Hike & Run To Mt Baldy (2016)

24 08 2016

Almost every time I visit and stay in Los Angeles, California, I always make a schedule to trek to the peak of Mt Baldy. I have read a lot of blogs and FB status of running friends in Los Angeles that they would go and hike up to the peak of the said mountain. One of my ultra running friends, Benjamin Gaetos, is a regular visitor of this place and one time, I asked him for directions in going to Mt Baldy. And he generously stated the directions and the things to be required to be able to park ones vehicle near the trailhead. This was 4-5 years ago. From then, I was a regular visitor/hiker to Mt Baldy (Mt San Antonio).

Coming from Downtown, Los Angeles, I would drive to Highway 2 North and enter Highway 134 until it merges to Highway 210 East going to Pasadena up to Azusa/La Verne area. I have to exit at Baseline Road, turn Left at the Stop Light/Intersection and then drive towards Padua Street. At Padua Street, turn Right until I would reach the Mt Baldy Road. Turn right at Mt Baldy Road and go north, passing through the big lawns and nice houses in Claremont, until I would reach Manker Flats. A few yards (along the paved road) above Manker Flats, there is a road on the left with Portalets and within the said vicinity is where anybody could park their personal vehicle. The trailhead is the start of the road called “Mt San Antonio (Baldy) Falls Road”.

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San Antonio Falls Trailhead (BR’s Photo)

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Trailhead With Four (4) Portalets (BR’s Photo)

However, one has to display an “Adventure Pass” on Dashboard of the Vehicle to be able to park in this hiking destination. The “Adventure Pass” can be bought in any of the REI Stores in Los Angeles and some of the Outdoor Stores in the area. It costs $35 which is valid for One Year. One-time Day Pass is also available for the price of $5.

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Parking Area (Side Of The Road). Adventure Pass Needed (BR’s Photo)

On my first hike, I would follow the “Fire/Dirt Road” going up to the mountain from the trailhead by following where the Ski Lift would end. At the end of the Ski Lift which has commercial establishments and Public Toilet, I would turn left on another Dirt Road that would lead me to the Devil’s Backbone Trail, Mt Harwood, and to the peak of Mt Baldy. Round Trip distance would be 14 miles and it would take me almost 8 hours for the first time that I hiked to the peak.

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Ski Lift Commercial Establishment/Water Refilling Station (BR’s Photo)

But later on, on my yearly visits, I would be introduced by running friends on some of the shorter distance and steeper trails towards to the peak of the mountain.

For this year’s visit, it will be my 5th visit to “peak bag” the mountain. And I could make it with my 6th “peak bag” before I would leave Los Angeles for Manila.

Rowell Ramos, an ultrarunner from Los Angeles, invited me to join their group, for my 5th hike to the said mountain. For Rowell and his friends, it is their “bread & butter” as they would peak bag the mountain almost every week. Rowell would sometimes hike alone by starting early in the morning and then before 10:00 AM, he is done with his hike.

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Very Steep Trail & Impossible To Run Or Jog

I joined Rowell, Peachy Poso, and Rico Bagayawa on this hike which was done on the first Saturday of August 2016. We met and assembled at Manker Flats at 6:00 AM and we started to hike as soon as possible. We took the steepest trail leading to Mt Baldy where we veered left after hiking along the Mt Antonio Falls Road for about a mile. But before going to the said mountain, we “peak bagged” Mt Harwood first which is one mile away from Mt Baldy. This “new” trail experience was very challenging as I have to stop along the way for me to adjust slowly to a higher elevation. For the past weeks before this hike, I’ve been running on the road and never had the chance to accumulate vertical distance in preparation for this hike. However, slowly along the way, I was able to adjust my breathing as I positioned myself at the back of the group.

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Brief Rests & Stops To Adjust The Body To Higher Elevation

We started to meet the gusty winds from Mt Harwood but the wind temperature was not too cold that I would be able not to use my Windbreaker/Jacket. After a brief stop at the peak of Mt Harwood, we immediately proceeded to Mt Baldy. I was telling to the group that the same intensity of the wind was the same wind that stopped the race in this year’s TransLantau 100 in Hongkong. After a short descent from Mt Harwood, we were on our final assault to the peak of Mt Baldy. After 30 minutes of relentless hike, we finally reached the marker of San Antonio or popularly known as “Mt Baldy”.

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Short Downhill Run From Mt Harwood

It is self-explanatory that the mountain is called as such because it is devoid of any kind of vegetation, except for a few shrubs on the side of the mountain. From a distance, you can see see its peak as whitish in color.

I think we stayed at the peak for about 30 minutes, taking some of our pictures and talking to some of the other hikers who happen to be friends of Peachy Poso. I was able to eat my energy bar and drink some of my water.

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Final Assault To The Peak Of Mt Baldy

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Finally, At The Peak of Mt Baldy (Rico, Rowell, Peachy, & BR)

We were trying to locate where Mt Baden-Powell was located in relation to Mt Baldy as the 2016 Angeles Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run was being held on that day that we were in Mt Baldy. I was supposed to be in that race but because of lack of training, I opted not to join the said race.

From the peak, we descended via the Devil’s Backbone Trail all the way to the Ski Lift Commercial Area. Since it was all descending trail, we took advantage to run and jog until we reached the commercial establishment. We had some water refill on the public faucet and ate some Empanada brought by Rowell Ramos. After a brief rest, Rowell and Peachy had to continue their trek to the Triple T Peaks which is another 10 miles before reaching the trailhead while Rico and I had to return to the Mt Baldy Falls Road Trailhead which has a distance of 3.5 miles from the Ski Lift Commercial Center.

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Descending Run From Mt Baldy

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Running Along The Devil’s Backbone Trail (Do not look at your sides!)

Rico and I were done before noon time and we parted ways. I was able to hike and run a distance of 10.4 miles with a total elevation of 4,937 feet. The details of my hike & run could be seen here—https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1291507392.

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Filipino Empanada As Trail Food

I promised to be back to this mountain for another solo hike and run before leaving for Manila.

If you happen to be in Los Angeles and would like to hike a mountain, Mount San Antonio (Mt Baldy) is a must!

(Note: Pictures and Empanada Were Provided By Rowell Ramos)





Running Will Make You Poorer, But…

22 08 2016

If you are an average runner, “middle or back of the pack” runner or Social Media runner, running will make you poorer but there are intangible benefits that you can get from it.

The following reasons why running will make you poorer:

  1. Running is Addictive——Running is like a “drug” for the mind and the body that the more you are comfortable with it, the more you would challenge yourself to be faster or run longer. Having said that, there are “rippling effects” to such addiction and the next reasons will validate my theory. (Note: Running is an addiction that will NOT lead you to kill, steal, or rape somebody!)
  2. Indecision Which Running Shoes’ Brand You Will Be Loyal To ——Most of running friends are attracted to the color combination and physical appearance of the shoes. Some also would think that the more expensive the shoes are, the better for them to brag to their running friends. There are also runners that would prefer to buy shoes that are being used by International Champions whether they are road marathon elite runners or mountain ultra trail runners. You will be wondering why average/middle of the pack and back of the pack runners are using the brands like Salomon, HOKA ONE ONE, and expensive models of ALTRA or ASICS. It is a “bragging right” to have these shoes in the social media because they are very expensive. Result? You pay and spend more even if a cheap NIKE or New Balance or Merrell or Skechers can do the job you need in a running event.
  3. Looking Good In Ones Running Apparel——I don’t understand why most of the runners are fond of using running tights in running events. I know that these running tights are comfortably used for colder environment and not in my country, Philippines. To some, runners would use “triathlon suits” in a marathon or half-marathon running events and I really admire them to be preparing for their Ironman Race in Kona, Hawaii. And come to think of these apparels, they are more expensive than the ordinary running shorts and running shirts. Aside from being expensive, they are heavier than the regular running apparel and if you are a sweaty guy, they tend to be heavier as they absorb most of ones perspiration.
  4. Compression Accessories Are Expensive——I am not the “compression-runner” type but I sometimes use them in races and in my training. However, after an ultra race, I try to use them for recovery while resting or sleeping after the race. Well, for the other runners, I really don’t know if they get some advantage in terms in muscle cramping prevention during the race or being in fashion with the rest of their running friends. For me, they are just added weight to what I am carrying during an ultra race but one thing that calf sleeves are very useful is that when they absorbed the perspiration coming from my body preventing my socks to be wet in the early part of the race, most specially when the prevailing temperature is warm or hot.
  5. Lots of Hydration Bottles and Systems To Choose From——You might have observed the international elite runners to only carry one hand-held bottles and some would wear a backpack with bottles in front and another bladder full of water on the back. Depending on the weather of the place of the event, the mandatory gears required in the race, and the rate of sweat loss of an individual runner, the runner can decide what to choose from these hydration systems. Most of them are expensive but very functional not unless you settle for a commercial bottled water bought at 7-11 Stores as you recycled hydration bottle.
  6. Nutrition and Sports Fuel Are Also Expensive——If you are an mountain trail or road ultra runner, you know what I really mean. And if you have a support crew, your expenses are multiplied depending the number of support crew or pacer you will need for you to successfully finish the race.
  7. Don’t Join My Races If You Complain About Registration Fees——Yes, Registration Fees are very expensive nowadays. So, if you want to save your money for an A-Race which you think that will increase you value in terms of reputation, prestige, and self-satisfaction, just concentrate on your training——do your LSDs, do some Strength Training, do your Tempo and Intervals Runs to improve your Speed, and improve on your weaknesses, whether on your nutrition or mental attitude during the race.
  8. Ultra Marathon Races Are Expensive, Too!——There are local ultra marathon races that offer lower registration fees than the other races but if these races are tainted with suspicion of cheating, the money you paid for your registration fee and the “swags” you received from finishing the race are worthless!
  9. Joining International Races Is A Fortune——I remember an ultra runner who regularly joins my ultra races who said that he will never join any 100-mile/160K ultra marathon race if there is NO Finisher’s Buckle to be awarded to him even if the registration fee is lower than my races. After so many years, the same guy in now planning to gather and earn points for his UTMB participation in Chamonix, France. UTMB 166K Race (more than 100 miles) does NOT award a Finisher’s Buckle but the mere fact that you are going to Europe means a lot of financial resources needed to be saved and spent.
  10. Accessories In Running Add Up To More Expenses——Cellphones/Camera; GoPro; “Selfie” Sticks; Sunglasses; Buffs; Water Repellant Jacket; Trekking Poles; Emergency First Aid Kit; Medicines; GPS Watches with HR Monitor; & Trucker Caps.
  11. Coaching Services——I know that there are Local Running Coaches who are willing and able to help and guide you to an enjoyable and injury-free running life. I am not sure if they are offering free services but it is your responsibility to pay back something to your coach. If you research in the Internet, there are lots of websites who are offering Coaching Services to any body with a certain fee. Just be ready with your Credit Card.
  12. Gym Membership & Regular Massage——I am one of the few “first” members of a well-known franchise of Gym which is very popular in the world but after 3-4 years, I have to give up such membership because it is becoming more expensive and I just do my own strengthening exercises in the comfort of my house. Sometimes, I would visit a not-so well-known Gym and pay on a daily basis. If you have Gym Membership, then this your Annual/Monthly Fees add up to your expenses. In the same manner that if you need to relax your muscles, a regular massage to your professional muscle therapist will add also to your expenses.
  13. Medical Check-Ups——It is expensive to acquire a Medical Certificate or Clearance if you don’t know any Doctor as most of the more popular local races now require the submission of such before you are considered as a participant. If you are long-time or veteran runner, there is no need for you to go to a Doctor to check on your muscle pains or running-related injury, just simply rest and relax and let your body heal by itself.

But there are bigger benefits if you maintain running despite all these expenses you have to incur. There is a saying that goes like this: “Poor People Invest In Money; But Rich People Invest In Time”. In the end, if you keep on running, you are that “Rich People” who are investing in time——for you to live longer, more healthy, and more happy than anybody else and maybe, still running at the age of 80 or beyond.

Through running, I have been “investing in time” so that I could enjoy my retirement and the pension I am receiving from the government and the “golden eggs” from my investments.

So, you may be broke while you have the love and passion in running but in the end, you will be enjoying a longer life and a healthy lifestyle (free from medical bills and maintenance medicines).

Go out and run!

Rich Runner

Simple Attire But Very Expensive!





Running: Sports Of The Poor

18 08 2016

In my country, Philippines, elite runners come from poor families. It is either they grew up in the mountains and in areas which are not easily accessible by public transport system. You can ask those consistent Podium Finishers in our local races and you will find out that I am telling a fact.

Show me an elite runner who was raised in a rich family and in a populated city and if you can tell who he/she is, then I would say sorry for telling the reality of our sports in running.

I had a chance to live and train with elite runners who have the potential to become members of the National Pool in long distance running. I even went to the extent of housing and feeding them immediately after I retired from the active military service with the thought of developing them as members of the National Pool in Running. And through my daily conversation with them, all of them belong to lowest income bracket of the Philippine society.

The sad reality of everything is that, even if they are qualified for the National Pool, there is still “favoritism” on who will finally join the National Team. Worst, when they send my elite runners to the National Training Camp without any stipend or financial support. In the end, due to frustrations, my elite runners left the training camp after one week and finally, decided to become a soldier.

In our National Games, “raw and native-talent” runners who represent their respective Regions and considered as Podium Finishers with potentials for development to become an Elite Runner are being “scouted” by Coaches of the different Colleges and Universities and they are offered free tuition/scholarship as long as they represent their respective Alma Mater in Collegiate/University Sports Competition. So, most of these poor athletes would take this opportunity to earn their education and leave the locality where they grow up. Whether they earn their College Diploma or represent the country in international races or in the South East Asian Games, they still remain to be poor.

Why? Because they are not properly supported by the National Sports Federation where their sports belong. If you are an elite runner or elite athlete in general terms, you must prove your worth first in international competition before you are being recognized by the government, the National Sports Federation, and probable Private Sponsors.

That is the sad reality of our long distance elite runners. They are poor and they remain to be poor!

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Why I Hate “Selfies” In Running Events

17 08 2016

In my early years of joining running events, which is about 40 years ago, runners then were not particular with their pictures before, during, and after finishing a race. What was important to them was to finish the race, get their Certificate of Finish and hoping that the race result will be published in the daily newspapers. It was only the Top Male & Female picture that would be featured in the next day’s newspapers, if the race is a Marathon distance. It was only the Marathon Races that award Finisher’s Medal to the runners!

Now that we are in the Age of the Internet and Social Media, the tendency is that you need an evidence that you are participating in a running event by posting a picture of yourself in the Internet/Social Media showing that you are really in the said event. Added to this is a “bragging right” to your friends that you are really a legitimate endurance athlete. No evidence, no “bragging rights”! And the more your pictures is being SHARED and have LIKES, the better for you that your feat is being recognized.

Let me define what I mean by “selfies” or a “selfie” picture. “Selfies” are those pictures taken by ones digital camera or cellphone’s camera where you click the shutter button by yourself with your face or body and the surroundings as a product/result in the said picture. Sometimes, I can consider “selfie” pictures when I see runners stopping by the trail or road to take a picture of the scenery or the surroundings. I don’t consider “selfie” pictures taken by official photographers as well as pictures taken by the support crew or pacer of a runner.

Let me then tell you the reasons why I hate “selfies” in running events and they are the following:

  1. Runners taking “selfies” with another runner on the background or taking a “selfie” behind another runner don’t ask permission to take a picture of you as the background. Most of the time on these “selfies”, they would show that I was walking or having some “low/down moments” when these pictures are taken while the one taking the “selfie” is smiling or laughing happily behind my back or in front of me. Just imagine what the picture would depict if it is posted in the social media.
  2. It slows me and breaks my racing momentum in races. Ok, I admit that I am a very positive person and I don’t say “No” to the requests of other runners to have a “selfie” during a race. But for God’s sake, please don’t ask for a “selfie” with me at the peak of a mountain in a trail race if I am about to continue my run to proceed on the descending/downhill part of the course. As a rule, never ask another runner for a “selfie” during the race. Every runner has their goal to finish the race as fast as they can and that is the simple essence of race!
  3. “Selfies” or pictures taken at the Turn-Around Points in trail runs are also annoying as it delays the momentum of a runner. Simply have the Race Marshal on these points/locations to take note or write the Bib Number and time of arrival of the runner and don’t delay the runner from finishing the race. Just imagine if you are in a group of 4-6 runners in that turn-around point and each runner would wait for his/her turn for him to pose a picture showing that he/she actually reached or passed the said place!
  4. In the Aid Stations, Race Marshals and Volunteers should not take “selfies” with the runners while they are being helped with their food and while refilling their hydration bottles or packs. These requests for “selfies” would alter or disturb the runner’s focus on what he decides to do in the Aid Station at the fastest time possible. Once a runner’s focus is unnecessarily disturbed, his or her temper would spike most specially if his target time to reach that Aid Station/Checkpoint is not met. To be safe, never ask a “selfie” to those who are fast and runners who are focused to improve their finish time/s in a race. Moreso, if they are elite international runners or “good-looking” lady international runners.
  5. Let it be known that even if I am already 64 years old, I am still a competitive runner. Having said this, I have target pace, speed, and finish time in all the races that I join. I would be happy and contented to race with the younger runners in road and in trail races, whether they are non-ultra or ultra distance events. So, a simple delay for a “selfie” would be a reason for my targets to be altered, resulting to slow performance or sometimes, bad temper!
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I am already tired!

So, what is my advise on “selfies” or taking of pictures during the race?

  1. If you want to improve your PR in a certain race, leave your cellphone/camera behind. Aside from being a distraction (of taking selfies/pictures), carrying a cellphone or camera adds weight to your body.
  2. If you have a blog or planning to document your races and need to have some pictures of scenery or places along the race route, do a recon run along the route and you can have all the time to take pictures along the route. On race day, your only goal is to focus to finish the race without any distractions.
  3. If you are a fast runner, you have all the time to take your pictures but do not distract or interrupt other runners and request them to take your picture or ask them to have “selfies” with you. In one of my trail races, a runner in front of me suddenly stopped along a single-track descending part of the route and requested me to take a picture of him that I wanted to deny his request. But I just smiled and did the favour to take a picture of him…not once but three times!
  4. In international races, don’t be stoked to world-class/elite runners by asking them to have “selfies” with them during the race. You can have “selfies” with them during the Race Briefing (a day before the race) or after the Race. These international elite ultra runners are kind and easy to talk with as they would accommodate a “photo-ops” with them once you request them to have one. I never had any problem talking to these people before and after the race.
  5. In races where one of the mandatory gears is a cellphone, the cellphone is a gear that is very vital for your survival just in case of any emergency/accident or serious injury that will happen to you. Bringing out ones cellphone to take pictures of the scenery and “selfies” adds up to the extra time spent in the course, most specially if you are “cut-off time beater” like me. If you successfully finished the race within the prescribed cut-off time, you can register again for the next year’s edition if you intend to run it faster and have a chance to take selfies during the race.
  6. You must be warned also with runners who intentionally request you to have “selfie” with them must specially if you running ahead of them. This kind of runner will destroy or impede your momentum in the race and after taking a “selfie” and making some time to pack or stow your cellphone or camera in your pocket, the one who requested you to have a “selfie” with your will just leave you without even saying “thank you”. Just when you realised that you have been tricked by this runner for stopping, you would see him almost one hundred yards ahead of you with a blistering pace.

“Selfies” are already a “norm” in most of the Social Media outlets and platforms and they are already part of being a runner and as an avid outdoor adventurer. But if you don’t have any time to beat, it is fun and self-satisfying because it creates memories to your activities or events.

With or without “selfies” running is still fun but don’t do it to me when I am racing.

Go out and run!

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Smiling But Actually Tired





Blogging Reboot (2016)

15 08 2016

Starting with this post I am back again with my blogging.

Thinking back almost nine (9) years ago, I started this blog to document or journalize my daily running activities; write Race Reports in my running events (whether I am a participant or a Race Director); try to remember and document my previous running experiences; and re-post whatever running resources or information I have read in the books that I’ve purchased and read and what I’ve read in the Internet. Sometimes, I would post my personal opinion on what has transpired in the running world, whether it is within the local or in the country and in the international arena.

So, I am going back to what I know about blogging——sharing and letting my readers know what is happening to me in my running workouts, activities, and adventures. From time to time, I would also share things that are important or worth knowing in the field of running (specially on ultra running).

However, this blog will remain as the main source of information on the Ultra Races that I organise and direct.

I will not be competing with my Facebook account but in essence this blog will be “What is on my mind…about running”.

Now, it is time to go out and run!

Trail Running In Kayapa, Benguet, Philippines

Trail Running In Kayapa, Benguet, Philippines





Tess Leono & Geral Tabios: Pinoy Runners Finish Badwater 135-Mile Ultra Marathon, “World’s Toughest Running Event”

25 07 2016

Tess Leono, a Project Analyst of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and local resident of Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila finished the prestigious Badwater 135-Mile Ultra Marathon Race which starts from Badwater, California in the Death Valley National Park passing through three mountain ranges up to the Finish Line at Mt Whitney Portal which is considered as the highest mountain in the mainland USA. The race is popularly known as the “World’s Toughest Foot Race Event” because it starts at an elevation of 280 feet below sea level and finishes at an elevation of almost 8,300 feet above sea level. Runners would be able to tackle and pass three mountain ranges that would total a cumulative vertical ascent of 14,600 feet up to the Finish Line. Adding to the elevation, the prevailing temperature during summer in the area is 120-145 degrees Fahrenheit with gusty winds in the mountain ranges and sandstorms on the flatter areas.

This year’s 39th edition of the race was held on July 18-20, 2016 with 97 runners who were divided into 3 separate Starting Waves according to their past qualifying races. Tess Leono started the race with the First Wave at 8:00 PM of Monday, July 18 with 30+ other runners. The faster runners, 3rd Wave, started at 10:00 PM of the same day.

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Badwater Tess Leono #22

Tess Leono finished the race in 46:01:29 hours and ranked #82 among the 97 starters. The race has a cut-off time of 48 hours and checkpoints and time stations were located along the route which strictly impose intermediate cut-off times. Each runner-participant is equipped with Spot Satellite Tracker device showing their real-time location during the race which can be seen by everybody on the Internet.

The runners came from the different countries and from the different states in the US who were duly screened and invited to join the race. Most of these athletes are noted Ultrarunners, Triathletes, Adventure Runners, and Mountaineers. Runners from twenty (20) different countries were represented and the remaining runners represented twenty-seven (27) States from the US. Out of the 97 runners, 51 were Veterans/Repeaters and 46 were “first-timers” or rookies.

Tess Leono is one of the “first-timers” in this race which happens to be her first visit to Mainland USA. Her accomplishment in this race gives her the titles as the “First Local Filipino Runner” and “First Filipino Woman” to ever finish this prestigious race.

Tess In Action (Photo By Peach Poso)

Tess In Action (Photo By Peach Poso)

On the other hand, Gerald Tabios, another Filipino Ultra Runner residing in New York City also finished the race for the third consecutive times since 2014 where every edition he improves his finish time. He finished the race in 41:42:20 hours, an improvement of 40+ minutes, and ranked #61 out of the 97 starters. Gerald Tabios is from the Province of Bukidnon.

The Overall Champion in this year’s race is Pete Kostelnik of Nebraska, USA with a finish time of 21:56:32 hours registering a New Course Record for this race. He won the race in last year’s edition and finished it faster by almost one hour. In the women’s side, Venti Alyson of Barbados, USA won the Women’s Championship placing 5th Overall with a time of 25:53:07 hours. Out of the 97 starters, 13 runners were declared as DNFs due to fatigue, injury, and effects of the environment to them.

Team Leono (From Left, Rowell Ramos, Franco Soriano, Tess Leono, Peach Poso, & Ben Gaetos) Photo By Rowell Ramos

Team Leono At The Starting Line (From Left, Rowell Ramos, Franco Soriano, Tess Leono, Peach Poso, & Ben Gaetos) Photo By Rowell Ramos

Tess Leono started as an ultrarunner by joining the scheduled races of the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU) and the Bald Runner’s Events for the past three (3) years and her consistent performance as Lady Champion and Podium Finisher in these road & trail races earned her the PAU Runner Of The Year Award for two consecutive years (2014 & 2015). She is the only woman who have finished the PAU Grand Slam Races in one year (Antique 100-Mile Run; West Coast 200K Ultra Run; Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run; and the Bataan Death March 160K Run). Last February of this year, she was declared as the Lady Champion in the yearly Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race. She submitted her finishes in these PAU Races as her qualifying races to join this year’s Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon Race.

Team Tess Leono At The Finish Line (Photo Courtesy of Rowell Ramos)

Team Tess Leono At The Finish Line (Photo Courtesy of Rowell Ramos)

Team Gerald Tabios (Photo Courtesy Of Donna Tabios)

Team Gerald Tabios At The Finish Line (Photo Courtesy Of Donna Tabios)

At the moment, Tess Leono is now resting and recovering from the said race. In an interview with her, she said that this race is so far the most challenging foot race that he joined and she is happy that she was able to push through despite her “down/low” moments along the route.

“I did not know why I tripped and fell down on the pavement on the downhill run from Townes Pass to Panamint Springs for two times that my Support Crew had to immediately treat my wounds on my hands and legs. I owe a lot from the support, care, and pacing provided by my Support Crew headed by Benjamin Gaetos”, she said.

Benjamin Gaetos, a Filipino Architect/Engineer residing in Los Angeles, California is the First Filipino to have finished this race in 2013. The other team members consisted of Western States 100-Mile Finisher Franco Soriano of Livermore, California, Rowell Ramos & Peachy Poso, both from Los Angeles, California. They are all accomplished ultra runners who have prepared and trained for this event.

Gerald Tabios Cheering & Handing The Philippine Flag 10 Miles To The Finish Line

Gerald Tabios Cheering & Handing The Philippine Flag  To Tess 10 Miles To The Finish Line

Tess also said that, “The hot temperature along the route was too much to bear as compared to the prevailing temperature in the Philippines during summer and the gusty winds on the peaks of the mountain ranges along the route was too strong that I had to slow down to a hiking pace”. In her statement, she was lucky that on the second night the temperature plunged to its lowest at 60 degrees Fahrenheit that she was able to recover and ran faster, however, she started to have colds as a result of the sudden change of temperature.

Knowing that her friends and running mates in the Philippines are rooting for her success, it was pure grit and determination that drove and motivated her to finish this race at all cost. “I will never forget my experience in joining this race as most of the runners who would pass me along the course would either stop or walk just to engage a conversation with me and try to encourage me with their positive advise of pushing through my pace up to the Finish Line. It is heartwarming that most of them would say that they will be waiting for me at the Finish Line and they really did! This is the reason why I love ultra running!”, she said.

The Filipino Pride: Badwater Tough Tess (Photo Courtesy of Ulysses Chan of Paksit Photos)

The Filipino Pride: Badwater Tough Tess (Photo Courtesy of Ulysses Chan of Paksit Photos)

Tess Leono made a history and she will be an inspiration for more Filipino ultra runners to shine in international competition.

After one day rest in Lone Pine, California, I asked if Tess Leono would be willing to return to improve her finish time and she said, “I need more training, more planning for my race logistics, apply the lessons I have learned, and find out if I can get more sponsors to support me, then I would be glad to return.”

In an interview by the Balitang Pinoy of ABS-CBN California with the President of the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU), the National Sports Federation on Ultrarunning in the country, Major General Jovenal D Narcise AFP (Ret), he said that, “After 7 years of patience and consistency in conducting ultrarunning races in the country, it is now proven that our runners could compete in international races and that would give pride and inspiration to the whole nation and we have our first woman finisher in the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon”. He also added that, “With this accomplishment and participation of our runners with other countries, hopefully, the government will have the heart and political will to provide “all-out” support to our athletes/runners in this kind of sports”.

General Narcise is the Founder and Race Organizer & Director of the yearly “Bataan Death March 160K & 102K Ultra Marathon Races” which is tagged as the most prestigious Ultra Marathon Event in the country.

Team Leono With ABS-CBN's Balitang Pinoy & ARC's Joe Matias

Team Leono With ABS-CBN’s Balitang Pinoy & ARC’s Joe Matias (Black Shirt)





Official Results: 10th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N 50K)

10 05 2016

Official Results: 10th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N 50K)

Start Time & Place: 4:00 AM May 8, 2016 @ Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

Finish Time & Place: 1:00 PM May 8, 2016 @ PETRON Gas Station, Nasugbu, Batangas

Number Of Starters: 197 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 188 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 95.4 %

RANK               NAME                                       TIME (Hours)
1. Jeffrey Galicio (Overall Champion) ———— 4:16:28
2.  Adona (1st Runner-Up, Overall) —— 4:22:25
3. Rogelio Puzon (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —— 4:46:37
4. Joel Sindanum —————————————4:54:30
5. Jaspher Galanza ———————————— 4:55:00
6. Beverly Manansala (Female Champion) ——5:04:42
7. Doris Manguiat (1st Runner-Up, Female) ——5:04:43
8. Simon Pavel Miranda ——————————-5:09:01
9. Jilbert Marpiga ————————————— 5:09:02
10. Rayel Daza ——————————————- 5:15:22
11. Shuji Nakano —————————————- 5:16:12
12. Ronaldo Racines ———————————- 5:20:16
13. Sam Bigtas —————————————— 5:21:29
14. Allen Del Monte ———————————— 5:21:42
15. Joelle Reyes II ————————————- 5:22:23
16. Sandy Alentajan ———————————— 5:22:44
17. Cris Guevarra ————————————— 5:23:18
18. Rodolfo Barrozo ———————————— 5:24:50
19. Jennifer Cabbab (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—5:26:55
20. Ronald San Pedro ———————————- 5:28:23
21. Rafael Gan ——————————————- 5:31:51
22. Rustico Martinez ———————————— 5:32:00
23. Herbert Gutierrez ———————————— 5:32:01
24. Ryan Rentillo —————————————— 5:32:02
25. Mark Anthony Loresto ——————————- 5:34:01
26. Mike Tripp ———————————————- 5:39:56
27. Jun Permejo —————————————— 5:42:25
28. Marie Del Villanueva (Female)——————- 5:46:13
29. Levie Sinatad —————————————- 5:46:14
30. Reynaldo Casimero ——————————— 5:48:45
31. Aldrin Pallera —————————————— 5:49:54
32. RJ Velasco ——————————————— 5:51:36
33. Samuel Maniaul ————————————— 5:53:27
34. Justin Rainer Duño ———————————- 5:53:58
35. Ross Lim ———————————————— 5:54:15
36. Noel Diaz ———————————————— 5:54:16
37. Allan Repiso ——————————————— 5:54:57
38. Edwin Clemente ————————————— 5:58:31
39. Carlito Rudas, Jr ————————————— 6:02:02
40. Benjarde Cuales ————————————— 6:02:42
41. Chin Go ————————————————— 6:03:45
42. Tupe Dela Cruz —————————————- 6:04:10
43. Dennis Ryan Nava ———————————— 6:04:16
44. Gibo Malvar ——————————————— 6:05:26
45. Ma. Hyna Nava (Female) ————————— 6:05:56
46. Rogelio Rubica —————————————- 6:08:53
47. Dan Pastorpide —————————————- 6:09:56
48. Bobby Go ———————————————— 6:09:57
49. Arnold Espiritu —————————————— 6:11:04
50. Yuki Nakano (Female) ——————————- 6:12:26
51. Mark Anthony Redondo —————————— 6:15:24
52. Benjamin De Guzman ——————————- 6:14:43
53. Stephanie Delle (Female) ————————— 6:16:20
54. Darryl John Pagcalilwagan ————————- 6:16:21
55. Levie Sinatad ——————————————- 6:18:13
56. Sheryll Quimosing (Female) ———————— 6:22:17
57. Jah Santander (Female) —————————- 6:23:09
58. Hope Jhon Brazil ————————————- 6:27:52
59. Glenn Rosales —————————————- 6:27:53
60. Ronaldo Santos ————————————— 6:28:25
61. Johnny Borlagdan ———————————— 6:28:42
62. Dennis Racho —————————————— 6:28:43
63. Fiel Violeta ———————————————- 6:30:13
64. Joss Ian Sobrepeña ———————————- 6:32:28
65. Michael Rubica —————————————- 6:33:22
66. Rain Marti Luzano ———————————— 6:34:05
67. Marites Pausal (Female) —————————- 6:36:23
68. Dan Panganiban ————————————— 6:36:24
69. Irrol Novenario —————————————— 6:37:39
70. Generozo Perez —————————————- 6:38:47
71. Reymond Bueno —————————————- 6:38:48
72. James Salonga —————————————— 6:41:32
73. Remy Caasi (Female) ——————————— 6:41:34
74. Dave Montemayor ————————————- 6:42:01
75. Edward Sampelo ————————————— 6:42:11
76. Tess Leono (Female) ——————————— 6:43:35
77. Bong Dizon ——————————————— 6:43:36
78. Roy Simon ———————————————- 6:44:14
79. Robin Soriano —————————————- 6:45:03
80. Charlie Palacios ————————————- 6:46:53
81. Kristel Pechon (Female) ————————— 6:48:58
82. Antonio Ballesteros ——————————— 6:49:31
83. Laico Tolentino —————————————6:49:32
84. Salve Atie (Female) ——————————- 6:50:36
85. Engelbert Pantig ———————————— 6:51:56
86. Edgardo Alcantara ——————————— 6:52:30
87. Mrae David (Female) —————————— 6:52:40
88. Reden Rodriguez ———————————- 6:53:18
89. Michael Dela Rama ——————————- 6:55:09
90. Noel Carreon —————————————- 6:57:52
91. Michelle Salvatierra (Female) —————— 6:57:58
92. Mark Anthony Golez —————————— 6:58:31
93. Melody Arce (Female) ————————— 7:00:23
94. James Chan ————————————— 7:03:44
95. Ma. Andrea Lucia Santos (Female)———- 7:04:27
96. Luz Tiuseco (Female) ————————— 7:04:47
97. Jonathan Baysa ———————————- 7:05:12
98. Louie Atienza ————————————- 7:05:28
99. Chris Liwanagan ——————————— 7:05:29
100. Jose Aranzado, Jr —————————— 7:07:55
101. Rolando Ealdama, Jr ————————— 7:08:07
102. Noel Caringal ———————————— 7:08:24
103. Mark Sidamon ———————————- 7:08:41
104. Reyval Perlin ———————————— 7:10:00
105. Ryan Depalco ———————————- 7:10:48
106. Rowena Dagdag (Female) —————— 7:12:52
107. Jane Lucille Jamoso (Female) ————- 7:12:53
108. Heidi Garcia (Female) ———————— 7:13:14
109. Nilo Sarmiento ———————————- 7:13:38
110. Ervin Cabral ————————————- 7:14:25
111. Tinal Aldaya (Female) ————————- 7:16:54
112. Dmitri Navarro ———————————- 7:17:55
113. Ener Calbang ———————————- 7:17:59
114. Jenel Redada ———————————- 7:18:25
115. Bernalito Dela Cruz, Jr ———————- 7:18:57
116. Alliener Tiguelo ——————————- 7:20:41
117. Cheryl Buela (Female) ——————— 7:22:25
118. Jose Mari Mercado ————————- 7:22:53
119. Jhon Henry Bueron ————————- 7:23:24
120. Janice Mauricio (Female) —————- 7:23:35
121. Ralph Estardo ——————————- 7:23:36
122. John Mandy Caparas ———————- 7:24:03
123. Ela Marie Soqueña (Female)————- 7:25:32
124. Kathleen Piñero (Female) —————- 7:26:48
125. Mando Cariaga —————————— 7:27:55
126. Levita Gutierrez (Female) —————- 7:29:07
127. Mark Daniel Flores ————————- 7:29:21
128. Oliver Peñarubia —————————- 7:31:53
129. Roby Amil ———————————— 7:33:07
130. Nomer Abajo ——————————— 7:39:37
131. Lorna Pagsiat (Female) ——————- 7:42:14
132. Reinna Serrano (Female) —————- 7:42:35
133. Amante Dumlao —————————- 7:42:36
134. Junmar Que ——————————— 7:43:06
135. Kathryn Ty (Female) ———————- 7:43:07
136. Mark Paulo Peñafiel ———————- 7:50:04
137. Ruel Peñaloza —————————— 7:50:05
138. Rodolfo De Jesus, Jr ——————— 7:51:41
139. Vanessa Labit (Female) —————— 7:52:02
140. Sherry San Pedro (Female) ————- 7:52:29
141. Analiza Que (Female) ——————— 7:53:17
142. Butch Santander —————————- 7:58:15
143. Lourdes Maghuyop (Female) ———— 8:00:52
144. Raymond Dongeto ————————- 8:01:17
145. Ric Ballecer ———————————- 8:03:09
146. Rennelynne De Leon (Female) ———- 8:03:10
147. Madana De Guzman (Female) ———- 8:03:32
148. Rodel Crisostomo ————————— 8:04:30
149. Ma. Hyna Nava (Female)—————— 8:05:53
150. Jess Alentajan ——————————- 8:06:17
151. Jonas Olandria —————————— 8:06:23
152. Bjorn Reyes ———————————- 8:06:39
153. Virgilio Belen ——————————— 8:07:29
154. Arbie Tolentino ——————————- 8:07:29
155. TJ Barrientos ——————————— 8:12:53
156. Ruby Jane Dimayuga (Female) ——— 8:15:00
157. Marielle Magramo (Female) ————- 8:15:17
158. Pee Wee Del Villar ————————- 8:15:19
159. Sally Lustina (Female) ——————— 8:16:43
160. Ramon Joseph De Jesus —————- 8:17:22
161. Nathaniel Tolentino ———————— 8:18:43
162. Alen Alban ———————————— 8:20:57
163. Mike Salazar ——————————— 8:21:12
164. Nelson Tupas ——————————- 8:22:26
165. Norvie Cruz ———————————- 8:25:11
166. Troy Oliva ———————————— 8:30:04
167. Fernando Torres ————————— 8:30:31
168. Michelle De Ocampo (Female) ——— 8:32:23
169. Arnel Boaquiña —————————— 8:38:59
170. Harvey Gutierrez ————————— 8:40:14
171. Rahadel Destreza ————————- 8:40:15
172. John Michael Ordiales ——————- 8:40:16
173. Kim Zamora ——————————— 8:40:41
174. Lawrence Arvin Tomas ——————- 8:41:25
175. Jun Sollestre ——————————- 8:41:58
176. Niel Marcelo ——————————- 8:42:13
177. Vic Cadacio (Female)———————8:42:26
178. Elmar Casaway —————————- 8:44:09
179. Katrina Durana (Female) ————— 8:44:29
180. Rose Ann Cefre (Female) ————— 8:44:54
181. Mirjam Del Rosario (Female) ———- 8:45:18
182. Kerwin Ng ———————————- 8:45:27
183. Edmond Cuenca ————————- 8:45:39
184. Mark Amielle De Ocampo ————- 8:45:53
185. Raymond Talavera ———————- 8:47:24
186. Rona Carandang (Female) ————- 8:48:02
187. Marc Tierro ——————————— 8:51:01
188. Enrico Dela Cruz ————————- 9:54:00

Congratulations To All The Finishers!








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