Goodbye, 2019!

9 01 2020

This is my first post for the year 2020. I am sorry for my readers and followers to this blog that I was not regular in making or posting my stories about my races and training. I was concentrated in my daily posts and readings on Facebook that I forgot to publish my stories in this blog. Hopefully, the New Year of 2020 will change everything as I will make sure to make a regular post in this blog.

For the meantime, I would like to post the list of races that I have finished for the year 2019. In the coming days, I will make a story or Race Report on each of these races (except for those which I have posted already in this blog).

  1. Boston Marathon: The 2019 Boston Marathon is the 123rd Edition of this Most Prestigious Marathon In The World. I was able to qualify for my age (61-65 years old) in the 2017 Revel Canyon City Marathon Race with a time of 3:46+ and I had to wait for two years to be able to join this prestigious race. I will post a separate story about my experience in the said race.
  2. REVEL Mt Charleston Marathon: I joined this race two weeks after I completed the 2019 Boston Marathon with the thought that I could qualify again for the 2020 Boston Marathon with my present Age Category of 66-70 years old. I failed because of the heat after the 13-Mile mark up to the Finish Line. However, I will still make a detailed Race Report about this experience in joining a Marathon Race in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  3. MILO Half-Marathon Race In A Suit: This could be a FIRST in the History of Running in the Philippines’ MILO Marathon/Half-Marathon where a participant would run in a Business Suit. I finished the race but I was not able to qualify for the Finals. I posted a story on Facebook and in this blog about this experience.
  4. Lavaredo’s Cortina Trail 48K Run: After a year, I have to return to Cortina D’ Ampezzo, Italy to complete the Lavaredo Trail Course and finish the last 48 kilometers of the route. I was able to finish it with barely two minutes before the Cut-Off Time. This experience showed my tenacity and grit to finish this race. It was a wonderful experience and I need to share my story about this in my incoming posts in this blog.
  5. The North Face (TNF) 50K Philippines: After three years of being absent in the Philippines’ Trail Running Events, TNF Philippines revived its iconic trail running in the country. I opted to join the 50K race to test my endurance in the month of October after having some break/rest after I have finished the Cortina Trail 48K in the last week of June. With not much of training and preparation, I used this race to evaluate myself and I was able to finish it within the prescribed cut-off time. More details of this race in my Race Report.
  6. The North Face (TNF) 50K Hong Kong: I was one of the late registrants of this race and I think I was the only Filipino who came from Manila who joined this race. I guess, some of the local Filipinos who planned to join this race backed-out on the last minute because of the prevailing situation in Hongkong. I forced myself to join this race to evaluate my training and present status of my body if I can finish this race. With hardwork, patience, and grit, I was able to finish this race, two hours before the prescribed cut-off time. I was happy with my performance in this race and it provided me with a more positive attitude to join more trail running events in the future despite my senior age. For the sake of the Local Trail Runners, I will post a story about my experience in this race soon.

It is nice to be back in this blog as I promised myself to make a habit to post a story in this blog about anything that I could think of but the main focus will still be about running. Some of the future intervening stories in this blog will be about my hobbies, daily activities, and my collections. I promised myself also to write and post, at least, once a day on anything that I could think of.

Note: This is my 4th day not being able to update my Facebook Wall; not making any LIKES and COMMENTS in the posts of my FB friends. Presently, I am regularly posting my thoughts on Twitter and pictures on Instagram. Hopefully, I will transform this blog as my Facebook Wall.

2019 MILO Half-Marathon In A Suit





Official Result: 5th NAIC To NASUGBU 50K Ultramarathon Race

31 12 2019

5th Naic To Nasugbu 50K Ultramarathon Race

Assembly & Starting Area: Public Plaza/Covered Court near Naic Catholic Church, Naic, Cavite

Assembly Time: 3:00 AM December 29, 2019, Sunday

Start Time: 4:00 AM December 29, 2019, Sunday

Finish Area: PETRON Gasoline Station, Nasugbu, Batangas (Owned By Lt General Rudy Obaniana, AFP (Ret.)

Cut-Off Time: 10 Hours (2:00 PM December 29, 2019)

Number Of Starters: 23 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 21 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 91.3%

RANK          NAME               TIME (Hrs)

  1. Kit Feliciano (Overall Champion)—5:49:11
  2. Sherwin Bargos (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—6:48:50
  3. Carlito Don Rudas (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—7:16:11
  4. Armando Olan—7:19:52
  5. Graciano Santos—7:34:00
  6. Khristian Caleon—7:46:30
  7. Efren Olpindo—7:59:10
  8. Dixie Sagusay (Female Champion)—8:09:28
  9. Carlito Montemayor—8:36:20
  10. Eric Lim—8:36:22
  11. Alen Alban—8:50:00
  12. Ian Torres—8:52:00
  13. Vicente Zapanta, Jr—8:52:02
  14. Margie Pailaga (1st Runner-Up, Female)—9:00:20
  15. Laico Tolentino—9:00:57
  16. Jonas Olandria—9:00:59
  17. Bien Alcala—9:10:13
  18. Michael Torres—9:24:54
  19. Erica Batac (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—9:31:05
  20. Gibo Malvar—9:41:43
  21. Janice Reyes (Female)—9:41:46

Overall Champion Kit Feliciano

Female Champion Dixie Sagusay

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

 





Official Result: 7th WEST COAST 200K Ultramarathon Race

14 10 2019

7th WEST COAST 200K Ultramarathon Race (2019)

4:00 AM October 11 To 4:00 AM October 13, 2019 (Cut-Off Time: 48 Hours)

Subic Freeport, Olongapo City To Barangay Lucap, Alaminos City

Number Of Starters: 9 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 8 Finishers

Percentage Of Finish: 88.8%

2019 (7th) West Coast 200K Ultramarathon Starters

RANK      NAME       TIME (Hrs)

  1. Carlito Don Rudas (Overall Champion)—38:32:02
  2. Laico Tolentino (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—39:39:00
  3. Ralph Louie Jacinto (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—43:35:38
  4. Dixie Sagusay (Female Champion)—44:21:02
  5. Barney Mamaril—46:25:54
  6. Jonas Olandria—46:35:18
  7. Christian Torres—47:02:48
  8. Khristian Caleon—47:49:10

Overall Champion Carlito Don Rudas

Overall Female Champion Dixie Sagusay

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Official Results: 3rd PAU 6-Hour & 12-Hour Endurance Runs

16 09 2019

PAU 6-Hour & 12-Hour Endurance Runs

Philippine Army Grandstand & Parade Ground’s Jogging Lane

5:00 AM To 5:00 PM September 15, 2019

6-Hour & 12-Hour Runs Starters

PAU 6-Hour Endurance Run

RANK    NAME        KILOMETERS

  1. Edwin Fernandez —50
  2. Mark Ebio —45
  3. Remy Caasi —40
  4. Bryan Francia —39
  5. Ranchi Alvendia —38
  6. Rose Ann Menendez —37
  7. Elena Tuñacao —36
  8. Jerard Asperin —35
  9. Rona De Queroz —34
  10. Erica Batac —33
  11. Rexie Vaflor —32
  12. Rene Gonzales —30

6-Hour Endurance Run Finishers

PAU 12-Hour Endurance Run

RANK   NAME       KILOMETERS

  1. Jubert Castor —85
  2. Ian Torres —73
  3. Cheche Magramo —72
  4. Dixie Sagusay —68
  5. Janice Reyes —67
  6. Emery Torre —65
  7. Frank Flora —61
  8. Ralph Louie Jacinto —60
  9. Jojo Arevalo —60
  10. Laico Tolentino —57

12-Hour Endurance Run Finishers

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Oldest Finishers Of Famous Ultra Races

13 09 2019

Through my research on the Internet, I have the following data on the Oldest Finisher of the famous Ultrarunning Races in the World:

At the Leadville 100-Mile Endurance Race in Colorado, USA, Charles Williams holds the record of the oldest man to ever complete the race, which he did at the age of 70 in 1999. He was featured in the August 1999 issue of GQ magazine, which compared his training for the race to that of a professional football player. The race has a cut-off time of 30 hours. (Wikipedia)

At the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon Race which is considered as the “Toughest Footrace In The World” in California, USA, the oldest male finisher ever was Jack Denness, at the age of 75 years old and he is from United Kingdom. He finished the said race in the 2010 edition of Badwater 135. The race has a cut-off time of 48 hours. (Wikipedia)

Christophe Geiger of Switzerland, the Oldest UTMB Finisher

“Battling a 46:30 cutoff, 73-year-old Christophe Geiger of Switzerland crossed the finish line with just five minutes to spare. It was his fourth consecutive—but first successful—attempt at completing the race. The only participant in the Veterans 4 division, he became the oldest finisher of UTMB in its 13 years of existence, and was arguably the most admired and beloved person in the Chamonix valley this week.” (Runners World Magazine)

Nick Bassett, 73, finish before the 30-hour overall cut off at the 2018 edition of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, he became the oldest finisher of the iconic 100 miler, crossing the finish line in Auburn, California, in 29:09:42 hours. Ray Piva set the previous Western States 100-Mile record back in 1998 at the age of 71. (Runners World Magazine)

Nick Bassett @ The 2018 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Race

Looking on the above mentioned data/information on the Oldest Finishers of famous Ultrarunning Events in the World, it is observed that all of them are at the age bracket of 70 years old and above. Obviously, the background of these runners are very impressive being myself as a marathon and ultramarathon runner. They are better, stronger and faster than me during their peak days and years as compared to my capability when I was younger. However, with the proper training and preparation, I could also have the goal to finish some of these races, maybe, one or two of them before I finally end my career in running. God permits.

I will let these ultra runners as my inspirations in my future endeavors in ultra running, whether on the road or trail. I am now 67 years old and I hope to run more years and be able to reach the 70s. It is time to be more healthy, more smart in training, improve on my nutrition, and consistent in my workouts. It will be a tall order to follow the footsteps of these Old Finishers but I know I can do what they have done. The process will be long, hard and challenging but it takes some guts to start and do something to attain such goal. I expect that there will be some failures and lessons to be learned from them but the goal to finish these races will be a priority. You will read my progress in this blog.





“The Man In The Arena” By President Theodore Roosevelt

11 09 2019

The following is an excerpt from the Speech of President Theodore Roosevelt delivered in Paris in 1910 entitled; “Citizenship In A Republic”:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat”

The first time that I read about this quote was when I applied for registration to join the San Diego 100-Mile Endurance Run few years ago. It was written at the last page of the Instruction Manual of the said event. Now, I am posting the said in my blog to serve as a reminder for me in my future endeavors as an endurance athlete. However, the whole speech talks a lot about politics, education, character of a man and society, leadership and other matter about governance and citizenry. How I wished I should have read this speech when I was still in college. I suggest that if you have time, google the title of the speech and read it. I know that you will learn a lot from it. Happy reading!





Good Job, DENR On Boracay’s Recovery

5 09 2019

Good Job, DENR On Boracay’s Recovery!

Through the verbal orders of President Rodrigo Duterte last year, Boracay Island was closed to tourism due to his description that, “Boracay is a cesspool!”  Immediately, even with the uproar of the commercial establishments and locals in the island from its closure, the different Executive Departments  that were tasked had to carry on to implement  the orders of the President. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had spearheaded the group of other Departments of the government in seeing to it that the problem in Boracay will be solved. After about six months, before the end of last year, Boracay Island was re-opened to the public and to tourism. Much had been said and published in the daily printed media as well in the Social Media about the positive results that came up and instituted during those times that the island was closed.

Last May of this year, I had the chance to visit the island since it was re-opened and I was impressed about the developments and improvements made, although some infrastructural projects were still being done at that time. There is a big difference from the time I last visited the island in the later months of 2017 after my runners finished that year’s edition of the Antique 100-Mile Endurance Race. The main road on the island had been widened and concreted with wider sidewalks with more vehicles and vans plying along the said road. The beach had been rejuvenated with more sand coming from the sea and the beach portion became wider as there were no longer furnitures; table and chair sets; and the strict removal of lots of shades/extensions from the commercial establishments/hotels  along the beach area. In the early morning of the day, I would see a truck of the island’s Sanitary Services to be sucking the drainage from the underground sewerage system at the middle of the main road system and I was informed that this is done everyday. I was told also that every establishment in the area had to pay a regular amount of fee for this purpose. Cleanliness is very imminent in the area as more trash bins had been placed along the roads as well as in strategic places along the beach. A truck that collects these trash from the said bins had been regularly seen along the main road and on the beach.

Last month, after the conduct of the 7th edition of the Antique 100-Mile Endurance Run, I had the chance to visit the island again for this year. There are more more tourists going in and going out of the island was observed as compared from my visit last May. Everything was done in an orderly manner from the time tourists are being dropped off at the Caticlan Seaport up to the time they are brought to the place where they made their reservation for their stay in the island. Everybody visiting the island should have a prior reservation to a hotel or inn in the island for them to be transported or allowed to board any boat to the said island. Only the locals and employees of the government and commercial establishments in the island are exempted from this regulation. With the assistance of the Philippine Army unit deployed in the island, the runners and I were given VIP attention up to the time we reached our respective billeting area in the island. Since we arrived in the island on the early morning of Sunday, we had our Brunch in one of the popular local restaurants instead of having the usual “boodlefight”. After lunch, we went to the Beach Area; took some pictures; and just watched the people around us. Some of the runners had their recovery walks along the beach.

The following day, I made a leisure walk from Station 3 (southernmost part) all the way to the northern most beach area of the island and I was able to see more hotels and building structures that were closed; removed and destroyed as a result of the strict implementation of Environmental Laws in the area. I will let the following pictures speak for themselves.

Boracay’s Rock Is Already OFF LIMITS To The Public

Establishments That Are Closed & Abandoned

Discontinued and Abandoned Building

Closed Establishment Awaiting Issuance Of Permit

Boracay Beach Rules & Regulations

The following are the Rules and Regulations at the Beach of Boracay Island:

  1. No Littering.
  2. Strictly No Smoking
  3. No Drinking Of Alcohol.
  4. No Illegal Drugs
  5. No Excessively Loud Music
  6. No Pets
  7. No Fire Dancing
  8. No Building of Commercial Sandcastles.
  9. No Strctures and Furniture

All these Rules and Regulations are being being strictly implemented by the PNP deployed in the beach area. I have observed in my latest visit to the island that there are roving PNP personnel, as well as, stationary PNP personnel in pairs in every 20 meters along the beach area.

Parts of the Building Had To Be Removed

Widening of the Dirt Road Along The Beach In Progress

The “closing and cleaning” of Boracay that resulted to its “rest and recovery” is an example of political will of the President Duterte to order something for the good of the environment; local populace and for the instrumentalities of the government to implement such order. I heard that appropriate administrative and criminal charges had been filed to those government people who allowed such environmental laws to be violated, to include those commercial establishments that violated such building permit/s and environmental laws. In my conversation with some of the owners of the establishments who became as my friends when I was still in the military service, they said that business is getting better after it was re-opened to the public and they expect that the beauty and orderliness in the island shall be maintained or even improved as more infrastructural projects will be completed this year. My personal congratulations is directed to Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for leading TEAM of the government departments for a job well done! Truly, Boracay is an international tourist destination that our country should be proud of. We should preserve the beauty of this island.








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