Result: 4th Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan 65K Ultra Run

25 08 2014

4:00 AM August 24, 2014

Start: Division Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City

Finish: Purok Tanguige, Barangay Aplaya, Dingalan, Aurora

Starting Line (Photo Courtesy Of Reese Rogel)

Starting Line (Photo Courtesy Of Reese Rogel)

1. Lao Ogerio (Champion, Overall, Men)—–7:22:55 hours

2. Kristian Mark Ison (1st Runner-Up, Overall, Men)—–7:27:19

3. Jay Pagcu (2nd Runner-Up, Overall, Men)—–7:28:59

4. Elmar Bob Tolete—–7:55:34

5. Alfred Delos Reyes—–8:22:16

6. Gilbert Catacutan—–8:39:19

7. Patricia Serios (Champion, Female)—–8:48:22

8. Cristopher Magdangal—–9:01:07

9. Sheila Rose Elasin (1st Runner-Up, Female)—–9:10:19

10. Daphne Codilla (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—–9:10:22

11. Loradel Hanopol (Female)—–9:10:30

12. Reylynne Dela Paz (Female)—–9:40:50

13. Madison Trinidad Jr—–9:48:21

14. Khris Caleon—–9:55:41

15. George Ged-Ang Jr—–10:01:24

16. Ronnel Go—–10:16:11

17. Kathleen Fresnido (Female)—–10:22:58

18. Randy Miranda—–10:22:59

19. Joel Salvia—–10:34:48

20. Amor Gabriel Jr—–10:39:36

21. Manny Ocampo—–10:40:28

22. Bong Anastacio—–10:40:30

23. Michael Sastrillo—–11:08:40

24. Reese Rogel (Female)—–11:16:22

25. Gerson Yuson—–11:16:35

26. Christian Aisporna—–11:24:14

27. Mark Anthony Belariso—–11:25:10

28. Edwin Cruz—–11:38:46

29. Jeronimo Ventura III—–11:55:20

30. Jinky Yray (Female)—–11:56:27

31. Reinier Tatlonghari—–12:13:23

32. Emma Libunao (Female)—–12:43:13

33. Rolando Ramirez Jr—–12:52:59

34. Cherry Rose Betonio (Female)—–13:35:04

35. Michiko Joaquin (Female)—–13:35:05

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio

Female Champion Patricia Serios

Female Champion Patricia Serios

Congratulations To All The Finishers and Support Crew!

(Note: Pictures will be posted on Facebook) 

 





Official Results: 3rd Taklang Damulag 100-Mile & 50-Mile Endurance Runs

16 12 2013

3rd Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run

5:00 AM Saturday, December 14, 2013 To 1:00 PM Sunday, December 15, 2013 (32 Hours)

SOCOM Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City (Nueva Ecija)

Number of Starters: 28

Number of Finishers: 14

Percentage Rate of Finish: 50%

Happy & Excited

Happy & Excited

@ The New Starting Line

@ The New Starting Line

Countdown!

Countdown!

RANK

NAME

TIME (HRS)

1

Wilnar Iglesia (Champion, Course Record)

25:54:47

2

Raffy Gabotero (1st Runner-Up, Course Record)

28:41:52

3

Graciano Santos (2nd Runner-Up)

29:43:33

4

Bong Alindada 

30:14:17

5

Henry Laron

30:25:23

6

Glairold Recella

30:43:43

7

Nicolas De Leon

31:03:19

8

Yob Red

31:31:09

9

Jonel Mendoza

31:37:31

10

Elmar Bob Tolete

31:37:32

11

Ronnel Go

31:41:47

12

Meljohn Tezon

31:44:14

13

Benedict Meneses

31:46:54

14

Fernando Cabanero

31:55:23

Wilnar Iglesia, Champion & Course Record Holder

Wilnar Iglesia, Champion & Course Record Holder

oooOOOooo

3rd Taklang Damulag 50-Mile Endurance Run

5:00 AM Saturday, December 14, 2013

SOCOM Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City

Number of Starters: 11

Number of Finishers: 9

RANK

NAME

TIME (HRS)

1

Mark Raon (Champion, Course Record)

13:25:28

2

Glen Mercado (1st Runner-Up, Overall)

14:24:25

3

Lady Dianne Palongan (Champion, Lady)

15:10:17

4

Dexter Cruz (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)

15:13:59

5

Michael Dauz

15:48:25

6

Brian Tan Seng

15:56:04

7

Edrick Nicdao

17:47:39

8

Manny Ocampo

17:47:40

9

Tess Leono (1st Runner-Up, Lady)

17:47:41

Mark Raon, Champion, 50-Mile Run

Mark Raon, Champion, 50-Mile Run

Congratulations To Everybody!





Rules & Regulations: 3rd Taklang Damulag 100-Mile & 50-Mile Endurance Run

12 12 2013

Rules & Regulations: Taklang Damulag 100-Mile & 50-Mile Endurance Runs

1. The events are SOLO Races. These races will Start at the same time and place on or about 5:00 AM of Saturday December 14, 2013 at the vicinity of the Special Operations Command Headquarters, Philippine Army in Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City (Nueva Ecija).

2. The race course is through paved roads, dirt roads and single-track trails. In the 100-Mile course, approximately 110 kilometers are dirt roads and single track trail and almost 57 kilometers are paved/asphalted roads. In the 50-Mile course, almost 55 kilometers are dirt roads and single-track trails and 28 kilometers of paved/asphalted roads.

3. Runners in the 100-Mile Race has to finish Two Big Loops (One Loop is 83K) where each Loop has two Smaller Loops (12K-Loop around Mt Daklang Damulag) within it. Runner has to finish the course within the cut-off time of 32 hours.

4. Runners in the 50-Mile Race has to finish only One Big Loop (with two Smaller Loops around Mt Taklang Damulag). The cut-off time for the 50-Mile race is 16 hours.

5. Intermediate Cut-Off Times For 100-Mile Race:

50K @ Fernandez Hill—-8 Hours/1:00 PM Saturday, December 14, 2013

83K @ Starting Area/SOCOM Headquarters—-15:30 Hours/8:30 PM Saturday, December 14, 2013

133K @ Fernandez Hill—-25 Hours/6:00 AM Sunday, December 15, 2013

167K @ Finish Area/SOCOM Headquarters—-32 Hours/1:00 PM Sunday, December 15, 2013

6. Intermediate Cut-Off Times For 50-Mile Race:

50K @ Fernandez Hill—-8 Hours/1:00 PM Saturday, December 14, 2013

83K/Finish Area/SOCOM Headquarters—-16:00 Hours/9:00 PM Saturday, December 14, 2013

7. Each runner must have the following basic gadgets/mandatory equipment with them:

a. At least 32 ounces of hydration (equivalent to two (2) Simple Hydration Bottles) fluids with them at ALL TIMES.

b. Basic First Aid Kit

c. Cellphone

d. Headlight/Handheld Flashlight

e. Whistle and/or Reflectorized Vest are NOT mandatory. It is enough that runners have reflectorized strips on their hydration pack or apparel.

f. Runners may use trekking poles.

8. Race Bib should be displayed on the FRONT part of the runner. Runner must be able to memorize his/her Race Bib Number.

9. Always run on SINGLE FILE and stay on the farthest LEFT side of the paved roads.

10. Drop Bags are allowed on the following Aid Stations:

a. Sitio Baccao

b. Barangay Palale

c. Barangay Nazareth

d. Fernandez Hill

e. SOCOM Headquarters/Start/Finish

Drop Bags will be collected at 4:00 AM and transported to their respective destination before the Gun Start. Drop Bags should be properly tagged/labeled with the runner’s Last Name, Bib Number & Location of Aid Station.

11. Support Vehicle is NOT allowed to “follow”; to “track”; or “leap frog” their runner along the course. Support Vehicle can ONLY have access to their runner/s at the designated Aid Stations. Support Crew can ONLY offer support to their runner within the vicinity of the Aid Stations.

12. A Pacer is ONLY allowed after the runner has completed the FIRST HALF of the course (83K) in the 100-Mile Race. A runner is only allowed ONE PACER at a time along the course. There will be NO Pacer for the 50-Mile Race.

13. Pacers are NOT allowed to carry any hydration, food, or equipment for the runner. Pacers are there as safety runners for the competing participant.

14. There will be Marshals on key intersections along the route. These are soldiers of the Special Forces Regiment of the Philippine Army and some of them will be manning the Aid Stations in Sitio Baccao, Barangay Palale, and Barangay Nazareth. Runners should be ATTENTIVE on these key intersections/Aid Stations on their FIRST LOOP as it is still DAYTIME. There is a possibility that some of these marshals could be sleeping/lying on the ground during nighttime in some of the key intersections in the Taklang Damulag Loop. Try to memorize these intersections!

15. Aside from the visible Marshals stationed on key intersections, there are also “invisible” (or hidden) marshals along the trails/dirt roads to monitor the runners passing along the route. They have a way to identify each runner passing on their respective station. These marshals are there to provide security to the runners.

16. In case of emergency, runner should contact Cellphone # 0918-965-9895 and/or # 0915-753-3834. Runner should state his/her name, location and the nature of emergency.

17. On the accommodation of runners, ONLY registered runners are FREE of charge. 100-Mile Runners are allowed two nights accommodation and the 50-Mile Runners are allowed one night only. Runners have the PRIORITY to be accommodated at the Special Forces Transient Facility and SF Alumni Center, near the SOCOM Headquarters. Three (3) Rooms (good for 4-6 people) had been reserved to be used for other runners and support crew at the 7th Division Army Transient Facility (near the Starting Area of the Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan 60K Ultra Run).

18. NO Bandits are allowed.

19. Runner must be able to provide the Name of their respective Pacer to the Secretariat before the Start of the Race.

20. It is the sole responsibility of the runner to have a thorough knowledge of the course. The course is MORE THAN 100 Miles or 161 Kilometers! This is NOT a valid reason for you to take a SHORTCUT or DETOUR along the course. Fort Magsaysay’s weather is always HOT during daytime. If you have complaints, please feel free to give directly to us your feedback immediately.

21. Maintain the Integrity of the Race.

"Pioneers" Of TD 100

“Pioneers” Of TD 100

Good Luck & Have Fun!

Administrative Announcement: There will be a Race Briefing & Dinner/CLP for the Registered Runners of the TD 100-Mile and TD 50-Mile Races at the SOCOM Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City o/a 6:00 PM of Friday December 13, 2013. Runners will be processed by submitting to the Secretariat/BR’s Staff their individual BPI Deposit Slips (For the Registration & Donation For the Typhoon Yolanda Victims).





Race Route Description: Taklang Damulag 100-Mile/50-Mile Endurance Run

9 12 2013

Race Route Description: Taklang Damulag 100-Mile/50-Mile Endurance Run (TD 100/50)

1. The race starts at the vicinity of the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City (Nueva Ecija). The SOCOM Headquarters is located at the Abundo Area Complex inside Fort Magsaysay, the largest Military Camp/Reservation Area of the Philippine Army. The race starts at 5:00 AM of Saturday, December 14, 2013 together with the Taklang Damulag 50-Mile Endurance Run.

2. This is a solo race. The cut-off time for the 100-Mile Race is 32 hours. The cut-off time for the 50-Mile Race is 16 hours.

3. From the starting line, runners will proceed towards an east direction to a dirt road which is parallel to the Fort Magsaysay Airstrip. The airstrip is located on the right side of the runners. This dirt road has a lot of potholes and uneven portions. Runners must be able to have their headlights/handheld flashlight on this part of the course since it is still dark at 5:00 AM.

4. After almost 500 meters, runners have to TURN LEFT upon reaching an intersection. It is still a dirt road which leads the runners to the newly-constructed Fort Magsaysay-Laur Road after getting out from the Gate of the Camp. This dirt road goes down and slightly uphill towards the Gate. The distance of this road is about 700-800 meters.

Dirt Road To The Fort Magsaysay-Laur Highway

Dirt Road To The Fort Magsaysay-Laur Highway

5. Runners shall TURN RIGHT on the paved/cemented Sta Rosa-Fort Magasaysay-Laur Road. This is the same road on the first 3K of the Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan 65K Ultra Marathon Race.

6. There will be an INTERSECTION after running for almost 2 kilometers along the Sta Rosa-Fort Magsaysay-Laur Road. There is a Detachment and Military Checkpoint on this intersection. Runners will have to TURN RIGHT on this intersection which leads to Barangay Dona (Donya) Josefa. Runners will be able to pass on the intersection of Sitio ALORMA and Sitio BACCAO. Runners will have to follow the asphalted road up to Barangay Dona Josefa.

TURN RIGHT Towards Barangay Dona Josefa

TURN RIGHT Towards Barangay Dona Josefa

INTERSECTION @ Sitio ALORMA (Right Side of the Road)

INTERSECTION @ Sitio ALORMA (Right Side of the Road)

BRGY BACCAO Intersection (On the Right Side of the Road)

SITIO BACCAO Intersection (On the Right Side of the Road)

7. Once the runners will reach the center of Barangay Dona Josefa, turn RIGHT and just follow the dirt road. Do NOT take the road towards the LEFT Direction as it ends at the Dona Josefa Elementary School.

@ BARANGAY Dona JOSEFA

@ BARANGAY Dona JOSEFA

TURN RIGHT TO BRGY PALALE

TURN RIGHT TO BRGY PALALE

8. Runners will reach the first Spillway and after passing the Spillway, it will be an uphill climb and a steel arc will be seen with the markings “WELCOME TO SITIO LANGKA”.

First Spillway Before Barangay Langka Welcome Arc

First Spillway Before Barangay Langka Welcome Arc

Barangay LANGKA Welcome Arc

Barangay LANGKA Welcome Arc

9. After passing the BARANGAY LANGKA Arc, at about 20 meters, there will be a Y-intersection. TURN RIGHT on the Y-intersection and it will be the start of more uphill climbs and descending parts of the route. Ultimately, the runners will be crossing the Palale River.

TURN RIGHT After Brgy LANGKA Arc

TURN RIGHT After Brgy LANGKA Arc

10. After crossing the Palale River, runners will be able to reach the center of Barangay Palale after few meters. There will be an Aid Station in this Barangay. There are also sari-sari stores in this area.

PALALE RIVER

PALALE RIVER

Center Of Barangay PALALE

Center Of Barangay PALALE

TURN RIGHT on the Right Most Road

TURN RIGHT on the Right Most Road

11. Runners will take the road on the RIGHT as one leaves the center of the barangay. Runners will be going to the direction of the Provincial Cattle Stock Farm.

Approaching The Provincial Cattle Stock Farm

Approaching The Provincial Cattle Stock Farm

Take Note Of This Road Markings

Take Note Of This Road Markings

12. Once the runners reach the Provincial Cattle Stock Farm, TURN RIGHT on the intersection. This road will lead the runners to Barangay NAZARETH.

TURN RIGHT On This Road Going To Barangay NAZARETH

TURN RIGHT On This Road Going To Barangay NAZARETH

13. Runners shall reach the intersection of GAPAN-PAPAYA-FORT MAGSAYSAY Road which is a paved/cemented, once they reach the center of Barangay Nazareth. The Aid Station is located at the Barangay Hall of Nazareth. At this intersection, runners have to TURN RIGHT going to a north direction.

Barangay NAZARETH Intersection

Barangay NAZARETH Intersection

TURN RIGHT On This Road

TURN RIGHT On This Road

14. After 1.5 Kilometers, runners have to TURN LEFT in an intersection that goes to San Mariano/Purok 9/Barangay Militar. On this dirt road, runners shall always take or turn LEFT on intersections along the way.

TURN LEFT On This Road Towards Barangays San Mariano, Purok #9, Barangay Militar

TURN LEFT On This Road Towards Barangays San Mariano, Purok #9, Barangay Militar

TURN LEFT To Barangay Mariano/Purok #9/Barangay Militar

TURN LEFT To Barangay Mariano/Purok #9/Barangay Militar

SPILLWAY On The Western Side Of Barangay Militar

SPILLWAY On The Western Side Of Barangay Militar

15. Runners must be able to pass/cross an SPILLWAY on western part of Barangay Militar. After an uphill climb from the SPILLWAY, the runners will reach the PUROK #9  . From Purok #9, the runners will be approaching an intersection with the Santa Rosa-Fort Magsaysay-Laur Road/Highway.

S-Curve @ Purok #9

S-Curve @ Purok #9

Approaching The Santa Rosa-Fort Magsaysay-Laur Road/Highway

Approaching The Santa Rosa-Fort Magsaysay-Laur Road/Highway. TURN RIGHT

TURN LEFT Towards Barangay BANGAD On This Intersection

TURN LEFT Towards Barangay BANGAD On This Intersection

16. After about 1.5 kilometers, runners will reach a busy road intersection (Bangad To Gate 1 Fort Magsaysay Road & Santa Rosa To Laur Road). Runners should TURN LEFT towards Barangay Bangad, Palayan City.

17. After running for 2 kilometers along the Fort Magsaysay-Bangad Road (going North), runners will see a green steel arc with the markings “FORT MAGSAYSAY RESERVATION AREA” and a Waiting Shed on the right side of the road. There is a Y-intersection after passing the Arc and Waiting Shed. Runners shall TURN RIGHT on the road that goes to Barangay MALIGAYA.

Before The Y-Intersection Going Barangay MALIGAYA

Before The Y-Intersection Going Barangay MALIGAYA

Road To Barangay MALIGAYA

Road To Barangay MALIGAYA

18. After runners had passed Barangay MALIGAYA, the road will lead them to the FIRST intersection with a Military Checkpoint & Detachment along the Santa Rosa-Laur Road. Runners shall cross the Paved Road (Santa Rosa-Laur Road) on their way to Barangay Dona Josefa. At this point, runners shall have circumnavigated the outer perimeter of the Camp’s Cantonment Area.

TURN RIGHT @ The Intersection of SITIO ALORMA

TURN RIGHT @ The Intersection of SITIO ALORMA (Going To The Airstrip)

Runners Will Be Reaching This Place From Sitio ALORMA

Runners Will Be Reaching This Place From Sitio ALORMA

19. Along the Barangay Dona Josefa Road, runner should be ATTENTIVE. The first intersection is at SITIO ALORMA. TURN RIGHT at Sitio ALORMA intersection and go  STRAIGHT uphill. The trail will lead the runners to the end of the airstrip. At the end of the airstrip, there is a Y-intersection. TURN LEFT on the said intersection. The road will lead the runners to BATAAN ROAD and the runners will be going to a SOUTH Direction.

END OF THE AIRSTRIP. Runners Shall TURN LEFT Towards Bataan Road

END OF THE AIRSTRIP. Runners Shall TURN LEFT Towards Bataan Road

20. Along BATAAN ROAD, runners will see FIRING RANGES on their LEFT and a GOLF COURSE on their RIGHT. Runners will follow the Bataan Road until they will reach the intersection going to CORDERO DAM.

BATAAN ROAD

BATAAN ROAD

Street Sign/Marker @ Bataan Road

Street Sign/Marker @ Bataan Road

21. Runners have to TURN LEFT on a dirt road that goes to CORDERO DAM. After 2 kilometers, there is a Y-intersection. Runners shall TURN RIGHT on this intersection. This trail will lead the runners to the Special Forces School and then to FERNANDEZ HILL.

22. Fernandez Hill is the location of an Aid Station. Runners will have to pass this Aid Station for six (6) times for the 100-Mile Race and three (3) times for the 50-Mile Race.

@ Fernandez Hill With Mt Taklang Damulag At The Background

@ Fernandez Hill With Mt Taklang Damulag At The Background

23. From Fernandez Hill, runners will have to proceed to the peak of Mt Taklang Damulag and then descend on its northern part. The descending trail leads to SITIO BACCAO (along the Barangay Dona Josefa To Barangay Palale Road). Upon reaching the asphalted road, runners shall TURN LEFT and proceed to SITIO ALORMA Crossing/Intersection.

Trail Coming From Taklang Damulag To Dona Josefa-Palale Road

Trail Coming From Taklang Damulag To Dona Josefa-Palale Road

24. Runners shall TURN LEFT at Sitio ALORMA intersection (Going To Cordero Dam). After about 20 meters, TURN LEFT on a trail that leads to CORDERO DAM/LAKE. (Going UPHILL will lead the runners to the end of the airstrip. Don’t take this UPHILL dirt road!)
Going South To Brgy Alorma Intersection (400 Meters)

Going South To Brgy Alorma (Going To Cordero Dam) Intersection (400 Meters)

TURN LEFT On This Intersection Going To Cordero Dam

TURN LEFT On This Intersection Going To Cordero Dam

TURN LEFT On This Trail (20 Meters From The Intersection)

TURN LEFT On This Trail (20 Meters From The Intersection)

25. Once the runners are in CORDERO DAM/LAKE (on the right side of the runners), they will reach a Y-intersection (the same Y-intersection that runners had passed after coming from BATAAN ROAD and upon reaching CORDERO DAM/LAKE). At the intersection, TURN LEFT and the runners will be going to the Special Forces School and then to Fernandez Hill. This completes the 12K inner loop.

26. Runners will have to run along the Taklang Damulag course (12K inner loop) for two times.

27. After finishing two loops, from Fernandez Hill, runner will follow the asphalted road that goes out from the Molave Complex (location of the Special Forces School and Fernandez Hill/Taklang Damulag). Runners must pass the Checkpoint/Gate of the Molave Complex that goes directly to BATAAN ROAD.

28. Runners will be running along BATAAN ROAD on their way back to SOCOM Headquarters/Starting Area. At the dirt road at the end of the airstrip, there will be an intersection (the first intersection on a dirt road after 800 meters from the Starting Line), TURN LEFT on this intersection. The dirt road will lead the runner to the Starting Area/SOCOM Headquarters.

TURN LEFT On This Dirt Road In Going Back To The Starting Area (SOCOM Headquarters)

TURN LEFT On This Dirt Road In Going Back To The Starting Area (SOCOM Headquarters)

29. This completes the FIRST HALF of the 100-Mile Course. The LAST HALF of the course will be a repetition of the FIRST HALF.

TD 100 Route Map

TD 100 Route Map

TD 100 Elevation Profile

TD 100 Elevation Profile

30. 100-Mile Race Runners must be able to finish the FIRST HALF in 15:30 Hours. Cut-Off Time for the 50-Mile Race Runners is 16 Hours.

31. On the SECOND LOOP, runners must be able to reach FERNANDEZ HILL in 25 hours before starting their last TWO (Small) Loops at Mt. Taklang Damulag.

Good Luck & Have Fun!

Good Luck & Have Fun!

Good luck to all the runners!

(Note: Rules & Regulations Will Be Posted Soon!)





Race Report: 2012 Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run By Seow Kong Ng

15 01 2013

The following is a repost of Ultrarunner Seow Kong Ng’s Race Report on the 2012 TD 100 Endurance Run which was originally posted on Facebook last December 21, 2012.

Consecutive DNFs in two 100 miles races in Great North Walk 100 miles (Nov 2011) and Taklang Damulag 100 miles (Dec 2011) must have been so devastating. I signed up for 2012 TD100 immediately on 5th Jan 2012, vowing that I SHALL RETURN almost a year later with a vengeance to seek the revenge. It has been a long time coming since, and finally 2012 TD100 was upon us on 15th Dec 2012.

Training for the race has been less than optimal, with the “so cold and so wet” Shanghai Marathon two weeks ago serving as the last long run, but certainly not the kind of “heat training” called for by this TD100 which is known for the ruthless heat on Mt. Taklang Damulag. Although December is normally the wet season, it hasn’t rained for more than two weeks before the race. We were relieved that some river crossings would even be totally dry.

Things like DNF happened for a number of reasons, and I would be foolish not to learn the lessons.

I developed hyponatremia (a complication of other medical illnesses in which excess water accumulates in the body at a higher rate than can be excreted, sometimes a result of over hydration) in 2011 race, and had to stop at Palali (98k point). Why did I drink so much? It was HOT last year, and I stopped regularly at the sari-sari (stores) to buy coke and ice.

And I did not have enough to eat earlier on in the race, and went hungry for most of the race. Worst of all, I did not even have salt to eat, causing me to develop severe cramps even on my first trip ascending and descending Mt. Taklang Damulag.

Back in town again (I mean Fort Magsaysay of course), Allan Lee (my fellow Malaysian participant) and I may have overkilled quite a bit on the nutrition front. Supported by Cally and a vehicle, we had our meals and drinks strategy planned out before the race. Our hired van was well stocked up with watermelons, rock melons, honey dews, apples, pears and etc. If anything, nutrition should be the least of our issue in this race.

2nd TD 100 International Runners. Seow Kong Ng Is 2nd From Left.

2nd TD 100 International Runners. Seow Kong Ng Is 2nd From Right. (From Left, Gilbert Gray of USA, Mark Jolin of USA, Andre Blumberg of HK, Seow Kong Ng, & Allan Lee of Malaysia)

22 100 milers took off from the starting line at 5:00am on 15th Dec 2012. Instead of making myself to the front of the pack like last year, I held back for much of the first 5 km or so. Chatting along the way to Dick Balaba, with whom I got lost together for about 1 hour last year, Allan and I moved in the middle of a pack of runners towards Bacao (5k) and Palali (15.5k) without much incident, covering the undulating trails to Nazareth (27k) with much comfort too in about 3 hours.

It’s another 24k of mainly flat road initially, trails later on to Fernandez Hill. It was during this stretch where we started our spending spree from sari-sari to sari-sari on coke, ice, and ice water. Sometimes it is like striking a lottery to find a store selling ice, so we went around sticking our tongues out to who ever that came in sight, and asked if they know which stores are selling ice. Mind you, we reckoned that Day 1 last year was hotter than this year, and I had a lot more coke taken then. Good for me.

One thing that I did not learn very well obviously is on “not getting lost”. Well, this time we were following a pinoy runner (can’t remember his name now) all the way to Bacao, took a picture with a sergeant and his fellow volunteers there, and ran straight into the trails. Almost like 2km down the trail later, a mountain motorbike came along with this rider who delivered the dreaded message that we’ve got into the “small loops” of the trail instead of the Big loop first. SO, we were not lost, but we got into the wrong trails.

So, instead of reaching Fernandez Hill at 12.00 noon (7 hours from the start), it was almost like 1pm when we could have our proper lunch at the Hill. 25 minutes of lunch break later (and yes, plenty of watermelons later), we headed to the hill to start our first ascent of Mt. Taklang Damulag.

I was intent on avoiding similar cramps at the hill and taking it real easy as I made my way up the hill. Turned out that it was much easier than I imagined. No cramp, and much less sweating than last year. Of course, I have been taking salt tablets every 1-2 hours before. Instead of 3 hours, we completed the first loop and in less than 3 hours, with the second loop slightly faster (cooler) although requiring wearing of headlamp. Returning to Fernandez Hill, there were already some casualties from the heat, and Andre and Dick (last year lone survivor and finisher) have both decided to pull out from the race.

By the time we reached SOCOM (Special Operation Command Centre) at 83km, the end of the 1st loop, it was about 7:50pm. We have completed the first loop in just under 15 hours, and have 17 hours left to cover exactly the same loop. We can’t afford to get lost at all, and will need to push the pace a little just to be on the safe side.

Again, we were well fed before taking on the long night out on the trails. We made sure we have Cally followed us with our support vehicle for as far as possible. Going pass the villages again, the dogs obviously did not believe that they have seen two friendly Malaysian runners passing by earlier on during the day on our first loop. So, went they barked, and barked, but we must be some kind of even more vicious creatures with lights on our heads bouncing along on the trails. No villagers have behaved like that before I’m sure. Especially when we pointed our headlamps towards the dogs, they must have been more frightened than us.

Such was the run through the night and the sunrises, and we were back at Fernandez Hill again at about 6:45am. By then, we have completed 134k in less than 25 hours. We have caught up with most of the remaining survivors of the race, which was 10. 12 runners have DNFed the race at this stage.

Fully energized, and motivated by the remaining distance of 32km, Allan and I shifted our gears right up. Especially Allan, who apparently completed the first loop in only 1.5 hour, whereas I was also faster than before, but a full 1 hour later than Allan. By then, Allan was already on his way passing and catching everyone who has been in front of us since 5am the day before.

The second loop was completed in hot condition between 8:40am to 11:30am, but I still have 1.5 hour to run 6km to the finish line at SOCOM. I was lying in 8th place then, with now 13 runners out of the race already.

Being the midday, the blazing sun was at its full blast on the home stretch of 6km. The water bottle (full of ice) did not last even 2km before it went totally warm in my hand. Passing CJ about 2 k down the road, and narrowing the gap with the 6th runner in front to within 200m, I finally hit the finishing line in 7th place. At 31h21m42s, less than a minute behind the 6th finisher.

Although TD100 is designed to be an easy course, but certainly one with a very tight cutoff, considering the hot weather during the day, which is when most of us will be scaling Mt. Taklang Damulag. Apart from the exceptional Allan and the 1st runner-up, all the remaining 7 finishers finished within 1 hour of each other, at around 31 hours. Not to mention a finishing rate of 40.9%, which is not a high successful rate as well.

In completing the unfinished business that was TD100, I can attribute the success to the following KSFs (key success factors):

1). Food was excellently prepared, catered, served (including the can’t be missed water melons), devoured and digested. In short, no stomach issue, but plenty of energy;

2). No over hydration this time. Drinks, complimented by chia seeds every now and then, were carefully consumed without excesses. Some cokes and ice cream went a long way too. In short, no hyponatremia;

3). No cramp. I sweated profusely last year on climbing the hills, and yet not taking in any salt tablet at all. This year, I have plentiful of them, and popping them at every 1-2 hours intervals. In short, no grimacing on the hills, up and down.

4). Buddying with Allan. Buddying always help in mental games like 100 miles races, especially when you are buddying with a fast guy like Allan. In short, he kept me on my toes, and I better be running;

5). Lastly, I believe I am a slightly different guy this year. In short? Older, but faster!

And wiser as well, even when I got lost again!!

(With this race, the final curtain came down for 2012 with the completion of 9 ultras, 6 full marathons and 1 half marathon. It has been a good year, a no-regret arrival at the door of the End of the World, today).

Seow Kong Ng of Malaysia Receiving His Silver Buckle & Finisher's Medal

Seow Kong Ng of Malaysia Receiving His Silver Buckle & Finisher’s Medal





Official Results: Taklang Damulag 100-Mile & 50-Mile Endurance Runs

16 12 2012

2nd Taklang Damulag 100-Mile & 50-Mile Endurance Runs

December 15-16, 2012

Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City

Number of Starters For 100-Mile Run: 22

Number of Finishers For 100-Mile Run: 9

Percentage of Finishers: 40.9%

Cut-Off Time: 32 Hours

RANK N  A    M  E TIME (Hrs)
1 Allan Lee (Champion, Course Record) 29:29:43
2 Graciano Santos (1st Runner-Up, CR) 30:00:45
3 Yob Red (2nd Runner-Up, CR) 30:49:25
4 Bong Alindada (CR) 30:59:22
5 Mark Jolin 31:11:26
6 Elmar Bob Tolete 31:20:40
7 Seow Kong Ng 31:21:42
8 Calvin John Escandor 31:23:15
9 Dindo Diaz 31:41:46
     
  Taklang Damulag 50-Mile Run  
     
1 Jeffrey Diaz (Champion) 13:45:14
2 Ronnel Go (1st Runner-Up) 14:38:07
3 Edrick Nicdao (2nd Runner-Up) 17:03:00
Nine (9) Finishers

Nine (9) Finishers

Congratulations to the nine (9) finishers of 2012 TD100 Endurance Run!





Official Result: 1st FKT @ Taklang Damulag

29 07 2012

After finishing a 10K Race inside the Fort Magsaysay Complex yesterday morning (Saturday), I invited ultrarunners who joined this race for the 1st Official Fastest Known Time (FKT) Run at Taklang Damulag. The FKT Race started at the Fernandez Hill up to the peak of Taklang Damulag and back to the Starting Line/Area. The race covered a distance of almost 6.3 kilometers.

FKT RD With TD On The Background

Five (5) runners joined the event and the following was the result;

1. Danin Arenzana—–   59:32 minutes (CR)

2. Ronnel Go———– 1:03:20 hours

3. Bong Alindada—— 1:04:55 hours

4. Mar Marilag——— 1:12:46 hours

5. Stephanie Hefti (F)- 1:13:25 hours (Lady, CR)

The 1st FKT Runners @ Taklang Damulag

FKT Runners In Action From The Starting Area

Danin Arenzana Reaching The Finish Line

Ronnel Go aka Kampuger

Bong Alindada Approaching The Finish Line

Coach Mar Marilag

Stephanie Hefti, Lady Course Record Holder!

Prize/Award For All The Finishers—–Lunch @ Fernandez Hill!

….and Halo-Halo @ RAZON’s Caltex Metro Rest Area, NLEX

More of this kind of running event will be conducted soon!

See you at the Starting Line!








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