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5th “Runabout”: 51K For The Pasig River

9 03 2009

5:23 AM to 1:45 PM 08 March 2009 in Metro Manila

After posting the details of the 42K “runabout” last Saturday, I expected that at least 30+ participants will be joining the said event. This is the 5th edition of the Hardcore & Power Runner’s adventure in Metro Manila and the last practice long run for the participants of the 1st Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race which will be held on 05 April 2009 from Km 00 in Mariveles, Bataan to Km 102 in SanFernando, Pampanga.

Having announced that the assembly time was 4:30AM at the Oblation in UP Diliman Campus, I arrived at the place at 4:10AM and it was followed with the arrival of Sid Vildosola, one of the elite members of Team Bald Runner, who ran all the way from ULTRA, Pasig City to UP. He told me about a car with drunk teen-agers trying to follow him while running along the road fronting the Corinthian Gardens which he didn’t bother to notice or get attention to it.

The number of runners increased as we neared the time of jump-off from our assembly area. Once the ABS-CBN TV crew arrived led by Ms Amor Reyes of the ABS-CBN Foundation, the camera started rolling towards the group of runners as we started to give a briefing to them. I started with the background and purpose of the “runabout” and gave a welcome greeting to those who are new in the said adventure. Jonel’s & Rico’s briefing followed with the description and details of the route and the pre-designated “pit stops” and “assembly areas” for the faster runners to wait for the slower runners. Accounting was done before we finally started the run and we had twenty-nine (29) runners. From 23 runners in our last run adventure, we increased to 29 runners. I was happy to note that the participant on the Bataan 52K “Test Run” were there to join the event. Guys, you are really hardcores and strong “warriors”! There is no doubt that you are ultra runners!

Briefing For the Runners

Briefing For the Runners

Accounting On The Number of Runners

Accounting On The Number of Runners

Group Picture Of the 29 Brave "Warriors"

Group Picture Of the 29 Brave "Warriors"

We started the run at 5:23AM and we proceeded towards the Balara area. It was my first time to run in the said area and passed in this upscale subdivision. The average pace was 6:45 to 7:15 minutes per kilometer. It was a “talking” pace and I enjoyed the company of Jay aka Prometheus on the first 5 kilometers. Later, we left the subdivision and were headed towards the Marikina Riverbanks. I remember this place as the running route in last year’s Champion Run which was organized by Coach Rio. From the Marikina Riverbanks, we proceeded to C-5 Highway running on the left side of the road. We had our first “pit stop” at the Petron Gas Station near Brgy Bagong-Ilog, Pasig City. At this point, we had covered 17 kilometers. It took us 15 minutes After 15 minutes to replenish our water & electrolyte drinks and for us to wait for the slower runners to arrive, we were ready again for the continuation of our run. The ABS-CBN TV crew was with us from the Marikina Riverbanks to the C-5 Highway and in our “pit stops”.

Running Along Marikina Riverbanks

Running Along Marikina Riverbanks

At C-5 Near Diego Silang, Taguig City

At C-5 Near Diego Silang, Taguig City

The heat of the sun was becoming a great challenge for every runner as we continued to run along C-5. We ran along the flyovers and the TV crew was waiting on top of the Pasig Bridge along C-5 for more “running shots” with the participants. From C-5, we turned right towards the Heritage Park and went along the Bayani Road and later to Lawton Avenue. The 7-11 Store at the McKinley Hill Commercial Area became our 2nd “pit stop” for more water and electrolyte drinks. At this point, we were able to run a distance of 28 kilometers. After waiting for the other runners, we had our breakfast at McDonald’s and I was able to meet some “friends” who were also having their breakfast. After eating my breakfast, I tried one of the “tips” given by Ben Gaetos of taking salt with Coke. Most of the runners would also take salt as they drink their water. They also placed some ice on their heads with their running cap just to “cool off” the effects of the sun to their bodies.

At McKinley Hill Area

At McKinley Hill Area

Near The British Embassy at McKinley Hill

Near The British Embassy at McKinley Hill

We resumed our run inside the roads of McKinley Hill and towards the British Embassy and later back to Lawton Avenue. From Lawton, we proceeded to The Fort, passing along Essensa and towards the Serendra area and to the road infront of the International School. I thought we would go directly to Kalayaan Avenue and JP Rizal but the front runners decided to stop in one of the 7-11 Stores for more water and sports drinks. It was already 10:30 AM and the group was starting to run slower.

From the JP Rizal Road, we crossed the Guadalupe Bridge going to Mandaluyong and had another “pit stop” at the Caltex Gas Station for about 5 minutes. From there, we had to compete with the pedestrians on the use of the narrow sidewalks at the crossing Shaw & EDSA and the heat of the sun became hotter as we ran along EDSA fronting the Camp Aguinaldo area. Some of the runners beg off to finish the run since they were able to cover the distance of 42K when we reached the Petron Gas Station at the North Greenhills area. It seems that running along EDSA was the hardest part of the run as we exceeded the 42K distance of our run plus the heat of the sun and pavement was really a big challenge for everybody.

It was a relief when the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner and staff of the ABS-CBN Foundation were waiting for us at the GMA TV area along EDSA and joined us for the last stretch to the office of the ABS-CBN Foundation. After another kilometer or more of running, we finally reached ABS-CBN and we were warmly received by the Deputy Director of ABS-CBN Foundation, Girlie Aragon and her staff together with Amor Reyes and the TV Crew. At this point, my GF 305 registered a distance of 48.4 kilometers. The ABS-CBN Foundation staff prepared cold drinking water, lots of bananas, and cold sliced Valencia Oranges for all the runners. We were able to collect an amount of P 9,047.00 from the participants for our contribution for the Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig Project which was officially received by Ms Girlie Aragon in the presence of all the runners and Elite Team Bald Runner.

Turn-Over Of Contribution To "Kapit-Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig"

Turn-Over Of Contribution To "Kapit-Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig"

The Interview

The Interview

After an interview about our “runabout”, the advocacy of Team Bald Runner and the projects this blog with the staff of ABS-CBN Foundation, we resumed our run towards EDSA and turned right along Quezon Avenue until we reached where we started our “runabout”. We were able to run a distance of almost 51 kilometers for about 8 hours on the road to include our “pit stops” and activity at the ABS-CBN Foundation Compound.

The Finishers/"Survivors"

The Finishers/"Survivors"

I would like to express my thanks to all the runners who joined in this “runabout”, to Girlie Aragon, Amor Reyes, Josow, and the rest of the staff and TV crew who warmly received us during our brief “pit stop” at the ABS-CBN Foundation. We hope that the TV network will continuously cover our running events as we promised to support their “Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig” Project as part of the advocacy of this blog.  

At the finish line, Maj Espejo and I awarded the Cerificate of Achievement  to all the runners who completed the Bataan 52K “Test Run” held last 22 Feb 2009.  Congratulations to all of you!

Awarding of Bataan 52K "Test Run" Certificates

Awarding of Bataan 52K "Test Run" Certificates

I am glad that the participants of the 1st Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race learned their lessons as a result of our “Test Run” and this final practice run validated whatever problems or concerns they have for the final race.  I consider this “runabout” as a success as our runs are starting to support a “cause” for the improvement of the environment.

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21 responses

9 03 2009
m8parco

8 Hours!!! We are always in awe when we see people complete a run that long. Congratulation and keep on running!

Regards Mark and Tiffin

10 03 2009
kingofpots

mark & tiffin, that was 8 hours with “pit stops” and breakfast along the way. the fun, laughter, and stories with other runners were something to remember.

9 03 2009
reinier6666

Jovie- Congratulations to all the runners! You guys are really a different breed. You are all set for the D-Day on 05Apr09 all the best wishes!

10 03 2009
kingofpots

amado, we need to do this kind of long runs under the heat of the sun as preparation for d-day. i want that all the participants would be able to finish the ultramarathon race in 18 hours. it’s hard but very fulfilling.

10 03 2009
aldzheimerz

Sir, recently, I heard news of “Takbo Para sa Kalikasan” on the radio. Maybe it was just because it was done by DZMM.. But I’m glad to know that running is starting to catch more media attention.

And the idea of helping others (fundraising) while doing what you do best is really motivational! I wish to see you in the Skyway..

God bless.

10 03 2009
kingofpots

aldz, thanks. running is becoming the favorite sports nowadays because of the media attention and write-ups in the newpapers. just wait till next year, i am sure the politicians will be with us in the starting areas and awarding ceremonies.

10 03 2009
moljcy

I sure missed another ‘run-for-the-books” Congratulations to everybody!
Keep burning rubber!

10 03 2009
kingofpots

lester, thanks! this is just a preparation for more races and bigger things to come

10 03 2009
greaseboy

Good job BR Sir! Will this coverage be featured in any show of ABS-CBN or ANC? Di na talaga mapigil ang “pagsikat” nyo SIr hehehe…

10 03 2009
kingofpots

greaseboy, i really do not know when & what program this event will be viewed by the public. i am sure this event will be featured in the ABS-CBN Foundation website. modesty aside, i am not for the popularity thing here. i’ve been popular with the media and public already during my assignments in the South and in Central Luzon fighting the enemies of the State up to the point that i appeared in Senate & House of Representative’s investigations and had been featured in the front pages of daily newspapers. now that i am a private citizen, just like you, i just want to help in the sports development for the country by writing on this blog and doing the things what i am preaching. i could be a critic in my posts because i know the problem but knowing the problem and at the same time solving the problem is i think, the best that i could offer

10 03 2009
run2dmoon

Yan ang idol! sa gerahan hindi natakbo, pero sa kalsada takbo ng takbo. Kahit na General you can run with him and have fun. Walang pasikatan kundi tulungan. We are not just running to be a better runner. We run to be a better person.

10 03 2009
kingofpots

albert, thanks for those kind words. i salute you for your perseverance and focused training. yes, we are becoming a better person every time we finish an ultra distance.

10 03 2009
benwah

Just by looking at the pictures, I felt that I was running with the group. Congratulations to all. Thanks Sir Jovie for pioneering a good cause. Jonel and Rico too for planning this event. Will there be a webcast of Bataan 102k or updates during the actual race?

Btw, Joy Rojas’s initial run will start from Eagle Rock Plaza in LA on May 10. ERP is just a mile from my house. I have contacted Eric Lumba, Carmela Layson and a few other Pinoy runners to join her at Takbong Pangarap.

10 03 2009
kingofpots

ben, the more, the merrier. we have a lot of potentials as ultra runners here in the country. running with joy roxas will be an event to remember. i hope more filipino runners will join her. thanks

10 03 2009
nvllanora1975

Congrats to the survivors and to the other participants!

Sir, this group is really a class of their own – your own. I also did a long run at UP during that day, and I was actually waiting for you to arrive. However, the sun was already too much for me at 1030am. It’s even more astounding for me to learn now that you finished at 145pm! That can only be a warrior’s finish!
It’s really remarkable! Not to mention the charity that goes with it.
Sir, may I also ask what type of salt did you mix with your drinks?

10 03 2009
kingofpots

nolan, thanks! the ultra run was fun and we were able to defeat the heat. i used an iodized salt for my ice cold glass of coke. you can use also an ordinary salt.

10 03 2009
leaj23

Hi, Sir Jovie.

Thanks for a great Sunday LSD. Truly unforgettable. Saludo ako sa inyo nina Jonel! Sorry had to cut my run short though – I reached East Avenue and had to go straight to my car in UP and rush to a lunch affair with my in-laws.

Are you guys doing the Manila-Tagaytay run this Saturday?

See you at the oval.

WENCY

11 03 2009
kingofpots

wency, thanks for joining our last sunday’s 51K “runabout”. you are a strong runner! unfortunately, we are not going to join the PUR’s manila-tagaytay run. thanks & see you at the ULTRA.

11 03 2009
yvesyu

Hi sir Baldrunner, this is Yves from Legazpi, I dont know if you still remember me, but I’ve taken up running right after you guys joined the MTR last year and inspired me, I started my own blog…BeCoolRunner.com and I’m hoping to earn your 1000km finisher shirt, I’ve been logging my runs and has made 153kms so far this year, is your 1000km shirt also from kms ran in training? or races lang. Thanks.

11 03 2009
kingofpots

yves, thanks for your visit and comment. your 1,000km goal includes your training runs and road races. be patient and healthy always.

11 03 2009
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