This is the first official ultra marathon road race that traces the route from Rosario, La Union via the Marcos Highway to Baguio City and then go back to the starting area via Kennon Road. The route covers a distance of 50 miles or 80 kilometers. This is considered as an ultra mountain running event. The route is very popular among cyclists and it is always a part of a yearly professional cycling event in the country.
Now, ultrarunners will have to experience what it takes to travel on that route on foot!
I personally ran the route for two days—starting at 3:30 PM at the Saitan Junction and proceeded to the Marcos Highway, all the way to Baguio City and in the following day, continued my run along Kennon Road and got back to where I started. The details and pictures are described in the following posts:
For those who are interested to experience the run, they could join this event. This road run will kick-off the monthly ultra events that will prepare the 2013 BDM 102 and 160 participants to build-up their mileage in preparation for the “Big Dance” on the first weekend of March next year! Or shall we say the “Biggest Ultra Road Party” in the country! Last year, it was the Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan, Aurora 60K Ultra Road Race that started the “road to the 2012 BDM 102/160” to those who successfully finished the races.
If you ask those runners who finished the upper 50% of the field who joined the BDM Races this year about their training, they will tell you that they have joined the monthly ultra races before the D-Day, whether they were organized by me, Jonel of FrontRunner Magazine or by the ultrarunners in Visayas and Mindanao. What matters most is that you build-up those mileages for your foundation of endurance and at the same time assess the condition of your body.
Aside from these reasons, you could also start to find out the best apparel (shoes, shirt, shorts, socks, compression attire or not and others) for your ultra runs. Make sure to test them if they give you chafing, blisters or pain on your legs and joints (for the shoes). It is also in these runs that you test what is best for you in terms of your hydration and nutritional needs. Plus the need to find out how to deal with the heat of the sun during the run. For sure, after these monthly ultra runs you should have been able to adapt to the challenges for the BDM Races. This is where your running accessories, like headlamps/flashlights and reflectorized vest, will be tested.
Having said the importance of this run, the following are the details/rules and regulation of the ultra event:
1. A runner has the option to be self-supported or supported by a vehicle with support crew. Only four-wheeled vehicles are allowed as support vehicles. A support vehicle can support a maximum of four (4) runners.
2. No bandits will be allowed in the race.
3. Runners should position themselves ALWAYS at the left side of the road, facing the incoming traffic. Always be on Alert on the traffic infront and on your back. Runners should ALWAYS be on SINGLE FILE on the left side of the road.
4. The use of Ipods, MP3s and earphones are allowed as long as runners could still hear his surroundings and the sound of the incoming traffic. Always stay alert while running or walking.
5. Support Vehicle should stop always on the farthest RIGHT side of the road with the Warning Lights ON. As compared with Marcos Highway, Kennon Road is very narrow that your Support Vehicle needs an ample space to park in order not to impede the flow of traffic on the highway. In addition, most of the runners will hit this road on midnight up to the following early morning.
6. Support Vehicles are strictly NOT ALLOWED to “shadow” their respective runners. This is a ground for disqualification of runners. All support Vehicles should “leap frog” their runner depending on the instruction and capability of the runner.
7. Be extra careful, for the support crew and runner, in crossing the highway before and after “pit stops”.
8. All runners should have headlamp/flashlight and reflective vest or reflectorized tapes on their running apparel during the night run.
9. All runners must also bring with them First Aid Kit and Hydration system. Trekking Poles are allowed.
10. Start and Finish Area will be at the Municipal Plaza of Rosario, La Union. Assembly Time is at 2:00 PM of Saturday, July 14, 2012. The race will start at 3:00 PM.
11. The race has a cut-off time of 18 hours. The race closes at 9:00 AM of Sunday, July 15, 2012. There will be checkpoints along the route but there will be NO imposed cut-off times on them.
12. Registration Centers: ARC Manila c/o Perkins Briones and/or Deposit Registration Fee at BPI Savings Account #0296-0673-22 in the name of Jovenal Narcise. If payment will be made through BPI account, runner should send the scanned copy of the deposit slip to firstname.lastname@example.org and bring it to the starting area on race day. Registration fee is P 2,000.00. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
13. To cater to the ultrarunners coming from the North and nearby provinces, we will ALLOW On Site Registration provided they arrive at the Assembly Area earlier than the stated assembly time.
14. There will be NO Cash Prizes. Podium Finishers (1-2-3 for Men & Women) will receive trophies. Each finisher will receive Special Commemorative Finisher’s Medal and Finisher’s T-Shirt. Ranking based from the Official Result will earn points for the 2012 PAU Runner of the Year Award. (Note: Certificate of Finish will be given on later date)
15. Pacers are not allowed.
Good luck and see you at the Starting Line!
3 thoughts on “1st Marcos-Kennon 50-Mile Ultra Road Classic”
Kudos for this, this is a great route for an ultra event!
But knowing the dangers of Kennon road (even Marcos Highway) specially in the evening, I would just like to know what will be your measures in assuring the safety of the runners aside of course from what the individual runners and support crews have to provide for their own safety?
And, will you strictly implement the “runners on left-side of the road” even though that side is more dangerous either to the runner or to an upcoming vehicle (for example, bangin na ung kabila)? I am especially concerned about this since some drivers (and also people) tend to get surprised (nagugulat) when a runner (or vehicle) would suddenly appear from a sharp/blind curve.
Thank you in advance for any response. 🙂
running on the left side of the road is only one of the preventive measures for your safety. running on single file is also one. wearing a reflective vest and headlamp/flashlight is also one. be responsible in using headphones is also one. however, running on these roads by myself proved that there is enough shoulder for you to run along marcos and kennon. in short, it takes personal discipline, vigilance, and ones awareness of what is happening around you that will provide safety on yourself. be alert always while you are running. thanks for your comment.
I am a newbie in ‘running’ and among the things that inspired me include you and your adventures that I am following through the internet.
For almost a year and half, I’ve been into running and have joined races including three full marathons—which I consistently finished at sub five hours—and other short races. All the tips from your blogs have greatly helped me, and I am very thankful that elite runners like you shares experiences for us, beginners, to learn from.
I really would love to join test myself and push myl limits more by joining Ultras such as this but I still feel half baked… What would you suggest Sir, will I able to do this?
By the way I will also be doing my first 50k this March, in LUUM…
Thanks in advance for any response..