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Official Result: 4th West To East 280K Ultra Marathon Race

9 04 2018

4th West To East 280K Ultra Marathon Race (Road/PAU Grand Slam Event 200+K)

6:00 AM March 29, 2018 To 2:00 PM March 31, 2018

Starting Place: Ramos Beach Resort, Patar Road, Bolinao, Pangasinan

Finish Line Area: Seaside Resort, Barangay Tanguigue, Dingalan, Aurora

Course Cut-Off Time: 56 Hours (Intermediate Cut-Off Time: 10 Hours Every 50 Kilometers)

Number of Starters: 7 Runners

Number of Finishers: 3 Runners

Percentage of Finish: 42.85%

West To East 280K Starters @ Bolinao Beach

RANK          NAME                FINISH TIME (Hrs)

  1. Gibo Malvar (Overall Champion) — 52:52:01
  2. Roberto Vocal Jr (1st Runner-Up, Overall) — 55:16:34
  3. Rod Losabia (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) — 55:40:29

Champion Gibo Malvar

Overall 1st Runner-Up Roberto Vocal Jr

Overall 2nd Runner-Up Rod Losabia

Mandatory Ritual @ The Finish Line (Pouring Sea Water From The West To The East Coast)

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Note: Pictures By Dhan Punsalan

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Official Result: 8th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

5 03 2018

2018/8th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race (BDM 160)

5:00 AM March 3, 2018 To 1:00 PM March 4, 2018

Start Line/Area: Bataan Death March Shrine, Mariveles, Bataan

Finish Line/Area: Capas National Shrine/Bataan Death March Shrine, Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac

Course Cut-Off Time: 32 Hours With Intermediate Cut-Off Time at Km 50 (9 Hours); Km 102 (18 Hours)

Number Of Starters: 91 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 66 Runners

Percentage Of Finishers: 72.5%

2018 BDM 160 Start @ Bataan Death March Shrine, Mariveles, Bataan

RANK    BIB#      NAME                     TIME (Hrs)

  1. 46   Desiderio Engbino (Overall Champion)—20:16:37
  2. 42   Edelberto Batiancila (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—20:17:05
  3. 32   Felmer Hiponia (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—20:35:58
  4. 30   Bong Dizon—22:08:21
  5. 16   Herbert Gutierrez—22:54:41
  6. 8     Thomas Combisen—23:05:33
  7. 41   Preciousa Sanchez (Female Champion, Female Course Record)—23:30:53
  8. 48  Jonathan Bajaro—24:56:17
  9. 59   Sherwin Bargos—25:47:29
  10. 1     Graciano Santos—25:47:36
  11. 60   Raymond Balan—26:21:30
  12. 23   Rod Losabia—26:32:10
  13. 82   Michael Dela Rama—27:24:46
  14. 34   Ralph Louie Jacinto—27:52:10
  15. 77   Salvador Sietereales—27:56:31
  16. 93   Glenn Rosales—28:12:44
  17. 47   Leonora Ealdama (1st Runner-Up, Female)—28:15:05
  18. 66   Meljohn Tezon—28:20:25
  19. 43   Joselito Rosales—28:29:02
  20. 19   Engelbert Pantig—28:46:24
  21. 53   Richard Antonio—28:50:02
  22. 402  Arianne Ortega (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—28:59:48
  23. 31   Virgilio Diaz Jr.—29:18:00
  24. 24   Juanito Centino—29:20:46
  25. 76   Alipio Narciso—29:24:13
  26. 11   Rimberto Del Rosario—29:26:30
  27. 33   Joemel Rojas—29:30:27
  28. 38   Jim Taguiang—29:32:03
  29. 74   Dante Dela Torre—29:36:36
  30. 88   Wai Thing Law (Female)—29:39:11
  31. 888 Jonathan Epes—29:39:14
  32. 13   Benedict Meneses—29:46:20
  33. 70   Jennylee Pascua (Female)—29:53:26
  34. 61   Richard Ryan Rentillo—29:53:53
  35. 22   Tess Leono (Female)—29:55:58
  36. 64   Loben Macairan—29:58:00
  37. 89   Joseph Diones—30:00:51
  38. 36   Alvin Alcantara—30:03:50
  39. 55   Rone Milan—30:04:29
  40. 14   Richard Gamo—30:05:07
  41. 333   Aris De Leon—30:14:42
  42. 37   Anthony Noriel Fodra—30:27:23
  43. 3   Margie Pailaga (Female)—30:28:40
  44. 9   Gibo Malvar—30:31:32
  45. 86   Elmer Caballes—30:32:59
  46. 272  Bong Anastacio—30:33:17
  47. 4   Jeff Velasco—30:38:27
  48. 90   Henry Laborde—30:39:10
  49. 6   Ma. Noemi Tan (Female)—30:39:40
  50. 5   Jun Ramirez Jr.—30:46:32
  51. 58   Dennis Racho—30:48:36
  52. 27   Jaime Sanchez Jr.—30:54:39
  53. 17   Bob Tolete—30:55:17
  54. 75   Paolo Tiong—30:58:32
  55. 21   Joy Eder (Female)—31:03:19
  56. 56   Jenneth Soriano (Female)—31:08:27
  57. 51   Michael Socito—31:10:30
  58. 7   Aldwin Chester Palomo—31:10:47
  59. 83   Anthony Pelera—31:20:17
  60. 40   Barney Mamaril—31:23:39
  61. 72   Manuel Remandaban—31:24:38
  62. 2   Roy Simon—31:26:19
  63. 25   Reymond Bueno—31:28:28
  64. 65   Jonas Gulle Olandria—31:30:03
  65. 29   Anne Rose Paras (Female)—31:40:11
  66. 99   Arnold Pagaran—31:58:52

2018 BDM 160 Ultra Overall Champion Desiderio Engbino

2018 BDM 160 Ultra Female Champion & Course Record Holder Preciousa Sanchez

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

(Note: Pictures Courtesy of Dhan Punzalan)





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

13 02 2018

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

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

Start Line: Rizal Park, Luneta, Metro Manila

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

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

Number Of Starters: 18 Runner

Number Of Finishers: 11 Runners

Percentage Of Finishers: 61.11%

RANK        NAME                     TIME (Hrs)

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

Overall Champion & New Course Record Holder Rolando Espina

Overall 1st Runner-Up Ronnel Valero

Overall 2nd Runner-Up Jivee Tolentino

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

 





Best Running Performance Of Pinoys For The Year 2017

20 01 2018

For the first time in this blog I will be featuring an article (based from my own view and opinion) on Pinoys who excelled in running or those who have shown the true spirit of an outstanding runner, whether they are based locally or abroad for the year 2017. I will limit my story for the Marathon and Ultra Marathon distances.

Marathon Distance:

Top Award For Best Performance: Mary Joy Tabal was our First Gold Medalist in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the Marathon event with a finish time of 2:48:26 hours beating the second runner by seven (7) minutes. Her personal best time in the Marathon distance was 2:43:31 hours at the Ottawa Marathon Race in 2016, which qualified her to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In the local races, Mary Joy Tabal has in her name a record in the history of running as the First Female Champion of the MILO Marathon for five (5) successive years. Last December, she won the MILO Marathon in Cebu City with a time of 2:58:01 hours, the day after his father died.

Mary Joy Tabal

Mary Joy Tabal From Cebu City (Photo From Facebook)

Ultra Marathon Distance (Road)

Top Award For Best Performance: Rolando Espina is now the Filipino Record Holder for the 24-Hour Run finishing a distance of 210.798 kilometers (130.99 miles) in the July 2017 IAU Belfast 24-Hour World Championship held in Belfast, Ireland. He is also the Overall Champion in the 9th Edition (2017) of the Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon Race with a time of 9:26:39 hours, the second best time finish in the history of the event. He is the first and only Filipino who have finished the Spartathlon in Greece in two consecutive years, 2016 & 2017, with finish times of 33:19:33 hours and 32:30:03 hours, respectively. He is also the Overall Champion and New Course Record Holder in this year’s PAU’s West Coast 200K Ultra Marathon Race with a time of 26:45:18 hours.

Rolando Espina

Rolando Espina From Bacolod City & Based In Ireland (Photo From Facebook)

Ultra Marathon Distance (Trail)

Top Award For Best Performance (Male): Hermogines “Gene” Olvis outstanding performance at the 2017 UTMB Race makes him as the Best Male Performer in Ultra Trail Running for 2017 for finishing the race with a record finish time (among the local runners) of 35:33:54 hours. He also finished Overall 2nd Runner-Up in the 2017 edition of the KOTM’s Hardcore 100-Mile Trail Run with a time of 30:17:29 hours.

Gene Olvis

Gene Olvis (Photo from Facebook/Jajaferrer.com)

Top Award For Best Performance (Female): Sandi Menchi Abahan outstanding performance at the 2017 TDS Race (118K) @ UTMB makes her as the Best Female Performer in Ultra Trail Running for 2017 for finishing 21st Overall in the Female Category and 9th Overall in her Age Category with a record finish time (First Female Local Finisher in the TDS & Record Holder) of 23:27:16 hours. Being a member of the Philippine Skyrunning Association Elite Team, she won as the Female Champion for two successive years, 2016 & 2017, in the Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon Race with these finish times, 2:58:48 hours and 3:04:30 hours, respectively.

Sandi Menchi Mar Yoo

Sandi Menchi Abahan @ TDS Finish Line (Photo from Facebook)

Congratulations For Your Outstanding Performance!

 

 





Official Result: 3rd East Coast 145-Mile Ultra Marathon Race

2 01 2018

3rd East Coast 145-Mile Ultra Marathon Race (2017)

Starting Area & Start Time: BALER Sign, Baler, Aurora/9:00 AM December 26, 2017

Finish Area & Finish Time: BALER Sign, Baler, Aurora/9:00 AM December 28, 2017

Race Course: From Baler, Aurora To Casiguran, Aurora and Back to Baler.

Cut-Off Time: 48 Hours/Intermediate Cut-Off Time In Casiguran: 24 Hours

Number of Starters: 10 Runners

Number of Finishers: 10 Finishers

Percentage of Finish: 100%

East Coast 2017 Start

3rd East Coast 145-Mile Ultra Race Starters With RD

RANK       NAME                  TIME (Hrs)

  1. Bong Dizon (Overall Champion)—38:07:08
  2. Rhoda Oporto (Female Champion & Female Course Record)—38:23:42
  3. Remy Caasi (1st Runner-Up, Female)—41:11:50
  4. Jon Borbon (1st Runner-Up, Male)—44:32:49
  5. Fer De Leon 92nd Runner-Up, Male)—44:48:38
  6. Aldrin Pallera — 45:51:24
  7. Rolan Cera — 46:06:22
  8. Laico Tolentino — 46:06:23
  9. Frederick Peñalosa — 46:21:29
  10. Rod Losabia — 47:47:22
East Coast Champion 2017

Bong Dizon, Overall Champion

East Coast Female Champion 2017

Rhoda Oporto, Female Champion & New Female Course Record Holder

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Epilogue: 1st BR’s Quad Marathons

15 06 2017

Having known an event which was experienced and finished by an ultra running friend in one of his trips/visits in the United States, I thought of the idea that local Pinoy runners can also do such an event without even going out of the country. What is really important in this kind of event is to have a period of 4 days which are declared non-working holidays and the place where one can have a varied routes for four marathons in four days. Of course, there is also the need to have some runners who are brave enough to try and experience what it is like to run one marathon distance each day for four consecutive days.

I though of my birthplace, Laoag City, as the place to conduct this event because it has a lot of road networks that converge to the center of the city. Having been familiar to the road networks in the place, I decided to have this event held in the city. There is no harm in taking the risk of conducting this event even if there is only one or two runners.

Laoag City

Landmark Of Laoag City (Photo by May Santos)

A simple Facebook Event Page was created just to inform the “Public” and my FB friends about this event. And I did not personally contact each and every ultra running friend to be invited to join this event. As I said before, I create an event and I let runners join my event in their personal volition. It is inherent that most of my friends were excited to find out that this Quad Marathons is a new event and most of them signified to join or simply clicked the button “Interested”. But knowing the real attitude of the Local Runners and even PAU Members, who are really good friends, I did not expect much that most of these people will be joining this event. The bottom line here is, I really don’t care!

After a simple coordination with the LGU of Ilocos Norte and the Provincial PNP of Ilocos Norte, the event was a GO! And the rest is history!

It has proven once again that Local Pinoy Runners can match the endurance and stamina of other runners in other countries. The Quad Marathons can be done even in simple logistics and needs for the runners. Additionally, it is proven once again that I don’t need Corporate Sponsorship if I want an idea to be implemented and put into action. To prove a point, the Bataan Death March 102K Ultra Marathon, the event that started all these “craziness” in ultra running in the country, had survived for almost 10 years without any Corporate Sponsorship!

I would like to thank the following ultra running friends: Dondon Talosig from Tuguegarao, Cagayan; Gibo Malvar from Piddig/Sarrat, Ilocos Norte/Paranaque, Metro Manila; Rod Losabia from Metro Manila; Tess Leono from Metro Manila; Rose Betonio from Metro Manila; Kathleen Piñero from Metro Manila; and Laurice Rogel from Metro Manila who were the “Pioneers” of this event. These runner-finishers will receive appropriate Awards & Commendations for their feat during the 2018 BDM & PAU Get Together Party. I would also thank May Santos from Marikina, Metro Manila for being the Recorder/Marshal/Official Photographer of the event. I would like also to give thanks and commend the support given by Numeriano De La Cruz and Joaquin Bordado of Team Kimat Running Club of Ilocos Norte. Lastly, to my Personal Staff and the Support Crew of each runner who made sure that all the Logistics/Administrative needs were made available during the event.

As a runner-participant of this event, I was able to prove my running philosophy in order to inspire others to run—“If I can do it, then, you can do it, too!” If want to create an idea, make sure you can do it so that you are a reliable and consistent person!

Day 4 Paoay

Turn-Around Point On 4th Day (Photo By May Santos)

As per my observation on the runner-participants, I could see that each of us have that tendency to be competitive with one another even if we were having fun, enjoying the environment & scenery of the route, having a “bonding time” among friends, and with the experience of being attacked by street dogs in some of the populated areas along the route. Each runner has a different style of dealing with these street dogs—some would shout back at the barking dogs; some would simply run faster away from the attacking dogs; some would bring a stick to ward off the dogs; and some would just blind the dogs with their powerful handheld lights. However, I would simply ignore and never looked at the dogs when I would pass infront of them. But the most effective way to prevent the dogs from biting you is to NEVER use any headphone or play your music/ playlist during this kind of event. I should know because in one of my adventure runs, I was bitten by a street dog while listening to my playlist on my iPod! Also, one of the runners have learned some lessons in marathon racing where one should be light and simple if you want to have a faster time in a marathon race!

Oh, yes, I was the official “sweeper” of the event to make sure that all my runners would be able to finish each event within the cut-off time of 6 hours and 30 minutes. I am glad all the runners had successfully finished the race! I guess, in my races, that is one of the duties of the Race Director!

Personally, this is how I felt during the period of four days. I think the rest of the runners would have to agree with me on my feelings. Before the start of the event, I was not sure if I would be able to have the stamina and endurance to finish the whole event. After I finished the first day Marathon, I was exhausted due to the hot and humid weather even if it was then in the evening and early morning. I was already thinking of a reason or alibi where I would simply sit back in my car and supervise the runners for the remaining 3 marathon races. But I though that ones personality is being tested here in this event. So, I was not at all excited for the 2nd day event. However, after 1-2 kilometers of running on the 2nd day’s route, we were met by cold air and winds coming from the mountains east of Laoag City and it was very refreshing. The cooler temperature made us faster to finish the event on the 2nd day. On the start of the 3rd day, I was silent and apprehensive as I told to the runners that the course will be darker due to the absence of street lights along the route and some portions have road constructions. But the runners did not complain and they registered a faster time, too!

After we finished the third marathon, I brought all the runners for a day tour along the last day marathon course and they were able to familiarize some locations and the overall elevation profile of the route. Aside from being the last event, knowing the course on a walk/drive-through boosted their morale to finally get things done immediately! The experience running in the rain for about 10-12 minutes at Km 5-6 was really exhilarating and enjoyable! There were no complaints from the runners and we finished the event with a much faster time.

For the first two days, we used the front portion of the Provincial Capitol of Ilocos Norte as the Start/Finish area since we did not cross the Laoag/Padsan Bridge or River. But for the two remaining days,we changed the location of the Start & Finish at the LAOAG Landmark at the foot of the Laoag City Bridge. The variety of the locations of the Start and Finish gave a very nice documentation on the exposure of Laoag City and the Province of Ilocos Norte.

These are my assessment and conclusion on this event: First, it takes a veteran marathoner or an ultra runner to finish this event. Two, even considering the difficulty of the elevation on each course, the tendency of the human body to be faster and stronger as the event progresses from day one to day four. Three, since the Aid Stations are the Support Vehicles of the runners which are mobile that “leap-frog” ahead of the runners, one has to be very good in his/her nutrition and hydration strategy. And lastly, our human body is a wonderful God-given “machine” that has a way of recovering from pain & exhaustion through proper nutrition and rest & recovery within a span of 24 hours.

Baliw

Congratulations To Everybody! (Photo By May Santos)

Next edition will the same schedule as we had this year where the last day event culminates with the Independence Day of the country.

Once again, congratulations to all the runners, support crew & staff, and to our volunteers/marshals.

Lace up and run!

 





Official Result: 3rd West To East 280K Ultra Marathon Race

21 04 2017

2017 (3rd Edition) WEST To EAST 280K Ultra Marathon Race

5:00 AM April 13, 2017 To 1:00 PM April 15, 2017

From Ramos Beach Resort, Barangay Patar, Bolinao, Pangasinan to Seaside Restaurant, Sitio Tanguigue, Barangay Aplaya, Dingalan, Aurora

Intermediate Cut-Off Time Every 50 Kilometers: 10 Hours

Cut-Off Time For The Event: 56 Hours

Number Of Starters: 17 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 12 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 70.5%

RANK         NAME                                   TIME (Hours)

1. Eric Cruz (Overall Champion) ——–49:46:09

2. Bong Dizon (1st Runner-Up, Overall) —-52:28:42

3. Rolan Cera (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —-52:52:30

4. Remy Caasi (Female Champion, Course Record) —-52:53:39

5. Roberto Vocal, Jr. ——————————53:50:28

6. Rhoda Oporto (1st Runner-Up, Female) ————-53:53:20

7. Jon Borbon ————————————-54:14:40

8. Dondon Talosig ——————————54:58:40

9. Roselle Abajo (2nd Runner-Up, Female) ————55:32:10

10. Fer De Leon ———————————–55:47:38

11. Rose Betonio (Female) ——————-55:55:00

12. Glenn Rosales ——————————-55:59:52

Congratulations To Everybody!!!!

West To East Champ

Overall Champion Eric Cruz

West To East Lady Champ

Female Champion Remy Caasi

West To East Water

Final Ritual Of Pouring The Sea Water

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Final Ritual Of Pouring Sea Water (For the Last 4 Runners)








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