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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BUKIDNON STUR60 ULTAMARATHON ON MAY 26

TEAM STUR (Sugarcane Trail/Ultra Runners) a running club of Bukidnon will launch their first racing event thru  BUKIDNON STUR60 ULTRAMARATHON CHALLENGE.

STUR60 is a 60 kilometer foot race from Kaamulan Ground, Malaybalay City and will finish the next day May 27, at the Municipal Hall of Maramag.

Azenith “Joy” Balbutin, Ultramarathon Queen of Bukidnon will be your Race Director. And together with Amigleo Brothers, Ramie and Rene. According to RD Azenith, she is expecting over 100 runners.  Finishers will be rewarded by locally made finisher’s medal, trophy, and tees. Post-race meal will be served too, expect sumptuous dishes! Good enough from your hard-earned  P 1,800 registration fee.

The exciting route route will pass National Road of Bukidon, plus an assault to Mt. Musuan Ecological Zone, with 646 meters above sea level elevation.

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For race details and other concerns, please contact Azenith Balbutin. Event’s Facebook page is also for you.

HOW TO GET MALAYBALAY

If you’re from Cebu, take an overnight ferry (TransAsia) to Cagayan de Oro then proceed to bus terminal for another ride, the bus will take you at least 2.5 hours to Malaybalay. You may also consider a flight to CDO thru Laguindingan Airport.

If you’re from Manila, Bacolod or Iloilo, fastened your seatbelt and prepare for your take off via Laguindingan Airport, proceed to Cagayan de Oro bus terminal, the bus will take you at least 2.5 hours to Malaybalay.

BUKIDNON TOP SPOTS

Lake Apo, Monastery of Transfiguration, Mt Capistrano, Dahilayan Adventure Park, Nasuli Spring, Alalum Falls, The Bukidnon Tree Park,  Kaamulan Park, Blue Water Cave, Mt Kitanglad, Mt Dulang Dulang, Mt Kalatungan, Mt Kalatungan, Wiji Peak, Panimahawa Ridge, and Mangima Canyon. And also, don’t forget to check on the cleanest wet market in the Philippines, Maramag Public Market.

Team STUR-Bukidnon dominates Rizal 100 Miles Ultra in Davao

At least 22 ultra runners across Visayas and Mindanao had participated Rizal 100 Miles Ultramarathon Race hosted by BBG Run Events which kicked off Thursday 12 AM December 29 at Rizal Park, Davao City.

(L-R) Neil Catiil, Ramie Amigleo, Jake Soriano and Coach Roel Ano

Ramie Amigleo of Team Sugarcane Trail Ultra Runners (STUR) was declared overall champion whom pursued a strongest time of  27:04:42 at the finish line set in Sunset Beach, Babak District, Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS). While women’s division was won by Azenith Balbutin who is also from  Team STUR. Balbutin ended a final clock of 31:12:41 and ranked 6 out of 17 final pursuers. This is the first in BBG Run Events where champions from both divisions are coming from the same team. And also, a first time of Team STUR to have slid a double victory.

Amigleo and Balbutin merited by Coach Roel Ano during short awarding ceremony

Jake Soriano and Neil Catiil both from Team AXES Cagayan  de Oro ranked 2nd and 3rd with respective time of 27:33:20 and 27:50:34. Irene Tan of General Santos City and Shiela Maza of Butuan City placed second and third in women’s cut with final time of 31:38:46 and 32:09:26.

The race fianale ended in Samal on Rizal Day, 30th of December. The first 103 kilometer was around Davao City with specialized spicy route of  Toril, Mulig, Calinan, Baguio, Tugbok, Bangkal, Maa Diversion, Buhangin Diversion to Sasa Wharf. Racers had to recover at least 15 minutes by boarding the barge public transport to Babak, Samal to finish the last 57 kilometers of uphill and downhill route of Canibad then to finish line.

Side event. The 55K ultra race staged and finished at Sunset Beach was won by Jonathan Pido of Team PNP/DUC with official time of 5:37:50, followed by Masual Edward, 6:29:37 and Felcito Gitacay, 6:54:38 for 2nd and 3rd places. Women’s div was notched by Leah Asilom with her official time of 7:28:21 followed by Edna Razonable, 7:43:32 and Mariss Estores, 8:08:04 for 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The said race was sponsored by Amihan and Soleus and with Coach Roel Ano as Race and Technical Director. Coach Roel was also the race director of DUC300 Butuan City to Davao City 300 Kilometer Ultramarathon last August 2017, and the incoming ultimate 500 Kilometer Ultramarathon Race from Ilocos Norte to Quezon City set on February 2018.

Meet, the Ultramarathon Queen of Bukidnon

20664560_1352361124885598_5352556375011296735_nA 33 years old stunner from Quezon, Bukidnon. An inspirational runner to all. A certified hardcore athlete. A founding member of Sugarcane Trail Ultra Runners (STUR). Her race bib has been known to us as PRETTY AZENITH, but a lot of friends call her “JOY”and her real name is AZENITH BALBUTIN. She is truly at the zenith and humbly but unanimously dubbed as Ultramarathon Queen of Bukidnon, with no other.

Her record? Just take this down, a hardcore finisher of 2nd Cebu Southwest 210K Ultramarathon last June 9-11 2017. She clocked 47 hours and 59 minutes with no support team with her. She was among of the brave four ladies who partaken the event, but her gender is a no excuse to bring the golden buckle home.

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Azenith in her Finish Line of 2nd Cebu Southwest Ultra

 

Trivia: Cebu Southwest 210 km Ultramarathon en route the highly elevated Transcentral Highway in Cebu, with estimated elevation of 975 meters and with total elevation of 3,913 m. It is one of the difficult route in any ultramarathon event in Cebu like TCU55 and TCU105. The uphill and downhill is a steep as Kenon Road in Baguio plus the cold wind and heat that strikes anytime along entire route.

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From left (Roselle Abajao, Daisy Batac, Elaine Yang and Azenith Balbutin) on their Starting Line on 2nd Cebu Southwest Ultra -Photo Credit to Hardcore Events
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Finishers of  Cebu Southwest UItramarathon last June 9-11, 2017

Recently she completed the longest foot race in Mindanao. The DUC300, she conquered herself from Butuan City to Davao City where she bagged the 2nd runner up in female category, ranking her 13th place over all. She clocked 76 hours 48 minutes and 57 seconds bested other 14 runners.

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Trivia: The longest foot race in Mindanao to date, the longest ultra marathon event presented by BBG Run events and Davao Ultrarunners Club. Their batch is the first ever and the original finishers of the said longest that will truly inked their stories and history in media. The race covered two regions of Mindanao,the Caraga and Davao.

Others, she was also the female champion of 5th Kasadya 60k Ultramarathon 2017 in General Santos City last May 2017. She also bagged the 2nd runner up in female category of the recently concluded PRC75 Ultramarathon from Montevista in Compostela Valley to Panabo City in Davao del Norte. A lot to mention on her podium finished especially in ultra marathon events. She had attended numerous local fun runs, marathons and ultra marathon events around Mindanao and nationwide and even in Thailand, shortly she is experienced and a veteran in running. She also does obstacle races, virtual races and trail running. She is one of what we call “mamaw” in the running community.

You should meet her personally and enjoy her company. We’ll “it’s for you to find out” as she stated in her Facebook intro but definitely  she is friendly, down to earth and bubbly. She has good sense of humor. You should take time to chit chat with her and be inspired. 

And she is no less, the Ultramarathon Queen of Bukidnon.

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The Mystical Beauty of Mt. Dulang Dulang; the PH second highest

“Open the window of your mind, allow the fresh air, new lights and new truth to enter” – Amit Ray

Mountaineering is not my sport really, but it’s my passion too. Being attached in this strenuous sport requires a lot of efforts. I mean physical conditioning to adapt the temperature and trained to walk at various types of trails of any mountains.

At my young age, I already climbed few of the minor peaks in Mindanao Islands. Until such time, I learned that mountain climbing is my passion and almost my life.

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Ritual Area, Summit of Mt. Dulang Dulang

One of the stunning mountains I’ve ever climbed was the second highest mountain in the Philippines. Mount Dulang Dulang seats in Kitanglad Range in Lantapan, Bukidnon in Mindanao. The mountain towered 2,938 meters above the sea level, just 16 meters lower than Mt. Apo.

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Frostiest Area, Mt. Dulang Dulang

Like any other mountains such as Apo and Pulag, this mountain is also sacred to the locals, especially to the Talaandig Tribes of Lantapan. To date, it is accorded ancestral domain of the natives.

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At the Summit, and Mt. Kitanglad in the background

When in summit, mostly covered by fogs and clouds. Scenery of different landscapes is breathtaking, from grasslands, pines, bonsai plants to huge trees makes you alien at all. The view from the top will also give you a glimpse of Mt. Apo, Mt. Kalatungan and Mt. Kitanglad, which are both major summits of our country.

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Manny’s Garden of Mt. Dulang Dulang

The aura of this mountain will give you an impression of Elven Forest of Rivendell in “Lord of the Rings” film. Trees are almost covered with moss and lichens, the impressive forests will definitely give you the significance of flora and fauna.

With the ritual sacrifice of chicken, a tradition before climbing will complete your hiking experience. White cloths are hanged at the summit to pay respect the native culture. Thus, it added the mysticism of the mountain.

 

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Lowly trail of Mt Dulang Dulang via Mt. Kitanglad

This mountain is a major climb. Never underestimate, secure your local guides to summit safely. Mental and physical are needed to successfully surmount it. At the end of your journey, it’s all about  enough determination.

To God be All the Glory.

For mountain guides, please drop message to floresbernie1@gmail.com.