Official Result: 1st WEST COAST 200 Ultramarathon Race/1st Day

7 11 2012

1st WEST COAST 200K Ultramarathon Race/First Day

5:00 AM-5:00 PM November 1, 2012

Start: Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport, Olongapo City

Finish: Municipal Plaza/Park, Botolan, Zambales

Distance: 72 Kilometers

Number of Starters: 33

Number of Finishers: 32

 RANK N  A    M  E TIME (HRS)
1 Marcelo Bautista 7:03:26
2 Alfred Delos Reyes 8:23:14
3 Henry Laron 8:29:50
4 Don Gutierrez 9:15:33
5 Bob Castilla 9:18:03
6 Reylynne Dela Paz (F) 9:19:23
7 Mac Milan 9:39:03
8 Calvin John Escandor 9:42:47
9 TJ Isla 9:48:20
10 Jonel Mendoza 9:53:00
11 Tin Ferrera (F) 10:03:16
12 Ronnel Go 10:12:34
13 Dante Sagayap 10:44:24
14 Graciano Santos 10:44:28
15 Alain Cuchas Llagono 10:44:57
16 Ma. Josephine Liao (F) 10:47:38
17 Meljohn Tezon 10:48:12
18 Jorell Anthony Paringit 11:24:53
19 Jinky Yray (F) 11:31:02
20 Hazel Arnaiz (F) 11:31:05
21 Manny Ocampo 11:31:10
22 Alex Jones 11:31:59
23 Yob Red 11:37:06
24 Bong Alindada 11:38:42
25 Carl Balagot 11:42:15
26 Ariel Aquino 11:45:18
27 Ron Illana 11:51:23
28 Kharl Ocampo 12:02:09
29 Ricardo Cabusao Jr 12:36:52
30 George Dolores 12:37:00
31 Stephanie Hefti (F) 12:39:12
32 Roger Villareal 12:39:14
33 Victor Ting DNF/57K

***Those who finished the 1st leg whose times were more than 12 hours were allowed to run for the next stage the following day.





Official Result: 3rd Mt Pinatubo 50K Ultra Trail Challenge

22 10 2012

3rd Mt Pinatubo 50K Ultra Trail Challenge

5:05 AM-5:05 PM October 21, 2012

Sta Juliana, Capas, Tarlac To Crater Lake & Back

Starters: 102 Runners

Finishers: 100 Runners

Group Picture Before Start Of The Race

RANK N    A      M    E T I M E (HRS)
1 Marcelo Bautista (Champion, CR) 5:35:09
2 Ronie Nullar (1st Runner-Up, CR) 5:47:15
3 Mark Carlo Villafuerte (2nd Runner-Up, CR) 6:00:38
4 Jerome Lagumbay (CR) 6:08:25
5 Rayman Delos Angeles 6:31:01
6 Edge Madronio 6:32:08
7 Jon Las Bruce 6:32:58
8 George Killo 6:38:40
9 Raffy Gabotero 6:40:02
10 Laurencio Lao Ogerio 6:43:03
11 Henry Laron 7:04:08
12 Calvin John Escandor 7:21:53
13 Simon Pavel Miranda 7:22:10
14 Mark Aethen Agana 7:36:28
15 Roberto Delos Santos 7:38:56
16 Marlon Zarate 7:41:50
17 Ruben Torralba 7:45:51
18 Jeffrey Diaz 7:54:33
19 Bong Alindada 7:57:30
20 Chris Kapher 7:59:02
21 Maria Josephine Liao (Lady Champion, CR) 8:00:58
22 Jessie Llarena 8:13:18
23 Paolo Osmena 8:19:43
24 Andrew Aquino 8:23:43
25 George Javier 8:26:56
26 Nicolas De Leon Jr 8:26:58
27 Jon Borbon 8:27:00
28 Vener Roldan 8:27:53
29 Ronnel Go 8:28:07
30 Rod Gotos 8:29:18
31 Jarred Baliguat 8:33:07
32 Philippe Arenillo 8:35:01
33 Cheryll Bihag (Lady 1st Runner-Up) 8:36:24
34 Dennis Chavez 8:45:16
35 Dindo Diaz 8:45:22
36 Dean Cordero 8:50:42
37 Clyde Imperio 9:00:42
38 Carlito Buenaventura 9:05:45
39 Jojo Dela Cruz 9:08:41
40 Rodell Mendoza 9:10:32
41 Daphne Rose Codilla (Lady 2nd Runner-Up) 9:10:42
42 Meriam Torres (Female) 9:11:50
43 Alex Jones 9:12:08
44 Luke Mark Odon 9:13:35
45 Edgardo Vocal 9:14:36
46 Nixon Pasiken 9:15:43
47 Errol Regaya 9:20:13
48 Ejercito Suyo 9:20:57
49 Johann Marquez 9:22:12
50 Edrick Nicdao 9:22:56
51 Jayson Canete 9:25:37
52 Arman Garcia 9:26:06
53 Gerson Patriana 9:27:00
54 Harold Manalo 9:34:58
55 Jason Sison 9:39:56
56 Joseph Pineda 9:49:07
57 Noel Veloso 9:58:58
58 Dexter Cruz 9:59:41
59 Arnel Distor 10:15:11
60 Jeffrey Enverga 10:15:19
61 Gay Baniwas (Female) 10:15:23
62 Stephanie Hefti (Female) 10:15:29
63 Carl Balagot 10:15:57
64 Marc Conrad Molina 10:16:39
65 Venn Lamela 10:17:37
66 Jayson De Ocampo 10:17:46
67 Benj Termulo 10:17:54
68 Tom Baniwas 10:30:43
69 Steve Paul Dumlao 10:34:25
70 Armand Belen 10:34:36
71 Juvy Pagtalunan (Female) 10:38:35
72 Nap Ocampo 10:41:33
73 Jericho De Jesus 10:41:35
74 Darwin Avila 10:42:20
75 Ofelia Lorete (Female) 10:45:36
76 Sheryll Quimosing (Female) 10:45:37
77 Harold Lorete 10:45:38
78 Brian Casorla 10:48:18
79 Kim Youngju 10:55:09
80 Park Kwangyeol 10:55:19
81 Danny Consigna 11:03:13
82 Aileen Manat (Female) 11:03:29
83 Lyra Cruzette Rosario (Female) 11:06:37
84 Joseph Ronquillo 11:07:46
85 Gia Estrella (Female) 11:10:06
86 Zaldy Santillan 11:10:07
87 Emmanuel Tan 11:10:22
88 Choy Zaguirre 11:12:43
89 Benett Silario 11:13:26
90 Jeje Ajusto 11:14:23
91 Chari Sevilla (Female) 11:17:26
92 Lester Evangelista 11:17:27
93 Jinky Yray (Female) 11:17:28
94 Hazel Arnaiz (Female) 11:17:29
95 Carmeli Ortega (Female) 11:17:30
96 Katrina Constantino (Female) 11:17:31
97 Chie Angeles (Female) 11:17:32
98 Maynard Villamer 11:18:04
99 Ric Cabusao Jr 11:20:59
100 Ramon Flores 11:21:04




“Babies” In Running?

1 10 2012

A guy in white compression long-sleeved shirt and black compression shorts entered the race processing area and tried to look around and see if the people around are familiar to him. Our eyes met and he smiled.

He approached me while I was waiting for the other runners to arrive in the designated area for the processing of participants in the 1st PAU National Championships in Guimaras. He reached out with his hand and we had a handshake. And we immediately went on a conversation mode as we got to sit on our own chairs.

Our conversation went this way (Note: The conversation was in Pilipino/Tagalog and I have it translated to English):

Runner: So, I’ve finally met in person the Bald Runner

BR: Oh, thank you! Nice to meet you, too!

Runner: I am Demosthenes Limbaga and a resident of Guimaras. I am the contact person of runners and cyclists from neighboring islands who would like to do their workouts here in Guimaras.

BR: So, you must be very popular here! You are also a photographer and a fit athlete? (I’ve seen him sporting a SLR Camera with a pair of sports sunglasses)

Runner: Yes, I try to document the athletes who are practicing their sports here in Guimaras.

BR: How long have you been running? Also an ultrarunner?

Runner: I’ve been an athlete of the Project Gintong Alay during the time of former President Marcos and I was a middle distance runner then. Through the years, I continued to be a long distance runner and I am proud that I am only the ultra runner who is from this island.

BR: That’s good! So, maybe we are at the same age.

Runner: I am 57 years old

BR: Oh? I am 60 years old and a Senior Citizen. But I think you are a stronger runner than me.

Runner: I am glad you brought the Ultrarunning National Championship here in Guimaras so that the “Babies” will have a taste of the REAL long distance running.

BR: What “Babies” are you talking about?

Runner: “Babies” are those runners who would be asking and looking for Water Aid Station every one or two kilometers during the race.

BR: Ah..you mean “newbie” runners?

Runner: No, these are the runners who have not yet experienced finishing an ultra distance race.

BR: Ha! Ha! Ha! So, you are a bad ass ultra runner and a hardcore one!

Runner: Yes, you can call me anything as long as I am not a “baby” in long distance running.

BR: (Change Topic!) It seems you have all your toe nails painted with nice, dark & shiny nail polish.

Runner: Oh, yes! I’ve painted them all with nail polish to hide my dead toe nails!

BR: Very impressive. I might as well adopt your style so that I can hide also my dead toe nails! Oh, can I have your bank deposit slip so that my staff can process you already.

Runner: (He gave me his receipt). Please mention my name to the Governor  that I am only the runner from Guimaras joining this ultra race.

BR: Of course! I will see to it that your name will be mentioned to the good Governor!

Runner: Thank you, General!

The guy finished #12 among the 110K Finishers with a finish time of 14:24:05 hours.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Congratulations, Demosthenes!

Demosthenes Limbaga of Guimaras Placing #12 in the 1st PAU National Championship 110K Ultra Marathon Race.

(Note: Photo Courtesy of J. Avellanosa Photography)





Official Results: 1st PAU National Championships

17 09 2012

Official Result: 1st PAU National Championship 110K Race/Guimaras/September 15, 2012

1 Marcelo Bautista (Champion) 11:07:00
2 Aivan Villalion (1st Runner-Up) 12:13:44
3 Alfred delos Reyes (2nd Runner-Up) 12:16:01
4 Jerome Bautista 12:21:37
5 Almar Danguilan 13:03:23
6 Raffy Barolo 13:24:36
7 Yob Red 13:52:26
8 Dindo Diaz 13:53:12
9 Chubby de Leon 14:02:38
10 Ilmar Philip Elardo 14:10:31
11 Calvin John Escandor 14:19:36
12 Demosthenes Limbaga 14:24:05
13 George Luna 14:26:21
14 Mac Milan 15:02:51
15 Rocky Go 15:07:08
16 Raffy Gabotero 15:10:15
17 Jon Borbon 15:48:13
18 Bong Alindada 15:49:23
19 Benedick Meneses 15:54:48
20 Dennis Chavez 15:56:28
21 Daniel Earl Celis 16:00:02
22 Jonel Mendoza 16:00:08
23 Rommel Deslate 16:34:38
24 Cheryl Bihag (F, Champion) 16:44:52
25 Almelito Casas 16:44:55
26 Mel Severino 16:58:02
27 Chito Carreon 16:59:18
28 Jing Bulawan 17:17:15
29 Carl Balagot 17:39:10
30 Vans Camannong 17:39:20
31 Joseph Soriao 18:27:37
32 Junar Layug 18:27:58
33 Kharl Ocampo 18:51:10
34 Arianne Ortega (F, 1st Runner-Up) 18:57:29
35 Jeje Ajusto 18:58:36
36 Ron Illana 19:32:50
37 Edmund Padilla 19:32:50
38 Alen Alban 19:36:48
39 Mark Bin Dilangalen 19:38:38
40 Ed Escalante 19:42:46
41 Stephanie Hefti (F, 2nd Runner-Up) 20:10:14
42 John Andrew Alcedo 20:28:45
43 Roger Villareal 20:32:52
44 Carmeli Ortega (F) 20:35:23
45 Ron Sulapas 20:43:26
46 Ma. Enrica Mendoza (F) 21:25:57

Official Result: 1st PAU National Championship 50K Race/Guimaras/September 15, 2012

1 Jun Bacus (Champion) 5:10:25
2 Jael Wenceslao (1st Runner-Up) 5:20:18
3 Arnel Lanaria (2nd Runner-Up) 5:55:19
4 Jonathan Tahumar 5:58:29
5 Jovel Alla 6:02:09
6 Joemar Bahibag 6:28:57
7 Michael Binobo 6:40:53
8 Rodel Eligio 6:40:54
9   Ronnel Go 6:44:55
10 Stanley Juatan 6:47:48
11 Michelle Angela Maravilla (F, Champion) 6:59:35
12 Wesley Noel Orana 6:59:36
13 Ariel Yanoc 7:12:26
14 Michael Eric Cortes 7:12:35
15 Paul Garcia 8:02:35
16 Jun Carnate 8:09:43
17 Joseph Ligot 8:11:31
18 Kathy Delicana (F, 1st Runner-Up) 8:13:38
19 Jonathan Zarraga 8:13:43
20 Federico Senen Rentoy 8:16:44
21 Bernard Enriquez 8:19:30
22 Porfirio Fangco III 8:20:46
23 Marle Tan (F, 2nd Runner-Up) 8:20:47
24 Cleo Gevero 8:22:43
25 Nap Ocampo 8:27:04
26 Jonah Naranjo 8:31:24
27 Lyra Rosario (F) 8:37:36
28 Nicanor Larawan 8:40:46
29 Roberto Ledesma 8:40:47
30 Joe Marie Trimanez 9:07:05
31 Oliver Tan 9:30:59
32 Linton Lim 9:31:00
33 Razen Lee 9:55:06
34 Francis Deposa 9:55:07
35 Jireh Jo Fernandez 10:20:10





Rules & Regulations: 1st PAU National Championship/Guimaras

12 09 2012

Rules and Regulations: 1st PAU National Championship/September 15, 2012/Guimaras

1. Runners will assemble in front of the Provincial Capitol of Guimaras at 11:00 PM of September 14,    2012 (Friday) for final    processing and for additional administrative announcements.

  1. The race starts at 12:01 AM of September 15, 2012 (Saturday) in front of the Provincial Capitol in Barangay San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras.
  2. The PAU National Championship Ultramarathon Races consist of two (2) races which are both SOLO Runs. The run around the island has a distance of 110 Kilometers and the shorter distance will be a 50K run. Both races will start at the same time and will follow the same general direction of the route.
  3. The race will follow a Counter-Clockwise direction in running around the island. Runners will go South direction with Nueva Valencia as the first town to reach, then to Sibunag-San Lorenzo-Buenavista-Jordan. The 50K runners will finish at a designated point in Sibunag/San Lorenzo area. All runners will be passing along the Circumferential Road of the Island Province.
  4. Always stay on the LEFT side of the road facing the incoming traffic.
  5. Runners should always run/walk on SINGLE FILE on the left side of the road.
  6. There will be NO Pacers for these races. NO Bandits will be allowed.
  7. Runners shall have the option to be assisted with support vehicle or on self-support mode. There will be Mobile Aid Stations along the route which will “leap-frog” every 5-8 kilometers or shorter, depending on the range of distance from the leading and last runners. These Mobile Aid Stations could also be made as repository for Drop Bags of the Runners.
  8. Only 4-wheeled vehicles are allowed as support vehicles. Motorcycles, Bicycles, and Tricycles are NOT allowed as Support Vehicles.
  9. Runners will provide his/her own Hydration Belt/System as we will not be allowing the use of plastic or Styrofoam cups.
  10. The Mobile Aid Stations will have Water, Gatorade, Soda, Boiled Eggs, Boiled Bananas, and other Bite Foods available in the locality. Runners are still encouraged to bring Cash with them as there are barangays and populated areas that could offer eateries and sari-sari stores along the way.
  11. Runners are also encouraged to bring with them Headlight/Flashlight; First Aid Kit; Reflectorized Vest/Reflectorized      Tapes and Cellphone. These items will be inspected before the start of the run. The First Aid Kit should have enough cotton, sanitary gauze, medical adhesive tape, betadyne/iodine, and anti-biotic ointment. This will serve as temporary treatment of wounds/injury prior to the arrival of medical ambulance.
  12. There will be Road Marshalls on key intersection points along the route. Road Marshalls shall provide direction and at the same time will act as Checkpoints for Runners. Runners must be able TO MEMORIZE his/her Race Bib Number as the Road Marshalls shall be asking each runner’s Race Bib Number as he/she passes such Checkpoint.
  13. Race Bib shall be worn and always visible on the FRONT of the runner’s apparel.
  14. Cut-off time for the PAU 110K Race is 24 hours. The cut-off time for the PAU 50K Race is 11 Hours. Runners who will cross the finish line beyond these cut-off times will be declared Did Not Finish (DNF).
  15. Podium Finishers (1, 2, & 3 for the Men & Ladies) for each Race will receive Individual Trophies. Official Finishers will receive PAU Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Shirt, and the 1st PAU National Championship Finisher’s Certificate. Rankings will earn points for the PAU Runner of the Year Award for 2012.
  16. Drop Bags are allowed but they should be properly tagged with the NAME & RACE NUMBER of the runner. It is the responsibility of the runner to properly identify his/her drop bag and know the description of the vehicle where the drop bags are deposited.
  17. MP3s, IPods, and other devices with earphones are allowed. However, the volume should be moderate where one could still be alert and attentive on the sounds of incoming traffic and the barking of dogs. Expect the presence of dogs in populated areas along the route, most especially during night time. In case of dog attack, immediately stop and pick up anything on the ground which you can throw towards the animal or immediately point/focus your headlight/flashlight to the barking dog.
  18. Trekking Poles or Walking sticks are allowed but not mandatory.
  19. In case of emergency or report of not being able to continue the race, please report by calling or sending a text message to Cell phone # 0918-965-9895. Please state your name, race bib number, location, and reason of emergency/not being able to continue the race.
  20. SHIR-VET Hotel (near the Provincial Capitol) is the official base of the Secretariat. If you will be arriving on Thursday or Friday (daytime) in Jordan, Guimaras, you can pick-up your Race Packet and sign the Waiver by presenting to our staff your BPI Savings Deposit Slip Receipt. (Note: Remember to bring the Receipt as we are going to collect them). The GALVEZ Eatery/Restaurant located in front of the Provincial Capitol Complex will also serve as our Alternate Base for the processing of runners.
  21. Any violation and other Infraction of these Rules & Regulations shall be ground/reason for Disqualification in the Race. The decision of the Race Organizer/Director is Final.
  22. Let us maintain the Integrity of our PAU Races. Ultrarunners are NOT cheaters!





Result: 2nd PAU Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan 60K Ultra Run

27 08 2012

Event: 2nd PAU Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan 60K Ultra Run

Time & Date of Start: 4:00 AM August 26, 2012

Start & Finish Area: 7th Infantry Division Headquarters, Philippine Army, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City & GINA’s Resort in Dingalan, Aurora

Type of Race: Road Race

Number of Starters: 117

Number of Finishers: 115

Number of Female Runners: 22

Cut-off Time: 11 Hours

Sponsors: 7th Infantry Division, PA; GINA’s Resort; PAU; & ALL THE RUNNERS.

RANK N   A   M   E T  I  M  E
1 Marcelo Bautista (Champion, CR) 5:22:23
2 Alfred Delos Reyes (1st Runner-Up) 6:27:08
3 Jerome Bautista (2nd Runner-Up) 6:31:16
4 Daryl Sevilla 6:38:59
5 Rayman Delos Angeles 6:43:59
6 Simon Pavel Miranda 6:44:31
7 Laurencio Ogerio 6:51:26
8 Jael Wenceslao 6:51:47
9 Sandy Alentajan 6:52:26
10 Henry Laron 7:00:03
11 Bob Castilla 7:07:13
12 Rafael Gabotero 7:09:29
13 Almar Danguilan 7:14:42
14 Calvin John Escandor 7:16:06
15 Elmar Tolete 7:24:18
16 Romulo Doctolero 7:24:19
17 Carlito Buenaventura 7:33:23
18 Erwin Tolentino 7:33:28
19 Bert Camangonan 7:33:38
20 Ariel Aquino 7:37:59
21 Raul Tapia 7:38:49
22 Joseph Pineda 7:42:20
23 Zan Cagulangan 7:42:52
24 Glairold Recella 7:47:30
25 Dante Sagayap 7:47:31
26 Ed Redona 7:49:27
27 Jose Cando 7:50:59
28 Daphne Codilla (Champion, Ladies) 7:51:12
29 Frederick Quitiquit 7:53:32
30 Andrew Aquino 7:56:58
31 Imelda Laron (1st Runner-Up, Ladies) 7:58:22
32 Elmer Caballes 8:01:38
33 Olivia Rosita Dimaano Llanillo (2nd Runner-Up, Ladies) 8:08:16
34 Mark Anthony Tibo-oc 8:11:29
35 Noel Ko 8:11:29
36 Cheryl Bihag (F) 8:12:56
37 Gia Estrella (F) 8:15:14
38 Johann Marquez 8:20:51
39 Jeffrey Diaz 8:23:06
40 Bernie Madrid Jr 8:23:20
41 Jerry Peralta 8:23:42
42 Roberto Delos Santos 8:26:12
43 Edrick Nicdao 8:27:27
44 Ronnel Go 8:28:28
45 Edwin Fernandez 8:30:57
46 Carl Balagot 8:32:57
47 Joseph Sibal 8:33:03
48 Ejercito Suyo 8:34:28
49 Russel Hernandez 8:36:36
50 Antonio Jimenez 8:40:55
51 Maria Josephine Liao (F) 8:42:47
52 Meljohn Tezon 8:42:54
53 Hazel Arnaiz (F) 8:45:39
54 Jason Sison 8:45:42
55 Aaron Aher Herrera 8:47:46
56 Rodelio Mendoza 8:48:59
57 Bong Alindada 8:51:06
58 Nikki Angelene Cepe (F) 8:54:05
59 Peachy Tamayo (F) 8:56:12
60 Lady Dianne Palogan (F) 8:57:38
61 Armand Paolo Belen 8:58:28
62 Manny Ocampo 9:03:40
63 Noel Villoso 9:04:37
64 Elvin Pastorfide 9:07:46
65 Jon Borbon 9:08:15
66 Marc Tomas 9:12:56
67 Benedict Meneses 9:16:53
68 Teodoro Mailen 9:18:44
69 Marlon Saracho 9:19:40
70 Jan Michael Flores 9:19:41
71 Katrina Sarsonas (F) 9:20:25
72 Michelle Angela Maravilla (F) 9:23:12
73 Wesley Noel Orana 9:23:13
74 Greg Verecio 9:27:33
75 Chito Asuncion 9:30:30
76 Rica Mendoza (F) 9:32:12
77 Hermie Saludes 9:35:17
78 Marc Conrad Molina 9:35:18
79 Arnel Distor 9:41:12
80 Jinky Yray 9:43:59
81 Dennis Matias 9:45:12
82 Leopoldo Esquilona Jr 9:48:23
83 Dexter Cruz 9:49:47
84 Ryann Sison 9:49:48
85 Joseph Ryan Serrano 9:49:49
86 Mary Anne De Ere (F) 9:52:24
87 Rey Erwin Abenido 9:54:04
88 Donald Ancheta 9:57:49
89 Bernard Enriquez 9:58:24
90 Larry Daliwag 9:58:27
91 Mark Jay Sidamon 9:59:08
92 Yob Red 9:59:23
93 Allen Gregor Bulos 10:00:30
94 Gerardine Kun (F) 10:02:55
95 Allen Gaspar 10:10:48
96 Junar Layug 10:10:51
97 Joen Soriao 10:10:52
98 Rochelle Sumagang 10:13:15
99 Merwin Torres 10:13:21
100 Timothy John Taburico 10:15:41
101 Stephanie Hefti (F) 10:15:42
102 Mar Marilag 10:36:49
103 Pancho Samonte Jr 10:36:55
104 Rexie Jane Saldivar (F) 10:37:10
105 Lyra Cruzelle Rosario (F) 10:38:09
106 Doc Minnie Tomas (F) 10:39:11
107 Val Carro 10:39:12
108 Carmeli Ortega (F) 10:39:27
109 Christopher John Sta Cruz 10:40:20
110 Yolly Simpao Barja (F) 10:40:40
111 Luzel Franco (F) 10:40:41
112 Efren Martinez 10:42:28
113 Warren Evangelista 10:46:55
114 King Mark Patricio 10:53:25
115 Edwin Cruz 11:04:42

Congratulations To All The Finishers & Thanks To All The Sponsors!

117 Runners With 22 Female Runners. The Pinoy Ultrarunning Community Is Getting Bigger and Faster! (Photo by John Avellanosa)





Aftermath

24 07 2012

In almost seven (7) days, I got 11,000+ hits because of “Marcelo, The Champion”.

I was overwhelmed with the number of people/readers who shared my story/blogpost on Facebook and Twitter and for those who made their comment/s on the blog itself. Thank you for those kind words and shower of support to Marcelo Bautista, Champion of the 1st Marcos-Kennon 50-Mile Ultra Road Classic.

Mayor Bellarmin “Red” Flores of Rosario, La Union and Former Mayor Larry Flores will be bringing Marcelo to Manila to join the MILO Marathon Manila Elimination Race which will be held this coming Sunday, July 29, 2012. Wap Forbes Flores had also told me that a new complete set of running kit had been delivered personally to Marcelo in Baguio City.

Andre Blumberg of Hong Kong had also committed to support the registration fee of Marcelo to the 2013 The North Face 100K Endurance Race.

Jerome Bautista and other ultrarunners as well as marathon runners had promised also to donate shoes and running apparel to Marcelo.

I hope by this time Marcelo had already received some shower of support and became an instant celebrity as a result of my story.

Marcelo Before The Start of the MK50 (Photo Courtesy of Ryan Jucutan)

Good luck and See you at the MILO Marathon Manila Elimination Race!





Marcelo, The Champion

17 07 2012

He arrived at the Starting Area two hours before the Gun Start. I personally don’t know the man but looking at his physique, I already knew that he is an elite runner. I just observed him walking around and within the Assembly Area of the Race inside the Rosario Municipal Plaza (Rosario, La Union) and I was trying to figure out his running kit. He was wearing the usual running shorts with an upper garment which seems to be a midrib attire usually worn by elite lady runners as well as the men’s elite. He was wearing those colourful ladies’ hose/socks whose length is up above the knees and the color on one leg is black and the other one leg is a combination of light green, pink and cream. The socks must be functional for him as a combination of the usual socks and calves sleeves! He was wearing an old shoe which I suspected to be a worn-out racer flats.

He seems to have a problematic face and trying to look a familiar face within the crowd. After few minutes, he figured out whom to approach and asked about the race. He came to me and asked me if he can join the race. I said, yes! I pointed where my staff was located to show him where he should register and get his race kit. But his facial expression showed some problem. He was telling me that he was to be sponsored by another runner and he was waiting for the said runner to arrive for him to pay the registration fee. He told me that he “hitched a ride” in one of the vegetable cargo trucks from Baguio City to reach Rosario, La Union and be able to join the race. He pleaded to me that he is interested to join the race as he knows the route and he would like to test his running capability for an ultra distance. He was showing me some folded bills of money (Fifty Peso bills) which he said is not enough for the registration fee. (I found out later that he has only 450+ pesos tucked in his running shorts) He told me that this is the first time for him to run an ultra distance of that long.

I can see on the face of the runner that he is serious. I told him to wait and he should see me before I conduct the last briefing for all the runners. (I was thinking of giving him a free race kit before the start of the race!)

Bernadette Schleuter from Guam, USA came to me and asked if I will allow her to sponsor Marcelo to join the race. I was surprised and little embarrassed to find out that Marcelo approached the lady runner to support him in the said race. I said “yes” to Bernadette. Bernadette gave him P 1,000 and I accepted the money as his registration fee (50% discount rate). I told him to keep his own money for any contingencies during the race and for his fare in going back to Baguio City.

Marcelo In Red Running Kit Bought From “Ukay-Ukay” & Eating His Food Few Seconds From the Starting Line

I allowed him to run without any lights and reflective vest. I told him to be very careful of the incoming traffic and warn him about the dangers of falling rocks and constructions being done along Kennon Road. He gave me the assurance that he will run responsibly and carefully during night time and take extra careful along Kennon Run. He assured me that he is very familiar with Kennon Road.

I was touched when almost all the runners from Baguio City offered him Gels, fruits, power bars and other bite foods before the start of the race. He was not wearing any hydration pack or “fuel” belt! He just simply tucked the gels, bars, and fruits on his running shorts and started eating and drinking some water few minutes before the start of the race.

Once the gun was fired, he positioned himself at the front and he maintained his position throughout the race. He reached the Checkpoint at the View Deck of Kennon Road in 5:15+ hours! The next runner to reach the Checkpoint was more than two hours behind him. As he predicted to finish the race in 7 hours, he crossed the finish line in 7:56:50 hours!

Marcelo At The Center Receiving His Trophy From Mayor Flores

My staff offered him some drinks and food after he crossed the Finish Line! I congratulated him for setting a Course Record for the route and told him to rest/sleep until the rest of the runners would arrive at the Finish Line. After eating, I asked one of the staff of the Mayor to bring him to the house where he left his things which is one kilometer from the Finish Line by riding tandem on a motorcycle but he refused the offer. Instead, he jogged to the house and returned to the Assembly/Finish Area after 40 minutes. He slept and later waited for the rest of the runners to arrive.

After breakfast the day after, I had the chance to talk to him together with the Municipal Mayor of Rosario. I found out that he is thirty-two (32) years old, married and residing in Baguio City without any children. He works as a “segregator” with the Waste Management of Baguio City with a monthly take home pay of P 2,500.00. He is known by the Mayor of Rosario to be a consistent winner in their annual 5K Run where the latest run/race was during the birthday of the Mayor last April. He was awarded some Cash Prize for winning the event. He is also a consistent Podium Finisher in running events in Baguio City. At present, he is among the top 5 runners of Baguio City. He won the latest Race to Mt Cabuyao from Burnham Park. Among his prizes was a new running shoes which he sold to a cheaper price due to lack of money to support his training.

When I asked about his hydration and nutrition, he told me that he only drinks when he is thirsty and eat when he is hungry during races. On a regular day, he drinks hot coffee in the morning after his early morning run and that’s it! No breakfast, lunch and snacks! He eats once a day for his dinner after having his running workout in the afternoon. He explained that he eats a lot of rice with only one viand for the dinner, his only decent meal for the day.

He works as a waste segregator from 7:00 AM up to 3:00 PM and he has time for his early morning jog and late afternoon running workout. He sleeps early in the evening after taking his dinner. He has no vices and he intimated to me that he had no running-related injuries so far!

He said that he can still run a sub-38 minutes 10K race with the proper training and preparation. He was challenged by the Municipal Mayor to run a Full Marathon with a finish time of 2:45 to 2:55 hours in this coming MILO Manila Marathon Elimination Race by the end of this month.

The Flores Family, to include Wap Forbes Flores, had promised him a new racing shoes, running apparel (shirt & shorts) and running socks for the said event. To top it all, his transportation, food and accommodation needs will be provided by the Flores Family. He promised me that he will not sell whatever running kits he will get from the Flores Family.

The Pink Reebok Shoes Was The Shoe That Marcelo Used During The Race. He Changed To Another Tattered Brooks Shoes During Breakfast & Awarding Ceremony

You might ask, why I am telling this story about Marcelo. It’s because he is your typical fast and strong Pinoy runner who is unknown from those glitzy and “very promising” road races in Metro Manila. “Very promising” because there are Race Organizers who promise some cash prizes or travel abroad to compete but nothing comes out for the winner in the end. They are unknown because they are poor and could hardly afford the registration fees not unless they are sponsored by others. These “unknown” elite runners will never land on the pages of your typical runners’ or sports magazines!

There are more “Marcelos” in the provinces who could be Champion in Road Races and Running Events. All we need is to bring the races in to the provinces and allow these unknown runners to join and prove their mettle even if there are no cash prizes. Ultrarunners have the heart and passion to help these runners, this trait makes us above than those runners who only care for themselves and their own personal interest!

Thanks to Bernadette Schleuter and to those Ultrarunners who helped Marcelo achieved his goal as the Champion of the 1st Marcos-Kennon 50-Mile Ultra Road Classic. Please continue helping these “poor & unknown” runners!

We hope to look for more “Marcelos” in the provinces throughout the country and let them join our ultrarunning events.

(Note: If you have an extra new/slightly used running shoes with size 8 1/2, feel free to contact me and we’ll give your donation of shoes to Marcelo. Thanks!)





Result: 1st Marcos-Kennon 50-Mile Ultra Road Classic

16 07 2012

2:30 PM July 14-15, 2012/Rosario, La Union Via Marcos Highway To Baguio City & Back To Rosario, La Union Via Kennon Road

R A N K N   A     M   E T  I  M  E
1 Marcelo Bautista 7:56:50
2 Almar Danguilan 10:25:52
3 Henry Laron 10:25:54
4 Bob Castilla 10:42:09
5 Michael Fabian 10:44:33
6 Marlon Ponce Ian Zarate 11:00:24
7 Edilberto Yonzon 11:04:45
8 Arman John Jison 11:07:01
9 Bernadette Schleuter (F) 11:07:44
10 Smile Ellasus 11:39:53
11 Ryan Jucutan 12:14:18
12 Jojo Dela Cruz 13:44:06
13 Jorell Paringit 13:53:33
14 Carl Balagot 13:53:34
15 Jonathan Navalta 13:58:58
16 Calvin John Escandor 14:02:26
17 Jonel Mendoza 15:07:59
18 Ron Yllana 15:08:00
19 Randy Racho 15:34:28
20 Fernando Sy Jr 15:34:29
21 Stephanie Hefti (F) 16:51:23
22 Roger Villareal 17:29:01
23 Joel Balagtas 17:38:43
24 Carmeli Ortega (F) 17:43:18

Congratulations to the 1st Batch of Podium Finishers/Finishers of this historic event who realized that the route for cyclists is now a favorite route for runners/ultrarunners!

BIG thanks and snappy salute to the Local Government of Rosario, La Union under the leadership of Honorable Bellarmin “Red” Flores III, Municipal Mayor; former Mayor Larry Flores; Wap Forbes Flores, a friend and ultrarunner; PNP Rosario Chief of Police Supt Erwin Dayag; PNP Sr Supt David Lacdan of Baguio City; PMA Superintendent Major General Nonito Alfredo Peralta Jr AFP ; and to all the staff & support personnel of the Office of the Mayor of Rosario, La Union for their “all-out support” to make the event as a memorable experience to all the runners.

See you at the Starting Line!

25 Brave Warriors/1st Batch of MK50 Runners

Champion Marcelo Bautista with a Course Record of 7:56:50 Hours

Lady Champion Bernadette Schleuter of Guam, USA With a Course Record of 11:07:44 Hours





100K & 100-Mile Training Programs

8 07 2012

The following is another training plan for 100K event which emphasizes time, instead of the distance.

http://ultrarunning.co.nz/content/100km-training-programme

On the other hand, I would like also to share the following training plan from Nancy Shura, the Race Director of the Bulldog 50K in Calabasas/Malibu, California for the 100-mile distance. I could still remember that Nancy is the ultra coach of my friend, Benjamin Gaetos.

http://www.trailrunevents.com/ul/schedule-100m.asp

Good luck and train well.








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