1. Last Day of Registration and Acceptance of Registration Fees is next Monday, 16 March 2009. Effective March 17, registration and payments for registration fees will not be accepted except for the special accommodation given to the “foreign runners” from Singapore and other countries for them to register at the starting area on D-Day.
3. Race packets will be available for pick-up effective 17 March 2009 at the ULTRA Oval Track on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 5:30 to 9:00 PM or at our office at 115 2nd Floor M.H. Del Pilar corner E. Angeles Streets, Santo Tomas, Pasig City or call telephone number–497-6442.
4. Race packet will include a “soft backpack”, white long-sleeved race shirt, a running cap with cover on the nape, race bib, GU Sports Gels, PowerBars, Salt, tissue paper (just in case) and Pain Reliever tablets. The “soft backpack” with the printed Race Number of the participant will serve as a “Drop Bag” of the runners where they can put in their extra shoes and clothes. These “drop bags” will be in the care of a dedicated Mobile Aid Station during the race.
5. There will be Aid Station in every twenty (20) kilometers where food, water and sports drinks will be available. In addition, three (3) Mobile Aid Stations will serve as a General Support Vehicle for everybody which will alternately “leap frog” as the race will progress. These Mobile Aid Stations will provide water and sports drinks for everybody and one Mobile Aid Station will serve as the repository of the “Drop Bags”. Gatorade, Propel, RC Cola & Zesto Tetra Pack Drinks are the brands available during the race. Foods available in the Aid Stations will include boiled bananas, boiled sweet potatoes, boiled eggs, fresh ripe bananas and other fresh fruits, Fita Biscuits, Sky Flakes Crackers, Peanut Butter Sandwich, raisins, chocolates, and “hot” cup noodles at Km Post # 50.
6. Finishers (within the cut-off time of 18 hours) will receive a Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Trophy, and Finisher’s T-Shirt. A Certificate of Achievement will be given on a later date where the name & time of finish will be printed. We plan to give the Certificate with an appropriate Finish Picture of each runner-finisher.
7. Each runner is advised and encouraged to carry with them Hand-held Hydration Bottles, Hydration Belt, or Hydration Bladder during the race. Remember, the Number Enemy or Opponent during the the race is not the other runners but the “Heat of the Sun and the Pavement”. Good luck to everybody!
8. Donors and Sponsors are highly appreciated to give anything (services, money, and material things) to make this ultramarathon race a success and memorable event. A part of your donation will support the “needs” of the surviving veterans of World War II who are presently under the care of the Veterans Medical Center. For those who supported this historical event and those who made “commitments” to support this endeavor (you know already who you are), my deepest appreciation and thanks to all of you.
Note: Payments for the Registration Fee must be deposited at Allied Bank Account # 0251-07156-8 in the name of Bald Runner’s Events or Jovenal Narcise. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to inform me of your payment as my basis for confirmation with the bank. Thanks!
These series of “runabouts” started last December with only four runners. Now, on its fourth (4th) event, the number of runners had increased to twenty-three (23) runners, to include my son, John. This runabout had been scheduled weeks ahead but the final route was only decided on the early part of this week. It was Jonel aka Bugobugo and Rico of Power Runners who finalized the route, making sure that Reinier6666’s question of the distance of Marcos Highways must be answered. Even if there is a scheduled road race at UP Dilman Campus this morning, the “hardcore runners” wanted a longer distance run along the major roads of Metro Manila. So, the schedule was set at 5:30AM as the “jump-off” time.
My son and I arrived infront of the Oblation, UP Diliman at exactly 5:23AM and I saw a number of the runners waiting for the others to arrive. We were not able to leave from our starting point on the scheduled time because we had to wait for Jerry aka High Altitude as he was still in Cubao after taking a bus from Silang, Cavite as early as 3:30AM. As soon as we were complete, we had a briefing from Rico about our route and what to expect along the way, making sure that the group should always run together on the left side of the road, facing the traffic and identify the prominent places along the way where everybody should stop to wait for the slower runners. After the briefing, we checked on our hydration packs & belts, started our watches, and we were off from the UP Campus towards Masinag Market. The twenty-one (21) hardcores started the runabout.
It was too dark when we started the runabout and the faster runners went ahead of the group. I did not notice that we were already running along the Katipunan Avenue and we were out of the UP Campus. The group was later divided into three distinct groups as the faster runners could be seen at least a hundred meters ahead of us. We were on the middle group who were maintaining a pace of about 5:45 min/km to 6:15 min/km pace. A few meters on our back was the slower group being handled by Jonel and Lester. Along Katipunan, we met two runners going towards the UP Campus who happened to be Randy, one of our members of Team Bald Runner, and asked him to join us together with his companion. Thus, making us 23 runners for the whole “runabout” group! As we turned left to one of the major streets, I could see that we were going towards the Marikina Riverbanks (and running above it and the river) and SM City Marikina. As we ran along the wide Marcos Highway, I did not notice that we were about to cross the boundary of Marikina and Antipolo.
While running along the Marcos Highway, as the day became brighter, my son asked if what he was seeing ahead of about 500 meters, an uphill climb. And I said “yes” and he answered, “Oh, my God”. We kept our pace and running side by side until we went towards the first uphill, not knowing that running along the Marcos Highway was already running slightly uphill. After the first uphill climb, we could see Masinag Market and the first group was already resting and waitng for us and the other runners at the corner before reaching the said Market.
Most of the time, the younger runners (as I am the oldest in the group!) would asked me if the place where they were resting/waiting was already the “turn-around” point for us to go back where we started. As always, I make the distance of the route longer and make the running experience more memorable. This morning, as the younger runners asked me where we should go, I told them that we should reach the road leading to the Valley Golf Club and have our pictures taken at the “Golf Ball”. After a group picture at the Masinag Market, we turned right and proceeded to the “Golf Ball”. I did not expect that this road would make our “runabout” a memorable one.
This was now the most interesting part of the run. The hardcores were able to prove that runners on this uphill road are faster than those cyclists going up to the peak. Most of the cyclists were resting halfway on the road and the others were trying to push hard on their pedals just to keep up with the pace of the runners. Nobody from the cyclists were able to keep up with our running pace up to the time we reached the “Golf Ball”. I know that this road is a favorite route of the weekend cyclists and other elite cyclists and I could see on the surprised eyes and faces of these cyclists to see a group of runners treading on their turf. Moreso, with the presence of our lady runners, Dess, Margaret and Jonie! The cyclists could not believe that they were seeing fast and strong lady runners!
While having a photo-ops at the “Golf Ball” (Valley Golf Club), I asked the runners to reach the peak of the road and pace with the rest of the cyclists and from there, we will have to turn-around and have our “pit stop” at McDonalds-Masinag Market. So, the runners raced again with the cyclists upto the peak and we stopped at the Gate of a Memorial Park. After another photo-ops, it was time for our breakfast/”pit stop”. Going down from the peak to Masinag Market was a fast one but we had to be careful as more cyclists were going up as we met them on the left side of the road.
The “pit stop” at the McDonalds was a much-needed rest and time to replenish our spent energy through food and liquids. The 7-11 Store adjacent to MacDonalds was the source of our sports energy drinks and bottled water as replenishment to our hydration packs. After almost 30 minutes and making sure that everybody had their food and water, we started the last leg of our run back to the Oblation.
I was at the back of the fastest group and we were going at 5:30 mins/km pace along Marcos Highway. Jay aka Prometheus was the one leading the group. We felt the heat of the sun as we reached the road fronting the SM Marikina and all the way along the Katipunan Avenue. Some of us slowed down but we knew that in a few meters, we’ll be entering the shaded campus of UP. As we entered the campus, the fastest group kept on jogging towards the finish line, after running one round along the academic oval. I joined Jerry aka High Altitude and Jay Lee Cu-Unjieng walked the last 800 meters towards the finish area.
I did not use my GF 305 due to faulty battery and instead, used my old and reliable Casio Pathfinder Watch. It registered an elapsed running time of 2:47+ hours. The runners with GF 304 registered a distance of almost 27 kilometers. In my computation, we had an average pace for the runabout in 6:00+ mins/km.
We finished the run with stretching exercises, gulping lots of “taho”, more pictures, and stories to share. I will let Jonel share you the story with our photo-ops with “Zorro”. All the runners, to include the new ones, were happy to experience the event. We were out of the UP Campus at 10:00AM.
To the Hardcores, thanks for another running adventure! As I said, who needs a race organizer when you could run with a group on a Sunday morning where you could run as fast as you can and enjoy the company of “friends” who are crazy about running. We should run more “runabouts” in the future. How about a “runabout” from Heritage Park to Enchanted Kingdom and back?
The Hardcore’s next “run adventure” will be a 6-Hour “Midnight to Sunrise” Run at the MOA Grounds on February 8. If you are a registered runner for the Bataan 102K Ultramarathon Race, you are encouraged to join us. See you there!