I DNF Cebu Southwest 210 Kilometers Ultramarathon today!

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Quitter never wins. Yes, I did not finish (DNF) my 210K Ultramarathon in the 2nd Cebu Southwest today. And giving up a race is a tough decision, It’s a decision between health and pride. And of course,   I choose health. But never in mind to quit the race, because I’ve prepared it very well. In fact, prior the event I’d attended several ultras and trail race everywhere as treatment of my training.

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At KM35, my struggle began. I felt chest pain reaching the 50K cut off. I experienced acid reflux thrice and tried power walk to ease the pain of my stomach. I even took a nap for 15 minutes to prevent heart burning. I became even slower in my pace, to realize that more runners overtook me. Finally, I reached the 50K with a time 7 hours and 23 minutes, and hit my target time. I took a break with my Azenith Balbutin, a good friend of mine from Bukidnon. We ate some foodies to supply our lost energy, and after few minutes we commenced our 105K goal.

With a normal pace with my friend, at 55K I began to feel the chest pain again. The food I took began to move up to my esophagus, and another reflux again. I asked Azenith, to continue running and leave me for the meantime and promise to pack with her at 105K. I took a nap, again. But my acid reflux worsened even at more than 7-8 times. I tried not quit, I stayed strong, I thinked positive, took a nap over and over again. But unfortunately, it worsened and I lost the pack. With a big decision I quit the race at KM65 and called up the race officials and went home.

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The 210K ultra stretched the municipalities of south. Santander in the Southeast of Cebu was the starting point of the event, and plotting towns of Samboan, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Badian, Moalboal, Alacantara, Ronda, Dumanjug, Barili, Aloguinsan, Pinamungajan, Toledo City, Balamban, Transcentral Cebu, way to the finish line Plaza Independencia, Cebu City.

To the finishers of the 2nd Cebu Southwest 210K Ultramarathon, you all deserve the highest recognition. You are all exceptional ultra-marathoner. To the Hard Core Events, you guys are awesome, I set limits by your race standards.

 

 

Argao Highlands Endurance Run 2017

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Not all runners are passionate to trail race, but I and my friends love it. Trail running requires extra energy, similar disciplines but the training varies. 

Generally, the race course is 80-90 percent of loose track, steep, single track, river crossing, dense canopies, open forest, muddy, rope segmenting and even underground tunnel. Argao Highland Endurance Run is one of the best in Cebu. It is a complete package to describe a trail race, and the endurance make it very sense. The event was scheduled last May 14, 2017 and organized by a joint project of local and private units of Argao, spearheaded by the Physician and Mayor Stanley Caminero.

The Starting Line. The event is not on their first edition. Last year, the race began at Cebu Technological University Argao Campus. But this year it was moved to their municipal ground which I think the best. As a traveler, I was able to check on them their very Cabecera de Argao. It features old structures and heritage of the town and don’t snub the Catholic Church, the baroque architecture is awesome! Their plaza is so clean and green. As early as 5AM, the race started and the cut off time was 4 hours.

The Runners. Well attended by runners all over the island. There were Kenyans, few elite runners, and trail lovers. I met some of my good friends and met new friends. Since, I was a second timer in the event, as expected I was able to reunite with the other runners who were my running mates in the other ultra and marathon events.

The Route. I love the trail so much, fun and adventure. Crawl, wade and scream. It was a mud-covered route because of the rain teemed prior the race day. A 25 Kilometer of endurance that summed up into very challenging route.  Runners crossed rivers, dipped to river waters, took the rope segment, survived the single loose track and steep hills. I would love to reroute it and be my training ground.

The Finish Line. Coal Mountain Resort in the mountainous area of Barangay Linut-od served as the finishing line. It offers spring-fed pools, I took a dip and I love it. The race concluded by passing the hanging bridge and underground tunnel. A head lamp was needed in the tunnel to grasp the total darkness. And at the end of it, your race is officially endured. Luscious Filipino menu awaits you on the table, you can eat as much as you’ve wanted.

The Organizers/Race Director. As expected, no wonder runners keep coming back and that is because of the credibility of the organizer to raise up it into a well-organized trail event. Trail marshals and aid stations were placed in order. The foods in the stations, were good and enough to support all runners. The post-race meal, can’t say nothing- heavy meals served! Congratulations!

Honorable Mentions. The ever supportive and sport man Mayor Stanley Caminero and Sir Joel Baring, the race director. Elias Tabac of Team Tribuddies and Cherry Andrin of Spectrum Runners. Good friends Jade Abellana and Jonathan Dungog, both veterans of ultra-running and triathlon. And also, to Sulirap Sukarap for the awesome photos . You’ve all deserved a laudable recognition.

Evaluation. I give 9/10. See you in 2018!


 

 

 

Ormoc City to Baybay City 60K Ultramarathon Leg 1

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I enjoy running, aside from its health benefits. It is my passion and I am addicted to it. Last April 22, 2017 I had the chance to join and ultramarathon race held in Leyte which was organized by Prince Multi Sports Events Inc.. The Ormoc City to Baybay City 60K Ultra Marathon, the said event is a piece of Leyte Island Ultramarathon Series 2017. Others are Maasin City to Agas Agas Bridge 80K Ultramarathon, Leyte Landing 100K and San Juanico 100Mile which are among scheduled mid-year and of later this year.

The Starting Line. The excitement of the race started right at the heart of the City Plaza of Ormoc. There was a short introduction and briefing of the race, after which at 10PM runners drew foot and broke legs to the south to the finish, and that’s including me of course.

The Runners. Attended by more than a hundred of ultra-runners nationwide. All were familiar faces and I’m used. I was never out of place. I was surprised to reunite with friends from Cagayan de Oro and they’re truly run addict “wherever and whenever”. I saw some runners who were champions from the other recent events and as expected they’re leading the race. Runners were well groomed and prepared with hydration bottles. And one thing caught my attention was the barefoot runners, my goodness it takes bravery and courage running without a gear of shoes. Well, I believe in them. Numbers of female runners were also noticeable.

The Course. The race stretched a 60 Kilometers long going south and with a cut off time of 12 hours. 60 kilometer is a no joke by foot. In my case, I’d prepared it much though it’s not my first time. I underwent heat training and mileages to prepare for it and even picked foods to eat. Since it started late night, heat was a no worry but I personally targeted to finish the race before sun heats up in the morning. It’s a road ultramarathon, expect big trucks on the traffic. One of the highlights of the race was that, runners passed and routed the main of building Visayas State University (VSU) where “Truth Statue” can be found which the finisher’s trophy and medal were inspired from. And I think the Race Director wanted to convey a message to all runners passing the Truth Monument.

The Finishing Line. Well the finish line,  is undeniably the most challenging part. The last 5 kilometers was a surprised to me, though it’s concrete road but it was a pure uphill, not that typical uphill but slow uphill maybe. Say f***, it’s perfect! It paid off reaching the finish line, Lintaon Peak, which offers a 360 degree view of Baybay City.  Lintaon Peak is becoming a hiking destination to local trekkers  and it attracts more and more tourists since it was featured on GMA 7. So relaxing, perfect to end a long distance race with a perfect landscape of the city. The race ended on Sunday, April 23 at 10am.

The Organizers/Race Director. Kudos to the people behind the event! The RD didn’t forget to paid courtesy to the runners by welcoming teams and individuals involved in the event. Aid stations were placed strategically, foods and liquids were well prepared. Marshalls were visible and even cheered runners passing. The coordination of the organizer to the local units was a congratulatory and it’s feels safe running such event.

Honorable Mentions. Sir Joseph Prince Baltazar, the Race Director of the Leyte Island Ultramarathon Series 2017. To the Great Sano Engbino, the male champion with a whooping time of 4:49:20 and Mary Grace Solarte, the female champion with the clock time of 6:40:27, you guys are awesome exceptional. To the strongest and last female finisher Nimfa De Veyra, a teacher hails from Baybay City, you are an inspiration to all.

Evaluation: I  rate 9/10 for the well organized event.