Official Result: 1st Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race (3-Day Stage)

10 02 2014

1st PAU Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race (3-Day Stage)

1:00 AM February 7, 2014 – 6:00 PM February 9, 2014

Start: Rizal Monument, Luneta Park, Manila

Finish: Rizal Park, Burnham Park, Baguio City

Number Of Starters: 42 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 24 Runners

Starting Line @ Luneta Park (Photo Courtesy Of Elaine Botabara)

Starting Line @ Luneta Park (Photo Courtesy Of Elaine Botabara)

RANK NAME TIME (HRS)
1 Jaylord Ballao (Champion, Course Record) 30:26:51
2 Jael Wenceslao (1st Runner-Up) 33:01:41
3 Alfred Delos Reyes (2nd Runner-Up) 34:03:12
4 Lao Ogerio 35:22:18
5 Raffy Gabotero 36:06:09
6 Carlo Gonzales 37:29:52
7 Rhodz Cordora 38:09:12
8 Simon Pavel Miranda 38:36:47
9 James Joseph Soto 39:26:09
10 Albert Salazar 39:26:23
11 Sandy Alentajan 39:34:24
12 Bobby Go 39:34:59
13 Ronnel Go 39:38:52
14 Vanz Camannong 42:37:28
15 Dhannie Tan 43:13:46
16 Carl Balagot 43:45:07
17 Fernando Cabanero 44:04:33
18 Graciano Santos 44:16:01
19 Ronel Medina 44:23:35
20 Amos Adalim 45:19:59
21 Benedict Meneses 45:54:23
22 Nino Andrelix Navarro 46:26:01
23 Leiza Valerio (Lady Champion, Course Record) 46:26:04
24 Ricardo Cabusao 46:35:54
Podium Finishers (Left To Right: Alfred Delos Reyes, Jaylord Ballao, Jael Wenceslao)

Podium Finishers (Left To Right: Alfred Delos Reyes, Jaylord Ballao, Jael Wenceslao) Photo by Ms. Valerie Tauli

Congratulations To All The Participants!





Friday Trash Run

5 02 2014

Starting last Friday, Danin (my training partner) and I had put in our training schedule some time to spend cleaning the rivers/streams along our trail running route and pick-up/collect the trashes that we see scattered along the trail.

From the start of our 26.2K-loop, we started picking up trashes we saw on the trail until we reached where we started. We also cleaned the streams from dried twigs, branches and leaves.

Pool Cleaning Along The Trail

Pool Cleaning Along The Trail

It made our running workout slower but what we did during the said workout was all worth it. If there is a simple thing to do for the good of the environment, picking up of trashes along the trails is a “no brainer” for a trail runner to do. It may not have an immediate result or impact on the environment but the thought of maintaining cleanliness in the environment has a personal satisfaction for me and Danin.

I did not expect that the trash we collected ended up in two plastic bags which we brought as our garbage bags. As we were going back to where we started, Danin thought of tying the bags on his backpack. One can see from the picture of Danin how big are the volumes of the two garbage bags full of trash!

Danin Running With The Bags Of Trash

Danin Running With The Bags Of Trash

Two Bags Full Of Trash!

Two Bags Full Of Trash!

From the contents of the garbage bags, most of them are non-biodegradables—plastics, water bottles, soda cans, junk food plastic bags, candy wrappers, cigarette packs, and plastic bags.

The Collected Trash

The Collected Trash

Danin and I will be doing this “exercise” once a week along the trails in my playground.

I hope this personal effort to save the environment will have its “spread” effect to the other trail runners and trekkers of our mountains.





1st Manila To Baguio 250K Run

4 02 2014

The following are the FINAL instructions to this event:

1. This event is a 3-day stage, solo running event covering a distance of 250 kilometers from Kilometer Post #0 in Luneta Park, Manila to Kilometer Post #250 at the Rizal Park in Baguio City (near Burnham Park).

2. Participants can be supported by their respective support vehicle/support crew or run as unsupported throughout the race. Runners must follow the Rules & Regulations of PAU Road Races and/or the established Rules & Regulations of the Bataan Death March 102K & 160K Ultra Marathon Races. Ignorance on these Rules & Regulations will NOT be considered as an excuse for being Disqualified in the Race. (Note: If this is your first time to join PAU Races or never been a Finisher of the BDM Races, it is your personal responsibility to browse this blog and read on the Rules & Regulations)

3. The race will start at 1:00 AM of Friday, February 7, 2014 at Kilometer #0 at the Luneta Park. Assembly Time starts at 11:00 PM of Thursday, February 6, 2014 for those who have yet to be processed and for the inspection of required running kits for every runner. Runners are advised to be at the Starting Area at least One Hour before Gun Start.

4. Runners will run along the old MacArthur Highway all the way to the Finish Line. From the Starting Line, runners could take their selected route up to Monumento/Balintawak Circle/Statue in order to proceed to MacArthur Highway. Runners must be able to reach the Monumento Area in 2 Hours. From Pangasinan, the route to Baguio City will be the traditional Kennon Road.

5. Runners has to run the following legs with the corresponding cut-off time:

1st Leg/Day—-90 Kilometers in 16 Hours. Finish Line @ Kilometer Post #90 in Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga

2nd Leg/Day—-90 Kilometers in 16 Hours. Finish Line @ Kilometer Post #180 in Urdaneta City (Pangasinan)

3rd Leg/Last Day—-70 Kilometers in 16 Hours. Finish Line @ Rizal Park, Burnham Park, Baguio City

Runners who will NOT be able to finish each leg within the prescribed cut-off time will be declared DNF. There will be Intermediary CHECKPOINTS along the way where the RD would declare a runner as a DNF if he/she could not pass the said point. These Checkpoints are unannounced places.

Kilometer Post #90 in Mabalacat, Pampanga

Kilometer Post #90 in Mabalacat, Pampanga

Kilometer Post #180 Will Be 2 Kilometers Before This Place (Photo Courtesy of Dennis Uy)

Kilometer Post #180 Will Be 2 Kilometers Before This Place (Photo Courtesy of Dennis Uy)

5.  Each leg of the race shall start at exactly 1:00 AM and nobody will be exempted from wearing the necessary equipment like, headlight/flashlight, reflective vest, and hydration system during the night run.

6. As a reference, a runner can browse the links in my blog on my Adventure Run from Manila to Baguio City on the Facebook Event Page on the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/434250836694376/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

PINK Is The Color Of This Event

PINK Is The Color Of This Event

7. Finishers will be awarded with Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s T-Shirt, and Certificate. Podium finishers for the Men’s & Ladies will receive Trophies. Finishers of EACH LEG will receive a Finisher’s T-Shirt. Results will be published on this blog.

Good Luck To All The Runners!





Result: 2014 BDM 102 “Test Run” (Km #50-#102)

3 02 2014

2014 BDM 102 “Test Run” (From BDM Km #50-BDM Km #102)/Abucay, Bataan To San Fernando, Pampanga

7:00 AM February 2, 2014

Number Of Starters: 25 Runners

@BDM Km Post #50, Abucay, Bataan

@BDM Km Post #50, Abucay, Bataan

RANK NAME TIME (HRS)
1 Rona Saludes 7:01:51
2 Venn Lamela 7:15:16
3 Jay Lamela 7:17:12
4 Roy Garcia 7:22:20
5 Madison Trinidad 7:25:16
6 Joseph Rebolledo 7:37:59
7 Jeff Lualhati 7:52:33
8 Jon Ogsimer 8:21:21
9 Joji Salvador 8:21:22
10 Nap Ocampo 8:59:55
11 Kharl Ocampo 8:59:56
12 Elmeray Kabigting 9:04:42
13 Jie Mauricio 9:04:44
14 Mark Tibo-oc 9:29:00
15 Allan Macaraig 9:43:53
16 Edwin Fernandez 9:48:51
17 Januarius Padilla 9:52:36
18 Godfrey Palpal-latoc 9:57:43
19 Arnel Villanueva 9:57:44
New Faces & Soon To Be Hardcore Ultra Runners

New Faces & Soon To Be Hardcore Ultra Runners

@BDM Km Post #102 & Old Railway Terminal In San Fernando, Pampanga

@BDM Km Post #102 & Old Railway Terminal In San Fernando, Pampanga

Good Luck To Everybody!





“Charcoal Men’s” Trail

30 01 2014

A day after the conduct of the Rizal Day Run 50K & 32K at Camp Aguinaldo last December 29, 2013, I was invited by Ultra Runner Ronnel Go aka Kampuger for a trail run on his running group’s “playground” which is very near Quezon City/Metro Manila. This was my first time to visit the mountains near Metro Manila but I had a chance to join a half-marathon road race in one of the towns in Rizal four or five years ago which is located within this area.

Ronnel Go became my tourist guide while we were joined by Ariel Tuto Aquino and Dr Marc Conrad Molina. We parked our cars at the Barangay Hall of San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal and from there we started our hike. Knowing that Ronnel Go had just finished the Rizal Day Run 50K Ultra Race where he placed as the 2nd Runner-Up and Dr Marc Molina finishing the race, I advised the group that we will power hike the whole route even if it will take us to finish it the whole daytime. The trail tour was some sort of a recovery hike for the two runners while Ariel made some running on the flat and descending portion of the trails to have some easy long run  workout for the day. I was there as a hiker trying to orient myself in the place.

First 5K of the Trail

First 5K of the Trail

Resting Is Picture Taking

Resting Is Picture Taking

I was informed that we were taking the reverse route where most of the hikers would avoid because the approach to higher peaks are steeper. So, we power hiked and enjoyed every scenery we could see around us as we go higher to some of the hills and later to the mountains. We have to stop and take some pictures of the places where one could see up to the vastness of Metro Manila, Laguna De Bay, and the mountains of Rizal and Bulacan.

Billiard Table In A Store

Billiard Table In A Store

We stopped in a store where there is a billiard table and we took our first snacks and rest. We made a re-supply of our water bottles and continued our hike. As we moved higher to more peaks, we felt cold winds all around us and the sky was overcast. It was a perfect weather for a hiking in the mountains and my companions would make some remarks that it was their first time to experience such cold, windy and overcast sky in the area.

Single File!

Single File!

I could hardly feel any tiredness and exhaustion as we moved to a higher elevation. The stories, jokes and laughter with the group make our hike enjoyable plus the nice scenery all around us. The group brought me to their “signature” locations where one would take ones picture. They have this favorite “rock” and ascending trail until one would reach the peak of Mt Balagbag.

Group "Selfie" At The Peak Of Mt Balagbag

Group “Selfie” At The Peak Of Mt Balagbag

The peak of Mt Balagbag has a flat portion for campers where they could “fix” their tents. We stayed for a longer time in the place to see the places around us and take some group pictures. From the peak, everything were all descending until we reach Barangay Licau-licau but before we reached this place for our lunch, we dropped by a store where we had our second snacks for the day.

Barangay Licau-licau is a crossroad to a descending road that goes back to a barangay with garbage and to San Isidro; the ascending road that goes to Mt Balagbag; and a flat road that goes to the populated area within the barangay. There is a store with “turo-turo” (ready cooked) food and this where we had our lunch. This is the place also where we met another ultra runner, Lao Ogerio, who placed 1st Runner-Up in the Rizal Day 50K Run. He was there also for his recovery run a day after the race.

2014 BDM 160 Ultra's 1st Runner-Up Lao Ogerio As Ice Cream Vendor

2014 BDM 160 Ultra’s 1st Runner-Up Lao Ogerio As Ice Cream Vendor

Group Picture With The Ice Candy Vendor

Group Picture With The Ice Candy Vendor

From Barangay Licau-licua, we became five in the group. Lao Ogerio became our lead hiker until we met a local who was selling ice candy/popsicle. He carried the ice box of the local guy to shaded portion of the trail and we had a rest while enjoying the sweet and cold taste of the popsicle. After paying the local guy for the popsicle we ate, we continued our hike until we reached the highway that led us to the Barangay Hall of San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.

It was Ronnel who was wearing a GPS watch and it registered a distance of 34 kilometers with 9 hours of elapsed time since we started our hike. I did not ask for the total ascent & descent of the place but I know this is a place where one would make himself or herself a strong runner.

Now I know why the group of Ronnel and the other runners who make this place as their “playground” are very strong in ultra running and trail running. I happened to know also that some of the top contenders of my PAU Races come here in this place for their weekend long runs. No wonder they are strong and fast in my ultra races.

If you ask me why I call the trail as “Charcoal Men’s” Trail, it is because the local people whom you meet in the area are carrying with them 3-4 sacks of charcoal in going up and down the mountain trails.

@ The Rock In Mt Balagbag

@ The Rock In Mt Balagbag





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!

Pictures:

https://www.facebook.com/baldrunner/media_set?set=a.10202456707792658.1073741871.1043179758&type=1

https://www.facebook.com/baldrunner/media_set?set=a.10202472207220134.1073741872.1043179758&type=1

https://www.facebook.com/baldrunner/media_set?set=a.10202472433985803.1073741873.1043179758&type=1





Result: 1st Naic To Nasugbu 55K Ultra Marathon Race

13 01 2014

5:00 AM January 12, 2014

Starting Area: Municipal Plaza, Naic, Cavite

Finish Area: Petron Gasoline Station, Nasugbu, Batangas

Cut-Off Time: 10 Hours

Number Of Starters: 34 Runners

Number of Finishers: 34 Runners

Jc Igos (Champion, Male) 5:31:11      
Ariel Briones (1st Runner Up, Male) 6:02:52      
Enrique Sundiang (2nd Runner Up, Male) 6:06:23      
Rico Laplana 6:07:21      
Epoy Poblete 6:17:41      
Jan Imperio 6:19:08      
Paolo Osmeña 6:22:11      
Kenneth De Villa Mañibo 6:45:36      
Moises Moreno 6:50:01      
Enstein B. Calaoa Jr. 6:57:08      
Chips Dayrit 7:08:14      
Darryl Panado 7:08:17      
Emerson Sto. Domingo 7:09:26      
Tess Leono (Champion, Female) 7:09:52      
Werner Cruz 7:12:26      
JJ San Pascual 7:18:36      
Jon Ogsimer 7:20:21      
Gia Estrella (1st Runner Up, Female) 7:21:01      
Jonel Mendoza 7:32:30      
Manny Ocampo 7:34:28      
Mel Severino 7:37:49      
Jerry Briones 7:39:07      
Edgar Borbon Vocal 7:46:34      
Christian Almendrala 7:46:35      
Carlo Contemplacion 7:49:18      
Zaldy Santillan 8:02:46      
Cholo Reynes 8:21:25      
Danny Añonuevo 8:21:34      
Mar Marilag 9:02:47      
Orlando Ylaya 9:23:17      
Nap Ocampo 9:27:24      
Kharl Ocampo 9:27:42      
Arianne Ortega (2nd Runner Up) 9:40:03      
Januarius Padilla 9:40:41      
Leading Runner JC Igos @ Kilometer #15

Leading Runner JC Igos @ Kilometer #15

Congratulations To All The Runners!





Pictures Of The Week #21

10 01 2014

Thank You Lord For The Strength!

Thank You Lord For The Strength!

On The Feast Of The Black Nazareth

On The Feast Of The Black Nazareth





DNF @ 2013 TNF Phil 100 Trail Ultra

10 01 2014

The first reason why I DNFd in this race was because of my being dumb and hard-headed. In the middle of March of last year, I had a bad slip and fall on a paved road that caused some injuries to my right leg, knee, and head. The trauma that hit my knees to the ground resulted to a pain that made me limp in my walk and run. Despite of what had happened, I joined the Mt Ugo 42K Trail Marathon without any plans of joining it and I was able to withstand the pain on my right knee and was able to finish the race.

Two weeks before the conduct of the TNF 100, while “road testing” my Hoka One One Bondi B Speed, I had another slip and fall and my right knee which was recovering from my previous injury, hit the ground first and the pain I felt during the Mt Ugo 42K Trail Marathon came back. I was forced to rest the following days and prepared for my last recon run on the TNF course on the following weekend.

We were lost during our last recon run one week before the race and I was exhausted and tired. What was supposed to be an easy 20K trail hike, it became a 35K strenuous hike among our group. Being exhausted and tired one week before the race was a Big NO as part of the training preparation for such a very challenging event.

On race day, I was still strong and determined to finish the race when I reached AS1 as I had some “buffer” time on the prescribed cut-off time. While I was on my way to the Philex Ridge, I was still on a fighting mode in the company of Bong Alindada until we reached the Aid Station in Barangay Alang. From that point, everything is a rolling terrain with more declines until one reaches the halfway point along Kennon Road.

From Barangay Alang To Twin Peaks Falls

From Barangay Alang To Twin Peaks Falls

The Barangay Alang to Twin Peaks Falls was my downfall. The pain on my right knee was getting more severe; it was too hot; I was experiencing exhaustion due to dehydration and faulty nutrition; and the paved steep road in going down to the next Aid Station was too harmful to my legs and knees that I had to slow down.

I still have less than one hour as a “buffer” time before the prescribed cut-off time but my rest and eating period were extended as I stayed longer at the Aid Station for my much-needed rest and recovery. My time for my body to rest and recover was very slow as I tried to ingest more solid foods to my body.

I left the Aid Station with a very small margin of buffer time but after hiking for about 500 meters, there was some traffic among the runners along a single track trail due to carabaos staying on the trail. Due to the brief stop, I became lazy but I forced to continue with the hike. As the sun was setting down on the west and getting darker, I finally decided to throw the towel and declare myself as DNF.

For this year, I will be back to finish this race!





Little Acts To Nature

9 01 2014

In our trail runs in my “playground” with my training partner, Dannin, we always have something to do for the trail aside from running. It is either we pick-up plastic wrappers of candies or biscuits or cigarettes or any kind of trash; remove dried twigs or branches on the trail; cut grasses and branches that block one’s view of the trail; or clean the waterways in streams and rivers along the way.

Dannin Removing Dried Twigs & Leaves On Waterways

Dannin Removing Dried Twigs & Leaves On Waterways

In our latest run, Dannin and I cleaned and removed the debris/dried leaves that were accumulated on the waterways of the rivers and streams where we usually cross or pass. There were two rivers which we cleaned and it improved the continuous flow of water from the higher ground to a bigger pool where anybody would take a dip or swim.

With the better and continuous flow of water of the river, we are preventing the presence of insects and mosquitoes where they could breed and multiply. It would also prevent the river from overflowing to its banks which would result to flooding in populated areas or for the river to create another waterway which would lead to more erosion of earth and movements of rocks.

Another Stream To Clean From Debris

Another Stream To Clean From Debris

It did not take us for ten minutes to clean each river but such simple and little act to nature would give more protection to the population in terms of preventing diseases (due to the presence of mosquitoes) and maintaining the natural flow of water to the lower grounds, thereby, preventing flooding and erosion.

Deeper, Cleaner Water Pool Where Everybody Would Swim Or Dip

Deeper, Cleaner Water Pool Where Everybody Would Swim Or Dip

If you happen to hike or run along the hills and mountain trails, find time to exert a little time and effort to help and conserve nature.

So, lace up, get out of the door and run!








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