Subing-Subing, Fernandez top STUR60: 214 runners finished strong

About 214 ultra runners finished strong in a recent 1st edition of Bukidnon STUR60 Ultramarathon Challenge held over the weekend in Malaybalay City and Maramag, Bukidnon.

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Subing-Subing pose with his finisher’s trophy and podium plaque

Anthony Subing-Subing was declared overall champion setting a debut record of the first edition by five hours, 32 minutes and 57 seconds. Following him were, Dennis Labay and Buddy Lloyd Yparraguirre with 5:45:13 and 5:49:43 respectively.

While in female division, Noime Fernandez emerged top winner of her category by clocking six hours, 54 minutes and 49 seconds. Hedda Riola came second with 7:23:15 and Ritchelle Abella as third runner with final time of 7:48:09.

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Top 3 men podium (fr. left Labay, Subing-Subing and Yparraguirre)

The said ultra race kicked off at Kaamulan Grounds in Malaybalay City and pass thru Philippine PAN Highway down Valencia City to Municipal Grounds of Maramag. Before the finish line, all runners were challenge to drop Musuan Peak~the highlight and highest elevation of the race. The said peak is known as Mount Calayo and also known by being an active volcano in Southern Philippines and standing shortly by 646 meters above the sea level.

Musuan Peak station was designed with cut off time, an added challenge to all participants while overall CoT was 14 hours. At the end of the event, five were DNF and 2 finished beyond cut off.

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The rest of the Team STUR

The said race was hosted by Team Sugarcane Trail/Ultra Runners (STUR). Azenith Balbutin as Race Directress and Amigleo Brothers, Ramie and Rene assisting the race event together with the rest of the Team STUR.

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Newbie in Milo Marathon? Here’s how to qualify for 42nd National Milo Marathon

Time is fast approaching, at end of this year we’ll be crowning again our Marathon King and Queen. Last year’s strongest were Joerge Andrade and Mary Joy Tabal. Andrade, a newbie marathoner from Digos City and Tabal our very first Filipina Olympian from Cebu City.

Image credit to Milo web page

Recently, Andrade shined during Borneo International Marathon by clocking two hours, 54 minutes and 14 seconds against his competitors from Kenya, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. While Tabal proven once more by winning 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon half distance with time of one hour, 18 minutes and 44 seconds.

To qualify; To secure your slot for the finals make sure to qualify first in the regional  or provincial qualifying races nationwide or in Metro Manila elimination (42 kilometers). For regional or provincial races, 21 Kilometer is your first step to obtain 42 k slot in the finals. Off course, should you aware of cut off times by age and category.

Take note of your qualifying time (21 k provincial);

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Metro Manila Elimination (42 k);

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Below are the schedule of elimination  nearest to you;

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Image credit from Milo web page 

Finals: SUB6, no finisher’s medal for runners unable to cross the finish line in 6 hours or less. Be proud that you’ve come up to this stage, These runners  are among the best from provincial elimination and you’re blessed to be one of them, so be at your best time. Podiums and or top 10 are awarded with trophy, medal and cash. Plus an opportunity  to represent the country in selected top marathon events in the world.

See you in Laoag City!

In Case You Missed It: Peonila, Villarin of Spectrum emerge victorious of PF SUB1 Challenge

At least 500 runners across Visayas Regions joined this years’ Pinoy Fitness SUB1 10K Challenge held last Sunday at SM City Cebu Grounds.

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Photo Credit: Paksit Photos (Peonila and Villarin crossing the finish line)

Erl Peonila emerged champion among SUB1 wave runners. Peonila who hails from Dumaguete City and member of  Spectrum Runners set straight with 35 minutes and 55 seconds . Ian Rafuela who is also from Pionela’s team came second with 36 minutes and 10 seconds. Abelito Neiz of Team ADR came third with 36 minutes and 28 minutes.

While in female division was notched by Evamie Villarin, who also from Spectrum Runners. Villarin set  43 minutes and 39 seconds  bit far from her runners up . Maria Stephan Jayson of Paksit Photos came second with time of 46:14 while  Ezel Conde of Team PhiLDR came third with time of 49:49.

The said top runners received qualifying medals and podium plaque. Runners who pursued within an hour or less also received the said qualifying medals. After 15 minutes from 5 am gun start of  SUB1 wave,  48 runners participated the fun wave category which was won by Levert Clyde Mungas with 57:03 and Sheryl Olanda, 1:09 in their respective divisions.

Pinoy Fitness SUB1 10K Challenge is a test of everyone’s fitness through breaking a 10 kilometer route in one hour or less. For aspiring marathoners, 10K is a very basic and foundation and has been a holy grail for most of the runners, especially those in the track and field sports.

Espina first to arrive Zark’s 500-kilometer footrace

Bacolod’s pride- Rolando Espina conquered the historical and longest ultra-marathon in the Philippines’ first Zark’s Ultimate Run 500. Espina bested 6 ultra-runners and crossed the finish line with exemplary and grueling official time of 102 hours and 15 minutes at Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday night.

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Rolando Espina during Spartathlon 2016

Earlier this year, the 44-year-old elite ultra-runner break the course record of Manila to Baguio’s 250 Kilometer Ultra Marathon Race in just 35 hours, 43 minutes and 11 seconds strong finish.

Espina led the pack of Zark’s 500 from starting line staged in Pusuquin, Ilocos Norte on February 22. The six runners started to race by 3 in the afternoon and vied immediate cut off times in every check points.

Half way, Espina clocked strong and maintain his pace to kilometer 400. Along his pursuers was Jivee Tolentino who paced him from the start but disconnected at kilometer 350 making him sure leader board all the way to finish line.

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Photo Credit, Edwin Colina (The six starters of Zark’s 500)

He received the elusive and hardest finisher’s buckle to earn in the country. The buckle is marked with 500 representing the distance and named Zark’s 500, with landmark of Ilocos Province and Quezon City. He also received freebies from various sponsors.

Espina is a veteran triathlete and works as a Nurse in Ireland for a long time and is also the first Filipino to finish Spartathlon in 2016.

Spartathon is a 246.8 Kilometer run held in Sparta, Greece and is said to be the toughest ultra-marathon in the world due to its extreme heat condition and strict cut off time from 75 check points.

Zark’s 500 Ultimate Run 500 is presented by Zark’s Burger and in partnership with BBG Run Events and Coach Roel Ano as Race Director.

 

 

My Trail Love, Alicia

On a morning, I wake up raw in silver-white moon hung
When stars light up my path, then my footsteps become my beat
The mountain dew clasps my whole body
My arms sway left and right, down my legs push and pull
My legs cuddle desperately to witness your beauty
The sun slides and my feet feels insanity
 
On a canvass, a green sceneries starts to appear before me
Of your elusive trails, my body gets heavy and my eyes blur hardly
My feet crumples, and now feel dazedly
The air gets thinner, when your sea of clouds appears
Slowly I see your lucrative beauty

I see bright colors from a luminous light of a good sunrise
Grasping grassland that when two unites, craft a anew
The air whispers in a blady grass
Now is an unordinary, I breathe fresh and so natural
My eyes widen, and superb amazed with your natural beauty
Like a big brothers of chocolate hills
On the other day, tourists would chase and guise on you

The sun goes up in a dry worn trail
A masterpiece by landscape artist,  now my fascination
All clear, all green like a new strange day
Horizon drain of color all are magnificent
The surreal piece is now complete, a pastoral scene
I get,  The Alicia Panoramic Park wholly

Going down is not so easy, damn so lovely
On a lowly trails, I once again unlovely fool by your beauty
On an ordinary river crossing, I become newbie
A thorough  uphill and downhill, I feed my insanity.

I hear the music loud, alone along with muddy trail shoe
Sun heats up strongly, when I see my bottles empty
I remain strong, nearing the main festive park lucky
No whining, I see friends patiently waiting for me
All I hear, cheers and glory
Right at the park, end of my journey
I finished a twenty one kilometer trail race
on that day

 

 

Meet your first woman to finish 342 Km in PH Longest Ultra

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Photo Credit: (Judith Staples)

Manila-based Roselle Abajo of Team Soleus successfully completed the country’s toughest and longest ultramarathon race on November 1st. As the only female of 10 runners, she now holds the record as lone female warrior to have finished the race. Having it finished in 7th place, she was awarded a Bronze fin buckle based on categorical  official time,  a finisher’s medal and trophy. 

The 3rd Manila-Daet (Bicol) 342km Endurance Race 2017 was joined by only tough ones represented by ultra runners across the country. At 10:20 evening October 28th the race kicked off at Rizal Park in Manila panning Philippine Highways all the way to Bantayog Shrine in Daet, Camarines Sur.

Roselle has been active in ultra running since 2011. She joined to prove her mental toughness and physical strength. That running a long distance isn’t only for boys but for girls too. She is personally advocating to woman empowerment though sports as she is wanting to be an inspiration by others. She continues attending races to develop her skills in athletics and become a better one.

Though she is a mother of two and full time employee, she is securing not to remiss with all her responsibilities. On weekends, she spared herself to various training programs. 

She has been pride of BBG community , since most of her ultra races were podiums. A week ago, she made herself in the podium stage by finishing 1st runner up for female category in recent Island of Catanduanes Ultramarathon (ICUM) for 50k category.

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The tough ten with RD Rodell Mendoza (center) at the starting line pose. Photo Credit Haven Laborde

By finishing the said race, it is only a proof and a validation that she is truly a BBG Superstar and a “mamaw” in the running community.

Now that she finished her long dreamt ultra, she is now setting her good luck in One Cebu’s 550 Kilometer Ultramarathon to be scheduled later.

For more of her stories, follow this link and let your jaw dropped with complete list of achievements, https://teamphildr.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/bbg-superstar-roselle-and-her-buckles/

PH longest ultra race sets on October 28- 342 km

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Finest ultrarunners nationwide are all set to join the country’s longest ultramarathon race scheduled on October 28. The 3rd Manila to Daet Endurance Race 2017 is one of toughest ultramarathon in the country today with its promising and remarkable distance of 342 kilometer that will truly left awe to everyone in the running community.

Aside from its jaw dropping distance, from Rizal Park in Manila the race will track some of the most the difficult routes of the PAN Philippine Highway crossing borders to borders of three regions of Southern Luzon finishing at the historic first Rizal Monument, mostly known as Bantayog Shrine in Daet, Camarines Norte

The said race event will span about 82 hours rain or shine concluding on November 1st 8AM following strict cut off times at each designated check points. All finishers will be awarded of elusive finisher’s buckle, trophy and medal.

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Image Credit to: Rodell Mendoza, Race Director

Champions to champions from various racing events  are expected to join as far as Cebu City.  This year’s Manila-Baguio (250k) Champion, Mr. Vico Librilla is also expected to vie the title. Together with him is BBG Superstar Roselle Abajo to set record for finishing first female in the longest ultra race in the country. Last year’s edition champion was Joseph de la Rosa with finish time of 86 hours and 25 minutes ans 14 seconds finishing bronze category.

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The race has limited slots and for toughest runners only, Sir Rodell Mendoza (Race Director) urges all “to never join if your mind, body and soul are not ready”. In fact guidelines are stipulated to set standards among racers.

For more details you may follow and redirect this link below;

https://rodellmen.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/3m2d-342km-endurance-race-2017/