1st PAU 50K Run: Ultrarun Challenge

 Finally, I was able to save and download Google Earth to my blog after I’ve transfered most of my “files” from my “C” Drive to my Unused “D” Drive! Well, for being a “low-tech” blogger, it took me some time to experiment and try how the other bloggers post their runs by using the Google Earth.

From Crossing Tanay-Sampaloc to Sierra Madre Hotel

 The incoming PAU races are well-described as “fun runs” with a “guerrilla-type” conduct of the race (according to Marathon Foodie). There are no “distractions”; no “festive” atmosphere; and no corporate endorsements and tarpaulins. What is important is to be able to have an orderly start, conduct , and finish of the race where every runner would be able to enjoy the scenery and challenge his/her personal endurance limits. Thus, we try to be simple in our purpose…we provide each runner a nice & challenging venue/route and you join this race because you love to run!

 The 1st PAU 50K Run will start at 5:00 AM of May 9, 2010 at the crossing of Tanay, Rizal and the road that goes to Barangay Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. Barangay Sampaloc is the location of Camp Capinpin, the Headquarters of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. Coming from Metro Manila, one has to take the Ortigas Avenue/Extension going East towards Antipolo. The National Road leads you to Morong and then to Tanay, Rizal. Once you see Kilometer Post #54 on the right side of the road, there is an intersection that goes to Tanay Proper (going right) and Barangay Sampaloc (going left). The intersection has Flying V Gasoline Station on the right side of the road and a Shell Gasoline Station on the left side of the road. The Shell Gasoline Station is the location of the Starting Line of the 50K Race. 

"Flying V" Gasoline Station On the Right Side of the Road
SHELL Gasoline Station On the Left Side of the Road
Sampaloc Road/Starting Area

Runners would reach the center of Barangay Sampaloc after running an uphill climb of 13+ kilometers and they have to turn left at the crossroad/intersection, leading the runners to the Pranjetto Hills Resort. After 7 kilometers from the Intersection of Barangay Sampaloc, runners would be able to reach the Sierra Madre Hotel & Resort. From here, runners would run a roller-coaster hills for a distance of 15 kilometers. The runners would pass the entrance of the Palo Alto Subdivision and run another 2 kilometers from the said gate. At the turn-around, the runners have the last 15 kilometers to run before reaching the Gate of the Sierra Madre Hotel & Resort which is the Finish Line.

Gate of Sierra Madre Hotel & Resort/Finish Line

This race has a cut-off time of 8 hours. The race is planned to start at 5:00 AM as daybreak will be earlier due to the Summer session.

Runners are required to have with them their hydration belt or Camelbak during the race as there will be limited number of Water/Aid Stations.

Pollution-Free and Well-Paved Sierra Madre Road

For those who can afford to bring with them their support vehicle & support crew, they are allowed to bring them during the race. Also, runners can share their support vehicle with other runners. For those without any support vehicle, they will be provided with 4-5 plastic bags where they can place their water, sports drinks and food replenishment and will serve as their “drop bag” in every 10 kilometers.

At the Finish Line, every runner will be awarded with Individual Trophy, Finisher’s Certificate and a Finisher’s T-Shirt. We are hoping that there will be good and generous Sponsors for Ice Cold Beer at the Finish Line.

Replica of the Finisher's Trophy

This race is limited to only 200 runners!

See you at the Starting Line!


25 thoughts on “1st PAU 50K Run: Ultrarun Challenge

  1. Nice trophy Sir! May I ask what the total distance will be? I think so far it adds up to 52+ by your notes, and a friend who registered said your staff mentioned the total distance would be 55km… :-). Hope this and subsequent PAU events will be resoundingly successful!


  2. good morning sir

    dis s juntan from Leyte.
    I would like to ask about how much would be the reg fee for your 50 klm run.
    and when will be the next 50 klm run.
    as of now, Im still not on a good shape to run 50Klm.
    I would be thrilled If I will be given a chance to participate on your next 50 klm run…
    thanks very much sir for the very generous 8 hour cut off time.. since it will make the run very doable especially for new ultra runners.
    and thanks for offering beers at d finish line..
    kalami sa bugnaw nga beer.


    1. kingofpots

      the fee is 750 pesos but if you are a registered PAU member, you’ll get 10% discount in all our PAU’s events. the next race will be a 65K Run from Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte on Aug 29, 2010. by that time you can finish the race decently if you start training now. good luck!


  3. joerit

    Dear Bald Runner,

    This sounds like a great initiative, will try to join.

    To help out on your tech issues, have a look at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3640811
    There you could ‘record’ an entire route in Google maps, then publish it as a link on your blog for all to see the intended route. People could even print the route or download it for GPS use.
    (Note however one should choose the option ‘straight lines’ as the ‘for runners’ radio button doesn’t work)
    See for instance this little example I created a route from Greemnbelt to Salcedo park: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3640811

    I for one would greatly appreciate to see the route you have in mind on Google maps, because I cannot clearly see the route on the Google Earth picture you uploaded.
    In true guerilla style, some of us could even run the route on other days!

    (Love reading your blog – keep up supporting the running community!)



  4. fanaticinformant

    Only 200???!? Which Earth Run? The Fort? Pwede po bang mag register na lang sa office nyo as I am joining the MOA National Geographic Earth Run?


  5. fanaticinformant

    Hi Sir Jovs,

    Another option po is to create a map sa DailyMile account nyo. You can also share it too! Very accurate and distance it measures using Google Maps and it can be integrated pa with your Garmin. 🙂


  6. andrewsters

    Good Day Sir

    I would like to ask if your the Pau Ultrarun challenge is still open? and where to register? because I have a friend who’s dying to be part of the challenge.

    Thank you.


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  8. vvinceth

    Sir Jovie,

    Question lang po, when can we give you our drop bags?
    May pool po ba sa Sierra Madre Resort?

    Patrick Winceth Alcomendas


    1. kingofpots

      you can hand in your drop bags to my staff or to me before the start of the race. there is no swimming pool at sierra madre resorts but there is one at pranjeto hills resort which is 2 kms away. good luck!


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