Official Result: 2017/3rd Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race

20 02 2017

Official Result: 2017/3rd Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race (Solo/Single Stage)

Starting Area: Km Post #0, Rizal Monument, Luneta Park, Manila

Finish Area: Rizal Park, Baguio City

Start Time: 10:00 PM February 16, 2017

Finish Time: 12:00 Midnight February 18, 2017

Cut-Off Time: 50 Hours

Number Of Starters: 37 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 24 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 64.8%

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Group Picture Before The Start

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Few Seconds Before Gun Start

RANK                     NAME                                             TIME (Hrs)

  1. Lodovico Librilla (Overall Champion) —43:03:49
  2. Bong Dizon (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—-43:25:25
  3. Ryan Fabie (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—-44:49:22
  4. Remy Caasi (Female Champion, Course Record)—-46:12:10
  5. Aldrin Pallera ———————–46:24:16
  6. Jocel Lañas (1st Runner-Up, Female)—–46:26:27
  7. Rhoda Caballero (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—-46:44:24
  8. Rolan Cera————————–46:51:42
  9. Armando Olan———————–46:51:42
  10. Jon Borbon————————–47:02:45
  11. Dondon Talosig———————-47:03:10
  12. Fer De Leon————————-47:26:46
  13. Rod Losabia————————-47:26:58
  14. Rose Betonio (Female)—————-47:28:50
  15. Jemfil Ramos————————-47:58:59
  16. Dennis Guidao———————–47:59:15
  17. Glenn Rosales———————–48:40:46
  18. Ken Molina————————-48:50:15
  19. Gibo Malvar————————-48:50:16
  20. Rasette Pesuelo (Female)————–48:50:18
  21. Raymond Nable———————-49:17:50
  22. Ildebrando Yap———————–49:18:55
  23. Chris Linawagan———————49:21:50
  24. Maui Toraja————————-49:46:50
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Overall Champion Lodovico Librilla

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Overall 1st Runner-Up Bong Dizon

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Overall 2nd Runner-Up Ryan Fabie

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Female Champion & New Course Record Holder Remy Caasi

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Female 1st Runner-Up Jocel Lañas

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Female 2nd Runner-Up Rhoda Caballero

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Most Coveted Finisher’s Buckle

Congratulations To Everybody!





Official Result: 2017/9th Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 102)

31 01 2017

2017/9th Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race

Starting Area: Bataan Death March Shrine, Mariveles, Bataan

Finish Area: Old Railway Station, San Fernando City (Pampanga)

Start Time: 10:00 PM January 28, 2017

Finish Time: 4:00 PM January 29, 2017

Cut-Off Time: 18 Hours

Number Of Starters: 232 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 212

Percentage Of Finish: 91.4%

RANK                   NAME                                               TIME (Hrs)

  1. Rolando Espina (Overall Champion) ———9:26:39
  2. Joseph Gentoleo (1st Runner-Up, Overall) —-10:23:44
  3. Raff Maestro (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) ——10:32:47
  4. Joseph Odhuno ————————–10:40:39
  5. Thomas Combisen ———————–11:11:33
  6. Silame Apolistar Gutang (Female Champion)–11:27:56
  7. Shuji Nakano —————————11:40:39
  8. Ralph Andren Lagmay ——————–12:11:42
  9. Raymond Balan ————————-12:15:55
  10. Rence Aninag —————————12:17:26
  11. Jaspher Galanza ————————-12:19:13
  12. Saturnino Camangonan ——————-12:26:36
  13. Jake Soriano —————————-12:37:31
  14. Randy Doronio ————————–12:43:23
  15. Neil Veluz ——————————12:44:51
  16. Vicente Bunuan ————————-12:53:29
  17. Doris Manguiat (1st Runner-Up, Female)—–12:57:17
  18. Melody Arci (2nd Runner-Up, Female) ——-12:57:18
  19. Michael Dela Rama ———————–13:12:05
  20. Leo Ano ——————————–13:27:41
  21. Juden Doguie —————————-13:28:23
  22. Marie-Del Villanueva (Female) ————-13:32:31
  23. Hedda Riola (Female)———————13:46:06
  24. Ronaldo Racines ————————-13:52:20
  25. Samuel Maniaul ————————-13:57:52
  26. Ludorico Librilla ————————-13:59:45
  27. Rod Losabia —————————–14:01:03
  28. Irish Laurinciana (Female)—————–14:03:31
  29. Laico Tolentino ————————–14:11:21
  30. Ma. Theresa Basallo (Female) ————–14:13:54
  31. Gevaert Paul Papa ———————–14:14:25
  32. Ervin Cabral —————————-14:14:55
  33. Bong Dizon —————————-14:15:02
  34. Jennifer Cabbab (Female) —————–14:17:06
  35. Ronnie Gurrobat ————————14:21:48
  36. Simon Pavel Miranda ——————–14:24:34
  37. Constantino Dellova Jr. ——————14:33:36
  38. Charles Christopher Cruz —————-14:34:15
  39. Kelvin Castro ————————–14:34:36
  40. Fiel Violeta —————————-14:35:47
  41. Johnny Borlagolan ———————-14:36:10
  42. Mary Clarifel Paner (Female) ————–14:36:38
  43. Leo Marnon —————————-14:39:09
  44. Jhon Henry Bueno ———————–14:43:42
  45. Nick Diaz ——————————14:48:11
  46. Dondon Talosig ————————-14:48:52
  47. Pastor Ligas Jr ————————–14:49:07
  48. Richard Gamo ————————–14:49:23
  49. Rodolfo Velasco Jr ———————–14:49:46
  50. Meljohn Tezon ————————-14:51:54
  51. Roni Turla —————————–15:15:58
  52. Don Santillan ————————–15:18:30
  53. Frederick Penalosa ———————-15:20:35
  54. Rye Rayal Daza ————————-15:21:09
  55. Glenn Rosales ————————–15:25:38
  56. El Portillo —————————– 15:26:31
  57. Amiel Lucero —————————15:33:17
  58. June Gonzales ————————–15:38:23
  59. Allan Bandiola ————————–15:38:24
  60. Jay Abesamis —————————15:38:35
  61. Ronel Medina —————————15:41:09
  62. Fernando Cabanero ———————-15:41:21
  63. Mark Anthony Redondo ——————15:41:40
  64. Elmer Caballes ————————-15:41:50
  65. Charlie Palacios ———————— 15:42:28
  66. Joel Rodriguez ————————–15:43:15
  67. Benedict Meneses ———————–15:43:33
  68. Adnan Paul Lucero ———————-15:43:45
  69. Gibo Malvar —————————15:44:02
  70. Casildo Protasio Jr ———————-15:44:34
  71. Mando Cariaga ————————-15:45:07
  72. Emma Libunao (Female) —————–15:46:08
  73. Marlon Santos ————————-15:46:26
  74. Rod Lanorias ————————–15:46:52
  75. Noel Batac —————————-15:47:22
  76. John Michael De Jesus ——————-15:47:37
  77. Barney Mamaril ————————15:47:49
  78. Maricris David (Female) —————– 15:48:00
  79. Irrol Nuvenario ———————— 15:48:21
  80. Oliver Cavinta ————————- 15:51:37
  81. Gamaliel Tayao ———————— 15:51:48
  82. Kenneth Bayron ————————15:52:04
  83. Marielle Magramo (Female) —————15:54:43
  84. Rowell Ramos ————————–15:55:02
  85. Sheryll Quimosing (Female) —————15:58:19
  86. Peter Canlas ————————— 15:58:36
  87. Paul Vincent Obed ———————–16:08:19
  88. Dennis Ryan Nava ———————–16:18:30
  89. Sherwin Bargos ————————-16:19:09
  90. Reden Rodriguez ———————— 16:19:50
  91. Rhina Sison (Female) ——————– 16:22:41
  92. Mely Maraganas (Female) —————–16:30:39
  93. Stephanie Pelle (Female) ——————16:32:05
  94. Russell Hernandez ———————–16:32:14
  95. Allan Delmonte ————————- 16:32:26
  96. Jemel Aguilar ————————— 16:33:04
  97. Eduardo Macpoc ————————- 16:34:34
  98. Jaypee Ocampo ————————– 16:34:42
  99. Ryan Sanchez ————————— 16:36:08
  100. Reynaldo Mondares ———————- 16:36:23
  101. Ferdinand Manuel ———————– 16:36:39
  102. Efren Olpindo —————————16:37:09
  103. Richard Ryan Rentillo ———————16:37:26
  104. Rocket Bong Alindada ———————16:38:30
  105. Jordan De Guzman ————————16:38:37
  106. Antonio Buenavidez Jr ———————16:38:55
  107. Cris Liwanagan —————————16:39:12
  108. Emma Gabriel (Female) ——————–16:40:02
  109. Rowena Dagdag (Female) ——————-16:40:15
  110. Garry Gabrillo —————————- 16:43:36
  111. Franci Sandro —————————- 16:45:47
  112. Gay Beltran (Female) ———————- 16:46:10
  113. Jonathan Moleta ————————– 16:53:31
  114. Jon Borbon —————————— 16:53:48
  115. Raymund Tuazon ————————- 16:55:01
  116. Myk Dauz ——————————- 16:55:17
  117. Ricardo Gregorio ————————- 16:55:35
  118. Vicente Manez ————————— 16:55:48
  119. Joel Chua ——————————–16:55:55
  120. Jun Ramirez ——————————16:56:31
  121. Jonathan Baysa ————————— 16:57:18
  122. Gudelia Marcelo (Female) ——————-16:58:13
  123. Jim Taguiang —————————– 16:58:31
  124. Jose Mari Mercado ————————- 16:59:01
  125. Carlyle Balagot —————————- 16:59:35
  126. Elias Rodriguez Jr ————————– 17:00:19
  127. Enrique Trinidad —————————17:05:02
  128. Kathleen Pinero (Female) ——————–17:05:22
  129. Roy Garcia ——————————– 17:05:56
  130. Ryan Garcia ——————————- 17:06:23
  131. Reynaldo Casimero ————————- 17:07:22
  132. Ken Molina ——————————-  17:07:23
  133. Marites Sy Pausal (Female) ——————- 17:07:38
  134. Jesus Anthony Dizon ———————— 17:07:56
  135. Lester Estrella —————————– 17:08:19
  136. Ma. Naomi Mabasa (Female) —————– 17:08:31
  137. Mark Anthony Gonzales ———————17:08:50
  138. Noel Diaz ———————————17:09:06
  139. Ross Lim ——————————— 17:09:30
  140. Mark Hernandez —————————17:09:52
  141. Mark Anthony Golez ————————17:10:15
  142. Ryan Depalco ——————————17:10:32
  143. Efren Gregorio —————————–17:10:44
  144. Rem Baltazar —————————— 17:11:22
  145. Roby Amil ———————————17:11:40
  146. Joy Beltran (Female) ————————-17:13:13
  147. Nancy Salvador (Female) ——————— 17:13:41
  148. Vanessa Labit (Female) ———————- 17:14:24
  149. Reese Rogel (Female) ————————17:14:37
  150. Ronnel Go ———————————17:14:50
  151. Paolo Tiong ——————————–17:15:07
  152. Jeffrey Garcia ——————————-17:16:06
  153. Orlando Ortinez —————————–17:16:16
  154. Reymond Bueno —————————–17:16:29
  155. Isagani Zuniga —————————— 17:16:50
  156. Chari Sevilla (Female)———————— 17:17:04
  157. Cheche Magramo (Female) ——————–17:17:40
  158. Rexie Mesina ——————————- 17:17:56
  159. Ener Calbang ——————————- 17:18:12
  160. Alwin Cuevas ——————————- 17:18:44
  161. Dan Panganiban —————————– 17:19:02
  162. Elmer Diaz ——————————— 17:20:28
  163. Roy Simon ——————————— 17:20:43
  164. Carlito Rudas Jr —————————– 17:21:01
  165. Robin Soriano —————————— 17:21:06
  166. Ted Mallen ——————————— 17:21:34
  167. Hygeia Chi (Female) ————————- 17:21:49
  168. Adelaida Laking (Female) ——————— 17:22:06
  169. DM Padilla ——————————— 17:22:20
  170. Laudencio Lictaoa ————————— 17:22:37
  171. Gerald Bulayungan ————————– 17:22:54
  172. Engelbert Pantig —————————- 17:23:16
  173. Peter Mars Tano —————————- 17:23:46
  174. John Mandy Caparas ————————- 17:25:12
  175. Phil Jannsen Santiago ———————— 17:25:19
  176. Bryan Mallari ——————————- 17:27:30
  177. Ricky Francisco —————————– 17:28:25
  178. Michael Pagcanlungan ———————– 17:28:33
  179. Gerly Santos (Female) ———————— 17:29:24
  180. Lourdes Maghuyop (Female) ——————- 17:29:37
  181. Mary Maureen Albaracin (Female) —————17:30:03
  182. Elmer Bob Tolete —————————–17:30:37
  183. Henry Laborde ——————————-17:30:52
  184. Hyna Nava (Female) ————————– 17:32:24
  185. Junmar Que ——————————— 17:33:09
  186. Joselito Rosales —————————— 17:33:26
  187. Michael Galas ——————————- 17:33:44
  188. John Robas ——————————— 17:34:01
  189. Boy Bernie Abrugan ————————– 17:34:51
  190. Jhun Salvador ——————————- 17:36:02
  191. Jay Alberinte ——————————– 17:36:14
  192. Alberto Sales ——————————- 17:36:32
  193. Rona Carandang (Female) ——————— 17:36:56
  194. Elmer Casauay —————————— 17:37:10
  195. Regil Gella ——————————— 17:37:27
  196. Ale Paez ———————————– 17:37:50
  197. Rodel Crisostomo ————————— 17:38:13
  198. Rogelio Palma —————————— 17:38:38
  199. Jonas Olandria —————————— 17:39:00
  200. Lorna Pagsiat (Female) ———————– 17:39:16
  201. Sally Lustina (Female) ————————17:39:29
  202. Mark Leonard Partoza ———————— 17:40:27
  203. Tina Aldaya (Female) ————————- 17:41:05
  204. Jinky Yray (Female) ————————– 17:41:31
  205. Arianne Legarte ——- ——————— 17:43:09
  206. Ma. Reina Serrano (Female) ——————- 17:48:26
  207. Dhonabel Castillo (Female) ——————– 17:49:43
  208. Eva Marie Soquena (Female) ——————-17:50:17
  209. Manuel Remandaban ————————-17:53:15
  210. Ma. Sharon Pedro (Female) ——————–17:53:41
  211. Fernando Onnon —————————- 17:57:41
  212. John Paul Navarete ————————–17:57:51
Congratulations To All The Finishers!!!




Official Results: 6th Taklang Damulag 100-Mile/50-Mile Endurance Runs (2016)

13 12 2016

2016 (6th) Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run

5:00 AM December 10, 2016 To 3:00 PM December 11, 2016

Start & Finish Area: SOCOM Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Philippines

Course Cut-Off Time: 34 Hours

Number Of Starters: 10 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 2 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 20%

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Starters Of Taklang Damulag 100 & 50-Mile Endurance Runs

RANK                           NAME                                    TIME (Hours)

  1. Gibo Malvar (Champion, Overall) ———–33:51:20
  2. Graciano Santos (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—-33:51:23
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Overall Champion Gibo Malvar

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Overall 1st Runner-Up Graciano Santos

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2016 (6th) Taklang Damulag 50-Mile Endurance Run

Start & Finish Area: SOCOM Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Philippines

Number Of Starters: 6 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 4 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 66.66%

RANK                 NAME                                      TIME (Hours)

  1. Thomas Combisen (Champion, Overall) ——–12:57:59
  2. Alfredo Peralta (1st Runner-Up, Overall)——–16:42:10
  3. Tess Leono (Champion, Female) —————16:43:20
  4. Kathleen Piñero (1st Runner-Up, Female) ——-17:52:47
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Overall Champion Thomas Combisen

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Female Champion Tess Leono

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Note: Photos Courtesy Of Dhan Punzalan 

Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/dhae.punzalan/media_set?set=a.10154034637236975.1073742096.655141974&type=3&pnref=story





Race Report: 2016 Clark-Miyamit 50-Mile Ultra Trail Run (CM50)

4 12 2016

Race Report: 2016 Clark-Miyamit 50-Mile Ultra Trail Run

The goal to attain for this race is simply to finish my fourth (4th) consecutive finish in this race. I admit I did not train well/properly for this race as compared to my previous editions. I considered this race as part of my training for next year’s Tarawera 100K in Rotuora, New Zealand where most of my training runs on the previous months were on the paved roads except for those trails runs I had in Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan last Octoder. My longest run for this race was the “back-to-back” Subic Marathon 42K on a Saturday and then a 10K run the following day which was held two weeks before this race. And since that weekend, I never had a chance to run/hike the necessary vertical distance needed for this event. In short, I did not have “consistency” in my training.

As usual, I only appear at the starting area two-three hours before the Start/Gun Start for my Race Packet Pick-Up and Mandatory Gear Check-Up. I don’t usually go to the usual Race Briefing and scheduled Race Packet Pick-Up. After my Mandatory Gear-Check-Up, I was back to my vehicle and tried to sleep for the remaining hours before the Gun Start. One hour before the Gun Start, I ate my last meal before the race with my extra “Jason Koop’s Rice Balls” with a CarboPro Drinks. I knew that this meal will last me for the next 2 hours after the race had started.

Fifteen minutes before the race started, I was at the Starting Arc and it was time to see some of the international runners and the “usual suspects” in trail running in the country. I could see new faces and younger runners among the crowd. Some would greet me and ask for group picture with me and I would also greet those runners whom I would see in other running events. After the usual “Start Briefing” of the RD, it was time to switch on my headlamp and GPS Watch!

Pak!!! The Gun Start had sounded and I was at the upper one-third of the runners. It was a fast start on the first mile and I think I was having a speed of 5.5 miles per hour and I tried to slow down! It is always the case in my previous two editions that I ended gasping for breath by the time I reached the trailhead towards the river. It was good it was a downhill that I was able to recover and slowed down with my pace.

Running along the river full of lahar was effortless as there were no water to wet our shoes for the first 5 kilometres. But on the first chance that my shoes was immersed on the river for the first time, I could sense that not much of the lahar went inside my shoes. The shoe gaiter that I was wearing was preventing those powdery lahar sand from entering my shoes! I was using a New Balance RC1400V4 which is a Racing Flat and I was happy that my shoes was very light even if it was wet and I could also feel that it would dry up quicker than my usual trail shoes. The only drawback is that if the trail is muddy and sticky, I need to be careful and slow with my footing!

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With George Dolores At The Peak Of Mt Miyamit (Turn-Around Point)

At the Aid Station #1 (Km #7), I had my water refilled in my handheld bottle. By the way, I was using two handheld water bottles, one bottle is half-filled with water and the other one on my right was empty with only CarboPro Powder Mix in it. I knew that I could survive a half-filled water bottle in between Aid Stations except for the distance between AS4 and to the Peak of Mt Miyamit and back to AS4 which has a total distance of 20 kilometres. This is where I would start to fill up my bottle with a CarboPro mix and carry two bottles filled with water and powder mix. If I still lack the necessary water along this segment, I brought my Life Straw and “hope and pray” that a stream of water is still present flowing along this segment of the route where I can refill my water bottle. Every year, I would do this ritual along this segment of the route!

From Aid Station #1, I knew already what to expect——more sand/lahar filled dirt roads/trails; cemented stair; lots of steep descents and ascents; flat trails at the edge of sugar cane plantation; crossing the wide Pasig-Potrero River; the tunnel at the SCTEX; and then to Barangay Sapang Uwak. At the Pasig-Potrero River, there was not much of the flowing water but there was a very short river crossing where the depth is almost to my waist and the current was too strong that one has to grab a rope that was tied across the said river. Before reaching the Aid Station #2, I brought out a pack of my “Jason Koop’s” Rice Ball where one plastic pack container is filled with at least 3-piece equivalent of such balls and I had to eat it all for my first food intake on the race. I finished the water on my handheld bottle on my left palm as I approached the next Aid Station. It was still dark and did not spend much time in the Aid Station.

Since it was downhill from the AS2, I tried to run and maintain my pace all the way up to the center of Barangay Sapang Uwak. I did not have any problems with my Headlight as I have programmed the illumination rate or burning time to reach up to 15 hours of continuous lighting. Finally, a marshal signalled me to enter a detour part of the course which the first time it was introduced in this year’s edition. Instead of running uphill towards the Barangay Hall where the next Aid Station was located along a paved road, the RD deemed it necessary to avoid the cemented road. It was a good move to maintain the name of the event as an ultra trail run but….it made the course harder this time!

I call this “detour” as the “Stairway To Heaven” because after you pass this section, your curses and calls for all the Saints to help you while trekking on this trail, you will finally say that the Aid Station #3 as “Heaven” once you reach it. In the darkness of the night, I could feel that the distance of the detour is about 3-4 miles but in reality, it is only 2 kilometres of rolling terrain and with steep ascents that look like you are already “kissing” the ground. It was good there were diggings on the ground that resemble as stairs on this steep slope of the mountain. On the way back, one has to be very careful in going down on this slope that a misstep might bring you rolling down out of the newly built trail. I have to roll down the straps of my handheld bottles to my wrists and make use of my hands to grab anything on the ground for stability and balance.

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New Balance Racing Flats

From AS3, I hiked and tried to recover from the exhaustion I felt after reaching this part of the route. I just covered a distance of 24 kilometres and I felt that my energy was completely zapped at this point. How could it be? I still have 63 kilometers to go and I felt like I was about to quit. It was good it was still dark and cold. The breeze of the air; fresh air to breath and the presence of the fog gave me the strength to push myself. While hiking, I did a lot of deep-breathing and I just thought that with the fresh air that I was breathing, I would regain my strength! That was what I did until I met the first runner from 60K race! I was amazed by these runners who were about to go back to where we started and it was still dark as compared to the previous editions that I could comfortably and clearly see the faces of those leading runners. I would have thought that there will be course record to be broken again.

Finally, I reached Aid Station #4 and knowing the names of the Volunteers and being ultrarunning friends, I was treated like a “king” where they would serve me everything that I needed. After making sure I mixed my CarboPro with water on my right handheld bottle, I was on my way to the peak/turn-around point which is 10K distance and then back to this AS4 for a total of 20 kilometres. I slowly hiked from the AS4 as it is uphill and then tried to jog on the descents and flat portions of this segment.

As I was passing on a sharp-curved and narrow single track trail, I outbalance myself and my leading foot landed on a cliff and my whole body just fell off the cliff. I was quick to make my handheld bottles as my anchor to whatever or thing that would prevent me from falling to the bottom of the cliff. I was able to stop my body from falling but I need to lift my body to a distance of about 4 feet to reach the level of the trail. Knowing that a runner was trailing me behind for about 10-15 meters, I just rested myself with my body flat on the cliff and tried to observe if there was any pain in my body (making sure I did not incur any wounds or fractures!) while waiting for the next runner to see me on the cliff. The runner stopped and he asked, “Sir, what happened?”. And I said. “I fell!!!” He immediately pointed the tips of his trekking poles to the direction of my hands and I was able to grab them. I was able to reach the level of the trail with the runner pulling his trekking poles towards him and I was okey. I thanked the runner and asked him to just go ahead of me as I would hike and try to feel if my body was okey to finish the race. I felt some numb pain on my right quads and my groin muscles were starting to have cramps! I slowed down and took some time to drink my CarboPro and take in some salt tablets while walking towards the turn-around point.

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LifeStraw a.k.a. Life Saver

It took me 3 hours to reach the peak after I left AS4 with all the fall, slow pace & cramping after the fall and a brief rest at the Peak. From here, I have 8 hours to reach and cross the Finish Line. I knew I could make it with more time to spare as long as I keep on moving. Halfway before reaching AS4, I was already in need of water as I usually drink a lot on this portion of the course plus the fact that the heat of the sun was starting to be felt inside the forested areas. I had to reach that stream of water and scoop some water into my handheld water bottle. Once I reached the stream, I have to walk upstream for about 3 meters and got some from the flowing water. It was time to use the Life Straw that was tucked inside one of my shorts’ pockets. I have to use the Life Straw twice to sip the water inside my hydration bottle. The said water gave me the necessary strength to bring my body to the AS4.

At the AS4, I took some time to rest; eat my rice balls and have my bottles refilled with water before going down to the Miyamit Falls. As compared to my previous finishes, I usually go down directly to the Falls once I reach the AS4. Not this time due to exhaustion and my accidental fall on a cliff. I usually calculate at least one hour to be spent in going down; resting at the Falls; and going back to AS4…and that has happened again in this year’s edition.

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Optional Pose At The Miyamit Falls

The volunteers manning the AS4 were kind enough help every runner passing or dropping by their station and they even go to the extent of giving more what was served on the table. Those “reserved” Coconut Water Drinks did wonders to my tired body that I was able to drink almost half of the bottle-pack! Thank you, guys!

From AS4, it was all downhill but the heat of the sun was on us, thus, preventing us to have a continuous run. It was a jog-walk-jog routine from this point and maintain a relentless forward motion making sure I would be able to cross the finish line within the prescribed cut-off time of 18 hours! It was a matter of time before we could reach AS3 which I call “Heaven”! At this point I joined 3 runners ( one male & two female) and I had a lengthy conversation with an ultra friend, Ariel Tuto Aquino who is also gunning for his 4th successive finish. In our calculation, we would be able to finish the race in 17 hours and some spare minutes.

At AS3, I just refilled my hydration bottles and drank some soda offered by a friend and then left the AS3 alone. It was a very deliberate hike in going down along the “Stairway To Heaven” and I was glad my NB Racing Flats had enough traction to hold me from sliding on those steep parts of the trail. However, I felt the sole portion of my feet were starting to cramp (first time to experience!) due to the very thin support on my forefoot. Once the cramps would appear, I would slow down with my pace and simply walk until the pain disappeared. Finally, I was at the cemented road inside Barangay Sapang Uwak and I continued to battle the exhaustion and pain until I saw some of the runners ahead of me having a rest/drinking ice cold drinks in one of the sari-sari stores in the barangay. I just continued with my jog as I knew I had a little “buffer” time for this race as I was thinking of those steep climbs before AS1 where I usually weaken in previous editions.

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Approaching AS2 Towards The Finish Line (Km #70)

Patience to alternately jog, run and hike was the smartest things to do from AS3 to AS2 even with the heat of the sun was upon us. It was just a matter of time before we ( I was trying to catch-up with two runners in front of me) would reach the AS2 which is actually 17 kilometers away from the Finish Line. In my estimate, I had only 30 minutes as a “buffer time” which I knew would be enough for me to cross the finish line. I did not spend much time at the AS2 after I refilled my bottles. It is time to attack those steep descents and ascents before reaching AS1. I really slowed down on these portions because my hike was too deliberate using my hands as anchor to prevent me from sliding and use them too in propelling myself to go up on the steep ascents. I guess, I lacked some training on these situations during those weeks and months before this event. I hope to be smarter next time.

Upon reaching the AS1, which is 7 kilometres to the finish line, I still have 1:15 minutes to tackle such distance and I was confident to cross the finish line before the 18th hour knowing that there is only one easy ascent at the trailhead before reaching the paved roads of Clark. Unfortunately, on the last one mile with 15 minutes to go, I sped up my pace and went straight on the intersection where I should have turned RIGHT. It was too late to realise that I was lost at this point. So, I simply finished (beyond the cut-off time) and reported to the staff at the Finish Line that I got lost. I was still awarded the Finisher’s Medal and the Finisher’s Trucker Cap without the Finisher’s Shirt.

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Approaching AS1 Towards The Finish Line (Looking worried!)

For sure, I will be back for my “graduation rites” next year in this event.

To be continued…

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Finisher’s Trucker Cap & 4th CM 50 Finisher’s Medal





Thomas Combisen Sets Philippines’ Course Record In 24-Hour Endurance Run In Taiwan

25 11 2016

Thomas Combisen, the lone representative of the Philippines, finished and set a National Course Record at the 2016 IAU Asia & Oceania 24-Hour Endurance Run held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan last November 19-20, 2016. He officially represented the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU), the National Federation on Ultrarunning, and was invited by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) to join this yearly event. He ranked #8 among the 27 International Runners with a total distance of 203.45 Kilometers covered during the duration of 24 hours of continuous running. The international runners represented the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Chinese Taiwan, and the Philippines.

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Loop Course of 1.75 Kilometers Around The Kaohsiung National Stadium (World Games Arena)

Thomas Combisen qualified to join this prestigious running event for being a consistent Champion and Podium Finisher in PAU Races for the past years. He won in all the 200-Km+ distance races; set the Course Record for the Manila To Baguio 250K Race in 38:59:53 hours; and about to be awarded as one of the three candidates for the PAU 200K Grand Slam Award and to be considered as the Champion in this 4-event race as he won the past three races, namely, West To East 280K Run, Manila To Baguio 250K Run, and the North Coast 200-Mile Race.

Thomas Combisen is a native of Sagada, Mountain Province and works as a Civil Engineer in one of the Land Developers in Metro Manila and suburbs. He had been an active member of the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners for the past three years.

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Thomas Combisen @ The Starting Area

The Letter of Invitation from the IAU and the Chinese Taipei Ultramarathon Federation, as the Host and Race Organizer was officially received by the PAU last August of this year and Thomas Combisen was chosen and informed that he will represent the country in this international ultra marathon event with three (3) months of focused training. Major General Jovenal Narcise AFP (Retired), President of the PAU met with Thomas as soon as the Invitation was received and he informed him of the details of the race, how he will train and prepare for the race, and for him not to worry of the expenses for the travel, accommodation in Taiwan, and other logistics needs for him to join the race. He was advised to prepare his travel papers (passport) and PAU will support for his visa application for Taiwan. On a weekly basis, Thomas was advised to report on the progress of his training to the President of PAU.

The 2016 IAU Asia & Oceania 24-Hour Championship Endurance Run was held on November 19-20, 2016 at the World Games Stadium Area in Kaohsiung, Taiwan with 27 International Runners from IAU-sanctioned National Federations and 450 Local & Foreign Runners under the Open Category. The race started at 3:00 PM of Saturday and ended at 3:00 PM on the following day, Sunday. Runners had to run a loop course with a distance of 1.75 kilometers. The loop course has two RFID timing mats placed at the Start/Finish and at the midway of the loop course that would record the time of the runner, the number of loops and distance the runner has covered during the event. The loop course has two Aid Stations and other amenities that the runner could use during the event. Pacers were not allowed and competing runners were not allowed to pace each other for the duration of two loops. Such violation would result to immediate disqualification of the runners.

Our main goal in this race was for Thomas to finish at least 200 kilometers during the duration of 24 hours just for him to gain experience.

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First 12 Hours of Running

On the first two loops, Thomas was leading the race with a comfortable pace of 8:30+ minutes per loop and he told me that he felt easy on the pace and I advised him to just maintain the said pace and make sure to hydrate as often as possible. On the third loop, most of the international runners (IAU-sanctioned runners) started to speed up their pace until Thomas landed on the 4th place on the 5th hour of the race since it started. During the nighttime running, he maintained the ranking of #6. He finished 100 kilometres in 10 hours and 40 minutes and I advised him that our main goal of reaching 200 is doable.

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Last 10 Minutes Of The Race

Thomas crossed the Start/Finish RFID mat with 200 kilometers covered with one hour before 3:00 PM and I advised him to just have his recovery run until the horn was sounded to officially end the event. As the event ended with sound of horn and gun fired, Thomas was able to officially register a distance of 203.45 kilometres and placed overall #8 among the 27 International Runners.

As a result, Thomas Combisen had officially set a National Record for a Filipino Runner with a distance of 203.453 kilometres with a pace of 7:05 minutes per kilometre for a 24-Hour Endurance Run.

The following is the Official Result on the Podium Finishers (Top 3 runners) among the IAU-sanctioned International Runner with their respective pace:

For the Male Category:

Barry Loveday (Australia)——235.868 kilometers (6:05 min/km)
Takayoshi Shigemi (Japan) ——230.868 kilometers (6:14 min/km)
John Pearson (Australia) ——224.849 kilometers (6:24 min/km)

For the Female Category:

Nikki Wynd (Australia) ——209.497 kilometers (6:52 min/km)
Nicole Barker (Australia) ——205.995 kilometers (7:00 min/km)
Sharon Scholz (Australia) ——189.173 kilometers (7:37 min/km)

Thomas Combisen’s performance on his first international exposure in IAU-sanctioned Championship Races is considered as a success and excellent performance on his part and whole RP Team. Our participation to these kind of events will continue despite the lack of corporate sponsors and financial support coming from the Government.

From the words of Thomas Combisen, he said, “Sir, if not for you, my dream to join an international running event would remain as a dream and I will remember this experience throughout the rest of my life as this is something very special to me and priceless that money could never, never ever buy!” I just smiled and replied to him, “This is just the beginning of your international exposure as more races will come in the future. Keep your feet on the ground and keep on improving on your training as I have plans already for you to join the 2017 edition of this race!”

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Thomas Displaying His Finisher’s Certificate & Finisher’s Medal

Congratulations, Thomas Combisen!





Race Report: 11th Subic International Marathon & 10K Fun Run (2016)

17 11 2016

Race Report: 11th Subic International Marathon & 10K Fun Run (2016)

This is my third time to join this very challenging marathon race. If you can see the cover picture of this blog, it was during one the earlier editions of this race. The picture was taken at the point overlooking the Subic Airport and the Subic Bay. The second time I joined this event was when the route covered the Subic-Clark Expressway from Floridablanca Exit to Remy Field, Subic Freeport. Since then, I never had the urge or plan to join this event even if it is near my “playground”.

I decided to join this race a day before the race as part of my “back-to-back” weekend run in order to evaluate my training for the previous weeks which was concentrated on “hill repeats” and tempo runs. Knowing the Race Founder who happens to be a Retired General of the Philippine National Police and a Cavalier from the Philippine Military Academy, I was able to get slots/Race Bibs for the 42K Race which is held on the early evening of Saturday and a 10K Run Bib for the following morning of Sunday.

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Subic International Marathon Logo & Ads Poster

Marathon Race 42K (5:00 PM, Saturday, November 12, 2016)

A simple lapse on my part (maybe, it’s because I am getting older already) made me go back from Subic to where I left my iPods and Headphone as they are parts of my race goals and this lapse made me miss the Race Start by 10 minutes! Nevertheless, I knew that the Race Bib has a RFID and my Chip Time would start once I step on the RFID Mat placed on the Starting Line. General Samson Tucay, the Race Founder, was the one who handed me my Bib and wished me “Good Luck” as I left the Starting Area!

My race goal was to finish the race below 5 hours; attack aggressively the uphills by not walking; focused on maintaining my speed/pace; and regularly hydrating myself with water and regularly taking my Power Gels, Salt Sticks, and making sure that I have always some Coffee Candies in my mouth.

I consider this Marathon Race as the Toughest Marathon in the country because of its elevation profile. Two-thirds of the course are hilly (some consider them as mountainous!) and the dark surroundings slows most of the runners but the early evening breeze coming from the sea and the forest in the mountains is very refreshing. If I remember right, this is the very same running and bike route where “world champions” in triathlon were being trained under the tutelage of the famous Triathlon Coach Brett Sutton. Subic Freeport as a training ground was mentioned in the book of Chrissie Wellington and other Triathlon Olympic Champions. This was also my favourite road running playground when I prepare for my Marathon and Half Marathon Races in the past!

I was relaxed and composed when I left the Starting Line and maintained an easy pace with an effort range of 4-6 (from 1-10, where 10 is the most effort exerted) up to Km 5. At this point, I was able to pass two Aid Stations already where I had to take some sip of water that would wash down my saliva mixed with coffee candy. I started to switch on my headlight and EyeCatcher blinking lights strapped on my right and left wrists! It is also at this point where I had to pass the last runner that left the Starting Line 10 minutes ahead of me! As I start to get near the road intersection going to No Hands Beach, I overtook some male runners who were already walking. I started to pick up my pace as I was about to tackle the first uphill climb overlooking the Subic Airstrip and the Subic Bay. At the vicinity of the Airport’s Terminal, I would pass again some runners. At the second uphill climb near the APEC Executive Mansions, I would pass again a group of runners who were walking uphill. I never stopped on these uphill climbs making sure that I would be able to maintain my pace/speed.

The McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Hamburger which I ingested few minutes before I started the race gave me the power and strength to reach the “roller coaster” part of the course (Km 8-20) without having the feeling of getting weak. It was only after I reached the turn-around point (Mile #13) at the Ocean Adventure that I decided to ingest my first GU Gel, however, in every hour I would ingest at least two Salt Sticks while maintaining that my mouth and tongue have some coffee candies to play around. The GU Gel immediately kicked-in that I have to continuously attack the uphill climb up to the Subic’s Morong Gate and then back up to the Airport. I had my 2nd GU Gel on the last 8 kilometres to the Finish Line!

From the turn-around point, I registered a time of 2:15 hours (in my Garmin Watch) and I was happy. Knowing that I might not be able to have a negative split due to fatigue or some kind of incoming muscle cramps, I was contented that I would finish the race in 4:40-4:50 hours. At Km 32, my Garmin Watch registered a time of 3:40+ and I kept trying to increase my pace trying to push myself for a faster pace but I felt that between Km 36-38, I slowed down due to some technical problems with my iPod’s music (I found out later that it was going on a Low Power Mode as my new AKG headset needs a stronger source of power). Instead of listening to my erratic music, I opted to count my steps and do my “strides” (40 seconds fast, 20 seconds recovery) all the way to the finish line. I registered a time of 4:54:30 hours with my Garmin GPS Watch. It was almost 10:00 PM in the evening and I had spent some time to speak to the Race Organizers after crossing the finish line and greet some of my Ultrarunners who joined the race!

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Nearing The Finish Line

 

10K Fun Run (6:00 AM, Sunday, November 13, 2016)

All I needed was to sleep at least 4 hours after the Marathon Race and then woke up early in the morning on the following day (Sunday) for the 6:00 AM Gun Start for the 10K Fun Run. I made sure to be early and I was at the starting line 20 minutes before the scheduled Start Time. I joined the Opening Program with a Prayer; Speech from the Race Organizer; and some Dance Calisthenics of which I enjoyed doing as part of my stretching exercises. If you think I did not have any sore muscles after the Marathon Race, you are wrong! I really needed those dance steps and jumping as my way of stretching my sore muscles!

The 10K and 7K runners were led to the Chute at the Oval Track where the Starting Line was located. I placed myself two meters behind the starting line and waited for the starting gun. I made my last wave to the Race Organizers and they acknowledge my presence before the Gun was fired.

Bang!!! I started to jog as I was able to find a space which was not crowded by the runners around me in about 20 meters. As I left the Remy Field Oval Track towards Rizal Street, I was already passing some runners and most of them were lady runners. The 10K route is the same first 5K of the Marathon Race and it was relatively flat. It was a matter of time before I would reach the turn-around point at Km 5.

At Km 4, a runner who is 10-15 years younger than me passed as I was approaching a bridge and he was the only one who passed me throughout the race. As I got nearer to the turn-around point, I started to count the number of runners whom I was meeting as they are on their way to the Finish Line. As I passed the turn-around point, I counted myself as the #64 and continued to run; tried to increase my pace and making sure that I would take a sip of water on those last Aid Stations towards the Finish Line. At this point, I was happy that I was registering 6.2 to 6.4 miles per hour as my speed. I was already sure that I would register a sub-one hour finish to this race.

Along the way back to the Finish Line, I was no longer sure if the runners I would be passing were the runners of 10K, 7K, or 5K. What was important in my mind was to be able to finish the race in less than one hour. As soon as I was running in front of the Subic Yatch Club Building (last 500 meters), I was already sure that I would be able to attain my goal.

Finally, I crossed the Finish Line in 58:30 minutes! I survived the race with only 6 pieces of Coffee Candies and sip of water in every Aid Station.

After my shower and eating my breakfast, I slept and rested the whole day. I am blessed and thankful to the Almighty Lord that I was able to finish my “Back-to-Back” weekend runs as part of my training for my incoming races.

Things That Helped Me Finish These Races:

  1. Three weeks of focused “Hill Repeats” and Tempo Runs leading to the event. Hill Repeats (on the middle of the week) are done at the middle of the workout at least once a week——The workout starts with an Easy Pace for one mile or 2K and then do “hill repeats” which would last for about 2-3 minutes from the bottom to the peak of the hill at 8-9 pace effort (where 1 is simply walking and 10 is my fastest pace). Jog easily in going back to the bottom of the hill. Do at least 8-10 repetitions. And then jog for 1 mile or 2K to end the workout. As for Tempo Runs, jog/run easily for the 1st mile, then at the middle of the run, do 10-minute tempo run (7-8 pace effort) with 5-minute recovery, do 2-3 repetitions of this 10-minute tempo runs, and then finish with 1 mile or 2K easy pace.
  2. Recovery Runs. In between these “Hill Repeats” and “Tempo Run” days, I would do recovery runs which has 5-8 pace effort which covers a total distance of 7-8 miles to include 10 repetitions of “strides” (40-second “burst” of fast pace and recovery for 20-second easy jog) before my last mile for the workout. These recovery runs are done on the trails.
  3. Long Runs. My longest run was the Rockstar MGM 50K Trail Run in Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan where I finished in 8:45+hours in a brutal and challenging course three weeks before this event. The succeeding weekends were done along the road for a distance of 20K. Before I hit my last mile in these long runs, I would do 10 repetitions of “strides”. However, in these road runs, I would do some “slower” tempo runs that would last for 30 minutes in every 10K. This is where I try my nutrition & hydration strategy and try my running gears to include my lighting system.
  4. No Cross-Training. For two sessions, I just did some selected Pilates poses to strengthen my core muscles. No strength training. No Gym workouts.
  5. Always remember that a Marathon Race or 10K Fun Run is a “speed-endurance” running event where a serious runner does not need to walk during the race. Actually, in Marathon Races and Fun Runs, I usually walk 1-2 meters before I pick up those cups filled with water in the Aid Stations and then walk again for about 3 meters away from the Aid Station while taking a sip of water. In the hilly portions of the course, I would not stop running and try to quicken my pace as if I was doing my “hill repeats” during my training. And that was my “secret” why I looked like I was a very strong runner during the event as what was seen by those runners whom I passed along the course. As gathered from my Garmin Watch and other GPS Watches from my friends who finished this event, the course has a total elevation gain of almost 1,500 feet!
  6. Race Light. Everybody would notice that I would use Running Shorts with an inseam of 2.5 inches in my latest races with “cropped” muscle shirt with holes. It is because I was able to reduce or shave off some grams from my running attire. Try to compare a “wet” cropped muscle shirt with holes from another “wet” full singlet or full race shirt (with sleeves) by holding them each with both hands or weighing them in a weight scale. You will find out how many grams you will be lighter during the run. No Buff or neck gaiters. No Calf Sleeves. No hydration bottle. I was using a Merrell Light Racing Shoes and Light Drymax Socks. I was wearing a Petzl Light which is 115 grams and a Headset which is about 30 grams, weights that are very negligible. Just do the math. If you can save at least 100 grams in your racing weight with 42,000+ jumps alternately with your feet, your legs will be lighter and the tendency for some muscle cramps to occur will be farfetched, assuming that you trained properly. Lastly, in a Marathon Race, leave your Cellphone behind!
  7. Hipster Belt. My Coffee Candies, Salt Sticks, GU Gels, and Power Bar were stashed in the pockets of my Hipster Belt. It became also as my “sweat absorbent” keeping my socks and shoes dry from my perspiration.
  8. Safety & Lighting Gears. The blinking wrist straps from EyeCatcher and PETZL Headlight is a “must” during a Marathon Race being held during nighttime.
  9. Music. Finally, I was able to finally search for and buy a very light, reliable, and of good quality headphone from AKG By Harman (Model: Y30). In the past, I would only use those cheap “ear-plug” headphones during my training runs but they could not stay steady in my ears and that was the reason why I don’t use any headphone in races. Music greatly helped me to motivate myself to keep on going and I would consider it as one of the factors that made me finished the race fresh and focused.
  10. Familiarity of the Course. Having trained and raced in this course for the past years, I knew what to expect ahead of me along the course even during nighttime. Even if it was not part of my plan this year to join this race, I am confident that I could easily make this race as part of my training workout. Having said this, I would make it a point to join this event every year as part of my mountain trail ultra training.
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Very Happy!!!

After I crossed the Finish Line at the Marathon Race, I was able to talk to General Sam Tucay and the rest of his staff. He lamented that he is not getting any profit from this event and its advocacy through the years even if it is already on its 11th edition. He was telling me that he is considering the idea of ending it as an annual event. On my part, I told him that he should not shelve the event and continue it as an annual event even if he considers it as not profitable. It will take some time to make his event as a popular marathon race as the years go by.

On my part, I did not tell him that I will be coming with this Race Report with an appeal to my ultra running friends and members of PAU to consider this event as part of their ultra running workout.

If you are a serious ultrarunner or training for a fast marathon race, you have to include this event as an evaluation or assessment race for your incoming A-races.





Official Result: 4th WEST COAST 200K Ultra Marathon Race (2016)

31 10 2016

4th WEST COAST 200K (Single Stage) Ultra Marathon Race

Starting Area: Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport, Olongapo City

Finish Area: Barangay Lucap Port, Alaminos City (Pangasinan)

Start Time: 5:00 AM October 29, 2016

Finish Time: 5:00 AM October 31, 2016

Cut-Off Time: 48 Hours

Number Of Starters: 23 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 20 Runners

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Starting Line @ Remy Field Oval Track, Subic Freeport, Olangapo City

RANK                                 NAME                          TIME (Hrs)

  1. Ludovico Librilla (Overall Champion) —–35:34:21
  2. Armando Olan (1st Runner-Up, Overall) —–37:17:25
  3. Dondon Talosig (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —–37:21:59
  4. Glenn Rosales ———————————- 38:43:05
  5. Ildebrando Yap ——————————- 38:43:10
  6. Gibo Malvar ———————————– 39:32:00
  7. Samuel Manigul —————————— 39:32:05
  8. Rod Losabia ———————————– 39:34:43
  9. Roselle Abajo (Female Champion) ———- 39:37:09
  10. Jonathan Moleta —————————— 40:01:26
  11. Remy Caasi (1st Runner-Up, Female) —— 40:37:30
  12. Rolan Cera ————————————- 40:38:18
  13. Tina Aldaya (2nd Runner-Up, Female) —– 41:03:13
  14. Fer De Leon ———————————— 42:01:29
  15. Reese Rogel (Female) ————————- 45:37:54
  16. Jonathan Banaag —————————— 45:40:38
  17. Bien Alcala ————————————- 45:41:45
  18. Elmer Caballes ——————————– 45:42:32
  19. Jeramy Blas ———————————– 46:56:09
  20. Ken Molina ———————————— 46:56:20
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Overall Champion Ludovico Librilla

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Female Champion Roselle Abajo

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Hundred Islands Arc & Wharf

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Alaminos Beacon Light

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Congratulations To All The Finishers!








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