The Top 10 of 2017 Longest Ultramarathon Race in the Philippines

It  was a Golden Year for the Philippines. Ultra running craziness overload from four corners of the country. There were new course records, new faces, new events and longer distances. In the last 365 days, the following were the top ten longest foot races in the country;

1.  3rd Manila to Daet (Bicol) 342 KM Endurance Challenge

  • Date of Event: October 28- November 1, 2017
  • Place of Event: Rizal Park, City of Manila to Daet, Camarines Norte
  • Course Record: (2017) Kevin Luna 74:18:38

2.  2nd North Coast 200-Mile (320KM) Ultramarathon Race

  • Date of Event: May 11-14, 2017
  • Place of Event: Laoag City to Sts. Ana, Cagayan Valley
  • Course Record: (2017) Bong Dizon 61:22:33/ (2017) 62:48:16

3.  1st Butuan to Davao (DUC300 Kilometer Ultramarathon)

  • Date of Event: August 3-6, 2017
  • Place of Event: Butuan City to Davao City
  • Course Record: (2017) Jonathan Pido 56:56:35/ (2017) Hedda Riola 62:47:23

4. 3rd West to East 280K Ultramarathon Race 

  • Date of Event: April 13-15, 2017
  • Place of Event: Bolinao, Pangasinan to Dingalan, Aurora
  • Course Record: (2016)Thomas Combisen/ (2017) Remy Caasi 52:53:39

5.  3rd Manila to Baguio 250 Kilometer Ultramarathon Race 

  • Date of Event: February 16-18, 2017
  • Place of Event: Luneta Park City of Manila to Rizal Park, Baguio City
  • Course Record: (2016) Thomas Combisen/ (2017) Remy Caasi 46:12:10

6.  3rd South Luzon 240 KM Endurance Challenge

  • Date of Event: April 29, 2017 to May 1, 2017
  • Place of Event: Tagkawayan, Quezon
  • Course Record: (2015) Eric Cruz 47:08

7. 3rd East Coast 145 Mile (233 KM) Ultramarathon Race 

  • Date of Event: December 26-28, 2017
  • Plaece of Event: Casiguran-Baler, Aurora
  • Course Record: (2016) Thomas Combisen 35:03:30/ 2016 Jocelyn Lanas 44:53:11
  • *course record for update by December 28, 2017

8.  2nd Cebu Southwest 210 Kilometer Ultramarathon Race

  • Date of Event: June 9-11, 2017
  • Place of Event: Santander, Cebu to Plaza Independencia, Cebu City
  • Course Record: (2017) Bayani Alvarez 26:29/ (2016) Rhoda Oporto 42:37

9.  5th West Coast 200K Ultramarathon Race

  • Date of Event: August 19-21, 2017
  • Place of Event: Olongapo City to Alaminos, Pangasinan
  • Course Record: (2017) Rolando Espina 26:45:18/ (2017) Remedios Barcelo 35:13:45

10 .2nd Quezon Boundary to Boundary 185K Ultramarathon

  • Date of Event: December 2-3, 2017
  • Place of Event: Tagkawayan, Quezon to Tiaong, Quezon
  • Course Record:(2016) Eric Cruz  29:08:16

Honorable Mention. Crazy 24 & 32 Hour Run 2017 who was notched by Jose Tindog with total distance of 187.6 kilometer  held last December 9-10, 2017 Intramuros, Manila. Roselle Abajo, the first woman to finish the longest foot race in the country from Manila to Daet 342 KM ultra event.

Congratulations to all tough runners who have shown and proven human limits. To all race directors and organizers, you are amazing. Thank you for innovating such jaw dropping ultra distance events. See you in 2018!

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Engbino rules NegrosOr 100 Miles Ultra

Desiderio “Sano” Engbino of Spectrum Runners once again claimed his supremacy in the local ultra-running events as he named overall champion in the Negros Oriental Ultramarathon 100 miles category concluded in Dumaguete City this weekend.

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Photo Credit: Spectrum Runners

The 45 year old Engino clocked 20 hours and 28 minutes in an out and back route from Dumagute City to Sta. Catalina with the total grueling distance of 165 kilometer. Engbino was a veteran ultra-runner of Negros Ultramarathon as he also won way back in 2014 and 2015 in 100 Km category.

Engbino is a Cebu-based runner who also hailed champion in various ultra-racing event. This year, he completed the Leyte Island Ultramarathon Series 2017. He was the champion of both Ormoc to Baybay 60 Km Ultra, Maasin City Agas-agas Bridge 80Km ultra and lastly Leyte Landing 100 Km Ultra.

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Photo Credit: Spectrum Runners

He also defied age, as he ended champion of Cebu100 Miles Endurance Challenge 2017, and seems to be favorite to call as one of  “The Big Three of Men’s Spectrum” ultra runners. Engbino is set to compete BDM102 next year in January.

Together with his celebration, his team mates Edilberto Batiancila and Warlen Cadimas both won male and female category NegrosOr 100 kilometer category.

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Event’s title card

Negros Oriental Ultamarathon was organized by Sir Paul Paras, who also a race director of Siquijor 360 and some of the sporting event based in Dumaguete City.

 

 

Rediscover Minglanilla, scene-zoned trails and waterfalls

It was beautiful Saturday, when I and my running friends Sir Eduardo, Dominic, Raymon and Roshz De decided to try different trails of Minglanilla, well a sort of exploration may be. This town is next to Talisay City when going down south of Cebu. It’s a progressive municipality and almost like a city, and it’s dubbed as Sugat Capital of the South which celebrated annually during Easter Sunday.

I almost live with mountains, and actually spent more times with mountain climbing than trail running but still I’m not your mountain goat. There’s a big difference of the two, basically mountaineering is camping while trail running is a combination of running and hiking and no camping at all.

As early 4:30 in the morning, we started running uphill beating sunrise before the lucrative trails. The first kilometer was all uphill not trails, it’s paved and concreted. We continued running until reaching the pure trail. I tell you, it was a bit hard. There were so much steeps and lowly trails, and it literally breaks your legs. The weather does cooperate with us, no rains but sunny which were fewer burdens to us. Speaking of sunny, it’s a scorching heat. There were open trails, and mostly canopied by biennial trees and shrubs.

Check this elevation profile for your reference,

elevation and route
Courtesy of Roshz De (Facebook post)

It wasn’t on our bucket to hunt for those waterfalls. All we planned was to run a trail. It was indeed a surprised and unplanned. We reached the first falls at about Kilometer 5-6 with my Garmin not working so well, Hinagdanan Falls. I guess it’s the nearest to access located in Brgy. Manduang. There were residences living near and it’s passable by vehicle. The falls is not that tall, not aquarium-blue but the view was totally refreshing. The drizzling sounds makes you lover indeed. This particular waterfall is described as Hinagdanan with its Visayan root word “hagdan” which means “stairs”. Thus a waterfall often related to vertical drop of water and in other ways, mostly staired-falls.

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Hinagdanan Falls
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Upper portion, Hinagdanan Falls

We continued to hike and run as planned for a 21 kilometer. We had our lunch at Purok Santol. There were no enough stores, we just had our instant noodles for our recovery and thank God, cold soft drinks were available to quench our thirst. We had short break and later continue uphill route.

Finally, we reached the multi-tiered falls. Matun-og Falls at Km 12 in Brgy Guindaruhan, it has name called level 1, 2 and 3, we took them all. With its spectacular view will leave you a jaw dropped. For my Instagram photos, of course I shot a lot.  The water is clear and refreshing, and it seems that less people had visited the area. The bliss-pool at the bottom of the waters was a varnish clear then we took a dip in the water to relax our tired muscles. The waters may not be as blue-gatorade as Kawasan falls in Badian but the views were just another way.  We enjoyed it very much, heyday!

Minglanilla Trails
Matung-og Falls -level 2
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Matun-og Falls- level 2
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Matun-og Falls- level 1

We continued our trail and just as Kilometer 16 mark, we did the chance to check on Kabugbugan Falls, the meaning literally “punch” the punching water drop made that sense. It’s nearest one from Barangay Guindaruhan. The falls in a single-tiered, the water drops was lovely. The water is pounding the rocks back. Indeed the view is another moment for Instragram. My friend who used to visit said, that there are more water drops during rainy season which is even more picturesque.

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Kabugbugan Falls- level 1
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Kabubugan Falls- level 1

There’s a lot to discover Minglanilla. Caves and undiscovered falls will truly attract any. But I know later on, spelunking in this amazing place soon a big a deal. I may say, the local tourism should check specific of this potential growth and flocks of unsolicited tourist.

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Hitch me baby one more time, on our way exit at Brgy. Guindaruhan

We made an exit in Nava Industrial Zone in Brgy. Guindaruhan. It leaves us beautiful and positive impressions, it was tiring but all worth. It was short as 21 kilometer but the story behind was a bajillion.

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Bet on your 41st Milo Marathon’s King and Queen!

Who do you think, this year’s Milo Marathon King and Queen? Would Jeson Agravante and Mary Joy Tabal still defend their throne?

Regional and Manila Qualifiers. The best time recorded for female category was in Urdaneta Leg by Christabel Martes (1:23:45) while males’ best was in Cagayan de Oro Leg by Gerald Zadala with 1:12:42. Both raced 21 kilometer to qualify the 42 kilometer finale.

Manila Qualifiers. The best time in 42 kilometer run was recorded by Cinderella Lorenzo with 3:15:50 for female category while males’ best by Rafael Pescos with 2:38:27. Both raced 42 kilometer to qualify 42 kilometer finale.

Milo Manila Qualifiers

Records. Jeson Agravante and Mary Joy Tabal topped last year’s 40th National Milo Marathon in Iloilo with 2:35:13 and 2:47:49 time respectively. While open category grabbed Kenyan nationals, Josphat Kiptanui Too Chobei with 02:22:13 and Elizabeth Chepkanan Rumokol with 02:41:55.

Below are top ten runners from regional qualifying races. These names on the list might be our champion, and who knows? For complete race results, please check their website.

Milo Qualifiers 2017

Best of luck!, again who do you think this year’s King and Queen?

 

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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.

 

Oporto, Alvarez dominate Cebu NW 100 Miles Ultra

Cebu’s multi-titled ultra-runner Rhoda Oporto won women’s class of 3rd Cebu Northwest 160 Kilometer Ultramarathon. Oporto ranked third over-all of 33 pursuers had clocked 25 hours and 37 hours at the finish line set at Plaza Independencia.

Photo Credit: Brent Longdistancerunner

Grabbed from RD Edwin Colina

While veteran ultra-runner, Bayani Avarez of men’s category was named over-all champion with official time of 19 hours and 18 minutes.

Photo Credit: Angelie Durano
Grabbed from RD Edwin Colina

This year Alvarez also won Hardcore Event’s  2nd Cebu Southwest 210 Kilometer Ultra last June. While Oporto on May, claimed top female spot from PAU’s grand slam event with grueling distance of  320 kilometer in Sta Ana, Cagayan Valley.

Photo Credit: Angelie Durano

Cebu Northwest 160 kilometers ultramarathon race was hosted by Hardcore Events Inc. The  race kicked off at Daanbantayan Municipal Hall, north Cebu on November 18 at 12AM, amd mapped via Transcentral Cebu to finish line in Cebu City on November 19 at 10AM following strict cut off time of 34 hours.

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.