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!

The Five Highest Mountains in the Philippines

This is exactly predictable to mountaineering community. As exploration continues, and with better documentation the order of the highest mountain in the Philippines are as follows. Just briefed

1.Mt. Apo in Davao del Sur

The King, still the highest mountain. No other recent discovery to vie its towering height of 2,956 meters above sea level. Apo is located in Davao del Sur. Sulfur vents, Lake Venado, Boulders, century trees, falls, rivers and various species of flora and fauna all represents majesty.

2. Mt. Dulang Dulang in Bukidnon

With 2938 meters above sea level making it as the second highest peak. One of the favorite hiking destination of mountaineers for its challenging trail, plus a feature of Manny’s Garden

3. Mt. Pulag in Cordillera

Do you still remember that Mt. Pulag was regarded as the second highest mountain? But then as early 2006, some mountaineers and Mindanao explorers documented that Mt. Dulang Dulang in Bukidon is 16 meters taller than Pulag.

4. Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon

Surprisingly the summit features towers of, ABS CBN, GMA , NAPOCOR, PTT and etc. This is really Ironic! Whenever in Kitanglad, Mount Dulang Dulang can be traversed and is usually paired with KD2LM (Kitanglad, Dulang Dulang, Langkayugan and Maagnaw). This is a major traverse climb and it takes 4 days to summit them all. Kitanglad’s height is 2,899 masl

5. Mt. Piapayungan in Lanao del Sur

The recent 5th Mt Kalatungan is now down to 6th place, taller by at least 80 meters. This is the newest revelation to mountaineering community and another challenge to all who have completed the major 5. It is commonly mistaken as Mt. Ragang or blue mountain. Its distinction is that, Mt. Ragang is located in the range of Piapayungan where as the highest point of Piapayungan range is referred as Mt. Piapayungan.

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Mt. Kalatungan
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Mt Kitanglad

Others in the top 10;

6th Mt. Kalatungan, 2860 masl

7th M.t Tabayoc, 2842 masl

8th Mt. Maagnaw, 2742 masl

9th Mt. Timbak, 2717 masl

10th Mt. Ragang, 2714 masl

For sur, in the year to come, there would be another discovery to reveal especially to this top 10. Explorers continue to study its accurate elevation thru satellite imaging. For the meantime, this is how top 5 ordered.

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

 

 

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.

PCG Officer Vico Librilla, in PHL longest footraces

PCG officer Ludovico “Vico” Librilla Jr, an officer enforces law on waters, safeguards and protects seas and properties but no less a ruler and conqueror of Philippine road’s longest ultramarathon events.

BBG Manila based ultra-runner and proud Ilonggo is a member of Team CARE Runners. To date, he holds at least hard earned gold, silver, bronze buckles. The latest is his 3rd Cebu Northwest 100 Miles Ultra.

Librilla in GOA with RD Jovenal “BR” Narcise

Waving seas to road. 39  year old Librilla has been active in ultramarathon despite of his hectic shedule. Being in the Philippine Coast Guard, requires physical and mental fit and to mention, he is the first and only PCG officer to have finished an ultramarathon distances ranging 160 to 342 kilometers.

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Buckle collection as of October 2017

In the platform. He was named over-all champion of  this year’s Manila to Baguio 250 Kilometer Ultramarathon. With 24 pursuers in Rizal Park  Baguio City, he officially clocked 43 hours 3 minutes and 49 seconds. In August 2016, he was also champion of PAU’s 3rd West Coast 200 Kilometer Ultramarathon, of 23 finishers he clocked 35 hours and 34 minutes and 21 seconds at the finish line in Alaminos, Panganisan. More than that, he landed podium places in various ultra running events.

1st Butuan-Davao (DU300) Ultra Race
2nd Cebu Southwest 210km Ultra Race
3rd Manila -Daet 342km Ultra Race

There’s no reason to skip. This year, Vico had attended country’s longest ultramarathon races. All strong finished. June, when he vyed Visayas’ longest foot race through 2nd Cebu Southwest 210 kilometer Ultramarathon. August, when he finished Mindanao longest foot race from Butuan City to Davao City through DUC300, a jaw dropping distance of 300 kilometers. And on November, when he successfully conquered Luzon’s and country’s toughest and longest ultra through 3rd Manila to Daet 342 kilometer ultramarathon.

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To inspire others. Being in the flatform it’s a goal of him to inspire others especially his comrades in PCG. Whatever inclusions are, all are hard earned through tough training. He inspires all by saying slowly but surely which made him successful strong finisher in all races.

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Meet him in person,  he is a good friend. For sure you will enjoy his company. He has a sense of humor enough to bring you off out of place. With his 28 ultramarathon records, plus marathon and fun run attendances genuinely deserved a man to follow and get inspiration from his ultra running journeys.