“Shit Happens!”

8 02 2012

I could be a “perfectionist” in terms of planning and execution, something that I’ve ingrained in my system since I was in the active military service. But even though how thorough your plan and preparations are, there is still a chance that something goes wrong. It’s the Murphy’s Law that one has to contend with.

Running Accident!

Behind the success of the last BDM 160 Ultra Marathon, an incident happened involving the runners and pacers. While two runner-participants were running with their respective pacer along the Mabalacat, Pampanga’s part of the MacArthur Highway at about 1:00 AM of Sunday, January 29, a drunken motorcycle rider was able to “sideswipe” two pacers who were running with their respective runner on the right side shoulder of the highway. As a result, the two designated pacers were brought immediately to the hospital for treatment. One of the pacers was declared out of danger immediately as she sustained minor bruises. However, the other pacer was brought to Manila for further observation due to hip fracture and suspected internal bleeding. With more tests and observation & treatment, the pacer was declared out of danger and she was released from the hospital after one week.

It is for this reason that future BDM runner-participants are advised to be extra careful while running at nighttime during the race.

The following Race Rules will be imperative and strictly implemented during the conduct of future BDM Races:

1. Runners shall ALWAYS stay on the farthest LEFT SIDE of the Road. Runners should be facing the incoming traffic during the run. If a runner has a support vehicle and support crew, the support crew should be the one to approach the runner to the left side of the road. If a runner needs to take a longer “pit stop” with his support vehicle, he/she should immediately return to the left side of the road not more than 10 meters in front of the parked support vehicle.

2. Runners should be ON SINGLE FILE while running on the farthest left side of the road. Runners will not be allowed to run abreast at any time during the run.

3. During night time running, runners should wear “reflectorized” vest or wear “reflectorized” strips on their running apparel. Obviously, runners should also be using headlights and hand-held flashlight. Runners without these item/s will not be allowed to participate in the event.

4. Pacers are NOT allowed in the BDM 102. If two runner-participants would like to pace with each other, they should be ON SINGLE FILE during the run (on the left side of the road).

5. Ipods, MP3s, and headphones ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED in ALL FUTURE BDM RACES.

Violations of these rules will result to disqualification of runners. Marshals shall be advised to be observant to implement these rules. THERE WILL BE NO WARNINGS!!!

If the Race Director says that you are DISQUALIFIED, it will be a FINAL verdict on the runner and he/she is advised to stop the run. If a runner reported to have violated these rules and insisted on finishing the race, he/she will be declared DNFd and will not be included in the Official Result of the Race.

Runner’s Mistake & Omission

While I was trying to inspect and collate the “split times” of all the runners and finishers in every Time Station along the route, I discovered that ONE FINISHER did not pass through the “Km Post #118” turn-around. He made a wrong turn directly to the Capas National Shrine, instead of running the last 10-kilometer stretch of the route.

I immediately advised the concerned runner that he is officially declared as DNF in the race; his name to be removed from the Official Result; to return all the Finisher’s Swags given to him at the Finish Line; and informed him that it is the runner’s responsibility to know and find out the actual route of the race.

This road race is already on its SECOND EDITION and a proper FINAL BRIEFING was conducted prior to the race, thus, runners are fully aware of the actual route of the event!

In view of this incident, all FINISHERS from 35th Place to the last place are advised to bring their respective Finisher’s Medal at the Awarding Ceremony & Get Together Party so that proper adjustment will be made on the proper rankings of recipients for the 2012 BDM 160 Finisher’s Medal.

The Final Official Result of the Race had been corrected.

See you at the Starting Line!

(Note: Awarding Ceremony & Get Together Party For 2012 BDM 160 & 102 Races will be on March 7, 2012, 7:00 PM, Wednesday @ The Officers’ (AFPCOC) Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City)

Official Result: 2012/2nd Bataan Death March (BDM) 160K Ultra Marathon Race

29 01 2012

2012 Bataan Death March (BDM) 160K Ultra Marathon Race, January 28-29, 2012, Mariveles, Bataan To Capas National Shrine

1 Juny Rex Carreon (Champion Overall) 21:07:56
2 Benedick Balaba (1st Runner-Up) 21:50:22
3 Jose Randy Duenas (2nd Runner-Up) 22:39:14
4 Noel Hernandez 23:20:58
5 Alfred Delos Reyes 23:46:47
6 Robert Patrimonio 23:55:45
7 Keshia Fule (Champion, Women) 23:56:31
8 Benjamin Gaetos 23:57:24
9 Edilberto Yonson 24:35:03
10 Roberto Delos Santos 24:44:15
11 Randy Rubio 25:33:55
12 Reginald Santos 25:38:27
13 Bert Camangonan 25:40:36
14 Bob Castilla 25:40:37
15 Graciano Santos 25:54:31
16 Frederick Gabriel 26:42:12
17 Wilfredo Parcon, Jr 26:43:52
18 Jose Lorenzo Mina 26:51:01
19 Meljohn Tezon 26:53:02
20 Terence Chen 26:54:53
21 Rain Ordonez 27:00:47
22 Albert Salazar 27:10:12
23 Chito Vegim 27:14:27
24 Paolo Osmena 27:28:15
25 Dindo Diaz 28:03:04
26 Gilbert Gray 28:03:53
27 Sandy Alentajan 28:07:13
28 Samuel Narcise 28:12:46
29 Marcos Lontoc 28:33:51
30 Haide Acuna (1st Runner-Up, Women) 28:42:58
31 Allan Bandiola 28:43:35
32 Ferdie Cabiling 28:44:46
33 Bong Bernadez 28:48:58
34 Lemuel Narcise 28:50:20
35 Michael Fabian 28:52:25
36 Victor Ting 29:02:54
37 Jimmy Ong 29:03:58
38 Vans Camannong 29:08:39
39 Francis Andrew Santiago 29:13:55
40 Mark Hernandez 29:22:35
41 Jag Irasga 29:27:04
42 Sherwin Tommy Botabara 29:28:31
43 Anthony Mark Alindada 29:29:49
44 Emma Alvarez (2nd Runner-Up, Women) 29:30:42
45 Jonel Mendoza 29:32:20
46 Mar Marilag 29:34:22
47 Barry Red 29:35:16
48 Junar Layug 29:36:14
49 Mark Anthony Rodica 29:36:23
50 Blas Ople Tiangco 29:41:37
51 Carlos Kharl Ocampo 29:46:22
52 Carlito Buenaventura 29:47:39
53 Benedict Meneses 29:48:51

Final Reminders: 2012 BDM 160

25 01 2012

This is where the tricky part for all the runners. Capas, Tarlac! Once you pass the Capas Public Market, you have to continue running along the MacArthur Highway up to the Y-intersection where you can see on your right, a Highway that goes to Concepcion, Tarlac and the left Highway is the continuation of the MacArthur Highway that goes to Tarlac City. On the middle of these two Highways is a CALTEX Gas Station.

Take The RIGHT Highway (Towards Concepcion, Tarlac)

Take the Highway on your RIGHT and you will surely pass by the McDonald’s Fastfood on your right. Continue for about 20 YARDS and you will see a road junction on your left. TURN LEFT on that road and in about another 20-30 meters you will see the Old Railway Terminal Building of Capas, Tarlac. There is a BDM Kilometer Post and a Shrine/Monument on the right side of the road.

Turn Left On This Road (20 Yards After Passing MacDonald's)

Follow this road and ultimately, you will cross the MacArthur Highway. Be careful in crossing this Highway. After about one kilometer, you will hit the road that goes to Camp O’Donnell and on your left is a CEMETERY. Turn right on the road that goes to Camp O’Donnell and you still have about 14 kilometers to the Finish Line.

Once you reach the Gate of the Capas National Shrine (BDM Shrine), you still have 5 kilometers to go to reach the Turn-Around Point infront of the Philippine Army’s Training & Doctrine Command. The distinct marker for the Turn-Around Point is the DPWH Kilometer Post #118. Once you reach this Km Post, you have to turn-around for the last 5 kilometers of the race.

The Finish Line is inside the Bataan Death March Shrine which is after the last pair of Flag Poles lined up along the wide approach towards the Shrine’s Obelisk. The Raceclock will be beside the usual simple BDM 160 Tarpaulin/Arc. And the RD will be there waiting for you to experience the RD’s BDM HUG!

Remember, the cut-off time of this road race is 30 Hours. Only runners who could cross the Finish Line within the prescribed cut-off time will be declared FINISHERS. This time, there will be NO Unofficial Finishers. Which means that the RD and its staff will no longer wait for runners to reach the Finish Line after the cut-off time had been reached or elapsed. Those who insist to Finish the race after the prescribed cut-off time will be declared DNF (Did Not Finish) on the Official Result of this Race which will be listed soon with Ultra Signup.

If you want to review what happened during the First Edition of this Race, you can read it HERE.

Good luck, ladies and gentlemen! Go! Go! Go! Brave Warriors of BDM 160!

(Note: BDM 160 Briefing & CLP will be held, tomorrow, 6:30 PM, Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the AFP Officers’ Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City for the Registered Participants Only. Runners are advised to bring with them their LandBank Deposit Slip (Payment of Registration Fee) for Confirmation. Runners will get their Race Bib/s and Support Vehicle Tarpaulin. If a runner intends to bring his/her Support Crew & Pacer, an additional fee of P200.00 per person shall be paid for the food & drinks.)

Race Cancelled!

25 11 2011

The BDM 160 5-Man Relay Race which is supposed to take place as a replacement for the past BDM “Test Runs” is hereby CANCELLED. This event is supposed to be conducted on December 3-4, 2011 which exclusively open to registered runners for the 2012 BDM Races. Due to requests from new runners of the 2012 BDM 160 and 102 races, I have decided to bring back those yearly “test runs” for recon and adaptation purposes.

Each “test run” will cover a distance of 50 kilometers. Runners have the option to bring their support crew and support vehicle. If a runner has not yet finalized his/her support system, I will allow runners to be self-supported provided they bring along their respective hydration system. Self-supported runners are encouraged to bring some cash as they could easily buy their needs on convenience stores along the route. As in the past, each runner will be provided with Race Bib and their respective finish time will be officially registered/recorded. The registration fee for each runner is Five Hundred Pesos (P 500.00) which will defray the cost in the coordination on matters pertaining to security and medical/ambulance assistance.

Every “test run” has its objective of knowing the course and trying to adapt one’s body to the conditions of the environment. Each “test run” will be conducted on the very same time that participants would  run each segment of the course during the actual race. Having said that, the first “test run” from Km Post #00 to Km Post 50 will be done on night time (from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM the following day); the second “test run” from Km Post #50 to Km Post 102 will be done from 7:00 AM up to 4:00 PM. And the last “test run” from Km Post #102 to the Finish Line in Capas National Shrine (for BDM 160 runners) will be done from 5:00 PM up to 2:00 AM the following day. Each of these “test runs” will have a cut-off time of NINE HOURS (9 hours).

Since most of the 2012 BDM 160 runners are already “veterans” (except for a few runners), the last “test run” will not be a mandatory one. I urge the new ones on this course to find time to recon the place (last 58K) on their own and ask the finishers last year to guide them or provide extra instructions on the directions.

The Schedule for the “Test Runs” will be the following:

1st Test Run (Km #00-Km #50)—January 14, 2012

2nd Test Run (Km #50-Km #102)—February 11, 2012

By the way, these “test runs” will be open to everybody. If you are not registered for the 2012 BDM Races, you can join and make it as your training run. However, make sure that you are officially registered for the “test run”. We will not allow “bandits” on these “test runs”.

Registration to these “test runs” will be at the “A Runners Circle Store” Manila. However, we will allow “On Site” Registration, provided you are at the Starting Area at least One Hour before the Start Time. If you intend to register on site, please make your slot/s reserved by sending me a message at my e-mail address—jovie75@hotmail.com or send me a Private Message/post a message on my Wall at Facebook. Registration at ARC Store starts on January 2, 2012.

Good luck!

2012 BDM Updates: Lists Of Invited Runners

15 10 2011

The lists of invited runners are now posted in this blog. Please click the appropriate BDM Race PAGE above to view the list.

Official BDM 102/160 Logo

Invited runners are encouraged to follow the instructions stated in the Letter of Invitation. There will be no extension of deadline for the payment of Registration Fee. (Remember that you paid your Registration Fees immediately when you applied to join in one or in every road race like, the Standard Chartered Singapore/Hongkong/Kuala Lumpur Marathons; New York City Marathon; San Francisco Marathon; Portland Marathon; Big Sur Marathon; Boston Marathon; Los Angeles Marathon; or California International Marathon—I am registered in this race and I paid last June and this race will be held yet on the 1st Sunday of December!).

Guys, your BDM Race had always been an International Road Race!

On the rules and regulations, we are updating some of them. Updates on this matter will be published on this blog and/or at the BDM site at www.bataan102.blogspot.com.

Good luck and train hard!

Last Day Of Application: BDM 102 & 160

1 10 2011

Bataan Death March Logo

October 1, 2011

Today is the last day of application for the BDM 102 & 160 Ultra Marathon Races. If you missed this date, then you will not be considered for screening for the next year’s (2012) events. There will be no extension of this deadline.

It does not mean that if you applied, you will be positively considered as one of the participants of the event. First, you should be able to have finished at least, a full marathon race. If you have finished an ultra marathon race (without any full marathon race), whether with any of the PAU Races or FrontRunner Magazines’ Races in Cebu & Manila, you will be considered. Second, you should start securing your Medical Certificate or Doctor’s Certification attesting the fact that you can endure a long distance run. Without this doctor’s/medical approval, you may lose your chance of joining this event. You can immediately scan the document and send it immediately to my e-mail address @ jovie75@hotmail.com. Deadline of submission is not later than November 15, 2011.

For those who have applied for the BDM 160, you are considered for screening if you have finished the BDM 102 within the prescribed cut-off time of 18 hours. It means that the only qualifying race for this event is a BDM 102 finish! If you are a foreign runner applying for this event, you have to finish FIRST the BDM 102.

Screened/Accepted applicants will start receiving their respective Letter/s of Invitation for the BDM 102 & 160 on or before October 15, 2011 through their e-mail address submitted in their application through letters of intent or on the comment of the BDM Pages in this blog. If you don’t receive any Letter of Invitation, then you are not included in the list of participants. We will not give any explanation why you are not included and we will not entertain any re-consideration from your end. You can try your luck again to apply for the next edition of the said races.

We are not raising our Registration Fees for the 2012 edition. BDM 102’s Registration Fee is Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (P 2,500.00) for the Local Residents and One Hundred (US) Dollars ($ 100.00) for the Foreign Runners. BDM 160’s Registration Fee is Five Thousand Pesos (P 5,000.00) for the Local Residents and One Hundred Fifty (US) Dollars for the Foreign Runners.

Invited participants are given up to November 15, 2011 to pay their respective registration fee. There will be no extension of deadline on this matter. Non-payment on the deadline would mean non-inclusion in the final list of participants. Local Residents can ONLY pay their Registration Fee through LANBANK deposit @ this savings account: #1686-0795-85 in behalf of Jovenal Narcise. Foreign runners have to pay their registration fees through Western Union. Copy of deposit slip/payment SHOULD be scanned and sent to jovie75@hotmail.com immediately for verification. This is a MUST as we’ll no longer ask you to bring your deposit/payment slip at the Starting Area on Race Day. Registration Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE.

The final lists of participants for the BDM 102 and BDM 160 will be published in this blog and at www.bataan102.blogspot.com not later than December 1, 2011.

Good luck and train well!

Final Briefing For BDM 102 & 160

24 02 2011

 To those who will be participating in the BDM 160 and 102, please check this out. This will serve as your last briefing before the start of the race. We will have a simple ceremony at the Starting Area without any “frills and distractions”. The earlier we start the race, the better for everybody!


Good luck to everybody!

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