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Official Result: 2nd North Coast 200-Mile Ultra Marathon Run (2017)

15 05 2017

2017/2nd Edition of North Coast 200-Mile Ultra Marathon Race

Starting Place: In Front of the Provincial Capitol of Ilocos Norte/Laoag City

Gun Start: 12:01 AM May 11, 2017

Finish Line: La Perla Inn, Barangay Zinungan, Santa Ana, Cagayan

Finish Time: 12:01 AM May 14, 2017

Cut-Off Time: 72 Hours

Number Of Starters: 10 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 10 Finishers

Percentage Of Finish: 100%

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Ten Runners At The Starting Line

RANK                    NAME                           TIME (Hrs)

  1. Bong Dizon (Overall Champion, Course Record) —-61:22:33
  2. Dondon Talosig (1st Runner-Up, Overall, CR) —–62:35:01
  3. Eric Cruz (2nd Runner-Up, Overall, CR) —–62:41:40
  4. Rhoda Caballero-Oporto (Female Champion, Course Record) —-62:48:16
  5. Rolan Cera ———————————– 67:19:15
  6. Remy Caasi (1st Runner-Up, Female) ———67:19:42
  7. Jon Borbon —————————— 69:06:14
  8. Gibo Malvar —————————- 69:37:45
  9. Fer De Leon —————————- 70:09:10
  10. Rose Betonio (2nd Runner-Up, Female) —— 70:48:28
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Overall Champion & New Course Record Holder Bong Dizon

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Female Champion & New Course Record Holder Rhoda Caballero-Oporto

Congratulations to all the Finishers and to their Support Crew.

See you in the next edition of this event (2018)!

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Official Result: 11th Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race (T2N 50K)

1 05 2017

Official Result: 2017 (11th Edition) Tagaytay To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Race

4:00 AM April 30, 2017 To 1:00 PM April 30, 2017

From Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City To PETRON Gas Station, Nasugbu, Batangas

Cut-Off Time: 9 Hours

Number Of Starters: 289 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 287 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 99.3%

RANK                NAME                         TIME (Hours)

  1. Jeffrey Galicio (Overall Champion) —–3:56:46
  2. Joseph Gentoleo (1st Runner-Up, Overall) —-4:11:43
  3. Thomas Combisen (2nd Runner-Up, Overall) —-4:23:45
  4. George Cabillo ——————–4:41:44
  5. Allan Merlin ———————4:44:47
  6. Ace Rodriguez ——————4:51:48
  7. Junifer Frenila —————4:54:10
  8. Leo Penas ——————–4:58:47
  9. Raffy Barolo —————-5:00:05
  10. Reynold Enriquez ——–5:08:27
  11. Gil Cunanan —————-5:17:24
  12. Michelle Manila (Champion, Female) ———5:23:55
  13. Antonio Arenas, Jr ——–5:25:12
  14. Jovic Villacortes ———–5:25:52
  15. Inia Diana Cayabyab (1st Runner-Up, Female) —-5:26:17
  16. Edward Agdamag ———5:27:27
  17. Isidro Labrador Prado —–5:28:46
  18. Reynante Gacusan ———5:30:38
  19. Juanito Centino ————–5:31:28
  20. Marlon Puno —————–5:35:26
  21. Jan Bequillo —————–5:36:28
  22. Angelo Rodriguez ——–5:36:29
  23. Sherwin Bargos ———-5:37:26
  24. Desrei Balla —————5:38:54
  25. Lucio Dimayuga ——–5:39:40
  26. Richard Antonio ——–5:40:55
  27. Levie Sinatad ———–5:41:52
  28. Michael Serapio ——-5:42:40
  29. Jeneth Silvestre (2nd Runner-Up, Female) —-5:44:15
  30. Virgilio Diaz, Sr. ——–5:44:35
  31. Michael Natanauan ——-5:46:07
  32. Noel Bautista ————5:49:50
  33. Marwell Sta Ana ——-5:51:10
  34. Nino Tammy Rexis ——-5:51:21
  35. Joey Alcantara ————5:53:17
  36. Rogelio Vicente Reyes Jr ——5:53:36
  37. Sandy Alentajan ———-5:53:56
  38. John Arman Perez ——–5:55:15
  39. Boyet Ligas ————-5:55:26
  40. Marlon Bobby Ruba ——-5:56:09
  41. Jaime Sanchez, Jr ———5:56:24
  42. Mark Eiro ——–5:57:40
  43. Jong Morales ——-5:58:45
  44. Joel Pradia ———5:59:39
  45. Peter Lloyd Molera ———5:59:52
  46. Yulo Paytone ———6:01:34
  47. Mark David Elpedes ——-6:02:04
  48. Porsha Rhia Lai (Female) ——–6:02:23
  49. Meliton Carag ———-6:02:26
  50. Jaypee Ian Boral ——-6:03:30
  51. Mandoy Cariaga ——-6:06:22
  52. Archie Licuanan ——-6:08:14
  53. Marielle Magramo (Female) —-6:08:15
  54. John Earl Susano ——-6:09:17
  55. Obeth Malana ——6:09:53
  56. Richard Gy ———6:10:21
  57. Rod Losabia ——–6:10:39
  58. Griffin Gonzales ——-6:11:21
  59. Edison Dantes ———6:11:55
  60. Arthur Saveron ——-6:13:52
  61. El Portillo ———–6:15:32
  62. Bernard Balagtas ——6:15:33
  63. Jun Valerio ———–6:15:34
  64. Hector Valerio ——6:15:38
  65. Ryan Fabie ———-6:18:21
  66. Jerome Caasi ——-6:18:30
  67. Jeselle Gardoci (Female) ——6:18:35
  68. Ramil Dumantay ——–6:18:50
  69. Hilbert Garganta ———6:19:10
  70. Francis Arnaldo Rivera —–6:20:56
  71. Ronald Reyes ———-6:21:09
  72. Ariel Abedong ——–6:24:10
  73. Eduardo Magpoc ——6:24:14
  74. Susan Lauron (Female) —–6:24:30
  75. Ronnie Gallero ———6:24:40
  76. Gay Beltran (Female) ——6:25:03
  77. Gen Calub (Female) ———6:25:26
  78. Jonel De Ocampo ———-6:25:48
  79. Joel Joseph Montilla ——6:26:08
  80. Efren Olpindo ———6:27:16
  81. Eric John Galeos ——-6:27:18
  82. Remy Caasi (Female) ——6:27:40
  83. Edwin Dalusong ———6:30:42
  84. Anthony Noriel Fodra——6:32:41
  85. Joannes Paulus ———6:34:54
  86. Ralph Louie Jacinto ——-6:35:22
  87. JP Navarette ————6:35:58
  88. Marlene Donena (Female) ——–6:36:36
  89. Eddie Cruz ——-6:39:32
  90. Elizer Loquere ——–6:39:46
  91. Joy Beltran (Female) ——–6:40:00
  92. Carl Balagot ————–6:40:21
  93. Raymond Depano ——6:40:51
  94. Fe Ramirez (Female) —–6:41:50
  95. Nestor Ramirez ———–6:41:56
  96. Marlon Zurbano ———6:42:10
  97. Rey John Bayona ——–6:42:47
  98. Aris De Leon ————-6:43:10
  99. Joy Bea (Female) ——–6:43:29
  100. Frenz Quiestas ———-6:43:48
  101. Rolando Campo ——–6:44:07
  102. Jerry Manubay ———6:44:27
  103. Glenn Macababbad ——6:44:45
  104. Rebecca Benavidez (Female) —–6:44:55
  105. Antonio Benavidez ———–6:45:02
  106. Jose Mari Mercado ——–6:45:20
  107. Hernando Panaligan ——6:46:25
  108. Rheigel Golosimo ———-6:46:38
  109. Mary Ann Martin (Female) ——-6:47:13
  110. Laico Tolentino ————6:48:24
  111. Emma Libunao (Female) ——-6:49:08
  112. Marlon Santos —————6:49:10
  113. Homer Paras —————-6:49:45
  114. Amado Miguel Diaz ——6:51:03
  115. Rodrigo Paz —————–6:51:39
  116. Peter Mendoza ————6:51:58
  117. RL V. Paz ——————6:52:08
  118. Jay Juanir —————–6:52:37
  119. Jaypee Palileo ———–6:53:41
  120. Reo Rex Jagonap ——-6:53:53
  121. Marlon Saracho ——–6:54:16
  122. Mark Sarical ————6:54:42
  123. Beverly Andal (Female) ——6:55:05
  124. Karl Michael Santos ——-6:55:22
  125. Anna Odessa Albarracin (Female)——6:56:06
  126. Emil Muyuela ———–6:57:00
  127. Francisco Espiritu ——-6:57:28
  128. Michael Peralta ———–6:57:43
  129. Rosean Saet (Female) —–6:57:57
  130. Oliver Andaya ————6:58:06
  131. Rionell Buencamino ——6:59:36
  132. Ryan Geli ————-6:59:53
  133. Louie Cotejar ——–7:00:00
  134. Cedrick Oares ——–7:00:30
  135. Kevin Luna ———–7:01:05
  136. Gabriella Yna Villanueva (Female) —-7:01:39
  137. Reynaldo Santiago, Jr. ———–7:02:47
  138. Ella Apurillo (Female) ———-7:04:11
  139. Nilo Sarmiento ————7:05:21
  140. Garry Reyes ————-7:05:32
  141. Jay Calingasan ———7:05:53
  142. Dudely Regalado ——7:06:03
  143. Farrah Serran (Female) ——7:06:51
  144. Anne Rose Paras (Female) —–7:06:55
  145. Gomer Pascua ———-7:07:00
  146. Leonor Villanueva (Female) —–7:07:22
  147. Bal Dela Cuesta ———-7:07:22
  148. Gibo Malvar ————-7:08:05
  149. Roraylyn Pena (Female) —–7:08:19
  150. Ayn Veronica De Jesus (Female) —-7:08:31
  151. Quennee Rose Mamaro (Female) —-7:08:52
  152. Jennifer Racho (Female) —–7:09:04
  153. Nancy Chan (Female) ——–7:09:09
  154. Jun Ramirez ————-7:09:37
  155. Kathleen Piñero (Female) ——7:10:28
  156. Audie Tolentino ———–7:10:58
  157. Juan Saraza —————7:11:10
  158. Bernadette Aguirre (Female) —–7:11:17
  159. Paolo Tiong ————–7:11:35
  160. Irrol Novenario ———7:13:00
  161. Ivy Paguia (Female) ——7:13:16
  162. Jim Taguiang ————7:13:22
  163. Jose Broderic Yandoc ———–7:17:03
  164. Jeanne Mendoza (Female) ——7:17:30
  165. Santiago Olarte ———7:19:02
  166. Roby Amil ———–7:19:55
  167. Jojo Roxas ————7:20:08
  168. Raymond Dongketo ——-7:21:22
  169. Joseph Alsol ———-7:21:45
  170. Marcos Baguistan —-7:22:35
  171. Gary Mosqueda ——–7:23:24
  172. Mannix Manapat ——7:23:44
  173. Jenneth Soriano (Female) —–7:24:00
  174. Phillip Leaño ———–7:24:11
  175. Erwin Dumlao ———7:24:32
  176. William Marino ——–7:25:06
  177. Jun Galita ————–7:25:27
  178. Ralph Madriaga ——7:25:41
  179. Tony Gabuyo, Jr ——-7:25:45
  180. Albert Joseph Carreon ——7:25:56
  181. Ferdie Pascual ——-7:26:11
  182. Christine De Guzman (Female) —–7:26:18
  183. Ariane Legarte — ——-7:26:47
  184. Lorena Laurena (Female) ——7:26:59
  185. Glenn Adviento ————–7:27:17
  186. Jonathan Moleta ————7:27:27
  187. June Policarpio ————-7:27:55
  188. Florrie Alleeia Bartolome (Female) —-7:28:11
  189. Sidney Perida ————-7:28:18
  190. Francis Gilvert Navarro ——7:28:48
  191. Glenn Terania ————-7:29:05
  192. Warren Cristobal ———7:29:25
  193. Michael Sacluti ————7:30:10
  194. Rona Saludes (Female) ——7:30:26
  195. Hermie Saludes ————7:30:32
  196. Nino Dimapilis ————–7:32:18
  197. Jhay Ann Santos (Female) —–7:32:37
  198. Analiza Que (Female) ——–7:32:57
  199. Rene Navarro ————-7:33:30
  200. William Garcia ———-7:33:51
  201. Ryan Dela Vega ———-7:34:00
  202. Genaro Doringo ———7:34:24
  203. Jojo Arellano ————-7:34:45
  204. Tina Aldaya (Female) ——7:35:04
  205. Elmar Casauay ———–7:36:06
  206. Arleen Peralta (Female) —–7:37:13
  207. Jonas Olandria ———-7:37:37
  208. Franklin Borlongan Flora —–7:37:58
  209. Jay Luna ——-7:38:30
  210. Mark Nikolai Laderas —–7:39:00
  211. Vanessa Labit (Female) —–7:40:24
  212. Angelica Isabel Paz (Female) —-7:40:45
  213. Maricel Bautista (Female) ——7:40:57
  214. Ronnel Go ——————7:41:08
  215. Robertson Paredes ———-7:41:42
  216. Hendricks Gonzales ———7:42:03
  217. Lech John Sarmiento ——–7:43:49
  218. Rochelle Agpalo (Female) —-7:45:00
  219. Cesar Cantos Frago ———7:45:09
  220. Eric Federico —————7:45:17
  221. Joseph Nebrida ———–7:47:57
  222. Gregorio Torres ———-7:48:25
  223. Bryan Castillo ———–7:51:29
  224. Mark Sidamon ———7:53:13
  225. Pojie Peñones ———-7:54:32
  226. Binky Musngi (Female) ——-7:54:50
  227. Kat Yee (Female) ———-7:54:55
  228. Bob Tolete —————7:55:00
  229. Michael Socito ———7:56:26
  230. Neil Nava —————7:56:33
  231. Ruel Peñalosa ———7:56:59
  232. Virgilio Belen ———-7:57:32
  233. Renel Diamante ———7:58:31
  234. Isagani Zuñiga ———-7:58:45
  235. Rowena Tan (Female) —–7:58:54
  236. Noel Diamante ————7:59:17
  237. Eduardo Tantay ———7:59:24
  238. Jerry Mae Conde ——–7:59:24
  239. Reese Rogel (Female) ——-8:00:07
  240. Katrina Mae Cruz (Female) —–8:01:03
  241. Ma. Mercedes Lou Castro (Female) —-8:01:34
  242. Kelvin Dela Torre ———8:01:40
  243. Abegail Paras (Female) ——8:02:45
  244. Larry Olaguir ————8:06:41
  245. Brian Maglunob ——–8:06:53
  246. Armando Pacia ———-8:07:01
  247. Miles Evangelista (Female) ——8:07:09
  248. Hannalee Balibag (Female) —–8:07:21
  249. Anna Katrina Nillo (Female) —-8:07:33
  250. Melody Moreno (Female) ——-8:07:53
  251. Dhanielyn Punzalan (Female) —–8:08:05
  252. Adrian Dimaunahan ———-8:08:26
  253. Jhonalyn Mojica (Female) ——-8:11:57
  254. Armand Escueta —————8:12:09
  255. Christian Almendrala ——–8:12:30
  256. Alan Aguinaldo ————8:12:52
  257. Clarissa Calingasan (Female) —–8:14:03
  258. Arnie Monacillo ———-8:14:24
  259. Tom Barrientos ———–8:14:43
  260. Avin Sauler ————-8:15:31
  261. Jansiel Pernia (Female) ——8:15:43
  262. Sabrina Oliveros (Female) ——8:18:14
  263. Aileen Tucio (Female) ———8:18:49
  264. Felmer Hiponia ————-8:19:53
  265. Maila Bautista (Female) ——8:20:05
  266. Edison Colandres ———-8:23:51
  267. Eduardo Lim —————8:31:29
  268. Rhea Galpo (Female) —–8:32:44
  269. Carl Manio ————-8:32:58
  270. Robert Dulguime ——–8:35:57
  271. Rodel Crisostomo ——-8:36:20
  272. Fritz Erwin Fernandez ——–8:36:43
  273. Leopoldo Esquilona ———8:36:52
  274. Christian Francia ——-8:37:15
  275. Reinier Lon Salvo (Female) —–8:43:01
  276. Jesus Reuben Arevalo ———8:43:06
  277. Jennifer Eufemia Domingo (Female) —-8:47:18
  278. Rona Carandang (Female) ——8:48:39
  279. Cecille Picardal-Manginsay (Female) —-8:48:53
  280. Robert Dionisio ———8:49:06
  281. Ronnie Aquino ———-8:49:31
  282. Tommy Mendoza ——8:49:53
  283. Ruben Gonzales ——–8:50:25
  284. Jeremy Panaligan ——-8:50:30
  285. Mark Celimen ———–8:51:07
  286. Madana De Guzman (Female) ——-8:51:17
  287. Marvin Maquirang ——9:00:00
  288. Bong Anastacio ——–9:14:43

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

2017 T2N

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Race Report: 2017 Tarawera 102 Ultramarathon Race (Part 2)

24 02 2017

Race Report: 2017 Tarawera 102K Ultramarathon Race (Part 2)

Airbnb For Accommodation

Whenever I join ultra races abroad, I usually make my bookings on motels through their websites. I never had the experience to bring my camping gears and set up my tent in camp sites near or within the Starting Area of a trail ultra race. Since I was planning to join the CCC @ UTMB this year (but I was not lucky to be picked on the lottery) and try to stay on Airbnb in Chamonix, France, I looked for “homestays” in Rotorua, New Zealand on the Internet. Staying in New Zealand in an Airbnb accommodation would be a nice “first-time” experience for me prior to going to other races in Europe.

After some browsing on the Internet, I found a place which has so many positive feedback from the people who stayed in the said house. Considering the cheaper amount to be spent as compared to staying a Hotel or Motel in Rotorua, the house is located near the start of the event and the place is quiet and affordable. Looking at the Profile Picture and the name of the owner of the house, I was able to conclude that they could be Asian and it would much easier to communicate and to be relate to them since we belong to the same Continent. So, I made the decision to book for my accommodation in this place. For a duration of stay for 8 days, I was able to pay almost P 20,000 to include some fees.

Upon my arrival at the Town Center of Rotorua, NZ, I called for a Taxi which was waiting for passengers as the right side of the building. The driver is a 75-year old guy and he took some time to look at the address of my destination and glanced at his reference of the places of the city. Then another Taxi Driver asked him if he has any problem on our destination since it took him a couple of minutes to move his Taxi from where I boarded. The other Taxi Driver told him what street to take and the old guy realised where the house is located. It took the Taxi Driver less than 10 minutes to reach my destination.

It was already 9:00 PM when I arrived at the house and the Hosts, Gillian and William Ma were waiting for my arrival. They are very nice hosts and very helpful in giving me some directions to go to some places in the city; very responsive to my needs in the house; and give me some information about the city. They had been in the said house for the past 5 years and they are still childless. I told them about the reason why I was in Rotorua and they were surprised to know that there is such an international event happening in their neighbourhood without them knowing it. Much more surprised when I told them that I will be joining the 102K distance event and they could not believed it since they have known that I’ll be turning 65 years old in 3 months. Of course, I told them also that I am a retired officer with the rank of Two-Star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the second day of my stay in their house. On the early morning of the second day of my stay in their house, I had a lengthy conversation with Gillian and we had to get to know more about her and her husband and the things/places to visit in Rotorua.

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Gillian Ma, My Host

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William Xu, Husband of Gillian

My room has a Double Size Bed with a view of the frontyard of the house with a wide glass window draped with a rolling curtain. It has a locker room and equipped with an electric fan. I was wondering why there was no air-conditioning unit for the room but by opening the window with a small space, I can feel the cool air from the outside to be entering the room. However, I was warned by my Host to close the window during nighttime because some flying insects would be attracted to enter the opened space of the window because of the light from the room. The bed, comforter, and the pillows are very clean and comfortable. However, I have to walk for about few feet outside my room for the toilet and bathroom. The toilet and bathroom are separate rooms but there was no problem for me as they are considered as “common” bathroom & toilet for the guests. I was lucky that I was the only guest for the first three days when a Lady from Switzerland occupied another room in the house for an overnight stay after I finished the race.

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Frontage Of The House

Their address is: 11 Carroll Place 11, Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty 3010, New Zealand.

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Advertisement From Airbnb On My Room

Warm-Up Run To Redwoods Park

After a breakfast of hot coffee and quaker oats, I prepared for a brief run to the Redwoods Park from the house which is about 2.5 kilometer-distance to its entrance and there is another one kilometre to run from the Gate/Entrance to the Visitors Center of the Park. I surveyed the actual place where the Starting Area of the event is located and I had the chance to inspect the trail of the park not knowing that the first kilometre of the race will follow the asphalted road towards the mountain.

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Entrance To Redwoods Park

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One Kilometer Distance From Entrance To The Visitors Center

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Redwoods Park Visitors Center/Starting Area Of The Race

After some picture-taking of those things inside and within the Visitor’s Center, it was time to engage with the personnel of the park. This is where I met Katrina who told me that she has two other Pinoy personnel working with her in the Park. Before we ended our conversation, we had a “selfie” where she approved of it.

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Katrina, A Staff At The Redwoods Park

I returned to the house jogging with a faster pace and I found the weather and the cooler breeze to be like Baguio City during summer time. I knew already that we will have a very hot weather on race day. While I was jogging, I was able to pass a commercial centre which is called Redwood Center which is about 50 meters from the entrance of the Park. From what I’ve seen within the Commercial Center, I knew already where I would eat my lunch for the day.

Bus Rides

I had my second shower in Rotorua and prepared to walk again for my lunch at the Redwood Center. After lunch, I took a Bus Ride to the Town Center for some shopping of souvenirs from Rotorua. Bus Rides are very efficient and orderly in Rotorua. All you have to do is remember the Bus Route Number and pay NZ$ 2.35 for the said route and have the option to transfer to another Bus Route Number within 30 minutes after you are being dropped by the first bus you have taken for FREE. All you have to do is to inform the Driver that you are transferring to another Bus Route after alighting from the Bus, so that he can give you your ticket for the next bus transfer you will be taking. As you board to the transfer Bus, inform the driver that you are transferring from another Bus and give your ticket. The Bus Route goes only on a One Way Loop which means that the next scheduled ride always comes from the Town Center and not from the Turn-Around Point of the Bus and pass on the same road where I was picked up! All the Bus Stops have the scheduled time of arrival posted on a pole adjacent to the Shaded Bus Stop. I have observed that the Bus arrival on the Bus Stop near the house where I stayed was always prompt and on the dot. The Bus Stop near the house where I stayed is only 50 meters away!

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Bus Schedule Posted On Bus Stops

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Typical Picture Of A City Bus In Rotorua

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Picture Inside The Bus

When I learned about the Bus Transport System in the area, there was no need to take the Taxi. However, the schedule of the Bus starts at 7:00 AM and ends at 6:00 PM. If you want a ride after 6:00 PM, take the Taxi by calling the number 07-348-1111 as you could hardly see any Taxi roaming around the streets/roads in Rotorua. Once you call the number and state your location where you can be picked-up, the Taxi will be there with you in few minutes!

(Note: It is advisable to buy a Sim Card for your Cellphone at the Auckland International Airport as soon as you arrive for the cost of NZ$ 39.00)

Change Of Schedule/Itinerary

Even if I have friends on Facebook who are presently living or residing in New Zealand, I did not send them any PM or give them a hint that I need some help or need answers from queries I would like to ask from them. I just patiently read the instructions stated on the Souvenir Program of the Tarawera 100 Ultramarathon Race and then use the Google/Google Maps to get answers from concerns and queries where I need some answers.

My stay in New Zealand was focused in joining and finishing the race where after the race, I would go back to Auckland and board my flight back to Manila. Just simple as that! However, a sudden change has occurred in my schedule.

A PMA Cavalier (PMA Alumni Class ’81 and former Officer of the Philippine Navy) whom I had the opportunity to work with during my assignment in the Philippine Military Academy as a Tactical Officer and member of the General Staff of the Headquarters PMA as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence and Security, sent me a message and welcome greetings for arriving in New Zealand safely. After an exchange of messages on Facebook, I called him using my cellphone. I found out that he is now residing in Wellington with his family and he is inviting me to visit their place before going back to Manila if there is a way that I can squeeze his invitation in my schedule. I said, Yes, why not?

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With My Host In Wellington, NZ, Captain Virgilio Velasco, Philippine Navy (Retired), PMA Class ’81

Looking at my schedule that if I can finish the race before midnight of Saturday, I would take the first trip by bus on Sunday for a 7-hour bus ride to Wellington to rest and at the same time enjoy the view along the route, have a brief tour of the city immediately after arrival, stay overnight in their house, then have another bus ride back directly to Auckland on Monday and then depart for Manila on the morning of Tuesday. It was a hectic schedule that played in my mind but it is doable. However, my friend has a better suggestion for my schedule. The bus ride from Rotorua to Wellington was fine as I will be seeing the sea, the different city centers and landscape of the North Island of New Zealand while I was resting in the bus and have a chance to have some picture-taking during the brief stops in the Bus Stations along the way. Upon our arrival in Wellington, my friend would bring me to their house and have a home dinner with his family and then Rest Overnight. He suggested that I would take the last Jetstar Flight from Wellington to Auckland on the following day, Monday so that I he can bring me to a city tour the whole day before my departure. The schedule was perfect! He advised me to simply book my trip On Line through the websites of the Bus Company and Jetstar. He even generously gave the details of his Credit/Debit Card for me to use for this purpose. Of course, I declined since I have an e-card prepared for this trip.

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Prominent Mountain On The Road To Wellington

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Bus Stop For Lunch

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Kiwi Burger, So Far, The Best Burger I’ve Tasted

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Last Bus Stop @ Wharepaku Before Wellington

So, in a matter of few minutes after our conversation, I was able to book for my bus ride to Wellington and Jetstar Flight back to Auckland. My excitement to finish the race became secondary objective and my trip to Wellington became the primary objective of my remaining stay in New Zealand.

Little did I realize that this change of schedule will greatly affect or have an impact on my performance during the race.

To be continued….





Official Result: 2nd EAST COAST 145-Mile Endurance

31 01 2017

Official Result: 2nd EAST COAST 145-Mile Endurance Run

Date: December 26-28, 2016

Start Time: 9:00 AM December 26, 2016

Starting Area: BALER Sign @ Vicinity Baler Municipal Hall, Baler, Aurora

Cut-Off Time: 48 Hours/24 Hours in Casiguran, Aurora

Number Of Starters: 6 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 4 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 66.66%

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RANK                 NAME                         TIME (Hrs)

  1. Thomas Combisen (Champion & Course Record)——35:03:30
  2. Jocelyn Lanas (Champion, Female) ———————-44:53:11
  3. Jonathan Moleta (1st Runner-Up, Male) —————-45:12:30
  4. Fernando Talosig (2nd Runner-Up, Male) —————46:28:31
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Champion Thomas Combisen

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Lady Champion Jocel Lanas

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Official Results: 6th Taklang Damulag 100-Mile/50-Mile Endurance Runs (2016)

13 12 2016

2016 (6th) Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run

5:00 AM December 10, 2016 To 3:00 PM December 11, 2016

Start & Finish Area: SOCOM Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Philippines

Course Cut-Off Time: 34 Hours

Number Of Starters: 10 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 2 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 20%

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Starters Of Taklang Damulag 100 & 50-Mile Endurance Runs

RANK                           NAME                                    TIME (Hours)

  1. Gibo Malvar (Champion, Overall) ———–33:51:20
  2. Graciano Santos (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—-33:51:23
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Overall Champion Gibo Malvar

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Overall 1st Runner-Up Graciano Santos

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2016 (6th) Taklang Damulag 50-Mile Endurance Run

Start & Finish Area: SOCOM Headquarters, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Philippines

Number Of Starters: 6 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 4 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 66.66%

RANK                 NAME                                      TIME (Hours)

  1. Thomas Combisen (Champion, Overall) ——–12:57:59
  2. Alfredo Peralta (1st Runner-Up, Overall)——–16:42:10
  3. Tess Leono (Champion, Female) —————16:43:20
  4. Kathleen Piñero (1st Runner-Up, Female) ——-17:52:47
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Overall Champion Thomas Combisen

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Female Champion Tess Leono

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

Note: Photos Courtesy Of Dhan Punzalan 

Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/dhae.punzalan/media_set?set=a.10154034637236975.1073742096.655141974&type=3&pnref=story





Thomas Combisen Sets Philippines’ Course Record In 24-Hour Endurance Run In Taiwan

25 11 2016

Thomas Combisen, the lone representative of the Philippines, finished and set a National Course Record at the 2016 IAU Asia & Oceania 24-Hour Endurance Run held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan last November 19-20, 2016. He officially represented the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU), the National Federation on Ultrarunning, and was invited by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) to join this yearly event. He ranked #8 among the 27 International Runners with a total distance of 203.45 Kilometers covered during the duration of 24 hours of continuous running. The international runners represented the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Chinese Taiwan, and the Philippines.

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Loop Course of 1.75 Kilometers Around The Kaohsiung National Stadium (World Games Arena)

Thomas Combisen qualified to join this prestigious running event for being a consistent Champion and Podium Finisher in PAU Races for the past years. He won in all the 200-Km+ distance races; set the Course Record for the Manila To Baguio 250K Race in 38:59:53 hours; and about to be awarded as one of the three candidates for the PAU 200K Grand Slam Award and to be considered as the Champion in this 4-event race as he won the past three races, namely, West To East 280K Run, Manila To Baguio 250K Run, and the North Coast 200-Mile Race.

Thomas Combisen is a native of Sagada, Mountain Province and works as a Civil Engineer in one of the Land Developers in Metro Manila and suburbs. He had been an active member of the Philippine Association of Ultrarunners for the past three years.

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Thomas Combisen @ The Starting Area

The Letter of Invitation from the IAU and the Chinese Taipei Ultramarathon Federation, as the Host and Race Organizer was officially received by the PAU last August of this year and Thomas Combisen was chosen and informed that he will represent the country in this international ultra marathon event with three (3) months of focused training. Major General Jovenal Narcise AFP (Retired), President of the PAU met with Thomas as soon as the Invitation was received and he informed him of the details of the race, how he will train and prepare for the race, and for him not to worry of the expenses for the travel, accommodation in Taiwan, and other logistics needs for him to join the race. He was advised to prepare his travel papers (passport) and PAU will support for his visa application for Taiwan. On a weekly basis, Thomas was advised to report on the progress of his training to the President of PAU.

The 2016 IAU Asia & Oceania 24-Hour Championship Endurance Run was held on November 19-20, 2016 at the World Games Stadium Area in Kaohsiung, Taiwan with 27 International Runners from IAU-sanctioned National Federations and 450 Local & Foreign Runners under the Open Category. The race started at 3:00 PM of Saturday and ended at 3:00 PM on the following day, Sunday. Runners had to run a loop course with a distance of 1.75 kilometers. The loop course has two RFID timing mats placed at the Start/Finish and at the midway of the loop course that would record the time of the runner, the number of loops and distance the runner has covered during the event. The loop course has two Aid Stations and other amenities that the runner could use during the event. Pacers were not allowed and competing runners were not allowed to pace each other for the duration of two loops. Such violation would result to immediate disqualification of the runners.

Our main goal in this race was for Thomas to finish at least 200 kilometers during the duration of 24 hours just for him to gain experience.

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First 12 Hours of Running

On the first two loops, Thomas was leading the race with a comfortable pace of 8:30+ minutes per loop and he told me that he felt easy on the pace and I advised him to just maintain the said pace and make sure to hydrate as often as possible. On the third loop, most of the international runners (IAU-sanctioned runners) started to speed up their pace until Thomas landed on the 4th place on the 5th hour of the race since it started. During the nighttime running, he maintained the ranking of #6. He finished 100 kilometres in 10 hours and 40 minutes and I advised him that our main goal of reaching 200 is doable.

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Last 10 Minutes Of The Race

Thomas crossed the Start/Finish RFID mat with 200 kilometers covered with one hour before 3:00 PM and I advised him to just have his recovery run until the horn was sounded to officially end the event. As the event ended with sound of horn and gun fired, Thomas was able to officially register a distance of 203.45 kilometres and placed overall #8 among the 27 International Runners.

As a result, Thomas Combisen had officially set a National Record for a Filipino Runner with a distance of 203.453 kilometres with a pace of 7:05 minutes per kilometre for a 24-Hour Endurance Run.

The following is the Official Result on the Podium Finishers (Top 3 runners) among the IAU-sanctioned International Runner with their respective pace:

For the Male Category:

Barry Loveday (Australia)——235.868 kilometers (6:05 min/km)
Takayoshi Shigemi (Japan) ——230.868 kilometers (6:14 min/km)
John Pearson (Australia) ——224.849 kilometers (6:24 min/km)

For the Female Category:

Nikki Wynd (Australia) ——209.497 kilometers (6:52 min/km)
Nicole Barker (Australia) ——205.995 kilometers (7:00 min/km)
Sharon Scholz (Australia) ——189.173 kilometers (7:37 min/km)

Thomas Combisen’s performance on his first international exposure in IAU-sanctioned Championship Races is considered as a success and excellent performance on his part and whole RP Team. Our participation to these kind of events will continue despite the lack of corporate sponsors and financial support coming from the Government.

From the words of Thomas Combisen, he said, “Sir, if not for you, my dream to join an international running event would remain as a dream and I will remember this experience throughout the rest of my life as this is something very special to me and priceless that money could never, never ever buy!” I just smiled and replied to him, “This is just the beginning of your international exposure as more races will come in the future. Keep your feet on the ground and keep on improving on your training as I have plans already for you to join the 2017 edition of this race!”

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Thomas Displaying His Finisher’s Certificate & Finisher’s Medal

Congratulations, Thomas Combisen!





Race Report: 2nd Zamboanga Mountain 50K Ultra Marathon Race

18 10 2016

Race Report: 2nd Zamboanga Mountain 50K Ultra Marathon Race/September 18, 2016

After I finished the first edition of this race last year, I promised to myself that I would join every edition of this race as long as I am still strong to run an ultra distance event. I would make this race as my evaluation run as part of my training for my future ultra races here and abroad.

Three months ago, I have started my training for this race but instead of doing it on the trails and places where there are considerable elevation gain and/or loss, I have to do my training on the paved streets. I have to follow the usual training program and daily mileage which I have followed for the past three years of ultra running training. However, these street running workouts had to last for about two months before I had to go back to trail running.

The only difference with my training this time as compared for the past 3 years, is my desire to be faster as I grow older. I placed more emphasis on the conduct of “strides” during my daily runs and do at least two times of “tempo” runs during the week. Weekends would be devoted to long runs up to 18 miles with a faster average pace.

On the third month, I did a lot of hikes in the mountains on weekends which would last up to 6-7 hours and on weekdays, I would do 8-9-mile runs on trails with an elevation gain/loss of at least 2,000 feet every workout. This is where I would train myself on my hydration and nutrition with only water as my fluid intake. I tapered for about two weeks which consisted of hikes and easy runs in my “playground”.

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The Mandatory START Group Picture

What is good with this race is that the Hotel (Palmeras De Zamboanga) where I stayed is the Starting and Finish Line of the event. I went out of my room 20 minutes before the start with enough time to greet and have “photo-ops” with the other runners. Before I went out of the Hotel, I was greeted with free sandwich and hot coffee at the end of the hallway and was able to take advantage of this offer as part of my stay in the hotel. I knew that the coffee and the sandwich would be enough for my food intake before I reach the first Aid Station at Km #8.

The race started promptly at 5:00 AM after a short prayer and 57 starters left the starting line. It was still dark when we were running along the street leading to the Pasonanca Park but the streetlights were enough to light up our way. Knowing that the first kilometre is flat, I made an easy pace and just followed the runners in front me. At Km #3, a runner started a conversation with me and I asked if my prevailing running pace would be maintained up to the finish line and replied him, “Yes”. And then asked permission if he would be allowed to pace with me during the duration of the race. And I said, “Yes”! We would be running side by side from this point up to the Finish Line. At that time, we were on a speed of 4 miles per hour as gleaned from my Suunto Watch.

It was my intention to maintain the said speed throughout the race. As I had predicted before the race, I have announced on Facebook that I intend to improve my ranking of #17 and finish time of 8:34+ hours from the result last year. Actually, my target goal was to finish the race below the 8-hour time and maintain the speed of 4 mph up to the Finish Line.

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Route Map & Description

We reached the 1st Aid Station (Km #7) without any problem and tried my best to run through those ascents without any brief walks or hikes. I took me less than 2 minutes to refill my bottles with ice cold water and eat some suman. From the Aid Station, we had to follow the paved road as the route became a “roller-coaster” and it started to be warm. After about 4-5 kilometers, we reached the 2nd Aid Station in front of an Elementary School. I had to refill my hydration bottle with ice-cold water, douse some ice-water on my head and face as the day was starting to be hot. I ate two ripe bananas and I was back on the way. From this Aid Station, it was the start of a single-track technical trail which has some rocks, mud, and flowing water.

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Course’ Elevation Profile

As I tried to speed up my pace on the descending portion of the trail which was muddy and slippery, I started to feel some “cramp” on my left calf and I asked the runners behind me to pass while trying to walk my way down the trail. I was still running downhill but I made sure to slow down my pace. I brought out some of salt tablets and ingest some and kept it to my mind to regularly ingest some every hour during the run. After a few seconds and minutes, I was able to regain my pace and it was just a matter of time before we would reach the first Turn-Around point which happens to be the Zambales Elementary School.

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Marvin Sicat, My Running Partner During The Race

At the start of a newly cemented road inside a thickly vegetated area in the course, we met the two leading runners. This is where I started to hike the ascending parts and run the flat portions and descending parts of the route and kept on drinking my water in my handheld bottle during my hikes. As we got nearer to the Turn-Around point, we had to meet those runners who just left the 3rd Aid Station at the Turn-Around Point which happens to be in a School. As I count the number of runner that I and my companion-runner would meet, I was ranked as #12 runner with my partner as #11.

In last year’s edition, I stayed in this Aid Station (Km #16) for a longer time as I tried to ingest more food and drink lots of water and craved for sweeter drinks. I even had more pictures taken with the other runners whom I was able to catch up in the said Aid Station. For this year, I was surprised to see a Zamboanga local runner who was still sitting and trying to cool off in the Aid Station when I arrived. “Chabby” is a very fast and strong ultrarunner and he beat me last year by almost one hour. I had to ask him his situation and he said that he was ok. But, I was brief in my stay by having my bottles refilled with water and then take in a mouthful of spicy noodles which gave me a little “jolt” and in less than 5 minutes, I was out of the Aid Station with my “partner” in tow.

It is a continuous uphill climb from the Aid Station and after about 1 kilometre, we started to meet the other runners behind us who were on their way to the Aid Station at Km #16. After passing the newly-paved road inside the thick forest, we were back again to the single-track trail before reaching the next Aid Station. Unknowingly, Chabby was few seconds behind us and we were together at the said Aid Station. However, he opted to stay behind as he changed his attire and wanted to rest for awhile. After refilling my bottles and eating some fruits, hard-boiled eggs, and rice delicacy, we were out of the Aid Station. The dreaded “Gulod De Medio” was already in my mind as I left the Aid Station! However, we passed another runner after about a kilometre away from the Aid Station. That makes me #11 and my partner as #10 as we battle the next ascent and the heat of the sun!

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Steepest Climb @ Gulod De Medyo

As my running “partner” and I were about to climb the “Gulod De Medio”, we saw a runner clad in black attire (with 2XU tights) in front of us within a distance of 20 meters. I made my pace faster with the intention to close the gap with between us with the runner in front of us. As we were in the steep ascent of the “Gulod De Medyo”, the runner saw us trying to get nearer to him but as soon as he reached the peak, he started to run faster! At the middle of the steep ascent, I started to slow down due to fatigue and the heat of the sun but I had to exert more effort but slowed my pace just to be able to reach the peak. I knew that as soon as I passed the peak, it was a gradual descent to the next Aid Station.

I took some Ice Cold Coke and native rice delicacy at the Aid Station and after refilling my water bottle, we left in a hurry! I knew that the course/route to the next Aid Station was a generally downhill. However, the heat of the sun was the one which prevented us from increasing our pace. At this point, it was our last 18 kilometres and in a matter of time, we would be able to reach the next Aid Station.

Finally, we reached the Aid Station and the lady volunteers were excited to see me that they asked me to have some pictures with them! Since I needed time to rest and ingest more food, I allowed them whatever pictures they could take while I was there. I guess, this is the Aid Station that I rested the longest time on the course because of the heat of the sun and the fact that the course will be uphill from this point to the next/last Aid Station. I ate drank a lot of Coke while ingesting two pieces of their local Suman with Latik which are bare (without any banana wrap). I thanked the lady volunteers for being there and for being able to serve us with the foods we needed. This one of the very reasons why I keep coming back in this race——very happy, very encouraging , and very helpful and beautiful lady volunteers!!!

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Fighting It Out With The Heat Of The Sun

I consider the next segment of the race as the hardest as one has to go uphill to the last Aid Station. It is not about the steepness of the segment but it is the continuous and gradual ascent that will force the runners to hike on the exposed portions of the road from the heat of the sun. This is where we could see again those who are trying to catch us from behind and from the distance we had made as a “buffer”, we can safely say that we will be able to maintain our rankings up to the finish line!

Reaching the last Aid Station was a relief as from this point, it is the last 7 kilometres of the course which is all downhill. We did not stay long in the Aid Station after we refilled our hydration bottles and ate some bananas. I carried a “Sakto” Bottle of Coke and my Handheld Bottle filled with water and I was confident that my liquid/water was enough for me up to the Finish Line but I was wrong! My running partner had to share some of his water and the Race Organizer had to place another Aid Station in about 3-4 kilometres from the Finish Line because of the heat of the sun. The descending portions of the course was steep and some are still rough with gravel and small rocks but the concrete pavement was too much for my knees but my legs were surprisingly prepared for the beating and pounding of my feet. My strides were short but quick and I was able to increase my pace as I took advantage of the gravity. It was the heat of the sun that really gave some problems to my body. However, I was prepared for it as I brought a lot of salt tablets and “coffee” candies; and really focused on my hydration strategy. The Aid Station at the last 3-4 kilometres was very helpful to everybody and I was able to regain my strength and keep my pace up to the finish line.

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Lots Of Ice @ The Aid Stations & Emergency Aid Stations

On the last 1.5 kilometres to the Finish Line, my running partner begged off that he should stop and slow down for awhile because of leg cramps and I replied to him that we should finish together. But he started to walk while I was maintaining my running pace. I guess, he was very courteous and respectful enough to offer the 10th place to me as a guest and a Senior Citizen! At the Finish Line, I found out the complete name of my running-partner, Marvin Sicat, who happens to be a close friend of one of my “pioneer” runners in the Bataan Death March 102 Ultra Marathon Race.

Finally, I crossed the Finish Line in 8:04:30 hours even if my plan was to finish in sub-8 hours with a ranking of 10th finisher. I was able to improve my time for almost 30 minutes and my overall ranking by 7 slots and I attribute my improvement to my quick turn-around at the Aid Stations; having a running partner/“pacer”; training with more “strides” and tempo runs on paved roads on the first two months; and later on the last month prior to the race on my hikes to mountains with higher altitude. My focused nutrition and hydration were also followed where I had to drink water regularly, eat solid foods in the Aid Stations, ingest my salt tablets regularly every hour, and regularly placing some coffee candies in my mouth.

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Crossing The Finish Line

The Zamboanga Runner’s Club and their Race Sponsors did an outstanding job for this race to be a successful one. I highly recommended this race to all my readers to this blog, most specially to those who are ultra runners, local or foreigners. It is worth the trip to Zamboanga City. Next year, I will be back!

https://www.facebook.com/notes/zamboanga-runners-club-ph/2nd-50k-zamboanga-mountain-ultramarathon-official-results/1463020747052863

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Swags: Nice Finisher’s Shirt & Heavy Finisher’s Medal








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