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

 

 

Pescos wins first ultra

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Elite marathoner Rafael Pescos won his first ever ultramarathon race last Sunday, January 28 through 4th edition of Mactan-Speed50 held in Lapu-Lapu City. Pescos whose official time is 3 hours, 31 minutes and 44 seconds, break the record of Mactan-Speed50 who was previously recorded a 3:40:31 finish time in 2016 edition by his team mate Desiderio “Sano” Engbino.

Spectrum’s bet won against 97 local runners and finished at Lapu-Lapu City Hall, eclipsing 40 minutes ahead from second runner, Peter Canumay who is also from Spectrum Runners. Christopher Recto of Baybay City Runners ranked third with official time of 4:44:34.

In women’s division, Marivic Mari of Team ADR hailed champion who pursued a time of 5:13:14 while Noriebelle Guinto of Baybay City Runners placed second with 5:51:48 and Odiza Abella of Lasang Runners with 5:52:48.

Earlier this month, Pescos notched his third wins of the grandest Cebu Marathon which was attended by at least 1,890 runners across the country.

Mactan-Speed50 is a sub 8 ultramarathon challenge and is an annual racing in the city. The event was hosted by Miles Multisport and directed by Sir Blue Tradio. The first edition was in 2015 but in this year’s edition they included a side event of  sub 4 challenge through a 25-kilometer race.

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.

Infinite Ultra Queen of Cebu names female champ of East Coast 145 Mile footrace in Baler

Cebuana elite ultra-runner, Rhoda Caballero-Oporto bagged the top spot of women’s title in the fourth and final leg of PAU’s 3rd East Coast 145 (232 Kilometer) Mile Ultramarathon Race which kicked off 9 AM Tuesday, December 26 at Baler, Aurora.

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Oporto on the left, with her is Lyra Valles as her support 

Amidst the heavy rains on her last 25 kilometer on Wednesday night, Oporto managed to record a taxing time of 38 hours 23 minutes and 42 seconds which ranked her 2nd overall out of 10 runners. With her taxed time,  she marked a new record in women’s division which was previously gained by Jocelyn Lanas in 2016’s edition by 44:53:11.  Ahead of her is Bong Dizon, the overall champion with only gap time of  16 minutes.

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Dizon and Oporto, both are lead runners

Oporto is a member of Cebu-based Infinitea Runners and Paksit Running. She is also one of the trio, Psycho Inday Runners.  Recently, she was declared 2nd runner to cross the 3rd Cebu 100-Mile Northwest Ultramarathon finish line on November 19, where she was her best as female champion with official time of 25 hours and 37 minutes.

Oporto is PAU veteran runner. This year she herself staged podium in country’s some of the longest foot race. In the 2nd North Coast 200 (320 KM) Mile Ultramarathon Race last May 14, she ranked 4th runner out of 1o finishers and respectively declared female champion with daunting time of 62:48:16

On the races such as, 3rd West to West 280K Ultramarathon Race last April 15, she was named 1st Runner Up in her category and 6th over-all with record of 53:53:20. And also named 2nd Runner up and 7th overall with the time of with 46:44:24   in 3rd Manila to Baguio 250 Kilometer Ultramarathon Race last February 18.

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Oporto on the left with her support, Valles before gun start staged in Baler

According to Lyra Valles, Oporto’s support and team mate from Cebu. She was in her good condition to almost pace the leading runner, Dizon. The said event was hosted by Race Director, Jovie “BR” Narcise.

 

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.

 

In Case You Missed, DASAL 2017 and TTD70 Season 4 Results

In case you missed it.These annual racing events were both held in Davao City. Datu Salumay Invitational Trail Run, rebranded as DASAL was hosted by TDR-TBUM Habcore Events and was held in Marilog District while TTD70 Season 4 Ultramarathon was hosted by Team Titans of Davao and held in Victoria Plaza, Bajada.

Jonathan Pido of Team PNP was declared overall champion with his 7 hours and 43 seconds official time. While Azenith Balbutin of Sugar Trail Ultra Runners named female champion with her official time of 9 hours 44 minutes and 5 seconds. These champions are both finishers of DUC300 last August.

DASAL On the other hand, Ariel Nguho blazed trail 42 km category this year. He wrapped up the finish line with 6 hours 17 minutes and 15 seconds. While his counterpart Nyl Mamugay, recently won Habagat Cebu Trail Run gave a back to back champion woth her pursued time of 9 hours 2 minutes and 1 second.

Podium results below courtesy of Race Director, Sir Franklin Pepito.

Both events are taking place yearly. DASAL 2018 is already on November 11. While TTD70 Season 5 is yet to determine.