100-Mile Trail Run Belt Buckles

4 10 2009

You might wonder why ultra trail runners would run for one to two days to finish a 100-mile mountain trail run within the prescribed cut-off time and receive a Finisher’s Belt Buckle at the Finish Line and the “bragging rights” to have finished such endurance running event. My ultratrail runner-friends Ben Gaetos, Rick Gaston, Eric Lumba, Carmela Layson and Jose San Gabriel would know the answer! 

I am posting the following Finisher’s Belt Buckle as an “inspiration” to finish one of these popular 100-Mile Mountain Trail Runs. 

San Diego 100-Mile Run Finisher's Buckle

San Diego 100-Mile Run Finisher's Buckle

Javelina Jundred 100-Mile Finisher's Buckle

Javelina Jundred 100-Mile Finisher's Buckle

HURT 100-Mile Run Finisher's Buckle

HURT 100-Mile Run Finisher's Buckle

Western States 100-Mile Run Buckle Award

Western States 100-Mile Run Buckle Award

If there is somebody among my readers who knows a company/business outfit in the country who can make or produce these “big” belt buckles, please leave a comment.

It is my plan and vision to extend the BDM 102 into a 100-Mile run from Mariveles, Bataan (Km 00) up to Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac and a Finisher’s Buckle will be awarded in addition to the Finisher’s Individual Trophy and Medal. Not for the next edition (next year) but it could be in its future editions.

Runners will have the option to finish BDM 102 or go all the way to BDM 160.

Never Stop Testing Your Limits!





Things I See Around The “Training Camp”

3 10 2009

After 6 days since the rains of Typhoon Ondoy flooded the entire Metro Manila, I finally thought of bringing out my camera and took some pictures this morning around and within the premises of our “training camp” in Pasig City. Here are the pictures I took.

Water On The Streets After 6 Days

Water On The Streets After 6 Days

Another View of The Flooded Street

Another View of The Flooded Street

Elite Team Members On Their Way To Relief Center

Elite Team Members On Their Way To Relief Center

Getting In Line At The Relief Distribution Center

Getting In Line At The Relief Distribution Center

"Amphibian Transport Vehicle" (ATV)

"Amphibian Transport Vehicle" (ATV)

"Personnel Amphibian Vehicle" (PAV)

"Personnel Amphibian Vehicle" (PAV)

Waiting For A Passenger

Waiting For A Passenger

Trashes Everywhere, Collected Everyday But Still Clogged The Creeks

Thrash Everywhere, Collected Everyday But More Still Clogged The Creeks

Contents of One Bag of Relief Goods

Contents of One Bag of Relief Goods

Another Set of Goods In Another Relief Bag

Another Set of Goods In Another Relief Bag

Out of the four members of my Elite athletes who lined up for the distribution of relief goods, only two of them were able to receive bags and the pictures above indicate the contents of each bag given. There is still a lack of relief goods for the people affected with the floods.

With the rains brought by the incoming Typhoon Pepeng since last night, the water on the streets had gone higher by few inches. But what is good is that, electricity had been restored in our “training camp” a few hours ago! My Internet connection is back!

See you tomorrow at the Starting Line!





Running Must Go On!

1 10 2009

Life must go on! In one way or another, everybody is affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy.

Our “training camp” in Pasig City is still surrounded with flooded streets and we don’t have electricity (after 5 days). One of my staff and her family had evacuated her house to a higher place due to flooding and my running coach’s house/residential area is still submerged in water that after four days, he had to evacuate his family due to lack of relief/help coming from the local government and from non-government organizations involved in the relief operations. His family could not withstand the stench of bad smell and the lack of potable water in their place. I am glad my staff and their families are all safe. On the other hand, some of my athletes (due to their duties with the Philippine Army) had been involved in the relief and rehabilitation efforts in Marikina City as part of the manpower that had been “shovelling” and collecting the mud and dirt in the streets for disposal.

Despite all these concerns and activities, we still have to “squeeze” some time to maintain the level of competitive performance of our elite  athletes and conduct our “speed training” sessions at the Oval Track without any miss in order to attend to the Team Bald Runner-Professional Group. Yes, we are involved in helping the victims of Typhoon Ondoy but we have to help and attend first to our staff who are also victims of the flooding and at the same time help other runners to keep them focused in their training for the “big” marathon races in the coming weeks! This holds true also to our Elite athletes.

I am overwhelmed by the simultaneous efforts of our runners in coming up with charity and donation efforts to the victims of the floods and Typhoon Ondoy. I really salute and highly commend your efforts with the hope that you continue doing such act even if the victims are in the Visayas, Mindanao, and Batanes. Silently, I’ve been donating some cash and goods for the past year and months to charitable institutions whenever there were typhoons and floods in other parts of the country. And I’ve continously maintained my Project Donate A Shoe and Project Donate A Shirt up to this date with the hope that more donors will contribute in these projects.

Now I know where I will donate those shoes and shirts/singlets that are stocked in our “training camp” and for those which we will receive in the future. After all these relief/rehabilitation activities and “news overload” about distribution of relief goods, I will “silently” go to some places (which are not yet being reached by the relief agencies after 4 days!) near our “training camp” to distribute such donated shoes and shirts/singlets from our friends.

Life and Running must go on! See you at the Starting Line!

(Note: How I wish I could post an article about my insights & observations about the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy but that would be inconsistent with the advocacy of this blog. Let this blog be devoted to only running)








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