Race Report: 2018 Old Spanish Trail (OST) 50K Trail Run

23 02 2018

I was registered to join the Four Lakes 100K Ultra Trail Race and I was ready and trained to finish this race within the cut-off time of 30 hours. I did finish this race two years ago with a time of 26+hours when the cut-off time was then 28 hours. Mentally and physically, I was prepared to finish this race as this was considered as one of my training races in preparation for the 2018 Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT) Race in Madeira, Portugal to be held in April 28, 2018.

In addition to finishing the BDM 102 Ultra in 15:20+hours three weeks earlier, the Four Lakes 100 Race would be a follow-up training race for me leading to the MIUT Race. In between these two races, I had my daily recovery runs and a Mountain Repeats workout in my favorite Mt Roosevelt’s Loop #3 in my Playground two weeks before race day.

Halfway towards Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, I received an information from one of my nieces that my Father died from his sleep in the morning of Friday, few hours before the start of the race. As I travel to the venue of the race, I called my brother and sisters and made some suggestion about the schedule of Viewing and Funeral for our Father as most of our plan, in case of his untimely death, had been finalized long before while he was still alive. The plan was immediately implemented hours after our Dad’s death and I just kept peace and silence to myself and focused mentally to finish race where I had registered.

The race promptly started at 3:00 AM of Saturday and I started the race at the back of the pack. Knowing that 100K is a very long race and that Four Lakes 100’s race route is new to myself and everybody, I thought of being conservative on the first half of the race with the intention/objective of arriving each Checkpoint/Aid Station within the prescribed cut-off time. My smart strategy for the first half is to conserve my legs’ energy by using my Trekking Poles on the first ascent of the course with the hope that I could still run on the descents of the 2nd half of the course.

I was happy to have reached the summit/peak of Mt Ugo earlier than the first time I joined this race. I would start to run on the descent from the peak of Mt Ugo and alternately, hike and jog until I reached the Domolpos Aid Station. I ate two pieces of local “Suman” and refilled my Hydration Bottles with water and electrolyte powdered mix which was enough to provide me the much energy to reach the first Checkpoint at Kayapa East Market. I took my time to eat some food and refill my bottles even if I still have 25 minutes of buffer time from the cut-off time of 8 hours.

I was not in a hurry to reach the dreaded ascent at Amelong Labeng as I made up my mind not to stop or take a very long rest in one of the 3 waiting sheds along the said route. On my first finish in this race, I had a lot of rests and stops along this route that I had to engage in a very long conversation with some of the runners then, not knowing that they are participants in the shorter Old Spanish 50K Trail Run. For this year, I had to maintain my slow trek on this route using my trekking poles with some 5-10-second rests to catch up my breath. On the last waiting shed, I had to sit and ate some rice balls stashed in my Race Belt but I did not stay long as more runners were seen coming up to my direction.

Digging Deep @ Amelong Labeng (Photo By GlairoldRecella Photography)

Finally, I reached the Elementary School where I had to refill my bottles and make my Electrolyte Mix drink. As the heat of the sun was too hot when I was in this area, I had to douse my head, neck, arms and upper body with the cold flowing water coming from the faucet and it was refreshing and invigorating. I had to leave the place immediately as most of the runners were approaching my position. It was a repeat of my first finish when going up to the Tower Antenna at Amelong Labeng with the intense heat coming from the sun. I had to persevere and trust my training at this point where I would “power hike” with the aid of my trekking poles until I reached the peak of the mountain where the Tower Antennas are located. I started to run and jog on my way down to the Highway but along the way, I would here some mysterious sounds behind me as if somebody was trying to pass me but I could not see anybody. As I ran faster on the descents, such sound would never leave and then suddenly, I hear somebody calling my name “Ben” as the wind blows behind my back. I could not believe experiencing this as I don’t believe in “ghosts” or paranormal activity throughout my life. I knew I was neither dehydrated nor “bonking” on my nutrition needs at this moment. As I continued my running, I remember those stories we shared each other with my brother about our Father on the early portions of the race. We were both laughing about these stories while were were running. (Note: My brother was one of the runners of the OST 50K Trail Run). I felt guilty that here I was in the mountains running a race while my Dad was being prepared for viewing. At this point, I started to think and decide to shorten my race and be with my Dad.

Having Fun @ The Old Spanish Trail (Photo By GlairoldRecella Photography)

Two kilometers before reaching the 2nd Checkpoint in Castillo, I called the RD and requested him that I am going to downgrade to the OST 50K Race because of the “paramdam” I’ve experienced on top of Amelong Labeng. The RD approved my request. I reached Castillo in 12:15 hours which is almost 2 hours ahead of the cut-off time in this Checkpoint for the Four Lakes 100 Trail Run. From Castillo, the route is all descending 4+kilometers to the finish line.

I finished the OST 50K Trail Run in 13:08+hours without any pain in my legs and body.


BR’s Podcast

15 02 2018

Starting this week, I have created a Podcast where anybody could listen to anything about my experiences in running, most specially in Ultra Running/Ultra Marathon, whether they are about my training workouts or races. It will be a mixture of road running and trail running experiences.

I hope listening to my Podcast’s Episodes will be informative and entertaining to everybody. Thank you!

Initial episodes are all in the Filipino Dialect to cater to runners within the Philippines and to those Filipino runners abroad. BR will try his best to publish some Podcast in English in the future for the understanding of non-Filipino runners.

BR's Podcast

BR’s Podcast Website

Official Result: 4th Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race

13 02 2018

2018/4th Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race (Solo, Single Stage)

10:00 PM February 8, 2018 to 12:00 Midnight February 10, 2018

Start Line: Rizal Park, Luneta, Metro Manila

Finish Line: Rizal Park (Burnham Park), Baguio City

Course Cut-Off Time: 50 Hours with Intermediate Cut-Off Time of 10 Hours Every 50 Kilometers

Number Of Starters: 18 Runner

Number Of Finishers: 11 Runners

Percentage Of Finishers: 61.11%

RANK        NAME                     TIME (Hrs)

  1. Rolando Espina (Overall Champion & New Course Record) —35:43:11
  2. Ronnel Valero (1st Runner-Up, Overall) —42:48:18
  3. Jivee Tolentino (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —42:48:37
  4. Elmar Bob Tolete — 48:06:22
  5. Frederick Peñalosa — 48:13:01
  6. Sam Maniaul — 48:48:34
  7. Jeremy Blas — 48:50:51
  8. Gibo Malvar — 48:55:02
  9. Kristian Caleon — 49:00:34
  10. Reden Rodriguez — 49:40:51
  11. Oliver Cavinta — 49:42:28

Overall Champion & New Course Record Holder Rolando Espina

Overall 1st Runner-Up Ronnel Valero

Overall 2nd Runner-Up Jivee Tolentino

Congratulations To All The Finishers!


Race Report: 10th Edition Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race

5 02 2018

“Enjoy Every Step”….From Coach John Fitzgerald, CTS

I am proud to say that I am the only Race Director and Organizer of Ultra Marathon Races in the Philippines who runs its own event. It started with my “Pilot” Event then which is now the Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 102). I would think then that running beyond a Marathon Distance was impossible and crazy to think among the local runners. It was like breaking the borders and exploring the impossible when I thought of having a solo and single stage running event of the historic Bataan Death March route from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga. But the hard-headed in me and making my dreams possible, everything was planned out and implemented and the rest is history. But for all the local runners to see and prove that such event can be done, I have to “set the example” and run the first edition of this race with the rest of the participants.

Fast Forward. While I was in Europe after I finished the Jungfrau Marathon Race last year, I received an e-mail from the John Medinger, President of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run stating that the 10th Edition of the BDM 102 was selected as one of the 2019 Qualifying Races for the Western States 100- Mile Run. I was shocked and amazed that a Road Race in Asia is considered as a qualifying race in the most prestigious 100-mile Trail Race in the USA and in the whole world. It is for this main reason why I decided to join this event after nine years older than when I first ran it. The second reason why I decided to join the race is to find out the present state or condition of my running body after being under the watchful eyes of a Professional Coaching Service in the USA which is the CTS (Carmichael Training System) for the past six months. And lastly, as a part of my training to “kickstart” my 2018 Ultra Racing Season in preparation for my first international event for the year, the Madeira Island Ultra Trail Race (MIUT) in Portugal on the last weekend of April.

Planning for the 10th Edition of the BDM 102 had started since the months of April & May last year. And I firmly believed that my Race Staff and Volunteers would be there to administer and supervise the race while I was running the race. Slowly and surely, everything was in place and ready to be implemented on Race Day. Everything that can be controlled during the race was properly attended to except for the some surprises to include the assistance of the Local Government of Mariveles, Bataan in providing us with Public Address System and Lighting System for the whole Starting Area which is the BDM Shrine where the BDM Km #0 is located. Such assistance contributed to a “Party” environment for all the Runners and their Support Crew. It also made me more relaxed and comfortable in calling the attention and delivering my last detailed briefing to everybody before the Gunstart! The best surprise of them all was the weather during the night and day as most of the runners were covered with clouds and overcast sky. It even drizzled in some parts of the route and it was the first time to have experienced a rain at the Finish Line! I knew somebody up there was also with us in celebrating the 10th edition of this historic Bataan Death March Ultra Marathon Race.

Opening Ceremony & Short Program

I was asked by the local Police to delay the start by 30 minutes as most of the workers in the factories within the Mariveles Export Processing Zone will be leaving their respective factory/place of work at exactly 10:00 PM. The delay of 30 minutes will enable our runners and Support Vehicles free from traffic on the first 7 kilometers of the route as most of the workers traveling with their personal vehicle on this section of the Highway should have cleared the roads. The Zigzag Road from Km 2 to Km 7 is too narrow and the only long ascending portion of the route and with Big Cargo trucks, Commercial Buses and Private Vehicles on the road, extra safety was needed. The PNP made sure that only the runners would be on that section until the last runner had passed when they would open it again to regular traffic.

20 minutes before the Gun Start, we had our simple Opening Ceremony which consisted of a Prayer, Singing of National Anthem from the Main Actor-Countries of the Historic Bataan Death March and my usual Last Briefing and reminders on the Rules and Regulations of the Race. The short Prayer was done by Ronnel Go, one of my trusted and loyal PAU ultra runners; the Star Spangled Banner was sang by our US runners—Ann Sweat; Kim Travella; and Philip Bouve, all of whom are Veterans in their respective US Armed Services. Nobody from Japan was present and my Filipino ultra runner who teaches the Japanese dialect did not join the race, thus, we did not sing the Japanese National Anthem. Obviously, everybody sang our National Anthem proudly and loudly. I have also acknowledged the presence of 3 runners who came from Singapore—Wai Thing Law; Yang Wai Yee; and Jonathan Suerte. After some group picture at the BDM Km Post #0, the countdown started and all the runners were excited to start the journey.

Mandatory Group Picture @ BDM Km Post #0 (Photo By Dhan Punsalan)

At exactly 10:30 PM of Saturday, January 27, the race started with 244 runners with 48 Female Runners. I started the two Race Timing devices on my hand and waited for the last runner to leave the Shrine before I started the run. I was the last runner to leave the Starting Line.

With all those excitement, conversation with the runners, “photo-ops” or pictorials with individual runners and running groups, briefing, opening program, and giving instructions to my staff and volunteers, I forgot to prepare myself for those detailed things that I have to do minutes before the start of a race when I am a runner. I felt hungry immediately as soon as I had my first step of the race! I brought out one of my Power Bars from my Race Belt and started eating and walking on my first kilometer. No worries as I planned to hike on the ascending portion/s of the route.

As the event was getting nearer, I would review my notes and my thoughts and I thought of what would be my outcome goal in this race. When my Coach sent me a message two days before the race, expressed in three 3 simple words, “Enjoy Every Step”, I smiled and conditioned myself mentally that I will Finish the race and enjoy every step along the course. And that what I was expected to do from Start to Finish—Enjoy Every Step! However, at the back of my mind, a warrior’s voice aka “Devil’s Voice” would say, “Pass as many runners as you can!” So, from the very start, it was a fight between my Coach words aka “Angel’s Voice” and the “Devil’s Voice” in me!

I always advise the “newbies” in the BDM 102 that they should hike the first 7 kilometers of the route. Not heeding to this advise would compromise of what would be their running condition and ranking on the last 25-30K before the Finish Line and ultimately, on what kind of Finisher’s Medal they will receive as soon as they cross the Finish Line. After jogging the first 2 kilometers of the route which is flat, I started to power hike up to Kilometer #7. As I hiked, I was able to pass the slower runners and I would greet them and converse with them for encouragement.

Started As The Last Runner

An arrangement was made that I would be supported during the race by two Support Vehicles and Crew of two of my PAU Lady Ultrarunners. They would alternately provide me with the necessary food and hydration aside from their respective dedicated runner. Everything went fine and perfect on this kind of arrangement during the race.

From Km 8, everything was downhill and I took advantage of maintaining my “endurance run” pace with a relaxed, comfortable and steady speed and leg turn-over. I made sure that I was running with a speed of 5 miles per hour or 8 kilometers per hour. I was thinking that I should reach the first Checkpoint (Km 14) in less than 2 hours and not faster than 1:40 hours. Finally, I reached Km 14 in 1:44:44 hours and I was ranked #142. I was able to pass, at least, 100 runners as I came from behind in less than 2 hours!

After 2 kilometers from the first checkpoint, it was already a “roller-coaster” on the elevation of the course along the Roman Highway, you have hills and ascending portions of the course but you will be rewarded with some descents until you reach the second checkpoint at Km 23. I was surprised to know that I was ranked #66 with a time of almost 3 hours. At this point, I was having a speed of 5 to 5.3 miles per hour and I knew I was going faster as I tend to have the desire to pass every that runner that I see in front of me! The devil was really taking over into my mind!

Along The Km 68-83 Stretch

From this checkpoint, the next 9-kilometer stretch of this route is free from any vehicles except for the Support Vehicles parked on the right side of the road and their Support Crew waiting for their runner waiting on the left side of the road. Most parts of this stretch is well-lighted with street lamps, most specially in the center of each municipality or town one has to pass. I would pass more runners on this stretch until I came out to the Roman Highway at Km 31. At the 3rd Checkpoint in Km 32, I was ranked #58 with a time of 4:12:25 hours! I was able to catch up with the Singaporean Lady Runner Wai Thing Law and her Filipino companion, Jonathan Suerte and told them that there will be no more hills to climb up to the finish line. I guess, I lied because I did not take into consideration on those ascending approaches of bridges to cross up to the Finish Line.

After the Km 32 Checkpoint, it seems there are no longer runners in front of me as I was running without any “target” or reference point in terms of determining if I was going fast or slow on my pace/speed. This was the time that I thought the race was becoming boring. Not until I was in the company of Gibo Malvar, one of PAU’s candidate for the PAU Grand Slam Award for 2017 and it will be his second time to get such an award. He could be the ONLY PAU Runner who will have the distinction of coveting this Award in two successive years. Gibo and I paced with each other until I told him to get ahead after 5 kilometers. I would later catch him again at Km 45, eating some egg pie with Aldrin Pallera, another strong and consistent PAU Runner. These two runners caught and passed me before reaching Km 50 Checkpoint.

I finally reached Km 50 Checkpoint with a ranking of #42 with a time of 6:28:34 hours. I could see a lot of runners resting, eating, and having their massage with their Support Crew. This is where almost all the Support Vehicles wait for their runners. I did not stop as the my Support Vehicles were still few kilometers behind me taking care of their respective runner. One of the Support Vehicles/my Support Crew was able to refill my hydration bottle and I was able to stash some food in my Race Belt before reaching Km 50.

I was in the company of Wai Thing Law and Jonathan Suerte after passing Km 50 with few meters ahead or sometimes few meters behind me. It was a “see-saw” race between us until they left me for good at Km 57 when I started to incorporate power hiking with my run. Another runner in an orange shirt passed me before entering the town of Hermosa, Bataan and even if he was fast, I could still see him from a distance and use him as my reference point of my pace/speed. It was already daybreak and it started to drizzle when I was in Hermosa.

BDM 102 Never Gets Easier

I could still see the orange shirt of the runner ahead of me when I finally reached again the Roman Highway at Km 67. A PNP Checkpoint personnel was there to make sure every runner would be able to cross the Highway safely. I started to run again once I was on the left side of the road from this point. I knew the iconic BDM Km 68 post at the Layac Junction in Dinalupihan, Bataan was just one kilometer ahead of me.

I knew what to expect on the road stretch from Km 68 to Km 83. It is a 15-kilometer stretch where you meet every kind of vehicle on the fast highway of the San Fernando-Olongapo route. During the first edition, all of the runners had to cover their nose and face to prevent the dust from getting into your face/eyes and into their lungs. This stretch of road was under construction and being cemented at that time. The strategy to maintain your sanity in running on this section is to jog, run, and hike with a rest of power hiking! But with the heat of the sun, it will slow you down tremendously if you don’t be friends with ice water, wet small towel with ice cubes placed on top of your head or ice bandana tied around your neck or regular dousing of cold water on ones head, face, neck and upper body. However, in this year’s edition, the weather was so kind to everybody that I could feel a cold breeze coming from the East (in front of me) until I reached the commercial district of Lubao, Pampanga. It is just a matter of time that I would reach the Lubao Bridge (Km 82). It was on this stretch that some of the runners would be able to pass me and I would console myself with a reason that these runners are half younger than my age.

Enjoy Every Step On The Last 2 Kilometers

I finally reached Km 83 Checkpoint with a ranking of #53 with a time of 9:58:15 hours. My speed had decreased tremendously as I started to hike longer than jogging. From 5.3 miles per hour, I would estimate that I was averaging a 4-4.5 miles per hour speed at this point. One runner was on sight in front of me and I tried to use him as my reference point but to no avail. He just disappeared after a few minutes. At Km 90, fatigue and some tightness on my legs started to slow my pace and I knew more runners would be passing me. It was good that these runners are my PAU regular runners that they were kind enough to share their support-logistics to me aside from the designated Support Vehicle and Crew for me.

The plan to finish the race in 14 hours or less than 15 hours was nowhere in sight when I reached Km 100. The “angel voice” in my mind returned and reminded me to enjoy every step up to the finish line. I started to jog, run, and power hike on the last 2 kilometers and on the last turn towards the Finish Line, I saw the Finish Line Arc and some energy brought me back to jog all the way to the waiting crowd.

Approaching The Finish Line

I finished the 10th edition of the Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race with a ranking of #60 among the 212 finishers with a time of 15:20:08 hours. At first, I was sad that I was not able to improve my time of 15:18:45 hours when I was 9 years younger but I realized that with every year that a person gets older, his body mass and VO2 max deteriorates or decreases making him slower and weaker. But with my performance in this race, I would conclude that I have not aged or never got older since the day I first ran this event.

The first thing that I did when I reached home was to immediately send an e-mail to my Coach and told him of my performance. He replied immediately with the following:

“For you to run the same time as you did at the 1st edition of BDM shows your fitness right now. More focus on quality efforts over quantity has helped improve fitness. Not placing such a high emphasis on hard workouts and just as much focus on the recovery process (rest days) has allowed you to be more fresh and rested for workouts. As you age, you lose muscle mass and your aerobic capacity is lowered. Focusing on high intensity intervals and consistency with a strength routine is required to continue to make improvements.

I’m beyond excited to see what else you can accomplish this season!”

Thank you, Coach John. I really enjoyed every step along the course as I finished the 10th edition of the Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race!

Congratulation to all the Finishers and a greetings of “Good Job” to all my BR’s/PAU Staff and Volunteers for yet another successful edition of the BDM 102.


Official Result: 10th Edition Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 102)

30 01 2018

10th Edition (2018) Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 102)

Start Time & Place: 10:30 PM January 27, 2018 @ BDM Shrine, Mariveles, Bataan

Finish Time & Place: 4:30 PM January 28, 2018 @ Old Railway Station, Barangay Sto. Niño, San Fernando City (Pampanga)

Course Cut-Off Time: 18 Hours (9 Hours @ Km 50)

Number of Starters: 244 Runners

Number of Finishers: 212 Runners

Percentage of Finish: 86.88%

RANK          NAME                 TIME (Hrs)

  1. Desiderio Engbino (Overall Champion)—10:35:30
  2. Edilberto Batiancila (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—10:35:41
  3. Felmer Hiponia (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—10:40:01
  4. Jon Las Bruce —11:23:34
  5. Thomas Combisen —11:24:45
  6. Ronnel Valero —11:25:01
  7. Herbert Gutierrez —11:45:02
  8. Moses Moreno —11:48:09
  9. Jonathan Bajaro —12:07:37
  10. Bong Dizon —12:08:20
  11. Reynolds Enriquez —12:30:59
  12. Preciousa Sanchez (Female Champion) —12:34:49
  13. Sherwin Bargos —12:46:24
  14. Jonas Nacario —12:50:36
  15. Gil Conanan —12:51:37
  16. Michael Dela Rama —12:57:16
  17. Peter Christopher Illanza —13:02:19
  18. Raffy Barolo —13:05:38
  19. Angelo Rodriguez —13:12:37
  20. Jovencio Luspian —13:19:28
  21. Rex Brillantes —13:28:15
  22. Salvador Sietereales —13:28:23
  23. Raymond Balan —13:53:26
  24. Kevin Luna —14:05:19
  25. Richard Antonio —14:05:48
  26. Jeneth Silvestre (1st Runner-Up, Female) —14:11:23
  27. Desrei Balla —14:16:57
  28. Rene Villafuerte —14:18:11
  29. Aldrin Pallera —14:18:56
  30. Ralph Louie Jacinto —14:20:52
  31. Greggy Galicia —14:21:30
  32. Joseph Lizardo —14:23:39
  33. Simon Pavel Miranda —14:25:32
  34. Jose Napiloy —14:26:34
  35. Wai Thing Law (2nd Runner-Up, Female) —14:35:09
  36. Jonathan Epes Suerte —14:35:31
  37. Kelly Castro —14:38:03
  38. Dante Dela Torre —14:41:09
  39. Remy Caasi (Female) —14:43:38
  40. Alex Bugnos —14:43:57
  41. Monday Klaus Gimeno —14:47:55
  42. Fer De Leon —14:48:56
  43. Gibo Malvar —14:49:45
  44. Oliver Angeles —14:49:53
  45. Meljohn Tezon —14:50:08
  46. Joselito Rosales —14:52:27
  47. Mario Carig —14:53:35
  48. Peter Lloyd Molera —14:54:18
  49. Engelbert Pantig —14:55:41
  50. Khristian Caleon —14:55:54
  51. Rena Serion Manubang (Female) —15:06:12
  52. Rod Losabia —15:10:16
  53. Loben Macairan —15:13:44
  54. Richard Buco —15:14:17
  55. Jess Edmar Guerea —15:14:33
  56. Louie Cotejar —15:14:44
  57. Richard Rantillo —15:16:17
  58. Jim Taguiang —15:18:15
  59. Joel Ibañez —15:19:36
  60. Jovenal Narcise —15:20:08
  61. Anthony Noriel Fodra —15:20:57
  62. Juanito Centino —15:21:44
  63. Peter Canlas —15:23:24
  64. Rogelio Espe —15:24:34
  65. Eric John Galeos —15:26:32
  66. Rogelio Reyes Jr —15:28:03
  67. Roy Simon —15:28:26
  68. Glenn Rosales —15:30:45
  69. Rolan Cera —15:31:07
  70. Aaron Laron —15:31:36
  71. Richard Gamo —15:31:48
  72. Adonis Amoro —15:33:45
  73. Henry Laborde —15:35:19
  74. Renz Bruno —15:36:10
  75. Marilou Ingua (Female) —15:37:19
  76. Elgrace Jazmin (Female) —15:37:32
  77. James Kieven Liong —15:41:16
  78. Manuel Johnson Balancio III —15:41:47
  79. Noel Ade —15:42:44
  80. Domingo Patiño Jr —15:42:59
  81. Gary Mosqueda —15:43:30
  82. Edward Agdamag —15:47:20
  83. Laico Tolentino —15:49:15
  84. Virgilio Diaz Jr —15:57:49
  85. Rone Milan —15:58:20
  86. Jaime Sanchez Jr —15:58:47
  87. Bryan Francia —16:00:00
  88. Tess Leono (Female) —16:00:53
  89. Franz Quiestas —16:05:24
  90. Joemel Rojas —16:05:44
  91. Ricardo Catangay —16:06:00
  92. Hope Jhon Brazil —16:07:45
  93. Raymond Bueno —16:09:56
  94. Ma. Elena Cuario (Female) —16:11:06
  95. Joven Gozum —16:15:20
  96. Rey Timbreza —16:16:14
  97. John Arman Perez —16:20:43
  98. Mark David Elpedes —16:21:57
  99. Inla Diana Salonga (Female) —16:24:07
  100. Margie Pailaga (Female) —16:24:24
  101. Kathleen Piñero (Female) —16:24:31
  102. Bong Anastacio —16:26:02
  103. Anthony Pelera —16:26:43
  104. Brady Yandoc —16:27:03
  105. Jennylee Pascua (Female) —16:29:34
  106. Bien Alcala —16:29:52
  107. Elizer Loquere —16:32:17
  108. Joy Eder (Female) —16:33:03
  109. Nelson Val Caro Jr —16:33:17
  110. Joel Joseph Montilla —16:33:32
  111. Maria Theresa Santos (Female) —16:33:52
  112. Dennis Racho —16:35:16
  113. Michael Socito —16:39:48
  114. Aris De Leon —16:40:51
  115. Jeffrey Furigay —16:40:51
  116. Raymond Tuazon —16:41:30
  117. Marquis Albert Minlay —16:41:59
  118. Christopher Maravilla —16:42:53
  119. Jeneth Soriano (Female) —16:43:05
  120. Homer Paras —16:47:18
  121. Elmer Caballes —16:47:40
  122. Eduardo Magpoc —16:49:05
  123. Joey Alcantara —16:50:22
  124. Che Che Magramo (Female) —16:51:27
  125. JP Navarrete —16:54:18
  126. Rosario Mosca Jr —16:55:03
  127. Abgermel Tayaban —16:56:08
  128. Adelaida Laking (Female)—16:57:00
  129. Earl Louis Saez —16:57:25
  130. Romeo Canda —16:57:51
  131. Alnie Amoro —17:00:34
  132. Vladimer Quetua —17:01:20
  133. Oliver Salas —17:03:14
  134. Bernadette Aguirre (Female) —17:03:44
  135. Faustino Quiocho —17:05:48
  136. Ivan Lu —17:06:13
  137. Prances Autor —17:06:39
  138. Audie Tolentino —17:06:59
  139. Manuel Remandaban —17:07:29
  140. Eric Salazar —17:08:14
  141. Rimberto Del Rosario —17:08:30
  142. Leonora Ealdana (Female)—17:08:47
  143. Jun Ramirez —17:09:05
  144. Mary Jo-anne Lim (Female) —17:09:23
  145. Rodolfo De Ocampo Jr —17:09:37
  146. Anne Rose Paras (Female) —17:09:55
  147. Cecilia Lalisan (Female) —17:10:21
  148. Maila Bautista (Female) —17:10:49
  149. Hendricks Gonzales —17:11:18
  150. Jun Galita —17:11:44
  151. Yulo Andrew Patone —17:12:01
  152. Elmar Bob Tolete —17:12:16
  153. Josephine Amoguis (Female) —17:12:30
  154. Kharl Ocampo —17:12:57
  155. Marlon Saracho —17:13:33
  156. Bingky Musngi (Female) —17:14:26
  157. Paolo Tiong —17:14:42
  158. Gamaliel Tayao —17:14:59
  159. Oliver Cavinta —17:15:11
  160. Ann Sweat (Female) —17:15:32
  161. Michael Sacluti —17:16:06
  162. Roderick Salih —17:17:27
  163. Christopher Saavedra —17:17:37
  164. Alexer Resurrection —17:18:15
  165. Florie Bartolome (Female) —17:22:31
  166. Pia Ballesteros (Female) —17:22:32
  167. Rasette Pesuelo (Female) —17:22:48
  168. Efren Olpindo —17:23:12
  169. Beverly Andal (Female) —17:23:25
  170. Queenie Villanueva (Female) —17:23:45
  171. Alvin Alcantara —17:24:40
  172. Arianne Ortega (Female) —17:24:56
  173. Arnold Pagaran —17:25:10
  174. Yang Wai Yee —17:25:27
  175. Albert Joseph Carreon —17:25:34
  176. Jesus Arevalo —17:25:53
  177. Jeffrey Velasco —17:26:07
  178. Marjohn Presbitero —17:26:23
  179. Marilou Ruanes (Female) —17:27:05
  180. John Wilfred Saraza —17:28:18
  181. Markrinello Sarical —17:28:27
  182. Marissa Lim (Female) —17:29:09
  183. Jessibel Casamis (Female) —17:29:21
  184. Victor Rodriguez —17:29:39
  185. Ma. Naomi Tan (Female) —17:29:47
  186. Jonas Olandria —17:30:14
  187. Mark Hernandez —17:30:36
  188. Mandoy Cariaga —17:32:07
  189. Ramil Dumantay —17:33:14
  190. Juan Crisanto Cunanan —17:34:35
  191. Florydette Cuales (Female) —17:36:31
  192. Jose Mari Mercado —17:36:49
  193. Carl Vincent Mano —17:37:46
  194. Michael Peralta —17:38:03
  195. Edwin Dalusog —17:38:17
  196. Joselito San Diego —17:38:29
  197. John Robas —17:38:53
  198. Abegaile Par (Female)—17:39:27
  199. Alipio Narciso —17:39:58
  200. Rodrigo Quillan —17:41:22
  201. Mark Leonard Partoza —17:42:34
  202. Aldwin Palomo —17:43:15
  203. Rona Carandang (Female) —17:45:50
  204. Miles Evangelista (Female) —17:46:04
  205. Fritz Erwin Fernandez —17:46:38
  206. Christine De Guzman (Female) —17:47:03
  207. Angelica Paz (Female) —17:47:27
  208. Ariane Al Legarte —17:48:29
  209. Quennee Roseanne Mamano (Female) —17:48:59
  210. Clarissa Calingasan (Female) —17:49:26
  211. Joseph Nebrida —17:49:53
  212. Katrina Marie Cruz (Female) —17:56:13

Congratulations To All The Finishers!!!


Things You Should Know About BDM 102 Ultra Marathon Race

26 01 2018

The following are things that you should know about the Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race which makes it very unique and special from the other ultra marathon races in the country and around the world:

  1. The FIRST Ultra Marathon Race In The Country: Nobody believed or thought of this event to be done in one Solo and Single Stage Running Event with a prescribed cut-off time to finish the event in 18 hours. It took a group of 83 brave runners to test the course on the very first month of Summer in 2009 (April 4-5, 2009) and everything is now history.
  2. “By Invitation Only” Race: It is the runner’s own volition to send a Letter Of Request to the Race Director to introduce himself/herself that he’s/she is qualified to join the race. If accepted, he/she receives a Letter Of Invitation from the Race Director to join the said race. There are NO Commercial Promotions or Advertisements published in the traditional media about the said event. The RD does not encourage runners to join the event simply to make the number of participants bigger and more profitable.
  3. No Dedicated Website: This is a Race that had gained popularity through the years without a dedicated Event Website where you could “register and know” all about the event. If somebody would like to know the details of the said event, he/she would be able to browse on the articles posted at the Blog site of the Race Director— On Facebook, there is a dedicated Page for the said event which is used as a Chatroom for everybody interested to join the event.
  4. Integrity Of The Race Is Paramount: Since this event is a commemoration of a historic event of the country where the lives of past heroes, military veterans, and those who defended our country in the name of freedom, independence, and democracy, it is fitting that all the runners should be honest in finishing this race as there are no monetary prizes or popularity recognition in the media for being the fastest or slowest in finishing this race. The ultimate prize here is bragging on the Social Media.
  5. No Commercial Sponsors: The Race Director had strictly maintained his position for the event to be not supported by any Commercial Sponsors, even with the Government, except for the Local Government Units, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine National Police for security and administrative assistance. The RD had a bad experience with these Private Commercial Brands and the National Government bureaucracy when this event was on its “birth stage”.
  6. “Lesser Number Of Runners, The Better”: In the 2014 edition (6th Edition) of the race, the number of runners reached the number of 300 and it was a nightmare on matters of control, administration, logistics, and overall supervision of the event. Even then, the result was still the 4th lowest finisher percentage in the history of the event. In order to lessen the number of interested runners, the RD decided to increase the Registration Fee and had maintained it since 2015 up to the present. It drastically resulted to a lower number of runners in 2015 but the RD and its Staff were happier to have managed the event with ease and comfort.
  7. No Special Treatment To Any Runner: Whether a runner is coming from abroad or coming from Visayas and Mindanao, they have to make their own research on how to reach the Start of the Race and make their respective accommodation and other logistics matters. The RD also goes to some International Races abroad and he does need to contact the RD of these Races for basic information about such events.
  8. “No Whining” On This Race: Not All Running Events are Perfect. Even the oldest and most prestigious Marathon Race, the Boston Marathon, is NOT perfect! We try to investigate such “whining” related to the event and if we find out that such complaints are baseless and try to destroy the reputation of the race and its Race Organizer/s, we immediately BAN these people from joining this event, whether as volunteers, support crew, or a requesting participant. There are other running events scheduled on the same dates with the BDM 102 Ultra where they could join.
  9. No Reimbursement or Roll-Over of Registration Fee: If you have decided that you can not make it at the Starting Area on Race Day, the least that you can do is to pick-up your Race Packet and you will be declared as DNS (Did Not Start). No alibis or reasons will not be accepted why you could not make it to the race. Your Registration Fee for this year is NOT transferrable to the next edition if you can not make it this year.
  10. 2019 Western States 100-Mile Qualifying Race: It is with deep gratitude and thanks that the Western States 100 Endurance Race’ Board of Trustees have selected the 2018 BDM 102 Ultra Race as a qualifying race for its 2019 edition. This will be a good chance for our local runners who will finish this year’s race to apply for the lottery in the 2019 WSER 100.
  11. BDM “Get Together Party”: This is the ONLY Ultra Marathon Race in the country that  honors its runners to a “Dinner Party” and a chance to recognize outstanding ultra runners of the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU) for the year 2017.
  12. The Race Director Runs His Race: The Race Director ran and finished the FIRST Edition of BDM 102 just to prove to everybody that it could be done. He could be the Only RD in the country that runs its own race and competes with the younger runners. Now that he is already 65 years old, he would wish that he could still finish the BDM 102.
  13. Rules & Regulations Are Strictly Enforced: Do you know why every runner must memorize his/her Bib Number? Because our Marshals (Checkpoint and/or Secret/Intel people) will ask your Race Bib Number and this will remind you that you must follow the Event’s Rules and Regulations strictly throughout the Race.

BDM 102 Ultra Race Past Results

2017: Year-End Review On Pinoy Ultra Runners & PAU Runners

24 01 2018

The following is the list of Pinoy Ultra Runners (Locals & Residents Abroad) who have represented the country in International Ultra Running Races and those who performed outstanding finish in our Local PAU Races:

  1. Jag Lanante: The First and Only Filipino who have finished the Honkong Four Trails Ultra Challenge (HK4UTC) in less than 60 hours this year.
  2. Gerald Tabios: The First and Only Filipino to have finished the Badwater 135-Mile Ultra Marathon Race for Three Consecutive Years (2015, 2016, & 2017).
  3. Rolando Espina: The First and Only Filipino who have finished the Spartathlon Ultra Marathon Race in Greece for Two Consecutive Years (2016 & 2017).
  4. Conrado Bermudez, Jr: Based in New Jersey, USA, he finished Four (4) 100-Milers (Trail) in 2017—Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler in Texas, USA; Massanutten 100 Miler in Virginia, USA; Cruel Jewel 100 Miler in Georgia, USA; and UTMB 170K in Chamonix, France. He is setting a goal to be the First Filipino to Finish the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning Series in the USA this year.
  5. Paul Encarnacion—Based in Maryland, USA, he finished the Massanutten 100 in Virginia, USA and Eco Trail Madrid 80K in Spain.
  6. Aleksis Capili-–The First Pinoy to Finish the Tor Des Geants 330K Endurance Run in Courmayeur (Aosta Valley), Italy. He also finished the 2017 Tarawera 100 in New Zealand. He is also one of the Pinoy Runners in the Asia Trail Master Championship Ranking.
  7. Mon Beleno & Jerome Bautista—Finisher of the 2017 The North Face LAVAREDO 120K Ultra Trail Race in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy.
  8. Jerome Lagumbay, Rodney Cabahug, Rex Gonzales, & Jovenal Narcise—Finishers of the 2017 Tarawera 100K Ultra Trail Race in New Zealand.
  9. Edmund Cura—Finisher of CCC 102K (UTMB)
  10. Sandi Menchi Abahan & Aldean Philip Lim—Finisher of TDS 121K (UTMB)
  11. Hermogines Olvis; Miguel Carranza; & Majo Liao—Finishers of UTMB 170K.
  12. Henry Laron—The Only Filipino Finisher in the 2017 San Diego 100-Mile Endurance Run (Solo Category).
  13. Joseph Sibal-–One of the Pinoy Ultrarunners with the Asia Trail Master Championship Ranking, finishing the following trail races in 2017—Beach Bunch Trail Challenge 100K; BTS 100K Ultra; Ultra-Trail Panoramic 100K; and other Ultra Trail Races in the Asia Trail Master Series.
  14. Wilnar Iglesia—Finisher of the Penang Eco 100K; Mesastila Trail Challenge 100K and other Ultra Trail Races in the Asia Trail Master Series.
  15. Rose Betonio—Finisher of the Monster Ultra 200K in Singapore and 2nd Runner-Up in the Coast To Coast 444K Ultra in Malaysia. She also finished 2nd Runner-Up in PAU’s North Coast 200-Mile Run and finisher of PAU’s West To East 280K Ultra.
  16. Cheryl Bihag—Finisher of this year’s Beach Bunch Trail Challenge 100K; The Magnificent Merapoh 100K Trail Challenge; Ultra-Trail Panoramic 100-Mile Run; and other Ultra Trail Races in the Asia Trail Master Series.
  17. Kat Bermudez-–Based in New Jersey, USA and wife of Conrado Bermudez, Jr, is the First Lady “Virgin” Pinoy to have joined the Barkley Marathon finishing the 1st loop with 12 pages gathered. She finished the 2017 Rocky Raccoon 100-Mile Run in Texas, USA.
  18. Rhoda Oporto & Remy Caasi—PAU’s Top Lady Ultra Runners who finished the PAU’s 200+K Road Grand Slam Ultra Marathon Series for 2017.
  19. Bong Dizon, Rolan Cera, Fer De Leon, & Jon Borbon—Finishers of the PAU’s 200+K Road Grand Slam Ultra Marathon Series for 2017.
  20. Thomas Combisen, Gibo Malvar, and Salvador Sietereales—Candidates for the PAU’s 100-Mile Road & Trail Grand Slam Ultra Marathon Series for 2017.
  21. Thomas Combisen & Ronnel Valero—PAU Top Ultra Trail Runners who finished among the Top 10 Local Runners in the 2017 Hardcore Hundred Miles Trail Run.

Congratulations to everybody. Keep inspiring other runners to excel and to join international ultra running events and local ultra running events.


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