Running Predictions For The Year 2020

14 01 2020

Running Predictions For 2020

Based from what I have been reading on Social Media and other written articles about running for the past days since the start of the year 2020, I have the following personal predictions about running in the local setting in the country as well as in International Running Events:

  1. Running Events will steadily increase in numbers: With the positive results of the 30th ASEAN Games where the country became the Host and the Overall Champion in the Medal Tally Results, running as a basic sports will be embraced by the citizenry as a form of exercise; as an endurance sports; as a part of training for other sports discipline; and as a part of a healthy style of living. Almost all the weekends of the year will be filled with scheduled “fun runs”; long distance running events, such as half-marathon, marathon, and ultramarathon races. Short and Middle distance races like 5K and 10K races will always be there and it is predicted that more “newbies” will join such races.
  2. Trail Running Events will increase throughout the country: As per my observation with the scheduled races at the Facebook Group “Trail Running In The Philippines” (TRIP), trail running events, whether they are short in distance or ultras, have increased in numbers and I think for 2020, more events will be staged in almost all the regions/provinces in the country where there are mountain trails. However, trail runners will tend to choose which one to join due to financial constraints or depending on what would be their goal in this selected sports. Some competitive trail runners will be joining the Local Trail Running Events with ITRA points for them to qualify in International Trail Running Events. With more of trail running events for this year, the “old” trail running events will have a decrease in participants not unless the same people who have finished the event will continuously support the said event.
  3. MILO Marathon & MILO Regional Qualifying Races are still the Number ONE Running Events In The Country: Aside from its stature as the Most Prestigious Running Events In The Country, it rewards our Local Elite Runners with Cash Incentives and Travel Expenses support for the MILO Finals Marathon Race. MILO/NESTLE as a MultiNational/Foreign Corporation in the country had been promoting Running as a Sports for the longest time for the local populace. Nobody from our Local Business/Corporate Brands or Institutions had the courage to dig deep from their “pockets” to provide a constant and continuous goal to promote healthy lifestyle through running to the local populace. MILO Runners will also increase in  number despite the fact that schools are required to bring their students to join the shorter races. For the competitive and average runners, there will be an increase in the number of runners who would like to qualify for the MILO Finals as it is becoming a symbol status for runners to be a part of the said event. Qualified for the MILO Finals had been a “bragging rights” for the average and competitive runners in the country.
  4. With more Running Events, Runners Will Remain With Slow Finish Times: With the advent of the Social Media, runners will be satisfied in joining and finishing the race event that they have joined. Pictures of runners with their Finisher’s Medal will be the usual post/status on Facebook without mentioning their Finish Time. Actually, this practice had been with us through the years and more “newbie” runners will follow this practice.
  5. Slow Finish Time Runners Will Compose Most Of The Runners In International Marathon Events: It is common in my observation that Slow Finish Runners (Sub-5-Hour & Sub-6-Hour Runners) in Marathon Races will consist most of our Runners who will be joining the World Marathon Majors Events. Their reason could be “Bragging Rights” to have joined these events as they would post their Finisher’s Medals on Facebook and other Social Media platforms. I could not understand why these average and slower runners are the luckiest persons in Race Lotteries in World Major Marathon Races. This prediction is the main reason why the Runners from the Philippines remain as one of the slowest finishers in Marathon Races as compared with other nations.
  6. But More Average and Competitive Runners Will Try To Qualify For The Boston Marathon: It can not be denied that the Most Prestigious Marathon Race In The World is the Boston Marathon and its qualifying times had been faster than before and there is a number of minutes as buffer time if a runner just qualified for his time, to make sure that he is in for the race. Hopefully, more of our Local Elite Runners will be able to qualify for the said race. For those slower runners who are active in the Social Media, they will take the window of opportunity to get in to the event as Charity Runner/s as they have the money and influence to raise for the funds needed.
  7. UTMB Races Will Remain As The Goal Of Local Trail Runners: Through the past years, the number of Pinoy Runner (Local and Foreign-based) Applicants for the UTMB Lotteries had been increasing and as a result, more Filipinos are joining the UTMB Races. The creation of Trail Running Events in the country with ITRA points had considerably increased the number of qualified Trail Runners for the UTMB. It is predicted that more Trail Running Organizers/Race Directors will advertise their races with ITRA Points as a “come-on” for those runners who plan to join the UTMB Races, as well, in other International Races. However, with financial and logistics constraints, there will still be qualified applicants to the UTMB Races who would not be able to join such events.
  8. More “Copycat” Ultramarathon Races Will Be Created: There is a tendency of Local Ultra Race Director/s to copy or outdo other RDs Routes for Road Ultramarathon Events. What is worse is when they do a “Reverse” version of what other RD had adopted as his route in his events. This bad practice will continue showing disrespect to the other Race Director/Organizer. Some RDs will also conduct farther distances for their Ultra Events with the purpose to outdo the performance of other ultra athletes. With the popularity of “Fake News”, there will also be “Fake RDs and Fake ROs” who will spend money for advertisement, send Personal Messages to invite their FB Friends, promise Prizes, Raffles, and other Incentives for the Podium Winners, attract runners with Commercial Sponsors and give “Free Kits” to Runner-Influencers.
  9. Ultramarathon Races and Popular Running “Trends” Will Continue To Be Copied By Local Race Organizers: I think I am the Race Director that started the famous “Beer Mile” in the country and since then, it was copied by others as a “fun run” and it did not prosper to come up with a some sort of National Course Record among the runners. A Fat Ass Road Run was introduced every January and it became popular for runners and I guess, there will no more of this event this year. I also introduced Fat Ass For Trail for a single edition and I was not able to get more participants that I have stop the concept. As the Backyard Ultra in the US is becoming popular, some Local Organizers had conducted their own version of this event. Hopefully, this event will thrive and grow within this year. As for the IAU concept of “loop runs” to establish Record Runs in 24 Hours and other Running Timed Events, these races are not palatable to the liking and taste of Local Runners as compared to other Asian Countries and if we have some races of this kind, I predict that we could not be able to compete and be at par with these countries.
  10. More Ultra Race Organizers and Race Directors Will Be Dreaming That Running Events Are Lucrative Business: This is “self-explanatory”.
  11. Lastly, there will always be a “Cheater” in Every Race! 

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Official Result: 12th Edition Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race (BDM 102/Original Route)

13 01 2020

2020/12th Edition Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race (BDM 102/Original Route)

Start Time & Place: 10:00 PM  January 11, 2020 @ Bataan Death March Shrine/Park, Mariveles, Bataan

Finish Time & Place: 4:00 PM January 12, 2020 @ Old Railway Station, Barangay Sto. Niño, San Fernando City (Pampanga)

Course Cut-Off Time: 18 Hours

Number Of Starters: 68 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 55 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 80.88%

2020 BDM 102K Group Picture @ BDM Km 0

RANK      NAME                TIME (Hrs)

  1. Thomas Combisen (Overall Champion)—10:40:18
  2. Jubert Castor (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—12:15:12
  3. Jon Sierra (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—13:45:34
  4. Roberto Andrada—13:58:00
  5. Allan Camas—14:23:40
  6. Jaime Cabalunan—14:24:26
  7. Marjorie Ellen Jore (Female Champion)—14:28:07
  8. Khristoffer Pobre—14:30:34
  9. Paolo Mesina—14:33:43
  10. Criselda Baucas (1st Runner-Up, Female)—14:34:15
  11. Gibo Malvar—14:49:02
  12. Jason Tabudlo—15:05:50
  13. Felicisimo Gura, Jr—15:13:56
  14. Johnzel Irlandez—15:19:27
  15. Dixie Sagusay (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—15:20;30
  16. Mychael Vicencion—15:34:43
  17. Candido Cayanan—15:46:59
  18. Laico Tolentino—15:51:58
  19. Jay-Ar Del Rosario—15:52:52
  20. Allan Macaraig—15:56:45
  21. Ludgino Quitay—16:02:14
  22. Frederick Palma—16:13:44
  23. Clarito Clarito—16:16:35
  24. Robert Nomorosa—16:34:54
  25. John Hilario—16:35:38
  26. Rogelio Palma, Jr—16:36:05
  27. Elditha Alvarez (Female)—16:36:18
  28. Eric Olleta—16:43:45
  29. Javier De Luna, Jr—16:46:38
  30. Carlo Ladores—16:47:50
  31. Sab Placiente (Female)—16:50:44
  32. Rex Esquirre—16:51:00
  33. Reque Angway—16:51:38
  34. Aldrin Lacse—17:01:08
  35. Raymond Kenneth Dionisio—17:08:02
  36. Jose Karlo Dollaga—17:08:11
  37. Orlie Fabia—17:08:41
  38. Maremy Jacinto (Female)—17:08:56
  39. Chester Lee Robite—17:14:43
  40. Niño Alejandro—17:15:20
  41. Joel Holgado—17:18:04
  42. Anna Odessa Albaracin (Female)—17:18:20
  43. Khristian Caleon—17:18:42
  44. Frank Flora—17:19:00
  45. Victor Rodriguez—17:20:28
  46. Rickly Francisco—17:22:15
  47. Efren Olpindo—17:24:46
  48. Erika Batac (Female)—17:26:28
  49. Paul Delos Reyes—17:27:00
  50. Jimmy Famaranco—17:34:20
  51. Michael Torres—17:36:34
  52. Kevin Carl Relox—17:38:35
  53. Emery Torre—17:51:30
  54. Rodolfo Lantin—17:55:07
  55. Kim Travella (Female)—17:58:28

2020 BDM 102K Overall Champion Thomas Combisen

2020 BDM 102K female Champion Marjorie Ellen Jore

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Refused!

10 01 2020

For the third time, I was refused to join in one of the UTMB Races for the year 2020. I pre-registered for the CCC (101K) Race where my prevailing earned ITRA points for the past two years are qualified. After looking for the list of accepted/registered runners from the Philippines at the UTMB Website, I found out that there are 14 Runners for the UTMB (out of 50 applicants); 6 Runners for the TDS (out of 7 applicants); 4 Runners (out of 15 applicants); and 1 runner (out of 5 applicants) who will finally join the UTMB Races for this year. I am one of those 11 applicants who were not lucky enough to be included among the CCC participants.

In the formal notice that I have received from the UTMB Race Organizers which was sent to my e-mail address, they have stated that they have implemented an updated entry process for the year 2020. The bottomline is that I have to apply again for the year 2021 with a bigger chances to be included in the list of participants. There is also another option where I could join without going through the lottery if I can finish the 100-mile or 100-kilometer races in their UT Races in China (actually, 2 races in China), Spain, and Oman. Since these UT races are qualifiers for the longer UTMB race, they will not be part of my option as I want to join the CCC in the near future, if qualified and accepted. But for now, Chamonix is gone in my mind as I have to wait for the pre-registration for the 2021 UTMB Races this coming December 2020.

My plan for 2020 is to make CCC as my A-race and the rest of the trail races that I have scheduled and planning to join are part of my ITRA points accumulation; preparation/training for CCC; and a way to visit other places where I have never been. As they say, “If Plan A did not materialize, there are still remaining 25 letters in the Alphabet!”

As a teaser, I have already registered to three (3) International Trail Running Events for the year 2020 and these races will be revealed as my blogging progresses from day to day. Of course, there are also Local Trail Running Events that I am planning to join as part of my training/preparation for these International Events. My non-acceptance to the CCC Race had given me a lot of options to travel to other countries and places that I have never been before. Hopefully, Chamonix will be good for me in the year 2021, if I still have the strength at the age of 69 years old.

For those Pinoy Runners who are accepted for the 2020 UTMB Races, congratulations and wishing you the best of luck. Train properly. Enjoy the journey!

2020 Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB) Poster





Goodbye, 2019!

9 01 2020

This is my first post for the year 2020. I am sorry for my readers and followers to this blog that I was not regular in making or posting my stories about my races and training. I was concentrated in my daily posts and readings on Facebook that I forgot to publish my stories in this blog. Hopefully, the New Year of 2020 will change everything as I will make sure to make a regular post in this blog.

For the meantime, I would like to post the list of races that I have finished for the year 2019. In the coming days, I will make a story or Race Report on each of these races (except for those which I have posted already in this blog).

  1. Boston Marathon: The 2019 Boston Marathon is the 123rd Edition of this Most Prestigious Marathon In The World. I was able to qualify for my age (61-65 years old) in the 2017 Revel Canyon City Marathon Race with a time of 3:46+ and I had to wait for two years to be able to join this prestigious race. I will post a separate story about my experience in the said race.
  2. REVEL Mt Charleston Marathon: I joined this race two weeks after I completed the 2019 Boston Marathon with the thought that I could qualify again for the 2020 Boston Marathon with my present Age Category of 66-70 years old. I failed because of the heat after the 13-Mile mark up to the Finish Line. However, I will still make a detailed Race Report about this experience in joining a Marathon Race in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  3. MILO Half-Marathon Race In A Suit: This could be a FIRST in the History of Running in the Philippines’ MILO Marathon/Half-Marathon where a participant would run in a Business Suit. I finished the race but I was not able to qualify for the Finals. I posted a story on Facebook and in this blog about this experience.
  4. Lavaredo’s Cortina Trail 48K Run: After a year, I have to return to Cortina D’ Ampezzo, Italy to complete the Lavaredo Trail Course and finish the last 48 kilometers of the route. I was able to finish it with barely two minutes before the Cut-Off Time. This experience showed my tenacity and grit to finish this race. It was a wonderful experience and I need to share my story about this in my incoming posts in this blog.
  5. The North Face (TNF) 50K Philippines: After three years of being absent in the Philippines’ Trail Running Events, TNF Philippines revived its iconic trail running in the country. I opted to join the 50K race to test my endurance in the month of October after having some break/rest after I have finished the Cortina Trail 48K in the last week of June. With not much of training and preparation, I used this race to evaluate myself and I was able to finish it within the prescribed cut-off time. More details of this race in my Race Report.
  6. The North Face (TNF) 50K Hong Kong: I was one of the late registrants of this race and I think I was the only Filipino who came from Manila who joined this race. I guess, some of the local Filipinos who planned to join this race backed-out on the last minute because of the prevailing situation in Hongkong. I forced myself to join this race to evaluate my training and present status of my body if I can finish this race. With hardwork, patience, and grit, I was able to finish this race, two hours before the prescribed cut-off time. I was happy with my performance in this race and it provided me with a more positive attitude to join more trail running events in the future despite my senior age. For the sake of the Local Trail Runners, I will post a story about my experience in this race soon.

It is nice to be back in this blog as I promised myself to make a habit to post a story in this blog about anything that I could think of but the main focus will still be about running. Some of the future intervening stories in this blog will be about my hobbies, daily activities, and my collections. I promised myself also to write and post, at least, once a day on anything that I could think of.

Note: This is my 4th day not being able to update my Facebook Wall; not making any LIKES and COMMENTS in the posts of my FB friends. Presently, I am regularly posting my thoughts on Twitter and pictures on Instagram. Hopefully, I will transform this blog as my Facebook Wall.

2019 MILO Half-Marathon In A Suit





Official Result: 5th NAIC To NASUGBU 50K Ultramarathon Race

31 12 2019

5th Naic To Nasugbu 50K Ultramarathon Race

Assembly & Starting Area: Public Plaza/Covered Court near Naic Catholic Church, Naic, Cavite

Assembly Time: 3:00 AM December 29, 2019, Sunday

Start Time: 4:00 AM December 29, 2019, Sunday

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

Cut-Off Time: 10 Hours (2:00 PM December 29, 2019)

Number Of Starters: 23 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 21 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 91.3%

RANK          NAME               TIME (Hrs)

  1. Kit Feliciano (Overall Champion)—5:49:11
  2. Sherwin Bargos (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—6:48:50
  3. Carlito Don Rudas (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—7:16:11
  4. Armando Olan—7:19:52
  5. Graciano Santos—7:34:00
  6. Khristian Caleon—7:46:30
  7. Efren Olpindo—7:59:10
  8. Dixie Sagusay (Female Champion)—8:09:28
  9. Carlito Montemayor—8:36:20
  10. Eric Lim—8:36:22
  11. Alen Alban—8:50:00
  12. Ian Torres—8:52:00
  13. Vicente Zapanta, Jr—8:52:02
  14. Margie Pailaga (1st Runner-Up, Female)—9:00:20
  15. Laico Tolentino—9:00:57
  16. Jonas Olandria—9:00:59
  17. Bien Alcala—9:10:13
  18. Michael Torres—9:24:54
  19. Erica Batac (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—9:31:05
  20. Gibo Malvar—9:41:43
  21. Janice Reyes (Female)—9:41:46

Overall Champion Kit Feliciano

Female Champion Dixie Sagusay

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

 





Official Result: 7th WEST COAST 200K Ultramarathon Race

14 10 2019

7th WEST COAST 200K Ultramarathon Race (2019)

4:00 AM October 11 To 4:00 AM October 13, 2019 (Cut-Off Time: 48 Hours)

Subic Freeport, Olongapo City To Barangay Lucap, Alaminos City

Number Of Starters: 9 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 8 Finishers

Percentage Of Finish: 88.8%

2019 (7th) West Coast 200K Ultramarathon Starters

RANK      NAME       TIME (Hrs)

  1. Carlito Don Rudas (Overall Champion)—38:32:02
  2. Laico Tolentino (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—39:39:00
  3. Ralph Louie Jacinto (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—43:35:38
  4. Dixie Sagusay (Female Champion)—44:21:02
  5. Barney Mamaril—46:25:54
  6. Jonas Olandria—46:35:18
  7. Christian Torres—47:02:48
  8. Khristian Caleon—47:49:10

Overall Champion Carlito Don Rudas

Overall Female Champion Dixie Sagusay

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Official Results: 3rd PAU 6-Hour & 12-Hour Endurance Runs

16 09 2019

PAU 6-Hour & 12-Hour Endurance Runs

Philippine Army Grandstand & Parade Ground’s Jogging Lane

5:00 AM To 5:00 PM September 15, 2019

6-Hour & 12-Hour Runs Starters

PAU 6-Hour Endurance Run

RANK    NAME        KILOMETERS

  1. Edwin Fernandez —50
  2. Mark Ebio —45
  3. Remy Caasi —40
  4. Bryan Francia —39
  5. Ranchi Alvendia —38
  6. Rose Ann Menendez —37
  7. Elena Tuñacao —36
  8. Jerard Asperin —35
  9. Rona De Queroz —34
  10. Erica Batac —33
  11. Rexie Vaflor —32
  12. Rene Gonzales —30

6-Hour Endurance Run Finishers

PAU 12-Hour Endurance Run

RANK   NAME       KILOMETERS

  1. Jubert Castor —85
  2. Ian Torres —73
  3. Cheche Magramo —72
  4. Dixie Sagusay —68
  5. Janice Reyes —67
  6. Emery Torre —65
  7. Frank Flora —61
  8. Ralph Louie Jacinto —60
  9. Jojo Arevalo —60
  10. Laico Tolentino —57

12-Hour Endurance Run Finishers

Congratulations To All The Finishers!








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