Results: Anteloop 50K/25K Trail Run

22 08 2014

6:00 AM July 6, 2014

Sacrifice Valley, Hermosa, Bataan

Result: Anteloop 50K Ultra Trail Run (In Hours)

1. Patrick Harvey Aquino (Champion, Men)—9:50:14

2. Epoy Poblete (1st Runner-Up, Men)———10:50:48

3. Roy Gracia (2nd Runner-Up, Men)———-10:51:36

4. Excelienieno Haloy —————————11:40:13

5. Tess Leono (Champion, Ladies)————-12:52:15

6. Ryan Garcia————————————13:18:54

7. Joyce Regalado (1st Runner-Up, Ladies)—14:28:18

 

Result: Anteloop 25K Trail Run (In Hours)

1. Ronnel Go (Champion, Men)——————5:41:19

2. Manny Ocampo (1st Runner-Up, Men)——6:17:54

3. Par Buenvenida (2nd Runner-Up, Men)—–6:29:58

4. Junar Layug————————————-6:36:40

5. Jun Soriao—————————————6:36:43

6. Jay De Jesus————————————7:00:53

7. Nica Tanjutco (Champion, Lady)————-7:04:49

The Few Brave & Strong Trail Runner

The Few Brave & Strong Trail Runner

Congratulations To Everybody!





Final Instructions: 4th Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan 65K Ultra Run

20 08 2014

1. Due to military-related activities in Fort Magsaysay scheduled for the weekend, all the Transient Facilities inside the Camp, to include the Special Forces Regiment and SOCOM Transient Facilities are FULL. However, runners who would like to spend Saturday night within the vicinity of Fort Magsaysay, they can avail of the hotels and commercial transient facilities in Santa Rosa-Cabanatuan City area. Most of these hotels are located along the Maharlika Highway. For those who choose to arrive early in the camp and rest inside their respective Support Vehicle, they can park their vehicle at the back of the 7th Infantry Division Headquarters and . Parking of Vehicles in front of the Headquarters Building is strictly prohibited. All the other roads surrounding the Headquarters Area is available for Parking.

Intersection Philippine Coast Guard/Pier And Umiray Road

Intersection Philippine Coast Guard/Pier And Umiray Road

2. The race will end on the shore of the Pacific Ocean at Purok Tanguige, Barangay Aplaya, Dingalan, Aurora. From the usual finish line at GINA’s Resort, follow the highway that is descending towards the Poblacion of Dingalan, Aurora. Runners would be able to pass the short section of commercial establishments and follow the road that leads to the Philippine Coast Guard/Dingalan Pier. Runners have to TURN RIGHT once they reach an intersection with a PETRON Gasoline Station on the right and a tarpaulin with an Iglesia Ni Cristo 100th Anniversary hanging across the said Gas Station. The road leads to Barangay Umiray.

Turn Left On This Alley With The Sign "Purok Tanguige"

Turn Left On This Alley With The Sign “Purok Tanguige”

3. From the road leading to Umiray, turn left on an alley which is a paved path, about 400 meters away from the PETRON Gas Station, good for one vehicle which is marked with PUROK TANGUIGE. Runner would see the seashore and the Finish Line will be few meters before the beach. On your right will be the Seaside Restaurant where lunch will be served and for the runners can have their shower.

Pacific Ocean's Open Water Swimming Pool

Pacific Ocean’s Open Water Swimming Pool

4. Warning for those Runners with Support Vehicle. There is a limited parking space along the shore and vicinity of the Seaside Restaurant. Runners should advise their support driver/crew to park along the road leading to Umiray. The road is safe with few vehicles passing in the area and with the Barangay Hall within the vicinity.

5. The 65-Kilometer distance will be short by about 500 meters. As I don’t want each of the runner to make an additional distance along the Umiray Road and somewhere have a U-turn back to Purok Tanguige, this arrangement might result to some confusion, most specially when the runner is thinking of a cold beer waiting for him once he crosses the Finish Line. Just reserve that lacking 500 meters for your open water swim on the shore of the Pacific Ocean once you cross the Finish Line!

Good luck and see you at the Starting Line!





Raising The Bar

7 08 2014

Next year will be the 7th edition of the Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 102) and I firmly believe that this running event opened the awareness of our local runners on the possibility to finish a running event more than the distance of a Marathon Race. Its historical significance and the experience of past finishers had lured a lot of new marathon runner-finishers for them to train and finish the race. And slowly it is becoming more prestigious that you can not call yourself as a “full-blooded” ultra marathoner among the local Filipino runners if you have not finished this race. Better yet, if you consider yourself as a Race Director/Organizer of a local ultra running event.

Almost yearly, the course record of the BDM 102 had been broken by what we consider as our “elite runners” and nothing happens after that for them to be exposed to other ultra running competitions abroad and find out how they would compare themselves to international runners. With the help of ultra running friends and former comrades in the military service, I was able to expose some of these elite runners in three instances but these were the notable results: (1) Alquin Bolivar, an active Philippine Army soldier set a National Record for 100K with a time of 9:04:23 hours and placed #6 among the fast ultra runners of Asia in an IAU-sanctioned Asian 100K Championship Road Race in Jeju, South Korea in 2010 and (2) Marcelo Bautista, a 9:45:59-hour finisher of BDM 102, who placed #15 in the 2013 Hongkong 100K Trail Ultra Race among 1,250 runners coming from different countries with a time of 12:08:42 hours making him a qualifier for the prestigious Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in California, USA.

Due to different factors and reasons of which I don’t have any control, I could no longer afford to send such “elite” athletes to international ultra running competition. If TNF Philippines could not even afford to send the Champion of its yearly TNF100 to any of the Southeast Asian TNF100 events, how much more for a “pensioner” like me who does not have any profit from having less than 100 runners in my regular ultra races.

There are potential “elite” ultra runners among us who would like to be exposed to international races but I have the observation and personal opinion that they lack two of the most important considerations or attitude which are very paramount for me aside from the fact that they lack the financial resources: Loyalty and Humility.

Loyalty? Do I need to define what is loyalty? Humility? Do I need to define this word also? If you are one of the local ultra runners who know me personally or had been reading my blog since the time I created this, you would know what I am talking about. If you are new in this blog and don’t know me personally, you can always “search” for my rants and random thoughts in my past posts.

So, if you have the influence or the capability to send our elite ultra runners to international competition, you can do also your share in this effort. If you are one of the “Big Shots” in the Government Service or in the Private Corporate World, you can be a great help to these potential elite runners making sure to test them of their “loyalty and humility”.

For those who have the time, money and resources to participate in international races and considered as our “elite” ultra runners, the whole local ultra running community will be behind you to cheer and pray for your safety in your travel and for a competitive resolve to be faster and stronger than the other runners.

This brings me to a more focused observation to our “elite” ultra runners who are competing (not participating) in an international ultra running event. It is assumed that if you are an “elite” ultra runner, you are supposed to compete with the best of the other international runners. There is no doubt that your sole purpose and focus in this race is to be able to finish the race as fast as you could within the confines of your skill, talent, training and mental fortitude. It is assumed also that you have figured out, through your training and preparation, the best race and nutrition strategy for such event. There is NO point of thinking that you are there to simply to FINISH the race event. The ultimate aim of an “elite” ultra runner is to be able to land and place as one of the podium finishers (top 3 or top 10), period!

For the “middle-of-the pack”, their purpose and goal is to be able to pass or overtake as many runners as they can before they cross the finish line. These are the ultra runners who keep on coming back every year to improve their Personal Best or PR times for the event. They find satisfaction to beat a friend or an opponent or a training partner, whether their satisfaction is for bragging rights among other runners or silently praising himself/herself that he/she could improve some more. These are serious runners who always find ways and means for them to be faster, stronger and smarter ultra runners. They keep on improving with the end view of someday joining in one of the international ultra running events as part of their “bucket list” given with a well-balanced family and job/professional career. I can say in my opinion that these are the “Silver Medalists” in the past BDM 102 editions.

The “back-of-the pack” are mostly “whiners”, “fakers” in their training, pressured by their peers to join, old and aging runners who would like to put a tab on their “bucket list” before they fade away (that’s me!), non-believers to accept that they are little heavy in weight and very slow in running and ask a lot of unnecessary TLC in Aid Stations, those who don’t accept that they are injured in their training, and those who always have a laminated printed copy with them of their targeted split time in every kilometer post along the route in order to avoid being cut-off from the race. I call these runners as “hit or miss” ultra runners.

As more ultra running events, whether road or trail, are being organized in the country, there is a possibility of more runners being lured into joining ultra running events and you can easily distinguish them as the “elite”, “middle-of-the pack” or “back-of-the-pack” ultra runners. I just hope that their interest will not end once they finish the BDM 102. As for the elite runners, I am still confident that private individuals and/or corporate brands will be able to support and send them to prestigious international ultra running events, whether they are in Asia/Australia, Europe or in the USA/Canada, in the years to come.

If former President Marcos was able to invite past Boston Marathon Champions and Marathon Olympic Medalist in the past to be as special guest/runner and if MVP can bring a whole NBA Team to the country to play with our National Basketball Team or send our Basketball Team to play tune-up training games to a popular and former NBA Champion Team in the USA, I have the strong belief that our ultra runners will soon be running side by side with elite ultra runners worldwide or for these world’s elite runners to be running in our local ultra races.

I hope and pray that these things will happen before I finally fade away from ultra running as a “back-of-the-pack” runner!

Mountain Hiking, here I come!

Mt Whitney & PCT Within My Reach

Mt Whitney & PCT Are Within My Reach





4th Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan 65K Ultra Run

31 07 2014

This is the Fourth Edition of this classic PAU Ultra Road Race which starts in front of the Headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army inside Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City (Nueva Ecija).

For the past 3 years/editions, the distance was 60 kilometers. However, for this year we will try to add more distance to the event so that the race will finish in one of the available spaces/areas along the coast of Dingalan, Aurora and the Pacific Ocean. Finishers/Runners and their Support Crew will have a chance to dip their tired bodies on the shore/Pacific Ocean. Hopefully, we will be able to complete the distance of 65 Kilometers. Foods will be served to all the Finishers.

Starting Area: Headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division, PA

Starting Area: Headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division, PA

The race will start at 4:00 AM of August 24, 2014, Sunday, whether there will be only 10 runners. The cut-off time will be 12 hours. Podium Finishers (Top Three For Men & Ladies) will receive individual trophies. All Finishers will receive a Finisher’s T-Shirt; Finisher’s Medal; and a Certificate. Assembly Time and Processing of Runners will start at 3:00 AM on Race Day.

I encourage that all participants should review the rules and regulations of the past editions of this event. Such rules and regulations will be applied to all Road Races being organized by the Bald Runner’s Events/PAU Races. Support Vehicle is not mandatory. Runners who will be on “self-support” mode will be able to take advantage of convenience stores along the route.

Fort Magsaysay-Laur Highway

Fort Magsaysay-Laur Highway

If you are new in our races, you have to review the past posts in this blog. If you have any concern or clarification about the conduct or details of the event, you can post a status or comment on the Facebook Event Page of this Ultra Event.

The registration fee is One Thousand Eight Hundred Pesos (P 1,800) per runner. A runner can register by depositing the amount of money to the Bank of the Philippine Island Savings Account #0296-0673-22 in favor of Jovenal Narcise. Please send a photocopy of the Deposit Slip at e-mail address: jovie75@hotmail.com immediately and bring the said Deposit Slip at the Starting Area on Race Day. The Deposit Slip will be used to redeem your Race Packet. Registration is now open and it will end on August 22, 2014, Friday.

This road race is highly recommended to those ultra runners who will have their first taste and experience towards the 2015 Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 102).

Good luck and see you at the starting line!

Laur To Gabaldon: To The Mountains

Laur To Gabaldon: To The Mountains

Finisher/s and their Support Crew/Team

Finisher/s and their Support Crew/Team

 





Foam Rollers

31 07 2014

I am a “late comer” on the use of this item, most specially now that I’ve concentrated my running workouts on the mountain trails. How I wished I have this item as soon as it was available in the market.

For the past years since Foam Rollers were available in the market, I ignored them because I have my own staff/aide who had been giving me almost a daily massage. For a change, I decided to have a try using this foam roller.

I know that there are so many types of foam rollers in the market but I am more interested to have the “original” foam roller. So, I was able to buy one which I think the cheapest in the market.

It is very easy to use. The item has a booklet inside its package and the instructions on how to use are very easy to follow. Basically, you have to use the weight of your body to put pressure on your muscle to the roller foam. Whenever I feel a sore spot in the my muscle, I would spend more time to roll the foam on the said spot until I get a relief or the soreness is diminished.

After reading some posts on the Internet about its use and product review, I came up with the discovery and information that one should refrain from doing so much stretching on the IT Bands. You could “google” such topic on the Internet for more details. You could feel the pain or soreness of the IT Bands if you use the Foam Roller on them but because of the information, I try not to spend so much time “rolling” on my IT Bands.

I concentrate more in using the Foam Roller on my quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and gluteus muscles. Surprisingly, I am addicted in using it whether for my stretching routine or to relieve sore muscles in my legs. I usually use the Foam Roller at least twice a day; after a running workout and before going to bed at night. Thirty minutes per session will be a good and relaxing time for your legs!

It is highly recommended to use the Foam Roller with your Yoga Mat; a carpet; or on the floor. It is guaranteed that your muscles will be happy and relieved every time after your daily “foam rolling” sessions.

My RED Foam Roller

My RED Foam Roller

But wait, I have read somewhere that if the Foam Rollers are not available in the market or too expensive in ones budget, a piece of PVC pipe will be a good substitute. Although, I haven’t tried it, it would be nice to experiment on it.

Good luck and have fun in your daily runs!





Shoe Review: ALTRA Lone Peak 2.0

29 07 2014

Few months ago, I bought an ALTRA Lone Peak 1.5 trail shoes and after using it on my trail running workouts and putting almost 300 kilometers as mileage, I came up with a Shoe Review which I posted here in this blog. I was satisfied with the shoes with their Zero Drop concept and wider toe box but not so much on its weight when it is wet with my sweat and during my river/creek crossing; its sole traction when running on muddy trails where the sole would gather a lot of mud that would make the shoe heavier to the running legs; and the long period of time for the wet shoes to dry up during its use or when it is being “air dried”.

I concluded in my shoe review that the trail shoes is not suited for the muddy trails in our mountains (Philippines) but best suited for dry trails, loose gravel, rocky and technical as long as the trail is dry! I am not surprised on this because the shoes was conceptualized on what is written on the shoebox of every ALTRA Shoes.

Wet & Soaked ALTRA Lone Peak 1.5

Wet & Soaked ALTRA Lone Peak 1.5

For about a week, I had been running on my new ALTRA Lone Peak 2.0 trail shoes. As soon as the shoes arrived, I immediately used it for my daily stretching and calisthenics. I immediately felt a big improvement on the cushioning of the shoes. This is a big improvement from the Lone Peak 1.5. The shoe lace is replaced with a flat and lighter material, a big improvement from the LP 1.5 heavier and rounded laces. The shoe tongue had been shortened for about half inch. The big ALTRA sign and mountain logo on the outer side had been removed, together with the “black net pattern” and white leather that you can see on the inner side of the shoes. What I don’t understand the reason why ALTRA placed a leather on the #3 and #4 holes for the shoe laces. It could be for aesthetic reason where small prints of the shoe model is written but it is not necessary to sew such where the laces should pass through. The rudder at the back/heel portion of the shoes is still there but it is shortened. The velcro (with cover) for the gaiter is still there. There is a new pattern of lugs on the sole but I still have some reservations on how it would work on muddy trails. The lugs have the same thickness with that of the LP 1.5.

Thicker Sole and Simple Shoe Logo

Thicker Sole and Simple Shoe Logo

The big improvement on the cushioning is due to a thicker sole, 3 mm thicker than the LP 1.5 and a thicker insole which is 5 mm. There is no change in the “Uppers” of the new LP 2.0 from its predecessor. It means that the new model has the same problem with its water retention, slower drying time and heavier weight when it is wet.

More Comfortable To The Feet

More Comfortable To The Feet

On the website of ALTRA, the Lone Peak 2.0 has a weight of 11.4 ounces while the Lone Peak 1.5 is 9.9 ounces for shoe size 9. It means that the latest model had sacrificed or made some trade off for its weight by adding more cushioning and comfort for the feet. So, this is the reason why I could hardly noticed the weight of the shoes because of the comfortable feeling every time my foot strikes the ground.

The Same "Uppers" With The Lone Peak 1.5

The Same “Uppers” With The Lone Peak 1.5

Lugs/Sole Print On The Trail

Lugs/Sole Print On The Trail

For almost 100 kilometers as mileage for this new trail shoes, I am satisfied with how it performed on my feet and on the trails. If you ask me why I did not order for the “Yellow Bus”? I have already my yellow La Sportiva Bushido and this is my first time to have a black colored trail shoes. So, the black “Ninja” shoes was ordered as part of my trail running arsenal.

With this kind of trail shoes, the challenge now for me is how to run faster with them on the uphills, downhills, rocky and technical trails, muddy trails, and when they are completely wet from my sweat and after creek and river crossings. With a new 5.6-kilometer loop of ascending and descending trails as my “testing” ground, I hope to compare this shoes with the other trail shoes in my tempo/progression runs.

I highly recommend the new ALTRA Lone Peak 2.0 as your training trail shoes and if you can manage to adapt on it as your racing trail shoes, then go ahead. Your feet will be happy to finish an ultra distance with them!





Pinoy Elite Long Distance Runner

3 06 2014

Let me describe to you my observation and impression of a typical Pinoy Elite Long Distance Runner. First of all, I would like to define what I mean by a Pinoy Elite Long Distance Runner. He is a locally raised person with a raw talent and skill to be fast and strong in long distance running. He is considered as an Elite Runner if he can finish a 5K race/run (on the road or track) in less than 15 minutes; and he/she has a PR time in 10K run/race (on the road or track) in less than 32 minutes. If a long distance runner could not attain these PR times, then he/she is not considered as an elite runner.

A typical elite long distance runner is raised from a poor family, let me say, from a family who is residing in a barangay which is far from the center of population which is the municipality.  Most likely, their house is located in a mountainous area where one has to travel by foot to reach the basic services of the municipality. Since the primary education is free in the province and the head of the family has the desire to have his children take advantage of education, the children has to walk from the barangay to the center of the municipality in the early morning and walk again to go back to his house after classes. Those daily hikes up to the time he graduates from elementary would develop his endurance capability—physically and mentally.

The hiking will continue once he has the interest to enroll to the secondary school. As he goes up on the ladder of those four years of high school, he will be exposed to Physical Education, popularly known as P.E., one of the required Subjects every year in High School. Whether he is tall or not, he will be exposed to running as one of the “basics” in Physical Education classes. This is where he is discovered by the PE teacher that the “boy” from the far-flung barangay has the speed and endurance to finish a race, whether it is a 400-meter run or longer distance events.

Initially, he will be “coached” by the PE Teacher in the school and he will be given an instruction to do some training in preparation for the local running meet among the schools in the province. To make the story short, this “boy” will be a consistent winner in those annual/periodic meets or races among the schools in the province. Ultimately, he will be a part of a Team Delegation from their province for a much bigger Regional Athletic Meet. This is where he will be discovered by Coaches from the different Colleges and Universities located in Metro Manila. Once this “boy” graduates from High School, he is already ready for recruitment for a College/University Education Scholarship offer. As a result, he will be a member of the College or Varsity Team and will be able to contribute points in the annual competition among Colleges and Universities.

Due to strict and more disciplined way of coaching in College/University, the “boy” will become stronger and faster, gathering more skills and techniques, and most of all, will be exposed to other fast athletes coming from the other Colleges/Universities. Demanding Coaches will try to find the physical limits of these endurance athletes and at the same time making sure that their academic standings are also satisfactory. However, in my observation, most of these athletes recruited from the provinces have lower I.Q.s and most of them could hardly pass their academic requirements. If one is an “asset” or “top athlete” and has the potential to be included in the National Pool of Athletes, most likely his grades would be “manipulated” by his Coach or the Academic Staff. He finishes as an ordinary College Graduate but in reality, he has only acquired the skills and training to be a fast and strong long distance runner. It is very doubtful if he ever learned from the other Subjects offered as required in his curriculum while he was in College.

For those who are not fortunate enough to be discovered by College Coaches from Metro Manila and were not able to earn their way to a College education, their talent/skill in running would be discovered by relatives who are also passionate in long distance running. It could be a friend or a close relative who would influence this “boy” to be exposed to long distance running. From a simple training program copied from the Runner’s World Magazine, the relative/friend would give this training to the “boy” and most likely, it would result positively to his training. The “boy” would personally discover on how he would run faster and stronger through experience in his training. If he thinks he is ready for “fun runs” in the locality, he would join and find out if he can win the top prize with some cash to bring home. If he wins, then that is the start of more races for the local “boy”. This “local boy” would try to find out more “fun runs” with cash prize/s and dream to be living in a bigger city or Metro Manila for him to find a job and at the same time join weekly races.

Now, you have two distinct types of elite runners; a College-Graduate and a “Barangay” Runner. Most likely, the College Graduate runner will only run shorter distances like 3K and/or 5K and they do their training on the oval track. The “Barangay” Runner would be running the 10K and longer distance races and most of them are training/running on the roads and trails. Sometimes, their ambition in life is very simple. The College-Graduate would like to join the National Pool of Athletes and at the same time employed in an establishment that promotes sports. The “Barangay” Runner would like to be employed also in Service-related jobs but most of them would like to have a chance to be recruited in the Armed Services.

I had been exposed to both College Graduate and “Barangay” Runners. However, most of the College Graduate Runners that joined and left my Team started as “Barangay” Runners and transformed to run longer distance up to ultra marathon distances. Most of them now are with the Philippine Army and I am surprised that they don’t like to be included in the National Pool of Athletes. Some of the “Barangay” Runners who left my Team are still joining local races and ultra marathon races where they shine and always land on the podium finishes.

In the past, I have exposed some of my runners to International Competitions and most of them did fairly well. There were some problems and challenges that I have to deal with in bringing these athletes to international competition. But with the able support of some friends  from abroad and in the country and proceeds from ultra races that I have organized and directed, I was able to prove that these elite long distance runners can compete among the top ultra runners in Southeast Asia/Asia without any corporate brand as the Main Sponsor.

What made me to stop with this personal quest to bring our ultra runners to international competitions? The following reasons are very personal and I really don’t know what is the “other side of the coin” from the athletes’ point of view.

1. Loyalty-–Very simple word but very hard to follow and implement. It could be loyalty to the Country, Team, Association, or personal loyalty to the one who manages or coaches an elite runner. Loyalty is a very sacred commitment of a runner to the one who manages him. An elite runner who has a “big” dream could NOT have “two masters or more” at the same time! He must be able to FOCUS his mind and body to only ONE Master as the Master is the only one who could lead him to a right direction and future. (Note: I define a Master as the one who manages the elite athlete)

2. The “Master” Knows Best—The master knows what is best for the runner, period! A master should be a passionate long distance runner, too! Obviously, he would be able to understand the mind and actions of his elite runner. The body language of an elite runner shows whatever message that a master would like to know from him. Such body language could be seen from a constant communication between the master and the elite athlete. Above all, communication is the best tool and means to determine the overall attitude of his athlete.

3. Collaterals Are Not Included—I can support the training and other miscellaneous training expenses for an elite runner but I could not afford to extend the support to his family (either to his wife and children or relatives). An elite runner should be able to detach himself from his family during the peak of his training and he should be focused to excel on the event that he is preparing for. An elite runner could not maximize his training if his wife and family are with him always.

4. Think and Dream “BIG”—It is always the right formula for success and for media to get one’s attention when an athlete would first Win “BIG” (podium finisher or overall top ten) in a prestigious international ultra running event. In this age of social media through Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and blogs, a good performance of an athlete could be easily known on a “real-time” situation or immediately after an event. With the number of runners and ultra runners who have Social Media accounts, such exemplar deed could be viral and easily picked up by the media. And once the traditional media (TV, Radio and Newspapers) picks up ones outstanding deed, everything will follow. Who knows this will be the time that corporate brands will start supporting such elite athlete and not those local average ones who have yet to taste of landing on the podium finish or top ten overall award in international running events.

5. It’s All About Character and Reputation—Trust and Confidence between the Manager and the Elite Athlete is a must. These values are non-negotiable. The Manager is just a tool or a bridge for the elite runner to be exposed in international running events and the honor/prestige goes to the athlete himself and for the country as a whole. The athlete must be able to trust his Manager as the Manager would “move heaven and earth” to explore and use all the possible means to support the elite runner. In return, Honesty, Respect and Courtesy are the only things that matter for a Manager to receive from his elite runner.

In conclusion, no matter what you have done to expose our elite runners to international competitions, the cycle continues. People change. Loyalty changes from one person to another or from one institution to another. We look for shortcuts and easy ways to attain our goals and objectives. We don’t trust those “hands that feed us” and simply ignore them, and worse, try to bite them!

But worst of all, we try to make a living out of being an elite runner and by all means, be a coach and later as a Race Organizer and Director of a Running Event.

Yearly MILO Marathon

Yearly MILO Marathon (Photo From Google)

I might have stopped “looking and eyeing” for an elite long distance runner for ultra marathon races abroad but I am thinking positively that one or two of the corporate brands in the country will have the initiative to train, support, and finance a “loyal, intelligent and passionate” elite ultra runner to represent our country to the most prestigious ultra races in the world.





If You Want To Join And Finish A Trail Ultra

21 05 2014

On the day of my 62nd birthday, US Navy Admiral (Four-Star General) William H. McRaven, Ninth Commander of the US Special Operations Command and a US Navy Seal, delivered a Commencement Speech to almost 8,000 graduating students of the University of Texas at Austin on May 17, 2014. He is an alumnus of the said University and a product of the school’s ROTC Program.

The following is the complete text of his Commencement Address to the Graduating Class of 2014. http://www.utexas.edu/news/2014/05/16/admiral-mcraven-commencement-speech/

Having been a product of military training and some special operations training with the Philippine Army, I fully appreciate what the Admiral had gone through in his US Navy Seal’s Training.

However, for the benefit of my readers, I would like to relate the ten (10) lessons that the good Admiral had learned from his US Navy Seal training to the sports that I dearly loved at the moment and that I would like to be shared and experienced by other runners, which is Ultra Trail Running.

1. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, start off by “making your bed”. Start with the “basics” of trail running. Go to the nearest mountain ranges or hilly parts in your place or community and find a trail when you can walk, jog, or run. Try to observe how your body would react to the uphills, downhills, flatter portions of the trail, rocky portions, muddy parts, uneven level of the trail, and the presence of obstacles along your path. Start training for the shorter distance, say 5K of pure trails until you can easily progress to longer distances. In trail races, it is better to start with the shorter distance events and slowly progressing to longer events in matter of months or years, and not of weeks. If you are totally new in trail running, I suggest you have to put in a lot of time running on the trails, like one year, before you are ambitious enough to finish a trail marathon distance (42K). As one has to progress to longer distances, one has to be aware of one’s hydration and nutrition strategy in order to keep ones energy and strength to finish the race. Make sure that you invest on your trail running needs like shoes and hydration system. Ask for some advise from the “experts and masters” of ultra trail running through their blogs or personal meetings/conversations with them. These trail runners are very much willing to share such information to you.

2. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, find someone to “help you paddle”. It is better to train in trail running with somebody who has the same interest with you. It is either a friend or a group of avid/passionate trail runners. If you are new in a mountain, try to locate the Barangay Hall or the Barangay Captain and tell him about your purpose in going to the mountain or community. You can ask for the services of a Trail Guide within the Barangay who knows the “ins and outs” of the trail systems within the mountain. The services of a Trail Guide is invaluable as it will give you exact and accurate information about water sources and other salient information about the locality/mountain trail system in the area. If you are very serious in trail running and you have the goal to excel in this kind of sports, you can get an exclusive Coach for you who will guide you in your training. Get a Coach who is reliable and friendly. Aside from your Coach, start developing friendly relationships with your future Pacer/s and Support Crew if you intend to join 50-miler or 100K and above trail ultras.

3. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers. Not because you have the physical strength, well-built body, healthy and fool-proof training, you can have the assurance to finish an ultra trail race event. There are things and factors to consider like the reliability and effectiveness of your running equipment; the prevailing weather; accidents along the course; nutrition; injuries and problems with ones feet and hydration strategy. Most of the faster and consistent podium finishers in ultra trail races are smaller (in height and body composition) people. Just look around you in the Starting Line of Ultra Trail Events, most likely, the smaller guys are the ones who dash froward as if the race is a 5K or 10K road race. These guys are usually the persons who have the tenacity to endure pain and fatigue.

4. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward. I call these hardened ultra trail runners as “Dugyots” (Dirty Runners) and they don’t care if their shoes are wet and muddy. They don’t care if they slip and fall on their butts or fall on their faces if they slip along the trails. They don’t care of their unprotected legs are scratched by sharp blades of grasses or tripped by thorny branches of bushes along the trail. They don’t care if their shirts and shorts or compression tights are ripped off by some accidents along the trail. What is more disturbing to these runners when they don’t really care if they are bitten by leeches in the jungle and just allow the blood to flow out of the bites of these leeches. I know of some runners who pee on their running shorts or tights while running and they don’t really care what and how they smell after the race. In trail running, the dirtier you look as you cross the finish line, the better for your picture!

5. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, don’t be afraid of the circuses. “Circuses” are translated to “DNFs” in ultra trail races. Even the elite runners have their DNFs. So, why would you be afraid to experience your first DNF? Even if you are properly prepared and trained to a certain ultra trail event, “shit happens”. There are things and factors that one don’t have a control or manage to have these things from happening. If you think that your body could no longer tolerate the pain or any incurring “issue” within your body system and it would jeopardize you for finishing the race, you have to decide immediately for you to DNF the race. There is no shame in a DNF and don’t be affected by what the other runners and friends would say in contrary to your decision. It is your body that you have to preserve and you and only you who would have the responsibility to take care of your body, not by other runners or your running friends. Just remember to use the DNF as your “weapon” in your future races.

6. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, sometime you have to slide down the obstacle head first. There are times that you have to take the “risk” in ultra trail race that you have trained for. It is either on your Race Strategy or on the skills that you have acquired and learned in your training for you to have an edge over your competitors. You know what your body is capable of when something or a challenge is in front of you, it could be a steep uphill climb, or a steep descending part of the course or a very technical trail where one has to be careful in every step, it could be a river/stream crossing, or some kind of rock climbing, or the need to rappel up or down to a mountain peak. However, don’t take the “risk” of joining and expecting to finish an ultra trail event if you don’t have the training/preparation, you’ll be wasting your money and time on this event. Do not take the “risk” also of introducing some thing “new” during the race, most especially on your equipment, nutrition, and apparel.

7. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, don’t back down from the sharks. What is best in Ultra Running is the attitude of the runners. Runners would help one another in times when one is in need of food, water, or medical attention. But if everything is ideal and equal among runners, each one of the runners are competing with each other! Whether you like or not, you have “friends” or personalities whom you want to beat, pass, or finish faster than them. In your mind, these are your “sharks” in your races—they are your friends but at the same time your competitors! This is true also in Race Directing/Race Organizing. There are “sharks” going around you but if they become offensive to you, you must give them the “worst and hardest shock” of their lives!

8. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, you must be your very best in the darkest moment. As they say, ultras are exercise of problem solving and adjustments. Pain, Fatigue, Loss of Appetite, and Dehydration are the most common “issues” to ones body in Ultra Running. But the worst “issue” is Hard-headedness! Each of these “issues” has solution and if you apply such solution, you will be at your Best once you comeback to the race. A brief rest or sleep (if you have enough “buffer” time) is the best solution to these “issues”.

9. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud. As they say, it is the “brain” that takes over when the body is already weak. The fight to finish the race is within the confines of the space between your two ears. This is where your “running mantra” would come in and you should express loudly for you to hear it. Some would use their iPods and MP3s/headphones to hear music; some would “pep talk” themselves with phrases or mantra which are repeated endlessly; some would count their steps; some would pray loudly; some would sing loudly which would make them on a happy mood; or some would think of their inspiration. Hope and Think Positively!

10. If you want to join and finish a trail ultra, don’t ever, ever ring the bell. There is ONLY ONE BELL in my Ultra Races and I, being the Race Director, is the one holding it and the ONLY ONE that is authorized to ring it. At the Starting Line, when it rings, it tells you “Good Luck & Have Fun”. And once I see you approaching the Finish Line, I have to ring the bell that tells you, “Good Job and Congratulations”!

Good Luck and See You In Your Next Ultra Trail Race!

Bald Runner @ Mt Susongdalaga (Playground Charlie)

Bald Runner @ Mt Susongdalaga (Playground Charlie)





Official Result: 1st Tagaytay To Naic 100K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N100K)

13 05 2014

1st Tagaytay To Naic 100K Ultra Marathon Race (Road)

1:00 AM May 11, 2014

Starting Line: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

Finish Line: Municipal Plaza, Barangay Poblacion, Naic, Cavite

Number Of Starters: 35

Number Of Finishers: 27

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RANK NAME TIME (HRS)
1 Alfred Delos Reyes (Champion, Course Record) 13:25:01
2 Eric Cruz (1st Runner-Up, Overall) 13:48:31
3 Simon Pavel Miranda (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) 14:09:32
4 Aldrin Pallera 15:30:45
5 Michael Dauz 15:58:18
6 Laurencio Ogerio 16:12:01
7 Irrol Novenario 16:25:30
8 Lurvin Ocampo 16:27:28
9 Erwin Tolentino 16:44:40
10 Archie Tiu Gascon 16:45:50
11 Bing Baltazar Brillo 16:49:50
12 Benedict Meneses 17:02:34
13 Allan Sabado 17:30:16
14 Loradel Hanopol (Champion, Female) 17:32:57
15 Mel Severino 17:41:25
16 Herbert Puyat 17:53:27
17 Mary Grace Lao (1st Runner-Up, Female) 17:59:08
18 Jerome Paulo Castro 19:18:18
19 Inocencio Rosario, Jr 19:20:18
20 Carlos Sadalsund 19:20:19
21 Isabelo Estacion 19:20:30
22 Nap Ocampo 19:41:40
23 Merlito Mallari 20:21:25
24 Laurice Rogel (2nd Runner-Up, Female) 20:21:26
25 Ciriaco Manalansan 20:21:27
26 Joseph Balbino 20:21:28
27 Mark Capistrano 20:22:07

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Pictures By Epoy Poblete: https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.d.poblete/media_set?set=a.605950859501111.1073741851.100002586082721&type=1





Official Result: 7th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N50)

12 05 2014

4:00 AM – 1:00 PM May 11, 2014

Starting Area: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

Finish Line: PETRON Gasoline Station, Nasugbu, Batangas

Number Of Starters: 118

Number Of Finishers: 113

Cut-Off Time: 9 Hours

This Is Where Ultra Marathon Running Addiction Starts!

This Is Where Ultra Marathon Running Addiction Starts!

RANK NAME TIME (HRS)
1 Lawrence Aninag (Champion, Overall) 5:01:35
2 Meliton Carag (1st Runner-Up, Overall) 5:16:40
3 Nina Ferando (2nd Runner-Up, Overall & Female Champion) 5:17:46
4 Rogelio Puzon 5:20:58
5 Sandy Alentajan 5:22:57
6 Fritz Adre Espinosa 5:27:33
7 Beda Abugan, Jr 5:32:10
8 Gia Estrella (1st Runner-Up, Female) 5:35:35
9 Raffy Estavillo 5:44:44
10 RJ Zamora 5:54:18
11 Adan Banday 5:56:36
12 Cholo Reynes 5:57:48
13 Cristopher Magdangal 5:58:09
14 Jonathan Bajaro 6:00:01
15 Rhina Sison (2nd Runner-Up, Female) 6:00:11
16 Oscar Velasco 6:01:11
17 Sean Andan 6:09:47
18 Jon Ogsimer 6:11:08
19 Earvin Joed Biason 6:13:15
20 Decerel Mendoza (F) 6:15:53
21 Jerdie Jurado 6:16:51
22 Manny Ydulzura 6:19:31
23 Adray Joseph Alvior 6:20:12
24 Frederick Tipon 6:20:45
25 Vicente Bubuan 6:21:49
26 Pamela Gatuz (F) 6:22:22
27 Allan Joseph Abenes 6:24:28
28 Tess Leono (F) 6:24:55
29 Gamaliel Tayao 6:25:34
30 Herbert Avila 6:34:31
31 Patrick James Ayo 6:35:08
32 Francis Panilla 6:35:09
33 Edrick Nicdao 6:35:59
34 Edwin Reyes 6:37:02
35 Janet Lozon Villanueva (F) 6:39:59
36 Allan Lanzon 6:42:51
37 Ivan Pena 6:42:52
38 Manny Ocampo 6:43:08
39 Joseph Pineda 6:44:38
40 Alex Araneta 6:46:18
41 Luz Tiuseco (F) 6:48:39
42 Karen Odessa Cabuyao (F) 6:48:47
43 Melcin Cruz 6:51:52
44 Daisy Visperas (F) 6:55:56
45 Rasette Pesuelo (F) 6:58:33
46 Sherwin Guansing 7:07:54
47 Rolan Cera 7:08:38
48 Joseph Nebrida 7:09:41
49 Jesus Anthony Dizon 7:12:07
50 Michael Manuel Tiuseco 7:14:28
51 Ellen Solosod (F) 7:15:27
52 Oliver Cavinta 7:16:25
53 Teresa Gangan (F) 7:17:31
54 Rodelyn Ventura (F) 7:19:25
55 Ruben Fajardo 7:21:12
56 Ernesto Badong 7:21:13
57 Soleil Navarro 7:23:18
58 Arwin Ng 7:23:19
59 Philip Gan 7:23:53
60 Ma. Cristina Aldaya (F) 7:27:22
61 Florencio Uy 7:29:52
62 Beni Steve Vilches 7:30:13
63 Victhor Tuazon 7:31:15
64 Leo Villarico 7:32:25
65 Efren Gregorio 7:34:02
66 Jeramy Blas 7:36:20
67 Mark Anthony Belaniso 7:37:34
68 Dhonabel Castillo (F) 7::40:02
69 Markchael Valdevieso 7:42:56
70 Melvin Tolentino 7:43:05
71 Kerwin Ng 7:43:31
72 Ruby Gan (F) 7:44:47
73 Kim Zamora 7:45:45
74 Paul La Rosa 7:48:54
75 Vangie Gregorio (F) 7:52:20
76 Gerly Santos (F) 7:52:21
77 Lourdes Maghuyop (F) 7:53:35
78 Mildred Tormes (F) 7:53:46
79 Stephenson Avanzado 7:53:53
80 Vincent Hilario 7:54:44
81 Alvin Jotojot 8:01:29
82 Disodado Reyes, Jr 8:01:33
83 Cherry Rose Betonio (F) 8:02:10
84 Cecilia Lalisan (F) 8:04:47
85 Ma. Naomi Mabasa (F) 8:07:06
86 Manuel Remandaban 8:07:39
87 Joey Genecera 8:08:43
88 Gloria Silvestre Tatad (F) 8:09:38
89 Vicente De Lima 8:10:04
90 Marl Dario 8:12:05
91 Georgianne Belaniso (F) 8:12:25
92 Mark Paunil 8:15:21
93 Orlando Fortiz 8:15:44
94 Bernardino Gangan 8:15:56
95 Gerardine Kun (F) 8:19:32
96 Guido Aleman 8:19:48
97 Peachy Tamayo (F) 8:21:05
98 Abigail Joy Castaneda (F) 8:21:15
99 Adam Radomes 8:21:16
100 Evelyn Ponce (F) 8:26:15
101 Lester Estrella 8:26:56
102 Nashir Caratao 8:27:35
103 Margie Reyes (F) 8:29:18
104 Maerxksol Ponce 8:29:19
105 Allenstein Co 8:29:29
106 Reiner Tatlonghari 8:34:48
107 Matthew Rodriguez 8:42:07
108 Elouise Jane Timbang (F) 8:42:15
109 Gladysma Jane Giron (F) 8:42:55
110 Joy Odronia (F) 8:42:56
111 Jose Mari Mercado 8:47:00
112 Lance Estrella 8:48:44
113 Leo Cadiz 8:50:51

Champion Lawrence Aninag, PMA Class 1995. Congratulations, Cavalier!

Champion Lawrence Aninag, PMA Class 1995. Congratulations, Cavalier!

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Welcome To The Ultra Running Community!








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