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Official Result: 3rd NORTH COAST 200-Mile Ultra Run

23 05 2018

3rd NORTH COAST 200-Mile Ultra Marathon Race

Laoag City To Santa Ana, Cagayan via Aparri, Cagayan

Starting Area & Time: Laoag City, In Front of the Provincial Capitol, Ilocos Norte/00:01 AM May 17, 2018

Finish Area & Time: Northern Pearl Beach Resort, Santa Ana, Cagayan/00:01 AM May 20, 2018

Cut-Off Time: 72 Hours with 10 Hours Cut-Off Time Every 50 Kilometers.

Number Of Starters: 4 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 4 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 100%

Starters/Runners With The Race Director

RANK       NAME            TIME (Hrs)

  1. Ian Piza (Overall Champion/New Course Record)—-60:44:19
  2. Gibo Malvar (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—-63:59:36
  3. Rod Losabia (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—-69:31:20
  4. Kevin Luna—-71:53:00

Champion & New Course Record Holder Ian Piza

1st Runner-Up & 2nd Time Finisher Gibo Malvar

2nd Runner-Up Finisher Rod Losabia

4th & Last Runner Kevin Luna

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

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Official Result: 12th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N 50)

7 05 2018

12th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N 50K)

4:00 AM To 1:00 PM May 6, 2018

Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City To PETRON Gas Station, Nasugbu, Batangas

Cut-Off Time: 9 Hours

Number Of Starters: 172 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 161 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 93.60%

12th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K

RANK         NAME              TIME (Hrs)

  1. Jeffrey Orolfo Galicio (Overall Champion) — 3:56:23
  2. Thomas Combisen (1st Runner-Up, Overall) — 4:25:56
  3. Ronnel Valero (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) — 4:25:58
  4. Roland Lucban — 4:39:30
  5. Sherwin Bargo — 4:59:11
  6. Isaias Tonog II — 4:59:50
  7. James Cabaluma — 4:59:55
  8. Roldan Luzara — 5:01:19
  9. Isaias Tonog — 5:12:54
  10. Enrico Flavid — 5:17:14
  11. Angelino Tapan — 5:19:33
  12. Rexie Liwag — 5:21:41
  13. Runner Concepcion — 5:25:13
  14. Christopher Dela Cruz — 5:26:39
  15. Edizer Marasigan — 5:34:06
  16. Jaime Pace — 5:34:09
  17. Tim Subahani — 5:37:52
  18. Ralph Loiue Jacinto — 5:39:23
  19. Raymond De Pano — 5:43:48
  20. Rovel Gonzalvo — 5:46:02
  21. Criselda Balicas (Champion, Female) — 5:46:09
  22. Meliton Carag — 5:51:49
  23. Dan Pastorfide — 5:57:59
  24. Richard Gano — 5:59:17
  25. Gerald Cavosora — 5:59:48
  26. Remelito Brion — 5:59:54
  27. Rommel Santiago — 6:00:46
  28. Johnzel Irlandez — 6:02:47
  29. Kevin Luna — 6:03:05
  30. Gina Factura (1st Runner-Up, Female) — 6:03:56
  31. Emman Sabdao — 6:04:36
  32. Bryan Christopher Anoran — 6:05:55
  33. Alla Uy — 6:06:04
  34. Oca Velasco — 6:06:21
  35. Efren Olpindo — 6:06:46
  36. Janice Reyes (2nd Runner-Up, Female) — 6:08:18
  37. Cibo Malvar — 6:15:13
  38. Annie Paloma Cruz (Female) — 6:15:39
  39. Christian Villalobos — 6:17:51
  40. Jayann Carlo Mauricio — 6:18:40
  41. Sandy Alentajan — 6:18:50
  42. Tess Leono (Female) — 6:19:49
  43. Glenn Rosales — 6:21:37
  44. Jun Briones — 6:24:19
  45. Jethro Lee De Ocampo — 6:26:55
  46. Martin Jude Lacambra — 6:32:42
  47. Edison Dantes — 6:34:22
  48. Danilo Filarca — 6:37:23
  49. Emerson Zalameda — 6:37:47
  50. JP Navarette — 6:39:32
  51. David Andrew Leido — 6:42:50
  52. Rhymond Bagus — 6:44:17
  53. Miguel Lazaro — 6:45:39
  54. Reque Angway — 6:45:59
  55. Joanna Bantayan (Female) — 6:47:36
  56. Joy Bea (Female) — 6:48:19
  57. Robert Selecios — 6:49:19
  58. Jenneth Soriano (Female) — 6:50:49
  59. Elcid Pangilinan — 6:56:30
  60. Arild Egay — 6:57:13
  61. Mark Lavin — 6:57:55
  62. Danny Nad — 6:58:17
  63. Michael Jove — 6:58:21
  64. Felisisimo Gura Jr — 6:58:25
  65. Dixie Sagusay (Female) — 6:59:07
  66. Granwel Aguila — 6:59:30
  67. Franky Von Crisostomo — 6:59:51
  68. Marlon Jove — 7:00:49
  69. Jerard Asperin — 7:02:09
  70. Roderick Castro — 7:02:37
  71. Carolyn Mariano (Female) — 7:02:38
  72. Noriel Alcantara — 7:04:02
  73. Ruel Niala — 7:04:33
  74. Ruel Rios — 7:04:49
  75. Kathleen Piñero (Female) — 7:07:04
  76. Goldenboy Herrera — 7:07:31
  77. Junmar Que — 7:07:54
  78. Ian Torres — 7:09:10
  79. Rex Villafuerte — 7:09:43
  80. Liezel Monido (Female) — 7:19:14
  81. Roy Allan Pusing — 7:19:22
  82. Mark Sidamon — 7:19:27
  83. Bryan Chester Selisana — 7:20:15
  84. Glen Balais — 7:20:27
  85. Winjun Cullanag — 7:21:36
  86. Sherman Manuel — 7:21:46
  87. Mark Paraiso — 7:22:16
  88. Brabjef Morales — 7:23:05
  89. Waldin Hernandez — 7:23:08
  90. Richard Loresca — 7:23:12
  91. Avin Sauler — 7:23:22
  92. Mandoy Cariaga — 7:25:26
  93. Gary Garcia — 7:25:37
  94. Joy Frances Monsanio (Female) — 7:25:43
  95. Rosuello Roselito — 7:27:31
  96. Danilo Navarro — 7:29:22
  97. Ryan Bagaloyos — 7:29:47
  98. Ma. Mercedez Castro (Female) — 7:30:58
  99. Kelvin Dela Torre — 7:31:25
  100. Larry Olaguir — 7:33:50
  101. Kelly Castro — 7:35:16
  102. Raul Pobre — 7:36:02
  103. Oliver Galanto — 7:36:54
  104. Aaron Valinton — 7:37:03
  105. Earl Louis Saez — 7:37:25
  106. Beth Castro (Female) — 7:37:51
  107. Adrian Tendilla — 7:38:27
  108. Joselito Aquino — 7:39:57
  109. Erika Batac (Female) — 7:40:21
  110. Junior Bombasi — 7:41:10
  111. John Gabriel Daos — 7:42:58
  112. Aga Angsioco — 7:43:23
  113. Lester Acha — 7:44:14
  114. Aris De Leon — 7:45:09
  115. Gen De Leon (Female) — 7:45:11
  116. Goddy Villanueva — 7:46:18
  117. Auden Gomez — 7:46:25
  118. Salve Atie — 7:49:18
  119. Michael  Maribojoc — 7:50:15
  120. Beverlyn Leynes (Female) — 7:51:25
  121. Jeffrey Colitoy — 7:52:31
  122. Mark Lawrence Hizon — 7:53:35
  123. Rita Cruz (Female) — 7:54:09
  124. Josie Escobanez (Female) — 7:55:27
  125. Jonas Olandria — 7:58:34
  126. Jonathan Moleta — 8:01:43
  127. Teresa Generos (Female) — 8:02:19
  128. Arvic Mandawe — 8:02:49
  129. Domindo De Ramos — 8:02:51
  130. Gilbert Garcia — 8:04:42
  131. Elmer Caballes — 8:07:45
  132. Billy Belen — 8:10:22
  133. Michael Peralta — 8:10:46
  134. Mark David Licud — 8:11:36
  135. Ryan Oriondo — 8:15:32
  136. Ale Paez — 8:17:26
  137. Joan Sacas Lapore (Female) — 8:18:11
  138. Anna Odessa (Female) — 8:20:25
  139. Dhan Punzalan (Female) — 8:20:28
  140. Pogs Cunanan — 8:21:47
  141. Nico Enaje — 8:24:37
  142. Art Castro — 8:25:40
  143. Mark Punzalan — 8:25:41
  144. Rheannon Celi (Female) — 8:26:05
  145. Ralph Estardo  — 8:30:15
  146. Gary Atienza — 8:31:37
  147. Ryan Flores — 8:31:42
  148. Ariane Morales (Female) — 8:31:46
  149. Sheila Marie Tiong (Female) — 8:34:13
  150. Jamir Ramor (Female) — 8:34:58
  151. Kim Pinili — 8:35:02
  152. Raizza Videna (Female) — 8:35:44
  153. Nathaniel Caronongan — 8:36:15
  154. Ojet Tobato — 8:36:20
  155. Julius Cesar Lacsa — 8:36:22
  156. Krystian Ty (Female) — 8:37:38
  157. Pinky Bernaldo (Female) — 8:38:03
  158. Rowena Tan (Female) — 8:38:25
  159. Isagani Zuñiga — 8:38:27
  160. Rimberto Del Rosario — 8:38:30
  161. Budz Salvador — 9:00:00 

Overall Champion Jeffrey Orolfo Galicio

Female Champion Criselda Balicas

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Official Result: 4th West To East 280K Ultra Marathon Race

9 04 2018

4th West To East 280K Ultra Marathon Race (Road/PAU Grand Slam Event 200+K)

6:00 AM March 29, 2018 To 2:00 PM March 31, 2018

Starting Place: Ramos Beach Resort, Patar Road, Bolinao, Pangasinan

Finish Line Area: Seaside Resort, Barangay Tanguigue, Dingalan, Aurora

Course Cut-Off Time: 56 Hours (Intermediate Cut-Off Time: 10 Hours Every 50 Kilometers)

Number of Starters: 7 Runners

Number of Finishers: 3 Runners

Percentage of Finish: 42.85%

West To East 280K Starters @ Bolinao Beach

RANK          NAME                FINISH TIME (Hrs)

  1. Gibo Malvar (Overall Champion) — 52:52:01
  2. Roberto Vocal Jr (1st Runner-Up, Overall) — 55:16:34
  3. Rod Losabia (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) — 55:40:29

Champion Gibo Malvar

Overall 1st Runner-Up Roberto Vocal Jr

Overall 2nd Runner-Up Rod Losabia

Mandatory Ritual @ The Finish Line (Pouring Sea Water From The West To The East Coast)

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Note: Pictures By Dhan Punsalan





2019 BDM 102K Ultra Invited Runners

19 03 2018

2019 BDM 102K ULTRA INVITED RUNNERS

Noriel Alcantara
Anna Odessa Albarracin (F)
Poch Bermudez
Granwel Aguila
Elmer Caballes
Jennifer Eufemia Domingo (F)
Raymond Bunda
Enrico Paguirigan Jr
Ivan Gabriel Germentil
Desrei Balla
Michael Valencia
Jun Briones
Kenn Cariño
Leandro Gigantoca
Mark Anthony Batica
Genevie De Leon (F)
Christopher Dela Cruz
Erika Santos Batac (F)
Roland Lucban
Rhett Del Rosario
Brabjef Morales
Earl Louis Saez
Ronald Bolo
Judy Ann Carlos (F)
William Robert Hain Jr
Tristan Zantua
Elmar Casauay
Ralph Singzon
Jesus Anthony Dizon
Richard Rancap
Myla Bianzon Contreras (F)
Lance Estrella
Donato Absalon
Ralph Quintano
Lymuel Pascua
David Andrew Leido
Larry Wayne Olaguir
Jerome Jamili
Ted Mallen
Christian Villalobos
Maryam Manorangca (F)
Juancho Padua
Melchor Mananes
Jervis Esparrago
Dianne Marie De Lara (F)
Ricardo Roxas
Efren Olpindo
Paul Brillantes
Robert Selecios
Edmund Manlangit
Cedrick Oares
James Cabaluna Jr
Allan Cruz
Kristoffer George Go
Manuel Christian Sotelo
Jesus Reube Arevalo
Gina Factura (F)
Ace Rodriguez
Dennis Chan
Bryant Bennet Atencia
Michael Maribojoc
Jake Nelson Cheng
Pablo Roqueta Jr
Isidro Labrador Prado
Annie Paloma Cruz (F)
Rex Villaverde
Edzel Drilo
Florante Santiago
Shiela Virtusio (F)
Rojean Saet
John Mark Galdones
Arnel Boaquina
Eric John Galeos
Perlin Evangelio Bon
Jerry Yutuc
Joy Frances Monsanto (F)
Bonifacio Wilfredo Balleras
Nenita Baleta (F)
Jamil Escober
Richard Loresca
Quennee Rose Mamano (F)
Analiza Que (F)
Gray Bateo
Jez Ramos
Tomas Tejada
Ruel Rios
Ren Delgado
Alvin Lacerna
Peter Lloyd Molera
Lawrence Arvin Tomas
Mat Orjalo
Marc David Licud
Elditha Alvarez (F)
Neil San Andres
Ruel Peñaloza Sr
Romeo Abalos
Analyn Rubi Pila (F)
Dixie Sagusay (F)
Sherman Manuel
Robert Selecios
Robert Quiazon
Joven Gozum
Raymond Dongeto
Isaias Herrera Tonog II
Rex Allawigan
Jetrho Lee De Ocampo
Mirjam Del Rosario
Edgardo Formento
Tereso Sy Jr
Desiderio Sano Engbino
Preciousa Sanchez
Edilberto Batiancila
John Climaco Aceña
Lester Estrella
Jimmy Famaranco
Michael Maribojoc
Randy Pentecostes
Alvin Alcantara
Sherwin Competente
Nino Dimapilis
Herbert Tanola
Rodel Crisostomo
Gerard Andrew Bantug
Mike Angeles
Angelica Paz (F)
Joseph Odhuno
Leslie Pialan Paz (F)
Alfredo Hizon
Ana Pamela Rayoso (F)
Anthony Noriel Ortega Fodra
Jemuel Geronimo
Edmund Theodore Deles
Joseph Alsol
Warren Evangelista
Michael Peralta
Jeffrey Basilan
Allan Uy
Nico Enaje
Liezel Monido (F)
Alex Purisima
Roberto Uy
Ronnie Florendo
Abgermel Tayaban
Pluto Diaz
Jose Mercado
Gilbert Garcia
Jessie Roy Basilio
Adrian Tendilla
Jennifer Cabbab (F)
Kerwin Ng
Lester Lessley Acha
Rhea Galpo (F)
Jason Basa
Edward Sampelo
Jowell Jandayan
Mark Lawrence Hizon
Emerson Zalameda
Zyre Jallorina Fernandez (F)
Bernardo Gabriel
Edwin Joseph Silagan
Eric Salazar
Jun Galita
Noriel Alcantara
Ryan Depalco
Florante Santiago
Rovel Gonzalvo
Jayson Jogno
Edizer Marasigan
Joseph Carlo Navarrete
Agnes Mano (F)
Eugene Yasay
Teresa Generoso (F)
Rene Villafuerte
Ryan Flores
Jerome Richard
Enrique Estores
Jeff Suazo
Raymond Tan
Alex Bug-os
Dudley Regalado
Rodolfo Maturino
Mark Jayson Antonio
Arnold Jacob
Jaime Pace
Domingo De Ramos II
Renz Bruno
Michael Rubica
John Prospero Tugade
Seng Hock Yeoh
Hermilo Dagami
Rodillo Florendo
Rogelio Rubica Jr
Mhil Hailo
Gina Factura (F)
Rommel Santiago
Nikki Magdalene Bellosillo (F)
Nenita Baleta (F)
Christopher Baleta
Maria Monette Mesa
Judith Paula Bellosillo (F)
Cyrus Nacario
Tequila Jane Fernandez (F)
Joan Lapore (F)
Marlon Dimaranan
Janice Reyes (F)
Cleto Caluza
Joseph Mendoza
Jonathan Papa
Marlon Puno
Bernard Estioco
Michael Jaingue
Oliver Galanto
Miguelito Domingo
Jose Mapilis Jr
Nelson Tupas
Felisisimo Gura Jr
Jojie Benico
Harold Ramirez
Blas Ople Tiangco
Joy Bea (F)
Arnel Boaquina
Danny Nad
David Percival
Jonas Famitanco
Rhea Galpo
Harold Lazo
Arthur Saveron
Louie Pangilinan
Jennifer Racho (F)
El Portillo
Alvin Lacerna
Alex Purisima
Dante Suarez
Sherwin Competente
Remz Pigao (F)
Roy Plana
Edward Sampelo
Jamyr Ramos (F)
Zenik Chavez
Edecer Marasigan





Official Result: 8th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

5 03 2018

2018/8th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

5:00 AM March 3, 2018 To 1:00 PM March 4, 2018

Start Line/Area: Bataan Death March Shrine, Mariveles, Bataan

Finish Line/Area: Capas National Shrine/Bataan Death March Shrine, Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac

Course Cut-Off Time: 32 Hours With Intermediate Cut-Off Time at Km 50 (9 Hours); Km 102 (18 Hours)

Number Of Starters: 91 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 66 Runners

Percentage Of Finishers: 72.5%

2018 BDM 160 Start @ Bataan Death March Shrine, Mariveles, Bataan

RANK    BIB#      NAME                     TIME (Hrs)

  1. 46   Desiderio Engbino (Overall Champion)—20:16:37
  2. 42   Edelberto Batiancila (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—20:17:05
  3. 32   Felmer Hiponia (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—20:35:58
  4. 30   Bong Dizon—22:08:21
  5. 16   Herbert Gutierrez—22:54:41
  6. 8     Thomas Combisen—23:05:33
  7. 41   Preciousa Sanchez (Female Champion, Female Course Record)—23:30:53
  8. 48  Jonathan Bajaro—24:56:17
  9. 59   Sherwin Bargos—25:47:29
  10. 1     Graciano Santos—25:47:36
  11. 60   Raymond Balan—26:21:30
  12. 23   Rod Losabia—26:32:10
  13. 82   Michael Dela Rama—27:24:46
  14. 34   Ralph Louie Jacinto—27:52:10
  15. 77   Salvador Sietereales—27:56:31
  16. 93   Glenn Rosales—28:12:44
  17. 47   Leonora Ealdama (1st Runner-Up, Female)—28:15:05
  18. 66   Meljohn Tezon—28:20:25
  19. 43   Joselito Rosales—28:29:02
  20. 19   Engelbert Pantig—28:46:24
  21. 53   Richard Antonio—28:50:02
  22. 402  Arianne Ortega (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—28:59:48
  23. 31   Virgilio Diaz Jr.—29:18:00
  24. 24   Juanito Centino—29:20:46
  25. 76   Alipio Narciso—29:24:13
  26. 11   Rimberto Del Rosario—29:26:30
  27. 33   Joemel Rojas—29:30:27
  28. 38   Jim Taguiang—29:32:03
  29. 74   Dante Dela Torre—29:36:36
  30. 88   Wai Thing Law (Female)—29:39:11
  31. 888 Jonathan Epes—29:39:14
  32. 13   Benedict Meneses—29:46:20
  33. 70   Jennylee Pascua (Female)—29:53:26
  34. 61   Richard Ryan Rentillo—29:53:53
  35. 22   Tess Leono (Female)—29:55:58
  36. 64   Loben Macairan—29:58:00
  37. 89   Joseph Diones—30:00:51
  38. 36   Alvin Alcantara—30:03:50
  39. 55   Rone Milan—30:04:29
  40. 14   Richard Gamo—30:05:07
  41. 333   Aris De Leon—30:14:42
  42. 37   Anthony Noriel Fodra—30:27:23
  43. 3   Margie Pailaga (Female)—30:28:40
  44. 9   Gibo Malvar—30:31:32
  45. 86   Elmer Caballes—30:32:59
  46. 272  Bong Anastacio—30:33:17
  47. 4   Jeff Velasco—30:38:27
  48. 90   Henry Laborde—30:39:10
  49. 6   Ma. Noemi Tan (Female)—30:39:40
  50. 5   Jun Ramirez Jr.—30:46:32
  51. 58   Dennis Racho—30:48:36
  52. 27   Jaime Sanchez Jr.—30:54:39
  53. 17   Bob Tolete—30:55:17
  54. 75   Paolo Tiong—30:58:32
  55. 21   Joy Eder (Female)—31:03:19
  56. 56   Jenneth Soriano (Female)—31:08:27
  57. 51   Michael Socito—31:10:30
  58. 7   Aldwin Chester Palomo—31:10:47
  59. 83   Anthony Pelera—31:20:17
  60. 40   Barney Mamaril—31:23:39
  61. 72   Manuel Remandaban—31:24:38
  62. 2   Roy Simon—31:26:19
  63. 25   Reymond Bueno—31:28:28
  64. 65   Jonas Gulle Olandria—31:30:03
  65. 29   Anne Rose Paras (Female)—31:40:11
  66. 99   Arnold Pagaran—31:58:52

2018 BDM 160 Ultra Overall Champion Desiderio Engbino

2018 BDM 160 Ultra Female Champion & Course Record Holder Preciousa Sanchez

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

(Note: Pictures Courtesy of Dhan Punzalan)





Race Report: 2018 Old Spanish Trail (OST) 50K Trail Run

23 02 2018

I was registered to join the Four Lakes 100K Ultra Trail Race and I was ready and trained to finish this race within the cut-off time of 30 hours. I did finish this race two years ago with a time of 26+hours when the cut-off time was then 28 hours. Mentally and physically, I was prepared to finish this race as this was considered as one of my training races in preparation for the 2018 Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT) Race in Madeira, Portugal to be held in April 28, 2018.

In addition to finishing the BDM 102 Ultra in 15:20+hours three weeks earlier, the Four Lakes 100 Race would be a follow-up training race for me leading to the MIUT Race. In between these two races, I had my daily recovery runs and a Mountain Repeats workout in my favorite Mt Roosevelt’s Loop #3 in my Playground two weeks before race day.

Halfway towards Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, I received an information from one of my nieces that my Father died from his sleep in the morning of Friday, few hours before the start of the race. As I travel to the venue of the race, I called my brother and sisters and made some suggestion about the schedule of Viewing and Funeral for our Father as most of our plan, in case of his untimely death, had been finalized long before while he was still alive. The plan was immediately implemented hours after our Dad’s death and I just kept peace and silence to myself and focused mentally to finish race where I had registered.

The race promptly started at 3:00 AM of Saturday and I started the race at the back of the pack. Knowing that 100K is a very long race and that Four Lakes 100’s race route is new to myself and everybody, I thought of being conservative on the first half of the race with the intention/objective of arriving each Checkpoint/Aid Station within the prescribed cut-off time. My smart strategy for the first half is to conserve my legs’ energy by using my Trekking Poles on the first ascent of the course with the hope that I could still run on the descents of the 2nd half of the course.

I was happy to have reached the summit/peak of Mt Ugo earlier than the first time I joined this race. I would start to run on the descent from the peak of Mt Ugo and alternately, hike and jog until I reached the Domolpos Aid Station. I ate two pieces of local “Suman” and refilled my Hydration Bottles with water and electrolyte powdered mix which was enough to provide me the much energy to reach the first Checkpoint at Kayapa East Market. I took my time to eat some food and refill my bottles even if I still have 25 minutes of buffer time from the cut-off time of 8 hours.

I was not in a hurry to reach the dreaded ascent at Amelong Labeng as I made up my mind not to stop or take a very long rest in one of the 3 waiting sheds along the said route. On my first finish in this race, I had a lot of rests and stops along this route that I had to engage in a very long conversation with some of the runners then, not knowing that they are participants in the shorter Old Spanish 50K Trail Run. For this year, I had to maintain my slow trek on this route using my trekking poles with some 5-10-second rests to catch up my breath. On the last waiting shed, I had to sit and ate some rice balls stashed in my Race Belt but I did not stay long as more runners were seen coming up to my direction.

Digging Deep @ Amelong Labeng (Photo By GlairoldRecella Photography)

Finally, I reached the Elementary School where I had to refill my bottles and make my Electrolyte Mix drink. As the heat of the sun was too hot when I was in this area, I had to douse my head, neck, arms and upper body with the cold flowing water coming from the faucet and it was refreshing and invigorating. I had to leave the place immediately as most of the runners were approaching my position. It was a repeat of my first finish when going up to the Tower Antenna at Amelong Labeng with the intense heat coming from the sun. I had to persevere and trust my training at this point where I would “power hike” with the aid of my trekking poles until I reached the peak of the mountain where the Tower Antennas are located. I started to run and jog on my way down to the Highway but along the way, I would here some mysterious sounds behind me as if somebody was trying to pass me but I could not see anybody. As I ran faster on the descents, such sound would never leave and then suddenly, I hear somebody calling my name “Ben” as the wind blows behind my back. I could not believe experiencing this as I don’t believe in “ghosts” or paranormal activity throughout my life. I knew I was neither dehydrated nor “bonking” on my nutrition needs at this moment. As I continued my running, I remember those stories we shared each other with my brother about our Father on the early portions of the race. We were both laughing about these stories while were were running. (Note: My brother was one of the runners of the OST 50K Trail Run). I felt guilty that here I was in the mountains running a race while my Dad was being prepared for viewing. At this point, I started to think and decide to shorten my race and be with my Dad.

Having Fun @ The Old Spanish Trail (Photo By GlairoldRecella Photography)

Two kilometers before reaching the 2nd Checkpoint in Castillo, I called the RD and requested him that I am going to downgrade to the OST 50K Race because of the “paramdam” I’ve experienced on top of Amelong Labeng. The RD approved my request. I reached Castillo in 12:15 hours which is almost 2 hours ahead of the cut-off time in this Checkpoint for the Four Lakes 100 Trail Run. From Castillo, the route is all descending 4+kilometers to the finish line.

I finished the OST 50K Trail Run in 13:08+hours without any pain in my legs and body.





BR’s Podcast

15 02 2018

Starting this week, I have created a Podcast where anybody could listen to anything about my experiences in running, most specially in Ultra Running/Ultra Marathon, whether they are about my training workouts or races. It will be a mixture of road running and trail running experiences.

I hope listening to my Podcast’s Episodes will be informative and entertaining to everybody. Thank you!

http://baldrunner.buzzsprout.com

Initial episodes are all in the Filipino Dialect to cater to runners within the Philippines and to those Filipino runners abroad. BR will try his best to publish some Podcast in English in the future for the understanding of non-Filipino runners.

BR's Podcast

BR’s Podcast Website








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