Official Result: 2nd North Coast 200-Mile Ultra Marathon Run (2017)

15 05 2017

2017/2nd Edition of North Coast 200-Mile Ultra Marathon Race

Starting Place: In Front of the Provincial Capitol of Ilocos Norte/Laoag City

Gun Start: 12:01 AM May 11, 2017

Finish Line: La Perla Inn, Barangay Zinungan, Santa Ana, Cagayan

Finish Time: 12:01 AM May 14, 2017

Cut-Off Time: 72 Hours

Number Of Starters: 10 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 10 Finishers

Percentage Of Finish: 100%

2nd North Coast 00

Ten Runners At The Starting Line

RANK                    NAME                           TIME (Hrs)

  1. Bong Dizon (Overall Champion, Course Record) —-61:22:33
  2. Dondon Talosig (1st Runner-Up, Overall, CR) —–62:35:01
  3. Eric Cruz (2nd Runner-Up, Overall, CR) —–62:41:40
  4. Rhoda Caballero-Oporto (Female Champion, Course Record) —-62:48:16
  5. Rolan Cera ———————————– 67:19:15
  6. Remy Caasi (1st Runner-Up, Female) ———67:19:42
  7. Jon Borbon —————————— 69:06:14
  8. Gibo Malvar —————————- 69:37:45
  9. Fer De Leon —————————- 70:09:10
  10. Rose Betonio (2nd Runner-Up, Female) —— 70:48:28
2nd North Coast 01

Overall Champion & New Course Record Holder Bong Dizon

2nd North Coast 02

Female Champion & New Course Record Holder Rhoda Caballero-Oporto

Congratulations to all the Finishers and to their Support Crew.

See you in the next edition of this event (2018)!





Official Result: 11th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N 50K)

1 05 2017

Official Result: 2017 (11th Edition) Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race

4:00 AM April 30, 2017 To 1:00 PM April 30, 2017

From Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City To PETRON Gas Station, Nasugbu, Batangas

Cut-Off Time: 9 Hours

Number Of Starters: 289 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 287 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 99.3%

RANK                NAME                         TIME (Hours)

  1. Jeffrey Galicio (Overall Champion) —–3:56:46
  2. Joseph Gentoleo (1st Runner-Up, Overall) —-4:11:43
  3. Thomas Combisen (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —-4:23:45
  4. George Cabillo ——————–4:41:44
  5. Allan Merlin ———————4:44:47
  6. Ace Rodriguez ——————4:51:48
  7. Junifer Frenila —————4:54:10
  8. Leo Penas ——————–4:58:47
  9. Raffy Barolo —————-5:00:05
  10. Reynold Enriquez ——–5:08:27
  11. Gil Cunanan —————-5:17:24
  12. Michelle Manila (Champion, Female) ———5:23:55
  13. Antonio Arenas, Jr ——–5:25:12
  14. Jovic Villacortes ———–5:25:52
  15. Inia Diana Cayabyab (1st Runner-Up, Female) —-5:26:17
  16. Edward Agdamag ———5:27:27
  17. Isidro Labrador Prado —–5:28:46
  18. Reynante Gacusan ———5:30:38
  19. Juanito Centino ————–5:31:28
  20. Marlon Puno —————–5:35:26
  21. Jan Bequillo —————–5:36:28
  22. Angelo Rodriguez ——–5:36:29
  23. Sherwin Bargos ———-5:37:26
  24. Desrei Balla —————5:38:54
  25. Lucio Dimayuga ——–5:39:40
  26. Richard Antonio ——–5:40:55
  27. Levie Sinatad ———–5:41:52
  28. Michael Serapio ——-5:42:40
  29. Jeneth Silvestre (2nd Runner-Up, Female) —-5:44:15
  30. Virgilio Diaz, Sr. ——–5:44:35
  31. Michael Natanauan ——-5:46:07
  32. Noel Bautista ————5:49:50
  33. Marwell Sta Ana ——-5:51:10
  34. Nino Tammy Rexis ——-5:51:21
  35. Joey Alcantara ————5:53:17
  36. Rogelio Vicente Reyes Jr ——5:53:36
  37. Sandy Alentajan ———-5:53:56
  38. John Arman Perez ——–5:55:15
  39. Boyet Ligas ————-5:55:26
  40. Marlon Bobby Ruba ——-5:56:09
  41. Jaime Sanchez, Jr ———5:56:24
  42. Mark Eiro ——–5:57:40
  43. Jong Morales ——-5:58:45
  44. Joel Pradia ———5:59:39
  45. Peter Lloyd Molera ———5:59:52
  46. Yulo Paytone ———6:01:34
  47. Mark David Elpedes ——-6:02:04
  48. Porsha Rhia Lai (Female) ——–6:02:23
  49. Meliton Carag ———-6:02:26
  50. Jaypee Ian Boral ——-6:03:30
  51. Mandoy Cariaga ——-6:06:22
  52. Archie Licuanan ——-6:08:14
  53. Marielle Magramo (Female) —-6:08:15
  54. John Earl Susano ——-6:09:17
  55. Obeth Malana ——6:09:53
  56. Richard Gy ———6:10:21
  57. Rod Losabia ——–6:10:39
  58. Griffin Gonzales ——-6:11:21
  59. Edison Dantes ———6:11:55
  60. Arthur Saveron ——-6:13:52
  61. El Portillo ———–6:15:32
  62. Bernard Balagtas ——6:15:33
  63. Jun Valerio ———–6:15:34
  64. Hector Valerio ——6:15:38
  65. Ryan Fabie ———-6:18:21
  66. Jerome Caasi ——-6:18:30
  67. Jeselle Gardoci (Female) ——6:18:35
  68. Ramil Dumantay ——–6:18:50
  69. Hilbert Garganta ———6:19:10
  70. Francis Arnaldo Rivera —–6:20:56
  71. Ronald Reyes ———-6:21:09
  72. Ariel Abedong ——–6:24:10
  73. Eduardo Magpoc ——6:24:14
  74. Susan Lauron (Female) —–6:24:30
  75. Ronnie Gallero ———6:24:40
  76. Gay Beltran (Female) ——6:25:03
  77. Gen Calub (Female) ———6:25:26
  78. Jonel De Ocampo ———-6:25:48
  79. Joel Joseph Montilla ——6:26:08
  80. Efren Olpindo ———6:27:16
  81. Eric John Galeos ——-6:27:18
  82. Remy Caasi (Female) ——6:27:40
  83. Edwin Dalusong ———6:30:42
  84. Anthony Noriel Fodra——6:32:41
  85. Joannes Paulus ———6:34:54
  86. Ralph Louie Jacinto ——-6:35:22
  87. JP Navarette ————6:35:58
  88. Marlene Donena (Female) ——–6:36:36
  89. Eddie Cruz ——-6:39:32
  90. Elizer Loquere ——–6:39:46
  91. Joy Beltran (Female) ——–6:40:00
  92. Carl Balagot ————–6:40:21
  93. Raymond Depano ——6:40:51
  94. Fe Ramirez (Female) —–6:41:50
  95. Nestor Ramirez ———–6:41:56
  96. Marlon Zurbano ———6:42:10
  97. Rey John Bayona ——–6:42:47
  98. Aris De Leon ————-6:43:10
  99. Joy Bea (Female) ——–6:43:29
  100. Frenz Quiestas ———-6:43:48
  101. Rolando Campo ——–6:44:07
  102. Jerry Manubay ———6:44:27
  103. Glenn Macababbad ——6:44:45
  104. Rebecca Benavidez (Female) —–6:44:55
  105. Antonio Benavidez ———–6:45:02
  106. Jose Mari Mercado ——–6:45:20
  107. Hernando Panaligan ——6:46:25
  108. Rheigel Golosimo ———-6:46:38
  109. Mary Ann Martin (Female) ——-6:47:13
  110. Laico Tolentino ————6:48:24
  111. Emma Libunao (Female) ——-6:49:08
  112. Marlon Santos —————6:49:10
  113. Homer Paras —————-6:49:45
  114. Amado Miguel Diaz ——6:51:03
  115. Rodrigo Paz —————–6:51:39
  116. Peter Mendoza ————6:51:58
  117. RL V. Paz ——————6:52:08
  118. Jay Juanir —————–6:52:37
  119. Jaypee Palileo ———–6:53:41
  120. Reo Rex Jagonap ——-6:53:53
  121. Marlon Saracho ——–6:54:16
  122. Mark Sarical ————6:54:42
  123. Beverly Andal (Female) ——6:55:05
  124. Karl Michael Santos ——-6:55:22
  125. Anna Odessa Albarracin (Female)——6:56:06
  126. Emil Muyuela ———–6:57:00
  127. Francisco Espiritu ——-6:57:28
  128. Michael Peralta ———–6:57:43
  129. Rosean Saet (Female) —–6:57:57
  130. Oliver Andaya ————6:58:06
  131. Rionell Buencamino ——6:59:36
  132. Ryan Geli ————-6:59:53
  133. Louie Cotejar ——–7:00:00
  134. Cedrick Oares ——–7:00:30
  135. Kevin Luna ———–7:01:05
  136. Gabriella Yna Villanueva (Female) —-7:01:39
  137. Reynaldo Santiago, Jr. ———–7:02:47
  138. Ella Apurillo (Female) ———-7:04:11
  139. Nilo Sarmiento ————7:05:21
  140. Garry Reyes ————-7:05:32
  141. Jay Calingasan ———7:05:53
  142. Dudely Regalado ——7:06:03
  143. Farrah Serran (Female) ——7:06:51
  144. Anne Rose Paras (Female) —–7:06:55
  145. Gomer Pascua ———-7:07:00
  146. Leonor Villanueva (Female) —–7:07:22
  147. Bal Dela Cuesta ———-7:07:22
  148. Gibo Malvar ————-7:08:05
  149. Roraylyn Pena (Female) —–7:08:19
  150. Ayn Veronica De Jesus (Female) —-7:08:31
  151. Quennee Rose Mamaro (Female) —-7:08:52
  152. Jennifer Racho (Female) —–7:09:04
  153. Nancy Chan (Female) ——–7:09:09
  154. Jun Ramirez ————-7:09:37
  155. Kathleen Piñero (Female) ——7:10:28
  156. Audie Tolentino ———–7:10:58
  157. Juan Saraza —————7:11:10
  158. Bernadette Aguirre (Female) —–7:11:17
  159. Paolo Tiong ————–7:11:35
  160. Irrol Novenario ———7:13:00
  161. Ivy Paguia (Female) ——7:13:16
  162. Jim Taguiang ————7:13:22
  163. Jose Broderic Yandoc ———–7:17:03
  164. Jeanne Mendoza (Female) ——7:17:30
  165. Santiago Olarte ———7:19:02
  166. Roby Amil ———–7:19:55
  167. Jojo Roxas ————7:20:08
  168. Raymond Dongketo ——-7:21:22
  169. Joseph Alsol ———-7:21:45
  170. Marcos Baguistan —-7:22:35
  171. Gary Mosqueda ——–7:23:24
  172. Mannix Manapat ——7:23:44
  173. Jenneth Soriano (Female) —–7:24:00
  174. Phillip Leaño ———–7:24:11
  175. Erwin Dumlao ———7:24:32
  176. William Marino ——–7:25:06
  177. Jun Galita ————–7:25:27
  178. Ralph Madriaga ——7:25:41
  179. Tony Gabuyo, Jr ——-7:25:45
  180. Albert Joseph Carreon ——7:25:56
  181. Ferdie Pascual ——-7:26:11
  182. Christine De Guzman (Female) —–7:26:18
  183. Ariane Legarte — ——-7:26:47
  184. Lorena Laurena (Female) ——7:26:59
  185. Glenn Adviento ————–7:27:17
  186. Jonathan Moleta ————7:27:27
  187. June Policarpio ————-7:27:55
  188. Florrie Alleeia Bartolome (Female) —-7:28:11
  189. Sidney Perida ————-7:28:18
  190. Francis Gilvert Navarro ——7:28:48
  191. Glenn Terania ————-7:29:05
  192. Warren Cristobal ———7:29:25
  193. Michael Sacluti ————7:30:10
  194. Rona Saludes (Female) ——7:30:26
  195. Hermie Saludes ————7:30:32
  196. Nino Dimapilis ————–7:32:18
  197. Jhay Ann Santos (Female) —–7:32:37
  198. Analiza Que (Female) ——–7:32:57
  199. Rene Navarro ————-7:33:30
  200. William Garcia ———-7:33:51
  201. Ryan Dela Vega ———-7:34:00
  202. Genaro Doringo ———7:34:24
  203. Jojo Arellano ————-7:34:45
  204. Tina Aldaya (Female) ——7:35:04
  205. Elmar Casauay ———–7:36:06
  206. Arleen Peralta (Female) —–7:37:13
  207. Jonas Olandria ———-7:37:37
  208. Franklin Borlongan Flora —–7:37:58
  209. Jay Luna ——-7:38:30
  210. Mark Nikolai Laderas —–7:39:00
  211. Vanessa Labit (Female) —–7:40:24
  212. Angelica Isabel Paz (Female) —-7:40:45
  213. Maricel Bautista (Female) ——7:40:57
  214. Ronnel Go ——————7:41:08
  215. Robertson Paredes ———-7:41:42
  216. Hendricks Gonzales ———7:42:03
  217. Lech John Sarmiento ——–7:43:49
  218. Rochelle Agpalo (Female) —-7:45:00
  219. Cesar Cantos Frago ———7:45:09
  220. Eric Federico —————7:45:17
  221. Joseph Nebrida ———–7:47:57
  222. Gregorio Torres ———-7:48:25
  223. Bryan Castillo ———–7:51:29
  224. Mark Sidamon ———7:53:13
  225. Pojie Peñones ———-7:54:32
  226. Binky Musngi (Female) ——-7:54:50
  227. Kat Yee (Female) ———-7:54:55
  228. Bob Tolete —————7:55:00
  229. Michael Socito ———7:56:26
  230. Neil Nava —————7:56:33
  231. Ruel Peñalosa ———7:56:59
  232. Virgilio Belen ———-7:57:32
  233. Renel Diamante ———7:58:31
  234. Isagani Zuñiga ———-7:58:45
  235. Rowena Tan (Female) —–7:58:54
  236. Noel Diamante ————7:59:17
  237. Eduardo Tantay ———7:59:24
  238. Jerry Mae Conde ——–7:59:24
  239. Reese Rogel (Female) ——-8:00:07
  240. Katrina Mae Cruz (Female) —–8:01:03
  241. Ma. Mercedes Lou Castro (Female) —-8:01:34
  242. Kelvin Dela Torre ———8:01:40
  243. Abegail Paras (Female) ——8:02:45
  244. Larry Olaguir ————8:06:41
  245. Brian Maglunob ——–8:06:53
  246. Armando Pacia ———-8:07:01
  247. Miles Evangelista (Female) ——8:07:09
  248. Hannalee Balibag (Female) —–8:07:21
  249. Anna Katrina Nillo (Female) —-8:07:33
  250. Melody Moreno (Female) ——-8:07:53
  251. Dhanielyn Punzalan (Female) —–8:08:05
  252. Adrian Dimaunahan ———-8:08:26
  253. Jhonalyn Mojica (Female) ——-8:11:57
  254. Armand Escueta —————8:12:09
  255. Christian Almendrala ——–8:12:30
  256. Alan Aguinaldo ————8:12:52
  257. Clarissa Calingasan (Female) —–8:14:03
  258. Arnie Monacillo ———-8:14:24
  259. Tom Barrientos ———–8:14:43
  260. Avin Sauler ————-8:15:31
  261. Jansiel Pernia (Female) ——8:15:43
  262. Sabrina Oliveros (Female) ——8:18:14
  263. Aileen Tucio (Female) ———8:18:49
  264. Felmer Hiponia ————-8:19:53
  265. Maila Bautista (Female) ——8:20:05
  266. Edison Colandres ———-8:23:51
  267. Eduardo Lim —————8:31:29
  268. Rhea Galpo (Female) —–8:32:44
  269. Carl Manio ————-8:32:58
  270. Robert Dulguime ——–8:35:57
  271. Rodel Crisostomo ——-8:36:20
  272. Fritz Erwin Fernandez ——–8:36:43
  273. Leopoldo Esquilona ———8:36:52
  274. Christian Francia ——-8:37:15
  275. Reinier Lon Salvo (Female) —–8:43:01
  276. Jesus Reuben Arevalo ———8:43:06
  277. Jennifer Eufemia Domingo (Female) —-8:47:18
  278. Rona Carandang (Female) ——8:48:39
  279. Cecille Picardal-Manginsay (Female) —-8:48:53
  280. Robert Dionisio ———8:49:06
  281. Ronnie Aquino ———-8:49:31
  282. Tommy Mendoza ——8:49:53
  283. Ruben Gonzales ——–8:50:25
  284. Jeremy Panaligan ——-8:50:30
  285. Mark Celimen ———–8:51:07
  286. Madana De Guzman (Female) ——-8:51:17
  287. Marvin Maquirang ——9:00:00
  288. Bong Anastacio ——–9:14:43

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

2017 T2N

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Official Result: 3rd West To East 280K Ultra Marathon Race

21 04 2017

2017 (3rd Edition) WEST To EAST 280K Ultra Marathon Race

5:00 AM April 13, 2017 To 1:00 PM April 15, 2017

From Ramos Beach Resort, Barangay Patar, Bolinao, Pangasinan to Seaside Restaurant, Sitio Tanguigue, Barangay Aplaya, Dingalan, Aurora

Intermediate Cut-Off Time Every 50 Kilometers: 10 Hours

Cut-Off Time For The Event: 56 Hours

Number Of Starters: 17 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 12 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 70.5%

RANK         NAME                                   TIME (Hours)

1. Eric Cruz (Overall Champion) ——–49:46:09

2. Bong Dizon (1st Runner-Up, Overall) —-52:28:42

3. Rolan Cera (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —-52:52:30

4. Remy Caasi (Female Champion, Course Record) —-52:53:39

5. Roberto Vocal, Jr. ——————————53:50:28

6. Rhoda Oporto (1st Runner-Up, Female) ————-53:53:20

7. Jon Borbon ————————————-54:14:40

8. Dondon Talosig ——————————54:58:40

9. Roselle Abajo (2nd Runner-Up, Female) ————55:32:10

10. Fer De Leon ———————————–55:47:38

11. Rose Betonio (Female) ——————-55:55:00

12. Glenn Rosales ——————————-55:59:52

Congratulations To Everybody!!!!

West To East Champ

Overall Champion Eric Cruz

West To East Lady Champ

Female Champion Remy Caasi

West To East Water

Final Ritual Of Pouring The Sea Water

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Final Ritual Of Pouring Sea Water (For the Last 4 Runners)





2018 (10th Edition) BDM 102 Letter Of Invitation

27 03 2017

Letter Of Invitation For The 2018 (10th Edition) BDM 102 Ultra Race

Dear Runner,

This letter confirms your acceptance and invitation to join and compete in the 10th Edition of the BDM 102 Ultra Marathon Race to be held on January 27-28, 2018. The Bald Runner Events Management would like to thank you for your interest and support in joining the 2018 Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 102).

The registration fee is Four Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (P 4,500.00) each for the Local Runners and One Hundred Fifty US Dollars ($ 150.00) each for the Overseas/International runners.
Local runners must be able to pay their Registration Fee through the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) in behalf of Jovenal D Narcise @ Savings Acct # 0296-0673-22. International runners may remit their Payment through Western Union.
Last Day & Deadline for the payment of registration fee is June 15, 2016.

Registration fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and no “roll-overs” for any BR’s Events.

You are lucky to be the one of the 220+ runners qualified to join out of the 350+ runner-applicants who sent their Letter Of Intent to join this race. Inability to pay the registration fee on the said period/deadline will give a chance for the other runners to fill your slot.

For this year, Late Registration Fee will be Five Thousand Pesos (P 5,000.00) for the Local Runners.

Photocopy of the Deposit Slip should be sent immediately to this e-mail address: jovie75@hotmail.com to be included in the list of participants. Please bring the Deposit Slip at the Final Briefing or at the Starting Line on Race Day.
A Medical Certificate or Doctor’s Certificate will be sent also to the stated e-mail address not later than December 31, 2016. Nobody will be allowed to run without their Medical Certificate. The original copy of the Medical Certificate should be submitted at the Race Packet Pick-Up/Final Briefing.
Please review the published Rules and Regulations of this race at http://www.baldrunner.com. If you have any concerns and need for more clarifications, please feel free to send me an e-mail at jovie75@hotmail.com.
Further announcements and updates will be posted in my blog @ http://www.baldrunner.com and at Facebook’s BDM 102/160 Page
Good luck and train hard.
Cheers!

Major General Jovenal D Narcise AFP (Ret)
Founder & Race Director, BDM 102 & 160
http://www.baldrunner.com

The following is the list of invited runners for the 2018 (10th Edition) of the Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race:

  1. Aris De Leon
  2. Chua Yong Huat (Singapore)
  3. Mel Severino
  4. Noel Bautista
  5. Ralph Singzon
  6. Arland Macasieb
  7. Jose Marie Mercado
  8. Mark Saricol
  9. Albert Joseph Carreon
  10. Jerickson Sta. Isabel
  11. Erick Tria
  12. Madison Trinidad, Jr
  13. Gimel Pajalla
  14. Jhona Reyes
  15. Fernando Torres
  16. Paulo Margelino
  17. Peter Lloyd Molera
  18. Florante Santiago
  19. Jeffrey Furigay
  20. Homer Paras
  21. Jhon Ronald Rodriguez
  22. Carlos Napoleon Ocampo
  23. Juan Crisanto Cunanan
  24. Gladysma Jane Giron
  25. Margaret Mae Arceo
  26. Anna Odessa Albarracin
  27. Aileen Tucio
  28. Greggy Galicia
  29. Abegaile Par
  30. Christine De Guzman
  31. Daisy Visperas
  32. Rina Gilos
  33. Gabriella Yna Villanueva
  34. Jack Wilson Villanueva
  35. Jennifer Eufemia Domingo
  36. Earl Louis Saez
  37. Larry Wayne Olaguir
  38. Jamil Escober
  39. Leandro Gigantoca
  40. George Cabillo
  41. Melchor Nicolas
  42. Jesus Arevalo III
  43. William Robert Hain, Jr
  44. Robertson Paredes
  45. Keit Bernice Yee
  46. David Simon Kobey (USA)
  47. Marck Chico
  48. Marlene Doneza
  49. Jeshryl Dela Cruz Aranzaso
  50. Manuel Johnson Balancio
  51. Michelle Rae Salvatierra
  52. Jewel Feliciano
  53. Arbee Jan Serafin
  54. Robby Ray Catipon
  55. David Aquino
  56. Raffy Ramos
  57. Rogelio Puzon
  58. Voltron Visda
  59. Maria Raegina Galera
  60. Ruel Peñaloza
  61. Rubelia Nazareno
  62. Jenneth Soriano
  63. Joselito San Diego
  64. Marjohn Presbiterio
  65. Peterson Ong
  66. Alvin Alcantara
  67. Dexter Cruz
  68. Ann Sweat (USA)
  69. Kim Travella (USA)
  70. Yniguez Ysmael Uy
  71. Vic Viola
  72. Richard Antonio
  73. Reynaldo Santiago, Jr
  74. Mike Famaranglas
  75. Desrei Balla
  76. Zan Cagulangan
  77. Angelica Isabel Paz-Isnani
  78. Manuel Jayson Balancio IV
  79. Marc Paolo Peñafiel
  80. Anthony Noriel Ortega Fodra
  81. Julius Danas
  82. Alnie Amoro
  83. Phil Jannsen Cruz Santiago
  84. Juancho Padua
  85. Jovencio Luspian
  86. Jose Mari Mercado
  87. Amiel Joseph Lucero
  88. Dennis Racho
  89. Rod Apolinario
  90. Meds Abellera-Baraquel
  91. Bryant Bennet Atencia
  92. Romeo Canda
  93. Eduardo Lim
  94. Enrico Paguirigan, Jr
  95. Ramon Quiocho
  96. Jefferson Jay Sensano
  97. Fritz Erwin Fernandez
  98. Mark Loresto
  99. Jennlee Malijan Pascua
  100. Henry Yang Yee Meng (Singapore)
  101. Joy Eder
  102. Arlene Oting
  103. Beverly Benaid-Cruz
  104. Francis Norvie Quiestas
  105. Joemel Rojas
  106. Jayson Vallero
  107. Dan Gilbert Co
  108. Garry Garcia
  109. Mar Marilag
  110. Marquiz Albert Minlay
  111. Rhett Del Rosario
  112. Miles Evangelista
  113. Jez Ramos
  114. Richard Ryan Rentillo
  115. Ricardo Gregorio
  116. Ronaldo Robles
  117. Peter Christopher Illanza
  118. Junrox Roque
  119. Ian Pabatao
  120. Caloy Nobleza
  121. Rudy Paghubasan
  122. Jess Laxamana
  123. Alex Cruz
  124. Angelino Nicolas
  125. Antonio Jimenez
  126. Rolando Mercado
  127. Eugenio Saluta
  128. John Earl Susano
  129. Gary Mosqueda
  130. Jonathan Iloso
  131. Donald Ausa
  132. Beverly Andal
  133. Rhaffy Borbe
  134. Emmanuel Quiñones
  135. Jofel Otor
  136. Jessa Bordiago
  137. Ferdinand Manzano
  138. Edgar Formento, Jr
  139. Sean Andan
  140. Leo Reyes
  141. Elmer Caballes
  142. Jake Villareal
  143. Florydette Cuales
  144. Miguelito Domingo
  145. Broderic Yandoc
  146. Johnson Lontok
  147. Jason Basa
  148. Francis Gilvert Navarro
  149. Rochelle Ann Silverio
  150. Mannix Manapat
  151. Francis Oliver Trinidad
  152. Cedrick Oares
  153. Prancer Autor
  154. Virgilio Diaz
  155. Cindy Sevilla
  156. Loben Macairan
  157. Pia Raquedan
  158. Ryan Geli
  159. Marlon Gangan
  160. Raymond Verdis
  161. Rodillo Tecson Florendo
  162. Michael Sacluti
  163. Erwin Dumlao
  164. Ghenny Bueno
  165. Richard Antonio
  166. Nino Adrian Lantican
  167. Maila Bernasor-Bautista
  168. John Arman Perez
  169. Quennie Villanueva
  170. Benedick Bautista
  171. Jowell Jandoyan
  172. Edjeson Comendador
  173. Hendricks Gonzales
  174. Mielniño De Los Santos
  175. James Theodore Salonga
  176. Michelle Manila
  177. Paolo Tiong
  178. Benjarde Cuales
  179. Michael Angelo Maleriado
  180. Jonas Nacario
  181. Kevin Luna
  182. Rolando Bucao
  183. Macot Baguistan
  184. Jaime Sanches, Jr
  185. Tomlinson Baniwas
  186. Jerry Yutuc
  187. Mica Nati
  188. William Mariño
  189. Gerry Lita
  190. Juanito Centino
  191. Eric John Galeos
  192. Gerard Gamelong
  193. Harold Ramirez
  194. Christian Rabe
  195. Conrad Ching
  196. Isidro Labrador Prado
  197. Edwin Colina
  198. Zaldy Santillan
  199. Raymund Tuazon
  200. Leo Año
  201. Gerard Reyes
  202. Angelo Rodriguez
  203. Ace Rodriguez
  204. Jeffrey Galicio
  205. Mervin Vargas
  206. Lucio Dimayuga
  207. Vander Ville Vizconde
  208. Aureo Pascua
  209. Jervis Esperrago
  210. Katherine Marasigan
  211. John Paul Lipardo
  212. John Leo Espeña
  213. Rodolfo De Ocampo
  214. Jerry Manubay
  215. Ronald Reyes
  216. Edison Dantes
  217. Ramy Nasara
  218. Jonathan Baysa
  219. Leonora Ealadama
  220. Michael Peralta
  221. Michael Socito
  222. Marilou Ruanes
  223. Kelvin Llamoso
  224. Clarissa Gatdula-Calingasan
  225. Hermogenes Saludes
  226. Rona Saludes
  227. Arlene Oting
  228. Herbert Gutierrez
  229. Elizer Loquere
  230. Joseph Soriao
  231. Elmar Casauay
  232. Raymond Bunda
  233. Rhodel Montemayor
  234. Laudencio Lictao
  235. John Dimaranan
  236. James Kieven Liong
  237. Eric Salazar
  238. Carlos Macasarte
  239. Nino Dimapilis
  240. Elgrace Jazmin
  241. Mark David Elpedes
  242. Diosdado Sullano, Jr
  243. Kenneth Sarabia
  244. Allan De Lima
  245. Rene Asuero
  246. Israel Sigaya
  247. Edgardo Batenga, Jr
  248. Crisanto Avergonzado
  249. Jayrald Salazar
  250. Arnaldo Andan
  251. Joey Aying
  252. IreneTan
  253. Lilibeth Garcia
  254. Hilda Balbuena
  255. Arriane Deocadez
  256. Asael Sison
  257. Arnold Sequito
  258. Rey Langub
  259. Norman Dondoyano
  260. Augustus Fred Mefragata
  261. Eduardo Nanini
  262. Alvin Cloyd Piodos
  263. Roger Patrick Ledesma
  264. Angelito Mallari
  265. Ana Que
  266. Frank Flora
  267. Rosario Mosca, Jr
  268. Edwin Fernandez
  269. Yolly Borja
  270. Alex Bug-os
  271. Monday Klaus Gimeno
  272. Chito Carreon
  273. Dante Dela Torre
  274. Anne Rose Paras
  275. Jeff Suazo
  276. Bal Dela Cuesta
  277. Merl Matangob
  278. Lech John Sarmiento
  279. Ginno Ocena
  280. Ronie Pacatang
  281. Tom Barrientos
  282. Jerry Peralta
  283. Diosdado Sullano, Jr
  284. Porsha Rhia Lai
  285. Abgermel Tayaban
  286. Carl Vincent Manio
  287. Renz Bruno
  288. Pia Bennagen Raquedan
  289. Wilfredo Quarte
  290. Romeo Mandrique, Jr
  291. Jose Napiloy
  292. Jun Galita
  293. Rogelio Espe
  294. Ryan Nieva
  295. Desiderio Engbino
  296. Bayani Alvarez
  297. Edilberto Batiancila
  298. Preciousa Sanchez
  299. David Sanchez, Jr
  300. Elias Rodriguez
  301. Ryannel Sy
  302. Jocelyn Sy
  303. Francis Arnaldo Rivera
  304. Joven Gozum
  305. Ralph Louie Jacinto
  306. Joebert Guiwan
  307. Gamaliel Tayao
  308. Francis Arnaldo Rivera
  309. Andrea Lagman
  310. Jeremy Panaligan
  311. Renz Bruno
  312. Jonel De Ocampo
  313. Sabrina Oliveros
  314. Eleazar Santiago
  315. Ronniel Cuizon
  316. Albert Joseph Carreon
  317. Allan Cruz
  318. Teresa Santos
  319. Meliton Carag
  320. Richard Akol
  321. Katrina Marie Cruz
  322. Leelay Ballesteros
  323. Rene Navarro
  324. Jojo Arellano
  325. Ronie Galero
  326. Jovic Villacortes
  327. Marvin Sicat
  328. Elena Cuario
  329. Mary Joan Lim
  330. Marissa Lim
  331. Noel Ade
  332. Alexer Resurection
  333. Mary Ann Kong
  334. Monique Mondido
  335. Oliver Angeles
  336. Richard Buco
  337. Cristine Joy Alzarte
  338. Christopher Saavedra
  339. Jamasali Usman
  340. Analyn Casumpang
  341. Cristin Alzarte
  342. Roderick Salih
  343. Kathy Kuan
  344. Lucky Gurrea
  345. Katherine Marasigan
  346. Yancy Manaog
  347. Phillip Boeve (USA)

***Acceptance of Letter Of Intent to join this event will be closed at midnight of March 31, 2017. There will be No Extension Period.

***”Repeaters” have the option to pay their Registration Fee (Regular Fee) not later than November 1, 2017.

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2017 Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race @ Starting Area





2017 Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N 50)

19 03 2017

Assembly & Starting Area: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City (near the Development Academy of the Philippine)

Assembly Time: 3:00 AM April 30, 2017, Sunday

Start Time: 4:00 AM April 30, 2017, Sunday

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

Cut-Off Time: 9 Hours (1:00 PM April 30, 2017)

Number of Slots: 300 Runners Only

Registration Fee: P 1,800.00 (Early Registration: February 6, 2017 to March 31, 2017)

P 2,500.00 (Late Registration: April 1, 2017 To April 30, 2017)

Registration Period: February 6, 2017 To April 30, 2017

Registration Procedure: Deposit the amount of Registration Fee at the Bank of the Philippine Islands Savings Account # 0296-0673-22 in favor of Jovenal Narcise and send the photocopy of the Deposit Slip to e-mail address: jovie75@hotmail.com. Bring the Deposit Slip at the Starting Area on Race Day for confirmation.

Qualification: Runner/Participant should be an Official Marathon Finisher (42K) 

Number Of Slots: 300 Runners

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Elevation Profile & Course Map

Guidelines/Rules & Regulations For The 11th Edition T2N (Tagaytay to Nasugbu) 50K Ultra Marathon Race (4:00 AM April 30, 2017)

1. This is a solo race. The race will start at 4:00 AM of Sunday, April 30, 2017 in front of the Picnic Grove (near the Development Academy of the Philippines) in Tagaytay City. The Finish Line of the race is at the PETRON Gas Station in Nasugbu, Batangas which is located One Kilometer before the Poblacion.

2. The route of the race will follow the Highway from Tagaytay City to Nasugbu, Batangas. Runners will have to turn LEFT upon reaching the SHELL Gas Station at the intersection of Nasugbu and the Highway that goes to Matabungkay Beach Resort. Runners will have to run at least 500 meters before they turn-around and finally proceed to reach the Finish Line.
3. Runners should bring with them their Registration Deposit Slip (BPI Deposit Slip) and submit it to the Secretariat/BR’s Staff before the start of the said race. Runners should be at the Assembly Area not later than 3:00 AM of April 30, 2017 for processing. All runners/starters shall be accounted at the Starting Area before the race will start. The race will start On Time!

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Assembly & Start Area

4. Runners are allowed to have their Support Vehicle & Crew but they are NOT allowed to have Pacers. Due to the absence of any Aid Station along the course, runners may run on “self-support” or “self-contained” making sure that they have an appropriate hydration system with them.
5. Runners shall ALWAYS run or stay on the farthest LEFT side of the road facing the incoming traffic. Runners are advised to be extra vigilant on vehicles approaching on their FRONT and BACK. Vehicles overtaking other vehicles on your back have the tendency to get more space on the Left Lane of the Road. To be safe, run/stay on the farthest side of shoulder of the road.
6. Runners shall ALWAYS run or stay on the farthest LEFT Side of the road on SINGLE FILE. We will be strict on this and we will warn any runner violating this rule before we declare DNF or disqualification in the said race.
7. Support Vehicles must be able to “leap frog” their runners. It means that the Support Vehicle should be waiting for their runner at an appropriate distance ahead of the runner. Runners are NOT allowed to be “shadowed” by their Support Vehicle. Support Vehicle must cruise along the route at the prescribed Speed Limit of the Highway. Support Vehicles are NOT allowed to turn on their Hazard Lights while they are plying on the race course.
8. Support Vehicles must ALWAYS park on the farthest RIGHT SIDE of the road/highway when waiting for their runner/s. Support Vehicles parked on the LEFT SIDE of the road will be a ground for the runner to be Disqualified.
9. Runner are NOT allowed to get inside their Support Vehicle during the duration of the race. Support Crew can provide portable/collapsible chair for the runner outside the support vehicle which can be seen by other passing runners.
10. Runners’ Bib Number should be pinned and displayed in front of the runner’s apparel. Bandits will NOT be allowed to run this event.
11. Runners are highly encouraged to bring and wear with them their respective hydration system/belt during the race.
12. Cut-off time of the event is nine (9) hours.
13. Ipods, MP3s, and “wires” are NOT allowed. Runners should be attentive and vigilant with their surroundings.
14. Finishers within the prescribed cut-off time will receive a PAU Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Shirt, and Finisher’s Certificate (to be given later). Official result will be posted at http://www.baldrunner.com.

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Finisher’s Shirt

T2N Finishers Loot

Podium Finisher’s Trophies/Medals

15. All runners must wear the following mandatory equipment/accessory: headlight and reflectorized vest or shirt with reflectorized strips. It will be still dark during the start of the race and these items are needed for the safety of each of the runner.
16. Corporate Logos are NOT allowed to be displayed on support vehicles. However, tarpaulins with the name of the running team/group is allowed to be displayed.
17. Maintain the Integrity of the Race. Runners are “deputized” to report any suspicion of cheating in the race. The RD has the authority to declare disqualification to any runner before, during and after the race.
18. Runners MUST be able to memorize their Race Bib Number. There will be Marshals who will be asking the runner’s bib number in the different Checkpoints along the route.
19. In case of emergency or report of a DNF, a runner/support crew can contact Cell Phone # 0918-965-9895 through call or text message stating the runner’s location and nature of emergency/cause of DNF.
20. Any infraction or violation of these guidelines/rules and regulations shall be dealt with accordingly and the RD shall immediately impose decision on such violation. The RD’s decision is FINAL.
21. It is the responsibility of the runner to inform his/her support crew and driver about the rules and regulations of this event/race.
22. The spirit of ultra running where runners are disciplined, honest, and caring /supportive to one another is highly encouraged. Remember to treat the other runners as your FRIENDS and SUPPORT to Finish the Race. The enemy lies within yourself and it is specifically located “in between your ears”.

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PAU Finisher’s Medal

All Finishers will be automatically Members of the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU). They can visit the PAU Group Page on Facebook and request to be added among the thousands of members.

As a member of PAU, you can run and participate in the succeeding PAU Races and qualified to join the 2018 Bataan Death March Ultra Races.

Good luck and See You at The Starting Line.





Official Result: 2017/7th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

26 02 2017

2017/7th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

Starting Area: Bataan Death March Shrine, Mariveles, Bataan

Gun Start: 5:00 AM February 25, 2017

Finish Area: Capas National Shrine, Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac

Finish Time: 1:00 PM February 26, 2017

Cut-Off Time: 32 Hours

Number Of Starters: 95 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 73 Finishers

Percentage Of Finish: 76.8%

RANK                            NAME                                    TIME (Hrs)

  1. Thomas Combisen (Overall Champion)—-22:41:55
  2. Jaspher Galanza (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—-23:07:47
  3. Ralph Andrew Gabat (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—-24:10:46
  4. Sherwin Bargos ————————–25:16:17
  5. Doris Manguiat (Champion, Female)———-25:34:57
  6. Mark Anthony Redondo ——————–25:36:35
  7. Renz Aninag —————————–26:22:19
  8. Gibo Malvar ——————————26:59:48
  9. Kelvin Castro —————————–27:28:58
  10. Melody Arce (1st Runner-Up, Female)———27:46:06
  11. Ronnie Gurrobat ————————–27:47:43
  12. Johnny Borlagdan ————————-27:59:19
  13. Shuji Nakano —————————–28:17:45
  14. Rod Losabia ——————————28:25:21
  15. Ma. Theresa Basallo (2nd Runner-Up, Female)–28:29:15
  16. Jeffrey Garcia —————————–28:34:22
  17. Jonathan Moleta —————————28:42:16
  18. Gevaert Paul Papa ————————–28:50:04
  19. Fiel Violeta ——————————–28:55:37
  20. JP Ocampo ——————————–29:02:05
  21. Constantino Dellova Jr ———————-29:13:04
  22. Samuel Maniaul —————————29:22:39
  23. Tess Leono (Female) ———————–29:23:51
  24. Roby Amil ——————————-29:25:40
  25. Russel Hernandez ————————-29:27:10
  26. Dennis Ryan Nava ————————-29:27:22
  27. Rodolfo Velasco Jr ————————-29:28:14
  28. Mary Clairyfel Paner (Female)—————-29:29:40
  29. Ross Lim ——————————–29:37:50
  30. Noel Diaz—— ————————–29:39:50
  31. Allan Del Monte ————————–29:41:33
  32. Mark Hernandez ————————–29:45:10
  33. Carlito Rudas Jr —————————29:48:38
  34. Meljohn Tezon —————————29:52:52
  35. John Robas ——————————29:53:21
  36. Rowena Dagdag (Female) ——————29:53:28
  37. Emma Gabriel (Female) ——————-29:54:00
  38. Jemel Aguilar —————————29:54:39
  39. Maricris David (Female) ——————29:54:48
  40. Fernando Cabañero ———————-29:59:05
  41. Ryan Garcia —————————-30:02:06
  42. Leo Ano ——————————-30:05:03
  43. Rayel Daza —————————–30:16:56
  44. Eduardo Magpoc ————————30:21:00
  45. Nick Diaz ——————————30:27:56
  46. Ronel Medina —————————30:27:58
  47. Lourdes Maghuyop (Female) —————30:29:57
  48. Elmar Bob Tolete ————————30:30:47
  49. Rod Lanorias —————————30:31:28
  50. Regil Gella —————————–30:32:25
  51. Mely Maraganas (Female) —————–30:32:26
  52. Roni Turla —————————–30:33:02
  53. John Michael De Jesus ——————-30:33:41
  54. Che Che Magramo (Female) ————–30:39:32
  55. Efren Gregorio ————————30:42:59
  56. Kathleen Piñero (Female) —————30:52:52
  57. Emma Libunao (Female) —————-30:52:53
  58. Marlon Santos ————————30:52:54
  59. Elmer Caballes ———————–30:52:55
  60. Fernando Onnon ———————30:55:59
  61. Laico Tolentino ———————-30:58:56
  62. Oliver Cavinta ———————–31:05:18
  63. Frederick Peñalosa ——————-31:08:30
  64. Gamaliel Tayao ———————-31:17:21
  65. Reden Rodriguez ———————31:18:34
  66. Tina Aldaya (Female) ——————31:21:21
  67. Rem Baltazar ————————31:25:06
  68. Ariane Legarte ——- —————31:27:02
  69. Rexie Vaflor ————————-31:31:03
  70. Gerly Santos (Female) —————–31:42:21
  71. Junmar Que ————————-31:47:29
  72. Teodoro Mallen ———————-31:51:29
  73. Isagani Zuniga ———————–31:59:58

Congratulations To Everybody!!!





Race Report: 2017 Tarawera 102 Ultramarathon Race (Part 2)

24 02 2017

Race Report: 2017 Tarawera 102K Ultramarathon Race (Part 2)

Airbnb For Accommodation

Whenever I join ultra races abroad, I usually make my bookings on motels through their websites. I never had the experience to bring my camping gears and set up my tent in camp sites near or within the Starting Area of a trail ultra race. Since I was planning to join the CCC @ UTMB this year (but I was not lucky to be picked on the lottery) and try to stay on Airbnb in Chamonix, France, I looked for “homestays” in Rotorua, New Zealand on the Internet. Staying in New Zealand in an Airbnb accommodation would be a nice “first-time” experience for me prior to going to other races in Europe.

After some browsing on the Internet, I found a place which has so many positive feedback from the people who stayed in the said house. Considering the cheaper amount to be spent as compared to staying a Hotel or Motel in Rotorua, the house is located near the start of the event and the place is quiet and affordable. Looking at the Profile Picture and the name of the owner of the house, I was able to conclude that they could be Asian and it would much easier to communicate and to be relate to them since we belong to the same Continent. So, I made the decision to book for my accommodation in this place. For a duration of stay for 8 days, I was able to pay almost P 20,000 to include some fees.

Upon my arrival at the Town Center of Rotorua, NZ, I called for a Taxi which was waiting for passengers as the right side of the building. The driver is a 75-year old guy and he took some time to look at the address of my destination and glanced at his reference of the places of the city. Then another Taxi Driver asked him if he has any problem on our destination since it took him a couple of minutes to move his Taxi from where I boarded. The other Taxi Driver told him what street to take and the old guy realised where the house is located. It took the Taxi Driver less than 10 minutes to reach my destination.

It was already 9:00 PM when I arrived at the house and the Hosts, Gillian and William Ma were waiting for my arrival. They are very nice hosts and very helpful in giving me some directions to go to some places in the city; very responsive to my needs in the house; and give me some information about the city. They had been in the said house for the past 5 years and they are still childless. I told them about the reason why I was in Rotorua and they were surprised to know that there is such an international event happening in their neighbourhood without them knowing it. Much more surprised when I told them that I will be joining the 102K distance event and they could not believed it since they have known that I’ll be turning 65 years old in 3 months. Of course, I told them also that I am a retired officer with the rank of Two-Star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the second day of my stay in their house. On the early morning of the second day of my stay in their house, I had a lengthy conversation with Gillian and we had to get to know more about her and her husband and the things/places to visit in Rotorua.

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Gillian Ma, My Host

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William Xu, Husband of Gillian

My room has a Double Size Bed with a view of the frontyard of the house with a wide glass window draped with a rolling curtain. It has a locker room and equipped with an electric fan. I was wondering why there was no air-conditioning unit for the room but by opening the window with a small space, I can feel the cool air from the outside to be entering the room. However, I was warned by my Host to close the window during nighttime because some flying insects would be attracted to enter the opened space of the window because of the light from the room. The bed, comforter, and the pillows are very clean and comfortable. However, I have to walk for about few feet outside my room for the toilet and bathroom. The toilet and bathroom are separate rooms but there was no problem for me as they are considered as “common” bathroom & toilet for the guests. I was lucky that I was the only guest for the first three days when a Lady from Switzerland occupied another room in the house for an overnight stay after I finished the race.

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Frontage Of The House

Their address is: 11 Carroll Place 11, Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty 3010, New Zealand.

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Advertisement From Airbnb On My Room

Warm-Up Run To Redwoods Park

After a breakfast of hot coffee and quaker oats, I prepared for a brief run to the Redwoods Park from the house which is about 2.5 kilometer-distance to its entrance and there is another one kilometre to run from the Gate/Entrance to the Visitors Center of the Park. I surveyed the actual place where the Starting Area of the event is located and I had the chance to inspect the trail of the park not knowing that the first kilometre of the race will follow the asphalted road towards the mountain.

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Entrance To Redwoods Park

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One Kilometer Distance From Entrance To The Visitors Center

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Redwoods Park Visitors Center/Starting Area Of The Race

After some picture-taking of those things inside and within the Visitor’s Center, it was time to engage with the personnel of the park. This is where I met Katrina who told me that she has two other Pinoy personnel working with her in the Park. Before we ended our conversation, we had a “selfie” where she approved of it.

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Katrina, A Staff At The Redwoods Park

I returned to the house jogging with a faster pace and I found the weather and the cooler breeze to be like Baguio City during summer time. I knew already that we will have a very hot weather on race day. While I was jogging, I was able to pass a commercial centre which is called Redwood Center which is about 50 meters from the entrance of the Park. From what I’ve seen within the Commercial Center, I knew already where I would eat my lunch for the day.

Bus Rides

I had my second shower in Rotorua and prepared to walk again for my lunch at the Redwood Center. After lunch, I took a Bus Ride to the Town Center for some shopping of souvenirs from Rotorua. Bus Rides are very efficient and orderly in Rotorua. All you have to do is remember the Bus Route Number and pay NZ$ 2.35 for the said route and have the option to transfer to another Bus Route Number within 30 minutes after you are being dropped by the first bus you have taken for FREE. All you have to do is to inform the Driver that you are transferring to another Bus Route after alighting from the Bus, so that he can give you your ticket for the next bus transfer you will be taking. As you board to the transfer Bus, inform the driver that you are transferring from another Bus and give your ticket. The Bus Route goes only on a One Way Loop which means that the next scheduled ride always comes from the Town Center and not from the Turn-Around Point of the Bus and pass on the same road where I was picked up! All the Bus Stops have the scheduled time of arrival posted on a pole adjacent to the Shaded Bus Stop. I have observed that the Bus arrival on the Bus Stop near the house where I stayed was always prompt and on the dot. The Bus Stop near the house where I stayed is only 50 meters away!

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Bus Schedule Posted On Bus Stops

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Typical Picture Of A City Bus In Rotorua

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Picture Inside The Bus

When I learned about the Bus Transport System in the area, there was no need to take the Taxi. However, the schedule of the Bus starts at 7:00 AM and ends at 6:00 PM. If you want a ride after 6:00 PM, take the Taxi by calling the number 07-348-1111 as you could hardly see any Taxi roaming around the streets/roads in Rotorua. Once you call the number and state your location where you can be picked-up, the Taxi will be there with you in few minutes!

(Note: It is advisable to buy a Sim Card for your Cellphone at the Auckland International Airport as soon as you arrive for the cost of NZ$ 39.00)

Change Of Schedule/Itinerary

Even if I have friends on Facebook who are presently living or residing in New Zealand, I did not send them any PM or give them a hint that I need some help or need answers from queries I would like to ask from them. I just patiently read the instructions stated on the Souvenir Program of the Tarawera 100 Ultramarathon Race and then use the Google/Google Maps to get answers from concerns and queries where I need some answers.

My stay in New Zealand was focused in joining and finishing the race where after the race, I would go back to Auckland and board my flight back to Manila. Just simple as that! However, a sudden change has occurred in my schedule.

A PMA Cavalier (PMA Alumni Class ’81 and former Officer of the Philippine Navy) whom I had the opportunity to work with during my assignment in the Philippine Military Academy as a Tactical Officer and member of the General Staff of the Headquarters PMA as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence and Security, sent me a message and welcome greetings for arriving in New Zealand safely. After an exchange of messages on Facebook, I called him using my cellphone. I found out that he is now residing in Wellington with his family and he is inviting me to visit their place before going back to Manila if there is a way that I can squeeze his invitation in my schedule. I said, Yes, why not?

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With My Host In Wellington, NZ, Captain Virgilio Velasco, Philippine Navy (Retired), PMA Class ’81

Looking at my schedule that if I can finish the race before midnight of Saturday, I would take the first trip by bus on Sunday for a 7-hour bus ride to Wellington to rest and at the same time enjoy the view along the route, have a brief tour of the city immediately after arrival, stay overnight in their house, then have another bus ride back directly to Auckland on Monday and then depart for Manila on the morning of Tuesday. It was a hectic schedule that played in my mind but it is doable. However, my friend has a better suggestion for my schedule. The bus ride from Rotorua to Wellington was fine as I will be seeing the sea, the different city centers and landscape of the North Island of New Zealand while I was resting in the bus and have a chance to have some picture-taking during the brief stops in the Bus Stations along the way. Upon our arrival in Wellington, my friend would bring me to their house and have a home dinner with his family and then Rest Overnight. He suggested that I would take the last Jetstar Flight from Wellington to Auckland on the following day, Monday so that I he can bring me to a city tour the whole day before my departure. The schedule was perfect! He advised me to simply book my trip On Line through the websites of the Bus Company and Jetstar. He even generously gave the details of his Credit/Debit Card for me to use for this purpose. Of course, I declined since I have an e-card prepared for this trip.

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Prominent Mountain On The Road To Wellington

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Bus Stop For Lunch

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Kiwi Burger, So Far, The Best Burger I’ve Tasted

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Last Bus Stop @ Wharepaku Before Wellington

So, in a matter of few minutes after our conversation, I was able to book for my bus ride to Wellington and Jetstar Flight back to Auckland. My excitement to finish the race became secondary objective and my trip to Wellington became the primary objective of my remaining stay in New Zealand.

Little did I realize that this change of schedule will greatly affect or have an impact on my performance during the race.

To be continued….








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