After The Cable Tram Area, Leading To Ngo Ping

These pictures were arranged in this post from the start of the Shek Pik Trail up to the trail leading to Ngong Ping.

These pictures were taken by Lai Lam Po.

Happy trail running and hiking!








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