Official Result: 2012/2nd Bataan Death March (BDM) 160K Ultra Marathon Race

29 01 2012

2012 Bataan Death March (BDM) 160K Ultra Marathon Race, January 28-29, 2012, Mariveles, Bataan To Capas National Shrine

1 Juny Rex Carreon (Champion Overall) 21:07:56
2 Benedick Balaba (1st Runner-Up) 21:50:22
3 Jose Randy Duenas (2nd Runner-Up) 22:39:14
4 Noel Hernandez 23:20:58
5 Alfred Delos Reyes 23:46:47
6 Robert Patrimonio 23:55:45
7 Keshia Fule (Champion, Women) 23:56:31
8 Benjamin Gaetos 23:57:24
9 Edilberto Yonson 24:35:03
10 Roberto Delos Santos 24:44:15
11 Randy Rubio 25:33:55
12 Reginald Santos 25:38:27
13 Bert Camangonan 25:40:36
14 Bob Castilla 25:40:37
15 Graciano Santos 25:54:31
16 Frederick Gabriel 26:42:12
17 Wilfredo Parcon, Jr 26:43:52
18 Jose Lorenzo Mina 26:51:01
19 Meljohn Tezon 26:53:02
20 Terence Chen 26:54:53
21 Rain Ordonez 27:00:47
22 Albert Salazar 27:10:12
23 Chito Vegim 27:14:27
24 Paolo Osmena 27:28:15
25 Dindo Diaz 28:03:04
26 Gilbert Gray 28:03:53
27 Sandy Alentajan 28:07:13
28 Samuel Narcise 28:12:46
29 Marcos Lontoc 28:33:51
30 Haide Acuna (1st Runner-Up, Women) 28:42:58
31 Allan Bandiola 28:43:35
32 Ferdie Cabiling 28:44:46
33 Bong Bernadez 28:48:58
34 Lemuel Narcise 28:50:20
35 Michael Fabian 28:52:25
36 Victor Ting 29:02:54
37 Jimmy Ong 29:03:58
38 Vans Camannong 29:08:39
39 Francis Andrew Santiago 29:13:55
40 Mark Hernandez 29:22:35
41 Jag Irasga 29:27:04
42 Sherwin Tommy Botabara 29:28:31
43 Anthony Mark Alindada 29:29:49
44 Emma Alvarez (2nd Runner-Up, Women) 29:30:42
45 Jonel Mendoza 29:32:20
46 Mar Marilag 29:34:22
47 Barry Red 29:35:16
48 Junar Layug 29:36:14
49 Mark Anthony Rodica 29:36:23
50 Blas Ople Tiangco 29:41:37
51 Carlos Kharl Ocampo 29:46:22
52 Carlito Buenaventura 29:47:39
53 Benedict Meneses 29:48:51

1st BDM 160 Champions

26 01 2012

Overall Champion Wilnar Iglesia In 17:35:48 Hours

Lady Champion Paulina Tanoto of Singapore In 25:56:37 Hours

BDM 160 Silver Buckle


Final Reminders: 2012 BDM 160

25 01 2012

This is where the tricky part for all the runners. Capas, Tarlac! Once you pass the Capas Public Market, you have to continue running along the MacArthur Highway up to the Y-intersection where you can see on your right, a Highway that goes to Concepcion, Tarlac and the left Highway is the continuation of the MacArthur Highway that goes to Tarlac City. On the middle of these two Highways is a CALTEX Gas Station.

Take The RIGHT Highway (Towards Concepcion, Tarlac)

Take the Highway on your RIGHT and you will surely pass by the McDonald’s Fastfood on your right. Continue for about 20 YARDS and you will see a road junction on your left. TURN LEFT on that road and in about another 20-30 meters you will see the Old Railway Terminal Building of Capas, Tarlac. There is a BDM Kilometer Post and a Shrine/Monument on the right side of the road.

Turn Left On This Road (20 Yards After Passing MacDonald's)

Follow this road and ultimately, you will cross the MacArthur Highway. Be careful in crossing this Highway. After about one kilometer, you will hit the road that goes to Camp O’Donnell and on your left is a CEMETERY. Turn right on the road that goes to Camp O’Donnell and you still have about 14 kilometers to the Finish Line.

Once you reach the Gate of the Capas National Shrine (BDM Shrine), you still have 5 kilometers to go to reach the Turn-Around Point infront of the Philippine Army’s Training & Doctrine Command. The distinct marker for the Turn-Around Point is the DPWH Kilometer Post #118. Once you reach this Km Post, you have to turn-around for the last 5 kilometers of the race.

The Finish Line is inside the Bataan Death March Shrine which is after the last pair of Flag Poles lined up along the wide approach towards the Shrine’s Obelisk. The Raceclock will be beside the usual simple BDM 160 Tarpaulin/Arc. And the RD will be there waiting for you to experience the RD’s BDM HUG!

Remember, the cut-off time of this road race is 30 Hours. Only runners who could cross the Finish Line within the prescribed cut-off time will be declared FINISHERS. This time, there will be NO Unofficial Finishers. Which means that the RD and its staff will no longer wait for runners to reach the Finish Line after the cut-off time had been reached or elapsed. Those who insist to Finish the race after the prescribed cut-off time will be declared DNF (Did Not Finish) on the Official Result of this Race which will be listed soon with Ultra Signup.

If you want to review what happened during the First Edition of this Race, you can read it HERE.

Good luck, ladies and gentlemen! Go! Go! Go! Brave Warriors of BDM 160!

(Note: BDM 160 Briefing & CLP will be held, tomorrow, 6:30 PM, Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the AFP Officers’ Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City for the Registered Participants Only. Runners are advised to bring with them their LandBank Deposit Slip (Payment of Registration Fee) for Confirmation. Runners will get their Race Bib/s and Support Vehicle Tarpaulin. If a runner intends to bring his/her Support Crew & Pacer, an additional fee of P200.00 per person shall be paid for the food & drinks.)

BDM 160: “King Of The Road”

24 01 2012

BDM 160 Batch #1

History Of Running In Japan

23 01 2012

I’ve witnessed how the Japanese run in the Jeju International 100K Ultra Marathon Race (South Korea) and in the Soochow University 24-Hour Endurance Run (Taiwan) in 2010. In the late 70s and whole of 80s, I’ve seen on TV and documentary films how the Japanese long distance/marathon runners dominated the world’s best and popular road races including the Olympic Games. Now, there are also emerging as one of the best in ultrarunning events in the world.

I have the belief that we could also emulate or learn something from them because we have the same built and the same attitude in life. Although long distance running training and competition had been with them for almost 90 years and took them 30+ years to come up with their first Olympic Gold Medal in the Marathon, I have the positive outlook that we can attain such goal in the coming generation of younger runners.

I have discovered an article that had been published in the Running Times Magazine and written by Brett Larner with the detailed description on the history of running in Japan.

Enjoy your day and be inspired by this article: Handing Off The Tasuki by Brett Larner.

“It’s the passion, not the money, stupid!”

22 01 2012

Race Report: Trail Running 101 10K & 14K @ Dinalupihan, Bataan/January 21, 2012

To some (or most?), organizing a running event is a business affair. I will not tell you the indicators if you want to know if a running event is being organized for the purpose of raising some funds for a certain cause or charity but only to realize that it is simply to rake one’s money for profit. If you are a runner who had been in such races for the past years, you probably know or smart enough to find out what I am talking about.

The conduct of the 1st Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Trail Endurance Run last December 2012 brought me some observations and lessons to be learned. It gave me the opinion that our road runners are not yet fully skilled and exposed to trail running. It is for this reason that I came up with the idea of coming up with a “graduated” exposure of trail running of those who are interested to experience the “outdoors”, meaning, the mountains and other areas outside the city and urban environment.

I want my ideas done and implemented immediately as there is no need for a corporate entity to back me up. In the first place, corporate entities take a lot of time to decide, not unless you are talking to the owner of the company! Who needs them anyway? (They will always tell you to wait for the signing of the contract and keep you waiting even if they have given the contract to another event organizer without even giving the information that they “dumped” you!). Basically, the participation and interest of runners would be enough to support the implementation of my idea.

So, yesterday (Saturday), the Trail Running 101 Series was born! There were six (6) runners who registered for the 16K distance while two (2) runners in the 10K category. Out of the eight runners, one is a lady runner. All of them finished the run and I could see on their faces that they were happy to experience trail running along the vicinity of the “Brown Mountain”, my training “playground” in the mountains of Dinalupihan, Bataan. The following were the results:

14K Run

1. Freddie Mercado—1:43:47 Hours

2. Jael Wenceslao—1:53:15

3. Noel Miano—2:05:12

4. Reginald Tan Bueno—2:43:00

5. Maria Stephanie Atutubo Zamora Hefti—3:19:12

6. Benjh German—3:23:54

10K Run

1. Elmer Oropieza—1:14:45 Hours

2. Igne Pablito—1:15:06

3. Jael Wenceslao—1:33:12

*Jael Wenceslao ran the 10K event after he finished the 14K run.

The next event of the Trail Running 101 series will be on February 26, 2012 with two distances: 16K and 21K runs! The venue/location is still the same but will have the start time to be earlier at 5:30 AM. The registration details will be posted soon in this blog with limited slots for both runs.

Trail Running 101 Batch #1

Lead Runner of the 10K Event

#1 Freddie Mercado

#2 Jael Wenceslao

#3 Noel Miano

#1 Sports Drinks For Runners!

Nice Touch! (Km Post Marking)

Going back on the title of this post, we have proven once again that we simply have the passion to share to everybody the ideas we would like to be implemented for the benefit of the running community. We don’t think about the money we gain or lost, we simply want to share what it is like to run on the “outdoors” and enjoy the beauty of the mountains & be able to commune with nature!

Thanks to all the runners; BR’s Staff; Volunteers; and to John “Jepoy” Avellanosa for those nice pictures!

See you on the next edition of the Trail Running 101 Series!


20 01 2012

Whenever you are asked to eat some more in parties or in family lunch or dinner, your probable answer would be, “Thank you, I am full”. It means that you don’t have enough space in your stomach for the additional food being offered to you. Your stomach is already “stuffed” with the mixture of solid foods and drinks that you have ingested.

The problem now among us is how to determine if we are already “stuffed” with food after our meals. Sometimes, most of us would loosen our belts and allow our stomach to bulge to the fullest when we say that we are “full” already. Others would simply eat the right amount and have the discipline and consciousness to eat the right amount of food without being “stuffed” or without their stomach “ballooned” to a bigger size.

We always do this whenever we are invited to parties and other events where the host would prepare a lot of mixed selection of foods. This is a chance for us to eat the foods which are not normal or ordinary in our daily meals. This is a chance and opportunity for us to stuff our belly with such served foods. Much more when we are invited when the food being offered are in buffet style!

For a runner like me, I would say that I could easily burn the calories on those foods for 1-2 hours of steady run the following day and I could revert back to my usual foods for the days to come. But for others who are not consistent with their running workout and for those who are not involved in any kind of sports, such foods “stuffed” in their stomach would be converted to fats and I am sure that this will result to some additional pound/s in their body weight. And when they see that their weight had increased, then that the only time that they realize that they have to exercise or go out for a run/bike/swim. It is sad to note that it is faster to add more pounds to your body weight than the time needed to reduce one’s weight!

So, how do we find out if we are already “stuffed” or “full” when we eat? The technique that I would recommend is to make a rating of fullness from 1-to-5 scale. If your rating is 5 on the scale, it means that you are about to loosen your belt and remove the upper button of your pants! If your rating is 1, then you need to eat some more! So to be safe, a rating of 3-4 on the scale would be a good gauge to say that you have stuffed the right amount of food which you could easily burn while you are doing your regular daily activities.

Remember, the rating 3-4 on the scale whenever you eat in parties or in buffet lunch and dinner so that you can still maintain your running performance weight in every running event you would want to join.

Good luck and see you at the Starting Line!

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