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2017 Wrapped Up!

This is article replaces my 2xxx Bests series where I take a look back and rank the best events and moments of the previous year. For this year’s article, I decided to make it shorter by limiting it to just running events and honoring only the best singlets/tech shirts, finisher shirts, medals/trophies, and then finally ranking the races. I participated in 10 running events last year and here are the goods starting with…

=== BEST SINGLET/TECH SHIRT ===

Run United Exceed Tech Shirt

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The blue color and overall design of the Run United Exceed makes it the overall winner. It’s very comfortable too and quality is very similar to the 2016 Condura Skyway Marathon Tech shirt which is an honorable mention from last year.

 

=== BEST MEDAL/TROPHY ===

Yakult 10-miler Medal

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Its minimalist design and stainless metal made it my favorite. No fancy use of colors or anything written or etched on front or back of the medal, just  a simple design the looks elegant. And that Yakult pillow is a nice finisher bonus too.

 

=== BEST FINISHER SHIRT ===

Hero 2 Hero Rizal Day 50k Ultramarathon Finisher Shirt

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This one became my instant favorite finisher shirt. I like the use of colors especially the red color tone on the right and gray on the left. And the logo is nice too with Philippine hero Jose Rizal’s face and silhouette blending with the yellow-orange color. Another good addition is the name on the back of the finisher shirt to let everyone know that it’s yours, you worked hard for it, and earned it. Gotta mention that it comes with a nice finisher trophy too.

 

=== 2017 Races ranked from worst to best ===

I joined 12 running events last year, but one of them, My Little Pony Run, got cancelled and rescheduled and the other one is a trail running class, I’m only ranking 10 official races that I participated in last year. So, starting from the worst experience….

10. Sungay 50k Challenge Calamba to Tagaytay

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Of all the races I ever participated in the more than 4 years of experience this is the worst. See that photo above? that’s the first time I (and maybe the other runners too) was stopped by highway patrol because we were running on a road where running (and cycling) is prohibited. Wait, what? then why was it part of the route anyway? what the hell was the organizer thinking? oh, and to top that, there are no finisher shirts and trophies for the runners to take home once they’ve crossed the finish line. The organizer said that the manufacturer made a mistake with the trophy design (and the finisher shirt? same manufacturer?), so all we got was the medals. The organizer said that he will ship the trophies and shirts once they’re made. So, it’s like more than 2 months of waiting now, still nothing. We’re not updated or even asked for the shipping address and contact details. Dunno if we will still get what we worked hard and paid for.

9. Run United Exceed

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Run United Exceed seemed exciting for me at first, especially since the Run United Trilogy wasn’t announced at the time and it had all the good stuff like a nice looking medal, shirts, and the 2 1/2 time limit made it an exclusive for above average runners. I also convinced my college mate Ryan to join the event. But, when I found out that the race route is 2 loops around BGC, I was disappointed because I really hate repetitive loops. Still, it’s not that bad, I loved the tech shirt and the medal design is very good and a great addition to my collection.

8. Yakult 10-miler

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Most running series don’t last more that 10 or even 5 years. Yakult 10-miler is the 2nd longest-running event in the country and that title alone is one of the reason for me to join at least once. I had a good time, it was one of my more relaxing runs and the finisher medal and finisher’s pillow are nice addition (especially with the affordable registration fee).

7. Eggciting Family Adventure Fun Run 2

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This is definitely one of the best family-friendly events in recent times. There’s an option to look for easter eggs along the route that you can bring to the finish line in exchange for prizes. With the affordable registration fee and lots of freebies, this is one fun run you shouldn’t miss.

6. 7-Eleven Run 2017

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This running event needs no introduction. Most people in the running community and casual runners already know the event’s reputation as a “grocery” run due to the fact that you can grab as many freebies as you can after the race. This year’s edition is as good as the previous ones and there are even better stuff you can get. What makes this race very memorable for me is that I was finally able to break the 5-hour marathon barrier, I’m now a Sub-5 marathoner. Since Condura Skyway Marathon won’t be returning for the 2nd year in a row, this is the only running event that allows you to run on the Skyway exclusively.

5. Resolution Run 2017

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What I like about Resolution Run is its beautiful, but challenging route that covers Nuvali and the uphill parts of Baranggay Casile. You even pass by the famous Marcos Twin Mansion. This is my recommended January run for those who want to burn all those fats they gained from the Christmas season, this is your Resolution Run. Too bad I wan’t able to join this year’s event.

4. Rizal Day 50k Ultramarathon

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To wash off the bad taste left by my previous ultramarathon I joined this event. I’m glad that I did because it’s a good event. It’s very challenging, but finishing it feels good especially since it’s already New Year’s Eve once you’re done. I might join this event again if there’s a new route and if the trophy and finisher shirt looks as good as last year’s.

3. Splendido Sunset Run Trio Edition

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I’ve been eyeing Splendido Sunset Run since 2015 and I finally joined it last year. And I wasn’t disappointed. Set in Splendido Golf and Country Club, runners can enjoy the cool Tagaytay weather and the race route is just amazing, it’s beautiful. I love the downhill domination part and challenged by the uphill hell part. The 21k route has 2 loops and I really hate multi loops, and it rained adding more challenge, but with a route like Splendido’s, I’m not complaining. This is my highly recommended year-end race.

2. Guerilla Race Splash

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Before the popular obstacle course racing series Spartan Race made its presence known in our country last year, Guerilla Race has been around for more than 3 years now and has become one of the most popular obstacle course race in the country. Guerilla Race has one advantage over its competitors, it’s an obstacle run that changes its location frequently. That is Guerilla Race why is so awesome, it doesn’t feel like the same race as before. Last year was the Splash edition, taking place in Splash Island and added water-based obstacles like kayaking. The registration fee is also reasonable as you get a free pass to enjoy Splash Island after the race. Looking forward to more Guerilla Races this year.

 

and here it is, my favorite and best race I’ve ran last year is….

 

1. Sandugo Pacific Ultra Coast 100 

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I always prefer trail running over road running and the only reason I’m not joining more trail runs is because most trail races are held in locations far from my hometown. Sandugo Pacific Coast 100 is no different, it’s even farther than most trail events because it’s set in General Nakar, Quezon. But, since I was able to convince 2 buddies to run their first trail run and kept the budget at a minimum, I finally ran my best trail race experience since Valley Trail Challenge V. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed the incredible scenery and friendly environment of General Nakar. The very friendly race marshals and staff plus the reasonable registration fee (taking into account the free ride and freebies) round up the best parts of my choice as running event of the year. I have a feeling  that we might return for this year’s event. Could be the start of a new running tradition.

 

And that wraps up my 2017 races. For 2018 I’m not sure I can join as many running events as before, but I will still keep running and deliver more stuff about running, video games, photography, and more. Thanks for the readers who find my blogs useful and inspiring. I’m just here to share my experiences, I’m very thankful for your time to read, especially my articles that go way beyond 1,000 words. Thank you.

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Playing Soon: Five Fast Facts about ComicCon Asia 2018

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Shiny, Happy People! you will be too on March 24-25!

There are a lot of anime, toys, and video games expo and conventions in the country. Most of them are based solely on a genre or two (i.e. video games + cosplay, cosplay + toys, etc.), but none of them have the multi-genre coverage of an event like San Diego Comiccon. The announcement of the first Comiccon Asia might changed that. Here are the fast five facts about Comiccon Asia 2018…

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If you google the San Diego Comic-Con logo, you can see some similarities with the Comiccon Asia Logo. 

1.) The event is not affiliated with San Diego Comic-con

At first glance I thought this is the Asian counterpart of the very popular and most-visited multi-genre entertainment and pop-culture convention in the world, the San Diego Comic-con (SDCC). The similarities of the logos and themes supported that belief. Then I found out that it’s not. According to event producer Pauline Sofia Laping, the idea for the event was influenced by her visit to a DC Universe exhibit in the U.S. and that is when she realized the concept and potential of creating a convention with different entertainment genres can bring. The event is organized by PSL Entertainment with Vietnam-based partner, NAM Entertainment group.

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Highly anticipated. Nuff Said.
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The Powers That Be of Comiccon Asia. The press conference was hosted by the beautiful Regine Tolentino in her Captain Marvel costume and the stunning Daiana Meneses as Wonder Woman.

2.) Events and Activities

The event is a convergence of multiple genres of entertainment. In short, it’s got everything pop-culture fans, geeks, and otakus want. Comics, manga, anime, video games, movies, toys, you name it. There’s a Cosplay Match-Up which, according to Gerard Sison, will pit Western characters vs Western characters, anime vs anime, and with categories like fabric vs  fabric and armor vs armor. The finalists and winner of Comiccon Asia’s Great Filipino Graphic Novel Contest will be revealed at the event. DV Tech Media will launch Project X: The Search for the New Pinoy Superheroes. And for those with big ideas when it comes to video games and animation, join One Shot and get the chance to be recognized by the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), The StartUp Village, and The Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI). And for the collectors, Auction Hero will auctioning rare memorabilia and there will be a Trading Guild for those who prefer to exchange limited edition collectibles.

3.) The Ticket Prices

The tickets are on sale beginning January 25 via the Comiccon Asia website (www.comiccon.asia). A one day pass will cost you 800 pesos and for the two-day pass, it’s 1,300 pesos. Package prices as well as those for the meet and greet with the celebrity guests are TBA.

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All eyes on Manny when he arrived. He didn’t even touch his food.

4.) The Artists, Cosplayers, and Celebrity Guests

The event is not going to be short of talents from different fields. Homegrown comic book artists Harvey Tolibao and Carlo Pagulayan will have a workshop to share their stories, tips and techniques for beginners and aspiring artists. Walt Disney Animation artist Armand Serrano will be at the event for a lecture and to share his experience in working for one of the biggest companies in the America animation industry. Toy designer Ian Sta. Maria of LEGO and LA-based and award-winning toy customizer Jesse Yu (aka J*RYU) will demonstrate their creative process. Music artist and front man of the band Spongecola, Yael Yuzon will unveil his latest mini comics “Watership & Joy.” Learn from StartUp Village’s Carlo Calimon and Canon Philippines Ambassador and geek photographer Jay Tablante  on what it takes to become a successful creative entrepreneur in the industry. A roundtable discussion on the span of the comic industry in Asia and the role of comics in the progressive growth of Asian comic culture and its significance on a global scale will be headed by Dr. John Lent, publisher and creator of the International Journal of Comic Art together with Toni Masdiono, a comic artist and lecturer for the Indonesian School of Design; Vietnamese comic pioneer Nguyen Thang Phong; President of the Association of Comic Artists Singapore Jerry Hinds, and founder of the Komik Kapalooza and former president of the Malaysia Comics Enthusiast Oraganization, Adi Nazri.

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Who doesn’t love cosplayers?

Some of the well-known and talented figures in the cosplay world will be at the event to add more colours and fun at the event. Armor cosplay master Chad Hoku (aka Hoku Props) will help cosplayers by sharing his secrets and techniques in forging bad-ass battle armors. One of the most popular and award-winning cosplayers in the world, Linda Le (aka Vampy Bit Me or Vampy) will be there to spice things up. Anna Redei (aka Enji Night) will grace us with her presence in her first visit to the Philippines. And see Austrian cosplayer Nana Kuronoma’s secrets in also her first appearance in the Philippines.    

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Linda Le (aka as Vampy Bit Me) returns to the Philippines for the first ComicCon Asia.
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Enji Night is coming to the Philippines for the first time. First saw Enji Night (and Vampy) from my favorite Photo-entertainment site, theCHIVE and I instantly became a fan. Stunned by their beauty and talent, and I’m very excited to see them.

And would a high profile pop culture convention be complete without celebrity guests? of course not. Basketball fans, it’s your chance to meet and greet 10-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen at the event. Come celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the release of his movie “He Got Game.” The original Black Ranger from the hit 90s TV series Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Walter Jones will bring the nostalgic vibes. Boxing superstar, Philippine Tourism Ambassador and Senator Manny Pacquiao is the event ambassador.

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Senator Manny Pacquiao is Comiccon Asia’s Event Ambassador.
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American actor and the original Black Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Walter Jones is coming to the Philippines. Feeling nostalgic now.
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Tsong Lee x Chun-Li part two!

5.) STAN LEE!

The name alone… do I really need to say anything? Yes, it’s confirmed that Stan Lee signed a contract to appear at the first Comiccon Asia. The co-creator of  Spider-Man, Ironman, The X-Men, The Hulk, Thor, Black Panther… oh let’s just say most of Marvel’s famous characters because the list goes on. He is also well-known for his cameos in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and TV shows. Who wouldn’t want a Stan Lee cameo in their photos?

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Stan Lee in the Philippines! That is all.

The first Comiccon Asia is shaping up to be the most popular and biggest pop culture event of the year. The appearance of Stan Lee alone is big news, but expect more surprises and announcements as we wait for March 24 to come. They are also currently working on getting voice actors of the hit multiplayer online game Overwatch. Stay tuned.

SCENES from the ComicCon Asia Press Conference 2

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Manny Pacquiao receiving a token from Team Ray Allen.
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With the alluring Daiana Menezes
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Going crazy with Harley Quinn.
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Locked with Psylocke.
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It’s a wrap for the 2nd Comiccon Asia Press Conference. Big crowd made up of celebrities, media, and bloggers.
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The Q & A.
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Colorful characters for a colorful event.

 

Posted in 50 kilometers, 50k, adventure, places to run, Runmania, Runmania PH, running, running event, travel, ultramarathon, Uphill Run

Not a hero, just heroic effort… (Hero 2 Hero 50k Ultramarathon)

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Breath-taking Creepiness. A mountain’s silhouette, illuminated by the full moon. It’s pitch dark on Nagcarlan’s uphill road and I’m not sure if I’m looking at Mt. Banahao or Mt. San Cristobal.

Ultramarathons can be intimidating to most runners especially knowing that unlike marathons in the city, the roads are not closed for the freedom and safety of the runners. There are parts of the route that don’t have street lights, forcing you to run in total darkness. Road encounters with dogs and drunk idiots can be annoying and dangerous. And aid stations are 10 kilometers (or more) apart from each other. Yes, ultramarathons have a lot of risks, but I don’t care about those, ultramarathon is an adventure. But, why have I only joined 3 ultras so far? well, it’s mostly about limited resources because the registration fee is pricey and add to that extra expenses for travel and preparation. Another thing is bad experience with my past 2 ultramarathon events,  I’m starting to feel that I’m just cursed or unlucky when it comes to ultramarathons. But, they say 3rd time’s a charm and I’ve heard positive things about Hero 2 Hero 50k Ultramarathon (aka as Rizal Day Ultramarathon and Rizal 2 Rizal Ultramarathon), so I joined the event. So, is it as good as they say it is? is my ultramarathon curse broken? read on to find out.

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Big happy crowd for an ultra event/ Photo from Runmania Ph facebook page.
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Like waking up with a full 8 hour of sleep… except I didn’t. Photo from Runmania FB page.

I wasn’t able to secure a leave the day before the event and I tried my best to get some sleep after work. Unfortunately, I woke up at around 12:30 pm with only 3+ hours of sleep, and I couldn’t sleep any more because of the excitement. When I arrived at the event site, Rizal Park Calamba, I was surprised by the big crowd (it’s a big crowd compared to the other ultra events I joined) and there is an actual starting line (because the previous ultra event I joined, which also started here, doesn’t even have a proper one). The event started properly with the usual prayer, national anthem, briefing, and a raffle (which was also absent from the previous ultramarathons). We were also informed that the actual distance has an additional 3 kilometers making the total distance 53 kilometers and that there are long uphills in Nagcarlan.

The race started nicely, though it did cause some traffic at the Halang intersection due to volume of runners crossing, it was handled by the marshals (with police assistance) properly. I was running at a very efficient rate of 6+ minutes per kilometer to conserve my stamina. Surprisingly, the modest pace was able to push me running non-stop for 10 kilometers at 1 hour and 2 minutes (slower than my usual, but as planned for this race), stopping only at the sight of the first aid station (near Olivarez Mall in Los Banos) to refill my water bottle and grab a banana.

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That time that you’re going to Pansol not to swim. Photo by Aquizzed Snaps Photography.
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Welcome to Los Banos. First 10k is 2 thumbs up. Photo by Redge Photography.

Continuing all the way to Bay (aka Bae), this is where I started doing my run-walk method. There is another water station and marshals near a splitting V-road to direct us to the main road and avoid entering Jose Rizal Ave road. The problem in this part of the route is that it’s a long dark road and I don’t know why there are no street lights here considering that it is part of the main road. It was only at that time that I noticed my head lamp’s battery is low, the light is dim so I had to turn it off for a long time to conserve energy. This is why I had to stick close to some of the runners who have bright lights. There was an encounter with a drunk guy (he was harmless) and numerous times that I slowed down and had to catch up with my guiding light. I was pacing behind a girl with a tattoo on her back. She’s a strong runner, and was 30-50 meters ahead of me as we make our way to Victoria, Laguna. There was a right turn and an aid station there. I still saw her as I drink and refill my water bottles, but once I started moving, I never saw her again.

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Hello Victoria, just passing by and going to Nagcarlan. Photo from Runmania Ph facebook page.

After a brief encounter with some angry dogs (they’re annoying when they bark and follow you), the road in Victoria going to a turn to Nagcarlan is long, but there are more street lights here. There are a lot of teens still outside at the time (past midnight), there was a group of youngsters walking and one of them was forcing a high five and I gave him one at the cost of his hand getting wet with sweat. There are only 4 people ahead of me at the time and two far behind. I can see the beautiful silhouette a mountain in the distance, it’s like a big wall ahead of us, and I think it’s Mt Banahao. Then we made a turn to Calauan-Nagcarlan road and if my google maps research is right, we are entering baranggay Wakat. A spectator ask me where we’re going? I said Santa Cruz and he said that it’s too far, we are entering Nagcarlan. I said we are going this way to cover 50 kilometers. I guess he was surprised that we’re taking a long and hard route. By the time I hit the half-marathon distance or 21 kilometers, my GPS watch shows 2 hours and 15 minutes. That’s slower than the 2 hours 12 minutes 21k time from my LSD training in Nuvali the week before the event, but it still within the favorable condition. You see, I plan to finish this race with a Sub-6 PR, I chose this event because I heard that it is beginner friendly and ideal for a PRs. When it was announced earlier that there is a long uphill part of the route, it got me a bit worried, but I thought to myself that if those uphills are similar to Nuvali’s then I think I can make it.

The road in this route is pitch dark, no major uphills yet, and I can only see a few runners ahead of me to pace with. The run-walk method works just fine, I ate some fun size Snickers chocolate bars along the way to keep hunger at bay (hey, that rhymes). Then we made it to the 28th kilometer where an aid station is located. This is where the difficulty goes from medium to brutal. By kilometer 29, the road goes up, this is where the steep uphills start and because I have never been to Nagcarlan, it took me by surprise. This is where the long walk begins and I caught up with a runner, (can’t remember his name, I think it’s Alex), and had a conversation with him as we brisk walk our way up. By the time we reached kilometer 30, the time on my watch is 3 hours and 30 minutes. Though the road is in total darkness, the full moon helps in providing some illumination along the way and I saw 2 candles on the road, it didn’t help much, but it’s better than nothing. I am thankful when the support vehicles pass by and help light up the way. The night is silent, but beautiful, I can see a surrounding mountain and again, I’m not sure if it’s Mount Banahao or Mt San Cristobal I’m looking at.

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Although I know the photo will be crappy because it’s very dark, I still had to stop and try to take a photo of the mountain because it’s mesmerizing.

Alex (again, not sure if that’s his real name, but I’ll call him that) went ahead and told me that I’ll catch up anyway, as I take the photo above. A runner passed by, but when I saw another runner running uphill, I had to take photos quickly and ran fast because I’m not sure if that was a runner or a mugger rushing to take my smartphone (sorry, it was very dark and I wasn’t so sure if I’m going to encounter friendly or hostile, so I had to go). It was a downhill and I overtook the runner who ran past me. It was at this point that I started to feel pain on my forefoot area and I also think a blister is forming on my left foot. When I caught up with Alex, he was conversing with another runner, a veteran. Now, there’s three of us walking the uphills, jogging the occasional short downhills, and trading stories. There are times when other runners caught up with us and join the conversation.

The flat roads finally came when we reached the Santa Cruz-Calumpang Road, but even then, we still feel a bit exhausted and took our time at the aid station where they have some food including Whammos. It was 5 hours and 21 minutes when we finally reached the 42nd kilometer, the marathon distance. It’s not a bad time, but my plans to finish Sub-6 is gone. It took us 1 hour and 51 minutes to cover 12 kilometers and that’s mostly brisk walking. A testament of the uphills’ difficulty. We started short bursts of jogging and walking, there are some parts of the road where we had to stop and walk because it is only one lane and the other lane is under construction. The rough roads destroyed our momentum, nevertheless, we still gave it a push. The other runner who was with as, the old man, was left behind. A new runner, Michael, joined me and Alex. We reached an aid station that offers ice cream. Best Station Ever. The tasty ice cream kinda slowed us down a bit. No fun eating ice cream while jogging, right? A lady runner who was previously pacing with Michael caught up with us and she told us that there’s only 7 kilometers left. We started jogging continuously, had a short walk break when we passed by a slightly flooded road, and then started jogging again. It’s hard to jog long especially when I started to feel a blister developing on my foot. I can feel the sting and had to short walk breaks ad get left behind. Alex and Michael are ahead of me, 2 lady runners and more overtook me. After taking a piss, I made some adjustments and managed to catch up with the others. I overtook the lady runners, and caught up with Michael and Alex. Some time later, Alex was left behind, I was slowing down again, but still right behind Michael. My GPS watch stopped at 42 kilometers because of low battery, but my Nike Run Club app was still recording and a quick glimpse showed me that we finally reached the 50th kilometer at 6 hours and 30 minutes. But, it wasn’t the finish line, it was the last aid station. There’s 3 kilometers more to cover and the marshal at the aid station confirmed it. He also told us that there are cheaters who passed by. One of them rode a support car and someone rode a jeepney. Shame on those people. What’s the point of joining an ultramarathon if you’re not prepared for it and give everything you got. It’s not just about trophies, finisher shirts, and medals, it’s about testing your limits.

The last 3 kilometers may sound easy, but after running a very long distance, running it will feel like running forever. Michael and I are just alternating jogging and walking again. He was told me to go ahead, but I don’t feel like it and too risky as I started feeling a lot of pain on my feet. We saw the runner ahead of us take a right turn. Finally, Laguna Sports Complex, the finish line. We saw a photographer and I told Michael that I’ll back off a bit so we can have good solo photos.

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Headwear up and double thumbs up as we enter Laguna Sports Complex. Photo by Redge Photography.

We entered the main gate and passed by the runner ahead of us, but the finish line is still nowhere in sight. It’s like another 600-800 meters of distance to cover. But, it’s okay, there’s another photographer up ahead…

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Last 300 meters to victory. Photo by Khitz Banjaon.
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The sun is almost fully up, glory is up ahead. Photo by Khitz Banjaon.

After having our photos taken, Michael told me to just go ahead. He doesn’t seem to want one final sprint to the finish line, but he looks very satisfied. It see 7 hours and 2 minutes at the timer as I approach the finish line. The record keeper told us that I’m at Rank 40 and Michael at 41. It felt like a heroic effort finishing the race.

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My legs are not the only ones that feel tired, my eyes too. Photo from Runmania PH facebook page.
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3rd Ultramarathon done. Photo from Runmania PH facebook page.
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Back shot fail! Photo from Runmania PH facebook page.
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Official time 7 hours 03 minutes and 25 seconds. I was originally rank #40 out of 258 runners of the solo category. I moved up at #37 because 3 runners got DQ’d (Disqualified) and they’re probably the cheaters. I think I did well considering that only 5 runners finished under 6 hours (my target time). 4 runners DNF (Did Not Finish) and 30 runners did not make it to the 10-hour cutoff time just shows you how hard the route is. It’s more honorable to go DNF or finish beyond the cutoff time than to do the ninja moves and cheat just to get their non-deserving medal, finisher shirt, and trophy. Official results here.

So, how’s my 3rd ultramarathon experience? it’s the best so far (considering I only participated in 3 events) and it’s a very good experience. I’m bewitched by the Nagcarlan uphill part of the route because of the soothing sensation of the cool weather, the relaxed feeling of walking under the full moon, and seeing the beautiful silhouette of the surrounding mountain. It was mesmerizing at night, imagine what it might feel like at daytime. Would I run in an ultramarathon event again? oh hell yeah, I just have to do research first and pick the good ones. And the Runmania-organized events are already on top of my consideration list.

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Michael holding his “earned not given” trophy and wearing his “honorable and heroic” medal…
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Me too!
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Our well-deserved rest. Photo from Runmania PH facebook page.
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Hulk-like blister on my left foot. The reason why I can’t run at full potential during the last 11 kilometers. Just glad that it didn’t turn into a blood blister.
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Earned not Given.
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One of the best looking Finisher Shirts I ran hard for.