BDM Km Post #00 to Km Post #50/6:00 AM 23 January 2010
1. At exactly 6:00 AM yesterday, a group of 70 runners and their support crew assembled at the BDM Shrine where Km Post #00 is located. It took me at least 30 minutes to brief the runners on the rules and regulations and the “critical” Km Posts to be aware of along the route so that they will not get lost.
2. I was overwhelmed by the number of runners as less than 30 runners signified in this blog to join the test run. Those who are registered to run on race day were given the priority for the prepared race bibs and the 50 race bibs that I prepared were not enough. Some runners who were not registered to run the BDM 102 were allowed to run during the “test run”.
3. After some pictorials and last instructions, the test run started at 6:35 AM. The 1st 7 kilometers of the course was very challenging to everybody because of the continous uphill zigzag route for about 4 kilometers and the strong winds on top of the mountain posed another challenge that forced the runners to run slower.
4. Kilometer Posts #14, 23, and 32 are the “critical” points that every runner should remember. It is on these kilometer posts where every runner should turn right in order to trace the actual BDM route. I made sure to wait for the runners on these critical points along the route and guided them. Six (6) runners on the lead group did not notice the marked Km Post #32 and I was able to catch up with the 5 runners and directed them to go back to the crossing on the said Km Post.
5. On race day, these “critical” points shall be manned with marshals and they will be marked with lighted orange cones. Another marshal shall be positioned at least 50-100 meters before these crossings to warn every runner to turn right on the road with a lighted orange cone.
6. As I said in my briefing before the test run, every runner’s finish time shall be recorded and posted as this will serve as their “guide or benchmark” on how they would be able to deal with the last half of the BDM 102 ultra race on 6-7 March.
|2ND BDM 5OK TEST RUN|
|35||Jay Cu Unjieng||7:42:30|
7. Out of the 70 runners, 54 finished the test run. I did not announce this before the start of the test run but I have planned this all along. All the Finishers will be awarded with their respective “Certificate of Achievement” for having the “guts and mental toughness” to “go beyond their limits”.
Congratulations to all the Finishers! Good job! Keep on training for the Race Day!
18 thoughts on “2nd BDM 50K Test Run: Insights, Pictures & Results”
yes, the finishers were awesome!
To all those who completed the 50K TEST RUN … Congratulations. Even to those that did not complete but did try.. Congratulations as well. My best wishes o you all on the actual day of the BDM. BR make sure you will have your “awards night” same as last year, it was the icing of the event and what made those that participated bond together.
sir amado, thanks for your support. we’ll maintain the activities we have started in the 1st BDM 102. we hope to improve some more this time.
Sir Jovie I really enjoyed our test run although I didn’t expect it to be that difficult early on but now I know better, thank you for organizing this! I am excited at the same time a bit anxious now that I know the first half of the route 😀
dhenz, ultra running is a different “ballgame”. i am glad you attended the test run and it was worth. now, you can adjust with your strategy for the D-Day. good luck!
I missed this one fellas, I already told Jonel why I was not able to come…
Congrats to all.
And to my supposed to be companions for this test run (Erick, Bert and Mon), I’m very proud of you guys, DNFed or not, I’m impressed with your courage. After that 50k, 52k remaining, and the race will continue…that’s the story of BDM 102 on March 6, 2010.
And you must be proud with BR’s certificate and his generosity to award you with such. It’s surprise, a very priceless surprise!
Cheers to all.
ronnie, we missed you for the “prayer” before the run. anyway, i asked the runners for a one-minute silence for their personal prayer. i am glad my prayers were answered again..no problems and no casualties. everybody enjoyed the run.
Picture no.5 is hilarious, not only not being single file but group file while smiling and one runner posing for the picture.
everybody was still smiling at Km #3 when i took that picture as the runners were going up the mountain. as they were running after i took this picture, i cautioned them to run on single file. rick, many of the runners here have been infected with the “ultra bug”. hehehe
nice run indeed. . . we had fun during the test run. . .can’t wait for D’ Day!. . .
at may bonus pa na Certificate of Achievement huh! nice!
(correction lang po sir BR on my name. . . it’s Marco Christopher Montaos. . 47th test run finisher)
salamat po and congratulations to all the finishers/participants. . . .see you at km 0. .
doc, don’t worry. we’ll print your names (as you have written in your registration forms for the BDM) in your certificates. good luck.
sir br! i’m so happy to have joined your run. thanks for coming up with this kind of race. i had a super tough time but it was still fun! finishing 50K meant a lot to me 🙂
i’m really excited (and scared hehe) for the D-Day!
Hi Sir Jovie! Looks like everyone had an awesome time! I wasn’t able to join because I had to manage one of our biggest events of the school year, but am very excited for March 6th!
To Sir Jovie and to all the Test Run finishers : Congratulations to all of you… More power to all of you guys..Continue running safely 🙂
Congratulations sir jovie for the succesful BDM test run. I thinks everything and everyone are ready for the D day! We will be praying for the best on the BDM Run! God bless!
We all had fun supporting what I would call the TITANS 🙂 Hoping for an enjoyable run for all on March 6.
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